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Snapchat plays down threat of hackers accessing users’ phone numbers
Snapchat plays down threat of hackers ac...

Snapchat plays down threat of hackers accessing users’ phone numbers

Washington – Snapchat has reportedly downplayed the security issue with its service, as reported by Gibson security experts, that exposed users’ phone numbers based on their usernames. The auto-destruct photo sharing service said that it has recently added additional counter-measures and... read more »

Hens lay more eggs when listening to `soothing classical music`
Hens lay more eggs when listening to `so...

Hens lay more eggs when listening to `soothing classical music`

London – A farmer has found that hens lay more eggs when they listen to opera music. Steve Ledsham played classical tracks and was shocked to find that a group of chickens laid almost twice their usual amount of eggs, the Daily Star reported. Steve, who has worked on the farm for 20 years,... read more »

Google Doodle celebrates astrologer, astronomer Johanes Kepler’s 442nd birthday
Google Doodle celebrates astrologer, ast...

Google Doodle celebrates astrologer, astronomer Johanes Kepler’s 442nd birt...

London – Google is commemorating 17th century astrologer, astronomer and mathematician Johanes Kepler’s 442nd birthday with its latest doodle. Kepler was born on 27 December 1771 and took to astronomy after working as a maths teacher in Austria where he became an associate of Prince Hans... read more »

First 3D printed liver expected by 2014
First 3D printed liver expected by 2014

First 3D printed liver expected by 2014

Washington – A bio-printing company based in San Diego is expecting to unveil the world’s first printed organ – a human liver – by next year. The major stumbling block in creating tissue has remained with manufacturing of the vascular system that is needed to provide it with... read more »

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110 deteriorate in Pakistan floods

A government official in Pakistan said 110 people have been killed across the country in heavy monsoon downpours and flooding as more rain is forecast for the coming days. Ahmad Kamal, a spokesman... read more »

IS struggling to control its new-found oil riches:...

DUBAI: Though the dreaded Islamic State is earning over $3 million daily by producing about 80,000 barrels of oil in Iraq and Syria, experts say the... read more »

heavy Rains cause death 40 in Pakistan

Pakistani officials said heavy monsoon rains have killed 40 people across the country as the government warned of more flash flooding over the weekend. Ahmad... read more »

11 held in China for sale of toxic capsules

BEIJING: Eleven people have been arrested for production and sale of toxic capsules on massive scale in east China’s Zhejiang Province. Police arrested... read more »

The rise of ISIS: Group of 10,000 fighters now controls...

ISIS now controls territory the size of the UK, is making £600,000 a day from selling oil and ransoming hostages and has a fighting force of 10,000... read more »

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Sensex in red again, falls over 300 pts in volatile mid-day trade

After recouping around 400 points from Monday’s mega fall in morning, the benchmark BSE Sensex plunged back into the negative zone in late morning deals and was down by 326.88 points at... read more »

BSE to Suspend Trading in 17 Companies

New Delhi: BSE has ordered suspension of trading in shares of 17 companies, including Raj Irrigation Pipes & Fittings and Kohinoor Broadcasting... read more »

Royal Enfield announces entry into Indonesian market

Royal Enfield, the two-wheeler division of Eicher Motors , on Monday announced its entry into the Indonesian market, with plans to commence retail operations... read more »

Indian Oil stake sale floor price set at Rs 387 a share

The government has set a floor price for the sale of shares in top state-run refiner Indian Oil Corp Ltd at 387 rupees each, the company said, a two percent... read more »

Gold surges by Rs.480 to reclaim Rs.27,000 mark

New Delhi: With the wedding and festive season fast approaching, the days of cheaper gold prices seems to be over as the precious metal climbed back to... read more »

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Dhoni sole Indian on Forbes’ most valuable athlete brand list

India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the sole Indian sportsman to figure on Forbes’ list of the world’s most valuable athlete brands, a list that has been topped by American basketball... read more »

Move Virat Kohli to No. 5, says Sunil Gavaskar

The right-hander, who has been a prolific run scorer in one dayers at the number three position, is having a tough time against the moving ball,... read more »

Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants more yorkers

Kochi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni knows a thing or two about pushing his teammates to bring out the best in them. But rarely does he draw comparisons out in the... read more »

Gavaskar: Bowlers with suspect action should be taken o...

