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Businesses seized from convicted Italian mafia suspect
Bitonto (Italy), Feb 24 (IANS/AKI) Police on Friday impounded pizzerias, restaurants and other property in Italy's southern Puglia region belonging to convicted mafia member Emanuele Sicolo.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Italy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Yoga sharpest weapon to bring peace: Modi
Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Feb 24 (IANS) Describing yoga as the "sharpest weapon" in the world to fight stress and bring peace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said it is also the passport for health assurance.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics,Religion
Focus now needed on stopping black money flow: Subramanian
Ahmedabad, Feb 24 (IANS) India's Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian on Friday said that after the attack on black money through demonetisation, the country should now focus squeezing its flow.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Gujarat,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi hospitalised
Rome, Feb 24 (IANS/AKI) Rome's anti-establishment Mayor Virginia Raggi was on Friday admitted to hospital for tests after reportedly feeling unwell.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Italy,Politics,Health/Medicine
Doctors among 55 'absenteeists' held at Naples hospital
Naples, Feb 24 (IANS/AKI) Doctors and nurses were among 55 people arrested in Naples on Friday for absenteeism at the city's Loreto Mare hospital and 94 others are being investigated.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Italy,Business/Economy,Health/Medicine
Hrithik would love to dance with 500 kg Egyptian woman
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) After Eman Ahmed Abdelaty, the Egyptian woman weighing 500 kg who is here for a weight reduction programme, expressed desire to dance with Hrithik Roshan once she can stand on her feet, the actor has said he'd love the experience.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Human Interest/Society
Cash source of black money generation: Goyal
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Dismissing talk about corruption levels going up after demonetisation with tax officials allegedly asking for heavier bribes, Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said that it is currency which is the source of black money generation.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Modi's 'Make in India's lion doesn't roar but whimpers: Rahul
Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 24 (IANS) Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi On Friday ridiculed the 'Make in India' campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying while a big lion was made the mascot of the campaign, it ended in a whimper of a rat.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
Achuthanandan wants strong action against moral policing
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 24 (IANS) Former Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan on Friday demanded strong action from the state government against moral policing.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Kerala,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Human Interest/Society
McLaren presents new car for F1 season
London, Feb 24 (IANS) McLaren presented on Friday its new car, MCL32, ready for the 2017 Formula One world championship.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Motorsports
PoEM rules not to apply to companies with Rs 50 crore or less turnover
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has clarified that place of effective management (PoEM) regulations will not be enforced upon firms with a turnover of Rs 50 crore or less in a financial year.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Defender Federico renews contract with Swansea until 2020
London, Feb 24 (IANS) Welsh football club Swansea City announced on Friday the contract renewal of defender Federico Fernandez until June 2020.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Football
Shiv Sena approaches Congress for pact, party says 'not interested'
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) A day after a hung House was thrown up following the BMC polls here, the Shiv Sena, which bagged (84+3) of the 227 seats, on Friday approached the Congress party for a post-poll alliance, but the latter evinced no interest.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
Aizawl out for revenge against Chennai FC in I-League (Preview)
Aizawl, Feb 24 (IANS) Aizawl FC will look to avenge their earlier loss to Chennai City FC when they meet in an I-League football clash here on Saturday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Mizoram,Sports,Football
Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa floats her forum, to contest from R.K.Nagar
Chennai, Feb 24 (IANS) Deepa Jayakumar, the niece of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa on Friday announced the formation of her forum MGR Amma Deepa Peravai and her decision to contest from the R.K.Nagar constituency here
2017-02-24
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics
Kumble defends team, calls it a bad day at office
Pune, Feb 24 (IANS) India chief coach Anil Kumble defended his team after the hosts were bowled out for 105 in their first innings, resulting in Australia taking a commanding lead of 298 runs at stumps on the second day of the opening cricket Test here on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
Maha Shivaratri celebrated across Bengal
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) The festival of Maha Shivaratri was on Friday celebrated in West Bengal amid traditional fervour as hundreds of thousands of devotees thronged Lord Shiva temples across the state.
2017-02-24
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Religion
Saavn spreads wings into original music
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) South Asia's audio and music streaming service Saavn on Saturday announced its expansion into original music with the worldwide release of "Azaad Hu Mai", a track from underground hip-hop artiste, Naezy.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
Keep immature Rahul home, why send him to UP: Amit Shah to Congress
Gorakhpur, Feb 24 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national President Amit Shah on Friday targeted Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi after former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's remarks that he needed more time to "mature", saying "immature Rahul should be kept at home" instead of being sent to Uttar Pradesh.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
'Rangoon' humble tribute to Netaji, INA: Vishal Bhardwaj
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj on Friday said "Rangoon" is a "humble tribute" to Indian revolutionary Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army for their "lesser known" sacrifices and contribution to India's freedom struggle.
2017-02-24
Category: India, West Bengal,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Human Interest/Society
Rheumatic Heart Disease can be controlled by treating Streptococcal throat infection
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) -- permanent damage to heart valves -- can be controlled or prevented by treating Streptococcal throat infection through antibiotics, said doctors on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Health/Medicine
CBFC's refusal to certify 'Lipstick...' could be misunderstanding: Vishal
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) Acclaimed filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj on Friday said the censor board's refusal to certify "Lipstick Under My Burkha" could be due to a "misunderstanding".
2017-02-24
Category: India, West Bengal,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Immigration/Law/Rights,Human Interest/Society
Non-life insurers' premium income grows over 37% in January
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) Non-life insurance companies posted over 37 per cent increase in their gross premium income (direct premium income underwritten) to Rs 12,123.53 crore in January as compared to Rs 8,840.90 crore in the year-ago month.
2017-02-24
Category: India, West Bengal,Business/Economy
Modi describes yoga as 'potent peace weapon'
Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Feb 24 (IANS) Describing yoga as the "most potent peace weapon" in the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said it is also the passport for health assurance.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics,Human Interest/Society
BJP seeks Centre's intervention over Odisha panchayat poll violence
Bhubaneswar, Feb 24 (IANS) The BJP's Odisha unit on Friday sought Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's intervention over the alleged involvement of government officials in violence during panchayat polls in the state.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Orissa,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
AISA may move HC over cops' role in Ramjas incident
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Expressing dissatisfaction over the handling of Ramjas College incident by the Delhi Police, the All India Students Association (AISA) on Friday said they will approach the high court if the situation continues like this.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Education
Wagah-like tourist spots proposed on Bangladesh border in Meghalaya
Shillong, Feb 24 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) has proposed to develop two areas along the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya as tourist spots along the lines of the Attari-Wagah border with Pakistan, a BSF official said here on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Meghalaya,National,Defence/Security,Business/Economy,Human Interest/Society
Jayalalithaa's birth anniversary quiet day for Sasikala in jail
Bengaluru, Feb 24 (IANS) The 69th birth anniversary of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Friday was a quiet day for her long-time confidante and AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala, housed in the Central Jail on the city's outskirts.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Sindhu prefers Andhra over Telangana for government job
Vijayawada, Feb 24 (IANS) Olympic 2016 silver medallist P.V. Sindhu has preferred Andhra Pradesh over Telangana to accept a government job offer. The star shuttler, who was born in Hyderabad, has accepted the job offer of Andhra Pradesh, the state her parents come from.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,Sports,Badminton
Modi dubs Kanpur train accident cross-border conspiracy, SP questions it
Gonda (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday termed last November's train accident in Kanpur a conspiracy hatched from across the border and urged people not to vote for those "who help conspirators".
2017-02-24
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Family of slain Indian engineer blames Trump's policies
Hyderabad, Feb 24 (IANS) The families of an Indian engineer who was killed and another who was injured in the firing by an American in Kansas have blamed the policies of President Donald Trump for the incident.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora
NSUI seeks President's intervention in JNU admission issue
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The National Students Union of India (NSUI) on Friday urged President Pranab Mukherjee to intervene on the issue of the JNU Vice-Chancellor's "arbitrary" move to slash admission seats.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Education
Lung Health Screening Test important for children in Delhi's polluted air: Doctors
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) As children in Delhi continue to be affected by high pollution levels, doctors have urged parents to conduct Lung Health Screening Test (LHST) for their children as their vital organs are not mature enough to tackle the polluted air.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife,Health/Medicine
AAP announces 109 candidates for Delhi civic polls
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The AAP on Friday announced the names of 109 candidates in its first list for Delhi civic body polls to be conducted in April.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Scared Modi tries to create tension between two religions: Rahul
Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 24 (IANS) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying "when he gets sacred, he tries to create tension between two religions".
2017-02-24
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics,Religion
Three-year-old raped, murdered in Delhi
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) A three-year-old girl was allegedly raped, murdered and her face mutilated beyond recognition by a teenager who was caught after he dumped her body at an isolated place in a west Delhi neighbourhood, police said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
India's forex reserves inch lower by $57 mn
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) India's foreign exchange (Forex) reserves marginally fell by 56.8 million as on February 17, 2017 official data showed on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Talks on Masood Azhar under progress: Chinese envoy
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) China supports India on combating terrorism and a discussion to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a "global terrorist" is in progress, Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: International, India,National,Defence/Security,Terrorism,Diplomacy
Chinese Army delegation visits Indian Army's Eastern Command
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) A 15-member delegation of the Chinese People's Liberation Army visited the headquarters here of the Eastern Command of the Indian Army, an official said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
Shiv Sena-BJP vie for Mumbai Mayor post
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) A day after a hung house was thrown up in the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation elections, the two biggest parties - Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party - struggled to cobble up sufficient numbers to grab the critical post of Mayor on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
Centre to set up new Passport Seva Kendras in Assam
Guwahati, Feb 24 (IANS) The Centre will set up several new Passport Seva Kendras in Assam.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Assam,National,Business/Economy,Immigration/Law/Rights
Roma vs Lyon, highlight of Europa League's last 16 draw
Nyon (Switzerland), Feb 24 (IANS) The draw for the Europa League's last-16 football contest sets Roma against Olympique Lyonnais. The draw, held here on Friday, also resulted in a German clash between Schalke and Borussia Mönchengladbach, and Belgian battle between Ghent and Genk.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Switzerland,Sports,Football
Le Pen refuses police interview over funding claims
Paris, Feb 24 (IANS) French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has refused a police interview about her alleged misuse of EU funds.
2017-02-24
Category: International, France,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Take all sections onboard before polls, Indian envoy urges Nepal
Kathmandu, Feb 24 (IANS) Outgoing Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae on Friday urged the Nepal government to take all the parties into confidence before going for polls.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Nepal,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Diplomacy,Business/Economy
Hindus throng temples on Maha Shivratri
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Hundreds of thousands thronged Shiva temples, big and small, all over the country on Maha Shivratri on Friday to pray and offer flowers, bel (wood apple) leaves, milk, honey and more to the Lord.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Religion
Eveready starts production in its Assam unit
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) Battery-to-lighting major Eveready Industries on Friday said it has commenced commercial production at its new plant in Assam from Thursday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, West Bengal,Business/Economy
One dead, two injured in Delhi shootout
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) A youth died and his two friends were critically injured in a shootout among two groups near a wedding function site here, police said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 5 to be flagged-off on Saturday
Siliguri, Feb 24 (IANS) As many as 100 top rallyists from around the country will be vying for the top honours when the Biswa Bangla JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 5 gets underway here on Saturday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Motorsports
Two Delhi firefighters die dousing small fire
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Two Delhi firefighters dousing a small fire in a shop here were killed on Friday when a cooking gas cylinder inside the snack store exploded, catching dozens of firemen by surprise, officials said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
WhatsApp now has 200 mn users in India
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Friday announced that it has 200 million monthly active users in India.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Patient death: Kolkata hospital denies charges, to refund money
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) Dismissing allegations of having refused to release a patient over money, a city hospital on Friday said it never asked for fixed deposits or deed for securitisation of bill dues, and agreed to refund all money paid by the patient's kin, an official said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics,Health/Medicine,Human Interest/Society
Smith reassured me, helping me stay calm, says O'Keefe
Pune, Feb 24 (IANS) Buoyed after helping Australia gain a vital 155-run first innings lead, left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe, who got his maiden six-wicket haul in the first cricket Test against India, credited his skipper Steve Smith for helping him stay calm here on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
Punjab intervenes to bail out potato growers
Chandigarh, Feb 24 (IANS) With potato prices going down, the Punjab government on Friday directed agriculture marketing agencies under it to intervene immediately and bail out potato growers in the state who were suffering heavy losses.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Retrenchment in e-commerce industry not unique to India: Minister
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said corporate downsizing and retrenchment in the country's e-commerce industry were not unique phenomena happening in India but were occurring globally.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Haryana to provide subsidised food to construction workers
Chandigarh, Feb 24 (IANS) Construction labourers in Haryana will be able to get food at subsidised rates near their place of work, the government announced on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Woman shot dead on Pakistan border
Jammu, Feb 24 (IANS) BSF personnel shot dead a woman who sneaked across the international border into Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan, police said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Defence/Security
Mumbai aim to continue sensational campaign in HIL semi-final (Preview)
Chandigarh, Feb 24 (IANS) Maiden semi-finalists Dabang Mumbai will look to extend their dream campaign into the final of the Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) when they face former champions Delhi Waveriders in a last four battle at the Chandigarh Hockey Stadium here on Saturday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Punjab,Sports,Hockey
Two devotees die of heart attack in Jharkhand
Ranchi, Feb 24 (IANS) Two devotees died of heart attack in Jharkhand's Deoghar district on Friday after offering prayers at the famous Baba Baidyanath Shiva temple on the occasion of Mahashivaratri, police said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Bihar,National,Religion,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Fest to reclaim ancient musical heritage of the Taj city
Agra, Feb 24 (IANS) In a bid to preserve the musical heritage of India, the city of Agra is all set to host a music festival featuring an impressive lineup of artistes.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Lifestyle/Fashion,Art/Culture/Books
Mahindra-Sumitomo industrial park project in last leg of approvals
Chennai, Feb 24 (IANS) The industrial park jointly promoted by India's Mahindra group and Japanese Sumitomo Corporation is in the final stages of getting necessary approvals, said officials of the Indian group here on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Business/Economy
Human brain may help generate fructose
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) Fructose -- simple sugar found in fruits, vegetables, table sugar, and many processed foods -- is converted in the human brain from glucose, according to a new study.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
Donetsk eliminated from Europa League by Celta Vigo
Kiev, Feb 24 (IANS) Ukrainian football club Shakhtar Donetsk was eliminated from the UEFA Europa League Round-of-32 after a 1-2 aggregate defeat to Spanish outfit Celta Vigo at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Ukraine,Sports,Football
Slain Indian engineer was 'outstanding', 'friendly'
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) Neighbours, friends and family remembered Srinivas Kuchibhotla -- an Indian engineer who was killed in a bar shooting in the US earlier this week -- as a quiet and an outstanding human being.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora
My scenes in 'Rangoon' were cut: Kangana Ranaut
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) National Award-winning actress Kangana Ranaut says she felt shattered when a few of her important scenes were edited by the makers of her forthcoming film "Rangoon".
