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The main cause of reduced cardiac functionality lies in the irreversible loss of cardiac muscle cells due to disease, especially ischaemic diseases such as cardiac infarction or heart attacks.Fibroin, the protein that gives the silk its structure and mechanical stability, could be the key to artificial cardiac tissue, according to the study published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.Felix Engel from the University Hospital Erlangen in Germany had examined the properties of silk from the Indian silkworm and demonstrated its particular suitability as scaffolding material for engineering cardiac tissue.Thomas Scheibel from the University of Bayreuth successfully produced a recombinant silk protein from garden spiders in the required larger quantities and of a consistent quality with the help of E coli bacteria.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:55:25 GMT

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Stoke-on-Trent: Arsene Wenger believes his side does not receive its fair share of penalty decisions, a view he claimed was demonstrated in their 1-0 Premier League defeat at Stoke City.The Arsenal manager was left beaten by an early second half goal from Stoke’s new Spanish forward Jese, signed on loan this week from PSG and whose training had been curtailed by his new-born son requiring a medical procedure.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his team was unlucky to not get penalties against Stoke City.ReutersBut, while accepting that his side had not performed well, the veteran French manager was also left fuming by two failed penalty appeals — for a handball by Kurt Zouma and foul by Mame Diouf.“Weadd to the manager’s bad mood, he also saw a second half “equaliser” by record signing Alexandre Lacazette ruled out for offside — a decision by referee Andre Marriner which television replays suggested had been correct by a matter of millimetres.“Ialso confirmed that Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez, who trained with the team in London on Friday, will be available for their next game, Sunday’s visit to Liverpool, after being linked with a potential move away from the club.But, in the meantime, having conceded three goals in the opening weekend victory over Leicester, Wenger insists he is not panicking about his team in that area.“Last

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:10:36 +0000

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New Delhi: Union minister Maneka Gandhi has said there was a need to enact a law on beggary with an emphasis on rehabilitation and reintegration of the vulnerable section of the society rather than criminalising the act.She has urged Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot to bring in a comprehensive legislation to address the issue.In a letter to Gehlot, she said the Act should focus on rehabilitation and re-integration rather than criminalising the already vulnerable section of the population."SinceReutersReferring to the recently enacted Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, Gandhi said it identifies child beggars as "children in need of care and protection" and provides for their rehabilitation and re-integration in the society through Child Welfare Committees.However, in the absence of any central legislation, the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959, was extended to Delhi in 1960 which criminalises begging, she said."It is understood that the anti-begging laws in other states also are derived from the Bombay Act."I would like to draw your attention to the fact that this legislation fails to address the casual factors of begging and takes an archaic approach which violates the rights of children and contradicts the protective provisions of Juvenile Justice Act," she said.She said that children engaged in begging in urban areas and metropolises like Delhi are one such group who face multiple challenges and struggle everyday for survival, food, water, clothing, shelter and protection.They are exposed to the risk of becoming economically and sexually exploited, enslaved or trafficked.A survey by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights had found 5,727 children begging in August 2015.The same situation may be prevailing in other metropolitan cities and big towns especially religious places, she said in her letter.Published Date: Aug 20, 2017 12:25 pm | Updated Date: Aug 20, 2017 12:33 pm

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:55:20 +0000

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The Tests clinched without much of a strain, India will begin the journey to identify the core of their 2019 World Cup squad when they square off against a low-on-confidence Sri Lanka in a five-match ODI series, starting in Dambulla on Sunday.The visitors won the three-Test series by a comfortable 3-0 margin and will look to take that momentum into the limited-overs leg of the tour as well.The Indian think-tank has made a lot of moves in this regard, and prima facie, the most important of them at present is the simple declaration that KL Rahul will bat at no.4 throughout this five-match contest.He started with a bang scoring a maiden hundred on his ODI debut in Zimbabwe in the summer of 2016, and then added a half-century later in the series as well.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:14:00 GMT

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:04:29 +0530

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New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu directed chairman of the Railway Board on Sunday to fix responsibility based on "prima facie evidence by the end of day" into the derailment of the Utkal Express in Uttar Pradesh.File image of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.AFPThe minister said he was monitoring the situation closely and that restoration of tracks was his top priority.24people died and 156 were injured after 14 coaches of the Utkal Express derailed near Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh Saturday evening."Restoration is top priority.Have directed CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of day," he tweeted.Restoration is top priority.7

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:37:10 +0000

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A Romanian Orthodox Church bishop has resigned after a video was released, according to local media, of him having sex with a 17-year-old student from his seminary.The video showing Corneliu Barladeanu, bishop of the eastern city of Husi, which has been circulating online since mid-July, has created a scandal in Romania, where 85 percent of the population are Orthodox Christians.After the two day discussion, the bishop -- who claims he is innocent -- decided to resign "for the peace and the good of the Church," the Romanian church leadership said in a statement.A priest from the northwest of the country, suspected of attempted sexual "corruption" involving a 17-year-old youth, was thrown out of the Church at the end of July.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:34:48 GMT

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Union minister Maneka Gandhi has said there was a need to enact a law on beggary with an emphasis on rehabilitation and reintegration of the vulnerable section of the society rather than criminalising the act.In a letter to Gehlot, she said the Act should focus on rehabilitation and re-integration rather than criminalising the already vulnerable section of the population."Since children cannot be seen in exclusion from their families, the approach should be rehabilitation of the whole family and extending the social protection net to them," she has said in the letter.However, in the absence of any central legislation, the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959, was extended to Delhi in 1960 which criminalises begging, she said.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:15:26 GMT

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The government is exploring the possibility of setting up an eco-park under public-private partnership mode to make research and development in e-waste recycling commercially viable, the environment ministry has told a parliamentary panel.The ministry said this to the Committee of Subordinate Legislation 2016-17 in its 23rd report on action taken by the government on the recommendations contained in the 15th report of the committee on e-waste management."The committee is also of the considered view that the DeitY should go full throttle in exploiting the talent across the country and across institutions of scientific excellence to promote research in the field of e-waste management," it had recommended.The committee had noted that R&D in technology pertaining to management of e-waste in an environment friendly manner falls within the domain of the DeitY, which has initiated a number of R&D projects at various national institutions in India.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:19:19 GMT

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The RSS has decided to go on an aggressive expansion exercise in Kerala to achieve a target of nine lakh cadres by 2019.Senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary J. Nandakumar claimed that there has been an increase in attacks on RSS workers, but added that the organisation is determined in its mission of development of the overall society in Kerala.“InNow we will more aggressively pursue our work,” he said, adding that the number of RSS cadres will touch the 9 lakh figure by 2019.The Left-ruled state accounts for the maximum number of 5,000 shakhas or daily morning meetings of RSS members among all ‘prants’ (regions) and the number is rising, Mr. Nandakumar further claimed.Nandakumar, the national convener of RSS-affiliate Prajna Pravah, who is from Kerala, also said that the Left is losing its ground in the state as more and more people are joining the RSS.“I can say that there is a craze among youths in the state towards our nationalist organisation,” he said.He also alleged that RSS workers were being “brutally killed by state-sponsored actors” but said the Sangh is determined in its mission of development of the overall society in Kerala.

