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Karnataka Budget 2019 LIVE Updates: Kumaraswamy releases audio evidence to expose 'Operation Kamala'
Bengaluru, Feb 8: Amid fears of 'Operation kamala' Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will table the second Budget of Congress-JDS coalition for 2019-20 fiscal today. Kumaraswamy has announced that he will fulfill his Rs. 46,000-crore loan waiver commitment made [...]
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Chennai comes up with restaurant with robot waiters
Chennai, Feb 8: Recently, Chennai came in the headlines over application of several highly qualified candidates for sweepers' jobs. Now, it has made news again and this time, it is over a restaurant in the city that has deployed [...]
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The girl sold at 11 who now helps police save Nepal's trafficking victims | Ofelia de Pablo and Javier Zurita
As a child, Pema was trafficked to a brothel in India. Now she patrols the border to spot other potential victims in the crowdsIt is midday in Bhairchawa, one of the 23 official border checkpoints between Nepal and India. Each day, up to 100,000 people cross under the stone arch separating the two countries. Some are on foot, others in trucks or on bikes, mopeds and rickshaws. Amid the chaos – the people, the dust, the noise of traffic and honking of horns – are the guardians: women who, having survived the horrors of human trafficking, now spend every day trying to spot potential victims and their exploiters among the crowds.One of the women on duty today is Pema. While we talk, her eyes remain fixed on the crowds, scanning the throngs of people moving slowly across the checkpoint.My boyfriend sold one of my kidneys and then he sold me Continue reading... [...]
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Sena medal for Lance Naik Wani
New Delhi, Feb 08: Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani was presented Bar to Sena Medal along with officers and jawans, who were presented 76 sena medals for gallantry besides 15 sena medals and Vishisht sena medals for distinguished services impressive investiture [...]
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The US has ruined Afghanistan. It can’t just walk away now | Simon Tisdall
The departure of American troops risks civil war, and many Afghans fear the return of a fundamentalist societyThe approaching US withdrawal from Afghanistan is not an honourable retreat – it’s a capitulation. The best the Americans can hope for in exit talks with the Taliban, due to resume in Doha later this month, is a promise that coalition troops, unlike the British army led by General Elphinstone in 1842, will not depart under fire. After more than 17 years of conflict, with at least 38,000 civilians killed and millions more injured, traumatised or exiled, none of the long-term objectives set out by George W Bush following the 2001 invasion has been met. In short, the US has lost the war, and lost badly.The al-Qaida terrorists who used Afghanistan as a base from which to launch the 9/11 attacks have not been wholly vanquished, as Bush promised. Their former leader, Osama bin Laden, is dead but the group, and likewise Islamic State, made territorial gains in Afghanistan last year, according to UN experts. It is unlikely that Taliban leaders could in future prevent jihadists once again using parts of the country as a terrorist safe haven – a key demand of American negotiators – even if they sincerely wanted to. Related: US framework deal with Taliban raises hope of Afghan peace Related: Trump wants out of America's longest war, but Afghans can't just walk away Continue reading... [...]
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The AI program that can tell whether you may go blind
Built on thousands of retina images, algorithm helps diagnose eye problem caused by diabetesDr Ramasamy Kim is looking at the inside of an eyeball. There is nothing particularly surprising about that: he is head of retina services at an eye hospital in southern India.The image on his computer screen shows the first blush of a condition linked to diabetes that affects millions of Indians – and can lead to blindness. Continue reading... [...]
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Tamil Nadu budget 2019: AIADMK presents its 1st budget after Jaya's demise
Chennai, Feb 07: Amidst expectations of populist announcements by the ruling AIADMK government ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister and finance minister, O Panneerselvam presented the state budget for 2019-2020 in the Assembly on Friday. The [...]
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India Women vs New Zealand Women 2nd T20I: Live updates
India women led by Harmanpreet Kaur take on New Zealand in the second T20I of the three-match series at Eden Park, Auckland.   [...]
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JEE Main April 2019 applications to release tomorrow, registration to begin
New Delhi, Feb 07: Joint Entrance Examination, JEE Main 2019 April exam online registration would begin from tomorrow, February 8, 2019 on jeemain.nic.in. Earlier, the HRD Ministry decided to conduct the examination twice a year. JEE Main is applicable [...]
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Bose Soundbar 700
  Bose as a brand has received a lot of flack from audiophiles but there is no denying that they make some great audio products. The QC series is a noise canceling force to reckon with and the Soundlink... [...]
