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'Secret Superstar' mints over Rs 4 crore on opening day

Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan and Zaira Wasim starrer Secret Superstar minted Rs 4.80 crore on Diwali, the makers said. The Advait Chandan directorial, which released on Thursday, revolves around a teenager named Insiya (Zaira), who dreams of becoming a famous singer and how she changes her life and the lives of everyone around her. Aamir is playing the qui...

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Modi targets Congress over Kedarnath redevelopment, party asks him to shed Italian glasses

Kedarnath/New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday attacked the Congress for rejecting his proposal in June 2013 when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat for redevelopment of Kedarnath shrine but the party hit back asking him to shed his arrogance and Italian glasses. Modi, who offered prayers at the Kedarnath Temple and laid the foundation stone for five infrastruct...

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India's Forex reserves up $1.5 bn, reclaim $400 bn mark

Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) India's foreign exchange (Forex) reserves kitty increased by $1.50 billion as on October 13, 2017, official data showed on Friday. The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) weekly statistical supplement released on Friday showed that the overall Forex reserves rose to $400.29 billion from $398.79 billion reported for the week ended October 6. India's Forex reserves ...

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'102 Not Out' director stumped by Big B, Rishi Kapoor's passion

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Umesh Shukla, who is directing Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor, says the passion and perfection with which the veteran actors work is commendable. The movie features Amitabh as a 102-year-old man, while Rishi essays his 75-year-old son. They have had to use prosthetics to get their look right. Sometimes, what happens is that when so much make-up is done...

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Of Sindhis, patriarchy, mythology and love

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Take a close look at the Sindhi way of doing business; know the stories of women resisting the patriarchal rules of the society; go through an illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata that is sure to enthrall the new generation of readers; and flick through a modern love story, full of bumps and hurdles. These are the reads, IANS bookshelf has on offer for this w...

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Hoffenheim edge past Istanbul Basaksehir in Europa League

Berlin, Oct 20 (IANS) Hoffenheim recorded their first-ever win in Europe after moving 3-1 past Istanbul Basaksehir in UEFA Europa League's group stage. Second half goals from Benjamin Huebner, Nadiem Amiri and Nico Schulz helped Hoffenheim to secure the first victory in Group C against the visitors from Turkey, who scored their late consolation goal through Stefano Napoleoni on Thursday,...

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Coffee can reduce diabetes risk

Bengaluru, Oct 20 (IANS) The medicine that can delay your diabetes is right on your coffee table. 'Cafestol', a bioactive substance found in coffee, could help delay the onset of Type-2 diabetes, improve cell function and insulin sensitivity in laboratory mice, according to a study carried out by a team of scientists in Denmark. This is yet another research finding that has drive...

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Australia stops producing cars after Holden closes

Canberra, Oct 20 (IANS) The factory of General Motors' subsidiary Holden shut down on Friday in Adelaide, leaving Australia without any domestic automotive production. I feel very sad as we all do. It's the end of an era. You can't get away from the emotional response to the closure, Efe quoted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as saying. Holden, which has produced more ...

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EU states to pump 'sufficient' money to stem illegal migration: Tusk

Brussels, Oct 20 (IANS) Member states of the European Union (EU) will pump sufficient money into a trust fund to stem illegal migration from North Africa, European Council President Donald Tusk said here on Thursday. He made the remarks at a joint press conference with his European Commission counterpart Jean-Claude Juncker, following a first day meeting of the two-day EU summit, which f...

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'Muhurat' trading: Global cues, profit booking subdue markets

Mumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) Samvat 2074, marking the start of the Hindu New Year on Thursday, saw both key indices of the Indian equities markets recede as rise in geo-political tensions in the Korean peninsula along with fears of higher non-performing asset (NPA) levels of the domestic banking sector eroded investors' risk-taking appetite. The hour-long session is held every year on Diwali to...

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'Muhurat' trading: Global cues, profit booking subdue markets

Mumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) Geo-political tensions in the Korean peninsula along with fears of rising non-performing asset (NPA) levels of the domestic banking sector pulled the key Indian equity markets in the red during the special Muhurat trading session on Thursday. The hour-long session is held every year on Diwali to mark the start of the Hindu New Year. According to market obser...

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A tale of two Danish cities: Towards zero carbon emissions

Sonderborg/Copenhagen (Denmark), Oct 19 (IANS) I am a big zero, proclaims the badge worn by Peter Rathje, Managing Director of Project Zero A/s, that is working on the mission to make this Danish city carbon neutral by 2029. No, I didn't have any issues wearing the badge for the first time or later, Rathje told this visting IANS correspondent. Project Zero is a public-private par...

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Samvat 2074 begins on dull note for key equity indices

Mumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) Samvat 2074, marking the start of the Hindu New Year, began on a dullA note for the key Indian equity indices at a special trading session held on Thursday. The hour-long session held every year on Diwali saw both the key indices slip during the initial phase of the trade. The Nifty 50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) inched lower by 18.95 points or 0.19...

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Atletico struggle as Barca, PSG, United keep winning

Madrid, Oct 19 (IANS) Atletico Madrid remain winless in the 2017-18 Champions League group stage after drawing 0-0 with Qarabag while Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United each moved closer to clinching berths in the round of 16. With just two points after three matches, Atletico sit third in Group C, but they can still advance if they win all three remaining games, report...

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Adityanath showers Rs 133 crore bounties on Ayodhya

Lucknow, Oct 18 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday showered bounties on the temple town of Ayodhya and gifted projects worth Rs 133 crore. In the town to be part of the mega celebrations of Deepotsav where 1.73 lakh earthern lamps were lit up on the banks of river Saryu, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of the Ram Katha Park which will be built a...

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After 5-month wait, farm loans waiver begins in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) Nearly five months after announcing waiver of farm loans, the Maharashtra government kickstarted the process on Wednesday as Diwali gift to the state's farmers. Rs 4,000 crore will be distributed among 840,000 beneficiaries in the first phase of the massive Rs 34,000-crore scheme. At a function, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched a portal in which the names o...

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After five months, farm loans waiver starts in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) After nearly five months, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday gave a Diwali gift to state's farmers by starting the loans waiver process with a sum of Rs 4,000 crore to be distributed among 840,000 beneficiaries in the first phase of the massive Rs 34,000-crore scheme. At a function, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched a portal in which the names of the be...

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Sell-off in banking stocks drag equity indices lower

Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) A massive sell-off in banking sector stocks over fears of rising non-performing asset (NPA) levels pulled the key Indian equity indices lower on Wednesday. According to market observers, heavy selling pressure in the banking, healthcare and consumer durables stocks, along with profit bookings eroded investors' risk-taking appetite. The 30-scrip Sensitive Ind...

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GST 'killing' Kerala's booming tourism industry: Stakeholders

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 18 (IANS) Kerala's money-spinning tourism industry has been hit hard by the GST regime, with taxes shooting to as high as 33 per cent and affecting five-star resorts, industry players say. According to GST Council tax rates, non-AC restaurants charge 12 per cent GST on food while AC restaurants and those with liquor licence charge 18 per cent. Five-star hotels cha...

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Corporate India cuts gifting budget by 35-40% this Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Concerned about slowdown and pressure on balance sheets, corporate India is going slow on Diwali gifts to its associates, networked partners and others, slashing the budget by at least 35-40 per cent, an Assocham survey said on Wednesday. The reduction in gifts is more for outside connects than employees who are more or less receiving their annual gesture from th...

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