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Meghalaya: 13 trapped in a flooded illegal mine, rescue ops underway
Shillong, Dec 14: Thirteen people who were working in an illegal mine in East Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya got trapped after flooding. The mine is located at Ksan near Lyteiñ River, said reports. The incident was reported to the district authorities [...]
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Punjab: Amarinder Singh expresses concern over falling potato prices
Chandigarh, Dec 14: In a bid to stabilise falling prices, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Friday said the state government has asked the Centre for permission to export potato crop to Russia, USA, Iran and Sri Lanka. The [...]
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Healthcare to get $100bn boost as India aims to cut maternal deaths
Spending on health will double by 2025, with India intent on improving its record on mortality of mothers and infantsIndia has pledged to spend $100bn (£79bn) more on healthcare over the next seven years in a move partly aimed at reducing maternal mortality rates.The country will more than double its health spending from just over the current 1% of GDP to 2.5% by 2025, prime minister Narendra Modi announced. Related: Why do women still die giving birth? Continue reading... [...]
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Statue of 'racist' Gandhi removed from University of Ghana
Monument installed two years ago taken away in middle of night amid controversy over Gandhi’s views about AfricansA Mahatma Gandhi statue has been removed from the campus of the University of Ghana after protests from students and faculty who argue the Indian independence leader considered Africans “inferior”.The statue was unveiled at the university in the Ghanian capital Accra two years ago but has been the subject of controversy and was removed in the middle of the night on Tuesday, leaving just an empty plinth. Related: Petition calls for Gandhi statue to be removed from Ghana University Continue reading... [...]
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Does only Congress high command decide on CM candidate? Well, not really
New Delhi, Dec 14: The elections to the five state assemblies are over. Deliberations on who would be the Chief Minsters of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan went on late into the night. At the end of it, the decision to [...]
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Loeb to contest 2019 WRC with Hyundai
Hyundai Motorsport has confirmed that as part of a two-year deal, nine-time World Rally Championship winner Sébastien Loeb will join the team’s driver line-up. Next year, Loeb will compete in six rounds of the championship in an i20 Coupe WRC alongside long-time co-driver Daniel Elena, with the first of those outings being the season-opening Rallye Monte Carlo, next month. This year, Loeb returned to the WRC for a three-round stint with Citroën; even taking victory at the Rally de España in October – his first since 2013. “I am delighted to announce that Daniel and I will compete in six WRC events for Hyundai Motorsport in 2019,” he said. “Winning at Rally de España re-ignited my desire to continue competing at the very front of WRC. Joining Hyundai will give us a fresh challenge and one that I can’t wait to tackle. I have been impressed with the team’s approach and their determination to succeed.” Commenting on the team’s latest signing, Team Principal Michel Nandan said, “Sébastien’s announcement is hugely important for our team and we are overjoyed that he has agreed a two-year contract. Sealing a deal with someone of his immense talent and calibre shows that we are an attractive and competitive proposition in the WRC.” Additionally, Hyundai has confirmed that Dani Sordo has signed a one-year contract extension with the team and will participate in eight rounds in 2019, starting from Rally México. He will be joining Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen, with the former confirmed for a full-time role. While a statement from Hyundai Motorsport insists that it’s exploring options to continue Hayden Paddon’s involvement with the team, it seems unlikely that he’ll be part of the WRC next year.   [...]
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Prime accused in Mayur Vihar road rage case arrested
Prime accused in Mayur Vihar road rage case arrested [...]
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Kerala: BJP calls for bandh after ‘Ayyappa devotee’ immolates self
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 14: The Kerala unit of the BJP called for a dawn-to-dusk strike in the state on Friday after a man, who attempted self-immolation near the party's Sabarimala protest venue in Thiruvananthapuram, died at the Medical College Hospital. [...]
