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Ankur Mittal wins double trap gold in Acapulco Shotgun WC
Extending his good form, Ankur Mittal clinched the gold medal at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in the double trap event, pipping his Australian rival James Willet in the final in a world record equalling effort. Mittal had settled for a silver at the recent International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi, where Willet had won the gold.
AIADMK factions submit new names, symbols: hat, electric pole
Rival AIADMK factions today submitted new names and poll symbols _ a hat and an electric pole _ to the Election Commission, a day after it barred them from using the undivided party's two leaves symbol for a by-election. According to party sources, the EC accepted the request of the Sasikala camp for allotting it the hat symbol. The O Panneerselvam camp will use the 'electric pole' symbol and will be called AIADMK.
Film industry has become disciplined: Madhuri
Madhuri Dixit, who ruled the silver screen in the late '80s and '90s, has said the film industry has become more disciplined over the years. You get a bound script, you are aware about your role, your look and actors just have to focus on their performance. The industry is moving in the right direction, Madhuri said. Madhuri, 49, who was present at FICCI Frames 2017 along with her husband Sriram Nene, spoke about her online dance academy and life after marriage and motherhoood.
US turns down Russia invitation to Afghan peace conference
A State Department official says the United States won't attend a multinational peace conference on Afghanistan next month in Russia. The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, India and several Central Asian nations are among the invitees to the Moscow conference. Afghan and US officials say the Taliban aren't invited. The State Department hasn't publicly announced its position on the planned conference.
World TB Day: India urges to research for multi-drug resistant TB
As per data in WHO's Global Tuberculosis Report 2016, India accounts for 24 per cent of all TB cases in the world, and the spread of TB in India is larger than previously projected. It is crucial that India focuses its research efforts on developing solutions for drug-resistant TB, she said. While India has been engaged in TB control efforts for decades now, the disease continues to remain one of our greatest public health challenges.
'Anaarkali Of Aarah': Swara Bhaskar at her best
Without exaggeration Anaarkali Of Aarah (AOA) is the surprise of the season. Yet the story of Anaarkali is also the story of Everywoman urban or rural. While the lechs of Aarah seethe in anti-climactic rage, Anaarkali gives them a long rope to hang themselves with. In one sequence Swara strides looking crushed into the vice-ridden chancellor's den only to make him look ridiculous at the end of it.
Taiwan court hears landmark same-sex marriage case
A panel of judges at Taiwan's top court began hearing a landmark case on Friday that could make the island the first in Asia to introduce same-sex marriage. The case has been brought by a gay activist as well as municipal authorities from the capital, Taipei, the BBC reported. Taiwan's parliament has also been debating whether to pass laws that would allow same-sex marriage.
Akshay Kumar's cute workout session with pugs
Fitness freak Akshay Kumar takes his workout routine to another level as he practices a few boxing punches with cute pugs. The 49-year-old star shared a clip on social media where he can be seen 'boxing' with four adorable pugs. Akshay has been a fitness idol for youth from a long time. The actor always maintained that he follows a disciplined lifestyle and sticks to some simple directives when it comes to exercise.
Lovato visited Disneyland to celebrate sobriety
Singer-actress Demi Lovato says that she celebrated her five years of sobriety by visiting Disneyland. The 24-year-old reached the milestone last week. I went to Disneyland which was cool but it's something that's getting more and more comfortable to me now. It's kinda like your birthday, Lovato told eonline.com. When you're a kid you go all out and then as you get older, you just learn to be more appreciative of it, she added.
Beyonce FaceTimes with teen cancer patient
If I ever met her, I would probably pass out. Knowles, who has five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy with her husband Jay Z and is pregnant with twins, learnt about Banks's dream to meet her through her school friends, who started the campaign on social media.
NASA detects supermassive black hole in distant galaxy
NASA's Hubble space telescope has detected a supermassive black hole that has been kicked out of the centre of a distant galaxy by what could be the awesome power of gravitational waves. Weighing more than one billion suns, the rogue black hole is the most massive black hole ever detected to have been kicked out of its central home. Researchers estimate that it took the equivalent energy of 100 million supernovas exploding simultaneously to jettison the black hole.
