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HOPES FALL FOR INDIA’S FIRST ENGINELESS VANDE BHARAT EXPRESS

ANM News Desk:  India’s first engineless train, Vande Bharat Express broke down on Saturday morning, a day after it was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The train was supposed to make its first commercial run on Sunday.

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GOOGLE HONOURS THE MARILYN MONROE OF BOLLYWOOD: MADHUBALA

ANM News Desk: Google Doodle on Thursday honoured late legendary actress Madhubala on her 86th anniversary.

The internet platform has paid tribute to the “the Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood” with a doodle by Bengaluru-based artist Muhammed Sajid.

Madhubala was born in Delhi in 1933 as Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi. Her family later moved to Bombay and she was raised in a town located near the Bombay Talkies film studio.

Her first on-screen appearance was at the age of 9 as Baby Mumtaz in the film Basant. Five years later, Madhubala made her official debut alongside Raj Kapoor in Neel Kamal. As the family’s main breadwinner, she worked tirelessly to support her parents and four sisters. Madhubala appeared in nine films during 1949, including a spellbinding breakout performance in the box office hit Mahal. She went on to act in over 70 films in the next two decades, some of the notable ones being BeqasoorBadalHowrah BridgeKala PaniChalti Ka Naam Gaadi and the iconic Mughal-e-Azam.

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RUSSIA TO FORM OWN INTERNET SYSTEM

ANM News Desk: Russian lawmakers backed tighter Internet controls on Tuesday to defend against foreign meddling in draft legislation that critics warn could disrupt Russia’s Internet and be used to stifle dissent.

The legislation, which some Russian media have likened to an online “iron curtain,” passed its first of three readings in the 450-seat lower chamber of parliament.

The bill seeks to route Russian web traffic and data through points controlled by state authorities and proposes building a national Domain Name System to allow the Internet to continue functioning even if the country is cut off from foreign infrastructure.

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GOVERNMENT VS. TIKTOK: WHO WILL THE YOUTH SUPPORT?

ANM News Desk: If things go as per the plan of the Tamil Nadu government, the people of the state may not get to use one of their favorite apps – TikTok.

The Centre would be approached for a ban on TikTok, just like how the state government had taken effective steps when people were worried about the threat posed by the Blue Whale app, TN Information Technology Minister N. Manikandan told the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.

The minister was replying to a demand from the Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi member Thamimun Ansari for a ban on the TikTok app. The Nagapattinam MLA alleged that the app was being used for spreading obscenity and also to create law and order problems. “TikTok offended our culture”, he said.

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VENEZUELA FOCUSES ON INDIA FOR OIL EXPORTS AMID US SANCTIONS

ANM News Desk: Venezuela is turning its focus to cash-paying buyers, especially in India, its second-largest customer after the United States, amid U.S. sanctions designed to undercut financial support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Sanctions are designed to bar Maduro’s access to oil revenue that has helped his government remain in power.

Two supertankers, Baghdad and Folegandros I, launched late on Monday from Venezuela’s Jose terminal carrying cargoes to Indian ports.

Ship tracking data showed several other tankers carrying Venezuelan crude or fuel towards Asia, although the final destinations of these vessels were not yet clear.

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HITLER’S PAINTINGS FAIL TO WIELD BUYERS

ANM News Desk: Five paintings by the genocidal dictator Adolf Hitler failed to find any buyers at a weekend auction in Nuremberg, Germany, amid concerns about the artworks’ authenticity and accusations that the sale itself was in “bad taste.”

The high starting prices of the paintings, all of which depicted landscapes, are also believed to have kept potential buyers at bay. The most costly artwork, of a mountain lake scene, had a starting price of $51,000.

 But Hitler’s artworks have fetched big bucks in the past. In 2015, the Weilder auction house in Nuremberg, the same one that auctioned the five paintings on Saturday sold 14 watercolors and drawings by the Führer for almost half a million dollars .

Hitler’s works have been considered as ”average” by art experts and have also been said to be “physically and spatially dead.”

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TWITTER CEO TO BE QUESTIONED BY PARLIAMENTARY PANEL AS ELECTIONS CLOSE BY

ANM News Desk: A parliamentary panel is summoning Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Feb. 25, after he did not attend a hearing on February 11 to discuss citizens’ rights on social media.

Panel Chairman Anurag Thakur stated that in the previous meeting, Twitter had sent junior executives instead of the CEO. He warned that if  Dorsey still failed to appear Twitter would be seen as breaching parliamentary privilege.

Officials of India’s technology ministry and Twitter had been invited to the meeting to discuss safeguarding citizens’ rights on social media and online news platforms.

The summons comes as social media companies are under scrutiny ahead of elections due before May in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking re-election.

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ACTIVISTS TARGET APPLE AND GOOGLE FOR INTRODUCING ‘MISOGYNISTIC’ APP

ANM News Desk: Apple and Google are facing criticism from human rights activists for hosting an app that allows men in Saudi Arabia to track and control women’s movements.

The app called “Absher” lets men give women permission to travel, and also get SMS when a woman uses her passport at the border.

For making the apps available on Google Play and Apple’s App Store, the US-based tech giants have been accused of facilitating misogyny and helping “enforce gender apartheid”.

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SHARP HIKE IN AIRFARE MAY BRING DOWN WINTER TOURISM IN KASHMIR

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Heavy snowfall in the Valley has led to the closure of the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, leaving needy people to book air tickets at prices as high as Rs. 18,000.

One such traveller who had to book a ticket from Delhi to Srinagar at Rs. 14,000. Mr Ahmed earns Rs. 8,000 but did not have any other option as he had to attend his mother’s funeral in Srinagar.

“Now I have to work for three months to repay the debt for the ticket. I have taken a loan to buy ticket. I cannot afford it but because of mother I had to do whatever it takes to reach here,” he said.

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SUSTENANCE OF FOOD: THE NEXT GOAL

ANM News Desk: The Mumbai University’s physics department has come up with a unique idea. Its professors and scientists have discovered a technology to preserve steamed food like idli and white dhokla for three years without adding any preservatives or impacting its softness, taste and nutritional value.

The team hopes this can be used in packaging food for the armed forces, as well as for mass distribution in case of a natural calamity.