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Places You Need to Visit In India With Your Best Friend

‘A friend in need is a friend in deed.’ How often do you realize this saying? The answer would be almost each and every moment of your life!When you are with your friends; especially the best ones, everything seems to be more vibrant, livelier and cheerful. When you are in their company, even the boring lectures or gatherings get exciting and equally engrossing for you.Travelling with your best buddies; no matter what time of year it is or whichever location it is, unlimited amount of fun and excitement are always guaranteed with the best friends. Here is a list of 20 magnificent places in India, the beauty of which gets doubled if visited along with your best friends:1. Pangong Lake, Ladakh Transporting you to an ethereal place, the Pangong Lake is located in Ladakh. This is a place where unblemished azure water is fringed by rugged mountains while cotton candy clouds float above. Feel the serenity and magic envelope you! 2. Rafting and Camping in Rishikesh With bursting of…

Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview with new browser Edge, Wi-Fi

Microsoft's giving you the chance to try out its Edge browser before Windows 10 drops on July 29th, along with other new features that will come with the platform. You'll have to download Windows 10's latest preview build for PCs to take it for a spin, but make sure to back up your favorites first, because you're going to say bye-bye to Project Spartan for good. The company has incorporated several user suggestions to the browser, including a home button, a more customizable New Tab page, password autofill, as well as the ability to import favorites/bookmarks from other browsers and to play music from a minimized tab.

Cortana can now issue flight or work alerts, and it can help you send emails without typing anything: simply recite the recipient's email address, the missive's subject line and contents in that order.

Windows Photos app now also supports GIFs and has an "Open with..." option. Finally, Skype WiFi has been completely replaced with Microsof…

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal fails to get an appointment with PM Narendra Modi

"Last week when we asked about the chief minister's request for a meeting, we were informed that PM was occupied with other national responsibilities," Nagendra Sharma, Kejriwal's adviser said on Tuesday.

Sharma said that they were told that Kejriwal can instead meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley or Home Minister Rajnath Singh

The Delhi chief minister had written to PM Modi seeking an appointment, to discuss what he called a "five-point agenda." 

Supreme Court Calls for CBI Probe in #VyapamScam

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court today asking that the investigation in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board scam, or Vyapam, be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

After 44 deaths in two years in the mysterious Vyapam scam, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh has now sought a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe under the monitoring of Supreme Court.

The Congress leader filed a petition in the apex court, seeking an SC-monitored CBI investigation into the Vyapam scam, which has snowballed into a huge mystery.


AAP protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, demand resignations of BJP ministers facing allegations #DaagiMantriModiKe

AAP protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, demand resignations of BJP ministers facing allegations. Twiitter is trending with a new hastag of the protest called #DaagiMantriModiKe .
AAP had threatened a nationwide agitation if Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not sack the three leaders within three days. At least 67 people were detained after over 500 AAP activists staged a noisy protest outside Irani's house here.
AAP spokeperson said the prime minister should take a cue from AAP government which accepted the resignation of law minister Jitender Singh Tomar, who had a fake law degree.
A Delhi court has taken cognisance of a complaint that Irani gave different educational qualifications in different election affidavits while Sushma Swaraj and Raje are under fire for purportedly helping Indian Premier League's former boss Lalit Modi who is a fugitive.
Congress leader Tom Vadakkan has termed BJP as 'Bharatiya Maun party' on Lalitgate issue. Speaking on Swaraj-Raje's…

'Sardaar Ji' Movie Review: Diljit Dosanjh Tickles Funny Bones

Punjabi movie "Sardaar Ji" (also spelled as Sardar Ji), starring Diljit Dosanjh, Mandy Takhar and Neeru Bajwa, has garnered positive reviews from the audience across the globe. Written by Dheeraj Rattan, "Sardaar Ji" is the first supernatural romantic comedy film in 'Pollywood'. The movie revolves around the story of an orphan boy named Jaggi (Diljit Dosanjh), who has a special power to drive away spirits. An English couple invite him to solve the problem of wedding venue, which is haunted by a witch (Neeru Bajwa). Seeing how Jaggi solves the problem creates a laugh riot. With "Sardaar Ji", director Rohit Jugraj Chauhan has ventured into a new genre, which was not explored in Punjabi film industry. The film is predictable in parts, the narration is slow paced and some scenes are forced, but these things do not stop the viewers from enjoying the comedy.  "Sardaar Ji" has rich production values and amazing performances by the lead actors. Dilj…

Manik Paul says his victory will act as a bridge to the world of Bollywood for him.

