Woman killed in elephant attack while collecting firewood.

Sundergarh: An elderly woman was trampled to death by a wild elephant while she was collecting firewood from Chudia forest under Rajgangpur sub-division of Sundergarh today. According to sources, the deceased Abha Kerketa, a resident of Kumarkela village, had gone to the forest along with her husband to gather firewood when she was attacked by a wild elephant following which she died on the spot. “My parents had gone to the forest to gather firewood when the incident happened. My father had immediately informed the villagers,” son of the deceased…

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Finland basic income ‘did not help jobless’.

Giving jobless people in Finland a basic income for two years did not lead them to find work. From January 2017 until December 2018, 2,000 unemployed Finns got a monthly flat payment of €560 (£490; $685). The aim was to see if a guaranteed safety net would help people find jobs, and support them if they had to take insecure gig economy work. While employment levels did not improve, participants said they felt happier and less stressed. When it launched the pilot scheme back in 2017, Finland became the first…

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Modi ‘darpok’, Rahul dares him to 5 min debate on Rafale and national security

Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Thursday described him as a “darpok” (coward) and dared him to a five minute face-to-face debate on issues such as Rafale and national security. Addressing his party’s minority department convention here, Gandhi also alleged that the RSS was trying to capture the institutions of the country and asserted that his party’s governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh will remove the organisation’s loyalists from the system. In his speech covering a range of topics, an aggressive…

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First phase timber for chariot construction reached Puri

Puri: Ahead of the annual Rath Yatra festival of the Holy Trinity-Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra in July, preparation for the mega event began on Monday with the arrival of first phase timber wood required for the construction of the three chariots of the sibling deities. Around 57 logs of wood of specified species of trees from Nayagarh forest division reached the holy town on Monday evening. As per sources, 4 logs of 20-feet length Dhaura wood, 11 logs of 20-feet Asan wood and 20 logs of 12-feet…

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Young Flamengo football club players die in Rio fire.

A fire has engulfed a dormitory at the youth team training centre of one of Brazil’s biggest football clubs, killing 10 people. The victims have not been named but are said to include young players staying at Ninho de Urubu, the training ground of Flamengo football club in Rio de Janeiro. Three teenagers were also injured, one of them seriously. The cause of the blaze is being investigated. However, one young player said the fire started in an air conditioner in his room. “The air conditioner caught fire, and I…

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US-India Farmington university row: ‘I fled after fake college raid’

The arrest of 129 Indian students in the US for enrolling in a fake university has sparked questions about how they ended up risking their future to study at a little-known institution. Veeresh (name changed at his request) was at home in California on 30 January when he heard the news – 130 students (the group included one Chinese national) enrolled at the University of Farmington had been arrested. The university had turned out to be a sham run by undercover agents investigating immigration fraud. He panicked, he says, because…

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Krunal, Rohit power visitors to series-levelling win in Auckland

Mahendra Singh Dhoni watched from the 22 yards distance as his heir apparent Rishabh Pant showed spunk in a tricky situation, guiding India to a comfortable seven-wicket victory against New Zealand in the second T20 International here Friday. The chase was set up by skipper Rohit Sharma (50 off 29 balls) in company of Shikhar Dhawan (30, 31 balls) with a 79-run stand after Krunal Pandya got three wickets to restrict the hosts to 158/8. With whirlwind fifty, Rohit also became the top run-getter in the format, surpassing Martin Guptill.…

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SC Fines Tejashwi Yadav Rs 50,000 for ‘Wasting’ Judicial Time, Orders Him to Vacate Govt Bungalow

SC Fines Tejashwi Yadav Rs 50,000 for 'Wasting' Judicial Time, Orders Him to Vacate Govt Bungalow

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000 on RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav for “wasting precious judicial time” by filing a plea to retain his current bungalow. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi pulled up the younger son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav while taking up his appeal against the Bihar government’s order asking him to vacate the bungalow allotted to him while he was the deputy chief minister. “What is this luxury of litigation? Precious judicial time is being…

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Kumaraswamy releases audio CD of Yeddyurappa ‘luring a JD(S) MLA’

Hours before presentation of State budget, Chief Minister Kumaraswany released audio clips allegedly of BJP State president B.S. Yeddyurappa trying to lure a JD(S) MLA with money and promise if position. The Karnataka Chief Minister on Friday called a press meet and urged all leaders to “call the bluff” on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “false claims” about many issues, including Karnataka’s loan waiver scheme. The Chief Minister played a 40-minute conversation between Gurmitkal MLA’s son Sharana Gowda and Mr. Yeddyurappa at the press meet. He also claimed that such a…

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Defence Ministry protested against PMO undermining Rafale negotiations

At the height of the negotiations over the controversial €7.87 billion Rafale deal between India and France, the Defence Ministry raised strong objections to “parallel negotiations” conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with the French side. Stating that it was clear that such parallel discussions by the PMO had “weakened the negotiating position of MoD and Indian Negotiating Team,” a Defence Ministry note dated November 24, 2015 brought this to the attention of the then Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar. Stating that “we may advise PMO that any Officers who…

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