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Saturday, 21-October-2017


Researchers Make Anti-HIV Cells

27 weeks ago
New York: Scientists have found a way to create an HIV-resistant cell population which can quickly replace diseased cells, thereby potentially curing the disease in an infected person. "This protection would be long-term," said Jia Xie, senior staff scientist at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in the US and first author of the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers found a way to tether HIV-fighting antibodies to immune cells, thereby creating a cell population resistant to the virus.  Their experiments...

Three Pulitzers Go To NYT

27 weeks ago
New York: The New York Times won three Pulitzer Prizes this year in the categories of best feature writing, best special reporting and best breaking news photography, as journalism presented its highest honours, the media reported. On Monday, the New York Daily News and ProPublica shared the prize for public service for their joint coverage on the New York Police Department's widespread abuse of a decades-old law to force people from their homes and businesses over alleged illegal activity. The investigation, which involved the examination of more than 1,100 nuisance abatem...

Gay Face 'Confinement, Torture'

27 weeks ago
Grozny: Chechnya has opened the world's first concentration camp for homosexuals, where campaigners say gay men are being tortured with electric shocks and beaten to death, the media reported. This comes after it was claimed 100 gay men had been detained and three killed in Chechnya last week, the Daily Mail online reported on Monday. A report by Novoya Gazetaon said authorities had set up several camps where homosexuals are killed or forced to promise to leave the republic. One of the camps is reportedly at the former military headquarters in the town of Argun. Svetlana Zakharova, fr...

Malala Becomes Peace Messenger

27 weeks ago
United Nations: Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel laureate, has broken another age barrier and become the youngest UN Messenger of Peace, an honour she shares with Hollywood actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Charlize Theron. Hailing the Pakistani teenager as "the most famous student in the world" and the symbol of the cause of education for all, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed her on Monday as the Messenger of Peace for girls' education. After receiving her appointment, Yousafzai, who survived a terrorist attack for campaigning for girls' education, said: "I have a s...


28 weeks ago
USA, the world’s engine for development and progress, has a rich store of environmental wealth. But in the name of further material and technological advancement, much of these natural resources are getting polluted or even destroyed. One such example is the case of St Croix River. In the American states of Wisconsin and Minnesota, a tributary of the Mississippi, approximately 169 miles in length, is the ancient St Croix River. The River begins from the north western part of Wisconsin, from Upper St Croix Lake in Douglas County. It then flows south ...


28 weeks ago
The United Nations has registered the Delhi Metro’s initiative to install roof-top solar power plants at its premises as the “first-ever” green project in the UN framework on climate change for any metro or railway system around the world. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) recently said: “The clean development mechanism project has been registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) under the ‘small scale category’ for facilities with an installed solar capacity of less than 15 ...


29 weeks ago
The efforts to clean up the traffic mess all over the world is not something that has been started now, but is as old as the 19th century. The search for alternative to road transportation for local commuting started picking up pace in the 20th century. And it is a fact that particularly in the cities of southeast Asia, all the efforts made so far to smoothen the traffic snarl-ups has come to naught. For India and China, especially, this has remained a massive challenge. It is reported that over the past three decades, the length of roads in these two countries has increased to the extent that it is perhaps more than that of all...


29 weeks ago
In a big step towards the use of clean energy, tech behemoth Apple has decided to partner with component supplier Ibiden to power all of its manufacturing in Japan with 100 per cent renewable energy. To meet this commitment, Ibiden will invest in more than 20 new renewable energy facilities, including one of the largest floating solar photovoltaic systems in the country. “We are proud to partner with suppliers like Ibiden who recognise that renewable energy investments are good for the environment and good for business,” Lisa Jackson, Apple&rs...


31 weeks ago
  SEVEN Indian-Americans have been selected for this year’s prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which is given to college juniors on the basis of leadership potential, public service and academic achievement records. The finalists will be interviewed by the foundation’s regional review panel from March 3 to April 7, with the scholars being announced on April 21, the American Bazaar online reported. The foundation reviewed 768 potential scholars from 315 institutions before settling on the 199 students from 136 institutions. The Indian-American finalists are: Shreya Ganeshan of the University of Georgia, Anjali Misra of the Massachusetts Institute ...


31 weeks ago
  According to Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia, Indian companies can find opportunities in US President Donald Trump’s massive $1 trillion plan for infrastructure development. There was optimism in the new administration for the growth of trade and investment; she told reporters after meetings with senior US official during her visit here with Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar to scope out the new Washington power structure and to present India’s perspectives. Teaotia met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who has had investments in India and was a member of the Chairman’s Circle of the US-India Business Council. There was now a sense of ease of ...
US lauds-Buddhist-women’s-empowerment

US lauds Buddhist women’s empowerment

31 weeks ago
  Buddhist leader and environmentalist, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa – the spiritual head of the 1,000-year-old Drukpa Order – was felicitated in a US Congressional resolution for empowering women in the Himalayas and supporting green initiatives, his private office said. The Gyalwang Drukpa was presented with a US Congressional resolution from Carolyn Maloney, the US Congresswoman for New York’s 12th Congressional district, during his birthday celebrations. The resolution recognises the Gyalwang Drukpa as a world-renowned humanitarian, environmentalist and champion of gender equality, besides recognising his efforts to provide relief services to ten...


34 weeks ago
 india abroad news service For the first time in the history of Nepal, 651 transgenders applied for civil service exams conducted by the Public Service Commission last year. The forms for civil service jobs exams had three gender options, one for male examinees, the other for females, and the third for the ‘Other’ sex, Kathmandu Post reported. The percentage of those who appeared in the ‘Other’ sex category was 0.11 per cent of total 5,95,031 applicants. It nevertheless was a big step forward for the country’s LGB...