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Cell that worsens rheumatoid arthritis discovered
Cell that worsens rheumatoid arthritis d...

Cell that worsens rheumatoid arthritis discovered

Tokyo – A team of researchers from Japan have identified a new immune cell that intensifies rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disorder that mainly affects joints and occurs when excessive immune response destroys bone. According to the researchers, the new cell is... read more »

Mars Express flybys `within touching distance` of Red Planet’s moon
Mars Express flybys `within touching dis...

Mars Express flybys `within touching distance` of Red Planet’s moon

London – Mars Express made its closest fly-by yet of Red Planet’s moon, Phobos, skimming past at only 45 km above its surface, on Dec. 29. However, the probe is going too fast to click images of the irregularly shaped moon that is 15 miles wide, the Daily Express reported. Instead,... read more »

Canadian astronaut calls for global cooperation with China
Canadian astronaut calls for global coop...

Canadian astronaut calls for global cooperation with China

Toronto – Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is calling for cooperation with China in space and wants it to be part of any international effort to return to the moon, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported Sunday. “I think right now a lot of people see it as kind of crazy to... read more »

Acupuncture boon for breast cancer patients
Acupuncture boon for breast cancer patie...

Acupuncture boon for breast cancer patients

New York – There’s good news for breast cancer patients suffering from side-effects of estrogen-lowering cancer drugs. Scientists have now found that acupuncture is effective in reducing menopausal symptoms in women being treated with aromatase inhibitors – that lower levels of... read more »

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Gaza official: Israel Navy arrests Gaza fishermen

An official in the Gaza Strip says the Israeli Navy has arrested four Palestinian fishermen and seized their boat in one of the first instances of friction between the sides since the Gaza war ended... read more »

Egypt ex-President Morsi charged over Qatar files ...

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is being charged with handing over national security documents to Qatar, the state prosecutor... read more »

Iran’s Khamenei undergoes prostate surgery

Iran’s official news agency on Monday said the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has undergone prostate surgery in a Tehran hospital. The... read more »

50 days of war leave Israelis and Palestinians only mor...

JERUSALEM: Only time will tell whether Israel will maintain the quiet it so desperately sought during 50 days of war with Palestinian militants in the Gaza... read more »

China says 2 pilots died in aircraft carrier tests

Two Chinese test pilots were killed during development of the country’s first aircraft carrier fighter wing, state media said. President Xi Jinping had... read more »

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Onion prices fall below Rs 50/kg at Lasalgaon on export curbs

New Delhi: Wholesale prices of onion today fell below the Rs 50 per kg mark at the Lasalgaon in Maharashtra, Asia’s biggest onion market, due to curbs on exports and fear of action against... read more »

Larsen & Toubro Bags Orders Worth Rs. 1,563 C...

New Delhi: Larsen & Toubro (L&T) on Tuesday said power transmission and distribution business of L&T Construction has bagged orders... read more »

Sensex, Nifty see relief rally; rupee gains 50 paise

Oil bounced back from heavy losses today but global oversupply and worries over the severity of the economic slowdown in China, the world’s top... read more »

China stocks sink over 7 per cent as panic selling inte...

SHANGHAI: China stocks slumped more than 7 percent on Tuesday to their lowest level since December, with panic selling intensifying after the flagship... read more »

Asian shares bounce off 3-year lows but China’s s...

Volatile global markets showed signs of a respite from the bloodbath on Tuesday, as bargain hunters helped Asian stocks off three-year lows hit on fears that... read more »

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Kevin Pietersen claims he ‘loves Surrey’ and will not...

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has not ruled out playing county cricket again next season. Pietersen who has been contracted to Surrey since 2010, although he only played in the T20 Blast... read more »

Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel added to India’...

Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel was on Tuesday named in the Indian squad for the remaining two one-dayers against the West Indies and was also picked... read more »

Who BCCI pays more than Dhoni? Gavaskar and Shastri

If you thought current cricketers earned more than former cricketers in India, think again. It’s not Mahendra Singh Dhoni or Virat Kohli to whom the... read more »

Kevin Pietersen-ECB controversy: Alastair Cook backs An...

Good cricket will silence hostile crowds, says Alastair Cook

  Alastair Cook, the England captain has backed former coach, Andy Flower against the criticism made by his former teammate, Kevin Pietersen in his... read more »

India may have picked Ishant but they should play Umesh...

