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With landmark Paris deal ratification, this Earth Day is special

This Earth Day – April 22 – is special, not only because over one billion people would join hands to tackle higher carbon emission and land erosion, but also because for the first time 120 countries are to come together to sign and adopt the Paris Climate Agreement at the UN, New York, to create

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Abbott ousted, Turnbull sworn in as Australia’s 29th PM

Canberra, Sep 15: Former communications minister Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as Australia’s 29th prime minister on Tuesday and praised the man he ousted as a “great Australian”. He was sworn in by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and pledged his allegiance to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth-II at a hastily organised ceremony at Government House in Canberra earlier

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Australia among top 3 choices for Indian students

Reversing the earlier trend of migration to Australia by majority of Indians, the country now continued to be one of the top three destinations of choice for Indian students due to its academic quality and education system, a senior Australian diplomat said. Though many Indian students preferred to study in Australia for migration and have

Punjab teacher shot dead for opposing molesters, two arrested

Chandigarh, Feb 28: Two youth who allegedly shot dead a school teacher who resisted their lewd remarks and attempt to molest her at a wedding function in Punjab’s Batala town were arrested on Sunday, police said. Police officials said that the victim was shot dead from close range after she resisted an attempt to molest

Patriotic moment at The Grange P-12 College

Patriotic moment at The Grange P-12 College, Callistemon campus

Melbourne: The 69th Indian Independence Day celebration in Melbourne was a moment of pride for many. At the Grange P-12 College, Callistemon campus, the Indian tri colour was hoisted at an event conducted on a grand scale with the support of Western Gujju Incorporation. Congregating in the spacious and inviting school campus hall, the Western

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Abbott ousted, Turnbull sworn in as Australia’s 29th PM

Canberra, Sep 15: Former communications minister Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as Australia’s 29th prime minister on Tuesday and praised the man he ousted as a “great Australian”. He was sworn in by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and pledged his allegiance to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth-II at a hastily organised ceremony at Government House in Canberra earlier

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Facebook, Google pitch in to help users in flood-hit Chennai

New York, Dec 3: Facebook activated the “Safety Check” feature for its users in Chennai early on Thursday, while Google has compiled all critical information under its “Crisis Response” tool to provide them relief in the flood-hit city, media reports said. As the torrential rains in Chennai continued for the fourth straight day, with power

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Britons spending an entire day each week on internet, says a study

London: Britons are spending almost an entire day in a week online scrolling through social networking site Facebook and watching video streaming service Netflix — driven mainly by a fear of “missing out” on what friends and colleagues are getting up to, says a study. The study, conducted by gadget insurance provider www.row.co.uk, found that

Gold falls, other precious metals rise

GOLD futures have extended their losses in electronic trading after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s May policy-setting meeting showed board members considered an early end to the central bank’s bond-buying program. A number of Fed officials could be willing to reduce the pace of bond purchases as early as their next meeting if the economy

Rituals, revelry on second day of Durga Puja

Kolkata: People from all walks of life and age groups Sunday thronged colourful pandals (marquees) to soak in the festivities and celebrate Mahasaptami – the second day of Durga Puja in West Bengal. The day started with the ‘pran pratistha’ ritual, where the deity is symbolically endowed with life. The ‘kola bou’, a tender banana

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Britons spending an entire day each week on internet, says a study

London: Britons are spending almost an entire day in a week online scrolling through social networking site Facebook and watching video streaming service Netflix — driven mainly by a fear of “missing out” on what friends and colleagues are getting up to, says a study. The study, conducted by gadget insurance provider www.row.co.uk, found that

We’ll take Badals to the cleaners: Amarinder Singh

Chandigarh: Former chief minister Amarinder Singh says the ruling Akali Dal is a “17th century” outfit that has done little for Punjab and that his Congress party will take the Badals, the state’s first family, to the cleaners in the assembly polls next year. “We will certainly show the people what this (Badal) government has

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I don't believe in gender discrimination: Sonakshi

