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John Abraham's Parmanu or Madhuri Dixit's Bucket List - Find out who got a better opening at the Box Office 26.5.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
The major release of this week, 'Parmanu- The Story of Pokhran ' starring John Abraham and Diana Penty finally hit the box office on May 25 and received positive reviews from the critics as well as the audience. Directed by Abhishek Sharma, the movie is based on the series of underground nuclear tests carried out by India in 1988 at Indian Army's test range. Film critic and trade analyst, Taran Adarsh revealed the first-day collection of the movie as he tweeted, "Limited promotions and IPL semi-final hits the biz of #Parmanu on Day 1... Yet, the wonderful word of mouth should help recover lost ground on Sat and Sun... Fri ? 4.82 cr [1935 screens]. India biz." #OneWordReview ... #Parmanu : O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G. Rating:  One of the best films to come out of the Hindi film industry... The film is gripping in its entirety, but the climax takes the film to another level... Deserves a standing ovation... DON’T MISS IT! — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 24, 2018 Limited promotions and IPL semi-final hits the ...
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Parmanu Box Office: Here's how much John Abraham's film collected on Day 1 of its release 26.5.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
John Abraham and Diana Penty starrer latest release Parmanu- The Story of Pokhran which is an an ode to India's unsung heroes who came together despite all odds to make India a nuclear super power, got a big thumbs up from the audience. The movie managed to rake in a total of Rs 4.82 crore on day one of its release, despite the fact that it released on the day of an IPL semi-final match. Not only is the first day collection higher than some of the other recent releases, it is even more special given the much awaited IPL semi-final on Friday evening. The film, based on a true story that made India proud- the series of Nuclear Test Explosions in Pokhran 20 years ago (in 1998), has received fantastic feedback from critics and audience and the word of mouth is extremely positive. Commenting on the same John Abraham , who's also produced the film, said, "Nothing could make me happier today than the validation of our efforts to celebrate our unsung heroes by our audience across India! I have been getting so ...
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Modi govt@4: NaMo’s foreign diplomacy - One bold stride at a time 26.5.2018 DNA: India
In his four years as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s conduct of external affairs was marked by drive and energy. He is the most peripatetic Prime Minister India has ever had.  As of May 2018, with Sochi in Russia, Modi has visited at least 54 countries on 36 foreign trips across six continents. Besides state visits to the P-5 of the United States, China, Russia, the UK and France, Modi has attended a UN General Assembly session and taken active part in a number of multilateral forums. The latter includes summits of SAARC, BRICS, East Asia, G-20, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), ASEAN-India, CHOGM, India-European Union, World Economic Forum in Davos and the Nuclear Security Summit, apart from the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris and the founding session of the International Solar Alliance, which was hosted in New Delhi in March.  By any reckoning, that is a lot of travel in 48 months, even if the Prime Minister is his own Foreign Minister, as Modi is. However, he has a competent External ...
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Russian Government run atomic energy corporation 'ROSATOM' 24.5.2018 Sify Finance
[India], May 24 (ANI-NewsVoir): World's First Floating Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) 'Akademik Lomonosov' has been developed by ROSATOM, the Russian State run Atomic Energy Corporation.
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Iran ready to return to pre-nuke deal era: IAEA chief Ali Akbar Salehi 23.5.2018 DNA: Top News
The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran is ready to return to the pre-nuclear deal era. Iran is all prepared to resume production of highly-enriched uranium, an Iran official said on May 22. "But I hope we never need it," Anadolu Agency quoted Salehi, as saying. On May 22, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said that the US will "crush" Iran with military pressure and by imposing sanctions till the time it changes its behaviour in the Middle East. Pompeo said the US will monitor Tehran's regional activities, restrict its influence in the Middle East and ensure that it never acquires a nuclear weapon. On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced the Washington withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the Iran nuclear deal which limited the country's uranium enrichment in exchange for sanctions relief. The Iran nuclear deal was signed between six countries in 2015 - Iran, US, Britain, Germany, Russia, France and China for lifting economic ...
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Europe's support for nuclear deal not enough, says Iran's foreign minister 20.5.2018 DNA: Opinion
The European Union is not doing enough to preserve the benefits for Iran from the 2015 international nuclear pact following the withdrawal of the United States, Iran's foreign minister told the EU's energy chief on Sunday. Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for energy and climate, said Tehran wanted the 28-nation bloc to act fast to preserve its oil trade with Iran, and to consider making direct euro-denominated payments for Iranian oil to Iran's central bank, bypassing the U.S. financial system. "With the withdrawal of America .... the European political support for the accord is not sufficient," Mohammad Javad Zarif told Arias Canete in Tehran, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported. Since President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that he would pull the United States out of the deal, the U.S. Treasury said Washington would reimpose a wide array of Iran-related sanctions after the expiry of 90- and 180-day wind-down periods, including sanctions aimed at Iran's oil sector and transactions with ...
