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Trade, culture redeem dented India-Pakistan ties

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) India may have called off the Aug 25 foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan, but this hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of trade associations and businessmen who are bridging the dented relationship through exhibitions and cultural exchanges to promote bilateral trade between the two nations whose political leadership remains at odds. The ground situation refle...

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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' entertaining teen fare

Film: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Danny Woodburn, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson; Director: Jonathan Liebesman; Rating: *** 1/2 Packed with roller-coaster action, set in New York City, this science-fiction-action-adventure film is a reboot of a Gen-Y franchise that began in 1984 as a comic series, which was later ...

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Over half of urban Indians trying to lose weight: Study

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) Though it has been estimated that 74 percent of urban Indians are overweight, a recent survey shows that their awareness is also increasing and more than half of urban Indians are trying to lose weight. The study was conducted by a wellness services organization Fitho. While 40 percent of the overweight people have intent to lose weight but are not taking...

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FIIs continue as net buyers in Indian equities

Mumbai, Aug 29 (IANS) Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) continued to invest in the Indian equities market which closed trade for the week ended Aug 28 trade at yet another record high. The Indian markets, which remained closed for trading Friday on account of Ganesh Chaturthi, saw healthy buying from foreign institutional investors Thursday. Data with the National Securities...

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Drug shows first potential treatment for common anaemia

Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) An experimental drug designed to help regulate the blood's iron supply shows promise as a viable first treatment for anaemia of inflammation. The present treatment strategy for anaemia of inflammation targets the underlying disease or infection. But recent research has sought to explore additional options for patients whose inflammation is difficult to c...

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Coal block allocations: CBI files closure report against Kumar Mangalam Birla

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) The CBI has filed a closure report in the coal block allocation scam against industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and others in a court here, sources said Friday. The Central Board of Investigation (CBI) Thursday filed its closure report in the court of Special Judge Bharat Parashar, who will hear the matter Sep 1. The agency had registered a first informat...

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New method to diagnose malaria faster

London, Aug 29 (IANS) Finnish researchers have claimed to develop a new system for diagnosing malaria infection faster. The method is based on computer vision algorithms similar to those used in facial recognition systems combined with visualisation of only the diagnostically most relevant areas. Tablet computers can be used to view the images. This is how it works.

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Sensex makes weekly gains

Mumbai, Aug 29 (IANS) Healthy buying by foreign investors coupled with an overall expectation of further reform push by the new government led to the Indian equities market making gains in the week ended Aug 28. Markets have been medium to positive this week while making gains. Midcap stocks have performed better. Major trigger for the coming week will be the GDP (gross domestic produdct...

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Junk blood tests may reveal resistant skin bacteria

Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) Instead of trashing contaminated positive blood samples in hospitals, these can be used for studying the presence of skin germs, a study suggests. According to researchers from Tel Aviv University, clinicians may be able to use the resistance profiles of skin bacteria identified by these tests to treat patients with antibiotics appropriate to their ailment. <...

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Beware! Married couple share most bacteria

Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) Know where do bacteria reign? In the cosiness of your home - at doorknobs, light switches, floors, countertops - and within relationships. If you are married and have kids, you tend to share most of the microbial community, says a fascinating research. And if you have pets, it changes the bacterial makeup with more plant and soil bacteria entering the ho...

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Shape-shifting cells behind stripes of zebrafish

London, Aug 29 (IANS) Researchers, including Indian-origin scientists, have discovered how the three major pigment cell types - black, reflective silvery, and yellow cells - arise and behave to form the 'zebra' pattern in zebrafish, a small fresh water fish. The yellow cells undergo dramatic changes in cell shape to tint the stripe pattern of zebrafish, the findings showed. We we...

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Pebble-size particles behind planet formation?

Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) Astronomers have discovered that filaments of star-forming gas near the Orion Nebula may be brimming with pebble-sized particles. These dense ribbons of rocky material may represent a new, mid-size class of interstellar particles that will explain about the origin of planets. The findings suggest that rocky planets like Earth start out as microscopic bit...

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Insider's tales, assassination decoded and some gossip

Breaking some myths about former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, how a laid-back girl became the czar of India television and a journalist shares some interesting newsroom stories. IANS Books This Weekend has interesting mix. Take your pick. 1. Book: Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi: An Inside Job?; Author: Faraz Ahmad; Publisher: Vitasta; Pages: 312; Price: Rs. 495 For 25 years...

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'Thank you' turns new acquaintance into friends

Melbourne, Aug 29 (IANS) Expressing gratitude is not just a good habit, it may help you win friends too. Thanking a new acquaintance for their help makes them more likely to seek an ongoing social relationship with you, a new study indicates. Saying thank you provides a valuable signal that you are someone with whom a high quality relationship could be formed, said psychologist L...

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Putin urges Ukraine militants to open humanitarian corridor

Moscow, Aug 29 (IANS/ITAR -TASS) Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday urged militants in southeastern Ukraine to open a humanitarian corridor for Ukrainian soldiers to allow them to get out of the combat areas. I am calling on forces to open a humanitarian corridor for Ukrainian soldiers in order to avoid senseless casualties, enable them to get out of the combat areas, reunite with t...

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App to tell if alcohol-related tremors are real or fake

Toronto, Aug 29 (IANS) Are you worried at sudden shaking of hands and arms after quitting alcohol recently? Take heart as there is now an app that can judge the severity of tremors owing to alcohol withdrawal. Researchers have developed the world's first app to measure tremor strength, providing objective guidance to direct treatment decisions. The app also shows promise in makin...

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KCR promises to make Hyderabad most happening city

Hyderabad, Aug 29 (IANS) Promising to turn Hyderabad into the most happening city in the country, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao Friday announced that 1,000 km long world-class roads will be laid in the city at a cost of Rs.10,000 crore. Announcing series of measures to develop the city and ease congestion, he said an east-west road corridor with four lanes would be develo...

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Soldier hurt in militant grenade attack in Assam

Guwahati, Aug 29 (IANS) A soldier was injured when suspected militants lobbed a grenade at an army camp in Assam's Chirang district, police said Friday. The incident took place late Thursday night at the Panbari army camp located in Chirang district, police said adding that the injured soldier has been taken to the Army Base Hospital at Basistha in Guwahati. The condition of the ...

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Beware! Cigarette substitutes bad for bones

Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) Are you trying e-cigarettes or other nicotine replacement therapies to overcome addiction to cigarette smoking? Be warned, as they are not as safe as you might have assumed, said a study. Small dosages of nicotine found in cigarette substitutes could be harmful to human musculoskeletal system, due to overuse, the study said. E-cigarettes are marketed as ...

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Jayalalithaa re-elected AIADMK general secretary

Chennai, Aug 29 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa was Friday unanimously re-elected for the party's top post. The party announced that Jayalalithaa has been elected unanimously as its general secretary. In a statement issued here, Jayalalithaa said: I convey my heartfelt thanks for those party men who had filed the nominations on my beh...

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