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Chinese smartphone maker Oppo Mobiles said it plans to invest USD 1.5 billion in research and development this year with a focus on developing 5G as it unveiled its first smartphone on the next generation technology. The company also has plans to increase the Indian R&D center headcount by over three folds to 500 in two years.

10:25:01 on 24 Feb

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Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi met jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad to discuss seat-sharing ahead of Lok Sabha elections. Lalu Yadav has asked alliance partners of the proposed "mahagathbandhan" to sit and discuss seat adjustments. Manjhi went on to say that there were no problems between alliance partners and the only goal of the mahagathbandhan was defeating the NDA.

09:57:01 on 24 Feb

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning tweeted a teaser on his Mann Ki Baat radio programme that will begin at 11 am, saying this episode his "special". "Today's #MannKiBaat is special! Do tune in at 11 AM. Later on, don't say I didn't tell you in advance," PM Modi tweeted a little after 9 am, with a smiley. This is his second Mann Ki Baat of 2019.

09:56:55 on 24 Feb

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Directors General of Police from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Puducherry discussed measures to be taken to ensure that Left-wing radicals do not launch attacks or infiltrate any of the districts in the tri-junction area during the upcoming Lok Sabha election. The meeting of the DGPs was held at Tamizhagam bungalow in Udhagamandalam.

09:25:02 on 24 Feb

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The side windows and the main driver's screen of the Vande Bharat were damaged in Uttar Pradesh after the train was hit by flying ballast during a journey. A shower of ballast came flying towards Vande Bharat Express when Dibrugarh Rajdhani crossing on the adjoining line had a cattle run over. The stone chunks hit the driver's windscreen and windows of various coaches.

08:57:01 on 24 Feb

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Fire: Kochi smoulders, Malappuram wilts

Kerala wilted on Saturday following two major fire incidents in Kochi and Malappuram, fortunately with no casualties being reported. While Kochi witnessed burning of tonnes of plastic waste till late in the night at the Brahmapuram waste treatment plant, resulting in thick smoke engulfing many parts of the city, a paint godown was gutted at Thuvvakkad in Malappuram.

08:25:01 on 24 Feb

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Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly, who for years has faced allegations that he abused women and underage girls, appeared in court in Chicago on Saturday to face charges that he sexually assaulted four people, including three teenagers. Cook County Judge John Lyke set bail at $1 million for Kelly after calling the allegations “disturbing” during a hearing.

07:57:02 on 24 Feb

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If DMK is voted to power, it will conduct local body elections, said DMK leader MK Stalin in a grama sabha meeting at Thorapalli near Hosur. The grama sabha meeting which started last month will be commenced by this month, he added. There are 12,500 panchayats in the State and DMK has conducted grama sabha meetings in 98 percent of the village panchayats, he said.

07:25:01 on 24 Feb

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Rs. 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur today by transferring the first installment of Rs. 2,000 each to over one crore farmers. Another one crore farmers are expected to be covered in the next two to three days. The center had announced the scheme in the interim Budget 2019-20.

06:57:02 on 24 Feb

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Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress on Saturday announced that it has formed a total of six committees in Uttar Pradesh, and party's state unit chief Raj Babbar will chair the election committee. Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has been made a part of the election committee as well as the election strategy and planning committee.

06:27:25 on 24 Feb

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The Pakistan government dismissed its own claim that it had taken over the control of the Jaish-e-Mohammad headquarters and said the complex has no link with the terror outfit, which claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Pulwama. "This is the madrassah. Calling it Jaish headquarters is India's propaganda," said Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry.

05:59:22 on 24 Feb

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It's still hard to believe that it's been a year since Sridevi's untimely demise. The stunning actress captivated the world with her innocent smile, a twinkle in her eyes and her brilliant on-screen versatility that won the world over. Tracing back to the events that took place before Sridevi's death, here's everything that happened.

