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Bengal polls phase three crucial for Congress

Murshidabad/Malda, April 22 (IANS) The high-octane Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal reach an exciting third leg on Tuesday, as the poll caravan rolls to the culturally rich South Dinjapur and then moves to Malda — famed for its mouth-watering mangoes –before entering Murshidabad in South Bengal, which was once[Read More…]

Sensex ends 495 pts down, fear gauge at 3 yr high (Lead)

Mumbai, April 22 (IANS) Indian stock markets fell steeply on Monday over a sharp rise in crude oil prices. The benchmark Brent crude futures rose above the $73 a barrel mark following reports that the US may end sanctions waivers it had granted to some importers of Iranian oil, including[Read More…]

Cancer patients more likely to use marijuana: Study

New York, April 22 (IANS) Many cancer patients use marijuana and its usage has increased, a new study suggests. The findings, published in the journal CANCER, indicate 40.3 per cent cancer patients used marijuana within the past year, compared with 38 per cent of respondents without cancer. “Prospective clinical trials[Read More…]

Congress may field Yoganand Shastri from South Delhi

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) The Congress here on Monday announced six candidates for Delhi Lok Sabha seats, but is having a rethink on the name for the South Delhi constituency, party sources said. The party was considering Ramesh Kumar, brother of former party leader Sajjan Kumar, for the South[Read More…]

Priyanka slams Smriti for misleading Amethi voters

Amethi, April 22 (IANS) Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday slammed Union Minister Smriti Irani, saying she is out to insult the people of Amethi and Rae Bareli — the strongholds of the Gandhis. “The people of Amethi and Rae Bareli have self-respect. They have never begged before anyone[Read More…]

No rift with ‘mentor’ Raje: Jaipur’s Diya Kumari

Jaipur, April 22 (IANS) BJP candidate from Rajsamand Diya Kumari of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family is trying to mend fences with former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje after rumours that their differences and Raje’s objection delayed the announcement of her name for the Lok Sabha elections. “These are only rumours.[Read More…]

‘Serendipity arts fest is a people’s festival’

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) The fourth edition of Serendipity Arts Festival, held annually in Goa, will be a people’s festival, aiming at “bringing back the magic of art into the mundane realities of life”, industrialist and founder patron Sunil Kant Munjal said on Monday. The multidisciplinary festival also announced[Read More…]

Rahul regrets attributing ‘chor’ remarks to SC (Lead)

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Explaining his remarks on the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday expressed regret for attributing his “Chowkidar Chor Hai” remarks to the top court and said he has incorrectly done so in the “heat of the moment”. Gandhi also said that his comment[Read More…]

India raises blacklisting of Masood Azhar with China (4th Lead)

New Delhi/Beijing, April 22 (IANS) India has shared with China “all evidences” of the terrorist activities of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and its chief Masood Azhar, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in New Delhi on Monday as Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale held talks with the Chinese leadership in Beijing.[Read More…]

Tirupati temple has 9,259 kg gold in treasury, banks

Tirupati, April 22 (IANS) The Sri Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala here owns 9,259 kg of gold deposited with various banks and in its treasury, a senior temple official said on Monday. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of the country’s richest temple, has 5,387 kg of gold[Read More…]

3 kids of Danish billionaire killed in Sri Lanka

Copenhagen, April 22 (IANS) Three of the four children of Danish billionaire fashion tycoon behind the online clothing retailer Asos have died in the Sri Lanka suicide bombings, a spokesman for the fashion firm said on Monday. The spokesman for Anders Holch Povlsen — Denmark’s wealthiest man with a net[Read More…]

Plea in HC seeks consumer redressal in Jet crisis

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) A plea was filed in the Delhi High Court on Monday seeking prompt redressal of consumer complaints in the wake of the ongoing Jet Airways crisis. The application was filed by consumer rights activist Bejon K. Misra, whose earlier plea seeking capping of airfares charged[Read More…]

