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JD(S) not neglecting Muslims, Lingayats: Minister Open in new window
The Hindu
Bandeppa Khashempur, the Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former Minister, has claimed that the party was not neglecting the Muslims and Lingayats as being projected by some of the party opponents.

In Conversation With National Security Advisor Ajit Doval: Highlights Open in new window
NDTV
On Saturday, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

Newly born grandson of JD(U) MLC and BJP MLA kidnapped Open in new window
Deccan Herald
In a shocking incident, two unidentified women allegedly kidnapped the newly born grandson of JD(U) MLC Dinesh Prasad Singh and BJP MLA Veena Devi from a well-known private hospital in Muzaffarpur in Bihar.A police official said the grandson of the legislators was born to their son Abhishek alias Raja Babu and his wife Khushi yesterday at the hospital located in the heart of the city.Muzaffarpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ranjit Kumar Mishra visited the spot and is reviewing the incident.We reviewed CCTV footage of the hospital and noticed the two women coming there and later escaped with the child. We are trying to trace them. We have also arrested two private guards - Ajay Kumar Rai and Kumar Rakesh - posted at the entrance of the hospital. They are being interrogated, the SSP said today.Khushi was resting with her baby in her room in the hospital in the afternoon, when two well dressed women came. They praised the infant and started playing with him. As time passed, the mother fell asleep and the two escaped with the newborn, the police official said.The mother of the infant woke up in the evening and noticed the absence of the child. She raised an alarm after which the hospital staff, her husband and the her in-laws rushed there, the official said.The police is carrying out raids to locate the two women. It is also preparing to circulate their photographs in the district and sought help of the public in identifying them.

Rajinikanth skips Kochadaiyaan's screening at IFFI Open in new window
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A day after being honoured with the Centenary Award for the Indian Film Personality of the Year at IFFI's opening ceremony, South megastar Rajinikanth gave a miss to the screening of his much-talked about film 'Kochadaiyaan' here. The movie, released in May this year, marked the directorial debut of the cinema legend's 30-year-old daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth. The organisers had earlier announced the presence of the 63-year-old industry veteran at the screening of his film last evening at the Kala Academy, one of the venues for IFFI here but later declared his absence at the event. Rajinikanth who was supposed to be personally present for the screening couldn't make it due to his preoccupation in Bengaluru, announced a senior ministry official before the screening, which was attended by Soundarya and her mother Latha, who had lent her voice to the film. Missing her father's presence on the occasion, the filmmaker said she is thankful to the 'Lingaa' star to bring the motion-capture technology to India. It's indeed an honour for me to be a part of IFFI this evening. 'Kochadaiyaan' is my first film and I am a debutante director and the movie is India's first performance captured photo-realistic film and my dad is not here today but I want to thank him for bringing this technology to our country, Soundarya said. The director also said that through this film she tried to create a legendary living animated character. Animation is very new in India and this is a humble first attempt to bring this technology into the arena of Indian entertainment. Unlike films including (James Cameron's) 'Avatar' and (Steven Spielberg's) 'Tintin' where there are fictitious characters, I took on myself to recreate the legend of my father. I hope you enjoy the film, she said. The Tamil historical fiction action film also starred Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone and Jackie Shroff. ReportEntertainmentPTIPanajiBollywoodDeepika PadukoneJames Cameronjackie shroffLingaaFilmsRajinikanthEntertainmentSaturday, 22 November 2014 - 3:46pm dnai.in/csFU80

