Benefits of Railways’ new Vikalp scheme

Indian Railways, on Wednesday, launched the new Vikalp scheme to help passengers in waiting list. According to reports, the wait-listed passengers could travel in other trains, including Rajdhani and Shatabdi, on same routes  at regular fares under this scheme. Notably, the accommodation will be confirmed in the next train if the passengers choose Vikalp while reserving tickets.

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Quinton de Kock likely to withdraw from IPL 2017

South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock is reportedly suffering a finger injury and is expected to withdraw from IPL 2017. According to reports, de Kock, who had signed to Delhi Daredevils, injured his right index finger during the second Test against New Zealand at Wellington. Notably, another Daredevils player Duminy had earlier withdrawn from the tournament.

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ISIS claims UK parliament terror attack: Reports

ISIS has reportedly claimed the terror attack at the UK Parliament which happened on Wednesday. "The perpetrator of yesterday's attack in front of the British parliament was a soldier of the Islamic State and the operation was carried out in response to calls to target coalition countries," Amaq said citing a "security source", an agency linked to the organization.

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Virat Kohli skips batting session due to injury

India captain Virat Kohli reportedly skipped his batting during the practice session due to his shoulder injury at Dharamsala on Thursday. Kohli injured his right shoulder while fielding in the 3rd Test against Australia in Ranchi and did not take the field until he came out to bat. According to reports, the Indian physio has asked Kohli not to exert too much pressure on his hurt shoulder.

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Airtel to buy Tikona's 4G business for Rs 1,600 crore

Telecom giant Airtel has reportedly said that they will buy Indian Internet service provider Tikona’s 4G business for rs 1600 crore on Thursday. The deal includes the acquisition of Tikona's Broadband Wireless Access spectrum and 350 sites in five telecom circles. Airtel has planned to roll out high-speed 4G services on the newly acquired spectrum in the five circles immediately after they sign the deal. Notably, Airtel has been named as the fastest network in India.

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Dhoni finally speaks about 2019 World Cup

Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has reportedly spoken about the possibility of playing 2019 World Cup. According to reports, the 35-year-old cricketer, in a promotional event, has said that he could easily go beyond the 2019 World Cup if he plays in same way he does now. Notably, Dhoni also added that a lot can happen in two years.

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Royal Enfield Continental GT750 to be launched

Indian motorcycle brand Royal Enfield brand is gearing up to launch its next model Continental GT750 as the bike was spotted testing in the UK. The new Royal Enfield motorcycle will be powered by a 750 cc parallel-twin engine, which is expected to make around 45-50 bhp power, while peak torque is expected to be in the vicinity of 60-65 Nm. Continental GT750 is said to be launched by May.

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Bloomberg released it's 2017 World Heath index

Bloomberg released it's 2017 World Heath index. Italy reportedly has been named the healthiest country by the index. The index graded 163 countries based on variables such as life expectancy, causes of death and health risks such as high blood pressure, malnutrition etc.

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12-year-old from Kerala booked for fathering a child

A 12-year-old boy from Ernakulam, Kerala has reportedly fathered a child with a 16-year-old. The boy has been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The boy is suspected to have a medical condition called “precocious puberty,” in which a child attains puberty at a much earlier age.

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Migrant crisis is the 'biggest tragedy': Pope

Speaking at the St Peter's Square, Pope Francis on Wednesday described Europe's refugee and migrant crisis as the biggest tragedy since the Second World War. The Pontiff also reportedly urged Europeans to do more help to the migrants. Pope Francis is also expected to bring up the migrant crisis when he addresses the European Union leaders in the coming week.

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Oppo F3 Plus launched in India

Oppo has reportedly launched its 'Selfie Expert' smartphone Oppo F3 Plus at an event in New Delhi on Thursday. The smartphone will be the first in the company's lineup to sport a dual selfie camera setup. The smartphone sports a 16 MP main camera and an 8 MP sub-camera as its main highlight. Oppo F3 Plus has a 6-inch full-HD display, Snapdragon 653 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and also offers 64GB of internal storage. Priced at Rs. 30,990, the first sale of F3 Plus begins on April 1 across India and will also be available on Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal.

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Scientists use graphene to power 'electronic skin'

Researchers at the University of Glasgow's School of Engineering have developed a way to use graphene, an ultra-thin form of carbon, to generate electricity via solar power. Graphene, which is just one atom thick, is strong, highly flexible, electrically conductive and transparent, making it ideal for gathering the sun's energy to generate power.

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Dharamshala pitch to assist fast bowlers: HPCA curator

Sunil Chauhan, the chief pitch curator of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association on Thursday, revealed that the pitch for the fourth Test between India and Australia would reportedly assist fast bowlers. Speaking to the press, he said, “The conditions here are such that you cannot deny the fact that Pacers will get assistance in this wicket. But yes, all I can say is that it will not be as excessive as witnessed during domestic matches in the winters. The weather has eased out slightly, and you can expect controlled movement.” Notably, India faces Australia in the final Test at Dharamshala, with the series tied at 1-1.

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Muslims should support construction of Ram temple: Swamy

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday reportedly said the Muslim community must support the construction of the Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. Swamy reportedly said Ram mandir can only be built at one place in Ayodhya where the structure of a temple was found at the disputed site following an investigation by the Archaeological Survey of India. Swamy also stated, “we would too follow the step taken by the erstwhile Rajiv Gandhi government in the Shah Bano case”, if the Muslim community is not ready for an “amicable solution”.

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Glenn Maxwell's future is far from secure: Clarke

Retired Australian captain Michael Clarke has asserted that the future of all-rounder Glenn Maxwell in Australia’s Test side is far from secure if skipper Steve Smith does not consider him as a regular spin bowling action. Notably, Maxwell on his return to the Australian Test team scored his maiden Test century against India in the third Test in Ranchi.  

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LG launches Stylus 3 smartphone

LG on Thursday introduced the 'Stylus 3' smartphone in India. The Stylus 3 was first showcased at the CES 2017. As its name suggests, the Stylus 3 comes with a stylised 'stylus'. Other than that, Stylus 3 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek processor supported by a 3GB RAM. Camera wise, the handset sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera. LG Stylus 3 is comparatively priced at Rs. 18,500.

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