Congress targets PM Narendra Modi over Clean Ganga Mission

The Congress today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of betraying the people of Varanasi by failing to fulfil his promises of cleaning the Ganga river, as pollution level was found to be more than that in 2014. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi alleged that the ‘Namami Gange’ projects have “miserably faltered” as only one-fourth of them […]

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Let’s move to Callander and the Trossachs: ‘Magical countryside’ | Money

What’s going for it? “The Highlands in miniature”, they call it, and, true enough, the Trossachs (great name, by the way), do look as if Disney had come along, bought up the place and squished the whole of Scotland into a few square miles. Peaks and mountains (though not scarily high). Forests. Lochs. Glens. Dramatic […]

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BJP attacks everything I say by default: Rahul Gandhi on his ISIS remark

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today hit back at the ruling BJP for misrepresenting his comments related to the Islamic State terror group, saying it has adopted a “default position” of attacking everything he says. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused Gandhi of “belittling and insulting” India in his address in Hamburg on August 22, alleging […]

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Maharashtra residents can now register incidents of sexual crimes online: Report

In order to provide a prompt service for registering complaints of sexual offences against women and children, the Maharashtra cyber police has launched a web portal http://www.cyberpolice.gov.in which will allow residents to report such incidents online. The move is aimed at combating rising instances of child pornography, videos of sexual assault being shared on the […]

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Heinz fined $2.25m for misleading marketing of snacks for toddlers | Australia news

Food giant Heinz has been hit with a $2.25m fine for misleading consumers by claiming one of its snacks, marketed for toddlers, was beneficial for young children. The federal court imposed the penalty on Friday, and Justice Richard White also ordered the company to set up a consumer protection compliance program. The Australian Competition and […]

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Changing image: Why India is not keen on taking foreign assistance for Kerala floods

While India’s decision to not take foreign aid for Kerala has led to an outrage in many quarters on social media against the government, it is important to understand why India has been politely but firmly declining international help in a state of crisis. Changing India’s image for the world has been an ongoing national […]

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South Korean court raises ex-president Park Geun-hye jail term to 25 years

A South Korean appeals court sentenced former President Park Geun-hye to 25 years in jail on Friday in a case arising from a far-reaching corruption scandal that toppled her from power in 2017. Park became South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office when the Constitutional Court removed her over a scandal […]

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Volkswagen and Seat accused of selling cars with rear seatbelt fault | Business

Volkswagen and Seat have been accused by consumer group Which? of selling thousands of vehicles with a known dangerous and unsolved rear seatbelt fault. In May, independent tests by Finnish magazine Tekniikan Maailma found that when all three rear seatbelts were used in VW Polos and Seat models driven at speed, the back-left seatbelt could […]

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‘Pay a living wage’: Bernie Sanders accuses Disney of dodging fair pay | Film

The Walt Disney Company came under heavy fire on Thursday for a decision to walk away from hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies and tax breaks for its southern California theme parks, a move critics are characterizing as an extraordinary last-ditch effort to avoid paying a living wage to thousands of workers. Leading the […]

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Look, no beard: Goldman Sachs’ Marcus subverts the fintech story | Patrick Collinson | Business

We’ve seen the future of banking. Those fintechs clustered around London’s “Silicon roundabout”, such as Monzo (900,000 current account customers already) and Revolut (2 million customers since launch in 2015) have attracted smartphone-obsessed millennials with their digital prowess. But a new bank quietly launched on Thursday, called Marcus, turns the conventional fintech story upside down. […]

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