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Party planning attracts Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Los Angeles, Sep 20 (IANS) Actress Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting says she would like be a party planner in another life. The 28-year-old beauty shared her love for planning extravagant events on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, reports femalefirst.co.uk. In July, the actress of The Big Bang Theory fame, had pulled out all the stops to organise a surprise birthday bash for her husband, Ryan Sweet...

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NRAI congratulates Jitu Rai, Shweta for Asiad medals

New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh Saturday congratulated Jitu Rai and Shweta Chaudhry, who won the gold and bronze on the first competition day of the 17th Asian Games at Incheon. World No.5 Rai, fresh from his silver medal finish at the World Championships in Spain, clinched the yellow metal in men's 50 metre pistol while World ...

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AIR starts radio conferencing to expedite administrative matters

New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) Aiming to expedite communication on administrative and professional matters, public broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) Saturday started radio conferencing from its headquarters here covering all stations under its network, a statement said. This new initiative will enables the director general and other top officers of AIR to address all stations simultaneously at...

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Lady Gaga turns into Greek goddess

London, Sep 20 (IANS) Pop star Lady Gaga, popular for her outrageous outfits, took style inspiration from Athens' architecture during her recent tour of the city. Gaga dressed as a caryatid Friday in Athens as she headed to the Olympic Stadium for a performance as part of her tour ArtRave: The Artpop Ball, reports dailymail.co.uk. The 28-year-old looked angelic in a white gown a...

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Syrian forces attack rebel-held town

Damascus, Sep 20 (IANS) Syrian forces Saturday started a wide-scale offensive on a key rebel-held Syrian city northeast of the capital Damascus. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the Syrian Air Force carried out eight airstrikes on Adra and the nearby Tal Kurdi, Xinhua reported. The Syrian army clashed with an array of rebel groups in Adra, mainly the Al Qaeda-lin...

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Malaysia to seek justice for MH17 via UNGA

Kuala Lumpur, Sep 20 (IANS) Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein Saturday said that Malaysia will use the platform of the ongoing 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, to seek justice for the victims of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over the Ukraine. Hussein said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who would address the assembly, would r...

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More Hubble observation time goes to men: Study

Washington, Sep 20 (IANS) In a disturbing trend, an internal Hubble Space Telescope (HST) study has found that in each of the past 11 observation proposal cycles, applications led by male principal investigators had a higher success rate than those led by women. For an astronomer, winning precious observation time on the Hubble is a big deal - more than three-quarters of proposals are re...

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President condoles mandolin player U. Srinivas' death

New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday condoled the death of mandolin musician Uppalapu Srinivas. In a message to his brother, U. Rajesh, Mukherjee said: I am extremely saddened to learn about the untimely passing away of your brother. Srinivas died Friday morning at a private hospital in Chennai. In his passing away, the nation has lost a renowned a...

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BJD expels senior leader for anti-party activities

Bhubaneswar, Sep 20 (IANS) Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Saturday expelled its senior leader and former state finance minister Prafulla Ghadai from the party for anti-party activities. Prafulla Ghadai has been expelled from the party, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters. The expulsion came hours after local newspaper Sambad published excerpt of an yet-to-be publi...

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Modi's defence of Muslims - a little too late?

If some of the recent statements of the saffron netizens and the actions threatened by Hindutva outfits are noted, then it can seem that the hardliners have learnt nothing from the setbacks suffered by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recent by-elections. Except for winning an assembly seat in West Bengal, presumably as a result of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's travails caused ...

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China closes 1.8 mn networking accounts in porn crackdown

Beijing, Sep 20 (IANS) China has closed nearly 1.8 million social networking and instant messaging accounts since April, when it launched a campaign to purge the internet of obscene content, Xinhua reported Saturday. The Cyberspace Administration of China, formerly known as the State Internet Information Office closed microblog, WeChat and QQ accounts, a statement said late Friday. These...

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Kurdish militias kill 18 IS rebels in Syria

Damacus, Sep 20 (IANS) At least 18 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in clashes with Kurdish militias in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday. The killing of the IS fighters is part of the ongoing battles between the terror group and the Kurdish militias of People's Protection Unites (YPG) in the outskirts of the city of Ayn al-Arab in Aleppo provi...

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Physicists verify Einstein's time-dilation theory

London, Sep 20 (IANS) Do you believe that a person travelling in a high-speed rocket would age more slowly than people back on Earth? Giving a thrust to the time-dilation effect, physicists have verified a key prediction of Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity with unprecedented accuracy. Clocks made of lithium ions helped the researchers to do so. The experiments confi...

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Microbial cell technology to better clean-up rural waste

Washington, Sep 20 (IANS) In a bid to help under-developed countries clean polluted water more effectively, researchers at the Washington State University (WSU) have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas. The first microbe-powered, self-sustaining wastewater treatment system could lead to an inexpensive and quick way to cl...

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Eight members of Ebola fact-finding mission killed in Guinea

Dakar, Sep 20 (IANS/EFE) Eight members of a government team were killed with machetes and knives by residents of a village in a remote area of Guinea where they had gone to gather data about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease, African media outlets said. The reports Friday said the incident occurred Wednesday in the town of Wome in the rainforest region of the West African coun...

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Voting for New Zealand general elections ends

Wellington, Sep 20 (IANS) Voting for New Zealand's general elections ended Saturday and counting of the ballots has begun. Polling stations across the country opened at 9 a.m., Xinhua reported. According to the Electoral Commission, almost 3.1 million people have registered to vote and 557,174 had already cast advance votes. New Zealand has a mixed member-proportional rep...

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To Hrishikesh Mukherjee, with love: Sonam Kapoor on 'Khoobsurat'

Mumbai, Sep 20 (IANS) Sonam Kapoor says her latest Bollywood release Khoobsurat is a tribute to the late iconic filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee, who had helmed the original 1980 film which was titled Khubsoorat. Our 'Khubsoorat' is dedicated to Hrishikesh Mukherjee, with love. Lots of it, Sonam said in an interview. The film hit the screens Friday. Starring Pakistani sensation Faw...

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UP announces Rs. 50 lakh award for shooter Jitu Rai

Lucknow, Sep 20 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Saturday announced a cash award of Rs. 50 lakh for ace shooter Jitu Rai, who won a gold medal at the ongoing Incheon Asian Games. A government spokesman said that the chief minister was happy that World No.5 Jitu Rai, who was from the state had emerged champion in the men's 50 metre pistol event to give India its first ...

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Aishwarya, Freida in L'Oréal Paris' star-studded ad

Los Angeles, Sep 20 (IANS) Indian beauties Aishwarya Rai and Freida Pinto feature alongside Hollywood celebrities like Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria, Blake Lively, Jane Fonda and Julianne Moore in a star-studded ad campaign by beauty brand L'Oréal Paris. The actresses are L'Oréal Paris brand ambassadors, and the latest ad is for its latest lipstick collection. The collection is ca...

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True love stays forever

London, Sep 20 (IANS) Only true love stays forever is a saying that has been proved to be true as British archeologists have unearthed skeletons of a couple holding hands while searching for a lost chapel in Leicestershire, media reports said. The skeletal remains of the couple were locked in an embrace for the past 700 years. We have seen similar skeletons before from Leicester ...

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