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How A Huge, Beautiful Snail Could Save The Great Barrier Reef

How A Huge, Beautiful Snail Could Save The Great Barrier Reef

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Australia's Great Barrier Reef is under threat from a myriad of aggressors -- coral bleaching and climate change, pollution from proposed nearby developments, the crown of thorns starfish -- but help on one of those fronts may be coming from a huge, beautiful, mysterious snail.Invasion of the crown of thorns starfish is an ever-present hazard for the reef, as the spiky organism feeds exclusively on live coral.One single starfish can eat up to ten square metres of coral per year, and with outbrea

ks of many thousands to millions at a time, the crown of thorns can be an immense risk for the survival of reefs -- even those as large as the Great Barrier Reef, off Queensland's coast.However, a promising research program from Australian Institute of Marine Science is investigating a potential way to combat crown of thorns infestations, envisaging a bizarre underwater battle for the future of the reef between the spiky starfish and an crack death squad of very rare triton sea snails.The tritons, which grow up to half a metre in length, are a natural predator for the crown of thorns starfish. The snails eat them, as well as sea cucumbers and other starfish. What's more, the very smell of the sea snails nearby causes the crown of thorns to flee in panic, as can be seen in this video from AIMS.Researchers from AIMS have just received a large grant from the federal government to support their studies into the little-understood snails, which include breeding programs and plans to deploy the giant tritons as a natural taskforce to control the starfish populations on the reef."They're not endangered, but rare. We're using this funding to try and get a better understanding of their life cycle, what they feed on, how they reproduce, where they go, how far they move. We're really starting with an unknown animal," said AIMS' Marine Chemical Ecologist Dr Cherie Motti, the main researcher involved in the breeding project."They have quite a beautiful shell which means they've been fished out over the last several decades on our shores. We don't know exactly what their numbers were before fishing started but they're quite rare to find now."AIMS has only eight adults in their aquariums now, but the snails have recently bred and produced young more than 100,000 babies. The newborn snails are the size of a pinhead, Motti told HuffPost Australia, but will soon grow -- and develop an appetite."They smell and move toward crown of thorns starfish. The starfish releases a chemical and the snail hunts it. The starfish can smell when the snail is in its vicinity, and it runs away. The prey can smell the predator and predator smell the prey," she said."Our adult tritons have finished laying eggs now and theyre starving. One snail is eating one to two starfish a day.Motti said current methods of controlling crown of thorns starfish -- which include humans diving into the reef and injecting the organisms with ox bile, an acidic by-product of the c ... read more

Uber Apologises For 'Let Your Wife Take A Day Off From The Kitchen' Promotion

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Uber has apologised after its food delivery service sent out a message urging men to "let" their wives "take a day off from the kitchen".The fast-growing tech company admitted the Uber Bangalore promotion was "totally inappropriate" after it stated that Sunday was "Wife Appreciation Day"."Order on uberEATS and let your wife take a day off from the kitch read more

Bride's Wedding Party Holds Rescue Puppies Instead Of Bouquets

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Weddings are a great place to meet a potential partner ― but one Iowa wedding was also a wonderful place to find a pet.When Samantha Duckert and Kendel Clark got married in Mason City on Sept. 9, the bride and her wedding party didn’t walk down the aisle carrying flower bouquets. Instead, they carried rescue puppies in an attempt to help the animals find homes.“I originally wanted to use my read more

Hillary Clinton Fought Back Tears Watching Kate McKinnon On 'SNL' After Election

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Kate McKinnon's portrayal of Hillary Clinton on "Saturday Night Live" won her an Emmy Award Sunday night and a shoutout in the former Democratic nominee's new book about the 2016 presidential election.As McKinnon took to the stage to accept her award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, ABC News' Chris Donovan tweeted a page from Clinton's recently released memoir, What read more

Wear Your Identity With Pride: A Style Tip From London Fashion Week

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If you take just one style lesson away from London Fashion Week, let it be this: wear your identity with pride.The Ashish runway on Monday 18 September proved that fashion can be fun without being frivolous - it can play an important part in fighting hate.At a time when incidences of LGB hate crime are soaring, designer Ashish Gupta sent a model down the runway in a sequinned t-shirt proudly embla read more

How To Break Up With Someone If You Hate Conflict

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Look, unless you're some kind of serial heart breaker who gets off on that kind of thing, nobody likes having the break up chat.Even if you have the ick and can't wait for them to get out of your life, the actual process of telling someone you don't like them anymore is awkward, painful and likely to end in tears.But tempting as it may be, if you have had an intimate relationship with that person, read more

Most Dangerous Sex Position For Penis Fractures Revealed

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Today in wince-inducing news, the most dangerous sex position for men has been revealed as ‘doggy style’. A study published in the journal Nature discovered this particular position, where a man penetrates a woman from behind, was the worst for causing penile fracture, closely followed by missionary or ‘man-on-top’.For the study, researchers looked into the sex lives of 90 patients, aged 1 read more

