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Modi will only attend SAARC Summit in Nepal

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Nepal to attend only the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu Nov 26-27 and not go to Janakpur, Lumbini and Muktinath, the government said Sunday. The external affairs ministry said this was decided due to Modi's unavoidable domestic commitments and pre-scheduled travels within India. An official spokesman said that during...

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Afro-pop musician who sings for African women

Hyderabad, Nov 23 (IANS) Disowned by her family for daring to challenge traditions by acting in films, Fatoumata Diawara ran away from home to act in theatre. She now sings not just for her passion but for women and children of Africa. Currently based in Paris, the singer for Mali, in western Africa, shares her story and emotions through the songs and highlights the problems faced by wom...

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Tunisia goes to polls for presidential election

London, Nov 23 (IANS) Voting began in Tunisia Sunday for the first presidential election since the 2011 Arab Spring that triggered uprisings across the region. MOre than 25 candidates are in the fray, but incumbent Moncef Marzouki and anti-Islamist leader Beji Caid Essebsi are widely seen as the favourites, BBC reported. The election forms part of political changes since the revo...

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Four dead in China earthquake

Bejing, Nov 23 (IANS) At least four people died after an earthquake measuring 6.3 magnitude on the Richter scale hit China. The earthquake hit south-west China's Sichuan province, Xinhua reported Sunday. The quake struck at 4:55 p.m. Saturday, with its epicentre in Tagong town, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. Six of the injured were in a critical condi...

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Art for the cause of emerging artists

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) In what could be seen as the first major attempt to raise funds for an independent experimental art space, ten prominent artists like Anish Kapoor, Subodh Gupta and Bharti Kher have donated their works which will be sold at the upcoming Christie's India auction to benefit the Khoj International Artists' Association (KIAA). This philanthropic association, in many ...

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Delhi policeman crushed to death by truck

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) A 40-year-old Delhi Police head constable was crushed to death by a speeding truck here, officials said Sunday. The truck hit Ashok Kumar's motorcycle, injuring him critically. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The accident occurred in south Delhi's Kalkaji area Saturday night when head constable Ashok Kumar was retur...

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Modi will only attend SAARC Summit in Nepal

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Nepal to attend only the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu Nov 26-27 and not go to Janakpur, Lumbini and Muktinath, it was announced here Sunday. The external affairs ministry said this was decided due to Modi's unavoidable domestic commitments and pre-scheduled travels within India. ...

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India's ambivalence on China can derail regional groupings

A senior diplomat recently told a seminar in Kolkata that India joins too many regional groupings, some of them overlapping, and then not doing anything worthwhile to carry forward their intended agendas. The message from this former ambassdor to three countries was clear: Only when convinced it will benefit India should we join a grouping - and that with a clear roadmap and leveraging it for Ind...

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Self-regulation skills prepare children for school

Washington, Nov 23 (IANS) Efforts to utilise music and games to help pre-schoolers learn self-regulation skills could help prepare at-risk children for kindergarten education, a new study says. The intervention was most effective among children who are considered to be at the highest risk of struggling in school - those belonging to low-income backgrounds and learning English as a second...

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Anti-HIV drugs can affect unborn babies' hearts

Washington, Nov 23 (IANS) The drugs given to HIV-positive pregnant women can cause significant long-term heart problems for the non-HIV-infected babies they carry, says a new study. Such medicines help prevent the transmission of the virus from mother to infant but may cause impaired development of heart muscle and reduced heart performance in non-HIV-infected children. What our ...

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Pakistani, Indian bands ready for Soundclash in Dubai

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Pakistani rock band Strings is gearing up to face Indian rock act Euphoria in a musical confrontation, Red Bull Soundclash. The two bands will come face-to-face Nov 28 in Dubai at the Sheikh Maktoum Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre. The two acclaimed bands will compete in front of the crowd on two opposing stages in four musical rounds. I think Red ...

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Love for adventure drew Ashish Chowdhry to 'Khatron Ke Khiladi'

Mumbai, Nov 23 (IANS) Actor Ashish Chowdhry, who is ready to show his daring side in the sixth season of Khatron Ke Khiladi, says while money is an attraction for participating in the reality show, it is his love for adventure that also pulled him into it. The winner of the show takes back a huge amount. Asked if the monetary prize played an important role in making him give the ...

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Sound training helps brain keep distractions at bay

New York, Nov 23 (IANS) The ability to sustain focus on a goal goes down with age but researchers, including of an Indian-origin, have discovered that with the help of a sound training, even the elderly can learn to ignore distractions. Distractibility, or the inability to sustain focus on a goal due to attention to irrelevant stimuli, can have a negative effect on basic daily activities...

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Capital's Haim Levy wins Hyatt Culinary Challenge 2014

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) It was a moment of joy and happiness for Delhi-based Haim Levy when he was declared the winner of Hyatt Culinary Challenge 2014 by a panel of judges that included actress, filmmaker and passionate foodie Pooja Bhatt. The contest, held at Oval Room at The Mansion, Hyatt Regency hotel here, saw 10 talented chefs from various cities compete in the grand finale. <...

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SRK turns up at Arpita Khan's reception at 2 a.m.

Mumbai, Nov 23 (IANS) Salman Khan's sister Arpita Khan's wedding reception here was attended by most of the friends who couldn't make it to the wedding at Hyderabad. That also included Shah Rukh Khan, who arrived at 2 a.m. The reception was held Friday night at the Taj Land's End in Mumbai. An invitee said: Shah Rukh Khan came very late, but he was in his elements even at that ti...

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New radiation device to strengthen public security

New York, Nov 23 (IANS) A new compact radiation device that can be operated in room temperature can significantly improve public security by detecting explosives, chemical agents and dangerous biological substances from safe distances, says a study. In contrast to visible or infrared light, terahertz radiation has the potential to penetrate materials such as plastics cloth or paper produ...

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Trinidad takes India's support to improve water, sewerage system

Port-of-Spain, Nov 23 (IANS) India's High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, Gauri Shankar Gupta announced that a team of technical officials from the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) will visit India next month to look at ways to improve this Caribbean nation's water system. Gupta made the announcement at the celebration of India's Technical and Economic Co-operation (ITEC) at Fede...

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Catholics overjoyed over sainthood to two Keralites

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 23 (IANS) Kerala's Catholic community was overjoyed and held special prayers as the Pope will elevate two Keralite religious leaders as saints at a special service in the Vatican Sunday. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, popularly known as Chavara Achen, and Sister Euphrasia, popularly known as Evuprasiamma, were in April this year cleared by the Pope for sainthood.

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39 injured as earthquake hits Japan

Tokyo, Nov 23 (IANS) At least 39 people were injured after a 6.7-magnitude quake on the Richter scale hit Japan, media reported Sunday. The quake hit Nagano City and Hakuba village in Japan, where at least 10 homes collapsed late Saturday, Xinhua reported. More than 80 people spent the night in an evacuation shelter, following the 6.7-magnitude quake that struck the region at 1...

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'Reduction in energy transmission may help reduce impact of mobiles'

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) With the health and safety aspects of using mobile phones and the radiation from its towers being a cause of concern for many, experts feel that reducing the energy transmitted per bit and adopting some precautionary measures can help in the long run. In India, internet speed in dismal. We will certainly need more spectrum. But as bit rate grows, EMF (electro mag...

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