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Charlize Theron to be honoured

Oscar winner Charlize Theron is set to be honoured for her decade of film achievements at an upcoming Las Vegas convention of theatre owners. The actress shot to fame in the 1990s by becoming the first South African to win an Oscar in a major acting category. Now she’s set to be singled out for her career when she receives ...

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UN to observe Earth Hour

The UN will observe Earth Hour Saturday by turning off the lights for one hour at its facilities around the world. The world body, headquartered in New York, will join scores of other landmarks around the globe that are participating in the Earth Hour event. Earth Hour, launched in 2007 in Australia by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), ...

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US stocks close mixed

US stocks Friday closed mixed at the end of a strong first quarter, as investors weighed the latest development in the eurozone and conflicting US economic data. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 66.22 points, or 0.50 percent, to 13,212.04. The Standard & Poor’s 500 was up 5.19 points, or 0.37 percent, to 1,408.47. The Nasdaq Composite Index edged down ...

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Italy at risk of drought

Italy is at risk of a drought due to scanty rainfall and may have to ration water this summer, experts said. The country has seen very few rainy days since last fall and the “precipitations were not enough to fill wells, rivers and reservoirs,” climatologist Giampiero Maracchi said. “From now on, even though it normally rains, the rainwater will not ...

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Guetta launches record label

Grammy Award-winning DJ and music producer David Guetta will add music mogul to his resume after launching his own record label. The star DJ, has collaborated with Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas and Kelly Rowland to create his own imprint specialising in electronic music. Guetta announced his big news at Brazil’s Ultra Music Festival over the weekend. “I’m going to ...

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Winslet shaved arms for ‘Titanic’

Actress Kate Winslet was forced to shave her arms to shoot key evening scenes for hit 1997 film “Titanic” because the moonlight kept striking her arm hair and ruining the shot. Winslet was 20 years old when she stepped into the role of Rose opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in director James Cameron’s blockbuster hit. The actress recalls her arm hair stood ...

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South Africa beat India by 11 runs

South Africa beat India by 11 runs via the Duckworth Lewis Method in the rain-marred one-off Twenty20 international at the Wanderers here Friday. India, while chasing a target of 220, were cruising well at 71 for no loss in 7.5 overs with Gautam Gambhir batting on 49 and Robin Uthappa 18 when the showers came down heavily prompting the fans ...

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UP jewellers protest duty hike

Business across the state was crippled Friday as jewellers in Uttar Pradesh observed a shutdown in protest of the central government’s decision to hike excise, custom duty on gold jewellery and tax deduction on transaction of over Rs.2 lakhs. In Lucknow, the jewellers showed solidarity and pulled down their shutters in busy markets like Chowk and Hazratganj and declared that ...

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Final scoreboard: India vs. South Africa, T20

The following is the final scoreboard of the rain marred Twenty20 international between India and South Africa at the Wanderers here Friday. South Africa: Richard Levi c Sharma b Irfan 19 Jacques Kallis c Sharma b Ashwin 61 Colin Ingram c Sharma b Raina 78 Farhaan Behardien not out 20 Justin Ontong b Raina 22 Albie Morkel not out 16 ...

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Jairam Ramesh in UP

Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh is on a two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh to review the schemes of his ministry. Ramesh, who arrived here late Friday, is scheduled to meet Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Saturday. Besides overseeing the progress of central schemes like MNREGA, he will also discuss “some important issues” with the chief minister, officials said. The ...

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Shifting of officials continues in UP

Continuing its bureaucratic reshuffling, the Uttar Pradesh government Friday shifted nine Indian Administrative Service (IAS), eight Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, 25 Provincial Civil Service (PCS) and 19 Provincial Police Service officers. It also cancelled the elevation of Sanjay Agarwal, principal secretary, medical, health, family welfare and medical education as principal secretary to the chief minister. Similarly, the transfer of ...

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Jalandhar girl wins Femina Miss India World title

Jalandhar girl Vanya Mishra was Friday crowned Pantaloons Femina Miss India (PFMI) World 2012 title at a gala event here. She will represent India at the global pageant later this year. Rochelle Maria Rao from Chennai won the title of Miss India International, while Prachi Mishra from Pune is Miss India Earth. The winners were decided by a jury panel ...

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South Africa beat India in rain marred Twenty20

South Africa beat India by 11 runs via the Duckworth Lewis Method in the rain-marred one-off Twenty20 international at the Wanderers here Friday. India were cruising well at 71 for no loss in 7.5 overs with Gautam Gambhir batting on 49 and Robin Uthappa 18 when the showers came down heavily. South Africa had made 219 for four in 20 ...

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Poll panel stops Jharkhand Rajya Sabha poll, urges cancellation

Amid reports of horse trading in the Rajya Sabha polls, the Election Commission Friday stopped the counting of votes for two seats from Jharkhand after money was seized from a car belonging to an independent candidate’s relative and recommended to President Pratibha Patil that the poll notification be cancelled. The income tax department in Jharkhand had earlier seized Rs.2.15 crore ...

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