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Over the course of this century, here are 10 things that haven’t changed… at all

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When Bollywood beat Modi: Here’s Google’s list of most searched Indians in 2015

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Deafening silence: Ten questions the Tamil Nadu government needs to answer as Chennai limps back to life

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Crane collapse at Mecca’s Grand Mosque kills 107: Here are the worst tragedies during hajj

Cairo: Every year, millions of Muslims converge on the Saudi holy cities of Mecca and Medina for the annual hajj pilgrimage, with the massive ceremonies representing a major security and logistical challenge for the kingdom’s authorities.

On occasion, the hajj and events surrounding it have been marred by accidents and tragedies, such as Friday’s crane collapse on the Grand Mosque in Mecca that killed 107 people. In the heavy traffic, crushes and pileups have killed hundreds in the past.

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Here’s a look at some deadly hajj-related incidents:

2015: At least 107 people are killed and scores wounded when a crane collapses in bad weather, crashing onto the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam’s holiest site.

2006: More than 360 pilgrims are killed in a stampede at the desert plain of Mina, near Mecca, where pilgrims carry out a symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone walls. The day before the hajj began, an eight-story building being used as a hostel near the Grand Mosque in Mecca collapsed, killing at least 73 people.

2004: A crush of pilgrims at Mina kills 244 pilgrims and injures hundreds on the final day of the hajj ceremonies.

2001: A stampede at Mina during the final day of the pilgrimage ceremonies kills 35 hajj pilgrims.

1998: About 180 pilgrims are trampled to death in panic after several of them fell off an overpass during the final stoning ritual at Mina.

1997: At least 340 pilgrims are killed in a fire at the tent city of Mina as the blaze was aided by high winds. More than 1,500 were injured.

1994: Some 270 pilgrims are killed in a stampede during the stoning ritual at Mina.

1990: The worst hajj-related tragedy claims the lives of 1,426 pilgrims in a stampede in an overcrowded pedestrian tunnel leading to holy sites in Mecca.

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100% salary hike proposed: What our MPs get and what they want according to the Parliamentary panel proposal

It is well known that our MPs enjoy a number of privileges that come with the job, be it subsidized food or convenient travel. So when a panel recommends a further hike to these benefits, it is sure to catch the attention of many.

A Parliamentary panel, headed by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, has proposed a series of recommendations to the benefits pacakge of current and former members of Parliament. The joint committee suggested around 60 recommendations which have been submitted to the government, according to a report by The Times of India. 

The recommendations include a 100% salary hike for all MPs and a 77% hike in the pension of former MPs. In addition, it includes a substantial increase in daily allowances and travel fares.  It also proposes an automatic pay revision mechanism for parliamentarians similar to the pay commission for government employees, continues the report.

Here are the salient features of what our MPs want as opposed  the benefits they already have.

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Infographic: Where PM Modi’s been over the last year and what he’s achieved

The fact that foreign policy would be an important component of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure was evident on 26 May 2014 itself, when he managed to get all the heads of Saarc nations to attend his swearing in ceremony. Since then the Prime Minister has travelled across continents to attract investments, touting his government’s achievements and attempting to portray change in the manner in which India is governaned .

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Starting from Bhutan, the Prime Minister has since visited 18 nations on various occasions and as he completes a year in office, he has just returned from China. He has received investment pledges, signed pacts for nuclear fuel, attempted to realign foreign policies of neighbouring countries and to build new ties with others.

So while Australia, Mongolia and Canada were important for nuclear fuel, there were also visits to neighbours like Seychelles and Mauritius that are both key to India’s strategic interests. He visited Sri Lanka to wean Colombo off Beijing’s rising influence and the US to set the ground in a bid to improve ties and reach out to NRI supporters there.From inviting firms to Make in India to attracting investments, PM Modi’s 18 foreign trips during his first year in office had different bilateral requirements to fulfill.

Here’s an interactive map of all the countries the PM visited over the year and what was achieved in each of those trips:

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