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Pranjal Patil, the country’s first visually challenged woman IAS officer, as she assumed charge as the Sub Collector of Thiruvananthapuram here on Monday. (Photo: PTI)

‘Never give up’, says first visually challenged woman IAS officer Pranjal Patil

She cracked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination in 2016 and secured 773rd rank and improved her ranking to 124 next year.

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PM Modi recalls Mamallapuram visit, pens poem

PM Modi was in Mamallapuram for informal talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was on a two-day visit to India.

Kerala government has decided to bear the training cost of 20-year-old Adam Harry to help him become the country's first transgender airline pilot. (Photo: ANI)

Kerala govt to fund training of Adam Hary to help him become India's first transgender pilot

Hary believes that people belonging to his community should not struggle to fulfill their aspirations as he did.

A journalism student from Bengaluru got the rare opportunity of becoming British Deputy High Commissioner for a day and getting to learn about UK-India's diplomatic ties. (Photo: ANI)

Bengaluru-based journalism student becomes British Deputy High Commissioner for a day

According to Bedford the aim of this challenge is to highlight UK's support for women and women's issues in the UK and globally as well.

World

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has so far ignored international pressure to halt the offensive, which has killed dozens of civilians and displaced more than 3,00,000 people. (Photo: File | ANI)

Kurds accuse Turkey of using banned incendiary weapons

Kurdish administration said Turkey had resorted to their use because of unexpectedly stiff resistance by Kurdish fighters.

The Indian nationals, who did not have a condition of regular stay in the country, were deported from the Toluca City International Airport on a Boeing 747 aircraft to New Delhi. (Photo: File | Representational)

In a first, Mexico deports 311 Indians

The move comes after US President Donald Trump in June threatened tariffs on all Mexican imports.

Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, who is fighting extradition to India on charges of over nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case, will appear via videolink from his London jail for a regular remand hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday. (Photo: File)

Nirav Modi to appear for videolink remand hearing from UK jail today

Modi was arrested by uniformed Scotland Yard officers on an extradition warrant on March 19 and has been in prison since.

Business

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Value growth in Fast Moving Consumer Goods market has dropped to single digits in September quarter as rural growth fell below urban for the first time in seven years, according to Nielsen.

Slowdown in rural market halves FMCG growth, slips to 7-year low

In September quarter, FMCG market clocked a value growth of 7.3 per cent, down from 16.2 per cent in the same quarter of 2018.

Despite the slew of measures by the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to boost liquidity and revive demand, the current market sentiments in the real estate market have fallen close to demonetization levels and the future market sentiments are at all-time low levels.

Real estate market sentiment decline to 2016 note ban levels

A score of over 50 signifies ‘optimism’ in sentiments, a score of 50 ‘neutral’ and a score below 50 ‘pessimism’.

The Sensex gained 453.07 points or 1.17 per cent closing at 39,052.06 while the Nifty-50 gained 122.35 points or 1.07 per cent to close at 11,586.35. “The gains came on the back of a boost in sentiments after EU and UK negotiators reached a draft agreement on a new Brexit deal,” analysts said.

Markets cheer Brexit deal, FPIs buying

Broader market indices outperformed with BSE Mid Cap index and the Small Cap index gaining 1.77 per cent and 0.89 per cent respectively.

Sports

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The 24-year-old PV SIndhu had lost in the second round and first round at the China Open and Korea Open respectively in the last two events. (Photo: Twitter)

PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma knocked out of Denmark Open

It turned into a dismal day for India as Sameer Verma and men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also went down.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared the memory on their twitter handle. (Photo: BCCI)

This day that year: Sachin Tendulkar became the highest run-scorer in Tests

The legendary batsman achieved the feat in his 152nd Test match while Lara had taken 131 Test games to amass 11953 runs.

The last match in which Lacazette featured was against Tottenham on September 1. (Photo: AP)

Arsenal's Alex Lacazette returns to full training

Out of eight clashes, Arsenal have won four matches and sit on the third position with 15 points.

Science

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Antiheroes and morally ambiguous characters like Walter White were more complicated for people to rate on likability. (Photo: ANI)

People admire superheroes for these reasons

People best liked the heroes they rated as most moral, and least liked villains they rated as most immoral.

This study suggests that we are often ignoring our physical environment. (Photo: ANI)

Home designs speak about one's personality

Being in a certain location dramatically constrains or facilitates certain emotional experience.

By scanning the fragments where characters are visible, they hope to create a machine-learning algorithm that will decipher what is written on the scrolls. (Representational photo: Pixabay)

Light brighter than the sun to virtually decipher ancient scrolls

The items were examined at the Diamond Light Source facility in Oxfordshire, home to Britain’s synchrotron.

Life

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This exhibition was a part of IIC’s Festival of Arts. (by F.N. Souza)

Progressive pioneers

It is due to the some artists’ progressive attitude that Indian art is where it is today. Here’s an exhibition paying homage to these individuals.

Men and women are alike except for a couple of minor plumbing differences. (Photo: AFP)

What men want

Men get into bed to hump whereas women get into bed for romance.

They have launched a rap in Marathi, English, and Hindi and registered 10,552 young voters.

Nurturing young voters

With the Maharashtra Assembly Elections around the corner, a 21-year-old law student is doing his bit towards voter awareness.

Relationship

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I know a beautiful and financially independent young lady who found Prince Charming and waltzed into the ‘happily ever after’ matrimony.

Taking the plunge again

Ask actor Pooja Batra, who onlyfound true love after ending a bad marriage, reminding us that good things happen to those who wait.

When there's a time factor involved, people say things that make you happy. (Photo: Representational/ Pixabay)

People bound to lie when it comes to answering quickly

Under time pressure, people tell us what we want to hear: Study.

If your colleague puts you down frequently, change the way you react to it. (Photo: Representational/Pexels)

Is toxic workplace bothering you?

Any trouble at your office can be dealt with, if you work on it.

Metros

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Former PM Manmohan Singh is felicitated by Mumbai Congress president Eknath Gaikwad in Mumbai on Thursday. (Photo: Debasish Dey)

Don’t blame UPA for economic mess: Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh appealed to the government to see to it that 16 lakh customers of the scam-hit bank get some relief.

Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Domariyaganj, Jagdambika Pal

Congress will be eliminated after state polls, says MP Jagdambika Pal

Mr Pal further said that Maharashtra was the place where grand old party had its genesis and where it would see its downfall.

Ramdas Athawale

Dalit votes not enough, alliance with BJP needed: RPI chief

Ramdas Athawale doesn’t believe in confrontation, says one has to be pragmatic in alliance.

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