05:27:01 on 24 Feb

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There was a time in ODIs when it was hard for a batsman to score more than 150 runs in an innings. But it was in 2010, on this day that the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar completely changed the complexion of the game. The Indian batsman brought up ODI cricket’s first double-hundred, in a match against South Africa. Sachin scored 200 not-out from just 147 deliveries.

04:57:01 on 24 Feb

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Bored with your everyday routine of shuffling back and forth from work to home? Whether it's waking up everyday at 7:00 AM and going to the same coffee shop and ordering the same coffee, getting comfortable in your everyday routine is risky. But it's time to break free from your little fears and inhibitions and venture out of your comfort zone to have a little fun.

04:25:02 on 24 Feb

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Dating terms you need to know in 2019

Do you believe in ‘Grandeing’ or are you guilty of ‘Caking’ the object of your affection? If you are wondering what these terms are, you need to tune in to the lingo used by millennials. They are the ones responsible for coming up with these new-age relationship terms. Here’s what you need to know if you plan to play the field.

03:55:01 on 24 Feb

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The new draft e-commerce policy has proposed to ban all gifts shipped to India through e-commerce route to put a check, especially on Chinese e-commerce platforms misusing the provision. In the much-awaited policy, the commerce and industry ministry has mandated that all product shipments from other countries to India must be channelized through the customs route.

03:25:01 on 24 Feb

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In utter disregard for tribal rights, the government’s consortium of lawyers failed to even show up to the Supreme Court on February 13 to defend the Forest Rights Act (FRA). In response, the court chose to pass an imperious order mandating the states to evict one million tribal and other forest-dwelling households from forestlands across 16 states.

02:55:02 on 24 Feb

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The past five years of the Modi government have seen a spate of mob attacks across India. The elements that fuelled this bloody mix include religious fanaticism (cow protection), increased penetration of social media and politicians, who ranged from being apathetic to instigators of violence. Political reaction has either been muted or has supported vigilante action.

02:25:01 on 24 Feb

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Kajol misses the mark in this jumpsuit

Kajol has upped her fashion game of late and there have been numerous instances to prove this. Recently, the actor was spotted in a maroon jumpsuit from Ulyana Sergeenko which had voluminous sleeves. Styled by Aastha Sharma, the attire, which was paired with sleek earrings, looked good on the actor.

01:56:02 on 24 Feb

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A healthy diet is not just important for keeping yourself in shape, but also important for your overall well-being. A balanced diet is rich in all essential nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, and it is key to ensuring that your body and mind stays fit. However, your weight can indicate a lot of things about your body's health.

01:25:02 on 24 Feb

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Weekends are the best time to enjoy elaborate meals. But thanks to the rush, it is not always possible to book a table at your favourite restaurant. Or you might feel too lazy to step out of the comfort of your homes on your day off. Worry not as we have curated some quick and delicious recipes which are sure to make your day.

12:55:01 on 24 Feb

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The recently concluded winter session of Parliament was the news for many reasons: the passage of the controversial 10% quota for poor upper-castes, the protests over citizenship bill, and a bruising war-of-words over the Rafale jet deal. But what may have gone unnoticed is a subtle shift in the sartorial tastes of some politicians, especially those from the younger crop.

12:25:02 on 24 Feb

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A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island of Fernandina. Investigators think there may be more members of the species on the island because of tracks and scat they found.

11:57:02 on 23 Feb

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Woman In Black

Is black your favourite colour? Find yourself constantly turning to this classic hue to make chic style statements? Well, like you, Bollywood celebs too seem to be crushing on black as they are notching up their casual style in standout pieces. From chic dresses and statement tops to athleisure fashion and even accessories, black is the most popular pick.

11:27:01 on 23 Feb

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Anoop Menon will be making his directorial debut with the Malayalam movie King Fish. He will be playing the main lead in this film with director Ranjith playing an important role as well. King Fish is the tale of a king set in modern times. The film will have three heroines - Durga Krishna, Niranjana Anoop, and NP Nisa. Ratheesh Vega has been roped in to compose the music.

