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A secret bank account is simply a regular bank account that people in your family aren’t aware of. You can open a bank account in any bank in your name with the required proofs of identification and the initial cash deposit. It can help women have more control over their finances without revealing their savings to their husbands, families.

04:55:01 on 21 Nov

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This is a story about love, hate and Mark Twain. The object of Twain's desire (then resentment): the typewriter.According to an IBM history of the typewriter, one of the first American attempts to produce such a machine "looked very much like a butcher's block and, unfortunately, performed with about the same delicacy."

04:25:01 on 21 Nov

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The Health Department and the Food Safety wing are joining hands to launch an initiative to enforce dietary guidelines, involving the reduction of TFAs, salt and sugar in commercially available foods in the State. The initiative, with technical support from the WB, WHO and the FSSAI, is being launched as unhealthy diet is pushing up metabolic syndrome and premature deaths.

03:55:01 on 21 Nov

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Actor Shah Rukh Khan has found a new way of promoting his film, Zero: by talking to himself. The actor is in a constant war of wits on Twitter with Bauua, a special account created for his character from the film. In a recent conversation, the two finally cleared the rumours surrounding the release date of the film’s first song.

03:25:01 on 21 Nov

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Bollywood power couple Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan’s son Taimur Ali Khan has been breaking the internet with multiple photos and people can’t seem to get enough of him. Now, latching on to his widespread popularity, a toy company has started to roll out Taimur dolls! Yes, there’s now a toy of blue-eyed prince of the Pataudi royal family.

02:55:01 on 21 Nov

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Scientists have developed a novel drug that could block glioblastoma -- the deadliest form of brain cancer -- from spreading. The tissues in our bodies are largely made of fluid. It moves around cells and is essential to normal body function. But in some cases, this fluid may be doing more harm than good.

02:25:01 on 21 Nov

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Biologists are trying to save the last of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots after more than half the population of the bright green birds with turquoise-tipped wings disappeared when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and destroyed their habitat and food sources. Only two of 56 wild birds that once lived survived Category 4 storm that pummeled US territory in Sept 2017.

01:55:02 on 21 Nov

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In a bid to reduce the waiting period for its popular subcompact offering, Maruti Suzuki has announced that has ramped up production of the Vitara Brezza. The production has been increased by 10 per cent to 94,000 units in 2018, as compared to the same period last year. Launched in 2016, Brezza turned out to be a game changer for the automaker with the subcompact SUV.

01:25:01 on 21 Nov

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It was worth the wait. The Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone nuptials are wedding goals what with the magnum opus sweep and the happiness permeating every frame. Since they are B-Town’s most stunning couple - every picture deserves a filmy caption. Deepika and Ranveer sealed the deal and got married in a traditional Chitrapur Saraswat-style ceremony on 14 November.

12:55:01 on 21 Nov

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There is hardly a fashion icon like Kareena Kapoor Khan in Bollywood. Whether it is stepping out for a lunch date with her girl gang, going to the gym or walking the red carpet, she simply manages to stun every time. And this time too, it was no different with the actor looking radiant as ever in a red and gold raw silk lehenga from the label Mishru.

12:25:01 on 21 Nov

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‘Robo-nose’ could replace sniffer dogs

Scientists have developed an artificial “robot nose” device made from living mouse cells that could be used instead of dogs to sniff out narcotics and explosives. The researchers from Duke University in the US developed the prototype based on odour receptors grown from the genes of mice that respond to target odours.

11:55:01 on 20 Nov

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While, as youngsters, all of us have learnt to say thank you, a recent research now highlights why we should al be making an effort to do it. It turns out saying thank you could work wonders for our health. Scientists have discovered that ‘gratitude therapy’ has a powerful impact on aspects of both mental and physical health.

11:25:02 on 20 Nov

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In the eight weeks the Ayushman Bharat insurance scheme has been in place, about 68% of the beneficiaries have reportedly been treated in private hospitals. According to a report, of the 2.3 lakh beneficiaries who have been admitted to various hospitals in India under the scheme, 1.56 lakh patients have been treated in private ones.

