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Editor extraordinaire celebrated author and now a former Union minister MJ Akbar is also, most importantly, an accused in multiple incidents of sexual harassment. After almost 214 hours after the allegations, Akbar resigned from his post. At least twelve women journalists have accused Akbar of sexually harassing them, while he was working as an editor of a newspaper.

06:30:02 on 19 Oct

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Any day is a good day to tell little girls ‘You can be anything’ and encourage them to follow their dreams. All little girls have limitless potential, vivid imagination and a billion dreams in their eyes. All we need to do is inspire them, nurture them and tell them that they can be anything they want to be. That’s exactly what Barbie India did.

06:25:01 on 19 Oct

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Following a period of calmness in Pamba, Nilakkal and Sabarimala temple on Thursday, tension prevailed in these areas on Friday. After five members of the BJP Yuva Morcha were arrested on Thursday, seven more were arrested around 4.45 pm from Pamba under section 144 (unlawful assembly) on Friday.

06:18:02 on 19 Oct

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The telecom department is considering to allow only data services initially in flights and water vessels within Indian territorial boundaries, an official source said. Under the proposed in-flight connectivity guidelines, both voice and data services would be provided to passengers on flights and maritime transport within the national boundaries.

06:11:01 on 19 Oct

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Market benchmark BSE Sensex plunged by 464 points or 1.33 per cent to close at 34,315.63 points due to losses in index major Reliance Industries, HDFC and Infosys. The broader NSE Nifty too fell over 150 points to crack below the 10,400-mark as financials, IT and energy stocks declined. The Sensex lost 417.95 points, while the NSE Nifty fell 168.95 points, during the week.

06:07:04 on 19 Oct

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WhatsApp users in rural India do not blindly trust messages they receive on the messaging service, according to a limited survey across 14 states, a finding that must provide some cheer to law enforcement officials and policymakers trying to combat fake news and rumours, and to the messaging service itself.

05:56:01 on 19 Oct

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Dussehra marks the end of the nine-day long festive journey of Navratras. The day also marks the end of Durga Puja. It is majorly celebrated in eastern and northeastern states of India. PM Modi and President Kovind will address a gathering at the Ramlila Maidan, opposite the Red Fort, in the national capital and will also attend the Ravana Dehan celebrations.

05:48:28 on 19 Oct

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A Turkish official says investigators are assessing the possibility whether the remains of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been taken to a forest in the outskirts of Istanbul or to another city, if and after he was killed inside the diplomatic mission earlier this month.

05:42:01 on 19 Oct

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Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) has announced that it will file a review petition in the Supreme Court against the verdict allowing entry of women of all age groups to the Sabarimala Temple. Amid massive protests, women have been trying to climb up the hill to Kerala's iconic shrine under high police cover since Friday morning.

05:36:09 on 19 Oct

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Burning effigies of Ravana is a common practice on Dussehra, but some harassed husbands celebrated the festival here in a slightly different way - by burning an effigy of Surpanakha. These men - members of 'Patni Pidit Purush Sanghatana', an organisation of victims of harassment by wives - burned the effigy on Thursday evening at Karoli village near Aurangabad.

05:26:35 on 19 Oct

Renuka Shahane says there are still uncountable, unknown stories of women who have faced sexual harassment and abuse that are waiting to be heard. “I don’t think there’s a single woman who does not have a #MeToo story. My story does not involve anyone famous. It happened a long time ago but it impacted me for the longest time." Shahane told PTI.

05:26:01 on 19 Oct

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At a time when DMDK Chief Vijayakant has been out of active politics for a few months after battling ill-health, his wife Premalatha was appointed as Treasurer of the party on Friday. The decision was announced at the DMDK headquarters in Chennai in a meeting where she was unanimously selected by District Secretaries.

05:11:02 on 19 Oct

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In clear defiance of the SC verdict, anti-women protesters did not allow any woman in the banned age group to reach the Sabarimala temple. In a statement that is likely to boost the morale of the fierce protesters, former TDB chief Prayar Gopalkrishnan on Friday said that allowing women inside the temple will turn the Lord Ayappa’s shrine into a spot for “sex tourism”.

