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Telangana NRIs Vow to Support TRS In Future Bids December 10, 2018 12:05

Telangana Non-resident Indians (NRIs) on Sunday expressed their confidence over the winning of Telangana Rashtra Samithi in the assembly elections held on December 7, saying the party would retain power and continue to implement welfare and development activities. The NRIs vowed to continue their support to the TRS and its president K. Chandrashekar Rao in their future endeavors after the election results are announced Tuesday. Speaking to the media at Telangana Bhavan on Sunday, TRS NRI wing coordinator Mahesh Bigala said the Telangana NRIs had traveled wide and far across the State to campaign on behalf of the TRS for the Assembly polls. "We have witnessed a positive response from people cutting across caste, religion and region lines. They are overwhelmed with the governance of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. We are confident that the results will be in favor of the TRS," he said.Mahesh further said Chandrashekhar Rao would play a vital role in the creation of the Federal Front to bring qualitative change in the national politics. He reiterated that the Telangana NRIs would rally behind the Chief Minister in this regard. "The people of Telangana would never accept TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu in the State, and the Congress and TJS president M Kodandaram lost their credibility due to their alliance with Naidu," he said. TRS NRI wing leader Mahesh Tanneru thanked the Telangana NRIs who took part in the poll campaign. He said Chandrashekhar Rao had already assured to address the issues pertaining to Telangana NRIs after returning to power.By Sowmya Sangam

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Increases Risk of Prostate Cancer: Study December 10, 2018 11:43

Men with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are four to five times at higher risk of being detected with prostate cancer, according to researchers including one of Indian-origin.IBD is a common chronic condition causing inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract that includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.According to findings, men with IBD have higher than average Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) - a substance produced by the prostate gland.Raised levels of PSA may indicate prostate cancer - a non-cancerous condition such as prostatitis, or an enlarged prostate."These patients may need to be screened more carefully than a man without inflammatory bowel disease," said Shilajit Kundu, Associate Professor from Northwestern University in the United States."If a man with inflammatory bowel disease has an elevated PSA, it may be an indicator of prostate cancer," Kundu added.Yet, umpteen people believe their PSA is elevated merely because they have an inflammatory condition.For the study, published in the journal European Urology, the team looked at 1,033 men with IBD and a control group of 9,306 men without IBD.A previous study led by researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden showed that children who formed IBD prior to the age of 18 have a three to five-fold higher mortality rate than people without IBD, both during childhood and into adulthood.This translates into a 2.2-year depletion in individuals' life expectancy monitored up to the age of 65, the findings suggested.According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), prostate cancer is the second leading cancer among males in large Indian cities like Kolkata, Pune, Delhi, and Thiruvananthapuram, and third in cities like Bengaluru and Mumbai.According to ICMR projection data, the number of cases will double by 2020.Early detection and a healthy lifestyle can prevent cancer, the researchers said.By Sowmya Sangam

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'I Can't Breathe': Last Words of Jamal Khashoggi, Report Says December 10, 2018 11:11

"I can't breathe," were the last words uttered by Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi before he was killed by a Saudi hit squad at the country's consulate in Istanbul in October, a CNN report said.An informed source, who has read a translated transcript of an audio recording of the journalist's painful last moments, told CNN on Sunday it was clear that the killing on October 2 was no botched rendition attempt, but the execution of a premeditated plan to murder Khashoggi. The transcript begins at the moment Khashoggi enters the Saudi consulate in a quiet residential district of Istanbul at lunchtime on October 2.Khashoggi thought he had made a routine appointment to pick up papers that would allow him to marry his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, but he soon found out that something was wrong when he recognized one of the men who meet him.According to CNN's source, a voice identified in the transcript as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a former Saudi diplomat and intelligence official working for Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and known to Khashoggi from their time together at the Saudi Embassy in London, addresses him."You are coming back," the man says."You can't do that," Khashoggi replies. "People are waiting outside."Without any further dialogue, according to the source, the transcript indicates that several people set upon Khashoggi.Noises follow and very quickly Khashoggi is fighting for air."I can't breathe," Khashoggi says. "I can't breathe. I can't breathe."The transcript notes the sounds of the journalist's body then being dismembered by a saw, as the alleged perpetrators were advised to listen to music to block out the sound.However, it does not specify the exact moment of Khashoggi's death.According to the source, the transcript notes that at least three phone calls were placed by Mutreb and according to Turkish officials, the calls were made to senior figures in Riyadh.The actual transcript of the audio was prepared by Turkish intelligence services but then they have not let out how they obtained the audio. In response to the development, a Saudi official told CNN: "The relevant Saudi security officials have reviewed the transcript and tape materials through Turkish security channels and nowhere in them is there any reference or indication of a call being made."If there is additional information Turkish authorities have that we are unaware of, we would welcome it being officially handed over to us for review." The official did not address the transcript's characterization of the scene inside the Saudi consulate, nor Khashoggi's last words.By Sowmya Sangam

