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7 days ago
Feeling bad without your phone could up anxiety: Study

Seoul, Aug 20 (IANS) Do you tend to panic immediately if your phone runs out of battery or isnt beside you even for a while? Beware, you may develop nomophobia that can cause increases in heart rate, anxiety, blood pressure, and unpleasant feelings, researchers warned. Nomophobia or in other words smartphone separation anxiety is the feelings of discomfort or anxiety caused by the non-av...

7 days ago
Critical Saamna editorial based on 'fake news': Parrikar

Panaji, Aug 20 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna editorial which criticised him for his readiness to move back to the Defence Ministry, in case he lost the August 23 Panaji by-poll, was based on fake news. In an interaction with students late on Saturday here, Parrikar said the Congress dirty tricks department was behind the fake news con...

7 days ago
Spain maintains alert level with reinforced security measures

Barcelona, Aug 20 (IANS) The Spanish government decided to maintain its anti-terrorism alert level at 4 but pledged to reinforce security measures at the same time, the Interior Ministry said. The decision was made during an anti-terror meeting on Saturday chaired by Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido in the morning, Xinhua news agency reported. A total of 14 fatalities...

8 days ago
Finland stabbings a terror attack: Police

Helsinki, Aug 19 (IANS) The stabbings in the Finnish city of Turku that left two people dead and eight injured are being treated as acts of terror, police said on Saturday. The incidents were initially investigated as murders, but in the light of further information received during the night, the offences now include murders with terrorist intent and their attempts, police officials said...

8 days ago
More comfortable in non-glamorous roles: Nargis Fakhri

Mumbai, Aug 19 (IANS) Actress Nargis Fakhri, who featured in glamorous roles in films like Main Tera Hero, Azhar and Housefull 3, says she is more comfortable doing non-glamorous parts. The actress walked for designer Anushree Reddy on the fourth day of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2017, sporting a fuller frame. To a question by IANS on whether she is comfortable doing...

8 days ago
Mark Schwahn 'absolutely' up for 'One Tree Hill' film

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) Mark Schwahn, creator of one of the most popular American teen dramas, One Tree Hill, says he will absolutely turn the TV show into a film if its cast is willing to do it. Long before One Tree Hill burst on to the small screen in 2003, Schwahn, also a writer, director and producer, had plans to make it a film proper. But that project never took off. It's ...

8 days ago
'Bareilly Ki Barfi': This Barfi is yummy to the last morsel

Film: Bareilly Ki Barfi; Cast: Ayushmann Khurana, Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Sanon; Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari; Rating: ****(4 stars) Early in the plot, we are told that the film's heroine Bitti is no Sati Savitri. Thank God for smalltown mercies! In fact she adheres to another kind of stereotyping that Hindi cinema has lately embraced. You know, the smalltown girl who is hip and happy, sas...

9 days ago
14 civilians, five terrorists die in Spain's twin attacks

Madrid, Aug 18 (IANS) Spain was in a state of shock on Friday after 14 Spaniards and foreigners were killed in twin terror attacks in as many days by terrorists, five of whom were gunned down. A day after a van driven by terrorists ploughed into a crowd in Barcelona's Las Ramblas boulevard killing 13 civilians, a distinctly similar attack took place in Cambrils town, about 120 km away, c...

9 days ago
Spanish suffers second terror attack after 14 die in Barcelona

Madrid, Aug 18 (IANS) Police on Friday killed five suspected terrorists in Spain's Cambrils town during a second terror attack also using a van after an earlier one in Barcelona left 14 Spaniards and foreigners dead and over 100 injured. The five terrorists were killed when police opened fire after a van ploughed into a crowd in Cambrils, about 120 km from Barcelona, injuring seven peopl...

9 days ago
'Urgent' appeal to save Milton's 'Paradise Lost' cottage

London, Aug 18 (IANS) A charity has launched an urgent appeal to the public to help it preserve a 16th-century cottage in Buckinghamshire, England, where John Milton completed his epic poem Paradise Lost 350 years ago, the media reported. The radical poet lived in the Chalfont St. Giles cottage after he fled London during the 1665 plague, reports the Guardian. Although he remain...