10:42:02 on 20 Nov

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Both SS Rajamouli as well as Mahesh Babu enjoy a pan-Indian appeal. So when news broke out that they would be teaming up for a film, expectations were big. But this project would take off in 2020 as the director has just started the shooting of his magnum opus, RRR, a multi-starrer that has Ram Charan Teja and Jr NTR in the lead roles.

10:10:01 on 20 Nov

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Wedding bells will soon be ringing for global icon Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas and the bride-to-be shared some glimpses of her unique wedding invitation. PC, who was all out and about shopping for her wedding with mother Madhu Chopra in Paris, has been sending out her wedding invitations and this time the actor has something different for her friends and family.

09:55:02 on 20 Nov

The Australian High Commission has warned Indian nationals wanting to permanently settle in Australia to beware of contrived marriage scams targeting South Asians, a rare diplomatic admission by a country. Australian Border Force recently busted an elaborate contrived marriages syndicate involving a 32-year-old Indian national in Sydney.

09:42:01 on 20 Nov

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All eyes are on Flipkart as CEO and co-founder of the e-commerce giant, Binny Bansal, voluntarily stepped down in a company-wide mail earlier last week, just one day after parent company Walmart announced an independent probe into allegations of “personal misconduct”, and on the basis of a “lack of transparency”.

09:26:01 on 20 Nov

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Sikh leaders cutting across party lines have welcomed the decision of a court to award death penalty to one of the convicts in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, and vowed to continue their fight till each and every victim gets justice. A Delhi court awarded death penalty to convict Yashpal Singh for killing two men in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

09:25:02 on 20 Nov

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Of the several powerful Modi govt functionaries named by CBI DIG Manish Kumar Sinha in his Supreme Court affidavit Monday, union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary have been accused of receiving “a few crore rupees”. The minister of state for coal and mines, Chaudhary is a four-time MP from Gujarat and an active member of RSS.

09:10:02 on 20 Nov

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As union minister Sushma Swaraj announced today that she would not contest any more elections, a big "thank you" was tweeted by her husband Swaraj Kaushal, who remarked - even Milkha Singh stopped running.
Sushma Swaraj, Foreign Minister and senior BJP leader, revealed her decision not to contest next year's polls at a press conference in Madhya Pradesh.

08:55:02 on 20 Nov

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Just as surely as the settling smog is a sign of winter, so also a state govt’s announcement of reservations to a dominant group, a sign of impending elections in the state. This time, M'htra CM Fadnavis has promised the Maratha community in the state, reservations as a “backward community” on the basis of a report said to have been submitted to it by the M'htra SBCC.

08:40:02 on 20 Nov

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In a bid to make public transportation safer for women, an MOU has been signed by BMTC and Durga, a citizen organisation to install panic buttons in buses. Four panic button are placed on either side of the bus, where the seats reserved for women are located. The buttons positioned on the panel between the windows are at a height that is easily accessible to women.

08:25:02 on 20 Nov

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Diminutive in size but certainly not in stature with nine LS wins under her belt, Sushma Swaraj, the second woman to be Foreign Minister announced that she will not contest the election. Political insiders have know for a while that Swaraj, a fiery orator in the league of Vajpayee, who has been uncharacteristically subdued during the Modi govt's term, wanted to opt out.

08:12:01 on 20 Nov

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You might be wondering how all those so-called influencers, and even some of your friends who behave like celebrities from time to time, got all those followers on Instagram? Well, that can be a thing of past. Instagram has embarked on a purge to clean the network. The company has announced that it will systematically eliminate fake followers, likes, and comments.

07:55:01 on 20 Nov

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The Delhi Police has issued an advisory on the likely presence of two suspected terrorists in the city, and asked the public to keep a lookout for them. The advisory also bears a photograph of the two bearded men posing next to a milestone stating 'Delhi 360 km, Ferozepur 9 km' in kurtas and traditional headgear.

07:51:19 on 20 Nov

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On video, the audacity of the attack is difficult to miss. A man who hands Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a letter outside his office, swoops down to touch his feet, gets up and forcefully smears chilli powder on his face. Despite the video, the police said it was investigating if the incident was "unintentional".

