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India fourth most tolerant country, says survey

India fourth most tolerant country, says surveyNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) On the global map, India is fourth most tolerant country after Canada, followed by China and Malaysia, suggests a new survey. The survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI, was carried out earlier this year in 27 countries for the BBC. According to the survey, 63 per cent Indians think that people in their country are tolerant of each other when it comes to people with different backgrounds, cultures or points of view.


India keeps off SCO joint communique backing China's OBOR project

India keeps off SCO joint communique backing China's OBOR projectBeijing, April 24 (IANS) India on Tuesday stayed clear of the joint communique by the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Summit (SCO) supporting China's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project. This comes ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's crucial informal meet on Friday-Saturday. India was not mentioned in the paragraph of the joint communique by the SCO member countries expressing support for Beijing's Belt and Road initiative.


Srikanth, Sindhu, Saina aim to continue good work at Asia Championships

Srikanth, Sindhu, Saina aim to continue good work at Asia ChampionshipsWuhan (China), April 24 (IANS) Top seed Kidambi Srikanth will face Kenta Nishimoto of Japan while third seed P.V Sindhu will take on Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei in their opening games of the Badminton Asia Championships here on Wednesday. Saina Nehwal, who clinched the gold medal in the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, will lock horns with Yeo Jia Min of Singapore in the women's singles match.


Delhi to host comedy fest

Delhi to host comedy festNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Delhi is set to host 18 stand-up comedians at the BAK BAK Comedy Festival this weekend.


India to frame e-commerce policy

India to frame e-commerce policyNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The Indian government has decided to set up a task force to finalise a policy on the e-commerce sector in the country, an official announced on Tuesday. The decision to set up a task force was taken at the first meeting of the think tank on framework for National Policy on E-Commerce that was constituted under the chairmanship of Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu. "The objective is to come out with a framework for an e-commerce policy," Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia told reporters here after the meeting of the think tank comprising officials from the Ministries of Finance, Electronics and Information Technology, Home Affairs and Corporate Affairs.


Sushma Swaraj lambasts Pakistan at SCO meet

Sushma Swaraj lambasts Pakistan at SCO meetBeijing, April 24 (IANS) Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday slammed Pakistan for sheltering terrorists and urged the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to act against the countries that promote terrorism. Without a direct reference to Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj said the world community together must "wipe out this scourge from the face of the earth". "There are a number of challenges that are being faced by the world today, foremost being the threat of global terrorism and the imminent need to build a strong security architecture to combat it, she said at the Foreign Ministers meet of the SCO here where her Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif was also present.


Modi, Xi may arrive at consensus on 'outstanding issues', boundary row

Modi, Xi may arrive at consensus on 'outstanding issues', boundary rowBeijing, April 24 (IANS) China on Tuesday said President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may arrive at some important consensus to resolve the "outstanding issues", including the boundary row when they meet at the "unprecedented" two-day summit in Chinese central city of Wuhan. The leaders of the world's fastest economies will meet at a "one of its kind" summit on April 27-28, which will be keenly watched as the neighbours make an unseen rapprochement in the changing world order. Both leaders will have a "heart-to-heart" conversation but will not sign any deal or issue joint statement, China's Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou told a group of Indian and Chinese journalists ahead of the "historic" meet between Xi and Modi.


Delhi to host to comedy fest

Delhi to host to comedy festNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Delhi is set to host 18 stand-up comedians at the BAK BAK Comedy Festival this weekend.


FIH chief Batra apologises for criticising UK police

FIH chief Batra apologises for criticising UK policeLausanne, April 24 (IANS) International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Narinder Batra has apologised for his criticism of the UK police for summoning former India captain Sardar Singh during the Hero Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final London in June 2017, it was announced on Tuesday. Batra was angered by the fact that the local police decided to summon Sardar -- in connection with an year-old sexual assault case -- to Leeds right in the middle of the Champions Trophy. "Batra regrets his actions and has publicly apologised for his emotional statement.


SunSource to set up 2.5MW solar plant at Jamia Millia university

SunSource to set up 2.5MW solar plant at Jamia Millia universityNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Solar solutions provider SunSource Energy said on Tuesday that it is on course to set up a 2.5MW solar rooftop plant at Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia University, by the end of June 2018. In a statement, the Noida-based SunSource said the plant would help the university save around Rs 1 crore in energy costs per year. "Jamia Millia recently signed an MoU with SunSource (which in turn was approved by the Solar Energy Corporation of India) to execute the project on a turnkey basis for the next quarter of a century under the Renewable Energy Service Company model (RESCO).


