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Reminiscing history in the realm of light and sound: Eco Park Kolkata hosts such one of its kind show

History is always enchanting as it takes us back to our root. But boring history classes repels almost all students from the subject. But is history that much boring, really? What if it comes to a light and sound show? Yes, an urban park in Kolkata is hosting such a show which will reveal Bengal’s history in 45 minutes...

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Coordination must between science and spirituality: Dr Krishna Gopal

Addressing the inaugural session of three-day ‘Yuva Vimarsha’ at Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) here on November 2 Dr Krishna Gopal, Joint General Secretary of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) stressed on the need of coordination between science and spirituality in the modern civilization...

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Retired Danish teacher receives spiritual initiation in Hindu Dharma in Varanasi

Per Kronborg Grevsen, a retired teacher from Denmark embraced Hindu Dharma at a religious function held in Varanasi on Tuesday...

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Non-veg consumers posing existential threat to biodiversity, warns WWF

Non-vegetarian diet consumption is destroying world’s valuable and vulnerable regions, as vast amount of land is needed to produce animal food, according to a report...

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Celebrate Motherhood with ‘Breastmilk Jewellery’ as it makes special for Mommy-Child to cherish their bond

How you define the bond between ‘Mom’ and ‘Child’? Special? Immortal? Selfless? And the list goes on! There is this good soul, named Preethi Vijay who creatively makes jewellery from ‘breast milk’. Yes jewellery transformed from breast milk are already making rounds in the markets...

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Integral humanism is basic mantra behind all joys of life

Shivraj Singh Chouhan..

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Raising social issues in films is not propaganda

Akshay Kumar..

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Struggling with sleep deprivation during office hours? Check out the nap cafes across the world

Ever heard of ‘nap cafés’? Well, they do exist. Nap café is a place where a jet-lagged traveler is welcome to take a power nap in the middle of the day. From Tokyo to London, lists of cities have embraced the idea of ‘nap cafes’. One of the newest additions is Madrid, which saw the opening of Spain’s first sleep café earlier this summer, called Siesta & Go. ..

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Tired of road traffic? Try swimming to work like Benjamin David

The world has become so advanced. Majority of us possess a mode of transportation like a car or a bike to go to work. With so much rush on roads, the rate of traffic is booming higher and higher these days. A smart man named Benjamin David from Munich, Germany in a rare case travels to office by swimming 2 km in the Isar river to cut the traffic on roads. How brilliant is that!..

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Baghdad cheers as it gets its First 'Miss Iraq' after 28 years

Amidst war in Iraq between Islamic State terrorist organization and US-led security forces, Baghdad gets a ray of positivity and cheerful moments after the country gets its first Miss Iraq on Saturday. However, it is the first time after 28 years when Baghdad gets its first Miss Iraq in an alcohol-free and no swimwear contest...

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MHI honours social workers with Samarasta Awards

The coveted “Balasaheb Deoras Samarasta Award” was conferred on Kusumtai Gople from Matang Samaj, Ashok Kamble from Bouddh Samaj and Lalu Kunchikorve representing Kunchikorve samaj at an impressive function organised by My Home India (MHI) here on Thursday...

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Humanity restored as Taiwan becomes 1st country in Asia to ban consumption of cat and dog meat

Eating dog or cat meat is a traditional custom in Chinese culture. Taiwan had banned eating cat and dog meat passed landmark animal protection laws imposing fines for the consumption of dog and cat meat as well as jail term for those who kill and torture animals. This is the first country in Asia to ban the consumption of cat and dog meat...

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Teenagers are more close to their pets than siblings

Pets are common but their importance to children and early adolescents has received scant empirical attention. Researchers from the University of Cambridge find that teenagers, especially girls, get more satisfaction from relationships with their pets than their brothers or sisters. The findings, published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, indicate that boys and girls were equally satisfied with their pets, but girls reported more disclosure, companionship and conflict with their ..

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Chair yoga helpful for elderly persons, reveals study

Back pain, Osteoarthritis and joints pain are common ailments of the old age that disturb the elderly persons and their family members too. Now the latest study conducted in Florida revealed that chair yoga exercises are helpful in reducing this pain and giving relief to the elderly people...

