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Karnataka Elections 2018: EC extends polling time till 6 PM on May 12

The Election Commission has extended the hours of poll in the Karnataka elections citing the sub-section (2) of section 15 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. The polling time earlier mentioned under Section 56 of the said Act notified hours of poll to begin from 7.00 am and to complete by 5.00 pm as the hours of poll ...

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Trichomonosis disease discovered among myna birds in Pakistan: Report

A strain of the disease responsible for killing off nearly two thirds of the UK’s greenfinches has been discovered in myna bird populations in Pakistan. Mynas are native to the Indian subcontinent and are one of the world’s most invasive species. Although the disease is not generally fatal to them, experts from the University of East Anglia studying the birds ...

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Why Kate’s 3rd child is special to Queen Elizabeth?

As Prince William’s wife Kate was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in west London on Monday morning to give birth to the royal couple’s third child, Queen Elizabeth may receive a happy news on her 92nd Birthday. If Kate gives birth to the child on Monday, then there will be a double whammy in the UK royalty on every April ...

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Fakenews finder NewsGuard opens hotline, encrypted service now

NewsGuard, which has been scanning thousands of news websites to identify fake and irresponsible news, has started a new hotline service. Planning to employ trained journalists to check and rate thousands of news conetent daily, the hotline service will be supported by a secure and encrypted digital infrastructure, said the company in a statement. The telephone hotline will be useful ...

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Mahesh Babu-starrer ‘Bharat Ane Nenu’ set for huge Box-office Collections

Mahesh Babu-starrer ‘Bharat Ane nenu’ is going packed on 2,000 screens hoping to surpass the non-Bahubali record of Rs.60 crore in box office collections, set by Pawan Kalayan’s ‘Agnyathavasi’ on its opening day. The first take on the film since morning on Friday was that the film will be a big hit like ‘Srimanthudu’ by the same Mahesh-Koratala combination in ...

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Unnecessary pill-popping leads to dementia, finds new study

A new study by University of Sydney has found that excessive use of medication increases dementia, particularly unnecessary or inappropriate medications. Nearly 2,500 people were examined for the study conducted in collaboration with Yale University and University of Kentucky. The number of people living with dementia around the world is 50 million. In Australia alone, it is currently 425,000, which ...

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Ye! Awards Egypt given away to young entrepreneurs

Nine of Egypt’s most promising young entrepreneurs were showcased at the Ye! Awards Egypt at the Marriott Cairo Hotel on April 15, 2018. More than 120 guests from across the country attended the event, organized by the SANAD Fund for MSME’s Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) and Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI) in collaboration NilePreneurs, the Central Bank of Egypt, ...

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Slovenia to Resettle 60 Syrian Refugees from Turkey

Slovenia will implement its first ever refugee resettlement programme with the support of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, by resettling 60 Syrian refugees from Turkey to Slovenia in 2018. The new programme officially came into effect after the signing of a Framework Agreement between IOM and the Slovenian government on Thursday (12/04). “The resettlement agreement marks a new milestone in ...

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Faster walking patients are hospitalized less: Study

Faster walking patients with heart disease are hospitalised less, according to research presented today at EuroPrevent 2018, a European Society of Cardiology congress, and published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.1,2 The three-year study was conducted in 1,078 hypertensive patients, of whom 85% also had coronary heart disease and 15% also had valve disease. Patients were then asked to ...

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Fatty fish, camelina oil good for HDL, IDL cholesterol: study

Eating fatty fish increases the size and lipid composition of HDL particles in people with impaired glucose metabolism, said a new study by the University of Eastern Finland. The changes in size and lipid composition of HDL (good cholestrol) particles make them beneficial for cardiovascular health, said the study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. It also found that ...

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More power extraction from solar cells found

Physicists at the University of Warwick found a new way that could literally squeeze more power out of solar cells by physically deforming each of the crystals in the semiconductors used by photovoltaic cells. The study, led by Professor Marin Alexe and his team Ming-Min Yang, and Dong Jik Kim in the University of Warwick’s Department of Physics, first looked ...

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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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Severe weather warning issued for this weekend 13 – 18 April 2018

India Meteorological Department has issued severe weather warning from Friday, 13th April to 17th April, 2018 as below: 13 April (Day 1):♦ Heavy rain very likely at isolated places over Assam & Meghalaya , Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala and Tamilnadu. Thunderstorm accompanied with squall very likely at isolated places over Assam & Meghalaya, Sub­Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, Kerala and Tamilnadu. Thunderstorm accompanied ...

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Indian Army, Axis Bank sign MoU on accounts, insurance cover

A Memorandum of Undersanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Army and Axis Bank on the Defence Salary Package on Friday, 13 Apr 2018, following a similar MoU signed in 2011 and renewed on 24 Mar 2015. The current MoU is tailor-made to suit the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families. The signing-in ceremony was chaired by the Director ...

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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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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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