IPL Auction 2019: KXIP shell 8.4 crore for uncapped Varun Chakaravarthy, Royals buy Unadkat for 8.4 cr

Kings XI Punjab shelled out a whopping 8.4 crore for little known mystery spinner Varun Chakaravarthy after an intense bidding war with Kolkata Knight Riders. The leg spinner has earlier played for Madurai Panthers and Karaikudi Kaalai in the Tamil Nadu Premier League and has played one first-class match for Tamil Nadu. Left arm paceman Jaydev Unadkat once again had a big pay day at the IPL auction as he too was bought for a 8.4 crore by his former franchise Rajasthan Royals, who had earlier released him. The Royals…

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Couples at mass marriage in Uttar Pradesh get toilet seats as wedding gift

As a wedding gift, this one is truly novel, and useful from the word go. At least 18 couples in Prayagraj returned home from their marriage ceremony carrying toilet seats, gifted to them by the organisers of the mass wedding. Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachha Bharat’ mission, the organisers decided to give toilet seats to the couples instead of the usual crockery, suitcases, sewing machines etc, so that they start their new life in a healthy way. Besides, the couples were also given a sapling and asked to…

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Nokia 8.1 vs OnePlus 6T vs Oppo R17 Pro: Price, specifications, features compared

HMD Global earlier this month launched its latest flagship phone, Nokia 8.1, in India. Priced at Rs 26,999, Nokia 8.1 is one of the few smartphones in India to sport Qualcomm’s latest mid-range processor, Snapdragon 710. Apart from a powerful chipset, Nokia 8.1 comes with a premium design. At the given price point, Nokia 8.1 faces competition from smartphones like OnePlus 6T and Oppo R17 Pro. Here’s a detailed comparison between the three phones based on their price, specifications and features. Design and display Nokia smartphones are known for their good looks and are…

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Anti-Sikh riots convict Sajjan Kumar writes to Rahul Gandhi, quits Congress

Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who was convicted and sentenced by Delhi High Court to life imprisonment in a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, has written to party president Rahul Gandhi, saying he is resigning from primary membership, reports news agency PTI. Sajjan Kumar has been charged with involvement in the killing of five members of a Sikh family by a mob during the riots after the then-prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her two Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. “I tender my resignation with immediate effect from the primary membership…

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About 62 people killed in US airstrikes in Somalia

The US has carried out fresh airstrikes in Somalia, killing dozens of purported militants there as Washington steps up its military presence in Africa. US African Command (AFRICOM) said on Monday it reportedly had killed 62 militants in six air strikes on Saturday and Sunday in the vicinity of Gandarsh in Somalia’s south-central Banaadir Province. Four strikes were carried out on Saturday, killing 34 militants, and two more on Sunday, which killed 28, it said. AFRICOM claims it carries out periodic airstrikes in the Horn of Africa country to support…

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US arms maker warns Canada against stopping sales to Saudi Arabia

General Dynamics Corp, a sprawling American military manufacturer, has warned Canada against acting on its avowed intention of stopping sales of armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia. The corporation’s Canada chapter said on Monday, “Were Canada to unilaterally terminate the contract, Canada would incur billions of dollars of liability to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada,” referring to its subsidiary in London, Ontario. “Terminating the contract would have a significant negative impact on our highly skilled employees, our supply chain across Canada, and the Canadian defense sector broadly,” the statement added. Canadian Prime…

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Japan ‘to buy more American military equipment to counter China, Russia’

Japan has approved defense plans to buy more American stealth fighters and other equipment in order to boost its capabilities against regional powers Russia and China. The Japanese government said in two new defense papers — both of them approved on Tuesday — that in recognition of the rising powers of China and Russia, it had decided to bolster its military power through the purchase of American weaponry. US ally Japan is already under America’s so-called security umbrella, but the defense papers indicated that Tokyo would want to improve its own…

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Yemen’s Hudaydah calm as rival parties begin to observe truce

Fighting has subsided in Yemen’s Hudaydah, hours after a United Nations (UN)-brokered ceasefire between warring sides took effect in the flashpoint port city. The truce was reached last week in Sweden during peace talks between delegations from Yemen’s Ansarullah movement and the former, Saudi-allied regime, on whose behalf a Saudi-led coalition has been pounding Yemen since March 2015. The ceasefire took force at midnight on Monday. And while sporadic clashes and Saudi-led airstrikes continued to hit Hudaydah for several hours after midnight, they subsequently died down. On Tuesday, a military…

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