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Condom that fights sexually-transmitted diseases

Melbourne, July 23 (IANS) Imagine a condom that not only stops pregnancy but also kills germs that can lead to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). A condom like this has just received approval for mass production in Australia. Consumers can expect to see the 'ground-breaking new sexual health' product on the shelves soon, Peter Carroll, president of the Australian firm Ansell t...

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Creating specialised crystals with milk, fog

Washington, July 23 (IANS) Creating highly purified crystals to make high-powered lenses, specialised optics and computers for consumers can no longer be a difficult and expensive method. Researchers at Princeton and Columbia universities have used a new method to grow these specialised materials, known as photonic crystals, with ease. Our results point to a previously unexplored...

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McAdams cringes at her 'Notebook' audition tape

Los Angeles, July 23 (IANS) Actress Rachel McAdam couldn't hide her embarrassment while watching her 12-year-old audition tape for the film The Notebook. Matt Lauer, the host of Today show, surprised the actress when he showed her the footage in which a young McAdams and a guy off screen recite lines. McAdams, who appeared on the show to promote her new film, A Most Wanted Man,...

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Chinese meat scam now hits Japanese supermarket chain

Tokyo/Beijing, July 23 (IANS) The 24-hour Japanese convenience chain FamilyMart announced Wednesday it has stopped buying chicken from the Chinese company Husi, which was shut down after selling meat past its expiry date, even as police in China arrested five people in this connection. FamilyMart became the second Japanese company to be hit by the Chinese meat scam after McDonald's subsi...

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India's Asia Cup performance is a milestone, says coach

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) India basketball coach Scott Flemming has dubbed the country's performance in the recently held 5th FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China, as a significant milestone for the national team. India, who finished seventh in the tournament, qualified for this year's tournament after winning the South Asian Basketball Association Championship in May 2014. India is ra...

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High salt ups heart disease risk in diabetics

Tokyo, July 23 (IANS) People with Type-2 diabetes have more to add to their list of dietary restrictions as researchers have found that a high salt diet may double their risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The findings provide clear scientific evidence supporting low-sodium diets to reduce the rate of heart disease among people with diabetes, said Chika Horikawa from University of...

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N-talks extension sign of political will: Iran

Tehran, July 23 (IANS) The extension of talks on Iran's nuclear programme is an indication of a political will on both sides toward reaching a final agreement, an Iranian official said Wednesday. The next four months are an extension of the course which started in Geneva last November, Xinhua cited Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as saying. The core issues arou...

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Deficit in engineering skills hitting British companies

London, July 23 (IANS) British companies are struggling to fill an estimated 2.74 million job openings this decade due to a deficit in engineering skills, according to Engineering UK, a non-profit that promotes the profession. Figures from the recently released State of Engineering Report 2014 show there will be an estimated 87,000 new jobs created annually that will require people with ...

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Congress is united in Kerala, says Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, July 23 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday said the Congress party is united in the state and asked the media not to speculate on anything. The Congress in Kerala is united. You (the media) please do not set agenda for what we should be doing. You weave out stories, which are based on imagination and not on facts. Then you approach us for comment, he...

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Saudi Arabia allows women to participate in municipal polls

Riyadh, July 23 (IANS) A new law that allows women in Saudi Arabia to vote and contest in municipal elections has come into force, a media report said Wednesday. Saudi Arabia's Council of Ministers at a meeting chaired by Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Crown Prince Salman Monday approved the legislation that gives men and women equal right to stand as candidates, vote and nominate o...

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Polaris to focus on digital banking

Chennai, July 23 (IANS) Financial sector, software services and products company Polaris Financial Technology Ltd. has decided to focus on four verticals for its services business, said a top company official here Wednesday. Speaking at the company's annual general meeting, chairman Arun Jain said: Over the two decades of focus in the BFSI (banking, financial services and insurance) doma...

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Philips Lighting, Disney India unveil kids range

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Targeted at kids between three to seven years, Philips Lighting India Wednesday unveiled an imaginative LED lighting portfolio designed by Disney. A lot of parents are now looking beyond toys. Looking at the big traction in online sales, this range of home decorative lighting will be available exclusively on Amazon India's e-commerce platform. Customers are incr...

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Priyanka unveils 'Mary Kom' trailer

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Actress Priyanka Chopra Wednesday unveiled the trailer of her much awaited film Mary Kom. She plays the Olympic bronze medallist boxer in the biopic and described it her hardest work so far. Produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and helmed by Omung Kumar, Mary Kom will have its world premiere at the forthcoming edition of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). ...

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Uddhav decries attempts to 'communalise' Delhi incident

Mumbai/Aurangabad, July 23 (IANS) Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray Wednesday decried attempts to 'communalise' the issue of some of his party MPs allegedly forcing a man in New Delhi's Maharashtra Sadan to break his Ramadan fast. Party spokesperson Sanjay Raut said that these people who are trying to put a communal colour on the incident have lost their mental balance. Attemp...

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Australian PM fears MH17 bodies will never return

Canberra, July 23 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Wednesday said that the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was still not secure and feared that the bodies of some Australian victims will never return. Abbott said in a press conference that this situation would be completely unacceptable for bereaved families in Australia and around the world and called for ...

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'Messi considered move to Arsenal'

Madrid, July 23 (IANS) A leading Spanish website has claimed that Lionel Messi was interested in a transfer to English Premier League club Arsenal before the Argentine star signed an extension with Barcelona in May. The 27-year-old was locked in contract extension talks with the Catalan giants and reportedly bonus payments was a cause for concern for both parties. Spanish website...

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Crime against secularism, Congress on Maharashtra Sadan row

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday criticised Shiv Sena MPs who allegedly forced a Muslim staffer at Maharashtra Sadan here to break his fast during Ramadan. The incident is highly reprehensible, said Congress leader Manish Tewari. Another Congress leader M. Veerappa Moily said the incident was the biggest crime against secularism in the country. It is a ver...

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China's super collider a game changer?

London, July 23 (IANS) A proposal by China to build a Higgs factory by 2028 - a 52 km underground ring that would smash together electrons and positrons - has raised the possibility of the country coming to the forefront of particle physics. If approved, the project could overtake the 27 km Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Europe's particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland...

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'Morocco most stable, reformist country in Maghreb region'

Washington, July 23 (IANS) Morocco is the most stable country of the Maghreb region, encouraging religious moderation, thanks to the set of reforms initiated by King Mohammed VI long before the 'Arab Spring', says US think tank Atlantic Council. Today, Morocco not only receives top marks as the most stable country of the Maghreb region, it also leads the region in progress on social and ...

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Alcometers outside Goa's bars, pubs soon: Parrikar

Panaji, July 23 (IANS) Stepping out of a bar, tavern or pub drunk and driving home could soon be an expensive proposition in Goa as Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Wednesday promised the stationing of policemen with alcometers outside key alcohol vends. He was responding to a query on accidents from ruling BJP legislator Michael Lobo during question hour during the monsoon session of the...

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