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Kareena Kapoor Khan was asked if she’d show Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle to Taimur, here’s what she said

The trailer of Netflix's Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle was unveiled at the Yashraj Studios in Mumbai on Sunday with filmmaker Andy Serkis and Christian Bale in attendance at the launch. Several of our Bollywood actors who will be the voices of the characters for the Hindi version of the film, were also present at the trailer launch event. When Kareena Kapoor Khan, who is giving the voice for Kaa, was asked whether she would show the movie to her toddler Taimur Ali Khan, she replied that Taimur was just two years old "so not right now". We agree with Bebo on the fact that it is too early to show him the movies.

The film which is directed by Andy Serkis, will begin streaming on Netflix in December this year and has Bollywood actors dubbing for the Indian version of the movie. Abhishek Bachchan is the voice for Bagheera, Anil Kapoor for Baloo and as mentioned earlier Kareena will be heard as Kaa. Madhuri Dixit Nene will be the voice for Nisha while actor Jackie Shroff will lend his voice to Sher Khan. Freida Pinto, who dubbed for Messua in the English version, will dub for the same character in the Hindi version as well.

Talkign about the same, Freida Pinto had told IANS, "Beautiful part about 'Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle' is that it is an ode to India. I remember Andy telling me before I left for South Africa that he wanted me to do my parts in Hindi and wanted to attempt it and go down that route. It is always a pleasure working with Andy (Serkis) and I hope for many more. When Andy and I worked together for the first time in the 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes', it was the fourth film of my career."

Mowgli: The Jungle Book is a fantasy adventure which follows the story of a boy, Mowgli, who is raised by a pack of wolves in the jungles of India. 

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2002 Akshardham temple attack accused nabbed from Ahmedabad Airport

Mohammed Farooq Shaikh, an accused in the 2002 Gandhinagar Akshardham temple attack, was on Monday arrested by Ahmedabad Police Crime Branch from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport here.

On November 3 last year, Abdul Rashid Ajmeri, the alleged prime conspirator of the terror attack, was arrested from Ahmedabad's airport after his arrival from Saudi Arabia capital Riyadh.Ajmeri, an Ahmedabad resident, had allegedly planned the attack and was a facilitator for Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the execution of the crime. He had fled to Riyadh before the attack was carried out.

The attack was perpetrated by two terrorists, with alleged links to LeT on September 24, 2002. At least 32 people were killed, while over 80 others were injured in the attack.The two terrorists were killed by the National Security Guard (NSG) commandos.In May 2014, the Supreme Court had discharged all six convicts, who were arrested earlier, in the case. Three of the six convicts were facing death sentences.
 

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Prosecute oficers who have failed to act on air pollution complaints in Delhi: SC

The Supreme Court Monday asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to initiate prosecution against government officials who have not acted on nearly 250 complaints received on its official social media accounts with regard to pollution in Delhi.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said that officials who have failed to act on the complaints were required to be prosecuted."Why do not you prosecute these officials? You should prosecute them. Let these people realise what they have done," the bench told Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, who was appearing for the CPCB.

Nadkarni said from November 1 to November 22 this year, they had received 749 air pollution complaints on social media accounts and action was taken on around 500 such complaints.Regarding court's suggestion to prosecute the officials responsible for not acting on the complaints, he said that the CPCB would look into it.

The CPCB had on November 1 told the apex court that it has created social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook where citizens could lodge their complaints about pollution in Delhi-national capital region (NCR).
The top court is seized of matters in which several issues related to air pollution in the Delhi-NCR have been raised. 

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Rupee breaks 7-day winning run, ends at 70.87 a dollar

Snapping its seven-day rising streak, the rupee Monday fell by 18 paise to close at 70.87 against the US dollar amid softening crude oil prices.

The domestic currency had gained a healthy 220 paise in the last seven trading sessions.At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (forex), the rupee opened on a firm note at 70.48 against the US dollar. It gained further ground to hit a high of 70.30, following dollar selling by exporters.

The local unit, however, pared the initial gains and finally settled the day at 70.87 to the US dollar, down 18 paise over its previous close.The rupee had rallied 77 paise to end at 70.69 against the US dollar Thursday on lower crude oil prices and foreign capital inflows.The forex market was closed Friday on account of Guru Nanak Jayanti.

"The rupee appears to have put in a medium term bottom, driven by the sharp drop in crude oil, decline in foreign selling and improving prospects for the domestic economy," said Sunil Sharma, Chief Investment Officer, Sanctum Wealth Management.Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) made fresh purchases worth Rs 62.74 crore Monday, as per provisional data.

Traders said bullish trend in the equity market as well as easing crude oil prices restricted the the rupee's fall.Brent crude was trading at USD 59.64 per barrel.Meanwhile, the 30-share Sensex settled 373.06 points, or 1.07 per cent, higher at 35,354.08. While, the broader NSE Nifty jumped 101.85 points, or 0.97 per cent, to finish at 10,628.60.

The Financial Benchmark India Private Ltd (FBIL) set the reference rate for the rupee/dollar at 70.7144 and for rupee/euro at 80.2660. The reference rate for rupee/British pound was fixed at 90.6478 and for rupee/100 Japanese yen was 62.47. 
 

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RBI can transfer Rs 1 trillion of excess reserves to govt: Merrill Lynch Report

The Reserve Bank has "more than adequate" reserves and that it can transfer over Rs 1 trillion to the government after a specially constituted panel identifies the "excess capital", says a report.

An RBI board meeting had last Monday decided to form a committee, which is likely to be announced later this week."We expect the proposed committee on the RBI's economic capital framework (ECF) to identify Rs 1-3 trillion which is 0.5-1.6 per cent of GDP as excess capital," analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a note Monday.The brokerage report said as per its stress tests, the central bank can transfer Rs 1 trillion to the government if the transfer is limited to passing excess contingency reserve and can go up to Rs 3 trillion if the total capital is included.

Giving a break-up, the report said Rs 1.05 trillion can be transferred if the contingency reserve is capped at 3.5 percent of the RBI book. It further said this level will be 75 percent higher than the average of BRICS economies, excluding India.Additional forms of transfers can include Rs 1.16 trillion from the contingency reserves if one restricts to yield rise of 4.5 percent as against 9 percent at present.Limiting the appreciation cover in RBI's currency and gold revaluation account to 25 percent (Rs 53.25 per USD) will release about Rs 72,000 crore to the government, it said.

