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EC says no manifesto release with 48 hours left for voting

Unlike in the past, the Election Commission has clearly set an outer time limit for the release of manifesto by the political parties in Lok Sabha and other elections. The poll panel said the decision was taken after receiving feedback from all political parties. Included as para 4 under Part-VIII [Guidelines on Election ManifestosJ in the Model Code of Conduct, ...

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Warming Antarctic: Penguins, starfish, whales: Who’ll win or lose survival race?

In the Antarctic Peninsula, an adult Adélie penguin incubates a chick to keep it warm and dry. CREDIT Credits: Credit: Catherine Foley/SUNY Stony Brook University

Marine Antarctic animals such as the humpback whale and emperor penguin, are most at risk from the predicted effects of climate change, finds a new study. In fact, seafloor predators and open-water feeding animals like starfish and jellyfish will benefit from the opening up of new habitat, it said. Using risk assessments like those used for setting occupational safety limits ...

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Pair of skeletons found recently are from same early hominin species, say scientists

A life reconstruction of Au. sediba, commissioned by the University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History CREDIT © Sculpture Elisabeth Daynes /Photo S. Entressangle

Separate skeletons suggested to be from different early hominin species are, in fact, from the same species, a team of anthropologists has concluded in a comprehensive analysis of remains first discovered a decade ago. The research appears in a special issue of the journal PaleoAnthropology and is part of a series of articles that offers the most comprehensive accounting to date of ...

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Mahesh Babu films rule the TRP Stats in Hindi heartland

Superstar Mahesh Babu is one of the most followed South Indian Superstars with a combined following of over 14 million leaving behind biggies like Allu Arjun or Rana Daggubati. His next film  Maharshi is touted to be one of his biggest projects, which will also be dubbed in Hindi. Mahesh Babu will be seen in much leaner and stronger look ...

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Flowers origin traced to 174 million years, 50 Mln years earlier than previously thought

Analysis of fossil specimens of a flower called Nanjinganthus from the Early Jurassic (more than 174 million years ago) suggests that flowers originated 50 million years earlier than previously thought, a study published in eLife reports. Before now, angiosperms (flowering plants) were thought to have a history of no more than 130 million years – despite molecular clocks indicating they must have ...

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A Russian shelter dog becomes first beneficiary of innovative leg implant

Veterinarians from Novosibirsk have conducted Russia’s first osseointegrable prosthetics of the hind leg in a dog. Shans the dog lost his leg due to an accident. Especially for him, doctors made an individual prosthesis with a biocoating so it would take root better. Currently, the biocoating developed by Tomsk Polytechnic University scientists is under patent pending. Veterinarian Sergei Gorshkov tells: ...

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NASA’s Aqua satellite catches Tropical Cyclone Gaja’s landfall

NASA JPL, Heidar Thrastarson

Caught in the act of landfall, Tropical Cyclone Gaja was seen by NASA’s Aqua satellite as it passed overhead and collected temperature information. The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Gaja on Nov. 15 at 3:29 p.m. EDT (2029 UTC) and analyzed the storm in infrared light. Infrared light provides temperature data ...

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Artificial Moon to brighten China streets by 2020, three more by 2022

China’s space program is no longer confined to sending satellites into space but is also reflecting the commercial viability of lighting the streets in the night using artificial moons up in the sky. In fact, Russia tried its hands at the project during the mid-1990s. Making street lights redundant, China might save $170 million, if the pilot project succeeds in ...

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EC issues guidelines on media coverage of state polls in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Telangana

The schedule for holding general election to the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana, 2018 has been announced on Oct. 6, 2018 with poll schedule out already. Poll is scheduled to be held in multiple phases on 12.11.2018 & 20.11.2018 in Chhattisgarh, on 28.11.2018 in Madhya Pradesh & Mizoram and on 07.11.2018 in Rajasthan & Telangana. ...

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India moves blueprint for Vision of $5 Trillion Economy

The Working Group tasked to develop a roadmap towards achieving a 5 trilliondollar economy by 2025 has prepared its report and it is being circulated to the stakeholders for further suggestions. Constituted by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry with participation from government and industry, the Group held extensive and broad-based consultations ...

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Central University of Jammu signs MoU with ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed an MoU with the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) in Jammu today for setting up of the Satish Dhawan Center for Space Science in the University with Union Minister of State for PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh and Secretary, Department of Space and ISRO Chairman, Dr. K. Sivan present on the occasion. Another MoU ...

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Industry-tailored Student Internship Program Launched

NITI Aayog and IBM on Thursday (Oct 11) announced a first-of-its-kind internship program for students selected by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM). The internship will see 38 students receive a two-week paid internship, and 14 teachers from Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) across the length and breadth of the country including from states such as Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar and ...

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‘No’ to alcohol? More young people are choosing not to drink alcohol in UK

Young people in England aren’t just drinking less alcohol but most of them are never taking up alcohol at all, and that the increase is widespread among them, said a new study published in BMC Public Health. Researchers at University College of London analysed data from the annual Health Survey for England and found that the proportion of 16-24 year ...

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More daytime sleepiness, more Alzheimer’s disease?

Aging adults who report being very sleepy during the day were nearly three times more likely than those who didn’t to have brain deposits of beta amyloid, a protein that’s a hallmark for Alzheimer’s disease, years later. The finding, published on Sept. 5 in the journal SLEEP, adds to a growing body of evidence that poor quality sleep could encourage ...

