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The staggering rise of India’s super-rich
India’s new billionaires have accumulated more money, more quickly, than plutocrats in almost any country in history. By James CrabtreeOn 3 May, at around 4.45pm, a short, trim Indian man walked quickly down London’s Old Compton Street, his head bowed as if trying not to be seen. From his seat by the window of a nearby noodle bar, Anuvab Pal recognised him instantly. “He is tiny, and his face had been all over every newspaper in India,” Pal recalled. “I knew it was him.”Few in Britain would have given the passing figure a second look. And that, in a way, was the point. The man pacing through Soho on that Wednesday night was Nirav Modi: Indian jeweller, billionaire and international fugitive. Related: The scammers gaming India’s overcrowded job market Continue reading... [...]
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Weather forecast for July 11: Mumbai rains likely to reduce after 24 hours
New Delhi, July 10: Here is the weather forecast for Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai for July 11. Bengaluru: As per Skymet weather, Light to moderate rains with isolated heavy spells are likely to occur over remaining parts [...]
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INX Media case: Anxiety for Chidambaram over HC's written order
New Delhi, Jul 9: It was a nerve-wracking moment for former union minister P Chidambaram last week when he found that the interim protection from arrest, granted by the Delhi High Court in the INX Media case, was not present in [...]
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Sunil Gavaskar turns 69 – Cricket fraternity wishes 'The Little Master' on his birthday
As exceptional opener of all time Sunil Gavaskar celebrates his 69th birthday, wishes come from all corners of the world. [...]
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Security situation in north-east has improved \"drastically\": Rajnath Singh
Shillong, July 9: The security situation in North East has "improved drastically" during the four years of NDA government, with insurgency-related incidents coming down by 85 per cent as compared to the 90s, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said. The [...]
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India's unofficial recycling bin: the city where electronics go to die
In Moradabad, whole communities subsist by processing waste created by the world’s love affair with electronic goods. In this extract from their book, Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey investigate the impact of this dangerous tradeFrom the road one could see locals washing the ash from burned e-waste and using sieves to recover fragments of metal. Women and children broke apart and segregated the printed circuit board components, prying open the object and separating the gold, silver and copper-plated components.Locals in Moradabad in western Uttar Pradesh described [to us] the process of recycling this hazardous material. Once the basic dismantling and separation were achieved, different methods of extraction followed: typically burning, grinding, washing and bathing in acid. 50% of the printed circuit boards ​used in appliances in India end up in Moradabad Related: Deluge of electronic waste turning Thailand into 'world's rubbish dump' Continue reading... [...]
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Imran Khan criticised for defence of Pakistan blasphemy laws
PTI leader accused of using blasphemy issue to win backing of religious right Imran Khan has been accused of risking bloodshed for electoral gain after the former cricketer-turned-politician offered a full-throated defence of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws in the run-up to the general election on 25 July.“We are standing with Article 295c and will defend it,” said the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) at a gathering of Muslim leaders in Islamabad on Saturday, referring to the clause of the constitution that mandates the death penalty for any “imputation, insinuation or innuendo” against the prophet Muhammad. Continue reading... [...]
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Ayodhya to Colombo: Now, IRCTC to introduce Ramayana Express train from Nov 14
New Delhi, Jul 10: The Indian Railways has decided to launch a special train for pilgrimage at the places related to famous Hindu epic Ramayana - a journey that will start from a visit to Ayodhya, the birthplace of Hindu god [...]
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Nissan admits to irregularity in emissions testing process
Japanese carmaker Nissan has reported that proactive initiatives by it to prevent testing irregularities have revealed just that – misconduct in reporting emissions data. The brand stated that there have been irregularities in its exhaust emissions testing procedure in Japan and submitted related information to the Japanese ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism. The brand alleges to have discovered ‘nonconformities’ in its final inspection process back in September 2017 and has since carried out an internal investigation into how the discrepancies came about. Reuters reports that both Nissan and sister brand Renault's shares have fallen since the announcement. A statement released by Nissan admits that emissions and fuel economy tests “deviated from the prescribed testing environment” and the “creation of inspection reports based on altered measurement values”. The misconduct was discovered through “proactive initiatives to prevent recurrence of such issues”, although the company wouldn't explain why these initiatives were launched when they were. Nissan has commissioned a law firm to investigate the issue and implemented its own preventative measures to ensure that a similar issue doesn’t occur in the future. Nissan has clarified that none of its cars strays from its advertised fuel economy and emissions figures and that it will continue to search for areas of non-compliance, taking the necessary steps if more are uncovered. [...]
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2018 Hero Xtreme 200R deliveries commence
Soon after the launch of the Hero Xtreme 200R, its deliveries have commenced in select north-eastern states of India. Hero MotoCorp hasn’t revealed the timeline of the 200R’s availability in other markets as yet. The images you see here are from Guwahati, where the first lot of Xtreme 200Rs has already been delivered. The first buyer was also presented with a Xtreme-branded helmet, jacket and backpack. The Hero Xtreme 200R retails for Rs 88,000 (ex-showroom), which makes it the most affordable 200cc motorcycle on sale in India Displacement wise, the Xtreme 200R competes with the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 priced at Rs 1.03 lakh and Rs 1.04 lakh respectively (for base variants). However, with respect to its pricing, the new Hero 200cc motorcycle rivals the Bajaj Pulsar NS 160, which retails at Rs 85,786, and the base TVS RTR 160 4V, which is priced at Rs 84,248 (all prices, ex-showroom Arunachal Pradesh). It's worth noting that neither the Bajaj nor the TVS offer ABS yet, while the Hero comes equipped with a single-channel ABS as standard. You can read more about the Hero Xtreme 200R in our first ride report. Image source     [...]