'PK' will have Gandhian philosophies: Raj Kumar Hirani Open in new window
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National-award winning filmmaker Raj Kumar Hirani's upcoming movie 'PK' is likely to dwell on Gandhian philosophy similar to his previous 2006 blockbuster 'Lage Raho Munnabhai'. 'PK', which is expected to be a satire on Hindu Gods and godmen, stars Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles. When asked whether 'PK' too will have a Gandhian touch like that of 'Lage Raho Munnabhai', the 51-year-old director, who addressed a session on 'Richard Attenborough and Gandhi' said, Of course, it will have.  The director continued to retain the suspense on the storyline of the film, scheduled to hit theatres on December 19 adding, I can't talk much about 'PK' now and we all are pretty excited about it. The session was also attended by his producer-friend Vidhu Vinod Chopra on the sidelines of ongoing IFFI. Chopra claimed that he was scared and apprehensive about the reactions to 'PK'. I am scared before the release of every film and it is the case with PK too, he said. I was scared before the release of the film 'Lage Raho Munnabhai'. We were not getting distributors to release the film as they felt the film is too boring without an item number in it. I told them there is item (referring to the role of Gandhi in the movie). That's a fight we had to do. It was the most courageous attempt to present Gandhi as a friend, he said.  'Lage Raho Munnabhai' starred Marathi actor Dilip Prabhalkar besides actor-duo Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi as the famous Munna-Circuit. ReportEntertainmentPTIPanajiAnushka SharmaArshad WarsiAamir KhanGandhianHindu GodsRaj Kumar HiraniVidhu Vinod ChopraSanjay DuttGandhiMarathiGodmenPanajiRichard AttenboroughPKBollywoodSaturday, 22 November 2014 - 3:24pm dnai.in/csFT192

New Zealad shot put star Valerie Adams, France's pole vault ace Renaud Lavillenie bag World Athlete of the Year award Open in new window
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New Zealand's shot put star Valerie Adams became the first athlete from her country to win the World Athlete of the Year in Monaco on Saturday, and also shared the award with France's pole vault world-record holder Renaud Lavillenie. The double Olympic champion said that this is for her, her family, her country and all women shot-putters. She said that she is so proud and humbled by this and it makes such a special ending to a challenging but very successful year for her. Four-time world champion Adams also said that they have such a great sport and they should all be very proud of what their sport brings. She also thanked all the support back in her home country New Zealand, saying that it's nice to have this award for her country as well, Stuff.co.nz reported. Adams put a lot of her success down to her Swiss coach Jean-Pierre Egger, her Auckland-based physio Lou Johnson and the support team around her. Adams, who has won 56 successive events, said that it was rare for field events to muscle out the glamour events such as sprinting. Sharing the award with Adams was France's pole vault world-record holder Renaud Lavillenie. Lavillenie, who set the new world record of 6.16 metre in Donetsk on February 15 succeeds sprint star Usain Bolt as the best athlete of the year and is the first French winner since 1988.Lavillenie, who is also the reigning Olympic champion, said that there can't have been a better year than 2014 and now he has the acknowledgement of the athletics family. Lavillenie won 21 of his 22 competitions in 2014, a series which included victories in the Diamond League Race as well as at the European Championships and IAAF Continental Cup. The Frenchman believes that the world record contributed to the award, but he won other competitions too. He added that he wasn't as good as Adams, he lost one competition, but 21 out of 22 is not too bad in an event, which is quite unpredictable. It is the first time that field event athletes had won both accolades and also the first time that a male pole-vaulter or a female thrower had won the World Athlete of the Year award, the report added.  ReportSportANIWELLINGTONathletesAthleticsAucklandchampionshipsFranceIAAFMonacoDonetskNew ZealandOlympic championshot putUsain BoltValerie AdamsWorld RecordwinnerwomenSaturday, 22 November 2014 - 3:24pmSaturday, 22 November 2014 - 3:24pm New Zealand's shot put star Valerie Adams (L) became the first athlete from her country to win the World Athlete of the Year in Monaco on Saturday, and also shared the award with France's pole vault world-record holder Renaud Lavillenie (R).dnai.in/csFS32

Pakistan plans to buy stealth fighter aircraft from China Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Pakistan plans to buy the fourth generation stealth fighter aircraft from China to boost its defence capability, according to a media report today.The matter was being discussed with Chinese authorities, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.It is for the first time that a senior government functionary has confirmed talks with China over purchase of the longer-range stealth aircraft — an issue that has been a subject of speculation in defence circles since the 10th edition of the Zhuhai Air Show (China) held earlier this month, when the aircraft was unveiled, the paper reported.The Janes Defence Weekly also quoted an unnamed Pakistani official as saying that the Pakistan Air Force was in talks with China to buy 30 to 40 of the Shenyang FC-31 fighters.FC-31 being developed by China primarily for the export market and reportedly several countries are interested in the aircraft believed to be comparable to US F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.A prototype of the aircraft, designated as J-31, has been flown by the Chinese aircraft research and development firm Shenyang Aviation Company for a couple of years now.What particularly interests the PAF is that FC-31 prototype (J-31) and JF-17 use the same Russian Klimov RD-93 engines. Pakistan is increasingly relying on China as a reliable source for its defence procurements.Hussain said that Pakistan was also interested in Chinese attack helicopter Z-10.China and Pakistan had earlier co-produced JF-17 Thunder.Pakistan has been eagerly trying to market this fighter aircraft. We have nearly confirmed orders from seven countries for JF-17, Hussain said.Pakistan, which is at present producing Block-2 of JF-17 at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra, is eyeing orders from countries in the Middle East and Africa.The PAF has a requirement of 250 aircraft, but now we have decided that well sell some of the JF-17 Block-2 to international buyers besides fulfilling our local demand, the minister said.

