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Prakash Javadekar demands probe of Praful Patel in multi-crore PMC Bank scam

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Nagpur: Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday accused NCP leader Praful Patel of "ruining" flag carrier Air India and sought a probe against him in the multi-crore scam at the Mumbai-based Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank. The senior BJP leader also alleged huge loans were approved on phone calls during the Manmohan Singh government, which weakened the financial condition of state-run banks. Without naming Patel, Javadekar said, "Certain person who is facing ED probe...his role in PMC Bank bankruptcy case should also be probed." "This person was regularly using the aeroplane belonging to some of the accused in the PMC bankruptcy case. Similarly, who gave the SRA development work near the Mumbai airport to the accused and why? "Hence, further probe is required to find out who else is involved in the PMC bank scam," Javadekar said. Prakash Javadekar Replying to a query, Javadekar said Patel, as the aviation minister, completely "ruined" Air India, which is suffering los..
                 

Dog fakes dramatic 'faint' to avoid to trimming of nails in viral video

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A video of an adorable dog fainting dramatically at the mere sight of nail clippers is doing the rounds on the internet and has left netizens in splits. In a recently uploaded Tiktok video, which was shared by Aashin Khosla, her pet dog is pretending to faint in order to avoid trimming his nails. The video shows the dog 'fainting', as his pet mother makes an attempt to trim his nails. Watch the hilarious video here: The dog falls backwards as his she waves the nail clippers towards him. As the owner tries to trim his nails, he pretends to faint, leaving his owner in splits. The dramatic video is winning over everyone on the internet. The video was shared on Tiktok and has garnered over 5 lakhs views and over 600000 likes. Over 2,000 users shared the hilarious video and commented on the dog's epic performance. One user said, "Such a drama king,", while another commented, "Hats off to the dog's acting." Here's how people reacted to the video: A screengrab of the viral video A screengrab ..
                 

Konkan Railway to go fully electric by 2021

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Konkan Railway will turn into an electric railway by March 2021 with doubling between the 46-km stretch of Roha and Veer, an additional ten new stations and eight additional loop lines to ease pressure on the line expected to be completed by March 2020. Releasing a statement on the occasion of the 29th Foundation Day of Konkan Railway on Tuesday, a note by the Konkan Railway said the electrification of the entire route also is in progress and will be completed by the year March 2021 with the estimated cost of Rs 1100 crores. "15th October marks a significant date as Konkan Railway celebrates its 29th Foundation Day this year, the day that bought to reality of the most challenging project to connect amazing Konkan with the rest of India," it stated, adding, Konkan Railway has always been at the forefront in attaining aims and objectives of Customer Satisfaction, apart from ensuring comfort, safety, and security to its passengers. Cleanliness Elaborating further, the note also mentioned ..
                 

These photos of elderly couple holding hands, taking selfies will melt your heart

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An elderly couple holding hands, and clicking selfies while pandal hopping during Durga Puja in West Bengal is taking the internet by storm. The series of photos prove that age is just a number and you are never too young to live a little. The adorable photos of the elderly couple were shared by Anjan Banerjee on Facebook. Banerjee mentioned that the couple's daughter lives abroad and could not visit India during the recently concluded Durga Puja. She captioned the photos saying, "Love has no age limit. Only two souls who want to keep each other well and happy". (an excerpt of Anjan's post which was written in Bengali). In the viral photos, the couple can be seen holding hands while pandal hopping. The man has sported a dhoti-kurta, while his wife looks mesmerising in traditional wear. From the photos, it's quite evident thta the two are made for each other. Here's the heartwarming post: What's more? The couple can also be seen taking a selfie in front of the pandal and amidst the cha..
                 

Maharashtra assembly polls: Which Deshmukh brother will win better in Latur?

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While around Maharashtra the buzz is on whether the Congress will manage to retain its existing number of seats (27), the mood in Latur is quite upbeat. So much so that the question is not whether Amit and Dhiraj Deshmukh, sons of the late former chief minister Vilasrao, will win, but who among the two will win by a higher margin. Two time MLA Amit is looking to defend his Latur City seat, while younger brother Dhiraj is taking his electoral bow from Latur Rural. Party workers, however, are confident that the Congress will win both the assembly seats, besides neighbouring Ausa, where two-time MLA Basavraj Patil will be challenged by the chief minister's personal assistant Abhimanyu Pawar. The remaining seats in Latur – Ahmadpur, Udgir, Nilanga, and Loha – have no favourites. Amit won the seat for the first time in 2009, defeating BSP's Kayyum Khan Mohammad Khan by 89,480 votes. In 2014, however, his margin almost halved. It's no surprise then that their filmstar brother Rit..
                 