04:59:05 on 19 Oct

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Despite the Centre ruling that persons with monocular vision - those who are legally blind in one eye - in the country are eligible to drive, the TN govt is yet to implement such a rule and continues to not allow those with monocular vision to obtain a driver’s license. Several countries including the US and UK have lifted rules which would not allow such persons to drive.

04:56:02 on 19 Oct

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address two public meetings in Telangana tomorrow in the run-up to the December 7 assembly elections, party sources said today. According to Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee official spokesperson Shravan Dasoju, Rahul Gandhi would address a public meeting at Bhainsa town of Adilabad district and another one in Kamareddy.

04:49:45 on 19 Oct

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The government is likely to appoint a new chief economic advisor in the next one or two months, sources said. A search committee appointed by the finance ministry is expected to finalise the list of suitable candidates soon and appointment is likely in 1-2 months, they said further. The govt on June 30 invited applications for the appointment of CEA on deputation basis.

04:42:52 on 19 Oct

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A former news producer of a television channel was charged by Noida Police for allegedly sexually and mentally harassing a reporter, officials said. The accused, however, has alleged that the complainant woman and her fiance were trying to blackmail him and extort money. He too filed a complaint with the police in neighbouring district Ghaziabad, according to officials.

04:42:02 on 19 Oct

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Kavitha Jakkal, is one of the two under-50 women, who tried and failed to enter Sabarimala shrine on Friday. She had to stop 500 metres away from the shrine after the head priest told the police that if the two women enter the temple, he will close the gates and stop puja. After senior police officer, S Sreejith informed the two women, they agreed to return.

04:26:02 on 19 Oct

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The National Investigation Agency has arrested a man from Assam for circulating fake Indian currency notes in Bengaluru. An NIA team from Hyderabad arrested Mohammed Akbar Ali , a resident of Guwahati. He was produced before a local court for a transit remand. He is being taken to Andhra Pradesh to be produced before a special NIA court in Vijayawada.

04:22:12 on 19 Oct

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The Centre has asked the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to tighten security in view of the continuing protests against the SC order allowing entry of women of all age groups to Sabarimala temple. In an advisory, the union home ministry also asked the three states to closely monitor the dissemination of various 'adverse' messages through social media.

04:20:22 on 19 Oct

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Activist Rahul Easwar was arrested in secret as police put him in a tractor and covered him with a tarpaulin, his wife, Deepa Rahul Easwar, claimed in a Facebook live broadcast from Rahul Easwar’s social media account on Friday afternoon. Rahul Easwar was arrested on Wednesday from Sabarimala hill and on Thursday, he was remanded to 14 days judicial custody.

04:18:54 on 19 Oct

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The two women who arrived at Sabarimala stated that they decided to return as the protestors shielded children in front. Andhra native journalist and Malayali woman Rehna Fathima had tried to ascend Sabarimala on Friday. However, they had to return following the escalating protests by the devotees in the Nadappandal.

04:11:02 on 19 Oct

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Protests erupted in many places in Kerala over the disruption of pooja in Sabarimala earlier in the day shortly before two women were forced to return following a threat by its chief priest to shut it down if they entered the shrine. Furious devotees claimed that pooja at the temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa was disrupted for one hour which had never happened before.

04:09:12 on 19 Oct

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Anirban Das Blah, a celebrity manager accused in the #MeToo movement in India, allegedly tried to commit suicide near Mumbai late last night. The co-founder of Kwan Entertainment was stopped by the police, who found him on a bridge in Vashi around 12.30 am. He was reportedly seen climbing the barricades of the bridge when the police grabbed him and pulled him down.

04:01:44 on 19 Oct

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Fighter jets manufactured in homegrown aircraft maker HAL are costlier than similar ones made by foreign companies, a defence ministry audit has found. Su-30MKI – the mainstay fighters of the IAF which is manufactured by HAL under licence from Russia – is about Rs 150 crore costlier than the ones made in Russia, according to the document, reported Hindustan Times.

