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IRCTC Tourism is offering a tour package to China, Hong Kong and Macau at a starting tariff of Rs. 1,64,990 per person. The ten-night and eleven-day tour will cover destinations such as Shanghai, Xian, Beijing, Hong Kong and Macau, according to IRCTC Tourism's website, irctctourism.com. The tour will be on Cathay Pacific flight, according to the website.

07:22:11 on 26 Jun

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The Reserve Bank of India on June 26 said all data related to payments must be stored only in India and data processed abroad will have to be brought back to the country within 24 hours. “The entire payment data shall be stored in systems located only in India...,” the RBI said in its FAQs on certain implementation issues raised by the Payment System Operators (PSOs).

07:15:11 on 26 Jun

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami Wednesday said a fifth reservoir that would help quench the thirst of Chennaiites was nearing completion. The chief minister made the remarks at a review meeting of various works undertaken by the Public Works Department, including the creation of the reservoir in nearby Tiruvallur district.

07:05:59 on 26 Jun

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Madhya Pradesh BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, the son of senior party leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, has been arrested for assaulting a municipal corporation officer on Wednesday. The BJP MLA from Indore was caught on camera assaulting the officer with a cricket bat during an argument over a demolition drive in Ganji compound area.

06:55:00 on 26 Jun

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Kodiyeri Balakrishnan came down heavily on state committee member P Jayarajan during a general meeting of the party state committee. Kodiyeri pointed out the opinions shared on Fb page titled PJ Army. "It is very normal to have difference of opinion in several matters. Such issues should be raised on party platforms. Using social; media for the same is wrong," he said.

06:41:22 on 26 Jun

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Areas in Chennai such as Ashok Nagar, Nungambakkam, K K Nagar, Tambaram, Perunkalathur, Vandalur, Guduvanchery, Avadi, Ambattur, Villivakkam, Korattur, Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and Thiruninravur received heavy rainfall this evening. Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Weatherman tweeted that heavy rains, which had skipped Chennai on Tuesday will make landfall today.

06:25:54 on 26 Jun

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Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan have almost completed the shoot of their upcoming film, which is set to release on October 2 this year. Though the film doesn't have a title yet, certain reports on the internet suggest that the makers have zeroed in on the name Fighters. Tiger has put all the speculation around his film's name to rest.

06:19:06 on 26 Jun

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The Vedanta has claimed that 1.55 lakh people are mooting for the reopening its Sterlite copper plant. The smelter group has explained that govt downed its plant only to allay the riled protestors after being shot and not that the plant is an environment hazard. It has the NEERI report of 2011 that the copper smelter plant to back its claim of environmental friendliness.

06:16:00 on 26 Jun

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Oman said Wednesday that it has decided to open an embassy in the Palestinian territories in support of the Palestinian people, in a first for a Gulf Arab state. The announcement coincides with a US-led economic workshop in Bahrain to unveil a Middle East peace plan which is not expected to recognise an independent Palestinian state.

06:09:54 on 26 Jun

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R.S. Bharathi (DMK, Tamil Nadu) cites alarming info given by his previous speakers that 21 cities will not have groundwater by 2020. He regrets the Prime Minister's speech did not mention linking of rivers despite mentioning the issue in the BJP manifesto. "Water should be put in concurrent list while sending education to the State list," he added.

05:46:19 on 26 Jun

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Addressing for the first time the issue of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) that has claimed lives of over 100 children in north Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was a matter of great shame. Calling it an unfortunate situation, the PM said that the Centre and state would work together to emerge out of the present crisis.

05:35:53 on 26 Jun

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Speaking on the current water crisis in Chennai, Minister for Municipal and Rural Administration, S P Velumani said that various drinking water plans are underway and the government has been advised to hasten them. He added that teams will be formed to monitor proper implementation of rain water harvesting in the city.

05:19:57 on 26 Jun

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India on Wednesday told the US that it will go by its national interest while dealing with other countries, including with sanctions-hit Russia from whom New Delhi is procuring S-400 missile defence systems. This was conveyed by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar to his American counterpart Mike Pompeo during an extensive bilateral meeting in New Delhi.

