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Global stock swings not caused by China factors: Analysts

Beijing, Feb 13 (IANS) Analysts said prolonged low interest rates in the West and weak crude oil prices, rather than concerns over the Chinese economy, were the main cause of stock market fluctuations across the globe this week. Despite a rebound on Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite Index lost 1.4 percent, 0.8 percent and 0.6 percent respe...

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Mexico relocates over 230 prisoners after riot

Mexico city, Feb 13 (IANS) More than 230 inmates were relocated from the overcrowded Topo Chico prison in the state of Nuevo Leon in Mexico after a riot there left 49 prisoners dead, authorities said. The leaders of the two gangs Jorge Ivan Hernandez and Juan Pedro Saldivar, whose clash caused the riot, were among the 233 relocated prisoners, Xinhua quoted Nuevo Leon Governor Jaime Rodri...

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Liquidity infusion, revaluation buoys Forex reserves: Experts

Mumbai, Feb 13 (IANS) Central bank's attempts to infuse liquidity, coupled with currency revaluation effect and appreciating gold prices grew India's foreign exchange (Forex) reserves kitty during the week ended February 5, experts said on Saturday. According to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI's) weekly statistical supplement, the overall Forex reserves gained by $2.33 billion to $351.4...

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International probe zeroes in on Syrian chemical attacks

United Nations, Feb 13 (IANS) An international inquiry to determine responsibility for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict has narrowed down its initial targets from 116 to five, said a report. The five potential cases for investigation have emerged as Kafr Zita in Hama on April 11 and 18, 2014, Talmenes in Idlib on April 21, 2014, Qmenas and Sarmin both in Idlib and on Ma...

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Giant, flightless bird wandered the Arctic 50 mn years ago

New York, Feb 13 (IANS) A giant, flightless bird with a head the size of a horse, wandered about in the winter twilight of the high Arctic some 53 million years ago, scientists have revealed. The confirmation came after researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and University of Colorado, Boulder, analysed the first and only fossil evidence from the Arctic of a massive ...

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Majority of working professionals spend the day sitting

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Working professionals in India spend most of their time in a day sitting as against being active, revealed a report conducted by Max Bupa Walk for Health Survey 2016. The survey, the first of its kind study on walking behaviour, is based on data of over 1300 Indians across four cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Jaipur belonging to different backgrounds - working ...

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In the West, falling in love may cost you $45,000!

Toronto, Feb 13 (IANS) Planning to woo the lady of your dreams this Valentine's Day? Confirm with your wallet first as according to an interesting study, the average expenses linked with one-year of dating period, a one-year engagement and a wedding for couples is nearly 61,821 Canadian dollars ($44,645) or Rs.30 lakh. The expenditure linked with romance has increased by 22.8 percent sin...

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Nimrat Kaur's 'dream come true' moment at sister's wedding (With Images

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Nimrat Kaur, who was in the capital earlier this week for her younger sister Rubina's wedding, says she it was always her dream to see her baby sister as a bride. I had a wonderful time at the wedding and it was indeed a perfect winter wedding. It was something she (her sister) had dreamed of ever since she thought of having a wedding and it was also what I had d...

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Three held with deer skin, horns in Siliguri

Siliguri, Feb 13 (IANS) Three suspected poachers have been arrested and a deer hide and pieces of horn seized from them in West Bengal's Siliguri, police said on Saturday. Binod Das, Bapi Mondal and Mithu Biswas were arrested by the police from Bagrakote area late Friday night. We have recovered a deer skin and five pieces of horn. There is also a hole in the skin suggesting it m...

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LeT in touch with terrorists during 26/11, confirms Headley

Mumbai, Feb 13 (IANS) At least three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) functionaries were in direct touch with some of the Pakistani terrorists carrying out the 26/11 terror attacks at various locations in Mumbai, Pakistani-American terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley informed Special TADA Court Judge G.A. Sanap here on Saturday. Certain audio tapes recorded during the 26/11 were played ...

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Candidate selection tough ask for Kerala parties

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 13 (IANS) Candidate selection for the upcoming polls for the 140-member Kerala assembly is going to be tough for most political parties with one candidate calling it quits from electoral politics. The parties in the Congress-led United Democratic Front are likely to face a tough time selecting candidates given the rebel menace. The communist parties in the...

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Researchers identify drug that may cut Alzheimer's risk

London, Feb 13 (IANS) Researchers have identified a drug that can cut the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by targeting the first step in the toxic chain reaction leading to the death of brain cells. The drug called bexarotene, which revealed the potential to delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease, has raised the possibility that other molecules like it can be used to reduce the ri...

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Sans policy paralysis, Modi has last word in our government: Jaitley

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Reacting to former prime minister Manmohan Singh's criticism on the way the present government was handling key issues, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says it's now that the days of policy paralysis were over and that Congress party was to be blamed for legislative hurdles. The finance minister also said decision-making in the present National Democratic Alliance ...

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Modi's faux pas: Greets Ashraf Ghani on 'birthday'

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday committed a faux pas when he greeted Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on his 'birthday' on twitter. Ghani's birthday is on May 19. Happy birthday @ashrafghani. Praying for your long life & exceptional health and a joyful journey ahead, tweeted Modi. Ghani was quick to respond: @narendramodi Greetings from Mu...

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Benedict Cumberbatch to narrate 'Naples '44'

London, Feb 13 (IANS) Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been roped in as voice talent to narrate upcoming high-profile documentary Naples '44. Helmed by Italian director Francesco Patierno, the documentary is based on the eponymous diary by British travel writer Norman Lewis about his experience as a British intelligence officer in the southern Italian port city following its liberation fro...

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74 percent voting in Tripura by-poll by afternoon

Agartala, Feb 13 (IANS) Around 74 percent votes were cast till afternoon in the by-election to the Amarpur assembly seat in Tripura on Saturday, an election official said. Voting started at 8 a.m. amidst tight security measures and will continue till 5 p.m. There are over 38,270 eligible voters, including 18,807 women, in the assembly segment. There is no untoward inciden...

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Rebel Wilson's bizarre revelation on Justin Bieber

Los Angeles, Feb 13 (IANS) Actress-comedienne Rebel Wilson has made a bizarre statement about singer Justin Bieber saying that she was holding his privates while taking a photograph with him at the opening night of singer-actress Jennifer Lopez's All I Have show in Las Vegas. During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Wilson recounted a series of events which led to her behaviour. T...

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Facebook dissociates outgoing India MD from Free Basics controversy

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) A day after Facebook India managing director Kirthiga Reddy said she will be relocating to the US in the next six to 12 months, a spokesperson of the social networking site on Saturday dissociated her from the controversial Free Basics services effort in the country. As she had planned for some time, Kirthiga Reddy is moving back to the US to work with the teams ...

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Protect your skin from the sun this summer

As summer approaches, exposure to the sun can lead to suntan, sunburn and many other effects. Apart from tanning, the skin is also exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun, which has several long-term effects, like early formation of lines and wrinkles on the skin. Sun exposure can also lead to dark spots or patches. There are remedies at hand. The skin must be protected with a bro...

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Eric Johnson in 'Fifty Shades Darker'?

Los Angeles, Feb 13 (IANS) Actor Eric Johnson is in talks to play Jack Hyde, the rival of the character Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) in upcoming erotic romantic drama film Fifty Shades Darker. The film, directed by James Foley, is a sequel of Fifty Shades of Grey. Actors Kim Basinger and Bella Heathcote have also joined the cast, with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan reprising th...

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