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The stalwarts of Tamil film industry came together recently to show their support for multifaceted filmmaker Parthiban’s upcoming film Oththa Seruppu. It is, reportedly, the first Tamil film to feature only one actor. Parthiban has written, directed and produced the film in addition to acting in it.

07:13:30 on 20 May

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BCCI CEO Rahul Johri who is paid an annual gross salary of Rs. 5,76,36,000 crore other than the allowances and other benefits, has requested the SC-appointed CoA to look into his increment process. With CoA chief Vinod Rai giving the go-ahead to Johri's request for immediate attention, the matter is set to be brought up when the three committee members meet on Tuesday.

07:09:15 on 20 May

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Spoiler alert! If you haven't watched GOT Season 8 Episode 6, too bad. You can't go ahead without spoilers. The rest, read on. Did Bran know all this while that the viral Starbucks coffee cup in Winterfell had its water bottle counterpart waiting in King's Landing? Fans pointed out what appears to be yet another Game Of Thrones blooper after episode 4's coffee-gate.

06:58:53 on 20 May

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MNM lodged a police complaint against Tamil Nadu Minister for Milk and Rural Development Rajenthra Bhalaji for criminal intimidation and defamation Kamal Haasan. In the complaint MNM General Secretary A. Arunachalam alleged that Bhalaji had threatened violence against Haasan by saying that his tongue should be cut for a remark he made at an election rally.

06:49:53 on 20 May

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In what can be considered a not-so-veiled attack, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan placed the blame of stoking communal tensions with regard to the Sabarimala issue squarely on the BJP, and Narendra Modi. The Kerala CM’s comments were in response to the BJP and PM Narendra Modi’s repeated accusations that the CPM had attacked the cultural ethos of Kerala.

06:49:34 on 20 May

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Doctors treating French quadriplegic Vincent Lambert, who has been in a deep vegetative state for more than a decade, plan to stop feeding him this week, renewing a furious debate over the right-to-die that has split France and Lambert's family. Lambert, a former psychiatric nurse, has been completely paralysed since a motorcycle accident in 2008.

06:46:01 on 20 May

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NaMo TV has vanished from viewers' set top boxes just as mysteriously as it had appeared. The timing of the channel's disappearance has raised many eyebrows. NaMo TV had made its way on various service providers' platform just before the start of 2019 Lok Sabha elections on March 26.

06:40:20 on 20 May

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The 2019 exit polls have thrown up quite a confusing mixed bag in Andhra Pradesh, which voted simultaneously for the Lok Sabha and the state Assembly in the first phase of polling in this general election. While some exit polls predict that the YSRC will win a majority of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state, others forecast that TDP will hold sway once again

06:31:50 on 20 May

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A few months ago, Huawei was riding the wave of a great 2018 for the smartphone business. However, Huawei will no longer have access to Android. It was last year when US said American citizens shouldn’t use products made by Huawei, owing to the security risks. There are two aspects to the conundrum that Huawei finds itself in.

06:30:52 on 20 May

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed varsities and higher educational institutions to observe 21 May as Anti-Terrorism day to wean away the youth from terrorism. The activities suggested for the day include debates, discussions, symposium, pledge taking ceremony and screening of films.

06:05:38 on 20 May

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Union finance minister Arun Jaitley has said that Sunday’s exit polls signalled “a huge maturing of Indian democracy” and listed six takeaways in a blog titled The Message of Exit Polls. Jaitley believes that voters are sending several messages including one that they are no longer willing to trust a ‘coalition of rivals’.

06:05:34 on 20 May

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Vivo Y91 3GB RAM variant has been launched in India. The smartphone, which comes as an upgrade over the original Vivo Y91 model with 2GB RAM. Apart from increased RAM, key specifications of the Vivo Y91 3GB RAM variant are identical to that of its 2GB RAM model that was launched in January.

06:01:19 on 20 May

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has called on countries to join hands in sharing intelligence to deal with international terror threats, media reported on Monday. The call has come after the last month's terror attacks that claimed around 250 lives in the island country.

05:57:20 on 20 May

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Video of a nurse taking bribe in Vellore's Vaniyambadi GH has become viral on social media. A patient Aseentaj was recommended to take glucose because of his health deterioration. The nurse demanded Rs 200 to administer it. The patient's relatives groused that such a happening will make poor people like them lose hope on Government hospitals.

