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The east coast of Tamil Nadu is on high-security alert in the wake of the bomb blasts that ravaged neighbouring Sri Lanka. With coordinated efforts of the Indian Coast Guard personnel, Tamil Nadu Coastal Security Group, Customs, Department of Police and Intelligence Bureau, patrolling has been intensified mid sea and along the shorelines, sources said.

10:10:40 on 22 Apr

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Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and discussed the progress in bilateral ties since the Wuhan summit last year and both sides were implementing the decisions in a manner in which we are sensitive to each other's concerns. And may discuss Beijing's continued attempts to block efforts to list Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

10:08:59 on 22 Apr

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Google Doodle on Monday marked World Earth Day, which is celebrated every year on April 22. This year, Google’s annual Earth Day Doodle takes us around the planet we call home to discover some of the awe-inspiring organisms which inhabit it. The most striking part of the doodle is the interactive slideshow which explores six organisms across elevations.

09:57:01 on 22 Apr

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After making viewers wait in anticipation, the makers of Sooryavanshi have finally unveiled the leading lady of their cop universe. Both Akshay Kumar, the film's lead hero and Karan Johar, the producer, took to social media on Monday morning and welcomed Katrina Kaif on board. Akshay and Katrina will begin the film's shoot of the cop drama later this summer.

09:40:01 on 22 Apr

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Despite prohibitory orders issued by the EC to not use religion during campaigning votes, Kerala BJP leaders have been using the name of Lord Ayyappa all through the second phase of the election campaign. The 2019 election has already become distinct from past elections: for possibly the first time ever, religious campaigning has become the centre of a general election.

09:27:02 on 22 Apr

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Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s close aides have advised her to contest from her party’s former bastion of Allahabad. Even as there is no clarity on whether Priyanka Gandhi, 47, will fight in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, there has been some speculation of late that she may contest from Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

09:10:01 on 22 Apr

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The suicide bomber waited patiently in a queue for the Easter Sunday breakfast buffet at Sri Lanka's Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosives strapped to his back. Carrying a plate, the man, who had registered at the hotel the night before as Mohamed Azzam Mohamed, was just about to be served when he set off his devastating strike in the packed restaurant.

08:57:01 on 22 Apr

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World Earth Day 2019 is around and we all are looking forward to celebrating this day in our own way. If you are looking forward to celebrating this day, but you are confused about different ways in which you can make the celebration environment-friendly, check out a few eco-friendly ways to help you feel close to mother Earth.

08:40:02 on 22 Apr

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In a surprising intervention by the ruling establishment, a day after CJI Ranjan Gogoi convened an extraordinary sitting of the SC following reports in four online portals about a former woman staffer’s sexual harassment complaint against him, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley posted a blog defending the CJI under the title: “It is time to stand with the judiciary”.

08:38:35 on 22 Apr

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An improvised pipe bomb discovered close to Colombo’s main airport was successfully diffused by the Sri Lanka air force, police said. Air force spokesperson Group Captain Gihan Seneviratne said the IED was believed to be locally manufactured. The development comes after eight explosions ripped through the island nation, killing 262 people and injuring at least 450.

08:35:06 on 22 Apr

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More than 200 people are now known to have died in a series of bomb blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, in the worst violence to hit the island since its devastating civil war ended a decade ago. Police have arrested 13 men in connection with bomb blasts. Eight apparently co-ordinated explosions targeted Easter worshippers and high-end hotels.

08:27:02 on 22 Apr

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Five Indians have died in the serial blasts in Colombo that ripped through three churches during Easter services, four luxury hotels, where dozens of tourists were staying and a housing complex. More than 200 people died in the blasts and around 450 people were injured, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said after a conversation with her Lankan counterpart Tilak Marapana.

08:19:32 on 22 Apr

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The central government had asked to issue prohibitory orders in Sabarimala in view of the protests from Hindu outfits and other organisations in light of the Supreme Court verdict allowing women devotees to enter the temple, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan showing the circular issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (Internal Security - I Division).