Arunachal Pradesh's Manik Paul was crowned winner of India’s Got Talent 6 on Saturday night, taking home a cool Rs 50 Lakh and a car. Paul has put all the hard work   for all those gravity-defying aerial dance acts that separated him from the other contestant .His journey from his modest background to being the winner of reality TV show was not easy -- but was exceptional.With no interest in doing more reality shows, the gymnast also hopes to work with his idol and choreographer Remo D'Souza. The winner says his mother has always inspired him to fight against all odds and come out as the winner.  
With the prize money, the 22-year-old plans to buy a flat in Mumbai for himself and his mother. For now, Manik wants to get better and learn more things. "I'm doing a Terence Lewis's diploma of dance. It will complete in next four-to-five months. I'm learning malkhamb and contemporary dance," he said.

Greece Will Shut Banks in Fallout From Debt Crisis

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced Sunday night that Greece’s banks would be closed as of Monday, as the fallout from ruptured debt negotiations with the nation’s creditors began inflicting pain on ordinary people while raising alarm in Washington, Brussels and Berlin.

The emergency measures escalated the confused and unpredictable state of a crisis that some analysts say could ripple through global financial markets and undercut European unity. Most Asian markets opened lower on Monday.

With so much at stake, leaders in other capitals encouraged a continued search for a way to prevent Greece from being forced out of Europe’s currency union. Greece owes a large debt payment by the end of Tuesday, and has scheduled a referendum for next Sunday on whether to accept the terms of an offer from its creditors to release bailout aid it needs to meet its financial obligations.

#greece #psubank

Another Vyapam scam accused Narendra Singh Tomar dies in Jail

BHOPAL: Narendra Singh Tomar, an accused in the high-profile MPPEB scam, has died under mysterious circumstances in an Indore jail, adding another murky chapter to the scandal in which 24 accused and witnesses have died so far.
29-year-old Tomar, a veterinarian, complained of chest pain last night and was rushed to Maharaja Yashwant Rao Hospital where he was declared brought dead, official sources said on Sunday. #VyapamScam #Scam  #BJP

2 Indians killed in Bombing at Mosque in Kuwait

Kuwait City: Two Indians were among 26 people killed in a ISIS suicide attack at a Shia mosque in Kuwait City, according to Indian Embassy, which asked the Indian nationals to take precautions for their safety and security in Kuwait.Kuwait's Interior Ministry said Sunday that it had identified the suicide bomber who blew himself up at a mosque as a Saudi citizen, according to the official Kuwait News Agency.

Arpita a big turning point in Arjun kapoor's life

This is an interesting case where a star got a taste of his own medicine! Once upon a time when Arjun Kapoor was 18 years old and weighed 140 kilos, he dated Salman Khan's sister Arpita. However, Arpita dumped him after two years of courtship which proved a big turning point in Arjun's life. He took control of his fitness and lifestyle after getting dumped and eventually made it into the films.
#ArjunKapoor#SonamKapoor  #BollywoodLife

Meet Anushka Sharma’s alleged ex-boyfriend Zoheb Yusuf

In the news for dating the most eligible bachelor of India right now, Anushka Sharma once dated a small time model, Zoheb Yusuf from Bangalore! 
According to gossips, the 25-year-old actress came to Mumbai with her beau Zoheb Yusuf to hunt for roles in the tinsel town. Anushka was lucky enough to grab a role and rest is history. The actress climbed the ladders of success, whereas her alleged beau Zoheb Yusuf, model by profession, couldn’t get any role and returned to Bangalore.
However, Yusuf's patience ran out too soon and he went back to Bangalore while Anushka got a break opposite superstar Shahrukh Khan. Since then, there has been no looking Bangalore for Sharma! 


109 people sent to jail in Agra for urinating on railway property

In an unprecedented cleanliness drive, and perhaps, for the first time in India, Government Railway Police of Agra division has sent 109 persons to jail for 24 hours after they were found urinating on the railway property, including platform, tracks parking lot.They were later released after paying a fine ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 500.

Disgusted with the stink of urine and ugly red pan stains due to spitting in every nook and corner at stations and other railway properties, senior superintendent of police, GRP, Gopeshnath Khanna ordered his men to conduct a drive against such miscreants and penalize them for public nuisance.