Smriti Irani's hilarious take on fitness guru Mickey Mehta's six pack will make you ROFL!

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Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani never fails to leave her followers in splits with her witty social media posts. Recently, the 43-year-old minister recently took to Instagram to share a witty post about fitness guru Mickey Mehta that gained the attention of the social media users for the humorous take. Smriti Irani took to Instagram to share a photo in which fitness guru Mickey Mehta is seen holding a plate with gulab jamuns in it and she captioned Mickey's expression hilariously. While the picture is adorable, it was the caption that has won hearts all over.A screengrab of Smriti Irani's Insta story While shariing the picture, Smriti Irani captioned it: Not many know the fitness guru Mickey Mehta is my bro. She further wrote: Kahan vo, kahan main (look at him and look at me)," while trolling herself and making fun of her weight gain. Smriti ended her caption with a face palm emoji. A screengrab of Smriti Irani's Insta story Irani followed her first Insta story with another p..
                 

Anger simmers as netas sidestep floods

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Kolhapur: Climate change, failed disaster management and environmental policies, and flawed approach to relief and rehabilitation, which caused widespread devastation during Kolhapur and Sangli floods in August, hardly find a place in campaigning for the assembly polls here. But signs of devastation are still visible in the cities and villages, with sugarcane farmers and the poor still struggling, even as parties spar over issues that do not guarantee them a better tomorrow. Situated on the banks of a tributary that passes through Kolhapur city is Sutarwada, a group of 25 dilapidated shanties are lined up on a snake-infested landmass. They are not squatters, the locals said, claiming that the land was donated by the Chitradurg Math. The men work as painters, carpenters and mechanics; the women as domestic workers. Malgonda Patil whose house was reduced to rubble in the floods in Herwad village "We have decided not to vote. No politician came to help us," said Vandana Shivaji Shinde. "W..
                 

Narendra Modi: Chennai connect to see new era in our cooperation

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Mahabalipuram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that last year's Wuhan summit had increased the stability in ties with China and had given it a fresh momentum, but the 'Chennai connect' forged from their current Mahabalipuram informal summit will see the launch of a new era in bilateral cooperation. In his opening statement on the second day of the informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping here, Modi said the Wuhan summit helped to increase the strategic communication between the two sides. Modi said that both sides have agreed to prudently manage their differences, and not allow them to become disputes, remain sensitive to each other's concerns, and that India-China ties will lend stability and peace to international ties. "These are major achievements of both sides, and we should strive for further progress in this direction," Modi said. "Both of us have held discussions on important issues during our Chennai connect," he added. "The Wuhan spirit has given a new..
                 

World Post Day mooted by an Indian; how services changed overtime

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In a world full of quick-response applications, a letter from your loved one still excites you. The post began with communicating through letters, and later introduced services to send documents, money and parcels, after which the telegram, fax, internet, email, mobile phones and SMSes followed. The postal service was mooted by an Indian, Anand Mohan Narula in 1969 at UPU Congress in Tokyo. With over 1,55,015 post offices, India Post has the world’s largest postal network in the world. Today, it has also tied up with online shopping portals to deliver orders that are liable for cash-on-delivery and boost their digital connection. #WorldPostDay is being observed today with a view to create awareness about the role of postal services in the lives of people, as well as its contribution to global development.#DYK that this was mooted by an Indian, Anand Mohan Narula in 1969 at UPU Congress in Tokyo. pic.twitter.com/7GUkoinrvj — ALL INDIA RADIO (@AkashvaniAIR) October 9, 2019 ..
                 

Bhatukama Festival and Durga Pooja celebrations held at Parul University

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Culture and religion are two dishes which taste better when they are shared. The nourishing South Indian floral rangolis along with the well-built pandals, decorated with the most divine ornaments brought together South Indian, Gujarati and International students in this harmonious celebration of good over evil, through Durga Puja. Along with the festivities of Navratri, the Parul University campus was filled with an atmosphere of reverence and worship through the holy idols of goddess Durga, brought to the campus in honour of the South Indian religious and cultural festivities. The occasion was successful in creating more than just a platform of worship, as it also became a way of integrating cultures, with Gujarati students and faculties, along with international students from Africa and Bangladesh coming together in celebration of this sacred festival. Durga Puja is a 10 day festival, which is commonly practised in West Bengal, Kolkata, along with other States on the Indian subconti..
                 

