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Modi's silence doesn't augur well for India's democracy

Even as camera-friendly and Internet-savvy Prime Minister Narendra Modi waxes eloquent on his Beti Padhao Beti Bachao campaign, the right-wing fringe elements openly threaten a leading actress -- an inspiration and role model for thousands of young Indian girls -- under his government's nose. Modi and his government have done nothing but maintain silence, ultimately amounting to indirect approval...

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Twisted interpretation of history: Challenging times for artists, filmmakers

At the root of the controversy over the release of the Hindi feature film Padmavati is, first, the saffron brotherhood's interpretation of history with a pronounced anti-Muslim bias and, secondly, the Bharatiya Janata Party's overt and covert attempts to whittle down institutional autonomy. Even if the BJP's seemingly political use of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is a contin...

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Rain improves Delhi's air

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) The air quality in the National Capital Region improved on Saturday to the poor level following overnight rain as the concentration of Particulate Matter (PM) decreased. Another government department, however, placed the air quality at moderate. The major pollutant, PM2.5, or particles with diameter less than 2.5 micro meter, was recorded at 288 units. The Centra...

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Air quality in Delhi improves, NGT defers decision on odd-even

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) After a long period of heavy pollution, the air quality in the National Capital Region on Friday improved to poor category as concentration of Particulate Matter (PM) decreased. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) deferred to Tuesday hearing on the Delhi government's plea on exemptions on the odd-even traffic scheme. On Friday, the Central Pollution Control Board (...

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Nothing in 'Padmavati' that hurts Rajput pride: Rajat Sharma

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) There is not a single scene, dialogue or sequence in Padmavati that may hurt Rajput pride, senior journalist Rajat Sharma said on Friday after watching the movie. After watching the entire film, I can emphatically say that there is not a single dialogue, not a single scene, not a single sequence that can be said to go against the proud history of the Rajputs of R...

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SC asks states, UTs to curb use of pet coke and furnace oil

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday asked all the states and Union Territories to consider enforcing the decision of the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) prohibiting the use of pet coke and furnace oil by the industry in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan. Asking the states and UTs to voluntarily enforce the MoEF ...

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Anti-'Padmavati' protesters force closure of Chittorgarh fort

Jaipur, Nov 17 (IANS) Entry to the famous Chittorgarh fort in Rajasthan was closed on Friday as a few thousand people sat on dharna outside the main gate to protest Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming movie Padmavati, which many claim distorts historical facts. Tourists visiting the Unesco World Heritage site fort were requested to go back. The fort is visited by around 3,000-4,000 ...

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Decision on Parliament's Winter Session soon: Minister

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The Narendra Modi government is not running away from facing Parliament and it would soon take a call on holding the Winter Session, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday. I don't think there is any situation to run away from Parliament, Goyal said at a press conference here. There is a lot of political capital and appreciation for Modi because he i...

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Centre opposes plea against Asthana's appointment as CBI Special Director

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that it was opposing the plea by NGO Common Cause challenging the appointment of Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as Special Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Attornery General K.K. Venugopal told the bench of Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre that the central government would o...

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India unveil strong 10-member squad for women's Youth World Championship

Guwahati, Nov 17 (IANS) India unveiled a strong 10-member contingent to lead the countrys charge in the AIBA Womens Youth World Boxing Championship, starting here on Sunday. Six pugilists from Haryana -- Neetu (48kg), Jyoti (51kg), Sakshi (54kg), Shashi Chopra (57kg), Anupama (81kg) and Neha Yadav (81kg+) -- and one each from Mizoram (Vanlalhriapuii - 60kg), Uttar Pradesh (Astha Pahwa (6...

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Ranji Trophy: Nischal, Agrawal hand Karnataka solid start

Kanpur, Nov 17 (IANS) Karnataka rode on brilliant half-century knocks from batsmen Mayank Agarwal (90) and Dega Nischal (90 not out) to post 327/3 against Uttar Pradesh on Day 1 of the sixth round at the Ranji Trophy. Later, coming in to bat, middle-order batsmen Karun Nair (62) and Manish Pandey (63) too played important knocks in the Group A contest at the Green Park here. Mea...

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'Padmavati' stir: Chittorgarh fort shut down, Mumbai police issues warning

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The stir over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati continued on Friday with the entry to the famous Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan getting closed. On the other hand, Mumbai police issued a warning to individuals and groups against taking the law into their hands while registering their objection about the historical film. As a sign of protest, members of Sarv Samaj P...

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'Padmavati': Mumbai police warns 'adventurous' protestors

Mumbai, Nov 17 (IANS) As opposition and threats to the upcoming film Padmavati continue, Mumbai Police on Friday issued a stern warning to adventurous protestors. In a statement here, Joint Commissioner of Police (L&O) Deven Bharti said: Any individual or group which attempts to be adventurous will be dealt sternly and will face strict legal action. The police made it clear i...

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Mumbai police warns protestors against being 'adventurous' on 'Padmavati'

Mumbai, Nov 17 (IANS) The Mumbai police has warned individuals and groups against taking the law into their hands while protesting against Leela Bhansali's upcoming film Padmavati. In a statement here, Joint Commissioner of Police (L&O) Deven Bharti said that any individual or group which attempts to be adventurous, will be dealt sternly and will face strict legal action. We are comm...

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'Bhansali has the right to re-interpet history'

Mumbai, Nov 17 (IANS) Director Rahul Rawail says filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, whose forthcoming film Padmavati is surrounded by controversy, has the right to re-interpet history according to his imagination. As part of protest against the film, based on the life of Rani Padmini or Padmavati, who was queen of Chittorgarh, entry to the famous Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan was closed on...

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Delhi woman alleges rape by taxi driver, aide in Greater Noida

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) A woman has alleged she was raped by a cab driver and his associate for over five hours and robbed of her valuables before being dumped in Greater Noida, police said. Police said there are some contradictions in the woman's statement and are verifying it. The incident occurred on the intervening night of Tuesday-Wednesday when the victim had taken a cab f...

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'Padmavati' protest: Entry to Chittorgarh Fort closed

Jaipur, Nov 17 (IANS) Entry to the famous Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan was closed on Friday in protest against filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming movie Padmavati, which many claim has distorted historical facts. We have closed the first gate known as Padan Pol gate since 10 a.m. We are not allowing anyone to enter the fort. It is a peaceful protest and will continue till 6 p.m....

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BJP trying to get liquor into Gujarat, Congress complains to EC

Ahmedabad, Nov 16 (IANS) Congress Gujarat unit President Bharatsinh Solanki on Thursday accused the BJP of planning to smuggle in liquor in large quantity into poll-bound Gujarat and urged the EC to appoint special observers in border areas of the dry state. In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner A.K. Joti, Solanki called for sealing of border areas in Gujarat to prevent breach of th...

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'Padmavati' row: Karni Sena threatens Deepika, Brahmin group holds blood signature campaign

Jaipur, Nov 16 (IANS) Opposition to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati continued to grow with a Karni Sena leader on Thursday threatening actress Deepika Padukone with physical harm over her provocative statements, while a Brahmin group held a blood signature campaign demanding a ban on the film. The Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti Dargah also issued a statement requesting a ban. On Wednesday, ...

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French Foreign Minister to visit India ahead of Macron

New Delhi, Nov 16 (IANS) French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrives here on Friday on a two-day visit to prepare for the visit of President Emmanuel Macron in early December. Both Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are to formalise the launching of the International Solar Alliance, in early 2018. On the first day of his trip on Friday, Minister Le Drian will meet Pri...

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