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  • Galaxy Grand Prime: Samsung readies its selfie phone 17-09-2014 10:40 AM

    London: At a time when the world is going crazy over the selfie phenomena, Samsung is rumoured to have developed its first selfie-centric smartphone. The Galaxy Grand Prime reportedly has a 5MP front-facing camera fit for clicking self-portraits. It has a 5-inch, 540x960 pixels display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon...
  • National identity card for handicapped soon: Thawar Chand Gehlot 17-09-2014 10:27 AM

    New Delhi: A national identity card for the handicapped is on the anvil, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said on Tuesday. "The handicapped people face difficulty because of multiple authorities giving the certificates... At times, certificate issued in one district is not valid in other," Gehlot said...
  • 69th session of UN General Assembly begins 17-09-2014 10:24 AM

    United Nations: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) started its 69th session at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, Uganda's foreign minister who was elected President of the 69th UNGA session June 11, said in his opening remarks that the coming year will be a...
  • Sensex surges 131 points; metal stocks gain 17-09-2014 09:57 AM

    Mumbai: A benchmark index of Indian equities markets on Wednesday surged 131.16 points or 0.50 per cent up as metal stocks gained. All the sectors were trading in green and good buying was observed in metal, healthcare, consumer durables and capital goods sectors. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the...
  • NASA's crowdsourced 'global selfie' to send Earth's self portrait into space 17-09-2014 09:31 AM

    New York: A "global selfie" project that aims to send a special message from earth to space via NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has been approved by the US space agency. NASA has agreed to set aside 100 MB data for the crowdsourced self-portrait of Earth on the New Horizons probe...
  • Ashutosh Gowariker unveils first poster, promo for his television debut 'Everest' 17-09-2014 09:14 AM

    Mumbai: The promo and poster of filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker's TV show "EVEREST" was launched here Tuesday. Co-directed by Glenn Baretto and Ankush Mohla, the Star Plus show is about the struggle of a daughter, who in order to gain her father's acceptance decides to climb the highest mountain of the...
  • Rajnath Singh inaugurates underwater training tank for National Security Guard 17-09-2014 09:09 AM

    Gurgaon: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday inaugurated the Diving Training Tank, developed to train commandos in underwater operations, at the NSG camp here, an official said. Rajnath Singh visited the National Security Guard (NSG) camp, Manesar for the first time after becoming Home Minister. After paying homage to the...
  • Actor Kamal Haasan hospitalised for food poisoning; out of danger now 17-09-2014 08:41 AM

    Chennai: Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, who was Tuesday admitted to a private hospital here following suspected symptoms of food poisoning, will be discharged Wednesday morning, said a hospital source. Kamal's manager Nikil Murugan had told IANS that the star was admitted to Apollo Hospital on Greams Road here. "We ran some...
  • Scottish minister insists of using pound even if gets independence 17-09-2014 08:29 AM

    Edinburg: Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond on Tuesday insisted that an independent Scotland could not be prevented from using the pound. In an interview with Sky TV news, Salmond reiterated his desire to hold on to sterling, saying that the words about "being able to be vetoed from using the...
  • One million newborns die within 24 hours of birth: UN 17-09-2014 08:09 AM

    United Nations: One million babies each year died within 24 hours of birth from mostly preventable causes, a UN report said on Tuesday. The 2014 Committing to Child Survival, a Promise Renewed progress report showed that many of these deaths could be easily prevented with simple, cost-effective interventions before, during...
  • NASA to make major announcement about spacecraft contracts 17-09-2014 08:00 AM

    Washington: US space agency NASA said on Tuesday it will make a "major announcement" regarding the awarding of contracts to build commercial spaceships that will send the country's astronauts to space soil by 2017. "NASA is poised to announce the final phase of development and certification to provide safe, reliable...
  • Ebola epidemic spiraling out of control: Barack Obama 17-09-2014 07:56 AM

    Washington: The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is "spiraling out of control" and posing a potential threat to global security, US President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday. "If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected, with profound political and economic...
  • CLT20: IPL teams bank on home advantage 16-09-2014 08:33 PM

    New Delhi: Indian Premier League (IPL) teams, with their rich experience of playing in high-pressure matches, will begin the competition as pre-tournament favourites as the tournament proper of Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) gets underway in Hyderabad with a Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders match on Wednesday. Kolkata Knight...
  • Over 1,000 Pakistani parliamentarians face suspension 16-09-2014 06:32 PM

    Islamabad: More than 1,000 parliamentarians in Pakistan are facing their membership's suspension if they continued to not submit their assets' details to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has revealed that out of 1,174 parliamentarians only 96 have submitted details of their assets, Geo...
  • Sonam Kapoor: I am single and on the lookout for a man who won't let me down 16-09-2014 05:40 PM

    New Delhi: After having her share of hits and flops, Sonam Kapoor is now looking for her Mr. Right. The 29-year-old may be linked to her 'I Hate Luv Storys' director Punit Malhotra and "Mausam" co-star Shahid Kapoor, but she is yet to find her man. In a tete-a-tete on...
  • Young Japanese man promoting peace gives free hugs 16-09-2014 05:09 PM

