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In an interview Maithripala Sirisena says his reappointing of Ranil Wickremesinghe as the prime minister of the country is the characteristic of a democratic society. "Yes, I did say that I will not reappoint Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister even if he receives the consent of 225 parliamentarians. That is my personal political view ", he said.

05:23:25 on 19 Dec

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Mayawati's top aide denied reports today that BSP and SP of Akhilesh Yadav have all but sealed an alliance in UP for the 2019 election, leaving the Cong out. The reports quoted sources as saying the two parties had been in seat-sharing talks for almost a year and had finalised a formula that would be announced on Mayawati's birthday on January 15.

05:15:51 on 19 Dec

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After hectic campaigning for polls in five states, Congress president Rahul Gandhi along with his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her children are holidaying in the picturesque Himachal Pradesh hill station. Rahul accompanied by Priyanka Vadra arrived in Shimla on Tuesday by road to see the latter's under-construction house at Chharabra, a local Congress leader said.

05:13:37 on 19 Dec

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A communications satellite dubbed "Angry Bird" for the use of the Indian Air Force, took off from the launchpad of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and was placed in orbit this evening. The GSAT-7A will connect all IAF assets like planes, air-borne warning control platforms and drones with each other and ground stations and work towards a network-centric warfare capability.

05:07:06 on 19 Dec

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Will Amend Triple Talaq Bill: Owaisi

AIMIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi is all set to propose amendments to the revised Triple Talaq Bill which was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday to replace an ordinance issued in September. It is said that Owaisi, is against criminalizing the act of pronouncing the Triple Talaq instantly and imprisoning the husband.

04:53:04 on 19 Dec

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Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday took a diplomatic stand over the possibility of an alliance with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and said that whatever the Congress high-command decides will be acceptable to all. Ms Dikshit served as the Chief Minister of Delhi for three terms before AAP's Arvind Kejriwal dismissed her with a record mandate in December 2013.

04:40:24 on 19 Dec

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Actor Nandamuri Kalyan Ram on Tuesday unveiled the teaser of his upcoming film 118. While the meaning behind the film’s numerical title is unclear, the teaser promises an engaging thriller. Going by the teaser, Kalyan Ram’s character seems to enjoy a celebrity status in the movie. He has a beautiful girlfriend, played by Shalini Pandey of Arjun Reddy fame.

04:35:33 on 19 Dec

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Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday said that the only way to break the logjam in Parliament was to form a JPC on Rafale fighter jet deal the way it was set up in the Bofors and 2G cases. He also asserted that the court did not cover all the aspects of the deal and the Congress has been demanding for a JPC even before the top court's order.

04:33:21 on 19 Dec

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The NITI Aayog unveiled a strategy document with an aim to accelerate growth to 8% and propel the country towards a $5-trillion economy by 2030. The Strategy for New India @ 75 document, prepared after extensive consultations with over 800 stakeholders from within the government — central, State and district levels, was released by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

04:31:22 on 19 Dec

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The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the second time on Wednesday amid uproar after the government rejected the opposition demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal. As the House re-convened for the second time in the noon, members from the Congress, AIADMK and TDP trooped into the Well, holding placards and shouting slogans.

04:18:18 on 19 Dec

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A communications satellite that will help connect all assets of the Indian Air Force and work as a force multiplier has taken off from Sriharikota spaceport. The GSAT-7A will connect all Air Force assets like planes, air-borne early warning control platforms, drones and ground stations, building a centralised network.

04:16:50 on 19 Dec

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao called Rahul Gandhi a name roughly translating to "buffoon" for hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the monsoon session of the Parliament, claimed Rao's daughter K Kavitha, who is also a Lok Sabha MP from Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS).

04:09:01 on 19 Dec

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More revelations about Facebook’s shady data protection regulation states that companies like Apple, Microsoft and Amazon were given access to user information. This, according to a report in The New York Times, further points out that Facebook, which was supposed to restrict access to data for third-parties without user consent, kept doing so for many years.

