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'Rock stripes' on Mars could suggest actions of water

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) NASA's Mars rover Opportunity, which reached its 5,000th Martian day, or sol, this week has observed possible rock stripes that could suggest actions of water, wind or other processes on the Red Planet. The ground texture seen in recent images from the rover resembles a smudged version of very distinctive stone stripes on some mountain slopes on Earth that resul...

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Kashmiri actor on growing up in 'politically unstable state'

Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Kuch Bheege Alfaaz actor Zain Khan Durrani, a Kashmiri by birth, says the worst part about growing up in a tumultuous and politically unstable state is that you insidiously get used to the violence around. He made a strong impact in Onir's latest directorial Kuch Bheege Alfaaz as a poetic romantic dreamer RJ with a guilty secret. Where does this intensity on...

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Goal machine Batshuayi proves both curse and blessing for Dortmund

Berlin, Feb 17 (IANS) Michy Batshuayi is both a curse and a blessing for Borussia Dortmund. While the Belgian striker makes the German football club happy with his tremendous record of five goals in three games, this stunning success will most likely lead to his immediate farewell in only a few months. Thousands of fans quickly fell in love with him after the 24-year-old joined the club ...

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US Senate rejects immigration plans, Dreamers' fate uncertain

Washington, Feb 16 (IANS) The US Senate has summarily blocked four proposals to resolve the fate of Dreamers, leaving hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants in America facing an uncertain future. A bipartisan bill from a group led by Maine Republican Susan Collins on Thursday fared best, garnering 54 votes, six short of the 60 needed to be assured of passage. It p...

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No Italian police deployed to Syria amid 'uncertainty'

Rome, Feb 15 (IANS/AKI) Italy will not send police officers to Syria as long as the political and military situation remains uncertain, Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti has said. Italy has not received a request to deploy policemen to Syria although it had discussed with the US the idea of extending its police training mission in Iraq to the war-wracked country, she told Italian daily Co...

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BJP vows to implement 7th pay panel recommendations in Meghalaya

Shillong, Feb 15 (IANS) The BJP on Thursday released its Vision Document for the February 27 Meghalaya Assembly elections, promising to implement 7th Pay Commission recommendations for government employees, regularise contractual employees and provide job to every youth, among others. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman released here the document which focuses on development and also pro...

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UK's HRVY set for maiden India tour

Mumbai, Feb 15 (IANS) English singer HRVY will embark on his debut India tour later this month. HRVY, who was born as Harvey Leigh Cantwell, is currently on tour with The Vamps band. He will be making a stop over in India for a solo showcase curated by Bottomline Media. Signed to Virgin Records, the 19-year-old will be performing on February 24 at Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai with Kave...

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Alcatel launches new tablet at Rs 10,999

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Smartphone-maker Alcatel on Thursday launched a new tablet POP4 10 at Rs 10,999. It is available on Flipkart. The 10.1-inch tablet is powered by Octa-Core Snapdragon 430 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage that is expandable up to 32GB. The device also offers 5GB one-touch Cloud storage. This tablet is designed to cater to the requir...

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South African President quits, Ramaphosa is acting President

Johannesburg, Feb 15 (IANS) South African President Jacob Zuma, who survived a string of corruption scandals and harsh court judgments during his nearly nine-year presidency, has quit finally after intense pressure from the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Deputy President and ANC's new leader Cyril Ramaphosa is now the acting President until the National Assembly elects a new Pre...

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Zuma's fate will not affect Brics Summit: Experts

Cape Town, Feb 14 (IANS) The potential removal of South African President Jacob Zuma is unlikely to impact the 10th Brics Summit scheduled for July, experts said. The 10th annual diplomatic meeting of the group of major emerging economies -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- is set to come up in Johannesburg between July 25-27. South Africa's ruling party African N...

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Actress Minnie Driver steps down as Oxfam ambassador

London, Feb 14 (IANS) Actress Minnie Driver has stepped down as one of Oxfam's global ambassadors following revelations of sexual abuse by aid workers in Haiti. Driver is the first celebrity spokesperson to abandon the charity amid the growing scandal, which includes allegations that Oxfam staff used sex workers in Chad, the CNN said. I am nothing short of horrified by the allega...

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South Africa's ANC formally asks Zuma to resign

Johannesburg, Feb 13 (IANS) South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday formally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign, a senior party official said. The decision to recall him urgently followed marathon talks of the ANC's top leadership body, the BBC reported. Zuma, 75, had agreed to step down if he were granted a transition period of three to six months, ANC...

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Online hiring up 14% YoY in January: Report

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Highlighting a steady recovery of the job market, a report by Naukri.com on Tuesday revealed that online hiring activity registered a 14 per cent growth year-on-year (YoY) in January. The survey said the Naukri Job Speak index for January at 1,951 recorded a 14 per cent growth from the corresponding month in 2017, with both major urban cities, as well as tier II ...

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Kim Jong-un meets orchestra that performed at Winter Olympics

Pyongyang, Feb 13 (IANS) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met members of the Samjiyon orchestra that had performed at the ongoing PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea and congratulated them on their success, state media reported on Tuesday. Kim had a photo session with the members of the 140-member group when they returned to Pyongyang on Monday and praised their high artistic abili...

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Parliamentary panel for removing 'no detention' policy, common guidelines for states

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) The Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development has backed the governments proposal to abolish the 'no detention policy in schools. In its 300th report on the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017 tabled in both Houses of Parliament, the panel has recommended allowing states their di...

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January inflation eases to 5.07%, December IIP lower at 7.1%

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) A slight easing of food prices helped lower India's retail inflation in January to 5.07 per cent even as factory production growth slowed somewhat in December to 7.1 per cent, according to official data on Monday. India Inc lauded the continuing high single-digit recovery in industry as well as the slight fall in inflation. While retail inflation was 5.2...

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Reliance Power achieves 100% fuel security for Butibori plant

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Reliance Power announced on Monday that it has achieved full fuel security for its 2 x 300 MW Butibori Thermal Power Plant (TPP) in Maharashtra following directions given by the Delhi High Court state miner Coal India Ltd (CIL). The Butibori plant is supplying 600 MW power to Reliance Infrastructure Mumbai Distribution under a long term power purchase agreement ...

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New system allows drones to fly through forests, cities

New York, Feb 12 (IANS) Companies like Amazon have big ideas for drones that can deliver packages right to your door and a new mapping system developed by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) can help achieve that. The new system, called NanoMap, allows drones to consistently fly 32 km per hour through dense environments like forests, the researchers said. B...

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S.Korean PM hosts lunch for high-ranking N.Korean delegation

Seoul, Feb 11 (IANS) South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on Sunday hosted a lunch for the high-ranking North Korean delegation, including Kim Jong-un's younger sister. According to the Prime Minister's Office , Lee hosted the luncheon from noon at a hotel in eastern Seoul. reports Xinhua news agency. Attending the luncheon were Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un's sister who serves as ...

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Digital platforms boosting indie music: Jeet Gannguli

Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Composer Jeet Gannguli, known for his work in films like Aashiqui 2 and Hamari Adhuri Kahani, has hailed social networking sites for giving a solid boost to independent music. Gannguli released the first song titled Barsaat mein from his debut Hindi album, which comprises eighth tracks, on Zee Music on Friday. The music video, shot like a concert, features ...

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