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BJP alleges ruling MLAs assaulted Delhi bureaucrat, AAP denies
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) A war of words erupted on Tuesday between the AAP and the BJP over an alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by Aam Aadmi party legislators in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Fergie apologises for national anthem performance
Los Angeles, Feb 20 (IANS) After receiving a backlash over her national anthem performance at the NBA All-Star Game, singer Fergie has issued a formal apology.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Sports
Lazio emerge from bad patch with 2-0 win over Hellas Verona
Rome, Feb 20 (IANS) Lazio defeated relegation-bound Hellas Verona 2-0 to end a three-match losing streak and vault over Inter Milan into fourth place in the Serie A football championship.
2018-02-20
Category: International, Italy,Sports,Football
Genome sequencing to help prevent inbreeding among tigers
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Scientists are sequencing the genome of Ranthambore's tigers, the most isolated feline and one that, it is feared, could be wiped out due to possible inbreeding.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Science/Tech,Environment/Wildlife
Frankfurt edge Leipzig 2-1 to go 3rd in Bundesliga
Frankfurt (Germany), Feb 20 (IANS) Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to defeat RB Leipzig 2-1 and move up to third place in the Bundesliga football championship
2018-02-20
Category: International, United States,Sports,Football
Two killed in UP road accident
Lucknow, Feb 20 (IANS) Two teenagers were killed and a dozen injured when their pickup van rammed into a tree and rolled into a ditch in Basti district in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, police said.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
UK, US in talks over two British militants
London, Feb 20 (IANS) The US and UK are in talks about the fate of two men from London who were detained in Syria last month on suspicion of terrorist activity, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United Kingdom,Terrorism
Moody's place PNB's ratings under review for downgrade
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday placed under review for downgrade Punjab National Bank's (PNB) local and foreign currency deposit rating of Baa3/P-3 and foreign currency issuer rating Baa3, an official statement said here.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Equity indices trade higher; metals, IT stocks gain
Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices on Tuesday traded on a higher note during the mid-afternoon session -- amid volatility -- with healthy buying in metals, consumer durables, IT and banking stocks.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Oxfam bosses to be questioned over sex scandal
London, Feb 20 (IANS) Senior Oxfam executives will appear before British MPs on Tuesday amid criticism over the way the charity handled claims of sexual misconduct by its staff in Haiti.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United Kingdom,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Google AI shows how eyes could reveal heart attack risk
San Francisco, Feb 20 (IANS) Knowing the risk of a heart attack or a stroke could soon become as simple as an eye test as researchers at Google and its health-tech arm Verily have found that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) could help identify signals of heart diseases through retinal images.
2018-02-20
Category: International, Costa Rica,Lifestyle/Fashion,Technology,Health/Medicine
'Black Panther' will inspire people of all backgrounds: Michelle Obama
Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) Former first lady of the US Michelle Obama believes the film "Black Panther" will be an inspiration to individuals from all backgrounds, and the youth will see superheroes that look like them.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Crucial days ahead for CPI-M in Kerala (New Analysis)
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20 (IANS) The coming days are going to be crucial for the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in general -- and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in particular -- with the state party conference scheduled to be held in Thrissur from February 22 to 25.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Kerala,National,Politics,Opinion/Commentary
Fitch places PNB on 'Rating Watch Negative', may downgrade
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Fitch Ratings has placed Punjab National Bank's (PNB) Viability Rating of 'bb' on Rating Watch Negative (RWN), following the $1.8 billion fraud detected in the bank, an official statement said here on Tuesday.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
I always look beyond the frame: Cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee
Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) National Award winning cinematographer, whose talent has added value to Hindi films like "Chak De! India", "Dhoom 3", "Bajirao Mastani", "Kaabil" and the latest "Padmaavat", says as a visual storyteller, he always tries to look beyond the frame to capture the larger sight of the story.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,National,IANS Life
Digital economy cannot be forced on people: Former minister Pallam Raju (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has "twisted" some of the things in the digital revolution, such as "forcing digital transactions" on people and insisting on linking Aadhaar with everything, says M.M. Pallam Raju, a minister in the earlier Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Technology,Business/Economy
Shah Rukh Khan is Sophia's favourite actor
Hyderabad, Feb 20 (IANS) Shah Rukh Khan is the favourite actor of Sophia, the human-like robot.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Technology,Business/Economy,Cinema/Showbiz
'Welcome To New York' team yet to take decision on Rahat's song
Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) Director Chakri Toleti, who has helmed the forthcoming film "Welcome To New York", says the makers are yet to decide whether to accept the suggestion of singer-turned-Union minister Babul Supriyo's demand to remove Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's voice from the film's song "Ishtehaar" or keep it.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
PNB fraud: CBI continues questioning
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The CBI on Tuesday continued questioning 10 Punjab National Bank (PNB) officials including those of General Manager rank and four employees of Nirav Modi group of companies in the Rs 11,300 crore bank fraud case.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Modi wishes Arunachal, Mizoram on statehood day
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday conveyed his greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram on their statehood day.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
SC to hear actress Priya's plea seeking quashing of FIR
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court will hear on Wednesday a plea by Malayalam actress Priya Warrier seeking quashing of a spate of complaints and an FIR registered against her and another for allegedly hurting the sentiments of a minority community.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Religion,Cinema/Showbiz
Microsoft ends push notifications for Windows 7, 8 Phones
San Francisco, Feb 20 (IANS) Microsoft has announced that it is ending support for all push notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 devices starting from Tuesday.
2018-02-20
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
US-S.Korea military drills to begin after Winter Olympics
Seoul, Feb 20 (IANS) The South Korean Defence Ministry on Tuesday said that it will carry out its annual military drills with the US once the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
2018-02-20
Category: International, South Korea,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
Politics not my cup of tea: Malayalam filmmaker Balachandra Menon
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Politics is a field best suited for "great people with extraordinary skills and human qualities", says veteran Malayalam filmmaker Balachandra Menon, even as southern film industry bigwigs Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan take the political plunge.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Southern Cinema,National,IANS Life
One million trees pledged for Trump Forest
Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) More than one million trees have been pledged for Trump Forest, a bid by environmentalists to offset the US Presidents curtailing of clean energy initiatives by planting 10 billion trees around the globe, the media reported on Tuesday.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United States,Politics,Environment/Wildlife,Human Interest/Society
Google discloses security flaw in Microsoft Edge
San Francisco, Feb 20 (IANS) Google has made public the details of a medium-level security flaw in Microsoft Edge browser whose patch is still not produced.
2018-02-20
Category: International, Costa Rica,Defence/Security,Technology
Khalistan issue has derailed focus of Trudeau's visit: Herb Dhaliwal (IANS Interview)
Toronto, Feb 20 (IANS) Canadas first Cabinet minister of Indian origin, Herb Dhaliwal, says the focus of the on-going visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India has been derailed by the Khalistan issue.
2018-02-20
Category: International, Canada,Politics,Diplomacy
CBI continues raids in Rotomac case
New Delhi/ Kanpur, Feb 20 (IANS) The CBI on Tuesday continued raids at the same three locations in Kanpur for the second consecutive day as it probed a multi-crore loan default by Rotomac Pen's chief Vikram Kothari.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
SC to hear on bank top brass' role in PNB scam
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court will hear on Friday a plea for probe into the role of the top management of Punjab National Bank in the Rs 11,300 crore scam allegedly involving jeweller Nirav Modi and others.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Bringing the flavour of van Gogh to grunge Kolkata (Book Review)
Book: On the Road to Tarascon; Author: Arnab Nandy; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 204; Price: Rs 350
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books,National,IANS Life
How telecom has become driver of economic change in India (Column: Active Voice)
For most part of human history, change was glacial in pace. It was quite safe to assume that the world at the time of your death would look pretty much similar to the one at the time of your birth. That is no longer the case, and the pace of change seems to be growing exponentially. Futurist Ray Kurzweil put it succinctly when he wrote in 2001: "We wont experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century - it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at todays rate)." Since the time of his writing a lot has changed, especially with the advent of the internet.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary,Business/Economy
Land plants arose 100 million years earlier than thought
London, Feb 20 (IANS) The first plants to colonise the Earth originated around 500 million years ago -- 100 million years earlier than previously thought, says a new study.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United Kingdom,Science/Tech,Environment/Wildlife
India test fires Agni II missile off Odisha coast
Bhubaneswar, Feb 20 (IANS) India on Tuesday test-fired its indigenously developed intermediate range ballistic missile Agni II from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Orissa,National,Technology,Defence/Security
Mexico investigates disappearance of three Italians
Mexico City, Feb 20 (IANS) Mexican authorities were investigating the disappearance of three Italian men who went missing on January 31 in the state of Jalisco.
2018-02-20
Category: International, Mexico,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Smart Cities Mission a starter to India's urban transformation: Minister Hardeep Puri
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Smart Cities Mission of the government is just a starter to India's urban transformation and the plan won't be limited to just 99 designated areas, says Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
Teens hold 'lie-in' outside White House, demands gun reform
Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) A group of teens and more than a hundred supporters staged a "lie-in" outside the White House on Presidents Day to pressurise lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws, the media reported.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Defence/Security
'Sadistic' British researcher sentenced for sexual exploitation
London, Feb 20 (IANS) A British university researcher has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for a litany of "warped and sadistic" crimes, including blackmail and sexual exploitation.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United Kingdom,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Misty Tuesday morning in Delhi
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) It was a misty morning here on Tuesday with the minimum temperature recorded at 10.1 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife
Trump endorses Mitt Romney's bid for Senate seat
Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who will run for a Senate seat from Utah state in November.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United States,Politics,Diplomacy
Key Indian equity indices open flat
Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices traded on a flat note on Tuesday with marginal upward movement in both the indices.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Apple releases fix for Telugu bug that crashes iPhones
San Francisco, Feb 20 (IANS) Apple has released a new iOS 11.2.6 update that includes a fix for the bug that is causing iPhones and apps like Facebook and WhatsApp to crash when a Telugu single character is received via iMessage.
2018-02-20
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology
Ex-Peruvian President ordered to stand trial again
Lima, Feb 20 (IANS) Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori has been ordered to stand trial for the 1992 killings of six farmers, the media reported on Tuesday.
2018-02-20
Category: International, Sweden,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
UN experts urge US not to execute ill person
United Nations, Feb 20 (IANS) Two UN human rights experts have urged the US government to halt the execution of a seriously ill person.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights
Myanmar to implement 10-year elephant conservation action plan
Nay Pyi Taw, Feb 20 (IANS) Myanmar's government has planned to conduct a 10-year action plan on elephant conservation which aims to prevent a decrease in the number of wildlife elephants and a reduction of their pasture land, authorities said on Tuesday.
2018-02-20
Category: International, Myanmar,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Environment/Wildlife
US ramps up presence in Black Sea
Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) The US Navy is ramping up its presence in the Black Sea as part of a bid to counter Russia's increased presence there, an American military official told CNN.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United States,Defence/Security
I've always been hypochondriac: Kendall Jenner
Los Angeles, Feb 20 (IANS) Model Kendall Jenner says she has always been a hypochondriac.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz
David Oyelowo's kids impressed by 'The Cloverfield...'
London, Feb 20 (IANS) Actor David Oyelowo says his children are not impressed with any of his films like they are with "The Cloverfield Paradox".
2018-02-20
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
'Each year, 6 lakh newborns die within 28 days of birth in India'
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) A quarter of global neonatal deaths happen in India where nearly 600,000 newborns die within 28 days of their birth every year, according to a new Unicef study.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Health/Medicine
Israeli minister meets Palestinian PM for peace talks
Jerusalem, Feb 20 (IANS) Israel's Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the Palestine's West Bank city on Monday, and called on to renew the long-stalled peace talks.
2018-02-20
Category: International, Israel,Politics,Diplomacy
Sleep problems in menopause linked to hot flashes, depression
Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) A study of middle-aged women by the University of Illinois (UI) found that sleep problems vary across the stages of menopause, yet are consistently correlated with hot flashes and depression.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech,Health/Medicine
Alicia Vikander loves 'big adventure films'
Los Angeles, Feb 20 (IANS) Oscar winning actress Alicia Vikander says she loves "independent and arthouse" cinema, but is also attracted towards the big adventure films.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Trump backs efforts to tighten gun background checks
Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) The US President Donald Trump supports efforts to strengthen federal background checks on those looking to purchase firearms, the White House said Monday.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Defence/Security,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Germany to add more soldiers in NATO exercises
Berlin, Feb 20 (IANS) Germany will significantly increase the number of its armed forces personnel participating in NATO exercises on the military alliance's "Eastern frontier", media reports on Monday said.
2018-02-20
Category: International, Germany,Politics,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
Tochi Raina wanted to be cricketer
Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) Singer Tochi Raina, who has sung songs like "Kabira" and "Iktara", says he aspired to be a cricketer.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
3 policemen killed during clash with 'Deravish' in Iran
Tehran, Feb 20 (IANS) Three security policemen were killed and some others were injured in the clashes with the "Deravish" sect in Iranian capital Tehran on Monday.
2018-02-20
Category: International, Turkey,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
British minister calls for new approach to end knife crime
London, Feb 20 (IANS) British Home Secretary Amber Rudd called on Monday for "a different approach" to tackling the "terrible" toll of knife deaths as a 19-year-old became the fifth London teenage this year to die in a stabbing.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United Kingdom,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
I sign films based on their potential: Richa
Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) Actress Richa Chadha says she signs film based on the merit of the story.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Israel signs $15 bn deal to export gas to Egypt
Tel Aviv, Feb 20 (IANS) Israel-based Delek and Texas-based Noble Energy signed on Monday a $15 billion deal to export natural gas to Egypt, the officials said.
2018-02-20
Category: International, Israel,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
Trump convoy driver detained after firearm found in baggage
Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) A driver for the White House press pool was briefly detained on Monday after a firearm was found in his personal baggage as he tried to enter a secured area, the US Secret Service said.
2018-02-20
Category: International, United States,Defence/Security
Sylvester Stallone, brother denounce death hoax
Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) Popular Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone on Monday slammed social media reports of his death while his younger brother Frank termed those spreading the hoax as "mentally deranged".
2018-02-20
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Mentors to check learning outcomes in Delhi schools
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Under new education scheme "Mission Buniyaad", mentors will be appointed to check the learning outcomes of schools run by the Delhi government and the municipal corporations of Delhi (MCDs), Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Monday.
2018-02-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Education
Not only PNB, other banks also involved in scam: Mamata
Baharampur (West Bengal), Feb 19 (IANS) Continuing her attack on the Centre over the multi-crore PNB fraud, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that there are "other banks" involved in such money laundering cases with their chiefs being protected by the BJP government.
