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Key science to benefit Earth set for ISS launch

Washington, Dec 1 (IANS) In a bid to support a research in space to benefit the Earth, NASA's commercial partner Orbital ATK is all set to launch its Cygnus commercial cargo spacecraft packed with key science experiments into orbit on December 3. Launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket for its fourth contracted resupply mission, the flight will deliver samples and equipment...

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This American 'guru' makes you get things done

Bengaluru, Dec 1 (IANS) American productivity guru and acclaimed author of Getting Things Done, David Allen has forayed into India to train individuals and executives on the art of leading a stress-free productive life. Getting Things Done (GTD) is a methodology for stress-free performance and a complete work-life management system for anyone in any occupation to become more productive, ...

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Novel technique to help grow bone cells

New York, Dec 1 (IANS) Researchers have developed a new, more precise way to control the differentiation of stem cells into bone cells which shows promise for bone regeneration, growth and healing. The problem with only tuning the stiffness of a cell's microenvironment, also known as the extracellular matrix, is that it assumes the environment behaves like an elastic material (rubber).

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Chinese yuan weakens

Beijing, Dec 1 (IANS) The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi (yuan) weakened by 11 basis points to 6.3973 against the US dollar on Tuesday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trading System. In China's spot foreign exchange market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by two percent from the central parity rate each trading day, Xinhua reported. The central...

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'Shortage of supplies in Nepal threatens children's life'

United Nations, Dec 1 (IANS) Over three million children under the age of five in Nepal are at the risk of death or disease this winter due to a severe shortage of fuel, food, medicines and vaccines, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. Over the past 10 weeks, vital imports of essential commodities were restricted at Nepal's southern border due to unrest over the country's new constitut...

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Foggy Tuesday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) It was a foggy Tuesday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 14 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season's average. The sky will remain clear throughout the day, an official of the India Meteorological Department said. Maximum temperature of the day is likely to hover around 27 degrees Celsius, the weather office said. Humidit...

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Militant hideout busted in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu, Dec 1 (IANS) Security forces overnight busted a guerrilla hideout in Jammu and Kashmir recovering arms and ammunitions from there. A joint operation by army and state police busted a terror hideout in Poonch district on Monday. Arms and ammunition was recovered from the place, defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta told IANS here on Tuesday. The troops of Rashtr...

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Sensex gains 83 points ahead of RBI policy meet

Mumbai, Dec 1 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), on Tuesday was trading at 83.20 points or 0.32 percent up during the morning session ahead of the Reserve Bank of India's policy meet later in the day. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading at 24.75 points or 0.31 percent up at 7,960 points.

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Gold up on technical trading

Chicago, Dec 1 (IANS) Gold futures on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose on a technical trading bounce, despite a stronger US dollar. The most active gold contract for February delivery added $9.1 (0.86 percent) on Monday to settle at $1,065.30 per ounce, Xinhua reported. In November, gold futures lost $76.1 (6.67 percent). According to MarketWatch, this ...

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US tightens Visa-Waiver Programme amid security concerns

Washington, Dec 1 (IANS) The US has taken steps to tighten the US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) for citizens of 38 countries in the wake of Paris terrorist attacks. New changes include aggressive steps by homeland security department (DHS) to collect information from VWP travellers on past travel to countries regarded by the US as a terrorist safe haven and possible pilot programmes for co...

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US Congress sets date for Obama's State of Union address

Washington, Dec 1 (IANS) US Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan invited President Barack Obama to deliver his final State of the Union address before Congress on January 12, 2016. As we look ahead to the new year, we have both an opportunity and an obligation to find common ground to advance the nation's interests at home and abroad, Xinhua quoted Ryan as saying on Monday i...

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Murder in Pakistan's nuclear establishment

Title: Juggernaut; Author: Akbar Agha; Publisher: 4 Hours Books (Tara Press); Pages: 253; Price: Rs.250 It is among the world's greatest fears - Pakistan's nuclear weapons slipping into hands of jihadis, or command over them with someone who shares their outlook. The country's establishment asserts there is no danger of this with stringent measures in place to ensure the safety of their ...

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Tokyo stocks advance

Tokyo, Dec 1 (IANS) Tokyo stocks advanced in early trading on Tuesday as investor sentiment was lifted by the US dollar's rise against the yen, which in turn buoyed exporter issues. As of 9.15 a.m. (local time), the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average added 121.31 points (0.61 percent) from Monday to 19,868.78, Xinhua reported. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on th...

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Xi, Putin to enhance anti-terrorism cooperation

Paris, Dec 1 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to enhance cooperation on fight against terrorism. Tremendous changes have taken place in global anti-terrorism situation, China stands ready to work with the international community, including Russia, to combat terrorism, Xinhua quoted Xi as saying on Monday during a meeting with Putin on ...

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Chinese shares open low

Beijing, Dec 1 (IANS) Chinese stocks opened lower on Tuesday with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.09 percent to open at 3,442.44 points. The smaller Shenzhen index opened 0.12 percent lower at 12,022.84 points, Xinhua reported. The ChiNext Index, tracking China's NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, lost 0.12 percent to open at 2,669.3 points. ...

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Goldie Hawn to marry Kurt Russell?

Los Angeles, Dec 1 (IANS) Goldie Hawn and her longtime partner Kurt Russell are said to be ready to walk down the aisle, after the actress was seen flashing a ring. The 70-year-old actress was spotted wearing a diamond-encrusted band on her ring finger while going grocery shopping and having lunch with Russell on November 28 in Brentwood, California, reports aceshowbiz.com. The ...

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Barcelona, Real Madrid sweep LFP awards

Madrid, Dec 1 (IANS) The Spanish Football League (LFP) recognised players from Real Madrid and FC Barcelona during its annual awards ceremony on Monday night. League, Cup and Champions League winners FC Barcelona walked away with the majority of the prizes with Luis Enrique being named the best coach of the year, while Claudio Bravo was considered to be the best goalkeeper of 2015 and Le...

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Clashes force 40,000 people out of homes in Somalia: UN relief agency

United Nations, Dec 1 (IANS) The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported that Saturday's renewed fighting between Galmudug and Puntland armed forces in Somalia had forced about 40,000 people to flee their homes. OCHA made the statement based on the information provided by the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Gaalkacyo, Somalia's Mudug region, wh...

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Rita Ora gets stripper for birthday

London, Dec 1 (IANS) Singer Rita Ora celebrated her 25th birthday with a stripper. The X Factor judge enjoyed a sexy dance in the studios. She couldn't keep her hands off the surprise guest, who also brought her a cake, reports dailystar.co.uk. Fellow judges Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw looked on, while Ora wrestled with the guest. The stripper, Ash Edelman,...

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Downed Russian warplane violated Turkish airspace: US

Washington, Dec 1 (IANS) The US State Department said on Monday that the downed Russian warplane violated Turkish airspace, urging Russia and Turkey to de-escalate the situation through dialogue. The available information, including evidence from Turkey and our own sources, indicates the Russian aircraft violated Turkish airspace, Xinhua quoted the US State Department spokeswoman Elizabe...

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