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CM HD Kumaraswamy, who offered puja at Talacauvery and ‘bagina’ at Kabini reservoir and Krishnaraja Sagar, said bountiful rain had brought relief to the people of Karnataka and TN and described this situation as “nature’s solution” to the water issue faced by the two States. The four major dams in the Cauvery basin have reached their full-reservoir level after eight years.

10:55:01 on 21 Jul

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TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit was involved in a minor car accident . The Governor was travelling from Pudukkottai to Tiruchi when a TNSTC bus brushed against the side of his car. According to a report, the government bus reportedly brushed against the Governor’s vehicles leaving a dent and green-coloured scratch marks on the right side of the Toyota Innova.

10:27:01 on 21 Jul

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There was an air of anticipation on social media platforms before the proceedings of the Lok Sabha began, as all eyes were on the no-confidence motion to be moved by the TDP. With Guntur MP Galla Jayadev, who became the TDP’s poster boy to take on the BJP with his high-voltage speech, set to initiate the debate, netizens were eager to closely evaluate his ‘performance’.

09:55:01 on 21 Jul

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Air India temporarily grounded B777 aircraft, which was scheduled to fly from Mumbai to Newark for fumigation, after passengers from business class complained of bed bugs. A Powai resident, Kashmira Tonsekar, who was returning with her family from a holiday in the United States, said she had seen a bed bug on her husband’s seat but ignored it thinking it was an insect.

09:27:01 on 21 Jul

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AP CM launches e-Pragati core platform

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu launched ‘e-Pragati core platform’ at Undavalli. e-Pragati, a forward-looking digital initiative, is aimed at connecting the citizen to 34 departments, 336 autonomous organisations and 745-plus services. Through this project, the State government intends to realise the vision of ‘Sunrise AP 2022’.

08:56:01 on 21 Jul

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It was July 27, 1956. Congressman Sankaralinganar started what was the first of many instances of struggle for a cause: the renaming of Madras State to “Thamizhagam”. Formerly called Madras Province, it had been renamed to Madras State on January 26, 1950. After his demise, the DMK and CN Annadurai were instrumental in getting the name changed.

08:26:01 on 21 Jul

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England may have cracked the Kuldeep Yadav code, but former left-arm spinner Phil Tufnell says India will be better off playing him in the Test series as well, having done the good thing by picking Yadav in the five-day squad. With their ODI series, England not only became as the world's No.1 ranked ODI side but the favourites going into the 2019 ODI World Cup.

07:57:01 on 21 Jul

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ADB vice-president (operations) Wencai Zhang identified the Visakhapatnam and the Srikalahasti nodes of the VCIC as having an investment potential of $2.80 billion in the next 5 years. Making the nodes operational had been prioritised by the ADB and the State government and nearly $81 million disbursed for implementation of the project, which is a part of the ECEC.

07:27:02 on 21 Jul

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Boxes of ammunition and explosives unearthed from the backyard of a house in Anthoniyarpuram were shifted to the godown maintained under the Joint Chief Controller of Explosives in Sivaganga district. Decision on whether it is safe to store the explosives for a longer time will be taken in a week or two. The police will investigate the matter.

06:55:02 on 21 Jul

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Infosys Foundation signed an MoU with the BMRCL, in presence of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, to build and maintain the Infosys Foundation Konappana Agrahara Metro station at a programme organised in Vidhana Soudha on Thursday.Infosys Foundation had agreed to donate `200 crore to build and maintain the metro station for next 30 years.

06:27:01 on 21 Jul

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Srisailam Reservoir started receiving first major flood of the season following the release of water through the spillways of Tungabhadra Dam and Jurala Project. The CWC has issued a forecast stating that about 55,000 cusecs of flood water will reach Srisailam and will rise as the spillway discharge from the two reservoirs across Tungabhadra and Krishna rivers.

