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The Madras high court has directed the Election Commission of India to file its reply to the PIL, which sought to reschedule the polling date, scheduled on April 18 in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry or in the alternative to shift the election booths to any other premises convenient for the government and public, other than the schools run by the Christian community.

08:10:02 on 20 Mar

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A US congressional panel said it was asking top executives from US tech firms to explain the proliferation online of the "horrific" video of deadly attacks in New Zealand that were streamed on Facebook. The House Committee on Homeland Security asked for a briefing by the four tech executives, calling it "critically important" to filter that kind of violent videos.

07:57:01 on 20 Mar

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Before the airing of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” ends tonight, Disney will formally seal the deal on its $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Disney is scheduled to take possession of 21st Century Fox at 12:02 a.m. Disney emphasized that the transaction is designed to help the company “increase its international footprint and “expand its direct-to-consumer offerings.”

07:41:01 on 20 Mar

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Refusing to withdraw its interim order imposing `1 lakh cost on political parties for failing to respond to its notice, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court, on Tuesday, slammed the parties over dynastic politics. A division bench made the observation while hearing a PIL petition seeking constituency-wise election manifesto in Parliamentary and Assembly elections.

07:27:01 on 20 Mar

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi has reportedly entrusted former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah with the task of dousing the unrest in the party in a few districts over its decision to give certain constituencies to the Janata Dal (Secular) for the coming Lok Sabha poll. Rahul Gandhi had a brief interaction with Siddaramaiah on the subject, according to sources.

07:10:01 on 20 Mar

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the Congress has refused to form an alliance with his Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi for the national elections and the two parties are not in talks with each other. The AAP leader claimed that reports in the media that said talks between his party and the Congress had been finalised were planted by the Rahul Gandhi-led party.

06:57:01 on 20 Mar

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Millennials in rural India could influence $220 billion worth of annual spending, with over $177 billion of this in discretionary expenditure, as migration to urban areas and the internet fuel their aspirations, according to researcher Kantar IMRB and Dialogue Factory. India is home to the world’s largest population of millennials—typically defined as those aged 18-35.

06:40:01 on 20 Mar

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The judicial custody of the prime accused in the Pollachi sexual abuse case has been extended by 15 days. His remand is to continue till April 2. The order was passed by Chief Judicial Magistrate S Nagarajan via video conference to avoid law and order issue. Meanwhile, CB-CID sleuths have claimed to have identified one more person in connection to the case.

06:27:01 on 20 Mar

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Sumalatha Ambareesh, who has decided to contest the Parliament polls from Mandya, will file her nomination papers on Wednesday. The filing of nominations began on Tuesday. She flew to Tirumala on Tuesday morning to offer pooja to Lord Venkateshwara at the famed shrine. In the afternoon, she visited the Ambareesh cremation site in Bengaluru before leaving for Mandya.

06:10:02 on 20 Mar

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The CRPF will not officially celebrate Holi this year as a mark of respect to its 40 jawans killed last month in a suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir, the force's chief said Tuesday. Paying tributes to the killed personnel, the CRPF chief said the force is creating a ''mobile app'' in order to provide help to the families of jawans killed in action.

05:57:01 on 20 Mar

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Want better output from your employees? Promoting an environment of growth for all would lead to higher satisfaction, innovation, trust and retention among workers, say researchers. When employees feel valued for their personal characteristics and are recognised as important members, employee engagement, trust, satisfaction, commitment and retention improve.

05:27:01 on 20 Mar

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As a country, it is safe to say we are obsessed with festivals. The get-togethers, the endless chatter and bonding over food, we just love every bit about festivals and the joy they bring along. Holi is one of the oldest and most widely celebrated festivals of the subcontinent. Holi makes for a perfect excuse to give in to your chaat cravings.

