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Putin Summit: Trump Faces Indignation Back Home July 17, 2018 12:09

United States President Donald Trump today faced massive political ire in the U.S. for not backing the American intelligence community's claim that Russia impedes in the 2016 presidential election, following the Helsinki summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.From describing his remarks at the joint press conference as "disgraceful", "shameful" to "treacherous", even some of his nearest supporters delineated Trump's statements as the most earnest error of his presidential term.Trump, who arrived at the White House after his week-long trip to Europe, has defended his remarks: "As I said today and many times before, 'I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.'"He further said, "Nevertheless, I likewise acknowledge that in order to build a gleaming future, we cannot solely focus on the past as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!"Trump said in a tweet aboard Air Force One on his way back home: "I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace, than to risk peace in pursuit of politics," he said, adding that a productive talk is not only bang-up for the U.S. and Russia but is likewise good for the world.The U.S. analysts said Trump refused to convincingly state that the Russians intervened in the 2016 presidential election at his press conference with Putin after their basic summit meeting."They said they think it's Russia. I have President Putin- he just said it's not Russia," Trump said, adding that he does not "see any reason why it would be" Russia."The damage inflicted by President Trump's naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake," said Republican Senator John McCain, who chairs the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee."President Trump proved not only unable but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world," he said.Soon the head of the U.S. intelligence agencies and a Trump appointee issued a statement reiterating that Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential elections.Putin too has rejected the allegations: "Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi said Trump failed to confront Putin on Russian interference in the U.S. elections and placed more trust in the Russian dictator's denials than in the assessments of the U.S. intelligence.By Sowmya Sangam

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Tech Giants Celebrate 'World Emoji Day' Unveiling New Emojis July 17, 2018 11:04

The tech giants like Apple, Facebook, Twitter celebrated World Emoji Day on Tuesday with declaring most used and popular emojis, the proclamation of new ones, admitting how emojis make conversations effortless and communicative irrespective of words, among others.Apple proclaimed over 70 new emoji characters with hair color variations, gender-neutral characters, mythical creatures and much that would reach the users as part of a free update that Apple would convey to iOS 12 later this year, the iPhone maker wrote in a blog post.Facebook and Messenger shared statistics and disclosed that the "heart" emoji is one of the most used expressions on the platforms. "There are more than 2,800 emojis and almost all of them (2,300) are used each and every day on Facebook," the company said in a statement. On Messenger, over 900 million emojis are sent regularly without text. Users post over 700 million emojis on Facebook every day.The social networking giant likewise announced that new emojis, including a camera frame and a themed text feature, would shortly be part of Facebook and Messenger.From being used only for creative expression by the millennials to being Oxford dictionary's "Word of the year 2015," emojis are present as well being embraced by brands across the world.Microblogging site Twitter besides released a list of the top ten emojis used on its platform that included the "heart, fire, thumbs up and heart eyes" smileys."Keeping in mind the popularity of emojis, Twitter has been actively introducing a variety of culture, entertainment, sports and news related emojis that range from iconic symbols to historic signs and motifs of festivals," Twitter said.United States-based internet domain registrar GoDaddy claimed to have seen a growth in visual pun emoji domains and major brands using emoji domains for their web pages."Today, emojis have become an essential part of the online vocabulary. Driven by the rise of mobile internet usage in India, consumers are integrating emojis into their conversations with each other as well as with brands," said Nikhil Arora, Managing Director and VP, GoDaddy India.By Sowmya Sangam

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Lover Telugu Movie July 17, 2018 07:37

Lover is an upcoming Tollywood film directed by Annish Krishna and produced by Harshith Reddy. The film stars Raj Tarun, Riddhi Kumar, Ajay, Rohini in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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Illegal Indian Immigrants Treated as Criminals in U.S. Jail: Legal Advocacy Groups July 17, 2018 06:42

