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SP revokes Akhilesh, Ram Gopal Yadav expulsion

Lucknow:  In a dramatic turn of events, the Samajwadi Party on Saturday revoked the expulsion of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav, a day after they were ousted from the party for six years over anti-party activities. The latest decision was taken soon after meetings to broker peace between SP chief Mulayam Singh

Modi launches mobile app, says your thumb your bank now

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched an Aadhaar-based mobile payment application at Digi Dhan Mela here to promote and make digital transactions easier. The app is called BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) — a re-branded version of UPI (Unified Payment Interface) and USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data). Speaking on the occasion, Modi


19 die in twin explosions in Baghdad 

  Baghdad:  At least 19 persons were killed and 45 injured when two roadside bombs exploded at a busy market in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad on Saturday, a source said. A bomb detonated in the crowded car spare parts market in Sinak area while another exploded near a post office in the same

Shahid hails 'cinema content' Filmfare win

Shahid Kapoor shares first image of daughter Misha

Mumbai: Actor Shahid Kapoor, who welcomed his daughter Misha with wife Mira Rajput earlier this year, on Saturday shared the first photograph of Misha via social media. Though Shahid didn’t show the face of his daughter, one can see Misha’s legs and she can be seen wearing pink shoes in the photograph. Shahid shared the


Rahul Gandhi demands removal of weekly withdrawal limit

Demonetisation New Delhi:  Rahul Gandhi on Saturday demanded the removal of the weekly cash withdrawal limit with immediate effect. “Destroyed in the last 50 days: trust in the Prime Minister’s word. Weekly cash withdrawal limits must go,” Gandhi tweeted. In another tweet, he posted a picture demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi compensate for the


Bindra backs IOA suspension, lauds ministry decision

New Delhi:  Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra today backed the Sports Ministry’s decision to suspend the Indian Olympic Association and called it a “good step” following the sports body’s move to honour two scam-tainted administrators. The IOA named its former presidents Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents on Tuesday, a decision that has


Fluminense chase ex-Argentina striker Barcos

Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian football club Fluminense is in talks to sign former Argentina striker Hernan Barcos, according to media reports. The 32-year-old still has six months remaining in a loan spell with Argentine clubVelez Sarsfield from Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon, reports Xinhua. But the Argentine club is willing to negotiate with Fluminense after Barcos struggled

Modi, address rallies among Jalandhar, Ludhiana

Modi to address nation on New Year’s Eve

New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on Saturday evening, as the 50-day period sought by him to ease the cash crunch situation across the country got over on December 30. Modi will address the nation before the dawn of the New Year. The address will likely happen at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday.

Indian army prepared to meet any challenges: Gen Dalbir Suhag

New Delhi:Indian army is prepared to meet any challenges, Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag who superannuated as Army chief said today. He also thanked the government for providing a free hand and implementing OROP.He said that infiltration attempts had increased during the year and the number of terrorists killed too was nearly double the previous year.

The world needs Kanye West: John Legend

Los Angeles:Singer John Legend has praised Kanye West for being an “important talent” and believes the world “needs” him. The 38-year-old “All of Me” hitmaker hopes his friend, who was hospitalised earlier this year with exhaustion and sleep deprivation, is on the mend, reported Rolling Stone magazine. “This is a very difficult life and a

The year Sindhu came out of Saina’s shadow

New Delhi:Indian badminton this year saw P.V. Sindhu coming out of the shadow of her illustrious Hyderabadi city rival Saina Nehwal, who was blighted by multiple injuries that marred the second half of her season. Sindhu did what no other Indian woman had done before: bag a silver medal at the Olympic Games — bettering

Gen. Dalbir Singh retires after 43 years in service

New Delhi:The Indian Army chief, General Dalbir Singh, retired on Saturday after 43 years in service and will shortly hand over charge to his successor, General Bipin Rawat. “After 43 years of service to the nation I superannuate today. I salute the martyrs who made supreme sacrifices,” Dalbir Singh said after inspecting a Guard of


Gen. Dalbir Singh retires after 43 years in service

New Delhi: The Indian Army chief, General Dalbir Singh, retired on Saturday after 43 years in service and will shortly hand over charge to his successor, General Bipin Rawat. “After 43 years of service to the nation I superannuate today. I salute the martyrs who made supreme sacrifices,” Dalbir Singh said after inspecting a Guard

Facebook temporarily bans journalist for slamming Trump fans

New York:In a latest incident of censorship, Facebook on Friday temporarily restricted journalist Kevin Sessums’s account, after he called US President-elect Donald Trump’s supporters “a nasty fascistic lot” in a post. Known for his two best-selling memoirs, Sessums said that he shared a Facebook post from ABC News’ political analyst Matthew Dowd that read: “In

‘Never expected Taapsee to sign my film after ‘Pink”

Chennai:Director Mahi Raghav says he didn’t expect actress Taapsee Pannu to sign his upcoming yet-untitled Telugu horror-comedy, especially after the success of “Pink”. However, she proved him wrong.”I pitched the story to Taapsee last December, and it took one whole year for the project to materialise. Back then, ‘Pink’ had not released and I was


Anil Baijal takes oath as Delhi’s Lt Governor

New Delhi:  Former Union Home Secretary Anil Baijal on Saturday took oath as the Lt. Governor of Delhi here. Baijal was administered the oath by Delhi High Court Chief Justice G. Rohini at the Lt Governor’s office. Baijal, a 1969-batch Indian Administrative Service officer, retired from service in 2006. He succeeds Najeeb Jung, who resigned

New Year begin 'dry note' J&K

New Year to begin on ‘dry note’ in J&K

Srinagar:  Night temperatures across Jammu and Kashmir and the Ladakh region on Saturday remained notches below the freezing point as the weather office said dry, cold conditions would continue for next 24 hours. “New year celebrations will be without any snowfall this year. We are expecting cold, dry weather to continue in Jammu and Kashmir

Himachal may ring white New Year

Himachal may ring in a white New Year

Shimla: Hill stations in Himachal Pradesh may ring in a white New Year as the Met Office on Saturday forecast snow in some areas in the state. In the state capital, a partly cloudy bone-chilling morning revived the hopes of revellers to celebrate the last day of 2016 amidst snow. “There are chances of snowfall


Akhilesh to soon meet SP MLAs

  Lucknow:  A crucial Samajwadi Party meeting called on Saturday by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is to begin shortly at his official residence. Yadav who was expelled by his father and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav late on Friday, called the meeting at his 5, Kalidas Marg residence to “test the waters” for

Brad Pitt is a very good kisser: Sinitta

London, Dec 31 (PTI) Pop star Sinitta dated Brad Pitt inthe 1980s and she says the actor is a “good kisser”.”He is a very good kisser,” Sinitta said. During an appearance on ‘Alan Carr’s New Year Specstaclar’, Sinitta also joked that Pitt had been calling her since he separated from Angelina Jolie,” reported Female First.