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Moderate earthquake in Manipur
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale rocked Manipur on Friday, an IMD official said. There were no reports of any casualty or damage so far.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Indian man killed in hate crime in US bar (Intro Roundup)
Washington/Hyderabad, Feb 24 (IANS) An Indian engineer was killed and another injured by an American who mistook them for "Middle Easterners" and yelled "Get out of my country" before shooting them at a bar.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora,Diplomacy
Cutting Edge Events named exclusive sales agency for FIFA 2018 World Cup
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) After being named the exclusive sales agency in India for the 2018 football World Cup, Cutting Edge Events President Mayank Khandwala on Friday hoped to have more than 2,000 fans flying in from the country to watch the matches in Russia next year.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Football
Pooja's bronze opens India's medal count in shooting World Cup
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Ace shooter Pooja Ghatkar claimed a bronze in the women's 10m air rifle event to open India's medal count at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range here on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Other Sports
All protection for Vijayan on Mangaluru visit, assures Karnataka
Mangaluru, Feb 24 (IANS) The state government will ensure that all protection is given to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan when he arrives in Mangaluru on Saturday to take part in a communal harmony rally of the CPI-M, a Karnataka Minister said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Defence/Security
AIBA organises certification courses for national academy
Rohtak, Feb 24 (IANS) The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) on Friday organised the International Boxing Association (AIBA) One-Star certification courses at the National Boxing Academy here.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Haryana,Sports,Other Sports
Pan-India diabetic policy imperative: Experts
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) An effective pan-India diabetic policy is imperative to address the growing burden of diabetes in the country, experts at the 7th World Congress of Diabetes said here on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
MCG seals one dozen properties in Gurugram
Gurugram, Feb 24 (IANS) The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has sealed 12 commercial properties in upscale areas of the city for not paying property tax, an official said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Haryana,National,Business/Economy
DUSU denies pressurising Khalsa College on street play
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) A day after Khalsa College "postponed" its street play event, allegedly under "pressure" from the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU), the union on Friday denied it gave any threats to the college, and said it did not have any issue with the event.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Education
Mediterranean migrant deaths reach 366 this year
Geneva, Feb 24 (IANS) The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on Friday said migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea this year have reached 366, fewer than the 425 during the same period last year.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Immigration/Law/Rights
Real Madrid's Varane out for 1 month due to injury
Madrid, Feb 24 (IANS) Real Madrid on Friday announced that defender Rafael Varane is suffering from a hamstring injury.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
Bengaluru FC to take on table toppers East Bengal in I-League
Bengaluru, Feb 24 (IANS) Reigning champions Bengaluru FC are set to take on table-toppers East Bengal in the I-League match at the Shree Kanterava Stadium here on Saturday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Karnataka,Sports,Football
70% needy patients in India can't access dialysis: Study
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) In India, almost 200,000 new patients need dialysis every year, and it is estimated that less than 30 per cent of patients manage to receive this life-saving therapy mainly due to non-availability or unaffordability, says a study.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Health/Medicine
India, Bangladesh ink MoU for development of Sylhet city
Dhaka, Feb 24 (IANS) India and Bangladesh on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the sustainable development of Sylhet city with financial aid from India.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Bangladesh,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Diplomacy,Business/Economy,Education
Five women among six online fraudsters held from Delhi
Gurugram, Feb 24 (IANS) Five women employees of a call centre and its incharge were arrested from Delhi for online fraud, Gurugram police said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Haryana,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Worth taking all the risk: Deepika on 'xXx...' success
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) Actress Deepika Padukone is more than happy at the success of her debut Hollywood film "xXx: Return of Xander Cage". She says that stepping out of her comfort zone and getting a good response for it, makes it worth taking the risk.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Hollywood
Pakistan blast that killed 10 probably a gas leak: Minister
Lahore, Feb 24 (IANS) The blast that killed 10 persons at a shopping centre in Lahore on Thursday was most probably an accident caused by a "gas leak" and not a bomb, as initially believed, Pakistan officials said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Terrorism
Prime accused in actress' kidnap case sent to judicial custody
Kochi, Feb 24 (IANS) A court here on Friday sent prime accused Pulsar Sunil and his accomplice, arrested in the kidnapping of a popular Malayalam actress, to 14 days judicial custody.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Kerala,National,Cinema/Showbiz,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Woman's body found in Delhi lake
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) A 65-year-old woman was found dead at the Hauz Khas lake here on Friday, police said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Modi slams SP, tells people not to vote for 'conspirators'
Gonda (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday termed last November's train accident in Kanpur a "conspiracy" and urged people not to vote for those "who help conspirators".
2017-02-24
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
'Poorna': Rahul Bose returns to direction after 16 years
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) Rahul Bose is a man of varied talents. At heart, he is a film person, an actor and part-time director -- he directed the interesting film "Everybody Says I'm Fine!" 16 years ago -- who loves outdoor sports.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
SBI should look at VRS post merger of associate banks: AIBEA
Chennai, Feb 24 (IANS) The State Bank of India should come with a voluntary retirement scheme after considering the overall staffing picture after merger of five associate banks instead of the five announcing such a scheme before the merger, said the leader of a major bank union.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Smith, O'Keefe put Australia 298 runs ahead of India at stumps (Roundup)
Pune, Feb 24 (IANS) Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe's career-best six-wicket haul and skipper Steve Smith's half century helped Australia take a commanding lead of 298 runs as they reached 143/4 in their second innings at stumps on the second day of the opening cricket Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
42 killed in Syria explosion
Damascus, Feb 24 (IANS) At least 42 people were killed in a car bombing in a Syrian village on Friday, a British war monitor said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Syrian Arab Republic,Terrorism
Italian health officials arrested for faking work hours
Rome, Feb 24 (IANS) At least 55 health professionals were arrested in Italy on Friday on suspicion of falsifying their work hours and absenteeism, police said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Italy,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Vivo launches Y55s camera-centric smartphone
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Chinese smartphone maker Vivo on Friday launched its second smartphone of the year Y55s with 13MP rear camera in India for Rs 12,490.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
India, Germany ratify 2011 agreement on social security
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) India and Germany on Friday ratified a comprehensive Social Security Agreement (SSA), to come into effect from May, to improve investment flows between the two countries, an official here said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Diplomacy,Business/Economy
Subsidy sought on CBSE school bus guidelines
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The National Independent Schools Alliance has (NISA) contended the latest CBSE guidelines on school buses were an "unwarranted interference" and demanded subsidies from the government.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Education
Second division football club forfeits match, owner absconding
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) Pride Sports, a Madhya Pradesh-based club currently playing the second division league organised by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), has all but disbanded club operations, also giving a walkover to their opponents in their last group engagement on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Football
Myanmar monks rally in solidarity with Thai temple
Nay Pyi Taw, Feb 24 (IANS) Buddhist nationalist protestors in Yangon demonstrated on Friday to show solidarity with Thailand's Dhammakaya Temple, which has been the subject of a police crackdown over the past week.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Myanmar,Religion,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Wembley experience will give us advantage at EFL Cup final: Smalling
Manchester, Feb 24 (IANS) Manchester United's experience of playing at Wembley stadium should hold the team in good stead ahead of Sunday's EFL Cup final against Southampton, defender Chris Smalling said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Football
UP Wizards aim to break HIL semi-final jinx, face Kalinga (Preview)
Chandigarh, Feb 24 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Wizards will aim to break their semi-final hoodoo, while Kalinga Lancers will eye a second consecutive final appearance when these two sides face off in a last-four match of the Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) here on Saturday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Punjab,Sports,Hockey
Vishal Bharadwaj is very sensitive: Kangana
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) National Award-winning actress Kangana Ranaut, who has shared screen space with actors Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan in Vishal Bhardwajs "Rangoon", says the filmmaker is a very sensitive person.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Zulpikar refuses to fight Vijender on April 1
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) WBO Oriental super middleweight champion Zulpikar Miamiatiali, who was set to fight WBO Asia Pacific Super middleweight champion Vijender Singh in Mumbai on April 1, has backed out of the bout, the promoters IOS Boxing announced on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Other Sports
Scoreboard: India vs Australia Test (Second Day)
Pune, Feb 24 (IANS) Scorecard at the close of play on the second day of the first cricket Test between India and Australia here on Friday:
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
China to build 6 mn homes for poor in 2017
Beijing, Feb 24 (IANS) China will build 6 million new homes for residents of shanty towns before the end of 2017.
2017-02-24
Category: International, China,Business/Economy
Woman's body found in Delhi's Hauz Khas lake
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The body of a 65-year-old woman was found in the Hauz Khas lake in south Delhi here on Friday afternoon, police said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Russian cargo craft arrives at space station
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) The unpiloted Russian Progress 66 cargo ship docked at the Pirs Docking Compartment of the International Space Station on Friday, NASA said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech
'Guardians The Superheroes': Russian replica of 'X-Men' series (IANS Review, Rating: **1/2)
Film: "Guardians The Superheroes"; Director: Sarik Andreasyan; Cast: Sebastien Sisak, Sanzhar Madiyev, Anton Pampushnyy, Alina Lanina, Valeria Shkirando, Stanislav Shirin, Vyacheslav Razbegaev; Rating: **1/2
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
'We are defined by our love, nothing less and nothing more'
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Human life is solely about love, says the author of a recent book that attempts to unravel several significant facets for those who aspire to be their own masters.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
India inhospitable for writing historical biographies: Ramachandra Guha
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Noted historian and biographer, Ramachandra Guha has said that India offers an "inhospitable" atmosphere for writing historical biographies. He said that biographies are written under constant fear of offending someone, a problem that historians have been dealing with regularly.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Kashmiri youth not afraid of death, says Farooq Abdullah
Srinagar, Feb 24 (IANS) Kashmiri youth picked up arms "for a cause" and they can not be intimidated with death threats, former Union Minister and state Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Politics
Wind power tariffs fall to record Rs 3.46/unit at auction
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The wind power sector in India discovered the record low tariff of under Rs 3.50 per unit on Friday following the first ever auction by the government for setting up wind projects.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
First Test: Smith, O'Keefe put Australia 298 runs ahead of India at stumps
Pune, Feb 24 (IANS) Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe's career-best six-wicket haul and skipper Steve Smith's half century helped Australia take a commanding lead of 298 runs over India at stumps on the second day of the opening cricket Test here on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
Over 3,000 smuggled tortoises seized in China
Shenzhen (China), Feb 24 (IANS) More than 3,300 live tortoises smuggled from Hong Kong were seized in China's Guangdong province, officials said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, China,Environment/Wildlife,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Highly toxic nerve agent killed Kim Jong-nam, say police
Kuala Lumpur, Feb 24 (IANS) A highly-toxic agent was used in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Malaysian police said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Malaysia,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
After patient's death in Kolkata, TMC leader calls hospital a 'crematorium'
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) A man, who was critically injured in a road accident in West Bengal, died on Thursday night due to "inadequate treatment" and "delayed release" by a private hospital, as it did not allow his shifting to a state-run hospital unless the family paid up the full amount, the kin alleged on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics,Health/Medicine,Human Interest/Society
'Mona Darling': There is something eerie, edgy about it (Review)
Film: "Mona Darling"; Director: Shashi Sudigala; Cast: Anshuman Jha, Divya Menon, Suzanna Mukherjee and Sanjay Suri; Rating: ***
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Smartron rumoured to launch Tendulkar-branded phone
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Homegrown technology and IoT company Smartron is rumoured to launch an exclusive Sachin Tendulkar-branded mobile phone in April which will be the first-ever signature series of the master blaster for a mobile phone brand.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Sports,Technology,Business/Economy
BJP hopes Maharashtra win will boost its prospects in UP
Lucknow, Feb 24 (IANS) Perked by its success in the Maharashtra civic polls, the BJP has decided to use it for a "major political push" to further its prospects in the remaining three crucial rounds of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
Not devaluing yuan to boost exports: China
Beijing, Feb 24 (IANS) China on Friday said it has no intention of devaluing the yuan to boost exports, and expressed readiness to coordinate its economic and trade policies with the US.
2017-02-24
Category: International, China,Business/Economy
Carnival festivities to kick off in Goa on Saturday
Panaji, Feb 24 (IANS) Even as Goa awaits with bated breath for the state assembly election verdict on March 11, the state's residents get their 'legitimate' opportunity to let their hair down during the much anticipated Carnival festival starting from Saturday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Goa,National,Art/Culture/Books
Neeti Mohan pays tribute to Govinda on 'The Voice India' (TV Snippets)
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) Singer Neeti Mohan, who is seen as a coach on "The Voice India Season 2", along with her team gave a tribute to actor Govinda when he appeared on the show to promote his upcoming film "Aa Gaya Hero".