05:07:55 on 26 Jun

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Drinking only one pint of beer or a large glass of wine is enough to significantly compromise a person’s sense of agency — the feeling of being in control of actions, according to a study. The study, published in the journal Addiction Biology, is the first to test the effect of alcohol on sense of agency, an important aspect of human social behaviour.

05:02:50 on 26 Jun

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CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that strict action will be taken to prevent violation of rules in the prison. He was responding to the submission in the Assembly by K C Joseph over the security lapses in Kannur Central Jail. Earlier, many prohibited items like mobile phones, ganja and other things were seized from Kannur and Viyyur jails in a surprise inspection.

04:54:35 on 26 Jun

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The Trump Administration wants Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lower the trade barriers and embrace “fair and reciprocal” trade. “There is enormous potential to grow our trade relationship and create the high-quality jobs that Prime Minister Modi wants if India lowers trade barriers and embraces fair and reciprocal trade,” according to a State Department Fact Sheet.

04:46:45 on 26 Jun

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TN Government has proposed to open up desalination plants thorough out the state to cater the water scarcity. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami will visit Nemmeli tomorrow to inaugurate the sea water desalination project in the state. The Tamil Nadu Government has given priority to implement the seawater desalination projects to cater Chennai's drinking water needs.

04:37:24 on 26 Jun

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Tom Hiddleston will soon be back as Loki in a series on Disney+. Loki’s death in Avengers: Infinity War came across as quite a shock since the character had faked his death numerous times before. But Avengers: Endgame gave a new lease of life to Loki as the character escaped while the Avengers were travelling back in time to the Battle of New York.

04:22:32 on 26 Jun

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India will look to maintain an unbeaten streak when they take on the West Indies in Manchester on Thursday. The team has won four out of five matches, with one abandoned due to rain, and need two more wins in four matches to seal a semi-final berth. The West Indies, on the other hand, have won just one match and lost four, besides a washed out meeting with South Africa.

04:15:21 on 26 Jun

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While the city is craving for water during the acute shortage, National parks in and around the city and the zoological park are managing with water from borewells for their daily needs. Arignar Anna Zoological park, Guindy National park and Chennai snake park depend on the underground water as it is sufficient to tide over the crisis.

04:08:08 on 26 Jun

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From book-to-film adaptations powerhouse streamer Netflix is not afraid to tap any and all genres to bring binge-worthy content to our screens. And for their next genre, they’re looking to Broadway. According to a report, the streamer is adapting a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Prom, and has signed an all-star A-list cast to star.

04:05:11 on 26 Jun

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Concluding his address, PM Narendra Modi said, "We have to make water supply a priority. I need all your help to solve this problem so that this does not affect our future generations." "There are 226 districts in the country where there is water crisis. Now I am trying to mobilize everyone to tackle this, how we can give priority to water in MPLAD funds," he added.

03:59:42 on 26 Jun

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Water emergency in Tamil Nadu: TR Baalu

Voicing concern over severe water shortage in Chennai, DMK MP TR Baalu said there is a water emergency in Tamil Nadu and urged the Centre to do the needful. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, he said, "There is a severe water crisis in the state which is leading to water emergency in Tamil Nadu".

03:54:40 on 26 Jun

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Going on a vacation can lower the risk of developing a heart disease risk, scientists say. While there has been much anecdotal evidence about the benefits of taking a vacation from work, researchers from Syracuse University in the US reveal the benefits of a vacation for our heart health.

03:48:43 on 26 Jun

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The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) has prepared a block level atlas (hydro-geo-morphological maps) which shows very promising areas for construction of rainwater harvesting structures and water availability areas for drilling of bore-wells, according to the managing director of TWAD C.N. Maheswaran.