2018-02-19
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Karnataka legislator's son surrenders in assault case
Bengaluru, Feb 19 (IANS) Karnataka Congress legislator N.A. Haris' son and expelled state Youth Congress leader Mohammed Nalapad surrendered a day after he was booked on Sunday in an assault case, police said on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
PNB fraud: ED raids over 40 locations in several cities on Monday
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday conducted searches at over 40 more locations in several cities across India in connection with the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, an official said.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Airtel, HMD Global offer affordable 4G smartphones
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) As part of its "Mera Pehla Smartphone" initiative, Telecom services provider Bharti Airtel and HMD Global on Monday announced a partnership to offer affordable 4G smartphones.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
Selling every handset, not dumping units in secret warehouses: Xiaomi India (Lead, correcting name in first para)
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics and software company, does not have big, secret warehouses in India where it is dumping unsold inventory and is actually selling smartphones faster than any other brand in the country, Xiaomi India Managing Director and Global Vice President Manu Kumar Jain has emphasised.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Opinion/Commentary,Technology
Pay utility bills now with Google 'Tez'
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Google India on Monday announced that people can now pay water, electricity, DTH and mobile bills with its "Tez" digital payment app without any transaction charges.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
The sublime joy of translations (Translating India-10)
(ATTN EDITORS: This is the last in a 10-part "Translating India" series where noted translators -- in articles written exclusively for IANS -- share their experiences of translating from their respective languages.)
2018-02-19
Category: International, Turkey,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books,National,Opinion/Commentary,IANS Life
Iran resumes search for plane debris in mountains
Tehran, Feb 19 (IANS) Relatives of 66 people who were on board a plane that crashed in central Iran are desperately waiting for any news as rescue teams began a second day of search for the wreckage.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Turkey,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Indonesia volcano erupts
Jakarta, Feb 19 (IANS) The Mount Sinabung volcano in Indonesia's Sumatra Island erupted on Monday, spewing columns of ash as high as five km with hot ash sliding down its slope.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Indonesia,Environment/Wildlife
Web series on 1992 securities scam in the works
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) A web series based on the non-fiction book "The Scam" detailing the securities scam of 1992 is being developed by Applause Entertainment.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Sudin Dhavalikar chosen Goa House leader
Panaji, Feb 19 (IANS) Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leader and Goa PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, member of the ruling coalition, has been chosen the leader of the House in the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics
Israel attacks underground infrastructure in Gaza
Jerusalem, Feb 19 (IANS) Israeli warplanes attacked an underground infrastructure in the Gaza Strip on Monday hours after a rocket was launched at Israel from Palestinian territory, the military said.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Israel,Defence/Security
Wanted to do something big on small screen: Aditi
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Actress Aditi Rathore, best known for playing the lead character Avni in the show "Naamkarann", is not keen on doing films at the moment. She says she always had a desire to do something big on the small screen.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz
Maldivian President seeks extension of state of emergency
Male, Feb 19 (IANS) Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday requested Parliament to extend the state of emergency for a further 15 days amid the ongoing political crisis.
2018-02-19
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Irrespective of caste, creed, sex, religion India is one: Naidu
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that we should be proud of being Indian and there is a requirement to stop thinking on the lines of caste, creed, sex and religion.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights
Scientists grow sheep embryos containing human cells
Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) In a breakthrough, scientists from the US and Japan have transferred human stem cells into sheep embryos, an advance that may pave the way for growing transplant organs inside animals.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United States,Health/Medicine
Reported doping case may affect Russian athletes' flag future
PyeongChang, Feb 19 (IANS) A reported doping case involving a Russian athlete could affect whether or not his team will march behind the Russian flag at the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
Chatbots to handle 25% customer service and support by 2020
Tokyo, Feb 19 (IANS) Twenty-five per cent of customer service and support operations will integrate virtual customer assistant (VCA) or chatbot technology across engagement channels by 2020 -- up from less than two per cent in 2017, Gartner said on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Japan,Business/Economy,Technology
Gitanjali Gems plunge 10%, PNB stocks trade 8% lower
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) Shares of Gitanjali Gems extended losses for the fourth consecutive session on Monday -- plunging almost 10 per cent to its lower circuit level at Rs 33.80 per scrip.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Parrikar can be sent to US, if need be: Goa Deputy Speaker
Panaji, Feb 19 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is being treated at Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital for a pancreas-related ailment, can be shifted to the US for further treatment, "if need be", Deputy Speaker and BJP MLA Michael Lobo said on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Goa,National,Media,Politics,Health/Medicine
'Hindi Medium 2' narrative amusing yet emotional: Adajania
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) Homi Adajania will be directing the sequel to "Hindi Medium" with actor Irrfan Khan playing the lead. The filmmaker says the film's story is very "amusing yet emotional".
2018-02-19
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Ajax trail PSV by 5 points in Dutch league
Amsterdam, Feb 19 (IANS) AFC Ajax narrowed the gap to Dutch football league leaders PSV Eindhoven to five points after a 1-0 win over PEC Zwolle.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Netherlands,Sports,Football
Real Madrid stages strong second-half comeback over Betis
Seville (Spain), Feb 19 (IANS) Real Madrid mounted a second-half comeback to defeat Real Betis 5-3 as they remained fourth in the La Liga football championship on Sunday.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
Ice hockey body to consider keeping joint Korean team for next Olympics
Gangneung (South Korea), Feb 19 (IANS) Ice hockey's global governing body said on Monday that it will consider keeping the joint Korean women's team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
'Note Pe Chot...' neither in favour nor against demonetisation: Ajay
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) Actor Ajay Kkuundal says his forthcoming movie titled "Note Pe Chot 8/11", which is based on demonetisation, is about how it affected the nation and does not favour or criticise Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to withdraw high-denomination notes from circulation.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Politics
Ronaldinho reveals post-retirement plans
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 19 (IANS) Ronaldinho has outlined plans to focus on music, his football academy and a new mystery project as he prepares for life after football.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Brazil,Sports,Football
Thiem wins 2nd Argentina Open; Molteni-Zeballos prevail in doubles
Buenos Aires, Feb 19 (IANS) Austria's Dominic Thiem claimed his second Argentina Open title, defeating Slovenia's Aljad Bedene 6-2 and 6-4, while Argentina's Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos topped Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in doubles.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Costa Rica,Sports,Tennis
'Jharkhand Chief Secretary should not get extension'
Ranchi, Feb 19 (IANS) The opposition in Jharkhand on Monday demanded that Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma, who is set to superannuate on February 28, should not be given the extension as she has been named in several graft cases.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Bihar,National,Politics
Want to shock, disturb people with my work: Filmmaker Q (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) His films don't release in a theatre near you, and neither does he think they're meant to be enjoyed with cola and popcorn.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,National,IANS Life
L&T Construction bags orders worth Rs 1,680cr
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) Industrial conglomerate Larsen and Toubro (L&T) on Monday said its construction arm has bagged orders worth Rs 1,680 crore from the Pune Municipal Corporation to revamp the water supply system in the city.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Uplift your attire with quirky footwear
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The right pair of shoes can transform your body language and attitude tremendously. Pair up Garfield or Mickey Mouse print shoes with loose and ankle-length cargo pants or opt for bold colours and attractive heels that can be paired with an all white attire, say experts.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
Jeethu Joseph to make Bollywood debut with Rishi Kapoor-starrer
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) Critically acclaimed Malayalam filmmaker Jeethu Joseph, best known for helming Mohanlal-starrer "Drishyam", is gearing up to make his Bollywood debut with a horror film starring actors Rishi Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Southern Cinema
FIFA chief warns corrupt football officials
Kampala, Feb 19 (IANS) The President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, has warned football association leaders not to use money meant for the sport for their own gain.
2018-02-19
Category: International, South Africa,Sports,Football
Microsoft's Bing to gain as Google kills 'view image' button
San Francisco, Feb 19 (IANS) Following Google's removal of the "view image" button from its image search results last week, several users will move to other browsers like Microsoft's Bing and Startpage that allow download of high-resolution images with a right click, media reported.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
Gionee India extends smartphone offer campaign
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) In a first hint that the company was not scaling down its operations in the country, Gionee India on Monday announced to extend its "Smile Squad" campaign till February 28 where people can buy its smartphones at attractive discounts.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
BJP names candidates for three Lok Sabha by-elections in UP, Bihar
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The BJP on Monday announced candidates for the by-elections to the Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh and Araira in Bihar, scheduled to be held on March 11.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
China outraged over Terracota warrior thumb theft
Beijing, Feb 19 (IANS) Chinese authorities have demanded "severe punishment" for a man who allegedly stole the thumb of a terracotta warrior statue on display in the US, state media reported on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: International, China,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Human Interest/Society
Journalist who wrote about Parrikar's health barred from Goa assembly
Panaji, Feb 19 (IANS) A journalist was on Monday barred from entering the precincts of the Goa legislative assembly, two days after he sent across a message about Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's ill-health and later retracted it.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Goa,National,Media,Politics
'Baaghi 3' to go on floors in December
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) Actor Tiger Shroff will start shooting for the third instalment of "Baaghi" in China in December.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Metals, banks drag equities lower; Sensex tanks over 300 points
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) Heavy selling pressure in metals, banking, capital goods, auto and oil and gas stocks dragged the key Indian equity indices lower on Monday, with the benchmark Sensex tanking over 300 points.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Karnataka lawmaker, farmer leader Puttannaiah dies
Bengaluru, Feb 19 (IANS) Karnataka's regional party lawmaker and popular farmer leader K.S. Puttannaiah has passed away. He was 69, an official said on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Politics
Hardik may campaign for MP polls
Bhopal, Feb 19 (IANS) Gujarat's Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Monday dropped hints that he may campaign for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections to be held later this year and also stated his intent to work for the youth and farmers.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Madhya Pradesh,National,Politics
Pakistan's Foreign Minister to visit Russia
Islamabad, Feb 19 (IANS) Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will leave for a four-day official visit to Russia on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Diplomacy
Hathaway may feature in 'The Last Thing...'
Los Angeles, Feb 19 (IANS) Actress Anne Hathaway is in talks to star in director Dee Rees "The Last Thing He Wanted", which is based on the Joan Didion's political thriller.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
India best placed to leverage technology: PM
Hyderabad, Feb 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India with one of the most tech-friendly populations, was best placed to leverage power of technology and leapfrog into future.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Politics,Technology
African filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo passes away
Los Angeles, Feb 19 (IANS) African filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo has died at the age of 64.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Payne, Cheryl may end relationship
London, Feb 19 (IANS) Singers Liam Payne and Cheryl might be breaking up soon as the former One Direction band member has sought legal advice about the "end of his relationship" with his girlfriend.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz
'Black Panther' album tops Billboard 200 Chart
Los Angeles, Feb 19 (IANS) The album for the "Black Panther", featuring songs by Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZA, Khalid and more, has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
For India's debt markets, covered bonds could be a game-changer (Comment: Special to IANS)
Innovation in the Indian capital markets is needed to both boost growth and resolve the balance sheet issues of banks. Besides improving the corporate bond market and lending standards, work needs to be done to create a covered bond market to assist better lending standards.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
Samsung remains smartphone market leader at home turf
Seoul, Feb 19 (IANS) Samsung smartphones maintained their dominant market status late last year as Apple iPhones expanded their presence in South Korea, an industry report said on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: International, South Korea,Technology,Business/Economy
Prosenjit's priority changed from 'screen time to substance'
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) National Award-winning Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterjee says he is more interested in being a part of content-driven films where his role offers more substance than the length of his screen presence.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,National,IANS Life
Novel blood, urine tests may predict autism in kids
London, Feb 19 (IANS) In a first of its kind, scientists have developed novel tests that can indicate autism in children, a finding that could lead to earlier diagnosis of the developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Health/Medicine
Veteran Odia actress Aparajita Mohanty joins BJP
Bhubaneswar, Feb 19 (IANS) Veteran Odia actress Aparajita Mohanty joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Orissa,National,Politics,Cinema/Showbiz
Five students killed in Maharashtra road accident
Kolhapur (Maharashtra), Feb 19 (IANS) At least five college students were crushed to death and another 26 injured when a truck they were travelling in turned turtle early on Monday, police said.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
India's Sri Lanka challenge (Comment: Special to IANS)
My wife and I recently visited Sri Lanka on a holiday with friends. For both of us, it was the first visit after almost 15 years. At that time, the idyllic island country was caught up in a deadly civil war that claimed countless lives and devastated the economy. When Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed power as the Sri Lankan President, he made the elimination of the Tamil Tigers his foremost objective. After 30 months of relentless assaults, the 26-year-old civil war finally ended in 2009, with the killing of Tamil Tigers (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and the ruthless decimation of his supporters.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Opinion/Commentary,Diplomacy
Pyongyang accuses US of hampering relations with Seoul
Pyongyang, Feb 19 (IANS) North Korea on Monday accused the US of pressing to resume annual joint military drills with South Korea as soon as the Winter Olympics end and hampering the improved relations achieved in the past few weeks between Pyongyang and Seoul.