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
Google's self-driving car tech firm sues Uber
San Francisco, Feb 24 (IANS) Google's self-driving car company Waymo has filed a lawsuit against global ride-hailing app Uber for allegedly stealing trade secrets and technology from it.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Costa Rica,Immigration/Law/Rights,Technology,Business/Economy
Transformation was requirement of time: Bangash brothers on rabab to sarod
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) Sarod players Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash say the transformation of Rabab -- a folk instrument originating in Afghanistan -- to sarod was organic and a requirement of time.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
Stalin meets Sonia, discusses political situation in TN
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) A day after DMK leader M.K. Stalin met President Pranab Mukherjee and submitted a memorandum on the events that took place in Tamil Nadu assembly last week, he met Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday and discussed the political situation in the state.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
RBS reports $8 billion loss
London, Feb 24 (IANS) Royal Bank of Scotland on Friday reported losses of 7 billion pounds sterling ($8 billion) for 2016, taking its overall losses since its 2008 government bailout to over 58 billion pounds.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United Kingdom,Business/Economy
Silenced by depression? Instagram could come to your rescue
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) While the fear of being stigmatised prevents many of us from making sensitive self-disclosures, one way people in pain are overcoming silence is by using the photo-sharing app Instagram, a study says.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Lifestyle/Fashion,Technology,Health/Medicine
30 killed in Syria suicide blast
Damascus, Feb 24 (IANS) At least 30 persons were killed in a suicide bombing in Syria's Susian town on Friday, a monitor group reported.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Syrian Arab Republic,Terrorism
Indian man killed in hate crime in US bar (Roundup)
Washington/Hyderabad, Feb 24 (IANS) An Indian engineer was killed and another injured by an American who mistook them for "Middle Easterners" and yelled "Get out of my country" before shooting them at a bar.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora,Diplomacy
Israel denies visa to 'hostile' Human Rights Watch official
Jerusalem, Feb 24 (IANS) Israel is refusing to issue visas to the staff of one of the most prominent international human rights NGOs, accusing the group of an "extreme, hostile and anti-Israel agenda", a media report said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Israel,Immigration/Law/Rights
Indian athletes can dominate Kenyans, Ethiopians in future: Gebrselassie
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Two-time Olympic gold medallist long distance runner Haile Gebrselassie on Friday predicted that Indian atheltes will outshine their Kenyan, Ethiopian and other African counterparts on the track in the coming days.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Athletics
A fasting diet may help to reverse diabetes
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) A type of fasting diet may reprogramme pancreas cells, promote the growth of new insulin-producing pancreatic cells and reduce symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, a study has showed.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
Talks with Netanyahu constructive, says Australian leader
Canberra, Feb 24 (IANS) Australia's opposition leader Bill Shorten on Friday said he has held constructive talks with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about settlements in Palestinian territories.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Australia,Politics,Diplomacy
Thousands throng temples in Odisha on Mahashivratri
Bhubaneswar, Feb 24 (IANS) Thousands of devotees on Friday thronged various Shiva temples across Odisha to offer prayers on the occasion of Mahashivratri.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Orissa,National,Religion,Human Interest/Society
Fragmented opposition aids lotus bloom in Maharashtra (News Analysis)
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) After the outcome of elections to 10 major civic bodies, including the country's biggest and richest, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, the Maharashtra political landscape now resembles one huge lake full of blooming lotuses -- the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) symbol.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
Woakes, Boult will make big impact for KKR, says batsman Pandey
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) India batsman Manish Pandey, who is part of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), said new recruits Chris Woakes and Trent Boult would make the difference for the city-based franchise in the cash-rich Twenty20 cricket league starting April 5.
2017-02-24
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Cricket
What do colours speak about your child's personality?
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Ever wondered why your elder daughter prefers red while the younger one prefers green? Well, from character insights to behaviour patterns, colours can define your child's personality, says an expert.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
Talks on Masood Azhar under progress: Chinese envoy
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) China supports India on combating terrorism and a discussion to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a "global terrorist" is in progress, Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
SP patronizing 'copying mafia', playing with future of youth: Modi
Gonda (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the Samajwadi Party (SP) government in Uttar Pradesh of protecting and patronizing the "copying mafia" in the state which was harming the future of the youth.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics,Education
Pope meets families of Dhaka attack victims
Vatican City, Feb 24 (IANS) Pope Francis met the families of the nine Italians killed in last year's terrorist attack at a cafe in the Bangladesh capital, a media report said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Holy See (vatican City State),Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Religion,Terrorism
'Mona Darling': Convoluted and pretentious (IANS Review, Rating: *)
Film: "Mona Darling"; Director: Shashi Sudigala; Cast: Anshuman Jha, Divya Menon, Suzanna Mukherjee, Sanjay Suri; Rating: *
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Police won't go after 'imaginary' accused: Kerala CM
Kannur, Feb 24 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said the police won't go after "imaginary" accused persons in the kidnapping of the Malayalam actress.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Cinema/Showbiz,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Bihar SSC chairman arrested in test paper leak case
Patna, Feb 24 (IANS) The Bihar Police on Friday arrested the state's Staff Selection Commission Chairman from neighbouring Jharkhand in connection with a leakage of question papers, an official here said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Bihar,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Education
Ignoring Indian talent China's mistake: Daily
Beijing, Feb 24 (IANS) Ignoring Indian talent and attaching too much importance to the workforce from the US and Europe is China's mistake, a Chinese daily said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: International, China,Technology,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
Wanted to connect with youth through 'Roadies': Harbhajan Singh
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh says he wanted to connect with youth and that's what urged him to be part of youth-based reality show "MTV Roadies Rising".
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Sports
Man stabs himself in front of Seoul Mayor
Seoul, Feb 24 (IANS) An elderly man on Friday stabbed himself while Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon was speaking at the opening of an exhibition, South Korean officials said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, South Korea,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Kolkata hospital refuses to release patient over money, alleges kin
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) A man who was critically injured in a road accident in West Bengal died on Thursday night due to "inadequate treatment" by a private hospital, which had also refused to allow the kin to shift him to a state-run hospital unless they paid up the full amount, the family alleged on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics,Health/Medicine
Singtel, Ericsson launch consumer IoT solution
Singapore, Feb 24 (IANS) Singaporean telecommunications company Singtel and Swedish communication technology firm Ericsson on Friday announced a partnership to co-develop a consumer internet of things (IoT) solution called Assured+.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Singapore,Technology,Business/Economy
Seoul court holds first hearing against Volkswagen
Seoul, Feb 24 (IANS) A Seoul court on Friday held the first hearing on a compensation suit filed by hundreds of South Korean customers against German carmaker Volkswagen over vehicles with manipulated emissions data.
2017-02-24
Category: International, South Korea,Immigration/Law/Rights,Business/Economy
Military won't be used for deportations: US official
Mexico City, Feb 24 (IANS) US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has pledged that the military would not be used to expel undocumented immigrants from America, a media report said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Mexico,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights
Tom Cruise to reconnect with daughter Suri
Los Angeles, Feb 24 (IANS) Actor Tom Cruise is reportedly ready to reunite with daughter Suri after more than three years.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Scarlett to host 'Saturday Night Live' for fifth time
Los Angeles, Feb 24 (IANS) Actress Scarlett Johansson has been announced to host the TV show "Saturday Night Live" on March 11.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Lady Gaga obsessed with Barbra Streisand
Los Angeles, Feb 24 (IANS) Singer Lady Gaga reportedly wants to follow the footsteps of singer Barbra Streisand, the only artist to have number one albums in each of the last six decades.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Indian's killing: Mission officials rush to Kansas
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday expressed shock over the shooting incident in the US in which an Indian-origin man was killed and another injured, and said that two Indian Embassy officials have rushed to the state of Kansas where the incident took place.
2017-02-24
Category: International, India,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora,Diplomacy
Sonia, Rahul greet people on Maha Shivratri
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday greeted people on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Religion
First Test: Australia lead by 201 runs at tea on Day 2
Pune, Feb 24 (IANS) Australia scored 46/2 in the second innings, taking their lead to 201 runs at tea on the second day of the first cricket Test against India at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
FC Barcelona, Mission Hills Group to partner China's Hainan
Haikou (China), Feb 24 (IANS) Futball Club Barcelona (FCB) and Mission Hills Group announced a landmark collaboration on Friday to make Hainan province a hub of football for China and the wider region.
2017-02-24
Category: International, China,Sports,Football
State associations to meet after CoA's deadline
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) Running against time to meet the deadline of March 1 for filing a compliance report on the Lodha Committee directives given to them by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), the state associations are set to have an informal meeting soon on the next course of action, a top BCCI source said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Cricket
Maha Shivratri celebrated across Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, Feb 24 (IANS) Maha Shivratri was celebrated on Friday in Uttar Pradesh, with hundreds of thousands thronging Shiva temples across the sprawling state.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Religion
Spring coming sooner to Arctic due to climate change
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) Nature's clock is running fast in the Arctic, thanks to climate change. Due to diminishing sea ice cover, spring is coming sooner to some plant species in the low Arctic of Greenland, while other species are delaying their emergence amid warming winters, says a study.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech,Environment/Wildlife
Trump wants 'intel report' to support travel ban
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has assigned the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help build a legal case for its temporary travel ban on individuals from seven countries, a senior White House official said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
We do not discriminate between Ramadan and Diwali: Akhilesh Yadav
Faizabad (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 24 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi's allegation that his government discriminated against a religion and favoured another.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
Rabri Devi backtracks on son as Bihar CM
Patna, Feb 24 (IANS) Former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi on Friday did a U-turn and said there was no vacancy for the "CM post" for her son Tejaswi Yadav, as her successor Nitish Kumar will continue in the coveted post.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Bihar,National,Politics
Shivratri, a grim reminder of what Kashmir has lost (Societal Feature)
Srinagar, Feb 24 (IANS) The auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri Friday came as a grim reminder of what and how much Kashmir has lost in its values, traditions and heritage during the last 27 years of violence.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Kashmir,Religion,Human Interest/Society
O'Keefe wreaks havoc as India bowled out for 105 on Day 2
Pune, Feb 24 (IANS) Riding on Steve O'Keefe's brilliant bowling, Australia bundled India out for 105 runs in the first innings on the second day of the first cricket Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
Palaniswami plants sapling to mark Jayalalithaa birthday
Chennai, Feb 24 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Friday planted a sapling here to mark the late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's 69th birth anniversary.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics,Environment/Wildlife
Rare luminous nebula poses cosmic puzzle
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) Astronomers have spotted an enormous, glowing blob of gas in the distant universe, with no obvious source of power for the light it is emitting.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech
'Rangoon': An impressively immersive film (IANS Review, Rating: ****)
Film: "Rangoon"; Director: Vishal Bhardwaj; Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan; Rating: ****
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
'Freedom 251' fraud: Police hunt for other directors
Ghaziabad, Feb 24 (IANS) After arresting Mohit Goel, Director of Noida-based Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd, police said they were searching for four more directors of the company that launched the world's cheapest smarphone.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Technology,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Want to improve your metabolism, get hands on right food items
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Metabolism holds an important role in your lifestyle, so it is important to improve it to have a perfect body. One can add food items like egg whites, garlic, lemon and oatmeal to have a strong metabolism, says an expert.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
US condemns killing of Indian in Kansas, offers support
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The US on Friday "strongly" condemned the shooting in which an Indian man was killed and another injured in Kansas and said it has reached out to Indian consular officials to offer support, a statement said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, India,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora,Diplomacy
India's dine-out culture has changed drastically: Andrea's Eatery's owner (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) India's hospitality industry is changing because of evolving consumer needs, says Andrea's Eatery's owner Andrea Aftab Pauro, who belongs to the family of hoteliers who own the Imperial Hotel here that opened its doors in 1934. He also says that people are looking for organic ingredients and hence healthy food is getting prominence in current time.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
Heel-to-ground foot makes us better fighters, slow runners
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) Standing with heels planted allows humans more swinging force when fighting, but the heel-down posture also makes us bad at fleeing, says a study.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Environment/Wildlife,Health/Medicine
Verizon's new venture to boost global carriers' growth
San Francisco, Feb 24 (IANS) US wireless communications service provider Verizon on Friday launched a new venture called Exponent Technologies that will help telecom carriers fuel digital transformation by expanding their Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and other internet service delivery platforms.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
Kanye West to launch make-up for men, women
Los Angeles, Feb 24 (IANS) Rapper Kanye West is reportedly planning to launch a new cosmetic line inspired by his late mother Donda West.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen in 'Flarsky'
Los Angeles, Feb 24 (IANS) Actors Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen have been roped in to star in the upcoming comedy film "Flarsky", which will be directed by Jonathan Levine.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Beyonce, Caitlyn slam Trump's anti-transgender policy
Los Angeles, Feb 24 (IANS) Singer Beyonce Knowles and reality TV personality Caitlyn Jenner have spoken out against US Presidant Donald Trump's anti-transgender policy.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Politics
With pastures shrinking, India may be importing milk by 2021
Bengaluru, Feb 24 (IANS) India may have to import milk in four years, if it cannot increase fodder supply for its 299 million cattle, as rising pressure on land reduces pastures nationwide.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Opinion/Commentary,Business/Economy
Back pain ups risk of early death by 13%
Sydney, Feb 24 (IANS) Suffering from lower back pain? Be careful, back pain -- approximately affecting 700 million people worldwide -- is the leading cause of disability globally and may increase your risk of dying early by 13 per cent, researchers warn.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Australia,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
My films are my travel diaries: Imtiaz Ali
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) From the terrain transitions of Kashmir in his "Rockstar" and "Highway" to the culturally rich lanes of Prague for "Rockstar" and the azure waters of Corsica -- travel has been an intrinsic part of Imtiaz Ali's cinematic works. The filmmaker considers them his "travel diaries".
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Classico against Marseille is special: PSG goalkeeper Trapp
Paris, Feb 24 (IANS) Three days ahead of the Classico against sixth-placed Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain's goalkeeper Kevin Trapp knows the importance of the game.
2017-02-24
Category: International, France,Sports,Football
US Embassy condemns shooting of Indian in Kansas
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The US Embassy here on Friday strongly condemned the killing of an Indian, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, and injuries to another Indian and an American during a shooting incident in the US state of Kansas.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora,Diplomacy
Diabetes' link with Alzheimer's disease identified
London, Feb 24 (IANS) Have a sweet tooth? Beware, you may be at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, as a study has found a specific molecular link between abnormally high blood sugar levels, or hyperglycaemia -- a key characteristic of diabetes and obesity -- and Alzheimer's disease.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United Kingdom,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
Rishi Kapoor wants 'Rendezvous With Simi Garewal' back on TV
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor hopes actress Simi Garewal's popular show "Rendezvous With Simi Garewal" makes a comeback on TV soon.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Two firemen die in Delhi cylinder blast
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Two firefighters were killed and two injured when a cooking gas cylinder exploded while they were extinguishing a blaze in a snack shop here on Friday morning.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
India, Pakistan should maintain friendly ties: Nawaz Sharif
Ankara, Feb 24 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Islamabad and New Delhi should maintain friendly and good relations, media reported on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Turkey,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Diplomacy
Help pours in for family of Indian killed in US
Hyderabad, Feb 24 (IANS) Help poured in for the family of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead by a former American naval serviceman in Kansas in the US.
2017-02-24
Category: International, India,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora
AI to help wearables market grow 376% in 2017: Report
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered wearables will provide an impetus to the stagnant wearables segment, to make it grow 376 per cent annually to reach 60 million units in 2017, a new report said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Technology,Business/Economy
More than 700 held over Trump's travel ban, court told
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) The Donald Trump administration revealed for the first time that 746 individuals nationwide were held during the first weekend of the President's travel ban, a media report said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
B-Town celebs pray for peace, love on Mahashivaratri
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) Celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Hema Malini and Priyanka Chopra sent out good wishes to their fans on the occasion of Mahashivaratri on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Twitter, PBS to live-stream Trump's Congress address
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) Twitter and PBS NewsHour have teamed up to live-stream US President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on February 28.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Politics,Technology
Andhra CM saddened by Indian's killing in US
Vijayawada, Feb 24 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is saddened by the killing of an Indian in shooting in the US.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Technology,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora
Space station crew await Russian cargo delivery
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) With the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft docked to the International Space Station on Thursday, the crew are now focusing on a Russian cargo delivery, which is scheduled to arrive on Friday, NASA said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech
Seven men drown, three missing in Telangana
Hyderabad, Feb 24 (IANS) Seven men were drowned and three went missing in three different incidents in Telangana on Friday, police said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Hansal Mehta praises Kangana for her unique talent
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) Film director Hansal Mehta has praised actress Kangana Ranaut, saying she is one of the most unique talents around.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
We have no secret pact with Trinamool at Centre: Bengal BJP Chief
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) Rubbishing the Congress and the Left Front's allegations of a secret understanding between the BJP and Trinamool Congress at the Centre, the West Bengal chief of the saffron party says political opponents were alarmed as it was on way to becoming a "deciding factor" in the next assembly polls in the state.
