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Goa Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant will be the next chief minister of the coastal state after Manohar Parrikar's death on Sunday. Sawant said he will get two deputies - one from each alliance partner - as tough negotiations were carried throughout Monday alongside national mourning for Parrikar.

01:31:31 on 19 Mar

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The BJP's Pramod Sawant is set to be the new Chief Minister of Goa with an unprecedented two deputies for the tiny state - one from each alliance partner - signalling a resolution after tough negotiations alongside national mourning for Manohar Parrikar, who died on Sunday. Arriving at midnight at the Governor's House, Mr Sawant called it a "big responsibility".

01:25:54 on 19 Mar

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Dana Mroueh’s chocolate factory is a rarity for Ivory Coast and not only because the world’s top has cocoa grower produced precious little finished chocolate. Mroueh, a 40-year-old Ivorian, oversees the process from the time the beans are selected to when they are transformed into candies, producing organic and environmentally friendly chocolate bars.

01:25:01 on 19 Mar

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Positive attitude linked to healthy eating

According to a new study, people with a positive attitude are more likely to eat healthily. The research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) examined the motivational role of a theory called regulatory focus on consumers' involvement in nutrition, that is, the time and effort they put in to finding out about nutrition and seeking out nutritious food.

12:55:01 on 19 Mar

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To hear New Zealand native Karl Rock tell it, Delhi is Ground Zero for tourist scams, Paharganj is “a hotbed of fraudsters” who specifically target foreign travellers. Over the last five years, videos and blog posts have started to offer the kind of practical, first-hand advice. The camera-phone videos film scams live, as they unfold.

12:25:01 on 19 Mar

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Looking for ways to stay fresh and keep a check on body odour all day long? Are those same old deodorants not good enough? Then switch to aromatic talcum powders that will work instantly to make you feel and smell good. Make some changes in your beauty routine and include these popular talcs to stay at the top of your game.

11:57:02 on 18 Mar

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Holi will be celebrated with the usual frolic throughout the country in a few days. The primary risk which Holi brings along with itself is exposure to harmful chemicals in the form of Holi colours. To play it safe, it is important to use non-synthetic colours which are not harmful to your skin. Here is a list of recipes for herbal colours.

11:25:01 on 18 Mar

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Kamran Nasir was in a finance lecture in Australia when a gunman slaughtered 50 people during Friday prayers at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. Within hours he had joined a band of about 60 volunteers on their way to wash the dead victims, in the sombre aftermath of New Zealand's worst modern mass shooting spree.

10:57:01 on 18 Mar

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The Dhruva Sarja starrer Pogaru will most likely be an Independence Day release this year. The team is targeting this date and is working towards the deadline, say sources. Recently, the Pogaru team had wrapped up the 35-day second schedule, which had begun on February 4, at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad and are planning to begin the next schedule by this month end.

10:40:01 on 18 Mar

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Tennis in 2019, at least till the Indian Wells finals on Sunday, is in a good place. Bianca Andreescu and Dominic Thiem’s stunning wins broke new records and showed once again how enthralling the uncertainties of sport can be. But even without the top seeds, the competition is at an unprecedented level with youngsters giving WTA veterans a run for heir money.

10:25:01 on 18 Mar

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If the Hindi heartland is usually believed to be organically connected to right-wing politics, Bengali politics – until some time ago, at least – was considered to be sutured to the Left. In 2011, Mamata Banerjee pulled off the seemingly impossible feat of dislodging the over three-decade-old Left Front government.

10:12:01 on 18 Mar

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Manohar Parrikar can be best described as a simple man who was not a simpleton; a man of frugal habits who shunned all visible trappings of power and was quick to understand complex issues because of his technical knowledge acquired at IIT Bombay. In his demise, India has not only lost an astute administrator but a role model of a politician.