2018-02-19
Category: International, North Korea,Politics
Now track Tesla Roadster in space
San Francisco, Feb 19 (IANS) An electrical engineer working in the aerospace industry has created a website to track Tesla CEO Elon Musk's Roadster -- the car tied to Falcon Heavy rocket by SpaceX -- which is zooming through space.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Costa Rica,Science/Tech,Technology
'Fire not at Jokhang chapel that houses Buddha statue'
Dharamsala, Feb 19 (IANS) The fire was not at the Jokhang chapel that houses the highly revered Jowo-Buddha Shakyamui statue but it was at an adjacent building within the Jokhang temple premises in Lhasa, Tibet, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Himachal Pradesh,National,Religion,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Rs 1 cr heist at Shiva temple in Haryana
Chandigarh, Feb 19 (IANS) Thieves took away jewellery and valuables worth nearly Rs 1 crore from a historic Shiva Temple in Haryana's Panchkula district, police said on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Punjab,National,Religion,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Clear sky in J&K cause sub-zero temperature in valley
Jammu/Srinagar, Feb 19 (IANS) A clear night sky led minimum temperatures throughout the Kashmir Valley to remain below the freezing point on Monday even as temperatures in the Jammu region showed further improvement.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Environment/Wildlife
CBI raids Rotomac's Kanpur properties
New Delhi/Kanpur, Feb 19 (IANS) The CBI on Monday raided several locations in Kanpur in connection with a Rs 800 crore loan default by the Rotomac Pen company's chief Vikram Kothari, an official said.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Judiciary needs more women to ensure justice for women: Top British lawyer
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) With crimes against women a feature in the developed as well as developing world, there is a pressing need for more female presence in the bench and bar than just a token few faces to ensure proper consideration and justice to the victims, says a prominent British woman jurist.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Immigration/Law/Rights,National,Art/Culture/Books,IANS Life
Selling every handset, not dumping units in secret warehouses: Xiaomi India
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics and software company, does not have big, secret warehouses in India where it is dumping unsold inventory and is actually selling smartphones faster than any other brand in the country, Xiaomi India Managing Director and Global Vice President Manoj Kumar Jain has emphasised.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence rule BAFTA 2018 red carpet
London, Feb 19 (IANS) Actresses Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lawrence outshined others as they glamourised the black dress code, followed by most at the 71st BAFTA red carpet here to support the Time's Up movement against sexual harassment and inequality.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Quoting WhatsApp message renders 'delete' feature ineffective
San Francisco, Feb 19 (IANS) If someone has quoted your message on WhatsApp before you delete it, you will still be able to see that message -- rendering the 'Delete for Everyone' feature ineffective, a media report said.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
PNB fraud fallout: CBI seals Brady House Branch in Mumbai
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) The CBI on Monday sealed the Brady House Branch of the Punjab National Bank as multiple probe agencies continued with their probe into the Rs 11,515 crore fraud, according to officials.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
KJo's 'Rannbhoomi' to release on Diwali 2020
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) Filmmaker Karan Johar's "Rannbhoomi" starring actor Varun Dhawan is scheduled to release on Diwali in 2020.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Lhasa's Jokhang temple normalise after fire
Lhasa, Feb 19 (IANS) Lhasa's Jokhang Temple, one of the most renowned and sacred temples in Tibetan Buddhism, has returned to its normal activities after a fire broke out at its premises over the weekend with no casualties, authorities said on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: International, China,Religion,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Female protesters crash BAFTA 2018
London, Feb 19 (IANS) A group of female protesters wearing 'Time's Up' T-shirts invaded the red carpet at the 71st British Academy Film Awards organised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), here.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights
Microsoft's Bing to gain as Google kills 'view image' button
San Francisco, Feb 19 (IANS) Following Google's removal of the "view image" button from its image search results last week, several users will move to other browsers like Microsoft's Bing and Startpage that allow download of high-resolution images with a right click, media reported.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch now on Feb 21
San Francisco, Feb 19 (IANS) Elon Musk-run SpaceX will now launch its Falcon 9 rocket carrying Starlink broadband satellites and the Paz radar-imaging satellite for Spain on Wednesday.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Costa Rica,Science/Tech
Partly cloudy sky on Monday
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) It was a partly cloudy sky here in Delhi with the minimum temperature recorded at 10 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average along with very-poor air-quality across NCR on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife
I should pay significantly higher taxes: Bill Gates
New York, Feb 19 (IANS) Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates has said that he should paymore in taxes and that the government should require other super-wealthy people like him to contribute "significantly higher" amounts.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United States,Technology,Business/Economy,Human Interest/Society
Key Indian equity indices open lower
Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices on Monday opened on a lower note as investors booked profits in metals, capital goods, oil and gas, and banking stocks.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Swastikas drawn on Polish embassy in Israel
Tel Aviv, Feb 19 (IANS) Swastikas were drawn on the gates of Poland's embassy in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv, a day after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Jews were among perpetrators of the Holocaust, the media reported.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Israel,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Oxfam suspects 'physically threatened' witnesses: Report
London, Feb 19 (IANS) Oxfam, the British charity rocked by corruption and sex abuse allegations, has revealed that three men at the centre of the claims physically threatened witnesses during a 2011 investigation.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Ex-Trump adviser to plead guilty to fraud-related charges
Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's former campaign adviser Rick Gates to fraud-related charges within days and has also agreed to testify against Paul Manafort, the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign, the media reported.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Mentally challenged person shot dead near J&K Air Force station
Srinagar, Feb 19 (IANS) A mentally challenged person was shot dead when he entered the security area of an Air Force station in Jammu and Kashmir's Badgam district, police said on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Defence/Security
'Three Billboards...' triumphs as Time's Up dominates BAFTA 2018 (Round-Up)
London, Feb 19 (IANS) While "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", a bitter comedy about injustice in small town America, took the major honours at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), celebrities stood in solidarity with Hollywood's Time's Up movement against sexual harassment.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Anne-Marie finds Ed Sheeran 'very inspiring'
London, Feb 19 (IANS) Singer Anne-Marie has praised "inspiring" pop star Ed Sheeran for always making everyone feel happy and confident in his presence.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz
Canadian PM visits Mathura wildlife sanctuary
Lucknow, Feb 19 (IANS) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday visited Mathura Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Uttar Pradesh and interacted with the its founders and staff members.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Environment/Wildlife
'Victoria & Abdul' loses Best Make-Up and Hair to 'Darkest Hour' at BAFTA (Lead, Correcting Intro)
London, Feb 19 (IANS) "Victoria & Abdul" starring Indian actor Ali Fazal opposite veteran actress Judi Dench, lost its race for the Best Make-Up and Hair category to the film "Darkest Hour" at the 71st British Academy Film Awards organised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), here on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Jennifer Lawrence branded 'rude' at BAFTA
London, Feb 19 (IANS) Actress Jennifer Lawrence was branded "rude" after she appeared to make a jibe at Joanna Lumley, the host of the 71st British Academy Film Awards, organised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
BAFTA 2018: Stars wear black to bring Time's Up to Britain
London, Feb 19 (IANS) Virtually all the stars at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, the British organised by Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), wore black to show solidarity with the Time's Up movement here on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Friel feared being thrown on scrapheap at 40
Los Angeles, Feb 19 (IANS) Actress Anna Friel was worried she'd get "thrown on the scrapheap" when she turned 40 but soon learned that was not the case.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Ridley Scott honoured with BAFTA Fellowship
London, Feb 19 (IANS) Veteran Director Ridley Scott was awarded a Fellowship at the British Academy Film Awards, organised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), here on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
'The Shape of Water' bags 3 awards against 12 nominations at BAFTA
London, Feb 19 (IANS) Guillermo del Toro 's "The Shape of Water", which received the most nominations at the 71st British Academy Film Awards organised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), under 12 categories, managed to bag three awards here.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
'Victoria & Abdul' loses Best Make-Up and Hair to 'Darkest Hour' at BAFTA
London, Feb 19 (IANS) "Victoria & Abdul" starring Indian actor Ali Mazak opposite veteran actress Judi Dench, lost its race for the Best Make-Up and Hair category to the film "Darkest Hour" at the 71st British Academy Film Awards organised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), here on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Lifestyle/Fashion
Kate Middleton defies black dress code at BAFTA
London, Feb 19 (IANS) The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton on Monday defied the Times's Up protest at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, organised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), by wearing a green dress, instead of black worn by the celebrities attending the ceremony.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Lifestyle/Fashion
Saudi introduces free visa for foreign scientists
Riyadh, Feb 19 (IANS) Saudi Arabia will grant visas free of charge to foreign scientists and experts, in a move that especially aims at improving its health sector, media reports said on Sunday.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Saudi Arabia,Politics,Diplomacy,Health/Medicine
'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing' tops with five nods at BAFTA
London, Feb 19 (IANS) Walking off with five awards including Best Film, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing" topped at the 71st British Academy Film Awards organised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), here on Monday.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
McCarten thinks 'Darkest Hour' set new benchmark
Los Angeles, Feb 19 (IANS) Screenwriter Anthony McCarten thinks his latest movie "Darkest Hour" has set a new benchmark in prosthetics.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Dozens trapped inside cable cars for hours in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Feb 19 (IANS) At least 80 people were trapped inside cable cars for nearly four hours in Malaysia's resort island of Langkawi after the system malfunctioned, officials said on Sunday.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Malaysia,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Israel foils assassination of Defense Minister
Tel Aviv, Feb 19 (IANS) Israeli security agency Shin Bet on Sunday said it thwarted a plot by Palestinian militants to carry out a bombing attack against Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Israel,Politics,Defence/Security,Terrorism
Nolan won't direct next James Bond
London, Feb 19 (IANS) Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has debunked rumours he's next in line to direct James Bond.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Florida school survivors to march on Washington
Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) Young survivors of Florida school shooting, which left 17 people dead last week, announced on Sunday a national march to Washington to demand political action on gun control.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Defence/Security,Terrorism,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Naughty Boy wants to work with Spice Girls
London, Feb 19 (IANS) DJ Naughty Boy is interested in working with the pop group Spice Girls.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz
Trump slams Congress, FBI for not investigating Obama's payment to Iran
Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Sunday criticised Congress, the FBI and the Department of Justice for not investigating the Barack Obama government's 2016 payment of hundreds of millions of dollars to Iran to resolve an international dispute.
2018-02-19
Category: International, United States,Politics
NCP candidate among 4 killed in poll-bound Meghalaya
Shillong, Feb 19 (IANS) Four people, including Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Jonathone Nengminza Sangma, were killed while three others injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in poll-bound Meghalaya's East Garo Hills district on Sunday, an official said.
2018-02-19
Category: India, Meghalaya,National,Politics,Defence/Security,Terrorism,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Saudi women allowed to launch businesses without male permission
Riyadh, Feb 19 (IANS) Saudi women will from now on be allowed to open their own businesses without the consents of their male relatives, media reports said on Sunday.
2018-02-19
Category: International, Saudi Arabia,Immigration/Law/Rights,Business/Economy,Human Interest/Society
Around 79% turnout in Tripura Assembly polls: CEO
Agartala, Feb 18 (IANS) Over 78 per cent of Tripura's 2,536,589 voters had cast their votes on Sunday in a peaceful manner to elect a new Assembly, said state chief electoral officer Sriram Taranikanti.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Tripura,National,Politics
Bodies of five red sanders woodcutters found in Andhra lake
Amaravati, Feb 18 (IANS) Bodies of five red sanders woodcutters were found in a lake in Andhra Pradesh's Kadapa district on Sunday, police said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
ISL: Mumbai keep playoffs hopes alive with 2-1 win over ATK
Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) Mumbai City FC kept their playoffs hopes alive with a 2-1 win over hapless ATK who were handed their fifth defeat at home this Indian Super League (ISL) season at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Football,ISL
Army foils infiltration bid, kills militant
Jammu, Feb 18 (IANS) A militant was killed on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Sunday as the army foiled a major infiltration bid, defence sources said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Kashmir,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism,Defence/Security
CBI questions 11 PNB officials, Nirav Modi's staffer Vipul
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) The CBI on Sunday questioned 11 Punjab National Bank (PNB) officials as well as Vipul Ambani, the Chief Financing Officer of diamond merchant Nirav Modi's Firestar Internationl company, in connection with the multi-crore bank fraud, an official said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Bengaluru Youth Congress leader expelled on assault charge
Bengaluru, Feb 18 (IANS) Bengaluru city Youth Congress General Secretary Mohammad Haris Nalapad was on Sunday expelled from the ruling party after he allegedly assaulted a young man at a city cafe.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Manipur government shakes as NPF announces withdrawal of support soon
Imphal, Feb 18 (IANS) The BJP-led Manipur government appeared shaky as the Naga People's Front announced on Sunday that it is likely to withdraw support to it after the Nagaland elections slated for February 27.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Manipur,National,Politics
Make 'Artificial Intelligence' work for India: PM
Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that with Artificial Intelligence (AI), bots and robots, productivity will increase, but warned of rising apprehensions of 'human redundancy' as the mind and machines would compete directly.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Technology,Business/Economy,Education
Norway takes two golds to top medals table at Winter Olympics
PyeongChang, Feb 18 (IANS) Snow sports powerhouse Norway grabbed two gold medals on Sunday to top the medals table at the Winter Olympic Games here.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
In the beginning we never got partnerships, says Duminy
Johannesburg, Feb 18 (IANS) South Africa skipper Jean-Paul Duminy on Sunday blamed the lack of partnerships for a 28-run loss to India in the first first Twenty-20 International (T20I) at the New Wanderers Stadium here.
2018-02-18
Category: International, South Africa,Sports,Cricket
Ostapenko-Dabrowski win Qatar Open title
Doha, Feb 18 (IANS) Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko and Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski on Sunday won the doubles final of the Qatar Open tennis tournament, beating Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Slovenia's Andreja Klepac.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Qatar,Sports,Tennis
This was one of our most balanced performances, says Kohli
Johannesburg , Feb 18 (IANS) After beating South Africa by 28 runs in the first Twenty-20 International match on Sunday, India skipper Virat Kohli termed the performance as one of their most balanced ones.
2018-02-18
Category: International, South Africa,Sports,Cricket
Release dues, share plans, improve refereeing: Mohun Bagan to AIFF
Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) Alleging "sub-standard" refereeing in the ongoing I-League, Mohun Bagan have asked the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to release the subsidy for hosting the current I-League's home matches, pay their dues from previous seasons and share future plans.
2018-02-18
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Football
MPs' duty to ensure inclusive, transparent administration: Lok Sabha Speaker
Patna, Feb 18 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday said it was a "crucial responsibility" of the parliamentarians to ensure responsible, inclusive, participatory and transparent administration for development.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Bihar,National,Politics
Reliance to launch 4th Industrial Revolution from Maharashtra: Mukesh Ambani
Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) In a bonanza for Maharashtra, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Sunday announced plans to launch the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' in the state with an investment of Rs 60,000 crore and collaboration of over 20 global conglomerates.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Jaitley meets Saudi King Salman
Riyadh, Feb 18 (IANS) India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday called on Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud at the royal palace here.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Saudi Arabia,Politics,Diplomacy,Business/Economy
India vs South Africa 1st T20I scoreboard
Johannesburg, Feb 18 (IANS) Following is the scoreboard of the first Twenty-20 International match between India and South Africa here on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: International, South Africa,Sports,Cricket
India beat S. Africa by 28 runs in 1st T20I
Johannesburg, Feb 18 (IANS) A brilliant all-round show helped India beat South Africa by 28 runs in the first Twenty-20 International (T20I) at the New Wanderers Stadium here on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: International, South Africa,Sports,Cricket
BJP-ruled states seeing highest rate of rapes: Congress
Shillong, Feb 18 (IANS) Attacking the Narendra Modi-led Central government for its failure to ensure security to women across India, Woman Congress President Sushmita Dev on Sunday claimed that most rapes were reported from states ruled by the BJP.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Meghalaya,National,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Chennaiyin remain 3rd after 1-1 draw with Jamshedpur in ISL
Chennai, Feb 18 (IANS) Chennaiyin FC on Sunday earned a valuable point after forcing Jamshedpur FC to a 1-1 draw as they held their third position in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) table.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,Sports,Football,ISL
PM meets ailing Parrikar in Mumbai hospital
Panaji/Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who is admitted in Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital for treatment of "mild pancreatitis".
2018-02-18
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics,Health/Medicine
Rajnath meets J&K youngsters touring country
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday met a group of youngsters from Jammu and Kashmir who are currently on a nationwide tour, and urged them to take back the message of peace and unity to their militancy-hit state.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Four youths stabbed by rival group in Delhi restaurant, two critical
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Four youths were stabbed, two of them critically, during a brawl with another group in a south Delhi restaurant, police said on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
India aspires to and moving towards a $5 tn economy: PM
Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reiterated that India aspires to, and is moving towards, a $5 trillion economy over the next few years with sustained, comprehensive and holistic development.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Trudeau visits rescued elephants in UP
Mathura, Feb 18 (IANS) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday paid a visit to rescued elephants at a care centre run by animal welfare organisation Wildlife SOS in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura and said that India's wildlife needs protection.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics,Environment/Wildlife
Kodaira breaks Olympic record to win women's 500m speed skating
PyeongChang (South Korea), Feb 18 (IANS) Nao Kodaira of Japan broke the Olympic record here on Sunday on her way to winning the women's 500 meters speed skating at the Winter Games.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
Czech, Russia, Sweden, Canada power into men's hockey quarter-finals
PyeongChang (South Korea), Feb 18 (IANS) The Czech Republic, the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR), Canada and Sweden reached the quarter-finals of the men's ice hockey at the PyeongChang Olympics on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Hockey
Kohli set to break all records, Indian cricket on right path: Viswanath
Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) Heaping praise on skipper Virat Kohli and the entire Indian team, batting great and former India captain Gundappa Viswanath on Sunday said cricket in the country is on the right track with the U-19 team also winning the World Cup and the eves on an upward spiral.
