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PM visited 49 countries in last 3 years: govt

Thursday July 20th, 2017 10:30:38 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has has travelled 49 countries in the last three years during which India signed a number of agreements on a range of topics, the government today said.In a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, V K Singh, the Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs, said the prime minister visited eight countries in the first second half of 2014, starting with Bhutan.This year, the prime minister has visited 10 countries in the last seven months.

As Kovind hails India's democracy, Meira says battle won't end

Thursday July 20th, 2017 03:22:49 PM
Describing his election as the "greatness of democracy", President-elect Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday recalled the days spent in a mud house amid rain.Kovind said: "It has been raining since morning in Delhi. This weather reminds me of my childhood days when I used to live in my ancestral village.""We lived in a 'kuchha' house made of mud. The roof couldn't stop the water from trickling into the house during the rainy season. I, along with my brothers and sisters, used to stand in a corner and wait for the rain to stop."There could be many such Ram Nath Kovinds who are getting drenched in the rain. I represent all those hard-working people. This is also a message to those who earn their livelihood with hard work and honesty," he said."I neither thought I would be elected to this post nor was this my aim. But my everlasting spirit to serve the society and my country has brought me here," Kovind added.As soon as the result was announced, Kovind said, "This is a very emotional moment... This is a very big responsibility for me... It is my duty to protect the Constitution and uphold its values as the President. I pay my respects to my countrymen and assure them that Ill serve the nation in the spirit of 'Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah."The President-elect also thanked his opponent Meira Kumar and wished her well for the future. Meira sent her best wishes to Kovind. "My best wishes to Kovindji as it has fallen upon him to uphold the Constitution in letter and spirit in these challenging times," she said."I want to make it very clear that today on July 20, 2017, my battle for ideology doesn't end. It will continue because the ideology, the value system, the principles that I am fighting for are held sacred by most of the people of my country who find strength in it," she said.The former Lok Sabha Speaker said the values for which she is battling are "social justice, inclusiveness, secularism, transparency, freedom of expression, freedom of the press and total destruction of the caste system."

How to enforce right to privacy against private players: SC

Thursday July 20th, 2017 03:20:53 PM
The Supreme Court's nine-judge bench on Thursday sought to know to what extent the right to privacy could be applied in case of private players when the citizens had surrendered personal data to public space.The bench, presided over by Chief Justice J S Khehar, asked where and how the state should intervene to protect the right to privacy of individuals, when 99% of the people were unconcerned.The court also posed queries on whether the right to identity was a part of privacy; in certain cases like hardened criminals, the state collected data for its own predictive analysis, and in some cases, data was managed by private players.On the question of right to privacy in the case of Aadhaar cards, it said, "The state will have to put in place a legislative and regulatory framework. But questions will arise about how one can enforce this right vis-à-vis private players, since fundamental rights are enforceable only against the state.""Can an individual assert his right to be anonymous? A fundamental question before us is, to what extent an individual can say he has the right to remain anonymous. To what extent can you assert your right to privacy to suppress your identity," the bench asked.Senior advocate Arvind Datar, arguing for a petitioner, contended that there should be individual control on dissemination of personal information and protection of individual autonomy on personal choices. There could be remedy of personal damages in case of violation by non-state actors and writ jurisdiction in case of violation by the state.Contending that privacy is "multi-faceted and complex", Datar said it is for the state to regulate private players as it does in the case of stock market, drug pricing etc.Senior advocate Anand Grover submitted that when the compulsion to disclose was bothersome to one's dignity, it would be violation of privacy.Appearing for Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, senior advocate Sajan Poovayya submitted that the apex court should lay down the pillar and declare it as a fundamental right.

