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Grenade used in Amritsar blast similar to ones manufactured by Pakistan Ordinance factory: Amarinder Singh
Three persons including a preacher were killed and over 20 injured when two-motorcycle borne men threw grenade on a religious congregation on Sunday.

High Court asks CBI to proceed with probe in rape case against Daati Maharaj
A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao, which had earlier asked the agency to submit the inquiry report to it, clarified that it should be filed before the magistrate who is dealing with the matter.

Every genuine devotee will be offered necessary assistance at Sabarimala: Kerala government to HC
The state also informed the court that necessary and requisite action would be taken to maintain law and order in Sabarimala.

Every genuine devotee will be offered necessary assistance at Sabarimala: Kerala government to HC
The state also informed the court that necessary and requisite action would be taken to maintain law and order in Sabarimala.

Longewala battle hero Brigadier Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri cremated with state honours
The mortal remains of Brigadier Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri (Retd), the hero of Longewala battle during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, were consigned to flames with state and military honours Monday.

CAG report on demonetisation to be ready before Budget Session
However, sources said since it will not be a full-fledged Budget Session with 2019 being an election year, it is not clear if the government will table the report in Parliament.

India for more joint projects with China in Afghanistan after diplomats' training
The Afghan diplomats, who underwent training in New Delhi from October 15-26, began a 10-day training stint at the China Foreign Affairs University on Monday.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's biography hits the shelves
The book, titled "Didi: The Untold Mamata Banerjee", brings out the unique position the Trinamool Congress supremo has occupied in Indian politics.

Sabarimala protests: Alphons slams Kerala govt; CM defends crackdown
Yuva Morcha and other right-wing outfits on Monday stepped up protests across Kerala against the late night police crackdown at the Ayyappa temple complex and the subsequent detention of 69 people. Kerala CM Vijayan made it clear that the Left government was with the believers, adding that those arrested were not Ayyappa devotees.

Ease of business will lead to ease of living: PM
PM Modi launched the 'Ease of Doing Business Grand Challenge', which seeks to invite innovative ideas from individuals, startups or other enterprises to implement AI, Big Data Analytics, Internet of Things (IOT), Blockchain and other cutting edge technologies for re-engineering related government processes.

CBI feud: Officer drags names of top officials
A senior CBI officer dragged the names of NSA Ajit Doval, Union minister Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary and CVC K V Chowdhury in the CBI fued over alleged attempts to interfere in the probe against CBI special director Rakesh Asthana. MK Sinha made sensational allegations in his petition before the SC that sought urgent hearing for quashing his transfer.

Maldives set to pull out of China free trade deal
"The trade imbalance between China and the Maldives is so huge that nobody would think of an FTA between such parties," said Mohamed Nasheed, the chief of the Maldivian Democratic Party, which leads the ruling federal alliance. "China is not buying anything from us. It is a one-way treaty."

How wary Aussies plan to stop Rohit, Kohli
"He (Rohit Sharma) is an unbelievable player. His record speaks for itself. He's got a good record all around the world, so he's a definite player to watch," Nathan Coulter-Nile said at the Gabba on Monday.

Nissan chairman held for financial misconduct
One of Japan's public broadcasters and other media outlets said Ghosn had been arrested after being questioned by Japanese prosecutors for various improprieties including underreporting his income. Nissan said it had launched an investigation into both Ghosn and Representative Director Greg Kelly several months ago.

CBI director Verma files reply to CVC report in SC
CBI director Alok Verma on Monday filed a reply to CVC report of corruption allegations against him to the Supreme Court. Verma, sent on leave by the government, on Monday had sought more time to file a reply on the Central Vigilance Commissions' report.

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CBI war gets murkier, senior officer claims NSA Ajit Doval interfered in Asthana probe
In his 34-page petition, Manish Sinha alleged that CBI director Alok Verma briefed Doval on October 17 about registration of a case against Asthana.

Muzaffarpur shelter rape case: Not 2 but 5 girls died
Last month, a shelter home employee Krishna Ram, who also ran the press of Brajesh Thakur -- the main accused -- told the CBI sleuths that some bodies were stuffed in gunny bags and disposed of in the Budhi Gandak river a year ago. 

