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Bombay HC Grants Bail To Malegaon Blasts Accused Sadhvi Pragya April 25, 2017 13:54

The Bombay High Court (HC) granted bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, the accused in the September 29, 2008 Maharashtra’s Malegaon blasts. A bail amount of Rs 5 lakh and 2 sureties were ordered to furnish bail to Pragya. According to a news agency, the HC directed Pragya to surrender her passport to the NIA. It also directed her not to tamper the evidence and to report to NIA court as and when required. Sadhvi Pragya is believed to be a member of Abhinav Bharat, a Hindu extremist outfit apparently floated by military officer Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit. However, the bail was refused to the co-accused in the case, Purohit, who is still serving imprisonment. From the past 9 years, Thakur was in jail, though she was moved to a hospital due to serious illness. The NIA on January 19, told the Bombay HC, that it has no objection if the HC grants bail to Thakur. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for NIA, said the agency has already held the stringent provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). However, after the decision of the Supreme Court, the NIA dropped charges under MCOCA against Sadhvi and Purohit. The appeal filed by Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is allowed, while the appeal filed by Prasad Purohit stands dismissed, said a division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Shalini Phansalkar Joshi. The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) charge sheet stated that Sadhvi's scooter was used for the blast by prime accused Ram Kalsangra (absconding). Kalsangra’s brother Shivnarayan, who is the second accused in the case, has been telling the trial court that his brother was “eliminated by police officers.” Meanwhile, various other prime witnesses have retracted their statements and complained that they were forced by the ATS to say false things in their statements. Considering all this, we (NIA) have no objection to the court granting bail to applicant (Sadhvi),” said Anil Singh. Since, no evidence was found against her, Sadhvi is to be released on bail, added the HC. Seven people were killed, and 100 injured in the blast at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town of Nasik district in North Maharashtra. By Supraja

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Mega Power Star Asks Fans To Support Power Star April 25, 2017 12:08

In a significant political development, Mega Power Star and actor, Ram Charan, has asked fans to support Power star and his uncle, Pawan Kalyan. Charan was seen addressing fans in one of the regular meetings, while he was shooting for his ongoing film (Chitti Babu) near Rajamundry. A large section of fans turned out to meet Ram Charan. Ram Charan was quoted as saying to fans, “Meeru Andaru Pawan Baabayi ki Andaga Vundali. Rajakeeyam ga ayina…leka mari inkendulo ayina...mee andari support Baabayi ki vundali.” These comments of Ram Charan have now drawn interesting debate among mega fans. While Charan’s father and Mega Star Chiranjeevi, is very much associated with Congress and still continuing as the party’s Rajya Sabha member, Charan said to be asking fans to support Pawan and His party Janasena is definitely note-taking. The mega power star, on many occasions, extended support to his uncle. But when it comes to politics, Charan has maintained that his support is only to his father. Now that Charan told fans to support Pawan, it has to be seen whether Chiru too  would join Janasena or not. Already, another brother Naga Babu has openly stated that he would join Janasena and is willing to work for the party. Charan’s comments have further increased the speculations that mega brothers Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan are in quite good terms, unlike rumors that surfaced during Khaidi pre-release function which saw Pawan’s absence. Well, this is certainly a celebrating moment for mega fans. Click Here For Ram Charan Meets Fans at RC11 Shooting Stills By Supraja

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RPS Beat MI On Sachin Tendulkar’s Birthday; Completes Hattrick Of Wins April 25, 2017 11:49

The Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) completed a hat-trick of wins in the tenth edition of Indian Premier League as they spoiled Mumbai Indians (MI)’s party on Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday to seal a three–run win here in Mumbai, yesterday. The loss was MI’s first defeat in IPL on the Little Master’s birthday. The Steve Smith-led unit, which needed to defend 16 runs in the 20th over, held its nerve in the last-over finish to better their head to head record to 3-1 against MI and also became the only side in this year’s IPL to have beaten MI; both at home and away thus far. Needing 161 runs to win the game and to seal their seventh consecutive win in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League, MI fumbled in the chase despite skipper Rohit Sharma’s 39-ball 58-run knock. For RPS, Ben Stokes (2/21) starred with the ball while Jaydev Unadkat also scalped 2 wickets conceding 40 runs. Jos Buttler (17 off 13 balls) was the first man to return to the dug-out as Ben Stokes held onto an easy catch off Washington Sundar’s bowling. The young off-spinner scalped another wicket as he removed Parthiv Patel (33 off 27 balls) on the final ball of the spell. Daniel Christian, meanwhile cut short Nitish Rana’s (3 off 9 balls) stay in the middle as he sandwiched a wicket between the dismissals of MI openers. At the halfway stage of the MI chase, RPS were in a stronger position to move to the fourth spot in points table. Their position, despite a dropped catch by Manoj Tiwary, was strengthened further as Stokes broke through the defence of Karn Sharma (11 off 10 balls), who was pushed ahead of Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. RPS then missed two chances in space of four balls to dismiss Rohit and push MI on the backfoot. First, Unadkat missed a direct hit and then Ajinkya Rahane failed to grab a difficult catch near the deep midwicket boundary off Imran Tahir’s bowling. Tahir though got his first wicket as skipperSmith took an excellent catch to give RPS their fifth wicket in the form of Pollard (9 off 9 balls). The Pune team captain ran from long-off towards deep extra-cover to complete a running catch. Rohit, meanwhile, made the most of his luck to bring his first fifty of IPL 2017. However, he could not help MI cross the finish line as Unadkat completed a caught and bowled dismissal in the final over of the MI chase. Earlier, after put in to bat, RPS started off well as Rahane (38 off 32 balls) and Rahul Tripathi (45 off 31 balls) scored 48 runs in the powerplay over. While Tripathi just took off from where he had left in the last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rahane, whose form had dipped following his 60-run knock against MI in the first game, looked in good touch before getting out off Karn Sharma’s bowling in the 10th over. Karn, who was making his debut for MI, struck once again as Kieron Pollard made no mistake holding on to a skier to end Tripathi’s innings. The leg-spinner could have added one more wicket to his account but Harbhajan Singh dropped Smith in the deep as MI missed a chance to scalp their second wicket in the 12th over. Bhajji though made amends in the next over as he disturbed the timber to send the Australian skipper packing for 17. Stokes (17 off 12 balls) was the next man to get out as a Mitchell Johnson delivery cleaned him up in the 17th over. MI dashed RPS’ hopes of big total as Jasprit Bumrah dismissed MS Dhoni (7 off 11 balls). The former India skipper dragged the ball onto his stumps while going for a wild heave through the leg side. While Tiwary scored quickfire 22 off 13 balls, RPS failed to cash in on a bright start and could only score 160. Score Card: Royal Challengers Bangalore Bowled Out For 49 By KKR By Supraja

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MMRC Issues New Dress Code Diktat For Its Employees April 25, 2017 11:36

A new dress code diktat to its employees has been issued by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC). According to the new circular: There should be “No visible tattoos, no body piercing except for earrings, no wearing T-shirts without collar, no tank tops, no jeans and denim, no ripped clothes and no sweatshirts at work.” The MMRC feels that their work force is not paying attention to their dress code. It also stated in the circular, that “It has been observed that there is a lack of attention among employees in following the dress code defined in the MMRC HR policy. As an employee of the corporation, it is expected that the employee’s dress code convey a professional image at all times. Therefore, the do’s and do not’s of the dress code as per the HR policy on uniforms are reiterated. The MMRC is known for implementing new age technology through use of social media and new age communication tools. An MMRC spokeswoman, confirmed about the dress code circular. “The circular on dress code was as per the HR policy of MMRC. It is an internal circular,” she said. However, an MMRC official said, “MMRC has appointed many youngsters in its engineering and accounts section. It was observed that at times, these youngsters did not follow the prescribed dress code. Hence, this was just a reminder for these professionals who are working on both permanent or contract basis.” Further, in the list of do’s it said, the men employees are expected to wear formal shirt, trouser, socks and formal shoes, women employees are expected to wear professional formal pants, tops, shirts, jackets, formal skirts (knee length or more). MMRC is the executing agency of the crucial north-south link via construction of the 33.5-km-long Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor for which the civil works are ongoing. By Supraja

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TS CM Requests PM To Allot Secunderabad Parade Grounds To Build Secretariat Complex April 25, 2017 10:23