03:43:52 on 26 Jun

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PM Modi today said the death of a 24-year-old man who was mercilessly thrashed by a mob in Jharkhand last week has "pained" him, but it is unfair to insult the state by calling it a "hub of lynching". "Some people are calling Jharkhand a hub of lynching. Is this fair? Why are they insulting a state? None of us have the right to insult the state of Jharkhand," PM said.

03:36:58 on 26 Jun

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Ayushmann Khurrana takes the T20 challenge

Ayushmann Khurrana will next be seen in Article 15 where he fights discrimination. The actor has been a crusader of sorts when it comes to presenting commercial cinema backed by powerful scripts. Ayushmann recently took a quick T20 challenge where he had to try answering 20 questions in 2 minutes. To know if he nailed it or not, watch the video right here

03:30:29 on 26 Jun

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A 19-year-old girl Rajalakshmi received applauds from people all over Tamil Nadu for her effort to single-handedly plant paddy in a 1-acre land. She is the daughter of Karupaiah, in Akkarai Vattam village near Karambakkudi in Pudukkottai district. She has completed her B.Sc in Government Women’s College, Thanjavur Dist. From her early age, she was interested in farming.

03:23:42 on 26 Jun

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Madras High Court on Wednesday slammed the Tamil Nadu government for not initiating strict action against the construction of illegal banners. The bench of justices said they are still able to see the digital banners and hoardings of actors and politicians everywhere in the city posing a risk to road users and pedestrians.

03:18:06 on 26 Jun

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England captain Eoin Morgan admitted that their fate is in their own hands and cleared the air that the side is not feeling any pressure of being favourites after suffering a crushing 64-run defeat at the hands of Australia at Lord's on Tuesday. He said that England can still make it to the semi-finals by winning their last two games in World Cup 2019.

03:12:53 on 26 Jun

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Mike Pompeo said that the two leaders differed in their stance on the current trade relations between the two countries, but it was taken as a difference in the "spirit of friendship." He said he was hopeful to resolve the current US-India trade bottleneck, and any other economic dispute in the future.

03:06:16 on 26 Jun

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Tamil Nadu government Wednesday announced the promotion and transfer of 26 IPS officials in the state. Those transferred and posted in other postings include K Shankar, Commissioner of Police, Salem City, a Home Department note said. Shankar has been posted as Inspector General of Police, Crime Branch-CID, Chennai, vice C Sridhar.

02:59:55 on 26 Jun

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Showrunner Peter Morgan is yet to confirm the release date, however Deadline is reporting Netflix recently revealed to investors that the third season would premiere after July 1, 2019. For starters, Claire Foy will no longer play the Queen, and we may see the show’s new casting of both Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles onscreen too

02:56:30 on 26 Jun

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PM Modi addressed the upper house of the parliament this afternoon as he replied to the motion of thanks on President Kovind's address to parliament last week. This is PM Modi's first address in Rajya Sabha after BJP secured a massive win in the national election last month. In his address, PM Modi slammed the Congress for attacking the BJP over the massive election win.

02:51:22 on 26 Jun

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The State government may not be able to bring 10 MLD of water from Jolarpet to Chennai city by train, as was promised by CM Edappadi K Palaniswami. Loading could be a challenge for the government in putting its plan into action, officials claimed. Senior railway officials confided that not more than 7.5 mld would be possible even if they stretch it to their limits daily.

02:47:07 on 26 Jun

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With time, Bollywood has mastered the art of delivering socially relevant messages to the audience with a dose of entertainment. With a record of films like Vicky Donor and Badhaai Ho, Ayushmann has ruled this game for several years now. But now, Ayushmann is choosing to break out of the mould. The actor plays the role of a serious cop in Article 15.

02:43:41 on 26 Jun

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. Pompeo also met NSA Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in New Delhi. Pompeo is on a three-day visit to India where he will be meeting Indian officials. The issues slated to be discussed include terror, defence, trade, US-Iran relations etc.

02:36:53 on 26 Jun

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While meeting reporters at Madurai airport, Thanga Tamilselvan stated that he has not made up his mind yet whether to join AIADMK. He said, “There has been a disagreement between me and Dhinakaran from the beginning. Publishing of videos and audios is not perceived as a good culture. I am currently in state of peace. I do not wish to join any party."

