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Srikanth, Kashyap, Saina rise in world rankings

Kala Lumpur, Oct 23 (IANS) Indian men shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap jumped seven places each in the latest released Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings Thursday while Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal moved up one spot to the sixth. Srikanth is lying 16th while Kashyap is 21st in the rankings. Srikanth started the week at 23rd spot and was rewarded for his qu...

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Omar stays away from Modi's Raj Bhavan engagements

Srinagar, Oct 23 (IANS) After receiving Prime Minister Narendra Modi here Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah chose to stay away from Modi's engagements at the Raj Bhawan. Abdullah, however, attended an official briefing given to Modi in the technical area of Srinagar airport. Informed sources said the chief minister left for his official residence in the hig...

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Odisha BJP leader suspended for social media comments

Bhubaneswar, Oct 23 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party Thursday suspended one of its senior leaders in Odisha for making anti-party statements on social media. The party suspended Ashok Sahu for anti-party activities, state BJP spokesman Samir Mohanty told IANS. Sahu had made some objectionable comments a few days ago on social networking sites. He also made such comments on telev...

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OPEC daily basket price falls again

Vienna, Oct 23 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $81.94 a barrel Wednesday compared to $82.09 Tuesday, 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 Sider (Libya), B...

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Rahul Gandhi greets countrymen on Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Thursday greeted countrymen on the occasion of Diwali. Wishing everyone a very happy Diwali. As we celebrate this auspicious day with joy in our hearts, let us pray for peace, prosperity and happiness for all, Gandhi said in a statement issued by his office. ...

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Saturn's moon Titan glowing at dusk and dawn

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) In an unexpected and potentially groundbreaking discovery, NASA has spotted Saturn's moon Titan glowing at dusk and dawn. New maps of Saturn's moon Titan reveal large patches of trace gases shining brightly near its north and south poles. These regions are curiously shifted off the poles, to the east or west, so that dawn breaks over the southern region ...

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Music therapy reduces depression in kids, adolescents

London, Oct 23 (IANS) Music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems, a study found. In the largest ever study of its kind, the researchers from the Queen's University, Belfast, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust found that children who received music therapy had significantly improved self-esteem and signifi...

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Lopez to sign multi-million dollar deal?

Los Angeles, Oct 23 (IANS) Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez is reportedly in the final stages of securing a multi-million dollar deal to perform in Las Vegas. The 45-year-old is being offered $350,000 per show at The Axis at Planet Hollywood as part of a 72-gig deal over a one or two-year period, reports tmz.com. It is the same venue where singer Britney Spears performs and earns $3...

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Flintoff signs for Big Bash side Brisbane Heat

Brisbane, Oct 23 (IANS) Former England captain and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who retired from international cricket in 2009, Wednesday confirmed that he will play for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League (BBL) this summer. I'm excited to be coming back to Australia and especially to Brisbane which has always been a favourite spot of mine to play, Flintoff was quoted as saying by the H...

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Aamir Khan unveils 'PK' teaser on Diwali

Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) Aamir Khan unveiled the teaser of his forthcoming film PK on Diwali Thursday and the superstar hopes the movie tastes success. Coincidently my films have been releasing during Christmas and each year, I have been showing the trailer during Diwali. So, we decided to do the same this Diwali as well. I hope the film works for us, Aamir told reporters here during the te...

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Kerala agrees to 45-m width for national highways

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 23 (IANS) The width of two national highways in Kerala will be 45 metres, up from 30 metres as was planned earlier, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy after the weekly cabinet meeting here Thursday. Kerala was the only state which requested the Centre to fix width of the national highways at 30 metres due to constraints in land acquisition, and the high population ...

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Happy Diwali wishes B-Town

Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi and Karan Johar wish for prosperity, luck and happiness on Diwali Thursday. Here's what the celebrities tweeted: Amitabh Bachchan: Many thank you's first for all those that send me their wishes for Deepawali... may there be prosperity, & the brightness of light. Sridevi: Wish all of you a Happy...

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Honoured that 'X' will open SAIFF: Sudhish Kamath

Chennai, Oct 23 (IANS) Sudhish Kamath is honoured that experimental film X, co-directed by 10 more independent filmmakers, has been selected to open the forthcoming 11th South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF). The SAIFF will kick off Nov 18 and will continue till Nov 23. It means a lot for a small film to be given the honour of the opening film when there are much bigger...

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Jennifer Lawrence's pricey house

Los Angeles, Oct 23 (IANS) Actress Jennifer Lawrence has reportedly forked out over $7 million on a new house here. The Hunger Games star's five-bedroom house boasts a home gym and gourmet kitchen, reports eonline.com. The house also has a sizeable swimming pool and a stone courtyard which leads to a pond. ...

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Meg Ryan, John Mellencamp back together?

New York, Oct 23 (IANS) Following a brief split, actress Meg Ryan and musician John Mellencamp have reportedly rekindled their relationship. The couple called it quits after three years of being together in August this year. They are back together and it's brand new, people.com quoted a source as saying. They're really happy about it. They are a great couple. All their ...

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11 infants die over three days in Bengal

Kolkata, Oct 23 (IANS) The ghost of crib deaths returned to haunt West Bengal with 11 infants losing their lives at the Malda Medical College and Hospital in the past three days, an official said Thursday. Confirming the deaths, medical superintendent and vice principal M.A. Rashid said all the infants were underweight and suffered from respiratory problems. The state-run hospita...

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Modi reaches Srinagar

Srinagar, Oct 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here Thursday afternoon to meet victims of the recent floods in Jammu and Kashmir. A special plane carrying Modi landed at the technical area of Srinagar airport around 2.10 p.m. Governor N.N. Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and senior ministers received the prime minister. Members of flood-affected families...

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Six farmers commit suicide in Vidarbha

Nagpur, Oct 23 (IANS) An activist Thursday blamed official apathy for the suicide by six farmers in Maharashtra's Vidarbha region. Four of them were from Yavatmal district and one each from Akola and Amravati districts, Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti president Kishore Tiwari said. The deaths occurred Wednesday. The farmers voted overwhelmingly for the BJP in both the Lok Sabha and a...

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Modi greets Pranab from Siachen

Srinagar, Oct 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted President Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of Diwali Thursday -- from the icy heights of Siachen Glacier. Wished President Pranab Mukherjee a very Happy Diwali from Siachen! Modi said in a tweet. Am sure this would be among the most unique greetings Pranabda received. Modi flew to Siachen, the world's highest battlefiel...

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Ganga cleaning improves aquatic life

Haridwar, Oct 23 (IANS) The Ganga cleanliness drive is helping improve the river's aquatic life. Researchers who studied the condition of the river before and after the latest mass cleanliness drive say there have been visible positive results. The study covered Har Ki Pauri, one of the most popular and crowded ghats of the largest river basin in the world. Researchers from Dev S...

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