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Walt Disney Company has unveiled the list of 20th Century Fox film executives who scored a visa to the Magic Kingdom. Once Disney wraps up its $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox Films, the executives will all be making the move. What is interesting is how little information there is in the Disney release about what the Fox team would be doing under their new leaders.

07:25:01 on 19 Oct

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A lawsuit against Facebook in the US has rebubbled this week, accusing the social media platform of knowingly over-reporting numbers about video viewership on its platform. In 2016, Facebook admitted to miscalculating to advertisers the average time that users were watching videos on the website. More than 95% of Facebook’s revenue comes from advertising.

07:10:02 on 19 Oct

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Amid mounting protest in Kerala against the entry of women of menstrual age into Sabarimala temple, the Travancore Devaswom Board will meet on Friday in Thiruvananthapuram to find an amicable solution to the row. Ahead of the meeting, the TDB, which administers the hill shrine, on Thursday said it was ready for any sort of compromise to end the stand-off.

06:57:02 on 19 Oct

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A couple of months ago, a report was doing the rounds which stated that Sushant Sing Rajput had tried to harass his co-star Sanjana Sanghi, who is starring alongside him in the remake of The Faul In Our Stars titled, Kizie Aur Manny. Responding to the sexual harassment accusation, SSR took to Twitter and called it an agenda and a campaign by people to malign his image.

06:40:02 on 19 Oct

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The defection of two Congress legislators to the ruling BJP in Goa has left the grand old party in disarray as it fears more desertions in the coming days, according to functionaries familiar with the matter. A Congress functionary said on the condition of anonymity that three other legislators may also quit the party in the coming days and are in touch with the BJP.

06:25:02 on 19 Oct

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There Is uncertainty over the venue of next year’s Durga Puja as the Bengal Cultural Association (BCA), which has been organising the celebrations in the city for over seven decades, was told to stop the sale of non-vegetarian food items at the stalls by Ahmedabad Education Society (AES). A plot belonging to AES has been the venue for the puja for the last decade.

06:10:01 on 19 Oct

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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the "delay" in constructing the Ram temple in Ayodhya and demanded that he either fulfil the long-pending vow or admit that it was just another fake promise. He also accused the BJP of failing on several fronts, such as curbing inflation and ensuring the security of women.

05:57:01 on 19 Oct

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Twenty years, in terms of horror films, doesn’t sound all that long. Yet it adds up to a generation, and the list below reflects that. It’s a catalogue of the cinematic fears and obsessions that define an era. The list is also destined to start a few fights. So feel free to object, and to point out the dozens of terrific films I left out.

05:25:01 on 19 Oct

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What happens when your parents embarrass you in front of society by showing that they had sex? This is the overarching story of Badhaai Ho. The dilemma of dealing with a 50-year-old pregnant woman is at the centre of this humour-sautéed film directed by Amit Sharma. It holds a mirror to the society that cringes at sex, especially when it is between a middle-aged, couple.

04:55:01 on 19 Oct

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Toxic smog has once again threatened to engulf the NCR as farmers in parts of Haryana and Punjab have begun to burn their crop residue. And the zika virus, spread by mosquitoes, has mysteriously raised its head in Rajasthan. Now a team led by Sabyasachi Sarkar, nano-technologist at the IIEST in Shibpur, WB, has proposed a single solution to solve these twin problems.

04:25:01 on 19 Oct

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The all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks compact SUV has finally made its India debut and what you see here is the India-spec model. While globally the Kicks has been on sale for a while now, the India-spec model will be a lot different from the international model for it's based on the B0 platform as the Terrano, compared to the former that is based on Nissan's V platform.

03:55:01 on 19 Oct

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Badhaai Ho doesn’t quite know what it wants us to do more, laugh or cry. And parts of the film sink into sitcom flatness, especially when Sikri overdoes her grumpy 'saas' act, though some of her lines are laugh-out-loud. The ridiculous extent of Indian hypocrisy around sex, is laid bare in Badhaai Ho, which has to have one of the most unique propositions in Indian cinema.

