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India's app downloads at 9 bn by 2015: Study

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The number of app downloads in India is expected to grow from 1.56 billion per annum in 2012 to 9 billion by 2015, says a new study. The joint-study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) and Deloitte said it will be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 75 percent, the chamber said Tuesday announcing the results of the s...

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Lens returns to French Ligue 1

Paris, July 29 (IANS) Lens football club were promoted to the top flight, French Ligue 1, after successfully appealing a ban on financial grounds. Lens were banned from the Ligue 1 after failing to produce the prerequisite 10 million euro (about $13.9 million) guarantee, reports Xinhua. The club appealed to the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF) and were finally given the permissio...

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This is why dogs sniff each other's butts

New York, July 29 (IANS) You may have witnessed this scene on the road quite often but the answer to why dogs sniff each other's butts is hidden in the chemical communication at the rear end. To reveal the mystery, researchers from the American Chemical Society have uploaded a video on YouTube that clears the air. According to the video, it is all about one dog sniffing out key i...

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Haryana power minister resigns

Chandigarh, July 29 (IANS) Haryana Power Minister Ajay Singh Yadav Tuesday tendered his resignation to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. He said that he had resigned as he was being sidelined in the government. ...

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Sharadha fails to qualify for women's 100m finals

Glasgow, July 29 (IANS) Indian athlete Narayana Sharadha failed to qualify for the women's 100 metres final at the Commonwealth Games here. The 27-year-old Chennai-born finished sixth out of seven competitors in the semi-final, clocking 11.71 seconds while Schillonie Calvert of Jamaica won the race in 11.08 seconds at the Hampden Park Stadium late Monday. Schillonie qualified fro...

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MH17 investigators fail to reach crash site

Canberra, July 29 (IANS) Australian and Dutch investigators have failed for a third consecutive day to reach the MH17 crash site because of fierce fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday. Abbott, who met with the national security committee in Canberra, said that it was a confused situation on the ground, Xinhua re...

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Eid celebrated in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, July 29 (IANS) Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated in Tamil Nadu Tuesday with the usual fervour, with tens of thousands offering prayers in mosques across the state. The day marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Muslims exchanged greetings with relatives and friends after the morning prayers. Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and DMK chief M. K...

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Indian nurses now caught in Libyan conflict

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) In a near replay of the incidents in Iraq, a large number of Indian nurses are caught amid spiralling violence in Libya, where rival militias seek to control the capital's international airport, and have approached the Indian mission for aid and even help in evacuation. Over the last two weeks, the North African country has plunged into chaos following deadly cl...

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Eid celebrated in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, July 29 (IANS) Muslims across Kerala celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr Tuesday with religious fervour, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In a state where Muslims account for a quarter of the state's 33 million people, the biggest congregations took place in Muslim dominated areas such as Malappuram, Kozhikode and Kannur. Muslims also gathered in large numbers...

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B-Town hopes for peace, prosperity on Eid

Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta and Abhishek Bachchan have wished for peace, love and prosperity on Eid Tuesday. The tinsel town stars took to micro-blogging site Twitter to wish fans and family on the special occassion. Here's what they tweeted: Amitabh Bachchan: Eid Mubarak... peace har...

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Wireless cooling: Magnets to keep your fridge cool

New York, July 29 (IANS) Magnets may soon act as wireless cooling agents for your refrigerators, laptops and other devices if a theory propounded by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US finds application. The theory describes the motion of magnons - quasi-particles in magnets that are collective rotations of magnetic moments, or spins. When exposed to a ...

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Uttarakhand youth jailed for inflammatory FB pictures

Dehradun, July 29 (IANS) A youth was arrested in Udham Singh Nagar of Uttarakhand and sent to jail for posting inflammatory pictures on Facebook, police said Tuesday. An official told IANS the youth, Lalit Kholia, was arrested Monday for posting and tagging people in a picture which was directed at a particular community. It was related to Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur communal cla...

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Pakistan celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr

Islamabad, July 29 (IANS) Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated across Pakistan Tuesday, media reports said. The largest Eid congregation here was held at the Faisal Mosque, Geo News reported. In Rawalpindi, the main congregation was reported at Liaqat Bagh and in Lahore at Badshahi Mosque. Special prayers will be offered for Palestine and Kashmir, the report said. Security was hei...

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Four coaches of Lalkuan Express derail

Lucknow, July 29 (IANS) Four coaches derailed when a bull and a cow hit the engine of a train as it neared a small station here, authorities said Tuesday. No one was injured. The bizarre incident occurred late Monday near the Daliganj railway station when the train was not at high speed. The passengers were taken off the train and taken to the station. Railway authorities are try...

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Human-induced water vapour next climate threat

New York, July 29 (IANS) The rising levels of water vapour in the upper troposphere - a key amplifier of global warming - owing to greenhouse gases will intensify climate change impacts over the next decades, scientists said. The study is the first to confirm that human activities have increased water vapour in the upper troposphere, said Brian Soden, professor of atmospheric sciences at...

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In changing times, women find losing virginity enjoyable

London, July 29 (IANS) Did you feel guilty after having sex for the first time? Take heart as young women today are actually enjoying losing their virginity compared to earlier days. According to a research, losing virginity these days is more enjoyable than it has been in 20 years, especially if you are a woman. Women are reporting more pleasure and less guilt from their first t...

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Age was never a concern to enter filmdom: 'Run Raja Run' director

Chennai, July 29 (IANS) Debutant director Sujeeth, who is awaiting the release of forthcoming Telugu romantic actioner Run Raj Run, says he was never concerned about his age before entering films as he firmly believes talent is the deciding factor for survival in the industry. I started making short films since I was 17. I never felt I was too young to make films. When I finally landed a...

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India needs to increase farm output, says Modi

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said India needs to increase its per hectare productivity of crops to meet the growing demand for food. The land area in the country is not going to increase... So we need to increase per hectare productivity, Modi said at a function at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Similarly, we must find out how the c...

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France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

Paris, July 29 (IANS) The French government has said that it was ready to welcome Christians fleeing from Iraqi city of Mosul which is now controlled by militants of the Islamic State, media reported Tuesday. Last month, militants from Islamic State, previously known as Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), seized large territories in northern Iraq, prompting Christian families...

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India-Pakistan border guards exchange sweets on Eid

Chandigarh, July 29 (IANS) The border guards of India and Pakistan Tuesday greeted each other and exchanged sweets at the border checkpost at Attari-Wagah, 30 km from Amritsar, on the occasion of Eid. Officers and troopers of Pakistan Rangers offered sweets to their Indian counterparts. Indians and Pakistanis embraced one another at the border gates, 300 km from here. In Chandiga...

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