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Udit Raj Stirs up Controversy

Congress leader Udit Raj stirred a controversy when he questioned if the SC was involved in rigging elections and hence did not want all VVPAT slips to be counted. Raj’s statement comes amid a growing demand by opposition to verify VVPAT slips of randomly selected polling stations before counting of votes polled in the just-concluded Lok Sabha election begins on May 23.

02:44:33 on 22 May

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Member of SL Parliament Md Naushad Jalaldeen, who was arrested on charges of having close links with local Islamic terror group NTJ, will be questioned, police said. The 42-year-old parliamentarian, who has served as a translator attached to the Hanzard Department of Sri Lankan parliament since 2006, was arrested by a special police team in Kurunegala on Monday.

02:43:13 on 22 May

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More than 20 Opposition parties that met on Tuesday to discuss alleged EVM irregularities also resolved to come together to keep the NDA out of power. Sources said that while most of these parties were in touch throughout the five NDA years as part of the Opposition grouping, serious efforts are now being made to induct TRS and YSRCP into this block.

02:39:49 on 22 May

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Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Bharat is set to release and the actors are busy promoting the film. Recently, Kaif was spotted donning a lovely floral printed gown from designer duo Gauri & Nainika. Styled by Tanya Ghavri, the one-shoulder flowy gown looked lovely on the actor and we like how it was styled with just diamond studs.

02:39:16 on 22 May

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Nationalist Congress Party MLA from Beed Jaydutta Kshirsagar will join the Shiv Sena in the presence of Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. Mr. Jaydutta Kshirsagar was a Minister of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) in the previous Congress-NCP government. He had campaigned for BJP candidate from Beed Lok Sabha constituency.

02:38:00 on 22 May

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Oppo A7 and Oppo R17 Pro have received new price cuts in India, the company confirmed to Gadgets 360. While the Oppo A7 4GB RAM variant has got the price cut of Rs. 1,000, the Oppo R17 Pro has received a whopping dip of Rs. 10,000. The new revision comes just weeks after Oppo India dropped the prices of the Oppo A7 3GB and 4GB RAM variants in the country.

02:37:48 on 22 May

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After the Opposition raised questions on transparency and fair functioning of EVMs, former head of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Vikram Sood has called its doubts a "farce". Leaders of 22 Opposition parties met the Election Commission on Tuesday, 21 May, asking it to ensure transparency and fairness in the counting process by verifying EVM results with VVPATs.

02:37:25 on 22 May

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A new education assessment model may soon find root in Tamil Nadu to help students to be competent and go beyond scoring marks alone. Aimed at improving learning assessment and redefine the objective of assessment itself, SCERT has joined hands with MHRD, AIR and UNICEF to develop a road map to transform the existing assessment methodologies.

02:36:56 on 22 May

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Chinmayi Sripaada is not known not just for her soulful voice, but her wit and sarcasm as well. And when a man messaged her asking for nude pictures, the singer had an epic response. In her response, Sripaada sent her favourite nude shades of lipstick. When she shared a screenshot of the conversation on Twitter and many people praised her response.

02:34:14 on 22 May

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The Opposition demand to tally the VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail) slips before the Electronic Voting Machines has been turned down by the Election Commission. The random verification of EVM votes with VVPAT slips -- made mandatory by the Supreme Court -- will be done after the counting of votes and not before, the Commission said today.

02:32:28 on 22 May

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Apple updated MacBook Pro with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight cores to MacBook Pro for the first time. MacBook Pro now delivers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 per cent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, making it the fastest Mac notebook ever.

02:28:23 on 22 May

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A slew of stocks, which have tracked the political fate of Narendra Modi, fell while India voted but rebounded after exit polls predicted the prime minister would win his re-election bid. Companies controlled by billionaires Gautam Adani, as well as Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd. and Anil Ambani’s Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. have gained.

