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Vitamin B12 could detoxify pollutants

London, Oct 20 (IANS) Looking at how certain organisms manage to lower the toxicity of pollutants, researchers have discovered that vitamin B12 could be the key to combating pollution. The findings could lead to more effective methods for detoxifying dangerous pollutants like PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and dioxins, the researchers said. Some of the most toxic pollutants con...

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Heart attack ups depression risk in women

London, Oct 20 (IANS) Women are at a higher risk of developing anxiety and depression after a heart attack than men, new research shows. In a study involving 160 patients from Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Clinics in Lithuania, researchers investigated the impact of gender and cardio-vascular disease risk factors on the risk of developing depression and anxiety after an heart a...

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Election results shocker for Congress, likely to impact its revival

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) The results of the Haryana and Maharashtra assembly polls came as a shocker for the Congress and made its revival even more difficult as the party has been defeated in the states that had been its traditional strongholds. The Congress finished third in both the states. The results once again raised questions on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's leadership wi...

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'More electricity access in India entailed small climate impact'

London, Oct 20 (IANS) Brushing aside apprehensions about India's growing energy consumption, researchers have found that improving household electricity over the last 30 years in India contributed only marginally to the growth of the nation's total carbon emissions. This study shows that the climate impacts of expanding access are in fact very small, said researcher Shonali Pachauri from...

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Stop creating fake profiles to nab criminals: Facebook

New York, Oct 20 (IANS) Social networking site Facebook has asked the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to desist from creating fake profiles to nab criminals. In a letter to the agency, Facebook's chief security officer Joe Sullivan wrote: We regard the DEA's conduct to be a knowing and serious breach of Facebook's terms and policies. The social network asks that the DEA immediat...

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People enjoy tweets they did not ask for: Twitter

New York, Oct 20 (IANS) Do you enjoy tweets that land in your account from people you do not follow? A latest experiment from the micro-blogging site revealed that people like viewing tweets they did not ask for. According to a Twitter blog post, [T]here are times when you might miss out on Tweets we think you'd enjoy. To help you keep up with what's happening, we've been testing ways to...

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Insecurity from masses greatest challenge: Big B

Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) Amitabh Bachchan has seen highs and lows in his over 40-year-old career and the megastar, who enjoys a strong fan base all over the globe, says insecurity from the masses is greatest challenge for celebrities. The 72-year-old eagerly waits to see his fans gather in front of his house here every Sunday - and the crowds have only grown over the years. Big B to...

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Gene mutation linked to leukaemia occurs among elderly

Washington, Oct 20 (IANS) At least two percent of people over age 40 and five percent of people over 70 have mutations linked to leukaemia and lymphoma in their blood cells, according to research at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. Mutations in the body's cells randomly accumulate as part of the ageing process, and most are harmless. For some people, genetic chang...

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Telugu actor hopes 'Porkuthirai' finds him more work in Tamil films

Chennai, Oct 20 (IANS) Telugu actor Chaitanya Krishna, who has starred in Tamil film Rowthiram earlier in his career, hopes to find more work in the industry through his upcoming Tamil revenge drama Porkuthirai. I hope people will appreciate the film and offer me more work in Tamil. I've already worked in a Tamil film where I've played a villain, so I wish to work again in the language, ...

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Maharashtra leaves BJP wondering

Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) The BJP is caught in a cleft-stick, thanks to a fractured mandate in the Maharashtra assembly elections. With no political party securing clear majority, a period of political instability looms ahead in Maharashtra. Hectic politicking has started in the Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the possibility of cobbling up a workable alliance - again...

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New spine disease clue found in mummies

London, Oct 20 (IANS) Refuting earlier claims, researchers have discovered that a degenerative spinal condition and not a spinal inflammatory disease hit members of the ancient Egyptian royal families from the 18th to the early 20th dynasties. Ankylosing spondylitis, a systemic disease that causes inflammation in the spinal joints was earlier thought to have affected members of the ancie...

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Bengal's folk music to enthrall Reunion Island this Diwali

Kolkata, Oct 20 (IANS) West Bengal's folk music will set the tune for the Diwali festival at the Reunion Island, a French island located in the Indian Ocean. Baul singer Laxman Das from Bengal's Bolpur, members of Kolkata-based folk band Sahajiya and other artists from the state will perform at the island, located approximately 5,300 km from India in the Indian Ocean, off Madagascar. ...

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Important to respect producer's money, time: Director Hari

Chennai, Oct 20 (IANS) Director Hari Gopalakrishnan, who is awaiting the release of forthcoming Tamil film Poojai, says he gives prime importance and respect to the producer who invests money and time in a film. Every extra minute while shooting will cost a producer his money. As a director, I'm aware of that and hence, always try to finish all my films on or before time. I had asked for...

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Presidential visit helps India establish presence in key Arctic region

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) With the resource-rich Arctic region becoming the focus of heightened attention, President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to the two Nordic countries of Norway and Finland last week was a crucial step by India to assert its willingness to have a strong presence in the Arctic Council and to work closely with the eight countries of the region. Mukherjee, who paid a six-d...

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New Zealand parliament holds its first session after polls

Wellington, Oct 20 (IANS) New Zealand's 51st Parliament Monday held its first sitting since last month's general election for the swearing-in of all 121 members. David Carter, a member of the National Party, was re-elected the speaker, Xinhua reported. The ceremony began with the three Royal Commissioners - the Chief Justice, the Court of Appeal president, and the Chief High Cour...

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Lipsky, Lahiri head stellar Asian Tour cast at CIMB Classic

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 20 (IANS) Asian Tour hotshots David Lipsky of the US and India's Anirban Lahiri will spearhead a strong line-up of Asian Tour stars at the $7 million CIMB Classic from Oct 30 to Nov 2. Lipsky and Lahiri, who currently occupy the top-two spots on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, will be among the leading 10 players from the region's premier Tour who will go head-to-head wi...

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No ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu, Oct 20 (IANS) There has been no ceasefire violation on the border in Jammu and Kashmir for the past one day, an official said Monday. There has been no violation of ceasefire on the border...for the past one day, a senior official of the provincial administration told IANS in Jammu. The Pakistan Rangers had fired at Indian positions in Pargwal area of R.S. Pura sector Sund...

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George Clooney to throw another wedding party?

London, Oct 20 (IANS) It seems that actor George Clooney's wedding festivities are not over yet. The actor is reportedly throwing another party in Buckinghamshire to celebrate his wedding to British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. According to a report in The Sun newspaper, they are organising a bash at the Danesfield House in Buckinghamshire Oct 24, reports contactmusic.com. ...

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'Kaththi' release in Tamil Nadu uncertain

Chennai, Oct 20 (IANS) The release of Vijay-starrer Tamil actioner Kaththi Wednesday in Tamil Nadu looks uncertain due to an 'unproven link' between the film's producer Lyca Productions' and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Tamil fringe groups have demanded the removal of Lyca Productions' name from the banner for smooth release of A.R. Murugadoss-directed Kaththi in the state.

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Japan's justice minister quits

Tokyo, Oct 20 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Monday accepted the resignation of Justice Minister Midori Matsushima after she offered to quit over an allegation of misusing campaign funds. Two of the five women in Abe's cabinet resigned Monday, beset by allegations of misusing political funds, dealing a blow to the prime minister's efforts to boost the profile of women, Japan T...

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