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India ‘thinking big’ and ‘moving big’, US lawmakers told

HIGHLIGHTS Robert Orr, professor and dean, University of Maryland said that India is moving quite quickly in a number of areas. Orr, while addressing US lawmakers, said that the country will keep attracting investment, both domestic and international. WASHINGTON: India is “thinking big and moving big” to catch up fast on development as it lags behind its giant neighbor China, ...

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Bridging the gap: All you need to know about India’s longest Dhola-Sadiya bridge

HIGHLIGHTS Bringing Assam and Arunachal Pradesh closer, the country’s longest river bridge – the Dhola-Sadiya – constructed over the mighty Brahmaputra, is all set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. Here’s all you need to know about the bridge that’s touted to transform road connectivity in the northeastern region. 1. The new, three lane, 9.15 kilometre ...

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Reliance Jio to Provide Free Wi-Fi Services in Punjab Colleges

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HIGHLIGHTS 1.Free Wi-Fi to be available in ITIs, polytechnics, & engineering colleges 2.Punjab government has signed an MoU with Reliance Jio for Wi-Fi service 3.However, objectionable sites will be blocked across the Jio Wi-Fi network The Punjab government has signed an MoU with Reliance will provide free Wi-Fi facility in all government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), polytechnics, and engineering colleges ...

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Iran election: Voters go to the polls to pick president

Iranians are voting an a presidential election, in which Hassan Rouhani is seeking a second term. Mr Rouhani, 68, a moderate cleric who negotiated a landmark nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, is standing against three other candidates. His main challenger is seen as Ebrahim Raisi, 56, a hardline cleric and former prosecutor who is close to Supreme Leader ...

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Syria condemns US-led attack on pro-Assad forces

Syria has condemned air strikes by the US-led coalition on pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border. Syria said the strikes killed “a number” of people, destroyed some “material” and were a “blatant attack on forces fighting terrorism”. The convoy was hit on Thursday as it neared a group of US-backed rebels and a Western special forces unit in Tanf. ...

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Netflix film Okja booed at Cannes Film Festival

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A screening at the Cannes Film Festival had to be stopped after the film was booed in its first few minutes. Okja, starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, has been controversial because producer Netflix has refused to screen it in French cinemas. The audience booed the Netflix logo, which appeared before the film started, and it then became clear the ...

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Basquiat painting breaks records at $110.5m in New York

A painting by the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has sold at auction in New York for $110.5m (£85.4m). That is nearly double the price of his previous most expensive work, bought by the same person a year ago. It has broken several other records including becoming the most expensive work by any US artist. It is also the highest price ...

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Times Square car crash driver Richard Rojas ‘heard voices’

A man who drove a car along three blocks of pavement in New York’s Times Square, killing a teenager and injuring 22 people, said he had “heard voices”, according to law enforcement sources. Richard Rojas, 26, a US Navy veteran who was arrested twice previously for drink-driving, is now in custody. He also said he expected to die, the sources ...

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