10:57:02 on 23 Feb

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The airlifting of 10,000 additional paramilitary troops to J&K is a routine pre-election exercise ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. There has been intense speculation in the wake of the Centre sending 100 additional companies of paramilitary forces to the Kashmir Valley on an urgent basis and a simultaneous crackdown on separatists in which 150 people have been arrested.

10:27:02 on 23 Feb

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International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar reacted to a letter sent by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) concerning Team India's safety in the World Cup 2019. He said that security "has and always will be a top priority" for the governing body. England and Wales will host the World Cup from 30 May to 14 July 2019.

09:57:01 on 23 Feb

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A handwoven Kota saree, one of Sridevi’s favorites, is on auction online ahead of her first death anniversary, which falls on Sunday. The amount will be directed towards a cause. According to Parisera, the online platform hosting the auction ‘Being Generous, With Sridevi’, the Kapoor family has decided to donate the proceeds from the auction to Concern India Foundation.

09:25:01 on 23 Feb

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PM Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh reportedly met to discuss the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, leaves of commandants have been canceled and public services have been asked to gear up for an emergency-like situation. J&K Liberation Front Chairman Yasin Malik was detained on Friday night amid indications of a wider crackdown on separatists.

09:23:01 on 23 Feb

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Nagas take out rally in Delhi

Carrying blue flags, thousands of Nagas marched in Delhi on Saturday to demand an “immediate political solution” to the Naga issue lingering on for decades. This was the first time that such a large mobilization of Naga residents had taken place in Delhi after August 2015, when the government signed an agreement with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland.

09:12:49 on 23 Feb

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The internal conversation between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other company executives were leaked online that contained a highly confidential 2012 memo detailing several policy matters. About 60 pages of unredacted exhibits from a lawsuit between Facebook and Six4Three, an app developer, were posted anonymously on GitHub.

09:03:04 on 23 Feb

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The combination of an overnight crackdown on separatist leaders, deployment of 10,000 additional troops and panic-inducing government orders asking people to stock up on rations have caused tension to peak in Kashmir, with civil society members and politicians voicing concerns. NC leader Omar Abdullah, in a tweet, said that government orders were creating tension.

08:47:45 on 23 Feb

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Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani established a record partnership for the opening-wicket as Afghanistan posted 278 for three, a record-highest total in the second T20 International against Ireland in Dehradun on Saturday. In the series-opener, Asghar Afghan-captained Afghanistan defeated Ireland by five wickets.

08:35:11 on 23 Feb

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Stepping up his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said that he should set foot in the state only after fulfilling all the promises he had made. "Modi is coming to Visakhapatnam on March 1. He should set foot in the state only after fulfilling all the promises made to us," he said.

08:07:58 on 23 Feb

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From Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Rock, and most recently Jimmy Kimmel, there’s a lot that’s been said on the Oscars stage and most of it, immensely rib-tickling. Ahead of the 91st Academy Awards tomorrow night (Monday morning as per IST), here’s a list of some of the best-heard lines and opening speeches on the Oscars.

07:46:42 on 23 Feb

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday threw a challenge to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, asking him to act honorably by bringing to justice those responsible for the Pulwama terror attack. Addressing a rally in Rajasthan's Tonk, PM Modi recalled the phone call he made to Khan to congratulate him for winning the Pakistani elections last year.

07:42:22 on 23 Feb

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South Africa have dropped to the third spot in the ICC Test rankings following their 0-2 series whitewash at the hands of Sri Lanka. The Proteas commenced the series with 110 points to their name but after losing both Tests to their lower-ranked opposition, they have slipped to 105 points. They are now two points behind NZ (107) in the list that's led by India (116).

07:36:56 on 23 Feb

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The ruling AIADMK has joined hands with the BJP, roped in the PMK and is fast building an alliance to fight the 2019 elections. The DMK has declared support for the INC, having agreed to give the party 10 seats (9 + Puducherry) and is forming a united Opposition. In the absence of Karunanidhi (DMK) and Jayalalithaa (AIADMK), Tamil Nadu will see an election like no other.

