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Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan on Sunday said that legal recourse would be the right way to deal with the National Green Tribunal’s order to reopen the Sterling Copper plant in Thoothukudi. Haasan said that more than protests, the legal approach would help. “Even they (Sterlite Copper) took only the legal approach,” he said.

06:10:01 on 17 Dec

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With Cyclone Phethai set to intensify and expected to strike Andhra Pradesh's Kakinada by noon on Monday, the state government scrambled to minimise the damage from the third such cyclone to hit the state this year. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked for precautionary measures to be taken to avoid damage to life and property.

05:57:01 on 17 Dec

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Most people who don’t exercise blame it on lack of time, tiredness or air pollution, little realising that physical activity boosts energy levels, improves sleep and lowers chronic tiredness even if the air is far from clean. The many benefits of moderately-intense physical activity are clinically proven. Walking at least 10,000 steps a day improves mood.

05:25:01 on 17 Dec

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It won't be wrong to say that Karan Johar's Koffee With Karan is a blockbuster hit. The talk show is in its sixth season and till now Bollywood biggies like Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Aamir Khan, have graced the Koffee couch. Now, Baahubali's director SS Rajamouli and the film's lead actors Prabhas and Rana Daggubati are all set to be Karan's guests next week.

04:55:01 on 17 Dec

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What percentage of corporate India has a defined succession plan to address future leadership challenges? Are Indian companies doing enough to structure boards that can tackle the intricacies of corporate governance in a complex regulatory environment? A Korn Ferry survey conducted in partnership with National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSE) has some of the answers.

04:25:02 on 17 Dec

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Biennale: Postcards from Kochi

From a library of rare books to highlighting Jewish culture, the Kochi Biennale has expanded the definitions of art. Aimed at “reviving the rich cosmopolitan, multicultural heritage of the Jew Town”, the Water Town Fest is being held alongside the Biennale. Among others, the festival includes music performances, workshops and a food carnival.

03:55:01 on 17 Dec

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DC’s Aquaman and Mohanlal’s Odiyan are the latest victims of Tamilrockers. The movies have been leaked online by the notorious illegal torrent website. Aquaman has, reportedly, been leaked in all the languages it released in India. Tamilrockers has become a menace for film production houses and distributors. It regularly uploads high definition versions of new movies.

03:25:01 on 17 Dec

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There are two caps that Virat Kohli wears at all times on the cricket field. The first cap belongs to Kohli the batsman... a man who is the master of his art; a man who seems to have no equals in world cricket. The second cap belongs to Kohli the captain..a man who wants his team to win; a man who pushes his team to be aggressive; a man who wants his side to make history.

02:55:01 on 17 Dec

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A 13-year-old Indian boy in Dubai, who developed his first mobile application four years ago, also owns ‘Trinet Solutions’ a software development company. Aadithyan Rajesh, a student from Kerala, was only nine years old when he developed his first mobile application as a hobby to beat boredom and also has been designing logos and websites for clients.

02:25:01 on 17 Dec

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Director Scott Derrickson will be returning to helm the Doctor Strange’s sequel, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter. But the last we saw of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme (in Avengers: Infinity War), he was mouthing, “We’re in the endgame now,” before disappearing in a puff of dust.

01:55:01 on 17 Dec

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Lifestyle technology brand ZAAP has strengthened its musical line-up with the launch of the Aqua speaker. This Bluetooth speaker has a premium rubberized rugged exterior for impact resistance. Designed with the water-resistant feature, Aqua comes with a removable suction cup for use while in a shower.

01:25:01 on 17 Dec

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Katrina Kaif believes the takeaway from disappointment is that it gives a reality check to the people involved in the film. Katrina, whose last feature Thugs of Hindostan failed to register a strong performance at the box office and was panned by the critics, said something went wrong with the film.

12:55:01 on 17 Dec

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Creating a life changing network

A healing and caring network of relationships is the most important factor in a healthy, long life. High EQ or emotional quotient can ensure that while increasing your circle of friends, you can build better bonds with those you have, while reaching out to new friends. The whole process will become more enjoyable.

12:25:01 on 17 Dec

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New York City police were concerned about Pete Davidson after he wrote “I don’t want to be on this earth anymore” on Instagram. And they visited the Saturday Night Live star to make sure he was OK. A police spokesman declined to say where officers met with Ariana Grande’s ex-fiance on Saturday. But his Instagram posting was deleted and NBC did not cancel its live show.

