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Short News Mehbooba Mufti’s idea of ‘unilateral ceasefire’ against ‘national interest’: BJP New Delhi : The Jammu and Kashmir unit of BJP on Thursday rejected Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s suggestion for a unilateral ceasefire in the wake of Ramzan and Amarnath Yatra, claiming such a measure was not in “national interest”. “We have a strong view…Unilateral ceasefire in the present situation is not in national interest at all,” state unit’s chief spokesperson Sunil Sethi said. While referring to Wednesday’s all-party meet in which Mufti claimed to have got the support for the move, Sethi said an opinion came up during the discussion for a unilateral ceasefire but “a call for a unilateral ceasefire was not a unanimous decision at the meeting”. “The issue was raised by Independent MLA Engineer Rashid.

West Bengal panchayat polls: Left Front rubbishes report of alliance with BJP New Delhi : West Bengal Left Front chairman Biman Bose on Thursday dismissed media reports of an alliance between CPI-M and BJP in the upcoming panchayat polls and accused the saffron party and ruling TMC of tacit understanding. “A specific malicious campaign is being carried out that the Left parties and BJP have forged an alliance at the grassroot level. It is not only baseless but also motivated. The CPI(M) and the Left have no relations with BJP.

Donate one-month salary to Clean Ganga Fund, Nitin Gadkari urges Ram Nath Kovind, PM Modi New Delhi : Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said he had written to President Ram Nath Kovind requesting him to donate his onemonth salary to the Clean Ganga Fund (CGF), set up by the government to aid efforts to rid the river of pollutants. Speaking to reporters at New Delhi, Gadkari said he would also urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ministers, MPs and MLAs and people to donate their one-month salary to the CGF, formed to receive voluntary contributions from individuals and organisations. The government has till now received Rs 250 crore in the CGF after it was approved by the Union Cabinet in September 2014, he said.

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According to the timeline, work on the Western Peripheral Expressway, which connects Kundli to Palwal via Manesar in Haryana, was to be completed by February 2019 but the construction would be done by June this year, the counsel said.

Supreme Court directs NHAI to open Eastern Peripheral Expressway before May 31

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the National Highways Authority Of India (NHAI) to ensure that the newly constructed Eastern Peripheral Expressway, which is aimed at decongesting Delhi, is inaugurated on or before May 31. The apex court took exception to the 135-km Expressway, which envisages signal-free connectivity between Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gautam Budh Nagar (Greater Noida) and Palwal, not being thrown open to the public despite being informed earlier that it would be inaugurated by April 20. A bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta made it clear that if the Eastern Peripheral Expressway was not inaugurated on or before May 31, it would be thrown open for public use as the national capital was already under traffic distress. The NHAI counsel told the

court that the expressway was scheduled to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 29 but it could not be done due to his prior commitments. The Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways were planned in 2006 following the top court’s order to build a ring road outside the national capital for channelling non-Delhi bound traffic. The counsel appearing for the Haryana government told the bench that 81 per cent work of the 135-km Western Peripheral Expressway was done and the private entity involved in the work had assured that construction would be completed by June 30 this year. According to the timeline, work on the Western Peripheral Expressway, which connects Kundli to Palwal via Manesar in Haryana, was to be completed by February 2019 but the construction would be done by June this year, the counsel said.

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Kejriwal’s kin Vinay Bansal arrested in PWD scam

New Delhi : A man related to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested on Thursday by the Anti-Corruption Bureau in connection with the PWD scam. Vinay Bansal, son of Kejriwal’s brother-in-law, was arrested Thursday morning, ACB chief Arvind Deep said. Three FIRs, including one against a company run by the chief minister’s brotherin-law Surender Bansal, were registered by the ACB in this case on May 9 last year. Three companies, including Renu Constructions (owned by Bansal, Kamal Singh and Pawan Kumar), were included in the FIRs. In a complaint, Rahul Sharma, founder of Roads Anti-Corruption Organisation (RACO), had alleged that Kejriwal and PWD minister Satyendra Jain misused their office for grant of contracts to Bansal. However, they were not named in the FIR. RACO, an organisation which claims to monitor construction projects in the national capital, had alleged that a firm linked to Bansal was involved in financial irregularities in building a drainage system in north-west Delhi.

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Need to tell youth Azadi will never happen, you can’t fight us: Bipin Rawat

New Delhi : AZADI will not happen, you cannot fight the Army — this is a dictum Kashmiri youth need to know, Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat has said, in an interview to news agancy. Expressing concern over Kashmiri youth “picking up the gun” and “those who tell them (that) this path will bring Azadi… misleading them,” Gen Rawat said: “I want to tell Kashmiri youth that Azadi isn’t possible. It won’t happen. Don’t get carried away unnecessarily. Why are you picking up weapons? We will always fight those who seek Azadi, those who want to secede. (Azadi) is not going to happen, never”. General Rawat said that he doesn’t attach much importance to the number of militants who are killed in encounters with the Army. “These numbers don’t matter to me because I know this cycle will continue. There are fresh recruitments happening. I only want to stress that all this is futile, nothing is going to be achieved by them. You can’t fight

Ram Nath Kovind is the second president to visit the camp, after former president APJ Abdul Kalam, who visited in 2004. This makes Kovind the first president to travel to Siachen in 14 years.