07:41:06 on 20 Nov

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On video, the audacity of the attack is difficult to miss. A man who hands Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a letter outside his office, swoops down to touch his feet, gets up and forcefully smears chilli powder on his face. Despite the video, the police said it was investigating if the incident was "unintentional".

07:38:38 on 20 Nov

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On video, the audacity of the attack is difficult to miss. A man who hands Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a letter outside his office, swoops down to touch his feet, gets up and forcefully smears chilli powder on his face. Despite the video, the police said it was investigating if the incident was "unintentional".

07:36:17 on 20 Nov

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Delhi Police on Tuesday, 20 November, registered an FIR against Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP)’s Ankiv Baisoya for allegedly furnishing fake degree. On Monday, Delhi University had filed a police complaint against Baisoya, who recently resigned as the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) president, a day after his admission was cancelled by the varsity.

07:27:36 on 20 Nov

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Chinese electronics major Xiaomi on Tuesday announced it has opened a record 500 retail stores in rural parts of India. Called Mi Stores and opened on October 29, these are similar to the bigger "Mi Home" stores currently operational in metro cities. Started with the online-only strategy, Xiaomi is fast expanding its presence in offline retail as well.

07:25:01 on 20 Nov

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In a major development ahead of the Telangana Legislative Assembly Elections, Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, the sitting Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MP from Chevella, resigned from the party on Tuesday after weeks of speculations that he was going to quit. He also said that he would be resigning from the Lok Sabha.

07:18:46 on 20 Nov

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Samsung Galaxy A9, which is touted to be the world's "first rear quad camera" smartphone, was launched in India. The handset sports four separate rear cameras with a setup featuring telephoto, ultra-wide, and depth sensors. There is also a 24-megapixel sensor at the front that supports a handful of beauty features as well as a software-backed Face Unlock functionality.

06:56:01 on 20 Nov

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BJP state president PS Sreedharan Pillai today said that he has never mentioned that BJP’s protests are not against the entry of young women to Sabarimala temple. The issue here is not women entry, but the entry of young women in Sabarimala, he said while speaking to media. He also warned chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and CPM state secretary, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.

06:53:48 on 20 Nov

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Polling concluded in the second phase of the CG Assembly Elections, 20 November, with 64.8% voter turnout being recorded till 5 pm. However, the figure is likely to rise, with voting still underway at the polling booths where voters are in queue. The second phase decides the fate of many high-profile candidates – including former CM Ajit Jogi and his two family members.

06:45:35 on 20 Nov

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Disasters and natural calamities at times bring the best out of humanity. Even as the delta districts of TN slowly come to terms with the degree of damage done by Cyclone Gaja, the farmers here have decided to count their blessings – with coconuts. The lorry had brought relief materials from Trichy to Thanjavur to be distributed to the people in cyclone-affected areas.

06:40:25 on 20 Nov

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20 people including BJP Kasaragod district president and dist general secretary were arrested for staging ‘namajapa’ protest before Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran. The incident occurred at the PWD rest house in Kanhangad on Tuesday afternoon. BJP activists went to meet the minister after the press meet. Earlier, they were blocked by the police at the rest house.

06:26:00 on 20 Nov

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The Yogi Adityanath-led government in a cabinet meeting on Tuesday approved procurement of 112 luxury vehicles at a whopping Rs 25 crore ahead of Kumbh-2019. As per the information, some of the vehicles will be bought in-lieu of non-working vehicles while some will be bought citing security issues at Kumbh 2019.

06:25:02 on 20 Nov

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The rupee rose by 21ps to end at 71.46 against the US dollar on increased selling of the greenback by exporters amid softening crude oil prices, and persistent foreign fund inflows. This is the sixth straight session of gains for the domestic unit as the US dollar weakened against some currencies overseas. In the last six trading sessions, the rupee has gained 143 paise.

06:12:22 on 20 Nov

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When the #MeToo movement called out a few directors, talent managers and producers in Bollywood a few weeks back, one thought it would lead to concrete steps against the accused. However, the recent poster and teaser release of Emraan Hashmi’s Cheat India still credits director Soumik Sen. This after four women have called him out for his predatory behaviour.