11:55:01 on 16 Dec

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Probiotics may help treat bipolar disorder and other psychiatric mood disorders, a study has found. Currently, the standard treatment includes a combination of psychotherapy and prescription medications. However, an emerging field of research is exploring the use of probiotics as a potential new avenue for treatment of bipolar and other psychiatric mood disorders.

11:25:01 on 16 Dec

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Even as the Congress tries to unite the Opposition at the swearing-in of senior leader Kamal Nath as the Madhya Pradesh chief minister, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee will not attend the ceremony, official sources said on Sunday. There was, however, no reason cited for Banerjee not going to Bhopal for the swearing-in ceremony on Monday.

10:55:01 on 16 Dec

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A group of 30 women, all under the age of 50, will attempt to enter Kerala's Sabarimala temple on December 23. The women, the youngest being in her 20s, are from Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka and Kerala. They will observe the fast and all rituals for five days before heading for darshan.

10:27:01 on 16 Dec

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BJP to hold tribal meet in Odisha

To consolidate its tribal vote base, the BJP has announced a massive gathering of indigenous people here in February. The Adivasi Mahasamavesh will be held on February 2 and 3 and will be addressed by BJP president Amit Shah. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to attend the programme.

09:55:01 on 16 Dec

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Watch: Why Are Some Sunsets Purple?

There can be a whole host of reasons we may see a purple sky - dust, pollution, water droplets, and cloud formations can all influence the colors of the sky. In addition, wavelengths play a large part in what colors we see in the sky. Occasionally, pink and purple will appear partially due to "the optical illusion of the pink wavelengths lighting up the base of the cloud.

09:25:01 on 16 Dec

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MNM chief Kamal Haasan said his party has started preparing for the general election but declined to speak on possibilities of forming an alliance with other parties. Asked if he would ally with other parties for next year's elections he said, "Such things cannot be said now and it cannot be disclosed to the media. Some sections of media are imagining things."

08:54:02 on 16 Dec

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On 14 December 2018, the SC dismissed all the petitions filed asking for investigations into the Rafale deal. Among these was the petition filed by former NDA Cabinet ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha, along with senior advocate Prashant Bhushan. The Quint spoke to Arun Shourie about why he believes the judges have got this verdict wrong, and what needs to be done.

08:31:51 on 16 Dec

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UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Sunday unveiled the statue of late DMK president M Karunanidhi at the party's headquarters in Chennai, in yet another show of opposition strength ahead of the 2019 elections. This was the first time that opposition leaders were seen together after the Congress won Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh in the recently held assembly elections.

07:55:16 on 16 Dec

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Amid a raging financial crisis in the industry, India’s largest telecom operator Vodafone Idea has urged the telecom department not to hold spectrum auction till 2020, on the grounds that fresh need for quality radiowaves will arise only once the 5G ecosystem is ready, according to a government source.

07:32:22 on 16 Dec

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UN chief Antonio Guterres called Sunday for a “credible” probe into journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul. “It is absolutely essential to have a credible investigation and to have the punishment of those that were guilty,” Guterres said at a conference in Doha.

06:59:29 on 16 Dec

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A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Papua, in eastern Indonesia Sunday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quake was about 158 kilometres (98 miles) south-southwest of the province's capital Jayapura at 6:42 pm (0942 GMT), at a depth of 61 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey.

06:56:16 on 16 Dec

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United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Sunday unveiled the statue of late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi at the DMK headquarters in Chennai in the presence of senior opposition leaders, according to news agency ANI. It was the first time senior opposition figures were together at an event after the Congress wrested power in assembly elections.

06:41:25 on 16 Dec

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The Congress will get experts to conduct a forensic examination of the voting pattern in MP's Vindhya region, from where it won just six out of 30 seats in the recently concluded Assembly polls, as it has "suspicion" on the EVMs deployed there. In the results announced on December 11, the Congress won 114 seats to the 230-member House, polls for which were held on Nov 28.