03:57:01 on 19 Oct

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CPM leader Sitaram Yechury has compared the ongoing protests at the Sabarimala shrine against women’s entry to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992. “This is the worst form of vote bank politics being played in the country at the expense of destroying social harmony. Those who want to enter cannot be stopped,” he said.

03:47:38 on 19 Oct

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PM Modi targeted the previous Congress-led govts, saying they were "not serious" about poverty alleviation and their sole objective was to promote the "name of a particular family". Noting that Maharashtra has produced several reformers who ensured social harmony, Modi also called for defeating forces which divide communities for their political interests.

03:42:02 on 19 Oct

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Authorities in Arunachal Pradesh’s East Siang district has issued an alert asking people not to go near Siang and to remain alert following the formation of an artificial lake on the Yarlung Tsangpo in China on Wednesday after a cliff fell on a section of the river. The water level of the Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh has gone down due to the formation of the lake .

03:25:01 on 19 Oct

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The dramatic events in Sabarimala continue as another woman, the 3rd in a day, arrived to enter the temple on Friday, soon after the two women who tried to enter the temple earlier were asked to return due to protests. The woman introduced herself to the media as Mary Sweety and a native of Kazhakkottam in Thiruvananthapuram.

03:10:02 on 19 Oct

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The Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) on Friday afternoon accepted the resignation of actor Dileep, an accused in the 2017 actress attack case. Mohanlal, the association's president, informed a presser that he had asked for Dileep's resignation as sought by the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC).

02:57:13 on 19 Oct

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As all attention turns towards Mysuru for the world famous 'Jamboo Savari' on Vijayadashami day, a spectacle of its own kind will unfold in Mangaluru. On Vijayadashami, devotees eagerly await a spectacular event of lighting lamps, called ‘Deepotsava’, an indispensable part of Navaratri celebrations at the Sri Venkatarama Temple in Mangaluru.

02:55:01 on 19 Oct

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The city police detained activist and Bhumata Brigade leader Trupti Desai, hours ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the temple town of Shirdi. The activist had earlier announced her intention to seek an audience with the PM at Shirdi, demanding an explanation from Mr. Modi over his silence on the violent protests against women seeking to offer worship at the Sabarimala

02:54:49 on 19 Oct

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The hill shrine of Sabarimala in Kerala is at the centre of a brewing confrontation between the authorities and the devotees of Lord Ayyappa over the Supreme Court nod for the entry of young women into the famed temple. As the sensitive religious issue is on the boil, prominent people have urged restraint so that peace is not a casualty.

02:42:01 on 19 Oct

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to help the eight fishermen from Thoothukudi district, who were arrested on August 21 for allegedly fishing in Sri Lankan waters. CM Palaniswami has called for the Ministry of External Affairs to take up the issue and to voice strong protest on the same.

02:25:01 on 19 Oct

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Activist and devotee Rehana Fatima who is one of the two under-50 women who tried and failed to enter Sabarimala shrine after being stopped meters from the holy steps to the shrine said, “My life is also in danger”. When Rehana along with Hyd based journalist was trekking to the shrine on Friday morning, her house in Kochi was vandalised by unidentified miscreants.

02:14:31 on 19 Oct

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At a time when DMDK Chief Vijayakant has been out of active politics for a few months after battling ill-health, his wife Premalatha was appointed as Treasurer of the party. The decision was announced at the DMDK headquarters in Chennai in a meeting where she was unanimously selected by District Secretaries. Till now Premalatha has held no formal post.

01:55:01 on 19 Oct

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Indian captain Virat Kohli is back at the helm for the ODI team. It will be business as usual for the Indian captain, for when he walks out to bat, he will be on the cusp of breaking several records. He now needs 187 runs away from becoming leading run-scorer among Indians vs West Indies in ODIs. Currently, Sachin Tendulkar holds the record with 1573 runs.

01:41:02 on 19 Oct

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India’s first cryptocurrency ATM is set to go live in a couple of days’ time as the company behind it successfully completed trails by Thursday afternoon. The ATM, set up by cryptocurrency startup Unocoin, calls for a minimum amount for deposit and withdrawal of at least Rs 1,000 and must be in multiples of Rs 500. The ATM is located at the Kemp Fort Mall.

