DELHI ON TARGET

Based on information from a classified CIA alert, the Delhi Police has prepared a top secret manual to prevent terror attacks from sleeper cells wanting to disrupt President Obama’s visit.

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TACKLING TERROR

Top sources aware of the development told The Sunday Standard that the new policy will have imprints of superspy and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

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FOOD AND FESTIVE

On one end stands the shy owner, Pio Coffrant, a French national, who also runs a quaint boutique hotel in the vicinity called the Rose.

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JINGLE TIME
The warm Christmas glow is sprinkling its festive glory on malls and markets that have decked up themselves to indulge visitors in cheerful winter fes...

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ROUGH WEATHER
Minister Parrikar and a top official are determined to block it till the Defence Ministry’s demands are accepted by the French side.

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WELCOME PREPARATIONS
The preparations for the US president’s visit as Republic Day chief guest next month are in the right earnest.

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FEAR IN THE AIR
After the latest red alert, electronic monitoring by Central intelligence agencies—dedicated and random—has increased exponentially.

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SECURITY POLICY
A committee is being constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) under the National Security Advisor (NSA) to tackle the online jihad in India.

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IDEA GENERATION
On January 9 and 10, over 200 young employees in the age group of 35-45 years  of the ministry would get together to ideate and generate innovative so...

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HOUSE WARS
Prime Minister Narendra Modi walked up to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and asked her: “Didi how are you?’’

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CAMPAIGNINGS
Apart from using Narendra Modi as the mascot for its enrolment campaign, the party is also using the slogan to make Punjab drug-free.

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Christmas Celebrations
The BJP government is about to grant permission to an Eastern Christian sect which celebrates Christmas on January 7 to provide religious services in ...

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TURF WAR
Exactly two years after the December gangrape, a report on women’s safety in the capital identifies vulnerable areas but no funds are forthcoming.

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CUISINES
Spiralling up a three-floor staircase, we halt in front of a large metallic door that leads us into the newly opened Vault Café in Connaught Place.

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MUSIC
A few drinks down, musicians and friends Danny Dolan and Ally Dickaty, who were spending the evening hours at a popular bar in Los Angeles a few years...

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HOME DECOR
Expanding their design ingenuity to the home space was designer duo Gauri and Nainika, who introduced their home line, Gauri & Nainika Home.

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INTERIOR STYLE
Couturier JJ Valaya took the next big step for the House of Valaya by foraying into Valaya Home to create interiors and home décor in his signature st...

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BRONZE STATUE
Draped in the simplest shawl, with hands clasped together gently, stands the  bronze statue of the half-naked fakir, a name given to Mohandas Karamcha...

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MINISTERS
Ministers give wrong answers in Parliament disappointing even their party members.

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POLITICAL ACROBATS
The drive will take place from December 21 to 30 and focus on areas like Gokul Puri , Mangolpuri , Trilokpuri and  Sultan Pur Majra constituency.

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TRAIN WI-FI
They can also check their emails, access Facebook and Twitter accounts and all at almost no cost.

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WOMEN SAFETY
An investigation reveals that the most vulnerable areas for women in the capital are the tony New Delhi and South Delhi areas.

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WOMEN FRIENDLY
It was often felt that victims turn hostile while giving their statements before the judge especially in cases of rape and sexual assaults.

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WORD WAR
The core issues of the BJP—Uniform Civil Code, Ram Mandir, anti-conversion bill—were back, upstaging the deliberations on Planning Commission.

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TIGHT TIES
IAF’s frontline fighter aircraft suffers due to ineffective quality control check, reveals an internal audit carried by MoD and HAL

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WELCOME OBAMA
With a high-powered guest invited, the NDA government is leaving no stone unturned to make this Republic Day parade a memorable one.

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GOODBYE MIGRANTS
Home ministry prepares for crackdown in January, to fortify vulnerable borders, deploy more boots on the ground and send back migrants intercepted on ...

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SIKHISM
All set to constitute a ‘Sikh Censor Board’ to clear movies and books based on the Sikh religion, history and culture.

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IN THE HOLY NAME
Last week, a 17th century idol of Lord Raghunath worth `24 lakh, along with three more antique idols, was stolen from Raghunathji Temple at Rupi Palac...

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SIBLING FIGHT
YSR Congress chief sidelines Sharmila to gain political prominence while mother Vijayalakshmi disapproves

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TROUBLED NURSES
Male nurses are considered potential ‘trouble makers’ by hospitals and the popular management perception is that they are tough to be ‘managed’.

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GOVERNMENT SECRECY
No mystery in India’s history generates such passion and excitement as the death of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. All governments, starting with the one...

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HOLY WAR
Not everything Made in China can be sold in India, especially when the product is the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs.

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INDIAN ACADEMIA
Centralisation of all universities in India is on the cards and is a messenger of mixed tidings for Indian academia.

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TAMIL NATIONALISM
MDMK chief tries to project himself as crusader of new Tamil nationalism after trashing the Saffron bandwagon; fails to win supporters

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BOOZE
One per cent of TASMAC’s income should go to the kin of those who die due to alcohol consumption

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ANTI-LIQUOR POLICY
The Kerala chief minister’s latest change of mind on the state’s anti-liquor policy amply proves that the genie is out of the bottle.

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WOMEN POLICE
Despite being a part of the law enforcement body, if Jyotsna can be victimised it’s hardly a surprise that 347 cases of crime against women were repor...

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CONTROVERSIES
One of the elitist and oldest clubs of the city, the Bangalore Club, is today battling a sea of controversies.

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FORMAL ADMONITION
Government refuses to adopt a resolution that would become a formal admonition of all hate-speech makers, without naming Minister Niranjan Jyoti, but ...

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HEAVY LUNCHEONS
Excess energy among Members of Parliament gets translated into loud protests or keen debates during the morning session of Parliament.

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BASELESS STATEMENTS
Khap Panchayats in Haryana have refused to accept the bizarre diktats issued against the women in the state, like the one recently issued by the Akhil...