03:27:01 on 19 Oct

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Sri Reddy in Raghava Lawrence's next

Sri Reddy levelled some serious allegations against top film personalities stirring the hornet’s nest a few months ago. She had named some top directors and actors for asking sexual favours for finding work in the industry. And one name that figured was that of the noted actor – director – producer – choreographer, the multi-talented Raghava Lawrence.

02:56:01 on 19 Oct

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Rahul Riji Nair of Ottamuri Velicham fame is currently working on his next project titled Dakini. The first look of this film was released recently and has been received well by film buffs. The director had carved a niche for himself with Ottamuri Velicham, which has upped the expectation levels for Dakini.

02:27:02 on 19 Oct

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It is mostly during festivals such as Durga Puja that we get to witness beautifully designed and decorated floor art that adds to the mood of the celebrations. In Bengal and Assam, this floor art is called alpona, kolam in Tamil Nadu, and muggulu in Andhra Pradesh – together, they form a part of a rich folk art genre.

01:56:01 on 19 Oct

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Her on-screen characters challenged social norms but in real life Neena Gupta says men became a priority and her focus shifted from career to finding the right partner. The 64-year-old actor, who is known for her performance in TV shows and movies, says her desire to have a healthy relationship diverted her attention from work.

01:26:02 on 19 Oct

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) Corporation will release the 0.9.0 update for the immensely popular PUBG Mobile game on October 25. This is one of the biggest updates the game will receive over the next few weeks. There will be a lot of new features arriving on a platter, but first up, there will also be significant performance updates that will be a part of the game.

12:57:01 on 19 Oct

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From the US to Argentina, by way of Ireland and Poland, the red habit and white bonnet synonymous with ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ have become a powerful symbol of the #MeToo movement. Yet its potency has come as a shock to 54-year-old costume designer Ane Crabtree, the creator of the now iconic outfit. It’s grown bigger than the purpose I designed it for,” Crabtree told AFP.

12:27:01 on 19 Oct

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WhatsApp appears to be working on a feature that could help users link their accounts with other social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. This has been reported by TelecomTalk, which claimed WhatsApp could introduce this among three new features that have been developed for the messaging service.

11:55:02 on 18 Oct

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Watch Bollywood actor Sushmita Sen perform the ‘Dhunuchi Naach’ with her daughters on the occasion of Durga Puja. The actress shared the video on her Instagram timeline. While Sushmita wore a stunning beige saree, her two daughters Renee and Alisah also wore traditional clothes for the occasion. “Dhunuchi naach.

11:25:01 on 18 Oct

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Bollywood actor Nana Patekar, has responded to a show-cause notice, which was sent to him by Cine And TV Artists' Association or CINTAA, over actress Tanushree Dutta's claim that he harassed her on the sets of the 2008 film Horn 'Ok' Please. In his response, to the film association's notice, Nana Patekar denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.

10:55:02 on 18 Oct

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In Facebook's "War Room," a nondescript space adorned with American and Brazilian flags, a team of 20 people monitors computer screens for signs of suspicious activity. The freshly launched unit at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters in California is the nerve centre for the fight against misinformation and manipulation of the largest social network.

10:40:02 on 18 Oct

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A rigid dress code banning jeans pant, trousers and Bermuda shorts has been put in place at the Mahabaleshwar Temple in Gokarna, a popular pilgrimage centre, by its administration. “We have already implemented the dress code in Gokarna. The restrictions were already there but we implemented them a month ago,” the executive officer of Gokarna Mahabaleshwar temple H Halappa.

10:25:01 on 18 Oct

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Here is a clear sign that both the state government and the BJP have felt no remorse for the deteriorating law and order situation in Sabarimala. Each one has blamed the other and has steered clear of wanting to take any responsibility. BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai was the first to hurl the charge that the CPM was engineering the violence at Sabarimala.

10:12:02 on 18 Oct

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India said that the onus was on Pakistan to create conducive conditions for talks by taking steps towards curbing terrorism on its soil. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar reiterated India’s stand that talks and terror cannot go together and said this was one of the reasons why the scheduled meeting in New York between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan was cancelled.