It also said capping the overall reserves at 20 percent of the RBI's book as against 28.3 percent now and higher than 18 percent recommended by the Usha Thorat panel will be able to release Rs 3.11 trillion.The statutes do not prohibit transfer of excess capital to the government, it said, pointing out that the RBI Act places no bar as long as government maintains Rs 5 crore of reserve funds under Sec 46 of the RBI Act.While Section 47 enjoins the RBI to credit its annual surplus to the national exchequer, after provisions, it does not place any restrictions on further transfers, it added.

The RBI's contingency reserves at 7 percent are higher than the BRICS (excluding India) average of 2 percent, it said, adding the revaluation reserves are also on the higher side relative to BRICS central banks.As per a press statement after the nine-hour marathon board meeting, the government and RBI will be jointly deciding on the panel constitution and also its terms of reference.Following widespread criticism from many quarters, finance minister Arun Jaitley had said over the weekend that government did not need any support from the RBI's reserves for the next six months. However, multiple reports had claimed that the government is eyeing the extra cash which will help it in the run-up to the elections.

This comes amidst falling GST collections and little borrowing window left for the government, as it has already used up close to 96 percent of borrowings as of end October.By taking the money from the RBI, the government will only increase its fiscal deficit, as it will have to issue bonds to the central bank.The government for the second year in a row has pegged fiscal deficit at 3.3 per cent of GDP this fiscal year. Many analysts are expecting government to overshoot this by at least 20-30 bps by March. 

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Just another day of Akshay Kumar being his usual Khiladi self, gifts his training ball to boys at the beach, Watch

Akshay Kumar is one of the few Bollywood actors who've been promoting fitness for years now. His religious dedication to a healthy lifestyle has been a source of inspiration for others as well. He follows a strict regime when it comes to exercise and in the process, inspires his fans to do so too. This is not all, but the doting father of two also has his kids following in his footsteps. Not many are aware of the fact that his son Aarav Bhatia is a first degree blackbelt in Kudo.

The superstar has recently posted a video of a few boys jumping off the training ball he gifted to them and the young lads couldn’t have asked for a better start to their Monday. He took to his Instagram page and shared, "Gifted the boys on the beach my training ball so they could jump higher and faster. They had been at it from 6-9am ?? Now this is what I call #FitIndia ?? #FreeTraining #MorningInspiration #MondayMotivation" .

Akshay Kumar, who was last seen the historic sports drama Gold, will be back on the big screens with a sci-fi movie 2.0 in which he stars alongside the Southern megastar, Rajinikanth. It is the first time in his illustrious career that he will be sharing the screen space with Rajinikanth.

//www.instagram.com/embed.jsDirected by S. Shankar, the film is reportedly made on a staggering budget of Rs 550 crore and also stars, Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey, Adil Hussain in pivotal roles. The film is all set to hit the big screens on November 29.

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When Arjun Kapoor chose Malaika Arora over Katrina Kaif for an item song…

Other than the two famous weddings in the B-town (Deepika PadukoneRanveer Singh and Priyaka ChopraNick Jonas), if there's something that's grabbing a lot of eyeballs, it's the alleged love affair between Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora. The rumoured couple is in the news almost everyday as the buzz around their relationship is getting stronger day-by-day. Their recent public apperances and some social media posts are only adding fuel to the fire. And now the latest episode of the popular talk show Koffee With Karan season 6 hosted by Karan Johar might have been almost successful in sealing the deal.

The 33-year old Namaste England actor appeared on the show with his cousin Janhvi Kapoor. In the course of the show he did spill some details about his personal life. When asked by Karan Johar on whether he is single or not, the Gunday actor confirmed that he's not. He said, "No, I'm not single", however he refrained from revaling the name if his lady love.

When further questioned if he's ready for marriage he said, "Yes, now I am. Earlier, I wasn't." Arjun refrained from using Malaika’s name anywhere on the show until during the rapid fire round when KJo asked him to choose between Malaika and Katrina Kaif for a super sexy song. Now, we all know, Arjun’s very close to Katrina. She even considers him her rakhi brother. While one would expect him to take Kat's name, to everyone’s surprise, the actor replied,  "I guess Malaika started the trend with Chaiyya Chaiyya."  What more proof can we ask for now!

The rumour mills are abuzz that the two are reportedly set to tie the knot in 2019, although they are yet to confirm their relationship status to the world. They have been tight lipped until now but Arjun’s revelation on the show raises some part of the curtain. "I never answer personal questions. Not that I shy away from answering or whatever. I just don't feel comfortable talking about my personal life. And whatever my life has been, everyone is aware of it. I don't need to be talking about it. I am just enjoying my life," Malaiak was quoted as saying by India Today in a report.

Recent reports suggest that Arjun and Malaika have bought a plush apartment near Lokhandwala complex in Mumbai, and the couple is planning to move in soon. However, there's no official confirmation on the same as yet. 

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‘ I will destroy all women’s heart’: When a boasting youngster created scare on board

A man was detained and made to de-board a Jet Airways Kolkata-Mumbai flight on Monday after a co-passenger saw him covering his face with a handkerchief and keying in a message about terrorists over a messaging app, a CISF statement said.

Yogvedant Poddar, 21, had to get off the plane, which was preparing for take-off, after he was seen typing on his phone "Terrorist on flight, I  will destroy all women hearts", it said.Co-passenger Benjamin Plackett, who was sitting behind Poddar, noticed the message and immediately alerted the flight captain, who, in turn, reported the matter to the Jet Airways Duty Manager, the statement maintained.

The man was then detained by security officials of Jet Airways and his bags were re-examined."No suspicious or objectionable item was found in his bags. On questioning, Poddar said he was joking about terrorists with his friends," the CISF statement said.CISF provides security to airports across the nation. The co-passenger also said he panicked after hearing the term destroy and didn't exactly comprehend the full message. 

The 21-year-old resident of Beliaghata area in the city has been handed over to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport police station for further investigation, the statement said.The Mumbai-bound flight, with 160 passengers on board, was delayed by more than an hour as the security staff carried out a thorough check before giving its clearance, it added.A senior official of Airports Authority of India said the Jet Airways flight 9W 472 took off at 9.37pm. 

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Bigg Boss 12 preview: Surbhi Rana gets the power to nominate whoever she wants for evictions this week and more…

After Srishty Rode's eviction in Weekend Ka Vaar With Salman Khan, it's time for the nominations task for this week. This time, captain Surbhi gets the special power to nominate whoever she wants for eliminations. 