2017-02-24
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Kourtney Kardashian in 'self-destruct mode'
Los Angeles, Feb 24 (IANS) Reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian is reportedly having a breakdown following her split from partner Scott Disick.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
200 deities gather for Mahashivratri in Himachal town
Mandi, Feb 24 (IANS) In this Himachal Pradesh town, popularly known as 'Chhoti Kashi', over 200 deities from hundreds of temples are congregating for the festivities of Mahashivratri.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Himachal Pradesh,National,Religion,Human Interest/Society
Bihar SSC chairman arrested in test paper leak case
Patna, Feb 24 (IANS) A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Bihar Police on Friday arrested the state's Staff Selection Commission Chairman from Jharkhand in connection with a question paper leak case, an official here said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Bihar,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Education
FBI rejects request to knock down Trump-Russia stories
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) The FBI rejected a White House request to knock down media reports about communications between President Donald Trump's associates and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign, law enforcement officials told CNN.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Media,Politics
Army chief lays wreaths on soldiers killed in Kashmir
Srinagar, Feb 24 (IANS) Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday paid tributes to the three soldiers killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Terrorism,Defence/Security
Your body size may determine how much you sweat
Sydney, Feb 24 (IANS) Sweating depends on body size, weight and not on gender, meaning that larger individuals sweat more than smaller ones during exercises in warm and tolerable conditions, a study has found, negating the conventional belief that gender influences sweat.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Australia,Lifestyle/Fashion
Atletico Madrid to host Barcelona in La Liga match
Madrid, Feb 24 (IANS) Atletico Madrid will host Barcelona on Sunday in a decisive match of La Liga to define the top places at the table.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
WhatsApp's new 'Status' feature available to all
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp's new "Status" feature is now available to all users across the globe on iPhone, Android and Windows devices.
2017-02-24
Category: International, India,Technology,Business/Economy
Bhansali truly makes an artiste out of me: Priyanka Chopra
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) Actress Priyanka Chopra is all praises for Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who turned 54 on Friday, and says the filmmaker makes an artiste out of her every time she collaborates with him.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Toshiba considers declaring US n-unit bankrupt
Tokyo, Feb 24 (IANS) Japanese tech giant Toshiba is considering declaring bankcrupt its nuclear power branch in the US, whose multi-million dollar devaluation will result in heavy losses, the company announced on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Japan,Business/Economy
Hyundai Motor to launch eight new models
Chennai, Feb 24 (IANS) South Korean automobile major Hyundai Motor Co will launch eight new models in the next four years, said a top official of the Indian subsidiary.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,Business/Economy
Arsenal's injured Santi Cazorla out for rest of season
London, Feb 24 (IANS) Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla will miss the rest of the English Premier League (EPL) season due to an ankle injury.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Football
Beyonce won't perform at Coachella 2017
Los Angeles, Feb 24 (IANS) Singer Beyonce Knowles, who is expecting twins with her husband Jay Z, will not perform at this years Coachella, but will headline in 2018, the festival has announced.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Roma, Lyon in Europa League last 16, Athletic Bilbao bow out
Paris, Feb 24 (IANS) Roma and Lyon clinched their respective last-16 berths in the Europa League, while Athletic Bilbao were shocked by APOEL 2-0 to lose 4-3 on aggregate.
2017-02-24
Category: International, France,Sports,Football
Matt Reeves to direct 'The Batman'
Los Angeles, Feb 24 (IANS) Filmmaker Matt Reeves will direct "The Batman", it has been officially announced.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Leicester City sack manager
London, Feb 24 (IANS) Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester City to the English Premier League title last season, has been sacked.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Football
What smartphone players have to offer at MWC 2017 this year
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) As the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the biggest technology show globally, is around the corner, smartphone manufacturers like Samsung, Oppo, ZTE and Nokia are geared up to unveil their latest innovations and upcoming smartphones.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
India trail by 190 runs against Australia at Lunch on Day 2
Pune, Feb 24 (IANS) India scored 70/3, trailing by 190 runs at lunch on the second day of the first cricket Test against Australia at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
No mass deportation, US tells Mexico
Mexico City, Feb 24 (IANS) Two top US envoys have tried to allay fears that Washington is preparing for a mass deportation of undocumented migrants into Mexico.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Mexico,Politics,Diplomacy,Immigration/Law/Rights
Killing of Telangana man in US bar shocks family, Swaraj
Hyderabad, Feb 24 (IANS) The killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a shooting incident in the US has shocked his family, while the parents of his friend, who was injured, plan to rush abroad to be by his side.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora,Diplomacy
BSF kills woman on Pakistan border
Jammu, Feb 24 (IANS) The BSF shot dead a woman who sneaked into Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan, police said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism,Defence/Security
Focus on building stamina than just weight-loss: Experts
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Rather than focussing only on weight-loss and a well-toned body, one should have a holistic approach to fitness and build stamina across all areas -- running marathons, lifting weights, cycling, and performing basic daily chores, experts say.
2017-02-24
Category: International, India,Science/Tech
Kerber, Wozniacki in Dubai Open semis
Dubai, Feb 24 (IANS) World No.2 Angelique Kerber of Germany and Danish player Caroline Wozniacki entered Dubai Open semi-finals, defeating their opponents in the quarter-finals.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Sports,Tennis
APOEL eliminate Atheltic Bilbao with 2-0 win
Nicosia, Feb 24 (IANS) Cyprus's APOEL eliminated mighty Athletic Bilbao after a convincing 2-0 victory and qualified for the last-16 stage of the Europa League.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Cyprus,Sports,Football
Two IS militants killed in Pakistan
Karachi, Feb 24 (IANS) The police in Pakistan have killed two suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in a raid early on Friday here, media reported.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism
2 firemen killed in Delhi cylinder blast
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Two firefighters were killed and two others injured when a cooking gas cylinder exploded while they were extinguishing a blaze at a food and snacks shop here on Friday morning.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Australia to subsidise heroin overdose reversal drug
Sydney, Feb 24 (IANS) The Victorian government in Australia on Friday said it will subsidise a drug that reverses heroin overdoses.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Australia,Health/Medicine
Electronic music is very revolting: Muzaffar Ali
Lucknow, Feb 24 (IANS) Filmmaker-fashion designer Muzaffar Ali believes he has a "global outlook to music", but the director of the classic Bollywood movie "Umrao Jaan" finds electronic music "really disturbing and revolting" and something that has changed India's "soundscape".
2017-02-24
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books,Lifestyle/Fashion
Goa CM's pool pic goes viral
Panaji, Feb 24 (IANS) An uncharacteristically flamboyant photograph of Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar baring his upper torso in a forest resort pool has gone viral on social media.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics,Technology
Ancient giant penguin lived alongside dinosaurs
Wellington, Feb 24 (IANS) Penguins are much older than previously thought and their evolution probably dates back to dinosaur times, said a study on Friday of a giant ancient penguin fossil found in New Zealand.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United Kingdom,Environment/Wildlife
Facebook to put ads amid live videos
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) Facebook Live videos will soon be interrupted by 20-second ads as the social media giant has decided to make money from all the live videos it shares on its network.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Business/Economy,Technology
Best of America emerges amidst hate killing of Indian man
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) The killing of an Indian-origin man shows the worst and the best of America -- the undercurrent of bigotry and the heroism and the generosity, which are often the dominant traits.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Defence/Security,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora
Our lives are shaped by errors, some camel-sized (The Funny Side)
About two years ago, I tried to remove a bubble from my smartphone protective screen and accidentally bought a camel. Luckily, I managed to back out from the purchase by switching the phone off and turning around three times for luck, a useful trick I learned from my children.
2017-02-24
Category: International, India,Features
Shutdown called in Manipur ahead of PM's visit
Imphal, Feb 24 (IANS) The insurgent groups in Manipur have called for a shutdown in the state on Saturday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigns here for the upcoming assembly election, a statement said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Manipur,National,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights
Truecaller joins Facebook, Google in 100 mn impressions club
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Mobile communication app Truecaller has become the only platform apart from Facebook and Google that delivers over 100 million impressions in a single day, a company statement said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Sunny Friday morning in Delhi
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) It was a sunny Friday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.4 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average, the weather office said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife
Sushma Swaraj shocked over Indian-origin man's killing in US
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday expressed shock over the shooting incident in the US in which an Indian-origin man was killed and another injured.
2017-02-24
Category: International, India,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora,Diplomacy
Women warriors, young men and Chanakya (IANS Books This Weekend)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Get to know extraordinary women and their highs and lows, flick through the story of four men who grope for answers in accordance with their unique disposition and circumstances, and also gain Chanakya's age-old wisdom.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Toxic chemical used to kill N. Korean man: Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Feb 24 (IANS) A highly toxic chemical substance was used on the body of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who died here earlier this month, Malaysian police said on Friday.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Malaysia,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diplomacy
Female senator arrested for drug trading in Philippines
Manila, Feb 24 (IANS) A female lawmaker was on Friday arrested by Philippine police for being involved in drug trading.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Philippines,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Preventing many diseases via olive oil (Comment)
People in India these days want greater control over the food they consume. There is also increased attention to choosing the ingredients. Preferred are food items with enriching and nourishing features and properties which prevent diseases and empower the body to gain immunity.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary,Health/Medicine
US envoy vows no mass deportation to pacify Mexico
Mexico City, Feb 24 (IANS) Top US envoys on a working visit to Mexico have tried to allay fears that Trump administration is preparing to massively deport undocumented migrants back across the border.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Mexico,Politics,Defence/Security,Diplomacy,Business/Economy,Immigration/Law/Rights
Female intruder killed by BSF in Jammu
Jammu, Feb 24 (IANS) A female intruder was killed by border security force (BSF) troops at the International Border (IB) in Akhnoor sector here, police said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Terrorism
New York activists protest killing of bull
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) Activists held a protest outside a local slaughterhouse against the killing of a bull that escaped and became an instant TV celebrity as it was pursued by police in a scene like jallikattu.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Environment/Wildlife
Mistaken for 'Middle Easterner', Indian-origin man killed in US
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) An Indian-origin man was killed and another injured by a former Navy serviceman who mistook them for "Middle Easterners", officials said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora
Ed Sheeran says Harry Styles working on quality music
London, Feb 24 (IANS) Singer Ed Sheeran says former One Direction member Harry Styles is working on music which will "show him off as an artist and a singer".
2017-02-24
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Insurgents impose curfew during Modi's visit to Manipur
Imphal, Feb 24 (IANS) The apex body of six insurgent groups in Manipur, the Coordinating Committee (Corcom) has imposed a curfew from 6 a.m. on Saturday.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Manipur,National,Politics
Trump's Israel envoy pick brags of removing two-state solution
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and his hardline views on Israeli-Palestinian relations, have come under scrutiny during his confirmation process, media reports said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Politics,Diplomacy
US Education Secretary defends reversal of transgender bathroom rules
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended Trump's reversal of bathroom regulations for transgender students saying the issue is "best solved at the state and local level", media reports said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights,Education
US imposes sanctions on two Syria militant leaders
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) The United States imposed economic sanctions on two leadership officials of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front in Syria, media reports said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Diplomacy,Business/Economy
Celine Dion gives Beyonce advice for raising twins
Las Vegas, Feb 24 (IANS) Singer Celine Dion gave fellow singer Beyoncé Knowles an advice for raising twins saying that it's going to be hectic.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Honduras,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Pakistan kills Lahore attack mastermind
Rawalpindi, Feb 24 (IANS) Conducting targeted strikes across the Afghan border, Pakistan army has succeeded in killing two high-profile terrorists affiliated with terrorist group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, including the Lahore attack mastermind, media reports said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Pakistan,Terrorism,Defence/Security
Afghan army helicopter makes emergency landing
Kabul, Feb 24 (IANS) An Afghan army helicopter made a crash landing in Kunduz province, a spokesman of the Defence Ministry said, adding the crew members were rescued after the landing.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Israel,Defence/Security
Dominic Purcell's bromance with Wentworth Miller
Los Angeles, Feb 24 (IANS) Actor Dominic Purcell says he shares a close bond with his "Prison Break" co-star Wentworth Miller as they "understand each other's rhythms".
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Three women shot dead in Punjab
Jalandhar, Feb 24 (IANS) Three women were shot dead by unidentified assailants inside a house in an upscale locality of Jalandhar city in Punjab on Thursday evening, police said.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Punjab,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
CAB to meet on Monday to discuss COA compliance letter
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), in its working committee meeting on Monday, will discuss the compliance report of the Lodha Committee directives which the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators has asked them to submit by March 1.
2017-02-24
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics,Sports
Cheryl Cole debuts baby bump
London, Feb 24 (IANS) Singer Cheryl Cole debuted her growing baby bump in a photo shoot for L'Oreal and The Prince's Trust.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Iraq regains control of Mosul airport
Mosul, Iraq, Feb 24 (IANS) Iraqi forces seized control of the airport in the northern city of Mosul from militants of the Islamic State terror organisation after hours of fighting, a senior police official said.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Burkina Faso,Terrorism
Kabul warns Islamabad it will protect sovereignty
Kabul, Feb 24 (IANS) Afghanistan's government warned Pakistan that it would respond to any attack on its sovereignty, with the warning coming amid rising bilateral tensions over border skirmishes last week.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Israel,Politics,Religion,Terrorism,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
I enjoy a good fairy tale: Ian McKellen
Los Angeles, Feb 24 (IANS) Award-winning British actor Ian McKellen says he enjoys a "good fairy tale", and that is one of the reasons that he is a part of live-action movie "Beauty and the Beast".