New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar says instead of reporting a bowler with suspect action, umpires can straightaway call the offender or inform... read more »

Bhuvneshwar among players nominated LG People’s C...

Bhuvneshwar Kumar : Series win will lift morale ahead of South Africa tour

Promising India medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has emerged as one of the five players nominated for the LGPeople’s Choice Award ahead of the ICC annual... read more »

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Indian students surge in the US

Indian students surge in the US

By Arun Kumar Washington – Indian students largely drove the growth of new foreign enrolment in US graduate schools this year with a 40 percent surge, while growth from China slowed to 5... read more »

Jamia launches free mobile dental clinic

Jamia launches free mobile dental clinic

New Delhi – Jamia Millia Islamia has launched a mobile dental unit to provide primary dental healthcare to people living around the varsity,... read more »

IIM Lucknow achieves 100 percent summer placements

IIM Lucknow achieves 100 percent summer placements

Lucknow – The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow, a premier business school in the country, Wednesday announced 100 percent summer placements... read more »

HCL founder commits Rs.3,000 crore for education

HCL founder commits Rs.3,000 crore for education

New Delhi – A foundation run by founder and chairman of HCL Corporation Shiv Nadar Tuesday committed Rs.3,000 crore to develop education institutions... read more »

Indians to benefit from Australian student visa ‘...

Indians to benefit from Australian student visa 'simplification'

By Paritosh Parasher Melbourne – Australia’s new government is set to change its strict visa laws to attract more students from “high... read more »

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Entertainment

Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Bang Bang’ box office collect...

Timing is everything as is clear from Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Bang Bang’ box office collections. With no rivals on the horizon, ‘Bang Bang’ collections are crawling their way... read more »

Bigg Boss 8: Highlights from the Rekha special epi...

Everyone has been glued to the TV screens since the launch of Bigg Boss 8. However, yesterday’s episode was one of the best episodes that... read more »

Five reasons why Salman Khan may have ignored Hrithik&#...

From Shah Rukh Khan to Ranveer Singh, Hrithik Roshan had all his colleagues up and running for his hashtag #BangBangDare. While many stars participated in the... read more »

Twitter to host Big B’s birthday celebrations, he...

Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has decided to connect online with his millions of admirers on his 72nd birthday this weekend. The unique initiative has... read more »

Hrithik Roshan Reveals Who Planted The Bang Bang Dare S...

Actor Hrithik Roshan, who had been challenging his colleagues from the film industry as part of his film’s promotions, revealed that the idea for Bang... read more »

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Football

Balotelli aims to be top striker in World Cup

Balotelli aims to be top striker in World Cup

Milan – AC Milan and Italy striker Mario Balotelli said next year’s World Cup could provide him the perfect platform to prove he is the best striker in the world. The 23-year-old, who... read more »

Rodman's N Korea trip still on despite Kim’s uncle’s execution

Rodman’s N Korea trip still on despite Kim’s...

Washington – Former basketball star Dennis Rodman is planning to travel to North Korea next week to train its basketball team, despite reports... read more »

Mourinho says `trophyless` season would be `unacceptabl...

Mourinho says `trophyless` season would be `unacceptable` for Chelsea

London – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that it would be ‘unacceptable’ to finish the season without a trophy, according to... read more »

Aguero shrugs off suggestions to `go down more` by sayi...

Aguero shrugs off suggestions to `go down more` by saying `he's bad at diving`

London – Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has said that he is really bad at diving and therefore unwilling to risk a yellow card by going down too... read more »

Bad boy` Suarez turns Santa for ill children to `transf...

Liverpool makes Suarez almost inaccessible with new whopping 100 mln-pound release clause

London – Striker Luis Suarez is trying to change his image of a bad boy as he became a Santa and dished out gifts at Liverpool’s Alder Hey... read more »

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Gold & Metals

Gold range-bound as markets await Fed minutes for stimulus clues

Gold range-bound as markets await Fed minutes for stimulus clues

Singapore – Gold was trading in a tight range on Wednesday as investors awaited the release of the minutes of a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting later in the session for clues on when the... read more »

Gold declines further on reduced offtake, global cues

Gold declines further on reduced offtake, global c...

