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Facebook chatbot may soon do bargaining for you

Facebook suspends three pages linked to Russian government

San Francisco: Three video-centric pages run by a viral video company – Maffick Media – have been suspended from Facebook because they failed to properly disclose their ties with Russia, the media reported. Ruptly, a subsidiary of the state-run RT (formerly Russia Today) which is funded by the Russian government, has a 51 per cent stake

Surfer critical after shark attack in Byron Bay

Canberra: A surfer was in critical condition after he was attacked by a shark at a popular beach in New South Wales state. Emergency services were deployed to the Byron Bay after the 41-year-old surfer was attacked early Sunday morning, reports Xinhua news agency. The victim suffered leg injuries but managed to return to shore on

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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

BJP leader arrested in Bengal for ‘involvement’ in daughter’s abduction

Kolkata: A BJP leader in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal’s Birbhum district was arrested, along with two others, on Sunday for allegedly being involved in the abduction of his daughter, police said. Suprabhat Batabyal, who had crossed over to the BJP from the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress about five months back, was taken into

India remains on White House ‘major’ list on drug trade

New York: India continues to remain on the White House list of countries that are “major” transit points for or producer of illicit drugs. The annual list was released on Tuesday as US President Donald Trump prepared for a global campaign against drugs at the UN later in September. The 21 countries on it include Pakistan,

Facebook chatbot may soon do bargaining for you

Facebook suspends three pages linked to Russian government

San Francisco: Three video-centric pages run by a viral video company – Maffick Media – have been suspended from Facebook because they failed to properly disclose their ties with Russia, the media reported. Ruptly, a subsidiary of the state-run RT (formerly Russia Today) which is funded by the Russian government, has a 51 per cent stake

Facebook chatbot may soon do bargaining for you

Facebook suspends three pages linked to Russian government

San Francisco: Three video-centric pages run by a viral video company – Maffick Media – have been suspended from Facebook because they failed to properly disclose their ties with Russia, the media reported. Ruptly, a subsidiary of the state-run RT (formerly Russia Today) which is funded by the Russian government, has a 51 per cent stake

Feature

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India introduces Bill to counter exploitation by NRI spouses

New Delhi: India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has introduced a path breaking Bill on Registration of Marriage of non-Resident of India in Rajya Sabha (upper house  or Parliament). The Bill is an outcome of a joint initiative of the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Home Affairs and

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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India introduces Bill to counter exploitation by NRI spouses

New Delhi: India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has introduced a path breaking Bill on Registration of Marriage of non-Resident of India in Rajya Sabha (upper house  or Parliament). The Bill is an outcome of a joint initiative of the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Home Affairs and

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

Bollywood

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How come Jhansi Ki Rani can dance but not Rani Padmavati?

Director Krish Jagarlamudi is done with the bickering with Kangana Ranaut. “I’ve had my say. No more. If she wants to believe she directed all of ‘Manikarnika’, so be it. Everyone knows the truth,” asserts Krish and vows to not get into any more war of words with the film’s aggressive leading lady and co-director.

'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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Karachi body flays Shabana, Javed for attacking Pakistan

Karachi: The Arts Council of Pakistan has criticized veteran Indian actress Shabana Azmi and her lyricist-writer husband Javed Akhtar for axing their visit to Karachi in the wake of the suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 49 troopers. The couple was set to take part in centenary celebrations of Shabana’s poet-father Kaifi Azmi. The

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Ariana Grande wins her 1st Grammy

Los Angeles: Singer Ariana Grande, who boycotted the 61st edition of Grammy awards, has won her first Grammy. Hours before the 2019 Grammys on Sunday, the Recording Academy announced that the singer had won Best Pop Vocal Album for “Sweetener”. The group revealed several winners ahead of the show, reports eonline.com. Grande was initially supposed to

Be cautious of fake 'KBC 9' registrations: Big B

Speak more Hindi, Amitabh urges Bollywood’s new gen

Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, known for his command over Hindi, hopes the new generation of Bollywood actors use the language more often instead of being highly Westernised. Amitabh, 75, is seen using proper Hindi while he interacts with the common people who participate in the reality TV game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati”, the 10th season of

Kangana

How come Jhansi Ki Rani can dance but not Rani Padmavati?

Director Krish Jagarlamudi is done with the bickering with Kangana Ranaut. “I’ve had my say. No more. If she wants to believe she directed all of ‘Manikarnika’, so be it. Everyone knows the truth,” asserts Krish and vows to not get into any more war of words with the film’s aggressive leading lady and co-director.