2018-02-18
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Cricket
ED raids Raipur showroom of jeweller Choksi
Raipur, Feb 18 (IANS) The ED has raided a showroom of jeweller Mehul Choksi here in connection with a multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam and seized jewellery worth Rs 1.27 crore, an informed source said on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Uttarakhand ,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Juventus regain Serie A lead with 1-0 win over Torino
Turin, Feb 18 (IANS) Six-time defending champions Juventus on Sunday won the derby against Torino 1-0 to provisionally jump to the top of the Serie A table.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Italy,Sports,Football
Parrikar may not attend Assembly session, panel to decide on curtailment
Panaji, Feb 18 (IANS) Hospitalised Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar may not attend the Assembly Budget Session beginning Monday, even as the Speaker said that a house panel will decide whether the session needs to be curtailed.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics,Health/Medicine
4 killed in Russia shooting
Moscow, Feb 18 (IANS) Four persons were killed and as many wounded as an unidentified gunman opened fire at people celebrating pancake week festival in Dagestan's city of Kizlyar on Sunday, media reports said.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Russian Federation,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Sociedad extend Levante's winless run with 3-0 victory in La Liga
San Sebastian (Spain), Feb 18 (IANS) Real Sociedad on Sunday defeated Levante 3-0, extending their winless run to 12 matches in the La Liga football championship.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
Balance sheets, electronic data of Gitanjali group under CBI scrutiny
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) The CBI has set up a team to examine balance sheets and electronic data of Gitanjali group of companies and its India-based 18 subsidiaries headed by Mehul C. Choksi who is accused along with diamond merchant Nirav Modi in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud, officials privy to the case said on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Centre should set up Cauvery Management Board: Ramadoss
Chennai, Feb 18 (IANS) The Central government should not succumb to Karnataka's opposition against the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB), said PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics
ED raids six Gitanjali stores in Kolkata
Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate conducted search operations in six franchise-based outlets of Gitanjali Gems located in four malls here in connection with $1.8 billion banking fraud case, an official said on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Dalit protests across Gujarat, Mevani detained
Ahmedabad, Feb 18 (IANS) A day ahead of the first budget session of the new Gujarat Assembly, Dalit leader and lawmaker Jignesh Mevani was detained by police here on Sunday amid state-wide protests against death of Dalit activist Bhanubhai Vankar.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Gujarat,National,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Wear flip-flops while taking exams, Bihar Board tells students
Patna, Feb 18 (IANS) Ahead of the Class 10 examinations, the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Sunday directed students to sit in exams while wearing slippers or flip-flops and not shoes along with socks.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Bihar,National,Education
PNB fraud: Kejriwal says Congress, BJP 'equally corrupt'
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Stressing that people voted for the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as they wanted a change from the Congress, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday accused the BJP of "rather taking forward the scams" initiated during the previous regime.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Canadian college partners with Indian institutes
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) A Canadian college on Sunday announced long-term collaboration with universities and institutions of higher education in India.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Education
Fourcade wins most gold medals in French Olympic history
PyeongChang (South Korea), Feb 18 (IANS) French biathlete Martin Fourcade made history on Sunday when he won his fourth Olympic gold medal in a dramatic photo finish in the men's biathlon 15-kilometre mass start at the Winter Olympics here.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
Anderson to face Querrey in New York Open final
New York, Feb 18 (IANS) South Africa's Kevin Anderson and American Sam Querrey will play in the final of the New York Open at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Sports,Tennis
Marilyn Manson abruptly ends show after meltdown
New York, Feb 18 (IANS) Singer Marilyn Manson, who was marking his return to the stage after four months due to an onstage injury, had to end his show due to meltdown.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz
Keep out PNB top management till fraud probe is completed: AIBEA
Chennai, Feb 18 (IANS) The Central government should remove the top management of the $1.8 billion fraud-hit Punjab National Bank (PNB) till the probe is completed, demanded a top banking employees union leader.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Revive dull, dry skin with oatmeal
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Many individuals have a never-ending tiff with dry skin. Experts suggest moisturisers with natural ingredients like oatmeal that can be a saviour as it restores the skin's pH balance, preventing dry skin.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
Post-Olympic fate of 3 major PyeongChang venues still undecided: IOC
PyeongChang (South Korea), Feb 18 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is content with most of the legacy initiatives for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, a senior IOC official said on Sunday, but noted that the fate of three major venues is still undecided.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
Congress demands white paper on banking sector health
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) The Congress on Sunday demanded the Narendra Modi government bring a white paper on the health of Indian baking sector and that the banks should declare their losses due to bank frauds as also their total non-performing assets (NPAs) as on December 31, 2017.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Two CPI-M workers held for Congressman's murder in Kerala
Kannur (Kerala), Feb 18 (IANS) Two CPI-M workers have been taken into custody for the brutal murder of a Youth Congress worker near here around a week ago, police said on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Hamas blames Israel, US for escalating Gaza crisis
Gaza, Feb 18 (IANS) Hamas blamed on Sunday both the US and the Israeli administrations for Gaza's escalating humanitarian crisis.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Palestinian Territory, Occupied,Politics,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
Youth must give up guns, says Mehbooba
Srinagar, Feb 18 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said the youth should give up guns or they will face thousands of these from the security forces.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Politics,Terrorism,Defence/Security
Dhawan's 72 takes India to 203/5 in first T20I
Johannesburg, Feb 18 (IANS) Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan once again unleashed mayhem in South Africa, with his 72 powering India to 203 for five wickets in the first Twenty-20 International (T20I) at the New Wanderers Stadium here on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: International, South Africa,Sports,Cricket
Watson donates 1 mn pounds for victims of sexual harassment
London, Feb 18 (IANS) Actress Emma Watson donated a million pounds to a new fund that aims to provide support for those affected by sexual harassment.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Khajuraho to host classical dance festival
Khajuraho, Feb 18 (IANS) The 44th Khajuraho Dance Festival is set to enthrall classical dance enthusiasts from February 20 here in Madhya Pradesh.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Madhya Pradesh,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
Toll in Rajasthan cylinder blast climbs to 19
Jaipur, Feb 18 (IANS) The death toll in the cylinder blast in Rajasthan's Ajmer district has gone up to 19 as 10 more bodies being recovered from under the rubble on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Two Jharkhand youths found dead with slit throats
Ranchi, Feb 18 (IANS) Two youths employed by a road construction company were found dead with slit throats in Jharkhand's Dumka district on Sunday, police said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Bihar,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
'Love Per Square Foot' director, I have grown together in our craft: Sanyukta
Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Sanyukta Kaza, who has edited the Netflix Original Film "Love Per Square Foot", says she and the film's director Anand Tiwari have grown together in their craft and have learnt a lot from each other.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
UP Strikers clinch Indian Wheelchair Cricket League
Gurugram, Feb 18 (IANS) UP Strikers clinched the trophy, defeating Delhi Sultans by four runs in the Indian Wheelchair Cricket League, which concluded here on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Haryana,Sports,Cricket
CM presence in Goa Assembly session doubtful, panel to decide on curtailment
Panaji, Feb 18 (IANS) Hospitalised Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar may not attend the Assembly Budget Session beginning Monday, even as the Speaker said a house panel will decide whether the session needs to be curtailed.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics,Health/Medicine
Delhi youth held in Imphal with smuggled gold
Imphal/New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) An 18-year-old Delhi youth was caught at Imphal Airport on Sunday while trying to smuggle three gold bars weighing 500 grammes in a body cavity on to a flight, a CISF official said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Manipur,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Choco lava cake hot favourite among lovebirds
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Lovebirds indulged in some sugary goodness, including choco lava cake, on Valentine's Day, reveals a survey.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
British minister for slashing some university tuition fees
London, Feb 18 (IANS) University tuition fees should partly be based on how a degree course could benefit a student's future career, British Education Secretary Damian Hinds said.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United Kingdom,Politics,Business/Economy,Education
Nirav fraud: PNB officials took commission to sign LoUs
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Punjab National Bank officials used to take percentage commissions in lieu of issuing letters of undertaking and foreign letters of credit to diamond czar Nirav Modi and his partner Mehul Choksi and their firms, according to the probe into the Rs 11,300 crore banking scam.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
3 killed in tourist plane crash in France
Paris, Feb 18 (IANS) Three people died in a tourist plane crash in France's Jura, local media reported on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: International, France,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Assam forest personnel get sophisticated arms
Guwahati, Feb 18 (IANS) The fight against wildlife crimes, including poaching of one-horned rhinos, got a boost on Sunday when Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal distributed modern and sophisticated weapons to forest personnel.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Assam,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Both CPI-M, BJP confident of Tripura election victory
Agartala, Feb 18 (IANS) As Sunday's voting to elect 59 of the 60 members of the Tripura Assembly passed off peacefully, the ruling CPI-M and the BJP exuded confidence of an electoral victory in the northeastern state.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Tripura,National,Politics
Hilton celebrates b'day with family, Paris Jackson
New York, Feb 18 (IANS) Socialite Paris Hilton celebrated her 37th birthday at a party in Manhattan with family, including sister Nicky Hilton Rothschild and aunt Kyle Richards, and friends like Paris Jackson.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz
Rahul questions PM's silence on massive bank fraud
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modis and Finance Minister Arun Jaitleys silence over the "Rs 22,000 crore banking scam", and asked the government to stop behaving like it was "guilty".
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Pangolins being smuggled through ivory trade routes: Study
London, Feb 18 (IANS) Researchers have found that animal traffickers are taking advantage of remote ivory trade routes to smuggle pangolins or scaly anteaters -- one of the world's most endangered animals -- out of Central Africa.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United Kingdom,Environment/Wildlife,Business/Economy
Post stroke, babies use opposite side of brain for language
New York, Feb 18 (IANS) A stroke in a baby -- even a big one - may not have the same lasting impact as it could in an adult. Researchers have found that they regain language function in the "opposite side" of the brain if they experience a stroke around the time of birth.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Health/Medicine
I-League: Lajong to host Aizawl in season's final North-Eastern derby
Shillong, Feb 18 (IANS) As the I-League approaches its final leg, Shillong Lajong FC will be looking to scavenge as many points as possible when they take on holders Aizawl FC in what promises to be a thrilling match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Monday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Meghalaya,Sports,Football
Successful NDA alliance due to roots of democracy in BJP: Modi (Roundup)
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Amid strains in the ruling NDA, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he had succeeded in taking the coalition along "in the best possible way", emphasising that it could happen because democracy is in the "roots and veins" of the BJP.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
BJP, BJD accuse each other of luring voters in Odisha's Bijepur bypoll
Bhubaneswar, Feb 18 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Sunday accused each other of using money to lure voters ahead of the February 24 bypoll for the Bijepur Assembly seat in Odisha's Bargarh district.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Orissa,National,Politics
Jignesh Mevani argues with police as detained during protests
Ahmedabad, Feb 18 (IANS) Dalit leader and Gujarat lawmaker Jignesh Mevani was detained by police here on Sunday along with nearly 100 others while staging demonstrations in protest against death of Dalit activist Bhanubhai Vankar.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Gujarat,National,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights
Parrikar's attendance at Goa budget session doubtful
Panaji, Feb 18 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar may not attend the budget session of the state legislative assembly which begins on Monday due to health reasons, an official said on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics
Delhi feels like my own city: Anil Kapoor
Noida, Feb 18 (IANS) Veteran actor Anil Kapoor, who was born and brought up in Mumbai, says that whenever he visits the national capital he feels like he is visiting his own city.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion,Bollywood
German orchestra plays 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' in Berlin
Berlin, Feb 18 (IANS) Filmmaker Karan Johar says he felt honoured and excited after listening to a German chamber orchestra playing songs from "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", which launched him as a director in 1998.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Germany,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Diaspora
Mohun Bagan edge past Neroca in I-League
Imphal, Feb 18 (IANS) Dipanda Dicka notched a brace and Akram Moghrabi netted the winner as Mohun Bagan came out 3-2 victors over Neroca FC in an I-League encounter at the Khuman Lampak Stadium here on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Manipur,Sports,Football
South Africa to bowl against India in 1st T20I
Johannesburg, Feb 18 (IANS) South Africa won the toss and elected to field in the first Twenty-20 International (T20I) match against India at the New Wanderers Stadium here on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: International, South Africa,Sports,Cricket
Iranian plane with 66 aboard crashes
Tehran, Feb 18 (IANS) A passenger plane with 66 people on board crashed in central Iran on Sunday, authorities said but declined to give any definite information about the fate of the passengers.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Turkey,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Aniston, Theroux may not have been legally married
Los Angeles, Feb 18 (IANS) Former star couple Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux might not have been legally married as there is no evidence about their wedding.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Over 75 pc turnout in peaceful Tripura Assembly polls
Agartala, Feb 18 (IANS) Over 75 per cent of the 2,536,589 voters in Left-ruled Tripura had exercised their franchise in a peaceful manner to elect a new Assembly on Sunday even as a large number were still standing in queues at the end of official voting hours, officials said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Tripura,National,Politics
Aviation sector set to soar in India: PM
Raigad (Maharashtra), Feb 18 (IANS) Posting orders for over 900 aircraft during the past one year, the aviation sector in India is poised for a huge growth in the coming years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Business/Economy
PNB fraud: ED raids over 45 locations in 15 cities
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Sunday conducted searches at over 45 more locations in 15 cities across India in connection with the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, an official said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
BJP became much stronger after Modi took over as PM : Amit Shah
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the party became much stronger due to way Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked and the benefits to the people after its victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and appealed to party workers to strengthen it further.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
I've inherited creative genes from mom: Tanuja Chandra
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) "Qarib Qarib Singlle" director Tanuja Chandra says she has inherited her creative genes from her mother Kamna Chandra, who has written films like "Prem Rog", "1942-A Love Story" and "Chandni".
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
'Transformers' movie franchise to get rebooted
Los Angeles, Feb 18 (IANS) "Transformers: The Last Knight", which released last year, will get a reboot.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
S. Korean Olympic committee under fire over alleged verbal abuse
PyeongChang, Feb 18 (IANS) South Korea's national Olympic committee has come under fire over alleged verbal abuse of a volunteer worker at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
Don't test us: Netanyahu threatens to act against Iran
Munich, Feb 18 (IANS) Calling Iran the "greatest threat to our world", Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country will act against it "if necessary", media reported.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Germany,Politics,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
Sofia Richie's relationship with Disick 'just a phase'
Los Angeles, Feb 18 (IANS) Singer Lionel Richie says his 19-year-old daughter Sofia's relationship with 34-year-old reality TV star Scott Disick is "just a phase".
