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18-Aug-2017 Chennai

Vijay's 'Mersal' gets Twitter emoji

Tamil superstar Vijay's upcoming Tamil action film "Mersal" will be the first south Indian film to get an emoji on Twitter.Vijay announced the news on his Twitter account on Friday."'Mersal' emoji from tomorrow. All the songs to have the emoji as well," Vijay...

18-Aug-2017 New Delhi

Samsung A5, A7 prices cut ahead of festive season

South Korean tech giant Samsung has cut prices for its bestselling ‘Galaxy A5 and A7 smartphones (both 2017 variants) ahead of the festive season in India.'Galaxy' A5 (Rs 26,900) and A7 (Rs 30,900) would now cost Rs 22,900 and Rs 25,900, respectively.The phones...

18-Aug-2017 New Delhi

Arun Jaitley asks states to reduce VAT on petroleum products

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday urged states to reduce VAT on petroleum products due to concerns regarding the rise in input costs due to the transition to GST regime."The letter by Finance Minister to Chief Ministers highlights the concern being raised...

18-Aug-2017 New Delhi

Xiaomi Mi Max 2: Affordable phablet for content consumption

After launching three smartphones in India till May this year, Chinese technology giant has unveiled the upgraded version of its last year's phablet 'Mi Max'.Much like its predecessor, 'Xiaomi Mi Max 2' has a 6.44 screen but a bigger battery. Playing its cards...

18-Aug-2017 Chandigarh

Punjab Police try to catch up as gangsters run amok on social media

With gangsters in Punjab openly using social media platforms to highlight their criminal activities, challenging each other and the law enforcers, and updating their status even from inside prisons, the Punjab Police have finally woken up to the need to tackle...

18-Aug-2017 Patna (Bihar)

Bihar flood toll reaches 119

Nearly one crore people have been affected by the Bihar floods that have claimed 119 lives so far, an official said on Friday.The Bihar disaster management department official said over 98 lakh people in 1,532 panchayats under 139 blocks in 16 districts have...

18-Aug-2017

'VIP 2: Lalkar': High on drama, low on emotions

This film suffers from sequel fatigue but unlike its prequel, this is not really an underdog story.Taking off from where it left in its prequel, the 2014 released "VIP", it is the tale of the jobless, yet conscientious engineer, Raghuvaran (Dhanush).He is...

18-Aug-2017

'Bareilly ki Barfi': An endearing rom-com worth tasting

"Bareilly ki Barfi" is a sweet and delectable romance which begins on a predictable and somewhat placid note, but takes on an interesting hue owing to the sudden twist the tale embarks upon and turning into a love triangle.Bitti Mishra (Kriti) is the only child...

18-Aug-2017 Chennai

Challenging to make space film within commercial set up : Shakti Rajan

Director Shakti Soundar Rajan, who is currently busy with the post-production work on Tamil cinema's first space film "Tik Tik Tik", says it was challenging for him to explore the genre within the commercial cinema format."In this genre, to crack a story that...

18-Aug-2017 Mumbai

'For insulting PM, Manohar Parrikar should lose Goa by-polls'

Accusing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of "insulting" Prime Minister Narendra Modi, NDA-ally Shiv Sena on Friday "prayed" for his defeat in the upcoming assembly by-poll which he is contesting.It also took strong umbrage at Parrikar's reported statement...

18-Aug-2017 New Delhi

Kunal Kapoor's 'The Sweet BreakUp' is all about mithai without sugar

As the festive season approaches, celebrity chef Kunal Kapoor has loads of good news for those who complain that Indian mithai is overly sweet and high on calories. He's been able to eliminate the sugar and yet keep the taste and the science involved in...

18-Aug-2017 Kolkata

Is Congress-Trinamool moving towards an alliance in Bengal?

Is West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress and the Congress moving towards an alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls? The chain of recent events could be a pointer to this, but leaders of both parties are still hedging their bets with polls still far...

18-Aug-2017 New Delhi

Of mystery, spying and ghosts

Flick through a mysterious tale around a killer who has terrorised the residents of Chicago; read a thrilling book featuring legendary spy, assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon; go through a collection of classic ghost stories; and, finally, a searing,...

18-Aug-2017 Chennai

Tamil lyricist Madhan Karky pens first Telugu song

Known for penning popular Tamil songs such as "Enamo Aedho", "Ladio" and "Mei Nigara", popular lyricist Madhan Karky on Friday said that he has written his first Telugu song for upcoming Mahesh Babu starrer "Spyder"."Penned my first Telugu song for ‘Spyder'....