Ram Nath Kovind becomes second president to visit Siachen, tells soldiers ‘your valour makes us confident about border safety’ New Delhi : Ram Nath Kovind, who on Thursday became the second Indian president to visit Siachen base camp of the Indian Army, expressed gratitude to the soldiers posted there, saying their bravery and valour had given every Indian the confidence that the borders were safe and secure. Kovind, also the Supreme Commander of Indian armed forces, visited Siachen base camp, which is sometimes also referred to as the “Third Pole” where temperatures can dip to minus 50 degrees Celsius. Addressing the soldiers, Kovind said he had come to Siachen to iterate to the troops posted here that all citizens of India and

Government of India were always with them and supportive of their families. “In such a situation, it is extraordinary for soldiers to stay in a state of constant mobilisation and combat readiness. Their

determination and dedication is worthy of the highest praise – and their allegiance to the defence of India is an ideal for all our fellow citizens,” the president said. He also said their “determination and

dedication is worthy of the highest praise and their allegiance to the defence of India is an ideal for all our fellow citizens”. President Kovind added that Siachen was the world’s highest battlefield and it was difficult to live a normal life in the extreme climate. Kovind was accompanied by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat. He also asked soldiers posted at Siachen to visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan when they come to Delhi. He paid his respects at the Siachen war memorial, a symbol of the sacrifice of 11,000 soldiers and officers who have been killed since the Indian Army began Operation Meghdoot on the Siachen glacier on April 13, 1984.

Shiv Sena lauds Rahul Gandhi for being dignified while criticising PM Modi Mumbai : The Shiv Sena on Thursday praised Congress president Rahul Gandhi for being dignified while attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speeches and said said he could pose a challenge to the BJP in 2019. The BJP should have welcomed Gandhi’s declaration of his prime ministerial ambitions, the NDA ally said, adding that it was against democracy to make fun of Gandhi over his remark. The BJP should have challenged him to defeat it in the 2019 general polls. Gandhi

had said two days ago that he was ready to occupy the prime minister’s post if his party wins the most seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, making known his ambition for the top executive post. Reacting to the comment,

Modi wondered whether the country would ever accept a leader who was immature and a dynast for the post. Rebuking the BJP for criticising Gandhi’s comments, the Sena said people would decide if the Congress

president would become the prime minister in 2019 or face defeat. “However, saying that he (Gandhi) is eager to become the prime minister or making fun of him is against democracy,” it said in an editorial in the party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. “If there is democracy left in the country, the BJP should have welcomed Gandhi’s statement and challenged him to defeat it in 2019,” the Sena said. Lavishing praise on the 47-yearold Congress leader, the Sena said, “Rahul Gandhi today is not the same as he was in 2014.

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the Army”. General Rawat said he is perturbed by the killings. “We don’t enjoy it. But if you want to fight us, then we will fight you with all our force. Kashmiris have to understand that the SFs (security forces) haven’t been so brutal — look at Syria and Pakistan. They use tanks and air power in similar situations. Our troops have been trying their level best to avoid any civilian casualty despite huge provocation,’’ he said. “I know that the youth are angry. But attacking security forces, throwing stones at us isn’t the way”. He defined the challenge as one to break this cycle so that calm returns. “I don’t understand why people are coming out in huge numbers to disrupt our operations. Who is inciting them? If they want that the militants aren’t killed, they should go and tell them to come out without their weapons so that nobody is killed,’’ he said. “Let anyone of them say — mein le kay aata hun (I will bring him out).

Shiv Sena bound to have concern for me as I spent 25 years with them, says Chhagan Bhujbal

Mumbai : Senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, who was granted bail in a money laundering case, on Thursday said the Shiv Sena was bound to have some concern about his health as he had been with the saffron party for 25 years. He said NCP chief Sharad Pawar was the first to call him after he came out of jail. He also expressed hope that “truth” will come out in the Maharashtra Sadan scam case, in which he is an accused. Bhujbal, 70, was on Thursday discharged from the civic-run KEM hospital at Mumbai, where he underwent treatment for nearly a week after being released from the Arthur Road Jail. He then went to his residence in suburban Santacruz. His son Pankaj

Bhujbal later, in a statement, said the former deputy chief minister was suffering from a pancreatic ailment for the last two months, and would require further treatment and surgery for it. Pankaj had on Wednesday met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who advised him to take care of his ailing father, as per a source privy to the meeting. The meeting had also triggered speculations about the change in the Sena’s stance towards the senior NCP leader. On Thursday, after reaching his residence from the hospital, Chhagan Bhujbal interacted with media persons and said, “I was going through a downfall and the Sena extended its support verbally.

No place like ‘Indian occupied Kashmir’, Sushma Swaraj tell J&K student who asked for help New Delhi : A man in the Philippines who sought help from External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday changed his profile details after the Minister called him out for referring to Jammu and Kashmir as “Indian-occupied Kashmir”. The user, who is pursuing a medical course abroad, reached out to Swaraj to issue him a new passport to return to India for a medical checkup after his passport was damaged. The user, whose tweet has been deleted since and profile updated, cannot be verified by According to reports, the user tweeted, “I am from J&K doing medicine course here in Philippines my passport got damaged I applied for new one 1 month ago I request u pls help me to get it as i literally need to go home for

medical checkup. Swaraj responded to the user, “If you are from J&K state, we will definitely help you. But your profile says you are from ‘Indian occupied Kashmir’. There is no place like that.” Hours after this tweet, she addressed the user again, “I am happy you have corrected the profile.” She directed officials at the Indian Embassy in the Philippines to help him.

