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Massive solar flare can damage communications on Earth

New York, Aug 29 (IANS) The most powerful solar flare ever is beginning to rotate to a position directly in line with Earth that, if it hits the ground, can send GPS and communication signals out of gear, the NASA reported. The sun is going through an 11-year cycle which at its peak is called a solar storm maximum. These solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation that can dist...

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Paes-Cara, Bopanna-Katarina advance in US Open mixed doubles

New York, Aug 29 (IANS) India's Leander Paes and his Zimbabwean partner Cara Black, seeded third, along with the sixth seeds Rohan Bopanna and his Slovenian teammate Katarina Srebotnik advanced to the second round of the mixed doubles at the US Open here. Paes and Cara had to battle hard to beat Dutch Jean-Julien Rojer and Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 in the opening rou...

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Is Philippines mulling an 'anti-selfie' bill?

Manila, Aug 29 (IANS) A bill that seeks to bar taking photos of people without their permission is under intense discussion in the Congress in the Philippines, said Carlos Zarate, a representative from Bayan Muna, the leftist political party here. Even an innocuous selfie with public figures at the background would be liable for 'intrusion of privacy', he was quoted a saying in ABS-cbnne...

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Volcano erupts in Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby, Aug 29 (IANS) Papua New Guinea Police have warned residents to stay indoors after a volcano erupted Friday. Tavurvur, an active volcano on East Britain Island, erupted at 3.00 a.m., Xinhua reported. The locals have reported plumes of volcanic ash rising high in the sky. The volcanic ash could disrupt air flights from Australia, according to the Volcanic Ash ...

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Cloudy Friday in Delhi, rain likely

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) It was a cloudy Friday morning here with a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the season. The Met Office has forecast light rain in many parts of the city. The sky is most likely to remain cloudy. Rain is expected in many parts of Delhi later in the day, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. The day's max...

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World's longest garland honours Indian spiritual guru in US

New York, Aug 29 (IANS) Over 200 meditation students of Sri Chinmoy from 35 countries, including India, have set a new Guinness world record for the World's longest fresh flower garland to honour the Indian spiritual leader. Joining them at an event in Queens in New York, home to a large number of Indian-Americans, to honour Sri Chinmoy's (1931-2007) 50 years' work for world peace on his...

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Protest leaders meet Pakistan Army chief

Islamabad, Aug 29 (IANS) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leaders Friday met the Army Chief Raheel Sharif to find a solution to end the on-going political crisis in the country. This development came after PTI leader Imran Khan and PAT leader Tahir-ul-Qadri Thursday accepted the role of the army chief as a mediator and guarantor in solving the current polit...

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Modi greets nation on Ganesh Chaturthi

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday greeted the nation on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. On Ganesh Chaturthi, we bow to Lord Ganesh. May Lord Ganesh shower his blessings on us and enrich our lives with peace, joy and wisdom, the prime minister said in a tweet. ...

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Tamil Nadu celebrates Vinayaka Chaturthi

Chennai, Aug 29 (IANS) The festival of Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated across Tamil Nadu Friday with people thronging temples and making 'kozhakattai', a sweet said to be a favourite of the elephant-headed Hindu god. Devotees offered prayers at temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha. And many houses wore a festive look as several people held special prayers at home too.<...

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US Sikhs, lawmakers protest basketball ban on turbans

Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) Two US lawmakers, including the lone Indian-American Congressman, have joined Sikh community groups in protesting the world basketball body FIBA's delay in reviewing the discriminatory policy against Sikh basketball players who wear turbans. Every day FIBA delays is another day that Sikhs can't play, Democrat House members Ami Bera and Joe Crowley, formerly chai...

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Australian PM to visit India, Malaysia

Sydney, Aug 29 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Friday that he will travel to India and Malaysia next week. On Abbott's first visit to India as prime minister, he said he will visit New Delhi and Mumbai to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries, reported Xinhua. India is Australia's fifth largest export market with total exports of 11...

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Brazil wants Neymar from Santos: Dunga

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 29 (IANS) Brazil coach Dunga has said he expects Neymar to be fully fit for the Selecao's friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador next month. The 22-year-old missed Barcelona's 3-0 victory over Elche in their opening La Liga match of the season last Saturday after suffering an ankle injury during training, reported Xinhua. But Dunga is expecting the forward to...

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Udinese sign Brazilian midfielder Evangelista

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 29 (IANS) Udinese have completed the signing of midfielder Lucas Evangelista from Brazil's Sao Paulo. The 19-year-old was sold to the Italian Serie A outfit for 4,000,000 euros, Xinhua cited from the Sao Paulo statement on its official website. The Brazilian club will receive 60 percent of the transfer fee with the remainder going to sports marketing firm Traf...

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Youth opens fire at PM Jan Dhan Yojana camp

Lucknow, Aug 29 (IANS) Three people were injured when a youth opened fire over an altercation at a Uttar Pradesh bank where the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana to open bank accounts was being launched, police said Friday. The incident took place late Thursday at Bank of Baroda's Mumfordganj branch in Allahabad. Under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

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Ed Sheeran finds Miley Cyrus 'fantastic'

Los Angeles, Aug 29 (IANS) Singer Ed Sheeran says he finds pop star Miley Cyrus fantastic even though she was captured on camera mouthing an expletive at him at a recent music awards ceremony. She called him a******. He says he has no issues with the 21-year-old and thinks she's got a great voice despite the fact that she was captured on camera mouthing the insult at him, as he r...

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Lana Del Rey to record Bond theme?

Los Angeles, Aug 29 (IANS) Singer Lana Del Rey is in talks to record the next James Bond theme. Producers of the franchise are reportedly considering the West Coast singer to provide vocals for the next James Bond anthem, but she will face stiff competition for the coveted number from British singer Sam Smith, reports contactmusic.com. Producers know it has to be a great song wit...

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100 immigration activists arrested in front of White House

Washington, Aug 29 (IANS/EFE) Police arrested more than 100 immigration reform activists Thursday in front of the White House as they demanded the relief for the country's 11 million undocumented foreigners, who are at risk of being deported. The peaceful march began at the headquarters of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The executive director of the Casa Maryland organisati...

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Areas under militants control in Iraq needs immediate aid

United Nations, Aug 29 (IANS) The United Nations Thursday said that there is an urgent need for humanitarian assistance in Iraqi areas sieged by the Islamic State militants. The World Food Programme (WFP), which has delivered food to more than 700,000 people since the start of the crisis in June, warns that there is an urgent need for assistance in areas under siege by armed groups, part...

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Martin Scorsese to helm Ramones documentary

Los Angeles, Aug 29 (IANS) Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese has been tapped to direct a documentary about the US punk band Ramones. To celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the band's debut album, the owners of the Ramones' estate are planning to release multiple projects in 2016. Jeff Jampol, who manages the estate, says the documentary will include exclusive videos ...

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Pitt, Jolie to film 'crazy sex scenes'

The couple, who got together after filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith, are currently preparing to start filming upcoming romantic drama in Malta, and an on-set source has revealed they are going to get very intimate in front of the cameras, reports usmagazine.com. The new film, which is being written and directed by the 39-year-old bride-to-be, will see Pitt and Jolie act out some steamy scenes ...

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