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Pakistan slams PM Modi's Rs 25,000 crore bonanza to J&K, says hydro projects violate Indus Waters Treaty 19.5.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
There were angry protests from across the border in Pakistan after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a slew of multi-crore infrastructure projects including hydroelectric power plant in Jammu and Kashmir.  Islamabad has said that the project on a river flowing into the country will disrupt water supplies. The 330-megawatt Kishanganga hydropower station, work on which started in 2009, is one of the projects that India has fast-tracked in the volatile state under PM Modi amid frosty ties between the nuclear-armed countries. Pakistan has opposed some of these projects, saying they violate a World Bank-mediated treaty on the sharing of the Indus river and its tributaries upon which 80 percent of its irrigated agriculture depends. "Pakistan is seriously concerned about the inauguration (of the Kishanganga plant)," its foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday. "Pakistan believes that the inauguration of the project without the resolution of the dispute is tantamount to violation of the Indus ...
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Putin to meet Merkel to talk about Iran, Ukraine and energy 18.5.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday, as Moscow and Europe make rare joint efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal. The pair's first face-to-face meeting in a year will take place less than a week before French President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit Russia. The meeting will take place in Putin's Sochi residence and is expected to be dominated by US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out from the Iran agreement. The fallout over the Iran deal is a rare topic for rapprochement between Europe and Moscow, whose relations are marred by disagreements over the Syria conflict, Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine. These tensions have only worsened in recent months following the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain that led to an unprecedented wave of expulsions of Russian diplomats from Western countries. As part of the historic 2015 Iran deal, Tehran agreed ...
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China to use Taiwan as nuclear and military base to isolate India, Japan: US lawmaker 18.5.2018 DNA: Top News
China will turn Taiwan into a major nuclear and conventional military base, a move which will allow it to project power into the Indian Ocean and consolidate more control over the disputed South China Sea to "isolate" both India and Japan, a US lawmaker has warned. Expressing concern over China's growing economic and military power, Richard D Fisher of the International Assessment and Strategy Centre told lawmakers yesterday that Beijing had a new strategy for gaining eventual global military access called "debt trap diplomacy". "China may be using debt pressure right now to force Djibouti to limit US military access in that strategic base. It recently gained ownership of a new large port in Sri Lanka by debt default. Vanuatu, Pakistan, Thailand and others are vulnerable," Fisher said. A good reason to deter a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, which could be perhaps as early as the mid-2020s, was that China will turn Taiwan into a major nuclear and conventional military base, he said. "This will then trigger ...
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Macron rules out trade war with US over Iran deal as firms head for exit 17.5.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
French President Emmanuel Macron ruled out on Thursday any trade war with the United States over its withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal as a wave of European companies quit business with Tehran, fearing the global reach of U.S. sanctions. European Union leaders united behind the 2015 accord, and Brussels announced it would launch a legal process banning EU-based firms from complying with the sanctions that President Donald Trump has reimposed on Iran. However, corporations face the choice of trading with the biggest economy in the world, the United States, or with Iran, risking sanctions and massive fines as well as losing access to the dominant U.S. financial system. Even the European Commission's financial services chief said that using EU powers to ban banks from following the sanctions that Trump announced on May 8 would be of limited use, given the global reach of finance. Macron acknowledged the predicament of firms wanting to trade with Iran or invest there, especially multinationals with ...
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European nations grapple with ways to save Iran nuclear deal 16.5.2018 DNA: Popular News
 Europe sought on Tuesday to find a way to save the Iran nuclear deal without the United States but was short on details about how the accord could survive the reimposition of U.S. sanctions ordered by President Donald Trump. British, French and German foreign ministers met the EU's top diplomat in Brussels ahead of all four discussing the next steps with their Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, a week after Trump abandoned an agreement he branded a "horrible, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made". Seeking to uphold what the European Union had considered its biggest diplomatic achievement in decades, the 2015 accord rests on allowing business with Iran in exchange for Tehran shutting down any capacity to build an atomic bomb. Britain's Foreign Minister Boris Johnson was blunt about the chances of avoiding U.S. sanctions that also seek to prohibit foreign companies from doing business with Iran. "We have to be realistic about the electrified rail, the live wire of American ...
