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Sony mulls offering Windows Phone in mid-2014
Sony mulls offering Windows Phone in mid...

Sony mulls offering Windows Phone in mid-2014

Washington –  Sony is reportedly mulling over offering a Windows OS based handset in mid-2014. The electronics giant has been making Android devices for years, but a potential partnership with Microsoft could change games for both the tech companies. According to Cnet, if the deal between... read more »

Apple wins appeal in Google’s Motorola iPhone patent case
Apple’s latest Mac Pro uber easy to repa...

Apple’s latest Mac Pro uber easy to repair!

Washington – Apple’s latest Mac Pro appears straight out of a sci-fi flick but it has scored high on repair company iFixit’s reparability scale. The Mac Pro is fairly easy to be taken apart as iFixit found its cylindrical design closer to that of an aluminum soda can than a trash can, to... read more »

Apple denies knowledge of iPhone exploit allowing NSA interception
Apple denies knowledge of iPhone exploit...

Apple denies knowledge of iPhone exploit allowing NSA interception

Washington –  Apple has reportedly denied that it had any knowledge about the potential exploit in its iPhones that might have helped the US spy agencies to develop backdoor access to the devices. The denial follows revelations by a security analyst Jacob Appelbaum about the existence of a... read more »

Decoded: How honeybees determine sex
Decoded: How honeybees determine sex

Decoded: How honeybees determine sex

London – The truth behind the unique sex-determination system in honeybees – where males develop from unfertilised eggs and females develop from fertilised eggs – is out. Five amino acid separate males from females in honeybee colonies, say scientists who added that the molecular... read more »

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Pakistan suspends execution of Shoaib Sarwar

Pakistan called off the scheduled hanging of Shoaib Sarwar convicted on murder charges in what would have been the first execution of a civilian in six years, officials said on Wednesday. Shoaib,... read more »

Sri Lanka, China settle defence cooperation and ma...

Sri Lanka and China on Tuesday clinched defence and maritime security cooperation deal with Colombo pledging to sup port silk trade route, a pet... read more »

Iran rejects US-led coalition against IS

Seen from Tehran, which has helped both Damascus and Baghdad to confront IS advances, the coalition lacks credibility because some of its members had financed... read more »

Indian slams Pakistan for failing to act against Hafiz ...

New Delhi on Monday slammed Islamabad for failing to act against Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, after the Pakistani envoy said the... read more »

Rains in China kill 19, thousands evacuated

BEIJING: Heavy rains in China’s southwest have killed at least 19 people and left 20 missing, with tens of thousands of people evacuated due to... read more »

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One-day strike has partial impact in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH: Public transport was partially affected in Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh as workers’ union today joined the one-day nationwide strike call given by ten central trade unions,... read more »

Sensex closes 587 points down on weak GDP data

MUMBAI: Renewed fears about the slowing Chinese economy, combined with the less-than-expected doemstic GDP growth for June quarter, spooked Dalal... read more »

Gold tops Rs 27,000-mark on global cues, seasonal deman...

Rising for the third straight day, gold regained the Rs 27,000-mark by gaining Rs 200 at the bullion market today in line with a firm global trend amid pick... read more »

Ashok Leyland Sales Up 39% at 11,544 Units in August

New Delhi: Hinduja Group flagship company Ashok Leyland today reported a 38.53 per cent increase in total sales at 11,544 units in August as against 8,333... read more »

Total telephone subscriber base rises to 100.69 crore

The total telephone subscriber base in the country rose marginally to reach 100.69 crore at the end of June, sectoral regulator TRAI said today. The... read more »

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We are geared up for Korea: India captain

No Indian in ICC’s ‘Test Team’ while Dhoni lead...

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Wednesday named captain of ICC’ ‘ODI Team of the Year’ but none of the Indian players found berth in governing body’s ‘Test Team of the... read more »

Fortunate that we have three opening options now: ...

Shikhar Dhawan feels that Team India is “fortunate” that they have three options for the opening slot in him, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit... read more »

IPL betting scam: Mudgal Committee submits its final re...

New Delhi: The Supreme Court appointed probe commission headed by (Retd) Justice Mukul Mudgal on Monday submitted its final report to the apex court on the... read more »

I may not play for India again, but it’s a goal: ...