02:32:56 on 26 Jun

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The Nilgiris district administration here has finally plunged into action to remove the encroachments along water sources in Coonoor town limits, as the residents wanted unbiased action to remove all such encroachments. While HC passed orders to remove encroachments in Coonoor early this year, the officials took time all these months to act on encroachments.

02:26:57 on 26 Jun

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The Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani starrer Kabir Singh continue to take the box office by storm. The film has now crossed Rs 100 crore on its fifth day in theatres. Kabir Singh is a remake of Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy. Kabir Singh has also become the second fastest film to reach the Rs 100 crore mark in 2019, after Salman Khan starrer Bharat which did so in 4 days.

02:09:35 on 26 Jun

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Paris will restrict car use on Wednesday as a measure to fight against surging air pollution linked to intense heat wave that strikes most of the French regions, the city's police department announced on Tuesday. Only electric vehicles and those with clean air stickers 1 and 2 are allowed to enter the French capital on June 26 from 5:30 a.m. local time to midnight.

02:02:01 on 26 Jun

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A massive protest staged by villagers and the husband of a woman, who was fatally knocked down by a minor riding a motorbike in an inebriated state on Monday in Coimbatore, has put the spotlight on the AIADMK government’s electoral promise of introducing phased prohibition in Tamil Nadu. The Thadagam police have filed a case against the 17-year-old bike rider.

01:58:46 on 26 Jun

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What Does A Sexologist Do, Anyway?

Being a sexologist isn’t as scandalous as the job title might suggest. Sexology is the general term for the scientific study of human sexuality and sexual behavior, and the people who study it are referred to as sexologists. Some people think sexologists and sex therapists are one and the same. Sexologists sometimes do pursue a career as a sex therapist.

01:57:01 on 26 Jun

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Sound canons' that can send out a deafening alarm will soon be used by the CRPF to control stone-pelting mobs in conflict-hit Kashmir, as an alternative to the controversial pellet guns, that have blinded thousands over the last few years. The CRPF has come out with specifications, asking manufacturers to submit details regarding the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD).

01:50:14 on 26 Jun

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June 26 is celebrated as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. Drug addiction stays as one of the major causes of worries among so many youths today. Here is a list of a few Bollywood movies, which have tried to highlight the issue.

01:46:00 on 26 Jun

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Three first-time parliamentarians from West Bengal, all from CM Mamata Banerjee’s TMC, are dominating the political narrative and popular consciousness in the early days of the Monsoon Session. The three first-time parliamentarians, Mahua Moitra, Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty, don’t have much in common. But all three women have made a mark in their own ways.

01:43:31 on 26 Jun

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Leonardo DiCaprio has, for years, used his star status to highlight various environmental issues over the years. The ongoing water crisis in Chennai has drawn the Hollywood actor's attention, who shared a BBC post on Instagram talking about the issue. The four main water reservoirs in Chennai are completely dry, as a result, residents are facing acute water shortage.

01:38:08 on 26 Jun

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After testing it for a while, Google has now rolled out the ‘Stay Safer' feature in India. This feature essentially looks to safeguard people while traveling through public transport. It will alert users when taxis, auto-rickshaws, and other public transport vehicles go off-route. The live status of your route will also be shared with friends and family.

01:31:49 on 26 Jun

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In his maiden speech in the Lok Sabha, Tejasvi Surya brings up a 2014 bank employment notification that the changed the local language proficiency requirement for banking jobs. Switching to Kannada, he urges the government to revert the 2014 notification to help the youth of Karnataka gain employment. He also spoke about the rising nationalism under the BJP government.

