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I was not encouraged to be actor: Soha Ali Khan

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Soha Ali Khan, an Oxford graduate who pursued a masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, says her parents didn't particularly encourage her to take up acting but never discouraged her from following her heart either. Soha is the youngest daughter of veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and the late Mansoon Ali Khan Pataudi. As ...

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World cricket's concern is future of Tests

Best value for all stakeholders. Its a great marketing line for selling cricket. In India the game is in a sellers market and the buyers take anything without a complaint as long as it provides some enjoyment. See how it works. India will play 81 matches at home across all formats in the 2019-2023 Cycle of the Future Tour Programme (FTP) - up by 30 from the previous Programme, but the nu...

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These books could become 'bombs' in 2018

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Keen observers of contemporary Indian literature would recall that a series of memoirs, which came to be known as book bombs, critical of the then Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, hit the stands just ahead of the 2014 general election. Four years later, it seems that the opposition has learnt its lesson as an array of books by opposition leaders,...

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New fellowship to promote research in Hindi

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Researchers in Hindi can opt for an upcoming fellowship that will grant Rs 75,000 per month for a period of six to nine months. The research will ultimately culminate into a full-fledged book, which the organisers will help publish. Titled Gyanvriti, the fellowship is being organised by the Dainik Jagran newspaper and is aimed at promoting research in original wr...

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Railways forms committee to review flexi-fare scheme

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Over two months after Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced that the flexi-fare scheme will be reviewed, the railways has set up a six-member committee to review the scheme, by comparing the prices with that of other modes of transport. According to a railway board letter issued on December 11, the board has formed a six-member committee comprising two railway ...

4 days ago
SRM University Amaravati to set up School of Liberal Arts and Basic Sciences

Amaravati, Dec 13 (IANS) SRM University on Wednesday announced the setting up of School of Liberal Arts and Basic Sciences (SLABS) at its campus in Amaravati. SLABS will be home for fundamental research, where free, open, and critical inquiry is pursued across disciplines, said SRM University President P. Sathyanarayanan. SLABS will have its first intake of students in 2018 and w...

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Saif keen to pen comedy, horror or political satire

Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) Actor Saif Ali Khan, whose sister Soha Ali Khan has debuted as an author, says he would like to write something in the comedy, horror or political satire space. At the launch of Soha's book The perils of Being Moderately Famous here on Tuesday, Saif was asked about the kind of book he wants to write if he plans to. He said: I would like to write ghost storie...

4 days ago
World losing battle against global warming: Macron

Paris, Dec 13 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron has warned the international community that it was losing the battle against global warming and called on the world leaders to take concrete action. Macron on Tuesday hosted the One Planet Summit in Paris, an event marking the two-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement on mitigating global warming that brought together dozens of head...

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India has survived as a single political entity because of democracy

(Noted public intellectual, professor of Economics and an active member of the British Labour Party since 1971, Meghnad Desais latest book The Raisina Model (Penguin/Rs 499/208 pages) offers a critical and frequently uncomfortable mediation on Indias contemporary political culture. Presented here is an exclusive extract from the book:) Why, despite the differences and the almost continuo...

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'Fukrey Returns' team overjoyed with film's response

Mumbai, Dec 12 (IANS) The team of Fukrey Returns, including actor Pulkit Samrat, Richa Chadha and director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba says they are happy with the film's box office response. The film which earned approximately Rs 8 crores on Friday leapt to around Rs 11 crores on Saturday. The team is over the moon. Actor Varun Sharma, who plays the popular character Choocha i...

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Government realised fiscal deficit targets: Jaitley

New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) The government has realised its fiscal deficit targets and is on course to achieve it for the current year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said at a pre-budget consultation meet here on Monday, even as economists present at the meeting suggested lowering of the country's corporate tax rates. Jaitley said the government had met its fiscal targets by rationalising ...

8 days ago
Google remembers Homai Vyarawalla, India's 1st woman photojournalist

Mumbai, Dec 9 (IANS) Google on Saturday dedicated a special doodle acknowledging Homai Vyarawalla -- India's first woman photojournalist -- on her 104th birth anniversary. Vyarawalla, regarded as India's first lady of the lens, is known for her electric images of India's independence movement and candid shots of the likes of the Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

9 days ago
HP Inc to sell 3D printers in India from early next year

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) After sensing tremendous opportunities in both commercial and industrial 3D printing in India, global PC and printer major HP Inc on Friday announced it would start selling its Next-Gen 3D printers in the country by early next year. According to Sumeer Chandra, Managing Director, HP Inc India, the company is in discussions with various industry stakeholders to hel...

9 days ago
HP Inc to sell 3D printers in India from early next year

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) After sensing tremendous opportunities in both commercial and industrial 3D printing in India, global PC and printer major HP Inc on Friday announced to start selling its Next-Gen 3D printers in the country by early next year. According to Sumeer Chandra, Managing Director, HP Inc India, the company is in discussions with various industry stakeholders to help them...

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Modi an ignorant prachar-shastri, derailed economy: Congress

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) In the latest war of words between the Congress and BJP in the run-up to the Gujarat polls, Congress MP Anand Sharma on Wednesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi an ignorant prachar-shastri who was less literate in economics, leading to the country's economy getting derailed. The Prime Minister is ignorant and disrespectful of history, less literate in economi...

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JNU cancels another programme on Ram Mandir

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) cancelled another programme on the Ram Mandir issue on Wednesday, saying it wanted to maintain communal harmony. The event Reclaiming the Republic was organised by the JNU Students Union where Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, women rights activist Kavita Krishnan and economics professor at...

11 days ago
Bitcoin: Approaching the 'big short' moment?

Investors everywhere (this is not a problem specific to India) are notorious for jumping on the newest, shiniest bandwagons without necessarily understanding what lies underneath the hood. What is a problem specific to India is the dichotomy of its burgeoning investor community lining up with alacrity for their golden tickets, without any semblance of a safety net to catch them if they f...

14 days ago
At 70, Indian Navy is self-reliant, shipshape

Navy Day this year is a good occasion to reflect on its journey and evaluate its progress over the last 70 years. The Indian Navy was an exceedingly small force at the dawn of independence and, while being a product of both its British inheritance and the maritime DNA of our forebears, is largely a post-independence construct. Despite the many problems that besieged the newly independent...

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No competition with Modi on 'humble background': Manmohan

Surat, Dec 2 (IANS) Congress leader Manmohan Singh on Saturday said he does not want people to take pity on his humble background as he is not in competition with his successor Prime Minister Narendra Modi over this. I don't want the country to take pity on the basis of my humble background. I do not think I would like to enter in any competition with Prime Minister Modiji on this partic...

16 days ago
'Russia keen to develop education programmes with India using modern digital technology'

Moscow, Dec 1 (IANS) Cooperation with India is one of the priorities for the Russian Federation, which is keen to explore potential collaboration opportunities, including in developing joint education programmes using modern digital technology, according to the country's Ministry of Education and Science. I think modern technologies are one of the visible areas where we may envisage furt...

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