Here we go again. Ishant Sharma and his Herculean hair are back in the India one-day thanks to an injury to Mohit Sharma. Ishant hasn’t played an ODI since... read more »

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Jayalalithaa places priority on higher education

Jayalalithaa places priority on higher education

Placing priority on higher education, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Friday said her government will take all possible measures to augment the much “required and treasured human... read more »

Punjab students recreate miniature varsity at IITF

Punjab students recreate miniature varsity at IITF

By Jaideep Sarin Chandigarh/New Delhi – A group of students from Punjab’s Lovely Professional University (LPU) has created a miniature... read more »

Missing out : the children in danger of becoming ‘...

Missing out : the children in danger of becoming 'invisible' to education authorities

Up to 10,000 children of school age are missing out on full-time education and in danger of becoming “invisible” to the authorities, according to... read more »

Malala’s book banned by private schools in Pakist...

Malala's book banned by private schools in Pakistan

Islamabad – A book by Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who fearlessly took on the Taliban, has been banned by a federation of private schools... read more »

Using films to promote literacy : Mumbai NGO gets US aw...

Using films to promote literacy : Mumbai NGO gets US award

By Arun Kumar Washington – PlanetRead, a Mumbai-based Indian non-profit, has won US Library of Congress’s Literacy Award for its innovative... read more »

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Defamation complaint filed against actor Vijay for 2G corruption ...

MADURAI: A defamation complaint has been filed in a magistrate court in Madurai against Tamil film actor Vijay and others for a reference to the 2G spectrum case in his Diwali release... read more »

Fastest films to cross Rs 100 crore hurdle

Happy New Year- Shah Rukh Khan’s Diwali release Happy New Year seems to have joined the bandwagon of fastest 100 crore movies of Bollywood.... read more »

Policemen crash Justin Bieber’s house party

Singer Justin Bieber was visited by the police after complaints were made about the noise emanating out of his house party. Bieber was on Wednesday night... read more »

Dia Mirza- Sahil Sangha wedding coverage

Bollywood actress and former beauty queen Dia Mirza got engaged to beau Sahil Sangha on October 17th. The couple opted for a close knit ceremony at... read more »

Katrina Kaif is not a showpiece: Deepika Padukone defen...

In a recent interaction with the media, when a reporter asked Deepika Padukone if her role in Happy New Year was ‘a showpiece role’ much on the lines of... read more »

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Villas-Boas on brink of losing Tottenham job after Man City humbling

I`ll battle on to get it right at Spurs, s Villas-Boasays

London – Chastened Andre Villas-Boas remains convinced he has a team capable of securing a Champions League place and said he would keep fighting after Tottenham Hotspur were thrashed 5-0 at... read more »

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

Nasri claims neither Real nor Barca would ‘f...

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

Wenger to sign `new` contract keeping him at Arsenal un...

Wenger to sign `new` contract keeping him at Arsenal until 2017

London – Arsene Wenger is set to sign a new Arsenal contract next month keeping him at the club until 2017, according to reports. According to the... read more »

West Brom sack head coach Clarke after fourth straight ...

West Brom sack head coach Clarke after fourth straight PL loss

London – Steve Clarke has been sacked as head coach of West Bromwich Albion following a fourth straight Premier League loss, according to... read more »

Rodriguez’s equaliser earns Southampton 1-1 draw ...

Rodriguez's equaliser earns Southampton 1-1 draw against Newcastle

Johannesburg – Jay Rodriguez scored his sixth goal of the season to secure a 1-1 draw for Southampton with in-form Newcastle in their Premier League... read more »

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Gold & Metals

Gold fell by Rs 200 to Rs 31,425 per ten grams

Gold fell by Rs 200 to Rs 31,425 per ten grams

Gold fell by Rs 200 to Rs 31,425 per ten grams in the national capital on Wednesday on sluggish demand at prevailing higher levels amid a weak global trend. Silver also plunged by Rs 510 to Rs... read more »

Gold futures ease to Rs 29,130 per 10 gm

Gold prices today soared by Rs. 575 to Rs. 31,625 ...

New Delhi – Snapping its two-day fall, gold prices today soared by Rs. 575 to Rs. 31,625 per ten gram on fresh buying by stockists at current... read more »

Gold prices falling by Rs 50 to Rs 31,050 per ten grams

Gold prices falling by Rs 50 to Rs 31,050 per ten grams

Gold extended losses for the second straight session by falling Rs 50 to Rs 31,050 per ten grams in the national capital on Monday on sustained selling by... read more »

Gold prices plunged by Rs. 500 to Rs. 31,100 per ten gr...

