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Times have changed, says Modi in media outreach

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday reached out to the media and said he was looking for ways to deepen his old ties with the fourth estate. Speaking at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquaters here, he said there was a time when he used to move chairs at the party office and used to freely interact with members of the press. Wishing the journalists a hap...

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S.J Suryah returns Vishnuvardhan's favour

Chennai, Oct 25 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker S.J Suryah, who roped in filmmaker Vishnuvardhan to play a crucial role in upcoming Tamil film Isai, has returned the favour by playing a cameo in the latter's forthcoming directorial Yatchan. When I requested Vishnu to be part of my film, he gladly obliged. He played a small role that comes at a crucial point in 'Isai'. When he offered me a role in...

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Villa Maya, where dining is more than a pleasure

Fancy dining in a three-storyed restored 300-year-old Dutch manor? Head for Villa Maya, a stone's throw from the international airport in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram, which has hit the headlines after it was ranked fourth among India's top 10 restaurants by travel portal Trip Advisor. Entering this eatery, owned by the Muthoot Pappachan Group's hospitality venture - MPG Hotels and ...

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Direction is on my mind: Randhir Kapoor

Mumbai, Oct 25 (IANS) Veteran actor Randhir Kapoor, who is playing a grandpa in his forthcoming film Super Naani, says that he is thinking of directing a film next year. Direction is on my mind and I would direct a film next year. I don't want to reveal anything in advance, the 67-year-old, who has earlier directed films including Henna, Dharam Karam and Kal Aaj Aur Kal, told reporters ...

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Pakistan to introduce biometric machines to detect fake passports

Islamabad, Oct 25 (IANS) Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has decided to introduce machines at the Islamabad airport to detect fake passports, a media report said Saturday. An FIA immigration official said that biometric machines will be integrated to enable its immigration staff detect the most sophisticated fake passports, Dawn online reported. That would improve t...

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Dhoni buys Ranchi franchise of Hockey India League

Ranchi, Oct 25 (IANS) India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sahara Adventure Sports Limited are co-owners of new Ranchi-franchise of Hockey Indian League (HIL), Ranchi Rays, which was unveiled here Saturday. Ranchi Rhinos, who were the inaugural champions of HIL, was scrapped following distrust between owners (Patel-PS Group and Uniexcel Group) and Hockey India (HI). ...

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In tech-era, parent-child relationship blooms on multiple channels

New York, Oct 25 (IANS) Calling home may not be enough, nowadays, to maintain an adequate parent-kid relationship in the era of technology, as connecting via multiple channels such as Facebook, smartphone or email seem to better develop the bond. According to a study, adult children's relationship satisfaction with their parents is modestly influenced by the number of communication tools...

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US to blame if n-talks fail: Iran

Tehran, Oct 25 (IANS) If the ongoing talks between Iran and the six world powers fail to culminate into a final deal, the US will be blamed, a media report said Saturday. On Friday, Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's Majlis Alaeddin Boroujerdi said that Iran has honoured its obligations under the interim accord it inked with the P5+1 group -- the US,...

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Hundreds of devotees take holy dip in Yamuna

Mathura, Oct 25 (IANS) Hundreds of devotees took a dip at the Yamuna ghats in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura and Vrindavan cities on the occasion of Yam Dwitiya Saturday morning, undeterred by the stink and high level of pollutants in the water, activists said. As per police estimates, the number could well be more than 100,000. A local pandit at the Vishram Ghat, Jagdish, said: Pilgrims starte...

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Romario withdraws club presidency bid

Rio De Janeiro, Oct 25 (IANS) Brazil football legend Romario has withdrawn his bid for the presidency of Rio de Janeiro club America. The 48-year-old former Barcelona striker had been the sole candidate in elections that began earlier this month, reports Xinhua. He cited unresolved issues for the decision, which came just weeks after he was elected a Brazilian senator with a record 4.6 m...

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Ebola's evolutionary ancient roots discovered

New York, Oct 25 (IANS) A study discovered that filoviruses - a family to which Ebola and its similarly lethal relative Marburg belong - are at least 16-23 million years old. Filoviruses were likely to have existed in the Miocene Epoch and at that time, the evolutionary lines leading to Ebola and Marburg had already diverged, it noted. Filoviruses are far more ancient than previo...

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Ebola infected child from Mali dead

London, Oct 25 (IANS) The authorities in Mali have confirmed the death of the country's first Ebola patient, a two-year-old girl, a media report said Saturday. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the child had travelled by a bus from Guinea through Mali and showed symptoms of the disease, BBC reported. Over 40 people known to have come into contact with her have been qua...

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'Happy New Year'- it's fun to be ditsy

Film: Happy New Year; Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah, Jackie Shroff; Directed by: Farah Khan; Rating:***1/2 What is it about Shah Rukh Khan that brings out the comic accent in Deepika Padukone? She did a very funny broad South Indian accent in Mr Khan's inspired company in the maddeningly mundane Chennai Express. She repeats the farcic...

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16 killed in China coal mine accident

Beijing, Oct 25 (IANS) At least 16 people were killed and 11 others injured after a coal mine collapsed in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Saturday. The accident happened in the regional capital of Urumqi late Friday night when 33 workers were underground. Six of them managed to escape, Xinhua reported, citing a statement issued by the Xinjiang Administration of Coal Mine Safety...

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Stamps on Malay folk stories to be launched

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 25 (IANS) Malay folklore will be depicted on a new stamp collection to be launched by Malaysian postal services Monday. According to the postal service or Pos Malaysia, the Malay Folk Stories collection features six legends - Hang Tuah, Mahsuri, Tun Teja, Merong Mahawangsa, Tun Kudu and Tun Fatimah, The Malaysian Star reported. We hope that these stamp images an...

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Malaysian diplomat in New Zealand to face assault charges

Wellington, Oct 25 (IANS) A Malaysian diplomat, accused of sexual assaulting a young woman in Wellington, was flown to New Zealand and appeared in court Saturday. Former defence attache Muhammad Rizalman, 35, was remanded in custody when he appeared in Wellington District Court to face charges of attempted rape and burglary, Xinhua reported citing Radio New Zealand. Rizalman's ap...

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NY, NJ to quarantine travellers from Ebola-affected countries

New York, Oct 25 (IANS/EFE) Medical personnel arriving at New York City airports from Ebola-stricken nations in West Africa will be placed in mandatory quarantine for 21 days, the governors of New York and New Jersey announced. The move Friday comes a day after a New York physician, who recently returned to the US after treating Ebola patients in Guinea was diagnosed with the virus. <...

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Light rain, snowfall in Himachal

Shimla, Oct 25 (IANS) The hills across Himachal Pradesh experienced light rain and snowfall early Saturday, pushing down the temperatures by some notches. The Met department's forecast has said that Western disturbances - storm systems originating from the Mediterranean Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region - would remain active in the region till Sunday. The day ...

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'Errabus' will leave audiences emotionally high: Dasari

Chennai, Oct 25 (IANS) Filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao says upcoming Telugu drama Errabus, a remake of Tamil hit Manjapai, will leave audiences emotionally high. He says the remake is not a copy of the original. The grandfather-grandson relationship will sweep audiences off their feet. It will leave them emotionally high. When I watched the Tamil version, I was touched by the film, Dasari ...

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Pakistan's apex court admits plea against 2013 polls

Islamabad, Oct 25 (IANS) The Pakistan Supreme Court has accepted a plea seeking to declare the 2013 general election null and void, a media report said Saturday. The court has also ordered action against the officials responsible for using poor quality of ink which brought the fairness of polls into doubt, The Nation reported. The petitioner requested that the authorities be dire...

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