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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Amit Shah will visit Telangana in the last week of this month and review the party's poor performance in the December 7 assembly polls, as well as its preparedness for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls, state BJP president K Laxman, said on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to visit the state in January.

07:26:01 on 16 Dec

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TRS working president K.T. Rama Rao will undertake district-wise tours within two weeks to gear up to party cadres for the gram panchayat polls. The party executive met on Saturday for the first time under Rama Rao’s leadership and resolved to take up a party membership drive in the second week of February and start an insurance scheme for party workers.

06:57:02 on 16 Dec

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Former Minister M.B. Patil has asserted that there will be Cabinet expansion on Dec 22. He said that several leaders from north K'taka region have conveyed to the party high command that NK has had a raw deal in the State Cabinet. “In order to set right the discrimination, the Cabinet should be expanded by giving adequate representation to legislators of NK,” he said.

06:25:02 on 16 Dec

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New Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will arrive in New Delhi today on a three-day state visit, during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strengthen bilateral ties. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also call on President Solih during his visit.

05:57:01 on 16 Dec

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Pakistan’s National Assembly passed the historic Transgender Persons Act. Pakistan became the first Asian country – and one of the few in the world – to legally recognise self-perceived gender identity. The Act is commendable for its nuance, range and clarity. It allows the citizens of Pakistan to self-identify their gender and bans discrimination in public places.

05:25:02 on 16 Dec

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Polarisation is the “division into two sharply contrasting groups or sets of opinions or belief.” For polarisation to take place, it needs two to tango. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost three states on 11 December despite raking up Hindutva issues such as Ram Temple, alleged illegal migrants in Assam, a leaked Kamal Nath video speaking to Muslim voters, and so on.

04:55:01 on 16 Dec

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What after #MeToo? Let’s listen to heal

As #MeToo gained steam in India, it had me rooting for the movement as I believed this was the only way we could start knocking down the culture of toxic misogyny and patriarchy. However, it is only recently — when the movement has percolated down to schools and colleges — that I have started questioning some of the punitive methods being used in the name of justice.

04:25:01 on 16 Dec

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Apple has decided to update iPhones in China to avoid a ban after a court ruling banned the sale and import of most iPhone models after granting Qualcomm an injunction against Apple. According to a report, the Cupertino-based tech giant said it would update the software of iPhones in China early next week to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order.

03:55:01 on 16 Dec

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22 predictions for social media in 2019

Just like that, 2018 has come to a close. I realize there are a few days left in the year, but the content industry is already well into its cycle of recaps and predictions, and readers can be forgiven if they would like to their attention to more festive matters to close out the year. Let’s look at some of the best predictions for social media in 2019 on Twitter.

03:25:01 on 16 Dec

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign trips and his government’s advertising blitz over the past four-and-a-half years have cost Indian taxpayers about ₹6,590 crore. The globe-trotting prime minister’s 84 foreign trips around the world cost roughly $280 million, while the government spent $640 million on promoting Modi’s flagship projects and achievements.

02:55:02 on 16 Dec

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There is an upcoming HBO movie on Brexit that seems super-timely considering it is unfolding even now. Titled simply Brexit, the movie tells the tale of how it all began, from the Vote Leave campaign kick-started by Dominic Cummings to get the United Kingdom out of the European Union. Toby Haynes directs a James Graham script. Brexit premieres on January 19, 2019.

02:25:01 on 16 Dec

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Scientists have developed what they believe is the world’s first vaccine to protect bees against disease, raising hopes for tackling the drastic decline in insect numbers which could cause a global food crisis. Bees are vital for growing the world’s food as they help fertilise three out of four crops around the globe, by transferring pollen from male to female flowers.

01:55:02 on 16 Dec

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Severe sexual and urinary health problems after menopause are linked with poorer quality of life, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined survey data from 2,160 women, who reported at least one symptom after menopause related to what’s known as vulvovaginal atrophy, a common condition that can include symptoms like vaginal dryness and urinary incontinence.

01:25:02 on 16 Dec

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Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan make for ‘adorbs’ goals. The star retweeted a picture of the couple from Isha Ambani’s pre-wedding festivities and captioned it as ‘timeless.’ It was a picture that Gauri shared of the two of them performing at Isha Ambani’s sangeet in Jodhpur. The picture sees SRK on his knees while Gauri flaunts her dance moves.