05:48:27 on 20 May

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Actor Diana Penty made her red carpet debut at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in France on Sunday. Diana attended the screening of movie “A Hidden Life”. Diana wore a beige coloured off-shoulder gown. She detailed it with fox feathers to add volume. (Hindustan Times)

05:46:21 on 20 May

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Online food delivering platform Zomato has rolled out a new offer wherein customers need to predict the country's next prime minister ahead of the final counting on May 23 and win caskbacks on food orders. Called "Zomato Election league", the offer promises cashbacks to customers who guess the next prime minister correctly, the company said in a statement on Monday.

05:39:16 on 20 May

Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu continues his spree of post-election meetings with one in Kolkata today -- with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. "We discussed politics. We even requested her to come to Delhi for meeting the Election Commission," he said, adding that the opposition parties are likely to meet the ECI on Wednesday with a wishlist and concerns about EVMs.

05:33:23 on 20 May

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For the first time, Karthi and his sister-in-law Jyothika are sharing the screen space and this has created a lot of expectations. While it is confirmed that veteran actor Sathyaraj has been roped in to play a pivotal role in the film, Ammu Abhirami also made it to the star cast. The filmmakers made a new addition to the star cast by roping in Nikhila Vimal.

05:30:17 on 20 May

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Sprinter Dutee Chand, who recently admitted to having a same-sex relationship with a younger relative, is facing a tough battle of acceptance in her family. After her elder sister Saraswati's alleged that Dutee is being pressurised and blackmailed, the athlete's mother Akhoji Chand told ANI, that it is not possible for her to accept her daughter's relationship status.

05:24:16 on 20 May

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Buying a new AC can be quite a task. For starters, there are way too many options available in the market right now. You'll be flooded with options and, sometimes, even compelled to buy something you normally shouldn't, thanks to highly skilled salespeople. Air conditioners now promise plenty of out-of-the-world features. But most of them are just marketing tactics.

05:19:55 on 20 May

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday expressed hope that the results of 2019 general election would be in consonance with the outcome of multiple exit polls. Most of the exit polls have forecast another term for Prime Minister Modi, with some of them projecting that BJP-led NDA will get more than 300 Seats to comfortably cross the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha.

05:15:43 on 20 May

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Pakistan batsman Asif Ali was included in the final 15-man World Cup squad, selectors said on Monday, one day after the death of his 18-month-old daughter Noor Fatima was announced. Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said Asif would return to Pakistan from the tour of England for his child's funeral.

05:10:16 on 20 May

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The US military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between them. The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which also include a trade war, US sanctions and Taiwan.

05:01:12 on 20 May

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This morning, the world woke up to what can only be described as a bombshell. Google said it was suspending Huawei’s access to its Android operating system for smartphones. At least till the US Government doesn’t remove the restrictions it has put in place for American companies from doing business with Huawei. Now finally, Huawei has responded to the matter.

04:53:13 on 20 May

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At a time when the entire nation is glued to television screens anticipating the much-awaited result of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Vivek Oberoi decided to crack a tasteless joke. The Saathiya actor brought up Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan's affair to talk about the Lok Sabha 2019 result, and this hasn't gone down too well with netizens.

04:49:24 on 20 May

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Police have launched a probe, into the allegation of rape, against Dhananjoy Tripura (29), Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura MLA. He has been charged with the allegations of raping a tribal girl, deceiving her with the promise of marriage. Mr. Tripura was the elected nominee of IPFT, coalition partner of BJP, from Raima Valley tribal reserved constituency last year.

04:41:29 on 20 May

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Benchmark Sensex zoomed over 1,422 points and the NSE Nifty surged 421 points after most exit polls showed that the Narendra Modi-led NDA is returning to power with a thumping majority in the Lok Sabha elections. The 30-share index ended 1,421.90 points, or 3.75 per cent, higher at 39,352.67.

04:37:01 on 20 May

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Dutee Chand came out to disclose that she is in a same sex relationship with a girl. As the country hailed her for having the strength, Chand's sister alleged that the sprinter was being "pressurised and blackmailed into marriage" by her partner. Saraswati Chand, Dutee's elder sister, said that her coming out was not a choice and that she was forced into the move.

