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BlackBerry 'KEYone': Android-QWERTY experience adds to the nostalgia

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) BlackBerry devices, initially manufactured by Canada-based Research In Motion (RIM), slipped into oblivion as iPhones and Android smartphones eclipsed the QWERTY handsets that were once a style statement with corporates. To make a comeback, the company has been experimenting with models like BlackBerry 'DTEK 60', 'DTEK 50', 'Priv', 'Passport' and 'Leap', etc. But...

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TV is bigger but impact of films is definitely greater: Boman Irani

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) Actor Boman Irani, who has dabbled in the world of photography, theatre and films, has been a part of reality TV shows, but has not worked in a daily soap. He says the reach of TV is far greater than films, but points out at the same time that films have a much greater impact. A lot of veteran actors like Ratna Pathak Shah, Supriya Pathak and Anil Kapoor have sta...

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Song from 'Thaana Serntha Kootam' to be shot in Croatia

Chennai, Aug 19 (IANS) The makers of Suriya starrer upcoming Tamil film Thaana Serntha Kootam will be heading to Croatia later this month to shoot a song, a source said. Except for the song and patchwork, most of the shoot has been completed. After contemplating a few locations, the team decided to shoot the song in Croatia, and will be leaving next week, a source from the film's unit to...

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What does this story say about the 70th anniversary?

This is a true story. I am revisiting it with a purpose: So that it collides head on with the nation's 70th anniversary celebrations. Absolute, undiluted joy on this occasion would require total amnesia of that which accompanied independence: Partition. With some of us, these celebrations will always be tempered with Keats' great dictum: Ay, in the very temple of delight Veil'd m...

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Instagram: The emerging photo gallery

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) A cow mask photography series uploaded on Instagram by 24-year-old photographer Sujatro Ghosh recently took the Internet by storm. Shot entirely on a mobile phone, the series features a woman wearing a cow mask posing at different iconic landmarks in India. Ghosh said he wanted to highlight women's safety is a more serious concern than cow vigilantism, us...

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CEOs exit tech board ater Trump's Charlottesville remarks

San Francisco, Aug 19 (IANS) Following a series of comments US President Donald Trump made over the violence in Charlottesville, tech leaders have resigned en masse from the President's tech advisory board as a mark of protest. According to a report in Politico on Friday, more than half of the members of the 15-person Digital Economy Board of Advisors have quit. It was during the...

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Scientists use supercomputers to preview total solar eclipse

Washington, Aug 19 (IANS) Using supercomputers, researchers have forecast how the corona of the sun -- the aura of plasma that surrounds the sun and extends millions of kilometres into space -- will look during the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21. The total eclipse of the Sun, visible across the US, will trace out a 70-mile-wide band across 14 states. The Solar eclipse ...

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Didn't mind shaving head for 'Kodi Veeran': Poorna

Chennai, Aug 19 (IANS) Actress Poorna says she didn't have any qualms about shaving her head for the sake of her character in upcoming Tamil film Kodi Veeran. She is confident the role will earn her recognition. I'm getting to do something different and I'm sure the role will be very well received. It will get good recognition, and that's exactly why I didn't mind shaving my head...

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Infosys buyback priced at Rs 1,150 per share

Bengaluru, Aug 19 (IANS) Global software major Infosys Ltd on Saturday announced it buy back 11.3 crore shares of Rs 5 face value at Rs 1,150 per share via a tender offer. The Board has approved a proposal to buy back 11.3 crore equity shares of Rs 5 face value from the shareholders at a price of Rs 1,150 per share for an amount not exceeding Rs 13,000 crore, said the IT major in a regul...

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Not taking a break after marriage: Priyamani

Chennai, Aug 19 (IANS) Southern film actress Priyamani, who is set to enter wedlock with Mustufa Raj on August 23, says she has no plans of taking a break from work and will return to face the arc lights two days after her marriage. Priya and Mustufa will have a registered marriage in Bengaluru followed by a reception. We opted for registered marriage because we are from differen...

