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Hundreds of devotees take holy dip in Yamuna

Mathura, Oct 25 (IANS) Hundreds of devotees took a dip at the Yamuna ghats in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura and Vrindavan cities on the occasion of Yam Dwitiya Saturday morning, undeterred by the stink and high level of pollutants in the water, activists said. As per police estimates, the number could well be more than 100,000. A local pandit at the Vishram Ghat, Jagdish, said: Pilgrims starte...

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Romario withdraws club presidency bid

Rio De Janeiro, Oct 25 (IANS) Brazil football legend Romario has withdrawn his bid for the presidency of Rio de Janeiro club America. The 48-year-old former Barcelona striker had been the sole candidate in elections that began earlier this month, reports Xinhua. He cited unresolved issues for the decision, which came just weeks after he was elected a Brazilian senator with a record 4.6 m...

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Ebola's evolutionary ancient roots discovered

New York, Oct 25 (IANS) A study discovered that filoviruses - a family to which Ebola and its similarly lethal relative Marburg belong - are at least 16-23 million years old. Filoviruses were likely to have existed in the Miocene Epoch and at that time, the evolutionary lines leading to Ebola and Marburg had already diverged, it noted. Filoviruses are far more ancient than previo...

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Ebola infected child from Mali dead

London, Oct 25 (IANS) The authorities in Mali have confirmed the death of the country's first Ebola patient, a two-year-old girl, a media report said Saturday. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the child had travelled by a bus from Guinea through Mali and showed symptoms of the disease, BBC reported. Over 40 people known to have come into contact with her have been qua...

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'Happy New Year'- it's fun to be ditsy

Film: Happy New Year; Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah, Jackie Shroff; Directed by: Farah Khan; Rating:***1/2 What is it about Shah Rukh Khan that brings out the comic accent in Deepika Padukone? She did a very funny broad South Indian accent in Mr Khan's inspired company in the maddeningly mundane Chennai Express. She repeats the farcic...

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16 killed in China coal mine accident

Beijing, Oct 25 (IANS) At least 16 people were killed and 11 others injured after a coal mine collapsed in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Saturday. The accident happened in the regional capital of Urumqi late Friday night when 33 workers were underground. Six of them managed to escape, Xinhua reported, citing a statement issued by the Xinjiang Administration of Coal Mine Safety...

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Stamps on Malay folk stories to be launched

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 25 (IANS) Malay folklore will be depicted on a new stamp collection to be launched by Malaysian postal services Monday. According to the postal service or Pos Malaysia, the Malay Folk Stories collection features six legends - Hang Tuah, Mahsuri, Tun Teja, Merong Mahawangsa, Tun Kudu and Tun Fatimah, The Malaysian Star reported. We hope that these stamp images an...

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Malaysian diplomat in New Zealand to face assault charges

Wellington, Oct 25 (IANS) A Malaysian diplomat, accused of sexual assaulting a young woman in Wellington, was flown to New Zealand and appeared in court Saturday. Former defence attache Muhammad Rizalman, 35, was remanded in custody when he appeared in Wellington District Court to face charges of attempted rape and burglary, Xinhua reported citing Radio New Zealand. Rizalman's ap...

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NY, NJ to quarantine travellers from Ebola-affected countries

New York, Oct 25 (IANS/EFE) Medical personnel arriving at New York City airports from Ebola-stricken nations in West Africa will be placed in mandatory quarantine for 21 days, the governors of New York and New Jersey announced. The move Friday comes a day after a New York physician, who recently returned to the US after treating Ebola patients in Guinea was diagnosed with the virus. <...

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Light rain, snowfall in Himachal

Shimla, Oct 25 (IANS) The hills across Himachal Pradesh experienced light rain and snowfall early Saturday, pushing down the temperatures by some notches. The Met department's forecast has said that Western disturbances - storm systems originating from the Mediterranean Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region - would remain active in the region till Sunday. The day ...

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'Errabus' will leave audiences emotionally high: Dasari

Chennai, Oct 25 (IANS) Filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao says upcoming Telugu drama Errabus, a remake of Tamil hit Manjapai, will leave audiences emotionally high. He says the remake is not a copy of the original. The grandfather-grandson relationship will sweep audiences off their feet. It will leave them emotionally high. When I watched the Tamil version, I was touched by the film, Dasari ...

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Pakistan's apex court admits plea against 2013 polls

Islamabad, Oct 25 (IANS) The Pakistan Supreme Court has accepted a plea seeking to declare the 2013 general election null and void, a media report said Saturday. The court has also ordered action against the officials responsible for using poor quality of ink which brought the fairness of polls into doubt, The Nation reported. The petitioner requested that the authorities be dire...

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Sporting Lisbon demand replay of Shalke match

Lisbon, Oct 25 (IANS) Portuguese football club Sporting Clube de Portugal has asked European football body UEFA for a replay of its Champions' League match with Germany's Schalke 04 due to alleged refereeing errors. Sporting Friday demanded either a replay of the controversial match or compensation of 500,000 euros, Xinhua reports. Sporting lost 3-4 to Schalke following a controv...

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UNSC slams deadly terrorist attack in Egypt

United Nations, Oct 25 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) has condemned, in the strongest terms, a deadly terrorist attack on a military checkpoint in the restive northern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. At least 30 soldiers were killed and 28 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack Friday afternoon, the deadliest single attack against the Egyptian military in decades. Egypt has...

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Ricky Martin objects to court ruling against gay marriages

San Juan, Oct 25 (IANS/EFE) Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin has objected to a federal judge's decision to throw out a suit filed by several gay couples urging that their marriages contracted in the US be recognised on their native island. I regret the decision in Puerto Rico on #equalmarriage, but I know we will win an appeal. All rights for all loves, the artist tweeted Friday about th...

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Toddler tests positive for marijuana in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Oct 25 (IANS/EFE) A 14-month-old boy tested positive for marijuana in a toxicology exam at a San Juan hospital, where he was admitted after his parents became concerned that he was sleeping too much. The child is in stable condition, but remains under observation, Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) spokeswoman, Karen Lee Torres told EFE news agency Friday. The parents...

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Five killed in China oil tanker explosion

Beijing, Oct 25 (IANS) Five people were killed after an oil tanker exploded in China's Hubei province, authorities said Saturday. Three people were also injured in the accident that happened Friday night in Zigui county, Xinhua reported citing a statement issued by the county government. The oil tanker overturned and exploded, killing its driver and villagers in the immediate vic...

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Hawking joins Facebook, wants people to be 'curious'

New York, Oct 25 (IANS) The famous theoretical physicist professor Stephen Hawking is now on Facebook, asking fans to be curious. In his first Facebook post, Hawking said: I have always wondered what makes the universe exist. Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that has not stopped my pursuit. Our connections to one another have grown infinitely and now that I have the c...

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Egypt declares state of emergency in Sinai

Cairo, Oct 25 (IANS) Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency in Sinai after a suicide car bombing killed 30 soldiers, according to the presidency. The presidency said in a statement Friday night that the measure will come into effect from 5 a.m. Saturday for a duration of three months due to security reasons, Xinhua reported. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi also order...

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Queen Elizabeth sends first royal tweet

London, Oct 25 (IANS) Queen Elizabeth II has sent the first royal tweet under her own name to declare the opening of a telecommunications gallery at the Science Museum here. It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R, the tweet read. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Science ...

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