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz
PM lays foundation stone for new Mumbai airport, inaugurates port terminal
Raigad (Maharashtra), Feb 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone of the Rs 16,000-crore Navi Mumbai International Airport and inaugurated the country's largest container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, constructed at a cost of Rs 4,719 crore here.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Teenagers use social media posts to appear attractive to friends
New York, Feb 18 (IANS) Teenagers use social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram to appear attractive and popular among friends, and for that they make a careful selection of photos, activities and links that they share, a new study says.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Lifestyle/Fashion,Technology
Karnataka contestants to submit sources of income with poll nominations
Bengaluru, Feb 18 (IANS) Candidates of political parties and independents who will be contesting the upcoming Karnataka legislative assembly election have to disclose the sources of their income and assets, as directed by the Supreme Court, state Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Politics
Afghan Army defuses 234 IEDs, landmines
Kabul, Feb 18 (IANS) Around 234 different types of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and landmines have been detected and defused over the last 24 hours, the Afghan Defence Ministry said on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism,Defence/Security
Make Pluto a planet again, 6-year-old girl urges NASA
Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Six-year-old Cara O'Connor of Ireland, who dreams of becoming a NASA astronaut one day, wrote a letter to the space agency urging it to reclassify Pluto as a planet, The Washington Post reported this week.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech
'Nirmal Pandey was small-town boy with cosmopolitan face'
Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Filmmaker Sudhir Mishra remembered Nirmal Pandey on his eighth death anniversary on Sunday saying the late actor was a small-town boy with a cosmopolitan face.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Lawrence wants to know this about Taylor Swift
Los Angeles, Feb 18 (IANS) Actress Jennifer Lawrence wants to know whether model Karlie Kloss and singer Taylor Swift are still friends or not.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Modi to visit Karnataka for two days
Mysuru, Feb 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Karnataka for two days starting Sunday night to participate in various public functions, a BJP leader said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Politics
JCO injured in explosion near LoC in J&K
Jammu, Feb 18 (IANS) An Army Junior Commissioned Officer was injured on Sunday in an explosion near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, defence sources said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Defence/Security
Kamal Haasan calls on Rajinikanth
Chennai, Feb 18 (IANS) Days after he ruled out an alliance with actor Rajinikanth's political party if the latter acquires a saffron hue, actor Kamal Haasan on Sunday called on Rajinikanth at his residence here.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics,Cinema/Showbiz
Nagpur journalist's mother, minor daughter found murdered
Nagpur, Feb 18 (IANS) The mother and minor daughter of a Nagpur-based crime reporter were found murdered here on Sunday, police said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Media,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Now, pay for feeder bus fares, parking charges with smart cards: DMRC
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Delhi Metro commuters can now pay the fares of feeder buses and a number of parking lots at metro stations through their smart cards, the public transporter said on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
Russian athletes advised to spend less time on social media
PyeongChang (South Korea), Feb 18 (IANS) Olympic athletes from Russia have been recommended to spend less time on social networks during the Games in Pyeongchang to avoid provocation, the head of the Russian delegation Stanislav Pozdnyakov told reporters on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
After ODI triumph, Team India and Kohli look different (Column: Just Sport)
There is a marked difference in the India team from the time they started their tour of South Africa and now when they are about to end it. They wear the look of champions.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Cricket
Job seekers protest at Bihar railway stations
Patna, Feb 18 (IANS) Thousands of youths on Sunday staged violent protests and indulged in arson at three railway stations in Bihar against reducing the age limit for recruitment in the Railways, leading to services being disrupted for some time, police said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Bihar,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Trump slams FBI over Florida school shooting
Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) US President Donald Trump lashed out at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), describing its failure to follow up on a tip about the Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz as "very sad", the media reported.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Politics,Defence/Security,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Hirscher doubles up with giant slalom gold at Winter Olympics
PyeongChang, Feb 18 (IANS) Austrian Alpine skiing great Marcel Hirscher won his second gold medal at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games as he claimed the men's giant slalom title here on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
'Rock stripes' on Mars could suggest actions of water
Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) NASA's Mars rover Opportunity, which reached its 5,000th Martian day, or sol, this week has observed possible "rock stripes" that could suggest actions of water, wind or other processes on the Red Planet.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech
GST good for logistics but GSTN glitches, compliance major issues: Ficci
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has had a positive impact on the logistics of businesses, while glitches in the GSTN portal, cumbersome procedures and cost of compliance remain major areas of concern, industry body Ficci said on Sunday, citing its survey in this regard.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Immigration/Law/Rights
What's Malaika's 'snappy secret pre-workout routine'
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Actress Malaika Arora, known for her fit frame, has revealed a part of her "snappy secret pre-workout routine".
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion,Bollywood,Health/Medicine
PNB fraud fuelled during demonetisation: Bengal CM
Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said that the $1.8 billion Punjab National Bank fraud was fuelled during demonetisation and demanded the unearthing of the "full truth" behind the scam.
2018-02-18
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Successful NDA alliance due to roots of democracy in BJP: Modi
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Amid strains in the NDA alliance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he was "successful" in taking the coalition along in the best possible way and emphasised that it could happen because "democracy" is in the roots, values and veins of the BJP.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
FA Cup quarter-final draw: Man Utd against Brighton, Chelsea play Leicester
London, Feb 18 (IANS) The FA Cup quarter-final draw saw Manchester United lined up to play against Brighton & Hove Albion while Chelsea will take on fellow English Premier League (EPL) club Leicester City.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Football
Suarez, Alba help Barca pass Eibar test
Madrid, Feb 18 (IANS) FC Barcelona made sure they will retain their seven-point lead at the top of the Liga Santander whatever happens during the rest of the weekend when they won a tough game 2-0 away to Eibar.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
Olympic champion Kipruto handed Commonwealth wild card
Nairobi, Feb 18 (IANS) Athletics Kenya (AK) has handed Olympic and world steeplechase champion, Conseslus Kipruto, a wild card to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Kenya,Sports,Football
Brazilian striker Tardelli keen to extend Shandong Luneng deal
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 18 (IANS) Shandong Luneng striker Diego Tardelli has denied speculation linking him with Corinthians and revealed a desire to extend his contract with the Chinese Super League club.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Brazil,Sports,Football
Israel pounds Gaza after blast injures soldiers
Jerusalem, Feb 18 (IANS) The Israeli military on Sunday announced that it carried out strikes against 18 Hamas targets in Gaza in response to an explosive device that injured four soldiers along the fence between Israel and the Palestinian enclave.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Israel,Defence/Security
66 people killed in Iran plane crash
Tehran, Feb 18 (IANS) A passenger plane crashed in central Iran on Sunday killing all 66 people on board, authorities said.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Turkey,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Kashmiri actor on growing up in 'politically unstable state'
Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) "Kuch Bheege Alfaaz" actor Zain Khan Durrani, a Kashmiri by birth, says the worst part about growing up in a "tumultuous and politically unstable state" is that you insidiously get used to the violence around.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Student killed in Kolkata road accident
Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) A student was killed and four others were injured when the cab they were travelling in crashed onto a divider here on Sunday, police said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Passenger plane crashes in Iran
Tehran, Feb 18 (IANS) A passenger plane carrying 60 passengers crashed in a mountainous area of Iran on Sunday, authorities said.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Turkey,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Lukaku brace sends Man Utd to FA Cup quarter-finals
London, Feb 18 (IANS) Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku scored a brace as Manchester United booked a quarter-finals spot for the fourth consecutive season with a 2-0 victory over fellow English Premier League (EPL) club Hudderfield.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Football
Hyderabad student hangs self during video call with boyfriend
Hyderabad, Feb 18 (IANS) An MBA student hanged herself during a video call with her boyfriend at a hostel in Hyderabad, police said on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Get over yourself for Indian cinema's progress: KJo to filmmakers
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Filmmaker Karan Johar is bursting with pride as he is representing Indian cinema at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. He feels that to achieve a global impact and for Indian cinema to progress, fellow filmmakers need to go beyond themselves and focus on the industry.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,National,Diaspora
Moderate polling in Tripura Assembly elections
Agartala, Feb 18 (IANS) Voters queued up in large numbers outside polling booths in Tripura from early morning on Sunday as the single-phased Assembly elections progressed peacefully, officials said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Tripura,National,Politics
Assam CM calls for steps to avoid monsoon electrocution
Guwahati, Feb 18 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has issued a directive to the state's power department to avert recurrence of incidents of electrocuted deaths during the ensuing monsoon season.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Assam,National,Politics
Google's firing of anti-diversity memo author was legal: Labour board
San Francisco, Feb 18 (IANS) Google did not violate labour laws when it fired James Damore, a former employee who was ousted from the company last year for criticising the tech giant for its diversity policy, according to the federal agency that oversees employment practices.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Costa Rica,Immigration/Law/Rights,Technology,Business/Economy
Charging points for e-vehicles at railway stations soon
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) The Railways will provide space for electric vehicle charging stations at the parking lots of train stations to promote the use of green energy.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Technology,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
Alaves defeat La Coruña 1-0
Vitoria (Spain), Feb 18 (IANS) A spectacular goal by Alaves striker Munir El Haddadi extended the so-called Abelardo effect to defeat La Coruna 1-0 here.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Brazil,Sports,Football
Bayern win, Hamburg lose in Bundesliga
Berlin, Feb 18 (IANS) Runaway leaders Bayern Munich continue their winning run to stay atop the standings after beating Wolfsburg 2-1 whereas struggling Hamburg lost 1-2 to Bayer Leverkusen in the 23rd round of the Bundesliga.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Germany,Sports,Football
PSG defeat Strasbourg in Ligue 1
Paris, Feb 18 (IANS) Paris Saint-Germain bounced back from its Champions League loss this week to defeat Strasbourg 5-2 here in the 26th round of the French football league.
2018-02-18
Category: International, France,Sports,Football
'Uruguayan domestic football a disgrace'
Montevideo (Uruguay), Feb 18 (IANS) Former Uruguay captain Diego Lugano has described Uruguayan domestic football as "a disgrace" and called for changes to the country's football structure.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Uruguay,Sports,Football
Raising five kids is hard work: Katona
Los Angeles, Feb 18 (IANS) Singer Kerry Katona says she finds it hard to raise five children.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz
Trump backs Facebook executive's tweet to deny Russian collusion
Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) To dismiss claims of Russian collusion with Donald Trump's campaign, the US President has leaned on a tweet by a top Facebook executive who said the main intent of the alleged Russian meddling was to divide America, not electing Trump.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Politics,Technology
Amitabh uploads resume on Twitter
Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has jokingly uploaded a job resume on Twitter emphasising on his height.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
CII-IBA Q4 Financial Conditions Index up over 2016-17, falls below Q3
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) While the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)-Indian Banks' Association (IBA) Financial Conditions Index for the current fourth quarter at 53.2 is showing an increase over the same period a year ago, it marks a fall over the previous quarter and there is also a decrease in the cost of funds index, CII said on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
Kashmir's laugh doctor: He wants to bring mirth back to Kashmir's depressed lives (IANS Special Series)
Srinagar, Feb 18 (IANS) Long before it was infected by violence and its streets reverberated with sounds of slogans and gunfire, Kashmir was a place where one could hear laughter in every household in the evenings when Nazir Josh, Kashmir's very own "Charlie Chaplin", used to come on Doordarshan (DD), the national broadcaster, with his facial expressions of total bewilderment, the street impressions of a joker and strong Chaplinesque elements in his walking style.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Kashmir,Features
Modi inaugurates new BJP headquarters in Delhi
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the BJP's new headquarters here at 6, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, in the presence of veteran leaders like L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Humans would be 'pretty upbeat' to news of alien life: Study
New York, Feb 18 (IANS) Have you wondered how would people react if scientists ever detect alien life in the universe? Humans would be "pretty upbeat" and welcome the news, finds a study.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech
Sidharth reveals secret behind his 'fresh face'
Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Actor Sidharth Malhotra says his mother used to suggest him to drink water and sleep properly for a fresh face.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Weighty reading: Books which provide physical exercise too (Column: Bookends)
Someone once quipped that the "universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle" and devoted book readers know it too well. Any of the (sadly-diminishing) tribe would be familiar with responses of wonder over the fact that they manage to read even a modestly-long work in a day or two. Wonder what these amazed people would make of a book termed a "doorstopper"?
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books,National,Opinion/Commentary,IANS Life
Global cues, direction of funds to impact market movement (Market Outlook)
Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Apart from developments on the domestic front, the Indian equity markets would seek direction from global markets during the coming week, said market analysts.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Novel stroke treatment repairs damaged brain tissue
New York, Feb 18 (IANS) Researchers have developed a new stem-cell based treatment for stroke that reduces brain damage and accelerates the brain's natural healing tendencies.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Health/Medicine
Red alert issued in Australian state for cyclone Kelvin
Canberra, Feb 18 (IANS) Authorities on Sunday issued a red alert in the state of Western Australia (WA) after tropical cyclone Kelvin made landfall earlier in the day, bringing with it winds of up to 250 kph.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Australia,Environment/Wildlife
Sacred Tibetan monastery in Lhasa hit by fire
Lhasa, Feb 18 (IANS) A fire broke out at the most sacred shrine in Tibetan Buddhism - the Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa, a media report said on Sunday.
2018-02-18
Category: International, China,Religion,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Struggling LeEco plans smartphone with 18:9 aspect ratio: Report
Beijing, Feb 18 (IANS) Troubled Chinese company LeEco is reportedly gearing up to launch a smartphone with a 18:9 aspect ratio design.
2018-02-18
Category: International, China,Technology,Business/Economy
PNB fraud: Assocham calls for privatising PSBs
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) In light of the massive Rs 11,300 crore ($1.8 billion) scam allegedly involving jeweller Nirav Modi that has hit state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB), industry chamber Assocham said on Sunday that the government should surrender its majority control of banks, which should be allowed to function like private sector lenders.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
Maxwell obsessed with Danai Gurira
New York, Feb 18 (IANS) Singer Maxwell says he is obsessed with "Black Panther" star Danai Gurira.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Sunny Sunday morning in Delhi
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) It was a sunny Sunday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average, the weather office said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife
Chris Rock was turned down by Rihanna
Los Angeles, Feb 18 (IANS) Actor-singer Chris Rock claims that he was rejected by singer Rihanna.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Sunny Sunday morning in J&K
Srinagar, Feb 18 (IANS) It was a sunny Sunday morning in Jammu and Kashmir after four days of cloudy weather, the MET department said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Environment/Wildlife
White House continues to deny Russia collusion
Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) The White House continued to deny collusion with Moscow a day after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three entities for allegedly meddling in the US 2016 presidential election, the media reported.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Politics
Florida school shooting survivors call for tougher gun laws
Miami, Feb 18 (IANS) Survivors of a deadly shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 students and teachers, have called for tougher gun laws in the country and and urged voters to kick out lawmakers who oppose the move, the media reported.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Defence/Security,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Khloe finds sex during pregnancy interesting
Los Angeles, Feb 18 (IANS) Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian says sex in pregnancy is uncomfortable, but interesting.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Voting for Tripura Assembly elections begins
Agartala, Feb 18 (IANS) Voting for the Assembly elections in India's northeastern state of Tripura began on Sunday morning amidst tight security, official said.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Tripura,National,Politics
Scientists uncover hidden details in Picasso's painting
Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) An international team of scientists has used multiple modes of light to uncover details hidden beneath the visible surface of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso's masterpiece "La Misereuse accroupie" or "The Crouching Woman."