02:01:21 on 22 May

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The petitioners in the Rafale deal case accused the government of having “willfully and deliberately misled” the Supreme Court by feeding it untruths which amounted to “wholesale fraud”. This is part of 41-page written submissions filed by the petitioners, including former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and advocate Prashant Bhushan.

01:58:26 on 22 May

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Arjun Kapoor is all set to enthral the audience with his upcoming the film, ‘India’s Most Wanted’ which has been receiving rave reviews from Bollywood celebrities who have had the opportunity to watch the film before its theatrical release. Right from Abhishek Bachchan to Taapsee Pannu to Anupam Kher, celebs have been rooting for the Arjun Kapoor starrer on social media.

01:57:01 on 22 May

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The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is set to become the newest James Bond-inspired car, thanks to the most recent collaboration between Aston Martin and EON Productions. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 50 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' DBS Superleggera special edition cars will be sold.

01:54:38 on 22 May

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With the month of Ramzan underway, Muslims around the world are fasting to commemorate one of the holiest festivals of Islam, believed to mark the first time that the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad. A temple in Ayodhya conducted an Iftar party for devotees of all faiths to come and enjoy delicious Iftar dishes inside the premises of the temple.

01:52:44 on 22 May

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Modi Web Series Returns After Elections

'Modi: Journey Of A Common Man', the web series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi is live again, a month after the Election Commission banned its streaming in favour of a level playing field during the Lok Sabha elections. Five episodes, which were launched earlier, were made available again on OTT platform Eros Now on Tuesday. The remaining five are yet to be out.

01:44:44 on 22 May

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In a shocking instance of official apathy, hundreds of Kerala Police personnel who were assigned election duties in Bihar are being forced to head back home in harsh, inhuman conditions on the Patna Express train. The 50-hour-long journey turned into a horrendous experience for the 200-member squad as there was a mad scramble to squeeze themselves into any available space.

01:41:17 on 22 May

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Most exit polls for the Tamil Nadu Lok Sabha Election have predicted that the DMK will win a majority of the 38 seats that went to polls on 18 April. But for political parties in the state, it is the results of the bye-elections to the 22 constituencies that will be more keenly watched. This is because the results can bring down the AIADMK government in the state.

01:35:42 on 22 May

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Actress Revathy Sampath has accused veteran Malayalam actor Siddique of sexual misconduct, which has shocked the entire film industry. The actress said that the veteran made a verbal 'sexual offering' at the preview of the movie Sukhamayirikate in Trivandrum in 2016. The actress said that she was only 21 years old when Siddique made the proposal.

01:31:37 on 22 May

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The Election Commission has refused to make any change in the counting process. It will be go on as planned, the poll body has said. This comes as a setback to the opposition parties, which have been demanding verification of VVPAT slips before counting. The Election Commission Tuesday set up a 24-hour control room to monitor complaints relating to EVMs.

01:26:16 on 22 May

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The first anniversary of the police firing during the anti-Sterlite protests, which left 13 people dead last year, was observed on Wednesday with scores of locals turning up to remember the victims. The victims were remembered by their near and dear ones and others who lit up candles before their portraits at events held in different parts of the district.

01:19:34 on 22 May

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While it’s public that the sequel to Shubh Mangal Saavdhan featuring Ayushmann Khurrana will revolve around a gay relationship, what’s news is that the makers are now on the lookout for a second male lead to play Ayushmann’s boyfriend in the film. According to sources close to the project, the team isn’t keen on signing a newcomer for the role.

01:08:17 on 22 May

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England, the hosts of the World Cup 2019, unveiled their jersey for the ICC showpiece event on Tuesday but it got a lukewarm response from fans on social media. For the World Cup 2019, starting on May 30, the kit-makers have taken inspiration from the 1992 edition of the 50-over cricket World Cup, last time when England made it to the final.

01:00:25 on 22 May

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A day before the counting of the votes polled in the Lok Sabha election, the Congress on Wednesday termed as "constitutional travesty", the EC's rejection of Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa's demand that dissent notes should be recorded and alleged that the poll watchdog wanted to set a new precedent of "dark secrets" and "secluded chambers" in performing its duties.