04:57:01 on 20 Mar

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A drug commonly used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain could be associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest, according to a study. Doctors from the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, examined over 60,000 people to determine whether nifedipine and amlodipine or dihydropyridines were linked with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

04:25:01 on 20 Mar

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Every time you go lingerie shopping, it's the same old story. Especially if you're heavy busted, you constantly have to compromise between a gorgeous bra that's a beauty to behold and unsightly creations that are comfortable to wear. Lucky for you, it needn't always be like that. It's possible to find a bra that strikes the right notes between chic and comfortable.

03:56:01 on 20 Mar

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A gel to selectively remove oil or water

A natural biopolymer, chitosan (a kind of polysaccharide obtained from a chitin shell such as the shrimp’s), which is water-soluble, has been chemically modified by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati to selectively remove either an oil or water phase from an oil-water mixture.

03:26:02 on 20 Mar

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From the crime branch to the farm

Eleven months ago, when ex-cop Prasannan G went ahead and planted an African yam which barely weighed 1 kg, little did he know that it would grow into a 118 kg fatty bunch. The former SI has been living a sprightly retired life tending to the micro-farm he has set up on his terrace.

02:56:01 on 20 Mar

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Post Holi skin care essentials

Marking the onset of spring and end of winter, the triumph of good over evil, Holi is just around the corner. This festival of colours is all about being playful and vibrant but for those who celebrate the festival, post-Holi skincare is a must, especially after all the chemicals the skin gets exposed to.

02:26:02 on 20 Mar

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Let me paint you a picture of our millennial consumer today: perpetually bored by the status quo; a tad bit harder to please. Young India wants the good stuff. It isn’t settling for a single dominant brand of mass-produced chocolate, coffee or cheese. And our millennial consumer most certainly isn’t settling for any run-of-the-mill commercial beer.

01:55:01 on 20 Mar

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he dreadful consequences of global warming are here to stay as weather patterns across the Himalayan region will undergo rapid climatic changes that are lethal for the biodiversity and human species. The up and down sequences of monsoons, snowfall and cold weather seem irreversible according to leading research by Dr Sandeepan Mukherjee, a weather scientist.

01:25:01 on 20 Mar

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The maker of the "Leaving Neverland" documentary hit out at Michael Jackson fans Monday for the "vile and absurd" attacks on two men who say the singer abused them for years. Dan Reed said a vocal minority of fans were leading a campaign against the two-part HBO film, which has broken streaming records and which the Jackson estate is suing for $100 million.

12:55:02 on 20 Mar

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‘No new vote on the same Brexit deal’

Plans by British Prime Minister Theresa May to put her controversial withdrawal deal to MPs this week or next suffered a significant blow, as the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, made a surprise statement confirming that the same question could not be put to the House repeatedly during the same session.

12:27:01 on 20 Mar

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Actor jaya Bachchan was seen scolding a man for clicking her photo without permission. The video shows Jaya exiting Hiroo Johar’s birthday party in Mumbai and being greeted by the paparazzi. Jaya asked the man why he was taking the photograph with a mobile. In 2017, a video of hers went viral after she admonished a man for trying to take her pictures.

11:57:01 on 19 Mar

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DeepFakes, tricking netizens

Everyone who has pointed an accusatory finger at neutral tech Artificial Intelligence (AI) and yelled ‘saboteur!’ is probably saying ‘I told you so,’ as DeepFakes take over the web. DeepFake is the portmanteau of ‘deep learning’ and ‘fake.’ One can even think of DeepFakes as the Internet’s ‘false positives’.

11:27:01 on 19 Mar

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Criticism of big tech companies that track us across the internet without our informed consent misses a bigger picture: There are hundreds of ad-tracking companies that do the same, and regulators have been powerless. A report by the Danish privacy consulting firm Cookiebot says that 112 ad-tracking companies collect information about visitors to websites in EU.

10:57:01 on 19 Mar

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Deepika Padukone, as is evident, can nail almost any look. The Padmaavat actor was recently at an event, ‘Dreaming With The Stars’, with Ranbir Kapoor, where she looked lovely in a floral-printed gown. We love the ruffle details and print. Hair tied in a bun and winged eyeliner completed the look. The dimpled-smile only added to the charm.

