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1 month ago
Afghan drawdown: New conflict or back-door occupation?

When, in mid-1945, the allied armies advancing across Western Europe were ordered to halt to enable the marauding Soviet forces perform the final denouement of the Second World War by capturing Berlin, it sowed the seeds of the Cold War that lasted almost half-a-century and whose present-day ramifications are there for all to see. It was a different thing that the Soviet Union had much to a...

1 year ago
Three killed in shooting near US varsity

Washington, Aug 14 - Three people, including a police officer and the suspected gunman himself, were killed and several injured in a shooting incident near a university campus in Texas, media reports said. The incident happened Monday afternoon near the Texas A&M University campus in College Station city, Xinhua reported citing local TV channel ABC13. Police confirmed that 41-yea...

2 years ago
Just 17 incompetent teachers in Britain in 10 years

London, Dec 30 - Only 17 school teachers have been sacked for incompetence in Britain over the past 10 years, a minister has said. Since 2001, the General Teaching Council for England has barred a total of 228 people from working in schools again. Of these, 17 were struck off for 'professional incompetence' and 211 for 'misconduct'. Schools Minister Nick Gibb revealed this 'shockingl...

2 years ago
School bars footballs from playground

London, Sep 23 - A school in Britain has banned footballs from the playground and now permits children to only play with soft sponge balls. An angry parent said his son 'won't learn if he's not kicking a proper football'. The school banned proper footballs in case children get hurt, The Sun reported. The school said the decision follows 'a number of incidents'. Kirstie Davies...

2 years ago
Doctor amputates trucker's penis without his consent

London, Aug 23 - A US doctor is being sued for amputating a truck driver's penis without his permission, a media report said Tuesday. The doctor has defended his actions claiming he saved the man's life. John Patterson, who performed the surgery in 2007, said that during the operation on Phillip Seaton, 64, he discovered a rare and deadly cancer. 'What I saw was not a penis....

2 years ago
Sotheby's to auction portrait of Nana Phadnavis

New Delhi, June 30 - An 18th century portrait of one of the most important Indian historical statesmen, Nana Phadnavis, will be auctioned by Sotheby's in London, the auction house said. The portrait, made by British East India company artist John Thomas Seaton, will be auctioned July 7 at the auction house's Old Master and British Drawing sale, Sotheby's announced Wednesday evening. ...

3 years ago
Schoolgirl wins right to use iPod in exams

London, May 23 - A schoolgirl in Scotland who claims she can't concentrate when she doesn't listen to music has been allowed -- in an unprecedented concession -- to use her iPod after she threatened to take legal action against the school authorities, a media report said Monday. The Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh has been forced to buy a new iPod that is loaded with the girl's choice of m...

3 years ago
Shiv Sena advocates strong ties with China to 'neutralize' Pakistan

Mumbai, Dec 18 - The Shiv Sena Saturday advocated strong friendship with China if India wanted to 'neutralize' Pakistan and also secure a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. In an editorial in the party mouthpiece 'Saamna', the Sena said that it is high time India realises that the US will not budge over crucial issues like the UNSC and Pakistan without a nod from China. 'US a...

3 years ago
British school marries off minors

London, Nov 26 - A primary school in Britain married off a five-year-old girl and six-year-old boy to help them improve their vocabulary by writing about their first-hand experience. The bizarre marriage took place in the local parish church in Worcester, with a vicar, registrar and parents watching on in pride, The Sun reported Friday. A Mercedes car took pupils Callie Geary, five, ...

4 years ago
Rape myths discussed by British kids

London, May 24 - Rape myths like 'women enjoy rape' and 'women ask for it by wearing short skirts' are being debated by children as young as 11 as part of a campaign in Britain to stop violence against women. Rape Crisis, a charity, is distributing teaching materials that dwells upon subjects like domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriages, prostitution and human traffic...

5 years ago
School gets huge bill for banning Sikh bracelet

London, April 20 - A school in Wales that had banned a Sikh student from wearing a kara - has lost a high court battle over the issue and has been asked to pay 2000,000 pounds - in legal costs. Aberdare Girls School had banned 15-year-old Sarika Watkins-Singh from wearing the bracelet that is one of the five symbols of the Sikh religion. Not only was the ban overturned in court, the scho...

5 years ago
British government criticised for lowering GCSE exam standards

London, Nov 1 - Britain's Conservative party has hit out at the Labour government, claiming the standard of questions for the General Certificate of Secondary Education - examination was being lowered merely to inflate the pass rate as part of the government's drive to meet its education targets. A question from the sample papers for this year's GCSE science examination, which is equival...

5 years ago
Tech-savvy British students forgetting how to write

London, Sep 7 -: Writing in long-hand is becoming a vanishing art among British students, thanks to mobile texting and computer literacy. So acute is the problem that thousands of them are asking for 'scribes' to write their examination papers for them. Education groups are now asking for introduction of hand-writing classes to see that students do not altogether forget how to wr...

5 years ago
Educating young on Internet risks - in their language

London, Sep 1 - txtN skul kds n net lngwij bout internet rskz... Go to http://transl8it.com if you can't understand this. When you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That's what a London awareness group has gone ahead and done, using mobile phone texting to communicate with school children about Internet risks. Thousands of posters are on display in corridors and classrooms in nearly 2,0...

7 years ago
Eating apples and fish during pregnancy may protect against childhood asthma and

ATS 2007, SAN FRANCISCO -- Women who eat apples and fish during pregnancy may reduce the risk of their children developing asthma or allergic disease, suggests a new study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference, on Sunday, May 20. The SEATON study, conducted at the University of Aberdeen, UK, found that the children of mothers who ate the most apples were l...

7 years ago
The unseen Indian hand in Manila's Moscow diplomacy

Manila, Aug 21 (IANS) A hitherto untold story recounted by a retired Filipino general reveals the role India played 36 years ago in helping Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos negotiate diplomatic relations with the then Soviet Union - courtesy a former journalist and Congress party official. The passage of time seemed to have allowed Gen. Jose Almonte - who for most part of his career wa...

9 years ago
Trading places nanostyle

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California at Berkeley have good news for the burgeoning nanotechnology industry. They've shown that for nanocrystals, the doping process in which one type of positively charged atom, or cation, is exchanged for another, take place at a much faster rate than for crystals of ...

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