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JDU set to contest Arunachal assembly polls for first time

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18-month-old falls into 60-ft borewell in Haryana village; rescue operations on

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Funskool's second manufacturing facility in Ranipet goes on

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: Toy manufacturer Funskool India promoted by the MRF Group, has commenced operation of its second manufacturing facility at Ranipet near here giving a boost to exports, according to a top official. The plant, spread across 61,000 sq ft land is located at the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) complex in Ranipet, about 120 kms from here. According to the CEO, John Baby, the company would focus more on serving the overseas markets from the facility given the accessibility to Chennai port and other infrastructure availability. "With an investment of Rs 25 crore in the plant and equipment, the new facility is focused on automation and is ergonomically designed and equipped with special features like heat resistant roof...," he said. Noting that the company has been making exports from its facility at Goa, he said the logistics cost from Goa was quite high. "The new factory is focused on exports. Ranipet is about three hours from the Chennai port ....
                 

Brokerage upgrades, REIT IPO help Prestige Estates, Phoneix Mills gain

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BJP's Kalraj Mishra will not contest in LS polls

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Senior BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP from Deoria, Kalraj Mishra on Thursday announced that he will not contest in the ensuing general elections."I will not contest the elections this time; I have been given a lot of other responsibilities by the party so my time will be devoted to that," Mishra told ANI.Mishra had defeated Bahujan Samaj Party's Niyaj Ahmad with a margin of over 2.65 lakh votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.He resigned from the union cabinet in 2017. He was in-charge of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday announced that she will not contest the upcoming general elections.Lok Sabha elections are scheduled to be held from April 11 and will go on till May 19 in seven phases. The polls in Uttar Pradesh will be held in all seven phases. The counting of votes will take place on May 23...
                 

One has to get into regional cinema to reach India's core: Akshay

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An artiste must venture into films in different languages to catch the pulse of the country, especially the interiors, believes actor-producer Akshay Kumar. The actor, who has produced movies in Hindi, Marathi and Punjabi, said he is open to backing more films in the same space. "I think best content comes from Marathi cinema... I have made two Marathi films and both of them have won awards. I have also made a Punjabi film. I think to reach into the core of India you have to get into the regional cinema," Akshay said in an interview here. The actor said he wants to make Bhojpuri and Tamil films. "I have tried making a Telugu film but we couldn't complete the script," he added. Akshay, 51, may have worked in a string of patriotic and issue-based films recently, but he said he wants to continue doing films in different genres. In his 28 years of acting career, Akshay has managed to successfully switch to different genres from action to romance and comedies to socially relevant cinema .....
                 

Two former TTD Chairmen to battle it out in Tirupati Assembly

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Two former chairmen of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) will lock horns in the Tirupati constituency in the April 11 assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh. Chadalavada Krishnamurthy, who has been fielded by the Jana Sena, will be pitted against another former TTD Chairman B Karunakara Reddy of YSRCP. Interestingly, this is the first time two former TTD chairpersons are locked in an electoral battle in the temple town, which will witness a multi-cornered contest also involving sitting TDP MLA M Suguna. Krishnamurthy, who belongs to a dominant Balija community, quit the Telugu Desam Party led by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu last year and later joined actor Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena Party. Krishnamurthy had served as chairman of the TTD Board, which administers the cash-rich ancient Lord Venkateswara temple at nearby Tirumala among others in 2015 while Karunakara Reddy held the coveted post in 2006. Krishnamurthy had quit the TDP last year after levelling corruption .....
                 

Adhesive gel to repair eye injury without surgery

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Nawazuddin loves watching English movies

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IndiGo launches Delhi-Istanbul flight; plans for wider global expansion

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India's budget carrier IndiGo has launched its flight on the Delhi-Istanbul sector and announced to use its expanding fleet of A320neo and A321neo aircraft to connect more Indian cities to countries such as China, Vietnam, England, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia. William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer of IndiGo said Wednesday here, "We are looking very seriously into other points in South East Asia, notably the obvious ones of Vietnam and Myanmar. We also want to operate shortly to Saudi Arabia on the west side". "We are seriously interested in getting in China as soon as we can. We are still selecting precise destinations," he said. "India operates only five flights from here to China per week, whereas China operates 42 flights to India per week. It's basically time that we start readdressing that balance. I am convinced that there is a huge amount of traffic in India-China axis. We have not yet tapped that," Boulter said. The airline plans to add 125 A321neo aircraft in its fleet over ...
                 

