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Matthew McConaughey likes to play characters with superpowers

Matthew McConaughey likes to play characters with superpowersLos Angeles, Aug 17 (IANS) Actor Matthew McConaughey, who plays a sorcerer and a shape shifter in forthcoming film "The Dark Tower", says it is fun to play a character with superpowers. "The Dark Tower" is an American science fantasy film, directed and co-produced by Nikolaj Arcel. The movie is based on the continuation of the novel series written by Stephen King, and stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, a gunslinger on a quest to protect the Dark Tower -- a mythical structure which supports all realities.


Big B working on videos for Swachh Bharat, Indian consulate in Brazil

Big B working on videos for Swachh Bharat, Indian consulate in BrazilMumbai, Aug 17 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has said that he is working on videos for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the Consul General of India in Brazil, for an ongoing festival. Amitabh wrote on his blog: "Drafting and working on video bytes for Swachh Bharat and the Consul General of India in Brazil, for an ongoing Festival of India, cementing further the bonds of friendship that have existed for the past 70 years." The 74-year-old "Piku" star added: "And inviting articles to be written on the Swachch Bharat campaign or a short two-three minutes film of the issues of cleanliness in the country... Prizes and gifts forthcoming." Amitabh feels that promoting issues and work of creativity "are blessed by the presence of the IT (Information Technology) world we live in".


India face Australia in ICC U19 World Cup opener

India face Australia in ICC U19 World Cup openerDubai, Aug 17 (IANS) Three-time champions India and Australia will lock horns in their tournament opener of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, to be held in New Zealand from January 13 to February 3 next year. India are clubbed with Australia, Zimbabwe and East Asia Pacific qualifier Papua New Guinea in Group B, an International Cricket Council (ICC) release stated on Thursday.


'Partition: 1947': Partially riveting (IANS Review, Rating: ***)

'Partition: 1947': Partially riveting (IANS Review, Rating: ***)Film: "Partition: 1947"; Director: Gurinder Chadha; Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, Om Puri, Michael Gambon, Neeraj Kabi, Denzil Smith, Tanveer Ghani, Simon Callow and Lily Travers; Rating: ***


Doklam dispute: China preparing for war, shifts blood bank to Tibet

Doklam dispute: China preparing for war, shifts blood bank to TibetSince faceoff began in Doklam between Indian Army and Chinese troops, China is warning India of war. In a latest development, state owned-Global Times reported that China is moving toward war and it started preparing for arm battle with India.


'Partition: 1947': Serves up delicate but powerful drama

'Partition: 1947': Serves up delicate but powerful dramaRating: ****1/2 At the end of Gurinder Chadha's breathtakingly beautiful parable on political propensity, we are told that the director's grandmother was one of thousands of victims of the savagery that followed the Partition of India into two sloppy badly-cut halves. There is a delicacy and exquisiteness to the storytelling missing in Gurinder Chadha's recent works, especially the hideous "It's A Wonderful Afterlife".


Sania-Shuai advance, Ramkumar crashes out of Cincinnati Masters

Sania-Shuai advance, Ramkumar crashes out of Cincinnati MastersOhio, Aug 17 (IANS) Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Chinese partner Peng Shuai advanced to the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters following a straight-set victory in the women's doubles clash here. The fourth seeded Indo-Chinese duo romped home with a comfortable 7-5 6-4 win over Germany's Julia Görges and Ukraine's Olga Savchuk in a last-16 clash that lasted one and a half hour on Wednesday. Sania and Shuai will now face Romanian combo of Irina-Camelia Begu and Raluca Olaru for a place in the last four, later on Thursday.


How Heroines Turn Into Naagins, Makkhis And Cheentis

How Heroines Turn Into Naagins, Makkhis And CheentisLife as a serial writer is at the mercy of the 9.30 pm slot.


