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Facebook now auto-enhances your photos

Facebook now auto-enhances your photos

Facebook has now started improving the contrast and lighting of all images uploaded by the users. The update, which has started on Apple's iOS devices will soon be added to the android Facebook app. Previously, this feature was optional but now, the enhancements are made automatically...

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Forced conversions: from the constitutional window

Forced conversions: from the constitutional window

A row has broken out in India's parliament over a conversion ceremony held in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, for around 200 Muslims – and it highlights the increasingly contested nature of faith in the world's largest democracy. The ceremony was organised by an offshoot of...

Health

A hug a day keeps the doctor away

It may not be a far-fetched idea to replace apple a day with a hug as researchers have found that more frequent hugs protect stressed people from getting sick. The team from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) found that greater social support and more frequent hugs...

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Peshawar attack: a war against God

Peshawar attack: a war against God

Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against God and His Messenger and strive upon earth (to cause) corruption, is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they...

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Kashmir: will Sagar retain Khanyar?

Kashmir: will Sagar retain Khanyar?

National Conference's Ali Muhammad Sagar, who has been representing Srinagar's Khanyar constituency for the past 18 years, is locked in a fierce political battle with Peoples Democratic Party's Muhammad Khurshid Alam. What makes this Old City Srinagar assembly constituency interesting is not only that the...

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Photo feature: down the Afarwat slopes

Photo feature: down the Afarwat slopes

In the famous tourist resort Gulmarg, less than six miles from the volatile ceasefire line that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan, skiers from across the world have started to camp in Afarwat, some 3,950 metres above from the sea level, for...

Sports

Ex PCB chief blames negligence for Ajmal, Hafeez's 'chucking' suspension

Former Pakistan cricket boss Nasim Ashraf laments that a failure to have a proper system to deal with bowlers having suspect actions had led to the loss of ace spinners Saeed Ajmal and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez. Ashraf said that it was a great loss to...

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In pics: attack on army camp in Kashmir

In pics: attack on army camp in Kashmir

Three days ahead of the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the contested Kashmir region, a group of rebels stormed an army base in a northern border town killing eleven government forces. Six militants were also killed and the operation has ended while...