Write suicide note for homework: UK teacher

An English teacher in the UK reportedly asked over 60 teenage students to draft a suicide note for homework as part of a class assignment on Shakespeare's play Macbeth. The incident forced the school's Headmistress to issue an apology after it sparked an outrage among parents who branded the assignment as "absolutely disgusting" and "insensitive".

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Banks have no liability for loss of valuables in lockers: RBI

According to an RTI response by RBI, public sector banks cannot be held responsible in case of theft of valuables from lockers. Banks have contended that the relationship they have with customers with regard to lockers is that of a lessee and lessor, in which lessors are responsible for their valuables kept in lockers owned by banks.

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After Jaipur, Pakistan Police trolls Bumrah for no-ball

Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah was reportedly trolled by Pakistan's Faisalabad Police for his no-ball in the Champions Trophy final. Faisalabad Police shared the poster with the same message which Jaipur Traffic Police had shared for road safety. The poster showed Bumrah overstepping, with the caption, "Don't cross the line. You know it can be costly." However, Bumrah was trolled by Jaipur government a few days before.

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Avoid drinking with non-doctors: Medical association

According to reports, the Indian Medical Association has formulated a new alcohol policy for all its members, directing its members to refrain from drinking with "non-doctors" and become "brand ambassadors of health" for society. It also said alcohol shouldn't be served at IMA meetings and advised a "safe limit" for alcohol consumption. IMA also advised doctors to adopt 'practice what you preach' policy.

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ISRO-made chips to alert people at unmanned rail crossings

Indian Space Research Organisation has reportedly developed chips on the train which will help people while crossing the unmanned level crossings of railway lines. According to reports, people will be warned by hooters once a train approaches an unmanned level crossing as railways by the specially made chips. The satellite-based system will also be used for tracking trains for providing information about their movement on real time basis. On a pilot basis, Mumbai and Guwahati Rajdhani trains will be equipped with the system.

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Bihar aims to have dowry-free villages

According to reports, the Women's Development Corporation of Bihar is planning to run campaigns promoting 'dowry free villages' to train and motivate Panchayati Raj Institutions to take up the social cause. Its Managing Director said they will first train PRI representatives like mukhiyas, who will interact with local villagers. The villages or districts for the campaign's first phase are yet to be identified.

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NASA to launch CHESS rocket to find interstellar clouds

According to reports, National Aeronautics and Space Administration will be launching a CHESS rocket which will study interstellar clouds to provide information about star formation earlier stages on June 27. CHESS, which will fly for only 16 minutes, will study how much of any given wavelength of light is present. Scientists would then use the data to infer the kinds of atoms present in the interstellar clouds.

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Woman denied hotel room in Hyderabad for being single

According to reports, Nupur Saraswat, a 22-year-old NRI was denied a pre-booked room at a hotel in Hyderabad over a strange reason that she was a single woman traveller. "So, I am standing outside a hotel in Hyderabad which didn't let me stay because they realised I was a single lady even after confirming the online booking," Saraswat wrote on Facebook. However, according to a screenshot posted by her, the hotel's official policy reportedly stated “Single lady not allowed,” thus prompting her to question travel portal Goibibo on how her booking went through if the hotel in question did not allow single women.

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Man hospitalised after inserting 15 needles into his Penis

In what could only be seen as an utterly bizarre incident, a 35-year old man in China was admitted to the emergency room on June 20, after he had allegedly inserted 15 needles into his genitals. Reportedly, the man had been inserting the needles into his penis for over a year, and it was only recently that he started feeling discomfort. Further, the doctors performed an hour-and-a-half-long surgery to carefully remove all the needles, some of which measured 10cms out of the man’s genitals.

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Part of Poonamalle High Road to be made two way from mid-July

According to reports, the point between Gengu Reddy Subway and Ega Theatre junction on the Poonamallee High Road will be made two-way, as it was before the metro rail work. Reportedly, the two-way access to one of the busiest commuting road in the city will be effective from the second week of July. Notably, the route was made one way to accommodate metro rail tunnelling work.

