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Kalighat temple beautification blueprint ready

Kolkata, Oct 20 (IANS) A blueprint for the beautification and renovation of the area surrounding Kolkata's iconic Kalighat Kali temple, considered one of the 51 Shakti Peeths (seats of Shakti) in India, has been readied by the city's civic body, it said on Friday. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier this year announced the plan to beautify the entire Kalighat area, kee...

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'Golmaal Again': Guffaws galore

Film: Golmaal Again; Director: Rohit Shetty; Cast: Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Tabu, Kunal Kemmu, Shreyas Talpade, Tusshar Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Johnny Lever, Sanjay Mishra, Sachin Khedekar, Mukesh Tiwari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Prakash Raj, Rating: *** When you go to watch a Rohit Shetty film, especially the Golmaal series, you expect magic on screen, not logic. The magic of entertainment...

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Google now lets you take a virtual walk on Mars

Washington, Oct 20 (IANS) If you are curious about the unknown terrains of the Red Planet, here is your chance to take a walk on Mars for free all the while staying in your living room, thanks to Google's immersive experience initiative Access Mars. Google collaborated with NASA to produce Access Mars that lets users wander the actual dunes and valleys explored by NASA's Curiosity rover....

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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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Authorities clueless as mysterious braid choppers haunt Kashmir

Srinagar, Oct 20 (IANS) There have been over 120 reports of braid chopping in the Kashmir Valley in the last two months and despite the widespread fear and condemnation, the authorities appear clueless about the mysterious incidents that have caused a new type of terror in the troubled region. The resulting confusion has given rise to brigades of youth in towns and villages who maintain ...

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Adityanath celebrates Diwali in Dalit colony

Gorakhpur, Oct 19 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday celebrated Diwali at the Tikonia Vantangiya Dalit colony here in his former parliamentary constituency Gorakhpur, officials said. Mingling with the people of Vantangiya tribe, Adityanath gifted the children dresses, school bags, sparkling lights (firecrackers) and sweets. He wished them a bright future. ...

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Keitany bracing for New York Marathon title defence

Nairobi, Oct 19 (IANS) World marathon record holder Mary Keitany is not under pressure to improve on her personal best time as she puts her title on the line in the New York marathon on November 5. Keitany, 35, has won the New York Marathon each of the last three years, including a dominating performance last year as she dropped off her rivals midway to finish the course on a solo run in...

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Alia hopes for long journey in Bollywood

Mumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) Karan Johar's directorial Student of the Year completed five years on Thursday and actress Alia Bhatt, who made her debut in Bollywood with this 2012 released film, hopes for a long journey in showbiz. Alia, daughter of ace filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan, thanked the makers of the film and her fans on Twitter. Thank you for all the love! It's...

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Modi government working towards establishing 'Ram Rajya': Adityanath

Ayodhya, Oct 18 (IANS) Hosting grand Diwali festivities at Ayodhya, said to be the birthplace of Lord Rama, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is striving to establish Ram Rajya in the country. Addressing a gathering here, Adityanath assured the people that all their dreams will be fulfilled but they will ...

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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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Rahul condemns RSS leader's killing in Ludhiana

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday condemned the killing of an RSS leader in Ludhiana, saying violence is unacceptable and demanded that the guilty must be brought to book. I strongly condemn the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosai in Ludhiana. Violence is unacceptable. The guilty must be brought to book, Gandhi said in a tweet. Gosai was ...

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Hypertension may up heart valve disorder risk

London, Oct 18 (IANS) People with high blood pressure may be at an increased risk of developing common heart valve disorder, researchers said. The findings showed that higher blood pressure in early life was associated with a significantly greater future risk of mitral regurgitation -- a condition which makes the heart less efficient at pumping blood around the body, and in severe cases ...

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Salman's Diwali gift to fans: 'Tiger Zinda Hai' first look

Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) Salman Khan's piercing eyes catch the eye from the first look of his next movie Tiger Zinda Hai. The superstar, who was praised for his action avatar in the 2012 film Ek Tha Tiger, flaunts a revengeful demeanour in the first look of upcoming spy thriller film Tiger Zinda Hai. The look was revealed by Salman on Twitter on Wednesday, a day before Diwali. In th...

6 days ago
By playing Hindutva game for decades, Congress helped BJP rise

How indistinguishable the Congress ideologically is from the BJP was the theme of the main edit page article written by French scholars Christophe Jaffrelot and Gilles Verniers in the Indian Express on October 5. The editor grasped the heart of the matter and gave it an apt headline: Congress and the BJP, Tweedledum and Tweedledee. The Jaffrelot-Verniers duo focused on Gujarat -- on how ...

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Britain, France, Germany reaffirm Iran nuclear deal

London, Oct 14 (IANS) Britain, France and Germany remain committed to the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, the leaders of the three countries have said after US President Donald Trump threatened to abandon the deal. Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany agreed to lift economic sanctions against Tehran in exchange for Tehran...

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'Deep Dharohar': Reviving folk tradition of Diwali celebration

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) With an aim to revive the lost classical and folk traditions of the festival Diwali and promote and conserve India's diverse heritage, the Ministry of Culture on Friday organised here an event Deep Dharohar. To be held till October 17, the festival was inaugurated by Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IG...

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Six corporators of Raj Thackeray's MNS defect to Uddhav's Shiv Sena

Mumbai, Oct 13 (IANS) In a major political development, six of the seven Maharashtra Navnirman Sena corporators of BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday walked over to the rival Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray warmly welcomed the six corporators into the party, terming it as homecoming, at his residence 'Matoshri' in Bandra east this evening. The grou...

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'Babu Samjho Ishare': Kishore Kumar's onscreen talent

A complete entertainment package in Bollywood -- a playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, and screenwriter, he was also its biggest eccentric. And that is why while Kishore Kumar's mellifluous, versatile voice still permeates some of Indian cinema's biggest stars from Dev Anand to Dharmendra, and Rajesh Khanna to Amitabh Bachchan in a range of emotions, moods and situatio...

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Students protest at CBI HQ for tracing missing JNU scholar

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Hundreds of students from JNU and Jamia Milia Islamia on Friday held a protest at the CBI headquarters here to demand that the agency trace Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) scholar Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing nearly a year ago. Raising slogans of We are Najeeb and Najeeb ko dhoond ke lao, the protesters were also involved in a brief scuffle with police when t...

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Kerala killings, Rohingyas likely to be discussed in RSS meet

Bhopal, Oct 13 (IANS) A meeting of RSS Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Mandal Baithak will likely discuss on Friday the killings of RSS-BJP workers in Kerala and the Rohingya crisis, informed sources said. RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) workers from across the country, mainly from Kerala and West Bengal, are participating in the three-day meeting which was inaugurated on Thursday by RSS c...

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