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Gita Gopinath Faces Tough Global Landscape: IMF Chief Economist December 10, 2018 10:52

An Indian-American Gita Gopinath, the first woman appointed as IMF (International Monetary Fund) chief economist, faces a 'tough landscape", her outgoing predecessor has said, exuding confidence that she would successfully meet the challenges in the coming years. Preparing to leave the IMF in the next few weeks, IMF Chief Economist Maury Obstfeld told a group of journalists that his successor is going to face a series of frontline issues including the current trade tensions, climate change, some kind of a cyber event, and income distribution. The 46-year-old economist, who will take office in January, is the second Indian to be appointed to the role of chief economist after Raghuram Rajan. Having personally known Gopinath for nearly two decades now, Obstfeld asserted that the new chief economist would successfully turn up with solutions to the problems that he is leaving behind. "I think she's going to be a fantastic appointment," said Obstfeld, who is now headed to the University of California, Berkley to return to his passion of teaching and research. "I've actually known her since roughly 1996 or 1997. Ken Rogoff and I did a graduate textbook in international macroeconomics back then and very last thing we did in the book was the publisher said, 'you need problems at the end of the chapters for the graduate students to solve'," he said.  When they finished the book, the publishers IMPF press asked them to pen some problems, which they did. And as soon as the book was out, the publisher came to them and said that they need to do a solution manual for the problems. "We kind of said, oh, how are we going to do that? We don't even know if we can solve these problems. And Kevin said, well, I have this really smart graduate student and she can help us do this," Obstfeld said, recollecting the conversation he had some two decades ago. "I asked, what's her name? He said Gita Gopinath," Obstfeld told reporters, adding that Gopinath then worked on the solutions manual. "She was great. I'm not surprised that she went on to an illustrious, illustrious career," Obstfeld said. Responding to a question as to what has changed in the past three years, the period he has been the IMF's chief economist, he said Gopinath is going to face a world that looks a little different from the one he came into. "When I showed up, the big challenge was China seem to be slowing, how is it handling its exchange rate? But Europe had come through the euro crisis...U.S. growth, you know, 2015 was a pretty good year, so things didn't look bad," he said. "Then in sharp succession you have Brexit, you have the troubles in Europe that we've been discussing. You have, the U.S. moving to a very different view of the international order that in some sense has increased policy uncertainty a lot in the global economy. And so this is going to be a tough landscape to navigate, I think," Obstfeld felt. The IMF, he said, has started looking at a lot of issues that are very important in understanding these changes, including income distribution, market power, trade, the effects of trade, the tensions that trade has caused. "These are the ongoing themes and I'm sure new themes are gonna come up," he said, adding that climate change is another major challenge facing the global economy. "We're really in an increasingly worrisome situation. We were going to see more and more macro effects coming from climate change, extreme weather events... whatever you want to call it," he said. "The other really big issue, which is just sort of hanging out there waiting to happen, is some major cyber event with cascading network effects that could actually have major financial and macroeconomic consequences," Obstfeld said. Economists and researchers at the IMF have started to write more regarding this and talk more regarding this, yet, it remains a major vulnerability. "It's one of these public goods problems because if you, as a firm or a financial institution, are attacked and have to shut down your systems, that's a big financial loss for you. But there are important network effects that affect the whole economy," he said. "So your economic theory tells you that the private sector is not doing enough here, that logically speaking, they're not taking account of all the externalities," he said. The governments really need to step in and they need to raise the alarm and the IMF as an international organization has to focus on the spillovers between countries and people are talking about it more, he said, adding that the threat is not being taken seriously enough yet. "Those are going to be frontline issues for Gita in the next few years," Obstfeld said. By Sowmya Sangam

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Beyonce Performs at Isha Ambani, Anand Piramal’s Wedding in Udaipur December 10, 2018 04:47

