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Upendra Kushwaha resigned today as Minister of State for Human Resource Development, after saying he would not participate in a meeting of the ruling BJP and its allies in Delhi, reinforcing endless speculation that he is on the verge of quitting the NDA coalition anytime now. Reports say Upendra Kushwaha may announce his exit from the BJP-led alliance in the afternoon.

12:57:22 on 10 Dec

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Audi e-tron First Drive Review

The all-new Audi e-tron electric SUV has been long anticipated and the car seems to meet some expectations. The e-tron delivers a drag coefficient of just 0.27, is proportioned like an extended Q5 - but it looks a lot different. From the toothy front end to the angular horizontal lines and a taillight strip that extends over the entire width, the e-tron looks impressive.

12:50:56 on 10 Dec

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Rahul Gandhi, then Congress vice president, and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra rented their 4.69-acre farmhouse in Delhi to Jignesh Shah-promoted Financial Technologies (India) Ltd in early 2013 when the Congress-led UPA government was investigating National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL), a company promoted by FTIL, for alleged market irregularities.

12:43:58 on 10 Dec

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Shiva Rajkumar’s fans are quite disappointed as the release of the star’s Kavacha has been postponed to next year. The film was initially planned for release on December 7 but had to be pushed off to next year for various reasons. Directed by GVR Vasu, the film is the remake of the Malayalam blockbuster Oppam that had Mohanlal playing the lead role.

12:34:30 on 10 Dec

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The authorities have banned night travel along the Karimala path after wild elephants started posing a threat to pilgrims. Most of the elephants seen near Illavungal and Nilakkal are dangerous, said Forest Department officials. On the main path used by pilgrims, elephants often venture on to the road between Nilakkal and Laha after nightfall.

12:31:15 on 10 Dec

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In the world of cricket, Australians are known as the masters of the dark art of sledging. On day five of Adelaide Test India wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant turned the tables and tried to get under the skin of Pat Cummins, who was batting with skipper Tim Paine. "Come on Pat - you're not putting the bad ball away!" Pant continued to say for the entire duration of an over.

12:05:03 on 10 Dec

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A new study now says that exposure to polluted air can dramatically increase risks that a woman will have a miscarriage within a week of a bad air day. The study further added that even a brief period of pollution exposure can have dramatic effects on the body, including raising the risks pregnant woman will have a miscarriage by 16 per cent.

12:01:36 on 10 Dec

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The number of swine flu cases in Tamil Nadu increased from 1,386 as on November 11 to 2,263 till December 2, shows data of National Centre for Disease Control. However, a number of deaths were reported as 15. The State Health Department had recently confirmed 27 deaths to the Madras HC. Meanwhile, unofficial sources said 37 swine flu deaths were reported till December.

11:49:58 on 10 Dec

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The SC declined to interfere with the dissolution of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly by Governor Satyapal Malik in mid-November. "We are not inclined," said the SC, responding to a petition filed by BJP leader Gangan Bhagat, challenging Malik's decision to dissolve the Assembly. Gangan Bhagat represented the RS Pura constituency of Jammu in the recently dissolved Assembly.

11:40:10 on 10 Dec

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Top leaders arrived for an all-party meeting on Monday, ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament that begins on 11 December. The winter session of Parliament is the last full-fledged session before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. At the customary meeting, the PM usually lists the govt's agenda and seeks the Opposition's support for smooth transaction of official business.

11:34:55 on 10 Dec

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Upendra Kushwaha may walk out of NDA today

Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha may quit the National Democratic Alliance after a prolonged battle with the BJP and other constituents over seat-sharing for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Rashtriya Lok Shakti Party chief will hold a press conference in Delhi, a day ahead of the Parliament session and is unlikely to participate in the meeting of NDA allies.

11:19:39 on 10 Dec

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Farmers’ distress, dissidence in Congress, the Rs 35,000 crore alleged mismatch in budgetary receipts and spending during the previous Siddaramaiah government and a host of issues related to the development of Northern Karnataka are set to raise the heat for a coalition government at the winter session of the state legislature starting in Belagavi on Monday.

