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Selfies with the Taliban: Afghan women buoyed by ceasefire snaps | Ruchi Kumar
When Taliban fighters entered the cities of Afghanistan after hostilities were put on hold for Eid, some women took photos. A symbol of female resistance, the images quickly went viral One of the longest wars of our generation took an unexpected turn last month. The Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan accepted the government’s call for a three-day ceasefire during the Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr.For the first time in years, Taliban fighters – known for their brutality on the frontline of the spiralling conflict – entered the capital, Kabul, and other urban centres in Afghanistan and socialised with the locals. Related: 'I want to empower Afghan women': female prosecutor on a lonely mission Continue reading... [...]
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Bihar ITICAT 2018 result declared, list of documents required for counselling
New Delhi, July 7: The Bihar ITICAT 2018 result has been declared. The results are available on the official website. The merit list for ITICAT has been published district-wise. The board will release the counselling schedule shortly. Candidates who [...]
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Former Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in jail
Corruption charges related to purchase of London flats, with verdict likely to affect electionThe former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption in a verdict likely to influence the general election on 25 July.The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Pakistan’s anti-graft court, ruled that Sharif and his family laundered money in the 1990s to pay for four luxury apartments in Park Lane, central London, drawing on allegations that resurfaced in the Panama Papers leak, published by the Guardian and others in 2016. Related: Imran Khan’s rise is a metaphor for a changing world the west has failed to see | Jason Burke Continue reading... [...]
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Ram Mandir case: Is a Mosque needed to pray, SC hearing continues on July 13
The Supreme Court fixed July 13 as the next date of hearing on the contentious Babri Masjid-Ram Temple land dispute case. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on May 17 had heard submissions on behalf of [...]
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Asus Zenfone 5z
  It’s a curious year, 2018, for the Indian smartphone market. Usually, by the time we hit July, flagship smartphones are available in abundance and only then OEMs focus on the mid-range and high-... [...]
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PM to address welfare scheme beneficiaries; transporting them to Jaipur will cost Rs 7 crore
Jaipur, July 6:  The Rajasthan government is spending over Rs 7 crore to ferry beneficiaries of welfare schemes to a rally which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address in Jaipur tomorrow, according to an official order. The money for [...]
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Separatist or terrorist: Why it is time to silence Asiya Andrabi
New Delhi, July 6: The NIA was grated 10 days custody of one of the most dangerous and notorious separatists of Kashmir, Asiya Andrabi. The NIA while filing an FIR against her had termed her organisation the Dukhtaran-e-Milat chief, Asiya Andrabi [...]
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Ducati announces DRE Off-Road Days
Ducati will be hosting the first edition of Ducati Ride Experience – Off Road Days in India on August 4-5, 2018. The DRE – Off Road Days event will be held at the Off-Road Adventure Zone (ORAZ) circuit in Gurugram and is open to both Ducati and non-Ducati owners. The event is free-of-cost for owners of the Ducati Scrambler, Multistrada and Hypermotard range of motorcycles. Non-Ducati riders (who own or ride a 500cc and above motorcycle) can avail the early bird passes for Rs 5,000 before July 15, after which a slot will cost Rs 19,500. Each riding slot for a non-Ducati entrant entails the rider a Ducati motorcycle for the event, the supervision of a DRE-certified trainer, breakfast, DRE certification and a goody bag. Participants can register themselves on the Ducati India website and 20 slots are available on each day (10 for Ducati owners and 10 for non-Ducati riders). The riders will be trained by certified DRE instructor Vijay Parmar, who is also the founder of the legendary Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya rally. According to the organisers, the off-road course has been designed keeping in mind the varied riding skills of participants. So whether you’re a newbie or an old hand at off-road riding, the DRE – Off Road Days event will have you covered. All participants will also receive exclusive Ducati DRE merchandise and a certificate of completion. [...]