Thrissur Pooram: The Mother Of All Festivals | 101 All The Way In

Thrissur Pooram: The Mother Of All Festivals | 101 All The Way InRoshmin gets an inside look at India’s largest and most beautiful elephant festival. Shivasundar is the thoroughbred star at Thrissur Pooram - the mother of all festivals in Kerala. Held every year at the temple located at the heart of the city, Thrissur Pooram is a spectacle of light, colour, music, fireworks, and above all, elephants.


Big B drafts videos for Swachch Bharat, Indian consulate in Brazil

Big B drafts videos for Swachch Bharat, Indian consulate in BrazilMumbai, Aug 17 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has said that he is working on videos for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the Consul General of India in Brazil, for an ongoing festival. Amitabh on his blog, said: "Drafting and working on video bytes for Swachch Bharat and the Consul General of India in Brazil, for an ongoing Festival of India, cementing further the bonds of friendship that have existed for the past 70 years." The 74-year-old "Piku" star added: "And inviting articles to be written on the Swachch Bharat campaign or a short two-three minutes film of the issues of cleanliness in the country... Prizes and gifts forthcoming." Amitabh feels that promoting issues and work of creativity "are blessed by the presence of the IT (Information Technology) world we live in".


Hockey: Ramandeep, Chinglensana star in India's 4-3 win over Austria

Hockey: Ramandeep, Chinglensana star in India's 4-3 win over AustriaAmstelveen (Netherlands), Aug 17 (IANS) The Indian hockey team rode on twin strikes from Ramandeep Singh and Chinglensana Singh Kanjugam to register a sensational 4-3 win over Austria in their final encounter of the Europe Tour here. Ramandeep (25th minute, 32nd min) and Chinglensana (37th min, 60th min) helped India overcome Austria on Wednesday, and end their tour with three wins and two loses. After two successive wins against World No.4 The Netherlands, India made a steady start against Austria.


HBO's Twitter, Facebook accounts hacked

HBO's Twitter, Facebook accounts hackedSan Francisco, Aug 17 (IANS) As HBO struggles to stop "Game of Thrones" (GoT) leaks and tackle hackers' ransom threats, another hacker group has broken into the TV company's Twitter and Facebook accounts. "Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security, HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security - ourmine.org -> Contact," read a message on both social platforms, Variety reported on Thursday. OurMine has in the past broken into high-profile Twitter accounts including those of Netflix, Sony and Marvel.


Today's youth understand fabric: Ritu Kumar

Today's youth understand fabric: Ritu KumarMumbai, Aug 17 (IANS) Ace designer Ritu Kumar, who has been an epitome of handloom fashion in India, says that the current generation of Indian youth definitely understands fabric but the only thing they do not understand is that why "it needs to be complicated". "We tried and tested handful of youths and their fashion taste. "They definitely want shoulders, easy kind of silhouettes and even if they are going for the party, they want to underplay rather overplay lots of things, which is why textiles is perfect for them," Kumar told IANS.


Nasdaq celebrates Indian I-Day

Nasdaq celebrates Indian I-DayNew York, Aug 17 (IANS) The Nasdaq stock exchange has celebrated India's 71th Independence Day with Sandeep Chakravorty, India's New York Consul General, ringing the opening bell. Chakravorty on Wednesday said that the financial sector was the most important determinant of "the incredible" India-US economic partnership and "in this the role of Nasdaq is critical". Five companies with a strong presence in India that have a combined market capitalisation of over $40 billion are listed on the exchange, Nasdaq Vice President Joe Brantuk said at the ceremony.


Hugh Jackman in awe of Zendaya

Hugh Jackman in awe of ZendayaLos Angeles, Aug 17 (IANS) Actress Zendaya of "Spider-Man: Homecoming" fame says actor Hugh Jackman was impressed by seeing her stunt work on the set of their upcoming musical "The Greatest Showman".


Doing some stunts in 'Annabelle...' was cool: Bateman

Doing some stunts in 'Annabelle...' was cool: BatemanLos Angeles, Aug 17 (IANS) Child artiste Talitha Bateman, who plays one of the orphans in forthcoming film "Annabelle: Creation", says she did some of the stunts on her own and had fun while shooting them. "They had a stunt woman, but the film has many scenes where I'm actually doing the stunts, which was really cool," Bateman said in a statement.


