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Bypoll results a shock: Shiv Sena

Mumbai, Sep 17 (IANS) The Shiv Sena Wednesday described the Sep 13 bypoll results as an unexpected shock and surprise and said there are lessons to be learnt from it for the forthcoming Maharashtra assembly polls. Don't take the voters for granted... They are very intelligent. Keep your feet on the ground and don't indulge in sword-fights from the air... Otherwise, the people will skin y...

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I'm fine, says Kamal Haasan from hospital

Mumbai, Sep 17 (IANS) Veteran actor Kamal Haasan, who was admitted to hospital following a bout of food poisoning, says he's fine and that there's no cause for alarm. I know a lot of people would like to make a drama out of this. Sorry to disappoint them. I am fine. It's just a simple case of food poisoning. No cause for alarm, Kamal said over phone from a private hospital in Chennai.

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Vatican car carrying drugs intercepted

Paris, Sep 17 (IANS/EFE) French police have confiscated cocaine and marijuana from a car with Vatican plates, after it entered the country from Spain, RTL radio reported. It said Tuesday police officers stopped the car, which had diplomatic car plates issued to the Vatican mission in France, at a checkpoint on the Chambery road near the Italian border. Inside they found four kg o...

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Red carpet welcome, Gujarati culture and cuisine await Xi

Ahmedabad, Sep 17 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives here Wednesday afternoon on the first leg of his three-day India visit during which trade and investment are expected to top the agenda of talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi besides other bilateral and regional issues. Xi is arriving in Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of Gujarat state, at the head of a high-powered dele...

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NRI remittances to Kerala grows

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 17 (IANS) Remittances to Kerala have continued to grow ever since Keralites started migrating to the Gulf region, a study said. During the 12-month period ending in March 1, 2014, it stood at Rs.72,680 crores, 46 percent higher than the remittances in 2011, the study added. The number of Kerala emigrants as estimated by the study in 2014 was 23.63 lakhs.

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Meteorite that killed dinosaurs helped forests bloom

Washington, Sep 17 (IANS) A giant meteorite that wiped out dinosaurs along with evergreen flowering plants 66 million years ago gave rise to deciduous plants - plants that lose their leaves at some point during the year, a significant study reveals. According to researchers from the University of Arizona, the meteorite impact decimated flowering plants to a much greater extent than their...

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Shooting for next James Bond film starts in December

Los Angeles, Sep 17 (IANS/EFE) Shooting of the next James Bond film, the 24th instalment of the popular spy series, will begin Dec 6 at Pinewood Studios near London, Variety reported. Sam Mendes is back to direct the new film following his work on the hugely successful Skyfall (2012). Daniel Craig will once again play Agent 007 in the new instalment, starring in his fourth Bond f...

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Is Samsung ready with its first selfie phone?

London, Sep 17 (IANS) At a time when the world is going crazy over the selfie phenomena, Samsung is rumoured to have developed its first selfie-centric smartphone. The Galaxy Grand Prime reportedly has a 5MP front-facing camera fit for clicking a great self-portrait. It has a five inch, high definition quality (540 x 960 pixels) display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 process...

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PM Modi seeks mother's blessing on birthday

Gandhinagar, Sep 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday met his mother here and sought her blessings on his 64th birthday. A large number of residents gathered to wish Happy birthday Narendrabhai. Modi, who turned 64 Wednesday, reached Ahmedabad Tuesday in his first visit to Gujarat after becoming the prime minister. Modi family sources told IANS that early Wednesday mo...

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Sunny Wednesday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) It was a sunny Wednesday morning here with a minimum temperature of 25.6 degrees Celsius, slightly above the season's average. The sky will become partly cloudy with the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon, said an India Meteorological Department official. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Humidity at ...

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NASA selects Boeing, SpaceX to ferry US astronauts to ISS

Washington, Sep 17 (IANS) With a goal to end the US' sole reliance on the Russian Space Shuttle in 2017, NASA selected two American firms to transport astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The space agency late Tuesday chose the US multinational Boeing Co and California-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX) for the multi-billion dollar contract to carry astron...

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Obama calls for gun control on anniversary of Navy Yard shooting

Washington, Sep 17 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama renewed his call for common-sense gun control measures, one year after a shootout in a US Navy facility in Washington left 12 people dead. One year ago, our dedicated military and civilian personnel at the Washington Navy Yard were targeted in an unspeakable act of violence that took the lives of 12 American patriots, he said in a s...

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Spain may prosecute citizens who join jihadi groups

Madrid, Sep 17 (IANS/EFE) The Spanish government is thinking about amending the criminal code to allow Spaniards who take part in foreign conflicts, especially those in which radical Islamic groups are involved, to be prosecuted on terrorism charges. Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo referred to the measure in a speech before a parliamentary committee Tuesday detailing Spain's...

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Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling welcome a baby girl

Los Angeles, Sep 17 (IANS/EFE) Actors Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling became first-time parents last week when the Latina gave birth to a baby girl, the US Weekly has reported. Mendes, 40, and Gosling, 33, have had a romantic relationship since they acted together in the 2011 film, The Place Beyond the Pines. The couple is known for their discretion, even about her pregnancy, which s...

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Sensex surges 131 points; metal stocks gain

Mumbai, Sep 17 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Wednesday surged 131.16 points or 0.50 percent up as metal stocks gained. All the sectors were trading in green and good buying was observed in metal, healthcare, consumer durables and capital goods sectors. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 26,627.21...

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US-based EcoSikh raises funds for environmental action in Punjab

Washington, Sep 17 (IANS) EcoSikh, a Washington-based community environmental group, is raising funds to help support environmental initiatives in India's Punjab state, and elsewhere in the world. Over 300 Sikhs joined a gala for Earth's ecological future here over the weekend to mark the fifth anniversary of EcoSikh's founding. The star-studded event featured musical entertainm...

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Almost 10 mn people in US live on less than $2 a day

Washington, Sep 17 (IANS/EFE) Almost ten million people in the US live on less than $2 a day and outside the money economy, surviving on food stamps, welfare and free meals provided by public schools and charities, Brookings Institution researcher Laurence Chandy said. The people who are excluded from the money economy are the most vulnerable to unexpected crises such as illness or the d...

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PM Modi seeks mother's blessing on his birthday

Gandhinagar, Sep 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday met his mother and sought her blessings on his 64th birthday. PM Narendra Modi met his mother Hira Baa in Gandhinagar, Gujarat this morning. The prime minister sought the blessings of his mother, the Prime Minister's Office said in a tweet. Modi, who turned 64 Wednesday, reached Ahmedabad Tuesday in his first visi...

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UN chief wishes Modi attends UN Climate Change Summit

United Nations, Sep 17 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wishes Prime Mininster Narendra Modi would attend the Climate Change Summit next week at the UN in New York. I really wanted to have him participate in the climate change summit meeting, Ban said at a news conference Tuesday. But he noted that Modi would be addressing the General Assembly Sep 27 even though he will not be abl...

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Barcelona target Gabriel close to new Santos deal

Rio de Janeiro, Sep 17 (IANS) Barcelona target Gabriel is on the verge of signing a new deal with Brazilian club Santos. The contract will tie the 18-year-old to Santos until 2019, Xinhua quoted player agent Wagner Ribeiro as telling sports news portal Lancenet. We are just finalizing details but an announcement should be made by Friday, Ribeiro said. The new deal will ma...

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