The drive was conducted over a 48-hour period across 12 stations of GRP, Agra division. As many as 109 people were nabbed. Of these 27 were caught in the act

#SwachhBharat  #cleanIndia #manKiBaat

PM Modi urges for 'Selfie With Daughter' initiative

Sunday becomes Special with#MannKiBaat when PM Modi urged everybody to  Share a 'Selfie With Daughter' with a tagline to encourage 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' andolan .
"In Haryana, a village Sarpanch initiated a #SelfieWithDaughter initiative. I urge all of you, share a #SelfieWithDaughter. Also share a tagline that will encourage 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao'," Prime Minister Modi said while addressing the nation in the ninth edition of his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme. Indian Fashion designer and politician Shania NC was one of those special people who posted selfie with her daughter on twitter. In 'Mann Ki Baat', the Prime Minister shares his thoughts with the nation. The programme aims to deliver the Prime Minister's voice to the general masses of the country since television connection is still not available everywhere, especially in the rural regions of remote locations. In `Mann ki Baat`, Prime Minister Modi shares his thoughts wi…

Mumbai local train crashes into platform at #Churchgate station

An empty Churchgate-bound local train came crashing into the platform after the motorman, who was driving the locomotive apparently lost control of the vehicle as he couldn't apply the brakes on time. This caused the overhead wire to snap as the train had exceeded the track limit. 

#Churchgate #mumbai #Railways

Lalit Modi names three cricketers who were bribed

Controversial former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi has alleged that two leading Indian cricketers and a West Indian player had been bribed by an Indian real estate tycoon, who is also a bookmaker.London-based Modi tweeted a letter he claims to have written to International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Dave Richardson in June 2013, passing on “some information that I have just got.” He told Richardson that he could pass the same to the anti-corruption and security unit of the ICC if he thought so fit.
Modi then went on to name the three players, who he claims were in close contact with the real estate tycoon who was also named in the letter.
Modi stated that he had been informed by “reliable sources” that the tycoon had paid in cash and kind to the three players. He concluded by saying that “I hope this is not true but if true it could mean more are involved.”


The Film That's 'Haunting' Kangana; Big B in Ayan Mukerji's Superhero Film?

A film starring Kangana Ranaut that had been shelved by its makers a few years ago has now been revived. I Love NY has now been scheduled to release on July 10, a move that Kangana has attempted to block by sending producers T-Series a legal notice. Meanwhile, the grapevine suggests that actor Amitabh Bachchan may co-star with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in director Ayan Mukerji's next film. 


Govt to bring bill to stop match and spot fixing in sports

The Centre will bring a bill to stop irregularities like match and spot fixing in sports. Union Sports Minister Sarbanand Sonowal said in Guwahati today that inter ministerial consultation on this issue has been done. 

He said that the matter has been sent to the Law Ministry. On the issue of death of student in a SAI centre, Mr. Sonowal termed the incident very unfortunate. He further said that as per preliminary report, nothing has been pointed out against the SAI. He said that the parents of the 3 survivors in this case have requested the concerned authority to re-admit their daughters. Mr. Sonowal said that SAF games will be held in Guwahati and Shillong this year.

Maha ACB seeks explanation from Pankaja Munde's ministry over contracts without tenders

In Maharashtra, a day after claims regarding awarding of contracts without inviting tenders emerged against Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Pankaja Munde, the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) today sought an explanation from the Department. The ACB sent a letter to the department after taking cognisance of a complaint filed by Congress, which accused Munde of corruption while awarding contracts for supply of a host of items, including books and snacks for anganwadis and other institutions.

Confirming this, Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary of WCD department informed a news agency that the department received a letter from the ACB on Wednesday evening asking them about purchases made by the department. He added that a report in this regard would be submitted to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis by tomorrow and the government will then forward it to the ACB. Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant had yesterday registered a complaint with the ACB a…

SMS-based alert service on cancellation trains

Passengers will now get text messages on their mobile phones if their scheduled trains get cancelled.

Railways has introduced a pilot project to help passengers from any inconvenience, however, the service in beginning is only available to passengers boarding trains at originating stations.

"We have started a passenger-friendly service under which SMS messages would be sent to passengers informing about train cancellation in case the train in which they have booked their tickets for is cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances," a senior Railway Ministry official said.

Currently, the SMS messages are being sent to those passengers who are boarding at originating station. The service will be extended to cover en route station also at a later stage.

According to the service, the SMS will be sent to passengers' mobile numbers entered by them in reservation slips while buying tickets from PRS counters or while purchasing online e-tickets.

The cancellation information would …

Vasundhara in a bigger trouble as Lalit Row intensifies

The LalitGate has taken a major turn now, with Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday admitting to the BJP leaders that she indeed signed an affidavit to back former IPL boss Lalit Modi's application for resident status in UK, which was exposed on Wednesday.

