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Police, paramilitary personnel are not martyrs: Home Ministry
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde attends the Police Commemoration Day in Gurgaon on Sunday.
Police, paramilitary personnel are not martyrs: Home Ministry

New Delhi - While the country on Sunday commemorated the sacrifice of its police and paramilitary personnel killed in the line of duty, the government is yet to accord "martyr" status to these personnel on the lines of the armed forces. "The stark reality is that while there is an official notification in the government gazette to declare ...

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NASA's Swift satellite discovers new black hole in Milky Way

Washington - A new stellar-mass black hole has been discovered in our Milky Way galaxy by Swift satellite, U. S. space agency NASA announced Friday. High-energy X-rays emanating from a source towards the center of our galaxy were observed, indicating the presence of a previously unknown black hole. "Bright X-ray novae are so rare that they're essentially once-a- mission events and this is the first one Swift has seen," according to Neil Gehrels,...

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Legislative panel reviews activities in Anantnag

Srinagar - A total of 70,876 job cards under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act have been distributed and 6.05 lakh mandays generated in south Kashmir?s Anantnag district in 2012. It was briefed in a review meeting convened by Chairman, Public Accounts Committee of Legislative Assembly, Rafi Ahmed Mir, yesterday, to take stock of developmental activi...


Soyuz craft readied for space station mission

Baikonur (Kazakhstan) - A Russian-made Soyuz rocket has been erected into place ahead of the start of a mission to take a three-man crew to the International Space Station. The craft was taken early today to Baikonur cosmodrome launch pad 31, which is being used for a manned flight for the first time since 1984. The pad that is normally used, from which Yury Gagarin beg...


Discrimantion can kill a sportsperson's soul: Kom

Aizawl - Olympic bronze-medallist MC Mary Kom feels "discrimination and partiality can kill a sportperson's soul". Speaking at a press conference after a felicitation by the Delhi-based Eternal Partners here last night in the presence of Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, Mary Kom spoke elaborately on the discrimination faced by sportspersons. "...

Three women critically ill after beauty treatment in HK

Hong Kong - Three women fell critically ill after undergoing a procedure at a beauty center in Hong Kong. The city's health chief expressed shock over the incidents and ordered an investigation into the cases Friday. The women, aged 46 to 60, sought hospital treatment after receiving intravascular infusions as a beauty treatment at a Causeway Bay beauty treatment c...


Pregnant moms' diet may affect obesity risk of offspring: study

Houston - The offspring of mothers who eat a high fat diet are more likely to have a higher risk of obesity later in life, a study released Friday shows. The study by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, says that it does not matter if the mother is obese or of normal weight, and what matters is if the mother eats a low fat diet during pregnancy. In...


Profitability of corporate India set to improve: CMIE

Mumbai - Improvement in performance of the manufacturing sector is expected to boost the profitability of corporate India this year, according to Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy. "We estimate net profits to have grown by a whopping 111.9 per cent in September 2012 quarter compared to the preceding quarter. "The net profit margin too is expected to have...

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Physical Activity Impacts Overall Quality of Sleep: study
Physical Activity Impacts Overall Quality of Sleep: study

Washington - People sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, a new study concludes. A nationally representative sample of more than 2,600 men and women, ages 18-85, found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week, which is the national guideline, provided a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality. People also said they felt less sleepy during the day, compared to those with less physical activity. The study lends more evidence to mounting research showing the importance of exercise to a number of health factors. Among adults in the United ...

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Wellington - New Zealand's Auckland University researchers have found that overweight fathers are more likely to have undersized babies, New Zealand media reported on Wednesday. The findings, which have been published in the journal Obesity, come from a study that looked at more than 2,000 couples in New Zealand's Auckland and Australia's Adelaide. Small babies ...

Melbourne, The ozone hole, which had caused serous environmental concerns, is now shrinking and it could completely heal by the end of the century, bringing more rain to eastern Australia, scientists said today. Matthew Tulley from Bureau of Meteorology in Melbourne said the hole is now healing because of climate protection measures adopted by several countries. &quo...

It's debatable whether getting your genes tested can tell you anything very helpful about your health, for now at least. But it could make a huge difference to your children's. Genetic tests can reveal if you are a carrier of disorders such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease and spinal muscular dystrophy. In some countries, tests for some genetic diseases a...

Exposure to violence may worsen asthma: study Los Angeles - U.S. researchers have found a link between exposures to violence in childhood with aggravated asthma in later life. The study involved 397 adults with moderate to severe asthma who lived in an inner-city community. Nearly one-quarter ...

Washington - The recession seems to be socking Americans in the heart as well as the wallet: Marriages have hit an all-time low while pleas for food stamps have reached a record high and the gap between rich and poor has grown to its widest ever. The long recession technically ended in mid-2009, economists say, but U.S. Census data released Tuesday show the painful, lingering eff...

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilians are eating a lot of rice and beans as well as high-calorie junk food lacking nutrition, a study released Thursday by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) found. According to the study, over 90 percent of Brazilians eat daily helpings of fruits and vegetables lower than the levels recommended by the Health Ministry (400 g...

Washington - Astronomers studying observations taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission have discovered the first known "Trojan" asteroid orbiting the sun along with Earth, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced Wednesday in a statement. Trojans are asteroids that share an orbit with a planet near stable po...

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Kathmandu - The ruins of 2000-year-old buildings have been found in Kichakbadhsthal, a historic place in Jhapa district in eastern Nepal in the course of excavation. The remains of walls of buildings made of bricks measuring 36 centimeters long, 26 centimeters wide and 5 centimeters thick have been unearthed, reported the National News Agency RSS on Sunday. They were excavate...

It's debatable whether getting your genes tested can tell you anything very helpful about your health, for now at least. But it could make a huge difference to your children's. Genetic tests can reveal if you are a carrier of disorders such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease and spinal muscular dystrophy. In some countries, tests for some genetic diseases...

Jerusalem - A new study carried out by a Tel Aviv University researcher indicates that the common backache may not only be caused by bad positions or aging, but also by your genes. Prof. Gregory Livshits of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine says that genes play a major role in back pain, especially in the lower back, and in spinal deterioration. In a decade-long projec...


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