New Delhi – Gold declined further by Rs 180 to Rs 31,500 per ten grams in the national capital on Tuesday on reduced offtake by stockists... read more »

Gold prices down by Rs. 170 to Rs. 31,680 per ten grams

Gold prices down by Rs. 170 to Rs. 31,680 per ten grams

Gold fell by Rs. 170 to Rs. 31,680 per ten grams in the national capital on Monday on stockists selling on the back of sluggish demand amid weak global... read more »

Gold prices jumped by Rs. 25 to Rs. 31,850 per ten gram

Gold declines further on reduced offtake, global cues

Gold prices advanced further by Rs. 25 to Rs. 31,850 per ten gram in the national capital on Saturday on sustained buying for the wedding season demand while... read more »

Gold prices rising by Rs. 105 to Rs. 31,825 per ten gra...

Gold prices rising by Rs. 105 to Rs. 31,825 per ten gram

Amid rising wedding season demand and firm global trend, gold prices rose further by Rs. 105 to Rs. 31,825 per ten gram while silver remained steady at Rs.... read more »

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Health & Fitness

Vitamin E could help patients fight mild to moderate Alzheimer`s disease

Vitamin E could help patients fight mild to moderate Alzheimer`s ...

Washington –  Researchers have found that patients suffering from mild to moderate Alzheimer slowed functional decline after they took a daily dosage of 2,000 IUs of vitamin E. Maurice W.... read more »

Wrong habits may cause sleepless nights

Fructose itself has no impact on heart disease: st...

Toronto – Fructose, naturally found in fruit, vegetables and honey, is the sugar often blamed for the obesity epidemic and doctors the world... read more »

Slowing down eating speed reduces hunger

Slowing down eating speed reduces hunger

Washington – A new study by Indian origin researcher has suggested that the ability to control energy intake may be affected by the speed at which we... read more »

Healthy? Check heart rhythm to avoid stroke

Healthy? Check heart rhythm to avoid stroke

New York – It is no longer uncommon to see young and apparently healthy people getting a stroke — and the cause may well be a heart rhythm... read more »

Men at equal risk of cervical cancer: study

Men at equal risk of cervical cancer: study

New York – And you thought vaccination against cervical cancer is what only women need to deliberate upon? Wrong. Debunking earlier researches, a new... read more »

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Investing

Gold futures rebound from two-month low, Rs. 28,770 per 10 gram

Gold futures rebound from two-month low, Rs. 28,770 per 10 gram

Mumbai – Gold futures rebounded on Wednesday from their two-month low hit in the previous session, though premiums remained high due to lack of stocks in the domestic market. At 0948 GMT, the... read more »

Gold fell further by Rs. 280 to Rs. 30,400 per ten grams

Gold fell further by Rs. 280 to Rs. 30,400 per ten...

Divergent trend was witnessed on the bullion market on Tuesday as gold fell further by Rs. 280 to Rs. 30,400 per ten grams on sustained selling,... read more »

Gold prices declined by Rs 250 to Rs 30,680 per ten gra...

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

Gold prices declined by Rs 250 to Rs 30,680 per ten grams in the national capital on Monday on reduced offtake by jewellers and retailers at existing higher... read more »

Gold price posts weekly gain of Rs 430 per 10 gms

Gold steady after two-day fall, economic optimism weighs

New Delhi – Both the precious metals, gold and silver, ended higher at the bullion market during the past week on fresh buying by stockists and... read more »

Gold prices fell by Rs. 110 to Rs. 31,040 per ten grams

Gold Market Update : Gold Hit High Of $1262

Gold prices fell by Rs. 110 to Rs. 31,040 per ten grams in the national capital today on profit-selling by stockists at existing higher levels amid a weak... read more »

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Beware! Too much time at the gym can turn you into an alcoholic

Using smartphone technology, a fascinating study has found that that on days when people exercise more – typically Thursdays to Sundays – they also drink more alcohol too. “Monday... read more »

Protein therapy may stop cancer from spreading

Stanford researchers have developed a new protein therapy that could offer a safe and effective alternative to chemotherapy that is used to stop... 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 bold. Gangsta’s... read more »

Give your health a boost with artichokes

Experts say that artichokes are high in antioxidants — more so than most vegetables. Antioxidants neutralise and remove free radicals from your bloodstream,... read more »

Mild exercise with chemotherapy can help cancer patient...