The asylum seekers of over 50 illegal Indian immigrants in the United States fearing religious and political ill-treatment back home are being treated like criminals in an Oregon federal prison where they have been confined for the past several weeks now, according to volunteers from legal advocacy groups."It's heartbreaking when you go in there and you see the young kids, ages close to starting from 18 onwards, 22 to 24 in those jumpsuits…and you wonder how they ended up being treated like criminals. They've not committed a crime, they have crossed the border and they have asked for refugee (status) or asylum and that is a law of this land," Navneet Kaur, a community college professor, told PTI.Kaur has interacted with most of the 52 Indian inmates over the past several weeks, in the federal prison at Sheridan in Oregon. She works for a non-profit legal firm as a Punjabi translator which is providing legal aid to the illegal immigrants in the jailhouse."Right now, they are in a miserable condition," she said.Of the 52 Indians, a majority of them are Punjabi speaking and are Sikhs.When they were arrested, these Indian asylum seekers were in chains, said Kaur recollecting her conversations."When they were in handcuffs and chains for 24 hours, they ate with their handcuffs on. Even the hardcore criminals are not treated like that. Then they were kept for 22 hours a day in a cell with people who did not speak their language," she said. "It's inhuman."The situation is worsened for the Sikh inmates as their turbans have been taken away in the jail."In a country where everyone has the right to practice their own religion, these men don’t have turbans to cover (their head). Not even a piece of cloth to cover their heads," said Kaur.The local community leaders during the last few days, have managed to give beanies to a few of the Sikh inmates so that they can cover their heads."They (Indian inmates) are in a state of shock," said Kaur, adding that in spite of this, none of these Indian asylum seekers want to go back home. "They are feeling very shocked. I don't know if that means that people are going to say I would rather go home because they're fleeing for their lives. I think that they're all feeling like is this worth it if I’m going to be treated this way," Victoria Bejarano Muirhead, development director at the non-profit Innovation Law lab, told PTI.A lawsuit has been filed by the Innovation Law lab to seek access to these inmates and has been rendering lawful assistance to all Indian asylum seekers who want it.Few Indian asylum seekers have employed their own attorneys. As a result of the intervention of the Innovation Law Lab, the condition of these inmates has improved and they are being allowed to make both domestic and international calls.By Sowmya Sangam

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Indian Tennis Star Wins Doubles Title in U.S July 16, 2018 12:07

Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, an Indian tennis star won his third challenger-level doubles title of the season with American partner Austin Krajicek, as they triumphed in an edgy final of the Winnetka event in the United States of America. An Indo-American pair lived up to its peak billing by eking out a 6-7 (4) 6-4 10-5 win over second-seeded Roberto Maytin and Christopher Rungkatto triumph the trophy at the USD 75,000 hardcourt tournament.Jeevan, an Indian tennis star who knew his game well had well-qualified for the Wimbledon but fell in the initial round with Krajicek in a close finish, had partnered Indonesia's Rungkat.They made 80 ranking points, respectively splitting the prize money of USD 4650.The left-handed Chennai player has arisen as a force to reckon with on the Challenger Tour and has made seven finals this season.Jeevan and Austin beforehand qualifying for the Wimbledon had won the Ilkley Challenger and ended runners-up at Nottingham.By Sowmya Sangam

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Bengali Actress Mishti Chakraborty to be Seen in Krish's Directed Biopic July 16, 2018 10:30

Film director Krish, who is well-known for his works in Tollywood, Bollywood and for his compelling dialogues, impactful scenes and high voltage action in movies is likely to rope in Bengali actress Mishti Chakraborty in his next movie. It is hard for movie buffs to blank out the wallop he created with Natasimha Balakrishna's 100th film Gautamiputra Satakarni. Krish's next, a biopic on Jhansi Lakshmi Bai, titled Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi with Bollywood stunner Kangana Ranaut in lead is slated to release shortly. It is being heard that Krish is bowled out by Misthi Chakraborty's expressions in the movie. Krish roped Misthi in after adoring her expressions in her former film Chinnadaana Nee Kosam. According to sources, Misthi did not let down him when it comes to her performance in the movie. Krish is likewise directing Natasimha Balakrishna and galore apical stars in Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao's biopic which is afoot in Hyderabad city.      

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Netflix Taken to Court over Portrayal of Former PM Rajiv Gandhi July 16, 2018 05:08

The Delhi High Court suspended the case on Thursday to give judges and plaintiffs time to study the petition filed by Nikhil Bhalla, an attorney and an adherent of the opposition Congress party, which Rajiv Gandhi ran for seven years up until his slaying in 1991.The series, Sacred Games, is a whodunnit set in Mumbai with a cast of police officers, detectives, and politicians. It debuted this month in the first of a series of new shows intended at the Indian market.In one scene, Gandhi is referred to as a "fattu", a Hindi slang term for a weakling.A videotape of Gritty bulletin demonstrations him shaking hands with world leaders, whereas a voice-over indicts him of appeasing Muslim groups in a case concerning divorce rights for Muslim women."The show 'Sacred Games' has inappropriate dialogues, political attacks, and even speeches, which are derogatory in nature and harms the reputation of the former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi," the petition said.Gandhi became prime minister after his mother Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984. After a period of five years, he lost authority in 1991, still holding the post of Congress party president, was slain by an ethnic Tamil suicide bomber.His son, Rahul Gandhi, is the current party president.The court of law received an appeal to order Netflix to erase derogatory comments made directly or indirectly against Rajiv Gandhi or his kin."We cannot afford to, in the name of freedom of speech allow anything to be beamed in every home without regard to its impact on society," the petition said.Vikram Chandra's 2006 novel based series, has earnt critical admiration for its courageous depiction of Mumbai’s criminal act and politics.Amazon.com owned Netflix and its streaming rival Prime Video are scrambling to enhance local content in a bid to persuade Indian audiences at home and out of the country.Nonetheless flicks and television shows at times run afoul of Indian spectators and conservative groups.India does not censor content on the Internet, but cinemas and television are both profoundly censored.By Sowmya Sangam