Apart from that, a big fight takes place between Romil Chaudhary and Somi Khan, because Deepak Thakur reveals that Romil has earlier said that Somi is the nicest girl in the house but is a week contestant in the show. Surbhi says that she's been proved right about Romil and Somi is deeply hurt.

Another highlight in tonight's episode will be Sreesanthm who will be seen opening up about the spot fixing charges on him. 

Here'sn all that'll happen in tonight's episode of Bigg Boss 12: 

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Friends turned foes

Bigg Boss 12 has entered its 11th week and slowly reaching a crucial phase. Aware of this fact, the contestants are playing their game with earnest intent in order to win the show. Strategies are being made, and friends are turning into foes because everyone’s intention is to win the show.

Bigg Boss 12 Nominations - LOC task

The week in the Bigg Boss house begins on an intimidating note because of the nominations for the week. To create a sense of thrill among the contestants, Bigg Boss announced an LOC task for the nomination process. 

Surbhi Rana gets a special power

Surbhi Rana being the captain of the house, was given the authority to nominate contestants of her choice. The house was divided into two teams – one with Dipika, Jasleen, Deepak and Romil and the other with Karanvir, Sreesanth, Somi and Rohit.

BB 12 Nominations task becomes a war zone

The garden area was separated into halves and both the teams had to be in the their LOCs. Detonators and bunks with contestant’s name were spread around the garden area. After every explosion noise, Surbhi had to take the name of the contestant she wanted to nominate along with a reason. Post that she had to use the detonator to blow up the bunk of that contestant.

 

The other twist in nominations task

Another twist in the task was that if Surbhi nominated three contestants from one team, then that entire team would be nominated for this week and the other would be saved. Megha was already nominated by Bigg Boss last week for her misbehavior with Deepak. Which team will Surbhi choose and who all will join Megha for this week’s elimination?

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Eight Naxals killed, two cops martyred in encounter in Sukma

Eight Naxals and two police personnel were killed in an encounter between ultras and security men in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Monday, police said.

The gunbattle took place at a forest in Kistaram area bordering Telangana, around 500 km from here, when a team of security personnel was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Sukma's Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told PTI.Eight bodies of Naxals have been found at the encounter spot, he said.

Two District Reserve Guard (DRG) personnel were also killed in the exchange of fire, the SP said.Reinforcements have been rushed to the spot, he said.Further details were awaited as the encounter was still underway, he added. 

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Not heeding ‘advice’ of Constitution will result in ‘descent into chaos’, warns CJI Gogoi

It is in "our best interest" to heed the advice of the Constitution, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said on Monday and asserted that not doing so would result in "sharp descent into chaos".

The Constitution is the voice of the marginalised as well as the prudence of the majority and continues to be a guide in moments of crisis and uncertainty, the CJI said at the inaugural function of Constitution Day Celebrations here."It is in our best interest to heed the advice of the constitution. If we do not, our hubris will result in sharp descent into chaos," he said. Constitution Day, also known as Samvidhan Divas, is celebrated on November 26 to commemorate the Constitution being adopted.

The Constituent Assembly adopted the Constitution of India on November 26, 1949. It came into effect on January 26, 1950."The constitution has become an integral part of the lives of the Indian people. This is not an exaggeration, one need only to look at the astounding variety of issues that the courts hear daily," Gogoi said.

"Our Constitution is the voice of the marginalised as well as the prudence of the majority. Its wisdom continues to guide us in the moment of crisis and uncertainty," he said. When the Constitution was brought into force, it was "widely criticised", the CJI noted. But time has weakened the criticism and it is a matter of great pride that it has been referred to with great vigour in the last several decades, he stated.

He said the Constitution is "not a document frozen in time" and today is not an occasion to celebrate but to test constitutional promises."Are we Indians existing in conditions of freedom, equality and dignity? These are questionsthat I ask myself. Undoubtedly, great advances have been made but there is a lot left to be done. Today, we need just not a celebration but also to chalk out a road map for the future," Justice Gogoi said. PTI PKS LLP 

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Designer babies with DNA changes: World first gene-altered twin baby girls born in China

A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.

If true, it would be a profound leap in science and ethics.

A US scientist said he took part in the work in China, but this kind of gene editing is banned in the United States because the DNA changes can pass to future generations and it risks harming other genes.

Many mainstream scientists think it's too unsafe to try, and some denounced the Chinese report as human experimentation.

The researcher, He Jiankui of Shenzhen, said he altered embryos for seven couples during fertility treatments, with one pregnancy resulting thus far.

He said his goal was not to cure or prevent an inherited disease, but to try to bestow a trait that few people naturally have an ability to resist possible future infection with HIV, the AIDS virus.

He said the parents involved declined to be identified or interviewed, and he would not say where they live or where the work was done.

There is no independent confirmation of His claim, and it has not been published in a journal, where it would be vetted by other experts. He revealed it Monday in Hong Kong to one of the organizers of an international conference on gene editing that is set to begin Tuesday, and earlier in exclusive interviews with The Associated Press.

"I feel a strong responsibility that it's not just to make a first, but also make it an example," He told the AP.

"Society will decide what to do next" in terms of allowing or forbidding such science. Some scientists were astounded to hear of the claim and strongly condemned it.

It's "unconscionable … an experiment on human beings that is not morally or ethically defensible," said Dr. Kiran Musunuru, a University of Pennsylvania gene editing expert and editor of a genetics journal.

"This is far too premature," said Dr. Eric Topol, who heads the Scripps Research Translational Institute in California. "We're dealing with the operating instructions of a human being. It's a big deal." However, one famed geneticist,

Harvard University's George Church, defended attempting gene editing for HIV, which he called "a major and growing public health threat." "I think this is justifiable," Church said of that goal.

In recent years scientists have discovered a relatively easy way to edit genes, the strands of DNA that govern the body. The tool, called CRISPR-cas9, makes it possible to operate on DNA to supply a needed gene or disable one that's causing problems.

It's only recently been tried in adults to treat deadly diseases, and the changes are confined to that person. Editing sperm, eggs or embryos is different the changes can be inherited. In the US, it's not allowed except for lab research. China outlaws human cloning but not specifically gene editing.

He Jiankui, who goes by "JK," studied at Rice and Stanford universities in the US before returning to his homeland to open a lab at Southern University of Science and Technology of China in Shenzhen, where he also has two genetics companies.

The US scientist who worked with him on this project after He returned to China was physics and bioengineering professor Michael Deem, who was his adviser at Rice in Houston.

Deem also holds what he called "a small stake" in and is on the scientific advisory boards of He's two companies.