    A young Japanese man has been traveling three years through Asia distributing 'free hugs for peace' in an initiative to bring people together, His videos have registered more than 1.5 million views on Youtube. Koichi Kuwabara, 29, began his adventure just after graduating from university and has since toured South...
  • French government faces key confidence vote 16-09-2014 05:04 PM

    Paris: The French Socialist government faces a key parliamentary confidence vote on Tuesday as the country battles political and economic crises and with President Francois Hollande's popularity at a record low. Prime Minister Manuel Valls will outline the government's work programme in the National Assembly and submit it to a...
  • Srinagar resident's premonition about floods came true hours later 16-09-2014 04:51 PM

    Srinagar: Tawheed Bazaz, 35, a resident of Srinagar, had a premonition that the flood waters which had inundated the city centre, Lal Chowk, early last Sunday, would also reach their Mandir Bagh locality. "It came true just hours later as the muddy flood waters made their first appearance in our...
  • Australia: Man jailed for stealing legends' signed guitars 16-09-2014 04:42 PM

    Canberra: A court in Australia on Tuesday sentenced a man to a two-year jail term for stealing a valuable collection of signed guitars from the house of a music enthusiast, media reported. The 14 guitars, which were autographed by the music legends such as American rock band The Eagles, American...
  • Why some Facebook users spy on their lovers' online activity 16-09-2014 04:08 PM

    New York: Look closely at your partner's recent Facebook behaviour to find out if he is spying on you. According to a new study, some young lovers are increasingly monitoring their partners and boast about their relationships on the social networking site. "Facebook users in romantic relationships are more likely...
  • This robot can do your dishes 16-09-2014 04:06 PM

    London: Tired of housemaids' tantrums? Soon try this robot who can load dishwasher for you. Developed by scientists at the University of Birmingham, "Boris" is capable of intelligently manipulating unfamiliar objects with a human-like grasp. The robot sees objects with depth sensors on its face and wrists. In 10 seconds,...
  • Asian Games: Sreejesh finds new four-quarter hockey format advantageous 16-09-2014 04:03 PM

    Incheon: The new format of hockey will add a lot of zing to the sport as players will be able to re-energise themselves during the break between the quarters which will be an advantage for teams, including India, goalkeeper and vice-captain PR Sreejesh said on Tuesday. The Asian Games will...
  • Shah Rukh Khan praises Salman Khan for being courteous and gracious 16-09-2014 03:59 PM

    Mumbai: "Everybody is courteous and gracious and so is Salman Khan," said Shah Rukh Khan reacting to the former's friendly gesture. The two are known for their infamous rivalry, but now both of them seem to be holding out an olive branch to each other. If Salman was gracious enough...
  • Doosra not illegal, says inventor Saqlain Mushtaq 16-09-2014 03:57 PM

    Sydney: Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, widely acknowledged as the inventor of the 'doosra', has come out in defence of the controversial delivery and said that he try best to help his compatriot Saeed Ajmal rectify his faulty action. Ajmal, one of the finest spinners in World cricket, has been...
  • Acer launches a selfie hat with a built-in tablet 16-09-2014 03:50 PM

    Washington: For selfie lovers, technology giant Acer has developed a giant Mexican sombrero fitted with a tablet on the hat's fold-down flap. The glittery sombrero is equipped with an Iconia A-1 840 tablet that can take a shot of the wearer from various angles. The position of the tablet on...
  • Michael Clarke on track to play Test series against Pakistan 16-09-2014 03:48 PM

    Melbourne: Australia captain Michael Clarke seems to have overcome his hamstring problem and is on track to play the Test series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month. There were fears that Clarke's hamstring injury was tendon-related, but according to Sydney Morning Herald, the injury is not as...
  • Researchers create ceramic that recovers shape after being smashed 16-09-2014 03:38 PM

    New York: Researchers have developed a technology that can lead to production of a material that is thermally insulating but also extremely light-weight and non-breakable. The team of researchers from California Institute of Technology in the US has developed the method by taking advantage of the unusual properties that solids...
  • Watch: MIT's Cheetah robot that sprints like Usain Bolt 16-09-2014 03:29 PM

    Washington: Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a bounding algorithm to enable a robotic cheetah run and jump with super agility. This cheetah is a sleek, four-legged assemblage of gears, batteries and electric motors that weighs about as much as its feline counterpart. The team recently...
  • Habitual Facebook users prone to phishing attacks by criminals 16-09-2014 02:36 PM

    New York: If you are perpetually online on Facebook and do respond to anonymous friends' requests without considering how they are connected with those sending the requests, beware of phishing attacks. According to a new study by an Indian-origin researcher, habitual use of Facebook makes individuals susceptible to social media...
  • 'Cell-like' structure points towards life on Mars 16-09-2014 11:45 AM

    London: A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old has made a strong case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists. The finding of a 'cell-like' structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration between scientists in Britain and...