Take action against me if I'm anti-national: Digvijaya denies link to Bhima Koregaon violence
A letter containing Singh's phone number was seized during nationwide raids conducted by the Pune police in the Bhima Koregaon violence case.

Indian woman slams US pub for Hindu gods on toilet walls. This is the response she got
Indian-American woman Ankita Mishra walked into a New York pub only to find their toilet walls decorated with images of Hindu gods from Shiva to Kali.

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Pakistan does nothing for US, Trump grumbles. Imran writes him a list
Pakistan's Prime Minister contended that US should do a serious assessment of why the Taliban today are stronger than before despite spending $1 trillion on the war in Afghanistan.

Hardik Pandya seen smoking at Sakshi Dhoni's birthday party
Hardik Pandya has not played for India since he picked up an injury in the Asia Cup. Over the weekend, a video went viral where he appeared to be smoking standing next to MS Dhoni.

Preity Zinta's Giggling Dismissal of #MeToo is a Reminder that On-Screen Feminism isn't Always Real

Preity Zinta's Giggling Dismissal of #MeToo is a Reminder that On-Screen Feminism isn't Always Real'Aaj ki Sweetu kal ki #MeToo ho sakti hai', Preity Zinta said in a recent interview.

2002 Gujarat Riots Case: Supreme Court to Hear Plea Today Challenging SIT Clean Chit to PM Modi

2002 Gujarat Riots Case: Supreme Court to Hear Plea Today Challenging SIT Clean Chit to PM ModiThe petition has been moved by 80-year-old Zakia Jafri and activist Teesta Setalvad's NGO Citizens for Justice and Peace.

Saudi Arabia: Father-Son Duo Detained For Posing With Indian Flag Inside Haram in Mecca, Released After MEA Intervenes

Saudi Arabia: Father-Son Duo Detained For Posing With Indian Flag Inside Haram in Mecca, Released After MEA IntervenesUnaware that posing with any flag inside the Haram is prohibited, the father-son duo attempted to click pictures of them with the tricolour.

CCTV Camera Records Tutor Slapping, Beating Boy With Shoe 

CCTV Camera Records Tutor Slapping, Beating Boy With Shoe A case has been registered against the teacher and a police team has been formed to nab him. 

NSA Ajit Doval Interfered in Probe Against Asthana: CBI DIG

NSA Ajit Doval Interfered in Probe Against Asthana: CBI DIGAccording to the petition, Rakesh Asthana had reportedly made a request to NSA that he should not be arrested.

Sohrabuddin's brother Rubabuddin testifies in court, says Azam Khan lied about Haren Pandya's killing

Sohrabuddin's brother Rubabuddin testifies in court, says Azam Khan lied about Haren Pandya's killingRubabuddin Shaikh stood by his statement to the CBI that his brother Sohrabuddin was killed in a fake encounter.

Ajmal Kasab, Hanged For 26/11 Mumbai Attacks, Issued Domicile Certificate in UP

Ajmal Kasab, Hanged For 26/11 Mumbai Attacks, Issued Domicile Certificate in UPIn a shocking incident of professional negligence, Bidhuna tehsil in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district issued a domicile certificate of Ajmal Kasab, a convict in 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

IOC warns Chinese Taipei of potential repercussions if it changes its name to Taiwan in controversial referendum

IOC warns Chinese Taipei of potential repercussions if it changes its name to Taiwan in controversial referendumTaiwan will vote on Saturday on whether the island should compete as Taiwan and not Chinese Taipei in a controversial referendum alongside local elections.