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FIFA 2018: France Lifts Second World Cup July 16, 2018 04:38

France boosted their second championship since 1998 after beating Croatia 4-2 in the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 final at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday. Goals from Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and an own-goal by Mario Mandzukic gave France the victory in an amusing clash. Croatia scored twice nonetheless that did not help their cause as their vision of lifting their maiden World Cup trophy didn't materialize. The first half saw France lead through Mandzukic's own-goal and Ivan Perisic leveled for Croatia. Griezmann scored from the spot to restore France's lead at half-time. The second half saw plenty of goals but France held their anxieties to see them lift the World Cup.By Sowmya Sangam

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UN Agrees First-ever Global Compact for Migration July 14, 2018 11:45

The United Nations member states, for the first time except the United States have agreed, on a deal to better manage international migration, address its challenges, reinforce rights of migrants and contribute to sustainable development. The agreement, which is known as the Global Compact for Migration will be officially in the month of December adopted by world leaders in Morocco. The text of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was finalized yesterday after talk about and consultations among member states, local officials, civil society, and migrants themselves, for more than a year. Calling it a significant achievement U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the agreement. He said it reflected the shared understanding by governments that cross-border migration is, by its very nature, an international phenomenon and that effective management of this global reality requires international cooperation to enhance its positive impact for all. It likewise recognizes that every individual has the right to safety, dignity, and protection. The U.N. chief said in a statement said this comprehensive framework comprises a range of objectives, actions, and avenues for follow-up, review, and implementation…all aimed at facilitating safe, orderly and regular migration while reducing the incidence and impact of irregular migration. Calling it a historic moment, U.N. General Assembly president Miroslav Lajcak, highlighted the agreement's enormous potential. He said It does not encourage migration, nor does it intend to halt it. It is not lawfully binding. It does not dictate. It will not impose. And it fully respects the sovereignty of States. It can guide us from a reactive to a proactive mode. It can aid us to reach out the migration benefits and mitigate the perils. It can render a new platform for cooperation and it can be an asset, in finding the accurate balance between the rights of people and the sovereignty of States, Lajcak added. He said in December the deal will formally become the first comprehensive framework on migration the world has ever seen. By Sowmya Sangam

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Thai Cave Rescue: Boys to be Discharged from Hospital Next Week July 14, 2018 10:20

13 Thai soccer team boys, including their coach who were reclaimed from a Thailand flooded cave, are recovering well from their ordeal and will be discharged from hospital following week, according to health minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn. The rescue has been safely ended evoking international relief and joyousness. The last of the 12-member "Wild Boars" soccer team and their trainer were brought out of the Tham Luang cave, in Northern Thailand on Tuesday night. Since the day of their rescue, the boys and their coach have been in the hospital undergoing care. On Saturday, the boys appeared fit thanking their rescuers in a video played at a news conference. "I am in good health now," said one of the boys, a 14-year-old nicknamed Note. "Thanks for saving me." The boys mostly aging 11 to 16 old, and their 25-year-old coach after soccer practice on June 23 had planned to look into the cavern complex for about an hour. But a rainy season cloudburst flooded the tunnels consequently trapping them. On July 2, the trappers were found by two British divers squatting on a mound in a flooded chamber several kilometers inside the complex. Then the difficulty became how to get them back out through the tunnels, some entirely full of fast-flowing flood water. The Thai Navy SEALs endeavor to rescue boys have come to end over the course of a three-day rescue, organized by Thai Navy SEALs and an international team of cave-diving experts. Piyasakol told reporters the health of all 13 had improved. Some had pneumonia when they were brought out of the cave but were recovering, he said. He added that all will be discharged from hospital in the northern town of Chiang Rai on Thursday. The tale is already geared up for a retelling by Hollywood, with two production companies looking to put together movies about the boys and their rescue. By Sowmya Sangam

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