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  • Armed with CWG gold, shuttler Kashyap ready for bigger things 21-08-2014 03:57 PM

    New Delhi: The Commonwealth Games gold medal is a big motivating factor for top Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap to prepare for the tougher World Championships and the Asian Games. The 27-year-old Hyderabadi says not much has changed after he emulated legends Prakash Pradukone (1978) and Syed Modi (1982) by winning...
  • 'Suicide tourism' on rise in Switzerland: Study 21-08-2014 03:29 PM

    People packing their bags to Switzerland not to rest in its serenity but to end their lives through assisted suicide has doubled in four years, reveals a study. There are six right to die organisations in Switzerland, of which four permit nationals from other countries to use their services. Citizens...
  • Mysterious Thai woman is world's first selfie queen with over 12,000 selfies on social networking sites 21-08-2014 01:50 PM

    Do you know who is the world's selfie queen? Forget Kim Kardashian, and rather meet a mysterious Thai woman who has posted over 12,000 selfies on various social media platforms and can be considered for the top post. Mortao Maotor, as she calls herself on the photo-sharing site Instagram, posts...
  • Juhi Chawla's recent comment on Big B misconstrued? She brushes off the 'extent to which the statement has been blown up', says she doesn't follow 'Yudh', but loves 'KBC' 21-08-2014 12:32 PM

    New Delhi: Veteran actor Juhi Chawla believes in the power of the TV medium but says film actors better fit reality shows because they offer them a different experience. "I have not seen many people from films being able to do fiction," Juhi told IANS here. "A lot of people...
  • Duncan Fletcher has not been sidelined: Ravi Shastri 21-08-2014 11:37 AM

    London: Former India captain Ravi Shastri, who has been appointed the team director for the ODI series against England, said his role would be to oversee the team but added that chief coach Duncan Fletcher has not been sidelined. "My role is to oversee everything. All of them report to...
  • Peaceful balloting continues in Bihar bypolls 21-08-2014 11:34 AM

    Voting for the by-election in 10 assembly constituencies in Bihar began Thursday on a peaceful note, officials said. Voters were seen queuing up to exercise their franchise in most of the constituencies after 7 a.m., officials said, adding there were no reports of violence. "Voting is underway and around eight...
  • Peaceful voting in Madhya Pradesh by-polls 21-08-2014 11:34 AM

    Voting was peaceful Thursday in the by-elections that were held in three Madhya Pradesh assembly constituencies, officials said. Voters were seen queuing up to exercise their franchise at 7 am in Vijayraghavgarh, Bahoriband and Agar assembly constituencies, officials said. Over six lakh voters in the three constituencies are eligible to...
  • CCTVs to be installed in UP girls' colleges and hostels 21-08-2014 10:37 AM

    The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered installation of CCTV cameras at the entry gates of all girl's colleges and hostels, an official said Thursday. The decision came after discussions in a higher level meeting presided over by Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan. "The state government is worried over the rising incidences...
  • Indian coaches have burnt their bridges 21-08-2014 10:11 AM

    What exactly is the role of Ravi Shastri, the new director of cricket operations of the Indian team now in England to complete a tortuous tour playing five one-dayers and a Twenty20 game after losing the five-Test series 1-3? It is not the role of the former India allrounder but...
  • 'End ban on Sikh basketball players with turbans': A coalition of US lawmakers urge the International Basketball Federation 21-08-2014 09:09 AM

    Washington: A coalition of US lawmakers Tuesday urged the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to end its discriminatory policy against Sikh basketball players who wear turbans, an important article of their faith. In a letter to FIBA president Yvan Mainini, 21 Congress members led by Democrat Ami Bera, the lone Indian-American...
  • Barcelona to appeal to CAS against FIFA ban 21-08-2014 09:09 AM

    Madrid: Spanish football giant Barcelona confirmed that they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) after FIFA upheld its decision to ban the club from signing for the next two transfer windows for irregularities over the signing of underage players. FIFA's decision on Wednesday means that Barcelona...
  • Israel to step up Gaza offensive: Benjamin Netanyahu 21-08-2014 08:47 AM

    Jerusalem: Israel will step up the offensive in the Gaza Strip until rocket firing from there into Israel stops, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday in response to renewed Gaza rocket attacks against central and southern Israel earlier in the day. "Our policy is simple, if they (Hamas) will...
  • Canadian province scraps helmet exemption for Sikhs 21-08-2014 08:29 AM

    Toronto: Sikhs in the Canadian province of Ontario will not be exempted from wearing helmets, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced. The Canadian Sikh Association said it received a letter last week from Wynne stating the Liberal government, for safety reasons, will not allow Sikh motorcycle riders to wear only turbans, the...
  • Ranbir Kapoor: I want to make a short film with Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan 21-08-2014 08:08 AM

    Mumbai: Ranbir Kapoor, who had earlier talked about making a short film on the life of his grandfather and legendary actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor, has dropped the idea. Now he plans to make it with the three Khans. Encapsulating Raj Kapoor's life in a short film is next to impossible, therefore,...
  • 'Shame on you Kapil Dev,' an irate Hockey India lays into the legend 20-08-2014 08:07 PM

    New Delhi: Disgruntled Hockey India (HI) secretary general, Narinder Batra, on Wednesday launched a tirade against cricket legend and head of the Arjuna Awards selection committee Kapil Dev, calling him an opportunist. Batra said the World Cup-winning captain settled an old score with him by ignoring seven hockey players for...
  • 'Fast and Furious' star Vin Diesel poses naked 20-08-2014 06:52 PM

