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Confident Perera aims to shine at Panasonic Open India

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Mithun Perera is confident he can vie for honours at next week's $300,000 Panasonic Open India at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC), a course which suits his sharp-shooting game. The young Sri Lankan is dreaming of a maiden Asian Tour title despite a season of struggles so far where he currently ranks 73rd on the Order of Merit. Delhi Golf Club is one of my favour...

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Bob Dylan to release new album in 2015?

Los Angeles, Nov 1 ( IANS) Iconic musician Bob Dylan is reportedly set to release a new album in 2015. The 36th studio album will reportedly consist entirely of cover versions. The news of his new album started making the rounds when advance copies of Dylan's latest box set The Basement Tapes Complete came with a flyer advertisement inserted into the artwork. The flyer st...

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J.K. Rowling releases new Harry Potter story

Los Angeles, Nov 1 (IANS) Acclaimed author J.K. Rowling has written a new Harry Potter story and published it on her website, Pottermore. The author's latest work has been titled Defence Against the Dark Arts Teacher -- a biography of Dolores Umbridge, reports contactmusic.com. Rowling, 49, had previously said Umbridge is the character she dislikes the most, explaining: Her desir...

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Italian origin woman accuses sadhu of harassing her

Vrindavan, Nov 1 (IANS) Authorities here Saturday launched a probe after a 65-year-old Italian origin woman accused a sadhu of harassing her and making lewd gestures. In her complaint, Braj Basi Devi Dasi said the sadhu (holy man) - Nitai Das - also threatened to attack her with acid. Mathura senior superintendent of police Manzil Saine told IANS that police is probing the compla...

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NASA's Mars spacecraft ready for test flight

Washington, Nov 1 (IANS) The US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has fully assembled the Orion spacecraft for a test flight Dec 4. Orion is scheduled to be launched aboard a Delta IV heavy rocket and will complete a 4.5-hour, two-orbit test flight. The capsule designed and built by the Jefferson County-based Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (LMSS...

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Skill development for the blind launched

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) A city-based NGO has launched a skill development programme for the blind to enhance their employability quotient. The four-month pilot project, launched by Score Foundation, aims at training 20 blind graduates who have recently passed out of various educational institutions. Presently we have 12 people enrolled with us who will be trained in computer skil...

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Public awareness needed to check breast cancer: Experts

Kochi, Nov 1 (IANS) With around 1.5 lakh breast cancer cases being diagnosed every year in India, health experts Saturday called for more public awareness and community screening before the disease takes on epidemic proportions. Public awareness, community screening for early detection are essential interventions to save a lot of lives before the disease takes epidemic proportions, said ...

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'Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe' - refreshingly creative

Film: Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe; Cast: Pia Bajpai, Shabeer, Shruti Hariharan, Viji Chandrasekhar, Thambi Ramaiah and Y. Gee Mahendran; Director: Lakshmy Ramakrishnan; Rating: ***1/2 There's a thin line that divides being preachy and creative while addressing a burning issue. When A.R. Murugadoss's Kaththi attempted to win the audience's heart by portraying mass suicide of farmers ...

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Aishwarya Rai turns 41, Sanjay Gupta gifts 'Jazbaa' teaser

Mumbai, Nov 1 (IANS) Aishwarya Rai, who turned 41 Saturday, has many special things to look forward to. While her family has been ensuring to make it a memorable birthday, Sanjay Gupta, the director of Jazbaa, toiled to put together a premature teaser trailer of her movie. It was an idea that came to me very late. Why not put together a three-minute teaser of 'Jazbaa' and present it to h...

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'Ouija' is slow-paced and reveals nothing

Film: Ouija; Cast: Olivia Cook, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Bianca Santos, Shelley Hennig, Ana Coto and Lin Shaye; Director: Stiles White; Rating: ** 'The Ouija', also known as the spirit board or the talking board, is used in seances as a conduit to reach out to the spirits. For the curious, it's just a mode of entertainment, but for the serious, it means much more. There are...

