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Saina, Kashyap in French Open quarters

Paris, Oct 24 (IANS) Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap continued his giant-killing spree, stunning World No.9 Tian Houwei 21-19, 21-18 in the pre-quarters of the French Open Super Series while Saina Nehwal also advanced to the quarterfinals at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin here. Kashyap, Commonwealth Games champion, got off to a good start, taking a 5-1 lead before Houwei fought back to ...

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Personality affects environmental policies

Toronto, Oct 24 (IANS) The reason why all the countries do not share equal passion for sustainable environment may have to do a lot with their national personalities, a research shows. Countries with higher levels of compassion and openness score better when it comes to environmental sustainability, the findings showed. Not only can a person's attitude about the environment be pr...

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I won't like to do sex comedy: Randhir Kapoor

Mumbai, Oct 24 (IANS) Randhir Kapoor says he likes to watch sex comedies, but is not open to that genre as an actor. Asked if he would like to be associated with a sex comedy like Grand Masti, he said: No, I wouldn't. I like to see them, but I won't like to do a film like that. I prefer films like 'Super Nani' because I can connect with it. The veteran actor also shared about his...

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Rajasekar has experimented with 'Gaddam Gang': Jeevitha

Chennai, Oct 24 (IANS) Popular for his action and drama roles, actor Rajasekar is experimenting with Telugu black comedy Gaddam Gang for the first time, says the film's producer Jeevitha Rajasekar. Gaddam Gang is the remake of Tamil blockbuster Soodhu Kavvum. Rajasekar has experimented for the first time with an offbeat film. He's never attempted full-length comedy in his career....

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40 houses gutted in Delhi slum fire

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) At least 40 huts were gutted in a fire here Friday, the Delhi Fire Service said Friday. The fire began in one of the huts at Shastri Park area and the blaze soon spread and engulfed many other adjoining huts, an official said. Fourteen fire tenders battled the blaze for an hour. ...

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Actor Rahman joins Tamil remake of 'How Old...'

Chennai, Oct 24 (IANS) Southern actor Rahman, popular for films like Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal, Sangamam and Singam 2, will play a key role in a yet-untitled Tamil remake of recent Malayalam hit How Old Are You. Actress Jyothika, wife of Tamil star Suriya, is making her comeback with the remake after seven years. Rahman will reprise the role of Kunchacko Boban from the original. He w...

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Five killed in Afghanistan as militants target car

Kabul, Oct 24 (IANS) At least five people were killed Friday and two injured when militants opened fire on a car in Afghanistan, media reported. Police said the incident took place in Nangarhar province. Militants attacked a car, killing three male passengers and two children. Two people also got injured in the attack, Xinhua reported citing police spokesman Hazrat Hossain Mashri...

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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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