Even Netflix's Cease And Desist Notices Are Really Great

Even Netflix's Cease And Desist Notices Are Really Great

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A Chicago pop-up bar called "The Upside Down" promised to end the Summer with '80s classics, and everything to do with Netflix's smash-hit 'Stranger Things'.Unfortunately for them, they didn't quite get the permission of the streaming service and according to 'DNAInfo Chicago', the folk behind the bar were so pleased with how Things were going they planned to extend the run of the bar wh read more

In Praise Of The 'Mother!' Marketing Campaign

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Fewer and fewer movie releases feel like true phenomena these days ― a Marvel joint here or a “Star Wars” sequel there, with a name-brand killer clown tossed in to keep cash flowing as summer fades. Not even established franchise properties are guaranteed towering success, which leaves little room for original films to strike gold across the heartland, especially ones that aren’t animated read more

James Corden Is 'Disappointed' In Himself For Kissing Sean Spicer

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James Corden has apologized for drunkenly kissing former White House press secretary Sean Spicer at the Emmys after-party.The “Late Late Show” host faced a backlash after Variety magazine shared this snap of him embracing Spicer on Sunday:A post shared by Variety Magazine (@variety) on Sep 17, 2017 at 9:47pm PDTCritics accused Corden of “normalizing fascism,” and likened the move to “Ton read more

How To Spot The Symptoms Of Stroke, Plus Tips On Prevention

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It’s estimated there’ll be a 59% rise in the number of people suffering a stroke over the next 20 years, according to a study by the Stroke Association.The charity blames high blood pressure, linked to inactivity and poor diet, as well as the fact people are living longer for fuelling the rise.Dominic Brand, director of external affairs at the Stroke Association, said we must act now “to pre read more

This Is The Correct Way To Apply Antiperspirant And It's Blown Our Minds

This Is The Correct Way To Apply Antiperspirant And It's Blown Our Minds

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Technically it's still summer, and that means we're still getting those annoying sweat stains.But we've been dealing with sweat our whole lives, and as a result, we've come up with some kind of plan of attack to mask the smell and/or prevent it from happening in the first place, usually by being very liberal with the deodorant or antiperspirant.But according to "Embarrassing Bodies" doct read more

Piers Morgan Is Livid Jeremy Corbyn Spoke Spanish In Front Of Him

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Jeremy Corbyn has scored a late winner in his footballing feud with Piers Morgan after confirming he snubbed the TV presenter in a conversation with an Arsenal star.The Labour leader took to Twitter to ridicule the Good Morning Britain host over the encounter with Spanish fullback Hector Bellerin at last week’s GQ Man of the Year Awards.Corbyn revealed that he had deliberately spoken Spanish to read more

A Writer Whitesplained Chopsticks And Asian People Are Not Having It

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A writer for Lifehacker, a popular tech and lifestyle blog, has issued an apology after running a short article about chopsticks that stirred up some feelings within the Asian community.Claire Lower published the article for Skillet, a blog that operates under the Lifehacker umbrella, on Monday. Her piece, “Chopsticks Are an Underrated Kitchen Tool,” attempted to introduce chopsticks as a do-i read more

Scientists May Be ‘Vastly’ Underestimating The Extinction Risk Facing Some S

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The IUCN Red List paints a grim picture of the biodiversity loss we are facing as a planet. In 2016, tens of thousands of mammals, birds, insects, plants and other organisms were found to be under threat from extinction, according to the list. Of that number, more than 5,000 were considered critically endangered, including iconic species like the leatherback turtle, the Antarctic blue whale, and b read more

Making Of The 'Nationalist' Muslims In RSS Schools

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AGRA, Uttar Pradesh -- Rabul Hussain, Mohammed Adil and Shoaib Khan do their morning prayers differently from most Muslims. The three teenagers don't sit on the floor and bow westwards in the direction of Mecca. Instead of praying to Allah, they pray before the images of Saraswati and Durga, Hindu godesses of knowledge and power.They recite hymns devoted to Hindu gods and goddesses, chanting Sansk read more

10 Awesome Eateries In Shimla You Must Visit At Least Once

10 Awesome Eateries In Shimla You Must Visit At Least Once

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The quirky thing about Shimla's restaurants is -- there are either tiny diners or cafés offering fast food, tea and cold drinks, or fancy eateries that feature overpriced alcohol menus -- there's no middle ground.But there is no dearth of places to eat in this colonial town if you're looking for a hot, fulfilling meal. And what they lack in fancy gourmet fare, most of these restaurants make up in read more

Amitabh Bachchan Saw Nothing Wrong In This Picture He Shared To Celebrate 1 Year Of 'Pink'

Amitabh Bachchan Saw Nothing Wrong In This Picture He Shared To Celebrate 1 Year

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Amitabh Bachchan, who by now has established himself as a fair-weathered feminist, recently shared a picture to celebrate one year of the film, Pink.In case you don't recollect, Pink was a critically-acclaimed and commercially successful film on women empowerment that released in September, 2016.A hard-hitting drama with a strong message ("No means No"), Pink earned rave reviews for the read more

