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Bayern willing to spend 100m euro during transfer season

Berlin, March 31 (IANS) Bayern Munich can afford to spend a sum of a whopping 100 million euro ($108.5m) to buy a single player at the end-of-season transfers, the German football club's finance director Jan-Christian Dreesen has said. It's possible for us to spend 100 million euros on a player, said Dreesen on Monday, reports Xinhua. It may not come true but I don't want to corr...

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British queen faces staff strike over 'appalling' low pay

London, March 31 (IANS) Britain's Queen Elizabeth is facing the first ever strike threat by her staff when workers at Windsor Castle vote over appalling low pay and allowances. Castle staff start on as little as 14,400 pounds (about $21,000, or Rs.13.35 lakh) per year, meaning they earn less than the living wage, but are expected to carry out extra duties for no extra pay, such as giving...

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Reviving craftsmanship, empowering women in South Asia

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Women are generally not allowed to venture too far from their homes in Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province, leave alone even distantly thinking of employment. But Khalida Bibi's quest for empowerment has made her an exception and a shining example for other women in her village in Haripur district. It wasn't easy for the 52-year-old to face harsh innuendos f...

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3D skin maps to unravel role of personal hygiene

Washington, March 31 (IANS) Researchers from the University of California - San Diego have developed 3D human skin maps that will provide a baseline for future studies on how molecules make up our skin, the microbes that live on us, our personal hygiene routines and other environmental factors. The study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences may help fu...

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Have peanuts with meal to ward off heart diseases

New York, March 31 (IANS) Including peanut in a high-fat meal may protect your heart from the negative effects of such a diet, suggests a new study. Peanuts can be substituted for high-fat, nutrient-poor foods in the diet that contain solid fats, said the study recently presented at the American Society for Nutrition's 79th scientific sessions and annual meeting in Boston. Previo...

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Domestic violence leaves mental scars as well

Toronto, March 31 (IANS) Besides physical injuries, victims of domestic violence are also at a greater risk of mental health problems such as depression and psychotic symptoms, highlights a new study. The study, published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, showed that women who were victims of domestic violence had a three times higher risk of developing schizophrenia-like psychotic ...

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If you're fit, you're hit: Kabir on playing villain

Chennai, March 31 (IANS) Model-turned-actor Kabir Duhan Singh, who made a smashing debut as the antagonist in last week's Telugu actioner Jil, says fitness is equally important for actors who play baddies on screen. Fitness is no longer just important for heroes. Even actors who play villain roles give equal importance about being fit and looking good. We are in the entertainment industr...

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Srinagar-Jammu highway partially reopens as weather improves

Jammu, March 31 (IANS) The strategic Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was opened for one-way traffic on Tuesday as improved weather and receding water level in major rivers lessened the danger of damage by floods in the state. Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been opened for one-way traffic today, a senior police officer told IANS in Jammu on Tuesday. However, only light vehicl...

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Difficulty in driving reflects risk of contracting Alzheimer's

Toronto, March 31 (IANS) Women who find it difficult to think and move at the same time, an ability required to perform everyday tasks such as driving a car are at a higher risk of contracting Alzheimer's disease, suggests a new study. The researchers at York University in Canada found a link between performance in such tasks and a communication problem between different brain regions th...

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NASA enters key partnerships for deep-space missions

Washington, March 31 (IANS) The US space agency has selected 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to develop the exploration capabilities necessary to enable commercial endeavours in human exploration to deep-space destinations such as Mars. Through these public-private partnerships, selected companies will prepare concept studies and technology development ...

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Indian equities open higher on positive global cues

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Key Indian stock indices were quoting higher on Tuesday on positive cues from the global markets with stocks of companies in the oil and gas, metals and power sectors catching the investors' fancy. The sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) opened higher above the psychologically-important 28,000-point mark at 28,069.85 points and soon move...

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United, Liverpool 'in battle' for new Brazil sensation

Rio de Janerio, March 31 (IANS) Brazil's latest football sensation, Roberto Firmino, could be set for a summer move to the English Premier League, according to media reports in Brazil. The 23-year old player has been capped only four times for the Selecao but he is already being touted as a national team mainstay by Brazil's media, Xinhua reported. The attacker's status as one o...

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Two children killed in wall collapse in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, March 31 (IANS) Two children were killed and their parents injured in a wall collapse here early Tuesday, police said. The incident took place in a colony meant for the weaker section in the Borabanda area. The family was asleep when the wall, weakened due to unseasonal rains that lashed the city on Monday, collapsed. A three-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy were ...

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Azerbaijan to host international chess festival

Baku, March 31 (IANS) Azerbaijan will host the chess festival Nakhchivan Open 2015 commemorating the country's national leader Heydar Aliyev, said the organising committee, a media report said on Tuesday. The tournament will take place on May 1-10 in three groups and will be played over nine rounds of Swiss system, reported Xinhua. The tournament to be held in Nakhchivan Autonomo...

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Round-the-world solar plane reaches China

Beijing, March 31 (IANS) The Solar Impulse (Si2), the solar-powered aircraft on a mission to fly around the globe without a drop of fuel, reached Chongqing city in China on Tuesday. The aircraft, piloted by the Swiss project chairman Bertrand Piccard, departed from Myanmar's second largest city of Mandalay on Monday morning, Xinhua reported. Capable of flying over oceans for sev...

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Can Internet be allowed to spell death for the unborn girl child?

The low and declining sex ratio in the country is no longer a subject matter of debate or doubt. The child (0-6 years) sex ratio has declined from 962 in 1981 to 945 in 1991, 927 in 2001 and to 918 in 2011. If we had the same sex ratio in 2011 as in 1981 we would have had 3.9 million more girls. This is the number of girl children that have been eliminated. The danger is real and present and need...

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Japan extends unilateral sanctions against North Korea

Tokyo, March 31 (IANS) Japanese authorities on Tuesday approved a two year extension of its unilateral sanctions imposed against North Korea. The decision showed that Japan sees no tangible progress in North Korea's investigation into the abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s-80s, Xinhua reported, citing Japan's Kyodo News. The sanctions, which will expire on April 13, in...

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Pakistan hangs four convicts

Islamabad, March 31 (IANS) Four death row convicts were hanged on Tuesday in different jails in Pakistan's Punjab province, a media report said. Mohammad Riaz, who was convicted of killing a man in 2008 during a robbery was hanged in Sargodha Jail. This is the first execution in this jail since it was established in 1910, Dawn online reported. Akram-ul-Haq, convicted for kidnappi...

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Partly cloudy Tuesday in Delhi

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) It was a sunny Tuesday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature settling at 19 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average. The Met office has forecast a partly cloudy Tuesday. The day will be partly cloudy and there was mist in the morning, said an India Meteorological Department official. The maximum temperature wou...

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Zidane wants to coach France national team

Paris, March 31 (IANS) France soccer legend Zinedine Zidane again expressed his will of managing the national team in the future, said a media report on Tuesday The 42-year-old, who won the World Cup in 1998 and European Championship in 2000 with Les Bleus during his player career, is currently coaching Real Madrid's reserve team Castilla, reported Xinhua. While being the guest o...

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