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Intercaste marriages and grooms who pay their way: welcome to the new India
Survey of young people shows traditions surrounding caste and hierarchy falling by the wayside as technology redefines attitudes Greater openness to intercaste marriage and an increased willingness among men to help with wedding costs point to the emergence of a more liberal generation in India, a study of young people’s attitudes in the country has found.A “pulse of the nation” survey of 130,000 18- to 35-year-olds, carried out by Inshorts, a news app that has been downloaded by 10 million Indians, found 70% were happy with marriages between people of different castes, turning on its head the the country’s entrenched caste hierarchy. Related: Untouchable no more: the Dalit bridegroom rejecting class prejudice | Amrit Dhillon Continue reading... [...]
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'Chaiwala' jibe against Modi: How Congress is often falling into BJP’s ‘well-oiled PR machine’ trap
New Delhi, July 9: What the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wishes, the Congress delivers generously. First, it was senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, who with a smug on his face, called then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi a "chaiwala" or tea [...]
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Dreaded gangster Munna Bajrangi shot dead in Baghpat jail, days after wife alleges threat
Lucknow, July 9: Dreaded mafia don Prem Prakash Singh alias Munna Bajrangi was shot dead inside prison compound in Baghpat district on Monday. Investigation team arrives at District Jail Baghpat where the gangster has been shot dead. Meamwhile, Chief [...]
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Students, villagers lock down school in Rajasthan due to lack of teaching staff
Students, villagers lock down school in Rajasthan due to lack of teaching staff [...]
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Supreme Court set to hear pleas on Section 377 tomorrow
Supreme Court set to hear pleas on Section 377 tomorrow [...]
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The man who paves India's roads with old plastic
Indian chemistry professor shows that repurposed plastic can be good for the environmentAt 73, Dr Rajagopalan Vasudevan is roughly as old as the mass production of plastic. But that is not the reason why the chemistry professor has a soft spot for the much-maligned material.“Plastic isn’t the problem,” the venerable scientist says in his office in the southern Indian city of Madurai. “We are. Plastic wouldn’t clog our oceans or our landfills if we didn’t throw it there in the first place. And there is so much we can do with it instead.” Related: 'We no longer die in childbirth': how Indian villages saved their mothers Continue reading... [...]
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How can you be selective in accepting SC verdict: Kejriwal asks L-G
New Delhi, July 9: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday wrote to Lt Governor Anil Baijal wondering how he can be "selective" in accepting the Supreme Court judgement on power tussle between the Delhi government and the Centre. In [...]
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SC says no to namaz at Taj Mahal, observes monument cannot decay
New Delhi, July 9: The Supreme Court has refused to permit namaz at the Taj Mahal. The court said that the Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world and hence that needs to be kept in mind. {image-taj-mahal-1531117482.jpg [...]
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Myanmar court charges Reuters journalists under Official Secrets Act
At the time of their arrest Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, had been working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim menTwo Reuters journalists who uncovered a massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have been charged for violating the Official Secrets Act.Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were charged under the colonial-era 1923 act for allegedly illegally possessing state secrets in government documents and face up to 14 years in prison if convicted. Related: Reuters journalists covering Rohingya crisis charged under Official Secrets Act Continue reading... [...]
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Nirbhaya’s rapists will hang as Supreme Court rejects review
New Delhi, July 9: The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts in the Nirbhaya rape and murder case. The court rejected the review pleas filed by the three convicts. The fourth convict had not preferred a [...]
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France vs Belgium FIFA World Cup 2018 semifinal to have EPL flavour
“We know all these players so well. We know them at a tactical level, we know what they are capable of doing and we know their individual qualities. I think it’s an advantage for our planning,” Chadli told a news conference after Belgium’s training session on the outskirts of Moscow. [...]
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Brazil applauded by fans despite FIFA World Cup defeat
Supporters chanted and cheered the players on as they got off the airplane and appeared in the airport lounge.  [...]
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One nation- one poll: DMK says 'simultaneous elections will decimate federal structure of India'
New Delhi, July 8: Political parties in Tamil Nadu have opposed the Law commission's proposal to conduct simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies in 2019, calling it a bad idea. Reacting to it, DMK working president MK Stalin [...]
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Senior Congress leader and ex Meghalaya governor M M Jacob dies at 92
New Delhi, July 8: Senior Congress leader and former Meghalaya Governor M.M. Jacob passed away at a private hospital in Kerala's Pala on Sunday. Jacob, 92, had remained active in politics by taking part in party meetings and had settled in [...]
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Giriraj Singh meets riots-accused Bajrang Dal, VHP activists in Bihar jail
Patna, July 8: Days after Union Minister Jayant Sinha drew flak for meeting the accused in the Ramgarh lynching case, Union minister Giriraj Singh has now met riots-accused Bajrang Dal and VHP activists in Bihar's Nawada jail.  Singh's meeting [...]
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AIMPLB wants Sharia courts in all districts; BJP says ‘this isn't Islamic Republic of India'
New Delhi, July 8: With the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) planning to open Darul-Qaza (Sharia courts) in all districts of the country, the BJP has said that there is no place for such court anywhere in the country. [...]
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AAP says simultaneous polls will 'destroy' parliamentary democracy
New Delhi, July 8: The Aam Aadmi Party firmly believes that simultaneous elections will "destroy" India's parliamentary democracy and federalism, its senior leader Ashish Khetan said on Sunday. Khetan, who met the chairman of the Law Commission and its [...]
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Beard without mustache is identity of terrorists, Muslims should refrain from it: Wasim Rizvi
New Delhi, July 8: Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi has said that Muslims should refrain from keeping beard without a mustache as such things have become an "identity of terrorist's face". As per reports, Rizvi also said that [...]
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