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Tipples with a twist

Think cocktails, and what immediately comes to mind are the universal classics. But there’s a crop of mixologists in Mumbai who are further shaking things up by introducing unexpected ingredients from the kitchen to the bar. In conversation with Bob Fernandes, Sonali Mullick and Anisha Maker, Verve discovers some unpredictable pairings.

01:56:02 on 19 Feb

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There’s a first time for everything, and a number of stars, including Sara Ali Khan, Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter, made their Koffee With Karan debut on season six of filmmaker Karan Johar’s celebrity chat show. And now Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria, made their way on the famous Koffee couch for the first time ever.

01:25:01 on 19 Feb

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What’s your cup of tea?

In a constant search for finding a healthy, natural and hydrating alternative to water, tea tops the list. Consumed hot as well as cold, tea has been a treasured elixir. Today, people consider tea as more than just a beverage. Let us dig into the health benefits of different kinds of teas:

12:55:02 on 19 Feb

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Besides treating heart disease, cholesterol-lowering drugs statins can also be used to prevent the development of a neurodegenerative disease. According to the study by QMUL researchers, high cholesterol has been found to be a possible risk factor for the development of MND - a non-curable disease that affects the brain and nerves and is also known as ALS.

12:25:02 on 19 Feb

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How to Get Your Beauty Sleep

Americans spend one third of their lives in bed, but as a nation, we still aren’t getting enough sleep. As a result of chronic under-rest, our wellbeing is eroding. Beauty + Sleep are so intertwined. Science has proven time and again that while we sleep our body goes into repair mode; it’s the intersection of where technology + wellness meet.

11:57:01 on 18 Feb

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Keep your wallets at the ready, because Tom Ford Beauty has launched in India. The brand’s bold colour cosmetics and luxurious, heady perfumes are now available exclusively at the Sephora stores in Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi and Kolkata as well as to shop online. Tom Ford Beauty takes the no-makeup makeup trend and turns it on its head.

11:27:02 on 18 Feb

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SC said that it would look into the plea seeking urgent hearing of a PIL challenging the constitutional validity of Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants special status to J&K and limits Parliament's power to make laws for the state. Its been contended that Article 370(3) lapsed with the dissolution of the J&K Constituent Assembly on January 26, 1957.

10:57:01 on 18 Feb

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Are you gaining weight suddenly? Blame increased stress at workplace, say researchers who found that heavy pressure at work predisposes women to weight gain, irrespective of whether they have received an academic education. The findings, led by the University of Gothenburg researchers, showed that long-term exposure to high job demands played a part only for women.

10:40:02 on 18 Feb

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Since Friday, thousands of people have taken to the streets across India and participated in vigils to express their anger and sadness against Thursday’s attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir’s Pulwama district that cost the lives of 40 security personnel. However, this divisive rhetoric is self-defeating. Such actions will only further alienate a community.

10:25:02 on 18 Feb

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Narendra Modi’s political opponents are showing ‘Uri syndrome’ as he prepares to give a ‘muh tod jawab’ or face-smashing response to Pulwama terror attack perpetrators. This syndrome is marked by a leader’s or a party’s inability to express true emotions as they end up saying what the adversary wants. They can’t take a clear stand one way or the other.

10:12:01 on 18 Feb

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The first week of February brought us two very messy stories of marriages gone wrong that had major political undertones. Stories of love and companionships have often defied comprehension but in a social and political world dotted by bizarre events, they are at best an object of mild curiosity and, at worst, morality tales to caution others against a temptation that is.

09:55:01 on 18 Feb

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There are reports doing rounds that Tamil star Vijay Sethupathi is being considered to play the main villain in the upcoming Telugu movie that will have mega star Chiranjeevi’s nephew Vaishnav Tej as the hero. The film will be co-produced by ace director Sukumar. Meghna Raj has already been roped in to play the heroine in this flick, which has not been titled yet.

