Imogen Thomas flaunts sexy post-baby figure

Imogen-ThomasLondon, April 24 : Imogen Thomas, who has dropped down from dress size 12 to size 10, recently showed off her post baby body.

But the former glamour girl would still be giving up on the lingerie shoots.

According to a UK publication, the 31-year-old mum who's seen posing in a sexy figure hugging dresses, said that though she enjoyed the magazine shoots, it's time to hang up the lingerie, the Mirror reported.

Thomas, who gave birth to daughter Ariana with boyfriend Adam Horsley last February, also said that she wasn't happy with that baby fat on her tummy and hence decided to eat healthy and exercise. (ANI)


Microsoft launches app to control PCs via mobile

microsoft-remote-desktopWashington, Apr 24 : Microsoft is set to release a preview version of its 'Remote Desktop' app that lets Windows Phone users control their PCs.

According to The Verge, Microsoft allowed Android and iOS users to control desktop PCs from their smartphones last year, Windows Phone support was missing

The app is available for free, but only for mobiles running windows 8.1.

Windows Phone 8.1 will be out for devices within months but users can gain access to the update using a developer preview option. (ANI)


Zuckerberg reveals Facebook Messenger has 200mln users

Mark-ZuckerbergWashington, Apr 24 : More than 200 million people use Facebook Messenger every month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said.

Zuckerberg has for the first time discussed about the company's in-house mobile messaging app and simultaneously signaled a growing interest in less public forms of expression.

Zuckerberg shared the news with investors during the company's first-quarter earnings call, where he joined COO Sheryl Sandberg and departing CFO David Ebersman to talk up a remarkable first quarter, CNET reports.


Sonia hits out at Gujarat model

Sonia-GandhiValsad (Gujarat), April 24 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Thursday took on Narendra Modi on his home turf, accusing the BJP's prime ministerial candidate of not doing enough to prevent corruption in his state.

"I want to know why the Gujarat government took 10 years to appoint a Lokayukta here?" Gandhi said at a public meeting in Valsad.

Taking a jibe at the Gujarat model, Gandhi said the state was burdened with a debt of Rs. 175,000 crore.

"The BJP claims that if it is elected, heaven will come down on Earth. The truth is Gujarat is burdened with debt," Gandhi said.


Salman Khan fittest of all actors: Poll

Salman-KhanNew Delhi, April 24 : Bollywood superstar Salman Khan defeated stars like Hrithik Roshan and Arjun Rampal to grab the first position as India's fittest actor in an online poll.

The poll was conducted by TheHealthSite. com, a health and wellness site, where more than 30,000 people voted for their favourite stars.

Salman and Hrithik's fan following on social media ensured that they received the maximum number of votes defeating other fit actors, said a statement.

Salman received 43.36 percent votes while Hrithik got 42.81 percent votes.


Taylor Swift's street style rocks too

Taylor-SwiftLos Angeles, April 24 : Singer Taylor Swift's style always manages to hit the right notes on the red carpet as well as on the stage. When she is away from the spotlight, still she looks chic.

Here's a list of what the star performer wears when she hits the streets, reports eonline. com:

* Flower power: She once paired a navy and yellow short dress with a flower headband and green heels with bows on the straps.

* Stripey look: The "Eyes Open" hitmaker was spotted showing off her figure in a bodycon black dress with stripes and a pair of black booties.


OPEC daily basket price closes lower

OPEC daily basket price closes lowerVienna, April 24 : The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $104.99 a barrel Wednesday, against $105.19 Tuesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

The new OPEC reference basket comprises Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), Bonny Light (Nigeria), Qatar Marine (Qatar), Arab Light (Saudi Arabia), Murban (United Arab Emirates) and Merey (Venezuela). A barrel is equal to 159 litres.(IANS)


Y chromosome was born 180 million years ago: Study

Y chromosome was born 180 million years ago: StudyLondon, April 24 - Ever thought even in your wildest dream that a very, very long time ago, the X and Y chromosomes were identical, until the Y started to differentiate from the X in males? Read on.

In a pioneering research, scientists have established that first sex genes appeared in mammals around 180 million years ago - and it took the researchers mind-boggling 29,500 hours to reach this conclusion!

To begin with, they took samples from several male tissues - particularly testicles - from different species.


Astronauts may face attention deficit risks

AstronautsNew York, April 24 : Astronauts who are radiation-sensitive need to take extra care to protect their brains as they may face risks of attention deficit and slower reaction times, a study suggests.

"Astronauts should be prepared to take special precautions to protect their brains, such as wearing extra shielding or not performing space walks," said Catherine M. Davis, a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University.


Varun turns 27, votes before b-day bash

Varun-DhawanMumbai, April 24 : Actor Varun Dhawan turned 27 Thursday and the "Main Tera Hero" star fulfilled his civic duty by voting before getting busy with his birthday celebrations.

After getting inked, he posted his photograph on Twitter and urged his followers to do the same.

