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Facebook bans pages selling medical marijuana in US

New York, Feb 6 (IANS) Social media giant Facebook has blocked dispensary pages selling cannabis for medical purposes in the US state of New Jersey, even as medical marijuana has been legalised in the state, a media report said. It seems high-handed to simply shut down important resources for sick patients without even saying why or giving organisations a way to ask for reconsideration, ...

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Modi congratulates Bhutan's royal couple on birth of first child

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended his greetings to the royal couple of Bhutan on the birth of their first child. Congratulations to Their Majesties the King and Queen of Bhutan on birth of their first child The Gyalsey, Modi tweeted. The first child of Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema was delivered safely o...

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India offers to aid Sri Lanka in IT sector

Colombo, Feb 6 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that India is ready to assist Sri Lanka in the information technology (IT) sector and set up an IT park in this island nation. One of the issues that I discussed with (Sri Lankan Foreign) Minister (Mangala) Samaraweera was the importance of information technology for the development of both our countries, and ...

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Ghulam Ali to attend 'Ghar Wapsi' music launch in Delhi on March 5

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) Following the cancellation of the Ghar Wapsi music launch at Mumbai last month, the film's music will be released here on March 5 with Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali in attendance, says the film's director Suhaib Ilyasi. Ghulam Ali will be making his acting debut with the Hindi feature film Ghar Wapsi. The legendary singer has also composed and lent his voice...

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Dalai Lama greets people on Tibetan New Year

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), Feb 6 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday greeted people on the occasion of Losar, the Tibetan New Year, and passed on information about his health. Speaking from a hospital in the US where he's undergoing precautionary prostate treatment, the Dalai Lama offered a video message on the occasion of fortnight-long Losar, beginning Februa...

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'Visaaranai': Honest, spine-chilling take on abuse of power

Film: Visaaranai; Cast: Dinesh, Murugadoss, Samuthirakani, Ajay Ghosh, Kishore and Anandi; Director: Vetrimaaran; Rating: ****1/2 National Award-winning filmmaker Vetrimaaran's Visaaranai reminded me of a couple of words - system and power - from Ram Gopal Varma's (RGV) films. System, in RGV's language, is someone or an establishment with the power to do anything. In Visaaranai,...

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Sushma briefs Sri Lankan president on bilateral meeting

Colombo, Feb 6 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena here and briefed him on the India-Sri Lanka joint commission meeting held on Friday. EAM @SushmaSwaraj briefed President @MaithripalaS on the outcomes of the 9th Indo-SL JCM held in Colombo on Feb 5,external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.

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Experts welcome India's tobacco control pledge made in Dhaka

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 5 (IANS) Public health experts have welcomed India's commitment to tobacco control made in the first South Asian Speakers' Summit on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that concluded in Bangladesh last week. India has endorsed the 'Dhaka Declaration on SDG Action in South Asia' that has set the agenda for making the region tobacco free by 2030. ...

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India's cultural influences reflect in its cuisine: Chef David Rocco

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) Having visited India five times in the last three years for a total of 26 weeks, Italian-Canadian chef David Rocco feels that the country is his second home. He says it's interesting how the cultural influences of the country shine through its cuisine. Rocco has explored India as part of a TV show for channel FOX Life. For the second season of the Italian-Indian c...

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'Shifting Tides' creates ripples in conservation landscape

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) As the morning tide of the Arabian Sea rise in a Kutchi village in Gujarat, Ahmedbhai, one of the protagonists of the documentary Shifting Tides, leads his herd of camels as they swim from one mangrove island to another. The Kharai camels of Gujarat, which have adapted to the extreme climate of the Rann, are the world's only camel species able to swim. Th...

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I'm not on Twitter: Lakshmi Menon

Chennai, Feb 6 (IANS) Actress Lakshmi Menon on Saturday clarified that she's not signed up for micro-blogging website Twitter. She also requested her fans and well-wishers to unfollow her fake profile. It has come to my knowledge that someone who claims to be me is on Twitter. It's a fake profile. I request my colleagues and fans to stop following and replying to the profile, Lakshmi sai...

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Birds of 11 rare species found in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Feb 6 (IANS) Birds of 11 rare species thought to be extinct have been found during a survey of the water bodies in Jharkhand, a state forest department official said. The water bodies of Jharkhand managed to draw as many as 37,000 migratory birds belonging to 29 species last year, the survey carried out on behalf of the Jharkhand forest department found. As per the Asian ...

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Obama greets Dalai Lama, upsets China

Beijing/London, Feb 6 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has angered China after warmly acknowledging Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and calling him a good friend at a national prayer breakfast in Washington, media reports said on Saturday. Obama did not directly meet the Dalai Lama who was seated among the audience at the annual White House National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday,...

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American firms asked to take advantage of Digital India initiative

Washington, Feb 6 (IANS) India's future as a technology powerhouse and its plans to connect India's 600,000 villages to the Internet through the Digital India programme were the focus of a roundtable of top American and Indian companies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Startup India initiative also came up at the roundtable with Indian Minister for Communications & IT Ravi Shankar...

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Twitter shuts down over 125,000 terrorist accounts

New York, Feb 6 (IANS) In its bid to curb the spread of terrorism-related tweets on its platform, the micro-blogging site has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to the Islamic State (IS). Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups. We condemn the use of Twitter to promot...

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Meditation lowers pain, anxiety in breast cancer biopsy

New York, Feb 6 (IANS) Meditation eases anxiety, fatigue and pain for women undergoing breast cancer biopsies, new research says. Researchers from the Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, US found that during such period even music is effective, but only to a lesser extent. Meditation also helps lower pain during biopsy, the study said. Listening to guided meditation resulted...

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IIT-Delhi alumnus Soumitra Dutta to head Cornell's new business college

Washington, Feb 6 (IANS) Soumitra Dutta, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, will become the dean of a new integrated College of Business being launched by the Cornell University during the 2016-17 academic year. Dutta currently is dean and professor of management and organizations in the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.<...

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Bobby Jindal endorses Marco Rubio in presidential race

Washington, Feb 6 (IANS) Louisiana's former Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal has endorsed Florida Senator Marco Rubio, giving the surging Republican presidential candidate a boost ahead of Tuesday's primary in New Hamnpshire. Marco can unify our party. His optimistic message is bringing voters from across the party lines, from across different demographic groups, Jindal told Fox...

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Guwahati: Two decades ago and now

Guwahati, Feb 6 (IANS) Butterflies in my stomach and a great thrill - exactly what I felt when I buckled up to take a paramotor ride here. It wasn't that someone who is scared of adventurous activities chose to indulge in an air sport that surprised people. But the fact that I did it in Guwahati - considered to be the gateway to the relatively less explored northeast India - raised many eyebrows....

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Apollo 14 astronaut who walked on the Moon dies at 85

Washington, Feb 6 (IANS) Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, a module pilot on Apollo 14 mission that touched down the lunar surface on February 5, 1971, died in Florida this week on the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing. Mitchell joined Apollo 14 commander Alan Shephard, Jr., the first American in space, in the lunar module Antares which touched down in the Fra Mauro highlands on t...

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