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Former IMF director sentenced for fraud
Madrid, Feb 24 (IANS) The former director of the International Monetary Fund was sentenced by the Spanish national court to four years and six months in prison for misappropriating bank funds.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Spain,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Carey congratulated ex husband on his son's birth
Los Angeles, Feb 24 (IANS) Singer Mariah Carey congratulated her former husband Nick Cannon, who recently announced the arrival of his son with Brittany Bell.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
US stocks mixed after Treasury Secretary remarks
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) US stocks traded in a narrow range on Thursday, as investors assessed comments of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
2017-02-24
Category: International, United States,Business/Economy
Mexican President will meet Tillerson, Kelly if conditions right
Mexico City, Feb 24 (IANS) Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will only meet with the US Cabinet secretaries visiting Mexico, if the results of the visiting US officials' meetings with their Mexican counterparts warrant it.
2017-02-24
Category: International, Mexico,Politics,Diplomacy
President inaugurates international conference on 'idea of Bharat'
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday inaugurated an international conference on "Bharat Bodh" (Idea of Bharat), organised by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal.
2017-02-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Bengal woman loses baby after assault by BJP leader, accused arrested
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) A mother lost her baby in the womb after she was attacked by a group led by a panchayat chief belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party in West Bengal's Nadia district, police said on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Congress vows to rebuild cadre after huge setback in Maharashtra
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Following its debacle in the elections to the 10 civic bodies of Maharashtra, the Congress on Thursday accepted defeat and vowed to rebuild the cadre in the state.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
BJP sweeps Maharashtra civic polls, neck-to-neck with Shiv Sena in Mumbai (Intro Roundup)
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena on Thursday finished neck-to-neck and were engaged in a tussle on Thursday to control India's richest and biggest civic body, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
Deepika denies doing remake of 'Mr & Mrs. Smith'
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone on Thursday negated the reports that she was doing the official remake of Hollywood movie "Mr & Mrs Smith".
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Six held over exploited Italian female farmhand's death
Andria (Italy), Feb 23 (IANS/AKI) Police on Thursday in southern Italy arrested six people over the death from exhaustion of female agricultural labourer Paola Clemente, who was paid just 2 euros an hour for a twelve-hour day.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Italy,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Karnataka Congress lawmaker denies 'paying crores' to high command
Bengaluru, Feb 23 (IANS) Karnataka's Congress lawmaker K. Govindaraju on Thursday denied paying "crores of rupees" to the party high command or President Sonia Gandhi, Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Treasurer Motilal Vohra, whose allegedly abbreviated names were found in a diary at his home here.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Politics
Scores of Bangladeshis among hundreds rescued in Mediterranean
Trapani (Italy), Feb 23 (IANS/AKI) A group of 75 Bangladeshis were among 394 people due to reach the Sicilian port of Trapani after their rescue off the Libyan coast, the SOS Mediterranee charity said on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Italy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Diplomacy,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Immigration/Law/Rights
Personal conduct more powerful than social media: Pope
Vatican City, Feb 23 (IANS/AKI) Our behaviour has more impact than social media posts, re-posts and "likes", Pope Francis said on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Holy See (vatican City State),Religion,Human Interest/Society
Travel chaos as Alitalia strike cancels most flights
Rome, Feb 23 (IANS/AKI) Thousands of people faced travel disruption on Thursday after troubled Italian airline Alitalia announced it was cancelling 60 percent of its flights due to a one-day stoppage by unions.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Italy,Politics,Business/Economy
Keerti Gaekwad Kelkar replaces Dipika Kakar in 'Sasural Simar Ka'
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Actress Keerti Gaekwad Kelkar will be returning to the small screen after a hiatus of almost seven years with popular soap opera "Sasural Simar Ka" where she will replace actress Dipika Kakar.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
BJP is pan-India party: Jaitley
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Stressing that the BJP has done "exceedingly well" in every election after 2014 general elections, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that it has become a "pan-India party" which is now fast spreading its roots across the country.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Government reduces registers under labour laws to five
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The government on Thursday reduced the number of registers to be maintained under the labour laws from 56 to five for about 5.85 crore establishments in a major step aimed at enhancing the ease of doing business, an official statement said.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
African Development Bank's annual meet in Ahmedabad in May
Kigali, Feb 23 (IANS) The annual conference of the African Development Bank (AfDB) will be held in India's Ahmedabad in May, an Indian official said.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Rwanda,Diplomacy,Business/Economy
DVC adds 500 MW thermal power generation capacity
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) The Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) added another 500 megawatt (MW) of thermal power generation capacity after commissioning of Bokaro plant on Thursday, a company official said.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Business/Economy
CPI-M publicly warns party MP, to draft guidelines for social media use
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) The CPI-M on Thursday issued a "public warning' to its Rajya Sabha member Ritabrata Banerjee for threatening a party supporter who had raised questions in the social media about the source of funds of the young leader's expensive watch and pen.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Airtel Payments Bank plans to partner NBFCs, insurance companies
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) Airtel Payments Bank plans to tie up with insurance companies and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) in the future to offer insurance and credit facilities, a company official said on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Business/Economy
Bharti Airtel to buy out Telenor India (Roundup)
New Delhi/Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) India's largest telecom service provider Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced that it has inked a definitive agreement to acquire Telenor India.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
AICTE 'seriously concerned' about 'below par' quality of graduates
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is concerned with the below par quality of graduates, but hopes the SWAYAM programme for online courses will help address the problem, an official said here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Education
Seven airports do away with stamping of baggage tags
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The central government on Thursday did away with security requirement of stamping hand baggage tags at the time of boarding the aircraft at seven airports.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Defence/Security
Jaishankar in Dhaka, meets Sheikh Hasina
Dhaka/New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Thursday called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and discussed preparatory aspects of her proposed visit to India this year.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Bangladesh,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Diplomacy
Afghanistan wants reopening of border with Pakistan
Islamabad, Feb 23 (IANS) Afghan Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal on Thursday called for reopening of the border that Pakistan closed a week ago due to a series of terrorist attacks that killed over 100 people in Pakistan.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Defence/Security,Terrorism,Diplomacy
INLD leaders, others held over SYL protest at Punjab border (Roundup)
Chandigarh, Feb 23 (IANS) Top INLD leaders were among scores of persons arrested on Thursday on the Haryana-Punjab border at Shambhu, 10 km from Ambala in Haryana, as they drove to the spot as part of their declared plan to dig the SYL canal.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Punjab,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Diary row: Congress hit by tsunami, says BJP, Congress says frame-up
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The BJP on Thursday said that Congress has been hit by a 'tsunami' in the wake of revelations on "illicit cash for favours" in a diary allegedly containing names of senior party leaders but the Congress rubbished the allegations and termed the diary "forged and fabricated".
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Plastics processing to grow at CAGR of 10.5% till FY20
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The plastics processing industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.5 per cent from financial year 2014-15 to 2019-20 to reach 22 million metric tonne per annum (mmtpa), according to a report released on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Amitabh Bachchan lauds Shoojit Sirkar's 'The Pressure'
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Shoojit Sirkar's debut short film "The Pressure", which deals with the exam pressure on children and creating awareness in parents about their child's performance anxiety has impressed Amitabh Bachchan.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Corbett to count its crocodiles, gharials, otters
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) All set to take a glimpse of its marine and sub-marine animal life, the Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) will count crocodiles, gharials and otters residing in the park after almost a decade.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife
ABVP endorses nationalism, NSUI demands peace in DU
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) A day after fierce clashes broke out between two student groups in Delhi University, on Thursday the ABVP raised nationalism slogans and vowed that it would not allow "anti-nationals" into the varsity, while the NSUI held a peace march and condemned the violence in Ramjas College.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Education
BJP triumphs in Maharashtra civic polls, close finish in Mumbai (Roundup)
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena on Thursday finished neck-to-neck and were engaged in a tussle on Thursday to control India's richest and biggest civic body, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
DCW recommends FIR against Safdarjung Hospital
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Thursday recommended that the Delhi Police register a case against Safdarjung Hospital after a woman alleged she delivered twins but was handed over only one baby. Hospital authorities, however, denied the charges.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Health/Medicine,Human Interest/Society
Centre garners over Rs 1,600 crore on BEL stake sale
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) In one of the most successful instances of its disinvestment drive, the Union government on Thursday raised over Rs 1,600 crore from the sale of 5 per cent stake in Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) after retail investors oversubscribed the shares on offer by more than 3.6 times.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
'2,500 start-ups from Smart India Hackathon'
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) India will get as many as 2,500 start-ups from the Smart India Hackathon 2017, a 36-hour non-stop digital programming initiative scheduled on April 1-2, an official said here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Science/Tech,Technology,Education
CPI-M issues public warning to party MP
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) The CPI-M on Thursday issued a "public warninga to its Rajya Sabha member Ritabrata Banerjee for threatening a party supporter who had raised questions in the social media about the source of funds of the young leader's expensive watch and pen.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics
Pakistan Army prepared to combat 'threat from east': Gen Bajwa
Islamabad, Feb 23 (IANS) Hours after Pakistan was hit by another bomb blast, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said that despite internal security threats the army was fully prepared for an effective response against the "perpetual threat from the east".
2017-02-23
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Terrorism
SBI to merge 5 associate banks from April
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) The country's largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), said on Thursday five of its associate banks would merge with itself from April 2017.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Business/Economy
Goa parties demand end to prolonged postal balloting
Panaji, Feb 23 (IANS) All opposition parties in Goa, barring the AAP, on Thursday asked the Election Commission to scrap the long postal ballot process, claiming the 35 days allotted for doing so was detrimental to free and fair voting.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics
Shah Rukh Khan has unmatchable energy: Mustafa
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Mustafa, the son of director Abbas Burmawalla of Abbas-Mustan duo fame, whose directorial debut in Bollywood is expected soon, has said he loves superstar Shah Rukh Khan's unmatchable energy to portray any kind of role.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
61% voting in UP fourth phase polls (Roundup)
Lucknow/New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Over 61 per cent voters exercised their franchise on Thursday across 53 seats in the fourth phase elections to the Uttar Pradesh assembly.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
Odisha receives 28 project proposals after Make in Odisha conclave
Bhubaneswar, Feb 23 (IANS) The Odisha government has received 28 proposals involving investment of Rs 18,434 crore after the 'Make in Odisha' Conclave held here in 2016, Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Orissa,Business/Economy
PEL,Ivanhoé Cambridge to invest in residential projects
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Piramal Enterprises (PEL) on Thursday announced a partnership with real estate investor Ivanhoé Cambridge with which it plans to provide long term equity capital to blue chip residential developers across five major cities in India.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
JNU scholarship to study Rigveda
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Jawaharlal Nehru University will launch an endowment fund with the help of a Non-Residential Indian (NRI) professor, Madan Gopal Seth, to promote research activities in the study of the Rigveda and the Upnishads.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Education
Russian 'guide' under Goa Tourism department scanner
Panaji, Feb 23 (IANS) The Goa Tourism department on Thursday said it was probing the antecedents of a Russian national who was detained by the state Tourism Security Force, while allegedly working as a tour guide.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Goa,National,Business/Economy
AICTE concerned about 'below par' quality of graduates
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was concerned with the below par quality of graduates, an official said here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Education
Paris student protest over 'police assault' turns violent
Paris, Feb 23 (IANS) A student protest on Thursday in the wake of an alleged rape of a young man in a Paris suburb earlier this month ended in confrontations between protestors and police officials.