Raje told BJP members that "she signed documents as a friend of Lalit Modi.”

The document, purportedly signed by Raje in 2011, and filed by Modi's immigration attorney Ghersons with the UK authorities endorsed Modi's claim that he faced political persecution in India. Hence, he deserved to be given resident status. Raje said she was making the statement on the condition that it wouldn't be known to Indian authorities.

This contradicts Raje's claim that she signed no statement to aid Modi, who she acknowledged before the document was out. Although the statement was circulated by Modi's counsel Mehmood Abdi last week, Raje had disputed the authenticity of the document citing that it did not …

Salman Khan gifts television sets to people in Pahalgam

Salman Khan, known for his charitable endeavours, recently went out of his way to help a small town in Kashmir where he was shooting for Bajrangi Bhaijaan. During the shoot of a special song at the Ashmuqam dargah near Pahalgam, the actor got a chance to interact with a lot of locals there.

Salman’s arrival in the small town had caused a pandemonium and a lot of locals had gathered, just to catch a glimpse of the shoot. It was while he was interacting with a few people, that he realised that most of the people there didn’t have television sets at home.

Shameful: Bangladesh supporters attack famous Indian fan Sudhir Gautam

Mirpur (Bangladesh), June 22: Indian cricket team and Sachin Tendulkar's most recognised fan across the world, Sudhir Gautam, was attacked in Bangladesh on Sunday (June 21) after the hosts clinched a landmark series win at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

Bangladesh defeated India by 6 wickets (Duckworth-Lewis method) in the 2nd ODI last night to win the series 2-0 with one game left.

As the hosts' fans were jubilant following this historic triumph, they took to the streets to celebrate late into the night. And in a shameful behaviour, decided to target an Indian fan.

Gautam, who was at the stadium to support MS Dhoni and his men, was attacked outside the venue when he was about to board an auto-rickshaw. #cricket #BANvIND  #IndVsBan

OnePlus One (64GB) Now Available On Flipkart’s Shopping Festival For Less Than Rs. 10,000

From today, the OnePlus One products will be available for purchase on Flipkart as well as Amazon India. Customers who wish to buy OnePlus products, as this is the best time to purchase it since Flipkart is raining discounts.

Flipkart is offering OnePlus One 64GB Black Sandstone model for Rs. 19,998, which Rs. 2,000 less than its original price, as a part of its shopping event ‘Big App Shopping Days’ (22-24 June).

Customers who wish to exchange their old phone to buy the new one can avail of cash discounts up to Rs. 10,000. In other words, the phone can be grabbed for Rs. 9,998. This offer is valid both on desktop website and mobile app purchase mode.

Using the tool on the website, you can verify if the exchange offer is available by entering your location in it, the exchange phone’s brand, model (and IMEI number), and the reduced price is shown accordingly. The pay back is based on the phone being exchanged. For instance, a Xiaomi Redmi Note fetches Rs. 3,000, while an HTC One M9 get…

IIT Kharagpur to soon offer MBBS courses

Going beyond engineering, IIT Kharagpur would soon start offering MBBS courses as well.

On a three-acre plot on the edge of the campus, the 400-bedded super-speciality hospital, Dr B C Roy Institute of Medical Science & Research, would be ready by the end of 2017.

“The government has already sanctioned a grant of Rs 230 crore last year for this purpose. Construction work will start soon and is expected to be completed within 26 months,” IIT-Kgp director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti told agencies

Drug design and delivery will be other key research areas to which the hospital will contribute.

"It will bring the two diverse disciplines of engineering and medicine together in education and research. Technology will be used to access and treat large number of patients through satellite centres and secondary hospitals," the director said.

#MBBS  #IIT #MEdical

First Google turned links into money. Now Facebook is turning likes into money.

First Google turned links into money. Now Facebook is turning likes into money.
To flesh that out: A decade ago, Google found a way to profit from the preferences each of us expressed as we coded links on every home page and blog post we published. Today, Facebook is aiming to profit from the preferences each of us express as we click “like” buttons and peruse the activity streams that Facebook assembles from that activity. Facebook now transmutes personal messages into advertisements, and lets companies and individuals pay to highlight their posts on personal pages. Procter & Gamble can pay to tell us about its toothpaste; you and I can tell each other about our lives and loves. And each message has a price tag.