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech,Technology,Art/Culture/Books
I'm product of my mother's disadvantages: Octavia Spencer
Los Angeles, Feb 18 (IANS) Actress Octavia Spencer, who lost her mother Dellsena when she was 18, says she is still her biggest inspiration.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Deal with US to keep RAF's 'flying warehouses' airborne
London, Feb 18 (IANS) The British and the US governments have signed a $365 million bilateral deal to ensure the Royal Air Force fleet of heavy aircraft transporters continue to fly, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced on Saturday.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United Kingdom,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
Israel strikes six Hamas military targets in Gaza
Jerusalem, Feb 18 (IANS) The Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighter jets targeted a total of six military targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, in response to the detonation of an explosive device on the border fence in southern Gaza.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Israel,Politics,Defence/Security
Aaron Carter wants to help young stars navigate fame
Los Angeles, Feb 18 (IANS) Singer Aaron Carter says he is taking steps to help strengthen laws affecting child stars in Hollywood.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
US urges Ethiopia to 'rethink' martial law
Addis Ababa, Feb 18 (IANS) The US embassy in Ethiopia on Saturday urged Addis Ababa to reconsider its decision to institute martial law.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Ethiopia,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Diplomacy
Sarandon credits Hollywood's sexism to corporatisation
Los Angeles, Feb 18 (IANS) Actress Susan Sarandon says all of Hollywood's problems, including sexism and racism, can be attributed to it becoming a huge business.
2018-02-18
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Iran replaces paper visas with electronic ones at airport
Tehran, Feb 18 (IANS) Electronic visas have replaced paper visas at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) as of early February, media reports said on Saturday.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Turkey,Technology
Egypt court jails 65 Morsi loyalists up to 10 years
Cairo, Feb 18 (IANS) An Egyptian court sentenced on Saturday 65 loyalists of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi up to 10 years in prison over inciting anti-state riots, protests and violence.
2018-02-18
Category: International, Egypt,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Asha Bhosle conferred Yash Chopra memorial award
Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Veteran playback singer Asha Bhosle was conferred the coveted "5th Yash Chopra Memorial National Award" at a function held here late on Friday.
2018-02-18
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
ED raids at Gitanjali store in Bengal's Durgapur
Kolkata, Feb 17 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate conducted search at a franchise- based store of Gitanjali Gems in West Bengal's Durgapur and the group is probably in the process of winding up its only store in Kolkata, an official said on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
All pillars of democracy accountable to people: LS Speaker
Patna, Feb 17 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Saturday said every pillar of democracy is accountable to the people.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Bihar,National,Politics,Diplomacy
Anger over Dalit's death snowballs; Mevani, Hardik, Alpesh up ante
Ahmedabad, Feb 17 (IANS) The political trinity of Jignesh Mevani, Hardik Patel and Alpesh Thakor on Saturday upped the ante against Gujarat government following the death of Dalit activist Bhanubhai Vankar on Friday. Angry crowds shooed away BJP MLAs from visiting the deceased's family, while demonstrations were held in various parts of the state.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Gujarat,National,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights
PNB fraud: UCO Bank says has $411.82 mn outstanding exposure
Kolkata, Feb 17 (IANS) State-run UCO Bank on Saturday said it has an outstanding exposure of about $411.82 million in the $1.8 billion fraud detected in public sector Punjab National Bank (PNB) and that it was confident of receiving the payment.
2018-02-17
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Consumers against extra GST on discounted MRP by e-commerce sites: Poll
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) A majority of consumers surveyed for a poll have raised concerns over addition of GST on discounted prices of products being sold by e-commerce sites and retail stores, and urged the government to end the "unfair practice".
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Immigration/Law/Rights,Human Interest/Society
9 killed in Rajasthan LPG cylinder blast, Rs 2 lakh ex gratia announced
Jaipur, Feb 17 (IANS) At least nine persons were killed and 18 others injured when two LPG cylinders exploded at a wedding in Beawar in Rajasthan's Ajmer district, police said on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Sony launches music training room in Gurugram prison
Gurugram, Feb 17 (IANS) As per the CSR commitment of "Ek India Happywala", Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) on Saturday launched its first music training room at the Bhondsi jail in Gurugram, in association with India Vision Foundation.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Haryana,National,Cinema/Showbiz,Human Interest/Society
Punjabi singer, accomplice held for possessing drugs, arms
Chandigarh, Feb 17 (IANS) The Punjab Police on Saturday arrested a Punjabi singer and his accomplice and recovered drugs and illegal weapons from their possession.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Punjab,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Cinema/Showbiz
Atletico coach understands fans' fears at losing Griezmann
Madrid, Feb 17 (IANS) Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone on Saturday stressed the importance of French forward Antoine Griezmann for the capital football giants amid ongoing speculation about his future.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
Four electrocuted at birthday party in Ludhiana
Chandigarh, Feb 17 (IANS) Four men were electrocuted while consuming liquor at a party held to celebrate the birthday of daughter of one of them in Punjab's industrial city Ludhiana, police said on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Punjab,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
ISL: Kerala stay alive after 1-0 win over NE United
Guwahati, Feb 17 (IANS) Kerala Blasters FC kept their playoff hopes alive, collecting the crucial three points after beating a depleted NorthEast United FC 1-0 in their final home game at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Assam,Sports,Football,ISL
JD-S holds rally near Bengaluru ahead of Assembly poll
Bengaluru, Feb 17 (IANS) The Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) on Saturday held a rally on the city's outskirts ahead of the Karnataka Assembly elections in late April or early May and accused both the Congress and BJP of failure to serve the state's people.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Politics
Courts can examine reasonableness of bank interest rate on rural loans: SC
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court has said that provision of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, that prohibits courts from examining the reasonableness of rate of interests charged by banks, will not operate in states with debt relief laws for agriculturists.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Business/Economy
Bangladeshi held in Tripura for smuggling gold
Agartala, Feb 17 (IANS) A Bangladesh national was arrested here on Saturday on charge of smuggling gold worth Rs 45 lakh, police said.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Tripura,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Undo injustice, BJP ally Naidu tells Centre
Amaravati, Feb 17 (IANS) TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday reiterated that the Centre should undo the injustice meted out to his state in the Union Budget 2018-19.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Swiss freestyle skiing duo take gold, silver in women's slopestyle
PyeongChang, Feb 17 (IANS) Switzerland's Sarah Hoefflin and Mathilde Gremaud captured gold and silver medals respectively in the women's ski slopestyle, a freestyle skiing event at the Winter Olympics here on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
Sevilla beat struggling Las Palmas in La Liga
Gran Canaria (Spain), Feb 17 (IANS) Sevilla on Saturday pulled off their second victory in a row, defeating Las Palmas 2-1 in the 24th round of La Liga football championship.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Football
Haryana to replace Ambala Municipal Corporation with 2 councils
Chandigarh, Feb 17 (IANS) The Haryana government on Saturday decided to abolish the Ambala Municipal Corporation and instead set up two separate municipal councils, said a state government spokesman.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics
Kuzmina tastes third Winter Olympic gold in biathlon mass start
PyeongChang, Feb 17 (IANS) Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia won her third gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games with her victory in biathlon women's 12.5km mass start at the PyeongChang Games here on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
I-League: Chennai stun Churchill to emerge out of relegation zone
Coimbatore, Feb 17 (IANS) Relegation-threatened Chennai City FC stunned Churchill Brothers 3-1 in an I-League encounter here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday. The result saw the southern outfit leapfrog the Goan side to emerge out of the drop zone.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,Sports,Other Sports
No chance of BJP-GJM alliance in 2019 elections: Binay Tamang
Kolkata, Feb 17 (IANS) Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) leader Binay Tamang on Saturday took a dig at Union Minister and Darjeeling MP S.S. Ahluwalia for claiming to protect absconding GJM chief Bimal Gurung and ruled out an alliance with the BJP for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
2018-02-17
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Congress to discuss PNB scam with other parties for JPC probe
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday said it will raise the PNB scam in Parliament "vociferously" and speak to various opposition parties to put pressure on the government to set up a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the matter.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
60 lakh new voters in poll-bound Karnataka: Official
Bengaluru, Feb 17 (IANS) About 60 lakh people have enrolled as new voters across Karnataka ahead of the 15th assembly elections, due in late April or early May, said an official on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Politics
PNB scam accused sent in 14-day police custody
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) A Special CBI Court on Saturday remanded in police custody till March 3 the three accused arrrested in the over Rs 11,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Haryana launches four subsidised food canteens
Chandigarh, Feb 17 (IANS) The Haryana government on Saturday launched four canteens which will serve subsidised and healthy food to the poor.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights,Health/Medicine
North Korean held for illegally entering India from Bangladesh
Kolkata, Feb 17 (IANS) A North Korean national was arrested by the BSF from West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district and handed over to police for illegally crossing over to India from Bangladesh, a BSF official said on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Odisha for collaboration with UN agencies on SDGs
Bhubaneswar, Feb 17 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday proposed to strengthen institutionalised monitoring framework for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in collaboration with the United Nations agencies.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Orissa,National,Politics,Business/Economy
RGV questioned by Hyderabad police in obscenity case
Hyderabad, Feb 17 (IANS) Hyderabad police on Saturday questioned filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma in connection with a case of obscenity booked against him for his movie "God, Sex and Truth", and also for allegedly insulting the modesty of a woman.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Real Madrid coach Zidane tight-lipped on job prospects next season
Madrid, Feb 17 (IANS) Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane on Saturday declined to discuss his future beyond the end of this football season, while highlighting the serious effort his job requires.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
Czech snowboarding specialist earns stunning win in women's Super-G skiing
PyeongChang, Feb 17 (IANS) The Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka, a snowboarding specialist, pulled off a massive surprise on Saturday by winning gold in the Winter Olympics' super giant slalom skiing women's event.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
PM should 'break silence' on PNB scam: Congress
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday described the PNB scam a "complete failure of regulatory mechanism and fraud detection ability of the banking sector" and demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi break his silence on India's "biggest bank scam".
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Real Madrid look to carry Paris 'feelgood factor' into Betis game
Madrid, Feb 17 (IANS) Real Madrid aim to carry the euphoria following their 3-1 win over Paris Saint Germain during the Champions League midweek into their La Liga game away against Betis on Sunday night.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
Government thoroughly investigating PNB fraud: Minister
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Union Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla on Saturday said the government is "thoroughly investigating" the $1.8 billion bank fraud allegedly involving absconding billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and will take steps for his extradition from abroad.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
21 more PNB fraud-related raids, property worth Rs 5,674 cr seized so far: ED
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday conducted raids at 21 more places across India and seized assets worth Rs 25 crore in connection with the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, an official said.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
India, Iran sign connectivity, double taxation avoidance agreements
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) India and Iran on Saturday signed nine agreements, including on connectivity and double taxation avoidance, following delegation-level talks led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani here.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Diplomacy,Health/Medicine
Don't fall for BJP's false promises, Gogoi tells Meghalaya voters
Shillong, Feb 17 (IANS) Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday appealed to the Meghalaya voters not to fall for the BJP's "false promises" of turning it into a model state in case the party was voted to power.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Meghalaya,National,Politics
Norway's Bjoergen equals Winter Olympics medal record of 13
PyeongChang, Feb 17 (IANS) Norway's cross-country skiing legend Marit Bjoergen won her record-equalling 13th medal at Winter Olympic Games following her country's victory in women's 4X5km relay at the PyeongChang Games here on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
Delhi Govt issues guidelines for free treatment of accident victims
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Delhi government has issued guidelines for free and mandatory treatment for victims of accidents, acid burns, and fires in all city hospitals, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said here on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Health/Medicine
Rahul attacks Modi government over 'jobless growth'
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked the Modi government and said that "Indias jobless growth and not empowering farmers and farm labourers is not an option any longer".
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Intesa Sanpaolo SPA (HK) only foreign bank to be affected by PNB fraud (Lead correcting bank name)
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The only foreign bank affected in Nirav Modi/Mehul Choksi fraud case turns out to be Intesa Sanpaolo SPA whose Hong Kong branch was called upon to provide money to Gitanjali Gems against a foreign letter of credi (FLC) issued by the Punjab National Bank (PNB).
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Goats replace students in classrooms of Manipur school
Imphal, Feb 17 (IANS) Manipur Education Minister T. Radheshyam on Saturday said during a surprise visit, he found goats occupying two empty classrooms of a school in Khelakhong of the state, as there were no students, though the school authorities had claimed a "comfortable number of students".
2018-02-17
Category: India, Manipur,National,Politics,Education
Prithivi Shaw in Mumbai squad for Hazare knockouts
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) India's U-19 World Cup winning captain Prithvi Shaw has been named in the 16-member Mumbai squad for the knockout matches of the Vijay Hazare 50-over domestic tournament, to be played in Delhi from February 21.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
Stage set for 'Magnetic Maharashtra', PM to inaugurate
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) The stage is set for the ambitious three-day long "Magnetic Maharashtra: Convergence 2018" conclave which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Sunday, officials said.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Ex-President Pranab Mukherjee to get honorary D.Litt from IIEST
Kolkata, Feb 17 (IANS) Former President Pranab Mukherjee will be conferred an honorary D.Litt by the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), an official said on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics,Education
Increased private participation needed in banking: Arvind Subramaniam
Chennai, Feb 17 (IANS) With the second largest Indian bank Punjab National Bank (PNB) hit by massive $1.8 billion fraud and other banks hit by frauds as well, Chief Economic Advisor to Indian government Arvind Subramaniam on Saturday advocated more private participation in public sector banks.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Tripura polls: EC appoints Special Observer, all borders sealed
Agartala, Feb 17 (IANS) Hours before Sunday's assembly elections in Left-ruled Tripura, the Election Commission has appointed a Special Observer while the authorities have sealed the international and inter-state borders with Tripura.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Tripura,National,Politics
Smriti Irani targets Meghalaya Minister over sex scandal
Dalu (Meghalaya), Feb 17 (IANS) Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday hit out at Meghalaya Home Minister Horju Donkupar Roy Lyngdoh over the alleged gang-rape of a minor girl in his son's guest-house.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Assam,National,Politics
Turkey claims control inside Syria's Afrin
Istanbul, Feb 17 (IANS) Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday announced that his country's armed forces had taken control of more than 300 sq.km of Syrian territory inside the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, located in northwestern Syria.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Turkey,Politics
Canadian PM arrives on India visit
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived here on Saturday on an eight-day visit at the invitation of his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Diplomacy
PNB officials met representatives of Nirav Modi, Gitanjali group urging them to pay dues
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Punjab National Bank (PNB) officials had met representatives of Nirav Modi and Gitanjali groups to impress upon them to pay outstanding amounts, the bank said in a clarification to the stock exchanges.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
ED attaches Rs 115-crore properties of Chennai developer
Chennai, Feb 17 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday said it has provisionally attached immovable properties at Guindy near here worth about Rs 115 crore of real estate developer VGN Developers Pvt Ltd.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Congress plenary in Delhi from March 16-18
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) A plenary session of the Congress will be held here from March 16 to 18, wherein it is likely to ratify Rahul Gandhi's elevation as party President and pave the way for selection of new members of the Congress Working Committee (CWC).