08:13:55 on 22 Apr

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Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky swept to victory in Ukraine's presidential election Sunday, an exit poll showed, as millions of voters weary of war and economic hardship rebuked the ruling elites and ushered in fresh uncertainty for their geopolitically pivotal nation. Zelensky, a 41-year-old TV star with no political track record, won 73% of the vote in the runoff election.

07:57:01 on 22 Apr

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Going by the poll manifestos published by major political parties, the use of digital technology is likely to get a boost under the new government that will come to power after the Lok Sabha election results on May 23. Most political parties have promised the greater implementation of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI).

07:40:02 on 22 Apr

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Filing of nomination papers for the by-election for Thiruparankundram Assembly segment will start on Monday. It’s for the second time in three years that a by-election is being held in the segment. Two-time MLA SM Seenivelu of AIADMK had won from Thiruparankundram segment in the Assembly elections held in 2016. He died after a stroke on May 25, 2016.

07:27:01 on 22 Apr

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday retained sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) on four out of seven parliamentary constituencies—South, West, Chandni Chowk and North East—in Delhi for the Lok Sabha elections 2019. Senior BJP leaders said the decision on the remaining seats—New Delhi, East and North West Delhi— will be taken by Monday.

07:10:01 on 22 Apr

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Top congressional Democrats left the door open on Sunday to the impeachment of US President Donald Trump but said they would first need to complete their own investigations into whether he obstructed justice in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. Some party leaders have cautioned against impeachment just 18 months before the 2020 presidential election.

06:57:01 on 22 Apr

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The open campaign for Tuesday’s Lok Sabha elections ended in violence at Alathur when the supporters of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Left Democratic Front (LDF) clashed soon after the noisy finale. UDF candidate Ramya Haridas, UDF MLA Anil Akkare, LDF MLA K.D. Prasannan and several other men, including a few policemen, were injured in stone throwing.

06:40:01 on 22 Apr

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The second episode of “Game of Thrones'” final season has leaked online. Rumblings of a leak began on the “GOT” Reddit and spilled over to Twitter as users pointed out that the second episode was streaming much earlier than its slated release on Amazon Prime Video in Germany. The leaked footage was posted to website Openload, but was quickly taken offline.

06:27:01 on 22 Apr

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Polling was completed across Tamil Nadu on April 18, but a number of people are still feeling let down because, despite completing the necessary formalities, their names were not on the electoral rolls on a crucial day. The fact that they could not exercise their franchise despite completing paperwork points to weak verification by the EC.

06:10:01 on 22 Apr

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Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said he has recommended to the Election Commission to conduct re-polling in 10 polling stations in the state. The top election official said that after a perusal of reports of authorities including those from the general observers and presiding officers, re-poll has been recommended for the consideration of the EC.

05:57:02 on 22 Apr

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Even as India gave specific intelligence inputs to Sri Lanka about a possible attack, Colombo did not take "adequate precautions" to prevent the explosions that killed 218 people and injured at least 450 in the decade's worst terror strike. PM Ranil Wickremesinghe accepted that they had information regarding a possible attack but did not take adequate steps to prevent it.

05:27:02 on 22 Apr

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The Tata group may revive an attempt to buy Jet Airways (India) Ltd if lenders to the grounded airline fail to find a buyer and are forced to drag the carrier to a bankruptcy court. Last year, the Tata group withdrew from talks to buy the ailing airline once it became clear that Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal was unwilling to cede control.

04:57:01 on 22 Apr

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MS Dhoni for the umpteenth time was in line to pull off another incredible chase but finally ran out of luck as RCB managed to beat CSK by one run. RCB successfully defended a similar total against the destruction of Kolkata Knight Riders’ Andre Russell and even with the master finisher MS Dhoni at the crease, it was advantage RCB as Umesh Yadav got ready to bowl the over.