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Epileptic drugs linked to stroke in case of Alzheimer’s

Antiepileptic drugs may increase the risk of stroke among persons with Alzheimer’s disease, said a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The risk remains the same whether the drugs are old or new antiepileptic drugs, said the study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The study, conducted at the University of Eastern Finland and funded ...

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Goblin, the hidden Planet Nine, lurking in outskirts of our solar system?

There is a growing evidence that our solar system has another Planet Nine or Planet X that is orbiting the Sun at a great distance. Astronomer Scott S. Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington and his team explained the orbital details of the planet, which they have nicknamed Goblin, while officially it is designated in 2015 as ...

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How Pelli Choopulu TV show contestants cheer Pradeep Manchiraju with gifts and words

Suma-hosted “Pelli Choopulu” TV show on Maa TV kicked off on Sunday with well-known anchor Pradeep Machiraju receiving 14 participants who are in the show to become his real life partner. The participants included Divya from Machalipattanam and currently working in Vijayawada. She told Pradeep that his unique style of talking is impressive. Next contestant Neha Ajmal is a software ...

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GST collection in Sept 2018 cross Rs.94k Cr

The total gross GST revenue collected in the month of September, 2018 is Rs. 94,442 crore of which CGST is Rs. 15,318 crore, SGST is Rs. 21,061 crore, IGST is Rs. 50,070 crore (including Rs. 25,308 crore collected on imports) and Cess is Rs. 7,993 crore (including Rs. 769 crore collected on imports). The total number of GSTR 3B Returns filed for the month of August up to 30th September, 2018 is 67 lakh. The total revenue earned by Central Government ...

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LLP incorporation goes online in India

Without making round to government offices, one can start business by incorporating a company through an on-line process as the Central Registry Centre (CRC) for on-line incorporation of the company had come into existence since january 2016. It allows now two on-line forms that were introduced for the purpose, are Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically (SPICe) and Reserve Unique ...

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Putin to pay 2-day visit to India from Oct 4, focus on defence pacts likely

India Russia SPIEF 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay an official visit to New Delhi from October 4 to 5, 2018, for the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit. During the visit, President Putin will hold official talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will also have a meeting with the President of India, and attend other official engagements. The last Annual Summit ...

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Vikram Misri appointed as Indian Ambassador to China

IFS diplomat Vikram Misri of 1989 batch, who is currently Ambassador of India to Myanmar has been appointed as the next Ambassador of lndia to the People’s Republic of China. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2018 that he will take up the assignment shortly, without giving further details. Misri will take over ...

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4th BIMSTEC Summit Declaration in Kathmandu vows for Bay of Bengal unity

India’s PM, Bangladesh PM, the Chief Advisor of Bhutan, President of Myanmar, PM of Nepal, President Sri Lanka, and the Prime Minister of Thailand, met in Kathmandu on 30-31 August 2018 for the Fourth BIMSTEC Summit and reaffirmed their commitment to the principles and purposes of BIMSTEC as enshrined in the 1997 Bangkok Declaration. Recalling the Third BIMSTEC Summit Declaration (Nay ...

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LIC to acquire controlling stake of IDBI Bank as Cabinet gives nod

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved in reducing Government of India shareholding in IDBI Bank Limited to below 50% by dilution. It has also approved acquisition of controlling stake by Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) as promoter in the bank through preferential allotment / open offer of equity, and relinquishment of management control by ...

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15th India-ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting held in Singapore

India’s Commerce & Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu attended the 6th East Asia Summit- Economic Ministers’ Meeting (EAS-EMM) and 15th India-ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (AEM) in Singapore on Saturday, Sept.1. Singapore is currently holding the Chair of ASEAN. The 6th East-Asia Economic Ministers’  Meeting was chaired by Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore, and was attended by Economic Ministers from  ...

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Polluted air may pose great threat to your kidneys, says study

There is good evidence that polluted air increases the risk of respiratory problems such as asthma — as well as organ inflammation, worsening of diabetes and other life-threatening conditions. But new research suggests air pollution can also fuel something else: chronic kidney disease, or CKD, which occurs when a person’s kidneys become damaged or cannot filter blood properly. Recently published ...

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Fish oil won’t help diabetics fight heart attack or strokes: Study

Fish oil supplements do not prevent heart attacks or strokes in patients with diabetes, according to late breaking results from the ASCEND trial presented on Friday in a Hot Line Session at ESC Congress 2018. In observational studies, higher consumption of fish is associated with lower risks of coronary artery disease and stroke. However, previous randomised trials have not been ...

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Never mix energy drinks with alcohol, warns study

A key ingredient of energy drinks could be exacerbating some of the negative effects of binge drinking, said a new study sending a warning to many people who mix energy drinks with alcohol to counteract the sedative nature of alcohol, tricking users into feeling more awake and less drunk than they really are. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth and the ...

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Schools, offices closed tomorrow on Vajpayee’s demise

More than 12 states and the central government have announced a holiday tomorrow, Friday, August 17, 2018 following the death of former Prime Minister of India, Atal Behari Vajpayee. The states include Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, UP, MP, Bihar, Assam, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, among others. Vajpayee breathed his last on Thursday at 5:05 ...

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