I don’t believe in gender discrimination: Sonakshi

Actress Sonakshi Sinha, best known for her roles in films like “Dabangg”, “Lootera” and “Rowdy Rathore”, says her friends group comprises both men and women as she doesn’t believe in gender discrimination. Sonakshi was doing a question and answer session with her fans on Twitter where she was asked whether her best friends are men

'I Love NY': This New Year is outdated

‘I Love NY’: This New Year is outdated

Film: “I Love NY”; Language: Hindi; Cast: Sunny Deol, KanganaRanaut, Prem Chopra, Tannishtha Chatterjee, NavinChowdhry; Directors: Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru; Rating: ** A commitment phobic bachelor, Randhir Singh (Sunny Deol) who is a banker in Chicago, is fed up of his humdrum life and decides to settle down in matrimony with Riya (Tannishtha Chatterjee),

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When Priyanka Chopra was tearful

“Bajirao Mastani” actor Ranveer Singh has revealed that his co-star Priyanka Chopra had broken down on the third day of shooting the film. The reason? Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali! At the period drama’s trailer launch, Priyanka was asked about the difficulties she had to face in shooting the film. She said: “I didn’t have to

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Stay invested, interested: Julia Roberts’s marriage advice

Actress Julia Roberts, who raises two children with husband Daniel Moder, says she finds her marital life “fascinating” and that the key to a happy married life is to be committed. “I think it’s about being committed to each other, about having the same values and wanting the same things from life,” Roberts said. “As

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Pallavi Sharda eyes Madhubala biopic

If actress Pallavi Sharda had a chance to feature in a biopic, she’d like it to be on the life of late Indian cine icon Madhubala. “I would like to do a biopic on Madhubala. I like her story, her life was interesting and there is romanticism in her life. I think it would be

Akshay Kumar for Brothers

Akshay Kumar for Brothers

Why is this film important to you? This movie is very close to my heart, it means a lot to me, especially because it is a movie about Martial Arts, which makes it even more important for me. The movie is releasing in August this year, which also co-incides with me completing 25 years in

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Alia to sing ‘Samjhawan Unplugged’ live

Young actress Alia Bhatt, whose singing talent was first showcased through “Highway”, has now used her vocal skills for a new song, “Samjhawan Unplugged”. She will sing it live. “Samjhawan Unplugged” is a melodious rendition of Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal’s “Samjhawan” from Alia and Varun Dhawan’s forthcoming movie “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania”. Filmmaker Karan

Karan Patel to shoot consummation scene in front of wife

Karan Patel to shoot consummation scene in front of wife?

Actress Ankita Bhargava will reportedly be present on the sets of TV show “Ye Hai Mohabbatein” to witness the shooting of the consummation scene between the show’s lead pair — her husband and actor Karan Patel and actress DivyankaTripathi. While Divyanka had already laid special rules to be followed during filming of the scenes, Karan’s

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India’s cultural influences reflect in its cuisine: Chef David Rocco

Having visited India five times in the last three years for a total of 26 weeks, Italian-Canadian chef David Rocco feels that the country is his “second home”. He says it’s interesting how the cultural influences of the country shine through its cuisine. Rocco has explored India as part of a TV show for channel

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India’s cultural influences reflect in its cuisine: Chef David Rocco

Having visited India five times in the last three years for a total of 26 weeks, Italian-Canadian chef David Rocco feels that the country is his “second home”. He says it’s interesting how the cultural influences of the country shine through its cuisine. Rocco has explored India as part of a TV show for channel

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Indian restaurants in Britain call for short-term work visas

London, Aug 23: Indian restaurant owners in Britain have called on the government to introduce short-term work visas in order to plug the shortage of curry chefs across the country, a media report said on Sunday. The owners are preparing a submission to Prime Minister David Cameron and cabinet members, which warns that 90 percent

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The ‘Bhut Jolokia’ – recognised as the hottest of spices

