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Kahaani's Hollywood remake: Producer thankful to Bengal CM

Kolkata, July 26 (IANS) Bengali actor-producer Arindam Sil, whose company is handling the regional production of Hollywood film Deity - the remake of Bollywood blockbuster Kahaani - Saturday expressed gratitude to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for extending help for the shooting in Kolkata. The remake will be directed by Niels Arden Oplev of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo f...

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Global film industry gender-biased: Study

London, July 26 (IANS) A study has revealed that only 22 percent of the crew involved in making 2,000 of the biggest grossing films worldwide over the past 20 years were women. Women accounted for only 13 percent of the editors, 10 percent of the writers and just five percent of the directors, it added. According to the report compiled by British producer and writer Stephen Follo...

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Sushma Swaraj meets Nepali leaders as joint commission meet starts

Kathmandu, July 26 (IANS) The third meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission at the foreign minstry-level started here Saturday after a hiatus of 23 years. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who arrived in Kathmandu Friday evening, jointly inaugurated the meeting with her Nepali counterpart, Mahendra Bahadur Pandey. Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman of the Indian externa...

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President congratulates CWG medal winners

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday congratulated the Indian medal winners at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Mukherjee congratulated ace shooter Abhinav Bindra, 16-year-old air pistol shooter Malaika Goel and weightlifter Santoshi Matsa for winning a gold medal in the men's 10 metre air rifle event, silver medal in the women's 10 metre air pis...

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Air Algerie crash victims' families angry with carrier

Algiers, July 26 (IANS) Parents of Air Algerie's flight AH-5017 crash victims expressed anger over how the company was releasing information about the accident in which no one survived. The company has played a lot with our feelings by delaying in giving us information, a Burkina Faso human rights activist Halidou Ouedraogo who lost a daughter in the crash said. Ouedraogo lamente...

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Indian artist plans international football culture club

Kolkata, July 26 (IANS) Known for his rich oeuvre of politically-charged works as well as his diverse football related projects, artist Riyas Komu plans to open an international football culture club. Hailing from Kerala and based in Mumbai, Komu prefers to do socially relevant paintings and is famed for football-themed installations. The artist is in talks with internationally-acclaimed...

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Compensate community kitchens burnt in Baltal clashes: VHP

Jammu, July 26 (IANS) The VHP Saturday demanded an inquiry into the torching of community kitchens (langars) in Jammu and Kashmir's Baltal besides compensation and threatened to take the issue to the Supreme Court. Surinder Jain, national spokesperson of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), told reporters in Jammu that his party demands an inquiry into the burning of community kitchens in Ba...

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Indian culture flying high at Games

Glasgow, July 26 (IANS) Along with sporting glory, India's rich culture and heritage is also the toast of the Commonwealth Games with an exhibition celebrating Glasgow's part in the Closing Ceremony of the Games in Delhi in 2010. Entitled 'The Road from Delhi', the fortnight long exhibition beginning Saturday explores the common links between Delhi and Glasgow and celebrates the cultural...

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CWG: Judokas Pathania, Parikshit in quarters; Avtar out

Glasgow, July 26 (IANS) India's Sahil Pathania (-100kg) and Parikshit Kumar (+100kg) advanced to the quarterfinals of the men's judo event but compatriot Avtar Singh lost in the men's -90kg round of 16 of the 2014 Commonwealth Games here Saturday. Pathania beat Raymond Normeshie of Ghana by 'Ippon' in just 46 seconds to book his berth in the quarters while Parikshit came out victorious K...

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India's forex reserves up $163 mn

Mumbai, July 26 (IANS) India's foreign exchange reserves rose by $163 million to $317.84 billion for the week ended July 19, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data showed. The reserves had increased by $643.2 million to $317.03 billion for the week ended July 11. According to the RBI's weekly statistical supplement, foreign currency assets, the biggest component of the forex reserves, ...

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Algerian transport minister to visit AH-5017 crash site

Ouagadougou, July 26 (IANS) Algeria's Transport Minister Amar Ghoul is expected to arrive in Ouagadougou Saturday to visit the site where Air Algeria's flight AH5017 crashed Thursday. Burkina Faso's Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedraogo Friday said that while in Ouagadougou, Ghoul would hold talks with Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, Xinhua reported. Flight AH5017 from...

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Obama urges Afghan presidential rivals to work together

Washington, July 26 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama has spoken with the men vying to become Afghanistan's next head of state, encouraging them to follow through with a plan to form a national unity government regardless of the outcome of the audit of ballots from the June 14 presidential runoff, the White House said. The president commended Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani for put...

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PM launches portal for people's participation in governance

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday launched an interactive online platform that allows people to share ideas and suggestions and participate in the country's governance. Democracy cannot succeed without people's participation in Government and this participation should not be limited only during elections. The participation should be there in fulfilling peop...

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Akal Takht intervenes: Sikh conventions called off

Chandigarh, July 26 (IANS) Two separate Sikh conventions called by opposing groups over the controversy around the creation of the Haryana Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) have been called off after the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikh religion, intervened Saturday. The Akal Takht Saturday directed that all conventions of Sikhs called by various groups on...

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Andhra Pradesh to replicate Kochi-model Startup Village

Kochi, July 26 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh has begun discussions with Kochi-based Startup Village for support and expertise to replicate the incubation facility in the state. Startup Village here is the first public-private partnership incubator in India's telecom sector, supporting 600 firms. A high-level delegation led by Andhra Pradesh IT advisor J. Satyanarayana met Kochi Startup V...

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Sonowal blames Gogoi for not availing budget benefits

Guwahati, July 26 (IANS) Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal Saturday blamed Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's Congress government for not availing the benefits available to the state in the budget. Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government had prioritised the northeastern states in the 2014-15 Budget and earmarked Rs.63,000 crore for the de...

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Climate change to affect global crop production

Washington, July 26 (IANS) The world faces a significant risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of crop yields because of climate change, new research shows. The risk of production slowdown of wheat and corn, even with a warming climate, is about 20 times more significant than it would be without global warming, it warned. Climate change has substantiall...

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Nanjappa in 10m air pistol finals, Om Prakash misses out

Glasgow, July 26 (IANS) Indian shooter Prakash Nanjappa advanced to the men's 10-metre air pistol finals of the 2014 Commonwealth Games here Saturday, topping the standings in qualification while compatriot Om Prakash narrowly missed out, finishing ninth at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre. With 580 points, Nanjappa was placed first in the qualification round, two points ahead of English...

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Modi works on ushering in 'acche din' for Varanasi

Varanasi, July 26 (IANS) Having elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi to parliament, the ancient city of Varanasi is all set to see 'acche din' (good days) promised during the election campaign. The Modi government has finalized an exhaustive makeover blueprint for the city, its spiritual and religious appeal long marred by the polluted Ganga, crumbling heritage, congested traffic and the...

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Oldest evidence of human brain damage found

London, July 26 (IANS) Anthropologists have unearthed a 100,000-year-old skeleton of a child in Israel who may have died because of a brain injury - the oldest evidence of brain damage in a modern human. The 3D imaging results revealed that the child survived head trauma for several years, but suffered from permanent brain damage as a result. Growth in teeth showed that the child...

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