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found that exercise may benefit cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Joseph Libonati, an associate... read more »

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Middle East

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

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

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

Israel passes bill to annex part of Jordan Valley

Israel warns of forging alliances with Sunni count...

London – Israel’s envoy to the United Kingdom has warned of formation of its new alliances with a number of predominantly Sunni countries,... read more »

Israel approves new settlements in West Bank

Israel passes bill to annex part of Jordan Valley

Israeli authorities have green-lighted the construction of 800 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank. Israel’s Defence Ministry said on Monday it... read more »

Syrians fleeing war face hardship in Balkans

Syrians fleeing war face hardship in Balkans

Thousands of Syrian and other refugees from the West Asia and Africa, who make a dangerous journey from their war-ravaged countries, often end up in crammed... read more »

Six Syrian Islamist factions unite in bid to oust Assad

Six Syrian Islamist factions unite in bid to oust Assad

Johannesburg – Six Islamist rebel factions in Syria have united and declared a new Islamic Front with an aim to oust President Bashar al-Assad and... read more »

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Real-life hero Matthunny Mathews who inspired ‘Airlift̵...

HIGHLIGHTS Eighty one-year-old Mathews, who hailed from Kumbanad in Pathnamthitta district, was ailing for some time and passed away on Saturday Popularly known as ‘Toyota Sunny’,... read more »

Arun Jaitley again sues Arvind Kejriwal for Rs 10 ...

Union minister Arun Jaitley today filed a fresh Rs 10 crore suit against the Delhi Chief Minister over an objectionable word used in court by... read more »

Hardik Patel Shaves Head, to Launch Nyaya Yatra Ahead o...

Ahmedabad: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Gujarat, Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel and 50 of his supporters on Sunday got... read more »

Tejas Express, ‘Aeroplane On Tracks’, Makes...

MUMBAI:  The Tejas Express, India’s newest train, will make its first trip on Monday from Mumbai to Goa. The luxury train is expected to complete the... read more »

Kulbhushan Jadhav aftermath: Now, mother of Mumbai-base...

amid Ansari, a Mumbai-based engineer was the first Indian national to be tried and convicted by a Pakistani military court in January, 2016 for espionage, a... read more »

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Politics

BJP workers controvert against SP govt in Lucknow, collide with p...

LUCKNOW : Activists of BJP  Yuva Morcha, youth wing of BJP, clashed with police on Monday during their protest over law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh. The protesters gathered in front of... read more »

Arun Jaitley to congratulate activists jailed duri...

The function to be organised by the state unit of BJP at the party office will also be attended by Member of Parliament Prabhat Jha and North Delhi... read more »

Bihar: Manjhi should be CM candidate, not Nitish, says ...

New Delhi: Sparking speculation about a possible split in the Janata Dal United (JDU), rebel MLA Gyanendra Singh met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday.... read more »

Amit Shah returns to UP for by-polls

BJP Has Sent General Secretary Amit Shah To Uttar Pradesh To Supervise The Preparations For The Coming Bypolls To 12 Assembly Seats Of The State Later This... read more »

BJP govt’s Hindi push sparks strong protests

The government said that the directive would be applicable only in Hindi speaking states. The government was facing severe criticism from several quarters... 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 Way galaxy... 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... 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... 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... read more »

New vaccine to protect against deadly pneumonia develop...

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,... read more »

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South Asia

Manmohan Singh’s letter to me does not address Tamil issue: President Rajapaksa

Manmohan Singh’s letter to me does not address Tamil issue: Presi...

Colombo – President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka on Thursday said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s letter to him  has not addressed the issue of alleged human rights violations... read more »

Afghan opium poppy cultivation hits record levels: UN

Afghan opium poppy cultivation hits record levels:...

