GENERAL

Raksha Bandhan: Legend, Tradition & History Behind Sisters Tying Rakhi to Brothers

Today, sisters across the country, especially the north, are celebrating Raksha Bandhan, which means tying for protection. The ancient Hindu tradition has tied brothers and sisters throughout the Hindu culture and is spanning world over now. It is also emerging as the expression of bond and love between groups of people wishing for continuity of patronisation and protection in the ...

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Ola Ends TaxiForSure Hope, 1000 Staff Fired

As is the case with many acquistions by rival companies, taxi-hailing company Ola fired the 1,000 staff of TaxiForSure and decided to shut the service down forever, with effect from July 30, 2016. The staff are given 3-month salary as compensation. According to at least half-a-dozen people with the direct knowledge of the development, about 90% of the staff being ...

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Cisco to Fire 14000 Employees This Year

Cisco Systems, which briefly stalled its ritual annual layoffs last year, resumed it this year doubling the number it is sending home at 14,000, almost 20% of its total workforce this year. The San Jose-based company has reportedly ran out of all avenues of early retirement package plans to its 73,104 employees worldwide and the decision that was foreseen by ...

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Decoding Evolution of Large Brains in Primates Helps Study Human Traces

Reconstruction of ancient kiwi-sized primate skulls helped University of Florida researchers to solve an age-old miystery of evolution of large brains in apes into human species. University of Florida paleontologists found clues in lemur-like primate skulls from the tropical forests of Wyoming about 50 million years ago, thought to be a link between primitive and advanced primates. Arianna Harrington, a ...

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Sonia Gandhi Recovers, Discharged

Ending the anxiety over her health, Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi was discharged on Sunday from the Ganga Ram Hospital, where she was taking treatment as an in-patient since August 3. Sonia Gandhi had developed fever, dehydration and suffered a shoulder injury when she was leading a rally in Varanasi, the constituency of PM Narendra Modi. “Ms. Gandhi is likely ...

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Cyber Bullies Don’t Spare Even President’s Daughter

Sharmistha Mukherjee, daughter of President Pranab Mukherjee, faced similar online harassment on social media when a man in West Bengal sent her dirty messages and posted lews pictures on her Facebook page, enraging her and prompting action. Sharmishtha, who is also a member of the Congress Party and contested recent Delhi Assembly elections, has lodged a complaint with the Cyber ...

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Robot Rotimaker ‘Rotimatic’ Finally Hits Shelves, Pre-Order Shipping Done

It has been an ordeal of eight years for Singapore-based Zimplistic team to provide an entirely automatic roti maker for Indian families worldwide unlike the focus in home country on factory-type huge machines. Finally, the much-awaited home product Rotimatic is out in the market and the company has announced the first shipment of the product for pre-bookings made two years ...

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NASA Captures Comet Hitting Sun

European Space agency and NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) saw a bright comet plunge toward the sun on Aug. 3-4, 2016, at nearly 1.3 million miles per hour. Comets are chunks of ice and dust that orbit the sun, usually on highly elliptical orbits that carry them far beyond the orbit of Pluto at their farthest points. This comet, ...

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Rio Olympics 2016: Thursday Opens with Men’s 400m

Australia and USA teams with their biggest names in swimming have arrived in Rio as the competition for swimming events kicks off on Thursday, ahead of the official opening on Friday. The two big teams have been sizing each other up before the serious action kicks off, starting with men’s 400m individual medley heats. "I briefly saw them this morning, ...

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Apple Upbeat as Billionth iPhone Sold

At an employee meeting in Cupertino this morning, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple sold the billionth iPhone on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. “Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you ...

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Arthritis: 3-D Hip Joint Ball Developed from Stem Cells Successfully

To treat arthritis in hips that requires extensive surgery to replace them, scientists have programmed stem stells to grow new cartilage on a 3-D template shaped like the hip joint ball. Further, they have activated the new cartilage to fend off return of arthritis by releasing anti-inflammatory molecules from the new cartilage. Developed by Washington University School of Medicine in ...

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New Brain Mapping to Help in Autism, Schizophrenia, Dementia, Epilepsy

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a new map of the landscape of the cerebral cortex – the outermost layer of the brain and the dominant structure involved in sensory perception and attention, as well as distinctly human functions such as language, tool use and abstract thinking. With the features of a typical brain ...

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Indian Origin Scientist Develops New Filter to Make Dirty Water Drinkable Using Sunlight

An Indian origin scientist and his team of researchers from Washington University in St. Louis have developed a material that can filter out dirt in water with "Veritable wonder material" graphene oxide sheets, using sunlight without any battery. The graphene oxide sheet is a good conductor of heat and electricity that can work wonders to treat dirty and contaminated water, ...

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Karnataka Bus Strike Ends, Schools to Open Tomorrow

  The striking bus unions called off the protest after the Karnataka State government rescinded on its stand and agreed to a pay hike of 12.5% instead of 10%. However, Thursday also coincides with the Bandh call given over Mahadayi project case that was lost in courts by Karnataka. “The strike has been called off, we have agreed to 12.5%,” ...

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BMTC Bus Strike: Many Schools to Open Tomorrow

As Karnataka is beset with transport strike for over three days with no signs of relief, many schools have decided to go ahead and open on Thursday. Even the deputy commissioners who issue holiday have decided to let schools open and see the situation. [FLASH: Bus strike Ends, Schools to Open Tomorrow] To begin with many Bangalore schools with their ...

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BMTC Strike Not Called Off, Some Schools Opt for Holiday, Others to Open

The ongoing BMTC, KSRTC and other RTC unions continuing their two-day strike into an indefinite strike, the government tried to push the trainees and mechanical engineers to run some skeletal bus service with no relief for commuters. Many schools have taken pre-emptive action declaring a third day holiday on Wednesday too. While many office-goers are given the option to work ...

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