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
PM should explain how the PNB scam took place under his watch: Rahul
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday sought to bring Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the line of fire on the PNB banking scam saying he should explain how Rs.22,000 crore was "taken" away from the country's banking system by jeweller Nirav Modi, the main accused, after the demonetisation.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Three PNB fraud accused sent to 14-day police custody
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) A Special CBI court on Saturday remanded the three accused arrested in the over Rs 11,300 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case to police custody till March 3.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
21 more PNB fraud-related raids, property worth Rs 5,674 seized so far, says ED
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday conducted raids at 21 places across India and seized assets worth Rs 25 crore in connection with the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, an official said.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Merged with ruling faction on Modi's advice: Panneerselvam
Chennai, Feb 17 (IANS) Finally, it is official. Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Friday told AIADMK office-bearers in Theni district that he merged his faction with the ruling faction on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics
Asha Bhosale conferred Yash Chopra memorial award
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Veteran playback singer Asha Bhosale was conferred the coveted "5th Yash Chopra Memorial National Award" at a function held here late on Friday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Automobile beauties grace Delhi roads at vintage car rally
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) From a 1903 Humberette owned by Abbas Jasdanwalla from Mumbai to an array of Rolls Royce's, including the 1908 Silver Ghost, the 1930 Phantom II, the 1938 Phantom III and the 1965 Silver Cloud III, the 8th edition of The 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally and Concours Show 2018 showcased the most beautiful creations from from the world of automobiles.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Did PNB fraud continue after retirement of so-called 'main culprit'?
New Delhi Feb 17 (IANS) Did the fraud at Punjab National Bank (PNB) continue even after the "main culprit", named by the bank, retired?
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Himachal to hire 200 doctors through walk-in interview
Shimla, Feb 17 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, on Saturday took several major decisions, including filling up 200 posts of doctors on specific contracts through walk-in interviews to overcome their shortage.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Himachal Pradesh,National,Politics,Business/Economy
India, Iran sign nine agreements, agree to stop terror forces (Roundup)
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) India and Iran on Saturday pledged to stop the forces of terrorism and extremism, delinking it from religion and agreed that there should be an end to terror sanctuaries even as the two countries broad-based their relationship by signing nine agreements, including one on connectivity relating to the strategic Chabahar port.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Defence/Security,Terrorism,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
ED attaches Rs 115-crore land of Chennai developer
Chennai/New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached land worth Rs 115 crore of VGN Developers in Chennai in a case of bank fraud while purchasing the land in 2013, an official said on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Haryana hikes ministers' grant
Chandigarh, Feb 17 (IANS) The Haryana cabinet on Saturday approved enhancement of the petty grant of Member of Council of Ministers from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 25 lakh per annum from the current financial year, officials said.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics
Remove Rahat Ali Khan's voice from Bollywood song: Babul Supriyo
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Singer-turned-Union minister Babul Supriyo says Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's voice in a song that features in Bollywood film "Welcome To New York", must be removed and dubbed by someone else.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Give up politics of violence, Vice President tells Kerala's parties
Kozhikode (Kerala), Feb 17 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday asked all political parties in Kerala to shed the politics of violence.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Kerala,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Plot for widow 18 years after soldier's death
Chandigarh, Feb 17 (IANS) The Haryana government on Saturday decided to gift a residential plot to the widow of a soldier who was killed in an anti-militancy operation in Jammu and Kashmir nearly 18 years ago.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics,Defence/Security
Hanyu breaks 66-year old record to defend men's figure skating title
PyoengChang, Feb 17 (IANS) Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu became the first figure skater in 66 years to win back-to-back Winter Olympic gold medals in the men's singles event as he won Japan's first gold medal at PyeongChang Games on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
KriArj Entertainment to move High Court against Abhishek Kapoor
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Film production banner KriArj Entertainment on Saturday said it will move the Bombay High Court to reinforce its right on the film "Kedarnath".
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Immigration/Law/Rights,Bollywood
Sitharaman questions Rahul's presence at Gitanjali Jewels event
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Countering the Congress' charge that the multi-crore bank fraud took place under the BJP government, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said that Rahul Gandhi was present at a promotional event of Gitanjali Jewels and that the fraud took place during the UPA regime.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Now electrical vans to ply in Shimla
Shimla, Feb 17 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday flagged off here an electrical van service of the state roadways.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Himachal Pradesh,National,Politics,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
Singhvi rubbishes BJP's allegations, warns of legal action
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Rubbishing accusations that he and his family had links with Nirav Modi's companies, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Saturday said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman "was liable to civil and criminal defamation".
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Jaitley to embark on two-day Saudi Arabia visit on Saturday night
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitely would be leaving Saturday night on a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia to co-chair the 12th India-Saudi Arabia Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on February 18-19, an official statement said here.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
BJP, Congress trade blame over multi-crore Nirav banking fraud (Roundup)
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The ruling BJP on Saturday blamed the Congress for the "original sin" that led to the alleged Rs 11,500 crore banking fraud by jeweller Nirav Modi and his partner Mehul Choksi. The opposition party returned the attack calling it "cheap sense of politics that has reached ludicrous and ridiculous proportions".
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
ISL: Chennaiyin, Jamshedpur battle for play-off spots (Preview)
Chennai, Feb 17 (IANS) Chennaiyin FC know they cannot leave anything to chance and will battle for full points in their last three league matches, starting with the crucial clash with Jamshedpur FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Sunday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,Sports,Football
S. Korea hockey coach takes blame after Winter Olympics loss
Gangneung (South Korea), Feb 17 (IANS) South Korean men's Olympic hockey head coach Jim Paek put the blame squarely on his own shoulders after his squad was routed by Switzerland 0-8 on Saturday at the 2018 Winter Games.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Hockey
Facebook to roll out fix for bug in two-factor authentication
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) After several people received non-security-related notifications from Facebook after giving the social network their phone numbers for two-factor authentication (2FA), the company admitted there was a bug and has promised to roll out a fix soon.
2018-02-17
Category: International, India,Defence/Security,Technology,Business/Economy
9 killed in Rajasthan LPG cylinder blast
Jaipur, Feb 17 (IANS) At least nine persons have been killed and 18 others injured after two LPG cylinders exploded at a wedding function in Beawar in Rajasthan's Ajmer district, police said.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Sakshi Tanwar to be back with new season of 'Tyohaar Ki Thaali'
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Actress Sakshi Tanwar will host the new season of food show "Tyohaar Ki Thaali", and she is looking forward to once again to sharing her long-cherished heirloom festival recipes.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
Goa CMO, BJP deny news reports on Parrikar's surgery
Panaji, Feb 17 (IANS) Authorities and the Goa unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday denied media reports that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is expected to undergo surgery at a Mumbai hospital.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics,Health/Medicine
Scientists develop human intestinal lining on chip
New York, Feb 17 (IANS) In a breakthrough, scientists have successfully replicated a human intestinal lining using patient-derived cells inside an organ-chip, a finding that has potential to advance personalised treatments for gastrointestinal diseases.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Health/Medicine,Technology
I-League: Gokulam shatter East Bengal title hopes
Kozhikode, Feb 17 (IANS) East Bengal's title aspirations were dealt a body blow as Gokulam Kerala FC stunned them with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at the EMS Corporation Stadium here on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Kerala,Sports,Football
Odisha reiterates demand for special category status
Bhubaneswar, Feb 17 (IANS) Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday reiterated the demand for special category status for Odisha and revision of coal royalty for the benefit of the state.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Orissa,National,Politics
West Brom footballers apologise for Barcelona fiasco
London, Feb 17 (IANS) The four West Bromwich Albion footballers, who made off with an unoccupied taxi during the English club's recent visit to Barcelona, came forward to reveal their identities and apologise for their actions.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Football
5-day judicial custody for Hindu Samhati chief, others
Kolkata, Feb 17 (IANS) Hindu Samhati chief Tapan Ghosh and three activists, arrested on charge of attacking media persons at an event in the city, were on Saturday remanded in five-day judicial custody by a Sessions court, police said.
2018-02-17
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Media,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Sitharaman questions Rahul's presence at Gitanjali Jewels event (Lead, with Correction)
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Countering Congress charge that multi-crore bank fraud took place under the BJP government, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Rahul Gandhi was present at a promotional event of Gitanjali Jewels and that the fraud took place during the UPA regime.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Father's stress linked to kids' brain development
New York, Feb 17 (IANS) Fathers, take note! Taking too much stress may affect the brain development of your kids, a new study has claimed.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
All-rounder Rumeli named in Indian women's T20I squad
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Veteran all-rounder Rumeli Dhar made her comeback into the Indian women's cricket team after six years as she was on Saturday named as replacement for injured veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami for the remaining three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against South Africa away.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
Sitharaman questions Rahul's presence at Gitanjali Jewels event
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Countering Congress charge that multi-crore bank fraud took place during the BJP government, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Rahul Gandhi was present at a promotional event of Gitanjali Jewels and the whole episode took place in the UPA regime.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Won't let any agency eliminate Bimal Gurung: Ahluwalia
Jalpaiguri, Feb 17 (IANS) Union Minister and Darjeeling MP S.S. Ahluwalia said that some agencies want to "eliminate" Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung, but he will do his bit to protect the absconding leader.
2018-02-17
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Ledecka takes Alpine skiing women's super-G in PyeongChang
PyeongChang, Feb 17 (IANS) The Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka, the first athlete to compete in two different sports at a Winter Olympics, stunningly won the gold medal of Alpine skiing women's super-G at PyeongChang Games here on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
Goal machine Batshuayi proves both curse and blessing for Dortmund
Berlin, Feb 17 (IANS) Michy Batshuayi is both a curse and a blessing for Borussia Dortmund. While the Belgian striker makes the German football club happy with his tremendous record of five goals in three games, this stunning success will most likely lead to his immediate farewell in only a few months.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Germany,Sports,Football
Girls may inherit ovarian cancer gene from fathers
New York, Feb 17 (IANS) Scientists have found a gene responsible for ovarian cancer that can be passed down from fathers to their daughters.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
Intesa Sanpaola SPA (HK) only foreign bank to be affected by PNB fraud
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The only foreign bank affected in Nirav Modi/Mehul Choksi fraud case turns out to be Intesa Sanpaolo SPA whose Hong Kong branch was called upon to provide money to Gitanjali Gems against a foreign letter of credi (FLC) issued by the Punjab National Bank (PNB).
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
'Black Panther' gets Rs 7 crore opening in India
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Marvel Studios "Black Panther", featuring Chadwick Boseman as the superhero, has registered an opening collection of over Rs 7 crore in India.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Double taxation avoidance agreement to give fillip to India, Iran trade
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Enforcement of the double taxation avoidance agreement and extension of preferential tariff would give a fillip to trade and investment between Iran and India , Masoud Karbasian, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, Iran said here on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
ISL: ATK look to salvage pride against off-colour Mumbai (Preview)
Kolkata, Feb 17 (IANS) Out of the top-four race in the Indian Super League (ISL), defending champions ATK will look to salvage pride and get back to winning ways when they lock horns with Mumbai City FC here on Sunday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Football,ISL
Modi, Jaitley knew country was being looted: Congress
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday made a direct allegation against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying "both were aware that the country was being looted" in the over Rs 11,000 crore PNB scam.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Man United great Vidic to visit India
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Manchester United great Nemanja Vidic will be present as a special guest on occasion of the third edition of the Football Movement which is slated to be held here on February 22 and 23.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Football
RGV appears before Hyderabad police in obscenity case
Hyderabad, Feb 17 (IANS) Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma on Saturday appeared before Hyderabad police in connection with a case of obscenity booked against him for his movie "God, Sex and Truth", and also for allegedly insulting the modesty of a woman.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,Cinema/Showbiz,Immigration/Law/Rights
Goa CMO, BJP denies news reports on Parrikar's surgery
Panaji, Feb 17 (IANS) Authorities and the Goa unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday denied media reports that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is expected to undergo surgery at a Mumbai hospital.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics,Health/Medicine
Telangana CM KCR turns 64
Hyderabad, Feb 17 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR, turned 64 on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Politics
Was misfit in BJP, says Lovely after rejoining Congress
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Former Delhi Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely on Saturday returned to the Congress and said he was "ideologically a misfit" in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which he had joined in April last year.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
$1.8 bn PNB fraud, macro-data hit equities' movement (Market Review)
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) The weekly trade in the Indian equity markets was almost flat. However, a slew of domestic developments like a $1.8 billion fraud reported by the Punjab National Bank (PNB) and release of major macro-economic data impacted the movements of the two key equity indices, analysts said.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Literary Portrayals on 70 Years of Indian Independence
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Indias National Academy of Letters organised a national seminar on "70 Years of Indian Independence" on Friday as part of its ongoing Festival of Letters. Eminent scholars and writers presented their views on the literary portrayals that have found light of the day over the past seven decades.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Lifestyle/Fashion,Art/Culture/Books,Features
Earlier Congress used to benefit from scams, now BJP does: Kejriwal
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that earlier, the Congress used to benefit from scams and now it is the BJP that benefits from them, and added that this is the reason why the BJP never sends a Congress member to the jail.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
'Make Nirav Modi RBI Governor': Shiv Sena
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Taunting ruling ally Bharatiya Janata Party, the Shiv Sena on Saturday said absconding scamster Nirav Modi "should be made Reserve Bank of India Governor to finish off the country".
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Is translation a means of retelling stories, experts discus
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) What is the role of translations in bringing many unknown stories to the fore? Can translation be used as a means of retelling narratives? Several experts came together at a symposium organised by the Sahitya Akademi here to deliberate on the topic.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Lifestyle/Fashion,Art/Culture/Books,Features
A year after Kerala actress' kidnapping, trial to begin
Kochi, Feb 17 (IANS) Exactly a year later, the much-anticipated climax scene in the Kerala actress kidnap case, in which superstar Dileep has been named as the eighth accused, is to emerge with the trial set to begin very soon.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Kerala,National,Cinema/Showbiz,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Pakistan minor's killer gets four death sentences
Lahore, Feb 17 (IANS) A Pakistan court on Saturday gave a 24-year-old man four death sentences for raping and murdering six-year-old Zainab Amin last month.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Pakistan,Immigration/Law/Rights,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Attacks out of proportion: Oxfam chief
London, Feb 17 (IANS) Oxfam's Chief Executive, Mark Goldring, has said the scale and intensity of the criticism against the British charity in the wake of claims that its workers used prostitutes in Haiti, were out of proportion to its level of culpability.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United Kingdom,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Russia launches language courses for football fans abroad
Moscow, Feb 17 (IANS) Russias Centers of Science and Culture based abroad have launched short Russian language courses for football fans who will be attending the Russia-hosted FIFA World Cup.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Russian Federation,Sports,Football
Giant bronze hot pot unveiled in China
Beijing, Feb 17 (IANS) A giant bronze hot pot, over two storeys high, has been unveiled in Datong in China's Shanxi province.