09:55:01 on 18 Mar

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Leave it to Twinkle Khanna to sum up Monday blues in a tweet. Twinkle Khanna, the bona-fide queen of sassy Twitter updates, did just that with a video, in which she can be seen gardening. "A metaphor for what I have been doing to my brain all day today," Twinkle captioned a video, in which she can be seen turning a flower pot upside down and shaking it up well.

09:40:01 on 18 Mar

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Pramod Pandurang Sawant has come a long way over the years, from being an Ayurveda practitioner to the man poised to be the next Chief Minister of Goa. The BJP leader's name was announced for the position this evening, after hours of hectic negotiations by the BJP leadership with the MGP and GFP in the wake of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's death on Sunday.

09:36:54 on 18 Mar

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On Sunday, social media giant Facebook banned one of India’s most active pages, run by Dhruv Rathee a popular YouTuber with more than 1.7 million subscribers. Rathee, a self-described “political centrist”, is often critical of the Modi government and has, as a result, attracted criticism from supporters of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

09:25:02 on 18 Mar

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As and when the obituary of the Modi regime gets written, future historians will have reason to register their disappointment that so distinguished a legal mind as K.K. Venugopal should have made himself available for the defence of a questionable defence deal. He is, after all, a constitutional officer positioned over and above the petty interests of the political crowd.

09:12:01 on 18 Mar

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India is known for a fairly high election turnout, but who turns out to vote in India, and why? In our last article, we discussed how constituency size, organisational networks, and social pressures may play a role in influencing voter turnout. India is known for a fairly high election turnout, but who turns out to vote in India, and why?

08:57:01 on 18 Mar

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Skin care essentials for Holi

The festival of colours is just around the corner and among the dry gulal and buckets of water; there could be traces of synthetic pigments which could potentially harm your skin. Even if you’re using organic colours, you’re still spending hours under the sun and doused in water.

08:40:02 on 18 Mar

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Campaign season is now finally upon us with all its attendant noise and fury. Coinciding as it does with the rising mercury, a touch of madness is already evident in the fulminations emanating from party offices and TV studios. It’s bound to get nastier as politicians and sundry TV anchors in battle fatigues try to plumb new depths.

08:27:01 on 18 Mar

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Why Nehru haunts the Modi government

When Modi govt passes into history, as all govts do, one of its most lingering memories would be the inveterate hatred it has displayed for Jawaharlal Nehru. Modi has himself led from the front, with characteristic aplomb, in demonizing India’s first Prime Minister. Now, many others in his government are gleefully following suit in gnawing at Nehru’s legacy, bit by bit.

08:12:02 on 18 Mar

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Goa Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant is set to be the next chief minister after Manohar Parrikar’s death on Sunday. Finalising Sawant’s name, Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that the party has decided who should be the next chief minister and the issue only rests with the alliance partners.

07:54:41 on 18 Mar

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The alarming number of times that Kerala’s Periyar River has changed colour has caught the attention of a panel set up by the NGT in the state. Retired Justice AV Ramakrishna Pillai, the chairman of State Level Monitoring Committee formed by NGT visited the river on Sunday to investigate the causes.

07:48:35 on 18 Mar

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Hours after Union Minister Giriraj Singh protested against Nawada constituency being taken away from him as part of the BJP's seat-sharing agreement with allies in Bihar, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan today said that his party will try to resolve any grievance caused by the political move.

07:45:16 on 18 Mar

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The BCCI on Monday said it will work with the National Anti-Doping Agency for the next six months, a major climbdown from its previous position of not adhering to the global anti-doping guidelines. The decision that was taken by the top BCCI office-bearers and COA after a meeting with the ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, came with its share of riders.

07:40:36 on 18 Mar

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A total of 1.2 lakh people in Assam will not be able to exercise their franchise in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as they have been marked as 'D' (Doubtful) voters, a senior Election Commission official said on Monday, 18 March. However, the people who have been left out of the complete draft of the NRC will be able to vote if their names figure in the electoral rolls.