2017-02-23
Category: International, France,Immigration/Law/Rights,Defence/Security,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Sharmila's PRAJA vows to remove AFSPA, redraft ILP
Imphal, Feb 23 (IANS) Irom Sharmila's People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRAJA) on Thursday released its manifesto for the upcoming state assembly elections here on Thursday, promising that it will work for the revocation of AFSPA and will redraft the Inner Line Permit system.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Manipur,National,Politics
India approves 16 road projects in Nepal
Kathmandu, Feb 23 (IANS) India has approved 16 road projects to be undertaken through its financial assistance to the Himalayan country under the third Line of Credit.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Nepal,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Diplomacy,Business/Economy
Modi, Shah, delighted by BJP win in Maharashtra civic polls
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Bharatiya Janata Party team in Maharashtra after it notched spectacular victories, bagging eight of the 10 major civic bodies here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
BSES gears up to meet Delhi's summer power demand
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Peak power demand in Delhi this summer is expected to be around 6,500 MW-6,600 MW and the two BSES distribution companies (discoms) in the national capital are gearing up to ensure adequate electricity is available during this period, the company said on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
Three policemen suspended over Ramjas violence (Roundup)
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Delhi Police on Thursday suspended three policemen on charges of assaulting some students and journalists when two student groups clashed at the Ramjas College here a day earlier.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Education
OBC leader detained for trying to lock up Tata Nano plant
Ahmedabad, Feb 23 (IANS) Gujarat OBC SC/ST Ekta Manch convenor Alpesh Thakore was on Thursday detained by police as he was on his way to Sanand to lock down the Tata Nano car plant as per as his threat.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Gujarat,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Mayawati calls Amit Shah country's 'biggest Kasab'
Lucknow, Feb 23 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Thursday hit back at BJP president Amit Shah calling him the "country's biggest Kasab" or a terrorist.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
SC to consider constitution bench to decide Delhi governance row
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday said that it will consider the plea by the AAP government for a constitution bench to hear its appeal against the Delhi High Court verdict holding that Lt. Governor had the last word in the national capital's administration.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Enemy using Afghan soil to attack Pakistan: Islamabad
Islamabad, Feb 23 (IANS) Pakistan on Thursday said the enemy was taking advantage of the turmoil in Afghanistan and using its soil to orchestrate terrorist attacks in the country.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism,Diplomacy
Sasikala may opt for Chennai Jail
Bengaluru, Feb 23 (IANS) AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala may opt for shifting to Central Jail in Chennai from the Bengaluru jail on age and health grounds, a party official hinted on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Blast in Lahore kills 10 (Third Lead)
Lahore, Feb 23 (IANS) At least 10 persons were killed and over 20 wounded on Thursday, when a massive blast rocked parts of Lahore in Pakistan, a day after the army announced a countrywide crackdown against terrorists.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Terrorism
CPI-M flays BJP's 'communal rhetoric' in Uttar Pradesh
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The CPI-M has accused the BJP of taking recourse to communal rhetoric in the ongoing assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Religion
Kolkata Metro services disrupted due to power snag
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) There was panic among commuters as Kolkata Metro Rail services were disrupted for about 15 minutes on Thursday due to a power breakdown.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Business/Economy
Seven killed in UP road mishap
Lucknow, Feb 23 (IANS) At least seven people were killed on Thursday when a vehicle rammed into an Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation bus in Hardoi, police said.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Delhi seeks Centre's stand on illegal colonies
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Delhi Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday asked the central government to clarify once and for all if it wanted to regularise unauthorised colonies across the national capital.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights
Punish policemen who jailed innocent Muslims: CPI-M
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The CPI-M has sought action against Delhi Police officers responsible for jailing two young Muslims for 12 long years after a terror attack here in 2005 killed 67 people.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Religion,Terrorism,Crime/Disaster/Accident
BJP's good showing in BMC answer to note ban critics: Javadekar
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The BJP on Thursday said the results of the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls were an answer to those who have been opposing demonetisation and asserted that the result would be repeated in five states where assembly polls are being held.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Have sought report from DU on Ramjas violence: Javadekar
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said that he has sought a report from the Delhi University over the violence at Ramjas College.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Education
Trump team revokes transgender bathroom rules
Wahington, Feb 23 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's administration revoked landmark guidance to the country's schools letting transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice, reversing a signature initiative of former President Barack Obama.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Education
Pul's wife withdraws letter to CJI, says will approach Vice President(Lead)
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Dangwimsai Pul, wife of late Arunachal Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, on Thursday withdrew her letter to Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar, saying the Supreme Court can't deal with it on the judicial side as it came within administrative sphere of the top court.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Medanta performs 2 cement-less total knee replacement surgeries
Gurugram, Feb 23 (IANS) Doctors at Medanta - The Medicity successfully performed twin cement-less total knee replacement (TKR) surgeries on a 63-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man from Afghanistan, with the help of Titanium Nitride (TiNi) implant, the hospital said in a statement on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Haryana,National,Health/Medicine
Two Delhi Police personnel held for bribery
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The CBI has arrested two Delhi Police personnel for taking Rs 50,000 bribe from a man to let him continue alleged illegal construction of his building in the national capital, an official said on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Sonali Nikam takes tips from her beautician for TV show (TV Snippets)
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Actress Sonali Nikam, who will be seen managing a beauty parlour in the TV show "Ek Vivah Aisa Bhi", is taking tips from her beautician.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
Foreign funds, rupee push equities markets marginally higher (Roundup)
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Indian equities markets closed on Thursday on a flat-to-positive note as inflow of foreign funds and rupee appreciation buoyed investors' sentiments.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Govinda's wife wanted handsome son like Big B, Dharmendra (TV Snippets)
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Actor Govindas wife Sunita Ahuja has revealed that she used to keep veteran actors Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendras photographs by her side when she was pregnant because she wanted a handsome child.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
Tried to minimise bad balls, scoring opportunities: Pacer Yadav
Pune, Feb 23 (IANS) Indian pacer Umesh Yadav, who claimed four wickets on the opening day of the first cricket Test against Australia here, revealed that his plan was to bowl the tight line and minimise scoring opportunities for the batsmen.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
CBEC launches GST mobile app
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) In step with the governments Digital India initiative, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) on Thursday launched a Goods and Services Tax (GST) mobile application for taxpayers to readily access a host of information related to the new indirect tax regime.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
State roadways bus impounded after minister detects fraud
Chandigarh, Feb 23 (IANS) A private bus, which was painted in such a way that it looked like a state-owned bus of the Haryana Roadways, was impounded in south Haryana on Thursday after it was detected by the Transport Minister.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Punjab,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Coal India union to launch protest, production may be hit
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) Protesting against the Coal Ministry's decision to exclude its representatives from any committee of Coal India and its subsidiaries, the Intuc-affiliated union is planning to launch fresh agitation from March, which could hit production in the last month of the current fiscal.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Business/Economy
Mahashivaratri: TV celebs on how Lord Shiva inspires them
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Popular TV celebs like Helly Shah, Niti Taylor and Roop Durgapal consider Lord Shiva as a source of inspiration as he is the "destroyer of evil" and "god of meditation", they said on the occasion of Mahashivaratri which falls on Friday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
My comeback should make the audience happy: Sushmita Sen
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Actress Sushmita Sen who has been away from the big screen for quite some time now, says her comeback to films should make the audiences happy.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Delhi will host U-17 Cup matches despite post-Diwali pollution: FIFA
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) FIFA on Thursday categorically said concerns over air quality will not stand in the way of Delhi hosting U-17 World Cup matches but precautions will be taken to address the issues post-Diwali -- when the pollution level will be at its highest.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Football
AAP approaches rights panel over BJP's 'atrocities' on farmers, tribals
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The AAP on Thursday accused the BJP governments in Gujarat and Chhattisgarh of "committing atrocities" on farmers and tribals on the orders of party chief Amit Shah, and approached the NHRC over the matter.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Haryana makes solar power systems mandatory for private schools
Chandigarh, Feb 23 (IANS) The Haryana government has made it mandatory for all private schools to install solar systems to make them self-sufficient in the field of electricity, an official said on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Punjab,National,Business/Economy,Education,Environment/Wildlife
Sena-BJP tussle in Mumbai, BJP gains elsewhere
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) The Shiv Sena finished on top of a hung BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday but the BJP said it could take control of India's richest civic body with the backing of at least four independents.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
61% voting in UP fourth phase polls
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls saw 61 per cent voting till 5 p.m., the Election Commission announced here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
TMC supporters agitate in Tripura to seek CBI probe in chit fund scam
Agartala, Feb 23 (IANS) Four policemen were injured as opposition Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday organised a civil disobedience movement here to demand a probe by the CBI and ED into the activities of illegal NBFCs and chit fund organisations in Left-ruled Tripura.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Tripura,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
'Jackie': Natalie Portman imitates Jacqueline Kennedy effectively
Film: "Jackie"; Director: Pablo Larrain; Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgard and John Hurt; Rating: ***
2017-02-23
Category: India, New Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
INLD's SYL-digging plan ends peacefully; activists detained on Punjab border (Third Lead)
Chandigarh, Feb 23 (IANS) Scores of INLD leaders and supporters were on Thursday detained by the Punjab Police at the inter-state Shambhu barrier, 10 km from Ambala in Haryana, as their plan to start digging for the controversial SYL canal ended peacefully.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Bharti Airtel to buy out Telenor India
New Delhi/Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) India's largest telecom service provider Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced that it has inked a definitive agreement to acquire Telenor India.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Voting ends in Uttar Pradesh fourth phase voting (Third Lead)
Lucknow, Feb 23 (IANS) Voting ended on Thursday evening in the fourth phase of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh covering 53 seats in 12 districts with a large turnout out of the one crore electorate.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
YouTube FanFest to be back in India in March
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Singers Vidya Vox and Shirley Setia, Canadian musician Mike Tompkins and comedian Sahil Khattar will be part of the forthcoming fourth edition of YouTube FanFest.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
Big B turns down invitation by Queen Elizabeth II
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Amitabh Bachchan will not be able to attend the reception of UK-India Year of Culture, a "rare invitation" of which was sent to the megastar by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.
2017-02-23
Category: International, India,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
CBFC refuses to certify 'Lipstick Under...', director vows to fight
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) India's film censor board has refused to certify "Lipstick Under My Burkha" for its sexual references and use of abusive words, among others. And even as a string of celebrities condemned the development as ridiculous, the film's director Alankrita Shrivastava said she is determined to ensure that the Indian audiences get to watch the film.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
10 portions of fruits, veggies daily may cut premature deaths
London, Feb 23 (IANS) Intake of 10 portions or 800 grammes of fruit and vegetables a day may potentially prevent approximately 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide every year, say researchers.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United Kingdom,Lifestyle/Fashion,Science/Tech,Health/Medicine
Singer Jonita Gandhi to act in film
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Singer Jonita Gandhi has been approached by Indo-Canadian film director Siddharth Achara to act in a film. She says she was approached for the film while she was touring.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
WTO trade facilitation will help developing world most: FIEO
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which aims to ease customs rules among countries, will most benefit developing countries, the Indian exporters' body said on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
Complaint against Sofia Hayat for swastika tattoo on feet
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) A police complaint has been filed against model-turned-nun Sofia Hayat for getting a swastika inked on the soles of both her feet. Defending her tattoos, the British national of Indian descent says nobody has a right to judge her, and that she feels feet too are sacred like other parts of the body.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Immigration/Law/Rights
In video message, Sonia urges people to vote for Congress
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who has not campaigned for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls this time due to ill health, on Thursday in a video message appealed to the people of Amethi and Rae Bareli to vote for the party.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Vatican resumes dialogue with Cairo's Al-Azhar
Cairo, Feb 23 (IANS/AKI) The Vatican and Egypt's prestigious Al-Azhar University have resumed dialogue sessions in Cairo that were broken off in 2011 after Pope Benedict deplored an attack on a Coptic Church in Alexandria.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Egypt,Religion
Islamic State beheads two Iraqi officers
Baghdad, Feb 23 (IANS/AKI) Islamic State jihadists beheaded two Iraqi Army officers in the Shia-majority city of Karbala and posted video footage of the killings online, news site Ara News reported.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Iraq,Defence/Security
First Test: Renshaw, Starc shine for struggling Aussies (Roundup)
Pune, Feb 23 (IANS) Matt Renshaw and Mitchell Starc struck half-centuries as Australia attempted a late recovery on the opening day of the first Test against India at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
AIADMK transfers intelligence officer
Chennai, Feb 23 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday transferred the Inspector General of Police heading the intelligence wing.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics,Defence/Security
Two get 20-year RI for gang-raping a tribal woman in Odisha
Bhubaneswar, Feb 23 (IANS) A local court in Keonjhar district of Odisha on Thursday awarded 20 years' rigorous imprisonment to two persons for gang-raping a tribal woman in February last year.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Orissa,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Suniel Shetty goes gaga over 'Rangoon' (Movie Snippets)
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Actor Suniel Shetty is floored by Vishal Bhardwaj's "Rangoon" and calls it a masterpiece.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
'Split': Seriously Contrived (IANS Review, Rating: *1/2)
Film: "Split"; Director: M. Night Shyamalan; Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, Brad William Henke, Sebastian Arcelus; Rating: *1/2
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Relaxed Dhoni spends time bowling, chatting with teammates at nets
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) Mahendra Singh Dhoni seems to be enjoying his cricket to the full nowadays.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Cricket
Corrugated box makers struggle due to rising costs, falling demand
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) Manufacturers of corrugated boxes used in packaging of FMCG products, on Thursday said the most of the units belonging to the MSME sector are facing challenges due to lack of demand arising out of demonetisation and steep increase in price of raw materials.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Business/Economy
Jaitley to leave for 5-day official visit to Britain
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley would leave on Friday morning for a five-day visit to Britain during which he will hold a businesses interaction with UK-India Business Council and deliver a lecture at London School of Economics, an official statement said.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
Telangana government, Cyware Labs to 'cyber-aware' employees
Bengaluru, Feb 23 (IANS) Cyber security awareness platform Cyware Labs and the Telangana government on Thursday announced they would make the government employees "cyber-aware" to report suspicious cybersecurity incidents.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Guru Randhawa, Fazilpuria to perform in capital
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Singers Guru Randhawa and Fazilpuria, among others, will lend a musical vibe to Ambience Carnival, a terrace food festival with live music to be held here from Friday to Sunday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz
Are we alone in the universe? Search closes in on alien life
Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) In a remarkable step towards answering the question "Are we alone in the universe", astronomers have spotted a nearby star with seven Earth-size planets which could harbour liquid water, key to life as we know it, NASA said.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech
Modi visit will legalise Isha Foundation's constructions: Experts
Chennai, Feb 23 (IANS) Environmental activists and retired judges say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Isha Foundation in Coimbatore to unveil the 112-foot face of Lord Shiva would legitimise illegal constructions by the organisation.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics,Religion,Environment/Wildlife
10 countries join UN Environment's war on marine litter
Bali, Feb 23 (IANS) The UN Environment on Thursday launched an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by 2022.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Business/Economy,Cinema/Showbiz
M.J. Akbar to visit Tunisia
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) To explore business opportunities for India, Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar will be on a three-day visit to Tunisia, an official said on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: International, India,Diplomacy
Police promise 'fair probe' into college violence
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Police said on Thursday that the incidents of violence at Ramjas College here will be investigated by the Crime Branch for "a fair probe".
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Education
Malaysia seeks Interpol aid over Kim Jong-nam's killing
Kuala Lumpur, Feb 23 (IANS) Malaysia has asked Interpol to put out an alert for four missing North Korean suspects wanted in connection with the death of Kim Jong-nam, the police said on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Malaysia,Immigration/Law/Rights,Defence/Security,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Salvaging Betwa involved complex calculations, rigging
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) INS Betwa was salvaged to its upright position using complex hydrodynamic calculations and rigging, the Indian Navy said on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Defence/Security
'Blood stem cell donation laws adequate in India'
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) Laws regarding blood stem cell transplants in India are "adequate" at the moment, celebrated bone marrow transplant expert Mammen Chandy said on Thursday, adding that no unethical practices were going on in the country.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine
Students get insights into 'Beauty and the Beast'
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Experiences of working on the musical "Beauty and the Beast" came alive at the Whistling Woods International masterclass with Vikrant Pawar, the Head of Live Entertainment at Disney Entertainment (India).
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Art/Culture/Books
CSR on agenda at upcoming LSE (I) summit
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) A discussion on the Corporate Social Responsibility policy in India will be on the agenda at this years India at 70: London School of Economics India Summit.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Hella India wins 'Auto Component of the Year' award
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Automotive lighting solutions major Hella India Lighting (HILL) on Thursday informed that it has been bestowed with the 'Auto Component of the Year award by a leading automobile magazine.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Genital herpes during early pregnancy ups baby's autism risk
New York, Feb 23 (IANS) Babies whose mothers had signs of active genital herpes infection during early pregnancy may be twice at risk for developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) later, say researchers.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United States,Health/Medicine,Science/Tech
Amla woos investors for #T20 Global Destination League
Johannesburg, Feb 23 (IANS) Putting his weight behind Cricket South Africa's (CSA) #T20 Global Destination League (GDL), star batsman Hashim Amla on Thursday wooed potential team owners to invest in the cricket league, which he claimed "has every reason to succeed".
2017-02-23
Category: International, South Africa,Sports,Cricket
Indian Hotels elects N. Chandrasekaran as Chairman
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) The Indian Hotels Company Ltd, a Tata Group firm, on Thursday said Tata Sons Executive Chairman N. Chandrasekaran has been elected as Chairman of its Board of Directors with effect from Wednesday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Business/Economy
Efforts on to make Chiranjeevi-Pawan film a reality
Visakhapatnam, Feb 23 (IANS) Producer and Member of Parliament T. Subbirami Reddy on Thursday confirmed that efforts are on to make a multi-starrer with megastar Chiranjeevi and his younger brother Pawan Kalyan.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,Cinema/Showbiz,Southern Cinema
No Punjab water for Haryana: AAP
Chandigarh, Feb 23 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday made it clear that no water from Punjab will be allowed to flow to Haryana.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics
Sharad Kelkar to do cameo in 'Sher-E-Punjab...'
