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The choir that can never sing together

The choir that can never sing together

People with the genetic condition cystic fibrosis (CF) are all told by their doctors not to meet each other. Any physical contact poses a serious cross infection risk. But a group of people who have the condition have managed to form a choir and record a song. Video by Daniel Gordon Composite sequence courtesy of…
Vijay Mallya extradition hearing put off to next year

Vijay Mallya extradition hearing put off to next year

Snakes, rats, one meagre meal a day, and denial of medical treatment to a person diagnosed with cancer. These were some of the conditions in which the so-called Chennai 6 – a group of British men intercepted by the Indian coast guard in 2013 along with 29 other crew members and recently released - were…
Exit polls predict saffron sweep across Gujarat, H.P.

Exit polls predict saffron sweep across Gujarat, H.P.

As the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections concluded on Thursday, with voting for 93 seats across 14 districts, exit polls unanimously predicted the BJP emerging victorious in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh with a comfortable majority. Notwithstanding the Patidar agitation and the concerns over the GST implementation, all polls showed the BJP romping…
Hearing on Aadhaar validity put off to January

Hearing on Aadhaar validity put off to January

A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra agreed to the government's suggestion to pass a judicial order extending the deadline for Aadhaar-mobile phone linking from February 6, 2018 to March 31, 2018. The order will be pronounced on December 15 at 10.30 a.m. Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal, for the…
BSP corporator takes oath in Urdu, is charged with ‘intent to hurt religious sentiments’

BSP corporator takes oath in Urdu, is charged with ‘intent to hurt religious sentiments’

The Uttar Prdaesh police on Thursday booked a newly-elected municipal corporator in Aligarh Musharraf Husain for “malicious intent of outraging religious sentiment” after he took oath in Urdu on Monday. Husain was beaten and assaulted allegedly by BJP councilors after he took oath in Urdu. The police complain against Husain, a corporator from BSP, was…
Revival risks: On economy woes

Revival risks: On economy woes

The Centre’s bid to dispel the pall of gloom over the economy has been helped in recent weeks by a sovereign rating upgrade from a global agency and a sharp improvement in India’s rank on a World Bank index for ease of doing business. More significantly, the economy clocked a growth of 6.3% in the…
House rules: On May’s Brexit defeat

House rules: On May’s Brexit defeat

The adoption in the House of Commons of an amendment to the draft bill on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union has handed Prime Minister Theresa May a stinging defeat. But the legislative development on Wednesday, with Conservative rebels joining ranks with Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs, is an important guarantee of parliamentary scrutiny over…
SC clears 12 special courts to try cases against politicians

SC clears 12 special courts to try cases against politicians

The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the green signal for the Centre’s scheme to set up 12 fast track courts to exclusively prosecute and dispose of 1,581 criminal cases pending against Members of Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies within a year. A Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha directed the Centre to forthwith…
U.S. Federal Communications Commission repeals net neutrality rules

U.S. Federal Communications Commission repeals net neutrality rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on December 14 to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape. The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal marks a victory for internet service providers like…
RK Nagar bypoll: Showroom selling cookers faces Income Tax dept. heat

RK Nagar bypoll: Showroom selling cookers faces Income Tax dept. heat

Income Tax sleuths carried out a search operation in a shop selling pressure cookers in Royapuram, which is part of the bypoll-bound Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency, for unaccounted inventory and not filing income tax returns for three years. “We started our raid on Tuesday and it ended late night on Wednesday; the operation was based…
All set for the celebration of Telugu language, literature and culture

All set for the celebration of Telugu language, literature and culture

The stage is set for the World Telugu Conference-2017 (WTC), the festival of Telugu language and culture, which would be inaugurated by Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu at Lal Bahadur Stadium here on Friday evening. Even as final touches were being given to the main venue at the L.B. Stadium that would reflect the prominence of…
BJP to retain Gujarat, rout Cong in Himachal: Exit polls – Times of India

BJP to retain Gujarat, rout Cong in Himachal: Exit polls – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Exit polls on Thursday unanimously predicted that BJP would return to power in Gujarat and rout Congress in Himachal Pradesh. While the polls disagreed on the scale of the party's victory in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state, not one suggested a close result, with the lowest forecast being 99 seats for BJP…