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Samsung ships 9.9mn smartphones in India, catches up with Xiaomi in Q2 2018

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Making a strong comeback, Samsung shipped 9.9 million smartphones in India in the second quarter of 2018, registering almost 50 per cent annual growth rate -- its best since the fourth quarter of 2015, Singapore-based market research firm Canalys said on Thursday. Chinese handset maker Xiaomi also shipped 9.9 million smartphones and this is the best quarter eith...

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Scientists discover new 'Meghalayan age' in Earth's history

London, July 18 (IANS) Geologists have classified the last 4,200 years as being a distinct Earth age and are calling it a new chapter -- the Meghalayan Age -- the onset of which was marked by a mega-drought that crushed a number of civilizations worldwide. The new classification came about after stalagmites on the floors of caves in the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya were discove...

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'Crop insurance scheme benefits companies more than farmers'

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) It is yet to be seen how much the Modi government's ambitious crop insurance scheme has benefitted farmers, but one section that has definitely hit the jackpot is the insurance industry, which collectively earned around 85 per cent profit, excluding expenditure on administrative purposes and reinsurance, during the 2017-18 kharif season, government data shows. A...

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Living a good, full and long life - the Japanese way

Title: Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life; Author: Hector Garcia & Francesc Miralles; Publisher: Hutchinson/Penguin Random House; Pages: 208; Price: Rs 499 A British businessman once recounted that while holidaying in Asia, he met a Japanese man in the swimming pool, and as soon they found they had common commercial interests, the latter took out a waterproof visiti...

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Scientists discover new 'Maghalayan age' in Earth's history

London, July 18 (IANS) Geologists have classified the last 4,200 years as being a distinct Earth age and are calling it a new chapter -- the Meghalayan Age -- the onset of which was marked by a mega-drought that crushed a number of civilisations worldwide. They divide up the 4.6-billion-year Earth existence into slices of time. Each slice corresponding to significant happenings -- such a...

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Obama slams Trump-era, warns of 'strongman politics'

Johannesburg (South Africa), July 18 (IANS) Barack Obama has used his first high-profile speech since stepping down as US president to take swipes at strongman politics and politicians' disregard for facts. Obama on Tuesday here mounted a passionate defence of democracy and warned against the politics of the day as his successor, Donald Trump, was heavily criticised for a humiliating new...

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Origins of pottery traced to Japan: Study

London, July 17 (IANS) The origins of ceramic production can be traced to Japan and closely linked with intensified fishing at the end of the last Ice Age, finds a study, shedding light on how prehistoric hunter-gatherers processed and consumed foods over this period. The findings showed that the ceramic vessels were used by our hunter-gatherer ancestors to store and process fish, initia...

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Himachal seeks central funds for natural water management project

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday called on Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan here and sought speedy approval of Rs 1,125 crore for the state's Natural Water Resources Management Project. He also demanded increasing the state's power to accord forest clearance from existing one hectare to 10 hectares ...

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Japan, EU sign free trade agreement

Tokyo, July 17 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Union (EU) leaders signed a free trade agreement on Tuesday, eliminating tariffs on a majority of their products to enhance business between the two sides. Abe, during talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk, described the deal as momentous, while trumpeti...

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China builds unmanned weather station near border with India

Beijing, July 17 (IANS) China has installed an unmanned automatic weather observation station near its border with India in Tibet to support its Army in the event of a live fire conflict with New Delhi. Beijing plans to set up more such facilities in future in the plateau bordering India. The station along the Indian border is situated at Yumai township under Lhunze county of Sha...

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Assam adopts water management practices to keep pace with climate change

Guwahati, July 17 (IANS) In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date, but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain, but drought-like conditions? That was unheard of. And yet, i...

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India accounts for 1/5th of global deaths from floods

Mumbai, July 17 (IndiaSpend/IANS) India accounts for one-fifth of global deaths due to floods, according to government data that lends perspective to a new World Bank study that says climate change will lower the standards of living of nearly half of the countrys population by 2050. As many as 107,487 people died due to heavy rains and floods across India over 64 years between 1953 and 2...

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Google teams up with UN to track environmental changes

New York, July 17 (IANS) The UN has entered into a partnership with Google to monitor the impacts of human activity on global ecosystems by using sophisticated online tools. The aim of the partnership is to develop a platform to enable governments, NGO's and the public to track specific environment-related development targets with a user-friendly Google front-end, the UN Environment Prog...

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Printed shirts for men that will rule the season

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Tired of wearing same white Shirt every time? It is time to revamp your wardrobe with some super cool prints this season. Salesh Grover, Business Head, OSL Luxury Collections-Corneliani and Manjula Gandhi-Chief Product Officer, Numero Uno lists down five prints that will rule the season! * Palm prints: Palm prints are typically associated with Hawaii tri...

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Dry spell grips Bihar, paddy farmers panic

Saraiya (Bihar) July 16 (IANS) An unusually long dry spell is giving sleepless nights to Awadhesh Prasad and Mahesh Yadav, paddy farmers of Lakhsimpur Arai village under Saraiya block in Muzaffarpur district. The paddy saplings are barely alive, and at stake is Awadhesh's savings. If it does not rain in the next few days, it would become extremely difficult for him, and thousands of othe...

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The Indian Monsoon is a two-faced Janus: Both clean and dirty

Chennai, July 16 (IANS/Mongabay) Every year during the dry season between December and March, a dirty haze appears over South Asia and China. It is a potent mixture of pollutants borne out of wood burning and crop burning, vehicular emissions and industrial combustion, christened the Asian Brown Cloud. It is a phenomenon that is too familiar to North India in the winter, thanks to the ac...

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'Sexual harassment at work still perennial issue for women'

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma said that women are still victim of sexual harassment at workplace and many do not report such incidents. Sexual harassment at work remains a perennial issue for women in paid work. Much attention has been paid to gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the entertainment industry since the 'Me T...

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India, Bahrain make pharma a key area of cooperation

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) In an important boost to the Indian healthcare industry, India and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to make pharmaceuticals a key area of cooperation following the second High Joint Commission meeting led by External Affairs Minister Susham Swaraj and Bahraini Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa in Manama. Bahrain and India agreed to explore ...

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Elon Musk denies being top donor to Republican committee

San Francisco, July 15 (IANS) Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has denied of being a top donor to a Republican political action committee (PAC). Reports that I am a top donor to GOP are categorically false. I am not a top donor to any political party, Musk tweeted on Saturday. Musk's denial came in response to a report by The Hill news magazine earlier on Saturday that he was one o...

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Huge iceberg threatens Greenland village

Nuuk (Greenland), July 14 (IANS) A huge iceberg has drifted close to a village in Greenland, prompting a partial evacuation in case it splits and the resulting wave swamps homes, a media report said on Saturday. The iceberg is looming over houses on a promontory in the Innaarsuit village but is grounded and has not moved, reports the BBC. Local officials say they have never seen ...

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