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Dupattas are on way out: Shantanu-Nikhil

There was a time when dupatta was a must. Then came an era when it got a makeover and was used as scarf, stole or a veil. Now, dupattas are being replaced by layering by prominent designers. ..

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Take right precautions to battle flight woes

Some are okay with long flights, while others face vertigo during long hours of flying. simple precautions like intake of water and Vitamin C can help people overcome air sickness during long haul flights. ..

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Book cafe culture gaining roots in India

If a lot can happen over a cup of coffee, a lot more can happen now with the book cafe culture gaining popularity across the country. The concept of sipping a hot cup of coffee and reading your favourite author couldn't have got any better. ..

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Delhi cops get Rs. 100 a year as uniform allowance!

A Delhi Police constable can be punished for wearing a shabby uniform. But guess what a policeman's annual uniform allowance is - all of Rs.100! ..

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Peruvian inmates set Guinness record for aerobics routine

As many as 1,180 inmates at Lurigancho prison, Peru's largest, danced and exercised non-stop for three hours to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest group of people taking part in a 'full body' aerobics workout routine. ..

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British extravaganza : per capita spend $17,000 to find ‘true love’

Ever thought how much did it cost you to ultimately find your true love? A survey in Britain has revealed that the quest to find true love costs an average Briton around 11,000 pounds...

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All non-official public events banned in Kiev including gay parade

A court in the Ukrainian capital has banned the holding of any non-official public events, including a gay pride (LGBT) parade, Saturday. ..

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Russian social network blacklisted by mistake

Vkontakte, Russia's biggest social networking website, was put on a state registry of blacklisted websites by mistake Friday, an official said. ..

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Mexico City hosts chili pepper festival

Chili peppers and sauces will take centre stage at a festival being held this week in Mexico City, where the spicy plant, one of the pillars of Mexican cuisine, will be honoured, organizers said...

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Indian film festival to be held in Seoul

Indian Cinema is celebrating its 100 years. As it is a milestone year for Indian Cinema. An Indian film festival, where hugely popular Bollywood movies like "Lage Raho Munnabhai" will be screened, is to be held here to commemorate the 40th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and South Korea...

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Woman with one leg out to conquer Mt. Everest

Arunima Sinha lost her one leg after she was thrown out of a moving train. Nearly two years after the tragedy struck, she is preparing to conquer Mount Everest - the world's highest peak at 8,848 meters above sea level...

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Moscow says no to gay pride parade

Moscow, May 16 : The Moscow mayor's office has refused to authorise a gay pride parade planned for May 25, and will thwart any unsanctioned action, an official said. Gay activists filed a request earlier this week to stage a parade in the Russian capital..

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Sexual revolution ongoing in China, says an author

Beijing, May 14 : Although attitudes toward sex are slowly changing in China, they still remain ambiguous and the ongoing sexual revolution differs from that of the West in the 1960s, according to Richard Burger, author of "Behind the Red Door: Sex in Chi..

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Ancient mosaic found in Israel

Archaeologists have found a mosaic dating back around 1,500 years in an area in the northern part of Be'er Sheva, the largest city in the Negev desert of southern Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority said...

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Mahatma’s sandals up for auction in Britain

A pair of sandals formerly owned by Mahatma Gandhi is to go under the hammer in Britain later this month. Auction house Mullock's said the battered leather shoes, due to be sold on May 21, were expected to fetch up to 15,000 pounds ($23,000, 18,000 euros) despite being "in a bad state"...

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Kolkata's famed Kalighat Temple set for makeover

Kolkata, May 10 : The over 200-year-old Kalighat Kali temple, one of the city's landmarks visited by tens of thousands of devotees and tourists every day, is set for a makeover, thanks to the intervention of the judiciary. The high court here has directe..

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Manish Tewari hands over Phalke award to Pran

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari handed over the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema, Friday to Pran, 93, at his residence here...

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It's Vishu, New Year in Kerala

Sunday saw celebrations of Vishu, the traditional new year, in Kerala. Devout Hindus turn out in their best, to start the new year with a visit to the temple...

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Napoleons chairs to be auctioned in London

Six chairs from Napoleons palace are to be auctioned in London May 1, announced Christie's. ..

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Egg white component lowers blood pressure

A study by American scientists presented Wednesday supports the view that a substance in egg white has the ability to lower blood pressure without negative effects. ..

