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M is legendary in certain inner circles for growing his own high-grade weed, not out there in the sunshine but indoors by using hydroponics—a system that has been changing the cannabis landscape in India since a couple of years now. The superweed takes time, money and patience but also a superhuman effort to get over the paranoia of having the cops at your door.

04:27:20 on 24 May

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In AP elections results YSRCP has won 151 Assembly and 22 Parliament seats. With the clean sweep, the YSRCP is going to form the government, and YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will be swearing in as next CM on 30 May. As the new government is going to take charge, the state admin dept has issued the orders to remove the nameplates of the ministers at AP Secretariat in Amaravati.

04:26:51 on 24 May

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Depression and other mental health problems can spread through social networks, up to “three degrees of separation” – or a friend of a friend of a friend, scientists warn. In a hyperconnected world, traditional social networks – face-to-face contacts of daily life – are unravelling with the loss of social supports, said researchers at the Flinders University in Australia.

04:22:24 on 24 May

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Debunking rumours of a fallout between the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka after the heavy loses they incurred in the results of Lok Sabha elections, Deputy CM G Parameshwara Thursday said the coalition is strong and both the parties are keen to foil the efforts of the opposition to destabilise the government.

04:19:08 on 24 May

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As Congress leader Anto Antony secured a hat-trick victory in Pathanamthitta Lok Sabha constituency, the BJP was relegated to the third slot despite its hopes to cash in on an agitation against the state government’s decision to implement a Supreme Court order that struck down a ban on entry of young women into the popular Sabarimala Ayyappa shrine.

04:18:34 on 24 May

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Akhil Akkineni, son of Akkineni Nagarjuna and Amala Akkineni, started shooting for shooting for his fourth film today. The actor, who made his debut in Telugu cinema with the film Akhil in 2015, will be working with director Bommarillu Bhaskar in his new film. Presented by Allu Aravind and produced by Bunny Vas, the film was launched among much fanfare today.

04:17:56 on 24 May

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With the dust of the Lok Sabha elections settling down, Kerala will be ready for another round for polls -- the Assembly bypolls for six constituencies, which will be next big test for Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the Left parties. Polls were already due in Manjeswaram and Pala Assembly seats following the death of their MLAs.

04:16:29 on 24 May

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Armed with pedigree, personnel and form, favourites India will look to hit the ground running when they face New Zealand in their opening warm-up game of the World Cup on Saturday. However, with India yet to clear the haze of confusion over the number four position, it will be much more than a ritual of allowing one top-order batsman after another, a hit in the middle.

04:16:26 on 24 May

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Congress leader Karthi Chidambaram today said that he will make sure that private job opportunities are created in the Sivaganga Lok Sabha constituency just like "I had promised during the campaign". He said, "I'll also make sure that the government schemes and its benefits reach the people in the constituency."

04:14:06 on 24 May

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After BJP swept the LS elections and emerged with an overwhelming majority, Twitter was flooded with ‘what next’s. Is it time for Congress to reinvent themselves? Has the Left been obliterated? But the main concern was this: that an educationist like Atishi Marlena was rejected and terror-accused Pragya Thakur won by a large majority. What do these trends say about India?

04:11:01 on 24 May

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“Light” cigarettes which are low on tar and nicotine are as harmful as regular ones, a new study has warned. Scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina also found menthol cigarettes are equally bad for health, while unfiltered cigarettes almost double the risk of smokers dying from lung cancer.

04:08:37 on 24 May

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Aligning with the BJP when there was an anti-BJP wave in Tamil Nadu cost the ruling AIADMK very badly, a party leader said on Friday, adding that the party must do some soul searching. "We need to list out the factors that contributed to our massive defeat in the Lok Sabha and Assembly by-elections and take corrective actions quickly," said K.C. Palanisamy, a former MP.

04:06:47 on 24 May

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The results of the LS polls were a mixed bag for the Yadav clan as except SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav, other members of the family failed to re-enter the lower house of Parliament this time.
While Akhilesh Yadav won with a comfortable margin of 2,59,874 votes , his father Mulayam Singh Yadav won the Mainpuri seat by a margin of 94,389 votes.