05:55:01 on 21 Jul

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The BJP-led government comfortably wins with 325 votes on opposition-backed no-confidence motion. While 325 MPs voted ‘No’, 126 of them voted ‘Yes’. Today’s no-confidence motion, the 27th in Parliamentary history, is the first to be admitted in 15 years. The last was in 2003 when the Congress party moved a no-confidence motion against prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

11:23:27 on 20 Jul

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A farmer in Bidar allegedly took his own life on Thursday, taking the total number of suicides in the district to four in July. The recent suicides have taken place even though the Karnataka government announced a farm loan waiver scheme earlier this month. The Karnataka government has set aside Rs 34,000 crore for loan waivers but with conditions attached.

10:55:01 on 20 Jul

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The 380-year-old palace in Aul block of Kendrapara district will be converted into a heritage hotel by the members of the royal family. ‘The magnificent two-storied palace with 30 rooms spread over sprawling 32 acres of land will be renovated by us with financial assistance from the Tourism department”, said Brajakishor Dev, one of the scions of the Aul royal family.

10:45:01 on 20 Jul

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A legislator in Kerala has come out with a novel idea of designing an invitation card for his daughter’s wedding reception. V Abdurahiman, an MLA from Tanur constituency, wanted to send an eco-friendly message to the guests. So he got the invitation card printed on handmade recycled paper embedded with a mix of flower and herb seeds.

10:35:01 on 20 Jul

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Taking a stand against the Opposition's No-Confidence Motion in the Lok Sabha on Friday, Prime Minister requested all the members of the lower house of the Parliament to reject the motion and called it a "forced test by the Opposition." The Prime Minister also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party formed the government with the "blessings of 125 crore Indians".

10:34:02 on 20 Jul

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AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday said the no-confidence motion moved against the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has exposed the latter. Taking to Twitter, the Andhra Chief Minister demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fulfil the promises made during the time of bifurcation of the state in 2014.

10:21:01 on 20 Jul

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The Switzerland team competing in the World Junior Squash Championships has arrived for the tournament in Chennai without their top player, 16-year-old Ambre Allinckx. This after her parents expressed apprehension about her safety in India. This news comes days after a global survey firm Thomson Reuters indicated that India is ‘the most dangerous country for women'

10:10:01 on 20 Jul

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TRS MP demanded an amendment to the State re-organisation Act to facilitate restoration of 7 revenue mandals snatched away from Khammam district back to TS. Taking part in the debate in Lok Sabha over the no-confidence motion against the Modi govt, he said the first cabinet meeting of the present government decided to merge the seven mandals of Telangana with AP.

10:00:02 on 20 Jul

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The mechanised boat operators’ associations across coastal Andhra Pradesh are now up in arms over the installation of high-speed engines by some of their members impacting their earnings. They have represented to the authorities seeking immediate action to curtail the use of high-speed engines. Members say it hits the earning of those who do not upgrade engines.

09:45:01 on 20 Jul

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"This no-confidence motion showcases the strength of our democracy. It's for the first time in 30 years that a government with a full majority has to prove its strength in Parliament," said PM Narendra Modi as he addressed the lower house of the Parliament. Attacking Congress and TDP, PM Modi said that the true face of opposition has been revealed.

09:34:14 on 20 Jul

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Taking strong exception to the externment of noted pontiff Swami Parpoornananda by the Hyderabad police from the city for six months, former Union minister and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy advised CM K Chandrasekhar Rao to annul the banishment order immediately. “Or else, I will be compelled to take an action in the court and seek damages for the same,” he said.

09:30:01 on 20 Jul

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CM Kumaraswamy opined that the water level in the four Cauvery River basin reservoirs reaching FRL would augur well for all farmers; particularly paddy growers. He spoke to reporters on his arrival at Mysore airport in Mandakalli, near here, to visit Chamundeshwari temple atop Chamundi Hill, on the occasion of Ashada Friday.

09:21:01 on 20 Jul

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Activists in Kolar are threatening to send 'foam water' to legislators from their district. This after the controversial Koramanagala-Challaghatta (KC) Valley Project released ‘treated’ but frothy water from Bengaluru’s lakes and sewage. Activists say they want legislators, who have been silent about the issue to "get a feel of the water being released".

09:10:02 on 20 Jul

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Directions have been issued to Municipal Admin and Urban Deve. and Industries departments to explore the possibility of providing air connectivity to different places in the state, MAUD Minister, KT Rama Rao said. There are possibilities of setting up airstrips or mini airports in places like Warangal, Adilabad, Ramagundem, Jakraspally and Kothagudem etc.