04:05:51 on 19 Dec

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Singer Sonu Nigam has said the comment he made at a media summit recently that it “would be better if I was from Pakistan” was taken out of context. According to reports, the singer on Sunday had said that sometimes he wishes he was from Pakistan so he would get more offers from India.

04:02:32 on 19 Dec

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A Delhi court today reserved its order on the bail plea of Christian Michel, alleged middleman charge-sheeted and arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, for Dec 22. The counsel for the 57-year-old British national told Special Judge Arvind Kumar that he was not required for custodial interrogation and no purpose will be served by keeping him in further custody.

04:00:36 on 19 Dec

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BJP MP Sanjay Jaiswal slammed MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath for his claims that influx of Bihar and UP migrants deprived state youth of employment opportunities and demanded that he be summoned to Parliament to apologise. Raising the issue during Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, Mr Jaiswal, said the newly elected Chief Minister should apologise as he himself is from UP.

03:58:24 on 19 Dec

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said his party had managed to wake up the chief ministers of Assam and Gujarat to grant farm loan waivers and will rouse a "sleeping" Prime Minister Narendra Modi too. Gandhi's comment came a day after he said he would not let PM Modi sleep till a loan waiver is given to all farmers.

03:58:15 on 19 Dec

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Authorities on Wednesday did not allow fresh traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway after a landslide sent stones hurling down a hillock, leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded, officials said. It was decided to first clear the stranded vehicles, and therefore no fresh traffic was allowed on the 270-km highway either from Srinagar or Jammu this morning.

03:55:23 on 19 Dec

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The Congress may have performed better than expected in the just concluded Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and returned to power in the three states, the plan of stitching a Grand Alliance or Mahagathbandhan to the challenge the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2019 appears to be far fetched one.

03:46:09 on 19 Dec

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A delegation representing the film and entertainment industry, called on PM Narendra Modi, in Mumbai yesterday. The delegation comprised film producers and CEOs of companies in the entertainment industry. The team from the film fraternity expressed their strong support of the Prime Minister's vision for making India a five trillion dollar economy in the near future.

03:43:58 on 19 Dec

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For Elon Musk's very difficult year, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Specifically, it's a 1.14-mile tunnel the inventor and beleaguered CEO of Tesla Motors says is a first step in solving "soul-destroying" urban traffic. Two years of big promises and $40 million of Musk's own money later, his just-in-time innovation machine delivered a functioning test tunnel.

03:42:36 on 19 Dec

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The Delhi High Court today put an end to the summons issued against Union minister Smriti Irani in a defamation complaint filed against her by Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam. The court, however, rejected a similar plea by Nirupam's seeking to set aside the summons issued against him in a cross-defamation complaint filed by Smriti Irani.

03:34:14 on 19 Dec

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Over 10.3 lakh hectares of agricultural crop and more than 10,000 hectares of horticulture crops suffered damage in Andhra Pradesh due to Cyclone Phethai, as per the preliminary estimates made by Real Time Governance Society (RTGS). RTGS is the command centre in Amaravati which monitored the situation and sent quick updates to the respective authorities and departments.

03:29:20 on 19 Dec

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A farmer in Andhra Pradesh collapsed and died in his field on Tuesday, shocked at the devastation of his paddy crop by Cyclone Phethai, which swept through the state on Monday. In a heart-wrenching image, Gottipally Chinnasamy's body is seen in his flooded field, surrounded by a group of farmers.

03:27:42 on 19 Dec

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The Indian national, on returning from Pakistan after six years, met with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Ansari reached Delhi early morning the same day. Ansari, who was released from Mardan jail on Tuesday, had been detained by Pakistan’s intelligence agencies in 2012 for illegally entering the country, reportedly to meet a girl he had befriended online.

03:24:56 on 19 Dec

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The Kerala HC rejected actor Dileep’s plea seeking a CBI probe into a sexual assault case allegedly involving him. The actor in his petition had alleged that the current investigation was not fair and he was framed. In a letter to the state secretary earlier, he said a new team of Kerala Police should probe the case as the present investigators did not do a fair job.