BSF jawan killed, 3 others injured in blast at border outpost in J&K`s Samba
A Border Security Force (BSF) trooper was killed and three others were injured in an accidental explosion on Monday at a border outpost in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district, officials said.
Discussed future plan to save the nation from BJP: Naidu, Mamata after Howrah meeting
As senior leaders, Mamata Ji and I have some responsibilities. We have to save the nation and democracy, said Naidu.
NSA Ajit Doval tried to influence probe against Rakesh Asthana, CBI officer Manish Sinha tells SC
Manish Kumar Sinha, an IPS officer, has challenged his transfer to Nagpur in his petition filed before the top court.
Congress cites Bangaru Laxman`s funeral to counter PM Modi`s attack over Sitaram Yechury
Congress party has accused the BJP top brass of humiliating its founders.
AgustaWestland case: Dubai top court orders extradition of middleman Christian Michel to India
Christian James Michel, a British middleman, is wanted by the Indian investigators in connection with the multi-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.
CAG preparing report on impact of demonetisation, likely to be ready before budget session
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is auditing the impact of the controversial demonetisation on the Indian economy and may complete its report on it before the budget session of Parliament early next year.
Arvind Kejriwal accuses BJP of getting ‘lakhs of names deleted from voter lists’, seeks action by EC
Arvind Kejriwal shared a letter sent to the Chief Election Commissioner by the Aam Aadmi Party.
Watch: Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb sings ‘dil diya hai jaan bhi denge, aye Tripura tere liye’
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who is often in news over his controversial remarks, is now charming people with his voice.
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Ranji Trophy: Depleted Delhi take on Hyderabad sans Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma
Having missed out on a golden opportunity to log full points in the opener, Delhi, sans senior stars Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma, will face Hyderabad in an away encounter of the Ranji Trophy from Tuesday.

CBI feud gets murkier, Asthana probe officer drags NSA, union minister and CVC's names into mix
Sinha claimed that as a result of his transfer to Nagpur he has been taken out of the probe team investigating the FIR against Asthana.

Watch: CM Biplab Kumar sings 'dil diya hai jaan bhi denge, aye Tripura tere liye'
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb once again hits the headlines but this time for charming people with his voice.

RBI board meeting ends on 'cordial' note, panel to review central bank's surplus funds: Sources to Reuters
At the recently concluded RBI board meeting, which was attended by all 12 board members, the institution decided to take measures on improving liquidity and to ease restrictions on certain state-run banks' reverse ration.

Lesbian, gay or bi individuals likelier to misuse opioids
According to a recent study, sexual orientation has been identified as a risk factor in opioid misuse.

Opposition suffering from 'Modi-phobia': BJP president Amit Shah
The Opposition is suffering from the "Narendra Modi-phobia", Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah said Monday.

Preity Zinta: It is unrealistic to compare heroes and heroines as their lifespan is different
Unrealistic to compare shelf-life of heroes and heroines: Preity Zinta

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey gets flak for holding sign that says 'Smash Brahminical Patriarchy'
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who was India recently, got flak on Twitter for holding a sign which said 'Smash Brahminical Patriarchy'.

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NSA Ajit Doval interfered in Asthana probe: CBI officer to SC
Manish Kumar Sinha has also alleged that the complainant in the case, businessman Sana Sathish Babu, had told him that Union minister Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhari had been paid bribes to the tune of several crores of rupees for alleged help in matters related to CBI.

Naidu meets Mamata, announces postponement of Opposition conclave
Flanked by the Trinamool Congress chief, Naidu attacked the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre alleging that institutions like the Central Bureau of Investigation, Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax department, Reserve Bank of India and Comptroller Auditor General are under "severe pressure".

PIX: Here's where Priyanka and Nick will marry
Though there is no official confirmation, there are reports that the couple will tie the knot at the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur.

PIX: Dhoni celebrates wife's birthday in style
Dhoni celebrated Sakshi's 30th birthday in style with daughter Ziva and friends.

The lady behind Deepika's success
'Deepika always got all the jobs she auditioned for.''There was really no stopping her.'

In its highest closing since Oct 3, Sensex rallies over 300 pts
A crucial meet of the Reserve Bank's central board is underway amid a rift between the central bank and the government over future course of policies. Expectations of a positive outcome boosted market mood after the meeting began.

'Madhuri and Aishwarya didn't crib'
'Both Madhuri and Aishwarya adjusted well with each other.''They did not crib that one got good moves and the other did not.'

