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One year since Taliban's return: What's changed in Afghanistan

It has been over a year now since the Taliban returned back to power after US forces left their 20-year-old military presence in Afghanistan. We take a look at how the country has changed during this period.

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Delhi Covid positivity rate close to 20 per cent; new Omicron subvariant BA.2.75 on rise

Even though Delhi reported less than 1,000 Covid-19 cases after a fortnight on Tuesday, the positivity rate of 19.20 per cent was highest in 200 days. A new Omicron sub-variant BA 2.75, which has been detected in the majority of cases in Delhi, is also a cause of concern.

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The Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi relationship: Marriage and divorce, to friendship now

Days after writer Salman Rushdie was attacked in New York, his ex-wife, Indian-American writer and model Padma Lakshmi took to Twitter to wish him a speedy recovery.

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Want to walk in the rain with your lover in Paris? You are more likely to get caught in a flood

France was in the throes of the sun and heatwave only days ago. Temperatures had soared 40 degrees Celsius, there was no rain, rivers were drying up and drinking water was decreasing. And so God answered their prayers.

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It took 50 years for the Academy to apologise to and honour Sacheen Littlefeather

50 years after her onstage humiliation at the Oscar ceremony, Native American activist and actress Sacheen Littlefeather received a formal apology from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will be guest of honour at an Academy hosted event in September

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Number of lonely, single men is on the rise. Psychologist lists these 3 reasons

A psychologist has highlighted that there is a significant rise in lonely, single men. And this might get worse with time.

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6 metaverse updates that will blow your mind

The metaverse seems to be the breeding ground for evolution across multiple sectors. Dubai will be hosting its first metaverse event, Romanian Post is celebrating 160 years with an NFT launch, while Paris Hilton is set to party on her massive mansion in the metaverse.

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The Rishabh Pant-Urvashi Rautela story, and her endless controversies

Actress and model Urvashi Rautela and cricketer Rishabh Pant were rumoured love birds back in 2018 but now they brew a social media feud. After Rautela referred to a certain ‘RP’ in a recent interview, Pant shared a series of cryptic Instagram posts to give his own take on the controversy. 

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Scotland just made period products free for everyone. Where do other countries stand?

For the longest time, women have wanted free access to period products across the world. Scotland has now became the first country in the world to make period products like tampons and sanitary pads free for "anyone who needs them."

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Mahindra share prices zoom after 5 new EV launch curtain-raiser

Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) announced the launch of 5 new E-SUVs on on August 15, and kicked off a happy momentum for the stock market on August 16. M&M also launched its new platform Inglo, which will power all of its electric vehicles, using components from Volkswagen.

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UK okays Omicron booster, first country to do so: What we know so far

Covid vaccines like Covisheild, Covaxin, Sputnik and others are given for protection against the virus. But, the UK has become the first country to authorise a Covid-19 booster dose made specifically for the Omicron variant.

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Chinese manjha for kites is banned in India. How is it still being sold here

Kite flying is a cultural favourite among children and adults alike during festivals in India. But kite flying has often been marred in blood and death due to one reason - the Chinese manjha.

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Salman Rushdie attack: The Satanic Verses, 33-year-old fatwa and the Iran connection

Even though Iran has denied involvement in the attack on Salman Rushdie, activists around the world have blamed the country as it never renounced the 1989 order calling for the writer's murder. Rushdie was attacked on Friday in New York.

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JSW Sports might launch IPO to support athletes in Olympics. Here's the story

As JSW-backed athletes have done splendidly well in most sports at the Commonwealth Games, JSW Sports Head Parth Jindal is aiming to launch an IPO by 2025. This will provide a different level of support to athletes who need structures and partnerships to thrive, especially with an eye on the Olympics.

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FIFA suspends AIFF: Every major controversy around the Indian football body

FIFA, the global football governing authority, has suspended India's All India Football Federation (AIFF) citing unwanted third party influence as a major reason. One of the direct consequences of this decision is that India would no longer be hosting the Under-17 Women's World Cup, which was planned for this October.

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Why all 11 life imprisonment convicts in Bilkis Bano case were released

The Gujarat government on Monday released all 11 convicts sentenced to life imprisonment in the 2002 post-Godhra Bilkis Bano gang-rape case. The convicts were released under the state government's remission policy.

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Attack on Salman Rushdie: Why is The Satanic Verses so controversial?

Author Salman Rushdie narrowly escaped death after he was stabbed 10 times during an event in New York. Rushdie is now said to be off the ventilator and on his road to recovery. However, the attack reminds the world that his decades-old work still continues to spill trouble for the novelist.

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A ride for India, through India: Elizabeth and Rakhe's 7,000km fight against racism

August 15, 2022 marks 75 years of our independence. We have achieved a lot in these 75 years, but there are gaps that still need to be filled. One such big gap that still exists is the one between the northeast and the rest of India.

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5 movies you should consider watching this Independence Day

Today marks the 75th anniversary of India's independence from the British rule. If you do not have an outing plan with your friends, you can sit back and watch some of the gems from Bollywood.

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8 things about Independence Day celebrations in school every 90s kid can relate to

India is all set to celebrate its 76th Independence Day on August 15. As kids, we all celebrated Independence Day at school. And that probably was the last time we celebrated the day with full enthusiasm.

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11 jugaads we Indians have innovated

Out of all the people around the globe, we desis are probably known most for our 'jugaads' (after our spices and Bollywood of course). Jugaad is a Hindi word for coming up with weird yet useful innovations due to a lack of resources.

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Where did the 21-gun salute come from?

Every year during Independence and Republic Day, the Indian Tricolour is accorded a 21-gun salute. This year is special since it is the first time that the gun salute will feature an indigenous howitzer, the Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), alongside British Artillery Guns.

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Grab your snacks and watch these 5 shows over this long weekend

Finally a long weekend is ahead of us. Thanks to the festivities for falling on the right days and giving us the much needed long break. It is probably the best time to binge watch every new release if you don’t have any other plans.

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