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BSNL to Boost Minimum Broadband Speed It Offers From 512Kbps to 2Mbps

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State-run telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) on Monday decided to upgrade landline broadband speed to minimum 2Mbps at no additional cost for broadband customers on pan-India basis from October 1. Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the facility in Gurgaon. The BSNL’s move came in the light of Narendra Modi government’s Digital ...

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SC allows Jain fast unto death ritual, stays Rajasthan HC order

Members of Jain community stage a demo against the recent order of Rajasthan high court which banned Santhara, in Indore on Monday. (Arun Mondhe/HT File Photo)

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed Rajasthan high court’s order declaring Santhara, a Jain ritual of voluntary and systematic fasting to death, as a criminal offence and issued a notice to Centre and the Rajasthan government. Earlier this month, the Rajasthan HC had banned Santhara making it punishable under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. The ...

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Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road renamed after Abdul Kalam

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Aurangzeb Road in Lutyen’s Delhi will soon be known as A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Friday giving its nod in this regard. “There were requests from certain sections of the society for changing the name of the road as a tribute to the former President. The matter was placed before the council today, ...

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Indian construction slowdown hits Modi’s jobs promise

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After a decade labouring on building sites around New Delhi Akhilesh Kumar lost his scaffolding job last month when his employer halted work on an array of 30 residential towers. He joins more than half a million workers let go from sites around India’s capital in the last 18 months, in a stark sign that the ground reality in Asia’s ...

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Fresh onion stock to reach market, prices likely to fall

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With a fresh stock of onions entering the city’s market on Tuesday, experts said that prices were expected to fall in coming days. The wholesale market has seen a steady fall since Monday-the maximum price came down from around Rs 57-58 per kg to Rs 55 per kg on Tuesday. Even as traders claim there sufficient stock in the city, ...

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Sanskrit week begins in city’s CBSE schools today

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MUMBAI: ‘Sanskrit week’ celebrations are back in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools. Last year, the introduction of Sanskrit week had caught flak from many political parties, which felt it was wrong to impose a “particular language through schools”. Schools will commemorate Sanskrit week between August 26 and September 1. In a circular dated August 25, D T Sudharsan ...

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Indian soldier killed in Pak firing in J-K’s Nowgam

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An Indian soldier was killed in unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday. A police officer said the Pakistan Army began firing on Badal post in Kupwara around 13:00pm, in a fresh incident of ceasefire violation. “Effective retaliation has began by troops from the Indian side,” the officer ...

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Pakistan violates ceasefire again in Poonch

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Jammu: After a brief lull, Pakistani troops again violated ceasefire by resorting to firing and mortar shelling on forward posts and civilian areas in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. There have been 52 violations of the border ceasefire agreement of 2003 by Pakistan in August and over 245 ceasefire violations this year so far. Pakistan on Sunday resorted to ...

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