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Instagram worth $35 bn, surpasses Twitter

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) Photo sharing website Instagram has been valued at $35 billion by Citigroup, surpassing Twitter. This beats Twitter's market cap of $23 billion by a wide margin, wired.com reported In April 2012, Instagram was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion and had about 30 million users. The app was downloaded over a million times on the day the android versi...

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Five militants killed in Peshawar

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) At least five militants were killed Saturday in a clash between security forces and militants in Pakistan's Peshawar city. According to officials, the clash took place near Darra Adam Khel town, leaving five militants, including key commander Mustafa alias Manan of Darra Adam Khel Taliban, dead, Dawn online reported. Two security personnel were also injur...

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Berlinale premiere for 'Dhanak' like balm on soul: Kukunoor

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Indian filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor, whose new film Dhanak has been invited for the Generation Kplus programme of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival 2015, where it will also have its world premiere, says it's a great validation for a project made with passion. One makes all of one's films with equal passion. But when one of them gets a special validation of t...

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US drone kills four militants in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) At least four militants were killed Saturday in a US drone strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan region. Intelligence sources said the drone fired a missile on a compound in Datta Khel area which killed the militants, Dawn online reported. The identity of the militants is yet to be ascertained. Drones were said to be hovering in the area. The Paki...

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Jharkhand records over one-third polling till 11 a.m.

Ranchi, Dec 20 (IANS) Jharkhand recorded over one-third voting in the four hours till 11 a.m. in 16 assembly constituencies in the last round of the five-phased election in the state, an official said. The highest polling percentage was recorded in Pakur with 41 percent and the lowest was in Godda with 27 percent till 11 a.m., said an election official. The voters turned up in l...

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Militants gun down village headman in Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 20 (IANS) Militants Saturday killed a village headman in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, police said. Gulam Ahman Bhat, headman of Bomai village in Sopore district, was shot dead from close range by militants today morning. While being shifted to hospital, he succumbed to his bullet injuries, a senior police officer told IANS here. The officer said that police h...

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Odisha's KBK region has received Rs.2,537.50 crore

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The central government has so far released Rs 2,537.50 crore for the development of Odisha's backward Kalahandi, Balangir and Koraput (KBK) districts. In a written reply, Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh informed the Lok Sabha Friday that the special plan for KBK districts is being funded under the state component of the Backward Regions Grant F...

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Scoreboard: Australia vs India, 2nd Test, Day 4

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) Scoreboard at the end of the second Test between Australia and India on day four at the Gabba here Saturday. India (first innings): 408 all out Australia (first innings): 505 all out India (second innings): Murali Vijay b Starc 27 Shikhar Dhawan lbw b Lyon 81 Cheteshwar Pujara c Lyon b Hazlewood 43 Virat Kohli b John...

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UN, Afghan Taliban dialogue to reduce civilian casualties

United Nations, Dec 20 (IANS) The top UN official in Afghanistan said the world body has been in touch with the Taliban in an effort to reduce civilian casualties and to make them aware of their obligations under international human rights laws. We think it is really important to engage all parties to the conflict on the question of civilian casualties, Nicholas Haysom, Special Rep...

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Rishi Kapoor okay comprising for 'All Is Well'

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Umesh Shukla's All Is Well landed in a lurch when Smriti Irani stepped out of the project after shooting for over half the movie. Then, Abhishek Bachchan took time off to take care of his sports commitments. But Rishi Kapoor, who plays his father in the film, says comprising as per other actors' dates is all part of the game. Smriti, the union human resource develop...

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I might have been a Punjabi kudi in previous life: Danish singer

Hoshiarpur (Punjab), Dec 20 (IANS) She is from Denmark and lives in the US, but it does not take much of an effort to get Anita Lerche to sing - 'bhajans' in Hindi, 'shabads' (hymns) in Punjabi, even popular Bollywood numbers and other international compositions - back-to-back - any time, anywhere. She says she might have been a Punjabi kudi (girl) in her previous life. At ease performin...

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Australia beat India by four wickets to win second Test

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) Australia beat India by four wickets on the fourth day to win the second cricket Test at the Gabba here Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series. India were bowled out for 224 in their second innings earlier in the day. Chasing 128, Australia were reduced to 25 for two with pacer Ishant Sharma taking both the wickets at tea. But left-handed opener Chr...

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Earth grew new layer under Iceland volcano

When the Baroarbunga volcano in Iceland erupted in August, scientists found that the molten rock forms vertical sheet-like features known as dykes, which force the surrounding rock apart. New crust forms where two tectonic plates are moving away from each other. Mostly this happens beneath the oceans, where it is difficult to observe. However, in Iceland this happens beneath dry land, ex...

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Huma Qureshi unveils 'green' sari line

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Actress Huma Qureshi has unveiled textile innovator DuPont's renewably sourced fibre Sorona along with a collection of saris made of it. The textile brand, in collaboration with Vipul Fashions and Reliance Industries, introduced its first ever premium 'green; saree collection offering the traditional Indian women not only environmental benefits, but different var...

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Iran committed to interim n-deal: IAEA

Tehran, Dec 20 (IANS) The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed Iran's commitment to an interim nuclear deal it signed with the P5+1 group in 2013. In a report issued Friday, IAEA said that the Islamic Republic had not made any further advances in its activities at the country's enrichment facilities and at the heavy water reactor in Arak as of Jan 20 when the agreemen...

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Instagram worth $35 bn, surpasses Twitter

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) Photo sharing website Instagram, which has more than 16 billion users - a figure much higher than Twitter - has been valued at $35 billion by Citigroup. This beats Twitter's market cap of $23 billion by a wide margin, wired.com reported In April 2012, Instagram was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion and had about 30 million users. The app was down...

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New pathway to turn sunlight into electricity

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) An spectroscopy experiment at University of Oregon has opened a window on how sunlight can be converted into electricity. Using four pulses of laser light on nanoparticle photocells, the work could inspire devices with improved efficiency in solar energy conversion. Spectroscopy is all about light and molecules and what they do together. It is a really gre...

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Wagah border suicide bomber identified

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) Pakistani security forces claimed to have identified the man who had carried out last month's suicide bombing at the Wagah border crossing with India and have taken his family into custody, a media report said Saturday. The suicide attack Nov 2 killed 61 people, including security personnel, and left scores injured, Dawn online reported. According to a p...

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Quicker food choices driven by taste

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) If you want your diet to be healthy, take time in deciding the food you are about to pick, suggests a study, noting that quicker food choices are driven by taste and not health. What we wanted to find out was at what point the taste of the foods starts to become integrated into the choice process and at what point health is integrated, said lead author of the stud...

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Progress made during talks between Pakistani government, PTI

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) The Pakistan government and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), has made progress in their resumed dialogue process, a media report said Saturday. Speaking to the media after the talks, PTI vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi Friday said that two sides had made progress in the meeting, which was aimed at resolving the is...

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