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Indian stock markets slip on global concerns, mixed Q2 results

Indian stock markets slip on global concerns, mixed Q2 resultsMumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) Mixed corporate earnings, along with heightened chances of a US interest rate hike and fears of a slowdown in global economic growth, dragged the key indices of Indian stock market in the red during the just concluded weekly trade session. The Sensex lost close to 600 points in just the two final session of the week. Consequently, on a weekly basis, the S&P BSE Sensex closed at 34,315.63 points, down by 417.95 points or 1.20 per cent from its previous close.


'Bulleya' singer unveils his first indie single

'Bulleya' singer unveils his first indie singleMumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) "Bulleya" fame singer Amit Mishra has released his first independent single "Vacation". Amit, along with his band members Nishith Hegde and Ashwin Shriyan, has collaborated with Amit Mishra Project (AMP) for the song. AMP is an entity that brings diverse talent on board and encourages them to bring independent music to the forefront.


Asaduddin Owaisi challenges Centre to bring ordinance on Ram Temple

Asaduddin Owaisi challenges Centre to bring ordinance on Ram TempleAll India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday challenged the Centre to bring an ordinance on Ram Temple. Owaisi said, "Who are they threatening that we will bring ordinance. Bring the ordinance, we will see. How will they do it? Come on do it: I challenge them to bring an ordinance. We want to see whether this country will be run according to the Constitution, or according to their whims and desires. Let us see what they can do."


PM Modi meets Sri Lankan PM Wickremesinghe in New Delhi

PM Modi meets Sri Lankan PM Wickremesinghe in New DelhiPrime Minister Narendra Modi met his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi on Saturday. Both the leaders are likely to review the status of the India-assisted housing projects at Jaffna in Sri Lanka. Wickremesinghe arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit to India on October 18. This is his fifth official visit to India since taking office in 2015.


Sri Lankan PM holds bilateral talks with Rajnath Singh, EAM Swaraj

Sri Lankan PM holds bilateral talks with Rajnath Singh, EAM SwarajUnion Ministers Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj met the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi on Saturday. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh held deliberations on further strengthening cooperation between India and Sri Lanka on issues pertaining to security and terrorism in the region. While Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj exchanged views on strengthening bilateral relations and reviewed progress on development projects.


Catch glimpse of world's tallest statue 'The Statue of Unity'

Catch glimpse of world's tallest statue 'The Statue of Unity'The Gujarat government is giving final touches to the 'the world's tallest statue,' known as 'The Statue of Unity.' It is built as a memorial to the 'Iron Man of India' Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The gargantuan statue will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, Sardar Patel's 143rd birth anniversary. 'The Statue of Unity' is 182-feet high and is built on the river island called Sadhu Bet near Vadodara.


Yamuna pollution woes increase with the conclusion of Durga idol immersion

Yamuna pollution woes increase with the conclusion of Durga idol immersionAfter the conclusion of the 10-day celebrations of Durga Puja in New Delhi, the immersion of idols of goddess Durga started on Friday in the national capital's only river body, Yamuna. Hundreds of devotees gathered on the banks of river Yamuna near ITO after Vijay Dashami for immersion procession. The banks of the river Yamuna were seen in an erratic condition after the immersion concluded. The second largest river in India, the Yamuna which is also the second most polluted river after the Ganges, every year see's increase in pollution after festivities. First, Ganesh Chaturthi and then Durga Puja added to the mess of the river. In 2015, National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned immersion of idols made of non-biodegradable material like quick-setting gypsum plaster, also known as Plaster of Paris, or plastic in the Yamuna river, however, making of idols in the industrial scale reportedly make idols from Plaster of Paris which takes years to dissolve and paint which consist of heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium and lead. Around 19 drains open into the Yamuna in Delhi. Industrial wastes also find their way into the river from large industrial units. Although Delhi constitutes just 2% of the catchment area of the Yamuna, it contributes to 80% of the total pollution of the river.


I love England as I love my wife: Lord Bill Lall

I love England as I love my wife: Lord Bill LallNew Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Some 60 years ago, Dharambir Lall moved to England from India and the eventful journey that followed finds elaborate mention in his upcoming book "England, My Love". The successful chartered accountant is now a millionaire and has been conferred the title of Lord Bill Lall of Woodlands. "I just fell in love with England as soon as I had stepped out of the carriage at Victoria Station in London.