BSF Soldier Killed in Blast in J&K's Samba District
The blast occurred at a border outpost along the International Border.

Rafale Row: Air Force Will Not Do Anything Wrong, Says Officer Who Tested Fighter Jet
The Congress has alleged a scam in the deal signed in 2016 while the government denied any irregularity.

Critical RBI Board Meeting Comes to an End After Nine Hours
It wasn't immediately clear whether it had come to any conclusions in a dispute with the government over easing liquidity for the financial sector and increasing credit to small businesses.

CBI Feud Turns Murkier as Officer Drags Names of NSA Ajit Doval, Union Minister
Senior officer MK Sinha who was probing the FIR against Asthana, the CBI's number 2, and important cases like the PNB scam involving Nirav Modi, made a litany of sensational allegations in his petition before the Supreme Court that sought urgent hearing for quashing his transfer to Nagpur.

Dubai Court Orders Christian Michel's Extradition in AgustaWestland Case: Report
Michel, 54, is currently behind bars in Dubai since he was arrested and sent into custody pending the legal and judicial procedure in the UAE.

British PM Theresa May Vows to Give Indian Software Developers Fair Chance After Brexit
Under the current EU freedom of movement rules, migrant workers from within the economic bloc are free to come in and find work in the UK, while workers from non-EU countries like India have to undergo strict visa application requirements.

Odisha to Build Houses for 13,000 Cyclone-hit Families
The house will be provided under the Biju Pucca Ghar scheme and the decision was taken at a high level meeting here chaired by Patnaik.

Bovine Intrusion: How Gau Raksha is Hurting Rajasthan's Rural Economy
The Cow Menace in Rajasthan has reached such levels, that farmers spend whole nights on their fields to guard their crops. Stray cattle cause damage worth hundreds of rupees. Yet, with cow slaughter ban, gau rakshaks, fewer gaushalas and prohibition of sale of cattle, things have only worsened. Watch this episode of Reporter's Project to know more.

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Gold futures succumb to profit-booking, global cues
Gold prices fell by Rs 34 to Rs 31,244 per 10 gram in futures trade on Monday due to profit-booking by participants at current levels amid weak globa

Silver futures up 0.24% as speculators create fresh position
Silver prices rose by 0.24 per cent in futures trade as traders built up fresh positions even as the metal weakened overseas. At the Multi Commodity

Why buying sovereign gold bonds in secondary market is a herculean task
Operational issues in inter-depository transfer and settlement mechanism

Preity Zinta: India outrage over Bollywood actress's #MeToo comment
Preity Zinta said the video interview was edited badly and her comments were 'taken out of context'.

What Gujarat attacks on migrants say about India's economy
Tens of thousands of migrant workers fled Gujarat state after attacks targeting them.

India's first elephant hospital
The charity-run centre aims to treat elephants rescued from captivity and injured in accidents.

Why snow has brought despair to Kashmir's apple farmers
The apple farming industry which employs nearly half the state's population has been badly affected.

Sabarimala: Why has a Hindu temple divided India's women?
The BBC spoke to two writers with differing views on the Sabarimala temple's rule that bars women.

India tiger cubs 'may become man-eaters'
Their mother was shot dead this month after reportedly killing 13 people in Maharashtra state.

Lewis Hamilton: Formula 1 world champion explains 'poor place' India comments
Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton clarifies comments he made about India being a "poor place".

Garima Arora: Indian chef cooks her way to a Michelin star
Garima Arora has become the first Indian woman to win a Michelin star for her restaurant in Bangkok.

CBI director Alok Verma files response to CVC probe report in Supreme Court
CBI director Alok Kumar Verma on Monday filed in the Supreme Court his response on findings of the CVC’s preliminary probe report on corruption charges against him in a sealed cover.

India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma says team ready to counter extra pace and boun...
Ind vs Aus: The visitors have never won a Test series Down Under but fancy their chances against an Australian team yet to recover from a ball-tampering scandal that led to bans for former captain Steve Smith, opener David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft.

