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Farhan Akhtar keen to learn about his roots

Mumbai, Aug 17 (IANS) Actor-singer and filmmaker Farhan Akhtar is excited about his visit to Khairabad in Uttar Pradesh, where he is keen to learn about his roots and pay respects to his ancestors. Khairabad is a town and a municipal board in Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh. Farhan, son of veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, on Thursday took to Instgram, where he shared a pho...

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Miniscule Parsi community celebrates 'Navroz'

Mumbai, Aug 17 (IANS) The miniscule Parsi community, accounting to about 68,000 worldwide, on Thursday celebrated the Parsi New Year or 'Navroz' here with religious fervor, traditional pomp and feasting. The day started with an early morning bath and prayers, purifying the homes by burning incense, and donning traditional outfits specially prepared for the occasion. Then we had t...

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Bomb hoax at Delhi High Court

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Police searched the Delhi High Court complex on Thursday after an anonymous caller warned a bomb will explode in the premises. It turned out to be a hoax, police said. The Police Control Room received the call just before 11 a.m. A bomb squad and fire tenders reached the spot. After three hours, the call was declared a hoax. The telephone call was traced ...

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BCCI's Amitabh, Anirudh's expeditures raise eyebrows

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary and Treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary's expenses touched a whopping Rs 1.56 crore and Rs 1.71 crore respectively in the financial year (FY) 2015-16, 2016-17 and in three months from April this year, according to details available in a report prepared by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). The CoA, in t...

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1,500 delegates to participate in Global Entrepreneurship Summit

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Around 1,500 delegates from over 160 countries will participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be held in Hyderabad from November 28-30, that will see the US President's daughter Ivanka Trump leading her country's delegation, an official said here on Thursday. The event will see 400 entrepreneurs from India, 400 from the US and 400 from the rest o...

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Man arrested after Dutch hostage situation ends

The Hague, Aug 17 (IANS) A man was arrested on Thursday after he held a woman hostage at a radio station in Hilversum, the Netherlands, police said. The man first threatened the woman with a knife and then Later they entered the building of the NPO 3FM station, reports Xinhua news agency. The nature of the man's relationship with the woman remains unclear. According to r...

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Balakrishna slaps fan for getting too close

Chennai, Aug 17 (IANS) Actor-politician Nandamuri Balakrishna, known for his temper, has again slapped a fan -- for getting too close for a selfie. The incident happened on Wednesday night when he was in Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh to campaign for the ruling Telugu Desam Party in a byelection. According to a video on Twitter, Balakrishna, 57, is seen slapping a fan for trying to ge...

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Rahul says BJP, RSS trying to change Constitution

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday launched a stinging attack on the Modi government and the RSS, accusing them of trying to change the Constitution, and urged all opposition parties to fight them unitedly. After independence, (Jawaharlal) Nehruji, (Sardar Vallabhbhai) Patelji, (B.R.) Ambedkarji all talked about one man, one vote system. They know w...

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Italian actress in Indian music video wants to break cultural barriers

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Italian actress Madalina Bellariu Ion has worked in the American TV show The Young Pope with actor Jude Law, featured in Hindi film Dobaara: See Your Evil and can now be seen in musician Arko Pravo Mukherjee's music video Aainda. Madalina says she wants to break cultural barriers and not restrict herself to only Italian cinema or shows, and wants to try her hand ...

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Facebook shuts down chat platform used to 'harass' employees

San Francisco, Aug 17 (IANS) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shut down an anonymous online chat platform in late 2016 after it was increasingly used to talk about the US presidential candidates and 'harass' the company's employees, media reported on Thursday. Initially launched in 2015 for employees to anonymously voice their concerns, the platform called 'Facebook Anon' became more politic...

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Irom Sharmila gets married in Kodaikanal

Chennai, Aug 17 (IANS) Civil rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila on Thursday married her lover Desmond Coutinho in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. The low-key ceremony was held in the sub-registrar's office in the hill station in Dindugal district. The two came in the morning and completed the formalities. They also exchanged garlands, an official in the sub-registrar office told IANS ...

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Don't want to alienate elder people: Masaba on youth friendly brand

Mumbai, Aug 17 (IANS) Masaba Gupta's designs are perhaps more relatable to the young crowd, given the edgy and quirky look. The designer agrees, but says she makes sure not to consider a certain age group in mind while making collections. We are a very youth friendly brand, but we don't want to alienate people who are elder; so we are constantly doing a range of silhouettes that women --...

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Skipping breakfast could make your kid undernourished

London, Aug 17 (IANS) Is your son or daughter in the habit of skipping breakfast regularly? If so, he or she may fall short of the daily required amounts of nutrients that are essential for their growth and development, researchers have warned. The findings showed that 31.5 per cent of children who skipped breakfast did not meet even the lower recommended nutrient intake (LRNI) of iron. ...

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Camera trap records 30 large mammal species in Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Aug 17 (IANS) A camera trap has recorded the presence of 30 large mammal species in Cambodia's Preah Vihear province, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said in a statement on Thursday. The biodiversity captured in the images demonstrates the extent to which Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary is critical to the conservation of these mammals, Xinhua news agency quoted the statement...

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Five Taliban militants killed in Afghan airstrike

Kabul, Aug 17 (IANS) At least five Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan's Kunduz province on Thursday, a top official said. Acting upon intelligence report, the airstrike targeted a Taliban hideout in Chardara district, the official told Xinhua news agency. --IANS ksk/vm ...

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Poor planning, Supercup defeat point to difficult season for Barca

Madrid, Aug 17 (IANS) FC Barcelona go into the new Liga Santander football season with the task of regaining the title that Real Madrid took from them in the last campaign, but with the feeling that for the moment at least they are playing catch-up against their main rivals, who have been able to build a stronger squad, while a lack of planning has seen Barca going backwards. That was ma...

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Mars 2020 rover to use X-ray techniques to find signs of life

Paris, Aug 17 (IANS) NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission, which aims look for signs of past life on the Red Planet, will use smart X-ray techniques originally developed to find the oldest life on Earth, according a mission scientist. Previous missions to Mars have used a relatively broad brush - analysing average chemistry over roughly the size of a postage stamp - to 'follow the water' and s...

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Gremio edge toward Copa do Brasil final

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 17 (IANS) Brazilian football club Gremio took a step toward in securing a place in the Copa do Brasil final by defeating Cruzeiro 1-0 in the first leg of their semi-final in Porto Alegre. Paraguay striker Lucas Barrios struck the winner just before halftime when he capitalised on a fumble by goalkeeper Fabio to fire in from close range at the Arena Gremio on Wednesday...

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Ajith's charisma is mind-blowing: Dhanush

Mumbai, Aug 17 (IANS) Actor Dhanush has praised southern star Ajith, saying his charisma in the upcoming film Vivegam is mind blowing. Amazing 'Vivegam' trailer. Ajith sir's charisma is mind blowing. Can't wait. Max rage, Dhanush tweeted on Thursday. Directed by Siva, Vivegam also features Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Aggarwal and Akshara Haasan. Directed by Siva, the film marks ...

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Matthew McConaughey likes to play characters with superpowers

Los Angeles, Aug 17 (IANS) Actor Matthew McConaughey, who plays a sorcerer and a shape shifter in forthcoming film The Dark Tower, says it is fun to play a character with superpowers. The Dark Tower is an American science fantasy film, directed and co-produced by Nikolaj Arcel. The movie is based on the continuation of the novel series written by Stephen King, and stars Idris Elb...

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