The Hindu

Вс, 20 авг 2017 11:27:52 +0530

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By T. Rees Shapiro, The comedian Dick Gregory rose to national prominence in the early 1960s as a black satirist whose audacious style of humor was biting, subversive and topical, mostly centered on current events, politics and above all, racial tensions.The cause was not reported.His expert timing and bold humor — often pulled from the day’s headlines — inspired the careers of comedians such as Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.Mel Watkins, a journalist and scholar whose books include “On the Real Side: A History of African American Comedy,” said that Mr. Gregory broke the mold among black comedians by employing political satire at a time when audiences expected black performers to do minstrel skits in baggy pants and outsize shoes and use slapstick humor.“HeGregory was hired at the country’s most prominent clubs — from the Blue Angel in New York to the hungry i in San Francisco.He made more than $12,000 a week at his peak.Darryl Littleton, a comedian and author of “Black Comedians on Black Comedy,” said that Mr. Gregory was among the first black comics to gain recognition for incorporating political barbs into his routine.Littleton said Mr. Gregory, along with white comics Lenny Bruce and Mort Sahl, “were all chopping at the same tree and nobody was really doing social commentary and breaking down barriers like those guys.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 02:49:59 GMT

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Australian police have charged three men with committing terrorist acts on suspicion of starting fires at a Shia mosque in Melbourne last year, inspired by the Islamic State and intending to divide the Muslim community.Two of the men are already in custody and awaiting trial on suspicion of plotting bomb attacks in Australia’s second largest city last year, while a third a 29-year-old Melbourne man was arrested late on Saturday.All three face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment over the arson attack at the Imam Ali Islamic Centre in December 2016.‘Noplace in society’Australian Federal Police’s counter terrorism national manager said that attacking a place of worship had no place in society.“It is clear that these arson attacks were designed to intimidate and influence those that attend this mosque and the wider Islamic community,” Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney said on Sunday.Australia, a staunch U.S. ally that has sent troops to Afghanistan and Iraq, has been on heightened alert since 2014 for attacks by home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East, or their supporters.While there have been several “lone wolf” attacks, officials say 13 significant plots have been foiled in that time.Police say the three men were adherents of militant Sunni Muslim ideology.Police said the arrest of the man on Saturday came after extensive investigations into fires at the Melbourne mosque but said it did not relate to any direct threat to the community.The other two men facing charges are in custody and awaiting trial for allegedly planning militant attacks around Christmas Day 2016 in Melbourne.The two, a 25-year-old and a 27-year-old, will also be charged with terrorist offences for causing a previous fire at the Imam Ali Islamic Centre in November 2016.The man arrested on Saturday will appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Sunday, while the other two will appear in court on Monday.Other arrestsThis month, two men were charged with terror-related offences after authorities disrupted what they described as an IS-inspired plot to bomb an Etihad Airways flight.Another man arrested in relation to the foiled plot was charged with weapons offences and released on bail.A fourth man was released without charge.A gunman in a 2014 Sydney cafe siege boasted about links with IS militants, although no direct ties with the group were established.

The Hindu

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:21:42 +0530

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This question has been posed to the Law Ministry by the Election Commission as the election law is silent on as to who can campaign in Indian elections.During the recently-held Punjab assembly elections, when several PIOs came to the state to campaign for the AAP, the chief electoral officer of the state had raised a query with the commission on whether this category of the people can do so.As the Representation of the People Act or related electoral rules are silent on the issue, the commission then sought an answer from the Ministry of External Affairs.After being given the details and the background by the EC, the ministry is yet to respond to the poll panel.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:41:52 GMT

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Leading stock exchange BSE has said trading in Inter Globe Finance shares will resume from tomorrow after the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) stayed curbs imposed on the company.The shares of the company will be moved out of GSM (graded surveillance measures) framework and will be available for trading with effect from August 21, the exchange said in a circular.Subsequently, the exchanges had moved such stocks to the highest sixth grade of GSM, where the shares are allowed to trade only on first Monday of the month with no upward movement in price, with additional surveillance deposit of 200 per cent of trade value to be deposited by the buyers.Sebi had received the list of such companies from the corporate affairs ministry and many of the 331 firms are under the scanner of Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) and the income tax department.(This

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:54:03 GMT

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Every individual today is leading at least two lives: one in the real world, and another in the virtual world.In the real world, a person may have only three or four close friends, but in the virtual world, he may have over 500 friends on his Facebook list.In the real world, a person may be meek, timid, afraid of voicing how he or she feels about something, but that same individual may vent and post about uncomfortable situations on their social media status updates.The virtual world gives us a chance to be whoever it is that we seek to be — introverts find it easier to express their feelings through texts and chats instead of having face-to-face conversations; everyone with a smartphone is now a professional photographer showcasing the aesthetics of the food they eat and the places they visit; everyone is now a model pouting and clicking selfies of themselves from the most flattering angles.The user receives these messages and is free to share them on his or her social media profile, but cannot trace the messages back to the original author, nor can he or she respond to them directly.Sarahah began as a website in November 2016 to enable employees to share honest feedback with their bosses in Saudi Arabia, but today it has become yet another means for people to seek validation from others — known and unknown.Since it caught on in India, social media timelines have been flooded with users sharing their Sarahah profile links and inviting others to send them anonymous messages.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:31:53 +0000

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Tens of thousands of anti-racism protesters opposed a far-right "Free Speech" rally in the US city of Boston on Saturday.While the day was mostly peaceful, there were minor scuffles between police and protesters, and at least 33 were arrested.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:53:06 GMT

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For one of India’s most popular electronic music producers Udyan Sagar — Nucleya — being followed around by a camera on stage is no biggie.But for the Red Bull TV feature series Ride to the Roots, the cameras followed Udyan into his life, his past and his family — both within and outside the music world.Presented as a documentary film on the life and times of Nucleya, shooting — helmed by indie regular filmmaker and music video director Misha Ghose for Red Bull — began in March this year, marked by a show in Ahmedabad, which was said to be attended by 10,000 fans.Photo by Ali Bharmal via FacebookIt begins as a story of reconnecting with one’s roots in Ahmedabad — where Udyan meets his family and “rediscovers the city and my early years there as a musician.”He adds, “After the Ahmedabad show, the shooting continued for about a month across Goa and with the various contributors to the documentary.”Like

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:22:30 +0000

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Atletico Madrid battled back from 2 -0 down after a red card for Antoine Griezmann to salvage a 2 -2 draw at newly-promoted Girona to start their La Liga campaign.Tight security measures oversaw the first top-flight match in Catalonia since two terror attacks in the region left 14 dead and hundreds injured in Barcelona and the nearby seaside town of Cambrils on Thursday and the early hours of Friday morning.Christian Stuani took advantage of some slack marking at the heart of an Atletico defence shorn of the suspended Diego Godin to head home twice in three first-half minutes.The French international appeared to have been clipped by Gorka Iraizoz as he rounded the goalkeeper, but was instead booked for diving and then shown a straight red card for his protests towards referee Juan Martinez Manuera.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:20:17 GMT

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New Delhi: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking prohibition on sale or dispensation of liquor in the departure area of domestic terminals of Indian airports has been rejected by the Delhi High Court on the grounds that it is not executable.File image of Delhi High Court.AFPThe petition, filed by a non-profit company, had claimed that the rules barring serving or consumption of alcohol were in place to prevent passengers from getting drunk while on-board an aircraft and it would affect flight safety through unruly behaviour by passengers.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice PS Teji, however, refused to entertain the plea saying the prayer sought by the petitioner was not executable.It said that the relief sought was akin to not providing sugar to someone on the ground that it could lead to diabetes as the plea was premised on the assumption that everyone, who has had a drink, would be drunk.The court also said it would be "completely difficult" to control what a passenger imbibes before entering the airport or after passing through security check."TheDismissed," the bench said.The non-profit company, India Awake for Transparency, had in its plea filed through advocate R Subramanian claimed there was no point in prohibiting serving of alcohol on domestic flights if passengers were free to drink or purchase it from the bars or liquor outlets in the airport terminals.It had contended that as per the aviation rules, the reason for non-serving of alcohol on domestic flights was to prevent drunken behaviour by passengers.The petitioner company had claimed that the ban was brought into force after an airline, Damania Airways (now defunct), had started serving alcoholic beverages on its domestic flights which had led to unsavoury incidents.The government had then held that such incidents were endangering flight and passenger safety.The ban has, thereafter, been in force for over two decades, it had said.Published Date: Aug 20, 2017 10:30 am | Updated Date: Aug 20, 2017 10:30 am

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:00:03 +0000

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Government head-hunter PESB has asked the renewable energy ministry to choose proper course of action for the selection of SECI MD as three candidates interviewed earlier were found unsuitable for the post.The PESB had earlier said that it is seeking qualified candidates for the post of Managing Director, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).The SECI was set up as an implementation and facilitation institution dedicated to the solar energy sector under the aegis of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, with the mandate to undertake wide ranging activities under the National Solar Mission.Accordingly, SECI has ventured into the business of developing ultra mega solar power projects, development of solar parks, large scale solar power plants as well as into the development of rooftop solar projects and various other decentralised applications.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:59:10 GMT