The Telangana State (TS) Chief Minister (CM) K. Chandrasekhar Rao, yesterday, has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for allotment of the Secunderabad Parade Grounds to the State to build the Secretariat complex. KCR, earlier met the former Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, with a request to allot the Bison Polo Ground that is adjacent to the Parade Grounds, for the same purpose. However, the TS CM’s request was not accepted that time. During yesterday’s meeting with the PM, KCR sought the Parade Grounds saying, the state government will allot the same extent of land to the defence ministry at some other place. The TS CM also put forth a series of requests to the PM, stating that all the promises and commitments made in the AP Reorganization Act, should be implemented. And one such commitment includes the increase in the number of Assembly seats and bifurcation of the Hyderabad High Court. The one-on-one meeting with the PM lasted for over an hour. Later, KCR met law and IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad. KCR also requested Modi to exempt agriculture-related and agriculture-dependent trades from the Income Tax, connected with the agriculture sector. He felt that by giving IT exemptions to trades, people scraping out a livelihood from these trades will benefit the most. Telangana CM KCR To Meet PM Modi On Telangana Quota Issue By Supraja

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TS BJP Accuses Jana Sena Chief On Baseless Tweets April 25, 2017 09:59

The Telangana State (TS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has strongly reacted to the tweets made by the actor and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan. The TS BJP accused the actor of trying to divide the people through a series of tweets, alleging discrimination of people from south India by the Central government and people of North India. TS BJP chief spokesperson Krishna Sagar Rao said, “The actor constantly issuing baseless and shallow statements against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Central Government is highly unjustifiable.” Krishna Saagar Rao, addressing a new conference here in Hyderabad, wondered at the actor’s boldness to criticize the PM and the NDA government on North/South discrimination. Pawan did no cite any specific issues, examples or cases, but just remarked casual, random and baseless statements, said the BJP Spokesperson. Referring to Pawan Kalyan’s tweet, calling for unity of south Indian political parties to fight against North Indian parties, Krishna Saagar Rao, said that it was a “sham.” Krishna Saagar Rao, further questioned the actor, “Your brother Chiranjeevi floated a party and after elections, merged it in the Congress for a Cabinet post. Do you believe that the Congress is a south Indian party?” The BJP considers the actor a “twitter tiger” and an invisible leader of an invisible party, said the BJP Spokesperson. “Pawan Kalyan till now added no value to common people through his invisible party and this inharmonious opportunistic politics, based on lies and hatred will definitely be rejected by people,” said Krishna Saagar Rao. Pawan Kalyan Lashes At TDP MPs, Commends At YSRCP Over AP Special Category Status By Supraja

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Renowned Film Director And Actor To Be Conferred With Dadasaheb Phalke Award April 24, 2017 18:59

Renowned Film Director and actor Shri Kasinadhuni Viswanath is to be conferred the 48th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2016. Information and Broadcasting Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu approved the recommendation of the DadasahebPhalke Award committee. The award is conferred by the Government of India, for the outstanding growth and development towards Indian cinema. The award includes a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a shawl. The President of India at a function on May 3 at Vigyan Bhawan, shall confer the award to the actor. Shri K Viswanath, a presenter of classical and traditional art, music and dance, has been a guiding force in the Indian film industry. Since 1965, as a director, he made fifty films known for their strong content, endearing narrative, honest handling and cultural authenticity. His films on a wide range of social and human issues had great appeal to the masses. Born in February 1930 at Gudivadain, Andhra Pradesh, Viswanath is an ardent art lover, and made a series of films based on varied themes of art, music and dance. His films empathized with courage and frailty, aspirations and convictions, perseverance and distractions, social demands and individual struggle and at the core believed in the goodness of the human spirit. The Government of India, has given recognition for his contributions to film making in the form of Padmashri Award in 1992. He has also been awarded 5 National Awards, 20 Nandi Awards, that were awarded by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh, 10 Filmfare Awards including Lifetime Achievement Award. His national award winning SwathiMuthyam was the India’s official entry to the 59th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category. One of India’s most memorable classics of his film, Sankarabharanam, was appreciated across the world. Bollywood Singer Kailash Kher Conferred Padmashri Award By Supraja

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Andhra Govt Grants Six Shows Per Day For Epic Movie April 24, 2017 18:47

