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'Our families would be killed': Rohingya brace for monsoon

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Marooned on a dusty slope in the world's largest refugee camp, Osiur Rahman looked to the hill where a Rohingya girl was buried in a landslide just days earlier and contemplated his chances should the earth give way beneath his feet. "Our families would be killed. There are children everywhere around here. We constantly fear that rain could trigger a landslide," the 53-year-old told AFP on the steep embankment where he lives with nine family members in a bamboo shack. For the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to southeast Bangladesh in the past nine months, the approaching monsoon season poses the most serious threat since they were violently expelled from Myanmar. Close to one million of the stateless Muslim minority live in the Cox's Bazar district but the new arrivals, stranded on unstable hills in bamboo and plastic shacks, are especially vulnerable. A massive operation to shore up the camps against disaster is in overdrive, with bulldozers levelling hills and refugees .....
                 

Pak national held while trying to cross border in Gujarat: BSF

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Troubled exhibits: five disputed museum treasures

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Europe's museums are full of items taken from Africa during colonisation, but many other objects on their shelves also carry an uncomfortable history. Here are five examples of historic artefacts which have caused bitter ownership spats between nations: - Benin bronzes - So intricate that some Europeans of the day did not believe they could have been made by supposedly "primitive" Africans, thousands of these plaques were plundered from the Kingdom of Benin by British troops in 1897. The British ransacked what is now Benin City in Nigeria, torching it and stripping it of its artwork in revenge for a massacre of their troops. Showing scenes of court life, the "bronzes" date back to the 16th and 17th centuries and are in fact mostly made of brass. Brisk trade scattered them around Europe, and today the biggest collections are in London's British Museum and the Ethnological Museum of Berlin. European and US museums have been meeting with Nigerian officials since 2007 but have thus far ...
                 

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' - Dinosaurs to appear a day earlier

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Here is good news for the Indian fans of the 'Jurassic World' franchise. The much-awaited third installment, titled ' Jurassic WorldThe movie will release a day earlier than the scheduled date of June 08, two weeks ahead of its official release in the US, i.e. June 22. Henceforth, the Indian lovers of dinosaurs will get an early glimpse of the enormous dinosaurs roaring on the big screen than the whole world.The news was confirmed by Taran Adarsh, a trade analyst and an Indian film critic, on his twitter. He tweeted, "#BreakingNews: #JurassicWorld: #FallenKingdom to now release a day earlier - on 7 June [Thursday] - in India... In English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu... This year also marks the celebration of 25 years of #JurassicPark."Universal Pictures will release the science-fiction in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu in 2300+ screens around the country.The film will take ahead the plot three years from where the previous one left in 2015.Directed by J.A Bayona of 'The Impossible' .....
                 

Traditional sports fading away, need to be promoted: PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed the importance of traditional games and urged youth to promote them as they are fading into oblivion.Addressing the nation on the 44th edition of 'Mann Ki Baat', the Prime Minister said, "We must keep our traditional sports alive. It is crucial that today schools, neighborhoods and youth congregations should come forward and promote these games. Through crowd sourcing, we can create a very large archive of our traditional games."Talking about the benefits of the same, he said that traditional games are structured in such a manner that along with physical ability, they enhance our logical thinking, concentration, alertness and energy levels."Games are not just games; they teach us values in life, such as setting targets, building up determination, developing team spirit and fostering mutual co-operation," said the Prime Minister.He also said that there is no age-limit for participating in these games."At the same time, games also teach .....
                 

Pakistan to hold general elections on July 25

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Farmer leaders of warn of 'violent' protests in Guj over lignite mining

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After Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat may witness a "violent confrontation" between the state administration and villagers over the issue of lignite mining by the Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) at Bhavnagar, warn farmer leaders. Since April 1, when the GPCL claimed possession of around 1,414 hectares of land in 12 villages of Ghogha and Bhavnagar talukas, protests are taking place in the area. "Gujarat is sitting on a live volcano. Not only the farmers, but the entire rural Gujarat is crying. We are part of the ongoing movement in Bhavnagar. The Kheru samaj of farmers is very strong. They are the ones spearheading the struggle and we are with them," All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) leader Atul Anjan said. "The state government should realise that the situation in Gujarat is not very different from the one in Tuticorin. If the government handles the situation like Tuticorin, then the state would have to face the fire," he added. According to a state government notification, GPCL..
                 

Ex-hockey captain Sandeep Singh's statue to be installed in Jaipur wax museum

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Former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh will be immortalised when his statue will be installed at the Jaipur Wax Museum at the Nahargarh Fort here, next month. Sandeep will join a select list of personalities such as Maharana Pratap, Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Mother Teresa, Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar and erstwhile Jaipur rulers, whose wax and silicon statues are already placed at the museum. "It is a big honour for me. I am overwhelmed at this gesture of Jaipur Wax Museum. The museum authorities approached me about two months back with the proposal and I instantly said yes. My statue will be unveiled sometime next month, closer to the release date of my biopic which is July 13," Sandeep told PTI. Founder Director of the museum Anoop Srivastava said Sandeep's sporting journey is a motivation for the younger generation. Known as'Flicker Singh', 32-year-old Sandeep Singh is a legendary player who has given many golden moments to Indian hockey. Now, ....
                 

Novel technique could help treat cancer

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Cancer therapies that cut off blood supply to a tumour could more effectively treat the deadly disease when combined with existing chemotherapeutic drugs, a study has found. The research, published in the journal EMBO Reports, showed that tumour growth is better-reduced in mice when the expression of a particular protein called Beta3-integrin is targeted in combination with drugs that are already used in cancer patients. The findings could help fine-tune treatment for cancer patients and revitalise an interest in the use of microtubule targeting agents (MTAs) which are commonly used as chemotherapies in cancer patients. "Tumours must recruit their own blood supply to grow beyond a very small size and this process is called angiogenesis," said Stephen Robinson from the University of East Anglia in the UK. "Anti-angiogenic drugs stop tumours from growing their own blood vessels, and this in turn can slow the growth of the cancer, or shrink it. Targeting angiogenesis is therefore seen as..
                 