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Complaint against Navjot Singh Sidhu for violating Wildlife Protection Act
Chandigarh, Dec 13: A wildlife activist has filed a complaint against Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who gifted a stuffed Black Partridge to CM Amarinder Singh, for violating Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Sandeep Jain, Volunteer, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, [...]
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CJI Gogoi begins reading out Rafale verdict
New Delhi, Dec 13: The Supreme Court will today decide on whether the Rafale deal would be probed into or not. The court's order is expected at 10.30 am. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi [...]
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Military urged to vet foreign forces trained in Australia amid human rights concerns
Exclusive: Australia is potentially bestowing legitimacy on foreign security forces involved in abuses, Human Rights Watch saysAustralia is potentially bestowing legitimacy on foreign security forces involved in systemic human rights abuses when it provides training without prior vetting, Human Rights Watch has said.The organisation has written to the defence minister, Christopher Pyne, urging the government to introduce vetting procedures, citing its training support of the Myanmar military despite a well-documented history of war crimes and other abuses, including possible acts of genocide against ethnic Rohingya. Related: Morrison government announces new federal anti-corruption commission Occur at all levels of police and military.Require countries to provide complete deployment histories of individuals and units flagged for Australian training.Require countries to provide information about investigations or court proceedings involving any of them.Require consultation with civil society groups within the country before agreeing to provide training. Continue reading... [...]
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RBI should support the vision of the government: Gadkari
New Delhi, Dec 13: With the BJP-led Centre drawing flak from the opposition for allegedly interfering in the functioning of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that the central bank should support the vision of [...]
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India beat arch-rivals Pakistan to reach final of Emerging Teams Asia Cup
Winning the toss and inviting Pakistan to bat first, India bowled out Pakistan for 172 in 44.4 overs. [...]
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India knocked out of Hockey World Cup, go down 1-2 to the Netherlands in quarterfinal
India were knocked out of the Hockey World Cup following a 2-1 defeat against the Netherlands in a do or die clash.  [...]
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India knocked out of Hockey World Cup after 1-2 defeat against the Netherlands in quarters
A well-oiled Indian unit had raised hopes of making the semifinals for the first time since 1975 but the Dutch side broke a million hearts by coming from behind to knock out the hosts 2-1 in the last-eight clash. [...]
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What would a city that is safe for women look like?
Most cities have not been designed with women’s safety in mind but, from Egypt to Rwanda, new technology, design and education are reducing the threat of violence on the streetSexual violence has rarely been so high on the news agenda. Since allegations against the movie producer Harvey Weinstein started to emerge in October last year, the global problem has finally become a mainstream issue. The United Nations has estimated that one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence, with 120 million girls around the world having been forced into sex acts.The repercussions go beyond the physical and psychological toll on individuals who have been attacked. Harassment and fear of violence can impede free movement of girls and women and stop them reaching their full potential, both socially and economically. “If women feel afraid,” says Laura Somoggi, who manages the annual Womanity award for the prevention of violence against women, “it could undermine their ability to work or go to school or university which affects their empowerment, their rights.” Fear of attack is a bar to women escaping poverty.Waiting alone at a bus stop displaying a sexist advertisement can feel like a hostile environment Related: 'Paying to stay safe': why women don't walk as much as men Continue reading... [...]
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Geminid Meteor Shower to peak tonight: Where and how to watch in India
New Delhi, Dec 13: Geminid Meteor Shower, an annual celestial event, will peak tonight and can be watched all across the Northern Hemisphere, including India. There is no need of any special gear to watch this celestial event and all that [...]
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Sri Lanka: president's dissolution of parliament illegal, top court rules
Ruling a blow for Maithripala Sirisena, who wants to replace PM with country’s former leaderSri Lanka’s supreme court has rejected an attempt by the president to dismiss parliament and hold snap elections, leaving the country without a prime minister or cabinet and extending a political crisis that has paralysed the nation for more than six weeks.The court in Colombo ruled that Maithripala Sirisena’s order to dismiss parliament, issued on 9 November, was unconstitutional. Continue reading... [...]
