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Union minister Smriti Irani with husband Zubin at Amethi in April 2019 | ANI

In 2014, Smriti Irani told she’d be shot in Amethi, husband devised plan to save her — book

In 'Amethi Sangram: Aitihasik Jeet Ankahi Dastan', journalist Anant Vijay details BJP leader Smriti Irani's campaign in Gandhi pocket borough she succeeded in snatching from Congress.  
A file photo of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. | Photo: PTI

BJP wants to do an Amethi in Baramati but doesn’t have a Smriti Irani to defeat Pawar clan

BJP is confident of winning the Maharashtra assembly elections. But its hopes in Baramati are tenuously hanging on ‘outsider’ Gopichand Padalkar.

Serial party-hopper, ‘Raja of Amethi’ Sanjay Sinh says he quit Congress as it’s ‘headless’

Sanjay Sinh started with Congress in the 1980s, then moved to Janata Dal, then to the BJP. He was back to the Congress, which made him Rajya Sabha MP from Assam.

Sanjay Singh criticises Congress for being ‘unaware of future’, quits party to return to BJP

A member of the Amethi royal family, Sanjay Sinh also resigned from his Rajya Sabha seat, saying the Congress was "still in the past".
Rahul Gandhi in Amethi

Rahul finally reaches Amethi, promises action against ‘helicopter-flying’ party leaders

In Amethi for the first time since 2019 Lok Sabha poll verdict, Rahul Gandhi blamed his defeat on local leaders who stayed away from people.
Rahul Gandhi in Amethi

Rahul Gandhi to visit Amethi for the first time after Lok Sabha defeat to Smriti Irani

On 10 July, Rahul Gandhi will travel to Amethi -- a former Congress bastion that handed Smriti Irani a win by over 52,000 votes this Lok Sabha election.
Indian Army

Army chief’s new experiment — Major General is CEO of AK-203 rifle factory in Amethi

Major General Sanjeev Sengar has been appointed CEO for 4 years, the first time in decades that a uniformed officer will head an ordnance factory.

Amethi done, BJP now plans to win Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli with AIIMS, roads, railways

With Smriti Irani’s win over Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, the BJP’s ambitions are clear for the only Congress seat left in Uttar Pradesh. 
BJP MP Smriti Irani carries slain former village head Surendra Singh during his funeral, Amethi | PTI

Smriti Irani’s Amethi act and the rise of palatable feminism in India

By sporting sindoor, invoking her motherhood, defending Sabarimala, Irani inspires a sense of confidence among Indians while being unapologetically ambitious.

Smriti Irani urges BJP workers in Amethi to exercise restraint after the death of her aide

In the first incident of post-poll violence in Uttar Pradesh, a close aide of Irani was shot dead by two unidentified men.

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The Finance Ministry at North Block in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Apple plans satellite features for iPhone that allow emergency calls

Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017. However, the feature is unlikely to be ready before next year. an Francisco: Apple Inc.’s push to bring satellite capabilities to the iPhone will be focused on emergency situations, allowing users to send texts to first responders and report crashes in areas without cellular coverage. The company is developing at least two related emergency features that will rely on satellite networks, aiming to release them in future iPhones, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017, Bloomberg has reported. Speculation that the next iPhone will have satellite capabilities ramped up this week after TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the phone will probably work with spectrum owned by Globalstar Inc. That’s led to conjecture that the iPhone will become something akin to a satellite phone,...
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RBI to penalise banks if ATMs run out of cash from 1 October

The scheme has been formulated over concerns of inconvenience caused to the public and to ensure that sufficient cash is available through ATMs, RBI said in a circular.

Defence

‘Will pull India into a vortex’ — why Delhi is unlikely to heed ‘Afghan demand for air support’

While no active military aid is being discussed, ‘benign support’ like maintenance of equipment, training and spare parts has been under discussion between India and Afghanistan.

Caste, ethnicity, religion – United colours of Indian hockey prove the game thrives in inclusivity

It's impossible to field an Indian hockey team that doesn’t reflect the diversity, the united colours, better than any other. Shows that a sport, or a nation, will prosper with growing inclusivity.
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