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Uttarakhand HC declares 'entire animal kingdom' as legal entity
Nainital, July 4: In a unique ruling, the Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday accorded the status of "legal person or entity" to animals in the state, saying "they have a distinct persona with corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person." [...]
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Sony WI-SP500
  Sony is no new name to audio products. They have something on their portfolio of all make and manner, and when it comes to the WI-SP500, it is for sports and fitness enthusiasts all the way. This isn&... [...]
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NDA leaders deny any differences between the BJP and JD (U); Nitish and Shah to meet on July 12
New Delhi, July 4: Lok Janshakti Party-- one of the important allies of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Bihar - has claimed that there is no differences between the BJP and Janata Dal (United) on the issue of seat sharing. {image-paswan-1530717666.jpg [...]
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MSP hike yet another 'jumla', an 'electoral lollypop': Congress
New Delhi, July 4: The Congress said the hike in minimum support price (MSP) for kharif crops, announced by the government today, was a "jumla" (rhetoric) and "electoral lollypop" aimed at wooing farmers ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election. {image-randeep-surjewala-29-1480406218-24-1506213497.jpg [...]
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Sacred Games: can Netflix's Mumbai mob drama turn India on to TV?
Indian audiences traditionally see the small screen as a poor cousin to Bollywood movies. But Netflix is hoping this gritty crime series will pull in a new, internet-savvy viewerNetflix’s plans for global domination take another step forward on Friday with the release of its first original Indian TV series Sacred Games. One of several Indian shows greenlit by the streaming service, it is hoped that the crime drama will follow in the footsteps of Narcos, another international series that revealed an appetite among western audiences to broaden their horizons. Yet perhaps the biggest challenge Sacred Games faces is whether it can win over domestic audiences closer to home.Based on the acclaimed book by Vikram Chandra, Sacred Games tells the story of Sartaj Singh, a jaded cop living under the shadow of his deceased father and seeking validation from a police force he nevertheless loathes for its corruption. When Singh receives an anonymous tip-off regarding the whereabouts of Ganesh Galtonde, a notorious crime lord who has been missing for 16 years, it sets the wheels in motion for a chain of events that burrows deep into India’s dark underworld. Related: What's on Netflix and Amazon this month – July 2018 Continue reading... [...]
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Simultaneous polls inherently anti-democratic: Yechury
New Delhi, July 4: The CPI(M) today told the Law Commission that holding Lok Sabha and Assembly polls together is inherently "anti-democratic" and negates the principles of federalism which is a fundamental feature of Constitution. The panel had on June [...]
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SC agrees to hear fresh plea against nikah halala, polygamy
New Delhi, July 4: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear another fresh petition challenging the prevalent practices of nikah halala and polygamy among Muslims saying it is violative of fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution. A Bench of [...]
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Sponsored feature: Savsol takes an eco-friendly leap
The ‘Green agenda’ is in the mind of the entire automobile industry. While automakers are gearing up to meet stringent BS-VI norms, there is also a lubricant company that sees “going green” as a good differentiator from the competition. Savita Oil Technology is re-launching its 11-year-old motor-oil brand, Savsol, with the addition of what the company is calling a “Green Performer.” Gautam N. Mehra Managing Director and Sunil Aima CEO - Lubes division, give us an insight of how their new lubricating oil is eco-friendly and talk about their future plans. Savsol has been in the market for 11 years. What is the need of re-launching the brand? Mehra: We launched a Biodegradable Transformer Oil last year, which received a favourable customer response. Hence, we thought that we can launch a similar product for automobiles, too, which would be a good differentiator between us and other brands. So what exactly is a ‘green performer?’ Aima: We are now working on a farm oil-based product having two special attributes – first, it is renewable, coming from a farm; and second, these oils are also more biodegradable. Our first plan is to launch a biodegradable product in the Motorcycle Oil range. The push back is that they are expensive, so pricing is an issue. Still we hope that the trend will find favour with the customers. As you mentioned, the greener products also bring a cost burden, and in the motorcycle segment, penny saving is common. So are you targeting the more aspirational segment – which is 150cc and above – or is the commuter segment also on your mind? Aima: People skipping regular services is true but for many there are a lot of personal touches that go into motorbikes. These are the people who want the best for their bikes and are concerned about the