09:55:01 on 18 Oct

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Namma Metro clocked its highest daily ridership of 4.49 lakh on Wednesday, thanks to the Dasara holiday rush which also meant a long weekend for many. Holidays bring more people to the metro as many seek to go out of the city. The introduction of the six-car metro has also helped ridership cross 4 lakh barrier.

09:40:01 on 18 Oct

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Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi urged all recognised political parties to form internal committees immediately to look into complaints of sexual harassment . Maneka Gandhi said she has written to six national parties and 59 regional parties to form ICCs against sexual harassment and post information on it on their website.

09:25:02 on 18 Oct

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Post actor Divya Gopinath's Me Too allegations against veteran actor Alencier, director of 'Aabhasam', Jubith Namradath has come out in full support for her. In a Facebook post, Jubith not only corroborated Divya's account of the harassment but also called out Alencier's predatory behaviour and announced that he stood by the young actor.

09:12:01 on 18 Oct

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America's Great Observatories - the Hubble, Chandra, Compton and Spitzer space telescopes - have peered into the unknown and made breakthrough discoveries about newborn stars, dark matter and the age of the universe itself. But these telescopes, whose era began in 1990, are aging, if not already dead, and there is no budget or political will to replace them.

08:55:02 on 18 Oct

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British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she is considering a European Union proposal that would keep Britain bound to the bloc’s rules for more than two years after it leaves. The extension idea has angered pro-Brexit U.K. politicians, who see it as an attempt to bind Britain to the bloc indefinitely.

08:41:01 on 18 Oct

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The Centre has asked the Kerala government to ensure peace across the state following protests against the Supreme Court order allowing women of all age groups to enter Sabarimala temple, officials said. Home Ministry said the maintenance of law and order, including providing security to women wishing to visit the temple, was the responsibility of the state government.

08:36:23 on 18 Oct

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In what could be seen as a breakthrough in the ongoing Sabarimala protests, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) president A Padmakumar has said that board is willing to file the review petition if protesters call off their agitation. "We're ready to compromise. Will the protesters call off agitation if the board files review petition? Padmakumar said on Thursday evening.

08:28:40 on 18 Oct

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A team of students of VIT will present an innovative solution to ocean acidification issue at a competition scheduled to be held in the US. Ocean acidification is caused by the increase of carbon dioxide. Due to the absorption carbon dioxide, chemical reactions occur in the seas which in turn lead to coral reef degradation and affect the metabolism of aquatic life.

08:25:02 on 18 Oct

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K'tka CM Kumaraswamy said that he supports the traditionalists in the controversial issue of women entry into Sabarimala. The comment from the CM comes a day after several women, including at least four journalists, were physically and verbally assaulted by agitators, who are opposing the recent landmark SC ruling that allows entry of women of all ages inside the shrine.

08:12:02 on 18 Oct

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Nearly a year after a 37-year-old woman from Bengaluru created a flutter by claiming to be the biological daughter of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the Madras High Court has dismissed her writ petition. Amrutha Sarathy had moved the court seeking a DNA test to establish that she is Jayalalithaa’s daughter.

07:57:01 on 18 Oct

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NIA has decided to end the investigation into the sensational Hadiya case. The NIA move comes as there is no evidence to prove that the 25- year-old Kerala woman was forcibly converted to Islam. The NIA also took into consideration the fact that even the Supreme Court had agreed to her wedding with Shafin Jahan.

07:40:01 on 18 Oct

Read more at Manorama

Canada became the second and largest country with a legal national cannabis marketplace on Wednesday. Tom Clarke, an illegal cannabis dealer for three decades, was among the first to make a legal sale in Canada when his store opened at midnight in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland.

07:31:21 on 18 Oct

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Pellet Manufacturers' Association of India has sought govt support to open up K'tka's pellet industry, which at present can not export the product due to a court ruling. Iron ore fines are agglomerated into pellets and then indurated using a furnace to create iron ore pellets. These are typically fed to a blast furnace or DRI plant as part of the process to make steel.

07:12:02 on 18 Oct

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In potentially controversial remarks that could provoke a backlash, Minister Pon Radhakrishnan has said the #MeToo movement was started by "people with perverted minds" and wondered if it was fair to level accusations over incidents that happened years ago. He made the comments amid the raging #MeToo storm which has demolished the reputations of many famous personalities.

