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NASA orbiter ready for Mars lander's arrival in 2016

Washington, July 29 (IANS) With its biggest orbit manoeuvre since 2006, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is preparing for the arrival of NASA's next Mars lander called InSight next year. On Wednesday, the Mars orbiter will be engaged in a 77-second firing of six intermediate-size thrusters that will adjust the orbit timing of the veteran spacecraft. The move will put the ...

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Jayalalithaa unwell, won't attend Kalam's last rites

Chennai, July 29 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said she won't attend the funeral of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram on Thursday owing to health condition. I have great affection and respect for Abdul Kalam. I would like to attend his funeral and pay my respects to him. However, owing to my health condition I am not in a position to travel...

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Cloudy morning in Delhi

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) It was a cloudy morning here on Wednesday with the minimum temperature settling at 27 degrees Celsius, the Met Office said. The sky will be partly cloudy in the day. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 32 degrees Celsius, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 74 percent. Tuesday's max...

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Chinese shares rise on opening

Beijing, July 29 (IANS) Chinese stocks opened higher on Wednesday with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.73 percent at 3,689.83 points. The Shenzhen Component Index opened 1.26 percent higher at 12,472.28 points, reported Xinhua news agency. The ChiNext Index, tracking China's NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, opened 1.39 percent higher at 2,617.94 points. <...

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Obama mourns Kalam 'an advocate for stronger US-India relations'

Washington, July 29 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has condoled the death of former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam describing him as an advocate for stronger US-India relations, and who worked to deepen the two countries' space cooperation. A scientist and statesman, Kalam rose from humble beginnings to become one of India's most accomplished leaders, earning esteem at home and ab...

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Kalam's body flown to Rameswaram from Delhi

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The mortal remains of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam were on Wednesday flown from Delhi to be taken to his hometown Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. Several top leaders were present at the Palam airport, from where the body was flown out of Delhi in a C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft of the Indian Air Force. The body of India's 'Missile Man' was brought in ...

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Zico seeks Brazil federation support for FIFA presidency

Rio de Janeiro, July 29 (IANS) Brazil great Zico has sought backing from the country's football federation (CBF) in his bid to become president of the world football governing body FIFA. The 62-year-old expressed his wish to run for the position in June, just days after Sepp Blatter announced his decision to resign, reported Xinhua news agency. An election to decide Blatter's suc...

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Katy Perry has 'fun' with fashion

Los Angeles, July 29 (IANS) Singer Katy Perry says she has a few fashion regrets because she never takes her style too seriously and just likes to be playful with her outfits. I mean, things that are too tight where I look like I'm spilling out of them unnaturally aren't the greatest. But I just love playing, and I have so much fun, and I don't take myself too seriously in any regard. An...

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Brazilian midfielder Maicosuel loaned to Al Sharjah

Rio de Janerio, July 29 (IANS) Brazilian midfielder Maicosuel has joined United Arab Emirates outfit Al Sharjah on a one-year loan deal from Atletico Mineiro, a media report said. The 24-year-old former Udinese playmaker confirmed the move on his Instagram page on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported. I'm very happy, confident an motivated to begin this new chapter of my career,...

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Four dead in Thane building collapse

Thane (Maharashtra), July 29 (IANS) Four people died after a two-storey building collapsed in Thakruli town in Thane district, officials said on Wednesday. At least 12 fire engines have been rushed to the spot and 15 people were pulled out of the rubble of the three-decade old structure that collapsed late Tuesday. The incident occurred around 10.15 p.m. on Tuesday night when the...

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Gigi Hadid named new face of Topshop

Los Angeles, July 29 (IANS) Model Gigi Hadid has been named the new face of multinational fashion retailer Topshop's autumn-winter campaign, following in the footsteps of model Cara Delevingne who fronted the campaign last year. Heard the news? Introducing @GigiHadid, our AW15 campaign girl! (sic), Topshop tweeted. In images for the autumn-winter campaign, Hadid is shown wearing ...

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Sam Smith needed time off from spotlight

London, July 29 (IANS) Grammy winner Sam Smith needed a break from showbiz and he thinks having to undergo throat surgery was the best thing to happen to him. The Lay me down singer thinks that the emergency operation, which took place in May, on his vocal cords and three weeks recovery were gifts because his life was becoming insane and he desperately needed time away from the spotlight...

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Peru: 11 dead as truck falls into lake

Lima, July 29 (IANS/EFE) At least 11 people died and 41 were injured when the truck in which they were travelling plunged into a lake in Peru, a media report said. The incident took place in Peru's Cuzco region on Tuesday. Eight men and two women, including a 12-year-old girl, lost their lives. The injured were taken to a medical clinic. The truck went off a bridge and fe...

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Kate Moss unfriends Cara Delevingne

Los Angeles, July 29 (IANS) Supermodel Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne have reportedly fallen out. Moss and Delevingne are not talking because Kate has blacklisted Cara as she wasn't happy she clashed with Naomi Campbell and also because she ended her contract with Storm Models agency, reports femalefirst.co.uk. A close friend of Moss told The Sun newspaper: Kate has blacklisted Ca...

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Marijuana shouldn't be legalised, says Sharon Osbourne

Los Angeles, July 29 (IANS) TV host Sharon Osbourne has spoken out against the idea of legalising marijuana across the US and Britain insisting it's all going to end in tears. The 62-year-old star thinks it's a mistake that four American states have chosen to decriminalise the drug and hopes that Britain doesn't choose to follow suit, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Anything that alte...

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UN chief warns of spread of violent extremism

United Nations, July 29 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the rise in the number of foreign terrorist fighters is a manifestation of the growing spread of violent extremism, which demands urgent international attention. The UN chief made the statement in a video message on Tuesday to the Special Meeting of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee on foreign ter...

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Kian Egan, Jodi Albert want a big family

Los Angeles, July 29 (IANS) Kian Egan, a former Westlife band member, and his wife Jodi Albert want a big family after welcoming son Zekey into the world. The couple welcomed their second son into the world in May and though they insist it is too early to think about providing a sibling for the little boy and his three-year-old brother Koa, they definitely want to expand their family aga...

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Argentine footballer killed in car crash

Buenos Aires, July 29 (IANS/EFE) Argentine soccer player Diego Barisone, who played for the first division club Lanus, died in a traffic accident, sources with the team said. Barisone died on Tuesday when the automobile in which he was driving crashed into the back of a truck, police told the state-run Telam news agency. The incident occurred when Barisone was returning to Lanus,...

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Carly Rae Jepsen's songs inspired by love life

Los Angeles, July 29 (IANS) Singer Carly Rae Jepsen says her love life and the dating adventures of her friends inspire many of her songs. I definitely pull (inspiration) from love life stuff, if it's not my own love life, it's friend's love lives. The poor things get to hear their stories put to music, 'That one's about you and that boy', Jepsen said in an interview on TV show Lorraine,...

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Building collapses in Thane, casualties feared

Thane (Maharashtra), July 29 (IANS) At least 20 families are feared trapped in the debris of a two-storey building that collapsed in Thakurli town in Thane district late Tuesday, officials said. The incident occurred around 10.15 p.m. when the tenement, Matrukrupa, in Cholegaon area of the town suddenly collapsed. Ten people were rescued from the debris of the three-decade old bu...

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