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Want to outperform previous success: Vishal

Chennai, March 5 (IANS) Actor-producer Vishal Krishna Reddy, who has teamed up with filmmaker Suseenthiran for the second time in a yet-untitled Tamil actioner, says they have the responsibility of outperforming the success of their last film Pandiya Naadu. The project was officially launched here on Wednesday. It is going to be a special film for everyone. This is my second proj...

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BJP hits back at UP CM for Modi barb

Lucknow, March 5 (IANS) Hitting back at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's potshot on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Wi-Fi services at the Varanasi ghats, the BJP on Thursday said his anti-technology mindset will not take him far in politics. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took on Yadav for his barb on Wednesday that Wi-Fi services at ghats in Varanasi, Modi's parliamenta...

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Amy Jackson's near-death experience

Chennai, March 5 (IANS) Actress Amy Jackson, while shooting for a yet-untitled Tamil action drama, miraculously escaped a fatal fall from a cliff thanks to the timely intervention of her co-star Karunakaran, who saved her. Being directed by Thirukumaran, the film features Udhayanidhi Stalin in the lead. Udhay and I were on our bike, while Amy was driving another two-wheeler. As w...

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Court upholds 10-year jail term for Chautala, son

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld a 10-year jail term for former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala in the 2000 illegal teacher recruitment scam in the state. Justice Siddharth Mridul said O.P. Chautala being the chief minister of Haryana at that time was more responsible for the scam. The court also upheld 10 year...

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Sonam Kapoor to get discharged Thursday

Mumbai, March 5 (IANS) Sonam Kapoor, who is hospitalised at Kokilabein hospital, will be discharged later Thursday, a source close to the actress said. Sonam is recovering well and shall be discharged today. She will be taking rest at her place for a while before resuming the shoot, the source told IANS. While shooting in Rajkot for Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo, she was diagnosed with ...

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The modern Indian girl: Battling the stereotyping

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) She is multitasking but doesn't know how to cook, she doesn't have the patience to deal with nagging in-laws, doesn't want children within a year of marriage and her focus is on building a successful career. Meet the new age 20-something Indian girl who's fighting the 'matrimonial ad' battle with her parents every day and shattering the stereotype of what is expected of ...

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Sandeepa Dhar turns cop for Saurabh Shukla's '7 Hours To Go'

Mumbai, March 5 (IANS) Actress Sandeepa Dhar, who was last seen as a girl next door in her debut film Isi Life Mein will now be seen in Saurabh Verma's 7 Hours To Go as a tough cop. I wanted something different, more realistic and challenging. I did enough off-shoot role. When I got this offer to play something different, I took it. I think that's been my journey so far, Sandeepa told IA...

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Budget 2015-16 - Short on real expectations

The progressive and forward looking budget for 2015-16 demonstrating pro-growth and pro-investment themes scores high on revitalizing the economy but is low on realty revival, with the real estate sector being only an indirect beneficiary. There is not much on the platter for real estate and housing in the Narendra Modi government's first full-fledged budget, especially a...

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Equality still a far cry for Indian women, say activists

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Despite several success stories, Indian women continue to be bogged down by the dual problems of violence and denial of access to resources, remaining largely deprived of the coveted status of equality, activists say. Some of these activists feel that women in the country remain second-grade citizens who have made little progress despite constitutional guarantee...

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Hola Mohalla: Punjab's rich and colourful tradition

Anandpur Sahib (Punjab), March 5 (IANS) A day assigned for mock battles for his troops by the 10th guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, has come to be the symbol of Punjab's own rich religious and cultural tradition. The festival of 'Hola Mohalla', as it is known, takes place this weekend in this Sikh religious town. Hola Mohalla, celebrated a day after Holi, the Hindu festival of colours, ...

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Remains of Bronze Age town discovered in Greece

London, March 5 (IANS) Archaeologists have uncovered in Greece the remains of an ancient town and burial complex that date to the Neolithic and Bronze Age. The Diros Project, a five-year excavation programme in Diros Bay, Greece, has also uncovered several other burials and the remains of an ancient village that suggest the bay was an important centre in ancient times, the researchers no...

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Last-minute bid to save two Australian convicts in Indonesia

Canberra, March 5 (IANS) Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Thursday made a last-minute bid to save two Australian convicts from being executed in Indonesia. Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, were sentenced to death for smuggling 8.3 kg of heroin from Indonesia to Australia in 2005. Bishop had proposed to repatriate three convicted Indonesian drug criminals in return for t...

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Call to add Diwali to New York school holidays with Eid

Washington, March 5 (IANS) As New York City public schools added two Muslim holidays - Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr - to the school calendar, a US lawmaker asked Mayor Bill de Blasio to do the same for Diwali too. Adding these holidays to the school calendar reflects and recognizes the rich and vibrant diversity that exists in our great city, said Democrat Grace Meng, who represents Quee...

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Extra oxygen could help you fight cancer

New York, March 5 (IANS) In a major breakthrough, researchers have found that just breathing in extra oxygen could spurt the growth of tumour-fighting cells, thereby improving cancer treatment. Supplemental oxygenation could improve cancer immunotherapy and shrink tumours by unleashing anti-tumour T lymphocytes and natural killer cells, the findings showed. Breathing supplemental...

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Indian American woman may lose mansion for keeping illegal as slave

New York, March 5 (IANS) An Indian American woman, who was convicted in 2013 of harbouring an illegal immigrant at her upstate New York mansion for over five years and subjecting her to slave-like conditions, has lost an appeal to overturn the verdict. Prosecutors alleged Annie George, who is originally from Kerala, forced victim Valsamma Mathai, also a native of Kerala, to work 17-hour ...

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Obama names Indian American investor as IMF director

Washington, March 5 (IANS) President Barack Obama has nominated Sunil Sabharwal, an independent Indian American investor in the payments sector, as US Alternate Executive Director at International Monetary Fund for a term of two years. The White House sent Sabharwal's nomination to the Senate on Wednesday. At over two dozen, Obama administration boasts of having the highest number of Ind...

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Modi greets Madhya Pradesh CM on birthday

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on his birthday and wished him a long and healthy life. In a tweet, Modi said: Good wishes to Madhya Pradesh's popular chief minister and my friend Shivraj Singh Chouhan on his birthday. I wish him good health and a long life. Born on March 5, 1959 in a f...

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HC upholds 10-year jail term for Chautala, son

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld a 10-year jail term for former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala in the 2000 illegal teacher recruitment scam in Haryana. Justice Siddharth Mridul said O.P. Chautala being the chief minister of Haryana at that time was more responsible for the scam. It also dismissed all the 55 a...

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Modi greets nation on the eve of Holi

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the nation on the eve of Holi and wished people's lives were filled with lots of joy. In a tweet, Modi said: Happy Holi to everyone. May this festival of colours fill your lives with lots of joy. Holi will be celebrated on Friday. ...

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Sunny Thursday in Delhi

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Delhiites experienced a nippy Thursday morning as the minimum temperature settled three notches below the season's average at 9.7 degrees Celsius. The Met Office has forecast a bright and warm day. According to the India Meteorological Department, the sky will remain sunny through the day and the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 24 degrees Celsius.<...

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