09:40:01 on 18 Feb

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Want success on dating apps in India? Men, please study hard, and women, work on clicking a great selfie. Over 85% of Indian women find a man’s education as the biggest turn-on while looking for a match on the dating app Tinder. Once common interests match, young Indians don’t really care about age-old dating wisdom like playing hard to get or men footing the bill etc.

09:25:01 on 18 Feb

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What does Pakistan gain out of sponsoring terror attacks in India? A strategic advantage yes, but what for? The use of terrorism makes sure India-Pakistan peace remains a distant possibility. There is the familiar pattern of terror attacks taking place whenever the two countries are close to even beginning a process of bilateral negotiations.

09:12:01 on 18 Feb

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Nintendo may step into the virtual reality space, a new report has claimed. According to the report, Nintendo may make a VR-related announcement “soon” and that it might feature a small number of first-party games as well. This was first reported by Nintendo World Report citing anonymous sources.

08:57:01 on 18 Feb

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Over 1,000 unused war rockets, said to belong to erstwhile ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan were earlier recovered by a group of archaeologists during a field excavation in the region. About 1,700 rockets were unearthed after six years of searches by the Shivamogga archaeological dept. Tipu Sultan is said to have used rockets in the wars against the British East India Company.

08:40:02 on 18 Feb

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Winters call for warm and moist dessert recipes, and while most of us would like to whip up delicious sweet treats, baking can be a messy and time-consuming affair. To help avoid such situations, we have listed some quick fixes, smart hacks and time saving tips that will make baking a breeze.

08:25:01 on 18 Feb

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Timepass has become more of a problem since 2005. This reflects the failure of India’s economic growth to create large numbers of new jobs, especially in this decade. Between 2011-12 & 2015-16, there was an absolute decline in the number of manufacturing jobs in India from 59 mn to 48 mn. Today's youth are simultaneously economically, socially and politically disempowered.

08:12:01 on 18 Feb

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Cell replacement therapies may help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, a progressive disorder that currently has no cure, scientists say. According to a study published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, newly developed stem cell technologies could be used to treat the disease.

07:57:01 on 18 Feb

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For decades, researchers and physicians tended to think about pregnancies as either planned or unplanned. But new data reveals that for a significant group of women, their feelings don’t neatly fit into one category or another. As many as one-fifth of women who become pregnant aren’t sure whether they want a baby.

07:40:02 on 18 Feb

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A Chinese government propaganda app that recently became a huge hit was developed by Alibaba, two people at the company told Reuters, at a time when the nation's tech firms are under global scrutiny over their ties to Beijing. It was developed by a largely unknown special projects team at Alibaba known as the "Y Projects Business Unit", said the people.

07:35:01 on 18 Feb

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Anushka Sharma is proof that wearing jeans with a pretty top and flats is one of those outfit combos that just works. Mere days after the actor made a case for head-to-toe florals with her Valentine’s Day look, Anushka stepped out in Mumbai on Monday in yet another look that might make you scratch your head at first, until you realise how chic it really is.

07:29:37 on 18 Feb

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Two women, an MBA graduate and her mother, have been arrested for allegedly forging documents of their home in South Delhi and selling the same property to five different men, police said today. With the money they received from the fraudulent deals which police say is about 2.5 crores, the women went to five-star hotels and made multiple trips abroad, police said.

07:26:29 on 18 Feb

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Days after Jaish-e-Mohammad orchestrated the deadliest terror strike in Jammu & Kashmir killing at least 40 CRPF personnel, a former police officer who interrogated its chief Maulana Masood Azhar said that he was an “easy man” to handle. Azhar got shaken up on the first “slap” from an army officer prompting him to blurt out details of his movements.

07:21:55 on 18 Feb

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PDP president Mehbooba Mufti Monday expressed condolences to the families of soldiers killed in the Pulwama encounter, saying the bloodshed will only stop when the Centre overhauls its approach to Jammu and Kashmir. 'Deepest condolences to the families. This bloodshed will only stop when GoI overhauls its approach towards J&K,' the former J&K CM said in a tweet.