03:23:34 on 19 Dec

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Another glaring case of land being sold at a throwaway prices in AP capital Amaravati and Chittoor has come to the forefront. Sakshi reporter has unearthed a scam where around 200 acres of prime land was sold to IT companies at concessional rates , which was done at the behest of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in the guise of encouraging IT in the state.

03:06:26 on 19 Dec

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Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, believes that his government should be praised and thanked for whatever steps it has taken in the Bulandshahr case, in which a police officer was killed in mob frenzy over cow slaughter allegations on December 3. He also calls the incident a "political conspiracy" against his govt, which, he says, has been "exposed".

03:06:11 on 19 Dec

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Claiming that Congress had 'managed to awaken' chief ministers of Assam and Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday reiterated that he will not let Prime Minister Narendra Modi sleep until all farm loans are waived. "The Congress party has managed to wake the CM's of Assam and Gujarat from their deep slumber. PM is still asleep. We will wake him up too," Gandhi tweeted.

03:02:42 on 19 Dec

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The Odisha government geared up for assessment of damage caused to standing crops and stocked paddy following an improvement in the situation after Cyclone Phethai triggered heavy rain in many parts of the state. Heavy rainfall coupled with high-velocity squally wind had pounded several parts of south and west Odisha for two days under the impact of Cyclone Phethai.

03:01:20 on 19 Dec

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In an earlier story, Factly had written about how NOTA is losing sheen over the years. Further analysis of the data also reveals a trend where NOTA has polled a greater percentage of votes in reserved constituencies (SC/ST) as compared to general constituencies. The trend of reserved constituencies polling a greater vote share for NOTA continued year after year.

03:00:28 on 19 Dec

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National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said the State-level alliances in the country will impact the national scene in upcoming Lok Sabha polls next year. Dr. Abdullah was speaking in Srinagar on the sidelines of a ceremony where two senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders, Peer Muhammad Hussain and Syed Basharat Bukhari, joined the party.

03:00:07 on 19 Dec

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Just months before the 2019 electoral battle, the Yogi Adityanath government is all set to bring the 'quota within quota' formula back to spotlight. There are 2 problems with the BJP's stand on the quota formula. Firstly, it does not want to openly be seen as playing the caste card, and secondly, implementation on the recommendations can lead to a rift within its allies.

02:55:52 on 19 Dec

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Ramdas Athawale's statement that people will get Rs 15 lakh each in their bank accounts “slowly” has got the attention of the political as well as economic experts. This response by the Union Minister while addressing a query on black money is being perceived as a peek into NDA's mega plan strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

02:51:23 on 19 Dec

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The Uttar Pradesh police have admitted that the four men - Sarfuddin, Sijid Ali, Banne Khan and Asif - who were arrested on December 5 in connection with the Bulandshahr mob violence, are innocent. No evidence has been found against them. After 17 days in custody, the police will release them after court proceedings.

02:48:55 on 19 Dec

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Results will be declared today for the Haryana Municipal election in five municipal corporations and two municipal committees. Counting trends indicate a lead for the ruling BJP in Hisar, Rohtak, Yamunanagar, Panipat and Karnal. The elections were held in the 110 wards of these five corporations on Sunday.

02:48:00 on 19 Dec

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Explained: Mandir demand and the law

Over the last several days, the VHP, the RSS, a few prominent BJP leaders and religious figures have been demanding a law that would allow construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. At a time when the Ayodhya title suit hearing is pending resumption in the Supreme Court, a look at the government’s legal options and the possible fallout.

02:40:01 on 19 Dec

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Former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson slammed India captain Virat Kohli, describing his behaviour as "disrespectful" and "silly" during the second Test here. Kohli and Australia captain Tim Paine were involved in a series of heated exchanges, which at one point prompted umpire Chris Gaffaney to step in to dissolve the tension.