09:00:02 on 20 Jul

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Even as the death toll in Kerala due to rains climbed to 17 with the recovery of one more body, the Centre assured that a central team will soon visit the state to assess the damage caused in at least 8 dists. The assurance was held out when CM Vijayan and an all-party delegation called on PM Modi in Delhi and urged for immediate help in the matter.

08:45:01 on 20 Jul

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A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Prahlad Joshi moved a breach of privilege motion against Congress president Rahul Gandhi. The BJP leader said Rahul Gandhi has made "unsubstantiated claims against the BJP, particularly against the Prime Minister on Rafale deal." Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi had raised the controversial Rafale deal in Parliament.

08:39:02 on 20 Jul

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With Anna University set to start its recruitment after a gap of nearly four years, over 270 teaching fellows in the university are demanding absorption citing their service to the university ranging from two to 12 years. The university recently intimated them that they would go for an open recruitment process for filling all the vacancies.

08:35:01 on 20 Jul

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Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is hiring five pothole filling machines, which will facilitate speedy filling up of potholes and ensure comfortable stretches for road users, especially during the rainy season. Till now as many as 4,364 potholes have been filled by the GMHC. The machine completes the works early compared to the manual process.

08:26:01 on 20 Jul

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Nokia 6.1 Plus Android One phone launched

Earlier reports suggested that the Nokia X6 aka Nokia 6.1 Plus will first debut in Hong Kong and recent leaks indicated that the smartphone would be first launched in Taiwan. And the initial report turns out to be true, HMD Global has finally launched the Nokia 6.1 Plus Android One smartphone in Hong Kong.

08:21:01 on 20 Jul

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Fashion Design Council of India’s India Couture Week 2018, starting from July 25 is a unique showcase top couturiers from the world of fashion. And this time, it returns in a bigger, better avatar and is already giving us so much to look forward to, such as Collections inspired by the Victorian era, Mughal miniature paintings and European architecture.

08:10:01 on 20 Jul

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Residents of Lakshmisagar and surrounding places in Kolar had waited for over two years for the Koramangala-Challaghatta valley project to bring water. But with the Lakshmisagar Lake frothing after polluted water was pumped from Bengaluru, they feel the whole thing has been a cruel joke played on them.

08:00:01 on 20 Jul

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The animal adoption scheme introduced by Kakatiya Zoological Park seems to have failed to attract animal lovers. The scheme was introduced on March 1 last year after releasing two leopards into an enclosure meant for public display at the zoo, but so far, only eight persons/organisations have adopted animals in the zoo.

07:45:02 on 20 Jul

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Contradicting Rahul Gandhi that France does not have any objection to New Delhi disclosing the pricing details of the Rafale fighter jets bought by the government in 2016, France today said there was a 2008 security pact between the two countries to protect classified information.

07:29:16 on 20 Jul

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Kerala govt and Food Safety Department have decided to rein in the companies which are distributing formalin to ice factories. The direction was given to the district administrations to take steps to prevent the illegal sale of the chemical to ice factories and fish processing units. FSD has decided to intensify raids and examination in check posts and ice factories.

07:26:01 on 20 Jul

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Women believe in Sabarimala deity: CJI

Women want to visit Sabarimala because they believe in the deity, CJI Dipak Misra said, countering the TDB’s strong opposition to removing the centuries-old prohibition on women in menarche from entering the famous temple. Senior advocate for the Board said the nature of the deity in Sabarimala is that of ‘Naishtika Brahmachari’, and should not be disturbed.

07:21:01 on 20 Jul

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The prime accused in the case in which a woman parishioner was blackmailed and sexually abused by a different charge now. Father Abraham Varghese posted a video on YouTube just hours before his anticipatory bail plea was being heard by the SC in-camera. The video, showing the priest speaking, had drawn ire after he made derogatory remarks about the victim.