10:40:01 on 19 Mar

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About half a decade after the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill was passed, and as the NDA’s tenure winds down, India will get its first lokpal. Former SC judge PC Ghose was recommended to be the country’s Lokayukta. Like so many of the Centre’s grand gestures, it seems disingenuous at worst and half-hearted at best.

10:25:02 on 19 Mar

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Uttar Pradesh is the state that determines who runs India. Sending 80 members to Parliament out of 543, it is no wonder that the battleground for the Lok Sabha elections is UP. Priyanka, now the Congress’ General Secretary for east UP, has taken the battle straight into BJP turf. But does her political acumen go beyond her resemblance to her grandmother?

10:12:01 on 19 Mar

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In a world where mobile data is so cheap that it’s almost free and you can no longer count the number of channels on TV, information glut is a problem everyone is dealing with. Not everyone is interested in following the daily battle of ideas between politicians and parties. And, that makes it difficult for politicians to reach out to voters.

09:55:02 on 19 Mar

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The death rate from cancer has been falling for half a decade in the EU, researchers said, although the overall number is expected to rise to 1.4 million this year due to an expanding population. The chances of dying from cancer for men have dropped about six per cent from 139 deaths per 100,000 males in 2014 to 131 this year.

09:40:01 on 19 Mar

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To be effective, terrorism must have an audience. The New Zealand attackers simply used a GoPro and live streaming on Facebook while they carried out the massacre. With social media and the mobile internet, terrorists can not only reach a global audience, they can get their message across unfiltered. These, unfortunately, are near-perfect conditions for terrorism.

09:27:02 on 19 Mar

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Make no mistake, the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are just about Narendra Modi – not BJP, not the Sangh Parivar, not even the five years of (mis)governance. The key theme of the BJP seems to be – Narendra Modi versus anarchy. And the party is aggressively pushing for it. The issues of gaushalas, Ayodhya, development and economy are all now on the backburner.

09:12:01 on 19 Mar

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday threw a Sanskrit mantra-chanting challenge at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. PM Modi and Amit Shah have repeatedly perused Hindutva politics and ridiculed the Opposition for allegedly falling prey to foreign dynamics -- especially Mamata, who they accused of blocking Durga Puja in West Bengal.

08:57:01 on 19 Mar

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Did you know that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections could be the most expensive election ever held in any democratic nation in the world? US-based expert Milan Vaishnav told PTI that the 2019 elections could not only exceed the $5 billion spent during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, but also surpass the amount spent during the US presidential and congressional elections in 2016.

08:40:03 on 19 Mar

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Goa Governor Mridula Sinha has summoned the Assembly to meet on Wednesday morning, making way for newly-appointed Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to prove his legislative majority in a floor test. "Governor Mridula Sinha has summoned the Legislative Assembly to meet at 11.30 a.m.," an official statement said on Tuesday.

08:25:03 on 19 Mar

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In early 2017, when the Kanker district collector’s office sent officials to survey the 50-odd houses in Chhattisgarh’s Kursel. Toilets were to be built for all 50 houses, and the village was to be declared ODF. Within months, every house in the village, like 18,769 other villages in Chhattisgarh, got its toilet. But none were put to use for the expected purpose.

08:12:01 on 19 Mar

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Vivo X27 and X27 Pro have been unveiled in China. Both new Vivo phones come with pop-up selfie camera setup and run Android Pie-based Funtouch OS 9 out-of-the-box. The Vivo X27 sports a 16-megapixel selfie camera along with a wide-angle lens, whereas the Vivo X27 Pro comes with a 32-megapixel selfie camera that is equipped with a soft LED flash.