2018-02-17
Category: International, China,Human Interest/Society
Olympic snowboarder from Russia successfully undergoes surgery
PyeongChang (South Korea), Feb 17 (IANS) Russian snowboarder Nikolay Olyunin has successfully undergone a surgery, the athletes wife Maria said on social media.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
Gangwon chief eyes co-hosting of Asian Winter Games with N.Korea
PyeongChang (South Korea), Feb 17 (IANS) The governor of Gangwon Province, where PyeongChang is located, said on Saturday that he is considering a bid to co-host the 2021 Asian Winter Games (AWG) with North Korea.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Other Sports
I'm a proud YRF girl: Parineeti Chopra
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Actress Parineeti Chopra says she is proud of her association with Yash Raj Films, under which she not only made her debut but also did movies like "Ishaqzaade" and "Shuddh Desi Romance".
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Left confident of Tripura victory, BJP giving tough fight (Curtainraiser)
Agartala, Feb 17 (IANS) The CPI-M is confident of retaining power in its bastion of Tripura in Sunday's assembly elections and achieving a turnaround in the Left movement across the country, though the BJP is battling tooth and nail to oust the Left Front government.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Tripura,National,Politics
NASA's Kepler discovers nearly 100 new exoplanets
London, Feb 17 (IANS) An international team of scientists have confirmed the discovery of nearly 100 new exoplanets -- planets located outside our solar system.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United Kingdom,Science/Tech
India aim bright start against S.Africa in 1st T20I (Preview)
Johannesburg, Feb 17 (IANS) Following a historic One-Day International (ODI) series victory, ruthless India will aim to continue their form in the cricket's shortest format when they face South Africa in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) at the New Wanderers Stadium here on Sunday.
2018-02-17
Category: International, South Africa,Sports,Cricket
22 killed in Nigeria suicide attack
Lagos, Feb 17 (IANS) At least 22 people were killed and 28 others injured when three suicide bombers attacked a market in Nigeria's Borno state, the authorities said on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Portugal,Terrorism
The tyranny of mainline cinema which sidelines good, small films (Column: Bollywood Spotlight)
My old friend and sensitive filmmaker Onir is heartbroken. This week his latest film "Kuch Bheege Alfaaz" bravely and defiantly produced by the music giant Saregama's film branch Yoodlee Films, opened in shows at the most unearthly hours in selected multiplexes, while all the primetime shows went to "Padmaavat", "Pad Man" and "Aiyaary".
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Rishi Kapoor predicts 'huge stardom' for Priya Varrier
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor is impressed by the "expressive" and "innocent" Priya Prakash Varrier. He has predicted a bright future for the 18-year-old, who became an internet sensation with a wink and a shy but mischievous smile in a music video.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Southern Cinema
Common BP drug may prevent onset of Type 1 diabetes
New York, Feb 17 (IANS) A drug commonly used drug to control high blood pressure may be also effective in preventing the onset of Type 1 diabetes in up to 60 per cent of those at risk, researchers say.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
Adam Levine, Behati Prinsloo welcome baby girl
Los Angeles, Feb 17 (IANS) Singer Adam Levine and model Behati Prinsloo have welcomed their second child together.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Microsoft expands Cortana's home automation skills
San Francisco, Feb 17 (IANS) In a bid to expand into the growing home automation market, Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana will now support more smart home devices and integrate with IFTTT -- a free web-based platform that helps users connect their apps and services together, the company has announced.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
Olivia Wilde set to make directorial debut
Los Angeles, Feb 17 (IANS) Actress Olivia Wilde will make her directorial debut with "Booksmart", which will feature Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
'Garbage' needed a distributor who understood its sensitive nature: Q
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) The distribution rights of director Qaushiq Mukherjee aka Q's "Garbage", the only Indian feature at the Berlinale's official selection this year, have been bought by Paris-based sales company Wide.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
Scientists discover link between hallucinations, dopamine
New York, Feb 17 (IANS) People with schizophrenia, who experience auditory hallucinations, tend to hear what they expect an exaggerated version of a perceptual distortion that is common among other people without hallucinations.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Health/Medicine
Sushma Swaraj calls on Iran President
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) External Affairs Minister on Saturday called on visiting Iran President Hassan Rouhani and discussed a number of issues, including energy and connectivity.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Diplomacy
Woodley, Dern on board for 'Big Little Lies' season 2
Los Angeles, Feb 17 (IANS) Actors Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz are on board for "Big Little Lies" season 2.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Briton completes 20,000-mile pub adventure
London, Feb 17 (IANS) A Briton has driven a sports car across 21 countries, starting at the most northerly pub in the world and ending at the most southerly, a media report said on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United Kingdom,Human Interest/Society
Modi, Iran President discuss bilateral cooperation, regional issues
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday discussed bilateral cooperation across a range of areas and regional issues during a meeting with Iran President Hassan Rouhani here.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Diplomacy
Theroux seen with women before split announcement
New York, Feb 17 (IANS) Actor Justin Theroux was photographed surrounded by female friends shortly before announcing his split from actress Jennifer Aniston.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Arvinder Singh Lovely returns to Congress
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) In a boost to the Congress, former Delhi Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, who had quit the party to join the BJP in April last year, on Saturday returned to the Congress in the presence of party President Rahul Gandhi here.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Household cleaning products may harm lung function in women
New York, Feb 17 (IANS) Women working as cleaners or using cleaning sprays or other products regularly at home are likely to experience a greater decline in their lung function, researchers have warned.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
Robert Pattinson finds #MeToo movement amazing
Berlin, Feb 17 (IANS) Actor Robert Pattinson says it is amazing to see the impact of the #MeToo movement.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Germany,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman among Oscar presenters
Los Angeles, Feb 17 (IANS) Stars Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, Kumail Nanjiani, Margot Robbie, Emma Stone and Daniela Vega are among the first slate of presenters announced for the 90th Oscars.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
'Descendants 3' to be out in 2019
Los Angeles, Feb 17 (IANS) Disney channel has announced plans to release "Descendants 3" in the summer of 2019.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Aniston, Pitt's reunion very unlikely
Los Angeles, Feb 17 (IANS) Following the news of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's split, the internet went into a frenzy with the possibility of a reunion of the actress and her former beau Brad Pitt. But that seems unlikely as they haven't met in a long time, says a source.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Always wanted to be involved in all aspects of filmmaking: Anand Tiwari
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Actor-director Anand Tiwari, who has debuted as a feature film director for the Netflix original "Love Per Square Foot", says he always wanted to explore every aspect of filmmaking.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
PNB fraud: Ex-Deputy Bank Manager Gokulnath Shetty arrested
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Punjab National Bank's retired Deputy Manager, Gokulnath Shetty and two others in a multi-crore bank fraud case, officials said on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Real Madrid suffer Kroos injury setback
Madrid, Feb 17 (IANS) Real Madrid have suffered an injury setback with the confirmation that central midfielder Toni Kroos will be out of action for at least two weeks after suffering a knee injury.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
Mainz down Berlin in Bundesliga
Berlin, Feb 17 (IANS) Mainz returned to their winning ways after cruising past Hertha Berlin 2-0 in the opener of the 23rd round in Bundesliga football league.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Germany,Sports,Football
How I became a translator (Translating India-9)
(ATTN EDITORS: This is the ninth in a 10-part "Translating India" series where noted translators -- in articles written exclusively for IANS -- share their experiences of translating from their respective languages.)
2018-02-17
Category: International, Costa Rica,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books,National,IANS Life
Essential Phone with built-in Amazon Alexa launched
San Francisco, Feb 17 (IANS) A new variant of Essential Phone has been launched with built-in Alexa (Amazon's virtual personal assistant), offering an alternative to Google Assistant that is already available on all other variants.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
Argentine defender steps away from football to help save brother's life
Buenos Aires, Feb 17 (IANS) Former Argentina international full-back Cristian Villagra will take time off football to donate bone marrow to his brother Gonzalo, who his battling leukemia.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Costa Rica,Sports,Football
Brazil coach Tite reveals likely World Cup starting lineup
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 17 (IANS) Brazil coach Tite said that he has already chosen his preferred starting lineup for this year's World Cup in Russia.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Brazil,Sports,Football
Rekha felicitates Asha Bhosle with Yash Chopra Memorial Award
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) It was an emotional and heart-warming moment when veteran actress Rekha bowed down to touch Asha Bhosle's feet as the legendary singer was feted with the Yash Chopra Memorial Award here.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Ex-Playboy model claims having affair with Trump
New York, Feb 17 (IANS) A former Playboy model claimed that she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006 and has also described the US President's alleged system for concealing affairs, a media report said.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Politics,Human Interest/Society
Google testing new technology to improve 911 system
San Francisco, Feb 17 (IANS) Google has conducted a trial of a new technology that will help 911 operators figure out the location of cellphone callers more accurately, media reported.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
Akshaye, Richa to star in film on misuse of rape laws
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Actors Akshaye Khanna and Richa Chadha will feature in "Section 375", a Bollywood suspense drama highlighting misuse of rape laws in the country.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Hashimpura, Srebrenica and Rohingyas: Similar and so different (Comment: Special to IANS)
Incidents, similar in their chilling monstrosity, came to mind when I saw photographs of a row of Rohingya Muslim young men, on their knees, hands tied behind their back. Gun-wielding military police, lurking within the frame, eventually mowed them down.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Religion,Opinion/Commentary
'Journalism was like instant coffee, writing books is satisfying, self-discovery'
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) She worked as a journalist for Asian Age, Frontline and Tribune, but running behind bylines always seemed like "instant coffee" with no time to pause and appreciate the beauty of things around her. After she quit her full-time job and embarked on a journey of writing, life changed drastically for Charu Singh, whose second book was published in December.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books,National,Features,IANS Life
No difference between cinema, television today: Anshuman Jha
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Having been a part of the entertainment industry for eight years, Anshuman Jha who started his career in films with Dibakar Bannerjees "Love Sex Aur Dhokha" and went on to well-received roles in "Chauranga" and "Yeh Hai Bakrapur", is stepping into the web series world. He is ready to do television shows too as he feels the medium is no bar.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Twitter pulls the plug on official Mac app
San Francisco, Feb 17 (IANS) Twitter has announced it is ending support for its dedicated desktop Mac application and that it has pulled it from the web and from Apple's App Store.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
'Aiyaary' stars happy with audience response
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Actors Sidharth Malhotra and Rakul Preet Singh are happy that the audience is warming up to their latest release "Aiyaary". They are hopeful more viewers will be drawn to the theatres.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
After 'Pad Man', Akshay, KriArj join hands again
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Fresh from the success of "Pad Man", Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, after completing his work in Reema Kagti's "Gold", will move to a project that will be co-produced by Prernaa Arora and Arjun N Kapoor's KriArj Entertainment and his own banner Cape Of Good Hope.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
For Modi, road to 2019 will be steeper (Column: Political Circus)
For the Bharatiya Janata Party's supporters, the growing belief that the party is no longer as favourably placed as before must be both bewildering and disheartening.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary,Politics
Tibetan leader greets new South African President
Dharamsala, Feb 17 (IANS) Central Tibetan Administration President Lobsang Sangay on Saturday congratulated Cyril Ramaphosa on becoming South Africa's new President following Jacob Zuma's resignation.
2018-02-17
Category: International, India,National,Politics,Diplomacy
1,000 Bihar students expelled for cheating in Class 12 exams
Patna, Feb 17 (IANS) Nearly 1,000 students were expelled for cheating during the Class 12 examinations in Bihar, officials said on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Bihar,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Education
Collective voice needed to bring change: 'Peter Rabbit' actress (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki is delighted with the ongoing dialogue around balancing the gender scale and diversity in Hollywood. Known for "The Great Gatsby" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", she says women are still vulnerable but they have realised the power of working towards change hand-in-hand.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,National,IANS Life
7.2-magnitude quake jolts Mexico, no casualties reported
Mexico City, Feb 17 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale struck southeastern Mexico, with the epicentre recorded in the state of Oaxaca, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Mexico,Environment/Wildlife
Itel Mobile registers 217% growth in India
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) With a 9 per cent market share, China-based Transsion Holdings' Itel Mobile registered a 217 per cent growth in India in 2016-2017, the company said on Saturday.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Belgian court orders Facebook to stop collecting users' data
Brussels, Feb 17 (IANS) A Belgian court has ordered Facebook to stop collecting data on users or face daily penalty of 250,000 euros.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Belgium,Immigration/Law/Rights,Defence/Security,Technology
Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent separatist-called protest
Srinagar, Feb 17 (IANS) Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city on Saturday to prevent a separatist-called protest, police said.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Defence/Security
Minimum temperatures improve in J&K
Srinagar, Feb 17 (IANS) The minimum temperatures throughout Jammu and Kashmir showed improvement on Saturday due to cloud cover, according to the weather office.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Environment/Wildlife
Foggy Saturday morning in Delhi
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) It was a foggy morning here on Saturday with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.6 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average, the weather office said.
2018-02-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife
13 Russian nationals indicted over 2016 US election interference
Washington, Feb 17 (IANS) US Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud Washington, according to the Department of Justice.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Politics
Trump visits shooting survivors in Florida hospital
Miami, Feb 17 (IANS) US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited a hospital in Florida where the survivors of this week's school massacre were being treated, media reports said.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Christian Bale is the best actor working: Scott Cooper
Los Angeles, Feb 17 (IANS) Director Scott Cooper says he wrote "Hostiles" for actor Christian Bale as he is the "best actor working".
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Giant signs in Miami ask senator to enact gun control
Washington, Feb 17 (IANS) Three trucks with giant signs addressed to US Republican Senator Marco Rubio drove through the streets of Miami on Friday, demanding enact gun control to avoid more massacres like the one that occurred this week at a school in Florida.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Human Interest/Society
FBI Director should resign, urges Florida Governor
Washington, Feb 17 (IANS) Governor of Florida state Rick Scott on Saturday urged the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to resign in the wake of the agency's admission that it failed to follow up on an earlier tip over the shooter who killed 17 people in a Florida high school.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Strong earthquake hits Mexico
Mexico City, Feb 17 (IANS) A powerful earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday as people fled out of buildings in capital Mexico City when the ground was shaking.
2018-02-17
Category: International, Mexico,Environment/Wildlife
'Florida school shooter heard voices in his head'
Washington, Feb 17 (IANS) Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old youth who killed 15 students and two staff members with an AR-15 automatic rifle in Florida, told police that voices in his head told him how to carry out the attack, police said on Friday.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Terrorism,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Jack had to die in 'Titanic': Billy Zane
Los Angeles, Feb 17 (IANS) Actor Billy Zane, who essayed the role of Cal Hockley in "Titanic", says Leonardo DiCaprio's character Jack had to die the blockbuster film.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Minaj 'as bald as' Amber Rose
Los Angeles, Feb 17 (IANS) Rapper Nicki Minaj has become "as bald as" model-actress Amber Rose due to a hair accident.
2018-02-17
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood