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Defying swine flu, Mumbaikars revel in Holi colours

Mumbai, March 6 (IANS) Mumbai and Maharashtra erupted in a riot of colours with thousands of revellers trooping out to celebrate Holi, the festival of colours, cocking a snook at the ongoing swine flu (H1N1) epidemic in many cities on Friday. The celebrations started at daybreak with loud music blaring in various housing complexes, public places and special venues as people went about ap...

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Behold the Awadhi food etiquette: Nothing before, nothing after biriyani

Kolkata, March 6 (IANS) The next time you go for the Indian spread at a wedding, stick to the Awadhi food etiquette - nothing before and nothing after biriyani - says Sahebzada Wasif Mirza, a direct descendant of Wajid Ali Shah, the last nawab of Awadh, credited for introducing the cuisine to what is now West Bengal. Of the more than 10 varieties of biriyani (slow-cooked rice and meat in...

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Bihar opens centre to protect endangered Garuda

Patna, March 6 (IANS) A rescue and rehabilitation centre has opened in Bihar to protect and conserve the Garuda, an endangered species of the stork family. The first-of-its-kind centre opened this week in Bhagalpur district, said Sanjay Sinha, a divisional forest officer. Nearly eight years after these endangered birds started nesting and breeding in Bhagalpur, their number has i...

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'Windies cricket problems mirror crisis in Caribbean'

Port of Spain, March 6 (IANS) The problems hampering West Indies cricket mirror a crisis plaguing the Caribbean community, St. Lucia Prime Minister Kenny Anthony said. Anthony is calling for an overhaul of the structure of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). However, while insisting that change is needed, the St. Lucian does not believe politicians should interfere with the administrat...

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Robinho eyes 2018 World Cup after Brazil recall

Rio de Janeiro, March 6 (IANS) Brazil forward Robinho said he already has an eye on the 2018 World Cup in Russia after earning an international recall. The 31-year-old expressed his gratitude to coach Dunga after being included in a 23-man squad for friendlies against France and Chile later this month, reports Xinhua. I've known Dunga for a long time. We were Copa America champio...

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Argentina has Davis Cup edge: Brazil captain

Buenos Aires, March 6 (IANS) Argentina have a slight edge in their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie, said Brazil captain Joao Zwetsch ahead of the clash. They have an advantage by playing at home. But all five points will be highly disputed, there is no clear favourites, Zwetsch said on Thursday, reports Xinhua. Brazil's Joao Souza, ranked 75th in the world, will take on Car...

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Kim Kardashian steals attention with mesh dress

Paris, March 6 (IANS) Reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who has revealed her platinum blonde locks, ensured all eyes were on her when she stepped out in a see-through mesh dress without her essentials at a show at the Paris Fashion Week. Kim ditched her brassiere to flaunt her curves and more in a mesh dress, and ensured she was the centre of attention at the fashion event on Thursday. She...

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Lin Dan reaches last eight at All England

Birmingham, March 6 (IANS) Five times champion Lin Dan of China fought off a tenacious challenge from compatriot Tian Houwei to reach the men's singles last eight at the All England Open Badminton Championships here. The two-time Olympic champion and five times World Champion beat the 23-year-old Tian 21-15, 21-19 at the Barclaycard Arena on Thursday, reports Xinhua. Nobody wants...

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Shoot of third 'Wolverine' film to begin early 2016

Los Angeles, March 6 (IANS) Director James Mangold has confirmed that the shooting of the third Wolverine movie will start in early 2016. The director confirmed the shooting plan in response to a question that he came across on his micro-blogging website Twitter account, reports aceshowbiz.com. When does filming start for Wolverine 3, a fan tweeted to Mangold. To that, he...

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PM to visit Seychelles, Mauritius, Sri Lanka next week

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka from March 10-14. On March 11, in Seychelles, Modi will hold bilateral discussions with President James Alexis Michel to strengthen maritime ties and enhance bilateral development cooperation. On March 11-12, in Mauritius, the prime minister will have extensive meetings wit...

