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    Arrested in INX Media Case, Chidambaram Spends a 'Quiet Night' at CBI Headquarters

    New Delhi: Former Union finance minister P. Chidambaram spent a quiet night in the CBI guest house on the ground floor of the agency headquarters after his dramatic arrest from his residence in the INX Media corruption case, officials said on Thursday. Chidambaram, 73, was kept in the suite 5 of the guest house, they said. It is normal for the agency to keep high...

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    In Afghanistan, Dubious and Violative Virginity Tests Persist

    I n the winter of 2009, as a young teenager, Soraya says she was raped by a 22-year-old male teacher at her English language school in Eastern Afghanistan. A few months later, she was spotted by Afghan police walking with her rapist on the street. After being taken to the police station, she was forced to call her father, who was informed that she had likely engaged in adultery....

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    Is the Division of J&K Unconstitutional? Here's What a Petition in SC Says

    New Delhi: The petition filed in the Supreme Court by six prominent citizens challenging the constitutional validity of the president's amendments to Article 370 and the J&K Reorganisation Bill has claimed that these orders were 'unconstitutional, violative of the basic structure of the Constitution and violative of fundamental rights'. The petition has been filed by...

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    The Mysterious Plants That Thrive in Darkness and Steal Food

    When Kenji Suetsugu is out looking for plants in Japan's forests, he's not looking for the usual green ones. Instead, on dark forest floors, where little light penetrates, Suetsugu painstakingly searches for tiny flowering plants that have more or less given up on photosynthesis and lack chlorophyll, the characteristic green pigment that helps plants make their own food from sunlight....

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    Fund Crunch Forces Southern Railway to Suspend Housekeeping Services

    New Delhi: With the Centre unresponsive to its SOS on shortage of funds, the Southern Railway (SR) has decided to suspend on board housekeeping services (OBHS) on 86 long-distance trains, mostly originating from Kerala and Tamil Nadu, from September 1. According to The Hindu , the SR is planning to withdraw linen supply, pest control and bio-toilet maintenance contracts on...

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    Plastic Particles in Drinking Water Present 'Low' Health Risk: WHO

    Geneva: Microplastics contained in drinking water pose a 'low' risk to human health at current levels, but more research is needed to reassure consumers, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday. Studies over the past year on plastic particles detected in tap and bottled water have sparked public concerns but the limited data appears reassuring, the UN agency said...

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    Interview: 'Pakistan's Legal Options on Kashmir Require Security Council Support'

    New Delhi: Since India read down Article 370 of the constitution to remove Jammu and Kashmir's special status, Pakistan has been mulling its options, not just on the diplomatic front - but also within international law. In an interview with The Wire, Pakistan's former additional attorney general and Supreme Court advocate Khwaja Ahmad Hosain unpacks the viability...

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    Watch | Kashmir Lockdown Gives Trump Handle to Push for 'Mediation'

    On August 21, US President Donald Trump once again offered to mediate on the Kashmir issue. This despite the Modi government, and even his own state department, saying Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. Trump's statement expressing his desire to mediate on Kashmir comes two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a 30-minute phone conversation with...

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    With Denial of Long-Standing ST Status Demand, North Bengal Tribe in a Lurch

    Naxalbari, situated around 25 km from Siliguri in North Bengal, was once the epicentre of the Naxalite movement in the eastern state. Today, the face of this erstwhile Left bastion has changed, both politically and economically. But for decades, the situation has not changed for the Dhimals, a small but significant group of tribal people that traces its origin to the...

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    A New Museum in Paris Is All About Money

    They say money makes the world go around, and apparently, it also makes for a good museum: The 'Cité de l'économie et de la monnaie' '(which translates as city of economy and money) is a new museum which opened this summer in Paris. Called Citéco for short, it's appropriately located in the central building of the Banque de France. While the setting of the museum could hardly be more...

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