02:36:56 on 19 Dec

The newly-elected Congress party CMs for Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh were sworn in on 17 Dec, amid much fanfare. Rahul Gandhi hopped from one state capital to another along with tall leaders to attend the ceremonies, amid a show of opposition strength. For the three CMs of the respective states, the road ahead is going to be bumpy, as they face significant challenges.

02:28:34 on 19 Dec

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Karnataka Bahujan Samaj Party leader N Mahesh faced the heat after a video of him looking at the pictures of women during the assembly session was circulated online and also played up on the news channels. In his reply, Mr Mahesh apologised for using the mobile phone during the session and said that he was simply looking for alliances for his son.

02:25:46 on 19 Dec

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Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha on Wednesday said arrogance of BJP and Nitish Kumar was one of the reasons behind him leaving the NDA. The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) should also quit NDA, he added. Kushwaha added that other parties would also not be safe from this arrogance for long.

02:24:33 on 19 Dec

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Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 PM amid uproar by members over various issues. Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were washed out for the seventh day today after the opposition and treasury benches clashed over the Rafale deal. Telugu Desam Party MPs protested in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament over their demands for Andhra Pradesh.

01:57:44 on 19 Dec

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Pathanamthitta Magistrate Court has extended the prohibitory orders in Sabarimala Temple till the midnight of Dec 22. The decision has been taken based on reports by the District Police Chief and Executive magistrates in Pamba and Sannidhanam. Prohibitory orders issued under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code prohibits assembly of more than four people in an area.

01:55:01 on 19 Dec

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The Indian national, on returning from Pakistan after six years, met with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the national capital. Ansari, who was released from Mardan jail on Tuesday, had been detained by Pakistan’s intelligence agencies in 2012 for illegally entering the country from Afghanistan, reportedly to meet a girl he had befriended online.

01:47:01 on 19 Dec

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We often see children constantly trying their hand at new things and wonder how kids manage to do it all. Their hunger to do more, many a time, leave us surprised. It is this very hunger that makes kids so eager to pursue different passions and excel in each one of them. Children are always willing to learn something new and broadening the horizons of their talent.

01:30:31 on 19 Dec

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In a significant order having far-reaching consequences, a division bench of the Madras High Court has held that no political parties shall erect digital banners in public places all over Tamil Nadu until further orders from the court. The bench also sought for an undertaking from the state government that it would honour the rules relating to road safety.

01:23:21 on 19 Dec

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Though they’ve been married for over a fortnight now, there is still a lot of excitement about every new photo of Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s dreamy wedding that surfaces on the web. The 36-year-old actor took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a loved-up image with Nick in which he is carrying her in his arms with a lit Umaid Bhawan Palace in the backdrop.

01:14:49 on 19 Dec

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Nearly a month after Manipur journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem was taken into custody for allegedly “targeting” the Manipur CM N Biren Singh, PM Modi and the BJP in a social media post, he was booked under the National Security Act and will be detained for a maximum period of 12 months. Wangkhem has been taken into custody after he uploaded certain video clips on Fb.

01:01:48 on 19 Dec

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Better preparedness with accurate and timely information has helped in preventing loss of life and minimising damage to property, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said, commending the East Godavari district administration for effectively handling the situation and Real-Time Governance Society (RTGS) for its accurate forecast and coordination.

12:48:10 on 19 Dec

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Shares of Indian telecom company Reliance Communications Ltd plunged as much as 13% on Wednesday after the Economic Times reported that Department of Telecommunications (DoT) rejected a proposed spectrum sale to Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. The RCom stock fell as much as 13.3% to Rs 13.65 per share on NSE. At 10.52am, RCom shares traded at 14.85 per share.

12:41:58 on 19 Dec

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Traders in many parts of the state decided to resist hartals after frequent shutdowns crippled business and made people's lives miserable. The latest to join in the move to deny hartals is the film industry. The Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce has decided to keep theatres open on hartal days. Filming and allied work will not be shelved on hartal days.