India may use only LEDs for lighting by 2019: Goyal

India may use only LEDs for lighting by 2019: GoyalNew Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday said that India may become first country in the world to use only LED products for lighting needs by 2019. "India will probably become the first country in the world to use 100 per cent LEDs for its lighting needs by 2019," Goyal, the Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Goyal said.


Today's youths understand fabric: Ritu Kumar

Today's youths understand fabric: Ritu KumarMumbai, Aug 17 (IANS) Ace designer Ritu Kumar, who has been an epitome of handloom fashion in India, says that the current generation of Indian youth definitely understands fabric but the only thing they doesn't understand is that why "it needs to be complicated". "We tried and tested handful of youths and their fashion taste.


US designates Hizb-ul Mujahideen as 'global terrorist organisation'

US designates Hizb-ul Mujahideen as 'global terrorist organisation'New York, Aug 16 (IANS) Stepping up action against terrorists attacking India, President Donald Trump's Administration has declared Hizb-ul Mujahideen (HM) a "global terrorist organisation" in an attempt to choke off financial and other support to it. The State Department announced in Washington on Wednesday that HM, which carries out attacks in Kashmir, has been designated as both a Foreign Terrorist Organisation and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist group under two different regulations.


Presidency University students protest on council issue

Presidency University students protest on council issueKolkata, Aug 16 (IANS) A section of Presidency University students on Wednesday protested against the West Bengal government's directive to replace the existing students union with a nominated students council. While the varsity's students union demanded the directive should not be adhered to as per the Universities and Colleges (Administration and Regulation) Bill, 2017, authorities maintained the decision as per the provisions of the Act was "non-negotiable". "The provisions that allow the Vice Chancellor to nominate the President and Vice President from among the faculty automatically prevents the students union from being a representation of the students' interests and make it a mouthpiece of the authority," the All India Students Association (Presidency University) said.


After Modi-Trump talk, US designates Hizbul as terror outfit

After Modi-Trump talk, US designates Hizbul as terror outfitWashington, Aug 16 (IANS) In a diplomatic victory for India, the US on Wednesday designated Pakistan-based militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) organisation. In an order, the US State Department said the designation of the HM as a terror organisation would deny it the resources it needs to carry out terrorist attacks, its assets in the US would be frozen, and US citizens prohibited from engaging with the group. The US action comes a day after US President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and congratulated him on the occasion of Independence Day.


AI launches direct service on New Delhi-Stockholm route

AI launches direct service on New Delhi-Stockholm routeNew Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) National passenger carrier Air India on Wednesday launched its first non-stop flight between New Delhi and Stockholm, Sweden, with an all-female crew. "We are confident that Air India's first foray to Scandinavia would add new dimensions to trade, commerce and tourism between the two countries -- India and Sweden," said Ashwani Lohani, Air India Chairman.


Government should stop bullets, brickbats: Congress on Kashmir

Government should stop bullets, brickbats: Congress on KashmirNew Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his observations on the Kashmir issue in his Independence Day speech, the Congress on Wednesday said "brickbats and bullets" should stop coming from the government and BJP's side and they should start the dialogue process. "He (Modi) embraces people from across the world, but I have never seen him embracing Kashmiris. "He said the Kashmir problem cannot be resolved through bullets and brickbats, instead it will be solved by embracing the Kashmiris.


Will like to continue superb form: Shami

Will like to continue superb form: ShamiKolkata, Aug 16 (IANS) India pacer Mohammed Shami on Wednesday sounded ecstatic after their historic 3-0 Test whitewash of Sri Lanka, saying the team is eager to continue their rich vein of form going into the One-Day International (ODI) series. Shami had a total haul of 10 wickets to become the leading pacer in India's resounding win in the three-Test series. "It's very good to win such a rare series.