06:06:03 on 20 Nov

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Moderate to heavy rainfall were likely in many places in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the next 24 hours as a low pressure has formed in the Bay of Bengal, regional weather office said on Tuesday. A low pressure presently lying over Southwest Bay of Bengal was likely to move west towards Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast bringing rainfall.

05:50:14 on 20 Nov

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A woman Naxal was Tuesday gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, police said. The gunfight took place in the afternoon near Burdhapara village under Fulbagdi police station limits when security personnel were out on an anti-Naxal operation, Deputy Inspector General (Anti-Naxal Operation) Sundarraj P told PTI.

05:39:00 on 20 Nov

The gale winds of Cyclone Gaja have wreaked havoc in TN's delta and coastal districts. Leaving many people homeless and destroying crops, Cyclone Gaja has brought normal life in these regions to a grinding halt. Adding to the existing ways to contribute to the relief work in the delta regions, CM has called for contributions to rebuild the dists affected by Cyclone Gaja.

05:31:51 on 20 Nov

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Three young female students of the TNAU were burnt alive in Dharmapuri district after AIADMK cadre set fire to the college bus they were travelling in. And for the fathers of these girls, who are unable to recover from the loss they faced 18 years ago, it is not just the release of the prisoners which is unpalatable but the alleged political backing for their release.

05:30:22 on 20 Nov

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Describing Telangana Caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao as "Naya Nawab" (new king), Congress spokesperson Khushbu Sundar Tuesday alleged that he 'failed' to deliver what he promised during previous assembly elections. The star campaigner for Congress in Telangana, also claimed that atrocities against women in the state have gone up during the current regime.

05:21:17 on 20 Nov

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The sessions court in Ahmedabad framed charges against Patidar OBC quota stir leader Hardik Patel in a sedition case dating back to 2015. Two of his colleagues, Dinesh Bambhaniya and Chirag Patel, were also named in the case. The trio have also been accused of inciting violence to pressurise the government to accept their demand for reservation for the Patel community.

05:19:27 on 20 Nov

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TN govt’s top officials had met Governor Banwarilal Purohit in October pressing for the release of the three AIADMK cadres, convicted to life in the Dharmapuri bus burning case, stating that they had no intention to kill the three girl students. The AIADMK govt citing a SC order contended that the men had set fire to the bus “in a state of mob frenzy”.

05:13:16 on 20 Nov

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Six people were killed and 10 were injured this morning after a box of ammunition exploded during handling near an ordnance depot in Maharashtra's Wardha. Four were killed on the spot, and two died during treatment at a hospital, the police said. The ammunition exploded while it was being unloaded for disposal at 7:15 am, a defence official said.

05:04:46 on 20 Nov

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The Chairperson of Karnataka's Women's Commission NG Nagalakshmi Bai, in a letter to the state's Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, has come up with an unusual request - a dress code for men on beaches. Nagalakshmi's letter was prompted by the sight of nude men she saw at Gokarna Beach earlier this month when she was there for a holiday.

05:00:14 on 20 Nov

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One of the two convicts found guilty of killing two Sikh men during the 1984 riots has been sentenced to death by a Delhi court. The other convict will spend life in prison, the court said today. Naresh Sehrawat and Yashpal Singh were convicted of killing Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh in south Delhi's Mahipalpur during the riots.

04:59:04 on 20 Nov

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K'tka: BJP announces statewide protest

The BJP will hold statewide agitation on Wednesday on a host of issues concerning the state, including Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s controversial remark on a woman farmer. “We will stage protests at all taluk and district centres underlining issues before the state, as well as the ensuing cane growers’ problems,” BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa said.

04:55:07 on 20 Nov

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has kicked up a social media storm in India after a picture of him with a placard saying “smash Brahminical patriarchy” went viral in one of the company’s fastest-growing markets. Several prominent Indians, including TV Mohandas Pai, a former finance chief of software exporter Infosys, accused Dorsey of “hate mongering” against Brahmins.

