Army plans to induct 800 women in military police

A day after Nirmala Sitharaman took over as the country’s first full-time female defence minister, the army on Friday announced that it is giving finishing touches to a proposal for inducting women into the military police.The proposal is very significant as women will be inducted in the military’s non-officer cadre for the first time, although they will be in a non-combat role.In a presentation made at the army chiefs’ conclave, adjutant general Lieutenant General Ashwani Kumar said, “The...

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Mexico earthquake: Death toll rises to 61, President declares 3 days of national mourning

One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the country’s southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings and sending panicked people fleeing into the streets in the middle of the night. At least 61 people were reported dead. The quake that hit minutes before midnight Thursday was strong enough to cause buildings to sway violently in the capital city more than 650 miles (1,000 kilometers) away. As beds banged against walls, people still wearing pajamas ran out of their...

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Braving the storm: This couple’s WEDDING photo during Hurricane Harvey has gone viral

Weddings are a once-in-a-lifetime affair, and if anything goes wrong on the big day, it brings a huge disappointment to the couple. But, it was even worse for Texas couple, Shelley and Chris Holland, who lost everything before their D-day due to Hurricane Harvey that left a lot of people devastated and homeless. However, the two still made it through and exchanged vows with the help of their close ones during the storm.Sharing their story with a heartfelt post, Holland wrote how they are “grateful...

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Here’s why #BlockNarendraModi was trending on Twitter

A Twitter hashtag, #BlockNarendraModi, calling for users to block Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the social media platform was trending on Thursday after reports that he followed handles posting abusive content about journalist Gauri Lankesh who was murdered in Bengaluru.The 55-year-old journalist, a known critic of the right-wing Hindutva ideology, was shot dead by unidentified attackers outside her house on Tuesday night.Her killing has triggered shock and anger across the country, with protests...

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14-year-old Indian boy in UAE is youngest pilot to fly single-engine plane

A 14-year-old Indian-origin schoolboy in the UAE has become one of the youngest pilots to fly a single-engine aircraft, according to a media report.Mansour Anis, a class IXth student at Delhi Private School in Sharjah, received a certificate for his first solo flight from an aviation academy in Canada last week, Gulf News reported.His solo flight was about 10-minute-long during which he taxied the aircraft from the parking bay to the runway, took off for a flight of about five minutes and landed...

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7-Year-Old Killed In Gurgaon School By Bus Conductor Who Attempted Sex Assault: Police

The Gurgaon police arrested on Friday night a 42-year-old school bus conductor for allegedly murdering an eight-year-old second grader at Ryan International School, Bhondsi in Gurgaon.The boy was found outside a school toilet on the ground floor, crawling and bleeding profusely before he died.A medical team that conducted the post-mortem examination said the victim’s throat was slit twice. Police sources close to the investigation said on questioning the accused revealed that he attempted sexual...

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Tourism minister KJ Alphons’ beef comment has everyone talking on Twitter

Newly appointed Minister of State for Tourism, Alphons Kannanthanam has a food tip for foreigners coming to India. “They (tourists) can eat beef in their own country and come here (India),” Alphons told when a reporter asked whether restrictions on consumption of beef in several states in the country will adversely affect the tourism industry. Soon the minister’s comment got everyone talking on the Internet and as the news spread, KJ Alphons started trending on Twitter.Soon after his induction,...

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Mexico tsunami: At least six dead after massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake described by Mexico's president as the country's strongest in a century has struck off the southern coast, killing at least six people.One person also died in neighbouring Guatemala, its president has said.The quake, which Mexico's leader Enrique Peña Nieto said measured 8.2, struck in the Pacific, about 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan.A tsunami warning was issued for Mexico, with three-metre-high waves possible, and other nearby countries.The quake, which struck at 04:50...

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Body of 8-year-old boy found with throat slit in toilet at Gurgaon’s Ryan International school

A second standard student of Ryan International school, Bhondsi in Gurgaon was found murdered on campus on Friday morning.The eight-year-old was found in a pool of blood in a toilet, police said. The victim’s throat was slashed and there were injury marks on the body also.Deputy Commissioner of police, south Gurgaon, Ashok Kumar Bakshi, said they had received a call from the school authorities after the body was discovered around 8 am. He added that a knife was recovered from the crime scene.“The...

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No-fly list rules out: 3 levels of punishment for unruly passengers, minimum ban up to 3 months

The government announced on Friday three-tier rules for a national no-fly list in an attempt to crack down on unruly air travellers.The aviation ministry’s draft rules that said unruly behaviour would invite suspension from flying for at least three months were earlier put on its website for public comments. The maximum penalty will be grounding for two years or more, according to the announcement made by the ministry on Friday.“The No-Fly ban will be in addition to any statutory legal action...

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