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Noted poet Rajesh Joshi returns Akademi award

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Bhopal: Noted Hindi poet Rajesh Joshi here on Monday announced he had returned his Sahitya Akademi award in protest against the attacks on the freedom of speech and expression in the country. He was conferred the award in 2002.

“The government is keeping mum on writers’ murders. On one hand the intolerance is on the rise in the country, on the other hand attacks are being perpetrated on the freedom of speech and expression,” Joshi said on Monday.

“The behaviour of the government following Dadri lynching (in Uttar Pradesh) reflects that the country is heading towards fascism,” he added.

A number of Sahitya Akademi recipients have returned their coveted awards recently since 77-year-old Kannada rationalist and thinker MM Kalburgi was shot dead on August 30 by two unidentified assailants at his residence in Dharwad, about 430 km from Bengaluru in Karnataka.

(IANS)

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Riders in Bengaluru Forget Belongings The Most in Uber

The most forgetful days in 2018 were September 1, June 9, and July 15

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Bengaluru has become the most forgetful city for the third time in a row as most users from the city forgot their personal belongings in Uber vehicles, the ride-hailing giant said on Wednesday.

According to the third edition of “Uber Lost & Found Index”, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad followed the list, with phones and cameras being the most forgotten items in Uber cabs.

“The ‘most outrageous’ items Uber users forgot in the vehicles were aluminium storage shelves, gold chains, baby prams, milk sachets, live fish and yoga mats,” the company said in a statement.

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

The most common days of the week to report items as “lost” in Uber cars are Saturday and Sunday while people are most likely to forget an item between 1 p.m.-3 p.m., the company added.

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Riders didn’t just leave the usual stuff; even an ukulele and bunch of bananas have been reported as lost.

The most forgetful days in 2018 were September 1, June 9, and July 15. (IANS)

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