National Conference begins campaign in J-K

Budgam (J-K), Oct 23: Jammu and Kashmir’s National Conference (NC) kick-started its election campaign ahead of the seven-phase polls from November 17 to December 24.

Party chief Omar Abdullah questioned the credibility of his main rivals, the Congress and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which shared power to face voters again.

"We are essentially fighting this election as an opposition party. The last parties in the government were the Congress and the PDP. Therefore, they''ll have to be made to explain an account of their track record of the last six years," Abdullah told a rally in Budgam.

Don't bet on a recession in sport

Sydney - Westfield Group founder Frank Lowy, whose two great loves are making money from building shopping malls and running the game of football in Australia, reckons the global recession will hit professional sport hard.

Attendances will be down, the dollar-value of television broadcast contracts will fall and clubs will struggle to survive as the turnstiles spin more slowly.

"There's only so much money to go around," the country's richest man and the chairman of its Football Federation said. "I think the world will have to contract, so will sport have to contract, it's as simple as that."

But, as other recessions have shown, it's not as simple at that at all.

Australians wake up to lost sleep

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Life badly hit as heavy showers lash Chennai

Chennai, Oct 23: Heavy rains over the past two days have disrupted normal life in Chennai. The rains have been occurring due to a low pressure in the Bay of Bengal.

Caused by a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal, rains have lashed parts of coastal India including Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Lakshwadeep apart from Tamil Nadu.

“It''s raining heavily and so we could not go to college. There is no electricity. If the rain stops, we will be able to get on with our routine life," said Karthick, a resident.

The state''s meteorological department said the condition would remain the same for some more time.

Puppies help kids shed puppy fat

Sydney - Old people with pets live longer and are healthier than those who don't share their home with a dog or a cat.

Sadly, research by the Australian National University's Ruth Paslow has exposed this commonly held view as a myth.

After interviewing 2,551 Australians aged 60-64 she reluctantly concluded that pet owners were more likely to be depressed and to take painkillers than the pet-free.

"I would've been happier finding that pets are good for you," Paslow said, "but I wanted to do research that's reliable and statistically sound."

On the other hand, children who grow up in a home with a dog are less likely to be overweight.

MNS activists celebrate Raj Thackeray’s bail

Raj ThackerayPune/Patna, Oct 23: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists celebrated the bail granted to their leader Raj Thackeray, here last evening.

It was a festive mood at Thackeray's residence as his party activists and kin burst crackers and exchanged sweets after he reached home.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) blamed both the ruling parties – the Congress and the NCP - in Maharashtra for the violence.