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'Bombay': A visual artist's homage to the city that was, before the lockdown took over
Arts & Culture

'Bombay': A visual artist's homage to the city that was, before the lockdown took over

Through a set of 64 Instagram stories, visual artist Linesh Desai has attempted to juxtapose what Mumbai was before the lockdown, with what it looks like right now, when life has seemingly come to a halt

Cities and Canopies: On trees in urban spaces, and discovering our private histories with them
Life

Cities and Canopies: On trees in urban spaces, and discovering our private histories with them

Cities and Canopies builds on the mission of Harini Nagendra’s previous work, expanding one’s conceptual understanding of trees in urban spaces.

Opening the door to Prajakta Potnis
long-reads

Opening the door to Prajakta Potnis

Prajakta Potnis describes her relationship with the doorbell as 'feeling responsible to be answerable'. Often, in cities like Mumbai, crime comes to light when the doorbell goes unanswered. But if you’re alive and kicking and still not answering the door, then that in itself is a crime.

Air conditioners could create personal oil wells by capturing carbon-dioxide: Study
science

Air conditioners could create personal oil wells by capturing carbon-dioxide: Study

A new study suggests a way to re-model air-conditioners to use CO2 and H2O to create fuel to save the planet.

Premier League: Leaders Liverpool face unprecedented challenge in title race, according to sports data agency
Sports

Premier League: Leaders Liverpool face unprecedented challenge in title race, according to sports data agency

History is on the side of Premier League leaders Liverpool as they chase a first league title since 1990 but their four-point lead over Manchester City after 21 games is the smallest margin between the top two in over a century.

Premier League: Manchester City's record scorer Sergio Aguero signs one-year contract extension
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Premier League: Manchester City's record scorer Sergio Aguero signs one-year contract extension

30-year-old Aguero — who broke the record last season and whose tally stands at 204 — put pen to paper on a deal that will see him through to the end of the 2021 season.

JaipurPhoto 2018: Soham Gupta chronicles Kolkata's forgotten hermits, wanderers
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JaipurPhoto 2018: Soham Gupta chronicles Kolkata's forgotten hermits, wanderers

Photographer Soham Gupta shines a light on Kolkata's often forgotten hermits and wanderers

Meanwhile on Instagram: Photographer Ronny Sen trains his lens on urban crows
Life

Meanwhile on Instagram: Photographer Ronny Sen trains his lens on urban crows

Kolkata-based photographer Ronny Sen has a special affinity with city crows

Honda recalls 22,834 cars across various models in India to rectify faulty airbags
Business

Honda recalls 22,834 cars across various models in India to rectify faulty airbags

According to Honda, the recall will affect 510 units of the premium sedan Accord, 22,084 units of City, and 240 units of Jazz.

Watch: Mumbai's once iconic 'Padmini' taxis near the end of the road
Life

Watch: Mumbai's once iconic 'Padmini' taxis near the end of the road

Now, entering 2018, the number of Padminis on the streets of Mumbai couldn't be more than 200-300, and the number continues to drop at an increasingly fast pace. According to the government's rule, by 2020, no Padmini will be allowed to ply on the streets.

Delhi Congress to launch anti-GST campaign to raise awareness on adverse effects of tax scheme
India

Delhi Congress to launch anti-GST campaign to raise awareness on adverse effects of tax scheme

The Delhi Congress will launch a week-long anti-GST campaign on 30 July at all the major markets of the city, intensifying its agitation against the "wrong implementation" of the new tax regime, it said on Monday

Premier League: Pep Guardiola accepts Manchester City 'far away' from Champions League
Sports

Premier League: Pep Guardiola accepts Manchester City 'far away' from Champions League

"Manchester City are far away (from winning the Champions League)," said Pep Guardiola. "Not in terms of the quality, in terms of how they play situations."

Aleppo evacuation suspended amid dispute over villages
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World

Aleppo evacuation suspended amid dispute over villages | Reuters

By Laila Bassam, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and John Davison | ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT The evacuation of the last opposition-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo was suspended on Friday after pro-government militias demanded that wounded people should also be brought out of two Shi'ite villages being besieged by rebel fighters.The second day of the operation to take fighters and civilians out of Aleppo's rebel enclave ground to a halt amid recriminations from all sides after a morning that had seen the pace of the operation pick up.Aleppo had been divided between government and rebel areas in the nearly six-year civil war, but a lightning advance by the Syrian army and its allies that began in mid-November deprived the insurgents of most of their territory in a matter of weeks.Russia said the Syrian army had established control over all districts of eastern Aleppo although government troops were suppressing isolated areas where rebel fighters continued to resist.Rebel sources accused pro-government Shi'ite militias of opening fire on buses carrying evacuees from east Aleppo. Road blocks went up and a bus convoy was forced to turn back.Rebels in eastern Aleppo went on high alert after pro-government forces prevented civilians from leaving and deployed heavy weaponry on the road out of the area, a Syrian rebel commander in the city said.A Syrian official source said the evacuation was halted because rebels had sought to take out people they had abducted with them, and they had also tried to take weapons hidden in bags. This was denied by Aleppo-based rebel groups.