Tata Trusts signs MoU with govt to provide dev support in Naxal-hit districts

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The Tata Trusts has joined hands with the government to help it in development initiatives in eight worst Naxal-affected districts in Chhattisgarh, which were covered under the "transformation of aspirational" districts programme. The Home Ministry officials said the Tata Trusts, the philanthropic organisation started by the promoters of the Tata group, has signed an MoU with the government to provide technical and human resource assistance to the special development programme launched by the NITI Aayog. As per the pact, the Tata Trusts will help the government in conducting surveys and providing ground level and technical support in raising the living standards of citizens and ensuring inclusive growth for all,a home ministry official said. The eight worst Naxal-hit districts, which were chosen for the programme and would be helped by the Tata Trusts are Rajnandgaon, Kanker, Bastar, Bijapur, Kondagaon, Dantewada, Narayanpur and Sukma. Two more districts of Chhattisgarh are also part ...
                 

I will never pick a role just because its glamorous, says Swara Bhasker

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She may be playing an ultra-glamorous role in her upcoming movie "Veere Di Wedding", but actor Swara Bhasker says she will not compromise on the content of the film even if she is choosing an out-and-out commercial project. The actor, who has been part of critically-acclaimed projects like "Nil Battey Sannata" and "Anaarkali of Aarah", says her past choices have made her aware of the fact that she needs to pick performance-oriented characters. "There are people who have offered me films that were so-called glamorous but there was nothing much for me to do in them. So I didn't do that. I have a body of work that justifies that I should have something fairly substantial to do. I can't do something random just to be seen in a certain clothing... I will not be able to do that," Swara told PTI. The actor said filmmakers tend to stereotype her because of her previous films, but producer Rhea Kapoor believed in her and offered the role of Sakshi to her. "I have done more desi characters and ...
                 

'Pivot' of rainbow coalition for 2019 has to be Cong: Pilot

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Asserting that stalling the BJP's bid for power in Karnataka has galvanised the opposition, senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot has said his party will have to be the "pivot" of any rainbow coalition formed to take on the BJP in 2019 polls. As the political battleground shifts to the Hindi heartland after an intense power struggle in Karnataka that ended with the Congress-JD(S) government being formed, the former Union minister exuded confidence that the Congress would win the Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Assembly polls slated for later this year. In an interview to PTI, Pilot said the anti-BJP forces were now aligning themselves to make sure that the BJP does not come to power in 2019 and the Congress would have a pivotal role to play in that. "I think it is very clear that at a pan-India level, it is only the Congress party that has the capacity to defeat the BJP. Of course, there are regional parties and alliances that might be forged. But the pivot of any rainbow .....
                 

Bangladesh retain Walsh as coach for Afghanistan series

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Bangladesh have retained interim coach Courtney Walsh to oversee the national side in next month's Twenty20 international series against Afghanistan, the cricket board said today. Bangladesh have been without a head coach since Chandika Hathurusingha stepped down in October after three years at the helm. Walsh has been called on before, leading Bangladesh to the finals of a T20 tri-nations series in Sri Lanka in March which they narrowly lost to India. Afghanistan will host Bangladesh for the three-match T20 series in the Indian city of Dehradun from June 3 to 7. It will act as a warm-up for Afghanistan as they prepare for their first-ever Test against India in Bangalore from June 14. The Bangladesh Cricket Board recently appointed former South African batsman and coach Gary Kirsten as a consultant to find a coach before a tour of the West Indies starting in July. The board on Sunday appointed Walsh interim coach for the Afghanistan series. The former West Indies paceman said his side..
                 

Congress worships one family, can't respect democracy: Modi

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Modi campaign PM'; BJP will 'definitely' not come to power in 2019: Chandrababu

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu today attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he is a campaign PM who has failed to deliver on promises and said the BJP would definitely not come to power in 2019. Inaugurating Mahanadu, the TDP's annual conclave here, he said the Telugu Desam Party played a key role in forming governments in the past and had the power to change the political narrative in the country, hinting that it would tie-up with like-minded parties to stop the BJP's juggernaut in 2019. The Congress is in the opposition. It cannot do much. But the BJP will definitely not come to power in 2019, he said. Naidu said the BJP coming to power in 2019 was a distant dream and Prime Minister Narendra was a campaign PM, who gives slogans only, and has failed to deliver on promises. The party president said the TDP was key in forming the United Front government in 1996. The TDP has in the past played a key role in forming governments. It has the power to change the .....
                 

My grandmothers didn't tell me stories: Ruskin Bond

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Many children had their granny as their first storyteller but author Ruskin Bond says neither of his grandmothers told him any tale while he was a kid. As a boy, the author was very fond of reading and wanted to emulate his favourite authors and be one of them himself. He read everything he could lay his hands on - from Charles Dickens, P G Wodehouse, Somerset Maugham to Graham Greene. "I read everything from detective stories to the classics. It all made a difference. The books, the authors you read in the formative years are the ones that have the most impact," says Bond, who turned 84 on May 19. The prolific writer says the love of language and literature has kept him going. And he is also inspired by nature and the streams, hills and trees. "Many people had their grandmothers to tell them stories but nobody told me any. I started reading early and thus I read my own stories," he says. "One of my grandmothers was a very silent woman, the other one used to scold me a lot. So I don't..
                 

