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Japan accused of stealing emblem for 2020 Olympics

Tokyo, July 31 (IANS) A Belgian designer has accused Japanese organisers of the 2020 Summer Olympics of plagiarism, a media report said on Friday. The designer said the emblem of the Tokyo Games was similar to the one he designed for a theatre in the east of Belgium, TASS quoted Kyodo as saying. Olivier Debie, a Belgium-based designer, expressed surprise on social media that the ...

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ITC to soon foray into dairy business

Kolkata, July 31 (IANS) Leading FMCG company ITC Ltd. will shortly be foraying into dairy products, its chairman Y.C. Deveshwar said here on Friday. Dairy products are on the anvil, he said, during the company's Annual General Meeting. He said ITC Ltd. has emerged as one of the fastest growing consumer goods company over the last 10 years and its packaged food portfolio has expa...

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Court frames charges against Koda, others

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) A court here on Friday framed charges against former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and others in a coal block allocation case. Special Judge Bharat Parashar framed charges against former coal secretary H.C. Gupta, Koda, Jharkhand's then chief secretary A.K. Basu and others. The charges dealt with criminal conspiracy and cheating. The court ...

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Modi remembers Udham Singh on martyrdom day

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday remembered freedom fighter Udham Singh on his martyrdom day. The valour of Shaheed Udham Singh remains etched in the memory of every Indian. I bow to this brave son of India on his martyrdom day, he said in a tweet. Born in 1899, Singh was hanged in London's Pentonville Prison for assassinating then Punjab lieutenan...

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Wreckage found 'almost certainly' from MH370

Kuala Lumpur/Paris, July 31 (IANS) Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi on Friday said airline wreckage found on Reunion island, almost certainly is from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that mysteriously disappeared in March 2014. According to aviation experts, the wreckage found on Reunion, a French territory about 600 km east of Madagascar, does resemble a flaperon -- ...

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Four Indians kidnapped in Libya

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Four Indians, including three lecturers, have been kidnapped in Sirte in Libya. The Indian government is working for their early release, the ministry of external affairs said on Friday. Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the Indian mission in Tripoli came to know at 11 p.m. on Thursday night that four Indian nationals who were returning to India via Tripol...

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Lok Sabha resists protests, continues session

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) The Lok Sabha on Friday witnessed strong protests by the Congress-led opposition over the Lalit Modi issue and the Vyapam scam but continued with the morning's proceedings. As the house assembled, opposition members moved adjournment motions over BJP leaders' links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi and the Vyapam scam. The opposition members held placards...

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Hoshiarpur's Dhaba Express more than just a dhaba

Hoshiarpur (Punjab), July 31 (IANS) In a state where roadside dhabas - its gift to the rest of the country - are a common occurrence, one such eatery stands out. Dhaba Express, on the outskirts of this town that is believed to date to the fourth century, is certainly much more than a dhaba alone. While tables and 'charpais' (traditional beds of hand-woven jute or nylon strips) and open t...

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No dearth of good scripts in Bollywood: Director Nishikant Kamat

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) At a time when most filmmakers harp on the fact that Bollywood is suffering from a dearth of good scripts, critically acclaimed director Nishikant Kamat says it's the studios which are sometimes apprehensive about investing in fresh concepts. Thus, remakes are often bankable. Kamat has helmed the Hindi remake of southern film Drishyam and has directed movies lik...

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Facebook's solar-powered drone to beam internet from the sky

Washington, July 31 (IANS) Facebook has completed the production of its first full-scale solar-powered internet drone that will deliver wireless internet with lasers from the sky in parts of the developing world where internet availability is still a dream. Mark Zuckerberg has announced the completion of Aquila, Facebook's first unmanned plane that beams down internet connectivity from t...

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'Southpaw' - Heavyweight on performance

Film: Southpaw; Language: English; Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Curtis 50 Cent Jackson, Oona Laurence, Naomie Harris, Rita Ora, Claire Foley, Beau Knapp, Victor Ortiz, Miguel Gomes and Skylan Brooks; Director: Antoine Fuqua; Rating: *** Southpaw is a classic boxing drama of fall and redemption. It's an inspirational tale of a damaged champ's fight in and out of...

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Brain work contributes to physical fatigue

New York, July 31 (IANS) Ever wondered why you get more physically exhausted when certain issue keeps you worried? This could be because brain work accelerates the development of physical fatigue, says a new study by Indian-origin researchers. The study showed that when we attempt mental tasks and physical tasks at the same time, we activate specific areas, called prefrontal cortex (PFC...

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Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Rajya Sabha was adjourned till noon on Friday following repeated disruptions by the opposition members over the controversies encompassing former IPL chief Lalit Modi and the Vyapam scam. The Congress, supported by some other opposition parties, has been demanding the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raj...

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Guy Ritchie marries Jacqui Ainsley

London, July 31 (IANS) Filmmaker Guy Ritchie has married his long-term partner Jacqui Ainsley at their Wiltshire estate. Ritchie tied the knot with Ainsley, the mother of his children Rafael, three, Rivka, two, and 13-month-old Levi, in a ceremony at their Ashcombe House estate on Thursday. A host of famous faces were seen arriving at the nuptials, which were believed to have a m...

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Consumer prices rise in Japan

Tokyo, July 31 (IANS) Japan's consumer prices in June rose 0.1 percent on a yearly basis, marking the 25th consecutive monthly increase but far below the Bank of Japan's target, government data said on Friday. The core consumer price index, which excludes volatile fresh food prices, stood at 103.4 against the 2010 base of 100, the ministry of internal affairs and communications said. ...

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'Backpackers in Australia facing sex demands'

Sydney, July 31 (IANS) Some backpacking travellers to Australia are being coerced to perform sexual acts for employers who must sign documents allowing them to extend their visas. Queensland's official anti-discrimination commissioner Kevin Cocks said on Friday that mainly farm employers were making the demands on fruit and vegetable picking tourists who often live on their farms, report...

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Earth's magnetic shield much older than previously thought

New York, July 31 (IANS) The Earth's magnetic field is at least four billion years old, up from the previous estimates of 3.45 billion years, researchers from University of Rochester have found. Earth's magnetic field protects the atmosphere from solar winds - streams of charged particles shooting from the Sun. The magnetic field helps prevent the solar winds from stripping away ...

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Second schedule of 'Dishoom' wrapped: Varun Dhawan

Mumbai, July 31 (IANS) Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan says the second schedule of his upcoming film Dishoom in Morocco has been wrapped up. Varun, who was last seen in Remo D'Souza's ABCD 2, took to micro-blogging website Twitter and shared: The 2 Nd sched of #dishoom is wrapped. Gonna miss everyone. We have just one aim to give you the best action adventure film of 2016. salaam. D...

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Amitabh meets onscreen mother on her 86th birthday

Mumbai, July 31 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan visited yesteryear actress Sulochana Latkar's home here to celebrate her 86th birthday. Sulochana also essayed the mothers's role of almost all the leading actors like Manoj Kumar, Dev Anand and Mehmood. The 72-year-old actor took to micro-blogging website Twitter and shared: Sulochana ji happy 86th birthday! Played my Mother in en...

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Nokia gains profits in Q2, core business recovers

Helsinlki, July 31 (IANS) Nokia achieved an increased turnover and made a remarkable profit during the second quarter of 2015, the Finnish network technologies company said. Compared with the same period in 2014, the 2015 April-June turnover stood at 3.2 billion euros, which was an increase of nine percent. The profit was now 352 million euros, whereas in 2014 it had been negative.

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