New women hockey players very talented: Rani Rampal

Kaushik Kumar New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Rani Rampal, Indian women’s hockey captain, believes the women hockey scenario has changed in the recent past and the interest being shown by the new generation will further help in development of the game in the country. Talking to IANS, she said, “The[Read More…]

India now virtually terror-free, says Modi (Lead)

Nashik/Nandurbar (Maharashtra), April 22 (IANS) Citing the example of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that killed nearly 300 people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday claimed that India is now virtually “terror-free” barring some pockets of Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing an election rally at Pimpalgaon in Nashik district,[Read More…]

Mehbooba Mufti slams Modi’s nuclear arsenal remarks

Srinagar, April 22 (IANS) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of lowering the standard of political discourse by his remarks on India’s nuclear weapons. Modi told a rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer on Sunday that India is no more afraid of nuclear threats[Read More…]

India intensifies coastal security after Sri Lanka blasts

Chennai, April 22 (IANS) Patrolling along India’s eastern Coast has been intensified by the coastal security agencies in a coordinated manner to foil any infiltration in wake of the serial suicide bomb blasts in Sri Lanka, a senior police officer said on Monday. “For the past two days, patrolling has[Read More…]

Political ad spend on Facebook picks up in April

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Political parties and their affiliates ramped up spending on social media ads ahead of the third phase of Lok Sabha elections, scheduled for Tuesday, show data released by Facebook Ad Library. Indians spent around Rs 7 crore for running political ads on Facebook and Instagram[Read More…]

TMC means Terror Manufacturing Company: Amit Shah (Lead)

Uluberia/Krishnanagar/Rampurhat (West Bengal), April 22 (IANS) In a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP President Amit Shah on Monday said her government has ruined the state economically and culturally, and her party – the TMC – has become a “Terror Manufacturing Company”. He vowed to build[Read More…]

Court sends complaint against Rahul to another judge

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) A court her on Monday sent the private complaint filed against Congress President Rahul Gandhi for making an objectionable speech against Prime Minister Narendra Modi to another judge. Metropolitan Magistrate Preeti Prewa noted that Gandhi is a sitting parliamentarian and there is special court designated[Read More…]

Sri Lanka shows religious extremism’s ugly face: CPI-M

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) The horrific killings in Sri Lanka show “how terror motivated by religious extremism is increasingly targeting minorities in the respective countries of South Asia”, the CPI-M said on Monday. “This underlines the necessity to combat religious extremism in all its forms,” the Communist Party of[Read More…]

Congress supporting anti-nationals, says Adityanath

Behrampur (West Bengal), April 22 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday accused Congress of extending support to “anti-nationals” in the country, saying it wants to turn India into a hub of “terrorism and Naxalism.” “Take a look at Congress manifesto, it would appear that their support lies[Read More…]

SRK praises Salman’s ‘Bharat’ trailer

Mumbai, April 22 (IANS) Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and actor Anil Kapoor have heaped praise on the trailer of “Bharat”, starring Salman Khan. The trailer of “Bharat” released on Monday. The three-minute long video shows different shades of Salman’s life journey. Hailing it, Shah Rukh tweeted: “Kya baat hai bhai!![Read More…]

Scott Speer arrested over domestic dispute

Los Angeles, April 22 (IANS) Filmmaker Scott Speer was arrested last week after having an alleged domestic dispute with his wife here. According to law enforcement sources, the “Step Up Revolution” director roughed up his wife during a drunken rampage before trying to burn their San Fernando Valley house down,[Read More…]

Jobless man missing after killing wife, three kids

Ghaziabad, April 22 (IANS) A Bachelor of Technology who lost his job with a multinational in Bengaluru has gone missing after killing his wife and three children here after failing to get work, police said on Tuesday. Sumit Kumar, a resident of Gyan Khand at Indirapuram, administered sleeping pills in[Read More…]

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