The Grammy Award-winning singer Beyonce performed at a pre-wedding celebration of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal on Sunday night. The Crazy in Love singer arrived in India's of lakes, Udaipur, on Sunday, wearing a white printed ensemble and a pair of shades as she stepped out of the Maharana Pratap Airport. A red lip color enhanced her look as she let her wavy tresses loose.       View this post on Instagram Watch: Queen B has arrived in Udaipur and will perform at Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal's wedding. @pinkvilla . . #beyonce #ishaambani #anandpiramal #singer #gorgeous #beautiful #wedding #fashion #udaipur A post shared by Pinkvilla (@pinkvilla) on Dec 9, 2018 at 12:40am PST The singer performed for a star-studded audience, which includes the United States former First Lady Hillary Clinton and a slew of Bollywood celebrities including newlyweds Priyanka Chopra and her American singer husband Nick Jonas. #Beyonce turns up the heat at #IshaAmbani and #AnandPiramal’s pre-wedding celebrations. pic.twitter.com/HtjtGAmJLV — Filmfare (@filmfare) December 9, 2018 #Beyonce gives us a glimpse of her magical voice at #IshaAmbani and #AnandPiramal’s pre-wedding event. pic.twitter.com/lpH9b8KTCz — Filmfare (@filmfare) December 9, 2018 Beyoncé performing "Naughty Girl" in Udaipur, India.#IshaAmbaniWedding pic.twitter.com/G8kH6Gm3wI — BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) December 9, 2018       View this post on Instagram Smt Nita Ambani with her daughter Isha Ambani along with Former First Lady Hillary Clinton at Swadesh Bazar an initiative of Reliance Foundation celebrating 108 traditional crafts of India. . . . .. . #destinationwedding #desiweeding #ambaniwedding #ambani #ishaambani #anantambani #mukeshambani #nitaambani #udaipur #anandpiramal#udaipurmodels #ambanies #salmankhan #sharukkhan #amirkhan #hillary A post shared by Udaipurmodels (@udaipurmodels) on Dec 9, 2018 at 4:56am PST Beyonce's arrival for a private concert has been much talked about since September once American singer John Legend performed at Isha and Anand's engagement in Italy's Lake Como. The wedding celebrations are as grand as expected, with the song, dance, and feasts. On Saturday night, a glitzy sangeet ceremony saw the bride and groom's family in a celebratory mood. Among those who joined the party were business magnates, as well as Bollywood celebrities like Aamir Khan with wife Kiran Rao, Abhishek Bachchan with mother Jaya, wife Aishwarya and daughter Aaradhya, Karan Johar, Salman Khan, Parineeti Chopra, Anil Kapoor and wife Sunita, Boney Kapoor with daughters Janhvi and Khushi, Siddharth Roy Kapur with wife Vidya Balan, John Abraham with wife Priya Runchal, Ronnie Screwvala with wife Zarine, Karisma Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Karan Tacker. Veteran actress Rekha also arrived on Sunday. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, and Gauri Khan performed at the pre-wedding bash of Isha and Anand.        View this post on Instagram The most iconic couple setting the stage on fire at #IshaAmbaniWedding ! A post shared by SRK Universe (@srkuniverse) on Dec 9, 2018 at 1:39am PST       View this post on Instagram Finally the first jhalak of #ishaambani star-studded sangeet. We are just so excited for their videos. Are you?? Stay tuned as we will be back with the latest updates from #ishaambaniwedding dreamy affair . . Follow @eventila for latest updates from #ambani weddings . . #ambaniwedding #celebritywedding #nitaambani #sangeetnight #ambanifamily #akashambani #mukeshambani #ambanis #celebrityweddings #celebwedding #weddingdecor #udaipurdiaries #udaivilasudaipur #udaivilas #udaivilaswedding #weddingideas #udaipurwedding #bigfatindianwedding #udaipur #weddingoftheyear #eventila #ishaanand A post shared by Eventila (@eventilaindia) on Dec 9, 2018 at 2:14am PST       View this post on Instagram #priyankachopra & #nickjonas at isha ambani sangeet ceremony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #anantambani #nitaambani #mukeshambani #akashambani #ishaambani #shlokamehta #radhikamerchant #kokilabenambani #neetaambani #ambani #reliance #reliancejio #jio #reliancefoundation #dhirubhaiambani #antilia #akustoletheshlo #ambaniwedding A post shared by @ indian_spy on Dec 8, 2018 at 9:47pm PST       View this post on Instagram Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal have their own moments of happiness on stage as they celebrate their Sangeet last night . . . #AmbaniWedding #IshaAmbani #AnandPiramal #IshaAnand #IshaAnandWedding #WeddingOfTheYear #Ambani #Udaipur #IshaKiShaadi #BigFatIndianWedding #IshaAmbaniWedding #NitaAmbani #MukeshAmbani A post shared by POP Diaries (@ipopdiaries) on Dec 8, 2018 at 6:44pm PST Isha and Anand will tie the knot on December 12 in Mumbai, at the Ambani residence, Antilia. After their wedding, the couple will move to a plush, sea-facing five-storey bungalow in Worli, Mumbai. The families started the pre-wedding functions on Friday with a special four-day 'Anna Seva' to feed 5,100 people, a majority with special abilities. A specially curated exhibition called 'Swadesh Bazaar' has also been set up to showcase 108 traditional Indian crafts and arts from all parts of India. By Sowmya Sangam