12:26:15 on 19 Dec

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On Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 2014 comments on bringing black money to India, often raised by opposition parties to target him and the ruling BJP, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale's latest statement is seen by many as a blunder. He told reporters on Monday that "Rs. 15 lakh in every account" will reach people slowly, and not in one go.

12:11:09 on 19 Dec

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Ron taluk has been reeling under severe drought for the last four years. Belavanaki has not seen a drop of rain this year. Many farmers have stopped farming, opting instead to work in fields that have irrigation facilities. The taluk has 1.11 lakh acres of irrigation land, which falls at the tail end of the Malaprabha canal system.

12:02:40 on 19 Dec

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Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram is being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate at the probe agency's office in the capital after he was summoned in connection with the INX Media case. The role of Chidambaram, 73, had come under the scanner of various investigating agencies in the Rs. 3,500-crore Aircel-Maxis deal and the INX Media case involving Rs. 305 crore.

11:47:48 on 19 Dec

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The CBI has opposed the bail plea of alleged middleman Christian Michel in Delhi's Patiala House Court. Michel’s lawyer, Aljo K Joseph, submitted before House Court that Michel was cooperating in the investigation, but has become weak. The CBI court on Saturday granted the agency Michel's custody for another four days. The CBI had asked for the custody to be extended.

11:40:22 on 19 Dec

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The rebel in love is back and how! Tiger Shroff and Sajid Nadiadwala's successful franchise is all set to return with its third instalment on March 6, 2020. It's left to see who will be seen opposite Tiger Shroff in Baaghi Speculations were rife that Sara Ali Khan has bagged the role however she recently rubbished the report saying it's nothing but a rumour.

11:33:48 on 19 Dec

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The Central government, for the first time, has admitted that people did die due to reasons linked with its sudden demonetisation move in 2016. It has said four people, which included three bank staff and one customer, died during the demonetisation and were paid compensation as well. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has admitted that SBI reported these four deaths.

11:12:03 on 19 Dec

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The Reserve Bank of India said on the review of the evolving liquidity conditions, it has decided to scale up the amounts to be purchased in the remaining two OMO (Open Market Operation) auctions scheduled in December 2018 to Rs. 15,000 crore each. "Consequently, the total injection of durable liquidity for the month of December 2018 would amount to Rs. 500 billion.

11:00:45 on 19 Dec

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At a time when the State government is preparing the ground for laying the foundation stone of an integrated steel plant in Kadapa district on December 27, a Chinese firm has expressed its readiness to establish a mega steel plant in AP. Representatives of the firm unveiled their plan to set up 7,000 MT capacity (per year) steel plant near any port.

10:35:35 on 19 Dec

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The UP Special Task Force (STF) on Tuesday arrested two more people in connection with the Bulandshahr violence on December 3 in which a police inspector and a local youth were killed, an official said. Senior superintendent of police, Abhishek Singh said Sachin alias Cobra (21) and Jhony Chowdhary (19), who was arrested on Tuesday, were not named in the FIR.

10:29:10 on 19 Dec

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There may be protests galore over proposed flyovers in Bengaluru as a solution to its traffic problems, but it appears that at least 30 new flyovers/underpasses could be built across the city under a mega Rs 9,200 crore plan by the state government to ease traffic congestion. The move comes ahead of the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

10:25:42 on 19 Dec

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A communications satellite that will help connect all assets of the Indian Air Force and work as a force multiplier, will be the 17th mission and last launch of Indian space agency ISRO for the year 2018. The long-awaited GSAT-7A, which would take-off from Sriharikota this evening, will connect all IAF assets like planes.

09:54:18 on 19 Dec

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With the year coming to a close, the end of the year party is the best way to celebrate the coming year with friends and some festive activities. If you're planning to throw a house party, there are certain things that one needs to keep in mind to enjoy your New Year while also being responsible. Check out the list about what you need to do while planning a house party.