11:02:48 on 10 Dec

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India beat Australia by 31 runs, to take 1-0 series lead. Also, a historic win as India has never won the first match of a series in Australia. Ishant Sharma set the tone for the match on the fifth and final day of the opening Test by removing Travis Head with a well-directed bouncer. Australia were 186/6 at lunch, with India just four wickets away from the win.

10:50:04 on 10 Dec

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The Kaiga Atomic Power Station will set a new world record on Dec 10, with one of its units operating uninterrupted for more than 940 days. The reactor will set the record among all kinds of nuclear power-generating units, including advanced gas-based reactors in the world. The record was earlier held by Unit 2 of Heysham of the UK, which operated non-stop for 940 days.

10:23:13 on 10 Dec

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A political row has broken out between rival political factions in Kerala to pitch the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) -- that opened on Sunday -- as their success story. The leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala told the media in the state capital that the Chandy government should have finished the remaining work and opened the airport at least two years ago.

10:06:39 on 10 Dec

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Domestic stock markets had a gap-down start on Monday amid weak global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex started at 35,204.66 and the Nifty50 barometer of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was at 10,508.70 against their last closing levels of 35,673.25 and 10693.70 respectively. All 50 Nifty stocks and the entire 30-share Sensex pack plunged.

09:51:12 on 10 Dec

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DMK president M.K. Stalin on Sunday said he would take up with Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy the issue of the neighbouring State being allowed to prepare a detailed project report for a proposed dam across the Cauvery at Mekedatu. Stalin said he would discuss the matter during a meeting of Opposition parties convened by All India Congress.

09:25:01 on 10 Dec

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The AP govt has accorded administrative sanction for drinking water supply projects in the district at a cost of Rs 800 crore. In a government order dated 4.12.18, it said the amount would be spent on 362 works in rural and urban areas. The officials said while Rs 658 crore would be spent on works in the delta area, Rs 110 crore in Metta land and Rs 34 crore in Agency.

09:10:02 on 10 Dec

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In what has proved to be an exercise in futility after employing valuable manpower and resources, the Supreme Court has returned the investigation reports submitted to it by the NIA in connection with Kerala's 'love jihad' case. These reports, at least three of them, were not even opened by the top court, which had on its own ordered the investigation.

08:58:53 on 10 Dec

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Make way for Queen Beyonce as she arrives to steal the show at Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal's pre-wedding celebrations. While the event was already a starry affair with who's who of Bollywood in attendance right from Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan to Katrina Kaif, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan among others. The singer wore a dazzling Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla outfit.

08:55:10 on 10 Dec

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‘DCPU failed to notice abuse of girls’

The District Child Protection Unit in Madurai has been blamed for failing to prevent sexual abuse of 11 girls in an orphanage near Usilampatti here despite officials closing it down for lack of approval a year before. G. Devapitchai was arrested last Friday under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for rape after one of the 11 girls residing there.

08:36:42 on 10 Dec

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The LDF Govt’s women’s human wall is a communal wall which will destroy the state’s secular fabric, said Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala. It is a Hindu wall since the representatives of a few Hindu outfits were invited to the reform movement meeting convened by the CM, which was made conspicuous by the absence of those belonging to the Muslim or Christian community.

08:10:03 on 10 Dec

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In response to a challenge by caretaker minister K.T. Rama Rao, TPCC working president A. Revanth Reddy said he would quit politics if he lost in his Kodangal Assembly constituency. “I will quit politics if I lose in Kodangal as stated by Rama Rao. He should also stick to his word and quit politics after my win is declared,” the Congress leader said.

07:57:01 on 10 Dec

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If the promos of the next episode of Koffee With Karan 6 – featuring Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal – are anything to go by, it will be supremely entertaining as well. By absolutely being themselves, the two new-age stars brought the ‘boy-next-door’ feels to the show, which was a refreshing break. Of course, the boys were as candid as one would expect them to be.

07:41:02 on 10 Dec

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Kerala coast has been put under tight surveillance after intelligence agencies warned possible infiltration of Rohingya Muslims through the seas on fishing trawlers with the help of local rackets operating off the south Indian coast. Intelligence Bureau has sounded an alert following inputs of Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar in big numbers in the last couple of days.