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Authorities said two people died in a small plane crash near a central Oregon airport where people were gathering to view the solar eclipse.The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network has said the pilot and a passenger were killed in the crash about 2 p.m. on Saturday about a mile south of Madras Municipal Airport.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the small plane was approaching a central Oregon airport when it crashed, the Oregonian/Oregonlive reports.FAA spokesman Ian Gregor has said the plane that crashed Saturday was a single-engine, homebuilt Wheeler Express.About 200,000 people are expected in the area that’s considered a prime viewing spot as the moon completely blots out the sun.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:16:02 +0530

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Delhiites today woke up to partly cloudy sky with the minimum temperature settling at 26.5 degree Celsius.According to MeT department, humidity recorded at 8.30 am was 85 per cent even as it did not cause discomfort to the people of Delhi.The weatherman has predicted light rains in some areas later in the day.The minimum temperature was yesterday recorded at 26 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature settled at 29.6 degree Celsius.(This

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:49:03 GMT

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North Korea has accused Japan of building a cyberspace attack force in its military under the pretext of self-defence, the media reported.APOfficial newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Saturday said the Japanese Defence Ministry is planning to boost the size and capability of its cyber unit under the excuse of self-defence against hackers."Their cyber unit is not for merely protecting the computer system of the Self-Defence Forces (SDF) from hacking, but for attacking the computer systems of its rivals," said the newspaper, adding that once the unit has the capability to attack, the SDF will "completely turn into the force in attack formation".The Japanese Defence Ministry was mulling increasing the number of soldiers in its cyber defence unit from the current 110 to 1,000, and a new working group to study cyber warfare techniques will also be established, according to media reports last month.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:36:07 +0000

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A woman, accused of organising a honeytrap and blackmailing BJP MP K C Patel, has been denied bail by a special court which said she had adopted "ingenious modus operandi" to trap public personalities and extort money.The present case is an instance where the victims suffer loss of honour and fall in the eyes of society," the court observed."On the basis of the admitted fact that accused Ajay Kumar alias Ajay Pal had made payment for installing hidden cameras in the flat of accused woman and the call detail records, it prima facie appears that both the accused persons were in conspiracy with each other and were partners in crime," the court said.The woman had sought bail on the ground that she was a victim and had been falsely implicated by the complainant to circumvent legal action for the alleged offence of rape against him.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:28:34 GMT

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After replacing the conventional lighting system in the temple city with LED lights, municipal officials have decided to extend the same till Auto Nagar area, on the outskirts of Tirupati.crore and covers a distance of 2.1 km with 88 electric poles and 176 LED bulbs (120 watt), was inaugurated by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, via remote control, during his late night visit to the city on Friday.With respect to the works being done to strengthen the road infrastructure, Mr. Naidu directed the officials to complete the land acquisition, particularly forest areas, for constructing national highways.Flyovers With respect to the prestigious ‘Vaikuntamala’ project in Tirupati, the officials said the works to construct flyovers at Karakambadi and Kapilatheertam would commence after the necessary permissions from TTD and the Forest Department.

The Hindu

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:46:45 +0530

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New DGCA notice period norms for airline commanders may hit the expansion plans of the domestic carriers besides significantly impacting the entry of potential strategic investors, according to experts.The new rules, put in place by the aviation regulator last week, make it mandatory for commanding pilots to serve at least one year notice period if they want to quit and join another airline.All the start-up airlines, including possible strategic investors considering entry due to the 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) rule, will be significantly impacted," Kaul said.While an airline typically needs 10 pilots per aircraft, most Indian carriers have brought it down to 8. Currently, India has 5,000 trained pilots but industry estimates suggests the requirement will rise to 9,000 in the next two years.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:13:24 GMT

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A plea alleging that reckless dumping of municipal solid waste in Noida was polluting the air, has led the National Green Tribunal to seek responses from the Centre and the UP government on the issue.Solid waste was being brought to the site through trucks by Noida authority on regular basis and dumped in a careless manner leading to a nauseating smell, the petition said.The garbage dump in the region was created as a temporary garbage dump by the Noida authority two years ago, the plea said.The plea has sought directions to immediately stop dumping of waste on the site and that no construction should be allowed in the area until a designated place for waste disposal is earmarked.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:17:47 GMT

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RIPOLL, Spain — A missing imam and a house that exploded days ago became the focus Saturday of the investigation into an extremist cell responsible for two deadly attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort, as authorities narrowed in on who radicalized a group of young men in northeastern Spain.Investigators searched the home of Abdelbaki Es Satty, an imam who in June abruptly quit working at a mosque in the town of Ripoll, the home of the Islamic radicals behind the attacks that killed 14 people and wounded over 120 in the last few days.Police were trying to determine whether Es Satty was killed in a botched bomb-making operation on Wednesday, the eve of the Barcelona bloodshed.His former mosque has denounced the deadly attacks and weeping relatives marched into a Ripoll square on Saturday, tearfully denying any knowledge of the radical plans of their sons and brothers.At least one of the suspects is still on the run, and his younger brother has disappeared, as has the younger brother of one of the five attackers slain Friday by police.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:08:23 GMT

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CLINTON, MD. (WUSA9) - A 25-year-old man confessed to murder of his 6-year-old sister and his young cousins at his home in Clinton, Maryland on Friday.RELATED: Man arrested for murder of 3 girls found in Clinton, Md.homePolice have charged 25-year-old Antonio Williams with the deaths of his sister, 6-year-old Nadira Withers of Brooke Jane Drive, as well as 9-year-old Ariana Decree and 6-year-old Ajayah Decree.PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) August 19, 2017On Friday, around 7:35 a.m, police were called to a house in the 6400 block of Brooke Jane Drive.just devastating to know that something like that could happen to little children," said neighbor Billie Hill.Investigation reveals Williams had sole care and custody of the children at the home overnight into Friday.

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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:13:06 GMT

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Issues ranging from gambling and overcharging by autorickshaw drivers to overspeeding of buses and traffic problems figured in the first phone-in programme organised by the district police here on Saturday.Mr. Patil said the information gathered by him during the phone-in programme would be shared with the police stations concerned so that they could take action on it.Some of the callers, during the phone-in programme, had given exact details of where the matka was going on and who were running it.Promising a caller of action, Mr. Patil said he would himself visit the matka spots mentioned by the former coming under the Kota police station limits and take action.

The Hindu

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:18:28 +0530

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Dick Gregory, known for his groundbreaking comedy, who parlayed his career as a stand-up into a life of social and political activism, died Saturday of heart failure.The statement read, ?It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.? As per the statement, Gregory was recently hospitalised.Raised by his single mother, Lucille, he did odd jobs to help support his family and used humor as a defense against the neighborhood bullies.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 03:41:00 GMT

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A PIL seeking prohibition on sale or dispensation of liquor in the departure area of domestic terminals of Indian airports has been rejected by the Delhi High Court on the grounds that it is not executable.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice P S Teji, however, refused to entertain the plea saying the prayer sought by the petitioner was not executable.It said that the relief sought was akin to not providing sugar to someone on the ground that it could lead to diabetes as the plea was premised on the assumption that everyone, who has had a drink, would be drunk.The non-profit company, India Awake for Transparency, had in its plea filed through advocate R Subramanian claimed there was no point in prohibiting serving of alcohol on domestic flights if passengers were free to drink or purchase it from the bars or liquor outlets in the airport terminal.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 03:56:26 GMT

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Muzaffarnagar :   A 16-year-old girl, who set herself on fire after allegedly being sexually assaulted by two persons in Shamli district, died in a hospital on Saturday, following which one of the accused has been arrested, police said. The girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by the two accused who had also filmed the act to blackmail her.The girl allegedly set herself ablaze on Thursday and was admitted to hospital, where she died today, the officer said. First Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 09:05 AM