06:59:11 on 23 Feb

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PM-KISAN Scheme to be Rolled Out Tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday will launch the Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, by transferring the first installment of Rs 2,000 each to over one crore farmers, a senior agriculture ministry official said. Another one crore farmers will be covered in the next 2-3 days, the official said.

06:41:31 on 23 Feb

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A Hindu parliamentarian from Pakistan made a fervent appeal to the governments of India and Pakistan to defuse tension in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, saying New Delhi will benefit the most if the two neighbors joined hands. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, a member of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, offered to play the role of a mediator between the two governments.

06:30:00 on 23 Feb

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If you are looking to lose weight, then it is imperative to keep a check on your health and plan realistic goals for yourself. In order to lose weight in a healthy way, the first step is to set realistic goals that you can achieve easily; moreover, regular exercise is also imperative. For many, even the thought of fitting exercise in after a busy day at work can be tiring.

06:23:28 on 23 Feb

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A top Catholic cardinal admitted on Saturday that Church files on priests who sexually abused children were destroyed or never even drawn up, a move which allowed pedophiles to prey on others. "Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed, or not even created," said German Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

06:04:21 on 23 Feb

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At least 100 people have died after allegedly consuming illicit liquor in Assam's Golaghat district. With the death toll rising steadily, the Assam government banned ‘lali gur’, a substance used to make illicit liquor. The government had given the license for this liquid because it was given to cows, but people have now started using it to manufacture the illicit liquor.

05:48:32 on 23 Feb

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Over 40 members of the BJP's youth wing were arrested for protesting outside the Eden Gardens, Kolkatta demanding that the photographs of Pakistani cricketers, including that of Imran Khan, be removed from the iconic stadium's gallery. The protesters demanded a meeting with Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president and former Team India captain Sourav Ganguly.

05:45:40 on 23 Feb

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Oppo is all set to host its MWC event in Barcelona today, where it will showcase its new hybrid zoom technology, which will allow its smartphones to achieve as much as 10x optical zoom. Apart from demoing the new hybrid zoom technology, Oppo has also confirmed that it will showcase its 5G Landing Project plans, featuring leaders of telecommunication from around the globe.

05:29:46 on 23 Feb

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Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam had condoled the death of Villupuram MP S Rajendran who was killed in a car accident in the wee hours of Saturday. Rajendran had been returning after taking part in a dinner at PMK founder S Ramadoss’ Thailapuram residence. The CM and Deputy CM offered their condolences to S Rajendran’s family.

05:28:00 on 23 Feb

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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said he will sit on an indefinite hunger strike from March 1 to demand full statehood for the national capital. “I want to tell the Prime Minister that he should take care of Pakistan and leave the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and Delhi Police to us. He has no time for the people of Delhi,” Kejriwal said at the assembly.

05:12:33 on 23 Feb

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The Supreme Court on Friday ordered 10 states to take "prompt action" to ensure Kashmiris living across the country do not face a social boycott or attacks in apparent retaliation for last week's terror attack in Pulwama district. The government has said those who disturb the peace or spread rumour will face severe punishment.

05:05:29 on 23 Feb

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Air India's Mumbai control center received a phone call threatening to hijack its plane, following which Bureau of Civil Aviation Security ordered all airlines and CISF to follow specific enhanced measures to ensure security, according to an official note. The airport authority has imposed eight security measures for checking of vehicles and surveillance.

05:00:00 on 23 Feb

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No movie is sacred as long as the notorious site Tamilrockers is around. After releasing a pirated version of the Zoya Akhtar directorial Gully Boy, the website has now uploaded Total Dhamaal. Despite a court order, laws to regulate piracy and tight security measures inside cinema halls, there has been no stopping Tamilrockers.

04:55:02 on 23 Feb

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Seven girls have gone missing from a shelter home in Nazareth Hospital in Bihar. A report suggests that five out of these seven girls were survivors from the Muzaffarpur shelter home – a case which brought to light that the inmates were subjected to sexual abuse. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav tweeted that all the seven girls who have gone missing, are witnesses in the case.

