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PyeongChang's closing ceremony to include preview of Beijing 2022

PyeongChang, Feb 24 (IANS) The closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will include a preview of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, organisers said on Saturday. Zhang Yimou, the director of the Beijing 2022 handover performance, said he has planned an eight-minute show for the closing ceremony to be held at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on Sunday, reports Yonhap news agency...

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National Herald Chief Editor Neelabh Mishra dead

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Senior journalist and Editor-in-chief of National Herald newspaper Neelabh Mishra passed away on February 24 in Chennai. The 57-year-old journalist, who was critically ill with complications resulting from non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis, was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Chennai earlier in February, the newspaper said in a statement. He developed multiple...

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UK Brexit plans 'pure illusion': Donald Tusk

London, Feb 24 (IANS) Britain's approach to the next stage of Brexit negotiations seems to be based on pure illusion, European Council President Donald Tusk has said. Tusk told a news conference in Brussels that the UK was still trying to cherry pick its future relationship with the European Union (EU), BBC reported on Friday. Tusk said he could only go on media reports of Brexit...

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US plans to open embassy in Jerusalem in May

Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) The US State Department has said the United States is planning to open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a move that has reversed long-time US policy and triggered global objection. The embassy will initially be located in the Arnona neighbourhood in a building that now houses consular operations of US Consulate General Jerusalem, said the State Departm...

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Hectic negotiations on to avoid Russian veto of UNSC Syrian ceasefire resolution

United Nations, Feb 23 (IANS) Members of the UN Security Council were engaged in hectic negotiations on Friday morning to come up with a veto-proof resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in war-torn Syria and to allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged areas, according to diplomats. The vote on the resolution, scheduled for Friday morning was postponed twice and is expected to take pl...

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Government will not tolerate embezzlement of public money : Modi

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Breaking his silence over the massive PNB scam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the government will take strong action against those indulging in financial irregularities and asked supervisory agencies responsible to do their job to prevent such frauds. He also warned that his government will not tolerate embezzlement of public money. Tho...

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Chrome to analyse northeast poll results data for DD

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Chrome Data Analytics will analyse the counting of votes in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland for the state-run Doordarshan TV. Chrome will collect election data and provide it to the national news broadcaster on the counting day of the assembly elections on March 3, a company statement said. The project will incorporate technology empowered platforms for q...

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'Shortcomings in study claiming toxic metals in e-cigarette vapours'

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Raising strong objection against the latest study claiming that common e-cigarette vapours contain lead and other toxic metals and may raise major health issues, an expert on Friday argued that the sample size used in the research was not appropriate. The study led by scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and published in the journal Envi...

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'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety': A light-hearted tug of war

Film: Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety; Director: Luv Ranjan; Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha, Sunny Singh Nijjar, Alok Nath, Deepika Amin, Ayesha Raza Mishra, Virendra Saxena, Pawan Chopra, Rajesh Jais, Sonu Kaur; Rating: ***1/2 This is director Luv Ranjan's fourth film and like his previous films, this one too pivots on gender skewed comedy. It engages you and generates enough laughs to ke...

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ADB to lend $84 mn to improve water supply in Bihar

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Multilateral lending agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Friday signed an agreement with the Indian government to lend $84 million to improve water supply in two cities of Bihar. The government of India and the Asian Development Bank signed a $84-million loan today (Friday) for improvement and expansion of water supply in Bhagalpur and Gaya towns in Bihar, the...

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'Gulabjaam' opens in international markets

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) After opening in the United Arab Emirates, Marathi movie Gulabjaam has now found its way into the theatres in the US, Singapore, Germany and Switzerland. Zee Studios International, the overseas distributor of the film, helped the film reach a wider audience through the release in the international markets on Friday. The Sachin Kundalkar directorial is a ...

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Huawei, Airtel conduct successful 5G trial in India

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Chinese technology giant Huawei and telecom services provider Bharti Airtel on Friday announced to have successfully conducted 5G network trial under a test set-up in India. The trial was conducted at Airtel's Network Experience Centre in Manesar (Gurugram), the company said in a statement. We are moving quickly to begin collaboration towards 5G interoper...

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You get due credit for good work: 'Dhadak' choreographer

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Dhadak choreographer Tushar Kalia says deserving artistes will get due credit if their work is good. Asked if he feels that choreographers don't get due credit as much as actors, Kalia told IANS: I don't think it's correct (to say that). People do notice quality work. If your work is good, you get your due credit. And it's a team work to make a song succ...

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'Welcome To New York': Trips on tactless plot

Film: Welcome To New York; Director: Chakri Toleti; Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha, Karan Johar, Sushant Singh Rajput, Rana Daggubati, Aditya Roy Kapur, Lara Dutta, Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani; Rating: *1/2 Director Chakri Toleti's Welcome to New York is not merely a bad, popcorn entertainer, but a waste of an opportunity. An agonising experience in every category one can think o...

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C-section, gut bacteria may up obesity risk in kids

Toronto, Feb 23 (IANS) Babies born to obese women via Caesarean-section (C-section) may be at five times greater risk of turning out overweight by the age of three, a study has found. A gut bacteria called Lachnospiracae may also be partially blamed for the weight gain in these adolescents, the study said. The community of micro-organisms or bacteria that live in the digestive tr...

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Garcia completes transfer from Bengaluru to Zhejiang Lucheng

Bengaluru, Feb 23 (IANS) In what is a landmark deal in Indian football, Bengaluru FC on Friday reached an agreement with Chinese League One side Zhejiang Luchéng to sell Spanish winger Edu Garcia for an undisclosed fee, the southern club announced on Friday. The deal makes Bengaluru FC the first Indian club to earn a fee from a foreign club for the transfer of a player. Bengalur...

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Ivanka Trump arrives in S. Korea for Games, diplomacy

Seoul, Feb 23 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump on Friday arrived in South Korea to reaffirm the strong and enduring commitment to the people of the US's ally, two weeks after the North Korean leader sent his sister here on a mission seen as an attempt to undermine Seouls alliance with Washington. Ivanka Trump, who holds the title of senior White House adviser, pla...

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Clarity on retrospective tax will help investments in India: UK IBC

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) More certainty, predictability and clarity regarding retrospective taxation would help companies from the UK to invest more in India, Richard McCallum, Managing Director, UK India Business Council said here on Friday. I think that if there was more clarity, certainty, predictability around retrospective taxation and (resolving) the Vodafone issue that would help ...

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Rs 60,000 cr affordable housing project in pipeline: Minister Hardeep Puri

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Admitting that India's urban infrastructure was under extreme strain, Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri has said the government was committed to bringing holistic transformation in the country's infrastructure development, including providing 12 million houses in urban areas by 2022. Sanctioning at a rate of 3 lakh to 5 lakh...

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UNSC set to vote on Syria ceasefire resolution on Friday

United Nations, Feb 23 (IANS) The Security Council is set to vote on Friday on a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in war-torn Syria and to allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged areas that had been stalled, a spokesperson for Kuwait, which is the current president of the Council, has said. The resolution proposed by Kuwait and Sweden did not come up for a vote at a Council ses...

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