United Nations – A new survey found that opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rose to record levels this year, with a 36 percent increase... read more »

Rift in ISI-Haqqani network?

Rift in ISI-Haqqani network?

Islamabad – The killing of senior Haqqani network leader Naseeruddin Haqqani has fuelled talks of a rift between Pakistan’s spy agency... read more »

Pak court sets Nov 18 for Musharraf’s plea to lea...

Pak court sets Nov 18 for Musharraf's plea to leave country

Karachi – Pakistan’s Sindh High Court has set November 18 for a decision on former president Pervez Musharraf’s plea against a government... read more »

Meeting with Hurriyat counterproductive to India-Pakist...

Meeting with Hurriyat counterproductive to India-Pakistan dialogue: Khurshid

Gurgaon – In strong disapproval of the meeting between Pakistani prime minister’s foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz with Hurriyat leaders here,... read more »

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Slinger Malinga fit for Sri Lanka’s World Cup opening match

Express pace bowler Lasith Malinga is fit for Sri Lanka’s opening World Cup clash against New Zealand at the Hagley Oval on Saturday, captain Angelo Mathews said. Malinga had ankle surgery in... read more »

National Games: Mahitha, Rameshwori steal the show

Mahitha Mohan of Kerala won her third gold medal while veteran Rameshwori Devi of Manipur proved that she was not a spent force, on the penultimate... read more »

Won’t have sledging war with Warner, says Anderso...

England pace spearhead James Anderson says the team has no intention of provoking a sledging war with firebrand Australian opener David Warner in Saturday’s... read more »

I feared my career was over after the Adelaide Test: Cl...

On a comeback trail following a hamstring surgery, Australian captain Michael Clarke on Friday said he had feared his career was finished after the Adelaide... read more »

Cricket World Cup launched with quirky opening ceremony

Children mingled with cricketing greats in “backyard” matches and Maori warriors shared the stage with morris dancers as the Cricket World Cup opened... read more »

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North, South Korea begin family reunion talks

North and South Korean Red Cross officials kicked off talks on Monday on organising a rare and emotional reunion for families separated by the Korean War. The discussions at the border truce village... read more »

Saudi-led coalition forces kill 20 at a wake in Ye...

Saudi-led coalition’s jets killed at least 20 people at a wake in northern Yemen on Sunday, as warplanes pounded Houthis and other forces... read more »

Saudi king to meet with Obama amid Gulf concerns over I...

Saudi King Salman will meet with US President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday to seek more support in countering Iran, as the Obama administration aims... read more »

Father of drowned Syrian boys prepares to take bodies h...

The distraught father of two Syrian toddlers who drowned with their mother and several other migrants as they tried to reach Greece identified their bodies on... read more »

First Tamil in 32 years to lead opposition in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: A Tamil lawmaker became leader of the opposition in Sri Lanka’s parliament for the first time in 32 years on Thursday, in the latest sign of... read more »

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Biological mechanism behind diabetes identified

Biological mechanism behind diabetes identified

Washington – Computing resources at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have helped researchers better grasp how proteins misfold to create the... read more »

Neanderthals `had ability to speak like humans`

Neanderthals `had ability to speak like humans`

Washington – Researchers analyzing Neanderthal’s fossilised hyoid bone – a horseshoe-shaped structure in the neck – have suggested that the species, just like humans, had... read more »

Argentina launches research rocket

Argentina launches research rocket

Buenos Aires – Argentina has successfully launched a research rocket as part of its space programme, the defence ministry said. The rocket was “launched through the joint... read more »

New gene study sheds light on origin of more than 300,000 flowering plants

New gene study sheds light on origin of more than 300,000 flowering plants

Amborella (Amborella trichopoda) is unique as the sole survivor of an ancient evolutionary lineage that traces back to the last common ancestor of all flowering plants. The plant is a... read more »

High-pressure table salt experiments` violate textbook rules of chemistry

High-pressure table salt experiments` violate textbook rules of c...

Washington – A new study from a team of international scientists has shown that under certain high-pressure conditions, plain old salt can take on some surprising forms that violate standard... read more »