The filmmakers are delighted with the news that the Andhra government has agreed to screen six shows for the film during the first 10 days of its release. The shows would begin as early as 7am to 2 pm, says sources. With a massive release plan in place for the film worldwide, trade sources estimate that the film would rake in Rs. 1000 crores within a couple of days of its release. The other Telugu speaking state Telangana is likely to follow suit and grant the six-show schedule. Directed by SS Rajamouli, the film stars Prabhas as Baahubali with Rana Daggubati, Sathyaraj, Anushka, Tammannah, Ramya Krishnan, Nasser and several others in the cast. MM Keeravani has composed music for this film which has been reportedly made on a budget of Rs. 250 crores. KK Senthil Kumar has cranked the camera with Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao editing the film. Bankrolled by Shobhu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni under the banner Arka Media Works, Baahubali 2 will be released in Tamil and Telugu along with its dubbed versions in Hindi and Malayalam. The film’s prequel, Baahubali: The Beginning, was a smash hit but according to the filmmakers, it was not a profitable venture as the money was pumped into the sequel. Baahubali: The Conclusion is expected to give the filmmakers the much-needed profits. Baahubali: The Conclusion is all set to release on April 28. A major roadblock to its release in Karnataka has been removed with Sathyaraj, who plays Katappa in the movie, regretting his comments about Kannadigas during the Cauvery issue several years ago. Some pro-Kannada groups had demanded an apology from the star and had threatened to disrupt the release of the movie in the state. Theatre Managers Become Demi-Gods For Epic Movie By Supraja

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Talented Technicians Of Mahesh’s Team To Score A Big Hit With Spyder? April 24, 2017 18:33

The team working for the Tollywood superstar Mahesh Babu’s upcoming flick, Spyder, are looking forward to take a revenge on the “flops” at the box office. Apparently, the actor’s fans are little upset with their heartthrob hero missing a big date for the release of Spyder. And now it is speculated that the film, will also miss out the Independence Day weekend as well, and might release on August 25th. Spyder film maker, AR Murugadoss telugu film, Stalin, has become only a below average hit at box office and he needs to score big with Telugu people now. Same is the case with SJ Surya, whose film “Nani” with Mahesh in 2004, and recently Pawan Kalyan’s Komaram Puli flopped at the box office. But he has turned actor this time to play as a villian in Mahesh’s Spyder, to prove his mettle with yet another talent. Coming to Harris Jayaraj, he teamed up together with Mahesh in 2006 for the film “Sainikudu, which too failed at the box office. That is the reason all these talented technicians are looking forward to score a big hit and the delay in the film is only to deliver a quality product without any blemishes, while Mahesh fans are waiting for a hit film post the disaster like Brahmotsavam. Meanwhile, the VFX work of Spyder is going on at a brisk pace in various studios of Hyderabad and Chennai as they are racing against a deadline. In case if work gets completed early, Spyder may get a new date as well. By Supraja

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No AIADMK Merger; Expel Sasikala, Dinakaran From Party First, Says OPS Camp April 24, 2017 17:30

The O Paneerselvam (OPS) camp of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK), today said that there will be no talks on the merger with the Edappadi K Palanisamy (EPS) faction, until the party General Secretary V.k. Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran are expelled from the party. As a pre-condition for talks on the AIADMK merger, the OPS camp also repeatedly demanded for an investigation into the death of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Earlier, it was assumed that both the factions would begin talks on the merger on Monday. But, two events - one on Sunday and the other today, triggered the hardening of stance by the OPS faction. The first where, the state Finance Minister, D Jayakumar, said he would resign and allocate his portfolios to the OPS camp. This clearly indicated that, E Palanisamy would remain the CM in the event of an AIADMK merger, thus scrambling chances of Paneerselvam to become the CM. The second event, was in the AIADMK official newspaper, Namadhu MGR, which caried an article in today’s edition, stating Sasikala and Dinakaran would be supported by people and party cadre. The OPS camp, in response to both the events, said Sasikala was still in control of the party. Member of OPS negotiations committee and former minister, Munusamy quoted saying, “this proves our doubt that the party is still in their hands.” There is a lot of confusion in the rival camp, with different statements being made. While some members of the EPS camp claimed that a committee had been formed for talks, while others said it was yet to be formed, added Munuswamy.” The AIADMK (Amma) leaders, were making “irresponsible statements”, like that of the Finance Minister, said Munuswamy. He further quoted “We are not ready to get into the argument on the position for our leader. We have no other demands than the two raised previously. One will be the expulsion of Sasikala, Dinakaran and the other probe into Jayalalithaa’s death. If these are fulfilled, we will participate in the talks unconditionally as all other issues can be thrashed out in talks.” TN Finance Minister Offers To Resign; Gives Portfolis To OPS Camp By Supraja

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