9 days ago
Church article is 'hyperbole', will quit NDA if fascism crops up: Goa Minister

Panaji, Aug 18 (IANS) Dismissing as hyperbole an article published in a Church-run magazine which claimed a Nazi-like atmosphere had emerged in contemporary India, Goa Minister Vijai Sardesai on Friday said that there was no Swastika-like spectre looming over Goa. He also said that if a fascism-like situation arises in the coastal state and India, he would part ways with the BJP. ...

9 days ago
Of mystery, spying and ghosts

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) Flick through a mysterious tale around a killer who has terrorised the residents of Chicago; read a thrilling book featuring legendary spy, assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon; go through a collection of classic ghost stories; and, finally, a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense. Thrill, mystery and excitement is what t...

9 days ago
13 killed, 100 injured in Spain attack, IS claims responsibility

Barcelona, Aug 18 (IANS) The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for an attack in which a van ran over pedestrians here in Las Ramblas boulevard. At least 13 persons were killed and more than 100 injured. Confirming the death toll, Head of Catalonia's Regional Interior Department Joaquim Forn said in a tweet on Thursday: My strongest condemnation of the terrorist attack ...

10 days ago
Goa Church magazine likens contemporary India to Nazi Germany

Panaji, Aug 17 (IANS) An article published in a magazine run by the Goa Church has likened the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) rule in India to Nazi Germany and claimed that a state of constitutional holocaust prevails in the country. The article, written by a city lawyer Dr. F.E. Noronha, which appeared in Renovacao -- a pastoral bulletin of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman -- urged ...

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'Centre should form SIT to probe Netaji disappearance'

Kolkata, Aug 17 (IANS) A section of members of Netaji Subash Bose's family and The Open Platform for Netaji on Thursday demanded the Narendra Modi-led Central government declassify all files - including of the IB - on the Indian revolutionary and set up a special investigation team to take up the probe of his disappearance on August 18, 1945. The forum also asserted it would take out a r...

10 days ago
In a first, Mithila Paag featured on postal stamp

Patna, Aug 17 (IANS) The central government has for the first time issued a postal stamp featuring Mithila Paag (turban) in recognition of the age-old cultural symbol. Stamping the cultural identity and heritage of Mithila Paag by the postal department is a great honour to Mithilanchal and crores of people from here are happy, Birbal Jha, chairman of Mithilalok Foundation, an organisatio...

10 days ago
Facebook shuts down chat platform used to 'harass' employees

San Francisco, Aug 17 (IANS) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shut down an anonymous online chat platform in late 2016 after it was increasingly used to talk about the US presidential candidates and 'harass' the company's employees, media reported on Thursday. Initially launched in 2015 for employees to anonymously voice their concerns, the platform called 'Facebook Anon' became more politic...

11 days ago
Girl visiting tableau on Janmashtami shot mysteriously

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) A two and a half year old girl was shot and injured in a mysterious manner when she was returning home after seeing a tableau on Krishna Janmashtami at a park here, police said on Wednesday. The girl is said to be stable as the bullet only grazed her chest. The incident occurred on Tuesday around 8 p.m. when Khanak Kumar, accompanied by her family members, was re...

11 days ago
Bengal transwomen on track to become paramedics

Kolkata, Aug 16 (IANS) Twenty-four-year-old Jiya was once forced to dance at gunpoint. Now the plucky transwoman from West Bengal is blazing a trail of success as a trainee in an operation theatre (OT) technician's course. Thanks to a collective effort by queer activists, social workers and healthcare experts, along with Jiya, transwoman Debdutta is also being trained to become an OT tec...

12 days ago
Google hiring based on race or gender: Fired engineer

San Francisco, Aug 15 (IANS) In a fresh onslaught on its former employer, James Damore, the engineer who was fired by Google over a memo criticising the company's diversity efforts, has said that the tech giant is discriminating in its hiring practices. Damore on Monday told CNBC's TV programme Closing Bell that Google was treating people differently based on race or gender. The ...

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