07:26:01 on 10 Dec

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Chennai and other coastal areas of Tamil Nadu are likely to receive rain from Dec 15. However, dry weather may prevail over the State for the next two to three days. Officials of the Indian Meteorological Department said a low-pressure area over the equatorial Indian Ocean and the adjoining central parts of south Bay of Bengal is expected to cause rainfall from Dec 15.

07:10:02 on 10 Dec

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A day before the results of the assembly polls in five states are declared, the opposition is holding a meeting to discuss a grand alliance for next year's national polls. The meeting, in Delhi, has been called by Chandrababu Naidu, who has taken on the challenging task of bringing the disparate opposition parties under a single umbrella to take on the BJP in 2019.

06:57:02 on 10 Dec

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Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal's pre-wedding festivities are currently taking place in Udaipur. A lot of Bollywood stars are in attendance and they even performed at the bash which took place yesterday. From Hilary Clinton to Priyanka Chopra and international superstar Beyonce, the Ambani-Piramal lavish event is nothing less than a starry and extravagant affair.

06:42:19 on 10 Dec

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DMK MP Kanimozhi has been selected for the Best Woman Parliamentarian (Rajya Sabha) set up by Lokmat newspaper for 2018. “I am happy that the announcement has come at a time my leader and brother M.K. Stalin is in Delhi to meet the national leaders,” Kanimozhi said. The award will be presented to her by Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu on December 13.

06:34:31 on 10 Dec

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The unprecedented restrictions by the Kerala police on all private vehicles at the Nilakkal base camp for Sabarimala has affected vehicles carrying food ingredients for free food distribution for pilgrims at Pampa and Sannidhanam. Though the issue was taken up with the police authorities at Nilakkal, hardly any follow-up action has been taken.

06:28:46 on 10 Dec

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A court in the UK is expected to decide today whether fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya will be extradited to face trial in India. The chief of the Kingfisher Airlines is wanted for alleged fraud and money laundering amounting to Rs. 9,000 crore. Mallya has argued that the case is politically motivated and appealed against extradition citing the condition of Indian jails.

06:19:47 on 10 Dec

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Fresh on the heels of its Golden Globe nomination, “Crazy Rich Asians” was the talk of the evening at Kore Asian Media’s 17th annual Unforgettable Awards. The event, which celebrates Asian-American trailblazers and their achievements in the entertainment industry, honoured a host of Asian actors, directors and influencers, including “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu.

05:25:01 on 10 Dec

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The first trailer for actors Varun Tej and Aditi Rao Hydari’s Telugu movie Antariksham 9000 KMPH is out. The film promises to be an exciting story about space travel with the cast working hard towards a seemingly impossible goal as a team. The space film is directed by Sankalp Reddy who previously made Rana Daggubati starrer Ghazi. The film will release on December 21.

04:55:01 on 10 Dec

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Westland Publishing is all set to release a book based on the longest-running crime series on Indian television—Crime Patrol: The Most Thrilling Stories by Annup Sonii and Oswald Pereira.
Slated to hit the stands on 11 December 2018, the book has spine-chilling stories that dissect the anatomy of a crime, delving deep into the psyche of the criminal mind.

04:25:01 on 10 Dec

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While Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has identified the raising of a mob and the killing of a police inspector as an ‘accident’, nervous locals smell a larger conspiracy. “They want to turn Bulandshahr into Muzaffarnagar,” a Jat leader said. “This was an attempt to turn Jats against Muslims.” He was referring to the 2013 communal rioting in the nearby Muzaffarnagar.

03:55:02 on 10 Dec

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As the promotions of Rajnikanth starrer Petta are in full swing, the makers have just released the character poster of actress Trisha via Twitter. She plays Saro in the movie and is seen on a swing with Rajnikanth in the poster. Actors Simran, Trisha and Vijay Sethupathy will be sharing screen space with the Thalaivar for the first time.