04:40:02 on 23 Feb

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Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik and socio-religious group Jamaat-e-Islami’s (JeI) 30 members, including the top leadership, were arrested after a night-long clampdown in Kashmir on Saturday. Security agencies started the operation on Friday night when they arrested Malik from his residence at Maisuma around 11 p.m.

04:27:38 on 23 Feb

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The Maharashtra government has formed a Transgender Welfare Board to provide formal education, employment opportunities, conduct health programmes and give legal help to the community. Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole recently held a meeting in Mantralaya for the setting up of the transgender welfare board, officials said.

04:21:18 on 23 Feb

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Robert Vadra, facing Enforcement Directorate probe in cases of money laundering, moved an application in a Delhi court on Saturday, seeking a copy of case-related documents with the central agency. Special judge Arvind Kumar posted the matter for February 25. Vadra appeared before the Enforcement Directorate for questioning on multiple occasions in Delhi and Jaipur.

04:16:03 on 23 Feb

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An inter-state coordination meeting of top police, prohibition and excise officials of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry on Saturday decided on various preventive measures, including steps to check to smuggle of liquor, in the run-up to the coming Lok Sabha elections. The meeting discussed issues such as issues of coordination among the neighboring districts.

03:40:59 on 23 Feb

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Apurvi Chandela gave India their first medal at the ISSF World Cup 2019 by winning gold in the women's 10-meter air rifle event. The prolific Indian shooter set a new world record by registering a score of 252.9 points in the final. The 26-year-old had advanced to the final of 10m Air Rifle event by finishing fourth in the Qualifying round with 629.3 points.

03:26:17 on 23 Feb

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In a massive fire that broke out at a parking lot near the venue of the Aero India Show at Bengaluru, nearly 300 cars have been gutted. Thick smoke could be seen billowing upwards from the car parking near the Yelahanka Airbase where the aero show is underway in Bengaluru. It is not yet clear how the fire broke out. The flight display at the show was temporarily halted.

03:20:59 on 23 Feb

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Twitter co-founder and one-time chief executive Evan Williams is stepping down from the board, leaving the one-to-many messaging service to focus on "other projects." Williams will depart the Twitter board at the end of this month, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Williams ceded his role as chief executive to Dick Costolo in 2010.

03:13:41 on 23 Feb

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“Our fight is for Kashmir, it is not against Kashmir, not against Kashmiris. We have given the forces a free hand to hit back. Our fight is against terrorism. We won’t keep quiet, we know how to crush terrorism. No peace can prevail in the world till the time the factory of terror is running,” said PM Narendra Modi while addressing a public meeting in Rajasthan’s Tonk.

03:00:53 on 23 Feb

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Heart Warming Donations to Pulwama Martyrs

After the cowardly attack on CRPF Jawans in the district of Pulwama on February 14th, people have come together to help and donate money to the families of the martyrs. But some of the donations made to the martyrs were truly heartwarming. Let's take a look at some of the true patriots of the nation.

02:55:43 on 23 Feb

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A CBI team was attacked in Noida when it tried to probe an accused in a bribery case, officials said. Some of the officials got minor injuries, a police official said. "The team was attacked by the family members of the accused to help him escape from the spot," he said. Noida police personnel rushed to the spot to rescue the CBI men after receiving a call.

02:42:15 on 23 Feb

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Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj accepted the invitation to present the Guest of Honour's address at the 46th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Abu Dhabi to be held on 1-2 March. The invitation to address the inaugural plenary was extended by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the UAE.

02:32:03 on 23 Feb

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Ace shuttler PV Sindhu today became the first woman to co-pilot the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, at the Aero India 2019 air show at Bengaluru. Sindhu is also among the youngest to co-pilot the HAL-manufactured fighter jet. Sindhu flew in Tejas with wing commander in the front seat flying the aircraft for most of the sortie.