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Meet Sam Evans, Australia’s first doctor of tabla

Sam Evans’ love for the tabla is one that grew out of exploration. He began playing the drum kit as a six-year old and by the time he finished school was playing it professionally.  But he was nagged by an urge to discover a musical instrument that had a bit more history, complexity, and a

Salman Khan fears losing stardom

I’m not part of casting: Salman Khan on ‘Bigg Boss’

Panaji: Superstar Salman Khan has been hosting “Bigg Boss” since its fourth season and says he often gets calls from people who are interested in participating in the controversial reality show, but he doesn’t take a call on casting the contestants. The show has had actors like Tanishaa Mukerji, Armaan Kohli and Shamita Shetty. “I get

Food

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Here’s how chicken soup’s medical magic works

New York: While many people rely on chicken noodle soup to soothe a cold, very few know about the other ways the broth brings relief, a dietician says. A hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup may help clear nasal congestion and ease cold symptoms. When you have a cold, it is also important to stay hydrated,

Garima

Indian female chef honoured with Michelin star

Bangkok: Chef Garima Arora, who heads the Bangkok-based Gaa restaurant, has been awarded the prestigious Michelin star. It is being claimed that she is the first Indian woman to get the honour. Feeling proud on receiving the Michelin star, Garima said: “I am humbled that Gaa restaurant has been honoured with it. I am proud of

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World Italian Cuisine Week gets underway

Rome: The third Italian Cuisine Week to promote high-quality Italian cuisine and authentic agri-food products internationally kicked off on Monday and will run through Sunday, the foreign ministry said in a statement. The event is aimed at boosting “quality, sustainability, food safety, right to food, education, identity, territory and biodiversity… regional tourism, Italian food and wine

chicken soup

Here’s how chicken soup’s medical magic works

New York: While many people rely on chicken noodle soup to soothe a cold, very few know about the other ways the broth brings relief, a dietician says. A hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup may help clear nasal congestion and ease cold symptoms. When you have a cold, it is also important to stay hydrated,

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

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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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Treat your sweet tooth with these dessert recipes

Be it festivals or any special occasion, they are incomplete without sweets and desserts. Here are a few recipes to treat your family and friends with some home-made delights. Dubai Tourism has shared recipes by Chef Gabriele Kurz of Madinat Jumeirah and Chef Ali El Bourji of Ayamna, Atlantis to make the festivities and occasions even

Health

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Smoking marijuana may not affect men’s fertility: Study

New York: Men who have smoked marijuana at some point in their lives had significantly higher concentrations of sperm compared with men who have never smoked weed, according to a new research by Harvard University. The study looked at men who were seeking help at fertility clinics, not the general population. But the findings, detailed in

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Wonder benefits of coconut oil

New Delhi: Ever wondered about the different ways in which coconut oil can be used? This marvel oil has been used in India for generations for a variety of reasons because of its different health benefits. Doctor Priyanka Sampat, Ayurveda expert at Birla Ayurveda lists down some benefits. * Natural moisturiser: Coconut oil is used to

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Smoking marijuana may not affect men’s fertility: Study

New York: Men who have smoked marijuana at some point in their lives had significantly higher concentrations of sperm compared with men who have never smoked weed, according to a new research by Harvard University. The study looked at men who were seeking help at fertility clinics, not the general population. But the findings, detailed in

back pain

Neck, back pain? Seek physical therapy to avoid opioid abuse

New York: Are you suffering from neck, back and shoulder pain? If so, visiting a physical therapist early can reduce the consumption of opioids that can lead to their abuse as well as other health complications, suggests a study. According to researchers from the Stanford University in the US, physical therapy can be a useful, non-pharmacologic

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

Lifestyle

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Create healthy & creative workspace

New Delh: A healthy work environment through a blend of active urban setting as well as a stress-free ecosystem with sustainable measures can go a long way in improving employees’ productivity, say experts of workspace design. Praveen Rawal, Managing Director of Steelcase, Southeast Asia and India, Shaishav Dharia, Regional CEO, Lodha Group and Amit Ramani, Founder

Travel

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Where Buddhism and ancient culture meet

Paro (Bhutan): The picturesque valley town of Paro, dotted with Bhutan’s historical and sacred monasteries like Tiger’s Nest that clings to a vertical rock cliff with a 200-foot majestic waterfall in its vicinity and wrapped in prayer flags fluttering with fresh cool breeze is far from the madding crowd – literally. Aptly called Shangri-La, it’s the

Sport

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Tech in Cricket: ‘To be or not to be, is the question’

The introduction of technology into cricket has not been a smooth one. The phrase “to err is human” was precisely why cricketers and cricket administrators around the world felt that with modern technology, the chances of a human error will be adequately solved. Furthermore, the introduction of stump mics, spider cams, DRS, snickometers will bring

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