03:25:01 on 10 Dec

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While the NDA government is stepping up efforts to provide electricity connections to all households, around 3.4 million households in Uttar Pradesh are tapping power illegally. UP accounts for more than a third of new connections to be provided by December. With its target of 12 million connections, the state government is now trying to regularize these illegal connections

02:55:02 on 10 Dec

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A comment made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last Tuesday at an election rally in Rajasthan has belatedly created a social media furore, with Congressmen leading condemnation of the remark. In his speech last week, Modi accused the Congress of multiple scams, including in the Widow Pension Scheme, and asked: "Which Congress widow got the money in her account?”.

02:25:01 on 10 Dec

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Little did everyone know that a young and zealous Parsi girl would go on to become India’s first female photojournalist, and perhaps even the best one till this day. In 2011, she was awarded the Padma Vibhushan and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the I&B Ministry. She died on 16 January 2012 at the age of 92, leaving us the poorer for it.

01:55:02 on 10 Dec

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Kannur airport on aviation map

The Kannur international airport took off on Sunday with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu jointly flagging off the Abu Dhabi-bound Air India Express flight, marking the commissioning of the greenfield airport developed near Mattannur here. A landmark project, the airport was a dream-come-true for the people in the region.

01:25:02 on 10 Dec

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Google has partnered with some of the top news organisations and publishers to let people listen to curated, customised and long-form news stories via its Google Assistant-enabled smart home speakers. Over the past year, the tech giant worked with publishers building a prototype that brings the AI of Google News to the voice context of the Assistant.

12:55:01 on 10 Dec

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In an interview, Bollywood Actor Sara Ali Khan expressed her gratitude to people for praising her work in her debut film, Kedarnath. Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter also opened up about the nepotism debate. She also told how happy her mother was after she read the critic reviews.

12:25:02 on 10 Dec

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Men with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are four to five times at higher risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to researchers including one of Indian-origin. IBD is inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract and is a common chronic condition that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

11:55:01 on 09 Dec

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Human brains notice a voice much faster when it is considered threatening or aggressive than when it is perceived as normal or happy in an auditory environment, according to a new study. The study demonstrated that in a few hundred milliseconds, our brain becomes sensitive to the presence of angry voices.

11:25:01 on 09 Dec

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The Karimnagar district officials have provided three layers of security for the safe custody of the EVMs stored in the strongrooms at the SRR government and degree college, where counting would be conducted in the town here. The first layer comprises BSF force, second layer CRPF and the third layer of security is being provided by the local police, said Joint Collector.

10:55:01 on 09 Dec

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With 36-hours to go for counting votes of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh assembly elections – all three sitting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ministers are confident of returning to power. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has been in power for three consecutive terms said that his party will form the government.

10:25:01 on 09 Dec

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Amid raging controversy over the revised economic growth numbers, former CEA Arvind Subramanian has called for an investigation by experts to clear doubts while noting that the “puzzle” about the data needs to be explained. He stressed that institutions that do not have technical expertise in calculating the GDP data should not be involved in the process.

09:54:09 on 09 Dec

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Claiming that Pakistan Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa had broken the news of opening of the Kartarpur Corridor to Navjot Singh Sidhu even before Imran Khan was sworn in as their prime minister, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today, dubbed the whole affair as a "bigger conspiracy" hatched by the Pak army.

09:39:52 on 09 Dec

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The soldier allegedly behind the killing of Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh in Bulandshahr was sent to 14-day judicial custody by a local court. The accused Jitendra Malik, alias Jeetu Fauji, was handed over to the UP STF around midnight of 8 December. He later told the media that he is not an absconder, hasn't done anything wrong and that he is being framed.

09:13:10 on 09 Dec

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WB Police has filed a suo motu complaint against state BJP president Dilip Ghosh and three other party leaders for conducting a public meeting in Cooch Behar district on Friday without permission, the police said. BJP state-in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya, national secretary Rahul Sinha and general secretary Raju Banerjee have also been named in the complaint registered.

09:00:29 on 09 Dec

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Theresa May warned on Sunday that parliament's rejection of her Brexit deal could leave Britain in the European Union and bring the opposition Labour Party to power. The embattled leader's message came with her government fearing a heavy defeat on Tuesday of the draft withdrawal agreement she signed with Brussels last month.

