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Serena enters Australian Open final

Melbourne, Jan 29 (IANS) American tennis great Serena Williams stayed on course to claim her sixth Australian Open women's singles title after sealing a straight sets win over compatriot Madison Keys in the semifinals here Thursday. The 18 time Grand Slam champion won 7-6(5), 6-2 in one hour and 24 minutes to exact sweet revenge for her older sister Venus' elimination in the quarters by ...

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Shaan again croons for TV show

Mumbai, Jan 29 (IANS) Bollywood's popular playback singer Shaan has lent his voice for the title track of an upcoming TV serial Tere Sheher Mein. He has previously lent his voice for Shakuntala. The Behti hawa sa tha woh hitmaker has teamed up with Aashiqui 2 fame singer Palak Muchhal for the track of the Star Plus show, which is likely to go on air in March. Shaan has composed the track...

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2016 World T20 in India in March-April

Dubai, Jan 29 (IANS) The 2016 World Twenty20 will be played in India from March 11 to April 3. The International Cricket Council (ICC) approved the dates for its main events through to 2019, following its Board meeting here Thursday. Though the tournaments were awarded to countries in 2013, the dates were approved Thursday. The board also approved the dates for the 2017 Champions...

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Gurinder Chadha meets Modi

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) British film director of Sikh origin Gurinder Chadha, who is in India to recce locations for her movie on partition, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday. The director took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share a photograph of her meeting with Modi, who is seen in a grey pant and a dark blazer. Where as Chadha is seen posing with the Prime Minister in a ye...

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People are emotionally attached to their smartphones

London, Jan 29 (IANS) People are becoming emotionally attached to their smartphones, show researchers from Loughborough University and University of Iceland in Reykjavik. The emergence of devices such as the Apple iPhone in January 2007 gave users a computer in their pocket. Now apart from making phone calls and sending text messages, smartphone users have immediate access to the...

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Word sounds help treat reading disorders

Washington, Jan 29 (IANS) In a finding that may help improve treatment and diagnosis of common reading disorders like dyslexia, a study suggests that phonics should not be overlooked in favour of a whole-language technique that focuses on visually memorising word patterns. Phonics is a method of learning to read using knowledge of word sounds. Phonological information is critical...

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Samuthirakani wanted to see Sivakarthikeyan in khaki

Chennai, Jan 29 (IANS) Actor-director Samuthirakani had wished to direct Sivakarthikeyan in a police story but the latter had already signed upcoming Tamil police drama Kaaki Sattai and missed an opportunity to work with him. Post 'Ethir Neechal', director Samuthirakani wanted to direct me. He wished to see me in khaki first but I had already signed 'Kaaki Sattai' by then. I'm sure it wo...

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Selfie videos can reveal your mental health

New York, Jan 29 (IANS) Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a computer-based app that can analyse selfie videos as the person engages with social media and monitor his or her mental health. The device quietly observes your behaviour while you use the computer or phone as usual. It does not require the user to explicitly state what he or she is feeling, input...

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New evidence to rewrite Martian climate history

New York, Jan 29 (IANS) Geologists from Brown University have found new evidence that glacier-like ice deposits advanced and retreated multiple times in some regions of Mars in the recent past. For the study, the researchers looked at hundreds of gully-like features found on the walls of impact craters throughout the Martian mid-latitudes. They concluded that many of those gullie...

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McConaughey to star in 'Born to Run...' movie adaptation

Los Angeles, Jan 29 (IANS) Actor Matthew McConaughey is set to star in the adaptation of Christopher McDougall's book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. Matthew Michael Carnahan is writing the script, with Mickey Liddell, Deb Newmyer and Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing, reports variety.com. The film is currently without d...

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Bihar youth killed for pasting posters defaming girl

Patna, Jan 29 (IANS) A youth died and two were critically injured after being brutally beaten for allegedly pasting posters defaming a girl in Bihar's Gaya district, police said Thursday. Tension prevails in Asni village under Guraru police station in Gaya, about 100 km from here where the incident occurred, police added. Guraru police station officer in charge Amardip Kumar sai...

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Banned cricketer Amir allowed to play again

Dubai, Jan 29 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) Thursday allowed Pakistani pacer Mohammed Amir to return to domestic cricket, cutting short a five-year ban following his role in a spot-fixing scandal in 2010. ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) gave the go ahead to Amir following the ICC Board's meeting here. ACSU chairman Ronnie Flanagan, with the prior a...

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18 killed in Afghanistan checkpoint attack

Kabul, Jan 29 (IANS) At least 11 pro-government tribesmen and seven militants were killed when the Taliban launched an attack on a security checkpoint in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni, sources said Thursday. An unknown number of militants raided the checkpoint in Andar district, overnight, resulting in a fierce fighting for hours, provincial government spokesperson Shafiq Nang to...

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Moore stopped believing in god after her mother's death

Los Angeles, Jan 29 (IANS) Actress Julianne Moore, who will be seen playing an evil witch in Seventh Son, says she doesn't believe in god since her mother Anne died five years ago. Instead, the actress has placed her faith in her therapist and herself, reports hollywoodreporter.com. The 54-year-old explained her spiritual outlook as: The idea that you're the center of your own na...

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Japan attempting to verify new IS audio's authenticity

Tokyo, Jan 29 (IANS) Japan's foreign ministry was Thursday desperately trying to verify the authenticity of the another audio message purportedly from the Japanese hostage Kenji Goto who has been held by the Islamic State (IS) group, Xinhua reported. The message in the audio demanded an Iraqi terrorist on death row in Jordan be brought to the Turkish border in exchange for a Jordanian pi...

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Ancient skull offers clues to first modern Europeans

London, Jan 29 (IANS) An international team has discovered a 55,000-year-old partial skull in northern Israel that provides new insights into the migration of modern humans out of Africa. The rare partial skull was found at Manot Cave in Israel's Western Galilee. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's cave research centre conducted an initial survey of the cave and reported the fin...

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'Birdman' - unconventional style and performances

Film: Birdman; Cast: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Lindsay Duncan; Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu; Rating: **** With an alternate title, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, which appears in the movie's opening credits; Birdman is an intense, tantalising and tragic dramedy. It stands out as a unique film tha...

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India to get its first elephant sanctuary

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) India's first elephant sanctuary would soon come up in a fenced forested space near Bengaluru, a rights group said Thursday. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Bannerghatta Biological Park, Karnataka, have teamed up to create the 49.5-hectare sanctuary using the solar electric fence. The vast expanse of the sanctuary within th...

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One dead, three hurt in Delhi building collapse

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) A 30 year-old labourer was killed and three others were injured when an under-construction government building collapsed in south Delhi, police said Thursday. All the four labourers were working in the basement of the under construction three-storey building when one portion of it collapsed, trapping all of them under the debris. The incident took place i...

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Super Over could decide World Cup winners

Dubai, Jan 29 (IANS) A Super Over could decide the 2015 World Cup winner in case the final ends in a tie at the Melbourne Cricket Ground March 29. The decision was made by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following its Board meeting here Thursday. The ICC reinstated the use of Super Over in the event of a tie during the World Cup final, replicating the arrangements of the ...

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