environment. We got research done through an ad agency, the findings of which surprised us. We not only spoke to customers but also to local mechanics. Interestingly, mechanics who work at the lowest level were too eager for the product, as they are the ones most exposed to the pollution. On the other hand, the buyers whom we spoke to were also willing to pay a slight premium as their share for the environment. Talking about the premium, what would be the difference in the prices of a fossil-based lubricant and the Green Performer? Mehra: I guess it will be less than double, about 40-50 percent more. And when we are talking bikes, it’s just one litre while in cars it’s four litres, on an average. Trucks take around 11 litres. So in a motorcycle it’s still affordable, being just a premium of under Rs 200. Is their any emission advantage also? Since that’s the criteria to measure on a green parameter. Mehra: Strictly speaking, there will be lower emissions but the impact won’t be very dramatic. So the main greener effect comes from the fact that it’s more biodegradable. For example, if there is a leakage or if the mechanic, while changing the oil, spills some of it, it won’t impact the surface and will be less harmful for the environment. You earlier talked about being ready with products that will meet the requirements of mobility in the future. What are the kind of products you are referring to? Aima: We are soon going to launch a product for the diesel engine, which may not be a lubricant but something that will help meet the upcoming BS-VI emission norms. [...]
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Lucknow University to open academic session with Saraswati Puja
Lucknow University to open academic session with Saraswati Puja [...]
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Amarnath Yatra halted as weather plays spoilsport
Amarnath Yatra halted as weather plays spoilsport [...]
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How 12 Thai schoolboys stuck in a cave kept the world on seat's edge
How 12 Thai schoolboys stuck in a cave kept the world on seat's edge [...]
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'Our fingers bleed': India's female miners toil over sandstone for the UK | Anumeha Yadav
Discrimination confines women in Rajasthan’s mines to menial tasks, lugging rocks in ‘super-exploitative conditions’In Bhilwara district, in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, sandstone slabs form a makeshift fence around a field, marking the boundaries of a temporary worksite. In the centre, Seema, a tall young woman, lifts sandstone cobbles into large wooden crates.A firm in Jaipur, the state capital, has ordered the stones for export to Britain, where they will be used to pave streets and build sea defences. Related: Full steam ahead at the Indian train station run only by women – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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Malayalam TV actress arrested in fake currency case
Kochi, July 4: A Malayalam television actress and two members of her family were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the seizure of counterfeit currency notes with face value of Rs 57 lakh from their residence at Kollam. The [...]
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Earthquake of 4.5 magnitude hits Andaman Islands
An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale on Wednesday rocked Nicobar Islands of Union territory Andaman and Nicobar, according to the India Meteorological Department. There was no immediate report of any damage or casualty, officials said here. According [...]
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Monsoon updates: Rains to intensify over coastal Karnataka, Maharashtra between July 6-8
New Delhi, July 4: With vigorous Monsoon conditions prevailing all across India, rains are likely to intensify along Coastal Maharashtra and Coastal Karnataka. Between July 6 and July 8, the monsoon showers are also likely to lash central India, West Bengal, [...]
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England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties, enter FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinals
England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties on Tuesday after Eric Dier scored the decisive spot kick to send them through to a World Cup quarter-final against Sweden. [...]
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FIFA World Cup 2018 complete schedule, groups, venue and timings in India
FIFA World Cup 2018 pre-quarterfinals got off to an electric start with France knocking Argentina out while Portugal surrendering to Uruguay. Which other big teams will have to book an early flight back home? [...]
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Will UP’s Varanasi host Modi, Nitish <i>dangal</i> in 2019 Lok Sabha polls?
New Delhi, July 4: Before the big 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it's time for speculations. While the Opposition unity has hit the roadblock for the time being, it is the fate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (United) [...]
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Who is Delhi's boss? SC to decide today
New Delhi, July 3: The Supreme Court will on Wednesday deliver its verdict on power struggle between the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government and the Centre, represented by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, in Delhi. The AAP dispensation had [...]