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Cable car accident kills five

According to reports, five tourists have been killed after a tree fell between the two cable car towers and snapped the cable in Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. Initial reports suggest that several tourists have been stranded inside the cable cars. The cable car service has been stopped, and rescue operations are underway. More details are awaited.

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SBI chief earned only Rs 28 lakh compared to private banks

According to a report by the PTI, the basic remuneration of SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya was only Rs 28.9 lakh for the year 2016-17. However, her counterparts in private banks received a staggering basic salary when compared to Arundhati. While ICICI CEO Chanda Kochhar received Rs 2.66 crore, Axis Bank’s chief Shikha Sharma received Rs 2.7 crore as basic pay. Meanwhile, HDFC’s Managing Director Aditya Puri’s basic salary stood at a massive Rs 10 crore.

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Virat Kohli has no say on India's next coach: Vinod Rai

Vinod Rai, the head of SC appointed CoA has asserted that Indian skipper Virat Kohli will have no say on who the next coach of the Indian cricket team is. Further, he stated that the CAC comprising of Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar would be the ones to review the process. "CAC consists of three of our most talented and best cricketers. Their credibility, nobody has ever doubted. What we have done is we have enlarged the zone of consideration because we want to get a coach who is competent to train a team for the World Cup," he added.

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RJD leader alleges life threat after failing to defend Lalu on TV

According to reports, Sanoj Yadav, a leader of Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal, has alleged life threat after he failed to defend his party supremo in a TV debate. Sanoj had reportedly appeared on a TV debate during which he couldn't put up a defence for Lalu in the corruption and benami cases. Meanwhile, reports have revealed that he was allegedly beaten by Lalu's son later.

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ICC in plans to finalise Test, ODI leagues

According to a report by ESPNCricinfo, the ICC has worked out a viable schedule to accommodate a Test and ODI league between the members. The proposal, known as Option C, includes a rolling Test league to be introduced in 2019 and will see the top nine Test playing nations feature in 12 Test series over four years on a home-and-away basis. The proposal also includes an ODI league between the top 13 teams to be introduced from 2020, played over the next biennium. With this system, the member boards will retain autonomy regarding who they play, meaning which, an India-Pakistan series will not be a mandatory fixture.

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Aadhar not valid ID proof for travelling to Nepal, Bhutan: Govt

The Union Home Ministry on Sunday revealed that Aadhaar Card would not be considered as a valid ID proof for Indians travelling to Nepal and Bhutan. Further, Persons over 65 and below 15 can show any documents, excluding Aadhaar, with photographs to confirm their age identity. However, Indians between 16 and 64 years of age, can travel to Nepal and Bhutan without the need of visas if they possess a valid national passport or election ID card issued by the Election Commission.

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1.9 km-long pizza sets Guinness World Record

Pizzaovens.com, a US-based restaurant equipment company on Sunday managed to create the world's longest Pizza. According to reports, over 100 chefs cooked a pizza measuring a whopping 1,930 metres in length. Notably, the previous record for the longest pizza was 1,853.88 metres, which was achieved in Italy.

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14 Tamil fishermen arrested

The Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday reportedly arrested 14 Tamil fishermen. Notably, the Lankan Navy arrested eight Tamil fishermen from Nagapattinam on Saturday. According to reports, the fishermen have been arrested on charges of fishing in Sri Lankan waters. Those arrested are likely to be produced before Mannar court.

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Puri Jagannath annual Rath Yatra begins

The infamous annual yatra of Lord Jagannath from the temple in Puri, Odisha reportedly happened on Sunday. Notably, three new chariots have been created for the yatra of the Gods - Lord Jagannath and his siblings. According to reports, a congregation of about 10 lakh devotees participated in the yatra

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GST to create 1 lakh immediate jobs

According to reports, the new GST regime is expected to give a big boost to the job markets in India. Several reports also suggest that the implementation of the GST will create over one lakh immediate new employment opportunities, including in specialised areas like taxation, accounting and data analysis. Notably, the GST is scheduled to be rolled out from July 1.

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