TN farmers beat themselves with chappals to protest MLAs salary hike

After the Tamil Nadu legislators received a hike in their salaries from Rs 55,000 to Rs 1.05 lakh a month, the state farmers in New Delhi on Thursday reportedly beat themselves with chappals to protest the hike. Calling the salary move “shameless” the farmers reportedly described their own condition as “worse than beggars”. Farmer leader P Ayyakannu reportedly said Instead of taking steps to provide relief to farmers who do not have food to eat or money to survive, the MLAs have increased their salaries, adding, “We have been left speechless by their shameless action”.

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CCTV footage reveals brutal murder, man struck 27 times with swords

A CCTV footage has reportedly revealed brutal murder of a local criminal in Maharashtra's Dhule on Tuesday by a group of 11 men in broad daylight when he was having tea at a roadside stall. Reports say, the men kept striking Rafiquddin, the 33-year-old criminal with more than 30 cases against him, long after he had stopped moving. He was also shot in the head. He was struck 27 times with swords, reportedly said police. Police have reportedly filed a FIR.

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French singer Barbara Weldens dies on stage

Barbara Weldens a French singer has died after collapsing in the middle of a concert. According to reports, the 35-year-old woman suffered a cardiac arrest when she was performing on stage in a small village in France. However, another report suggested that she may have been electrocuted.

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TN ministers meet PM Modi seeking exemption from NEET

Tamil Nadu ministers including D Jayakumar, Vijaya Bhaskar, Thangamani and K P Anbazhagan on Thursday reportedly met PM Narendra Modi seeking to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET medical test. AIADMK MP and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Thambidurai, after meeting PM Modi, reportedly said the PM assured to consider the Tamil Nadu’s demand on NEET exemption.

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Bengaluru to become hub for animation and graphics

The Karnataka Cabinet on Wednesday reportedly approved To develop Bengaluru as the international hub for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics. This move will reportedly create 20,000 jobs and grant financial aid to 120 skill development institutions. The city will also have a Centre of Excellence for animation in collaboration with Paris-based Gobelins.

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UIDAI mAadhaar app launched on Android

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has just launched the mAadhaar app for syncing Aadhaar data on the mobile phone. Available only on Android for now, the mAadhaar app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store with the developer name as UIDAI. According to reports, the app will let users share their Aadhaar profile and data with third-party applications via NFC, QR codes, barcodes or even email their details.

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WhatsApp all set to get its new update

The instant messaging app WhatsApp recently updated the ability to watch youtube videos in the app part of the beta version. The update also supports PiP for video calls on Android O (8.0) which enables users to minimise a video call and browse through other chats while video chatting with someone else.

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It is like another day for me: Meira Kumar

The opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar on Thursday reportedly said that it is like any other day for her, on being asked about her feeling before the results are announced. She said that she fought the elections with “great belief and confidence”. She further thanked "all the party members who got together and unanimously decided to name her".

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Ram Nath Kovind set to become next President

NDA’s Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind has won in the Presidential elections with 4,79,595 votes defeating Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, say reports. Meira Kumar reportedly gets 2,04,594 votes. The RSS-BJP man is all set to become the next President of India with the huge slice of difference in the votes. Ram Nath Kovind will take charge as the 14th President on July 24.

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Mayawati's resignation from Rajya Sabha accepted

Hamid Ansari accepted Bahujan Samaj Party chief and Rajya Sabha MP Mayawati's resignation on Thursday. Notably, Mayawati resigned office on Tuesday stating that she "wasn't allowed" to speak on the Dalit issue.  It was after Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien reminded her of the three-minute-limit as she spoke during the Zero Hour.

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BJP Mahila Morcha protests DIG Roopa’s transfer

Karnataka's women wing of BJP ‘Mahila Morcha’ on Wednesday reportedly protested in Bengaluru against DIG Roopa's transfer for exposing VIP treatment to Sasikala. The protestors alleged that this was an attempt by the Congress government in Karnataka to hide a major scam. They also demanded that the government should form a panel headed by a retired High Court judge to probe the case.

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LinkedIn Lite Android app launched in India

Professional networking giant LinkedIn on Thursday rolled out the LinkedIn Lite Android app, aimed at users of entry-level Android smartphones, in India. The app with the size of 1MB reportedly loads in under five seconds, even on 2G network. While reducing data usage by 80%, it also offers all key features like news feed, jobs, profile, network, messaging, notifications and search.

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Centre to sack staff who got jobs with fake caste certificates

Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh on Wednesday reportedly said government employees who got jobs using fake caste certificates are to be sacked. Notably, the Supreme Court, two weeks ago, held that job and admissions secured on caste certificates in reserved categories cannot be sustained if found to be fake subsequently.

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RBI to issue new Rs 20 notes

According to reports, the Reserve Bank of India will soon issue a new batch of ₹20 notes under the Mahatma Gandhi series-2005. The notes will have the inset letter 'S' and RBI Governor Urjit Patel's signature. However, the design of the notes will be the same as the previous batch with inset 'R', and the previous ones will continue to be legal tender.

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Trolled for posting photo with wife, Irfan Pathan replies to detractors

Having been trolled after he posted a photo with wife Safa Baig, Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan has given an interesting reply to his detractors. Irfan simply tweeted, “Kuch to log kahenge logo ka kaam hai kehna” roughly translated into “some people talk, their job is to talk”. He followed that up with another message that read, “I repeat :) If there is more love than hate I think we are doing alright.”

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In 2016, 11,400 farmers committed suicide in India

As many as 11,400 farmers committed suicide in 2016, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday reportedly said while responding to questions in the Lok Sabha. Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia had earlier slammed the Narendra Modi government for failing to ensure remunerative prices to farmers.

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New Zealand gangs plan 'fight club' to relieve tension

Hundreds of gang members in New Zealand are reportedly preparing for the inaugural “fight club” involving boxing matches between rival gangs that leaders hope will present a safe way to vent tensions. The organisers claimed that a series of killings in Northland last year had escalated gang tensions. Former gang member and event organiser Tokomauri Hoterene said, “I’d rather walk out of a ring with a broken nose and a black eye and maybe some more missing teeth than coming home in a box”.

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Children of farmers who committed suicide join protest in Delhi

The children of farmers from states like Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra who committed suicide due to farm debts have joined the protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Wednesday. The children are demanding a waiver of loans and financial help for the families of the farmers. The children also staged a street play on the occasion showcasing the plight of a family after their father commits suicide.

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5 booked for stopping tempo carrying buffalo meat

Mumbai police on Wednesday reportedly arrested five people for allegedly stopping a tempo carrying meat. The driver had a certificate to show that it was buffalo meat being transported legally but the five accused claimed they were journalists and insisted on paying a fine and destroying the consignment. However, police tested and confirmed that it was buffalo meat.

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H-1B visa applicants being diverted to O visa: US Senator

In an attempt to bypass the legal hurdles on the employment visa, potential H-1B  applicants are being advised to apply for O visa, alleged US Senator Chuck Grassley on Wednesday. While the H-1B visa, meant for high-skilled workers, is numerically capped, the O visa, intended for people with extraordinary abilities, has no numeric limit. The senator reportedly urged the Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to prevent the visa fraud.

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