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India Likely to Receive $7.4 Bn Remittances This Year, Says World Bank December 10, 2018 04:11

The remittance inflow in India is likely to increase by 16.8 percent this year, according to the latest report by the World Bank on migration and remittances. According to the report the remittance in 2018 is expected to be $79.4 billion, while the remittance inflow to India in 2017 was $68.9 billion. India is followed by China ($67 billion), Mexico and the Philippines ($34 billion each), and Egypt ($26 billion), according to the report. The 2017 remittances constituted 2.7 percent of India's GDP (Gross Domestic Product). While the figure was $70.3 billion in 2014, in 2015 it was $68.9 billion and in 2016 it was $62.7 billion. Remittances to South Asia are probable to increase by 13.5 percent to $132 billion in 2018, a stronger pace than the 5.7 percent growth seen in 2017. "The increase is driven by stronger economic conditions in advanced economies, particularly the United States, and the increase in oil prices having a positive impact on outflows from some Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, which reported a 13 percent growth in outflows for the first half of 2018," the report added. The GCC is a regional inter-governmental political and economic alliance of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Related content: Dust From Middle East Affects Indian Summer Monsoon: Study The report adds that Bangladesh and Pakistan might experience upticks of 17.9 percent and 6.2 percent in 2018 respectively. The World Bank approximates that officially recorded remittances to developing countries will increase by 10.8 percent to reach $528 billion in 2018, against a 7.8 percent growth in 2017. Global remittances, which include flows to high-income countries, are projected to grow by 10.3 percent to $689 billion, it said. "Even with technological advances, remittance fees remain too high, double the SDG target of 3 percent. Opening up markets to competition and promoting the use of low-cost technologies will ease the burden on poorer customers," said Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships at the Bank. In the meantime, for 2019, it is projected that remittances growth for the region will sluggish to 4.3 percent due to a moderation of growth in advanced economies, lower migration to the GCC and the benefits from the oil price spurt dissipating. By Sowmya Sangam

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Next Enti Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew December 08, 2018 14:45

Next Enti is all about two beautiful souls Tammy (Tamannaah) and Sanju (Sundeep Kishan). After two flat and different pasts, they meet and connect instantly. They start living together and the duo decide to part ways after Tammy rejects a physical relationship before wedding. This irks Sanju and walks out. It is then Tammy meets Krish (Navdeep) after which Tammy and Sanju realize about their love. The rest of Next Enti is all about they realize back and win their love.

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Kedarnath Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew December 08, 2018 14:17

Kedarnath is the story of Mansoor Khan (Sushant Singh Rajput) who ports visitors in Kedarnath to trek the distance to reach the temple. He gets close to Mandakani Mishra (Sara Ali Khan) who is the daughter of a wealthy priest of Kedarnath. In this process he comes to know that Mukku is already engaged and the rest of Kedarnath is all about how Mansoor wins his love and saves her from a natural calamity. Watch Kedarnath to know about the complete story and what happens next.

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Kavacham Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew December 08, 2018 14:05

Vijay (Bellamkonda Sreenivas) is a powerful cop who is honest and ruthless. He falls in love with Samyuktha (Kajal Aggarwal) and when things are going smooth, she disappears from his life. When Vijay starts his hunt, he comes across Swathi (Mehreen) after he saves her from a tragedy. The rest of Kavacham is all about the link between Samyuktha and Swathi, how Vijay solves the mysteries. Watch Kavacham to know about the rest.

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Subrahmanyapuram Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew December 08, 2018 13:45

Subrahmanyapuram is all about a small village which has an ancient village with a huge history and mystery. Karthik (Sumanth) is a researcher who is an atheist and finds the village, temple interesting. A series of suicides leave Karthik puzzled and he starts investigating about the incidents. The rest of Subrahmanyapuram is all about the reasons behind the series of crimes, suicides and how Karthik unfolds the real truth. Watch Subrahmanyapuram to know about the rest.

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