01:27:23 on 26 Jun

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Samant Goel, one of the chief planners of the recent Balakot air strikes, was appointed the head of India’s foreign intelligence agency R&AW on Wednesday. Arvind Kumar was appointed the Director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB). The appointments were made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also acts as the chairman of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

01:20:02 on 26 Jun

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India captain Virat Kohli is just 37 runs away from adding another world record to his illustrious cap. Kohli, who already became the fastest to 11,000 ODI runs in this World Cup, will bid to become the fastest (by some distance) to score 20,000 international runs. When India take on West Indies on Thursday, all eyes, therefore, will be on Kohli.

01:14:30 on 26 Jun

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The first song from Diljit Dosanjh and Kriti Sanon-starrer Arjun Patiala, ‘Main Deewana Tera’ is out and its sung by Guru Randhawa. The dance track features Diljit flirting with Kriti and singing her praises, as his buddy Varun Sharma gives him company on the dance floor. The song opens with the lines Gore Gore Mukhde Pe Kala Kala Til - the lyrics obviously lack novelty.

01:04:35 on 26 Jun

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Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy told Rajya Sabha that 620 terrorists were killed in J&K between 2016 and 2018. "324 terrorists killed in Kashmir between 2016 to 2018. 86 killed in 2016, 127 killed in 2017 and 111 killed in 2018," he said. Attacking PM Modi led BJP govt, Congress's Anand Sharma said that the President's speech was disappointing and boring.

12:59:10 on 26 Jun

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Chennai’s water crisis is man-made

One of India’s largest cities, Chennai, is dealing with a crippling crisis: It has run out of water. In the middle of a particularly hot summer, the four lakes that supply the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu have dried up; together they contain just 1 percent of the volume they did last year. Residents don’t have enough water to drink, bathe or wash clothes.

12:54:25 on 26 Jun

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The members of the BJP youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha gathered in Howrah, near Kolkata on Tuesday night and sat down on the road to recite the Hanuman Chalisa. This, they say, is their way of protesting against the "blocking of roads" by Muslims during Friday namaz. The political temperature in Bengal continues to soar as the BJP made deep inroads in the state.

12:48:50 on 26 Jun

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Indian counterpart and newly elected External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. Pompeo will have a working lunch with Jaishankar and meet Indian and US business leaders in a round-table format and deliver a policy speech at the India International Centre. Pompeo also met with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

12:43:54 on 26 Jun

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Facing protests from people for taking “cut money”, a local leader of the Trinamool Congress in Birbhum district Tuesday returned around Rs 2.25 lakh to over 100 beneficiaries of government schemes from whom he had taken it as commission and apologized to them. The development came two days after local people staged a demonstration outside his house.

12:38:24 on 26 Jun

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We know almost everything about our favorite celebrity couples, from the timeline of their love stories to every minuscule detail from their weddings. And nowadays, most A-listers now like to update their fans about their relationship status via Instagram—to the point that a picture of an engagement ring is now considered an important milestone in making things official.

12:36:12 on 26 Jun

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The Congress on Wednesday alleged that harassment, rapes, and crimes against women have become a “daily affair” under the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, and asserted that while people suffer the “jungle raj”, the dispensation is unperturbed. Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also alleged that Dalit and weaker communities are specifically targeted.

12:27:30 on 26 Jun

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Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt rules social media with her regular uploads. The actress has made her presence felt on platforms like Instagram and Twitter and has millions of followers. The actress is now all set to take YouTube by storm and has launched her very own YouTube channel! Alia said that she will be giving glimpses of her personal life on her new channel.

12:22:59 on 26 Jun

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Gowthaman, a lawyer and a volunteer at Orinam talks about the legal challenges and issues faced by the LGBT+ community.

12:21:40 on 26 Jun

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The BJP government in Uttarakhand tabled the Uttarakhand Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in an attempt to prohibit people with more than two kids to contest the Panchayat elections. In an attempt to strengthen grass-root level politics, the bill also proposes to set minimum educational qualifications for the candidates. Discussion on the bill will take place today.

12:17:30 on 26 Jun

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The rain that wouldn’t stop falling, bails that refused to fall, umpires that erred their share, a player left in tears after being dropped and a team that complained about “step-motherly” treatment by the ICC! The 2019 ICC World Cup has seen it’s fair share of controversies already. Here’s a look at some of the crazy controversies the tournament has seen so far.

