November, 2017


India’s GDP growth jumps to 6.3 per cent in second quarter, breaks five-quarter slide

India’s GDP, 6.3 per cent, second quarter, slide

New Delhi: India’s economic growth in the second quarter (July-September) of current fiscal rose to 6.3 per cent compared to 5.7 per cent in first quarter (April-June), said media reports. The report showed that the economic activities which registered growth of over 6.0 per cent in Q2 of 2017-18 over Q2 of 2016-17 are manufacturing, electricity, gas, water supply & other utility services and trade, hotels, transport & communication and services related to broadcasting. The GDP growth is in line with Forecasts made by SBI Research, Ficci, Reuters poll andRead More

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pauses speech after hearing azan from nearby mosque in Navsari

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, speech, azan, mosque, Navsari

Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a BJP rally in Navsari, paused for a couple of minutes when he heard azan being played from a nearby mosque. He resumed his speech after the Muslim call to prayer has ended. In 2016, during an election rally in West Bengal’s Kharagpur, PM Modi stopped his speech for over five minutes when he heard the sound of azan. “I do not want to interrupt anyone’s prayers. So I decided to take a brief rest,” he had said after it ended. Earlier inRead More

Padmavati parliamentary meeting: BJP seeks a ban while TMC and Congress back film

Padmavati, parliamentary meeting, BJP, TMC, Congress, film

New Delhi: BJP members sought a ban on Padmavati in the meeting of the parliamentary panel on Thursday. The meeting was called to discuss the Padmavati controversy. Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi also attended the meeting. While BJP members sought a ban on the film, Members of Parliament (MPs) from Trinamool Congress and Congress opposed any ban on the film. Padmavati director Bhansali and CBFC chief Joshi were summoned by the parliamentary panel to present their views on the ongoing controversyRead More

Nargis Fakhri and Uday Chopra set to get married next year, say rumours

Nargis Fakhri, Uday Chopra, married, rumours

New Delhi: Actress Nargis Fakhri and actor-filmmaker Uday Chopra trended a great deal on Wednesday for reports stating that the two are all set to get married next year. Such speculation began after Nargis reportedly dropped by the Chopra residence earlier this week and caught up with Uday’s mother Pamela Chopra. The actress’ spokesperson dismissed wedding rumours in a statement to Pune Mirror, saying, Nargis, who is based out of New York, is currently in Mumbai for a new project with Snoop Dogg: “Nargis is in Mumbai for a briefRead More

Maria Sharapova, will you marry me? Fan asks during tennis match in Istanbul

Maria Sharapova, will you marry me, fan, tennis match, Istanbul

Istanbul: Maria Sharapova was in for a sweet surprise when a fan shouted out a marriage proposal to her during an exhibition match in Istanbul. Up against Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay, Sharapova was about to serve when a fan shouted “Maria, will you marry me?” While the proposal invoked laughter in the Sinam Erdem Hall, Sharapova’s reaction was even better. Nodding her head in her beginning, Sharapova smilingly looked towards the audience and scratched her chin before saying “Maybe.” Buyukakcay, ranked 161st in the world, showed some resistance in the firstRead More

Four people killed as rain batters Tamil Nadu; Cyclone Ockhi heads for Lakshadweep

People killed, rain, Tamil Nadu, Cyclone Ockhi, Lakshadweep

Chennai: Four people were killed as heavy rain hammered coastal Tamil Nadu on Thursday after a depression in the Bay of Bengal turned into a cyclonic storm called Cyclone Ockhi about 60 km from the southern tip of the state. With the cyclone headed west towards Lakshadweep, it is unlikely to make a landfall in Tamil Nadu, the weather office said. Schools in seven districts of the state including Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Virudhunagar were closed. In Thoothukudi and Kanyakumari, strong winds uprooted trees, snapped power lines and damaged settlementsRead More

WWE star John Cena plays cricket with Shane Watson Down Under

WWE star, John Cena, cricket, Shane Watson, Down Under

Sydney: World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Hollywood star John Cena played cricket with Shane Watson during his visit to the country to promote his upcoming movie ‘Ferdinand’. The 16-time world champion was seen smashing a ball out of the park for the Sydney Thunders in Shane Watson’s company. Cena was seen holding the bat like a baseball player before missing the shot when a ball was bowled. Cena took to Twitter to share his experience in Australia and also the new sport he tried. The 40-year-old had Watson by hisRead More

Male coach of Thailand wears hijab to be with national women’s team at venue of Asian Kabaddi Championship in Iran

Male coach, Thailand, hijab, Asian Kabaddi Championship, Iran, national women’s team

Tehran: The male coach of the Thailand women’s team wore a hijab to enter the playing arena with his team for the Asian Kabaddi Championship. The Asian Kabaddi Championship held in Gorgan, Iran ended two days ago with India lifting the title beating Pakistan in the final. However, the tournament in Iran did not finish without some drama. The Thai coach wore a hijab to pretend to be a woman so he could be present during his team’s matches. In photographs that made their way to social media, the ThailandRead More

After Deepika Padukone, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s bahu Aparna dances to ‘Padmavati’ tune upsetting fringe groups

Deepika Padukone, Mulayam Singh Yadav's bahu, Aparna, Padmavati, fringe groups

New Delhi: A video of Aparna Yadav, daughter-in-law of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, dancing to the tune of song ‘ghoomar’ of controversial unreleased movie ‘Padmavati’ has gone viral upsetting various fringe groups. Wife of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger son Prateek Yadav was reportedly giving a performance at the engagement ceremony of her brother at a five-star hotel in Lucknow. The video has upset the fringe groups that say it is “shameful if someone is dancing to such controversial tunes”. “You are trying to upset us with this act,Read More

No. 10 jersey worn by Sachin Tendulkar to be retired by BCCI for international matches

No. 10 jersey, Sachin Tendulkar, BCCI, international matches

Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to “unofficially” retire the No. 10 jersey for international matches. The No. 10 jersey, worn by Sachin Tendulkar for several years in one-day internationals and for a solitary T20 international, will, henceforth, be associated only with the Little Master. Tendulkar retired from international cricket in November 2013 bringing a 24-year-long career to an end. He had last worn No. 10 in March 2012 when he played his last ODI against Pakistan. Since then, No.10 was unused for nearlyRead More