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Shubh Mangal Saavdhan's Bhumi Pednekar Lost 25 Kilos in Just 4 Months!

Bhumi Pednekar and Ayushmann Khurrana are back again on the big screen but this time it's different. After their praiseworthy performances in their first film together - Dum Laga Ke Haisha, the duo will be seen again in a romantic comedy Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, released today in India, but in a completely new avatar. Bhumi has lost all the extra pounds that she gained for her role of a plump Sandhya in the 2015 movie Dum Laga Ke Haisha and looks stunning now. Fans have been eagerly waiting for the couple to recreate the magic of love just like they did in their previous appearance together. Like her previous movies, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan also has a message to share and deals with the touchy subject of erectile dysfunction in men and how it affects the life of a couple about to get married.

SUV Used By BS Yeddyurappa's Son Runs Over Pedestrian, Driver Arrested

BENGALURU: A man died in Karnataka on Tuesday after being run over by an SUV used by former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa's son BY Raghavendra.

Mr Raghavendra, a BJP lawmaker, was travelling at night in Madapura, around 150 km from Bengaluru, when his driver allegedly knocked down the man.

24-year-old Suresh, who was from a nearby village, was killed instantly. Moments after the accident, a large crowd gathered at the spot. The driver, Ravichandran, has been arrested and charged with fatal rash driving.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy Resigns As Minister Ahead Of Expected Cabinet Reshuffle

New Delhi: Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigned this evening ahead of a cabinet reshuffle that is expected to take place any day now. Sources say at least two or three more ministers may quit.

Mr Rudy, who was Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, will be assigned organizational work, sources say.

The possibly last major reshuffle before the 2019 national election is expected before Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves on Sunday for a BRICS summit in China. BJP chief Amit Shah has held several meetings over the past few days and today met with eight ministers though Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the agenda was only the Gujarat polls later this year.

Sunil Arora to be new Election Commissioner, Rajiv Mehrishi appointed Comptroller and Auditor General

NEW DELHI: In a major bureaucratic reshuffle, Government on Thursday appointed IAS officer Sunil Arora as Election Commissioner and former Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi as Comptroller and Auditor General of India. Mehrishi, a 1978-batch Rajasthan cadre IAS officer, will replace SK Sharma, who is retiring on September 24. Mehrishi retired yesterday from the post of Home Secretary after serving a period of two years. In another appointment of the day, former IAS officer Sunil Arora is all set to take charge as Chief Election Commissioner on India. After Nasim Zaidi retired as Chief Election Commissioner in July, there was a vacancy in the poll panel. While Achal Kumar Joti is the CEC, Om Prakash Rawat is the other Election Commissioner.

Bureaucratic reshuffle: Rajiv Kumar DFS secretary; Anita Karwal CBSE chief   

NEW DELHI: Senior bureaucrat Rajiv Kumar was appointed Secretary in the Department of Financial Services (DFS) while Anita Karwal was named CBSE chairperson as part of a major reshuffle effected today.

As many as 17 civil servants were appointed as secretaries and additional secretaries in various central government departments.

Sindoor powder contains ‘unsafe levels of lead’

A red pigment known as Sindoor powder or vermillion, commonly daubed on the face during Hindi ceremonies could contain unsafe levels of lead, according to a report published by Reuters. Sindoor powder sold in the United States and India could have unsafe levels of lead, warn researchers.

Marijuana affects the way people walk, study discovers

Experts at the University of South Australia have studied 44 people, mostly in their 20s, with around half reporting to be marijuana smokers. The participants underwent balance and gait tests using motion capture systems and clinical neurological examinations into their movements.

RP Sharma is new Odisha DGP

Senior IPS officer Rajendra Prasad Sharma was today made the new director general of police of Odisha replacing K B Singh in a minor reshuffle in the top police cadre of the state. Sharma was presently working as the director of vigilance department, the anti-corruption wing of Odisha police. Singh has been posted as chairman-cum-managing director of the state-owned Odisha State Road Transport Corporation, an official release said. Sharma, who hails from Rajasthan, has an MBBS degree besides another in law. He also has experience of working with the NSG. Prior to being the director of the vigilance department he had been the commissioner of police of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commisionerate. Sharma came to limelight when the vigilance department launched operations against the corruption in the rural housing schemes.

