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Manhattan Short returns to India for fifth year

Mumbai, Sep 16 (IANS) Manhattan Short, the international platform which showcases, celebrates and awards short films from across the world, is back for the fifth time in India. The three-day fest will be held here, starting Oct 3. Manhattan Short 2014, India Chapter, will screen the 10 best short films that have been selected from across the globe. The films deal with a range of ...

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Rain takes toll on Pakistan's historical sites

Islamabad, Sep 16 (IANS) Pakistan's monsoon rain, which started Sep 3 and has ravaged human populations since then, has taken a toll on ancient ruins as well, media reported Tuesday. Archaeologists say the ancient Greek and Buddhist ruins at Jandial and Julian near Taxila in Punjab province have suffered visible water damage due to the torrential rains, Dawn online reported. Last...

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Kerala added a million elderly every year since '81

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 16 (IANS) Kerala added one million elderly every successive year since the census of 1981, a study said. In terms of the proportion of elderly in the population, Kerala ranks first, with Punjab and Himachal Pradesh occupying the second position, followed by Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, says the study, which also shows that more than 12 percent of Kerala's 32 millio...

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Number crunching may make people selfish

Toronto, Sep 16 (IANS) People with a calculative mindset as a result of number crunching are more likely to engage in selfish and unethical behaviour, suggests a study. Repeated engagement with number-focused calculations, especially those involving money, can have unintended negative consequences, including social and moral transgressions, the findings showed. Performing calcula...

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Agra to host national convention of Blind Stars

Agra, Sep 16 (IANS) A three-day meet of Blind Stars will be held in Agra Nov 5-7 to tell the world that they have learnt to live life on their own terms and are capable of competing with anyone. The founder member of Blind Stars, Mohammad Khalid said that the convention would be attended by 200 blinds from all parts of the country. The stars are those blinds who have established ...

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Factory Farming: Threat to human health, animals, environment

Jaipur, Sep 16 (IANS) Persuaded by the increase and success of factory farms in Brazil during his two-year stay there as a taxi driver, 35-year-old Ajaz Katiyar returned to Jaipur and set up four farms - two for poultry and one each for cows and pig. Constant increase in the demand for meat and milk in the region kept his business going for over years. But he, like the other factory farm...

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Plea for CBI probe into Vadra land deal dismissed

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking a CBI probe into the licences granted to several real estate developers in Haryana, including one allegedly associated with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw rejected the public interest litigation filed by advocate M.L. Sh...

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20 militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes

Islamabad, Sep 16 (IANS) At least 20 militants were killed Tuesday during airstrikes in Pakistan's Khyber Agency area. According to an official, the strikes targeted Tor Dara, Tirah, Jatoi and Rajgal areas of the agency, Dawn online reported. The official added that a number of militant hideouts were also destroyed. Khyber is one of Pakistan's seven semi-autonomous region...

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A novel way to spot dyslexia in kids

New York, Sep 16 (IANS) There could soon be a tool to spot kids at risk of developing reading difficulties before they experience the challenges as researchers have found that white matter volume in the brain is key to development of reading abilities. The developmental course of children's white matter volume may be used to predict his/her ability to read, the findings showed. W...

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Alonso a hit after only two matches with Bayern Munich

Berlin, Sep 16 (IANS/EFE) Xabi Alonso's Bayern Munich career has barely begun, but Julius Caesar's veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered) applies equally well to the Spaniard's arrival in Germany, as he has become the Bavarians' on-field leader after only two games. Alonso did not have much time to adapt to his new team. He played his first game with the German champions on the da...

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Xi visit brings new opportunities amid old challenges

Irrespective of the final outcome of Chinese President Xi Jinping's maiden visit to India, it surely marks a unique and qualitative change in the India-China relations. Hitherto, this relationship has been known more for its vocal than the real, vital content. Observers of India-China relations who had got used to watching India as the passive and docile partner in the diplomatic interco...

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SAARC home ministers meet to discuss terror

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) The sixth meeting of SAARC home ministers, to be held Sep 17-19 in Kathmandu in Nepal, is likely to discuss terrorism, maritime security and piracy, and cyber crime, an official statement said Tuesday. During the three-day meet, issues like suppression of terrorism, maritime security and piracy, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, combating corruption, cy...

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Thousands of Serbs greet silver-winning basketball team

Belgrade, Sep 16 (IANS) Serbian national basketball team that won silver medal at the FIBA Basketball World Cup was welcomed here by tens of thousands of people in front of the City Assembly. Upon their arrival at the Nikola Tesla Airport here Monday evening, players and coach Aleksandar Djordjevic held a press conference where they expressed their satisfaction with their performance at ...

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Rio golf course on track, says Games chief

Rio de Janeiro, Sep 16 (IANS) Rio's 2016 golf test event is on track to be held next year despite a legal row over the course's development, Brazil's top Olympic official said. A local court has given organisers until Wednesday to present an alternative proposal to the current project earmarked for a nature reserve, reports Xinhua. Public prosecutors in Brazil claim the course wi...

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Plea for CBI probe into Vadra land deal dismissed

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking a CBI probe into the licences granted to several real estate developers in Haryana, including one allegedly associated with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw rejected the public interest litigation filed by advocate M.L. Sh...

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CPI-M candidate wins Tripura seat with record margin

Agartala, Sep 16 (IANS) Ruling CPI-M candidate Pravat Chowdhury Tuesday won the Manu assembly seat in southern Tripura, defeating his nearest Congress rival Mailafru Mog by a record margin of around 16,000 votes, officials here said. The returning officer to the Manu assembly by-poll, Rajib Datta told IANS that the CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) candidate Chowdhury, a former a...

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Early Earth had conditions similar to present day: Study

Washington, Sep 16 (IANS) Conditions on the Earth for the first 500 million years after its formation may have been surprisingly similar to present day conditions - complete with oceans, continents and active crustal plates, report geologists. To reach this conclusion, scientists compared zircon crystals that were formed more than four billion years ago with those formed in Iceland which...

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Ghana appoints 2017 African Nations Cup bidding committee

Accra, Sep 16 (IANS) Ghana's Minister of Youth and Sports Mahama Ayariga appointed an 11-member committee to work towards securing the right to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2017). Additionally, six former 'Black Stars' players and a former world boxing champion have been appointed to serve as ambassadors during the bidding process, reports Xinhua. The committee mem...

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CPI-M candidate wins Tripura's Manu seat

Agartala, Sep 16 (IANS) CPI-M candidate Pravat Chowdhury Tuesday won the Manu assembly seat in southern Tripura. Chowdhury defeated his nearest Congress rival Mailafru Mog by a record margin of around 16,000 votes, officials here said. The returning officer to the Manu assembly bypoll, Rajib Datta told IANS that the CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) candidate Chowdhury, a...

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Rajasthan poll results: BJP wins one, trails in three

Jaipur, Sep 16 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday won Rajasthan's Kota South assembly constituency, but was trailing in the remaining three constituencies where bypolls were held till reports last came in. According to the results till 10.45 a.m., BJP's Sandeep Sharma was declared elected from the Kota South constituency, defeating Congress candidate Shivkant Nandwana by ove...

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