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Euro 2020 draw: England drawn against Croatia, Wales in group with Italy

Euro 2020 draw: England drawn against Croatia, Wales in group with Italy

Sports
England have been drawn against Croatia and the Czech Republic at UEFA EURO 2020, with Wales alongside Italy, Switzerland and Turkey in Group A.Germany will face world champions France and reigning European champions Portugal in Group F.The winners of Scotland's play-off path, which includes Norway, Serbia and Israel, will join England in Group D. Gareth Southgate's World Cup semi-finalists will begin their campaign against Croatia at Wembley on 14 June.The tournament's opening game will see Italy host Turkey in Rome on 12 June.Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland all feature in the play-offs next March, where 16 teams will compete to fill the final four places.The tournamen...
Chanda Kochhar moves High Court against ICICI Bank over termination

Chanda Kochhar moves High Court against ICICI Bank over termination

Finance
MUMBAI: Former ICICI Bank chief executive, Chanda Kochhar, has moved the Bombay High Court against her ex-employer for terminating her when the bank had accepted her request for an early retirement. Kochhar, one of India’s most prominent woman CEOs, said that Sandeep Bakshi was named her successor only after ICICI Bank had accepted her request for an early retirement. She pointed out that her retirement request was accepted by the bank in October 2018 and in February 2019, the bank issued her a termination letter. Kochhar, in her petition, has challenged the ‘purported termination’ and denial of the agreed remuneration, said two people familiar with the development. ICICI Bank didn’t respond to ET’s mailed queries. Kochhar has termed her termination “illegal, untenable, and unsustainable i
Air Force tests ATHENA laser weapon against multiple drones

Air Force tests ATHENA laser weapon against multiple drones

Business
Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Members of the U.S. Air Force used the Advanced Test High Energy Asset, referred to as ATHENA, to shoot down a variety of drones in a Lockheed Martin demonstration of the technology. In the latest test of the ground-portable laser weapon system, Airmen engaged and shot down multiple fixed wing and rotary drones at a government test range in Fort Sill, Okla., Lockheed said on Thursday. "We've watched in recent news as this type of laser weapon solution is essential for deterring unmanned vehicle type threats, so it's an exciting time for us to watch Airmen compete Lockheed Martin's critical technology," Sarah Reeves, vice president of missile defense programs at Lockheed, said in a statement. For the test, Airmen used a government command and control system and radar syste...
Church effort against incest led to rise of individualism in the West, study says

Church effort against incest led to rise of individualism in the West, study says

Science
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- When researchers set out to understand how many Western societies came to value individualism, they decided to look at historical shifts in a society's broader psychology. Specifically, researchers explored the ways shifting social structures influenced psychology and values of members. The West, scientists determined, was unique in its steady abandonment of incest. Incest, in this instance, primarily refers to marriages between cousins. Throughout much of the world, the practice was used to maintain broad family alliances and assert political and economic power, and to protect assets like land and other natural resources. In a new paper published in the journal Science, researchers argue that the Roman Catholic Church, in targeting incest, effectively shrunk family ties ...
WhatsApp messages urge Hindus to vote against Labour

WhatsApp messages urge Hindus to vote against Labour

Technology
Messages urging British Hindus to vote against Labour in the general election are being circulated on WhatsApp, raising concerns about the chat app's role in spreading divisive political content.Sky News has seen more than 20 separate messages shared on WhatsApp using the app's "forward" function. One begins by saying: "Pass this to every TRUE Indian," before going on to claim that "there are now no excuses left for any Indian to still be with the Labour Party". Another accuses Labour of being "anti-India and anti-Hindu", calling on "all India sympathisers" to "defeat Labour candidates from as many seats as possible".A third suggests talking points to "confront" Labour candidates with on the doorstep, including asking why, in Pakistan, "Hindu minor girls are, on a daily basis, being ab...