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Mumbai: He was a villain to begin with but ended up as a hero with a legion of fans swooning over his good looks. Yet, Vinod Khanna, who once abandoned fame for a set of saffron robes, perhaps never got his due.

For almost five decades, Vinod Khanna ruled the Hindi film world with his lush sideburns and dimpled chin, despite an active career in politics that began in 1997.

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Hanoi: Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam might be history if the authorities aren’t paying any attention to it -- yes, many areas in the eight districts of the city are sinking by five to 10 mm a year.

A research report announced by the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology has said that ground depression in Ho Chi Minh City is taking place at an alarming rate.

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Deep wounds and white patches on their skin are common among people in this tiny West Bengal speck bordering Bangladesh. The disease turned deadly for many, and the culprit was drinking water that contained arsenic -- a toxic substance that can lead to chronic poisoning once it enters a human body.

Many of the 2,000 villagers living here were forced to migrate to nearby places before they tried, in vain, every attempt to rid the water of poison. The cost was high. They had to pay for every drop of purified water they would fetch from distant towns or cities.

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On April 3, 2017, Arjun Bharadwaj, a 24-year-old management student, committed suicide by jumping out of a 19th-floor hotel room in Mumbai. Media reporting suggested he had been depressed about failure in exams and repeatedly talked about ending his life on social media. There were also suggestions he was battling drug addiction.

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‘Ray of hope’, a 470-sq-m painting, adorns the façade of Dr Somervell Memorial CSI Medical College, Karakonam. 

Thiruvananthapuram: A fingerprint painting, created by a group of Indian doctors as a symbolic representation to end frequent attacks against the fraternity, has found place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest such artwork.

Titled "Ray of Hope", the painting was made up of 15 lakh finger impressions of doctors from different parts of the country, collected over a period of four months.

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Mumbai: Egyptian Eman Ahmed weighed 498 kgs when brought to Mumbai, but now weighs 340 kgs following a bariatric surgery conducted on her earlier this month.

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Wellington: New Zealand’s Whanganui River has gained its own identity with all the corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person, after a 170-year battle, the media reported on Thursday.

Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament on Wednesday, will establish a new legal framework for the river, stuff.co.nz reported.

It recognised the river as an indivisible and living whole from the mountains to the sea.

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Padiganalam (TN): Married against her wishes at 11 to her dead sister’s husband, Sidhamallamma Kanchappa gave birth to her first child at home when she was 12. It was 1998, the child nearly died and the doctors at the hospital chided her for marrying so young.

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Srinagar: Spring, Kashmir's season of a million flowers, butterflies, singing birds, honeybees and murmuring mountain streams charged by winter's plentiful snowfall, is already here.

Its arrival this year has been announced not only by a respite from winter's bitter cold and green leaf-buds dotting the barren, frost-smitten countryside, but more so in the hopes and prayers of locals that the season would ensure uninterrupted education for their children, better tourism, trade and, above all, a modicum of normalcy.

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Bengaluru: "There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old-bold pilots." Try telling this to 81-year-old Air Vice Marshal Ajit Lamba (retd) and he'll laugh in your face. Such is his undying spirit.

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