Favourites India to start World Cup preparation with WI series

Favourites India to start World Cup preparation with WI seriesGuwahati, Oct 20 (IANS) Hot favourites India will look to start their preparation for next year's 50-over World Cup in style and iron out the weaknesses in the side when they take on lowly West Indies in the five-match ODI series starting here on Sunday. India will play 18-odd One-Day Internationals (ODI) before the World Cup in England. Among the issues they would want to address, India's middle order is a problem especially the number four position where many have been tried but with little success.


Atul Kasbekar denies #MeToo allegations against him, 'Cheat India' director

Atul Kasbekar denies #MeToo allegations against him, 'Cheat India' directorMumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) Celebrity photographer and film producer Atul Kasbekar has denied an anonymous allegation that he and "Cheat India" director Soumik Sen are "sleazebags who harass women with their powerplay". In a statement on Twitter, Ellipsis Entertainment -- which Kasbekar -- co-owns, reacted on the allegation based on an anonymous tveet from a newly-created ID on the micro-blogging platform. The statement, signed by Kasbekar, Tanuj Garg, Shanti Sivaram, Swati Iyer and Piya Sawhney, reads: "We have no received any complaint of inappropriate behaviour by director Soumik Sen from any female member in our unit of 'Cheat India' during the shooting." They pointed out that the banner has produced films like "Neerja" and "Tumhari Sulu", renowned for their female protagonists which have been beacons for women empowerment.


Captaincy affected my performance last season: Kabaddi ace Rahul Chaudhari

Captaincy affected my performance last season: Kabaddi ace Rahul ChaudhariChennai, Oct 20 (IANS) The burden of captaincy off his shoulders, star raider Rahul Chaudhari feels he can now lead Telugu Titans to the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) title this season after a disappointing campaign last time. A below par fifth place finish in season 5 saw Chaudhari fluff his lines initially before relinquishing the captaincy midway. "So this season, I have been left free and that helps me perform better," said Chaudhari who has been prolific in scoring raid points this season.


I still work with my heart: Veteran actor Jackie Shroff

I still work with my heart: Veteran actor Jackie ShroffNew Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) He has a career spanning over four decades in the Hindi film industry and, as of 2017, has appeared in over 200 films. Actor Jackie Shroff, who has over five movies waiting to release now, says he still works with his heart. Jackie made his acting debut in 1982 with Dev Anand's "Swami Dada".


Lara Dutta refuses work offer from Mukesh Chhabra's company

Lara Dutta refuses work offer from Mukesh Chhabra's companyMumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) Actress Lara Dutta Bhupathi has turned down a work offer routed through the casting company of Mukesh Chhabra, one of those accused of sexual harassment amid the #MeToo wave in India. Lara's tennis star husband Mahesh Bhupathi made the revelation in an open letter posted to Twitter on Friday, urging people to "stop engaging" with those who have been sexual offenders, and raised a concern on why those in positions of power in the film fraternity have chosen to remain silent. Mahesh wrote: "Two days ago my wife, who's shooting out of town, got an offer from a leading international digital platform through Mukesh Chabbra's company.


Amritsar train tragedy: Bollywood shocked, calls for better safety

Amritsar train tragedy: Bollywood shocked, calls for better safetyMumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) The deplorable train tragedy in Amritsar in which 60 people were crushed to death and several others injured, brings the focus to how safety in public places needs to be taken more seriously in the country, say Bollywood celebrities who have sent out prayers for the victims. A 700 strong crowd was watching a huge Ravana effigy go up in flames amid exploding crackers when on the Joda Phatak track near Dhobi Ghat the Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU passenger train heading to Hoshiarpur from Amritsar came hurtling down around 7 p.m. In just 10-15 seconds, it left behind a heap of crushed and dismembered bodies. Here's how the celebrities reacted: Farhan Akhtar: Saddened to hear about the loss of life in Amritsar.


'Anonymous Facebook ads influenced nearly 10 mn British voters'

'Anonymous Facebook ads influenced nearly 10 mn British voters'London, Oct 20 (IANS) An anonymous political campaign on Facebook has reached nearly 10 million voters, asking them via advertisements to oppose British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, the media reported on Saturday. According to The Guardian, it was discovered by the digital campaign group 89up, which shared the details with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's (DCMS) panel into fake news. "In adverts micro-targeted to individual constituencies, voters are exhorted to tell your local MP to bin Chequers," said the report.


