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Kerala expatriates needn't panic over oil downturn, says expert

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 14 (IANS) The downturn in global oil industry, its deepest since the 1990s, is no cause for panic among people from Kerala living and working in the Middle East, an international migration expert said. The downturn might, however, have some impact on those who are employed in the higher echelons of the job market, S. Irudayarajan, who heads the migration departmen...

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Come election season, Punjab parties turn 'starry-eyed'

Chandigarh, Feb 14 (IANS) Major political players in Punjab have literally become 'starry-eyed' ahead of next year's assembly polls in the state. Actors, singers, comedians and other celebrities are out to be wooed by four major political parties on Punjab's electoral front. The latest entrants into the political fold are Punjabi comedian-actor Gurpreet Ghuggi who joined the Aam Aadmi Pa...

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Mamata's multi-pronged strategy to win Bengal poll battle

Kolkata, Feb 14 (IANS) Even as the opposition Left Front and the Congress go through a labyrinth of procedures in their bid to cobble up a possible alliance for the assembly polls later this year, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has steamed ahead with a clear-cut three-pronged strategy to charm the voters. The Trinamool Congress supremo has been showering goodies aplenty on va...

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Mentally unstable man chained in Rajasthan village

Sri Ganganagar (Rajasthan), Feb 14 (IANS) Unable to afford the medical treatment for a mentally unstable man, the family of 45-year-old Ramkumar in a Rajasthan village has chained him to a bed for the last 5-6 years. Ramkumar, a resident of Ganeshgarh village in Sri Ganganagar district, some 450 km from state capital Jaipur, became mentally unstable after his cousin died. He bec...

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Loss of sleep during adolescence may cause health issues

New York, Feb 14 (IANS) Slow-wave sleep deprivation in teenaged boys predicts whether they are at risk for insulin resistance and other health issues, a neuroscience researcher has said. Boys who experience a greater decline in slow-wave sleep as adolescents have a significantly higher chance of developing insulin resistance than those who more closely maintained their slow-wave sleep a...

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B-Town celebs spread love on V-Day

Mumbai, Feb 14 (IANS) A string of tinsel town celebrities like Arjun Rampal, Sunny Deol and Aditi Rao Hydari have shared heart-warming messages on Twitter on the Valentine's Day on Sunday. Here's what they have to say: Aditi Rao Hydari: Happy Valentine's Day and may every day be filled with love forever! Arjun Rampal: Happy Valentine's Day. Love is the only truth, and I...

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Vidya Balan is 'Pride of Kerala'

Mumbai, Feb 14 (IANS) National Award-winning actress Vidya Balan, who hails from Kerala, has been feted with the Pride of Kerala award. The Kahaani actress, who has received the honour, has mesmerized audiences with her powerful performances in films like Parineeta, The Dirty Picture and No One Killed Jessica. She was honoured by the non-sectarian, non-political community organi...

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Veteran cinematographer Ananadakuttan dead

Kochi, Feb 14 (IANS) Ace cinematographer Ananadakuttan passed away at a private hospital here on Sunday, his family announced. He was 61 and was undergoing treatment for cancer. He began his full-fledged career as a cinematographer in 1977. In a career spanning close to four decades, he cranked the camera for over 150 films, including Malayalam films like His Highness Ab...

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'Need continuous efforts to involve celebs in animation films'

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) Animation films in Hollywood have prominently featured voiceovers by celebrities like Sandra Bullock and Angelina Jolie, but this is not the case with Bollywood. Animation filmmaker Rajiv Chilaka, best known for giving life to 'desi' characters like Chhota Bheem and Mighty Raju, says there needs to be a continuous effort to rope in celebrities into this space. I ...

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U-19 World Cup: Windies pacers demolish Indian line-up

Mirpur (Bangladesh), Feb 14 (IANS) The West Indies produced a strong bowling performance to bundle out India for a meagre 145 runs in 45.1 overs in the final of the ICC Under-19 cricket World Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Sunday. Sarfaraz Khan (51 off 89) was the top scorer for the three-time winners, as the talented Indian batting line-up failed to impress on the cru...