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2017-08-20 03:46:50am

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The Railways today put the death toll in the derailment of the Utkal Express near Khatauli in UP at 21 and said 97 passengers were injured.Out of the 97 injured persons, 26 passengers are grievously injured while 71 have simple injuries, the railways said in a statement.The affected rail route is expected to be cleared and traffic is likely to be restored by 7 pm, the railways said.Fourteen coaches of the high-speed Utkal Express yesterday jumped the rails, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli in UP.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 03:25:22 GMT

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Several thousand fans gathered at the headquarters of rugby union in Perth on Sunday to protest the axing of Western Force from Super Rugby.The Perth-based team were cut loose by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) last week, a decision they are hoping to dispute in the New South Wales Supreme Court.Billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest has publicly backed the Force and on Sunday told cheering protesters that the Force would survive with or without the ARU."This is absolutely not the end of the Western Force, it is not the end of rugby in Western Australia.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:02:54 GMT

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The Kerala government will focus more on promoting young and budding entrepreneurs with policy and other necessary support, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday.The state government has always been a staunch supporter of the startup ecosystem and will give you full-fledged support henceforth," the Chief Minister said.Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan appreciated the state government and the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) in nurturing the startup ecosystem in the southern state.State IT Secretary M Sivasankar said there were a number of schemes in the pipeline for supporting the startup ecosystem.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:47:12 +0000

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Aurobindo Pharma has said it would broaden product portfolio in the US while entering new markets in Europe as part of its growth strategy over the next 3-4 years.In the US, it plans to broaden portfolio through accelerated growth in injectable, OTC and higher complexity products, Aurobindo said in an investor presentation.On the other hand, in Europe, the company is planning to expand presence into new geographies such as Poland and Czech Republic besides enhancing its position in existing countries such as France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and the UK.In the US, where it is the sixth largest generic firm by volume, Aurobindo Pharma said it is looking at "broadening portfolio with more balance through accelerated growth in injectable, OTC, and higher complexity products".

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:52:50 GMT

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In the wake of the Utkal Express derailment that killed 23 people, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered the Chairman of the Railway Board (CRB) to fix responsibility by day end based on prima facie evidence.Have directed CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of day,' Prabhu tweeted.Have directed CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of day.Meanwhile, all the trains on the Meerut line have been cancelled or diverted till 6 pm.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:34:00 GMT

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On Saturday, Union minister Ramdas Athawale appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide reservation to backward classes in the Indian Army, according to media reports.The way SC/STs/OBCs have reservation in education,jobs, they should get it in Army too: Union Minister Ramdas Athwale | ANI pic.twitter.com/CNKGw5kPam—

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:35:05 +0000

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Against Burnley, they imploded early on after Gary Cahill’s sending off that was symptomatic for the club’s summer woes.Last season every Chelsea player had been a part of Antonio Conte’s moulded unit, a regenerated collective with a palpable identity and pronounced character, with shape and purpose.The Belgian didn’t have to contemplate European midweek matches either, keeping his fitness levels at a peak.Without him the reigning champions are weakened - and the stars no longer seem aligned at Chelsea.Their Italian coach is at the heart of the malaise.It’s perhaps a great paradox for Conte, the much heralded tactician, who, as an interloper, won the championship just months ago: the league’s best coach is in grave peril even before the new season has gotten underway in earnest.Conte was lauded for his vision, persistence and man-management, but today his position in West London is precarious.The Italian isn’t yet at the desperation levels of Jose Mourinho, who swayed at everyone as his great reign of crushing fan love and silverware collapsed and disintegrated.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:39:11 +0000

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New Delhi :   Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday said that he has directed Chairman Railway Board (CRB) to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of the day in Utkal Express accident which claimed 23 lives and left more than 80 people injured in Muzaffarnagar district.Prabhu said that he would not allow laxity in operations by the Board.The railway minister said that restoration is his top priority and he is ensuring to provide best possible medical care for the injured.First Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 11:50 AM

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2017-08-20 06:31:59am

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Malaysia has apologised to Indonesia over the upside down printing of the Indonesian flag in a souvenir guidebook handed out at the opening of the Southeast Asian Games.The mistake, spotted at the opening of the games in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, on Saturday sparked an outcry in Indonesia and the hashtag #ShameonyouMalaysia was trending on social media.Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi also expressed dismay, posting pictures of the mistake on his Twitter account.The flag blunder was the latest in a series of embarrassing incidents at the regional sports meet.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:10:27 GMT

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Godhra: A police team was attacked on Saturday by a mob of over 100 persons here when it tried to rescue a large number of cows which were allegedly being taken for slaughter.The police had to lob 18 rounds of teargas shells after the mob attacked them, Godhra Deputy SP VK Nai said.Representational image.AFP"When the police team reached the ground where the cattle were kept, they were attacked by the mob with stones.Nobody was injured," he said.The security forces had carried out an extensive combing operation upon receiving information that the cattle were brought here for slaughtering.The police found that a large number of cattle were tied at a place on the ground.When they tried to untie the animals and take them into their custody, the officers were attacked, Nai said."We

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:06:48 +0000

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Finished steel export jumped by 64.2 per cent to 0.770 million tonne (mt) in July compared to 0.469 mt in the same month last year, says a report.Import of finished steel also shot up by 42.2 per cent at 0.798 mt in July this year compared to 0.561 mt in the same month last year, the report said.During April-July 2017, export of total finished steel was up by 65.5 per cent at 2.807 mt compared to 1.696 mt during the same period of last fiscal, the report by Joint Plant Committee (JPC), which collects data on iron and steel industry in the country, said.During April-July 2017, consumption of total finished steel in India rose by 4.4 per cent to 27.911 mt from 26.736 mt in the same period of last year, under the influence of rising production for sale and imports, the report said.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:04:03 GMT

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Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Najam Sethi said that he would announce the names of the players in the World eleven side, that will tour Pakistan, in the next couple of days.I can tell you this notable players from all member countries of the ICC will be in the World eleven," he told a gathering in Lahore yesterday.AP"Once the World eleven comes to Lahore the Sri Lankan team will also come and it will open the doors for more teams to come to Pakistan," Sethi said.Media reports have said that former Zimbabwean Test player, Andy Flower has nearly completed his negotiations with some leading players for the World eleven tour to Lahore including Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir etc."We will announce the names of the players in the World eleven side in the next 2 to 3 days," the PCB chief said.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:04:09 +0000

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Surat: A 15-year-old boy and his watchman father were felicitated by the Surat Diamond Association (SDA) on Saturday for returning a pouch full of diamonds worth Rs 45 lakh to its owner.Mansukhbhai Savaliya, a broker had lost the pouch containing diamonds on last Sunday.At a function organised in Surat, the association felicitated Vishal Upadhyay, as well as his father, Fulchand, for returning the pouch which had slipped out of the pocket of Savaliya.Representational image.diamond market was closed for the next two days on Monday and Tuesday this week due to Independence Day holiday, Fulchand returned the diamond to the Association on Wednesday as soon as it opened," Navadiya told PTI.Meanwhile, Mansukhbhai tried to search for the missing diamonds at every possible place but failed to find it.However, he could not check the CCTV footage of the safe deposit vault due to holiday.When the SDA office opened, the boy and his father approached its office and handed over the pouch containing diamonds to an official there after which the associationchecked the CCTV footage to get clues about ownership of the diamonds."Whenthe vault opened on Wednesday, the SDA obtained CCTV footage of the area outside the vault to ascertain who had lost the diamonds.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:49:38 +0000

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The government has extended till March a cash back scheme that offers incentives of up to Rs 1,000 to merchants for accepting payments through the BHIM application.The scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 14 for a period of six months for promoting cashless payments through the BHIM app.The condition for availing benefit is that at least 20 transactions should have been accepted by the merchant during the month from unique users of the BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) with each amounting to minimum of Rs 25.The app user can make transaction by using UPI address, ISFC code and bank account of the recipient and by scanning QR code that can be generated in the app itself.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:54:03 GMT

