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For film lovers, the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) is indeed a season of festival. This time the festival differs from the previous editions. For the first time, the 21st International Film Festival of Kerala has incorporated several films of women directors.

The International Competition category includes movies by three women directors - Yesim Ustaoglu's 'Clair Obscur', Vidhu Vincent's 'Manhole' and Santwana Bardoloi's 'Midnight Keteki'.

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Jayalalithaa, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister who passed away in Chennai on December 5, had been a top-rated actress in the 70s.

She had acted in around 28 films with Tamil superstar MGR.

Jayalalithaa, however, acted in only one Malayalam movie --  Jesus. The film that featured the life of Christ in Malayalam was released on December 21, 1973, just before Christmas. It was a huge hit and that prompted the makers to come up with a Tamil version of the movie.  

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 Famous Bookstore at Janpath

New Delhi: The smell of books while entering a bookstore is probably the most hypnotising aroma for an avid reader. Though e-commerce platforms have been muscling in, shop owners maintain that book stores will always be the first preference for those bitten by the reading bug.

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CSP solar panels at Noor1, there are over 5,00,000 such panels installed so far.

Marrakech: With Atlas Mountain on one side and the vast Sahara on the other, Ouarzazate -- also known as Morocco's Hollywood, where films like "Gladiator" and TV series "Game of Thrones" were shot -- has become, in a record time of three years, home to the world's largest concentrated solar power plant, holding many a lesson for India.

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It is a feast fit for a monkey king. On Sunday the central Thai town of Lopburi put on a five-star banquet for its hundreds of macaque inhabitants, sparking a mass simian food fight.

Lopburi has been laying on an annual feast - part merit - making tradition and part unabashed tourist attraction - for its monkeys since the late 1980s.

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Guerrilla revolutionary and communist idol, Fidel Castro was a holdout against history who turned tiny Cuba into a thorn in the paw of the mighty capitalist United States.

The former Cuban president, who died aged 90, said he would never retire from politics.

But emergency intestinal surgery in July 2006 drove him to hand power to Raul Castro, who ended his brother's antagonistic approach to Washington, shocking the world in December 2014 in announcing a rapprochement with US President Barack Obama.

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With Atlas Mountain on one side and the vast Sahara on the other, Ouarzazate -- also known as Morocco's Hollywood, where films like "Gladiator" and TV series "Game of Thrones" were shot -- has become, in a record time of three years, home to the world's largest concentrated solar power plant, holding many a lesson for India.

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A year ago, when 28-year-old Soma Chatterjee Maiti started using mobile messaging app WhatsApp, she did not know that one day the platform would economically empower her.

Living in the small town of Khorda in Bhubaneswar, Maiti is a school teacher and sells suits and sarees via her WhatsApp group during her spare time. She informed her friends about the idea and they helped her get more customers from across the country.

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Mexico City: He is the most obese man alive. The world's most obese man. what brought him again to the headlines is that he has begun medical treatment in Mexico to lose weight.

Juan Pedro Franco, 32, weighing 500 kg, was transported by a specially-adapted van from his hometown of Aguascalientes in central Mexico, to a private clinic in the city of Guadalajara in western Mexico.

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Chennai: Talk of an aspirational or iconic motorbike in India and the 350cc Enfield Bullet (now Royal Enfield Bullet) chugs straight into our minds.

Today, in the midst of all the midget bikes choking city roads, there is an increasing population of Bullets majestically making their way to the rhythmic exhaust sound of thud, thud, thud, thud, much to the appreciative and longing looks of others.

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