18-Aug-2017 Chennai

No clarity yet on release of Nenjam Marappathillai'

Filmmaker Selvaraghavan on Friday said he is still unsure about the release of his highly anticipated Tamil horror-thriller "Nenjam Marappathillai", which was originally scheduled to hit the screens last year."Deeply touched by all your queries about release of...

18-Aug-2017 Mumbai

Haven't thought about styling for films : Anavila Misra

Designer Anavila Mishra of the brand Anavila says she enjoys the process of creating collections and has not thought about styling in films."We have actually worked on looks of one of the leading ladies, who is coming... I can't reveal that right now but I love...

18-Aug-2017 New York

Facebook to reduce video clickbait from News Feed

After Facebook launched three updates earlier this year to reduce clickbait content on its platform, the company has announced two more updates to limit video clickbait posts from appearing in the News Feed.Video clickbaits are those posts that have fake video-play...

18-Aug-2017 Mumbai

Gaurav Jai Gupta's show, a burst of fabrics

Designer Gaurav Jai Gupta's show that was supported by the Australian Foreign Affairs and Trade departments made a strong fashion statement with a variety of fabrics that had its characteristic touches on clothes.Gupta's show for his label 'Akaaro' was an innovative...

18-Aug-2017 Mogadishu

Six injured in landmine blast in Somalia

At least six people were injured following a roadside landmine explosion outside a restaurant here in Somalia's Wardhigley district, the media reported.The mine went off on Thursday evening targeting people who were seated at the front side of a coffee...

18-Aug-2017 Barcelona

13 killed, 100 injured in Spain attack, IS claims responsibility

The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for an attack in which a van ran over pedestrians here in Las Ramblas boulevard. At least 13 persons were killed and more than 100 injured.Confirming the death toll, Head of Catalonia's Regional Interior...

17-Aug-2017 Mogadishu

US air strikes kills 7 Al-Shabaab militants

The US military confirmed that its special forces conducted three precision airstrikes in Somalia on Wednesday night, killing seven Al-Shabaab fighters.The US Africa Command (Africom) said on Thursday that the joint operation with Somalia security forces...

17-Aug-2017

Over 100 minors killed in Sierra Leone floods, mudslides

At least 109 children were among the more than 300 people who were killed in the deadly floods and mudslides that swept through Sierra Leone earlier in the week, a UN agency said.The number could grow as search and rescue operations are ongoing and over...

17-Aug-2017 New Delhi

Army chief Bipin Rawat to visit Ladakh

Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat will on Sunday begin a three day visit to Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh, which saw a scuffle and stone-throwing between Indian and Chinese troops, informed sources said.Gen. Rawat will review the security in the area, and also grant...

17-Aug-2017 Panaji

Goa's Catholics not apprehensive about beef ban : Manohar Parrikar

Goan Catholics are not apprehensive about the beef ban issue in the state's Goan context, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday.He was responding to a query if in course of his campaign for the Panaji by-poll, Catholic voters had expressed their...

17-Aug-2017 Mumbai

I am firmly in saddle, asserts Devendra Fadnavis

Categorically dismissing all speculation, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday asserted that he will continue in his post "till Delhi beckons.""There are reports that I am shifting to New Delhi. I want to say that there is no such plan, at least...

17-Aug-2017 Shopian

Three held, arms, ammunition seized in J&K

Three persons were arrested in Jammu & Kashmir's Bandipora district on Thursday and recovered arms and ammunition from them, police said.The arrests and the seizure were made by a joint army and police team in Sumbal area of Bandipora, a police officer...

17-Aug-2017 New Delhi

Not the first time Goel got DDA land : Saurabh Bharadwaj

In the wake of media report on Union Minister Vijay Goel being an alleged beneficiary of DDA land allotment, the AAP on Thursday said it was not the first time that he was recepient of such favours from the authority.The party said it will launch a daily...

17-Aug-2017 Noida

Cultural Extravaganza Celebrates the Spirit of New India Movement

The cultural extravaganza celebrating the spirit of New India Movement in the ongoing ‘SankalpParva-Sankalp Se siddhi’ (Attainment through Resolve) - a Sankalp Sandhya was organised by the Ministry of Culture today at Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra Auditorium...

17-Aug-2017 Chandigarh

Ensure justice to common man – SAD Patron and President tell Cong govt

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron Parkash Singh Badal and president Sukhbir Singh Badal today took asked the Congress government to ensure justice to the common man as well as political opponents, saying rule of law seemed to have vanished in the State which had...

