2012: Will myths of world’s end ever end?

Now that the much-anticipated year 2012 is here, the predictions and myths will come alive soon with the web world trying to revive the memories of last year. The most-cited Mayan calendar apparently ends on Dec 21, 2012 coinciding with the winter solstice. Fortunately, the prediction of an imminent end last year by California-based evangelist Harold Camping that the world ...

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7-Magnitude quake jolts Tokyo as New Year 2012 dawns

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan on Sunday, bringing back the tragic memories of March earthquake that had hit the country last year. The quake jolted Tokyo at 2:28pm with a depth of about 370 kilometres, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency, with its epicentre near Torishima, a northwestern Pacific island 560 km south of the capital. No tsunami warning was issued. ...

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Consumer complaints reach 10,434 in November despite problems in online ‘form’

Despite a faulty phone line and incoherent online form, the National Consumer Helpline (NCH) received 10,434 calls and 634 online complaints during November 2011. But this clearly shows how the government website is dissuading people from freely registering their complaints online. For instance, if you choose telecom, the form shows only MTNL in the options. It means people in other ...

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India eyes $25 Billion worth trade with Japan by 2014

India’s commerce minister Anand Sharma has stressed the need to increase the bilateral trade to $25 billion by 2014 from the current $14 billion. Speaking to a visiting Japanese delegation, he said, “The year 2011 is a watershed year in our relations as we signed the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) during my visit to Japan in February. The signing ...

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Pope appeals for peace, decries consumerism (Full Text)

In his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and to the world) address at Saint Peter’s Square in Rome, the Pope expressed his hope that Israel and the Palestinians could resume peace talks. The pontiff’s message, which came hours after deadly bombings at a church in Nigeria, on Sunday morning did not miss the appeal for peace in the world. ...

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Our future cars to run on this new fuel-cell soon

A recent press release covering University of Maryland Energy Research Center director Eric Wachsman’s work with fuel cell development and concern about the direction of U.S. fuel cell policy has become the latest rage in the scientific circles as it has potential to shape the future of cars and electronic appliances like microwave and air-conditioning. The little-known solid-oxide fuel cell ...

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Nabard’s pension scheme for rural poor going strong: minister

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has reported that in the Self Help Group (SHG)-Bank Linkage Programmes for Rural Poor household, the saving portion of the groups can be utilized by the rural poor to meet requirements during old age. Minister of State for Finance, Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, said ...

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U.S. adds 120,000 jobs, unemployment rate drops to 8.6%

The nation’s unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in November, with 120,000 jobs added, according to a Labor Department report. This is slightly less than analysts’ expectations that 125,000 jobs would be added to the economy. The overall unemployment rate remains unchanged at 9 percent for the third straight month in a row. The decline is a full 1.2 percentage ...

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Toyota sales register 266% growth in India

Toyota Kirloskar Motor registered sales of 13,956 units in November 2011 as compared to 5,242 units in November 2010. The company sales grew by 266% when compared to the corresponding period last year. Sandeep Singh, Deputy Managing Director, Marketing, TKM said, “We are very happy with the overwhelming response and confidence shown by our customers in the Etios and Etios ...

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Top 10 wackiest festival destinations around the world

The recent Bollywood movie ‘Zindagi na Milegi Dobara’ has not only let Indians get more interested in Spain as a travel destination, but also get to know the festival of tomatoes – La Tomatina. There are many other wacky festivals around the world and Hotels.com has put together some of the unusual events that guarantee an unforgettable holiday. The Tomatina ...

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India manages to stem deforestation: Minister

Proving the outcry that forests are shrinking due to increased urbanisation, industrialisation and rehabilitation, India has set its record straight with a modest increase in its forest cover. In a report on the country’s State of Forest Report 2009, based upon the biennial assessment by Forest Survey of India, there is an increase in the forest cover of the country ...

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India’s industrial output slows down in tandem with global meltdown

India’s industrial output has slowed down since June 2011. The government said there has been a moderation in the growth of industrial production as shown in the table below:                                                                                                    India’s Industrial Output    (in percent) Sectors Weights June July Aug Sep Mining 14.157 -1.4 1.5 -4.1 -5.6 Manufacturing 75.527 11.2 3.2 4.0 2.1 Electricity 10.316 7.9 13.1 9.5 9.0 ...

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Terrorist Training Camps reactivated by ISI to push 2,500 terrorists in winter, says India

India has alleged that the Pakistan intelligence agency ISI has reactivated terrorist training camps in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK). The camps are likely to send 2,500 terrorists into India to carry out their notorious plans soon, said Jitendra Singh, India’s junior minister of Home Affairs in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The Indian government said it has ...

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10-Year National Savings Certificate 2011 issued

The government has launched new savings instrument, 10-Year National Savings Certificate (IX-Issue), 2011, on Tuesday based on the recommendations of the Committee for Comprehensive Review of National Small Savings Fund (NSSF), headed by Shyamala Gopinath, the then Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India. — Investments in Certificate will earn Interest at the rate of 8.7% p.a. compounded semi-annually. — On ...

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‘Kolaveri Di’ goes ga ga in Japan too

Kolaveri Di Dance by Japanese Girls From the days Rajni Kanth’s Tamil hit “Muthu” to the current “3”, Japan is always enamoured by Tamil songs and the choreography involved in them. The current craze for Dhanush’s “Why this Kolaveri Di” is no wonder making waves in Tokyo too. [What’s this Kolaveri di?] As the amateur song and its lyrics soothed ...

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Sri Sri gives tips to train young minds

Grooming the young minds is not an easy task – but it was made simple for 800 principals by The Art of Living Founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the capital on Monday. The seminar titled ‘Educators Meet’ saw a huge turn-out of principals and Managing Committee members of Public and Government Schools coming together to listen to the spiritual ...

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Encyclopaedia Britannica unveils new iPhone app, full version for $1.99 per month

Following a recent iPad announcement, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. announced on Tuesday its trusted encyclopedia is now available as an iPhone App through the Apple App Store. The Encyclopaedia Britannica App gives the millions of iPhone users the ability to find information and explore subjects without compromise, anywhere at any time.  iPhone users can feel confident that what they are searching ...

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Doha debate asks Syrian President Assad to go

The reputation of Syria’s President Bashar Al Assad came under sustained attack at the latest Doha Debate, where more than 90 percent of the audience called on him to resign. The session provoked tense and often bitter exchanges between panelists, who argued that Assad should stay and reform, and young, predominantly Arab debaters who repeatedly condemned the killing of more ...

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Cyber Terrorism, Asteroids, and Solar Flares – It’s time to gear up for any eventuality

In August, a massive solar flare interfered with satellite and radio communications around the globe. Less than three months later, an asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier whizzed by Earth close enough to remind us of how the dinosaurs met their end. Then in mid-November, it appears that the nation experienced its first cyber attack on a public utility ...

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