07:19:36 on 18 Feb

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The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved verdict on a plea by National Herald publisher AJL challenging a single judge direction to vacate the premises here, arguing that transfer of shares to YI, in which Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi are shareholders, won't make them the building's owners.

07:17:10 on 18 Feb

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Panning to buy an electric vehicle? If yes, then there is some good news for you. The government is mulling several steps that will help buyers save some money if they are intending to go for this environment friendly option. As per a report by The Economic Times, the government is planning to provide a rebate amounting to Rs 50,000 on purchase of electric vehicles.

07:15:31 on 18 Feb

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WB Chief Secy Malay K De, DGP Virendra Kumar and Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar filed affidavits in contempt petition moved by the CBI in connection with the Saradha scam, tendering an unconditional apology for alleged disobedience of SC. The officials told that at no point of time they obstructed investigation nor any official denied cooperation to CBI.

07:12:45 on 18 Feb

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BJP's Karnataka chief B S Yeddyurappa Monday said the 'Modi wave' has not waned across India and the party in Karnataka hopes to win more than 22 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. 'PM Modi's popularity has not waned. His wave is still on across the country,' Yeddyurappa said.

07:08:09 on 18 Feb

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Senior BJP leader Kavinder Gupta Monday called for a probe against NC and PDP leaders for allegedly making anti-India statements. Kavinder Gupta's statement came a day after NC president Farooq Abdullah said the people of Kashmir are not responsible for the Pulwama terror attack, but such type of incidents will continue till the 'Kashmir issue is resolved politically.'

07:05:58 on 18 Feb

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New-age mommas-to-be don't believe in hiding their baby bumps and enjoy the pregnancy period as much as any other phase of life and fashion plays a big part of it. Celebrities are proof of the trend, from the royal Meghan Markle to actor Neha Dhupia, closer home. From pencil dresses to pin-tuck billowy frocks and maxi dresses, pregnant fashionistas enjoy several options.

06:55:56 on 18 Feb

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The Reserve Bank on Monday said it will give Rs 28,000 crore to the government as interim dividend. The decision was taken at the meeting of the RBI's Central Board here. This is the second successive year that the Reserve Bank will be transferring an interim surplus. Earlier, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addressed the post-Budget meeting of the Central Board.

06:53:39 on 18 Feb

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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the release of about 2,100 Pakistani prisoners from the kingdom's jails during a high-profile visit to Islamabad, Pakistan's information minister said. Saudi Prince Prince arrived in Pakistan on Sunday at the beginning of his Asia tour. Saudi Arabia signed investment agreements with Pakistan worth $20 billion.

06:48:50 on 18 Feb

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After losing the three-match ODI series to India at home, Aaron Finch, and Australia will have revenge on their mind when the two teams clash, this time in India, in a two-match T20 International and five-match ODI series starting February 24. Australia captain Aaron Finch is not taking India lightly and call the Virat Kohli-led outfit "the best in their own conditions".

06:47:33 on 18 Feb

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What do the farmers in Mandsaur want? Farm loan waivers? A basic annual income? Or that they be paid the right minimum support price (MSP) for their produce? Some of the farmers claimed that the announcement of Rs 6,000 per month by the Modi government in the interim Budget 2019 as an annual help to the farmers is just an election ploy.

06:40:37 on 18 Feb

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal - known for his many battles with Lieutenant Governors of Delhi, today met his Puducherry counter V Narayansamy, currently on protest against Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi. The meeting, Mr Kejriwal underscored, was not a political one, it was rather to discuss the "fight for complete statehood" that Delhi and Puducherry must have.

06:38:06 on 18 Feb

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Facebook is "open to meaningful regulation", it said on Monday after British lawmakers said that big technology companies should be subject to a compulsory code of ethics to tackle the spread of fake news and abuse of users' data. He added that Facebook is "not the same company" it was a year ago and had already made substantial changes to its procedures.

06:36:49 on 18 Feb

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Cricket takes the spotlight this summer!

