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Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson cast in 'Cats' movie adaptation

Los Angeles, July 21 (IANS) Actors Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and Ian McKellen will star in an upcoming movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webbers smash musical Cats. According to hollywoodreporter.com, Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper will helm the film, which will be shot in Britain in November. The screenplay by Lee Hall is based on Lloyd Webber's musical, which w...

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Dollar declines amid Trump comments

New York, July 21 (IANS) The US dollar went down on Friday amid President Donald Trump's criticism about the Federal Reserve's current monetary tightening. Trump told CNBC on Thursday that he was not thrilled that the US central bank is raising interest rates as the economy improves, Xinhua reported. He repeated his viewpoints on Friday in his tweet that the Fed is undoing the e...

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Modi voices confidence over winning 2019 polls; calls Rahul childish

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday strongly hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi accusing him of arrogance, negativity, childish conduct and a burning desire to become PM. Modi said he was extending best wishes to the Congress and other opposition parties to bring another no-confidence motion in 2024. Modi replied to the debate on no-confidenc...

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Dhadak leaves much to be desired

Dhadak: Starring Ishaan Khattar, Janhavi Kapoor, Directed by Shashank Khaitan, Rating: ** ½ (2 and a half stars). Like all great love stories Dhadak ends as a tragedy. Which is not to say that it is a great love story. Replicating, almost all the conventions of a love-at-first-sight-doom-at-a-later-stage yarn Dhadak makes all the right noises (includes a super-melodious title song) and ...

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Robbers' gang busted, looted costly wires recovered

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Six members of a gang of robbers have been arrested, Delhi Police said on Friday. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch, Alok Kumar said the gang had committed robbery twice at the same power grid site in Dwarka here. One accused, Sapan Dass, 22, was arrested on July 10 from Hauz Khas area in the national capital. Mohsin, 31, and Shanu Mali...

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Man entering Sena Bhavan on fake army ID caught

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) A man, seeking to pass himself off as a Lt Colonel, tried to enter the Sena Bhavan on Friday, along with his wife, driver and a job aspirant, but was caught, police said. All four are being interrogated. They have been identified as Amit Sharma from Ghaziabad, his wife Harjit Kaur, driver Sonu Singh and Sandeep Kumar, the unemployed youth aspiring for an army jo...

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Culture Ministry restoring Bengal heritage sites, work likely to end by October

Kolkata, July 20 (IANS) The Union Culture Ministry is carrying out large scale restoration work of heritage buildings and places of art in Kolkata using organic and natural conservation processes, with the project likely to be completed by October, a top official said here on Friday. The whole idea is to look for the best as mediocracy kills the effort, said Culture Secretary Raghavendra...

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NPAs of Indian banks is Congress' making: Modi

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the Congress of creating a large mess of NPAs in Indian banks and said that from during UPA rule from 2008 to 2014 the underground loot of banks was such that the amount of NPAs increased from Rs 18 lakh crore to Rs 52 lakh crore. He said the loans were given to select industrialists during the previous UPA rule.

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Kingpin of gang swindling youth on job promise nabbed

Jaipur, July 20 (IANS) Rajasthan Police has arrested the kingpin of a gang involved in collecting lakhs of rupees, along with original certificates, from the job-seekers on false promises of getting them cushioned jobs, from Deeg in the state. According to Bharatpur Superintendent of Police (SP) Anil Tank, the gang's kingpin, Surajpal, is a primary class teacher in an Aligarh government ...

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NPAs in Indian banks is Congress' making: Modi

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the Congress of creating a large mess of NPAs in Indian banks, saying loans were given to select industrialists during the previous UPA rule. I want to tell you about the NPA problem. Much before the Internet banking, the Congress invented phone banking and this caused the NPA mess. A phone call would get loans for ...

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Man entering Sena Bhavan with fake army ID caught

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) A man, seeking to pass himself of as a Lt Colonel, tried to enter the Sena Bhavan along with his wife, his wife's brother, and a driver but was caught, police said. All four are being questioned. The accused, identified as Amit Sharma from Ghaziabad, wearing a army uniform with the name Abhimanyu Sharma, showed an entry pass from the Prime Minister's office to t...

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Prosecution complaint filed against Kanishk Gold MD

Chennai, July 20 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday said it has filed a prosecution complaint against Bhoopesh Kumar Jain, Managing Director of Kanishk Gold Pvt Ltd and others for alleged money laundering. In a statement issued here, the ED said on conclusion of its investigations in connection with the properties bought with the money borrowed from banks fraudently, the p...

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Rahul hugs unwilling Modi, winks; Speaker annoyed

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday surprised the Lok Sabha when after bitterly criticising the BJP-led government during the no-confidence motion, he walked across to the treasury benches and hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While the Congress MPs thumped their desks in appreciation of Gandhi's gesture as he walked back to his seat, a visibly displeas...

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CAG thumbs down to diesel locomotives contract

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Diesel locomotives manufactured under an agreement between India and the US will have no scope for productive use by Indian Railways as it planned 100 per cent electrification, a CAG report tabled in Parliament on Friday said. As long time has elapsed, there was a need to reassess the necessity of setting up the new diesel locomotive manufacturing unit, before a...

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Russia may bid for Olympic Games, Putin says

Moscow, July 20 (IANS) Russia is likely to submit a bid for hosting an edition of the Summer Olympic Games, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday at his meeting with volunteers of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This is quite possible, Putin said when asked if Russia was capable of hosting the Summer Olympic Games, reports Tass news agency. The next three editions of the Summer Olympi...

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SC says third party insurance for two, four wheelers be made mandatory

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Concerned over poor compliance of third party insurance of vehicles that puts all road users at risk, the Supreme Court on Friday said three-year insurance policy for four wheelers and five-year policy for two wheelers at the time of sale and registration should be made mandatory. A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta said that third party i...

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Fiorentina sign Roma's Gerson on loan for 1 season

Rome, July 20 (IANS) ACF Fiorentina on Friday announced it had signed young Brazilian midfielder Gerson Da Silva on loan for one football season from AS Roma. The 21-year-old Gerson started his professional career at Fluminense in 2014 and joined Roma for 16 million euro ($18.74 million) two years later, reports Efe. His first season at Roma was complicated, as he fell out of fav...

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Rahul stands by remarks on 'secrecy pact' in Rafale deal

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Even as France on Friday denied that Rahul Gandhi had been told by French President Emmanuel Macron that there was no secrecy pact with India on the Rafale jet deal, the Congress President stood by his remarks, saying that the clarification had been made in the presence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party leader Anand Sharma. Let them deny it if th...

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SC slams Centre for non-use of Rs 77,000 cr environment funds

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Expressing concern over non-utilisation of Rs 77,000 crore meant for environment protection, the Supreme Court on Friday asked Centre as to how it intends to spend the huge amount. A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta slammed the Centre for not spending the environment fund. The government collected Rs 91,000 crore as the environment fund,...

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Allahabad Bank proposes to close its Hong Kong branch

Kolkata, July 20 (IANS) State-run lender Allahabad Bank on Friday said it proposes to close its branch in Hong Kong as a part of rationalisation of overseas operations. Incidentally, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) had, in June, enhanced supervisory arrangements on its Hong Kong branch while assessing implications of the capital positions of the lender. ..we wish to infor...

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