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BJP a major factor as Kashmir readies to vote

Srinagar/Jammu, Nov 23 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir will vote starting Tuesday in assembly elections that have for the first time made the BJP a major power, much to the chagrin of the state's established parties. A host of issues are hogging the campaign. These include allegations of corruption and family rule, how to improve the economy, how to bring back Bollywood to the scenic s...

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All's not well between Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick

Los Angeles, Nov 23 (IANS) Pregnant reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian has hinted at a relationship strife with partner Scott Disick by posting a cryptic message-based image on a social media platform. The 35-year-old and Disick have been facing a roller-coaster relationship over the years. It looks as if the duo may have hit another rough patch, amid Kourtney, being pregnant with the c...

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Indian eves hoping for a winning start against Proteas

Bengaluru, Nov 23 (IANS) Riding high on confidence after notching an innings win in the one-off Test at Mysuru last week, the Mithali Raj-led Indian women's cricket team will seek to carry the momentum into the one-day series against South Africa commencing here Monday. All three One-Day Internationals (ODI) will take place here Nov 24, 26 and 28 as part of the seven-round ICC Women's Ch...

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A bumpy ride for Himachal's apples

Shimla, Nov 23 (IANS) A World Bank-funded multi-million road project in Himachal Pradesh, earlier awarded to a Chinese firm but which missed its deadline following which an Indian contractor was hired, is caught in a political slugfest. The main opposition BJP has been blaming the ruling Congress for abnormal delay in the completion of the bumpy 80-km-long Theog-Kotkhai-Hatkoti-Rohru str...

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Government considering changes to Companies Act

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Ahead of the winter session of parliament beginning Monday, the corporate affairs ministry has drafted a note for cabinet approval to amend the Companies Act passed during the previous UPA government. The ministry has had extensive consultations with stakeholders on the Companies Act, 2013, which came into effect from April 1 this year. An official source...

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What causes discomfort among users of contact lenses

Melbourne, Nov 23 (IANS) If you are not comfortable wearing contact lenses, it could be due to degradation of the lipid layer in the eyes' natural tear film, says a study. Patients with discomfort showed degradation of the lipid layer after a few hours of wearing contact lenses, the researchers found. The tear film is a three-layered sandwich of fluids that nourishes and protects...

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Rosetta's comet landing captured in 3D

London, Nov 23 (IANS) A stunning 3D image generated from data collected by Rosetta Lander Imaging System (ROLIS) aboard the European Space Agency's Philae lander shows what it would look like to fly over the surface of an alien celestial body. In the image, the landing site Agilkia on the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko can be seen immediately below. In the top right of ...

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30 militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, Nov 23 (IANS) At least 30 Taliban militants were killed in operations across Afghanistan, authorities said Sunday. Operations were carried out by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) against militants in Nangarhar, Baghlan, Farah and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan, Xinhua reported, citing from an official statement. The ANSF confiscated rounds of ammunition, 10 mot...

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Open online courses: A welcome step in Indian education system

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) India has officially jumped on to the open online courses bandwagon with the government announcing Swayam, an initiative that aims at providing affordable and quality education to citizens for free. The move is a welcome step in India, which battles a shortage of infrastructure and qualified teachers in higher education, with the model also having the potential t...

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Ashim Samanta to make children's film 'God! Hai Toh Samne Aa'

Mumbai, Nov 23 (IANS) Late filmmaker Shakti Samanta's son Ashim is set to make a children's film titled God! Hai Toh Samne Aa. It will be a small-budget movie. Talking about the storyline of the movie, Ashim told IANS: It's about a 12-year-old child, who fights with god, is very intelligent and wants to study. Due to many problems, he is not able to carry out things as he wants a...

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Workers of small, locally-owned firms show more loyalty

Washington, Nov 23 (IANS) A research reveals that employees who work at small, locally-owned businesses have the highest level of loyalty towards their employers. Such workers tend to stay committed to their company even in the face of low job satisfaction. When it comes to your job, it is usually not just one thing that affects your commitment. You may say 'I like my boss' or 'I...

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In Rajasthan, a cradle which saved over 100 female infants

Udaipur, Nov 23 (IANS) Nearly three years ago, Radha, an infant then, was found lying in thorny bushes in Rajasthan's Pratapgarh district. The palm-sized girl child was badly bruised and almost dead. Today, Radha is a chirpy curly-haired girl with big eyes. She could have been another case of female infanticide in Rajasthan which, as per independent statistics, reports 2,000 such cases every day ...

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New method to gauge magnetic field of exoplanet

London, Nov 23 (IANS) In a breakthrough, scientists have developed a new method to estimate the magnetic field of a distant exoplanet. An exoplanet is a planet that is located outside our solar system and orbits a different star. For the first time, they have been able to estimate the value of the magnetic moment and the shape of the magnetosphere of the exoplanet called HD 20945...

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Why you can't say no to a date with the unsuitable

Toronto, Nov 23 (IANS) New research says that some people are so concerned about hurting the feelings of their potential romantic dates that they end up accepting unsuitable dating partners - flouting their own set of dating criteria. Rejecting unsuitable romantic partners is easy in hypothetical situations but not so when considering a face-to-face proposition, the findings showed. <...

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Nail stem cells are more versatile

New York, Nov 23 (IANS) Studying why nails grow back unlike many body parts, researchers have identified a new group of nail stem cells that perform dual roles - contribute to the growth of both the nails and the adjacent skin. That was a very surprising discovery, said principal investigator Krzysztof Kobielak from the University of Southern California in the US. The dual charac...

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Modi will only attend SAARC Summit in Nepal

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Nepal to attend only the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu Nov 26-27 and not go to Janakpur, Lumbini and Muktinath, the government said Sunday. The external affairs ministry said this was decided due to Modi's unavoidable domestic commitments and pre-scheduled travels within India. An official spokesman said that during...

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Afro-pop musician who sings for African women

Hyderabad, Nov 23 (IANS) Disowned by her family for daring to challenge traditions by acting in films, Fatoumata Diawara ran away from home to act in theatre. She now sings not just for her passion but for women and children of Africa. Currently based in Paris, the singer for Mali, in western Africa, shares her story and emotions through the songs and highlights the problems faced by wom...

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Tunisia goes to polls for presidential election

London, Nov 23 (IANS) Voting began in Tunisia Sunday for the first presidential election since the 2011 Arab Spring that triggered uprisings across the region. MOre than 25 candidates are in the fray, but incumbent Moncef Marzouki and anti-Islamist leader Beji Caid Essebsi are widely seen as the favourites, BBC reported. The election forms part of political changes since the revo...

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Four dead in China earthquake

Bejing, Nov 23 (IANS) At least four people died after an earthquake measuring 6.3 magnitude on the Richter scale hit China. The earthquake hit south-west China's Sichuan province, Xinhua reported Sunday. The quake struck at 4:55 p.m. Saturday, with its epicentre in Tagong town, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. Six of the injured were in a critical condi...

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Art for the cause of emerging artists

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) In what could be seen as the first major attempt to raise funds for an independent experimental art space, ten prominent artists like Anish Kapoor, Subodh Gupta and Bharti Kher have donated their works which will be sold at the upcoming Christie's India auction to benefit the Khoj International Artists' Association (KIAA). This philanthropic association, in many ...

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