Sabarimala is South's Ayodhya: VHP

Sabarimala is South's Ayodhya: VHPResponding to the comparison drawn by Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury between the violence in Sabarimala and the uproar witnessed during the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) spokesperson Vinod Bansal said the Sabarimala Temple was southern India's Ayodhya.


India asks UN for visitor tours in Hindi language

India asks UN for visitor tours in Hindi languageUnited Nations, Oct 20 (IANS) In its push to promote Hindi at the world body, India has reiterated its request to the UN to conduct tours for visitors to the headquarters in that language. Saying that the tour is popular with Indians visiting New York, Deepak Misra, a minister in the Indian Mission, made the request while speaking at a meeting on Friday on information issues held by the General Assembly committee dealing with special political matters. "The guided tour has been very popular with Indian tourists to New York and, as highlighted by our delegations last year.


'Badhaai Ho' off to a good start!

'Badhaai Ho' off to a good start!Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra-starrer 'Badhaai Ho' has minted Rs. 7.29 cr on its opening day. Film critic Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to reveal the first day collection of the film. He stated that the flick has taken a flying start at the Box Office and is expected to earn more over the weekend. "#BadhaaiHo takes a FLYING START... Gets the advantage of partial holiday... Expected to score over the weekend... Thu Rs. 7.29 cr. India biz." 'Badhaai Ho' is a fun ride with some rib-tickling comedy, about the embarrassment faced by a family when Ayushmann's mother, played by Neena Gupta, becomes pregnant. 'Dangal' star Sanya Malhotra plays Ayushmann's love interest in the film which also features Surekha Sikri, Gajraj Rao, and Sheeba Chaddha. The comedy is helmed by 'Tevar' director, Amit Sharma. tweeted Adarsh.


India calls for early adoption of anti-terrorism treaty

India calls for early adoption of anti-terrorism treatyBrussels, Oct 20 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday called for early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention of International Terrorism (CCIT) that it had introduced in the UN in 1996. During his interventions at the 12th Asia-India Meeting (ASM) here, he said India valued ASM as a platform that brings together leadership of Asia and Europe, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. "Terming terrorism as a major threat to peace and stability, he called for an early conclusion of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, stressing peace is the prerequisite for progress, and peace cannot be achieved without combatting terrorism," it stated.


Naidu meets Portuguese, Greek PMs

Naidu meets Portuguese, Greek PMsBrussels, Oct 19 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, who is attending the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit here held bilateral meetings with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras respectively and called for strengthening Indias ties with both the countries. During his meeting with Costa, Naidu called for India-Portugal collaboration in new areas of cutting-edge technology. Naidu briefed him about Modi government's developmental programmes and said that bilateral trade was on the rise and that Portuguese companies were encouraged by the potential of the Indian market.


RBI's efforts to stabilise rupee drains $5.14 bn from forex reserve

RBI's efforts to stabilise rupee drains $5.14 bn from forex reserveMumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) A strong US dollar and subsequent interventions by the country's central bank to stabilise the rupee drained over $5.14 billion from India's foreign exchange (forex) reserves, analysts said on Friday.


RBI against certain amendments to PSS Act

RBI against certain amendments to PSS ActMumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has expressed its dissent against certain amendments recommended by a government committee for the Payment and Settlement Systems (PSS) Act, 2007. An Inter-Ministerial Committee for finalization of amendments to the PSS Act was formed by the government under the chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs. An RBI representative has submitted a dissent note on certain recommendations of the committee.


ISL: Home comfort for Kerala as Delhi come calling

ISL: Home comfort for Kerala as Delhi come callingKochi, Oct 19 (IANS) Kerala Blasters have made more than just a decent start to their campaign in the Indian Super League and will look at the massive home advantage to see them through against Delhi Dynamos at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here on Saturday. The Blasters find themselves in the top half of the table with four points from two games. "Delhi are an interesting team.


Golfer Wolf in lead at Women's Indian Open

Golfer Wolf in lead at Women's Indian OpenGurugram, Oct 19 (IANS) Austrian Christine Wolf devoured birdies like never before to card a second successive 4-under 68 and open up a massive four-shot lead over the rest of the field at the halfway stage of the Womens Indian Open 2018 golf tournament here. Wolf, who had never shot a round in the 60s in her previous four visits to India, including three of them to this course, has now done it twice in the last two days.


