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Bans don't help smokers kick the butt

Toronto, March 4 (IANS) Banning smoking hardly inspires people to reduce or quit it altogether, says a study that found no significant change in home habits in the aftermath of a ban in Quebec. Greater inspiration to kick the habit likely comes from having friends or family who set an example by giving up cigarettes themselves, the researchers noted. What distinguishes people who...

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Miffed Sajad Lone refuses to join Mufti's cabinet

Jammu, March 4 (IANS) Upset over the portfolio allocated to him, Sajad Gani Lone of the Peoples Conference (PC) on Wednesday refused to join the council of ministers in the PDP-BJP government headed by Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. Lone was miffed over allocation of the animal husbandry department portfolio to him by Sayeed Tuesday. He did not attend his office in winter capital Jammu ...

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'Time Tree of Life' sheds new light on evolution

New York, March 4 (IANS) Researchers from Philadelphia-based Temple University, including an Indian-origin scientist, have assembled the largest and most accurate tree of life calibrated to time, revealing that life has been expanding at a constant rate. The Time Tree of Life is depicted in a new way - a cosmologically-inspired galaxy of life view - and contains more than 50,000 species ...

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Toll in Bihar elephant attack rises to four

Patna, March 4 (IANS) Two more people died in Bihar's Sitamarhi district Wednesday after a wild elephant attacked them, taking the toll to four, police said. A wild elephant went on a rampage in rural Sitamarhi, some 130 km from here, Tuesday killing two people and leaving three injured. The authorities failed to catch the wild elephant, which has triggered fear and panic among t...

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Senior lawyer assassinated in Pakistan

Karachi, March 4 (IANS) A senior lawyer from the minority Shia sect, who was also the counsel for many activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party, was shot dead in Pakistan's financial capital Karachi on Wednesday. Police and emergency teams reached the spot of the shooting and the area was cordoned off as a probe was launched into the assassination, Dawn reported. The...

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Air pollution can hamper your kids' memory

London, March 4 (IANS) Admitting your kids to schools located near busy roads or in areas with high levels of air pollution could hamper their intellectual development, new research suggests. Attendance at schools exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is linked to slower cognitive development among seven to 10-year-old children, the findings showed. Children att...

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'BCCI wants Cameron voted out'

St. George's (Grenada), March 4 (IANS) Sports psychologist and former West Indies team manager Rudi Webster said he suspects that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has a $42-million claim against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), wants president Dave Cameron to be voted out. Cameron is seeking re-election at the weekend meeting in Kingston but is being challenge...

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Rani proud 'Mardaani' transcended realm of filmmaking

Mumbai, March 4 (IANS) Actress Rani Mukerji, who was felicitated by the National Institute of Gender Justice for creating awareness about child trafficking through her movie Mardaani, says she's glad her work has gone beyond just entertainment for audiences. Rani, who played a rough and tough police officer named Shivani Shivaji Roy, who tracks down a child trafficking racket in Mardaani...

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'Non-ideological, open dialogue among religions needed to promote human rights'

United Nations, March 4 (IANS) India has called for a non-ideological and open dialogue among religions and civilisations to promote and strengthen human rights around the world. An open and constructive dialogue among and within religions, cultures and civilisations, taking into account different national circumstances, facilitates the promotion of a culture of understanding, tolerance,...

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Finance ministry lauds rate cuts, nudges rating agencies

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The finance ministry welcomed the interest rate cuts announced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Wednesday and said it was a vote of confidence on the steps taken by the government on fiscal consolidation and will lower the cost of loans for people at large. We have now moved from a hope-rally to a conviction-rally, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha to...

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China's defence budget growth to be slower this year

Beijing, March 4 (IANS) China's defence budget will grow by around 10 percent this year, down from 12.2 a year before, a spokeswoman for the annual session of the country's top legislature said on Wednesday. Speaking at a press conference a day ahead of the third Session of the 12th National People's Congress, the spokeswoman, Fu Ying, said that the exact figure would be published in a b...

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My intention not to be a factory: Lucky Ali

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Lucky Ali, known for his soulful music, says he has never intended to be a factory of songs and albums. He plays music when he likes to. The O sanam hitmaker came up with his own venture Lucky Ali Entertainment a few years ago, but that didn't work out. It's not a label. Just a thing I started that didn't take off. I didn't really do anything with it. Fo...

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Community body to honour 10 Indian-American achievers

Washington, March 4 (IANS) National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA), the largest umbrella organization of more than 200 associations, will honour 10 Indian American achievers at its 18th biennial convention March 6-8 in Cerritos, California. The convention with the theme of Indian Americans Making an Impact in America will be inaugurated by Indian Consul General Venkate...

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Amartya Sen group to prepare Tripura's vision plan

Agartala, March 4 (IANS) Pratichi Trust, founded and headed by Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen, will prepare a roadmap of Tripura's future development to make the northeastern state a model, an official said here on Wednesday. The Tripura government has handed the task of preparing a roadmap for Tripura's future plans to Pratichi Trust and Pratichi Institute, a Tripura planning and ...

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Wearing heavy jewellery tough for Alka Kaushal

Mumbai, March 4 (IANS) Actress Alka Kaushal, who is currently playing the role of disciplined and strict Parvati Gadodia in Colors' latest show Swarigini, says she finds it hard to manage all the heavy jewellery that her character wears on screen for long durations. Parvati is seen wearing maang tika, heavy earrings, bangles and neckpieces in the show, and the actress says that she hardl...

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Relax! Adults only catch flu about twice a decade

London, March 4 (IANS) Adults over the age of 30 only catch flu about once every five years, researchers have calculated. While children get flu on average every other year, flu infections become less frequent as people progress through childhood and early adulthood, the findings showed. From the age of 30 onwards, flu infections tend to occur at a steady rate of about two per de...

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It's India first for Renault's global small car launch

Chennai, March 4 (IANS) India will be the first market for French automobile maker Renault to launch its global small car (price below Rs.4 lakh) this year, said a top official of the group's Indian subsidiary. India will potentially be the first market in the world where our global small car would be launched, Sumit Sawhney, country CEO and managing director, Renault India told reporter...

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Swine flu toll in Uttar Pradesh touches 14

Lucknow, March 4 (IANS) With the death of a contract worker at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), the toll due to the H1N1 virus rose to 14 in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, officials said. The 35-year-old was working at the premier medical facility on a contractual basis and had become infected a few days back, officials said. With this, the numbe...

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Craig and I had a blast mixing 'Uttama Villain': Kunal Rajan

Chennai, March 4 (IANS) Sound designer Kunal Rajan says working with Oscar-winning sound mixer Craig Mann in Kamal Haasan's Tamil musical drama Uttama Villain was fabulous. He says the two had a blast mixing the film, slated for release on April 2. Craig and I have worked together on a few Hollywood projects. When I was starting 'Uttama Villain', I asked him if he would be interested to ...

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Shooting 'Surya Vs Surya' at night was challenging: Karthik

Chennai, March 4 (IANS) Cinematographer-turned-director Karthik Gattamneni says shooting his forthcoming Telugu directorial debut Surya Vs Surya, mostly at night, was extremely challenging. Out of the 45 days we spent on shooting the film, nearly 40 days were spent on night shoots. It was extremely challenging not just for me but for my actors as well. Most of them found this experience ...

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