4 transgenders worship at Sabarimala

Sabarimala, Dec. 19: Four transgenders, who were earlier stopped from proceeding towards the Lord Ayyappa temple on Tuesday offered prayers at the hill shrine under a heavy police security cover. Ananya, Trupti, Renjumol and Avanthika, clad in traditional black sarees and carrying the customary “Irrumudikettu”(sacred offerings to the deity), were escorted by police from Nilackal
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New Delhi, Dec. 19: India for the fourth time deferred the deadline to impose retaliatory customs duties on 29 US products, including almond, walnut and pulses, by another 45 days, the government has said. According to a notification by the finance ministry, the implementation of the duty hike has been postponed until January 31, 2019.
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Jerusalem : Online bookings platform Airbnb has denied a claim by Israel’s tourism minister that it had reversed a decision to stop listing accommodation in settlements in the occupied West Bank. Tourism minister Yariv Levin had said on his Facebook page that the firm “will not enforce its decision to withdraw proposed bookings from its
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Washington : The United States praised the restoration of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe controversially replaced by a former strongman in October and voiced eagerness to work with him. “We are pleased that the leadership in Sri Lanka has resolved the political crisis of the past several weeks in accordance with constitutional norms and
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Gurgaon : Four-feet wide hole appeared at the Rampura flyover on National Highway 8 in Gurgaon. The flyover between Kherki Daula toll plaza and IMT Manesar, was opened last year by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to ease traffic congestion on the strect leading to Maneser. “We have received information about a hole
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Tokyo : Japan adopted new defense guidelines Tuesday that include plans for its first aircraft carrier and increases in spending and weapons capability in coming years, citing the need to counter potential threats from North Korea and China. The guidelines approved at a Cabinet meeting call for refitting an existing helicopter carrier into a ship
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Mumbai : The death toll in the blaze at a Mumbai hospital Tuesday rose to eight, with two more persons succumbing to injuries overnight, civic officials said. A five-month-old baby girl was among the deceased at the fire at the government-run ESIC Kamgar hospital Monday. “Altogether 176 persons, including three firemen, are now being treated
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Mumbai Pune : Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reaching here on a day’s visit to Maharashtra in which he will launch infrastructure and housing projects worth about Rs 41,000 crore in the state, officials said. Soon after landing at Mumbai, Modi will attend an event organised by a TV channel and later release the book
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Beijing : President Xi Jinping vowed Tuesday to push ahead with China”s “reform and opening up” but warned that no one can “dictate” what it does, as the Communist Party celebrated the policy’s 40th anniversary. “No one is in a position to dictate to the Chinese people what should or should not be done,” Xi
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New Delhi, Dec. 17: The proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were disrupted for the fifth consecutive day today over the Rafale jet deal and Cauvery issues, leading to adjournment of the House for the day. Lok Sabha also adjourned till 2 pm amid uproar by Opposition members over various issues including Rafale and Cauvery issues
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