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Image: Flickr/Ram ReddyIn January this year, the government asked for public opinion on tougher new laws to curb smoking: To raise the minimum smoking age to 21 from 18, and to ban the sale of single cigarettes, which account for 70% of nationwide cigarette sales.People responded enthusiastically; 45,000 emails and 100,000 letters poured in to the health ministry, as Reuters reported earlier this month. ...
ATF or jet fuel price was today slashed by a steep 11.7 per cent while rates of non-subsidised cooking gas LPG were reduced by Rs 25.5 per cylinder in line with dip in international prices.Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) price in Delhi was cut by Rs 5,469.12 per kilolitre (kl), or 11.7 per cent, to Rs 40,938.24 per kl, oil companies announced today.This is one of the steepest reductions, the biggest being ...
The rescue of India's economy may come down to the spending power of people like 26-year-old Avni Rambhiya. A financial analyst, she recently received a pay rise, is eating out more often and has stopped bringing home-cooked meals to the office in a tiffin, the traditional Indian lunchbox. "Our salary increases have been on an average 10 to 12 percent...," the 26-year-old said. "I am left with ...
Berlin, Aug 31 (IANS) Germany's interior ministry has rejected media rumours that the government was bringing Syrian refugees to Germany on chartered trains, a media report said. "Those who come to Hungary must be registered there and perform the asylum procedure there," Xinhua quoted a spokesman for the ministry as saying here on Monday. Freelance journalist Marta Orosz first reported on Twitter ...
With Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khandey having sought voluntary retirement three months ahead of his retirement, the state government today said a decision on the new incumbent to the post will be taken by it in due course. "The Chief Minister has just returned and arrived at his office. A decision on new chief secretary will be taken in due course of time," an official spokesman ...
From Lalit K Jha Washington, Sept 1 (PTI) Top Taliban leader Mullah Omar was sheltered by Pakistan's powerful spy agency ISI after the outfit's leadership fled from Afghanistan in 2001, according to an email received by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton during her tenure. Mullah Omar is reported to have died at a hospital in Karachi two years ago. However, till date the Pakistani authorities ...
With speakers of parliament meeting at United Nations Headquarters at a moment when the world is gripped by multiple crises – displacement has soared to all-time highs and the threat of climate change grows by the day – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the legislators to help drive forward the new UN sustainable development agenda and ensure that civil society are equal partners in "building ...
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing for a safe corridor to reach more than 3 million people in war-torn Yemen's most populated governorate, Taiz, where "an extreme spike" in cases of dengue fever has been recorded over the past two weeks.There is an urgent need for a humanitarian corridor to assess the situation and institute control measures, said Dr. Ala Alwan, WHOs Regional ...
For the past couple of weeks, social media has been dominated by two things – the infamous Indrani Mukerjea case, where the family tree appears to be of national interest; and the demand by the Patels for reservation. We’ve seen videos of policemen vandalising vehicles. We’ve seen the shells of burnt buses. And we all have an opinion on the Patels’ contention.Hardik Patel and his antics – ...
New Delhi: This week, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced (quoting the World Health Organisation) that India was free of maternal and neo-natal tetanus, the state of maternal health in Jharkhand indicates the long road still ahead in the country's dark spots. Modi was speaking at the just-concluded 24-nation Call to Action Summit, which discussed how to end preventable maternal ...
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's central bank plans to tighten rules on trading of currency forwards from October, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters, in a move to curb speculation and volatility after a shock devaluation of the currency last month. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) has repeatedly intervened to stabilise the yuan since the Aug. 11 devaluation - billed as free-market ...
(Adds comment from navy) By Martin Petty and Pairat Temphairojana PHUKET, Thailand, Sept 1 (Reuters) - A court on the Thai island of Phuket cleared two journalists on Tuesday of defaming the Thai navy and other related charges in a report they published in 2013 on the trafficking of Muslim minority Rohingya people from Myanmar. The high-profile case was one of a number brought by authorities ...
By Sue-Lin Wong SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Activity in China's vast factory sector shrank at its fastest pace in almost 6-1/2 years in August, a private survey showed on Tuesday, increasing investor fears that the world's second-largest economy may be lurching toward a hard landing. Even more worrying, China's services sector, which had been one of the few bright spots in the sputtering economy, also ...
, Sep 1 (ANI): A new study has revealed that men who buy sex are more likely to report having committed rape and other aggressive sexual acts.The study was carried out by Neil Malamuth of the UCLA. The study of 101 men in the Boston area who buy sex and 101 men who do not indicates that sex buyers' perspectives are similar to those of sexually coercive men.Malamuth said that their findings indicated ...
A 19-year-old in the city of Dongguan, in the southern Chinese region of Guangdong Province, who went to his doctor complaining of a ear ache, was horrified when he was told that 26 cockroaches were living inside his ear.Li, 19, recalled that he woke up in the middle of the night with an unbearable itch in his ear that grew increasingly painful, reports news.com.au.In desperation, he stuck a finger ...
Citizens of the small Dutch town of Noordwijkerhout had a strange shock today when their little town market received a very unexpected visitor. Named Buba, the huge pachyderm had apparently just earlier strolled out of her circus in a nearby field and decided to do a little shopping. In a video captured by a surprised shopper, the elephant is seen quite literally checking out the stalls, trunk ...
HERAT, Afghanistan, Aug 31 (Reuters) - More than 100 girls were taken to hospital from their school in western Afghanistan on Monday after breathing in toxic gas, officials said, and police were investigating whether the incident was deliberate. Elements of Afghanistan's ultra-conservative society oppose education for girls and schools have periodically come under attack. As many as 124 girls were ...
A son of a samosa vendor in Pakistan has secured the top position in Class 12 examination, a media report said on Monday.Shah Faisal, like his father, sells samosas -- a fried snack with a savoury filling.His hard work and love for education turned him into a brilliant student, The News International reported.Shah Faisal has got himself enrolled for System Engineering program in the Peshawar University ...

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