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Helmet makers call for stricter helmet-law enforcement
The Two-Wheelers Helmet Manufacturers Association has requested more strict enforcement towards making helmet usage mandatory. The Association says that it has been proactive in taking up the issue of helmet safety on Indian roads. “Urbanisation has led to doubling in traffic fatalities in the past few years with the number of deaths around 3,00,000 per year as per WHO report. Most people affected are pedestrians and two wheeler users,” said Rajeev Kapur, president, Two Wheelers Helmet Manufacturers Association and MD, Steelbird Hi-Tech India while sharing his thoughts on National Road Safety Week on the sidelines of SIAM's seminar. The Association has said that it welcomes the move made by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) of issuing the draft notification for bringing the two-wheeler helmet into the BIS mandatory certification list and implementing the new standard IS4151:2015 – the India-specific helmet standard. However, the body feels that there is need to further take corrective measures to reduce fatalities. "Notification issued by MoRTH on bringing two-wheeler helmets in mandatory BIS list needs to be gazetted immediately. Awareness alone will not work. Strict enforcement is required. The government should make helmets mandatory across India,” said the manufacturers' association. The association further requested MoRTH to bring in the rule for all OEMs to provide helmets with a two-wheeler as per the motor vehicle act; the same is done by few companies at the moment. In addition to this, the Association says that two-wheeler manufacturers should supply a protective headgear at the time of purchase which conforms to the specifications prescribed by the Bureau of India standard under act 1986. The industry body estimates that the minimum investment to meet the demand of all the two-wheeler users in India will be around Rs 6,000 crore. This amount is inclusive of working capital; and the time frame required would be minimum two-three years. The organisation urges manufacturers and other companies to come forward and invest in this segment. [...]
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2019 Honda CBR400R revealed
Honda has just stepped into the 400cc space with the new CBR400R. The faired sportsbike is designed to rival the Kawasaki Ninja 400, which until now was the only motorcycle in the space. The new bike is based on the CBR500R, with the biggest change being the lowered engine capacity. The CBR400R is styled just like the updated CBR500R that was unveiled at EICMA late last year. It is not just the bodywork that's similar to the 500R, but also the colour schemes. The new CBR400R features the same sleek and sporty styling elements the CBR500R got in 2018. By the looks of it, the 400R also offers the newer riding position of the 500R that is racier. According to Honda, the CBR400R has “styling that is full of speed”. The sportsbike also features all-LED lighting. Powering the new model is a 399cc, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder engine that makes 46hp at 9,000rpm and 38Nm of torque at 7,500rpm. Honda has also said that it has reviewed the intake system and optimised the valve timing. The company also added that the slipper clutch which the 6-speed gearbox uses is newly adopted and ‘fun to manipulate’. The bike is also equipped with a fully digital instrument cluster. Suspension duties are taken care of by a conventional, telescopic fork and a monoshock. The bike also uses a single disc brake at the front and the rear. As for the tyres, the 400R uses 120/70-17 at the front and a 160/60-17 at the rear. While the Japanese Honda website has given a 192kg weight figure, it hasn’t mentioned if it is the dry or kerb weight, but we believe it to be the latter. Interestingly, the website also has a claimed fuel efficiency figure of 41kpl,  achieved while the bike was running constantly at 60kph, with a rider and pillion. The fuel tank capacity of the CBR400R is 17 litres, just like on the 500R. The CBR400R is available in three colours in Japan – Grand Prix Red, Matte Axis Gray Metallic and Pearl Glare White. It is priced at 7,93,800 Yen (Rs 5.16 lakh) in Japan. For reference, its direct rival, the Kawasaki Ninja 400 is priced at 6,63,000 Yen (Rs 4.31 lakh). While there is no news whether Honda will bring this motorcycle to India, we believe it would sit nicely above the CB300R in the company’s line-up. Also see: Honda discontinues CBR650F [...]
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Uttar Pradesh Budget Highlights: Rs 247 crore allocated for  maintenance of cow-shelters
Lucknow, Feb 7:  Uttar Pradesh finance minister Rajesh Agarwal presented the state budget for financial year 2019-20. This is Yogi Adityanath government's third Budget. The Budget size amounting to Rs 4,79,701 crore for the 2019-20 fiscal is 12 per cent higher than [...]
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SC seeks personal appearance of former interim CBI director M Nageswara Rao
New Delhi, Feb 7: The Supreme Court on Thursday sought personal appearance on February 12 of former interim CBI director M Nageswara Rao and one other official, incharge of Director Prosecution, associated in the transfer of CBI officer AK Sharma probing [...]
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10 policemen trapped as avalanche strikes Kashmir's Kulgam district
10 policemen trapped as avalanche strikes Kashmir's Kulgam district [...]
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Congress does not want our Air Force to be strong: PM Modi on Rafale
New Delhi, Feb 07: Hitting out at the Congress for its allegations against the Rafale fighter jet deal, PM Modi said the party did not wish to see the country's armed forces strong. The PM also hit back at the [...]
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BC Before Congress, AD After Dynasty: Top quotes from PM Modi's address in Lok Sabha
New Delhi, Feb 07: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused the Congress of doing nothing for the people over the decades it ruled the country. "When we talk of a new India, we talk of hope," he said in [...]
