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Urban movement linked to social activity

Washington, Feb 27 (IANS) A recent study by researchers uses a new method to infer that most of the urban movement is social, a finding that is applicable consistently in multiple cities. The study used anonymised phone data from South America and Europe that, unlike most data in the field, provides information that can be used to reconstruct both people's locations and their social netw...

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Economic Survey Highlights

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Highlights of the Economic Survey 2014-15 tabled in parliament on Friday by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley: * Growth rate of over eight percent expected in 2015-16 * Double-digit economic growth trajectory now a possibility * Political mandate for reform and benign external environment * Scope for big bang reforms ...

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Sreesanth was attacked with knife in jail: Family

Kochi, Feb 27 (IANS) Former Indian fast bowler S. Sreesanth was attacked with a knife while he was in jail after being arrested for his alleged involvement in IPL spot-fixing in 2013, his family said Friday. He is currently facing trial in a Delhi court. His sister's husband Madhu Balakrishnan made this revelation to the media here. After he (Sreesanth) returned home foll...

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Shopping vouchers may help pregnant women kick the butt

London, Feb 27 (IANS) Financial incentives could help one in five women quit smoking during pregnancy, shows a new research. Only a small number of women 'gamed' the system to receive the incentives while continuing to smoke. While the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy has declined, it remains high amongst more socially deprived groups. We all know of the dangers of smok...

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Big B named Timeless Fashion Icon

Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Apart from his memorable performances on screen, Indian cinestar Amitabh Bachchan is also known for making style statements with designer jackets, suits, sherwanis, kurtas and pyjamas off screen. No wonder then that he was honoured with the 'Timeless Fashion Icon' accolade by Filmfare Glamour Style and Fashion. Big B took to his official blog to share his views over...

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'Kingsman: The Secret Service' - satirical spy film

Film: Kingsman: The Secret Service; Cast: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill, Jack Davenport, Sofia Boutella and Sophie Cookson; Director: Mathew Vaughn; Rating: **1/2 Stylish yet comical with a cartoonish tinge, director Mathew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service is a poor parody of a James Bond film. Based on a graphic novel...

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Genes behind back pain and depression link: Study

Sydney, Feb 27 (IANS) The commonly found association between low back pain and depression is actually due to certain genetic factors, suggests a large study of twins. Genes affecting levels of neurotransmitters - such as serotonin and norepinephrine - might affect the risk of both back pain and depression, the researchers added. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that transmit signa...

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Asian herb holds promise against Ebola

Washington, Feb 27 (IANS) A promising small molecule derived from an Asian herb has successfully inhibited infection of human white blood cells, thus preventing Ebola virus disease in mice, US researchers report. Robert Davey, a scientist at the Texas biomedical research institute and his team found that Tetrandrine showed to be a potent small molecule inhibiting infection of human white...

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Survey pegs India's growth at over 8 percent, says inflation easing

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) India's economic survey pegged growth at more than 8 percent for the next fiscal and said inflation was now declining, while also setting the agenda for reforms needed to further drive the expansion, prune wasteful expenditure and promote productive investment. Tabled in parliament Friday by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and authored by a team led by Chief Econom...

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BJP refuses to comment on Gadkari's French cruise

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The BJP Friday refused to react to a media report about Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari taking a French cruise along with his family, which was sponsored by a top corporate house. This kind of news keeps coming every day. We don't need to react to this, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told the media. According to a report published in the Indian Expr...

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Backpackers Cafe: Chandigarh's 'The Place'

Chandigarh, Feb 27 (IANS) If Chandigarh's upscale Sector 9 inner market has turned out to be the most happening place for the city's elite and youth in recent years, an important reason is the existence of the Backpackers Cafe. It has built up a reputation of being The Place in Chandigarh's social circuit, especially for those who relish good non-Indian cuisine and want to wear it on t...

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Leonor Varela welcomes second child

Los Angeles, Feb 27 (IANS) Actress Leonor Varela has welcomed her second child, a daughter, with husband and producer Lucas Akoskin. The 42-year-old gave birth to her daughter Wednesday in Santa Monica, California. The couple has named the newborn Luna Mae Akosin, reports people.com. We are deeply grateful for the arrival of our daughter, Luna Mae Akosin, to our family. Her 8 lb...

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Chronic insomnia ups mortality risk: Study

New York, Feb 27 (IANS) Chronic insomnia increases mortality risk primarily due to heart-related problems and not cancer, says a study led by an Indian-origin researcher. People who suffer from persistent insomnia are also at greater risk of increased inflammation than those who experience intermittent insomnia, the findings showed. We hypothesised that insomnia that was persiste...

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Pakistani prisoner killed while attempting to escape

Islamabad, Feb 27 (IANS) A prisoner was killed and another injured when four inmates of the district jail in Pakistan's Gilgit city attempted to escape Friday. Two prisoners managed to flee. Police said security forces have launched an operation to nab the two inmates who managed to escape, Geo News reported. Police said the two escaped inmates were involved in the deadly Nanga P...

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'PK' remake deal undecided: Kamal Haasan

Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) All the talk of Kamal Haasan doing the Tamil version of Rajkumar Hirani's directorial PK, is just talk, no more, says the actor. The producers have only initiated talks. I am in Mauritus on recce for my next film for my own production company. Someone has jumped the gun and has leaked a yet undecided deal, said the versatile star, who did the Tamil remake of Hirani'...

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Age gracefully, don't cover the lines: Kareena Kapoor

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Bollywood's fit and fabulous Kareena Kapoor is on her way to turn 35, and she's clear about not attempting to be 22! She feels the key to ageing gracefully lies in letting the lines be, especially when it comes to men. I think one should age gracefully. I am proud to be 34 and I think aging is wonderful. I hate it when I look at somebody and know that they have t...

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US offers bounty for information on two Afghan terrorists

Washington, Feb 27 (IANS) The US has offered rewards of up to $5 million for information on two associates of Afghan extremist group Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG). According to a US State Department statement Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry has authorised a reward of up to $3 million for the arrest or conviction of Abdul Saboor and up to $2 million for Abdullah Nowbahar, Xinhua r...

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Sri Lankan Navy arrests 86 Indian fishermen

Colombo, Feb 27 (IANS) The Sri Lankan Navy has arrested 86 Indian fishermen for poaching, an official said Friday. Navy spokesman Indika Silva said the fishermen were arrested overnight in the northern seas and their boats were also seized, Xinhua reported. Earlier this week, India had arrested 19 Sri Lankan fishermen on the charges of trespassing into Indian waters but they were...

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Shantanu Goenka's 'Fashioning Fairytales' mixes couture, fantasy

Kolkata, Feb 27 (IANS) The mannequins were models, their depiction inspired by fairytale characters. Designer Shantanu Goenka depicting stories through his 'Fashioning Fairytales' collection showcased during his couture exhibit at 85 Landsdowne here. The highpoint of the exhibit was the way designer presented his clothes through a story enacted well by different mannequins kept in differ...

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Filmmaker Gautham Menon turns singer

Chennai, Feb 27 (IANS) Filmmaker Gautham Vasudev Menon has put his singing ability to good use by crooning a number in filmmaker Radha Mohan's upcoming Tamil comedy Uppu Karuvadu. The music director of my film is a good friend of Gautham. He suggested that we use Gautham's voice for the song as it would be apt, Radha Mohan told IANS. When we had approached Gautham, although he wa...

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