In the wake of Facebook’s controversial public stock offering, the world is finally waking up to the fact that Mark Zuckerberg’s connection machine is a company like any other — one that must now deliver growth and profits each quarter to a restless market, or see the mo…

St Stephen's Principal Valson Thampu on Sex Harassment Claim by Student

A chemistry student at Delhi University has accused an assistant professor at St Stephen's College of sexual harassment and alleged that Principal Valson Thampu tried to protect him. This is Rev Thampu's response.
Bad news for those who want to revel at the expense of the College.

To begin with - I would like to clarity that the complainant is not a student of St Stephen's College. She's a registered research student of Delhi University. Her research guide happens to be a faculty member at Stephen's. As per regulations of the college, research students who come to labs are required to sign an attendance register which the complainant utterly refused to do.

I give below the chronology of events, for facts do not lie.

(1) 10 December 2014.  The complainant meets the Principal with the grievance that Dr. Satish Kumar, her research guide, subjected her to sexual harassment in 2013.  She complains further that Dr. Kumar was not taking any interest in her research work. …

Lalit Modi Used British Royals' Names for Travel Papers: Report

Former Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Lalit Modi invoked the names of British royalty, including Prince Charles and his brother Andrew, while seeking his travel papers from the UK Home Office, according to a media report today.

According to the report in 'The Sunday Times', Prince Andrew - the Duke of York and second son of Queen Elizabeth II - has known Mr Modi for several years and met him at his London home last July, just days before his travel papers were granted.

Buckingham Palace refused to say what the two men had discussed but denied "categorically" that the duke had lobbied the UK government on Mr Modi's behalf.

Say cheese : The art of political selfie

Participants clicking their selfie with Delhi Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung before a mass yoga session led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mark the International Day of Yoga at Rajpath on June 21, 2015 in New Delhi, India. An estimated 40,000 people participated in the celebrations at Rajpath, with around two billion people taking part across the world. 
Politicians who have co-opted the selfie trend from Modi are trying to prove that they're just like the rest of us?

Peepli Live director Mahmood Farooqui arrested on charges of rape

New Delhi: Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui has been arrested by Delhi Police on charges of rape.

Farooqui has been accused of raping a 35-year-old American national"A 35-year-old American national woman was raped by the co-director of the film 'Peepli Live'. The incident took place on March 28, 2015, and a report in this connection was registered with the New Friends Colony police on June 19, 2015," a Delhi Police official told IANS.

"The accused Mahmood Farooqui has been arrested and was presented before Saket court. The court has sent him into judicial custody till July 6," added the official.

The victim is pursuing PhD from Columbia University and was in India for some research work.

When IANS tried to contact Farooqui's wife and director-screenwriter Anusha Rizvi, she remained unavailable for a comment.

Rizvi and Farooqui co-directed the 2010 satirical comedy film Peepli Live, produced by Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan.

Regular practice of Yoga has brought remarkable lifestyle changes among people, writes Lakshya

Lead me from Untruth to Truth, from darkness to light, (from ignorance to enlightenment), from Mortality to Immortality, Om, Peace, Peace, Peace. June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. Yoga, a form of Indian physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline. The ultimate goal of Yoga is moksha (liberation). It is a technique of controlling the body and the mind. It is the rising and expansion of consciousness. It is a path to omniscience. As a school of philosophy, Yoga is a way of life, and incorporates its own epistemology, metaphysics, ethical practices, systematic exercises and self-development techniques for body, mind and spirit. In Hindu philosophy, yoga is the name of one of the six orthodox. The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali is 196 Indian sutras (aphorisms) that constitute the foundational text of Ashtanga Yoga, also called Raja Yoga.Patanjali's Yoga Sutras outline eight anga (limbs) to better …

Review: Any Body Can Dance 2

Cast: Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhudheva, Lauren Gottlieb

Direction: Remo D’Souza

Rating: **1/2

‘ABCD 2’ is definitely bigger, but is it better than its prequel?

Maybe not.

Yes, it is a dance film but unlike in a dance reality show or a dance DVD, in a film we need the semblance of a plot. We cannot move from one of piece of choreography to the other with an incongruous narrative. Except the dance sequences, every other element in this film seems like an afterthought.

‘ABCD’ might have been made on a tighter budget and with nondescript actors but there was a clear plot trajectory holding the motley group together. ‘ABCD 2’ has roped in two bankable stars – Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor but it just fails to capitalize on their USP.

The run-time of the film may not give us enough opportunity to finish counting the cuts on Varun’s well-sculpted abs but with the exception of that, there’s nothing about his presence that adds to the film. Any one of the young choreographers could have …