RSS has lost battle of not letting the gates of Sabarimala open: Sitaram Yechury

RSS has lost battle of not letting the gates of Sabarimala open: Sitaram YechuryWhile briefing the mediapersons on Sabarimala issue, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury said, "All the TV crews who went there which had women were roughed up, the pattern is very similar to the time of the Babri Masjid demolition. You have the heads of the volunteers wearing saffron bands, the same dress you found there then". He further added, "Similar thing is being done here (Sabarimala) so it is an organised thing that the RSS is doing. RSS has lost the battle of not letting the gates of Sabarimala open, they even lost the battle that the temple shouldn't open on time".


Equity indices slip on global cues; Sensex down over 460 points

Equity indices slip on global cues; Sensex down over 460 pointsMumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) Broadly negative global markets, along with outflow of foreign funds and a marginal rise in crude oil prices, dragged the key domestic equity indices into the red on Friday.


'Widows' to close Mumbai film fest

'Widows' to close Mumbai film festMumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) The 20th edition of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star will bid goodbye with Steve McQueen's directorial "Widows", which will close the festival next month. "Widows" is a heist-thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption.


Nation celebrates Dussehra with religious fervour and gaiety

Nation celebrates Dussehra with religious fervour and gaietyDussehra also known as Vijayadashmi festival, which marks the victory of good over evil, is being celebrated with great fervour across India. People are gathering in large numbers at several places to witness the burning of effigies of demon king Ravana, his brother Kumbhkarana and son Meghnaad. On this occasion, religious processions were also taken out with tableaus of Lord Rama in special chariots, depicting the scenes and characters from Ramayana.


KWAN founder attempts suicide after #MeToo allegations

KWAN founder attempts suicide after #MeToo allegationsMumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) KWAN Entertainment founder Anirban Das Blah, a popular Bollywood celebrity manager who has been accused of sexual misconduct, reportedly tried to end his life early on Friday but was saved at the last minute, police said. Blah was caught and rescued by a traffic police patrol in Vashi area and handed over to police, a traffic police official told IANS. Blah was asked to step aside from his position in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against him after multiple reported accounts indicated that Blah had made sexual advances towards women.


Pacer Khaleel has his eyes set on World Cup berth

Pacer Khaleel has his eyes set on World Cup berthGuwahati, Oct 19 (IANS) India's left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed has his eyes on making the 2019 cricket World Cup squad and wants to impress the team management in the series against the West Indies. It will also boost my confidence and I will be under less pressure, if I am picked for the World Cup," Khaleel said ahead of India's first ODI against West Indies here on Sunday. Khaleel made his debut during India's victorious Asia Cup campaign in Dubai.


Will try to make one movie a year: Prashant Ingole

Will try to make one movie a year: Prashant IngoleNew Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Prashant Ingole, known for contributing to Bollywood movies like "Mary Kom" and "Bajirao Mastani" as a lyricist, has made his directorial debut with the short film "Budh" (Awakening). Meanwhile, "Budh" was screened at the Delhi International Film Festival on Thursday.


RBI eases norms to increase liquidity flow for NBFC sector

RBI eases norms to increase liquidity flow for NBFC sectorMumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday came out with new measures to increase the liquidity flow to non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and housing finance companies (HFCs). The move comes amid concerns of a credit crunch for the NBFC sector post default by some of the IL&FS Group companies. "It has been decided that, with immediate effect, banks will be permitted to also reckon government securities held by them up to an amount equal to their incremental outstanding credit to NBFCs and HFCs, over and above the amount of credit to NBFCs and HFCs outstanding on their books as on October 19, 2018, as 'Level 1 HQLA under FALLCR' within the mandatory SLR (Statutory Liquidity Ratio) requirement," RBI said in a notification on Friday.


Avani Rai excited about Dharamshala International Film Festival

Avani Rai excited about Dharamshala International Film FestivalNew Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Avani Rai, filmmaker and daughter of celebrated photographer Raghu Rai, is excited to screening her debut documentary "Raghu Rai: An Unframed Portrait" at the seventh edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF). "Raghu Rai: An Unframed Portrait" is Avani's ode to her father. The documentary shows two parallel worlds - one where the father and daughter explore the lanes and the Kashmir Valley through their lens, and in another, Raghu's journey in India till date as framed by him.


Creating cross-border conversations: Documentary sets out to humanise India's borderlands

Creating cross-border conversations: Documentary sets out to humanise India's borderlandsNew Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) What do pilgrims in Punjab's Dera Baba Nanak feel when faith travels across the border to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan through binoculars or a telescope? At a time when borders have mental images as frontiers of cross-fire, illegal crossings and violence, a documentary filmmaker intends to humanise them and create conversations on cross-border relationships. Director Samarth Mahajan, 27, comes from Dinanagar, a small town 10 miles from the India-Pakistan border.