Online Suicide Game Blue Whale Challenge Allegedly Claims First Life In UP

Online Suicide Game Blue Whale Challenge Allegedly Claims First Life In UP

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LUCKNOW -- The fatal online Blue Whale game has claimed its first victim in Uttar Pradesh's Hamirpur district, police said on Monday.Parth Singh, 13, was found hanging in his bedroom in Maudaha village on Sunday night.The police said the class sixth student had his father's phone in his hand in which the game, that directs the player to commit suicide after 50 challenges, was on when the body was read more

There's A Real Chance That The Goa Drinking Ban Will Become Another Tool To Hara

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The nanny state strikes again?Goa will ban consumption of liquor in public places. "Sun sets on full moon beach parties as Goa cracks down on public drinking" says one headline.Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar says "If someone wants to drink (liquor), they should drink inside and not in public places... Liquor shops will face music if people are found drinking in the open spaces near read more

Why August 2017 May Well Have Marked The Beginning Of The End Of Modi’s Honeymoon

Why August 2017 May Well Have Marked The Beginning Of The End Of Modi’s Honeym

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), given its penchant for headline hunting, might have thought August 2017 was nicely set up. July had ended with the swearing in of a Dalit President and Bihar's return to the National Democratic Alliance fold. The event line-up for August included Venkaiah Naidu's vice presidentship, Narendra Modi's Independence Day address and Amit Shah's Rajya Sabha (RS) entry. P read more

A 65-Year-Old Woman In Tamil Nadu Allegedly Hacked Her Son To Death To Stop Him

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A 65-year-old woman in Tamil Nadu landed in jail after she hacked her own son to death with a sickle to prevent her grand-daughter from being sexually assaulted by him. According to Newminute, 47-year-old Veerasamy used to often return home drunk and try to sexually abuse his 19-year-old daughter. The only other person in the house was Veerasamy's mother. When he returned sloshed a few weeks back, read more

A 65-Year-Old Woman In Tamil Nadu Allegedly Hacked Her Son To Death To Stop Him From Raping His Daughter

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A 65-year-old woman in Tamil Nadu landed in jail after she hacked her own son to death with a sickle to prevent her grand-daughter from being sexually assaulted by him. According to Newminute, 47-year-old Veerasamy used to often return home drunk and try to sexually abuse his 19-year-old daughter. The only other person in the house was Veerasamy's mother. When he returned sloshed a few weeks back, read more

This Indian Bride Stitched Her Love Story On Her Bridal Lehenga
This Indian Bride Stitched Her Love Story On Her Bridal Lehenga

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When Indian designer Kresha Bajaj took on the mammoth task of stitching her love story on to her bridal lehenga, she didn’t realise that she was setting in motion the next big Indian wedding trend for the year. The designer who was married to Vanraj Zaveri, scion of family that runs the jewellery chain Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri & Sons, in an intimate ceremony claimed she had driven herself read more

BJP Leaders Turned Up With Brooms To Clean Kolkata Street, But TMC-Led Municipal Body Had Other Plans

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The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, along with a few party colleagues, took the trouble of waking up early last Sunday morning to teach their rivals by example, but were — much to their dismay — trumped in their own game by a political masterstroke.As English-language and local papers gleefully reported, a group of BJP leaders and their followers read more

India Asks Pakistan To Back Off, Says Kashmir Is 'Integral And Inseparable' Part Of Country

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NEW DELHI -- India today hit back at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for raking up the Kashmir issue at the UN, saying the grouping has no locus standi to comment on its internal affairs.In a strong reaction to a statement made by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC at the UN, India said Jammu and Kashmir is an "integral and inseparable" part of it, and advised the organisation t read more

My Daughter Was Not A Number, Cries A Father Of The Forgotten Gorakhpur Tragedy
My Daughter Was Not A Number, Cries A Father Of The Forgotten Gorakhpur Tragedy

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GORAKHPUR, Uttar Pradesh — Rihana Khatoon turned to her husband and said she loved the name Jasmine for their daughter. Mohammad Zahid preferred Khushi, the name he gave her when she was born."He's just being stubborn," his wife said, "I thought Jasmine would be a lovely name for school.""I'm not being stubborn," Mohammad replied. "Khushi is the name that descr read more

Had Rahul Gandhi Been A Dynamic Leader, No One Would Have Bothered About Dynasty
Had Rahul Gandhi Been A Dynamic Leader, No One Would Have Bothered About Dynasty

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"That is how India runs." Speaking at the University of California, Berkeley, Rahul Gandhi had this to say when asked about dynastic politics in India.He pointed out that Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Stalin is a dynast. Kanchan Chandra who edited the book Democratic Dynasties writes that in the 2014 Lok Sabha, 22 percent of the MPs had a dynastic background. Among the larger parties, Cong read more

EXCLUSIVE: Text Messages Show How Kangana Ranaut, Hansal Mehta And Apurva Asrani Fell Out Over 'Simran'
EXCLUSIVE: Text Messages Show How Kangana Ranaut, Hansal Mehta And Apurva Asrani Fell Out Over 'Simran'