OYO forays into holiday packages, targets 10% sales from this

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Hospitality company OYO has made a foray into the holiday packages segment with 'OYO Total Holidays' and expects 10 per cent of its total revenues to come from this over the next five years, a top company executive said. "With the leisure segment growing rapidly, we find people taking several short breaks in a year providing a huge opportunity in the holiday package segment. So launching OYO Total Holidays two months back was a natural progression beyond hotel rooms. Now we will offer one-stop travel solution across the country and select overseas destinations," OYO chief operating officer Abhinav Sinha told PTI here. "In this segment, we will provide end-to-end travel solutions including, hotels, inter and intra travel facilities, sight seeing, tourist guides, all meals and for select locations flights tickets and visa facilities," Sinha added. The company, he said, is expecting OYO Total Holidays to contribute up to 10 per cent of the total revenue in five years, he ...
                 

Counseling for pregnant women gets personalized

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New chromosome study can lead to personalised counseling of pregnant women, claims a team of researchers.Fetuses with a so-called new balanced chromosomal aberration have a higher risk of developing brain disorders such as autism and mental retardation than previously anticipated. According to a study conducted by the University of Copenhagen, the risk is 20 percent for fetuses with these types of aberrations.These chromosomal aberrations are seen in the fetus in one out of 2,000 pregnant women. Until now, when such an aberration has been found, the medical doctors have told the pregnant woman that the fetus' risk of developing congenital malformations is 6-9 percent."We have identified all the people who, as fetuses, were diagnosed with such a chromosomal aberration in Denmark, and we can see that they more often have developed a disease. The previous study, which found a risk of 6-9 percent, mainly looked at congenital malformations and did not include neurocognitive diseases such ....
                 

PM Modi stresses on Fit India, Yoga Day in 'Mann Ki Baat'

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed the country's response to his 'Fit India' initiative, saying that he did not anticipate the kind of response it garnered from the country.Addressing the nation on the 44th edition of the monthly radio programme, 'Mann Ki Baat', he said, "My dear countrymen, especially my young friends, just a couple of months ago, when I mentioned 'Fit India', I did not think it would draw such a good response; that a large number of people would come forward to support it. When I say 'Fit India', I believe that the more we play, the more we will inspire the country to come out and play.""People are sharing videos of Fitness Challenge on social media; they are tagging each other to spread the challenge. Everybody is now getting connected with this Fit India Campaign. People from the film fraternity, from the world of Sports, common citizens of the country, members of the armed forces, school teachers or even those toiling in fields and farms, their rising ...
                 

'Firewall' for smartphones may protect your privacy

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Scientists have developed the first ultrasound-firewall that can prevent hackers from eavesdropping on hidden data transmission between smartphones and other mobile devices. The permanent networking of mobile devices can endanger the privacy of users and lead to new forms of monitoring. New technologies such as Google Nearby and Silverpush use ultrasonic sounds to exchange information between devices via loudspeakers and microphones. More and more of our devices communicate via this inaudible communication channel. Ultrasonic communication allows devices to be paired and information to be exchanged. It also makes it possible to track users and their behaviour over a number of devices, much like cookies on the Web. Almost every device with a microphone and a loudspeaker can send and receive ultrasonic sounds. Users are usually unaware of this inaudible and hidden data transmission. Researchers from the St Polten University of Applied Sciences in Austria has developed a mobile .....
                 

N. Korea denies seeking economic help from US

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North Korea on Sunday slammed US reports which said N Korea is seeking economic assistance from the United States in return for denuclearisation.The incumbent Workers' Party's official newspaper Rodong Sinmun said that Fox News TV, CBS and CNN were as impudent as to make rubbish that if North Korea meets the requirements of the U.S., it can get 'large-scale non-governmental economic aid,'" Yonhap quoted.Agitated North claims that it is the US that asked for Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)-U.S. talks first and as far as the economic aid is concerned, the DPRK has never asked for it.This newspaper controversy came after the U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled the meeting with North Korean Supreme leader Kim Jong-Un scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. Trump later changed his statement saying, the summit would go ahead as planned.On Saturday, looking at the urgency of the matter, Kim held a summit with President Moon Jae-in at the inter-Korean truce village of .....
                 

BCCI decides to wait and watch on pitch-fixing sting

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The BCCI today reacted cautiously to a sting operation which alleged pitch doctoring in three Test matches featuring India, saying it would consider action against implicated former cricketer Robin Morris only if he is found guilty in an ongoing ICC probe. The sting has been carried out by Al Jazeera channel and the Test matches in question are India vs Sri Lanka (Galle, July 26-29, 2017), India vs Australia (Ranchi, March 16-20, 2017) and India vs England (Chennai, December 16-20, 2016). The first and third Tests mentioned were won by India while the Ranchi encounter ended in a draw. "We believe ICC has started its probe. Let them complete that and pronounce Morris guilty. The BCCI will only act when they have the verdict in hand," a senior office-bearer of the Board told PTI today. He also said that Morris, who has played 42 first-class and 51 List A matches in his career is not currently involved in any BCCI projects. "We need to check with our Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) whether .....
                 

Govt hospital clearance needed for caesarean deliveries at pvt hospitals under NHPM

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Caesarean deliveries in private hospitals under the Centre's National Health Protection Mission will only be allowed after the patient is referred from a government hospital specifying reasons. The aim is to encourage normal deliveries, Chief Executive Officer of Ayushman Bharat- National Health Protection Mission, Indu Bhushan said. He said normal deliveries will not be covered under the scheme, which aims to provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually and benefit more than 10 crore families belonging to the poor and vulnerable sections of the society. "Caesarean sections will only be allowed in private hospitals under the scheme after they are referred there from public hospitals specifying the reasons, which could be bed or human resource shortage or other issues," Bhushan said. A caesarean surgery is used for delivery when normal vaginal delivery poses a medical risk to the mother or the child. "According to WHO, the ideal rate of C-section is 10-15 per cent for a country,..
                 

