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Jallikattu Returns As Tamil Nadu Governor Approves Ordinance

After a three year long ban, Jallikattu will finally be held across Tamil Nadu today. Governor Vidyasagar Rao has approved an executive order or ordinance by the state government which will allow the bull-taming sport to be held in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said this evening. The chief …

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Congress Doesn’t Deserve More Seats, Says Samajwadi Party

Till 48 hours ago, top Congress leaders and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav both proclaimed that a partnership for Uttar Pradesh was confirmed and minor fixes remained. A case of Really, Not Really, as it turns out. Today, Samajwadi Party lawmaker Naresh Agarwal said in Delhi, “The talks are …

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Sonia Gandhi Intervenes To Protect Turf with Akhilesh Yadav

  Sonia Gandhi, Congress president, has now stepped in as her party attempts to salvage an alliance with the Samajwadi Party for the Uttar Pradesh elections after hectic negotiations hit a wall, with both sides declaring that the other was making unreasonable demands for seats to contest. Mrs. Gandhi’s closest …

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Hirakhand Express Accident: 23 Dead As Train Derail In Andhra Pradesh

At least 23 people were killed and over 100 were believed to be injured after Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express derailed in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh, officials said today. The incident took place around 11 PM yesterday when the train was on its way to Bhubaneswar from Jagdalpur. “Seven coaches and the engine of …

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No fake currency was seized from Nov 8 to Dec 30, Finance Ministry tells PAC

One of the primary motives cited for demonetization was to tackle problems of counterfeit notes and terrorist financing. In its submission to the Public Accounts Committee, the Finance Ministry has said no counterfeit notes were seized by agencies from Nov 8 to Dec 30. While an amount of Rs 474.37 …

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A Small Village in Uttar Pradesh Makes a Big Election Pledge

Almost all the 4,500 residents of Chandaur, a small village in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, are gathered in front of the primary school to discuss the assembly elections in the state, but within minutes it turns into a full-fledged protest. The villagers are angry with the lotus, the …

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For $30 Million Prize, Bengaluru Start-Up Is Busy With Its Moon Mission

In a large warehouse-like office just outside Bengaluru, it’s a busy day at work for people at this start-up. By the end of this year, Team Indus – a cluster of young scientists, techies and retired experts from ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), must land their spacecraft on the moon. …

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Order Allowing Jallikattu Moves Up the Ranks To The President

Tamil Nadu has gotten much closer to ending a ban on the bull-taming sport of Jallikattu: an executive order or ordinance by the state which allows Jallikattu has been cleared by the centre and sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his assent. Thousands of protestors gathered at Chennai’s Marina Beach …

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India’s Education Report Card: Toilets Improve, Attendance Dips, Math Skills Low

Eighty percent of class 3 students in rural India can’t subtract two-digit numbers and 70 per cent of them can’t read simple English. Of those who can, barely half understand the meanings of the words they read. These are just a few of the many findings of the Annual Status of Education …

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