07:10:02 on 20 Jul

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An Instagram page called Mandir Yahi Banayenge, which has over 1,300 followers, has been doing the rounds among netizens. The page features 117 memes, which smack of hatred against Dalits, Muslims and Dr BR Ambedkar. The page has several offensive memes against Bhim Army, BSP chief Mayawati, JNU and Kanhaiya Kumar, all who have been resisting the BJP.

07:00:02 on 20 Jul

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Environmentalists have called for highest protection of catchment areas of three major rivers — Cauvery, Tunga and Bhadra in the districts of Kodagu, Hassan, Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru, rather than diverting west-flowing rivers to east. Bringing water from far-off areas to Bengaluru by destroying the Western Ghats is neither feasible nor sustainable in the long run.

06:45:01 on 20 Jul

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National Geographic will soon air a Mega Icons series that will decipher the success stories of India's different inspiring personalities. The first two to feature are famed cricketer Virat Kohli and actor-filmmaker turned politician Kamal Haasan. Premiering in September 2018, each episode of this new series would be a journey into the life of an iconic personality.

06:35:01 on 20 Jul

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The north-eastern corridor of Secunderabad, which is in the middle of the city and where Kapra municipality is located, along with clusters of other colonies, has no direct public transport connectivity to many key workplaces in the city. Most residents of the region have to depend on cabs to commute to their workplaces.

06:20:01 on 20 Jul

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Availability of essential commodities may be affected as more than 4,500 lorries in Mysuru district will be off the road as part of a nationwide indefinite strike. The strike has been called by the All-India Motor Transport Congress seeking a reduction in diesel price, and the introduction of national permit for passenger and tourist vehicles, among others.

06:11:01 on 20 Jul

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Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday told officials involved with the execution of Mission Bhagiratha that the entire project should be completed in the next 60-80 days. The Chief Minister also reconstituted the Rural Water Supply department to ensure timely completion of the project.

06:05:01 on 20 Jul

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SC stayed the order of the Madras HC that awarded 196 grace marks for students who had taken NEET exam in Tamil. It has also ordered the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to continue the second round of counselling for medical admissions in Tamil Nadu, which was earlier suspended after the High Court order.

05:45:01 on 20 Jul

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Arguments, counter-arguments, hugs and winks. It's all happening in the Lok Sabha on an action-packed day. To add to the eventful day, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan reprimanded Congress president Rahul Gandhi for hugging PM Narendra Modi when the House was in session. "It was surprising to me (that Gandhi hugged the PM)," said Mahajan

05:38:24 on 20 Jul

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Riding on its growing Intelligent Cloud portfolio and early investments in Intelligent Edge, Microsoft has surpassed $100 billion in revenue for the first time in the fiscal year 2018. Revenue has increased 17 per cent year over year, and net income is up 35 per cent, the company said in a statement. Microsoft stock jumped over 4 per cent in after-hours trading.

05:35:01 on 20 Jul

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The Mullaperiyar dam is near-brim after incessant rain, but a regulatory panel appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee it remains virtually non-functional. Even as the water level has reached 133.2ft in the 155ft high dam, there has been no formal understanding of who is authorised to operate its shutters. The maximum permissible limit is 142ft.

05:25:01 on 20 Jul

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The police disclosed the identities of four men who have been arrested in connection with the alleged rape and assault on a 21-year-old Russian woman in the temple town. The accused have been identified as R Neelakandan, R Bharathi, E Manikandan, all residents of Chengam Road; and U Venkatesan, a resident of Balaji Nagar, in Tiruvannamalai town.

05:21:01 on 20 Jul

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From calling out sexism and fighting for the rights of women, WCC has planted the seed of revolution in Mollywood. In a recent media interaction, Mamta Mohandas has commented that a body like WCC is ‘not required’ to address the needs of women artists. And that she feels that women are somehow responsible for the trouble they face in terms of harassment or abuse.

05:11:01 on 20 Jul

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The untimely moves of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation are testing the public’s patience. On one hand, the Himayatnagar roads are being dug up for the laying of pipelines and people are left inconvenienced in this monsoon season as these roads have become un-walkable with all the mud and water.

05:05:01 on 20 Jul

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A Chandigarh-based woman in her early twenties has been allegedly sexually assaulted by at least 40 men for four consecutive days at a guest house in Haryana's Panchkula district. The victim was taken there on the pretext of providing job opportunity. Two accused have been arrested while identification and search for others involved in the incident is under-way.

