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Sonia Gandhi is a 'sherni' BJP is afraid of, Jyotiraditya tell...

Sonia Gandhi is a "sherni" (lioness), said the Congress' Jyotiraditya Scindia in speech in the Lok Sabha today as he took on the BJP in a debate on the AgustaWestland scam.  NDTV reports that Scindia said the Congress President's name does not appear in any authenticated document related to the Rs. 3,600 crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal and pointed to the government benches as he added, "Sonia Gandhi is a sherni who they are afraid of."The 44-year-old Congress lawmaker ... Rediff.com, 10 minutes ago

Mickey Arthur appointed Pakistan's head coach

Former South Africa and Australia coach, Mickey Arthur has been named coach of the Pakistan Cricket team. Several names, including that of Australian Stuart Law and former England coach Peter Moores, were doing the rounds for the position that was vacant since the departure of Waqar Younis. Waqar resigned as Pakistan's head coach on April 4 after the team's early exit from the World Twenty20 in India.  Image: Mickey ...
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China's first Maglev train hits the track

The Maglev train takes 19 minutes and 30 seconds to complete the 18.5 km journey. The first Chinese Maglev rail line began operating in Changsha city today as China looks to sell the system abroad along with its bullet-train technology. The magnetically-levitated (Maglev) train shuttles between Changsha's south railway station and the airport, with one stop in between. It takes 19 minutes and 30 seconds to complete the 18.5 -km journey, according to a statement from operator Hunan Maglev ...
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Now, your arm can turn into smartwatch touchpad!

Researchers showed that SkinTrack could be used as a game controller, to scroll through lists on the smartwatch, to zoom in and out of onscreen maps, and to draw Scientists have developed a new wearable technology that may be able to turn your entire lower arm into a touchpad for a smartwatch. Called SkinTrack and developed by researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University in the US, the new system allows for continuous touch tracking on the hands and arms. It also can detect touches at ...
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Virat Kohli on his late father's influence, Tendulkar and Indo-Pak cricket

'I used to watch these players play on TV and then I used to go and copy shots. So my friends insisted that why don't you join an academy and try to learn it because we feel that you have (potential); I told my father and then he agreed.' '…I called my coach in the morning, I told him this had happened and he was in shock as well. So he asked me what I wanted to do. I said I want to go play, because, for me, not completing in a cricket game was a sin.' 'It's absolutely normal. If you see ...
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Authenticate documents or comments will be expunged: Swamy told

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurein has given Bharatiya Janata Party member of Parliament Subramanian Swamy time till 6 pm on Friday to authenticate his documents or his remarks will be struck off. The chairman asked Swamy to produce documents he quoted from in the AgustaWestland debate after Congress leader Jairam Ramesh raised the issue. “I want to know have the papers been authenticated?” Ramesh asked. To this, Kurien said: “I have given the direction... He has to do ...
 Rediff.com27 minutes ago Lying in Swamy's nature: Jairam  Rediff.com1 hour ago Autheticate documents by 6 pm or statement will be struck off: RS tells Swamy  Rediff.com1 hour ago

India's most dangerous consulate?

India has decided to open a consulate in the Kurdish-dominated northern Iraqi city of Erbil on the edge of see-saw battles two separate coalitions are waging against the Islamic State, in a rare wartime diplomatic expansion. The move signals a foray into a conflict New Delhi has largely shunned, and represents preparations for a post-war scenario where India expects the Kurdish minority of Iraq to play a crucial role, senior officials have told The Telegraph. A consulate in Erbil would ...
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Sweeping glory: BMC sweeper secures MPhil degree

Beating all odds, 36-year-old Sunil Yadav, a street sweeper employed with the BMC today swept his way to success by securing an MPhil degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) here. Yadav, who is deployed at Nana Chowk in Central Mumbai for the cleaning job, now aims to pursue a PhD degree to understand the problems plaguing the sweeper class and wants to find solutions to it. "I am elated on securing my MPhil. By doing PhD, I want to deeply study the social system that has ...
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Minor raped; 20 booked for trying to reach a 'settlement'

Twenty persons have been booked for holding a Panchayat "in order to settle a matter" of the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl student, who claimed she is now six-months pregnant. Police in Adilabad district of Telangana have also registered a case against five persons who allegedly repeatedly raped the minor over the past 16 months. The victim, a class 10th student, last night lodged a complaint with Madamarri police station, alleging that the five men, who are her neighbours, threatened her ...
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Gold climbs on jewellers' buying, overseas cues

Gold prices ticked up by Rs 25 to s 30,125 per 10 grams in the bullion market on Friday on scattered buying by jewellers driven by the ongoing wedding eason amid firm global cues. However, silver eased Rs 60 to Rs 41,040 per kg on lack of buying support from industrial units and coin makers. Traders said buying by jewellers to meet ongoing wedding season demand and a rising trend in the global market mainly led to the rise in gold prices. Globally, gold rose 0.16 per cent to $1,279.70 an ounce ...
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