04:06:33 on 24 May

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Ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Indian skipper Virat Kolhi was all praises for England‘s fast bowler Jofra Archer. Jofra made a statement earlier saying that he wanted to take Virat’s wicket at the World Cup tournament. “If Jofra has said that it’s a big compliment, because he himself is a world-class bowler,” said Virat.

03:59:59 on 24 May

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India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is unlikely to continue in his current role due to poor health as Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his second term. The sources said that Jaitley, 66, is unlikely to take up any offer to continue in the top job steering Asia's third-largest economy as his health has deteriorated over the past few months


03:55:48 on 24 May

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For the first time after his Everest of a victory, PM Modi will meet with his cabinet this evening to discuss the shape and size of his new govt. Sources said a decision has not yet been taken on the date of when Mr Modi, 68, wants to take his oath. He has led his party, the BJP, to 300 seats - improving upon their performance in 2014.

03:54:58 on 24 May

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Disney is all set to give Indian audiences a thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Aladdin, one of the most-loved animated classics. Aladdin is going to take you on a magical two-hour journey with that legendary Disney magic, jaw-dropping action, family drama, plot twists, and humour in the shape of a superstar Genie—everything complemented by music to remember.

03:52:22 on 24 May

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After getting a massive jolt from the BJP and being decimated to zero in the national capital, Aam Aadmi Party's top leadership held an introspection meeting with party convener and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and concluded that EVMs can't be blamed as there was an undercurrent in favour of the BJP.

03:46:01 on 24 May

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited senior leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi on Friday, a day after the BJP’s massive victory in the Lok Sabha election, and acknowledged their contributions to the party’s growth. The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s president Amit Shah.

03:42:50 on 24 May

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The BJP formed an alliance with the AIADMK in TN this year. It allocated contestants in various places in Tamil Nadu. The BJP candidate for Kanyakumari, Pon Radhakrishnan lost his shot at victory this time around. Since BJP does not posses a candidate to represent the centre in TN, it is expected that he will be appointed a minister at the centre yet again.

03:31:37 on 24 May

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Meditation is as ubiquitous as avocado toast. The ancient practice, long considered “New Agey,” has gone thoroughly mainstream, with new guided meditation apps and studios popping up constantly. The ancient practise of meditation may seem intimidating, but it shouldn’t be, according to two renowned meditation experts, who break down their pain-free approach.

03:30:21 on 24 May

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The LS Elections was a grand affair in Kerala this time around. The decision by Rahul Gandhi to contest in Wayanad and his visits to the state thereof indubitably brought the southern state to the limelight. The frequent visits by PM Modi to the state also shows that the party was serious in making its mark in the state despite its less than 4% share in the Lok Sabha.

03:27:30 on 24 May

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NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator's line of sight as businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets and buildings.

03:24:36 on 24 May

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Let's examine the political fortunes of the country’s top political leaders and what the verdict of the Lok Sabha elections means for them. For Modi it’s time to reload and deliver all over again. For Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati its time to decide if it is viable to stick together. Rahul Gandhi's place in Cong will be unchallenged but it is time to face tough questions.

03:24:06 on 24 May

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Yet again, Telangana will have only one woman Parliamentarian out of the five women candidates who contested from the seat as only Ms Maloth Kavitha of TRS from Mahbubabad won the seat. Kavitha polled 4,61,150 votes from the rural constituency with Scheduled Tribes estimated to comprise 37.74 per cent and Scheduled Castes 12.88 per cent of its population.

03:23:30 on 24 May

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With Congress president Rahul Gandhi losing the Lok Sabha elections from Amethi, social media users, especially omn Twitter, are asking Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to keep his word and resign. Chorus grew on Twitter for resignation of Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday as trends indicated Rahul Gandhi losing to BJP's Smriti Irani.

