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Microsoft Profit falls January 27, 2015 15:26

Technology titan, Microsoft reported a profit of $5.86 billion for the latest quarter ending December 31, compared with $6.56 billion in the year-ago quarter. But Microsoft announced a revenue of USD 26.5 billion for the same quarter with increase of cloud and device sales. Overall the company saw a 13 percent decrease in revenue for Windows and it has high expectations on the recently launched Windows 10. The sales of devices is encouraging. The sales of Surface tablet and accessories saw a rise of 24% to $1.1 billion in the quarter while Microsoft's Bing search market grew to 20%. Thanks to the strong holiday season, the Xbox video game consoles sales climbed to 6.6 million units but all these weren't enough to keep the shares of Microsoft from declining. In after-hour trading, shares of Microsoft fell by nearly 3 per cent to $45.63 . Microsoft struggled with sluggish personal computer sales demand and also with strong US dollar.- TVR

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Chewing gum improves oral health January 27, 2015 15:16

A recent study has suggested that chewing gums helps to improve oral health by removing around 100 million bacteria from mouth in just 10 minutes. Netherland's University of Groningen researchers found out that chewing gum traps the bacteria within the mouth and when gum is spitted out, bacteria along with the gums goes out. As part of the study, five biomedical engineering students were asked to chew two types of chewing gums for different period of time i.e, from 30 seconds to 10 minutes. After the given time, they were asked to spit the gum in sterile water for analysis. The gum had about 100 million bacteria and researchers were shocked to see this. Also they analysed that the more time we chew the gum, the more bacteria gets trapped to the gum. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.- TVR

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Modi's fashion touch January 27, 2015 14:36

The US President Barack Obama's presence at the Republic Day celebrations is the talk of the town but one man tried his level best to steal the show from Obama. Well, he his none other than Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On the historic day, PM Modi exposed his fashion skills by wearing a suit that had gold-embroidered letters spelling out his full name, 'Narendra Damodardas Modi.' Designer Raakesh Agarwal specially designed this suit for Modi and he said, the name was not embroidered but hand-woven and it requires a special technique called Jacquard  which costs around Rs 80,000 upto Rs 5 Lakhs depending upon the fabric. The suit was stitched by Jade Blue, a Ahmedabad based garment store. This brand is also authorized of another label called 'Modi Kurta' which was named after Modi, who generally wears the casual half sleeved kutra.  At the dinner hosted by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Obama expressed his wish of wanting to wear a 'Modi Kurta' and we hope, PM Modi fulfills his wish. - TVR

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Nadal knocked out January 27, 2015 13:32

Third seed Rafael Nadal has been knocked out of the Australian Open. Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych stunned Nadal in straight sets with 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 [7-5] scores. This is also Berdych's first victory against Nadal since 2006 and he ended the 17 match losing streak against the Spaniard. Berdych will meet either Andy Murray or Nick Krygios in the semi-finals for a place in the Sunday's final. Earlier in the game, Tomas Berdych broke Nadal's serve five times in the first and second set. Shockingly, Nadal did not win a single point in the second set while he made strong comeback in the third set which led to a tie breaker. However, Berdych held his nerve till the last minute and finally won the third set too. Berdych credited his success to new coach Dani Vallverdu, who earlier worked with Andy Murray.- TVR

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Padma Awards 2015 winners! January 27, 2015 13:21

The NDA government has announced 104 personalities, to be honoured with Padma awards. Classified into three categories, nine eminent personalities got Padma Vibhushan award, 20 of them got Padma Bhushan and 75  personalities received Padma Shri award. Veteran politician LK Advani, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar and few others were among list of the second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan. Ambrish Mithal, Sudha Ranganathan, Satpal and few others were among the list of Padma Bhusan award while Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Ms Melinda Gates were also honoured with the third highest civilian award for their immense contribution in social work. The Gates duo were named under the foreigners category. Coming to the Padma Shri award list, Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, writer Prasoon Joshi, Telugu actor Kota Srinivas Rao, sports personalities Mithali Raj, PV Sindhu, Sardara Singh, Arunima Sinha and few are among them.- TVR

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Kota surprised by Padma Shri January 27, 2015 12:24

