Jun 30

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India’s first integrated defence communication network launched

New Delhi: India’s first integrated defence communication network was today launched here enabling the army, air force, navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process. The Defence Communication Network (DCN), a strategic, highly secure and scalable system, has a pan-India reach — from Ladakh to the North East

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Allahabad HC denies alimony to divorced working woman

Lucknow: A lower court order directing payment of alimony to a divorced woman under the Domestic Violence Act has been set aside by the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on grounds that she was a working woman. The high court on Wednesday ruled that a working woman is not entitled to alimony under the

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Wadali Brothers to appear on ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’

Mumbai: Sufi musicians Wadali Brothers — Puranchand Wadali and Piyarelal Wadali — will soon be seen on the popular comedy show “The Kapil Sharma Show”. The Wadali Brothers and Punjabi musician Lakhwinder Wadali on Wednesday shot an episode for the Sony Entertainment Television show here, read a statement. The episode, featuring the famed duo who

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7-year-old girl raped, stabbed to death in Allahabad

Allahabad: A seven-year-old girl was stabbed to death three weeks after being raped by her 14-year-old neighbour, with the victim’s family blaming the relatives of the accused for the murder. The incident took place last night at Sikariha Chhata village under Mauaima police station area, 50 km from the city, SP Rajesh Srivastava said today.

Selfie with alleged rape survivor in Rajasthan sparks controversy

Jaipur: A selfie clicked by the member of Rajasthan State Commission for Women with a alleged rape survivor triggered the controversy prompting the chairperson of the commission to seek a written explanation. Interestingly, the Chairperson Suman Sharma is also in the selfie along with the member Somya Gurjar. The selfie was clicked by Gurjar on

World Bank commits USD 1 bn for solar projects in India

New Delhi: Multi-lateral lender World Banktoday announced funding support of USD 1 billion for expansion of solar power capacity in India. It also signed an agreement with the International Solar Alliance (ISA), consisting of 121 countries led by India, to collaborate on increasing solar energy use across the world, with a goal of mobilising USD

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CM for action against teachers not joining duty in remote areas

Shimla: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday said that strict action would be taken if the teachers don’t join duties in remote and far flung areas of the state. While addressing a public meeting at Samej in Pandra-Beesh area of Shimla district, Singh said the directions had been issued either to join at the place

‘Phillauri’ shoot wraps up with Punjab as final stopover

Mumbai: Fox Star Studios and Anushka Sharma’s home production “Phillauri” has wrapped up its shoot with Punjab being the final stopover. Filmed extensively in the picturesque and colourful state, the film stars Diljit Dusanjh, Suraj Sharma, Mehreen Pirzada and Anushka. Co-produced by Clean Slate Films — Anushka’s production banner with brother Karnesh Sharma — and

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Indian-American physicist donates USD 11 million to UCLA

Washington: An Indian-American physicist has donated USD 11 million to University of California to establish a center devoted to advancing knowledge of the basic laws of nature, the largest donation in the history of the varsity. “I thank Mani Bhaumik for his philanthropic leadership and for believing in UCLA,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. The

India, Pak must decide pace, scope of dialogue on Kashmir: US

Washington: Asserting that India and Pakistan must engage in “direct dialogue” to reduce tensions, the US has said it is for the two countries to determine the pace, scope and character of talks on the Kashmir issue. “The normalisation of relations between Pakistan and India is vital to both countries and the region,” State Department

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2 transgender women running for US Congress could make history

Los Angeles: Two transgender women have been selected by primary voters in Utah and Colorado to run for the US Congress in November. Democrats Misty Snow and Misty Plowright would make history if elected. Snow, 30, a Utah grocery store clerk, is running for the Senate while Plowright, 33, a Colorado army veteran and former

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Power employees defy ESMA, proceed on two-day strike

Chandigarh: Defying ESMA, thousands of employees of state power distribution companies on Wednesday began a two-day strike to protest the outsourcing of operation and maintenance of 23 power sub-divisions in Haryana even as the state government claimed power supply was normal. Protesting employees raised slogans against the state government at various places for its decision

BREAKING NEWS: Ten killed in suicide bombing in Cameroon

Cameroon: At least 10 people have been killed in a suicide bombing by a Boko Haram jihadist in northern Cameroon, a security source said Thursday. “A suicide attacker from Boko Haram blew himself up during the night in Djakana”, a town near the Nigerian border, killing 10 people, the source said. A source close the

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‘Hero’ Sikh saves drowning girl using turban in Canada

Toronto: A quick-thinking Sikh man is being hailed as a hero in Canada after he saved a teenage girl from drowning by using his turban to pull her out of a frigid river. Avtar Hothi, a 65-year-old farmer from Kamloops, British Columbia, used his turban to save the teen who had fallen into the cold

RBI governor Rajan meets Jaitley

New Delhi: Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan today called on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as the central bank and the government seek to quickly put in place a new interest rate-setting mechanism. “Finance Ministry and RBI keep talking all the time,” Rajan told reporters after meeting Jaitley at his office here. In sweeping changes, a

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Royal Enfield to sell gears, accessories on Flipkart

New Delhi: Niche bike maker Royal Enfield has joined hands with e-commerce major Flipkart to sell its branded gears and accessories. This is for the first time Royal Enfield has partnered with a third-party for sale of its accessories. Earlier, it used to sell within its own authorised retail network and website. “Till now our

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Lesbians, gays, bisexuals are not third gender, SC clarifies

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today refused to modify its 2014 order on transgenders while clarifying that lesbians, gays and bisexuals are not third gender. A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and N V Ramana said it is amply clear from the verdict of April 15, 2014 that lesbians, gays and bisexuals are not

World Bank chief meets Modi, discusses nutrition, green power

New Delhi: World Bank Group President JimYong Kim called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi today as part of the Bank’s efforts to explore ways to support government initiatives on nutrition and renewable energy. The Prime Minister’s Office tweeted a picture of Modi with Kim, but no details are immediately available. Kim, who visited an anganwadi

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Audi eyes smaller cities, North-East to spur growth

Guwahati: Luxury car maker Audi India todaysaid it is focusing more on tier II and III locations, including the North-East, to tap the growing appetite of customers for premium vehicles. “Luxury enthusiasts in smaller cities are the ones who are converting into customers…as they are the ones with big pockets. “North-Eastern (region in) India is

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Student leader shot dead by friends

Meerut: A 26-year-old student leader was shotdead allegedly by his friends following an altercation at Tejgarhi Chauraha here, police said today. Prashant Chowdhury alias Robin, a students’ leader at Chaudhary Charan Singh University here, last night went to a hotel for dinner with his friends when an altercation broke out between them over some issue,