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Two Indians to feature at Tatarstan ethnic festival

Moscow, Aug 22 (IANS) Two Indian artists will feature at the sixth edition of Tatarstan's Krutushka ethnic festival that began in the village of the same name and will showcase the culture of different parts of Russia and the world. Parul Mishra will sing mantras in Sanskrit and Dhruv Bedi will perform on the sitar during the three-day event that will comprise performances of the ethnic ...

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Drinking part of Goa's culture, no prohibition: BJP leader

Panaji, Aug 22 (IANS) Prohibition cannot come in Goa because drinking is part of Goa's culture, BJP state vice-president Wilfred Mesquita said Friday. Prohibition cannot come to Goa... because Goa's culture is to drink, Mesquita said, when asked if Goa should go the Kerala way and prohibit alcohol. Mesquita said that alcohol was a liberal accompaniment to weddings and other socia...

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Heated debate on law and order rocks Andhra assembly

Hyderabad, Aug 22 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh assembly witnessed uproarious scenes Friday as heated exchange between ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and opposition YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) marked the debate on law and order situation. Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao adjourned the house for the day amid pandemonium as the treasury benches insisted that Leader of Opposition Y.S. Jaganmohan R...

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Sugar import duty hiked to 25 percent to aid mills

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) In a relief to millers beleaguered by higher cane prices and surplus stocks, the government Friday raised the import duty on sugar to 25 percent from 15 percent. According to a notification by the Central Board of Excise and Customs, import duty has been raised to 25 percent on raw sugar and refined or white sugar. The higher duty will also be applicable...

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Insulin may treat acute pancreatitis

London, Aug 22 (IANS) Insulin, which is normally released from the beta cells of the pancreas, can protect the cells of the pancreas from acute pancreatitis - a disease for which there is currently no treatment, says a study. Acute pancreatitis results in severe abdominal pain, vomiting and systemic inflammation. Insulin works by restoring the energy levels of pancreatic acinar c...

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Government should reconsider stand on LoP: Congress

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) The Congress Friday said the government should reconsider its position on having a leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha, as the Supreme Court questioned the Narendra Modi government on the issue. The presence of a leader of opposition is an essential part of democracy... The Supreme Court has taken an important step, government should reconsider its stand and as...

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Tourism ministry simplifies hotel classification procedure

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) The government Friday said hotel classification and reclassification procedure has been simplified to reduce red-tapism and accelerate the process of giving clearances and licences to hotels. The hotels would be required to submit only the current and valid trade licence and bar licence, if applicable, Tourism and Culture Minister Shripad Yesso Naik said in a sta...

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Pranab asks IITs to improve quality of education

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Friday asked the IITs to explore ways to improve the country's quality of higher education so that India can become a global supplier of skilled manpower. Speaking at the inauguration of a day-long conference of chairmen, board of governors and directors of Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mukherjee described...

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'Goa's open-cast mines can generate hydel power'

Panaji, Aug 22 (IANS) Goa's 90 odd open-cast iron ore mines, currently closed for nearly two years following a mining ban, could be tapped for generating hydel power, says wildlife conservationist Bittu Sahgal. Speaking during the inauguration of an environment film festival in Panaji Friday, Sahgal, a member of the National Wildlife Board, also said that mining is necessary but not at s...

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Climate change puts Europe at dengue risk

London, Aug 22 (IANS) Dengue fever could make headway in popular European holiday destinations if climate change continues on its predicted trajectory, according to an alarming research. The study by University of East Anglia (UEA) used current data from Mexico where dengue fever is present and information about the European Union (EU) countries in order to model the likelihood of the di...

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Dharamsala, Mandi to have all-women police stations

Shimla, Aug 22 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government Friday decided to set up all-women police stations in Dharamsala and Mandi towns also to curb crimes against women, an official said. The state cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, has decided to open all-women police stations in Dharamsala and Mandi on the lines of the state's first all-women police station set u...

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Sensex gains 59 points; Nifty touches record high

Mumbai, Aug 22 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Friday closed 59.44 points or 0.23 percent up as banking and IT sectors gain. Good buying was observed in banking and IT sectors, while selling pressure was seen in consumer durables and realty sectors. The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 26,419.53 poin...

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Indian junior squash team finish fifth

Windhoek (Namibia), Aug 22 (IANS) India went down 1-2 to England to finish sixth in the World Junior team squash championship here. Four-time champions England made up for the shock of losing out on a semi-final place for the first time in the 34-year history of the event by securing fifth place, but the third seeds were taken the full distance by India Thursday. Meanwhile, Egypt...

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Good night's sleep key to learn new skills

Toronto, Aug 22 (IANS) Know it takes to learn guitar or piano faster? A good night's sleep. New research has provided great insights into the role of sleep in learning motor skills requiring new movement sequences. According to scientists at University of Montreal, the regions of the brain below the cortex play an important role as we train our bodies' movements and, critically, ...

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Fix airfares ceiling, Kerala asks Centre

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 22 (IANS) The central government should take appropriate steps to fix a ceiling on airfares in the Middle-East sector, said a Kerala minister. State Minister for Diaspora K.C. Joseph told reporters here Thursday that over the last many years airline companies have been exploiting those who travel to and from the Middle-East and this is all the more during the peak...

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Human skin fungus tracked to deep sea animals

New York, Aug 22 (IANS) A ubiquitous skin fungus linked to dandruff, eczema and other itchy, flaky maladies in humans has now been tracked to Hawaiian coral reefs and the extreme environments of arctic soils and deep sea vents. We have found multiple new examples of fungi of the genus Malassezia on corals, sponges and algae and in water samples, deep sea thermal vents and sediments from ...

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'Mardaani' won't hit Pakistan theatres

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) Yash Raj Films' Rani Mukerji-starrer Mardaani, which released in India Friday with an Adult certification, won't hit the screens in Pakistan due to demands for a few changes. A spokesperson for the film said that when the Pakistan Film Censor Board saw the film that addresses the issue of human trafficking, they gave it an 'A' certificate too. However, they asked...

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LFW: Neha Dhupia impressed with Swati Vijaivargie's collection

Mumbai, Aug 22 (IANS) Former beauty queen-turned-actress Neha Dhupia took to the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 ramp in a colourful and youthful ensemble by Swati Vijaivargie, feeling wonderful as the showstopper. Neha walked the ramp Thursday wearing ankle-length vertical pants, teamed with a blue printed top and high-waist skirt and navy blue printed scarf. Her messy hair bun w...

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Congress attacks Jaitley over 'small rape incident' remark

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) The Congress Friday hit out at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over his remark terming the Delhi rape a small incident, and called it horrendous. An idiotic and horrendous statement, he must apologise to women of nation, Congress leader Shobha Oza said. Similarly, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said: If any woman of the nation is raped, it is a disgrace to the...

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90 dead and missing in western Japan floods

Tokyo, Aug 22 (IANS/EFE) The number of those missing in the torrential rains lashing Hiroshima in western Japan this week rose to 51 Friday while the death toll stood at 39. Authorities fear the numbers will grow as rescue operations continued. Around 3,000 policemen, firemen and troops of the Self-Defence Forces (SDF) are searching for people swept away in rivers and canals, lan...

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