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Karnataka poll: No campaign could be murkier than this A charge of rigging was the only element missing from the political slugfest in the month-long Karnataka poll campaign, which saw the standards go down to a new low. Personal attacks, attempts at character assassination, fake news and rumour mongering have all been witnessed in abundance. Now, with the unearthing of a makeshift printing facility for creating fake voter ID cards in an apartment which nobody wants to own, the picture could not have got any uglier. The blame game was inevitable and it seems the BJP was just waiting for this opportunity. The party lost no time in alleging a Congress hand in the fraud and even demanded countermanding of the election in the Rajrajeshwari constituency, where the flat is situated. That the constituency was represented in the outgoing Assembly by a Congress MLA helped their cause. The Congress, however, claimed to have tracked down a BJP connection with the woman owner of the flat, who apparently has had a checkered political background. To add to the suspense, there was also a bit of domestic politics between the mother and her son, who helped unearth the fraud for the benefit of the BJP. There was so much drama around the incident that the state chief electoral officer was forced to call a midnight press conference to clarify the situation. Chief minister Siddaramaiah excused himself from commenting, pleading ignorance. But other Congress spokespersons suggested that the whole episode may have been stage-managed. As in all previous elections, voting in Karnataka is also certain to witness allegations of EVM tampering, which has become a regular feature of post-election responses of parties, depending on who wins and who loses. But, this time, there is a difference. With the state administration in the hands of the Congress government, it would be difficult for the party to allege conspiracy. With so much at stake for both the Congress and the BJP, Karnataka has witnessed one of the most vicious campaigns, in which PM Modi has been accused of unleashing a tirade against Siddaramaiah and Rahul Gandhi. Modi's predecessor, Manmohan Singh, went to the extent of saying that the Prime Minister was speaking a language that no other person in his position ever spoke. But the bite lost some of its sting as he was seen reading out from a prepared text in what seems to be the Congress's trademark. Also not spared was the foreign origin of Sonia Gandhi, who joined the campaign only towards the closing days, while a Hublot watch, gifted by a ponzy operator to the chief minister caused huge embarrassment, although Siddaramaiah had handed over the watch estimated to cost Rs70 lakh to the Assembly Speaker two years ago.

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Bollywood - Hollywood It’s a boy for Katy Perry Aishwarya to make Amber Portwood! apologises to her Insta debut Taylor swift

Amber Portwood is officially a mother of two! The Teen Mom star gave birth to a baby boy named James with her boyfriend, Andrew Glennon on Tuesday. According to reports on, Amber had concerns about her depression and taking medications while she was pregnant, including the likelihood of her experiencing postpartum depression. “I had a concern with my depression when I went in and talked to my doctor, and it was a concern that postpartum was something that could happen because of how I’m doing right now,” she said in an interview.

I am like a boy and just sit down like one, says Alia Bhatt

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who has a huge fan base has however, shied away from social media all this while. The actress has now made up her mind and will soon be seen on Instagram. A source close to the actress reveals, “Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has a huge fan base on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Her fans have been waiting for their beauty queen to be on social media since ages. It’s due to constant requests

from her well – wishers, admirers, fans from all around the globe that she opted to have an official handle on Instagram to keep her fans abreast of her life, projects.” Aishwarya intends to keep her fans updated with the professional and personal happenings in her life, added the source. On the work front, Aishwarya will be seen in Fanne Khan opposite Anil Kapoor along with Rajkummar Rao.

Singer Katy Perry extended an olive branch to Taylor Swift, quite literally!According to reports in, the 33-yearold musician sent the peace offering to Taylor in honour of the opening night of her Reputation Tour. Taylor took to her Instagram story to share the thoughtful gift, which included a handwritten note asking to put their differences aside. “So I just got to my dressing room and found this actual olive branch. This means so much to me,” Taylor said in the video. Part of the note, which was shown in video, reads “Hey old friend – I’ve been doing some thinking on past miscommunications and feelings between us and wanted to clear the air… (sic)”

One of the most terrific, yet dark love stories Raazi will surely make a bold statement. With its extremely well constructed plot and being a true story, the film seems like a must watch. Raazi is a film about a young 20-year-old girl, Sehmat. “As the trailer suggests she is a daughter and a wife but is also a spy. Based in 1971, the plot revolves around this girl who falls in love with a Pakistani army officer. She goes through the struggles of rigorous training to on-field action. The role of a spy is not easy to play and this spy isn’t like a James Bond spy or any other. She has her own style and persona along with her tactics,” says the leading lady, Alia Bhatt. Talking about what keeps her driving, Alia says that she has a backing and it is not only her family but her entire team from her make-up artist to her driver. “People behind the camera who ensure my eating, drinking, walking and reaching places on time. The list can go on and on.

