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Gold futures hit fresh record of Rs. 28,800 on global cues

New Delhi: Gold futures climbed to a fresh high of Rs. 28,800 per 10 grams today, tracking a firming trend overseas, where the rate topped $ 1,910 an ounce as global financial turmoil raised demand for the metal as a safe haven. All the running contracts – for October, December and February delivery – were […]

Synthetic life may help colonise Mars

Washington: Man-made lifeforms are already in the works. Now, scientists have claimed these synthetic organisms engineered to use carbon dioxide as a raw material could help humans settle Mars one day. Craig Venter, an American biologist who made headlines last year by creating the world`s first synthetic organism, claimed that his team is now trying […]

Multi-nutrient deficiencies surfacing in soil

New Delhi: Soil tests in different parts of the country in the last five years have revealed that multi-nutrient deficiencies are surfacing in many intensively cultivated areas, according to official data. Soil tests data of last five years have revealed there is 49 per cent shortage of zink while deficiency of sulphur is 41 per […]

Too much biscuits may cause womb cancer

London: Women who snack on biscuits and cakes regularly are at an increased risk of developing womb cancer, a new study has claimed. The 10-year study that looked at the eating habits of more than 60,000 women in Sweden found that those who treated themselves two to three times a week were 33 per cent […]

New molecule to beat botulinum toxin found

Melbourne: Australian researchers have discovered a new way to block the action of botulinum toxin, which they claim may pave the way for effective treatments of the life-threatening disease botulism. Botulism is a rare but potentially fatal condition that involves progressive weakness. It is caused by botulinum toxin, which is made by the Clostridium botulinum […]

Guts natural defence that fights off C.difficile found

London: For the first time, scientists have discovered how cells in the gut fight off toxins produced by a hospital bug, a finding they say could lead to effective treatments for the bacteria that cause inflammation and severe diarrhoea. Researchers at the Case Western Reserve University in the US found that a chemical, called GSNO, […]

Opposition parties stage protest for strong Lokpal

New Delhi: Demanding a strong Lokpal bill against corruption, nine `non-NDA` opposition parties including the Left, TDP and Rashtriya Lok Dal today staged a protest at the main gate of Parliament. Nine parties have launched a country-wide agitation. We want the government to come forward with a strong Lokpal bill," CPI leader D Raja told […]

Hazare sticks to Aug 30 deadline for passage of Lokpal Bill

New Delhi: Anna Hazare today stuck to his August 30 deadline for passage of Jan Lokpal Bill and asked his supporters to intensify the protest by gheraoing the houses of Parliamentarians if government failed to do so. Addressing his supporters after nearly a break of 40 hours, Hazare, who entered the second week of his […]

Taliban commander stoned to death

Washington: In a rare case of reversal of brutality, enraged villagers stoned to death a senior Taliban Commander and his bodyguard after they had shot dead a 60-year-old man, accusing him of being a government agent in southern Afghanistan. The stoning episode happened Sunday evening in Helmand province when two Taliban men roared up on […]

Prosecutors requestcourt to drop assault charges

New York: The sexual assault charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn should be dismissed, prosecutors today requested a court here, saying that they doubt the credibility of the hotel maid because of her "inconsistent" and "shifting" versions of the incident. In a 25-page motion of `Recommendation for Dismissal` submitted in the Supreme Court of […]

Uproar over corruption,Par adjourns till noon

New Delhi: Anna Hazare`s fast on the issue of Lokpal cast its shadow on Parliament today with both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessing opposition uproar over widespread corruption as revealed by several scams. As soon as the two Houses met, BJP members pressed for suspension of the Question Hour to discuss the serious situation […]

Rupee up by 2 paise at Rs 45.65

Mumbai: The Indian rupee opened 2 paise higher at Rs 45.65 per US dollar on the Interbank Foreign Exchange today, largely on dollar inflows and firming Asian currencies overseas. Forex dealers said besides dollar inflows, gains posted by the euro and other Asian currencies against the American dollar supported the rupee`s rise. However, a weak […]

Deven Sharma to resign from Standard and Poor

Washington: Indian-American Deven Sharma, the president of Standard and Poor`s, is stepping down by year end, an announcement coming only weeks after the credit rating agency downgraded American credit rating. The credit-rating firm plans to announce Sharma`s exit today before the markets open, The Wall Street Journal said late last night. Douglas Peterson, chief operating […]

I had lost inspiration for movies : Preity Zinta

Mumbai: After almost two years of break from acting, actress Preity Zinta will be back on the silver screen with her maiden home production `Ishq in Paris`. The actress revealed that even though she is very excited about her new project, she had lost inspiration for movies three years back. After creating a storm at […]

There is no age bar in Bollywood, says Jackie

Mumbai: Even though actors beyond 40 years of age are still reigning in Bollywood, actor Jackie Shroff, who has been missing from the fray, says the trend shows there is no age bar for actors. In a career spanning more than two decades, Jackie gave hits like `Hero`, `Andar Bahar`, `Karma`, `Ram Lakhan`, `Parinda`, `Khalnayak`, […]