    Los Angeles: Actor Vin Diesel has posed nude in a shower for a photograph. The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' star took to Facebook to share the black-and-white photograph of himself in a steamy shower, reports eonline.com. In the image, water falls on the 47-year-old actor's naked body, while he throws...
  • Yo Yo Honey Singh injured on the sets of 'India's Raw Star' 20-08-2014 06:48 PM

    Mumbai: Popular rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh, who will soon be seen in a new singing reality TV show "India's Raw Star", fell down and hurt himself while shooting for its first episode, said a source. "When Honey Singh was shooting for the last bit of the first episode, an...
  • Ajay Devgn's 'Singham Returns' crosses Rs 100 crore mark 20-08-2014 06:29 PM

    Mumbai: The combo of Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn has once again hit the jackpot - their lates offering 'Singham Returns' has earned over Rs 100 crore within four days of its release. Also starring Kareena Kapoor, the action-drama released on Independence Day. "#SinghamReturns Fri 32.09 cr (crore), Sat 21.05...
  • Twenty20 is just a platform, Test cricket is the ultimate dream: Unmukt 20-08-2014 05:01 PM

    New Delhi: With the Indian Premier League (IPL) being blamed for India's humiliating Tests series loss in England, Unmukt Chand, skipper of the 2012 U-19 World Cup winning team, feels that Twenty20 just remains a platform but playing Tests still remains the dream of every young cricketer. The 21-year-old Delhi...
  • No effort, no heart, no fight, Team India disappointed: Sourav Ganguly 20-08-2014 03:11 PM

    New Delhi: Former captains Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly have blasted the Indian team and said it was high time for the selectors to take some tough decisions following the embarrassing 3-1 Test series loss to England. Ganguly said the team had shown "no effort, no heart, no fight." "There...
  • Want to lose weight? Leave your car at home and take the metro! 20-08-2014 02:45 PM

    London: Want to try a sure-shot way of losing extra flab? Leave your car at home and try public transport instead. Commuting to work by active (walking or cycling) and public modes of transport is linked to lower body weight and body fat composition compared with those using cars, suggests...
  • A new species of non-venomous snake has been discovered in Brazil 20-08-2014 02:37 PM

    Brasilia: Scientists from four Brazilian institutions have announced the discovery of a new species of non-venomous snake that inhabits the savannas in the central part of the country. The new serpent has been dubbed Atractus Spinalis and belongs to the Dipsadidae family, found in several countries of the Americas and...
  • Sochi Autodrom ready for Russian F1 Grand Prix 20-08-2014 12:42 PM

    Sochi: The Sochi Autodrom is ready to host the first edition of the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix scheduled for Oct 10-12. "The circuit is in very good condition and will be issued with a license," F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting said after inspecting the venue on Tuesday, reports Xinhua....
  • Oswal community of Jodhpur opts for environment-friendly cremations 20-08-2014 12:01 PM

    In another sign of changing times, the influential Oswal community has decided against using wood for cremating its dead to curb the felling of trees and to protect the environment. A gas-based crematorium will instead be used. "A gas-based crematorium has been installed in a newly-built hall in the community's...
  • Facebook Messenger downloaded over 500 million times on Android devices: Report 20-08-2014 10:58 AM

    New York: Although it initially faced backlash by people, the new Facebook Messenger app has been downloaded over 500 million times on Android-based devices, reports Google Play Store. The Messenger app earlier received poor reviews from its users, with most criticising the popular social networking site for forcing them to...
  • Dhanush's Tamil drama 'Kaaka Muttai' to have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 20-08-2014 09:44 AM

    Chennai: Actor Dhanush-produced Tamil drama "Kaaka Muttai", which predominantly features newcomers, will have its world premiere at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a festival representative said. TIFF will take place between Sep 4 and 14. "Dhanush's 'Kaaka Muttai' will have its world premiere at TIFF this year. Dhanush...
  • Did an exceptional iceberg sink the Titanic? Unfavourable factors outside human control may be responsible for the accident 20-08-2014 09:34 AM

    London: While the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 is typically blamed on human, design and construction errors, a study points to two other unfavourable factors outside human control. There were a greater number of icebergs than normal that year, and weather conditions had driven them further south and earlier...
  • No need to remove MS Dhoni as India captain, says BCCI 20-08-2014 08:51 AM

    Mumbai: With the World Cup only six months away, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) doesn't intend to sack India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose leadership has now been put under lens by critics. On a day when the BCCI cracked the whip in the aftermath of...
  • 'Mardaani' actress Rani Mukerji's arrival at Kolkata's Kalighat temple creates mass frenzy 20-08-2014 08:02 AM

    Kolkata: It was not just another day for the locals, particularly the street urchins, scattered outside the sleepy Kalighat temple complex here. As word spread about Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji's visit, a huge mob descended from nowhere and chaos reigned. Her career might not be in top form at the...
  • 2,240 Ebola cases in West Africa: UN 20-08-2014 07:43 AM

    United Nations: The number of Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, has reached 2,240 and a total of 1,229 deaths were also registered, UN spokesman Steaphane Dujarric said on Tuesday. "WHO is working with the World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure that people in the quarantine zone...