04:31:54 on 20 May

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk who has been moving back and forth on his India dream for couple of years and unable to take the next big step now has an invitation from commercial vehicles major Ashok Leyland. Musk wants to make India his next big market but the question lingers: Will the electric car ever run on the bumpy 'desi' roads?

04:26:05 on 20 May

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In a new advertisement released by consumer goods corporation Procter & Gamble, a 75-year-old man is seen attending a local village school as a student. The ad has struck an emotional chord with many viewers. P&G’s Shiksha campaign claims that whenever a consumer buys a P&G product, “a part of it goes towards providing holistic education to underprivileged children”.

04:22:56 on 20 May

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The latest episode of Game of Thrones delivered what just might be the most brutal twist in the show's eight year history. In one of the heart-wrenching but most inevitable moments in the finale, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) stabs and kills Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) after her desperation to rule the world overpowers her.

04:19:05 on 20 May

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With the exit polls on Sunday, 19 May, predicting a comfortable majority for Narendra Modi-led NDA government, Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav has hit out strongly at the Congress, saying the party ‘must die’. "If it could not stop the BJP in this election to save the idea of India, this party has no positive role in Indian history", he said.

04:13:41 on 20 May

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Election officials, accompanied by representatives of various political parties, opened the strong room in Himachal Pradesh's Reckong Peo on Monday morning after what appeared to be smoke was detected in the CCTV camera footage, a district official said. Fire fighters reached the spot in no time as it was feared that a fire had broken out, he said.

03:59:49 on 20 May

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Nokia 4.2 with a price tag of Rs 10,990 places itself in a heavily competitive smartphone segment in India. Thanks to brands like Xiaomi, Realme and Honor, most of the recent budget phones have offered high-end specifications like 48-megapixel camera and better looking gradient design. Nokia 4.2, however, fails to beat the competition.

03:52:10 on 20 May

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The ICC Cricket World Cup has always been a platform which has seen batsmen flourish and score big runs. Batting has always been of paramount importance in a World Cup. With 10 days to go for the World Cup here’s a look at the top 10 highest individual scores of the tournament so far.

03:50:19 on 20 May

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Monday said his government was committed to the release of seven Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts and expressed hope that the Governor Banwarilal Purohit will act on the Cabinet recommendation for setting them free.

03:44:23 on 20 May

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George RR Martin had forever said that he aims for a bittersweet ending for his story, something on the lines of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings books. It was also heard that Martin had given notes to David Benioff and DB Weiss about the ending. But after what we have just witnessed in GOT finale it seems D&D literally threw those notes out the window.

03:36:40 on 20 May

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Congress may be facing dismal electoral prospects across India if Sunday’s exit poll results are to be believed. But party leaders in Kerala are upbeat after the projections showed Congress pushing the Left parties to a distant second by cornering a major share of the state’s 20 parliamentary seats.

03:33:21 on 20 May

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Xiaomi on Monday launched the new Redmi Note 7S in India, expanding its smartphone portfolio. With this new addition, there are now three phones in the Redmi Note 7 series – the vanilla Redmi Note 7, the Redmi Note 7 Pro, and the Redmi Note 7S. We pit these phones against one another, to highlight all the differences between the three phones.

03:25:43 on 20 May

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Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Monday issued a spoiler alert for "Game of Thrones", urging travellers to use earphones while catching up on the finale episode in the metro. The fan-favourite HBO epic fantasy drama, which premiered in 2011, ended on Monday after eight seasons and 73 episodes.

03:18:58 on 20 May

In a report published by the Tamil Nadu Congress leader Alagiri, it has been stated that the party would conduct a silent rally on the 21st of this month from 4 pm to 6 pm, owing to the 28th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The Congress would conduct a rally in East, West, North and South Chennai.

03:13:29 on 20 May

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Experienced fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were brought back into Pakistan’s 15-man World Cup squad on Monday following a loss to England in the one-day series. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan has fully recovered from illness and replaced Yasir Shah, who was named as cover for Shadab for the one-day series against England.

03:11:55 on 20 May

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Bureaucrats, they say, are the best psephologists. They do not conduct exit polls but they have their ears to the ground. In Uttar Pradesh, since the past one week, bureaucrats - retired as well as serving - have been seeking appointments with Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati.

03:08:24 on 20 May

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Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command of the Indian Army on Monday praised the air strike carried out by the Indian Army Force on a terrorist camp in Pakistan's Balakot earlier this year and told Pakistan to dare not try and come anywhere near the Line of Control (LoC) to carry out any actions.