04:27:01 on 22 Apr

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The reigning superstar of Malayalam cinema, Mohanlal is far from ceding his title to the next crop of actors in the industry. Mohanlal, in his own words, is all set to take a ‘sharp turn’ in life with his first directorial venture. Announcing the big news to fans through his blog, the actor said that he will, for the first time, be directing a movie.

03:57:01 on 22 Apr

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Orange Is The New Black was ground-breaking in many ways, the foremost being how it humanised women prisoners and their struggles. Although the show is set in upstate New York, the issue of prisoners’ fundamental rights is universal. In India, the question recently received some attention when three law students filed a petition concerning the voting rights of prisoners.

03:25:02 on 22 Apr

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A day after he was accused of sexual harassment and abuse of power by a former SC Court staffer, CJI Ranjan Gogoi presided over a special hearing on Saturday in which he claimed the independence of the judiciary was under threat. The allegations against the Chief Justice of India were listed out in affidavits sent to 22 judges of the Supreme Court by the former staffer.

02:55:01 on 22 Apr

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It’s no exaggeration to say that the human character in India changed equally dramatically between 2014 and 2019 as the number of active smartphones in the country quadrupled from 100 million to 400 million. To hundreds of millions of young and poor Indians, the device offers their first experience of a camera, computer, television, video game, e-reader and the internet.

02:25:01 on 22 Apr

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Heights of hypocrisy

When political leaders turn opponents, they indulge in mudslinging. And AP CM Chandrababu Naidu has been the target of TRS, BJP and YSRCP leaders. K.T. Rama of TRS called him a ‘donga’ (thief) while Jaganmohan Reddy of YSRCP compared him to a ‘rakshasudu’ (demon). And the same critics, on Naidu’s birthday were some of the first few to wish him very warmly!

01:55:01 on 22 Apr

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Move over Sarojini Nagar, this election season, Sadar Bazaar is the place to go. From NaMo T-shirts, to Congress shades, to BSP umbrellas, find everything here for really cheap prices. DivyaniRattanpal had a budget of Rs. 500, but still managed to put together the cheapest 'party look' ever.

01:25:01 on 22 Apr

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Summertime is the season to be bold and fun. It is one of the best times to make a few changes so that the summer sun brightens up your abode. After all, home is where your heart is, right? The trick is to not go overboard. If you want to spruce up your home with a few changes, follow these simple rules.

12:55:02 on 22 Apr

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What were you like at age five? In Kochi, Nihal Rajagopalan had already shot a video that would fetch over 2 million views. The three-year-old video shows him in a chef’s hat and apron, preparing mango ice-cream in Mickey Mouse moulds. Rajagopalan’s little hands operate the blender with ease (thought he does seem awestruck by its speed).

12:27:01 on 22 Apr

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The benefits of exercise are well-known, but knowing the right time to work out and get the maximum yield out of it, will be an add-on to it. A new study found that sweating out in the morning would give better results. It also has implications in chronobiology based exercise therapy for patients with metabolic disorders.

11:57:02 on 21 Apr

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The summer heat takes a toll not only on the body, but even on the skin. Which is why it is essential to drink lots of water and eat fruits and vegetables to keep the skin hydrated. However, most fruits can also be used for preparing face masks as they help cool, soothe and refresh the skin, and also suit all skin types.

11:27:02 on 21 Apr

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Over 150 people were reportedly killed and over 300 injured as simultaneous blasts hit churches, hotels and frequented by tourists in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Kollywood actress Radikaa Sarathkumar, who was staying at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel - one of the four hotels where the blasts happened - had a narrow escape.

10:57:01 on 21 Apr

The BJP on Sunday took to animation videos to mock Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders with a series of sports-based animated clips to accuse them of seeking proof of the Balakot terror strike and to assert Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invincibility against a fragmented challenge in Lok Sabha polls.