06:35:16 on 16 Dec

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Sunday unveiled a life-size bronze statue of late Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader M. Karunanidhi at Anna Arivalayam, the DMK headquarters in Chennai. The eight-foot statue has been installed beside the statue of DMK founder C.N. Annadurai on the premises. DMK president M.K. Stalin welcomed the leaders on the dais.

06:23:48 on 16 Dec

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India on Sunday welcomed the resolution of the political crisis in Sri Lanka and exuded confidence that relations between the two countries will continue to move on in an upward trajectory. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the resolution of the political issues was a reflection of the maturity demonstrated by all political forces.

05:56:01 on 16 Dec

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Two short films Sambhavtaha and Tungrus won big at the Critics Choice Short Film Awards. The ceremony on Saturday was organised by The Film Critics Guild and Motion Content Group with the intention to recognise and appreciate the inventiveness and creativity of short storytellers across the country.

05:25:02 on 16 Dec

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Under the influence of cyclone Phethai, rains have started lashing isolated places in East Godavari, West Godavari and Krishna districts. IMD in its latest cyclone bulletin said, the cyclone lay centered at about 600 km south-southeast of Kakinada and was moving at the speed of 16 kmph. It is very likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 24 Hrs.

04:52:18 on 16 Dec

What’s common between Pranav, Dungar and Suresh Jadeja – three men from Gujarat? Their connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots, that saw the killing of approximately 2,000 people. Senior journalist Revati Laul in her debut non-fiction ‘The Anatomy of Hate’, documents the stories of these men and their role in the mobs across Gujarat, that went on a rampage.

04:30:01 on 16 Dec

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People will soon be able to make calls and access internet through their phones during air travel and ship voyage within Indian territory as the government has notified rules for providing such services. Indian and foreign airlines and shipping companies operating in the country can provide in-flight and maritime voice and data services.

04:10:05 on 16 Dec

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As the nation observed the 47th anniversary of India's victory in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, the Congress lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for "insulting" the late PM Indira Gandhi on the occasion. In an apparent start to his campaign for 2019 general elections, Modi on Sunday launched a searing attack on the Gandhis home turf.

04:04:07 on 16 Dec

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Uttar Pradesh to inaugurate various development projects.During his visit, the Prime Minister inspected the Modern Coach Factory in Rae Bareli. The Prime Minister also visited Prayagraj where he inaugurated a state-of-the-art Command and Control Centre for the Kumbh Mela.

03:59:09 on 16 Dec

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Congress’ victory in the Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Assembly elections have, perhaps, been the biggest setback to the leadership of Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah. Some believe that the results are a mandate against the BJP's Hindutva politics while others believe that it was the anger of the Ram temple supporters that impacted BJP’s performance.

03:39:25 on 16 Dec

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Addressing a public meeting in the Gandhi family bastion of Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday set the tone for the BJP’s campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections by launching an attack on the Congress party. On his first visit to Sonia Gandhi’s turf, he accused the Congress party of not having done enough for the constituency.

03:35:57 on 16 Dec

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At least six people were killed and another five were injured on Sunday, 16 December, after an explosion at a sugar distillery in north Karnataka’s Bagalkot district. According to preliminary reports, the factory in Mudhol taluk’s Kulali village is owned by former BJP minister and Bilgi MLA Murugesh Nirani. The cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained.

03:29:23 on 16 Dec

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Actor Sundeep Kishan’s latest release Next Enti may not have performed as well as expected. But he is unfazed. Sundeep is also surprised by his swelling fan following. “I never thought of myself as particularly eligible when I was in college. But now even when guys come for selfies they say it’s for their sister or girlfriend. I am happy with the female attention.”

03:19:37 on 16 Dec

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Who is Bhupesh Baghel?

The Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel was elected as the Chief Minister of the State on Sunday. It was announced at the Congress Legislature Party meeting in Raipur. Born on August 23, 1961, Bhupesh Baghel, has been holding the State party chief post since October 24. In the Assembly Elections 2018, he was elected from Patan.

03:07:26 on 16 Dec

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United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on Sunday, ending a 51-day power tussle in the island nation that had crippled the government. Wickremesinghe, 69, was administered the oath of office by President Maithripala Sirisena, who had sacked him on October 26 in a controversial move.

