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Lanka govt admits ‘major’ intel lapses, President vows overhaul

FILE PHOTO: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena prays during a special party convention in Colombo, Sri Lanka December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Colombo: The Sri Lankan government Wednesday admitted that "major" intelligence lapses led to the massive Easter Sunday bombings that killed over 350 people and indicated that heads will roll for failing to act on tip-offs. Top officials have acknowledged that Sri Lanka received intelligence about possible terror strikes ahead of the attacks, but both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have said that they did not receive the information....

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Poll tussles see private players boom in aviation industry

Bhubneswar: As the battle for the election 2019 intensifies, private players in the aviation industry seem to make merry from the aggressive canvassing by providing choppers and mini aircrafts to different political parties in the state. Owing to busy schedules and ease of mobility, top politicians of different parties have come to identify the importance of aviation in the elections and have rung in private players in carefully designed setup vis-...

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Non-natives guess poll outcome

Bhubaneswar, April 22: The 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which started April 11, and will cover 543 constituencies in seven phases, has completed two phases and is ready for the third phase April 23. In the third phase, polling will be held in 115 constituencies across 14 states. Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu...

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Books are indeed a man’s best friend

Bhubaneswar : Books are considered a man’s best friends as they help to widen mental horizons. Many people enjoy the company of books. People take to books to enjoy themselves, get proper advice and understand important things about life. World Book Day is celebrated by UNESCO and other organisations every year April 23. It is an occasion to promote books and the art of reading. The day was selected by UNESCO...

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New Delhi: Former skipper Rahul Dravid reckons India's recent 2-3 loss to Australia in a home ODI series will not have much impact in the Men in Blue's 2019 World Cup campaign and their good show in the past few years has made them the strong title contenders. After taking a 2-0 lead in a five-match ODI rubber...

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Modi is ‘Pradhan Prachar Mantri’: Priyanka Gandhi

Banda (UP): Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Wednesday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "Pradhan Prachar Mantri" and accused the BJP of "wasting drinking water" to clean roads in Banda, an arid town in Uttar Pradesh's Budelkhand region. Priyanka Gandhi's comments drew a sharp reaction from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who said her statements show that the fear...

Amit, who won gold in 66kg in the 2013 edition, settled for a silver in the men's 74kg freestyle event after losing to Daniyar Kaisanov of Kazakhstan 0-5 in the final.

Amit bags silver, Rahul earns bronze in Asian Wrestling C’ships

Xi'an (China): Amit Dhankar clinched a silver while Commonwealth Games champion Rahul Aware won a bronze as Indian men's freestyle wrestlers continued their impressive performance at the Asian Wrestling Championships here Wednesday. Amit, who won gold in 66kg in the 2013 edition, settled for a silver in the men's 74kg freestyle event after losing to Daniyar Kaisanov...

The new feature will come into effect in India from Thursday, Twitter said.

Twitter introduces new feature to report fake news during LS polls

New Delhi: In an attempt to bar people from using its services for the purpose of manipulating the Lok Sabha elections, Twitter announced a new feature Wednesday to make it easier for users to report misleading information about voting. The new feature will come into effect in India from Thursday, Twitter said. So if you see misleading information...

Key equity indices in green ahead of F&O expiry

Sensex rallies 490 pts; Nifty reclaims 11,700-mark

Mumbai: Snapping its three-session losing streak, benchmark BSE Sensex rallied 490 points Wednesday as investors piled into index heavyweights Reliance Industries, HDFC duo, Infosys, ITC and ICICI Bank. After starting on a positive note, the BSE bourse soared to a high of 39,095.35 at the fag-end of the session. It finally settled 489.80 points, or 1.27 per...

Washington reimposed oil sanctions on Iran in November but initially gave eight governments six-month reprieves.

US oil sanctions won’t go without response: Ayatollah Khamenei

Tehran: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Wednesday called the end of oil sanction waivers by the United States a ‘hostile measure’ that ‘won't be left without a response’. "US efforts to boycott the sale of Iran's oil won't get them anywhere. We will export our oil as much as we need and we intend," his official...

A study in early April had claimed that one in two respondents have received fake news through digital platforms in the last 30 days. (REUTERS)

New Twitter feature for users to report content misleading voters

New Delhi: Twitter said Wednesday it is adding a feature on its platform to allow users to easily report misleading content on voting and elections, as the microblogging firm stepped up efforts to tackle the menace of misinformation. Circulation of fake news on digital platforms like Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook has been a pain point, and the...

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