• Behind closed doors: Sonia Gandhi spoke the most, GST bill might soon be approved - Firstpost

    It was Congress President Sonia Gandhi who did most of the talking during the 45-minute meeting with Narendra Modi on Friday evening. It was to her that the prime minister and his two senior ministers, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, responded and did all the explaining on the sticky points of the Goods and Services Tax Bill. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, who accompanied Sonia to the prime minister’s official residence at 7 Race Course Road, mostly sat quietly through the meeting. The impression which the three top ruling leaders got from Singh’s limited response was that he didn’t think that the Congress’s objections had much merit and were viable.

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  • Tamasha review: Deepika is luminous, Ranbir is powerful but this Imtiaz Ali film is neither - Firstpost

    Imtiaz Ali and Ranbir Kapoor’s second collaborative effort, Tamasha, is a bit of an enigma. It reveals less about its two protagonists than it withholds. It is tightfisted about emotional outflow. But still creates a very dramatic case history for its protagonists. Many parts of the film read (and I deliberately use this word in place of ‘look’) like newly-done miniature paintings posted on ancient walls that have many stories to tell…the walls, not the newly placed paintings. A quality of newly-assumed angst hovers over the lives of the protagonists, Ved and Tara, who are wretchedly unhappy in the way Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone could never be in their last outing together. In Yeh Jawani

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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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  • Mumbai gangrape seen by victim's aunt on WhatsApp

    Four pupils from an Indian high school have been detained after a clip showing them gang-raping a younger student was seen by the victim's aunt after being circulated on WhatsApp, police said Friday. The traumatised 15-year-old had kept quiet about the assault at the beginning of the month in Mumbai after being threatened with reprisals by her attackers who then uploaded the clip on the video messaging service. "The aunt rushed to the girl's home after seeing the clip on WhatsApp and the girl broke out of her shell to narrate the whole story.

  • 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.

  • Ravi Shastri flays pitch critics

    India team director Ravi Shastri sees nothing wrong in tests finishing inside three days and suggested South Africa could expect another rank turner in the fourth and final fixture in Delhi next week. India humbled South Africa with two days to spare in the series-opener at Mohali before repeating the feat in another dustbowl in Nagpur on Friday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series against the world's top ranked test team. Forty wickets tumbled in Nagpur with Indian opener Murali Vijay's 40 the top individual score in the low-scoring contest that followed the rained-out second test in Bangalore.

  • 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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  • Aamir Khan’s answer at RNG awards an innocent one: PK director Rajkumar Hirani

    Coming out in support of under fire actor Aamir Khan, director Rajkumar Hirani stoutly defended his 'PK' star. When we asked Raju for his take on Aamir Khan's statement, the director said, "Aamir Khan didn't call for a press conference. For Raju, the most distressing factor was linking Aamir's statements to his Muslim identity.

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  • 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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  • 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.

  • '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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  • 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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  • 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.

  • Sheena Bora Murder- Peter Mukerjea undergoes lie detection test to verify claims

    Former media baron Peter Mukerjea, an accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, was Saturday subjected to a polygraph test by the CBI to “verify” his statements. CBI sources claimed that the test became necessary as Peter purportedly changed his version a number of times on key aspects of the murder mystery and his answers were not convincing. Peter, 60, was taken to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) Saturday morning for questioning. Sources said only scientists and Peter were present in the room when the test was carried out. The list of questions was handed over to the CFSL expert who carried out the examination.

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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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  • Railways to sign two JV deals for loco production

    Electric Locomotive Factory at Madhepura and Diesel Locomotive Factory at Marhowra - are worth Rs.40,000 crore. Earlier this month, Indian Railways was awarded letters of acceptance for setting up these two modern locomotive factories. While the contract for the Marhowra factory has been awarded to US' GE Global Sourcing India, the contract for Madhepura has been awarded to France's Alstom Manufacturing India.

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  • Most Indian companies and MNCs are not compliant with 'Sexual Harassment Act 2013': FICCI

    New Delhi, Nov 27 (ANI): According to the National Commission for Women (NCW), there is a noticeable rise in sexual harassment at the workplace. From 249 complaints (reported) of sexual harassment at work place in the year 2013, the same doubled in the year 2014 to 526 complaints. Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 aims to provide protection against sexual harassment of women at the workplace and the prevention and redressal of complaints of sexual harassment and for connected matters.

  • Brazil to sue BHP, Vale for $5 billion in damages for dam burst

    Brazil's federal and state governments plan to sue the owners of the Samarco iron ore miner for 20 billion reais ($5.24 billion)in damages caused by the burst of a tailings dam, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told reporters on Friday. Samarco is a joint venture between the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton Ltd (BHP.AX) (BHP.N) (BLT.L), and the biggest iron ore miner, Vale SA (VALE5.SA) (VALE.N). Teixeira said the suit will be filed on Monday.