This summer in Tollywood, three upcoming films will have cricket in the backdrop of their stories. Majili, starring Naga Chaitanya and Samantha, is based on the story of a cricketer, played by Chaitanya. Directed by Gowtham Tinnanuri, the story Jersey, too, revolves around the theme of a cricketer who is trying to make it to the Indian cricket team.

06:35:06 on 18 Feb

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India opener Smriti Mandhana maintained her pole position while ODI skipper Mithali Raj remained fifth in the latest ICC ODI Players' Ranking issued on Monday. Mandhana is leading the pack with 774 rating points ahead of Australia pair of Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning. New Zealand's Amy Satterthwaite is placed fourth, just ahead of Raj.

06:33:24 on 18 Feb

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A court in the Maldives ordered the arrest and detention on Monday of the former president, Abdulla Yameen, on suspicion of money laundering. Mr. Yameen is accused of receiving $1 million of government money through a private company, SOF Private Limited, which has been implicated in a corrupt deal to lease tropical islands for hotel development.

06:23:45 on 18 Feb

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Two persons were taken into custody in connection with the murder of two Youth Congress members in Kasargod. As a mark of protest against the murder of two of its workers, the Youth Congress is today observing statewide dawn to dusk bandh. The two Youth Congress workers- Kripesh and Sarath Lal- were hacked to death in Kasargod on Sunday by unidentified assailants.

06:22:20 on 18 Feb

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Amid news of Kashmiri students being targeted after the Pulwama terror attack two Dehradun-based colleges have denied admission to students from Kashmir in the upcoming academic session, reported The Indian Express. Several Kashmiri students have also reportedly left the city temporarily following the alleged harassment.

06:19:19 on 18 Feb

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India submits that military courts of Pakistan can’t command the confidence of this court and shouldn’t be sanctify by a direction to them to review and re-consider the case. India seeks annulment of Jadhav’s conviction, and directions that he be released forthwith. Proceedings adjourned in the International Court of Justice for tomorrow.

06:17:46 on 18 Feb

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Maldivian authorities Monday ordered the arrest of former strongman president Abdulla Yameen over money laundering charges, officials said. The arrest came after a court began a preliminary hearing into allegations that Yameen received nearly $1.5 million in illicit payments just before he lost his re-election bid in September.

06:16:34 on 18 Feb

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The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed Manipur student activist's plea challenging his arrest and transit remand in New Delhi in a sedition case lodged against him for making remarks over the Citizenship Bill on social media. Mr. Thokchom had filed the petition through his brother seeking quashing of the transit remand claiming it to be defective.

06:04:50 on 18 Feb

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It has been a couple of months since PUBG MOBILE scooped up attention for all the wrong reasons. It's immense popularity led to addiction, which in turn started bringing out the negative sides of the game. PUBG MOBILE has been so far accused of causing distraction from studies. While many have been suggesting a ban for the game, the PUBG MOBILE Team has responded.

05:59:21 on 18 Feb

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The taking down of a Bengali film, Anik Dutta’s Bhobishyoter Bhoot, from theaters in Kolkata, a day after it released on 15 February - has been seen as a “victim of a vendetta” by the Mamata Banerjee-led Govt. Bhobishyoter Bhoot is the sequel to Dutta’s allegorical comedy Bhooter Bhobishyot, which was released in 2012.

05:43:42 on 18 Feb

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Simona Halep reclaimed second place in the WTA rankings on Monday after her run to the Qatar Open final, while Doha champion Elise Mertens climbed back into the top 20. Halep moved up a spot as Aus Open runner-up Petra Kvitova dropped two places to fourth, with Sloane Stephens matching her career-best of third despite not playing since losing in the last 16 in Melbourne.

05:43:30 on 18 Feb

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The Government on Monday said that a sum of Rs 46 crore has been collected and dispersed as part of the "Bharat Ke Veer" initiative for CRPF troopers who lost their lives in the February 14 Pulwama attack. Over 80,000 people came forward in the last few days since Thursday to contribute over Rs 20 crore, a statement said.