After hit numbers in Telugu, Tamil films, Nora Fatehi bags next Bollywood venture? Actress Nora Fatehi last seen in the Bollywood film My Birthday Song, has perhaps bagged her next big film. If sources are to be believed, Nora will be seen in Nikhil Advani’s next film. According to sources, she recently had a meeting with Nikhil. “Nora has been in talks with Nikhil for his upcoming project for a few weeks now. Finally, it has all shaped up. The two have been discussing working together for a while. She is really looking forward to working with him on this project,” the source said. The dancing diva, who is a self-trained dancer, has given a series of brilliant performances in special dance numbers in films across Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu cinema. She has been carving her niche in Bollywood for quite some time now.

I am happy the way my journey has shaped up, says Mugdha Godse Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson proved their reconciliation is in full effect when they were spotted going to the movies together on May 8 at a cinema outside Cleveland. Tristan is in fact focusing on being the best parent he can be after news broke that he cheated on girlfriend Khloé Kardashian during her pregnancy, reports “Tristan has been an amazing father to True,” informed a source. The insider also revealed that Khloé and Thompson are “fully back together” following the high-profile scandal. “No one in her world is supporting Tristan and she’s still in love with him. The family is trying to be as supportive as they can,” the source shares, adding, “It’s hard because if (they) distance themselves from Tristan, they’ll risk losing Khloé.”

Mugdha Godse’s journey in the glam World started with becoming the semi finalised - Femina Miss India 2004. Having a debut with Director Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Fashion’, she has been surviving in the industry with films at times. We caught her up while shooting for 'Sharmaji Ki Lag Gayi' where she is pitied opposite Krushna Abhishek. Mugdha looked pretty while shooting for a song sequence. Mugdha very frankly says, "Yes, my journey has been fantastic. Sometimes I have tasted ups and downs. But it’s all in the game. I have no complaints…I am happy the way my journey has shaped up. I have a couple of films in my hand…I have also produced a short film. So life is going on. I feel sustaining in this glamorous and competitive industry is more important. I have been successfully done that.”Adding about her producing experiences

she quips, "I have produced a short film of just 15/20 minutes. We did not invest much this is not an expensive film. But the process of producing this short film was fascinating and interesting enough. I have enjoyed it a lot. May be in the long run we may produce more films as well.” About her relationship with Rahul she says, "Aap logon ko toh pata hi hai!! (You guys already know about our relationship) This is the best phase of my life on personal front.” Expressing the similarities in both she adds, "I and Rahul have the same wave length. We both think alike .Belonging to the middle class family though he hails from Delhi while I am a Pune girl, our upbringing has been the same. We enjoy being in each other’s company … sab achcha hi chal raha hai (Everything is going on smoothly.) Excited about sharing life with Rahul, Mugdha says, "Rahul is a positive person.

I have not given any permission to talk about Kalank to Madhuri as well, says Karan

The star cast of Kalank have been asked to take a vow of silence and not speak about the film. Following the footsteps of corporate houses that forbid stars from talking about the film till promotions begin, producer of Kalank, Karan Johar too has made actors sign a non-disclosure agreement to prevent them from revealing details about the film. Karan himself is shying away from talking about the movie, and so are Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Sanjay Dutt and other stars in the film. The non-disclosure agreement could be the prime reason for this, but it could also be in deference to Sridevi’s death, as the role was initially offered to her. Let’s not forget the Dutt-Dixit backstory of romance and break-up as well. “We will have a press conference next year because the film releases in April (2019).

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Virat Kohli might play India A game vs England Lions, if required

Kolkata: India captain Virat Kohli is keeping all options open with regards to his preparation for the England tour and could well be seen playing India A’s four-day ‘Test’ against England Lions at Worcester, if situation demands. While there was some confusion with the dates of India’s two T20 games against Ireland (June 27 and 29) clashing with Kohli’s last County game for Surrey against Yorkshire at Scarborough (June 25 to 28), it is learnt that the skipper wants to keep all options open. While there are reports that Kohli might complete his County commitments and then take a five-hour journey from Scarborough to Dublin to play the second T20I, there is a possibility that he might skip the Yorkshire game and play both the games against Ireland.

“The situation is pretty fluid right now. There is an arrangement with Surrey which allows Virat to honour his national commitment. So if he gets sufficient match time in the first two games, we might see him skipping the Yorkshire match and play both T20Is. But then there is no guarantee of English weather,” a senior BCCI office-bearer told news agancy on condition of anonymity. “If weather plays spoilsport in the first two games (Hampshire and Somerset), then obviously, he will play against Yorkshire,” he added. While playing the four-day games are important, the BCCI doesn’t want to overlook the fact that too much of first-class cricket before the Test series might take a toll on his body as there are two limited overs series preceding it.