03:04:40 on 20 May

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Just a day after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls came to an end, state-owned oil marketing companies on Monday have raised the retail price of petrol and diesel signalling that election induced price moderation for petroleum products has come to an end. Retail petrol and diesel prices have consistently moved downwards in May even though global oil prices have remained firm.

03:03:03 on 20 May

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Former mental conditioning coach and strategic leadership coach of Team India Paddy Upton was with the side for three years from 2008 till 2011. Paddy Upton wasn’t a familiar name among Indian cricket fans. It was only in the past few days since the release of his autobiography ‘The Barefoot Coach’ and some of the startling revelations, he has finally kicked up some storm.

03:01:04 on 20 May

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The BJP's Pragya Singh Thakur on Monday announced a "maun vrat" or vow of silence after a raging controversy over her comment that Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse was a "deshbhakt (patriot)". She packed in one more apology in her tweet this morning - her second since the outcry.

02:57:35 on 20 May

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British director Asif Kapadia’s highly anticipated third documentary feature, Diego Maradona, premiered Out of Competition at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival on Sunday night. Expectations ran high but the football legend could not make it to the festival owing to a shoulder surgery that he is undergoing in Mexico.

02:52:53 on 20 May

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The resurfacing of a female sloth bear with its two cubs strolling in and around the tea gardens in Halakkarai village limits near Coonoor has instantly brought scare to the villagers there.The villagers wanted the forest department to take effective steps to place cages in wanton points to capture and relocate this bear and its cubs.

02:49:55 on 20 May

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If you are a social media junkie, then you must have heard about James Fridman, the photo editor famous for editing images with hilarious twists. For the uninitiated, he is a Photoshop expert who has mastered the art of editing people’s picture exactly the way they request. This usually leads to some of the funniest results possible.

02:45:31 on 20 May

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BJP has written to the Madhya Pradesh governor demanding a special assembly session on the grounds that the Congress government no longer has the numbers to pull through. Buoyed by the results of exit polls, which have predicted a landslide win for the BJP in the state, Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargav has written a letter to governor Anandiben Patel.

02:42:26 on 20 May

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With the Delhi High court taking a prima facie view that the black money rules notified in April 2016 are incorrect, the central government has now knocked on the Supreme Court's doors. Appearing before the vacation bench of the apex court, solicitor general Tushar Mehta said that the High Court ruling would "affect all ongoing cases under the Black Money Act".

02:39:36 on 20 May

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Indian filmmaker Achyutanand Dwivedi made up for India’s disappointing lack of presence at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. Achyutanand’s three-minute film, Seed Mother, won the third prize in the international section of Nespresso Talents 2019 in Cannes. Now in its fourth year of conception, Nespresso Talents is held annually as part of the Cannes Critics' Week.

02:34:34 on 20 May

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The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President MK Stalin on Monday said his party is not bothered much about the exit poll results whether it is positive or negative. "In three days time people's verdict will be known and we are waiting for that. The party is not bothered about exit poll results be it positive or negative," Stalin said.

02:29:21 on 20 May

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As the final episode of Game of Thrones approaches, fans have expressed their disappointment with the show's ending. A petition calling for a re-shoot of the entire eighth season has just fallen short of one million signatures. The petition has prompted a wave of support from loyal fans. The online petition has rocketed from 10,000 supporters to 930,000 in 3days.

02:25:01 on 20 May

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Last month, a group of upper-caste men allegedly beat up a 21-year-old Dalit resident, named Jitendra, so badly that he died nine days later. His alleged crime: he sat on a chair and ate in their presence at a wedding. Not even one of the hundreds of guests who attended the wedding celebration will go on record to describe what happened to Jitendra on 26 April.

02:15:01 on 20 May

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The trailer of actor Jiiva’s upcoming film Gypsy was unveiled at the film’s audio launch on Monday. Written and directed by Raju Murugan of Cuckoo fame, in the film, Jiiva will be seen playing the role of a travelling musician. However, the trailer quickly takes a darker, political turn. Religious fanaticism and dirty politics are also underlined.

02:13:07 on 20 May

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Back in the day when the Duchess of Sussex played Rachel Zane on hit US show Suits, she dished her all-time favourite beauty products, skin care routine and beauty secrets she'd picked up along the way in an interview with Beauty Banter. She said, " I love Nars blush in Orgasm. I use it on and off camera because it gives you a nice glow from within."