07:38:36 on 18 Mar

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Peter Mukerjea Suffers Mild Heart Attack

A special CBI court on Monday allowed Peter Mukerjea, one of the accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, to undergo treatment at a private hospital of his choice in Mumbai. The decision came after Mukerjea suffered a mild heart attack and four blockages in his arteries, including one with 100 percent blockage.

07:20:57 on 18 Mar

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A Delhi court, on Monday, 18 March, fixed 25 March for the framing of charges in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case. Five people accused in the case had earlier denied allegations levelled against them by the CBI and said there was not enough evidence to prosecute them.Other accused in the case too had denied allegations against them previously.

07:19:24 on 18 Mar

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In an attempt to combat copyright-related issues on YouTube, creators have started adding self-sung songs behind funny clips they wish to shoot a reaction video on. Reaction videos, typically monetised, are a huge part of the current YouTube culture where people lift clips and trailers and film their reactions to what is happening on-screen.

07:16:13 on 18 Mar

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TV Thangkabalu bent forward ever so slightly and listened, rapt, as Rahul neared the end of his speech. "...and that is why we respect the people of Tamil Nadu", the Congress president told voters in Kanyakumari. Thangkabalu turned to his mic to translate. "Modi is the enemy of the Tamil people," he said. And netizens have greeted him with a collective howl of mirth.

07:08:54 on 18 Mar

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Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has said that the BCCI has to have a firm stand on cricketing relations with Pakistan. Gautam Gambhir, who was speaking to reporters on the side of a promotional event, stressed that BCCI should either snap all cricketing ties with Pakistan, including multi-lateral events, or engage with the arch-rivals at every level.

07:04:16 on 18 Mar

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CK Kumaravel, CEO and co-founder of Naturals Salons, has quit actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s MNM, citing internal politics. The businessman had joined Kamal’s core team soon after the actor launched his party in February last year. On Monday, 18 March, over a year later, Kumaravel quit the party in a letter to party chief Kamal Haasan.

07:01:27 on 18 Mar

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies are yet to reach a consensus on the name of the new Goa chief minister as Manohar Parrikar embarked on his final journey. However, according to media reports, Goa Speaker Pramod Sawant is likely to take charge. The state plunged into a political crisis following Parrikar’s demise on Sunday, 17 March.

06:51:40 on 18 Mar

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The chief minister of Goa and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar was laid to rest at Miramar on Monday next to the memorial of the state’s first CM Dayanand Bandodkar. Thousands of people thronged the streets of the state capital Monday to catch a final glimpse of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who died of a pancreatic ailment.

06:43:15 on 18 Mar

The Congress and the BJP Monday slammed TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao over his comments that the two parties had "failed" to meet the aspirations of the people and he would form a national party "if necessary". The national party talked about by Rao would not be able to take shape before the conclusion of LS polls, Reddy said.

06:37:58 on 18 Mar

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What is a coalition government? When does the need to form it arise? Is it an effective form of government? Here's the answer to all these questions that you may have on the merits and demerits of a government that is formed in partnership. A coalition government comprises more than one party, when no single party enjoys absolute majority in the House.

06:32:39 on 18 Mar

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Jr NTR is not going to host the Telugu version of Bigg Boss in the next season. As per reports, Jr NTR has informed the makers of the show about his decision. The actor is currently working in SS Rajamouli's, the director of the Baahubali franchise, next film RRR. The film also features Ram Charan Teja in an important role.

06:28:43 on 18 Mar

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Ahead of the Redmi Go launch in the country, Flipkart has started teasing the phone on its website. The e-retailer has set up a microsite for the phone, which highlights a few features and specifications of the phone. Xiaomi typically uses a heavily-customised version of Android - MIUI – on its smartphones.

06:16:10 on 18 Mar

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today kept up his attack on the "Mein Bhi Chowkidar" campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which gained huge traction on Twitter last night. Most BJP leaders, ministers and supporters had prefixed chowkidar to their twitter titles to show support minutes after the Prime Minister took the lead.