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BLURRY VISION
Victims of the NGO-run eye camp that claimed their eyesight now want to see the light of justice.

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FRIENDS-FOE
After Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis inducted 10 Shiv Sena members into his Cabinet on Friday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was expe...

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UNDISPUTED LEADER
Hemant Soren has established himself as the undisputed leader in the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and been single-handedly challenging Prime Minister ...

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POLLS
United by blood but separated along party lines, four political families in Jammu and Kashmir are locked in a contest to turn the tables against each ...

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LOOPHOLE SCHEMES
The Centre may create new schemes to address various issues ranging from sexual harassment at workplace to child and minority welfare, but it seems th...

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SAINTHOOD
A German is on his way to becoming a saint, courtesy the Indian Church. A Germany-born missionary, who has survived the Nazi regime, has been put on t...

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THINK-TANKS
As the ‘new world order’ takes shape with right-wing gaining prominence, RSS-inclined think-tanks are mooting suggestions to the new government on iss...

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SPECIAL COURTS
In order to generate revenue for the government, the law ministry is all set to create special courts to dispose of over 90,000 pending income tax-rel...

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CAMPAIGNING
The Saffron Party is gearing to carpet-bomb the capital with 100 rallies after getting the marching orders from Chief Amit Shah

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CONTROVERSY TRAIL
The British Intelligence note, however, hints that the Soviets could be bluffing. It says the DIB  (Director of Intelligence Branch) “recognises, of c...

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EXQUISITE FASHION
The name Bal conjures up images of exquisite fashion, but this time it was a Bal who is an artist. Designer Rohit Bal hosted a private viewing of his ...

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MIND READER
It’s best to be honest with 23-year-old Karan Singh, since he’s anyway going to figure out what you’re thinking. Mind readers can do that really well.

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REEL LIFE
One day, when movie buff Anna Tryc Bromley, the director at the Polish Institute, New Delhi,  was intently watching a black and white movie, her eight...

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COMEDIAN
American comedian Dan Nainan, slated to perform in Gurgaon in the coming week, considers 2014 as his best year as a standup artiste in 13 years.

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HUNGER GAMES
Prison food just got an upgrade at this new lock-up in Gurgaon. Inspired by a restaurant in Japan, this theme-based dining venue offers  a complete ja...

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SCAM
Noida Chief Engineer Yadav Singh has been shifted out of his job for amassing massive wealth, but his arrest could take time.

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HOLISTIC EDUCATION
The education policy prepared by RSS-affiliated body BMS focuses on changing the current pattern and incorporating vocational training.

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WHITE ELEPHANT
It’s an elephantine problem with no solution in sight. The wildlife authorities in neighbouring Haryana have launched a massive hunt to locate an elep...

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FREEZING FRONTIERS
As Indian Army troops posted at high-altitudes prepare to battle freezing cold, the government has decided to freeze its spending on fuel that keeps t...

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MAKING A BEELINE
Assembly election expectations drive ministers up the wall; requested Lieutenant Governor to expedite pending projects .

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POLICING
The recent spurt in crime against people from the Northeast in Delhi has made the police revive an age-old method of policing.

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WEALTH TRAIL
The land deals linked to Yadav Singh, engineer-in-chief of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway, were done in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad...

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URBANISATION DRIVE
Nature seems to have taken a backseat as the rapidly progressing urbanisation drive had almost killed the already crippled Botanic Garden of Indian Re...

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MAKE IN INDIA
In a bid to push Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make In India’ campaign, the law ministry is coming out with a policy to persuade litigants for arbit...

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GOVERNANCE
Following in the footsteps of the Prime Minister, the new state government has hit the ground running

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DECIDING FACTOR
Imports of cheap machines have left local tractor manufacturers in a spin.

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GROWTH DRIVE
Cash-rich Telangana soars high as KCR promises extravagant makeovers; across the border his counterpart scouts for financial help

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BACARDI NH7
It was a complete musical mayhem on Saturday, as the two- day Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2014  returned to the city as part of its fifth edition.

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REVAMP
The Congress in Tamil Nadu is in an Aaya Ram Gaya Ram dilemma. It knows what damage G K Vasan’s exit can do to the infirm party, but is not certain wh...

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ROBOTICS
Many dreams to touch the sky and a fortunate few like the five robotics engineers from Kochi have got their wish fulfilled by e-tailing behemoth Amazo...

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CHIT FUND SCAM
As CBI grills Naveen’s personal aide, the chit fund mess slowly threatens to shatter his carefully cultivated image of incorruptibility and honesty

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FOREIGN AGENDA
With a failing domestic agenda, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is looking towards foreign policy to shore up her image.

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HEROES
The birth centenary celebrations of freedom fighter Chaudhary Ranbir Singh, father of former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, saw all non-BJP leaders...

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CAMPAIGNING
Three-time Jharkhand CM Arjun Munda may easily reckon himself as the front-runner for the top position if BJP gets 41 seats in alliance with AJSU Part...

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DEVELOPMENT
The first and second phases of Assembly polls reveal that the state is set to vote for tainted candidates, millionaires, farmers and a pitch for devel...

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WISHLIST
Key second generation economic reform bills are what is expected of the Modi Government. The Labour Bill has been passed, but there are a slew of othe...

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SECOND-HAND TECH
As US-led coalition forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan, the Indian security establishment, always ready to piggy back on a foreign country’s rese...

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TRACING THE TUSKER
Tracing the tusker that has been missing for the past two months is not the only problem with Haryana’s Forest Department rangers.

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PAGE 3
The week was dull compared to the past one. We had some fashion events that did not see the capital’s hip crowd but the new breed of Page 3 wannabes.

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DANCE MUSIC
Musicians Diggy Dang and Mr Herbalist (the names they prefer to be called by) were at Raasta, the popular lounge in Hauz Khas Village last week, when ...

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SPICE TWIST
For Vipul Gupta and his wife Divya Gupta, introducing Kathputli was precisely about sharing their love for food with the city.

