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Himalayan Viagra fuels gold rush for local Tibetans

Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) Overwhelmed by people trying to find the prized medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra, two isolated Tibetan communities have managed to implement a successful system for the sustainable harvest of the precious natural resource, suggests research. There is this mistaken notion that indigenous people are incapable of solving complicated problems on their own....

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Kurdish women fighters, an unprecedented example of equality in Middle East

Madrid, Oct 31 (IANS/EFE) The Syrian city of Kobane, where resistance against jihadis of the Islamic State (IS) has become a symbol of Kurdish unity, is also an unprecedented example of equality for its women, who fight side by side with men in the streets. The images of Kobane, under siege by the IS for the past 40 days, and especially of women of the Kurdish People's Protection Units...

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'Roar' - a bore you may abhor

Film: Roar - Tigers of the Sundarbans; Cast: Abhinav Shukla, Achint Kaur, Nora Fatehi, Ali Quli Mirza and Subrat Dutta; Director: Kamal Sadanah; Rating: **1/2 If you're looking for a rewarding cinematic experience with a coherent plot and well-rounded characters, then Roar may just prove a bore that you'd probably abhor. But if you're the sort (like me) who grants leeway to movie...

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UP appoints officers to expedite pending court cases

Lucknow, Oct 31 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government has asked officials to expedite thousands of cases pending in different courts, officials said Friday. It has done so by asking divisional commissioners and district magistrates to direct district level nodal officers to contact district judges on a daily basis and to provide the list of cases to be taken up. Chief Secretary Alo...

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Deven Bhojani dons director's hat for 'Pukaar'

Mumbai, Oct 31 ( IANS) He directed the entertaining and comical Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai back in 2005. Now after nine years, actor Deven Bhojani has gone behind the cameras once again - but this time, for an action-packed show titled Pukaar - Call For The Hero. Famous for his comic roles and unabashed humour, Deven is excited about directing the mini-series for Life OK as it is different fro...

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I don't want to be termed as hot: Lisa Haydon

Mumbai, Oct 31 (IANS) Model-turned-actress Lisa Haydon, who does not wish to be tagged as hot, says her performance in Queen has helped people to pay attention to her acting acumen. Before 'Queen', people perceived me (just) as a model. I worked very hard to prove myself as a good actor. I needed the right opportunity, and now I feel people have started taking me seriously as an actress ...

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Oceans were always there on Earth: Scientists

Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) Debunking previous theories that water came late to Earth well after the planet had formed, researchers have significantly moved back the clock for the first evidence of water on Earth and in the inner solar system. The answer to one of the basic questions is that our oceans were always here. We did not get them from a late process as was previously thought, cla...

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China now offers destination weddings for Indian couples

Kolkata, Oct 31 (IANS) Tying the knot at Kunming or taking the path to marital bliss at Dali could soon become a fad as the big fat Indian weddings get the Made in China tag. With its clean and modern cities, shopping choices, affordable logistics and exotic cuisine, China is luring Indians whose rising affluence and desire for celebrations with a difference are making destination weddin...

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Wearable health devices key for safe space tourism

New York, Oct 31 (IANS) At a time when several firms are developing spacecrafts to take ordinary citizens on short trips into space, scientists have outlined the risks and challenges involved in human commercial spaceflights. The key for a safe space travel will be to develop wearable biomedical monitoring equipment for spaceflight participants and create a medical and physiological data...

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Strategy to prevent cyber crime on anvil: Rajnath Singh

Hyderabad, Oct 31 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said a strategy to prevent cyber crime will be evolved soon. Voicing concern over rising cyber crime, he said he has asked the home ministry to prepare an effective strategy. He was speaking at the passing out parade of 66 Regular Recruits of the Indian Police Service at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Aca...

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App to help blind 'see money'

Kolkata, Oct 31 (IANS) The blind have a reason to smile, courtesy a new smart phone application that helps them see the money as it aids in identification of notes. The Android app 'See the Money' detects the exact denomination from a simple photo of the note clicked via the phone. Developed by researchers Suriya Singh, Kumar Vishal and C.V. Jawahar from the International Institu...

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Nestle to introduce robots as sales clerks

Tokyo, Oct 31 (IANS/EFE) Nestle will use robots as sales clerks at its outlets selling coffee makers in Japan, an initiative that will later spread worldwide, a Nestle spokesperson confirmed to EFE news agency. Humanoid robot Pepper has been jointly developed by Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank Mobile Corp and France's Aldebaran Robotics, to serve customers in a dozen stores fr...

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India would've been different if Patel was PM: Naidu

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Friday said that if Sardar Vallabhbahi Patel had become the first prime minister of India, the fate of the country would have been different. Speaking at the function at Vijay Chowk to mark Sardar Patel's birth anniversary as National Unity Day, Naidu said Sardar Patel was foremost among leaders who had made sacrifices...

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Healthy diet for infants prevents obesity later

New York, Oct 31 (IANS) If you do not want your baby to grow up into an overweight adult, make sure you feed him or her healthy diet from the very first year, a study suggests. Babies who eat diets high in sugar, fat, protein and dairy products show faster gain in body mass index scores from ages six to 12 months, the findings showed. Dietary patterns are harder to change later i...

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When Modi strode down Rajpath

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday flagged off an enthusiasm-filled Run for Unity and himself briskly walked down Rajpath after paying rich tributes to free India's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Modi led the nation in paying tributes to Sardar Patel on his 139th birth anniversary, being commemorated as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day, ...

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Popular mosquito catcher in Japan uses human odour as bait

Tokyo, Oct 31 (IANS) A novel mosquito trap that lures its prey using human scent and other smells favoured by the critter is creating a buzz as Japan frets about the spread of dengue fever. The boxlike device is the brainchild of Kenzo Iwao, a former professor at the Nagoya Institute of Technology who has studied tiger mosquitoes, which transmit viruses typically found in tropical and s...

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One dies as mini-bus overturns in Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) A 50-year old man was killed and seven others were injured when a mini-bus overturned in Delhi Friday, police said. The accident took place near Oberoi Hotel on south Delhi's Dr Zakir Hussain Marg around 9 a.m.. A bus, carrying around 20 people, was going towards India Gate when it overturned after its front wheel broke down, a police officer said.

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Antarctic ozone hole stands steady: Scientists

Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) The Antarctic ozone hole has reached its annual peak size and holds steady, say scientists, trying to determine if the ozone hole trend over the last decade is a result of temperature increases or chorine declines. The size of this year's hole was 24.1 million sq km - an area roughly the size of North America. The single-day maximum area was similar to t...

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Curbs on gatherings relaxed in Delhi's Trilokpuri

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Orders prohibiting any gathering and movement of large groups in the riot-hit Trilokpuri area of Delhi were relaxed Friday for 13 hours, police said, adding that permission to organise a religious programme in the area has been granted. The prohibitory order were relaxed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. And if everything goes well, we might extend it further, Joint ...

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Corinthians, Fluminense to meet Bundesliga pair in Florida Cup

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 31 (IANS) Brazilian football clubs Corinthians and Fluminense will compete against Germany's Bayer Leverkusen and FC Koln in the Florida Cup in January. The four-match tournament, confirmed on the Bundesliga's official website Thursday, will provide the German clubs with a chance to fine-tune their preparations for the restart of the top-flight season Jan 20, reports ...

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