17-Aug-2017 Kolkata

Bus services resume in flood-hit Bengal

Bus services to and from northern West Bengal, which is reeling under floods, resumed on Thursday even as the situation continued to be "serious" in certain districts, a minister said."Bus services have resumed today (Thursday). At least 24 buses are plying...

17-Aug-2017 New Delhi

NHAI launches mobile App MyFASTag and FASTag Partner

National Highways Authority of India launched two mobile Apps – MyFASTag and FASTag Partner in New Delhi today, to facilitate the availability of FASTags for Electronic Toll Collection.  Speaking on the occasion the NHAI Chairman Shri Deepak Kumar said the...

17-Aug-2017 New Delhi

Dr. Harsh Vardhan Launches “Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali” Campaign

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, launched the “Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali” campaign, here today.  Addressing a gathering of about 800 children from schools of Delhi and NCR, the Minister impressed upon the...

17-Aug-2017 Jammu

Upgraded Passenger Terminal Building of Jammu Airport Inaugurated

The upgraded passenger terminal building of Jammu Airport was inaugurated by Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir today. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Raju, said, “We...

17-Aug-2017 Accra

M.J. Akbar kicks off 'Namaskar Africa 2017' in Ghana

India has a different approach in its developmental relationship with other countries as it believes in sharing knowledge without any hidden agenda, Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar said at the opening of a two-day "Namaskar Africa 2017" India-West...

17-Aug-2017 Mumbai

Equities close marginally higher; IT stocks keep sentiments buoyed

After a volatile day of trade, the key Indian equity indices on Thursday closed on a flat note though continuing their streak of gains for the third consecutive session on the back of healthy buying in IT, Teck (technology, media and entertainment) and metal...

17-Aug-2017 Patna (Bihar)

In a first, Mithila Paag featured on postal stamp

The central government has for the first time issued a postal stamp featuring Mithila Paag (turban) in recognition of the age-old cultural symbol."Stamping the cultural identity and heritage of Mithila Paag by the postal department is a great honour to Mithilanchal...

17-Aug-2017 New Delhi

Acer launches 'Predator Helios 300' gaming laptop in India

Taiwanese electronics giant Acer on Thursday launched the 15.6-inch Full-HD gaming laptop, Predator Helios 300, in India that will be available at a starting price of Rs 1,29,999 on Flipkart from Friday.The two variants of the laptop feature overclockable NVIDIA...

17-Aug-2017 New Delhi

MSI launches three gaming laptops in India

Taiwan-based hardware manufacturer MSI on Thursday launched three gaming laptops -- 'GT75VR Titan', 'GE63VR' and 'GE73VR Raider' -- in India.'GT75VR Titan' is priced at Rs 324,990, while 15-inch 'GE63VR' and 17-inch 'GE73VR' of 'Raider' series are priced at Rs 149,990...

17-Aug-2017 New Delhi

India faces threat from inside, not outside : Dr. Farooq Abdullah

Attacking the BJP-led central government, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said that India faces threat from within and not from outside."We don't face any threat from outside, whether it is China and Pakistan. We are capable of handling...

17-Aug-2017 Mumbai

Rajkummar Rao doesn't have any bad habits : Ayushmann Khurrana

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana says his "Bareilly Ki Barfi" co-star Rajkummar Rao doesnt have any bad habits."He doesn't have any bad habit. He is a good boy. He is a typical ‘Raja-beta' -- a good boy, focused, doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, doesn't have non-vegetarian,...

17-Aug-2017 Patna (Bihar)

Tejashwi Yadav demands CBI probe into Rs 1,000 cr scam

Bihar's Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday demanded a CBI probe into the Rs 1,000 crore Srijan scam, in which government funds were transferred to private accounts between 2005 and 2013 when BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi was the Finance Minister."It...

17-Aug-2017 Bagaha/Purnea (Bihar)

Thousands living under open sky in flood-hit Bihar

Sundari Devi and her family of seven, including an elderly mother-in-law and children, are struggling to survive along an elevated road here for the last three days.Authorities have failed to provide them a polythene or plastic sheet. Their roof is the sky.Sundari...

17-Aug-2017 Chandigarh

‘Jora 10 Numbaria’ Team Releases The Music Of The Film

When a man decides that he will do things the way he wants, nobody can stop him and if he owns the power he is unstoppable. Film ‘Jora 10 Numbaria’ is based on four P’s that is Politics, Power, Police and Punjab. The film is produced by Amardeep Singh Gill...

