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Synthetic biology key to space explorati...

Synthetic biology key to space exploration

WASHINGTON: Synthetic biology may hold the key to manned space exploration of the Moon and Mars, say scientists. Researchers have found that biomanufacturing based on microbes could make travel to and settlement of extraterrestrial locations more practical and bearable. Researchers from Lawrence... read more »

Uranus-like planet discovered 25,000 lig...

Uranus-like planet discovered 25,000 light years away

The first known exoplanet resembling Uranus in our own solar system has been detected orbiting a distant star 25,000 light years from earth, astronomers report. Orbiting a double star system, the planet was detected with a technique known as microlensing, where the ability of massive stars to bend... read more »

Isro says India’s Mars Orbiter Mis...

Isro says India’s Mars Orbiter Mission is on target

Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) in Bangalore are preparing for a series of actions as the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) will reach a crucial stage on September 24. According to a top Isro official, it will be known on this day whether the mission was successful. K... read more »

‘God particle’ could demolish the univer...

‘God particle’ could demolish the universe, :Hawking

The elusive ‘God particle’ discovered by scientists in 2012 has the potential to destroy the universe, famed British physicist Stephen Hawking has warned. According to Mr. Hawking, 72, at very high energy levels the Higgs boson, which gives shape and size to everything that exists, could become... read more »

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Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood 'terrorist' group

Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood ‘terrorist’ group

Johannesburg – Egypt has declared the ousted president Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement a “terrorist” group, banning all its activities. Deputy Prime Minister... read more »

Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group

Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist gro...

Cairo – Egyptian Interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi Tuesday declared Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s oldest and most influential... read more »

South Sudan army lose capital of oil-producing state

South Sudan army says not received ceasefire order

Khartoum – South Sudan’s army admitted Monday that it had lost control of Bantiu, capital of the oil- producing Unity State, media... read more »

70 killed Nigerian clashes: military

70 killed Nigerian clashes: military

Lagos – Over 70 people have been killed in clashes between the army and members of the Boko Haram militant group in the northeast, following last Friday... read more »

Egypt sentences anti-Mubarak activists for three years

Egypt sentences anti-Mubarak activists for three years

London – Three Egyptian activists from the 2011 uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak have been sentenced to three years in jail. High-profile... read more »

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Cabinet nod for nuclear reactors bid to make up for lost time?

HIGHLIGHTS India has lost six years on a wild goose expedition that cost its domestic nuclear industry dear. Faster clearances, more efficient regulations are some of the things the nuclear sector... read more »

Air Chief B S Dhanoa writes to each officer: Be re...

“In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat. Therefore, we need to be prepared for operations with our present... read more »

Clash over shifting of ‘Dharna Chowk’ in Hyderabad

Dharna Chowk, like Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, is a democratic space to voice anguish, he had said. Members of a resistance group campaigning against the TRS... read more »

Beheaded Mumbai Woman Had Been Married Just 5 Days, Hus...

Priyanka Gurav, 24, who was living with her in-laws in Worli, went missing on May 5. Her torso was found a day later in a drain in Navi Mumbai, about 50 kms... read more »

Death toll rises: 3 dead as Honda City falls off Delhi ...

Seven students were on their way to appear for an exam in Narela in the Honda City car when the accident took place. The police claim the car was being driven... read more »

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Fourth secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Barely three months after the killing of a blogger in Sylhet, unknown assailants armed with machetes hacked to death secular blogger Niloy Chatterjee Neel at his home in Dhaka on Friday. Niloy, who... read more »

Landslides and floods claim 90 lives in Nepal

KATHMANDU: At least 90 people have been killed across Nepal in the past two months due to floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains, authorities... read more »

At least 30 killed in Nepal landslides

The landslides came crashing into villages and homes just after midnight. One survivor said they sounded like an earthquake. Multiple slides, triggered by... read more »

Two Turkish police killed in gun attack blamed on PKK: ...

