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Country-wide strike cripples life in Tripura

Agartala, Sep 2 (IANS) A nation-wide 24-hour strike called by 10 central trade unions on Wednesday crippled life in Left ruled Tripura. Government and non-government offices, shops, markets, banks and educational institutions remained shut, while vehicular traffic went off the roads. The strike was spontaneous and total. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the stat...

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Poland beckons Suriya's '24'

Mumbai, Sep 2 (IANS) The team of Suriya-starrer Tamil thriller 24, which is currently on floors here, will head to Poland next week to shoot songs and a few important scenes for the film. The Mumbai schedule will be wrapped up by this weekend. Next week, the team will leave for Poland for a 20-day schedule to shoot two songs and some important scenes, a source from the film's unit told I...

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Normal life hit by strike in Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) Normal life was hit here on Wednesday due to the nationwide strike call given by various trade organisation protesting against the central government's policies. Auto-rickshaws were not plying on the roads, affecting normal life in the national capital. Students and office-goers were forced to wait on roads. However, the Delhi Transport Corporation...

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Lyca bags theatrical rights for Dhanush's two productions

Chennai, Sep 2 (IANS) Lyca Productions, the makers behind A.R. Murugadoss directed Tamil blockbuster Kaththi, have bagged the theatrical rights of actor Dhanush's two upcoming productions Naanum Rowdydhaan and Visaaranai. Lyca group has acquired the worldwide theatrical rights of 'Naanum Rowdydhaan' in Tamil Nadu and 'Visaaranai', a source close to the actor told IANS. While Naan...

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Strike cripples normal life in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Sep 2 (IANS) The nationwide strike called by various trade unions hit normal life in this Madhya Pradesh capital on Wednesday. All the state-run public buses remained off roads, creating problems for commuters. Shops and banks too remained shut. Trade unions across the country have called a daylong strike to protest central government's anti-people and anti-trade ...

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Special teaser of 'Sardaar Gabbar...' on Pawan Kalyan's b'day

Chennai, Sep 2 (IANS) The makers of upcoming Telugu actioner Sardaar Gabbar Singh have unveiled a special teaser on Wednesday to coincide with actor-politician Pawan Kalyan's 43rd birthday. The 33-second teaser features a Khaki-clad, gun-totting Pawan Kalyan marching in slow motion with his horse. Being directed by Bobby, the film also features Kajal Aggarwal, and is jointly prod...

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Banking, insurance operations hit as employees strike work

Chennai/New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) Financial services were hit on Wednesday as lakhs of bank and insurance employees across the country began a one-day strike to protest against the anti-trade union and worker policies of the central government. The strike has begun on an encouraging note across the country as per the initial information. Employees of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), nation...

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People 'embody' less when they read in second language

London, Sep 2 (IANS) Do you realise what happens when we read in a second language learnt in adulthood? We actually embody less than in our mother tongue, researchers report. When we process emotional information, our body mimics the specific emotion by enacting those physiological states that are typical of the emotion. This means, that when we read about a happy person we smile...

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'Dynamite' is Telugu cinema's first martial arts film: Vishnu Manchu

Chennai, Sep 2 (IANS) Actor-producer Vishnu Manchu promises never seen before high-octane action in his forthcoming Telugu release Dynamite, which he claims is the first martial arts film in the language. Releasing in cinemas on Friday, the film is the official remake Tamil hit Arima Nambi. It's an out-and-out action film. It will be Telugu cinema's first martial arts film. When ...

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Nepal quake: Regional cooperation important to counter post-disaster trauma

Kathmandu, Sep 2 (IANS) In the tangle of narrow alleyways in Kathmandu's Thamel, a top tourist spot since the 1970s hippies' era, 'Earthquake Special' discounts stand as grim reminders of the April 25 tragedy that exposed thousands of survivors to mental trauma. The temblor, which claimed nearly 9,000 lives and rendered thousands homeless, has also brought to the fore the importance of r...

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Anaesthesia may help us fight flu

New York, Sep 2 (IANS) Certain so-called volatile anaesthetics -- commonly used during surgeries -- may also possess powerful effects on the immune system that can combat viral and bacterial infections in the lung, including influenza and pneumonia, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin. The findings suggest that volatile anaesthetics may someday be helpful for combatting seaso...

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How India's tax system helps heavily taxed cigarettes flourish

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS/IndiaSpend) In March 2015 - in response to a drop in sales as taxes more than doubled over four years - India's leading cigarette company ITC Ltd. shortened its discount Bristol-brand cigarettes by 5 mm. That allowed Bristol cigarettes to make use of India's complicated six-tier cigarette-tax system and fit into the lowest tax bracket. So, a pack of Bristol costs t...

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Electricity cut to Brazil World Cup venue

Rio de Janeiro, Sep 2 (IANS) Brazil's Arena da Baixada stadium, built for last year's FIFA World Cup, was left without power for almost a day after tenants Atletico Paranaense failed to pay their electricity bill. Local power distributor Copel said it restored normal service to the venue after Brazilian Serie A club Atletico Paranaense paid off the outstanding amount, reports Xinhua. ...

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Strike affects normal life in Bihar

Patna, Sep 2 (IANS) Normal life was hit in Bihar on Wednesday with thousands of workers in the government and private sector joining the nationwide strike protesting the central government's policies. Workers of trade unions belonging to the Congress and the Left parties blocked roads and at some places stopped passenger and long-distance trains. Road traffic in Patna and across ...

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USIBC hails ruling on MAT for FIIs

Washington, Sep 2 (IANS) The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has welcomed Indian government's acceptance of a panel's recommendation that the Minimum Alternative Tax (MAT) provisions do not apply retrospectively to Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) before April 1 this year. The Council applauds Finance Minister (Arun) Jaitley and Justice A.P. Shah and their teams for reaching thi...

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Vietnam celebrates national day

Hanoi, Sep 2 (IANS) Vietnam held a military parade on Wednesday to celebrate the country's 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and national day here. Around 30,000 people, including military forces and local residents, participated in the parade at the Ba Dinh Square, where late president Ho Chi Minh had announced the historic Independence Declaration on September 2, 1945, Xinhua r...

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Strike hits transport, banking in Telangana, Andhra

Hyderabad, Sep 2 (IANS) The nation-wide strike called by trade unions on Wednesday hit transport and banking services in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Buses of state-owned road transport corporations in both the states went off the roads as employees joined the strike called by trade unions against changes in labour laws, disinvestment and privatization of public sector undertakings...

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US lead title race at women's volleyball World Cup

Okayama (Japan), Sep 2 (IANS) Reigning world champions United States eased past Cuba 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-15) to lead the title contention at the 2015 FIVB Women's World Cup here. With their seventh victory in eight matches, the American women led the standings of the 12-team round robin tournament with 22 points at the end of the second round play in Okayama and Sendai, reports Xinhua....

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Avoid n-weapon talk, Daily tells Pakistani minister

Islamabad, Sep 2 (IANS) Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has every right to be outraged by the Indian aggression, said a leading Pakistani daily which, however, warned that his allusions to the possible use of nuclear weapons time and again, and especially when tensions are so high, are not needed and must be avoided. An editorial Talk of war in the Dawn on Wednesday said that the emotions ...

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Mahajan cites Modi's LPG appeal as model for global development cooperation

United Nations, Sep 2 (IANS) Calling on developed countries to take responsibility for protecting the global environment, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has cited the example of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to the well-off to voluntarily give up their cooking gas subsidies to help the poor. Addressing the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament here Monday, Mahajan ...

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