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VHP calls Kandhamal shutdown over ban on Togadia

Bhubaneswar, Feb 27 (IANS) The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has called for a 12-hour shutdown in Odisha's Kandhamal district Saturday to protest the ban on the entry of its top leader Pravin Togadia into the region, a leader said Friday. We have called for a total shutdown in the district. However, the emergency services will continue as usual, VHP leader Bhagaban Mohanty told IANS. <...

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Aid approved for cyclone-affected in Australia

Canberra, Feb 27 (IANS) Extended financial aid were approved Friday for residents, businesses and farmers affected by Cyclone Marcia which hit Australia's second largest state of Queensland last week. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the extended payments while visiting the disaster zone clean-up sites in Rockhampton, the largest city hit by Marcia, Xinhua reported. Today I c...

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India has highest religious social hostilities: Pew study

Washington, Feb 27 (IANS) India had the highest level of social hostilities involving religion in 2013, while China had the highest level of government restrictions on religious beliefs and practices, according to a new study. Worldwide, social hostilities involving religion declined somewhat in 2013 after reaching a six-year peak the previous year, according to the Pew Research Center's...

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Justice Roy sworn in as Supreme Court judge

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Justice Amitava Roy was Friday sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court. He was the Chief Justice of Orissa High Court. With his elevation, the strength of the apex court judges has gone up to 29. The apex court has a sectioned strength of 31 judges. Justice Roy will have a tenure of three years. ...

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Mosquitoes' sexual biology key to Malaria transmission

New York, Feb 27 (IANS) The clue to why Anopheles mosquitoes are unique in their ability to transmit malaria to humans could be found in their evolution of sexual biology. Through analysis of 16 Anopheles genomes, the researchers found that these mosquitoes' reproductive traits evolved along with their capacity to transmit the Plasmodium parasite that causes malaria. Our study is...

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On the how's, why's and what's of alcoholism in Goan society

Book: One For The Road; Author: Biula V Cruz e Pereira Publisher: Goa 1556; Pages: 320; Price: Rs.350 Goa and alcohol have a complex equation, but there could be a lot of misunderstanding over this, a new book published on the subject suggests. In Goa, alcohol plays a significant role as a social lubricant and is considered essential for hospitality, says the book, One For The Ro...

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Defence allocation: Need for structural review

Traditionally the defence allocation in the finance minister's budget speech on February 28 receives predictable and perfunctory mention. The minister assures the house that national security is of paramount importance and that the government will provide what is required to ensure adequate defence preparedness - and the amount to be allocated, which is not insignificant, is announced. A few wee...

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Mufti meets Modi, finalises cabinet

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here to finalise the cabinet of a PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The meeting was held at the 7 Race Course, the official residence of the prime minister. ...

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New NASA Earth missions explore our complex planet

Washington, Feb 27 (IANS) Four new NASA Earth-observing missions are collecting data from space - with a fifth newly in orbit - after the busiest year of NASA Earth science launches in more than a decade. On Feb 27 last year, NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched the Earth-observing Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory into space ...

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UN to commemorate end of World War II

United Nations, Feb 27 (IANS) The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution to commemorate the upcoming 70th anniversary of the end of the second World War. The resolution was adopted by consensus Thursday at the 69th session of the 193-member assembly, Xinhua reported. The assembly asked its president to hold a special meeting in May to commemorate the victims. 2015 w...

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Self-landing drone invented

Canberra, Feb 27 (IANS) Australian scientists have developed the world's first self-landing system for unmanned drones, a report said Friday. The Queensland University's Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) made the breakthrough which will allow the drones and other automatic planes weighing less than 20 kg to identify emergency landing spots and land on their own,...

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Kerala speaker unwell

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 27 (IANS) The health of Kerala Speaker G. Karthikeyan, who is undergoing treatment of the liver at a hospital in Bengaluru, has taken a turn for the worse and is now serious, a source said Friday. He (Karthikeyan) has been in the hospital there for a few days now, said a top Kerala government source, who did not wish to be identified. The source said the s...

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Ferry capsizes in China

Beijing, Feb 27 (IANS) Four people were rescued after a ferry carrying 19 people capsized Friday off China's Macao region. According to sources, there was a captain, two sailors and 16 stowaways on board the capsized ferry, Xinhua reported. The four rescued were all stowaways, while the 15 others are still missing, the sources added. --Indo-Asian News Service ksk...

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The Swiss banking scandal and the need for morality

When my daughter was small, she wanted to buy Disney princess shoes with built-in lights that shone at every step. Are you crazy, I asked. What about when the bogey man or Jimmy Savile is chasing you through a dark forest with imaginatively constructed weapons of torture? She saw my point and I saved some money. Phew. Yeah, I'm a mean, evil, despicable monster, but does t...

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Sunny Friday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) It was a sunny, windy Friday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 11.1 degrees Celsius, slightly below the season's average. The day ahead is likely to be partly cloudy. The maximum temperature of the day is likely to hover around 28 degrees Celsius, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. Humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 73 per...

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Nehru's 'Mann ki Baat'

Title: Letters for a Nation: From Jawaharlal Nehru to His Chief Ministers (1947-1963); Author: Edited by Madhav Khosla; Publisher: Allen Lane/Penguin Books; Pages: 334; Price: Rs.599 Narendra Modi may well have taken a cue from the country's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, when he decided to address the nation over radio in talks titled Mann ki Baat. During the 17 years he held o...

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US okay with n-deal understanding but firms will decide

Washington, Feb 27 (IANS) From the US perspective, the breakthrough understandings on the India-US civil nuclear deal can advance it towards commercial opportunities, but the industry will have to make its own decisions, according to a senior US official. I think that we had a major breakthrough in advancing the civil nuclear cooperation deal during President Barack Obama's India visit, ...

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Moderate intensity tremor jolts Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 27 (IANS) A moderate-intensity earthquake Friday jolted Kashmir although no loss of life or property has been reported so far, an official said. A moderate-intensity earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale occurred at 3.29 a.m. today (Friday), Sonam Lotus, director of the local Met Office, told IANS here. He said the epicentre of the earthquake was in the Paki...

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Lightning kills eight in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, Feb 27 (IANS) Eight people were killed in Uttar Pradesh as lightning struck them, officials said Friday. Heavy rainfall accompanied by lightning lashed many parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh following which villagers in Balrampur and Bahraich districts were killed late Thursday. Bitti, 24, Banni, 45, were killed in Bahubaliya village of Bahraich while a youth, Indresh, was ...

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Sensex surges over 200 points; capital goods stocks gain

Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), Friday surged 213 points or 0.74 percent in the early session as capital goods stocks gained. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 55.45 points or 0.64 percent up at 8,739.30 points. The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (B...

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