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'No question of me contesting from Rae Bareli'

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on the sidelines of her brother Rahul Gandhi's takeover today as Congress president said that her mother Sonia Gandhi would contest the next national election from her constituency Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh."There is no question of me contesting from Rae Bareli, my mother will be contesting," Vadra was quoted as saying to NDTV, responding to speculation that she would debut in politics by contesting the 2019 national election from Rae Bareli, the constituency her mother ... Rediff.com, 6 minutes ago
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Can Robots now be given citizenship?

Could robots vote for effective political leadership?Arguably they could do this better than humans.They are far better at fact-checking for obvious lies, and far better at gauging the sincerity of statements by analysing body language, facial movements and vocal tonality of speakers,' says Devangshu Datta.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com The kingdom of Saudi Arabia recently granted citizenship to a robot, Sophia. Sophia is a lifelike female-shaped android. 'She' looks approximately ...
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Hey, this is what India needs to know about

'Here's a list of the things we should be reading more about in the media,' says Mitali Saran.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com There's nothing quite like pre-election buzz, is there? It's all very fast-moving and exciting, except that it's actually just a mesh of dissonance, provoked to drown out dull but important election issues with catchy but dangerous nonsense that can become election issues. Then the buzz starts to rise until you're plugging your ears, holding your head, and caroming ...
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Karnataka decides not to permit Sunny Leone New Year eve event

The Karnataka government today decided not to permit Bollywood actress Sunny Leone's New Year eve show and elsewhere in the state following protests from Kannada outfits.Karnataka Rakshana Vedike and some other organisations have been opposing the proposed event on December 31 alleging that the invitation to Sunny Leone will be an "assault" on the city's culture.For the past one week, the KRV members have been agitating in the city, taking out rallies and burning effigies of Sunny Leone."I have ...
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What Rahul now needs to do

'His prowess in Aikido -- a Japanese martial art that focuses on harmony with the opponent to peacefully resolve conflicts -- gives Rahul Gandhi an advantage that fanatical adversaries lack,' says Sunanda K Datta-Ray. IMAGE: Congress President Rahul Gandhi demonstrates his Aikido moves. Photograph: Kind courtesy: @bharad/Twitter Rahul Gandhi has an opportunity now of scripting a new narrative for India's future if only he avoids walking into the current dispensation's religion trap. He can't ...
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We will fight the politics of anger: Rahul's 1st speech as Cong president

Rahul Gandhi addresses the crowds at the event to mark his elevation as the Congress party president. Here's the highlights of what he said in his first speech as president. >> Politics belongs to the people, but today politics is not being used for people. It is not being used to uplift people, but to crush them>> Many of us are disillusioned by politics of our time. Today, politics is devoid of kindness and truth>> Congress took India to 21st century, but the PM, ...
 Rediff.com1 hour ago Rahul Gandhi takes charge of Congress as president  Rediff.com2 hours ago Rahul leaves for Congress HQ, to take charge shortly  Rediff.com2 hours ago Celebrations outside Congress HQ, Rahul's residence ahead of his elevation  Rediff.com3 hours ago
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Coal scam: Ex-Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda awarded 3-year jail term

Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and ex-coal secretary H C Gupta were on Saturday sentenced to three years imprisonment by a special court in a case of coal block allocation scam. Besides the jail term, the special court also imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh on Koda and Rs one lakh on Gupta. Former Jharkhand chief secretary A K Basu and Vijay Joshi, a close aide of the then chief minister, were also awarded jail term of three years for indulging in corrupt practices and hatching ...
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Mental health disorders: India's invisible epidemic

The mental health of children and adolescents has suddenly become a cause of concern in India -- with good reason. Abhineet Kumar reports. Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in Tasmasha, a film that addresses the issue of mental health.Padukone has also spoken about her personal struggle with depression, lifts the cloak of secrecy shrouding the subject another important inch.Don't miss: The woman who cured Deepika Padukone   Zirak Marker's days have been particularly hectic of late.
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Why Modi is furious and nervous in Gujarat

'Whatever the result on December 18, Rahul has succeeded.''He has taken the battle to the rival's territory, and forced him to take him more seriously than he has done so far, or would have wished to.''A party, dominating and powerful as the BJP today, is spending all its time attacking the leader of one with just 46 seats in the Lok Sabha, and in the woods in Gujarat for 22 years.''This isn't the script the BJP had written,' says Shekhar Gupta.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com The ...
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The Last Headhunters in India

There was a time when the fierce warriors of the Konyak tribe displayed the skulls of their vanquished enemies as war trophies.Today, their world is disappearing, discovers Geetanjali Krishna.   IMAGE: A member of the Konyak tribe. Photograph: Kind courtesy Yves Picq/Wikimedia Commons It is hard to look away from the fine blue lines on his face. Like strands in a spider web, they mingle and separate with every change of expression. The octogenarian catches me staring at his tattooed face ...
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