Twitter has banned a Japanese man after he posted a photo of a mosquito

San Francisco: Twitter has banned a Japanese man after he posted a photo of a mosquito he killed on the micro-blogging platform.

It started on August 20 when the user @nemuismywife was bitten by a mosquito as he was watching TV, the BBC reported.

"Where do you get off biting me all over while I'm just trying to relax and watch TV? Die! (Actually you're already dead)," he tweeted after killing the mosquito and added a picture of a dead insect to the tweet.

He later received a message from Twitter saying that his account had been frozen and cannot be reactivated.

Dr KM Abraham appointed new Kerala Chief Secretary

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief secretary of Kerala Nalini Netto is set to retire on August 31. Additional chief secretary of finance, KM Abraham, will take over as the new chief secretary after her retirement.
Abraham who is set to retire this December will serve for a period of only 4 months.

Discussions had already begun to find the new chief for the finance department.

Nalini Netto is from the 1981 batch and took over as chief secretary on April 2.

According to seniority, Amarendra Kumar Dubey and Aruna Sundarajan are next in line. Both are in central deputation and it is not known whether they would return to Kerala.

Paul Antony, who is next in seniority, is likely to be the chief secretary after Abraham.

New portal launched for IAS aspirants

While preparation for the civil services exam can be daunting, figuring out what to study can be a tougher task. To simplify this, a new web initiative called 'Steel frame of India' has been launched for UPSC and other government exam aspirants. Separating the wheat from the chaff, this website will cull out study material from different news portals and government channels — like Rajya Sabha TV, Press Information Bureau (PIB) etc. This will be analysed and grouped into 2 categories — facts and analysis — which will be hosted everyday on its portal

IAS officers to take up modelling to showcase ethnic northeastern attire in Delhi next month

Officers of the coveted Indian Administrative Services (IAS) will take up the role of models at an event in the national capital next week to showcase the works of designers from the northeast.

The event is part of the ministry of development of north eastern region (DoNER)’s attempts to build bridges between northeastern states and the rest of the country.

Rajiv Gauba Takes Charge As Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Mehrishi Retires

NEW DELHI: Senior IAS officer Rajiv Gauba today took charge as the Union Home Secretary after incumbent Rajiv Mehrishi retired from service. He will have a fixed two-year tenure.

A 1982 batch officer of Jharkhand cadre, 59-year-old Mr Gauba was appointed as the home secretary about two months ago and since then he has been serving in the home ministry as Officer on Special Duty (OSD).

Mumbai building collapse LIVE: Four people killed in Bhendi Bazaar, four others critically injured

The building, located at Pakmodia street near JJ Hospital, with 12 rooms and six godowns on the ground floor, crumbled at around 8:30 am.

According to fire brigade sources present at the spot, "There were around nine families staying in the building. Thirty people are feared trapped."

Julie 2 Teaser: Raai Laxmi All Set For Her 'Bold' Bollywood Debut

The makers of 'Julie 2', the sequel to the 2004 erotic thriller 'Julie', was released today by its makers.Written and directed by Deepak Shivdasani and produced by Vijay Nair, 'Julie 2', the sequel to Shivdasani's earlier film Julie, features South Indian actress Raai Laxmi in the lead role.'Julie 2', which marks Raai Laxmi's debut in Hindi cinema, is scheduled for a worldwide release in October 6.The trailer of the film will be released on September 4.The film will see the South Indian actress step into the shoes of Neha Dhupia, who played the protagonist in the earlier film.Speaking about the film and her role in it, Raai Laxmi said, ''I am doing the sequel but it's a completely different story of a simple girl-next-door who goes on to become a huge star. What happens after is the real suspense.''Music of the film has been scored by Viju Shah while Sameer Reddy has done the cinematography.The film's first look poster wa…

We will get Dawood at an opportune time: Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on Wednesday raised objection to the terms "Hindu terror" or "saffron terror and said that terror can't be connected to any religion.FHe also stated that fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, is in Pakistan and that country is creating hurdles in getting him back to India to face the law here, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said.