Savi Sidhu, actor now working as watchman slams Rahul for 'chowkidar chor hai' phrase

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Savi Sidhu, an actor who had featured in minor roles in many celebrated Bollywood films, and is currently employed as a watchman at a building in Mumbai's Parel on Wednesday slammed Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi for using "foul language" for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Sidhu made the statement while commenting on the BJP's 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' campaign. He said that watchmen should not be dragged for the sake of votes bank.'Main Bhi Chowkidar' was launched earlier this month by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as a reference to "chowkidar chor hai (the watchman is a thief)"a phrase often used by Rahul Gandhi to target him on the Rafale jet deal.A day after the launch of the campaign, the Prime Minister, as well as a number of BJP leaders across the country, added the prefix 'chowkidar' to their Twitter handles as a mark of support to the poll campaign.Commenting on Rahul's barb at PM Modi, Savi said, "All 'Chowkidars' should not be painted as wrong for sake of some votes. Narendra .....
                 

This crop-guzzling insect may cost Indian farmers billions, warns UN

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Militants, security forces clash in Sopore

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Why South India's cement firms could see a sharp improvement in earnings

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Prajnesh beats Clarke for second straight Masters main draw appearance

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India's number one singles player, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, beat Jay Clarke in straight sets to make the main draw of the Miami Open, his second straight Masters appearance. Prajnesh defeated Great Britain's Clarke 6-4 6-4 in the second qualifying round of the ATP-1000 tennis tournament in Miami to progress to the main draw. Having reached a career-high rank of 84 earlier this week, the India number one began on a strong note, breaking Clarke in the first game of the match. He saved two break points in the other games on his way to sealing the first set. The starting of the second game was no different as the 29-year-old Indian again broke his 20-year-old opponent in the first game. Clarke managed to save two break points but could not prevent Prajnesh from sealing the set and match in his favour. This is Prajnesh's second straight Masters main draw appearance, coming a week after reaching the third round at Indian Wells. The Indian will meet Jaume Munar of Spain in the first round main ...
                 

New Zealand bans assault weapons, triggering similar calls in US

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New Zealand imposed an immediate ban on assault weapons on Thursday, taking swift action in response to the Christchurch massacre and triggering renewed calls from leading American politicians for curbs in the United States. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said assault rifles and military-style semi-automatic weapons would be banned with immediate effect, making good on a pledge to ensure that nothing like last week's slaughter of 50 people ever occurs in the Pacific nation again. The killings by an Australian white supremacist have caused national soul-searching over New Zealand's lax gun laws. But the tough crackdown promises to have political repercussions beyond the country's shores, including in the United States where gun control is one of the most divisive political issues. "In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country," Ardern said. She added that high-capacity magazines and devices similar to bump stocks - which .....
                 

People in Surat village walk on ember to get rid of misery

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West Indies a threat to all teams in World Cup, says Dwayne Bravo

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Heart attack kills AIADMK MLA Kanagaraj

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President, Prime Minister greet people on Holi

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President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted people on the occasion of Holi festival.The President tweeted, "Greetings and best wishes to fellow citizens in India and abroad on the auspicious occasion of Holi. The festival of colours, Holi is a celebration of spring and fraternity in our society. May it bring peace, joy and prosperity to everyone's lives.""Best wishes to all the people of Holi's festival. This festival of joy and joy will deepen the color of our unity and goodwill," the Prime Minister tweeted.Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu also took to Twitter to convey his greetings to citizens on Holi."I convey my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Holi. It is a festival of colours. Celebrated with traditional fervour and enthusiasm, the colourful festival celebrates change of season," he tweeted...
                 

Ronaldo signing signals Serie A renaissance: Baresi

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Cristiano Ronaldo signing for Juventus last year was a shot in the arm for Serie A and bolstered the impression that the league is undergoing a renaissance, Italy and AC Milan legend Franco Baresi told AFP. Baresi, widely considered to be one of the greatest ever defenders, said that Ronaldo's arrival in Serie A was a clear statement the Italian championship is once again attracting star names. Baresi, who won the European Cup/Champions League three times in his 20 years at Milan, added that it was good for European football that Serie A is becoming a force again. "Yes, there is a renaissance in Italian football, it is growing again," said the 58-year-old Baresi, after appearing at the Betting on Football conference at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground. "There is significantly more interest and the arrival of some great footballers like Ronaldo. "His signing is a very clear and positive signal. Italian football has always been at a high level but is growing again. "Italian teams are ....
                 

Novak says all good with Roger, Rafa despite Kermode ouster

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Novak Djokovic played down a reported rift with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, saying he welcomed their views on the controversial ousting of ATP Chairman Chris Kermode. Federer and Nadal ripped top-ranked Djokovic, current president of the ATP Player Council, for failing to contact them over the decision to terminate Englishman Kermode, whose reign began in 2014 and concludes at year's end after a vote at Indian Wells earlier this month. Serbian star Djokovic vociferously pushed for change despite many within the game strongly advocating for Kermode to remain in charge. Federer said Wednesday he was not "chasing" Djokovic for an explanation despite claiming at Indian Wells it was "hard to understand" why Djokovic turned down a request to discuss the situation. Djokovic, however, maintains he would welcome the input of the Swiss and Spanish legends. "We welcome them as well as anyone else who wants to join the political discussions," Djokovic said ahead of the ATP Miami Open, where ....
                 

