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Neymar vows to help Brazil win Olympic gold in 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Jan 28 (IANS) Football superstar Neymar has vowed to end Brazil's Olympic gold duck by leading his nation to its first title on home soil in 2016. I think we can learn from everything and if Brazil have still not won this football gold medal that we're all dreaming of, it's because our time is yet to come, Xinhua quoted the Barcelona forward as saying Tuesday. I h...

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Over 13 mn women abort in China every year

Beijing, Jan 28 (IANS) Over 13 million abortions are carried out in China every year with an increasing number of predominantly younger people choosing to end unwanted pregnancies, a media report said Wednesday. Among female adolescents who have premarital sex, more than 20 percent have unwanted pregnancies, of which up to 91 percent end in abortion. The repeat abortion situation is part...

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HC notice to centre on offloading Greenpeace activist

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the centre on a plea filed by Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai challenging her offloading Jan 11 at the airport here. Justice Rajiv Shakdher issued notice to the home ministry, Bureau of Immigration and the IB and asked them to file their responses by Feb 6. Approaching the court, Pillai said her offloading ...

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Keys into first Grand Slam semifinal

Melbourne, Jan 28 (IANS) World No.35 Madison Keys battled past veteran Venus Williams in three tough sets 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the first Grand Slam semifinal of her blossoming tennis career at the Australian Open here Wednesday. Keys came out firing from the beginning, storming through the first set, 6-3, but she lost her way in the second set, falling behind 1-4 at the Melbourne Park....

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Swathi Reddy may feature in 'Geethanjali' sequel

Hyderabad, Jan 28 (IANS) Actress Swathi Reddy, who is basking in the success of Karthikeya, is being considered for the sequel to last year's Telugu sleeper hit Geethanjali. The rest of the cast is expected to be finalised soon. The plan to make a sequel was finalised in December last year. Since then the makers have been on the lookout for a suitable heroine to play the titular role. Sw...

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Over 20 companies to support Jan Dhan Yojana

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) Over 20 Indian, US and other international private sector organisations will partner USAID in supporting the central government's Jan Dhan Yojana programme, a statement said Wednesday. According to the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the initiative is part of President Barack Obama's pledge to back India's initiative to provide its citizens with ...

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Master math via body movements

New York, Jan 28 (IANS) Imagine your kid contorting his or her body and waving arms to master math. This is the future with body-based tasks while interacting with a Kinect for Windows mathematics program, researchers report. The team from University of Vermont found that students learned geometric principles more easily when they incorporated physical movements into maths lesson plans.<...

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'Bombay Velvet' first look to be out Thursday

Mumbai, Jan 28 (IANS) The first look of much awaited neo-noir drama Bombay Velvet, which features Ranbir Kapoor in the lead, will be unveiled Thursday. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap confirmed the news on his Twitter page Wednesday. Give it up for the Big Shot of #BombayVelvet Johnny Balraj. First look out tomorrow @foxstarhindi @fuhsephantom, Kashyap tweeted. Based on Gyan Pra...

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Serena storms into Australian Open semifinals

Melbourne, Jan 28 (IANS) World No.1 Serena Williams stormed past 11th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2 in 65 minutes here Wednesday to reach her first Australian Open tennis semifinals since winning the title in 2010. Williams came back from a set down to win her last third and fourth round matches, but there was no sign of any trouble this time, as she was ahead from the start to the ...

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Remya happy to play village-based character in 'Naalu Polisuma'

Chennai, Jan 28 (IANS) Actor-singer Remya Nambeesan, who has been waiting to play a rural character since Kullanari Kootam, was glad to have landed an opportunity to play one such role in upcoming Tamil comedy Naalu Polisum Nalla Irundha Oorum. The last time I played a village-based role was in 'Kullanari Kootam'. Since then, I've waited for a good opportunity to take up similar role. Wh...

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Fruit flies can smell antioxidants in their food

London, Jan 28 (IANS) Fruit flies can smell healthy antioxidants that protect cells from the harmful influences in their food, finds a study. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, and University of Lund, Sweden, found that vinegar flies were able to detect those protective substances by using olfactory cues. Odours that are exclusively de...

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Negative doctor-patient talks can worsen symptoms

London, Jan 28 (IANS) Doctors who unintentionally tell patients that they do not believe or understand them could actually worsen their symptoms, a small yet significant study suggests. If patients perceive a lack of understanding or acceptance from their doctor, it could create anger and distress - physiological conditions that could worsen illness. The effects of patients feeli...

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Focus on Afghanistan, not Kashmir, India and Pakistan urged

Jaipur, Jan 28 (IANS) Afghanistan, not Kashmir, can be the issue for India and Pakistan to resume a sustainable dialogue, where it will be relatively easier for them to reach agreement on issues like trade and security while ensuring peace for the volatile country , says a regional expert. Pakistan: A Hard Country author Anatol Lieven, also stressed India and Pakistan must learn the Cold...

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India ranked world's 128th freest economy

Washington, Jan 28 (IANS) With an economic freedom score of 54.6 out of 100, India has been ranked 128th freest economy in the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom evaluating economic conditions and government policies in 186 countries. The annual report by The Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank, in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal, ranks India 26th out of 41 c...

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Pakistan Rangers violate ceasefire in Jammu

Jammu, Jan 28 (IANS) Pakistan Rangers overnight targeted Border Security Force (BSF) posts on the International Border in Jammu, a source said Wednesday. Pakistan Rangers targeted some BSF outposts in R.S. Pura sector of the International Border at 9.30 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday), a BSF source told IANS here. They used small weapons and automatics to target our positions, the sourc...

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Sunny Wednesday likely in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) It will be a sunny Wednesday here and the maximum temperature is likely to settle around 16 degrees Celsius, the Met Office said. There was light mist early morning but the afternoon will be sunny and pleasant, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. The visibility in the morning was 700 metres which affected the arrival of 24 trains to t...

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85-year-old New Zealander survives cliff fall

Wellington, Jan 28 (IANS) An 85-year-old New Zealander fell on rocks from a 30-metre high cliff, but he survived with serious injuries, a media report said Wednesday. Stewart Rundle was cleaning his garden shed on the clifftop property in Auckland Monday when he plunged down the cliff while his wife was out for a quick trip to the market, New Zealand Herald reported. The pensione...

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In India visit, US media sees geopolitical implications

Washington, Jan 28 (IANS) Taking a generally positive view of US President Barack Obama's India visit, the US media has suggested that his personal chemistry with Prime Minister Narendra Modi had opened a new chapter in India-US relations. After years of near misses and unfulfilled promises, Obama and Modi appear to have set relations between their democracies on a deeper, perhaps even r...

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Snowstorm wreaks havoc in US northeast coast

Washington, Jan 28 (IANS) The snowstorm that started Monday evening across the US northeast coast continued to ravage the region Tuesday, with millions of people living in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and other metropolises in the area being affected. The snowstorm continued to smack eastern Long Island in the state of New York, as well as states of Connecticut, Rhode Island and M...

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Americans know nothing about Sikhism: Study

Washington, Jan 28 (IANS) Although more than half a million Sikhs live in the US, a majority of Americans are unaware of what Sikhism is and some admit wariness when seeing their Sikh neighbours, according to new study. Conducted by Washington-based Hart Research Associates, the study released here Tuesday, shows that there is enormous potential to increase awareness and enhance positive...

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