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ADB fast-tracks over $200-mn emergency aid for Nepal

Manila, April 27 (IANS) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced on Monday more than $200 million in aid for Nepal in response to a 7.9-magnitude earthquake that has caused more than 3,300 deaths and widespread destruction, Efe news agency reported. ADB president Takehiko Nakao said the bank would immediately release $3 million for humanitarian aid efforts, including medical assistance...

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Blame chimps for your persistent back pain

Toronto, April 27 (IANS) Persistent lower back pain could be the result of bones in your spine that share similarities in shape to non-human primates like chimpanzees and orangutans. New research suggests that the relatively quick evolution of the ability to walk on two legs had a substantial impact on modern human health owing to the stress placed on the spine. The findings indi...

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Bieber crashes at high school prom, students go crazy

Los Angeles, April 27 (IANS) Singer Justin Bieber crashed a high school prom and was nearly crushed by ecstatic students who were present there. The Beauty and a Beat hitmaker on Saturday was at Chatsworth Charter High School 2015 prom in Chatsworth, California. He was joined by his friends Hailey Baldwin, Gabby Westbrook and Jason Poo Bear Boyd, reports aceshowbiz.com Bieber re-...

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Sun, sand, surgery: Goa gearing up for medical tourism

Panaji, April 27 (IANS) If you thought Goa was only for tourists looking for fun, think again. If the medical fraternity and the state government here have their way, Goa, conventionally known for its beaches and music bashes, may well pip big cities like Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai as an attractive medical tourism destination as well. With a strong hospitality industry-oriented lineage...

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Depression does not lead to violent behaviour

New York, April 27 (IANS) Contrary to popular perception, people suffering from depression may not be more prone to commit violent acts in the future, says a new research. The fact that the German co-pilot suspected to be behind the deadly plane crash in the French Alps last month, killing himself along with the 149 people on board, was apparently suffering from depression has prompted m...

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Nepal quake toll climbs to 3,351

Kathmandu, April 27 (IANS) The toll after Saturday's devastating quake in Nepal has climbed to 3,351 and 6,833 people have been injured, the country's home ministry said on Monday. Sindhupalchowk, a district near capital Kathmandu, reported 875 deaths, the highest number in one district, Xinhua news agency reported citing home ministry spokesman Laxmi Dhakal. Central Nepal has be...

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'Jannat' director waiting to return from quake-hit Nepal

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Bollywood director Kunal Deshmukh, who was in Kathmandu when the devastating earthquake hit the Himalayan nation, is still stuck there and waiting at the airport to return to Mumbai. In a text message to IANS, Deshmukh's friend and former Balaji Telefilms CEO Tanuj Garg said: He (Deshmukh) is stuck at the Kathmandu airport right now and figuring a way of return...

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Knights set for tough test against CSK

Chennai, April 27 (IANS) Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face perhaps their toughest challenge yet when they meet an in-form Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday. The Super Kings have been in blazing form of late, winning five of their six games in the tourney. Their only loss came against table-...

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Telecom firms extend all help to Nepal's quake-hit

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Telecom companies in India are going all out to help the survivors of the Nepal earthquake to contact their near and dear ones by drastically slashing their call charges. From Vodafone to state-run BSNL, and from Airtel to MTS nearly all telecom companies providing long-distance and cell phone telephony services between India and Nepal have offered sops like R...

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Instagram won't ban breastfeeding photos

Sydney, April 27 (IANS) The popular photo-sharing site Instagram has announced it will allow photos of breastfeeding, stretch marks or post-mastectomy scarring, media reports said. Under pressure from the online community, Instagram updated its community guidelines which now allow mothers to post such photos. We know that there are times when people might want to share nude image...

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Nepal toll crosses 3,200; thousands sleep in the open

Kathmandu, April 27 (IANS) Hundreds of thousands of people spent a second night out in the open here and elsewhere in Nepal as the death toll in the devastating earthquake crossed 3,200 on Monday. More than 6,000 men, women and children have also been officially listed injured, many seriously, in the 7.9 magnitude quake that flattened several buildings and shrines in the Kathmandu Valley...

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Court orders Hyderabad civic polls by December 15

Hyderabad, April 27 (IANS) The Hyderabad High Court on Monday directed the Telangana government to hold elections for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) by December 15. The court asked the government to complete the delimitation of wards and reservation process by October 31. The state government sought more than six months to hold the polls but the court refused...

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'Court' gets triple win at Buenos Aires film fest

Buenos Aires, April 27 (IANS) Writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane's courtroom drama Court delivered a hat-trick at the 17th edition of the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival, winning the top prize in the international competition, the Best Actor award for star Vivek Gomber, and the FIPRESCI award. The winners were announced during a press conference held by fest director Marcelo Panozz...

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Sensex sheds 137 points; healthcare stocks down

Mumbai, April 27 (IANS) A benchmark index of the Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), was trading 137.31 points or 0.50 percent down during afternoon session on Monday. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 48.95 points or 0.59 percent down at 8,256.30 points. The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (...

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Anderson offers to pay for faux tuskers for Thissur Pooram

Thrissur, April 27 (IANS) Hollywood actress Pamela Anderson has extended her support to pay for 30 life-sized bamboo and papier-mache elephants to replace live pachiderms at this year's Thrissur Pooram festival - billed as the 'mother of all festivals' in Kerala. Anderson penned a letter to Kerala's chief minister, making her offer, after the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) advised ...

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Don't believe quake rumours, says telecom minister

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday that people should not believe rumours that are being spread through social media and messages on earthquake. There are messages coming on social media that at 9 p.m. earthquake would come, or at 8 p.m. earthquake would come, Prasad said in the Rajya Sabha. Such rumours should be ignored. There is no ...

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Effective radiotherapy for lung cancer comes a step closer

London, April 27 (IANS) Researchers have developed a method that could help apply a more effective form of radiotherapy even on diseased mobile organs such as the lung. Radiotherapy using protons can deliver more accurate treatment to a tumour while reducing the dose to surrounding tissue. However, in mobile organs such as the lung, precise targeting of the dose is difficult. The...

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Smileys make children eat more healthy food

New York, April 27 (IANS) Labelling healthy foods with smiley faces and offering small prizes for buying nutritious items can make kids purchase more of such foods and eat them too, suggests a new research. It looks like we found a very promising, low-cost and effective way of improving the nutrition of elementary school children, said study author Robert Siegel from the Cincinnati Child...

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Colin Farrell 'good boy' and single for four years

Los Angeles, April 27 (IANS) Actor Colin Farrell calls himself a good boy for not having dated anyone in four years. He says he's more inclined towards raising his children now. The 38-year-old actor is famous for his alliances with many A-list women, including Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie and Lindsay Lohan, but he has insisted his lothario days are now far behind him, reports femalefi...

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Distressed Nepalese paddlers lose at Worlds

Suzhou (China), April 27 (IANS) Nepalese athletes, who are currently competing at the World Table Tennis Championships, awoke to the worst possible news as information filtered out of their homeland about a 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck near Kathmandu. More than 3,000 people have been killed and about 5,000 others injured in a powerful earthquake that struck Nepal at midday on Sat...

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