The Chinese researcher said he practiced editing mice, monkey and human embryos in the lab for several years and has applied for patents on his methods.

He said he chose to try embryo gene editing for HIV because these infections are a big problem in China. He sought to disable a gene called CCR5 that forms a protein doorway that allows HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, to enter a cell.

All of the men in the project had HIV and all of the women did not, but the gene editing was not aimed at preventing the small risk of transmission, He said.

The fathers had their infections deeply suppressed by standard HIV medicines and there are simple ways to keep them from infecting offspring that do not involve altering genes.

Instead, the appeal was to offer couples affected by HIV a chance to have a child that might be protected from a similar fate.

He recruited couples through a Beijing-based AIDS advocacy group called Baihualin.

Its leader, known by the pseudonym "Bai Hua," told the AP that it's not uncommon for people with HIV to lose jobs or have trouble getting medical care if their infections are revealed.
Here is how He described the work:

The gene editing occurred during IVF, or lab dish fertilization. First, sperm was "washed" to separate it from semen, the fluid where HIV can lurk. A single sperm was placed into a single egg to create an embryo. Then the gene editing tool was added.

When the embryos were 3 to 5 days old, a few cells were removed and checked for editing. Couples could choose whether to use edited or unedited embryos for pregnancy attempts. In all, 16 of 22 embryos were edited, and 11 embryos were used in six implant attempts before the twin pregnancy was achieved, He said.

Tests suggest that one twin had both copies of the intended gene-altered and the other twin had just one altered, with no evidence of harm to other genes, He said. People with one copy of the gene can still get HIV, although some very limited research suggests their health might decline more slowly once they do.

Several scientists reviewed materials that He provided to the AP and said tests so far are insufficient to say the editing worked or to rule out harm.

They also noted evidence that the editing was incomplete and that at least one twin appears to be a patchwork of cells with various changes.

"It's almost like not editing at all" if only some of certain cells were altered, because HIV infection can still occur, Church said. (

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A nostalgic Mira Rajput wishes her father on his 60th birthday with adorable throwback pictures

For every daughter, her father is her superhero and Shahid Kapoor's darling wife Mira Rajput is no different. On her dearest father’s 60th birthday she chose to wish him in a rather emotional way. While taking a trip down the memory lane, she shared some of the pictures of her and her father together and added a beautiful caption with it. “Happy 60th Dad From you we have learned to love, to pray, to excel, to thank, to live,” Mira wrote as she posted the throwback pictures from her wedding with Shahid Kapoor in 2015.

In one picture, we can see the father-daughter duo sharing an affectionate hug during her pre-wedding festivities. The second one has both of them beaming with happiness which makes for a perfect snapshot. In another picture, Mira and Shahid are seen taking blessings from the senior Rajput and the last one has their daughter Misha with her grandfather.

Mira Rajput is currently having leisure time at her hometown in Delhi where she is also gorging on some delicious dishes and sweets. From gulab jamuns to the mouth- watering rasgullas, Mira is sure all dipped in sweetness these days. She gives her fans gllimpses of her family time through her Instagram stories and posts. She has a huge fan following on social media and always keeps her followers posted about her daily life.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Happy 60th Dad  From you we have learned to love, to pray, to excel, to thank, to live.

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10 years of 26/11: A look back at the Mumbai terror attacks that stunned the nation

Floral tributes were paid Monday to those who laid down their lives while fighting Pakistani terrorists who had attacked the metropolis on this day 10 years ago.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was among the dignitaries who paid homage at the 26/11 police memorial site at the Mumbai Police Gymkhana in south Mumbai.

"I pay homage to the brave policemen who fought for Mumbai's safety and laid down their lives for us on 26/11. We are proud of them and we will strive hard for the safety and security of our state," Fadnavis said. 

Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Maharashtra Police Chief Datta Padsalgikar and Mumbai Commissioner of Police Subodh Kumar Jaiswal also attended the ceremony.

Family members of the policemen who lost their lives during the attacks were also present during the ceremony.

On November 26, 2008, 10 Pakistani terrorists arrived by sea route and opened fire indiscriminately at people killing 166, including 18 security personnel, and injuring several others, besides damaging property worth crores.  

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In this file photo taken on December 17, 2008 pedestrians walk past the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai India on November 26, 2018, marked the tenth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks with ceremonies at sites across the city that became battlegrounds in the wave of violence that killed scores and dealt a critical blow to relations with neighbouring Pakistan. The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel will hold a private service to remember the 31 people who died there. 

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Chattrapathi Shivaji Terminus railway station on eve of 26/11

Vehicles drive past the Chattrapathi Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station, one of the targets of the 2008 Mumbai militant attacks, on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the attacks in Mumbai on November 25, 2018. Ten years ago Islamist militants from Pakistan laid siege to India's financial capital Mumbai for three days, killing 166 people and injuring hundreds more. 

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Pakistani Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud addressed media

In this picture taken on November 26, 2008, Pakistani Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud (C) addresses a group of media representatives in the Mamouzai area of Orakzai Agency.  

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Policemen pay their respects at a memorial to mark the tenth anniversary of the November 26, 2008 attacks, at a railway station in Mumbai, India, November 26, 2018. 

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Staff of the Cama Hospital, one of the targets of the 2008 Mumbai militant attacks, pay respects at the memorial during an event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2018. Ten years ago Islamist militants from Pakistan laid siege to India's financial capital Mumbai for three days, killing 166 people and injuring hundreds more. 

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Mumbai Police pay their respects at the Police Memorial

Members of the Mumbai Police pay their respects at the Police Memorial, during an event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai militant attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2018. – Ten years ago Islamist militants from Pakistan laid siege to India''s financial capital Mumbai for three days, killing 166 people and injuring hundreds more.

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Vijay Salaskar's wife after hearing news of his death

Inspector Salaskar was among the first causalities with ATS Chief Hemant Karkare and Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte during the 26/11 attacks on the megapolis. 

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Wall riddled with bullet holes opposite Nariman House

A man walks past a wall riddled with bullet holes opposite to the Nariman House, one of the targets of the November 26, 2008 attacks, after the renaming ceremony of Nariman House as Nariman Light House in Mumbai, India, November 25, 2018.

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Army Men take positions on November 26, 2018. 

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Aircel-Maxis case: CBI granted permission to prosecute P Chidambaram

 The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday informed the Patiala House Court that it has been granted permission to prosecute former finance minister P Chidambaram in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case.