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When Simran went on floors, none of the three parties — writer Apurva Asrani, actor Kangana Ranaut and director Hansal Mehta — imagined that a lighthearted comedy about a Gujarati immigrant in the US would permanently change the interpersonal dynamics between all of them — to the point that the three would vow never to work with each other in the future.Anyone who is familiar with the filmma read more

Why Mohan Bhagwat's Message To Right-Wing Extremists Is Unlikely To Be Heeded
Why Mohan Bhagwat's Message To Right-Wing Extremists Is Unlikely To Be Heeded

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The sarsanghchalak or chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) began the week by demanding an amendment to the Indian Constitution to reflect "Bharatiya ethos". He argued that the document owes its existence to Western values, namely those of the colonial lawmakers, and needs to be revised to reflect our contemporary realities.He may have a point there, not with regard to the Const read more

If You're Singing 'Aunty Ki Ghanti' At A Flash Mob, You're Actually Celebrating Misogyny
If You're Singing 'Aunty Ki Ghanti' At A Flash Mob, You're Actually Celebrating Misogyny

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If a woman encounters a louche singing these lines — "dekh ke jawani teri jhatka meinu lagta hai, neeche wala dekh mera saltue tenu karta hai," (your youth electrifies me, my nether regions are saluting you) — to her on the road, the reaction would expectedly be shock, disbelief and anger.Now imagine hundreds of people in different places coming together to sing a song that celebrate read more

How Do You Stamp Out Child Marriage? Start With The Wedding Singer

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VAN, Turkey — The men came unexpectedly, in the middle of the night. Gülmay Gümüşhan was fast asleep in her apartment in the easternmost Turkish province of Van, some 1,000 miles from Istanbul. They were allegedly sent by her estranged husband — a man she was forced to marry; a man who had long refused her requests for a divorce. Most likely, they were sent to scare her, to punish her for read more

California Close To Banning Pet Shop Sales Of Non-Rescue Cats, Dogs And Rabbits

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California will become the first state to ban pet stores from selling cats, dogs or rabbits that don’t come from a shelter or rescue group if Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs the bill sent to him this week.The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act, AB 485, passed the California State Senate with a 32-0 vote on Tuesday, NBC San Diego reports. It had passed the State Assembly in May on a 55-11 vote. More than 30 read more

As Kashmir’s Wular Lake Diminishes, So Do Livelihoods
As Kashmir’s Wular Lake Diminishes, So Do Livelihoods

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By Athar Parvaiz*, Bandipora, Jammu & KashmirWhen 67-year-old Mohammad Subhan Dar fished in Wular Lake in his youth, fish were abundant in the expansive lake tucked in the lap of lush green mountains in north Kashmir's Bandipora district. The fish, Dar and other villagers said, are on their way to vanishing. "Earlier a fisherman could catch up to 15kg of fish in a single day."These d read more

'Simran' Is No 'Queen' But Kangana Ranaut Is Worth Every Penny You Spend On The Movie
'Simran' Is No 'Queen' But Kangana Ranaut Is Worth Every Penny You Spend On The Movie

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The only triumph of Simran is the fact that an idea like that managed to exist, long enough to make it to the silver screen.It's not every day that an entire Hindi movie is mounted on the idea of woman like this -- one who has nothing to offer to the popular male gaze by performing a sizzling dance number, who is not going to play a Salman Khan and break a few bones, who doesn't have a love intere read more

Modi Inaugurates World's Second Biggest Dam On His Birthday
Modi Inaugurates World's Second Biggest Dam On His Birthday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat, the world's second biggest dam, nearly six decades after its foundation stone was laid.The inaugural event in the Kevadia colony of Narmada district coincided with Modi's 67th birthday and the culmination of the fortnight-long Narmada Mahotsav launched by the Gujarat government to celebrate the completion of the work read more

The Assault On The Rohingya Is Not Only About Religion — It's Also About Land

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PARIS — Religion and ethnicity have been the major focus in local and international news coverage of the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar. Such persecution is part of a long and cruel history suffered by the Rohingya people.But there are limitations to this explanation for the current phase of that long-standing violence. Two recent developments make me question whether religion gives us t read more

Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh Will Be Remembered For Leading A Young IAF During The 1965 Indo-Pak War

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Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh, an icon of India's military history, died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Saturday. He was 98-years-old.He will always be remembered as a war hero who had successfully led a young IAF during the 1965 Indo-Pak war.The only officer to attain the highest post of Marshal, the Air Force equivalent to the Army's five star field marshal, Singh was a fearless and excepti read more

IAF Marshal Arjan Singh Cremated With Full State Honours

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NEW DELHI -- A fly-past of Sukhoi-30 fighters and a 17-gun salute for Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh were held at his last rites ceremony at Delhi's Brar Square on Monday.Last rites ceremony of Marshal of Air Force #ArjanSingh continues at Delhi's Brar Square. pic.twitter.com/VwyRTdNHQb Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday stated that along with a state funeral and an appropr read more

