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‘Harassment’ of journalists: Global press bodies write to PM Modi

‘Harassment’ of journalists: Global press bodies write to PM Modi

Bihar pollsBy: | New Delhi |Two international press associations have written a joint letter to Prime Minister and urged him to take “immediate steps to ensure that journalists can work without harassment and fear of reprisal”.In their letter, written on Tuesday, the Austria-headquartered International Press Institute (IPI) and Belgium-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) also asked Modi to “direct the state governments to drop all charges against journalists, including those under the draconian sedition laws, that have been imposed on them for their work”.“The number of...

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Pele turns 80, isolated at home

Pele turns 80, isolated at home

Bihar pollsBy: |Brazilian soccer great Pele turns 80 on Friday, but the celebration will have to wait.The three-time World Cup winner will spend the day isolated with a few family members outside Sao Paulo, where he is expected to receive a flood of tributes from players, fans, celebrities and politicians.His long-time spokesman, Pepito Fornos, said Pele will likely spend his birthday at his mansion in the beachfront city of Guaruja, on the coast of Sao Paulo state, where he has been since the beginning of the . He also has residences in Santos and Sao Paulo.“He will only stay with his...

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Russia ready to accept US proposal to extend nuclear pact

Russia ready to accept US proposal to extend nuclear pact

Bihar pollsBy: | Moscow |Russia said Tuesday it’s ready to accept a US proposal to freeze the number of nuclear warheads and extend the two nations’ last arms control pact for one year.The statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry marks a shift in Moscow’s position after Russia and the U.S. rejected each other’s offers regarding the New START treaty that expires in February. The ministry noted that it’s ready for a deal if the U.S. does the same and doesn’t put forward any additional demands, the statement read.The New START treaty was signed in 2010 by then U.S. President and Russian...

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China’s next problem is recycling 26 million tons of discarded clothes

China’s next problem is recycling 26 million tons of discarded clothes

Bihar pollsBy: | Beijing |“Low-carbon, warmth, love,” reads the sign on a large green metal bin, into which Beijing resident Zhao Xiao stuffs her unwanted, old clothes. “If some poor Chinese person really needs them, that would be great and would make me feel less guilty about throwing them away,” said the 35-year-old resident of Dongcheng District.Zhao is right to worry about what happens to her charitable donation. There are clothing collection bins dotted all around China’s major cities, but few of the garments go to charity. Some are sold to developing countries, others are either...

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China insists Indians vacate Chushul heights, India says clear Pangong north

China insists Indians vacate Chushul heights, India says clear Pangong north

Bihar pollsWritten by| New Delhi |China’s insistence on India vacating its advanced positions on the south bank of as a precursor to discussions on Delhi’s demand for status quo ante of April has emerged as the new sticking point in efforts to resolve the military standoff along the in Ladakh, highly placed government sources said Friday.Sources said Delhi is insisting on simultaneous withdrawal of forces from the Pangong north bank — where Chinese troops have crossed the point which India says marks the LAC — and advanced Indian positions on the south bank to mutually agreed locations. A...

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India’s first hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid car completes maiden test run in city

India’s first hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid car completes maiden test run in city

Bihar pollsWritten by| Pune |India’s first Hydrogen Fuel Cell (HFC) electric hybrid car successfully completed its maiden test run last week in Pune.This indigenously developed technology was a collaborative effort between scientists from two Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) labs – National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune and Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi along with KPIT, Pune.The technology, developed over four years, has the potential to reduce dependence on petrol and diesel once introduced in markets. This could mean fewer polluting...

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Indian team studies 8,000 galaxies, says star formation could cease in two billion years

Indian team studies 8,000 galaxies, says star formation could cease in two billion years

Bihar pollsWritten by| Pune |A team of Indian astronomers has calculated the amount of hydrogen gas that contributed to star formation in the universe 10 billion years ago. It has also concluded that there is just enough hydrogen gas available to support star formation for another two billion years.Hydrogen gas in galaxies condenses to form stars. Earlier studies had shown that the rate of star formation in the universe was at its peak between eight and 10 billion years ago, a period known as the ‘epoch of galaxy assembly’, but fell sharply thereafter. To understand why, scientists from...