China begins testing of heavy-ion cancer treatment system

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Chinese researchers have begun clinical testing of heavy-ion medical accelerators capable of killing cancer cells with high-energy electrons, officials said today. Researchers said that the accelerators entered clinical testing for cancer patients in the northwest Gansu province this month. Cancer radiation treatments employing heavy-ion accelerators can bombard a target with high-energy electrons to kill cancer cells. Xiao Guoqing, head of the Institute of Modern Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said it is widely considered the most effective way of fighting tumors. Compared to the traditional therapy such as radiation, heavy-ion treatment is considered to have more balanced properties with less radiation on healthy cells. The treatment period is shorter and the therapy could more effectively control cancer cells. The institute in Lanzhou, capital of the northwest Gansu province, developed the accelerators in 2015. It took two years for the accelerators to undergo .....
                 

Oommen Chandy appointed Congress' Andhra in charge

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Tripura govt sets deadline to phase out plastic bags

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The Tripura government has set August 15 as the deadline to phase out plastic carry bags, state minister Sudip Roy Barman said. The government, as part of the 'Himalayan Cleanup' programme, urged people to replace their plastic bags with biodegradable ones. The Himalayan Cleanup campaign has been launched by a Delhi-based organization in 12 mountain states in the country to end plastic pollution in the hilly areas. Barman, the state science, technology and environment minister, said the initiative will go a long way in restoring ecological balance. "Plastic waste damages marine life, contaminates soil and clogs drains. The environment department is taking measures to free the state of plastic bags by August 15," Barman told reporters after launching the drive here. People have to realize that plastic is not biodegradable and burning it could only produce harmful gases, the minister stated. "Random plastic use for packing food items and groceries has to be stopped. If .....
                 

New technique to combat cancer

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A group of scientists has worked to develop a new technique in order to fine-tune cancer treatment.According to a study conducted by the University of East Anglia, cancer therapies that cut off blood supply to a tumour could be more effective in combination with existing chemotherapeutic drugs.The study revealed that tumour growth is better-reduced in mice when the expression of a particular protein called Beta3-integrin is targeted in combination with drugs that are already used in cancer patients.It is hoped that the findings could help fine-tune treatment for cancer patients and revitalise an interest in the use of microtubule-targeting agents (MTAs) which are commonly used as chemotherapies in cancer patients.Lead researcher Stephen Robinson said, "Tumours must recruit their own blood supply to grow beyond a very small size and this process is called angiogenesis"."Anti-angiogenic drugs stop tumours from growing their own blood vessels, and this, in turn, can slow the growth of .....
                 

ISR prepares district-level earthquake hazard map for Gujarat

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The Instituteof Seismological Research (ISR), a state agency, has come out with an 'earthquake hazard map' of Gujarat, which provides information about how intense the ground movement can be if earthquake hits a particular place. It can help town planners and architects take necessary precautions to mitigate the impact of a possible earthquake, ISR officials said. To prepare the map, the ISR took into account data of seismic activities in Gujarat from as back as 1668. It plans to bring out the map in a coffee-table book format, said Ravi Kumar, Director General of the ISR. "We have developed the map for all 33 districts. It shows ground acceleration to be experienced in different parts of the state. It can come in handy for town planners to assess possible intensity of an earthquake," Kumar said. As per the map, Bhuj and the Rann of Kutch in Kutch district are highly active seismic zones, and are expected to experience the highest degree of ground motion in the .....
                 

People raise concern over promulgation of Gilgit Baltistan Order, 2018

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Several political leaders and general public in Gilgit-Baltistan have raised concern over the promulgation of Gilgit Baltistan Order, 2018 replacing the Gilgit Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order of 2009.Gilgit-Baltistan Order, 2018, which essentially seizes the powers of Gilgit Baltistan Council and entrusts Prime Minister of Pakistan with indisputable authorities vis-a-vis Gilgit- Baltistan, was officially promulgated on May 21.The unilateral decision has drawn the disappointment and ire of civilians and political leaders cutting across party lines, alike.All have categorically condemned the decision citing it discriminatory, authoritative and suppressive in nature. They have also termed it devastating to the future of Gilgit-Baltistan.The lawmakers have alleged that the order that boasts of empowering the people of the region by giving them unprecedented liberty to exercise their fundamental rights across the country is, in reality, another document of deceit and .....
                 

Goal conflict linked to psychological distress

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People who are under psychological distress, or have symptoms of anxiety and depression, are more likely to be torn about which personal goals to pursue, a study has found. A survey of more than 200 young adults by the University of Exeter and Edith Cowan University (ECU) in the UK investigated two forms of motivational conflict. These were inter-goal conflict (when pursuing one goal makes it difficult to pursue another) and ambivalence (conflicting feelings about particular goals). The results showed that each of these forms of goal conflict was independently associated with anxious and depressive symptoms, but did not predict worsening of symptoms over one month. "People with poorer mental health are more likely to report that their personal goals hinder one another," said Nick Moberly, of the University of Exeter. "Such conflict between goals may be more manageable if it is conscious. However, ambivalence may indicate a clash between a goal and a higher-order value that lies .....
                 

'Shadowhunters' actor gets hitched

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CCI should not adopt stringent approach to leniency applications: Experts

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Fair trade regulator Competition Commission should not adopt "stringent approach" while dealing with leniency applications from those who come forward to provide information about cartels, say experts. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) recently passed its third leniency order in Nagrik Chetna Manch vs Fortified Security Solutions and Others. However, in the present order, the CCI has adopted a more stringent approach with respect to leniency applications, said L Badri Narayanan, Partner Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys. The present order, according to him, is "ideologically contrary to CCI's other orders in wherein the CCI had reduced the penalties of all notwithstanding the fact that information/ evidence on cartel furnished by two of the applicants did not result in 'significant value addition'. Diljit Titus, Managing Partner, Titus & Co, said the leniency provisions have been in use in the US for long time where the fine depends upon the severity of the .....
                 