07:51:15 on 19 Mar

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The BJP will hold Vijay Sankalp rallies in all 25 parliamentary constituencies in Rajasthan on March 24 and 26, a party leader said on Tuesday. Public meetings will be organised by national and state leaders in 10 Lok Sabha seats on March 24 and the remaining constituencies will be covered on March 26, BJP leader Omkar Singh Lakhawat said.

07:35:03 on 19 Mar

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The DMK Tuesday assured steps to do away with Methane extraction and neutrino projects and promised revival of its pet Sethusamudram plan and protect the firecracker industry in its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls. Efforts to get back Katchatheevu to India from Sri Lanka, caste-based census were among the assurances.

07:33:20 on 19 Mar

Holi, the festival of colours, bids adieu to winters and marks the onset of spring. Holi is played a day after Holika Dahan, also called Chhoti Holi. It will be celebrated tomorrow. On Holika Dahan, holy pyres are burnt on streets and open spaces, signifying the victory of good. People sing and dance around the fire & also perform parikrama - take a round around the fire.

07:33:05 on 19 Mar

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Finnish game company Rovio has released an augmented reality game called Angry Birds Isle of Pigs, developed with Swedish game studio Resolution Games for Apple’s mobile devices. The release, announced at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, came in addition to the two games the company had promised to release this year, one of which is already out.

07:31:26 on 19 Mar

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The EC Tuesday informed the Madras High Court that it has rejected a plea by the Tamil Nadu Bishops' Council seeking re-scheduling of the April 18 Lok Sabha elections and assembly bypolls in the state as the date clashed with Easter Triduum. The archbishop in his public interest litigation petition said that the council had already submitted a memorandum to the EC.

07:28:30 on 19 Mar

Is India getting a new smart passport card to replace the current booklet format? Many users on social media platforms Twitter and Facebook have shared posts claiming that India is getting a new smart passport card soon, calling it an 'All-In-One Identity solution’. A Facebook page called Mission 2019 300+ also posted the same claim which had over 200 shares.

07:21:53 on 19 Mar

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Two people were killed and six were injured when an under-construction building collapsed in Karnataka’s Dharwad district on Tuesday, according to news agency PTI. The incident took place in Kumareshwara Nagar area of the district. Officials said around 40 people are believed to be trapped in the debris of the five-storey building.

07:19:34 on 19 Mar

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he would not celebrate Holi this year in the wake of the Pulwama attack, in which a J-e-M suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF personnel, ANI reported. The Home Ministry is the controlling authority of the CRPF. It may be recalled that in 2017 too Singh had desisted from celebrating the festival of colours following a Maoist attack in Sukma.

07:16:09 on 19 Mar

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Avengers: Infinity War had a pretty horrifying ending when Thanos halved the strength of the superheroes (and the rest of the universe) with the snap. Now, screenwriter Stephen McFeely, who wrote the movie’s script with Christopher Markus, reveals that initially the snap was supposed to happen in Avengers: Endgame

07:13:35 on 19 Mar

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Mumbai Indians have always had the bluster and panache and have backed it up with the titles. Mumbai is the most successful side in the IPL alongside Chennai Super Kings with three trophies to their name and probably have always looked the most balanced side of all. But, the one thing which has always gone against them is consistency.

07:12:29 on 19 Mar

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Ahead of the launch of Apple's streaming service, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said his company will not integrate its services with the upcoming platform. "Apple's a great company. (But) we want to have people watch our content on our service, and so we have chosen not to integrate into their services," Hastings said at a press event here on Monday.

07:10:00 on 19 Mar

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Halting its six-day winning run, the rupee on Tuesday edged lower by 43 paise to close at 68.96 to the dollar on emergence of demand for the greenback from importers. The local currency also came under pressure due to rising crude pressure and a caution ahead of the outcome of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

07:06:30 on 19 Mar

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After the success of her directorial debut Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Kangana Ranaut is busy with her upcoming film Mental Hai Kya. And this is the reason why she will spend her birthday working. Kangana Ranaut will be celebrating her 31st birthday on March 23 this year, but it will be a working birthday.