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European Games opens ticketing sign-up page

Baku, Nov 1 (IANS) Baku 2015 European Games opened a sign-up page on its website to allow fans to register their interest in purchasing tickets for next summer's event. The website's sign-up page opened Friday night and it allows international and Azerbaijani customers to request ticketing updates on the sports programme as well as receive all the latest news from Baku 2015, reports Xinh...

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Prohibitory orders relaxed for 13-hours in Delhi's Trilokpuri

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Delhi Police Saturday relaxed prohibitory orders for 13 hours in Delhi's communal violence hit Trilokpuri area. The prohibitory orders relaxation is from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Saturday), Additional Commissioner of Police Pushpendra Kumar told IANS. Police Friday relaxed the prohibitory orders for 13 hours. It also gave permission to residents of Block 20 to or...

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Brazil's teenage archer dreams of Olympic glory

Rio de Janeiro, Nov 1 (IANS) Olympic medal prospect Marcus D' Almeida hopes this week's Brazilian Archery Championships can kickstart his quest for gold at the Rio 2016 Games. The 16-year-old has been dubbed archery's Neymar, who is currently Brazil's top footballer, after winning the silver medal at this year's Youth Olympics and World Cup, reports Xinhua. Already 10th in the wo...

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Swiss authorities arrest three Iraqis

Geneva, Nov 1 (IANS) The Swiss authorities have confirmed that they have arrested three Iraqi citizens who are under suspicion of planning a terrorist attack in Europe. The office of the attorney general of Switzerland Friday said in a statement that the suspects were arrested and held in pre-trial detention at the end of March, Xinhua reported. The office has been conducting criminal in...

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'Fury' - technically brilliant, but thematically stunted

Film: Fury; Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jim Parrack, Xavier Samuel and Jason Isaacs; Director: David Ayer; Rating: ***1/2 Visualise this -- against the setting sun and in the stillness of twilight, amidst hordes of lifeless bodies lying around, a lone Nazi soldier on horseback is inspecting the spoils of the war. Then all of a sudden, the uns...

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Six soldiers, 20 militants die in Pakistan gunfight

Islamabad, Nov 1 (IANS) At least six soldiers and 20 militants were killed in a gunbattle in Pakistan's tribal area of Orakzai Agency Saturday, media reported. An intelligence tip-off led to security forces conducting an operation against the suspected militants in Orakzai Agency on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Xinhua reported citing ARY News. Twenty militants were killed, wh...

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Federer, Murray ousted from Paris Masters

Paris, Nov 1 (IANS) World No.2 Roger Federer was stunned at the BNP Paribas Masters quarterfinals here by Canada's sole representative in ATP rankings top 10, Milos Raonic while Briton Andy Murray too exited the tennis tournament. I'm accepting this defeat, said the former top-ranked Swiss, who Friday night lost in straight sets to miss the 2,884,675 euros event's semifinals, reports Xin...

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Had my own reservations about Bollywood: Saranya Mohan

Chennai, Nov 1 (IANS) Actress Saranya Mohan, who is making her Bollywood debut with Badlapur Boys, says she had reservations about the industry even after she signed on the dotted line for the project. I've always pictured Bollywood as a glamorous industry. I'm very choosy about my costumes in films and never have I worn something I didn't like. Hence, when I signed this film, I had my o...

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Catalonia unruffled by Spanish challenge to independence vote

Madrid, Nov 1 (IANS/EFE) Artur Mas, leader of the regional administration in Catalonia, said that he plans to press ahead with a symbolic vote on independence despite a fresh legal challenge from the Spanish government. Mas originally planned a formal independence referendum Nov 9, but Spain's Constitutional Court effectively blocked it by agreeing to hear the central government's motion...

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Santhanam ready with next film as hero

Chennai, Nov 1 (IANS) Comedian Santhanam, who experimented in a lead role with Tamil comedy Vallavanuku Pullum Aayudham and emerged successful with it, is now game for another outing as a hero with a yet-untitled Tamil romantic-comedy. This film follows the success of 'Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya' and 'Vallavanuku Pullum Aayudham', which created a huge fanbase for Santhanam. Ashna Zaveri ...

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