12:11:24 on 26 Jun

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RTA cancels permit of Kallada Travels

The Regional Transport Authority Thrissur unit canceled the permit of the bus owned by Irinjalakkuda-based Kallada Travels following the complaint of physical assault on passengers during the journey to Bengaluru. Footage of the attack on the passengers was posted on social media following which many passengers came out with their bitter experiences with the bus.

12:05:45 on 26 Jun

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27 years ago, Shah Rukh Khan paved his way into Bollywood and earned the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for film Deewana. On completing nearly three decades, Khan's Twitter account was flooded with wishes. The superstar took to Twitter to thank his fans in a special way. He recreated the popular song Koi Na Koi Chahiye from his debut film as a token of thanks.

11:59:08 on 26 Jun

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Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday told Congress leaders he stands firm on his decision to quit as party president, despite a section of the leadership pressing for status quo after the second consecutive drubbing for the party in the Lok Sabha polls. The issue was broached in a meeting of Congress MPs called by parliamentary party leader and former president Sonia Gandhi.

11:52:34 on 26 Jun

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With the major impact of the recent heavy rains felt mostly in Hitec City, Madhapur and parts of Serilingampally circle, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has asked the IT companies to adopt staggered timing for their employees to reduce traffic problems during the evening hours of peak traffic. Works on construction of percolation tanks have already started.

11:48:12 on 26 Jun

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Gold demand could fall 10 percent in 2019 from a year ago to the lowest level in three years as a rally in local prices to a record high dents retail purchases during a key festive season. Lower purchases by India, the world's second-biggest consumer after China, could limit a rally in global prices that hit a 6-year high earlier this week.

11:41:57 on 26 Jun

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Two years after Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath slammed Kerala's health system after diseases like dengue and chikungunya wreaked havoc in the state, the sought Indian state had sweet revenge on Yogi by securing the top spot in the BJP conceived Niti Aayog's Health Index while UP languished at the bottom in the larger states category.

11:37:13 on 26 Jun

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Congress-ruled Madhya Pradesh is likely to become the first state in the country to legislate against cow vigilantism. The government proposes to amend the anti-cow slaughter Act to make those indulging in violence or those caught for violating the law or damaging property a punishable offense. The cabinet is likely to clear the amendment at its meeting today.

11:32:28 on 26 Jun

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Presumably, as a way to assure worried fans that the film is still going forward as intended, the makers of James Bond 25 have released a 60-second behind-the-scenes video from their Caribbean shoot. It features Daniel Craig, Jeffrey Wright, Lashana Lynch, and director Cary Fukunaga shooting in Jamaica. The 25th Bond film is scheduled to hit screens on April 8, 2020.

11:28:30 on 26 Jun

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In a highly significant diplomatic win for India and testament to its global stature, India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat at the powerful UN Security Council for a two-year term has been unanimously endorsed by the Asia-Pacific group at the world body. Elections for five non-permanent members of the 15-nation Council will be held around June next year.

11:20:33 on 26 Jun

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Netflix’s next Indian original series, Typewriter, is all set to premiere on 19 July, and the online streaming platform has just released a teaser of the show. The mystery series is a story about four wannabe ghost-hunters and their journey in unveiling the mystery of Bardez Villa. The teaser shows Purab Kohli as a police officer investigating multiple mysterious deaths.

11:17:28 on 26 Jun

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The 10th World Tamil Conference will be held in Chicago for four days from July 4. The ninth edition was held at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia in 2015. The International Association of Tamil Research (IATR), which has been organizing WTC for over five decades, is conducting this mega event in the USA for the first time. Around 6,000 participants are expected to attend WTC.

11:12:43 on 26 Jun

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It is tough to believe that infants can differentiate between languages, however, recent research has shown that infants as young as 11-months old can learn to associate the language they hear with ethnicity. The study conducted in Vancouver was published in the journal 'Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada'.

