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8 days ago
Long-lost Banksy artwork rediscovered

London, Aug 19 (IANS) An artwork by acclaimed street artist Banksy that appeared on a public toilet block in east London, only to disappear after it was vandalised, has been rediscovered over a decade later, the media reported. Known as the Snorting Copper and considered an exemplary image by the elusive graffiti artist, it shows a uniformed policeman on his hands and knees snorting a li...

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 ...

9 days ago
Australia recall Faulkner, Coulter-Nile for India tour; Starc rested

Melbourne, Aug 18 (IANS) Cricket Australia (CA) on Friday recalled the pace duo of James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile while resting injured Mitchell Starc for the upcoming limited overs tour to India from September 17 to October 13. Besides Starc, all-rounder Moises Henriques and the injured trio of Chris Lynn, John Hastings, James Pattinson were also rested for the tour, comprising ...

10 days ago
I am firmly in saddle, asserts Fadnavis

Mumbai, Aug 17 (IANS) Categorically dismissing all speculation, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday asserted that he will continue in his post till Delhi beckons. There are reports that I am shifting to New Delhi. I want to say that there is no such plan, at least now. I am remaining the Chief Minister, Fadnavis said, addressing the concluding session of the two-day ...

10 days ago
Hong Kong democracy campaigners jailed over anti-China protests

Hong Kong, Aug 17 (IANS) Three pro-democracy Hong Kong student leaders were jailed on Thursday for their roles in a protest at the start of a 79-day anti-government occupation known as the umbrella movement, the media reported. Alex Chow, 26, Nathan Law, 24, and Joshua Wong, the 20-year-old bespectacled student dubbed Hong Kong's face of protest, were sentenced by the Court of Appeals to...

10 days ago
Sania-Shuai advance, Ramkumar crashes out of Cincinnati Masters

Ohio, Aug 17 (IANS) Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Chinese partner Peng Shuai advanced to the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters following a straight-set victory in the women's doubles clash here. The fourth seeded Indo-Chinese duo romped home with a comfortable 7-5 6-4 win over Germany's Julia Görges and Ukraine's Olga Savchuk in a last-16 clash that lasted one and a half ...

10 days ago
Man sentenced to life for murdering Chinese student

Los Angeles, Aug 17 (IANS) A 21-year-old man was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for murdering a Chinese student from the University of Southern California (USC) using a baseball-bat in 2014. Andrew Garcia and his three other partners attempted to rob Xinran Ji near the USC campus, when he was walking home from a study session on July 24, 2014. Garcia was convicted...

12 days ago
Bengaluru records heaviest August rainfall since 1890

Bengaluru, Aug 15 (IANS) Bengaluru early on Tuesday witnessed a record 180mm rainfall in barely three hours, the heaviest downpour in August since 1890, an official said. The heavy rain wreaked havoc across the city, crippling normal life, flooding roads and houses in many localities and dampened the 71st Independence Day celebrations in the state capital. The downpour in just th...

12 days ago
Bengaluru sees heaviest August rainfall since 1890

Bengaluru, Aug 15 (IANS) Bengaluru early on Tuesday witnessed a record 180 mm rainfall in barely three hours, the heaviest downpour in August in over 100 years. The rains wreaked havoc across the city, crippling normal life, flooding roads and houses in many localities and dampened the 71st Independence Day celebrations. As the downpour in just three hours (3 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.) ...

12 days ago
Thousands transferred, branches closed, but no major protests in SBI

Chennai, Aug 15 (IANS) India's largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), has rationalised 716 offices (594 branches and 122 administrative offices) and several thousands of employees have been transferred beginning this fiscal, but, strangely, there have been no major protests, top officials said. Several hundreds of offices would be closed and thousands of staff would be moved in the c...

14 days ago
Amit Shah vows to free Karnataka from Congress

Bengaluru, Aug 13 (IANS) BJP President Amid Shah on Sunday vowed to free Karnataka from the Congress' corruption. We have to free Karnataka from the Congress for ever as its government in the state is the most corrupt in the country. We have to ensure that the Congress does not return to power again, he told party leaders here on the second day of his three-day visit to the state.

14 days ago
Amit Shah vows to free Karnataka from Congress

Bengaluru, Aug 13 (IANS) BJP President Amid Shah on Sunday vowed to free Karnataka from the Congress' corruption. We have to free Karnataka from the Congress for ever as its government in the state is the most corrupt in the country. We have to ensure that the Congress does not return to power again, he told party leaders here on the second day of his three-day visit to the state.

16 days ago
'UK could face Islamist threat for decades'

London, Aug 11 (IANS) The UK may continue to face the threat of Islamist terrorism for another 20 to 30 years, a former intelligence head said on Friday. Jonathan Evans told the BBC that the issue was a generational problem and that the UK needed to persevere with efforts to defeat it. He also said that devices connected to the internet needed to be made more secure in the face o...

16 days ago
'UK could face Islamist threat for decades'

London, Aug 11 (IANS) The UK may continue to face the threat of Islamist terrorism for another 20 to 30 years, a former intelligence head said on Friday. Jonathan Evans told the BBC that the issue was a generational problem and that the UK needed to persevere with efforts to defeat it. He also said that devices connected to the internet needed to be made more secure in the face o...

16 days ago
Two top Nikki Haley aides resign

Washington, Aug 11 (IANS) Two top aides to Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, are quitting their positions, the media reported. Haley indicated on Twitter that the two aides, Communications Director Jonathan Wachtel and Chief of Staff Steven Groves, were leaving for personal reasons, reports Politico. Both Jonathan and Steve have recently encountered family concerns. They ...

16 days ago
Two top Nikki Haley aides resign

Washington, Aug 11 (IANS) Two top aides to Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, are quitting their positions, the media reported. Haley indicated on Twitter that the two aides, Communications Director Jonathan Wachtel and Chief of Staff Steven Groves, were leaving for personal reasons, reports Politico. Both Jonathan and Steve have recently encountered family concerns. They ...

17 days ago
'Atomic Blonde': Stylishly mounted but twisted

Film: Atomic Blonde; Director: David Leitch; Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones; Rating: **1/2 Atomic Blonde is an action-packed, stylishly mounted but twisty spy thriller, based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart's 2012 released graphic novel called The Coldest City. Set in 1989, just prior to the collapse o...

18 days ago
At Spice Jar's Tirunelveli fest, the food is mild and tasty

Chennai, Aug 9 (IANS) There is more to Tirunelveli, where a 6,000 MW nuclear power plant is coming up, than its famous wheat halwa, parotta, sodhi (a coconut milk based dish), adai and rasam. The region offers something for everyone -- from a five-year-old toddler to adults, a top caterer from the district said. Each town in the district has its own cooking style. But the food will not b...

19 days ago
Cybercriminals are not as anonymous as you think

London, Aug 8 (IANS) Those faceless hackers who operate behind thick curtains of binary language and breach your computer to ask for ransom may not be as anonymous as we think they are, new research has revealed. According to research at Oxford University, contextualising the threat and motivations of cybercriminals is key to stopping and tracing them. These faceless hackers who...

19 days ago
Here's why Karakoram glaciers are growing despite global warming

London, Aug 8 (IANS) A summer 'vortex' of cold air over the Karakoram, a large mountain range spanning the borders of India, Pakistan, and China, is causing the glaciers in the region to grow in spite of global warming, scientists have shown. While most glaciers are retreating as a result of global warming, the glaciers of the Karakoram range in South Asia are stable or even growing, sai...

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