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Time to test your Japanese speaking skills

Kolkata, Oct 31 (IANS) Students learning Japanese can test their skills in the language at the 27th edition of the Japanese Language Speech Contest to be held here Nov 8, a statement said Friday. The speech contest is meant to encourage students to express spontaneously their own thoughts in Japanese language. A round of questions from the judges will follow after the completion ...

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Sunny seas found on Saturn's moon Titan

Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) NASA's Cassini spacecraft caught a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting from hydrocarbon seas as the spacecraft soared past Saturn's moon Titan recently. Earlier, Cassini had separately captured views of the polar seas and the sun glinting off them, but this is the first time both have been seen together in the same view, the US space agency said in a statement...

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Hend confident of retaining Chiangmai Golf Classic title

Chiangmai (Thailand), Oct 31 (IANS) Long-hitting Scott Hend hopes to continue his fantastic form when he defends his title at the $750,000 Chiangmai Golf Classic from Nov 13 to 16. The powerful Australian capped a superb two-week swing when he won the Hong Kong Open a fortnight ago and contended for the Venetian Macau Open title before settling for second place last weekend. His ...

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Lisa Haydon down with dengue

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Actress Lisa Haydon skipped the promotion of her forthcoming film The Shaukeens here Friday as she is suffering from dengue, said her co-stars. Lisa is unwell. She was supposed to be here. We apologise for her absence. She is suffering from dengue, Akshay Kumar told reporters here. Lisa was set to attend The Shaukeens event, a film which is tagged as a co...

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Coming robots move gracefully like humans

New York, Oct 31 (IANS) A team of engineers at Disney Research has developed a system that will help robotic arms move swiftly and gracefully with precise control. Called hybrid fluid transmission, the system will enable soft interactions between people and the machines in homes and at work places. We have combined the best elements of a hydraulic system with the best elements of...

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Neera: farmers' lucky charm, drinkers' delight

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 31 (IANS) After waiting in the wings for long, thanks to bureaucratic delays, neera, a coconut water-based non-alcoholic drink, appears to have finally come of age and is all set to become the coconut farmers' lucky charm and the drinkers' delight. Tapped from the bunches on coconut trees, neera is sweet and a proven health drink, while toddy, also from the sam...

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'The Best Of Me' an ideal date film

Film: The Best Of Me; Cast: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Caroline Goodall, Sebastian Arcelus, Gerald McRaney; Director: Michael Hoffman; Rating: *** Do you believe in the stars, romance and second chances in life? If you do, then this film is for you. The story captures the enduring power of true love and the wrenching choices one faces when conf...

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Sandeep Yadav to make film on woman dacoit

Etawah, Oct 31 (IANS) Actor Sandeep Yadav is all set to direct a film on the life of a woman dacoit and visited here to scout the location to shoot the movie. Yadav was looking for locations between the Chambal and Yamuna rivers to shoot the film. He also visited Saifai, a village in Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh, from where Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav hails. A...

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Feeling of sadness lingers on longer

London, Oct 31 (IANS) It's official. A sad feeling lasts longer than being ashamed, surprised, irritated or even bored. According to a study, sadness often goes hand-in-hand with events of greater impact such as death or accidents. You need more time to mull over and cope with what happened to fully comprehend it, said lead authors Philippe Verduyn and Saskia Lavrijsen from the U...

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Competition commission okays Adani-Lanco power plant deal

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Fair trade watchdog, Competition Commission of India (CCI), has approved Adani Power's Rs.6,000 crore purchase of Lanco Infratech's 1,200 MW thermal plant in Udupi, Karnataka, setting at rest concerns on monopolising market share. Post combination the combined market share of the acquirer, both in terms of installed capacity and electricity generation, would not ...

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New twist to Goa's peculiar 'dual nationality' issue

Panaji, Oct 31 (IANS) Portugal's new consul general in Goa has given a new spin to the simmering row on the eligibility of indigenous Goans for Portuguese nationality, an issue that has forced the state government to approach the central government for help. On a day when Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar attended a meeting at the home ministry in Delhi seeking a 'dual nationality-ty...

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Modi the star at unity run

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Mobile cameras were held aloft and the crowd surged forward with chants of Modi, Modi as soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi climbed down the dais to flag off the Run for Unity here Friday to mark the 139th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The security personnel, who till then were strictly preventing the people from moving forward, were unable to ...

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Toddlers copy peers to fit in, apes don't

London, Oct 31 (IANS) The tendency to adjust behaviour and preferences just to fit in a group or community appears in children at an age as early as two years -- but not so in our close relatives like chimpanzees and orangutans, a new research shows. Our research shows that children as young as two years of age conform to others, while chimpanzees and orangutans instead prefer to stick w...

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Technology to improve dog-human relationship

New York, Oct 31 (IANS) If a dog is a friend to some, it could be a guide to others and thanks to a new high-tech harness equipped with a suite of technologies, dog lovers can now track the physical and emotional stress of their pets and send appropriate signals to them. We have developed a platform for computer-mediated communication between humans and dogs that opens the door to new av...

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'Ankhon Dekhi' sets the ball rolling for DIFF

Dharamsala, Oct 31 (IANS) The third season of Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) began with a packed screening of Rajat Kapoor's much-acclaimed directorial Ankhon Dekhi here. The warm domestic drama, starring Rajat himself with Sanjay Mishra, was screened Thursday evening. It tells the tale of 55-year-old patriarch Bauji, who lives with his family in a cramped buildin...

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Learn to stay safe, fear no stigma to win fight against Ebola

Geneva, Oct 31 (IANS/EFE) Overcome apprehension, know how to use protective equipment, trust the security protocol and do not be afraid of social stigma. These are the basic rules taught to 30 volunteers who, after receiving Red Cross training, will travel Friday to West Africa to fight the Ebola epidemic. The most important thing is to not be afraid of infection, because otherwise yo...

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President flags off Run for Unity

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Friday flagged off 'Run For Unity' at Rashtrapati Bhavan to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Pranab Mukherjee flagged off 'Run for Unity' in Rashtrapati Bhavan today (Friday) in which around 2,000 people participated, said a tweet by the President's Office. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has dec...

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Five killed in Afghan road accident

Kabul, Oct 31 (IANS) At least five people were killed and 46 others injured Friday when a passenger bus collided with a truck in Afghanistan. According to police, the crash occurred in Baghlan province's Baladori area. The accident was a result of reckless driving, a police official told Xinhua. Rescue teams at the site said the casualties could escalate as several injure...

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President congratulates Pankaj Advani

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Friday congratulated cueist Pankaj Advani on winning his 12th world title in World Billiards Championship in Leeds, Britain. In his message, Mukherjee said: I am extremely delighted to know that you have achieved your 12th World Title in Leeds, and become the first player to win the grand double thrice...Please accept my hearty congratu...

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Get cat eye look - a la celebrities

Los Angeles, Oct 31 (IANS) Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren and the new guard of starlets including Lupita Nyong'o and Gwen Stefani have made cat eye make-up iconic. Here's how to get the perfect cat eye make-up, reports people.com: * Step one: Prime your lids with pressed powder. This creates a smooth base for your liner to easily glide over. * Step t...

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