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Equities trade flat; banks, auto stocks slip (Lead) (Just in)
Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices traded on a flat-to-negative note during the mid-afternoon trade session on Thursday with selling pressure observed in capital goods, banking and auto stocks.

Reliance JioPhones likely to get WhatsApp soon (2 minutes ago)
San Francisco, March 22 (IANS) Reliance JioPhones, which run on KaiOS, a Linux-based light mobile Operating System (OS), may soon get WhatsApp.

Indian Navy aircraft crashes in Gujarat (4 minutes ago)
Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) An Indian Navys Remotely Piloted Aircraft operating from Porbandar in Gujarat crashed close to an airbase on Thursday morning, an official spokesperson said here.

Isolated BJP drops MESMA against Maharashtra aangawadi workers (10 minutes ago)
Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) Bowing to intense opposition to invoking the stringent Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) on aanganwadi workers, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday stayed the proposal.

Rajnath, Rijiju wish Indian CWG contingent (10 minutes ago)
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his junior Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday wished the Indian contingent for the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) during a send-off ceremony organised by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) here.

Manish Giri turns producer for 'Fire', 'Dark' (12 minutes ago)
Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) Actor Manish Giri, who will be seen in the second season of Farhan Akhtar's "Inside Edge", has donned the hat of a producer for a horror movie titled "Dark" and a short film called "Fire".

Amitabh back to Mumbai, to promote, shoot new films (14 minutes ago)
Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) After a gruelling shooting schedule for "Thugs of Hindostan" in Jodhpur, megastar Amitabh Bachchan is back to Mumbai, where he will gear up for the promotions and shooting of his other projects.

Man shot dead for resisting robbery in Delhi (18 minutes ago)
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) A 35-year-old man was shot dead for resisting a robbery by two bike-borne assailants on Thursday, police said.

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day (Lead) (18 minutes ago)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Thursday, amid protests as opposition members trooped near the Speaker's podium, raising slogans and displaying placards.

Newly-single Zayn revives 'Pillowtalk' video look (24 minutes ago)IANS Photo Service
Miami, March 22 (IANS) Singer Zayn Malik has unveiled bleach blonde hair -- similar to his look in the "Pillowtalk" video, which also featured his former girlfriend Gigi Hadid.

Delhi bar owner accidentally shoots himself (26 minutes ago)
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) A bar owner was killed after he accidentally shot himself while dancing with a gun in his hand, police said on Thursday.

Amnesty campaigns against Apple over privacy issues in China (12:48)
Beijing, March 22 (IANS) Amnesty International has launched a new campaign against Apple for allegedly making the data of Chinese iCloud users available to the government, the NGO announced on Thursday.

UIDAI CEO to make Aadhaar presentation in SC (12:46)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Ajay Pandey, the CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), will make a presentation on Aadhaar before a Supreme Court bench at 2.30 p.m. on Thursday.

Delhi government presents 2018-19 budget (12:44)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The Delhi government presented its 2018-19 budget on Thursday.

Relief to Tej Pratap Yadav in journalist murder case (Lead, correcting headline) (12:34)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) In a relief to RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son Tej Pratap Yadav, the CBI on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it did not find anything against him in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan.

Parliament passes Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill (12:32)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Parliament on Thursday passed The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill which seeks to empower the government to fix the period of maternity leave and the tax-free gratuity amount with an executive order.

Serena bows out in first round of Miami Open (12:26)IANS Photo Service
Miami (US), March 22 (IANS) Japan's Naomi Osaka, fresh from winning the biggest title of her career this month at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, defeated an out-of-sorts Serena Williams 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the second round of the Miami Open.

Parliament deadlock continues as Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day (12:22)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day shortly after the House met on Thursday amid an unending Parliament deadlock on the 14th consecutive day of the second half of the budget session.

Miami Open: Puig beats Stosur, reaches second round (12:18)IANS Photo Service
Miami (US), March 22 (IANS) Puerto Rican player Monica Puig advanced to the second round of the 2018 Miami Open after defeating Australian Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-4.

Extreme weather events more common now than ever before (12:16)
London, March 22 (IANS) Extreme weather events have become more frequent over the years, with a significant uptick in floods and other hydrological events compared even with five years ago, warns a new study.

Respect for others was a 'cultivated' way of life in Lucknow (12:16)
By Nivedita Singh
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Mutual respect was a "consciously cultivated way of life" in Lucknow, and this "magic formula" helped the city and the Awadh region around it to prosper. Alas, this is not the case any more, says journalist and author Mehru Jaffer, who has just published a book on the city where she has her roots.

Relief to Tej Pratap Singh in journalist murder case (12:12)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) In a relief to RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son Tej Pratap Singh, the CBI on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it did not find anything against him in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan.

Urmila is a massive star, not an item girl: Abhinay Deo (12:10)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) Bollywood's "Mast" and "Chhama chhama" Urmila Matondkar will be seen in a special song "Bewafa beauty" in the movie "Blackmail". The film's director Abhinay Deo says they were not looking for an "item girl" for this song.

CWG 2018: Coach dilemma hampering gymnastics preparations (11:40)
By Debayan Mukherjee
Kolkata, March 22 (IANS) Despite boasting of names that can bring India a medal from the coming Commonwealth Games, the dilly-dallying of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in naming coaches for the gymnastics team is hampering its preparations.

Thinking the unthinkable: This novel sees a Sino-Indian nuclear war over water (11:38)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) A recent novel, "Radius 200" by author Veena Nagpal, has two facts at the centre of the fictional narrative that she weaves. "Impending water scarcity and the very real danger of an Sino-Indian conflict over this precious resource," says Nagpal in the context of her book that was launched with much fanfare at the Jaipur Literature Festival in January.

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