Cloudburst claims 6 lives in Uttarakhand

Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:58 pm
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Debris and silt from Ruise nala flattens 12 houses

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A cloudburst in Jakhnali village of Ghansali area of Tehri Garhwal in Uttarakhand, in the wee hours of Thursday claimed six lives and critically injured one person.
 

IUCN adds 361 birds to Red List

Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:34 pm
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87 of these face extinction threat

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In a big blow to avian conservation, as many as 87 newly-recognised bird species have been identified to be under extinction threat. These are among the 361 new bird species added by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to its Red List.

Delhi High Court bans e-rickshaws in city

Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:15 pm
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While the Central government plans to bring e-rickshaws under the ambit of local municipalities, Delhi High Court bans them citing safety and lack of regulations

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Even as Central government is planning to allow local municipalities to frame regulations for e-rickshaws, the Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the government to stop plying of e-rickshaws in the city till the delhi transport department comes up with a law to regulate these vehicles.

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Devi Shetty, cardiac surgeon and founder of Narayana Health, has seen increasing cases of antibiotic resistance at his hospital. Even those who had never taken antibiotics are reporting it. Edited excerpts from an interview

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Devi ShettyHow does antibiotic resistance affect treatment of patients?

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`Irresponsible reportage can harm business'

Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:58 am
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Vishal Nath, director, National Research Centre for Litchi (NRCL), says there is no scientific evidence to prove that acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in children is caused by litchi and that conclusions cannot be drawn from mere suspicions. Edited excerpts from an interview:

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Vishal Nath, Has NRCL done any research on the link between litchi and AES?

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`Many doctors are simply businessmen'

Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:42 am
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Samiran Nundy, chairperson of the department of surgical gastroenterology and organ transplantation at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and editor-in-chief of the journal Current Medicine Research and Practice (CMRP), has stirred a hornet's nest by writing an editorial in the British Medical Journal and also in CMRP about rampant corruption in the Indian healthcare system. While speaking to Kundan Pandey, he presses on the need for immediate intervention to check corruption in the healthcare system. Excerpts:

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SAMIRAN NUNDY Why did you raise the issue?

Australian doctor David Berger, who worked in a small hospital in a Himalayan state, wrote that corruption is rife in Indian medical care and nobody seems to want to do anything about it. So I thought we should get together and do something. The first thing I did was to write an editorial for our journal.

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One test to detect different types of cancers

Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:29 am
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Test distinguishes between healthy patients and those with cancer, based on the damage done to the DNA present in their white blood cells

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A team of researchers from The University of Bradford, UK, have developed a simple test for detecting multiple types of cancer. The paper was published online by the FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) journal.

Announcing: The Racialicious Summer Vacation

Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:00 pm
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This year, we’re going to try something different for the month of August: we’re going to take the month off.

Fret not, the site’s not going anywhere bad. But, we think — especially coming off of the vortex that was San Diego Comic-Con — this is a good time for our team to step back, recharge and retool a bit. So we’re going to hit the beach, grab some mojitos, help Arturo celebrate his birthday this Saturday (send well-wishes to him here) and we’ll catch you on the flip side — specifically, Tuesday Sept. 2, with new content and ready to roll hard going into 2015. See you soon!

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Jugaad of Indian innovation

Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:26 am
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Patting ourselves for our ability to arrive at makeshift solutions will not take us far

imageNothing perhaps sums up India so well as jugaad. A Hindi word that means a makeshift solution or a creative improvisation, jugaad is the science, art and philosophy of what makes India tick. Need a critical part for your fancy imported washing machine? The resourceful electrician will do a jugaad with a local thingummy and make it work. Have a problem with your vintage car’s radiator?

Against all odds

Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:21 am
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TV >> KURDS >> SYRIA

Rudi Mohamed Amid before his show at RonahiRudi MOHAMED Amid gives his script one quick, last glance before he goes live. "Roj bas, Kurdistan (Good morning, Kurdistan)", he greets his audience, with the assuredness of a veteran journalist.

African summit demands land ownership for women

Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:21 am
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Women’s contribution to the economy often goes unnoticed and their work remains undervalued

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The third African Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit, which concluded on July 26, demanded ownership of land for women and emphasised that active participation of women is needed for economic development. The summit brought together the International Labour Organization and African leaders to influence change to accelerate the economic advancement of African women and their greater inclusion in the financial and business sectors.

Rancid cake

Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:19 am
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BAKERY >> SEXUAL BIAS >> THE UK

A NORTHERN Ireland bakery run by devout Christians could face legal action after it refused to make a gay-themed cake depicting the Sesame Street couple Bert and Ernie. Ashers Baking Company published a statement on its website defending its decision to refuse to bake the cake because it had to write a slogan in support of gay marriage.

Dangerous funds

Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:13 am
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Easy World Bank loans on mining and power projects can harm biodiversity

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Security threat to hornbill

Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:10 am
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Armed with a feather and a memory, Vivek Ramachandran pitches for saving the last 300 Narcondam hornbills from radar station

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Brief history of a line

Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:02 am
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The official definition of poverty keeps changing. A look at how the concept evolved
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The official definition of poverty keeps changing. A look at how the concept evolved

Bead's eye view

Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:48 am

Rice from dry river

Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:42 am
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Farmers in an arid Andhra Pradesh district revive traditional irrigation system to tide over drought

Madirepalli farmers desilt an irrigation channel near their village

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Civil society organisations claim private companies like Pepsi and Coca Cola are funding agencies partnering Indian health ministry

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imageThe two-day South Asia conference on nutrition, currently on in Delhi, began on a controversial note on Wednesday. Some of the public health experts attending the conference under the aegis of Alliance Against Conflict of Interest (AACI) objected to the Indian health ministry hosting the event in collaboration with agencies funded by companies that promote unhealthy food.

Ferment food for the gut

Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:11 am
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Almost all communities in India have festivals that revolve around stale food high on probiotics

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Jamun vinegar is a good source of probioticsEver wondered how food was preserved at a time when there were no refrigerators or electricity, only Grandma or Mother Nature to turn to? It was the practice of either fermentation or dehydrating food, that preserved eatables.

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