'Modi, Trump discussed IT sector'

Thursday July 20th, 2017 03:18:12 PM
The issue of protection to Indian Information Technology professionals (IT) working in the US did come up during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with American President Donald Trump in Washington DC last month, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday."There was an extensive discussion between the prime minister and the US president on the issue, albeit without using the word H1B visa," Sushma said, countering the Opposition MPs allegation that Modi had not raised the issue during his discussion with Trump at the White House last month."I am proud to say that the prime minister was able to make President Trump agree that Indian skilled professionals are contributing greatly to the US economy," said Sushma.The Modi-Trump meeting on June 26 was the first between the two leaders after the new administration took office in Washington DC in January.Trump's anti-immigrant campaign pitch during the US presidential elections last year as well as his "America First" rhetoric and promise to protect jobs for the Americans over the past five months fuelled speculation that some of the policies of his administration could hit India's IT industry hard.

Centre looking at ways to reduce school bag load

Thursday July 20th, 2017 03:11:15 PM
To reduce the burden of school bags on children, the Centre is looking into a proposal to divide the textbooks into two volumes so that they become thinner and lighter. The first volume will cover half of the curriculum while the second will have the portions to be covered in the next half of the academic session."This and many other suggestions are under the government's consideration," Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said in response to questions in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.The minister noted that the Tamil Nadu government had already introduced a trimester system for classes I to VIII in all its schools to reduce the load of books."This system ensures that children carry only the books needed for the relevant term, which will substantially reduce physical load and also remove psychological fear from young minds," he said.The central government and many state governments are taking steps to reduce the burden of school bags on students.The Maharashtra government has started digital schools and more than 50,000 schools are getting a digital upgrade.In Kendriya Vidyalayas"The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has taken a number of steps to promote digital learning in its vidyalayas," he said. To begin with, all students of Class VIII in 25 Kendriya Vidyalayas — one from each region — will be provided with "good quality" tablets on pilot basis, he said. "Both students and teachers will use tablets for mathematics and science for enhancing their skills in these subjects," Javadekar said.

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Venezuela crisis: Deadly clashes as millions join strike

Friday July 21st, 2017 03:47:21 AM
Three people are killed across the country as pressure grows on President Maduro to cancel elections.

Strong earthquake kills two on Greek island of Kos

Friday July 21st, 2017 03:44:09 AM
The deaths were reported on Kos following a 6.7 magnitude quake in the Aegean Sea.

Salvador Dali's body exhumed for DNA tests

Friday July 21st, 2017 12:27:15 AM
Samples are taken from the painter's body to settle a paternity case brought by a tarot card reader.

Trump legal team spokesman Mark Corallo resigns, reports say

Friday July 21st, 2017 04:37:36 AM
Reports say Mark Corallo disagreed with the strategy to discredit the team leading the Russia probe.

Justine Damond's death 'should not have happened'

Friday July 21st, 2017 02:03:11 AM
An Australian woman's shooting was caused by the "actions of one individual", the police chief says.

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Millions heed anti-Maduro shutdown in Venezuela

Friday July 21st, 2017 01:10:40 AM
CARACAS (Reuters) - Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand elections and the scrapping of plans for a new congress they fear would consolidate dictatorship in the OPEC country.

Strong quake off Turkish and Greek coasts kills two, injures scores more

Friday July 21st, 2017 03:09:48 AM
ATHENS/ANKARA (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.7 killed two people and injured scores more when it struck near major Turkish and Greek tourist destinations in the Aegean Sea early on Friday, Turkish and Greek officials said.

U.S. Senate Republicans complain of chaos in healthcare effort

Thursday July 20th, 2017 10:43:17 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans, scolded by President Donald Trump for failing to overturn Obamacare, tried to salvage their seven-year effort for a new healthcare law on Thursday, but leading senators indicated frustration over shifting goal posts.

No Korean military talks after North snubs South's call

Friday July 21st, 2017 02:56:07 AM
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's proposed military talks aimed at easing tension between the two Koreas planned for Friday failed to happen after the North snubbed the call, a setback for new President Moon Jae-in's hopes for dialogue.

Blast in China's Hangzhou city kills two, injures 55

Friday July 21st, 2017 04:28:18 AM
BEIJING (Reuters) - An explosion on Friday at a shop by a busy street in the Chinese city of Hanghzou killed two people and injured 55, authorities in the area said.

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Judge Refuses to Reinstate Trump Sanctuary Cities Order

Friday July 21st, 2017 05:28:00 AM
A federal judge has refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. ......

