Kolkata's Satyajit Ray institute suspends five students (21 minutes ago)
Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) The Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) has suspended five students for alleged "indiscipline" and indulging in "unprecedented vandalism" on campus, the registrar said.

'For insulting PM, Parrikar should lose Goa by-polls' (21 minutes ago) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Aug 18 (IANS) Accusing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of "insulting" Prime Minister Narendra Modi, NDA-ally Shiv Sena on Friday "prayed" for his defeat in the upcoming assembly by-poll which he is contesting.

Discovery of simple method to extract DNA claimed (11:36)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, Aug 18 (IANS) Iraqi scientists at Al-Qasim Green University claim to have found a "universal, rapid and inexpensive" method for the isolation of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) from the blood of a wide range of species for genomic studies.

Kunal Kapoor's 'The Sweet BreakUp' is all about mithai without sugar  (11:34)
By Vishnu Makhijani IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) As the festive season approaches, celebrity chef Kunal Kapoor has loads of good news for those who complain that Indian mithai is overly sweet and high on calories. He's been able to eliminate the sugar and yet keep the taste and the science involved in preparation intact.

Is Congress-Trinamool moving towards an alliance in Bengal? (News Analysis) (11:26)
By Milinda Ghosh Roy IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) Is West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress and the Congress moving towards an alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls? The chain of recent events could be a pointer to this, but leaders of both parties are still hedging their bets with polls still far away.

Superstar Dileep's bail plea posted for Tuesday (11:24) IANS Photo Service
Kochi, Aug 18 (IANS) The bail plea of superstar Dileep, that was supposed to come up on Friday at the Kerala High Court here, has been postponed for Tuesday.

Fatwa issued on Facebook against Tripura CM (11:24) IANS Photo Service
Agartala, Aug 18 (IANS) The Tripura police on Friday launched a probe over a fatwa issued against Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Facebook, the authorities said.

'Judicial probe into Jaya's death funny' (11:24) IANS Photo Service
Chennai, Aug 18 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government's announcement to hold a judicial probe into the death of J. Jayalalithaa is funny, said MGR Amma Deepa Peravai, a forum led by the late Chief Minister's niece.

Of mystery, spying and ghosts (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:24)
New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) Flick through a mysterious tale around a killer who has terrorised the residents of Chicago; read a thrilling book featuring legendary spy, assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon; go through a collection of classic ghost stories; and, finally, a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

No place for corruption, middlemen: PMO (11:16)
New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said on Friday "there is no place for corruption and middlemen" in the country.

'Australia's foreign minister keen on fashion diplomacy with India' (10:58)
By Nivedita
Mumbai, Aug 18 (IANS) Australian High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu feels that when two nations are forging a relationship they usually talk about political, diplomatic or economical tie-ups but what matters most is the link between people.

Vishal Sikka quits as Infosys CEO, MD (Lead) (10:58) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Aug 18 (IANS) Vishal Sikka on Friday resigned as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of global software major Infosys Ltd, the company announced.

Sunny morning in Delhi (10:04) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) It was a sunny morning here on Friday with the minimum temperature recorded at 29 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average.

Gaurav Jai Gupta's show, a burst of fabrics (09:58)
By Nivedita
Mumbai, Aug 18 (IANS) Designer Gaurav Jai Gupta's show that was supported by the Australian Foreign Affairs and Trade departments made a strong fashion statement with a variety of fabrics that had its characteristic touches on clothes.

Blue Whale challenge: Goa Police issues advisory for parents (09:40)
Panaji, Aug 18 (IANS) The suicides of two youngsters in Kerala and Maharashtra while playing the Blue Whale challenge, has forced the Goa Police to issue a formal advisory to parents on safeguarding their wards from playing the online game.

Key Indian equity indices trade lower in early session (09:36) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Aug 18 (IANS) The key Indian equity market indices opened in red on Friday following global cues.

Bengal seeks intervention on flights, fares after floods (00:08)
Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) The West Bengal government on Thursday said it has sought the Civil Aviation Ministry's intervention to increase the number of flights in the Kolkata-Bagdogra sector and keep fares at the normal level in view of the floods in the state's northern part.

Army chief to visit Ladakh (00:04) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat will on Sunday begin a three day visit to Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh, which saw a scuffle and stone-throwing between Indian and Chinese troops, informed sources said.

'Internet overuse making people vulnerable to neuropsychiatric dysfunctions' (23:48)
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Internet overuse has risen to epidemic proportions and people are becoming vulnerable to many neuropsychiatric dysfunctions such as irritation, anxiety, obsessive compulsion, revealed research by a network of doctors, neurobiologists, and scientists.

Odisha enhances cash award for inter-caste marriage (23:42)
Bhubaneswar, Aug 17 (IANS) In order to encourage more inter-caste marriages, the Odisha government on Thursday doubled the cash incentive for such marriages from existing Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

NIA probe in 'love jihad' case necessary in view of visible pattern: Rijiju (23:42)
Hyderabad, Aug 17 (IANS) Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said that the NIA probe into "love Jihad" case in Kerala was necessary as "a particular pattern is visible".

Committee probing Maninpur Police belt scam submits report (23:22)
Imphal, Aug 17 (IANS) A three-member inquiry committee, headed by Additional Chief Secretary Suhel Aktar, on Thursday submitted a detailed report to Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on the "police belt scam" or supply of belts of extremely poor quality.

Goa's Catholics not apprehensive about beef ban: Parrikar (23:16)
Panaji, Aug 17 (IANS) Goan Catholics are not apprehensive about the beef ban issue in the state's Goan context, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday.

Indian thrust on renewables will affect thermal projects: CEA (23:14)
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Overemphasis on renewable energy would result in reducing viability of coal-fired thermal power plants in India, adding to the massive non-performing assets (NPAs) of state-run lenders, Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Arvind Subramanian said on Thursday.

No change in Chinese investment proposals: Home Ministry (23:12)
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Despite the ongoing Doklam crisis, the most serious military face-off between Indian and China in three decades, the Indian government has no plans to single out the investment proposals of Chinese firms, a Home Ministry official said on Thursday.

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