'Public sector presence holding back Indian economy'

'Public sector presence holding back Indian economy'New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The "overwhelming" presence of the public sector, which has almost two-thirds share in the banking industry, is holding back the Indian economy, an expert said here on Wednesday. According to Ruchir Sharma, author and Head, Emerging Markets Equity and Chief Global Strategist, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, the public sector's share in the banking industry is way above the average of one-third in the emerging markets.


Amid Doklam row, India, China discuss border peace after Ladakh scuffle

Amid Doklam row, India, China discuss border peace after Ladakh scuffleBeijing/New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) As a tense military standoff in Doklam entered the third month, senior Indian and Chinese army officers discussed another border row on Wednesday, a day after troops of the two countries scuffled and threw stones at each other in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh sector. According to Army sources in Delhi, a "pre-scheduled" Border Personnel Meeting was held near Chusul border area in Ladakh. The sources said the meeting discussed the incidents and issues to ensure "strengthening of existing mechanisms for maintaining peace and tranquility" on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that divides the cold Ladakh region between India and China.


India is leading world for awareness of LED bulbs: Piyush Goel

India is leading world for awareness of LED bulbs: Piyush GoelMinister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goel said everywhere in the world it is said that India is leading the world for awareness of LED bulbs. Further talking about the electricity bills and role of LED, he informed that the electricity that is saved from energy efficiency reduces the bills of the consumers. He also mentioned that there will be savings of 40,000 crores of the customers by 2019. Talking about the feedback of LED, he said it has been extremely good as people across the nation are changing bulbs and Fans.


Andhra CM lays foundation stone of King's College, project to transform lives of people in India

Andhra CM lays foundation stone of King's College, project to transform lives of people in IndiaAndhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for Kings College Hospital in Andhra Pradesh's Vijayawada. The health medicity will be constructed in 150 acres of land with an estimated cost of Rs. 1,000 crore. Chairman of King's College Hospital Robert Kerslake said that they are very excited for this relationship between the two countries. Member of Parliament United Kingdom Andrew Mitchell said that the project will transform the lives of millions of people in India. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ajay Ranjan Gupta said the successful project is the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that the project will develop the facilities in the state. Chief Executive Officer Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board J Krishna Kishore said the hospital would give a major boost to medical tourism in the state


Modi meets all-women crew set to sail around globe

Modi meets all-women crew set to sail around globeNew Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met the six women officers of the Indian Navy who are due to circumnavigate the globe on the sailing vessel INSV Tarini. During the interaction, the crew explained details of their upcoming voyage to the Prime Minister, who wished them well and said he would keep track of their progress around the world.


Franchises from Guwahati, Ahmedabad join PBL

Franchises from Guwahati, Ahmedabad join PBLNew Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The Vodafone Premier Badminton League (PBL) will become an eight-team affair in the next edition with two franchises from Guwahati and Ahmedabad being confirmed to join the existing six teams, it was announced on Wednesday. Ltd, will be known as Ahmedabad Smash Masters and the Guwahati team has been named the Guwahati Eastern Warriors, according to a release from the Badminton Association of India (BAI). "The new additions underline BAI's and its President Himanta Biswa Sarma's philosophy of taking badminton to all the corners of the country as well as making it the most followed sport in the country," the release noted.


RBI advises banks to make Aadhaar card linkage mandatory for crop loans

RBI advises banks to make Aadhaar card linkage mandatory for crop loansMumbai, Aug 16 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday advised commercial banks to make Aadhaar cards linkage mandatory for farmers to avail short-term crop loans in 2017-18. The advice to all public and private sector scheduled commercial banks was sent through a RBI notification on the "Interest Subvention Scheme for Short Term Crop Loans during the year 2017-18" issued on Wednesday. "To ensure hassle-free benefits to farmers under interest subvention scheme, the banks are advised to make Aadhaar linkage mandatory for availing short-term crop loans in 2017-18," the notification said.


