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Jayalalithaa Lists Achievements in First 100 Days; 500 Liquor Shops Closed

In 100 days since winning Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in May and returning to power, Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa has taken out full page advertisements in local newspapers listing the government’s achievements, especially on her promise to close liquor shops gradually. While loan waivers benefitted 16.94 lakh farmers, free power to households was just 100 units, to handloom weavers 200 units, ...

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Mega Millions: Powerball Jackpot at $154 Million

The August 31, Powerball jackpot has now climbed to $154 million with a cash option payment of $107 million as there were no jackpot winners in last Saturday’s game, when the winning digits 4, 32, 48, 49 and 63 have been drawn. The winning Red Powerball number was 20 and the Power Play number was 2. Overall, there were 678,744 ...

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Night Time Operation Doubles Death Risk: Study

In an astonishing revelation, scientists found that patients who were operated upon in the night are twice more likely to die than those who undergo surgery during the regular working hours. While those who lived through the night-long operations thank their luck, researchers from McGill University in Canada say surgeries done in the early evening too have a higher mortality ...

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LEMOA: India Just an Inch Away from Providing US a Military Base

The writing is on the wall and it speaks out clearly that India is fast moving closer to becoming a military ally of the United States, whether it means distancing from Russia or not but certainly angering China. On Tuesday, both India and US signed a logistics pact that facilitates mutual defense berthing, taking Delhi just an inch away from ...

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BMS Out of Strike But 9 Other Unions to Observe Bharat Bandh on Sept. 2

Out of the ten trade unions whicch have called for Friday Sept. 2 Bandh, the RSS-affiliated Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) said it would withdraw from the proposed nationwide strike in view of the government’s assurance on minimum wage. It said the government has agreed upon 9 out of the 12-point charter of demands. Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said: “Government is ...

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Delhi Lt Governor or British Viceroy?

The ongoing rift between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung in administering the Lutyen’s city has been evoking memories of British Viceroy whose Raj gave two hoots to democracy in the country they occupied by deceit. Unfortunate but the Centre is unleashing similar regime with its diktats on Arvind Kejriwal’s government by interfering directly even in ...

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Will Nilekani /Tata Microfinance Venture be a Game Changer?

The joint venture by three well-known names in India — Nandan Nilekani of Aadhar fame, Ratan Tata of Tata Trust and Vijay Kelkar, former finance secretary and chairman of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy — to start a new microfinance firm leveraging the technical prowess to provide small ticket loans to the bottom of the society is ...

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ISRO Test-Fires Scramjet Rocket Engine, Joins Club of US, Russia, Europe

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday test-fired successfully its first Scramjet Rocket Engine using oxygen from the atmosphere which entails huge cuts in its future space missions and pave the way for designing future space shuttles which can breathe from the air in their journey upwards. The first experimental mission launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota ...

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BJP, TDP Tremble Over Pawan Kalyan Remarks at Tirupathi?

It was in December 2013 when Pawan Kalyan, the Telugu actor and brother of then Congress leader Chiranjeevi who broke ties with corrupt and divisive politics to join the bandwagon of pro-Modi camp. Now, almost three years after, the actor and founder of Jana Sena has realised how he was used. Then, it was a revolt against his elder brother ...

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Youth Unemployment Alarmingly High Again: Report

The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that the global youth unemployment rate is expected to reach 13.1 per cent in 2016 and remain at that level through to 2017 (up from 12.9 per cent in 2015). The ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook 2016, Trends for Youth report shows that as a result, the global number of unemployed youth is ...

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Bangalore’s Namma Metro Status: Stand-Alone Stations in Jaya Nagar, JP Nagar Await Elusive Connection

Namma Metro

It is ironic but the fully-built Bangalore Metro stations in North-South Corridor by Namma Metro are delayed beyond the schedule as usual. The residents and travellers in these roads have patiently took it on their stride to circumvent the millions of road-blocks and delays for the last five years but still they have to wait for few more months before ...

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Typhoon Time: 3 Major Storms Engulf Japan At Once

First it was Lionrock off Japan’s southwest coast to hit on Sunday morning and then Kompasu to the north near Hokkaido Island by Monday and Mindulle in between strengthened into a full-fledged typhoon early Monday morning, all three battering Japan at a time. The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) termed the Mindulle to be the most impactful storm for Japan, it ...

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12-Year-Old Boy Cycles 450-km to Complain Against Mother

A 12-year-old boy was so angry with his mother who scolded him over a petty thing that he pedaled his cycle 450 km from his residence enroute to Lucknow where his father works. His mother who runs a laundry shop scolded him for forgetting lunch box asked him to return home and get it but the irked boy turned midway ...

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Sedition Case Against Amnesty International: Rahul Gandhi Reiterates Opposition

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has asked Congress government in Karnataka not to overstep on sedition case filed against Amnesty International, coming to the rescue of the international outfit on the lines his earlier stand against the draconian clause slapped against JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar by Delhi Police in February this year. Rahul Gandhi’s political guide Digvijaya Singh said there was ...

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Cruelty in Maharashtra Mantralaya Forces Father Lose Son Forever

In a show of cruel officialdom that is pervasive in the corridors of Maharashtra Secretariat, a state Agriculture Department official’s pleas for a half day leave as his son was panic with depression were not only turned down but also his second plea for mercy was denied by a cruel official. The boy committed suicide when distraught father returned home ...

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