The grant of ₹1 crore was a decision taken by the Delhi government : Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs on Wednesday asked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to exclude Delhi Police personnel from the government policy that gives ₹1 crore compensation to the families of martyrs. Several AAP MLAs signed the letter to the Chief Minister on a day he was in Haryana to hand over a ₹1 crore cheque to the family of Border Security Force jawan Narendra Singh, who was killed along the Pakistan border earlier this year. The MLAs said that since the Delhi Police had failed to protect the Chief Minister, who…

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US-led coalition again uses white phosphorus bombs in Syria: Russia

Russia says the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has again used white phosphorus bombs to target residential areas in Syria. “We are still worried by the actions of the United States of America in Syria. Jets navigated by the so-called coalition have been for a long time attacking the outskirts of the city of Hajin over the Euphrates River, which led to numerous civilians casualties,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at her weekly briefing in Moscow on Thursday. “Last week, we spoke about 50…

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Taliban not serious about peace: Afghan chief executive

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says the Taliban militant group is not serious in peace talks aimed at ending hostilities in the war-inflicted country. Abdullah on Wednesday questioned the militant group’s sincerity and said the Taliban had so far shown no intention to seriously engage in the negotiations despite US efforts to push a fresh peace process. “Recently there are renewed efforts in terms of the international community and especially the US,” Abdullah said in an interview with AFP in Paris. “We are not judging it too prematurely, but I…

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How languages intersect in India

If two random Indians meet, there is only a 36% chance that they can talk to and understand each other, a Hindustan Times analysis of 2011 Census data shows, given the large diversity in languages spoken across the country. This is an average, of course, and the actual proportion depends on where the two people are from. The probability is a meagre 1.6% if one is from Tamil Nadu and the other from West Bengal, while it is around 95% if one is from Uttar Pradesh and the other from…

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Warming gas concentrations at new record high : Climate change

Concentrations of key gases in the atmosphere that are driving up global temperatures reached a new high in 2017. In their annual greenhouse gas bulletin, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says there is no sign of reversal in this rising trend. Carbon dioxide levels reached 405 parts per million (ppm) in 2017, a level not seen in 3-5 million years. Researchers also note the resurgence of a banned gas called CFC-11. China ‘home foam’ gas key to ozone mystery Five things we have learned from the IPCC report Why industry can…

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