Gold prices plunged by Rs. 500 to Rs. 31,100 per ten grams

Gold plunged Rs. 500 to Rs. 31,100 per ten grams in the national capital on Saturday on profit-selling by stockists at prevailing higher levels and sluggish... read more »

Gold price jumped by Rs 300 to Rs 31,600 per ten grams

Gold futures ease to Rs 29,130 per 10 gm

Gold jumped Rs 300 to Rs 31,600 per ten grams in the national capital on Friday on wedding season buying at existing lower levels. Traders said wedding season... read more »

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Health & Fitness

Higher vitamin D levels in pregnancy may result in stronger babies

Higher vitamin D levels in pregnancy may result in stronger babie...

Washington –  Researchers have suggested that babies are likely to have stronger muscles if their mothers had a higher level of vitamin D in their body while they are pregnant. In the... read more »

‘Made in China’ plant can fight chroni...

New York –  Suffering from chronic pain? Well, a plant used in Chinese medicine may be of help. A plant used for centuries as a pain reliever... read more »

Insured people use emergency rooms more

New York – People covered under health care plan use emergency rooms 40 percent more than those who do not have health insurance, claimed a... read more »

‘Junk DNA’ in brain may cause schizophrenia

'Junk DNA' in brain may cause schizophrenia

Tokyo – Often dubbed ‘junk DNA’, retrotransposons – short sequences of DNA that autonomously amplify and move around the genome... read more »

Smoking affects good night’s sleep too

Smoking affects good night's sleep too

New York – Here is a wake-up call. Smoking ruins productive sleep, leading to cognitive dysfunction, mood disorders, depression and anxiety. “This... read more »

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Investing

Gold price rebounds from intraday low, HK premiums up

Gold price rebounds from intraday low, HK premiums up

Singapore – GOLDGold rebounded from intraday low on Friday on physical buying, but it was on track for its biggest annual loss in more than 30 years as hopes of a global economic recovery and... read more »

Gold dropped Rs. 275 to Rs. 29,900 per ten grams

Gold dropped Rs. 275 to Rs. 29,900 per ten grams

Gold prices dipped below Rs. 30,000 per ten grams level for the first time in over four months in the national capital on Thursday on stockists... read more »

Gold-hungry traders tap NRIs to cater to humongous dema...

Gold-hungry traders tap NRIs to cater to humongous demand

Non-resident Indians (NRIs) are bringing gold into the country by taking advantage of rules that allow each individual to carry 1 kg of the metal, helping... read more »

Gold lingers around $1,200, taper worries remain

Canada's Detour Gold expects lower cash costs in 2014

Singapore – Gold held steady on Monday after its biggest weekly loss in a month, but the metal was still at the risk of falling back below $1,200 an... read more »

Gold price recovers, but ends the week at 3-1/2-year lo...

Gold price recovers, but ends the week at 3-1/2-year low

New York – Gold rebounded from an early dip to a six-month low on short covering on Friday, but is still on track for its largest annual loss in 32... read more »

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Could Red Wine Give You Gorgeous Skin?

Imagine checking in with your dermatologist for help clearing up a breakout…and leaving her office with a script for pinot noir. Sounds farfetched, but there’s new science behind it. A... read more »

Soon, peanut that won’t cause allergic react...

Researchers hope the technique can be used to eventually eliminate 99.9 per cent of peanut allergens. Peanut allergens must be eliminated below a... read more »

WHO advocates salt reduction to prevent heart disease

New Delhi: The World Health Organisation (WHO) Sunday advocated salt reduction to prevent and control non-communicable diseases as high salt intake increases... read more »

The secret to a long life? 80% of men could avoid a hea...

  Not smoking, taking exercise and drinking in moderation key to reducing risk Healthy diet and having a waist measuring below 37 inches also... read more »

Beware! Working for long hours may lead to Type-2 diabe...

New Delhi: Long working hours are a common thing these days. Prolonged sitting, modern erratic lifestyle and lack of physical activity can lead to the onset... read more »

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Middle East

Syrian chemical weapons disposal plan to be released next week: UN

Syrian chemical weapons removal programme on track: official

United Nations – The head of the joint United Nation! s and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons team charged with eliminating chemical weapons in Syria said Wednesday that... read more »

Arafat’s widow challenges French scientists’ over 'natural death' conclusion

Arafat’s widow challenges French scientists’ over ...