IPL 2018: Rishabh Pant becomes first Indian to score a century in season 11 Kolkata : Rishabh Pant slammed his maiden hundred in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Friday. He is now the second youngest player to score an IPL century and the first Indian to score a century in season 11 of the IPL. In a fearless knock of 128 which featured a stunning 15 fours and seven sixes, the Delhi Daredevils wicketkeeper toyed at will with arguably the best bowling attack in

this season. Such was his impact that he scored his last 59 runs off just 18 balls, incidentally the highest any batsman has made in the last-four in the IPL. Pant remained unbeaten 128 off just 63 balls as Delhi Daredevils posted 187/5 in 20 overs. Interestingly, among batsmen recording the highest percentage of runs in a completed IPL inning, Pant (68.44 %) is now second on the list after Brendon McCullum (71.17%). His 128 is also the highest score

by an Indian batsman in IPL’s history bettering the previous best of Murali Vijay’ 127 against Rajasthan Royals in 2010. Rishabh Pant is only 20 years old but is already showing signs of his immense talent and rapid development with yet another special performance. His outrageous reverse ramp shots off SRH pace spearhead Bhuveneshwar Kumar behind square on the off side was simply breathtaking. Pant was particularly lethal against

India can win day-night Test, says Sourav Ganguly

Sachin Tendulkar revealed on Breakfast with Champions that he felt so out of place in his first Test match facing the likes of Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram that he thought he would never play again.

I thought first innings of my life in Karachi will also be my last, reveals Sachin Tendulkar

Jaipur : Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as the god of cricket. But did you know that he thought about quitting after his first Test innings itself. In a recent interview on Breakfast with Champions, Tendulkar revealed that he thought that his first innings in Karachi against Pakistan will also be his last as he felt completely out of place. Tendulkar said, “First innings of my life, in Karachi, I thought it would be my first and last innings. In the first match, I had no idea. Waqar (Younis) bowling from one end, Wasim (Akram) going full-throttle from the other. And they had just started reverse-ball. To go there and play suddenly, I was completely out of place.” He was, however, pushed by his teammates to give his career some more time. He said, “I took advice from everyone in the dressing room and they told me to spend some more time on it. ‘This is international cricket. You’re playing possibly the best bowling attack in the world. Give them that respect.’ Second innings of my life, I scored 59 runs. I got back to the dressing room and looked at myself and said, ‘You’ve done it.'” Tendulkar, who entered the world of cricket because his family wanted him to channelise his energy on the cricket ground, said that his triple century in Mumbai was one of the most important innings of his life. He said, “I feel my triple hundred at Brabourne Stadium was one of the important innings of my life. Because that is when Gavaskar and all these big personalities saw me.”

Jaipur : The BCCI may have ruled out playing a day-night Test when the Indian team tours Australia later this year, but former captain Sourav Ganguly on Thursday termed the pink-ball contest as the future of cricket which the country will have to embrace some day. “Day/Night Test is the way forward. Every country has to play Day-Night Test. India has reservations but that’s a long-term future for Test cricket,” Ganguly said at a promotional event in Kolkata. India is one of the only two current Test-playing nations to have avoided playing pink-ball cricket at the International level, with Bangladesh being the other. But Ganguly said the Indian team has the potential to win a day/night Test. “They (Indian side) are a good side, they will

win D/N Test matches also. It’s just a different ball, I don’t think there’s any other difference. And they have such class players, they can win,” he said at an awareness campaign with health drink ‘Complan’. Ganguly also backed Indian captain Virat Kohli’s decision to skip the the historic Test against Afghanistan in Bengaluru next month. “I think since the side is Afghanistan, he has chosen to play county. If it would have been any other team, he would have not gone. It just shows how important the England tour is for him. I have always maintained, a captain’s recognition is how well he and his team does overseas,” said Ganguly. “As a captain, he wants to win (in England) so that is the reason (he has gone to play county).

Karolina Pliskova ends Simona Halep’s Madrid hat-trick bid, Sharapova out Jaipur : World number one Simona Halep’s Madrid Open hat-trick hopes ended as she was overpowered 6-4 6-3 in the quarter-finals by inspired Czech Karolina Pliskova on Thursday. Halep, who has won the tournament for the last two years, had looked imperious on her way to the last eight, dropping nine games in three matches including Wednesday’s victory over Pliskova’s twin sister Kristyna. But her winning streak in the Spanish capital ended at 15 matches as her 26-year-old opponent continued her impressive form on the red clay having won the Stuttgart title last month. It was sixth seed Pliskova’s first claycourt victory over Halep and it was the kind of authoritative performance that will turn a few heads with the French Open looming. Pliskova will play fellow Czech Petra Kvitova in the

semi-finals after the 10th seed beat Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-4 6-0. Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens continued her impressive week as she backed up a third-round win over world number two Caroline Wozniacki to beat Maria Sharapova and advance to the last four. Unseeded Bertens, who reached the French Open semis two years ago, recovered from losing the first set to win 4-6 6-2 6-3 and set up a semi-final with Caroline Garcia who eased past local hopeful Carla Suarez Navarro. Bertens’ win over Wozniacki meant Halep will stay as world number one for at least another week, but the Romanian had no answer to Pliskova on centre court. Pliskova broke for a 4-3 lead in the opening set and although Halep saved two set points serving at 3-5 Pliskova closed out the opener with a love hold.

Stephen Constantine selects 30 players for national camp Jaipur : National football coach Stephen Constantine has called up 30 players for the team’s preparatory camp ahead the Hero Intercontinental Cup which is slated to be held in Mumbai from June 1. The summoned players are to assemble for the Camp in Mumbai on May 16 while players from JSW Bengaluru FC will be reporting to the camp on May 18 after finishing their

club commitments for the AFC Cup. India will compete with Kenya, New Zealand and Chinese Taipei in the Hero Intercontinental Cup, which is part of their preparation for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. Constantine termed the Hero Intercontinental Cup as “an opportunity to play against good opponents.” “We need to play more international games before the AFC Asian Cup and here we are

getting some international games against good opponents. New Zealand will be going to be a difficult team to deal with,” he said. “Chinese Taipei will give us different problems. They play the same kind of football akin to Thailand who are clubbed with us in the Asian Cup,” he said. “Kenya are renowned for their physical prowess and strength. The tournament is going to be very crucial for us.”

