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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh was a parched land for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for 14 long years. Ever since the then Chief Minister Rajnath Singh lost the plot in the 2003 state assembly elections, the saffron party found itself on the sidelines of the country's politically most crucial state.

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court dealt with 'hostile' high court judge C S Karnan and the issue of trust deficit among its judges in 2017 and delivered historic verdicts like banning triple talaq and gifting citizens the most cherished fundamental right of privacy.

The year also saw a judgement in the J Jayalalithaa graft case whereby her close aide Sasikala Natarajan was convicted and put behind bars which virtually created political upheavals in Tamil Nadu and a spilt in the AIADMK.

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Khoda (UP): Ten years ago, when three women walked into Shabnam's one-roomed home here one afternoon, her six- and seven-year-old daughters, Sana and Shaima, were school dropouts. They were attending a nearby madrassa as the family could not afford their school uniforms.

Back then, Shabnam did not know that the visit by the three women would change the lives of her daughters.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Watching a snake slither close by can be scary for many but not for 33-year old J R Raji for whom catching the reptiles is child's play. 

Be it a hissing Cobra or poisonous viper or deadly python, Raji is never in fear as she is known to handle them with aplomb. 

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Louvre Abu Dhabi adds a new feather to the UAE capital's cap

In a skyline dotted with tall towers and glitzy glass cladding, this structure would appear modest and 'low' profile, but then it is not the building but its art that has to stand out as its architect, Jean Nouvel would say. “I wanted to create a neighbourhood of art, rather than a building” he said.

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Bengaluru: In a country where quality healthcare remains a privilege of the rich and influential, a silent army of women, clad in pink sarees, work tirelessly and selflessly to make basic healthcare facilities accessible to those who live on the margins of the growing Indian economy, particularly in the country's vast rural hinterland.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Is there any airport in the world which closes its runway and reschedules flight operations for a centuries-old temple procession to pass?

The international airport in Kerala's capital may be the only one of its kind which has been stopping flight operations and rearranging flight schedules twice every year for several decades as part of the annual festivals of the famed Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple here.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Eminent filmmaker I V Sasi, who died in Chennai on Tuesday, has left behind a legacy of blockbusters as well as revolutionary films which captured the imagination of cinema lovers.

Sasi, 69, dominated the Malayalam film scene for four decades, since 1970s with a wide variety of films through his close association with veteran writers like Jnanpith laureate M T Vasudevan Nair, late T Damodaran and P Padmarajan.

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Hyderabad: Calligraphy may be dying in an increasingly digitalised world, but the sheer love of the art has attracted a Japanese girl to India.

At a time when very few youngsters are taking to Arabic/Urdu calligraphy, Yuko Takaji took up the pen and is learning the intricacies of the art from Muqtar Ahmed, a Bengaluru-based calligrapher.

For someone born and brought up in Tokyo, Urdu is an alien language, but the 32-year-old speaks it with a fluency few can match even in the subcontinent.

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Azamgarh (UP): Abu Osama, an alumnus of Madrasatul Islah, one of the oldest Islamic seminaries in this region, believed that after graduating from a madrassa he would not be able to compete in the modern world. He soon realised he was wrong.

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