• Satanic Verses ban: Tewari backs Chidambaram

    New Delhi, Nov. 29 (ANI): Defending former Union Finance Minister of P. Chidambaram, who termed the decision to ban Salman Rushdie's 'The Satanic Verses' by former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi-led the Congress Government in 1989 "wrong", Congress leader Manish Tewari on Sunday said his senior party colleague was "correct". "We need to liberate ourselves from entire culture of proscribing books, periodical social media, and films," said Tewari. Speaking at Times Lit Fest here on Saturday Chidambaram had said: "I have no hesitation in saying that the ban on Salman Rushdie's book was wrong...Even 20 years back, I would have said the same thing." He said there was a lot of pressure on him to ban 'Saada Haq' moview, but he refused to go down that path.

  • Preity Zinta Breaks Silence On Her Wedding In January

    Bollywood actress Preity Zinta was recent making headlines as rumours suggested that she is all set to tie the knot in January 2016. Sources close to her had revealed that she is dating her American boyfriend Gene Goodenough and that things are getting pretty serious between the two. Well the dimple beauty has herself decided to break down the truth to all and for the same Preity Zinta took to her Twitter account.

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  • Indrani’s driver to CBI: She took 2-hr beauty break on day of murder

    “Jagah dekhkar madam boli Sheena ke liye achha jagah hain (Seeing the spot, madam said this is a good spot for Sheena)”. On April 23, 2012, Shyam Rai recalls a recce outing, cruising through Pen where Indrani Mukerjea asked him to stop at a point. Flanked by a hillock and a forest bush on one side, and a stream on the other, it was a calm Indrani who confirmed the location for Sheena, he says.

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  • ‘Hang Ujjal Dosanjh for treason before charging Aamir Khan with sedition’

    Aamir shared his pain and anxiety about the "disquiet...despondency" abroad the land of India. For that he has been charged with sedition. It is shocking that in today's Indian democracy, an Indian - be it Aamir, Shah Rukh or Girish Karnad - can't freely discuss their feelings and ideas without being threatened bodily harm and death, told to leave the country or charged with sedition. No Indian - Modi, Aamir or any other - needs to prove his/her patriotism.

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  • Tamasha box office collections: Deepika Padukone starrer day 1 occupancy rate at 40%

    Tamasha box office collections have started on positive note with Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor starrer opening on a decent note with the occupancy rate during morning shows at an approximate 40%. Deepika and Ranbir performances have come in for praise, according to first reports. Tamasha was a highly anticipated movie and the crowds are heading to theatres in droves on day 1 - Tamasha released today in theatres.

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  • No written exam for police recruitment, announces CM Akhilesh Yadav

    Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Saturday announced that there will be no written examinations for recruitments in police and the selection will done on the basis of marks obtained by the applicants in high school and intermediate examinations. “There will be no written examination for police recruitment. Addressing a function here to flag off 500 ambulances under Samajwadi Ambulanace Seva Scheme at his residence here, Akhilesh launched a veiled attack on BJP saying those who were ahead in publicity have been exposed and people would “give second chance only to those who work”.

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  • Obama and daughters purchase prose and ice pops on Small Business Saturday

    By Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took his teenage daughters Malia and Sasha shopping on Saturday for books and a sweet treat to promote Small Business Saturday, an annual event designed to boost holiday shopping at mom-and-pop shops. In the tiny Upshur Street Books in northwest Washington, the casually dressed Obama and his daughters browsed for books with the help of the store manager, Anna Thorn. The Obamas bought nine books that spanned age brackets, including three young-adult novels by Cynthia Voigt, “Purity: A Novel” by Jonathan Franzen, “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel” by Salman Rushdie, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8” by Jeff Kinney, and “Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life” by Rachel Renée Russell.

  • Nitish-Lalu ego clash to bring mid-term poll in Bihar: LJP supremo Ram Vilas Paswan - News18.com

    LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday said the Grand Alliance (GA) will not complete its full term and force

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  • Gold dips to near 6-year low, set for 6th straight weekly drop

    Gold dipped to its lowest level in nearly six years on Friday and was heading for a sixth straight weekly decline under pressure from a firm dollar and prospects of a U.S. interest rate rise next month. Spot gold hit $1,055.99 an ounce, its lowest since February 2010, and was down 1.5 percent at $1,057.27 by 1314 GMT. U.S. gold futures also fell 1.3 percent to $1,055.90 an ounce and were also headed for a sixth consecutive weekly decline.

  • Intolerable Intolerance

    Rahul Gandhi’s question malfunction in a Bengaluru college is still being probed by the media, and his party spokespeople had to scramble to defend it as evidence of the Congress’s tolerance of dissent. Why he chose to punctuate an address which was humming along nicely with rhetorical questions about Swachh Bharat is mystifying. While the public is now blasé about the campaign and dissatisfaction with the cess to fund it has just begun to bite, younger people have been positively influenced by Swachh Bharat communications.