08:44:08 on 09 Dec

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Sun Pictures, the makers of Rajinikanth’s next project have announced the title as Petta and released a motion poster for the film. The poster features Rajini entering a church and deflecting an attack with a candlestick holder. The film is Rajinikanth’s first collaboration with director Karthik Subbaraj. Take a look.

08:11:25 on 09 Dec

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The Westminster magistrates court in UK is set to give its verdict on Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India on Monday, but he is unlikely to return to India anytime soon. Even if judge Emma Arbuthnot rules that there are no legal bars to his extradition Mallya (and India) will have opportunities to appeal in higher courts.

07:58:14 on 09 Dec

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Chants of building a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya grew louder as thousands gathered at a rally organised by the VHP at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. Even as the title suit of the Ayodhya land dispute case is pending before the SC, which is expected to announce a date in January, Ram Mandir supporters appeared determined to build the temple in Ayodhya.

07:34:36 on 09 Dec

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The exit poll predictions for Telangana settled on nearly unanimous trends, with some predicting a sweeping victory for caretaker chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao, the outliers suggested a winning edge for the Congress. Here’s a look at five key factors that could swing the results in the southern state.

07:22:31 on 09 Dec

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China is building 30 'sponge cities' that can soak up floodwater and prevent disaster. Porous asphalt pavement absorbs the water and retains it, and when there's a need, it can also release the water it has stored. Hebi City is one of the country's model sponge cities. In 2015, the city designated nearly 30 square kilometers as a pilot area for sponge city construction.

07:14:06 on 09 Dec

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Tamil Nadu registered their first win of the season, beating Kerala by 151 runs on Sunday in a Ranji Trophy Elite Group ‘B’ match at the M A Chidambaram stadium in Chennai. The victory and six points renewed Tamil Nadu’s hopes after the team had logged only five points from four matches prior to the Kerala game.

07:00:43 on 09 Dec

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Yet another BJP overture for alliance has got shot down by K Chandrashekar Rao's TRS, a party the Congress dubbed the "B Team of the BJP". Two days after most exit polls predicted that the TRS will get a second term in power with a healthy majority, the state BJP said it was ready to ally with "anyone except the Congress or (Asaduddin Owaisi's party) AIMIM".

06:52:03 on 09 Dec

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As the Babri masjid in Ayodhya was pulled down by marauding Hindutva activists exactly 26 years ago on December 6, 1992, something about India changed forever. The sweat and blood spent on the freedom movement that eventually led to the making of a remarkable secular Constitution was undermined.

06:46:29 on 09 Dec

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An ominous manifestation of this unfolding is the way the reconstruction of the Somnath temple in independent India is being recalled to justify the construction of temple in Ayodhya. Rather than justifying the demand for a Ram temple where the Babri Masjid once stood, it should render obligatory the rebuilding of the masjid, where it was, and as it was in its heyday.

06:42:31 on 09 Dec

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi has written to the chief ministers of states where the party is in power or in an alliance to have a resolution passed in their assemblies seeking one-third reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state elections. He said India ranks 148 out of 193 countries in terms of the percentage of women in parliament.

06:16:49 on 09 Dec

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Bhim Army, hit out at Milind Ekbote, demanding that the right-wing leader be detained ahead of the 201st anniversary celebrations of the 1818 Koregaon-Bhima battle on January 1 to prevent him from aggravating social tensions. Milind Ekbote, had earlier written to the Bhima-Koregaon inquiry panel urging them to deny permission to Bhim Army’s rally in Pune on December 30.

06:05:47 on 09 Dec

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It's another end of the year and time for the latest YouTube rewind video and this time, YouTube's theme was "Everyone Controls Rewind". However, this year's video seems to be performing a lot worse than its previous years' counterparts if the reactions on social media are any proof. Since its release 18 hours ago, the video has already received 2 million 'dislikes'.

05:58:20 on 09 Dec

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Thirty-year-old Rahimuddin and his elder brother Rabiul are worried as they walk in to the Nagrik Seva Kendra of their village in Goraimari, 70 km from Guwahati. Fourteen members of their family have failed to make it to the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on July 30. The SC had fixed December 15 as the last day to submit "claims and objections".

