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Momina Mustehsan works with Arjun Kanungo for debut single

Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) Pakistani singer Momina Mustehsan, who rose to fame after Afreen Afreen on Coke Studio, has teamed up with Indian singer-composer-actor Arjun Kanungo for her debut single Aaya Na Tu. The mid-tempo ballad, released by VYRL Originals on Wednesday, captures the emotion of being left behind in love. Composed by Arjun and written by Kunaal Vermaa, the song addresses rej...

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US pulls out dealing blow to UN Human Rights Council's credibility

United Nations, June 20 (IANS) Striking a blow against the UN Human Rights Council's credibility, the US is withdrawing from the hypocritical organisation, US Permanent Representative Nikki Haley has announced. For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias, Haley said on Tuesday. UN Human Rights Commissioner Z...

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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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Sunny Wednesday morning, hot day ahead

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) The National Capital woke up to a sunny Wednesday morning with the minimum temperature recorded at 29.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average. The Met has predicted a warm day ahead with heat wave like conditions in Delhi, as the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 41 to 42 degrees Celsius. By 9 a.m., Palam region recorded 35...

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Anukreethy Vas is Femina Miss India World 2018

Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) The 55th Femina Miss India World 2018 winner is Anukreethy Vas from Tamil Nadu, while first runner-up is Meenakshi Chaudhary from Haryana and second Shreya Rao from Andhra Pradesh. Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar crowned her successor Anukreethy at the star-studded grand finale on Tuesday night in Mumbai at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium. Nint...

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'Mere Sai' title track singer tries for 'Indian Idol'

Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) Pune-based Jaydeep Vaidya, the voice behind the title track of television show Mere Sai, has auditioned for reality TV show Indian Idol. He hopes to become a finalist. Vaidya had to undergo all the processes involved for the audition process and patiently waited for his turn to perform before the judges. He said in a statement: I have been a part of the Ind...

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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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Keralites, urban Indian males more at cardiovascular disease risk: Study

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) People living in Kerala and males living in urban areas in India are more at the risk of cardiovascular Disease (CVD) risk than those in the rural areas, finds a study of nearly 800,000 people. The nationwide risk study, conducted by researchers from the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Harvard University, showed that the average 10-year risk of a fa...

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NGO calls on RS to approve Motor Vehicle Act amendment

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) In a bid to reduce road accident deaths in India, Consumer Voice, which works for citizens road safety, on Tuesday asked the Rajya Sabha to pass the bill amending the three-decade-old Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The amendment bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on April 11 this year, is currently pending in the upper house. Speaking at a national workshop on t...

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Salvage team on board fire-ravaged merchant vessel

Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) A salvage team went on board merchant vessel SSL Kolkata on Monday for the first time since the fire fighting operation in the ship to make an assessment of the situation created by the June 14 blaze, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said. The team was taken on board ICGS RajKiran from Haldia and transferred onto the Platform support vessel Lewek Alatair. On reachi...

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Raonic beats Yuki Bhambri, advances to Queen's Club 2nd round

London, June 19 (IANS) World No 31 Milos Raonic of Canada entered the second round of the Queen's Club tennis tournament after defeating world No 84 Yuki Bhambri of India 6-1, 3-1 on Tuesday. Bhambri was forced to retire early due to injury, just 45 minutes into the popular men's tune-up event for Wimbledon, which starts July 2, reported Efe. Before Bhambri's withdrawal, Raonic w...

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42 artistes selected for Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) The Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's national academy for music, dance and drama, on Tuesday announced that a total of 42 artistes have been selected for the prestigious award. Sangeet Natak Akademi is pleased to announce that the General Council of the Akademi has at its meeting held on 8 June 2018 in Imphal selected 42 artists, including one joint award, for San...

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RBI enhances housing loan limits under priority sector lending

Mumbai, June 19 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday enhanced the housing loan limits under priority sector lending (PSL) to Rs 35 lakh in metropolitan centres under the affordable housing scheme. The RBI in its Second Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2018-19 had decide to enhance the limit for eligibility for PSL under the scheme. With a view to bringing converg...

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Priyaka Chopra writing memoir on her 'private' journey

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Actress Priyanka Chopra is writing a memoir, titled Unfinished, which will be published simultaneously in India, the US and Britain next year. In the memoir, Priyanka said, she is ready to write about her feelings during the course of what has been a fascinating journey. The flavour of the book will be honest, funny, spirited, bold, and rebellious, just like me,...

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India, Australia to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) India and Australia have agreed to further strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation, including cross-border terrorism, through exchange of information and capacity-building efforts, the External Affairs Ministry said on Tuesday. According to a statement issued following the 10th Meeting of the Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism held here on Monday, both si...

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9 TN fishermen rescued by Coast Guard

Chennai, June 19 (IANS) Nine Tamil Nadu fishermen, stranded in high seas after water entered the engine room of their fishing boat, were rescued by the Indian Coast Guard on Tuesday, an official statement said. In a statement issued here, the Coast Guard said its ship ICGS Shaurya received information at 4 a.m. about flooding of fishing boat 'PalaniMurugan', stranded about 150 km from he...

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India, Japan discuss maritime, counter-terrorism cooperation

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) India and Japan on Tuesday discussed cooperation in the areas of maritime security and counter-terrorism among other issues during the fifth dialogue under the 2+2 mechanism that involves and foreign and defence policies of the two sides, a statement said. Both sides reviewed the entire gamut of India-Japan relations and discussed issues having overlapping forei...

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Sahitya Akademi to hold transgender literary meet in Kolkata

Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) In a bid to bring creativity of transgenders to the fore, Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, would hold the first-ever literary meet for transgender writers in Kolkata next month, a member of the event's advisory committee said. However, the Bengal government does not have any role in organising the unique literary meet. This is not a st...

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Infosys sustains its eco-friendly mission

Bengaluru, June 19 (IANS) Global software major Infosys has reduced its electricity consumption per head by 53 per cent over the last decade, the company said in its 11th Annual Sustainability Report on Tuesday. Over 43 per cent of the company's electricity requirements is currently being sourced from renewable sources, with installed solar capacity of 46.1 megawatt across India, the cit...

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Unesco condemns Indian newspaper editor's murder

Paris, June 19 (IANS/AKI) Unesco chief Audrey Azoulay on Tuesday condemned the slaying of prominent journalist and newspaper editor Shujaat Bukhari and his two police bodyguards in Indian-administered Kashmir last week. I condemn the murder of Shujaat Bukhari and his bodyguards, said Azoulay, the Director-General of United Nations culture organisation. I trust the authorities wil...

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