Washington – Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s widow has challenged the findings of French scientists that the reason of her... read more »

Iraqi Kurdistan seals Turkey deal

Iraqi Kurdistan seals Turkey deal

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq has finalized a deal under which it will pump oil to Turkey. “The formalities were recently completed…... read more »

Iran plans to increase production of 5% enriched uraniu...

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

Washington – Iran is reportedly planning to increase its production of five percent enriched uranium, local official news agency said. Islamic Republic... read more »

Syrian govt. rules out negotiating transfer of power at...

'Syria committed to Iran's participation in Geneva II meet'

London – The Syrian government has ruled out negotiating transfer of power during the Geneva peace conference due in January, but confirmed that it will... read more »

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Pakistan asks ICJ to hold early hearing in Jadhav case: media rep...

The Express Tribune, citing sources, said the request was made in view of the coming elections for ICJ judges, scheduled to be held in November, Pakistan has asked the International Court of Justice... read more »

Meghalaya Class 10 merit list leak blamed on techn...

Controller of examinations, MBoSE, says a possible technical glitch by National Informatics Centre could have led to the leak of the Meghalaya Class... read more »

IAF Sukhoi Su-30 MKI from Tezpur airbase in Assam goes ...

A Sukhoi 30 MK1 aircraft of the Indian Air Force lost radio contact and went off-radar on Tuesday, reports said. The aircraft had taken off from... read more »

Sara Ali Khan’s debut movie revealed, and it̵...

Star kid Sara Ali Khan has been in the news for her rumoured relationship with Harshvardhan Kapoor, and made headlines when a picture showing her in a bikini... read more »

Delhi: At least 80 shops gutted in Chandani Chowk; no c...

At least 80 shops were gutted after a major fire broke out in Delhi’s Chandani Chowk area on Monday night, officials said on Tuesday. IndiaVision... read more »

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Politics

Bhiwandi court summons Rahul Gandhi for his remarks against RSS

Bhiwandi court summons Rahul Gandhi for his remarks against RSS A magisterial court in Bhiwandi in Maharashtra’s Thane district on Friday ordered issuing summons to Congress vice-president Rahul... read more »

Hooda, Chavan survive; to continue as CMs till ele...

he Congress leadership has decided against any change of guard in Haryana and Maharashtra in view of the fast approaching assembly elections in the... read more »

Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit to be transferred to Nag...

New Delhi: Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit’s defiance is likely to earn her a ‘punishment’ posting! A report in a leading English daily... read more »

Why Amit Shah get Z-plus security? : Congress

Gujarat govt. snooping extended to Karnataka, Gujarat Minister Amit Shah

New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday raised questions over reports claiming that BJP leader Amit Shah will soon get Z-plus level security from the central... read more »

CBI Court Rejects Lalu Yadav’s Plea to Quash Fodd...

Ranchi: A CBI court on Tuesday rejected RJD chief Lalu Yadav plea to quash the trial of three cases against him in connection with the multi-million rupee... read more »

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New Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet ad claims Apple iPad not suitable for outdoors

New Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet ad claims Apple iPad not suitable for...

Washington – Taking a dig at rival Apple’s iPad, Nokia has reportedly released a new ad for its Lumia 2520 tablet in which it is telling people that unlike the iPad, the Lumia tablet can be... read more »

`Effective` second gen biofuels closer to reality

`Effective` second gen biofuels closer to reality

Washington – Researchers have made a breakthrough in developing second generation of biofuels; they have found a family of enzymes that can... read more »

Genetic causes of common disorders revealed

'Junk DNA' in brain may cause schizophrenia

Washington – Researchers have found that six common diseases arise from DNA changes located outside genes. The study from the laboratory of Peter... read more »

Researchers overturn assumption about mercury in Arctic

Researchers overturn assumption about mercury in Arctic

Washington – For years, researchers assumed that if mercury’s high and increasing in fish in the North American and European Arctic, the same would... read more »

Google had to `start over` Android after iPhone launch ...