The coach also stressed on the significance of the camp and asked the players to keep an open mind. “I always look for more options as the set of players who are with me now might not be available then. An injury or a bad patch might come in between. Players should come to the camp with an open mind and give their best. We might have some difficult decisions to make in future,” he said.

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Walnuts May Impact Gut Microbiome and Improve Health New Delhi : According to a study conducted by the University of Illinois, walnuts impact the gut microbiome - the collection of trillions of microbes or bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract – in a way that may be behind some of health benefits. Findings from the study show that consuming walnuts not only impacted the gut microbiota and microbial- derived secondary bile acids, but also reduced LDLcholesterol levels in the adults participating in the study; good news for cardio, metabolic, and gastrointestinal health. Diets rich in nuts, such as walnuts, have been shown to play an important role in heart health and in reducing colorectal cancer. Dietary fiber acts as a food source for gut microbiota, helping the bacteria to do their jobs - breaking down complex foods, providing us nutrients, or helping us feel full. Hannah Holscher, Assistant Professor of food science and human nutrition at University

of Illinois said, "We found that when you consume walnuts it increases microbes that produce butyrate, a beneficial metabolite for colonic health. So the interaction of walnuts with the microbiome is helping to produce some of those health effects." For the controlledfeeding study, 18 healthy male and female adults consumed diets that either included 0 grams of walnuts or 42 grams - about a third cup or a palm-full of walnuts - for two, three-week periods. Fecal and blood samples were collected at the beginning and end of each period to assess secondary outcomes of the study, including effects of walnut consumption on fecal microbiota and bile acids and metabolic markers of health. Walnut consumption resulted in a higher relative abundance of three bacteria of interest: Faecalibacterium, Roseburia, and Clostridium.

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Mumbai: The BSE Sensex rallied over 128 points to 35,447.43 in early session on Thursday, maintaining its positive form for the fourth straight day on positive cues from global markets. Unabated buying by domestic institutional investors fuelled the uptrend, brokers said. The 30-share Sensex, which gained 403.97 points in the previous three sessions, added 128.08 points, or 0.36 per cent, at 35,447.43. All sectoral indices of BSE led by auto, IT, teck, capital goods and banking were in the positive zone, rising by up to 0.59 per cent. The NSE Nifty too jumped 39.65 points, or 0.36 per cent, to 10,781.35. Prominent gainers that supported the upward trend included ICICI Bank, M&M, Bharti Airtel, ONGC, RIL, Kotak Bank, HUL, Axis Bank, Coal

India, L&T, TCS, HDFC Bank and Infosys, gaining up to 1.16 per cent. Investors were busy expanding their positions amid expectations of encouraging earnings

from more companies, they added. A firming trend in rest of Asia following overnight positive leads from the Wall Street too influenced sentiments here. Globally, oil prices traded higher as investors digested the impact of renewed US sanctions on Iran. Meanwhile, on a net

China’s economic growth to cool to 6.5 per cent this year from 6.9 per cent in 2017.

China April producer inflation picks up for first time in 7 months

basis, domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth Rs 664.92 Beijing: China’s producer crore, while foreign portfolio inflation picked up for investors (FPIs) sold shares the first time in seven worth Rs 704.03 crore on months in April, bolstered by surging commodities prices and suggesting its industrial demand remains resilient even as trade tensions ratchet up with the United States. But consumer inflation eased from the previous month as food prices rose at a slower pace, official data showed on Thursday. Analysts and investors are closely watching inflation gauges Wednesday, provisional in China for signs of a data showed. Japan's Nikkei long-expected economic quoted 0.17 per cent higher slowdown that would while Hong Kong's Hang weigh on industrial profit Seng gained 0.83 per cent growth and investment in early deals. China's and possibly tip a shift in Shanghai Composite Index central bank policy. But too rose 0.15 per cent. The the country’s commodity US market ended 0.75 per futures markets are cent higher on Wednesday. notoriously speculative,

making it difficult to tell if producer price swings are pointing to a real change in underlying demand. The producer price index (PPI) rose 3.4 per cent in April from a year ago, accelerating from a 17-month low of 3.1 per cent in March, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Thursday. On a month-onmonth basis, it declined 0.2 per cent. Analysts polled

by Reuters had expected producer inflation would rebound to 3.5 per cent as steel mills stocked up on raw materials such as iron ore and coking coal to meet a seasonal surge in construction. Oil prices have also been on the rise. Sharper factory-gate price rises could bolster profits for industrial firms, which saw earnings growth slow to the weakest pace in over a year in March.

