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    Sports fraternity mourns former PM Vajpayee’s demise

    New Delhi: India’s sporting fraternity, led by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, today joined the nation in mourning the demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

  • RBI Governor Urjit Patel launches UPI 2.0

    Mumbai: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor, Urjit Patel on Thursday launched the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) 2.0 developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). The UPI 2.0 has enhanced features such as “invoice in the inbox, signed intent or QR, UPI mandate with blocking of funds and UPI for overdraft account”, NPCI said in a statement. Speaking at the launch, Patel said the enhanced platform is the outcome of

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    Celebrities remember ‘great statesman’, ‘titan’ Atal Bihari Vajpayee

    Mumbai: ‘The gentleman statesman’, ‘a titan’ and ‘a great orator’ is how film personalities Lata Mangeshkar, Rajinikanth and Priyanka Chopra remembered former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away today after prolonged illness at the age of 93.

  • Funeral of late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee to be held tomorrow at 4 pm at Smriti Sthal

    The last rites of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will take place at 4 pm tomorrow at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal here, BJP chief Amit Shah said today. The body of the BJP veteran has been kept at his official residence – 6 A Krishna Menon Marg. Shah said people can pay homage to the departed leader at his residence from 7.30 am to 8.30 am tomorrow. The body would then be

  • Pranab Mukherjee writes to Vajpayee’s daughter

    New Delhi: Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday wrote a letter to the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s adopted daughter expressing his “heartfelt condolences” at his demise.

  • Believe in yourself: Ravi Shastri’s mantra to struggling team

    Nottingham: Facing criticism from various quarters after India’s consecutive defeats in the first two Tests of the five-match rubber, head coach Ravi Shastri on Thursday urged his wards to believe in themselves when they take on England in the third cricket Test starting at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

  • Rate hike to keep inflation below 4 pc: RBI MPC

    Mumbai: RBI Governor Urjit Patel voted for a rate hike at its policy meet earlier this month as a step towards keeping inflation below the mandated 4 per cent mark on a “durable basis”, according to the minutes of the meeting released today.  Five of the six members of the all-powerful Monetary Policy Committee headed by Patel had voted for a 25 basis points hike in the benchmark lending rate (repo) on

  • Ind-Ra pegs Indian economic growth at 7.2% in 2018-19

    New Delhi: Indian economy is projected to grow at 7.2 per cent in 2018-19, India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) today said. The rating agency earlier forecasted India’s economic growth at 7.4 per in current fiscal. The key reason for this, Ind-Ra said, is the upward revision in the estimation of inflation for 2018-19 due to increasing crude oil prices and the government’s decision to fix the minimum support prices of all kharif

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    Kingpin of racket involved in trafficking children to US nabbed in Gujarat

    Mumbai: The prime accused in a case of trafficking children to the US was arrested by the Mumbai Police from Gujarat, a senior official said today. Rajesh Ghamelawala, 54, and members of his syndicate allegedly used to send children to the United States on demand, he said. The racket was unearthed in March this year when two girls, in the age group of 11 to 16 years, were rescued by the police near a

  • Banks to come out of PCA framework by this fiscal: Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar

    New Delhi: Asserting that the worst is behind for state-owned lenders, Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar today expressed hope that the banks would come out of the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework this fiscal. As many as 11 out of 21 banks are under the RBI’s watch list. Of these, two banks — Dena Bank and Allahabad Bank — are facing restriction on expansion of business.

  • Foreign policy to asking Narendra Modi to follow ‘rajdharma’, 10 events that shaped Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s political career

    Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first non-Congress politician who completed five years as Prime Minister. Atal Bihari Vajpayee has some great achievement on his name when who took the charge of India’s PM, from leading a delegation at United Nations to introducing Lahore bus service to resolving the vexed Kashmir issue with Pakistan, Vajpayee won the hearts of Indians and even the opposition.

  • Vajpayee to be accorded state funeral; 7 day mourning declared, flag to be flown at half mast

    New Delhi: The government today announced seven-day state mourning as a mark of respect for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away today. In a circular, the Home Ministry also said national flag would be flown at half mast from today for seven days across India and a state funeral would be accorded to Vajpayee.

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    Vajpayee Passes Away: Read experts from famous speeches made by former PM

    New Delhi: Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away here today evening, was known for his oratory skills. Here are some excerpts from his speeches on a range of subjects, from nuclear tests and Kashmir to education and freedom of the press:

  • Chinese envoy condoles Vajpayee’s death

    New Delhi: Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui on Thursday condoled former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death saying his contribution to India-China relations will never be forgotten. “Deeply saddened by the passing away of the Honorable Atal Bihari Vajpayee,” Luo tweeted. “We will never forget his great contribution to China India relations,” he said. Vajpayee, 93, passed away at AIIMS on Thursday evening following a prolonged illness.

  • Vajpayee was decisive leader acceptable to all: RSS

    New Delhi: The RSS today paid tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee saying he was a decisive leader who was acceptable to all. “With his ideas and conduct, he established the Indian cultural values in his public life. He was an intense, decisive leader who was acceptable to all,” the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said in a statement issued jointly by its chief Mohan Bhagwat and general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi.

  • I never announced a film with Shahid Kapoor: Imtiaz Ali

    Shahid Kapoor sent fans in a frenzy when he had said he would be teaming up with Imtiaz Ali for a film, but the project never happened and the filmmaker says queries around the movie should not be directed to him as he never announced it in the first place.

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    I’m the first fan of my brother: Sajid Ali on Imtiaz

    “Laila Majnu” director Sajid Ali, younger brother of filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, says he is highly influenced by the “Rockstar” maker who is like a father figure to him. Sajid, who is making his debut with “Laila Majnu”, said, “I am the first fan of my brother. Since he is 12 years older to me, he is more like a father than a sibling. So naturally, I am highly influenced by him —

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    Akshay Kumar says he feels happy doing diverse films and breaking from his action star image

    Akshay Kumar says he is in “the best phase” of his career as he is now getting to an opportunity to do different types of films. Regarded as an action star in his early days, the 50-year-old star has cemented his place in the industry over almost three decades by featuring in romance dramas, comedies and issue-based movies.