Narendra Modi's Heart Beats For The Poor, Says Amit Shah On PM's 67th B'day

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NEW DELHI -- BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday bracketed Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sardar Patel and BR Ambedkar and said Modi had started India's economic integration after Patel and Ambedkar respectively achieved the country's territorial and social unification.Lavishing praise on Modi on his 67th birthday, Shah said the PM's life in many ways was a "personification of the spirit of read more

Goa To Ban Drinking Liquor In Public Places, Says Manohar Parrikar
Goa To Ban Drinking Liquor In Public Places, Says Manohar Parrikar

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GOA -- Goa Chief Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that the state will ban drinking of liquor in public places to curb the nuisance created by people in drunken state.He said necessary amendments to the excise act will be done next month."We need to come out with the notification banning drinking of liquor in public places. The notification will be issued by October end for which we will amend read more

Donald Trump Retweets Joke About Violence Toward Hillary Clinton

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President Donald Trump shared a tweet Sunday morning that included the image of him hitting a golf ball and striking Hillary Clinton.The tweet came from a user named @Fuctupmind, whose Twitter bio indicates that he wants Clinton to be in prison and believes the conspiracy theory that Democrats had something to do with the death of former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. Donald Trum read more

Exclusive: New Report Offers Proof Of US Hate Crime Rise In The Trump Era

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The number of hate crimes rose across the United States in 2016, marking the first time in over a decade that the country has experienced consecutive annual increases in crimes targeting people based on their race, religion, sexuality, disability or national origin.Data collected by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, and provided exclusiv read more

People Who Revere Cows Don't Resort To Violence Even If Their Sentiments Are Hurt, Says RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat
People Who Revere Cows Don't Resort To Violence Even If Their Sentiments Are Hurt, Says RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat

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JAIPUR -- RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that those who revere cows do not resort to violence even if their sentiments are deeply hurt.Rearing of cows is financially beneficial for us, he said to a question asked by a volunteer during a meeting in Jamdoli near Jaipur yesterday.Bhagwat, who is on a six-day tour of Rajasthan, said, "People who revere cows devote themselves to rearing cows.The read more

Apple Makes A $999 Gamble On Its Aspirational Brand
Apple Makes A $999 Gamble On Its Aspirational Brand

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Apple is taking a calculated risk with the pricing of its new phone. The US$999 iPhone X is a bet on users' loyalty and wealth and is on the surface consistent with the company's longstanding strategy of differentiation and exclusivity. The danger lies in how the phone sells in the world's huge and growing emerging markets; Apple clearly thinks it is a risk worth taking.And it's not without reason read more

The Indian Railways Has A Smart Idea To Reduce Quarrel Between Passengers: Reduce Nap Time
The Indian Railways Has A Smart Idea To Reduce Quarrel Between Passengers: Reduce Nap Time

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If you have traveled on a train, you sure have witnessed the fights over berths. The upper-berth passenger often complains that they are allowed very little time to eat their meals because the lower-berth passenger wants to sleep immediately after boarding the train. Meanwhile, the lower-berth passenger complains that they are unable to sit comfortably because the middle berth passenger continues read more

No, The Supreme Court Has NOT Made It Mandatory For You To Link Your Phone With Aadhaar
No, The Supreme Court Has NOT Made It Mandatory For You To Link Your Phone With Aadhaar

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"As per Government's directive, it is mandatory to link Aadhaar card with your mobile number"—this is a message most of us have been repeatedly receiving of late. Telecom service providers have also been sending reminders by calling us and emphasizing on the requirement to link. Now, not all of us have an Aadhaar card, and a lot of us do not wish to link our phone numbers with Aadhaar. read more

Maya Kodnani Wasn't In Naroda Gam, BJP Chief Amit Shah Tells Court In 2002 Gujarat Riots Case
Maya Kodnani Wasn't In Naroda Gam, BJP Chief Amit Shah Tells Court In 2002 Gujarat Riots Case

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Appearing before a sessions court in Ahmedabad on Monday to testify for Maya Kodnani, who is an accused in the 2002 Naroda Gam riots case, BJP chief Amit Shah has backed Kodnani's alibi.Shah told the court:Maya Kodnani was not present in Naroda Gam, she was inside the state assembly at 8.30 am: Amit Shah in court From 9:30 am to 9:45 am I was at the Civil Hospital & I met Maya Kodnani there: A read more

Gurmeet Ram Rahim's Adopted Daughter Honeypreet Insan Tops Haryana's 'Most Wanted' List
Gurmeet Ram Rahim's Adopted Daughter Honeypreet Insan Tops Haryana's 'Most Wanted' List

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CHANDIGARH -- Jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief's adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan tops the list of 43 persons 'wanted' by the Haryana Police in connection with incidents of violence that followed Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's conviction in a rape case.Earlier, a lookout notice was issued against Honeypreet Insan and Dera spokesman Aditya Insan, whose name also figures in the 'wanted' list.The photos of read more

Rajasthan School Director, Teacher Allegedly Rape 18-Year-Old Student On Pretext Of Extra Class
Rajasthan School Director, Teacher Allegedly Rape 18-Year-Old Student On Pretext Of Extra Class

