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Monkey-faced piglet born in Cuba

Havana, Aug 20 (IANS) A dark-skinned piglet with a face similar to that of a monkey was born last week in a town in western Cuba, state media reported. The piglet and its siblings were born on Tuesday in San Juan y Martinez, a city in Pinar del Rio province, and its owners called the area's veterinarian a day later to have the unusual animal examined, reported Efe news agency, citing the...

14 hours ago
Lin, Lee play down possible highly-anticipated duel in badminton worlds final

Glasgow, Aug 20 (IANS) China's Lin Dan and Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei will focus more on themselves than the elusive highly-anticipated contest between the arch-rivals in World Badminton Championships final. At a press conference here on Sunday, the veterans shrugged off too much comment on the duel, saying that they needed to focus on every match ahead, reports Xinhua news agency. ...

19 hours ago
Indian-origin boy wins UK Child Genius show

London, Aug 20 (IANS) An 12-year-old Indian-origin boy from north London has won the Child Genius show broadcast by UK's Channel 4, the media reported on Sunday. Rahul, who lives in Barnet, beat his nine-year-old opponent, Ronan, 10-4 in the programme's finale on Saturday night, the BBC reported. Rahul, who has an IQ high enough to be a member of Mensa, the world's largest and ol...

1 day ago
Not focusing on films at the moment: Pernia

Mumbai, Aug 19 (IANS) Fashion entrepreneur and stylist Pernia Qureshi, who made her Bollywood debut with Muzaffar Ali's Jaanisaar, says that she is not focusing on movies currently as she has other priorities. Films is not something I'm focusing on at the moment. I'm not opposed to them but at the same time I'm not active in that field. My focus right now is my pop up shop and my classic...

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Sikka's exit from Infosys unfortunate but not unexpected: Experts

Bengaluru, Aug 19 (IANS) A day after the dramatic departure of technocrat Vishal Sikka as Chief Executive of Infosys, industry experts on Saturday said while his exit was unfortunate, it was not unexpected as he became an unintended victim of the boardroom battles with the co-founders. Sikka's sudden resignation is unfortunate but not unexpected. Though the co-founders have not questione...

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'VIP 2 ': What's Kajol doing in a film as silly as this?

Film: VIP 2 (Lalkar); Director: Soundarya Rajinikanth; Cast: Dhanush, Kajol; Rating: *1/2 Confession time. I haven't seen the first VIP film. And after seeing the follow-up, I swear on my favourite Dada Kondke feature, I will never touch anything with a VIP in it, not even the suitcase. More confession. VIP 2 is not a film. It is an abomination. It is two hours of excruciating se...

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Will outspoken Prasad be around till 2019 World Cup?

Selectors put Dhoni on notice, screamed a headline. Another one clarified that the chief selector Mannava Srikanth Prasad has only stated that if Dhoni is not delivering, then the selectors will have to look at alternatives. The media started discussing the future of India's most successful captain, who now only plays in the shorter versions of the game. There were a few obituary referen...

1 day ago
Widow of late Chinese Nobel laureate reappears in video

Beijing, Aug 19 (IANS) The widow of Chinese activist and Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has appeared for the first time since her husbands funeral in an online video in which she asked for more time to mourn. Liu Xia's whereabouts have been unknown since her husband died of liver cancer on July 13 while in custody. She has been under house arrest since her husband won the Nobel Peace Pr...

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Increase in cigarette prices may reduce smoking in elderly

New York, Aug 19 (IANS) Raising cigarette prices by a dollar can increase the possibility of older people quitting smoking by 20 per cent, researchers say. Older smokers have been smoking for a long time and tend to have lower rates of smoking cessation compared to younger populations, suggesting deeply entrenched behaviour that is difficult to change, said lead author Stephanie Mayne, a...

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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 ...

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Mark Zuckerberg to take two-month paternity leave

San Francisco, Aug 19 (IANS) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to take two months of paternity leave when his second daughter is born. Zuckerberg announced his leave in a Facebook post late Friday, saying he had also taken two months leave when his first daughter, Max, was born in 2015. I will always be grateful I could spend so much time with her in the first months of her lif...

2 days ago
ITC, Philip Morris warned for promoting cigarettes

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) The Union Health Ministry has warned tobacco giants ITC Ltd and Philip Morris of punitive action over violation of anti-tobacco laws by promoting Marlboro cigarettes, said an official on Friday. According to the official, the letter was issued to Philip Morris on August 10. In the communication, the Health Ministry has warned Philip Morris against promoti...

2 days ago
Have to play de-glam role to prove acting talent, says Kriti Sanon

Mumbai, Aug 18 (IANS) Actress Kriti Sanon, who essays a girl-next-door in Bareilly Ki Barfi, says that just to prove one's acting talent, an artiste has to take up a de-glam role. While the actress received a lot of praise for her glamorous look and beautiful screen presence when it comes to her performance as an actress, she did not receive any positive review from the critics. ...

2 days ago
E-cigarettes may promote smoking among teenagers

London, Aug 18 (IANS) Researchers have identified a robust association between e-cigarette use among teenagers and the increased probability of smoking a cigarette within a year. The findings suggest that among the teenagers who had never smoked, the use of e-cigarettes was a strong predicator that within 12 months they would have tried a conventional cigarette, said lead investigator Ma...

3 days ago
How walnuts can help control appetite

New York, Aug 17 (IANS) Consuming walnuts activates an area in the brain associated with regulating hunger and craving for food, says a new study. The findings, published online in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, shed light on how walnuts discourage overeating by promoting feelings of fullness. We don't often think about how what we eat impacts the activity in our b...

4 days ago
Pakistan 'key partner' in region, says US Centcom

Islamabad, Aug 16 (IANS) The US on Wednesday said it wishes to continue the key partnership with Pakistan in the South Asian region. US Army Central Command chief Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett termed his first visit to Pakistan as significant in continuing to build the relationship between the two militaries and countries, according to a statement issued by the US Embassy here. While ...

5 days ago
Sushma announces medical visas for Pakistanis

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) On the occasion of Independence Day, the Ministry of External Affairs announced that India will provide medical visas to all bona fide Pakistan patients. In a tweet on Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said: On the auspicious occasion of India's Independence day, we will grant medical visa in all bonafide cases pending with us. As ties bet...

5 days ago
There's always fear of being judged: Shanker Raman

Mumbai, Aug 15 (IANS) Shanker Raman, whose directorial debut Gurgaon opened earlier this month to rave reviews, says there is always a fear of being judged and misunderstood. I feel once the film is released it's out of my hands. It can be relieving and scary. There is always a fear of being judged and misunderstood. This is something one overcomes while making a film. However, when the ...

6 days ago
Sidharth to soak in kabaddi fever

Mumbai, Aug 14 (IANS) Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra, who is busy promoting his forthcoming film A Gentleman, will be in Ahmedabad on Tuesday to be a spectator at a match of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL). He is going to be a part of the inaugural procession by singing the national anthem along with the players. Talking about it, Sidharth said in a statement: It is an immensely ...

6 days ago
It's a wrap for Vikram Bhatt's '1921'

Mumbai, Aug 14 (IANS) Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt is through with the shooting of his film 1921 and is mighty impressed with the professional actress Zareen Khan. After finishing a two-month schedule in London, the 1921 team continued to shoot here for a couple of days and finally called a wrap on August 13. I started the film with a star and finished the film with a friend. Working w...

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