Christchurch shooting aftermath: New Zealand bans sale of assault, semi-automatic rifles

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In the wake of twin mosque shootings in Christchurch that killed 50 people last week, New Zealand on Thursday implemented an immediate ban on the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatics across the country."Be assured this is just the beginning of the work we'll be doing," Al Jazeera quoted Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as saying."We will ban all high capacity magazines. We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semi-automatic or any other type of firearm into a military-style semi-automatic weapon. We will ban parts that cause a firearm to generate semi-automatic, automatic or close to automatic gunfire," Ardern noted in her statement."It's in the national interest and it's about safety ... to prevent an act of terror from ever happening again in our country," she added.Terming the incident as the "worst act of terrorism on our shores", Ardern had announced to make reforms in the country's gun laws. The massacre at the two mosques that took place while the attendees had .....
                 

South America confident of winning bid to host 2030 WC

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22 seats vacant in TN assembly following AIADMK MLA's death

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Noah Centineo may take on He-Man's role

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New Zealand mosque attack: PM Jacinda bans assault, military-style rifles

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Maxwell doubtful for first ODI against Pakistan

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Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is doubtful for the opening one-day international against Pakistan after being struck with illness.Australia and Pakistan are scheduled to play a five-match series, beginning March 22 at Sharjah.Maxwell missed training two days out from the first ODI.Australia could again unveil dual spin threats after being greeted by a pair of dry-looking surfaces. The ground that proudly trumpets its 'Guinness World Record' for hosting the most ODIs in the format's history is expected to take considerable turn, cricket.com.au reported.Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has a strong chance to retain his place after his key role alongside leg-spinner Adam Zampa in the recent ODI victory over India."Spin will be important for both sides. We've got two spinners, I'd be surprised if they don't both play out here. They've got quality spinners as well. It will be a good battle," paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile said.Lyon also suffered from illness as he got over a stomach bug, but the ...
                 

Wild Edens: South Asia, a new feature documentary premieres in Mumbai

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The premiere of a new documentary "Wild EdensFocusing on the flora and fauna in the one-of-a-kind natural habitats of India and Bangladesh the documentary was filmed in a number of remote locations, including the Western Ghats, varied landscape of Tamil Nadu and the Sunderban Delta.Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, the world's leading producer of safe and clean energy, is deeply concerned with the threats associated with global climate change."Along with our international partners, we take responsibility for resolving global environmental challenges and call upon the world community to wake up and do the right thing. As Mahatma Gandhi once famously said: be the change that you wish to see in the world", said Vadim Titov, Rosatom representative at the event."Through this well-made documentary, the world and my fellow Indians will be able to connect with my country's exotic mix of wild nature, rare animal life, unique wildlife sanctuaries and magnificent landscapes that are .....
                 

Pop! Goes the China tech bubble after key funding sources dry up

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Finland happiest nation; India at 140 out of 156, worse than Uganda

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Australian PM welcomes 'moderation' from Turkey's Erdogan

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday welcomed some "moderation" in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments in the wake of the Christchurch massacre. Trying to take the sting out of a diplomatic row that has threatened relations between Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, Morrison pointed to a recent Erdogan column in the Washington Post as progress. "Overnight, progress has been made on this issue and overnight we've already seen a moderation of the president's views," Morrison said, citing the article in which Erdogan stepped away from direct criticism of New Zealand. The Turkish leader -- who is in full campaign mode ahead of local elections -- still used the article to accuse Western countries of meeting Islamophobia with "silence". But Morrison took it as a diplomatic off-ramp nonetheless. Morrison -- who is also in full campaign mode, ahead of a general election -- had on Wednesday pilloried Erdogan for his comments in the wake of the Christchurch massacre, .....
                 

Another terror attack on India will be extremely problematic, US warns Pak

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With Boeing 737 MAX grounded, airlines face daily scheduling challenges

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US tariffs on Chinese imports to stay for 'substantial period of time'

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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday stated that tariffs on Chinese imports will remain in place for a "substantial period of time"."We're talking about leaving (the tariffs) for a substantial period of time because we have to make sure that if we do the deal with China, that China lives by the deal," Trump told reporters at the White House here.Trump's remarks come in the wake of US' chief trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer's impending visit to Beijing next week to hold talks regarding the finalisation of a trade deal, South China Morning Post reported.The US has imposed tariffs ranging from 10 to 25 per cent on Chinese imports in a trade dispute which started last year. As a retaliatory move, China imposed duties on US imports amounting to USD 110 billion.Trump met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of last year's G-20 summit in Argentina, where the two countries agreed to temporarily halt the dispute and undertake negotiations to resolve trade issues.Both .....
                 