03:03:08 on 16 Dec

Chennai is all geared up for the visit of national leaders who will unveil a life-size bronze statue of late Tamil Nadu CM Karunanidhi at the Party Headquarters 'Anna Arivalayam'. With over 50K tweets, #GoBackSonia is the top trending hashtag in India Twitter trends along with other hashtag #StatueOfCorruption.

02:59:53 on 16 Dec

The Congress party demanded a ‘recall’ of the Supreme Court’s judgment on the Rafale fighter jets deal that seemingly gave a clean chit to the government on the alleged scam. The Congress said the controversy over the CAG report merits a retrial. The government had moved the Supreme Court on Saturday seeking correction in the judgment about reference to CAG and PAC.

02:55:08 on 16 Dec

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PV Sindhu made history on Sunday, becoming the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals tournament. Sindhu came up against a familiar foe in Nozomi Okuhara in the title clash but unlike her previous meetings, the Indian superstar showed much more patience in her gameplay against the Japanese.

02:52:12 on 16 Dec

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Bhupesh Baghel, who is said to be a key player behind the party’s impressive win in the state’s assembly elections, will be the new chief minister of Chhattisgarh, the Congress announced. Bhupesh Baghel, while speaking to Hindustan Times, said that his first priority as the new CM is to “waive off the loan of farmers as our president Rahul Gandhi had promised".

02:49:50 on 16 Dec

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Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel, the man who led the team that inflicted the BJP's worst defeat in tis set of assembly elections, will get the top job in the state, the Congress announced today. While the meet to take a call on the job was held today, a hint of which way the Congress chief is leaning came in his tweet yesterday.

02:43:10 on 16 Dec

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Bhupesh Baghel is the new CM of Chhattisgarh, Congress sources said today, five days after the Congress ended the BJP's rule in three states - Chhattisgarh. MP and Rajasthan. A formal announcement is expected soon after a meeting of Congress leaders in capital Raipur. Baghel and three other contenders for the top post had met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Delhi.

01:57:18 on 16 Dec

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Today’s Koffee With Karan’s episode will feature the hot and happening pair of Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal, both young actors who have quickly risen to become two of the top stars of Bollywood. Ayushmann will recall his days as a radio jockey and the time he interviewed Karan. Vicky will reveal that he is unable to pick up hints when a woman flirts with him.

01:25:02 on 16 Dec

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Global card payments major Mastercard has proposed to the RBI a "certain" date from which it will start deleting data of Indian cardholders from global servers but warned that it would also mean the weakening of "safety and security" over a period of time. The company is operating in over 200 countries, and nowhere else it has been asked to delete data from global servers.

01:00:59 on 16 Dec

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The participation of Health Minister KK Shailaja at the ongoing eighth World Ayurveda Congress and Arogya Expo in Ahmedabad has kicked up a political row in the state. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged Shailaja’s participation in a programme organized by an RSS-affiliated organization has brought into light the unholy nexus between RSS and CPM.

12:57:47 on 16 Dec

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On December 16, 2012, the unfortunate gangrape and fatal assault of a 23-year-old woman, a student of physiotherapy, jolted the nation. On the sixth anniversary of the ill-fated incident, 30 women walked from Saket to Munirka from midnight to 2 am. The idea was to reclaim the streets of Delhi, infamous for being immensely unsafe for the women.

12:54:23 on 16 Dec

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The National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order to reopen the Sterlite Copper smelter plant has evoked both opposition and acknowledgement from different sections of people. As anti-Sterlite activists are actively involved in garnering support from the public against the order, police tightened security across sensitive places in and around the town.

12:41:29 on 16 Dec

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A day after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi met all the four contenders for the chief ministerial post of Chhattisgarh, the party is expected to announce the name of the man for the top job today. Gandhi tweeted a picture with Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel, Ambikapur lawmaker TS Singh Deo, the party's OBC wing chief Tamradhwaj Singh and former union minister Chandradas Mahan.

11:36:17 on 16 Dec

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The flood has literally opened the ‘floodgate’ of agencies, with multilateral funding agencies flocking to the state to assess the impact of the flood and lend a helping hand to rebuild flood-torn sectors. Among the various proposals received, the state government is zeroing in on the assistance offered by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

11:09:33 on 16 Dec

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The horror film genre has seen a sort of renaissance in the last few years. While we had many quality films like Get Out and It last year, this year’s horror fare was arguably even better. Here is our list of top 5 horror movies of 2018. The list includes Halloween, Hereditary, The Quiet Place and others. Upgrade: A Venom film before Venom came out.