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CBI CHIEF HUNT
That time of suspense has arrived again at CGO Complex, the offices of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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BURDWAN JIHADIS
Bengal madrassas indoctrinated children, especially young girls into violence, say intelligence reports

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POLITICAL DILEMMA
This is no sweet music to DMK and no wonder it is rattled, though none in the party with an ageing leadership would admit this

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THE DIVIDE
Children are the worst affected when parents split and the number of divorce cases in India has been rising rapidly.

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SAINTS OF KERALA
If you thought canonisation of two blessed souls from the state Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Euphrasia scheduled to be held on Sunday was wonder...

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CONTROVERSY
The Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) latest showpiece production is no state-of-the art scientific equipment but a silver chario...

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BIG BROTHER
Bandaru Dattatreya’s efforts come at a time when anti-Modi sentiments stir TRS hearts

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ELECTION FLAVORED
As Delhi gears up for assembly elections to be held early next year, the shopkeepers in the Capital’s accessories wholesale market are readying too. A...

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MEDIA COUP
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray allowed senior party leader Sanjay Raut to occupy the seat right next to him as they remembered late Bal Thackeray on...

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POLLS
Saffron party carries forward general elections canvassing template, sells Modi to voters in Jharkhand, J&K only this time as as global leader

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MAKEOVER
The Indian Railways is all set for a major financial makeover as the country’s largest public transporter is mulling to drop 160 projects, mostly star...

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HUNTING CREDIBILITY
The names of several senior officers are doing the round for the post of the new CBI chief as Rajit Sinha retires on December 2.

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POLITICAL ECLIPSE
Bihar Chief Minister masters the art of governance to eclipse political master Nitish Kumar

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FACE OFF
There are two parallel but interrelated trends that will likely leave their mark on the month-long Winter Session of Parliament which begins on Monday...

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WINTER SESSION
Moved by criticism, Center has prepared a 49-page note on legislative and other proposals to give step-wise details about bills.

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CAMPAIGNING
“Namashkar main Arvind Kejriwal bol raha hoon. Akhirkar unhe dilli vidhansabha bhang karni padi.” (Greetings! I am Arvind Kejriwal. Finally they had t...

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CULTURAL AWAKENING
At the ongoing World Hindu Congress, the global Hindu is setting the tone for resurgence and re-emergence by firming the ground for cultural awakening

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FINE TUNING
Practice for him is his prayer. Before santoor maestro Pt. Bhajan Sopori slips into sleep, he tunes into his instrument to end the day on musical note...

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LUXURY JEWELLERY
Luxury jewellery brand Bulgari entered the Indian luxury market years ago, but wound up shop and now after a hiatus of two years Bulgari reopened at D...

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LUXE SHOPPING
Defence Colony is the mecca of fashion these days in the capital. Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna launched their plush flagship store with much pomp and...

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ELECTRONIC MUSIC
City boy and electronic music producer Killwish aka DJ Navendu refuses to take off his gas-mask even when he speaks to us for this interview.

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NEW DELHI PALATE FEST
Besides the love Aditi Kapoor and Ruchi Sibal, founders and directors of New Delhi Palate Fest 2014, share for their respective children, food is the ...

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RATH YATRA
You will be surprised to know where India’s premier defence research organisation has been spending its time and resources.

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POLL RACE
The BJP has become the first mover in Delhi’s war of votes with the Centre pushing the system to woo voters with promises and projects.

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PILGRIMAGE SHRINES
Temple, one of the most sacred pilgrimage shrines among Hindus, is in the eye of a proselytising storm.

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YOUTH LEADERSHIP
State unit president Arvinder Singh Lovely and the youth leadership are being groomed to take major election-related decisions

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UNDER SCANNER
As it unravels, the deep-rooted multi- crore Saradha chit-fund scam seems to have cast a wide net.

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JAILHOUSE ROCK
Elvis Presley’s 1957 musical drama Jailhouse Rock may soon be a reality in Ludhiana with inmates from Borstal Jail set to perform at weddings and othe...

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WOMEN LITERACY
While 44% women MPs of the 16th Lok Sabha are postgraduates, only 29% of the men are so

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ELECTION CHARGED
A total of 18 lakh families in Delhi are entitled to receive cheap grains under the National Food Security Scheme.

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GLOBAL COMMITMENT
Six months in office and a punishing schedule of foreign visits to keep up with India’s global commitments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his forei...

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RELIGIOUS CAMPAIGN
A video showing Christian evangelists led by a pastor, Sudhir Mondithoka, trying to win over converts right outside the Tirumala temple has sparked ou...

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FLESH TRADE
From flesh trade to corruption, smuggling contraband to renting ‘luxury’ rooms, Bangalore Central Prison is a place that defies the term jail

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PUPPY LOVE
We have always associated ‘puppy love’ with emotions that are not deep, but a ‘mourning’ street dog at Palakkad in Kerala has shown to the world that ...

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CANONISATION CEREMONY
Modi’s move to send non-Catholic delegation irks followers, to take up matter with the PM to change decision

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BEEFING UP SECURITY
After the bomb blast at the Wagah Border in Pakistan that killed about 61 people and injured hundreds, India’s Border Security Force (BSF) has beefed ...

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VOTE BANK
Vying for a major share of the Kashmiri Pandit vote with the BJP, the Congress has put up 73-year-old Khemlata Wakhloo against the National Conference...

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REVIVING SCHEMES
BJP has re-discovered ‘Nai Roshni’. Contrary to the expectations, instead of disbanding the minority affairs ministry or programmes running for the up...

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SPY AGENCIES
Pakistan ISI’s choking of funds apart, IM operatives are now more ideologically inclined towards the brutal terror method of ISIS

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SUPER FAST DREAM
High-speed trains, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll promise and dream, are on the fast track. The manufacturing of one such train coach has been co...

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POLITICAL LEGACY
“Jawaharlal Nehru himself was not a dynast by inclination—he had in fact proposed Lal Bahadur Shastri to succeed him.