ISTANBUL: Two Turkish police were killed Friday in a gun attack on police headquarters in the southern region of Adana blamed on Kurdish militants, the... read more »

Mullah Omar died two years ago: Pak tells Afghanistan

The death of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the supreme leader of the Afghan Taliban, has been confirmed by authorities in Pakistan who have shared the information with... read more »

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Australia's Qantas to shut down Avalon maintenance facility

Australia’s Qantas to shut down Avalon maintenance facility

Sydney – Australia’s largest airline Qantas Friday announced that it would close its Avalon heavy maintenance facility at the end of March 2014 due to the retirement of its Boeing 747... read more »

`2Day FM` in soup on prank call which claimed Jacintha Saldanha’s life

`2Day FM` in soup on prank call which claimed Jaci...

Sydney – The 2Day FM has lost its bid to prevent the ACMA from looking into the infamous royal prank call last December that pushed Indian... read more »

Same-sex marriage drawing overseas couples to New Zeala...

Same-sex marriage drawing overseas couples to New Zealand

Wellington – More than a third of the same- sex couples getting married under a new law in New Zealand are coming from overseas, authorities said... read more »

Indian origin man Tarun Asthana dies after assault in N...

Indian origin man Tarun Asthana dies after assault in New Zealand

Wellington – An Indian origin man in New Zealand died at a hospital Monday, two days after he was attacked by a sailor. Tarun Asthana, 25, a trainee... read more »

Indian Ocean countries to boost cooperation: Australian...

Indian Ocean countries to boost cooperation: Australian minister

Canberra – The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) countries have agreed to a stronger collaborative effort on maritime security, economic growth and... read more »

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Top NRI Realty Investment Destinations

Top NRI Realty Investment Destinations

The Nonresident Indian`s (NRI) investment in real estate is a big boost to the struggling reality sector. In the past, the NRI population primarily bought homes, where they would eventually settle... read more »

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Strong U.S. job growth, rising wages set stage for...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. employers hired workers at a robust pace in February, beating expectations, and wages grinded higher, which could... read more »

Volkswagen pleads guilty in U.S. court in diesel emissi...

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DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty on Friday to fraud, obstruction of justice and falsifying statements as part of a $4.3... read more »

U.S. extends leniency programme for companies that disc...

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MIAMI (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department will extend a programme that offers companies leniency if they voluntarily tell authorities when employees... read more »

Lloyds, two others dismissed from yen Libor litigation ...

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday dismissed Lloyds Banking Group Plc , ICAP Europe Ltd and Tullett Prebon Plc as defendants from litigation... read more »

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9 killed in heavy rains in southwest China

At least nine people were killed and 11 others went missing after heavy rains lashed southwest China for the last two days. Nine deaths were reported in Xishui County of Guizhou Province, which was... read more »

Lakes formed by quake in China threaten flooding

Rescuers raced on Tuesday to evacuate villages near rising lakes formed by landslides, complicating relief efforts following a strong earthquake in... read more »

China to shut down 1700 small collieries

China’s work safety watchdog on Thursday vowed to close over 1,700 accident-prone small coal mines in a bid to enhance safety and reduce casualties. Yang... read more »

Rain havoc in China, 26 killed

Beijing : past four days in southern China storm caused 26 people were killed and three others missing in nine province level. The government said on Sunday.... read more »

43 injured in China quake

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted a county in China’s Yunnan province Friday, injuring 43 people and forcing the evacuation of 35,000 people. The quake... read more »

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India score 255 runs against Zimbabwe

It’s a feast for a sports lover today as Ind-Zim, Ban-SA, Eng-Aus and Federer vs Murray. A second string Indian side will take on Zimbabwe. It is India’s first assignment after heart-breaking... read more »

Test of character awaits for Rahane-led Indian tea...

After a disappointing Bangladesh tour, the Indian team will test its bench strength when it will take on deflated Zimbabwe in a three ODI and two T20... read more »

Bengal Tiger-Sourav Ganguly turns 43

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is happy celebrating his 43rd birthday with family and friends here today as wishes poured in on the social media from the... read more »

Younis Khan’s unbeaten 171 helps Pakistan chase record ...