US stocks close mixed amid Fed announcement

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US envoy Khalilzad to hold talks with Russia, China and EU on Afghanistan

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Driver hijacks school bus in Italy, sets it on fire

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Tuberculosis can be eradicated by 2045: Experts

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The world can eradicate tuberculosis by 2045 if the fight against the killer disease is properly funded, an international team of experts has said. Warning of the immense economic and social costs of inaction, they said that better screening, treatments and public awareness were needed to reduce the more than 10 million cases recorded every year. A chronic lung disease which is preventable and largely treatable if caught in time, tuberculosis is the top infectious killer of our time, causing over 1.6 million deaths each year. "That is huge and the economic burden of that to both developing and developed nations is staggering," Eric Goosby, the United Nations' special envoy for the disease, told AFP Wednesday. "It's not rocket science, it's really common sense. We need to initiate a new prevention strategy." Tuberculosis has existed for millenia and is latent in around a quarter of the world's population. Despite killing nearly as many people each year as HIV/AIDS and malaria combined,..
                 

Central African Republic reaches deal on new govt: African Union

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The government of the Central African Republic and armed groups that had joined it in a peace deal have reached an agreement to form an "inclusive government," the African Union has said. "The Central African authorities and the 14 armed groups (that) signed the peace accord negotiated in early February in Khartoum agreed to an 'inclusive government' in Addis Ababa," the AU said Wednesday. The deal is the eighth attempt to bring peace to the conflict-wracked, impoverished state since 2012. Signed in the CAR capital Bangui on February 6 after negotiations in Sudan, it brings together the CAR government and 14 armed groups who control most of the country. The agreement called for a series of confidence-building measures, such as establishing joint patrols and the creation of a truth and justice commission within 90 days. Under the peace accord's provisions, President Faustin-Archange Touadera agreed to form an "inclusive" government. But within weeks, the deal was under strain -- five ....
                 

Acting Pentagon chief Shanahan investigated over Boeing bias

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Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan is being investigated by the Pentagon's inspector general for alleged bias in acquisitions toward his former employer, Boeing, the inspector general has said. "We have informed him that we have initiated this investigation," Dwrena Allen, a spokeswoman for the inspector generals' office, said Wednesday. Investigators are seeking to see if Shanahan, as deputy defense secretary, had violated ethics rules by disparaging Boeing rival Lockheed Martin in meetings at the Pentagon. Government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) last week submitted a complaint to the inspector general, citing several media reports that alleged the 30-year Boeing veteran cast aspersions on Lockheed's F-35 fighter while pushing Boeing's F-15X. "Mr. Shanahan reportedly praised Boeing in discussions about government contracts, said that Boeing would have done much better than its competitor Lockheed Martin had it been awarded a fighter ....
                 

Hyderabadi businessman killed in Ethiopia

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A Hyderabad-based businessman, P Venkata Shashidar, was among the five people who died in an accident in Ethiopia.Ramakrishna, a business associate and friend of Shashidar, told ANI, "Venkata Shashidar had been to Ethiopia for business. For the last one-and-half-year, he has been frequently visiting Ethiopia. On March 9, he went to Ethiopia with a Japanese team for mining purpose. On Tuesday morning, they were on their way to a mining spot when a blast took place and killed all five who were in the vehicle. We don't have exact information yet."He added, "In the incident, five people were travelling and all of them died. On Wednesday morning, the Indian Embassy said some accident occurred and they said we are trying to identify what exactly happened."Contrary to this, several media reports claimed that a person carrying a gun had killed the five persons in Ethiopia on Tuesday while they were travelling to a mining site...
                 

In Jerusalem, Pompeo takes a jab at US Democrats on anti-Semitism

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Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo has issued a thinly veiled jab at US Democrats over anti-Semitism, following controversial comments by a Muslim congresswoman over American support for Israel. Speaking from Jerusalem on Wednesday during a Middle East tour largely focused on countering Iran, Pompeo told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "All nations, especially those in the West, must go to the barricades against bigotry." He noted the "dark wave of anti-Semitism" in Europe and the US. "Sadly, we in the United States have seen anti-Semitic language even in the great halls of our own capital," he said. His remarks came after Muslim Democratic congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, last month suggested that supporters of Israel are urging lawmakers to have "allegiance to a foreign country." She also suggested that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbying group was paying US politicians to support Israel. Both Pompeo and Netanyahu are scheduled to speak at AIPAC's annual conference ....
                 

