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Asia-Pacific free trade talks progressing well: China (1 minute ago)
Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) China's Trade Minister on Tuesday said talks on the proposed Asia-Pacific free trade agreement are progressing well, after the US withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement last month.

David Cassidy battling dementia (3 minutes ago)
Los Angeles, Feb 21 (IANS) Actor-singer David Cassidy has revealed that he is suffering from dementia.

Akshay's discipline over stunts is marvelling: Sayani (With Image) (7 minutes ago)
Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) Actress Sayani Gupta finds action star Akshay Kumar's discipline over stunts "marvelling".

Reliance Jio crosses 100 mn customer mark: Ambani (Lead) (9 minutes ago)
Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani on Tuesday said Reliance Jio has crossed the 100 million customer mark since its launch on September 5.

'Rangoon' role not based on anybody living or dead: Kangana (11 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Actress Kangana Ranaut, whose character in the forthcoming film "Rangoon" is said to be loosely based on actress-stunt woman Fearless Nadia, says her role is not based on any real-life person.

Anuj Sachdeva to appear in web series 'Breathe' (With Images) (13 minutes ago)
Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) Actor Anuj Sachdeva has joined hands with actors R. Madhavan and Amit Sadh to star in the upcoming web series "Breathe".

In UP, political discourse gets distasteful (13 minutes ago)
Lucknow, Feb 21 (IANS) "Gujarat ke gadhe" (donkeys of Gujarat), "Loktantra ke aatankwaadi" (terrorists of democracy), "Behenji Sampatti Party", "Negative Dalit Man"... Political discourse amid ongoing assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh has touched a new low.

Makarand Deshpande to return to Delhi stage after 12 years (15 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Theatre veteran Makarand Deshpande will bring his classic Hindi play "Sir Sir Sarla" here on Sunday. It is special for him as he is returning to the capital's stage after a dozen years.

Pakistan PM to visit Turkey for strategic cooperation meeting (17 minutes ago)
Islamabad, Feb 21 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will pay a three-day visit to Turkey starting February 22 for the fifth session of the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) meeting in the capital Ankara.

Hindi may topple English on Social Media in India but ignores critical issues (17 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Hindi is set to topple English as the most popular language on social media in India in 2017 but this comes with a negative, a study on the occasion of International Mother Tongue Day has revealed.

IT Minister Prasad urges Nadella to help boost DigiGaon initiative (Second Lead) (17 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Union IT and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday met Indian-born CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella and urged him to consider the use of Microsoft's innovative technology in the upcoming DigiGaon (Digital Village) initiative.

Food-borne bacteria up miscarriage risk early in pregnancy (17 minutes ago)
New York, Feb 21 (IANS) Listeria, a common food-borne bacterium, may pose a greater risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy than previously thought, says a study.

Kanye wants Kim to stop going under the knife (19 minutes ago)
Los Angeles, Feb 21 (IANS) Rapper Kanye West is reportedly urging his wife and reality TV star Kim Kardashian to stop undergoing plastic surgery.

Kabul demands action against Taliban in Pakistan (21 minutes ago)
Islamabad, Feb 21 (IANS) Within days of the Pakistan Army summoning Afghan diplomats to demand action against militants sheltering in Afghanistan and involved in attacks in Pakistan, Kabul has handed over a list of Afghan Taliban militants and 32 terrorist hideouts on Pakistani territory.

CBI arrests former ED joint director in corruption case (29 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday arrested a former Joint Director of the Enforcement Directorate, J.P. Singh, in a corruption case registered by the agency in September 2015.

'The Ghazi Attack' team hopes it's made tax-free (14:38)
Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) The actors of "The Ghazi Attack" -- which has collected Rs 15.75 crore across India during its first weekend -- hope the movie is declared tax-free across India.

Kolkata man who lived with sister's corpse dead (14:38)
Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) Partha Dey, the man who was discovered living with his sister's corpse last year, was found dead here on Tuesday, the city police said.

Trump picks new national security adviser (Lead) (14:36)
Washington, Feb 21 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, replacing Gen. Michael Flynn, who was last week asked to resign from the position.

Pregnant Beyonce suffers bad morning sickness (14:36)
Los Angeles, Feb 21 (IANS) Singer Beyonce Knowles, who is expecting twins, is reportedly suffering from a bad bout of morning sickness.

IDBI Bank to divest non-core investments (14:34)
Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) The Board of Directors of IDBI Bank on Tuesday approved sale of the bank's non-core investments.

Same-sex marriage legalisation cut US teenage suicide rates (14:32)
New York, Feb 21 (IANS) Legalising same-sex marriage at state level in the US reduced an estimated 134,000 suicide attempts per year in high school students as well as among gay, lesbian and bisexual adolescents, suggesting that social policies can affect behaviour, researchers claim.

Rapist of Nagaland woman arrested (14:30)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested an alleged rapist who assaulted a Nagaland woman over the weekend near a popular hangout in south Delhi.

Iraq's ancient, looted treasures to be displayed in Venice (14:30)
Baghdad, Feb 21 (IANS) The Iraq Museum of Baghdad is to display 40 ancient artefacts at the Venice Biennale art exhibition this year, including several that were recently returned after they were looted in 2003, a media report said on Tuesday.

Mustafizur returns in Test squad for Sri Lanka tour, Kayes dropped (14:24)
Dhaka, Feb 21 (IANS) Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman on Tuesday made his come-back to Bangladesh's Test squad for the Sri Lanka tour, starting from March 7.

How delayed pregnancies beat sterilisation as a family-planning tool (Special to IANS) (14:24)
By Charu Bahri
Although India spends 85 per cent of its family planning budget on sterilisation and 1.5 per cent on distributing condoms and other non-terminal contraceptives, one Maharashtra districts brief experience with a conditional cash transfer programme shows that rewarding couples for delaying children could work better to temper Indias population growth. And it could bring numerous health, social and economic benefits besides.

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