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Taapsee Pannu in 'Naam Shabana' heralds return of Bollywood's action queens

New Delhi, March 24 -- In a first-of-its-kind, director Shivam Nair's upcoming action thriller Naam Shabana is a prequel to 2015 hit Baby with lead actor Taapsee Pannu reprising her role as the brave spy. The late March release that sees Pannu generously flaunt her mixed martial art stunts is not the first or only film in recent times to mark the return of the female action star in Bollywood.

A trend that began with Fearless Nadia's stunts in fi... Read More


This Earth Hour, here's another reason to turn the switch off: Light pollution

India, March 24 -- For the 11th year running, cities worldwide will turn their lights off on Saturday to mark Earth Hour in a global call to action on climate change.

But the moment of darkness should also serve as a reminder, activists say, of another problem that gets far less attention: light pollution.

More than 80% of humanity lives under skies saturated with artificial light, scientists recently calculated.

In the United States and weste... Read More


Nashri-Chenani tunnel closed

Udhampur, March 24 -- After completion of its successful test-run, authorities have closed the 9.2-km long Nashri-Chenani tunnel for its formal inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 2.

Built at a cost of Rs 7,350 crore, the state-of-the-art tunnel has facilities for allowing mobile phones connectivity and others while passing through it.

It has special vents to keep the air inside fresh and smoke-free.

It will save over two hou... Read More


Section 66A of IT Act, 2000: What has changed two years on?

New Delhi, March 24 -- Two years ago, on 24 March 2015, online speech or communication got a boost as the Supreme Court declared a draconian provision-Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000-unconstitutional.

It was group of petitions, but the first was filed by then law student Shreya Singhal, granddaughter of late judge Sunanda Bhandare, in light of the arrest of Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Srinivasan. They were arrested under Section 6... Read More


CBDT forms committee to check absconding income tax officers

India, March 24 -- The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has constituted a committee to identify Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and other junior-rank officers of the income tax department who are on unauthorised leave or are absconding, so that strict disciplinary action could be initiated against them.

The three-member committee, the CBDT said in an order, will carry out a "one-time count" of all the officers working in the department and iden... Read More


Live: Sensex, Nifty up, banking stocks soar on Arun Jaitley's NPA remarks

Mumbai, March 24 -- Shares rose for a second consecutive session as lenders such as State Bank of India rallied after finance minister Arun Jaitley said the government would soon announce new measures to tackle non-performing assets (NPAs). The government and the Reserve Bank of India would announce the measures in "a couple of days", Jaitley said at a media event. Lenders also got a boost from expectation of good demand for Yes Bank's up to $750... Read More


Salman Khan performs stunts in Austria for Tiger Zinda Hai

India, March 24 -- Salman Khan's much awaited action flick Tiger Zinda Hai, starring him and Katrina Kaif, has set the social media abuzz, especially after he revealed a stunning first look of the duo in the film.

Adding to the fire, director Ali Abbas Zafar has shared a video of the Dabangg star performing stunts atop the icy Austrian hills, on Twitter.

Zafar has been shooting Tiger Zinda Hai in the picturesque locales of Tyrol in Austria.

Th... Read More


Will support any move to bar unruly fliers, says IndiGo as Air India mulls no-fly list

India, March 24 -- Budget carrier IndiGo on Friday said it will support any move which bars unruly passengers from flying, a day after Air India said it was mulling preparing a no-fly list for such people in the wake of a Shiv Sena MP assaulting its employee.

"We will support a no-fly list," IndiGo president and whole time director Aditya Ghosh said.

At present, there is no such mechanism available with the Indian airlines.

IndiGo, which is th... Read More


Health care crisis in Maharashtra: Despite MARD's appeal, resident doctors' strike continues for 5th day

Mumbai, March 24 -- Poor patients continued to be deprived of affordable but overburdened health care at government hospitals across Maharashtra as junior doctors did not resume their work today, despite Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors' (MARD) call to end the five-day strike.

The resident doctors have protesting for the past five days against assaults on them by relatives of patients. Seven cases of assaults and threats to doctors ha... Read More


MBBS shocker: Medical students thrown out of college not eating, drinking

India, March 24 -- About 150 out of 519 MBBS students from various Indian medical colleges who were thrown out by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for violating Supreme Court orders on counselling before admissions protested outside Union health minister J P Nadda's residence on Wednesday.

In Delhi, the protesting students, some with parents, said they were getting desperate and would not know what to do if justice was denied to them. One of t... Read More