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Archeologists unearth Maya ‘melting pot’

Archaeologists working in Guatemala have unearthed new information about the Maya civilization’s transition from a mobile, hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a stable life. Previous research believes that sedentary and mobile groups co-existed in various parts of the world but most people thought the sedentary and mobile communities were separate even though they were in relatively close areas. “Our study presents the ...

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Germanwings Flight crashes over Alps with 148 Onboard, no Survivors

Germanwings Airbus A320 with 148 people on board crashed over the Alps on Tuesday in southern France while flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, with French President Francois Hollande saying no survivors. The ill-fated passenger jet was carrying 142 passengers and six crew members when the tragedy occurred and there are “likely many German victims”, Hollande said in a tweet from ...

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Supreme Court quashes Section 66A, giving relief to social media afficionados

The Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 holding that it was violative of Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution guaranteeing freedom of speech and expression. “Section 66A of the IT Act is struck down in its entirety,” said the apex court bench of Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman. “Our Constitution provides ...

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Google ‘Doodle’ on Ugadi Focuses on Navroz Instead

On Ugadi, google ‘Doodle’ team has brought forth a colourful doodle on Navroz, which marks the Iranian New year day today, that coincides with Ugadi or New Year Day in many parts of India. The day also signifies the first day of spring or Equinox that is celebrated as a holy day by Zoroastrians and Parisis, Kashmiris and Shia Muslims ...

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Happy Ugadi: Telugus, Kanndigas, Marathis Celebrate New Year’s Day

Ugadi or New year today called “Manmadha Nama Samvatsra” has made the Telugus, Kannadigas and Marathis celebrate the festival with colourful mango leaves donning the entrances and arches in streets with flowers and Ugadi Pachadi being distributed among relatives and friends. Ugadi, which means the beginning of a new age in Sanskrit, denotes the the first day of Chaitra month ...

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West Bengal’s gang-raped nun discharged from hospital

The 71-year-old nun who was raped by a gang of bandits inside a convent in West Bengal’s Nadia district was on Friday discharged from the hospital, an official said. The sister superior of the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Ranaghat was hospitalised on March 14 with serious injuries after she was brutalised by the gang, who also looted the ...

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UP Train Accident: 4 Killed, 50 injured

Four people were killed and over 50 injured on Friday when two coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derailed in Raebareli district of Uttar Pradesh, police said. An official of the railway ministry, however, told IANS in Delhi that three people were killed in the accident. “Two coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derailed in Bachhrawan town after locomotive brakes ...

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Time to Scrap IAS ?

D.K. Ravi Kumar’s death, purportedly by committing suicide, is a telling reason why the higher echelons of the country should overhaul the Indian Administrative Service or Indian Police Service, as they cannot ensure their independence and safety any more. The hype around the IAS was created on the lines of ICS that was reminiscent of the colonial masters’ tool to ...

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Rohit Gandhi, Rahul Khanna Amazon India Fashion Week show rescheduled

  Designer duo Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna have decided to shift their autumn-winter collection showcase at the forthcoming Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) from March 26 evening to afternoon, due to a personal loss. The collection titled ‘Early Frost’, adapted as an all monochrome capsule collection, will now be showcased exclusively for the press and buyers at 3.30 p.m. ...

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Why Did D.K. Ravi Kumar Commit Suicide? Any Solution to Sand Mafia?

Why did Karnataka IAS officer D.K.Ravi Kumar commit suicide, if it is true? The intriguing question is hitting everybody’s mind. “Prima facie it appears to be a case of suicide, as Ravi’s body was found hanging from a ceiling fan,” Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi told reporters in Bangalore. Why did the young and energetic officer commit suicide above all? Was he ...

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Shocker from The Hindu: Laying Off Staff with VRS a Beginning?

Chennai-based Kasturi & Sons Ltd. (KSL), publishers of The Hindu and its Group publications, has announced a Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) for the first time in its 136-year-old history. While the group is facing financial constraints and overhauled its structure based on KPMG recommendations, the move to trim staff came as a surprise for the company that held employees’ welfare ...

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Karnataka IAS Officer D.K. Ravi Kumar Who Fought Sand Mafia ‘Commits’ Suicide

IAS officer D.K.Ravi Kumar, who was recently posted in Bangalore in a key position as state additional commissioner, commercial tax, was found hanging from the ceiling at his St John’s Woods Apartments in Tavarakere near Madivala-Koramangala on Monday evening. There was no death note left behind by the officer. He was  aged 36. “Ravi’s body was found in his apartment ...

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‘Titanic’ Star Winslet Turns 40

Los Angeles, March 15 (IANS) “Titanic” star Kate Winslet, who will turn 40 this year, says she is gracefully looking forward to a new chapter in her life. Winslet, who will celebrate her birthday on October 5, laughs off the notion that she still looks as young as ever and says the idea of ageing hardly bothers her, reports people.com. ...

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13 passengers rescued from monorail in Mumbai after power failure

Mumbai, March 15 (IANS) Eleven commuters and two crew members were rescued by cranes after the country’s first elevated monorail got stuck after a power failure here on Sunday. The incident occurred between Bhakti Park and Wadala stations when the monorail stopped high in the air. After it failed to start, the authorities called the fire brigade for help. After ...

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Haryana to introduce ‘Bhagwad Gita’ in schools this year

Chandigarh, March 15 (IANS) The Haryana government will introduce the teaching of "Bhagwad Gita", a Hindu scripture, in school curriculum from the new academic session this year, said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday. Khattar, who heads the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state, told media that the scripture will be introduced for school students across ...

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Vinod Mehta, A Prince Among Journalists

By Saeed Naqvi Vinod Mehta would have been flabbergasted. He would never have expected such a turnout at his funeral – the most powerful politicians, journalists, writers, cartoonists, artists, everybody except… well, in that exception possibly lay the secret of his success. The fixers and their patrons were not there. The attendance at the Lodhi Road crematorium is not the ...

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