03:18:39 on 24 May

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As many as 1,263 school buses and vans failed in the fitness examination in a joint inspection in 25 districts across the State. This includes 228 vehicles in Chennai district. Of the total 32,389 buses and vans permitted for transporting school children, 10,549 have been inspected by road safety councils in 25 districts till May 17

03:17:01 on 24 May

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he Enforcement Directorate on Friday moved the Delhi High Court seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail granted to Robert Vadra in a money laundering case. Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, was granted anticipatory bail by a trial court here on April 1.

03:09:08 on 24 May

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Modi's re-election for a second five-year term drew a mixed response from the media in Pakistan with some calling it an empathetic mandate based on national security while others terming it trend of right-wing populists sweeping to victory. There was no use in regular reporting of threat to Muslims and minorities. However, analysis and editorial did highlight such threats

03:04:04 on 24 May

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One of the most common condition people suffer during summer is dehydration, wherein the body loses significant amount of water along with minerals and electrolytes. Rigorous exercise or any illness such as fever, loose motions or vomiting can aggravate dehydration, which can occur in people of all ages, but young children, babies and older adults are more prone to it.

03:03:59 on 24 May

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Redmi 7A has gone official. Just days after getting spotted on Chinese regulator TENAA's website, the new Redmi smartphone was unveiled by Xiaomi in China today. A toned-down sibling of Redmi 7, the new Redmi 7A comes with entry-level specifications. It is succeeding the company's Redmi 6A smartphone.

02:59:37 on 24 May

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The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar's plea seeking extension of the protection granted to him from arrest in the Saradha chit fund scam case. His protection from arrest ends today. Rejecting the plea, an apex court bench observed that Kumar's plea was not maintainable in court and it would not waste time on it.

02:58:32 on 24 May

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Satish Kumar Gautam, elected BJP MP from Aligarh Lok Sabha constituency, has said that his priority is to send Muhammed Ali Jinnah's portrait from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to Pakistan. He said, "My first priority will be to send Jinnah's portrait that is locked in a room in Aligarh Muslim University to Pakistan."

02:57:35 on 24 May

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The defeat of the CPM in the Lok Sabha polls was not part of an anti-left wave, said P Jayarajan, the LDF candidate of Vadakara. The party did not get the expected votes as part of a planned effort of the Muslim League, Jamath Islami and SDPI. Modi fear was used amongst minorities, he said. Will examine each booth level to assess the reason for defeat.

02:55:58 on 24 May

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Rahul Gandhi, who has led the Congress to its second straight landslide defeat in the national election, is expected to offer his resignation when the party's top leadership meets on Saturday for a detailed autopsy. The Congress has failed to touch three digits and is unlikely to qualify for the post of Leader of Opposition this time too.

02:54:12 on 24 May

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According to reports, Dimple Kapadia will soon be seen starring in a Christopher Nolan movie. From Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Deepika and Priyanka, Bollywood has a slew of stars who've crossed over to work on Hollywood projects. And now, one more name from the Indian film industry will be seen in an international film, though it won't be her first time.

02:51:18 on 24 May

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected on Friday to announce the date of her departure, triggering a contest that will bring a new leader to power who is likely to push for a more decisive Brexit divorce deal. After a crisis-riven premiership of almost three years, May is due to meet the chairman of the powerful Conservative 1922 Committee.

02:49:00 on 24 May

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Doused in communal violence and partition politics, Kamal Haasan’s period drama film Hey Ram would probably never see the light of the day if it were to be released in 2019. In an age where the word ‘intolerance’ itself is a touchy subject and a couple of tweets are enough to make headlines, there’s unfortunately no room for alternative, in-depth narratives.

02:48:55 on 24 May

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The son has risen in the DMK even as the political situation has remained unchanged in the State. MK Stalin has successfully passed the leadership test, winning all but one parliamentary seat in the first major election faced after taking over the reins of the DMK following his father Karunanidhi’s demise in August 2018.

02:47:51 on 24 May

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BJP state president P. S. Sreedharan Pillai demanded that chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan should resign taking up moral responsibility of the failure of LDF in Lok Sabha elections. He also said that LDF was not doing well in 75 assembly segments in the state. The administration and ministers too were actively involved in the election campaigning, he added.