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Govt to continue bearing service charge on e-tickets, IRCTC to get Rs 120 crore
New Delhi, July 3: In a bid to encourage people to to book train tickets online, the government would continue to bear the service charges incurred by the railways on e-tickets. The finance ministry would pay the railways Rs 120 crore [...]
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Recruited at 6, how desperate naxals are trying to revive the Bal Sangams
New Delhi, July 3: A recent report by the United Nations stated that naxalites have been recruiting and brainwashing children. While the report speaks about the recruitment of children, the fact is that this was being done in a bid to [...]
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The Himalayan state that declared war on plastic bags | Amrit Dhillon
Swapping bags for banana leaves – and cloth sacks – the tiny Indian state of Sikkim has transformed shoppers’ habits. Can Mumbai follow its example?As a boy growing up in Sikkim, the Indian state nestled below the Himalayas, Rajendra Gurung remembers how, before leaving the house to go shopping, his parents would always ask each other: “Have you got the bag?” Back then, no shopkeeper used plastic bags. Families took their own, made of cloth. Meat, fish and cheese came wrapped in a banana leaf, tied with bamboo twine. If people bought cooking oil, they took an empty bottle or can. Continue reading... [...]
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Isro’s Astrosat captures image of galaxy cluster located 800 mn light years away
Chennai, July 3: India's first dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory Astrosat has taken an image of a space galaxy cluster which is located over 800 million light years away from Earth, the Times of India reported. The distant galaxy cluster, [...]
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Maruti Vitara Brezza sales crosses 3,00,000 unit mark
Maruti’s Vitara Brezza, which already enjoys the distinction of being India’s bestselling SUV, has added another feather to its cap by crossing the 3,00,000-unit sales mark. The carmaker says that this makes the Brezza the fastest SUV to reach this milestone in the country, achieving the feat in just 28 months. A regular in the list of the Top 10 selling passenger vehicles in India every month, the Brezza has not only boosted Maruti’s overall UV sales but also enabled the country’s biggest carmaker to dethrone Mahindra to become the largest UV maker. With sales of 2,53,759 units in FY2018, Maruti’s share grew to 27.53 percent from 25.69 percent, while Mahindra’s UV share (2,33,915 units) dropped to 25.38 percent from 29.20 percent in FY2017 when it was the market leader. Maruti recently updated the SUV, giving it an all-black interior, the option of a new orange paint and enhanced safety features. But the notable change was the option of AMT gearbox, which gave the Brezza's popularity a further boost. In fact, Maruti says the AMT has been well received, accounting for over 23 percent of fresh bookings since its launch in May 2018. We drove the Brezza AMT recently and found that the SUV was convenient and easy to drive around town with a linear creep function minus the jerk that is typical of most AMTs. “The contribution of the top variants in the total sales of Vitara Brezza has risen to 56 percent. Vitara Brezza continues to be the most loved SUV despite several new entrants in the segment,” R S Kalsi, Senior Executive Director (Marketing and Sales), Maruti Suzuki, said in a company statement. The Brezza sold 15,629 units in May, up 26 percent year on year, and 1,48,462 units in FY2018, recording a growth of 36.66 percent. [...]
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Rahul Gandhi to visit Amethi on Wednesday, to launch Mission 2019
Rahul Gandhi to visit Amethi on Wednesday, to launch Mission 2019 [...]
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Lost job and unemployed for a month? EPFO has good news for you
Lost job and unemployed for a month? EPFO has good news for you [...]
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Mumbai skies wept for Japan's World Cup loss to Belgium, Anand Mahindra feels
Mumbai skies wept for Japan's World Cup loss to Belgium, Anand Mahindra feels [...]
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'WhatsApp murders': India struggles to combat crimes linked to messaging service
In the past year the murders of at least 30 people accused of being ‘child-lifters’ have been linked to platform Indian authorities are scrambling to combat a spate of murders linked to rumours circulating on messaging application WhatsApp.Eight people have been killed across the country in the past few days, after rumours spread on the app about child kidnappers on the loose and a video was circulated that purported to show a boy being snatched. Related: Indian state cuts internet after lynchings over online rumours Related: WhatsApp warriors on the new frontline of Kashmir’s conflict Related: First person convicted under Malaysia's fake news law Continue reading... [...]
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