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'State Bank of Patiala ready to merge'

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) One of the five associate banks of the country's top lender, the State Bank of India (SBI), is set to merge with the parent this fiscal. State Bank of Patiala is the most likely suitor, a top banker has said. We have no issue with a merger. We are ready for it, said managing director of State Bank of Patiala S.A. Ramesh Rangan. One of these five associates will ...

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Don't take Sikh religious matters to court: Akal Takht chief

Amritsar, July 30 (IANS) Amid the controversy over the creation of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) and the stand-off between Sikh leaders in Punjab and those in Haryana, the Jathedar (chief) of the Akal Takht, Gurbachan Singh, says that Sikhs should not take these matters to court. Instead, these should be resolved within the religion. I appeal to all Sikhs across...

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Our Milky Way much smaller than previously thought

London, July 30 (IANS) The Milky Way, the galaxy that contains our solar system, is way smaller than astronomers previously thought, says a study. It is approximately half the weight of a neighbouring galaxy - known as Andromeda - which has a similar structure as our own, the findings showed. The Milky Way and Andromeda are the two largest in a region of galaxies which astronomer...

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I don't play over-the-top villain in 'Kaththi': Neil Nitin Mukesh

Chennai, July 30 (IANS) Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, who plays the antagonist in upcoming Tamil actioner Kaththi, says audiences won't see him as an over-the-top villain in the film, but as someone who is bad by nature. A.R. Murugadoss-directed Kaththi also features Vijay and Samantha Ruth Prabhu in the lead roles. There is a tendency for any villain to go over the top while playing ...

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Be aware of calories from soft drinks during meals

London, July 30 (IANS) Did you ever count calories from the soft drink you usually order along with the dinner? Now is the time to factor those in. New research indicates that meals that include a calorific drink are expected to be more satiating than those served with water. Our work adds important context to a broader ongoing debate about the dangers of liquid calories, said pr...

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I like to challenge myself with roles: Tamil actor Irfan

Chennai, July 30 (IANS) Television and film actor Irfan, who was required to beef up for his action role in upcoming Tamil film Ru, gained about 12 kg for his role with great care and difficulty. He says he likes to challenge himself with such efforts. I don't see the fun in playing a role which doesn't challenge me. When my director told me I should gain weight for my role, I initially ...

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'Akhilesh Yadav government's fall imminent'

Agra, July 30 (IANS) The fall of Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh is imminent, Lok Sabha member from Agra city Ram Shankar Katheria said Wednesday. The Bharatiya Janata Party leader has been touring villages in his constituency and has been meeting local leaders in Agra, Mathura and other districts, urging them to be ready for assembly polls in the coming winter season. ...

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Simple blood test may even predict suicide

Washington, July 30 (IANS) A simple blood test can soon reliably predict a person's risk of attempting suicide, significant research reveals. This may be possible because researchers at Johns Hopkins University have discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions. The changes in this gene - involved in the function of the brain's response to str...

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Parliament adjourned till noon over bugging issue

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Parliament was Wednesday adjourned till noon following an uproar by the opposition members who demanded an explanation from tghe government on the issue of bugging of union Minister Nitin Gadkari's residence. As soon as the Rajya Sabha met for the day, Chairman M. Hamid Ansari adjourned the house for 15 minutes in view of the ruckus, and then again till noon.

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Court holds 10 guilty for Tamil Nadu school fire

Chennai, July 30 (IANS) A Thanjavur court Thursday held 10 people guilty and acquitted 11 others in the Kumbakonam school fire accident in Tamil Nadu that killed 94 children and left 18 injured in 2004. The judgment comes a decade after the accident that occurred at the Sri Krishna Middle School July 16, 2004. Members of the school management are among those convicted. ...

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Nepal to sign power trade accord with India

Kathmandu, July 30 (IANS) Three major political parties of Nepal - the Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist) - late Tuesday consented to the government's plan to sign Power Trade Agreement(PTA) with India during the two-day visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi is arriving in Kathmandu Sunday on a two-day official visit. The meeting of the parties was chaired by Prime M...

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20 killed in Israeli shelling of Gaza shelter

Gaza, July 30 (IANS) At least 20 Palestinians were killed and dozens injured Wednesday when Israeli artillery hit a school used as a shelter by displaced people in Jabaliya town of Gaza Strip, medics said. Ashraf al-Qedra, health ministry spokesman in Gaza, said that hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip have so far received 20 bodies and dozens of injured civilians who were living in the...

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Sunil Grover back as Gutthi on 'Comedy Nights With Kapil'

Mumbai, July 30 (IANS) After making a comeback to Comedy Nights With Kapil as Kapil Sharma's onscreen father-in-law, actor Sunil Grover will now be back in his drag act as the girl-next-door Gutthi. The beloved character will return to the screen on the forthcoming weekend in the episode where Akshay Kumar would feature with his canine co-star Junior and actress Tammannaah Bhatia from th...

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No bugging at Gadkari home, says Rajnath

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) There is no truth to reports of bugging at union Minister Nitin Gadkari's residence, said union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. In a statement in the Rajya Sabha, Rajnath Singh said: I want to clarify that there is no truth in the media reports (about bugging at Nitin Gadkari's house). He added: Even the minister, at whose residence it was said that high po...

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Luscious, crunchy, Himachal apples tastier but costlier

Shimla, July 30 (IANS) Big, crunchy and luscious apples from Himachal Pradesh are tastier this time, but they are going to pinch your wallet more. State horticulture department estimates say the state is expected to produce 25-30 percent less apples this season compared to last year's bumper production of over 32.2 million boxes. Experts attribute the low output to the prolonge...

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Five daily portions of fruit, vegetables lower death risk

New York, July 30 (IANS) Add a substantial amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet - at least five portions - and live your life disease free. According to a new study, higher consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of mortality from all causes, particularly from cardiovascular diseases. The results support current recommendations to increase co...

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'Pattaiya Kelappanuma' stars mini-bus in key role

Chennai, July 30 (IANS) In upcoming Tamil entertainer Pattaiya Kelappanum Pandiya, a mini-bus will feature in an important role throughout the film, says its director Rajkumar, who promises that the movie will be high on comedy. The entire story of the film unfolds inside a mini-bus as it plies between Palani and Pappampatti (in Tamil Nadu). The events that unfold in the bus will leave t...

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I'd like to make a mark as baddie: Aadarsh Balakrishna

Chennai, July 30 (IANS) Actor Aadarsh Balakrishna, who will be pitted against Ram Charan in upcoming Telugu film Govindudu Andarivadele, says he would like to make a mark as a successful baddie in the industry as he strongly feels there's a dearth of young villains. I would like to make a mark as a bad guy given that we don't have too many villains of my age. I don't want to discriminate...

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Cloudy Wednesday in Delhi

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) It was a partly cloudy Wednesday morning here with a minimum temperature of 26.6 degrees Celsius, normal for the season's average, the Met Office said. The sky is likely to be cloudy, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 36 degrees Celsius. Humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 85 percent....

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Dating site OkCupid admits to 'twisting' love data

London, July 30 (IANS) After the controversial 'emotional contagion' study by Facebook on its users, popular dating site OkCupid has now revealed that it also performed experiments on its users and manipulated their perceptions to test its matching algorithm. In a blog post, the company's founder Christian Rudder, admitted that in recent experiments on romantic compatibility, they told ...

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