12:56:04 on 22 May

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A day ahead of the Lok Sabha election results, Union Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday launched a veiled attack at the Opposition for supporting alleged anti-nationals who demanded the division of the country. "This election was about the people versus the opposition. The people stood firm against the anarchists who screamed Bharat ke tukde honge," she tweeted.

12:50:45 on 22 May

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Music maestro A R Rahman’s latest melody Ganga: the River of People is a refreshing patriotic song. Featuring cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, it is dedicated to the river Ganga. The song has been shot across beautiful locations in India. It celebrates the spirit of the country and its people who are always motivated to achieve higher goals with hard work and dedication.

12:44:38 on 22 May

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Counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections, in which over 8,000 candidates were in the fray for 542 seats, will begin at 8.00 am on Thursday and results are expected only by late evening due to tallying of voter-verified paper audit trail slips with EVM count for the first time. 67.11% of the 90.99 crore electors had cast their vote in the seven-phase elections.

12:39:14 on 22 May

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In an embarrassment to the LDF Government, the Kerala High Court on Tuesday asked the Crime Branch how the reason for the murder of the two Youth Congress leaders at Periya in Kasaragod turned out to be personal animosity in the final report, when the first information report (FIR) had stated it was a ‘political murder’.

12:36:19 on 22 May

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The humble cotton kurta has become a go-to for everyone this summer, including Kiara Advani. For her flight to Mumbai recently, the actor picked a printed ivory kurta set from Punit Balana’s latest collection. Indian ethnic outfits aren’t always the easiest to manage, but nothing beats the comfort of a breezy cotton kurta set like Kiara Advani’s.

12:32:12 on 22 May

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The AIADMK will take a “favourable decision” on joining the Union Ministry after holding consultations among senior office-bearers of the party, AIADMK coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said. As for the exit poll predictions, he said that at the national level, they reflected the mood of the people, who wanted the BJP to remain in power.

12:28:09 on 22 May

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Despite making gains in state elections in Gujarat in 2017 and forming government in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in 2018, why do exit polls show the Congress is lagging behind in the same states? One reason is how people tend to vote differently for state and Lok Sabha elections and if these exit polls are to be believed.

12:24:08 on 22 May

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A 53-year-old millionaire trader could get a five-year jail term after pleading guilty to engaging in sex acts with a 15-year-old girl, once even putting his private plane in autopilot mode for the purpose. Stephen Bradley Mell, 53, of Bedminster, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to federal charges of engaging in interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

12:19:34 on 22 May

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Google loves Sholay. You can Google it. The search engine giant and Easter eggs go hand in hand. Just last month, Google sent the Avengers: Endgame fans screaming after it let users "snap" their search results with the words "Thanos". But Google isn't just a Hollywood fan. It is equally desi at heart. And what better movie to add to its Easter egg list than Sholay, right?

12:11:59 on 22 May

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Governor Banwarilal Purohit is likely to decide on whether to allow the premature release of seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, once he receives legal opinion. Sources said the opinion, being sought from legal experts who are outside the State, is expected to be provided shortly. The matter involves a number of complex issues.

12:07:07 on 22 May

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Actor Katrina Kaif is busy promoting her new film Bharat, which also stars Salman Khan. In the midst of it, she talked about getting into production soon. According to the report, Katrina has bought the rights for a French film, He Loves Me He Loves Me Not. Katrina, who has also been shooting for Akshay Kumar and Rohit Shetty’s cop drama Sooryavanshi.

12:02:13 on 22 May

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On the day 22 Opposition parties approached the EC and drew its attention to reports of what they called suspicious EVM movements and demanded verification of VVPAT slips before the counting of votes. The Commission is likely to give a reply to the demands of the parties Wednesday. The BJP called the Opposition move a desperate attempt in the face of certain defeat.