Smriti Irani's adorable post on daughter Shanelle's birthday will melt your heart

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Union Minister Smriti Irani, who is well known for her witty and humorous posts on social media, recently took to Instagram to share a heartarming post featuring her daughter Shanelle Irani. Irani, who is slaying the social media game with perfection, took to Instagram to wish her daughter Shanelle Irani on her birthday today. The 43-year-old minister posted an adorable picture and a video to wish Shanelle on her special day. Also Read: Smriti Irani decodes husband Zubin's expression in a hilarious post Here's what Smriti Irani shared:       View this post on Instagram In every relationship you have lived you have blessed us with happiness , you are our pride , our joy❤️❤️❤️happy Birthday @shanelleirani 😘😘😘😘 A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial) onOct 13, 2019 at 1:40am PDT In the post, Smriti Irani can be seen posing with her daughter Shanelle and her mother Mona Irani. While sharing the picture, Smriti Irani captioned..
                 

PM Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping discuss trade, ways to counter radicalisation on day one of informal summit

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Mamallapuram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held discussions on a wide range of issues including the unbalanced trade that exists between the two countries and ways to counter radicalisation and terrorism. Foreign Secretary Vijay K Gokhale while addressing a press conference here said, "There have been nearly five hours of quality time and discussion that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping of China have spent together. Most of it was one to one." The discussions between two leaders that took place over the meal stretched over 150 minutes. "Discussions were very open and cordial. This was the quality time the two leaders spent together one-on-one. The rest of the two delegations were in fact in a separate location having dinner. The two leaders had detailed discussions on respective national visions, on the governance priorities. The Prime Minister explained that having been recently elected to a second term, he had received a new manda..
                 

Raj Thackeray's MNS meet in Pune cancelled due to heavy rains

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Pune: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray had planned to start his party’s campaign for the upcoming Maharashtra State Assembly polls from Pune but was unable to do it due to heavy rains. However, he plans to take two public meets in Mumbai on Thursday. Raj Thackeray's meeting was supposed to be organised at Saraswati Vidya Mandir in Pune between 6 pm and 7 pm. For Raj's public meet in Pune, MNS' party members were struggling to get the destination venue but when they finally got a ground at Saraswati Vidya Mandir on Tilak Road, they had to struggle in pulling out the muddy patches. Pic courtesy/Mandar Tannu For the last two days, the sudden rains in the city had hampered the ground. MNS party members were trying to clear the muddy patches manually as well as with the help of rollers and even worked round the clock to make sure the ground was smooth so that people should not slip.  On Wednesday, at 5.30 pm, the stage was set for Thackeray to speak. Unfortun..
                 

Maharashtra assembly polls: In Kankavli, it's Nitesh Rane versus all

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Kankavli: Rarely has a candidate been so polarising that not just the Opposition, but even members of the party from which he is contesting, are uniting to see him defeated. But in the Kankavli constituency, that is the story of MP Narayan Rane's son Nitesh. Despite being in an alliance with BJP, Shiv Sena has nominated Satish Sawant, who ended his 25-year association with the Ranes only a fortnight back. Sawant followed Rane when he quit the Sena, but has now returned to the party when Nitesh joined the BJP. Worse, some local BJP members, along with their Congress and NCP counterparts, are silently helping the Sena, their only common aim being the Nitesh's defeat. Narayan Rane at a meet. Pics/Satej Shinde Nitesh Rane told mid-day, "Since I have started understanding the politics, I have become used to this type of elections. But, more important for us is people's perception. Voters are happy with the development work done by the Rane family. Nothing else matters. I know a few are tryi..
                 

Jammu and Kashmir: Eleven civilians injured in grenade explosion

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Srinagar: At least 11 civilians were injured on Saturday when militants hurled a grenade at a crowded market in summer capital Srinagar. Police said militants hurled a grenade at the Hari Singh High Street in Srinagar when vendors were selling goods and the market was crowded with shoppers. "At least 11 civilians have been injured in this grenade explosion. All the injured have been shifted to hospital and the area has been cordoned off for searches," police said. Militants have been threatening shopkeepers, transport operators and other business establishments not to resume normal activities since August 5 when Article 370 was abrogated. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Pune-based singer makes an attempt for entry in Guinness World Records

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On Thursday, Pune-based singer Manjushree Oak made an official attempt to create a Guinness World Record by singing songs in 122 different Indian languages in a single concert which went on for 13 hours nonstop. The musical concert, which was held at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, Kothrud was organised by Yashlaxmi Arrts and was supported by TRTI Pune, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune, Heritage - The Art Legacy, and Census Office, Mumbai. Manjushree Oak sung songs in 122 different Indian languages in a single concert Manjushree Oak performed the songs in a duration of 13 hours, which included four sessions of three hours each with a break of 15 minutes between every two sessions. Each song was performed at a duration of 4-5 minutes with live music played by the accompanying musicians. The earlier Guinness World Record was of songs sung in 76 languages in a single concert. Several music experts and linguists were present at the event to attest the use of pronunc..