17-Aug-2017 Chandigarh

Matter Of Injustice By Sarpanch With Tehal Singh

The Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission acting on a complaint by one Tehal Singh S/o Ajaib Singh R/o Village Bawali Khurd, Tehsil Khamanon, District Fatehgarh Sahib has directed the Deputy Commissioner Fatehgarh Sahib to probe the matter and send a...

17-Aug-2017 Srinagar

Chief Secretary, B B Vyas review implementation of AMRUT in JK

Chief Secretary, B B Vyas Thursday chaired the State Level High Power Steering Committee (SLHPSC) meeting here to review the status of implementation of AMRUT in J&K and to approve DPRs cleared by State Level Technical Committee (SLTC).The Committee took...

17-Aug-2017 Kupwara

Zaffar Ali reviews progress on Tribal Sub Plan in Kupwara

Vice Chairman Tribal Affairs, Choudhary Zaffar Ali today conducted an extensive tour of Kupwara to review progress of various development works and Action Plan under Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub Plan (SCA to TSP) in the district.District Development...

17-Aug-2017 Kishtwar

Bali Baghat chairs Kishtwar DDB review meeting

Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Baghat, who is also the chairman of District Development Board Kishtwar, today chaired a DDB review meeting.The Chairman reviewed the implementation of decisions taken in the board meeting besides taking stock of...

17-Aug-2017 Srinagar

Chairman Legislative Council constitutes House Panels for 2017-18

Chairman, J&K Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali has constituted various Department Standing Committees (DRCs)/House Committees for the year 2017-18.As per the notification issued by the Council Secretariat, the DRC-I has been constituted under the Chairmanship...

17-Aug-2017 Baramulla

Chief Justice visits Baramulla, takes stock of functioning of courts

Chief Justice, Jammu and Kashmir, Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed today visited Baramulla and inaugurated Conference Hall and Lawyers Chambers at the District Court Complex here as well as new complex of Munsiff Court at Boniyar.Minister for Law and Justice Abdul...

17-Aug-2017 Srinagar

I am representing students in Govt : Syed Altaf Bukhari

Stressing that welfare of students remains a top priority of his Government, Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today  said that his role is to defend and represent the interests of the students. The Minister made these remarks during the...

17-Aug-2017 Leh

Governor visits Ladakh Garrison, Briefed by 14 Corps Commander

Governor N.N. Vohra visited 14 Corps Hqrs, Leh, where he was briefed by Lt. Gen PJS Pannu, Corps Commander.Lt. Gen. Pannu briefed Governor about the overall situation along the LoC and LaC which fall within the Area of Responsibility of this Corps and also about...

17-Aug-2017 Leh

Governor participates in Special National Integration Camp at Leh

Governor N.N.Vohra today visited Leh to participate in the Special National Integration Camp (SNIC) organised here by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Directorate of J&K. About 200 NCC cadets from various parts of the country are participating in this SNIC....

17-Aug-2017 Bandipora

ADC flags-off walkathon at Bandipora

A walkathon comprising hundreds of students, teachers, traders and government officials was flagged-off by Additional Deputy Commissioner Bandipora at S.K Sports Stadium here today.The walkathon was aimed to disseminate awareness among general public regarding...

17-Aug-2017 Kulgam

ADDC Kulgam inaugurates Net Ball tournament

Additional District Development Commissioner today inaugurated 3 days Inter District Net Ball under 17 & 19 tournaments here in the Sports Stadium Kulgam. The programme was organized by District Youth Services and Sports department Kulgam.The tournament saw...

17-Aug-2017 Srinagar

Tourism Deptt organizes FAM tour of travel agents to CITH Rangreth

In a bid to promote farm tourism, the department of Tourism (Kashmir) today organized a FAM trip of the Valley’s tour operators and houseboat owners to Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (CITH), Rangreth.Director CITH Desh Beer Singh along with...

17-Aug-2017 Srinagar

ill-equipped, understaffed Dept deal with fires

With increase in fire incidents, the Fire Department of Jammu and Kashmir is ill-equipped to handle fire incidents in the state.There has been rising incidents of fire in the state. Every day, the fire incidents get reported across the state. The Jammu and...