11:54:10 on 22 May

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Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi reserves order on a complaint seeking direction to police for registering an FIR against Congress President Rahul Gandhi under charges of sedition for accusing PM Modi of "hiding behind the blood of soldiers & doing dalali on their (soldiers') sacrifice". The complaint was filed by Joginder Tuli, an advocate practising in the SC.

11:48:39 on 22 May

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A medium intensity earthquake of magnitude 5.8 hit the Andaman and Nicobar islands on Wednesday morning. The quake, which had its epicentre in the Andaman islands, occurred at 6:09 am, the National Centre for Seismology said. On Tuesday, an earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter Scale had rattled the islands. The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago is prone to earthquakes.

11:42:11 on 22 May

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Huawei put uncertainty over the future of its devices business to one side with the launch of new Honor smartphones, in a confident display of the Chinese firm's technology. Huawei runs its devices on Google's Android platform outside China, but the US Commerce Department blocked Huawei from buying US goods last week, throwing future software updates into question.

11:34:39 on 22 May

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Gomathi Marimuthu fails dope test twice

Gomathi Marimuthu had been the biggest surprise for India with her 800m gold at the recent Asian athletics championships in Doha, but now she is in big doping trouble. The Tamil Nadu athlete has failed a dope test for a banned steroid at last month’s Doha Asians and now faces a four-year ban. “I will surely be asking for my ‘B’ sample to be tested,” Gomathi said.

11:30:04 on 22 May

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With the 27 February crash of an IAF Mi-17 V-5 chopper at Budgam being 'seen as a case of friendly fire' and the investigation reportedly revealing lapses on the part of senior air force officers, Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak (Retd) spoke to media about the latest developments concerning the incident, which has sparked a controversy.

11:22:16 on 22 May

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After making heads turn with her midnight blue gown, red Valentino outfit and Abu Jaan & Sandeep Khosla white ensemble, Sonam Kapoor stuns in another outfit at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Last evening, Sonam donned a white pantsuit custom made Ralph and Russo featuring an asymmetrical overskirt with a two-metre-long train sweeping everyone off their feet.

11:19:15 on 22 May

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The opposition parties in several states are keeping a round-the-clock vigil on the storage rooms where the voting machines are kept in high security, ahead of the counting of votes in the national election. This comes amid complaints of alleged tampering of EVMs and protests in Uttar Pradesh after videos of alleged movement and tampering of voting machines.

11:14:55 on 22 May

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No one has really been in doubt about the advantage UDF had enjoyed this Lok Sabha polls in Kerala. The exit polls were mere confirmation. The Congress, and not the CPM, was seen by the secular and minority voters in the state as the best bet to stave off the Narendra Modi challenge. Rahul Gandhi's candidature in Wayanad might have worked as an additional prod.

11:10:20 on 22 May

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An antidepressant nasal-spray can be a safe and effective way to treat depression in patients who do not respond to existing treatments, a study has found. Being common and treatment-resistant, individuals with depression are often unable to relieve their symptoms despite trying anti-depressants. The esketamine nasal spray offers a new fast-acting treatment.

11:08:25 on 22 May

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Towards the end of Election 2019, words have lost their significance in the bedlam of blame and abuse. All that remains are the images. Of politicians half emerging from the sunroofs of their SUVs, Modi pumping both hands at mammoth rallies, Amit Shah trying to do the same, Rahul Gandhi constantly pushing back his sleeve, Mamata Banerjee gesticulating tempestuously.

11:03:13 on 22 May

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Hyderabad could, this ensuing monsoon, save up to 185 million gallons of rainwater and recharge its parched groundwater levels, according to official figures of HMWSSB. The data is based on the fact that the city has at least 60,000 cubic metres of the volume of RWH pits which can accumulate this much of rainwater over the year.

10:58:30 on 22 May

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Director Ali Abbas Zafar has maintained that Priyanka Chopra was the first choice to play Salman Khan's leading lady in Bharat. But her sudden exit from the film seemed to have ruffled the feathers of a few people associated with the movie. And, looks like Salman, too, is one of them. Seems like Salman has not been able to overcome Priyanka's departure from the movie.

