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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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Shikdamakha (ASSAM): It's a movement that began during Christmas in 2012 with a competition to select the "cleanest" family in this village. The festival-specific contest in the village, located about 80 km from Assam's largest city Guwahati, has now morphed into the ambition to win the "Cleanest Village in Asia" title once held by Mawlynnong in neighbouring Meghalaya. 

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Almost 13 years after his elimination, the senior police officer who spearheaded the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force (STF) that planned and executed bandit Veerappan’s killing during Operation Cocoon, has said that the dreaded outlaw had a strange “sixth sense”.

“On one occasion, a lizard fell on his left shoulder from a tree and this man believed it was a sign of bad luck. So he turned around and left immediately, avoiding a reception team waiting with an LMG (light machine gun).

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Thiruvananthapuram: E Ahamed, the national president of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), who passed away early today, had not only acquired an image of an able Parliamentarian and administrator but was also considered India's 'unofficial ambassador' in the Gulf countries due to his proximity with leaders in that region.

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Washington:  On the eve of him passing on the baton to Donald Trump, the outgoing US President Barack Obama wrote a parting letter to his countrymen thanking them for their support and telling that they made him a "better man" and "better President".

And before he leaves the White House one final time Friday morning to attend the swearing-in ceremony of his successor Trump at the Capitol Hill overlooking the majestic National Mall, Obama will leave a parting letter for the 45th President of the United States.

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