Mehrishi said the government is taking all required action so that Ibrahim could be brought back to India.

4 dead, half a dozen missing in Mumbai deluge

At least four persons have died and half a dozen including a prominent doctor were missing as Mumbai struggled hard to return to normalcy on Wednesday - a day after the 29/8 deluge.Overnight people were seen stranded at several places like railway stations and bus stops. Several took shelter in temples, mosques, churches, gurdwara and Jain temples. The NGOs and temple trusts organised food and tea for stranded commuters.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is constantly monitoring the situation and have asked people to step out only if it is absolutely necessary.

The MMR catchment areas including Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Aarey in Mumbai , Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Palghar and Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary in Thane are receiving heavy rainfall.
The Mithi river in Mumbai is still flowing over the danger mark in some places.

Honeypreet to be next dera chief?

Papa’s angel, philanthropist, director, editor and actress… Passionate to transform my Rockstar Papa’s directions into actions.This is how Honeypreet Insan, considered among the closest to convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and his likely successor, describes herself on Facebook. Honeypreet, whose real name is Priyanka Taneja, has a massive following — her Facebook page has almost 500,000 likes, her word is considered Singh’s decision and she has even acted opposite the flamboyant 50-year-old rape convict in several films.She caught media attention when she accompanied Singh to the CBI court on Friday. Insiders say she became his shadow in the past few years. The Dera’s website on her introduces her as a prodigy of sorts who learnt editing, direction and acting without any training. “When her dad watched her putting so much of hard work and learning directing skills so fast, he thought of giving her a chance to debut as a director in MSG The Warrior Lion Heart,”…

Ram Rahim could face life term

Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh faces the prospects of harsher punishment on Monday as he has been separately convicted of raping two women, thus making him a 'repeat offender'.

In three years, Bengaluru will be a ‘dead city’, says IISc study

Bengaluru: By 2020, India's IT capital will be an unlivable sea of concrete and glass with barely any trees, a victim of the unplanned urbanization that will reduce its greenery to barely 6.46% from the 63 per cent green cover it enjoyed in 1973.

AIADMK likely to join NDA soon

NEW DELHI: The AIADMK will soon join the NDA and be a part of the Modi government at the Centre, a senior BJP leader has said.

It is only a matter of time before an announcement is made on this, the BJP leader, who is a key party functionary involved with the southern state's affairs, said.

"The AIADMK will certainly join the NDA. It is only a matter of time. And when it joins the NDA, then it is natural that it will also join the government," the leader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said.

He also played down the rebellion by a group of AIADMK MLAs, who owe allegiance to TTV Dhinakaran, against Chief Minister K Palaniswami, claiming that it was more an internal matter of the regional party and not a threat to the state government.  

Priyanka Gandhi diagnosed with dengue, admitted in hospital

Priyanka Gandhi was diagnosed with dengue on Wednesday evening and admitted in Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi.

The 45-year-old daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi is being treated by chest medicine consultant Dr. Arup Basu, reports said.

Lalu Yadav tweets morphed image of RJD's anti-BJP rally in Patna

In a display of opposition unity against the BJP, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Sunday organised a rally in Patna under the banner "BJP bhagao, desh bachao". Political heavyweights, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and SP president Akhilesh Yadav shared a platform at Lalu's mega rally.