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Russian art museum honours its cat guards

Reminding of a less-known side to the struggle for fine arts, Russia's most visited art museum has honoured its staff felines. The Hermitage Museum employs some 60 cats that guard its three million artworks from rats and mice. ..

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Mumbai's Kala Ghoda art fest to start Sat

Known for its popular mix of art, music, dance and culture programmes spanning many venues in south Mumbai, the 15th edition of the Kala Ghoda Art Festival is set for a cultural sojourn starting Saturday...

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Brand brought yoga classes home

British comedian Russell Brand says he let all his yoga classmates inside his house after their instructor was sacked...

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US-based linguist discovers a new dialect in Bihar

A US based Indian linguist claims to have discovered a new dialect spoken by the minority Musilm community in some districts of Bihar that has no written record or name. ..

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'Vazhakku Enn 18/9' wins award at Paris fest

Tamil teen crime-thriller "Vazhakku En 18/9" won the best film award at the first South Asian Film Festival (SAFF) held in Paris recently...

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Hyderabad literary fest begins

The third edition of the Hyderabad Literary Festival (HLF) began here Friday with the participation of over 100 writers, artists, scholars, publishers from India and abroad...

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Offbeat movies rock Screen Awards

Offbeat cinema turned out to be the toast of the season with "Paan Singh Tomar" and "Barfi!" sharing the best film title, and its lead actors - Irrfan Khan and Ranbir Kapoor respectively, lifting the best actor's trophy at the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards Saturday night...

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Lincoln, Life of Pi lead Oscar race

"Lincoln," Steven Spielberg's drama of the 16th president's fight to eradicate slavery, leads the race for this year's Academy Awards, with 12 nominations, including Best Picture...

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Marathi cameo breaks Japanese record with 10,700 stage shows

Well-known Marathi actor and comedian Prashant Damle is set to enter the Guinness World Records with a staggering 10,700th show, staged here Saturday night...

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Riteish planning Hindi remake of 'Balak Palak'

Actor Riteish Deshmukh's first production venture - Marathi film "Balak Palak" - has been in the news for its subject and now the actor-producer has plans to make it in Hindi...

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Nana Patekar slams Lifetime Achievement award

Bollywood actor Nana Patekar today slammed the concept of 'Lifetime Achievement Awards', saying that people make beneficial contributions to the society and merit such honours...

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Tarantino to be honoured in Italy

Moviemaker Quentin Tarantino is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award by bosses of the International Rome Film Festival ahead of the European premiere of ‘DJANGO UNCHAINED’ in Italy next month...

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Naomi Watts salutes Vivek Oberoi

Hollywood actress Naomi Watts has written an appreciation letter to Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi for his contribution towards rehabilitating Tsunami hit families in Indian sub-continent...

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Ilayaraja bags Sangeet Natak Akademi award

Grammy Award-winning percussionist T.H. Vinayakram and veteran playwright Ratan Thiyam are among three personalities chosen for the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowship, while legendary South Indian composer Ilayaraja will receive the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award...

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'Barfi!' out of Oscar race

Director Anurag Basu's "Barfi!" has failed to qualify for the best foreign language film category for the 85th Academy Awards, according to the latest Oscar shortlist...

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Bollywood needs to learn from Tollywood: Big B

Even though Bollywood is bigger in size, it needs to learn from the Tamil film industry, megastar Amitabh Bachchan said here Thursday...

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Shah Rukh Khan: Bollywood stars must come together for a TV series

He made a humble beginning with the small screen with shows like 'Fauji' and 'Circus', but Shah Rukh Khan went on to make it big in Bollywood. He now says he won't mind coming back to TV to act, and adds it would be a good idea for film stars to collaborate for a project...

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Om Puri returns to Delhi stage - after 25 years

Character artist Om Puri has returned to the Delhi stage after nearly 25 years with a Punjabi play, "Teri Amrita", an adaptation of "Tumhari Amrita" by Javed Siddiqui based on A.C. Gurney's "Love Letters" at the Punjabi Theatre Festival Dec 19-22...

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Dilip Kumar's 90th birthday to be celebrated in Pak

Veteran actor Dilip Kumar's 90th birthday Tuesday will be celebrated in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province where he was born before he migrated to India...