10:53:52 on 22 May

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America’s National Rifle Association has been controlling the gun lobby in the United States for a long time now. But what many of us might not know is that the NRA has a powerful influence on gun policies even outside the US. On his show Patriot Act, Hasan Minhaj detailed exactly how the NRA has been exporting gun culture around the world.

10:47:16 on 22 May

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Former SC Judge Justice Madan B Lokur, who has been seen as a close associate of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and was one of the four judges who spoke against former CJI Dipak Misra in an unprecedented press conference in 2018, has raised some serious questions against the handling of the allegations of sexual harassment against CJI Gogoi by a female staffer.

10:42:00 on 22 May

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Indian cricket team left for the World Cup 2019, starting on May 30 in England and Wales, on Wednesday. MS Dhoni, who led India to their second World Cup title in 2011, was spotted along with 14 others selected for the World Cup squad in official uniforms at the Mumbai airport. India will commence their World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.

10:37:21 on 22 May

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Ahead of the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections, the security of electronic voting machines has become the centre of controversy. 22 Opposition parties approached the EC over reports of supposedly suspicious EVM movements, while the EC dismissed allegations of EVMs being switched. A look at the arrangements made by the EC to secure the journey of an EVM.

10:32:17 on 22 May

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Ellen DeGeneres, an advocate for gay rights, has said she is proud of Indian sportswoman Dutee Chand, who opened up about her homosexuality recently and revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship. DeGeneres tweeted: “She’s the 100m record holder and the first openly gay sportsperson in India. I guess she knows a thing or two about being first. I’m so proud of her.”

10:25:49 on 22 May

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At a time when water levels in main reservoirs of the city have only 1% of their total capacity, borewells don’t have water even at 500 ft and residents are buying water at exorbitant rates, operators of private water tankers have decided to go on strike from Wednesday. Close to 4,500 tankers plying across Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur will stop supplying water.

10:17:13 on 22 May

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As the majority of exit polls predicted victory for the BJP-led NDA at the Centre, Twitter recorded nearly 5.6 lakh tweets related to exit polls in 24 hours, the company said. Twitter saw 560K Tweets talking about the Exit Polls in 24 hours, between 6:30 pm on Sunday 19th until 6:30 pm on Monday 20th May, across news commentators, opinion makers and Indian citizens.

10:12:30 on 22 May

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EC to Meet to Discuss Opposition's Demand

The Election Commission will meet on Wednesday at 10 am to discuss the demands made by the opposition leaders. The opposition leaders met the Election Commission (EC) with a demand that it should ensure transparency in the counting process by verifying EVM results with VVPATs. As many as 22 Opposition parties have given a memorandum to the Election Commission.

10:08:03 on 22 May

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US sportswear giant Nike said Tuesday it was withdrawing its latest shoe after Panama's indigenous Guna community accused it of "pirating" a protected traditional design. Lawyers for the Guna said the special-edition Air Force 1 model shoe sports a traditional "mola" design without their permission, flouting their intellectual property rights.

09:57:01 on 22 May

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We have seen how India and Pakistan had forced the World Cup out of England for the 1987 edition. There was a new sponsor, and the matches were shorter. But while these were impressive moves, they were nothing compared to the ones taken in 1992, when the tournament crossed the Equator for the first time. And why not? Was it not Australia that revolutionised the sport?

09:40:02 on 22 May

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Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo on Tuesday conceded a few demands put forward by a delegation of DMK office-bearers overcounting of votes slated for May 23. DMK organising secretary RS Bharathi said the CEO had agreed to the appointment of counting agents by the respective candidates for counting of VVPAT paper slips for each booth.