07:05:12 on 18 Oct

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Vinod Dua discusses Dassault Aviation chief Eric Trappier’s statement that its joint venture with Reliance Defence is geared towards meeting about 10% of this offset obligation for the Rafale fighter jet deal. He also discusses the fuel price hike that has wiped out the Rs 2.50 per litre cut in rates announced by the Centre government on October 4.

07:00:01 on 18 Oct

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the Modi government over the Rafale deal alleging that it renegotiated the contract to benefit crony capitalists and reduced India’s prestige globally. The Government has dismissed Mr Gandhi’s allegations, while the BJP has accused him of spreading lies on the issue.

06:55:19 on 18 Oct

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Netflix is ready to “experiment” with a lower pricing tier than its current basic plan, the company's CPO Greg Peters saida. The streaming service will also expand beyond English into Hindi and other Indic and Dravidian languages, CEO Reed Hastings added, in order to meet its long-term goal of 100 million subscribers in India.

06:55:01 on 18 Oct

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In a defamation suit, MJ Akbar told a Delhi court today that journalist Priya Ramani's article and tweets have spoiled his reputation and goodwill built over 40 years and he had to quit his job as the junior foreign minister in PM Modi's govt because of these allegations. The tweets and article, his lawyers said, were widely read and even picked up by the media abroad.

06:50:35 on 18 Oct

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According to the government’s own estimates, loss in agriculture due to Cyclone Titli has been pegged at Rs 802 crore while the figure for horticulture is Rs 1,000 crore. Homes worth Rs 220 crore were also said to be destroyed by the cyclone. Among the agriculture losses, the coconut & cashew farmers are the worst-hit.

06:41:01 on 18 Oct

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Just two days after veteran journalist Vinod Dua was accused of sexual harassment and stalking by filmmaker Nishtha Jain, he went on his show Jan Gan Man ki Baat on The Wire to mock the #MeToo movement. Notably, Dua was under ICC investigation instituted by The Wire to look into the allegations against him, when the 318th episode was published on Tuesday, 16 October.

06:25:01 on 18 Oct

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While HMD Global's recently launched smartphones — the Nokia 6.1 Plus (review) and the Nokia 5.1 Plus (review) turned out to be impressive, the company’s new budget offering the Nokia 3.1 Plus also seems interesting on paper. Apart from the newer 'Plus' member, the company's 'banana' phone — Nokia 8110 4G also made its way to the Indian shores.

06:12:02 on 18 Oct

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The world's population is set to grow by 2.2 billion between now and 2050, the UN has said, and more than half of that growth - 1.3 billion - is likely to be in sub-Saharan Africa, where women's rights are hampered by limited access to healthcare and education, along with "entrenched gender discrimination".

05:55:02 on 18 Oct

The Centre announced a liberalisation of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)’s affiliation-granting regime on Thursday, with Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar saying that the state government alone would henceforth certify a school's infrastructure while the CBSE would inspect only learning outcomes.

05:40:02 on 18 Oct

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"Orange Is the New Black" is set to officially call it a day after its 7th season. The cast of the critically-acclaimed Netflix prison drama announced the news Wednesday on Twitter. Creator Jenji Kohan said after seven seasons, "It's time to be released from prison". "I will miss all the badass ladies of Litchfield and the incredible crew we've worked with" Kohan said.

05:25:02 on 18 Oct

Between MoS MJ Akbar stepping down from his post amid allegations of sexual harassment and the brouhaha at the Sabarimala gates, you are bound to have missed some other news stories from Wednesday, 17 October. Here is the other news that missed the headlines or slipped through the cracks.

05:12:01 on 18 Oct

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Activist and leader of the Ayyappa Dharma Sena Rahul Easwar, who spearheaded a section of the protest in Sabarimala on Wednesday has been sent to 14 days judicial custody. He was produced before a local court. Rahul Easwar has been charged by Pamba police under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including section 143 (unlawful assembly) & 147 (rioting).

05:07:19 on 18 Oct

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India is considering a dollar deposit scheme for non-resident Indians (NRIs) to stem the decline of the rupee by increasing dollar inflows, a senior official in the finance ministry said on condition of anonymity. The exact contours of the scheme are being worked out, this person added.