02:25:43 on 23 Feb

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The first day of the ISSF World Cup 2019 taking place in New Delhi will see Apurvi Chandela in the 10m air rifle women action. Apurvi Chandela became the only Indian shooter to qualify for the 10m Women Air Rifle final. She finished at the 4th spot in the Qualification round with 629.3, Anjum Moudgil and Elavenil Valarivan do not qualify for the final.

02:14:36 on 23 Feb

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Neither their families nor the police in South Kashmir on Friday confirmed the Uttar Pradesh Police’s claim that two youths – Shahnawaz Ahmad Teli of Nunmai (Kulgam) and Aaquib Ahmad Malik of Babgam (Pulwama) – were members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror module operating in Deoband area of Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh.

02:07:19 on 23 Feb

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Feeling depressed? It’s time to cut out the unhealthy junk food from your diet as it increases the risk of psychological disorders including bipolar disorder and depression, say researchers. Junk food is not only harmful for metabolism but also increases the risk of psychological problems such as bipolar disorder and depression, irrespective of personal characteristics.

01:58:34 on 23 Feb

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said violence was not a solution and could never “right a wrong” as he discussed the Pulwama terror attack during an interaction with students at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Gandhi, who spoke about losing his grandmother and father to violence, said he could associate with a martyr’s son as he had gone through the same pain.

01:50:43 on 23 Feb

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A fire broke out in the general parking area of the Aero India at the front of Yelahanka Air Base here. The billowing smoke was spotted at the end of the morning aerobatics display on Saturday and caused mild panic. Earlier on Tuesday, just a day before the commencement of the show, a plane had crashed during rehearsals.

01:44:56 on 23 Feb

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Master these to improve core strength, balance and posture, says the founder of London’s Body Machine fitness studio. TRX Plank – best for core strength; TRX Lunge – targets single leg strength and stability. Perfect for improving balance; TRX Y Deltoid Fly combined with T Deltoid Fly – strengthens shoulder muscles, improves shoulder mobility and posture.

01:32:32 on 23 Feb

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Trump administration is denying and delaying more skilled-worker visa petitions than at any time since at least 2015, in keeping with its promise to increase scrutiny of foreign workers, according to data the government released on Friday. US officials say they have made reforms that prioritize American workers, cut down on fraud and streamline the immigration process.

01:22:41 on 23 Feb

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The number of tea plantation workers who have died after consuming toxic illicit liquor in Assam has gone up to 66. Nearly 200 have been hospitalised. The deaths come less than two weeks after more than 100 people died in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand from drinking illegally produced alcohol, known locally as hooch or country liquor.

01:11:30 on 23 Feb

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A California couple pleaded guilty Friday to imprisoning and torturing 12 of their 13 children in a grisly “house of horrors” case that gained international attention. According to excerpts of the call released during court proceedings, she told the dispatcher that two of her siblings were chained to their beds so tightly that their skin was bruised.

01:05:56 on 23 Feb

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In a week since the Pulwama attack, there has been a spate of attacks on Kashmiris and arrests for controversial social media posts. 274 people booked in three cases – spread over Dehradun and Roorkee -for intimidating Kashmiri students 8 Kashmiri students booked in two cases over controversial posts.

12:55:43 on 23 Feb

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Jussie Smollett will not appear in the final two episodes of Empire, the show's executive producers have said. In a statement, they said the past few weeks had been "incredibly emotional" for the team. The 36-year-old African-American actor is accused of filing a fake police report claiming he was the victim of a homophobic and racist assault.

12:50:20 on 23 Feb

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With Queen set to open and Bradley Cooper singing live with Lady Gaga, the 91st Academy Awards are sure to be thrilling. Really, who needs a host when you’ve got Queen as an opening act? When the Oscars get underway on Sunday, it will be the legendary rock band, and not a traditional tux-wearing host, taking centre stage to kick off Hollywood’s biggest night.