02:46:12 on 24 May

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Hard days are ahead for Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu after losing the elections, as he faces a trio of strong rivals. With YSRC president Jagan Reddy coming in as Chief Minster, and K. Chandrasekhar Rao as Chief Minister of Telangana state and Prime Minister Narendra Modi retaining power at the Centre, Mr Naidu is surrounded by some very strong opponents.

02:45:12 on 24 May

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Australian PM Scott Morrison Calls Modi

Australian PM Scott Morrison called up his Indian counterpart Modi to congratulate him on winning LS elections and sought to boost bilateral ties. Morrison mentioned that India attaches great significance to further strengthening its relations with Australia. PM Modi also congratulated Morrison for guiding his Party to victory in recently concluded elections in Australia.

02:44:01 on 24 May

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Will Smith says he had a monumental task of doing justice to the classic Disney character of Genie in Aladdin but the film’s music, composed by veteran Alan Menken, helped his performance. The 50-year-old actor takes on the iconic role, which was earlier played by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 film.

02:43:37 on 24 May

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George Clooney lived to tell the tale of a terrifying 2018 motorcycle crash that could’ve easily been fatal. The actor, riding a scooter on the Italian island of Sardinia, crashed head-on into a car that made a wrong turn into his lane. “I hit him at 70 miles per hour, so it was bad,” Clooney said in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

02:38:43 on 24 May

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PK factor proves beneficial for YSRCP

It's the curious case of the 'PK' factor which seems to have had its impact on the outcome of the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh. Ahead of the general election and after completion of polling on April 11, there were discussions in all circles over the impact of three 'PKs' on the outcome in Andhra Pradesh.

02:37:10 on 24 May

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A day after the Congress's second straight defeat in the national election, resignations were flying. Three state chiefs including Raj Babbar, the Congress's UP president, sent their resignations to their boss Rahul Gandhi on Friday over the party's abysmal performance. Rahul Gandhi is expected to resign tomorrow at a meeting of CWC, the party's top decision-making body.

02:33:46 on 24 May

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Proving all arithmetic of the SP-BSP 'mahagatbandhan' in Uttar Pradesh wrong, the BJP and its ally Apna Dal(S) won 64 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats, demolishing the alliance partners, which got 15 seats between them. The Congress won the lone Raebareli seat of Sonia Gandhi in the politically crucial state that sends the highest number of MPs to the Lower House.

02:28:34 on 24 May

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Ileana D’Cruz married Andrew Kneebone, an Australian photographer in 2017. However, Ileana is not the first Indian celebrity to have married a foreigner. There are many other celebs, like Preity Zinta and Priyanka Chopra, who found love in a foreign land. Here’s a look at famous Indian celebrities who are in a blissful relationship with their foreign partners.

01:57:01 on 24 May

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The Delhi High Court issued notice to the Election Commission (EC) on a petition to review political parties having names with religious connotations or using symbols similar to that of the national flag and to de-register them. A Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A.J. Bhambhani also issued notice to the Centre and posted the case for hearing on July 17.

01:43:58 on 24 May

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England could be the first team to score 500 runs in ODIs, India captain Virat Kohli said in jest as captains could not agree on the scoring trends in what is expected to be a high-scoring World Cup. With 481 for six against Australia last year, England already holds the record of the highest ODI total. In their build-up to the World Cup, they outplayed Pakistan 4-0.

01:39:08 on 24 May

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And the cat is finally out of the bag! While until last few weeks there were only strong speculations about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan signing a Mani Ratnam film. The actress has officially confirmed that the Mani Ratnam film is indeed happening and that she's already on board for the same. Aishwarya was last seen in Fanney Khan co-starring Anil Kapoor.

01:22:43 on 24 May

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The Kerala BJP unit, which was betting on victory in two seats, winning 20 per cent of the votes and getting lead in 10 assembly constituencies in the Lok Sabha polls, has been dealt with a severe blow. The party did not even manage to win a single seat despite the atmosphere being conducive for a verdict in favour of the BJP.

