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New Zealand becoming popular with Indian students

Mumbai, Aug 23 (IANS) New Zealand has emerged as a popular destination for Indian students, the country's high commissioner to India has said. There was an increase of 83 percent in the number of student visas issued to Indians between January and July this year, compared to the same period last year, Grahame Morton said here Friday. According to latest figures released by the st...

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Two IS militants arrested in Morocco

Rabat, Aug 23 (IANS) Two Islamic State (IS) militants, who were planning to leave for training camps in Syria and Iraq, were arrested in Morocco, the interior ministry said. The two have connections with foreign extremists and were planning to receive military training in IS camps before carrying out attacks in Morocco, the ministry said in a statement Friday. One of them had clo...

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Want a perfect selfie? Try this 'perfume bottle'

New York, Aug 23 (IANS) For fashion-loving teenage girls who enjoy taking selfies but do not want the world to see, Sony has launched a unique perfume bottle-look camera that can be a perfect bag accessory. The Cyber-shot DSC-KW11 has a Beauty Effect mode that can improve the appearance of skin tone and smoothness. It also has eye widening and face slimming options so that users ...

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Talk to celebrities at Emmy Awards with Facebook app

New York, Aug 23 (IANS) Facebook has teamed up with entertainment show Access Hollywood to launch an app that will connect fans with their favourite celebrities in real time during the 66th Emmy Awards nights Aug 25. The tablet app called Mentions Box is designed to let celebrities at the Emmy Awards answer questions from their fans. Fans need to go to Access Hollywood's Facebook...

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Why most people are not downloading apps

New York, Aug 23 (IANS) Most apps are free and even when these come with a price tag, the amount is nominal. Even then, people are not downloading them. Why? According to a latest report by American internet analytics company comScore, most US smartphone owners download zero apps in a typical month. It may be because people just do not need that many apps. The apps people...

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Five killed in Chandigarh accident

Chandigarh, Aug 23 (IANS) At least five people were killed and 15 others injured when a luxury bus and a car collided in Chandigarh Saturday morning, police said. Among the dead in the accident in Sector 45 area were three occupants of the car and two passengers of the bus. The bus caught fire after the accident but it was soon doused, police said. The injured were rushed...

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'Katiyabaaz': A documentary maker challenges mainstream space

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) The release of an 80-minute documentary on Kanpur's electricity hassles against a big banner Bollywood film didn't seem an alien concept to the makers of Katiyabaaz, who were confident of challenging the mainstream. Director duo Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar struggled their way for nearly three years to get a commercial release for Katiyabaaz across almost 50 s...

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WHO to unveil response plan for Ebola

United Nations, Aug 23 (IANS) The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it will unveil a response plan to deal with the current Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa. The WHO has announced that it is working on a six to nine-month plan against Ebola, an operational document that will detail the strategy against the virus, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said Friday. That plan ...

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President condoles Ananthamurthy's death

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday condoled the death of writer U.R. Ananthamurthy, saying India will remember his invaluable contribution to literature. In a statement, the president said: Nation will always remember Ananthamurthy's invaluable contribution to literature. The 82-year-old renowned Kannada writer and Jnanpith Award winner, Ananthamurthy di...

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Sunny day in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) It was a sunny Saturday morning in the capital, with the minimum temperature recorded at 26.4 degrees Celsius, average for this time of the season. The Met Office has forecast a clear day ahead. The skies will be mainly clear, with the maximum temperature likely to hover around 38 degrees Celsius, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. F...

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Import-dependence impacting Indian forces' combat-readiness

The commissioning of INS Kolkata in Mazagon Docks Ltd (MDL) Mumbai, with due pomp and circumstance, on Aug 16 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was an event of considerable significance for both the Indian Navy (IN) and the nation. So far the biggest Indian-built warship to join the navy, the size, firepower and advanced technologies incorporated in this 7,500-tonne guided-missile destroyer make it...

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Cuban fishermen discover ancient artifacts

Havana, Aug 23 (IANS) Fishermen in Cuba's Pinar del Rio province have discovered artifacts believed to be from a 17th or 18th century shipwreck. The important marine archaeological find was recently discovered off the coast of Puerto Esperanza, a town in Pinar del Rio, Xinhua reported. The find comprises some 60 artifacts, including firearms, cannon balls, swords and machetes.

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Mobile phones cause changes in metabolism

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) Mobile phones are certainly causing some changes in the human body's metabolism unlike claims made by cellular operators, medical experts have said. Cancer is not the only health issue linked to mobile phones. Fatigue, sleep disorder, lack of concentration and poor digestion have been found to be linked with mobile phone usage, said Manoj Sharma, professor of rad...

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Flight carrying Haj pilgrims to leave Aug 27

Lucknow, Aug 23 (IANS) The first flight carrying Haj pilgrims will leave for Saudi Arabia Aug 27 from an airport in Lucknow, officials said Saturday. Saudi Airlines will take off from Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport at Amausi at 10 a.m. The second flight will take off the same day at 8 p.m. The same flight schedule will be followed Aug 28 and 29, officials told IANS here.

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Bangladesh shot out for 77, West Windies win series

St.George's (Grenada), Aug 23 (IANS/CMC) Spinner Sunil Narine triggered an avalanche of batsmen as Bangladesh crashed to a 177-run defeat allowing West Indies to take 2-0 lead in their three-match One Day International (ODI) series here at the National Stadium. Narine struck twice in two balls to spark a batting collapse as Bangladesh, precariously placed on 57 for three, were shot out f...

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Narine warns against taking Bangladesh lightly

St. George's (Grenada), Aug 23 (IANS/CMC) West Indies off spinner Sunil Narine has cautioned against taking Bangladesh lightly following his side's crushing 177-run victory in the second One-Day International (ODI) here at the National Stadium. Friday's win seals the series two-nil for West Indies with the third and final match to be played at Warner Park in St.Kitts Monday, reports CMC....

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Electronic manufacturing policy unveiled in UP

Lucknow, Aug 23 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government has unveiled a new electronic manufacturing policy which will enable mass production of cell phones, DVDs and computers with other products, an official said Saturday. Inspired by the Chinese model, the policy got approval of the state cabinet after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav pushed for it. In the initial phase, the governmen...

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Family top priority for Celine Dion

Los Angeles, Aug 23 (IANS) Singer Celine Dion has cancelled all her work engagements indefinitely to stay by her ailing 72-year-old spouse Rene Angelil's side, and to support their sons as family always comes first for her. The 46-year-old singer's husband underwent treatment for a second bout of throat cancer in December, and she has been considering a break since his surgery. But she h...

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Hamas attack kills boy in Israel

Jerusalem, Aug 23 (IANS) A four-year-old boy was killed Friday evening by a mortar attack on southern Israel by Hamas, authorities said. The child was killed when a mortar barrage launched from the Gaza Strip hit a car near a kindergarten in Sdot Negev Regional Council near the Israel-Gaza border, Xinhua quoted a spokesperson with the Israeli military as saying. It is the first I...

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Atletico Madrid beat Real to lift Spanish Supercup

Madrid, Aug 23 (IANS) Atletico Madrid won the Spanish Supercup 2-1 on aggregate following a 1-0 win over Real Madrid in the second leg of the competition in the Vicente Calderon Stadium Friday night. Following a 1-1 draw in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Tuesday night, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti made several changes to his side, most notably with James Rodriguez in the starting 11 ...

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