01:27:01 on 19 Oct

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Sabarimala row has ardent supporters as well as vehement critics. Muralee Thummarukudy who heads the disaster management team of the United Nations Environment Programme, says the people of Kerala have been following a non-issue instead of working to rebuild the state after the worst flood in a century. He said Kerala faced much bigger challenges than temple entry.

01:10:02 on 19 Oct

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With just a day after the release of Tamil actor Dhanush's film Vada Chennai, the movie had already reached the screens of the netizens. Directed by Vetri Maaran, the film hit theatres worldwide and just a few hours, an active privacy website TamilRockers leaked the movie online to be accessed for everyone. The makers are trying to take down the film from the site.

12:55:02 on 19 Oct

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The Kerala government on Friday took a stern stand against converting Sabarimala into a conflict zone and asked the two women who tried to enter Sannidhanam to return. Now, 46-year-old Mary Sweety, who worked as a PR person in Sharjah, wants to head to Sannidhanam. The police stopped Merry at Pampa and have asked her to wait till senior officers reach the place.

12:47:11 on 19 Oct

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Journalist Kavitha Jakkal and woman activist Rehana Fatima are now returning from Sabarimala. "We were helpless. The head priest said that he will close the temple and that would have been a ritualistic disaster. We could have removed the protesters but the state govt had ordered us not to. We will continue to provide security to devotees," said Sreejith, Kerala IG.

12:42:01 on 19 Oct

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It seems utterly incongruous, at a time when a central minister has had to give up his job because of allegations of sexual harassment, that anyone accused of rape in India should be given a “hero’s welcome” for securing bail. That is exactly what happened in Jalandhar on Tuesday when Bishop Franco Mulakkal returned to the city after having been granted bail by Kerala HC.

12:25:01 on 19 Oct

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Another poll season has almost commenced and parties are leaving no stone unturned to outwit their rivals. After a clutch of assembly polls, the big election battle for the Lok Sabha will be on in April-May next year. Congress has already strategised its social media initiatives. The party is trying to deviate from its conventional campaigns to target the new voters.

12:11:02 on 19 Oct

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With a toxic smog beginning to envelop New Delhi as winter approaches, residents of the capital are set to make matters a lot worse by burning hundreds of thousands of firecrackers to celebrate Diwali early next month. India, which has the world's 14 most polluted cities, has made little effort this year to curb the sale of firecrackers that explode through Diwali night.

11:56:03 on 19 Oct

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In the early hours of Thursday, at 12.12 am, after a 12-minute Cesarean section operation, India had its first baby born following a uterine transplant — a 1.4-kg girl who let out a robust cry at birth. The first uterine transplant in the world was done in 2002. Since then, there have been 27 such transplants, with only 11 women going on to have successful deliveries.

11:41:01 on 19 Oct

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Member of the erstwhile royal family of Mysore Pramoda Devi's mother Puttachinnammanni passed away due to age-related ailments early on Friday. She was 98. The sudden demise may cast a shadow on the rituals undertaken by the erstwhile royal family as part of Vijayadashami celebrations. The Jumboo Savari, however, is expected to be held as usual.

11:25:01 on 19 Oct

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Over 50,000 Indians were granted the American citizenship in 2017, four thousand more than the previous year, according to the latest official report. This is four thousand more than 2016's figure of 46,188 Indian naturalizations and eight thousand more than 42,213 Indian citizenship in 2015. In all, 707,265 foreign nationals took the oath of American citizenship in 2017.

11:13:02 on 19 Oct

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Tata Group, the country’s largest conglomerate, said it has ‘taken note’ of allegations of sexual harassment against Suhel Seth, who is a consultant with the group. Over the last one week, five women have alleged Seth, a well-known marketing consultant, has sexually assaulted them in the past. The allegations against him emerged in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

11:10:03 on 19 Oct

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Two women who trekked 5 km towards the Sabarimala temple with 300 policemen in riot gear escorting them had to turn back after the temple priests threatened the rituals will be stopped if they entered the shrine. The women, including a journalist, were 500 metres from the 18 steps that lead to the sanctum sanctorum of the famous shrine when they decided to turn back.