Patiala House Court's Special Judge OP Saini took up the Aircel-Maxis case, which arose out of the 2G spectrum allocation scam case. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared for the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and submitted that requisite sanction from the concerned authority has been received to prosecute Chidambaram in the matter.

Mehta further said that there were a total of 18 accused in the case and prosecution sanctions were needed for six of them. He added that efforts were being made to obtain prosecution sanctions in respect of other five accused.
Meanwhile, the court extended the interim protection granted to Chidambaram and his son, Karti, till December 18. On Saturday, Chidambaram had denied all charges leveled by the CBI and said the decision of his arrest was "plainly motivated and totally untenable."

In his rejoinder submitted to the Patiala House Court, Chidambaram said that after he was granted interim protection on July 23 this year, a reason was "suddenly discovered" to arrest him without even having issued summons in the past four years.The Aircel Maxis case emerged out of the 2G spectrum cases, pertaining to a grant of FIPB approval to firm M/S Global Communication and Services Holdings Limited, Mauritius for investment in Aircel.

The FIPB approval was allegedly granted in the year 2006 when Chidambaram was the finance minister. According to the rules and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy of the government, Chidambaram was only empowered to give approval to proposals involving a foreign investment amount of up to Rs 600 crore. However, he reportedly approved the foreign investment proposal of Global Communication and Services Holdings Ltd worth Rs 3560 crore approximately. 

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Bradley Cooper says he directed ‘A Star is Born’ in fake inebriated state

Actor Bradley Cooper has revealed that he pretended to be drunk while shooting for his directorial debut A Star is Born.

The 43-year-old actor told Vanity Fair that he chose to direct the film in a fake inebriated state in order to maintain the consistency of character.

"Especially the Grammy scene… Thank God the actors were willing to allow me to direct them sort of in that state because it was easier to stay in that space," Cooper said.

"It just took me a little longer to communicate what I wanted," he added.

Cooper played Jackson Maine, an established singer-songwriter and an alcoholic, in the film alongside singer Lady Gaga.

A Star is Born was released in October this year.

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UAE pardons British academic sentenced to life for spying

The United Arab Emirates on Monday pardoned a British academic jailed for life on spying charges, granting his family's request for clemency minutes after showing a video of him purportedly confessing to being a member of Britain's intelligence agency MI6.

The UAE president issued a pardon as part of the country's National Day, effective immediately, according to a statement carried by state news agency WAM. 

Matthew Hedges, a 31-year-old PhD student, had protested his innocence ever since his arrest at Dubai airport on May 5 and British ministers had raised his case at the highest level.

"We can confirm that he was sentenced to life in prison," a family spokesperson told AFP.

"The hearing lasted less than five minutes, and his lawyer was not present." Hedges was researching the UAE's foreign and internal security policies after the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011, studies that

Britain insisted were entirely innocuous but which the UAE said threatened its political and economic security.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "deeply disappointed and concerned" at the verdict.

"We will continue to press this matter at the highest level with the Emiratis," she told parliament.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was "deeply shocked" by the UAE court's decision and warned of repercussions.

"Today's verdict is not what we expect from a friend and trusted partner of the United Kingdom and runs contrary to earlier assurances," he said.

"The handling of this case… will have repercussions for the relationship between our two countries, which has to be built on trust.

"I regret the fact that we have reached this position and I urge the UAE to reconsider," he added.

Hunt said he had personally raised the case at the highest levels of the UAE government, including during a visit to Abu Dhabi on November 12.

The case comes with relations already tested by the UAE's heavy involvement alongside Saudi Arabia in a military coalition battling Yemeni rebels since March 2015.

The deployment of Emirati ground troops, trainers and advisers alongside government forces advancing on the lifeline rebel-held port of Hodeida has prompted calls for Britain to halt or place conditions on its huge arms sales to the UAE.

Hedges's temporary release on bail on October 29 had raised a glimmer of hope in his case but he was constantly monitored until Wednesday's court hearing, only his third since his arrest.

Hedges's wife Daniela Tejada, who had campaigned vigorously for his release, said the court ruling showed that the UAE was not a genuine ally.

"They say that the UAE is an ally, but the overwhelmingly arbitrary handling of Matt's case indicates a scarily different reality, for which Matt and I are being made to pay a devastatingly high price." Tejada was in court for the sentencing.

"This has been the worst six months of my life, let alone for Matt who was shaking when he heard the verdict," she said.

"The UAE authorities should feel ashamed for such an obvious injustice. I am very scared for Matt. I don't know where they are taking him or what will happen now. Our nightmare has gotten even worse."

She had previously expressed concern for his safety, saying he was being held in solitary confinement at an undisclosed location with limited access to the British consulate and his family.

Tejada was deeply critical of the British government over the failure of its discreet, behind-the-scenes diplomacy in the case.

"Matthew is innocent. The Foreign Office know this and have made it clear to the UAE authorities that Matthew is not a spy for them. This whole case has been handled appallingly from the very beginning with no one taking Matthew's case seriously," she said.

"The British government must take a stand now for Matthew, one of their citizens." Durham University in northern England, where Hedges was studying for his PhD, said it was "devastated" to learn of his sentence.

Vice-Chancellor Stuart Corbridge said the judgement had been "delivered in the absence of anything resembling due process or a fair trial".

"There has been no information given on what basis Matt was handed this sentence and no reason to believe that Matt was conducting anything other than legitimate academic research," Corbridge said in a statement.

UAE attorney general Hamad al-Shamsi said earlier this month that Hedges was accused of "spying for a foreign country, jeopardising the military, political and economic security of the state".  

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Trump Vows to Stop Migrant Caravan: US shuts Mexico’s busiest border crossing; fired tear gas at children, women

US authorities shut the country's busiest border crossing and fired tear gas into Mexico on Sunday to repel Central American migrants approaching the border after US President Donald Trump vowed the asylum-seekers would not easily enter the country.

Traffic in both directions was suspended for several hours at the San Ysidro port of entry between San Diego and Tijuana, US officials said, disrupting trade at the most heavily trafficked land border in the Western Hemisphere. Pedestrian crossings and vehicle traffic later resumed, officials said.

Tensions on the border had been rising in recent days, with thousands of Central American migrants who arrived in a caravan camped out in a sports stadium in Tijuana. On Sunday, Mexican police broke up the latest in a series of daily protests, triggering a rush toward the US border.

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Mexico's Federal Police walk out of a cloud of tear gas released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America, attempted to illegally cross the border into the United States from Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018. 

