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Very rewarding: Taapsee on watching 'Pink' with President

New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) Actress Taapsee Pannu says watching her 2016 film Pink with President Pranab Mukherjee here was an experience that she will never forget, and it was very rewarding. Taapsee and her co-star Amitabh Bachchan attended the special screening of the film at Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Saturday. Talking about it, Taapsee said in a statement: It was an experience...

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Allow small shops to open all days: Assocham

New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) Industry chamber Assocham on Sunday urged the central government to ask states to enact laws to allow small and medium level shops to stay open all seven days. Noting that large shopping malls remain open through the week, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India said small traders should also be permitted to similarly keep their shops and outlet...

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Russian pair triumphs at 2017 DDF Tennis Championships

Dubai, Feb 26 (IANS) Russians Elena Vesnina and Ekatarina Makarova won the women's doubles final at the WTA Dubai Duty (DDF) Tennis Championships 2017 here, beating the Chinese-Croatian pair of Peng Shuai and Andrea Hlavackova 6-2, 4-6, 10-7. We found a real good rhythm and we felt we were controlling the game, said a relieved and happy Vesnina, currently positioned 16 in the WTA singles...

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Macro-data to determine equities markets' trends

Mumbai, Feb 26 (IANS) Upcoming macro-economic data points, along with global trends, are expected to determine the trajectory of the Indian equities markets during the week starting February 27. The first half of the upcoming week will be heavily influenced by domestic macro-economic data points. The important quarterly GDP (Gross Domestic Product), monthly auto sales and ECI (eight core...

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PM hails Indian interceptor missile success

New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the test of an interceptor missile gives India a cutting edge competency in the area of security. Modi said in his radio programme Mann ki Baat: India has successfully test fired the Ballistic Interceptor Missile. During its trial, this missile, based on interceptor technology, destroyed an enemy missile at an ...

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Malaysia airport declared safe from toxic nerve agent

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 26 (IANS) Malaysian police on Sunday declared as safe the Kuala Lumpur international airport, where VX nerve agent was used to kill Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Police chief Abdul Samah Mat said that a joint team of police, firefighters, and atomic energy experts analysed Terminal 2, where Kim Jong-nam was attacked, but did not ...

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Computer bots too have fights like humans

London, Feb 26 (IANS) Benevolent bots that are designed to improve articles on Wikipedia -- just like humans -- have online fights over content that can continue for years, researchers have found. Commonly known as software robots, editing bots on Wikipedia undo vandalism, enforce bans, check spelling, create links and import content automatically. Other bots can mine data, iden...

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Trump not attending White House correspondents' dinner

Washington, Feb 26 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has announced that he will not attend this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, a move that comes amid increasingly hostile relations between the media and his administration, a media report said. I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evenin...

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'Indian Army will regain the upper hand against terrorists in J&K'

New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) The Indian Army has a major challenge in Jammu and Kashmir this year -- to bring down its casualties which saw a steep rise last year compared to previous years. Experts said that the changing tactics of the militants, which include attacks on military installations and provoking civilians during gun battles, pose new challenges. In the latest incident, three sol...

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Lowering systolic BP below 120 may prevent early death

New York, Feb 26 (IANS) Intensive treatment to lower systolic (top number) blood pressure to below 120 mm Hg can prevent 107,500 early deaths every year, according to a new study. Systolic blood pressure refers to the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats. The bottom number, diastolic, refers to the pressure between beats. Current guidelines recommend keeping systolic blo...

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Over 20 injured as pickup ploughs into crowd in US

Houston, Feb 26 (IANS) More than 20 persons were injured when a pickup truck ploughed into a parade crowd in the US state of Louisiana. The truck rammed into a crowd and other vehicles at the Krewe of Endymion parade in New Orleans on Saturday night, Xinhua news agency reported. It came to a stop against a dump truck, the police said. Five of the injured were in critical ...

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Fire doused near Padmanabha Swamy temple

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 26 (IANS) Sixteen fire tenders on Sunday battled for four hours flames which at one point threatened the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple here. The fire began at a post office near the shrine around 2.30 a.m. Temple guards who spotted it on CCTV alerted the fire brigade. The blaze soon spread to the Kerala archaeological department but was brought under contro...

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Away from the fun and din, Goa celebrates an alternative Carnival

Ashwem (Goa), Feb 26 (IANS) As Panaji resounded with the din and applause of thousands of colourfully-clad, masked Carnival revellers over the weekend, another carnival, one marked by an air of organic modesty, laid out its unique, alternative spread at this beach some 30 kms north of the state capital. The See Sharp Fest, billed as India's first-ever sustainable living and learning fest...

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BSF trooper on LoC commits suicide

Jammu, Feb 26 (IANS) A Border Security Force (BSF) trooper on Sunday committed suicide at an outpost on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir, police said. Police officials identified him as Constable Parmod Kumar, who tried to kill himself at the Khara One post and was shifted to a hospital where he was declared dead. The LoC divides Jammu and Kashmi...

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Also For Your Eyes Only: Other writings of 007's flamboyant creator

His name is synonymous with the exploits of the most famous, though fictional, secret agent ever, but apart from this irresistible mixture of fantasies expertly served -- and a last-ditch demonstration of British power -- Ian Fleming had other literary skills up his sleeve. Unfortunately, he had very limited time and opportunity to exhibit them. Largely overshadowed by the 12 James Bond ...

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Democrats elect Tom Perez as new chairman

Washington, Feb 26 (IANS) Members of the Democratic National Committee elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new chairman, media reports said. Perez, known as a civil rights advocate, won 235 of the 445 votes cast by the Democratic delegates meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, since Thursday to elect the new chairman of the DNC, Xinhua news agency reported. After shaking han...

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Selena Gomez in Netherlands to be with The Weeknd

Los Angeles, Feb 26 (IANS) Singer-actress Selena Gomez reportedly flew all the way to the Netherlands to watch her rumoured boyfriend and singer The Weeknd perform. Gomez landed in Amsterdam just twenty four hours before The Weeknd was scheduled to perform in the capital as part of his Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour, reports dailymail.co.uk. According to a source, Gomez had jet...

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Robbie Williams finds modern pop stars 'boring'

Los Angeles, Feb 26 (IANS) Singer-songwriter Robbie Williams thinks modern pop stars are boring because they don' take drugs and diss one and other. Williams thinks it is weird that artists are not as rock 'n' roll as they used to be, with antics which were all the rage in the 1990s such as trashing hotel rooms and feuding with your peers -- like he did with his rival Liam Gallagher -- a...

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Russia to modernize five military airfields

Moscow, Feb 26 (IANS) Russia will upgrade five military airports in the country's southwest and the Far East in the coming three years, Russian Aerospace Forces Commander Viktor Bondarev said. We plan to conduct research this year and start to renovate the Ukrainka airfield in the Amur region next year, Bondarev was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying on Saturday. The infrastr...

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Hollande strikes back at Trump over Paris remarks

Paris, Feb 26 (IANS) In response to unfavourable comments over Paris, French President Francois Hollande warned his American counterpart Donald Trump over showing defiance towards an allied country, media reports said. There is terrorism and we must fight it together. I think that it is never good to show the smallest defiance toward an allied country. I wouldn't do it with the US and I'...

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