My association with Sheila Dikshit was longer than my career: Sonia Gandhi

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Saturday remembered former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as one who stood by her side in her “darkest years” and guided her “like an elder sister”. She praised her contribution at the helm of Delhi, describing Dikshit as the “best and most effective” CM the capital has had. Delivering the ‘Sheila Dikshit Memorial Speech’ at the Shankar Lal Auditorium, in Modern School, Gandhi said: “Rarely does history bring together compassion, statesmanship, efficiency and stamina in one person. Sheilaji was one such example in recent…

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Dropping out of university was the best career decision I ever made

I wish I could say I knew the exact moment when I decided to drop out of university. My sixth form, like many others, prioritised going to university above any other path, so with little knowledge about other options, I applied to study journalism. I thought I was going to take the usual route into the profession: a degree, perhaps a master’s or an NCTJ followed by a series of internships and finally – hopefully – a staff job. Instead, I left the course after the first year because I…

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Russian Intervention in American Election Was No One-Off

The intelligence agencies’ report on the Russian intervention in the American presidential election portrays it as just one piece of an old-fashioned Soviet-style propaganda campaign. But it was a campaign made enormously more powerful by the tools of the cyberage: private emails pilfered by hackers, an internet that reaches into most American homes, social media to promote its revelations and smear enemies. What most Americans may have seen as a one-time effort — brazen meddling by Russia in the very core of American democracy — was, the report says, only…

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3 Lessons I Learned From Bombing An Interview That I Thought Was A Sure Thing

Early in my career, my boss made the terrible mistake of telling me that I was the best interviewee he’d ever met. “It was evident from the beginning that we should hire you,” he said, “and the only thing I’d tell you to do differently next time is to ask me for a $1 billion salary.” OK, the last part of that quote isn’t entirely accurate, but the damage was all the same. Not only was I convinced that I was the best candidate on the planet, but I also thought…

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‘I was a little homesick’: Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle chose acting over a foreign service career because she wanted to stay in LA… as she spends time with the royal in London

Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle chose acting over a promising career in foreign service because she was homesick for her native Los Angeles. The 35-year-old Suits star made the confession in an essay for a new book titled The Game Changers, which asked 40 famous women to reveal their ‘success secrets’. Meghan’s contribution was written just two weeks before her relationship with the popular royal was made public. ‘I was a little homesick’: In an essay, Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle revealed she chose acting over a foreign service career because…

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Bhopal Was Done in Ham-handed Manner; Public Supports Encounter Killings: Julio Ribeiro

Julio Ribeiro, the 1953-batch IPS Officer, is arguably one of the most famous police officers in the country. In his long and distinguished career, he has served as the Mumbai City Police Commissioner, Director General of Police in two states – Punjab and Gujarat – and DG of CISF. Ribeiro, but made it to history books as the man who finished off the Punjab insurgency. The “bullets for bullets” policy of Punjab Police cleaned the state off militancy but brought its fair share of controversies on extra-judicial killings. News18’s Smitha…

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