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What is ‘Nikah Halala?’
New Delhi, June 30: The government is all set to oppose in the Supreme Court the practice of 'Nikah Halala.' The practice forbids a divorced couple from re-marrying until the woman marries someone else and consulates her new marriage and gets [...]
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Weather forecast for July 1st: Mumbai rains to increase by July 2
New Delhi, June 30: Monsoon 2018 made an early onset over India on May 28, resulting in some good rains during the first half of June. Here is the weather forecast for Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai for July 1. {image-31-mumbai-rains3-1530365136.jpg [...]
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Imran Khan starts race to lead Pakistan but can he please the ‘umpires’?
In run-up to elections, the former cricketer has drawn wide support as well as claims he is complicit with the militaryOutside a samosa stall in Lahore, the home town of Imran Khan, a group of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters put down their forks to recall the glories of the 1992 Cricket World Cup, when the final wicket fell like a matchstick before the fast bowling of the team captain. “He was like a tiger,” says Imran Raja, who remembers the final. “I watch it all the time on YouTube,” chips in 21-year-old Hassan, mourning that he was not alive to see Khan lift the trophy.On 25 July, Pakistan holds a general election in which Khan, who founded the PTI in 1996 and goes by the nickname Captain, stands a good chance of a still more significant victory. Posters bearing the party logo, a bat and ball, deck the streets of Lahore. In language typical of a 65-year-old who has transferred boundless energy to the electoral field, Khan warned party workers “not to stop until the final ball” at a gathering in the city on Thursday. Related: Former Pakistan prime minister barred from re-election Continue reading... [...]
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Mandsaur rape: Rahul demands 'speedy justice', calls for protection of children
Bhopal, June 30: Sickened by the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said "as a nation, we must protect our children" and demanded "speedy justice" for the victim. Taking to [...]
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Only 1 LeT terrorist killed in Pulwama encounter, remaining 2 escaped: J-K police
Srinagar, June 30: The body of only one Lashkar terrorist was recovered from the site of encounter in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, a police official said on Saturday, adding that the other two believed to have been killed apparently [...]
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Sony Bravia A8F OLED TV
  Sony showed off the A8F OLED at CES 2018 and the only discernible difference between the A1 OLED and A8F was the stand. If you log on to Sony India’s website and compare the specifications of th... [...]
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British intelligence officers linked to man waterboarded 83 times
MI6 put questions to Abu Zubaydah despite knowing of sustained torture, report saysBritish intelligence officers put questions to a man despite knowing he had been subjected to appalling abuse, including being waterboarded 83 times, according to damning evidence contained in a UK parliamentary report published this week.In the years after 9/11, Abu Zubaydah was the only CIA prisoner who went through all 12 of the agency’s “enhanced interrogation techniques”, including being beaten, deprived of sleep and locked in a small box. Related: UK's role in rendition and torture of terrorism suspects – key findings Continue reading... [...]
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Subsidised LPG price hiked by Rs 2.71 per cylinder
New Delhi, June 30: Subsidised cooking gas price was hiked by Rs 2.71 per cylinder today as a result of tax impact of base price rising due to spurt in international rates and fall in rupee. Subsidised LPG with effect from [...]
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Review: 2018 Audi Q5 45 TFSI video review
Also see: 2018 Audi Q5 petrol India review, test drive 2018 Audi Q5 diesel India review, test drive 2018 Audi Q5 India video review [...]
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Rajnath conveys concern to Delhi Police over low conviction rates in crimes
New Delhi, Jun 29: Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed concern over the low conviction rate in crimes committed in the national capital and asked the Delhi Police to strengthen its investigation wing. This was conveyed to the top brass of the [...]
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Delhi HC restrains DMRC employees from going on strike today
The Delhi High Court has restrained Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) employees from going on strike from midnight over a number of demands, including pay-scale revision, saying their action does not appear justified or legal as around 25 lakh people using [...]
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Vijay Mallya refutes media reports alleging plea bargain offer to ED official
Vijay Mallya refutes media reports alleging plea bargain offer to ED official [...]
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Indian state cuts internet after lynchings over online rumours
Mobs beat three people to death in three separate incidents in state of Tripura Authorities in north-eastern India have cut internet access after mobs beat three people to death in lynchings sparked by rumours spread on smartphones, officials have said.They were the latest in a string of more than 25 similar killings in recent months across India, according to press reports, which have been carried out iafter false information was spread on the messaging service WhatsApp. Continue reading... [...]
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J&K: 3 local terrorists killed in encounter in Pulwama
Three local terrorists have been killed in an encounter between terrorists and security forces in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. A spokesperson confirmed that the operation, launched by the state police and Indian Army's Rashtriya Rifles, [...]