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Sharad Kelkar will be seen doing a cameo in the upcoming historical periodic drama "Sher-E-Punjab: Maharaja Ranjit Singh". The actor says the reason he said yes is because it delves into the Sikh community.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
BJP, Congress members trade blows in Gujarat Assembly, two hurt
Gandhinagar, Feb 23 (IANS) The Gujarat Assembly witnessed stormy scenes on Thursday as members of the ruling BJP and opposition Congress came to blows over suicides of farmers in the state, leaving Minister Nirmala Wadhvani and Congress member Baldev Thakore injured.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
AAP slams Modi, Rajnath over Ramjas violence
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Advocating debate and shunning of violence by students, the AAP on Thursday held Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh responsible for violence at Delhi University's Ramjas College here a day earlier.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Education
Golfers Rahul, Mohit qualify for National finals
Gurugram, Feb 23 (IANS) Local golfers Rahul Chadha and Mohit Talwar qualified for the National finals on the final day of the 17th annual Mercedes Trophy at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Haryana,Sports,Golf
Portronics launches Bluetooth mini-earbud
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Domestic digital solutions provider Portronics on Thursday launched its new Bluetooth mini-earbud called "Harmonics" Talky at Rs 1,199.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
Scoreboard: India vs Australia Test (First Day)
Pune, Feb 23 (IANS) Scorecard at the close of play on the opening day of the first cricket Test between India and Australia here on Thursday:
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
Modi slams Akhilesh for his 'donkey' jibe
Lucknow, Feb 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday returned fire to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on his "Gujarat donkeys" jibe, saying there was no need to be afraid of the animal that lived thousands of kilometres away.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
Sena-BJP tussle in Mumbai, BJP gains elsewhere
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) The Shiv Sena finished on top of a hung BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday but the BJP said it could take control of India's richest civic body with the backing of independents.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
First Test: Starc's late strike take Australia to 256/9 at stumps
Pune, Feb 23 (IANS) Pacer Mitchell Starc's unbeaten half century lifted Australia to 256/9 at stumps on the opening day of the first Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
Tata Communications unveils 'MOVE' to connect people globally
London, Feb 23 (IANS) Announcing its entry into the $4 billion mobile data connectivity and cross-border Internet of Things (IoT) market, Tata Communications on Thursday unveiled "MOVE" platform that will enable humans and IoT devices to connect seamlessly on a global scale.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United Kingdom,Technology,Business/Economy
Tata Motors considering to raise Rs 500 cr
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Automobile major Tata Motors on Thursday said it is considering to raise Rs 500 crore through issuance of unsecured redeemable non-convertible debentures (NCDs).
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Rs 10,290 crore health budget boost hides key funding cuts
Despite a Rs 10,290-crore increase for 2017-18, an analysis of the Union governments health budget reveals that most of this money is not being spent on Indias health priorities, which, instead, now face funding cuts.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine,Human Interest/Society
Vani clinches women's golf domestic title
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) Vani Kapoor carded an even par round on the final day to win the fourth leg of the Hero Womens Professional Golf Tour at the Tollygunge Club here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Golf
Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris bags most 'Innovative Product Award'
Bengaluru, Feb 23 (IANS) Samsung India has bagged the most "Innovative Product Award" for its Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris at the Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) technovation awards held here recently.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Karnataka,Business/Economy,Technology
INLD activists drive towards Punjab for SYL digging
Chandigarh, Feb 23 (IANS) As authorities in Punjab and Haryana sealed the inter-state border, thousands of INLD supporters headed from Haryana's Ambala city towards the border on Thursday afternoon to dig the SYL canal at the party's call.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Punjab,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Defence/Security
Asthma drugs may prevent a deadly form of pneumonia
New York, Feb 23 (IANS) Two drugs that are used to treat asthma and allergies may offer a way to prevent a form of pneumonia that can kill up to 40 per cent of people who contract it, researchers have found.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United States,Health/Medicine,Science/Tech
Need for improving quality of education: Javadekar
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday emphasised on the need for improving and providing quality education to students across the country on a priority basis.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Education
AIFW now four-day affair for 'better business', dedicates day to handloom
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The forthcoming edition of Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) will have many firsts in terms of presentations. For the first time, the gala will be held for four days instead of five, and the opening day will be dedicated to handloom and textile, says Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) President Sunil Sethi.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
Artistes mesmerised visitors at World Sacred Spirit Festival
Jodhpur, Feb 23 (IANS) An impressive line-up of artists in a stunning royal setting mesmerised the audience at the Mehrangarh Fort during the World Sacred Spirit Festival here.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Art/Culture/Books
Golfer Atwal aims for glory at Indian Open
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Indian golfer Arjun Atwal is set to launch a title challenge at the Hero Indian Open -- starting from March 9 -- in the tournament which propelled him to stardom nearly 20 years ago.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Golf
Soothsayers have only a few takers
London, Feb 23 (IANS) Would you like to know what does the future hold for you? If yes, you may have only a few company. A new study shows that given the chance to see into the future, most people would rather not know what life has in store for them -- whether it brings good things or bad.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United Kingdom,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
Dohmen, Naomi named best hockey players of 2016
Chandigarh, Feb 23 (IANS) Olympic silver medallist John-John Dohmen of Belgium and retiring Netherlands star Naomi Van As were named the male and female Players of the Year for 2016, respectively, by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Punjab,Sports,Hockey
Applications for 4th series of Gold Bonds open on February 27
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The government on Thursday said it had decided to issue the fourth series of Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17 and the applications will be accepted from February 27 till March 3.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Sikkim joins Uday discom debt restructuring scheme
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Sikkim on Thursday became the 22nd state to join the central governments Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojna (Uday) debt restructuring scheme for electricity distribution companies, an official statement here said.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
Woman, militant killed in Manipur gunfight
Imphal, Feb 23 (IANS) A tribal wowman and a suspected militant were killed and the latter's accomplice was wounded in a fierce gunfight in Manipur on Thursday, police sources said.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Manipur,National,Defence/Security,Terrorism
CBFC refuses certificate to 'Lipstick...', director vows to fight back
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) India's film censors have declined to certify "Lipstick Under My Burkha" for its sexual scenes and abusive words, among other things. Director Alankrita Shrivastava says the decision is "an assault on women's rights" and she will do everything to ensure the Indian audience gets to watch her film.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Flights cancelled at Heathrow due to storm Doris
London, Feb 23 (IANS) London's Heathrow airport on Thursday announced a 10 per cent reduction in flights due to bad weather conditions brought on by storm Doris.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United Kingdom,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
Two killed, seven injured in J&K accident
Jammu, Feb 23 (IANS) Two people were killed and seven others injured on Thursday in a road accident in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Equities close flat, Nifty touches 52-week high
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Indian equities markets on Thursday provisionally closed on a flat-to-positive note, with the telecom sector stocks witnessing healthy buying following a major acquisition announcement by telecom major Bharti Airtel.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Sevilla manager rues conceding at home
Seville (Spain), Feb 23 (IANS) Sevilla FC manager Jorge Sampaoli has lamented the fact that his team conceded a goal during their Champions League last-16 tie against Leicester City despite dominating for most of the game.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
Need to define cyber sovereignty principles, say experts
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Cyber sovereignty principles need to be quickly defined to address not just national sovereignty and security concerns but also to balance conflicting state interests in cyberspace, cyber law experts said here.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Technology,Business/Economy
Main accused in Kerala actress' kidnap arrested
Kochi, Feb 23 (IANS) Pulsar Sunil, the main accused in the kidnapping of a popular Malayalam actress, was arrested on Thursday, six days after the shocking incident, the state police said.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Kerala,Cinema/Showbiz,Southern Cinema,Crime/Disaster/Accident
'Wedding Anniversary': Pretentious and shoddy (IANS Review, Rating: *)
Film: "Wedding Anniversary"; Director: Shekhar S. Jha; Cast: Mahie Gill, Nana Patekar, Priyanshu Chatterjee and Yatin Karyekar; Rating: *
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz
Note ban most devastating catastrophe, says Kerala Governor
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 23 (IANS) Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam on Thursday termed demonetisation by the Centre as one of the most devastating catastrophes in India's financial history.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Kerala,National,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights,Business/Economy
JD-U suspends MLA for irregularities in varsity staffing
Patna, Feb 23 (IANS) Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United on Thursday suspended its legislator Mewalal Choudhary for alleged "gross irregularities" in the appointment of staff when he was the Vice Chancellor of the Bihar Agriculture University (BAU) in Bhagalpur district.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Bihar,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
BJP may edge out NCP in Pune civic polls
Pune, Feb 23 (IANS) In what could be a huge setback to the Pawar family, the Bharatiya Janata Party raced towards victory in Pune Municipal Corporation elections by notching comfortable leads in 65 of the 162 wards, pushing the ruling Nationalist Congress Party to a distant second at 32 here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
There's lawlessness in India: Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Acclaimed filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj feels that one can get away with anything in India, and says "there is no respect for law and no law enforcement" in the country.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Blast near Indian eatery kills eight in Lahore
Lahore, Feb 23 (IANS) At least eight persons were killed on Thursday when a powerful explosion took place near a restaurant serving Indian cuisine in the Pakistani city Lahore, police said.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism
'Split': Far better than Shyamalan's recent films (Review)
Film: "Split"; Writer-Director: M Night Shyamalan; Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy; Rating: ***
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz
China to conduct ideological audit of top universities
Beijing, Feb 23 (IANS) China has announced some of its top universities will face inspections to ensure they are running in line with the ideology of the Communist Party of China, as part of a government campaign to reinforce its control over the academic sector.
2017-02-23
Category: International, China,Politics,Education
Akshay Kumar bats for ayurvedic tricks for well-being
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Actor Akshay Kumar, who is fit as a fiddle at 49, has vouched for ayurveda, the traditional Hindu system of medicine, and says people are not respecting the "God-given" treasure.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Health/Medicine
Pul's wife withdraws letter to CJI
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Dangwimsai Pul, wife of the late Arunachal Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, on Thursday withdrew her letter to Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar, saying the Supreme Court has no business to deal with her letter on the judicial side.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Mental health as important as physical health: Lovato
Los Angeles, Feb 23 (IANS) Singer-actress Demi Lovato, who has been vocal about her battle with bipolar depression, believes that mental health is "just as important as physical health".
2017-02-23
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Health/Medicine
Australian ex-PM: Netanyahu 'torpedoing' Middle East peace plans
Canberra, Feb 23 (IANS) Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has accused Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu of "torpedoing" peace negotiations in the Middle East.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Australia,Politics,Diplomacy
Huma Qureshi attends Brit Awards 2017
London, Feb 23 (IANS) Indian actress Huma Qureshi attended the Brit Awards 2017 here, and had an amazing time at the gala.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz
Church response to child abuse flawed: Australian archbishops
Canberra, Feb 23 (IANS) The Catholic Church's response to cases of child sexual abuse bordered on criminal negligence, Australian archbishops admitted on Thursday at a hearing of the Royal Commission that is investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Australia,Immigration/Law/Rights,Religion,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Adobe leader in Gartner's 'Magic Quadrant for Digital Marketing Hubs'
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Adobe has been named leader in the 2017 "Magic Quadrant for Digital Marketing Hubs" report by market research firm Gartner, the company announced on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
Colour-blind casting is the way to go, says Huma Qureshi
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Critically acclaimed actress Huma Qureshi, who is garnering applause for her maiden international venture "Viceroy's House" -- which was screened at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival -- is happy that people abroad are becoming increasingly blind to colour and race when it comes to casting for films and shows.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
First Test: Australia reach 153/4 at tea vs India
Pune, Feb 23 (IANS) Australia lost three quick wickets in the second session to reach 153/4 at tea on the opening day of their first Test against India at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
Transparent system to ensure quality diet for troopers: BSF
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The BSF on Thursday told Delhi High Court that a "very transparent system" was in place to ensure quality diet for the troopers since their "health and safety" was a prime responsibility.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Defence/Security,Business/Economy
Protests against ABVP, police after Ramjas violence
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Hundreds of students on Thursday protested outside the Delhi Police headquarters on Thursday, a day after clashes between student groups left several injured at the Ramjas College.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Education
Nicole Scherzinger goes underwear-free for party
London, Feb 23 (IANS) Singer Nicole Scherzinger chose not to wear an underwear to party the night away following Brit Awards here.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Lifestyle/Fashion
Shiv Sena leads in battle for Mumbai
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) The ruling Shiv Sena appeared all set to retain control over the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), India's biggest and richest civic body, election officials said on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
China trying to block our investments in India: Taiwanese minister
Taipei, Feb 23 (IANS) China is trying to block Taiwan from diversifying its foreign direct investments, including to India, because Beijing wants the East Asian island nation's investments to be restricted to mainland China, a Taiwanese minister has said.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Taiwan, Province Of China,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
Ajay Singh named Congress opposition leader in MP
Bhopal, Feb 23 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday named Ajay Singh as Leader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh state Assembly. Former union minister Singh is the son of late veteran Congress leader Arjun Singh.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Madhya Pradesh,National,Politics
'Weight loss drug may cut 80% risk of diabetes'
London, Feb 23 (IANS) Injecting a particular weight loss drug in combination with diet and exercise may reduce risk of diabetes by 80 per cent in individuals with obesity and prediabetes, a study said.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United Kingdom,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
First Test: Australia reach 153/4 at tea vs India
Pune, Feb 23 (IANS) Australia lost three quick wickets in the second session to reach 153/4 at tea on the opening day of the first Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
Prime accused in actress' kidnap arrested
Kochi, Feb 23 (IANS) Pulsar Sunil, the prime accused in the kidnapping of a Kerala actress, was arrested on Thursday, police said.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Kerala,National,Cinema/Showbiz,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Multiple arrests at US pipeline protest site
Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) US officials plan to enter a closed camp site near the Dakota Access Pipeline on Thursday following the arrest of 10 people after a deadline to leave the area expired.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United States,Defence/Security,Environment/Wildlife
Twin blasts rock Lahore, seven killed
Lahore, Feb 23 (IANS) Two explosions rocked Pakistan's Lahore city on Thursday, the first one killing at least seven people, the media reported.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism
Chronic stress may give you a pot belly
London, Feb 23 (IANS) People who suffer long-term stress may also be more prone to gaining extra kilos overtime, says a study.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United Kingdom,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
'Lion': little Sunny completely overshadows Dev Patel in 'Lion' (Movie Review, Rating: ****)
Film: 'Lion'; Director: Garth Davis; Starring: Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Dev Patel, Roony Mara and Sunny Pawar. Rating:****
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Hollywood
Mumbai Congress chief offers to quit
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam on Thursday said he was ready resign from his post following the party's poor showing in the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) election.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
