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Hyderabad: Homeless beggars, ragpickers and labourers sitting with plates on a mat are waiting under a flyover. As the clock strikes 12.30 pm, a slim man appears on the scene and starts serving hot rice and dal.

Dabeerpura flyover in the old city has been witnessing this every day since 2012 and not a single day goes without the hungry gathering there for lunch or the man not serving them food. Meet Syed Osman Azhar Maqsusi, who works with unflinching zeal to satiate the hunger of the needy with apt slogan 'hunger has no religion'.

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The MET department can forecast the ‘severe’ storms to be hitting the skies, but, alas, there isn’t a department that can broadcast the storms to be hitting our lives.

Yes, I’m more than hinting at the communal polarization made by the RSS along a certain set agenda. It gets clear that the Right Wing wants to dent if not kill the very existence of the largest minority community of India-  the Musalman of Hindustan. 

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New Delhi: A social group pushing for a change in the driving licence application form to allow an applicant to pledge for his/her organ donation has welcomed the government move on this, saying awareness and easy process will encourage people to donate organs.

The Union Ministry of Road Transport in an advisory last month had asked all Regional Transport Offices (RTO) across the country to add a column in the application form for Driving Licence (DL), so that an applicant could express his willingness to donate organs.

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London: In a study that could lead to new generation of micro-robots inspired by mature, scientists have unlocked the secrets of how some predatory spiders catch their prey while hunting by successfully training one to jump different distances and heights for the first time.

Researchers from the University of Manchester in Britain trained the spider, which they nicknamed Kim, to jump different heights and distances on a manmade platform in a laboratory environment. 

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A Review of 'Shifting Paradigms In Public Health: From Holism to Individualism' by Dr. Vijay Kumar Yadavendu 

(ISBN 978-81-322-1643-8, Springer, New Delhi, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht and London, 2013).

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Book: Sedition In Liberal Democracies; Author: Anushka Singh; Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pages: 391; Price: Rs 995

This recent offering sets out to examine the relationship between liberal democracies and sedition. At the onset, the author traces the history of sedition laws and then goes on to examine it in the context of free speech and democratic ethics. Comparisons are then made between her findings from fieldwork in Haryana, Maharashtra and Delhi -- and perspectives from England, the US and Australia.

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London: Think twice before taking painkillers during pregnancy as researchers have found that they could affect the fertility of the unborn child in later life.

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A woman said recently that her dead husband had returned to their home reincarnated as a young cow.

It behaves just like him, said Khim Hang, 74, from the Kratie province of Cambodia, without going into detail. Sounds legit. Since cows divide their time between eating, pooping and sleeping, you can totally see they can remind people of married men.

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Kollam: Cross-dressing is generally not received well, but at the Kottankulangara Devi temple at Chavara near here, it's different -- hundreds of men cutting across religions dress up like women as part of a traditional ritual to please the deity and get their wishes fulfilled.

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Alappuzha: Standing atop a wall, 37-year-old Sabu Vijayan, an Alappuzha municipality sanitation worker, was singing as he used a long metal pipe to break a thick layer of waste floating on the two-metre-wide canal below him.

The greenish-black water of the canal was hidden beneath the layer of plastic bottles and plastic bags filled with waste -- a small green plant with three leaves had grown over it.

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