Centre seeks SC nod for PowerPoint presentation on Aadhaar

The Centre on Wednesday sought the Supreme Court’s permission to allow the CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for a PowerPoint presentation on Aadhaar scheme in the court to allay concerns. Chief Justice Dipak Misra, hearing a number of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and its enabling Act, said he…

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Kidnapped schoolgirls ‘freed in Nigeria’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The girls were taken from a boarding school in Dapchi, Yobe state, in February The majority of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by militants from the town of Dapchi last month have been returned, the government says. Nigeria's Ministry of Information says 76 of the 110 schoolgirls were brought back in…

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A non-BJP, non-Congress coalition: Back to Front?

A third front is, by definition, destined for the third place. In its very formation, such a coalition concedes the dominance of the other two players. When Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao mooted a non-BJP, non-Congress ‘federal’ front, he was already defining the alliance negatively, in terms of its opponents rather than as a…

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Accord under strain — on Columbia peace pact

Colombia’s presidential election, due in May 2018, will have a bearing on the fragile peace accord of 2016 that ended one of the longest civil wars in history. The result of the parliamentary election held this month has framed the stiff challenge the pro-peace parties face. The accord between the Colombian security forces and the…

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Need a new team to root for? We got you

Your bracket busted? Of course it is! Have you seen the chaos this 2018 bracket has exacted on America? Well, like me, your cousin, your uncle and your best friend, you're probably (definitely) looking for a new team to cheer for, since your original champion is done. ESPN's help desk is here (tub of ice…

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Ocean plastic could treble in decade

Image copyright SPL The amount of plastic in the ocean is set to treble in a decade unless litter is curbed, a major report has warned. Plastics is just one issue facing the world's seas, along with rising sea levels, warming oceans, and pollution, it says. But the Foresight Future of the Sea Report for…

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US officer charged in unarmed woman ‘murder’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mohamed Noor has not spoken to investigators about the shooting US prosecutors have laid a murder charge against a policeman who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman. Officer Mohamed Noor, 32, turned himself in over the death of Justine Damond in Minneapolis, prosecutors said. He is accused of…

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