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Will not allow mid-session fee hike by private schools: Irani 

Amritsar: Private schools will not be allowed to hike fees in the middle of a session and any increase at the start of the academic year would also need to be consulted with parent-teacher associations, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani said today. “We have proposed to states that if private schools want to hike fees

Riteish Deshmukh not ’embarrassed’ about any of his films

Mumbai: Riteish Deshmukh may have featured inmany adult comedies, but actor is not embarrassed about any of his work. The 37-year-old actor has acted in adult comedies like “Kya Kool Hai Hum”, “Kya Super Kool Hai Hum” and his latest “Great Grand Masti”. When asked how his son, who is one-and-a-half years old, will react

Not coffee or tea, but very hot drink causes cancer: WHO

United Nations: Let that steaming cup of coffee — or tea — cool a little while you imbibe the good news and watch out for the bad about it. Coffee, or tea, per se won’t cause cancer as previously thought, but drinking it very hot can lead to cancer of the oesophagus. Even hot water

Rajeev Khandelwal not bothered about long breaks between films

Mumbai: Actor Rajeev Khandelwal says longgaps between his films does not bother him. The 40-year-old actor made his Bollywood debut with “Aamir” and went on to work in films like “Shaitan”, “Soundtrack” and “Table No 21”. Khandelwal was last seen on big screen in the 2014 film “Samrat & Co”. “I don’t think life is

Maha Government’s portal “Aaple Sarkar” not effective: Gandhi

Mumbai: Former Central InformationCommissioner Shailesh Gandhi is miffed with the functioning of Maharashtra Government’s website that seeks to address public grievances, saying it had “no real intention” of bringing transparency and establishing direct connect with people. Three months after taking charge, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in January 2015 had launched “Aaple Sarkar”, a website, with

‘Udta Punjab’ is not anti-Punjab: Benegal

New Delhi: Acclaimed filmmaker Shyam Benegal has said “Udta Punjab” does not denigrate Punjab and that it’s a “laudable effort” by the filmmakers to bring to light the state’s vulnerability to drug abuse. “It’s a well-made film. It brings to attention a very serious problem, that of drug use among young people, which can, if

‘Udta Punjab’ not meant to defame: ‘Proud son of Punjab’ Jeetendra

Mumbai: Veteran actor Jeetendra, who calls himself a “proud son of Punjab”, says “Udta Punjab” — a movie co-produced by his home banner Balaji Motion Pictures — is not intended at defaming the state in any way. On Monday, the makers of Bollywood film “Udta Punjab” are said to have been asked by the Revising

Youth icons to lead sports delegation not ministers

Jammu: In a historic step, the Sports Ministry has stopped the practice of sending youth delegation headed by ministers and bureaucrats for participation in sports functions in foreign countries. “With one week after taking over, I announced the policy decision that youth delegation (for sports events) to foreign countries will led by the youth icons

Youth icons to lead sports delegation not ministers

Jammu: In a historic step, the Sports Ministry has stopped the practice of sending youth delegation headed by ministers and bureaucrats for participation in sports functions in foreign countries. “With one week after taking over, I announced the policy decision that youth delegation (for sports events) to foreign countries will led by the youth icons

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‘Rio 2016 Olympics not a terrorist target’

Rio De Janeiro: The Brazilian government has not detected any threat of terrorist activity in Rio de Janeiro — the venue for the 2016 Olympic games in August, a defence officer said. Brazil’s armed forces and federal intelligence body Abin have been monitoring international terrorist groups following recent attacks in Paris and Brussels, the official

Jat quota is not ‘jinxed’

It seems that quota facility for Jats in Haryana has got ‘jinxed’ as every decision in this regard comes under judicial scanner and in the process gets stuck in the vortex of judicial scrutiny. When former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda gave quota to Jats and other five communities in run up to the last

‘Udta Punjab’ not banned: Anurag Kashyap

Mumbai: Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has refuted reports that his upcoming production “Udta Punjab”, which is based on issue of drug abuse in Punjab, has been banned by the censor board. There are reports that the Shahid Kapoor-Kareena Kapoor film has failed to get censor board’s approval due to excessive swearing and drug consumption. Kashyap has

Criminal defamation law not unconstitutional: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the constitutional validity of the criminal defamation law in the country, saying it was not in conflict with the freedom of speech. The apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Prafulla C. Pant, while upholding the relevant sections of the Criminal Procedure Code, notably Section