On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

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User: ayyati Topic: Energy
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Last updated: Dec 25 2018 10:57 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Why India getting access to a strategic port in Oman may not amount to much 23.2.2018 Business Standard: News Now
India's economy and not wishful thinking will dictate whether this port will be of much use to India in the future or not
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Global Markets: U.S. shares rise, yields drop as rate fears ebb 23.2.2018 General News
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Most U.S. stocks advanced on Thursday, rebounding from a day earlier, and bond yields eased off highs following more cautious talk about the potential for interest rate increases this year.
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Maldives rejects UN offer of mediation 22.2.2018 General News
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has rejected an offer of mediation by Secretary General Antonio Guterres, a United Nations spokesperson said today. "The Secretary-General is following the situation in the Maldives closely and with concern. He offered to the President UN mediation but the President conveyed that mediation was not wanted at this stage," said Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson of the UN Secretary General. The world body has been keeping a close watch on the developments in Maldives. On Tuesday, the Maldives' Parliament had extended the state of emergency by another 30 days, bolstering President Yameen's grip on power in the troubled Indian Ocean island nation. President Yameen had first declared emergency on February 5 after the Supreme Court ordered the release of a group of Opposition leaders, who had been convicted in widely criticised trials. Among them was exiled ex-President Mohamed Nasheed. The court said his 2015 trial had been unconstitutional. The state of ...
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Maldives' SC approves extension of emergency for 30 days 22.2.2018 General News
Maldives' Supreme Court has issued a temporary order, approving the parliament's decision to extend the state of emergency for another 30 days on the request of President Abdulla Yameen. On Tuesday, the Maldives' Parliament had extended the state of emergency by another 30 days, bolstering President Yameen's grip on power in the troubled Indian Ocean island nation. President Yameen had first declared emergency on February 5 after the Supreme Court ordered the release of a group of Opposition leaders, who had been convicted in widely criticised trials. Among them was exiled ex-President Mohamed Nasheed. The court said his 2015 trial had been unconstitutional. The state of emergency will now end on March 22. The parliament sought apex court's advise on the state of emergency after some MPs said that a vote on the decree for state of emergency can be taken with 43 MPs. The apex court yesterday issued a temporary ruling, ordering the Parliament and the relevant State authorities to act ...
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Maldives crisis: India must intervene militarily if Abdulla Yameen rebuffs peaceful mediation; masterly inactivity will embolden China 22.2.2018 Latest News India on Firstpost
If New Delhi allows status-quo to be perpetuated in the Maldives, India's image as a potential superpower will receive a severe beating
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‘Fight against corruption not one man’s job’ 22.2.2018 Hindu: Rx
Lashing out at the cash for vote culture, Kamal says people should also take responsibility for the sad state of affairs
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Handling the Maldives 21.2.2018 Hindu: Opinion

If the prevailing crisis in Male deepens and poses a grave threat to the Indian community and other foreign nationals living there, the strategy of diplomacy exercised in evacuating them on a human