New Delhi: Yuvraj Singh, Player of the Tournament in the 2011 World Cup, has admitted to having mulled over the fact that he has played his last match for... read more »

Cricketer Brad Haddin rested from Australia squad for S...

Haddin reveals `daughter's battle against cancer` helped him play better in Ashes

Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been rested from a near full-length squad to face South Africa in their pre-World Cup series with the world number one... read more »

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Education a key element of UPA strategy : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

The Global Search for Education: Education Is My Right – UK

Equity-focused educational change is probably the most discussed, debated and urgent problem we face in U.S. education today, particularly as poverty continues to grow. The term “closing the... read more »

Education can help overcome moral challenges: Pranab

Education can help overcome moral challenges : Pre...

The people of the country need to make an extra effort to surmount the contemporary moral challenges, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said,... read more »

Bengal governor says no to disruptive campus agitations

Bengal governor says no to disruptive campus agitations

Kolkata – In the wake of the recent spurt in student agitations in West Bengal, state Governor M.K. Narayanan Friday asserted campus protests should not... read more »

MBBS students demand expulsion of tainted batchmates

MBBS students demand expulsion of tainted batchmates

Srinagar – Students of government medical college here held protests Thursday demanding expulsion of those who managed to get admission in medical... read more »

Higher education not a priority for Akhilesh Yadav gove...

Higher education not a priority for Akhilesh Yadav government

By Brij Khandelwal Agra – When young Akhilesh Yadav took over as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister in March 2012, there was the natural expectation that... read more »

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Bollywood celebs congratulate Riteish Deshmukh-Genelia

In a traditional Maharashtrian naming ceremony called ‘Barsa,’ the entire Deshmukh family and Genelia’s parents gathered to name their newest member. The little one has been named... read more »

Amitabh Bachchan shares ‘Shamitabh’ sk...

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchanhas shared a black-and-white sketch of R Balki’s upcoming film Shamitabh on his blog. The 72-year-old... read more »

Shilpa Shetty meets Arnold Schwarzenegger at a boxing m...

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty struck up a pose with Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger in Macau, where the duo were present to watch a boxing match... read more »

Farhan goes through rigorous training for his new look ...

Farhan Akhtar had mesmerized the audience with his 360 degree transformation during Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The actor not only gave an outstanding performance but... read more »

Kim Kardashian disappointed after India trip gets cance...

Kim Kardashian plans `X-rated` Christmas gift for Kanye West

American reality TV star Kim Kardashian, whose maiden trip toIndia was cancelled due to visa issues, says she will soon try to come back and meet her fans... read more »

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FIFA to use `vanishing spray` during 2014 Rio World Cup to designate distances for free kicks

FIFA to use `vanishing spray` during 2014 Rio World Cup to design...

Johannesburg – FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said that a vanishing spray, which is being currently used at the Club World Cup in Morocco to designate distances for free kicks, will also be... read more »

Abbey Clancy, Coleen Rooney set to star in `Loose ...

London – Abbey Clancy and Coleen Rooney have been approached to star in ITV’s show ‘Loose Women’, it has been revealed. Sources... read more »

Balotelli shows off new newspaper boots during AC Milan...

Balotelli shows off new newspaper boots during AC Milan draw with Roma

London – AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli modelled a new pair of newspaper boots in Serie A draw with Roma. The boots clearly displayed the catchy... read more »

Andre Villas-Boas fired as Tottenham manager

Andre Villas-Boas fired as Tottenham manager

Tottenham fired manager Andre Villas-Boas on Monday, a day after the club slumped to a second heavy loss in the Premier League in less than a... read more »

Nasri claims neither Real nor Barca would `fancy` facin...

Nasri claims neither Real nor Barca would `fancy` facing Man City in CL

Sydney – Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has insisted that even Real Madrid and Barcelona would want to avoid a clash with Manuel... read more »

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Gold & Metals

Gold prices fell by Rs 465 to Rs 30,785 per ten gram

Gold prices fell by Rs 465 to Rs 30,785 per ten gram

Gold prices fell by Rs 465 to Rs 30,785 per ten gram in the national capital on Friday on reduced offtake by stockists at existing higher levels amid a weak global trend. Silver remained under... read more »

Gold prices rose by Rs 450 to Rs 31,250 per ten gram

Gold prices rose by Rs 450 to Rs 31,250 per ten gr...