17-Aug-2017 Srinagar

Pulwama shuts against Ayoub Lelhari killing

A spontaneous shutdown was observed in Pulwama district against the killing of Lashkar-e-Toiba District commander Ayub Lelhari who was killed in an brief gunfight with forces on Wednesday afternoon.Shops and other commercial establishments were closed...

17-Aug-2017 Jammu

Mahila Congress protest against price rise

Scores of activists of Mahila Congress under the leadership of Pradesh Mahila Congress president Indu Pawar, held protest demonstration outside Press Club of Jammu against ‘unprecedented’ hike in the prices of essential commodities.The protesting activists...

17-Aug-2017 Budgam

Chadoora shuts for 4th consecutive day

After the killing of Hizb Commander Muhammad Yasin Itoo alias Mehmood Ghaznavi, police have arrested scores of youth mostly students from different parts of Chadoora town in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district, locals told news agency CNS.Ghaznavi, a resident...

17-Aug-2017 New Delhi

BJP, RSS trying to change Constitution : Rahul Gandhi

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday launched a stinging attack on the Modi government and the RSS, accusing them of trying to change the Constitution, and urged all opposition parties to fight them unitedly."After independence, (Jawaharlal) Nehruji,...

17-Aug-2017 San Francisco

Facebook shuts down chat platform used to 'harass' employees

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shut down an anonymous online chat platform in late 2016 after it was increasingly used to talk about the US presidential candidates and 'harass' the company's employees, media reported on Thursday.Initially launched in 2015 for employees...

17-Aug-2017 Mumbai

Don't want to alienate elder people: Masaba on youth friendly brand

Masaba Gupta's designs are perhaps more relatable to the young crowd, given the edgy and quirky look. The designer agrees, but says she makes sure not to consider a certain age group in mind while making collections."We are a very youth friendly brand, but...

17-Aug-2017 Mumbai

Ajith's charisma is mind-blowing : Dhanush

Actor Dhanush has praised southern star Ajith, saying his charisma in the upcoming film "Vivegam" is mind blowing."Amazing 'Vivegam' trailer. Ajith sir's charisma is mind blowing. Can't wait. Max rage," Dhanush tweeted on Thursday.Directed by Siva, "Vivegam"...

17-Aug-2017 Mumbai

Ashwiny, I have a very mature understanding : Nitesh Tiwari

"Dangal" fame director Nitesh Tiwari says the understanding between him and his director wife Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari is very mature.Asked if there is any sense of competition between the them professionally, Nitesh said: "We are working together from many years...

17-Aug-2017

'Partition: 1947': Partially riveting

Internationally released as "Viceroy's House", this film gives us a glimpse of life during the tumultuous period before the emergence of India and Pakistan as independent nations in 1947.Based on two books and inspired from true events from her own family history, director...

17-Aug-2017 Los Angeles

Deepika Padukone out of Forbes' list of highest paid actresses

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has dropped out of Forbes magazines World's Highest-Paid Actresses 2017 list, which is led by Hollywood actress Emma Stone.Deepika, who was 10th in the 2016 list, has not been included this year despite having made her Hollywood...

17-Aug-2017

'Partition: 1947': Serves up delicate but powerful drama

At the end of Gurinder Chadha's breathtakingly beautiful parable on political propensity, we are told that the director's grandmother was one of thousands of victims of the savagery that followed the Partition of India into two sloppy badly-cut halves.Thankfully,...

17-Aug-2017 New Delhi

Real JD-U is led by Sharad Yadav : Ghulam Nabi Azad

The faction led by Sharad Yadav is the "real" and secular JD-U while the group led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is "completely drowned in the BJP", senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Thursday.Speaking at the 'Save Composite Culture'...

17-Aug-2017 London

High-intensity exercise may help combat diabetes risk

Indulging in high-intensity interval training may be an efficient, effective way of reducing the risk of developing diabetes, especially among women.Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose) and...

17-Aug-2017 Mumbai

'Bareilly Ki Barfi' is warm, delightful : Karan Johar

Filmmaker Karan Johar has praised the film "Bareilly Ki Barfi" and hs lauded the performances by actors Ayushmann Khurrana, Kriti Sanon and Rajkummar Rao."'Bareilly Ki Barfi' is warm, funny and delightful... The performances are superb! Dialogues have many laugh...

17-Aug-2017 Bengaluru

How satellites can prevent fatalities from landslides

Scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have sent spacecraft towards the Moon and Mars -- and now have their sights on Venus.But ISRO is yet to develop a satellite-based early warning system (EWS) for landslides like the one that buried 50 people...

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