Tired public needs Brexit decision: Theresa May

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Mom with kids on YouTube channel suspected of child abuse

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A woman who operates a popular YouTube channel aimed at kids is facing allegations she used pepper spray to discipline her seven adopted children, and locked them for days inside a closet in their home outside Phoenix, authorities have said. Two of her adult sons also were arrested on suspicion of failing to report the alleged abuse. A police report said Machelle Hackney's adopted children had no food, water or access to a bathroom for days while inside the closet at her home in the small city of Maricopa. It said officers who went to the house last week reported that six of the children appeared malnourished and underweight. It was not immediately known how many children Hackney has. The police report said the children reported being disciplined if they did not perform as instructed for the channel, which has received millions of views. The channel also has related Instagram and Facebook accounts. The videos feature simple skits about such things as children stealing cookies or a .....
                 

Dreaded woman Maoist leader killed in Chhattisgarh

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Four farmers killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria: Witnesses

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Four farmers were killed in an attack by Boko Haram insurgents in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, witnesses said here. The attack came a day after the jihadists killed three people in a raid in neighbouring Adamawa state. Fighters in trucks on Tuesday opened fire on the farmers as they worked in their fields outside Lassa village on the fringes of the group's Sambisa forest enclave. "We lost four of our kinsmen to Boko Haram who came around 2:00 pm (1300 GMT) yesterday and shot them dead in their farm outside the village," Adamu Galadima, a militia leader assisting the military to fight the Islamists, said Wednesday. "They (Boko Haram) tried to enter the village but our vigilantes mobilised and chased them away," he said. Resident Danjuma Ijaduwa who gave a similar account, told AFP the attack was a reprisal after the jihadis incurred heavy losses the previous day. On Tuesday, vigilantes in Lassa laid an ambush on Boko Haram fighters as they fled a military pursuit. The insurgents .....
                 

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Internet firms, EC draw up code of conduct

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Edtech firm Byju's valuation crosses $5 billion with new funding

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Raghuram Rajan's sermons

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India wants an honest Prime Minister, not a 'Chowkidar': Owaisi

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Taking a jibe at the BJP's 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said India wants an honest Prime Minister and not a 'Chowkidar'."Under your (Prime Minister's) nose terror attacks took place in Pathankot, Uri and, Pulwama. What kind of a 'Chowkidar' are you? India wants an honest Prime Minister, not a 'Chowkidar'," Owaisi said while addressing a rally here on Wednesday.The AIMIM chief also asked why the Prime Minister was "afraid" of Swami Aseemanand. "If you are really a 'Chowkidar', then announce tomorrow itself that you will appeal against the decision taken by the court to acquit Aseemanand in Samjhauta blast case. Why are you so afraid of Aseemanand? Aseemanand, at one point of time, was associated with RSS," he said.Owaisi's comments came hours after a special NIA court on Wednesday acquitted Swami Aseemanand and three others in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case.Continuing his tirade against the Prime Minister, Owaisi .....
                 

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Railways to withdraw tickets containing photographs of PM Modi

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With the Lok Sabha elections inching closer, the Railways has decided to withdraw tickets carrying photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Officials said the withdrawal of these tickets comes in the wake of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) being in force.The announcement comes a day after an All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation approached the Election Commission of India (ECI) accusing the BJP of violating the Model Code of Conduct.The TMC delegation, comprising Derek O'Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, and Chandan Mitra, claimed that Prime Minister Modi's photo was being published on railway tickets as part of a government scheme, which, the party said, was in violation of the MCC.Seven phase elections in the country will begin on April 11 and culminate on May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23...
                 

Naveen promises RS berth to Chyau Patnaik

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In a bid to pacify the resentment over denial of tickets to some leaders in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, BJD chief and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday publicly announced a Rajya Sabha berth for Berhampur MLA Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik. The chief minister also called upon partymen to work together after sensing the mood of the Berhampur MLA's supporters. "Work together, Chayu Babu will go to the Rajya Saba," Patnaik said during his visit to Ganjam district in the state. He had gone to the district headquarters to file his nomination papers from Hinjili segment for the upcoming state assembly elections. When Naveen Patnaik reached the town, a large number of supporters of the Berhampur MLA raised "Naveen Patnaik Zindabad". They urged the chief minister to reconsider the case of Chyau Patnaik, who has been elected to the Berhampur assembly segment five times in a row since 1995. Recently, the BJD leadership denied ticket to Chyau Patnaik and named Bikram Kumar .....
                 

