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Strong tremors felt across north India

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) People across northern India rushed out of their homes and offices on Saturday after strong tremors were felt around 11.45 a.m., with a possible epicentre in Nepal. The tremors were felt in most cities, including Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata and Jaipur. According to preliminary reports, the earthquake's epicentre was in neighbouring Nepal. As soon a...

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Meghalaya varsity's staff booked for selling fake certificates

Shillong, April 25 (IANS) A chargesheet has been filed against 11 officials of the now dissolved CMJ University in Meghalaya for their alleged involvement in fraud, forgery and selling fake degree certificates to students, police said on Saturday. We have filed a chargesheet against 11 people who were officials of the now dissolved CMJ University on charges of fraud, forgery and selling ...

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'Uttama Villain' producers to settle all dues before release

Chennai, April 25 (IANS) The producers of Kamal Haasan-starrer Uttama Villain, which releases in cinemas on May 1, have given an undertaking in Madras High Court that they will settle all dues before release. On Friday, producers N. Lingusamy and his brother N. Chandra Bose of Thirrupathi Brothers have assured to repay a loan of Rs.2 crore with interest to Thangam Cinemas. Accord...

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'365 Days' not about my marriage: RGV

Chennai, April 25 (IANS) Maverick filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma says the story of upcoming Telugu romantic-drama 365 Days, a peek at the story of a couple post nuptials, is not based on his own marriage. It's the story of most couples nowadays. It's not based on my marriage. I penned the screenplay keeping in mind the emotions of a couple by looking at marriage from very close quarters, Varm...

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Sporadic violence during Bengal civic polls, one dead

Kolkata, April 25 (IANS) One person was shot dead and another received bullet injuries in West Bengal during polling for 91 civic bodies on Saturday. The voter turnout in the first three hours was over 20 percent, an official said. While one person - Indrajit Singh - said to be a Trinamool Congress activist, was shot dead at Katwa in Burdwan, another suffered bullet injuries in ...

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Wedding bells for Shantanu Bhagyaraj

Chennai, April 25 (IANS) Tamil actor Shantanu Bhagyaraj, son of veteran filmmaker K. Bhagyaraj, will tie the knot with his childhood sweetheart Keerthi, a popular video jockey, here on Aug 21. My son's marriage will take place on August 21 in a temple here and a grand reception is planned for the next day. Our families have mutually agreed to the wedding, Bhagyaraj said in a statement.

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'Lakhvi's release is detrimental to regional security'

Washington, April 25 (IANS) Pakistan's release of the suspected mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks has the potential of throwing off the dynamic the US has with both New Delhi and Islamabad, according to a national security expert. The Lahore High Court's approval of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi's release from prison thoroughly tanked any near-term prospects ...

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Exposure to diabetes drug causing intersex in fish

New York, April 25 (IANS) A medication commonly taken for Type-2 diabetes, which also finds its way to freshwater systems worldwide, is causing intersex in fish - male fish that produce eggs, says a study. Exposure to the diabetes medicine metformin causes physical changes in male fish, the findings showed. Because intersex fish are particularly prevalent downstream from wastewat...

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South Asia's biggest tattoo convention being held in Nepal

Kathmandu, April 25 (IANS) Over 150 tattoo artists from various countries have gathered here for the 5th International Nepal Tattoo Convention, billed as the biggest in South Asia. The convention, which started on Friday, is also one of the best tattoo conventions in Asia, Xinhua reported. Renowned tattoo artists from India, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Britain are partici...

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BJP trashes Akhilesh's pro-farmer claims

Lucknow, April 25 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday lashed out at the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government in Uttar Pradesh for trying to fool the state's people through a false propaganda machinery. Referring to an advertisement in local dailies, in which the state government claims to be working expeditiously for the welfare of farmers, BJP spokesman Vi...

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Cheaper magnetic material for cars, wind turbines

Washington, April 25 (IANS) Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have created a new magnetic alloy that could be an inexpensive alternative to high-performance permanent magnets found in automobile engines and wind turbines. The new alloy eliminates the use of one of the scarcest and costliest rare earth elements, dysprosium, and instead uses cerium, the most abundant rare earth.<...

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US seeks parterships in Asia for regional 'rebalance'

Washington, April 25 (IANS) Citing President Barack Obama's historic good trip to India in January, US officials have said that different partnerships it's forging across Asia can contribute to the stability and prosperity of the broader region. In a conference call on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's state visit next week, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said the US look...

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Modi travels in Delhi metro

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday travelled in the Delhi metro. Modi travelled from Dhaula Kuan to Dwarka and shared a picture on social networking site Twitter. Really enjoyed the ride. Thanks Delhi Metro. Thanks Sreedharan ji!, tweeted the prime minister. In another tweet, Modi said: Sreedharan ji would always tell me to experience the ...

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US seeks clarification over action against Ford Foundation, Greenpeace

Washington, April 25 (IANS) Expressing concern over Indian action against the Ford Foundation and Greenpeace India, the US is seeking a clarification from New Delhi for limiting a necessary and critical debate within Indian society. We are aware that the Ministry of Home Affairs suspended the registration of Greenpeace India and has placed the Ford Foundation on a prior permission watch ...

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HIV outbreak hits US county

Washington, April 25 (IANS) A county in the US state of Indiana has been hit with an HIV outbreak, with 142 people testing positive since late last year, health authorities said. Urgent action is needed to prevent further spread of the virus in Indiana's Scott county, which has a total population of 4200 people, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday. <...

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Man arrested for flying drone over Japan PM's office

Tokyo, April 25 (IANS) A man was arrested for flying a small drone carrying radioactive element cesium over the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office, authorities said on Saturday. Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, was arrested on Friday over suspicion of forcible obstruction of business, Xinhua news agency reported. The man said his intention to fly the drone was to protest agai...

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Farmer suicides: Is moving from farms to factories the answer?

The stir against land acquisition took a tragic and macabre turn when a farmer hanged himself during an Aam Admi Party (AAP) rally in the heart of the national capital. The mortifying episode only showed how the political exploitation of a complex problem was diverting attention from what really needed to be done. Arguably, the answer to farmers' suicides lies in boosting the agriculture...

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Clear Saturday in Delhi

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) It was a warm Saturday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 22.2 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season's average. The Met office has forecast a clear day ahead. The sky will be clear on Saturday and the day will be hot, said an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The maximum temperatur...

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India urges dropping annual human rights resolution on Myanmar

United Nations, April 25 (IANS) India has asked UN members to drop the annual ritual of passing a resolution on Myanmar's human rights situation saying that the gesture would encourage the reforms underway there. Speaking Friday at a meeting of the Partnership Group for Peace, Development and Democracy in Myanmar, Permanent Representative Asoke Kumar Mukerji noted that in Rakhine State, ...

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Six missing as taxi falls into river in Jammu

Jammu, April 25 (IANS) Six people were missing while six people were rescued on Saturday after their taxi fell into a river in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district, police said. A taxi went out of the driver's control at Mehad (Ramban) on the Jammu-Srinagar highway and plunged into the roaring Chenab river this morning, a police official told IANS here. A rescue operation was laun...

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