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Would love to direct 'VIP 3', says Soundarya Rajinikanth

Chennai, Aug 19 (IANS) Basking in the success of Dhanush starrer VIP 2, director Soundarya Rajinikanth says she would love to direct the planned third part in the VIP franchise. At the success meet of VIP 2 earlier this week here, Dhanush confirmed VIP 3 is on the cards. However, he said they haven't locked a director or script yet. Soundarya says she would love to be ass...

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Rain plays spoilsport, Koktebel Jazz Party postponed

Koktebel (Crimea), Aug 19 (IANS) A massive gathering of jazz lovers who have come to witness the world's longest-running jazz festival were left saddened as heavy unexpected rain resulted in the festival opening being delayed by a day. Koktebel Jazz Party is one of the biggest events in the cultural life of Crimea and a draw for music lovers around the world. The festival was scheduled ...

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Will Modi opt for early general election?

The synchronisation of the next general election with the assembly polls of 2018 to set a pattern may not be the only reason why the Narendra Modi government is said to be considering bringing forward the 2019 general election by a year. While the need to evolve a system where the major elections are held simultaneously has been talked about for some time, the present conjecture relates ...

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The dark secret of a double killing outside the FBI HQ

Title: The Fix (Amos Decker Series); Author: David Baldacci; Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK; Pages: 353; Price: Rs 599 A gangland-style execution -- and the murderer's subsequent suicide -- right outside the FBI headquarters in Washington is witnessed by an extraordinary agent who is now tasked to solve it. But, while he cannot find any links between the two, comes another agency which fear...

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Bomb blast in Darjeeling, no injuries

Darjeeling, Aug 19 (IANS) A bomb ripped through the heart of West Bengal's hill town of Darjeeling damaging a few shops early on Sunday, police said. No injuries were reported in the incident that caused panic among locals. There was a bomb blast in Darjeeling's motor stand area post midnight. No one got injured as the place was empty at the time of the blast. We are investigatin...

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US judge refuses to dismiss Roman Polanski rape case

Los Angeles, Aug 19 (IANS) A judge in Los Angeles has refused to dismiss a rape case against French-Polish film director Roman Polanski, which has been ongoing since the 1970s. The judge's decision on Friday came after the alleged victim, Samantha Geimer, had appealed in June for the case to be dismissed so that she could move on, reports Efe news. However, Los Angeles County Sup...

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Mark Zuckerberg to take two-month paternity leave

San Francisco, Aug 19 (IANS) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to take two months of paternity leave when his second daughter is born. Zuckerberg announced his leave in a Facebook post late Friday, saying he had also taken two months leave when his first daughter, Max, was born in 2015. I will always be grateful I could spend so much time with her in the first months of her lif...

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Coptic tombs unearthed in Egypt

Cairo, Aug 19 (IANS) Rock-hewn tombs and remains of a residential area from the Coptic era were discovered in Upper Egypt's Minya province, the antiquities ministry has said. A ministry statement on Friday said one of its missions discovered the tombs in the archaeological area beside Al-Nassara necropolis of Minya, Xinhua news agency reported. The tombs date back to the fifth ce...

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Venezuela's Constituent Assembly assumes new powers

Caracas, Aug 19 (IANS) Venezuela's newly-appointed National Constituent Assembly (ANC) voted unanimously to take over the powers of the opposition-controlled legislature. Friday's vote came after the leaders of the National Assembly, the unicameral legislature, refused an invitation to attend the ANC session at the legislative palace, reports Efe news. Venezuela's opposition does...

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Five ways to celebrate World Photo Day on Facebook

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) On World Photography Day, which is being celebrated worldwide on Saturday, Facebook has reminded its 2 billion monthly active users how to use the platform to be part of the global event. According to Facebook data, India figures at fourth spot among the top 10 countries that post most photos on the social media giant and takes fifth spot among in the same catego...

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