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Anandiben Patel resigns as Gujarat chief minister

The chief minister of Gujarat and a long-time confidante of Prime Minister Narendra Modi resigned on Monday, as protests by the low-caste Dalit community threatened to hurt the standing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Anandiben Patel, who served as the state’s first woman chief minister, posted the resignation letter on her Facebook page. She said the decision was ...

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US election 2016: Trump unfit to be president – Obama

President Barack Obama has said Republican nominee Donald Trump is unfit to be president, and questioned why his party still supports the New York billionaire’s candidacy. “There has to come a point at which you say: ‘Enough’,” Mr Obama said. Mr Trump has been sharply criticised for attacking the parents of a fallen US solider who spoke out against him. ...

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China to prepare for ‘war at sea’

Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan on Tuesday warned of offshore security threats and called for substantial preparation for a “war at sea” to safeguard the country’s sovereignty. Chang said this during an inspection of national defence work in coastal regions of Zhejiang province, Xinhua news agency reported. He called for recognition of the seriousness of the national security situation, especially ...

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India flooding kills 96, forces 1 million into relief camps

The death toll in flooding from heavy monsoon rains in India has climbed past 90, with about a million people taking shelter in government-run relief camps, officials said Tuesday. Incessant downpours have damaged swaths of land, uprooted trees and snapped telephone cables in dozens of districts in the states of Bihar in the east, Assam in the remote northeast and ...

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Iran’s Rouhani shelves civil service exam over female discrimination

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has postponed the annual civil service entry exam because of concerns it discriminates against women. Rouhani ordered a review of all 3,000 jobs on offer, and a rethink if they were found to be biased to men. Some departments, such as the Judiciary Organisation of Military Forces, which is controlled by hardliners, are open almost exclusively ...

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Rescuers say toxic gas dropped on Syrian town in Idlib

A Syrian rescue service operating in rebel-held territory said on Tuesday a helicopter dropped containers of toxic gas overnight on a town close to where a Russian military helicopter was shot down hours earlier. A spokesman for Syria Civil Defence said 33 people, mostly women and children, were affected by the gas in Saraqeb, in rebel-held Idlib province. The group, ...

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Turkey to split spy service after coup: Report

Turkey is planning to split its spy service into separate units for foreign and domestic intelligence after the organisation was vehemently criticised for shortcomings over the failed coup, a report said Tuesday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been scathing about the failure of the National Intelligence Service (MIT) to warn him in a timely manner about the coup, complaining he ...

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US warplanes launch bombing campaign on IS in Libya

US planes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, responding to the UN-backed government’s request to help push the militants from their former stronghold of Sirte in what US officials described as the start of a sustained campaign against the extremist group in the city. “The first air strikes were carried out at specific locations in Sirte today causing severe ...

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Graphene oxide sheets can make dirty water safe to drink, really?

A team of researchers has come up with a way to use “veritable wonder material” graphene oxide sheets to turn dirty water clean for a thirsty world. According to the engineers at Washington University in St. Louis, the novel hybrid nanomaterials could be a global game-changer. “We hope that for countries where there is ample sunlight, such as India, you’ll ...

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How to get rid of peeling fingertips

Fingertips are used to carry out day-to-day activities like writing, cleaning utensils, cooking and typing. If they end up peeling, ensure to control anxiety, stay away from the allergen and adopt a healthy lifestyle, says an expert. Peeling fingertips can be allergic in origin. Plants, flowers, lead, metal, leather, detergent and detergent soaps are some of the most commonly known ...

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