05:39:09 on 18 Feb

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Saudi Arabia vowed to "de-escalate" rising tensions between Pakistan and India during a high-profile summit in Islamabad on Monday as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to travel from Islamabad to New Delhi. India has vowed to retaliate after the suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama that killed 41 CRPF soldiers last week.

05:36:23 on 18 Feb

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Let’s face it. You can’t become a social butterfly just by trying hard. The good news is, you can be one if you know how to play it right. Some people are just wired to be showcased in the social ‘hall of fame’, while others, well, are the wallflowers. Whichever side of the line you fall you don’t actually need to have a life to show it off to your ‘happening’ friends.

05:33:04 on 18 Feb

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ICJ commences oral hearing on Kulbhushan Jadhav at The Hague. Pakistan’s conduct doesn’t inspire confidence that Jadhav can get justice there. Pakistan has in custody an Indian National who has been publicly portrayed to be a terrorist and Indian agent creating unrest in Balochistan...Pakistan used Jadhav to build a narrative against India, says Harish Salve in ICJ.

05:25:15 on 18 Feb

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Pakistan Monday conferred its highest civilian award Nishan-e-Pakistan on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for his “outstanding support” in reinvigorating the ties between the two countries. The award was presented by Pakistan President Arif Alvi at a special ceremony held at the President House in Islamabad.



05:23:49 on 18 Feb

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Equity benchmarks wilted under selling pressure for the eight straight session on Monday as risk appetite remained subdued amid sustained foreign fund outflows and geo-political concerns. The 30-share BSE Sensex tumbled 310.51 points, or 0.87% to finish at 35,498.44, while the broader NSE Nifty fell 83.45 points, or 0.78%, to 10,640.95.

05:20:57 on 18 Feb

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Indian Oil Corp, the country's top refiner, has signed its first annual deal to buy US oil, paying about $1.5 billion for 60,000 barrels a day in the year to March 2020 to diversify its crude sources, its chairman said on Monday. IOC is the first Indian state refiner to buy US oil under an annual contract, in a deal that will also help boost trade b/w Delhi and Washington.

05:15:50 on 18 Feb

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The Calcutta High Court on Monday granted interim protection to Nalini Chidambaram, wife of former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, from arrest by CBI for six weeks in the Saradha chit fund scam. Directing Chidambaram to cooperate with the investigation, a division bench headed by Justice Joymalya Bagchi kept her application for anticipatory bail pending.

05:05:01 on 18 Feb

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The world nearing an end, time travel and superheroes trying to reverse the apocalypse is the flavour of the season. Netflix brings in its newest set of superheroes on a mission to save the world. The web series introduces us to a family of super-powered individuals, except that they have all been adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves a.k.a. The Monocle.

05:03:56 on 18 Feb

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ICJ commences oral hearing on Kulbhushan Jadhav at The Hague. India said in the ICJ that there was nothing to suggest that providing consular access in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case would have hampered investigations. Slave also added that Jadhav’s trial by military court hopelessly fails to satisfy even minimum standards of due process and should be declared “unlawful.

05:01:24 on 18 Feb

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The British government has decided it can mitigate the risks arising from the use of Huawei Technologies in 5G networks, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing two sources familiar with the conclusion of Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The conclusion reached by Britain would "carry great weight" with European leaders, the FT reported.

04:48:46 on 18 Feb

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Two years ago, Whatsapp launched its story-based status feature to stay ahead of its competitors. The instant messaging app copied the status feature from Snapchat. While you can mute status updates from people you don’t really care about, WhatsApp realised that they needed to update their feature to retain a sense of relevancy to the Status update list.

04:45:29 on 18 Feb

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Hyderabad’s first ever Dakhini park

As a part of their continuous endeavour to create more lung space in the city, GHMC has come up with yet another interesting initiative. Soon, the city is going to get its first park based on the Dakhini theme the Nizami arts and designs. The property is going to be spread over six acres.