05:16:51 on 09 Dec

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Bringing in a law is the only option for the construction of Ram temple, RSS’ executive head Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi said on Sunday while addressing thousands of Vishwa Hindu Parishad workers at the outfit’s ‘Dharam Sansad’ rally in Delhi’s Ramlila ground. The VHP also carried out a door-to-door campaign to make today’s rally a success.

04:59:44 on 09 Dec

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Singer Beyonce arrived in Udaipur to attend Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal's pre-wedding festivities. The 37-year-old singer, who will be performing on Sunday night, was photographed at the Udaipur airport. Besides Beyonce, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and several Bollywood A-listers will also be a part of the pre-wedding festivities.

04:52:02 on 09 Dec

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Two days after posting a photo of himself eating beef in Goa, Bengaluru-based author and historian Ramachandra Guha tweeted saying he had received threatening calls. He told The Hindu in Bengaluru that the threatening calls started coming on his landline on Sunday morning. He told The Hindu that while he had not filed any formal complaint.

04:30:40 on 09 Dec

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Social activist and crusader against caste killings, Kausalya married Parai artist Sakthi at the Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam head office in Coimbatore's Gandhipuram on Sunday. Kausalya's ex-husband Shankar, a Dalit man, was killed by her own family in 2016. Since his death, Kausalya, who hails from Palani in Dindigul, got a new identity as an anti-caste activist.

04:15:27 on 09 Dec

Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Devraj Anbu has said the security forces would not hesitate to launch another surgical strike against terrorists if the need to do so arises. India conducted the surgical strike on September 29, 2016 across the LOC as a response to a terrorist attack on an Indian Army base in Uri sector of J&K earlier that month.

03:59:27 on 09 Dec

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday described his party's relationship with Dravida Munetra Kazagham (DMK) as one that has stood the test of time as the DMK chief M.K. Stalin called on his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Mr. Stalin was accompanied by senior leaders included his sister and party MP Kanimozhi, former ministers A. Raja and T.R. Baalu.

03:36:15 on 09 Dec

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A huge right-wing rally to demand the fast-tracking of the Ram temple at Ayodhya is being held at Delhi's Ramlila grounds. The attending groups, want the government to pass an ordinance to bypass the legal process. The winter session of parliament begins on Tuesday. But chaos broke out at the grounds outside the iconic Red Fort as the police were forced to shut the gates.

02:59:14 on 09 Dec

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Netflix has released the first look at The Umbrella Academy, a web television series based on the Dark Horse Comics series of the same name. The Umbrella Academy is about a dysfunctional family of superheroes ( (a little like Marvel’s Fantastic Four). Spaceboy, The Kraken, The Rumor, The Séance, The Boy, The Horror, and The White Violin together make up the family.

01:55:02 on 09 Dec

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After the Supreme Court stirred up a hornet’s nest by giving permission to women of all ages to enter Sabarimala, the Kerala High Court issued a landmark judgment on Saturday, allowing women to trek Agasthyarkoodam, a pilgrimage centre within the Neyyar wildlife sanctuary, for the first time. With this, one of the last restrictions on gender lines has been removed.

01:38:17 on 09 Dec

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The Kerala government has launched an effort to pressure women employees and teachers to join the 'women wall' proposed for January 1, The plan is to exert pressure through service organisations as was done in the 'Salary Challenge' in which a month's salary was sought from government employees for the chief minister's flood relief fund.

01:08:15 on 09 Dec

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Start-stop. Start-start-stop. The prods of the sword-point in fencing lend themselves beautifully to acoustic cues. For India’s ace fencer CA Bhavani Devi, moreover, life by the sword isn’t too different from that dramatic soundtrack. At the Senior Commonwealth Championships Australia, Bhavani Devi won a gold, beating England’s Emily Ruaux 15-12 in a closely fought final.

01:00:00 on 09 Dec

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In July 2018, when Circle Officer S P Sharma joined his new posting at Siyana in Bulandshahr district of UP, SP Pravin Ranjan Singh gave him a list of troubles he was going to face. Top of the list was the Bajrang Dal’s 25-year-old district convenor, Yogeshraj Singh. An under-equipped, overburdened police force and a known troublemaker who could not be touched.

