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India’s Chief Justice N.V. Ramana visits UAE, focuses on extradition ties

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 Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, who is on his maiden visit to the United Arab Emirates, on Thursday held talks with the UAE Justice Minister and the head of the Emirates Supreme Court. The discussion was focused on the Indian expatriates in the Gulf country and for closer judicial cooperation between the two nations. CJI Ramana, accompanied by Indian ...

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Neighbourhood First: 5 Sailing boats of Indian Navy visit Sri Lanka

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Tightening naval ties between India and Sri Lanka, five sailing vessels of the Indian Navy are now visiting the island nation. “Continuing Indian Navy’s endeavour to build ‘Bridges of Friendship’, indigenous sailing vessels Mhadei, Tarini, Bulbul, Kadalpura and Hariyal visit the South Indian island from March 10-19 with the aims to provide ocean sailing training and experience to the Sri ...

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India offers help to mediate to end Russia-Ukraine war

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India, which has maintained good relations with both Russia and Ukraine, offered help to “engage” in diplomacy to end the war in Ukraine following the UN concerns for the lives of millions of people. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “emphasized that there is no option but the path of dialogue and diplomacy”, said India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, ...

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World Court ICJ orders Russia to stop war immediately; Is it binding?


The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the highest judicial body in the world, on Wednesday ordered Russia to suspend its military operations in Ukraine, though its orders are not mandatory for defying member nations. In a vote of 13-2, the decision was to ask the Russian Federation to quickly suspend military operations it started on February 24. “The Russian Federation ...

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55% of Indians spend 3 sleepless nights a week; Here are some solutions

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Due to the Covid pandemic and two years of continuous stay at home has changed the bioclocks of many Indians and several households are experiencing the impact now to readjust to the rigours of daily commute to the office and schools. In a survey conducted by ResMed, 81 percent in India cited poor sleeping habits. “We conducted this survey to ...

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Indian-origin volunteers in Ukraine help out refugees

In a move to help out the refugees from Ukraine,  an international cadre of volunteers are working round the clock to help those who are in Poland and a handful of them are Indian-origin people who are focusing on providing vegetarian food for those needed most. A volunteer Yogi Trivedi was one among them who is based in Rzeszow in ...

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Pakistan raises accidental missile issue at UN; China, US support direct talks

Despite India’s clarification, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi chose to complain to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on what he said was the “blatant violation of Pakistans airspace by the ‘accidental’ firing of a missile by India on March 9”, reports said. India’s Defence Ministry had given clarification that in the course of routine maintenance on March 9, a technical ...

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5 Indian students killed in Ontario Highway accident, Jaishankar condoles

India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar on Monday mourned the demise of five Indian students who were killed in a road accident near Toronto, Canada. Taking to Twitter, he said: “Deeply mourn the passing away of five Indian students in Canada. Condolences to their families. Pray for the recovery of those injured.” The accident occurred on a highway when ...

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Bahubali fame, actor Prabhas donates Rs 1 crore for AP flood victims

Bahubali fame Prabhas has donated Rs 1 crore to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, which is almost four times that of other actors in the Telugu film industry. The Bahubali actor came forward to donate the money to help relief measures being undertaken in the state after the recent devastating floods. Earlier, Prabhas had donated Rs 4.5 crore ...

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Desalination: Making seawater drinkable in minutes possible now

Merits of co-axial electrospun nanofiber membrane

A research team in KICT, led by Dr. Yunchul Woo, has developed co-axial electrospun nanofiber membranes fabricated by an alternative nano-technology, which is electrospinning. This new desalination technology shows it has the potential to help solve the world’s freshwater shortage. The developed technology can prevent wetting issues and also improve the long-term stability in membrane distillation process. A three-dimensional hierarchical ...

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This 5,000-year-old man had the most ancient strain of plague

The oldest strain of Yersinia pestis–the bacteria behind the plague that caused the Black Death, which may have killed as much as half of Europe’s population in the 1300s–has been found in the remains of a 5,000-year-old hunter-gatherer. A genetic analysis published on June 29 in the journal Cell Reports reveals that this ancient strain was likely less contagious and not as ...

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Black fungus found in intestine; New complication seen in Covid patients

As Covid-19 cases are witnessing a reduction in numbers from a peak of 4 lakhs to 2.5 lakhs now in the country, Black Fungus or mucormycosis has taken centre stage. Notwithstanding the add-on, doctors in New Delhi have detected that the fungal infection infected the lower intestine of two patients. Both the patients, including one aged 68 years and another ...

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Covid-19: Japan scientists discover a new defense mechanism for SARS-CoV-2

Scientists from Hokkaido University in Japan have discovered a novel defensive response to SARS-CoV-2 or Covid-19 that involves the viral pattern recognition receptor RIG-I. Upregulating expression of this protein could strengthen the immune response in COPD patients. In the 18 months since the first report of COVID-19 and the spread of the pandemic, there has been a large amount of ...

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Heart patients advised to move more to avoid strokes

Elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes increase the risk of heart disease. But a large study today reveals that in people with these conditions, increasing activity levels is associated with a reduced likelihood of heart events and mortality. The research is presented at ESC Preventive Cardiology 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1 Study ...

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Covid vaccine may not protect blood cancer patients fully, studies suggest booster dose


Two new studies published in Blood suggest that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may have reduced efficacy in individuals with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and multiple myeloma, two types of blood cancer. According to researchers, these studies could help inform the ideal time for vaccination of these populations. One study suggests two-dose COVID-19 vaccine is less effective for people with CLL as ...

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Prince Philip is Dead

Buckingham Palace announced Friday, 9 April 2021, that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has died. In a statement, the British Royalty said:” It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements ...

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