02:07:57 on 20 May

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In a controversial statement, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday, 20 May, said his government is considering introducing a law to ‘control irresponsible reporting’ in the media, especially the electronic media. According to a report, he revealed the plan for the new law at a book launch organised by the Mysuru Zilla Kannada Sahitya Parishat in Mysuru city.

01:59:12 on 20 May

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Morehouse College seniors got a surprise Sunday when billionaire investor Robert F. Smith announced during his commencement speech that he would pay off the student loan debt for the historically black college's graduating class. The announcement was met with a standing ovation and chants of "MVP!" The total amount covered for the 396 students is up to $40 million.

01:55:31 on 20 May

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Nothing supersedes the splendour of the traditional six yards—except maybe its contemporary version, the sari gown. Take it from Diana Penty, who recently wore one at Cannes Film Festival 2019. Penty, who attended the FICCI Forum at the India Pavilion on Day 2, picked an ethereal white sari gown by designer Amit Aggarwal for the event.

01:54:45 on 20 May

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Former Kolkata police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Monday made an urgent plea in Supreme Court to protect him from arrest by the CBI in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. Appearing before the Vacation Bench, Mr. Kumar’s lawyers have sought an indefinite extension of protection, saying the courts in West Bengal are currently not functioning due to lawyers’ strike.

01:50:20 on 20 May

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Exit polls that have predicted a huge win for the BJP in the national election and a second term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been described as "a lie" by a key BJP ally in the south. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami said, "It's a lie by exit polls". The poll of exit polls predicts 302 seats for the NDA, 122 for UPA and 118 for "non-aligned" parties.

01:39:30 on 20 May

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Brienne of Tarth was one of the few main characters to have survived the many, many battles during the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” and appeared to be honored as a member of the small council for King Bran the Broken. As such, she responsibly took on the job of documenting the history of Jaime Lannister.

01:33:50 on 20 May

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Mangaluru received the first spell of pre-Monsoon rains since Sunday night with lightning and thundershowers. It continued to drizzle on Monday morning too with SN overcast sky bringing in the much needed respite from heat and humidity to the residents. With almost all surface water bodies going dry including the Netravathi, people hope the rains would continue.

01:28:53 on 20 May

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Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati held a meeting at the latter’s residence in Lucknow on Monday. This comes the day after the exit polls were released. Exit polls projections have placed BJP at the top in UP and followed by the SP-BSP alliance.

01:26:37 on 20 May

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Eleven persons have been hospitalised after bitten by a fox at Uralloor near Koyilandy. They are undergoing treatment at Kozhikode Medical College Hospital. Women are among those injured in the attack. The incident happened at 7 pm last night. Those who rushed hearing the cries of those attacked were also bitten.

01:09:28 on 20 May

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Actor Surya who was last seen in ‘Thaana Serntha Kootam’, is all excited for next release Selvaraghavan’s ‘NGK – Nandha Gopala Kumaran’. The trailer of the film was which was released recently received a good response from the audiences. The film is slated to hit the screens on May 31. The fans rollicking since Twitter has dedicated an emoji to NGK.

01:08:24 on 20 May

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As water scarcity hits the city outskirts, sources said that the lack of adequate water to facilitate agricultural works, has forced farmers in Santhosapuram, Selaiyur, Vandalur, Urapakkam, Guduvanchery and Keerapakkam, to sell water available in the farm wells to the private water lorries.

01:08:22 on 20 May

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The LS elections are on track to be the costliest general election by advertising spends – spending by political parties is projected to surge 73% above the 2014 LS elections. Amid a wave of mediatisation of Indian politics, the media’s ability to set political agendas has expanded, and elections have been transformed into an image contest between prominent personalities.

01:02:23 on 20 May

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Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said "Once again the govt of NDA will be formed. Once again the people of India have shown faith in the NDA." While most of the exit poll results have predicted a big win for NDA, Sanjay Raut said, " Exit poll results are at its place and the actual result will matter on May 23. I am confident the things will be cleared on May 23 by 1 pm."