Zidane place in pantheon of great coaches secure as Real win again

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He was one of the all-time greats as a player, and Zinedine Zidane now merits consideration as one of the game's great managers after making history with Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final. His team's 3-1 win over Liverpool on a dramatic evening in Kiev allowed Zidane to become the first coach ever to win the Champions League in three consecutive seasons, with Real becoming the first team to achieve that feat in more than 40 years. Less than two and a half years after being promoted from his position as coach of Real's second team to his first managerial role at the highest level, the Frenchman has become only the third coach in the history of the game to lift the European Cup three times. Leaving behind contemporaries Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, Zidane has equalled former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, the man he used to serve as an assistant. "I need to congratulate the players as it is not at all easy what they are doing," Zidane said after .....
                 

New element with magnetic properties discovered

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Scientists have discovered that the chemical element ruthenium (Ru) is the fourth element to have unique magnetic properties at room temperature. The discovery, led by researchers at the University of Minnesota in the US, could be used to improve sensors, devices in the computer memory and logic industry, or other devices using magnetic materials. The use of ferromagnetism, or the basic mechanism by which certain materials (such as iron) form permanent magnets or are attracted to magnets, reaches back as far as ancient times when lodestone was used for navigation. Since then only three elements on the periodic table have been found to be ferromagnetic at room temperature - iron (Fe), cobalt (Co), and nickel (Ni). The rare earth element gadolinium (Gd) nearly misses by only 8 degrees Celsius. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, opens the door to fundamental studies of this new ferromagnetic Ru. Magnetic materials are very important in industry and modern .....
                 

Wi-Fi adds wing to BharatNet, data usage jumps 190% in villages

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The launch of Wi-Fi hotspots under the rural broadband project 'BharatNet' has seen 190 per cent jump in data usage to 95 terabyte in six months of the service, as per an official report. A DoT report said that as on April 30 this year, "190 per cent increase in data consumption has been recorded during the last six months in rural areas where broadband internet is provided through Wi-Fi hotspots running on BharatNet Infrastructure". The government has completed the roll out of the BharatNet project in over 1 lakh gram panchayats and aims to cover the rest of 1.5 lakh GPs by the end of this year, it said. "While the first half of last twelve months saw a data consumption of around 33 TB, the second half witnessed a consumption of around 95 TB," the report said. The government is providing Wi-Fi hotspots service, known as (Wifi Choupal) in 7,183 gram panchayats (GPs) under the BharatNet project in 12 states and Union Territories -- Bihar, Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand, ...
                 

Tax Dept to sell Cairn Energy's attached shares at 'appropriate time'

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The Tax Department will sell at an "appropriate time" the shares owned by British firm Cairn Energy plc which were attached following a Rs 10,247-crore tax demand, a senior tax official said. The tax department had in January 2014 used a two-year-old retrospective tax law to raise a Rs 10,247-crore demand on alleged capital gains made by Cairn Energy on a decade-old internal reorganisation of India business. This was followed by attaching the company's residual 9.8 per cent shares in its erstwhile subsidiary, Cairn India. Cairn India was subsequently merged with its new parent Vedanta Ltd, in which Cairn Energy now holds about 4.95 per cent stake. These shares continued to be attached for four years but the tax department had earlier this year got them transferred to it. "We will sell the shares at an appropriate time," the official of the tax department said. The tax department had come close to selling the shares in March but aborted the move at the last moment. Cairn Energy has .....
                 

5.2-magnitude quake hits Fiji

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Drake unveils 'I'm upset'

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PM urges people to shun plastics

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged the people to shun low-grade plastic and polythene, saying it was creating a negative impact on the environment, wildlife and the health of the people. He asked the people to observe the World Environment Day on June 5 with vigour, and that it was time to concentrate on tree plantation. Planting saplings is not enough, people should ensure that they care for a plant till it becomes a tree, Modi said. "Protecting environment and being sensitive towards nature should come naturally. The recent dust storms accompanied by rains was unseasonal. The climate pattern led to the loss of life and property. It is a result of change in weather pattern," he said in his monthly 'Mann ki baat' radio address. "Whenever we face a torrid summer, or floods, incessant rains or unbearable cold, everybody becomes an expert, analysing global warming and climate change. But does empty talk bring about any solutions? Being sensitive towards nature, protecting nature, ....
                 

Mann ki Baat: PM Modi congratulates INVS Tarini women team

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated the six-member women team of Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini who sailed 22,000 nautical miles in 254 days to circumnavigate the globeAddressing the nation on the 44th edition of the monthly radio programme, 'Mann Ki Baat', he said, "These six daughters of India undertook the Navika Sagar Parikrama and in 254 days, they circumnavigated the globe in the INVS Tarini. They returned to India on May 21 and they were welcomed quite vigourously. While sailing over various seas and oceans, they covered 22,000 nautical miles, which is a first of it's kind feat."The all woman-crew had arrived in Panaji, Goa on May 21 after successfully circumnavigating the globe for eight months. The expedition was covered in five legs, with stopovers at four ports - Fremantle in Australia, Lyttelton in New Zealand, Port Stanley in Falklands and Cape Town in South Africa.Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman received the six-member team along with .....
                 