Snapping two days of losses, gold prices rose by Rs 450 to Rs 31,250 per ten gram in the national capital on Thursday on emergence of buying by... read more »

Gold price hits fresh 5-month low on tapering fears

Gold prices rebounded by Rs. 210 to Rs. 30,180 per 10 grams

Singapore: Gold hit a fresh 5-month low on Wednesday as investors awaited more U.S. economic data due later this week to gauge the outlook for Federal Reserve... read more »

Gold prices down by 0.31% to Rs 28,739 per 10 gram

Gold prices recovered by Rs 105 to Rs 31,320 per ten grams

New Delhi – Gold prices moved down by 0.31 per cent to Rs 28,739 per 10 gram in futures trade today as speculators trimmed their exposures, tracking a... read more »

Gold tumbled by Rs 510 to Rs 31,015 per ten grams, weak...

Gold tumbled by Rs 510 to Rs 31,015 per ten grams, , weak global cues

After two days of gains, gold tumbled by Rs 510 to Rs 31,015 per ten grams in New Delhi on Monday on stockists selling at existing higher levels amid a weak... read more »

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Some healthy snacks to masticate on

Soon after lunch, your alertness goes for a toss and you reach out for a cup of coffee. Leave that aside and consume sin-free food items like raw vegetables with hummus, oatmeal and organic nut... read more »

Vitamin A deficiency may up risk of childhood illn...

School-age kids who do not get enough vitamin A are more likely to get sick with gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses, a new study has... read more »

Turned 18? Check BP to lower heart disease risk later

The 25-year comprehensive study is the first to identify different long-term patterns of blood pressure levels and resulting cardiovascular risk.”Blood... read more »

Sleeping pills up risk of heart attacks by 50pc

Sleeping pills up risk of heart attacks by 50pc

London –  A new study suggests that sleeping pills taken by tens of thousands of Britons can increase the risk of heart attacks by up to 50... read more »

Health and wealth `more strongly connected` than previo...

Health and wealth `more strongly connected` than previously believed

Washington – A team of researchers have suggested that health and wealth may be more strongly connected than previously believed. The group examined... read more »

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Gold steady after two-day fall, economic optimism weighs

Gold steady after two-day fall, economic optimism weighs

Singapore – Gold was little changed on Thursday after a two-day decline but a rally in stocks and increasing optimism over global economic growth weighed on the metal’s appeal as an... read more »

Gold, silver prices rise on brisk buying, global cues

China grants GOLD import licenses to foreign banks...

Singapore / Shanghai –  China has granted licenses to import gold to two foreign banks for the first time, sources said, as moves to open the... read more »

Gold prices on monday fell by Rs 15 to Rs 30,200 per te...

Gold prices on monday fell by Rs 15 to Rs 30,200 per ten grams

Snapping its three-day rising streak, gold prices on Monday fell by Rs 15 to Rs 30,200 per ten grams in the national capital on lower demand at existing... read more »

Gold And Silver : 2014

Gold And Silver : 2014

Gold and Silver, dropped lead by the US Dollar strength as investors turn cautious ahead of the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve’s meeting on... read more »

Gold prices fall in Asia over upbeat U.S. trade deficit

No plans to roll back gold import curbs: FM P. Chidambaram

Gold futures continued to trade lower on Wednesday after official data showed that the U.S. trade deficit narrowed to a four-year low in November, which... read more »

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Drink your way to great skin

– While carrots are good for the eyes, carrot juice is said to be great for your skin because it contains vitamin A, known to avert the occurrence of acne, pimples, spots caused by sun damage... read more »

Add richness to your life

Being rich is a state of mind. It is possible that you could have millions stacked in your bank account and still have that feeling of deprivation.... read more »

Recipe: Chatpate chane

Preparation time: 10 minutes + soaking time Cooking time: 15 minutes Serves: 4 Recipe Ingredients: 2 cups Bengal gram 2tbsp Oil 1 Bay leaf 1 Black... read more »

Stay fit at any age

Although fitness in reality means being physically, mentally and spiritually fit, yet most of us relate it only with physical fitness. If we are asked how... read more »

India’s first mental health policy being develope...

We will make Delhi graft-free, says Harsh Vardhan

Agra: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Tuesday said that the government is in the process of developing India’s first mental health policy to curb... read more »

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Egypt president sets date for referendum

Egypt president sets date for referendum

Egypt will hold a public referendum on its newly-drafted constitution on January 14 and 15, interim President Adly Mansour said on Saturday. The vote will be the first major milestone on the... read more »

Israel passes bill to annex part of Jordan Valley

Israel halts controversial relocation plan for Ara...