But what is more interesting is the photo of the rally shared by the RJD chief Lalu Yadav. No "Face" will stand in front of Lalu's "Base". Come & Count as much as u can in Gandhi Maidan, Patna — Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) August 27, 2017
News Agency ANI also said that the images are fake

RJD's Patna rally: Picture taken from same point where Lalu Prasad Yadav's purported picture was taken; crowd sizes are different. — ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2017

Twinkle Khanna calls out all the Ram Rahim followers for the havoc caused in Panchkula, compares them to ‘monkey brains’

Known to speak her heart out, Twinkle Khanna has yet again presented a very well written piece on the menace caused by Ram Rahim’s followers in North India. With the verdict of the self proclaimed godman being guilty of rape, his disciples have wrecked havoc with incessant riots in Panchkula and Sirsa. With a casualty of about 30 to 40 dead in Haryana and Punjab, the whole atmosphere i North is toxic. The outburst of the disciples have not only resulted in deaths but major loss of property and injury to innocent lives too. This happened right after Sant ram Rahim Insaan was convicted for the rape charges made on him in 2002. The incident has surely not gone down well with Twinkle (and the rest of us) who, in her regular Times of India column, has condemned the violent act. She wrote, “But ultimately that is their business both literally and figuratively speaking, and I am fine with it. What really bothers me is how we cut open our skulls and hand them our minds on a plate like the leg…

A Gentleman box office collection day 2: Sidharth-Jacqueline's movie fails to bring in big numbers

Sidharth Malhotra's career graph seems to be jinxed as none of his movies after Ek Villain made big numbers at the box office. His recent release A Gentleman received a mixed response but the box office collection was a bit low.

Pregnant or not? Here's how Nargis Fakhri responded

Bollywood celebrities are expected to look good every time, in fact, at airports. Some take their airport looks seriously, while some of the celebs are carefree. Recently, Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri's airport appearance turned into a big news.

She was spotted in a Rastana dress and a cap at th

Twitteratti Hail Saina Nehwal's Bronze Medal Run At World Badminton Championships

India's star shuttler Saina Nehwal went down fighting 21-12, 17-21, 10-21 to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the semi-final of the World Badminton Championships on Saturday. Even though Saina couldn't make it to the final of the tournament, she took home a well deserved bronze medal. Going into the match, Saina was aiming to extend her 6-1 head-to-head advantage over the Japanese but her opponent proved to be a tough nut to crack. Despite her loss, Twitteratti hailed Saina's bronze winning performance and showered praise on her.

No Entry For Ram Rahim's Followers In Rohtak Ahead of Sentencing: Police

Border Security Force (BSF) and Haryana police personnel are stationed around the Sanoria jail, which is 10 km from Rohtak city, and on the roads leading up to it. Top Rohtak police officer Navdeep Singh Virk, told a national television that a total 28 paramilitary companies have been requested for security in the city ahead of Ram Rahim's sentencing and 23 have already been stationed; 5 are on their way. He asserted that the Haryana Police does not see the need for Army assistance.

The district administration has however has sought the help of the Army, which is on standby.

Babumoshai Bandookbaaz movie review

Babumoshai Bandookbaaz
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bidita Bag, Jatin Goswami
Director: Kushan Nandy
Rating: 2.5/5

Narendra Modi: Our psyche stopping India from becoming tourism hub

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the tourism industry has a huge potential to generate employment in India and the only thing standing in the way is "our psyche".

Modi said tourism cannot grow only through government advertisements but it needs word of mouth.
"But our psyche is such that if we go to a place and find it beautiful, the first thing we say is that it doesn't feel like we are in India. Then how can we expect tourism to grow in India?"

China choose to war? Tells citizens not to visit India

Tensions between New Delhi and Beijing showed no signs of abating, as China on Thursday issued a second travel advisory warning its citizens against traveling to India. Coming amidst the nearly two-month long standoff between the countries at Doklam in Bhutan, the Chinese advisory shows that Beijing has no intention of either softening its stance or backing down.

Did you know Emraan Hashmi was in a relationship with a married woman?

Emraan Hashmi had quite an image on screen. But not many know that Hashmi, who played a lover boy to a married woman (Mallika Sherawat) in the 2004 film Murder, had a similar experience in real life too.

