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‘Rajinikanth can be the messiah voters seek’

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Every time Rajinikanth opens his mouth, a million tongues start wagging. A few who met the superstar after his exhortation to fans in May to be prepared for a ‘war’ have predicted his entry into politics, but none of them ...

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Barack Obama senior’s books up for auction

Barack Obama senior’s books up for auction

Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, the Miles Franklin award, recognises stories of women, outsiders, ageing and satire for a $60,000 award. The 2017 Miles Franklin literary award has announced five first-time nominees for its shortlist. Established in 1957 by the ...

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Ram Nath Kovind, a lawyer who cracked civils but lost 2 elections

Ram Nath Kovind

NEW DELHI: His appointment as Bihar governor two years ago was as surprising as his selection as the next ‘probable’ President+ . That’s probably because he was not very well known in political circles. But Ram Nath Kovind was one ...

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Punjab 3rd state to waive farm loans, to take Rs 24,000 crore hit

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CHANDIGARH: The farm loan waiver fever is spreading across the country, threatening to place a huge additional burden on the already creaking finances of state governments. On Monday, Punjab became the third state this year — after UP and Maharashtra+ ...

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Chinese loans may put Bangladesh in debt trap

Chinese loans may put Bangladesh

China is arm-twisting Bangladesh to convert soft loans it offered -during PresidentXi Jinping’s visit to Dhaka last year -to commercial credit (incurring higher interest rates) with apparently no headway into projects for which the amount was earmarked.  Bangladesh, however, has ...

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TDP MP may go scot-free, thanks to caste equations

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HYDERABAD: Amidst high drama over Anantapur MP JC Diwakar Reddy’sVisakhapatnam airport episode, TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu is scheduled to meet party leaders from the district on Saturday. After Reddy’s rowdyism caught national attention, Naidu is believed to be taking ...

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Presidential poll: EPS faction agrees to support BJP

EPS faction agrees to support BJP

CHENNAI: The NDA’s president candidate will have it easy if the AIADMK factions keep their word. AIADMK (Amma) leader M Thambidurai, who called on Union information and broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday, has pledged support for the NDA ...

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