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As lockdown eases, Israelis again gather against Benjamin Netanyahu

As lockdown eases, Israelis again gather against Benjamin Netanyahu

Bihar pollsBy: | Jerusalem |Thousands of Israelis demonstrated outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night, resuming the weekly protest against the Israeli leader after emergency restrictions imposed as part of a lockdown were lifted.The protests were curtailed last month after Israel imposed new lockdown measures in response to a new virus outbreak. The emergency regulations blocked Israelis from traveling to Jerusalem to protest and allowed people only to attend smaller demonstrations within one kilometer (half a mile) of their home.The protesters...

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Tearful Kim Jong Un offers rare apology to North Koreans

Tearful Kim Jong Un offers rare apology to North Koreans

Bihar pollsBy: | New Delhi |In a first for Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader apologised for his failure to stand by his people during the , the Guardian reported on Monday.Speaking at the 75th birth anniversary of his ruling party, a visibly emotional Kim acknowledged that he did not live up to the trust that North Koreans placed in him, and for that he was “really sorry.” Kim removed his glasses and wiped away tears during the speech, according to the report.Highlighting the legacy of the “great work” done by his ancestors, Kim was quoted as saying, “Although I am entrusted with the...

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Chhattisgarh journalists assault: SIT formed after panel points to ‘inaction’ by police, Congress

Chhattisgarh journalists assault: SIT formed after panel points to ‘inaction’ by police, Congress

Bihar pollsWritten by| Raipur |Sixteen days after -based journalists Kamal Shukla, Jeevananda Haldar and Satish Yadav were attacked at a police station in division, the Bastar IG on Saturday suspended the police station in-charge and also formed a three-member SIT led by a sub-inspector from the same police station to investigate the matter, following directions from the state government. The decision came after a six-member journalists’ panel set up by the Chhattisgarh government submitted its report on Saturday.In its report, the panel said that the journalists were attacked by a mob...

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Telangana: Upset over Trump contracting Covid, his ardent fan dies of cardiac arrest

Telangana: Upset over Trump contracting Covid, his ardent fan dies of cardiac arrest

Bihar pollsWritten by| Hyderabad |An , Bussa Krishna, who worshipped the US president like a God, died of cardiac arrest on Sunday. Krishna, who has been worshipping Trump every day for the last years, was depressed ever since he learnt that the US President and his wife, Melania, contracted recently.B Vivek, a cousin, told that Krishna woke up in the morning as usual, had a bath and a cup of tea, and then collapsed on the ground. “He had slipped into depression after hearing about Trump contracting . He was not eating properly. When we rushed him to the hospital, the doctors declared him...

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BJP’s Bairia MLA has a theory: Rapes can be prevented with ‘sanskaar’, teach daughters good values

BJP’s Bairia MLA has a theory: Rapes can be prevented with ‘sanskaar’, teach daughters good values

Top newsBy: | New Delhi |In a remark that is likely to stoke controversy, MLA Surendra Singh on Saturday said that rape cases in the country can be prevented only with “sanskaar” (culture and values) and not with “shasan” (governance) or “talwar” (sword). His remarks came at a time when the alleged gangrape and death of a woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras village has sparked nationwide protests, prompting the Yogi Adityanath government to hand over the case to the CBI.Follow hereIn a video released by news agency ANI, the legislator, who represents the Bairia constituency in Uttar Pradesh’s...

