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Reptile fossil explains how snakes lost their legs

London, Nov 29 (IANS) When and how did snakes lose their limbs? A fresh analysis of a reptile fossil is helping scientists solve this evolutionary puzzle. A 90 million-year-old skull is giving researchers vital clues about how snakes evolved. Comparisons between CT scans of the fossil and modern reptiles indicate that snakes lost their legs when their ancestors evolved to live and hunt i...

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NSA ends mass phone surveillance programme

Washington, Nov 29 (IANS) The US National Security Agency (NSA) on Sunday ended its mass phone surveillance programme and replaced it with a focused and targeted domestic surveillance programme. Under the new programme, the NSA is prohibited from collecting telephone metadata in bulk under the post 9/11 Patriot Act, as it had been doing for years, Xinhua news agency reported. Ins...

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Human, birds have similar sound systems

London, Nov 29 (IANS) Birds and humans have evolved completely different organs for producing voice. But new research suggests that humans and birds use exactly the same physical mechanism to move their vocal cords and thus produce sound. Humans use myoelastic-aerodynamic theory, or in short the MEAD mechanism, for speech and singing. We have now shown that birds use the exact sa...

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Emami to augment high-end packaging paper capacity

Balasore, Nov 29 (IANS) Emami Paper Mills, which recently diversified into high-end packaging paper, will invest Rs.1,000 crore in three years to double its production capacity of 1.32 lakh tonnes per annum in the segment. The company earlier this year set up a new state-of-the-art paper packaging plant at its existing facility here with an investment of Rs.1,000 crore. The dema...

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Clean up Pakistan, says daily

Islamabad, Nov 29 (IANS) In an editorial titled Filthy Nation, a leading newspaper on Sunday called for a cleaner Pakistan. While the disastrous state of affairs in many sectors in Pakistan was frequently commented on, the Dawn said what people and authorities seem to have become immune is the filth that lined our roads. A Dawn editorial also spoke about the abysmal state of the ...

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Modi appeals for donation of organs

New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to donate organs, and said it was the most vital donation one could think of. Organ donation can save valuable lives... I urge people to ... make donations, Modi said in his 'Mann Ki Baat' radio address to the nation. What could be a bigger donation than this? Modi asked. He said on November 27 -...

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GST, EU stimulus to power investment flow

Mumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) The Indian equity markets seem to be gearing up for a take-off, on the back of heightened chances of the goods and services tax (GST) getting through parliament and an imminent stimulus package for the European Union. Nevertheless, over-expectations from the Modi government on GST, key macro economic numbers and the rupee's relative strength might just act as dampen...

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China meets pollution reduction targets ahead of schedule

Beijing, Nov 29 (IANS) China has achieved the pollution reduction targets for major pollutants outlined in its 12th Five-Year Plan, six months ahead of schedule, Environment Minister Chen Jining said on Sunday. Nonetheless, a substantial improvement of the environment will only be possible if pollution is reduced by a further 30 to 50 percent, Xinhua quoted the minister as saying.

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Gautham Menon best teacher an actor could have: Manjima

Chennai, Nov 29 (IANS) Actress Manjima Mohan, who is being launched in the Tamil and Telugu film industries by Gautham Vasudev Menon in his upcoming bilingual film Accham Enbathu Madamaiyada, considers the filmmaker as an ideal teacher for any actor. I couldn't have asked for a better launch. Working with Gautham has been so much fun and equally worthwhile. He gives his actors space and ...

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Modi assures aid to flood-hit Tamil Nadu

New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured aid to Tamil Nadu for the widespread damage due to torrential rains and floods. Our government assures full help to Tamil Nadu, Modi said in his Mann Ki Baat radio address to the nation. Rains lashed four districts in Tamil Nadu - Cuddalore, Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram - during the last couple of wee...

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Time to change our life's default settings

Disclaimers upfront! This is to share my personal journey over the last two years which has led me to question all my actions. It started in November, 2013, while I was training for a long distance race in the cold, crisp air of Delhi. One evening, I started wheezing. No worries, I thought. I'll take a break from running for a few days and shake it off. But what started as a wheeze went on and be...

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Bihar to probe theft of 600 BC idol

Patna, Nov 29 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered a probe into the theft of a 600 BC black stone idol of Lord Mahavira and asked police to ensure its quick recovery, officials on Sunday said. A day after the idol was stolen from Janmasthan temple in Khaira area in Jamui district, the Jain community in the state and across the country was left shocked. According t...

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Amyra Dastur teams up with Vishnu Manchu

Chennai, Nov 29 (IANS) Actress Amyra Dastur is on a roll. After bagging filmmaker Puri Jagannadh's Telugu-Kannada bilingual Rogue, she has signed a yet-untitled Telugu multi-starrer featuring Vishnu Manchu and Raj Tarun. Amyra signed these two projects in quick succession and has already started shooting for 'Rogue'. She has paired with Vishnu in the multi-starrer, which also features ve...

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NDA's Bihar debacle proving blessing for realty

Contrary to the general impression, the defeat in the Bihar assembly elections has not dealt any blow to the reforms agenda of the ruling National Democratic Alliance. Rather, it has proved to be a blessing in disguise for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to fast-track reforms - legislative and administrative. For the realty sector, those that stand out include the move ...

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Why Indian tribes need more opportunities to 'Make in India'

Jamshedpur, Nov 29 (IANS) Sumanti Bhagat, a petite 30-year-old Oraon tribal woman, famous among her tribe for her paintings, uses some sophisticated techniques that could put many contemporary artists to shame. Bhagat, who has been living in Jaspurnagar since her birth, hand paints on canvases Oraon symbols and images that unique among her tribe's day-to-day living. Bhagat says s...

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Rawat, Lalita win among Indian runners in Delhi Half Marathon

New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) Nitender Singh Rawat and Lalita Babbar emerged winners among Indian runners in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in men's and women's categories respectively here on Sunday. Rawat finished the race in an hour and 41 seconds while Gopi T. was four seconds behind in second place. Mohammed Yunus claimed the third spot in an hour, four minutes and 46 seconds. Ov...

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Pakistan committed to eradicate polio: Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad, Nov 29 (IANS) Pakistan is committed to make the world polio-free, the country's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said. Pakistan has taken actions to save future generations from the crippling disease, Radio Pakistan quoted Sharif as saying while addressing Saturday's Commonwealth Conference's Anti-Polio Drive session in Malta. The country's campaign includes a strategy ...

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Haryana Police kill 'cow smuggler' in encounter, injure another

Chandigarh, Nov 29 (IANS) Haryana Police shot dead an alleged cattle smuggler and seriously injured another in an encounter in Kurukshetra district early on Sunday, a senior police official said. The encounter took place in Thanesar area of the district, about 110 km from here, when the cattle smugglers were transporting cows in a pick-up jeep, police officials said. The smuggler...

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'Not possible for Pakistan to meet SDGs'

Islamabad, Nov 29 (IANS) It is not possible for Pakistan, which failed to achieve the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an expert has said. Developing countries like Pakistan should identify goals based on their resources and try to meet those, Dawn online quoted National University of Science and Technology (NUST) as...

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Defeating crime, invasions and dinosaurs - the most powerful politician

The most powerful man in the world is possibly the president of the United States of America, but does he hold the same status in fiction? There are a host of works, across all media, featuring holders of office, both actual or imaginary, in plots reflecting or mirroring history (with a bit of creative licence) or stemming totally from the creator's fancy but most portrayals are not very positive...

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