09:10:01 on 19 Dec

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In a city where ambulance delays are pretty common, thanks to heavy traffic on the roads, the Hyderabad Metro Rail is making provision for emergency medical services to be delivered by the Metro network which is the fastest way of getting across the city. L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Ltd (L&THMRL) is in discussion with hospitals to transit passengers via the Metro.

08:57:01 on 19 Dec

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The National Human Rights Commission sought a report from the Maharashtra government on the death of eight people in a fire at a hospital in Mumbai, while not ruling out negligence by the hospital administration. The Commission issued a notice to the Chief Secretary calling for a detailed report including the outcome of the probe "reportedly mentioned by the city Mayor."

08:40:01 on 19 Dec

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Country’s first honeybee flora park will come up at Beekeeping Consortium and Training Centre under the Kerala State Horticulture Products Corporation (Horticorp) at Kochalummood, Mavelikkara, near Alappuzha soon. Agriculture Minister V S Sunilkumar will inaugurate the honey bee flora park on December 20. The aim of the park is to create high-quality honey.

08:25:01 on 19 Dec

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As many as 4.5 lakh families “living on objectionable poramboke land” in rural areas of the State for over five years are expected to receive three cents of land each free. Apart from the period of occupancy of the poramboke land, the families should fulfil the criterion of having a maximum annual income of ₹1 lakh. They will be given land documents for three cents each.

08:13:39 on 19 Dec

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BJP general secretary Ram Madhav mocked at DMK president M. K. Stalin’s proposal backing Congress president Rahul Gandhi as a Prime Ministerial candidate for 2019 Lok Sabha elections and said the PM’s post is not “vacant” as Narendra Modi will continue to be Prime Minister for the next ten years. He said Stalin's proposal had not found resonance even within the parties.

08:06:58 on 19 Dec

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2018 has proved to be an important year in the film industry, from standing up for equal pay to standing up for each other to support the #MeToo movement. Earlier today, prolific members of the fraternity, Karan Johar and Akshay Kumar met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the ongoing issues related to the film industry.

07:42:40 on 19 Dec

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CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam will flag off vehicles carrying Christmas gifts to people affected by cyclone Gaja, from the AIADMK headquarters. This year, Christmas gifts from AIADMK will be sent to Christians in five districts - Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Dindigul - which were worst hit by the cyclone.

07:38:28 on 19 Dec

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Siddaramaiah, Chairman of the Coalition Coordination Committee, laid the foundation stone for establishing a Sainik school in memory of Sangolli Rayanna, a valiant warrior and chief of Kittur Rani Chennamma’s army, and a slew of development works at Sangolli in Belagavi district. Siddaramaiah said that the works being implemented at an estimated cost of ₹ 267.67 crores.

07:34:48 on 19 Dec

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A safety panel set up by US President Donald Trump in the wake of numerous school shootings recommended Tuesday that schools consider arming staff, using veterans as guards and reversing Obama-era guidelines. It also recommended education authorities hiring military veterans and former police officers who "can also serve as highly effective educators."

06:57:01 on 19 Dec

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Yet another public interest litigation (PIL) petition challenging a Government Order (GO) dated June 25 last, of the State government banning the manufacture, sale and use of plastic products from January 1, has been filed in the Madras High Court. The Environment and Forest (EC.2) department, has imposed a total ban on manufacture.

06:49:05 on 19 Dec

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A Chinese delegation met Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at the Grievance Hall near his residence on Tuesday and evinced interest in setting up a steel plant in the State. The delegation proposes to establish the steel plant, with a capacity of 7.2 million metric tonnes per annum, under the China-India Steel Plant Investment Project.

06:43:01 on 19 Dec

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The Madras high court has quashed the criminal defamation proceedings against Super Star Rajinikanth. The petition filed by Shivaji Rao Gaikwad alias Rajinikanth, which sought to call for the records pertaining to taking of cognizance of the private complaint lodged by film financier S. Mukunchand Bothra on the file of VII Metropolitan Magistrate and quash the same.

