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Yangon: At least 11 people were killed and 134 injured during Myanmar's annual four-day Thingyan Water Festival which started earlier this week, sources said. The festival marks the beginning of the Burmese New Year and is observed as the public holiday. People of Myanmar believe that celebration of the water festival can wash away evils and sins, and prepare them for a prosperous year ahead. The ...
Srinagar: Under pressure from New Delhi, the state government overnight added charges of sedition and waging war against the country to Masrat Alam's detention who has now been formally arrested.Police late on Friday added section 121A (waging war against the country) and section 124 (sedition) to FIR lodged against hardliner, Masrat Alam.Following the additional charges, Alam was produced before the ...

DTC gets its first woman driver

2015-04-18 09:45:00

The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has appointed V. Saritha as its first woman bus driver. Delhi Transport Minister, Gopal Rai, congratulated Saritha and encouraged more women drivers to take up the job. He said that Saritha's induction into DTC will lessen the gap of gender inequality. "DTC today has appointed the first woman bus driver. V. Saritha, sitting beside me, has accepted the challenge ...

Bowlers win matches in T20: Nehra

2015-04-18 02:00:00

Mumbai, April 18 (IANS) Twenty20 cricket may be regarded as a batsmen's game, but Chennai Super Kings pacer Ashish Nehra believes it is the bowlers who win matches in the format. "It is a batsman's game, but I still believe bowlers are the ones who win you matches," Nehra said after bagging the man of the match award for his good performance (4-0-23-3) against Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier ...
Hundreds of people gathered in Guwahati to celebrate Rongali Bihu, the most popular festival of Assam. Women clad in their traditional Bihu attires along with men wearing their Gamochas swayed to folk tunes to welcome the New Year. It is the time when farmers sow new seeds and offer prayers for a prosperous year ahead. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for ...
"Songs and Dances of the North East festival", a day-long event at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee. A large number of people, including those hailing from the North-East and locals witnessed the colourful extravaganza. The event was organized by Government of Meghalaya and sponsored by the North Eastern Council with an aim to bridge the gap ...
The United Nations refugee agency has on Friday welcomed efforts by South Africa’s Government to contain a recent wave of xenophobic violence that has accounted for the deaths of six people in the past three weeks in South Africa.However, Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the agency remains concerned about the attacks, ...
At an event on Friday where participants discussed the importance of the data revolution to sustainable development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly stressed the importance of data to negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and on financing for development.Data is an important tool for planning, monitoring, and accountability, he said. He added, Particularly with regard ...
The Indian Cricket Team had a good run till the semi finals in the Cricket World Cup 2015. When the team reached the semi-finals, the country was euphoric. The media, the common man on the street, everybody was showering love on the cricketers and even when the team lost in the semis, the conversations were positive..."We love our boys..." shouted one headline. "Lost semis, but won hearts..." ...
Recently two of our freedom fighters have been much in the news. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Babasaheb Ambedkar. This is a refreshing change from the usual Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru which we keep hearing non-stop. Even have most of the government schemes named after these two leaders.One interesting article appeared titled “Bose, Not Gandhi, Ended British Rule In India: Ambedkar”. ...
(Updates with communique, adds details from United States, Russia) By Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) - The Group of 20 leading economies on Friday discussed ways to raise emerging countries' voting rights at the IMF as part of an effort to move past U.S. foot-dragging on reforms to the institution, but they failed to reach an agreement. The IMF's member countries agreed in 2010 ...
(Adds Dijsselbloem comments) * Britain's Osborne says Greece casts gloom over meetings * Turkey's Babacan says Greece is issue for bilateral talks * U.S. urges Athens to commit more fully to creditor talks * G20 sees risks to global economy as more balanced By Anna Yukhananov and Jason Lange WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) - The Group of 20 leading economies struck a hopeful tone on the ...
By Lewis Krauskopf (Reuters) - General Electric Co and Honeywell International Inc said on Friday they will take steps to cushion the impact of a stronger dollar, which hurt first-quarter results at both companies. Indeed, the impact of currency shifts on U.S. companies will be highlighted further next week with quarterly reports from United Technologies Corp , which already slashed its 2015 ...
Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), which leads the South Asia component of a five-year research project on climate change ASSAR (Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions), organized the second consultation marking the end of its first year of diagnostic research. The keynote speakers at the occasion included former UN Secretary-General of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, ...
Washington: Analysis of meteorites that reached the Earth long after the cosmic collision which created the Moon indicate the satellite is 4.47 billion years old, according to an article published in the journal Science. The article described the work of a multi-disciplinary team of specialists from NASA, the University of Arizona and the Institute for the Science of Exploration Targets, or INET. Scientists ...
Amsterdam: A monk's 1,000-year-old mummified body was discovered inside a Chinese Buddha statue after it was taken to hospital for a CT scan in the Netherlands, a media report said Monday. The body belonged to master Liuquan, a monk who lived around the year 1100 and was a member of a Chinese meditation school, British daily Mirror reported. Examining the mummy, a gastroenterologist found "all kinds ...
By Astrid Zweynert OXFORD, England, April 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - - B oys campaigning for girls' education is not common in most parts of the world but in India's Rajasthan state they are at the heart of a drive to get more girls into schools. Educate Girls trains young people to go into villages to find girls that are not in the classroom in a country where more than three million girls ...
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, April 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A female cartoon superhero who dons a burka to tackle crimes against girls and other social ills is bringing her message of women's empowerment to India, the creator of the Pakistani children's series said. The Emmy-nominated "Burka Avenger" series started in Pakistan in August 2013 and has since launched in Afghanistan, winning ...
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