10:27:01 on 21 Apr

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The main traffic junction at Peroorkada in Thiruvananthapuram city witnessed a riot of colours and an auditory experience like no other as thousands of party workers flowed in to demonstrate their strength as part of the famed ‘kalashakottu’ in the final few hours of the Lok Sabha campaign in Kerala.

09:55:02 on 21 Apr

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7 Dead in Trichy Temple Stampede

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, 21 April, expressed anguish over the loss of lives in a stampede at a temple in Trichy and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the victims. Seven devotees were killed and 10 others injured in the stampede at Karuppasamy Temple in Muthiampalayam village in Trichy.

09:44:37 on 21 Apr

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Rohit Shekhar Tiwari's wife, Apoorva Shukla, was detained on Sunday along with two domestic helps in connection with the death of ND Tiwari's son. According to sources, Rohit's wife could be involved in hatching a conspiracy as police are looking at her as a prime suspect. On Saturday, Shukla was questioned for over eight hours by Crime Branch officials.

09:04:58 on 21 Apr

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The recent “underwear” remark by Samajwadi Party veteran Azam Khan against her one-time colleague-turned rival Jaya Prada has once again brought to the fore the low levels politics can sink to during the election season, with politicians cutting across party lines indulging in crass misogyny and sexism as political exchanges take a new turn.

08:27:01 on 21 Apr

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NDA candidate from Kerala's Wayanad seat, Tushar Vellappally has written to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Kerala, asking him to review Rahul Gandhi's nomination. According to him, Gandhi is carrying a dual passport and is not a citizen of India. He added that the CEO should check for the validity of Gandhi's nomination.

08:04:59 on 21 Apr

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The disease of dumbing down

Perhaps the question one has to ask is this: regardless of who comes out on top in the Lok Sabha elections, what are the broader issues we will need to continue grappling with as a society and a nation? The first thing that comes up is what one might call the disease of simplification.

07:55:01 on 21 Apr

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An Indian woman, identified as 61-year-old Razeena, is among those killed in the series of blasts that shook Sri Lanka, reported The News Minute. Razeena was a native of Mogral Puthur in Kasargod, Kerala and had gone to visit her relatives in Colombo. She died in the blast that hit a church in the capital.

07:42:02 on 21 Apr

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that India has stopped the policy of getting scared of Pakistan's threats. While addressing an election rally in Rajasthan's Barmer, PM Modi asked that if Pakistan insists they have a nuclear button, then has India saved its own for Diwali.

07:32:39 on 21 Apr

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Huawei launched the P30 Pro with four cameras at the back including a periscope-style lens with 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom. While the phone fares really well on our review, it seems to have stood the durability test of Youtuber Zack Nelson from JerryRigEverything channel. The Huawei P30 Pro proved strong enough to survive the bend test.

07:15:52 on 21 Apr

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The Goa government on Sunday heightened security at the churches across the state following a string of blasts in Sri Lanka that killed over 160 people earlier in the day. Talking to reporters, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said he has given instructions to state Director General of Police Pranab Nanda to step up security around the churches.

07:05:57 on 21 Apr

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The suicide bomber waited patiently in a queue for the Easter Sunday breakfast buffet at Sri Lanka's Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosives strapped to his back. Carrying a plate, the man, who had registered at the hotel the night before as Mohamed Azzam Mohamed, was just about to be served when he set off his devastating strike in the packed restaurant.

06:52:19 on 21 Apr

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Every political party seems to have one common thing in their campaigns for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Political Campaign Songs. With BJP have "Main bhi chowkidaar" and "Phir ek baar Modi Sarkar", Congress too have their "Ab Hoga Nyay". The blockbuster of campaign songs is however, Jagan's song "Ravali Jagan, Kavali Jag​an." How has this trend become so popular?

06:40:03 on 21 Apr

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India’s two premier athletes had a mixed day at the Asian Athletics Championship in Doha with Dutee Chand breaking her national record in the 100m Heats while Hima Das was injured in the 400m Heat. 19-year-old Hima failed to complete the heat number one which was won by Nadeesha Ramanayaka of Sri Lanka.