Jamie Lee Curtis' 'Halloween' to arrive in India on Oct 26

Jamie Lee Curtis' 'Halloween' to arrive in India on Oct 26New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Jamie Lee Curtis-starrer "Halloween" will hit the theatres in India on October 26. Universal Pictures International India will bring the sequel to the similarly titled 1978 film to India, a statement said. The film is directed by David Gordon Green and stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner and Nick Castle alongside Curtis.


Congress wants to be in good books of Pakistan: Subramanian Swamy

Congress wants to be in good books of Pakistan: Subramanian SwamyLaunching a scathing attack on Congress, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said Congress is relying on Pakistan for everything, and its highly condemnable. He said that the electorate should know that if they want a nationalistic government, then its only BJP party who can provide it. He further said that Congress from day one has left India with a bleeding mess because they don't know patriotism. He added that it's a clear proof of how they want to earn the goodwill of Pakistan, but are not bothered about Indians.


#MeToo movement not about male bashing at all: Chitrangada Singh

#MeToo movement not about male bashing at all: Chitrangada SinghNew Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Chitrangada Singh feels the #MeToo movement is not about bashing men, and not at all a battlefield for genders. Realistically speaking, there is a huge difference in Western society and us. "There is a difference in our society and in our thought process, and that is the reason why we can't have a similar #MeToo movement in India," Chitrangada told IANS in a recorded response.


Kaspersky ready to comply with India's data localisation norms

Kaspersky ready to comply with India's data localisation normsSiem Reap (Cambodia), Oct 19 (IANS) As the political narrative in India appears to be tilting in favour of data localisation, Russia-based global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said it was willing to "adopt and comply" with Indias proposed requirement to store data generated in the country within its borders. "The data protection bill is not released yet in India. Once this (data localisation) requirement comes out, we need to adopt and we want to comply," Kaspersky Lab's Managing Director Stephan Neumeier told IANS on the sidelines of the firm's 4th Asia Pacific (APAC) cybersecurity annual summit here recently.


Rajnath Singh performs Shastra Puja with BSF in Bikaner

Rajnath Singh performs Shastra Puja with BSF in BikanerHome Minister Rajnath Singh performed 'Shastra Puja' at BSF Sector Headquarters in Bikaner on Dussehra today. This is for the first time that a senior minister of the central government is conducting 'Shastra puja' or worship of weapons along India's border with Pakistan, with whom India fought full scale wars. 'Shastra puja' is part of the 'Dussehra' festival which is celebrated for the victory of Lord Ram over Ravana. Singh is expected to review the situation on the border and assess the progress in various infrastructure projects.


Piyush Goyal to receive US university award for rural electrification effort

Piyush Goyal to receive US university award for rural electrification effortNew York, Oct 19 (IANS) India's Union Minister Piyush Goyal will on Friday receive the prestigious Carnot Prize from the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania in recognition of his work for rural electrification while he held the power and renewable energy portfolios. "During his tenure (as Power Minister), Goyal directed a fast-track effort to electrify 18,000 villages in remote parts of India, helping bridge the country's vast energy divide," it said. Goyal, who is now the Minister for Railways and Coal, headed the Power and Renewable Energy Ministries from 2014 to 2017 and oversaw the the big push for rural electrification.


Mukesh Chhabra suspended as 'Kizie Aur Manny' director

Mukesh Chhabra suspended as 'Kizie Aur Manny' directorMumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) Fox Star Studios on Friday suspended Mukesh Chhabra, Bollywood's popular casting agent, from his directorial debut "Kizie Aur Manny" as he has been accused of sexual harassment. Hence, Fox Star Studios has suspended the services of Mukesh Chhabra, director of our film 'Kizie Aur Manny', which is under production, till the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) of M/s Mukesh Chhabra Casting Company concludes its inquiry into the allegations against him," said a post on the official Fox Star Hindi Twitter handle.


Sushant Singh Rajput denies harassment claims

Sushant Singh Rajput denies harassment claimsMumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) Sushant Singh Rajput has been accused of sexual misconduct by his "Kizie Aur Manny" co-star Sanjana Sanghi. In his defence, the actor shared screenshots of their SMS conversation and called it a "smear campaign". Sushant on Friday tweeted snapshots of his conversation with Sanjana from the first day to the last day of the film's shoot, and captioned it: "I feel sad to reveal personal information but it seems that there is no other way to state what was, in the midst of this curated and well-timed smear campaign.