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PUNJABI THEATRE
In a rare showcase of regional theatre, the annual Punjabi Theatre Festival is back. Being perhaps the only initiative that brings together stories se...

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FOLK THEATRE
They’re mostly rendered during the festivals of Krishna Janmashtami, but the popular form of folk theatre called Raas Leela is being showcased today a...

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KILL DIL
Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra, Ali Zafar and Govina were in Delhi to promote their flick Kill Dil that released on Friday. Directed by Shaad Ali, Ki...

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SPECIAL CHILDREN
Actor Huma Qureshi was in the capital to launch a book, Awesome Foursome, penned by Roma Sahnni of Freesia co-hosted by the Ambassador of Denmark, Fre...

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ART GROUP
A man who decides to say nothing at first, but later opens up like he’s family. That’s Motti Abramovitz, director of Bruno Art Group from Israel, who ...

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NEW MENU
We got to experience that kind of rare but impeccably heartwarming hospitality at the Smoke House Deli a couple of days ago when its new menu looked t...

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CODE OF CONDUCT
Plans to introduce a six-day work week in government offices, and import of successful schemes, systems and officials from Gujarat could change the bu...

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POLL MANTRA
For political parties, propaganda is the lifeline of rhetoric. Elections are in the air in Delhi and huge packets of pamphlets and posters lying in De...

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VIOLATION OF NORMS
He has issued a stern note directing babus to stop using vehicles they aren’t entitled to

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UPGRADING
Justice to quality judgments seems to the be the Centre’s motto. The Ministry of Law and Justice has decided not to have more fast track courts in the...

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EXISTENTIAL CRISIS
With rebellion escalating in the party many leaders are getting ideas and two secret conclaves have taken place at the initiative of veterans

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LITERATURE FEST
For the third year in a row, eminent personalities-turned-novelists, politicians, poets, dramatists, filmmakers, academics and young writers discuss t...

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INDO-CHINA
The bonhomie in Beijing is proof that the recent skirmishes on the Indo-China border have not come in the way of people-to-people contact between the ...

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ELECTORALLY DECIMATED
Former Union Minister’s move to chart his own course has found favour with opponent parties

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GOING ORGANIC
In a vigorous drive to convert the state into a new domain for organic agri-products, the state government aims to turn Kerala into a fully organic st...

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E-VILLAGE
Adding another feather to its e-cap, the gram panchayat of Bibipur in Haryana has started replying to RTI queries on email within two days of the appl...

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Three bureaucrats known for efficiency and three veteran politicians form the core of the new government

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INFANTRY DAY
On October 24, Indian Army personnel were amazed to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishing them on the occasion of Infantry Day.

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GUJARAT IMPRINT
Gujarat is the flavour of the season in the PMO, and not just for the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi alone.

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CAMPAIGN
With elections not too far away, political parties in Delhi are working in right earnest to cover ground.

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STEERING CHANGE
The Narendra Modi government has revised the bureaucrats’ foreign training programmes spread across 10 countries, by bringing in several changes in el...

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FASHION
It is rare to see a great gathering like one at the BoF500, an annual event hosted by the Business of Fashion (BoF), an online fashion site.

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CODE BLUE
Fashion globally is going through a massive ‘Blue’ phase. We are not talking about moody blues, but the colour blue.

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ART
Fashion globally is going through a massive ‘Blue’ phase. We are not talking about moody blues, but the colour blue.

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BAR HIGH
No, she almost never runs out of any ideas. Yes, that’s quite unusual. Mixologist Shatbhi Basu, who was in town recently to launch a new beverage menu...

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RIGHT TO VOTE
In the J&K state elections, one of the BJP’s hottest poll planks would be Kashmir’s stateless people. Over 1.5 lakh Hindus and Sikhs, who crossed over...

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MEMBERSHIP WOES
According to the membership list, barely 32 people have joined the party in Delhi in the last two years.

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FACTIONAL WAR
Prakash Karat is trying to hold off a stern challenge from fellow comrade and contemporary Sitaram Yechury.

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WORLD HINDU CONGRESS
The unprecedented victory of the BJP government has provided a template for consolidation of the Hindu identity.

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RIVER CLEANING
PM Modi had called out to NRIs and PIOs for contributing to the Clean Ganga Fund during his US visit.

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MAHARASHTRA
The party decision whether or not to join the BJP government will be mostly influenced by Anil Desai.

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DEFENCE
The Army has rubbished the findings and has reacted strongly to the oddities in sample collection.

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PROJECT
The Agra-Lucknow Express highway has got a green signal after a wait of three years.

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HARYANA
The importance of Abhimanyu Sindhu lies in his ability to bridge the gap between Jats and non-Jats

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BUREAUCRACY
Sarvesh Kaushal is Chief Secretary of Punjab, while his younger sibling Sanjeev has been appointed Principal Secretary to the Haryana CM.

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DELHI
Lakhs of daily wage earners working in the Capital are being deprived of welfare measures made for them.

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BURDWAN
The probe has unmasked 12 “terror couples” who were waging jihad as a family enterprise in the state.

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EXTRAVAGANZA
A bridegroom in TN arrived by helicopter—hired for Rs15 lakh a day—for his betrothal.

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FACTIONAL WAR
The war within the Tamil Nadu Congress party has shifted base to Delhi.

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KERALA
Taking corrective measures at universities in India’s most literate state has landed its governor in trouble.

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FLY HIGH
If you are lucky enough, you may create a record by booking cheap domestic air tickets that get exhausted at lightning speed.

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INTERVIEW
Kerala-based Federal Bank is expanding nationally and investing in technology to cement its growth.

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DESIGNING
It is fashion that keeps Delhi’s social life alive. It was once again witnessed at the showcasing of designer Urvashi Kaur’s new collection ‘Ziran’.

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THEATRE
The nine-day Rang festival will see theatre presentations in abundance.

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Heralding the year’s polo season was the Pataudi Polo Cup 2014 at the Jaipur Polo Grounds.