06:25:14 on 21 Apr

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A research found that just like adults, children by the age of five, make character judgement and adjust their behaviour towards people based on the facial features. Previous research found that children as young as three make decisions about a person’s character traits, such as trustworthiness, dominance and competence, by looking at their facial features.

06:18:11 on 21 Apr

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Police say they have arrested three people so far. The government put the figure at seven earlier but police say several others have been arrested but not questioned. They remain in the dark as to the perpetrators and their motive. The president’s office has confirmed that Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites have been temporarily blocked in Sri Lanka.

06:01:39 on 21 Apr

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The Aligarh Transport Department on Saturday suspended three of its staffers after a video of them pouring liquor into glasses in the office premises went viral online. In the video, the four officials are talking in abusive language while one of them is seen pouring liquor into glasses hidden in a drawer.

05:55:12 on 21 Apr

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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday, 21 April, said she would contest elections from Varanasi if Congress president and her brother Rahul Gandhi asks her to contest. The comment comes amid speculation of Priyanka Gandhi’s candidature in the Lok Sabha 2019 elections.

05:27:01 on 21 Apr

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Jayam Ravi announced that his 25th film will be helmed by Lakshman, who previously directed Jayam Ravi in Romeo Juliet and Bogan. While the makers are yet to finalise the rest of the cast and crew, composer D Imman has been roped in to give music for the yet-to-be-tiled film.

05:10:01 on 21 Apr

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Blasts hit two churches in Sri Lanka on Sunday, including in the capital Colombo, as worshippers attended Easter services, police said. The blasts occurred at around 8.45 a.m. (local time) as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress. A fresh blast hit a hotel in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo on Sunday, killing at least two people, a police spokesman said.

05:02:16 on 21 Apr

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Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma on Sunday said Rahul Gandhi will be the next prime minister of the country if the Congress gets the highest number of seats in the April-May Lok Sabha polls. Mr Sharma said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his NDA government will face the same fate as the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 2004.

04:40:03 on 21 Apr

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At least 160 people, including 35 foreigners, were killed and over 400 injured after simultaneous blasts rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. At least eight explosions were reported including at least three in churches and three in hotels. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held an emergency meeting and 200 troops have been deployed to carry out relief operations.

04:27:01 on 21 Apr

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Residents of 72 villages in Gurugram's IMT Maneser area may boycott the Lok Sabha elections after the HSIIDC served notices to take back Rs 35 lakh from a compensation amount given to the farmers for land acquisition. The notices were served to meet the directives of a February 8 SC order to reverse the compensation amount in a time bound manner till June 30, 2019.

04:10:01 on 21 Apr

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TN leaders condemn blasts in Sri Lanka

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and Deputy CM O. Panneerselvam condemned the mass killings by suicide bombers in Sri Lanka. In a joint statement issued here, the two leaders said: "We condemn the attack on the churches where large number of Tamil Christians live." They said the attack in a place where innocent people had congregated to pray to God was shocking.

03:47:21 on 21 Apr

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Tickets for Avengers: Endgame were made available for pre-booking across India at 12 am, Sunday, and early screenings were sold out within hours. Fans took to social media to share their excitement, and disappointment. A Marvel Movie Marathon, in which all 22 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be screened back-to-back is also being organised in certain locations.

03:39:15 on 21 Apr

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After the LTTE was defeated exactly 10 years ago, peace had returned to Sri Lanka and the last decade had been the most peaceful and prosperous for the islanders. Speaking to News18 from Colombo, many Srilankan national expressing their dismay, said that they were shaken by the magnitude of the attack.

03:34:57 on 21 Apr

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Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan was at his animated best when KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin thought about ‘Mankading’ him during the two teams’ clash in New Delhi on Saturday. As Ashwin bowled the delivery to Shreyas Iyer, Dhawan mocked the KXIP skipper by suggesting that he was going out of the crease but his bat was inside all along.