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Caravan of migrants from Central America

A photojournalist is surrounded in a cloud of tear gas released by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America, attempted to illegally cross the border into the United States from Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018. 

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US soldiers and US border patrols fire tear gas towards migrants, part of a caravan of thousands travelling from Central America en route to the United States, from the US side of the border fence between Mexico and the United States in Tijuana, Mexico, November 25, 2018. 

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Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands travelling from Central America en route to the United States and journalists flee tear gas released by US border patrol near the fence between Mexico and the United States in Tijuana, Mexico, November 25, 2018. 

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Migrants climb walls to evade police

Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands travelling from Central America en route to the United States, climb a wall to evade police and reach the border wall between the US and Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018. 

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A migrant girl from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, cries after running away from tear gas thrown by the US border control near the border wall between the US and Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018. 

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Lady with her five-month-old son pushed back from border wall

Rosa Villa, 30, and her five-month-old son Esteban from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands travelling from Central America en route to the United States, are pushed back from the border wall between the US and Mexico by Mexican police in Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018.

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Delhi’s air quality slips to ‘very poor’ a day after recording ‘unusual improvement’

Delhiites woke up to a hazy morning on Monday, with monitoring stations recording air quality in the "very poor" category, a day after the city witnessed an 'unusual improvement' in the conditions, officials said.

The overall air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 320 — in the "very poor" category, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

Anand Vihar recorded "severe" air quality. The AQI in 23 areas was registered in the "very poor" category, while the situation was "poor" in 12 areas.

The level of PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) was recorded at 179, and the PM10 level was recorded at 338.

In the NCR region, Ghaziabad recorded the worst air quality with an AQI of 398. Greater Noida and Noida's air quality was registered in the "very poor" category. Faridabad and Gurgaon recorded moderate air quality, according to CPCB data.

An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.

According to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), Delhi's air quality will remain in the "poor" category, amid a gradual increase in the pollution level, for the next two days.

"The increase in pollution can be attributed to a decline in wind speed as compared to past two days. All other meteorological factors were already unfavourable," the SAFAR said in a report. The air quality over the weekend showed an "unusual improvement" due to late night fast wind speed, SAFAR had said on Sunday.  

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26/11: Ten years on, trial drags on in Pakistani anti-terror court

As India on Monday marked the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 carnage, the trial of seven LeT members facing charges of planning and executing the ghastly Mumbai terror attacks is still being dragged on in a Pakistani anti-terror court though the Islamabad High Court in 2015 directed that the case should be wrapped up in two months.

The attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, the operations commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, has virtually secured his acquittal with the Pakistan government indicating no plan to challenge his bail in the Supreme Court.

The six other suspects have also "bright chances" of acquittal with their trial witnessing bizarre twists and turns like frequent change of judges and murder of a prosecutor.

On November 26, 2008, ten Pakistan-based LeT terrorists carried out a series of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai. A total of 166 people died and over 300 were wounded in the strikes, which lasted till November 29.

Nine of the attackers were killed by police, while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was captured and hanged after a trial in India.

In Pakistan, seven LeT suspects — Lakhvi, Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum – are facing charges of planning and executing the attack since 2009.

There has been a realisation in Pakistan, especially among politicians, that the attacks had demolished all the past efforts to build friendly relations between the two neighbours.

However, there are divergent views on whether punishing the culprits in Pakistan will help restore ties between them.

But like ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, questions are being asked in Pakistan "why trial is not being completed?" When PTI sought a reaction from the Pakistan's Foreign Office (FO) on the status of the 26/11 trial, the FO spokesman Mohammad Faisal refused to comment in detail and just said, "It is sub judice." Pakistani prosecutors are, however, quick to blame India for the delay.

Chief prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar told PTI the case can be concluded in a week if India sends 24 witnesses to Pakistan for recording of their statements and other evidence.

"The Mumbai case will take not more than a week to conclude if India allows Pakistan to examine the boat on which the terrorists travelled to reach Mumbai and also send its witnesses here for recording of their statements," he said.

Azhar, who is also Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) special prosecutor, further said India will have to cooperate with Pakistan if it wants logical conclusion of the case.

"Crime had taken place in Mumbai and onus is on India to provide full evidence to Pakistan. The Indian government has not yet either clearly refused to send its witnesses to Pakistan or allow us to examine the boat there. If it refuses, the benefit will go to the suspects and the case will be over," he said.

When asked why the government has not challenged the bail granted to Lakhvi, he said there was no strong evidence against his involvement.

Lakhvi walked free from jail in April 2015 after securing a bail from the trial court, while the six other suspects are in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.

Abuzar Peerzada, another prosecutor in the case, said the hearing of the case in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) is being held on regular basis and the next hearing is on November 28.

When asked about any possible time frame for conclusion of the trial, he said: "No…it is very difficult to give any time frame…as it is not an ordinary trial (involving two countries)." A lawyer associated with the case, requesting anonymity, said: "Since both Pakistan and India's interests are involved in this case…this is more of a political case than a legal one. And a 'political case' has no time limit (for conclusion)." Raja Rizwan Abbasi, a counsel for

Lakhvi and other six suspects, was reluctant to talk to PTI when contacted.

However, a lawyer close to him said the defence is not filing a bail petition of the six suspects as it is hoping that since enough time has passed they have "bright chances" to secure acquittal.

"The defence lawyers are optimistic about acquittal of their clients. Therefore, they are not moving their bail plea," he said.

Azhar, however, is of the view that they may get benefit only if India does not send its witnesses and other evidence.

The case is being tried in the ATC since 2009. There has hardly been any case in any ATC in Pakistan that is pending for over nine years.

"It appears that the state is not in hurry to decide this case since the matter is related to its arch-rival India," a senior lawyer said.

Interestingly, former FIA chief Tariq Khosa too pointed out lingering on the case "far too long".

"Dilatory tactics by the defendants, frequent change of trial judges (at least nine times), assassination of the case prosecutor and retracting from original testimony by some key witnesses have been serious setbacks for the prosecutors," he said.

Like many others in Pakistan, Khosa too believes the case "will not be over soon".

Earlier in an interview to Dawn newspaper, ex-premier Sharif had questioned, "Should Pakistan allow militants/non-state actors to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai?…Why can't we complete the trial?", remarks that got him into trouble.  

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CISF detains Kolkata man for sending photo of terrorist aboard Jet Airways flight

A Jet Airways passenger was detained by the CISF at Kolkata's Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport.

