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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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AI changes Taiwan name to Chinese on website
New Delhi, July 5: National carrier Air India has changed the name of Taiwan to Chinese Taipei on its website, following instructions from the government, an airline spokesperson said. China had raised concerns about Taiwan being described as a separate region [...]
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Belgium trains for clash of titans vs Brazil in FIFA World Cup quarterfinals
Belgium's national team trained on Wednesday at the team's base camp in the Guchkovo sport complex near Moscow, ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal match against Brazil. [...]
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia train to face Croatia in quarterfinal
Russia's national team trained on Wednesday at their base camp near Moscow, just days away from their highly-anticipated clash with Croatia in the quarterfinal round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. [...]
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Japanese players, fans politeness in defeat impresses supporters
Fans around the world on Wednesday were praising the impeccably polite behavior shown by Japanese supporters at the World Cup in Russia, where they cleaned up the stands despite suffering a heartbreaking last-minute defeat. [...]
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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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