01:17:00 on 24 May

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India's economy is set for a major boost if Prime Minister Narendra Modi follows through with key campaign promises following his party's sweeping election victory. The Bharatiya Janata Party pledged cash handouts to farmers, $1.44 trillion to build roads, railways and other infrastructure, a boost to manufacturing, and a doubling in exports.

01:09:32 on 24 May

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Western Tamil Nadu – the citadel of AIADMK - has surprised everyone by switching its loyalty towards DMK in the Lok Sabha polls. Adding to the humiliation of the party, the DMK pocketed the Salem constituency, the home turf of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, after a gap of 39 years. It is seen as a serious setback to the party’s leadership.

01:03:12 on 24 May

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Amazon is gearing up to track your emotions. It is reportedly working on a wrist-worn gadget that is able to detect human emotions. The new development follows a 2017 patent issued for the company that allows Alexa to determine a speaker's mood and respond accordingly. The device would eventually be able to offer suggestions on how to better interact with other people.

12:57:15 on 24 May

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Karnataka Congress Campaign Committee President HK Patil has resigned from his post. “It is time for all of us to introspect. I feel it my moral duty to own up the responsibility, hence, I submit my resignation from the post,” he wrote in a letter to party President Rahul Gandhi. With the counting process still going on, BJP has now won 302 seats.

12:49:12 on 24 May

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Watch your untimely snacking at work

If you think those quick snacks during office won't have much effect on your health then you need to take note! A new study has indicated that employee who made unhealthy purchases at workplace tend to replicate the same unhealthy purchase outside work as well that can increase the risk of diabetes and heart ailments as compared to the employees who made healthy purchases.

12:42:00 on 24 May

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In stark contrast to the claim of making a huge dent into the AIADMK vote bank, TTV Dhinakaran’s AMMK proved to be a damp squib as it failed to make an impact in the Lok Sabha and the Tamil Nadu Assembly bypolls. AMMK was expected to play a spoilsport for the AIADMK, but the votes polled by the party was nothing closer the victory margin of the DMK-led alliance.

12:36:26 on 24 May

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Hyderabad’s power consumption touched a new record with the daily demand of power reaching 3,276 Mega Watts this season, which is higher than the combined power demand of all the seven eastern states. The city’s power demand is higher than the total power demand of 13 states. The demand for power has shot up due to increasing industrial and business activities.

12:26:31 on 24 May

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Smriti Irani dedicated her victory to party workers who lost their lives in Kerala & Bengal. She defeated Rahul Gandhi in the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency. “I’m happy Rahul ji expressed his faith on PM Modi’s leadership. I express my gratitude towards the people of Amethi,” said Smriti. While addressing a press conference, Rahul Gandhi congratulated Irani for her victory.

12:20:19 on 24 May

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The first shooting schedule of Mahesh Bhatt directorial Sadak 2 has been completed, and actress Pooja Bhatt is convinced something "special" is taking shape. Sadak 2 is a sequel to hit 1991 film Sadak, a romantic thriller, which featured actress Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dut. The film also features actors Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt.

12:13:16 on 24 May

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In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won 15 seats with over 5 lakh vote margin. Comparatively, in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP had won 6 seats with over 5 lakh margin. BJP also made a clean sweep in 10 seats and UT but missed winning all seats in Madhya Pradesh and Bihar by just one seat. BJD leader Pinaki Mishra defeated BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra by 11,714 votes.

12:08:13 on 24 May

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Taiwan made history on Friday with Asia's first legal gay weddings as same-sex couples tied the knot in jubilant and emotional scenes, the culmination of a three-decade fight for equality. The weddings, which came a week after lawmakers took the unprecedented decision to legalise gay marriage despite staunch conservative opposition.

11:58:30 on 24 May

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In the wake of the BJP sweeping Uttar Pradesh with 62 of 80 seats in its kitty and leading in another, state Congress chief Raj Babbar has reportedly sent his resignation to party president Rahul Gandhi. As per sources, Raj Babbar offered to resign from his post on Friday as he took "moral responsibility" of the Congress defeat in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections.

