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Gene that can cause nearsightedness identified

New York, Sep 1 (IANS) Researchers have discovered a gene that causes myopia in people who spend at least an hour each day in childhood reading or doing other near work. Using a database of approximately 14,000 people, the researchers found that those with a certain variant of the gene - called APLP2 - were five times more likely to develop myopia in their teenage years if they had read ...

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Kerala: Liquor sales down, beer sales up

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 1 (IANS) With the Kerala government enforcing its new liquor policy from the current fiscal that began April 1, the sales of liquor have come down while that of beer have gone up. According to the Kerala State Beverages Corporation, this drop was noticed during the April- first quarter when compared to the previous fiscal. During the current fiscal from Ap...

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Mizoram farming scheme attracts international support, funding

Aizawl, Sep 1 (IANS) The Mizoram government's flagship farming scheme that aims to benefit over 125,000 tribal families in the state has attracted international funding and global agencies' support, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said here. A tri-partite agreement was signed between Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the union agriculture ministry and the Mizoram government for techn...

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China slowdown historic opportunity for India: Arvind Subramanian

New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) Pointing to investment from companies like Foxconn of Taiwan and Xiaomi of China, Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Arvind Subramanian on Tuesday said the slowdown in China is a historic opportunity to relaunch growth in India. China slowdown is a historic opportunity for India as Chinese production becomes less profitable, India could become profitable but not...

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Second Bangkok blast suspect arrested

Bangkok, Sep 1 (IANS) A second foreign suspect in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine that killed 20 people has been arrested on the Cambodian border, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday. He said the suspect was caught while trying to cross the border at Ban Pa Rai in Sa Kaeo province, the Bangkok Post reported. He said the person captured was the man seen i...

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India vs Sri Lanka: Third Test, Day 5, tea scoreboard

Colombo, Sep 1 (IANS) Scoreboard at tea on the fifth day of the third cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground here on Tuesday: India (first innings) 312 Sri Lanka (first innings) 201 India (second innings) 274 Sri Lanka (second innings) (target 386) (overnight 67/3) Upal Tharanga c Ojha b I Sharma 0 Kaushal Silv...

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Indrani's troubled past may have driven her to extreme behaviour: Experts

New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) As reports about the alleged parental abuse of Indrani Mukerjea - the mother and the prime suspect in the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora - during her childhood emerge, experts say that effects of extreme negative parenting may have crept deeper into her personality, turning her into a cold-hearted person. With many failed relationships behind her, Indrani may ...

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Dortmund midfielder Kirch moves to Paderborn

Dortmund, Sep 1 (IANS) Eight-time German football champions Borussia Dortmund have announced that midfielder Oliver Kirch has switched to second division club SC Paderborn. I want to give a big thank you to everyone, the fans, all the Dortmund staff and especially my teammates. I have had three incredible years with many ups and downs, Kirch said in a statement. The 33-year-old t...

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Central trade unions' strike to bring Kerala to standstill

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 1 (IANS) Kerala will come to a standstill on Wednesday on account of the nation-wide strike called by central trade unions. All unions, barring the BJP-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, will take part in the strike. The 24-hour shutdown will start on Tuesday midnight and end on Wednesday midnight. In Kerala, there are 17 trade unions that will ta...

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De Gea's move to Real Madrid collapses as transfer market closes

Madrid, Sep 1 (IANS) Spanish giants Real Madrid's failure to sign English club Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was the biggest story on the last day of the transfer market in Spain but several other important deals were completed on time. De Gea's transfer, one of the most anticipated moves of the season, collapsed because the necessary paperwork was not submitted in time. Howe...

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Mathews, Perera dim hopes of India win

Colombo, Sep 1 (IANS) An unbeaten century from skipper Angelo Mathews backed up by a steady knock from Kusal Perera (70) helped Sri Lanka post 249/6 at tea on the fifth day of the third Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground here on Tuesday. However, India pulled things back at the end of the session as off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got rid of Perera, breaking a 135-run partner...

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1965 war costly misadventure for Pakistan: Ansari

New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) Vice President M. Hamid Ansari on Tuesday said the 1965 war against India was a costly misadventure for Pakistan. In the final analysis, the war was a costly military and political misadventure for Pakistan, Ansari said in his inaugural speech at a tri-services seminar here to commemorate the war. The failure was camouflaged; even the announcement of cease...

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Murderers of two Pakistani journalists arrested

Islamabad, Sep 1 (IANS) Two high profile 'target killers' involved in the murder of two Pakistani journalists and an accountant in Quetta have been arrested, the media reported on Tuesday. Security sources said the accused belonged to a banned militant outfit, Dawn online reported. Balochistan Home Minister Mir Safaraz Bugti on Tuesday said security agencies had arrested the murd...

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Ancient life found in Earth's mantle rocks

Washington, Sep 1 (IANS) Scientists have discovered evidence of ancient life in Earth's mantle rocks deep below the seafloor, confirming a long-standing hypothesis that interactions between mantle rocks and seawater can create potential for life even in hard rocks. The fossilised microbes are likely the same as those found at the active Lost City hydrothermal field, providing potentially...

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VHP criticizes Ansari, demands apology

New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) Criticizing Vice President Hamid Ansari about discrimination against Muslims, the VHP on Tuesday asked him to apologize or resign and take to politics. The remarks by Ansari over the Muslim community is not of a person occupying the vice president's chair but of a Muslim leader, Vishwa Hindu Parishad spokesperson Surendra Jain told IANS. With due respect t...

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'Indian junior hockey eves have to close gaps'

Changzhou (China), Sep 1 (IANS) Indian junior women's hockey team goalkeeper Inderpreet Kaur on Tuesday said that teammates have to step up at the Junior Asia Cup to close the gaps in the field. India have been placed in Pool A with hosts China, Malaysia, Singapore and North Korea for the seventh Junior Asia Cup to be held here from September 5 to 13. India will open their outing against...

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Uttar Pradesh government moves to ensure road safety

Lucknow, Sep 1 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government will take a slew of measures to boost road safety and cut down on mishaps in the state, an official said on Tuesday. Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan has asked officials to prepare an action plan to prevent road mishaps on 1,200 accident-prone spots across the state, which have already been identified. The public works department will...

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Fijian Indian community celebrates Diwali in US

New York, Sep 1 (IANS) The Fijian Indian community in California organised a multi-cultural Diwali Festival attended by more than 500 people from various communities, a media report said. The festival, held by the Norfolk Sports Cultural Events, was organised at the Hayward High School, Hayward, California recently, India West reported on Monday. It featured an array of food stal...

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Who will be Jammu and Kashmir's next chief secretary?

Srinagar, Sep 1 (IANS) After Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Muhammad Iqbal Khandey relinquished office on Monday, choosing his successor is proving to be a tough call for the ruling PDP-BJP alliance. Khandey was to retire by the end of November this year if had not chosen to seek voluntary retirement reportedly over serious differences with the political bosses. As per the IAS...

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August manufacturing performance weakens; rebound expected: PMI

Mumbai, Sep 1 (IANS) A leading international business survey on manufacturing on Tuesday showed a weaker expansion rate for both output and new orders for August 2015, but predicted a rebound in coming months. The Nikkei India Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Manufacturers Index) for the last month stood at 52.3 which is marginally down from July's 52.7. An index reading of above ...

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