Niti Taylor surprised by her parents
Actress Niti Taylor, who is currently shooting for TV show Ghulaam in Mumbai, got a surprise from her parents when they came to meet her from Delhi. Niti, who plays the role of Shivani in the Life OK show, is now planning to spend most of the time with her family. I seriously can't express my feelings, I hardly get to meet my parents as I don't stay with them.
Rajya Sabha sees ruckus over supposed removal of OBC reservations
On Friday, JP Nadda, the Health Minister will move that The Mental Healthcare Bill be passed in the Lok Sabha. Rama Kishore Singh of the Lok Jan Shakti Party asks a question on the shortage of doctors in Ayurvedic dispensaries. Shripad Naik, MoS AAYUSH says that the Centre financially supports the States through various programmes, in various systems of medicines. Answering a question on medicines being available in CGHS dispensaries, Mr Naik says that it goes through the Health Ministry.
Jayalalithaa seat bypoll: EC freezes AIADMK symbol, party name
Both camps will have to contest under two different symbols, which will be allotted from the list of free symbols, and also under new party names. Each faction, however, will be allowed to choose a name that indicates a linkage with their parent party. The two groups were asked to indicate their preferred symbol and party name by 10 am on Thursday. This is the second symbol dispute heard by the EC in the past three months.
Mulayam Singhs chhoti bahu Aparna Yadav, husband meet UP CM Yogi Adityanath
Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav's younger daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath along with her husband Prateek Yadav in Lucknow today. The meeting which took place at the VVIP guest house, where Yogi Adityanath has been staying since assuming charge as the CM, was described as a 'courtesy call'. Aparna contested the recent Assembly election from Lucknow Cantt but was defeated comprehensively by BJP candidate Rita Bahuguna Joshi.
Setback for CM Yogi as FM Jaitley tells states to handle 'farm loan waiver' on their
A full waiver of farmers' unpaid dues to banks was among one of the biggest election promises made by the BJP in Uttar Pradesh. The Centre has its own schemes under the budget and will not fund the waivers promised by the states from central funds. The situation where the Centre will help one state and not the others will not arise, Jaitley said.
Countdown has begun: I-T dept warns black money hoarders ahead of Mar 31 deadline
The Income Tax department today warned black money holders that it has information about their illegal deposits and they should avail the soon-to-end PMGKY window to come clean. In advertisements issued in leading national dailies, the department said the countdown in this regard has begun and stash holders should declare their black money or regret later. The window under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna (PMGKY) closes on March 31.
I-League: Mumbai FC appoint Oscar Bruzon as head coach to help stave off relegation
Mumbai FC have appointed Spaniard Oscar Bruzon as the head coach for the remainder of the 2016-17 I-League season. Bruzon's appointment comes after the side parted ways with earlier coach Santosh Kashyap. The Spaniard coached Sporting Clube de Goa from 2012-2014 before being roped in as assistant coach of Indian Super League team Mumbai City FC during the 2015-16 season. He helped Sporting Club de Goa to 6th and 5th place finishes in 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons respectively.
Man held for posting objectionable photo of UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Facebook
Police say Rahat Khan was arrested in the Dankaur area of Noida based on the complaint of Hindu Yuva Vahini, a youth outfit founded by Adityanath. A case has been registered and accused arrested, Dankaur police station in charge Rajpal Tomar said. On March 21, four people were arrested separately in the state under the same category of offences, according to a report in Hindustan Times.
Belgium: Man held for driving car at crowd in Antwerp, day after London attack
Belgian security forces arrested a man Thursday after he drove into a shopping area at a high speed in the port city of Antwerp, officials said. The man was under the influence of something but it was not clear what substance, a source close to the investigation told AFP. Authorities were not certain if it was an attempted attack and the incident remained under investigation, several Belgian sources added on condition of anonymity.

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