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India reach 119/4 at lunch

Colombo, Aug 29 (IANS) India reached 119/4 at lunch in the second day's play of the third Test against hosts Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) here on Saturday. Opening batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on 55 when lunch was taken after the dismissal Rohit Sharma (26) by pacer Dhamik Prasad. After rain washed out major part of the first day's action on Friday, India...

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US badly needs successful visit by Xi: Chinese daily

Beijing, Aug 29 (IANS) The US badly needs a successful visit by President Xi Jinping, said a state-run Chinese daily which added that in Barack Obama's remaining months in office, he cannot stand his eight years as president ending in soured US-China ties. An editorial Washington wants Xi's trip to be success in the Global Times appeared on Saturday, a day after US National Security Advi...

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Kajal Aggarwal replaces Keerthy Suresh in 'Kavalai Vendam'

Chennai, Aug 29 (IANS) Actress Kajal Aggarwal has replaced Keerthy Suresh in upcoming Tamil comedy Kavalai Vendam. The latter had walked out of the project citing date issues. Keerthy was initially signed on for the project, but since the project got delayed, she had to exit due to her prior commitments. We've brought in Kajal Aggarwal as her replacement, a source from the film's unit to...

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Salman Khan to release teaser of Nagarjuna's son's film

Chennai, Aug 29 (IANS) Superstar Salman Khan will unveil the teaser of Akkineni Nagarjuna's son Akhil's debut film Akhil on Saturday. Two other popular actors will also release the film's teaser along with Salman. When Salman visited Chiranjeevi's 60th birthday bash last week, he was requested to release the teaser by Nagarjuna, and he instantly agreed for the sake of their friendship. T...

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Suriya's 'Haiku' is now 'Pasanga 2'

Chennai, Aug 29 (IANS) Actor Suriya's upcoming Tamil production Haiku, a children's drama, has been renamed Pasanga 2. It was a decision taken keeping in mind the request of distributors. Also, 'Haiku' is not a recognised Tamil word and this would mean no tax exemption. Hence, we decided to change the title to 'Pasanga 2', the film's director Pandiraj, told IANS. He also clarifie...

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Nagarjuna rings in 56th birthday in Thailand

Chennai, Aug 29 (IANS) Actor Nagarjuna, who turned 56 on Saturday, is holidaying with his family at a beach resort in Thailand. Nagarjuna along with his wife Amala and sons Naga Chaitanya and Akhil is in Thailand on a short holiday. He will be celebrating his birthday with his family there, a source close to the actor told IANS. On Saturday, he would also be releasing the teaser ...

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India's women's 4x400 metre relay team bow out of athletics Worlds

Beijing, Aug 29 (IANS) The Indian women's 4x400 metre relay team failed to qualify for the finals at the World Athletics Championships here on Saturday. The quartet of Tintu Luka, M R Poovamma, Debasree Majumdar and Jisna Mathew finished at the bottom of the eight teams in the seond heat of the event despite clocking the season's best timing of 3:29.08. The United States emerged ...

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Free travel for Haryana women on Raksha Bandhan

Chandigarh, Aug 29 (IANS) Hundreds of women in Haryana and Chandigarh availed the facility of free travel on state roadways buses on Saturday on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. The Haryana government had announced earlier that women will be allowed free travel in state-run roadways buses on August 28 and 29. Raksha Bandhan, the festival that celebrates the bond between brothers a...

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Nitish Kumar ties rakhi to a tree to create environmental awareness

Patna, Aug 29 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday employed a novel method to create public awareness on environmental protection by tying a rakhi on a tree on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan and urged the people to protect Bihar's green cover. People should come forward to plant more trees and protect them for a healthy environment, Nitish Kumar said after tying a 'rakhi'...

