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'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' finds example in real world

Shivpuri, Sep 13: Remember how in Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar-starrer 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha', Jaya left her husband Keshav's house due to unavailability of a toilet? A similar incident has come up in real life in Madhya Pradesh's Shivpuri district wherein a woman, named Nancy, decided to leave her in-laws' house after she was forced to defecate in open....

Apple unveils premium iPhone XS, smartwatch

Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Wednesday in a bid to bolster its spot in the premium smartphone market, along with an upgraded smartwatch that takes electrocardiograms and detects falls.

The California tech giant said it would begin selling its 5.8-inch iPhone XS and 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max later this month, keeping the starting price of the company's top-end...

Alibaba founder Jack Ma to step down in 2019

Beijing, Sept 10: Alibaba founder and billionaire Jack Ma announced on Monday he would step down as the Chinese e-commerce giant's executive chairman next year and named the company CEO as his successor.

Ma, 54, will hand over the keys of his company to 46-year-old Daniel Zhang in an unprecedented succession plan that will slowly take the focus off...

Kerala to assess impact of floods on biodiversity: CM

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 7: The Kerala government Friday decided to conduct an assessment of biodiversity loss at the grassroot level in the massive floods that ravaged the state last month.

Chief Minister Pinayari Vijayan's office in a Facebook post said data collection for assessing biodiversity loss and impact on biodiversity and ecosystems will be completed within one month.

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Daily wage labourer wins Rs 1.5 crore lottery

Chandigarh, Sept 6: A labourer from Mandvi village of Punjab’s Sangrur district, Manoj Kumar, has become a lottery crorepatiafter winning the first prize of Rs 1.5 crore in the Punjab State Rakhi Bumper 2018. He had borrowed money to buy the Rs 200-lottery ticket.

Manoj Kumar met the director, lotteries, TPS Phoolka on Wednesday and submitted his claim. The...

World's first rollable touch-screen tablet developed

Toronto, Sept 5: In a first, scientists have developed a rollable touch-screen tablet - taking inspiration from ancient scrolls to create a modern-day device.

The device, called MagicScroll, is comprised of a high-resolution flexible display that can be rolled or unrolled around a central, 3D-printed cylindrical body containing the device's computerised inner-workings.

Two rotary wheels at either end...

Semi-artificial photosynthesis creates fuel from water

London, Sept 5: Scientists have developed a semi-artificial photosynthesis system that uses sunlight to produce hydrogen fuel from water. Photosynthesis is the process plants use to convert sunlight into energy.

Oxygen is produced as by-product of photosynthesis when the water absorbed by plants is ‘split’. It is one of the most important reactions on the planet because it is...

Artists, writers in Kolkata decry arrest of 5 rights activists

Kolkata, Sept 2: Intellectuals, artists and writers Sunday denounced the house arrest of five human rights activists in connection with a probe into a case of caste violence in Maharashtra, and described it as an "act of fascism" by the BJP government.

Calling for a platform of "artists, writers and conscious citizens", writer-columnist Debesh Roy said there should be...

Couple book entire train for honeymoon trip to Nilgiri Hills

Coimbatore, Sept 2: A newly married British couple chartered an entire train to travel from Mettupalayam to Udhagamandalam to spend their honeymoon in the Nilgiri hills. The couple paid Rs. 3 lakh to charter the special train, introduced by Southern Railway, for a one-way trip, becoming the first people to do so.

Graham William Lynn (30) and Silviya Plasic...

'Selfie' with NTR son's body: Hospital suspends staffs

Hyderabad, Sep 1: A super-speciality hospital near here has suspended four staff members who allegedly took a selfie with the body of actor-politician Harikrishna, who died in a major road accident on August 29.

A complaint has also been lodged with police against the four people for allegedly infringing on the privacy of the patient, a hospital official said...