04:57:01 on 20 Jul

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A lesson learnt from the budget session helped Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP outsmart others in the race to be the first to submit the notice of no confidence against the BJP government. Three TDP MPs, Srinivas Kesineni, Thota Narsimham and K Narayana Rao, first sent their notices electronically and then sent letters to the Lok Sabha secretariat.

04:45:01 on 20 Jul

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829 shut toddy shops in Kerala to be sold

The Kerala government is planning to put up for sale 829 toddy shops which are lying closed. The move comes despite a prevailing government policy that new liquor outlets will not be opened. The idea behind the move is to raise money selling shuttered shops that had no takers despite repeated attempts. The excise department will quote a price for each group of shops.

04:26:01 on 20 Jul

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The era of India's coalition politics is back. With PM Modi's 2014 wave of popularity receding, polls show the ruling BJP may fall short of a full majority in next year's election, prompting the opposition parties to put aside their ideological differences and unite. It has to be noted that this is the first no-confidence vote for any Central government in 15 years.

04:15:02 on 20 Jul

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Union Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal has said his ministry has forwarded a proposal to reimburse the balance amount of `93 crores spent by the AP govt as per the approved Detailed Project Report of Polavaram to the Ministry of Finance. He added that the approval to the revised estimates is dependent upon requisite compliances by the AP government.

04:10:01 on 20 Jul

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The Special Investigation Team probing the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh has arrested the seventh suspect in the case, according to a senior police official. A person identified as Mohan Nayak, 50, was arrested from Dakshin Kannada district of Karnataka. Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in front of her house on September 5 last year, triggering a nationwide outrage.

03:57:01 on 20 Jul

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The SC rejected the bail plea of juvenile accused of killing 7 year-old boy in a private school in Gurgaon. The bail plea was filed by the father of the juvenile who studied in the same school with the victim. A bench of Justices RF Nariman and Indu Malhotra rejected the plea which sought default bail on the ground that chargesheet was not filed within 60 days.

03:56:38 on 20 Jul

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TDP MP Galla Jayadev, who initiated the debate on the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, mentioned Telugu film Bharat Ane Nenu, that had Mahesh as an idealistic chief minister who delivers on his promises. The industrialist-politician gave a short summary of the Telugu film to stress the point before PM Modi’s government that “promises should be kept”.

03:49:54 on 20 Jul

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The Judicial Magistrate Court No. VI here granted bail to Seeman, founder of the Naam Tamilar Katchi, who was arrested on Wednesday while holding discussions with aggrieved farmers over the green corridor project. Eight cadres of the Naam Tamilar Katchi too were arrested along with him. C. Mohanram, Judicial Magistrate No. VI remanded all of them in judicial custody.

03:40:01 on 20 Jul

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Minutes before the start of the no-confidence motion debate in parliament, the Congress protested in the Lok Sabha about its speakers being allotted less time. The Congress has been allocated mere 38 minutes in the 7 hour debate and Rahul Gandhi is the lead speaker. The ruling BJP, which enjoys a majority in the Lok Sabha has been assigned 3 hours and 33 minutes.

03:35:01 on 20 Jul

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Uproar in Lok Sabha as Rahul Gandhi targets PM Modi, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman over the Rafale deal. “The defence minister said there is secrecy pact with France on Rafale deal. I personally met PM of France and asked him if any such pact existed. He clearly said there is no pact,” Gandhi said.

03:25:01 on 20 Jul

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Neelakantarayanagaddi Island residents are still stranded as the Krishna is in spate. The Deputy Commissioner held a meeting of officials at Narayanpur to ascertain the flood situation. Meanwhile, officials of the Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Limited released more quantum of water from the reservoir in Hunsagi taluk of the Yadgir district.

03:17:02 on 20 Jul

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The Tamil Nadu government has informed the Madras HC that a 24-hour helpline has been set up to investigate issues faced by inter-caste couples and offer necessary assistance and protection. A special cell has been formed in all districts and cities in the state, to receive complaints of harassment and threat to inter-caste couples. This is being to ensure the complete eradication of ‘honour killing’ in the state.