After nude video leak controversy, Sanjjanaa (Sanjana) duped of Rs 28 lakh in chit fund scam

Actress Sanjjanaa (Sanjana) has been cheated to the tune of Rs 28 lakh by a chit fund. The Dandupalya 2 girl has now lodged a complaint against Prassiddhi Chit Fund on grounds of fraud with Malleswaram police station in Bengaluru.

Supreme Court's verdict on Right to Privacy opens Pandora's box for Modi govt

NEW DELHI: In a landmark judgement, a nine-judge Supreme Court bench on Thursday declared privacy a fundamental right, a decision that may impact everything from the government's signature Aadhaar programme to civil liberties, to gay rights to collection and use of personal data by Internet and financial firms. The verdict can also impact restrictions on right to convert and choice of food.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh led Dera Sacha Sauda earns whopping Rs 16,44,833 daily

But today was judgement day for Gurmeet Ram Rahim, head of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, who was convicted in a rape case and left two states in a state of siege. Some of that tinsel aura may fade for the 'baba of bling', who is not the regular godman in saffron but a curious amalgam of reel and real defying easy description.  

It is a well-known fact that Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has a massive following, especially in Punjab and Haryana. Not only in India but reportedly Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh enjoys big following in other countries as well. Millions of followers are connected with Dera and according to an estimate, the sect's property is worth over billions of rupees.

According to a report in Jansatta, Dera has a daily income of Rs 16,44,833. This means Dera earns Rs 600,364,103 (Over 60 crore INR). Noteworthy, this figure was taken 3 years ago. Now, the income of Dera has touched billions of rupees.

According to an Income Tax data cited …

Kannada TV serial actors Rachana and Jeevan killed in road accident

Kannada TV serial actors Rachana and Jeevan, who acted together in many serials including Mahanadi, were killed in a road accident early on Thursday morning.

They were on the way to Kukke Subramanya Temple when their car rammed into a parked truck. The tragic incident occurred near Magadi.

Ranjith, Eric, Honnesh and Utthamm were also in the car and managed to escape with minor injuries. Magadi police have registered a case.

Suresh Prabhu offers to resign as Railways minister, PM Modi asks him to wait

New Delhi: Taking responsibility for the recent spate of train derailments, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had offered to step down, but was asked to wait by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prabhu was facing fire after the Utkal Express derailment in Muzaffarnagar on Saturday killed 23 passengers and injured over 60. Fourteen coaches of the train, which runs on the Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga route, had derailed at Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar.

Earlier in the day, Railway Board Chairman AK Mittal had tendered his resignation, which Prabhu was yet to accept.

Prabhu had directed the Railway Board Chairman to fix responsibility after the Muzaffarnagar incident. He also said that he would not allow laxity in operations by the Railway Board.

What You Need to Know About Coronary Artery Disease

It should go without saying that cardiovascular disease is a very serious issue; however, many people are simply unaware of what exactly heart disease is and how to recognize the signs.
cardiologist knows the devastating effects of this disease , It is very important to raise awareness about this illness and promote good cardiovascular health.

Cardiovascular diseases, especially coronary heart disease (CHD), are epidemic in India. The Registrar General of India reported that CHD led to 17% of total deaths and 26% of adult deaths in 2001-2003, which increased to 23% of total and 32% of adult deaths in 2010-2013. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Burden of Disease Study also have highlighted increasing trends in years of life lost (YLLs) and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) from CHD in India. In India, studies have reported increasing CHD prevalence over the last 60 years, from 1% to 9%-10% in urban populations and <1% to 4%-6% in rural populations.

Tweak your diet to improve gut health

The food we eat goes down a long winding digestive tract stretching from the mouth to about the nave. The digestive tract protects the body from allergens, bacteria, fungi and parasites but hormonal changes, chronic stress, certain medications, long-term use of antibiotics, spicy food, smoking, and alcohol can lead to changes in gut biochemistry. This, in turn, can disrupt the gut lining and actually cause nutrients and other partially digested substances to leak, i.e. pass through to the bloodstream. This disruption is known as leaky gut syndrome. When the immune system comes in contact with these “leaked” toxic substances, it tries to attack and destroy them, triggering an autoimmune response.

