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Brexit ‘rollercoaster’ warning as Hammond axes deficit target

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said he will prioritise spending on new homes and transport rather than following his predecessor George Osborne’s aim to balance the books by 2020. He told the Conservative conference the deficit was still too large and would need to be tackled “in due course”. But he said the Brexit vote may cause “turbulence” and business confidence ...

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ESA benefit payments: Re-tests axed for chronically ill claimants

Tens of thousands of people claiming the main benefit for long-term sickness will no longer face repeated medical assessments to keep their payments. Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said it was pointless to re-test recipients of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) with severe conditions and no prospect of getting better. More than two million people receive ESA, which is ...

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Mental health campaign Time To Change gets £20m boost

A campaign that aims to tackle the stigma around mental health has been given £20m in funding from the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. The Time To Change initiative, run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, works with schools, employers and local communities to reduce discrimination and raise awareness. It has received £30m in ...

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New universal flu vaccine designed by scientists

A new generation of universal flu vaccines has been designed, to protect against future global pandemics that could potentially kill millions of people. The vaccine, designed by an international team of scientists, has the potential to give protection for up to 88 per cent of known flu strains worldwide in a single shot, spelling the end of the winter flu ...

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US issues Zika travel advisory for 11 Southeast Asian countries

US health officials have recommended that pregnant women postpone nonessential travel to 11 Southeast Asian countries because of the risk of Zika virus infection, which has been shown to cause severe birth defects The latest countries singled out by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), ...

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Love for the loom

    4 super women slay the sari game Trends come and trends go, but if there’s a timeless failsafe for Bengali women, something they turn to when they feel like going that extra mile, it’s the sari. The feminine, flowing garment not only flatters the spectrum of Bengali body types, but its elegance transcends every age. With urban lifestyles ...

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, which are the fairest sunglasses of them all?

Rainbow-bright sunglasses are invading the global fashion scene this season. The huge rainbow-reflective lenses have found fans in several regional and international fashion trendsetters. Sunglasses with black lenses have dominated the fashion scene for ages.They successfully hide the eyes and the wearer does not have to worry about any eye makeup underneath. Mirrored sunglasses provide an eye-catching camouflage and have ...

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Pune-based Prineet Grewal crowned Mrs India Earth 2016

    The 29-year-old Prineet Grewal was crowned at a gala ceremony in Dwarka amid members of the fashion industry. ) For Pune-based Prineet Grewal, it was a matter of great pride as she was crowned the winner of the beauty pageant Mrs India Earth 2016. The 29-year-old was crowned at a gala ceremony amid members of the fashion industry. ...

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Aamir Khan is a great actor, not me, says Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan says his Thugs of Hindostan co-star Aamir Khan can be called a “great actor,” but not him. Bachchan and the 51-year-old superstar will be teaming up for the first time in the Yash Raj Films project. “Aamir can be termed ‘great’, not me. I have enjoyed his performances and his films. He is an accomplished actor and a ...

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Alia Bhatt spends Sunday at Akshay Kumar’s women’s self-defence centre

Actress Alia Bhatt spent her Sunday at action star AkshayKumar’s Women’s Self Defence Centre (WSDC). “A Sunday well spent at Akshay Kumar women’s self defence centre! Such strong, inspiring girls and such a great initiative Aaditya Thackeray,” Alia tweeted on Sunday. Akshay thanked the actress for ‘joining us today and being a part of our initiative’.  The ‘Khiladi’ star also thanked Thackeray. “One young man who needs ...

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