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SIIMA 2016: Rakul Preet, Sonal Chauhan, Huma Qureshi sizzle on the red carpet
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SIIMA 2016: Rakul Preet, Sonal Chauhan, Huma Qureshi sizzle on...

The SIIMA awards are underway in Singapore, and the celebrities have already made a splash! Here's a look at the red carpet arrivals. Rakul Preet Singh, who also performed at the awards, strikes a pose. Sonal Chauhan blows a kiss. Huma Qureshi gives a copper-winged touch to her black gown. Shruti Haasan bagged the Best Actress award for her Telugu film, Srimanthudu. Rana Daggubatti kills it in his full-grown-beard look. He won the Best Actor in a Negative role for his work ... Rediff.com, 6 minutes ago
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The real story behind Uttar Pradesh's development

'Favourable treatment to selected areas has been a pattern throughout Uttar Pradesh. Locally powerful leaders get things done; other areas languish.' A series on states:Part 1: 'Andhra Pradesh is Gujarat of the East coast'Part 2: Maharashtra remains India's richest statePart 3: Madhya Pradesh: Quite a few scores, but many misses, too A display board in the chief executive officer’s (CEO) rather modest chamber says “99 days to go”. There is a map outside, a ...
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Amarnath yatra begins amid tight security

Amid tight security, the 48-day long annual Amarnath yatra on Friday began in Jammu in the shadow of the recent terror attacks in the state, with Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh flagging off the first batch of 1,282 pilgrims for the cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas. Drones are being used for aerial security of the Amarnath base camp at Bhagwati Nagar area of Jammu city for the first time while at least 20,000 security personnel have been deployed along the two routes. "Adequate ...
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Efforts on to rescue two-year-old from borewell in Jodhpur

A two-year-old girl fell into a 700 feet deep borewell in Rajasthan's Jodhpur city on Friday. Efforts are currently underway to rescue the girl. The mishap took place at Binjwadia village where the locals opened the borewell to repair its pump. Late last night, all the pipes and pump were pulled out of the well and it was left open. Two-year-old Neha wandered off from her home while playing and went to the borewell, where she slipped and fell inside. Earlier in April, a ...
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ATM woes: The machine dispensed the cash after nearly 10 minutes

We had asked you, dear readers to share your good and bad ATM experiences. Sandeep Sathyanarayan shares a shocking experience he had at an ATM. You can share yours too!  I visited the ICICI Bank ATM outside Vashi station in Navi Mumbai. I inserted the (ATM) card, entered the amount to withdraw (money) and waited for the cash to come out. But the machine fell silent! After waiting for a moment or so, I tried to call the customer care from the phone placed at the ATM. But as ...
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This govt is stupendously stupid: LGBT activists on UNHRC absention

Adopting an evasive approach, India on Friday abstained from a United Nations Human Rights Council vote to appoint, for a period of three years, an Independent Expert to help protect the rights of homosexuals and transgenders worldwide. Expressing disappointment over India's move to abstain from voting, the LGBT community members on Friday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi break his silence and speak about "inclusive society". Throwing light on the fact that the Private Member Bill ...
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Govt offers allowances for bad climate, cycles and even hair cut!

Government employees are resisting the pay panel's suggestion on scrapping allowances for acting, bad climate, family planning, funeral, robe maintenance and even hair cut! Image: ‘The number of allowances paid to government employees in India is quite large and there are demands for even more allowances’. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters     Guess what are some of the allowances the 7th central pay commission (CPC) wants abolished or subsumed but which ...
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Ex-IAF officer creates plane to conquer fear of flying

'It's like your private Boeing 747 which you can fly yourself.''This concept brings the aeroplane closer to passengers and opens the cockpit to everyone.'Former IAF officer Dinesh Nair has built an airplane from scratch and provides a cockpit experience to enthusiasts and those with a fear of flying.Rediff.com's Archana Masih and photographer Rajesh Karkera take a joy ride. IMAGE: The cockpit of the aircraft is like that of an aircraft. Computer screens outside the window panels show actual ...
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Brexit: IMF warns of repercussions for global economy

Britain's decision to leave the European Union has created "significant uncertainty" that will have repercussions not only for the UK and Europe, but also for the global economy, the International Monetary Fund has warned. IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice said the Brexit was likely to cause a dampening of growth in the near term, and urged policy makers to act decisively while dealing with the situation."Brexit has created significant uncertainty, and we believe this is likely to dampen growth in ...
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Uttarakhand: 9 dead in cloudburst, houses washed away in flash flood

Nearly 25 people are feared dead following a cloudburst in Bastadi area, 50 kilometre from Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh town.  Locals from the area say that bodies of nine people have been recovered while more are feared buried in the debris. IMAGE: Nine people are dead after a cloudburst in Chamoli district. Photograph: ANI/Twitter Large tracts of agriculture fields were destroyed in Suva village of the Dharchula area and three bridges linking the village have been washed away.
 Rediff.com30 minutes ago 25 feared dead after cloudburst in Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh town  Rediff.com1 hour ago
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