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Love, and its strange occurrences and outcomes in fiction

It is that time of the year again when love and its expression is on everyone's minds - and makes for a range of spectacles ranging from the touching to grotesquely ludicrous from both those who celebrate Valentine's Day and those who deride it. But this is a fairly recent social phenomenon, and any serious, fairly wide-ranging reader has already come across any aspect of love that can be conceiv...

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Chandigarh born judge seen as new US apex court justice

Washington, Feb 14 (IANS) The sudden death of a US Supreme Court justice has catapulted a Chandigarh-born Indian-American judge to the top of succession stakes amid a major political battle during an election year. Srikanth Srinivasan, 48, who became a judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit -- a traditional launching pad for Supreme Court nominees - in May ...

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Hamilton favourite for 2016 F1 title: Nick Heidfeld

Greater Noida, Feb 14 (IANS) Using the experience gained over a long and illustrious career, former Formula 1 driver Nick Heidfeld says that he will put his money on British racer Lewis Hamilton for clinching his third consecutive drivers' title in 2016. Mercedes' Hamilton won the Formula 1 drivers' championship in 2014 and 2015 and looks strong for this year's championship too. German H...

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Spring Festival tourism revenue rises in Beijing

Beijing, Feb 14 (IANS) Tourism revenue in Beijing rose 2.9 percent year on year during the week-long Spring Festival holiday, according to the municipal tourism commission. Tourism revenue reached 4.92 billion yuan ($753 million) during the holiday, which began on February 7, Xinhua quoted a statement released by the commission as saying on Saturday. The Spring Festival, or Chine...

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Real Madrid win but made to work by Athletic

Madrid, Feb 14 (IANS) Real Madrid were made to work hard before eventually achieving a comfortable 4-2 win at home to Athletic Club Bilbao. Real Madrid were without the injured trio of Gareth Bale, Pepe and Marcelo, while Athletic had four key players out, with Inaki Williams and Mikel San Jose suspended, while Raul Garcia had a knee injury and Markel Susaeta was suffering from flu, Xinh...

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Portuguese soccer league standings

Lisbon, Feb 14 (IANS) Following are the Portuguese soccer league standings after Saturday's games (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points, according to Xinhua. Sporting CP 22 17 4 1 47 14 55 SL Benfica 22 17 1 4 60 16 52 FC Porto 22 15 4 3 43 15 49

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Cuba returns American missile mistakenly shipped to Havana

Havana, Feb 14 (IANS) The Cuban government said it had returned a dummy US Hellfire missile, which was shipped to Havana by mistake from Europe in 2014. The Hellfire, a laser-guided, air-to-surface missile, arrived in Havana in July 2014 on a flight from Paris due to a mistake or mishandling in the country of origin, Xinhua cited a declaration by Cuba's Foreign Ministry as saying on Satu...

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Making a difference: How a woman official changed tribal habits and became their 'god'

Ranchi, Feb 14 (IANS) Appalled at the sight of the menfolk of a primitive Jharkhand tribe lolling around in a drunken stupor while the women crafted a range of artifacts for which unfortunately there was no market, a woman bureaucrat took matters in hand and effected a social miracle of sorts, for which she is worshipped as a Mother Goddess in more than 25 villages of the area. Suchitra ...

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Head to Shimla, Kufri for white Valentine's Day

Shimla, Feb 14 (IANS) The picturesque tourist resort Shimla saw a sunny day after a day of intermittent snowfall with the minimum temperature recorded at 1.8 degree Celsius. The temperature remained below the freezing point at most places in Himachal Pradesh due to snow and rain, an official of the meteorological office told IANS, adding the western disturbances has withdrawn largely.

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Sunny Sunday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) It was a sunny Sunday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 9.7 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average, the weather office said. The sky would remain clear throughout the day and the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 25 degrees Celsius, an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. According to the...

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Kerry says Syrian war should be settled on political track

Munich, Feb 14 (IANS) The US Secretary of State John Kerry said Syria crisis should be settled on a political track, urging parties to take advantage of current opportunity to end the conflicts. Political settlement was the only way to end conflicts in Syria, Xinhua quoted Kerry as saying in a speech at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. Agreements reached by top diploma...

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Fire ruins 600 houses in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Feb 14 (IANS) A fire destroyed 600 houses in Myanmar's southern Tanintharyi region, an official report said on Sunday. The fire brokeout on Saturday night when a child was playing with a lit candle in Palaw town, Xinhua quoted the police as saying. As the village area was not accessible by fire engines, firefighters had to battle the blaze with water pumps. T...

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U-19 World Cup: West Indies opt to bowl against India in final

Mirpur (Bangladesh), Feb 14 (IANS) West Indies skipper Shimron Hetmyer won the toss and decided to bowl against India in the final of the ICC Under-19 cricket World Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Sunday. Squads: India: Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan(captain), Anmolpreet Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Washington Sundar, Armaan Jaffer, Mahipal Lomror, Mayank D...

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English Premier League standings

London, Feb 14 (IANS) Following are the English Premier League standings after the matches on Saturday (tabulated under games played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), according to Xinhua. Leicester 25 15 8 2 47 27 53 Tottenham 25 13 9 3 45 19 48 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 39 22 48 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 26 47 Man Ut...

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Indian restaurant chain's $34 mn assets seized in New Zealand

Wellington, Feb 14 (IANS) The police have seized Indian restaurant chain Masala's 33 properties worth $34 million in what is believed to be the largest cache of property ever restrained by the law enforcement authorities in New Zealand, a media report said. The asset freeze came after allegations of tax fraud to the tune of $7.4 million dollars, newstalkzb.co.nz reported on Saturday. ...

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Raghu Dixit Project mesmerises Udaipur at World Music Fest

Udaipur, Feb 14 (IANS) Multilingual folk fusion band The Raghu Dixit Project has made waves across India and over the world with their brand of eclectic, upbeat music; and on Saturday night they brought their charm to the city of lakes -- Udaipur -- for the first time and won the hearts of the audience. Performing at Day One of the maiden edition of the World Music Festival here The Ragh...

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Rio Carnival heats up for Olympics

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 14 (IANS) The second biggest event in Rio this year is over. Now it's time to get ready for the biggest, Rio Olympics organisers sent this message after the 2016 Rio Carnival lowered its curtain. With less than six months till the Rio Olympics begin, the city embraces Olympics in street parties and Olympians past and present join the parades at the Sambodromo, the hom...

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Liv Tyler's image addiction

Los Angeles, Feb 14 (IANS) Actress Liv Tyler's favourite thing is taking creepy photographs of people sleeping. Tyler says she loves to click images of her family and friends when they are asleep, reports femalefirst.co.uk. My favourite thing at night is to check on everyone while they are sleeping, grown-ups, children. I actually take quite a lot of pictures of people when they'...

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Compound in broccoli slows cancer cell growth: Study

New York, Feb 14 (IANS) A compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables has been found to slow the growth of breast cancer cells, especially at early stages. While sulforaphane has long shown evidence of value in cancer prevention, researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) and the Oregon Health and Science University suggested in a new study that it may play a role in sl...

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Killers of ex-Miss Venezuela Monica Spear jailed for 30 years

Caracas, Feb 14 (IANS/EFE) The last three defendants in the assault and homicide of ex-Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her husband in January 2014 were sentenced to 30 years in prison, the maximum penalty under Venezuelan law, the attorney general's office said on Saturday. Considering the convincing proof presented by the prosecution, Alejandro Maldonado Perez, 23, Franklin Cordero Alva...

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