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Special team to probe Ahmednagar Dalit killings

Mumbai, Oct 25 (IANS) Maharashtra Governor C. V. Rao Saturday directed the director general of police to appoint a special task force to probe the brutal killing of three members of a Dalit family in Ahmednagar district last Tuesday. The governor spoke to DGP Sanjeev Dayal asking him to set up a STF to investigate the incident in Javkheda village, which has sparked an outrage in the whol...

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Let your mind wander to boost mental performance

New York, Oct 25 (IANS) Engaging brain areas linked to so-called off-task mental activities such as mind-wandering and looking back at good times can actually boost performance on some challenging mental tasks, new research reveals. The prevailing view is that activating brain regions referred to as the default network impairs performance on attention-demanding tasks because this network...

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Saina ousted from French Open quarters

Paris, Oct 25 (IANS) The Indian challenge came to an end at the $275,000 French Open Super Series when the country's top shuttler Saina Nehwal lost her women's singles quarterfinal to Shixian Wang of China here. The Olympic bronze medallist fought well in the marathon match which lasted an hour and 10 minutes but eventually went down 19-21, 21-19, 15-21 to the second seeded Chinese at th...

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Coric shocks Nadal to reach Swiss Open semis

Basel, Oct 25 (IANS) Borna Coric stunned Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal to reach the Swiss Indoors semifinals. The 17-year-old Croatian showed superb form by beating the second seed 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the quarters Friday night, reports Xinhua. Coric will face David Goffin after the Belgian beat fourth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4. ...

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Harden leads Rockets past Spurs in pre-season finale

Houston, Oct 25 (IANS) James Harden scored 25 points to lead the Houston Rockets past the San Antonio Spurs 96-87 in their last pre-season game at the Toyota Center here. The Rockets Friday night played without centre Dwight Howard, who suffered a laceration in his right forearm that required stitches, reports Xinhua. The host team, nonetheless, played great defence and enjoyed ...

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Ocean circulation: a major factor in climate change

Washington, Oct 25 (IANS) It isn't just the atmosphere, but the circulation of the oceans plays an equally important role in regulating the Earth's climate, new research shows. The study revealed that the cooling of Earth and continental ice build-up in the Northern Hemisphere 2.7 million years ago coincided with a shift in the circulation of the ocean - which pulls in heat and carbon di...

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Peter Lim completes purchase of Valencia football club

Madrid, Oct 25 (IANS) Singapore businessman Peter Lim has completed the purchase of Spanish BBVA Primera Liga football club Valencia. The deal was signed late Friday night to end a torturous 10 months of negotiations, which finished with Lim purchasing 70 percent of the club's shares for a price reported to be 94 million euros. reports Xinhua. The complex deal sees Spanish bank, ...

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Goa governor's website hacked

Panaji, Oct 25 (IANS) Goa Governor Mridula Sinha's website has been hacked by unknown people, the police said Saturday. According to a complaint registered by Shilpa Shinde, secretary to the governor, some hackers gained control of the website and deleted photographs posted on it. According to police, a First Information Report has been registered under Section 66 of the Informat...

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To escape IS jihadis, Yazidis hide on Mount Sinjar

Mosul (Iraq), Oct 25 (IANS/EFE) Recent inroads by militants of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Yazidi territory in Iraq have led 2,500 people to seek refuge on Mount Sinjar, which has become a safe haven for the minority Kurdish sect for the second time this year. The Yazidis are in hiding in caves or small huts abandoned by shepherds in the rugged area in northern Iraq, to avo...

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Two held for raping woman in Bihar hospital

Patna, Oct 25 (IANS) Two men were arrested here Saturday for allegedly raping a woman in a hospital, police said. The two were arrested in Patna following a complaint lodged by the victim, said Senior Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana. The incident took place in Kankarbagh area here, he said. The medical examination of the victim has confirmed it (rape), he said.

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Pakistan to continue trade with India

Islamabad, Oct 25 (IANS) Pakistan Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan has said the country would continue to trade with India despite border tensions. The minister said Friday that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government is committed to increasing regional trade as part of promoting peace without compromising on national sovereignty, Dawn online reported. The visi...

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Single protein behind successful fertilisation

Tokyo, Oct 25 (IANS) An international team of researchers has discovered how a single protein oversees the processing of DNA during sperm and egg generation for successful fertilisation. The activity of the protein called PP4 becomes even more relevant during ageing. The findings could, in fact, may one day help scientists to understand the mechanisms underlying age- related, dec...

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Ashlee Simpson wants a child with Evan Ross

Los Angeles, Oct 25 (IANS) Singer Ashlee Simpson, who is married to Hunger Games actor Evan Ross, reportedly wants more kids. Simpson recently married Ross and is now eager to give her five-year-old son Bronx, the child from previous relationship with Pete Wentz, another sibling, reports femalefirst.co.uk. They can't wait (to have a child together), a source told Us Weekly.

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Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Sukhvinder to perform at Lucknow Mahotsava

Lucknow, Oct 25 (IANS) From Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia's flute recitals, the Sabri Brothers' souldful Sufi music and qawwali's to performances by Bollywood singers like Sukhvinder Singh, Rekha Bharadwaj and Ankit Tiwari, an eclectic mix of tradition and modernity will be witnessed at the forthcoming Lucknow Mahotsava. The fortnight-long annual cultural bonanza will begin November 25,...

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Indian wins Green Oscar for film on parrot

Kolkata, Oct 25 (IANS) Ashwika Kapur, a 26-year-old science and natural history filmmaker from West Bengal, has won the Wildscreen Panda Awards also known as the Green Oscar for her film on a Kakapo parrot named Sirocco. Kapur won the award at a ceremony in Britain's Bristol city Friday in the Wildscreen Festival for her 15-minute film Sirocco - How a Dud became a Stud. Kakapos ...

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Gadkari, Fadnavis meet RSS chief ahead of Modi's arrival in Mumbai

Nagpur, Oct 25 (IANS) Fuelling fresh speculation in political circles, union Minister for Shipping and Transport Nitin Gadkari called on Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat here Saturday. Late Friday night, the Bharatiya Janata Party state president and prime contender for the post of the next Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had met Bhagwat. Sources in t...

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Decision to abandon tour needs explanation: Ganga

Port of Spain, Oct 25 (IANS/CMC) Former West Indies skipper Daren Ganga maintains the controversy surrounding the national cricket side is primarily a players issue, and says the team's decision to pull out of the India tour needs to be fully explained. The one-day team quit their scheduled five-match tour last week after failing to resolve a contracts and pay dispute with players union,...

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Obesity a leading cause of liver damage

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Little did 52-year-old Sheila Joshi (name changed), suffering from obesity-related uncontrolled diabetes know that her condition was leading to a damaged liver. Joshi is not the only one, say health experts, adding that Indians largely remain unaware of the condition and wake up to it very late. Indians are of the primitive ideology that liver dis...

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Modi's success makes BJP a one-man party

Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is taking its time to select its chief minister for Maharashtra, Narendra Modi is leaving his distinctive mark on political and other fields. In politics, the prime minister has brushed aside the earlier by-poll setbacks by his successes in Maharashtra and Haryana. Although the BJP failed to get a majority in the western state, it made a few point...

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Ukraine not answering queries on MH17

Kiev, Oct 25 (IANS/TASS) The Ukraine has not replied to a single query on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in the country's east after apparently being shot down, Russia's Permanent Representative at the UN Vitaly Churkin has said. Our specialists articulated important questions that need to be answered to get a clear picture of what really happened, Churkin said Friday.

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