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10 killed in Rajasthan bus accident

Jaipur, Aug 31 (IANS) Ten people were killed and 36 injured in Rajasthan Sunday when a bus carrying pilgrims collided head on with a truck, police said. The accident took place around 6.30 a.m. on the Mandia by-pass near Pali, some 300 km from here. The bus carried pilgrims from Utharada village in Salumber tehsil of Udaipur district. It was returning from the shrine of B...

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Abe glad Modi visited Kyoto

Kyoto, Aug 31 (IANS) Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Sunday said he was happy his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi toured the country's ancient capital Kyoto. I am very glad that Modi enjoyed the cultural heritage of ... Kyoto, Abe tweeted. He said he had valuable exchanges with Modi on India-Japan cultural ties and international affairs. Sharing his thoughts on Modi's vi...

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Will study Goa's gambling, alcohol problems: Governor

Panaji, Aug 31 (IANS) Newly appointed Goa Governor Mridula Sinha Sunday said she will study the state's gambling and alcohol addiction problems during her stint. Speaking to reporters after being sworn-in at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan on the outskirts of Panaji, Sinha also said she would work for the welfare of the poor, women, children and families in the small coastal state. When...

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Modi leaves for Tokyo

Kyoto, Aug 31 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi departed for Tokyo Sunday evening, on the second day of his five-day visit to Japan. Goodbye Kyoto, the external affairs ministry spokesman tweeted, as Modi ended a two-day trip to Kyoto, which was the capital of imperial Japan. The Indian leader arrived here Saturday. His Japan visit ends Sep 3. ...

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Himachal facing worst financial crisis

Shimla, Aug 31 (IANS) The tiny hill state of Himachal Pradesh is facing one of its worst financial crises. The state coffers are virtually empty and have hardly any money to pay salaries to its 261,000 employees and 139,000 pensioners. Expenditure under the two heads during 2014-15 has been estimated at Rs.11,143 crore. Revenue receipts for 2014-15 are estimated at Rs.16,522 crore and ex...

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For DINK couples, outsourcing parenthood is cool

New York, Aug 31 (IANS) For double-income-no-kid (DINK) couples, raising a child is the most difficult part. For them, creches and day-care centres in the marketplace are no less than playing the role of real parents. According to a study, modern-day parents feel that outsourcing traditional parental duties is ultimately protecting parenthood. Today, parents are increasingly outs...

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Ancient metal workers were not treated as slaves

London, Aug 31 (IANS) Ancient metal workers were highly regarded for their skills and were not treated as slaves as popular narratives suggest, says a study. In the course of ongoing excavations at Timna Valley in Israel, Tel Aviv University archaeologists analysed remnants of food eaten by copper smelters 3,000 years ago. The labourers operating the furnaces were, in fact, skill...

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Philippines seeking defence ties with India after China's moves

Manila, Aug 31 (IANS) Worried over increasingly aggressive moves of China to stake claim on disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the Philippines is looking at establishing defence cooperation with allies, including India, a top official said here. The Philippines is watching with heightened concern China's moves at reclamation work on four reefs in the Spratly Islands that Manila says ...

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Kim's daughter to follow her beauty ritual soon?

Los Angeles, Aug 31 (IANS) It seems like reality TV star Kim Kardashian's 14-month-old daughter North will take after her mother when it comes to maintaining a strict beauty routine as the little one already likes combing her own tresses. North likes to brush her own hair. You start with a brush and then you have to get a second brush (for her). Right when you get it all perfect, she tak...

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World Cup is all that matters, not rankings: Clarke

Melbourne, Aug 31 (IANS) Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke feels all that matters is winning the World Cup and not the rankings. Australia are currently the No.1 ranked ODI team followed by India and South Africa in the second and the third places respectively. Clarke is not bothered even if South Africa steal the No.1 spot by winning the ongoing tri-series, that also i...

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Britney Spears' ex banned from contacting her?

Los Angeles, Aug 31 (IANS) Britney Spears' ex-boyfriend David Lucado wants to have one last conversation with the singer, but her team, led by father Jamie Spears, is reportedly blocking him from contacting her. Lucado is reportedly telling friends that he and Britney were not 100 percent together a few weeks ago when he was videotaped dancing and making out with a girl. And he wants to ...

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Five new monkey species discovered

London, Aug 31 (IANS) Conservationists have discovered five new monkey species in South America that have, since, been added to the animal record books. The five new species were found in locations in Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. These are all saki monkeys. Now, there are 16 saki monkeys - known to be beneficial for the environment as they help to disperse seeds in their tropical rain fores...

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Soon batteries to run on sugar

New York, Aug 31 (IANS) In a breakthrough to develop long-lasting batteries for smartphones and other gadgets, scientists have successfully created a sugar biobattery that completely converts the chemical energy in sugar substrates into electricity. This biobattery can achieve an energy-storage density of about 596 ampere-hours (A/h) per kg - an order of magnitude higher than the 42 A-h/...

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2,000-year-old wooden toilet seat discovered

London, Aug 31 (IANS) Archaeologists have unearthed a unique 2,000-year-old wooden toilet seat from the Roman fort of Vindolanda in northern England. The seat was found in a muddy trench and has been preserved in the anaerobic conditions that exist at Vindolanda, media reports said. We know a lot about Roman toilets from previous excavations at the site and from other locations a...

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Tripura officer suspended for ordering schools to buy CM's book

Agartala, Aug 31 (IANS) The Tripura government has suspended a senior officer and cautioned another for issuing an order to purchase books written by the chief minister and the then chief secretary, an official said here Sunday. Ambalika Datta was suspended from service and the government also cautioned Additional Director of School Education D.K. Debbarma, School Education Director Prad...

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George Clooney to have 'red-blooded' bachelor party

Los Angeles, Aug 31 (IANS) Actor George Clooney is set to marry Amal Alamuddin next month in Italy and his friends are said to be keen to throw him a stag do at a strip club near his house in Santa Barbara, California, to celebrate. This isn't a surprise we're springing. We floated the idea of one final night of red-blooded male fun and he jumped at it, femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source ...

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Rain cools Delhi, nearby areas

New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) A spell of rain Sunday cooled Delhi and adjoining areas in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The Met office has forecast more rainfall during the day. Sunday's minimum temperature settled at 25 degrees Celsius, slightly below the season's average. The rains, which cooled the capital, also led to water logging and traffic snarls in many parts. Delhi Polic...

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23 killed in Afghan accident

Kabul, Aug 31 (IANS) At least 23 people were killed Sunday in Afghanistan when their bus collided with a truck, an official said. The accident took place along the Islam Qala highway in Herat province, the official told Xinhua. The victims included women and children. ...

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Mary-Kate Olsen a horse jockey now?

New York, Aug 31 (IANS) Actress-fashion designer Mary-Kate Olsen certainly likes to experiment when it comes to her career. She now seems to be attracted to horse riding as she was seen competing in the Hampton Classic Horse Show. The 28-year-old hit Bridgehampton here recently for the Hampton Classic. Olsen suited up in a pair of riding khakis, boots, a navy blue blazer, and an equestri...

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Got a cavity? Check whether your dental clinic is infection proof

New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) Is your dental clinic HIV and Hepatitis proof? Better find out soon or you might meet the same fate as 32-year-old Arnold Zakaria, who developed swellings in his throat glands and armpits after being treated for a dental cavity. Repeated use of improperly sterilized instruments by his dentist led to this severe infection which resulted in bouts of fever, loss of ...

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