Science shows yoga may protect your brain in old age

Scientists in Brazil have imaged elderly female yoga practitioners’ brains and found they have greater cortical thickness in the left prefrontal cortex, in brain areas associated with cognitive functions like attention and memory. The results suggest that yoga could be a way to protect against cognitive decline in old age. As we age, the structure and functionality of our brains change and this often leads to cognitive decline, including impaired attention or memory. One such change in the brain involves the cerebral cortex becoming thinner, which scientists have shown is correlated with cognitive decline. So, how can we slow or reverse these changes?

Blue Whale Challenge: Delhi High Court Sends Notice to Facebook, Google Over Centre's Direction

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought the response of Facebook, Google and Yahoo on a plea to direct them to take down the links of Blue Whale challenge, an Internet-based suicide challenge that has been allegedly linked to several deaths of children worldwide.

McDonald's to shut 169 outlets in India alleging 'breach of contract'

Fast food chain McDonald's said on Monday it planned to shut all 169 of its restaurants in India's northern and eastern regions, escalating a dispute with its local partner and potentially putting thousands of workers out of jobs.

The U.S. company said it was "compelled" to take the action because its partner Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt Ltd (CPRL) had breached the terms of their franchise agreements.

The decision by McDonald's India follows a prolonged legal dispute with the partner that had already led to the temporary shutdown of more than 40 outlets starting in late June.

The Faster Track after 2014 by Ramesh K Arora

After the NDA government came to power in 2014, vigorous initiatives and innovations have been introduced in almost all facets of national life. Narendra Modi’s pro-active foreign policy has augmented India’s prestige and strengthened economic and defence relations at the cross-national level. Besides, massive investment is being made on modernizing India’s defence system.  Of late, India’s economic growth has been accelerating consistently, making it the fastest growing economy in the world.
What is most noteworthy in the present regime is the re-vitalization of economic democracy. There has been a massive participation of common people in banking services, employment generation, industrial expansion, business growth, educational transformation and delivery of health services. The “Digital India” campaign has become an effective catalyst to ensuring greater transparency, accountability and people’s participation in the governance system. GST is one such upshot of the technological re…

National Workshop on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), a professional body under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, is organizing a three-day workshop on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) from 22nd – 24th August, 2017, in New Delhi.

Video suggests Sasikala allowed to leave B'lore jail; Ex-DIG D Roopa hopes for thorough probe

Bengaluru: Her fate in the AIADMK hangs in the balance with the O Panneerselvam and E Palaniswami factions within touching distance of a merger deal. And now, there is another trouble brewing for VK Sasikala with a fresh video showing her free run in a Bengaluru jail where she is serving time in a corruption case.

A new CCTV footage has emerged which purportedly shows Sasikala walking into the jail from outside in civilian clothes and holding a bag in the presence of uniformed men. Co-convict Ilavarasi is also purportedly seen walking behind her.

The footage has once again raised questions over the alleged VIP treatment to Sasikala, who may be sacked from the AIADMK on Monday with the party’s merger.

The footage has been submitted by former Bengaluru DIG (Prisons) D Roopa as part of investigation into her earlier report which had exposed the special privileges extended to Sasikala at the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail in Bengaluru.

Where is your Helmet? Twitteratis question Puducherry LG after she posts pictures on safety-check

Lt governor Kiran Bedi, who undertook a surprise inspection riding pillion on a two-wheeler on Friday night, was shocked as there was no police presence on roads or public places in the town limits in the Union territory of Puducherry. Bedi rode with a woman employee of the Raj Nivas to review police readiness to ensure the safety and security of women at night in Puducherr

Utkal Express derails: 23 dead in Uttar Pradesh rail accident; three trains cancelled, six rerouted

In a major train accident, at least 5 passengers have been died and 34 injured after six coaches of 18477 Kalinga-Utkal Express derailed today near Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.The accident took place around 5:46 pm in Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar, about 100 kilometres from New Delhi. The train was headed from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, a journey of about 36 hours. Television footage showed coaches piled on top of others while one carriage crashed into a house on the side of the tracks.

