Chennai, Aug 2 (IANS) Junior Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao's next yet-untitled Telugu outing with filmmaker Puri Jagannadh will hit theatres on the occasion of Makar Sankranti 2015, says its producer Bandla Ganesh. We will go on floors soon and complete the film in one quick and long session. If everything goes well, we plan to release the film Jan 9 next year on the occasion of Sankranti, G...
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Salman to promote 'Dr. Cabbie' in Toronto
Mumbai, Aug 2 (IANS) Kick superstar Salman Khan will take off for a three-day tour of Toronto from Aug 28 to promote Vinay Virmani's big-ticket film Dr. Cabbie. The flash-decision to fly in Salman to Toronto post Kick was taken in a move to upstage the Toronto International Film Festival which starts on Sep 4. Dr. Cabbie, directed by Jean-Francois Pouliet was to premiere at the T...
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Six killed in Nepal landslide
Kathmandu, Aug 2 (IANS) At least six people were killed Saturday after a massive landslide hit a remote village In Nepal.
Caused by continuous rain since Thursday, the landslide that hit Mankha village in Sindupalchowk district, has also blocked Sunkoshi River, Xinhua reported.
The death toll might rise as many others have gone missing under the mud, a rescue official said.
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Developed six-pack abs exclusively for film: Atharva
Chennai, Aug 2 (IANS) Actor Atharva Murali, after months of toil, is the latest entrant to the six-pack abs club in Tamil filmdom. He says he only developed his physique because plays an athlete in his next Tamil film Eeti. I didn't develop six-pack abs to join the list of actors who already have it. This was done exclusively for my role as an athlete in 'Eeti'. I wanted to have a leaner...
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Probiotics crucial for super gut health
New York, Aug 2 (IANS) The bacteria that aid in digestion help keep the intestinal lining intact, scientists say, adding that daily probiotics hold the key to ward off inflammatory disorders that occur when the intestinal lining has been compromised. Intestinal bacteria secrete a wide variety of chemicals known as metabolites. These bacteria and their metabolites were known to in...
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Ashim Ahluwalia's 'John & Jane' to be screened at MIFF
Melbourne, Aug 2 (IANS) Miss Lovely fame Ashim Ahluwalia's 2005 film John & Jane will be screened at the ongoing Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) here Sunday in the 'India in Flux Living Resistance' category. The 63rd MIFF, which kicked off July 31, will continue till Aug 17. Ahluwalia is happy that acea whole new generation of viewers can finally get to see the m...
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A 'surface' that controls fluids
Washington, Aug 2 (IANS) Defying gravitational forces, an Indian-origin scientist-led team has developed a new way of making surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move across them. The discovery may enable new kinds of biomedical or microfluidic devices or solar panels that could automatically clean themselves of dust and grit. Most surfaces are passive. They...
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Heavy rain claims five lives in Karachi
Islamabad, Aug 2 (IANS) At least five people were killed Saturday in separate incidents in Karachi as heavy rains hit the city. A man in Metroville died as a wall collapsed on him, Dawn online reported. A woman and two children were injured in a similar incident in the Naval Colony and were shifted to a hospital for treatment where the woman and one child succumbed to their injur...
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Priyanka Chopra new muse of Sanjay Leela Bhansali?
Mumbai, Aug 2 (IANS) Priyanka Chopra, who plays the lead in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's co-production Mary Kom, seems to be the filmmaker's latest muse. It was Aishwarya Rai who at one time inspired Sanjay Leela Bhansali to make a trilogy of great films - Devdas, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Guzaarish. For a while it was Rani Mukerji who seemed to occupy Bhansali's muse-space. Then it seemed ...
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Man arrested for raping 10-year-old daughter
Panaji, Aug 2 (IANS) A 32-year-old man has been arrested for raping his 10-year-old daughter and filming it on his mobile phone, police said Saturday. The victim said her father raped her several times over the last few years and on many occasions also filmed the act, according to an FIR. The father is a resident of Assnora, a hinterland town, located 20 kms north of Panaji. <...
