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Rihanna's dad escorted out of her Diamond Ball

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Singer Rihanna's alcoholic father Ronald Fenty was escorted out of a recent Diamond Ball for his drunk behaviour. He had promised his famous daughter that he had got rid of his habit. Rihanna has been trying to save Fenty from his drinking demons for the past year, and she even put him through an expensive rehabilitation program in Malibu. But all her hard work...

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India's growth to have impact on Africa next year

Accra (Ghana), Dec 20 (IANS) With just days to go for 2014 to end, a new study has projected a steady growth in India, which from every indication is likely to have some impact on its dealings with Africa which is also being seen as a growth zone next year. The Standard Chartered Bank's Global Research team has projected India to be a positive surprise compared to the situation in other ...

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Take 3D photos with your iPhone 6

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) A new app that allows iPhone 6 users to take 360 degree pictures of objects and then show them as 3D photographs is here. Called 3DAround, the app made by Swiss software company Dacuda takes pictures that are not just 3-dimensional, but interactive. Free to download, the app was designed to capture 3D images of food, to cash in on the popularity of food ph...

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Five militants killed in Peshawar

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) At least five militants were killed Saturday when security forces hit militant hideouts in the restive northwest region, officials said. Police and paramilitary soldiers raided suspected hideouts in Peshawar during which five militants including a local commander were killed, The New International reported citing a security official. Five terrorists were ...

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Tripura comes under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana

Agartala, Dec 20 (IANS) All families across Tripura have been covered under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), a national mission of financial inclusion of all households in the country, a top government official said here Saturday. Till last month (Nov), over 200,000 new bank accounts have been opened under the PMJDY. Thus, all the households in Tripura have been covered under ...

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When NASA 'emailed' a spanner to ISS

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) When astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) asked people on Earth to send them a ratcheting socket wrench (or spanner), it took just a click of the mouse to email the hardware to them, literally. The ISS commander Barry Wilmore needed a wrench. The California-based company Made In Space that designed the 3D printer aboard the ISS decided to create ins...

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Will improve government schools: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Promising to improve the condition of government schools and making them as attractive as private ones, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal Saturday said good education was the basic right of every child. Addressing a function organised by NGO Teach For India at St. Stephen's college here, the former Delhi chief minister said government schools in Delhi w...

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Teenagers are leaving Facebook: Survey

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) Facebook is less popular among teenagers than last year, says a survey, adding that 88 percent of teenagers now use the social network against 94 percent last year. The website is also losing popularity among all other age groups, CNET reported. The survey, conducted by market research firm Frank N. Magid Associates, revealed that the percentage of youth a...

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Kate Winslet to star in Steve Jobs biopic?

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Actress Kate Winslet is in negotiations to play the female lead in a Danny Boyle-directed upcoming biopic on late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, reports variety.com. Michael Fassbender is set to play Jobs, while Seth Rogen is on board to play co-founder Steve Wozniak. The boipic is based on the Walter Isaacson biography and was originally set up at Sony P...

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Jaitley urges India Inc to build public opinion for GST bill

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) A day after the government tabled the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday urged industries to build public opinion in states for passing the law on reforming India's indirect tax system. Any state that does not fall in line (with GST), my advice to all stakeholders is go to states to raise the issue, to convi...

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Breakthrough in optical fibre communications

London, Dec 20 (IANS) Researchers from University of Southampton have revealed a breakthrough in optical fibre communications. In collaboration with colleagues at Eblana Photonics in Ireland, researchers from the university's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have developed a new approach that enables direct modulation of laser currents to be used to generate highly advanced modulati...

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Afghan army operations kill 141 militants

Kabul, Dec 20 (IANS) At least 141 Taliban militants have been killed as the Afghan army waged offensives in the last 48 hours to Saturday morning, Xinhua reported, quoting a defence ministry statement. Afghan National Army (ANA) conducted operations to ensure security in surrounding areas of Kunar, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Helmand, Uruzgan, Balkh and Herat provinces over the past 48 hours, kil...

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Chepngetich targets Brussels conquest ahead of 2015 World Cross

NAIROBI, Dec 20 (IANS) Kenya's World Junior Cross Country champion Faith Chepngetich will make her second show in Brussels Sunday as she seeks to shake off the rust after a long break. Chepngetich is keen to stake claim to the 2015 World Cross Country championships to be held in Guiyang, China March 28, reports Xinhua. I am just getting started. I had a long holiday after the tra...

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Jolie lacks 'patience' to cook Christmas dinner

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Actress-director Angelina Jolie says she doesn't have the patience to cook a Christmas dinner, but her husband Brad Pitt is good at organising the repast. The actress gets too easily distracted to be in charge of such a huge and important meal, so she chops up vegetables instead and leaves her husband to organise lunch, reports femalefirst.co.uk. During...

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3D technology to help study environmental changes

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) A 3D virtual reality system at Utah-based Brigham Young University (BYU) is changing the way engineers are viewing environmental engineering challenges. It is like a scene from a gamer's wildest dreams: 12 high-definition, 55-inch 3D televisions all connected to a computer capable of supporting high-end, graphics-intensive gaming. On the massive screen, im...

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Suniel Shetty may produce films for his children

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Actor Suniel Shetty, who has had a taste of film production with his Popcorn Motion Pictures Ltd banner in the past, says he may enter the space again for his daughter and son, who have their eyes set on Bollywood. But for now, production has taken a backseat for him. There is definitely a no to production right now, the actor, who has produced films like Bhaagam Bh...

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Kerala BJP set to woo film personalities

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 20 (IANS) With BJP president Amit Shah on his second visit to Kerala - where the party is yet to open its account in the state assembly - it has been decided that the party will woo film personalities to get support in the state. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) might seek help from Guru Nair, a former office bearer of the Congress in Maharashtra, who has joined t...

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Kenyan star athlete Jeptoo to serve two-year doping ban

Nairobi, Dec 20 (IANS) Boston and Chicago Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo of Kenya will have to forfeit her prize money and World Marathon Majors (WMM) jackpot after her sample B tested positive. A statement by Athletics Kenya (AK) Friday confirmed that Jeptoo indeed failed a dope test, which was contacted Sept 25, an out- of-competition test and will have to serve the mandatory two-year b...

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India blame poor practice wickets for injuries

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) The Indian cricket team Saturday blamed the poor quality of practice pitches at the Gabba for the injury to opener Shikhar Dhawan, which was instrumental in India's four-wicket defeat here. India are unhappy they were not allowed to use a fresh strip and were made to practice on worn-out wickets with uneven bounce despite asking Queensland Cricket several times fo...

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Lost memories can be restored: Scientists

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) In a new ray of hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, researchers have found that lost memories can be restored. In experiments conducted on marine snails that have cellular and molecular processes very similar to humans, the researchers were able to restore their memory. The findings suggest contrary to what neuroscientists have be...

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