06:06:20 on 18 Mar

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Once worth at least $55 billion, India's Anil Ambani has about a day to piece together $80 million to settle long-pending dues with a vendor or go to prison. The tycoon's heavily indebted telecom business had promised to pay the local unit of Ericsson AB about 5.5 billion rupees ($80 million) for past maintenance services.

05:51:07 on 18 Mar

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Extending its winning streak to the sixth consecutive session, the BSE Sensex gained over 70 points on Monday as stocks made further headway powered by unabated foreign fund inflows and narrowing country's trade deficit amid positive global cues. The 30-share benchmark advanced to hit a high of 38,369.59 as buying activity gathered momentum.

05:48:07 on 18 Mar

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Union Culture Minister and BJP MP Mahesh Sharma referred to Congress president Rahul Gandhi as “Pappu” and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as “Pappu ki Pappi” during a poll campaign in Gautam Buddh Nagar, drawing flak from the opposition party which termed his remarks condemnable. Mr. Gandhi has often been mocked by the BJP and his opposition as Pappu, a colloquial sneer.

05:40:37 on 18 Mar

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Former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar's mortal remains have reached Miramar beach. Last rites are currently taking place in presence of family and top BJP leaders, including BJP chief Amit Shah, and thousands of followers. Goa Cabinet ministers lay wreath on Manohar Parrikar.

05:33:18 on 18 Mar

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A cyclone that ripped across Mozambique and Zimbabwe has killed at least 162 people with scores more missing and caused "massive" destruction in the Mozambican city of Beira. Cyclone Idai tore into the centre of Mozambique on Thursday night before barreling on to neighbouring Zimbabwe, bringing flash floods and ferocious winds, and washing away roads and houses.

05:30:34 on 18 Mar

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Main Bhi Chowkidar" campaign, saying: "Chowkidars are for the rich, not farmers." Priyanka Gandhi was talking to local people during her boat ride on the Ganga, which marks the launch of the Congress campaign in Uttar Pradesh for the April-May national election.

05:28:20 on 18 Mar

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The Supreme Court has said that acid attack is an “uncivilised and heartless crime” which does not deserve any clemency. The apex court observed this while asking two convicts, who have already undergone five year jail for throwing acid on a 19-year-old girl in 2004, to pay ₹1.5 lakh each as additional compensation to the victim.

05:20:12 on 18 Mar

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If a court finds it difficult to make a choice between death penalty and life imprisonment, it should opt for the lesser punishment, the Supreme Court said in a recent judgment. The judgment was based on an appeal filed by a man sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a five-year-old in Madhya Pradesh.

05:19:22 on 18 Mar

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Mouni Roy says her casting as the main antagonist in Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt-starrer Brahmāstra came as a surprise for her. Brahmāstra also featuring megastar Amitabh Bachchan, will serve as the first film in the trilogy. Mouni says working with the team has been an enriching experience.

05:16:12 on 18 Mar

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Honor had launched the 10 Lite earlier this year and riding on its success, the company has launched a new variant of the smartphone with the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage at Rs 11,999, today. The AI front camera recognizes eight selfie scenarios and even optimizes the background of the photo offers a superior selfie experience in both day and night lighting.

05:15:35 on 18 Mar

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The BJP and its allies in Goa are yet to come up with a name for the next chief minister of the state as the funeral procession of Manohar Parrikar to Miramar beach began. The final rites of Parrikar will be performed at 5 pm at the Miramar beach next to the memorial of Goa’s first chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar.

05:12:53 on 18 Mar

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A young Indian man, who had moved to New Zealand with his wife last year, lost her to a gruesome attack after a gunman opened fire at Christchurch mosque, killing many. After two years of marriage, Abdul Nazer and Ansi Alibava had moved to New Zealand with dreams of a better future. Alibava was pursuing a master's degree from Lincoln University.

05:07:58 on 18 Mar

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Participating in the Indian Premier League is obviously a feather in any cricketer's cap. But the bigger laurel is to be among the highest-paid players in the most coveted T20 league in the world. Here are talking about the top five buys of the IPL 2019, which featured names that aren't usually part of your daily cricketing conversations.

