Google officially kills ‘Google Talk’

Google on Monday reportedly ended its support for its chat service Google Talk, also known as Gchat. According to reports, Google has asked all the GChat users to start using its Hangouts service. Notably, GChat was launched in August 2005 as a means of communication between Gmail users. However, Google has already started sidelining Google Talk since 2013 with the introduction of its Hangouts service. 

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Hyderabad lake spills toxic foam

The Ramakrishnapuram Lake in Hyderabad has reportedly started spilling clouds of noxious foam on Monday. The lake reportedly feeds the aquifer which serves drinking water to the residents of 14 different colonies. Notably, Bengaluru's Bellandur and Varthur lakes gained notoriety after they started spewing toxic foam on February.

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Pakistan starts issuing third gender passports

According to reports, Pakistan’s Interior Ministry has issued the country’s first passport with the transgender designation. By the new rule, transgenders in Pakistan have been allowed to identify themselves with "X" under the sex category in all the official documents. Notably, this move comes after Human Rights Watch announced that Pakistan saw a surge of violence against transgender woman in 2016.

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AB de Villiers likely to retire from Test cricket

South African limited-overs skipper AB de Villiers is reportedly planning to retire from Test cricket in order to extend his career until 2019 World Cup. According to reports, the 33-year-old cricketer is said to have informed Cricket South Africa about his plan last year. Notably, de Villiers had earlier sustained elbow injury and missed New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka Test series. 

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8-year-old shoots sis dead while playing with dad's pistol

According to reports, an 8-year-old boy in Madhya Pradesh allegedly shot his sister, while he was playing with their father's licensed pistol. The boy was playing with his 10-year-old sister when he picked up their father's gun and accidentally pulled the trigger. The bullet hit the girl who died on the spot, a police official said.

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AIADMK MLA accuses Sasikala camp of bribing

According to reports, A Manohar, AIADMK MLA from the Vasudevanallur constituency, has alleged that some people contacted him via telephone and offered him money to switch over to the V K Sasikala faction ahead of the trust vote. Manohar also reportedly said, "I was only one of the few MLAs who did not go to Koovathur."

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Vodafone offers free Netflix subscription for select customers

British telecom major Vodafone has reportedly started offering free Netflix subscription for one year for its postpaid customers. According to reports, the customers who had opted for Vodafone RED plans worth Rs 1,299 or higher can avail this offer. Notably, the customers need to visit Vodafone’s official website on SMS ‘Netflix’ to 199 to activate the plan.

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Man thrashed by Tirumala security guards dies

A 56-year-old Thota Padmanabham who was allegedly thrashed by security personnel of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam has succumbed to his injuries on Sunday. According to reports, Padmanabham was beaten by security guards for standing in the ladies queue. Notably, relatives of the victim staged a protest on Monday at the mortuary of the hospital.

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Court quashes petition to stop water supply from Thamirabarani

Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has reportedly quashed a petition seeking to stop the supply of water from Thamirabarani river to private companies including Coca-Cola and Pepsi. According to reports, the petition was filed after Madras High Court lifted the stay restraining the companies from using the water of the river.

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US govt approves $2 billion drone deal with India

The US government has reportedly cleared the sale of its 'Predator Guardian' drones to India. According to reports, the deal is valued over 2 billion USD. Notably, the approval was announced after US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to deepen their defence and security cooperation.

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Honda working on 2018 Amaze

Japanese automaker Honda is reportedly working on second-generation Amaze and is planning to launch it in 2018. According to reports, the new Amaze is said to sport a 1.5 diesel motor, an updated infotainment system and a console for climate control. Notably, Honda is expected to unveil the sedan at Auto Expo in Greater Noida next year.

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Club ousts woman for wearing traditional attire

Tailin Lyngdoh, a 51-year-old woman from Meghalaya, was reportedly asked to leave the Delhi Golf Club because of her attire. Notably, Lyngdoh was wearing her traditional Khasi attire 'jainsem'. Lyngdoh was invited to the club by Dr Nivedita Barthakur, an honorary advisor to Assam government. Following the incident, Barthakur tweeted that this is "an example of North Indian bigotry, chauvinism and ignorance". The tweet has gone viral.

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China accuses India of entering its territory

China on Monday reportedly accused Indian border guards of crossing into its territory via Sikkim. The move comes after China suspended its official pilgrimages at the Nathu La Pass. Notably, the Nathu La Pass lies on the frontier between Sikkim state and Tibet. China defence ministry also issued a statement saying, “ We hope India won't do anything to complicate the border".

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Congress may skip GST special session

According to reports, the Congress is mulling over the option to skip the special Parliament event on the midnight of June 30. Notably, the event was planned to roll out the Goods and Services Tax (GST). However, the official word is yet to be announced. Notably, the GST was envisaged during the UPA regime. But, Congress has expressed reservations about the GST bill brought out by the BJP-led NDA regime accusing it of not giving breathing space for small traders.

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Huge bribes paid for gutkha sale in Tamil Nadu: Report

The Income-Tax department had reportedly seized a ledger on 2016 during a raid on the premises of a leading gutkha manufacturer in Chennai. According to reports, the ledger lists an alleged payout of almost Rs. 40 crore to a Tamil Nadu Minister and top officials of the state. The Income-Tax department is reportedly awaiting a response to a letter written to the Tamil Nadu government seeking further investigation.

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US court partially reinstates travel ban

The US Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated Donald Trump's controversial travel ban. This ban will allow the US government to deny entry to citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries. According to reports, the court said that the ban could be imposed on travellers from those countries "who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." The full revision of this ban is announced to happen on this October. Meanwhile, Trump has claimed it as a "victory for national security".

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Journalist shares photo of Hindu, Muslim praying in Dargah

In what can be seen as an act of religious diversity, a Delhi-based photojournalist on Monday shared a photograph showing a Hindu and a Muslim praying at Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah. He reportedly posted the picture in a tweet, with the caption "A Hindu Posture of Praying, right, and a Muslim Posture of Praying left at the Sufi Shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya in Delhi."

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Disneyland map designed by Walt Disney himself sold for $708k

According to a report by Forbes, the original Disneyland map designed by Walt Disney has been sold for $708,000 at an auction in Los Angeles on Sunday. Reportedly, this makes it the most expensive Disneyland map ever sold. The map which created by Walt Disney and Herb Ryman was hand-inked and hand-coloured and was used to secure initial funding for the first Disney theme park in Anaheim in 1953.

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Kumble's departure has left a void in Indian cricket team: Bangar

Former Indian all-rounder and batting coach of the national side, Sanjay Bangar, has revealed that there is a void in the team after coach Anil Kumble's resignation but also added that the team was coping well. "We are professionals, and such things are part and parcel of any organisation where changes happen. The support staff and the players have shown a lot of professionalism in compartmentalising the issues," said Bangar.

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Imad Wasim becomes top bowler in T20Is, Bumrah in second

In the latest MRF tyres, ICC T20I rankings for bowlers Pakistan’s ICC Champions Trophy-winning side’s member Imad Wasim took the first spot, while India’s Jasprit Bumrah jumped to second. This comes after South Africa’s number one ranked spinner Imran Tahir dropped to third after his poor series against England. Meanwhile, India’s Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch of Australia and Kane Williamson of New Zealand have retained the top three spots for batsmen respectively.

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