12:48:13 on 23 Feb

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Virat Kohli, India captain, on Saturday said that he and his team will completely stand by whatever decision the government and the BCCI take in regards to playing Pakistan in the World Cup 2019 in England. Speculation is rife that India might refuse to take part in the World Cup game between India and Pakistan, scheduled to be played on June 16 in Manchester.

12:45:59 on 23 Feb

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Will Smith would like you to take a minute, just sit right there, to ready yourself for the arrival of Destiny, a young black girl who moves to West Philadelphia and whose adventures are detailed in the forthcoming picture book: The Fresh Princess. Inspired by Smith and illustrated by Gladys Jose, the series is being written by author Denene Millner

12:42:29 on 23 Feb

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Kareena Kapoor Khan is quite the fan of Manikarnika actor Kangana Ranaut, or so the former claimed in a recent interview with Dainik Bhaskar. Praising her as an actress and calling her an intelligent woman, Kareena said, “I have heard that a Kangana Ranaut biopic is in the works. I am eager to see that film. I think she is a great actress. I love her.”

12:39:39 on 23 Feb

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An avalanche hit Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district on Saturday, trapping five people, who were later rescued, officials said. The avalanche occurred in Chrawan area of Ajas in north Kashmir's Bandipora district early on Saturday morning, disaster management department officials said here.

12:31:29 on 23 Feb

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A voting card and a metal rod for self-defense are both close at hand in Christopher Obiorah’s tiny bookshop but he hopes to use just one of them when Africa’s largest democracy goes to the polls on Saturday, one week after a surprise delay. Mr. Buhari seeks a second term after widely seen as failing to deliver on key issues of security, the economy & fighting corruption.

12:26:51 on 23 Feb

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Be honest: maybe you've been a K-pop stan for years, but maybe, just maybe, you’ve been hearing about K-pop all over the place lately and decided it's finally time to give yourself over. Well, you came to the right place. My personal list of recommendations you should add to your playlist ASAP. Here are the 11 bands you'll definitely want to check out first.

12:25:07 on 23 Feb

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In January, artist Indu Harikumar received a direct message from a “regular stranger” on Instagram. “Men only notice my breasts as if the rest of me doesn’t even exist,” it said. The message was in response to Harikumar’s Instagram stories, in which she regularly asks questions about body issues, sexuality and dating to spark conversations.

12:21:33 on 23 Feb

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It's not been a good year for the Oscars. In September last year, its organising body — the Academy — announced that it was adding a Best Popular Film category and that some awards would be presented during commercial breaks. The backlash that followed led to the former being scrapped less than a month later.

12:19:50 on 23 Feb

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Food and religion have always been closely tied, enmeshed in ritual and often embroiled in controversy. They can come together to create traditions that are beautiful and poignant, but they can also combine to create divisive controversy. Although this is a book that has recipes, it is not a recipe book. Bhagwaan ke Pakwaanis filled with grace, humour and compassion.

12:17:30 on 23 Feb

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Old-world charm meets Instagram appeal—coin jewellery ties in the new and the old like none other. Reminiscent of Ancient Greek coins and somewhat Indian, the trend of replacing charms with coins is slowly but surely catching on. It’s not the first time we are lusting after this style of jewellery—coin-inspired pieces were a big hit a couple of years ago, too.

12:10:25 on 23 Feb

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Protests roiled Arunachal Pradesh on Friday and turned violent in the capital Itanagar following a move by the BJP-led state government to grant permanent resident certificate (PRC) to six non-tribal communities, forcing it late Friday evening to announce that the issue won’t be discussed in the ongoing assembly session.

12:09:24 on 23 Feb

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Everyone is on their journey and no two can be compared. Same can be said of celebrities who are exploring their sartorial expression. Between red carpet glamour, champions of monotone, baby showers and more, celebrities were seen in a host of looks. Here’s our pick of the most well-put-together outfits seen on Bollywood stars and international fashion icons.

12:08:41 on 23 Feb

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It’s officially wedding season when you see the country’s most eligible singles tie the knot in the most extravagant and beautiful ceremonies. Taking inspiration from four real brides, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor and our very own Bhavana, we have their looks decoded from their wedding festivities.