03:26:31 on 21 Apr

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Bengaluru's Bellandur lake, infamous for its pollution, has started to froth once again. Giant chunks of smelly, white froth - that looked like cotton - could be seen spilling around residential neighbourhood. The toxic froth in Bellandur and the other lakes of Bengaluru has persisted for at least two decades and has become a regular phenomenon of sorts.

03:23:28 on 21 Apr

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said he had warned Pakistan of consequences if it had not returned Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. Addressing a poll rally at Patan in his home state Gujarat, he also took a jibe at NCP leader Sharad Pawar, saying if he is unaware of his next move, then how Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan can gauge what he will do.

03:18:00 on 21 Apr

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Thousands of devotees have thronged the Shrine Basilica in Tamil Nadu's Vailankanni for Easter celebrations. The celebrations, which commenced last night, will continue today. As a mark of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, a candlelight procession commenced at 11 PM on Saturday.

03:12:43 on 21 Apr

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Game of Thrones actor Bella Ramsey says she will miss shaming "a load of grown men", a trait her on-screen character, Lyanna Mormont is celebrated for. Trust Lyanna Mormont, also called the Lady of Bear Island, to cut to the chase and speak up what is bothering everyone in the room, but are holding back due to fear or authority

03:07:05 on 21 Apr

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Eight serial blasts rocked Sri Lanka early on Sunday. The first six explosions hit three churches and three luxury hotels in Colombo and other parts of the country, killing 185 people so far. The first explosions were reported around 8 am. Around 2 pm as the country was still counting its dead, two more blasts was reported in Colombo.

02:59:50 on 21 Apr

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Sri Lanka woke up to the tragic news of six explosions across Colombo in three churches and three 5-star hotels. The blasts have so far killed over 138 people and have injured 400 people. South celebrities namely Siddharth, GV Prakash, Soundarya Rajinikanth, Radikaa and Sarathkumar took to Twitter to condemn the dastardly attack.

02:55:05 on 21 Apr

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Sri Lankan president, prime minister and other political leaders strongly condemned a series of coordinated bomb attacks on churches and hotels on Sunday that left over 150 dead and urged people to be patient while vowing to bring to justice those responsible for the barbaric act.

02:51:08 on 21 Apr

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As families of victims and survivors continue to reel from the shock of the serial blasts in Sri Lanka that have claimed 140 lives so far, tourists visiting the island nation are worried about their safety. Sri Lanka has put security restrictions and passengers have been asked to reach the Colombo airport four hours in advance.

02:37:38 on 21 Apr

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Sri Lanka's police chief made a nationwide alert 10 days before Sunday's bomb attacks in the country that suicide bombers planned to hit "prominent churches", according to the warning seen by AFP. Police chief Pujuth Jayasundara sent an intelligence warning to top officers on April 11 setting out the threat.

02:27:15 on 21 Apr

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The gorgeous Asha Negi is a queen in true sense. The beauty made her television debut with Zee TV’s Pavitra Rishta as Purvi and became a household name. Asha was even applauded for her role in Ek Mutthi Aasmaan as Kalpana and Kuch Toh Hai Tere Mere Darmiyaan as Koyal. She also won Indian dance reality show Nach Baliye 6 along with her partner Rithvik Dhanjani.

02:21:01 on 21 Apr

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Shah Rukh Khan closed the Beijing International Film Festival in China on Saturday evening. The actor, whose film tanked at the Indian box office, was reportedly received well by the Chinese audience. On the work front, SRK is producing Netflix series Bard of Blood, starring Emraan Hashmi and had last produced the Taapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan thriller Badla.

01:57:01 on 21 Apr

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Even as Jet Airways' lenders are confident of selling their stake in the temporarily grounded airline, they have prepared a contingency plan which includes taking the company to Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT), sources said. The DRT facilitates the recovery of debt involving banks and other financial institutions with their customers.