12:59:13 on 20 May

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Jacqueline Fernandez is a fan of breezy dresses, but every once in a while, she likes switching things up with Indian ethnic kurtas. Yesterday, Fernandez picked a vibrant red kurta for her day out in Mumbai. The actor kept the rest of her look fuss-free and completed her outfit with black flats and a pair of black sunglasses, perfect for Mumbai’s blazing afternoons.

12:53:44 on 20 May

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Shiv Sena on Monday took a dig at Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and mocked his efforts to form a non-BJP government at the Centre. The TDP chief's deliberations are part of his efforts to unite non-NDA parties and bring them together on one platform. Naidu is on a mission of rallying opposition parties in a bid to keep the BJP out of power.

12:48:53 on 20 May

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Efforts to spread ISIS ideology in Kerala

Continuous efforts are being made to spread ISIS ideologies in the state. It is hinted that National Investigation Agency (NIA), in an investigation conducted in connection with the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka, has found more evidences validating this. As per reports, a few Keralaites in Tamil Nadu are under NIA monitor.

12:47:15 on 20 May

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Pakistan needs to launch an aggressive diplomatic effort to secure enough support to come out of the grey list or prevent itself from falling into the black list of FATF next month, a senior government official has said. The FATF currently comprises 36 members with voting powers and two regional organisations, representing most of the major financial centres.

12:41:59 on 20 May

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Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title. Nadal bageled Djokovic for the first time in his career during his 3-set win

12:37:27 on 20 May

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Domestic stock markets soared on Monday, with the Sensex gaining more than 1,000 points in late afternoon deals, a day after exit polls predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party will win almost as many seats as it did in 2014 and form a government comfortably. The poll of polls, an aggregate of exit polls, gives the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance 302 of 543 seats.

12:26:26 on 20 May

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In a relief for Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan, the Madras High Court today granted the actor-turned politician protection from arrest after cases were filed against him over his remarks on Nathuram Godse. Kamal Haasan, during his campaign in Tamil Nadu's Aravakurichi about a week ago, had said that "India's first extremist was a Hindu".

12:17:13 on 20 May

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With most of the exit polls predicting a rout for his party in Andhra Pradesh, Telugu Desam party president N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday night said that time and again such polls failed. Barring one or two, almost all exit polls predicted thumping victory for main opposition YSR Congress in state elections.

12:11:44 on 20 May

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Here's How 'Game Of Thrones' Ends

And now our watch has ended. After eight seasons, 73 episodes and one melted throne, winter is finally over — “Game of Thrones” has reached its conclusion. And like Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) walking through the rubble of what Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) left of King’s Landing, it’s time to assess the aftermath.

12:09:59 on 20 May

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Notwithstanding the exit polls results that have given a clear victory to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Andhra Pradesh and Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu will be meeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee later on Monday afternoon to continue with his efforts to create an Opposition block of non-NDA parties.

12:09:33 on 20 May

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BJP's 'Ebar Bangla', AAP's wipeout, DMK's comeback – surprise, surprise, surprise! The exit polls for the Lok Sabha Elections are full of surprises. The Quint analysed six exit polls across news channels. All the six agencies have predicted a clean sweep for the BJP and the NDA but there are bigger surprises than that. Let’s unbox them for you one by one!

12:03:49 on 20 May

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The one thing that most political experts agreed upon before exit poll results were out was that there was no Modi wave this time. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. If exit polls are to be believed, not only was there a Modi wave in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, but this wave was bigger than the ‘TsuNamo’ of 2014.

11:56:42 on 20 May

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The state government rejected amicus curiae’s report mentioning lapses of dam management as the reason behind the floods in Kerala. The amicus curiae’s report is not scientific and a judicial probe is not needed on flood disaster relief. An affidavit mentioning all these has been submitted in the high court.

11:55:23 on 20 May

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Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, considered the best batsmen in the world, will look to make it count at the biggest stage as the World Cup 2019 gets underway on May 30 in England and Wales. While Virat Kohli will look to continue dominating, Steve Smith will want to show the world what it missed out on for the last 12 months as he served a ban for ball-tampering.

11:51:15 on 20 May

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An aircraft of the Scoot airline, that had to fly from Tiruchi to Singapore, made an emergency landing at Chennai airport early on Monday, airport sources said. Around 3.40 a.m., the pilot suspected of smoke in the aircraft cargo and asked for an emergency landing at Chennai airport, an official said. “But later when they checked, there was no smoke,” he added.