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SOUTH ASIAN BAND FEST
Rock bands from the SAARC regions perform at the 8th edition of the festival.

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SIDHANT LAMBA
Managing and developing a flourishing interiors business comes naturally to Lamba since he’s been involved in it for years now.

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POLICING DUTIES
A confidential Delhi Police report sent to the Home Ministry highlights how acute shortage of personnel and non-policing duties are taking a toll on t...

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CONTROVERSIES
With resentment brewing against a controversial article in RSS mouthpiece Kesari indirectly suggesting that Nathuram Godse should have targetted Jawah...

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FITNESS CONSCIOUS
Giving up meat, alcohol and an erratic lifestyle, former Karnataka chief minister switches to yoga, exercise and eating right to stay fit

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MARRIAGE SCAM
Crime Branch probe reveals a group of advocates had been illegally solemnising weddings inside their offices and intimidating registrars

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EDUCATION
The Ministry’s latest National Survey reveals that education remains a distant dream for children in the age group of 6-13 for various reasons

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In Haryana, the khap’s political greed breeds electoral contempt. Khap leaders of the all powerful khap panchayats in Haryana had to bite dust in the ...

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CASE SOLVED
On interrogation, Kannan confessed to the crime and said his friend Sekar had planned the murder

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BIG PUNJAB DREAM
Claiming to wield more influence than the Shiromani Akali Dal, the saffron party is refusing to play second fiddle

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CORRUPTION
A 222-page report, ‘Manpower Assessment of Delhi Police’ by Joint Commissioner of Police Sanjay Beniwal prepared over 14 months by studying all the ca...

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KASHMIR POLLS
While the saffron party’s chief shows a conqueror’s zeal and political pragmatism, the Grand Old Party continues to be in disarray

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VACANT POSTS
As many as 12 of 30 important departments are functioning without permanent heads in the state

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POLO
As border shellings and incursions continued, an Indian Army polo team was trounced in China by Pakistan

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JOB SCAM
One of the biggest recruitment scams detected by the Vigilance unit of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) in May 2013 was given a quiet burial by th...

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CULTURE CUSTODIANS
Sitting upright on a straight back chair in  her spartanly done up two-bedroom apartment on Feroz Shah Road, Prathibha Prahlad is drowning in piles an...

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DIWALI BLAST
Delhi’s happening people celebrated Diwali with close buddies. It wasn’t really the wild card parties and dancing to Bollywood music that these people...

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DESTINATION WEDDING
Destination weddings are a craze among those who can afford it, and who doesn’t want a pie of big fat wedding market? Mauritius Tourism Promotion Auth...

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HUMOUR
No, we’re not talking about the popular Hollywood film Coyote Ugly in which an aspiring songwriter after getting a job at a women-run NYC bar comes ou...

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FOOD
A food thermometer is promptly fetched out  from the languishing depths of a nearby storage compartment. It’s immediately handed to Executive Chef Kar...

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POLITICAL TURF
Former chief minister and BJP national vice president B S Yeddyurappa’s hopes of regaining his lost political turf in the New Year have suffered a ser...

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COW URINE
Former prime minister Morarji Desai was its biggest fan. But now many believe that drinking a cup of warm pee straight from a virgin cow before sunris...

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FINAL VERDICT
In Maharashtra and Haryana, contests for the chief minister’s chair has begun as parties calculate alliances and numbers even as the BJP mulls the joy...

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VOTE SWINGS
After a brief low phase following the not-so-encouraging by-election results, the swagger is back within the BJP. With the exit polls predicting a com...

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AUSTRALIAN TRIP
PM Narendra Modi will address over 15,000 overseas Indians at Australia’s largest indoor venue on November 17

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SPYWARE
China-based leading smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, which recently marked a successful entry into the Indian market, is allegedly a security threat. I...

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REVAMPING
When counting of votes in Maharashtra and Haryana take place on Sunday, the victor and vanquished will not be reacting in the manner expected. The exi...

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TERROR TRAINING CAMP
Investigations into Burdwan bombings point to nearby Simulia Madrasa which is revealed as a terror training camp

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Historical records show that a British government official had banned Chinese crackers in 1932, but commercial interests triumphed

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REVAMPING
Embarrassment has a bright side, too, as proved by the renovation effort planned for the drab His Master’s Voice public broadcaster Doordarshan. Gaffe...

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SECULARISM
“Render unto Caesar”, seems to be Modi Government’s policy when it comes to secularism.  Making it clear that using religious events as a means for mi...

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SAVING THE DAY
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah appears to have mastered the art of survival by winning key persons from rival camps thus effectively neutralising his riv...

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WORK STRESS
Work pressure leads to high stress levels among lawyers, reveals study.

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To check growing air pollution during Diwali, authorities at the Golden Temple in Amritsar have decided to reduce the duration of the hour-long firewo...

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CHINESE CRACKER
The desi spark has gone. With barely four more days to go for Diwali, neither the Public Service Advertisements on illegal crackers nor the crackdown ...

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POLL VERDICT
In Maharashtra, other than Gopinath Munde’s daughter Pankaja, the other chief ministerial hopefuls are the 44-year-old state party chief Devendra Fadn...

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DIWALI SHOPPING
Malls know the art of enticing customers the best. Going beyond regular deals and discounts, DLF Promenade brings you a decked up space that welcomes ...

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A TRIBUTE
Meticulously weaving in powerful dialogues, lyrical poetry, soulful songs and thoughtful choreography, a musical play titled Parchhayiyaan comes as a ...

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GIFT A SMILE
Amazon.in knows how to make a difference. Its Gift A Smile initiative is one such way. As it adds 15 new NGOs and extends reach to many more cities.

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YEAR OF FRIENDSHIPS
Year 2014 supposedly is the ‘year of friendship and exchange’ between India and China, and part of it is the Hong Kong Harbin Ice Festival. Indian Art...

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LUXURY
It is now more than a year that JW Marriott Hotel flung open its five-star deluxe environs at the Aerocity to Delhiites. Sushil Gupta and his son Sand...