Junior Shotgun World Cup to start in Italy

Junior Shotgun World Cup to start in ItalyPorpetto (Italy), Aug 16 (IANS) A 23-member Indian squad will take part in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup (Shotgun) which is scheduled to start here on Thursday. The first day will see the Junior Women's Trap finals, the first of five medal events scheduled over the next six days, apart from the Mixed Team Trap event, which will be a test event. The qualification round of the Junior Men's Trap will also commence on the opening day, with the final scheduled for Friday.


People living in fear: Sharad Yadav

People living in fear: Sharad YadavDays after he was removed as the party's leader in the Rajya Sabha, former Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president Sharad Yadav on Wednesday said people are "living in fear" and that he will fight tooth and nail to save India's composite culture.


Salman, Virat & Anushka's special Independence

Salman, Virat & Anushka's special IndependenceIndia on Tuesday celebrated its 71st Independence Day peacefully, with kite flying and Janmashtami falling on the same day. Celebrities alike wished flooded the social media with greetings and congratulatory messages on the occasion. Where Superstar Salman Khan shared a throwback photograph of the trio brothers donning the Indian flag colored shirts.


No confusion about figures by PM in I-Day speech: Jaitley

No confusion about figures by PM in I-Day speech: JaitleyNew Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) In a bid to silence critics, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said there was no confusion in figures given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech on black money deposited in banks after demonetisation. Referring to the hidden black money brought into the formal economy after the November 8 demonetisation, the Prime Minister said according to research conducted by outside experts, about Rs 3 lakh crore, that had never come into the banking system before, has been brought into it.


Contrary stands by PM, RBI on black money recovered: Congress

Contrary stands by PM, RBI on black money recovered: CongressNew Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the "contrary stands" being taken by him and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on the total amount of additional and black money that came back into the banking system after demonetisation. "There are contrary stands by PM and Modi.


Doklam standoff enters third month; China asks India to withdraw

Doklam standoff enters third month; China asks India to withdrawBeijing, Aug 16 (IANS) China on Wednesday again told India to pull back its troops from Doklam where the standoff between their armies entered the third month. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying reiterated Beijing's stance, asking India to withdraw troops from Doklam in the Sikkim sector.


'For growth, banks have to transfer rate cut benefits to customers'

'For growth, banks have to transfer rate cut benefits to customers'Mumbai, Aug 16 (IANS) Effective transmission of the benefits of policy rate cuts by banks to their customers is the key to achieving non-inflationary growth, RBI Governor Urjit R. Patel has said.


Johnson & Johnson, Chandigarh body to develop TB treatments

Johnson & Johnson, Chandigarh body to develop TB treatmentsNew Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Global pharma firm Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday signed an MoU with a Chandigarh-based microbial research body to develop innovative treatments for tuberculosis (TB). Under the Memorandum of Understanding, scientists from Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) -- part of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) -- and Johnson & Johnson will work to explore more effective, safer and all-oral treatment regimens to tackle multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), as well as new molecular entities to treat all TB patients.


Rahul Gandhi slams Centre, says in 3 years Modi Government created problems with friendly nations

Rahul Gandhi slams Centre, says in 3 years Modi Government created problems with friendly nationsCongress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday lashed out at Modi-led Government and said that in last three years, the current government has created problems with friendly nations. Criticising the Modi-led government's diplomatic policies, the Congress Vice President added that for the first time India's good friend Russia is selling arms to Pakistan.


Rohit Sharma expresses excitement over his appointment as Vice-Captain

Rohit Sharma expresses excitement over his appointment as Vice-CaptainTeam India, which is all set to play first ODI against Sri Lanka on August 20 at Dambulla, started practice sessions ahead of the match on Wednesday. Speaking to media, newly appointed Vice-Captain of Indian Cricket Team Rohit Sharma said he is quite excited to step on the ground as a Vice-Captain and is looking forward to this opportunity. Speaking about his role as captain in IPL and the newly appointed post in Test cricket, Sharma said here he will be playing at the background while his role in IPL was at the forefront. The Men in Blue won the series by an inning and 171 runs at Kandy on August 12.