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US political tussle likely on naming new apex court justice

Washington, Feb 14 (IANS) US President Barack Obama said he planned to nominate a new Supreme Court justice after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, a step promising to be another partisan jockeying with Republican rivals. Today is a time to remember Justice Scalia's legacy. I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to nominate a successor in due time, Xinhua news agency quote...

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Allu Sirish's next titled 'Srirastu Subhamastu'

Chennai, Feb 14 (IANS) The makers of actor Allu Sirish-starrer Telugu family drama Srirastu Subhamastu unveiled the first look poster of the film on Sunday on the occasion of Valentine's Day. The poster was officially released on social media. Directed by Parasuram, the film also stars Lavanya Tripathi, Prakash Raj, Rao Ramesh, Tanikella Bharani and Sumalatha in important roles....

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Tough for me to change anything: Anil Kapoor

Mumbai, Feb 14 (IANS) Actor-producer Anil Kapoor says he has a lot of things to do so, and it wouldn't be easy for him to bring about a change in anything. Is Anil, currently busy with 24: Season 2, trying to change the dynamics of television industry with the series? I am a very singular kind of a person. I believe in singularity. I have lot more things to do so, it would be tou...

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Apple to replace faulty USB-C cables

New York, Feb 14 (IANS) US tech giant Apple has announced a worldwide replacement programme for the USB-C cable that it shipped between April and June, 2015. The cable was released with the 12-inch Retina Macbook last year, and according to Apple, it is possible for the cable to fail without warning due to flaw in the design. As a result, your MacBook may not charge or only charg...

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U-19 World Cup: India vs West Indies, India scoreboard

Mirpur (Bangladesh), Feb 14 (IANS) The following is the scoreboard of the India innings in their ICC Under-19 cricket World Cup final against West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Sunday. India Rishabh Pant st Imlach b Joseph 1 Ishan Kishan lbw b Joseph 4 Anmolpreet Singh c Imlach b Joseph 3 Washington Sundar c Joseph b John 7 S...

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China launches gravitational wave research project

Beijing, Feb 14 (IANS) Tianqin, China's domestic gravitational wave research project initiated by the Sun Yat-sen University in July 2015, is awaiting governmental approval. The US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) announced its ground-breaking discovery of gravitational waves on Thursday, which fulfilled the prediction of Albert Einstein's general theory o...

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U-19 World Cup final: India all out for 145

Mirpur (Bangladesh), Feb 14 (IANS) The West Indies bundled out India for just 145 in 45.1 overs in the final of the ICC Under-19 cricket World Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Sunday. Sarfaraz Khan (51 off 89) was the top scorer for India. For the West Indies, Ryan John (3-38) and Alzarri Joseph (3-39) were the pick of the bowlers. ...

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Trump, Bush clash marks Republican debate

Washington, Feb 14 (IANS) The six remaining Republican presidential contenders clashed over issues ranging from immigration to foreign policy, but they all agreed that President Barack Obama should not name a replacement for a dead Supreme Court judge. One of the most notable exchanges in the Republican debate on CBS News in Greenville, South Carolina ahead of the February 20 South Carol...

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Chinese cues to guide Indian equity markets

Mumbai, Feb 14 (IANS) Trends in the Chinese indices, coupled with domestic macro-economic data and a rebound in crude oil prices, are expected to guide the Indian equity markets during the upcoming week. Even the last of the domestic quarterly earning results, the rupee's trajectory and the interest of foreign investors will give vital cues to the next moves of the markets. The b...

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Stage set to rank 75 top cities under 'Swachh Bharat'

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) The stage is set to recognise cities that have taken Swachh Bharat campaign seriously, with a Top 75 ranking based on feedback from 20 million citizens, among others parameters, says the chair of the institution that has conducted the exercise. Which is the cleanest Indian city? Who are the leaders? Who are the slow movers? Answers to these questions -- Swachh Su...

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