04:45:47 on 20 Nov

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The ICC Dispute Committee has dismissed Pakistan Cricket Board’s case against the BCCI, an ICC release stated. The ICC confirmed that the decision was binding and non-appealable. The hearing which took place from October 1-3 in Dubai had PCB claiming damages in the tune of USD 70 million stemming from BCCI’s failure to play two series in November 2014 and December 2015.

04:33:14 on 20 Nov

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President of DMK MK Stalin on Tuesday slammed TN CM Palaniswami for not spending enough time with the victims of Cyclone Gaja. The statement from Stalin came just a few hours after the state Chief Minister accompanied by Deputy CM O Panneerselvam paid a visit to Gaja-hit Pudukkottai area and distributed relief material to the people residing in the relief camps.

04:30:41 on 20 Nov

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A three-way contest is in the offing as Chhattisgarh goes for the second and concluding phase of Assembly polls on Tuesday for 72 seats spread across 19 dists, with the ruling BJP wrestling it out with the opposition Congress and the Jogi-Mayawati-led alliance emerging as a formidable third front. Till 2:55 pm, 45.2 percent voter turnout was recorded for the second phase.

04:26:30 on 20 Nov

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Salman Khan has an ardent fan following and they aspire to work with the actor in one of his films. Recently, a man from Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, was detained for allegedly threatening Salman’s PA and his father Salim Khan. Shahrukh Ghulam Nabi, the accused, is said to have called Bibash Chaya, on November 11 requesting him for a meeting with the actor.

04:16:30 on 20 Nov

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Wedding bells will soon be ringing for global icon Priyanka and singer Nick Jonas and the bride-to-be shared some glimpses of her unique wedding invitation. PeeCee, who was all out and about shopping for her wedding with mother Madhu Chopra in Paris, has been sending out her wedding invitation and this time the actor has something different for her friends and family.

04:10:18 on 20 Nov

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday termed demonetisation as the “bitter medicine” that he used to return money into the banking system and to give “proper treatment to deep-rooted corruption system” in the country, PTI reported. The Centre demonetised notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 in November 2016, claiming that it would end the flow of black money, among other things.

04:08:05 on 20 Nov

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The Congress party offered me Rs. 25 lakh to cancel our election campaign in Telangana, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has alleged and said he has an audio recording to prove his claim. The Congress has refuted the charge. While addressing a rally in Nirmal on Monday, Mr Owaisi said, "Majlis (his party) ka jalsa rokne ke liye Rs. 25 lakh party fund deta hoon.

04:05:42 on 20 Nov

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Though India and the world has woken up to sexual harassment at workplace, demanding stricter redressal mechanisms, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal has called the #MeToo movement a fad. However, minutes later, he told Gulf News that since he had never experienced harassment first hand, he was no authority to speak on the subject.

03:58:18 on 20 Nov

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Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran said that the basic facilities in Sabarimala have increased after the flood. He also said that sufficient number of toilets are available in Pampa and Nilakkal. There were 390 toilets in Pampa before the deluge and 180 of them were washed away in the flood. Now a total of 380 toilets including bio-toilets are arranged at Pampa.

03:56:16 on 20 Nov

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Amid growing clamour for changing the names of cities, a bill which seeks to rechristen the iconic high courts of Madras, Calcutta and Bombay has run into trouble and a fresh one has to be introduced in the Parliament. TN govt has asked the Centre to rename the Madras high court to ‘High Court of Tamil Nadu’ instead of ‘High Court of Chennai’ as proposed in the bill.

03:55:07 on 20 Nov

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A man threw chilli powder at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal outside his office in the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday. The man, identified as Anil Kumar, has been taken into custody, officials said. Arvind Kejriwal was leaving for lunch when the attack took place outside the chief minister's chamber on the third floor.

03:50:36 on 20 Nov

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First look poster of 'Shakeela' is out

1st look poster of the much-anticipated biopic Shakeela has been released. Just a few days ago, the makers of the film released the logo with a controversial tagline, ‘Not A Porn Star’, clearly emphasising the perspective of the film. Shakeela is based on the life of the South Indian actor of the same name, whose popularity soared after the tragic demise of Silk Smitha.

