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London: Think twice before taking painkillers during pregnancy as researchers have found that they could affect the fertility of the unborn child in later life.

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A woman said recently that her dead husband had returned to their home reincarnated as a young cow.

It behaves just like him, said Khim Hang, 74, from the Kratie province of Cambodia, without going into detail. Sounds legit. Since cows divide their time between eating, pooping and sleeping, you can totally see they can remind people of married men.

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Kollam: Cross-dressing is generally not received well, but at the Kottankulangara Devi temple at Chavara near here, it's different -- hundreds of men cutting across religions dress up like women as part of a traditional ritual to please the deity and get their wishes fulfilled.

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Alappuzha: Standing atop a wall, 37-year-old Sabu Vijayan, an Alappuzha municipality sanitation worker, was singing as he used a long metal pipe to break a thick layer of waste floating on the two-metre-wide canal below him.

The greenish-black water of the canal was hidden beneath the layer of plastic bottles and plastic bags filled with waste -- a small green plant with three leaves had grown over it.

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New Delhi: He can barely speak a few lines of English, yet his deep insight and observations of rural life are reshaping how we view the hinterland.

With a distinctive voice -- as fresh as it is ancient -- Perumal Murugan's novels have literally taken Indian publishing by storm. But before the storm was a life lived amid poverty, few resources, an alcoholic father and an undying urge to pursue education against all odds.

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Leh: Years back, on a harsh winter morning in Ladakh in the northernmost Himalayas in India, a young and curious boy in a remote mountain village of the cold desert observed water coming out of a semi-frozen pipe, collecting in a small crater on the ground and freezing, just like a glacier.

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Virali Modi

Never give up -- these were the simple yet profound words that kept Virali Modi, 26, fighting on after a deadly bout of malaria had her comatose for weeks and left her paraplegic and wheelchair-bound at the age of 14. In coma for 23 days, she miraculously opened her eyes on the day the doctors decided to remove her life-support and has not stopped since then, fighting for her rights -- and those of other disabled people.

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Ajman (UAE): Away from the cameras' flash and the eyes of her millions of fans in India, actress Sridevi's body made its way to a simple mortuary in the United Arab Emirates, where one man helped sign out her remains to return home.

Listed only as "ASHRAF" on the official paperwork in Dubai is Ashraf "Sherry" Thamarassery, a 44-year-old Indian from Kerala has already been known as a ferryman of sorts for those who die here in the UAE.

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"Arre, maine kuch achieve nahi kiya (I havent achieved anything)... Theres a long way to go. I feel my career has just started. Haan... let me tell you that," said Sridevi, laughing.

Sridevi's lilting laughter -- much like her screen presence, beauty, grace and unmatchable talent -- lingers on as I remember my last conversation, in November 2017, with the actress, who spent 50 of her 54 years of life living the cinematic dream.

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Mumbai: Pune adventurist Shital Rane-Mahajan set a new record by becoming the first Indian to skydive sporting a colourful "Nav-wari sari" in Thailand on Monday.

Speaking to IANS shortly after landing, an elated Rane-Mahajan said owing to favourable weather conditions, she was able to skydive twice from an aircraft at heights of around 13,000 above the world-famous tourist resort of Pattaya.

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