Jerusalem – Israel Thursday halted a controversial legislation to transfer 40,000 Arab Bedouins citizens from their villages, amidst mounting... read more »

US, UK suspend `non-lethal aid` to Syrian rebels over I...

US, UK suspend `non-lethal aid` to Syrian rebels over Islamists infilitration

London –  The United States and the United Kingdom have suspended all “non-lethal” support for Syrian rebels, except humanitarian aid. A US... read more »

Iran rejects Saudi Arabia, Qatar’s call to join n...

Iran rejects Saudi Arabia, Qatar's call to join n-talks

Tehran – The Iranian government Wednesday rejected Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s call to join the nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers by... read more »

OPCW urges more support to end chemical weapons

OPCW urges more support to end chemical weapons

Oslo – The director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet Uzumcu, gave a call Wednesday for more... read more »

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Southwest Monsoon hits Kerala, North East ahead of schedule

Highlights The normal onset date for monsoon to hit the Kerala coast is June 1 Monsoon has also hit the North East EW DELHI: The Southwest monsoon, which brings seasonal rain to the Indian... read more »

Yogi Adityanath seeks explanation from Swati Singh...

“Taking note of the media reports, CM Adityanath Yogi has asked Minister Swati Singh to explain her position on the entire issue,” an... read more »

IAS trainee drowns in swimming pool while trying to res...

IAS and IRS trainees had gathered for a poolside party at Foreign Service Institute in south Delhi’s Ber Sarai when a woman officer slipped into a swimming... read more »

In Babri Case, LK Advani, Uma Bharti, MM Joshi In Court...

The Supreme Court had directed that BJP leaders including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, would face trial for conspiracy charges in Babri... read more »

Passengers on Tejas Express smash LCD screens, soil toi...

While it is one of the duties of the government to provide people with the best services and facilities, it is also our basic civic duty to treat those public... read more »

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Former CJI was Adamant on Elevating Corrupt Judge: Katju

NEW DELHI: Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju Monday again complained of interferences in the appointment of judges, saying former chief justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan tried his best to... read more »

A New Team for Amit Shah: BJP, RSS Leaders Discuss...

New Delhi: Amit Shah is firmly in the driving seat as BJP president. Now for a team for him. Mr Shah is at former party president Nitin... read more »

Railway Minister Gowda to seek Bihar CM’s help fo...

Railways Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said here on Wednesday that he will be contacting Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to seek more help in the... read more »

For Rise in Rape Cases, Akhilesh Yadav ‘Punishes&...

Akhilesh to lay foundation for 200 ft Buddha statue, park

Lucknow:  Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered action against officers and bureaucrats for lack of progress in rape cases. A tweet from... read more »

Rs 17.60 lakh were spent on Modi’s oath-taking ce...

NEW DELHI: An expenditure of at least Rs 17.60 lakh was incurred on the oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the forecourt of Rashtrapati... read more »

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Algal extracts may counter effects of high cholesterol diets

Algal extracts may counter effects of high cholesterol diets

Washington – In a new study, researchers including an Indian origin scientist have described the beneficial effects of the algal culture in supporting healthy cholesterol balance. Wayne State... read more »

Google aims to create next-gen ultimate personal search assistant

Google aims to create next-gen ultimate personal s...

Washington – With Google focusing on smarter searches, a company executive has revealed that their aim is to create the ultimate personal... read more »

Now, transfer money by emailing photograph of cheques t...

Now, transfer money by emailing photograph of cheques to banks

London – A new money transfer scheme championed by Chancellor George Osborne allows bank account holders to deposit cash right from the comfort of their... read more »

Genomic study of cervical cancer brings disease cure cl...

Genomic study of cervical cancer brings disease cure closer to reality

Washington – A team of researchers has completed a comprehensive genomic analysis of cervical cancer in two patient populations and has identified... read more »

Sony exec says latest PS4 owners to see `great surprise...