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Plane crash in Mumbai's Ghatkopar: 'Victims died due to poly trauma, burns', says autopsy report
Mumbai, June 30: The Post Mortem report of 5 people who had lost their lives in a plane crash in Mumbai's Ghatkopar that took place on June 28 stated that the reason of their death as 'shock due to burn & [...]
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Roger Federer defeats 'favourite enemy' Rafael Nadal to win third Miami Open title
13 years ago, 17-year-old Nadal beat his Swiss opponent, already the world number one, 6-3, 6-3 in the third round of the tournament. [...]
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Sindhu, Srikanth enter semifinals of Malaysia Open
Both PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth registered straight-game wins in their quarterfinal matches. [...]
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India crush Ireland by 143 runs to record 2nd biggest T20I win
KL Rahul was adjudged Man of the Match, and Yuzvedra Chahal was named Man of the Series. [...]
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India's huge solar ambitions could push coal further into shade
Foreshadowed 100 gigawatt tender is off the scale of country’s energy needs but represents ‘brilliant statement of intent’, analysts sayIndia says it intends to launch a tender for 100 gigawatts of solar power, 10 times the size of the current largest solar tender in the world – another Indian project scheduled to open for bids next month.But analysts have said the country has neither the infrastructure nor the energy demand to warrant installing so much solar capacity in one go, saying the announcement reflects the scale of India’s ambition to become a renewable energy leader. Related: How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates Related: Indian solar power prices hit record low, undercutting fossil fuels Related: India fully electric after last village connected, claims government Related: 'Just four citizens': the Australians who confronted Adani in India, and made a difference Continue reading... [...]
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J&K: Governor appoints third advisor
Srinagar, June 30: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra has appointed the state's former chief information commissioner Khurshid Ganai as his third advisor - the first local face in his top administration. The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir is [...]
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Govt will get all data on black money from Switzerland in 2019: Piyush Goyal
New Delhi, June 29: Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said that India will get all data on black money from Switzerland by the end of fiscal 2019. India would start getting details of bank accounts from Switzerland under a bilateral [...]
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Jammu and Kashmir: One terrorist killed in Kupwara encounter
Srinagar, June 29: An encounter between militants and security forces is underway in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. One terrorist is reportedly killed near Trehgam.  The encounter takes place as the Amarnath Yatra in the state is underway [...]
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Sony SRS-XB41 Review
  Sony has a legacy of making great audio products. There was a time (maybe a long long time ago) when a Sony music system could be found in practically every household. As the years passed and Apple&rs... [...]
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Fall of Rupee: 'Still looking forward to BJP's 'Achhe Din', says Chidambaram
New Delhi, June 29: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday took a dig at the government over the record fall of the Indian rupee against the US dollar, saying he was still looking forward to the BJP's 'achhe din', a [...]
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Truth and dare
Since this is a family magazine, we can’t tell you about the bet that set the wheels rolling on this road trip. Long story short: our two protagonists, Ouseph and Rohan, had a bet and Ouseph lost. So, Rohan got to choose the mode of transport for this trip and Ouseph got to pick the route. There’s more to this. See, Rohan has lived all his life in Mumbai, dresses stylishly even when he goes to the loo and pays serious attention to his appearance. He isn’t very familiar with the outdoors, thinks camping is for gypsies and cannot imagine answering nature’s call in the great wide open. Ouseph knows this and decides that it is high time Rohan got some grime under his fingernails. Cut to a tiny Himalayan town call Bairagarh in Himachal Pradesh. Ouseph caught the bus to get here and Rohan arrived late at night in his chosen vehicle – the new Renault Captur. The plan is to drive 30km up to the top of the 14,000ft Sach Pass, continue down into Pangi valley and find a nice place to camp. Ouseph’s been to Pangi valley before and knows a couple beautiful spots they can go set up camp. The only problem is that he knows that the roads ahead are difficult and narrow. You see, Pangi valley is still rather off the tourist map, so the roads aren’t as well-maintained as the roads around Manali and Shimla. The dangers that they face ahead include (but are not limited to) freak landslides, tyre-slicing rocks, boulder fields, possible snow storms and drops big enough to give an eagle serious vertigo. Ouseph is a bit sceptical when he sees the front-wheel-drive Captur in the morning. The past few times he’s been here, he’s come this way in a four-wheel-drive vehicle and he’s not sure if the Captur will make the road. Rohan, on the other hand, is fully confident of the Captur’s abilities. Ouseph rolls his eyes but decides that this can be an interesting challenge. In the boot is a two-man tent, two