‘Bhut Jolokia’ also known as naga jolokia, bih jolokia, ghost pepper, ghost chili pepper, red naga chilli, and ghost chilli is cultivated in the Indian states of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. The name “Bhut Jolokiya” comes from the Bhutia tribe who used to originally bring it down to the valleys of Assam for trade. It’s

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Aangan at Derrimut, quite an epitome of India

Sometimes, a restaurant is a classic product of a country. Take Aangan at Derrimut where chef-cum-proprietor Sumit Malhotra has pulled every stop to highlight India through the cuisines, décor, taste, sights and sounds. Founded largely on the premise of “highlighting the best of India to Australia,” Sumit’s second venture has created quite a buzz. His

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Samundri Stew

This healthy, delicious Seafood Stew is one pot casserole. Quick and easy to make, ideal for cold winter nights. The herbs and spices used in this recipe aren’t overpowering and allow you to appreciate the natural flavours and textures of the flaky fish and meaty prawns. If preferred, add a dash or two of Tabasco

Burger King Keen to Replicate its Indian Vegetarian Menu Globally

Burger King Keen to Replicate its Indian Vegetarian Menu Globally

Global fast-food giant Burger King, which especially created vegetarian options in the country to suit the Indian palate, is keen to introduce them in other vegetarian-friendly markets like the United Kingdom. Burger King India introduced as many as six vegetarian snacks, sandwiches and entry-level burgers in the menu when it started in November 2014. “Looking

Health

Smoking during pregnancy can harm baby's brain

Smoking during pregnancy can harm baby’s brain

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy can increase the risks of mental disorders in their babies, warns a study. The results showed that a higher maternal nicotine level in the mother’s blood was associated with a 38 percent increased odds of schizophrenia among their offspring. Nicotine readily crosses the placenta into the foetal bloodstream, specifically targets

Battling cancer with Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that considers the mind, body and spirit when diagnosing and treating patients. It is the traditional system of medicine in India and has been practiced for 5,000 years. Ayurveda means “wisdom of life” and the system of medicine maintains that all illnesses affect both the mind and the

Viagra doesn't cause skin cancer

Viagra doesn’t cause skin cancer

Lifestyle factors, not Viagra, put users of erectile dysfunction drugs at higher risk of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, says a study. The study that involved analysis of medical records of over 20,235 men concluded that use of erectile dysfunction drugs does not cause melanoma and that the likely source of the observed

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Your chance to meet Baba Ramdev in Melbourne

For the first time, Melburnians will get to attend yoga sessions from none other than yoga guru Swami Ramdev or Baba Ramdev as he is popularly known. In Australia from April 2-13, Ramdev will hold yoga camps across three cities – Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. His Melbourne camps are scheduled for April 10-12. As one

Mouth Ulcers

Question: Mr.B: Dear Raj, I have been reading your articles regularly and thought if Homeopathy can help my 10 yrs old son with mouth ulcers. He has been getting them frequently since last few months. Typically they are on the inner side of his lower lip and each time it may last for approximately 10

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Lifestyle

Virtual dog to teach robots to perform tasks intelligently

Virtual dog to teach robots to perform tasks intelligently

While playing with your pooch at home helps evoke love and compassion in you, researchers from Washington State University are using a virtual dog to train robots how to do desired tasks. The team has designed a computer programme that lets humans teach a virtual robot that looks like a computerised pooch. Non-computer programmers worked

Travel

Lhasa - between heaven and earth

Lhasa – between heaven and earth

If there is anything between heaven and earth, it’s Qinghai – the Tibet Plateau in southwestern China. Surrounded by chuckling mountains, abounding with virgin biodiversity at an elevation of over 4,000 metres, it’s also known as the Roof of the World or Third Pole of the Earth. The plateau is no longer an enigma. For,

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World T20: Kolhi adjudged player of the tournament

Kolkata, April 4: India’s Virat Kohli, who almost single-handedly led the Indian chase match after match in the World Twenty20, was adjudged the man of the tournament after the final here on Sunday. Kohli amassed 273 runs in the tournament, that included three half-centuries. Having remained not out thrice, he averaged an astounding 136.50. The

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