05:06:05 on 18 Mar

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Free antivirus apps on the Google PlayStore are a dime a dozen. But, a recent study by a security research firm has found that almost two-thirds of these applications are fake. The Austria-based antivirus research firm AV Comparatives had found only 80 apps delivered proper protection to the phone of the 250 apps it had tested.

05:03:52 on 18 Mar

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In a first, scientists have identified compounds found in coffee which may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer. The study, published in the journal The Prostate, was carried out on drug-resistant cancer cells in cell culture and in a mouse model. Coffee is a complex mixture of compounds which has been shown to influence human health in both positive and negative ways.

05:00:50 on 18 Mar

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China arrested nearly 13,000 terrorists and dismantled over 1,500 terror gangs in the northwestern Xinjiang province since 2014, the government said in a new policy paper on Monday. Beijing faces international criticism for setting up what the UN has called detention camps holding more than a million members from the Uyghur Muslim community in XUAR.

04:59:08 on 18 Mar

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The Trinamool Congress released its candidate list for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 and proudly claimed that over 40.5% candidates are women. However, of the seventeen women in the mix, four were actors – Moon Moon Sen and Satabdi Roy, who have been around in politics for some time, and political debutants Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan.

04:56:48 on 18 Mar

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Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister, who had been battling pancreatic cancer for more than a year, died at his son's home in Panaji on Sunday evening. He was 63. The announcement was made in a tweet by President Ram Nath Kovind, condolence messages poured in from political leaders across the board.

04:51:36 on 18 Mar

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When a young and little known Tejaswini Sawant was in urgent need of financial help to participate in a shooting world championship in Germany, then Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar came as her ray of hope. The support not only enabled the shooter from Kolhapur in Maharashtra to participate in the competition in 2005, but also became a turning point in her career.

04:44:14 on 18 Mar

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IPL has been the perfect platform for youngsters to showcase their skills and impress the global audience. In the last 11 years, the IPL has seen some quality players make a mark. With less than a week left for this year's league to start, it will once again be interesting to see which players rise to the challenge against the best in the business.

04:40:53 on 18 Mar

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The Facebook livestreaming of New Zealand mosque shooting has brought to the fore a critical issue for the law enforcement agencies to deal with, as tech giants struggle to find a solution to pro-actively stop such incidents. Strapped with a GoPro camera to his head, the gunman broadcast graphic footage of shooting people via Facebook Live for nearly 17 minutes.

04:40:50 on 18 Mar

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Several people were wounded in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday, police said, with local media reporting counter-terrorism police at the scene. "A shooting occurred on the 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht...Multiple people have been injured. The surrounding area has been cordoned off and we are investigating the matter," Utrecht police said on Twitter.

04:38:10 on 18 Mar

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CM Naveen Patnaik will contest Odisha Assembly polls from two seats, Bijepur and Hinjili. Patnaik on Monday announced the 1st list of BJD candidates for nine of the 21 Lok Sabha and 54 of the 147 assembly seats in the state. Simultaneous polling will be held in Odisha for the 21 Lok Sabha seats and the 147 assembly constituencies in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.

04:37:11 on 18 Mar

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C Prem Kumar's 96, with Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha, has clinched this year's Gollapudi Srinivas Award. The prize money of Rs 1.5 lakhs will be handed over to the first-time director on August 12. It was on August 12 in 1992 that a young Gollapudi Srinivas lost his life while filming his first work, Prema Pustakam, in Telugu.

04:31:58 on 18 Mar

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Accusing the BJP and the Congress of failing to meet the aspirations of the people, Telangana Chief Minister has said that he would start a national party "if necessary" to herald reforms and "unite the country". Kicking off his party's poll campaign from Karimnagar on Sunday, TRS president stressed on the need for an "alternative federal politics" in the country.

