In A First, Saudi Women Soldiers Stand Guard In Mecca During Haj.

Inspired by her late father's career, Mona decided to join the military and the first group of Saudi women soldiers to work in Islam's holiest sites, where they are helping secure the haj annual pilgrimage.Since April, dozens of female soldiers have become part of the security services that monitor pilgrims...

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Covid-19: India excess deaths cross four million, says study.

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused excess deaths in India to cross more than four million, a new study has found.Excess deaths are a measure of how many more people are dying than would be expected compared to the previous few years.Although it is difficult to say how many of these deaths have been caused...

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Moderate earthquake jolts sparsely-populated, southern Iran.

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck a sparsely populated area in the southern part of Iran on Sunday, state television reported.Four rescue teams were deployed to the district of Khesht, a farming area of about 15,000 people, some 720 km (some 450 miles) south of the capital Tehran, according to the report.It...

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Inshorts raises $60 million from Vy Capital, existing investors.

Online news aggregator InShorts has secured $60 million in funding from Vy Capital and existing investors. The startup is backed by Lee Fixel’s Addition, Tiger Global, SIG, A91 Partners and Tanglin Venture Partners. The content startup operates a news app InShorts and location-based social media platform...

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Iran unveils Islamic dating app to encourage marriage.

Iran has unveiled an Islamic dating application aimed at facilitating “lasting and informed marriage” for its youth.Called Hamdam – Farsi for “companion” – the service allows users to “search for and choose their spouse”, state-run television said on Monday.It is the only state-sanctioned...

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Fans banned from Olympic venues in Tokyo.

Fans will be banned from Olympic venues in Tokyo and the capital will be under a virus state of emergency throughout the pandemic-postponed Games, Japan's government announced Thursday just two weeks before the opening ceremony.The decision means Tokyo 2020 will be the first Games ever held largely behind...

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Telangana plants 1 million saplings in Adilabad district, sets world record.

In its attempt to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records, 'Green India Challenge' (GIC)-- one of the major green initiatives in the country, on Sunday organised a mammoth event by planting "one million saplings in one hour" in Adilabad district of Telangana, GIC organizers said.The event was organised...

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84-Year-Old Activist Stan Swamy Dies In Hospital Waiting For Bail.

Stan Swamy, an 84-year-old priest-activist arrested under an anti-terror law in the Elgar Parishad case last year, died today in the middle of his fight for bail on health grounds. The Jesuit priest had been on a ventilator since yesterday when his health took a sharp turn for the worse.Stan Swamy was being...

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Microsoft releases Windows 11 preview, available to download now.

Microsoft is releasing its first Windows 11 preview build today. Windows Insiders can download the Windows 11 preview (build 22000.51) right now, which includes access to the new Start menu, multitasking features, and overhauled Microsoft Store. Unlike the previous Windows 11 leak, this official preview...

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Artist in Chennai decorates auto-rickshaw to spread vaccination awareness.

A few pictures of an unusual decoration of an auto rickshaw by an artist from Chennai have wowed people. Shared on Twitter by ANI, the images show the vehicle modeled after vaccines. The purpose behind this work of art is to spread awareness about the ongoing pandemic and also to encourage people to take...

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