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Gandhi’s killer Godse ‘real patriot’ for some Hindu nationalists | Mahatma Gandhi News

Ashok Sharma has devoted his life to championing the deeds of an Indian “patriot”: not revered independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, but the man who shot him dead. Sharma is the custodian of a temple dedicated to Nathuram Godse, who on January 30, 1948, gunned down a figure celebrated the world over as an apostle of …

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Pakistani rupee plummets as markets adjust to removal of unofficial controls

The Pakistani rupee fell 9.6% against the dollar on Thursday, central bank data showed — the biggest one-day drop in over two decades — in a slump that may persuade the International Monetary Fund to resume lending to the country. The drop comes a day after foreign exchange companies removed a cap on the exchange …

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Pakistan’s rupee plunges as IMF says mission to visit next week | Business and Economy News

Pakistan is seeking $1.1bn from the fund, part of its $6bn bailout package, to avoid default. The Pakistani rupee has diverged to a historic low against the United States dollar after an exchange cap was lifted as the cash-strapped country seeks to unlock a vital bailout from the IMF. The Washington-based lender has yet to …

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Heavy snow causes havoc in Japan as cold snap sweeps through Asia

TOKYO, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Heavy snow blanketed wide swathes of Japan on Wednesday, snarling traffic, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, disrupting train travel and leaving at least one person dead. An unusually cold weather front and extreme low pressure systems set snow falling and strong winds blowing across Japan from Tuesday after causing havoc …

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Google makes changes to Android in India after antitrust setbacks | Business and Economy News

Implementation of these changes across the ecosystem will be a ‘complex process’, requiring ‘significant work’, it said. Google said on Wednesday it will allow device makers in India to license its individual apps for pre-installation and give an option to users to choose their default search engine, announcing sweeping changes to how it promotes its …

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India ban on BBC Modi documentary ‘imperils press freedom’ | Narendra Modi News

Several media watchdogs have condemned the Indian government’s decision to ban a BBC documentary critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and have criticized the use of emergency powers to prevent clips from being accessed or shared online in India. An adviser in India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Saturday said that Twitter and YouTube …

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