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Iran’s Rouhani slams sending fighters to Nagorno-Karabakh

Iran’s Rouhani slams sending fighters to Nagorno-Karabakh

Top newsBy: | Tehran |Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday warned that his country will not tolerate the presence of foreign fighters — “terrorists that Iran has fought for years” — near its northern border, where a .Rouhani did not elaborate but Armenia accuses Ankara of sending Turkish-backed Syrian fighters to the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan. In Syria’s civil war, Iran, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, is on the opposite side of Ankara, which supports Syrian opposition fighters.Heavy fighting between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in the...

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Discovery that indicated possibility of extra-terrestrial life attacked by group of astrobiologists

Discovery that indicated possibility of extra-terrestrial life attacked by group of astrobiologists

Top newsWritten by| Pune |The announcement of discovery of phosphine gas in the atmosphere of Venus, which had generated major excitement three weeks ago because it indicated the , seems to have annoyed a section of astrobiologists at the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the global professional body of astronomers.In a statement that is now being lampooned by other scientists, the astrobiology commission of IAU has expressed concern at some media outlets apparently reporting that evidence of life on Venus had been found, and has blamed the researchers for it. Astrobiology is the...

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Inflation weighing, RBI’s MPC likely to maintain status quo

Inflation weighing, RBI’s MPC likely to maintain status quo

Hathras caseWritten by| Mumbai |The revamped Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), , is likely to keep the main policy instrument — repo rate, or the rate at which the RBI lends funds to banks — unchanged at 4 per cent on Friday, as retail inflation has been above the upper band of the RBI’s inflation target of 6 per cent for five consecutive months.After a delay of over a week, the government on Monday appointed Shashanka Bhide, Ashima Goyal and Jayanth R Varma as independent members to the six-member MPC of the RBI. Bhide is currently a senior advisor at the...

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Give me free press, other institutions and this govt won’t last long: Rahul Gandhi

Give me free press, other institutions and this govt won’t last long: Rahul Gandhi

Hathras caseAdvertisementRejecting the suggestion that the Centre was able to take unilateral decisions because of a weak Opposition, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said “give me free press and other key institutions and this () government will not last long.”The Modi government has forcibly taken control of all the key institutions, Rahul alleged, while addressing a press conference in Patiala on the third and final day of his Kheti Bachao in Punjab. The government has captured the soul of the country, he claimed. Terming the alleged control of institutions by the government a big...

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In 93% countries, critical mental healthcare halted or disrupted due to Covid: WHO

In 93% countries, critical mental healthcare halted or disrupted due to Covid: WHO

Hathras caseBy: | Pune |The has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93 per cent of the countries even as the demand for mental health is increasing, according to a new survey by World Health Organization. The survey of 130 countries provides the first global data showing the devastating impact of Covid-19 on access to mental health services and underscores the urgent need for increased funding.The survey was published ahead of WHO’s ‘Big Event for Mental Health’, a global online advocacy event on October 10 that will bring together world leaders, celebrities, and...

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70 years of the Korean War: India’s lesser-known role in halting it

70 years of the Korean War: India’s lesser-known role in halting it

Hathras caseWritten by| Kolkata |By the time Lieutenant General (Retd.) Mathew Thomas, 92, was first deployed to Korea on a peacekeeping mission under the United Nations Command, the Korean War had been halted following the signing of an armistice agreement in July 1953. He was a part of the Custodian Forces of India that had been dispatched to the Korean Peninsula for the protection and repatriation of prisoners of war.“It was an uneven war,” says Thomas, speaking from his Pune home. The armistice was only the beginning of a complex set of issues that had needed to be resolved in the...

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In fresh FIR, Hathras police claims ‘international plot’ to defame Yogi govt

In fresh FIR, Hathras police claims ‘international plot’ to defame Yogi govt

Hathras caseBy: | Lucknow |The Uttar Pradesh Police claimed they have uncovered an “international plot” to instigate riots along caste lines and defame the Yogi Adityanath government over the brutal assault and alleged gangrape of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras. On Sunday, an FIR was registered  against unidentified persons at the Chandpa Police Station in Hathras under several stringent sections of the IPC, including sedition.According to sources, a website, justiceforhathrasvictim.carrd.co, which had information on how to protest safely and avoid the police, has been linked to the...