11:07:18 on 26 Jun

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The number of people left out of the draft National Register of Citizens in Assam went up by over a lakh after an additional list of exclusions was published on Wednesday. The draft NRC published on July 30, 2018, excluded 40,07,707 persons out of which a little over 3.6 million filed claims against their exclusion.

11:06:16 on 26 Jun

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Instagram head Adam Mosseri denied that the social media platform listens to its users’ conversations during a recent interview with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning.” In the interview, King directly addresses widespread concerns about privacy and data collection on various social media platforms — and a popular theory about phone microphones and ads.

11:00:51 on 26 Jun

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The additional list to draft the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam is scheduled to be published on Wednesday, which will be on public display from 10 am. The additional list will contain only the names of those who figured in the complete draft NRC published on July 30, 2018, but were subsequently found ineligible for inclusion, the NRC authorities said.

10:53:11 on 26 Jun

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Rain forces team India to practice indoors ahead of important World Cup clash against West Indies. India had previously defeated Afghanistan by 11 runs. India is looking forward to securing its place in the World Cup semi-finals. India, currently with nine points, will have to win 2 out of the remaining four matches to secure a semi-final spot.

10:49:07 on 26 Jun

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Amid rumors that the Congress leadership may open negotiations with the DMK leadership, the Congress party was understood to have planned to use the vacancy created by the death of a sitting BJP Rajya Sabha MP in Rajasthan to accommodate Dr. Manmohan Singh. The DMK may not face heat from the Congress in nominating members to Rajya Sabha next month.

10:43:51 on 26 Jun

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The Constitution is under threat and India is “being torn apart”, declared Mahua Moitra, the first-time parliamentarian from Trinamool Congress as she lashed out at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in her maiden speech in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The MP from Krishnanagar in West Bengal listed seven signs indicating that “there is a danger of fascism rising in India”.

10:37:18 on 26 Jun

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With Amit Shah's first visit to J&K as Union Home Minister, security agencies will enforce a security clampdown in and around Srinagar for the next two days. With the BJP chief arriving this afternoon, tourists have been advised to particularly stay away from Boulevard Axis. Srinagar district magistrate has imposed traffic restrictions from 8 am to 10:30 pm today.

10:31:53 on 26 Jun

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England was totted as one of the hottest pre-tournament favourites to reach the semi-finals but 3rd defeat in 7 matches have the hosts in a bit of tricky spot. Before the World Cup 2019, England was known for their aggressive brand of cricket and having earmarked match-winners, but second consecutive defeat has left them in a must-win situation from here on.

10:25:21 on 26 Jun

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PM Narendra Modi will address the Rajya Sabha in reply to President Ram Nath Kovind’s address, a day after he hit out at the Congress during his speech in the Lok Sabha. Member of RS from Gujarat and a member of the BJP, Chunibhai Kanjibhai Gohel will raise a discussion on the challenges of water crisis including the supply of drinking water in the country today.

10:18:49 on 26 Jun

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It’s been 10 years to the day since Michael Jackson died at the age of 50, leaving fans, critics and onlookers worldwide completely stunned. In the decade since, the nature of his legacy has become increasingly unclear, as while his music is for the most part still celebrated, allegations about his personal life have persisted, having never fully disappeared.

10:12:31 on 26 Jun

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The drought-like situation is not only taking a toll on people’s health but also on the education of some girls. Since supply is erratic, women and children stay at home not knowing when the next drop of water will arrive. Adding to their woes, some women at Kannikapuram believe they contracted jaundice because of contaminated water from the hand pump.

10:07:06 on 26 Jun

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The BJP govt in Haryana appears to have come out in support of giving parole to rape convicted godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan of the Dera Sacha Sauda. Haryana’s Jail Minister Krishan Lal Panwar has said that parole is Ram Rahim’s right if his conduct is good. Haryana’s minister for health and sports affairs Anil Vij is also reported to have supported the parole.