07:06:13 on 19 Mar

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China on Tuesday rejected the assertion by the Dalai Lama that his successor could be found in India — a move that could undermine the legitimacy of the next in line chosen by Beijing. China has labeled him a “dangerous secessionist,” who undermines the “one-China” principle, which implies that Tibet, Taiwan and Xinjiang are integral parts of China.

07:06:11 on 19 Mar

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Protesting against China for blocking India's bid to have Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) Chief Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist by the UN, traders on Tuesday set fire to Chinese goods at more than 1,500 places across the country. China had recently blocked India's fourth attempt at the United Nations (UN) to declare Azhar as a global terrorist.

07:02:13 on 19 Mar

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Maintaining suspense about contesting the Lok Sabha polls, JD(S) patriarch and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda Tuesday said he is yet to decide and been thinkingabout his 'usefulness' in the national capital. The 85-year-old leader citing his age said he lacked the strength that he had in 1996, when he became the Prime Minister, but there is "enthusiasm".

07:01:42 on 19 Mar

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Mumbai North Central, an urban seat, witnessed a high-profile contest in 2014 Lok Sabha elections between Priya Dutt of the Congress and Poonam Mahajan of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Mahajan defeated the 2009 election winner with a margin of 1.8 lakh votes. In fact, the voters of this constituency have never picked the same party since 1980.

06:56:16 on 19 Mar

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Once again keeping the door open for seat sharing with the Congress, the Left Front on Tuesday announced its candidates for 38 seats in West Bengal barring 4 seats which were won by Congress in 2014. Left Front chairman Biman Bose gave the Congress “24-hours” to come out with a “positive response” on seat sharing.

06:51:29 on 19 Mar

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The closure of Pakistan's air space in the aftermath of the Balakot air strikes has resulted in India losing the hosting rights of the junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup, a source in the national federation told PTI on Tuesday. A total of 16 Under-16 Davis Cup teams, including Pakistan, were to travel to India for the annual competition, often dubbed as the World Cup of tennis.

06:50:05 on 19 Mar

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The Madhya Pradesh Congress is trying to get Bollywood star Salman Khan to campaign for it in Madhya Pradesh's commercial capital Indore, a party leader said. The actor was born in Indore's Palasia area in 1965 and spent a substantial part of his childhood in that city before moving to Mumbai.

06:49:36 on 19 Mar

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To bring fans closer to the Indian Premier League (IPL), broadcaster Star Sports has collaborated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to make the upcoming edition interesting for fans with an artificial intelligence-powered training installation that is being developed by Google.

06:47:26 on 19 Mar

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India accounts for almost one-fourth of the total groundwater extracted globally, more than that of China and the US combined. Export of food and clothing items, while important sources of income, exacerbates this problem if production is not made sustainable, warned the report released by WaterAid to mark World Water Day on March 22.

06:47:23 on 19 Mar

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Bengal Congress on Tuesday got a nod from the Election Commission (EC) to organise a public rally by the party's all-India President Rahul Gandhi on March 23 in Malda district of the state, a Congress leader said. Mr Gandhi is set to address a public rally in Malda's Chanchal as part of the party's Lok Sabha election campaign in the state.

06:46:01 on 19 Mar

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Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti criticised Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and the Congress on social media. Today (March 19), Uma Bharti took to Twitter to take jibes at Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Uma Bharti said that people should not fall for Priyanka Gandhi's Ganga boat ride.

06:43:49 on 19 Mar

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In a move to aid the real estate sector, the all-powerful GST Council on Tuesday, 19 March, approved a transition plan for the implementation of new tax structure for housing projects. The developers of residential projects which are incomplete as on 31 March, will have option either to choose the old structure with ITC or to shift to new 5% and 1% without ITC.