12:34:49 on 09 Dec

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Trinamool Congress party workers in West Bengal's Cooch Behar sprinkled 'Ganga Jal' (Ganga River water) and cow dung water to "purify" the grounds, where the BJP held a rally on Saturday. Local TMC leader Pankaj Ghosh said that the grounds had to be "purified as the BJP came here and gave a communal message."BJP chief Amit Shah was scheduled to kick off three rath yatras.

12:21:57 on 09 Dec

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Made-in-Andhra Pradesh rail coaches will feature soon in the light metro rail in Montreal, Canada. Alstom’s Sri City facility in AP will begin work on its second export order for the Montreal in early 2019, while production for Mumbai Metro line 3 will begin next year. The company achieved a milestone when it delivered the last of the 22 metro trains for Sydney Metro.

12:16:13 on 09 Dec

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In late October, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had made a packed visit to New Delhi and met several opposition leaders. It was during this visit that he hinted at the possibility of joining hands with the Congress to defeat the BJP ahead of 2019 polls. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president joined hands with the party in November.

12:11:51 on 09 Dec

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With the world looking towards the State following Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) practised by farmers, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said the farmers must be coached in English language to impart ZBNF techniques to farmers of other States and countries. Naidu inaugurated the 10-day training programme organised by Rythu Sadhikara Sadassu.

11:57:56 on 09 Dec

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The right-wing group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is organising a "Dharam Sansad” or a congregation of Hindu priests, at the Ramlila ground in Delhi on Sunday, 9 December, demanding the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. The rally comes just days before the winter session of Parliament begins, likely to start in the second week of December.

11:54:44 on 09 Dec

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Around 1,000 Tamil Nadu Home Guards staged a protest in front of Rajarathinam stadium on Saturday demanding permanent employment with a monthly salary. This is because they end up working at least 20 days a month with pay only for five days, they alleged. The personnel were posted in Telangana on Assembly election duty for the past eight days.

11:31:49 on 09 Dec

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Mukesh Ambani’s daughter Isha Ambani is also set to tie the knot with Anand Piramal on December 12. While the wedding will take place in Mumbai, the family flew to Udaipur for the pre-wedding celebrations. Many Bollywood celebrities including Priyanka Chopra with husband Nick Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan attended the sangeet.

11:28:58 on 09 Dec

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An army man, a key suspect in police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh's killing in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr, was arrested by the UP police at midnight. "You can clearly see him (Jitender Malik) fomenting trouble and instigating the crowd. We have an inkling that this army man had a role in stone-throwing," said Anand Kumar, the senior-most officer in UP police.

11:21:32 on 09 Dec

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Hinting that it is open to extending post-poll support to TRS leader K Chandrashekar Rao in Telangana, the BJP on Sunday asked the caretaker CM to ditch Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM first. Telangana BJP chief K Laxman said no government can be formed in Telangana without the saffron party’s support. The counting of votes would be taken up on December 11.

11:16:32 on 09 Dec

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Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL), the second greenfield airport set up under the public-private partnership (PPP) model, near Mattannur in Kannur district was inaugurated on Sunday. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union minister Suresh Prabhu jointly inaugurated Kannur airport. The Air India Express to Abu Dhabi is the first plane to fly out.

11:11:24 on 09 Dec

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Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture Minister K Pandiarajan on Saturday announced that the anglicised names of around 3,000 places in the State would be changed into Tamil within a fortnight. The names of places in Tamil will be transliterated into English. For example, Poonthamalli will be written in English and Tamil identically, not as Poonamallee written so far.

09:35:57 on 09 Dec

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Army jawan Jitendra Malik whose involvement is suspected in the murder of a police inspector during the violence in UP’s Bulandshahr over alleged cow slaughter has been handed over to the Uttar Pradesh police. Jitendra Malik was reportedly handed over to the Special Task Force at 12:50 am. He said he went there with villagers, but denied pelting stones on the police.

