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High-potency cannabis kills white matter in brain

London, Nov 27 (IANS) Smoking high-potency cannabis can damage a crucial part of the brain responsible for communication between the two brain hemispheres, researchers warn. Exploring the impact of cannabis potency is important since high-potency skunk-like products have been shown to contain higher proportions of THC than they did around a decade ago. In experimental studies, TH...

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Brazil's Del Nero quits FIFA post

Rio de Janeiro, Nov 27 (IANS) Brazil's Marco Polo Del Nero has relinquished his position on FIFA's executive committee, South American football's governing body Conmebol said. He will be replaced by Fernando Sarney, who is the son of former Brazil president Jose Sarney and a Brazilian football confederation (CBF) vice president, reported Xinhua. Marco Polo Del Nero was asked to l...

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Europa League standings

London, Nov 27 (IANS) The following are the Europa League standings after Thursday's group matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), according to Xinhua. Group A Molde 5 3 1 1 9 6 10 - qualified Fenerbahce 5 2 2 1 6 5 8 Ajax 5 1 3 1 5 5 6 Celtic 5 0 2 3 7 11 2

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Pakistan strong-armed into accepting shortened series: Daily

Islamabad, Nov 27 (IANS) Pakistan has been strong-armed into accepting a shortened cricket series in Sri Lanka so that India can quickly finish it, said a daily on Friday. An editorial A pliant PCB compromises in The Nation said that the Pakistan-India cricket series seems to be happening after all - not in the UAE, not in India, but in Sri Lanka. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has...

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Aspiring to retire? Welcome to Agra

Agra, Nov 27 (IANS) As more and more educated youngsters of Agra flee to greener pastures, the Taj city is becoming a haven for retirees, who find the slow pace of life here in tune with their ageing rhythm. This city is strange; no one seems in any feverish hurry and people have ample time to call on friends or wait everywhere from government offices to eating joints. Within the city th...

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Beijing to adopt world's strictest emissions standard

Beijing, Nov 27 (IANS) The Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau has started soliciting public opinion about its sixth-phase emissions standard, the world's strictest, due to be implemented starting December 1, 2017. The new standard, which covers light vehicles, heavy vehicles and heavy motors, was drafted according to the world's strictest emissions standards, Xinhua quoted the burea...

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IAAF president Coe parts ways with Nike

Paris, Nov 27 (IANS) International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Sebastian Coe has quit his role as a brand ambassador for Nike. The head of world athletics governing body, who earned $151,000 (about 142,000 euros) annually from his professional relationship with the US sportswear firm, made Thursday's decision on the heels of a series of scandals surrounding the ...

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Climate change will proceed faster than expected: Study

London, Nov 27 (IANS) Because increased temperature also affects greenhouse gas emissions that arise naturally, global warming will progress faster than what was previously believed, projects a new study. The findings suggest a vicious circle - greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels lead to higher temperatures, which in turn lead to increased natural emissions and furt...

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India's democracy allows for fetishised nationalism, knee-jerk rejectionism

India, or at least parts of it, is going through a weird phase of fetishised nationalism and knee-jerk rejectionism. The divide is between those who profess unquestioning nationalism and are staunch supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and those who castigate everything and are virulently antagonistic to the prime minister. Social media seems neatly divided between those who insist...

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Rs.22.5 crore cash van heist solved, driver held

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) Driver Pradeep Shukla who fled with Rs.22.5 crore in a bank's cash van was arrested early Friday, police said. All the money was found, except for Rs.11,000. According to police, driver Pradeep Shukla and gunman Vinay Patel, both employees with the Security and Intelligence Services (SIS), were tasked to deliver the cash at various ATMs of Axis Bank in Delhi. ...

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Man who killed, posted dead wife's photo on Facebook found guilty

New York, Nov 27 (IANS) A Florida-based man who shot dead his wife and later posted a photo of the blood-spattered body on the social networking site Facebook has been convicted of second-degree murder, media reported on Thursday. Thirty-three year old Derek Medina, posted shortly after the gruesome killing in August 2013: I am going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wi...

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Why men prefer knee-jerk reactions

Now that my children are all on Facebook I don't punish them for misdeeds any more. I just tag them on old family pictures I upload of them pooping at the poolside and the like! But I was scolded by a friend named Kyra who said that the biggest cause of problems today was people handing out instant punishments without consulting trained negotiators like herself. She gave this exa...

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Rains in Shimla, Manali, mercury dips

Shimla, Nov 27 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh's popular tourist destinations Shimla and Manali received rainfall on Friday, pushing down the temperatures by several notches. Shimla and its nearby places like Kufri and Narkanda have been experiencing rainfall since morning, according to a Met official. Manali too received rain on Friday, the official added. High-altitude areas of...

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Putin, Hollande to fight against terrorism in Syria

Moscow, Nov 27 (IANS) Russian and French president agreed to step up cooperation in fight against terrorism, while promising that the incident like the recent downing of Russian fighter jet near the Turkey-Syria border should never happen again. While describing the talks with visiting French President Francois Hollande as constructive, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the two ...

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Indian equities open higher on Friday's morning trade

Mumbai, Nov 27 (IANS) A benchmark index for Indian equities, the sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), on Friday opened higher and was trading at 25,967.70 points some 19 minutes after the opening bell. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading higher at 7,891.40 points, with a gain of 7.60 points or 0.10 percent. The 30...

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Tokyo shares end low

Tokyo, Nov 27 (IANS) Tokyo shares ended the morning session slightly lower on Friday on profit-taking operation due to the lack of trading cues. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average slightly shed 49.53 points (0.25 percent) from Thursday to 19,894.88, Xinhua reported. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 6.55 points (0.41 percent)...

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Of some love, travel and family

Indulge in a tale of forbidden love spanning three continents and three decades. Or question what makes strangers fall in love - a conundrum that most passionate lovers have managed to unravel. Take a cut and relive the journey of a German journalist discovering the East. And an ex-minister's scheme for and against his children who refuse to carry forward his work. Here's what the IANS bookshelf ...

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Japan's unemployment rate improves to 3.1 percent

Tokyo, Nov 27 (IANS) Japan's jobless rate in October fell to 3.1 percent from the previous month's 3.4 percent, marking the lowest level in about 20 years, the country's government data showed on Friday. Separate government survey also showed that Japan's job availability remained unchanged at 1.24 in October, meaning that 124 positions were available for every 100 job seekers. ...

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Foggy Friday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) It was a foggy Friday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 11 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the season, the weather office said. The sky would remain partly cloudy throughout the day, an official of the India Meteorological Department said. Maximum temperature of the day is likely to hover around 28 degrees Celsius, the weather...

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Himachal Pradesh sets up helpline to report corruption

Shimla, Nov 27 (IANS) The vigilance and anti corruption bureau in Himachal Pradesh has launched the anti-corruption toll-free helpline, an official said on Friday. Any case of corruption can be reported on the telephone numbers 0177-2629893, a government spokesperson told IANS. He said people can also use 1064 as the helpline for anti-corruption complaints in the state. ...

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