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17th International Film Festival of Kerala begins

The 17th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala got off to a colourful start Friday night. Inaugurating the event, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said cinema is always seen as the favourite pasttime of the common man...

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'Akash Vani' will make a mark as love story: Abhishek Pathak

"Pyaar Ka Punchnama" fame producer Abhishek Pathak is back with his next production "Akash Vani". He is confident the movie will make a mark as a love story just like "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" and "Dil To Pagal Hai"...

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Lata launches music label with bhajan album

Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar has launched her own music label L.M. Music with an album of bhajans. Lata has sung along with younger sister Usha for the new album...

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'Gangnam Style' conquers YouTube

South Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style” has become YouTube’s most viewed video of all time...

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Stage set for arts festival in Odisha

The stage is set for an eight-day unique art festival in the Odisha capital commencing Sunday. The Art Connection festival is being organised by Mudra Foundation-a non-profit organisation launched in 2009 to share art and creativity with all sections of society, especially the underprivileged...

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From Japan: Music, poetry, peace and healing

"Legends of Kokuryo Rediscovered", a performance of music, ancient poetry and Shamanistic rites by piano therapist Idaki Shin and poet Keiko Koma from Japan, after touring 109 destinations across the world, will open to Indian audiences for the first time...

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Big B felicitated by Australian government

Amitabh Bachchan has been honoured by the Australian government for his contribution towards Indian cinema and fructifying the relations between the two countries...

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India 4th most vacation-deprived nation, says survey

It is all work and no play for Indians who have moved up a notch higher in the list of the most-vacation-deprived nation. A study by Expedia shows India is the fourth most vacation deprived nation. Japan ranked number one...

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Liberian Prez chosen for Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been chosen for this year's Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for being an "inspiration" to women and ensuring return of peace and democracy in her country, it was announced today...

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Charlie Chaplin's hat and cane to go under hammer

Charlie Chaplin's iconic bowler hat and cane are to go under the hammer in Los Angeles this weekend, as part of an auction which also includes a John Lennon nude drawing of himself and Yoko Ono. The hat and cane, trademark of Chaplin's Little Tramp character, are in "remarkable condition" and are estimated to go for between $40,000 and $60,000 at the sale by auction house Bonhams on Sunday. ..

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Like me, Vidya has guts to do different films: Waheeda Rehman

Waheeda Rehman sees a reflection of herself in Vidya Balan, who has also shown great chutzpah in selecting her films...

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Gadget we can’t live without: Alarm clock

The humble alarm clock has beaten the iPhone and flat screen TV to top the list of most enduring gadgets we can't do without, a new research found. ..

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'Dalam' not about Maoists

Upcoming bilingual action-thriller "Dalam" is not about Maoists, director Jeevan Reddy has clarified once again. ..

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Nearly 200-year old Indian royal carriage to be auctioned

A magnificent Indian royal state carriage, which is nearly 200-years old and was once owned by the Maharaja of Mysore, is to be auctioned in Britain this month. Maharaja of Mysore's 1825 State Carriage, which is to be auctioned Nov 24, has British royalty credentials, said ..

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New music revolution from India's margins

Folk music is silently tipping the gender balance in northern, eastern and southern India with more women from little known village communities using it as a legitimate grassroots voice - and are being heard across the country and abroad. ..

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Indian Kathak dance troupe enthralls ASEAN Secretariat

A Kathak dance troupe, specially flown in from India, gave a grand performance at the ASEAN Secretariat here that was widely appreciated by the select audience...

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Artists' group supports Karnad against Naipaul

Activist-artist group SAHMAT Monday came out in support of theatre personality Girish Karnad, who had called Nobel laureate writer V.S. Naipaul "anti-Muslim"...

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Anupam Kher among the five most talented actors in Asia

Anupam Kher is on cloud nine after making it to the list of five best actors in Asia by an international magazine. ..

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Tribal mediation to ease your stress

Stress is increasing in everyday life due to multiple social and economic factors but an expert assures a remedy through ZeNLP - the science of creating structured change in behaviour using simple "tribal meditation" techniques like clapping or chanting...

