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NEW DELHI : Known as the "king of unconventional" in the fashion world, veteran French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is smitten by the "smiles and colours of India", where he hopes to showcase his craft. After over four decades in the industry, Castelbajac, who has dressed up stars like Lady Gaga, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Beyonce Knowles and Madonna, says he still has the urge to get out of the comfort zone and challenge himself. 

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NEW DELHI : Over 90 per cent of Indian women feel that a positive mindset, physical fitness and emotional balance are part of their beauty, says the Philips Global Beauty Index. Philips, which offers a range of styling gadgets, released the findings of its annual study Philips Global Beauty Index on Friday.

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LONDON : Ever wondered why women are more lenient in rewarding tokens than men? It is because the female brain responds more strongly to the prosocial behaviour than the male brain, which responds more to the selfish behaviour, finds a study. The findings showed that the striatum -- an active decision-maker located in the middle of the brain and responsible for the assessment of reward -- is more strongly activated in female brains during prosocial decisions than during selfish decisions.

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One may need a soundproof room for various reasons be it for peace or creating one's own music space. Illustrated below are some advice to help you for the same: EASY METHODS Initially, we will foc us on the easy methods for the soundproofing and then proceed to more elaborate ones.

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NEW DELHI : When was the last time you witnessed an array of 12 non-vegetarian dishes on the same platter? Well, Veda is currently offering a specially-curated mouth-watering non-vegetarian thali -- from starters to the dessert -- which will never fail to end your craving for meat.

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NEW DELHI : Indian women today are inspired by global fashion and arent afraid to experiment. This festive season, mixing traditional with contemporary is in vogue, say experts. Gauri and Radhika Tandon from brand Isharya for Confluence by Swarosvki, Akanksha Arora, CEO Amrapali Jewels, and Parul Nagpal, CEO CharmsDay, list down some trends. 

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NEW DELHI : Designer duo Swati and Sunaina, who came together in 2007 with the aim of rediscovering the lost treasures of Indian woven textiles and offering them to a discerning audience, say the country's handloom industry is still a very disorganised sector despite being so huge.

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KATHMANDU : Nepal and India will be conducting in November a joint head count of tigers in the national parks, forests and sanctuaries along the international border between the two neighbours using a similar camera tapping method. Conservation authorities and experts from both the countries will use the method in which they would install cameras in various locations in the tiger habitats as well as their roaming areas and capture and track down their movements, the Himalayan Times reported on Monday.

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KOLKATA : Underscoring the festival spirit of sharing and bonding, people from all walks of life partook of sumptuous community feasts at marquees and called on friends and relatives on Friday celebrating Mahanavami -- the fourth day of Durga Puja in West Bengal.

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NEW DELHI : Craving for something sweet while you fast? Indulge yourself with special kheer, halwa, sabudana pearls gulab jamun tart with vanilla ice cream and fig and passion fruit shrikhand, suggest experts. Experts at salebhai.com and The Chatter House restaurant have listed a few desserts for the sweet toothed: 

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NEW DELHI : Ditch chemical-based products and try natural ingredients-based products like peppermint soaps, face packs with turmeric powder, fresh cream, pumpkin, essential oils to look fresh for the festive season, suggest experts. Amit Sarda, managing director at brand Soulflower; and Naresh Arora, founder of Chase Aromatherapy, a cosmetics manufacturing brand, have listed natural ways to go about it: 

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NEW DELHI : Brides are going back to roots when it comes to selecting the right jewellery and some of the trends that are making waves this season are thematic looks in traditional pieces and classic delicate designs paired with accessories like naths, mangtikas and hathphools, say designers. Some of the participating designers at Bridal Asia 2017 feels that brides are going back to the roots but are experimental too when it comes to choosing the jewellery for them.

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NEW DELHI : Want to look your best during the time of festivities? Opt for HD (high definition) make-up products, emerald green eyeshadow and soft coral lip shades, suggest experts. Make-up experts Gunjan Gaur from ALPS Beauty Clinics and Aashmeen Munjal have listed make-up tips:

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NEW DELHI : The right kind of sunglasses and sneakers can change an individual's entire look. Retro narrow frames with white sneakers and slip-on shoes with metal frames are among the combinations that are trending and are here to stay, suggest experts. Ankita Bajaj Shankar, spokesperson at Vans India and Ishaan Kataria, Director at Gem Opticians, have listed few combinations:

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BENGALURU : Cigarette butts (CBs) thrown into garbage as trash can be turned into a valuable resource for killing mosquitoes that cause malaria, a new study by an international team, including from India, has revealed. This novel method for pest control -- using CBs for the synthesis of silver nanostructures -- has been reported by the international of scientists in the latest issue of the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

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MOSCOW : The night of September 26, 1983, could have been the world's last if this "badly-frightened" Soviet officer in command at a missile launch warning centre outside Moscow had gone strictly by the book. His shift began normally enough at 7 p.m., but turned into a nightmare just after midnight when warnings flashed that five American ICBMs had been launched at the Soviet Union.

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NEW DELHI : Jewellery constitutes an integral part of a womans wardrobe and accessorising oneself with the right ornaments for an occasion is very important to lift up your styling essence. Things get a little tricky when you have to pick the right pieces for work. Pearl earrings to white stone bracelets, experts list some options.

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KOLKATA : From traditional local delicacies like fresh river prawns cooked in coconut cream and hilsa in pineapple gravy to international dishes such as Caribbean chicken steak or fish in hoisin sauce, city eateries are gearing up to woo revellers during Bengal's biggest carnival, the Durga Puja.

