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Alvin Stardust dead

London, Oct 23 (IANS) English singer Alvin Stardust died after a short illness. He was 72. Stardust's manager confirmed the news about his demise Thursday, reports mirror.co.uk. He was recently diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at his house with his wife Julie and other family members around him. The singer, whose real name was Bernard Jewry, started out...

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Big B gets 11 million Twitter followers

Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan amassed a massive following of 11 million fans on Diwali Thursday. HAPPY DIWALI!! ... and today (Thursday) followers reach 11 MILLION!! SHUBHKAMANAYEIN! SHUBH DIN pe shubh SHAGUN - 11 (Good omen on auspicious day)!!!, the 72-year-old tweeted Thursday. Followed by celebrities like Hema Malini, Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla, the Paa ...

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FIRs filed on Bengal villagers electrocuting jumbos

Kolkata, Oct 23 (IANS) The West Bengal forest department has lodged police complaints against some villagers in north Bengal for allegedly electrocuting two elephants, an official said Thursday. A patrolling team of foresters early in the week recovered the carcasses of a tusker from Upper Kalabari in the Daina range and of a cow elephant in Panjhora under Chalsa range, both in Dooars re...

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Pakistan says India constructing bunkers close to border

Islamabad, Oct 23 (IANS) Pakistan's foreign office Thursday said Indian forces under the cover of unprovoked firing were engaged in constructing bunkers in locations within five hundred metres of the working boundary. Speaking to media persons at the weekly briefing in Islamabad, foreign office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam said the construction of the bunkers was in violation of the 2010 ag...

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Dark Diwali for cyclone-hit north coastal Andhra

Visakhapatnam, Oct 23 (IANS) It's a dark Diwali for people in north coastal Andhra which was battered by severe cyclonic storm 'Hudhud' 12 days ago. The festival of lights is devoid of any celebrations in Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts as people are still reeling under the impact of 'Hudhud', which claimed 46 lives, damaged over 90,000 houses, agriculture and horti...

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Bangalore police still looking for child's attacker

Bangalore, Oct 23 (IANS) Police are sweating out to find vital clues in the alleged sexual assault of a three-year-old child in an elite school here Oct 21 as protests and public pressure intensified Thursday for nabbing the suspects. We are hopeful of an early breakthrough in the case from leads we got after interrogating the school management, its staff and students and scanning the fo...

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Indian man reunited with family after 40 years

Dubai, Oct 23 (IANS) An Indian man, who had disappeared from his hometown in Kerala nearly 40 years ago, has been found by his family at a hospital in Dubai in the UAE, a newspaper report said. Now in his 60s, Abdulla Punathil Usman has been working as a cook in an Arab national's house in Hor Al Anz since early 1970s, the Gulf News reported Wednesday. He hails from Chakkavad in ...

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Srikanth, Kashyap, Saina rise in world rankings

Kala Lumpur, Oct 23 (IANS) Indian men shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap jumped seven places each in the latest released Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings Thursday while Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal moved up one spot to the sixth. Srikanth is lying 16th while Kashyap is 21st in the rankings. Srikanth started the week at 23rd spot and was rewarded for his qu...

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Omar stays away from Modi's Raj Bhavan engagements

Srinagar, Oct 23 (IANS) After receiving Prime Minister Narendra Modi here Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah chose to stay away from Modi's engagements at the Raj Bhawan. Abdullah, however, attended an official briefing given to Modi in the technical area of Srinagar airport. Informed sources said the chief minister left for his official residence in the hig...

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Odisha BJP leader suspended for social media comments

Bhubaneswar, Oct 23 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party Thursday suspended one of its senior leaders in Odisha for making anti-party statements on social media. The party suspended Ashok Sahu for anti-party activities, state BJP spokesman Samir Mohanty told IANS. Sahu had made some objectionable comments a few days ago on social networking sites. He also made such comments on telev...

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OPEC daily basket price falls again

Vienna, Oct 23 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $81.94 a barrel Wednesday compared to $82.09 Tuesday, the OPEC Secretariat said. The new OPEC reference basket comprises Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), B...

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Rahul Gandhi greets countrymen on Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Thursday greeted countrymen on the occasion of Diwali. Wishing everyone a very happy Diwali. As we celebrate this auspicious day with joy in our hearts, let us pray for peace, prosperity and happiness for all, Gandhi said in a statement issued by his office. ...

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Saturn's moon Titan glowing at dusk and dawn

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) In an unexpected and potentially groundbreaking discovery, NASA has spotted Saturn's moon Titan glowing at dusk and dawn. New maps of Saturn's moon Titan reveal large patches of trace gases shining brightly near its north and south poles. These regions are curiously shifted off the poles, to the east or west, so that dawn breaks over the southern region ...

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Music therapy reduces depression in kids, adolescents

London, Oct 23 (IANS) Music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems, a study found. In the largest ever study of its kind, the researchers from the Queen's University, Belfast, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust found that children who received music therapy had significantly improved self-esteem and signifi...

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Lopez to sign multi-million dollar deal?

Los Angeles, Oct 23 (IANS) Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez is reportedly in the final stages of securing a multi-million dollar deal to perform in Las Vegas. The 45-year-old is being offered $350,000 per show at The Axis at Planet Hollywood as part of a 72-gig deal over a one or two-year period, reports tmz.com. It is the same venue where singer Britney Spears performs and earns $3...

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Flintoff signs for Big Bash side Brisbane Heat

Brisbane, Oct 23 (IANS) Former England captain and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who retired from international cricket in 2009, Wednesday confirmed that he will play for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League (BBL) this summer. I'm excited to be coming back to Australia and especially to Brisbane which has always been a favourite spot of mine to play, Flintoff was quoted as saying by the H...

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Aamir Khan unveils 'PK' teaser on Diwali

Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) Aamir Khan unveiled the teaser of his forthcoming film PK on Diwali Thursday and the superstar hopes the movie tastes success. Coincidently my films have been releasing during Christmas and each year, I have been showing the trailer during Diwali. So, we decided to do the same this Diwali as well. I hope the film works for us, Aamir told reporters here during the te...

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Kerala agrees to 45-m width for national highways

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 23 (IANS) The width of two national highways in Kerala will be 45 metres, up from 30 metres as was planned earlier, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy after the weekly cabinet meeting here Thursday. Kerala was the only state which requested the Centre to fix width of the national highways at 30 metres due to constraints in land acquisition, and the high population ...

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Happy Diwali wishes B-Town

Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi and Karan Johar wish for prosperity, luck and happiness on Diwali Thursday. Here's what the celebrities tweeted: Amitabh Bachchan: Many thank you's first for all those that send me their wishes for Deepawali... may there be prosperity, & the brightness of light. Sridevi: Wish all of you a Happy...

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Honoured that 'X' will open SAIFF: Sudhish Kamath

Chennai, Oct 23 (IANS) Sudhish Kamath is honoured that experimental film X, co-directed by 10 more independent filmmakers, has been selected to open the forthcoming 11th South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF). The SAIFF will kick off Nov 18 and will continue till Nov 23. It means a lot for a small film to be given the honour of the opening film when there are much bigger...

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