09:27:01 on 22 May

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On Sunday, when exit poll results were being telecast, the 78-year-old leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Sharad Pawar, was busy working the phone lines to reach out to leaders from three non-BJP parties that have largely remained away from the Opposition alliance talks so far. Pawar was getting in touch with the BJD, the TRS, and the YSRCP.

09:10:01 on 22 May

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A year after police killed 13 people protesting against pollution from a copper smelter in the southern port city, tensions within the community and between residents and the police are still running high. No officer has been arrested or charged in connection with the shootings, and a judicial commission set up to investigate has provided no updates on its progress.

08:57:01 on 22 May

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After much anticipation, Pixar has finally revealed their official trailer for Toy Story 4 and we are super nostalgic after watching it. For every millennial, the Toy Story series was one series that always managed to fill our hearts with happiness and make us smile. The old gang returns for a brand new adventure and we meet new characters and toys.

08:40:02 on 22 May

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The rumblings of discontent within the Kerala Congress (M), in connection with the election of party chairman and parliamentary party leader, are moving out of control of the leadership. Though senior leaders made all-out efforts to settle the issues between Mani and Joseph factions, the adamant stand taken by both the factions has escalated the crisis.

08:30:01 on 22 May

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Indian Railway seems to have not even planned to allot the near indigenously built semi high-speed train capable of clocking 160-200 kmph in the zone covering Tamil Nadu and Kerala any time soon. Rajesh Agarwal, member (Rolling stock), Railway Board (RB) on Tuesday revealed that they have not received requests to operate Train 18 from the state.

08:22:23 on 22 May

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Prasar Bharati and Google have joined hands for the election results day on May 23, providing for a dedicated live stream of the verdict of the Lok Sabha and state polls on YouTube. Google and Prasar Bharati will celebrate the biggest festival of democracy on May 23 by creating a dedicated live stream of the results on YouTube.

07:57:01 on 22 May

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England captain Eoin Morgan believes the tournament hosts have done everything they possibly could to get themselves ready for a tilt at the World Cup. One-day cricket has long been the poor relation of the international game in England in terms of status. But a humiliating first round exit at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, prompted a major rethink.

07:40:01 on 22 May

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A new education assessment model may soon find root in Tamil Nadu to help students to be competent and go beyond scoring marks alone. Aimed at improving learning assessment and redefine the objective of assessment itself, the SCERT has joined hands with the American Institute of Research and UNICEF to develop a road map to transform the existing assessment methodologies.

07:27:01 on 22 May

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India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket carrying radar imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2B lifted off from the first launch pad of the rocket port on Wednesday. About 15 minutes into the flight the rocket would eject the 615 kg RISAT-2B into about 555-km orbit. The satellite will be used for surveillance purposes.

07:10:02 on 22 May

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The exit poll results that have predicted a mammoth BJP win in the Lok Sabha elections have sent the opposition into a huddle. On a day 22 parties met the Election Commission with their set of demands before counting, a sideshow of bonhomie between Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal was also being played out.

06:57:01 on 22 May

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Twenty five years after Quentin Tarantino took Cannes by storm with “Pulp Fiction,” the maverick director returned with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” receiving a six-minute standing ovation at Tuesday’s glittering premiere. It’s one of the longest such receptions at this year’s festival. Tarantino seemed to relish the attention.

06:40:02 on 22 May

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Counting of votes polled in 38 Lok Sabha constituencies and by-elections in 22 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu will be taken up on May 23. Counting of postal ballots and pre-counting of ETPBS (Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballots) will start at 8 a.m. Each parliamentary constituency consists of six Assembly segments.

06:27:01 on 22 May

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While support for the return of the BJP appears visible, important regional variations are clearly discernible. Politically, the India of 2019 seems to have thrown up three regions: the North and West, which already has an entrenched BJP; the East and North East where the BJP is set to emerge as the central player and the South, which continues to remain aloof to the BJP.

06:10:01 on 22 May

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday discussed forging a non-BJP alliance after the results of the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday with Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) supremo HD Deve Gowda and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, a party official said. Naidu met Gowda and Kumaraswamy at the latter's residence.