Younis Khan remained unbeaten after a brilliant 171 as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the final Test to win the three-match series 2-1 at... read more »

Ravi Shastri slashes hard at reports of rift between MS...

RAVI Shastri doesn’t deny rumours, he quashes them. And he does so in characterstically bombastic fashion. At a time conspiracy theories abound regarding the... read more »

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18th century ivory furniture on sale at Sotheby's

18th century ivory furniture on sale at Sotheby’s

London – Two pairs of 18th century chairs and a settee from the same era, custom-made for Warren Hastings, governor general of Bengal from 1772 to 1785, will go under the hammer at... read more »

Kerala classical arts festival starts in Dubai

Kerala classical arts festival starts in Dubai

Dubai – A five-day International Koodiyattam and Kathakali Festival (IKKF), showcasing the ancient and highly structured classical performing... read more »

Bantony Estate to be Museum of Shimla: CM

Bantony Estate to be Museum of Shimla: CM

Shimla – A British-era building decaying from long neglect in the erstwhile summer capital of the British Raj will be restored and converted into a... read more »

Kolkata’s Park Mansions bags maiden heritage awar...

Kolkata's Park Mansions bags maiden heritage award

Kolkata – The 103-year-old stately Park Mansions, located in the city’s stylish Park Street has bagged the first heritage award instituted by the... read more »

Kolkata Victoria Memorial Hall on Google Art Project so...

Kolkata Victoria Memorial Hall on Google Art Project soon

Kolkata – Want to experience the grandiosity of the Victoria Memorial Hall from the confines of your home or office? Thanks to Google Art Project,... read more »

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Asia shares lurch lower, China data darkens mood

Sensex closes flat, bank stocks gain

Mumbai – A benchmark index of Indian equities markets closed Thursday’s trade 42 points or 0.20 percent up amidst derivatives expiry and buying support from foreign institutional... read more »

Sensex trades flat during pre-noon trade

Sensex trades flat during pre-noon trade

Mumbai – A benchmark index of Indian equities markets was trading flat at 47.43 points or 0.23 percent up during the pre-noon trade... read more »

Rupee down 12 paise on dollar demand

Rupee down 12 paise on dollar demand

The rupee on Thursday weakened by 12 paise to 61.91 against the dollar in early trade at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market due to demand for the U.S.... read more »

Bharatiya Mahila Bank to open four branches in northeas...

Bharatiya Mahila Bank to open four branches in northeast

Agartala – The Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will open four more branches in four capital cities of the northeastern states, officials said here... read more »

Sensex closes flat; IT stocks down

Sensex trades flat in pre-noon session

Mumbai – A benchmark index of Indian equities markets ended! Monday’s trade flat, as foreign institutional investors (FIIs) continued to be net... read more »

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Delegation seeks release of funds for SC-ST scholarships

CHANDIGARH: A delegation of Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions’ Association on Wednesday met Paramjit Singh, Punjab director of social welfare, to request immediate release of funds meant... read more »

Super30 among top3 pioneering educational initiati...

PATNA: A Japanese media group has selected Mathematician Anand Kumar’s Super 30 among three pioneering initiatives in the field of... read more »

Panjab University proposes 5% fee hike for 2015-16

Indian student assaulted in Australia, brother seeks justice

CHANDIGARH: A Panjab University (PU) committee has proposed a five per cent increase in tuition fee for students enrolled at the university’s teaching... read more »

Foreign degree holders better skilled for jobs

The diminishing returns of a college education

Functioning in an increasingly globalised environment, many companies feel that foreign degree holders have better technical skills for jobs compared to Indian... read more »

Vidya Sagar invites applications for certificate course...