04:43:36 on 18 Feb

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Amid all the hate and hysteria on both Indian and Pakistani social media, a Pakistani YouTuber has come up with a message for peace and pragmatism. A Pakistani comedian Junaid Akram has posted a video in which he quetsions the people who so easily resort to violence or threats of violence in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

04:41:52 on 18 Feb

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It goes without saying that a healthy diet is a crucial component of gastric health. If the findings of a latest study are to be believed limiting intake of specific foods can alleviate gastrointestinal issues for physically active people, especially if you are a runner. FODMAP foods have been under scrutiny for a while now.

04:39:09 on 18 Feb

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Lambasting Modi government over Pulwama attack, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee asked the Centre why it ignored intelligence reports and let the CRPF convoy pass through the area. Banerjee further said that she has instructed the police to "strongly handle" any situation in the state as right-wing outfits are "using" the situation to create communal tension.

04:37:56 on 18 Feb

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Reigning national champion Sourabh Verma has appealed for financial help, which will enable him to play more international tournaments in order to improve his current world ranking. The 26-year-old had burst into the scene with his first senior national title in 2011 but overtraining led to frequent break downs, which stopped him from playing tournaments consistently.

04:29:54 on 18 Feb

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India was appalled at the terrorist attack that killed 40 paramilitaries of the Central Reserve Police Force in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February. Even though Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing, fingers of blame are also being pointed in China’s direction.

04:22:50 on 18 Feb

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World amateur boxing champion M.C. Mary Kom has signed a two-year deal with Puma to be their ambassador for women's training in India, the sports brand said on Monday. Kom, a bronze medallist at the 2012 Olympics, won her record sixth gold medal at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in November last year.

04:21:42 on 18 Feb

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The weekly Poonch-Rawalakot cross-LoC bus service was suspended Monday in view of the prevailing law and order situation in Jammu, following the recent terror attack on a CRPF convoy in south Kashmir. A curfew was imposed in Jammu city on Friday following massive anti-Pakistan protests and sporadic incidents of violence over the terror attack in Pulwama district.

04:21:32 on 18 Feb

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Controversial BJP legislator Raja Singh on Monday called for removing Indian tennis star Sania Mirza as the brand ambassador of Telangana, calling her "Pakistan's daughter-in-law". He feels that removing Sania Mirza, the wife of Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, as brand ambassador will send a strong message to Pakistan over its involvement in terror activities.

04:14:04 on 18 Feb

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SC on Monday refused to entertain a petition seeking court-monitored investigation into incidents of fighter plane crashes including the recent crash of Mirage-2000 trainer aircraft near Bengaluru in which two IAF pilots were killed. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said there cannot be a judicial inquiry into such mishappenings.

04:12:06 on 18 Feb

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Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has been in an eye of a storm over his comments regarding the Pulwama terror attack, today made a veiled attack on former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "I want to ask who it was that released them [Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar] in 1999 in Kandahar," Sidhu asked, while speaking to reporters today.

04:10:19 on 18 Feb

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The defending champions and five-time winners are the most successful country in the tournament's history, beating New Zealand by seven wickets in the final on home turf in 2015. With Tuesday marking 100 days to go before the start of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales on May 30, we take a look at all the sides playing the 50-overs a side event.

04:03:58 on 18 Feb

The ICJ commences oral hearing on Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, 48, on Monday at The Hague. Harish Salve in ICJ says, "Pak should have provided a substantial explanation for why it needed 3 months for providing consular access, upon which it could have claimed that it has complied with a treaty obligation, Pakistan hasn’t complied treaty obligations."

04:02:50 on 18 Feb

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Agrand alliance of the Congress, the Communist Party of India (CPI), CPI(M) and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha in Odisha is expected to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in the coming 2019 elections, according to CPI leader D Raja. The parties are reportedly in talks and are likely to finalise seat sharing issue soon

04:02:30 on 18 Feb

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday the Pulwama terrorist attack has showed that the time to talk about tackling terror is over and the world is now required to unitedly take concrete action against terrorism. After talks with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Modi said dithering to take action against terrorists will be like encouraging terrorism.

