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Amazon Alexa assisting NASA become smarter at work

Washington, June 20 (IANS) While you are busy giving Alexa commands to play your favourite song or book an Uber, the intelligent virtual assistant from Amazon is helping the US space agency organise daily tasks while making sense of intrinsic data-sets. According to Tom Soderstrom, IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), voice as a platform w...

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Salvage team on board fire-ravaged merchant vessel

Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) A salvage team went on board merchant vessel SSL Kolkata on Monday for the first time since the fire fighting operation in the ship to make an assessment of the situation created by the June 14 blaze, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said. The team was taken on board ICGS RajKiran from Haldia and transferred onto the Platform support vessel Lewek Alatair. On reachi...

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Senegal pip Poland 2-1 on World Cup return after 16 years

Moscow, June 19 (IANS) Senegal celebrated their return match to the FIFA World Cup after a gap of 16 years with a narrow 2-1 win over Poland in a Group H clash here on Tuesday. An own goal from Thiago Cionek in the 37th minute and a quick counter-attack goal from M'Baye Niang in the 60th minute gave Senegal the 2-0 lead at the Spartak Stadium. Poland pulled one back through Grzeg...

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Pekerman laments Colombia's 'painful' loss to Japan

Saransk (Russia), June 19 (IANS) Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said Tuesday his team will continue to fight for a place in the World Cup knockout stage after a painful defeat to Japan in their opening Group H match here. The South Americans were reduced to 10 men in the third minute when Carlos Sanchez was sent off for using his arm inside the penalty area to block a Shinji Kagawa shot, r...

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There should be no distinction between 'good' or 'bad' terrorism: Kovind tells EU

Athens, June 19 (IANS) Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday urged the European Union (EU) nations to not make distinction between good and bad terrorism and called for their partnership in battling terror taking root in the region between then. Addressing a Greek foreign policy think tank on the topic 'India and Europe in a Changing World', Kovind underlined India's commitment to ...

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Japan stun 10-man Colombia, create World Cup surprise

Saransk (Russia), June 19 (IANS) A late Yuya Osako header gave Japan a 2-1 victory over 10-man Colombia in an entertaining World Cup Group H match here on Tuesday. Osako broke Colombia's resistance in the 79th minute after Juan Quintero's free-kick cancelled out an early Shinji Kagawa penalty at the Mordovia Arena, reports Xinhua news agendy. The South Americans were forced to pl...

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Holiday season, sales push India's May air passenger traffic higher

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Despite a hike in air fares, India's domestic air passenger traffic rose by 16.53 per cent in May on the back of the holiday season and sale offers. According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), 1.18 crore (118.56 lakh) passengers were ferried by domestic airlines during the month under review from 1.01 crore (101.74 lakh) reported during the co...

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Kashmir in political crisis as BJP-PDP government falls

Srinagar/New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir was pushed into a major political crisis on Tuesday after the BJP suddenly pulled out of the ruling combine with the PDP, bringing down Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's 27-month-old government amid surging violence in the state. The decision, which surprised the Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and came days after the central go...

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Qatar leadership responsible for its isolation: UAE official

Dubai, June 19 (IANS) A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official on Tuesday blamed the Qatari leadership for its own isolation. UAE Minister of State Anwar Gargash said through his Twitter account that Qatar's proximity to Iran, the normalisation of ties with Israel and its relations with Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah were isolating its people from surroundings. The leadershi...

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Rahul turns 48, wishes pour in, Congress celebrates

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday turned 48 and several senior Congress leaders reached his mother Sonia Gandhi's residence at 10 Janpath to greet him on his birthday while Prime Minister Narendra Modi and political leaders across the country also wished him. Former President Pranab Mukherjee, in a tweet to wish Gandhi, said that he had an unparalleled ...

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Japan stun 10-man Colombia 2-1

Mordovia (Russia), June 19 (IANS) Japan rode goals from Shinji Kagawa and Yuya Osako to beat ten-man Colombia 2-1 in a Group H FIFA World Cup game here on Tuesday. Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Kagawa scored from the spot as early as in the sixth minute after Colombia's Carlos Sanchez handled the ball inside the area and was given the marching orders by referee Damir Skomina.

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FAN ID propels India among top 10 countries buying tickets for World Cup

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Travel agencies aiding Indians visiting Russia have revealed extremely positive responses from Indian football supporters, as well as those not so enthused by the sport but excited at the prospect of not having to go through the tedious visa-procurement process, which has sparked unprecedented demand for Russian tour packages. Buoyed by the response of visa-free...

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Internet now has 333.8 mn domain names

Bengaluru, June 19 (IANS) Global leader in domain names and Internet security VeriSign on Tuesday announced that the first quarter of 2018 saw approximately 1.4 million domain name registrations, taking their total number to approximately 333.8 million across all top-level domains (TLDs). The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of approximately 148.3 million domain name registrations...

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India's Sandesh finishes 4th at Thailand Superbike Championship

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) India's Sandesh Prasannakumar finished fourth at the Thailand Superbike Championship here. The Indian racer missed a podium finish by 0.97 seconds. Sandesh, who had a horrible accident last year that broke his collar bone, has returned to the track after a lengthy period. I have always believed, when the underlying passion combines with hard work...

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Ronaldo's Portugal look to continue momentum against lowly Morocco

Moscow, June 19 (IANS) Smarting after a last-gasp defeat to Iran, Morocco will have to deal with the peerless might of Portugal, spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo, who will attempt to follow up his World Cup opening game heroics when the two sides meet for a Group B clash here on Wednesday. Five-time World Player of the Year Ronaldo grabbed a hat-rick as European champions Portugal snatch...

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South Korea, US suspend major military exercise

Seoul/Beijing, June 19 (IANS) South Korea and the US have decided to suspend the Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercise slated for August amid dialogue efforts to denuclearize North Korea, officials of the two countries said on Tuesday. Shortly after his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12, US President Donald Trump unveiled his plan to stop provocative, inapp...

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India's YoY domestic air passenger traffic up 16% in May

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) India's domestic air passenger traffic rose by 16.53 per cent in May, official data showed on Tuesday. According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), 1.18 crore (118.56 lakh) passengers were ferried by the domestic airlines during the month under review from 1.01 crore (101.74 lakh) reported during the corresponding month of 2017. On a se...

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'Combining two different malaria vaccines can cut cases by 91%'

London, June 19 (IANS) Using a combination of two experimental vaccines can result in 91 per cent reduction in the number of malaria infections, scientists have found. Malaria is a disease caused by a plasmodium parasite, transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes. The team from the Imperial College London tested two types of vaccines: those that prevent mosquitoes from trans...

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Excessive drinking in teens may affect short-term memory

New York, June 19 (IANS) If you are in your adolescence and drinking excessively then it may affect your short-term memory, a new study suggests. The animal-based study, published in the journal Jneurosci, found that excessive drinking during adolescence may interfere with the activity of brain cells needed for sustaining short term memory. According to the researchers, including...

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'Hotel Transylvania 3- A Monster Vacation' to open in India in July

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Director Genndy Tartakovsky's Hotel Transylvania 3 - A Monster Vacation will release in India on July 20. The release date was announced via a statement issued to IANS. Sony Pictures India will bring the film to India. The first two Hotel Transylvania films have been the company's largest animation box office hits outside of the first Smurfs movie. Hote...

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