CHENNAI: Vidya Sagar, a Chennai-based organization working for the benefit of persons with disabilities, is offering a certificate course in human rights with... read more »

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Sonam Kapoor glitters in gold at Cannes

Cannes, May 23 (PTI) Sonam Kapoor chose gold has her colour for second red carpet appearance at the Cannes Film Festival. Sonam wore a shimmery Elie Saab body-fitting number with a plunging neckline... read more »

Baahubali 2 box-office collection day 25: Dangal t...

Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal is expected to cross the global box-office collection, so far, of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion by as early as... read more »

Sonam Kapoor at Cannes 2017: Sonam has this to say abou...

On Day 5 of Cannes Film Festival, Sonam Kapoor looked radiant in a soft blush coloured flowy gown all ready for the red carpet. Here is what Sonam has to say... read more »

Raabta: Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon’s ca...

As the clock strikes down to the release of ‘Raabta’, the film’s lead stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon have been out and about, promoting the... read more »

Lisa Haydon blessed with baby boy, names him Zack. Thei...

Lisa Haydon gave birth to a baby boy on May 17. The new mother shared the news on her social media account. It’s a boy for Lisa Haydon. After living her... read more »

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Freed Pussy Riot members still gunning for Putin’s head

Pussy Riot member released from prison

A jailed member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, who was found guilty of hooliganism after a performance critical of President Vladimir Putin, has been released from prison, her lawyer said... read more »

Mikhail Khodorkovsky meets family as free man in Germany

Mikhail Khodorkovsky meets family as free man in G...

Berlin – Russia’s former richest man Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Saturday was reunited with his oldest son and awaited his parents’... read more »

Britain to help with Syrian chemical weapons’ des...

Britain to help with Syrian chemical weapons' destruction

London – Britain will help with the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said Friday. In a statement, the... read more »

Former Russian oligarch set for release from jail

Freed Russian tycoon Khodorkovsky will work to release other political prisoners

Moscow – Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former chief executive officer of the now defunct Russian  oil company Yukos, was set to be released from prison... read more »

Putin pardons jailed tycoon Khodorkovsky

Putin pardons jailed tycoon Khodorkovsky

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has signed the decree pardoning tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a prominent Kremlin critic, who has spent more than a... read more »

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Execution in North Korea worries South Korea

Execution in North Korea worries South Korea

Seoul – South Korea expressed deep concern about a series of occurrences in North Korea, including the execution of Jang Song-Thaek, who was married to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s... read more »

Kim's executed uncle's wife likely involved in husband's execution

Deposed senior North Korean leader executed

Seoul – Jang Song-Thaek, deposed senior official of North Korea, has been executed after the Special Military Tribunal found him guilty of... read more »

Thai protesters cut power to govt HQ, ask army to step ...

Thai govt rejects call to delay elections after clashes

Bangkok – Thai opposition protesters on Thursday cut power and water supplies to the government headquarters and appealed to the powerful military to... read more »

Thai caretaker PM calls meeting to resolve crisis

Thai caretaker PM calls meeting to resolve crisis

Bangkok – Thailand caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Thursday invited all political parties and sections of the society to meet Sunday to seek... read more »

Ex-Thai PM Abhisit indicted for murder over rally crack...

Thai opposition to boycott 2 February elections as mass protests continue

Bangkok – Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was indicted for murder Thursday in connection with a deadly military crackdown on mass opposition... read more »

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'Government exploring ways to restore HC ruling on homosexuality'

‘Government exploring ways to restore HC ruling on homosexu...

New Delhi – The government is considering all options before it in an attempt to restore the 2009 Delhi High Court verdict decriminalising homosexuality, union Law Minister Kapil Sibal said in... read more »

Exhibiting 25 years of audio-visual journey

Exhibiting 25 years of audio-visual journey

New Delhi – Celebrating its silver jubilee, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) has mounted an exhibition of all the... read more »

US reacts with dismay over India’s gay sex ruling

US reacts with dismay over India's gay sex ruling

By Arun Kumar Washington – Expressing concern over the Indian Supreme Court’s ruling restoring the ban on gay sex, the US has expressed its... read more »

Why can’t Sikhs with beards join US forces?