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Notice over campaigning against bjp: Showcause to nine teachers closed, says Gujarat varsity Ahmedabad : A fortnight after it issued showcause notices to nine faculty members based on a complaint that they had canvassed for non-BJP candidates during last year’s state elections, the Central University of Gujarat (CUG) has “closed the matter”. In response to the explanation to the showcause notices submitted by the nine faculty members, the university, while “accepting the clarification”, has stated that the “matter is closed”. “Pursuant to your reply to the notice…the university has accepted your explanation and the matter stands closed,” the varsity said in a statement. The notice was issued by CUG on April 20 to a professor, an associate professor and seven assistant professors after it received

said. “As a result, such bright students have to settle for other streams, such as Homoeopathy or Ayurveda,” he said. As per the existing rules, such students could not switch over to another branch of medicine once getting admission after the first trial, he said. “We have decided to change this rule. Now, students admitted into other medical streams can shift to MBBS by appearing again for the NEET, provided they get required merit in the second trial,” said Patel, who also handles the Medical Education portfolio. The student, however, will have to pay all the remaining fee of his/her existing course. In another modification of medical admission rules, students who have the OCI

Matter is closed, CUG tells 9 teachers Ahmedabad : A fortnight after it issued showcause notices to nine faculty members based on a complaint that they had canvassed for anti-BJP candidates during the state assembly elections last year, the Central University of Gujarat (CUG) has “closed the matter”. In response to the explanation to the showcause notices submitted by the nine faculty members, the university, while “accepting the clarification”, has stated that the “matter is closed”. “With reference to the subject (acceptance of clarification given by you wide your letter dated April 27) and in communication of letters and references received from public offices referred to in the notice seeking explanation from you dated 20.04.2018 and your reply to it dated 27.4.2018 denying any involvement in the matter, this is to inform you that the same has been conveyed to the concerned public offices vide communications dated 30.04.2018 and 01.05.2018 with the university’s observation that the matter is closed as far as the university is concerned,” the university stated. “Therefore, pursuant to your reply to the notice referred to above, the university has accepted your explanation and the matter stands closed,” it added. The showcause notice was issued by the university on April 20 to nine faculty members, including one professor, one associate professor and seven assistant professors, after it received complaints forwarded by the HRD Ministry.

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complaints forwarded by the HRD Ministry, office of the Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer and the state Education Department. All three had forwarded the unsigned complaint — in English, written on an ABVP letterhead, with “Students of ABVP of CUG”, at the end. Both the state and CUG’s ABVP units denied sending any such complaint.

NEET 2018: Gujarat students can now change course to get into MBBS Ahmedabad : All those students who fail to get admission to MBBS in their first attempt will now be able to get the same if they get the required score in the `second trial’ of the NEET. The Gujarat government made the announcement regarding the same and students won’t have to settle for some other course now. The norms were changed to give a second chance to “bright students” who want to pursue MBBS but fail to do well in their first trial of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said. Several students can not secure admission to the MBBS course in the first trial for various reasons, such as a death in the family or illness at the time of NEET, he

HC asks man to return daughter's documents, or pay her Rs 25,000

(Overseas Citizens of India) card can now apply in the general quota, instead of only the NRI quota as mandated earlier. Several Gujarati-origin parents, settled in foreign countries, send children to India for schooling, Patel said.“Though they are born in foreign countries, such students live here with their relatives and even pass their10th and 12th Board exams here. As per the present rule, such students, having OCI card, need to apply only under the NRI quota of a medical college,” he said. “We have decided to change this rule. We will now allow such students to apply in the general quota too, provided they have passed their Board exams in Gujarat and have a domicile certificate,” he said.

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat high court has ordered a person living near Bhabhar town in Banaskantha district to return Aadhar card, election card and education certificates to her daughter, who had eloped with her boyfriend and married him. In case the father fails to deposit all documents – Adhar card, election card and marksheets of board examinations – with Bhabhar police station by May 14, he will have to pay Rs 25,000 to his daughter for the delay in handing over the documents. Saranathan Lakshminarasimhan The man had approached the high court last month by filing a habeas corpus petition alleging that his daughter was forcibly detained by a person. The HC sensed that it could be a case of elopement and warned the petitioner if his daughter had willingly gone with the person accused of kidnapping, the petitioner would have to pay fine. When the girl and the boy with whom she had eloped were produced before the court on Wednesday, the girl told the court that she had gone with the boy on her own will. She also revealed that they got married after leaving their respective homes. She also turned down the HC’s offer to impose fine on her father for filing a false petition in the high court. However, she requested the court to help her get her documents from the custody of her father.

CM suggests to start ‘Sunday Vegetable Market’ across state for benefits of marginal farmers Ahmedabad : Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani today suggested to the officials of agricultural department to start “Sunday Vegetable Markets” across the state, including in all municipal corporations. Mr. Rupani made this suggestion in response to the desire expressed by the farmers during their interaction with him at the Center of Excellence for Vegetables (CEV) at Vadrad village of Prantij tehsil in Sabarkantha district. The Chief Minister further asserted that taking advantage of the CEVs farmers from Prantij, Idar, Vadali, Bayad and Gandhinagar are earning more money. The Principal Secretary of Agricultural Department Mr. Sanjay Prasad had apprised the Chief Minister that a CEV is also set up in Kutch district. The Chief Minister was also accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Anjaliben Rupani. The duo had visited food nursery, plug nursery and green house of the Center for Excellence. The occasion was also graced by former speaker of Gujarat Legislative Assembly Mr. Ramanlal Vora, MLA (Prantij) Mr. Gajendrasinh Parmar and others.

tweet came hours after three American nationals of South Korean-origin returned home after North Korea released them from detention. This is the first time that the US President provided these details about the history-making meeting between a sitting American president and the North Korean leader over denuclearisation. Trump said he preferred the meeting to be held at the Demilitarized Zone, the heavily fortified border separating the Koreas.

