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Learn to stay safe, fear no stigma to win fight against Ebola

Geneva , Oct 31

Overcome apprehension, know how to use protective equipment, trust the security protocol and do not be afraid of social stigma. These are the basic rules taught to 30 volunteers who, after receiving Red Cross training, will travel Friday to West Africa to fight the Ebola epidemic.

Bollywood is getting more sophisticated: Hollywood's Michael Hoffman

Mumbai , Oct 31 Hollywood director Michael Hoffman says the Hindi film industry is not only finding space at international festivals but is also becoming more "sophisticated" while remaining rooted.

Five killed in Afghan road accident

Kabul , Oct 31

At least five people were killed and 46 others injured Friday when a passenger bus collided with a truck in Afghanistan.

Strategy to prevent cyber crime on anvil: Rajnath Singh

Hyderabad , Oct 31

Voicing concern over rising cyber crime, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said a prevention strategy will be evolved soon.

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Get cat eye look - a la celebrities

Los Angeles , Oct 31

Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren and the new guard of starlets including Lupita Nyong'o and Gwen Stefani have made cat eye make-up iconic.

China now offers destination weddings for Indian couples

Kolkata , Oct 31 Tying the knot at Kunming or taking the path to marital bliss at Dali could soon become a fad as the big fat Indian weddings get the Made in China tag.

Hilton Chennai Culinary Express offers Hyderabadi delicacies

Chennai , Oct 31 The Culinary Express at the Ayna restaurant in Hilton Chennai at Guindy is now chugging at good pace with the on-going Hyderabadi food festival - the second in the series, the hotel's top chef said.

Patel: The man who forged the Indian union

New Delhi There was once a time, not too long ago in historical terms, that there may not have been India as it exists today but a fractious collection of nearly 600 princely states. If a nation-state called India emerged in 1947 from the staggering ruins of close to 200 years of colonial plunder, to a significant extent the credit settles on one man - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Of poetry, adventurism and untold stories

New Delhi

From the world of poetry and adventurism to the tale of Seeta's journey through fields, palaces and forests, the IANS bookshelf this weekend offers this and more. Take a look.

Radcliffe's favourite 'Harry Potter' character? Sirius Black

Los Angeles , Oct 31

Actor Daniel Radcliffe finds Sirius Black as his favourite character from the popular film franchise "Harry Potter", which made him a global star.

President, PM pay tribute to Indira Gandhi

Pranab MukherjeePranab Mukherjee
New Delhi , Oct 31

President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari Friday offered floral tributes to former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her 30th death anniversary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a remembrance message.

Modi receives some of Sardar Patel's personal belongings

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
New Delhi , Oct 31

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday received some items like cups and saucers belonging to independent India's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, an official statement said.

Kurdish women fighters, an unprecedented example of equality in Middle East

Madrid , Oct 31

The Syrian city of Kobane, where resistance against jihadis of the Islamic State (IS) has become a symbol of Kurdish unity, is also an unprecedented example of equality for its women, who fight side by side with men in the streets.

Resurrecting the Sardar Patel legacy: Will he have approved?

New Delhi The manner in which the 139th birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel (Oct 31, 1875 - Dec 15, 1950) is being celebrated contains within it both a tinge of irony and a reflection of the self-confidence of the Modi-led BJP that it can resurrect a long forgotten Congress leader and thereby tacitly claim ownership of the 'Iron Man' of the freedom struggle.

How to chequemate your creditor

New Delhi

Cheques are dying out, a report says. This is a tragic loss of an ancient Asian invention - so I learned from the new Museum of Accountancy in India. That country invented that form of promissory note way back in the Mauryan period (321 to 185 BC), when Westerners were still evolving from jelly-like invertebrates in warm ponds.

Sensex, Nifty hit record highs for second consecutive day

Mumbai , Oct 31

A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Friday touched a record high of 27,762.13 points, surpassing previous high of 27,390.60 points hit Thursday.

World Bank aid for power projects in northeast

Agartala , Oct 31

The World Bank would provide a major share of Rs.8,150 crore for improving power transmission system in six northeastern states, officials said Friday.

President congratulates Pankaj Advani

Pranab MukherjeePranab Mukherjee
New Delhi , Oct 31

President Pranab Mukherjee Friday congratulated cueist Pankaj Advani on winning his 12th world title in World Billiards Championship in Leeds, Britain.

President flags off Run for Unity

Pranab MukherjeePranab Mukherjee
New Delhi , Oct 31

President Pranab Mukherjee Friday flagged off 'Run For Unity' at Rashtrapati Bhavan to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.