GENERAL

Indian Women Slowy Taking to Wine as New Trend

Krithika Iyer, 32, lives in Bangalore and is a human resource consultant with a multinational. She comes from a conservative family, well versed in Carnatic music and other spiritual and cultural facets that come with her upbringing. But that doesn’t hold Iyer back from stepping out of her plush Brigade Gateway apartment on a lazy Saturday noon and head for ...

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Priyanka Chopra, Freida Pinto join campaign for girls’

Story telling is one of the most important mediums to evoke a sense of responsibility towards the society. Keeping this thought in mind, Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, is set to engage kids through films. The intiative made its entry in India here Saturday. The campaign encompasses storytelling to spread awareness of things girls can achieve if ...

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US model wins Miss Model world crown in China

US model Shelynne Hoyt was crowned at the 26th Miss Model of the World International Grand Final Contest in Chinese city of Shenzhen Saturday. Ukrainian model Anastasiya Sukh was the runner-up while Russian model Natalia Tcytko finished third. The final results came after a round of show-up in ethnic clothing, swimsuits and evening dress. A total of 61 models from ...

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Philippines’ Jamie Herrell wins Miss Earth 2014 title; India’s Alankrita fails to Make it Top 16

Jamie Herrel of the Philippines was Saturday crowned Miss Earth 2014. The runners-up are Miss USA, who was crowned Miss Air, Miss Venezuela won the Miss Water title and Miss Fire went to Miss Russia, with India’s Alankrita failed to make it to top 16. Herrell defeated 85 contestants including Miss India Alankrita Sahai, who couldn’t even make it to ...

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Modi flags off first train to Meghalaya, vows to develop Northeast to be Lakshmi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday flagged off the first passenger train from Mendipathar in Meghalaya to Dudhnoi in Assam, thereby putting Meghalaya for the first time on India’s railway map. He compared the northeast region to Goddess Lakshmi, and said development of the region will help the rest of India. The prime minister, who kick-started a three-day four-state tour ...

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Education: Key to Climate Adaptation

According to a recent study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), education makes people less vulnerable to natural disasters such as floods, landslides and storms that are expected to intensify with climate change. “Education is key in reducing disaster fatalities and enhancing adaptive capacity,” said Wolfgang Lutz, director of IIASA’s World Population Programme. Investing in empowerment through ...

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Hybrid Systems May Help Wider Use of Renewable Energy

A study shows that improved storage technologies and “hybrid” systems can provide a more steady flow of electricity, which helps in reviving the hope for wider use of renewable energy sources. A drawback in the use of alternative energy systems has been that they are too variable. If the wind does not blow or the sun does not shine, a ...

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Maharashtra youth who joined ISIS returns, being questioned by NIA

A youth from Maharashtra, who joined the terror group Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, Friday returned home to India and was being questioned by intelligence agencies. Arif Majeed, 23, hailing from Kalyan town, arrived by a flight via Turkey around 5.15 a.m. Friday. He was immediately whisked away by intelligence officials to an undisclosed location for interrogation. Majeed went “missing” ...

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Bitter Compounds in Wild Fruits May Help Treat Cancer

A recent study found that the compounds responsible for bitter flavour in wild cucurbits cucumber, pumpkin, melon, watermelon and squash have the potential to treat cancer and diabetes. These compounds called cucurbitacins protect the wild plants against predators and have the potential to suppress growth of cancer cells. The fruit and leaves of wild cucurbits have been used in Indian ...

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Scientists Crack Mystery: Polish Vampire Graves of 17th Century Found

  The scientists have discovered the potential “vampires” in 17th-18th century of Poland. A minimum of half dozen bodies buried with sickles (curved, sharp farming knives) around their necks, or rocks at their jaws, to prevent their corpses from reanimating were natives to the area, as per a study. The mystery of vampires was cracked by the archaeologists and anthropologists ...

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Youtube ‘Kiss of Love’ video gets 1 lakh visitors online in 1 day

After protests and debates about the controversial Kiss of Love campaign, a video ridiculing the issue was released on online video sharing platform YouTube, getting more than one lakh visitors in one day. The video, available on YouTube’s Being Indian channel comes from the stable of Culture Machine, which offers digital video entertainment for the internet generation. The video, named ...

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India Makes Life Easy for Foreign Tourists from 43 Nations with e-Visa Facility; SAARC Excluded

After almost 9 months delay, India has launched electronic visa (e-visa) facility for tourists from 43 countries, including US, Israel, Palestine and Japan to boost tourism sector and offer hassle-free travel to foreign visitors. Ironic but all SAARC country visitors, except Nepal and Bhutan, are not extended similar hospitality still. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, along with union Culture and ...

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External Artificial Pancreas Helps in Diabetes Treatment

Compared to conventional diabetes treatment, an external artificial pancreas can improve glucose control and treatment of Type-1 diabetes, shows a study. Type-1 diabetes, a chronic disease that can cause vision loss and cardiovascular diseases, results from the autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, leading to increased blood and urine glucose. An emerging technology to treat Type-1 ...

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Microbes Below Earth Can Help Understand Climate Change

A new study demonstrates the organisms below ground could hold the key to understanding how ecosystems around the world are responding to climate change. The study brings together new knowledge on this previously neglected area. The rapid responses of soil organisms to climate change could have far-reaching impacts on future ecosystems. Research on below-ground organisms has helped to explain how ...

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Space DNA Helps to Find Extraterrestrial Life

A unique space experiment has found that DNA has the capability to survive extreme conditions of space and re-entry into Earth’s dense atmosphere – raising the possibility of finding extraterrestrial life. During the experiment, small, double-stranded DNA molecules were applied to the outer shell of the payload section of a rocket. After the launch, space flight, re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere ...

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Experimental Ebola Vaccine Seems to Be Safe in Test

An experimental vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease has been found to be well-tolerated and produced immune system responses in all 20 healthy adults who received it in a Phase 1 clinical trial, researchers report. The trials were conducted at US National Institutes of Health’s clinical centre in Bethesda, Maryland. The candidate vaccine is co-developed by the NIH’s National Institute ...

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