GENERAL

Thanksgiving Day Messages, Greetings and Quotes

The Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November) falls tomorrow, setting off the Christmas shopping season. With the online hitting high, many e-commerce retailers are offering huge discounts a-la Boxing Day sales in many Commonwealth nations. Many offices and schools have both Thanksgiving and the day after as Black Friday too observed as an off, followed ...

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Sony Pictures hacked by cyber attackers?

Sony Pictures Entertainment has become the victim of a large-scale cyber attack. According to a source, the motion picture giant’s computer systems were shut down by a cyber intrusion Monday, reports variety.com. A picture of a skeleton with message from the hackers saying “Hacked by #GOP” threatened to release the company’s “top secrets”. A spokesperson for the corporation said of ...

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India’s Gift: PM Modi Announces Satellite for SAARC in 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the launch of a satellite for the SAARC region in 2016 during his first SAARC Summit on Wednesday. Modi said, "We must work with compassion of our hearts, but also with the power of science." Modi said that the gift of India “will benefit us.” On the PMO’s micro blogging website, External Affairs Minister Syed ...

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Dilip Kumar Tweets Saying He’s Fine, Amitabh Bachchan Too Clarifies on Twitter

Mumbai: Screenwriter Salim Khan, actors Dilip Kumar, Salman Khan and Saira Banu during Arpita Khan's marriage reception in Mumbai, on November 21, 2014.

Bollywood thespian Dilip Kumar is “perfectly fine”, says actor Amitabh Bachchan, quashing rumours of the 91-year-old’s health on Twitter. Big B chose to put all speculation to rest tweeting: “Some baseless rumours being spread about Yusuf Saheb – Dilip Kumar, being ill…Saira-ji just informed me he is perfectly fine.” Dilip Kumar and his wife Saira Bhanu recently attended Salman Khan’s ...

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6-Month Modi Rule: Pursuing his own line and pace

By Amulya Ganguli   Looked at from one angle, the six months of Narendra Modi’s tenure may be a cause of disappointment for some. For the corporate sector, for instance, the absence of “big ticket” reforms is bound to detract from the prime minister’s go-getter image. The business houses may not have said anything as yet about their dissatisfaction, but ...

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Jack Mackenroth Launches Shower Selfie Challenge to Fight HIV

If you are done with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, pull up your shirts for the HIV Shower Selfie Challenge. Reality TV star and AIDS activist Jack Mackenroth has launched the HIV Shower Selfie Challenge to help raise money for Housing Works, a New York-based non-profit organisation fighting to end AIDS and homelessness globally by 2030. Mackenroth has partnered up ...

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TB Treatment: India Spent Rs 500 Crore in 2013-14

India spent Rs. 500 crore (Rs.5 billion/$81 million) in fiscal 2013-14 on the treatment of tuberculosis, including providing free medicines, Health Minister J.P. Nadda said Tuesday. The minister also said that the government is implementing the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme in the country, under which diagnosis and treatment facilities, including anti-TB drugs are provided free of cost to all ...

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Impacts of Asteroids on Earth Made Bizarre Diamonds, Say Scientists

A team of scientists largely from Arizona State University (ASU) show that what has been called lonsdaleite is in fact a structurally disordered form of ordinary diamond. Scientists have long argued about the existence of a form of diamond called lonsdaleite associated with impacts by meteorites and asteroids. “So-called lonsdaleite is actually the long-familiar cubic form of diamond but it ...

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Commonwealth Science Conference Will Begin Today in Bengaluru

The Garden city is all set to hold the Commonwealth Science Conference from Tuesday evening, which is being held in India for the first time. While President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the conference in Bengaluru today, Duke of York Prince Andrew will be the special guest at the inaugural session of the four-day conference at the country’s premiere Indian Institute ...

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Modi’s Wife Files RTI, Seeks Rights as Country’s “First Lady”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wife Jashodaben filed an RTI (Right to Information) petition on Tuesday to police in Gujarat, seeking her rights as being the wife of the Indian leader and raising the concern regarding her safety. Jashodaben, in her application, said, “I am the wife of the honourable prime minister of India,” and asked, “I would like to know ...

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DDA All Set to Hold Draw for Flats Under Housing Scheme 2014 Today

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) under its much-anticipated Housing Scheme 2014 will hold the draw or lottery today to choose 25,000 beneficiaries from among the 10 lakh applicants for its flats in New Delhi ranging from Rs.7 lakh to Rs. 1.2 crore. Instead of feeding the machines with the form numbers, the DDA is randomizing the numbers first and it ...

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Kathak Danseuse Sitara Devi, 94, Passes Away

Eminent Kathak danseuse Sitara Devi died in Mumbai early on Tuesday after prolonged illness, her son-in-law confirmed. She was 94. Sitara Devi was on ventilator and her condition was serious Monday while she was admitted to the Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai, said her son-in-law. “She is no more,” Rajesh Mishra, her son-in-law told IANS. Sitara Devi was earlier admitted to ...

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Permanent Stress Can Cause Mental Disorders

Permanent stress can activate immune cells that can cause changes in the brain, leading to mental disorders such as schizophrenia, shows a study. The researchers focused mainly on a certain type of phagocytes, namely microglia. Phagocytes are large white cells that can swallow and digest microbes and other foreign particles. Under normal circumstances, microglia repair gaps between nerves cells in ...

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3 Member Crew Arrives at ISS

The three new crew members have joined their Expedition 42 crew-mates when the hatches between Russia’s manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-15M and the International Space Station (ISS) officially opened Monday after a successful docking, said the Mission Control Centre. “The hatches were opened at 8 a.m. Moscow time. The Soyuz crew entered the ISS,” a spokesman for the centre, located outside ...

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