Why can't Sikhs with beards join US forces?

By Arun Kumar Washington – An independent, bipartisan federal agency has asked the US defence leadership to explain why Sikh Americans wearing beards and... read more »

Anti-Modi resolution loses traction in US House

Anti-Modi resolution loses traction in US House

By Arun Kumar Washington – With the victory of Bharatiya Janata Party in assembly elections in four Indian states, a contro! versial resolution critical... read more »

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Recipe: Methi Pulao

It’s a mouth-watering dish, to say the least. There are very few who don’t like methi pulao, it is good for your health and pretty easy to cook. Ingredients: Two cups of basmati... read more »

Mumbai hangout lets you dine like a don

Somewhere between the hustling city lights and busy Linking Road street in Bandra is an underground watering bar that’s cool and... read more »

Dessert recipe: Kulhad ki kheer

Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Serves: 6 Ingredients: 1litre milk 100g sugar 2tbsp samai rice ½ cup mixed dry fruits sliced pistachios... read more »

Want a ‘cakeless cake’ for your birthday?

Cakes are crossing the traditional fondant and frosting boundaries and getting into fun new avatars. A huge new trend is the ‘cakeless cake’, made... read more »

Recipe: Vegetable sweet corn soup

Ingredients: One cup fresh sweet corn, one finely chopped carrot, one tbsp chopped cabbage, half tsp sugar, half tsp green chilli sauce, half tsp soya sauce,... read more »

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Neymar stunner gives Brazil win over Colombia

A superb 83rd minute free-kick from captain Neymar gave Brazil a winning start under new coach Dunga as they beat Colombia 1-0 in a fiercely contested friendly on Friday. Colombia played most of the... read more »

Neymar scores first hat-trick as Barca crushes Celtic in Champions League

Neymar named Brazil captain

Brazil coach Dunga has confirmed Neymar will captain the national football team for friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador in the U.S. Speaking at a... read more »

Spain still struggling to get the best out of Costa

Spain’s 1-0 friendly defeat to France on Thursday showed coach Vicente del Bosque still has to find the right formula to get the best out of forward... read more »

Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad list

There are no surprises in the announcement of Arsenal’s 25-man squad, after the club named all of their new signings including last-minute deadline day... read more »

Manchester United signs Falcao in another transfer coup

A week after signing Angel Di Maria, Manchester United persuaded striker Radamel Falcao to join the faltering club in European football’s most eye-catching... read more »

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Gold & Metals

Government hikes import tariff value on gold, silver

NEW DELHI: The government today hiked import tariff value on gold to $401 per 10 grams and on silver to $543 per kg in line with global price trends. The tariff value on imported gold was at $392 per... read more »

Gold Edges Towards 12-Week High on Safe-Haven Dema...

Singapore: Gold edged up for a third session out of four to hover near a 12-week peak on Wednesday, bolstered by safe-haven demand as tumbling oil... read more »

Gold firm ahead of US nonfarm payrolls report

SINGAPORE — Gold rose on Friday ahead of a closely watched US jobs report and the metal was set to post its first weekly gain in four thanks to safe-haven... read more »

India not planning further curbs on gold imports –...

India is not planning to impose any further curbs on gold imports as the current account deficit is under control, Trade Secretary Rajeev Kher said on... read more »

Gold remains weak on low demand; silver recovers

NEW DELHI: Gold prices fell further by Rs 75 to Rs 27,025 per ten gram at bullion market here today on subdued demand even as the metal strengthened... read more »

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Health & Fitness

Cancer: Breaking the bad news to patients

For Dr Ranjana Srivastava, who began working as an oncologist in Australia 10 years ago, breaking the news to patients suffering from cancer is part of the job. “A doctor must be able to read a... read more »

Include pumpkin in your diet to lose weight

To utilize pumpkin as a weight loss food, you will need to substitute it for a food in your diet that is higher in calories. Take for instance, if... read more »