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JAIPUR -- An 18-year-old student was allegedly raped by the school director and a teacher in Rajasthan's Sikar district, the police said on Monday.The victim's parents in their complaint alleged that the two had been sexually assaulting her for some days after calling her to school on the pretext of extra classes.When she became pregnant, the duo allegedly made her undergo an abortion at a clinic read more

Meet The Indian-Americans Who Have Made It To Donald Trump's Administration
Meet The Indian-Americans Who Have Made It To Donald Trump's Administration

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US President Donald J. Trump has repeatedly said he is keen to work with India. He has also confessed a close connection with the Hindu community. "We did great with the Hindus, thank you," Trump said in a memorable speech, shortly after winning the presidential election.On several occasions, Trump has stated he would work towards improving his country's relations with India and develop read more

Birsa Munda's Village Gets A Facelift For A Meal With Amit Shah, Gets Ditched At The Last Moment

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When Amit Shah announced that he will be visiting Ulihatu, tribal icon Birsa Munda's birthplace about 65km from the Jharkhand capital, the state and the district government decided to do some quick fix. After all, Amit Shah is not ordinary man, he is the President of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and everyone knows that he is very, very close to the Prime Minister.On Modi's birthday, Shah was read more

26/11 Mumbai Attack Mastermind Hafiz Saeed Likely To Contest Elections In 2018
26/11 Mumbai Attack Mastermind Hafiz Saeed Likely To Contest Elections In 2018

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LAHORE -- Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's Jammat-ud-Dawah will foray into Pakistan's political scene by contesting the 2018 general elections, a senior member of the outfit said, a day after its candidate finished third in a crucial by-poll.Last month, Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a front for the Lashkar-e- Taiba militant group that carried out the deadly 2008 Mumbai attack, announced that it wa read more

Some People Tried To Mix Rat Poison In My Madrassa Tank, Alleges Educator Salma Ansari, Wife Of Former VP Hamid Ansari

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Salma Ansari, wife of former vice-president of India Hamid Ansari, has alleged that unidentified men had mixed rat poison in the tank water of Aligarh's Madarsa Chacha Nehru.The madrassa is run by the Al Noor Charitable Society which Salma Ansari used to formerly head.Calling the incident shocking and scary, she told ANI:Child went to fill bottle at night & saw 2 boys mix something in tank: Sa read more

17-Year-Old Boy In Bengaluru, Racing At 150km/hr In Parents' Car, Killed In Crash

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A joy ride for three Bengaluru teenagers turned tragic on Saturday night after they lost control of the speeding cars they were racing in and rammed into a barricade on the Elevated Flyover on Hosur Road.According to a Times of India report, 17-year-old Arfhan Salim, who was driving a Skoda, died on the spot, while two of his other friends Anirudh K and Srinvas G sustained minor injuries.The boys, read more

Fights, Angry Protests Over Bad Quality Spoil Telangana Government's Free Saree Drive
Fights, Angry Protests Over Bad Quality Spoil Telangana Government's Free Saree Drive

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The Telangana government's free saree drive took an ugly turn on Monday when recipients of the government freebies began to fight with each other, with some videos showing that they were pulling each others hair and beating each other up.The reason? Really long queues and bad quality sarees.Hindustan Times reported that while the women had expected good quality sarees, they were very unhappy. The read more

Kerala's Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Opens Its Gates To Christian Singer KJ Yesudas

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM -- Legendary playback singer K.J. Yesudas has been given permission to pray at the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple on the occasion of Vijayadashami, a member of the erstwhile Travancore Royal family said on Monday.As per the tradition of the temple, anyone who believes in Hinduism is given permission to pray. Yesudas, born to a Roman Catholic family, in a letter sent through a read more

16-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Thrown Off School Building In UP, Dies
16-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Thrown Off School Building In UP, Dies

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LUCKNOW -- A girl student of Class IX, studying in a private school in Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh, died on Monday after falling from the third storey of her school building, police said.Deceased Neetu Chauhan, 16, was found lying on the ground of the Modern City Montessori School in a critical condition. She had gone to the toilet, located on the third floor, and her classroom was on the fir read more

Firefighter Says Saving One Dog Is ‘More Important’ Than A Million Black People

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An Ohio fire department has suspended one of its volunteer firefighters for a racist Facebook post suggesting he’d prefer to save a dog in an emergency than a black person.Tyler Roysdon, a volunteer for Franklin Township, wrote that if he had to choose between saving a dog or a black man from a burning building, the dog would get priority, because “one dog is more important than a million n*** read more

Myanmar Doesn't Fear 'International Scrutiny' Over Rohingya Crisis, Says Aung San Suu Kyi
Myanmar Doesn't Fear 'International Scrutiny' Over Rohingya Crisis, Says Aung San Suu Kyi

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Nay Pyi Taw -- Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday said that her country does not fear the scrutiny of the international community as over 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh after fleeing the ongoing violence in Rakhine state."It is not the intention of the Myanmar government to apportion blame or to abdicate responsibility. We condemn all human rights viol read more

