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Kamal meets EC officials on party registration

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Actor Kamal Haasan, who has floated Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), on Wednesday met Election Commission officials and expressed confidence that the process of registration of his political party will be done in around a week's time. It was a normal process. They asked some questions and we gave them the answers. There was no big objection, he told reporters after th...

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Firm Asian cues lift equity indices; Sensex gains over 200 points

Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) Broadly positive Asian cues lifted the key Indian equity indices on Wednesday afternoon, with the barometer Sensex of the BSE gaining over 200 points so far. According to analysts, banking, consumer durables and metal stocks witnessed healthy buying activity. At 1.18 p.m., the wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) traded at 10,765.80 points, up...

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Yahoo Mail launches app for Android 'Go' phones

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Oath Inc on Wednesday announced that Yahoo Mail is bringing a new application optimised for entry-level Android Go smartphones and a new version of its mobile website. Oath Inc is a subsidiary of Verizon Communications that is the umbrella company of digital content subdivisions including AOL and Yahoo. The Yahoo Mail Go app delivers the same features of...

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Trump critical threat to Australian interests: Poll

Canberra, June 20 (IANS) At least 42 per cent of Australians consider US President Donald Trump a critical threat to their country's interests, according to a poll published on Wednesday. The annual poll conducted by the Lowy Institute also showed that 76 per cent of Australians considered the alliance between their country and the US either very or fairly important for Australia's secur...

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Scott Baio wont be charged over sexual assault allegations

Los Angeles, June 20 (IANS) Actor-director Scott Baio will not be charged with sexual assault after his former Charles in Charge co-star Nicole Eggert accused him in January of molesting her for years. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office declined to press charges against the 57-year-old. The applicable statute of limitations to the crimes alleged by the victim have ...

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Goalkeeper Pervan joins Wolfsburg

Berlin, June 20 (IANS) Austrian goalkeeper Pavao Pervan has joined Wolfsburg from Linzer ASK, both sides announced. The new arrival will reinforce the Wolves on the goalkeeper position after putting pen to paper on a three-year deal until June 2021, reports Xinhua news agency. I am really delighted that my transfer worked out and to be here now. The transfer is a big step for me ...

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Railways to build another bridge over Yamuna to ease congestion

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Aiming to speed up train movement over the Yamuna and also decongest the Ghaziabad-New Delhi rail corridor -- one of the busiest in the country -- Indian Railways has proposed an additional rail bridge over the river in the capital. While the old Yamuna rail bridge -- also known as Loha Pul -- will give way to a new double-line rail bridge by March next year, an...

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Farmers' income increasing, says Modi

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the income of farmers in the country increased, and also doubled in many cases, due to various initiatives taken by the central government. Modi held interactions with select farmers from the various parts of the country through Narendra Modi App, during which he asked them about their success stories of increase in...

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Motorcyclist on a multi-nation anti-plastic mission

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) With India estimated to generate 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day, media professional Abhimanyu Chakrovorthy, 31, has set off on a 10,000 km crowdfunded motorcycle expedition through India and five neighbouring Southeast Asian countries to spread awareness of its pernicious effects and to encourage people to shun its use. I have always been environmental...

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International Yoga Day: India's new global narrative

India's soft power and its new global outreach became apparent after the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 responded positively to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's suggestion that June 21 every year be commemorated worldwide as International Yoga Day. The date was recommended by Modi since it marks the longest day in the northern hemisphere. Many believe that it marks the d...

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IIFA 2018: Bollywood stars to dazzle in Bangkok; Rekha to perform live after 20 years

Bangkok, June 20 (IANS) Back to the Thai capital after a decade, the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards, commencing here Thursday, will not just feature power-packed performances by celebrities including the evergreen Rekha -- performing live on stage after 20 years -- but will seek to raise awareness about women's empowerment, gender equality and plastic pollution. <...

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Amazon Alexa assisting NASA become smarter at work

Washington, June 20 (IANS) While you are busy giving Alexa commands to play your favourite song or book an Uber, the intelligent virtual assistant from Amazon is helping the US space agency organise daily tasks while making sense of intrinsic data-sets. According to Tom Soderstrom, IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), voice as a platform w...

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J&K placed under Governor's Rule after President's approval

Srinagar, June 20 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir was placed under the Governor's Rule on Wednesday following President Ram Nath Kovind's approval. Governor, N.N. Vohra sought Kovind's approval on Tuesday after the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) decision to pull out of the Peoples Democratic Party (pdp)-led state government which was immediately followed by the resignation of Chief Minister Meh...

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Markets open on a higher note on Wednesday

Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) on Wednesday opened on a positive note during the morning session of the trade. The Sensex of the BSE after opening at 35, 329.61 points and touched a high of 35,417.15 points and a low of 35,329.51 points. On Tuesday, the Sensex closed at 35,286.74 points. The Sensex is trading at 35,408.05 points up by 121.31 ...

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General Electric dropped from Dow after over 100 years

New York, June 20 (IANS) General Electric (G.E.), the last original member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, was dropped from the blue-chip index for the first time in 110 years and replaced by the Walgreens Boots Alliance drugstore chain. The Tuesday night decision was a fresh blow to General Electric, the iconic maker of light bulbs and jet engines, which has stumbled badly in recen...

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Parab not involved in ketamine trade: Goa BJP

Panaji, June 20 (IANS) Goa's BJP unit has said that Vasudev Parab, holder of a government-allotted industrial plot in the coastal state where a Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) raid unearthed a ketamine manufacturing racket, was not involved in its trade. Parab does not have one per cent, even 0.1 per cent involvement in it. He has not committed a crime. The only crime he has co...

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Orlando Bloom had a crush on Cate Blanchett

Los Angeles, June 20 (IANS) Actor Orlando Bloom says he had a major crush on actress Cate Blanchett while they were filming for The Lord of the Rings. On an episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden, which was taped in London, the 41-year-old actor joined Blanchett and confessed about his crush, reports etonline.com. When asked what his first impression of Blanchett was whe...

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General Electric to be removed from Dow index

New York, June 20 (IANS) General Electric is going to lose its place on the Dow Jones Industrial Average after more than 100 years in a move that reflects a fall in the firm's fortunes and changes to the US economy. Walgreens Boots Alliance is to take its spot on the financial index, which tracks shares of 30 companies deemed representative of the US economy. The change takes eff...

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Tourism emerges second largest forex earner in Sri Lanka

Colombo, June 20 (IANS) Tourism has emerged as the second highest foreign exchange earner in Sri Lanka, beating the island country's lucrative garment industry which held this position for the past eight years since 2010, official data showed on Tuesday. Tourism earnings in January this year amounted to USD 458 million, up 12.7 per cent year-on-year, while garments grew 1.99 per cent yea...

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US-China trade war fears hit global stock markets hard

New York, June 20 (IANS) Stock markets fell around the world on Tuesday in the wake of US President Donald Trump's latest tariffs threat to China. The Dow Jones was down more than 300 points, or 1.6 per cent, at the open after Asian and European markets fell sharply earlier, reports BBC. Trump has threatened to put tariffs on an extra $200bn of Chinese goods, sparking fears of a ...

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