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Former Windies fast bowler Lawson shines on US debut

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 24 (IANS/CMC) Former West Indies fast bowler Jermaine Lawson marked his debut for the United States by helping to demolish Bermuda on the opening day of the six-nation Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Three 50-over tournament here. The Jamaican claimed three for 30 from 5.5 overs as Bermuda were routed for 106 inside 27 overs before the US romped to a six-wicket ...

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NIA chief takes stock of Burdwan blast probe

Kolkata, Oct 24 (IANS) NIA chief Sharad Kumar Friday arrived in West Bengal's Burdwan district to take stock of the investigation into the Oct 2 blast in which militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh is suspected to have been involved. The blast of an improvised explosive device (IED) in a rented house in Khagragarh killed two suspected militants and injured another. Six ...

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Never wanted to abandon India tour: Marlon Samuels

Kingston, Oct 24 (IANS/CMC) West Indies stroke-maker Marlon Samuels said he never wanted to be part of the one-day team's plan to abandon the tour of India, and revealed he stayed away from most of the players' meetings during the troubled tour. Samuels is the first player to speak out about the controversial decision taken by the players. The Jamaican said he was focussed all along on c...

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VC appointments in Kerala: Saga of political manipulations

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 24 (IANS) With politicking taking centre-stage in appointing vice chancellors, things have reached an all-time low in the 13 universities in Kerala, the country's most literate state. If earlier political parties in the state looked upon these universities and the affiliated colleges as a 'factory' for producing future politicians, today the universities are consi...

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You need to be choosy with films, says Sharman Joshi

Mumbai, Oct 24 (IANS) Sharman Joshi doesn't take up any work that comes his way and says as an actor it is important to select projects carefully. You need to be choosy. You can't do any work that comes your way...I choose the work that I like to do. There are times you just need to relax, Sharman told reporters here in a group interview. His last two outings Gang of Ghosts and W...

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Pope wants death, life terms to be abolished

Vatican City, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) Pope Francis issued a call for all the countries to abolish capital punishment and also eliminate sentences for life imprisonment because a lifetime in prison is a hidden death sentence. At a Vatican meeting Thursday with representatives from International Association of Criminal Law, the Pope said that he finds it hard to believe that countries should not...

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Why Down syndrome leads to Alzheimer's disease

Down syndrome is characterized by an extra copy of chromosome 21, the most common chromosome abnormality in humans, and significantly lower levels of protein called sorting nexin 27 (SNX27). Our study reveals how SNX27 regulates the generation of beta-amyloid - the main component of the detrimental amyloid plaques found in the brains of people with Down syndrome and Alzheimer's, said aut...

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Veteran Tamil actor S.S. Rajendran dead

Chennai, Oct 24 (IANS) Tamil cinema's Yesteryear actor S.S. Rajendran, who was battling for life at a private hospital here, breathed his last Friday. He was 85. He was admitted to Meenakshi Hospital yesterday (Thursday) in critical condition. He passed away this morning (Friday) due to issues related to lung infection, a family source told IANS. Earlier this year, Rajendran was ...

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'Masss' poster not copied: Venkat Prabhu

Chennai, Oct 24 (IANS) Filmmaker Venkat Prabhu has quashed rumours that the first poster of his upcoming Tamil directorial Masss, which was recently unveiled, is copied from one of the posters of Hollywood film The Bourne Ultimatum. Prabhu explained that the poster was shot using a popular style called mugshot, which has been used by several Hollywood films. A section of the audi...

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Advani, Gilchrist in title round

Leeds, Oct 24 (IANS) The two best players in the fray, Pankaj Advani and Peter Gilchrist entered the final of the World Billiards Championship (points, 150-up format) with hard-fought semi-final victories here. Advani, the 29-year-old from Bangalore and holder of nine world titles, overcame fellow-Indian Sourav Kothari 5-2 while Singapore-based Englishman Gilchrist, also a former World c...

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Haryana paanwala gets Rs.132 crore power bill

Chandigarh, Oct 24 (IANS) A paan or betel-leaf seller in Haryana has got a shocker of an electricity bill this Diwali. His bill is a whopping over Rs.132 crore. Rajesh, who runs a shop in Gohana town in Sonipat district, has got the electricity bill of Rs 132.29 crore for the month of October. I was shocked to read the amount. It is not that the amount was printed wrongly only in...

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Simple test can spot rare insulin disease in infant

London, Oct 24 (IANS) Infants with a rare form of a insulin disease that may lead to brain damage and death can now be identified earlier, thanks to a test developed by researchers from the University of Manchester in Britain. Congenital hyperinsulinism starves a baby's brain of blood sugar. The condition occurs when specialised cells in the pancreas release too much of insulin which cau...

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Shakhtar striker Adriano earns Brazil call up

Rio De Janeiro, Oct 24 (IANS) Two days after Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano became the second player after Lionel Messi to score five goals in a Champions League match, the 27-year-old received a Brazil call-up as coach Dunga announced squad for two football friendly internationals against Turkey and Austria next month. Adriano netted five goals in Shakhtar's 7-0 victory over BATE...

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Dunga sets new code of conduct for Brazil squad

Rio De Janeiro, Oct 24 (IANS) In his bid to revive the Brazil football team, coach Dunga has introduced a new code of conduct for the national squad that includes a ban on baseball caps, earrings, flip-flops and the use of mobile phones during meals. The 1994 World Cup-winning captain said Thursday that the rules were designed to ensure team harmony and warned players would be punished f...

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Pacific Islands Forum revokes Fiji suspension

Suva, Oct 24 (IANS) The Pacific Islands Forum has revoked a ban imposed on Fiji, media reported Friday. The forum suspended Fiji from the group May 2, 2009 on grounds that the country failed to announce the date for the general election. The ban was lifted Oct 22, Fiji Times reported. I requested the forum secretariat to deliver my letter addressed to Prime Minister Baini...

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Mexican governor resigns over missing students

Mexico City, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) The governor of the Guerrero state in Mexico has quit amid increasing protests over the disappearance of 43 students and the deaths of six others. Governor Angel Aguirre told reporters in Chilpancingo, the state capital, that he was leaving office to favour a political climate conducive to a solution. The priority must be to continue with the search...

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Myanmar urges for closer UN-ASEAN ties

Yangon, Oct 24 (IANS) Myanmar President U Thein Sein Friday urged the United Nations (UN) to further strengthen and expand the areas of cooperation for the people of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He made the call in his message on the occasion of the 69th anniversary of the founding of the UN, Xinhua reported. As current chair of ASEAN and as a nation, Myanm...

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Delhi fire department gets 293 calls on Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) received 293 calls -- the highest in the past five years -- on Diwali Thursday, an official said Friday. This is the highest figure in the past five years. On Diwali, from midnight till 7 a.m. Oct 24, we received 293 calls of fire incidents from across the city, a fire official told IANS. Of these, 55 incidents were related t...

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Proof that exercise is bad for your health

Your narrator met an old friend while practising for a triathlon the other day. That is, he was practising for a triathlon: I'd just taken a taxi to the shop for a second box of donuts. NOT that that means this writer is unhealthy, oh no. I once managed to separate two supermarket trolleys WITH MY BARE HANDS, and as everyone knows, staff weld those things into single units every night to...

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US Healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola

New York, Oct 24 (IANS) A healthcare worker in New York, who had returned form Guinea last week, has tested positive for Ebola, media reports said. Craig Spencer, 33, was treating Ebola patients in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders, Xinhua reported. He has become the fourth person diagnosed with Ebola in the US -- and the first to be diagnosed outside Texas. He had a fe...

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