04:31:41 on 18 Mar

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Avengers: Endgame is all set to be a mega-event, dwarfing even its own predecessor, the last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. There is a sizable amount of speculation regarding Endgame’s plot, even more than it was in the case of Infinity War. While we knew in Infinity War that Thanos would, finally, invade earth. We know next to nothing regarding Endgame.

04:29:56 on 18 Mar

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Thousands of people thronged the streets of Goa state capital on Monday to catch a final glimpse of CM Parrikar, who died of on Sunday, as his mortal remains was brought to the BJP office for party workers to pay their last respect. His remains would be taken to Kala Academy, around 3 km from the BJP office, later on Monday, to allow the public pay their tribute to him.

04:19:01 on 18 Mar

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The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice to Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, and CBI on a plea of Tihar jail authorities challenging a trial court order allowing him to make international calls to his family, friends and lawyers for15 minutes per week.

04:16:44 on 18 Mar

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In simple terms, NOTA is an option exercised by a voter to specify that he does not have confidence on any of the contesting candidates and parties in the fray. How do you exercise this vote? What are its effects? With Elections 2019 knocking on the door, these are pertinent questions. Watch this video to know.

04:13:55 on 18 Mar

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There has been strong dialogue on what the next James Bond movies should include. Should it be a woman portraying the character ala Jane Bond, or should it feature a person of colour on the titular role. According to a report by The Sun, the upcoming movie in the spy franchise could feature the Aston Martin Rapide E alongside Agent 007.

04:10:56 on 18 Mar

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Mocking the Prime Minister’s ‘main bhai chowkidar’ (I too am watchman) campaign, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday said Narendra Modi has turned the whole country into “chowkidars” after getting caught. Mr. Gandhi, who had been repeatedly taking the “chowkidar chor hai” jibe at Modi, said the Prime Minister never said he would make the whole country “chowkidars”.

04:07:27 on 18 Mar

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The politically significant Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh has two polling booths that are poles apart in terms of topography but share a similar plight in terms of amenities. One is situated deep in the Dhauladhar range of lesser Himalayas and inaccessible by road while the second is a small island surrounded by the serene waters of Pong Lake.

04:00:37 on 18 Mar

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In a bid to curb fake news during the general elections, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation on Monday came together to impart digital literacy training. As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp.

03:58:09 on 18 Mar

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NDA constituent DMDK Monday announced its candidates for the four Lok Sabha seats allotted to it in the AIADMK-led alliance. In a statement, DMDK founder Vijayakanth announced the candidature of R Azhagarsamy from Virudhunagar and Alagapuram R Mohanraj from Chennai North, while Dr V Ilangovan will fight from Tiruchirappally.

03:55:55 on 18 Mar

Malayalam superstar Mohanlal spent about 90 minutes talking about his career and even took questions from his fellow actors during a live session from Facebook headquarters in Hyderabad. Actor Suriya also joined the discussion from Chennai. He had just arrived in his home town after finishing an action sequence on a speeding train in Odisha for his upcoming film Kaappaan.

03:52:07 on 18 Mar

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United States Ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster, on Monday condoled the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. "Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go to the family and friends of Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister and former Indian Defence Minister. He was greatly respected by the United States, and his loss will be deeply felt," Mr Juster tweeted.

03:49:28 on 18 Mar

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On the day of issue of the election notification TDP national president and CM Chandrababu Naidu sought to enthuse party cadres by equating them with the Alexander army. Alexander was the most successful commander who could conquer the world as all soldiers in his army were great warriors like him, Mr. Naidu said during a teleconference with the party leaders.

03:43:58 on 18 Mar

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Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad lifting the Test trophy after his side's victory over Ireland in the one-off match reminded everyone of Baahubali. Chants of Baahubali were heard when Shahzad lifted the trophy and placed it on top of his head just like Prabhas had done with the Shivalinga in the blockbuster film.