11:44:51 on 24 May

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In a scathing oped critiquing Narendra Modi's LS election win, The New York Times, in an op-ed titled 'How Narendra Modi Seduced India With Envy and Hate', wrote: Modi did indeed benefit electorally this time from his garishly advertised schemes to provide toilets, bank accounts, cheap loans, housing, electricity and cooking-gas cylinders to some of the poorest Indians.

11:38:40 on 24 May

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Twitter India on Thursday said conversations around the 2019 Lok Sabha elections grew 300 per cent from 2014 to reach 396 million tweets between January 1 and May 23. National security emerged as the most talked about election-related topic on Twitter, followed by religion, jobs and employment, agriculture, and finally demonetisation.

11:32:58 on 24 May

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In a country where exposing even your arms and knees can get you victim blamed, it shouldn’t come as a shock that breastfeeding isn’t seen as what it should be: an act of feeding a human, and something totally normal and natural. So, the Archaeological Survey of India’s (ASI) recent announcement that the Taj Mahal would be getting its very own breastfeeding room.

11:26:18 on 24 May

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The messages doing the rounds just before the election results were announced on 23 May were on the lines of “What can India expect if…?” Those who had braced themselves for a BJP-led NDA victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, were well aware of what they needed to brace themselves for. The last few years have offered some indication.

11:19:50 on 24 May

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Jagan Mohan Reddy, who led his party to an astounding victory in Andhra Pradesh, virtually decimating Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party, said his mandate comes with a huge responsibility. Mr Reddy, the chief of the YSR Congress, is leading in 152 of the state's 175 assembly seats and most of the 25 Lok Sabha seats. Jagan Reddy is likely to take oath on May 30.

11:05:43 on 24 May

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While the ruling AIADMK faced a rout in the Lok Sabha elections, winning only in Theni, it fared much better in the crucial bypolls to 22 Assembly segments. The party, which went it alone, won nine of the 22 seats and DMK winning 13. Though the AIADMK needed only four seats, the tally of nine has placed AIADMK in a relatively comfortable position.

10:57:24 on 24 May

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BJP Makes it 10/10 in Haryana

The ruling BJP won all the 10 seats in Haryana, smashing what was considered as bastions of prominent political families in the state. The results of Rohtak and Faridabad seats were declared early Friday morning. While it was the BJP's best-ever performance in Haryana, Congress faced a rout after a gap of 20 years.

10:47:07 on 24 May

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A day after securing a historic mandate for the BJP, PM Narendra Modi met veteran BJP leader LK Advani in the presence of the party chief Amit Shah. He is also expected to meet Murli Manohar Joshi later on Friday. Both Advani and Joshi are members of BJP’s margdarshak mandal. A Cabinet meeting will be held at 5 pm, followed by an outgoing Council of Ministers meeting.

10:40:40 on 24 May

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New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Tom Latham will miss the two warm-up matches against India and West Indies on May 25 and 28, respectively, due to injury. Uncapped back-up Tom Blundell is set to keep the wickets. The gloveman sustained an injury to his finger during a match against Australia XI, before flying to the UK for the round-robin format World Cup.

10:26:15 on 24 May

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Proponents of social justice have a reason to celebrate the Lok Sabha election results in Tamil Nadu as the much-talked-about caste consolidation bombed big time this election season, mostly for the ruling AIADMK-BJP front. If the Vanniyars of PMK let them down in northern Tamil Nadu, gounders of western Tamil Nadu did not owe their allegiance to Edapaddi K Palaniswami.

10:19:06 on 24 May

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Raj Kumar Gupta's follow up to Raid, India's Most Wanted has an interesting premise. For the first time ever there is a spy thriller where a group of unsung heroes capture India's Most Wanted terrorist without the use of guns or ammunition and without even proper backing by the Indian government. And what makes this story intriguing is that it's inspired by true events.

