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A decade ago, Deepika Padukone began her career in films with Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om. As she returns to Bollywood screens after a two-year break, with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s new production Padmavati, the actor talks about her journey so far, learning to be herself and why she can never be a social media sensation.

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Qarib Qarib Singlle actor Parvathy on 11 years of being an actor, the confidence to say no, and her Hindi film debut.

Tumhari Sulu box office collection day 2: Vidya Balan film

Tumhari Sulu box office collection day 2: Vidya Balan's film is off to a good start while competiting with superhero film, Justice League. The film is running well at its own pace at the box office.

Technology

Saudi human robot, Sophia human robot first robot citizen

The first robot citizen of the world is from Saudi Arabia, and she has the dubious fame of having more rights than human counterparts in the country.

Apple introduced Face ID feature with the iPhone X, and the company claims that the method is far more secure than Touch ID technology.

Google Maps redesign new look new colour scheme icons

Google Maps has been redesigned with a new look, that includes new colour scheme and icons for different type of destination.

Shimla News

Famous Lavi Fair concludes in Himachal Pradesh
Famous Lavi Fair concludes in Himachal Pradesh

Lavi was a major trading center and the stopover point on the old trade routes that led to Kinnaur, Tibet, Ladakh and Afghanistan.

Three killed, one injured in highway accident in Himachal
Three killed, one injured in highway accident in Himachal

Shimla-Rohroo National Highway accident: Preliminary investigation suggests that the accident took place due to rash and negligent driving by tempo driver.

Four-cornered contest on cards in Shimla (Urban) seat
Four-cornered contest on cards in Shimla (Urban) seat

The BJP, which has got control over the municipal corporation for the first time in the past 31 years, is upbeat and hopes to win comfortably but with three other strong candidates in the fray, the going is not easy.

Himachal Pradesh Polls: Joginder Nagar set for triangular contest
Himachal Pradesh Polls: Joginder Nagar set for triangular contest

Joginder Nagar holds importance as Gulab Singh, a seven time MLA and whose daughter is married to party MP Anurag Thakur, will try his luck for the 8th time.

BJP expels 7 rebels, 3 of them ex-MLAs
BJP expels 7 rebels, 3 of them ex-MLAs

Among the seven leaders expelled by the party, three are former MLAs.

Himachal Industries minister puts up mega show at Haroli, Virbhadra joins Sudhir Sharma in Dharamshala
Himachal Industries minister puts up mega show at Haroli, Virbhadra joins Sudhir Sharma in Dharamshala

“If you want to see the pace of development to be continued, you have to join hands with Mukesh Agnihotri. Not only for a reward in the next government but also to make Virbhadra Singh chief minister for the seventh time in the state and also strengthen the hands of Congress,” Mukesh Agnihotri said

Himachal DGP pays homage to police martyrs
Himachal DGP pays homage to police martyrs

“Every year, Police Commemoration Day is observed across India on October 21 to honor those who died fighting the Chinese on this day in 1959 at ‘Hot Springs’ in Ladakh,” said a police spokesperson here

Himachal Pradesh HC bans bursting of crackers after 10 pm
Himachal Pradesh HC bans bursting of crackers after 10 pm

Passing orders to HP government, Chief Secretary V C Pharka and Director General of Police Somesh Goyal, the bench said, “We direct the respondents to ensure that firecrackers are not burst within 100-m radius of hospital buildings.”

Four accused in Kotkhai rape-murder case get bail
Four accused in Kotkhai rape-murder case get bail

The accused have been granted bail on the ground that the the CBI failed to file a chargesheet in the stipulated 90 days.

Himachal Pradesh Polls: Nomination process begins, last date October 23
Himachal Pradesh Polls: Nomination process begins, last date October 23

As per the schedule, the last date for filing of nominations is October 23 while scrutiny of papers is scheduled to be taken up on October 24. The last day for withdrawal of nominations is October 26, while polling will be held on November 9.