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LANSING, MI -- Several players across the country came very close, but no one won the $541 million Powerball jackpot for the drawing held on Saturday, Aug. 19.That total is the third largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history and the second largest in Powerball history.The second largest was a Mega Millions drawing worth $656 million, meaning the Powerball drawing next week may become the second largest jackpot ever.The winners in South Carolina and Tennessee also played the Power Play option, increasing their winnings to $2 million.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:28:04 GMT

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Patna: The toll in Bihar floods rose to 202 on Saturday as the flood situation worsened affecting around 1.21 crore people across 18 districts in the state.On Friday, the toll was 153 and the number of affected people stood at 1.08 crore in 17 districts.Representational image.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:34:39 +0000

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Stay up to date on breaking news with our mobile app from the Apple app store or the Google Play store.MADRAS, Oregon — A small plane flying from the Bay Area to a popular Oregon solar eclipse destination crashed Saturday afternoon, killing the pilot and passenger, according to emergency responders and media reports.The single-engine, homebuilt Wheeler Express crashed under unknown circumstances near the Madras airport around 1:50 p.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.The plane crashed near the top of the south side of Willow Creek Canyon and was fully engulfed in flames when officials arrived on the scene.KPIX is reporting that the plane is registered to a Menlo Park man and it took off from the San Carlos airport around 11 a.m.The airport is so small it has no control tower, but a mobile one was brought in for the eclipse, the paper reported.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:49:58 GMT

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Najam Sethi said that he would announce the names of the players in the World eleven side, that will tour Pakistan, in the next couple of days.I can tell you that notable players from all member countries of the ICC will be in the World eleven," he told a gathering in Lahore yesterday.Media reports have said that former Zimbabwean Test player, Andy Flower has nearly completed his negotiations with some leading players for the World eleven tour to Lahore including Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir etc. "We will announce the names of the players in the World eleven side in the next 2 to 3 days," the PCB chief said.The International Cricket Council is supporting the World eleven tour to Pakistan while the Sri Lankan board has said that subject to government clearance it wants to play one T20 match in Lahore this year.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:09:00 GMT

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AP/WJLA) — Police say an arrest has been made in the slayings of three girls under the age of 10 who were found in a home in Clinton, a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C.8News affiliate WJLA reports that Antonio Williams, 25, has confessed to the murder of his 6-year-old sister and two other girls he was related to.Police say they arrested Williams Friday night in connection with the murders which happened that morning.Williams’ and Withers’ mother were the ones who found the children dead when they came home from work Friday morning.Police arrived at the scene around 7:30 a.m. and said the girls had stab and puncture wounds.

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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 21:01:54 GMT

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This week, there is a bunch of weird and wonderful apps for you to check out.Food CongaFood CongaThis game is based in a land where food simply saunters off into the unknown and your job as a chef is to venture into the forest and capture it.The game is a lot like Crossy Roads and bears a strong resemblance to the art used in the latter.This here is a fun (and sometimes frustrating) little arcade game for when you are waiting in the queue at your favourite fast food place.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:07:30 +0000

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In a special drive against ganja trade, police in Koraput district have arrested at least 21 ganja smugglers, in past few weeks, a police officer said.Crackdown on illegal ganja smuggling will be intensified as this trade is directly linked to increasing crime rate in the district, the SP said The wild grass, illegally cultivated in the hills and jungles in Malkangiri district and Lamataput and Machkund areas of Koraput district is smuggled to states like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Rajasthan.On the modus operandi adopted by the gangs in smuggling ganja, ASP (Jeypore) Prabhat Kumar Pradhan said the original traders never come to the picture and they receive orders from the counterparts residing outside the state.Another modus operandi of the trade is local gangs hijack consignment of traders belonging to outside the state and sell the banned drug to some other party.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:01:32 GMT

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India played flawless cricket in the Test series to beat Sri Lanka by a comprehensive scoreline of 3-0.For the ODI series, the onus will be on Sri Lanka to not repeat their performance in the Tests against India especially after being shocked by Zimbabwe in their previous ODI series on home soil.India’s ODI team is as good as their Test team and have flexibility in their ODI squad which Sri Lanka don’t have at this point of time.From being non-regular member of the team to becoming a vice-captain of the team, he substantiated the importance of patience in sports and Sri Lankan selectors must take note of it and keep patience to build a decent team before the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:50:30 +0000

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Boston march against right-wing rally draws thousands 20 August 2017 From the section US & Canada Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow a day of rival protests unfordedTens of thousands of anti-racism protesters have opposed the "Free Speech" rally in the US city of Boston that featured right-wing speakers.The rally on Boston Common, which attracted only a small crowd, disbanded early and the participants were escorted out by police.The organisers had said they would not give a platform to racism or bigotry.Tensions are high after violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend turned deadly.The Boston Herald reported that up to 30,000 people attended the protest.Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police clashed with some protesters outside the park Image copyright Reuters Image caption Large crowds of anti-racism demonstrators make their way to Boston Common Police said that officers had had rocks and bottles of urine thrown at them.The crowd chanted "No Nazis, no KKK, no fascists in the USA!" and carried banners with slogans such as "Stop pretending your racism is patriotism".Boston Mayor Marty Walsh later thanked the counter-demonstrators, who he said "came out to share the message of love, not hate."Joel Gunter (@joelmgunter) August 19, 2017 Report End of Twitter post by @joelmgunter Meanwhile the organisers of the rally said that "misinformation in the media" was "likening our organisation to those that ran the Charlottesville rally"."While we maintain that every individual is entitled to their freedom of speech and defend that basic human right, we will not be offering our platform to racism or bigotry," the group wrote on a Facebook page dedicated to the event.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:12:31 GMT

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New Delhi: A Delhi court has refused to initiate proceedings against a woman for filing a false rape case against a man, saying she was under immense pressure to lodge the complaint and her intention was not to defame him.Representational image.Her testimony further clarifies that she was under immense pressure to lodge FIR."There is nothing on record to suggest that the woman has deposed falsely in the court and in absence of any material on record to suggest that she falsely depose before the court, proceedings cannot be initiated against her under the CrPC," the court said.The prosecution said in its plea that the woman had lodged a false FIR and implicated the man by giving wrong information to the police making her liable to face action.The woman had lodged a rape case against the man, a property dealer, alleging that he had raped her on September 26, 2015 after taking her to a house in Dwarka here.The woman, a divorcee, also deposed before the court that she had come to Delhi along with her children few years back and the man had helped him in getting a house on rent.She had told the court that she had lodged the rape case under pressure and the man had not raped her and the physical relations between them were with her consent.Published Date: Aug 20, 2017 10:14 am | Updated Date: Aug 20, 2017 10:14 am

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:44:18 +0000

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A special court will next month take cognisance of a charge sheet filed against former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair and others in the Antrix-Devas deal case.Special Judge Virender Kumar Goyal fixed September 1 for the next proceeding in the case after the CBI told the court that the sanction to prosecute a former additional secretary in the Department of Space (DoS), Veena S Rao, has been obtained from the appropriate authorities.The agency had on May 1 informed the court that the sanction to prosecute Nair and others -- A Bhaskar Narayana Rao, the then Director in ISRO, and K R Sridhar Murthy, the then Executive Director of Antrix -- had been received.It was alleged in the FIR that the lease was given in violation of the rules, causing an undue gain of Rs 578 crore to Devas Multimedia and corresponding loss to the exchequer.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:34:39 GMT

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More than 20 Elvis Presley impersonators shimmied, gyrated and belted out classics like “Jailhouse Rock” in Manila on Saturday at the first Elvis in Asia contest.The King of Rock n’ Roll died 40 years ago this week (August 16, 1977) at the age of 42 from heart failure after battling health problems including weight gain and a dependency on prescription drugs.Band contest organizers said they aimed to keep his style and music alive for a new generation of fans.With trademark pompadours, side burns and bejewelled jumpsuits, 23 performers from the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia paid tribute to their idol.Timeless music“His music is timeless,” said Filipino Jun Espinosa, who won first prize after his rendition of the Elvis classic “Burning Love.”“Every generation can enjoy his music because it’s so natural and it’s so awesome and great.That’s king Elvis,” he said.First prize included a free trip to Graceland, the Presley estate in Memphis, Tennessee, where thousands of fans gathered this week to mark the anniversary of the singer’s death.The contestants at the Manila event were judged on their appearance and their ability to imitate the charisma and music of Elvis.“It’slegend’s many voices“Probably more difficult than any other artist because he has a ‘rainbow voice’ meaning he has seven different voices.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:53:35 +0530