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LUXURY CATERING
Each day is nothing short of an adventure for Karan Talwar, the Managing Director of Kitchen Kraft Luxury Catering Co, a company offering bespoke cate...

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TERROR CAPITAL
West Bengal is India’s new terror capital with Al-Qaeda and Taliban-trained insurgents infiltrating the population to carry out attacks in India and B...

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REVIVING ICONS
History is but a story of a few men. If the Congress thrived on the legacy of Nehru and Gandhi, the BJP is reviving its own set of icons to make peopl...

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STRATEGIES
Congress fortunes on the wane, saffron party readies to seize opportunity and raises stake in Telangana

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FOREIGN STINT
The Narendra Modi government is now coming up with a policy that would restrict senior bureaucrats beyond 55 years of age from foreign deputation post...

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BIOMETRIC ATTENDANCE
As officers show reluctance in using the biometric system to mark their presence, PMO sets a deadline to bring them on line

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MAHARASHTRA'S LEAGUE
In the eastern Mumbai suburb of Ghatkopar till a decade ago, Ram Kadam was known as a peon in late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan’s office. Today, Kadam is...

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TERROR LAUNCHPAD
The accidental blasts in Burdwan on October 2 could well be the tip of the iceberg as more details emerge about  West Bengal being a safe haven for Is...

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RED TAPE
It was a spark of bureaucratic efficiency that lit the corridors of power in a new and free India. Barely four months after India’s Independence, Lord...

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SAVING INDO-ARYAN LANGUAGE
In a bid to save their language from extinction, a group of people from the Saurashtrian community produced yet another film, this time laying stress ...

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CURIOUS MEETING
Agenda of the meeting to take place at the AICC headquarters is “not known” and it’s also not clear who will chair the meeting

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FAST TRACK
In an effort to improve the business climate in the country, the PMO accepted a wish list of 60 proposals which would help streamline clearances for i...

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DIGITISING
Delhi Police is all set to literally catch criminals red-handed using biometric scanners. The force is replacing its entire ‘communication network’ an...

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BACHPAN BATCHAO
Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi has been working to end child slavery and exploitation of children since 1980, when he left his promising c...

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VOTING FOR CHANGE
His party lost its shine after a crushingly poor show in the Lok Sabha elections, but Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray is conf...

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POLLING
The Jat heartland is set for a series of mega clashes this poll season with party heavyweights vying for votes in crucial constituencies.

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POLLING
Independents and smaller parties may play a key role in tilting the scales in case of a hung Assembly

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FASHION WEEK
Fashion Week opening party was hosted by Sunil Sethi and FDCI at Shiro’s. It was a double whammy as it was also Sethi’s birthday bash co-hosted by his...

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WIFW SPRING-SUMMER 2015
What’s fashion week without some celebs walking the ramp? Well, we had tennis ace Sania Mirza walking the ramp for designer Ritu Pande and pretty acto...

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WILLS LIFESTYLE FASHION WEEK
The Spring-Summer 2015 edition of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) ends today with an off-site show of one the best known names of Indian fas...

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HUMOUR
As three comedians get ready to present their funniest selves, we take you back stage, where each one shares their thoughts about the funny bone night...

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FOOD
After ensuring all the mise is done, a host of fervid chefs wait in line to get the final cue from the top chef to start platting and preparing the fi...

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DELHICIOUS WEEK
Book your slots soon, because believe us when we tell you, they’re running out fast. Groupon India and Delhi Gourmet Club returned with Delhicious Wee...

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SANGH
With online membership drives, IT Milans, rising women applicants, a relaxed dress code and behavioural training camps, the RSS gets a makeover to boo...

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SWACCH BHARAT
Swachh Bharat would not just require a mind-set alteration and an engaging campaign by Modi, but a large-scale municipal reform.

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NCP
Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar is determined to defeat his ex-boss and former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan.

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ELECTIONS
After babus and crorepati contestants, women, too, hop onto the poll bandwagon.

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CHAVAN
Apart from Karad, the other high profile constituencies are in Mumbai, from where the state’s three wealthiest candidates are contesting.

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SMOKE UP
The motley crowd of dog bite victims and attendants heave a silent sigh of relief when a funeral procession snakes in.

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TELANGANA
TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao pulls up socks to bring party to power in GHMC; Telangana capital to face triangular fight.

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HARYANA
With just ten days left for Haryana to go to polls, the star campaigners of all political parties are set to raise the campaigning tempo in the state.

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SUGGESTION
Article by Mohan Das Menon, a former additional secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat.

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HI-FI COURT
As a rule, all cyber related cases will first have to go to India’s only Cyber Appellate Tribunal (CAT) set up in 2009.

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CELEBRATIONS
Dagdi Chawl, better known as the residence of gangster Arun Gawli, is famous for its jubilant Navratri celebrations.

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CUTTING-EDGE TERROR
Operatives use cutting-edge software to conceal their online presence, coordinate terror plans and mask identity.

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DELHI
Sheer negligence by the Capital's lawmakers has allowed unregulated dialysis centres to mushroom and operate with impunity

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NO JEANS
Government employees have been asked to dress appropriately to match new corporate culture; Informal attire is being frowned upon.

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LIFESTYLE
As the title of the collection states, Rohit Bal’s ensembles were the epitome of brightest blooms of India’s imperial heritage.

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MUSIC
Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan’s hands may quiver, but his tessitura reverberates all around the circumference of the stage he graces.

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FASHION
Gangwani’s collection predominantly used white and ivory as the base colour and a bit of mint and lavender.

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DANCE
The last time Scottish Dance Theatre, performed to packed auditoria, zealous hooting and endless applauses.

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FOOD
In a brave effort, Quote Bar and Lounge recently opened right opposite the popular pub chain, Monkey Bar, in Connaught Place.

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EDUCATION
J S Rajput, a former director of the NCERT writes about the policy changes in education.

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GUIDELINES
The Supreme Court has, in a recent judgement, laid down 16-point guidelines to be followed in the event of any encounter with the police.

