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WWF calls for action to save Mekong dolphins

Phnom Penh: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) calls for an urgent action to protect the critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphin population in the Mekong River, WWF`s new research said. In a statement sent to China`s Xinhua news agency on Wednesday, WWF said that the calf survival was found to be very low and it is concluded […]

Poaching still threatening Sumatran Tigers

Jakarta: Poaching and illegal trade in tiger parts are still major threats to the survival of the Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), according to an NGO activist. The Sumatran tiger is the only remaining tiger sub-species in Indonesia following the extinction of Java and Balinese tigers in the early 20th century, Osmantri, chief coordinator of […]

Drink orange juice daily to stave off Alzheimers

London: Want to stave off Alzheimer`s disease? Drink a glass of orange juice daily, for a new study has claimed that it`s the key to managing the most common form of dementia. Researchers in Sweden have carried out the study and found that vitamin C can help reverse the build-up of toxic proteins which form […]

Ecstasy can be used in cancer treatment

London: Ecstasy, the psychoactive drug which is banned in most of the countries, could be modified and used to cure some blood cancers, scientists have claimed. Ecstasy has already been known to be effective against more than half of white blood cell cancers, but scientists at Birmingham University in the UK claimed they have made […]

Microwave opens up bacteria

Washington: Scientists have found that low-temperature microwaves can be used to open up pores in bacterial cells, a finding which could lead to significant improvements in the design of drug delivery systems. It has long been debated whether microwave frequency exposure can affect bacterial cells independent of microwave -associated temperature increases. Now, a team at […]

Megan Fox struggles to gain weight

Los Angeles: Actress Megan Fox struggles to gain weight and gets really grumpy if that doesn`t happen, says her trainer Harley Pasternak. The 25-year-old, who is famous for her role in the movie `Transformers`, tries hard to shed her skinny image, reported Us magazine. "Believe it or not she has this really fast metabolism. So […]

Prakash Jha relieved after SC ruling on Aarakshan

New Delhi: Director Prakash Jha says he feels "vindicated"  after the Supreme Court gave a go ahead to the screening of Amitabh Bachchan starrer `Aarakshan` in Uttar Pradesh today, quashing the ban imposed by the state government. "I feel vindicated. The order says state governments have no right whatsoever to ban a film. It is […]

Will move SC if LS adopts impeachment motion: Justice Sen

Kolkata: A day after the Rajya Sabha voted for his impeachment, Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court on Friday said he would move the Supreme Court if the Lok Sabha also decided on his ouster and ruled out his resignation. "I will defend myself in the Lok Sabha, but if the motion is […]

Sens impeachment moves a step forward

New Delhi: The process to remove Calcutta High Court judge Justice Soumitra Sen today moved a step forward with the Lok Sabha being informed about the passage of a motion in the Rajya Sabha to impeach him. Lok Sabha Secretary General T K Viswanathan read out the message from the Upper House for presenting to […]

Common exam on the anvil for UG programmes

New Delhi: The Government intends to have a common examination for under-graduate programmes across the country from 2013 and prepare a common merit list as part of efforts to improve quality of education, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said on Friday. He also told the Lok Sabha that the government would crack down on fake universities, […]

RS okays bill to end discrimination in juvenile homes

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha on Friday passed a bill with a provision that juvenile home children suffering from diseases like leprosy and TB need not be separated from rest of the occupants. Replying to a brief debate on the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2010, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna […]

Modi caused constitutional crisis in Guj: Delegation to Guv

Ahmedabad: Alleging that the Narendra Modi-led government has caused a `constitutional crisis` in Gujarat, a delegation of eminent citizens led by former Chief Minister Suresh Mehta has approached the Governor, seeking her intervention. The delegation handed over a memorandum to Governor Kamla yesterday and apprised her of the alleged `breakdown` of the constitutional machinery in […]

Anna comes out of Tihar

New Delhi: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare came out of Tihar Jail today to launch a fortnight-long protest demanding a strong Lokpal bill declaring that the fight against graft will continue whether he was "alive or not". Looking fit on his fourth day of fast, the 73-year old Gandhian came out of the jail premises and […]

Ahmed Patel, Yechury take oath in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi`s political secretary Ahmed Patel, CPI-M Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury and six other newly elected members took oath in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. Patel, re-elected unopposed from Gujarat, took oath in Hindi, while Yechury, re-elected from West Bengal, did so in English. TV artiste Smriti Irani and Dileep […]

Gooch credits bowlers for keeping India under pressure

London: England batting coach Graham Gooch has credited his bowlers for keeping a "tried and trusted" Indian batting line-up under pressure throughout the four-match Test series, which the hosts have already won 3-0 to climb to the summit of world cricket. England defeated India comprehensively in the first three Tests to dislodge them from the […]