Realty check: Current rates, unit sizes in Rs 2-2.5 crore price range

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Fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi held in UK, bail denied

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Effigies of Azhar, Saeed burnt in Holi bonfire at Patna neighbourhood

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Residents of a neighbourhood in the Bihar capital this time have put up effigies of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed in the streets for torching them as part of a 'Holika-dahan' ritual. The effigies were mounted on top of a huge pile of timber and broken twigs on a street in Kadam Kuan's Nawal Kishor Road, which was burnt to mark 'Holika dahan' or the eve of Holi. The pile faced a shop on the street side, which sells colours, 'pichkaris' (water toy guns) and fancy masks, while an image of a jawan in combat fatigue and pointing a gun, had been put up on an electric pole in the corner of the road. "People from the local area have put effigies to show solidarity with the spirit that terror activities originating from Pakistani soil would not be tolerated by India and its people. Pictures of both the terrorists have been pasted on the faces of the effigies," a local shopkeeper, who did not wish to be named, said before the burning ritual. While ...
                 

Here's why this could be the best time to buy property for self use

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Can't reject claims based on new issues

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Presidential elections delayed in Afghanistan

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Presidential elections have been delayed by two months in Afghanistan, with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announcing September 28 as the new date for polling.The elections were originally supposed to be held on July 20, according to TOLOnews.IEC Chairperson Hawa Alam Nuristani outlined the new amendments to the election law and "some other issues" as the reasons behind the delay.Despite announcing the new date for the Presidential elections, Nuristani cautioned that the elections would be possible on the new date only if all stakeholders - including the international community - provide the budget to the election commission.Apart from the Presidential elections, the provincial council elections, district council elections, and Ghazni parliamentary elections will also be held on September 28, Nuristani said.She also labelled last year's October 20 parliamentary elections as the "the worst elections in the last 15 years"...
                 

France warns could vote against Brexit extensions

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France warned Wednesday it was prepared to vote against Britain's demand for an extension to its Brexit deadline unless Prime Minister Theresa May presents a credible strategy to fellow leaders. May asked her EU partners on Wednesday to extend the deadline for Brexit from March 29 to June 30 to give herself more time to find a path through the political deadlock in London. But French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned that France could vote against the request when EU leaders meet in Brussels this week, reflecting growing exasperation in Paris and a desire to prevent the process from being dragged out. "A situation in which Mrs May is unable to deliver sufficient guarantees on the credibility of her strategy at the European Council meeting would lead to the request being refused and a preference for a no deal," Le Drian told parliament. A "no deal" exit -- in which Britain crashes out of the bloc without an agreement with its main trading partners -- is seen by analysts as .....
                 

CSK to donate proceeds from 1st IPL home match to kin of Pulwama bravehearts

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The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will donate proceeds from its first home match in this year's edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to the families of the Pulwama bravehearts, the team's director said on Wednesday.Ticket proceeds of CSK's match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, slated to be held at Chepauk on March 23, will go to the kin of the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the February 14 terror attack, said CSK's director Rakesh Singh."Our captain MS Dhoni, who is honorary lieutenant colonel of the Indian Territorial Army, will present the cheque," he added.Tickets to the highly-anticipated clash between defending champions CSK and Virat Kohli's RCB were sold out within hours on the opening day of sale.40 CRPF personnel lost their lives in an attack carried out by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in South Kashmir's Pulwama district.A convoy of 78 buses, in which around 2,500 CRPF personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar, came under attack at..
                 

Left Front announces candidates for 2 more LS seats in Bengal

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The CPI(M)-led Left Front on Wednesday announced candidates for two more Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, taking the total number to 40. The development comes hours after the Congress blamed the CPI(M) for the failure of the seat-sharing talks, but decided not to contest five seats in south Bengal as goodwill gesture to the Left party, for its decision to not fight four seats won by the Congress in 2014. The two seats for which the Left Front announced its candidates are Jangipur and Malda North -- two of the four Lok Sabha seats that the Congress had won. However, Left Front Chairman Biman Bose, in a statement, said if the Congress decides to withdraw candidates in two of the Lok Sabha seats -- Raiganj and Murshidabad -- that the CPI(M) had won in 2014, then the Left, too, might take a "positive step". It would be as per a previous agreed policy of no mutual contest in the seats that both the parties had won last time. "Never did we discuss about any alliance between two..
                 

Insurance, mutual fund returns aren't comparable, here's why

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Remember how one family's desire for power cost the nation so much: PM Modi

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Didn't release any campaign song, says Supriyo in reply to EC notice

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Union minister Babul Supriyo on Wednesday refuted allegations of putting out a campaign song without prior permission of the Election Commission, insisting that the video which went viral was actually a clip of him recording the number. The poll body had on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to Supriyo for the campaign song, composed and sung by him. "It is not that I have released any campaign song. The fact is when I was recording this song in a studio in Mumbai, media persons came and shot a video of it. It was a clip of that video that was shown on various news channels and went viral on social media. I did not release or share anything," the Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises said at a press conference here. The music video was posted on social media and aired on some local television news channels without certification from the Election Commission (EC), Additional Chief Electoral Officer of West Bengal, Sanjay Basu, said on Tuesday. "Yesterday, I ...
                 