10:03:12 on 26 Jun

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar will hold talks today. Terrorism, H1B visas, trade, India's arms deal with Russia and the situation arising out of the US sanctions on buying oil from Iran, will be among the key issues that the two leaders will discuss. Pompeo's visit is the first high-level visit from any country after the election.

09:57:01 on 26 Jun

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A court has issued summons to Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel, seeking their appearance in connection with defamation cases filed by actor Aditya Pancholi and his wife. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S B Dighe issued two summons each against Kangana and Rangoli with regard to the four cases filed by Pancholi and his wife Zarina Wahab.

09:40:04 on 26 Jun

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In the absence of AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa, both Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam are finding it difficult to select the candidates, admit AIADMK sources. Confidential party sources said that the AIADMK will be sacrificing a Rajya Sabha seat for PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss as part of the Lok Sabha pre-poll agreement.

09:27:05 on 26 Jun

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41 schools to benefit from KITE project

The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) will undertake construction works worth ₹145 crore in the district as part of the Public Education Rejuvenation Mission of the General Education Department. The fund will be provided through the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) and the project will be completed in two phases.

09:25:27 on 26 Jun

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The four reservoirs in Chennai — Chembarambakkam, Poondi, Red Hills and Cholavaram — that are almost empty are the sources of supply of water to Metro tankers. The Tamil Nadu government says that it is looking at tapping newer sources, wells and lakes from outside the city and modern techniques including cloud seeding, though their viability is in question.

08:57:01 on 26 Jun

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If you are experiencing pre-wedding jitters then the first thing you need to know is that it is very normal and it happens to most of the people. People who experience it often question themselves if they are even ready or did they make a mistake by choosing to be married or how will the rest of your life look like? Check out tips to get rid of pre-wedding jitters.

08:40:02 on 26 Jun

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The Mumbai police probing the rape case charges against Binoy Kodiyeri will record the confidential statement (Section 164) of the victim and will also record a statement of lawyer K P Sreejith who reportedly played the role of an intermediator in the case. Meanwhile, the anticipatory bail of Binoy will be considered by the Dindoshi sessions court in Mumbai on Thursday.

08:27:01 on 26 Jun

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S. Nalini, 52, a life convict in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, will appear before the Madras High Court on July 5 and argue in person a case filed by her seeking ordinary leave for six months to make arrangements for the marriage of her daughter, residing in London. High Court allows her plea seeking permission to argue the case in person.

08:13:39 on 26 Jun

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The demolition of an upscale building with glass walls used by former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu as a venue to meet the public, hold press conferences and conduct administrative work began late yesterday night. Its demolition had been ordered by current Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, who claimed the building was "illegal".

07:57:44 on 26 Jun

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The upcoming Xiaomi Mi CC9 which is all set to be unveiled on July 2 has been the subject to a number of rumours and leaks for some days now. Xiaomi is gearing to launch two variants which will be named CC9 and CC9e. It was first rumoured that the smartphone will arrive with a flip camera which is similar to the recently launched Asus 6z.

07:54:05 on 26 Jun

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About 15 months after completion of doubling of tracks between Chennai and Madurai, the Southern Railway has reduced travel time in this section. About 10 trains will be speeded up by 5 to 30 minutes from July 1 when revised time-table comes into effect. The time of Chennai-Madurai Pandiyan and Chennai-Kollam Ananthapuri Express trains have been reduced to 7.50 hours.

07:27:01 on 26 Jun

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Abdullakutty eyes Narendra Modi ministry

A. P. Abdullakutty is aiming for a ministerial berth in the Narendra Modi government. Sources said when he met Mr Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on Monday, he told them it would help woo minorities to the BJP. The BJP camp claims he was buying time to bargain for a lucrative position as he will be unable to survive in Kannur otherwise.

07:10:02 on 26 Jun

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San Francisco became the first major US city to effectively ban the sale and manufacture of electronic cigarettes. The city's legislature unanimously approved an ordinance which backers said was necessary due to the "significant public health consequences" of a "dramatic surge" in vaping among youths. San Francisco is home to market-leading e-cigarette maker Juul.

06:57:01 on 26 Jun

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