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Pakistan to facilitate Afghan-Taliban second round talks

Islamabad, July 30 (IANS) Pakistan is slated to facilitate the second round of talks between the Afghanistan government and Taliban, it was announced on Thursday. The announcement was made by foreign office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah, Radio Pakistan reported. Khalilullah did not specify the date nor the venue of the talks. He said Pakistan remains committed to suppor...

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Attri-Reddy rise in badminton rankings

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Indian men's doubles shuttlers Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy rose three places to reach their career-best ranking of No.17 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday. The climb comes after some brilliant performances in the international circuit lately. Meanwhile, rest of the Indian shuttlers maintained their positions...

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Indian golfer Khalin holds joint lead at Taifong Open

Chang Hwa (Chinese Taipei), July 30 (IANS) Indian golfer Khalin Joshi and Casey O'Toole of the US fired matching six-under 66s to share the opening round lead at the Taifong Open here on Thursday. Khalin and O'Toole continued their fine form as they grabbed a one-shot lead over Rory Hie of Indonesia, David Gleeson of Australia and local stalwart Lin Wen-tang at the $160,000 Asian Develop...

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US Fed's decision to maintain rates buoys Indian markets

Mumbai, July 30 (IANS) Clarity regarding P-Notes, the government's push for reforms and the expiry of July derivative contracts, coupled with the US Fed's decision to keep interest rates intact, buoyed investor sentiments on Thursday. The global and domestic developments helped the barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) to close the day's t...

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Soni, Selja not entitled to Type-VIII bungalows: Delhi HC

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed the pleas of Congress members of parliament Ambika Soni and Kumari Selja with Rs.25,000 cost each on challenging government orders to vacate their official bungalows here. Justice R.S. Endlaw, asking the leaders to deposit the Rs.25,000 cost each with the Directorate of Estate within three months, dismissed their pleas ...

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People's President, Missile Man Kalam laid to rest

Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu), July 30 (IANS) Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was laid to rest on Thursday here with full military honours in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other leaders who paid tributes to the man who strengthened India's missile programme and played a key role in country's 1998 nuclear test -- making him a national hero. The body of Kalam - war...

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Church building to pave way for gurdwara in US

Washington, July 30 (IANS) In a historical moment for the Sikh community in the US, a foreclosed building that used to be a Baptist church will be renovated as the first Sikh temple in Rockford, Illinois, media reported on Thursday. The building on Kishwaukee Street and 3rd Avenue in the Forest City will be renamed as Nanaksar Sikh Temple. There is no temple in Rockford. This wil...

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This lamp runs on glass of water and salt

Manila, July 30 (IANS) A Philippines-based company has developed a lamp that can run for eight hours at a stretch on a glass of water and two tablespoons of salt. The Sustainable Alternative Lightning (SALt) lamp does not have any hazardous material or component and it has a USB port for charging a smartphone. There are over 7,000 islands in the Philippines and most of these isla...

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Gill eyeing second rally title of season

Coimbatore, July 30 (IANS) After a seven-week break, the Indian Rally Championship (IRC) resumes with the Rally of Coimbatore that has attracted 37 entries headed by Mahindra Adventure team's reigning national champion Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) who is hot favourite to win the Overall crown, his second of the season. The two-day rally, the third round of the championship reduced...

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Facebook bids adieu to 'Happy Birthday!' wishes

New York, July 30 (IANS) Making birthday greetings on Facebook even more impersonal, the social networking giant has rolled out a feature that allows a user to wish Happy Birthday just by texting '1' from a smartphone. The new feature works for those who have Facebook notifications pushed to their text messaging programmes, Tech Times reported. The feature is part of Facebook's S...

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Vijaya Bank net down 12 percent in Q1

Bengaluru, July 30 (IANS) State-run Vijaya Bank on Thursday reported net profit of Rs.143 crore for first quarter of 2015-16 as against Rs.162 crore in same period of 2014-15, registering a 12 percent decline. In a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, the city-based bank said its total income for Q1 under review marginally increased 3 percent to Rs.3,289 crore from Rs.3,190 cr...

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Messi back for Barcelona pre-season training

Barcelona, July 30 (IANS) Spanish football giant Barcelona's talismanic forward Lionel Messi has cut short his holiday to come back and join the treble winners for their pre-season training. His Argentine teammate Javier Mascherano has also done the same. The duo were supposed to return not before Monday after their Copa America duties but have instead chosen to join four days early, rep...

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Asus to launch three new smartphones

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Taiwanese handset maker Asus on Thursday said that it was going to launch three new smartphones along with other products at the Zen Festival to be held on August 6. The three new smartphones are the ZenFone 2 Deluxe, ZenFone Selfie and the ZenFone laser. We are serious about the Indian market which is growing tougher day by day and that is why we want t...

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New anti-obesity drug could block fat absorption

New York, July 30 (IANS) Researchers have developed a new class of compounds that could prevent fat particles from getting absorbed in the body and thus potentially reduce weight gain. In tests, mice administered these compounds called micelle sequestrant polymers, or MSPs, had nine to 10 times the amount of triglycerides -- the main dietary fat -- in their faeces than the control animal...

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Pointing fingers before probe is unhealthy: Pakistan

Islamabad, July 30 (IANS) Pakistan on Thursday termed India accusing Islamabad over a terror attack in Punjab as unfortunate and said countering terrorism could only be possible through cooperation. Pointing fingers before investigation is not a healthy trend, foreign office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah was quoted as saying by Dawn online. The attack took place in Punjab's Gurda...

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Eco-sensitive zones around Sundarbans national park soon

Kolkata, July 30 (IANS) Eco-sensitive zones may soon come up around the Sundarbans National Park in West Bengal, said a senior forest department official on Thursday. Proposals have gone from the state government to the central government and any day a notification may come out, said Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Sundarban Biosphere Reserve director Pradeep Vyas.<...

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Ron Howard, Tyler Perry to receive DGA Honors

New York, July 30 (IANS) Filmmakers Ron Howard and Tyler Perry, film editor Thelma Schoonmaker, US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Teamsters Local 817 president Thomas J. O'Donnell will be honoured at the 2015 DGA Honors to be held here on October 15. DGA Honors celebrate individuals and institutions that have made distinguished contributions to American culture through the world of fil...

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Surprising ways you're ruining your hair

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) We keep trying out new things on our hair to make it look more beautiful without noticing the negative impact of it on the hair. Capital-based dermatologist and hair expert Sonia Mangal shares how: * Use of straighteners: People tend to directly put the straightener on their hair to make it look straight, but it damages your hair and makes them dry, roug...

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Rigorous exercise may cut arthritis risk

London, July 30 (IANS) High-intensity exercise may help ease symptoms of arthritis, a chronic disease that causes inflammation in the joints, says a new study. Patients with arthritis often have reduced endurance and are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. This is why it is especially important for arthritis patients to keep fit and work on their cardiovascular endura...

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Three Turkish security personnel killed

Ankara, July 30 (IANS) Three Turkish security personnel were killed in an attack by militants from the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) here on Thursday, said a Turkish General Staff statement. The security forces were accompanying soldiers back from their annual leave, when they were attacked by a group of PKK rebels in the province of Sirnak, Xinhua reported, citing the statement....

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