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REUTERS SLIDESHOW: #Nashik #Kumbh Mela

Hundreds of thousands of Hindus took part in the religious gathering at the banks of the #Godavari river in Nashik.
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MOVIE REVIEW: #Phantom http://reut.rs/1UgJUeK

"Phantom" is a run-of-the-mill action thriller that fails to take its rather clever idea and make it rise higher. Instead, like a Phantom, it disappears into thin air. By Shilpa Jamkhandikar http://reut.rs/1UgJUeK
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Do you send or share a lot of forwards on emails, WhatsApp or various social media? I am not talking about the forwards from fake relatives asking for money in Nigeria or messages that warn...
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Loud explosion in central #Bangkok, Nation TV reports 5 dead and 20 injured

The blast, near a shrine at a major Bangkok intersection, was caused by a bomb, police chief Prawut Thawornsiri said.
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India seeks $99 million in damages from #Nestle after food scare
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The Indian government has filed a class action suit for 6.4 billion rupees ($99 million) against Nestle's Indian unit on behalf of the country's consumers, citing unfair trade practices and the sale of defective goods. Nestle is the first foreign firm to be asked to pay damages on behalf of consumers. Nivedita Bhattacharjee reports at http://reut.rs/1EmxeeW
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My Kindle cracked from side to side,
With a heavy heart I put it aside,
For now, I return to books unread,
Till a new one arrives in its stead.

Here’s what I finished over the past month:

A GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin
I’m nine years late to the party, but Book 1 of Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy was still a fun read. I took it slow and steady, watching the corresponding episodes of the TV adaptation after every few chapters. The TV series is fantastic, but they do leave stuff out while fitting 700-plus pages into 10 episodes. I believe reading the book does enhance the experience. But be prepared for some surprises. Martin killed off one of the main characters towards the end of Book 1. And it felt as if Harry Potter had died in the first book. GoT addicts warn me there are major shocks ahead, and I’m intrigued enough to continue. I’ll go slow, and hopefully Martin will be done with the sixth instalment by the time I catch up.

THE FRY CHRONICLES by Stephen Fry
Volume two of the British actor’s autobiography is just as engaging as the first. This one describes his early years at Cambridge, his theatre collaborations with Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie (Dr. House), and his foray into television. Sounds boring? Ah well, if only I could be as funny and witty as Fry - the P.G. Wodehouse of his generation. Up next, Fry’s best-selling novels.

MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Eugenides
This Pulitzer-winning work is ostensibly about its protagonist, an intersex male of Greek descent. But this sweeping novel also traces the lives of three generations of the Stephanides family, and their dark secret. Some critics found it verbose, but I feel “Middlesex” would’ve lost much of its appeal had the author stuck with the slim fictional account he initially set out to write. Highly recommended.

MUERTE EN VALENCIA by Loreto de Miguel and Alba Santos
Detective Pepe Rey has a new love and a new case. While celebrating the traditional fallas in Valencia, a theatre actor is found dead with a dagger through his heart. In this 40-page novella, part of a series for those learning Spanish, there is enough mystery to keep one hooked until the end.
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Kinjal #Patel, 29, was sentenced to 14 years in U.S. federal prison for the death of a 19-month-old boy in her care last year. Richard Weizel reports.
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#Census data shows that #Hindus declined to 79.8 percent of the country's 1.2 billion people in 2011, from 80.5 percent a decade earlier. Andrew MacAskill reports.
India's Hindus have dropped below 80 percent of the population for the first time since independence and media had speculated the previous government deliberately delayed the release of the data
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Motorcycle bomb near shrine in Thai capital kills 12 http://reut.rs/1JcLWLc #bangkok

Monday's blast was near the #Erawan shrine at a major Bangkok intersection. Details at http://reut.rs/1JcLWLc
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IN PHOTO: An army soldier performs with fire along with Mallakhamb, an ancient Indian sport, during full-dress rehearsals for India's Independence Day celebrations in Bengaluru, August 13, 2015. Reuters photo by Abhishek N. Chinnappa
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Latest Indian, French #Rafale deal runs into problems - sources
http://reut.rs/1Emt46O +Sanjeev Miglani reports

India's order of 36 French-made #Rafale fighter jets has run into trouble with government officials struggling to agree sales terms, sources said, four months after Prime Minister +Narendra Modi  intervened to break a logjam in previous commercial negotiations. More at http://reut.rs/1Emt46O
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Movie Review: #Bangistan http://reut.rs/1J0LGQY
Shilpa Jamkhandikar reports

Karan Anshuman’s “Bangistan” is supposed to be a satirical, slapstick take on terrorism and racial stereotyping of Muslims. But what it ends up being is another story. #Bollywood  
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