04:55:01 on 18 Oct

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Sabarimala temple head priest Kandarau Rajeevaru asked women not to take visiting Sabarimala temple as a challenge. He said that women should not enter the shrine by violating the centuries-old customs. “With all due respect, I request all women to follow the traditional customs in Sabarimala,” said
Kandararu Rajeevaru while responding to Mathrubhumi News.

04:41:02 on 18 Oct

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Narayan Dutt Tiwari, the veteran politician and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, passed away at a hospital in Delhi on Thursday after a prolonged illness. It was Tiwari’s 93rd birthday today. Tiwari was admitted to Saket's Max hospital in Delhi and died at 2:50 pm, news agency PTI reported quoting doctors.

04:36:19 on 18 Oct

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Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has turned down a contract from Maltese champions Valletta and will remain in Australia to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer, his agent said Thursday. The eight-time Olympic champion has been on trial with A-League club the Central Coast Mariners since arriving Down Under in August.

04:26:01 on 18 Oct

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Amid ongoing protests at Sabarimala, RSS chief Bhagwat said the SC verdict has not taken into consideration the nature and premise of the tradition that has been accepted by society and has given rise to "divisiveness" in society. He asked why only the Hindu society experiences such brazen onslaughts on its symbols of faith, obviously arise in the public's mind.

04:12:01 on 18 Oct

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Hearing of MJ Akbar’s defamation case complaint against Priya Ramani begins at Delhi’s Patiala House court. Akbar is not present in the court. He is being represented by advocate Geeta Luthra. MJ Akbar on 17 October, resigned from his post of Minister of State External Affairs. Ramani, meanwhile, said that she feels vindicated after he resigned from his post.

03:56:02 on 18 Oct

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The Sabarimala temple opened its doors for women of all ages for the first time on Wednesday after the SC ruling which lifted the ban on the entry of women between the ages of 10 and 50 and the temple premises have seen protesting mobs resorting to violence to ensure women do not enter the temple. Here are six important developments that have taken place till Thursday.

03:41:01 on 18 Oct

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Abandoning the Obama-era rule of granting work permits to H-4 visa holders - who are spouses of professionals holding H-1B visas, mostly Indians - will benefit some US workers, the Department of Homeland Security believes. The Trump administration is planning to revoke a rule that makes spouses of thousands of immigrant workers eligible to work while in the US.

03:25:01 on 18 Oct

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Buses and auto-rickshaws stayed off the road as a hartal called by various Hindu outfits in Kerala against the decision to allow women of all age groups to enter the Sabarimala temple began Thursday. Special security arrangements have been put in place at various locations including Pamba, Nilackal en route to the Sabarimala, located in Pathanamthitta, officials said.

03:12:02 on 18 Oct

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An attempt by Delhi-based New York Times journalist Suhasini Raj to trek Sabarimala path to reach Sannidhanam failed as she was blocked by a group of protestors at Marakkuttam. RSS, on the other hand, in its annual Vijayadashmi address, changed the previous stance, saying that a large section of women follows the tradition of not entering the holy shrine.

02:55:01 on 18 Oct

Prices of both petrol and diesel across the country witnessed a dip on Thursday. After a reduction of 21 paise, the petrol price in the national capital settled at Rs 82.62 per litre. In Mumbai too, the petrol price was slashed by 21 paise. It is now being retailed at Rs 88.08 per litre.

02:40:02 on 18 Oct

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Mobile phone connections that were issued on the basis of Aadhaar documents will not be disconnected, the government said on Thursday, rubbishing news reports that 50 crore numbers, almost half of the phones in India, were at the risk of disconnection. These reports are “completely untrue and imaginary”, the UIDAI and DOT said in a joint statement.

02:25:01 on 18 Oct

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The dawn-to-dusk general strike by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to deter women between the age of 10 and 50 from worshipping at Sabarimala turned violent in many parts of the State on Thursday. Transport Minister K .Saseendran told reporters that strike supporters had wrecked at least 32 KSRTC buses and he had called off operations temporarily.