11:00:28 on 19 Oct

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Four persons were charred to death when an Omnibus hit a lorry in the early hours of Friday in Villupuram. The accident happened at around 1.30 am when the bus carrying 23 passengers was heading towards Trichy from Chennai. The impact of the collision caused sparks and the bus caught fire. The people killed in the accident have not been identified yet.

10:57:01 on 19 Oct

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D K Shivakumar, Minister of Water Resources in the Congress-JD(S) govt in K'taka, has said that the previous Congress govt made a mistake by recommending a separate religion tag and minority status for the Lingayat community and the move cost the Congress in the May 2018 elections. The statement is being viewed as Shivakumar’s attempt to win the support of the Lingayat.

10:41:02 on 19 Oct

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Two women in body armour and helmets surrounded by about a hundred policemen in riot gear are standing half-a-kilometre away from the Sabarimala temple in Kerala after protesters blocked them from entering the shrine of Lord Ayyappa nestled in the Western Ghats. The police are negotiating with the protesters to allow the women to enter the temple.

10:33:12 on 19 Oct

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Instagram features you may have missed

Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram, with more than 1 billion monthly active users as of June 2018 is one of the most frequently updated social media platforms. Many of the features often go unnoticed, especially those that are bundled with the existing set of features. Instagram has added an emoji shortcut bar so users can react quickly to a post.

10:26:02 on 19 Oct

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The Income Tax (IT) department has launched an investigation against at least 7,500 Indians who have bought high-end properties in Dubai in the last few years. The Intelligence and Criminal Investigation wing of the tax department has obtained data of Indian nationals who have invested in real estate in Dubai and is probing the source of funds of such investments abroad.

10:11:01 on 19 Oct

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IG Sreejith is appealing to protesters to let them pass through to offer prayers at the temple. The woman devotee who is on her quest to enter the Sabarimala is a native of Kochi in Ernakulam district. Her Kochi residence was attacked by protestors on Friday early morning. Meanwhile, protesters continue to obstruct entry of women at the entrance of the Sabarimala temple.

10:09:11 on 19 Oct

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Karnataka's Mysuru is all decked up to welcome thousands of visitors for the royal victory parade on Friday marking the grand finale of the 10-day Dasara festival. The victory parade involves a grand procession of caparisoned elephants, horse-drawn carriages, tableaux and thousands of artists from the Amba Vilas Palace till the Bannimantap Grounds through the city's lanes.

09:57:01 on 19 Oct

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Two women are a few hundred metres from the shrine now and IG Sreejith is appealing to protesters to let them pass through to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple. The women are surrounded by a massive security ring as protesters continue to shout slogans against women’s entry into the shrine. The journalist is also wearing the riot gear.

09:44:05 on 19 Oct

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Netflix unleashed the first official trailer for Narcos: Mexico (technically its first season of Narcos: Mexico) on Thursday. The 2.27-minutes-long video gives a glimpse into the birth of Mexican drug war and prepares followers of the show for the tonal change in upcoming season. The audience will witness the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s.

09:40:01 on 19 Oct

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Measuring the #MeToo backlash

In the past 12 months, the #MeToo has been tweeted 18m times according to Keyhole, a social-media analytics company. The phrase has come to encapsulate the idea that sexual misconduct and assault are underreported. Yet surveys suggest that this year-long storm of allegations, confessions and firings has actually made Americans more sceptical about sexual harassment.

09:25:01 on 19 Oct

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Two women started a 5-km uphill trek towards the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala, escorted by about a 100 policemen in riot gear shielding them from a sea of protestors determined to stop them from reaching the hilltop temple of Lord Ayyappa. The two, including a journalist, are expected to make it to the shrine, on the third day since the temple opened.

09:14:07 on 19 Oct

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Actor-politician and Jana Sena Party Chief Pawan Kalyan on Thursday evening began travelling to areas affected by Cyclone Titli in Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam District. Taking to Twitter, Pawan said that he would update the details gathered from his visit on social media and also hit out at the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the state.