03:40:13 on 18 Mar

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Facebook Bans Modi Critic For Hitler Post

A leading political Youtube content creator and a frequent critic of Modi govt and BJP, Dhruv Rathee, was briefly banned from posting on Facebook on Monday, 18 March. Earlier on Monday, Rathee had tweeted that the giant social media platform had blocked him from posting on Facebook for 30 days, which included crucial phases leading up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

03:37:27 on 18 Mar

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The battle over who will be the next chief minister of the state continues even as Raj Bhawan gears up for a swearing in ceremony. While BJP Goa chief Vinay Tendulkar claims all is well with the allies - the allies say there is no consensus. Nitin Gadkari gave the allies a clear choice - either agree to a CM candidate from the BJP or face President's Rule.

03:36:30 on 18 Mar

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As parties, candidates, news studios, your family WhatsApp group and pundits across the country’s tea stalls gear up for the largest carnival on earth, it is important to keep one eye also on those who are organising – the ECI. It finally announced the poll dates on 10 March – only after Prime Minister was done with his blitzkrieg of 157 inaugurations across the country.

03:29:51 on 18 Mar

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China on Monday said it would discuss the dip in ties between New Delhi and Islamabad with the visiting foreign minister of Pakistan, as part of a broader diplomatic push to ease tensions in South Asia. As India-Pakistan escalated last month, Chinese vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou had visited Pakistan.

03:29:47 on 18 Mar

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Amid the political stalemate in Goa after the death of chief minister Manohar Parrikar, Speaker Pramod Sawant and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane have emerged as frontrunners for Goa CM’s post. Pramod Sawant is seen as someone who had “ear of the chief minister”, and someone who was groomed by Parrikar himself.

03:26:30 on 18 Mar

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Congress national general secretary and in-charge of east Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra began her party’s campaign for the Lok Sabha election 2019 with a ‘Ganga Abhishek’ and prayers at a temple in Prayagraj on Monday morning. Priyanka Gandhi arrived in Prayagraj on Sunday night and stayed at family’s home Swaraj Bhawan, where her grandmother Indira Gandhi was born.

03:24:04 on 18 Mar

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India’s former NSA Shivshankar Menon on Sunday, 17 March, hinted that China was indeed “picking sides” after Indo-Pak tensions by sending fighter jets to perform in Pakistan’s National Day. The J-10 fighter jets of the Chinese PLA Air Force's Bayi Aerobatic Team arrived in Pakistan on Saturday, 16 March, in preparation for a flight performance on Pakistan's National Day.

03:22:46 on 18 Mar

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South Indian actress Sumalatha, widow of late K'tka Cong leader M.H. Ambareesh announced her decision to contest the Lok Sabha election as an Independent from Mandya. "People of Mandya had a lot of faith in Ambareesh. I want to take forward his vision for Mandya. I will be contesting the elections as an Independent from the constituency," Sumalatha told the media here.

03:21:07 on 18 Mar

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IPL 2019: Five Debutants To Watch Out For

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to enter its 12th year as the fresh season starts on March 23. The IPL 2019 will also provide some cricketers a platform to hone their skills ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019, to be held in England from May 30 to July 14. Before the start of the 12th edition, let's have a look at some of the much-awaited IPL debutants.

03:19:18 on 18 Mar

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MDMK Chief Vaiko on Monday said that DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance will win on all 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. "DMK led Secular Progressive Alliance will win on all 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry," said Vaiko. A total of 39 Lok Sabha seats are at stake in Tamil Nadu and one in Puducherry.

03:17:36 on 18 Mar

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An anti-terror court in Panchkula trying the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case had adjourned its hearing to Monday, 18 March, due to an ongoing strike by local lawyers. The court was earlier expected to pronounce its verdict on 11 March, but deferred the matter till 14 March after a Pakistani woman filed an application claiming she had evidence relevant to the case.

03:10:42 on 18 Mar

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Oil-marketing companies increased the prices of petrol, whereas diesel prices were slashed across the four metro cities on Monday. Petrol prices were raised by 7 paise in all four metros. Petrol is priced at Rs. 72.78 per litre in New Delhi, Rs. 74.86 per litre in Kolkata, Rs.78.40 per litre in Mumbai and Rs. 75.59 per litre in Chennai, according to Indian Oil Corporation.

