Daily Archives: October 7, 2018

In search of political stability

Every evening at 6, a crowd of around 200 gathers in the city centre of Banja Luka, the capital of Republika Srpska, the Serb-dominated ruling entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to protest against the death of David Dragičević, a young man who was found dead in March. Various cities in …

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£1 mn Banksy artwork shreds itself

‘Girl with Balloon’ passes through a hidden shredder moments after auction British street artist Banksy has stunned the art world with arguably his most audacious prank yet, self-destructing one of his best-known works moments after it fetched more than £1 million at an auction in London. “Girl with Balloon” had …

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Picking out silent ghosts in the deep

Temple Adventures, a recreational scuba diving operator, has been conducting ghost net removal programmes since its inception in 2008, and with support from the Wildlife Trust of India since February 2018. Dive against debris “We usually find ghost nets about 12 km off the coast of Puducherry, at depths of …

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EC sets month-long schedule for 5 States

The EC also put off an announcement on the schedule of bypolls to two Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu. Since an election petition pertaining to one of the constituencies was still pending in the Madras High Court, technically the vacancy had not arisen yet, the CEC said. Besides, around 10.30 …

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is Facebook data breach serious?

What happened? On September 16, Facebook noticed an unusual spike in the number of times the platform’s ‘View As’ feature was being used. The feature allows users to see how their Facebook page will appear to another user. On September 25, Facebook announced that it had identified this as a …

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Opening doors to women at Sabarimala

With a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court lifting the decades-old ban on women in the 10-50 age group from entering the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, it is up to the Kerala government and the Travancore Devaswom Board to ensure that women who may choose to offer prayers at the temple …

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‘cVigil’ on the trail of poll fraudsters

The Election Commission on Saturday said the “cVigil” mobile application for citizens to share proof of malpractices by political parties, candidates and activists would be available for use soon after the notification of polls in five States. The Commission had launched the application’s beta version in July, following a pilot …

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NGO to build 6,000 homes

Habitat for Humanity India, an NGO, plans to build or repair 6,000 homes of those affected by the deluge in Kerala. The initiative is being taken up by the NGO as part of the second edition of Jacqueline Builds — a unique campaign featuring Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez. The second …

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A young woman like no other’

Nadia Murad, co-winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, embodies courage When news came in that this year’s Nobel Peace Prize had been awarded to former ISIS captive Nadia Murad and Congolese physician Dr. Denis Mukwege, I realised just how powerful media can be. Dr. Mukwege and Ms. Murad were …

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