02:10:02 on 18 Oct

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During ongoing Pakistan vs Australia Test match, fans got to witness one of the most hilarious run-outs on Day 3 as Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali gifted his wicket to the visitors. Assuming that ball had gone all the way to the boundary, Azhar casually went to the middle of the pitch to have a chat with his partner Asad Shafiq when wicketkeeper Tim Paine removed the bails.

01:55:02 on 18 Oct

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With #MeToo movement finally making a mark in India, let's celebrate women empowerment this Dussehra. Indian women have taken it upon themselves to fight the evils of patriarchy and misogyny. This Dussehra, let’s celebrate the shakti of all the survivors who have raised their voice against wrongdoings and fought back to destroy the evil.

01:45:00 on 18 Oct

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Dentsu Aegis Network’s (DAN) Happy mcgarrybowen CEO Kartik Iyer and CCO PM Praveen Das have stepped down from their respective positions and responsibilities in the wake of sexual harassment allegations made against them. The agency network had last week launched an investigation into the allegations. DAN has also removed Bodhisatwa Dasgupta and Dinesh Swamy.

01:40:01 on 18 Oct

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CM Pinarayi Vijayan has blamed the protests against women’s entry on the RSS, saying such agitations would lead to “banishment of backward classes from places like Sabarimala”. It’s been more than 20 hours since the temple gates opened for the first time since SC allowed women of menstrual age the right to pray at the shrine, but no woman has been able to enter the temple.

01:31:00 on 18 Oct

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The Editors Guild of India called upon BJP leader MJ Akbar to withdraw the criminal defamation complaint against journalist Priya Ramani, who accused him of sexual harassment. Akbar, a former president of the guild, resigned from his position of minister of state for external affairs on Wednesday after 16 women accused him of sexual harassment and misconduct in the past.

01:27:01 on 18 Oct

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On Tuesday, a Bengaluru man who was set to fly from Mumbai to Bengaluru was arrested by police for allegedly molesting a 20-year-old female Indigo in-flight staff. The accused 28-year-old Raju Gangappa continues to be in police custody after he was produced in an Andheri court on Wednesday. Mumbai Airport police have booked him for outraging the modesty of a woman.

01:10:04 on 18 Oct

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Pakistan’s Danish Kaneria has finally admitted his role in a fixing scandal that led to the imprisonment of former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield after six years of denials. Kaneria, who was given a life ban by English cricket chiefs said in an interview, "I admit that I was guilty of the two charges brought against me by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2012.”

12:57:04 on 18 Oct

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The death audit committee will meet to determine the cause of the deaths due to suspected H1N1 flu, Dakshina Kannada District Health Officer Ramakrishna Rao said. The members of the committee will meet on Monday to determine the exact cause of the deaths of the four people in Dakshina Kannada, he added. 30 cases have been tested positive for H1N1 in the district.

12:55:01 on 18 Oct

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Aadish Keluskar’s Jaoon Kahan Bata Ae Dil is among the Indian titles selected for the India Gold competition section at the Mumbai Film Festival (October 25). Aadish Keluskar’s second film after ‘Kaul A Calling’ bristles with cruelty and provocation. The movie has the potential to sharply divide viewers, which is mission accomplished for the 31-year-old director.

12:41:02 on 18 Oct

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AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami, State ministers, and party cadre celebrated the 47th foundation day of the party in a grand manner. Launching of a mobile app for blood donation, giving financial assistance to the families of those who had lost their lives while engaged in party works marked the celebrations.

12:25:01 on 18 Oct

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Police have also promulgated section 144 of CrPc in four places including Pamba, Sannidhanam to check any kind of protest and violence. The Sabarimala Samarakashna Samithi, an outfit of devotees, has called the hartal to protest the Wednesday 'police lathicharge' against Lord Ayyappa devotees at Nilackal, the base camp of Lord Ayappa shrine in Sabarimala.

12:11:34 on 18 Oct

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Tata Group, India’s largest conglomerate, has initiated discussions to buy a large stake in the loss-making Jet Airways. Naresh Goyal’s Jet Airways, which has delayed the salaries of its pilots and may default on payments, is looking for an equity collaboration but Tata Sons seek management control. If the deal with Jet is successful, Tata can amp up its aviation business.