"I just voted. Have you? Be serious, get off your a** and go vote," he tweeted.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who gave the young actor a break in the acting industry, shared Varun's swimwear shot on Twitter and wished him: "Happy birthday Varun."


PCB considering proposal to appoint Ahmed Shehzad as new Pak T20 captain

Ahmed ShehzadKarachi, Apr 24 : Pakistan Cricket Board ( PCB) is reportedly considering a proposal to appoint opener Ahmed Shehzad as the new Twenty20 captain following the resignation of Mohammad Hafeez from the position.

However, The Nation reports that the board officials are divided into two factions for handing over T20's captaincy to Shehzad due his aggressive on-field and out-field behavior.

The report mentioned that some officials are pushing for Shehzad's selection as T20 captain as they believe that his exciting style is suitable for T20 cricket.


On D-day, Kim wants balcony-like royal wedding

kim-kardashian-kanye-westLos Angeles, April 24 : Reality TV star Kim Kardashian and fiance Kanye West have spoken to architects to construct a temporary balcony at their wedding venue so they can kiss in public like Prince William and Duchess Catherine did after taking their nuptial vows.

The royals had shared a kiss on the Buckingham Palace balcony after they got married.


How ravens maintain their social relations

ravensWashington, Apr 24  : A new study has found that like many social mammals, ravens form different types of social relationships - they may be friends, kin, or partners and they also form strict dominance relations.

A team of researchers led by Thomas Bugnyar of the Department of Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna, set out to test third-party knowledge in captive groups of ravens.


Formula One chief Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery

Bernie-EcclestoneBerlin, April 24 : Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone Thursday appeared in a Munich court at the start of a trial on bribery charges.

The Briton has been charged with bribing jailed German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to smoothen the sale of a stake in Formula One to private equity firm CVC in 2006, reports Xinhua.

If the 83-year-old is convicted, he could face up to 10 years in jail.

Ecclestone, a former used car salesman who became a billionaire by building the sport into a global money spinner over the past four decades, denies wrongdoing and says he will fight to clear his name. (IANS)


Jennifer Aniston going bald?

Jennifer-anistonLos Angeles, April 24 : Actress Jennifer Aniston is reportedly worried that her luscious locks are getting thinner. She fears she will soon go bald.

"She's been getting scalp stimulant treatment a few times a week and has started taking prenatal vitamins in the hope they'll restore her hair growth," showbizspy. com quoted a source as saying.

"Several friends have joked that Jennifer better watch out or she'll end up resembling her (now deceased) godfather Telly Savalas who (has been) bald most of his adult life," the source added.


Mysterious 'duck' sound came from rare antarctic whales

New York, Aantarctic-minke-whalepril 24 : They tracked this mysterious low-frequency sound in the southern ocean for decades but could not find its true source. Now, scientists are determined that this 'duck' like sound is actually coming from antarctic minke whale.

A unique rhythmic sound, recorded for decades in the Southern Ocean and called the "bio-duck", was first described and named by submarine personnel in the 1960s.


'Dirt' microbes essential for urbanites' health

Dirt-microbesNew York, April 24 : Those who left their rural settings in search for a better livelihood in metros and lost the opportunity to "play in the dirt", read this again and again.

According to a significant research, people living in urban centres who have less access to green spaces are more likely to have asthma, allergies and other chronic inflammatory disorders.

Why? Because they have a reduced exposure to beneficial microbes that thrive in rural environments.


Bharti Infratel's fourth quarter net up 64 percent

Bharti-InfratelNew Delhi, April 24 : Telecom tower provider Bharti Infratel's net profit for the fourth quarter (January-March) of 2013-14 jumped by 64 percent, a company statement said here Thursday.

The company posted net profit of Rs. 472 crore during the fourth quarter of 2013-14 compared to Rs. 287 crore it posted during the corresponding period in 2012-13.

The revenue of the company increased by 4 percent. The company clocked Rs. 2,790 crore revenue during the fourth quarter of 2013-14 compared to Rs. 2,674 crore during corresponding period 2012-13.


Modi arrives in Varanasi, pays tributes to Madan Mohan Malviya

Narendra ModiVaranasi, (Uttar Pradesh), Apr 24  : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi arrived in Varanasi on Thursday to file his nomination for contesting electionsand paid tribute to Madan Mohan Malviya.

Media reports indicated that a retired judge, a boatman, a weaver and a singer would be proposing Modi's nomination in Varanasi.

Among those who will propose his name are retired Allahabad High Court judge Justice Giridhar Malaviya, the grandson of Madan Mohan Malaviya, who was a noted educationist and a four-time president of the Indian National Congress.


In a first, scientists regrow auditory nerves in lab

In a first, scientists regrow auditory nerves in labSydney, April 24 - In a major breakthrough for the hearing-impaired, scientists have re-grown auditory nerves to restore hearing quality in an animal model with 'bionic ear technology' used for gene therapy.

Researchers at University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia used electrical pulses delivered from a cochlear implant to deliver gene therapy, thereby successfully regrowing auditory nerves.


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