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Jewelry Ad Featuring Interfaith Couple Sparks Outrage in India

An Indian jewelry brand withdrew an advertisement featuring an interfaith couple after Hindu nationalists accused the company of “love jihad,” a pejorative used to describe marriage between Muslim men and Hindu women in India.

The forty-three second ad, released last week, featured a pregnant woman in a sari, making her way through a luminous home to a garden prepared for her baby shower. The advertisement, since removed from Facebook and YouTube, was described by the jeweler, Tanishq, as a “beautiful confluence of two different religions, traditions and cultures,” reported the BBC. It was meant to promote a new jewelry collection called “Ekatvam,” a Sanskrit word that translates as “oneness.”

“Beautiful things happen when people come together,” reads a description on the company’s website, including the slogan: “The beauty of oneness. One as humanity. One as a nation.”

But on social media, the ad quickly created fault lines, and #BoycottTanishq soon

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India: Couple ties knot, 500 stray animals get wedding treat

Eureka Apta, an independent filmmaker, and his dentist wife, Joana, dedicated their wedding to a noble cause
Image Credit: Twitter/The New Indian Express

Recently, a couple in the Indian state of Odisha decided to have a unique wedding celebration. Instead of hosting a feast for friends and family, they arranged a special treat for nearly 500 stray animals to celebrate their big day. Social media users in India shared an October 11 news report, congratulating the couple.

Ever since Eureka Apta, a pilot-turned-filmmaker, and Joana, a dentist, started dating three years ago, they both discussed how to make their wedding special. The couple started saving money to donate for a charitable cause.

Earlier this year, the couple happened to visit an animal shelter, where the sight of disabled and abandoned hybrid animals moved 27-year-old Apta. He said: “Early this year, we rescued a dog which had met with an accident.

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Apple offers free AirPods as Diwali gift with iPhone 11 in India : The Tribune India

New Delhi, October 10

Apple Store Online in India has announced a Diwali offer where people buying an iPhone 11 will get an AirPods absolutely free in the country.

The popular AirPods (2nd generation) are powered by the all-new Apple H1 headphone chip and use optical sensors and motion accelerometers to detect when they’re in ear.

The Apple offer starts from October 17 when the country will enter a festive sale season.

The iPhone 11 currently starts from Rs 5,802 a month or Rs 49,300 with trade-in while AirPods begins from Rs 14,900.

The 6.1-inch iPhone 11, which is now being assembled by Foxconn at its Chennai manufacturing plant, introduces a powerful dual-camera system, fastest-ever A13 Bionic chip with third-generation neural engine and all-day battery life to help you with the most daunting tasks.

Featuring the toughest glass ever in a smartphone, iPhone 11 is rated IP68 for water resistance

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How returning to India changed the way I consume beauty

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If our skin is a reflection of our inner wellbeing, then caring for our skin should be inseparably entwined with caring for our overall health. My beauty journey began right before I moved to the United Kingdom roughly four years ago. I remember stepping into a Boots store for the first time, staring at the Elizabeth Arden aisle, attempting to make sense of what all the products do. I ended up buying an armful: a cleanser, a hydration spray, a few sheet masks, and a thick moisturising face cream.

I wasn’t certain of what I was getting into, yet the tiny progressions these products brought to my skin had me suddenly fixated on beauty and skincare. Not only did I began feeling great about my skin, but I felt more confident and optimistic from the inside as well as the outside.

Ever since that first transformative foray into the world

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Indian-origin couple pulls off unusual COVID-secure drive-in wedding : The Tribune India

London, October 7

An Indian-origin couple, keen not to delay their wedding plans despite a strict restriction on the number of guests allowed to assemble under England’s coronavirus lockdown rules, are celebrating this week after pulling off a first-of-its-kind drive-in wedding near London.

Londoners Roma Popat and Vinal Patel were originally due to get married on April 20 but when lockdown disrupted their plans, they discussed the concept of a drive-in wedding with their wedding coordinator, Saheli Events, almost as a tongue-in-cheek thought rather than a serious plan.

However, what began as a joke became a reality last Friday, when the couple were married in front of a small gathering of their immediate family with the ceremony being projected onto a big screen in a field next door to friends and family seated in more than 100 cars at Braxted Park in Chelmsford.

“We’re delighted with how both the wedding

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women

Opinion | Barkha Dutt: The Hathras rape and murder case reveals everything that’s rotten about India

At the capital’s Safdarjung Hospital, where I first met the victim’s family, her younger brother Sandeep told me: “We have struggled alone. My sister had just gone to fetch fodder for the cattle at home. We found her lying in a pool of blood with no clothes on.”

She fought valiantly to live. She had been lying strapped to a hospital bed for 14 days. Her limbs had been broken, and she was paralyzed. Her attackers used the scarf she was wearing to strangle her, and her tongue had been cut. The daughter of impoverished daily wagers, she was moved from town to town and from hospital to hospital. “Take me home” were her last words.

Her killing and its aftermath have shamed us into confronting all that is rotten in India’s system.

Initially, the media had mostly overlooked the horror, as it was fixated on the coverage of a

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A Portrait of a Market in India Run Solely by Women

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Trishna Mohanty shares a collection of images from Imphal, the capital city of Manipur.


Barely five feet tall and hunched over, Anjana Devi, who is in her 80s, bellows instructions at two men as they unload crates of fruits from a mini truck. All around her, hundreds of women — most of whom are over 60 — mirror her actions. Farm-fresh produce surrounds them. The air is full of heady aromas: incense and fermented fish, jasmine buds and pungent spices.

Every shopkeeper in sight is a woman. Collectively, around 5,000 of them here in the Indian state of Manipur constitute one of the largest markets run

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Protests Erupt in India Following Woman’s Death in Rape Case

(Bloomberg) — A series of rapes committed on women from India’s lowest castes are making national headlines across the South Asian nation of 1.3 billion, fueling street protests and social media outrage that’s put Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration under the spotlight.

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A 19-year-old woman from the Dalit caste — the lowest rung in Hinduism’s complex social hierarchy — died in a New Delhi hospital on Tuesday, two weeks after she was allegedly gang raped by upper caste men from her north Indian village. Her mutilated body was found by her mother in the fields of her village in Hathras, in Uttar Pradesh.

Anger was already simmering in the country over her death but it spilled onto the streets Wednesday and Thursday following news reports that local police cremated the woman’s body in the middle of the night without her family present. Network station NDTV showed her relatives

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