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Category archives: Current News

How solar lanterns are giving power to the people of India and Africa

Clean-energy lights are transforming lives—and creating entrepreneurs—in Africa and India. Prashant Mandal flips on a candy-bar-size LED light in the hut he shares with his wife and four children. Instantly hues of canary yellow and ocean blue—reflecting off the plastic tarps that serve as the family’s roof and walls—fill the cramped space where they sleep. Mandal, a wiry 42-year-old with a thick black beard and a lazy eye, gestures with […]

Look who I found campaigning for the Congress’: Rahul Gandhi poses with Narendra Modi lookalike in Chhattisgarh

With two days to go before the crucial first phase of Chhattisgarh assembly Congress President Rahul Gandhi stepped up his attack on the ruling BJP government on the last date of campaigning. Even as the Congress chief was busy campaigning, he took a light-hearted swipe at the prime minister by posing with Narendra Modi’s lookalike. Sharing the picture on Instagram, Gandhi wrote, “Look who I found campaigning for the Congress […]

Born in the USA? Trump could soon ensure that's not enough for citizenship

President Donald Trump has said he will seek to end the right of citizenship to children born in the United States to non-citizens and illegal immigrants in his latest bid to dramatically reshape immigration policies as he seeks to shore up Republicans ahead of next week`s congressional elections. Trump would target the citizenship right through an executive order, he told Axios in an interview published on Tuesday, a move that […]

Paytm owner One97 Communications widens net loss to Rs 1,490 cr

Paytm’s parent company One97 Communications has reported a higher net loss of Rs 1,490.4 crore for the year ended on March 31, 2018, compared to Rs 879.6 crore in the previous fiscal, according to regulatory filings. One97 Communications’ revenues from operations, however, grew manifold to Rs 2,987.41 crore in FY2017-18 as against Rs 624.76 crore in FY2016-17, according to the company’s filings to the Corporate Affairs Ministry provided by business […]

Arjuna awardee with 17 gold medals now sells ice-cream for a living

An Arjuna awardee, who has won a total of 17 gold, 1 silver and five bronze medals, now sells ice-creams for a living. Dinesh Kumar, who hails from Haryana’s Bhiwani, was a boxer and who proved his mettle and illuminated India’s name at the global level. Kumar now seeks government help as he wants to repay the loan his father took to sponsor his international tournaments. Expressing his sorrow, Kumar […]

Virat Kohli: India captain becomes the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 ODI runs

India captain Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 one-day international runs against West Indies in Visakhapatnam. Kohli, who achieved the feat in his 205th innings, surpassed India legend Sachin Tendulkar, who did it in 259 innings in 2001. He got to 10,000 runs with a single off spinner Ashley Nurse in his 213th ODI. The 29-year-old is the 13th batsman to reach the milestone and the fifth […]

No blanket ban on firecrackers, green crackers allowed from 8-10 pm on Diwali: Supreme Court

he Supreme Court has refused to impose a nationwide blanket ban on sale of firecrackers. In its verdict today, the court said only ‘green firecrackers’ (which are less polluting) will be allowed to be sold. In its order, the court banned the online sale of firecrackers and put a stay on e-commerce portals from selling them. The court said only “low polluting” green crackers which are within permitted decibel limits […]

"Me Too" is important. Period.

Contrary to popular belief, the #MeToo movement did not just begin a couple of weeks ago, when Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar, or when a series of allegations against Alok Nath tumbled out. Or, when the playback singer Chinmayi accused lyricist Vairamuthu of sexual misconduct. The #MeToo campaign in India is at least a year old, if not more. It started when a dalit-bahujan woman, Raya Sarkar, put together a […]

Sabarimala: The Indian god who bars women from his temple

The Sabarimala temple in the south Indian state of Kerala this week opened its doors to women of all ages for the first time after a historic Supreme Court ruling. However no women devotees have yet entered as violent protesters have blocked their way. Two women – journalist Kavitha Jagdal and social activist Rehana Fathima – managed to reach the main temple premises on Thursday. More than 100 policemen protected […]

50 Feared Dead As Train Runs Over People Watching Ravan Burning In Punjab

At least 50 are feared killed after a train ran into dozens of people standing on a railway track in Amritsar, watching the burning of Ravan’s effigy this evening. The people who were hit reportedly could not hear the train – travelling from Jalandhar to Amritsar – due to the exploding crackers. Reports suggest the Ravana effigy was erected very close to the railway tracks at Joda Phatak in Amritsar. […]