Four dead in fire at a house near Delhi's Karol Bagh
The fire broke out at 12.23 pm. Two fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was brought under control by 12.50 pm

'Why 15,000 cops?' HC raps Kerala government on 'high-handedness' at Sabarimala
Kerala high court on Monday questioned the state government’s action against devotees at the Sabarimala temple in the state’s Pathanamthitta district, asking its top law officer to appear before it.

Forget card tricks, this revelation about 8 of diamonds has Twitter shocked
The tweet has collected over one lakh ‘likes’ and more than 33,000 retweets

Nothing shocks us, says SC after another CBI officer seeks urgent hearing
The Supreme Court has already taken up a batch of petitions on the bitter war within the agency, beginning with a petition filed by the exiled CBI boss Alok Verma against the government order sending him on compulsory leave.

India became global superpower 'due to Lord Ram': UP minister
Claiming that the entire world was keeping a watch over India’s developments, the minister affirmed that the country “owes its identity to Lord Ram”.

Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu to meet Mamata Banerjee, invite her to Nov 22 opposition...
The meeting between Chandrababu Naidu and Mamata Banerjee will take place at the state secretariat in Kolkata in the afternoon.

Donald Trump names Indian-American woman to prestigious judgeship
Trump said that Rao's announcement was scheduled for Wednesday, but that he decided to do it a day early because the celebration was an appropriate venue.

Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard for the US Prez race
Both Harris and Gabbard have made early moves, reaching out to party workers and voters in Iowa whose caucuses kick off the 2020 presidential cycle on February 3, 2020.

'2,382 Indians languishing in US jails for illegally crossing border'
These detainees, a significant number of whom are from Punjab, are seeking asylum, claiming that they "experienced violence or persecution" in India.

Tulsi Gabbard planning to run for US presidency in 2020: Sources
Gabbard would be the first Hindu candidate ever from a major political party to announce to enter the race for White House.

Sikh farmer inducted into Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame
The British Columbia-based Peter Dhillon is the first person of visible minority to join the company of great Canadians who have made their mark in agriculture and agro-food business.

Singapore court charges 4 NRIs over lighting fireworks on Diwali
The government started regulating the use of fireworks in 1968 when the practice of lighting celebratory fireworks became a serious public safety issue. A total ban was rolled out on August 1, 1972.

Indian-origin brothers charged with deceiving investors in supposedly unbiased reports
SeeThruEquity and the Tandon brothers camouflaged the payments by inviting companies to make a "presentation" at an investor conference in order to receive a research report for free.

4 Indian-Americans reelected to US House and over dozen others in US midterm
In the eighth Congressional District of Illinois, Raja Krishnamoorthi was re-elected for the second term by a comfortable margin of more than 30 percentage points.

Watch: Kerala to rein in trans-fat in eatery food
The Health Department and the Food Safety wing are joining hands to launch an initiative to enforce dietary guidelines, involving the reduction of tra
We have to save institutions and democracy, says Chandrababu Naidu after meeting Mamata
When asked who will be the face of an anti-BJP front, Ms Banerjee says “everybody will be the face of the mahagathbandhan”.
Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections 2018: will order fast track probe into Vyapam 'scam', says Jyotiraditya Scindia
Elections to the 230 Assembly seats in the State will take place on November 28.
Dharmapuri bus burning case: Timeline
Three AIADMK men, serving life imprisonment on charges of setting ablaze a bus in Dharmapuri killing three girls of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural Univer
Sugarcane farmers seek apology from CM, threaten to intensify agitation
Seeking an apology from Chief Minister H .K.umaraswamy for describing the agitating sugarcane farmers in Belagavi as “goondas”, the Karnataka State S
‘Amend Act to jail sugar mill owners for not paying farmers their due’
Measure necessary to protect farmers, says Kurubur Shanthakumar
Bring law to jail sugar mill owners for not paying farmers their due, says sugarcane farmers’ leader
The Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers Association has urged the State Government to amend the Karnataka Sugarcane (Regulation of Purchase and Supply)
Victory for Odisha's Balarampur residents as CM Naveen Patnaik cancels brewery project
The photos of women hugging the trees to thwart their felling went viral.
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In ‘Digital India,’ Government Hands Out Free Phones to Win Votes
The leaders of one Indian state gave 2.9 million smartphones to residents, then used them to campaign for re-election. Others may copy the model.

