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Iranian women arrested for removing mandatory hijabs in public protest

Iranian women arrested for removing mandatory hijabs in public protest

World
Tehran police arrested 29 people on Thursday after an unprecedented protest against the legal requirement that women must wear headscarves in public took place this week, according to Iranian media reports. In a symbolic move, at least six women climbed on utility boxes on busy streets in Tehran on Monday, took off their headscarves, or hijabs, put them on sticks and waved them for some minutes. The photos went viral on social media networks with the hashtag #NoToCompulsaryHijab. Omid Memarian, an Iranian journalist, tweeted, "A growing number of women are removing their mandatory head scarves & waving them on the streets of Tehran: a courageous symbol of civil protest against the hijab; forced on women in Iran for decades. Six women so far and it seems they're just starting!" The ...
Sky-Fox deal not in public interest, says regulator

Sky-Fox deal not in public interest, says regulator

Business
Fox's proposed takeover of Sky is not in the public interest on grounds of media plurality, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said.The CMA has provisionally found that if the deal went ahead as planned, it would give the Murdoch family too much control over news providers in the UK.However, the CMA found the deal would not be against the public interest on the grounds of broadcasting standards.Disney has agreed to buy most of Fox's business, so may end up owning Sky.Disney's proposed takeover, which still has to be approved by US regulators, includes Fox's current 39% stake in Sky.And if the Sky-Fox deal does finally go through, the whole of Sky would be likely to transfer to Disney's ownership.Wide influenceFox has been trying to buy the 61% of Sky that it does not curr...
Bharat 22 ETF to open for public subscription on November 15

Bharat 22 ETF to open for public subscription on November 15

Finance
NEW DELHI: Bharat 22 exchange traded fund (ETF) is all set to open for public subscription on November 15, ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company while filing the launch documents for the open-ended ETF said on Saturday. Anchor investors could participate in the new fund offer (NFO) on November 14, it said. The NFO will close on November 17. Announced in August this year, the government intends to raise in excess of Rs 8,000 crore from the NFO. The ETF would mirror the S&P BSE Bharat 22 Index that comprises of select companies from the CPSE universe, stakes held under the Specified Undertaking of the Unit Trust of India (SUUTI) and public sector banks (PSBs). These include ONGC, IOC, SBI, BPCL, Coal India and Nalco, among others. Besides, Axis Bank, ITC and L&T are a few st...
Bloodhound supersonic car set for first public runs

Bloodhound supersonic car set for first public runs

Science
The British car designed to go 1,000mph (1,610km/h) will make its first public runs in Cornwall later. Bloodhound SSC is conducting initial "slow-speed" trials and should get up to about 200mph (320km/h) on the runway at Newquay Airport. Driven by RAF Wing Commander Andy Green, the car aims to break the world land speed record in 2019. This will take place on a special track that has been prepared on a dried-out lakebed in Northern Cape, South Africa. "This is about showing the world what we're about," said Wing Commander Green. "We've designed and built the most extraordinary, sophisticated, high-performance land speed record car in history. It will do 0-200mph in about eight seconds. For a five-tonne vehicle - that's eye-popping performance," he told BBC News. Media playback is unsupport...
Heathrow third runway public consultation reopened

Heathrow third runway public consultation reopened

Business
A public consultation into the planned third runway at Heathrow Airport has been reopened to include new evidence.The Department for Transport (DfT) published a series of new reports on the environmental impact of expanding the west London airport. It also revealed that London's airports are expected to hit full capacity by 2034 if there is no expansion.The consultation initially closed in May, but will now be reopened until December. The DfT insisted it is "on track" to publish final proposals for expansion in the first half of 2018, ahead of a vote in Parliament.Among the series of new reports are an updated noise analysis and a new air quality plan.The government said higher demand for flights also meant the capital's five airports would hit full capacity six years sooner than expected...