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We're bored, say grumpy policemen at Islamabad sit-ins

Islamabad, Aug 21 (IANS) Policemen deployed at the massive sit-ins here are their wits end since nothing is happening and the boredom is too much. Islamabad is swarming with police personnel who are deployed at the sit-ins organised by Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Tahirul Qadri led Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). Both parties are pressing for the resignation of Prime Min...

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Lizard tails may help humans get new limbs

New York, Aug 21 (IANS) Lizard tails have fascinated humans from ancient times, falling off and growing back just like new. Now, scientists have solved the mystery of how lizards can regenerate their tails. They discovered the genetic recipe for lizard tail regeneration, which may come down to using genetic ingredients in just the right mixture and amounts. By following the genet...

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India committed to boosting ties with Arab world: Sushma

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Emphasizing the government's unflinching commitment to expand ties with the Arab world, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Thursday said there was no change in India's policy of extending strong support to the Palestinian cause, while maintaining good relations with Israel. Addressing the inaugural session of the First India-League of Arab States Media Sympo...

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'Suicide tourism' on rise in Switzerland: Study

London, Aug 21 (IANS) People packing their bags to Switzerland not to rest in its serenity but to end their lives through assisted suicide has doubled in four years, reveals a study. There are six right to die organisations in Switzerland, of which four permit nationals from other countries to use their services. Citizens from Germany and Britain make up the bulk of the numbers w...

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Don't venture out after dark: Jammu villagers advised

Jammu, Aug 21 (IANS) With the Pakistan Rangers continuing to violate a bilateral ceasefire, villagers in Jammu's R.S. Pura and Arnia areas were Thursday advised not to venture out of their homes after dark. A senior official told IANS here that people living in villages close to the international border in R.S. Pura and Arnia sectors have been advised by the security forces not to ventur...

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Now, a nutrition expert for plants

Shimla, Aug 21 (IANS) Move over nutritionists for men and women. Here comes a nutrition expert for fruit-bearing plants who helps growers in Himachal Pradesh reap bumper high quality harvests. A state government-run scheme now analyses the leaves of various fruit plants and figures out the quantity of micro contents such as iron, manganese, copper and zinc, and major nutrients such as ni...

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US gurdwaras to help project positive Sikh image

Washington, Aug 21 (IANS) Over 100 representatives from gurdwaras across the US have pledged support for National Sikh Campaign's plan to engage top US political operatives and media firms for presenting the community positively. Meeting here over the weekend for a grassroots meeting called by the newly formed NSC, the gurdwara representatives set a target of raising $5 million to shape ...

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Goa CM apologises for calling African a 'Nigro'

Panaji, Aug 21 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Thursday apologised for referring to an African national as a 'Negro' spelt wrongly as Nigro, in an annexure submitted to the state assembly by the home ministry. If someone is hurt, I apologise, Parrikar told the state assembly during zero hour. ...

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Poynter, Goulding to marry?

London, Aug 21 (IANS) Star couple Dougie Poynter and Ellie Goulding are said to be contemplating taking the next step in their relationship and getting married. The singers are completely smitten with one another and it is believed that it is only a matter of time before he pops the question, reports femalefirst.co.uk. They must have talked about it. If Dougie was to ask, I'm alm...

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My back's just fine: Arjun Kapoor

Mumbai, Aug 21 (IANS) Actor Arjun Kapoor, who is said to have hurt his back while grooving to a peppy number for Tevar, says he's fine. Ok for the record me n my back r just fine...one of the most random articles I have read recently about myself.. Btw Tevar's last day today, Arjun posted on his Twitter page Thursday. He was shooting the song sequence with Shruti Haasan. ...

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Army conducts flag march in Assam's troubled district

Guwahati, Aug 21 (IANS) Army Thursday conducted flag march in Assam's troubled Golaghat district near the border with Nagaland, even as a youth was injured when security forces fired rubber bullets at protestors who defied a curfew. Curfew was imposed in the district Wednesday after three people died when police fired at protestors, who took to the streets in Rongajan and Arengapathar ar...

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Pain pills less effective in irritable bowel syndrome

Sydney, Aug 21 (IANS) Australian researchers have discovered that the immune system is defective in people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and this renders pain treatment ineffective in such people. The gut contains specialised immune cells known as monocytes and macrophages. Our research has shown that in healthy people, these immune cells normally secrete opioid chemica...

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Pakistan political crisis: Lawyers on a day's strike

Islamabad, Aug 21 (IANS) Two lawyers' organisations observed a country-wide strike Thursday to support democracy and ensure supremacy of the constitution. The move comes amidst a political imbroglio following the incessant demand of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whose government, they say, is i...

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Peaceful voting in Karnataka assembly by-polls

Bangalore, Aug 21 (IANS) Polling was peaceful Thursday in three assembly constituencies in Karnataka where by-polls are being held to fill the vacant seats in the state legislature. Voting is underway in the three assembly constituencies of Bellary Rural (Reserved), Chikkodi-Sadalga and Shikaripura amid tight security, an official told IANS. Though polling began on a dull note at...

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'Haider' song 'Bismil' was challenging for Shahid

Mumbai, Aug 21 (IANS) Actor Shahid Kapoor, who is a trained dancer, found it challenging to move in an unusual manner to the music of the song Bismil, which features in his forthcoming film Haider. The actor says it is the best shot song of his career. It is one of the best shot songs of my career. The location, the elements like facepaint to depict war situations, have been used...

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Jennifer Lopez's first book out in November

Los Angeles, Aug 21 (IANS) Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez has announced that her first book True Love will launch Nov 4. The 45-year-old took to Twitter to share the news, reports eonline.com. Hola JLovers, my first book #TrueLove will be released Nov 4, she tweeted. According to Penguin Publishing, True Love, explores one of her life's most defining periods-the transforma...

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Pakistan government, Imran Khan's party hold talks

Islamabad, Aug 21 (IANS) The Pakistani government and leaders from Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf held talks here over the present political impasse. Geo TV reported that the talks were held at a private hotel here. Among others, the government was represented by Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid and Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar. Imran Khan has made six deman...

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Madonna, Timor Steffens are 'done' with

Los Angeles, Aug 21 (IANS) Singer Madonna has split from her boyfriend Timor Steffens after they reportedly fell out during a family holiday earlier this month. Madonna and the 26-year-old dancer started dating in January. The duo two reportedly fell out on her son Rocco's 14th birthday during their family holiday to the South of France earlier this month, reports femalefirst.co.uk. <...

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Argentine driver charged with killing pope's relatives

Buenos Aires, Aug 21 (IANS/EFE) An Argentine truck driver, involved in an accident that killed four relatives of Pope Francis, has been charged with murder, officials said. Raul Pombo was charged Wednesday for killing the pope's nephew, Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, his wife Valeria Carmona and their two sons, Jose and Antonio. The accident occurred Tuesday when the vehicle in which...

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Nawaz Sharif meets president

Islamabad, Aug 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday discussed the current political imbroglio with President Mamnoon Hussain, a media report said. Nawaz Sharif called on the president at the Aiwan-i-Sadr in Islamabad. During the meeting, Nawaz Sharif took the president into confidence on the prevailing political crisis and demands put forward by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-I...

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