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Top moments from the week gone by

Top moments from the week gone by

Rediff.com3 hours ago

Here are the best images from across the world from the previous week.

HC refuses to suspend Kuldeep Sengar's jail term

HC refuses to suspend Kuldeep Sengar's jail term

Rediff.com2 days ago

The HC sought responses of the CBI and the victim on Sengar's appeal challenging his conviction and imprisonment till remainder of his natural life. The court said Sengar can't be released as he's undertrial in other cases too.

At 6.1%, China's growth hits 29-year low

At 6.1%, China's growth hits 29-year low

Rediff.com3 days ago

The new data comes a day after China and the US signed a long-awaited phase one deal, marking a ceasefire in the 18-month-long trade war which saw the world's two largest economies slap 25 per cent tariffs on about half a trillion-dollar worth of each other's exports. The world's second-largest economy grew by 6.1 per cent last year, its worst performance since 1990, but it remained above the psychologically important mark of six per cent, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

Sheena Bora case: Doctor in trouble?

Sheena Bora case: Doctor in trouble?

Rediff.com3 days ago

Judge Jagdale halted Dr Gupta's testimony several times because he felt it had neither order nor direction. Tightly controlling his irritation, his lips compressed, the judge explained as patiently as he could: "What he has done in this case should come (out in his testimony) in a lucid manner. You eat chapati and then rice. You cannot eat half a chapati and then have rice and then eat half a chapati..." "He is not a witness of facts. He is an expert witness. Either he is not prepared. Or you are not prepared."

'India cannot take Gotabaya for granted'

'India cannot take Gotabaya for granted'

Rediff.com4 days ago

'We should expect a cold-blooded, transactional relation that requires a lot of engagement and mutual trust to sustain,' says Constantino Xavier, Fellow, foreign policy, Brookings India.

The women taking charge at CAA protests

The women taking charge at CAA protests

Rediff.com4 days ago

In this winter of discontent, in every procession, in every demonstration, in every protest -- from Jawaharlal Nehru University to Jamia to Shaheen Bagh to the streets of Mumbai -- the front rows have been occupied by women. It's been weeks since women have been sitting in protest across the country against the newly-introduced Citizenship Amendment Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens. The protests are a nerve centre of unwavering voices against what has been perceived as a discriminatory law. The women -- some housewives, some students with hijabs covering their hair, and others in full-length burqa robes -- are rallying against the 'Man' in what could also be perceived as a revolution for the 'weaker sex' in India.

Clearer weather allows Aus Open qualifying to start on time

Clearer weather allows Aus Open qualifying to start on time

Rediff.com4 days ago

Organisers have been criticised by players attempting to make the main draw of the season opening Grand Slam for continuing to play matches despite the poor air quality from bushfires.

PHOTOS: India's military might showcased at Army Day parade

PHOTOS: India's military might showcased at Army Day parade

Rediff.com4 days ago

General M M Naravane attended the Army Day parade for the first time as the Army chief. The Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year to mark Lieutenant General K M Cariappa taking over as commander-in-chief of the Indian Army in 1949 from General Francis Butcher, the last British commander-in-chief of India.

Only hallmarked gold jewellery to be sold from Jan 2021: Paswan

Only hallmarked gold jewellery to be sold from Jan 2021: Paswan

Rediff.com4 days ago

Consumers have to watch out for four marks on hallmarked gold jewellery: BIS mark, purity in carat, assay centre's name and jewellers' identification mark.

Angry players speak out at Australian Open qualifying

Angry players speak out at Australian Open qualifying

Rediff.com5 days ago

'They're just trying to shove us on the court because we're qualifiers'

'How can Abdullahs ever leave Kashmir?'

'How can Abdullahs ever leave Kashmir?'

Rediff.com7 days ago

'Dr Abdullah is fine and in good spirits,' says National Conference Lok Sabha MP Mohammad Akbar Lone.

CAA made world aware of religious persecution in Pak: Modi

CAA made world aware of religious persecution in Pak: Modi

Rediff.com7 days ago

I want to make this clear again that the CAA is not about taking away anybody's citizenship, but about granting citizenship, Modi said.

Spending a night at Belur Math was like homecoming: PM

Spending a night at Belur Math was like homecoming: PM

Rediff.com7 days ago

The prime minister also contended that he was grateful to the authorities of the monastic order for granting him an opportunity to spend a night at the math. He insisted that the ambiance at Belur Math reminded him of his duty towards people.

6mn hectares gutted, Australia blaze may intensify further

6mn hectares gutted, Australia blaze may intensify further

Rediff.com10 Jan 2020

Since September 2019, Australia's raging bushfire crisis has killed 24 people, reduced to ashes hundreds of homes and pushed many species towards extinction. The bushfires continued to pose serious threat in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

Rapes in India: Every fourth victim a minor

Rapes in India: Every fourth victim a minor

Rediff.com10 Jan 2020

As many as 33,356 incidents of rape were reported during 2018 involving 33,977 victims, an average 89 rapes daily. In 2017, 32,559 rape cases were registered, while in 2016 the number stood at 38,947, the data stated. Overall, 72.2 per cent of rape victims were above 18 years and 27.8 per cent below 18, the data stated.