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PAST CULTURE
Ganguly, Director of Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, New Delhi writes about recovering our old civilisation.

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MODI US VISIT
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a big bite off the Big Apple, he had business, and only business on his plate.

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DYNASTY
Dynasty is the flavour of the season as third and fourth generations of political families leap into the fray in Haryana.

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HARYANA
The number of announcements made by Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the last couple of months has been mind-boggling.

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COMMUNIST
Going against the rectification document in the Party, the cadres are now encouraged to join religious forums to woo the communities.

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MAHARASHTRA
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had plans of revamping the party from the grass-root, without the NCP baggage.

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JUDICIARY
Known for his tough sense of discipline in the court, Justice H L Dattu believes in giving no adjournments in the cases.

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RESHUFFLING
The biggest-ever shuffling affected by Modi before he left for the US trip, it seems, is part of an ongoing exercise to revamp officialdom.

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EDUCATION
The intensive coaching provided in madrasas had a positive impact on the education of children from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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MEDICAL CENTRE
The NDA’s ambitious plan of setting up 11 new medical institutions similar to AIIMS across India is struck due to unavailability of land.

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BJP
Jankar’s popularity within the second-most politically influential caste, the Dhangars, was why BJP wanted him on its side.

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ECONOMIC TERRORISM
Probe reveals that diplomatic channel is being used to clandestinely circulate the notes to destabilise India’s financial system.

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INDO-US RELATIONS
Of the 35-odd meetings that Modi will attend over his five days in New York and Washington, there is one with 300 to 400 business leaders.

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BJP FRIENDS
Hadap said she took the trouble to come out and see Narendra Modi because of her nine-year-old daughter, Rutva.

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MADISON SQUARE
Barai, a close aide of Modi having organised the video-telecast of his elections speeches in the US, has been hard at work for over a month.

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MINISTRY BATTLE
The Ministry of Home Affairs has shot down the Ministry of Tourism’s proposal to include Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Vanilla Islands organisati...

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JANPATH HOTEL
Offices run out of hotels as the new Rs 209 crore Indira Paryavaran Bhawan lacks room to take in several core units.

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SYNAGOGUES
The synagogues in Israel may be caught in cross-firing, but those in India are going to be spruced up soon, by the BJP government.

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CLEAN GANGA
Uma Bharti is personally reaching out to the five Ganga basin states — Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

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RICH WASTE
From BMW cars, Mercedes Benz, buses to cycle rickshaws, 30,444 vehicles worth around Rs 600 crore are in custody of the police.

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POLITIVIST
Avisha Kulkarni, who helps parents of underprivileged children was delighted when a labourer offered her Rs 100 to meet her poll expenses.

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MUSIC
In the present context of wars and violence, Guru Vajradhara believes that man seems to be desperately looking for peace of mind.

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HANUMAN
Hanuman has been seen in many avatars, but never in this kind of modern world incarnation illuminated with 26,500 bells.

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AWARD
Minu Bakshi a linguist was conferred the prestigious Spanish Award, the Order of Queen Isabella, by the Spanish government.

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FASHION
On Friday evening, multi-designer store Anantam hosted a high tea soiree to let the fashionistas indulge in latest fashion.

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DANCE
Geeta Chandran completes 40 years of dancing, the curtains raise on a three-month festival celebrating the years gone by and the years to come.

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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
The poorly funded, undermanned Disaster Response Force whose men face dangers of floods and earthquakes lack even basic amenities like vehicles.

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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Hampered by lack of even basic infrastructure, the NDRF has been fighting against all odds to provide relief in disaster hit areas.

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TDP HEIR
Lokesh’s growth as future leader draws praise and gets him second place to his Chief Minister father Chandrababu Naidu.

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MDMK-DMK
Nervous MDMK leader proposes ‘Mahajot’ in Tamil Nadu as Karunanidhi struggles to become relevant again in Tamil Nadu.

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BJP-SENA
Uddhav’s Thackeray’s ambition to become the Chief Minister is the main obstacle in forging the party’s poll pact with the BJP.

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TEA SELLER
While the story of how a chai-wallah became the PM is well known, few people know about a small tea shop opposite the Ambala railway station.

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VOTER BENEFITS
Haryana EC to hand out voting day invites to families through schoolchildren, gives hotel discounts to lure young voters.

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MLALADS
As the prospect of elections looms large, Delhi legislators are out to please voters by sanctioning funds for an array of projects.

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BJP-BYPOLLS
After poor bypoll show, party softens Hindutva pitch and focuses on development for Assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana.

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INNOVATION REWARDS
From inputs for a mobile application to slogans for key schemes, the NDA is sourcing from public's creativity.

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OUTBREAK
MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin announced the postponement of the India-Africa Summit till 2015, but did not cite any reasons.

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INDIAN ISIS
Iraq’s ambassador said that Baghdad suspects 20 Indian citizens are fighting on the side of ISIS, of which only four have been identified.

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FLOOD RELIEF
A prominent gurdwara and a food research lab work overtime separately to feed the hungry and displaced in Jammu and Kashmir.

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CATFISH CURRY
There is a small community of farmers who breed herbivorous fish like Catfish in about 500-600 acre in West Godavari district alone.

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LUXURY
Gandhi Smriti Director Mani Mala has been accused of misusing funds for sprucing up her office and residence.

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UPA-NDA
Bringing back black money stashed abroad in 100 days was one of the BJP’s biggest planks during the Lok Sabha polls.

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DRUG
With the change in the government’s drug policy, drugs required for conducting veterinary surgeries, including sterilisation, are in short supply.

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POSTER WAR
A cyber expert said that any mobile game nevertheless of its size and reach could not be developed for less than Rs 1 crore.

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BIKING
A bike festival, has taken the responsibility to initiate the much-needed awareness about responsible biking and everything that goes into securing it...

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PAINTING
If there’s one thing that the last four decades of painting have taught senior artist Niren Sengupta, it’s dedication.