Two DACAmented Dreamers, In Alaska And Texas, On Fighting To Stay Home

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Welcome to ”The Story We Share,” a series of Q&As that profile two people with similar identities ― but who live in very different places. As part of HuffPost’s Listen To America tour, we’re exploring how people’s lived experiences overlap and diverge depending on their zip codes. What is the “American experience”? It depends where you look. ***The Trump administration’s rece read more

A Scary Number Of Americans Don't Think Muslims Or Atheists Have First Amendment Rights

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Nearly a quarter of Americans ― 22 percent ― either don’t know or don’t believe that U.S. Muslims are granted the same constitutional protections as other citizens. Roughly 20 percent don’t know or don’t think that atheists are protected under the First Amendment.These are among the findings of a new study by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, released a read more

Hyderabad Woman Burnt Alive Allegedly By Husband For Not Clearing Medical Entrance Exam

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HYDERABAD -- In a shocking case, a husband in Telangana's Hyderabad allegedly burned his wife alive for not securing a seat in the medical entrance."The deceased girl, Harika's parents had filed a FIR at the LB Nagar police station stating that their son-in-law Rishi Kumar had allegedly burnt their daughter alive for not securing a seat in the medical entrance and he was also continuously har read more

Here’s Why Women Should Just Forget About ‘Power Dressing’
Here’s Why Women Should Just Forget About ‘Power Dressing’

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In the women's wear section of the shopping mall in my neighbourhood sits a corner conveniently titled, "Career-Wear For Women." I look around optimistically, hoping that there exists an equivalent for men—for what would equality be otherwise—but there is no "Career-Wear For Men" section anywhere. I sigh and make an exit (not as an act of feminist boycott, though, they just read more

For The First Time, An Indian Woman Scholar's Portrait Hangs At Rhodes House In Oxford
For The First Time, An Indian Woman Scholar's Portrait Hangs At Rhodes House In Oxford

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On Saturday, Supreme Court advocate Menaka Guruswamy became the first Indian woman — and one of the first woman Rhodes scholars — whose portrait is hung at Rhodes House in Oxford University. In her acceptance speech at Rhodes House, the 43-year-old Delhi-based lawyer made important points about diversity and privilege.She described how she came to Oxford in 1998 when she was 23 years old." read more

A 65-Year-Old Woman In Tamil Nadu Allegedly Hacked Her Son To Death To Stop Him From Raping His Daughter

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A 65-year-old woman in Tamil Nadu landed in jail after she hacked her own son to death with a sickle to prevent her grand-daughter from being sexually assaulted by him. According to Newminute, 47-year-old Veerasamy used to often return home drunk and try to sexually abuse his 19-year-old daughter. The only other person in the house was Veerasamy's mother. When he returned sloshed a few weeks back, read more

What Makes Narendra Modi Special Among India's Prime Ministers Since 1991?
What Makes Narendra Modi Special Among India's Prime Ministers Since 1991?

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What explains [Narendra] Modi's cross-cutting appeal?K.N. Govindacharya was one of the most influential leaders in the BJP organization through the 1980s and early 1990s, and has seen Modi evolve over the decades. He is outside formal politics now, but remains a senior Sangh ideologue. He says, 'Narendra's forte is political marketing. His mental matrix is simple. Politics is equal to power. Power read more

Australian Sikh Family Wins Case Over Son Wearing Turban To Christian School
Australian Sikh Family Wins Case Over Son Wearing Turban To Christian School

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MELBOURNE -- A Sikh family in Australia on Tuesday won a legal battle against a Christian school which refused to enrol their five-year-old son because of his turban.Sidhak Singh Arora was due to start preparatory at Melton Christian College (MCC) in Melbourne's north-west, in 2017.But his patka (children's turban) does not comply with the school's uniform policy which prohibits students from wear read more

BJP Minister Giriraj Singh Thinks Pakistan Should "Take Away" India's Rohingya Refugees

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NEW DELHI -- Union Minister Giriraj Singh, known for his controversial remarks, today said Pakistan should "take away" Rohingyas as Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar "is fond of them".Referring to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir and the continuing infiltration attempts from across the border, Singh said that India does not have the capacity to bear more "in read more

Watch: Principal Of Kanpur School Turns Up To Teach Drunk, Caught On Camera
Watch: Principal Of Kanpur School Turns Up To Teach Drunk, Caught On Camera

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KANPUR -- At a time when the safety of children in schools is already under scanner following the murder of a seven-year-old boy in Gurugram's Ryan International School, the principal of a primary school in Kanpur was found teaching children in an inebriated state.Pradeep Kumar, the principal of a primary school in the Nevada village of Kanpur's Bilhaur, was found teaching children under the influ read more

Mysuru Mayor Appears On A Wall As 'King' Ahead Of Dasara Celebrations

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The mayor of Mysuru, the heritage city in Karnataka that was hailed as India's cleanest in 2015 and 2016 respectively, has landed in trouble, thanks to a wall painting ahead of the annual Dasara celebrations.Timed with the Dusshera festival in the North, the yearly ritual in Mysuru is commemorated with pomp and splendour, with processions being taken from the royal palace in the city. Mayor MJ Rav read more