03:47:34 on 20 Nov

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday claimed that the RSS and the BJP “know it very well” that the saffron party will not win the Lok Sabha elections next year. Addressing his first election rally at Champhai in Mizoram, he also accused the BJP and RSS of trying to destroy the culture of the State.

03:42:40 on 20 Nov

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18 crew members from two boats, DF 378 and DF 398, detained by Iran are awaiting intervention from the Indian government to secure their release from Iranian police authorities. The crew members hail from Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts of Karnataka and have spent the last four months on the boat desperately reaching out to anyone who can help free them.

03:30:19 on 20 Nov

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CM Pinarayi on Tuesday lashed out at Sangh Parivar outfits for creating unrest in Sabarimala in the name of opposing entry of women and has alleged that the outfits has hatched a conspiracy to keep the hill shrine under them to achieve the political gains of the BJP. Mr. Vijayan said the restrictions imposed by the police is to ensure a hassle-free darshan to the pilgrims.

03:25:02 on 20 Nov

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In the wake of rising pollution in the city, authorities might seed clouds to induce artificial rain this week to wash away toxic pollutants in the air. Delhi’s air quality has deteriorated to alarming levels in the past three weeks. Cloud seeding for artificial rain would be done once the meteorological conditions are stable, a senior official said.

03:22:42 on 20 Nov

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Opposition Cong-led UDF workers staged a protest demanding withdrawal of prohibitory orders in force in and around Sabarimala as police briefly stopped them from accompanying a delegation of their leaders to the Lord Ayyappa shrine to inspect facilities for devotees. Police initially said they cannot be allowed to visit the Lord Ayyappa temple, but later permitted them.

03:19:04 on 20 Nov

After stirring up a hornet's nest with his remarks on a woman farmer, K'tka CM HDK seems to have landed in a legal soup. Quoting Sections 509 and 504 of the IPC, a Bengaluru-based organisation, has lodged a complaint with DG & IGP Neelamani N
Raju, accusing Kumaraswamy of "gesturing or acting intending to outrage the modesty of a woman."

03:16:58 on 20 Nov

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New Madras High Court judge takes oath

B Pugalenthi took oath Tuesday as judge of the Madras High Court, taking the working strength of the court to 60 as against the sanctioned 75. CJ Tahilramani administered the oath to Pugalenthi. Pugalenthi, who was the additional advocate general of Tamil Nadu in the Madurai Bench of the high court, had been appointed as judge by President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday.

03:07:25 on 20 Nov

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As overcast skies loom over Thanjavur district, farmers taking stock of the damage that cyclone unleashed. Acres of sugarcane crops that were to be primed and plucked for Pongal, now lay tilted, threatening to wither away. While smaller saplings have survived the onslaught of the cyclone, the crops that have grown four to five feet in height have a tough road ahead.

03:00:39 on 20 Nov

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Union minister Sushma Swaraj, one of the senior most leaders of the ruling BJP, has declared that she will not contest the 2019 national election. Sushma Swaraj, the Union Minister for External Affairs, shared the decision with reporters in Madhya Pradesh, where elections will be held later this month. Reports say she cited health reasons.

02:59:34 on 20 Nov

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Cong chief Rahul Gandhi said CBI DIG Manoj Sinha's allegations of corruption against senior government officials in his affidavit to the SC are the latest episode of a crime thriller "Chowkidar is thief" playing out in Delhi. "Officers are tired, trust is broken and democracy is crying," the Congress president said, a day after Sinha dragged the names of several officials.

02:49:03 on 20 Nov

BJP President Amit Shah slammed the Kerala govt's handling of the situation in Sabarimala as "disappointing" and accused the Kerala govt of treating pilgrims as "Gulag inmates". Mr Shah's comments underlined the BJP's support to devotees protesting against the state govt's move to implement an SC order lifting the bar on women of menstruating age from visiting the temple.

02:21:16 on 20 Nov

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K Shailima, the daughter-in-law of Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao, is richer than her husband and TS I-T Minister, KT Rama Rao. Owning assets worth over Rs 35.98 crore, Shailima is much ahead of her husband KTR who has assets worth Rs 4.93 crore. This detail was revealed in KTR's electoral affidavit as he was filing the nomination for the upcoming election in the state.