01:40:55 on 21 Apr

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One-fourth of candidates in the fray for the third phase of Lok Sabha polls are crorepatis. Political parties have fielded a total of 392 crorepati candidates of which 81 are from BJP. The average worth of each candidate contesting the third phase is Rs 2.95 crore. The richest among candidates in the third phase is Ku. Devendra Singh Yadav from Samajwadi Party.

01:38:18 on 21 Apr

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Strongly condemning the multiple blasts across Sri Lanka which have claimed nearly 156 lives so far, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed solidarity with the neighbouring country and said that “there is no place for such barbarism in our region”. The motive for the attacks remains unclear, and no individual or group has claimed responsibility yet.

01:29:22 on 21 Apr

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Warships from India, Australia and several other nations arrived in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao on Sunday to attend a naval parade, part of a goodwill visit as China extends the hand of friendship despite regional tensions and suspicions. China on Tuesday will mark 70 years since the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy.

01:09:03 on 21 Apr

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As many as 4,690 FIRs have been filed against political functionaries during the past month for violating the model code of conduct. The charges include bribing of voters and making hate speeches. The figures were released by TN’s Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo. Tamil Nadu registered a record seizure of cash and materials worth Rs 933.34 crore till April 19.

01:06:28 on 21 Apr

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The BJP’s primary plank this Lok Sabha election has been its fight against terror. Should the prime minister then have fielded, shielded and defended a terror accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case – Pragya Singh Thakur? Pragya Thakur was identified as the prime conspirator in the Malegaon terror attack by the then chief of Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad Hemant Karkare.

12:52:20 on 21 Apr

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AAP minister Gopal Rai said that it has closed its doors for the alliance with the Congress for the Lok Sabha elections. AAP has declared candidates for three seats in Haryana. Naveen Jaihind will be contesting from Faridabad Lok Sabha constituency, Prithviraj from Ambala and Krishan Kumar Agarwal from Karnal. All the candidates will file their nominations on Monday.

12:35:22 on 21 Apr

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As Cersei says in the “Game of Thrones” Season 8 premiere, “You want a queen? Earn her.” Or, you can probably just give it another minute or two. Perhaps the most confusing moment of the episode occurs when Euron Greyjoy in exchange for the army, Euron wants to sleep with Cersei. Initially, she denies him and turns away but in the end, takes him to her chambers anyway.

12:32:06 on 21 Apr

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said India is keeping a close watch on the situation in Sri Lanka closely after over 100 people were killed and nearly 300 were injured in multiple blasts in and around Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital. "I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close watch on the situation," Ms Swaraj tweeted.

12:23:41 on 21 Apr

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The handloom makers in Gujarat are shunning the use of cheaper, synthetic alternatives and choosing to make their production process organic. Batik is a time consuming and meticulous technique of decorating fabric by hand. Traditional and contemporary batik are equally adored by both the East and the West. Today Kutch district is the main centre of batik production.

12:20:55 on 21 Apr

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Voters in the Wayanad LS constituency, spread over three districts, are still convincing themselves that AICC president Rahul Gandhi was landing in the hilly township of Kalpetta, the district headquarters. And that was not just to address an election rally but to file his nominations from the constituency. The shock is visible all over the place, across party lines.

12:10:05 on 21 Apr

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The situation in Ponnamaravathi and neighbouring villages in Pudukottai district continued to remain tense on Saturday following violent incidents over the last two days which were sparked by an audio clip containing allegedly derogatory comments made by two unidentified persons against the Mutherayar community. The clip had gone viral on social media.

12:02:54 on 21 Apr

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The death toll in the Sri Lanka terror attacks has reached 160. The government has ordered the schools to remain shut tomorrow and day after in view of the dastardly attacks this morning which have claimed 160 lives so far. The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka has tweeted out numbers for Indian citizens who might need assistance in the aftermath of the explosions.

