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Canadian Techpreneur Terry Matthews Co-Launches $10-Mn India Startup Fund

Entrepreneurship/vccircle

Welsh Canadian billionaire and technology entrepreneur Terry Matthews, who is also the founder of investment firm Wesley Clover International Corporation, has launched an India-focussed startup fund in collaboration with Pune-based tech incubator Ideas to Impacts Innovations Pvt. Ltd. The fund will provide seed money for idea-stage and accelerator-stage startups in the business-to-business, software as a service space, with investment deal sizes of up to $750,000.


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New Technology Makes Oak Wilt Detection Faster, More Affordable

Technology/twincities

Oak wilt fungus is another invasive plant pathogen that often goes unnoticed until it’s too late. Not anymore. New technology developed by University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) researcher Abdennour Abbas and his team offers a simple, affordable diagnostic test utilizing nanotechnology and gold. Abbas is an assistant professor of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering.


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Realistic Treatment In Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru Will Appeal: Director Vinoth

Movies/Hindustan Times

Director Vinoth is awaiting the release of his latest Tamil outing Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru, the Karthi and Rakul Preet Singh starrer, which he describes as a realistic cop drama based on some true events. Talking about the project, which features Karthi in the role of an upright police officer, Vinoth said that a news report on a violent crime case sowed the seed for the film.


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Yet Another Kannada Film On Demonetization To Roll On By Newbie Director Sourabh Shukla

Movies/Times Of India

Just days after filmmaker SD Aravinda revealed that his next would be a film based on the aftermath of the demonetization drive in the country, it turns out that newbie director Sourabh Shukla is giving finishing touches to his project, which is also based on the same subject. Called 1888, the film stars Neethu along with Prathap Kumar, Manju Raj, and Vikram Kumar, among others.


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In ‘An Insignificant Man’, Arvind Kejriwal’s First Electoral Win Becomes A Suspense Thriller

Movies/The Reel Scroll

An Insignificant Man presents Indian politics as high drama and an election as a nail-biting thriller that goes down to the wire. The engaging and deftly crafted documentary by Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla alternates between fly-on-the-wall account and an embedded chronicle of AAP’s campaign to win the Delhi assembly election in 2013. This is a feature-length and three-act saga of heroes, villains, and casualties, told through handheld shots collected over a span of time and from different lo...


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Mammootty And Amal Neerad Join Hands For Sequel Of Big B

Movies/Hindustan Times

Mammootty’s role as Bilal John Kurishinkal in the 2007 Malayalam film Big B, is considered one of the cult classics of Malayalam cinema by fans. Now, Mammootty is back as Bilal in the sequel of the Big B, titled Bilal. Director Amal took to his Facebook page to make the announcement and wrote, “Coming soon. Bloody soon.” Big B was an unofficial remake of the Hollywood film Four Brothers.


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Canadian Entrepreneur Launches Fund For Indian Startups

Entrepreneurship/indianceo

The Welsh – Canadian billionaire and technology entrepreneur, Terry Matthews, who is the founder of the VC firm, Wesley Clover International Corporation, has launched an investment corpus of US $10 million, exclusively to fund Indian startups. Terry has also collaborated with the Pune – based tech incubators, Ideas and Impacts Innovations Pvt. Ltd. to provide Indian startups incubation along with funding.


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The Best Way To Avoid Terrible Back Pain Is To Exercise

Fitness/Star2

People who exercise may lower their odds of developing low back pain or may reduce the intensity of the condition, a research review suggests. Compared to people who didn’t exercise, those who did were 33 percent less likely to develop low back pain, the analysis of data from 16 previously published studies found. Pairing exercise with patient education about the condition was associated with 27 percent lower odds of developing low back pain, the study also found.


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State Secretariat Criticises Kannur District Chief, P Jayarajan, For Music Album That Reportedly Glorifies Him

Travel/Business Line

The CPI(M) State Secretariat has criticised the party’s Kannur district chief, P Jayarajan, for a music album that reportedly glorifies him. The Marxist party frowns upon creation of “personality cult”. The CPI(M) State Secretariat, which met here on Sunday, chided Jayarajan but said in a statement that it was natural to have self-criticism and criticism within the party, but a section of the media was distorting that process. Both the party secretariat and Jayarajan today denied reports that he...


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Chennai Is An Extraordinarily Musical City

Music/The Hindu

Chennai joins a select band of 64 metros across the world that have been labelled creative by UNESCO. The Margazhi festival began in 1927, with the Music Academy pioneering the December conference and concerts a year later. At least two great composers Papanasam Sivan and Koteeswara Iyer were from here. But then, Chennai’s music is not just Carnatic alone. The Sarva Deva Vilasa, a 19th century Sanskrit work on the city paints a picture of a thriving cultural metropolis with singers, dancers, pip...


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Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge To Star In Ben Affleck-Matt Damon Showtime Pilot

Movies/Hollywood Reporter

Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge are heading to Boston for Showtime. The duo will star in the premium cable network's drama pilot City on a Hill, from executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Based on an original idea from Affleck and exec producer Chuck MacLean, City on a Hill is a fictional account of the Boston Miracle police operation. MacLean (Boston Strangler) will pen the script for Showtime and Affleck and Damon's Pearl Street Films.


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The Third Largest US Pizza Chain Is Here To Give Competition To Dominos In India

Entrepreneurship/entrepreneur

America’s third-largest Pizza Chain Little Caesars is looking at entering the Indian market. Started in 1959 by Mike Ilitch and his wife Marian Ilitch, they are famous for their affordable quality pizzas and their marketing strategies which had the attention of the world. Entrepreneur India caught up with Bill Schreiber, Vice President of International Development, Little Caesars, as he spoke about how the India market has been in their eyes for a long time now.