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SpaceX to test life-saving crew capsule for NASA

Washington, May 4 (IANS) The Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), a California-based space transportation firm, is set for first-ever pad abort test that will help NASA save lives in case of an emergency in a human spaceflight. The test of Crew Dragon spacecraft, scheduled for May 6, will help NASA abort from a launch or pad emergency and safely carry crew members out of ...

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Avoid one sugary drink a day to cut diabetes risk

London, May 4 (IANS) Replacing one serving of a sugary drink daily with either water or unsweetened tea or coffee can lower the risk of developing diabetes by up to 25 percent, says a research. It also found that for each five percent increase of a person's total energy intake provided by sweet drinks including soft drinks, the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes may increase by 18 percen...

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Costa Rica issues red alert following ammonia spill

San Jose, May 4 (IANS) Costa Rica's National Emergencies Commission (CNE) has announced a red alert after the spill of 180 tonnes of ammonium nitrate into the waters of the country's central Pacific coastline. The CNE on Sunday declared that the chemical spill was caused after a barge capsized on Saturday afternoon off the coast of the Puntarenas city, Xinhua news agency reported.

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First edition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel stolen

Bogota, May 4 (IANS) The first edition copy of late Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez's most acclaimed book One Hundred Years of Solitude was stolen from international book fair of Bogota on Sunday, said copy owner Alvaro Castillo Granada. One Hundred Years of Solitude was first published in Spanish in 1967 and is considered a literary masterpiece. Also, it is one of the most trans...

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Punjab bus passenger molested; driver, conductor held

Chandigarh, May 4 (IANS) The driver and conductor of a private bus were arrested after a woman alleged that she had been molested by a passenger near Punjab's Khanna town, police said on Monday. The incident took place near Khanna town, 60 km from here, on Sunday when the woman boarded the bus from Sirhind town to Sahnewal near Ludhiana. In her complaint to the police, the woman...

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India tops list of drone-importing nations

The decision by India's National Disaster Response Force to use drones to help Nepal map the scale of devastation caused by last month's earthquake indicates how India has enthusiastically taken to these pilot-less aircraft -- the so-called eyes in the sky. With 22.5 percent the world's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imports, between 1985 and 2014, India ranks first among drone-importing ...

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Everest climbers to help quake-affected on 50th anniversary

New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) Opting for relief work as against traditional celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the first successful Indian expedition to Mount Everest in 1965, the living members of the Indian team of mountaineers have decided to help the quake-affected people in Nepal. Captain M.S. Kohli, who led India's first successful expedition to Mount Everest in May 1965, told ...

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Myanmar ready to finalise nationwide ceasefire agreement

Yangon, May 4 (IANS) Myanmar President U Thein Sein on Monday said the government is ready to finalise a nationwide ceasefire agreement. With all parties accepting that the only way to resolve armed conflict is through a political solution, U Thein Sein pledged to the nation of starting a political dialogue as soon as possible, Xinhua news agency reported. Stressing that the upco...

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Priority status for solar power will aid smaller players

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently revised its priority sector lending (PSL) guidelines. Now medium enterprises, social infrastructure and renewable energy (RE) will form part of priority sector, in addition to the existing categories. This has brought excitement to the stake-holders. The central bank's move basically means that banks are now mandated to provide a percentage of the...

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Sunny Monday in Delhi

New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) It was a sunny Monday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature settling at 22 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season's average. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 39 degrees Celsius. Sky will be mainly clear in Delhi. The minimum temperature settled at 22 degrees Celsius, an official of the India Meteorological D...

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Sensex surges 205 points; metal stocks gain

Mumbai, May 4 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), on Monday surged 205.21 points or 0.76 percent. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also trading 58.30 points or 0.71 percent up at 8,239.80 points. The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 27,204.63 points, was trading ...

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Being black in America: A community in crisis

Washington, May 4 (IANS) Even with an African-American president in the White House, it's a still a hard day's life for the blacks 150 years after Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and 50 years after two landmark legislations outlawed racial discrimination. With a population of 45 million, blacks make up about 14 percent of the total US population of about 320 million, but they have a muc...

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Kenyan government against homosexuality practice

Nairobi, May 4 (IANS) Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has said the government will not allow the practice of homosexuality as it is against Christianity and the human nature, media reported on Monday. We will stand with religious leaders to defend our faith and belief. We will not allow homosexuality in our society as it violates our religious and cultural beliefs, he said during a...

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Tunisia to set world record for making largest flag

Tunis, May 4 (IANS) Tunisia will soon enter the Guinness World Records for making the largest flag in the world. According to the organisers, it took 80 km of fabric to make the 104,544 sq.m flag, which weighed in at 12.6 tonnes, Xinhua news agency reported. It comes as a reaction to the infamous flag incident at the Manouba campus, when a religious student took down the flag an...

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Here's a low-cost water purifier for villages

Bengaluru, May 4 (IANS) A discarded sari, a few glass pipes and freely available sunlight are the only requirements for an innovative system that can provide safe drinking water to a rural household. The unique low-cost solar water purifier (SWP) does not require electricity and can be produced by village craftsmen, claim its developers at the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NAR...

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6.0-magnitude quake hits New Zealand

Wellington, May 4 (IANS) An earthquake measuring six on the Richter scale hit New Zealand's South Island on Monday. According to GeoNet, the island country's earthquake monitoring agency, the tremor centred 30 km north-west of Wanaka town, The New Zealand Herald reported. The agency recorded the temblor as severe. Tremors were also felt as far as the capital city of Welli...

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Roger Federer crowns first Istanbul Open title

Istanbul, May 4 (IANS) Seventeen-time Grand slam winner Roger Federer has lifted his first Istanbul Open trophy after defeating Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay. Federer started in the opening set with a 3-0 lead. The 33-year-old finished the set 6-3 in 33 minutes over Pablo Cuevas, who stunned Grigor Dimitrov in the semis, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday. Cuevas played a much close...

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Mumbai celebrations for National award winner Kangana

New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) Kangana Ranaut, won a National Film Award for her performance in Queen, is elated over the recognition. The actress says she never expected the film to do so well and she will celebrate her win in Mumbai. President Pranab Mukherjee honoured the actress on Sunday at the 62nd National Film Awards ceremony here. This is her second award with the first one be...

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Britney Spears' 'Pretty girls' arrives online

Los Angeles, May 4 (IANS) Singer Britney Spears' new single Pretty Girls, featuring Iggy Azalea, has landed online. Spears and Azalea are scheduled to perform the song live at Billboard Music Awards on May 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, reports aceshowbiz.com. Spears and Azalea filmed a music video in California last month with the latter co-directing it. Spears ...

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Italy rescues 3,700 migrants in Mediterranean

Rome, May 4 (IANS) Italian authorities on the weekend rescued some 3,700 illegal migrants who were sailing from North Africa to Italy in more than a dozen boats, a communique from the Coast Guard said. Coast guard personnel said 3,690 migrants were rescued in 17 separate operations. Italy continues to receive waves of African immigrants due to its geographic position, which makes...

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