10:13:19 on 24 May

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This is the worst performance for the Left, which drew a blank in its one-time bastion of West Bengal and won just one seat in Kerala, where it is in power. Its overall tally was five, down from 10 in 2014. The Left has seen a steady decline since 2009, after recording its best performance in 2004, when it won 59 seats and emerged as a major political force.

09:59:08 on 24 May

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The Congress is unlikely to get the post of the Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in Lok Sabha for a second time in a row as it has yet again failed to get 10% seats in Parliament’s lower House. To get the LoP post, a party should get 55 out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats. After NDA came to power in 2014, it refused to give the LoP post to the Congress.

09:53:31 on 24 May

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Within hours after the counting of votes began on Thursday, 23 May, it was clear who was coming to power at the Centre in India. This was a historic moment in Indian politics as PM Narendra Modi became the first non-Congress full majority prime minister to get re-elected with a stronger majority. Here’s a look at the front pages of major publications the morning after.

09:44:37 on 24 May

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Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said on Thursday. Nearly all of them were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network. In a new report, Facebook said it saw a “steep increase” in the creation of abusive, fake accounts.

09:37:42 on 24 May

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YSRCP Wins 151 Assembly, 22 Lok Sabha Seat

As the Election Commission concluded the final round of counting yesterday, the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), which swept to power in Andhra Pradesh with a landslide victory, bagged 151 seats in 175-member Assembly. It also won 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats. The TDP finished a distant second with 23 Assembly and three Lok Sabha seats.

09:32:57 on 24 May

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After Narendra Modi's historic win in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, The Guardian said that the prime minister's second innings at the Centre is "bad for India's soul." In an oped, the paper said, "The world does not need another national populist leader who pursues a pro-business agenda while trading in fake news and treating minorities as second-class citizens."

09:25:28 on 24 May

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After bitterly fought Lok Sabha elections, which lasted for over a month, the BJP is emerging victorious with a thumping majority of more than 300 seats and has cornered Congress to only 51 seats with a complete washout in 17 states and UT. Interestingly, BJP despite a stellar performance nationally, has also failed to impress the voters of three states and one UT.

09:23:03 on 24 May

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The results of the 17th Lok Sabha elections, which were held in seven phases between April 11 and May 19, were declared on Thursday. Riding on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity, the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) is on course to storm back to power with a bigger mandate. Over 8,000 candidates were in the fray for 542 Lok Sabha seats across the country this year.

08:57:01 on 24 May

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Actress Jada Pinkett Smith recently revealed she’s struggled with “an unhealthy relationship” to porn in her past. In a world of smartphones, tablets and laptops, X-rated content is now more accessible than ever. While many people are able to enjoy porn in healthy ways, for others, it can become an unhealthy obsession that leads to a host of issues.

08:40:02 on 24 May

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Amid the severe drubbing for the BJP in the state, actor-turned-politician Suresh Gopi literally turned out to be a real-life hero by securing the highest votes (2,93,257) in the history of the BJP in Thrissur constituency - the third highest in Kerala. Innocent, another actor-turned-politician, who fought for his second term from Chalakkudy lost out in the UDF wave.

08:27:02 on 24 May

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Counting still in progress in UP

Heading towards a grand finale, the BJP, on Thursday, is the second political party in the Indian history to come back to power, even stronger this time. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has won in 294 seats and is leading in another 32 seats, with the UPA coalition having won 76 seats and leading in only 12 seats.

08:12:01 on 24 May

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Bengal witnessed a saffron surge as the BJP inflicted a deadly blow to state's ruling TMC by winning 16 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state and leading in two other. TMC won 19 seats and was leading in three others till last reports came in. BJP is giving TMC a run for its money even in terms of vote share having polled 40.25% of votes counted so far.

08:04:59 on 24 May

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CBS All Access has released the first look at “Star Trek: Picard,” the new series that will see Sir Patrick Stewart reprise the iconic role of Jean-Luc Picard. Little is known about the plot of the series other than it is said to tell the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life. Stewart played Picard for seven seasons on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”.