12:55:02 on 16 Dec

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Time is savage especially to horror films and thrillers because the visual effects look tacky and far from the sophistication that we've come to expect of the genre over the years. But that's the triumph of Manichitrathazhu, which released 25 years ago.You can watch the film today and still find that it inspires the same fear and excitement.

12:25:02 on 16 Dec

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When winter arrives many turn to gowns and trousers, citing the chilly weather. That, however, isn't always true. It's possible to wear pretty dresses during winter, all you need is the right one. Sara Ali Khan seems to have found it. For movie promotions, the actress stepped out in a beautiful Hemant and Nandita dress with long sleeves and intricately embroidered tiers.

11:55:02 on 15 Dec

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Physical activity or exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Sherin Poojari has made name for himself as celebrity trainer- having worked with stars such as Shilpa Shetty, Shamita Shetty and others.

11:25:02 on 15 Dec

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The US has seen a few Presidential candidates lose the elections despite winning the popular vote. It happened to Clinton in 2016 and Al Gore in 2000. This has happened less frequently in India. However, the BJP had to face this in the recently concluded Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh – the party lost the election despite securing 47,827 more votes than the Congress.

10:57:01 on 15 Dec

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Actor Tanushree Dutta sparked what was to become Bollywood’s #MeToo movement after she accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment in an interview with Zoom TV. She filed an FIR against him in October. According to a report in Mid-day, the actor is ready to go back “home” to the United States after spending five months in India.

10:25:02 on 15 Dec

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The judgment of the Supreme Court dismissing our petition seeking an independent court monitored investigation into the Rafale deal is as shocking as it is disappointing. We are disappointed the Supreme Court has taken a conservative view of judicial review in cases of defence deal corruption involving high functionaries and based its judgment on false information.

09:57:01 on 15 Dec

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While Prabhas is busy wrapping up the shooting of the magnum opus Saaho, there are some interesting reports about his upcoming project with Radha Krishna Kumar. The official pooja of this film happened a few months ago and the director is busy with the prep work to get it on to the floors. The film’s title has not been finalized yet and the team is working on it.

09:25:01 on 15 Dec

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Cartoonist R. Prasad takes takes a jibe at the Supreme Court order Friday as it dismissed all petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal. Sajith Kumar cracks a pun on Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s Rafale issue campaign after the Supreme Court order. Mika Aziz too weighs in on the order.

08:57:01 on 15 Dec

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From the resignation of RBI governor Urijit Patel to the Assembly election results, and from the Supreme Court’s Rafale verdict to Rahul Gandhi’s choice of chief ministers in Rajasthan, this week has been a mix of highs and lows for both the Congress and the BJP. So will these developments shape the parties’ perception among the public?

08:25:02 on 15 Dec

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday hit out at the Congress party, saying national security and defence sector were either a punching bag or a funding source for it. “For the Congress, national security and the defence sector is either a punching bag or a funding source,” he said in an interaction with BJP workers from Tamil Nadu through video conference from New Delhi.

08:20:01 on 15 Dec

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Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) president Upendra Kushwaha today found himself staring at a unprecedented mutiny in the ranks, with all three party members in the bicameral Bihar legislature declaring that they will not abide by his decision to break up with the ruling BJP-led alliance in the state.

08:02:19 on 15 Dec

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The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed petitions seeking an investigation into the controversial Rafale deal, arguing that its scope for judicial review is limited but also that there was no “occasion to really doubt” the decision-making process. This, in a nutshell, sums up the contradictory, and thus flawed, nature of the apex court’s judgment.

07:57:02 on 15 Dec

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In a major embarrassment for the grand alliance in Bihar, a special court in Patna on Saturday held RJD MLA Raj Ballabh Yadav and five others guilty of luring and raping a minor girl in February 2016. The court is expected to pronounce the quantum of punishment on December 21.

07:56:39 on 15 Dec

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In a major embarrassment for the grand alliance in Bihar, a special court in Patna on Saturday held RJD MLA Raj Ballabh Yadav and five others guilty of luring and raping a minor girl in February 2016. The court is expected to pronounce the quantum of punishment on December 21.

07:45:17 on 15 Dec

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari asked private players to invest liberally in expressways, waterways and irrigation projects as well as towards the ‘Clean Ganga Mission’. “Private players should consider investing in fast-growing expressways, highways, waterways, irrigation projects and projects under ‘Clean Ganga Mission’,” road transport and shipping minister Gadkari said.

