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Emraan Hashmi's foreign film 'Tigers' to premiere at TIFF

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Indian actor Emraan Hashmi's debut international project Tigers, directed by the Oscar winning Danis Tanovic, will have its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month. A co-production between India, France and Britain, the movie has been categories under the Contemporary World Cinema section of TIFF, which is due to b...

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Martian structure reveals signs of life on Red Planet

Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) A new mineral-rich structure discovered from a Martian meteorite has led scientists to believe that there may be niche environments on Mars subsurface that support life. The ovoid structure discovered in the Nakhla Martian meteorite is made of nanocrystalline iron-rich clay and contains a variety of minerals. It shows evidence of undergoing a past shock ...

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IS claims beheading US journalist

Damascus, Aug 20 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed beheading a US journalist who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago, a media report said Wednesday. The Sunni militant group has released a video showing one of its fighters beheading James Foley, an employee of the media company GlobalPost who was kidnapped November 22, 2012 by unidentified gunmen, Al Jazeera repo...

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'Kaaviya Thalaivan' was a rewarding experience: Vedhika

Chennai, Aug 20 (IANS) Actress Vedhika Kumar, who plays an atypical romantic heroine in upcoming Tamil historical drama Kaaviya Thalaivan, directed by National Award winner Vasantha Balan, says the experience was rewarding. The overall experience of working in 'Kaaviya Thalaivan' has been rewarding. I don't think that in recent times anyone has done such a unique role. It's a full-length...

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New vaccine offers protection against tuberculosis, leprosy

Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) In a breakthrough, US researchers have found that an improved tuberculosis vaccine can offer strong protection against leprosy. This is the first study demonstrating that an improved vaccine against tuberculosis also offers cross-protection against Mycobacterium leprae, the causative agent of leprosy, said Marcus A. Horwitz, a professor of medicine and microbiol...

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ReGen Powertech to launch over 2 MW wind turbine

Chennai, Aug 20 (IANS) City-based wind turbine maker ReGen Powertech plans to come out with turbines with a capacity of 2 MW and higher in early 2016, an official said Wednesday. ReGen is currently developing and testing wind turbines of sizes in excess of 2 MW and plans to launch the same early 2016, Anirudh Khemka, head of Renewables, Hybrid and Special Initiatives, told IANS. ...

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Ramya Krishnan in Vishal's next film

Chennai, Aug 20 (IANS) Actress Ramya Krishnan, who has been away from the limelight for a while, will be making her comeback in a prominent role in a yet-untitled Tamil film, co-starring Vishal Krishna. The film is being directed by Sundar C, and Ramya is expected to join the team soon. I can confirm that Ramya will be seen in an important role, but I can't divulge details about ...

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B.K.S. Iyengar who took yoga to world is dead

Pune (Maharashtra), Aug 20 (IANS) World renowned Yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who founded the 'Iyengar Yoga' died at a private hospital here early Wednesday, an aide said. He was 96. A widower, he was suffering from age-related ailments and breathed his last around 3.15 am. The funeral will be held here later Wednesday. Author of several books on Yoga, its practice and techn...

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Handwashing with antibacterial soap may not be a good idea

New York, Aug 20 (IANS) Next time when you buy an antibacterial soap for a germ-free day for your kids, check if the soap contains a widely-used chemical or not. Handwashing with antibacterial soap may expose people, especially health workers, to unsafe levels of a chemical that can interfere with hormones to cause developmental problems in foetuses and newborns, says an alarming study....

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Probe begins into Odisha student's suicide

Bhubaneswar, Aug 20 (IANS) A probe has been initiated into the suicide of a tribal woman student a week ago in Odisha's Gajapati district after she did not get her stipend released from the authorities for more than a year, an official said Wednesday. The government has directed me to investigate and submit a report within 15 days. I have began the probe, Revenue Divisional Commissioner ...

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Technology becoming the key driving force: Modi

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said technology is becoming the key driving force as the world and the parameters of war and defence are fast changing. Speaking at a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) event here, Modi said: The world is changing very fast and so are the parameters of war and defence. Technology is becoming a key driving f...

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'Kaththi' gets flak from Tamil fringe groups

Chennai, Aug 20 (IANS) As many as 65 members from different Tamil fringe groups have demanded a ban on Vijay-starrer Tamil actioner Kaththi alleging that its co-producer A. Subhaskaran has direct links with Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government. A.R. Murugadoss-directed Kaththi is jointly co-produced by Subhaskaran's Lyca Productions and Ayngaran International.

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Transparent solar device that doesn't block the view

Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) Imagine a solar device that, when placed over a window, creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. Researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of transparent luminescent solar concentrator that can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. The solar harvestin...

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2G money laundering case: Court grants bail to Dayalu Ammal

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) A special court Wednesday granted bail to DMK chief M. Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal in a money laundering case relating to the allocation of 2G spectrum. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini granted bail to Ammal and asked her to furnish a personal bond of Rs.5 lakh and two sureties of the same amount. However, the court dismi...

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Spain knock out India in squash championship

Windhoek (Namibia), Aug 20 (IANS) Spain defeated India 2-1 in the quarterfinal of the WSF World Junior Squash Team Championship here Tuesday. In the first singles, Madhav Dhingra lost to Iker Pajares 4-11, 9-11, 6-11, but Kush Kumar tied the scores by taking the second singles with a 11-6, 8-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-6, against Edmon Lopez-Moller. However, Bernat Jaume clinched the issue for Sp...

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'Manmohan Singh sought a soft job, but Indira Gandhi did not agree'

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Manmohan Singh, who steered the UPA government for 10 years as prime minister, was looking for a 'soft' job in his 50s but was told by then prime minister Indira Gandhi to become the governor of the Reserve Bank of India as he was too young to do a soft job, a new book by his daughter has revealed. Authored by the second of his three daughters, Daman Singh, the b...

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Indian founded firm buys out Ghanaian company

Bangalore, Aug 20 (IANS) US-based leader in mobile applications Kirusa, founded by an Indian, has acquired instant messaging provider Saya in Ghana for an unspecified amount to expand its footprint across the African continent. The acquisition of Saya's technology, workforce and IP (intellectual property) will enable us to provide our InstaVoice mobile apps (applications) across Africa, ...

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Facebook Messenger downloaded over 500 mn times: Report

New York, Aug 20 (IANS) Although it initially faced backlash by people, the new Facebook Messenger app has been downloaded over 500 million times on Android-based devices, reports Google Play Store. The Messenger app earlier received poor reviews from its users, with most criticising the popular social networking site for forcing them to download a separate app to access their messages.<...

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Where has Kashmir's golden meadow gone?

Sonamarg, Aug 20 (IANS) Bollywood films like Yash Chopra's Silsila, Shammi Kapoor-Sharmila Tagore starrer Kashmir Ki Kali and Raj Kapoor's Ram Teri Ganga Maili, to mention just a few, were shot here. As hotels, roadside tea shops, eateries and handicraft kiosks crowd this once breathtakingly beautiful Kashmiri tourist resort, one wonders where the golden meadow, as its name suggests, has gone.

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Cloudy Wednesday in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) It will be a cloudy Wednesday here, the Met Office said. The sky will be partly cloudy today (Wednesday). The day's maximum temperature is likely to hover around 37 degrees Celsius, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. The morning was sunny and the minimum temperature was 28 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average. <...

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