10:27:02 on 16 Dec

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Seeking to turn the tables on the Congress over the Rafale issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will deploy its top leaders, including chief ministers and Union ministers, in 70 cities across the country on Monday to attack the opposition party. Following the judgement, BJP president Amit Shah has also sought an apology from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

10:08:28 on 16 Dec

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Virat Kohli braved all odds to score a brilliant century on day three of the second Test at the Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday. The Indian skipper brought up his 25th Test century in 214 balls, his seventh against Australia and sixth Down Under. The 30-year-old also equalled Sachin Tendulkar's record of most Test centuries by an Indian in Australia.

10:05:24 on 16 Dec

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The Kerala Police have been accused of treating a four-member team of transgender pilgrims badly and blocking their trek to Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala. They were reportedly turned back because they were wearing sarees. The Maniti women's fraternity based in Chennai, meanwhile, asserted they will indeed send 40 women pilgrims, to Sabarimala on December 23.

10:00:21 on 16 Dec

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The Union government’s plans to set up two additional units at Kaiga Atomic Power Station encountered much turbulence with local residents, elected representatives and environmentalists opposing the expansion during a public hearing on Saturday. The government proposes to expand Kaiga Power Station by setting up fifth and sixth units.

09:51:19 on 16 Dec

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Accusing the Modi govt of lying about the Rafale fighter jets deal in the SC, the Congress has said that it was now trying to place the burden on the top court through its application seeking “factual corrections” in the judgment. Kapil Sibal said the government presented "wrong facts" before the SC which led to "factual bloomers" in the Rafale aircraft deal judgment.

09:48:36 on 16 Dec

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The deep depression in the Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclonic storm 'Phethai' on Saturday evening and the meteorological department has issued wind warning to north Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry coasts. Isolated heavy rainfall spells are likely to occur in Chennai as the system crosses the Tamil Nadu coast before heading towards Andhra Pradesh.

08:57:02 on 16 Dec

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Arvind Kejriwal said he will mobilise public opinion over the next one year to earn full statehood to the national capital. Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel said Delhi's CMs from other political parties over the years had demanded full statehood for the Union Territory. Kejriwal said it's an insult to Delhi's citizens that the city does not have full statehood.

08:25:02 on 16 Dec

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Top opposition party leaders will gather in Chennai sharing platform with DMK chief M. Karunanidhi on Sunday for the unveiling of late Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at the DMK state headquarters — Anna Arivalayam. The galaxy of national leaders would include former Congress president and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

07:57:01 on 16 Dec

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

07:26:01 on 16 Dec

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

06:57:02 on 16 Dec

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

06:25:02 on 16 Dec

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

05:57:01 on 16 Dec

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

05:25:02 on 16 Dec

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

04:55:01 on 16 Dec

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What after #MeToo? Let’s listen to heal

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

04:25:01 on 16 Dec

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

03:55:01 on 16 Dec

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22 predictions for social media in 2019

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

03:25:01 on 16 Dec

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

02:55:02 on 16 Dec

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

02:25:01 on 16 Dec

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

01:55:02 on 16 Dec

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

01:25:02 on 16 Dec

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

12:55:02 on 16 Dec

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

12:25:02 on 16 Dec

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

11:55:02 on 15 Dec

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

11:25:02 on 15 Dec

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

10:57:01 on 15 Dec

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

10:25:02 on 15 Dec

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

09:57:01 on 15 Dec

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

09:25:01 on 15 Dec

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

08:57:01 on 15 Dec

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

08:25:02 on 15 Dec

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

08:20:01 on 15 Dec

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

08:02:19 on 15 Dec

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

07:57:02 on 15 Dec

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

07:56:39 on 15 Dec

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

07:45:17 on 15 Dec

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

07:24:48 on 15 Dec

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

07:13:38 on 15 Dec

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

06:51:01 on 15 Dec

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

06:36:03 on 15 Dec

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

06:19:18 on 15 Dec

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

06:13:29 on 15 Dec

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

06:09:28 on 15 Dec

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

05:46:23 on 15 Dec

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

05:20:52 on 15 Dec

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