04:00:10 on 18 Feb

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, along with his deputy Manish Sisodia, on Monday met Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and expressed his solidarity in the agitation against Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi. Narayanasamy’s indefinite dharna outside Raj Nivas, the official residence of the L-G, entered the sixth day today.

03:48:44 on 18 Feb

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One year after being hit by a $2 bn scam, PNB is set to return to annual profits and strong loan growth in fiscal 2020 even as investigations continue into the country's biggest banking fraud. PNB has surprised markets with an earlier-than-expected profit for the quarter ended Dec. 31 as it completed setting aside funds to cover for the scam and its bad loan levels eased.

03:41:33 on 18 Feb

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In the final hearing of Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Harish Salve says, "There is no manner of doubt that Pakistan was using this as a propaganda tool. Pakistan was bound to grant consular access without delay. On 30th March 2016, India reminded Pakistan of its request of consular access (for Jadhav) and received no reply. 13 reminders were sent by India on various dates.”

03:40:45 on 18 Feb

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The London Fashion Week is underway and we can't get enough of the latest collection by top-notch fashion houses. The audience was awestruck as they witnessed Gigi Hadid making her debut appearance on the runway of LFW 2019 ramp for the British fashion house, Burberry. With her hair curled and gelled across her forehead, she looked different from all her other avatars.

03:39:23 on 18 Feb

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Oppo will soon launch a very Vivo-esque smartphone—the Oppo F11 Pro. The Oppo F11 Pro will sport a motorised pop-up selfie camera along with a rear camera module which includes a 48MP sensor. The rear camera module resembles the one found on the Vivo V11 Pro, which will be launched in India on 20 February.

03:33:15 on 18 Feb

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Having walked out of NDA, TDP is contesting the polls on it own at home after alliance with Congress failed in Telangana elections. What do these mean for the incumbent Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government and for its main opponent?With the Opposition questioning his govt on promises not kept, how has Naidu faced up to the challenges so far?

03:30:06 on 18 Feb

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In yet another jolt to the ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh, its Lok Sabha member from Amalapuram quit the party on Monday and joined the main opposition YSR Congress. Pandula Ravindra Babu, who represented Amalapuram (SC) constituency in East Godavari district, met YSRC president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and formally joined the opposition party.

03:27:06 on 18 Feb

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BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar said Manmohan Singh's charge of jobless growth is factually wrong as NDA govt had so far spent Rs 10 lakh cr on the infrastructure sector, which has been creating downstream jobs as confirmed by EPFO data. He said Singh was perhaps referring to the leaked draft survey conducted by NSSO to buttress his claims on high jobless growth rate.

03:23:40 on 18 Feb

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The Vande Bharat Express, India's first semi high-speed train, arrived in Varanasi almost one and half hours behind schedule on its first commercial run due to "dense fog", officials said. On its return journey, it was again delayed by one hour fifty minutes. The delay comes a day after the indigenously built train broke down on its inaugural run on its return to Delhi.

03:20:38 on 18 Feb

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Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya of South Africa goes to the CAS on Monday to challenge proposed rules that would force her to lower her testosterone levels. The South African government has said the rules proposed by track and field's governing body, the IAAF, specifically target Semenya and has called them a "gross violation" of her human rights.

03:14:29 on 18 Feb

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The International Court of Justice commences oral hearing on Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, 48, on Monday at The Hague, capital of the Netherlands. “Pakistan has no substantive defence. Pakistan hasn’t even divulged fundamental details of the so-called offence. Issues raised by Islamabad have no relevance,” said India’s Harish Salve at UN court.

03:14:08 on 18 Feb

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Uttar Pradesh Assembly witnessed an unusual situation on Monday as a Samajwadi Party legislator broke into tears, saying his Rs 10 lakh was stolen and if it was not recovered, he would "commit suicide". Kalpnath Paswan, SP MLA from Mehnagar constituency in Azamgarh, said no FIR has been registered in this connection.

