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Time up for Manipur's 'Mr. 10 percent' chief minister, BJP says

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While the national media is focused on the assembly election in Uttar Pradesh, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces his biggest electoral test since coming to power in 2014, the tiny state of Manipur in India’s northeast is gearing up for its most closely fought election in recent times.

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Commentary: Kohli in the line of fire as golden run ends

Captain Virat Kohli had led his men admirably till last week's Pune test, where a 333-run rout by Australia ended India's 19-match unbeaten streak.

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Cash crunch forces Indian town’s cinemas into a long intermission

Milan Talkies used to be a cinema hall. Now it’s locked behind iron gates, home to a family of stray dogs who growl when other dogs show up to urinate in its dark corners.

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Nithari serial murders: Documentary bats for one of the accused

Ten years ago, India witnessed one of the most horrific serial killings in recent times, where 19 children and young women were murdered in a suburb near the capital. The country was riveted for months after body parts were found buried in the backyard and drains around wealthy businessman Moninder Singh Pandher’s home, where he lived with his servant Surinder Koli.

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Movie Review: Rangoon

As far as establishing the backdrop of “Rangoon” goes, Vishal Bhardwaj’s new war drama hits the ground running. The film opens with images of guerilla soldiers of the British Indian Army, including Nawab Malik (Shahid Kapoor), in a face-to-face combat with the Japanese as bombs explode all around them. Hollywood does such sequences regularly, but a well-executed battle scene in a Hindi film whets your appetite for more.

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Interview: Kay Kay Menon on ‘Ponzi scheme’ films and corrupt critics

Kay Kay Menon’s performances in films like “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (A Thousand Desires) and Gulaal (Red) are something Indian movie fans won’t forget easily. He has established himself as an actor of much versatility, but has also confounded his fans by acting in typical Bollywood fare, often essaying caricaturish villains.

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Q&A with Snapdeal CEO Kunal Bahl

The chief executive of Indian e-commerce player Snapdeal expects the company to turn profitable in two years as it renews a drive to boost efficiencies and enhance consumer experiences. Speaking to Reuters in Mumbai, Kunal Bahl forecast that Indian e-commerce will grow to $350 billion in a decade as online shopping gets easier and more people use high-speed Internet connections on their phones.

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Security woes, bad networks hamper India's digital banking dreams

The Modi government has promoted cashless transactions in the wake of India's demonetisation drive to crack down on 'black money'.

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Movie Review: Running Shaadi

Nagraj Manjule’s searing film from last year explored the repercussions of young love that flowers in the middle of a caste cauldron, earning more accolades than any Marathi movie in recent times. In contrast, Roy’s film trivialises the issues of caste, honour killings and barriers to love marriage in a largely conservative society. Worst, he doesn’t even manage to make it light-hearted and funny enough to elicit a few stray giggles.

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Movie Review: The Ghazi Attack

In an early scene in war movie “The Ghazi Attack”, a character explains how a submarine works – with the help of an egg. To demonstrate what water pressure can do to the vessel deep in the ocean, he smashes the egg with his hand, splattering yellow and white everywhere. The scene is important in explaining situations later on in the story, but is also the perfect metaphor for a film that cracks under the weight of a thousand cliches.

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Freight and fridge sales: Indian economists seek GDP clues amid data doubts

NEW DELHI Surprised again by India's strong official growth statistics, economists are relying increasingly on high-frequency indicators like bank credit and rail freight to gauge the real health of Asia's third-largest economy.