07:24:48 on 15 Dec

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The deep depression in the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours, the Regional Meteorological Centre said. The storm is likely to further develop into a severe cyclonic storm in the subsequent 24 hours and may hit Andhra Pradesh on Monday. As the depression develops into a cyclonic storm , it will be named Phethai.

07:13:38 on 15 Dec

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister designate Kamal Nath Saturday said he would contest Assembly polls from his home turf Chhindwara but was yet to zero in on any particular seat from the district. As per rules, Mr Nath, a Lok Sabha MP from Chhindwara, will have to get elected to the MP Assembly within six months of assuming any ministerial office.

06:51:01 on 15 Dec

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According to sources, discussions are underway on whether Baghel and Deo can lead the CM's post for two-and-a-half-years each. The Congress leaders have returned to Sonia's residence; a meeting of the legislators will be held tomorrow. Rahul Gandhi's tweet hints at end to Chhattisgarh leadership impasse. But there is no real clarity despite Rahul's tweet.

06:36:03 on 15 Dec

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The Narendra Modi government on Saturday said that the Supreme Court misinterpreted the reference to a CAG report on the Rafale deal that it had submitted in a sealed cover. In an affidavit submitted to the apex court on Saturday morning, it said there was a grammatical typographical error in the verdict and asked for a necessary correction.

06:19:18 on 15 Dec

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JDU, an ally of the BJP, isn't keen on an ordinance or an executive order on the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya and said it will wait for the SC to decide on the issue. JD(U)'s national general secretary Ram Chandra Prasad Singh said the party's stand is that the issue either be solved by mutual consent between the affected communities or decided by a court of law

06:13:29 on 15 Dec

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An analysis conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has revealed that in the newly-elected 230-member legislative assembly, a total of 187 MLAs are multi-millionaires or 'crorepatis', while 41 per cent of the total number have criminal cases against them.

06:09:28 on 15 Dec

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Tripura CM Biplab Deb has alleged that Congress president Rahul Gandhi "hatched a conspiracy" and opposed the Rafale jet deal with France to demean India's position in the world. Addressing a press conference Mr Deb said the SC verdict, dismissing four petitions challenging the deal, proved that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre is accountable and enterprising.

05:46:23 on 15 Dec

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One of the popular production houses in the Malayalam film industry, August Cinemas, had recently announced two projects - Ayyappan and Pathinettam Padi. Now comes another interesting announcement from the production house regarding their new project. Titled Prithvi, the film will be directed by Kerala State Award-winning director Abijith Asokan.

05:20:52 on 15 Dec

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The centre has approached the Supreme Court to make a "factual correction" in its verdict on Friday in the Rafale fighter jet deal. The centre in its petition says the Supreme Court misunderstood the procedure mentioned in the sealed cover that the government's auditor CAG had examined the pricing of the jets and submitted its report.

05:13:55 on 15 Dec

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Over 70 Heads of Missions based in Delhi are visiting Allahabad to witness the preparations for the Kumbh Mela to be held next month. The Heads of Missions boarded a special flight to Prayagraj (Allahabad) this morning to witness ‘Kumbh Mela in the Making,’ Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

05:11:45 on 15 Dec

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After sparking a major row with his "Hindu country" remark in a judgement, Meghalaya HC Judge Sudip has clarified that his order wasn't influenced by any political ideology. He had on Wednesday said that "India should have become a Hindu country after Partition". He was hearing a petition by an Army recruit who was refused a domicile certificate by the Meghalaya govt.

04:48:53 on 15 Dec

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According to sources, the decision is likely to be taken tomorrow. Sahu was nearly chosen as the CM. However, others were not convinced and returned Rahul Gandhi's residence. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi held talks with senior party leaders this morning, including the top contenders in the race.

04:24:27 on 15 Dec

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The CBI court on 15 Dec, granted extension of Christian Michel’s custody by four days. The CBI had for an extension of five day remand of Christian Michel. The CBI Court had sent him, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland deal, to 5 days of CBI remand on 10 December. The court will be hearing his bail plea application on Wednesday, 19 December.

04:17:29 on 15 Dec

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With the general elections expected to take place within the next six months, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that going forward, India cannot afford to have "fragile coalitions." Arun Jaitley said that the need of the hour was to formulate policies that have clarity, directional stability and decisive leadership.

04:09:51 on 15 Dec

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A day after the Supreme Court rejected probe into Rafale deal, Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday accused the Congress of trying to "sabotage" the security preparedness of the country by opposing the purchase of 36 fighter jets from France. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been alleging procedural irregularities in the deal.