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Eminent litterateur Gangopadhyay passes away

Eminent litterateur and Sahitya Akademi President Sunil Gangopadhyay died at his South Kolkata residence in the early hours today following a massive heart attack. He was 78...

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Indian documentary selected by Slovenian film festival

A 24-minute short documentary "Me, My Self, My Gender" by Bangaluru-based journalists K G Vasuki and Maya Jaideep has been selected by the 28th edition of 'The festival Lesbian and Gay Film Ljubljana' in Slovenia to be held from November 24 to December two...

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Every hour of TV can shorten your life by 22 minutes: Study

There is alarm for people who spend hours and hours in watching TV. Every hour that you spend in front of the ‘idiot box’ could be taking 22 minutes off your life, a new study has warned. Australian researchers have found that watching television could be shortening your life by 4.8 years...

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I admire Aamir Khan's work for society: Tom Hanks

Hollywood star Tom Hanks read about Bollywood actor Aamir Khan's work for the Indian society, and is mightily impressed. He says "giving back" (to the society) is tough...

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US colleges beat down fees in drive towards $10,000 degree

Good news for Indian students having aspirations to study in US. Some US colleges have reportedly taken the first tentative steps to beat down soaring tuition fees by proposing a $10,000 (about 5.3 lakh) degree that also takes aim at the nearly trillion dollar college debt that the country has racked up...

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Love for Bengal drove me from NASA to Bollywood: Bedabrata

Love for the eastern Indian state of Bengal and a burning desire to present the forgotten story of a Bengali freedom fighter to people outside the state, drove senior NASA scientist Bedabrata Pain to land in Bollywood...

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Marathi film fest to be held in South Africa

A ten-day Marathi film festival will be organised in South Africa from October 27. During the event, noted film actor Sachin Pilgaonkar would be felicitated for his outstanding contribution to Marathi cinema...

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Film on agrarian crisis in Vidarbha heads for New York fest

'Baromas', a Hindi film on the agrarian crisis in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, has been selected to be a part of 2012 South Asian International Film Festival in New York. The festival will be held in New York from October 24 to 30...

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Average Indian lifespan to rise in next 10 yrs

The lifespan of an average Indian will continue to increase over the next decade. By 2016, an average Indian male and female will live till 68.8 and 71.1 years, respectively. This will rise by one more year for an average male by 2021 (69.8 years) and by 1.2 years for an average female (72.1), according to Union health ministry’s life expectation (LE) at birth projection released last week. ..

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Raipur schoolteacher wins Mrs.India World Wide title

Rebecca Logein Benn, a sports teacher from Raipur, Chhattisgarh, has won the title of Mrs.India World Wide 2012. A mother of two, she says this is her "first step towards glamour" and that she will now pursue "acting and modelling"...

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Country's first biennale art fest to be held in Kochi

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012, billed as the largest and most sophisticated international art festival, will begin later this year in Kochi...

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Amitabh to inaugurate Kolkata Film Festival

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will inaugurate the Kolkata Film Festival to be held this November, official sources said on Saturday. Big B's confirmation comes after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee personally requested the actor to be present during the inaugural ceremony to be held on November 10...

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Ranbir happy with nomination ‘Barfi’ but says long way off from glory

With 'Barfi' being selected as India's entry for Oscars, its lead actor Ranbir Kapoor tonight said it was due to "team effort" but they have still to cover much distance before getting into the final round. ..

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Cutting down on red meat lowers heart disease, diabetes

Minimizing the consumption of red and processed meat would not only lower the incidence of heart disease, diabetes, and bowel cancer by three to 12 percent, but also shrink the carbon footprint by 28 million tonnes a year, new research suggests...

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Tripura Puppet Theatre to perform in Germany

A team of Tripura Puppet Theatre will stage a show based on the theme of 'Bisharjan', a drama composed by Rabindranath Tagore, in Germany...

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali to make film on Mary Kom

Veteran film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has decided to make film on ace Manipuri boxer and Olympic bronze medalist M C Mary Kom...

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Good skin bacteria help your skin glow

The 'good' bacteria in your skin can help you look young by combating wrinkles, sagging and pigmentation, experts have said...

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Film festival marking 100 yrs of Indian Cinema begins tomorrow

A three day film festival would commence here tomorrow to mark the 100 years of Indian Cinema...

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