WIDER IMAGE - Railway to nowhere shows Brazil's infrastructure woes
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World

WIDER IMAGE - Railway to nowhere shows Brazil's infrastructure woes | Reuters

By Leonardo Goy | SALGUEIRO, Brazil SALGUEIRO, Brazil The rusting tracks of Brazil's Transnordestina railway peter out and give way to a dirt trail in a remote corner of the country's arid northeast, far from the ports or farms it was meant to serve. No trains run on these tracks and the cleared path for one of Brazil’s most ambitious infrastructure projects is used only by local cars, and the odd stray cow.It was due to be delivered next month, but after 10 years of construction and 6 billion reais ($1.76 billion) of mostly public investment, the 1,700-km project is only half complete. As a new center-right government seeks billions of dollars in private investment for airports, roads and railways, the Transnordestina highlights the challenge of resolving Brazil's massive infrastructure problems, especially now that the worst recession in decades has battered its ability to finance public works.The railroad's future is in doubt as the new government is wary of sinking billions of reais more into a venture unlikely to offer a return on investment.That reluctance could be the death knell for a generation of grand projects meant to drive development, including an east-west railway in Bahia state and an oil refinery in Rio de Janeiro state that hemorrhaged public funds for years without ever being finished

Freed from Mosul, Iraqi brothers carry scars of Islamic State rule
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Freed from Mosul, Iraqi brothers carry scars of Islamic State rule | Reuters

By Patrick Markey | AL-DHIBANIYAH, Iraq AL-DHIBANIYAH, Iraq His right arm strapped with a tourniquet and numbed by anaesthetic, Azad Hassan sat before the crowd waiting for Islamic State militants to chop off his hand as a punishment.First, he had watch them do the same to his brother.Freed from Islamic State rule in Mosul by Iraqi forces who are fighting to recapture the city, the Hassan family bear more scars than most from two years under the jihadists' self-declared caliphate.The family tragedy parallels Mosul's own recent history, from its storming by Islamic State in 2014, and the imposition of the group's ultra-hardline rule in its de facto capital, to the Iraqi military campaign to retake it which has led to ferocious fighting in eastern districts.A dispute over flour deliveries brought the two brothers before an Islamic State court more than a year ago.

Indonesia police to boost security at Jakarta governor's blasphemy trial
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World

Indonesia police to boost security at Jakarta governor's blasphemy trial | Reuters

JAKARTA Indonesian police said on Monday they would deploy plainclothes officers to oversee security at the blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor, seen by many as a test of religious freedom in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.Members of Islamic groups are expected to rally outside the courthouse in central Jakarta on Tuesday, demanding that governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese Christian, who they claim insulted the Koran, be taken immeditely into custody under arrest.“The court has requested security for the judges, attendees and for the area in general,” said senior police official Martinus Sitompul. “Among them will be (plainclothes) personnel who will mingle in with attendees.”Purnama’s comments, made in late September, on his opponents’ use of the Koran in political campaigning has incensed many Muslim groups

Colombian Nobel Prize winner says a ray of hope for Syria, Sudan
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World

Colombian Nobel Prize winner says a ray of hope for Syria, Sudan | Reuters

By Alister Doyle | OSLO OSLO Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said an accord to end a 52-year civil war with Marxist rebels was a "ray of hope" for solving conflicts from Syria to South Sudan as he collected the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday.

Dozens killed in west Iraq air strike, MPs and medics say
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World

Dozens killed in west Iraq air strike, MPs and medics say | Reuters

BAGHDAD Air strikes killed dozens of people, including many women and children, in an Islamic State-held town near Iraq's western border with Syria on Wednesday, two parliamentarians and local hospital sources said.They said the air strikes hit a busy market in the town of Qaim, in Iraq's Anbar province, describing the incident as a massacre. The hospital sources said 55 civilians were killed, including 12 women and 19 children, in three air strikes.The bodies of eight militants were delivered to Qaim hospital morgue, the hospital sources said.Anbar lawmaker Ahmed al-Salmani also said 55 civilians were killed.