According to NDTV, the man, identified as Yog Vedan Poddar, was seen sending a photograph of a masked man with a comment that said he would blow up the plane.

The flight 9W472 was going from Kolkata to Mumbai, and was taxing on the runway ready for take-off at 8.15 am when a passenger saw the man posting the photo with the words "terrorist, destroy". "The alarmed passenger then discreetly informed one of the cabin crew, following which the plane returned to the parking bay at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport," the report added.

 

 

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BJP doesn’t have a patent on Ram temple, it belongs to all: Uma Bharti

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti said that her party does not have a patent on the Ram temple while calling for all parties to come together to build the temple in Ayodhya.

Speaking to reporters, Bharti commended Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray for visiting Ayodhya and pressing for the construction of the temple.

"Yes, I appreciate Uddhav Thackeray for his effort. BJP doesn't have a patent on Ram temple, Lord Ram belongs to everyone. I appeal to everyone including Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Akali Dal, Asaduddin Owaisi, Azam Khan and others to come forward and support the construction of the temple," the BJP leader said.

Thackeray, who was on a visit to Ayodhya over the weekend, reiterated his demand for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya and asked the BJP-led central government not to play with the sentiments of the Hindus.

At a mega event, Thackeray added that the BJP should apologise and tell people that the Ram temple issue is their 'chunavi jumla' (election gimmick).

Amid growing chorus for the construction of a Lord Ram temple, many political parties and spiritual leaders have demanded that an ordinance should be brought in.

The Supreme Court, on October 29, had adjourned the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit till January 2019 to fix the next hearing date in the matter, challenging the Allahabad High Court ruling of 2010. The Allahabad High Court in its 2010 verdict had suggested a division of the disputed land in Ayodhya — one for each of the parties the Nirmohi Akhara, the Sunni Waqf Board and Ram Lalla.

Babri Masjid, known to have been constructed by Mughal emperor Babur in Ayodhya in 1528, was allegedly demolished by right-wing groups on December 6, 1992, who claimed that the mosque was built after demolishing the Ram Temple to the ground.

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Sebastian Stan doesn’t know if we will see Winter Soldier in ‘Avengers 4’

Actor Sebastian Stan has said that he is not sure about whether his Marvel character Winter Soldier will feature in upcoming Avengers 4.

In an interview with Collider, the 36-year-old actor said as both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 were shot simultaneously, he is clueless about the character's future.

"When I was shooting anything, nobody ever told me what was part one or part two. The truth is, I don't even know if I'm in (Avengers 4). What I shot was in part one. And anything that I shot may or may not have been in part one or part two and I still don't know," Sebastian said.

"There were things that we shot that were never gonna make it because it was easier to just convolute the whole thing. So in a way, you go Alright, that's cool, but…," he added.

The actor, however, is confident that the superhero ensemble will "deliver on a level that we probably haven't even digested yet".

"Because that's what they do best," he added.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers 4 has a release date of April 26, 2019.

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Colour me rainbow: Delhi LGBTQ+ community walks to claim their place in society

With happy faces and bodies swaying to drum beats, rainbow revellers took over the heart of Delhi and celebrated 'pride' and their newfound independence, two months after the Supreme Court quashed a colonial-era law that criminalised homosexuality.

At the 11th edition of Delhi Queer Pride Parade, thousands walked from Barakhamba Road to Tolstoy Marg on the warm Sunday afternoon, spreading cheer and colour.

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The pride parade was the first one after the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality by quashing the draconian Section 377 on September 6. 

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Grateful to Supreme Court

"I am very thankful to the judges, I never expected it to happen in my life, but it did. I am very glad. For more changes you have to wait, a big change will take time. Nothing changes in a second. You make some efforts, you take some time," Sumit, who identifies as a girl, told PTI.

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Delhi Queer Pride Committee organised the parade

The Delhi leg of the pride parade is organised every last Sunday of November since 2008 by the Delhi Queer Pride Committee.

"Our pride is a struggle not just to be free and to love at the level of individuals, but to build love as the only force capable of bringing about our collective liberation," the members said in a statement.

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Say no to hate

After the Section 377 verdict the community is now reaching out for a hate crime legislation to recognise all forms of anti-minority violence as punishable offences.

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With the support of allies

The march which began at Tolstoy Marg ended at Jantar Mantar. People were seen dancing to the drum beats. Like any other queer Pride, members of the community were seen in quirky dresses, while donning masks and jewellery.

People of all orientation also took part in the celebration as allies, hugging and supporting each other.

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Making merry

On September 6, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Rohinton Fali Nariman, A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra, announced the decriminalisation of homosexuality. 

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First sighting of political inclanation

Check out the hashtag on that placard. Political views of the LGBTQ community are finding daylight. What does the LGBTQ community politically thinks of? A survey to understand this is being conducted by Queer & Political a group that tries to gauge the political sense of the community. A survey on the face of the general elections schedule to be held in 2019 is being conducted by the group. The results will be out on January 19, 2019, during a program at Humsafar Trust.

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Out and proud

Ishaan Sethi, an LGBT rights activist and founder of Delta, an LGBT dating app, said that the "parade is a celebration of equality and diversity".

"Pride is a celebration of our identities and to be visible as a community. It is a celebration of equality and diversity. This year is especially important because it is also a time to reflect on the past and honour and remember those who have fought this battle for equality and helped us reach where we are today," Sethi said.

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Hoping for a stronger community

The parade celebrated the identity and sexuality of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies as they walked with a renewed purpose to work towards the goals of a stronger community.

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Look what we have here

The controversial 'Brahminical Patriarchy' poster also made an appearance. 

(Anushree Fadnavis / REUTERS)

From the fences

Police keep watch as Indian members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community take part in a pride parade. 

(Dominique Faget / AFP)

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Religious Terrorism: Al Shabaab gunmen kill clerics at religious centre in Somalia

Al Shabaab gunmen attacked a religious centre in central Somalia on Monday, killing a cleric and 10 of his followers, a spokesman for the militant Islamist group said.

"A car bomb rammed into the centre of the man who insulted the prophet. Our militants are now inside and fighting goes on," Al Shabaab spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab told Reuters.

He later said the cleric Abdiweli was killed in the attack along with 10 of his followers.

The casualties could not be independently confirmed.

Residents of Galkayo, where the centre is located, and a regional official said Abdiweli may have been targeted because his centre hosts mostly youths who play music and dance.

Al Shabaab said last year the cleric had referred to himself as the Prophet, an accusation denied at the time by Abdiweli.

