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Cloudy Wednesday in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) It will be a cloudy Wednesday here, the Met Office said. The sky will be partly cloudy today (Wednesday). The day's maximum temperature is likely to hover around 37 degrees Celsius, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. The morning was sunny and the minimum temperature was 28 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average. <...

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Most British smartphone users not downloading new apps

London, Aug 20 (IANS) If you have lately been bombarded with apps, read this. According to a latest report by global consulting firm Deloitte, nearly 31 percent of smartphone users in Britain do not download any apps within a month of their launch. For those who download apps, the average number has declined from 2.32 to 1.82. We are reaching a limit in the UK in the volume of ap...

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18 die as torrential rains hit Japan

Tokyo, Aug 20 (IANS) At least 18 people were killed Wednesday after torrential rains triggered landslides and flooding in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture, a media report said. A two-year-old boy, a woman and a rescue worker were among the victims. The boy was pronounced dead after being buried for two hours in a landslide, The Japan Times reported citing rescue workers. More than 1...

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Is Google allowing kids under 13 to log in?

New York, Aug 20 (IANS) There are reports that Google may be working to legally allow children under 13 to use its services. Currently, Google and Facebook do not offer their services to children under 13. According to technology website The Information, Google has been working to overhaul its web services so it can legally allow children to use them. The accounts for kid...

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Indian health portal is 'match maker' for doctors abroad

Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) A newly launched Indian health portal www.swaasthindia.gov.in serves as a match maker between public & private medical institutions in India and from around the globe. Launched under the leadership of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the portal provides a platform to connect Government of India's health related requirements with me...

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PM condoles death of yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday condoled the death of yoga guru B.K.S. Iyenger and said he will be remembered as a fine guru and scholar. I am deeply saddened to know about yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar's demise and offer my condolences to his followers all over the world, Modi tweeted. Generations will remember B.K.S. Iyengar as a fine guru, scholar a...

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Pakistan Army violates ceasefire in Jammu

Jammu, Aug 20 (IANS) The Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing at Indian positions on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said Wednesday. The Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing at our positions in Hamirpur sector during the night, defence spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta told IANS here. He said the firing in Rajouri dist...

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Manmohan Singh immune as PM, not as FM: US court

Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) A US court here has ruled that former India prime minister Manmohan Singh had head of state immunity from claims that he supported violence against Sikhs, but it did not cover his tenure as finance minister. US District Judge James Boasberg in the District of Columbia Tuesday ruled that Manmohan Singh was entitled to residual immunity even after he ceased to be ...

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Pakistan army calls for dialogue as protesters reach parliament

Islamabad, Aug 20 (IANS) The Pakistan army Wednesday called for dialogue to resolve the current political crisis in the country as thousands of anti-government protesters forced their way to reach the parliament building demanding resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The current situation requires patience, wisdom and sagacity from all stakeholders, Xinhua quoted military spokespe...

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Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dead

Pune (Maharashtra), Aug 20 (IANS) Yoga guru BKS Iyengar, who founded the 'Iyengar Yoga', died at a private hospital here early Wednesday, an aide said. He was 96. He breathed his last around 3.15 a.m. local time after a brief battle with age-related ailments. His funeral ceremonies will be performed here Wednesday. Author of several books on Yoga, its practice and techniq...

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US looks forward to welcoming Modi

Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) The US has reiterated that it looks forward to welcoming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi despite an online petition seeking cancellation of his visit. An online We the People petition to the White House initiated by US based Sikhs for Justice had demanded that instead of hosting Modi at White House, President Barack Obama should condemn Modi and ban his Bhar...

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A Jodhpur community opts for gas-based cremations

Jodhpur, Aug 20 (IANS) In another sign of changing times, the influential Oswal community has decided against using wood for cremating its dead to curb the felling of trees and to protect the environment. A gas-based crematorium will instead be used. A gas-based crematorium has been installed in a newly-built hall in the community's Shivanchi Gate cremation ground here at a cost of Rs.30...

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Brazilian doctor who sexually abused patients arrested

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 20 (IANS) A 70-year-old fugitive doctor wanted for sexually abusing dozens of patients in Brazil has been arrested, Brazilian police said. After three years on the run, Roger Abdelmassih, 70, was found in neighbouring Paraguay and handed over to Brazilian authorities, Xinhua quoted police as saying Tuesday. His deportation was facilitated by the fact that he w...

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China's yuan weakens

Beijing, Aug 20 (IANS) The value of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, weakened 32 basis points to 6.1580 against the US dollar in its central parity Wednesday, authorities said. In China's foreign exchange spot market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by 2 percent from the central parity rate each trading day, reports Xinhua. The central parity rate of the yuan again...

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Now Scott Disick loves healthy living

Los Angeles, Aug 20 (IANS) Reality TV star Scott Disick, who was hospitalised earlier this year for alcohol poisoning, is liking the feeling of living healthy as he is eating better and exercising more. Disick, the long-time partner of Kourtney Kardashian, says the steps he's taking to get healthy following the terrifying bout with alcohol poisoning, are working fine. I'm good. I...

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'Over 6,000 fighters joined IS in July alone'

Damascus, Aug 20 (IANS) A total of 6,300 rebel fighters joined the Islamic State (IS) militant group last month alone, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported has said. The Observatory Tuesday said 6,300 fighters had joined the training camps of that Al Qaeda breakaway group in Syria's northern provinces of al-Raqqa and Aleppo, Xinhua reported. Among them, 5,000 recruits...

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US to continue targeted air strikes in Iraq

Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) US military will continue air strikes against forces of Islamic State and humanitarian efforts for Iraqi civilians, Pentagon said Tuesday. Nothing has changed about the missions that we're conducting inside Iraq. Airstrikes are authorised under two mission areas -- humanitarian assistance and the protection of US personnel and facilities, Xinhua quoted John Kirb...

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2,240 Ebola cases in West Africa: UN

United Nations, Aug 20 (IANS) The number of Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, has reached 2,240 and a total of 1,229 deaths were also registered, UN spokesman Steaphane Dujarric said here Tuesday. WHO is working with the World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure that people in the quarantine zone receive regular food aid and other non-medical supplies, Xinhua uoted Duj...

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Gaza ceasefire talks collapsed: Palestinian negotiator

Cairo, Aug 20 (IANS) A temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip has collapsed after the 24-hour respite ended Tuesday midnight but no truce-extension agreement could be reached and Israel and Hamas renewed their hostilities, a Palestinian official said. The ceasefire has collapsed and Israel is responsible, Xinhua quoted Azzam al-Ahmed, head of a joint-Palestinian delegation in Cairo attend...

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Clooney, Alamuddin write own wedding vows

Los Angeles, Aug 20 (IANS) Actor George Clooney and his fiancé Amal Alamuddin have reportedly written their own wedding vows, which they will exchange in Italy next month. The couple are planning a small and intimate celebration but the guest list is unlikely to include too many Hollywood friends as they don't want to attract attention, reports contactmusic.com. This is not goi...

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