• 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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  • 'We will bring back Aamir Khan if he goes out of India' - News18.com

    Days after actor Aamir Khan's 'intolerance' remarks kicked up a storm, Republican Party of India (RPI) leader Ramdas Athawale on

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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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  • New Zealand await clarification on DRS controversy

    By Ian Ransom ADELAIDE (Reuters) - New Zealand are awaiting clarification from the International Cricket Council regarding Nigel Llong's contentious third umpire decision in the day-night test against Australia after the ruling had an "impact" on the game, coach Mike Hesson has said. Llong's reprieve of Australia's Nathan Lyon on day two was widely criticised and sparked debate over the proper use of the decision review system. After Lyon survived the review for caught behind, Australia piled on 108 runs for their final two wickets to reel in New Zealand's lead and ultimately won the match by three wickets late on day three.

  • 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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  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

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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.

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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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  • India's first diabetes app hoping to 'revolutionise' lives

    By Pallavi Aman Singh New Delhi, Nov. 30 (ANI): With the launch of India's first diabetes app, the nation finally has a solution to make the lives of diabetics much easier and convenient in terms of tracking and analyzing their glucose levels. Created by the Indian start-up of the same name, Diabeto, launched on World Diabetes Day, is claimed to be the only app that facilitates the patients to track their blood glucose data and upload and store securely the diabetes data on to the cloud. Shreekant Pawar, Co-Founder says, "We have been working on this concept for four years now.

  • 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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  • Amid ‘strict VHP vigil’, cow sales at Pushkar down 94 per cent

    The famous cattle fair at Pushkar held earlier this month saw a drop in cow sales by 94 per cent over the past two years. The number of cows brought to the fair, an important event on the cattle trade calendar for its immense tourism value, saw a fall by 89 per cent during the same period, official data shows. In 2012-13, 4,270 govansh (the official umbrella term for cows, bulls and calves) were brought to the fair, while 2,178 were sold.

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  • Peter Mukerjea’s polygraph test: Questions mostly personal, few on money

    The CBI may have told a Mumbai court it suspected financial deals behind Sheena Bora’s murder, but when it subjected Peter Mukerjea — former media baron, her stepfather and an accused in the case — to a lie-detector test in New Delhi Saturday, he was asked few questions on money matters, sources claimed. “Only a few questions were on the INX News Pvt Ltd sale deal and if Peter or his wife Indrani opened any overseas account/s in Sheena’s name and parked their ‘ill-gotten’ gains in her account/s. Most questions tried to glean information on Peter’s possible role in the conspiracy,” a senior CBI officer said. “Did you and Indrani hatch the plot to kill Sheena?”, “Were you told about the murder after it was committed?”, “Did you lie to Rahul that Sheena was alive?” were among the questions posed to Peter at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in New Delhi.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Bengal sets up Sixth Pay Commission

    The decision comes eight days after the central government constitutes the Sixth Pay Commission for its staffers and other employees. With the state employees lagging far behind their central counterparts in the dearness allowance component of their salary, there was much pressure on the West Bengal government to set up the commission. Indian Statistical Institute professor Abhirup Sarkar, who is a noted economist, would head the pay panel, official sources said.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • SpiceJet to choose between Airbus and Boeing for plane order

    SpiceJet is in talks with Boeing and Airbus to buy more than 150 planes, the airline’s chairman said on Sunday, predicting he would decide which manufacturer to place the order with by the end of March 2016. Such an investment would cap a remarkable turnaround for India's second-biggest budget airline by market share, which came close to collapse late last year after running out of cash. Co-founder Ajay Singh subsequently bought back into the airline, acquiring a controlling stake.