BJP Leaders Turned Up With Brooms To Clean Kolkata Street, But TMC-Led Municipal Body Had Other Plans

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The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, along with a few party colleagues, took the trouble of waking up early last Sunday morning to teach their rivals by example, but were — much to their dismay — trumped in their own game by a political masterstroke.As English-language and local papers gleefully reported, a group of BJP leaders and their followers read more

Rogue Regimes Not Only Support Terrorists But Threaten Other Nations, Says Trump In His Maiden UN Speech

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UNITED NATIONS -- US President Donald Trump urged United Nations member states on Tuesday to turn up the pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, using his maiden speech to the world body to address what he has said is the top global challenge.Beginning his speech shortly after arriving at UN headquarters in New York, Trump said the world faces destructive threats from rogue states read more

With The Expulsion Of A Young Leader, The CPI(M) Is Back To Square One With An Old Problem

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For years, leaders of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) have debated over projecting a young face amidst growing demands within the party for providing opportunities to the youth: the average age of party members — especially its leadership — was too high.This has been the main reason behind the meteoric rise of Ritabrata Banerjee, who was selected as the party's Rajya Sabha MP from West read more

How To Fix A Culture Where 3 Cops Protect Each VIP And 1 Does Every 663 Citizens
How To Fix A Culture Where 3 Cops Protect Each VIP And 1 Does Every 663 Citizens

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For those of us shocked by a front-page report in this morning's The Times of India about the state of VIP culture in India, where three police personnel are assigned to each dignitary, here's a quick lowdown first.In April this year, during one of his 'Mann Ki Baat' broadcasts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent out a call to embrace "EPI culture" as opposed to the special treatment mete read more

How Cringe Pop 'Bol Na Aunty' Turned Into A Tool For Sexism, And Eventually, Rape Threats
How Cringe Pop 'Bol Na Aunty' Turned Into A Tool For Sexism, And Eventually, Rape Threats

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Who would have imagined that within one week, the song 'Aunty Ki Ghanti' would snowball into multiple planned, then cancelled, gatherings of young people, with no purpose other than to shout out its lyrics in public in several cities across India?Who could have foreseen that a YouTube performer, who spent two years in almost complete anonymity jostling for attention among the gems that litter the read more

Making Of The 'Nationalist' Muslims In RSS Schools

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AGRA, Uttar Pradesh -- Rabul Hussain, Mohammed Adil and Shoaib Khan do their morning prayers differently from most Muslims. The three teenagers don't sit on the floor and bow westwards in the direction of Mecca. Instead of praying to Allah, they pray before the images of Saraswati and Durga, Hindu godesses of knowledge and power.They recite hymns devoted to Hindu gods and goddesses, chanting Sansk read more

How India’s Long-Neglected Karigars Can Rejuvenate The Jewellery Industry
How India’s Long-Neglected Karigars Can Rejuvenate The Jewellery Industry

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Over the last few years we have witnessed remarkable dynamics in design. These changes have happened in architecture, technology, fashion, jewellery, in many other sectors. According to McKinsey, "The trends that have unfolded in the apparel sector over the last three decades appear to be playing out in the jewellery sector, but at a much faster pace." Consumer demand for jewellery witne read more

Fake News Is The New Opium Of The Masses
Fake News Is The New Opium Of The Masses

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A few months ago, I started peeping into the smartphones of people in Mumbai locals. I found that most men and women, if not tapping away on Candy Crush Saga, were most likely forwarding WhatsApp messages. I discovered that men in their 40s could go on forwarding sprees, looking specifically for old texts to forward, and then making sure they went to at least a dozen contacts. I found youngsters w read more

Edith Windsor, Plaintiff In Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Case, Dies

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Edith “Edie” Windsor, the LGBTQ activist and lead plaintiff in a landmark Supreme Court marriage equality case, died Tuesday at age 88, The New York Times reports.Windsor came to national prominence after she sued the federal government for not recognizing her marriage to her late first wife. Her case, United States v. Windsor, ultimately made it to the Supreme Court in 2013. In a 5-4 decision read more

Gal Gadot's 'Wonder Woman' Bloopers Will Make You Love The Film Even More

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Wonder Woman may have been all business, but on set, Gal Gadot was all laughs. The star recently started sharing quick blooper reels on her Instagram account to preview all the behind-the-scenes action audiences can watch if they order the movie’s DVD. From the looks of it, co-star Chris Pine’s nickname for Gadot was quite accurate.“Okay, first, you can see why Chris’s nickname for me was read more

Beyoncé Takes On Racism, Violence And Climate Change In Just 2 Minutes

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The Queen has spoken. Beyoncé contributed a two-minute video to Tuesday evening’s “Hand in Hand” benefit for hurricane relief and managed to touch on at least three of today’s biggest hot-button issues at once: racism, violence and climate change. HD: Beyoncé's heartfelt message on natural disasters, climate change & how we're all in this together. #HandInHand pic.twitter.com/7f0o6t8 read more