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Wednesday, 15-August-2018


Varanasi's Balaji Ghat gets a makeover

17 weeks ago
Varanasi: One such is the Balaji Ghat, which is more popularly known as the abode of legendary shehnai artist Ustad Bismillah Khan for his early morning "riyaaz". It is said that the late musician would start his day from the 'naubatkhana' of the Balaji Ghat Palace and enthral listeners. Built in 1735 by Maratha king Balaji Peshwa, it is an integral part of the riverfront and forms a part of the larger Panchganga Ghat. But the place turned into a pile of debris when four floors of the building completely collapsed in 1999. And again in September 2009, the floor of the naubatkhana...

Jackie Shroff urges young couples to be aware of thalassemia

17 weeks ago
Mumbai: As brand ambassador of Thalassemia India, Jackie told IANS: "The basic fact is that if both the parents are thalassemia minors, then the possibility is high that the child would be born as thalassemia major. So, I urge all the new young couples who are planning for a baby, should check their blood beforehand. It will save a life. Otherwise, going through blood transfusions every after 15 days is so painful. We should try from our end to bring a child into this world thalassemia-free. Jackie started creating awareness about the condition -- an inherited blood disorder -- from a very pe...

LG Electronics to help 1,000 Indians receive eye surgery

17 weeks ago
Seoul: The company, which first tapped the Indian market some 20 years ago, said it has already helped 300 Indians receive eye surgery free of charge under cooperation with Sankara Eye Hospital last year, Yonhap news agency reported. Citing the data compiled by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, LG said there were 8.8 million visually impaired people in India. The total accounts for 20 per cent of people around the world suffering from the disability. The company said the project came as only 1 per cent of such Indians received necessar...

Fortis Healthcare receives EoI from Fosun Health Holdings

17 weeks ago
Mumbai: According to a BSE filing, Fortis Healthcare's Board of Directors received the EoI from Fosun Health Holdings on Tuesday for a possible due diligence. Fosun Health Holdings, in its letter to the company's Board, made an offer of a "primary infusion at a price up to Rs 156 per share, subject to due diligence to be completed within three weeks, up to a total investment of $350 million" including a preliminary investment of up to Rs 100 crore. The development assumes significance as on April 14, the company reported that it has received EoI from IHH Healthcare Berhad for pos...

Commonwealth wants to beat malaria

17 weeks ago
New Delhi: India is central to this achievement (eradication of malaria from Commonwealth countries). We look forward to hear the strategy India is working on to achieve its commitment of eliminating malaria by 2030," said James Whiting, Executive Director, Malaria No More (MNM), UK. Malaria is included as an issue in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London on April 19-20, which will be attended by Modi. A day before CHOGM on Wednesday, a Malaria Summit is being held to get political and financial commitments from the head of nations.

Mother depression can adversely affect child IQ

17 weeks ago
New York: The findings, published in the journal Child Development, suggest that early identification and treatment of maternal depression is key healthy growth of her children.The researchers surveyed approximately 900 healthy children and their mothers living in Santiago, Chile, at five-year intervals from the child's infancy through age 16. They observed how affectionate and responsive mothers were to their children at each age period, as well as how much mothers provided age-appropriate learning materials. Children were assessed on verbal cognitive abilities using standardised IQ tests dur...

Scientists develop plastic-eating enzyme

17 weeks ago
Washington: Researchers from Britain's University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) made the discovery while examining the structure of a natural enzyme found in a waste recycling centre a few years ago in Japan, CNN reported on Tuesday. The finding was published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They said the enzyme, Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, is able to "eat" polyethylene terephthalate, PET, which was patented as a plastic in the 1940s and is used in millions of tonnes of plastic bottles...

Multilateralism crucial in protecting marine biodiversity

17 weeks ago
United Nations: Member States should focus on reaching an internationally binding agreement to protect areas beyond national jurisdiction, Lajcak said on Monday at a three-day meeting on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity, which is aimed to find out a road map to implement such protection over the next two years. There was a strong case to protect the oceans and biodiversity, he said, adding that the oceans and seas held plants and animals which could be used for medical purposes, Xinhua news agency reported. Over three billion people are believed to be relying on ...

High carbohydrate intake may increase cancer risk

17 weeks ago
New York: Patients who consumed the most total carbohydrates and sugars -- in the form of sucrose, fructose, lactose and maltose -- in the year preceding the cancer treatment were at greater risk of mortality from any cause during the follow-up period. Out of the 400 cancer patients in the study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, more than 17 per cent experienced recurrence of their cancer, and 42 patients died from it. Associations among carbohydrate intake and patient outcomes differed by cancer type and stage, said lead author Anna E. Arthu...

Goa celebrates beach hygiene campaign with music party

17 weeks ago
Panaji: The unique beach cleanliness campaign organised by Drishti Marine, a private beach management agency, winds up on Goa's popular Baga beach on April 15, with a jam session using instruments fabricated from garbage articles and a 'Waste Bar', where garbage like straws, cigarette butts, plastic wrappers, bottle caps and paper can be traded for beverages and sun-downers. On land, we can clean up. In the case of oceans, it costs you 100 times more to clean up. Mostly, once anything goes into the ocean, it is there forever. For us to retrieve debris from the oceans costs a fortune an...

Railways turns to vacuum toilets in 13 trains

17 weeks ago
New Delhi: The bio-toilets, which replaced open toilets in trains, have been prone to clogging due to dumping of waste such as bottles, pouches, plastic cups, paper and other material in the pans -- resulting in foul smell. We are beginning with the procurement of 2,000 vacuum toilets for 13 trains -- and later many more trains will have this facility," said a senior Railway Ministry official. All coaches of the Bandra-Nizamuddin Rajdhani Special, Maharashtra Sampark Kranti Express, Bandra-Ghazipur City Express, Mumbai Veraval Express, Dibrugarh Rajdhani...

ISRO Raises Navigation Satellite's Orbit

17 weeks ago
Chennai: According to ISRO, the first orbit raising operation of the IRNSS-1I took place at 4.19 a.m. The achieved perigee height (nearest point to the earth) is 315 km and apogee height (farthest point to the earth) is 35,809 km," the space agency said. However, it did not provide any information for how minutes the satellites' onboard motors were fired for raising the orbit. The second orbit raising operation is slated for 8 p.m. on Friday. The targeted perigee height is 8,536 km and apogee height 35,793 km.