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Would love to do a film based on chess: Aamir Khan

Mumbai, May 23 (IANS) Actor Aamir Khan, who has done a film around cricket and is now working on a movie on wrestling, hopes to feature in a project on chess, a game which he enjoys playing. The 50-year-old was present at the inauguration of the third edition of the Maharashtra Chess League here on Friday. On being asked if he'd like to do a film around chess, he said: I would lo...

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Kolkata exhibition showcases biodiversity through matchboxes

Kolkata, May 23 (IANS) In a unique initiative to showcase the richness of biodiversity across the world, over 300 matchboxes from India and abroad, with engravings of animals and plants, are being exhibited here. At the Saga of Life exhibition at the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, 350 matchboxes crafted from different materials and of varied sizes narrate the story of evoluti...

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Nirmala Sitharaman to lead business delegation to Algeria

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will lead a business delegation to Algeria from May 26 to June 1, 2015, a FICCI statement said here on Saturday. India has been given a status of Guest of Honour country for the Algiers International Trade Fair, being held from May 26 to June 1, 2015 in Algeria. Last year, this status was given to the US, the statement from Fe...

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Never thought I'd do a Mahesh Bhatt film: Vidya Balan

Mumbai, May 23 (IANS) Intense subjects intertwined with erotic elements are often at the core of movies from the Bhatts' Vishesh Films stable. Actress Vidya Balan, who features in their upcoming production Hamari Adhuri Kahani, says she never thought she would do a film under the banner. I never thought that in my career I would do a film with Vishesh Films because the kind of films the ...

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50 kg of cannabis seized in Bengal

Kolkata, May 23 (IANS) Fifty kilograms of ganja (cannabis) was seized from West Bengal's Murshidabad district while it was being smuggled to Bangladesh, a Border Security Force (BSF) officer said on Saturday. The seizure was made on Friday during a special operation by the 43rd battalion of the BSF of the Narsharipara border outpost in the district. The special team challenged a ...

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Linc Pen & Plastics' net profit up 24 percent

Kolkata, May 23 (IANS) Writing instruments company Linc Pen and Plastics Ltd (Linc) on Saturday said its net profit during the fiscal year 2014-15 increased by over 24 percent at Rs.14.32 crore against Rs.11.51 crore during 2013-14. The net revenue in the review period increased marginally by just over one percent at Rs.318.3 crore compared to Rs.314.1 crore during the fiscal year 2013-1...

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Parrikar visits forward positions on LoC

Jammu, May 23 (IANS) Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday visited forward positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district. Defence spokesman Col. S.D. Goswami of the army's Udhampur-based Northern Command told IANS: On the second day of his official visit to the state the Raksha Mantri (defence minister) Manohar Parrikar visited the forward areas i...

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We have faith in judiciary: Cricketer Sreesanth's mother

Kochi, May 23 (IANS) Former India pace bowler S. Sreesanth's mother has expressed full faith in the judiciary as a court in Delhi is expected to deliver its verdict on May 29 on framing charges against the cricketer for his alleged involvement in a match fixing case registered against him and few others in 2013. The Delhi Police had invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act ...

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When Sonakshi's desire to sing 'stagnated'

Mumbai, May 23 (IANS) Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha, who has come on board as a judge on singing reality show Indian Idol Junior, says she wanted to polish her crooning skills but the desire stagnated in childhood itself. My music teacher taught me Sa re ga ma pa, but did not return after that and that is where my desire to sing stagnated, Sonakshi said at the launch of Sony Entertain...

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Rahul meets ex-servicemen on OROP

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met a delegation of ex-servicemen and discussed the issue of one rank one pension (OROP) with them. The meeting took place at the AICC headquarters here, according to a tweet from the Congress vice president's office. The OROP has been a long-standing demand of the armed forces. Finance Minister Aru...

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India's Deepa promoted as international hockey umpire

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) India's Deepa Kumari has been promoted as the international hockey umpire by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Umpiring Committee. While anouncing Deepa's elevation on Saturday, Hockey India (HI) congratulated her and said that it's a proud day for Indian hockey. It's a proud day for Indian Hockey and everyone at Hockey India would like to congrat...

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'New colour, new style' Rahul attracts attention in Amethi

Amethi, May 23 (IANS) His 57-day political sabbatical in unknown land may have made him the butt of many a joke, but for the faithful in Amethi, Rahul Gandhi is a changed man - more accessible and more focused. For hundreds and thousands of party loyalists and Gandhi followers in the family pocketborough, which he has represented thrice, the recent three-day visit of the Gandhi scion to ...

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Kaspersky offers data protection for 100 smart cities plan

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The Indian arm of Kaspersky Lab - the global software security company - intendds to provide security solutions to government bodies, industries and organisations. We will provide a complete security solution which will deal with all kinds of cyber threats, Altaf Halde, managing director for South Asia at Kaspersky Lab, told IANS. As India plans to build ...

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Indian golfer Feroz tied 18th in ADT event

Hsinchu (Chinese Taipei), May 23 (IANS) Indian golfer Feroz Singh Garewal moved 14 places ahead to be joint 18th after the third round of the $120,000 Ambassador Asian Development Tour (ADT) tournament here on Saturday. Feroz, who scored six-over 78 and two-under 70 in the first two rounds respectively, further improved his performance and carded three-under 69 in the penultimate round. ...

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CSK to lock horns with MI for IPL trophy

Kolkata, May 23 (IANS) In what could be deja vu from 2013, Eden Gardens will again host Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI), who will lock horns for the most coveted domestic prize, the Indian Premier League (IPL) title here on Sunday. While CSK have won the title twice, MI had clinched it once two years earlier. However, the road to the final was not easy for eithe...

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Opposition unites to put government on backfoot

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The Modi government's first year in office and its brute majority has spurred the Opposition on instead of crushing it. Increasingly, the ruling party has been put on the mat over various issues. In recent months, the move to pass the land acquisition bill has also backfired for the government. After the NDA's victory and the complete decimation of the UPA-II in ...

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Pakistan executes four convicts

Islamabad, May 23 (IANS) The Pakistani authorities on Saturday executed four convicts in jails across Punjab province. Ehsaan was executed at Lahore Central Jail. He was sentenced to death in 2002 for committing a murder, Dawn online reported. Mohammad Saleem was hanged in Faisalabad Central Jail. He was sentenced to death in 2004 for murdering his cousin. Abdul Ghaffar w...

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Consistency should be the focus, says Windies coach Ambrose

London, May 23 (IANS) Legendary fast bowler and current bowling coach of the West Indies Curtly Ambrose believes they should focus in the short term on a top three spot in world cricket, instead of concerning themselves with trying to return to the pinnacle of the global game. The 51-year-old on Friday said with the West Indies languishing at number eight for some while now, consistency ...

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UP officials on field postings allowed expensive official cars

Lucknow, May 23 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh government has approved a long-pending proposal to give expensive cars to officials posted in the field. A government order has been issued allowing field officials to buy cars worth Rs.14 lakh and above, an official told IANS. The order was issued by principal secretary (Micro-Medium and Small Industries department) Sudhir Garg, which overrid...

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Frenchman posts art, Facebook cries nudity

London, May 23 (IANS) Facebook has removed the profile of a French art lover after he posted on his page a painting that the social networking site termed 'nude'. The man has threatened to sue. Frederic Durand-Baissas, a teacher by profession and an art lover, posted Gustave Courbet's oil on canvas of a woman's genitalia, which he said deserved to be shared. But Facebook has removed his ...

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