04:06:46 on 15 Dec

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Fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya, who a court in the UK said can be extradited to India to face fraud investigations, says India seems more focused on getting him to the country, than recovering money. Mallya is wanted in India for defaulting on Rs. 9,000 crore in loans to his failed Kingfisher Airlines. In an interview, Mallya answered questions on his extradition ruling.

04:02:15 on 15 Dec

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The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday decided to approach the Supreme Court challenging the National Green Tribunal (NGT)’s order allowing operations to continue at Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper plant in Thoothukudi. The tribunal board had dismissed the state government’s order to close the plant earlier in the day.

03:57:18 on 15 Dec

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Saturday said the land acquisition proceedings for the Salem-Chennai Expressway project was not opposed by as many as 89 per cent of the people. Highway project was opposed by a minor sections of farmers and the public as well, the Tamil Nadu CM said.

03:45:35 on 15 Dec

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GFP president and Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai has rued that Goa “lagged behind” in forming a true “regionalistic” party. He said the absence of a strong regional political entity has resulted into decisions that are skewed against the people of Goa. He cited examples of parties like TRS, BJP in Odisha and DMK which are deep-rooted in their respective regions

03:36:47 on 15 Dec

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RBI prefers fundamental changes to smoothen loan flow to micro-businesses through a public credit registry, rather than doling out forbearances, deputy governor Viral Acharya said. The statement comes almost a month after the central board "advised" the monetary authority to consider a restructuring scheme for stressed standard assets of SMEs borrowers up to Rs 25 crore.

03:16:58 on 15 Dec

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Voicing concern over repeated violations of international humanitarian law, India and Sweden have said that parties to armed conflicts, including non-state actors, who perpetrate human rights abuses with impunity should be brought to justice. India's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Tanmaya Lal said India continues to assist relief efforts.

03:12:45 on 15 Dec

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In a no-holds-barred assault, the Shiv Sena termed the appointment of new RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das as "dangerous" with a potential to unleash 'financial terror' in the country. It was only when hindrances became unbearable that Raghuram Rajan and Urjit Patel left, while a "tolerant" person like Shaktikanta has been anointed as RBI Governor, the Sena pointed out.

02:55:02 on 15 Dec

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Most places in the Kashmir division experienced the season’s coldest night Friday, even as the mercury continued its downward spiral in the valley and Ladakh region, MET officials said. The minimum temperature across Kashmir, barring Pahalgam, dropped due to a clear sky last night, they said.

02:49:19 on 15 Dec

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Amid tumultuous relations between India and Pakistan, 23 Indian passports have been reported missing from the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, reports have said. The passports belonged to Sikh pilgrims who were looking to visit gurudwaras in Pakistan, including the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, which holds special significance in the Sikh religion.

02:34:24 on 15 Dec

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Two people have been arrested after 11 people died and over 90 were hospitalised after consuming religious food offering - or prasad - at a temple in Karnataka's Chamarajanagar district on Friday, a minister in the state cabinet said. Devotees at Kichu Maranda temple, around 160 km from Bengaluru, were poisoned after eating a rice-based offering.

02:27:15 on 15 Dec

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The death toll in the temple ‘Prasada’ incident at Maramma temple at Sulawadi village near Hanur in Chamarajnagar district has gone to 11 with two people on ventilator support in hospitals here breathing their last. All the deceased belong to several villages around Sulawadi village where the tragedy occurred.

02:13:13 on 15 Dec

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The country's green court set aside the TN govt's order to close Vedanta's copper smelter plant permanently. The NGT directed the TN state pollution regulator to pass a fresh order of renewal of consent for Vedanta's copper smelter within three weeks. It also directed the company to spend Rs. 100 crore within a period of three years for the welfare of people in the area.

02:04:52 on 15 Dec

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A big political storm is brewing over the SC's verdict on the Rafale deal. The Congress says the parliamentary PAC has not seen the report by the CAG on the pricing of the Rafale jets to be purchased from France's Dassault Aviation, which was referred to by the SC when it ruled that there was no reason to doubt the process.

02:02:24 on 15 Dec

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Just as the enumeration of damages caused by the cyclone Gaja, is being finalised after comprehensive cross-checking by the officials of the Revenue and other departments, the State government has made a formal declaration that five districts, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur and Pudukottai, and Kodaikanal in Dindigul district, are areas severely affected by the cyclone.