09:10:01 on 19 Oct

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Fighter jets made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) – the Bengaluru-based defence public sector unit – cost more than the same jets produced abroad by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), a recent review of the state-owned company by the ministry of defence (MoD) has found. The department of defence production is studying the document.

08:57:02 on 19 Oct

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The MeToo movement has now hit close to home and several Indian prominent men including Alok Nath, Nana Patekar, Sajid Khan, Vikas Bahl, Kailash Kher and Anu Malik have been named. Extending support to these brave people are a few of Bollywood's big faces including Swara Bhasker, who has a strong voice and makes no bones when it comes to using it as and when required.

08:40:01 on 19 Oct

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The Odisha government asked the centre on Thursday to release an interim assistance of Rs. 1,000 crore for relief-and-restoration work in 17 districts as last week's Cyclone Titli and the subsequent flood caused a loss of about Rs. 2,765 crore and affected 60.11 lakh people. Apart from a severe damage to infrastructure, it had claimed 57 lives in the state, officials said.

08:25:02 on 19 Oct

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued a fresh show-cause notice to NDTV in connection with a case of forex violation it is probing against the media company. The notice has been issued for violations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act to the tune of Rs 3,000 crore. According to the ED, NDTV opened a company named NDTV BV in the Netherlands sometime in mid-2000.

08:10:01 on 19 Oct

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A journalist and another devotee may become the first two women of menstrual age to climb the steps of the Sabarimala shrine. The journalist, identified as Kavitha from Telangana, and a Kochi resident are being led to the temple by a team of policemen in riot gear. The Travancore Devaswom Board will meet today in Thiruvananthapuram to find an amicable solution to the row.

07:59:31 on 19 Oct

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President Donald Trump said on Thursday he presumes journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead and that the U.S. response to Saudi Arabia will likely be "very severe" but that he still wanted to get to the bottom of what exactly happened. Khashoggi - a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist who was a strong critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - vanished on October 2.

07:40:02 on 19 Oct

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Walt Disney Company has unveiled the list of 20th Century Fox film executives who scored a visa to the Magic Kingdom. Once Disney wraps up its $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox Films, the executives will all be making the move. What is interesting is how little information there is in the Disney release about what the Fox team would be doing under their new leaders.

07:25:01 on 19 Oct

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A lawsuit against Facebook in the US has rebubbled this week, accusing the social media platform of knowingly over-reporting numbers about video viewership on its platform. In 2016, Facebook admitted to miscalculating to advertisers the average time that users were watching videos on the website. More than 95% of Facebook’s revenue comes from advertising.

07:10:02 on 19 Oct

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Amid mounting protest in Kerala against the entry of women of menstrual age into Sabarimala temple, the Travancore Devaswom Board will meet on Friday in Thiruvananthapuram to find an amicable solution to the row. Ahead of the meeting, the TDB, which administers the hill shrine, on Thursday said it was ready for any sort of compromise to end the stand-off.

06:57:02 on 19 Oct

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A couple of months ago, a report was doing the rounds which stated that Sushant Sing Rajput had tried to harass his co-star Sanjana Sanghi, who is starring alongside him in the remake of The Faul In Our Stars titled, Kizie Aur Manny. Responding to the sexual harassment accusation, SSR took to Twitter and called it an agenda and a campaign by people to malign his image.

06:40:02 on 19 Oct

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The defection of two Congress legislators to the ruling BJP in Goa has left the grand old party in disarray as it fears more desertions in the coming days, according to functionaries familiar with the matter. A Congress functionary said on the condition of anonymity that three other legislators may also quit the party in the coming days and are in touch with the BJP.

06:25:02 on 19 Oct

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There Is uncertainty over the venue of next year’s Durga Puja as the Bengal Cultural Association (BCA), which has been organising the celebrations in the city for over seven decades, was told to stop the sale of non-vegetarian food items at the stalls by Ahmedabad Education Society (AES). A plot belonging to AES has been the venue for the puja for the last decade.

