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Mohanlal's 'Peruchazhi' has '...Tughlaq' style satire: Arun Vaidyanathan

Chennai, Aug 22 (IANS) Filmmaker Arun Vaidyanathan, an ardent fan of Cho Ramaswamy's 1971 Tamil political-satire Muhammad Bin Tughluq, says the satire in his forthcoming Malayalam film Peruchazhi is influenced by the cult classic. Peruchazhi stars Mohanlal. I'm a huge fan of Cho sir. We still love 'Muhammad Bin Tughluq', which I think was at least 20 years ahead of its time when ...

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Fiction from troubled South Asia

Title: False Sanctuaries: Stories from the Troubled Territories of South Asia; Author: Meenakshi Iyer; Publisher: Promilla & Co; Pages: 284; Price: Rs.395 Can five seemingly unrelated stories spread across four countries - Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka - have anything in common? Yes, seems to say journalist author Meenakshi Iyer, as she unveils gripping tales of human tr...

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Carter, Williams grab Diamond League wins

Stockholm (Sweden), Aug 22 (IANS/CMC) Veterans Nesta Carter and Novlene Williams-Mills kept the Jamaican flag flying high with impressive wins in their pet events here at the DN Galan Diamond League athletics meet. The Trinidad and Tobago pair of Keston Bledman and Jehue Gordon also collected podium finishes, but Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott finished outside of the top-three in javel...

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Man kills wife in Odisha over delay in serving tea

Bhubaneshwar, Aug 22 (IANS) A 56-year-old-man killed his wife in Odisha's Dhenkanal district as she delayed serving him tea, police said Friday. The incident took place Wednesday at Guhalipal village, about 110 km from Bhubaneswar but came to light after police arrested the man a day later. The trouble started Monday morning when accused Mahalia Nayak asked his wife Jhana, one ye...

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Indo-Canadian doctor teaches about obesity through comedy

Ottawa, Aug 22 (IANS) An Indo-Canadian doctor has turned himself into a comedian to teach people about obesity. Arya Sharma, 54, the chair of obesity research at the University of Alberta, the scientific director of the Canadian Obesity Network, pokes fun at stereotypes and struggles of being overweight, Vancouver Desi reported Thursday. Two years back, Sharma began touring the ...

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Action lawsuit: Vienna court orders Facebook to respond

London, Aug 22 (IANS) The Vienna Regional Court, where a class-action lawsuit against Facebook has been filed, has reviewed the case and has given Facebook Ireland four weeks to respond. According to the Austria-based Europe vs Facebook group, nearly 60,000 people have signed up to the suit, 25,000 of which have assigned their claims to join the class action. At 500 euros claim p...

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Arab 'trespasser' arrested in Lebanon

Beirut, Aug 22 (IANS) The Lebanese Army arrested an Arab citizen from Israel who had cut through the border's barbed wire fence to cross into the country. According to military officials, the Lebanese authorities are questioning the trespasser and will announce later whether he will be released, Xinhua reported Friday. The UN peace-keeping force in Lebanon has asked the authoriti...

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Pollard wants to be more consistent for West Indies

St.George's (Grenada), Aug 22 (IANS/CMC) Burly all-rounder Kieron Pollard said he wants to become a more consistent match-winner for West Indies in the future. Pollard hit an entertaining 89 and was the architect of a three-wicket victory for the Windies over Bangladesh in the first One-day International Wednesday here, reports CMC. He shared a 145-run, sixth-wicket stand with fe...

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A voice-recognition software for investigations

Mexico City, Aug 22 (IANS/EFE) A Mexican student is developing a voice-recognition software to be used during criminal investigations and court cases. The National Autonomous University of Mexico said that Jose Trangol's software would help analyse evidence in court cases, where voice recordings are often used to prove a suspect's innocence or guilt. The main point in this projec...