12:11:01 on 18 Oct

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The US could remove India from its currency monitoring list of major trading partners, the Treasury Department has said, citing certain developments and steps being taken by New Delhi which address some of its major concerns. India for the first time was placed in the currency monitoring list of countries with potentially questionable foreign exchange policies in April.

11:54:59 on 18 Oct

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Apple has unveiled a new privacy website that helps users take control of their data and keep it safe. The website will tell users how to keep their data safe while also giving them access, to manage their data better and understand Apple’s privacy as a “fundamental human right.” In fact, the company is now designing products to minimise the collection of personal data.

11:45:02 on 18 Oct

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Ashish Pandey, the son of former BSP MP Rakesh Pandey, who went missing after brandishing a pistol at a five-star hotel in Delhi, surrendered at a Delhi court on Thursday after a non-bailable warrant was issued against him on Wednesday night. Pandey moved an application at the Court, asking it to direct the police to take him into custody in the “interest of justice”.

11:41:26 on 18 Oct

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The probe conducted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into interfaith marriages in Kerala came to an end, and there was no evidence of coercion in any of the cases of ‘love jihad’ that were examined. The investigation happened in the background of the Hadiya case. The NIA had chosen to investigate 11 cases of interfaith marriages out of the 89 marriages

11:41:01 on 18 Oct

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A controversy erupted in Bihar's capital, Patna on Wednesday, over posters put up by an RJD leader wherein the party's heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav was likened to 'Lord Ram' and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was portrayed as the ten-headed demon king 'Ravan'. The posters, which were seen across Patna yesterday, were removed this morning.

11:30:42 on 18 Oct

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The Treasury Department has unearthed another Rs 50-lakh ‘Pension arrears scam’. The scamster was a junior accountant of Seethammadhara divisional Sub Treasury Office (STO). The authorities are suspecting that the accused junior accountant had done the illegal pension arrear amount credits by hacking the pension portal for user IDs and the passwords.

11:28:07 on 18 Oct

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat urged the Narendra Modi government to bring a law to build Ram Mandir at the disputed Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya in his annual Vijayadashami speech in Nagpur today. Saying that the temple should have been built already, Bhagwat pressed the Supreme Court to make its decision soon.

11:19:58 on 18 Oct

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Andhra Pradesh BJP President Kanna Lakshminarayana on Wednesday demanded a CBI probe into the multi-crore AgriGold scam in the state and accused Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his son and IT Minister Nara Lokesh of trying to 'loot' the assets of the tainted company. Starting October 22, the BJP plans to stage protests and demand justice for the victims of the scam.

11:11:02 on 18 Oct

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MNS chief Raj Thackeray called actor Nana Patekar "indecent", but said he believes the actor-activist, accused of sexual harassment by actor Tanushree Dutta, is innocent. Calling the #MeToo movement a serious matter, the MNS chief said it should not be debated on social media. He further said that if any woman faces something unwarranted, she can approach the MNS for help.

10:57:50 on 18 Oct

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At least two coaches of a Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express derailed on Thursday after it was hit by a truck near Thandla in Madhya Pradesh, an official said. No passenger has been injured. The incident took place at around 6.44 am when the truck broke the gates of a manned level crossing and hit the B7 and B8 coach of the Hazrat Nizamuddin-Trivandrum Rajdhani Express.

10:57:01 on 18 Oct

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More than half of India’s phone subscribers are staring at the prospect of disconnection of their sim cards as they were procured on the basis of Aadhaar verification after the SC last month barred the use of the biometric ID by private firms, including telecom providers. Around 50 crore mobile subscribers may have to undergo the Know Your Customer all over again.

10:56:02 on 18 Oct

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Hours after he was caught on video brandishing a gun at Hyatt Regency hotel, Ashish Pandey, son of former BSP MP Rakesh Pandey, sent a WhatsApp message to all his friends and relatives, asking them to ensure the video doesn’t go viral. Meanwhile, a Delhi court Wednesday issued a non-bailable warrant against Ashish for brandishing the firearm and threatening people.