Late 'Batman' Actor Adam West Honored at Comic-Con

Friday July 21st, 2017 05:28:00 AM
Kevin Smith, Ralph Garman and others share memories of Adam West at Comic-Con tribute. ......

Cops Wage Psychological Warfare Against Online Drug Bazaars

Friday July 21st, 2017 05:28:00 AM
A global police operation took down two illicit online drug bazaars in an innovative plan designed to sow uncertainty among buyers and sellers. ......

Blast in China's Hangzhou City Kills Two, Injures 55

Friday July 21st, 2017 05:28:00 AM
BEIJING (Reuters) - An explosion on Friday at a shop by a busy street in the Chinese city of Hanghzou killed two people and injured 55, authorities... ......

Native Hawaiians Not Very Healthy, First National Study Says

Friday July 21st, 2017 05:28:00 AM
A new government study finds that Native Hawaiians _ the descendants of Hawaii's original Polynesian settlers _ are in relatively poor health. ......

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Elephant seals 'recognise vocal rhythm'

Thursday July 20th, 2017 04:05:37 PM
Male elephant seals recognise the rhythm of one another's voices, researchers say.

New Mexico boy trips over 1.2 million year old fossil

Thursday July 20th, 2017 07:07:31 PM
A 10-year-old boy's stumble unearthed a prehistoric skull, which he then got the chance to help excavate.

Poaching pushes pangolin closer to extinction

Thursday July 20th, 2017 12:13:15 PM
Pangolins in the forests of Africa are at risk of being pushed to extinction like their Asian relatives.

Moon dust bag sold for $1.8m at New York auction

Thursday July 20th, 2017 10:28:58 PM
The bag was used by astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect the first ever samples of the Moon in 1969.

Why dogs are friendly - it's written in their genes

Thursday July 20th, 2017 12:06:55 AM
Being friendly is in dogs' nature and could be key to how they were domesticated from wolves.

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Not having sex can result in emotional distress, shame and low self-esteem: study

Friday July 21st, 2017 05:22:00 AM
By Shervin Assari, Research Investigator of Psychiatry, Public Health, and Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan. More women than men avoid sex, but the reasons for both genders vary. PKPix/ Sex has a strong influence on many aspects of well-being: it is one of our most basic......

Ivanhoe Mines provides website link to company’s fact-based response addressing issues contained in report distributed today by Congo Research Group

Friday July 21st, 2017 05:16:00 AM
July 20, 2017 Ivanhoe Mines provides website link to company's fact-based response addressing issues contained in report distributed today by Congo Research Group VANCOUVER, CANADA - A report publicly distributed today by the U.S.-based Congo Research Group contains a number of references to Ivanhoe Mines and its Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The report purports to examine what it terms 'the business networks' of...

Queensland students unlock the code to a bright future

Friday July 21st, 2017 05:16:00 AM
A new coding competition for Queensland school students will uncover our emerging digital creators and innovators and drive a new focus on digital learning. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Education Minister Kate Jones today launched the Premier's Creating Queensland's Future Coding Competition for students in Years 5 to 10. 'We are encouraging students at all Queensland schools to get involved and come up with digital solutions to solve real world problems,' the Premier said....

Harmanpreet better than any boy, asserts dad

Friday July 21st, 2017 04:56:00 AM
CHANDIGARH: It was 34 years back when Kapil Dev smashed an unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe in a World Cup game at Tunbridge Wells, England - an innings which remains a major milestone in Indian cricket. On Thursday, another Indian cricketer played an innings of similar import on English soil - Harmanpreet Kaur blasted her way to an unbeaten 171 against Australia in the second semifinal of the 2017 Women's World Cup. Growing up in Moga (Punjab), Harmanpreet had no option but to play with the boys in her...

Science Deadline: Auckland's unpredictable volcanoes

Friday July 21st, 2017 04:49:00 AM
Unpredictable volcanic past Auckland's volcanic past has been punctuated by periods of heightened activity and thousands of years of silence, according to two new research papers. Researchers from the DEVORA (Determining Volcanic Risk in Auckland) research ... ......

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