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Hit-and-run law controversy: How Centre convinced truckers to end nationwide strike and averted a crisis
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Hit-and-run law controversy: How Centre convinced truckers to end nationwide strike and averted a crisis

Late on Tuesday night, truck drivers called off their nationwide agitation against the new hit-and-run law. The development came after the Centre assured the union that their opinions would be taken into acount before the new Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita Bill was put into effect

What comes next for Oscar Pistorius after his release from jail?
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What comes next for Oscar Pistorius after his release from jail?

Former Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison on Friday after he was granted parole nearly 11 years after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Here's what's next for the former Paralympic athlete following his release under South Africa's so-called restorative justice plan

In Graphics | The science of feeling cold during winter, explained
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In Graphics | The science of feeling cold during winter, explained

It’s the winter months and most of us are wearing sweaters and covered up in blankets to fight the cold. But what causes us to feel the cold and the urge to fight the chill? Scientists say the answer lies in a phenomenon known as ‘heat transfer’

'Donkey flight' case: How much did Gujarat passengers pay to enter the US?
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'Donkey flight' case: How much did Gujarat passengers pay to enter the US?

More than 60 people from Gujarat on board the Nicaragua-bound plane, which was grounded in France, had agreed to pay Rs 60 lakh to Rs 80 lakh to immigration agents, who promised to help them cross into the US illegally after reaching the Latin American country

No Indian Science Congress this year? Why it has missed its annual date
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No Indian Science Congress this year? Why it has missed its annual date

The 109th edition of the Indian Science Congress event, which was scheduled to begin today, has been postponed. The event, which has been held every year since 1914 barring two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, has been a lightning rod for controversies these past few years

How Japan Airlines crew helped save lives of 367 flyers as jet burst into flames
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How Japan Airlines crew helped save lives of 367 flyers as jet burst into flames

All 367 passengers, including eight children, evacuated safely as flames erupted on a Japan Airlines flight after it collided with a smaller Coast Guard plane. Experts have praised the crew doing an 'incredible job' and pulling off a great escape

Taylor Swift the new Shakespeare? Why singer deserves a place in English literature
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Taylor Swift the new Shakespeare? Why singer deserves a place in English literature

Several universities are offering classes on American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. The idea of reading the popular celebrity as literature has caught attention, with her name sometimes being juxtaposed with Shakespeare. Here’s why

FirstUp: PM Modi in Kerala, ED summons Kejriwal, SC hears Moitra plea... big news today
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FirstUp: PM Modi in Kerala, ED summons Kejriwal, SC hears Moitra plea... big news today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is kicking off campaigning for this year’s general election by addressing a huge gathering in Kerala. The ED has summoned Arvind Kejriwal for the third time. The Supreme Court is set to hear a plea from Mahua Moitra. Here’s a roundup of today's major developments

World Economic Forum at Davos: A guide to high-profile meet and why it matters
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World Economic Forum at Davos: A guide to high-profile meet and why it matters

The world’s rich and powerful are set to converge on Davos for 54th the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The theme for this year’s 15 to 19 January meet is ‘rebuilding trust’. Experts say that while AI risks will be discussed it is likely to focus on the positive benefits of tech

Miraculous escape: How 379 people fled Japan Airlines plane before flames engulfed it
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Miraculous escape: How 379 people fled Japan Airlines plane before flames engulfed it

All 367 passengers and 12 crew members on board a Japan Airlines flight evacuated safely as it collided with a smaller Coast Guard aircraft on Tuesday, killing five. However, the passenger jet was completely engulfed in flames an hour after a large blaze erupted on the side of the plane

It’s the time for Dry January: Why giving up alcohol for a month is a good idea
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It’s the time for Dry January: Why giving up alcohol for a month is a good idea

Dry January is here and many people are cutting out alcohol for one month. Doctors state that this practice has several health benefits – making people feel fitter and happier. Here’s how

Bill Clinton has been named 50 times in documents linked to Jeffrey Epstein sex abuse case. Here's why
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Bill Clinton has been named 50 times in documents linked to Jeffrey Epstein sex abuse case. Here's why

 Around 200 names connected to Jeffrey Epstein including Bill Clinton are set to be revealed in documents from a 2015 lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell by Virginia Giuffre. Giuffre has made no allegations against Clinton, but claims to have met him on Epstein’s private Caribbean island

Razorpay, Groww & more: Why startups want to shift base to India
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Razorpay, Groww & more: Why startups want to shift base to India

Startups, including Razorpay, Groww and Pine Labs, are considering shifting their parent company back to India from abroad. PhonePe has already moved its domicile from Singapore to India. Why is India seeing a trend of reverse flipping?

Ram Temple Opening: How spiritual tourism is booming in Ayodhya
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Ram Temple Opening: How spiritual tourism is booming in Ayodhya

From the new Maharishi Valmiki Airport to the revamped railway station, Ayodhya has undergone a huge transformation ahead of the Ram temple inauguration. Experts predict an enormous rise in spiritual tourism, with officials anticipating three to five lakh daily visitors in the coming months

In Graphics | A guide to long weekends in 2024 to get rid of January blues
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In Graphics | A guide to long weekends in 2024 to get rid of January blues

If you have resolved to travel more, 2024 will not disappoint. January has two long weekends. This list of holidays should cheer you up as you return to work after New Year celebrations

How will UK’s new rules for overseas students affect Indians?
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How will UK’s new rules for overseas students affect Indians?

International students can no longer bring dependants – except if they are doing postgraduate research courses or are on government-funded scholarships – and can only switch to the work route after they’ve completed their studies. Experts say this might push them to choose alternative destinations

What is India’s new hit-and-run law? Why has it led to nationwide protests?
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What is India’s new hit-and-run law? Why has it led to nationwide protests?

Truck and bus drivers across India are protesting the new Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Bill, the criminal code that will replace the IPC which includes a hit-and-run law. The new law says a punishment of Rs 7 lakh and a maximum 10 year of jail may be imposed if the criminal flees or doesn't report crime

How Japan is prone to earthquakes and has learnt to be resilient
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How Japan is prone to earthquakes and has learnt to be resilient

A series of earthquakes have killed dozens in western Japan, damaged buildings, and led to tsunami warnings – which have been lifted as of Tuesday. The island nation sees nearly 2,000 quakes every year. Here’s how it deals with them

Denmark's Queen Margrethe II to step down: A look back at other royal abdications
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Denmark's Queen Margrethe II to step down: A look back at other royal abdications

Queen Margrethe II has announced that she will abdicate the throne on 14 January, 52 years after she was crowned. According to the Danish prime minister's office, her son, Crown Prince Frederik, will become His Majesty King Frederik X

Why is 2024 a leap year? How did the practice of adding an extra day to February begin?
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Why is 2024 a leap year? How did the practice of adding an extra day to February begin?

2024 is a leap year; it will have 366 days. Most years have 365 days because it is approximately how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun. However, the precise time is 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds. And that matters. Here’s why