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In Kashmir, two women combat menstrual taboo, unhygienic practices

Kupwara, (Jammu And Kashmir) , Oct 18 Growing up in a society that stigmatises menstruation, two women social entrepreneurs in this border village of Jammu and Kashmir are battling the taboos attached to what is a routine biological process. They are not only creating awareness but also manufacturing and selling sanitary napkins to help poorer women who cannot afford branded products.

Festive cheer eludes realty sector

New Delhi

Much against the expectations of the real estate sector, this year's festive season is turning out to be somewhat disappointing for property developers as aspiring home buyers are extra cautious about investments in the backdrop of the slowing economy and unstable realty sector, hit by the short-term impact of the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) and the Goods & Services Tax (GST).

Labour reforms the antidote to India's perpetual job crisis

New Delhi The lack of jobs is beginning to haunt the Modi government. The Reserve Bank of India's recent Consumer Confidence Survey shows that public perception is also beginning to take account of the fact that there are no jobs available in the economy. According to the survey, 43.7 percent of responders felt that the employment situation had worsened as compared to 31.9 percent a year ago.

Pranab admits eyeing PM's post, was reluctant to work under Manmohan

New Delhi , Oct 18
Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi

Former President Pranab Mukherjee expected to be chosen as Prime Minister on two occasions -- first in 2004 when the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) came to power, and later in 2012 ahead of the Presidential election, he writes in his latest book "Coalition Years: 1996-2012".

Kerala CM rules out pre-poll alliance with Congress

New Delhi , Oct 17
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

A pre-poll alliance with the Congress is ruled out, says Kerala Chief Minister and CPI-M leader Pinarayi Vijayan, who appears not to completely rule out a tactical tie-up with it after the 2019 general elections to check the BJP.

German football model is a lesson for India

New Delhi
Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
It's an administrative triumph that India is hosting the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. It will be an inspiration for the youth and children to adopt and excel in the most popular sport of the world. This event is the first step in the right direction to realise India's immense potential in the sport -- but there's a long way to go.

When Pranab riled Sonia Gandhi by meeting Bal Thackeray

New Delhi , Oct 16
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Congress President Sonia Gandhi was upset with Pranab Mukherjee for meeting with late Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray, despite being advised by her against doing so before his election as President of India in 2012, the third volume of his autobiography has revealed.