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Millions expected to throng Indian city for world’s largest religious festival

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) – Pilgrims from across the world are gathering in India for the Kumbh Mela, a heady mix of spirituality, politics and tourism that begins on Tuesday, garnering extra attention ahead of a general election in the Hindu-majority country this year. A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man looks on during a religious procession ahead of the “Kumbh Mela”, or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad, India, January 13, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis During the eight-week festival at Prayagraj in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh,…

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Hindu ascetics lead millions of Indians in holy bath, but politics weigh

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) – Millions of pilgrims began bathing on the first official day of India’s Kumbh Mela on Tuesday, the world’s largest religious festival where politics play an important role ahead of a general election later this year. Naga Sadhus or Hindu holy men take a dip during the first “Shahi Snan” (grand bath) at “Kumbh Mela” or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad, India, January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui During the eight-week festival at Prayagraj in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, up to 150…

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Kumbh Mela: Millions of Indians take holy dip

Image copyright Ankit Srinivas Millions of people have taken to the waters at the confluence of India’s sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers as part of the Kumbh Mela festival – humanity’s largest gathering. Officials told the BBC some 15m people bathed on Tuesday. They project about 120m visitors over 49 days. Hindus believe bathing at the rivers will cleanse their sins and bring salvation. The holy men were among the first procession to arrive early Tuesday. Sadhus – or ascetics – smeared ash on their bodies as they came out…

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Hindu ascetics lead millions of Indians in holy bath

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) – Millions of pilgrims began bathing on the first official day of India’s Kumbh Mela on Tuesday, the world’s largest religious festival where politics play an important role ahead of a general election this year. Naga Sadhus or Hindu holy men take a dip during the first “Shahi Snan” (grand bath) at “Kumbh Mela” or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad, India, January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui During the eight-week festival at Prayagraj in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, up to 150 million…

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Technology 

Millions of Chinese CVs exposed on cloud server

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Data on Chinese train travellers was reportedly stolen by hackers A database containing resumes of more than 200 million Chinese people has been found exposed online. Security firm Hackenproof said the “very detailed” information lacked even the most basic security protections. Names, mobile phone numbers, email addresses, education histories and many other personal details were included in the data trove. Analysis suggested the information was built up by “scraping” several Chinese job sites. Breach list Writing in a blog, Hackenproof research director Bob Diachenko said…

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Science 

Giant hi-tech tomato glasshouse set to produce millions of the fruit

One of the UK’s “most technologically-advanced” glasshouses is set to produce millions of tomatoes. Based just outside Ipswich in Suffolk, it houses 250,000 tomato plants and is capable of producing 150 million tomatoes a year. The glasshouse will eventually stretch for 1km (0.6 miles) in length, in a project costing £30m. The first crop of tomatoes from the site will hit supermarket shelves in February. Source link

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News Daily: MPs call for end to abuse, and England ‘needs millions of homes’

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Image copyright PA Anna Soubry: MPs write to Met Police chief over ‘Nazi’ abuse Conservative MP and prominent anti-Brexit campaigner Anna Soubry was called a “Nazi”, “scum” and a liar by protesters outside Parliament on Monday. Now more than 50 of her fellow MPs have written to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick expressing “serious concerns about the deteriorating public order and security situation”. The group, from different parties and including Remain and Leave supporters, says some protesters “have increasingly…

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UK ‘needs millions of homes to solve housing crisis’

Image copyright Getty Images/Matt Cardy Image caption The government says it plans to build 250,000 homes by 2022 The UK must build three million new social homes over 20 years to solve the “housing crisis”, a report says. Housing charity Shelter says upfront costs of £11bn a year could come from housing benefit savings by moving tenants from high-cost privately rented homes to social housing. Existing schemes such as Help-to-Buy are a less effective use of taxpayers’ money, the report claims. The government says providing “quality and fair social housing…

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Millions ‘will suffer without cash’

The UK risks “sleepwalking” into becoming a cashless society with millions of people disadvantaged as a result, a study has concluded. Banknotes and coins are a necessity for eight million people, according to the Access to Cash study. The report, authored by ex-financial ombudsman Natalie Ceeney, said a cash-free society would create problems for those in debt or living in rural areas. Last year, debit cards overtook cash as the UK’s most popular payment method. Debit card payments more popular than cash New £50 bank note ‘must recognise ethnic minorities’…

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Technology 

New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos

Image copyright Reuters Facebook has revealed that a software bug exposed the photos of up to 6.8 million users, including pictures they had not posted. It made the announcement a day after hosting its pop-up privacy experience “It’s Your Facebook” in New York’s Bryant Park. It said several third-party apps had access to “a broader set of photos than usual” for 12 days in September. The company said it would notify affected users. It is the latest in a series of data breaches at the social network, which has faced…

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