Salt Lake Stadium to be 90 per cent ready by next FIFA inspection: Ceppi
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) The Salt Lake Stadium, which is getting ready to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup in October, will be almost ready for the youth showpiece by the end of March when the FIFA delegation visits for another round of inspection, tournament Director Javier Ceppi said here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Football
Infosys Board hikes salary of COO Pravin Rao
Bengaluru, Feb 23 (IANS) The Board of software major Infosys Ltd on Thursday approved pay revision of its Chief Operating Officer (COO) and whole-time Director U.B. Pravin Rao.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Karnataka,Business/Economy
New-look Salt Lake stadium gets training pitch inside complex
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) The Salt Lake Stadium was unrecognisable both from outside and inside when FIFA U-17 tournament director for the Local organising Committee (LoC) Javier Ceppi and Subrata Dutta came to visit here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Football
MobiKwik to invest Rs 300 cr to treble user base
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Domestic mobile wallet major MobiKwik on Thursday announced it will invest Rs 300 crore to treble its user base from the current 50 million to 150 million in 2017.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Technology,Business/Economy
'Lion': An emotionally powerful film (IANS Review, Rating: ***1/2)
Film: "Lion"; Director: Garth Davis; Cast: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman, Sunny Pawar, Abhishek Bharate, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Deepti Naval, Divian Ladwa, Sachin Joab, Pallavi Sharda, Arka Das; Rating: ***1/2
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Messi is one win away from his 400th for Barcelona
Barcelona, Feb 23 (IANS) Argentine football star Lionel Messi is just one win away from reaching 400 victories with Barcelona, when the team visits the Vicente Calderon on Sunday to play against hosts Atletico Madrid in La Liga round 24.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
NPLs to affect Axis, ICICI banks' credit profiles: Moody's
Chennai, Feb 23 (IANS) Global credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service on Thursday said continuing to increase non-watch list Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) would put pressure on Axis and ICICI banks' credit profiles.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,Business/Economy
Mumbai Congress chief offers to quit
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam on Thursday said he was ready resign from his post following the party's poor showing in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation election.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
German youth coaching needs modernising: Coach Loew
Berlin, Feb 23 (IANS) German head coach Joachim Loew has demanded radical changes to the country's youth coaching programme.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Germany,Sports,Football
Bharti Airtel stock surge, global cues lift equities
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Positive global cues, coupled with healthy buying following a major announcement by a telecom major, lifted the Indian equities markets during the mid-afternoon trade session on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Australia to host Asean special summit in 2018
Canberra, Feb 23 (IANS) Australia is expected to host the Asean-Australia Special Summit in 2018, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Australia,Diplomacy,Business/Economy
Iraqi forces begin assault on Mosul airport
Baghdad, Feb 23 (IANS) Iraqi joint forces on Thursday launched an offensive on Mosul airport, one of the strategic points in the western half of the city which is still in the hands of militants of the Islamic State (IS) terror group.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Iraq,Defence/Security
Urvashi Kaur, Akaaro to be part of Spring Summer Wishlist
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The Wishlist, the pop-up shop that brings together the best treasures from across the country, is back with its fifth season titled The Spring Summer Wishlist. Names like Urvashi Kaur and Akaaro are set to be part of the event.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
Valencia hang on to beat Real Madrid 2-1
Valencia (Spain), Feb 23 (IANS) Riding on two early strikes in the first 10 minutes, Spanish football giants Valencia eked out a 2-1 victory over mighty Real Madrid, who missed a chance to consolidate their hold on first place in La Liga.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
Vidhu Vinod Chopra's daughter pens poem on exam pressure
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra and film critic Anupama Chopra's 15-year-old daughter Zuni, who has already published two books of poetry and a novel, has now penned a poem titled "The Mountain Range" on exam pressure on students.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Art/Culture/Books
Irrfan releases first look of his banned Bangladeshi film
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Actor Irrfan Khan on Thursday released on social media the first look of his Bangladeshi movie "Doob" ("No Bed of Roses"), which has been banned in Bangladesh.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
Kazakhstan dominates biathlon with two golds at Asiad
Sapporo, Feb 23 (IANS) Kazakhstan dominated the biathlon field with two gold medals at the Asian Winter Games here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
7 killed in Lahore explosion
Islamabad, Feb 23 (IANS) At least seven persons were killed and over 15 were injured in an explosion in a defence area of Lahore on Thursday, the local media reported.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism
Ramjas violence example of state-backed intolerance: CPI-M
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Describing the violence outside Ramjas College here as an example of "state machinery backed violent intolerance", the CPI-M on Thursday demanded action against ABVP activists involved in the assault as also against the police for connivance.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Education
Bigger crowds for U-17 World Cup in India expected
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) Youth World Cups generally attract lesser spectators than the senior spectacle. But if Javier Ceppi, tournament director for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted by India is to believed, India is set to buck the trend.
2017-02-23
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Football
Three soldiers, woman killed in Kashmir attack (Third Lead)
Srinagar, Feb 23 (IANS) Three soldiers and a woman were killed in a militant attack in a south Kashmir village on Thursday, police said.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Terrorism,Defence/Security
Verizon, Ericsson to trial 5G technology across US
New York, Feb 23 (IANS) US wireless communications service provider Verizon and Swedish communication technology firm Ericsson are set to put 5G network on trial in multiple cities across the US.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United States,Technology,Business/Economy
Angelina Jolie considering acting in 'Maleficent 2'
Los Angeles, Feb 23 (IANS) Actress-director Angelina Jolie is reportedly thinking of reprising her role as the vengeful fairy in Disneys "Maleficent 2".
2017-02-23
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
DUJ condemns attacks on media, students
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) on Thursday expressed anger and anguish over the attacks on journalists, teachers and students in Delhi University.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Media,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Education
Juventus thumps shorthanded Porto 2-0
Lisbon, Feb 23 (IANS) Italian football giants Juventus took a step toward the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-0 away triumph against Porto, who played with 10 men for more than two-thirds of the match.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Portugal,Sports,Football
Ramos-Vinolas advances to Rio Open quarters
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 23 (IANS) Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas cruised into the quarter-finals of the Rio Open tennis tournament with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Italy's Fabio Fognini here.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Brazil,Sports,Tennis
18 Afghan asylum seekers sent home from Germany
Kabul, Feb 23 (IANS) A group of 18 Afghan nationals whose application for asylum in Germany was rejected and who were deported, arrived in Kabul on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Immigration/Law/Rights
It's an actor's job to break stereotype: Kalki Koechlin
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) National Award winning actress Kalki Koechlin says she has been typecast several times in the Hindi film industry, but believes that only an actor can make the right script choice and go for an experimental performance to break a stereotype.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Celebs trash Trump's denial of bathroom choice to trans students
Los Angeles, Feb 23 (IANS) Celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Brie Larson and Lance Bass have spoken out about their opposition to the US President Donald Trump administrations decision to revoke federal protections for transgender students that allowed them to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Politics
New destination: Indian students flock to Australia for higher studies (Educational Feature)
Melbourne, Feb 23 (IANS) The Australian government's campaign to lure Indian students for higher studies is bearing fruit as nearly 80,000 of them enrolled in various education and training courses in 2016. Overall, Australian universities and vocational training institutes have experienced another bumper year with more than half a million international students choosing to study Down Under.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United Kingdom,Diaspora,Education
Sinead apologises for claiming Hall gave Prince drugs
London, Feb 23 (IANS) Singer Sinead OConnor has apologised to comedian Arsenio Hall for claiming he gave Prince drugs and insinuating that Hall had something to do with the music legends death.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Complaint against Sofia Hayat for swastika tattoo on feet
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) A police complaint has been filed against model-turned-nun Sofia Hayat -- a British national of Indian descent -- for getting swastika inked on the soles of both her feet.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Immigration/Law/Rights,Bollywood
Public Cloud services market to grow 18% in 2017: Gartner
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Global public Cloud services market is projected to grow 18 per cent in 2017 to hit $246.8 billion, up from $209.2 billion in 2016, market research firm Gartner said on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Prince Naruhito says he is ready to ascend Japan's throne
Tokyo, Feb 23 (IANS) Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito on Thursday hinted that he was prepared to ascend the throne once his father, Emperor Akihito, steps down.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Japan,Politics
First Test: Australia reach 84/1 at lunch vs India
Pune, Feb 23 (IANS) Australia lost opener David Warner before reaching 84/1 by lunch break on the opening day of the first cricket Test against India at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
Australians create revolutionary 'barcode scanner' microscope
Canberra, Feb 23 (IANS) Australian engineers have created an advanced microscope using a beefed-up "barcode scanner", which they believe will help doctors better analyse complex medical conditions such as cancer.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Australia,Science/Tech,Technology
Fruit and vegetable-rich diet may lower lung disease risk
London, Feb 23 (IANS) Consuming five or more daily servings of diet rich in fruit such as apples or pears and green leafy vegetables may significantly lower the risk of developing chronic lung disease in both former and current smokers, finds a research.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United Kingdom,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
Have become political football: Mallya
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Thursday said he has become a "political football" between two major political parties in India.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Tackling pollution, investing in renewables will help India's economy: UNEP chief Erik Solheim
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) India has some of the most polluted cities in the world. It also needs to create jobs. So it is not rocket science to figure out that tackling pollution and shifting investment towards renewables will help India's economy. For this, the Indian government needs to provide a conducive legislative framework and its financial markets and outside investors need to step in, says United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
SpaceX cargo aborts docking at space station
Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) Scientists are reworking plans for the arrival on Thursday of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft after its docking with the International Space Station was aborted early Wednesday morning, NASA said.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech
Turkish President hosts dinner for Sharif
Ankara, Feb 23 (IANS) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted a family dinner here in honour of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Turkey,Politics,Diplomacy
David Bowie dominates Brit Awards 2017
London, Feb 23 (IANS) Rock star David Bowie, who died in January last year, was awarded Best British male and Best British Album for "Blackstar" at the Brit Awards 2017 here.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Hundreds of thousands vote in Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, Feb 23 (IANS) Hundreds of thousands of people on Thursday voted across 53 constituencies in the fourth phase of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, officials said.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
Oestrogen therapy may boost oral health: Study
New York, Feb 23 (IANS) Post-menopausal women who undergo oestrogen therapy may get healthier teeth and gums, a study has found.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United States,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
Neha Kakkar nervous about recreated version of 'Tu cheez...'
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Singer Neha Kakkar, who has crooned a revamped version of the popular song "Tu cheez badi hai mast mast" for the forthcoming film "Machine", says she is nervous about it.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Select right jewellery for wedding functions
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) It is important to choose the right jewellery for occassions like wedding as one wrong selection and the entire look will go for a toss. Try for large emeralds studded among diamonds in white gold for that cocktail look or opt for gold or yellow gemstones, says an expert.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
Sevilla manage 2-1 win over Leicester City
Madrid, Feb 23 (IANS) Sevilla dominated nearly all of their Champions League first-leg football tie against Leicester City before Jamie Vardy gave the visitors a vital equaliser in the away game, which the Spanish club won 2-1.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
Japan to pay damages to Okinawans hit by US jets' noise
Tokyo, Feb 23 (IANS) A Japanese court on Thursday ordered the central government to pay over $260 million in compensation to residents living near a US airbase in Okinawa over aircraft noise.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Japan,Immigration/Law/Rights,Human Interest/Society
Google doodle celebrates discovery of seven exoplanets
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Google on Thursday celebrated with a doodle NASA's announcement of the discovery of seven Earth-size planets around a single nearby star -- believed to be the best target yet for studying the atmospheres of potentially habitable worlds outside our solar system.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Science/Tech
Australian postal chief quits over high salary
Canberra, Feb 23 (IANS) The CEO of Australia's state-run postal service quit on Thursday, two weeks after he faced a backlash for taking a salary of 5.6 million Australian dollars ($4.3 million) last financial year.
2017-02-23
Category: International, Australia,Business/Economy
JNU trashes as ridiculous students' 'work 2 days' offer
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Thursday trashed as "ridiculous" the agitating students' offer to "allow" the authorities to resume work in the administrative block for two days with a limited staff.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Education
Sharp slump in fruit-vegetable exports prompts long-term remedies
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) A sharp, 18 per cent slump in the exports of fruit and vegetables alone in the past two years -- largely due to a stringent green norm and heightened quality standards, particularly in Europe -- has prompted a slew of long-term remedial measures including improvement in pre-harvest conditions and cluster farming to improve quality.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
Facebook bans transgender YouTuber for vocal criticism
New York, Feb 23 (IANS) Facebook has come under severe criticism for banning a US-born transgender YouTube personality for slamming social justice activists.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Technology,Human Interest/Society
Bharti Airtel to buy out Telenor India
New Delhi/Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) India's largest telecom service provider Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced that it has inked a definitive agreement to acquire Telenor (India).
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
First Test: Australia reach 84/1 at lunch vs India
Pune, Feb 23 (IANS) Australia lost opener David Warner before reaching 84/1 by lunch break on the opening day of the first cricket Test against India at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Thursday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
'Jackie': A riveting drama well told (IANS Review, Rating: ***1/2)
Film: "Jackie"; Director: Pablo Larrain; Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt, Richard E. Grant, John Carroll Lynch, Beth Grant, Max Casella, Caspar Phillipson; Rating: ***1/2
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Naturally gravitated towards Grammy-winning White Sun's music: Tabla ace Abhiman Kaushal
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) Tabla player Abhiman Kaushal, who features in the Grammy Award winning eponymous album by Los Angeles-based band White Sun, says he "naturally gravitated" towards their music -- interpretations of yogic mantras.
2017-02-23
Category: International, India,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books,Diaspora
Shiv Sena notches early leads in BMC polls
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) The Shiv Sena notched early leads in 30 wards while the BJP was leading in 20 wards as counting of votes cast in the elections to the 227-seat BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, the country's biggest civic body, got underway, officials said here on Friday.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
Police seal Haryana-Punjab border, traffic disrupted
Chandigarh, Feb 23 (IANS) Thousands of people, especially motorists, faced inconvenience on Thursday morning after security forces sealed a busy portion of a national highway on the Haryana-Punjab border that links Delhi with Amritsar.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights,Business/Economy,Human Interest/Society
Trump administration withdraws protections for transgender students
Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's administration revoked federal guidelines specifying that transgender students have the right to use public school restrooms that match their gender identity, a media report said.
2017-02-23
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Would love to work on films rooted in history: Designer Anju Modi
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Ace designer Anju Modi, who designed costumes for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Goliyon Ki Raasleela - Ram Leela" and "Bajirao Mastani", says she is inclined to work on movies with historical characters.
2017-02-23
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Lifestyle/Fashion