09:02:23 on 09 Dec

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Prohibitory order at Sannidhanam, Pampa, Nilakkal and Elavunkal was extended for another four days till Dec 12. The District Collector issued the extension of the prohibitory order citing law and order problems, including the threat of blocking the movement of CM and Ministers on official engagements. The flow of pilgrims to temple witnessed an upward trend on Saturday.

08:25:01 on 09 Dec

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The government has called an all-party meeting on Monday ahead of the winter session of Parliament to build a consensus for the smooth functioning of the two Houses. At the customary session-eve meeting called by the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry, the PM usually lists the government's agenda and seeks the opposition's support for smooth transaction of official business.

07:57:01 on 09 Dec

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Polavaram displaced still wait for justice

Even as the Andhra Pradesh Government is going ahead with the mega Polavaram project on River Godavari, people displaced by it, both tribal and non-tribal, have been facing all sorts of problems in getting compensation and resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R) package. Their lives have now become miserable. Polavaram project has become a curse on them.

07:25:01 on 09 Dec

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Providing a global gateway in the north Malabar region, the Kannur International Airport will be inaugurated on Sunday morning. Extending its wings to the skies of development, Kannur will fly high on Sunday, the Kannur International Airport will be jointly inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu at 10 am.

06:57:01 on 09 Dec

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CWMA: T.N. sees conflict of interest

TN moved the SC challenging the Centre’s decision to give Central Water Commission chief S. Masood Husain additional charge as chairman of the Cauvery Water Management Authority. The State told SC that Husain’s appointment smacked of conflict of interest. The CWC had failed to honour the decisions of the Cauvery Tribunal by giving nod to the Mekedatu project, TN said.

06:29:30 on 09 Dec

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Former Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian on Saturday said the independence of the Reserve Bank of India was vital, and any attempts by the government to coerce the central bank into parting with its cash would amount to a "raid". The comment comes just weeks after a row erupted between central bankers, who fear the RBI is at risk of losing autonomy.

06:11:08 on 09 Dec

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With the Marvel fandom’s anticipation leading up to “Avengers: Endgame,” it’s no surprise that the trailer drop set a new record for most views in its first 24 hours. The “Avengers: Endgame” trailer was viewed 289 million times in its first 24 hours, according to Marvel Studios. That blasted past the previous record of 230 million views, by “Avengers: Infinity War.”

05:25:01 on 09 Dec

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The plastic cards in your wallet got some limelight this year. As on Sep 30, there are 990 million debit and 42 million credit cards in the country compared with 847 million debit and 36 million credit cards at the beginning of the year. With the increasing number of transactions, the regulator and bankers are looking to provide security and convenience for your wallet.

04:55:01 on 09 Dec

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Celebrity talk show Koffee With Karan Season 6 will have the famous Baahubali trinity as guests. Prabhas, Rana Daggubati and SS Rajamouli will appear on the show to have a heart-to-heart conversation with Karan Johar. For Karan Johar, this is the biggest coup ever as he stated on the Instagram photo. The show is currently in its sixth season now.

04:25:02 on 09 Dec

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Hulu Japan and HBO Asia’s “Miss Sherlock” won best drama series at the inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards. The awards were spread over two evenings at Singapore’s Capitol Theatre on Friday and Saturday. Anurag Kashyap won the best direction (fiction) for season one of Netflix original series “Sacred Games.” The series also won the best editing for Aarti Bajaj.

03:55:01 on 09 Dec

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Dulquer Salmaan will soon be seen sharing screen space with Nani in a Telugu film. The film was supposed to have Sharwanand in the role but he had to opt out for various reasons. Following this, Dulquer has been signed up. The film will be directed by Indraganti Mohanakrishna. The film will go on the floors soon and an official word will be out regarding this.

03:25:01 on 09 Dec

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5 herbs for women’s well-being

From childhood to the senior citizen stage, a woman’s body goes through several changes, each accompanied by a hormonal transition. These include the onset of puberty, menses, childbearing years, and then menopause. To adjust to these changes smoothly, maintain a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly, choose the right diet pattern for yourself and take herbal formulations.

02:55:02 on 09 Dec

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