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Richa leaves for Amritsar to shoot for 'Sarbjit'

Mumbai, Feb 11 (IANS) Actress Richa Chadha has left for Amritsar along with the entire team of Sarbjit to begin shooting for the upcoming movie. Sarbjit is a biopic on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian farmer who was convicted of terrorism and spying in Pakistan and was sentenced to death. He was attacked by inmates at a prison in Lahore in April 2013 and died a few days later. Richa wil...

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Procuring 120 crore litres ethanol to blend petrol 5 percent: Pradhan

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) State-run oil marketing companies will procure 120 crore litres of ethanol to reach the mandated target of 5 percent blending for petrol with bio-fuel by end of the sugarcane crop year in September 2016, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Wednesday. A memorandum of understanding has already been signed to procure 120 crore litres of ethanol. We'll mee...

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Satya Paul, Gauri Khan combine cocktails with dreams

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Taking inspiration from some of the popular cocktails, Satya Paul has launched its finale line of the collection titled 'Cocktails and Dreams' co-designed by entrepreneur Gauri Khan, wife of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The spring summer collection focuses on the flamboyance and vibrancy of bold hues taking its inspiration from the textures and layering sy...

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Facebook withdraws Free Basics from India

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Facebook had cut off its Free Basics service for India three days after the country's telecom watchdog said no to discriminatory pricing of data content. Free Basics is no longer available to people in India, a Facebook spokesperson said in an e-mail statement to IANS. No further comment was offered. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), in it...

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Odd-even plan is temporary, we've long-term solution for Delhi's pollution: Prakash Javadekar

Paldev (Madhya Pradesh), Feb 11 (IANS) Delhi's experiment with odd-even car days was a short-term solution but the union government was putting in place steps which would result in a permanent solution on the rising level of air pollution, says a senior minister. Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said the government would notify new construction and demolition...

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Bonthu Rammohan is Hyderabad's new mayor

Hyderabad, Feb 11 (IANS) Bonthu Rammohan, a youth leader of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), was on Thursday unanimously elected as the new mayor of Greater Hyderabad. Baba Fasihuddin, a minority leader of the ruling party, was elected as the deputy mayor. The two were elected during the first meeting of newly elected Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). With a huge ma...

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Indian filmmakers look forward to next edition of IFFLA

Mumbai, Feb 11 (IANS) As the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) turns 14 this year, filmmakers including Anurag Kashyap, Nandita Das and Sudhir Mishra have lauded the fest for putting Indian independent cinema on the global map, and for bridging the gap between Hollywood and the Indian entertainment industry. Since its inception in 2003, IFFLA has spotted numerous talented indie...

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Lalu's brother-in-law Sadhu Yadav accused of extortion

Patna, Feb 11 (IANS) Sadhu Yadav, a former MP involved in several criminal cases, is in trouble again after a complaint was registered against him for allegedly demanding money from a builder here, the police said on Thursday. In his complaint lodged at Kotwali police station here, builder Anil Singh said Sadhu Yadav, estranged brother-in-law of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, had demanded Rs.50 ...

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China steps up border controls after first Zika case

Beijing, Feb 11 (IANS) China stepped up monitoring at its borders and the city of Shenzhen, a major border control point, and begun Zika detection tests after the first case was detected in the country. The Shenzhen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau will enforce stricter controls at its border after the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission confirmed on Tuesday...

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After 22 years, Chandy to again present state budget

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 11 (IANS) It's after 22 long years that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will on Friday present the state's annual budget. Chandy last presented the budget in 1994 as the finance minister in K. Karunakaran's cabinet. This time, however, the responsibility of presenting the budget has fell on his shoulders by default as K.M. Mani resigned as finance minister l...

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Exercise with meditation helps beat depression

New York, Feb 11 (IANS) If you feel down and out most of the time, try meditation coupled with aerobic exercises twice a week for just two months to beat the blues forever, finds a study, adding that this mind and body combination reduced the symptoms of depression by 40 percent in the study participants. We are excited by the findings because we saw such a meaningful improvement in both...

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Two new giant bent-toed gecko species found in New Guinea

Sydney, Feb 11 (IANS) Australian researchers have discovered two new giant bent-toed gecko species in New Guinea. Commonly known as bent-toed or bow-fingered geckos, due to their distinctive slender curved toes, these reptiles belonging to the world's most diverse gecko genus family -- Cyrtodactylus -- are found throughout Asia and Australia. One of the newly described species, ...

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On ease of doing business Haryana will rank in the top five: Haryana CM Khattar

Chennai, Feb 11 (IANS) Haryana will figure among the top five states on the aspect of ease of doing business in the next round of rankings, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said. He was here leading a delegation as a part of the road show for the ensuing `Happening Haryana-Global Investors Summit' to be held in Gurgaon on March 7-8, 2016. In the next round of rankin...

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Why lovers buy V-Day presents when come with free gifts

New York, Feb 11 (IANS) You are more likely to skimp on a Valentine Day gift while choosing it for a loved one if it comes with a free gift, finds a new study which may have implications for merchants, retailers and marketers. Just as people are more likely to give more to close friends than to strangers, people may be more likely to give less to close friends than to strangers if there ...

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Why some dogs are better at problem-solving

London, Feb 11 (IANS) Pet dogs with the ability to 'wait for a treat' or what is called inhibitory control may be better at problem-solving, new research suggests. Dogs' inhibitory control, or the ability to inhibit or regulate attention or seek emotional responses, may play a role in their individual differences in problem-solving tasks, the study said. For the study, the resear...

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Aditya Roy Kapoor's first heartbreak was in ninth grade

Mumbai, Feb 11 (IANS) Actor Aditya Roy Kapoor, who is known for essaying romantic roles on screen, says his first heartbreak happened when he was in the 9th standard. My first break up happened when I was in standard 9th. I remember being very lost and for me it was like the end of the world and I will never find another girl. Then I think after I passed my exams and I was fine, Aditya t...

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Nepal hold India 0-0 to enter SAG women's football final

Shillong, Feb 11 (IANS) Nepal booked their place in the final of the 12th South Asian Games women's football event after holding defending champions India to a goalless draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Thursday. Nepal are at the top of the table with seven points while India are placed third. They had beaten Bangladesh 2-0 and the Maldives 3-0 in their previous encounters.

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Celebrate Valentine's weekend at Asian Hawkers Market II

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) With its second edition vouching to be bigger and spicier, Asian Hawkers Market II -- a food festival bringing a confluence of South Asian delicacies -- is all set to spice up your Valentine's Day weekend starting on Friday. The three-day festival will be held at Select CityWalk mall in Saket here. With cuisines from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Kor...

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Lance Naik Hanumanthappa: Daring soldier to the core

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Daring, highly motivated and one who was always ready to stare death in the face, not flinching a bit. That was Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, the doughty soldier who survived for six days under tonnes of snow at the Siachen Glacier, but finally lost the battle for life on Thursday at an army hospital in Delhi. Aged just 33 and extremely physically fit, Koppad ...

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Starting marijuana before age 16 may hinder brain development

New York, Feb 11 (IANS) While starting marijuana at the age of 16 or younger may hinder brain development, using marijuana after age 16 can lead to accelerated brain ageing, warns a new study. The findings suggest that the age at which an adolescent begins using marijuana may affect typical brain development. Science has shown us that changes in the brain occurring during adolesc...

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