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OPEC daily basket again closes higher

Vienna, Aug 28 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $100.06 a barrel Wednesday, compared to $99.82 Tuesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat. The new OPEC reference basket comprises Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwai), Es Sider (L...

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Engage with babbling infants to improve language learning

New York, Aug 28 (IANS) How a parent responds to an infant's babbling can speed up the child's language development, new research shows. Parents may not understand a baby's prattling, but by listening and responding, they let their infants know they can communicate which leads to children forming complex sounds and using language more quickly, researchers observed. The findings c...

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Rose McGowan eyes Oscar for directorial debut

Los Angeles, Aug 28 (IANS) Actress Rose McGowan hopes to win an Oscar by launching a week-long movie festival that will feature her directorial debut. The Charmed star stepped behind the camera for a short film called Dawn, which was received with critical acclaim after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Now McGowan is hoping to win gold at next y...

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Courteney Cox should enjoy engagement: Aniston

Los Angeles, Aug 28 (IANS) Actress Jennifer Aniston says her former Friends co-star Courteney Cox should enjoy being engaged. Aniston is thrilled that Cox is planning to marry Snow Patrol rocker Johnny McDaid after he proposed to her earlier this summer. But she doesn't think the 50-year-old actress should rush down the aisle, reports femalefirst.co.uk. When asked if she and Cox ...

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Modi greets Japan, Abe -- in Japanese

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Two days before he flies to Tokyo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday greeted his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and saluted the Japanese people -- in a series of tweets in Japanese. Saying he was keenly looking forward to the Aug 30-Sep 3 trip, Modi underlined that the Japan visit (was) an opportunity to take our ties to a new level and increase cooperation ...

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Daily exercise improves bone and joint health

New York, Aug 28 (IANS) Daily exercise and a healthy food regime helps minimise bone and joint health decline. According to new research on senior elite athletes, being physically active may significantly improve musculo-skeletal and overall health and delay the effects of ageing. A lot of the deterioration we see with ageing can be attributed to a more sedentary lifestyle instea...

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Jaswant Singh continues to be in coma

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Former union minister and former Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jaswant Singh continued to remain in coma for the 21st day Thursday in a Delhi hospital, a doctor said. Jaswant Singh's condition is still the same. As he is not responding well to the treatment given, he is under close scrutiny of a team of doctors, a senior doctor from the Army Hospital (Research an...

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Dozen Indian firms in Forbes Asia's Fab 50, China tops list

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) A dozen Indian companies figure in the 2014 Forbes Asia's Fabulous 50 list of the region's'best big publicly traded companies, following China with the most companies on the list. The Fabulous 50 companies are selected from a pool of 1,300 publicly listed companies in Asia with at least $3 billion in annual revenue or market capitalization, Forbes said.

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Power cuts imposed in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Aug 28 (IANS) With power deficit assuming serious proportions, the Rajasthan government-owned electricity distribution companies have decided to impose power cuts in the state effective Thursday, officials said. However, Jaipur and Kota cities have been kept out of these scheduled outages. For domestic consumers, daily four-hour power cut in two phases of two hours each h...

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Indian-origin researcher's model to empower women in IT

New York, Aug 28 (IANS) Under-representation of skills had forced women working in the IT sector to flee the profession but a 12-year-old model by an Indian-origin researcher can help stem the gender bias, a significant study says. Studies show that number of women who have graduated with degrees in computer and information science have plummeted from 37 percent in 1985 to 18 percent in ...

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AIIMS starts proceedings against Himachal IAS officer

Shimla, Aug 28 (IANS) Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has approved disciplinary proceedings against a senior Himachal Pradesh IAS officer who is facing a CBI inquiry into allegations of financial irregularities during his previous stint with the AIIMS in Delhi. In a communique to the chief secretary, the AIIMS vigilance cell told the state: The AIIMS president, Union Health Minister ...

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Richardson pleased with ICC World Cup 2015 preparations

Dubai, Aug 28 (IANS) International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson Thursday expressed his satisfaction with preparations for World Cup 2015 after receiving detailed updates in Wellington and Melbourne this week. The briefings and presentations took place in the two host cities from Aug 25 to 27, and followed venue inspections in which the ICC and the Local Organisi...

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Sensex scales new high; oil and gas stocks surge

Mumbai, Aug 28 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Thursday hit a record high of 26,674.38 points surpassing its previous high of 26,630.74 points it touched Aug 25. Good buying was observed in oil and gas, capital goods and auto sectors, while selling pressure was seen in healthcare sector. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchang...

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Kerala Tourism inks MoU with GoAir

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 28 (IANS) The Kerala Tourism Thursday inked an MoU with budget air-carrier GoAir, which has agreed to offer exclusive discounted fares to tourists visiting the state. There was a symbiotic relation between aviation and tourism industries and there was already an agreement with Jet Airways, which brings in tourists to Kerala at discounted rates, Kerala Tourism secr...

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Tatra case: Court summons Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) A court here Thursday summoned Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh (retd), accused of offering bribe to then army chief Gen. V.K. Singh for clearing a tranche of sub-standard Tatra trucks for the force. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Madhu Jain issued summons to Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh after taking cognisance of the chargesheet filed against him.

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Jennifer Aniston looking for directorial debut

Los Angeles, Aug 28 (IANS) Actress Jennifer Aniston is on the hunt for a perfect feature film to make her directorial debut. The former Friends star has taken on two short films but now she wants to direct a feature movie, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Directing is the next big hurdle I want to take on. I've done some short films that I just loved the experience of doing. I'm just w...

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Saradha scam: CBI raids several locations in Kolkata

Kolkata, Aug 28 (IANS) Probing the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Thursday raided several places here, including the offices of city businessman Sandhir Agarwal. Now in CBI custody, Agarwal, accused of extorting crores of rupees from Saradha promoter and scam kingpin Sudipta Sen, was arrested Aug 24. CBI sleuths also searched the reside...

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Kerala to study 'Gujarat model' of dry state

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 28 (IANS) With Kerala deciding to close all the 730 bars to bring about prohibition in a phased manner, Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar Wednesday said they would study Gujarat model of a dry state for tourists. When it comes to the tourism industry, tourists arrive in the state for enjoyment and some do drink. Yes, this is an issue. We will look into what the mod...

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Big B dances with Deepika, Arjun to 'Bootiya'

Mumbai, Aug 28 (IANS) The peppy track Shake your bootiya made megastar Amitabh Bachchan put on his dancing shoes for a jig with Finding Fanny stars Arjun Kapoor and Deepika Padukone on a new episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati. The song from the young stars' forthcoming film Finding Fanny is on everyone's lips and the 71-year-old enjoyed dancing on it when the duo joined him on the set of K...

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Russell Brand to feature in documentary on self

London, Aug 28 (IANS) Comedian Russell Brand will feature in a documentary titled Brand The Film, about himself. The comedian and actor granted a film company access to his work and personal life for the past five years and now the footage is being turned into a feature-length film, reports mirror.co.uk. The documentary is currently in post-production and is due to come out next ...

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