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Man clears MA degree at the age of 97

97-year-old Raj Kumar Vaishya from Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly cleared his MA (Economics) degree from the Nalanda Open University on Sunday. Vaishya said that he would now concentrate on writing articles on socio-economic issues, mainly those related to poverty and unemployment. Vaishya completed BA examination in 1938 and appeared at the examinations like any other student at the venue on the University premises.

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Firm fakes details, hikes NH47 project cost by Rs 700 cr

According to reports, a private firm hired by NHAI faked details for an NH47 road project and hiked the project cost by at least Rs 700 crore.The company was reportedly hired to submit a feasibility report on upgrading the stretch between Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari. The firm, however, reportedly faked details to propose a new 70km four-lane stretch. The new proposal allegedly took the project cost to Rs 1,200 crore from the original estimate of Rs 480 crore to Rs 500 crore. Allegedly, the firm’s proposal will benefit a large infrastructure company.

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India slams Pakistan for narrating ‘Fake incident’ in UN

In response to Pakistan’s showcase of a picture in the UN, India’s representative reportedly said that Pakistan misled the UN assembly by narrating a fake incident with a photo of a Palestinian girl that was taken on July 22, 2014, by an American photographer. She reportedly said that Pakistan ‘yet again’ tried to divert the focus from global terrorism by casually holding the picture of an injured girl from Palestine and faking it like it was an Indian who was injured in Kashmir. She also allegedly showed a photo of an Indian journalist who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan.

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Woman who drank acid after being gang-raped dies

According to reports, a 22-year-old woman, who consumed acid after she was allegedly gang-raped by her two neighbors in Boisar, died in Palghar on Sunday. “Her food pipe was badly damaged and we tried our best to save her, but couldn’t. She had lost weight and was undergoing mental trauma due to the incident”, a medical officer, who treated her told reporters. The police have arrested the two for gang rape, kidnapping, blackmailing and they are lodged in the Thane Central Jail.

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8 killed, 25 injured in explosion at illegal firecrackers factory in Jharkhand

Eight people were charred to death and 25 others suffered injuries following a fire at an illegal private firecrackers factory at Kumardubi in Jharkhand on Monday. Crackers exploded with deafening sound after explosives at the storage warehouse caught fire. Five firefighting engines were rushed to the spot to bring the fire under control.

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Tampering mobile IMEI number to attract up to 3 years jail

The government has reportedly made tampering of a phone’s IMEI as a punishable offense that can attract a jail term of up to 3 years. The move will help curb issues pertaining to fake IMEI numbers and also ease tracking of lost mobile phones. IMEI is a unique ID of a mobile handset. Whenever a user makes a call, the call record shows phone number of the caller and IMEI number of the handset from which the call has been made.

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Senior journalist allegedly assaulted by police

Senior journalist, Sajeev Gopalan, from ‘Kalakaumudi’ newspaper, was allegedly assaulted by cops at his own house in Kerala on Sunday after he exposed the cops for their wrong report. Reportedly, Varkala inspector assaulted him multiple times after the journalist exposed that the police filed a report in favour of the accused in a case in which two women were kidnapped. Reports also say that sub-inspector Viju Kumar also brutally assaulted him.

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Woman alleges gang-rape, now says complaint was false

According to reports, a 24-year-old woman, who alleged that she was gang-raped by two men in a moving car on Friday night, retracted her statement nearly 18 hours later. Reportedly, the woman gave a letter to the police stating she had lodged a false gang rape case against two persons out of anger and that she did not want any action in the case.

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23-year-old engineering student found hanging in hostel

According to reports, 23-year-old Arun Krishna, an engineering student was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his hostel room on Saturday in Kerala. Arun was reportedly pursuing MTech in Nano Technology at National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Kozhikode. His body has been sent for postmortem at the Kozhikode Medical College.

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Man flies to Singapore to buy iPhone 8 Plus

An Indian businessman flew to Singapore and lined up for 13 hours overnight outside an Apple store to buy the latest iPhone as a wedding gift for his daughter. The 43-year-old Amin Ahmed Dholiya was the first in line outside the Apple store in Orchard Road on Thursday at 7 pm to get his hands on the new smartphone. “I will buy two, one for my other daughter. This is my first-time queueing overnight for something”, Amin told reporters.

