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Sops for Kerala diaspora in governor's address
Thiruvananthapuram, March 6 (IANS) The Kerala government announced a slew of measures for the Kerala diaspora, including setting up of a NRI Commission and beginning recruitment for jobs in Middle East countries, outlined in Kerala Governor P.Sathasivam's address to the state assembly on Friday. Visa cheating and criminal offences against the life and property of non-resident Keralites (...
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South Korea forms special team to probe attack on US envoy
Seoul, March 6 (IANS) South Korean prosecutors have formed a special team to probe the attack on US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert after police raided the home of the assailant, a media report said on Friday. The Seoul Central District Court formed a special team, composed of about 40 prosecutors and investigators, according to a Xinhua report. The Seoul Metropolitan Poli...
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Wear this sticker to make calls, listen to music
London, March 6 (IANS) Scientists have developed touch-sensitive stickers that can be worn on the skin and can control mobile devices like phones and music players. Depending on the type of skin sticker used, applying pressure to the sticker could, for example, answer an incoming call or adjust the volume of a music player. The stickers act as an input space that receives and exe...
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Male images seen by left side of brain
London, March 6 (IANS) People are quicker to categorise a face as being male when it is shown to the left side of the brain, reveals a new study. Our study clearly found that people are much more likely to make a quick decision that a face is male when it is shown to the left-hand side of the brain, said lead study author Sapphira Thorne from the University of Surrey. The researc...
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'Greener' alternatives may be harmful too
Toronto, March 6 (IANS) Transitioning from fossil fuels to electric-powered technology is widely believed to be the best way to lower carbon emissions. But is that the real solution? Certainly not, especially in India and China, warns a new study. Knowing where the electricity comes from to power those 'eco-alternatives' is critical, said researcher Chris Kennedy of the Universit...
Agartala, March 6 (IANS) India will achieve energy independence by 2050 if most households go for rooftop solar power generation under a new official policy, a leading expert has said. According to solar scientist Shantipada Gon Chaudhuri, the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) is in the process of framing an ambitious policy to generate adequate electricity from non-convention...
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Our brain works as a 'Cyclop'
London, March 6 (IANS) Ever wondered how we can see sharp images though a blur is projected in each retina?
This is because when each eye separately has a different level of blur, our brain uses as sharp reference the image projected through the eye with the lesser aberration, reveals new research.
In this way, the brain works like a Cyclop - the mythical one-eyed creature.
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Jamaica government cuts JADCO's budget by $14 million
Kingston, March 6 (IANS) The Jamaica government has cut funding to the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) by $14 million, the country's sports minister Natalie Neita-Headley said.
However, Neita-Headley does not anticipate a recurrence of the local doping scandal which rocked athletics because of the strides the country has made in improving its anti-doping programme, reports CMC.
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President accepts Danve resignation
New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday accepted the resignation of union minister Raosaheb Dadarao Danve with immediate effect, an official statement said. The president, as advised by the prime minister, has accepted the resignation of Raosaheb Dadarao Danve, Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, from the Council of ...
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Mumbai NGO arranges 'ghar wapasi' of lost-and-found kids
Mumbai, March 6 (IANS) A Mumbai NGO, My Home India, has successfully arranged the 'ghar wapasi' (homecoming) of 170 lost-and-found kids who were languishing in various shelters here, an official said on Friday. The kids aged between 14-16, including nearly 100 girls, were lured from their homes with employment promises and pushed into low-paying jobs or the flesh trade, said Mithilesh Jh...
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It's a wrap on 'ABCD 2'
Mumbai, March 6 (IANS) The curtains have come down on the shooting of Remo D'Souza's AnyBody Can Dance 2, revealed the film's lead actress Shraddha Kapoor, who says she'll miss the fun. It's officially a film wrap on #ABCD2 :( Going to miss it so much...going to miss my boys sooo much. It's been the most fun experience ever, Shraddha posted on Twitter on Friday. In the film, whic...
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Viv Richards turns singer!
Perth, March 6 (IANS) Cricket legend Viv Richards has lent his voice to a debut solo release of Australian rock band INXS drummer Jon Farriss. Richards recorded for Farriss' album named Smokin' Joe which is a tribute to the West Indies great who many consider the most destructive batsman of all time. The duo met at a party in 2012 and Farriss said there was no doubt he and Richar...
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Normalcy returning to Dimapur
Guwahati/ Dimapur, March 6 (IANS) The situation in Nagaland's commercial hub Dimapur was slowly returning to normal on Friday even though section 144 continues to be in force in and around the town. Tension had gripped Dimapur Thursday after a mob broke into the Central jail in the town, killed a rape accused and hung his body at Clock Tower. The state government has already ord...
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Prasanna replaces Karunaratne in Sri Lanka squad
Auckland, March 6 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday approved all-rounder Seekuge Prasanna as a replacement for the injured Dimuth Karunaratne in Sri Lanka's squad for the World Cup. The Event Technical Committee of the World Cup approved the replacement after opening batsman Karunaratne fractured his little finger during a training session in Sydney. He has been ru...
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Our ancestors arrived much earlier than thought
Washington, March 6 (IANS) A fossil lower jaw found in Ethiopia has pushed back evidence for the earliest human genus -- Homo -- to 2.8 million years ago, around 400,000 years earlier than previously thought. The new fossil unearthed at Ledi-Geraru research area in Ethiopia provides clues to changes in the jaw and teeth in Homo only 200,000 years after the last known occurrence of Austra...
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New robot as teaching aid
Washington, March 6 (IANS) Researchers have presented a new teaching tool called CoWriter that makes a robot play the role of the peer who needs to be taught. The programme, presented at the Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) in Portland, is based on learning by teaching, a recognised principle in pedagogy. Essentially, the goal is to provide a tool for teachers that is ...
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Know how cadmium causes toxicity
Melbourne, March 6 (IANS) A new research has uncovered how the metal cadmium, which is accumulating in the food chain, causes toxicity in living cells. The new research shows how cadmium disrupts the transport of the essential metals manganese and zinc into and out of cells. Cadmium is a very important industrial metal, but exposure to it results in accumulation in the food chain...
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Budgeting helps you curtail costs
Washington, March 6 (IANS) Creating a budget will help you prioritise and make you more productive, shows a new study. Budgeting makes it very clear how much you have to spend, making it difficult to deceive yourself into thinking you can accomplish more than you can. This forces you to make tradeoffs sooner, before the situation is too dire, said Philip M. Fernbach, Christina Kan and Jo...
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'The Expendables' to be turned into TV series
Los Angeles, March 6 (IANS) Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone is bringing The Expendables action to television. The hit movie franchise is being developed as an event series with Stallone executive producing alongside the film's producer Avi Lerner. The TV adaptation is described as a fun action drama that unites iconic TV stars as a new team of highly skilled heroes who are on...
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Justin Bieber has 'man crush' on Ben Affleck
Los Angeles, March 6 (IANS) Singer Justin Bieber has a man crush on Ben Affleck because he thinks the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice actor has a cool vibe. The 21-year-old singer is a huge admirer of the 42-year-old actor because of his success and the way he conducts himself, reports femalefirst.co.uk. When asked who his man crush is, Bieber named Affleck, adding: I think hi...