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Visually pleasing and dramatic, Akbar Khan highlighted the beauty and romance of colours through his almost black and white paintings. The hint of colours in a single object or a figure of birds, animals and humans made his paintings more attractive. While going through the recent paintings by Akbar Khan it seems like a world of dark dreams with a pinch of colours.

Staff at the Prado, Spain's top art museum, usually prevent visitors from touching its priceless treasures. But on a recent morning, with their blessing, Jose Pedro Gonzalez, 56, slowly ran his fingers over a copy of one of 15th century master Diego de Velazquez's most famous paintings, "Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan". His hands ran back and forth over the depiction of the god Apollo wearing a laurel crown, tracing the edges of the garment.
When asked to imagine the future of transportation, most might draw a car of the future, perhaps solar powered and autonomously driven. For a select few the way we'll move ourselves across the world tomorrow is in a steel tube at speeds of almost 800mph. This was originally the brainchild of billionaire US entrepreneur Elon Musk, who envisioned being able to whisk passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in under half an hour.
Reading the news. Watching a video. Sending an email. Listening to music. A lot of the activities one enjoys on a computer that used to require installation of a special programme can now be performed directly in the browser with a new breed of tools called web apps. Ever more functions seem to be becoming available as web apps, from word processing to photo editing, making the need for separately installed programmes less necessary every day.
There's one internet invention you might very well use every day that - shocker - did not come from Silicon Valley, but the hills of northern Bavaria. The technology in question is the MP3 format for music, which was developed by computer programmers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) at the start of the 1990s in an effort to create a format for music that had a good enough quality to be transmitted along phone lines.
New pictures relayed by the first spacecraft to visit distant Pluto show odd polygon-shaped features and smooth hills in an crater-free plain, indications that the icy world is geologically active, New Horizons scientists said last Friday. "We had no idea that Pluto would have a geologically young surface," said lead researcher Alan Stern, with the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. "It's a wonderful surprise."
ImageFrom playing the villainous, manipulative Fish Mooney on Fox's Batman origins TV series "Gotham" to an empowering erotic club owner in "Magic Mike XXL," Jada Pinkett Smith is no stranger to taking on strong female characters on screen. Smith, 43, told Reuters how she helped carve her role in "XXL" - one originally intended for actor Jamie Foxx - as the film's feminist force, and whether her husband, actor Will Smith, will see the film as it comes out in theaters.


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln