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What to do, wonders BJP in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) The BJP seems to have been caught in a cleft-stick in Maharashtra, thanks to a fractured mandate in the assembly elections. With no political party securing clear majority in the 288-member assembly, a period of political instability looms ahead in Maharashtra. Despite emerging as the single-largest party with 123 (122+1 ally) seats, the BJP faces a predicam...

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Australia to deploy soldiers in Iraq

Canberra, Oct 20 (IANS/EFE) Australia has finalised a deal with Iraq to send 200 special force troops to the war-torn country to assist in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) militants, officials said Monday. I have finalised an agreement for a legal framework to enable our special forces to be deployed here, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said following a two-day visit to...

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Twitter set to launch tools for app developers

Washington, Oct 20 (IANS) Microblogging site Twitter is likely to announce a number of tools at a conference Wednesday to make it easier for programmers to build apps, according to media reports. Developers were irked a couple of years back about the strict rules in existence wth regard to applications, which plug into the social media service. The current move is seen as a damage contro...

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Clean India message on Taj Mahal tickets

Agra, Oct 20 (IANS) The entrance tickets to the Taj Mahal mausoleum now bear the stamp of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Clean India message. The new tickets were launched Sunday by BJP Lok Sabha member Ram Shankar Katheria. He said the message about cleanliness has to be disseminated far and wide. Archaeological Survey of India chief N.K. Pathak said such step could help in a b...

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Kundankulam n-plant out of action due to turbine problem

Chennai, Oct 20 (IANS) A major problem in the first atomic power unit's turbine at Kudankulam has put the unit out of action for around six-eight weeks, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) said Monday. The unit has been shut down to inspect turbine and its associated components before putting it for commercial operation. Maintenance activities are in progress before the U...

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Niall Horan proposes to Jessie J

Los Angeles, Oct 20 (IANS) Singer Jessie J's performance at The X Factor show, has mesmerised One Direction's Niall Horan. The 21-year-old singer couldn't withhold his admiration and made a proposal to Jessie via the social networking medium, reports dailymail.co.uk. @JessieJ marry me, Horan posted on his Twitter page. Although it was simply a joking offer as the singer g...

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Indian hockey back in feel good zone

Indian hockey could not have asked for a better Diwali gift than two gold medals in the space of three weeks to set the mood for the Festival of Lights. While the 17th Asian Games gold medal at Incheon, South Korea, from the men's team was to be expected given the average opposition, the title triumph in the Sultan of Johor Cup junior tournament in Malaysia Sunday was more creditable wit...

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Rahul Gandhi visits Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Oct 20 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday visited the cyclone-hit areas of Odisha and interacted with people, assuring them that his party will help them to get back to normal life. He reached Jeypore in Koraput district and met farmers who suffered extensive damages to their crops due to the cyclone. Gandhi said the farmers complained that they have ...

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Bangladesh mulls online voting

Dhaka, Oct 20 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) here is considering allowing poll-time officials to vote online, even though general elections in Bangladesh see voters exercise their right to franchise only through the ballot. The law will, however, have to be amended before the system can be introduced, bdnews 24 reported Monday. More than 500,000 officials and law-enforcers a...

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Kitchen gardens sprouting peace of mind, e-businesses

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Be it inflation or the risk of consuming pesticide-laden vegetables, urbanites are majorly taking to farming in their apartments and the kitchen gardens are sprouting not only peace of mind but also e-businesses. The phenomenon reminds one of the bygone era of a spice garden in the backyard of a bungalow or grandmother's vegetable farming hobby. Today, it is cond...

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Diwali: TV actors share childhood memories

Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) For television actors like Shivin Narang and Shashank Vyas, Diwali does not only mean decking up their house with lights, flowers or making elaborate rangolis. It makes them nostalgic and gives them a reason to look back at their childhood memories associated with the festival of lights. From gorging on homemade sweets to the bursting of crackers, here's what they h...

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Five jailed for life in Dhaula Kuan gang rape

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) A court here Monday awarded life imprisonment to five men who have been found guilty in the 2010 Dhaula Kuan gang-rape and abduction of a call centre executive. ...

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Deepika Padukone was always a star: SRK

Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) Shah Rukh Khan, the producer and hero of Deepika Padukone's debut film Om Shanti Om, says she has paved the way for her own success and that she always had it in her to be a star. SRK and Deepika worked under Farah Khan's direction for Om Shanti Om, and the team has joined hands again for the forthcoming Happy New Year. In the gap of seven years, Deepika has establi...

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'Time to rename medicines for mental health'

London, Oct 20 (IANS) In order to remove confusion for patients who could be prescribed drugs that appear to be unrelated to their condition, the world's major psychiatry organisations are proposing to completely change the terminology of the drugs used in mental disorders. In psychiatry, a patient may be being treated for anxiety, and yet may be prescribed an 'antidepressant' or an 'ant...

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India lagging in medical research: Modi

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said India is lagging behind in the field of medical research and more work should be done in this area. India is lagging behind in the field of medical research and much more needs to be done... We should focus on research, particularly on case history. This can be a big contribution to humankind, Modi said while addressing th...

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Aussie pacer Siddle puts on weight to regain speed

Sydney, Oct 20 (IANS) Set to make a return to the Australian cricket squad against Pakistan for the first Test in Dubai, pacer Peter Siddle said Monday that he has gained five kg which has helped him regain the speed coach Darren Lehmann demands from his fast bowlers. If you put in more calories than you're burning then you're going to put on weight and build muscle. It was pretty easy. ...

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Upto BJP whether or not to accept NCP offer: RSS

Lucknow, Oct 20 (IANS) The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Monday left it to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to accept or turn down the offer of unconditional outside support by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for government formation in Maharashtra. Talking to media persons after the conclusion of a three-day conclave here, Sah Sarkaryavahak Bhaiyyaji Joshi said the RSS was awa...

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Over 140 fake examinees arrested in Bihar

Patna, Oct 20 (IANS) More than 140 people have been arrested in Bihar for impersonation in a statewide written examination for the recruitment of police constables, officials said Monday. We have arrested 23 impersonators, including a woman, on Sunday from examination centres in Patna. The arrested people were hired by constable-aspirants to write their exam paper, said Senior Superinten...

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Interrogating a male's body the Broota way

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) In the early 1980s, it was with the Man Series that Rameshwar Broota received much adulation for the solitary monochromatic naked male figure representing a universal man who has been suffering since ages and became corrupt in the process. The vulnerabilities and insecurities of men were exposed through his works. A retrospective in the capital chronicles the art...

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SBI's 209 of 225 branches operational in storm-hit AP

Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) The State Bank of India announced here Monday that it has restored normal operations in almost all the 225 branches hit by the cyclone Hudhud in Andhra Pradesh. Of the 225 branches, 209 are fully operational and 190 of 502 ATMs are also functional in the worst-hit Vishakhapatnam, Vijayanagram and Srikakulam districts, the SBI said in a statement. Besides, th...

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