02:11:27 on 20 Nov

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Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for Aquaman, which feels like a condensed version of that five-minute extended clip it released last month. Aquaman is out December 14 in India. It's part of the DC film universe, which continues with Shazam! in April 2019, Birds of Prey in February 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 in June 2020.

01:53:36 on 20 Nov

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CJI Gogoi had several occasions to lose his temper during the hearing on sidelined CBI director Alok Verma's plea. Amid the confusion over authorised and 'unauthorised' mentions in court and the controversial media 'leak' of Verma's response to the court, CJI was left fuming by his stenos. Gogoi became furious at his court masters for misplacing The Wire news report.

01:50:10 on 20 Nov

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In 1999, transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith began the tradition of observing 20 Nov as a day to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender African American woman who was brutally stabbed 20 times on 28 November 1998. On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, lets takes a closer look at the often overlooked and unreported violence and hate against transgenders.

01:45:38 on 20 Nov

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The second and final phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections began Tuesday for 72 of the 90 seats in the state amid tight security arrangements. At 12 pm, the voter turnout stood at 25.2% in the final phase of elections. A delegation of Congress leaders led by PL Punia met the Election Commission in Delhi over alleging attempts to misuse and tamper EVMs.

01:40:50 on 20 Nov

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A Federal Judge in San Francisco blocked new rules put into place by President Donald Trump that limit the ability of migrants to request asylum, a legal blow to the administration's efforts to curb legal immigration that opens the door for more members of the migrant caravan to request asylum in the US. The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act allows them to do so.

01:36:05 on 20 Nov

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Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is likely to write a letter to the Centre seeking the release of funds for the completion of the Polavaram project. Conducting virtual inspection of the project on Monday, the CM asked the officials to expedite the works and meet the deadline at any cost. He said both concrete and earthworks should be completed as per schedule.

01:24:49 on 20 Nov

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Seizure of cash and liquor by enforcement authorities is a common feature in the run-up to elections to different elected bodies. But Telangana, which is going to polls on December 7, has reported the seizure of altogether different items. The enforcement officials apparently chanced upon laptops, instruments and various other items while conducting searches.

01:20:39 on 20 Nov

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There is a major requirement for stationery materials before students return to school in coastal villages of Nagapattinam. Schools have been shut in the district since November 14 before Cyclone Gaja made landfall. Heavy rain led to a huge loss of study materials including notebooks and textbooks. Many schools were surrounded by uprooted trees and stagnant water.

01:16:17 on 20 Nov

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UDF leaders, including former CM Oommen Chandy, violated prohibitory orders at Nilakkal and challenged the police to arrest them today. Opposition leader Chennithala said that he will ask the DGP to withdraw prohibitory orders. UDF leaders and workers proceeded to Pamba on a KSRTC bus from Nilakkal. They are demanding the withdrawal of prohibitory orders at Sannidhanam.

01:10:57 on 20 Nov

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey just concluded a whirlwind tour of India in which he met probably hundreds of people, including Dalai Lama and PM Modi. During his trip, at one moment he also met a few women journalists, activists and writers and while posing for a group photo he held a placard that read: "Smash Brahminical Patriarchy". Now, there is a caste war on Twitter!

01:04:52 on 20 Nov

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, along with Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, on Tuesday, visited districts hit by Cyclone ‘Gaja’ in the State. After inspecting damage caused by the cyclone, Palaniswami said he has sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi “to brief him on the severe and extensive damages caused in the State.”

12:59:10 on 20 Nov

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday, expressed strong displeasure over the leak of CBI Director Alok Verma's confidential reply in the media and adjourned the hearing in his case to 29 November. The court was also upset that one of Verma’s counsel, Gopal Sankarnarayan, appealed seeking additional time on 19 November without the authorisation of senior advocate Nariman.

12:53:55 on 20 Nov

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Nearly 70% of the trees that late green activist Maram Thangasamy nurtured on 30 acres in Senthangudi village have been devoured by cyclone Gaja. His son Kannan estimated not less than 3,000 trees were felled by the massive storm. An active campaigner for the green cause, Thangasamy planted lakhs of saplings across TN, including several thousand trees on his own land.

