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UV light can make fruits germ-free

New York, July 29 (IANS) Ultraviolet C (UVC) light can kill food borne pathogens on the surface of certain fruits, a study led by an Indian-origin scientist at Washington State University shows. UVC radiation is present in sunlight. It has germicidal properties and can be effective against bacteria, mould and viruses. However, it is completely absorbed by the ozone layer and earth's atmo...

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NASA lets you listen to sounds meant for aliens

Washington, July 29 (IANS) Now you can listen to sounds which are meant for aliens to hear as NASA has posted the 'Golden Record' on online audio distribution platform Soundcloud. 'Golden Record' is the collection of sounds that NASA selected to be sent on the Voyager spacecraft that launched in 1977. The intention was to take impressions of our world right out to the edge of int...

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How mother's diet changes 'tastebuds' of newborn's heart

New York, July 29 (IANS) Taste receptors have been found to exist outside the mouth, at sites including the heart, where both bitter and umami - or savoury - receptors have been identified. We know that a range of maternal factors including diet can influence foetal development, but this is the first study to examine changes in the expression of taste receptors in the heart, said Margare...

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Devvarman ousted from Atlanta Open tennis

Atlanta, July 29 (IANS) Despite pushing the contest to the deciding set, Indian tennis ace Somdev Devvarman lost his men's singles opener at the Atlanta Open here to 18-year-old American Jared Donaldson. Donaldson took 1:57 to defeat Devvarman, ranked 147th, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 on the hard courts of the Atlantic Station on Tuesday. This was the first meeting between the two. After bein...

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Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead?

London, July 29 (IANS) The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has died, BBC reported on Wednesday quoting Afghan officials. The militant group has not commented on the claim. The reclusive leader died two to three years ago, Afghan government and intelligence sources said. No further details were released. A Taliban spokesman contacted by the BBC said the...

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Facebook teaches how to improve workplace diversity

New York, July 29 (IANS) Facebook has designed a training course for improving diversity in the workplace and is willing to share this with others as long as it helps eliminate biases in the hiring process. The social network giant on Tuesday launched a new page called Managing Unconscious Bias, which features a training course and several informational videos aimed at improving diversit...

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Singapore court holds Indian guilty of killing wife

Singapore, July 29 (IANS) A Singapore court has held an Indian national guilty of killing his wife, whose headless body was found in Whampoa river in December 2013, media reports said on Wednesday. Thirty-three-year-old Jasvinder Kaur's corpse was found wrapped in black trash bags, with the legs exposed and hands severed at the wrists. According to a report in the Straits Times, ...

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Zion Harvey, 8, first child to receive double hand transplant

New York, July 29 (IANS) In the world's first successful double hand transplant on a child, US doctors have successfully transplanted donor hands and forearms onto eight-year-old Zion Harvey whose own were amputated several years ago. He had undergone amputation of his hands and feet and a kidney transplant following a serious infection, a statement from The Children's Hospital of Philad...

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China grows most potatoes in world

Beijing, July 29 (IANS) China has become the world's largest potato producer, accounting for 25 percent of global production, official data said on Wednesday. The country grew 5.6 million hectares of potato in 2014, yielding in excess of 95 million tonnes, Xinhua news agency reported. China's potato acreage makes the crop the country's fourth staple after rice, wheat and corn.

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Beijing promises better air quality, enough snow for Olympics

Kuala Lumpur, July 29 (IANS) Air quality and snow conditions are regarded as two of the major challenges for Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. But the city's bid officials gave an answer and solution to all the concerns, promising clean air and enough snow. We will improve the air quality not only for the Games but also for the demand of our people. No matter whether we win the...

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DoNER minister condoles Handique's death

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Union Minister for Development of the Northeastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh on Wednesday condoled the death of former DoNER minister and Congress leader Bijoy Krishna Handique. Singh conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family of Handique in Assam, an official statement said. Handique, 80, passed away at Jorhat Medical College in Assam on Sunday...

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China's game sales up

Shanghai, July 29 (IANS) China's game market saw robust growth in the first half of the year, with revenues for the sector rising at an annual rate of 21.9 percent, an official said on Wednesday. Game sales in the January-June period reached 60.5 billion yuan, said Sun Shoushan, deputy director of the State Administration of Press in Shanghai. Sales of original online games jumpe...

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Drug holds promise of treating Hepatitis C, but cost prohibitive

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) A new drug has shown promise of treating the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) in India, something which had eluded health experts for long. But its widespread use may be inhibited because of its high cost - Rs.100,000 ($1,500) for the full course. Sofosbuvir has eliminated the Hepatitis C virus in 90 percent of cases within 24 weeks. Indian health experts say the new dru...

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Eight injured in Kashmir grenade attack

Srinagar, July 29 (IANS) Four troopers and four civilians were injured on Wednesday when militants hurled a grenade at a CRPF unit in Jammu and Ksshmir's Anantnag district, police said. The target appears to be the road opening party of the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), a police officer told IANS. The injured were shifted to a hospital and the area was cordoned off for sea...

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Chinese murderer of six sentenced to death

Shanghai, July 29 (IANS) A Shanghai court on Wednesday gave the death penalty to a man who shot dead five people, including a soldier, and beat another to death. Fan Jieming, 64, had a dispute at a chemical factory in the city's Baoshan district on June 22, 2013, before committing the murders. Fan was convicted of murder, robbery, forcible seizure and illegal possession of guns, ...

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China makes battery that can be charged in 10 seconds

Beijing, July 29 (IANS) China has built the world's fastest charging electric buses, with a battery that takes barely 10 seconds to be fully charged. The electric buses, with a battery that takes just 10 seconds to be fully charged, were put into operation for the first time in Zhejiang province's Ningbo city on Tuesday, reported Xinhua. The bus operates on an 11-km route with 24...

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Ranbir Kapoor to star in Philips entry into modular switches

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The Indian arm of Dutch consumer and healthcare electronics giant Philips on Wednesday said that it is entering the Rs.1,900-crore modular switches market with actor Ranbir Kapoor as its brand ambassador for its Rs.15-20 crore marketing campaign. The current market size of switches in India is assesed to be around Rs.3,500 crores and 55 percent of which is accou...

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Three-fold increase in drug abuse in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, July 29 (IANS) There has been a three-fold increase in drug abuse in Kerala after the closure of bars in the state, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said on Wednesday. After the closure of the bars, the use of drugs in the state has gone up three times, Chennithala told the assembly. As part of the new liquor policy of Kerala, more than 700 hotels have closed ...

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Memon files clemency plea before president

Nagpur/New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Death row convict Yakub Memon has filed a plea with the president seeking commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment, official sources said on Wednesday. This is the first time Memon - found guilty and sentenced to death for his role in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai serial blasts - has made a direct plea to the president. Earlier, a simila...

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In Mamata's Bengal, teachers rendered 'punching bags'

Kolkata, July 29 (IANS) In Mamata Banerjee's West Bengal, teachers are steadily turning out to be 'punching bags', with many calling the frequent attacks on them a reflection of the growing lawlessness in the state. From primary schools to prestigious colleges and universities, assaults on the educators have been reported from a number of districts with the attackers, in most of the case...

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