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Migrating birds map routes to prevent interbreeding?

Toronto, July 22 (IANS) Genes may lead migrating birds to take particular routes to their destination that could prevent interbreeding, suggests a study that tracked hybrids between songbird species. Using geolocators that, like GPS, record the position of a bird and allow its long distance movement to be tracked, the researchers found that migration routes may be under genetic control and ...

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Scientists spot 108 genes linked to schizophrenia

Washington, July 22 (IANS) In pathbreaking work, a team of researchers has linked 108 genetic locations to schizophrenia. The feat was achieved by the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC) - a collaboration of more than 80 institutions. Hundreds of researchers from the PGC pooled samples from more than 1,50,000 people, of whom 36,989 had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. This...

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Chinese man arrested for juggling multiple wives

Beijing, July 22 (IANS) A man in China's Guangdong Province was arrested after getting caught juggling between his four wives for more than 20 years. Chen, 45, was arrested after one of his wives contacted authorities on discovering the woman she believed he was having an affair with was his legal spouse, the Global Times reported. According to reports, the four wives had no clue abo...

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Parents often ignore childhood obesity

New York, July 22 (IANS) Parents often fail to recognise their children's weight gain as a health concern, says a study. Parents of obese children often do not recognise the potentially serious health consequences of childhood weight gain or the importance of daily physical activity in helping their child reach a healthy weight, the findings showed. Parents have a hard time changing ...

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Watch out for Arya's new avatar in 'Meegaamann': Magizh

Chennai, July 22 (IANS) Filmmaker Magizh Thirumeni says he will present Arya, known for doing romantic comedies, in a never seen before avatar in his upcoming Tamil action-thriller Meegaamann. After delivering back-to-back hits Arrambama and Raja Rani, Arya has changed tracks with Meegaamann. Arya didn't go through any startling transformation because the role didn't require that. Bu...

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Missing Israeli soldier presumed dead in Gaza

London, July 22 (IANS) An Israeli soldier is missing in the Gaza Strip and is presumed dead, military officials said Tuesday. The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said efforts were underway to identify one of seven Israeli soldiers killed in Shejaiya, near Gaza City Sunday, BBC reported. In a statement, the IDF said the identification process of six of the soldiers killed has been complet...

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Is Facebook addiction pushing up divorce cases?

London, July 22 (IANS) If you think excessive Facebook use by your spouse is behind your divorce, then you may be right, says a study. Researchers, however, said that their findings do not establish a cause-and-effect relationship and need further individual data. For the study, they looked at the rise of Facebook use and the rate of divorce cases in each state in the US. They...

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Three soldiers arrested for molesting girl in Bihar

Patna, July 22 (IANS) Three soldiers were arrested in Bihar's Khagaria district for molesting a girl on a train, police said Tuesday. Three soldiers were arrested after the girl lodged a complaint to railway police that she has been molested by them in the Mahananda Express, a Government Railway Police (GRP) official said. A team of GRP has arrested the soldiers at Khagaria railway s...

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Indian soldier killed in Pakistan firing

Jammu, July 22 (IANS) An Indian soldier was killed Tuesday when Pakistani troops fired at Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, the military said. Military spokesman Col Manish Mehta told IANS here that the Pakistan Army used automatics and small-calibre weapons in Pallanwalla area of Akhnoor sector. The firing was intended to facilitate the infiltration...

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Typhoon Ramassun toll in China rises to 46

Beijing, July 22 (IANS) The number of people killed by typhoon Rammasun in China has increased to 46, officials said Tuesday. Rammasun is the strongest typhoon to hit China in four decades amd has affected people in the southern coastal provinces of Hainan, Guangdong, Yunnan and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Xinhua reported. Nineteen deaths were reported in south China's Hainan, ...

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Avian influenza treatments identified

Washington, July 22 (IANS) In a novel discovery, scientists have identified six potential therapeutics to treat the deadly H7N9 avian influenza. The seriousness of the disease often results from the strength of immune response, rather than with the virus itself. Turning down that response, rather than attacking the virus, might be a better way to reduce that severity, explained Juliet Morri...

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OPEC daily basket price closes lower

Vienna, July 22 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.07 a barrel Monday, against $105.54 last Friday, according to the OPEC Secretariat. The new OPEC reference basket comprises Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Liby...

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Overreacting harms winning chances

New York, July 22 (IANS) How you react to a loss or a win speaks a lot about your chances of winning the next time, says a study. Overreaction may lead to hasty adjustment and potentially abandoning a solid strategy, thus increasing your chances of losing the next time around, the findings showed. Hasty adjustments actually backfire, resulting in about one extra loss per season per t...

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Indian scientists develop seedless mangoes

Patna, July 22 (IANS) First came seedless grapes. Now, Indian scientists have developed what could be the ultimate delicacy - a seedless mango which is finely textured and juicy, with a rich, sweet and distinctive flavour when mature. We have developed a seedless mango variety from hybrids of mango varieties Ratna and Alphonso, V.B. Patel,chairman of the horticulture department at the Bihar...

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Tripura power projects capacity to be augmented

Agartala, July 22 (IANS) The generation capacity of three power plants in Tripura will be augmented by 62 MW without increasing fuel consumption, an official said here Tuesday. To boost the production capacity of two gas-based thermal power plants and one hydel power project, the North East Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) in association with Tripura government would invest Rs.500 crore....

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Thousands evacuated as Odisha river breaches embankment

Bhubaneswar, July 22 (IANS) About 10,000 people were evacuated and moved to safer places Tuesday after the Baitarani river breached its embankment following heavy rain in Odisha's Jajpur district. Meanwhile, thousands of residents in Bhadrak district were shifted after heavy flooding in the area following a breach in the Sathie Bankuda river. The Baitarani river breached its embankme...

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Old man killed inside Delhi home

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) A 75-year-old man was killed inside his house here Tuesday morning, police said. Kashi Ram was found dead inside his Mansarovar Park residence in east Delhi around 5.30 a.m. His daughter-in-law found him lying in a pool of blood and raised an alarm. The family members informed police. Police said the old man's throat was slit with a sharp-edged...

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Al Qaeda leaders killed in Pakistan's US drone attacks

Islamabad, July 22 (IANS) The Al Qaeda has said that six of its leaders were killed during US drone attacks in Pakistan's North Waziristan region, media reported Tuesday. According to the Al Qaeda, the six leaders were killed in the July 10 drone strike that took place in the Doga Mada Khel village in Datta Khel area, the News International reported. Datta Khel area is a well-known h...

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PSUs should be competitive, says Jaitley

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Tuesday said public sector undertakings should learn to function like private business houses in a competitive environment. The Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) must learn how to function like any other business organisation in a competitive environment and should not be run like a government department, he said, replying to supplemen...

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Head of scandal-hit children's shelter not to face charges

Mexico City, July 22 (IANS/EFE) The founder of the shelter where more than 500 children were found living in squalid conditions was taken from one hospital to another for a heart examination after the Mexican Attorney General's Office said she cannot be charged because of her advanced age. Rosa del Carmen Verduzco, known as Mama Rosa, had been in a hospital in Zamora, Michoacan state, since...

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