11:50:03 on 20 May

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Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walked the red carpet at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. Aishwarya wore a metallic gold gown with a long trail. Aishwarya had arrived at the beach town with daughter Aaradhya. She has been a regular at the Cannes Film Festival.

11:44:56 on 20 May

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A semi high-speed rail project envisaged to be built across the length of Kerala
could be financially viable, says a survey by French consultant company Systra. The Kochuveli-Kasaragod rail corridor is a dream project of the Kerala
government. The survey found that the project can recoup 6 per cent of its cost every year especially after linking Tvm and Kochi airports

11:43:41 on 20 May

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Residents of Guduvanchery have been left fuming after officials blocked the entrance to their village from the GST Road without any information. While officials said it was closed to prevent vehicles from entering into the busy GST Road from that spot, the public pointed out that there was a signal to control the flow of traffic.

11:42:16 on 20 May

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At present, the exit poll figures reflect that the reign of the world's biggest democracy might once again fall back into the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee tweeted that she doesn't trust the exit poll and that people are being manipulated.

11:38:03 on 20 May

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The GoT series finale is finally upon us. For some, its demise would come as a relief, considering the constant criticism that has come its way, especially in the last season, while others would be staring into their post-GoT life with mixed emotions. After eight seasons HBO’s fantasy series has been an extraordinary scrutiny of moral transformation, guilt and control.

11:36:15 on 20 May

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Exit polls conducted by Mathrubhumi News and Geowide India predicted that BJP will open account in the state from Thiruvananthapuram seat. The survey predicted that UDF will come to power by winning 15 out of the 20 constituencies. Compared to the results in 2014, the Congress led alliance will improve its share by three seats.

11:34:06 on 20 May

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England players will be waiting for that one phone call from the selectors to announce the final 15-man squad for the upcoming ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, said fast bowler Chris Woakes. England are expected to name its final 15-man squad at the Lord's on May 21. Woakes was adjudged Player of the Match in the fifth and final match against Pakistan for his five-wicket haul.

11:29:52 on 20 May

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Yogi Adityanath has finally removed minister OP Rajbhar, an estranged BJP ally who had wanted out a month ago. Mr Rajbhar, who had been part of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh since 2017, had publicly criticized the Chief Minister for nearly a year. Mr Rajbhar, the chief of the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party, claimed to have handed in his resignation last month. "

11:14:47 on 20 May

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How to conduct, read exit polls?

With various forecasts for the Lok Sabha election results out, which ones are more reliable than others? A veteran analyst describes the various methods, challenges and shortcomings in conducting an exit poll. The numbers thrown up by various exit polls can neither be rejected in totality, nor can all be accepted without a pinch of salt.

11:04:27 on 20 May

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In January this year, UP saw what political pundits earlier described as impossible. The arch rivals for 25 years joined hands for the Lok Sabha polls with the common aim of defeating Modi-powered BJP in Uttar Pradesh. But the grand-alliance is expected to get 39 per cent votes in the Lok Sabha election compared to 43 per cent votes polled five years ago in the state.

10:58:18 on 20 May

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The ongoing Cannes Film Festival has witnessed the presence of many well known celebrities from the entertainment industry who have graced the event with their amazing red carpet appearances. Diana Penty nailed her retro look very well as she wore a beige coloured ball gown layed beautifully with sequins and fringes to perfection.

10:51:23 on 20 May

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The cross-examination on Monday, 20 May, resumed in the defamation case filed by former Union minister MJ Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani, who accused the former of sexual misconduct during the #MeToo movement in India. Akbar appeared before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, represented by senior advocates Geeta Luthra and Sandeep Kapur.

10:44:52 on 20 May

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TMC will continue its domination of Bengal, and improve its overall tally from present the 34 to 36-38 seats, News18's IPSOS exit poll has predicted. The BJP is predicted to marginally increase its present tally of two seats to 3-5, the survey said. On the other hand, the India Today-Axis My India Exit Poll suggested a neck-and-neck fight between the TMC and BJP.

10:42:58 on 20 May

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Aaradhya Bachchan arrived at the French Riviera a couple of hours back, and now, the mother and daughter have revealed their first looks for Cannes 2019. Rai Bachchan, who first made her debut at the film festival back in 2002, has perfected the art of walking the red carpet in couture ensembles, and this one didn’t disappoint either.

10:36:57 on 20 May

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