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How mineral-rich Japan can dictate world now?

China’s minister visited Tokyo for an economic dialogue last week not without a valid reason. Japan no longer needs China’s rare earth materials as it found a treasure of an island in its own backyard and the supply is semi-inifinite. This is what’s called turn-around in destiny. Some precious “rare-earth” metals such as yttrium is vital to manufacture lasers, magnets, ...

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NO CASH in ATMs? What’s Behind Sudden ‘run’ on Banks?

It is more than 18 months since the whole country’s citizens were paraded on the streets by the Demonetisation 2016 and the days are here again with No Cash board greeting on ATMs, especially in non-BJP ruled states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and West Bengal. Karnataka facing elections next month has been partly spared from the cash crunch. West Bengal ...

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Facebook relents, allows users to Delete Apps but no guarantee

Facebook has offered a new feature to delete unwanted Apps and Websites with a new feature but offers no solace if you have already submitted your info to third parties via Facebook in the past. Promising to protect your information, Facebook said it is easier to delete any unwanted App, which was made cumbersome and difficult to delete in the ...

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Sri Reddy Leaks: Human Rights panel steps in as Govt mulls case against whistle blower

When #MeToo movement reached the Telugu film industry, it has a different resonance compared to the wave it created in Hollywood. Here, the Telangana government and the central Information and Broadcasting Ministry were preparing to file cases against the whistle blower, forcing the Human Rights Commission to step in defence of the #MeToo actress Sri Reddy. The National Human Rights ...

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Sridevi named Best Actress at National Film Awards posthumously

Sridevi, who died mysteriously in a Dubai hotel in February, was on Friday named the Best Actress posthumously for her role as a vengeful mother in the Hindi film "Mom", directed by Ravi Udyawar. The role of Sridevi in the film revolved around a mother who goes out to take revenge against the person who had exploited her step-daughter. The ...

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ISRO Successfully Launches IRNSS-1I Navigation Satellite, What’s Next?

In its 43rd flight, ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C41) successfully launched the 1,425 kg IRNSS-1I Navigation Satellite on Thursday from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. PSLV-C41 lifted off at 0404 hrs (4:04 am) IST from the First Launch Pad. After a flight lasting about 19 minutes, the vehicle achieved a Sub-Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit with a ...

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Mystery structure beneath sea points at the lost city of Atlantis?

Based on Google Earth 3D imagery, Google users have spotted something unusual and conspiracy theorists believe it might have been the lost city of Atlantis that Plato had suggested claiming his grandfather has passed the legend to him. According to Ancient Code, “Through violent earthquakes and floods, in a single day and night of misfortune [the whole race] was swallowed ...

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End of the World champion Meade surfaces again, says April 23 the Doomsday

Numerologist and Christian conspiracy theorist David Meade never relents despite series of failures to his predictions in the past and now he has come up with the Doomsday as April 23, 2018, suggesting that the world will end ten days from now. Citing the Bibile codes, he said earlier that the end of the world would come on November 23, ...

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2 Indian friends in Dubai win $1mn lottery

Two friends from India, Pinto Paul Thommana and Francis Sebastian, staying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have won $1 million in Dubai’s Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw at Dubai International Airport on Tuesday. Thommana, 36, who hails from Kerala works as a foreman at an automotive workshop in Sharjah and his friend Sebastian, an employee of Arabian Automobiles, will ...

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200-million-year-old insect’s ‘true’ color revealed by fossils

Scientists from China, Germany and the UK have new evidence to reveal the "true color" of fossil insects, which are 200 million years old. Structural colors have evolved in a myriad of animals and plants and result from the wavelength-selective scattering of incident light. These colors could be more vibrant and visually appealing than those produced via pigmentation. The colour ...

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Sri Reddy Leaks: Director Kona Venkat latest, 2 more later, says Telugu #MeToo actress

Sri Reddy, the Telugu actress who is naming the Telugu film industry celberities in her allegations of couching cast row, has named director Kona Venkat as the latest whom she claimed to have exploited her. The name of Kona Venkat is the latest in the list of Sri Reddy, which had mentioned the name of Abhiram Daggubati, brother of Telugu ...

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Indian lucky driver’s dilemma: What to do with with 12 million dirham lottery win in UAE

A Dubai-based Indian driver, who won the jackpot amount of 12 million dirhams in the Big Ticket raffle held at the Abu Dhabi International Airport on Tuesday, could not initially believe his friend’s call but is now convinced that he really won it and he should make the best use of it on family, friends and spare some for the ...

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Twinkle Khanna brushes aside Social media trolls as cockroaches

Known for penchant for controversy and frank opinion on anybody, actor-writer-producer Twinkle Khanna has just brushed aside trolls in social media describing them as cockroaches. Speaking at a panel discussion "Social Media Trolling on Social Platforms", organised ahead of OSM Awards, Twinkle Khanna told media that the social media trolls are like cockroaches and one should not take them seriously. ...

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‘Blackmail’ is hit but ‘Irrfan Khan critical’, says Tweet, retracted now

It’s more than a month since Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, 51, who shot to fame with his role in Jurassic World, announced that he was suffering from a rare cancer and that he is going to the US for treatment. Before leaving, he said:"I hope to be back with more stories to tell." Diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumours, which may occur ...

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Bahubali fame Prabhas not marrying Niharika, clarifies Chiranjeevi

Telugu actor and former Tourism minister Chiranjeevi has denied rumours spreading on the social media that ‘Baahubali’ fame Prabhas is going to marry his niece Niharika. The veteran Telugu actor has refuted all the rumours as baseless. Niharika Konidela, daughter of Chiranjeevi’s brother Nagendra Babu, is not new to Telugu film industry . She made her debut with the film ...