Congress governments worked for all sections: Rahul Gandhi Open in new window
Source Icon DNA - India
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said programmes like green revolution, MGNREGA, RTI and women's reservation were the party's initiatives as the Congress believed in taking all sections of the society along with it. We brought green revolution, RTI and 50% reservation for women…we believe in taking all the sections along with it, Gandhi said while addressing an election meeting at Manika in Latehar district in support of party candidate. The MG-NREGA was brought by the Congress, and is on the verge of closure now, Gandhi said, alleging the Narendra Modi government was trying to clip previous welfare programmes taken up by the previous regime. Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his effort to increase vitamin and iron content in banana for the benefit of the poor, Gandhi said fruits are for all and they are not for the rich or the poor. Modi had on Friday said at Chandua in Latehar that he had talked to scientists in Australia on how to increase vitamin A and iron in banana. ReportIndiaPTINew DelhiMGNREGACongressRight to Information (RTI)Narendra ModiReservationSaturday, 22 November 2014 - 3:15pm dnai.in/csFR174

Government determined to go ahead with passage of reform measures, says Arun Jaitley Open in new window
Source Icon DNA - India
Unfazed by opposition's hard positions on passage of reform legislations like insurance bill, Government on Saturday said it is determined to go ahead with the measures in the winter session of Parliament beginning Monday. However, it parried questions on whether the government plans to convene a joint session for passage of some of these legislations if consensus with Congress and other opposition parties was not possible. We are determined to go ahead. Merely because someone has an agenda only to obstruct is not going to deter us, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in an interaction with PTI journalists at the PTI headquarters here. He was asked as to what would be the government stand in regard to pushing the bills like the one to further open up insurance sector when Congress leaders like Anand Sharma say that they have reservations over it and that they are non-committal on changes to Land Act and Coal Regulatory Authority Bill. I am not saying it is a possibility. May be we have it cleared in the House itself. The more the state elections, the more the obstructionists will lose, he said when asked about the possibility of holding a joint session. Jaitley's remarks were a veiled dig at Congress which has lost power in Maharashtra and Haryana and faces a tough electoral battle in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand. Replying to another question as to why the government has problems with the land acquisition law when the BJP did not seek these changes when it was being passed during the UPA regime, the Finance Minister said it is the principal job of the government to lay down the agenda. When the government comes out with a highly-populist agenda, however misconceived it is, you don't expect the opposition to say don't do it. So when the Rajasthan state government (of the Congress) said I will distribute medicines free, why will the opposition oppose it and spoil chances for itself. He also claimed that even within UPA, barring a small section, most others who dealt with the subject were conscious that what they have done has adverse consequences. ReportIndiaPTINew DelhiParliamentGovernmentArun JaitleyCongressAnand SharmaJammu and KashmirJharkhandUPASaturday, 22 November 2014 - 3:13pm dnai.in/csFQ71

Govt determined to go ahead with passage of reform measures: Jaitley Open in new window
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New Delhi, Nov 22: Unfazed by opposition's hard positions on passage of reform legislations like insurance bill, Government today said it is determined to go ahead with the measures in the winter session of Parliament beginning Monday. However, it parried

India's first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant fades into history Open in new window
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India's first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, which was built for the British Royal Navy as HMS Hercules in 1943 and which saw action during the India-Pakistan war in 1971, is being finally broken up after a glorious history of 71 years.

UP: Samajwadi Party supporters thrash toll plaza employees in Barabanki district Open in new window
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In an yet another incident of hooliganism, Samajwadi Party MLA supporters on Friday thrashed a toll plaza employee in Barabanki district.

