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Quitting Ganderbal: Omar's decision stumps all, angers many

Srinagar, Nov 1 (IANS) Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's decision to quit family political bastion Ganderbal has come as a bolt from the blue -- both for his die-hard supporters as well as his detractors. The regional National Conference (NC) Friday announced that Omar would not seek re-election from Ganderbal constituency but contest the Sonawar and Beerwah seats, one in Srinagar district ...

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Chandy defends finance minister over graft allegation

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 1 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday defended Finance Minister K.M. Mani following a graft allegation made against him by a businessman who owns hotels with bars here. This is a baseless allegation levelled by the businessman. He (businessman) said that he came and told me about this graft. Such a thing has never taken place and I wish to ask him ...

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20 militants killed in Pakistan clash

Islamabad, Nov 1 (IANS) At least 20 militants and four security personnel were killed Saturday in a clash in Pakistan's federally administered Orakzai Agency, an official said. Three security personnel were also injured during the clash in Shirin Dara area, Dawn online reported. The firefight lasted several hours, it said. Saturday's clash comes as the army is engaged in an offen...

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Amanda Bynes released from psychiatric facility

Los Angeles, Nov 1 (IANS) Troubled actress Amanda Bynes has been released from a psychiatric facility here. Three days after a judge ruled that she needed to spend at least another month in the facility, Bynes asked to be released Thursday and was set free, reports tmz.com. The troubled actress, 28, was seen roaming the Sunset Strip Thursday night wearing a dark coat and large su...

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Ben Affleck broke Jennifer Lopez's heart

Los Angeles, Nov 1 (IANS) Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez says Ben Affleck was the first man to break her heart and admits that she didn't give herself enough time to heal. The 45-year-old, who got divorced twice before she started dating the Gone Girl actor in 2002, was completely devastated when they ended their engagement in 2004 even though she married her third husband, Marc Anthony s...

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IS poses grave threat to Pakistan, says MQM chief

Islamabad, Nov 1 (IANS) Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief, Altaf Hussain, has said that the Islamic State (IS) is the new threat to Pakistan, media reported. Addressing a press conference in Karachi via telephone from London Friday, the MQM chief said that Taliban militants were joining IS ranks, The News International reported. He said that IS flags were visible fr...

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Tectonic event led to burst of animal life during Cambrian Age

New York, Nov 1 (IANS) A major tectonic event may have triggered the rise in sea level and other environmental changes that led to the Cambrian explosion, the sudden burst of animal life 530 million years ago, showed a research. The new analysis of geologic history may help solve the riddle of the Cambrian explosion that has puzzled scientists since the time of Charles Darwin. Th...

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Eager to start 'Jolly LLB 2': Arshad Warsi

Mumbai, Nov 1 (IANS) Seasoned actor Arshad Warsi can't wait to begin work on Jolly LLB 2, but says that everytime he gets busy with shooting, he misses the joy of being with his kids the most. Heard few scenes of JOLLY LLB 2 last night. I don't have words to describe my excitement and eagerness to start the film, Arshad posted on Twitter. Jolly LLB 2 is a sequel to Subhash Kapoor...

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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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