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President congratulates CWG medal winners
New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday congratulated sportspersons for winning medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The president congratulated Yogeshwar Dutt, Babita Kumari, Vikas Gowda, Geetika Jakhar, Dipa Karmakar and Pawan Kumar for winning medals at the 20th Commonwealth Games in their respective disciplines and gave his best wishes for future success.<...
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65 killed in China factory blast
Beijing, Aug 2 (IANS) At least 65 people were killed and 150 injured Saturday in an explosion at a factory in China's Jiangsu province, officials said. According to officials, the blast occurred at 7.30 a.m., inside the wheel hub polishing factory in Kunshan city, Xinhua reported. More than 200 workers were at the site when the explosion occurred. Rescuers pulled out over...
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UN continues to seek truce in Gaza
United Nations, Aug 2 (IANS) The UN continues to seek a halt to the Gaza violence despite the breakdown of a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire.
The ceasefire seems to have lasted for maybe 90 minutes this morning, a tragic loss of opportunity for both sides to end the cycle of fear and suffering, Xinhua quoted UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman as saying.
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Elderly couple murdered on suspicion of witchcraft
Bhubaneswar, Aug 2 (IANS) A 22-year-old man was arrested in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district for hacking an elderly couple to death on suspicion of witchcraft, police said Saturday. The incident took place at Dhanusahi village, over 300 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, Friday but came to light after the accused confessed to the crime at a police station. Police officer Naba Kishor...
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Record generation by Himachal power plant
Shimla, Aug 2 (IANS) Despite a deficit in monsoon rainfall, public sector Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL) has seen record generation of electricity in July at India's largest hydropower project in Himachal Pradesh, a company official said Saturday. Our plant generated an all-time record of power last month by producing 1,191.217 million units against the target of 1,083 million units...
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'Jigarthanda' - story of a conman
Film: Jigarthanda; Cast: Siddharth, Lakshmi Menon, Karunakaran, Simhaa, Naren, Ramachandran Durairaj, Soundararaja, Ambika and Vijay Sethupathi; Director: Karthik Subbaraj; Rating: ***1/2 Two-film old Karthik Subbaraj has become adept at conning his audiences with his completely unpredictable films. If his debut film Pizza was a con story covered with layers of a horror thriller, Jigarth...
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Studio 9 to release 'Mahabalipuram'
Chennai, Aug 2 (IANS) Upcoming Tamil thriller Mahabalipuram, based on true events, has been acquired by Studio 9 for theatrical release. The film is in its post-production phase. Studio 9 has acquired worldwide theatrical release rights of 'Mahabalipuram'. The film is gearing up for release in August, read a statement. The film, directed by Don Sandy, is inspired by reports in ne...
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Delegates to be screened for Ebola at US-Africa summit
Washington, Aug 2 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has ordered compulsory screening of all the African delegates arriving in Washington for a summit for Ebola virus symptoms. The issue of Ebola is something that we take very seriously, Xinhua quoted Obama as saying Friday. The delegates from the African countries that have even a marginal risk of having been exposed in some fashi...
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Man builds spaceship in his kid's bedroom!
New York, Aug 2 (IANS) Have you ever thought of building a spacecraft for your kid? Learn from this man who gifted his four-year-old son a NASA spaceship simulator - right in his bedroom! The spaceship has controls, switches, LED readouts, sound effects, a robot arm and other realistic-looking stuff. A joystick controls lights and sounds for the engine and thrusters. The...
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Separatist shutdown, restrictions mar life in Srinagar
Srinagar, Aug 2 (IANS) A shutdown called by separatists against the announcement of a pilgrimage by the Kashmiri Pandits and the consequent official restrictions marred normal life here Saturday. Shops, public transport and other businesses remained closed here and in other major towns of the Kashmir Valley. However, government offices, banks and post offices functioned normally. ...