10:41:01 on 18 Oct

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An Indian man in Saudi Arabia has been fired from his job for allegedly posting "derogatory comments" on women, amid the Sabarimala temple row, a media report said Wednesday. Deepak Pavithram, a Keralite working with Lulu Hypermarket in Riyadh, was fired on Tuesday for allegedly making misogynistic and insensitive remarks about women on social media.

10:26:01 on 18 Oct

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TN: Notice against Raja returns unserved

BJP National Secretary H. Raja is supposed to appear before the Madras HC in-person on Monday in connection with suo moto contempt of court proceedings initiated against him for his ‘scandalous’ remarks against the judiciary. But the court notice issued against him has been returned unserved. The matter would now be taken to the notice of the judges concerned on Monday.

10:11:01 on 18 Oct

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As the Sabarimala temple opened on the second day for monthly rituals, the situation remained tense at Pamba, and Nilakkal, the base camp for Sabarimala, in the backdrop of the Supreme Court verdict. The hartal called by Hindu outfits against the Supreme Court verdict has commenced on Thursday and incidents of violence were reported from Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.

09:57:01 on 18 Oct

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Chennai water tanker strike ends, for now

The city heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday after private water tanker operators and suppliers of packaged drinking water called off their three-day strike in Tamil Nadu. The move, however, is an interim measure. N. Nijalingam, president, T.N. Private Tanker Operators Association, said, “The government has promised to look into our demands.”

09:56:06 on 18 Oct

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Major Facebook investors, including public pension funds and state officials, are pushing for Mark Zuckerberg's ouster as chairman of the company's board. The proposal is largely symbolic since Zuckerberg holds absolute control of the board. But it comes at a difficult time as security breaches plague the company and spur questions around corporate oversight.

09:40:02 on 18 Oct

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After Kailash Kher and Abhijeet Bhattacharya, a new name has cropped up from the music industry. Singer Shweta Pandit on Wednesday accused music composer, Anu Malik of harassment when she was a minor. In a lengthy post on Twitter, the singer accused Malik of being a "paedophile and sexual predator", saying he misbehaved with her when she was a greenhorn in the industry.

09:25:01 on 18 Oct

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Chaos and mayhem reigned on the Nilackal- Pampa road since Tuesday, as activists fought pitched battles with the police as the Sabarimala temple opened for the first time since the Supreme Court verdict allowing entry to women of all ages to the hill shrine. Suhasini Raj, female reporter of The New York Times abandoned the attempt to climb Sabarimala amidst threats.

09:10:01 on 18 Oct

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Shabaz Khan Ameer, an RTI activist from Shanshibanda, was assaulted by the staff of a public relations officer of the Metro Water Board. When he went to the office of the public relations officer, the door was closed behind him and Ameer was assaulted inside the govt office. PIO confirmed that Mr Ameer was beaten up by the staff in his office but said he wasn’t present.

08:57:02 on 18 Oct

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Cine and TV Artists Association said it will be setting up committees to tackle sexual harassment in the industry, which will have actors Swara Bhasker and Raveena Tandon, among others as members. Sushant Singh, the general secretary, said the organisation is collaborating with several people to eliminate the issue. The committee will also include Renuka and Amol Gupte.

08:40:01 on 18 Oct

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Expressing “deep concern” over a Sri Lankan court imposing a fine on eight Tamil Nadu fishermen for fishing in the Gulf of Mannar, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the external affairs ministry to register India’s strong protest and take steps to secure the release of all the 16 arrested fishermen.

08:25:01 on 18 Oct

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A petition has been filed in the Delhi HC seeking a direction to the Centre and the city government to act on starvation deaths, especially of children, in various parts of the country, including the national capital. The plea by a lawyer said starvation deaths and malnutrition were more prevalent in families living in slums as many of them do not have ration cards.

08:10:02 on 18 Oct

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A 20-year-old air hostess was allegedly molested on a Bengaluru-bound flight on Tuesday evening following which the Airport police station registered a case of molestation and arrested the flyer. According to police, the accused, who is in his early 30s, is employed with a private firm in Bengaluru. He had come to Mumbai for work, said police.

07:57:01 on 18 Oct

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