06:13:08 on 19 Dec

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The hatchback of the year is one of the most sought-after categories in the Indian market simply because of the importance that they hold due to the huge sales number that this category racks up for manufacturers. As a result, several automakers came out with their offerings for the segment and we have chosen the best.

05:25:01 on 19 Dec

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The Microsoft Surface family of devices has registered high double-digit growth in the Indian market this year and the game changer Surface Go is set to add heavily to that next year, a company executive said in Delhi. According to Priyadarshi Mohapatra, the device has a clear edge over its rivals in the market when it comes to a laptop or a near-desktop experience.

04:55:01 on 19 Dec

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As we stand on the threshold of a new year, it’s time to face the harsh reality of 2018: it was another disappointing year for fans of Telugu cinema (barring a few exceptions). The film industry saw a steady flow of brain-dead movies, failing to live up to its promise of being on the verge of a tectonic shift in its approach to filmmaking.

04:25:01 on 19 Dec

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Excess body weight or obesity is responsible for 3.9 per cent of cancer globally, a new study has found. The study, published in the journal Cancer, highlighted a relationship between obesity and the risk of 13 types of cancers, including postmenopausal breast cancer and liver cancer, and a probable relationship with three others, including prostate cancer.

03:56:02 on 19 Dec

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Stroking or cuddling babies gently not only makes them feel fuzzy and warm, but it turns out, the act might have some pain relieving effect. According to a study, as quoted in a report in BBC, stroking a baby can help in curbing activities in the brain which are often associated with painful experiences.

03:25:01 on 19 Dec

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Polka dots may be a popular print since time immemorial, but they definitely aren't going anywhere. Need convincing? Kareena Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty and more Bollywood fashionistas have all sported the print fabulously in the past and Sara Ali Khan is now joining the gang. For movie promotions, Sara wore a strapless black and white polka dot mini dress with a ruffle.

02:55:01 on 19 Dec

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A new study now finds that dolphin who are known for their intelligence enjoy chilling out in front of the TV as well. Researchers at the Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder in Florida played videos on a TV screen through underwater windows. They played scenes from Sir David Attenborough's Planet Earth featuring other cetaceans plus some Spongebob Squarepants.

02:25:02 on 19 Dec

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Red Chillies Entertainment has partnered with Snapchat to launch the first ever Augmented Reality (AR) Lens for a film in India to promote the upcoming launch of Zero. The Lens, goes live today and runs through December 22, will allow Snapchatters to become the main character, known as Bauua Singh, and interact with the plot line of the movie.

01:55:01 on 19 Dec

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Despite protests from animal rights activists, there have purportedly been no human or animal fatalities in kambala, unlike jallikattu, the bull taming sport popular in South Tamil Nadu. But PETA isn’t convinced with the “guidelines” issued by the Karnataka government that include a committee of tahsildars and local police to watch over the event.

01:25:02 on 19 Dec

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Netflix’s retro wrestling comedy GLOW is set to have its own comic book series which will come out in March next year. IDW Publishing announced a four-issue comic book series based on the show. The comic book will offer an original story spinning out from the critically acclaimed series starring Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron.

12:55:01 on 19 Dec

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The only thing more shocking than Rahul Gandhi’s attempt to deny the involvement of the Congress party in the 1984 massacre of Sikhs is the cynicism with which so many of us speak of one of independent India’s most heinous crimes after being complicit in its cover up for 34 years. It is worth asking why non-Congress governments have consistently failed to deliver justice.

12:25:02 on 19 Dec

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‘Period. End of Sentence,’ the short documentary film on the stigma surrounding women during menstruation in rural India has made it to the 91st Oscar’s shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category. The film’s executive producer Guneet Monga shared the happy news with everyone on Instagram.

11:55:01 on 18 Dec

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Exactly a week after assembly election results were announced, focus has now shifted to the three new CMs—Ashok Gehlot, Kamal Nath and Bhupesh Bhagel. What heading the three big states means to them and to their party – the Congress - in view of LS polls due in four months. But more interesting political trajectories and intra-party politics may be unfolding elsewhere.