06:10:01 on 19 Oct

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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the "delay" in constructing the Ram temple in Ayodhya and demanded that he either fulfil the long-pending vow or admit that it was just another fake promise. He also accused the BJP of failing on several fronts, such as curbing inflation and ensuring the security of women.

05:57:01 on 19 Oct

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Twenty years, in terms of horror films, doesn’t sound all that long. Yet it adds up to a generation, and the list below reflects that. It’s a catalogue of the cinematic fears and obsessions that define an era. The list is also destined to start a few fights. So feel free to object, and to point out the dozens of terrific films I left out.

05:25:01 on 19 Oct

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What happens when your parents embarrass you in front of society by showing that they had sex? This is the overarching story of Badhaai Ho. The dilemma of dealing with a 50-year-old pregnant woman is at the centre of this humour-sautéed film directed by Amit Sharma. It holds a mirror to the society that cringes at sex, especially when it is between a middle-aged, couple.

04:55:01 on 19 Oct

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Toxic smog has once again threatened to engulf the NCR as farmers in parts of Haryana and Punjab have begun to burn their crop residue. And the zika virus, spread by mosquitoes, has mysteriously raised its head in Rajasthan. Now a team led by Sabyasachi Sarkar, nano-technologist at the IIEST in Shibpur, WB, has proposed a single solution to solve these twin problems.

04:25:01 on 19 Oct

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The all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks compact SUV has finally made its India debut and what you see here is the India-spec model. While globally the Kicks has been on sale for a while now, the India-spec model will be a lot different from the international model for it's based on the B0 platform as the Terrano, compared to the former that is based on Nissan's V platform.

03:55:01 on 19 Oct

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Badhaai Ho doesn’t quite know what it wants us to do more, laugh or cry. And parts of the film sink into sitcom flatness, especially when Sikri overdoes her grumpy 'saas' act, though some of her lines are laugh-out-loud. The ridiculous extent of Indian hypocrisy around sex, is laid bare in Badhaai Ho, which has to have one of the most unique propositions in Indian cinema.

03:27:01 on 19 Oct

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Sri Reddy in Raghava Lawrence's next

Sri Reddy levelled some serious allegations against top film personalities stirring the hornet’s nest a few months ago. She had named some top directors and actors for asking sexual favours for finding work in the industry. And one name that figured was that of the noted actor – director – producer – choreographer, the multi-talented Raghava Lawrence.

02:56:01 on 19 Oct

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Rahul Riji Nair of Ottamuri Velicham fame is currently working on his next project titled Dakini. The first look of this film was released recently and has been received well by film buffs. The director had carved a niche for himself with Ottamuri Velicham, which has upped the expectation levels for Dakini.

02:27:02 on 19 Oct

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It is mostly during festivals such as Durga Puja that we get to witness beautifully designed and decorated floor art that adds to the mood of the celebrations. In Bengal and Assam, this floor art is called alpona, kolam in Tamil Nadu, and muggulu in Andhra Pradesh – together, they form a part of a rich folk art genre.

01:56:01 on 19 Oct

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Her on-screen characters challenged social norms but in real life Neena Gupta says men became a priority and her focus shifted from career to finding the right partner. The 64-year-old actor, who is known for her performance in TV shows and movies, says her desire to have a healthy relationship diverted her attention from work.

01:26:02 on 19 Oct

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) Corporation will release the 0.9.0 update for the immensely popular PUBG Mobile game on October 25. This is one of the biggest updates the game will receive over the next few weeks. There will be a lot of new features arriving on a platter, but first up, there will also be significant performance updates that will be a part of the game.

12:57:01 on 19 Oct

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From the US to Argentina, by way of Ireland and Poland, the red habit and white bonnet synonymous with ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ have become a powerful symbol of the #MeToo movement. Yet its potency has come as a shock to 54-year-old costume designer Ane Crabtree, the creator of the now iconic outfit. It’s grown bigger than the purpose I designed it for,” Crabtree told AFP.

12:27:01 on 19 Oct

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WhatsApp appears to be working on a feature that could help users link their accounts with other social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. This has been reported by TelecomTalk, which claimed WhatsApp could introduce this among three new features that have been developed for the messaging service.

