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Bollywood stars' Diwali plans

Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) It's family time for Bollywood celebrities like Ayushmann Khurrana, Kalki Koechlin and Sushant Singh Rajput this Diwali. Here's how they and other stars are celebrating the festival of lights Thursday: Sushant Singh Rajput: I am with my family in Delhi for Diwali. Spending time with my niece and nephew after a long time. Ayushmann Khurrana: Last year...

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Hong Kong to host 2015 Asia-Pacific Golf Amateur Championship

Melbourne, Oct 23 (IANS) The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club in Hong Kong has been confirmed as the host venue for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC), organisers announced during the sixth staging of the championship here Thursday. All of us in Hong Kong who share a love of golf should be very proud to have been selected as the host, said Li Ning, president of the Hong...

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How risky behaviour emerges among teens

New York, Oct 23 (IANS) Children who show poor decision-making skills at age 10 or 11 are more likely to indulge in high-risk health behaviour during their teenage years, says a study. These findings suggest that less-refined decision skills early in life could potentially be a harbinger for problem behaviour in the future, said Joshua Weller, an assistant professor at the Oregon State U...

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Kids hogging food cannot manage weight status: Study

Melbourne, Oct 23 (IANS) Children as young as three find high-energy treats too tempting to refuse, even when they are not hungry, a research discovered. The study highlights the health risks for children frequently confronted with an abundance of energy dense, high-calorie foods. Of the 37 children, who took part in the study, all displayed eating in the absence of hunger, even ...

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Pakistan Rangers breach truce in Kashmir

Jammu, Oct 23 (IANS) Pakistan Rangers fired at Indian positions on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday, sparking intermittent exchange of gunfire. A senior police officer told IANS here that Pakistan Rangers fired at the Narain border post of the Border Security Force at Ramgar in Samba district. The Pakistani firing started at 10.30 a.m. and is still continuin...

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Bengal celebrates Kali puja, Diwali

Kolkata, Oct 23 (IANS) West Bengal ushered in Diwali and Kali Puja Thursday with enthusiasm and fervour for both the occasions. With Diwali and Kali Puja falling on the same day, it is double celebrations for people here who are still in the mood of a post-Durga Puja hangover. Durga Puja is the biggest festival in West Bangal. However, Kali Puja celebrations are in no way low-key.

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Binge drinking puts young males at hypertension risk

New York, Oct 23 (IANS) Binge drinking in early adulthood is associated with an increased likelihood of high blood pressure in males, a research found. Researchers led by Sarah Twichell from the Boston Children's Hospital in the US analysed data from the Growing Up Today Study (GUTS), a study of children who were 8 to 14 years old in 1996 and were followed with detailed surveys every one...

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Even a gentle touch balances unsteadiness

London, Oct 23 (IANS) Even the light touch of someone's finger could help people maintain balance when they feel unsteady on their feet, a research found. The study explained how neural and mechanical mechanisms synchronise our sway with another person. Participants stood on force platforms while undertaking a range of tests; with no physical contact, a shoulder grasp and a light...

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Eight killed in Pakistan attack

Islamabad, Oct 23 (IANS) At least eight people were killed and six injured Thursday when unknown gunmen opened fire at a passenger bus in Pakistan's Balochistan province. According to police, the incident took place in the provincial capital Quetta, Dawn online reported. The assailants sprayed bullets at the bus and managed to escape from the spot, an official said. The e...

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Gadkari says 'no' to Maharashtra move

New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari Thursday reiterated that he was not in the race for the post of Maharashtra chief minister. I have already (made it clear that) I am interested in remaining in Delhi, Gadkari told the media. His comments come amid reports that a section of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators in Maharashtra want Gadkari as the chief mi...

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Two killed in US hospital shooting

Houston, Oct 23 (IANS) Two hospital workers were killed in an apparent murder-suicide at a hospital in the American city Houston. The shooting took place Wednesday afternoon at an out-patient pharmacy in Ben Taub General Hospital, Xinhua reported. A male pharmacist came up to one of his colleagues, a woman he was allegedly pursuing, and shot her dead with a handgun. The murderer ...

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Russian molested on beach - and by doctor

Panaji, Oct 23 (IANS) Molested on a Goa beach last week, a Russian woman has now told Russian consular officials here that she was molested against by a male doctor at a government hospital where she was sent for medical examination after the first assault. Speaking to IANS, advocate Vikram Varma, legal advisor to honorary Russian Consulate in Goa, also said that there were massive proce...

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Eight detained in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Oct 23 (IANS) Eight people were detained Thursday in Hong Kong's Mong Kok area which has been occupied by protesters for over 20 days. Police said in a statement that the detained people were allegedly involved in 13 cases including assault, possession of weapon, disorderly conduct in public places and arson, Xinhua reported. More scuffles broke out last Friday night a...

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Every Indian stands by soldiers in Siachen: Modi

Srinagar, Oct 23 (IANS) Every Indian stands shoulder to shoulder with soldiers posted in Siachen Glacier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday as he began a visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Everyone is aware of the extreme conditions at Siachen. Overcoming every challenge our soldiers stand firm, protecting our motherland, Modi said in a tweet. Be it the altitude or bitter cold...

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Himachal CM, governor greet people on Diwali

Shimla, Oct 23 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Governor Urmila Singh Thursday greeted the people on the occasion of Diwali. The chief minister expressed hope that Diwali may shower enlightenment on the people and would bring prosperity, besides strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and unity. He advised people to celebrate the festival in a traditional...

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Leverkusen down Zenit in Champions League

Berlin, Oct 23 (IANS) Bayer Leverkusen climbed to the top of Group C thanks to two second-half goals, beating Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 in UEFA Champions League. Leverkusen needed one half to get their offence going Wednesday, as Giulio Donati opened the scoring in the second half before substitute Kyriakos Papadopoulos doubled the lead to seal the match, reports Xinhua. The hosts...

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Want to stay sharp? Develop a rich vocabulary

London, Oct 23 (IANS) Possessing a good vocabulary could shield you from incipient dementia when age catches up with you, a study has found. A wide vocabulary can help improve the brain's cognitive reserve - the name given to the brain's capacity to compensate for the loss of its functions. A higher level of vocabulary, as a measure of cognitive reserve, can protect against cogni...

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Three smugglers killed along Egypt-Israel border

Cairo, Oct 23 (IANS) At least three Egyptian smugglers were killed and three injured during clashes with the security forces along the Egyptian-Israeli border. The clashes took place at border point 33 near Al-Ouga exit, when the group attempted to smuggle a large quantity of hashish across the border, a security official told Xinhua. He said the ages of the smugglers varied from...

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Libyan army moves towards recapturing Benghazi

Benghazi, Oct 23 (IANS) The Libya National Army, supported by Major General Khalifa Haftar, has entered Benghazi for the first time in two months. A number of special armed forces and other fighters entered the city Wednesday to increase control of the neighbourhoods while Islamist forces were clearly retreating, Xinhua quoted Libya's special forces spokesperson Ahmad Al-Mismari as sayin...

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Seven killed in firecracker shop fire

Jaipur, Oct 23 (IANS) At least seven people were killed early Thursday in a fire at a firecracker shop in Rajasthan's Barmer district, police said. The incident took place around 1 a.m. at the shop in Balotra area of the district, over 430 kms from the state capital Jaipur. We have so far recovered seven bodies from the shop while rescue operation is still on, Barmer Superintende...

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