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Day: January 2, 2017

Why the bride always stands on the left side of the groom
ENGLISH, Life Style

Why the bride always stands on the left side of the groom

    There are a lot of decisions to be made about weddings. The dress, the theme, the venue, the food, whether or not to invite Uncle Jim who caused an unforgettable scene at the last family get-together when the bar tab ran out. The one thing you probably don’t even think about? Which side of the altar/priest/celebrant you’ll stand at while you say your vows. Typically the groom will always stand on the right, with the bride on their left – and no, it’s not because it’s his or her better side in photos. While it may seem trivial, the reason why this is the standard position dates back to hundreds of years ago - and it's not exactly romantic. According to The Knot, the practice dates back to the times of "marriage by capture", which yes, was as horrible as it sounds. It involv...
To use of religion, seeking votes for unacceptable: The Supreme Court of India
Asia, ENGLISH

To use of religion, seeking votes for unacceptable: The Supreme Court of India

    The Supreme Court of India on Monday said that seeking votes on the basis of caste, community, religion or language is illegal. A constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Justice T.S. Thakur by a 4:3 majority passed the order on the basis of Section 123 (3) of the Representation of People’s Act. The dissenting judgment was delivered by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit. The relationship between man and god is an individual choice. The state is forbidden to have allegiance to such an activity, the bench said. Myanmar’s government on Monday pledged to investigate a video apparently showing police beating and kicking Rohingya civilians, a rare admission that authorities may have carried out abuses against the Muslim mi...
Former atheist Mark Zuckerberg gets religion
ENGLISH, Technology

Former atheist Mark Zuckerberg gets religion

    Zuckerberg, whose Facebook profile once identified him as an atheist, revealed his change of heart on his social media network after he wished everyone on Dec. 25 a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Priscilla, Max, Beast and me, referring to his wife, daughter and dog. When a commenter asked him, Aren’t you an atheist? he responded: No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important. He didn’t provide details about his faith. The title of his holiday greeting on Facebook was celebrating Christmas. He and wife Priscilla Chan met with Pope Francis at the Vatican last summer and discussed how to bring communication technology to the world’s poor. Zuckerberg said at the time that he was impress...
Spy planes at the mercy of Donald Trump over US deal with Boeing
America, ENGLISH

Spy planes at the mercy of Donald Trump over US deal with Boeing

    Britain is relying on Donald Trump for new RAF spy planes to hunt Russian submarines lurking off the UK coast, we can reveal. Fresh fears were raised over the country’s defences after the Mirror discovered jets to protect Royal Navy ships and subs have not even been ordered. The Ministry of Defence claimed in July it had confirmed the deal to purchase nine P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft. But the planes are being bought through the US government - and it will not sign a contract with manufacturer Boeing until the new year. That leaves the deal at the mercy of the incoming President, who has already clashed with the aviation giant building the jets. UK defence sources admitted the contract “for the 8th US Production Lot, which will include the UK’s initial aircraft, ...
Modi thanks to India for its patience over demonetization
Asia, ENGLISH

Modi thanks to India for its patience over demonetization

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi promoted digital payments at a special event in the Indian capital on Dec. 30, 2016. Addressing the nation on New Year's Eve, Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended the scrapping of high-value banknotes in November in a crackdown on untaxed wealth, corruption, and counterfeit currency, and said that a lack of cash causes difficulty but too much "is even more troublesome". A day after the expiry of the 50-day deadline to deposit the banned 500- ($7.35) and 1000-rupee denominations in banks, Modi used a televised speech on Saturday night to thank India's 1.25 billion people for their patience, discipline, and resolve. He said these "will play a critical role in shaping the future of the nation for years to come". Modi's unannounced demonetizat...