Simple remedies to treat acidity

Acidity can strike at any time and any place. It is diagnosed by discomfort near the chest and cause significant distress. If you suffer from it often, here... read more »

A detox isn’t just about the food

A detox also doesn’t have to be just about the food — it is much more than that. So if your body is craving for some sleep — give it just that!... read more »

High-fruit diets can worsen depression

Winter special: 5 fruits you must have to boost immunity

The consumption of a diet high in fructose throughout adolescence can worsen depressive and anxiety-like behaviour and alter how the brain responds to stress,... read more »

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Hockey: Coach Terry Walsh hopes Chandi will strengthen India̵...

After a dismal performance in the World Cup, India hockey coach Terry Walsh’s priority now is to strengthen his forward line for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which run July 23-August 23. The... read more »

Indian women’s hockey team for CWG

Hockey India on Wednesday announced the women’s team for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held at Glasgow from July 23 to August... read more »

Ric Charlesworth to retire as Aussie coach ahead of Com...

Four-time World Cup-winning field hockey coach Ric Charlesworth will step down from the Australian men’s team earlier than expected. Charlesworth, who has... read more »

India ninth in latest world hockey rankings

New Delhi: Eight-time Olympic champions India find itself in a lowly ninth position among mens teams in the recently-released FIH World Hockey Rankings. The... read more »

Hockey World Cup: Indians look to plug holes against Sp...

Bogged down by two successive losses, an under-pressure Indian hockey team will be confronted by Spain’s livewire strikers when the two teams clash in their... read more »

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Titan Company intimates on availability of credit for gold purcha...

Titan Company announced that the Company will be able to avail credit from domestic nominated banks for gold purchases without restrictions. This will also result in the Company getting the benefits... read more »

Gold, silver prices rise on brisk buying, global cues

Gold recovers on wedding season demand

Gold prices on Monday recovered by Rs 70 to trade at Rs 27,700 per ten gram at the bullion market, largely supported by wedding season demand from... read more »

Gold demand up 2% in Dec quarter, down 15% in 2014

MUMBAI, FEB 12: Gold demand in the December quarter was up two per cent at 223 tonnes, largely due to pent up demand from jewellers during the festival season... read more »

Swiss gold exports to India cross Rs 1.2 lakh crore

Switzerland’s gold exports to India crossed Rs 1.2 lakh crore in 2014 even as concerns persist over bullion being used to channel illicit funds into the... read more »

Gold Prices Fall as Traders Lock In Gains

Gold And Silver : 2014

Gold prices retreated from five-month highs as some investors locked in profits ahead of the weekend. The most actively traded gold contract, for February... read more »

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Breakthrough! Malaria cure discovered by an Indian-scientist

In a breakthrough, finally an Indian scientist has discovered a way to stop the disease early. This scientist himself suffered from malaria as a child and is among a group of top international... read more »

Study sheds light on how kids inherit anxiety from...

If you wonder that whether your anxious behaviour will affect your child or not then the answer is probably yes, for a new study has claimed that... read more »

Here’s how you can look thinner by these slimming...

If you feel awkward being fat chick and Meghan Trainor’s song ‘All About That Bass’ also didn’t helped you to get rid of that... read more »

Blue-eyed people have this bad habit

People with blue eyes might have a greater chance of becoming alcoholics, according to an interesting new study. The study by researchers at the University of... read more »

Japanese retail giant teams up with Tajima for new life...

To create a new life wear for women, Japanese retail giant Uniqlo has join hands with Muslim fashion designer Hana Tajima. The retail giant, whose new... read more »

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Middle East

Islamic State: Syria rebels warn of backlash over US air strikes

Syrian rebel fighters backed by the West have told the BBC that the US-led coalition faces a backlash in their country over its bombing campaign against Islamic State (IS). There have been protests... read more »

Saudi sentences iconic Shia cleric to death

DUBAI: A well-known Shia cleric was sentenced to death Wednesday by a court in Saudi Arabia, sparking fears of renewed unrest from his supporters in... read more »

Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets

ANKARA: Turkish warplanes have struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in southeastern Turkey, media reports said Tuesday, the first major airstrikes against... read more »

IS jihadists execute Iraqi journalist, 12 other people

SAMARRA, Iraq: Islamic State militants executed an Iraqi news cameraman and 12 other people on Friday in several towns and villages north of Baghdad,... read more »

Kobane: Syrian Kurds ‘launch operation against IS...