06:42:17 on 19 Mar

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Opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday demand the sacking of three ministers in the Imran Khan-led Pakistan government who he said backed “banned outfits” and their training camps, even as the ruling PTI accused him of portraying the country in a “negative light”. The 30-year-old opposition leader has not yet named the three ministers.

06:39:08 on 19 Mar

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Former India pacer Zaheer Khan, a master in injury management during the later part of his playing career, feels that Hardik Pandya's workload should be monitored since he has had recurring lower back injuries. Zaheer has observed that Hardik's injury is about the impact on the follow-through which has caused him problems.

06:35:09 on 19 Mar

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A top U.S. diplomat says her country wants an envoy of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to take up the rotating presidency of a key U.N. disarmament body in two months. Assistant Secretary Yleem Poblete used the United States’ turn to hold the rotating presidency of the Conference on Disarmament to chronicle many U.S. concerns.

06:27:52 on 19 Mar

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In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, it was 'chai pe charcha' that took the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to newer avenues of power. The saffron party is now again trying to employ a similar recipe for a victory in 2019. All this, in consideration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's humble beginnings as a tea-vendor.

06:26:06 on 19 Mar

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Industrialist-turned-politician Nama Nageshwar Rao on Tuesday resigned from Telugu Desam Party. The former MP from Telangana and TDP politburo member is one of the richest politicians in the country with declared assets worth over Rs 113 crore. Nageshwar Rao represented Khammam parliamentary constituency between 2009 and 2014.

06:23:48 on 19 Mar

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Nirav Modi, wanted for loan fraud in India, was spotted by the media in London for the second time this month, a day after the UK put out an arrest warrant for him. This time too, Nirav Modi didn't progress beyond his two-word stock response: "No comments". Nirav Modi was sighted at what appeared to be an eatery at his Centre Point home in an upscale part of London.

06:22:03 on 19 Mar

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Since 2013, the United Nations has annually observed March 20 as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people worldwide. This year’s focus is on the relationship between having a healthy planet and happiness. So here is our list of research-backed ways to widen your smile on the International Day of Happiness.

06:18:00 on 19 Mar

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After experimenting with the interactive storytelling format with Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, online streaming platform Netflix is set to launch a live action interactive series You Vs. Wild, starring Bear Grylls next month. Netflix announced the show at the Netflix Labs 2019, a press event, in Los Angeles on Monday.

06:08:40 on 19 Mar

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IPL has unearthed quite a few talents over the years. While some have gone on to prove their calibre on the international circuit, many others have vanished into oblivion. The forthcoming season of the IPL will also feature some promising young talents. Here is a look at the top five uncapped players, who can leave a mark in the lucrative tournament.

06:07:30 on 19 Mar

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The Madhya Pradesh Congress is trying to get Bollywood star Salman Khan to campaign for it in Madhya Pradesh's commercial capital Indore, a party leader said. The actor was born in Indore's Palasia area in 1965 and spent a part of his childhood in that city before moving to Mumbai.

06:06:58 on 19 Mar

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People have been posting selfies and random pictures of trees, lamps and computer screens though an app meant for filing poll-related complaints. EC had launched the citizens' vigil app, also known as 'cVIGIL', to report violation of the model code of conduct. Through the application, people can report any poll-related violation by sharing photos or videos.

06:06:15 on 19 Mar

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The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday released their manifestos for the Lok Sabha elections in April-May. Both the parties promised to release all the seven convicts in former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

06:04:15 on 19 Mar

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Representatives of six Internet giants have reached the EC's headquarters in New Delhi to hammer out a mechanism for curbing fake news on social media ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. According to sources, Google has assured the poll body that it can set up a system to fight fake news in 24 hours. Further information is awaited because discussions are still underway.

06:04:12 on 19 Mar

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At least one person was killed and over 80 are feared trapped after an under-construction building collapsed in Kumareshwar Nagar of Dharwad area on Tuesday afternoon. The collapse took place in Dharwad, about 400 kilometres north of Bengaluru. Around 10 ambulances and more than half a dozen fire engines are at the spot.