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Iraq: US critic Moqtada al-Sadr set to win national elections 14.5.2018 DNA: Opinion
Nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States, led in Iraq's parliamentary election with more than half the votes counted on Monday, the electoral commission said, in a surprise turn of fortune for the Shi'ite leader. In the first election since Islamic State was defeated in the country, Shi'ite militia chief Hadi al-Amiri's bloc, which is backed by Iran, was in second place, while Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, once seen as the front-runner, trailed in third position. The preliminary results were based on a count of more than 95% of the votes cast in 10 of Iraq's 18 provinces. Unlike Abadi, a rare ally of both the United States and Iran, Sadr is an opponent of both of the countries which have wielded influence in Iraq since a U.S.-led invasion toppled Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003 and ushered the Shi'ite majority to power. Sadr has led two uprisings against U.S. forces in Iraq and is one of the few Shi'ite leaders to distance himself from Iran. Despite the ...
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6 questions on the 1998 nuclear tests 14.5.2018 Rediff: News
'1998-1999 was the only year in the last quarter century that India had net-negative foreign investment.'
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US to lift sanctions if N Korea dismantles nuclear weapons program: Mike Pompeo 14.5.2018 DNA: India
 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that Washington would agree to lift sanctions on North Korea if the country agrees to completely dismantle its nuclear weapons program, a move that would create economic prosperity that "will rival" that of South Korea. As Pompeo spoke on several Sunday morning talk shows, the Pentagon said three American prisoners freed by North Korea had left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington and been reunited with their families. President Donald Trump and North Korean's Kim Jong Un have a planned June 12 meeting in Singapore, the first such encounter between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. Pompeo said the United States would not be willing to invest taxpayer dollars to help the country, but was willing to "lift sanctions" to pave the way for private American investment in North Korea's energy, agriculture and infrastructure sectors. "What Chairman Kim will get from America is our finest – our entrepreneurs, our risk takers, ...
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President Rouhani says Iran may remain part of nuclear deal 13.5.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Iran would remain committed to the 2015 nuclear deal if its interests were protected, while his foreign minister hoped the pact could be redesigned without Washington as a member. The U.S. withdrawal from the accord on Tuesday was a "violation of morals", Rouhani said in remarks carried by state television. "If the remaining five countries continue to abide by the agreement, Iran will remain in the deal despite the will of America," he said. President Donald Trump's pullout has upset European allies, cast uncertainty over global oil supplies and raised the risk of conflict in the Middle East. It has also highlighted divisions among Iran's political elite. Rouhani made similarly conciliatory comments on Tuesday, and on Saturday, foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif began a tour of other signatory nations in an attempt to save the deal. Zarif said in Beijing on Sunday: "We hope that with this visit to China and other countries we will be able to construct a ...
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US stocks post solid weekly gains amid surging oil, economic data 13.5.2018 Sify Finance
US stocks surged for the week, as US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal sent oil prices sharply higher while tamed inflation data eased concerns about the pace of the US central bank's tightening strategy.
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Vasundhara Raje lessons on Narendra Modi’s surgical strike and Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Pokharan tests 12.5.2018 DNA: India
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje lauded former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the Yuva Shakti Sammelan (youth power conference) organised at Baran on Friday, to mark the 20th anniversary of Pokhran Nuclear Test. Raje said that we are sharif (humble), not weak. If someone raises his eyes on us, we can show him our strength. An example of this is surgical strike.  Yuva Shakti Sammelan was organised by Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM). “For the first time under the leadership of PM Modi, India is emerging as a powerful country in the world. India’s credibility and trust have been sustained in the entire world,” said  Raje at the conference.   She said that nuclear tests were done during the tenure of former PM Vajpayee. At that time Raje was MoS Foreign affairs in the Central Government. She added, after the test, many kinds of restrictions are imposed on India. But our government did not bend. Raje called upon Youth Morcha workers to gear up ...
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Address by the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind on the Occasion of National Technology Day Celebrations 11.5.2018 Govt of india: PIB
I am happy to be here for the 20th National Technology Day, which is the anniversary of a landmark moment for our country. It was on this day two decades ago that the Pokhran nuclear tests took place and demonstrated India’s capacity as a nuclear weapons state as well as a mature and responsible technology power, capable of harnessing sensitive knowledge.
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'We have enough thermonuclear bombs' 11.5.2018 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
Were the May 1988 nuclear tests a success?20 years after Pokharan, a look back at those decisive atomic tests through the eyes of someone who knew.
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'It's about war and peace': Angela Merkel urges restraint in Middle East 11.5.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have called on Israel and Iran to exercise restraint in the Middle East to avoid further escalation of hostilities in the region, a German government spokesman said on Thursday. Israel said it attacked nearly all of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time. "The escalations of the past few hours show us that it is truly about war and peace. And I can only call on all sides to exercise restraint here," Merkel said during a ceremony awarding Macron the Charlemagne Prize for strengthening EU integration. Both leaders discussed the Iranian rocket attacks and Israel's response and called for prudence and de-escalation, a German government spokesman said. Expectations of a flare-up in the Middle East were stoked by President Donald Trump's announcement on Tuesday that he was withdrawing the United States from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. The ...
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