12:06:27 on 23 Feb

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SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali films can be compared to the same iconic status in Indian cinema, which movies like Mughal-E-Azam or Sholay shares. The only aspect that left Bollywood fans wanting was the fact that the movie had Telugu actors. So, here’s our list of 10 Bollywood actors who could have been cast in a Hindi version of Baahubali films:

12:04:18 on 23 Feb

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The 26-year-old is one of hundreds of thousands of young Indians who, armed with their smartphones and motorcycles, courier dinners to offices and homes ordered at the swipe of a finger. A surge in the popularity of food-ordering apps like Uber Eats and Swiggy provides a welcome source of income for many as India's unemployment rate sits at a reported 45-year high.

11:56:48 on 23 Feb

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Nokia 2.1, a budget smartphone in the new lineup Nokia brand of smartphones, is getting its Android 9 Pie update. HMD Global, the Nokia brand licensee, has released the Android Pie update for its Android Go edition phone Nokia 2.1, revealed the company's chief product officer (CPO) on Twitter.

11:50:22 on 23 Feb

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From Dolly Parton to the dorky third cousin who friended you on Facebook, it would seem every man and his dog has jumped on the "distracted boyfriend" bandwagon at one time or another. But could the widely shared stock image, which shows a man checking out another woman while out with his girlfriend, have been inspired in its turn by this 1950s photo?

11:48:12 on 23 Feb

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A Karachi Bakery outlet in Bengaluru was forced to cover up the word 'Karachi' on its main name board on Friday, after a mob protesting the reference to Pakistan gathered in front of it. This comes more than a week after 49 CRPF personnel were killed in a terror attack in Kashmir's Pulwama district.
Despite the incident, the bakery operated till 11 pm.

11:44:56 on 23 Feb

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With the Hindi film industry condemning the Pulwana terror attack and not releasing films in Pakistan besides banning all Pakistani artistes from working in India, National award-winning actress Vidya Balan on Friday said a strong stand needs to be taken this time. "Enough is enough," Vidya told the media at the launch of her debut radio show.

11:38:26 on 23 Feb

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Addressing a business summit organised by a newspaper, PM Narendra Modi said, “Total policy paralysis was observed before during the previous Congress-led UPA government. Change is clearly visible today”. He cited runaway inflation, rising Current Account Deficit (CAD) and complete policy paralysis in 2013-14.

11:38:07 on 23 Feb

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Popular apps that help users measure their heart rate, track their menstrual cycle or search for a home are sending some of that sensitive information to Facebook within seconds of the data being recorded, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The Journal reported that at least 11 popular smartphone apps have been sharing sensitive data with Facebook.

11:35:23 on 23 Feb

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made a strong pitch for continuation of his government’s policies, which he said have ensured high growth and contained inflation, in the election year at a global business summit in New Delhi. PM Modi presented a report card of his government’s economic policies contrasting them with those of the previous UPA government.

11:35:22 on 23 Feb

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Controversial animal activist group PETA is under fire over a series of tweets accusing Google of "fawning" over Steve Irwin. The backlash was swift and severe, with the group being accused of seeking publicity. The organisation doubled down on its statements and is yet to issue an apology. It is not the first time the group has come under fire.

11:28:19 on 23 Feb

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A popular thumb rule to understand TN politics is that whenever political parties need a life-saver or a face-saver, electoral alliances are forged at the cost of ideology, principles & stated positions. This rule applies to forging alliances within the state or with national parties since the days of late political stalwarts such as MGR, Karunanidhi or even Jayalalithaa.

11:23:26 on 23 Feb

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R&B singer R. Kelly turned himself in to Chicago police Friday night, hours after he was charged with multiple criminal counts of sexual abuse of several underage victims, police said. Kelly took a van from his recording studio to a Chicago police precinct at about 8:15 p.m. CST, according to NBC Chicago.

11:21:16 on 23 Feb

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