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Kesari is the best war film India has produced (03:48)
By Subhash K Jha
Film: "Kesari"; Cast: Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra; Director: Anurag Singh; Rating: *****(5 stars)

93 people dead as ferry sinks in Iraq: Minister (02:12)
Baghdad, March 22 (IANS) The death toll of the ferry sinking incident in Tigris River in Iraq's northern city of Mosul on Thursday rose to 93, most of them women and children, the Interior Ministry said.

Death toll from Iraq ferry sinking rises to 71 (00:54)
Mosul (Iraq), March 22 (IANS) At least 71 people died, including 12 children, when an overcrowded ferry capsized in Iraq's Tigris river in Mosul during Nowruz and Mother's Day celebrations.

Trump backs Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights (00:32)
Washington, March 22 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that it is time for the US to recognise Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, which it seized from Syria in 1967.

Japan gives UN World Food Programme $69m (00:32)
Yokohama (Japan), March 22 (IANS/AKI) Japan has donated 69 million dollars to the United Nations World Food Programme to provide vital aid to 28 countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, with the biggest shares of the money earmarked for Yemen and Iraq, WFP said Thursday in a statement.

Italy's Salvini to skip lunch with China's Xi (00:28)
Rome, March 22 (IANS/AKI) Italy's far-right Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini said that he will not attend a lunch in Rome with China's President Xi Jinping during his visit to Italy on Friday and Saturday.

Conte, Macron to hold talks on high-speed train link (00:28)
Rome, March 22 (IANS/AKI) Italy's Premier Giuseppe Conte said he and France's President Emmanuel Macron will on Friday discuss a planned 8.6 billion euro high-speed train link between Turin and Lyon.

5 former Manipur MLAs quit, float regional party (00:24)
Imphal, March 22 (IANS) Within a day of Congress President Rahul Gandhi kick-starting the party's election campaign in Manipur, five former party MLAs and many workers quit the party on Thursday and joined a regional outfit.

Delhi Police officer stabbed on Holi, three held (00:20)
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Three youths were arrested on Thursday for stabbing a Sub-Inspector of Delhi Police after a fight when he told them not to spray color on his car, a police officer said.

Hema Malini to contest again from Mathura LS seat (00:14)
Agra/Mathura, March 22 (IANS) Popular actor and Mathura MP Hema Malini, who has been busy since morning participating in Holi celebrations in Lord Krishna's land, was Thursday against fielded by her BJP from the seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Union Minister, first-time candidates in BJP's J&K list (00:06)
Srinagar, March 22 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday re-nominated both its sitting MPs from the Jammu region while fielding three first-time candidates from the Kashmir Valley.

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Modi stays with Varanasi, Shah's LS bid from Gandhinagar (Intro Roundup) (23:48)
New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will fight again from his Varanasi constituency while BJP President Amit Shah will make his debut in Lok Sabha polls from Gandhinagar, BJP leader J.P. Nadda announced on Thursday.

Two ex-Congress leaders fielded by BJP from Karnataka (23:34)
Bengaluru/New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Two former Congress leaders in Karnataka who recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) figured in its list of candidates named on Thursday for 21 of 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Got over 4,000 calls of quarrels on Holi: Delhi Police (23:32)
New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) The Delhi Police, which had made adequate security arrangements to ensure peaceful Holi celebrations on Thursday, said it issued over 13,000 traffic violations tickets including for drunk driving and fielded over 4,000 calls reporting quarrels.

TRS denies tickets to three outgoing MPs (23:22)
Hyderabad, March 21 (IANS) The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Thursday announced candidates for all 17 Lok Sabha constituencies in Telangana, denying tickets to three outgoing MPs including its leader in Lok Sabha, A.P. Jithender Reddy.

3 militants killed,7 security men hurt in J&K gunfights (5th Lead) (23:14)
Srinagar, March 21 (IANS) Three militants were killed while seven security men and three civilians injured on Thursday in three different battles between security forces and militants in the Kashmir Valley, authorities said.

Holi celebrated in traditional styles in Uttarakhand (23:10)
Dehradun, March 21 (IANS) Holi, the festival of colours, was celebrated on Thursday in Uttarakhand with enthusiasm with people throwing gulal and colours at each other and distributing sweets.

Mizoram House passes Bill, to go dry from April 1 (23:08)
Aizawl, March 21 (IANS) Mizoram is going to be a dry state, once again, from April 1 this year. The Mizoram Legislative Assembly has passed the Mizoram Liquor Prohibition Bill 2019, which seeks to ban consumption, manufacture and sale of liquor for general public.

No link with Pollachi sex case accused: Congress leader (23:06)
Coimbatore, March 21 (IANS) In a twist in the Pollachi sexual abuse-cum-blackmail case, Tamil Nadu Congress leader Mayura Jayakumar on Thursday said that he had no links with main accused Thirunavukkarasu, but the latter might have visited him on the date of the crime as registered in the FIR.

Facebook stored users' passwords in 'readable' form (22:56)
San Francisco, March 21 (IANS) Facebook on Thursday said it has fixed a security issue wherein millions of its users' passwords were stored in plain text and "readable" format for years and according to reports, were searchable by thousands of its employees.

Purandeswari to be BJP candidate from Vizag LS seat (22:56)
Amaravati, March 21 (IANS) Former Union Minister Daggubati Purandeswari will be the BJP candidate from Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha constituency as the party decided not to field outgoing MP K. Haribabu from here.

Shah to contest from Gandhinagar, eases Advani out (22:50)
Ahmedabad, March 21 (IANS) Setting at rest all speculations, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday announced that its national president Amit Shah would contest the Lok Sabha elections from Gandhinagar, in place of veteran leader and incumbent MP L.K. Advani.

Netaji kin, former IPS, new joinees in BJP's Bengal list (22:50)
Kolkata, March 21 (IANS) Union Minister Babul Supriyo would fight to retain Asansol, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grand-nephew Chandra Kumar Bose is in fray from the prestigious Kolkata South, while BJP's West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh in the race from Midnapore in the first list of 28 candidates announced by the party for the Lok Sabha polls in the eastern state.

Radhakrishnan, Tamilisai in BJP TN list (22:40)
Chennai, March 21 (IANS) The BJP on Thursday decided to field Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan from Tamil Nadu's Kanniyakumari Lok Sabha constituency in the 2019 elections as per its first list released in New Delhi.

Spot-fixing can happen without players knowing: Dhoni (22:36)
New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Former India skipper M.S. Dhoni, at the departure press conference for the 2013 Champions Trophy, had said that he would speak on the IPL spot-fixing scandal that rocked that edition of the cash-rich league at the right moment. And that time has come as he has broken his silence in a docudrama aptly titled "Roar of the Lion".

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