That’s a Lot of Lamps: 300,000 Lit in India for Diwali, Breaking Record
Hundreds of thousands of lamps illuminated the northern city of Ayodhya for Diwali, casting a glowing light over the city. But there was concern that the spectacle could contribute to air pollution.

After Man-Eating Tiger Is Killed in India, a Backlash Against the Hunters
Villagers were relieved when T-1, a tigress believed to have killed 13 people, met her end. But animal rights advocates, and some politicians, reacted with fury.

Man-Eating Tiger Is Shot Dead in India
The female tiger, which was believed to have killed at least 13 people, was the subject of one of the longest and most expensive tiger hunts in India in recent memory.

Clashes Blocking Women From Temple in India Bring Over 2,000 Arrests
The police struggled to contain violent protests after the Supreme Court overturned a ban on women of childbearing age at the Sabarimala Temple.

When Art Comes Along for the Ride
Forget grand marble statues. New installations in public transit hubs invite riders to feel the inspiration and interact with the art.

An Indian Court Ordered a Temple to Admit Women. So Far, It Hasn’t.
At least 12 women have tried to enter Sabarimala Temple since the Supreme Court struck down its ban, but mobs — or official discouragement — have stopped them.

Dozens Watching Fireworks in India Are Mowed Down by Speeding Train
A Hindu religious holiday signifying the victory of good over evil ends in tragedy, as people sitting on railway tracks are killed by a speeding train.

Renault Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn Arrested Over Alleged Financial Misconduct
Nissan Motor Company Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested on Monday for alleged financial misconduct and will be fired from the board this week, a dramatic fall for a charismatic leader hailed for...
Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 20,000 [November 2018]
Best mobile phones in India under Rs. 20,000 - the top rated phones under 20000 by Gadgets 360.
Trade Deal With China A "Mistake", Maldives Set To Pull Out: Lawmaker
The Maldives' new government will pull out of a free trade agreement (FTA) with China because it was a mistake for the tiny nation to strike such a pact with the world's second biggest economy, the...
Name Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Corridor After Bal Thackeray, Demands Sena
A Shiv Sena delegation Monday met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis demanding that the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Corridor be named after its founding chief late Bal Thackeray.
BJP Lawmaker U-Turns On Resignation After Meeting Devendra Fadnavis
Maharashtra BJP lawmaker Anil Gote Monday said he will not go ahead with its decision to quit the assembly and also the party after holding a meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Hope Machine To End Woes Of Manual Scavengers Involved In Cleaning Sewer
Hundreds of "manual scavengers" die each year cleaning out sewers in cities across India, but a machine unveiled on World Toilet Day today could help to end that tragic record. Thousands of people,...
Blog: DeepVeer Wedding - Really? Those Outfits? After All That?
Now imagine the pressure on Priyanka Chopra when she gets married in Rajasthan in the very near future
SC Refuses To Interfere With Elections Of Archery Association Of India
The AAI has moved the apex court against the new constitution and the election process initiated by former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi.
Telcos complete new KYC process in 85% area: COAI

Telcos complete new KYC process in 85% area: COAINew Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Telecom operators have completed the adoption of a new e-KYC (Know Your Customer) process in around 85 per cent of the country and the rest is likely to be covered soon, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said on Monday. Speaking to reporters here, COAI Director General Rajan Mathews said the use of Aadhaar-based process is likely to end in a day or two. Mathews further said: "The thing is that...there are areas where we have over one million points of sale and to be able to put the alternative process, mechanism, paperwork in place takes some time." The industry body, he said, has informed the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) that the operators would require some more time for exiting the Aadhaar-based process keeping in mind the "consumer interest" as most of the infrastructure is Aadhaar-based.

