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Faith first: Nepal seers refuse to quit damaged ashram

Devghat (Nepal), May 7 (IANS) The devastating earthquake has failed to shake the faith in God of some Nepal seers, who are determined to stay on despite deep and ominous cracks in their ashram here. Showing their complete faith in God's will, the dozen-odd aged saints have refused to move out of the Harihar Ashram here even though the building that houses them has developed cracks in its...

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No bigger loss for me than losing Kalki: Anurag Kashyap

Panaji, May 7 (IANS) He handles complex relationships with a rare finesse and ease on reel, but in real life, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap doesn't hesitate to admit he's not good at relationships. Almost two years after separating from Kalki Koechlin, he says there was no bigger loss for him. Kalki is a great actress. What happened between us, why we went separate ways... all that remains be...

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Russia focus on 2018 World Cup, not bidding for 2024 Olympics

Moscow, May 7 (IANS) Russia is focused on hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup and is not interested in bidding for the 2024 Olympics, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has said. So far, Russia does not plan to bid for hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics, Mutko said on Wednesday, reports Xinhua. The minister said the main tasks of Russian sports authorities are the successful preparations of ...

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Lausanne plans to hold Youth Olympic events in France

Paris, May 7 (IANS) Swiss city Lausanne's bid committee for the 2020 Youth Winter Olympics announced that it plans to hold the ski-jumping, biathlon and Nordic combined events in neighbouring France. The venue is set to be the Stade Nordic des Tuffes, located in Premanon, southeast France, in the Jura mountain, reports Xinhua. We want to organise a Youth Olympic Games which are s...

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SpaceX successfully tests astronaut escape system

Washington, May 7 (IANS) The California-based Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) has successfully tested an astronaut escape system for its Crew Dragon spacecraft. A loud whoosh, a faint smoke trail and billowing parachutes marked the successful demonstration by SpaceX of its Crew Dragon spacecraft abort system - an important step in NASA's endeavour to launch crews to t...

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Voting begins in British general election

London, May 7 (IANS) Millions of people began casting their votes in the British general election at around 50,000 polling stations across the country on Thursday. Balloting began at 7 a.m. (GMT) and will continue until 10 p.m., BBC reported, adding that 50 million people registered to vote for the 650 seats at stake. The turnout in the 2010 election was 65 percent. Besid...

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11 killed in Bengal cracker factory blast

Kolkata, May 7 (IANS) At least 11 people were killed and seven injured in an explosion at a firecracker factory in West Bengal, police said on Thursday. But the BJP has demanded the incident should be probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The explosion took place late Wednesday at Pingla in West Midnapore district, some 120 km from here. Eleven people have been kille...

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'Dagudumoota...' a family drama through the eyes of a rooster

Chennai, May 7 (IANS) Filmmaker R.K. Malineni says forthcoming Telugu movie Dagudumoota Dandakor is an out-and-out family drama that will unfold through the eyes of a rooster that plays an important character in the movie. The film, which releases in cinemas on Saturday, is the Telugu remake of Tamil film Saivam. The story explores the bond between the members of a family through...

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Brain chemical that can help reverse chronic pain

New York, May 7 (IANS) A chemical in the brain typically associated with cognition, as well as regulating movement and emotion, among others, may help reverse chronic pain, new research has found. The brain chemical dopamine plays a role in promoting chronic pain, the findings showed. These findings demonstrate a novel role for how dopamine contributes to maintaining chronic pain...

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Saturn's sixth moon may be harbouring life

Washington, May 7 (IANS) Researchers have found a geochemical process on Saturn's sixth largest moon that suggests life could exist on it, or could have previously existed. The team, including Christopher Glein from the Carnegie Mellon University, has revealed the pH of water spewing from a geyser-like plume on Saturn's moon Enceladus. The pH tells us how acidic or basic the wate...

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CRPF trooper injured in accidental fire in Kashmir

Srinagar, May 7 (IANS) A paramilitary trooper was injured here on Thursday when he accidentally shot himself. A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was injured in an accidental fire in the city's outskirts in the morning, a police spokesman said. Constable Devinder Singh of 44 Battalion of CRPF was injured in an accidental fire from his service weapon. The constable was p...

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Why are there only a few women at the top?

London, May 7 (IANS) Employers prefer male candidates with leadership potential over female applicants with proven leadership track records, new research has found. The findings have implications for gender equality in the workplace and provide initial evidence that women's leadership potential is not recognised by potential employers. This is a significant barrier to career progression ...

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Rise in body temperature helps fish swim faster

Washington, May 7 (IANS) A new study finds that a rise in body temperature enables certain species of fish to maximize their swimming distance and speed. Some species of fish possess a unique physiological characteristic -- a web of arteries and veins lying very close together -- that enables them to raise their internal temperatures higher than that of the water surrounding them.

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Magical Messi catapults Barcelona towards final

Barcelona, May 7 (IANS) Lionel Messi proved his former coach Pep Guardiola right with two goals which saw FC Barcelona take a massive stride towards the Champions League final in Berlin with a 3-0 win at home against German football club Bayern Munich here. Guardiola, who now coaches Bayern and made his return to his former home ground on Wednesday, had said that it was impossible to sto...

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RS privilege panel urged to review report on Jaitley

New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) Rajya Sabha members on Thursday said the privileges committee of the house should re-examine its report that the tapping of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's telephone, when he was leader of opposition, was not a breach of privilege. Members also said the scope of study should be expanded to overall phone-tapping, while Congress leader Anand Sharma sought an indepen...

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'Acche din' for Varanasi soon, drinking water at 50 paise

Varanasi, May 7 (IANS) For a parched city like the temple town of Varanasi, it could be 'acche din' (good days) pretty soon. A French company and sanitation NGO Sulabh International have joined hands to set up a drinking water plant at the historic Assighat here. After the plant is set up, people would be able to buy drinking water for 50 paise per litre. Informing of the develop...

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Bizarre US fake-police force included Kamala Harris aide

Washington, May 7 (IANS) A bizarre fake-police force group claiming to be descendants of ancient Knights Templar that included an aide to California Indian-American attorney general Kamala Harris has been arrested. Besides Brandon Kiel, an aide to Harris, the group included David Henry and Tonette Hayes. All the three have been charged with impersonating police officers, the Los Angeles ...

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How to style yourself up in summer

New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) Get your hands on cuffed jeans, crop tops and tank tops, which can add to your style quotient in the summer, says an expert. Here are some fashion tips by Vaanee Bhatia, co-founder, Gritstones Clothing, an online shopping store: * Summer Jackets/Coats: Summer jackets or coats are must haves this season. Unlike the winter coats, these summer jackets will ad...

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Kerala athlete dies after eating poisonous fruit

Alappuzha (Kerala) May 7 (IANS) A young girl athlete died and three others were left in a serious condition after they consumed a poisonous fruit here, a Kerala Police official said on Thursday. All these sportspersons were inmates at the Sports Authority of India's (SAI) water sports centre at Vembanad lake, Alappuzha district police superintendent Suresh Kumar told IANS. They ...

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RTC buses remain off roads in Telangana, Andhra

Hyderabad, May 7 (IANS) State-owned buses remained off the roads in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for a second consecutive day on Thursday as over one lakh employees continued their indefinite strike, demanding pay revision. Ignoring the threat by Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) to use Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), 120,000 employees stayed away from d...

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