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Volvo Car India registers record half-yearly sales
The Indian subsidiary of Swedish carmaker Volvo has announced that it witnessed record H1 sales growth during the calendar year 2018. The carmaker delivered 1,242 units in Jan-June 2018, a significant growth of 33 percent year-on-year, albeit on a lower base. The capable XC60 SUV spearheaded sales for Volvo, contributing to 25 percent of the total sales volume. "Successful addition of S90 to local assembly and aggressive network expansion led to the best ever H1 (first half) sales performance for the company," according to the company statement. Moreover, the carmaker is set to witness a significant growth in sales with the roll out of its newly launched small SUV, the XC40. A new entry-point to Volvo's SUV line-up, the carmaker expects the model to bring new customers to its brand.   “We are extremely happy with our growth pace and intend to keep up the momentum for the rest of 2018. The recently launched XC40 is our first offering in the entry level SUV segment and we expect the XC40 to build a new customer base for us and drive sales,” Charles Frump, managing director, Volvo Car India said. India's luxury vehicle market has seen robust growth in the first half of 2018 as German luxury marques Mercedes and BMW reported record sales. Market leader Mercedes-Benz sold 8,061 units, registering a growth of 12.4 percent, year-on-year, while sales of BMW and Mini combined totalled 5,171 units, up 13 percent, year-on-year.  [...]
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Thai boys stranded in cave need help. Enter Elon Musk
Thai boys stranded in cave need help. Enter Elon Musk [...]
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I am cement that holds BJP, JD(U) together in Bihar: Ram Vilas Paswan
I am cement that holds BJP, JD(U) together in Bihar: Ram Vilas Paswan [...]
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Weather forecast for July 7: Delhi likely to witness more showers
New Delhi, July 6: Here is the weather forecast for Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai for July 7. Bengaluru: Rains over Kerala reduced though it continued over parts of Coastal Karnataka, Konkan, and Goa and Coastal Gujarat region. [...]
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After losing one child, this father fights to save his newborn daughter
"We were ecstatic to learn that we were going to have twins," says Purna Kumar, adding that he and his wife have been married since 12 years and had been trying to conceive since a long time. "God finally answered our [...]
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Rohingya refugees reject UN-Myanmar repatriation agreement
Leaders say agreement does not address concerns and will not help in repatriation of refugeesRohingya community leaders have rejected an agreement between the United Nations and government of Myanmar for the return of refugees who fled violence in Rakhine state.Having seen a leaked text, the leaders say it does not address their concerns and will not help in the repatriation of the refugees. Related: Myanmar not ready for Rohingya to return, Red Cross chief says Related: Myanmar soldiers jailed for 10 years over massacre of Rohingya Muslims Continue reading... [...]
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Legalise gambling, betting in sports to help generate revenue: Law panel
New Delhi, July 5: The Law Commission of India has recommended that gambling and betting in sports, including cricket, be allowed as regulated activities taxable under the direct and indirect tax regimes. The recommendation calls for such activities to be [...]
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FIFA World Cup Quarter-Finals marked with Google doodle
The doodles are part of its series that celebrates the rich cultures and talent of all 32 participating countries, featuring guest artists from each nation, with the doodles illustrating each artist's perspective of "What football looks like in my country." [...]
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Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia to meet LG today to discuss SC verdict
New Delhi, July 5: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will likely meet Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Friday to discuss the Supreme Court verdict on Delhi. The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the Lieutenant [...]
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SC to pronounce verdict on plea challenging roster practice of case allocation today
New Delhi, July 5: The Supreme Court would on Friday pronounce its judgment on a plea of former law minister Shanti Bhushan challenging the existing roster practice of allocation of cases in the apex court by the Chief Justice of India (CJI). [...]
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What I learned from sex slavery survivors? Hope isn't easily crushed | Penny Jaye
Nepali survivors of the worst trauma reveal a spirit that can’t be locked in a cage and silencedKausila* was the first survivor I met. She was slight-boned but taller than me. Her face was thin, her eyes wary. I smiled as we were introduced. She nodded in return and then we sat to chat and I fumbled for words. I’d been living in Nepal for about five years by that time and had been researching the stories of young women who had been trafficked into sex slavery. I knew I was going to write a novel. I’d collected newspaper clippings, trawled through archives, visited with the heads of various non-government organisations in Pokhara and Kathmandu. But I’d never really sat down and spoken with a survivor before. Not properly. Kausila was the first one. I felt suddenly and completely inadequate. Related: Journalism taught me about facts but writing a novel helped me understand truth | Ben Doherty Related: Sold to the circus as children: trafficking survivors showcase their skills in Nepal Continue reading... [...]
