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By Harini Calamur | Interesting news items from cinema, technology, gender issues, media, India, politics, and current affairs.

1,000-year-old ‘Narasimmee’ comes back to Tamil Nadu

National Gallery of Australia returns smuggled idol

All you need to know about the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge, India’s longest river bridge

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge in Assam, which is India's longest river bridge. Here are 10 things to …

Rohingya Muslims in Jammu possessing Aadhaar cards sets off alarm bells

An official said the External Affairs Ministry had taken up the matter with Myanmar, which has refused to accept them as its citizens.

Rohingya

Five Maoists Sentenced To Death For Killing CRPF Jawans In Ambush In Bihar

A Munger court Thursday awarded death sentence to five Naxalites after convicting them of murder of two CRPF jawans in an ambush during the 2014 Lok …

Won't forgive those who try to insult Telangana: CM KCR seeks Amit Shah's apology

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has demanded an apology from BJP president Amit Shah for his remarks on the quantum of funds given to …

India

Inside India's new homemade luxury train

India

Police hunt Manchester bomber's network, angered by U.S. leaks

| BRUSSELS/LONDON<p>President Donald Trump said on Thursday that "deeply troubling" leaks to U.S. media about the Manchester suicide bombing would be investigated, after irate British police stopped sharing information with U.S. agencies.<p>British Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier she would tell …

World News

Search continues for missing Sukhoi fighter jet, says Indian Air Force

Two days after the Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft with its two pilots went missing soon after take-off from Tezpur airbase in Assam, …

Aerospace

Mount Everest rescue team attempts to retrieve body of climber

Nepalese climbers prepare for risky mission in face of criticism as death toll on mountain reaches 10 this season<p>Nepalese climbers are preparing for a risky mission to retrieve the body of an Indian national who died on Mount Everest at the weekend, as another rescue team discovered four more …

Outdoors

Anonymous warns world to ‘prepare’ for World War 3

The infamous hacktivist group Anonymous has released a chilling new video — urging people across the globe to “prepare” for World War 3 — as the US …

North Korea

The long-anticipated return of Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is here

KABUL — Fugitive warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Saturday made his first public appearance in Afghanistan after nearly two decades underground, calling on Taliban insurgents to “join the peace caravan and stop this pointless holy war.” He also urged all political parties to reconcile and seek change …

Afghanistan

The Gulf states are turning to Asia in a big way. Here’s why it matters.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia recently wrapped up a four-week, five-country visit to Asia that highlighted the rapidly growing density and complexity of ties between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Asian states. Largely under the radar, these growing ties between the Gulf and Asia have the …

Oil

Word of caution from ex-Army officers: be militarily correct, need political healing touch

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi |<p>The video, which went viral on social media here, has led to an outrage with former Chief Minister Omar …

War

Survey Suggests Facebook Has a Bigger Problem Than Fake News

Facebook is missing out on a huge opportunity because nobody takes it seriously as a source for news.<p>The idea of fake news spreading across the …

अलवर कांड: हिंदू संगठनों से जुड़े हैं मारपीट के आरोपी, सामने आई Exclusive तस्वीरें

राजस्थान के अलवर में गौरक्षा के नाम पर गाय व्यापारियों पर गौ-तस्करी का आरोप लगाकर मारपीट करने के आरोपियों की तस्वीर सामने आ गई है. इसके साथ ही मारपीट …

Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy: Two and a half years, deaths of 13 mothers later

Written by Dipankar Ghose |<p>Dipti Yadav, 26: Her husband Dhannalal with 2 of their 3 children. He says the rich alone don’t pine for love. “Dipti was …

India

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South African politician investigated for tweet about benefits of colonialism

Helen Zille wrote colonialism had given the country ‘independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water’<p>South Africa’s main opposition party said on Sunday that it has charged a provincial leader with misconduct after she tweeted that colonialism had brought benefits including clean water.<p>…

Life term for killing cows, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani says want ‘vegetarian’ Gujarat

Airlines launch smart workarounds for electronics ban

Electronics ban be damned, Qatar Airways is going to get its hard-working business travelers typing away on laptops no matter what.<p>Less than a week after U.S. officials banned electronics larger than a smartphone on certain U.S.-bound flights from certain Middle East and Africa airports, the …

Airlines

Tamil Nadu’s Amma canteen concept catches on in other states

<b>New Delhi:</b> The late J. Jayalalithaa’s government in Tamil Nadu had launched Amma Unavagam (Mother’s canteen) with much fanfare in 2013.<p>Meant to …

India

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Rise of Hindu ‘extremist’ spooks Muslim minority in India’s heartland

In Gorakhpur, the power base of a firebrand monk, religious tension grows with Uttar Pradesh’s 40 million Muslims<p>Pastor Ritesh Joshua had just called a tea break when he saw the men in the saffron scarves. More than a hundred, some wielding sticks, had massed outside his white stucco church on the …

Angelina Jolie on the rise of Nationalism – A POV

Angelina Jolie, <b>UNHCR’s</b> Special Envoy , gave an impassioned speech on the duty of nations and rights of <b>refugees</b>, at the Annual <b>Sergio Vieira de Mello</b> …

Refugees

SIT officer breaks silence: Ishrat killing was premeditated murder

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi |<p>IPS officer Satish Verma<p>Breaking his silence on the Ishrat Jahan case, Satish Verma, the IPS officer who …

India

Mystery deepens over Chinese forces in Afghanistan

Beijing confirms “joint counter-terrorism operations” with Kabul

China

The White Helmets cinematographer Khaled Khatib had a visa to attend the Oscars. He never made it.

Khatib is a member of the Syria Civil Defense, which Assad’s government has accused of faking footage.<p><i>Th</i><i>is is a developing</i> <i>story.</i><p>The 40-minute documentary <i>T</i><i>he White Helmets</i> won the Oscar for Documentary Short on February 26, but two of the film’s subjects — one of whom also served as one of its three …

United Arab Emirates Wants to Build a City on Mars

The United Arab Emirates has Mars in its sights, not only moving forward on a Mars orbiter but also establishing the first human settlement on the …

The $74 trillion global economy in one chart

The latest GDP numbers from the World Bank were released earlier this month, and today’s visualization from HowMuch.net breaks them down to show the relative share of the global economy for each country.<p>The full circle, known as a Voronoi Diagram, represents the entirety of the $74 trillion global …

World Economy