02:56:01 on 20 Jul

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Rahul Gandhi made an aggressive attack on the NDA govt over specific schemes and policies during a debate on a no-confidence motion. PM Modi was seen smiling and laughing through Gandhi’s speech, which was interrupted by protests by an angry treasury bench. After he ended his attack Gandhi walked over and hugged the PM, who patted him on the back.

02:41:28 on 20 Jul

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'A Quiet Place' made for a complicated viewing experience when it was released in theaters around the world earlier this year. On the one hand, it makes for perfect big screen viewing, particularly in a theater with a high-quality sound system. On the other, however, there is the issue of disrespectful movie-goers who can instantly zap you out of the fictional world.

02:41:01 on 20 Jul

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As the government served WhatsApp with a second notice asking it to check the spread of fake and provocative content, the Facebook-owned platform has said it is launching a test to limit forwarding that will apply to everyone in India.

02:27:01 on 20 Jul

Opposition leader M.K. Stalin urged the IT Department to prepare a list of politicians, Vice-Chancellors, officials, public servants and businessmen who had come under its scanner in recent months in Tamil Nadu and send it to either the CBI or the DVAC for further action. He said there was a question in the minds of the people whether these were “honest raids”.

02:10:01 on 20 Jul

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Several monuments at the world heritage site of Hampi were inundated on Thursday following heavy discharge of water from the Tungabhadra dam. The last time that Hampi saw such a flooding was in 2008 and before that in 1992. Apart from the Purandara Mantapa, the old bridge and several other smaller structures are also submerged.

01:55:01 on 20 Jul

A 25-year-old MA student of Osmania University alleged that she was not allowed to write the exam by the management of Scholars Degree College for Women, Hyderabad. She could not walk to the exam hall on the fourth floor because she is pregnant. Hence, she requested the management to allot a seat on the ground floor or to allow her to write the exam in the principal’s office.

01:45:01 on 20 Jul

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Imported lentils laced with weed killer

Indians are consuming highly toxic lentils and moong dal that are imported from Canada and Australia respectively. The lentils and moong dal are induced with the herbicide Glyphosate, that is being used by Canadian and Australian farmers to clear weeds. India has been the biggest producer and consumer of pulses. Recently, it has also become a huge importer of pulses.

01:40:01 on 20 Jul

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Minutes before TDP’s Jayadev Galla moved a no-confidence motion against the Modi government, the BJD walked out of the Lok Sabha, stating that discussion is the irrelevant for Odisha. Not long after, the BJP’s oldest ally and the most disgruntled, the Shiv Sena said its 18 MPs were staying away both from the debate on the motion and a vote at the end of it.

01:36:01 on 20 Jul

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The SHE teams nabbed an electrical engineer and an auto driver for harassing women in two different incidents. A martial arts aspirant who used to practise at a playground in Suryanagar ended up being a victim. According to the police, Mohammed Hasan Naweed Adnan and Mohammed Abdul Majeed recorded videos of the victim while she used to practise every morning.

01:35:01 on 20 Jul

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The controversy over ‘eminence’ tag given to Reliance’s yet-to-be established Jio institute is not yet settled. As the issue was raised in the Upper House, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar once again clarified that the Jio Institute had applied under the ‘greenfield’ category and that the ministry had only given it a ‘letter of intent’.

01:26:01 on 20 Jul

BJD and Shiv Sena's walkout will have implications on the arithmetic in the house when it goes to vote at 6pm. There are currently 533 members in the LS(excluding the Speaker). The effective strength of the house comes down to 496. The current halfway mark, at 11:45 am, stands at 249 seats. The two-thirds mark is 330.

01:20:01 on 20 Jul

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Reliance Jio has made its JioPhone Monsoon Hungama offer live to give consumers new JioPhone in exchange with their old feature phones plus Rs 501. The scheme was announced by Mukesh Ambani in RIL's 41st Annual General Meeting early this month. Ambani had announced that buyers could exchange their old feature phone with JiPhone for Rs 501 from July 21.

