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All-party meet fails to resolve Parliament logjam

An all-party meeting held to break the logjam in Parliament proved unsuccessful today, but the government has indicated that another meeting could be held. The meeting was convened by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in the wake of the Congress protests and unruly scenes in the House on Monday."We are sticking to our demand. The government has to take a call," said senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, whose party has been clamouring for the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma ..., 37 minutes ago

Memon was hanged not because he was a Muslim, but because he participated in mass murder

The tragedy is that, at least on social media, the narrative that was being lapped up by many Indian Muslims was that Yakub Memon was being victimised. The purveyors of this poisonous line of thinking want this sentiment to grow since communal polarisation is the primary pillar of their political strategy, says Sushant Sareen. The most troubling aspect of the sinister and manufactured outrage of the usual suspects over the hanging of a mass murderer, Yakub Memon, is how easily this fringe ...
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Rupee weakens by 6 paise against dollar in early trade

The rupee declined by 6 paise to 64.10 against the US dollar in early trade on Friday, extending weakness for the second day due to appreciation of the American currency overseas. Besides, month-end demand for the American currency from importers weighed on the rupee but a higher opening in the domestic equity market capped the losses, forex dealers said. The rupee had shed 13 paise to close at 64.04 against the US currency in the previous session.
 Rediff.com45 minutes ago Rupee slips 13 paise vs USD, breaches 64-mark  Rediff.com16 hours ago

4 Indians abducted in Libya

News agency ANI has reported that 4 Indians have been abducted in Sirte, Libya. The Ministry of External Affairs is ascertaining more
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Etihad vows to fight obese passenger injury claim

Etihad Airways today vowed to keep fighting a lawsuit brought in Australia by a man who claims he hurt his back after being seated next to a sick, obese passenger. Brisbane man James Bassos, 38, is seeking damages, reportedly Aus dollar 227,000 (USD 165,000), after claiming he suffered permanent health problems from being forced to twist and contort his body to avoid contact with the other passenger "whose body encroached into his seat".  The District Court in Brisbane yesterday heard ...
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Steyn modest about 400-wicket haul after regaining love for the game

'It's nice to have these numbers but I have had a lot better moments in my cricketing career' 'There was a period when I actually didn’t want to have a ball in my hand, I think I just needed maybe two or three weeks off to get that love back again' South African paceman Dale Steyn prepares to bowl. Photograph: Morne de Klerk/Getty Images Fast bowler Dale Steyn was delighted after becoming the second South African to reach 400 Test wickets on the opening day of the second and final match ...
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Review: Pixels is a complete waste of time

Pixels could very well be the most unremarkable Hollywood film of the year, says Paloma Sharma. Have you ever wondered what would happen if old video games came to life, tried to destroy the world and Adam Sandler was the only one who could save us? No, neither has anybody else because what a nightmare -- primarily because of its terrifyingly boring nature -- it would be. Secondly, expecting Sandler, who's consistently played a goofball in several romantic comedies, to pick up a gun that shoots ...
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Is the Maggi saga stifling food companies?

Over the past several months, new product launches have slowed as companies are growing increasingly anxious about regulatory oversight The list of food companies that are cutting back supply, withdrawing products from the market and putting new launches on hold is getting longer by the day. In the latest such incident, a leading poultry company has curtailed the supply of processed chicken to retailers after it came under the scrutiny of the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India. Over ...
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Indian techie murder: New CCTV images released by Australian police

Australian police on Friday released a new CCTV footage hoping to find the killer of a 41-year-old Indian woman who was brutally stabbed to death in Sydney, just 300m from her home on March 7 this year while she was talking to her husband on the phone. Sydney police is now looking to speak to a person who was seen in new CCTV footage walking nearby through Parramatta Golf Course near Jubilee Lane on the night of Prabha Arun Kumar's murder, Sky news reported. "The person in the footage is ...
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Global confidence survey: India ranks 4th

Confidence level of Indian CEOs is at par with their Australia counterparts Despite India emerging as the fastest growing economy in the world, the country’s industry honchos rank slightly below their Chinese, Spanish and Italian peers when it comes to being confident in their country's economic growth. A global survey conducted by KPMG International shows Indian CEOs rank fourth in terms of their confidence level in India’s economic growth over the next three years. Their ...
 Rediff.com1 hour ago India to get 14,000 new citizens as it implements India-B'desh land swap  Rediff.com2 hours ago
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