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People in Jaipur say, BJP is facing wrath of God for destroying Rojgareshwar Temple in Jaipur
New Delhi, Dec 13: Demolition of Rojgareshwar Mahadev Temple in Jaipur has cost the Bharatiya Janata Party very dear at least this is what people of Jaipur say. The curse of the lord of the temple has been upon the BJP [...]
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Nagaland Lotteries Today’s Results LIVE
The Nagaland Lotteries today will be declared today. The results once declared will be available on the official website. The first draw of the day will be held at 11.55 am. There is another draw and the winning numbers of the [...]
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Audi interim CEO Bram Schot confirmed as chairman of management board
Bram Schot, who took the role of Audi's interim CEO in June, has been appointed chairman of the board of management. The summer after former Audi CEO, Rupert Standler, was imprisoned due to his connection with the Dieselgate emissions scandal, Schot took the reins of the company, albeit temporarily. Stadler's employment was terminated with immediate effect, putting an end to his 28-year career at Audi. He was released from pre-trial detention in late October, despite a Munich court originally rejecting his appeal for release citing a "danger of obstructing justice". Stadler remains suspect, despite claiming no knowledge of the decision to install illegal emissions-cheating software in Audi and numerous other Volkswagen-Group cars. "With the appointment of a new chairman of the board of management, we have laid important groundwork for Audi’s future orientation, said Herbert Diess, VW Group CEO and Audi supervisory board chairman, in a statement. " As interim CEO, Bram Schot has already done a convincing job in recent months. He is pushing forward with the cultural change in his team and is effectively tackling the current challenges." Schot was born in the Netherlands. Before joining the Volkswagen Group in 2012, he was formerly president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz's Italian operations from 2006-2011. His prior role in the VW group was director for Marketing and Sales with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. [...]
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Hindu country remark by Meghalaya HC judge evokes strong reactions
Hindu country remark by Meghalaya HC judge evokes strong reactions [...]
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Navjot Sidhu meets Captain Amarinder Singh, defuses differences
Navjot Sidhu meets Captain Amarinder Singh, defuses differences [...]
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The untold story of how India's sex workers prevented an Aids epidemic
Beating Aids is India’s greatest public health achievement. A new book says it wouldn’t have happened without womenIn 2002, a major report predicted an Aids catastrophe in India. The country would have 20-25m Aids cases by 2010. People were being infected at the rate of about 1,000 a day. Aids orphans numbered 2 million. This scourge would ravage families, society, and the economy. India was going to be the Aids capital of the world.But 2010 came and went. India averted an Aids epidemic. That victory – India’s biggest public health achievement – has remained uncelebrated. But a new book by one of the major HIV campaigners of that time finally honours the people he says were crucial in guiding India away from its seemingly inescapable destiny: the country’s sex workers. Related: Indian sex workers vent fury over law they fear will promote harassment Continue reading... [...]
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Swachh Chennai by Urbantree Write Up
"Swachh Chennai - Clean Chennai a CSR and giant initiative started by Urban Tree Infrastructures Pvt Ltd under Swachh Bharat mission with the aim of cleaning the Chennai city. We at Urban Tree always cared about green living and implemented the [...]
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Facebook among firms named on Myanmar human rights 'dirty list'
Forty-nine companies accused of human rights and environmental abusesFacebook is among a number of companies from the US, UK, France, Switzerland and China named on a “dirty list” of corporations accused of involvement in human rights and environmental violations in Myanmar, or of doing business with the country’s military, which is accused of genocide.A list of 49 companies, compiled by the pressure group Burma Campaign UK, reveals the global breadth of international organisations that have continued to provide arms, infrastructure, technology, engineering and expertise to the Burmese military, or supported projects that have been accused of causing environmental destruction, such as hydroelectric dams and jade mines. Related: From peace icon to pariah: Aung San Suu Kyi's fall from grace Continue reading... [...]
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