Sitharaman meets Chinese Defence Minister

Sitharaman meets Chinese Defence MinisterBeijing, April 24 (IANS) Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday met her Chinese counterpart Gen. Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Defence Ministers' meeting here. "Smt @nsitharaman has a bilateral meeting with the Hon'ble Minister of Defence, China, General Wei Fenghe in Beijing," the Indian Defence Ministry spokesperson tweeted.


2019 World Cup: India to face Pakistan on June 16

2019 World Cup: India to face Pakistan on June 16Kolkata, April 24 (IANS) India will take on Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2019 on June 16 at Old Trafford, a BCCI official said on Tuesday. Cut to 10 teams from 14, the World Cup this year will be in round-robin format where every team which play each other. At the International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executives Meeting here, it was proposed that the big-ticket clash will be in Manchester while India will open their campaign against South Africa on June 5.


Lenovo launches two new fitness devices in India

Lenovo launches two new fitness devices in IndiaNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Chinese electronic major Lenovo on Tuesday launched two new fitness trackers -- HX03F Spectra and HX03 Cardio -- in India.


Humbled that 'Nakkash' is being shown at Cannes: Inaamulhaq

Humbled that 'Nakkash' is being shown at Cannes: InaamulhaqCannes, April 24 (IANS) Actor Inaamulhaq, known for films like "Filmistaan" and "Airlift", says he is excited as his first lead role in the forthcoming movie titled "Nakkash" has found space in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Its first look will be unveiled at the India pavilion at Marche du Film at the fest on May 14. "I am still trying to seize the fact that I'm going be a part of world's most renowned film festival where wonderful movies are screened every year.


Saroj Khan sparks fresh row on casting couch, apologises

Saroj Khan sparks fresh row on casting couch, apologisesMumbai, April 24 (IANS) Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan's brazen comment that the casting couch "provides livelihood at least" in showbiz received a divided response. At an event in Sangli, Khan said: "Can I tell you one thing? Then why are you after the film industry?


Ordinance to amend POCSO Act was taken in hurry: Bar Council of India Chairman

Ordinance to amend POCSO Act was taken in hurry: Bar Council of India ChairmanChairman of Bar Council of India Manan Mishra on Tuesday expressed his dissatisfaction with the ordinance to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. He said, "The manner in which the ordinance to amend POCSO Act was a hurried step. This required a serious deliberation and its pros and cons must have been considered." He added, "The amendment should have been brought by proper discussion."


SCO meeting: Sitharaman calls for zero tolerance towards terrorism

SCO meeting: Sitharaman calls for zero tolerance towards terrorismBeijing, April 24 (IANS) Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sithraman on Tuesday called upon members countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to adopt a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism which she said is the biggest threat to peaceful societies. Speaking at the SCO Defence Ministers' meeting here, Sitharaman said that terrorism threatens to derail developmental aspirations and create sustained instability both within countries and across national borders, according to a statement issued by the Indian Defence Ministry. India is participating in the SCO Defence Ministers' meeting for the first time.


Global cues, index heavyweights lift equities; metals slump

Global cues, index heavyweights lift equities; metals slumpMumbai, April 24 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices on Tuesday closed with humble gains riding on broadly positive global markets, coupled with expectations of healthy quarterly corporate earnings and healthy buying in oil and gas, banking and capital goods stocks.


India's World Cup opener against South Africa on June 5, 2019

India's World Cup opener against South Africa on June 5, 2019Kolkata, April 24 (IANS) In a bid to maintain the Lodha Committee recommendation, which says a mandatory 15-day gap is required between the Indian Premier League (IPL) final and any international match, India will have to open their 2019 ICC World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5, 2019. At the ICC Chief Executives Meeting here on Tuesday, it was decided that Virat Kohli and Co. will take on the Proteas three days later than what was originally planned as the IPL now has a separate window and was included in the Future Tours Programme as a global event last year.


Casting couch is everywhere, Parliament is not immune: Renuka Chowdhary

Casting couch is everywhere, Parliament is not immune: Renuka ChowdharyResponding to Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan's remark on the casting couch, Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary on Tuesday said that even Parliament is not immune to it. "It is not just in the film industry. It happens everywhere and it is the bitter truth. Don't imagine that Parliament is immune or other workplaces are immune to it. It is time that India stood up and said #MeToo," said Chowdhary.