'Nervous' Priyanka Gandhi temple hopping: Senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav

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Taking a potshot at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Ram Gopal Yadav on Wednesday said the Congress General Secretary was visiting temples as she is "nervous" and the Congress is in "trouble" in Uttar Pradesh."Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is nervous and therefore, she is temple hopping due to her nervousness. People run to temple only when they are in trouble. In Uttar Pradesh, Congress is in trouble," Ram Gopal Yadav told ANI.Priyanka was on a three-day long 'Ganga Yatra' from Prayagraj to Varanasi. Priyanka's tour focused on 'Sanchi Baat Priyanka ke Saath' in which she talked to people during her 140 kilometres long travel on a steamer boat to Assi Ghat in Varanasi.The SP, BSP and RLD have forged an alliance to take on the BJP in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections in the state. Akhilesh had, however, claimed that the Congress party is with the SP-BSP alliance in UP. The SP-BSP has left Rae Bareli and Amethi seats for the Congress.As per the seat-sharing agreement, .....
                 

BJP is not going to win Assembly polls in Odisha, claims BJD

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Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Wednesday said the BJP is going to lose the Assembly elections in the state."BJP is surely going to lose the Assembly polls. We fail to understand why the BJP is not releasing its candidates' list. Many BJP leaders are quitting the party," said Sasmit Patra while addressing media persons here."BJP chief Amit Shah has made tall claims of winning 120 Legislative Assembly seats. But, he is still searching for candidates to field on 147 Assembly seats in Odisha," he said.BJD and Congress have already released their lists for the first and second phases of Assembly polling on April 11 and April 18. However, the BJP is yet to declare its candidates.The Election Commission has set the last date for filing of nomination papers for the first phase of polls is March 25 while the second phase is March 26.It is worth mentioning that three MPs and three MLAs have quit the BJD after being denied tickets in the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Odisha assembly polls...
                 

Theresa May seeks 'short' delay to Brexit Day deadline, EU demands new vote

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Credit goes to journalist for Nirav Modi's arrest, says Mamata Banerjee

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday hit out at the BJP-led Centre, saying it did not deserve credit for arresting fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi in London and termed it a "got-up match.""This is slyness on BJP's part. The credit should go to the London journalists who found Nirav Modi. It is Narendra Modi's fault that he let him get away from the country. It's a got-up match. This arrest has happened as it is election time here," Banerjee told reporters here.Terming Nirav Modi's arrest a "strike" by the BJP ahead of the impending Lok Sabha polls, Banerjee said there would be more such "strikes" by the ruling party during the elections.Continuing her tirade against the BJP, the TMC supremo said: "This government has passed its expiry date and hence they cannot be given credit for Nirav Modi's arrest."On Wednesday, Nirav Modi was sent to HM Prison Wandsworth after his bail plea was rejected by the Westminster Magistrate Court in London. He will be in the judicial .....
                 

Gold bars worth Rs 20 lakh seized from passenger at Bhubaneswar Airport

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Customs department on Wednesday seized two gold bars worth Rs 20 lakh from a passenger here at Biju Patnaik International Airport here.During regular checking at the security hold area of the Bhubaneswar Airport, CISF personnel detected suspicious activity by a passenger. who on being interrogated, could not produce any valid document.Later, two gold bars weighing about 610 grams worth Rs 20 lakh were found stashed inside his turban."The detection could be made due to heavy beep sound in upper region of DFMD (Digitally Filtered Molecular Dynamics) and again in HHMD (Hand Held Metal Detectors) during frisking. After a thorough search, two gold bars were found concealed under his turban. The bars were wrapped in black coloured tape," the CISF personnel said.The passenger identified as Amarjit Singh had arrived in Bhubaneswar from Bangkok and was further bound to fly to New Delhi.Singh, along with the seized gold and other belongings have been handed over to Airport Customs .....
                 

Didn't get justice: Deceased's family on Samjhauta case acquittal

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For nearly 12 years, Mohammad Jawid waited for a verdict that could give justice to his brother and his family, who lost their lives in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast. But after a court let off the four accused, including Swami Aseemanand, in the case on Wednesday, Jawid was left distraught. Besides his brother, Shabbir, sister-in-law Sameena and their three sons -- Shahbaz, Shahreyar, Shahroz -- and daughter Misbah, Jawid lost five more relatives in the blast. "We did not get the justice. The real culprits are still out. This is not a right verdict," the 37-year-old told PTI over the phone from Gaya. Jawid said his mother died in 2008 due to the shock. Recalling the incident, Jawid said the blast occurred in the night, but they only got to know about it in the morning. He reminisced about the time he spent with his brother and his family in the national capital. Jawid had two brothers and three sisters. His brother, Shabbir, aged 40 at the time of his death, had moved to Pakistan ....
                 

