Tuesday , 19 February 2019

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Citizenship bill will not harm Assam, Northeast, says Modi

IANS   GUWAHATI Unfazed by the resistance in the Northeast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said his government’s intention is to pass the contentious citizenship (amendment) bill but assured the people of the region that it will ensure that the legislation does not cause any harm to Assam and its neighbouring states. The Prime Minister was addressing a public ... Read More »

Farm income scheme a whimper, not a trump card: Chidambaram

IANS   NEW DELHI Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram calls the direct income support scheme in the Interim Budget a “whimper” instead of being a trump card that leaves out an overwhelming majority of the poor and benefits only the land-owner class. He also rejects criticism of Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s announcement of loan waivers to farmers across the nation ... Read More »


Dystopian Action Film: Alita: Battle Angel Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali Directed by: Robert Rodriguez Duration: 2hrs Rating: * * * 1 / 2 Based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga series Gunnm, Alita: Battle Angel is an engrossing adaptation of a post apocalyptic tale. The film has been in the making for years now with James Cameron first taking ... Read More »

‘UK starts hiring for new Brexit crisis centre’

PTI   LONDON The UK government has begun hiring for jobs in a new crisis command and control centre to be set up to tackle with a chaotic no-deal Brexit next month, a media report said Saturday. Briefing notes, seen by ‘The Guardian’, have been issued by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to recruitment agencies ... Read More »

Tuned in to Konkani

Jerry and Joanita de Souza take their passion for good Konkani music very seriously and have just released their third album ‘Dis Dakoilai Novo’. NT BUZZ gets acquainted with the couple J P Pereira Jerry de Souza from Salvador de Mundo has grown up around music. The son of Mary and erstwhile radio singer Johny Sylvester, who was one of ... Read More »

Thai princess bid for PM scuttled as party obeys royal command

AFP   BANGKOK Thai Princess Ubolratana’s unprecedented attempt to become the country’s next prime minister was abruptly nixed Saturday after her party agreed to comply with a command from the King opposing the plan. The party’s announcement effectively blocking Ubolratana’s candidacy came after an extraordinary rebuke by her brother King Maha Vajiralongkorn, and removes a hurdle for the ruling junta ... Read More »

If ‘thugs’ come to power, growth will decline: Shah

IANS   PUNE India’s growth will decline and pace of development will be derailed if “thugs” came to power in the coming Lok Sabha elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah warned here on Saturday. Stating that the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi “gave a new direction of development” to the nation since 2014, he said ... Read More »

Second woman accuses Virginia deputy Governor of sexual assault

IANS   WASHINGTON A second woman has come forward with claims that she was sexually assaulted by Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax in 2000 when both were undergraduate students at Duke University, prompting top fellow Democrats to call for his resignation. Maryland woman Meredith Watson said on Friday that she was sexually assaulted by Fairfax in a “premeditated and aggressive” ... Read More »

Winning through contradictions

Chanakya If there was any doubt that the Union government’s last budget was framed squarely with an eye on the next elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi quelled it. Addressing a rally in West Bengal – a state in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has invested remarkable political energy – he spoke about the direct income transfer to farmers, and ... Read More »

Favela Bar and Restaurant opens in Baga

NT BUZZ The Baga beach belt has added another feather to its cap with the launch of Favela Bar and Restaurant that is situated near the Baga bridge. Derived from Brazilian Portuguese, Favela will give tourists and locals their money’s worth with its offerings of food and beverages. The venture is a sister concern of Cohiba in Sinquerim and aims ... Read More »