03:08:13 on 18 Feb

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Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati has decided to postpone the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya in the light of the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. The new dates for the programme will be announced soon. Earlier, during the Param Dharam Sansad in Kumbh, Swami Swaroopanand had proposed that the ceremony will take place on February 21.

03:07:54 on 18 Feb

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The central bank will consider an early transfer of a part of its profit to the government, which is desperate for cash to fund populist pledges ahead of a national election. RBI's central board will decide on the interim dividend, Governor said after a meeting where Finance Minister Jaitley briefed members about the budget and the economic outlook in New Delhi Monday.

03:05:34 on 18 Feb

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As the satellite industry booms, a Japan-based venture is working to prevent space-debris collisions that could paralyse transportation, defence and telecommunications systems. Astroscale Holdings is preparing to rendezvous with, capture and dock a test satellite early next year to show how its technology can help clear orbiting junk.

03:05:10 on 18 Feb

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Amid tensions over the Pulwama terror attack, India will will present its arguments in the high-profile Kulbhushan Jadhav case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague as public hearings begin the case. Lawyer Harish Salve says, “I consider myself honoured to present India’s case here to save an an innocent Indian."

03:01:13 on 18 Feb

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The Indian Space Research Organisation has recently had a discussion with representatives from various armed forces in the country to select astronauts. "The process (of selecting astronauts) is already on and an announcement for selection will be made soon," said K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO, on Monday.

02:56:20 on 18 Feb

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Former cricketer Mohammad Kaif expressed that the current Indian team revolves around MS Dhoni. He said that the wicketkeeper-batsman may not be the captain, but Virat Kohli trusts Dhoni’s insights during matches. When asked about the performance of Kohli as a captain, Kaif said that he has been an inspirational leader.

02:52:58 on 18 Feb

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BJP, Shiv Sena Agree On 50:50 Formula

After three years of unrestrained attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, the Shiv Sena is set to seal its alliance with the ruling party for the national election due by May. Sources say both parties have agreed to go 50-50 on seats for assembly elections in Maharashtra, due later this year.

02:52:20 on 18 Feb

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The preliminary investigation into the murders of Youth Congress workers Sharathlal (Joshi) and Kripesh hints at the involvement of three persons but they were not identified yet. Police claimed that parts of weapons used to kill the duo were recovered from the spot. A meeting of the investigation team was held at Bekal police station on Monday.

02:50:21 on 18 Feb

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The Supreme Court Monday stayed the proceedings of a Chennai court relating to the 1996 Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) case lodged against AMMK leader TV Dhinakaran. A bench headed by Chief Justice issued a notice to Dhinakaran and sought his reply on the petition filed by ED challenging the Madras High Court order of June 25, 2018.

02:49:45 on 18 Feb

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will update its iPhone lineup this year with a range of new features including a triple-rear camera setup. According to Kuo, Apple’s 2019 iPhones will come with newer connectivity bands that will help deliver more precise indoor positioning and navigation.

02:48:37 on 18 Feb

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Oscars, deemed as one of the biggest awards in the film fraternity hasn't always chosen the right film for awards. This year too the controversy continues. At this time, we point the films that should have won the best film in the past years. The Academy’s biggest oversights and most controversial choices from nine decades of ceremonies are given here.

02:44:00 on 18 Feb

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Asking Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to announce the name of the leader of the Opposition alliance, BJP president Amit Shah on Monday said the grand alliance was moving forward only on the slogan of “Modi hatao”. Shah said the BJP doesn’t get disappointed by defeat or arrogant in victory and is in politics only to serve the people.

02:43:21 on 18 Feb

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Veteran singer Bette Midler has announced that she will be performing at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.
The 73-year-old singer will perform The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns at the awards ceremony. Besides Midler, actors Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will be performing the song, Shallow, from their film A Star Is Born.

02:39:09 on 18 Feb

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