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FOOD
Poonam Sethi, who advocates tweaking one’s menu believes little changes can go a long way in keeping a person’s energy system revitalised.

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FASHION
Karan Johar designed a limited edition collection, Marquee, for the high-street label, Vero Moda, and showcased it through a glitzy fashion show.

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MUSIC
While World Heart Day will be celebrated on September 29, celebrations for the same will begin two days in advance at the Kingdom of Dreams.

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KASHMIR Floods
After J&K floods sparked off the biggest rescue and relief operations India has ever seen, secessionists fearing their base would sink disrupt Army ef...

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Banking on Jat's
Despite protests by party workers who feel ‘ignored’, Haryana unit to give preference to Jats in ticket tribution

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Stalin
Karunanidhi is believed to be against Stalin’s eventual coronation and continues to remain in the saddle, unmindful of the need for change

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Delhi Govt
As LG redrafts letter to President, BJP careful to project clean image keeping in mind the polls in other states

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Modi Show
Modi’s party is making sure enough euphoria is being generated to create an image the world is unlikely to forget in a hurry.

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Education
Smriti Irani says god lies in the details. So move over big ticket items like foreign university Bill, text book reorientation and more technical inst...

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ABVP
ABVP, has trounced the NSUI five months after Modi received a historic mandate in the Lok Sabha polls using the slogan 'Congress-mukt Bharat'.

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As the armed forces carry out rescue operations, Kashmiris robbing Kashmiris is an unfortunate spectre that has emerged in the state

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Image Makers
In Maharashtra, almost every prominent politician is now using the services of image makers who transform them into 'cultured', 'knowledgable' and 'pr...

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Bypolls
Politicians from Congress and Indian National Lok Dal are picking phrases from Bollywood films to score points with their supporters.

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Tigers
It seems finding a suitable mate is harder in the animal world. A skewed sex ratio, is now a matter of concern for Indian zoos as well.

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Go Green
It’s a wise cause-driven judgment. The Delhi High Court is all set to go paperless in a bid to save the environment.

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Congress
Rebels had organised ‘meeting’ aimed at a showdown with party seniors without the knowledge of the high command

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Liquor
Oommen Chandy announced his decision that all bars except those in 5-star hotels will remain closed forever on August 21, there was shock all around.

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RFID
The forest department has decided to use specialised radio-frequency identification tags to keep a track of the logs.

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Health
A misdiagnoses by the doctors in Oman brought Musabah Saeed Khalfan Al and his younger brother Mohammad Saeed Khalfan to Kozhikode.

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Name Change
In a state infamous for its skewed gender ratio and honour killings, the village of Bibipur in khapland Jind is a comforting anomaly.

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Waive Off
Impending financial crisis makes both state governments seek alternative solutions to keep promises

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Nithyananda
In a new twist to the case of sexual assault against him, godman Swamy Nithyananda announced that he will be shifting base to Thiruvannamalai.

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Finance
The temple town of Tirupati, witnessed an unusual yet significant event with the 14th Finance Commission holding its routine interactive exercise with...

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DU Politics
The NSUI did nothing for the students when they were in power for almost 16 years.

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Politics
In his five-year tenure, Maharashtra Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse has “exposed” 116 scams in which the Congress-NCP government is directly invol...

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Oath form
In a first, candidates in the upcoming Assembly polls in Haryana are being asked to take a pledge to work for the people in villages in Jind district

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ART
Being realistic in every aspect of her life has been painter Tina Chandroj’s life credo.

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Restaurant
The search for an authentic, exclusive Lebanese restaurant in the city can leave you exasperated.

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cultural
Having begun in 2002, the new edition of the annual Lalit Arpan Festival marks the beginning of the cultural calendar for the year.

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Daawat-e-Ishq
Aditya Roy Kapur and Parineeti Chopra are busy promoting their forthcoming movie Daawat-e-Ishq.

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Fashion
A few months ago Neel Sutra, a heritage textile-driven concept store, opened up at The Oberoi in Gurgaon.

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Caribbean Lounge
This one’s going to be nothing less than a jamboree of various sound artistes coming together to paint a glorious musical canvas.

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Al-Qaeda
Osama’s demon seed, al-Qaeda, seeking fertile grounds to reap its bloody harvests, wants to turn the Indian subcontinent into its new killing field.

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BJP- SENA
BJP wants respect; Sena expects loyalty. Their alliance is at a difficult juncture where trust deficit is the biggest issue

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Haryana-Bypolls
As the Assembly elections draw near, distribution of party tickets turns out to be a big headache for various parties in Haryana.

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SHAH
BJP chief Amit Shah is cracking the whip on allies, showing them and the world that he is not averse to making enemies out of once friends

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NAMO
The big fat Indian bureaucracy is all set for a drastic overhaul with new entrants making their way into the corridors of power.

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IAS Officers
Flouting all transfer and posting rules, several IAS officers of AGMUT cadre have been sitting pretty in Delhi for more than a decade now

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Congress
As veterans speak out against Gandhi junior, loyalists try gagging dissent with Sonia’s blessing

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Go Social
Modi may be the world’s 2nd most followed politician on twitter, driving the govt’s agenda on social media, his council of ministers remain way behind...

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CWG
It now seems that along with thousands of spectators, God too was watching over the Delhi Commonweath Games in 2010.

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Yogi Adityanath
Yogi Adityanath is setting the party's agenda for the bypolls to one Lok Sabha and 11 Assembly seats slated for September 13.

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No-Leave
A Deputy Inspector General of Punjab Armed Police has a permanent resident permit for Canada, where he has business interests.

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Modi - 100 days
As the Modi Government completes hundred days, the toshakhana or the treasure trove of the Indian government is yet to see acche din

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AP Capital
Chandrababu has meticulously chosen AP’s new centre on the banks of Krishna by securing the interests of the Kammas

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Political Murder
Unlike in earlier instances when the Congress or other coalitions ruled at the Centre, the Narendra Modi government decided to act upon the murder.

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