Israel says it attacked targets in Syria after Iranian rocket fire Jerusalem : Israel said it attacked nearly all of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria on Thursday after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time. It was the heaviest Israeli barrage in Syria since the start in 2011 of its war, in which Iranians, allied Shi’ite Muslim militias and Russian troops have deployed in support of President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian Army Command said Israel’s attack killed three people and injured two others. A Britain-based war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the strikes killed at least 23 military personnel, including Syrians and non-Syrians. The White House, in a statement, condemned Iran’s “provocative rocket attacks” from Syria and said it supported Israel’s right to defend itself. Expectations of a regional flare-up, amid warnings from Israel that it was determined to prevent any Iranian military entrenchment in Syria, were stoked by US. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Tuesday that he was withdrawing from the 2015

nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. The Trump administration portrayed its rejection of that agreement as a response, in part, to Iran’s military interventions in the Middle East, underpinning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tough line towards Tehran. Israel said 20 Iranian Grad and Fajr rockets were shot down by its Iron Dome air defence system or did not reach targets in the occupied Golan Heights, territory captured from Syria in a 1967 war.

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CM blessed 47 couples at mass marriage function

Ahmedabad : Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani today blessed as many as 47 newly married couple who had tied nuptial knots at a mass marriage function organized by Shree Veereshwarji Mahadev Temple at Vav of Talod tehsil of Sabarkantha district. Each of the 47 couples was given Rs. 20,000/- under the state government’s schemes of ‘Saat Fera Samuh Lagna Yojna’ and ‘Kunwarbai Nu Mameru Yojna’. A cheque of Rs. 50,000/- was also handed over to the organizers for organizing mass marriage event.

Telengana-based Shashik Pharma develops curative Ayurvedic Products for 11 Major diseases and disorders Ahmedabad : Shashik Research Pharma Private Limited,a Telengana based Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals Company, today announced a breakthrough in the history of Ayurveda in the country. The company has developed curative Ayurvedic products for more than 11 major diseases and disorders.  Launched in 2016, Shashik Pharma is a company founded by a renowned Dr. Shashikala Bandi, who has been doing research in discovering new medicines for over 10 years. She has now successfully discovered medicines to treat various diseases, disorders and deficiencies.

New Delhi : In a historic meeting of sorts, US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced that he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. “The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!,” Trump tweeted. Trump’s early morning

She has treated hundreds of patients as part of her research and has a success rate in excess of 95%. She is now licensed to produce and sell these medicines by the Ayush department, Government of India. “We have received approval from Ayush Ministry of the Government of India for all its discoveries. We are now in the process of launching the sale of these medicines globally and is looking for channel partners to take its vision forward and to penetrate the market extensively, Said  Dr. Shashikala Bandi, Founder of Shashik Pharma.  She

further elaborated; these medicines have huge market potential as it addresses the contemporary, emerging concerns like thyroid, gynaecology issues including PCOD, kidney stones and infertility problems. These discoveries pit the company against major MNCs whose drug onl manage these diseases. Shashik Pharma is also planning to apply for getting regulatory approvals from the Western markets – hitherto inaccessible for Indian traditional pharma companies. Currently the clinical trials are on; exports will start on completion of the trials.

Kuala Lampur : Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Malaysia’s seventh prime minister on Thursday following his stunning election victory over the coalition that has ruled the Southeast Asian nation for six decades since independence from Britain. Malaysia’s constitutional monarch, Sultan Muhammad V, administered the oath of

office in a ceremony carried live on state television from the palace. Mahathir, 92, was dressed in a traditional black “baju melayu” tunic and sarong, with an Islamic cap on his head. He is the oldest elected leader in the world. Hundreds of Malaysians were lined up on the road leading to the palace, waving party flags and cheering. The Election

Commission announced the result long before dawn and there was some consternation in the capital over the time taken to swear in the new prime minister. “There is an urgency here, we need to form the government now, today,” Mahathir told a news conference earlier in the day, where he insisted that he would be sworn in on Thursday.

OPEC in no hurry to decide if extra oil needed to offset Iran, says report

London : OPEC is in no hurry to decide whether to pump more oil to make up for an expected drop in exports from Iran after the imposition of new US sanctions, four sources familiar with the issue said, saying any loss in supply would take time. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has a deal with Russia and non-OPEC producers to cut supplies

that has helped erase a global glut and boosted oil prices to their highest since 2014. Officials are considering whether a drop in Iranian exports and a decline in supply from another OPEC member, Venezuela, demands adjusting the deal that runs to the end of 2018. Ministers meet in June to review the policy. US sanctions on Iran will have a six-month period during which buyers should

“wind down” oil purchases, meaning any loss of supply will not be immediately felt in the market. “I think we have 180 days before any supply impact,” an OPEC source said when asked about any plans for action. A second OPEC source said that, while the need to add extra supply was being considered, the safest thing for the group to do for now was to sit tight and monitor the situation.

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