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Winter blues? Go for light therapy!

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) kicks in as soon as days turn shorter during winter with loss of natural light triggering lethargy, lack of interest in sex and sleep problems. But intense bright light can counteract SADness. Stockholm, for instance, gets only five hours of daylight during winter. But the city’s commuters can stop off in cafes and sit bathed in ...

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Hazare may end vow of silence in three, four days

Anna Hazare Monday said he plans to end his vow of silence in three to four days and would undertake a tour of the country to meet those who supported his anti-corruption campaign. Hazare, 74, said in his blog that the thought of giving up his ‘maun vrat’ was playing on his mind. “In the next three to four days ...

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Dabur India Q2 net profit rises 8.42 percent

Dabur India Monday reported an increase 8.42 percent in net profit at Rs.173.86 crore for the quarter ended Sep 30 owing to the strong growth in its key business categories, calibrated price hikes and stringent cost saving initiatives. The company had posted a net profit of Rs.160.35 crore during the like period of the previous financial year, the company said ...

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China mulls sending female astronauts into space

China is considering sending female astronauts into space during its space docking missions next year, a chief designer for the astronaut programme said Monday. Two female astronauts have been selected for possible flights when spacecraft Shenzhou-9 and -10 are scheduled to dock with space lab module Tiangong-1 in 2012, said Chen Shanguang, director of the Astronaut Center of China (ACC). ...

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Kerala’s ex-minister to be freed under amnesty scheme

Jailed former minister R. Balakrishna Pillai and 137 other inmates will be released Tuesday, while the jail terms of 2,500 prisoners will be reduced as part of an amnesty scheme of the Kerala government. The amnesty is being given on the occassion of Kerala Day Nov 1, the government announced Monday. The 76-year-old ruling coalition leader was handed a one-year ...

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Bhopal makes mark on national sports map

Thanks to a 20-time increase in the sports budget, central location, astro-turf grounds and new infrastructure, the Madhya Pradesh capital is fast emerging as a host for national sporting activities and international events as well. The City of Lakes, as it is popularly called, has already hosted over a dozen national sports meets in the last one year and its ...

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Baton-charge in jail leaves Koda injured

Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda Monday sustained minor injuries when police used batons to assault and disperse prisoners at a jail here, officials said. Some people who had come to visit Koda were also injured. “Restriction was put over the visitors’ numbers but Koda wanted more visitors. When jail officials denied permission, Koda and his supporters went to the ...

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With bitterness and longing – remembering victims of 1984

Twenty-seven years since Indira Gandhi was assassinated, 27 years since 2,700 Sikhs were killed in the capital in the terrible aftermath. As a host of VIPs headed towards the late prime minister’s memorial Monday, thousands of families also remembered their loved ones massacred in the riots – and renewed their pledge to continue the fight for justice. It was exactly ...

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Saif Ali annointed 10th Nawab of Pataudi

Flanked by his mother Sharmila Tagore and two sisters, Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan was Monday anointed the 10th Nawab of Pataudi at a ceremony at the family’s Ibrahim Palace here. Heads of various villages of the area tied a white turban (pagri) around the head of the 41-year-old star. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was also present at ...

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Rift forces adjournment of PAC meet

A meeting of parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) lookng into the 2G spectrum allocation scam was adjourned Monday following a division between the Congress and the opposition over the deposition of former director general (Audit) R.P. Singh. MPs from the opposition wanted to ask R.P. Singh, who retired recently, why he differed with the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) assessment ...

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Prescriptions from enfant terrible of infrastructure policy

Book: “Infrastructure at the Crossroads: The Challenge of Governance (OUP)”; Author: Gajendra Haldea; Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pages: 232; Price: Rs.575 If a man’s impact is judged by the number of his detractors, Gajendra Haldea is the Top Gun in our post-1991 infrastructure story. As Vinayak Chatterjee of Feedback Ventures once wrote, and such is the power of Haldea’s reports ...

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Himachal project to get carbon credit in first for India on public land

Ahead of its 17th Conference of Parties in Durban late-November, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has registered for carbon credits the Rs.365-crore Himachal Pradesh Mid-Himalayan Watershed Project being co-funded by the World Bank. This is the first project on public land in India registered for carbon credits. Under the Kyoto Protocol on climate change industrialised nations ...

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Indian equities market 73 points in volatile trade

Indian equities markets were trading volatile Monday afternoon with a benchmark index ruling 73 points lower than its previous close. Metals, oil and gas, and auto stocks saw most of the selling. The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 17,806.21 points, was ruling at 17,731.17 points, down 73.63 points or 0.41 percent from ...

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B-Town ga ga over Gaga

They entertain people, but this time around it was the turn of celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Bipasha Basu and Deepika Padukone to let their hair down at pop icon Lady Gaga’s maiden performance in India and party hard. The singer, who has chart-toppers like “Poker face”, “Judas” and “Born this way” to her credit, performed at the ...

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