Open to re-investigation in Loya case: Maha HM

Open to re-investigation in Loya case: Maha HM

Rediff.com9 Jan 2020

CBI judge B H Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case died in 2014 when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter. The reason for his death was said to be caridac arrest.

Will reopen Judge Loya case, if...: Maharashtra minister

Will reopen Judge Loya case, if...: Maharashtra minister

Rediff.com8 Jan 2020

'Pawar had made it very clear that investigation into the case of judge Loya was possible'

Farm growth likely to remain subdued at 2.8% in FY20

Farm growth likely to remain subdued at 2.8% in FY20

Rediff.com8 Jan 2020

A pick-up in farmer income could have a cascading impact on the rural economy, though agriculture is becoming a smaller part of India's overall rural incomes.

Where have all the women bankers gone?

Where have all the women bankers gone?

Rediff.com7 Jan 2020

Women dominate Indian banks's clerical and officer rolls, but few make it to the executive office these days, notes Tamal Bandyopadhyay.

Industry-Mody govt: A new phase?

Industry-Mody govt: A new phase?

Rediff.com7 Jan 2020

'What stood out at these meetings between industry representatives and government leaders was how the equation between the ministers and industry had undergone a subtle and qualitative change,' points out A K Bhattacharya.

AAP misled Delhi, new govt to come up after polls: Shah

AAP misled Delhi, new govt to come up after polls: Shah

Rediff.com6 Jan 2020

Besides criticising CM Arvind Kejriwal on scores of issues, Shah alleged the AAP government made only promises throughout its tenure and now in the last three months, public money was being spent on advertisements for its announcements.

Charges framed against actor Dileep

Charges framed against actor Dileep

Rediff.com6 Jan 2020

A trial court on Monday framed charges against Malayalam film actor Dileep and other accused in the case of alleged abduction and molestation of a south Indian actress in 2017. The actor and nine other accused were present in the additional special sessions court in Ernakulam when the charges were framed against them.

Is India's economy crashing?

Is India's economy crashing?

Rediff.com3 Jan 2020

'Defence funding is channelled to State-owned research organisations where scientists are merely bureaucrats holding meetings and sending out minutes of meetings and press releases, but have long ago stopped any innovative work.' 'Unless this tragedy is fixed, India's chances to create world-conquering and job-creating new industries are slim,' says Ajit Balakrishnan.

When your home is demolished for no fault of yours...

When your home is demolished for no fault of yours...

Rediff.com1 Jan 2020

For 'a person who has dedicated his life to teaching students, guiding them to restoring monuments and preserving our built heritage, I never dreamt that my home will one day be demolished.'

VOTE: Who was your hero of 2019?

VOTE: Who was your hero of 2019?

Rediff.com30 Dec 2019

The year is coming to an end and overall, it's been one hell of a year! We have had our share of ups and downs and we look forward to a better 2020. While we count down the days to the new year, let's also reflect on those who gave us strength to stand up in what we believe, the courageous who didn't bow down and the ones with gumption who inspired us to be better. We, Rediff.com, have selected 26 personalities, who we think are worthy of the title -- HERO OF THE YEAR -- and we want you, dear readers, to choose your hero!

CBI told to use director identification number in notices to bankers

CBI told to use director identification number in notices to bankers

Rediff.com29 Dec 2019

This, said Sitharaman, would remove the possibility of unauthorised communication "and consequent harassment", which was a cause of concern for bankers.

Honest bankers don't need to fear the '3 Cs': Sitharaman

Honest bankers don't need to fear the '3 Cs': Sitharaman

Rediff.com28 Dec 2019

Sitharaman also directed public sector bank heads to clear long pending vigilance cases against their officials for alleged malpractices.

Norwegian national asked to leave India for violating visa norms

Norwegian national asked to leave India for violating visa norms

Rediff.com27 Dec 2019

Janne-Mette Johansson, a Norwegian national on a tourist visa, came under the scanner of Bureau of Immigration authorities over her suspected participation in an anti- Citizenship Amendment Act protest in the Kochi three days ago.

How the Supreme Court held nation's attention in 2019

How the Supreme Court held nation's attention in 2019

Rediff.com27 Dec 2019

Verdicts paving the way for construction of a Ram Temple at Ayodhya and India's multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal with France were 2019's landmark imprints of the Supreme Court, which also found itself at the centre of a controversy with then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi being accused of sexual harassment before getting the clean chit.

2019: Year of reality check

2019: Year of reality check

Rediff.com27 Dec 2019

From promoters losing their firms to consumers realising there are no free lunches, 2019 was a year of getting real,says Shailesh Dobhal.

The uncertain times continue for banks

The uncertain times continue for banks

Rediff.com26 Dec 2019

It is difficult to say if the banking sector will see the worst behind it by March 2020, warns Tamal Bandyopadhyay.

The year that was: Dubious awards of 2019

The year that was: Dubious awards of 2019

Rediff.com26 Dec 2019

The year has come to an end and we are looking forward to 2020. While we think back of the events that shaped the year, we couldn't help but think of these awards for these personalities.

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