Modi, Obama seal nuclear agreement deal

Sunday, 25 January 2015 03:55 pm
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Breakthrough deal made within framework of India’s liability law; US waives off condition to track nuclear material provided by it to India

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Construction of nuclear power plants in India, such as the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, has been stiffly opposed by local communities because of fear of mishaps (Photo India Water Portal/Flickr)

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India-US close to breakthrough on nuclear deal

Sunday, 25 January 2015 08:28 am
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Insurance pool may be set up as cover against liability to US companies constructing reactors in India

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Illustration by DivyaAs the high profile visit of US president Barack Obama begins, the two countries have reportedly made a breakthrough in the nuclear deal, it is learnt.

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Obama-Modi and climate change

Saturday, 24 January 2015 03:21 am
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Ask not what India will do for climate. Ask what the US will do to reduce emissions to save world from climate

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India and the US are expected to sign an agreement to build three smart cities. But these will need more than digital management systems to make them inclusive cities 

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An artist’s impression of under-construction GIFT smart city in Gujarat

Climate change high on agenda during Obama visit

Friday, 23 January 2015 12:42 pm
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Outcome of India-US dialogue, particularly relating to renewable energy, will guide India’s intended contribution to global efforts to combat climate change

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PETA activists in Delhi call on Indian and US leaders to try vegan to combat climate change (Photo by Vikas Choudhary)

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Media reports have been discussing how this year’s chief guest, US President Barack Obama, would be exposed to the city’s unhealthy air during the parade

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Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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A recent observation of the Supreme Court, while hearing a petition filed by a filmmaker challenging censorship of his documentary, has left advocates of human rights in the country anguished and puzzled. Shoma A Chatterji explains why.

Scientists discover ‘safe’ GMOs

Thursday, 22 January 2015 04:47 pm
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The synthetic organisms need amino acids to survive

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American scientists claim to have developed “safer” genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that cannot spread in the wild. These GMOs have been created using synthetic biology.

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Gene kelch13 associated with malaria resistance

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(source: Health and Family Welfare Department, Gujarat) Scientists claim to have identified the genetics responsible for resistance to a frontline malaria drug, artemisinin.

Scientists identify genes that help TB bug survive

Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:41 am
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The new findings may lead to the development of more effective drugs and vaccine against tuberculosis

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Photo: Meeta Ahlawat

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Study by BARC scientists stresses the need to define safe limits for by-products like bromate in bottled and drinking water in India

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imageA new study by scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai has revealed the presence of bromate in packaged drinking water in the city. Bromate is produced as a by-product when water containing bromide is treated with ozone.

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Health authorities of Gujarat and Rajasthan have been alerted about possible outbreak of Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever

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Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever virus (Standford University)Yet another infectious disease has made its presence felt in India. Five cases of viral haemorrhagic fever have been reported from a private hospital in Jodhpur.

Tribals block steel city Rourkela for a day

Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:46 am
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Odisha’s third largest city has taken over a few tribal villages so that it can function as a municipal corporation

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Tribals stage sit-in at Kukura railway gate, blocking a goods train on the Mumbai-Howrah line (Photo: Uttam Kumar Pal)

Ain't no mountain high enough!

Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:31 am
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Nungshi and Tashi Malik from Dehradun have created history as the only twin sisters in the world to have scaled the seven highest peaks across the seven continents. Surekha Kadapa-Bose brings us the story of their feat in the face of myriad odds.

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