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Queen of Pop Madonna celebrated her birthday with her family.She shared on Instagram a series of pictures and videos that showed her having a blast with her kids.She wore a green skirt, corset, fishnet stockings and a hat, while her boys donned vests and her girls were decked up in floral dresses.Rocco, who was estranged from his mother in 2016, flashed a big smile to the camera.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:23:08 GMT

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The Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) on Sunday reiterated their warning to rebel senior party leader Sharad Yadavm saying that he will face action if he attends Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav?s rally.He also came down heavily on Sharad Yadav for his revolt against merging with the NDA, saying he is making ?fun of himself?If he wants that then we will be very happy about it.? JD (U) leader KC Tyagi had earlier said that the party has not acted against Yadav for his ?anti-partyIf he attends RJD chief Lalu Prasad?s rally here on August 27, he will cross the Lakshman Rekha,? he said, and hinted at action against him.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:26:01 GMT

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The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge said she considers social media trolls to be cowards.Social media is massive, it can be an amazing platform, but some people use it in the wrong way," she said."We find a victim and we try and track down their troll, so much hard work goes into it.We send them a letter, give them an opportunity to speak.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:04:51 GMT

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year-old Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Pejawar Mutt will undergo surgical procedure for hernia at the Kasturba Hospital in Manipal on Sunday.Raghuram Acharya, Dewan of Pejawar Mutt, told The Hindu on Saturday that the seer will leave for the hernia operation after completing the ‘Maha Pooja’ at the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple around 10 a.m. on Sunday.Vishwesha Tirtha had already visited the Kasturba Hospital for medical checkup on Saturday after the “Maha Pooja” at 10 a.m. and returned to the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple at 1 p.m., he said.Though tradition bars the Paryaya seer from leaving the Car Street during the two-year Paryaya tenure, this was a special case involving the health of the seer, hence he had to leave the Car Street, Mr. Acharya said.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:15:34 +0530

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Panaji: Trials for introducing air-conditioned jackets for the Indian Special Forces soldiers are on, former defence minister and Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar has said."In a Special Forces operation, there is extensive exercise.At that time if he has an air conditioned jacket, he is more comfortable.PTITalking about the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, he said the only weak-point of the LCA Tejas was that it was a light plane and could carry a payload of only 3.5 ton.He said there were other capabilities at which the Tejas fared better than many of the best planes in the world.Parrikar, who served as the defence ,inister between 2014 and 2017, returned to state politics earlier this year to be appointed the Chief Minister of Goa for the fourth time.He said that he had diligently pursued the LCA project."ItOtherwise the capacity of the plane, its reaction is better than many quality planes," Parrikar said.Published Date: Aug 20, 2017 09:21 am | Updated Date: Aug 20, 2017 09:21 am

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 03:51:48 +0000

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Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan has opposed the fencing along the disputed 2,500km Durand Line with Afghanistan and favoured having an open border between the two neighbours like European Union type of relationship.That?s our long term future and this would be of enormous benefit to Afghanistan and Pakistan,?policy between the two neighboring nations and said fencing remains one of the main factors behind the deteriorating ties between Kabul and Islamabad.Pakistan has already started fencing Durand Line nearly two months ago in an effort to improve security situation along the border and first phase of fencing is focussed on high infiltration prone border areas in Bajaur.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 03:41:00 GMT

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New Delhi :   Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed the responsibility for the knife attack in Surgut city of Russia which 8 people were injured. "The executor of the stabbing operation in the city of Surgut in Russia is a soldier of the Islamic State," Amaq said in a statement. “Attacks by the soldiers of the caliphate in Spain... led to the deaths and wounding of more than 120 people from the states of the Crusader alliance,” Amaq said in a statement on its Telegram account. With PTI inputs) First Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 09:10 AM

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2017-08-20 03:47:02am

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Fourteen coaches of the high-speed Utkal Express jumped the rails, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening, killing at least 23 people and leaving several others injured.The accident occurred around 5.45 pm near Khatauli town, 40 km off Muzaffarnagar, leaving 23 people dead, the Uttar Pradesh police said.Deepak Agarwal, Commissioner, Saharanpur Division and District Magistrate, Muzaffarnagar, GS Priyadarshi said the official figure of bodies in the mortuary was 21, while another body, of a woman, was being pulled out.Railway ministry officials in Delhi, however, put the number of dead at 12 and the injured around 75.Two of the deceased have been identified as residents of Saharanpur, the district magistrate said.Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) August 19, 2017NDRF officials said the search and rescue operations were "practically over" at the accident site with the last of the bodies presumably being pulled out from the wreckage of the coaches.Posses of PAC, ATS and NDRF teams, as also sniffer dog squads, were rushed to the spot to carry out rescue operations.The injured were shifted to nearby government and private hospitals.Policemen on the site said one of the derailed coaches had crashed into the wall of a house adjacent to the railway track and some people are feared to be trapped in the debris.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 03:20:42 +0000

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Tata Motors is betting big on automated manual transmission (AMT) to boost sales of its passenger vehicles (PVs), expecting 50 per cent of the product portfolio to have the technology in future, according to a senior company official.The company has introduced the AMT technology on mid-end variant of its popular hatchback Tiago priced at Rs 4.79 lakh to add to the existing top-end variant of the model.Besides, Tata Motors plans to launch AMT-equipped version of compact sedan Tigor in the next three to four months, while upcoming compact SUV Nexon will have it before the end of the ongoing fiscal."When we launched AMT variant of Tiago on top-end variant earlier this year, there was a substantial jump in sales of the model.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:00:31 GMT

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Google has finally announced the support for Bluetooth devices and can connect to free accounts of the music streaming app Spotify on its smart home assistant Google Home.According to a report on Android Police, the Bluetooth support is rolling on firmware version 93937 and is expected to be available for other versions too.The smart speaker by the company included a Bluetooth chip but the software update for connecting it to audio streaming services has only been recently released by the company.The smart home assistant can also control TV with the help of Chromecast and can control a house if it has a smart home setup.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:45:00 +0000

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Lemons were status symbols for the ancient Roman ruling elite, according to a study which found that they were the first fruits to arrive in the Mediterranean around the time of Jesus.Until the first century AD, the only citrus produce available to the ancient Romans were the extremely rare and inordinately expensive citrons and lemons, they said."Today, citrus orchards are a major component of the Mediterranean landscape and one of the most important cultivated fruits in the region."My findings show that citrons and lemons were the first citrus fruits to arrive in the Mediterranean and were status symbols for the elite," Langgut said.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:46:21 GMT

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:15:26 GMT

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New Delhi: The government has decided to proffer 40 percent reservation for girls at 100 Navodaya-type schools and five higher education institutes it plans to set up for minority community students, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said.Representational image.AFPThe Minister of State for Minority Affairs said the government is mulling to open the 100 Navodaya-type schools in minority concentrated areas of the country."WeThe panel had said the proposed schools could work on the patterns of Kendriya Vidayala or Navodaya Vidyalaya.Under the Navodaya Vidyalaya system, rural students are selected and provided with quality education, which is among the best the country.They are also provided with food and lodging facilities.Naqvi said the schools will "most probably" be commissioned next year in buildings developed under the multi-sectoral development programme (MsDP).MsDP is a programme for developing infrastructure and creating assets in areas dominated by minority community with an aim to take tangible and intangible benefits to them.The minister said that the governments in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have expressed interest in setting up the institutes for higher education.There are six notified minority communities in the country: Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis and Jains.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:34:44 +0000

