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Lack of balance in batting concern for India: Dravid

Mumbai, Sep 3 (IANS) India A and Under-19 cricket team head coach Rahul Dravid is concerned about the country's young batsmen's inclination towards attempting big shots, ignoring the importance of rotating strikes to construct partnerships. One of the areas that could be a concern for Indian cricket is that there is a lack of balance; people are either defending or hitting big shots and ...

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Kochi Metro to be completed in record time: Chandy

Kochi, Sep 3 (IANS) The Rs.5,180 crore Kochi metro project, which is expected to resolve travel woes in the commercial capital of Kerala, would be completed in record time, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Thursday. Chandy made these comments after taking part in the board of directors' meeting of Kochi Metro Rail Limited here. He also went around the construction site. In th...

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OPEC daily basket price closes lower

Vienna, Sep 3 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $45.53 a barrel on Wednesday, compared to $47.77 on Tuesday, the organisation's secretariat said. The OPEC Reference Basket of Crudes is made up of Murban (UAE), Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuw...

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422 trees per person but no reason to cheer

New York, Sep 3 (IANS) There are more than three trillion trees on Earth - roughly 422 trees per person - but the total number of trees has plummeted by 46 percent since the start of human civilisation, reveals a study. We have nearly halved the number of trees on the planet and we have seen the impacts on climate and human health as a result, said Thomas Crowther, post-doctoral fellow a...

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Suspect confesses to murdering Bangladeshi blogger

Dhaka, Sep 3 (IANS) A suspect has confessed in court to murdering Bangladeshi blogger Ananta Bijoy Das in Sylhet district earlier this year, a media report said on Thursday. Secular blogger Ananta Bijoy Das, who worked for a bank, was the third of the four bloggers hacked to death this year. On May 12, four assailants murdered the blogger in broad daylight in Sylhet's Subidbazar, bdnews2...

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China to complete military cuts by 2017

Beijing, Sep 3 (IANS) China on Thursday said it will complete reduction of its standing troops by 300,000 by the end of 2017, in its latest effort to build a stronger armed forces. The announcement by Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun came barely hours after President Xi Jinping pledged to cut military numbers at a massive military parade held earlier in the day at the Tiananmen Squa...

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CBI to probe cricket fund scam in Kashmir

Srinagar, Sep 3 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir high court on Thursday ordered a CBI probe into the multi-crore cricket fund scam allegedly involving some office bearers of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), including former chief minister Farooq Abdullah. The JKCA fund scam hit headlines in March 2012 after reports surfaced that said crores of rupees intended for promotion o...

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'Holistic approach needed while adding power capacity'

Chennai, Sep 3 (IANS) There is need for a holistic approach while planning to increase the power generation capacity in India, a senior power systems company official said. M. Rajagopalan, market development director-Middle East and Asia at Wartsila India, said such an approach is needed so that power cuts do not continue to plague the consumers despite new capacity additions. In...

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Uday Chopra, Gaurav Gera 'not going' to 'Bigg Boss'

Mumbai, Sep 3 (IANS) Actor-producer Uday Chopra and Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin fame Gaurav Gera love the Salman Khan-hosted Bigg Boss, but have denied that they will be joining it as contestants in the reality show's new season. Bigg Boss, the Indian version of international popular reality show Celebrity Big Brother, is set to launch its new season. But Uday and Gaurav won't participate in ...

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New method to use waste coffee for storing methane

Seoul, Sep 3 (IANS) Scientists have developed a simple soak and heat process to treat waste coffee grounds to allow them to store methane. The process has a double environmental return - it removes a harmful greenhouse gas from the atmosphere that can then be used as a fuel that is cleaner than other fossil fuels. The process developed by the researchers at Ulsan National Institu...

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Scotland eyes hosting role after St Lucia pull out

Auckland, Sep 3 (IANS) Scotland has signalled its interest in stepping in to host the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, following St. Lucia's decision to pull out. The Caribbean country said on Wednesday it could no longer take on the commitment in light of financial challenges and the inability to get the stadium ready in time for the event, reports CMC. Paul Bush, chairman of Comm...

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Cate Blanchett to play Lucille Ball in biopic

Los Angeles, Sep 3 (IANS) Actress Cate Blanchett will star as actress-comedienne Lucille Ball in an authorised biopic to be penned by Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin has not started working on the script yet but he's the top choice to pen the project for production banner Escape Artists, reports hollywoodreporter.com. The film will centre on the life of Ball, who starred on TV sitcoms I Lov...

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'Real Madrid still smarting over failure to sign Neymar'

Barcelona, Sep 3 (IANS) FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu claims rivals Real Madrid have still not got over the fact that Brazilian football superstar Neymar chose to move to the Catalan giants over the capital club. Neymar opted to sign for Barcelona from Brazilian side Santos in May 2013 and he has gone on to prove money well spent as he has formed one of the most formidable ...

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Elijah Wood takes 'roller-coaster' auto ride in India

Mumbai, Sep 3 (IANS) Hollywood star Elijah Wood, best known as Frodo Baggins of The Lord of the Rings, is in India for his music tour. And on his very first day here, he enjoyed an auto-rickshaw ride, which he compared to a Disney roller-coaster. The international star, who landed here on Wednesday night, is on his debut India visit, and will be on a three-city India tour with Zach Cowie...

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Paes, Bopanna move up in US Open

New York, Sep 3 (IANS) Indian men's tennis pair of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna have advanced in the mixed doubles and men's doubles events at the US Open respectively. The fourth seeded pair of Leander Paes and Martina Hingis made short work of Americans Claire Liu and Taylor Harry Fritz 6-2, 6-2 at the Flushing Meadows here on Wednesday. The Indo-Swiss duo was in complete con...

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Bicycle injuries more dangerous for elderly riders

New York, Sep 3 (IANS) The incidence of bicycle accidents has increased significantly in the US in recent years, with many serious injuries occurring among riders older than 45, according to a new study. The researchers from the University of California-San Francisco used a national injury surveillance database to study trends in bicycle injuries from 1998 to 2013. They found tha...

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Malaysian flight makes unscheduled landing in India

Kuala Lumpur, Sep 3 (IANS) A Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur made an unscheduled landing on Thursday in Chennai due to broken lavatories. In an email replied to Xinhua's inquiry, the airline said the flight later departed Chennai at 4.08 a.m. on Thursday and arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 10.47 a.m. Malaysia's state news agency Bernama qu...

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I'm producing 'Titli' as I couldn't direct it: Dibakar

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) Filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee says he is co-producing Titli as he couldn't have directed it with the intensity, talent and vision as his protege Kanu Behl, who's making his directorial debut with the film. This is for the first time that Banerjee has produced a film for his assistant director. I'm producing 'Titli' because I couldn't direct it! I wish I did. ...

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14 killed in Malaysia boat capsize

Kuala Lumpur, Sep 3 (IANS) At least 14 people died after a boat carrying about 100 illegal immigrants capsized on Thursday off the western coast of Malaysia in the Malacca Straits. According to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, some 20 people have been rescued so far, the Malaysian Star reported. An agency spokesman said the immigrants from Indonesia were trying to retur...

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Hungary opens station to refugees after stand-off

Budapest, Sep 3 (IANS) Hungarian authorities on Thursday opened the main railway station in the capital Budapest to refugees following a two-day stand-off, the media reported. People could be seen pouring up the steps towards the platforms after the doors of Keleti station were opened, BBC reported. The move came as Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban is scheduled to hold talk...

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