Orientation workshop for political parties held in T'gana

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:Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar Wednesdayappealed to political parties to follow the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 11 in the state. Addressing a one-day orientation workshop for political parties in Telangana on the aspects of the electoral process, he highlighted the enormous efforts undertaken by the Election Commission to ensure the successful conduct of the polls. Kumar said suggestions and recommendations submitted during the discussions would be given due consideration, an official release said. The CEO pointed out that the chief aim of the exercise, organised during the period of filing nominations, was to provide much needed clarity regarding various aspects of the electoral process, including the guidelines mandated by the EC. The workshop was divided into five sections EVM-VVPATS, IT initiatives such as Suvidha and C-Vigil, law and order measures by the police, initiatives by the excise ....
                 

Mapusa bypoll: BJP leaders, allies root for late Dy CM's son

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The BJP has shortlisted the names of Joshua D'Souza, son of Goa's late Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza, and another party leader Sudhir Kandolkar for next month's Mapusa Assembly bypoll. A number of BJP leaders as well as ruling allies are particularly rooting for Joshua D'Souza. The by-election to this Assembly constituency in North Goa was necessitated following the demise of Francis D'Souza, a BJP MLA, last month. Apart from Mapusa, bypolls will also be held in Mandrem and Shiroda constituencies in Goa. Party sources confirmed that the names of Joshua D'Souza and another leader Sudhir Kandolkar have been shortlisted and sent to Delhi for final decision. Kandolkar is currently the chairman of Mapusa Municipal Council and one of the longest serving politicians in this civic body. He was a close aide of Francis D'Souza. Talking to reporters on Thursday, Goa Deputy Speaker and BJP MLA Michael Lobo said, "I support Joshua as a candidate for the Mapusa by-election. I ....
                 

I'm as independent, empowered as any other working woman: Richa Chadha

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Actor Richa Chadha believes she is as "independent and empowered" as any other working woman but that does not mean she is only drawn to such characters. The actor, known for her powerhouse performances in films such as "Oye Lucky Lucky Oye", "Gangs of Wasseypur" series and "Masaan", said the roles she chooses resonate with reality. "I'm as independent or empowered as any other working woman in this city. To be pursuing any profession isn't easy because it is still primarily a man's world. It affects how you get paid and your hours of work, among other things. "It's not like I'm drawn to only these characters. Maybe I'm getting a bit stereotyped. But at least I'm not getting stereotyped as some weeping victim," Richa told PTI. The actor says her process of selecting projects has changed with time. "I consider 'Gangs...' my turning point. I can't believe it has been seven years already. I have come a long way since then, especially in terms of what I want to do now. I have the wisdom ....
                 

it's been more of playground for me: Fatima on Anurag Basu's next

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After working on two big budget projects "Dangal" and "Thugs of Hindostan", Fatima Sana Shaikh's next is with Anurag Basu and the actor says shooting for the film was more play and less work for her. The actor, who trained in wrestling for her role of Geeta Phogat in her debut and worked hard to get a leaner look for "Thugs...", said Basu has an unusual approach to filmmaking. "I went to meet dada (Basu) and he gave a brief of the story. I asked him what I have to do in the film? He just said, 'You just come to the set, we will do it.' I went to the set we discussed things and every day he would come up with new things and we just played around. "So it was a different type of work. 'Thugs...' and 'Dangal' needed a lot of prep, we did a lot of hard work before starting the film. But things were different here. It's been more of a playground for me than a serious project," Fatima told PTI. The 27-year-old actor stars opposite Rajkummar Rao in the currently untitled project, which .....
                 

Serial blasts hit New Year celebrations in Kabul

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Aid agencies struggle to rescue Mozambique cyclone victims

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Aid workers raced on Wednesday to help survivors and meet spiralling humanitarian needs in three southern African countries battered by the region's worst storm in years. Five days after tropical cyclone Idai cut a swathe through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the confirmed death toll stood at more than 300 and hundreds of thousands of lives were at risk, officials said. Mozambique, where the monster storm made landfall early last Friday, is reeling. "We've thousands of people ... in roofs and trees waiting for rescue," Caroline Haga, spokeswoman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said. "We are running out of time. People have been waiting for rescue for more than three days now," she told AFP in the storm-ravaged coastal city of Beira. She added: "Unfortunately, we can't pick up all the people, so our priority are children, pregnant women, injured people." Survivor Aunicia Jose, 24, speaking in the district of Buzi near Beira, said, "The .....