05:57:01 on 22 May

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The importance of physical activity can't be undermined and a new study has given more reasons to follow an active lifestyle. The study has claimed that activities like walking and muscle strengthening were associated with significantly reduced risk of liver-related death. Chronic liver disease is increasing and there are no guidelines for the optimal type of exercise.

05:27:01 on 22 May

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Cooking oil is an essential ingredient of any meal. It is used in everything, from salads to the main courses. Since low-quality cooking oil might result in heart infections and cholesterol blockages, it becomes important to choose cooking oil which will ensure a healthy lifestyle. As a result, it is necessary to make a conscious choice while purchasing cooking oil.

04:57:02 on 22 May

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Handbag essentials for perfect summer

The scorching summer sun is not only a nightmare for the skin but it may also dampen your fashion spirit. The worry of skin damage may force you to opt for full coverage clothes. So, does it mean you should compromise on your style quotient? The answer is - No! Only a little effort is needed for style and skin protection to go hand-in-hand.

04:27:01 on 22 May

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While we all know that breastfeeding has innumerable health benefits for children, a new study now finds that the mother may also benefit from such an experience especially when they choose to breastfeed for a period longer than 2 years. A recent study stays, women who have opted to breastfed at some point in their lives are less likely to develop heart complications.

03:57:01 on 22 May

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Children who either walked or cycled to school had lower body fat and were less likely to be overweight or obese, a new study has found. Forty one million children under the age of five are overweight. Nearly half of the children under five who are overweight or obese in 2014 lived in Asia.

03:26:01 on 22 May

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Looking for quick and easy ways to dish out tempting summer desserts at home? Ice creams are no doubt an all-time favourite, but it could get quite cumbersome to carry out the whole process of ice cream making from scratch. So here's the next best thing for you and that's instant ice cream mixes.

02:56:01 on 22 May

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Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay have fabricated a wearable supercapacitor that can store and deliver large amount of electrical energy, exceeding other similar devices. The wearable energy storage device can be stitched on to any fabric and can deliver power ranging from microwatt to milliwatt.

02:25:01 on 22 May

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Close friendships are wonderful, allowing us to form deep connections with a select few people who act as our core support system. But we shouldn’t underestimate the friends and professional ties outside our inner circle, either. A recent New York Times piece made a great case for cultivating casual, low-stakes friendships.

01:55:01 on 22 May

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Regardless of whether you love to bake, you’ve probably tried your hand at a cake or two, or at least a batch of cookies or brownies. And if you read the recipe closely (a must!), you likely noticed that it called for your butter to be at a specific temperature. Some batters call for room temperature butter, while others call for melted or brown butter.

01:25:01 on 22 May

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Do you know that your everyday exposure to everyday harmful chemicals can land you into serious trouble? A recent study has found that people exposed to chemicals called Phthalates, increasing the risk of metabolic disorders. These findings suggest that more actions may need to be taken to reduce people’s exposure to these potentially harmful, yet commonly used chemicals.

12:57:01 on 22 May

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Five years ago, British street artist Banksy adorned the side of a once uninspiring white brick building in Bristol with the familiar image of a girl gazing out solemnly. The dank courtyard beneath the stencil has, like many other spots the mysterious artist has decorated in his purported home city in southwest England, become one of Britain's most photographed places.

12:27:01 on 22 May

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Almost half of the people who followed Juul Labs Inc on Twitter last year were not old enough to legally purchase e-cigarettes in the United States, according to a study published on Monday. Researchers analysed data collected in April 2018 on public followers of Juul’s Twitter account (@JUULvapor) with at least one public tweet.

11:57:01 on 21 May

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There’s probably no recipe that better showcases salt and pepper working in multiple ways and together than Chinese salt and pepper shrimp, an enticing dish of plump, moist fried shrimp with shells as shatteringly crispy and appealing to eat as fried chicken skin and a killer savoury-spicy flavour profile.