06:00:37 on 19 Mar

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Aviation watchdog DGCA on Tuesday said that 41 Jet Airways flights are currently available for operation and there may be “further attrition” of flights “in coming weeks” as it observed the situation as “dynamic”. DGCA has instructed the airline to comply with “the relevant provisions of the applicable CARs for facilitation of passengers.

05:53:12 on 19 Mar

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Around 100 advocates affiliated to Coimbatore Bar Council staged a protest outside the court premises urging for a court monitored probe presided by a women judge. The Pollachi sexual abuse incident has triggered widespread protests in the state with students and advocates demanding stern action against the accused in the case.

05:51:16 on 19 Mar

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Vigilant citizens are taking the help of the cVIGIL mobile application to leave no stone unturned to ensure free and fair conduct of elections. They are using the application to complain about the political parties that flouting the regulations of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), as prescribed by the Election Commission of India (EC).

05:50:20 on 19 Mar

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“Ninety per cent of the market here runs on Chinese goods. How will it function if we call for a boycott?,” says a local shopkeeper in Delhi’s Sadar Bazar popular for items manufactured in the neighbouring country. Even as CAIT gave a call to boycott Chinese goods, local markets registered minimal participation as shopkeepers and hawkers continued to sell China products.

05:45:38 on 19 Mar

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The ruling BJP in Tripura received a jolt as three of its leaders including state unit vice-president Subal Bhowmick joined the Congress here on Tuesday. Congress Tripura unit president Pradyot Kishore Debburman welcomed Bhowmick, senior leader Prakash Das and vice-president of the BJP kishan morcha Premtosh Debnath to the party and said "today is a historic day.

05:42:10 on 19 Mar

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Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that there will be a floor test on Wednesday, 20 March. He requested people to not congratulate him as the state is on a 7-day mourning period. After being sworn in as the chief minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant has exhibited confidence and said, “We have 21 MLAs, we will pass the floor test tomorrow. Our coalition partners are with us.”

05:36:15 on 19 Mar

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Highlighting an increase in road accidents and fatalities across north India, especially during the Holi season, a Delhi-based NGO has planned a massive campaign to check drunk driving during the festival. It plans to mobilise drivers in Delhi to take a pledge against drinking and driving during the festival of colours

05:29:06 on 19 Mar

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The "Main Bhi Chowkidar" movement has been a huge success and on March 31, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would interact with some of the newly minted chowkidars in a video conference, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters today. The "Main Bhi Chowkidar" campaign had taken social media by storm, the minister said.

05:25:26 on 19 Mar

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A Delhi court on Tuesday extended Robert Vadra’s anticipatory bail in a money laundering case till March 25 and asked him to join the probe in the matter after the Enforcement Directorate said he was required for custodial interrogation. Special judge Arvind Kumar granted the relief to Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

05:21:30 on 19 Mar

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Jet Airways pilots' union will meet in Mumbai and Delhi to chart out their future course of action regarding non-payment of salaries. The National Aviators Guild will hold meetings in Mumbai on Tuesday and in Delhi on Wednesday. The meetings come a day after Jet Founder appealed to employees give the resolution process some time to complete.

05:13:43 on 19 Mar

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ED has attached 13 assets located in Jammu & Kashmir in a terror financing case against Pakistan-based terrorist Syed Salahuddin, the chief of the globally banned outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. ED issued a provisional order under the PMLA to attach the properties worth Rs 1.22 crore, which it said belonged to one Mohammad Shafi Shah who allegedly worked for the terror outfit.

05:11:28 on 19 Mar

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Vijay Sethupathi's fans can now see the actor spend more screen time with his son Surya in his upcoming film Sindhubaadh. Surya, who made his debut in Naanum Rowdy Dhaan playing the younger version of his father, will now be seen playing a bigger, more important role, appearing alongside him.

