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Sensex surges over 200 points; capital goods stocks gain

Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), Friday surged 213 points or 0.74 percent in the early session as capital goods stocks gained. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 55.45 points or 0.64 percent up at 8,739.30 points. The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (B...

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Ghaziabad, Noida critically polluted: Official

Lucknow, Feb 27 (IANS) Ghaziabad, Noida and a few other areas in Uttar Pradesh have been declared critically polluted, forcing the state government to issue fresh directives to contain the menace, an official said Friday. The other areas are Kanpur, Agra, Singrauli (Sonebhadra) and Varanasi-Mirzapur. Worried at the falling levels of air and water quality in these area, Chief Secr...

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Fiction, business and disturbing stories

An unlikely friendship, a world full of witches and pirate girls and powerful business entrepreneurs. There is no common thread tying these themes together, but each book in the IANS book stack this weekend has an interesting tale to tell its own way. Take a look. 1. Book: Bystanders; Author: Vidya Madabushi; Publisher: Tranquebar; Pages: 290; Price: Rs. 350 Growing up in the sma...

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Visiting Wolfsburg eliminates Sporting from Europa League

Lisbon, Feb 27 (IANS) Sporting Lisbon were held to a 0-0 draw by visitors Wolfsburg at the Jose Alvalade stadium here, losing its chance to reach the UEFA Europa League Round of 16. Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio proved crucial as he denied Sporting a number of chances Thursday, with Nani's volley in the 17th flying wide, reported Xinhua. Sporting midfielder William Carvalho alm...

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US intelligence chief warns of 'home-grown extremists'

Washington, Feb 27 (IANS) A top US intelligence official warned Thursday that home-grown violent extremists continue to pose the most likely threat to homeland security, Xinhua news agency reported. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that there is serious threat posed by extremist groups' calling for lone-wolf type of attacks ag...

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H1N1 cases rise in Uttar Pradesh; nurse infected

Lucknow, Feb 27 (IANS) With 33 new swine flu cases coming to light since Thursday, the total number of H1N1 patients here Friday climbed to 359, officials said. A nurse at a government hospital tested positive, triggering panic in the health fraternity and forcing the health department to issue new guidelines for prevention of the disease. The health officials are worried because...

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Four killed in South Korea shooting rampage

Seoul, Feb 27 (IANS) Four people were killed and one was injured in an air rifle shooting rampage in Gyeonggy Province of South Korea, Xinhua news agency reported Friday. Police received an official report at about 9.30 a.m. that one person shot at relatives with an air rifle in a house in Hwaseong, southwest of capital Seoul. When police arrived, a man and a woman, estimated to ...

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Vanilla Ice 'in a mess'

Miami, Feb 27 (IANS) Rapper Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Matthew Van Winkle, says he has landed in a little bit of a mess following his arrest last week. The 47-year-old, who was charged with burglary residence and grand theft following an alleged crime which occurred adjacent to a Florida home he was renovating for his 'The Vanilla Ice Project' show, is hopeful the situation w...

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Why did Clarkson name daughter River Rose?

Los Angeles, Feb 27 (IANS) Singer Kelly Clarkson says when it came to naming her daughter, it didn't take much mental heavy-lifting to come up with the unique moniker River Rose. We were going back and forth on what to name her. And I like androgynous names, people.com quoted the 32-year-old as saying. During one day of her pregnancy, she and husband Brandon Blackstock were rela...

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Strong earthquake jolts parts of Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 27 (IANS) A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit northern region of Pakistan, including capital city of Islamabad Friday, media reported. According to initial details, strong tremors jolted Islamabad, Mansehra, Rawalpindi, Murree, Sawat, Malakand, Shangla Hill, Batgaram and adjoining areas, ARY news reported. The duration of the quake was around three to five seconds and i...

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Darul Uloom Haqqania students involved in Benazir killing

Islamabad, Feb 27 (IANS) An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan was informed Thursday that students of Darul Uloom Haqqania in Akora Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were involved in the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, media reported. The seminary administration, however, denied having any connection with the suspects, Dawn online reported. The hearing of ...

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Argentine judge rejects cover-up charges against president

Buenos Aires, Feb 27 (IANS/EFE) An Argentine judge Thursday dismissed the charges late prosecutor Alberto Nisman brought against President Cristina Fernandez of trying to conceal Iranian involvement in a 1994 attack on a Jewish organisation in Buenos Aires that left 85 people dead. The evidence does not provide even minimal support for the accusations against Fernandez, Foreign Minister ...

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Animals are good for the soul: Judi Dench

London, Feb 27 (IANS) Actress Judi Dench, who has previously cared for four cats, two guinea pigs, 12 water voles, two fish, a hamster and a pair of field mice, says being surrounded by pets is good for the soul. Dench told Stylist magazine that she has given her breadstick-sized goldfish Lazarus the kiss of life twice and she never ceases to be amazed by her, reports femalefirst.co.uk.<...

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Go solo, but stay one: Cowell to One Direction

Los Angeles, Feb 27 (IANS) TV mogul Simon Cowell says he's given One Direction bandmates Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson permission to work on solo material as long as they stay together. Cowell told The Sun newspaper that he doesn't mind if the boy's band works on their own individual projects on the side, as long as they come back to the band, rep...

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No Vogue cover for Kylie Jenner?

Los Angeles, Feb 27 (IANS) Reality TV star Kylie Jenner has reportedly been denied a Vogue magazine cover shoot. Kylie told Kris to get her a spread in Vogue because both Kim and Kendall have been featured in the magazine, radaronline.com quoted a source as saying. Kendall has appeared in three consecutive issues of Vogue, and Kylie believes it's now her turn. Even though Kylie d...

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US backs proposal to consider Internet a public service

Washington, Feb 27 (IANS/EFE) The US Federal Communications Commission Thursday approved the proposal to make Internet a public utility, a decision that will allow increased regulation of online activities to guarantee the open nature of the Net. The 3-2 vote to approve so-called Net neutrality came without any surprises, receiving support from the Democratic members of the FCC, includin...

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Katy Perry's 'heavy' visit to Poland

Los Angeles, Feb 27 (IANS) Singer Katy Perry visited the Auschwitz-Birkinau State Museum in Poland and came out with a heavy heart. The 30-year-old took the time following her show in Krakow, Poland to visit the site of notorious concentration camps Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau Wednesday, where more several people were murdered during the Holocaust, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

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Bill Cosby thanks fans for support

Los Angeles, Feb 27 (IANS) Comedian Bill Cosby has thanked his fans for their moral support following a woman's allegations of sexual assault against him. The 77-year-old's new public-relations consultant issued a statement Wednesday which states that his Friday gig in Lafayette, Louisiana will take place amid all sexual assault allegations, reports aceshowbiz.com. Dear Fans: Fo...

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Blasts hit motor park in Nigerian city of Jos

Abuja, Feb 27 (IANS) Explosions have rocked a major motor park in Nigerian city of Jos, just hours after a suicide bomber attacked a bus station in the northeast town of Biu, witnesses said Thursday. The explosions occurred at the Bauchi Road motor park in Jos, and many people are feared killed, Xinhua reported. A witness named Dalap Tanyong said the explosions have killed a yet...

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Robbie slapped DiCaprio during '...Wall Street' audition

Los Angeles, Feb 27 (IANS) Actress Margot Robbie says she slapped her on screen husband Leonardo DiCaprio from The Wolf of Wall Street during a passionate audition for the 2013 biographical black comedy film. Speaking to the Harper's Bazaar magazine in its April issue, the 24-year-old, who is currently promoting her new release Focus, said she smacked DiCaprio, 40 in the face and got afr...

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