01:44:56 on 15 Dec

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After selecting chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi held hectic meetings with top party leaders today to decide on the top post for Chhattisgarh. Sources said Gandhi met Chhattisgarh's four potential chief minister candidates -- TS Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Bhupesh Baghel and Charan Das Mahant and held discussions with them.

01:20:39 on 15 Dec

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It has been widely reported over the last few months that Ajith will join hands with Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru director H. Vinoth for the Tamil remake of Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu starter Pink. On Friday, the project was officially launched in Chennai and it will mark the foray of well-known producer Boney Kapoor into Tamil filmdom.

01:17:13 on 15 Dec

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Mizo National Front president Zoramthanga has been sworn-in as the chief minister of Mizoram at Aizawl's Raj Bhavan on Saturday. Zoramthanga, who has been chief minister of Mizoram twice, is a former underground leader and a close aide of the legendary MNF leader Laldenga. Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan had formally invited Zoramthanga on Wednesday to form the next govt.

12:39:20 on 15 Dec

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A soldier and six civilians were killed in an encounter which broke out this morning between terrorists and security forces in south Kashmir's Pulwama district. Three terrorists, who were hiding in an orchard, were killed in the encounter. The six civilians were killed in firing by security forces during clashes that followed the encounter.

12:29:27 on 15 Dec

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Resigns as Sri Lanka PM

Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena in a controversial move, resigned Saturday as two crucial Supreme Court decisions made the embattled former strongman's efforts to cling to premiership untenable. Rajapaksa informed the lawmakers of United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) that he has resigned from the post.

12:16:04 on 15 Dec

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PV Sindhu registered a thrilling 21-16, 25-23 win against Ratchanok Intanon to enter the final of BWF World Tour Finals 2018 in Guangzhou, China on Saturday. World No. 6 Sindhu defeated Intanon in straight games, ending the match in 54 minutes. PV Sindhu won all her three group stage matches. Sindhu will now face Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the final on Sunday.

12:10:08 on 15 Dec

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The last few months have been an eye-opener for many in the country with the MeToo movement finally gaining momentum in India. Many celebrities were accused of sexual harassment by women, who were not scared anymore to name and shame their harassers. As 2018 inches toward the end, here's a look at the timeline of the movement in Bollywood.

11:27:01 on 15 Dec

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In Mizoram, Mizo National Front (MNF) President Zoramthanga will be sworn in as the Chief Minister this noon. Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Zoramthanga and his Council of Ministers at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl. Chief Ministers of other northeastern states have been invited to attend the ceremony.

11:03:37 on 15 Dec

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TS Singh Deo today said that the Congress party had more than one eligible name for the post of the chief minister which is why the process of announcing the name for the top post was taking time. "In any case, the final result came late on December 11. So it has been just four days today. BJP took more than seven or eight days to appoint its recent chief ministers."

10:46:11 on 15 Dec

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Two days after 13 people were trapped in an illegal "rat hole" coal mine in a remote part of Meghalaya, massive search and rescue operations are on. Over 100 personnel have been pressed into action since Friday to rescue the people from] 320-feet deep mine. The rescue teams include those from the National Disaster Response, State Disaster Response Force and civil defence.

10:37:06 on 15 Dec

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Justice N. Anand Venkatesh of the Madras High Court on Friday barraged the Chennai city police with several uncomfortable questions before staying all further proceedings pursuant to registration of a First Information Report against film director A.R. Murugadoss, for having criticised government freebies in his Vijay-starrer Sarkar.

10:30:05 on 15 Dec

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Dissatisfied with the report submitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding the attack on YSRC president Jagan Mohan Reddy, a division bench of Hyderabad HC directed the Central government to submit a report in a sealed cover informing its decision as to whether the incident would come under the scheduled offence or not as per the National Investigation Agency Act.

10:27:56 on 15 Dec

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The next chief minister in Chhattisgarh will be announced by the Congress party today. The Congress will hold its legislature party meeting in Ranchi today where the next chief minister of Chhattisgarh will be announced. Congress Chhattisgarh chief Bhupesh Baghel and Ambikarpur MLA TS Singh Deo are being seen as leading contenders for the post of chief minister.

09:48:32 on 15 Dec

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In the past three years, over 100 people have been suspected to have left Kerala for Syria to join the Islamic State. After analysing the missing case, the police have found that West Asia, mainly UAE, has become one of the main transit points for Malayalees to move to Afghanistan and Syria. Keralites are being indoctrinated into IS ideology while they are in West Asia.

