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Ukraine seeks urgent UN meeting as tensions escalate

Kiev, Aug 28 (IANS) Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk Thursday called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over the Russian military presence in the country. I consider it necessary to ask our Western partners to call an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council because Russia has significantly increased its military presence in Ukraine, Yatsenyuk said during hi...

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Musician mocks Spain's finance minister from his grave

Madrid, Aug 28 (IANS) Plumbing new depths of scorn, a Spanish musician has mocked Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro -- the country's second least popular politician -- with a message he told his relatives to inscribe on his headstone, a media report said Thursday. Montoro, you bastard, come now and get your money, was inscribed on the gravestone of José María Beranjano Martín, who di...

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Three bullet-riddled bodies found in Meghalaya

Shillong, Aug 28 (IANS) Three bullet-riddled bodies were found Thursday in Meghalaya's Garo Hills region, police said. A police spokesperson said the trio were gunned down Wednesday night by suspected tribal militants after they were kidnapped from other regions of the Garo Hills. We (police) recovered three bullet-riddled bodies from Oragitok village bordering in East and West G...

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RBI to release annual GDP data Friday

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) With the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) due to release the GDP (gross domestic product) figures Friday, growth in the current fiscal is expected top 5.5 percent as predicted by the country's central bank. The RBI, in its annual report for 2013-14, had projected the GDP growth for 2014-15 at 5.5 percent, emerging out of the sub-5 percent growth in the preceding two y...

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Michelle Williams defends Blue Ivy's hairstyle

Los Angeles, Aug 28 (IANS) Michelle Williams has spoken out in defence of former Destiny's Child bandmate Beyonce Knowles' decision not to tame her daughter Blue Ivy's wild hair. The singer says critics should focus on their own kids. Style critics and Internet trolls have taken aim at the Crazy In Love hitmaker and her rapper husband Jay Z in recent months over their choice to let two-y...

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Mini Bindra launches 'A Rendezvous with Pakistan'

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) 'A Rendezvous from Pakistan', designer Mini Bindra's latest collection under her Rubaaiyat label, fuses traditional Indian needlework such as the Lucknowi chikankari, ari and zari embroidery with Benarasi brocade and block prints. The ensembles comprise subtle designs and delicate screen prints, embroideries and embellishments. The line is available in white, nud...

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UP by-polls: Yogi Adityanath to be BJP star campaigner

Lucknow, Aug 28 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday named Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath as one of its star campaigners for the by-polls in Uttar Pradesh scheduled for Sep 13. Adityanath has been a vocal and firebrand Hindutva leader who courted controversy recently after video footage showed him daring people behind what the party calls 'Love Jihad'. He allegedly threatened t...

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Over-confident workers can put firms at risk

London, Aug 28 (IANS) Over-confident people can fool others into believing they are more talented than they actually are, claim two Indian-origin researchers, adding that these individuals are likely to reach influential positions in their organisations. Our findings suggest that people do not always reward the most accomplished individual but rather the most self-deceived, said Dr. Vive...

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Ila Arun's play shows clash of old, new sensibilities

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Actress-singer Ila Arun's play Namaste, staged here, showcases the conflict arising out of the clash between old and new world values, traditions and customs. The play was staged at Kamani Auditorium here Wednesday. It was presented by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), the women's wing of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and industry and MTS India.

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Lawrence to join Martin on Coldplay's tour?

Los Angeles, Aug 28 (IANS) Chris Martin will go on tour with his Coldplay bandmates this fall and his rumoured girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence will reportedly join him on the road. According to a source, Coldplay will be announcing in the next several weeks that they are embarking on a tour across the US to promote their new album Ghost Stories, reports radaronline.com. This won't b...

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Kurdish forces launch offensive to recapture Iraqi town

Baghdad, Aug 28 (IANS) Kurdish forces Thursday launched a major offensive to recapture a town in Iraq's Nineveh province which was seized earlier by militants of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist organisation, a security official said. The Kurdish troops, known as Peshmerga, backed by armoured vehicles, artillery and aircraft, advanced to the town of Zumar, some 70 km northwest of N...

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South Korea, US end joint military drills

Seoul, Aug 28 (IANS) South Korea and the US Thursday ended a joint military exercise a day earlier than scheduled. The computer-assisted simulation exercise, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG), was wrapped up successfully, the Combined Forces Command (CFC) said in a press release. The drill, launched Aug 18, ended a day earlier than scheduled in an apparent effort to calm North ...

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Brains of depressed young adults 'hyper-connected'

New York, Aug 28 (IANS) Several regions of the brain in young adults who have a history of depression are hyper-connected -- or are talking to each other a little too much, new research finds. These hyper-connected brain regions are related to rumination where individuals think about a problem over and over without actively trying to come up with a solution. We wanted to see if t...

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Riots in US town prompt soul-searching on nation's racial divide

Washington, Aug 28 (IANS) Ferguson, the predominantly black small US town where a white policeman shot dead an unarmed black teen triggering weeks of protests has touched a raw nerve exposing America's persistent racial divide. The protests, riots and looting of stores including some owned by Indian-Americans in the St Louis, Missouri, suburb of 21,000 people, nearly 70 percent of them b...

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Eating tomatoes daily can reduce prostate cancer risk

London, Aug 28 ((IANS) Men who eat tomatoes over ten portions a week have an 18 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, new research shows. To reach this conclusion, researchers at the universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford looked at the diets and lifestyle of 1,806 men aged between 50 and 69 years with prostate cancer and compared it with 12,005 cancer-free men. ...

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New technology to find if organic food is safe

London, Aug 28 (IANS) When you buy food that is labelled organic or natural, how do you know that what you took home is safe? A new technology can find this for you. Keeping in mind the growing organic food market and the associated fraudulent labelling that has grown just as fast, researchers have devised a technique called nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. They used the ...

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India's Mars Orbiter completes 90 percent of its journey

Chennai, Aug 28 (IANS) India's Mars Orbiter spacecraft has completed 90 percent of its journey to the red planet while scientists are gearing up to meet the challenge of restarting the onboard liquid fuel engine, an official said Thursday. The spacecraft has completed 90 percent of its journey to Mars. On Sep 14, its trajectory would be corrected, a senior official of Indian Space Resear...

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How positive memories can replace negative experiences

The research reveals that the connections between the part of the brain that stores contextual information about an experience and the part of the brain that stores the emotional memory of that experience are malleable. Altering those connections can transform a negative memory into a positive one, said researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There is some e...

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PSG's Rabiot close to joining Arsenal

Paris, Aug 28 (IANS) After refusing to train with Paris Saint-Germain for two days, French teenager Adrien Rabiot is reportedly close to joining English Premier League club Arsenal. According to Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio, the 19-year-old midfielder has provisionally accepted a contract with the Gunners and now his agent and mother are in London to finalise terms, reports Xinhua.

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Mumbai glitters as it welcomes Lord Ganesh

Mumbai, Aug 28 (IANS) Glittering decorations on roads and bylanes, rows of fairy lights, magnificent patriotic and social themes and an infectious religious fervour mark the start of the annual 11-day Ganeshotsav festival that begins here Friday. Since the past couple of days, big and small idols of Lord Ganesh have started arriving in Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Raigad and other ...

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