01:15:01 on 20 Jul

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The South Indian Cine Stunt Directors and Stunt Artistes Union signed a memorandum of understanding with the Telugu stunt union in Hyderabad to employ an equal number of stunt artistes from the State. Based on the agreement, a Tamil stunt director working on a movie in Hyderabad will have to hire an equal number of Telugu and Tamil stunt artistes.

01:10:01 on 20 Jul

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Serilingampally should be at the forefront in implementing electric vehicles, said minister of IT K.T. Rama Rao. He expressed displeasure over the delay in works in the constituency despite the allocation of funds. He held a review meeting with Serilingampally public representatives and officials on the welfare activities taken up in the constituency.

12:41:27 on 20 Jul

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CM reiterated his claim that no farmer was forced to give away their lands for GEC. He said, “People are voluntarily giving the land for the project. Farmers, who belonged to political parties, are creating hurdles along with a group of people, who had personal motives,” he said adding that they had no intention to support any developmental projects of the government.

12:40:01 on 20 Jul

Heavy rains can be expected in isolated places in AP and Telangana in the next two days with scattered rains thereafter predicts the IMD. The Cyclone Warning Centre issued a 24-hour warning for coastal AP. IMD states that a low-pressure area that has formed over the northwest Bay of Bengal and it extends up to 7.6 km above the sea level.

12:37:10 on 20 Jul

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Dhadak review - Refreshing but weak

Udaipur in Rajasthan functions as a battleground in Dhadak, the remake of Marathi hit Sairat (2016). It’s a familiar set-up. We have seen many such stories, but there is a reason Sairat clicked immediately and Dhadak lacks that instant appeal. Actually, what hampers Dhadak the most is the pressure to look striking.

12:27:01 on 20 Jul

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The Metropolitan Transport Corporation is planning to commercially utilise bus termini in strategic locations across Chennai.
The MTC, which is facing a severe financial crunch and losing out on commuters after the steep hike in fares, is exploring the possibility of using its premises ‘vertically’ for increasing revenue generation.

12:17:44 on 20 Jul

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At the ongoing World Junior Squash Championships in Chennai, the Switzerland team has come without their top girl player, Ambre Allinckx, whose parents didn’t want her to travel to India for concerns of safety of girls in India. Teams from Iran, US and Australia have also expressed concerns and asked players not to venture out alone. Some have decided to dress carefully.

12:10:01 on 20 Jul

Xiaomi introduced the Mi Max series in India back in June 2016 and despite its gigantic proportions, the phone performed well in the Indian market. Now, the company has launched the third generation of the phablet line-up, Mi Max 3. While the first two generations had a similar screen size of 6.44 inches, the third generation stretches out to 6.9 inches.

11:55:02 on 20 Jul

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The TDP was awarded 13 minutes to present its case on bifurcation of AP and the Centre’s non-cooperation in the Lok Sabha.With just hours left for the no-confidence motion to begin, TDP chief and CM N Chandrababu Naidu deliberated with the party officials, chalking out a strategy to illustrate how the Centre had “betrayed” AP by denying it Special Category Status.

11:53:58 on 20 Jul

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Walt Disney Animation Studio is set to debut its first VR short film, Cycles, this August in Vancouver, the Association for Computing Machinery announced today. The plan is for it to be a headliner at the ACM’s computer graphics conference (SIGGRAPH), joining other forms of VR, AR and MR entertainment in the conference’s designated Immersive Pavilion.

11:41:01 on 20 Jul

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Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) declared its Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) supplementary exam 2018 result on its official result website on Thursday. KSEEB conducts the supplementary examination for the failed candidates. The exam is conducted to help successful students join higher education courses in the same academic year.

11:36:01 on 20 Jul

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A complaint has been lodged with the Chennai Police Commissioner against Blue Cross for failing to attend to an injured dog at Porur. Also, an activist claimed that he was asked to sign the ambulance card stating that Blue Cross had attended to the injured dog. A dog had fallen into the stormwater drain dug by the Corporation staff in Porur.

11:25:01 on 20 Jul

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The railway protection force (RPF) and government railway police (GRP) have increased the security at Trisulam railway station opposite Chennai Airport following a bomb threat letter, on Thursday. According to the sources, the letter addressed RPF, Egmore railway station warned of the terrorist plot to plant a bomb at the railway station before August.

