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Things are changing in China: Dalai Lama

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping's open admission of Tibet playing an important role in China's culture is refelctive of the change in the country's attitude, the Dalai Lama said here Monday. Recently, President Xi Jinping in Paris publicly expressed the position that Buddhists have a very important role (to play) in Chinese culture. He mentioned this during his rece...

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Shellfish-inspired glue sticks even in water

New York, Sep 22 (IANS) Inspired by shellfish such as mussels and barnacles that secrete very sticky proteins that help them cling to rocks or ship hulls, even underwater, researchers have designed a material to create a waterproof adhesive. Application of the biologically-inspired glue could be found in repairing ships, helping heal wounds and in surgical incisions. They are the...

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Bill to regulate surrogacy soon

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) A bill to regulate assisted reproduction like surrogacy and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is likely to be introduced in the winter session of parliament, a senior health ministry official said Monday. The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2013, has been cleared after rounds of discussions with various ministries and other stakeholders and will be...

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'Let play be purposeless for kids'

Toronto, Sep 22 (IANS) For children, playing has no goal - it is an end in itself, says a study, suggesting that parent and public health authorities should not just focus on the benefits of active play. Play is an activity that is fun, done alone or with friends, and it represents an opportunity to experience excitement or pleasure, but also to combat boredom, sadness, fear or lonelines...

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Gene-editing method to kill antibiotic-resistant bugs

Washington, Sep 22 (IANS) US engineers have developed a new gene-editing system that can selectively kill bacteria carrying harmful genes that confer antibiotic resistance or cause disease. We have been interested in finding new ways to combat antibiotic resistance and this method offers new strategies to achieve that, said Timothy Lu, an associate professor of biological engineering, el...

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Irrfan opens Jagran film fest, says exposure is very important

Mumbai, Sep 22 (IANS) Actor Irrfan Khan, who Monday graced the opening ceremony of the fifth Jagran Film Festival here, said it's vital for Indian movies to travel to get exposure. Jagran Film Festival is a travelling movie gala held in 14 Indian cities including Mumbai, Kanpur, Lucknow, Agra, Meerut and Varanasi. Praising the initiative, Irrfan said: I am glad that this festival...

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Will leave no stone unturned to safeguard borders: Rajnath

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) The government will leave no stone unturned to safeguard borders and will address all important issues related to security, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here Monday. He was addressing senior officers of the Border Security Force (BSF) during a review meeting. He added that he had been apprised of the major issues concerning border security. <...

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Goodbye summer! Tuesday heralds autumn

New York, Sep 22 (IANS) Tired of hot days and sweaty nights? Well, autumn is here! At 7.59 a.m. Sep 23, autumn will officially begin in India and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere. This also marks the start of spring in the southern half of the globe, space.com reported. According to the US National Weather Service (NWS), the autumnal equinox (meaning equal nights in Latin) fal...

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Mumbai artist to judge global art, music competition

Mumbai, Sep 22 (IANS) Mumbai's renowned artist Prakash Bal Joshi has been named to the jury of an international art and music competition to promote global peace organised by World Citizens Artists (WCA). It is a worldwide art movement in partnership with London-based Belgravia Gallery and the Playing for Change Foundation. The competition theme is 'Peace', Joshi told IANS here Monday.

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Busy with 'Bigg Boss 8', Upen Patel to miss 'I' promotions

Mumbai, Sep 22 (IANS) Model-turned-actor Upen Patel is upbeat about making his debut in Tamil films with the magnum opus I, but he may not be able to promote the movie full-fledgedly because he's now locked inside a house for a reality show. Upen is one of the 12 contestants on Bigg Boss 8, which began on Colors Sunday. Before entering the show, he told IANS: I am making my debut...

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Japan developing first fighter since World War II

Tokyo, Sep 22 (IANS/EFE) The Japanese government has begun working on a jet fighter, the first such aircraft to be built in the country since World War II, the Nikkei newspaper reported Monday. The prototype is a joint venture between the Japanese government and defence contractors Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and IHI. It is still in its development phase and is scheduled to under...

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No-frills Modi gives new touch to Indian diplomacy

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) Indian diplomacy may have lost its highfalutin edge with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, known to have little patience for bombast, keeping his sentences, like his work, focused on the deliverables. The prime minister is known for his out-of-the-box thinking and to-the-point speaking, and has taken this to the realm of foreign policy where India is speaking more in...

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OPEC daily basket price closes lower

Vienna, Sep 22 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $94.44 a barrel Friday, compared to $95.19 a barrel last Thursday, the OPEC Secretariat said. The new OPEC reference basket comprises Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sid...

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Asiad squash: Ghosal marches into men's singles final

Incheon, Sep 22 (IANS) Saurav Ghosal thrashed his Malaysian opponent in straight sets in the squash men's singles semifinals at the Yeorumul Squash Courts here Monday in the 17th Asian Games and was eyeing the gold in Tuesday's final. Ghosal, the top seed, comprehensively defeated Ong Beng Hee 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 in just 45 minutes to become first Indian squash player to reach the final at ...

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IS leader urges members to attack Australians

Canberra, Sep 22 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group has urged its cadres to attack civilians of the West, including Australia, media reported Monday. IS spokesman Muhammad al-Adnani, made the call in an online post, the Canberra Times online reported. It is the IS's first blanket call for violence against countries planning military action in Iraq. In his...

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India successfully test fires Mars Orbiter engine

Bangalore, Sep 22 (IANS) India Monday successfully test fired the liquid fuel engine of its Mars spacecraft (Orbiter) after it entered the sphere of Mars influence earlier in the day. The liquid apogee motor (LAM) was test fired at 2.30 p.m. for nearly four seconds and we got a confirmation about its success 12.5 minutes later, a senior space agency official told IANS here. ...

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Nepal, India begin talks to build 6,720 MW power project

Kathmandu, Sep 22 (IANS) Three days after Nepal and Indian infrastructure major GMR sealed a deal to develop the 900 MW Upper Karnali hydropower project in the Himalayan nation, senior officials from the two neighbours Monday resumed talks to build another mega bilateral power project in Nepal. Talks at the secretary-level between Nepal and India have resumed in Kathmandu to develop the ...

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Madani asks Modi to stop the 'rumour' of Love Jihad

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) Jamiat Ulema-I-Hind national general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani has called Love Jihad a rumour which is being spread to polarise votes and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop it. There is no conspiracy called 'Love Jihad'. Such rumours are being spread to polarise votes, Madani said in an interview to TV Today Network. I would urge Modi to st...

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Pakistan appoints new ISI chief, 5 army commanders

Islamabad, Sep 22 (IANS) Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar was Monday appointed the new chief of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence in commander-level promotions announced Monday in the country's powerful army. The announcement was made on Twitter by Maj Gen Asim Bajwa, director general of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Dawn online reported. In other promotions, Maj Gen Hilal H...

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Rapid urbanisation behind scooter industry growth: Official

Panaji, Sep 22 (IANS) Thanks to rapid urbanisation, scooters have beaten other two-wheelers at growth and will reach a market share of 27 percent across India over the next two years, a senior TVS Motors official said Monday. S. Arun Kumar, TVS regional sales manager for the Southern region, was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Goa launch of TVS Scooty Zest 110 here. ...

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