Bharti Airtel's fourth quarter net profit drops 78%

Bharti Airtel's fourth quarter net profit drops 78%New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Bharti Airtel's consolidated net profit for the January-March (fourth) quarter of 2017-18 dropped by 77.8 per cent, a company statement said here on Tuesday. The company posted net profit of Rs 83 crore for the Q4 of 2017-18 compared to Rs 373 crore posted during the corresponding period a year ago. The net revenue of the company during the quarter stood at Rs 19,634 crore, down 10.5 per cent from Rs 21,935 crore posted during the corresponding quarter in 2017-18.


Real women have real bodies: Pooja Bhatt

Real women have real bodies: Pooja BhattMumbai, April 24 (IANS) Actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt says real women have real bodies and they must celebrate themselves as they are. Pooja re-tweeted a post by a nutritionist who wrote to the Union Minister of State for Health and Family Anupriya Patel, commenting on a campaign which was for promoting healthy, nutritious eating, which received a backlash on social media. While one was visibly larger, curvier contained eggs, meat, bread, burgers, doughnuts, fries and fizzy drinks and beer, the other was lean and contained only fruits and vegetables.


Winners of South-Asian Judo Championship meets Indian envoy

Winners of South-Asian Judo Championship meets Indian envoyMembers of the Indian delegation participating at the 8th edition of South Asian Judo Championship in Nepal met with Indian envoy Manjeev Singh Puri in Kathmandu. Puri congratulated the winning players for their success and wished them for their forthcoming games during the interaction. The Indian delegation praised host Nepal for the hospitality. India bagged 12 gold and three bronze medals in the championship held in Lalitpur. A total of 102 players from six nations took part in the three-day event.


Cash Suvidha to disburse Rs 400 cr loan to 50,000+ borrowers in FY' 18-19

Cash Suvidha to disburse Rs 400 cr loan to 50,000+ borrowers in FY' 18-19Cash Suvidha, a fintech startup that began its operations in May 2016 by extending business loans to SMEs, MSMEs, and personal and women entrepreneurs has added another feather to its cap. It has disbursed around Rs 122 crore of loans in the Financial Year 2017-2018 and targets to disburse Rs 400 crore loan amount by the end of March 2019. In the last financial year, the maximum loan disbursement i.e., nearly 70 per cent of the total loans was provided to the SME sector which generally finds it difficult to obtain credit or working capital from the banks owing to a number of reasons. "India today boasts of nearly 50 million firms that can be classified under the SME category and are innovatively pacing themselves up to cater to the ever-increasing needs of the growing population. In addition, the number of women entrepreneurs in India is also growing at a fast pace. In such times, Cash Suvidha is playing a significant role in empowering SMEs, MSMEs, individuals and women entrepreneurs to fulfil their ambitions with ease," said founder, Cash Suvidha, Rajesh Gupta. The company is known for its quick digital processing, easy lending services and disbursing loans within two working days.


'Book Club' to open in India in May

'Book Club' to open in India in MayNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Jane Fonda's "Book Club" will release in India on May 18.


Shooter Rizvi bags 10m Air Pistol silver at Changwon World Cup

Shooter Rizvi bags 10m Air Pistol silver at Changwon World CupChagwon (South Korea), April 24 (IANS) World record holder Shahzar Rizvi had to narrowly settle for the silver medal in the men's 10 metre Air Pistol at the year's second ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun stage here on Tuesday. Rizvi missed out on the gold by 0.2 points to Russia's Artem Chernousov. Samuil Donkov of Bulgaria settled for the bronze medal.


NITI Aayog CEO blames eastern states for India's backwardness

NITI Aayog CEO blames eastern states for India's backwardnessNITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant in letting out quite a sensitive revelation has blamed states in India's eastern region like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for keeping India backward, especially on social indicators.


Basketball: Reliance foundation Jr National finals to start from April 29

Basketball: Reliance foundation Jr National finals to start from April 29Mumbai, April 24 (IANS) The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA National Finals, a four-day tournament to determine one boys team and one girls team that will represent the country in the first Junior World Championship, it was announced on Tuesday The National Finals will be held at The NBA Academy India here from April 29 to May 2. "The Jr. NBA World Championship adds another significant layer to the NBA's existing youth basketball programming and development efforts in India," said NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco.