Sanders felling in Seshachalam biosphere alarming: Police Open in new window
The Hindu
Superintendent of Police (Tirupati Urban) Gopinath Jatti on Saturday presented an alarming picture on the indiscriminate felling of red sander trees at Seshachalam biosphere in the Rayalaseema reg...

Govt to have relook at tax treaties to unearth black money: Arun Jaitley Open in new window
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New Delhi, Nov 22: Faced with the daunting task of getting back black money stashed abroad, government on Saturday said it was having a relook at some of the bilateral tax treaties signed with foreign countries that may be hindering the

Top diplomat Nisha Biswal to visit India to lay ground work for Obama's trip Open in new window
Source Icon Oneindia
Washington, Nov 22: A top Indian-American diplomat would travel to India next week to lay the ground work for the historic visit of US President Barack Obama in January who would be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations.

Barack Obama to allow more expansive role for US army in Afghanistan post 2015 pullout Open in new window
Source Icon DNA - India
United States President Barack Obama has decided to authorize a more expansive role of the US army in Afghanistan in 2015 as opposed to the original plans. According to the New York Times, US troops would have a direct role in battling in the war torn country for at least one year. According to several administrations, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the President's decision, Obama's orders would allow the American forces to carry operations against the Taliban and other militants groups that threaten the US or the Afghan government. The new plan also allows American jets, bombers and drones to support Afghan troops on combat missions. Obama earlier announced in the White House in May that American military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year and that the missions for the 9,800 troops remaining in the country would be limited to training Afghan forces.    ReportWorldANINew YorkUnited StatesWhite HouseUS ArmyUS troopsBarack ObamaAfghanistanSaturday, 22 November 2014 - 3:28pm dnai.in/csFP15

Two Families Taking Turns at Robbing Jammu and Kashmir, Says PM Modi Open in new window
NDTV
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a scathing attack on the ruling National Conference and Congress in poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir, accusing them of taking turns to loot the state in what he...

Honest attempts being made for constructive session: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Open in new window
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Government is making honest attempts for a positive and constructive Winter session of Parliament and will work to take along opposition parties through dialogue. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said government has called an all-party meeting tomorrow to ensure a productive session. The Winter session of Parliament will start on Monday. We are making an honest attempt so that we have a positive and constructive session. By reaching out to them (opposition) and through dialogue, we are hopeful of taking everybody along, he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here. He said the image of India has gone through a sea change since the Narendra Modi government has taken over and claimed that power brokers, who were a constant in the power corridors irrespective of who was the prime minister, have disappeared since Modi took over. Prime Ministers would come and go but not these power brokers. They would remain and had big shops. Not now. If a few are still left, they will also disappear soon. Even if you search for them, you won't find any, he told a business gathering at an event organised by CSR Research Foundation. Even ministers, who used to be a little lax, have become very active because their captain is always working, he said. The change is not only visible but you can also feel its impact, Naqvi said. Talking of his experience as a member of the Parliamentary committee on public undertakings, he said the public sector units would make big claims on paper about developmental work they carried out in certain areas but things would be different in reality.    ReportIndiaPTINew DelhiNarendra ModiMukhtar Abbas NaqviWinter sessionSaturday, 22 November 2014 - 3:25pm dnai.in/csFN17

Pakistan pacer Mohammed Asif advises Ramiz Raja to stop criticism of banned trio Open in new window
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Disgraced Pakistani fast bowler, Mohammad Asif, has advised former captain Ramiz Raja, not to criticise the banned trio that includes him as well as Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamir, who are hoping to revive their international careers. Asif, Butt and Aamir served their respective bans from the International Cricket Council (ICC), for their involvement in the infamous spot-fixing case during 2010, and are now looking forward to revive their international careers. After meeting Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan, to give his availability for the rehab programme, Asif pointed out that while Raja had shown a soft corner for West Indies player Marlon Sameuls, who faced punishment in a similar case of match-fixing, he was not ready to show the same sentiments for the Pakistan players which was surprising, The Dawn reported. Raja had recently raised objections to fast-tracking the resumption of Amir's career under the new ICC rules. The PCB has sent a letter to the ICC to seek permission for Amir to allow him to play domestic cricket as his five-year ban still has almost a year to go before it ends in September 2015. Asif said that his meeting with the PCB chairman was satisfactory and, hopefully, he would get the permission to complete the rehab programme to continue his career as an international cricketer. Butt had also met the chairman a few days ago to get the permission for rehab enrollment. However, sources revealed that the ICC and the PCB have a soft corner for Aamir, only because he had acted as an approver in the spot-fixing case from the very outset, while despite both Butt and Asif contesting their cases at the World Arbitration Court, they failed to get a decision in their favour, the report added.  ReportSportANIKarachiCricketICCMohammad AsifPakistan Cricket Board (PCB)Ramiz RajaSalman ButtShahryar KhanWest IndiesPakistanInternational Cricket Council (ICC)Saturday, 22 November 2014 - 3:00pmSaturday, 22 November 2014 - 3:01pm Mohammad Asif has called for Ramiz Raja to stop criticism of the banned trio.Getty Imagesdnai.in/csFK119