03:08:24 on 18 Mar

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Xiaomi has launched the Redmi 7 smartphone today at an event in China alongside the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which has already been launched in India. The device is the successor of the budget segment smartphone Redmi 6, which was launched in September 2018 in India. The Redmi 7 is available in Blue, Red and Black colour options in China.

03:06:21 on 18 Mar

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In a bid to reduce the burden on students, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has excluded three chapters from the Class 9 history textbook. One of these chapters is about the conflict between women of the oppressed Nadar caste of Travancore and the privileged castes, who forced the women to keep their upper bodies bare.

03:04:45 on 18 Mar

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AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes has deleted his Facebook account over the circulation of a video of the Christchurch mosques carnage that claimed the lives of 50 people, saying the social media giant needed to "clean up and not just think of financials". Fernandes, who had 670,000 followers, announced his decision in a series of tweets on Sunday, reports CNN.

03:02:13 on 18 Mar

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Amazon and Vodafone Idea announced today that all Idea Nirvana postpaid customers are now eligible to receive a year of Amazon Prime membership (worth Rs 999) at no additional cost. This gives customers access to Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading and unlimited free, fast shipping of products and exclusive access to deals on Amazon.in.

02:59:41 on 18 Mar

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Notification for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections was issued on Monday, setting in motion the high-voltage electoral battle where the BJP seeks to return to power amid opposition's efforts to present a united fight to unseat it. Polling would be held in 91 parliamentary constituencies spread across 20 states on April 11 under the first phase.

02:52:39 on 18 Mar

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Goa BJP chief, Vinay Tendulkar, said the party will name the new chief minister by 3 pm today, PTI reported. As per reports, Speaker Pramod Sawant and BJP leader Vishwajit Rane are the frontrunners in the race. Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari held a second round of meeting with the alliance partners and BJP MLAs.

02:51:59 on 18 Mar

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Love, Death & Robots, the new Netflix series from the enticing partnership of Deadpool director Tim Miller and all-time legend David Fincher is neither lovely, nor particularly deadly. Instead, it is a dark, depraved experiment made up of 18 episodes of varying lengths, genres and animation techniques, united by common themes.

02:47:46 on 18 Mar

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A six-year-old boy who was on treatment for West Nile Fever at Kozhikode Medical College hospital died here on Monday. Muhammad Shan, hailing from AR Nagar panchayat in Malappuram district was diagnosed with West Nile fever nearly a week ago. According to District Medical officer, the boy breathed his last at 3 am in the hospital.

02:45:46 on 18 Mar

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi is taking out a river journey (Ganga yatra) from Prayagraj to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to launch her party’s poll campaign. The Congress’s general secretary in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh will take a three-day, 140 km long ‘Ganga yatra’ on a steamer boat from March 18-20 from Chhatnag in Prayagraj to Assi Ghat in Varanasi.

02:44:36 on 18 Mar

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Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister, who had been battling pancreatic cancer for more than a year, died at his son's home in Panaji on Sunday evening. He was 63. The announcement was made in a tweet by President Ram Nath Kovind, condolence messages poured in from political leaders across the board.

02:42:07 on 18 Mar

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MGP, an ally of the ruling BJP in Goa, on Monday said its executive committee would take a call on whether to continue support to the state government. MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar met Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari at a hotel near Panaji to discuss the political situation in the state following the death of chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

02:37:06 on 18 Mar

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The Tamil Nadu Police lodged Thirunavukkarasu, the main accused in the Pollachi sexual abuse-cum-blackmail case, in a prison here. CBCID got his custody on Friday and had interrogated him at an undisclosed location. Thirunavukkarasu, Sathish, Sabarirajan, Vasanthakumar, all in their 20s, have been accused of sexually assaulting women in Pollachi town and blackmailing.

02:36:54 on 18 Mar

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