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Four years after the rollout of the National Food Security Act (NFSA), the public distribution system in Delhi is far from robust with lakhs of consumers at the mercy of ration dealers in the absence of transparency and grievance redress mechanisms, a study has claimed.The study on the status of implementation of the Act in the national capital has claimed that ration shops routinely remain closed during working hours, dealers overcharge and supply foodgrains below prescribed limits, often of poor quality, while the city government looks the other way.In many shops, it was found that the information on the scale of entitlement and price was outdated and related to categories of ration cards which have been discontinued since the implementation of the NFSA, which essentially means consumers were being overcharged and deprived of enhanced benefits, the study claims.Other key findings of the report include the fact that only six per cent of the surveyed shops were found displaying details of their stock received during the month while only 16 per cent displayed the daily opening and closing of stock of each foodgrain, in violation of laid down norms.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:34:48 GMT

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Jewellery firm and leading gold refiner Rajesh Exports has approached the government for permission to ship gold jewellery of 23- and 24-carat purity from its Cochin SEZ "on an urgent basis".In a representation to the commerce ministry, the company said it has been exporting 22-, 23- and 24-carat jewellery and 24-carat medallions from their Cochin special economic zone (SEZ) for many years."...as an emergency measure, executing the already delayed urgent export orders of 22-, 23- and 24-carat gold jewellery and 24-carat gold medallions should be allowed from the Cochin SEZ," the company has added.An official of the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) had pointed out that some exporters are availing of export incentives by claiming shipments of gold items of above 22-carat purity with some value addition.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:10:17 GMT

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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today directed Chairman, Railway Board, to fix responsibility on "prima facie evidence by the end of day" into the derailment of the Utkal Express in Uttar Pradesh.The minister said he was monitoring the situation closely and that restoration of tracks was his top priority.Over 20 people died and 156 were injured after 14 coaches of the Utkal Express derailed near Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh yesterday evening.He said he was personally monitoring the situation and strict action will be taken in case of any lapse.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:21:53 GMT

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Monte Carlo Fashions, known mostly as a winter-wear brand, is looking to expand the product range to be recognised as an all-season apparel brand and increase footprint across the country.Home furnishings, kids and winter products accounted for 9.1 per cent, 4.78 per cent and 28.1 per cent sales, respectively."The company is expanding presence in western and southern markets as well as expanding its product offerings in home furnishing and kids segments in order to reduce the overall seasonality impact," it added.The company said it plans to diversify its pan-India presence by penetrating into the southern and western regions.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:00:16 GMT

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Rescue operations at Khatauli in Muzaffaranagar, where the Kalinga Utkal Express had derailed, concluded on Sunday morning with the death toll climbing to 24, officials said.Coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express after it derailed in Khatauli near Muzaffarnagar on Saturday.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:03:19 +0000

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Ibtimes India News

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:27:53 +0530

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Nearly 53 per cent of the 586 train accidents in the last five years were due to derailments with the Utkal Express derailment being the latest.Over 20 people died and 97 were injured after 14 coaches of the Utkal Express derailed near Muzzafarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening.The worst accident was the November 20, 2016 derailment of the Indore-Patna Express near Kanpur which resulted in 150 deaths and over 150 injuries.The Madhya Pradesh twin train derailments happened on August 4, 2015 when the Kamayani Express, on its way to Varanasi in UP, was the first to derail owing to flash floods in the area, followed by the Janata Express.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:41:51 GMT

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On the occasion of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi?s 75th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday recalled his contributions to the nation.On his birth anniversary, we remember Rajiv Gandhi & recall his contribution to the nation,? the Prime Minister said in a tweet.Earlier in the day, the Gandhi family including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra on Sunday paid tribute to Rajiv Gandhi in the national capital.Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhawana Diwas is a day to commemorate the values, attitudes and ideals of the late Prime Minister.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:56:08 GMT

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New Delhi :   Softening her stance on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she favours him and does not want to blame the prime minister for all the problems. Mamata trained gun at BJP president Amit Shah, alleging that the latter was meddling in government affairs. The West Bengal chief minister asserted that how could a party president take a meeting of ministers.First Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 11:04 AM

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2017-08-20 11:16:41am

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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:55:06 GMT

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Indonesia has accused the Malaysian organisers of the Southeast Asian Games of negligence after the Indonesian flag was printed upside down in a souvenir guidebook.The mistake, which makes the red-and-white Indonesian flag resemble Poland’s, has caused anger in Indonesia where “shameonyoumalaysia” has become the most popular hashtag on Twitter.Indonesia’s Olympic Committee chairman Erick Thohir said the mistake “shows negligence” and demanded the guidebook be withdrawn and a new version printed.‘Notjustified’“Friendship is the greatest legacy in sports, but a mistake in presenting a national identity is not justified,” he said.Indonesia appears to have taken particular offence because the guidebook was distributed to VIPs at Saturday’s opening ceremony in Kuala Lumpur for the 29th Southeast Asian Games and only its flag was shown incorrectly.Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi said the error was “very painful.”TheMalaysian Organising Committee said its chairman and Malaysia’s Sports Minister would meet with Mr./ Nahrawi to apologise.“Wevery much regret the mistake,” it said in a statement.Intimately hostileMalaysia and Indonesia are both Muslim majority nations and share a similar language but often trade accusations of stealing the other’s food and culture.On Twitter, Indonesians said their flag represents the sacrifices of independence heroes and accused Malaysia of either being stupid or deliberately misprinting it.“You

The Hindu

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:47:44 +0530

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It seems like Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra is not having a good night sleep.The actress took to Twitter and shared a picture and captioned the snap, ?So when sleep evades me and thoughts engulf my mind.I wonder is it jet lag or just memories on overdrive #latenightmusings.? But she is confused whether it is the result of jet lag or ?memories on overdrive?.The actress, who has been juggling work between the US and India, is back in Mumbai.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:25:49 GMT

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New Delhi :   In a tragic incident of crime against women on Friday night, a minor girl was allegedly gang raped by a police constable and the village headman in Reoti area in Ballia, hearing about this horrific incident the grieving father died of shock. According to victim’s family, the grieving father died of shock after coming to know about the horrific incident. The police constable, posted at Gopalnagar outpost, was suspended and later on arrested for allegedly molesting the girl. ALSO READ: Teenage girl sets herself on fire after sexual assault, dies First Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:29 AM

News nation India

2017-08-20 05:16:44am

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In this column, we take a look at pressing issues pertaining to climate change — in an accessible way.In a previous column, we saw how our societal choices — building over water bodies, dumping rubbish in rivers and allowing slums to come up on river banks — join hands with climate change and makes the sting so much sharper.And that brings us to our social contract.What is a/our social contract?True Contracts tend to be implicit and unspoken, so (and as such) are tricky to pin down.But as in any relationship, a contract is the state of affairs that balances what we are willing to give and what we get.Put another way, you give up your right to beat your erring neighbour to a pulp, and, in return, you get clean streets and a peaceful city to live in.In theory.To see it in practise, let us consider a story with three main characters.A man carries a child as he wades through a waterlogged subway after heavy rains in Chennai, in August 2017.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:59:54 +0000

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US comedian and activist Dick Gregory dies aged 84 20 August 2017 From the section US & Canada Image copyright EPA US comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory has died at the age of 84, his family has announced.Gregory died at hospital in Washington DC after being admitted with an undisclosed illness.The family shared the news of their "enormous sadness" in a post on social media on Saturday.From the 1960s Gregory mocked racism in his stand-up routines.is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC," his son, Christian, wrote on Instagram."Have you ever heard of a collision where the people in the back of the bus got hurt?"Gregory was also involved in a number of civil rights activities in the 1960s.