11:27:01 on 21 May

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The next government will take charge in New Delhi against the backdrop of many years of economic stability. The question it will have to ask itself is whether this is the calm before the storm. Indian voters put Narendra Modi in power five years ago. The Indian economy was then still struggling with high inflation, fiscal stress and a large current account deficit.

10:57:01 on 21 May

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Kannada Star Puneeth Rajkumar is currently busy shooting for Yuva Ratna, in which he plays the lead role. The shooting for the film has been going on for quite some time now and we hear that the next schedule is slated to happen in June. The team is gearing up for it and according to reports, scenes involving Puneeth Rajkumar will be shot in various colleges in Karnataka.

10:42:01 on 21 May

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It has been 27 years since Disney released the animation Aladdin Movie to the thrill of audiences around the world. A new Aladdin movie means a return to Hollywood’s perennial Arab problem. The cast of upcoming fantasy film Aladdin 2019 takes us through its making.

10:27:01 on 21 May

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Nine out of nine exit polls have predicted an outright victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party, with close to 300 seats. The key to the accuracy of an exit poll is that voters must be willing to tell the truth about their preferences to complete strangers. That, in turn, depends on a complex set of factors.

10:12:01 on 21 May

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With the general election results due on May 23, now is the best time to look back at the nature of the campaign, especially of the two major parties, and what it tells us about the state of Indian democracy. The BJP was clearly ahead in the campaign game. Whereas Congress had the advantage of being the opposition, and it is always easier to attack the incumbent.

09:55:02 on 21 May

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Sonam Kapoor Ahuja has arrived and how!

After Kangana and Deepika stunned at the red carpet, it was time for Sonam Kapoor Ahuja to do the same and as expected, the Veere Di Wedding actor nailed all the looks. Let’s start with the actor dressed in a customised ensemble from designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. The figure-hugging gown gave an impression of a cinematic goddess as the designers wanted.

09:42:01 on 21 May

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As temperatures rise all across the country, people are finding ingenious ways to beat the heat in this weather. But one resident in Ahmedabad is going viral online for beating the heat with one of a kind idea and it will be one of the most unique things that you witness today.

09:27:01 on 21 May

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Unlike the growing popularity of Tiktok and their feed featuring users remixing each other's clips or Snapchat's new Discover format, Instagram IGTV seems to have not had similar success since being launched. A TechCrunch report says that Instagram is revamping IGTV to be much more like a Snapchat and TikTok hybrid in an attempt to make it more popular.

09:25:01 on 21 May

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The 2019 Lok Sabha elections will go down in history as one that gravely damaged the pristine reputation of India’s Election Commission. The latest controversy to hit the EC is the protest by Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, who wants his dissenting opinions on clean chits to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to be put on record and made public.

09:12:02 on 21 May

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Another election has just nearly concluded. We may as well be getting ready to immerse ourselves into the next one. Before you realize, Maharashtra elections will be upon us and so will Haryana. But first, we need to make sense of what has happened in the 2019 battle. National media will never be able to decipher Modi.

08:55:02 on 21 May

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Vijay Sethupathi, recently seen playing a trans woman character in Super Deluxe, is currently for shooting SP Jananathan’s Laabam, which also stars Shruti Haasan as the leading lady. The film will be directed by Biju Vishwanath and produced by Vijay himself under the banner of Vijay Sethupathi Productions.

08:42:02 on 21 May

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Used gadget seller Cashify said it would launch in June an e-commerce platform to sell refurbished smartphones and other devices in India. The brand today has 23 offline kiosks across five cities for customers to sell their old smartphones instantly. Cashify is planning to open a chain of exclusive stores, the first one of which will be operational in Faridabad soon.

08:27:02 on 21 May

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If election results follow the direction shown by the exit polls, there would be accusations about the rigging of EVM machines. But irrespective of what the results are, there is one thing no one should have any confusion about: more than EVMs, it is the Hindu mind which has been effectively rigged.

08:12:01 on 21 May

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