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Modi on 2-day visit to Varanasi from tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin a two-day visit to his Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency tomorrow, during which he will inaugurate severalinfrastructure projects and address public meetings, officials said today.Varanasi District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra said Modi would open the second phase of a trade facilitation centre for weavers and handicraft workers in Bada-Lalpur on September 22. He will also inaugurate nearly 17 infrastructure projects, including the Ramnagar-Samne Ghat ..., 11 minutes ago

BJP calling? Congress strongman Narayan Rane quits party

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Congress strongman Narayan Rane has quit the party. The strongman is now likely to join the BJP in the coming days. Rane reportedly wants his two sons also to be accomodated in the BJP, which is in power in Maharashtra. The Shiv Sena may, however, prove to be a roadblock in Rane's induction in the BJP. The party is reportedly wary of the strong loyalty Rane enjoys in the Konkan belt which is also the Sena stronghold. Rane had joined the ...
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Biggest challenge facing the bullet train: 825 hectares of land

Of the Rs 1.10 lakh crore investment required for the project, Japan is providing Rs 88,000 crore as a soft loan at 0.01 per cent interest. However, release of the Japanese funding is linked to land acquisition. Acquiring 825 hectares of land may become a major hurdle for the completing the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project by 2022.   Experts said advancing the project’s deadline by a year to August 2022 may not be feasible considering the complex land acquisition process ...
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Kejriwal, Kamal Haasan meet for lunch

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday called on actor Kamal Haasan, who has political circles abuzz with speculation that he might join politics. IMAGE: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and actor Kamal Haasan are all smiles as they meet each other. Photograph: ANI/Twitter The Aam Aadmi Party chief was received at the airport by Haasan’s younger daughter Akshara.   Kejriwal met the actor at his office in Alwarpet. IMAGE: Kamal Haasan's younger daughter Akshara ...
 Rediff.com28 minutes ago Politics the main course at Kamal, Kejriwal's lunch meeting  Rediff.com1 hour ago Kejriwal's welcome party!  Rediff.com2 hours ago Now, Kamal Haasan to meet Kejriwal, 'to discuss politics'  Rediff.com15 hours ago

Navratri style: We dare you to wear this GREEN sari

All the celeb inspiration you need for Day Two. Our gorgeous B-town ladies will give you a cue on how to look your glamorous best in GREEN!   Take a cue from Sonam Kapoor on how to add a fusion twist to your traditional look by pairing a peppermint off-shoulder top with cropped trousers and a sleeveless jacket.Photograph: Kind courtesy Sonam Kapoor/Instagram   Want to turn people green with envy this Navratri? Try a green jumpsuit like the one Shilpa Shetty is ...
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Dawood Ibrahim 'in talks' with Centre for his return, alleges Raj Thackeray

Raj Thackeray dropped a bombshell today as he claimed that India's most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim is trying to negotiate his return with the central government as "he wants to spend his last days" in his home country. The Maharashtra politician claimed that the ruling BJP wants to bring the don back to score in elections.Dawood is "very sick and crippled", said the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief at a function to mark his Facebook debut."He is currently in talks for a 'setting' with ...
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Car parked at news channel's office vandalised

A car parked in a Malayalam television channel’s office complex in Alapuzha was found vandalised early on Thursday with various political parties condemning the incident and terming it as an attack on the media. Following the incident at the Asianet News office, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed the police to conduct a “robust” probe. “A direction has been given to the police to conduct a robust probe and arrest the culprits involved in the attack on ...
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Tennis Round-up: Paes and Raja in quarters

IMAGE: Leander Paes and Purav Raja celebrate a point. Photograph: Purav Raja/Twitter Leander Paes and Purav Raja, who are trying to establish as a pair on the ATP World Tour, progressed to the quarter-finals of the St Petersburg Open with a straight-set win over Fabio Fognini and James Cerretani. The Indians brushed aside the challenge of the Italian-American 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and seven minutes. Paes and Raja converted four of the 10 break points they earned and saved ...
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Shakila starred in some of the finest Hindi songs

Shakila's seductive performances in the ever-popular club number Babuji Dheere Chalna and the fabulous torch song Hoon Abhi Main Jawaan made filmmakers sit up and notice this new talent.Dinesh Raheja remembers the actress who passed into the ages on Wednesday. IMAGE: Shakila. Photograph: Kind Courtesy Waheeda Rehman/Twitter Having begun her career in small roles in the early 1950s, Shakila was first noticed when she played the grey-shaded second lead to heroine Shyama in Aar Paar (1954), which ...
 Rediff.com1 hour ago Babuji Dheere Chalna actress Shakila passes away  Rediff.com2 hours ago

HC sets aside Mamata govts restrictions on Durga idol immersion

The Calcutta high court set aside on Thursday the West Bengal governments controversial restrictions on Durga Puja idol immersion, a day after it rapped Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for creating communal divisions.The court asked the administration to ensure separate routes for immersion and Muharram processions.The state government had banned any idol immersion after 10 pm on September 30, the last day of the five-day festival, and on October 1 on account of Muharam. Banerjee had said ...
 Rediff.com1 hour ago Durga idol immersion: Let people live in harmony, court tells Mamata govt  Rediff.com19 hours ago
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