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  • Varun Dhawan Confirms Shah Rukh Khan Will Promote 'Dilwale' On 'Bigg Boss 9'

    Bigg Boss 9 will see history being created as it will be the first season of the show, which will see Shah Rukh Khan and host Salman Khan sharing the stage. While rumour mills have been rife with reports, since quite some time, that SRK will visit the Bigg Boss house to promote his next Dilwale, his co-star Varun Dhawan has now confirmed the rumours. At the launch of Dilwale's song Manma Emotion Jaage, which features Kriti Sanon and Varun Dhawan, when asked about their Bigg Boss plans, the latter said, "Me and Kriti might enter the house a little early and we go on November 28 with Manma.

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  • Australia bowlers shine on day-night test's debut

    By Ian Ransom ADELAIDE (Reuters) - New Zealand's pacemen struck back with two late wickets under the floodlights at Adelaide Oval but Australia's bowlers shined in the sun as the inaugural day-night test opened on Friday. Batsmen had spoken of the pink ball with trepidation in the leadup to the historic match and 12 wickets tumbled in front of a festive crowd of 47,441. After winning the toss, New Zealand squandered a positive start with poor shot selection to be dismissed cheaply for 202 early in the twilight of the late session of the third and final test.

  • Andhra MP Mitun Reddy booked for 'slapping' Air India official

    Tirupati/ New Delhi, Nov. 27 (ANI): YSR Congress MP Mithun Reddy was booked on Friday for allegedly slapping an Air India official at the Tirupati Airport after the latter refused to accept the MP and his relatives on the flight for which boarding had been closed. Reddy, however, denied the charge and has instead accused the Air India official of misbehaving with him. The incident occurred yesterday when Reddy reached the Tirupati airport about 20 to 25 minutes before flight's departure time with some of his relatives to board a flight to Delhi.

  • 45 acres ‘encroached’ by Shiv Sena, BJP-run private clubs: Mumbai Congress chief

    Calling the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) record on protecting Mumbai’s open spaces a farce, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam Friday accused the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party, who have been controlling the civic body for over two decades, of encroaching 45 acres prime open space meant for public use. Of the 1,200 acres marked as compulsory open spaces — either ‘recreation grounds’ (RGs) or ‘playgrounds’ (PGs) in BMC terminology — 45 acres have been occupied for over 20 years through private clubs run by the Sena and BJP’s leaders including MPs, MLAs and former MLAs, said Nirupam. “Whether it is Matoshree club in Jogeshwari or the Kamla Vihar club in Borivali, the Dahisar foundation premises or the Poisar gymkhana, these have all been literally grabbed by the Sena-BJP leaders,” said Nirupam.

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  • 'I have the best job in the world': What it takes to be a master taster at the Jack Daniel distillery

    When the great-grand niece of Jack Daniel, applied to be a whiskey taster at the Jack Daniel...

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  • Top 10 quotes from PM Modi’s speech on the Constitution in LS

    Addressing the Lok Sabha on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said 'India first' is the only religion of his government and Constitution is the only holy book while asserting his commitment to work for the welfare of people of all sections and religions. 2. If Constitution simply becomes a document to be followed by the Govt then democracy will suffer, that's why it needs to reach the roots. 3. Don't remember any PM saying from the Red Fort that this nation is what it is due to contribution of all Govts & PMs.

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  • Experts optimistic Tut's tomb may conceal Egypt's lost queen

    By Eric Knecht LUXOR, Egypt (Reuters) - Chances are high that the tomb of Ancient Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun has passages to a hidden chamber, which may be the last resting place of the lost Queen Nefertiti, experts said on Saturday. There is huge international interest in Nefertiti, who died in the 14th century B.C. and is thought to be Tutankhamun's stepmother, and confirmation of her final resting place would be the most remarkable Egyptian archaeological find this century. Discovery of Nefertiti, whose chiselled cheek-bones and regal beauty were immortalised in a 3,300-year old bust now in a Berlin museum, would shed fresh light on what remains a mysterious period of Egyptian history.

  • Delhi HC to police: Why hide behind trees to challan violators

    The city’s traffic police came under fire from Delhi High Court over traffic snarls in the city, during a hearing on a PIL regarding air pollution Friday. The bench of Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked why traffic police personnel “hid behind trees” to challan traffic violators instead of standing visibly on the road to ensure that violations did not occur. The bench had earlier observed that traffic congestion was a major source of air pollution in the capital.

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  • Mumbai Metro tariff to increase by a maximum of Rs 5 from December 1

    The Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), which has built and operates Mumbai first Metro on a public private partnership basis, has decided to increase the tariff of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro by a maximum of Rs 5. The new tariff structure would be effective December 1, and comes four months after a Union government-constituted Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) recommended a fare structure of Rs 10-110 for the 11.4-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro. Instead of the prevalent four distance-wise fare slabs on he 11.4-km corridor with a tariff structure of Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 30 and Rs 40, commuters will have to from December 1 pay as per five slabs.

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  • Satya Nadella to visit Hyderabad next month

    Hyderabad, Nov 28 (IANS) Microsoft Corporation CEO Satya Nadella will visit his home town Hyderabad next month, an official said on Saturday. A Telangana government official told IANS that Nadella will be visiting the city in December. Nadella is likely to meet Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and also his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N. Chandrababu Naidu besides visiting the Microsoft India Development Centre here.

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