11:10:02 on 20 Jul

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No-Trust motion commences at 11 Am

PM has met a group of cabinet ministers ahead of the no-confidence motion debate that will begin in parliament at 11 am. Through yesterday, the idea being to secure a two-thirds majority in the voting this evening. The opposition parties that are backing the motion, say it will be the debate and not the voting.

11:09:55 on 20 Jul

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called for the passage of the Citizenship Bill in the Rajya Sabha this session, claiming that it had been cleared by the Lok Sabha. The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in July 2016. Rajendra Agarwal, who is heading the JPC that is examining the proposed legislation, said that the Committee had not finalised its report yet.

10:55:01 on 20 Jul

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CM KCR said he's in touch with the CM of Karnataka and TN to seek their support in opposing any move by the Centre to give special incentives to AP when the Lok Sabha takes up the debate on the no-confidence motion. Mr Rao feels that these three states will be affected if AP gets special incentives as industries from Hyderabad, Chennai and Bengaluru may shift to AP.

10:45:01 on 20 Jul

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Nearly 200 techies, including women, are extending their services as traffic volunteers, are assisting the police in not only regulating vehicular movement on these busy corridors, but are also capturing images of violators and sending them to the police to collect penalty from them. The police are receiving at least 30 such photographs from these volunteers.

10:40:01 on 20 Jul

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Kevin, a young man killed for marrying a woman from a higher caste and status, remains a haunting memory for most Keralites. Another man Harison Haris, appeared on a Facebook live, standing with his wife Shahana, and told those watching that he does not want to end up as 'another Kevin'. The young couple told Shahana's family and the SDPI to stop issuing threats to them.

10:25:01 on 20 Jul

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The government has put on hold recruitment for teaching positions in universities and colleges pending a decision on the special leave petition it has filed against a court order curtailing reservation for SC/ST and OBCs, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said. He said his ministry had ordered a stop on filling of vacancies at universities/colleges pending decision on SLP.

10:15:01 on 20 Jul

In a rare event, the budget session of the Puducherry Legislative Assembly was adjourned sine die on Thursday, without passing the budget, triggering concerns, particularly among government employees. The Appropriation Bill (Budget) was listed on the agenda for introduction in the Assembly. But it could not be introduced and passed as Lt Governor has not granted approval.

10:10:01 on 20 Jul

One of the 17 men, accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in Chennai, had worked as a security guard at a hospital, where the police say he learnt how to give sedatives used on women during childbirth. It is these sedatives that the man, now a security guard at the apartment, gave to the girl before raping her and he also shot videos of the child in order to blackmail her.

10:05:35 on 20 Jul

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Sirpur Paper Mills revival gets NCLT nod

The NCLT has approved the proposal for the revival of Sirpur Paper Mills in Telangana, state Industry Minister KT Rama Rao said. With this, JK Paper Ltd will take over the 80-year-old mill located in Kaghaznagar town in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district. The state government extended certain incentives to JK Paper Ltd, which had submitted the proposal to revive the mill.

09:55:01 on 20 Jul

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Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam on Thursday termed as “inappropriate” allegations seeking to link the ruling AIADMK and a highway contractor, who has come under the Income Tax radar for alleged tax evasion. It was wrong to link a political party with the raids, since the Income Tax raids were conducted based on tax evasion.

09:40:01 on 20 Jul

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‘Molagapodiye, En Inipana Molagapodiye (Chilli powder, my sweet chilli powder)’ – A new single from Saamy Square has been released and it begins with this line. While it might be a cutesy introduction to the song, it is all downhill from there. While it is an easy listen, there is nothing new or creatively exciting about this song.

09:27:01 on 20 Jul

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TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy rushed to New Delhi, a day after he told reporters that he had decided that he would not participate in the ongoing monsoon session in the Parliament. Despite a whip issued by the party, asking its MPs to support the no-confidence motion if it comes up for debate in the Lok Sabha, Diwakar had earlier refused to visit New Delhi.

09:15:01 on 20 Jul

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