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16-year-old girl who married 77-year-old man, refuses to come back to India

The 16-year-old girl from Hyderabad who was married to a 77-year-old man in Oman has reportedly rejected to come back to India when police tried to ‘rescue’ her. The girl reportedly said that her parents were greedy and wanted more money from her ‘husband’ so they filed the complaint. The girl’s mother lodged a complaint last month, alleging that the girl’s father along with his sister ‘sold’ the girl to a man from Oman for Rs 5 lakhs. However, the police have denied backing in this case as the marriage is still illegal, as the girl is a minor.

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Senior journalist, mother murdered in Mohali

Punjab officials on Saturday reportedly said a senior journalist and his 92-year-old mother were murdered at their house in Mohali. They reportedly said 64-year-old K J Singh's throat had been slit, while his mother Gurcharan Kaur was suspected to have been strangled at their home. Police reportedly said they had injury marks on their necks. A Special Investigation Team has reportedly been formed. Singh, a former news editor with The Indian Express, had also worked for the The Tribune and The Times of India in Chandigarh, reports added.

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India establishes IITs, IIMs, AIIMS, Pakistan produces LeT, JeM, Haqqani: Sushma

Taking a dig at Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reportedly said India established IITs, IIMs and AIIMS, while Pakistan produced JeM, LeT and Haqqani network. “While India is completely engaged in fighting poverty, our neighbour Pakistan is fighting us”, Swaraj further reportedly stated.Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reportedly accused India of violating human rights and state-sponsored terrorism.

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Salman Khan offered Rs 11 Cr per episode for Bigg Boss 11

According to reports, actor Salman Khan will be paid Rs 11 crore per episode for the 11th season of reality show 'Bigg Boss'. The 11th season of Bigg Boss is all set to go on air from October 1st. Salman was reportedly paid Rs 8 crore for the previous season of the reality show.

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RTO gives expired driving licence to fitness trainer

According to reports, a fitness trainer named Kimberly Renee Shah from the USA received her two-wheeler driving licence with an expired date from the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in Andheri, Maharashtra. While the woman's driving licence had an issuing date of August 2017, it carried the expiry date of June 2017.

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Godman Falahari Maharaj arrested on rape charges

Rajasthan's self-styled godman Kaushalendra Prapannacharya Falahari Maharaj has been arrested in Alwar on charges of raping a 21-year-old law intern at his Ashram last month. The woman from Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur has accused the 60-year-old godman of sexually assaulting her when she went to his Ashram to meet him.

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Every poor will get a home by 2022: PM Modi

Indian PM Narendra Modi reportedly said that the government has decided to provide each of the urban and rural poor, a shelter by 2022 when the country celebrates the 75th year of independence. "When crores of houses are built across the country, it will require bricks, cement, iron, and wood. It will generate jobs for thousands and open up new avenues of income and employment", Modi reportedly said while addressing the people in Varanasi on Saturday.

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Indian IT industry launches new courseware

Indian IT industry body Nasscom's sector skills council reportedly unveiled a new courseware to impart skills to the techies across the country on Thursday. The courseware will provide an understanding of IoT in engineering education and help create employment prospects in India. The course will cover diverse sectors such as aerospace, agriculture, automotive, construction, energy, healthcare, logistics, manufacturing, retail, and transportation.

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'Chennai Express' producer surrenders in a rape case

Karim Morani, whose anticipatory bail was cancelled by Supreme Court in a rape case reportedly surrendered to the police in Telangana. The producer of Shah Rukh Khan starrer 'Chennai Express' allegedly raped a Delhi based girl multiple times and a case was filed against him in January. He also threatened the girl if she complains to the police. The girl's advocate asked the Hyderabad High court to release the order and give a verdict to the accused by Saturday.

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Not a designer for Andhra's new capital: SS Rajamouli

SS Rajamouli, director of the movie 'Baahubali'tweeted that the reports about him being appointed as a consultant, designer and supervisor for Andhra's new capital Amaravati are not true. He also said that his contribution is just to interpret the version of Andhra Pradesh.

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