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Seals may have spread tuberculosis to humans: Study

Washington, Aug 21 (IANS) In a bizarre turn of events, research shows that tuberculosis likely spread from humans in Africa to seals and sea lions that brought the disease to South America. The sea animals then transmitted it to native people there before Europeans landed on the continent, it added. We found that the tuberculosis strains were most closely related to strains in pi...

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Punjab Police arrest three smugglers

Tarn Taran (Punjab), Aug 21 (IANS) Punjab Police arrested three smugglers in Tarn Taran district and recovered two kg heroin from their possession, police said Thursday. The smugglers were intercepted on a highway following a tip-off. Police also recovered a 9 mm pistol, ammunition and a Pakistani SIM card from their possession. The recovered heroin is valued at Rs.10 crore in th...

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Humid spell to continue in UP

Lucknow, Aug 21 (IANS) Humid weather is likely to continue in Uttar Pradesh for the next fortnight, the Met Office said Thursday, ruling out any possibility of rains. Due to southeastern winds, the hot and humid weather will continue throughout August, said Met officials. Predicting light rains during the retreating monsoon, Met Director J.P. Gupta said the humidity level in Luc...

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Fletcher has not been sidelined: Shastri

London, Aug 21 (IANS) Former India captain Ravi Shastri, who has been appointed the team director for the ODI series against England, said his role would be to oversee the team but added that chief coach Duncan Fletcher has not been sidelined. My role is to oversee everything. All of them report to me, Shastri was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. Shastri was appointed by the Boa...

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Congress dares BJP to name CM candidate in Haryana

Chandigarh, Aug 21 (IANS) In the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP named Narendra Modi its prime ministerial candidate and asked the Congress to name its candidate for the PM's post. The Congress did not oblige. Now, exactly the reverse is happening in Haryana. With elections to Haryana's 90-member assembly to be held within two months, it is the ruling Congress which has dared the ...

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Windfall for Maoists surrendering in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Aug 21 (IANS) Maharashtra is luring Maoists with incentives if they lay down arms and surrender to bring down violence in the some of the worst-hit districts. The state has revised and enhanced rewards and rehabilitation for various categories of Maoists who give up violence and join the mainstream society, according to a cabinet decision late Wednesday. A village or area...

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Film stars suit reality TV shows better: Juhi Chawla

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Veteran actor Juhi Chawla believes in the power of the TV medium but says film actors better fit reality shows because they offer them a different experience. I have not seen many people from films being able to do fiction, Juhi told IANS here. A lot of people do feel it's good, but I feel doing a reality show is better suited for film actors; in a fictio...

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'Kick 2' will give audiences another kick: Ravi Teja

Hyderabad, Aug 21 (IANS) Actor Ravi Teja is confident that Telugu action-comedy Kick 2, which went on floors Wednesday, will be loved by the audiences. The film is an extension of the 2009 Telugu blockbuster Kick. We are not doing a sequel to 'Kick'. This is an extension of the first part and I'm sure that it will give audiences another round of kick, Ravi Teja told IANS. ...

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Peaceful voting in Madhya Pradesh by-polls

Bhopal, Aug 21 (IANS) Voting was peaceful Thursday in the by-elections that were held in three Madhya Pradesh assembly constituencies, officials said. Voters were seen queuing up to exercise their franchise at 7 a.m. in Vijayraghavgarh, Bahoriband and Agar assembly constituencies, officials said. Over six lakh voters in the three constituencies are eligible to exercise their fran...

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Tamil version of 'Kaalicharan' gears up for release

Chennai, Aug 21 (IANS) Por Kuthirai, the Tamil version of the 2013 Telugu crime-drama Kaalicharan, will hit the screens soon. The Tamil version of the movie, which is set in the 1980s, was simultaneously shot with the Telugu version. 'Kaalicharan' will soon release in Tamil as 'Por Kuthirai'. The story revolves around a family torn between two dons. The story is set in Usilampatt...

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I'll immediately call the police: Aamir on bribery

Mumbai, Aug 21 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has never experienced bribery for film certification. He says he doesn't support palm-greasing and in case he comes across it, he will immediately inform the police. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) CEO Rakesh Kumar was arrested in an alleged bribery case Monday. He was sent to police custody for three days Tuesday by a s...

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US offers bounty for Haqqani Network leaders

Washington, Aug 21 (IANS) The US government has offered $30 million as bounty for information to locate leaders of the Haqqani Network that is blamed for attacks on American and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The US State Department is posting a reward of $5 million each for information on Aziz Haqqani, Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani, Yahya Haqqani and Abdul Rauf Zakir, while doubling the bounty...

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Thai military chief selected as interim PM

Bangkok, Aug 21 (IANS) Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) Thursday selected military junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha as the interim prime minister. A total of 194 NLA members were present, with 191 of them voting for the sole candidate Prayuth and the other three, including the NLA president and two deputies, choosing to abstain, reported Xinhua. The result will be forw...

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Turnout in large numbers, PM tells voters

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday urged voters to come out in large numbers and cast their ballot in the ongoing by-polls across four states. By-polls in various assembly seats across four states are underway. Urging voters in these seats to turnout in large numbers and cast their vote, Modi tweeted. By-polls are being held in Punjab, Karnataka, Bihar...

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Bush takes ice bucket challenge, nominates Clinton

Washington, Aug 21 (IANS) Former US president George W. Bush has joined celebrities across the world to take the ice bucket challenge to help raise money for Lou Gehrig's disease and has nominated his predecessor Bill Clinton to do it next. In a video clip posted Wednesday on Bush's Facebook page, the former president, wearing a navy blue crewneck while sitting at a table, said he was ch...

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Banned substance still depleting ozone layer: NASA

Washington, Aug 21 (IANS) In a significant revelation, NASA researchers have shown that the earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source, decades after the compound was banned worldwide. Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), which was once used in applications such as dry cleaning and as a fire-extinguishing agent, was regulated in...

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Tom Hanks' typewriter app No 1 on Apple iTunes

New York, Aug 21 (IANS) Actor Tom Hank's recently-launched typewriter app for iPad has become the leading app at the Apple iTunes App Store. Called Hanx Writer, it is now ranked No 1 in both the productivity as well as overall section. Hanx Writer turns your iPad into an old-fashioned typewriter, offering a pseudo-analog typing experience. The bangs of key presses, hard r...

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Peaceful ballotting in Bihar assembly by-polls

Patna, Aug 21 (IANS) Voting for the by-election in 10 assembly constituencies in Bihar began Thursday on a peaceful note, officials said. Voters were seen queuing up to exercise their franchise in most of the constituencies after 7 a.m., officials said, adding there were no reports of violence. Voting is underway and around eight percent polling was recorded till 9 a.m., an offic...

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Sensex trades flat; metal stocks down

Mumbai, Aug 21 (IANS) The benchmark index of the Indian equities market was trading flat in the early morning trade session Thursday, led by a fall in metals and healthcare stocks. The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 26,322.66 points, was trading at 26,380.02 around 10.00 a.m., up 65.73 points or 0.25 percent from the previous...

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Pollard, Ramdin star in West Indies' three-wicket win

St.George's (Grenada), Aug 21 (IANS/CMC) A century stand between Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin rescued an imploding West Indies and spurred them to a three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first One Day International (ODI) here at the National Stadium. The West Indies suffered a top order batting collapse which left them reeling on 34 for five, while chasing a target of 218 here Wedn...

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