BJP calls Rahul 'failed dynast'; cites political drubbing under his leadership

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The BJP today mocked Rahul Gandhi for his report card on the Modi government's performance by citing the Congress' electoral defeats under his leadership and calling him a "failed dynast". "DearRahul Gandhi, we do not know how many times irony dies when a failed dynast like you give marks to a performing government. Here is a compilation of all the glories you have brought to your party," the BJP said in a tweet. It also tagged a visual recording of the poll losses of the Congress since Gandhi was elevated as party vice president in 2013 followed by his appointment as the party president last year. The ruling party said the Congress has lost as many as 24 elections since then. On the central government's fourth anniversary yesterday, Gandhi in a mock "report card" had ridiculed its performance, giving it 'F' in agriculture, foreign policy, fuel prices and job creation and 'A+' in slogan creation and self promotion...
                 

DLF sells nearly 50K sq ft office space in Gurugram for Rs 150 cr

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India's largest realty firm DLF has sold nearly 50,000 sq ft of prime office space in Gurugram for about Rs 150 crore on account of rising demand for commercial properties from corporates and institutional investors. DLF, which generally provides office space on lease to corporates, has adopted both lease/sale model for its 12 lakh sq ft office building 'Two Horizon Center' on Golf Course road, Gurugram in Haryana. According to sources, the company has sold about 48,000 sq ft of office space in this project at a basic selling price of more than Rs 25,000 per sq ft to a big corporate house. Now, the company is left with only a little over 1 lakh sq ft in this project, they added. The company spokesperson declined to comment on this transaction. The project 'Two Horizon Center' houses Samsung, Harvard Business Review, KIA Motors and Hero Cycles among others. In 2016, DLF had leased about 3.5 lakh sq ft of office space to Samsung India Electronics in this project. Two Horizon Center is ....
                 

Bajrang Dal cadre gets arms training to 'protect Hindus'

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The Bajrang Dal organized an arms training camp this month, in Bawara of Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh where its workers were secretly trained to use arms and other weapons in the name of protecting Hindus.Apparently, the camp was organised from May 3 to May 11, where the selected members from 32 districts were given the training to use rifles, swords, and lathis to 'tackle anti-national, love jihad elements.'The Hindu outfit was also given special training in shooting, karate, climbing the tree with rope or towel, high jumping etc in this 24-hour camp.Once admitted, the Bajrangis were not allowed to go out in any situation. All their facilities were taken care of, from 4 in the morning till 11 pm.The disclosure of the case came when the photograph of the training session came out.Speaking to ANI, Bajrang Dal District Convenor, Devi Singh Sondhia said," This is a routine camp which we organize annually to tackle anti-national, love jihad elements. It started in the year .....
                 

Keen contest on cards in bypoll to 2 Maha LS seats tomorrow

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The by-elections to Palghar and Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra will be held tomorrow for which all four major parties have pulled out all stops as the outcome is likely to have a bearing on their future course. The Shiv Sena has fielded late BJP MP Chintaman Wanaga's son Shriniwas Wanaga in Palghar, much to the dislike of the BJP which has in-turn nominated Congress deserter Rajendra Gavit. During the bitter poll campaign, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray launched an all out attack on the ally BJP. In a veiled attack on the BJP, he called upon opposition parties to fight unitedly against the "calamity which has befallen the country". "I want to tell the Congress, the NCP, even communists, don't go separate ways...let's come together to fight the calamity which has befallen the country. Otherwise, by the time we realise it, it would be too late," Thackeray said at a campaign rally. However, state Congress chief Ashok Chavan said his party will have nothing to do with..
                 

GMR, GVK in race for Philippines airport O&M contract

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Infra majors GMR and GVK among other firms are in the race for Operations and Maintenance (O&M) contract of Clark International Airport (CIA) in Philippines. According to an official release from Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) of Philippines, a Pre-Bid Conference was held on May 21, at the Mind Museum Auditorium in Taguig city, which was attended by prospective bidders. A total of 30 firms attended the Pre-Bid Conference, BCDA said. Clark International Airport, formerly known as the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, is about 100 km from the capital Manila. A GMR group company along with its partner, Manila-based Megawide was in December last year awarded the USD 250 million Clark International Airport EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) contract in the southeast Asian nation. The EPC project scope involves design, construction, testing and commissioning of a new terminal with a capacity of eight million passengers per .....
                 

India, Russia conclude negotiations for S-400 Triumf deal

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India has concluded price negotiations with Russia for a nearly Rs 40,000 crore deal to procure S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems for the Indian Air Force, officials said. They said the two countries are now trying to find a way out to evade the provisions of a US law that seeks to punish countries and entities engaged in transactions with the defence or intelligence establishment of Russia. "The negotiations for the missile deal have been concluded. The financial component has been finalised," a top official involved in the negotiations for the deal with Russia told PTI. The official said both Russia and India are likely to announce the deal before an annual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in October. Two other officials said both sides are now looking at ways to insulate the deal from the sanctions announced by the US against Russia under its Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). The issue is .....
                 

'Paltan' trailer to release in mid-July: Harshvardhan Rane

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Pondy CM, Bedi drag chariot at temple festival

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UN experts asks India to protect journalist Rana Ayyub from online hate campaign

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A group of UN human rights experts has expressed concern over continued threats to journalist Rana Ayyub, calling on the Indian government to urgently take steps to protect her and ensure the threats against her are promptly and thoroughly investigated. "We are highly concerned that the life of Rana Ayyub is at serious risk following these graphic and disturbing threats," said the UN experts. Ayyub is an independent journalist and writer whose work has included investigations into alleged crimes committed by public and government officials. The experts recalled the murder of another Indian journalist, Gauri Lankesh, who had also received death threats for her work. Lankesh, who was shot dead in September last year outside her home in Bangalore, had written critically about religious fundamentalism, the governing party and right-wing politics, as well as the caste system. The UN experts are Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard, Special .....
                 

