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Priyamani dons khaki in bilingual

Chennai, June 30 (IANS) Southern actress Priyamani, who has mostly featured in glamorous roles, has for the first time in her career donned a khaki uniform in a yet-untitled Telugu-Kannada bilingual, which is directed by composer-director R.P. Patnaik. Priya plays a powerful CBI officer in my film. For those who have seen her only in glamorous avatars, this role will come as a pleasant s...

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Smart plan to send humans to Mars

New York, June 30 (IANS) A step-wise approach can send humans to Mars in a much efficient and cheap way, scientists say. The new strategy can be achieved within projected NASA budgets by minimising new developments and relying mainly on already-available or planned NASA assets, the researchers noted. According to Hoppy Price, John Baker and Firouz Naden from the Jet Propulsion La...

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Congress wins Kerala by-poll

Thiruvananthapuram, June 30 (IANS) Congress candidate K.A. Sabarinathan on Tuesday won the Aruvikara assembly constituency by-election in Kerala. He was ahead of his rivals when the counting of votes crossed the half way mark. The assembly constituency witnessed a triangular contest between the Congress, the CPI-M and the BJP. ...

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Man sets himself ablaze on Japan bullet train

Tokyo, June 30 (IANS) A man set himself on fire onboard a bullet train in Japan, media reports said on Tuesday. The fire on the bullet train was caused by a passenger pouring oil over him on a train from Tokyo to Osaka, a spokesperson from Japan Rail told BBC. According to the state-run NHK news agency, the train came to an emergency halt between Shin-Yokohama and Odawara statio...

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The dilemmas of our lives and times - A way out?

Title: Without God, is Everything Permitted?; Author: Julian Baggini; Publisher: Quercus/Hachette India; Pages: 262; Price: Rs.399 Does the study of ethics and morality have any relevance in our contemporary action-oriented, technology-driven materialistic world where philosophy is dismissed as only an academic activity? Yes, it does if we are to make informed, rational choices on a rang...

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Minor fire at Delhi Police headquarter

New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) A minor fire broke out at the 12th floor of the Delhi Police headquarter here on Tuesday morning. The incident was reported around 8.45 a.m. when technicians noticed smoke from one of the windows on the floor and alerted the security guards who informed the fire officials. Ten fire tenders were rushed to the spot and doused the flames by 9.15 a.m.

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154 illegal immigrants rescued from Sudan-Libya border

Khartoum, June 30 (IANS) Sudanese authorities have rescued 154 illegal immigrants from the Sudan-Libya border, a media report said on Tuesday. The immigrants were onboard a truck whose driver was planning to smuggle them to a European country across Libya, and the truck broke down near the border area with Libya, Brigadier Mohamed Ibrahim, director of Sudan's human trafficking control un...

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US encouraged by Narendra Modi's pro-business reforms

Washington, June 30 (IANS) Expressing support for pro-business reforms undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his commitment to fighting corruption, the US has said it encouraged all governments, including India, to address the issue of corruption. Speaking generally, we're supportive, State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Monday when asked if Washington thought if...

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Japan raises volcano alert for Mount Hakone

Tokyo, June 30 (IANS) Japanese authorities on Tuesday raised the volcano alert at Mount Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture from level two to level three, indicating a possible eruption. The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued an evacuation advisory in the area within a one km radius of the Hakone area, Xinhua reported. The higher alert restricts people from entering the area.

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Indian equities open lower in morning trade

Mumbai, June 30 (IANS) The sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), a benchmark index for Indian equities, on Tuesday opened higher, but it soon headed south and was trading at 27,720.75 points some 30 minutes after the opening bell. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading lower at 8,311.65 points with a loss of 6.75 points or -0...

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Valencia abort deal for Brazilian defender

Rio de Janeiro, June 30 (IANS) Valencia have aborted a move to sign Brazilian centre-back Rodrigo Caio, the Spanish club said. Caio travelled to Valencia earlier this month to undergo a medical after his club Sao Paulo accepted a 12.5 million-euro offer for the 21-year-old, reported Xinhua news agency. But he is expected to return to Brazil this week for reasons that were not exp...

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Sunny Tuesday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) It was a sunny Tuesday morning here with the minimum temperature settling a notch below the season's average of 26.5 degrees Celsius. The sky will be partly cloudy today (Tuesday), a Met official said. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 35.6 degrees Celsius. Humidity was recorded at 68 percent. According to the weather offi...

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Jayalalithaa surges ahead in by-poll vote count

Chennai, June 30 (IANS) Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa took a massive lead over her nearest rival, CPI's C. Mahendran at the end of first round of vote count on Tuesday in the Radhakrishnan Nagar assembly seat by-election. Counting of votes began at 8 a.m. At the end of the first round, Jayalalithaa got 9,562 votes (including postal votes), while Communist Party of India's (CPI) ...

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Fire breaks out in Japanese bullet train

Tokyo, June 30 (IANS) At least two people were seriously injured on Tuesday after a fire broke out on a bullet train in Japan, media reported. The fire was caused by a passenger pouring oil over him or herself, a spokesperson from Japan Rail told BBC. ...

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South Korea MERS toll reaches 33

Seoul, June 30 (IANS) South Korea reported one more Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus death on Tuesday, raising the toll to 33. The health ministry said the number of MERS cases remained constant at 182 for the third consecutive day, indicating an abatement of the infection since the first case was identified on May 20, Xinhua news agency reported. Two patients were d...

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5.6-magnitude quake jolts Pakistan, Afghanistan

Islamabad, June 30 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale jolted parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Tuesday, media reported. The epicentre of the quake was recorded at the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department. The tremors were felt across Punjab province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the capital city of Islamabad, ...

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Congress ahead in Kerala by-election

Thiruvananthapuram, June 30 (IANS) Congress candidate K.A. Sabarinathan was ahead of his rivals as the counting of votes in the Aruvikara assembly constituency by-election in the capital district began on Tuesday. Counting of votes began at 8 a.m. and Sabarinathan took a lead of 1,322 votes in the first round. In Saturday's polls, 77.35 percent of the electorate had cast their vo...

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Age-old values that help lead a sound life

Title: Mantras for Success; Author: Shiv Malik; Publisher: Konark Publishers; Pages: 286; Price: Rs.295 Title: Feeling at East with Yourself; Author: Rajiv Parti; Publisher: Konark Publishers; Pages: 218; Price: Rs.295 Know the purpose of your life and identify the sacrosanct values and convictions dear to you, advises Shiv Malik, as he delves into a rich career of 43 years in bu...

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Australian state Victoria bans smoking in prisons

Melbourne, June 30 (IANS) Smoking will be banned in Australian state Victoria's prisons from Wednesday, in a push to make prison life healthier for inmates. The Victorian government flagged the ban last year, and the Corrections Department has been working with Quit Victoria, the state's anti-smoking body, to formulate programmes specifically for the prison population, reported Xinhua ne...

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Dunga still Brazil coach despite Copa America exit

Rio de Janeiro, June 30 (IANS) Brazil coach Dunga will keep his job until after the 2018 World Cup despite the team's quarterfinal exit at the Copa America, the country's top football official said. Brazil were eliminated from the continental tournament in Chile on Saturday after losing their quarterfinal clash with Paraguay on penalties, reported Xinhua news agency. Dunga, who t...

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