Telephone subscribers grew 0.41% in February: TRAI

Telephone subscribers grew 0.41% in February: TRAINew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,175.01 million at the end of January 2018 to 1,179.83 million at the end of February 2018, a monthly growth rate of 0.41 per cent, official data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said here on Tuesday. The overall tele-density in India increased from 90.61 at the end of January 2018 to 90.89 at the end of February 2018. The TRAI data showed total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA and LTE) increased from 1,151.94 million at the end of January 2018 to 1,156.87 million at the end of February 2018, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.43 per cent. However, wireline subscribers further declined from 23.07 million at the end of January 2018 to 22.97 million at the end of February 2018.


Modi-Xi meet crucial for stable world trade order: Ficci

Modi-Xi meet crucial for stable world trade order: FicciNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week, Indian industry chamber Ficci on Tuesday described it as an opportunity for discussing both bilateral issues, as well as on steps to ease pressure on world trade from US protectionist measures. Xi and Modi will hold an informal summit in China's Wuhan city over April 27-28, to improve bilateral relations and discuss global issues of mutual concern. "While China's increasing dominance in world trade has made its role extremely significant in defusing the possibilities of a global trade war, India has shown in the last few months that it can play the role of a facilitator for serious dialogues on this issue," a Ficci statement said here.


Big responsibility if people call me game-changer, says Rajkummar

Big responsibility if people call me game-changer, says RajkummarMumbai, April 24 (IANS) Actor Rajkummar Rao, who has been given the 'Game-changer of the Year' honour at the 11th GeoSpa asiaSpa India Awards, says the tag is a big responsibility. Rajkummar was at the event along with Bhumi Pednekar, Rekha, Nushrat Bharucha, Shilpa Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Diana Penty, Poonam Dhillon, and Richa Chadha here on Monday night.


Avengers' Indian fans assemble to grab '...Infinity War' tickets

Avengers' Indian fans assemble to grab '...Infinity War' ticketsNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Just a few hours after tickets for the highly anticipated Marvel Studios' film "Avengers: Infinity War" went live on April 22, the 3D Prime tickets worth Rs 515 at some of the halls here got sold out. Not just this, the overall response to ticket bookings for the star-studded film has been "extremely encouraging" across formats. Twenty two superheroes, including Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man, Mark Ruffalo's The Hulk and Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange, and one big villain after six infinity stones -- "Avengers: Infinity War" is bringing the deadliest showdown of all time to the big screen on April 27 in India.


Sitharaman attends SCO Defence Ministers' meeting

Sitharaman attends SCO Defence Ministers' meetingBeijing, April 24 (IANS) Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Defence Ministers' meeting here on Tuesday. "Smt @nsitharaman attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's (SCO) Defence Ministers' Meeting in Beijing, China," the Indian Defence Ministry spokesperson tweeted.


Tom Hardy impresses all with 'Venom' avatar

Tom Hardy impresses all with 'Venom' avatarLas Vegas, April 24 (IANS) Actor Tom Hardy impressed everyone at CinemaCon convention here by showing an extended footage from upcoming superhero movie "Venom". The film, which doesn't resemble a superhero tentpole, began with Hardy's Eddie Brock as a tough journalist dealing with Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed as he uncovers exploitation at a corporate entity -- resulting in a subsequent visit at his run-down apartment from henchmen who are there to dispatch him. At that point, Hardy transforms into Venom -- a much-larger gooey alien symbiote with massive powers who quickly kills his attackers, reported variety.com.


91st Oscars to revert to February date in 2019

91st Oscars to revert to February date in 2019February 24, 2019. The Academy Awards, which were held on the first Sunday of March this year so as not to conflict with the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in February, will move back to the traditional late February spot on the calendar next year, reports hollywoodreporter.com.


Trial run of Bangladesh-Nepal bus service begins

Trial run of Bangladesh-Nepal bus service beginsDhaka, April 24 (IANS) The trial run of a Bangladesh-Nepal bus service via India began here on Tuesday. Two buses carrying delegates of the three nations led by Fariduddin Ahmed, chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation, were flagged off from Dhaka, reports Xinhua news agency. The buses are scheduled to arrive in Kathmandu on Thursday, via Siliguri in West Bengal.


Pakistan hockey hero seeks heart transplant in India

Pakistan hockey hero seeks heart transplant in IndiaIslamabad, April 24 (IANS) Former Pakistan hockey player Mansoor Ahmed has appealed to the Indian government to grant him a visa so he can travel to the country for a heart transplant. Ahmed, 49, who is considered a hockey legend in Pakistan, is reportedly suffering from complications due to a pacemaker in his heart. "Today I need a heart and I need the support of the Indian government," he said in a video posted on YouTube on Monday.