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Salman Khan Spends 1 Night as Khaidi No. 106, Prepares for 1 More

Bollywood actor Salman Khan need to spend another night in Jodhpur jail as as Qaidi No. 106 as the Jodhpur sessions court will pass its order on his bail plea tomorrow morning. The actor had been jailed here three times in the past in 1998, 2006 and 2007, and had spent 18 days in total. Salman Khan and his friends ...

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California jolted by 5.3M Earthquake, Damage assessment under way

After almost four years, a major earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale jolted Los Angeles and the areas in Southern California coast on Thursday at 12:29 p.m. and the US Geological Survey reported its epicentre at about 41 miles southwest of Ventura and 85 miles west of LA with 10 miles depth. "The offshore faults that produced today’s M5.3 ...

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Whales sing louder for months, beneath the ocean for love: Study

Spring is the time of the year when birds sing but when you go far to the Northern Hemisphere, beneath the ice, another lesser-known concert is just coming to an end and it was by bowhead whales. A University of Washington study has recorded sounds from bowhead whales, to discover that these marine mammals have a surprisingly diverse, constantly shifting ...

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Salman Khan convicted in 1998 Chinkara poaching case, faces 6 yrs in jail

Salman Khan, who was freed in Mumbai drunken drive case, was convicted in another case of blackbuck poaching in Jodhpur, on Thursday, April 5. Two local Bishnoi people regard the animal as their deity and the man who chased poachers on motorcycle, identified and fought the case relentless for 20 years since 1998 against Bollywood celebrities. Under section 9/51 of ...

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Deleting Facebook cuts stress levels but depression stalks, says study

Facebook, which had admitted to sharing 50 million users’ data with political research tool Cambridge Analytica in 2015, is facing another challenge from the health experts, that too from the universities. Researchers from the University of Queensland have taken a look at cutting out on Facebook for five days and measuring the level of stress harmone cortisol, which has actually ...

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Nirmala Sitharaman focuses on after-sales hiccups with Russia counterpart

India’s defence minister Nirmala Sitharam, who is on three-day visit to Russia to attend VII Moscow Conference on International Security from April 0 to 5, 2018, met Russian Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov in Moscow on Tuesday. The two leaders reviewed ongoing military technical cooperation projects between the two countries, including measures to promote ...

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ISRO’s GSAT-6A failure? Army, other stakeholders have to wait longer now

As Indian space agency ISRO is running out of any hope to get in touch with the GSAT-6A communication satellite, the Indian army, which was among the possible beneficiaries, will have to wait for some more time now. The communication satellite GSAT-6A was successfully launched on March 29, but it went dead during its third orbit-raising manoeuvre to place it ...

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No CBSE re-exam for Class 10 Maths, says Govt

The question paper was leaked for Class 10 but never did it cause such a furore as is this time. The government has finally announced on Tuesday that the re-exam will not be conducted for Class 10 maths paper despite an alleged leak of the question paper. However, for Class 12 Economics paper, the re-test will be held on April ...

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Is the Milky Way getting bigger? Spanish team proves it

The galaxy we inhabit, the Milky Way, may be getting even bigger, as researchers found some star-forming regions at the outer edge of the disc, which may indicate the models of galaxy formation with new stars may slowly increase the size of it. One problem in establishing the shape of the Milky Way is becuase we live inside it, so ...

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Japan astronomers detect farthest, distant star, ever seen in the universe

Detecting individual stars in the universe filled with distant stars over 9 billion light years from Earth is just impossible but a team of scientists from Japan have just discovered one such lonely star too far from earth to estimate even. It’s about 9 billion light years from Earth. Searching for stars deep in the space requires constant observations using ...

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Smartphone app performs better to detect cardiac arrest

A smartphone application using the camera function was able to detect flawed blood flow in a wrist artery for patients undergoing coronary angiography, during a randomized trial, said some recent findings. The results highlight the potential of smartphone applications to help physicians make decisions instantly, said researchers. "Because of the widespread availability of smartphones, they are being used increasingly as ...

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Union Minister pitches for GST on petrol prices again

Owing to global price surge, the petrol price in cities has touched a near-five year high of Rs 73.83 to Rs.81.69 a litre, effective April 1, which has brought demands for inclusion of petrol and diesel under the ambit of GST (Goods and Services Tax). The price of the Indian basket of crude oil has crossed $70-mark per a barrel. ...

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Petrol price peaks 5-year high, inflation looms large

Due to global price surge, the petrol price in six metropolis touched a near-five year high of Rs 73.83 a litre on effective April 1, while Mumbai registered a fresh record high of Rs.81.69 per litre. In Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, prices of petrol crossed Rs.80-mark for the first time in five years compared to the previous hikes ...

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Life on Venus? Possible in mid-air clouds, says Indian origin scientist

Decades-long search for alien life has given momentum to biologists unearth the pre-requisites of life, hoping to find life form sooner or later. Mars probe has revealed that water was there on its surface once and now present in its sub-surface layers. Even Saturn’s moons Titan and Enceladus and Jupiter’s moons Europa, Ganymede and Callisto are standing up as possible ...

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Under depression, Telugu TV news anchor Radhika Reddy commits suicide

A local Telugu TV News channel anchor Radhika Reddy committed suicide on Sunday night after returning from work, stating that her brain "is her enemy," indicating the stress and depression over marital and family problems. Radhika Reddy, 36, jumped off the 5th floor of her apartment building at Moosapet in Hyderabad. the police have recovered a suicide note and a ...

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