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Tibet plateau getting hotter, polluted: Report

Beijing, Aug 20 (IANS) A fresh environmental assessment of the Tibetan Plateau has found that the region is getting hotter, wetter and more polluted, threatening its fragile eco-systems and those who rely on them. The report, released in Lhasa by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the government of Tibet, finds that precipitation has risen by 12 percent since 1960 and temperatures...

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Rs.16 tn needed to achieve housing for all by 2022: Study

Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) Over Rs.16 trillion ($260 billion) will be needed as investment every year if the central government's goal of 'housing for all by 2022' is to be achieved, a report by the KPMG-National Real Estate Development Council says. According to the report, launched here Wednesday, around Rs.9.5 trillion ($150 billion) is now being invested annually in the real estate sector...

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Will Rihanna, Coldplay perform at Super Bowl?

Los Angeles, Aug 20 (IANS) Musicians Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay are likely to perform at the Super Bowl if they're willing to cough up the cash. Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL). It is expected to take place Feb 1, 2015 at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale here. According to a report published in the Wall Street J...

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Amit Shah inaugurates 'mini PMO' in Varanasi

Varanasi, Aug 20 (IANS) The BJP's national president Amit Shah Wednesday inaugurated the public relations office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here. Addressing party workers and supporters, Shah said he was honoured to inaugurate the office, which he added would act as a bridge between the people of Varanasi and their MP Narendra Modi. I am aware of the plans Modi-ji has for Ka...

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Benedict Cumberbatch joins 'Jungle Book: Origins'

Los Angeles, Aug 20 (IANS) Actor Benedict Cumberbatch will lend his voice for Shere Khan in the upcoming Warner Bros' film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Cumberbatch has been cast as the voice of the maneating tiger in the film, which has been tentatively titled Jungle Book: Origins, reports eonline.com. The Warner Bros project is expected to release Oct 21, 201...

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Taylor Swift obsessed with cats

Los Angeles, Aug 20 (IANS) Singer Taylor Swift, who owns two Scottish Fold cats -- Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson, loves cats so much that she takes them along whenever she travels. Swift is a fan of Grey's Anatomy, which inspired the name of her first cat, while the other was named after her favourite TV character from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. And nearly everythin...

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Playing mentally challenged 'rare' chance for Harsh Rajput

Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) Actor Harsh Rajput, who has taken on the role of a mentally challenged character in Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke, believes it's vital for a performer to opt for varied roles and says the character especially comes as a rare opportunity. In the Zee TV show, Harsh plays Bittu, a 22-year-old with the mental state of a child. The character will appear normal, his childish b...

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Nigeria confirms death of doctor who treated Ebola patient

Abuja, Aug 20 (IANS) A Nigerian doctor who treated an Ebola virus disease patient has died Tuesday in the country's southwestern state of Lagos, local authorities said. The doctor, identified as Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, a senior consultant endocrinologist, died in an isolation facility at the Yaba Mainland General Hospital in Lagos, Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said in a statement...

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Israeli airstrikes targeted Hamas military chief in Gaza

Jerusalem/Cairo, Aug 20 (IANS) Israeli airstrikes Tuesday night were aimed at the home of Hamas's military wing commander Mohammed Deif in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Radwan in Gaza city, an Israeli official told Channel 2 TV channel Wednesday. It is not clear whether Deif survived the airstrikes but Hamas's exiled deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuk told reporters in Cairo that his wife and ...

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Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey 'living separately'

Los Angeles, Aug 20 (IANS) Rapper-actor Nick Cannon has reportedly moved into a hotel following a string of rows between himself and singer-wife Mariah Carey. The couple, who have four-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe together, are said to be living separately following a series of fights, reports femalefirst.co.uk. He hasn't been staying at their home. He's been living out of ...

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Honey Singh injured on 'India's Raw Star' set

Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) Popular rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh, who will soon be seen in a new singing reality TV show India's Raw Star, fell down and hurt himself while shooting for its first episode, said a source. When Honey Singh was shooting for the last bit of the first episode, an unforeseen incident happened with him. He slipped and fell down, said a source close to the show's production...

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Don't miss meals with kids

New York, Aug 20 (IANS) If you want your kids to grow up healthy, make it a point not to miss dinner time with them. Spending time at home, especially at breakfast and dinner, gives your adolescent kids healthier eating behaviour and even better exercise habits, says new research from the Pennsylvania State University. The schedule of work that parents follow affects their adoles...

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'Singham Returns' crosses Rs.100 crore mark

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The combo of Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn has once again hit the jackpot - their lates offering Singham Returns has earned over Rs.100 crore within four days of its release. Also starring Kareena Kapoor, the action-drama released on Independence Day. #SinghamReturns Fri 32.09 cr (crore), Sat 21.05 cr, Sun 24.55 cr, Mon 14.78 cr, Tue 8.21 cr. Total: (Rs.) 1...

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Many elephant populations to disappear in 10 years: Study

Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) In a shocking revelation, a most comprehensive survey of elephant poaching to date has estimated that 100,000 African elephants were illegally killed between 2010-2012, threatening that many elephant populations may be wiped out in the next 10 years. This level of poaching has led to a decrease of 2-3 percent of the population across the continent, said research...

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TVS to sell 10,000 new Scooty Zests in a month's time

Chennai, Aug 20 (IANS) Two and three wheeler maker TVS Motor Company Ltd hopes to sell around 10,000 units of its new Scooty Zest in a month's time while it would launch a motorcycle in six months, a top company official said Wednesday. We are targeting to sell 10,000 units in the first month. The model is available at our dealer showrooms, TVS chairman and managing director Venu Sriniva...

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USGBC names ex-secretary as advisor for green building hub

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The US Green Building Council (USGBC) announced Wednesday that M. Ramachandran has joined as a senior adviser to its LEED customer service hub for green buildings in India. Ramachandran, a former secretary in the union urban development ministry, is an expert on sustainable infrastructure, the USGBC said. While the India hub was set up earlier this year,...

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TRAI to soon release paper on broadband service roll-out

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is expected to come out with a paper on the nation-wide roll-out of broadband services by the end of the next month, its chairman Rahul Khullar said here Wednesday. Hopefully we will come out with the paper on broadband by the end of next month, he said at a seminar on 'broadband highway' organised by the industry ...

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Torrential rain claims 27 lives in Japan

Tokyo, Aug 20 (IANS/EFE) At least 27 people were reported killed Wednesday while 10 were missing in torrential rain lashing Hiroshima prefecture in western Japan, authorities said. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) sounded an alert in the mountainous region where an unprecedented amount of rain fell in only 24 hours, triggering floods and landslides. Police and firefighters r...

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2G money laundering case: Raja, Kanimozhi granted bail

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) A special court here Wednesday granted bail to former telecom minister A. Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in a money launcering case relating to the allocation of 2G spectrum. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini allowed bail plea of Raja, Kanimozhi, Swan telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Kusegaon Fruits and Vegeta...

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Cleric asks supporters to lay siege to Pakistani parliament

Islamabad, Aug 20 (IANS) A religious leader leading anti-government protesters in Pakistan's capital city Wednesday ordered them to lay siege to parliament, even as he called for the sanctity of the national assembly to be maintained, a Pakistani daily reported. Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri said that he allowed legislators to enter the parliament building so that all ...

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