BBC News

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:37:14 GMT

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Xiaomi is expected to launch Redmi Note 5A on 21 August.According to a report on Gizbot the device will be launched in a press conference in China on 21 August.The images of the boxes of the Redmi Note 5A were leaked earlier hinting the launch of the phone.The smartphone by Xiaomi is expected to be the successor of the Redmi Note 4. It is expected to be the cheaper variant of the to be released Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, similar to the Redmi Note 4A being the cheaper variant of the Redmi Note 4.The Redmi Note 5A is expected to come with three card slots in a single tray as the company has chucked the hybrid card slot and is coming with a dual-SIM card plus a dedicated space for microSD card on a single tray in the device.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:55:49 +0000

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Ibtimes India News

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:02:16 +0530

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Pakistan must ensure that its soil is not used for any terrorist attack against the neighbours, a top American General has said.General Votel also underlined the need to further strengthen US and Pakistani military-to-military relations as the two nations work together to ensure greater regional security and stability."This visit allowed the General to gain an increased understanding of the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency efforts the Pakistani government has made over the years to achieve our shared objectives," the statement said.Votel called on Prime Minister Abbasi yesterday during which the premier underscored that Pakistan had an important stake in peace and stability in Afghanistan as Pakistan has suffered the most due to conflict in that country.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:34:39 GMT

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The Locked Houses Monitoring System (LHMS) app of the Andhra Pradesh police launched by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at Kuppam on July 21 received overwhelming response in Chittoor ditrict, with nearly one lakh families registered themselves in a record one month.Speaking to the mediapersons here on Saturday, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Crime) I. Rama Krishna said LHMS was one of the most trending apps in the Google Playstore with 4.8 star ranking.In view of the overwhelming response, we want to seek massive public cooperation, besides involvement of banks, jewellery shops and commercial complexes,” he said and added, “On getting public request for LHMS surveillance, the police personnel of the respective areas would go the houses and install the digital equipment, connected to the command control.He said, for effective reach of the app, meetings would be arranged with bankers, owners of jewellery shops; malls, and managements of temples, prompting them to install the CCTV cameras on their premises.

The Hindu

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:47:08 +0530

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Students of Sri Vijnana Vihara English Medium School celebrated ‘Rain Day’ on the school premises at Enikepadu here on Saturday.Students wearing colourful raincoats and umbrellas participated in the event.Teachers explained the importance of maintaining natural balance, greenery, rainfall, and rainwater conservation, to LKG and UKG students.They sang songs welcoming the rain god and enjoyed in the rain.“WhenI got up from the bed, I saw it was raining.

The Hindu

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:50:40 +0530

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Najam Sethi said that he would announce the names of the players in the World eleven side, that will tour Pakistan, in the next couple of days.I can tell you this notable players from all member countries of the ICC will be in the World eleven," he told a gathering in Lahore yesterday."Once the World eleven comes to Lahore the Sri Lankan team will also come and it will open the doors for more teams to come to Pakistan," Sethi said.Media reports have said that former Zimbabwean Test player, Andy Flower has nearly completed his negotiations with some leading players for the World eleven tour to Lahore including Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir etc. "We will announce the names of the players in the World eleven side in the next 2 to 3 days," the PCB chief said.

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:22:03 GMT

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By VIVIAN WANGAugust 19, 2017Dozens of current and retired officers from the New York Police Department rallied on Saturday morning in support of Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers player lionized and reviled for refusing to stand during the national anthem.The gathering in Brooklyn Bridge Park was organized by Sgt.Frank Serpico, a former officer who exposed corruption in the New York Police Department in the 1970s, attended.Speakers, including City Councilman Jumaane D. Williams, Democrat of Brooklyn, linked the backlash against Kaepernick’s gesture — no team has signed the quarterback for this season — to the violence last weekend during a white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Va., and more generally to issues of police accountability.Kaepernick, 29, stopped standing for the anthem last season, saying he was protesting violence against minorities, particularly by the police.“AsIn 2015, he joined 11 other officers in filing a class-action lawsuit against the Police Department for policing practices they said discriminated against minority communities.The rally coincided with a wave of mostly peaceful demonstrations in Boston and other cities on Saturday, in which protesters addressed white supremacy, Confederate statues and free speech.Sergeant Raymond said in an interview later on Saturday that he had been planning the rally before the clashes in Charlottesville.That the rally was being held by police officers would send a loud message, Sergeant Raymond said, because a frequent criticism of Kaepernick has been that his protest was an affront to law enforcement.“They said he disrespected law enforcement,” Sergeant Raymond said.

FosterGem News

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:39:35 GMT

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DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:01:30 GMT

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Four years after it stopped operation, the new children’s train (toy train) is likely to start chugging at the Kadri Park by November.The children’s train started operating at the Kadri Park in 1979.On the request of the district administration, the Southern Railway assessed the train and certified that was not fit for operation.The district administration has floated tender for disposal of the old train engine and the two bogies.The district administration has taken up the work of having a new train and track at a cost of ₹1.09 crore.The Department of Women and Child Welfare has granted ₹80 lakh.J.R. Lobo, MLA for Mangaluru South, told presspersons on Saturday that the Railway Workshop in Mysuru has been assigned with the task of building the engine and three bogies for the new train.

The Hindu

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:11:08 +0530

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Muzaffarnagar: Building on overnight search and rescue operations, the railways on Sunday deployed high-tech cranes and scores of workers to clear the tracks even as the sleepy town of Khatauli tried to come to terms with the tragedy.Two heavy duty 140-tonne cranes were pressed into service at the crack of the dawn to clear derailed coaches, from which the survivors were rescued and bodies pulled out till late Saturday night.File image of derailed coaches of Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar.PTIThirteen coaches of the high-speed Utkal Express on Saturday jumped the rails, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh leaving over 20 passengers dead.A group of curious onlookers gathered at the site of the accident Sunday morning, as two coaches were hauled and put off track on the ground beside it.Linesmen and other workers brought from nearby places, shovelled away the unwanted stones as new concrete sleepers were laid to reinforce the ill-fated tracks."Wehave come from Panipat to work on the clearing of tracks," said a linesman on the job.Work is currently underway to haul an overturned coach, which had rammed into the facade of a local college, while another sleeper coach which had rammed into a house, shattering its frontage, is still to be restored on the ground."TheIt was running at a speed of about 100 kmph when the accident took place," said Delhi Division DRM RN Singh.Six of the derailed coaches were damaged severely.Badly mangled coaches are posing a tough challenge in carrying out the work, going on in full swing after the rescue operation by the NDRF got over around 3 am.A posse of security personnel from the Uttar Pradesh Police, the the RPF, the PAC, the RRF, has been deployed at the site of the accident since it occurred Saturday evening.And, it is not just the authorities having a sleepless night here, almost the entire city seems to have lost sleep due to the sheer magnitude of the tragedy, that has befallen this town.Published Date: Aug 20, 2017 09:27 am | Updated Date: Aug 20, 2017 09:27 am

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 03:57:00 +0000

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Building on overnight search and rescue operation, the railways today deployed high-tech cranes and scores of workers to clear the tracks even as the sleepy town of Khatauli tried to come to terms with the train tragedy.Two heavy duty 140-tonne cranes were pressed into service at the crack of the dawn to clear derailed coaches, from which the survivors were rescued and bodies pulled out till late last night.A posse of security personnel from the UP Police, the the RPF, the PAC, the RRF, has been deployed at the site of the accident since it occurred last evening.And, it is not just the authorities having a sleepless night here, almost the entire city seems to have lost sleep due to the sheer magnitude of the tragedy, that has befallen this town.(This

DNA India

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 03:44:10 GMT

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New Delhi :   Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked his ministers to avoid staying in 5-star hotels and benefit from public-sector undertakings attached to their ministries.During a recently held cabinet meeting, the Prime minister asked the ministers to stay in provided government accommodation rather than to choose a five-star hotel for their stay, sources said. The prime minister also put his concern of misusing government vehicles of public sector undertaking by the ministers and their families. First Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 09:07 AM

News nation India

2017-08-20 03:46:50am

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Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that vested interests were spreading rumours about his health, ahead of the August 23 by-polls.He also said that an angioplasty procedure, which he underwent recently to treat a minor block, was being blown out of proportion.File image of Manohar Parrikar.I went to Delhi I was about 82 kg, which was about eight kg overweight.I take care of my health," Parrikar said at an exclusive interaction with students.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 03:23:53 +0000