Veteran Tollywood actor Kota Srinivas Rao said he is surprised on getting Padma Shri award that was announced the Central government on Sunday and added that he is honoured to get the fourth highest civilian award. Kota, who was shooting for Allu Arjun and Trivikram's new film, was felicitated by the team and he then thanked all the producers, directors and actors who were part of his successful journey in Telugu film industry. Kota made his debut in 1978 with 'Pranam Kareedu' however, Jandhyala's 'Aha Naa Pellanta' was a big turn around for his career. He starred in more than 500 films and also featured in Hindi and Tamil movies. Kota was more famous for his negative roles till 90s, especially in director Ram Gopal Varma films and now he is doing supportive roles. Kota has won six Nandi awards to his credits.- TVR

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Miss Universe 2015 title goes to Colombia January 27, 2015 12:02

After 57 years, Colombia bagged the Miss Universe 2015 title in the form of Paulina Vega. The 22-year old student of business administration from Barranquilla, Colombia was crowned the Miss Universe title on Sunday in Miami and became the second beauty queen from Colombia after Luz Marina Zuluaga who won it 1958. Miss Universe Paulina Vega was born in London and belongs a big family, four sisters and three brothers. She is the granddaughter of legendary tenor Gaston Vega and 1953 Miss Atlantico, Elvira Castillo. Vega is five feet nine inches tall and wore a long silver sequined gown in the final round of the pageant. Speaking after crowned as Miss Universe, Vega thanked all her supporters and well-wishers. For India, it is yet another disappointment. India’s Noyonita Lodh failed to make it to the top 10 contestants. The last time an Indian crowned Miss Universe title was Bollywood actress Lara Dutta in the year 2000. It has been a while that an Indian women was crowned with a Miss Universe or Miss World title.- TVR

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CMs of Telugu states to meet constantly January 27, 2015 11:52

Joint Governor of Telugu speaking states, ESL Narasimhan efforts are turning out to be successful in bringing Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state Chief Ministers at one platform to address the issues that are bothering the development of both states. Governor Narasimhan who threw a tea party yesterday at Raj Bhavan on the eve of Republic Day, invited both the CMs and urged them to hold talks constantly so that the issues would get a solution. Conveying his message, Narasimhan said, after the first ever meeting of Chandrababu Naidu and Chandrasekhar Rao, many issues were addressed but certain issues like EAMCET and water, power sharing are yet to find a amicable solution. Most importantly, EAMCET, chief secretaries or education minsters can't solve this problem, high level deliberations are required in the best interest of students futures, Chief Ministers should come forward for a solution. Narasimhan went a step ahead and said that he would be the coordinator to bring the CMs at one platform.  According to the sources, shortly, a date would be finalised to hold discussions. The chief secretaries are being assigned the task to sort out a date. Overall, Narasimhan has been very instrumental in convincing the Andhra and Telangana chief ministers for further talks. Post the first meetings, though certain issues were solved,  the political equation turned more bitter than ever.- TVR

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BCCI demands damages from WICB January 24, 2015 18:17

The Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] has issued a ultimatum to West Indies Cricket Board [WICB] demanding the damages it caused by the West Indies team which abandoned the Indian tour indefinitely last year. BCCI has sought USD 41.97 Million from the Caribbean cricket board and also threatened to take legal action, if the payment was not made in a given time. BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel written to WICB president Dave Cameron and the inter-governmental Caribbean community (CARICOM) secretary-general Irwin LaRocque expressing the regret of BCCI as WICB failed to respond their first letter and gave a grace period of 40 days. Patel asked WICB to reply to the letter within 15 days from the receipt of that letter. The Indian cricket body has cancelled all the bilateral series between Indian and West Indies. There are also doubts about WI players participation in the cash rich Indian Premier League.- TVR

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Day nap can boost memory January 24, 2015 18:05

A study revealed that day napping in middle aged people will result in boosting their memory and protects it declined but given a regular night time sleep too. The study was carried out Baylor's University researchers and one of them added, “As people grow older, they wake up more at night and have less deep sleep and dream sleep - both of which are important for overall brain functioning.”For this study, the research team did an extensive review of approximately 200 studies measuring sleep and mental functioning. The researchers divided the participants aged 18 to 29 were categorised as young; aged 30 to 60 as middle-aged; and older than 60 as old. They were asked how many hours they sleep, how long it took them to go to sleep, how often they woke up in the middle of the night and how sleepy they feel during day time.This study also had a connection with the results from numerous brain-wave studies and experiments dealing with sleep deprivation, napping and sleep intervention such as sleep medications.- TVR

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