08:57:01 on 15 Dec

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SRK, Salman shoot for Bigg Boss 12

Known as B-town's Karan Arjun, superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan are not only contemporaries, but they have also been friends for years. Though their friendship has seen some difficult times, their strong bond has always sailed them through. SRK, who is all geared up for his film Zero, was recently seen having a gala time with Salman on the sets of Bigg Boss 12.

08:25:01 on 15 Dec

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Villagers do not rule out the possibility of mischief behind this shocking incident. According to them, there was a dispute among members of the Kicchgutti Maramma temple in Sullawadi village following which the police have picked up two individuals— Chinnappi, a priest and member of the temple trust, and Mahadeva, a gram panchayat member, for interrogation.

07:57:02 on 15 Dec

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As many as 94,698 farmers will benefit under the farmer loan waiver scheme in Yadgir district as officials of 98 branches of nationalised banks are ready to extend the scheme on Saturday. Therefore, farmers should approach banks concerned to submit the documents required to avail themselves of loan waiver, Deputy Commissioner M. Kurma Rao has said.

07:26:02 on 15 Dec

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Weathermen have predicted that cyclone Phethai is likely to make landfall between Ongole in Prakasam and Kakinada in East Godavari. As such, the district officials are now on tenterhooks. All the 14 coastal mandals in the Prakasam district have been put on the high alert. Along with revenue officials, the police department has dispatched special teams to coastal villages.

06:57:01 on 15 Dec

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Madhya Pradesh chief minister-designate Kamal Nath said on Friday that strengthening the farm sector, ensuring the safety of women and job creation will be his priorities.
He also said that the promise of farm loan waiver made by the Congress will be fulfilled. Nath will be sworn in as the 18th chief minister of Madhya Pradesh on Monday.

06:33:38 on 15 Dec

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The National Investigation Agency has registered a case to trace and nab a section of Maoists responsible for the sensational killing of an Araku constituency MLA and Telugu Desam whip Kidari Sarveswara Rao and former MLA Siveri Soma in Dumbiriguda mandal. The Vishakhapatnam police had earlier arrested four Maoists who had participated in the killing of the politicos.

06:03:45 on 15 Dec

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Looking for fun ways to layer up in this winter? Then you have got to get your hands on this season's favourite style picks - sweatshirts. The comfy winter wear has been getting a chic style update with standout looks - from peppy colours to cool graphic printed patterns. And a Bollywood celeb who has been making a stylish case for sweatshirts is none other than Kareena.

05:25:01 on 15 Dec

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Young people who identify as sexual minorities -- including lesbians, gays, and queers -- are more likely to suffer from symptoms of depression, a study has found. Researchers from University College London showed that adolescents who identify as sexual minorities --including those who are not sure of their sexual orientation -- experience more symptoms of depression.

04:55:01 on 15 Dec

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Hansika, who has worked alongside most of the stars of southern filmdom, will be seen playing a character with multiple shades in her 50th film Maha. The film has been tipped to be an out-and-out female-centric thriller. In August, the project was announced via a poster by Dhanush, who went on to wish Hansika on the milestone of signing her 50th film.

04:25:01 on 15 Dec

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Pantone has been announcing a new colour for every year since the last 19 years and we have been embracing the choices as they not only highlight a certain colour but it always comes with a hidden message, capturing the spirit of the times we are living in. Every colour has a language that reflects the design and the fashion industry for the entire year.

03:55:01 on 15 Dec

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Destination weddings were somewhat popular but now with the fairy tale weddings of Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli and Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh, it has only gained momentum. But whether you are planning your dream wedding in India or abroad, if you are not in your hometown, it’s always a struggle. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind.

03:25:01 on 15 Dec

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To attend an awards function in the city, lady of the moment Deepika gave her Indian wear a breather in favour of a sparkly red dress. For the event, Deepika donned a red Sabyasachi midi dress with sequins and bead work over the body and paired it with red heels and jewellery. While an all-red look might be a risky choice, her sparkly dress is a great choice this season.

02:55:01 on 15 Dec

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Wrapping up a year of privacy scandals , congressional hearings and a host of other problems, Facebook hosted a one-day “pop-up” event in New York City’s Bryant Park on Thursday, hoping to talk to users about their privacy settings, ad preferences and whatever else may be on their mind.