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Only booth-level campaign will ensure victory, says Amit Shah 21.2.2018 Deccan Herald - District
BJP national president Amit Shah has said that the party would herald the pathway towards victory in southern states of the country by attesting its massive success in the forthcoming Karnataka Assembly elections. Addressing the Shakthi Kendra leaders, the BJP head appealed for sincere hardwork among the cadre-based set up. He said depending merely on some wave would not help the party. It is the booth set up which should indulge in rigorous campaign to bring in the success. He said encashing on the anti-incumbent factors is very simple among the tactics followed in the poll agenda. Similarly, victory in the polls is easily available, given that the party is strengthened right from the grass root level. "We dont work like Congress. BJP is completely dedicated and gives its best in terms of struggle to ensure victory," he said. Lakhs of members should take care of booths. Booths are the conglomeration of various sects, castes and religions. BJP is a garden with a variety of flowers. The booths are ...
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Maldives Crisis: US disappointed over extension of emergency by President A... 21.2.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Maldives Crisis: US disappointed over extension of emergency by President A...
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12 life lessons I learnt from Long Distance Running 21.2.2018 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
'Long Distance Running is not merely a sport, it's life's breath.''While everyone breathes so they can run, runners run so they can breathe,' says Krishna Kumar.
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Nature on canvas 21.2.2018 Hindu: Fitness
Avijit Dutta explains the power of his visual vocabulary
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Oil falls as dollar firms, U.S. oil output expected to rise 21.2.2018 General News
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Wednesday, weighed down by a rebound in the U.S. dollar from three-year lows hit last week and an expected rise in U.S. oil production.
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India remains in the best position to help us: Mohamed Nasheed 20.2.2018 Hindu: Home
Gunboat diplomacy doesn’t mean an attack, it means a show of strength, says the former Maldivian President, who currently lives in exile
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Maldives Parliament extends emergency for 30 more days 20.2.2018 General News
The Maldives' Parliament today extended the state of emergency by another 30 days, approving President Abdulla Yameen's recommendation, bolstering his grip on power in the troubled Indian Ocean island nation. President Yameen declared emergency on February 5 after the Supreme Court ordered the release of a group of Opposition leaders, who had been convicted in widely criticised trials. Among them was exiled ex-President Mohamed Nasheed. The court said his 2015 trial had been unconstitutional. Only 38 MPs were present for the vote, which took place hours before the state of emergency was due to expire, despite 43 lawmakers being needed for the vote to take place as required by the Constitution, Maldives Independent news website reported. All 38 were from the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives and they all approved the extension, it said. The opposition boycotted the vote. The state of emergency will now end on March 22. Parliament Speaker Abdulla Maseeh quoted parliamentary ...
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Most distant supernova ever confirmed 20.2.2018 General News
Scientists have confirmed the discovery of the most distant supernova ever detected - a huge cosmic explosion that took place 10.5 billion years ago, or three-quarters the age of the universe. A supernova is the explosion of a massive star at the end of its life cycle. The exploding star, named DES16C2nm, was detected by the Dark Energy Survey (DES), an international collaboration to map several hundred million galaxies in order to find out more about dark energy - the mysterious force believed to be causing the accelerated expansion of the universe. As detailed in the study published in The Astrophysical Journal, light from the event has taken 10.5 billion years to reach Earth, making it the oldest supernova ever discovered and studied. The universe itself is thought to be 13.8 billion years old. DES16C2nm is classified as a superluminous supernova (SLSN), the brightest and rarest class of supernovae, first discovered ten years ago, thought to be caused by material falling onto the ..
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Rediscovering Ancient Nubia in Sudan Before It’s Too Late 20.2.2018 The Wire

Long ignored by white archaeologists as a mere footnote, modern scientists are now racing to document what’s left of the ancient African civilisation.

The post Rediscovering Ancient Nubia in Sudan Before It’s Too Late appeared first on The Wire.

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Chinese warships return to SCS as Indian Navy continues heavy deployment 20.2.2018 Latest News
Indian Navy sources say that a Chinese flotilla including a destroyer and a frigate had indeed crossed into the Indian Ocean through the Sunda Strait
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Emergency in Maldives extended by 30 days as key panel backs Prez Yameen 19.2.2018 Latest News
A total of 38 MPs voted to accept the decree and forward it to the National Security Committee for evaluation
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Emergency extended in Maldives by 30 days 19.2.2018 Rediff: News
President Yameen declared the emergency on February 5 after the Supreme Court ordered the release of a group of opposition leaders, who had been convicted in widely criticised trials. Among them was exiled ex-President Mohamed Nasheed. The court said his 2015 trial had been unconstitutional.
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Maldives court suspends rebel MPs ahead of key vote 19.2.2018 General News
The Maldives top court has suspended 12 pro-opposition legislators before a crucial parliamentary vote today, emboldening President Abdulla Yameen as he clings to power in the troubled islands. The Supreme Court decision late Sunday reverses its original order to reinstate the MPs, who had defected from the ruling party. It comes as parliament prepares to ratify a state of emergency declared by Yameen that plunged the Maldives into crisis. The court had ruled on February 1 that the 12 defectors be reinstalled as legislators, reducing the presidents party to minority rule in the Indian Ocean archipelago. This latest backflip by the Supreme Court restores Yameens majority in the 85-member legislature. The three-judge bench said it was suspending the February 1 order to reinstate the politicians following an appeal by the attorney general. It is the second backflip by the Supreme Court since Yameen ordered the arrest of the Chief Justice and another supreme court judge just two weeks ago
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