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Boat carrying Haitian migrants intercepted in Bahamas

Nassau, Aug 22 (IANS/EFE) Bahamian authorities have detained more than 100 illegal Haitian migrants who were traveling on a boat. The boat carrying the migrants was intercepted off Flamingo Cay Light in the Northern Ragged Island Chain, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force said Thursday. A search of the vessel resulted in the apprehension of undocumented Haitian nationals consisting o...

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Amit Shah meets Chandrababu Naidu

Hyderabad, Aug 22 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah Friday met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu here. Shah had a breakfast meeting with the president of Telugu Desam Party (TDP). The two leaders understood to have discussed the current political situation and relations between the two parties. TDP is a partner in the BJP-led National Democr...

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Journalist beheading: US defends refusal to pay ransom to kidnappers

Washington, Aug 22 (IANS) Amid the shock and horror of American photojournalist James Foley's beheading and revelations that his captors had demanded a ransom of $132 million, the US has defended its policy of no negotiations with terrorists. US policy on ransom for hostage takers is clear, National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden told CNN Thursday as an official with Global...

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Monkey doesn't own his selfie: US regulator

New York, Aug 22 (IANS) The US Copyright Office has confirmed that a monkey - or any other animal - that takes a selfie does not own the copyright of the photo. A selfie taken by a black macaque on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi three years back has become a tug of war between Wikipedia and the photographer who claims he is the owner of the selfie. Wikipedia has refused to rem...

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33 killed in Egypt bus accident

Cairo, Aug 22 (IANS) At least 33 people were killed and 41 injured Friday as two buses collided in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, officials said. According to security officials, the injured included Russian, Yemeni and Saudi Arabian citizens, MENA reported. One bus was travelling from the Red Sea city of Sharm el-Sheikh and the other from a Nile Delta province, the officials said.

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Sensex surges 116 points; Nifty hits record high

Mumbai, Aug 22 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Friday surged 116.17 points or 0.44 percent as banking stocks gain. Good buying was observed in banking, capital goods and oil and gas sectors, while marginal selling pressure was seen in healthcare sector. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 26,419.53 ...

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Cloudy day ahead in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) It was a sunny Friday morning in Delhi with the minimum temperature recorded at 26.4 degrees Celsius. The Met Office has forecast a cloudy day ahead. The sky will become partly cloudy in the afternoon, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. The day's maximum temperature is likely to hover around 38 degrees Celsius. Humidity at 8....

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Ancelotti confirms Di Maria transfer request

Madrid, Aug 22 (IANS) Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the club's Argentinean international winger Angel Di Maria had asked for a transfer. Ancelotti's comment confirmed the rumours that have been circulating about the 26-year-old, who was one of Real Madrid's most incisive players in the second half of last season as the club won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey...

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Ensure code of conduct for UP by-polls: Poll panel to officials

Lucknow, Aug 22 (IANS) The Election Commission has directed the district officials to ensure complete adherence to model of conduct in places where assembly and parliamentary by-polls will take place, officials said Friday. Notification has been issued for by-polls Sep 13 in Mainpuri parliamentary constituency and Saharanpur, Bijnore, Thakurdwara, Noida, Lucknow (east), Nighasan, Hamirpu...

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Indian, Asian businesses hit hard by unrest in US town

Washington, Aug 22 (IANS) Even as a semblance of order was restored in a small city in Missouri after nearly two weeks of unrest, Indian and other Asian-American-owned businesses were reported to be in a mess after days of looting. The Daily Beast cited the lawyer of an Indian-American store owner as saying the authorities let the looting happen as protests engulfed the predominantly bla...

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Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu

Jammu, Aug 22 (IANS) The Pakistan Rangers Friday violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing at Indian positions on the international border in Jammu district, police said. The Pakistan Rangers targeted the Border Security Force (BSF) posts on the international border in R.S. Pura sector in Jammu Friday morning, a senior police officer told IANS here. The BSF has ret...

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