Himachal Pradesh High Court bans wall writings, posters on govt property
Himachal Pradesh High Court bans wall writings, posters on govt property

Other than these, use of non-biodegradable material and defacement of permanent and semi-permanent nature will also remain prohibited during the polls, the court said.

Himachal Pradesh polls: Several meetings in 24 hours, but BJP yet to announce first list of candidates
Himachal Pradesh polls: Several meetings in 24 hours, but BJP yet to announce first list of candidates

Former Minister Shraveen Chaudhary, State Mahila Morcha president Indu Goswami and a young face, were among those proposed

Had lost patience with CM Virbhadra Singh’s ‘dictatorship’: Anil Sharma
Had lost patience with CM Virbhadra Singh’s ‘dictatorship’: Anil Sharma

Sharma also pointed out instances when, according to him, Chief Minister overturned his requests for development works in Mandi town, and instead encouraged his “loyalists” to interfere in his political affairs administrative matters and schemes

Himachal Diary: Eyes on Theog
Himachal Diary: Eyes on Theog

Seven-time MLA Vidya Stokes (89) lost every attempt to be the chief ministerial face. And at last, she could only become a senior most minister under Virbhadra Singh—whom she had been fighting for leadership

Himachal Poll expenditure: CEO meets party representatives
Himachal Poll expenditure: CEO meets party representatives

In a meeting with all political parties in state, Rajput said that every contesting candidate will have to open separate bank accounts for election expenditure, at least one day before the date on which the candidate files his nomination.

Sukhu to head Congress election, campaign committees
Sukhu to head Congress election, campaign committees

The development, which puts Sukhu in a dominant position in the party and gives him a crucial say in selection of candidates and in running the campaign, may not go down well with Virbhadra, who has often attacked the state Congress chief in public.

Shimla rape-murder case: Orchard owner’s son gets bail
Shimla rape-murder case: Orchard owner’s son gets bail

Chauhan (32), son of a local orchard owner, was among those arrested by the SIT of Himachal Pradesh Police in July 2017 after the FIR in the case was filed. One of the accused later died in police custody under mysterious circumstances.

Sukhwinder Sukhu is Congress state poll panel chief
Sukhwinder Sukhu is Congress state poll panel chief

This is being seen by some as a new formula devised by AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi to “strike a balance” between the Chief Minister and the state party chief, who have been at loggerheads before an uneasy truce recently.

Prem Kumar Dhumal to shift to Sujanpur; CM’s wife’s relative may get BJP ticket
Prem Kumar Dhumal to shift to Sujanpur; CM’s wife’s relative may get BJP ticket

Meanwhile, sources claimed Jyoti Sen, sister-in-law of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s wife Pratibha Singh, will get a BJP ticket to contest from Kasumpti (Shimla) against Congress MLA Anirudh Singh.

Will announce contenders soon: BJP state president Satpal Satti
Will announce contenders soon: BJP state president Satpal Satti

Earlier in the day, BJP state president Satpal Satti said the list of candidates would be released in two-three days when the Election Comimision issues formal notification on October 16.

Virbhadra Singh to contest from Theog, file papers on Oct 20
Virbhadra Singh to contest from Theog, file papers on Oct 20

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh made his decision public Friday when a delegation from Kumarsain met him at his residence today.

Kullu gets air connectivity from Chandigarh
Kullu gets air connectivity from Chandigarh

Air India will operate its 72-seater plane for the 45-minute flight between Kullu and Chandigarh. The flight takes off at 8.35 am from Kullu-Manali airport at Bhuntar. From Chandigarh, it will take off at 9.50am. The flight will operate seven days a week.

Party in comfortable position in state: Himachal Congress
Party in comfortable position in state: Himachal Congress

The points mentioned in the report and various other factors would be considered at the time of allocation of party tickets, Congress president Sukhvinder Singh Sukku told reporters here.