11:59:19 on 21 Apr

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One of Kerala’s most keenly-watched electoral contests is taking place in Pathanamthitta. Unlike a majority of the poll battles in the state, which are bipolar in nature between the Left and the Congress, the fight in Pathanamthitta is a test of how well the BJP can consolidate the Hindu vote over Sabarimala and its attempts to make inroads into Kerala.

11:50:42 on 21 Apr

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Sunrisers Hyderabad, a team which arrested their slide after the win against Chennai Super Kings, will look to continue with the momentum when they face Kolkata Knight Riders, a side which has lost four matches on the trot. There will be key player battles during this match which will define the course of the contest.

11:44:42 on 21 Apr

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Air pollution is a problem that is staring at us right in the eye and it cannot be overlooked any longer, especially for those who live in regions like Delhi NCR where the pollution has risen to life-threatening levels. A man named KV Suresh who is based out of Noida has clocked almost 1 Lakh kilometres on his own electric car – the Mahindra e2o.

11:40:00 on 21 Apr

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At least 42 people have been killed and more than 200 injured as multiple explosions rocked churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. A total of six blasts have been reported in the country, hitting three high-end hotels and one church in Colombo, along with two churches outside the capital. The Colombo National Hospital said at least 80 people have been admitted with injuries.

11:10:34 on 21 Apr

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Preparations for polling on Tuesday are complete for all the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala and elsewhere in the country. Formal campaigning will conclude today evening at 6 pm. Polls will be cast from 7 am to 6 pm on April 23 which marks the third the phase of the Indian general elections to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha.

10:56:22 on 21 Apr

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BJP candidate Pragya Thakur has been issued a notice -- her second in a day -- for her controversial remarks to a television channel in which she appeared to have supported the demolition of Babri Masjid. Three days ago, Pragya Thakur had claimed that 26/11 hero Hemant Karkare was killed in the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai after she "cursed" him.

10:53:38 on 21 Apr

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The India Air Force is recommending Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman for the wartime gallantry medal Vir Chakra for shooting down an F-16 in aerial conflict with Pakistan. While Wing Commander Abhinandan has been recommended for the Vir Chakra, the 12 Mirage 2000 pilots who bombed targets in Pakistan are being recommended for the Vayu Sena Medal.

10:50:27 on 21 Apr

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It's Easter today! This is one of the biggest festivals celebrated around the world and it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Across the globe, there are various traditions in which Easter is celebrated and it's definitely fun-filled. Easter is all about relishing delicacies, church services, easter eggs and a lot more.

10:45:13 on 21 Apr

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In the lanes surrounding the areas of Turkman Gate in Delhi, people from all religious backgrounds live in harmony, warmly embracing each other’s cultures. This syncretism is perfectly embodied by Georgina Lazar, who spoke to Karwan e Mohabbat about her practices that combine some of the best parts of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.

10:37:28 on 21 Apr

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With just three days left for filing nominations and despite the uncertainty still looming over an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi, the Congress party is likely to release its candidate list for the capital on Sunday. Senior party leaders said that the party is yet to hear anything from Aam Aadmi Party on sealing an alliance in the capital.

10:31:43 on 21 Apr

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The Indian film industry is one of the largest film industries in the world. Every year, the audience gets to see a variety of movies in different languages and in return for the entertainment they get. Not just entertainment, the India film industry and celebrities are also known for making and breaking several world records. Check out the records.

10:27:01 on 21 Apr

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As per data compiled by the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, a human rights organisation in the state, there have been 108 cases of human rights violations since 2008 where probes or enquiries have been ordered. The violations include instances of killings and fake encounters, rapes and molestations, custodial killings, beatings and pellet injuries among others.

10:26:09 on 21 Apr

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Blasts hit two churches in Sri Lanka, including in the capital Colombo, as worshippers attended Easter services, police said. At least 80 people have been injured in the blasts. The churches hit were in the north of the capital, and the town of Negombo, just outside Colombo. "Eighty people have already been admitted, and more are still coming in," an official said.

10:20:24 on 21 Apr

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