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  • IS mounts fierce defence of besieged Syrian bastion

    Beirut: Islamic State group jihadists have launched a wave of suicide and car bombings to defend a besieged stronghold in northern Syria against US-backed fighters, a monitor said today. A Kurdish-Arab alliance last week encircled the city of Manbij and severed a key supply route used by IS from the Turkish border to the jihadists’ de facto Syrian capital, Raqa.

  • Duraiappah Stadium will enhance Lanka, India ties: Sirisena

    Colombo:  President Maithripala Sirisena, who today jointly opened with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the renovated Duraiappah Stadium in Sri Lanka’s northeen Jaffna province, said this move is another opportunity to enhance the friendship between the two countries. The Lankan President said it was a privilege to open the renovated stadium, reports the Colombo Page. Prime Minister Modi joined President Sirisena in Jaffna through digital video conferencing.

  • ET will possibly take about 1,500 years to reach Earth!

    New York: Still waiting to hear from aliens and getting excited about the UFO sightings? Well, according to astronomers, extra-terrestrials are not likely to call the Earth for the next 1,500 years. The team from Cornell University made this assumption by deconstructing the Fermi paradox and paring it with the mediocrity principle into a fresh equation.

  • 3 International Space Station astronauts land in Kazakhstan

    Moscow: An International Space Station crew including an American, a Briton and a Russian landed safely today in the sun-drenched steppes of Kazakhstan. The Soyuz TMA-19M capsule carrying NASA’s Tim Kopra, Tim Peake of the European Space Agency and the Russian agency Roscosmos’ Yuri Malenchenko touched down as scheduled at 3:15 pm local time about 145 kilometers southeast of Zhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

  • Efforts needed to improve tax to GDP ratio: Ficci

    New Delhi: Alluding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advice to tax administrators on the need to enhance the tax base, a top industry body stressed here on Saturday that all efforts are needed to improve the tax to GDP ratio.

  • No intention to isolate Congress on GST: Jaitley

    New Delhi: Amid reports that the BJP is working with regional parties to isolate the Congress vis-a-vis the government’s pro-reform legislative strategies, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the NDA government has no intention to do so.

  • 530 Sikh pilgrims to visit Pakistan

    Islamabad: At least 530 Sikh pilgrims were issued visa for Pakistan to attend an event to mark the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the eastern city of Lahore. As per 1974 bilateral protocol between Islamabad and New Delhi, Pakistan High Commission in India has issued the visas from June 21 to 30, a statement said.

  • Devendra Fadnavis

    Fadnavis confident Khadse will emerge clean

    Pune:  Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today expressed confidence that former revenue minister Eknath Khadse, who had resigned from the state cabinet, would emerge clean from the probe into allegations against him.

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    Potential drug target for Zika, similar viruses identified

    New York: Scientists have identified a single gene pathway that can disrupt Zika and similar viruses from spreading in the body and also act as a potential drug target for such deadly diseases. The findings showed that disabling SPCS1 — in both human and insect cells — reduces viral infection and does not negatively affect the cells themselves.


    Mallya seen at book launch event attended by India’s UK envoy

    London: Vijay Mallya, who has been declared a proclaimed offender by a Mumbai court in a money laundering case, has been spotted at a book launch event at London School of Economics this week that was attended by the Indian envoy. Social media was in a frenzy after it emerged that Indian High Commissioner Navtej Sarna, who was one of the special guests at the event on Thursday evening to mark the

  • Ironic of BJP to talk about AAP’s fund misuse: Yogendra Yadav

    New Delhi: Reprimanding the allegations levelled by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the Delhi Government for using advertisements to manipulate the media, Swaraj Abhiyan founder Yogendra Yadav on Saturday said it is ironic of the BJP to talk about ‘misuse of the taxpayers’ money’.

  • Dhoni wins toss, invites Zimbabwe to bat in first T20I

    Harare: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and invited Zimbabwe to bat in the first of the three-match Twenty20 International series at the Harare Sports Club here on Saturday.

  • Ex-actress Mamta Kulkarni involved in drug trade: Police

    Thane: Former actress Mamta Kulkarni was today named as a prime accused in a multi-crore drug racket linked to drug baron Vicky Goswami, with Mumbai police claiming that she was actively involved in the illicit activities and would seek her extradition from Kenya.

  • Rio declares financial ‘calamity’ ahead of Olympic Games

    Rio de Janeiro: The upcoming Olympic Games from August 5 to 21, will not be affected by the Rio de Janeiro state government’s decision to declare a financial emergency, organisers said. With less than 50 days to go until the opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium, interim governor Francisco Dornelles on Friday issued a decree that said the state faced a “public calamity”, reports Xinhua.

  • BCCI suspends arrested GCA officials, issues show cause notice

    New Delhi: The BCCI today suspended and issued show cause notices to the top Goa Cricket Association officials, who were arrested for alleged misappropriation of organisation funds, and initiated a probe of its own against them. GCA president Chetan Dessai and secretary Vinod Phadke, who are also part of important committees of BCCI, along with treasurer Akbar Mulla were arrested earlier this week by police for alleged misappropriation of Rs 3.13 crore

  • New AI software turns smartphones into eye-tracking device

    Boston: Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a new artificial intelligence software that can turn any smartphone into an eye-tracking device. Eye-tracking technology – which can determine where in a visual scene people are directing their gaze – has been widely used in psychological experiments and marketing research, but the required pricey hardware has kept it from finding consumer applications.

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