08:00:40 on 24 May

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The RJD, led by Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav, in the absence of his father and party chief Lalu Prasad, drew a blank, as did the other alliance partners former Union minister Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP, former Bihar CM Jitan Manjhi’s HAM(S), seven-term Lok Sabha MP Sharad Yadav, and the newly formed Vikassheel Insan Party.

07:37:40 on 24 May

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The Madras High Court cleared a major hurdle to the government’s move to start kindergarten classes for 52,933 children in 2,381 Anganwadi centres attached to government middle schools across the State from June 1. It dismissed a batch of cases filed by government teachers’ associations and upheld the State’s decision.

07:31:29 on 24 May

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The BJP) swept the national polls, winning each of the 25 seats it contested in Rajasthan in a repeat of its performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. It marks a turnaround since the BJP lost power in December to Congress in the state that sends 25 lawmakers to Parliament. BJP strategists say the party has benefitted from its proactive campaign in the state.

06:57:01 on 24 May

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Over the years, Samuel Jayaraj has trained innumerable enthusiastic children at the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) academy in Mangaluru. But very few of his wards showed a single-minded dedication to the sport the way K.L. Rahul did. After Kohli, Rahul is the one to watch out for in India cricket. KL is the complete package.

06:40:02 on 24 May

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Here's what worked for the DMK

Spectacular performance by the DMK combine made Tamil Nadu one of the few States to deny BJP even a single Lok Sabha seat. DMK and its allies managed to sweep 37 of the 38 seats that went to polls, leaving behind just one seat to the ruling AIADMK. The Modi-magic, which was synonymous with the rest of India, failed to sway Tamil voters or work in favour of the AIADMK.

06:28:01 on 24 May

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Riding a wave that swept aside a formidable Opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh and breached a fortress in West Bengal, the Bharatiya Janata Party, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, returned to power Thursday for a second straight term with a record tally expected to cross 300 seats. This was a moment in history.

06:09:07 on 24 May

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By winning all 10 Lok Sabha seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has finally wiped out Congress party in Haryana. Among the top losers in Haryana are former CM Bhupinder singh Hooda who lost to BJP's Ramesh Chander Kaushik in Sonipat, Kumari Selja of the Congress who was defeated by BJP's Rattan Lal Kataria and Haryana Congress chief Dr Kuldeep Tanwar.

05:27:02 on 24 May

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The DMK’s well-oiled campaign machinery on Thursday succeeded in stopping the Modi juggernaut from rolling into Tamil Nadu by mobilising votes with a focus on core issues such as demonetisation, NEET and the Centre’s alleged neglect of the State on various counts. In the process, the DMK slowed the BJP surge that swept the nation in the Parliamentary election.

04:57:02 on 24 May

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Union Minister Smriti Irani, after her victory in Amethi constituency over Congress President Rahul Gandhi, said that she is happy that the people have expressed their faith in her and her party. She also said that she has been working with the people of Amethi since the past five years and now she’ll get to serve them again, just this time as their MP.

04:27:01 on 24 May

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In Delhi, all the seven BJP candidates secured more than 50% vote share in the Lok Sabha elections, the results of which were declared on Thursday. The Aam Aadmi Party was set to finish runners-up in two seats. First-time election candidate Gautam Gambhir of the Bharatiya Janata Party won the East Delhi Lok Sabha seat with more than 55% of the vote share.

03:57:01 on 24 May

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So far, the BJP has won 275 seats — the number required for it to get an absolute majority. Meanwhile, Congress has only managed to win 47 seats. MoS PMO Jitendra Singh won the Udhampur Lok Sabha seat by 3,57,252 votes. The Election Commission is yet to announce the result for 76 seats. MoS PMO Jitendra Singh won the Udhampur Lok Sabha seat by 3,57,252 votes.

03:41:08 on 24 May

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There’s something very frightening about Omung Kumar’s biopic on Narendra Modi, who is now set to rule India for five more years—it doesn’t unspool like a fictional film or a documentary but more like a feature-length advertisement of a cult leader who can do no wrong, who doesn’t harbour bitterness towards anybody and has no flaws.

03:27:01 on 24 May

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