Google had to `start over` Android after iPhone launch in 2007

Washington – Apple unveiled its first iPhone in 2007 and that prompted Google’s Android team to start over, a new book has reportedly... read more »

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South Asia

Colombo rejects Britain's call for human rights probe

Colombo rejects Britain’s call for human rights probe

Colombo – Sri Lanka says there’s no need for an international probe into its human rights record as proposed by British Prime Minister David Cameron. Sri Lanka’s Head of Parliament... read more »

Maldivian presidential election re-run begins Saturday

Maldivian presidential election re-run Begins.

Male – The re-run of the Maldivian presidential election started Saturday morning. Polling stations will be open from 7.30 a.m to 4 p.m. local... read more »

Pakistan orders probe into Haqqani leader’s murde...

Pakistan orders probe into Haqqani leader's murder

Islamabad – Pakistan’s interior ministry has ordered a probe into the killing of senior Haqqani network leader Naseeruddin Haqqani, a media report... read more »

Focus on challenges, not human rights issues: Mahinda R...

Focus on challenges, not human rights issues: Mahinda Rajapaksa

Colombo – Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa delivered a strong message to Commonwealth members here Friday, insisting that common problems of the... read more »

Maldives President Mohamed Waheed steps down

Maldives President Mohamed Waheed steps down

Maldives President Mohamed Waheed on Friday stepped down as president as the country prepared to hold the second round of the presidential election. In a... read more »

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World Cup: South Africa use Kirsten and Hussey experience to plot...

The Indian cricket team sweated out at the nets today ahead of its Sunday’s World Cup clash against South Africa, who are drawing on the deep insight of Gary Kirsten, India’s former... read more »

Raina has shown the willingness to learn

For nearly a month after his hurried 20 against the Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide in December, Suresh Raina did not face another ball on tour. It... read more »

Teen golf champion Lydia Ko plans to retire by 30

All of 17, top-ranked Lydia Ko says she’s already planning to retire from golf when she turns 30 and become a psychologist. Ko makes her second start at No.... read more »

Making heavy weather of a small chase

New Zealand narrowly avoided a major misstep, edging Scotland by three wickets in a low-scoring match on Tuesday to stay unbeaten after two games in Pool... read more »

ICC World Cup: Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer turns Ind...

The Swiss great, a winner of 17 Grand Slam titles, was pictured on his Facebook page admiring an Indian team shirt, which he had unwrapped from a gift box.... read more »

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Indonesia migrant boat death toll rises to 61

Sixty-one bodies have been recovered from an overloaded wooden boat which sank off Malaysia carrying dozens of Indonesian illegal immigrants, maritime officials said on Monday. The dead were mostly... read more »

Over 13,000 Palestinian homes to be demolished by ...

The United Nations says some 13,000 Palestinian structures in the occupied West Bank are currently under Israeli demolition orders. In a Monday... read more »

Pakistan’s first indigenous drone kills 3 militan...

PESHAWAR: Pakistan for the first time on Monday used an indigenous drone to attack a terrorist compound in restive North Waziristan, killing at least three... read more »

10 dead after South Korea boat capsizes, search on

South Korean coastguard and navy vessels, backed by rescue aircraft, were still searching on Monday for eight people missing after a fishing charter boat... read more »

Migrant crisis: Germany to release funds to help region...

Germany’s coalition government has agreed to spend 6bn euros (£4.4m) to support record numbers of migrants and other measures to deal with the... read more »

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Why some stars are bigger than others

Why some stars are bigger than others

Washington – Astronomers have used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope to survey the cores of some of the darkest, coldest, and densest clouds in Milky... read more »

Top 10 scientific breakthroughs of 2013

Top 10 scientific breakthroughs of 2013

Washington – The annual list of groundbreaking scientific achievements, selected by Science and its international nonprofit publisher, has been revealed. The top most breakthrough... read more »

New method for treating pancreatic cancer developed

New method for treating pancreatic cancer developed

Washington – Researchers have developed a possible new method for treating pancreatic cancer which enables the body’s immune system to attack and kill cancer cells. The method uses... read more »

Google marks Winter Solstice 2013 with colorful doodle

Google marks Winter Solstice 2013 with colorful doodle

Toronto – Google’s latest colorful doodle has marked the Winter Solstice or the first day of winter, which is the shortest day and longest night of the year. The special doodle... read more »

New vaccine to protect against deadly pneumonia developed

New vaccine to protect against deadly pneumonia developed

Washington – A team of researchers has developed a new vaccine that protects against lethal pneumonia caused by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria, including drug-resistant strains like... read more »