Jharkhand polls: Rahul attacks PM, says Swach Bharat Abhiyaan a marketing strategy Open in new window
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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi: addressed an election rally in Manika ahead of first phase of elections . The Congress vice president attacked the 'acche din' claims of Priime Minister Narendra Modi. You gave them full support in Lok Sabha elections. The PM promised 'acche din' after he came to power. It's been months now, has your quality of life improved in any way? said Rahul.

Srikanth bows out of Hong Kong Super Series Open in new window
The Hindu
India?s campaign in the Hong Kong Super Series came to an end after young shuttler Kidambi Srikanth suffered a three-game loss to top seed Chen Long of China in the semifinals of the men?s singles...

Saradha scam: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik faces heat in CBI probe, close aide questioned Open in new window
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Former chief political advisor of Naveen Patnaik, Pyarimohan Mohapatra's house was also raided earlier this week.

Sensex, Nifty reach new peaks; banking, CG stocks lead rally Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Extending gains for fifth straight week, stock specific actions sparked by a smart rally in banking and capital goods sector lifted both benchmark indices, Sensex and Nifty, by over one per cent to conclude the week at new record highs.The week started on a record-breaking mode on the back of positive cues such as the declining trade deficit data for October.Recent macroeconomic data has reaffirmed investors view that the Indian economy is on track for a smart recovery at a time when Japan has slipped into recession, say traders.Continued fall in the global crude oil prices augurs well for price rise in India, which imports over 70 per cent of its oil requirements.It, however, immediately fell back in the next two days as lack of cues from domestic and global front kept the participants on the sidelines and triggered profit-taking in selective pivots.Fall in the rupee value to 62-level against the US dollar also weighed on the market sentiment.Later, it recovered in the last two sessions of the week on hopes of big-bang reforms in upcoming Winter Session of Parliament.Positive global cues after US shares provided another record-breaking lead on the back of encouraging economic data also boosted the market outlook.The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex resumed lower at 28,018.68 but dipped to a low of 27,915.23 before recovering to log its lifetime high of 28,360.66.It also registered a new closing peak of 28,334.63, showing a gain of 287.97 points, or 1.03 per cent.

Manuel Pellegrini feels Manchester City needs to win remaining premier league games in 2014 to stay in title race Open in new window
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Manchester City football team manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that the club need to win all of their remaining Premier League games in 2014 if they want to stay in the title race, as his side currently trails early leaders Chelsea by eight points after 11 league games. Pellegrini said that they have 24 more points to try to win in 2014, adding that they have to try to do it, and believes that that is the only way. He believes that December and the last week of November are a decisive month for the Premier League. City, who face Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, have already dropped 12 points this season and sit third in the table. At this same stage last season, City embarked on a 20-game unbeaten run in all competitions, winning 18 of them, a run that ultimately helped them lift the Premier League trophy, The BBC reported. Pellegrini said that they are going to finish the first round of fixtures at the end of December, and believes that maybe not to be top of the table, because Chelsea are in a very good moment, but added that it is important to have a good first round.  ReportSportANILondon/ MumbaiEPL 2014ChelseaEtihad StadiumFootballManchester CityManuel PellegriniSwansea CitySaturday, 22 November 2014 - 2:39pmSaturday, 22 November 2014 - 2:39pm dnai.in/csFH21

The changing contours of cinema Open in new window
The Hindu
As the who?s who of our serious film fraternity gathers in Goa for the International Film Festival of India, my mind goes back a few years to a nascent attempt by some well meaning critics to form...



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