11:25:01 on 18 Dec

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In a first in the country, an Interoperable Criminal Justice System has been launched in Telangana enabling the live exchange of data between courts and police which would eventually expedite the process of delivering justice to the common man. Justice Madan B Lokur, Chairman of the ICJS and Judge-In-Charge Committee, SC, launched the project in Warangal district.

10:55:01 on 18 Dec

The death of a wild elephant while trying to escape angry villagers in Karnataka’s Nagarhole National Park last week triggered widespread outrage on social media. According to the Environment Ministry in the last five years, nearly 500 elephants have died in the country due to unnatural factors. Out of the 490 deaths, 267 — have occurred due to electrocution.

10:40:01 on 18 Dec

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People often say “Mumbai is LIT!” But that statement is more true literally than metaphorically. The visibly cramped city always seems to be catching fire. Always! Last year alone saw 4,790 fires in which 30 died. That’s an average of 13 fires a day! Now, let’s talk about this year.

10:25:02 on 18 Dec

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Chennai now has an inclusive and disabled-friendly park where all children can play. The city corporation on Monday unveiled its first ever sensory park which caters to children with different kinds of disabilities. Located in Santhome, the park is both colourful and exciting as it helps these kids navigate the space and stimulates their sensory experience as they play.

10:12:01 on 18 Dec

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Hope for the 1984 survivors, finally

By overturning the session court’s order that acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar for his role in the 1984 riots, the Delhi High Court has given hope to thousands of families who have waited for justice for more than 34 years. More than 3,000 Sikhs were burnt alive in the Capital after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

09:55:01 on 18 Dec

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Children learn the harsh realities of hierarchy, stratification and class division not through books, but through everyday experiences. Do any of them ask: for whom does the nation exist? There are many perplexing questions that confront the mental landscape of children. Every morning as they start their journey towards school, they see a terribly fragmented nation.

09:40:02 on 18 Dec

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Following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 by two of her Sikh bodyguards, the Sikh community became a target of communal violence. Mobs went around Delhi killing 2,733 Sikhs over the next four days. A total of 3,350 Sikhs were killed across the country, as per official figures.

09:25:01 on 18 Dec

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Will The Ram Mandir Lead To Ram Rajya?

Ayodhya the land of Ram is also the land that’s the crucible of extremely polarised religious politics. The growing insistence of Hindu organisations for a law that enables the construction of the Ram temple has reached a crescendo. But how does Ayodhya that was once supposed to epitomise model governance or Ram Rajya fare today?

09:12:01 on 18 Dec

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Changing India, a book penned by the Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh encapsulates his life as an economist and a policymaker, and sheds light on the ten years that he led the UPA. A set of five volumes, Changing India gives the former PM’s perspectives on a wide range of economic, social and political issues as they evolved through his political career.

08:55:01 on 18 Dec

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Demonetisation lowered India’s economic growth by at least 2 percentage points in the quarter of its announcement, a new paper authored by four economists, including International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief economist Gita Gopinath, has said. The paper says Q4 of 2016 saw a contraction in employment and nightlights-based output in India due to demonetisation.

08:40:02 on 18 Dec

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IPL Auction 2019: Who went where?

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 auction takes place on Tuesday. 351 cricketers, including 226 Indians, go under the hammer in Jaipur. While 1,003 players had initially registered, the final list has been pruned to 351 after the eight franchises submitted their respective shortlists. No Indian cricketer figures in the highest reserve price bracket of Rs 2 crore.

08:25:01 on 18 Dec

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Sunny Leone, who is often a target of sexist and disparaging remarks by people, says she is disturbed when "nonsense" gets highlighted. I always try to push negativity aside, but there are some things which I can’t because I am also a human and I have feelings. I get disturbed when the media exaggerates and highlights things that they know is nonsense and can hurt people.

08:12:01 on 18 Dec

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