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Ecuador president confirms Assange asylum

Mexico City, Aug 20 (IANS/ITAR -TASS) Ecuador's President Rafael Correa Wednesday confirmed his country's decision to grant political asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the past two years. This could be resolved tomorrow if the United Kingdom gives him safe conduct, Correa was quoted as saying on Tuesday by Mexico's sta...

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Iyengar spread India's ancient knowledge worldwide: President

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of globally renowned yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar Wednesday. In a condolence message to his son, Prashant Iyengar, the president said: I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of B.K.S. Iyengar. Iyengar was well known as one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He is credited with est...

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Mohanlal undergoing physiotherapy

Kochi, Aug 20 (IANS) Ace superstar Mohanlal is undergoing physiotherapy at a private hospital here for the past one week as he is suffering from pain in his left leg, a source at the facility said. The physiotherapy sessions are progressing well, a source at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences told IANS. The 54-year-old has been suffering the pain for a while and only after ...

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With nine surgeries, a Delhi woman fights a rare disease

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Life cannot be more cruel to Payel Bhattacharya, a patient of Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL), a rare autosomal genetic condition that predisposes individuals to benign and malignant tumors. The 34-year-old, who has already undergone nine surgeries, is still suffering as the tumors continue to spread in her body - and the medical costs spiral. Bhattacharya, who has three...

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India should stay ahead of world in technology: PM

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Calling technology a key driving force, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said India needs to stay ahead in this sphere to become a world leader. Speaking at a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) event here, Modi said: The world is changing very fast and so are the parameters of war and defence. Technology is becoming a key driving force.

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NASA's Mars rover stuck in 'Hidden Valley'

New York, Aug 20 (IANS) NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity may have to find a new route to its destination Mount Sharp after getting stuck in sand in the Hidden Valley. The one-tonne Curiosity is on a mission to Mount Sharp, a 5.5 km high mountain in the centre of Mars' Gale Crater, and had to turn back after finding the sand surprisingly slippery, reports space.com. We need to gain a b...

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Some female tourists seek sexual liberty on vacations: Study

Sydney, Aug 20 (IANS) For some female tourists, travel is like finding their lost sexual liberty - in one night stands - and feel like a man, says a fascinating study. According to a researcher from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, some women feel free from sexual double standards at home and are ready for no-strings-attached sexual encounters. While for some, sexual a...

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14 killed in Afghanistan violence

Kabul, Aug 20 (IANS) At least 14 people were killed and three wounded in separate violent attacks in Afghanistan Wednesday, the authorities said. Ten militants and a policeman were killed while a district police chief was wounded Wednesday morning in a clash in eastern Ghazni province, Xinhua quoted an army spokesperson as saying. Taliban militants laid an ambush on police patro...

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Missing soldier's body sent home after 18 years

Srinagar, Aug 20 (IANS) The body of an Inddian Army soldier, which was found 18 years after he went missing from the Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir, was sent to his home in Uttar Pradesh Wednesday, police said. Police sources told IANS that Havaldar Gaya Prasad of the 15 Rajput Regiment had gone missing from the Siachen Glacier in 1996. The body of Havaldar Gaya Prasad was ...

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Indian equities trading flat after record highs

Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) Indian equities were trading flat Wednesday on account of profit taking after key indices touched record highs during the bull run in the past six successive sessions. The sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) opened a tad higher at 26,496.29 points as trading commenced in the morning, but soon slid below the previous day's closing level of 26,...

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'Mudgal committee hasn't quizzed Srinivasan'

Chennai, Aug 20 (IANS) The Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee probing the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing and betting scandal WEdnesday denied having investigated International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman N. Srinivasan or his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, contrary to some media reports. The committee had met here Aug 15-16 and interacted with its investigative team and other...

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Hand gestures can help kids learn better

New York, Aug 20 (IANS) Spontaneous gestures can help children learn better whether its spoken language or sign language, according to a study. Children who can hear use gesture along with speech to communicate as they acquire spoken language. Those gesture-plus-word combinations precede and predict the acquisition of word combinations that convey the same notions. The findings m...

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How brain can multitask better

Toronto, Aug 20 (IANS) Cooking while having a conversation, watching a movie while browsing the Web, or driving while listening to a radio show - multitasking is an essential skill in our daily lives. Make it better now. Researchers have identified the area of the brain involved in multitasking and ways to train it that can lead to more effective cognitive stimulation programmes or impro...

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No organised drug gangs in Goa: Parrikar

Panaji, Aug 20 (IANS) Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Wednesday said there are no organised gangs that distribute drugs in Goa. There are no organized gangs which specialize in distribution of drugs in the state, the chief minister said in a written reply in the assembly. His comments come a few months after Director General of Police T.N. Mohan attracted flak from the opposition...

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'Mudgal committee hasn't quizzed Srinivasan'

Chennai, Aug 20 (IANS) The Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee probing the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing and betting scandal Tuesday denied having investigated International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman N. Srinivasan or his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, contrary to some media reports. The committee had met here Aug 15-16 and interacted with its investigative team and other a...

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Take a Metro ride to lose extra kilos

London, Aug 20 (IANS) Want to try a sure-shot way of losing extra flab? Leave your car at home and try public transport instead. Commuting to work by active (walking or cycling) and public modes of transport is linked to lower body weight and body fat composition compared with those using cars, suggests a British study. Active commuters are at lower risk of being overweight but t...

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Reviving northeast's heritage fabrics: Meghalaya designer Daniel Syiem

Shillong, Aug 20 (IANS) Meghalaya's leading designer Daniel Syiem, who has wowed fashion connoisseurs at top-notch fashion events in the country, takes inspiration from the rich culture of his home state and says his motto is to make traditional fabrics mainstream. I am very inspired by my rich culture and tradition. Also, my collections are deeply inspired by the beauty of my state and ...

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Styles could've kissed Delevingne onscreen

Los Angeles, Aug 20 (IANS) Producer Harvey Weinstein wanted One Direction's Harry Styles to feature in Tulip Fever, featuring Cara Delevingne. I offered Harry a role in 'Tulip Fever', but he was touring so he had to turn it down. The part ended up going to Matthew Morrison, reports eonline.com. Had he signed up, his first scene would have involved kissing Delevingne. The ...

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Suspected Ebola case found in Myanmar

Yangon, Aug 20 (IANS) Myanmar has discovered a suspected case of the deadly Ebola virus disease, the information ministry said Wednesday. A 22-year-old man, who worked in Guinea and Liberia in West Africa, was found during a screening of passengers at the Yangon International Airport Tuesday, Xinhua quoted the ministry as saying on its website. The man, who arrived from Bangkok a...

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Johnny Depp, daughter team up for film

Los Angeles, Aug 20 (IANS) Actor Johnny Depp will team up with his 15-year-old daughter Lily-Rose for Yoga Hosers, a comic book movie. The action-adventure movie, starring the Depp family, will also include fellow famous father-daughter duo Kevin Smith and Harley Quinn Smith, reports eonline.com. Yoga Hosers is Kevin's follow-up to Tusk, which will premiere at the Toronto Film Fe...

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