Afghanistan NSA to visit Pakistan today

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Afghanistan National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar is set to visit Pakistan on Sunday.High-level representatives of the Afghan Army are to accompany him on the invitation of Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.Atmar is scheduled to meet Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The aim of the meeting would be to discuss regional security and bilateral relations of the neighboring countries, according to Geo News.Last month, Abbasi visited Kabul on the invitation of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani. The two leaders then promised to work together on regional security.Ghani and Abbasi discussed how both the countries can work together on peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, counter-terrorism, return of Afghan refugees, bilateral trade and regional connectivity.Abbasi announced a gift of 40 thousand tons of wheat for the Afghan people and waiver of additional regulatory duty on Afghan export to Pakistan.The two sides also discussed exchanging of .....
                 

Cash rewards better than e-cigarettes at helping smokers quit

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Cash incentives are three times more effective to help smokers kick the butt than smoking cessation aids, such as nicotine patches, chewing gums or e-cigarettes, a study has found. Many corporate wellness programmes offer free smoking cessation aids to help employees quit smoking. However, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in the US showed that merely offering such aids for free does not help employees quit, whereas supplementing them with financial incentives is three times more effective. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, provides the first large-scale evidence that offering e-cigarettes to known smokers is not effective at helping smokers stay smoke-free. "Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable deaths in the US, and nearly all large employers offer wellness programmes aimed at getting people to quit," said Scott D Halpern, an associate professor at University of Pennsylvania in the US. "But, these programmes vary considerably, and ...
                 

Korean leaders trying to salvage Singapore summit, says US media

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As South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a surprise two-hour meeting, the mainstream US media said that the two leaders are trying to salvage the June 12 Singapore summit that was abruptly cancelled by President Donald Trump. Moon and Kim met yesterday in the Panmunjom village of the demilitarized zone. This was the second meeting between the two leaders in less than a month and the fourth ever between the leaders of the two countries. They met two days after Trump abruptly cancelled the summit with the North Korean leader on June 12 in Singapore and blamed Pyongyang's "tremendous anger" and "open hostility" for his dramatic decision. "The rapidly arranged meeting between the two countries reflects how urgently the two leaders are trying to salvage the US-North Korea summit, originally scheduled for June 12 in Singapore," The Washington Post said. The meeting is "the latest attempt by the two Korean leaders to keep recent engagement efforts on .....
                 

Andhra CM asks aqua farmers to prioritise environment protection

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met aqua farmers and exporters in Amravati and asked them to give priority to the environment protection.Naidu also asked the aqua farmers to focus on regulating the diseases to the aqua product in an eco-friendly manner while adding that "the use of antibiotics without discrimination is not good for the ecology.""Aqua farmers should focus on regulating the diseases to the aqua product in an eco-friendly manner, and reduce input expenditure. Aquaculture without registration is not correct. All those should be careful and register immediately, otherwise they have to face a ban from the center," said Naidu.He further said that the state government has been encouraging aqua sector in coastal region and horticulture in Rayalaseema region."We have reduced power tariffs for aqua farmers. They can get a good price for their produce when they cooperate with those who come forward to set up the processing units. Aqua farmers and .....
                 

TCS spent Rs 1,500 cr on R&D, innovation last fiscal

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India's largest IT services firm TCS increased its spending on research and development and innovation initiatives by over 17 per cent to Rs 1,500 crore in 2017-18, compared to the previous year. Its total R&D and innovation expenditures stood at Rs 1,278 crore in 2016-17, as per the company's annual report. Of its expenditure in FY18, Rs 298 crore was spent on R&D, while Rs 1,202 crore was directed towards innovation centres, it added. This is about 1.2 per cent of TCS' total turnover for the fiscal. A crown jewel of the salt-to-software services conglomerate Tata Group, TCS had a consolidated total income of Rs 1,26,746 crore in FY2017-18, while its profit for the fiscal was at Rs 25,880 crore. The company has a workforce of about 3.94 lakh people. TCS has Innovation Labs located in India and other parts of the world. The R&D centres, certified by Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (Government of India), function from Pune, Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi-NCR, ...
                 

Existing research not comprehensive, does not address all principles of ecotourism in India: Study

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Existing research is neither comprehensive nor does it equally address all the principles of ecotourism in India, claims a new study. Titled Trends and pathways for ecotourism research in India", the study identifies research gaps requiring immediate attention in terms of scientific data and analysis of the economics and conservation around ecotourism in India. Authors Mahi Puri and Krithi Karanth, from the Wildlife Conservation Society India Program, analysed and reviewed 30 peer-reviewed studies on ecotourism published since 2005. The studies were categorised into three broad themes - those that assessed the potential for ecotourism at specific sites, examined impacts of the existing tourism model, and those that evaluated ongoing ecotourism initiatives. The authors also identified the prominent reasons to adopt ecotourism, evaluated whether principles of ecotourism had been incorporated in scientific research, and identified gaps in research. "The study found that existing research..
                 

All macroeconomic parameters improved in last 4 years: NITI Aayog

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NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar today termed the performance of the Modi government as 'miraculous' saying that all the macroeconomic parameters including growth, inflation and fiscal deficit have shown considerable improvement in the last four years. The government has done well on all fronts considering that the country plunged into a state of policy paralysis and was on a standstill mode during the closing years of the UPA regime. Narendra Modi took over as the 15th Prime Minister of India four years ago, on May 26, 2014. "In 2014, the economy was on decline, non performing assets (NPAs) of banks had risen already. Plus there was a complete policy paralysis, the government was on standstill. With that kind of legacy, it is quite miraculous that we have come to where we are at this moment in terms of macroeconomics," Kumar told PTI in an interview. He further said that inflation is down now, foreign exchange reserves are high, fiscal deficit is in control and growth has .....
                 