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Facebook is finally acting in Myanmar. But experts warn its approach may be wrong
The company has applied a “dangerous organizations” label to four separatist groups, but human rights groups criticise the action as “arbitrary”Facebook banned four ethnic armed Myanmar-based groups from its site this week, in its latest effort to reckon with its role in the violence in that nation. But the tech giant’s decision is drawing criticism from local civil society and human rights groups who warn that the move appears ill-considered and inconsistent with international law. On Tuesday, Facebook announced in a blogpost that it had designated four separatist groups – the Arakan Army, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, the Kachin Independence Army and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army – as “dangerous organizations”. Related: Facebook bans Rohingya group's posts as minority faces 'ethnic cleansing' Related: Facebook admits failings over incitement to violence in Myanmar Related: Facebook among firms named on Myanmar human rights 'dirty list' Related: Dear Mr Zuckerberg: the problem isn't the internet, it's Facebook | Siva Vaidhyanathan Continue reading... [...]
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CBI assures chargesheet in Dabholkar, Pansare cases would be filed next week
Mumbai, Feb 07: The CBI and the Maharashtra CID told the Bombay High Court that they would file their supplementary charge sheets in the killings of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare by next week. The CBI and the [...]
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Can a lawyer criticise a judge in a pending case? SC to examine
New Delhi, Feb 07: The Supreme Court while issuing contempt notices to Prashant Bhushan said that it would examine if lawyers can criticise the judge hearing a pending case. The court made the observation while issuing a contempt notice [...]
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Trump wants out of America's longest war, but Afghans can't just walk away
Hope is real after landmark Taliban talks, but fears remain about what might happen if US troops departThe start of 2019 has brought for Afghanistan a tantalising hope of peace, fragile but very real, as the Taliban sat down for talks first with Americans in Qatar and this week with senior members of the Afghan elite in Moscow.These discussions come fraught with fears, that the progress for women and civil rights will be traded away too easily, and that the Taliban may renege on any deal once US troops and their coercive power are gone. Related: Taliban say they have no plans to seize whole of Afghanistan by force Related: The Guardian view on Afghanistan talks: hopes for peace, but at what cost? | Editorial Continue reading... [...]
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Sri Lanka to begin hangings within months, ending 43-year stay on executions
Crackdown inspired by Philippines’ war on drugs comes as president Maithripala Sirisena faces tough electionSri Lanka will begin hanging convicted drug dealers within the next three months, its president has announced, ending a 43-year moratorium on executions as part of a crackdown inspired by the Philippines’ brutal war on drugs.Maithripala Sirisena has been praising Rodrigo Duterte’s violent campaign against the drugs trade as an “example to the world” and flagged the possible return of the death penalty for drug dealers last July. Continue reading... [...]
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Robert Vadra grilled for 6 hours, questioning to continue today
New Delhi, Feb 6: Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, was on Wednesday questioned by Enforcement Directorate (ED) for over six hours in its money laundering probe denied owning any properties in London. According to reports, more than [...]
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Conceding runs in middle overs cost India in 1st T20I against New Zealand: Krunal Pandya
India will next take on New Zealand in the second T20I at Auckland's Eden Park on February 8. [...]
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Injured Mitchell Starc likely to miss India series
Australia and India are slated to play two-match T20I series in Visakhapatnam from February 24 before the two sides head into five ODIs, beginning March 2 in Hyderabad.  [...]
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Lionel Messi uncertainty does not affect Real Madrid 'Clasico' plans: Santiago Solari
It is unclear whether Messi, the all-time top scorer in Spanish football as well as in the `Clasico`, will be fit for the game after ending Barca`s 2-2 draw with Valencia on Saturday with a knock. [...]
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WhatsApp 'deleting 2m accounts a month' to stop fake news
App launches paper on ‘stopping abuse’ in India, home to more than 200m of its usersWhatsApp says it is deleting 2m accounts per month as part of an effort to blunt the use of the world’s most popular messaging app to spread fake news and misinformation.The Facebook-owned service published the data as part of a white paper on “stopping abuse” that was launched on Wednesday in India, the biggest market for the company with more than 200m users. Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on Afghanistan talks: hopes for peace, but at what cost? | Editorial
Taliban meetings with Afghan powerbrokers, following negotiations with the US, hold out the prospect of an end to this long conflict. But women are especially and rightly concerned about the possible priceAmerica’s longest-running war is edging closer toward a conceivable end. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Donald Trump acknowledged that talks with the Taliban might not succeed, but that “the hour has come to at least try for peace” in Afghanistan, noting his country’s casualties. He did not mention the Afghans who have died (24,000 civilians since 2009, and 45,000 members of the security forces in the last five years), let alone the nation’s broader suffering in the world’s deadliest conflict. Around half of Afghanistan’s population was not born when this war began, in 2001. Their elders have lived with conflict for most of the last four decades, since the Soviet invasion.A country so fissured is united in its longing for peace as last year’s brief ceasefire, in which civilians, militants and soldiers celebrated together, showed. A US-Taliban agreement would be one step along that road. Yet Afghans ask at what cost a deal may come, conscious that those likely to pay the most are not negotiating the bill. Only two women are present at the talks between Taliban representatives and Afghan politicians, warlords and other powerbrokers in Moscow. These follow last month’s talks between US and Taliban negotiators in Qatar, which reached a draft framework under which the US would withdraw troops in exchange for guarantees that the country would not harbour terrorists. Continue reading... [...]
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