Virbhadra Singh: Full stop on party matter, satisfied with Rahul Gandhi
Virbhadra Singh: Full stop on party matter, satisfied with Rahul Gandhi

Virbhadra Singh has been seeking removal of PCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu and had refused to share the dais with him at Congress party functions and public rallies.

Anurag Thakur named ‘Global Fund’ champion
Anurag Thakur named ‘Global Fund’ champion

Christoph Benn, head (external relations) at Global Fund, said, “Anurag Thakur being a young and dynamic leader will certainly create a positive impact and intensify action against the epidemics.”

PM Narendra Modi to lay foundation stone for AIIMS, twp more projects on October 3
PM Narendra Modi to lay foundation stone for AIIMS, twp more projects on October 3

State BJP president Satpal Satti said Wednesday that the PM would also lay foundation stone for a steel processing plant at Kandorori in Kangra and an IIIT at Saloh in Una.

Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Mandi on October 7
Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Mandi on October 7

Rahul’s visit will be close on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled one-day visit on October 3. This will be the first visit of Rahul Gandhi for poll-preparedness of the party. 

Himacha Pradesh assembly polls: Congress seeks info on property, income, criminal cases from ticket claimants
Himacha Pradesh assembly polls: Congress seeks info on property, income, criminal cases from ticket claimants

While the CM flew to Delhi Friday morning for his meeting with Rahul Gandhi, PCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu, whose removal from the party he had sought, released the party’s five-page pro forma at the Congress office.

Himachal Pradesh eases land use curbs for tea estates
Himachal Pradesh eases land use curbs for tea estates

The Himachal Pradesh government allowed tea estates to use a part of their land parcel for “tea tourism”, though tea estates in the state are exempted from the HP Ceiling on Land Holdings Act, 1972, they are barred from running commercial activities by replacing tea plants.

Rural roads projects worth Rs 782.24 cr under PMGSY cleared by Centre
Rural roads projects worth Rs 782.24 cr under PMGSY cleared by Centre

The spokesman of the Public Works Department said that the share of the Centre and the state would be 697.86 crore and Rs 84.37 crore.

No decision on ‘one family, one ticket’ yet, says Shinde
No decision on ‘one family, one ticket’ yet, says Shinde

Shinde said PCC had already invited applications for party tickets. Ultimately, the decision on the tickets will be taken by the party’s highest decision making body after elections are announced.

CEC comes today, state gears up for two-day review meet on poll preparedness
CEC comes today, state gears up for two-day review meet on poll preparedness

Beginning September 25, the commission will review poll preparedness in the state, including availability of EMS, VVPAT, polling staff, police force, vehicles and communication network with all officials.

Amit Shah rally in Kangra: ‘Virbhadra most corrupt CM in Himachal history’
Amit Shah rally in Kangra: ‘Virbhadra most corrupt CM in Himachal history’

“Above all, Virbhadra Singh has acquired yet another distinction of not quitting the post even after serious corruption charges,” Amit Shah said.

Amit Shah’s Kangra rally today, focus on BJP’s young brigade
Amit Shah’s Kangra rally today, focus on BJP’s young brigade

Although the chances of Amit Shah giving any hint relating to the BJP’s decision on its chief ministerial candidate, party leaders are keeping their fingers crossed on Shah’s plan for the state.

Shimla rape-murder case: HC pulls up CBI, asks it to file comprehensive report by Oct 11
Shimla rape-murder case: HC pulls up CBI, asks it to file comprehensive report by Oct 11

The court has asked the agency to submit its detailed report by October 11. The special bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Sandeep Sharma, asked the CBI to show some tangible progress in the investigations.

Will win 50 seats this time: Himachal BJP President
Will win 50 seats this time: Himachal BJP President

Himachal Pradesh BJP president Satpal Singh Satti is confident of victory in the Assembly elections scheduled to be held later this year. In an interview to Rajesh Chander Sharma, he discusses a range of issues, including allegations of corruption against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his predecessor Prem Kumar Dhumal.