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Egypt unearths 59 ancient coffins buried more than 2,600 years ago near Saqqara pyramids

Egypt unearths 59 ancient coffins buried more than 2,600 years ago near Saqqara pyramids

Hathras rape caseBy: | Cairo |Egypt’s tourism and antiquities minster said on Saturday archaeologists have unearthed dozens of ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo.Khalid el-Anany said at least 59 sealed sarcophagi, with mummies inside most of them, were found that had been buried in three wells more than 2,600 years ago.He spoke at a news conference at the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara where the coffins were found. The sarcophagi have been displayed and one of them was opened before reporters to show the mummy inside. Several foreign diplomats attended the...

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Shopian encounter: Bodies of three Rajouri labourers exhumed, handed to families

Shopian encounter: Bodies of three Rajouri labourers exhumed, handed to families

Hathras rape caseAdvertisementThe Jammu and Kashmir government has exhumed the bodies of the three Rajouri labourers killed in an “encounter” in South Kashmir’s Shopian in July. The bodies were exhumed during night in the presence of the families and to them.On September 18, the Army that the three individuals killed in the Shopian “encounter” were missing labourers from Rajouri.“Yes, the bodies have been exhumed and handed over to the families,” Guftar Choudhary, a social activist who accompanied the families for the exhumation, told Saturday. “The bodies were exhumed around 5.30 am.”J-K...

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TV Rewind | Fringe: The underrated sci-fi drama that deserved more

TV Rewind | Fringe: The underrated sci-fi drama that deserved more

MUST READAdvertisementIf The X-Files and Lost had a baby, it would be Fringe. That, in my opinion, would be the most appropriate description of this five-season series that developed a cult following over the years but never received as much recognition as it should have.What is Fringe about?Fringe starts off as an episodic series where the Fringe science division of the FBI is assigned cases that fall out of the known scientific realm. Basically, deaths or events that cannot be explained scientifically are given to the Fringe division who then use some extraordinary techniques, like...

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Argentinian politician resigns after kissing partner’s breasts during virtual debate

Argentinian politician resigns after kissing partner’s breasts during virtual debate

MUST READAdvertisementAn Argentinian politician has resigned after he was caught on camera kissing his girlfriend’s bare breasts during an online session of the country’s lower house of Congress. The incident was live streamed on the government’s YouTube channel as well as on a giant screen set up in congress for virtual debates during the , The Guardian reported.In an official statement released on Twitter Friday, the lower house of Congress said that it had voted to accept the resignation of 47-year-old politician Juan Emilio Ameri, a representative from the northern province of...

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Argentinian politician resigns after kissing partner’s breasts during virtual debate

Argentinian politician resigns after kissing partner’s breasts during virtual debate

MUST READBy: |An Argentinian politician has resigned after he was caught on camera kissing his girlfriend’s bare breasts during an online session of the country’s lower house of Congress. The incident was live streamed on the government’s YouTube channel as well as on a giant screen set up in congress for virtual debates during the , The Guardian reported.In an official statement released on Twitter Friday, the lower house of Congress said that it had voted to accept the resignation of 47-year-old politician Juan Emilio Ameri, a representative from the northern province of Salta.During a...

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Harley-Davidson to shut sales and manufacturing operations in India

Harley-Davidson to shut sales and manufacturing operations in India

FinCEN FilesBy: |Harley-Davidson Inc said on Thursday it would discontinue its sales and manufacturing operations in India, effectively abandoning the world’s biggest motorcycle market after a decade of unsuccessful efforts to gain a foothold.Harley had spent recent months moving dealerships in the country to cheaper locations, and the announcement followed speculation in Indian media a month ago that executives had played down.The move involves $75 million in restructuring costs, some 70 redundancies and the closure of its Bawal plant, walking away from a market worth about 17 million bike...

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