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Japan stocks plunge

Tokyo, Feb 12 (IANS) Japan stocks plunged on Friday with the benchmark Nikkei average falling below the 15,000 line for the first time in 16 months. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average plunged 760.78 points, or 4.84 percent, from Wednesday to close at 14,952.61, Xinhua reported. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, tumbled 68....

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Seoul cuts power, water supply to inter-Korean industrial complex

Seoul, Feb 12 (IANS) South Korean authorities have cut off water and power supply to the Kaesong industrial complex, a jointly run factory park across the North Korean border, officials said on Friday. Power transmission was halted at 11.53 p.m. on Thursday night, South Korea's unification ministry officials said. The measure would also automatically stop the water supply for the...

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Gogoi vows to promote sports in Assam

Guwahati, Feb 12 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has pledged to take up new initiatives to promote sports in the state, his office said here on Friday. He interacted with a number of sportspersons through Google Hangout on Thursday evening. They discussed the development of sports infrastructure in the state. Gogoi said his government would take up new initiatives to prom...

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Plausible that ISI facilitated Mumbai attack: Pakistani daily

Islamabad, Feb 12 (IANS) It may very well be plausible that officials from within the ISI facilitated the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, a Pakistani daily said and noted that Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley's testimony has really not revealed as much as the Indian government would have been hoping. An editorial Revelations in the Nation on Friday said that in an video testimony to ...

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Tokyo shares dip below 15,000

Tokyo, Feb 12 (IANS) Share prices tumbled Friday on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, with the benchmark Nikkei Average plunging below the 15,000 mark for the first time in about 16 months. The Nikkei ended the morning session at 14,874, down 838 points or 5.34 percent from Wednesday's close, public broadcaster NHK reported. The market was closed on Thursday. The sell-off on the...

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Y-Films to break digital clutter with 'Love Shots'

Mumbai, Feb 12 (IANS) In time for Valentine's Day, Y-Films, the youth division of Yash Raj Films (YRF), India's leading movie studio which has redefined romance and music in Bollywood over the years, is set to get digital users high on love with its new offering Love Shots. A collection of six short films with a twist, Love Shots, a cumulative poster of which was released on Friday, is Y...

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Jammu-Srinagar highway closed after fresh snowfall

Jammu/Srinagar, Feb 12 (IANS) The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed to traffic on Friday following fresh snowfall and landslides in the region, officials said. No vehicle will be allowed to move either from Jammu city or Srinagar city on the highway today (Friday). We will clear vehicles stranded on the highway, a traffic department officer said. The step was taken after...

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'Indian DJs needn't play only Bollywood mixes for survival'

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Udyan Sagar aka DJ Nucleya has done it all - reintroduced classic Bollywood songs like Dum maro dum and Disco dancer, fused South Indian street and folk music with his signature bass heavy sound, and even experimented with nursery rhymes. He believes that the masses are aware of good and bad music and that the DJs don't have to depend on Hindi film tracks for sur...

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An egg a day won't risk your heart

London, Feb 12 (IANS) A high-cholesterol diet and eating eggs will not increase risk of heart attack, not even in persons inclined genetically, reveals a new study. Relatively higher intake of dietary cholesterol, or eating an egg every day, are not associated with an elevated risk of incident coronary heart disease or with the thickening of the common carotid artery walls, the study sai...

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American soap opera renewed for season 51

Los Angeles, Feb 12 (IANS) Popular soap opera Days of Our Lives has been renewed for season 51. NBC is incredibly proud of the legacy of 'Days of our Lives' and we couldn't be more excited to bring its fans new stories for the 51st season, variety.com quoted Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, as saying. In a business where having a show remain on the air for two seas...

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Lavanya Tripathi in C.V. Kumar's directorial debut

Chennai, Feb 12 (IANS) Actress Lavanya Tripathi has been roped in to play the female lead in filmmaker C.V. Kumar's yet-untitled Tamil directorial debut, which features Sundeep Kishan in the lead. I am excited to be part of the project. Sundeep and I have been good friends and I am really looking forward to start working, Lavanya told IANS. The film originally featured Taapsee Pa...

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Early diet influences gut bacteria composition in infants

London, Feb 12 (IANS) After the age of nine months, the development of the infant gut microbiota is driven by diet, not maternal obesity, a new study says. The gut microbiota is a complex community of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. While many previous studies have focused on the impact of early infant diet, particularly breastfeeding, few studies have addressed ...

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Will not spare who raise anti-India slogans, says Rajnath

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh, announcing stringent action against students who raised anti-India slogans on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus, said on Friday they will not be spared. If anyone raises anti-India slogans and tries to raise question on nation's unity and integrity, they will not be spared, Rajnath Singh told media here. Stringent a...

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Venkatesh may star in Telugu remake of 'Two Countries'

Chennai, Feb 12 (IANS) Actor Venkatesh is likely to star in the yet-untitled Telugu remake of Malayalam film Two Countries, a source said. Over the years, Venkatesh has starred in several remakes such as Gharshana, Masala, Gopala Gopala and Drushyam. The Telugu remake rights have been acquired by producer Bandla Ganesh. The makers are keen to rope in Venkatesh and have already in...

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Raj Kapoor's wife hospitalised, stable

Mumbai, Feb 12 (IANS) Krishna Raj Kapoor, wife of late actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor has been admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital here for age-related ailments, her eldest son Randhir Kapoor said on Friday. She has been hospitalised. She is stable now and shall be getting discharged soon. It is just age-related issues... Nothing to worry about, Randhir, father of Karisma Kapoor and Kareen...

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Nepal PM to visit India for six days in February

Kathmandu, Feb 12 (IANS) Nepal's Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli will embark on a six-day official visit to India, beginning from February 19, making his first foreign visit since assuming office last October. A cabinet meeting on Thursday night approved the dates for the prime minister's India visit and assigned the task to prepare agenda and other necessary ground work to the ministry o...

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Death is a touchy subject, but still has a lighter side

Once I worked in a country where officials angrily denied rumors that the premier was dead by announcing that: His health is normal for a man of his age. So I pointed out in my column that the normal state of health for a 93-year-old was dead. My editor was furious, but then the guy died anyway, so the discussion became moot. Death is a touchy subject, but a powerful one that can...

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Manufacturing polysilicon can push India's solar energy aspirations

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), a major driving force for the growth of the solar industry, has helped India increase its capacity from a meagre 18 MW in 2010 to 4 GW in 2015. Moreover, the new government announced a revised 100 GW target by 2022, a big jump from an earlier 20 GW. To achieve this, India needs to maintain a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of arou...

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ISI eyed BARC staff, thwarted strike on temple: Headley

Mumbai, Feb 12 (IANS) Exposing plans to subvert the Indian nuclear establishment, Pakistani-American terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley on Friday said that the ISI eyed staff of the sensitive Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai to procure classified information from them. Headley also claimed to have discouraged the terror group, Lashkar-e-Taiba (to which he belongs), an...

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1 soldier dies every month in Siachen

With the death of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad and nine of his comrades, India has lost nearly one soldier every month due to avalanches or extreme climatic conditions in the Siachen Glacier, since first sending troops to the contested Himalayan area 32 years ago to counter the Pakistani Army. Overall, 869 Indian troops died serving at the Glacier between 1984 and December 2015, accor...

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