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PM to meet beneficiaries of Centre and state govt’s schemes on July 7 in Jaipur
New Delhi, July 6: Ahead of the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally and meet beneficiaries of the Centre and state government's schemes on July 7 in Jaipur. However, the [...]
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Court frames charges against 41 accused in Panchkula violence, sedition clauses dropped
Chandigarh, July 5: A Panchkula court has framed charges against 41 people in connection with the violence that followed the conviction last year of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, but dropped sedition clauses. The charges have been [...]
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Lenovo IdeaPad 330S
  Before the clean, silvery IdeaPad 330S landed on my lap, I was using the more sophisticated, more expensive IdeaPad 530S for over a month’s time. So, when I got my first look at the IdeaPad 330S... [...]
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7th Pay Commission: No hike, if Lok Sabha polls are advanced
New Delhi, July 5: Can the Union Government increase the the salaries of the Central Government employees beyond what the 7th Pay Commission had recommend? This is a million dollar question that the officials are asking with speculation rife that the [...]
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It is contempt says Sisodia after babus return file
New Delhi, July 5: The Lieutenant Governor must follow the order of the Supreme Court, Delhi deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia said. "How will the government function if the orders of the constitution bench are openly flouted in the country? This [...]
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BMW India registers record half-yearly sales
The first half of the calendar year 2018 brought cheer for German luxury carmaker BMW Group as the brand reported record sales for both BMW and Mini cars combined. Overall volumes in Jan-June 2018 touched 5,171 units, up 13 percent year-on-year. Of the total sales, BMW brand models accounted for 4,890 units (up 12 percent) and sales of Mini range of vehicles were at 281 units (up 30 percent). The growth came on the back of some big ticket launches such as BMW’s luxurious liftback , the 6-series GT and the X3 SUV. The latter led the sales charge for the luxury marquee, as demand for SUVs in India continues to be robust. In fact, the company said its SUV segment or SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle), as it calls it, has grown over 26 percent from last year. A rival to the Mercedes GLC and Audi Q5, the third-generation X3 was launched in April in two variants and a single diesel engine option. The 6GT was BMW’s answer to the popular Mercedes E-class, which has only been introduced in India as a long wheelbase for the standard, non-AMG variant. Both the 6GT and X3 models are locally assembled at BMW’s Chennai facility. “The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo and the BMW X3 have already exceeded our expectations and we see remarkable sales contributions coming from both in the future. Moreover, introduction of Euro VI petrol engines in our product portfolio has played an important role,” according to Vikram Pawah, president, BMW Group India. The Mini brand saw the introduction of the Countryman in May 2018, which is expected to help double Mini's sales this year. BMW said that its two wheeler division, BMW Motorrad, has sold 208 motorcycles within the first half of the year. It did not disclose the percentage sales growth. Although India’s luxury vehicle market continues to record healthy growth – with most players having successfully overcome GST blues, the government's decision to hike customs duty in Budget 2018 is expected to keep sales under pressure. [...]
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Uttar Pradesh commission asks AMU why it doesn't have reservations for SC/STs
Uttar Pradesh commission asks AMU why it doesn't have reservations for SC/STs [...]
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Breakthrough made in fight to end virginity testing in Afghanistan
New policy will stop clinics and hospitals from performing examinations that lead to imprisonment and exclusionIn a prison in the Balkh province of Afghanistan, more than 200 girls and young women are crammed into dirty prison cells. Many have been here for months – and some for more than a year. When they are eventually released, they face a future defined by shame, exclusion and destitution.Their crime is that they all failed a virginity test performed by a health professional at a clinic or hospital. Related: 'I want to empower Afghan women': female prosecutor on a lonely mission Continue reading... [...]
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JioGigaFibre will radically change broadband internet market in India: Mukesh Ambani
Mumbai, July 5: Asserting that Reliance is aiming at improving India's education system by connecting all the colleges with the global experts, Mukesh Ambani on Thursday said that JioGigaFibre technology will change the broadband internet market in the country. Addressing at [...]
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