05:09:33 on 19 Mar

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With both the LDF and UDF naming its candidates, a total of nine MLAs are seeking mandate in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. With the decision to field K Muraleedharan in Vadakara, the number of MLAs contesting the polls has increased to nine. With both LDF and UDF all geared up to ensure victory in the LS polls, sitting MLAs were named candidates in several constituencies.

05:08:04 on 19 Mar

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The Supreme Court sought to know from the relatives of miners, who were trapped in an illegal mine in Meghalaya three months ago, whether they want to recover the bodies which might have been "decomposed" by now. A total of 15 miners were trapped on December 13 last year in an illegal coal mine at Ksan in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.

05:03:56 on 19 Mar

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Badla to be remade in Tamil?

Speculations are rife that Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu-starrer Badla, which hit screens recently, might get remade in Tamil. Sources say that Trisha is being considered for Taapsee’s role. But, it is not clear if she was approached with the offer. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, Badla, a thriller, is an adaptation of Spanish film The Invisible Guest by Oriol Paulo.

04:56:40 on 19 Mar

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The CIC has directed the Enforcement Directorate to disclose all the information sought by an alleged sexual exploitation victim in the probe agency and pulled it up for taking refuge under the RTI exemption clause without going into merits of the application. He directed the Revenue Department and the ED to disclose all information sought by the appellant within 15 days.

04:54:48 on 19 Mar

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Kickstarting the Congress’ campaign in Arunachal Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi Tuesday said the party will restore special category status to all the Northeast states if voted to power. Addressing a rally in Itanagar, Gandhi said, “Congress will bring back the Northeast Industrial policy, special category status and special plan assistance in Arunachal Pradesh.”

04:51:26 on 19 Mar

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The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party on Tuesday announced they would contest all 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra in alliance. Announcing the alliance, SP MLA Abu Asim Azmi said the two parties together represent about "85-90 per cent" of the society and provided a third front for people let down by the BJP and Congress.

04:50:54 on 19 Mar

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The Election Commission on Tuesday issued a notification kick starting the poll process in 97 constituencies spread across 13 states where phase two of the Lok Sabha elections will be held on April 18. The process of nomination began with the issuance of this notification and will continue till March 26.

04:47:02 on 19 Mar

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The power tussle in Goa between the BJP-led coalition government and the Congress continued on Monday as Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's meeting with alliance partners to decide on leadership issue couldn't come to a consensus. With the strength of the House at 36, a party would require at least the support of 19 MLAs to form a government.

04:43:51 on 19 Mar

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will issue a single document combining the certificate and marksheet for Class X board exams from this year onwards, officials said on Tuesday. A decision in this regard was taken by the board’s examination committee and was approved by the governing body recently.

04:39:41 on 19 Mar

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You don't hear all that much about the LG phones anymore. At least, not like the way you hear of phones from its Korean counterpart Samsung. Or about the phones from OnePlus. And that is a pity, because LG actually makes some really cool and premium phones. Unlike the days of the LG G6 and all, the new LG premium phones are even priced sensibly.

04:34:00 on 19 Mar

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Holi-proof your gadgets this Holi

The vibrant festival of colours – Holi, is just around the corner and all of us are busy preparing for the day, from the well-known delicacies, special recipes, where to party, what to wear and which colours to use. Some simple and handy tips that can help your phone, and valuables survive this Holi.

04:30:27 on 19 Mar

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It seems there is a lot of dancing on the sets of Varun Dhawan’s new film Street Dancer -- both on the camera and off it. Varun recently featured in a dance-off with Nora Fatehi on her hit song, Dilbar. In a video that is going viral online, Nora and Varun are seen grooving to the tunes of her song Dilbar.

04:25:02 on 19 Mar

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The government has asked state-run banks to rescue privately held Jet Airways without pushing it into bankruptcy, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to avert thousands of job losses weeks before a general election. The finance ministry has in the past year sought regular updates from the banks, led by SBI, on Jet’s financial health, the people said.

04:25:00 on 19 Mar

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