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'Link Bengal to Asian nations for Buddhist tourism circuit'

Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) Twenty-three Buddhist sites have been identified in West Bengal and the focus is to develop the state as the prime link to south and southeast Asian countries as part of the Buddhist tourism circuit, an official has said here. According to Arvind Alok, Chairman, Buddhist Monuments Development Council (BMDC), proposals are being finalised to get the sites sponsored ...

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Village headman gunned down in Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 20 (IANS) A village headman was killed Saturday by terrorists in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, on a day when the last phase of assembly elections were held in Jammu and Kashmir. Gulam Ahman Bhat, headman of Bomai village, was shot dead from close range by militants Saturday morning. While being shifted to hospital, he succumbed to his bullet injuries, a senio...

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Five killed in US drone attack in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) At least five people were killed and several others injured in a US drone strike in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan Saturday morning, media reported. According to the report, the US unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a house suspected of being a militant hideout in Data Khel area of North Waziristan, a tribal area bordering Afghanistan, ...

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Facebook app to add stickers on friends' faces

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) A Facebook app now lets you put huge emoticons and cute cartoons over your friends' faces with ease. The app called Stickered for Messenger was launched in the Google Play store Saturday, and is coming soon to the iOS App Store, techcrunch reported. So, if you want huge smiley faces on your selfies and send funny pictures to your friends on Facebook Messen...

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Cells that facilitate tumour growth identified

Washington, Dec 20 (IANS) A recent study has identified the population of white blood cells that tumours use to enhance growth and suppress the disease-fighting immune system. The results mark a turning point in cancer immunology and provide the foundation for developing more effective therapies. It was known earlier that a diverse group of white blood cells called myeloid-derive...

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Miscommunication on Dhawan's injury: Dhoni

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Saturday said there was miscommunication on the fourth morning of the second Test about the status of opener Shikhar Dhawan's injury sustained ahead of the ahead of the day's play commencing. Dhawan was injured on the wrist while batting at the nets, leaving the team think-tank in confusion regarding its impact and whether he wou...

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'Divorce' calling for Sarah Jessica Parker?

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is likely to return to star in TV comedy Divorce. The Sex and the City actress is said to be in talks to star in and produce the serial, although the pilot has not yet been finalised, reports variety.com. The half-hour comedy is described as the story of a very drawn-out divorce. If all goes well, Parker will make up one hal...

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Don't criticise her weight else she will gain more!

Toronto, Dec 20 (IANS) Women whose family members or loved ones are critical of their weight tend to put on even more kilos, new research says. Women who were accepted by their loved ones as they were or received what the researchers call weight acceptance messages saw better weight maintenance and even weight loss than their counterparts who did not receive positive messages from their ...

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Avicii splits from girlfriend?

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Disc jockey and record producer Avicii and his girlfriend Raquel Bettencourt are said to have split after spending over a year together. Bettencourt has moved out of the hitmaker's home here, reports femalefirst.co.uk. A source told the US Weekly magazine that the 25-year-old DJ, whose real name is Tim Bergling, went to Mexico on vacation immediately fo...

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Pakistani Taliban chief killed?

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) Even as the Pakistani Army intensified its anti-terrorism operations in the wake of Tuesday's Taliban attack on a Peshawar school that left 148 students and teachers dead, unconfirmed reports said that Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) chief Mulla Fazalullah was killed in an airstrike inside Afghanistan early Saturday. An unverified Twitter account of the Pakistan defence ...

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'PK' - provocative, yet gentle and cute

Film: PK; Cast: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma; Sushant Singh Rajput; Director: Raj Kumar Hirani; Rating: **** Noticed how the word god rhymes with fraud? Tired of anaemic films in 2014? Then here comes the year-end heartwarmer about the fraud that's pulled on unsuspecting humanity in the name of that overworked miracle-maker called god. PK is a film designed to warm the cockles of t...

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India lost two Tests they should not have

Another Test is behind India, leaving a lot of ifs and buts. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is right it doesn't matter how close you were to winning - what matters is the end result. India were beaten by four wickets to go down 0-2 in the four-match series. Looking at the Australia's scorecard in the second innings, losing six wickets to get to the target of 128 might make fans wonder what...

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Five killed in Afghan clash

Kabul, Dec 20 (IANS) At least five people were killed Saturday during a clash in Afghanistan's Badakhshan province, a police official said. A group of militants raided security checkpoints in Arghanchwa district, the official told Xinhua. In retaliation, the security forces killed three militants, the official added. Two police personnel were also killed in the clash.

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Plant saplings, groom tells bride's family

Patna, Dec 20 (IANS) A groom in Bihar made an unusual request to the bride's family by asking them to plant 250 saplings as his only condition for marriage. Nisith Kumar, who married Jaishleen early this week, surprised his in-laws when he requested them to plant the saplings at his ancestral village. His in-laws happily obliged and planted the saplings at Badshahpur village in S...

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30 km of highways per day in two years: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The central government is aiming to construct 30 km of highways every day in next two years, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said Saturday. Right now, one kilometre of road is made in a day. We aim to construct at least 30 km per day in two years, Gadkari said at a conclave organised here by PHD Chamber of Commerce. He also said public ...

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26/11 mastermind not released: Sartaj Aziz

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) Sartaj Aziz, the Pakistani prime minister's advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs, said Saturday that Zaki-ur Rahman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, has not been released and that India should also show progress over the trial into the Samjhauta Express blast. Aziz said in a statement that Lakhvi has not been released ...

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Rihanna's dad escorted out of her Diamond Ball

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Singer Rihanna's alcoholic father Ronald Fenty was escorted out of a recent Diamond Ball for his drunk behaviour. He had promised his famous daughter that he had got rid of his habit. Rihanna has been trying to save Fenty from his drinking demons for the past year, and she even put him through an expensive rehabilitation program in Malibu. But all her hard work...

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India's growth to have impact on Africa next year

Accra (Ghana), Dec 20 (IANS) With just days to go for 2014 to end, a new study has projected a steady growth in India, which from every indication is likely to have some impact on its dealings with Africa which is also being seen as a growth zone next year. The Standard Chartered Bank's Global Research team has projected India to be a positive surprise compared to the situation in other ...

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Take 3D photos with your iPhone 6

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) A new app that allows iPhone 6 users to take 360 degree pictures of objects and then show them as 3D photographs is here. Called 3DAround, the app made by Swiss software company Dacuda takes pictures that are not just 3-dimensional, but interactive. Free to download, the app was designed to capture 3D images of food, to cash in on the popularity of food ph...

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Five militants killed in Peshawar

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) At least five militants were killed Saturday when security forces hit militant hideouts in the restive northwest region, officials said. Police and paramilitary soldiers raided suspected hideouts in Peshawar during which five militants including a local commander were killed, The New International reported citing a security official. Five terrorists were ...

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