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'Right script' can bring Karisma, Kareena together on screen

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Celebrity sisters Karisma and Kareena Kapoor are known for their acting skills and glamour quotient, but they are yet to be seen on the silver screen together. Younger sibling Kareena says the wait will end with the right script. People have offered us roles, but we need to get the right script, Kareena, who is married to actor Saif Ali Khan, told IANS during he...

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The strange alien planet you know better than you think

Some time ago I realized with horror that the storybooks at my children's school had been written by Adolf Hitler using a range of pen names. This had to be so, because their main theme was The Triumph of the Master Race. The first clue was when my daughter brought home a book called The Three Brothers. Plot: Two black-haired brothers are brutish but are defeated by their clever blond br...

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'The Lazarus Effect' - not worth resurrecting

Film: The Lazarus Effect; Cast: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Donald Glover, Evan Peters and Sarah Bolger; Director: David Gelb; Rating: * Jesus Christ! What a waste of resources and energy for a horror about raising the dead. Edgily balancing between the science fiction and horror genres, The Lazarus Effect is a poorly crafted film that has nothing original about it. And, the exec...

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'Against The Sun' - neither motivating, nor enthralling

Film: Against The Sun; Cast: Garret Dillahunt, Tom Felton, Jake Abel and Nadia Para; Director: Brian Falk; Rating: **1/2 A harrowing 34-day ordeal of survival and endurance, Against The Sun is based on Robert Trumbull's novel The Raft. It's a true story that occurred during the World War II. On January 16, 1942, three US Naval Air Force men, airborne in the South Pacific seas, re...

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Holi revellers caught between 'rang barse' and 'run barse'

Lucknow, March 6 (IANS) Holi revellers across the state are split between the runs and 'rang' on Friday as the festival of colours clashes with the exciting India-West-Indies cricket match in the ICC World Cup 2015. With the youngsters not ready to miss the tie in Australia, most Holi toli's have decided to begin early and wind up before noon. This would give them time to wash th...

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Thousands converge in Punjab for 'Hola Mohalla'

Anandpur Sahib (Punjab), March 6 (IANS) Tens of thousands of devotees converged in this Sikh holy town on Friday to offer prayers at Gurdwara Keshgarh Sahib during Hola Mohalla celebrations which coincides with the Holi festival. All roads towards this holy town, which is home to the second most important Sikh shrine after Harmandar Sahib (popularly known as Golden Temple) in Amritsar, ...

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President greets nation on Holi

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday greeted the nation on the occasion of Holi and urged the citizens to promote Indian's composite culture. Warm greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens on the joyous occasion of Holi, Mukherjee said in a statement. Let us use this spring festival to spread the fame and fragrance of our composite culture far and...

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Pleasant Friday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Delhiites woke up to a pleasant morning on Friday as the minimum temperature settled at 14 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average. The Met Office has forecast a cloudy day ahead. According to the India Meteorological Department, the sky will remain partly cloudy through the day and the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 27 degrees...

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Left boycotts Governor's address in Kerala assembly

Thiruvananthapuram, March 6 (IANS) The Left opposition walked out of the assembly on Friday as soon as Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam rose to read out the government's policies for the year. Leader of opposition V.S. Achuthanandan rose at the same time as the governor and was heard speaking a few sentences which were not audible. The governor smiled and paused for a while before ...

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Women's top seed Li Xuerui falls at All England Open

Birmingham March 6 (IANS) While women's top seed Li Xuerui suffered a surprise defeat to compatriot Sun Yun at the All England Open badminton championships, five times champion Lin Dan reached the third round with straight sets victory here. Li, the winner in 2012, was beaten 21-13, 21-13 by the 21-year-old Sun, Xinhua reported on Thursday. I have tried my best today, but I have ...

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Mulayam takes ill, advised rest

Lucknow, March 6 (IANS) Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav was on Thursday admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI) here, before being released and advised rest, a close family aide said Yadav has been unwell for the past few days and had taken ill on Wednesday noon after which he was briefly admitted at the SGPGI during which time s...

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Business and professional tips at your bookshelf

Be it practical, straightforward advice to improve your work conditions or a few business tools you should know to succeed. IANS Books this Weekend is determined to give you a heavy dose of advice. Take a look: 1. Book: How to be Confident and Assertive at Work; Author Suzanne and Conard Potts; Publisher: Robinson; Pages: 210; Price: Rs.299 This book gives practical and straightf...

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'Mars once had sea larger than the Earth's Arctic Ocean'

Washington, March 6 (IANS) Ancient Mars was likely to have possessed a primitive ocean that held more water than the Earth's Arctic Ocean, the US space agency NASA said. Perhaps about 4.3 billion years ago, Mars would have had enough water to cover the entire surface in a liquid layer about 450 feet (137 metres) deep, Xinhua reported on Thursday, citing a NASA statement. More lik...

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WHO to begin vaccination trials in Guinea

United Nations, March 6 (IANS) The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that it will begin conducting Ebola vaccination trials in Guinea this week to test whether the vaccine is effective to prevent Ebola. The phase III trial in one of the world's most affected countries by Ebola will start on March 7 to test the VSV-EBOV vaccine for efficacy and effectiveness, based on data from in...

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Human shield to protect Hindus celebrating Holi in Pakistan

Islamabad, March 6 (IANS) A human shield was formed at the Holi celebrations at Swami Narayan Temple in Karachi to show solidarity with and protect Hindus in attendance. The National Student's Federation (NSF) organised the formation of a human shield on Friday, the demonstration is an attempt to promote interfaith coexistence and cooperation among different religious and ethnic groups i...

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Luke Evans in talks for 'Beauty and the Beast'

Los Angeles, March 6 (IANS) Actor Luke Evans is in talks to play the villainous Gaston in the upcoming film Beauty and the Beast a retelling of the Walt Disney studio's 1991 animated blockbuster of the same name. In the original story, Gaston was a handsome suitor who tried to win Belle's heart and, after losing her to the beast, led a group of townspeople on a hunt to kill the creature....

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'No military solution to Ukraine crisis'

Helsinki, March 6 (IANS) Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has said that there is no military solution to the Ukraine crisis. Mogherini made her remarks at a press conference on Thursday held after meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb in Helsinki, Xinhua reporte...

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When Solange Knowles faced oops moment

Paris, March 6 (IANS) Singer Solange Knowles suffered a wardrobe malfunction after she arrived in Paris ahead of the Paris fashion week. Knowles looked stylish in her all-white outfit but she had an unfortunate malfunction when her top started to come undone. She arrived in the French capital Wednesday wearing a long sleeve white top with her white capris and a pair of white san...

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Russia concerned with US military deployment in Ukraine

Moscow, March 6 (IANS) Russia is concerned with arrival of US military personnel on Ukraine soil, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said. Up to 300 US troops reportedly have been deployed to a peacekeeping center in Ukraine's western Lvov region, the ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on Thursday, Xinhua reported. Noting that those US military instructors would train Ukraini...

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Pakistan activist honored with International Women of Courage Award

Islamabad, March 6 (IANS) After youngest ever nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the scenic Swat valley is again in the limelight on the world scene due to another brave woman from the area -- Tabassum Adnan, the founder an NGO. In recognition of her service for women's rights, the US has awarded Adnan the 2015 Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award, Dawn repor...

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