Fighting has continued overnight around the Syrian border town of Kobane, with reports of Kurdish forces launching an operation against Islamic State At least... read more »

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GST council meet underway: 6 major announcements we can expect fr...

After months of rolling out the Goods and Services Tax Bill (GST), the government may modify some rules that might cheer the small and medium businesses. As the 22nd meeting of the GST council,... read more »

Mumbai: Top CA Nilesh Vikamsey’s Daughter Pa...

MUMBAI: A budding lawyer, Pallavi Vikamsey, 20, has died after falling off a local train at Currey Road station on Wednesday evening. Pallavi is the... read more »

Bengaluru, Hyderabad bear the brunt of heavy October do...

The monsoon has caused much havoc in parts of southern India even at the fag end of the season. The regions which bore the brunt this time were the cities of... read more »

Pakistan warns India against targeting its nuclear inst...

WASHINGTON: Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif has warned that if India launched a surgical strike on the countrys nuclear installations, nobody... read more »

GST Council meet today: Narendra Modi needs to save sma...

Small companies are feeling the heat of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout. And, this adds to the pain faced by the economy at this juncture. The simple... read more »

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North America

Detention procedures applicable to Indian diplomat D. Khobragade, US clarifies

Indian diplomat in New York arrested for visa fraud

Washington – One of India’s senior diplomats was arrested in New York Thursday for alleged visa fraud and exploitation of her domestic help leading to expression of “strong... read more »

US Secretary of State John Kerry struggles to keep Middle East peace talks on track

Kerry revisits Israel to boost peace talks

Jerusalem – US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel Thursday for another visit to the region to salvage negotiations between Israel... read more »

Texas woman admits to sending ricin to Obama

Texas woman admits to sending ricin to Obama

Dallas – A former actress from Texas has pleaded guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg,... read more »

13 Anonymous hackers plead guilty to PayPal site attack

13 Anonymous hackers plead guilty to PayPal site attack

London – Thirteen people have pleaded guilty to charges related to their involvement in the cyber-attack of PayPal’s website as part of the hacking... read more »

Kerry shows optimism on Israel-Palestinian peace talks

Kerry shows optimism on Israel-Palestinian peace talks

Jerusalem – US Secretary of State John Kerry exhibited Friday optimism on the Mideast peace talks at the end of his trip to Israel, saying “Israel... read more »

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Politics

Former allies will return to NDA: Gadkari

North east development assured with 10K road connectivity by 2020

The Central Government has been taking several initiatives to accelerate development work in the north-eastern region, especially to improve road and rail connectivity. A number of infrastructure... read more »

Strong India-USA ties will benefit people of the w...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that strong relations between New Delhi and Washington DC will benefit people of both countries and the... read more »

Hindu religion has solution to all problems in world

BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday said Hindu religion has solution for all the problems in the worldHindu religion has solutions for all the problems of the... read more »

Jaitley meets PM Modi, Amit Shah amid raging Lalitgate

Amid the raging row over two top BJP leaders helping scam-tainted former IPL chief Lalit Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday separately met Prime... read more »

Despite signs of truce, Yadav and Bhushan offered to qu...