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Indian walkers finish 26th, 27th at athletics Worlds

Beijing, Aug 29 (IANS) India's 50 kilometre race walkers Sandeep Kumar and Manish Singh produced disheartening performances to finish 26 and 27th in the category on the penultimate day of the World Athletics Championships here on Saturday. Sandeep clocked his season's best performance of 3:57:03 while Manish achieved his personal best of 3:57:11 but it was only enough to secure bottom h...

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FARC for dialogue to resolve Venezuela-Colombia border tension

Havana, Aug 29 (IANS) The insurgent Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has called for a dialogue to resolve border tensions between Colombia and Venezuela, a media report said on Sayurday. It is best to seek, through constructive and sincere dialogue, the normalisation of the situation along the border, said rebel spokesman Jesus Santrich, reading a statement shortly before t...

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Severe wildfires threatening world's temperate forests

New York, Aug 29 (IANS) More extensive and severe wildfires and a myriad other threats, including diseases and longer, more severe and hotter droughts are threatening to transform some of the world's temperate forests, a study says. Unless effective measures to counter the dangers posed by climate change are taken, some of these forests could convert to shrublands or grasslands within th...

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S. Africa to impose tariffs on Chinese steel imports

Johannesburg, Aug 29 (IANS) South Africa has approved recommendations to impose a 10 percent import tariff on some steel imports from China, a media report said. It was approved on Friday by South Africa's Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, Xinhua reported. The approval is based on the recommendation by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (IT...

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US dollar rises

New York, Aug 29 (IANS) The US dollar climbed against most major currencies on Friday as the country's overall strong economic data pointed to a possible interest-rate hike later this year. The Commerce Department reported Friday that in July, US personal income increased 0.4 percent, and disposable personal income rose 0.5 percent, Xinhua reported. Meanwhile, personal consumptio...

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Oil prices extend rally

New York, Aug 29 (IANS) Oil prices continued to rally on Friday for the second day amid upbeat economic data. On the economic front, the US personal income increased 0.4 percent, and disposable personal income rose 0.5 percent, in July, Xinhua reported, quoting the US Commerce Department. Personal consumption expenditures increased 0.3 percent in July after an upwardly revised 0....

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Gold rises 1 percent in New York bourse

Chicago, Aug 29 (IANS) Gold futures on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose on Friday as a report showed steady US inflation. The most active gold contract for December delivery gained $11.4 or 1.02 percent, to settle at $1,134 per ounce, Xinhua reported. Gold was given support as a report from the US Department of Commerce showed July personal income an...

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WICB pledges support to storm-ravaged Dominica

Kingston (Jamaica), Aug 29 (IANS) The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has said it is very saddened to hear of the loss of life and damage to property in Dominica due to tropical storm Erika. The island was battered on Thursday with heavy rains, causing streets to flood and rivers to overflow, reports CMC. Reports say as many as 20 people may have been killed. It was with...

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British GDP growth static at 0.7 percent

London, Aug 29, (IANS) British gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.3 percent between the first quarter and the second quarter of 2015, unrevised from the previous as well as the first estimate that was published a month ago, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. Exports growth lifted the economic performance of the period, Xinhua quoted the ONS as saying on Friday. Th...

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Schalke signs Bayern youngster Pierre-Emile Hoejbjerg on loan

Munich, Aug 29 (IANS) Bayern Munich's Denmark international Pierre-Emile Hoejbjerg has agreed to join league rivals Schalke on loan, the German champions confirmed in a statement. The 20-year-old Bayern midfielder will be loaned for a second time, after spending the last second half of the campaign at Augsburg, as he will play for Schalke until June 2016, reports Xinhua. We still...

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Anna Meares inspired by 'rare' Olympic moments

Rio De Janeiro, Aug 29 (IANS) The rarity of the Olympics has been a key motivational factor in her bid for glory at the 2016 Rio Games, track cyclist Anna Meares has said. The Australian will be aiming for her third Olympic gold medal, having won the 500m time trial at Athens in 2004 and the sprint at London in 2012, Xinhua reported. The Olympics are a very rare opportunity to pe...

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