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Kumaraswamy takes oath as Karnataka CM (1 minute ago)
Bengaluru, May 23 (IANS) Janata Dal-Secular leader H.D. Kuamaraswamy on Wednesday took oath as Karnataka's 25th Chief Minister, heading a coalition government with the Congress.

BREAKING NEWS: Kumaraswamy takes oath as Karnataka CM (5 minutes ago)

All departments in the Delhi government have staff shortage, says minister (7 minutes ago)
By Nikhil M BabuIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The Delhi government's Department for Welfare of Dalits, Tribals, and Minorities has been working with a vacancy of about 60 per cent and the central government is to be blamed for the staff crunch which is inhibiting the government's ability to deliver on its promises, says Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam.

Polish writer wins Man Booker International Prize (Roundup) (23 minutes ago)IANS Photo Service
London, May 23 (IANS) Olga Tokarczuk, a 56-year-old bestselling author from Poland, has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for her novel "Flights," which deals with travels in the 21st century and human anatomy.

Can drinking too much water harm you? (25 minutes ago)
Toronto, May 23 (IANS) Do you drink too much water? Beware, overhydration -- excess fluid accumulation -- can lead to dangerously low sodium levels or in the blood or result in brain swelling, researchers say.

Army officer detained with woman in Srinagar hotel (27 minutes ago)
Srinagar, May 23 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday detained an Army officer from a hotel here with a woman after which they were taken to a police station where he was handed over to his unit.

SC to hear pleas to quash CLAT exam on Thursday (16:08)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it will hear on May 24 pleas filed by candidates who appeared for Common Law Admission Test 2018 (CLAT) and are seeking direction to quash the examination and to hold it afresh.

Sidharth Malhotra urges Modi to strengthen animal protection laws (16:08)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, May 23 (IANS) Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on behalf of of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, requesting stronger penalties for people who commit acts of cruelty against animals.

Ekta Kapoor plans personal screening for film after eight years (16:00)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, May 23 (IANS) Producer Ekta Kapoor says it has been eight years since she kept a personal screening for her films. She is making an exception for "Veere Di Wedding", which she feels will be remembered for being a film that tells the audience to "just be".

Wolfsburg appoint Schmadtke as sporting director (15:58)IANS Photo Service
Berlin, May 23 (IANS) VFL Wolfsburg have filled the vacant position of sporting director by signing Joerg Schmadtke, the Bundesliga club have confirmed.

Babies not on Ravi Dubey's mind (TV Snippets) (15:58)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, May 23 (IANS) Actor Ravi Dubey, who is married to actress Sargun Mehta, says he is not planning to start a family anytime soon.

China beat Indonesia to enter Uber Cup knockouts (15:56)IANS Photo Service
Bangkok, May 23 (IANS) Chinese women advanced to the knockout stage of the Uber Cup badminton tournament, as the top team in Group D, beating Indonesia 3-2 in their last group match here on Wednesday.

Augsburg sign Berlin striker Schieber (15:56)
Berlin, May 23 (IANS) FC Augsburg have completed their first summer transfer after signing striker Julian Schieber from Hertha Berlin on a free transfer, both Bundesliga clubs have announced.

Act against those who ordered police firing: CPI-M (15:56)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The CPI-M on Wednesday demanded "immediate legal proceedings" against those who ordered firing on protesters in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu.

Cabinet nod for 4,072 towers in LWE areas for Rs 7,330 crore (15:48)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) To empower the people staying in the Left Wing Extremist (LWE) areas of the country, the Cabinet on Wednesday approved the setting up of 4,072 mobile towers at an investment of Rs 7,330 crore, IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here on Wednesday.

Eat more plant-based diet to avoid obesity in later life (15:44)
London, May 23 (IANS) If you want to stay away from obesity in later life, then start eating more plant-based foods as researchers say consumption of even mild vegetarian diet may reduce the risk of obesity in long term.

Kamal Haasan visits Thoothukudi firing victims (15:38)IANS Photo Service
Thoothukudi (Tamil Nadu), May 23 (IANS) Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Wednesday met people injured in police firing on protestors marching against the Sterlite Copper Smelting plant here and demanded to know who ordered the firing.

Our mission is to strengthen regional parties grouping: Mamata, Naidu (15:30)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Andhra Pradesh counterpart N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday said their participation in the swearing-in ceremony of H.D. Kumaraswamy was meant to strengthen the coming together of regional parties and they would not allow obstacles in this effort.

China Satellite Navigation Conference opens in Harbin (15:30)
Harbin, May 23 (IANS) The ninth China Satellite Navigation Conference opened in Harbin, capital of China's Heilongjiang Province on Wednesday.

UAE expats to sponsor education of Kerala nurse's kids (15:20)
Abu Dhabi, May 23 (IANS) Two Abu Dhabi-based entrepreneurs have pledged to support the two children of a Kerala nurse who died after attending to Nipah virus patients in the Indian state.

Delhi Police opposes suspected IM operative's bail plea (15:18)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The Delhi Police on Wednesday opposed before the Supreme Court a bail plea filed by suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) member Fasih Mahmood, who was deported from Saudi Arabia in 2012.

Mobiistar debutes in India with budget smartphones (15:18)
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Vietnam-based smartphone maker Mobiistar on Wednesday debuted in the Indian smartphone market with "XQ Dual" and "CQ" priced at Rs 7,999 and Rs 4,999, respectively.

One more killed in TN police firing (15:16)IANS Photo Service
Thoothukudi (Tamil Nadu), May 23 (IANS) One person was killed and four others were injured on Wednesday when police fired at protesters opposed to the Sterlite Copper smelter plant here in Tamil Nadu, police said.

Demand for 'healthy food' increases organic product exports from India (15:14)
By Saurabh Katkurwar
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Exports of organic products from India have risen over 20 per cent in the fiscal just ended owing to the "growing global appetite for healthy food" that is free from chemicals and pesticides residues. This is also a leg-up for the government's plans to expand the area under eco-friendly and sustainable farming, stakeholders say.

Egypt's World Cup preparations boosted by final training camp (15:08)IANS Photo Service
Cairo, May 23 (IANS) The Egyptian national team has started itsfinal preparatory camp ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup that will kick off on June 14 in Russia.

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