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NEW DELHI : People not only want to explore destinations during a vacation but also taste the flavours of local cuisines, according to a survey. Community-driven hospitality company Airbnb on Tuesday released the results of its Asia Pacific (APAC) travel survey, which revealed travellers are getting more adventurous. 71 per cent of people surveyed emphasised the importance of trying local cuisines on vacation, and 6 out of 10 travellers said they feel keen to try new experiences or activities, read a statement. 

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NEW YORK : While tattoos and body piercings are an increasingly popular form of self-expression, it is important for young people to carefully weigh the consequences and potential risks associated with such body modifications, suggests a clinical report by the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP).

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NEW DELHI : Designer Pallavi Mohan, who is now an established name in the fashion Industry with a decade of experience, says that she doesnt want to recall any phase as a downfall and for her, the journey has been enriching. "I really do not recall any phase as a downfall, it has been an enriching journey," Mohan, who has opened her flagship store in the Capital, told IANS.

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PATNA : In a unique initiative, Gender Alliance Bihar, a collective effort of over 270 civil society organisations backed by the UN Population Fund, has come up with a mobile application to fight the rampant social evil of child marriage in the state. Launched by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, the "Bandhan Tod" app will try to create awareness on resisting child marriage and will also provide round-the-clock help to adolescent girls saying no to the practice in the form of an SOS button.

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BENGALURU : It was in 1905 that the first Nobel Prize for Peace was won by a woman, Bertha von Suttner. Since then, there have been 15 others who have been awarded the Nobel Peace prize for their efforts. In a multitude of cultural settings from different countries and situations, all the women had one aspect in common -- fighting injustice.

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NEW DELHI : Make-up and concealer can help solve the problem of dark circles, but the problem needs to be tackled at the root. A regular skin and health care programme needs to be followed, say experts. Prabhu Mishra, CEO and President, StemGenn Therapeutics, and Bhavuk Mittal, Consultant Dermatology, Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad, list some easy ways to help you get rid of dark circles. 

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NEW DELHI : Before opting for botox, natural fillers and other facial rejuvenation procedures, it is important to plan it all out and make some well informed choices, say experts. Ravi K. Mahajan, cosmetic surgeon at Amandeep Hospital and  Sachin Chavre, plastic surgeon at Fortis Hospital, have listed out few steps that should be taken before you go for the procedures:

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LONDON : Researchers have developed a new application which may help physically impaired persons write songs and surf internet as well as write emails -- all with the power of their mind. Using the new brain-computer interface application, developed by Gernot Muller-Putz, scientist at Austria's Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), people can compose music and transfer onto a musical score by wearing an electrode-equipped cap that measures their brain waves.

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NEW YORK : Our prehuman ancestors were high-flying acrobats as they mastered the task of leaping through the trees, a 52-million-year-old ankle fossil found in France suggests. "Being able to jump from one tree to another might have been important, especially if there were ground predators around waiting to snag them," said  Doug Boyer, Assistant Professor at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, US. 

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KOLKATA : Veteran actress and BJP MP Hema Malini on Monday rued the lack of proper infrastructure for performing arts and said she had sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in the matter. "We get huge shows but only a thousand people can be accommodated. We should have at least 4,000 to 5,000 people at one time to watch the show. Its difficult to perform again and again. Its not a daily show," Hema said here during the announcement of Synergy, Indo-Georgian Dance Fusion programme.

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NEW DELHI : Welsh musician and composer Karl Jenkins, who has composed music for The Prince of Wales, Bryn Terfel and the London Symphony Orchestra among many others, is set to perform in Mumbai at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Symphony Orchestra Autumn Season 2017. He says India has a "massively rich musical heritage" that is remarkably sophisticated as well.

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NEW DELHI : The elusive and endangered fishing cat -- almost twice the size of a house cat -- is under significant threat of local extinction in India and Sri Lanka, a US-based Indian biologist has warned. This species is believed to be almost extinct in Indonesia.

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WELLINGTON : The populations of the Hector's dolphin, living only in the waters off New Zealand, has decreased by 80 per cent in the last 50 years, an environmental organisation revealed on Thursday.

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NEW DELHI : The monsoon has a lot to offer, but the season might turn out to be a little tricky for your jewellery. Keep it dry and use the right products to clean it, suggest experts. Fine jewellery designer Pallavi Foley, Yogesh Salla, jewellery designer, Bjewelz - a premium jewellery retail brand by Birla Jewels Limited, and Pradnya Mahaske, Design team, CaratLane - an omni-channel jeweller have a few tips:

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NEW DELHI : Just when the credentials of Booker winning author Arundhati Roy as a fiction writer were being questioned in literary circles, the acclaimed novelist, after a hiatus of two decades, returned with her second novel and, boom -- it is again long-listed for the much-coveted award. The author, however, feels there's a world of difference between fiction and non-fiction.

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NEW DELHI : Jewel coloured hues on traditional outfits that has contemporary silhouettes is making wave in the Indian bridal market, say designers. Designers like  Falguni and Shane Peacock, Anushree Reddy and Ridhi Mehra who are participating in  Bridal Asia 2017 editions of Delhi and Mumbai, says that brides today are not skipping the glamour and oomph factor while choosing bridal outfits.

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THIMPHU : Druk Air flight KB 205 that took off from New Delhi on the afternoon of August 24 was no ordinary flight. At Terminal 3 of New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, scores of passengers looked on in awe and could sense the excitement brewing in the air as stalwarts from the literary world queued up for the immigration check.

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