Industrial park rating will boost competitiveness: Prabhu

Industrial park rating will boost competitiveness: PrabhuNew Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) The development of an industrial park rating system would help increase industry competitiveness and boost the manufacturing sector in the country, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Monday. Releasing a report here on the industrial park rating system prepared by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Prabhu said such a system would be a useful tool for policy makers and investors available "at the click of a button". "To ensure that India moves into the top 50 countries in Ease of Doing Business, the Ministry has undertaken the exercise of studying infrastructure across states and in over 3,300 industrial clusters, in order to assess quality of infrastructure in industrial parks in the country," he said.

Hopes of easier lending norms, fund inflows lift equity indices

Hopes of easier lending norms, fund inflows lift equity indicesMumbai, Nov 19 (IANS) Indian equities got a lift on Monday amid expectations the central bank will take measures to ease liquidity crunch and relax lending norms for state-run banks.

Woodpecker film fest to be back with sixth edition

Woodpecker film fest to be back with sixth editionNew Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) The Woodpecker International Film Festival (WIFF) will be back with the sixth edition here next month. This year, the fest will screen several films and documentaries based on social issues. Short films and documentaries from India and other countries will be screened at the three-day festival at Siri Fort Auditorium here.

Ranji tie: Shami yet to join Bengal team

Ranji tie: Shami yet to join Bengal teamKolkata, Nov 19 (IANS) Although he made himself available, India pacer Mohammed Shami is yet to join the Bengal squad on the eve of their Ranji Trophy match against Kerala at the Eden Gardens here from Tuesday. Shami is the only player from the Test squad for Australia cleared by the BCCI to play Bengal's Ranji Trophy Elite Group B fixture on the condition that he would only bowl 15-17 overs per innings. The likes of Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin, both part of the Test team, have been asked to skip Ranji games.

Devotees in India celebrate Buddhist festival by offering robes to monks

Devotees in India celebrate Buddhist festival by offering robes to monksBuddhist devotees in parts of eastern and north-eastern India celebrated 'Kathin Chibor Daan', a Buddhist festival by offering robes and other items to monks. 'Kathin Chibor Daan' or "offering robe" - is an annual Buddhist festival during which devotees offer different items to wanderer monks, including clothes woven on their own looms. 'Chibor' is the robe that Buddhist monks wear. Devotees in Bodhgaya took out a procession while in Agartala devotees offered prayers at a temple and tied items including books, pens, currency and holy threads on trees with strings to pray for their wishes to be fulfilled on the occasion. The festival is held within a month after the full moon night in the Hindu month of Ashwin. It also marks the conclusion of a seclusion period for monks who meditate for three months.

Political leaders unite to pay tribute to former PM Indira Gandhi on birth anniversary

Political leaders unite to pay tribute to former PM Indira Gandhi on birth anniversarySeveral political leaders from Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came together to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 101st birth anniversary. Gandhi family organised the tribute meet in the Parliament. Home Minister Rajnath Singh was present on the occasion. Former BJP chief LK Advani also attended the tribute meet. Indira Gandhi served as Prime Minister of India for four terms.

HarperCollins India partners ISF for fan outreach programme

HarperCollins India partners ISF for fan outreach programmeNew Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) The unbeaten run of the Indian women's cricket team has landed them in the semi-finals of the ongoing ICC World T20 and the timing couldn't have been any better for leading publisher HarperCollins India to announce its partnership with Indian Sports Fan (ISF), a community of sports fans for women's cricket outreach programme. HarperCollins India and ISF together will cater to women's cricket fans from 17 countries with exclusive content, podcasts, chat sessions with the author of a yet-to-be-released book 'Free Hit: The Story of Women's Cricket in India'. Speaking on the occasion, Suprita Das, author Free Hit said: 'Free Hit dives deep into the lives of a spirited bunch of Indian women cricketers who fought hard for their right to play, overcame sponsorship challenges, corrected gender-based pay gaps and tackled the sheer indifference of cricket administrators along the way." "It's a story that puts the spotlight on their struggles, victories and adventures in promoting the game and reminds us that they too -- like the men's team -- brought home laurels worth celebrating," she added.

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