• 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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  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Liquor ban in Bihar: Nitish Kumar’s poll promise to women comes at a high cost

    When the first phase of the Bihar assembly polls made it clear that women had outvoted men, political pundits looked into the reasons for it. Another reason was Nitish Kumar being able to create a constituency - a caste neutral one - among women in an otherwise casteist Bihar. Bicycle scheme for girls, 50 per cent reservation for women in panchayats, a gender budget and several women-centric moves have earned Nitish Kumar instant popularity.

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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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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