25 people drugged near Ratlam, Rs 10-15 lakh stolen from Rajdhani

Twenty-five passengers of the Mumbai-Delhi August KrantiRajdhani Expresswere robbed of valuables worth Rs 10-15 lakh in the early hours on Wednesday, apparently near Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh.

‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ releases in city theatres

Bhopal: The much-awaited movie ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ was released in all single-screen film theatres and multiplexes in the city on Friday. Based on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a government campaign to improve the sanitation conditions in the country, with an emphasis on the eradication of open defecation, especially in rural areas, the satire has mostly been shot in MP, mainly Sehore and Hoshangabad. The movie has also been shot in Mathura and Mumbai.

The film is directed by Narayan Singh and written by Siddharth Singh and Garima Wahal. Co-produced by Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey, the film stars Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar in lead roles, with Anupam Kher and Sana Khan in supporting roles. A filmmaker named Praveen Vyas has sent a legal notice to the makers, claiming that ‘Toilet- Ek Prem Katha’ has plagiarised scenes and dialogues from his documentary ‘Manini’, also based on the same subject.

Hindustan Unilever, Asian Paints, and Bharti Airtel are among Forbes' list of the world's 100 most innovative companies

NEW DELHI: Three Indian firms -- Hindustan Unilever, Asian Paints, and Bharti AirtelBSE  -- are among Forbes' list of the world's 100 most innovative companies, where has replaced Tesla Motors on the top position.

While HUL and Asian Paints have moved up in their ranks to seventh and eighth respectively (from 31st and 18th last year), Bharti Airtel has entered the ranking at 78th position.

‘Raymond’ man Vijaypat Singhania says he is now penniless, courtesy his son Gautam

Once among the country’s richest men, Vijaypat Singhania, who gave the nation its early taste of locally-made fine dressing through Raymond — a brand he built and nurtured for over 20 years — is now left ‘hand-to-mouth’, in his own words. More shocking than this is his claim that the person responsible for his penniless condition is none other than his son Gautam Singhania, to whom he had handed over the control of Raymond. Vijaypat Singhania recently filed a petition in Bombay High Court seeking possession of a duplex in the 36-storey JK House on Malabar Hill, Mumbai Mirror reported. In the petition, Vijaypat had accused Raymond Ltd of not handing over the possession of the house to him despite repeated reminders. Vijaypat Singhania also claimed that Gautam Singhania is running Raymond like a personal fiefdom.Dr Vijaypat Singhania, who built Raymond Ltd into one of the largest apparel brands in the country before handing over the business to his son Gautam, is today a bitter man resi…

Congress expels 8 Gujarat MLAs for cross-voting

AHMEDABAD/NEW DELHI: Cracking down on dissidents in Gujarat, the Congress today expelled for six years eight of its MLAs who cross-voted in yesterday's Rajya Sabha elections.

AICC general secretary incharge of Gujarat unit Ashok Gehlot said he has also recommended the expulsion of six of its legislators who had earlier resigned as MLAs. Three of them had later joined BJP.

Asserting that indiscipline will not be tolerated in the Congress, Gehlot said those expelled were indulging in anti- party activities.

Gehlot, a former chief minister of Rajasthan, said the party will strengthened further ahead of the state Assembly elections due later this year.

The Gujarat Congress spokesman Manish Doshi said the eight MLAs were expelled for cross-voting in favour of BJP candidates defying the whip issued by the party.

D. K. Shivakumar is one of the top richest ministers

The tweet is back from December 2016 where DK Shiv kumar is seen standing in an ATM queue.
He tweeted during demonetization phase that he had to stand in the queue to get Rs. 2000 note. Being a politician, he knows how to pass a message to masses.

Smriti Irani pulls up PTI news agency for posting 'Modi-Nitish' image, gets photo removed

After recently getting additional charge of one of the more prestigious ministries in the Cabinet, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani is making sure that she continues to take controversial decisions. On Monday, this took the form of pulling up the news agency PTI which provides news stories and photographs on a lot of issues in India.

