• 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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  • Priyanka Chopra Reveals Who Was Finalised First For Bajirao Mastani - NDTV Movies

    Superstar Shah Rukh Khan's Dilwale and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani are set for a box office clash on December 18, but actress Priyanka Chopra feels the two films are not competing with each other as they are different in terms of content. The Rohit Shetty-directed film brings back iconic onscreen couple Shah Rukh and Kajol after five years. Bajirao Mastani stars Ranveer Singh as Maratha General Peshwa Bajirao I, Deepika Padukone as his second wife Mastani, while Priyanka plays the role of his first wife Kashibai. "I don't think we are competing. I think both are beautiful and different kind of films. The genres of both the films are different, made by two prolific filmmakers. It has

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  • Minor raped: Principal resigns on moral grounds after parents stage protest outside school

    A WEEK after three teachers of a school in Mira Road were arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl repeatedly for the past one year, hundreds of parents Saturday staged a protest outside the school demanding action against the principal for negligence. After a meeting with the school management, the principal of the primary school resigned and the trustees of the school issued a letter to the parents assuring that certain safety measures will be adopted.

    The Indian Express
  • I was betrayed, says guard at godown

    The 60-year-old security guard, Ram Saras, sheltered the accused through the night. He sat next to the cash for hours believing the boxes to be full of plastic As the cash van driver dreamt of a new future with the stolen money, his friend who sheltered him through the night sat next to the money for hours believing the boxes to be full of plastic. Ever since police raided the godown, its 60-year-old security guard, Ram Saras, is a bitter man. All because his friend Pradeep Shukla betrayed his trust. He says people in Okhla, where he is employed, now look at him with suspicion. “They murmur that I was involved. But I was unaware,” he says. Police, meanwhile, have given him a clean chit. Ram Saras

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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.

  • Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor starrer ‘Tamasha’ earns Rs. 24.04 cr in two days

    After Salman Khan's staggering collections with 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo', all attention is now focused on Imtiaz Ali's directorial, 'Tamasha', starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone.

    The Indian Express
  • Madrasa row: Was abused by ustad, says Kerala filmmaker Ali Akbar

    Challenging the claim of Sunni Muslim leader Kanthapuram Aboobacker Musliyar that Kerala madrasas were free from sexual abuse, a Malayalam film director said he was sexually exploited by an ustad (teacher) during his time in madrasa. Film director Ali Akbar said that when he studied in Class IV at a madrasa in Wayanad district, the then ustad had sexually abused him.

    The Indian Express
  • 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”.

    The Indian Express
  • India vs South Africa: Delhi government to honour stalwarts during fourth Test

    The Delhi government has decided to felicitate the stalwarts of the game on the occasion of fourth India vs South Africa Test at Feroz Shah Kotla.

    The Indian Express
  • Sultan Bazar traders observe bandh over metro route alignment

    Hyderabad, Nov 27 (PTI) Traders in Sultan Bazar of the city today observed a bandh against the Telangana Government’s decision to allow the elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail to pass through the area as per the original plan. As traders downed the shutters, some stretches of the bustling old commercial market wore a deserted look. They took to streets holding placards like ‘Save Sultan Bazar’ and ‘Keep Your Promise KCR; Save Sultan Bazar’. The businessmen alleged that sticking to the original alignment of Metro route, which passes through the Bazar, will result in loss of livelihood for them as it their establishments will get demolished. Sultan Bazar mainly comprises garment and textile shops. The

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  • 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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  • Table for one: Are single diners given a warm welcome?

    Gobbling down a greasy Chinese takeaway in the parking lot of a mall, occupying an obscure corner seat in a nameless Udupi restaurant or ordering a sandwich in the anonymity of her hotel room has never been her thing.

    The Indian Express
  • 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 ...

  • Government's gold bond scheme receives thumbs up with 63,000 applications

    New Delhi, Nov 29 (ANI): The first set of sovereign gold bonds that closed on November 20 received a positive response despite falling gold prices, suggesting that the scheme may be successful in reducing imports of the metal. The scheme received 63,000 applications for 917 kg of paper gold worth Rs. 246 crore with its opening on November 5. The Finance Ministry has said that the success augured well for the next set of gold bond sales and announced tweaks to improve the appeal of the struggling gold monetization scheme.

  • 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.

  • Air India might start Delhi-Washington flight: Minister

    New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) In a bid to expand its international operations, national passenger carrier Air India might start a direct flight between New Delhi and Washington DC. This was announced by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on the sidelines of an event to mark the launch of Air India's direct flight connecting New Delhi to San Francisco held on Friday evening. "Air India is actively pursuant to connect more Indian cities to the US," Raju told reporters.

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  • Nestle India slams charges, says Maggi 'Pazzta' 100% safe

    New Delhi, Nov. 28 (ANI): Nestle India has slammed charges regarding the lead content in its Maggi 'Pazzta' products and said that the pasta was 100% secure and safe to consume. The company asserted that they have not received any formal notification from UP authorities or Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) about any test result where their samples have failed the test regarding lead content beyond permissible limits. This controversy comes days after Nestle re-released Maggi Noodles after the FSSAI banned the product terming it "unsafe and hazardous" for human consumption.

  • 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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  • Diet diary: The natural alternatives to cholesterol-lowering drugs

    Statins are a group of cholesterol-lowering drugs, prescribed to prevent heart disease but increased awareness to their side effects has forced many individuals to look for natural alternatives. The natural statins work as adjuncts to conventional therapy for those with heart disease and those with high cholesterol, even in individuals for whom high cholesterol is familial.

    The Indian Express
  • Dubai Tourism to promote Kerala as tourist destination

    Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 28 (IANS) Dubai Tourism has decided to promote Kerala as a destination, a top official said after meeting Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday. Director of Dubai Tourism Majid Al Marri, on his first visit to Kerala along with his deputy, and Chandy had an aerial view of the tourism sites in and around the capital district for an hour. "We saw a bit of the places and the Jatayupara Adventure Park is impressive.