Aam Aadmi Party leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who were in the middle of a bitter infighting, have offered to quit from all party posts provided... read more »

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Religion

Absence of love, charity spawns selfishness, says Pope

Absence of love, charity spawns selfishness, says Pope

Vatican City – Selfishness fills the “void” created by a lack of love and charity, Pope Francis said Wednesday during his general audience in St Peter’s Square. “Where... read more »

Chhath begins as millions take a holy dip

Chhath begins as millions take a holy dip

Patna – Millions of devotees, particularly women, took a holy dip in rivers, ponds and other water bodies in Bihar Wednesday as the four-day... read more »

Digital version of Quran launched

Digital version of Quran launched

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Samantha Cameron stuns in sari during Diwali celebrations in London

London – David Cameron’s wife, Samantha wore a burgundy sari during a visit to a Hindu temple in north-west London to celebrate Diwali. The 47-year-old... read more »

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Diwali not so happy for heart, diabetic patients

Chennai – People in Tamil Nadu Saturday woke up to the sounds of crackers on the occasion of Diwali, the festival of lights. Children burst fire crackers... read more »

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Auction of Sikh Empire's artifacts in Britain

Auction of Sikh Empire’s artifacts in Britain

London – An 1805 report, first-hand accounts, a book and and a few paintings throwing light on the life of Maharajah Ranjit Singh, under whom the Sikh empire expanded to its maximum, will go... read more »

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First female winner for Fields maths medal

An Iranian mathematician working in the US has become the first ever female winner of the celebrated Fields Medal. In a landmark hailed as “long overdue”, Prof Maryam Mirzakhani was... read more »

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LONDON: An ancient skeleton unearthed in Israel may contain the oldest evidence of brain damage in a modern human. The child, who lived about 100,000 years... read more »

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Pakistan to try ex-president Musharraf for high treason

Pakistan to try ex-president Musharraf for high treason

Islamabad – A special court here is scheduled to begin Tuesday trial of Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf for abrogating the constitution. The trial is the first of a former... read more »

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Afghan army defuses 65 bombs in Kandahar

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Sri Lanka to evacuate its nationals from South Sudan

Sri Lanka to evacuate its nationals from South Sudan

Colombo – Sri Lanka has decided to evacuate some 75 migrant workers from South Sudan and said no new workers will be deployed in the politically troubled... read more »

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MS Dhoni set to return after a long break with focus on World T20

India’s limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be back in the thick of things after a three month break as Indian selectors will be picking the squad for the upcoming T20 International... read more »

Pakistan recall Fawad Alam for England Tests

Allrounder Fawad Alam has found his name back in the Test squad for the upcoming series against England in the UAE, as one of two changes to the side... read more »

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Former India captain Rahul Dravid said learning is a two-way process and he is benefiting on that front in his role as the India A coach. Dravid, who hung his... read more »

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Soccer fans in England were wincing over their breakfast on Wednesday as horrific pictures of Luke Shaw’s broken leg were splashed across the nation’s... read more »

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Places to visit near Ahmedabad for long breaks

From glimpses of wildlife at Gir National Park to exploring the architectural marvels of Ajanta and Ellora to the charming hill town of Mount Abu, there are a range of places to visit near Ahmedabad.... read more »

The top places to visit in Chennai

For the first-time visitor, there’s no dearth of places to visit in Chennai, the southernmost metro in India. The Tamil capital dazzles a... read more »

Things to do in Singapore for adventure lovers

Once you’ve had your fill of the classic things to do in Singapore, get adventurous and venture beyond the city’s everyday tourist attractions. The... read more »

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Travelling during the rainy season, right off the bat, sounds like something to be avoided like the plague. But imagine early morning fogs carpeting the... read more »

The best restaurants in the Andamans

Though there is nothing better than strolling into a small roadside shanty and letting the owner present his fresh local fare, some dining experiences are best... read more »

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Saudi’s Falih says oil agreements with Russia helping marke...

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Agreements reached between Russia and Saudi Arabia on global oil supply have helped oil markets to stabilize, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Thursday. The two... read more »

GOP Rep. Tim Murphy won’t seek reelection after re...

Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, an opponent of abortion, will not be seeking reelection at the end of his current term, ending speculation about his... read more »

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Turkey Sentences 40 to Life in Coup Attempt Against Erd...

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