Facebook now has a War Room to fight election interference

Facebook now has a War Room to fight election interferenceSan Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) In line with its efforts to prevent misuse of its platform during elections, Facebook has set up a War Room to reduce the spread of potentially harmful content. Facebook faced flak for not doing enough to prevent spread of misinformation by Russia-linked accounts during the 2016 US presidential election. Although Facebook opened the doors of the War Room ahead of the general elections in Brazil and mid-term elections in the US, it revealed the details only this week.


Special reads dedicated to women, by women

Special reads dedicated to women, by womenNew Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Invoke the "Shakti" within you to transform your mind and transcend limits; get inspiration from the life of a female journalist who has exposed 20 lies and misconceptions so far; read an amalgamation of many old-school ideas that come from grandmothers which modern nutrition is trying to catch up with; flick through a book designed specially for women on how to present oneself to maximum effect, in person and online.


Indians prefer free digital content over paid services: Study

Indians prefer free digital content over paid services: StudyLos Angeles, Oct 19 (IANS) Indians prefer to stream free content offered by the likes of YouTube over paid services like Netlfix and Amazon, according to a study. The study indicates that nearly 30 per cent of Indian consumers in a sample survey plan to cancel paid video subscriptions over free content, with YouTube being the dominant platform of choice, according to hollywoodreporter.com. As per the report, 63.7 percent of surveyed users said they only stream free content from platforms like YouTube, MXPlayer and Fox's Star India network-backed digital platform Hotstar, which also offers a free ad-sponsored service in addition to a paid service which costs $13.87 per year.


Whether #MeToo stays or fizzles out, people will be wary: Neena Gupta

Whether #MeToo stays or fizzles out, people will be wary: Neena GuptaNew Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) The most substantial impact of the #MeToo movement, which took off in India following actress Tanushree Dutta's sexual harassment allegations against actor Nana Patekar, is that people now will be wary of engaging in misconduct -- whether or not the movement continues -- says veteran actress Neena Gupta. Asked if she feels the #MeToo wave will stay in India or whether it will die down, Neena told IANS here: "See, proving (an experience) is very difficult here.


I represent a true 'Bharatiya': Usha Uthup

I represent a true 'Bharatiya': Usha UthupJaipur, Oct 19 (IANS) Usha Uthup's husky voice has brought her fame not only in Hindi songs in Bollywood but she is equally famous for singing hit regional songs in Punjabi, Bengali and Marathi. She says she represents a true Indian.


Ghulam Nabi Azad's remark a reflection of Congress' ethos: Owaisi

Ghulam Nabi Azad's remark a reflection of Congress' ethos: OwaisiAll India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen(AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi has said that the recent statement by senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is a clear message to Indian Muslims that they should not vote for the party in the upcoming polls. Owaisi's statement came after Azad, while addressing a gathering in Lucknow recently, was heard saying "Hindu brothers don't invite me for campaigning anymore." "It is a reflection of his party's ethos. It is a clear message on how he feels frustrated and is irrelevant in his party. It's a clear message to Indian Muslims that we should not vote for Congress," added Owaisi.


In a first, Gujarat woman delivers baby through transplanted uterus

In a first, Gujarat woman delivers baby through transplanted uterusA woman from Gujarat has become India's first lady to give birth to a baby girl after undergoing a uterus transplant. The woman, Meenakshi, was operated on with her mother's uterus in Pune's Galaxy Care hospital on May 18, 2017. This was for the first time in Asia and almost the 12th time in the world when a woman has given birth to a baby after undergoing uterus transplant, that too, from the same uterus that she was born from.


VP Venkaiah Naidu meets Greece PM Tsipras on sidelines of 12th ASEM

VP Venkaiah Naidu meets Greece PM Tsipras on sidelines of 12th ASEMVice President M Venkaiah Naidu met Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras on the sidelines of 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Belgium's Brussels. Both the dignitaries recalled civilizational ties. PM Tsipras also invited India as "Honor Country" at the Thessaloniki International Fair 2019 in Greece. VP Naidu also met Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa. Both the leaders discussed cooperation in space, defence, startups and infrastructure. The Vice President is on a 3-day visit to Belgium.


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