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Valley of discontent: Contempt for politicians and media overrides ‘azadi’ in Kashmir

More than a month after Jammu and Kashmir lost its special constitutional status and Statehood, Varghese K. George visits the Valley and finds people, distrustful of politicians and the media, feeling the effects of a lockdown by the State and a shutdown called by protesters.

Ganesh idol immersion: 33 drown in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi

Thirty three people, most of them in their 20s, drowned during the immersion of Ganesh idols in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, officials said on Friday. Some of the dead were minors, they said.

Felicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in jail in U.S. admissions scam

The Desperate Housewives star paid $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT scores. The scandal exposed the lengths to which parents will go to get their children into the “right” schools and reinforced suspicions that the college admissions process is slanted toward the rich

U.S. House subpoenas envoy to U.S.-Taliban dialogue

Frustrated by the absence of a clearly communicated strategy on Afghanistan and a lack of responsiveness to invitations issued by it, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee has subpoenaed the U.S. envoy to the U.S.-Taliban negotiations.

Supreme Court asks government whether it plans to link social media and Aadhaar

The Supreme Court on Friday decided to hear a plea by Facebook to call forth petitions pending in various high courts concerning the linking of social media accounts of users with their Aadhaar numbers.

Yediyurappa tries to woo Vokkaligas by announcing ₹100-crore Kempe Gowda statue

The statue of Kempe Gowda — whom the Vokkaliga community identifies as an icon — could be 100-ft. tall. Besides, a museum to showcase his achievements and growth of Bengaluru will come up on one-acre land within the airport premises, said sources.

Government has failed to bring in Uniform Civil Code, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court said the nation has still not endeavoured to secure for its citizens a Uniform Civil Code. The government has till date taken no action, a Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose observed in a judgment delivered on Friday.

Exports contract 6%, trade deficit widens marginally

India’s exports contracted 6.05% in August to $26.13 billion, official data released on Friday showed. The trade deficit widened marginally to $13.45 billion. Iron ore exports grew by a whopping 357%.

Pharma exports grew 11% in first quarter

Pharma exports bucked the recessionary trend, to clock 11% growth in the first quarter this fiscal and followed it up with a robust, over 21% growth in July.

The Ashes: Jofra Archer’s six-wicket haul gives England advantage over Australia

Jofra Archer took six wickets as England’s bowlers gave their side a handy lead on the second day of the final Ashes test, reducing Australia to 225 all out in reply to their own first innings score of 294 at the Oval on Friday.

Qatar result has changed everything for us: Chhetri

With every save, every blocked Qatari shot, every Indian counter-attack, and every additional second on the clock, his nerves were fraying. When the final whistle went, he said.

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