02:25:01 on 15 Dec

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Give me bitcoin or your life. Seriously? The people behind a rash of bomb threats made across the United States and Canada on Thursday demanded a USD 20,000 ransom to be paid in bitcoin. Authorities said none of the threats - emailed to hundreds of businesses, public offices and schools - appeared credible.

01:55:02 on 15 Dec

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A Prague gallery wants to challenge the belief that the gym is the place to go to tune out of life’s problems. At the Hard Times gym exhibition in the Dox Gallery, visitors can exercise but as they do art installations confront them with some of the world’s most troubling issues and allow them to vent their frustrations.

01:25:01 on 15 Dec

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Imagine a life without a smile. In India, 35,000 babies are born with cleft lip and palate every year. Due to lack of awareness and financial constraints, most of these children are deprived of getting the right treatment. Himalaya Lip Care, through its social impact initiative, “Muskaan”, is bringing back the smiles of children suffering from cleft.

12:55:01 on 15 Dec

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Not just a piece of cake!

Christmas can only be complete with a Christmas tree, plum cake and the potent pudding. The most popular dessert is the traditional plum cake. However, making it is not easy, as it requires long planning and cannot be baked overnight. The making of a plum cake includes mixing all the delicious ingredients together and storing them until it is ready for baking.

12:25:01 on 15 Dec

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Bollywood filmmaker Boney Kapoor on Friday confirmed that his maiden Tamil production with Ajith in the lead is the remake of Bollywood film Pink. His clarification comes after months of speculation. The Mr India producer revealed that it was Ajith who expressed his interest in the Tamil remake of Pink.

11:55:01 on 14 Dec

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Humans unknowingly perceive eye blinks as nonverbal cues when engaging in conversation, according to a study. Humans blink about 13,500 times a day -- much more frequently than is necessary for lubricating the eyeballs, according to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

11:25:01 on 14 Dec

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Taking its cue from Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh is set to have a 32-meter tall statue of the legendary actor and politician NT Rama Rao in Amravati city. The NT Rama Rao memorial project is expected to cost around Rs 406 crore, most of which would be collected through donations.

10:55:01 on 14 Dec

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Jean Dreze, activists protest in Bihar

Noted economist and activist Jean Dreze and Right to Information activist Nikhil Dey, along with thousands of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) activists, on Friday protested against the “harassment and intimidation” of those who have raised questions of corruption related to the MGNREGA scheme in the Muzaffarpur district of north Bihar.

10:40:01 on 14 Dec

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At least 13 people continue to remain trapped in a flooded illegal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia hills district as efforts to pump out water from Thursday, 13 December, failed to yield any result. After the incident came to light on Thursday morning, a pump was pressed into service around 4 pm and is being switched off every three hours to give it rest.

10:25:20 on 14 Dec

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The centre has extended the tenure of top officials of the R&AW and the Intelligence Bureau, two important institutions entrusted with safeguarding India's external and internal security networks, for the first time in the country's history. The government is comfortable with both the officials because they are trusted aides of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

10:12:30 on 14 Dec

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Despite the Supreme Court verdict giving the Centre a clean chit on procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday continued his attack on the government alleging that there was massive corruption in the contract and wondered why the CAG report "cited by the Supreme Court" on it had not yet been shared with the PAC of Parliament.

10:00:32 on 14 Dec

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Facebook Inc said on Friday it has discovered a bug that may have affected up to 6.8 million people who used Facebook login to grant permission to third-party apps to access photos.The company said in a blog that the problem has been fixed but that it may have affected up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers.

09:55:30 on 14 Dec

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The BJP's defeat in three big states energises the opposition just months before the 2019 polls but a Cong victory could achieve the opposite of the proposed "maha gatbandhan unity" to take on Modi. Mamata Banerjee, the chief of the Trinamool Congress, is believed to have taken the lead in trying to gather her counterparts leading regional parties, into a separate front.

09:45:22 on 14 Dec

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After Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan got new chief ministers, all eyes are now set on Chhattisgarh where the announcement will take place on Saturday. According to a release by the state unit, the four CM contenders will arrive in Raipur tomorrow to hold a meeting with the other MLAs following which the official announcement will be made.

09:31:14 on 14 Dec

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: Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia today claimed he has no regrets about not being appointed as the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, stating that he had simply "accepted" what the party high command told him to do. Mr Scindia, however, refused to divulge if he was offered the deputy chief minister's role.

09:05:40 on 14 Dec

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