"We cannot know the figure of casualties right now. Al Shabaab had threatened him many times," Abdirashid Hashi, the governor of Mudug region, told Reuters.

Al Shabaab is fighting to topple the Somali government and establish its own rule based on its harsh interpretation of Islamic law. The group controls small sections on the Mudug region, but it does not include Galkayo.

 

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Kerala Water Resources minister Mathew Thomas resigns

Kerala Water Resources Minister Mathew T Thomas, a nominee of the Janata Dal (Secular) in the CPI(M)-led LDF government, on Monday submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

The move comes after the JD(S), a key partner in the LDF, Friday decided to replace Thomas with Chittur MLA K Krishnankutty.

Thomas handed over the resignation letter to Vijayan at the latter's official residence, Cliff House, this morning.

"I have handed over my resignation letter to the chief minister. I am an MLA now," Thomas told reporters here.

On his performance as a minister in the last two and half years, Thomas said he cannot say he was fully satisfied, but was happy as he could take up various activities during his tenure in the water resources department.

Asked if he would stake a claim for the post of the state party chief, Thomas said he had not put forward any such demand and had not listed any conditions for his resignation.

Thomas said he had functioned as the state president of the party and had helped it to grow.
The party would not split and would remain in the LDF, he said.

The JD(S), headed by former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, has three MLAs in the Kerala Assembly. The national leadership, which had met at Bengaluru last week, had decided to replace Thomas with Krishnankutty.

Senior JD(S) leaders from the state including Krishnankutty and C K Nanu, the other MLA, met Gowda and held discussions in Bengaluru after which the national leadership had announced the decision to replace Thomas.

The two factions led by Thomas and Krishnankutty have been at loggerheads for quite some time over the party's lone ministerial berth.

Krishnankutty is likely to be sworn in as minister Tuesday.

The 13th session of the Kerala Assembly is also beginning Tuesday. 

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Glenmark Pharma gets tentative USFDA nod for skin treatment drug

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Monday said it has received tentative nod from the US health regulator for Clobetasol Propionate foam, used to treat inflammation and itching caused by a number of skin conditions like eczema.

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc USA has been granted tentative approval by the United States Food & Drug Administration (US FDA) for Clobetasol Propionate Foam, 0.05 per cent (Emulsion Formulation), the company said in a BSE filing.

The approved product is a generic version of Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc's Olux-E Foam, 0.05 per cent.

Quoting IQVIA sales data for the 12-month period ended September 2018, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals said, Olux-E Foam achieved annual sales of around USD 13.2 million.

The company's current portfolio consists of 144 products authorised for distribution in the US market and 55 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) pending approval with the USFDA, it added.

Shares of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals were trading 0.06 per cent lower at Rs 637.45 apiece on BSE.  
 

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Students clash over harassment of girl in Odisha’s KIIT University; five detained

Five students were detained at Bhubaneswar's KIIT university after two groups of students clashed over the harassment of a female student, news agency ANI reported.

Police has banned large groups from gathering on campus.

In a statement, KIIT University said, "Students of two groups clashed y'day over an issue of eve-teasing on Nov 23. As a precautionary measure, 2 hostels affected have been vacated. As it's a matter of clash b/w 2 groups of students, University hasn't been closed Sine Die. Classes functioning normally."

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe fight broke out after a second year engineering student allegedly made a pass at a final year law student.

CCTV footage shows students vandalising campus property.

Local television channel OTV reported that two cases were reported

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Airtel Africa appoints eight global Banks to work on IPO

Bharti Airtel's Africa business arm Monday announced the appointment of eight global banks including J P Morgan, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs to work on its initial public offer plan.

"Airtel Africa Limited Monday announced the appointment of global banks for an intended IPO on an international stock exchange. The banks appointed are JP Morgan, Citigroup, BofA Merrill Lynch, Absa Group Limited, Barclays

Bank PLC, BNP Paribas, Goldman Sachs International and Standard Bank Group," Bharti Airtel said in a statement.

Airtel Africa operates in 14 countries across Africa where it offers 2G, 3G and 4G mobile services and mobile commerce through 'Airtel Money'.

The development comes after the recent subscription of shares in Airtel Africa by six leading global investors comprising of Warburg Pincus, Temasek, Singtel, SoftBank Group International and others for an aggregate consideration of USD 1.25 billion.

The company plans to utilise this fund to lower debt of its Africa unit which stands at around USD 5 billion.

Earlier this month, Airtel Africa also announced its newly constituted Board of Directors that includes representatives from Bharti Airtel and the investors.

"The new Board of Directors brings a wealth of industry and governance experience to further drive the Airtel Africa business," Airtel said.

Bharti Airtel reported 3.6 per cent decline in its India revenues on year-on-year while the Africa revenues rose 10.8 per cent.

The revenue from Africa business rose to Rs 5,647.2 crore during September quarter from Rs 5,203 crore in the same period of the previous year.  

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After beginning week well, Sensex, Nifty turn choppy as IT, pharma stocks fall

The BSE benchmark Sensex pared early gains and turned choppy after opening over 200 points higher Monday, led by fall in IT and pharma stocks amid strengthening rupee.

The 30-share Sensex pared early gains and was trading 4.38 points, or 0.01 per cent, higher at 34,985.40.

The NSE Nifty too witnessed similar movement, and was trading 10.15 points, or 0.09 per cent, higher at 10,536.75.

Infosys, TCS and Sun Pharma were the biggest contributors to the losses on bourses in early trade, falling up to 2.13 per cent.

Yes Bank, Adani Ports, ONGC, Vedanta and Kotak Bank were among other lop losers, dropping up to 5.55 per cent.

On the other hand, Bharti Airtel, Axis Bank, Asian Paints, HDFC and PowerGrid rose up to 1.77 per cent.

Investors also booked profits at higher levels after indices opened on a strong note.

Rising for the eighth straight day, the rupee climbed 39 paise to 70.30 against the US dollar in early trade Monday, as global crude prices slipped below the USD 60 per barrel mark and was trading at USD 59.47 per barrel.

On a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought Rs 446 crore worth of domestic stocks on Thursday and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net buyers to the tune of Rs 49.68 crore, provisional data available with BSE suggested.

Elsewhere in Asia, Japan's Nikkei rose 0.65 per cent, Taiwan's benchmark index was up 0.83 per cent, and Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.29 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 178.74 points, or 0.73 percent, to 24,285.95 on Friday as the US energy sector tumbled on continued weakness in oil prices.  

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