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My father is a die-hard Punjabi: Esha Deol

Mumbai, March 6 (IANS) Actress Esha Deol, who has taken on the role of a judge on MTV Roadies X2, says her father and Bollywood superstar Dharmendra is a die-hard Punjabi, and so she chose to include a Sikh member in her team on the show. In the new season, every gang leader, including Esha, Karan Kundra, Vijender Singh and Rannvijay Singh, has five contestants in their team. When it was...

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Child artist Gracy Goswami loves being new 'Balika Vadhu'

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) She's all of 11, but knows the gravity of the social menace that is child marriage. Child artist Gracy Goswami, who plays a child bride in TV show Balika Vadhu post its leap, says it is important to portray a role with conviction on screen to send out a strong message to the audience. I'm playing a very important character in a very popular show, which is a big ...

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Marcelo, Robinho recalled to Brazil squad

Rio de Janeiro, March 6 (IANS) Brazil coach Dunga recalled Real Madrid defender Marcelo and Santos forward Robinho to his squad for friendlies against France and Chile later this month. There was no place for attacking midfielders Everton Ribeiro and Ricardo Goulart, who were omitted following their recent transfers to Chinese clubs. As expected, Dunga included Neymar, Thiago Silva, Davi...

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Indian superhero, gangster drama by Dev Patel in offing

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) After garnering kudos for his acting prowess, British actor of Indian descent Dev Patel is ready to take the next step in the world of filmmaking. He's working on his own projects to narrate stories revolving around India and even has plans to introduce an Indian superhero to the world with his movie. One of them is a gangster film based in Mumbai. Another one i...

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Phelps could be reinstated for World Championships

Washington, March 6 (IANS) Eighteen times Olympic champion Michael Phelps may be given a chance to compete at the World Championships this summer in Russia after his six-month ban from competition ends in April. USA Swimming is considering if Phelps can be allowed to participate in the meet, reports Xinhua. It's complicated but there are ways in which it could happen. There's a p...

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UNSC extends Libya mission's mandate

United Nations, March 6 (IANS) The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until the end of this month. The UNSC having determined that the situation in Libya remained a threat to international peace and security adopted the resolution on Thursday to extend the UNSMIL mandate till March 31, Xin...

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Windies elect to bat against India

Perth, March 6 (IANS) West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and elected to bat against India in a World Cup Pool B contest at the WACA here on Friday. India have brought back pacer Mohammed Shami, who was out of the last game against the United Arab Emirates with an injury, replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The Caribbean side, meanwhile, have replaced spinner Sulieman Benn wit...

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What are Bollywood actors doing on Holi?

Mumbai, March 6 (IANS) Spending a colourful day with family and friends and gorging on goodies is what's on the mind for Bollywood actors like Ayushmann Khurrana and Nawazuddin Siddiqui on Holi on Friday, while those like Bipasha Basu and Tiger Shroff plan to keep distance from the revelry. Here are the actors' plans: Sushant Singh Rajput: It's going to be a dirty Holi for me. I'...

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Eid-e-Gulabi: The unifying colour and spirit of Holi

Holi has a Muslim history as well. Revered Sufi saints like Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia and Ameer Khusro have, in their chaste Persian and Hindvi poetry, adored the 'pink' festival generously. The last Moghul Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, allowed his Hindu ministers to smear his forehead with gulal on Holi. He believed that his religion would not be affected by this social ritual. Thi...

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ISRO studying easy path to navigation satellite's problem transmitter

Chennai, March 6 (IANS) The Indian space agency is deliberating the ways and means of setting right the glitch in its fourth regional navigation satellite with minimum effort so that it could be launched early, said an official. The 1,425kg satellite - Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-IRNSS-1D - was supposed to be launched on March 9 evening by an Indian rocket called Polar Sa...

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