Excited Rohit says vice-captaincy a huge honour

Excited Rohit says vice-captaincy a huge honourKandy, Aug 16 (IANS) Indian batsman Rohit Sharma on Wednesday said that he is excited to step on to the field as the team's new vice-captain ahead of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series, beginning on August 20. "It's a huge honour to be appointed vice-captain. Ten years ago I was only thinking of playing for India and now it feels really, really good," Rohit said at a press conference after the visiting squad's training sessions.


Banks to go ahead with August 22 nationwide strike

Banks to go ahead with August 22 nationwide strikeChennai, Aug 16 (IANS) The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) on Wednesday declared that their nationwide strike call for August 22 stands as the talks with the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) in Mumbai have failed.


Cine employees on strike, shoots go on amid tight security

Cine employees on strike, shoots go on amid tight securityMumbai, Aug 16 (IANS) An indefinite strike by cine employees has affected the smooth functioning of the film and television industries. The strike call, issued by the Federation of Western India Cine Employees from Tuesday, has got the support of 22 other cine unions, including those from other language film industries, said Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) President Birendra Nath Tiwari. "We have already issued notices to the associations like Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association, Indian Film and TV Producers Council, Western India Film Producers Association, the Film and Television Producers Guild of India and the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari, or the famous Film City in Goregaon," Tiwari said.


Flood scene still grim in Assam, toll touches 39

Flood scene still grim in Assam, toll touches 39Guwahati, Aug 16 (IANS) The flood fury continued in Assam as the toll rose to 39 in the second wave of floods and over 3.3 million people continued to be marooned in 24 districts of Assam on Wednesday. The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has cancelled over 70 trains and the Railway Board has directed all zonal railways to cancel trains travelling from various parts of the country beyond Malda (West Bengal) and Katihar (Bihar) till August 20 due to the prevailing flood situation. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on Wednesday, 11 people have died in the last 24 hours in different flood affected districts of the state, taking the latest toll to 39.


Get detoxifying mantra right after festivities

Get detoxifying mantra right after festivitiesNew Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) After enjoying the long weekend, it is time to flush out the toxins. Drink warm lime water with honey every morning and opt for steamed or stir-fried vegetables to detoxify, say experts. Sonia Narang, Wellness Expert, Oriflame India, and Mehar Rajput, Nutritionist and Dietitian, FITPASS, share some detoxifying tips.


Indian companies set highest cost reduction targets: Survey

Indian companies set highest cost reduction targets: SurveyNew Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Indian companies are planning to have the highest cost reduction targets, driven significantly by "growth objectives" and to gain competitive advantage, according to a cost survey released on Wednesday. "Indian companies have set the most aggressive cost reduction targets in the APAC region, with 44 per cent of companies looking at cost reduction targets of up to 20 per cent," Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP's Partner, Gaurav Gupta said. Thus, it is imperative for companies to focus on more strategic cost reduction initiatives that can be implemented and sustained through a structured cost reduction programme, he said.


Healthy buying in index heavyweights lifts Indian equities

Healthy buying in index heavyweights lifts Indian equitiesMumbai, Aug 16 (IANS) The key Indian equity indices on Wednesday continued with their second consecutive session of gains to close on a higher note as healthy buying was witnessed in index heavyweights such as ITC, HDFC, Tata Motors and Hindustan Unilever (HUL), among others.


Indians optimistic about future, but concerns about harmony remain: Survey

Indians optimistic about future, but concerns about harmony remain: SurveyNew Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) A survey participated in by 25,000 citizens found that a majority of Indians are positive about the country's future. Around 34 per cent citizens have expressed concern on the social stability front -- the ability of people to live together peacefully and in harmony. A high 75 per cent expect India's global clout to further improve as the country approaches 75 years of independence in 2022.


Second edition of RFYS football competition begins

Second edition of RFYS football competition beginsRFYS chairperson Nita Ambani, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), cheered on by hundreds of school kids at the Rajagiri Public School here in Kochi, launched the second season along with India striker and Kerala Blasters star C.K. Vineeth . The championship will be played in 30 cities across the country.


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