Arrow eyes over 20% sales growth in 4-5 years

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Formal wear brand Arrow is targeting over 20 per cent year-on-year sales growth in the next 4-5 years, and plans to open 55 exclusive brand outlets this fiscal to expand its footprint in tier II and tier III cities. "We will continue to see growth upwards of 20 per cent in the next 4-5 years. We don't see this growth slowing down," Arvind Lifestyle Brands Chief Operating Officer - Heritage Brands Division Sumit Dhingra told PTI. The brand, however, does not disclose its financial numbers. Dhingra expects demand for work wear as a category to continue to grow in the foreseeable future. "However, the way people dress up for work is changing so we have three sub brands within Arrow to meet that need," he said. "We plan to open 55 exclusive brand outlets (EBOs) and 250 shop-in-shops this fiscal. One of the big initiative of this year is to enter tier II and tier III markets," he said. We are well represented (with stores) in top 6 cities. Bulk of our expansion this year, will happen in .....
                 

Economy on recovery path, investments likely to pick up: CII

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Industry chamber CII today said businesses across several key sectors are seeing firm growth in sales and orders, indicating that the economy is on a recovery path and investments will pick up. CII President Rakesh Bharti Mittal said the impact of sustained structural reforms is now being felt on the ground as a mammoth economy is turning around. "Businesses across several key sectors are experiencing firm growth in sales and orders, indicating better capacity utilisation and higher investment expectations," Mittal added. Sectors like consumer non-durables, two-wheelers and tractors are witnessing strong rural consumption. Prudent macroeconomic management has encouraged growth and investments for capacity expansion are being planned as demand conditions recover, CII said in a statement. "With several major development campaigns such as Make in India, Digital India, Swachh Bharat, Clean Energy and others gaining traction, as well as recovery in the global economy and expectations of a ...
                 

Complete canal work of Konar irrigation project by June: CM

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GST to be levied on goods stored in customs warehouse only on final clearance: CBIC

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The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has asked its field offices to levy GST on goods in customs warehouse only at the time of final clearance. The move is aimed at ensuring ease of doing business for importers, experts said. In a circular to principal chief commissioners and chief commissioners, the GST policy wing of the CBIC said, "transfer/sale of goods while being deposited in a customs bonded warehouse" is a common trade practice whereby the importer files an 'into-bond' bill of entry and stores the goods in a customs bonded warehouse. The importer then supplies such goods to another person, who then files an 'ex-bond' bill of entry for clearing the said goods from the customs bonded warehouse for home consumption. The CBIC said that the Customs Tariff Act has been amended with effect from March 31, 2018, to state that the valuation for the purpose of levy of Integrated GST (IGST) on warehoused imported goods at the time of clearance for home consumption would ...
                 

AIIMS gets green nod for developing Rs 2,163 cr super-speciality blocks

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All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has received green nod for developing super-speciality blocks at Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre (JPNATC) in the national capital at a cost of Rs 2,163 crore. State-owned NBCC will be implementing the proposed project that will come up in an area of 60,500 square metre in the JPNATC campus-II at Safdarjung Enclave. The construction work is expected to be completed in four years. In a letter to NBCC, Union Environment Ministry said that it has given the environment clearance to the AIIMS' proposed project with certain riders. The clearance has been given after taking into account the recommendations of an internal expert committee. The land acquisition has been done for the proposed site. The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 2,163 crore. As per the proposal, the project will comprise of constructing five blocks with 184 beds. Maximum height of the building will be 38 metre. The building will accommodate various departments..
                 

Digital transformation in tech sector to add 5 mn positions worldwide: Report

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Digital transformation in the tech sector is increasing the demand for professionals with specific skills in areas like cybersecurity, cloud and data analytics and these verticals will add more than 5 million positions worldwide by 2027, says a survey. According to a survey by market intelligence firm IDC sponsored by Cisco, there is a significant skill shortage for many of these roles and thus prospects are strong for IT professionals with specific skills and certifications. The "most significant roles as per the survey report span various IT functions like data management/analytics, cybersecurity, IT infrastructure, software/applications development and digital transformation. Region-wise, Asia Pacific will gain 2.9 million 'most significant' positions in the next decade, while North America will gain 1.2 million such positions and Latin America 0.6 million positions. "Digital transformation is driving the industry and creating demand for new roles. The economic opportunities are .....
                 

Manipur CM says country is progressing in Modi regime

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Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said that the country has been progressing well under the BJP-led government at the Centre. "Manipur is also marching ahead as the Modi government has paid special attention to the state," the chief minister said while speaking at a function for completion of four years of BJP-led government at the Centre here yesterday. He thanked the Centre for taking the initiative for setting up a National Sports University in Manipur. Speaking at the function, Ksh Bhavananda, president of the BJP's state unit, said that there was no allegation of corruption against Narendra Modi regime so far. This was the best example of transparency of Modi government. On the other hand, opposition Congress leader and former chief minister O Ibobi Singh alleged that the people of the country now realised that BJP had befooled them by making false promises during election campaign. He said this while joining the nation-wide protest launched by AICC and .....
                 

Trump revives hope for summit with Kim; says date and location 'hasn't changed'

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US President Donald Trump said today that he is still looking at a summit on June 12 in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and things are moving "very nicely" towards the meeting. "We're looking at June 12 in Singapore. That hasn't changed. It's moving along pretty well, so we'll see what happens," Trump told reporters at the White House during a meeting with a US prisoner freed by Venezuela. His remarks came after the surprise meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the demilitarized zone on Saturday during which the two leaders discussed the summit meeting with the US. "I just want to mention we're doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea. Looks like it's going along very well," said the US president in response to questions from reporters. "As you know there are meetings going on as we speak in a certain location which I won't name. Like the location, it's not so far away from here. And I think there's a lot of good will. I think .....