Sony exec says latest PS4 owners to see `great surprises` in 2014

London – Sony’s latest gaming console Playstation 4 (PS4) owners are likely to witness a number of ‘great surprises’, as said by the company’s... read more »

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No drone attacks during Taliban talks: US to Pakistan

No drone attacks during Taliban talks: US to Pakistan

Islamabad – The US has assured Pakistan it would not conduct any drone strikes during peace talks with the Taliban, Pakistan’s top security advisor said Wednesday. Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan... read more »

Nawaz Sharif names judges for Musharraf's trial

Nawaz Sharif names judges for Musharraf’s tr...

Islamabad – Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved a panel of three judges for a special court for the trial of former president... read more »

Nawaz Sharif approves three-member bench for Musharraf&...

Nawaz Sharif approves three-member bench for Musharraf's treason case

Islamabad – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved the names of three judges, including a female judge, for the special court that will... read more »

Nepal to ensure effective security for Tuesday’s ...

Nepal to ensure effective security for Tuesday's poll

Kathmandu – Khilraj Regmi, chairman of Nepal’s interim election government, has directed the country’s four security agencies to ensure that... read more »

Can India afford to run INS Vikramaditya, asks Pakitani...

Decommissioned INS Vikrant to be auctioned

Islamabad – The commissioning of aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya into the Indian Navy from Russia shows how addicted the Indian establishment is to... read more »

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Dhoni’s wife tweets daughter Ziva’s first photo

The first picture of team India captain Dhoni’s daughter Ziva is out as his wife Sakshi posted a photo of their “bundle of joy” on twitter.Sakshi posted an image of the baby girl... read more »

ICC Cricket WC 2015: Pakistan crush UAE by 129 run...

Convincing victory for Pakistan as they crush UAE by 129 runs in a Pool B encounter at Napier, New Zealand. UAE batsmen looked under immense... read more »

I’m in better shape: Usain Bolt

Despite losing a sprint to the finish, athletics legend Usain Bolt said he is in better shape than he was last year when injury forced him to miss most of the... read more »

England not playing with fear: Stuart Broad

Hitting out at former captain Michael Vaughan, who had said England are “playing with fear”, fast bowler Stuart Broad has denied the... read more »

Messi challenges Ronaldo in race for Spain’s top scorer...

After finding his scoring touch in Germany, Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to renew his scintillating duel with Lionel Messi in the Spanish league. Ronaldo ended... read more »

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Israeli aircraft strike Gaza after rocket fire

Israel carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Saturday after Palestinian militants there fired rockets into southern Israel. The overnight air strikes targeted two training camps belonging to... read more »

Saudi-led coalition mistakenly kills 15 in Yemen

About 15 pro-government fighters were killed when Saudi-led warplanes shelled their military positions by mistake in Yemen’s oil-rich province... read more »

For the first time in 70 years, Japan to let troops fig...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe close to deal on controversial US base on Okinawa

TOKYO: In a middle-of-the night vote that capped a tumultuous struggle with opposition parties in Parliament, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan secured final... read more »

Pak Senate chief warns against another military takeove...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Senate chief has warned that constitutional checks to prevent yet another military takeover have become redundant in the country... read more »

PKK bomb attack, clashes kill 12 in southeast Turkey: S...

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants killed three Turkish police officers overnight in a bomb attack on their armoured vehicle as they travelled along a... read more »

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Successful Mars mission helps ISRO end year on high note

Successful Mars mission helps ISRO end year on high note

By Venkatachari Jagannathan Chennai – The successful launch of India’s first inter-planetary Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), the sending up of India’s first navigation... read more »

India test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-III missile

India test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-III missile

India on Monday test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-III ballistic missile with a strike range of more than 3,000 km as part of a user trial by the Army from Wheeler Island off Odisha... read more »

New study provides answers to fundamental questions about Alzheimer’s

New study provides answers to fundamental questions about Alzheimer’s

Washington – A new study has revealed fundamental issues about Alzheimer’s disease, including where it starts, why it starts there, and how it spreads. Researchers from Columbia... read more »

Gene involved in response to cocaine identified

Gene involved in response to cocaine identified

Washington – Neuroscience researchers including an Indian origin scientist have identified a gene in mice that appears to underlie the intensity of the response to cocaine. The UT... read more »

Spotify rolls out Spotiamp to honour Winamp for music streaming

Spotify rolls out Spotiamp to honour Winamp for music streaming

Washington – As the good old Winamp has headed to its untimely demise, music-streaming service Spotify has reportedly rolled out ‘Spotiamp’, an app for Windows built by one of its... read more »