11:55:02 on 18 Oct

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Watch Bollywood actor Sushmita Sen perform the ‘Dhunuchi Naach’ with her daughters on the occasion of Durga Puja. The actress shared the video on her Instagram timeline. While Sushmita wore a stunning beige saree, her two daughters Renee and Alisah also wore traditional clothes for the occasion. “Dhunuchi naach.

11:25:01 on 18 Oct

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Bollywood actor Nana Patekar, has responded to a show-cause notice, which was sent to him by Cine And TV Artists' Association or CINTAA, over actress Tanushree Dutta's claim that he harassed her on the sets of the 2008 film Horn 'Ok' Please. In his response, to the film association's notice, Nana Patekar denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.

10:55:02 on 18 Oct

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In Facebook's "War Room," a nondescript space adorned with American and Brazilian flags, a team of 20 people monitors computer screens for signs of suspicious activity. The freshly launched unit at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters in California is the nerve centre for the fight against misinformation and manipulation of the largest social network.

10:40:02 on 18 Oct

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A rigid dress code banning jeans pant, trousers and Bermuda shorts has been put in place at the Mahabaleshwar Temple in Gokarna, a popular pilgrimage centre, by its administration. “We have already implemented the dress code in Gokarna. The restrictions were already there but we implemented them a month ago,” the executive officer of Gokarna Mahabaleshwar temple H Halappa.

10:25:01 on 18 Oct

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Here is a clear sign that both the state government and the BJP have felt no remorse for the deteriorating law and order situation in Sabarimala. Each one has blamed the other and has steered clear of wanting to take any responsibility. BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai was the first to hurl the charge that the CPM was engineering the violence at Sabarimala.

10:12:02 on 18 Oct

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India said that the onus was on Pakistan to create conducive conditions for talks by taking steps towards curbing terrorism on its soil. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar reiterated India’s stand that talks and terror cannot go together and said this was one of the reasons why the scheduled meeting in New York between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan was cancelled.

09:55:01 on 18 Oct

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Namma Metro clocked its highest daily ridership of 4.49 lakh on Wednesday, thanks to the Dasara holiday rush which also meant a long weekend for many. Holidays bring more people to the metro as many seek to go out of the city. The introduction of the six-car metro has also helped ridership cross 4 lakh barrier.

09:40:01 on 18 Oct

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Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi urged all recognised political parties to form internal committees immediately to look into complaints of sexual harassment . Maneka Gandhi said she has written to six national parties and 59 regional parties to form ICCs against sexual harassment and post information on it on their website.

09:25:02 on 18 Oct

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Post actor Divya Gopinath's Me Too allegations against veteran actor Alencier, director of 'Aabhasam', Jubith Namradath has come out in full support for her. In a Facebook post, Jubith not only corroborated Divya's account of the harassment but also called out Alencier's predatory behaviour and announced that he stood by the young actor.

09:12:01 on 18 Oct

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America's Great Observatories - the Hubble, Chandra, Compton and Spitzer space telescopes - have peered into the unknown and made breakthrough discoveries about newborn stars, dark matter and the age of the universe itself. But these telescopes, whose era began in 1990, are aging, if not already dead, and there is no budget or political will to replace them.

08:55:02 on 18 Oct

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British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she is considering a European Union proposal that would keep Britain bound to the bloc’s rules for more than two years after it leaves. The extension idea has angered pro-Brexit U.K. politicians, who see it as an attempt to bind Britain to the bloc indefinitely.

08:41:01 on 18 Oct

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The Centre has asked the Kerala government to ensure peace across the state following protests against the Supreme Court order allowing women of all age groups to enter Sabarimala temple, officials said. Home Ministry said the maintenance of law and order, including providing security to women wishing to visit the temple, was the responsibility of the state government.

08:36:23 on 18 Oct

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In what could be seen as a breakthrough in the ongoing Sabarimala protests, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) president A Padmakumar has said that board is willing to file the review petition if protesters call off their agitation. "We're ready to compromise. Will the protesters call off agitation if the board files review petition? Padmakumar said on Thursday evening.

08:28:40 on 18 Oct

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