When khadi transcends boundaries

When khadi transcends boundariesNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) India's leading designers Rohit Bal, Anju Modi, Payal Jain and Poonam Bhagat showcased collections using khadi at Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI)-presented 'Khadi - Transcending Boundaries' here.


Nepal, India discuss revising transit treaty

Nepal, India discuss revising transit treatyKathmandu, April 24 (IANS) Nepalese and Indian officials began talks here on Tuesday to revise a Transit Treaty allowing a transit facility to Kathmandu through Indian waterways. A sub-committee level meeting under the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) kicked off in Kathmandu, reports Xinhua news agency. The commerce secretary level talks will start on Thursday.


Sushma Swaraj slams Pakistan at SCO meet

Sushma Swaraj slams Pakistan at SCO meetBeijing, April 24 (IANS) India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday slammed Pakistan for sheltering terrorists and urged the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to act against the countries that promote terrorism. Without a direct reference to Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj said the world community together must "wipe-out this scourge from the face of the earth". "There are a number of challenges that are being faced by the world today, foremost being the threat of global terrorism and the imminent need to build a strong security architecture to combat it.


'102 Not Out' to release in Russia

'102 Not Out' to release in RussiaMumbai, April 24 (IANS) Director Umesh Shukla's forthcoming film "102 Not Out" will also release in Russia on the same day as it will hit the screens in India on May 4. Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who will be seen sharing screen space with megastar Amitabh Bachchan after two decades, took to Twitter to announce about the film's international release. Enjoy!" Rishi tweeted.


Watch: EAM Sushma Swaraj welcomed by her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at SCO Summit

Watch: EAM Sushma Swaraj welcomed by her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at SCO SummitExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was welcomed by her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in China's Beijing. Swaraj is in Beijing for a ministerial-level meeting of the SCO, where India became a full member in 2017.


Hopeful of more India-Bangladesh cricket series in new FTP: BCB

Hopeful of more India-Bangladesh cricket series in new FTP: BCBKolkata, April 24 (IANS) There are chances that India might host Bangladesh more in future with the isuue of a greater number of bilateral series between the two set to be discussed when Future Tours Programme (FTP) for 2019-2023 is confirmed here during the on-going five-day International Cricket Council (ICC) meet. "We are expecting some more matches in the next ICC FTP cycle. There will be more number of India-Bangladesh matches in both India and Bangladesh.


Have a deep connection with Chinese culture: Kat Dennings

Have a deep connection with Chinese culture: Kat DenningsLos Angeles, April 24 (IANS) Actress Kat Dennings says she has a "very deep" connection with Chinese culture because of her family. The actress spoke about her Chinese descent when she got to know her show "2 Broke Girls" is famous in China. It is aired in India on Comedy Central.


An ATM dispenses fake notes in Bareilly, complaints registered

An ATM dispenses fake notes in Bareilly, complaints registeredAn Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of United Bank of India dispensed fake notes in Bareilly's Subhash Nagar. Complaint was registered by the customer after three customers received fake notes form the ATM. All of the 500 notes withdrawn wer fake", said a complainant. "The bank will reply us on Monday", he added.


Culkin doesn't watch 'Home Alone' on Christmas

Culkin doesn't watch 'Home Alone' on ChristmasLos Angeles, April 24 (IANS) "Home Alone" movies might be holiday favourites for many families, but they aren't for Macaulay Culkin, who starred in the films as a child actor. During an episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", which is aired on Romedy Now in India, Culkin admitted he doesn't watch the classic comedies, reports eonline.com. "I don't really watch them all that often," the actor, now 37, told the host Ellen DeGeneres.


PM Modi meets Bangladesh Road Transport Minister

PM Modi meets Bangladesh Road Transport MinisterPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met Bangladesh Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader in the national capital. The meeting held at New Delhi's 7, Lok Kalyan Marg which is PM Modi's official residence and principal workplace. Bangladesh Road Transport Minister arrived in New Delhi on Sunday on a three-day visit to India. Quader was accompanied by twenty-member high-powered Awami League delegation.


SAIL,AAI sign MoU to utilise airstrips under Udan scheme

SAIL,AAI sign MoU to utilise airstrips under Udan schemeNew Delhi, April 23 (IANS) State-owned Steel Authority of India (SAIL) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Monday entered into an MoU to utilise SAILs Rourkela, Bokaro and Burnpur airstrips under the Udan air regional connectivity scheme.


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