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FULL TEXT: President's address to nation on I Day eve

President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation on the eve of India's 75th Independence Day. Here's the text of what he said with a word cloud: IMAGE: President of India Ram Nath Kovind addressing......

Covid deaths could touch 1 million by August: Lancet

If that outcome were to happen, the Modi government would be responsible for presiding over a self-inflicted national catastrophe. IMAGE: Relatives perform the last rites of a COVID-19 victim at......

FULL TEXT: President's address on the eve of 72nd Republic Day

Here's the full text of President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the nation on the eve of 72nd Republic Day. Dear Fellow Citizens, Namaskar! Greetings to all of you on the eve of the 72nd Republic......

Astad is gone, but is more alive than ever

'Astad had the courage to plough a lonely furrow. He made a life of his own, on his own, and created a path-breaking dance style.''Only a few in the performing arts could do what he did.''A......

PM takes a tank ride, distributes sweets during Diwali visit with troops

Delivering an unambiguous message to India's enemies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asserted that it will give a "prachand jawab" (fierce reply) if provoked, as he flew to Longewala Post......

What PM told the nation: 'Secrecy was essential for this action'

Here's the full text of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation where he announced the demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes with effect from midnight on November 8-9. My......

Community sanitation: Indian wins prestigious global citizen award

A young Indian has won a prestigious global citizen award and $100,000 cash prize for his work to build community sanitation facilities, an area that aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's......

More foreigners head to India despite advisory

John Brumby, Prime Minister of the state of Victoria in Australia, decided to cancel his scheduled trip to Mumbai after a detailed advisory issued first by the US and then by Israel, which said......

Global meltdown, 26/11 hit gift shops biz

The global financial crisis and the recent terror attacks have hit the business of gift shops across the city particulary those in the malls. "The overall business is down by 15-20 per cent but the......

Unravelling India's innovative streak

This was the high noon of the shortage economy. Necessity, the old cliche goes, is the mother of invention. That must make scarcity the father of innovation. India had to make do with very little,......

Acting legend Soumitra Chatterjee passes away

In a career spanning six decades, the Dada Saheb Phalke awardee has acted in more than 300 films. Photograph: PTI Photo Soumitra Chatterjee, the actor who helped take Indian cinema across the......

What are Priyanka's plans after her wedding?

Will Priyanka start a family? Or does she have some career aces up her sleeve?Longtime Rediff.com contributor Aseem Chhabra, author of Priyanka Chopra: The Incredible Story Of A Global Bollywood......

Bumping into Chris Martin and Sachin on stage

'A day before the concert, my friend and I were loitering on stage admiring its grandness.''Suddenly, we realised there were some people on stage.''It came as a shock when we realised it was Chris......

'Why did Bollywood perform at a Coldplay concert?'

'If it is Coldplay, I don't think Bollywood needed to be there.''If you put Bollywood everywhere, I don't think other bands will come to India.'Rediff.com's Jahnavi Patel listens to voices from the......

Happy Anniversary, Shilpa-Raj!

Happy anniversary, Shilpa-Raj. Varun Dhawan goes underwater. Sunny Leone copies the Big B. The top social media posts from your favourite Bollywood celebrities. It has been seven years since......

Sports events, concerts in UAE canceled, postponed as coronavirus spreads

IMAGE: A woman wears a protective face mask, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus, as she walks at Dragon Mart, a Chinese themed discount shopping centre, in Dubai. Photograph:......

Sports Shorts: Harikrishna finishes third; Klitschko announces retirement

Harikrishna finishes third at Biel Chess Festival IMAGE: Pentala Harikrishna. Photograph: Saimedia/Twitter Indian Grand Master Pentala Harikrishna's unbeaten run came to an end as he lost out......

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