The truth behind Vernika Kundu's stalking case

Vernika Kundu has become a national sensation because of her presence of mind and remaining calm during the most adverse conditions that a woman can imagine. Two drunken guys were following her on Tata Safari SUVs. She could have abducted, or had become a case of gang rape in the moving car. However, she maintained calm, kept driving her car and contacted the police. The attackers, belonging to one of the most influential families of Chandigarh, tried to convince her to not register a case and said sorry, but Vernika didn’t think twice before filing FIR. When everyone is calling out Chandigarh Police for being corrupt and coming under political pressure in the current high profile stalking case, Vernika maintained that Chandigarh Police did exceptional work and their swift action saved her. This attitude shows that she is genuinely grieved and doesn’t want to blame anyone just for political purpose.

Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections live: Congress' Ahmed Patel retains seat

Congress party members and workers are celebrating, even as Mr. Patel tweets "Satyameva Jayate" from his account.

"This is not just my victory. It is a defeat of the most blatant use of money power,muscle power and abuse of state machinery"

"I want to thank each & every MLA who voted for me despite unprecedented intimidation & pressure from BJP.They voted for an inclusive India," he tweets.

This is perhaps the first time MLAs are being herded like this for an RS seat, shows Ahmed Patel's importance for Sonia. He is political secretary and a key strategist for the party, who is trying for re-election for a fifth term in the upper house. Congress is spending Crores by flying out and locking elected MLA"s   as they are facing serious challenge from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) this time around In all, there are three Rajya Sabha seats for which elections will be held on 8 August.
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2010 Batch IAS officer #NeerajKumar posted as DM #Udhampur in J&K, Caught Drunk with girls , pics gone viral on social media

Senior IAS officer Niraj Kumar is in for deep trouble as raunchy pictures of him with at least two young girls in what looks like a hotel room have appeared in social media. Kumar a 2010 batch IAS officer of J&K cadre appears to be in an inebriate state and lying on a bed with two young women, most likely prostitutes while a third person who cant be identified is the one who has taken the pictures.

Senior officers who spoke to Kashmir Monitor on condition of anonymity say that while Kumar is known for his erratic ways, this particular incident appears to have been a honey trap for the officer." It is obvious someone exploited his weakness because he had the weakness in the first place", said an IAS officer posted in the Civil Secretariat. 

11 lakh PAN have been deactivated: Here's how to check if your PAN is active or not

With an aim to put a check on the soaring number of bogus PAN cards across India, the Central Government has deactivated as many as 11.44 lakh PAN cards by July this year. According to government rule, it is illegal for a person to have more than one PAN number registered under his/ her name and it is also advisable to link your Aadhaar number with PAN before the deadline i,e. August 31. A report by Indian Express says that the central government has also noticed several fake PAN cards are allotted to non-existing people or individuals who have provided false information about themselves for PAN.

Click here or access   the link to check your pancard status 

3-day Gurez festival begins today

Three-day Gurez festival started here on Saturday. The festival is being sponsored by the department of tourism.

The festival organized every year in August showcases the rich cultural and traditional heritage of Gurez Valley in Bandipora district. However, this year the festival was organized after a gap of four years. The festival will conclude on 7 August.

BJP leader arrested today for attacking the convoy of Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's car was on Friday attacked with stones and windows were broken by hostile black flag-waving crowds during his tour of a flood-hit town in the Gujarat's Banaskantha district.

The big news: Venkaiah Naidu likely to become next Vice President of India

M Venkaiah Naidu, the candidate of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, is expected to be India's next Vice President as Members of Parliament cast their vote today. Results will be declared by the evening after lawmakers cast their vote during the day in Parliament House. The NDA, which has a majority in the Lok Sabha, will find it easy to place its candidate as the next vice president. The opposition has fielded former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi against Mr Naidu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to cast their votes in Parliament.