folding chairs and the road ahead promises treacherous terrain and real adventure. What better way to find out if both Rohan and the Captur are made of strong stuff. The road up to Sach Pass is narrow at places, has deep sand in others and, runs quite steep, up to the top. If all goes well, they expect to be at another remote village called Killar, deep inside Pangi valley. Ouseph knows a good spot above Killar that has running water nearby and flat ground to pitch a tent on. They cross the Satrundi checkpost on the way up to Sach and are immediately thrown into the deep end. The road is narrow and climbs through dense pine forest and somewhere along the way is when they run into a hoard of taxis bringing tourists back from the ‘snow point’ just below Sach Pass. Ouseph has to reverse a fair bit to where the road is wider and he loves the Captur’s reverse camera. For two cars to pass each other on this road, you need to use every inch of available space and the reverse camera helps Ouseph do just that. The taxis get through and the boys continue the climb to Sach. Rohan gloats a little as Ouseph comments on the strong on-boost torque of the Captur. He can see Ouseph slowly falling for the Captur’s many charms. They climb steadily past 10,000ft and Ouseph knows that all cars lose power up here, so he is careful to not lose momentum and keep the turbo spinning away happily. On a couple of occasions, they are forced to stop and assess the ground they have to traverse and it is here that the Captur’s hill-start assist makes starting off on steep inclines easy. Ouseph comments about how the Captur makes this difficult terrain look rather simple. Rohan marvels at the landscape as they climb above the treeline while Ouseph can’t believe how the Captur sails over big rocks that have fallen on the road. See, on most other roads, the road is wide enough to drive around obstacles. Not up here. Up here, there simply isn’t enough space between the mountain side and a free fall is guaranteed if a wheel is placed wrong. Also, good ground clearance is essential and the Captur’s 210mm means Ouseph can confidently sail over rocks and deep ruts left by trucks without the fear of gouging out vital bits of the Captur. They go through a couple of streams fed by glacial melt, swing a left through the ice tunnel that remains from last winter and get to a small temple at the top, with an even smaller sign board that says Sach Pass. Ouseph is in wonder of the ease with which the Captur made it up here but he knows the road down the pass is even more treacherous. A couple of celebratory selfies later, Ouseph starts to get nervous. The weather up on a pass is very unpredictable and can change in minutes. A dark grey cloud is rolling in and the temperature drops as wind rushes through the pass. They retreat into the comfort of the Captur’s warm climate-controlled cabin and head to lower altitudes. A tight turning [...]
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New Audi A1 a possibility for India
German luxury carmaker Audi could bring its Mini-rivalling small car, the A1, to India. The head of Audi's India operations, Rahil Ansari, hinted at the possibility of introducing the A1 if the government relaxes import norms for luxury cars. The government is mulling over allowing foreign carmakers to import vehicles without having them undergo homologation if the vehicles have already been certified by international testing agencies, according to a report by Times of India. The move, which will allow automakers to import 2,500 units per annum, is reportedly aimed at encouraging local manufacturing and will enable them to test waters for their models and gauge customer response before establishing local assembly operations. Ansari told Autocar India that he hopes the move is passed, as it will give the company a great opportunity to test the demand for its models, especially in new segments. "It is a favourable development and we hope it is passed soon because it will also allow us to give customers the choice of a wider variety of cars," he said. The recently revealed second-generation A1 is expected to draw new and young customers to the brand in international markets with its low-slung proportions and sporty styling further accentuated by elements such as twin tailpipes, larger air inlets, and a larger rear wing. The A1 gets an infotainment system with a 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen on the higher trims, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and wireless charging. Powertrain options include a 95hp, 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol, and a 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol units making up to 200hp. Audi is not offering a diesel engine. The introduction of the A1 could heighten activity in the luxury hatchback segment in India, which currently has models such as the Mini range, which has seen decent success, as well as the VW GTI. Would you be willing to pay upwards of Rs 20 lakh for an Audi hatchback? Let us know in the comments section below. [...]
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Pulwama encounter: Terrorists trapped in a building
Srinagar, June 29: A gunbattle broke out between the terrorists and the security forces on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. The terrorists are said to be trapped in a residential building. Earlier today, one terrorirst was gunned down in [...]
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Major’s wife killed: Nikhil Handa sent to judicial custody for 14 days
New Delhi, June 29: The Patiala House court on Friday sent Major Nikhil Handa, accused of killing his colleague's wife, to a 14-day judicial custody On June 25, a Delhi Court granted Handa four-day judicial custody for allegedly killing Shailja Dwivedi, [...]
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