12:44:02 on 20 Nov

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Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said the southern state was open defecation free in its rural areas. "Earlier statistics showed that only half or one-third of the rural households had individual toilets, but presently, all the 70.2 lakh rural households in the state have been provided with individual toilets, thereby reducing open defecation," he said.

12:32:25 on 20 Nov

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A day after three persons were killed in a grenade attack on a Nirankari sect congregation at Adliwala village, on the outskirts of Amritsar, CM Amarinder Singh said that the attack “seemed to carry Pakistan’s signature”. He said initial investigations indicated that “the grenade used was similar to the ones being manufactured by the Pakistan Army Ordnance factory”.

12:26:27 on 20 Nov

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Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are headed to Bengaluru for their wedding reception on November 21. The newlyweds were spotted at the Mumbai airport on Tuesday. Twinning in their white traditional attires, they posed for the paparazzi and thanked them for all their good wishes. The actors will be hosting one of the two wedding receptions in Deepika’s hometown Bengaluru.

12:23:46 on 20 Nov

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The protest which led to the arrest of 72 people at Sabarimala on Sunday night was part of a carefully planned and executed operation by the BJP to implement its political agenda in Kerala if a secret circular issued by party general secretary AN Radhakrishnan is to be believed. The state advocate-general submitted a copy of the circular before the high court on Monday.

12:17:22 on 20 Nov

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A three-way contest is in the offing as Chhattisgarh goes for the second and concluding phase of Assembly polls for 72 seats spread across 19 districts. Congress has alleged faulty Electronic Voting Machines are being deployed in their strongholds in Chattisgarh. National Spokesperson of the Congress PL Punia will be meeting the Election Commission over this.

12:10:48 on 20 Nov

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Former Bihar minister Manju Verma, accused in Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, surrendered before the CBI in Muzaffarpur. Verma has been on the run for the last one month with the police unable to trace her. Verma's husband Chandrashekhar was the owner of the home. The alleged sexual exploitation of the girls was first highlighted in a report submitted by the TISS.

12:06:02 on 20 Nov

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CBI director Alok Verma, who was recently asked to step down to face an inquiry over charges of procedural irregularities, has accused the central vigilance commissioner KV Chowdary of bias and violating a Supreme court order. Not only that, Verma has also put the blame squarely on the Modi government for the crisis India’s top investigation agency is currently facing.

11:59:43 on 20 Nov

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The Madras High Court Monday disposed of a Tamil Nadu government's plea seeking quashing of the Centre's groundwater quality report that declined to pin the blame only on Sterlite's copper unit, now closed, for pollution, saying that the state may challenge it as per law. The bench disposed of the petition noting "it is for the state to accept or disregard the report".

11:54:10 on 20 Nov

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If exiled Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma’s responses to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) queries are to be believed, his deputy in the CBI Rakesh Asthana, the prime minister’s office (PMO) and BJP leader Sushil Modi worked together to book Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav in the IRCTC scam.

11:46:50 on 20 Nov

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Alok Verma's lawyer Fali S Nariman has sought more time from the SC to clarify the alleged leakage of his client Alok Verma's response which were to be submitted confidentially in court. Online publication, The Wire, which apparently carried a report on Alok Verma's submissions to the SC has clarified it did not have access to the confidential response.

11:40:55 on 20 Nov

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Period taboo kills during Cyclone Gaja

On November 12, three days before Cyclone Gaja hit Thanjavur district, 12-year-old Vijaya of Anaikkadu village got her first period. And despite multiple warnings from the IMD regarding the severity of the cyclone and the need to stay within safe quarters through the course of the landfall, Vijaya was sent out to sleep in a thatched barn, leading to the young girl's death.

11:32:21 on 20 Nov

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In view of the ongoing CBI turbulence, Congress leader Manish Tewari has sought the Investigation body's autonomy. "The Centre needs to bring out a rule, which will make the CBI an autonomous. Also, not just the CBI, but even the ED and Income Tax department needs enough autonomy," said Tewari. The SC has adjourned Alok Verma's hearing to November 29.

11:27:03 on 20 Nov

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