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Exposure to traffic noises may up obesity risk, claims Study

London, Nov 19: People who are exposed to road traffic noise for prolonged periods may be at increased risk of obesity, a study has found.

The study, published in the journal Environment International, was based on data from 3,796 adults.

"Our analysis shows that people exposed to the highest levels of traffic noise are at greater risk of...

Congress discarded 'Dalit' leader S. Kesri for Sonia: Modi

Mahasamund, Nov 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday alleged that Sitaram Kesri, who was from a "Dalit and exploited community", was not allowed to complete his term as the Congress president so that Sonia Gandhi could take over the reins of the party.

Speaking at a poll rally here in Chhattisgarh, Modi claimed that Kesri was ousted unceremoniously,...


Facebook investors want Zuckerberg to step down as company's chairman following report

Washington, Nov 17: Facebook investors have called on the company's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to step down as chairman following reports that the company hired a public relations firm to smear its critics, a media report said on Saturday.

The New York Times recently published a report revealing that Facebook at times smeared critics as anti-Semitic or tried to...

Astronomers discover ‘Super-Earth’ orbiting Sun’s nearest star

Paris, Nov 15: A "super-Earth" has been discovered orbiting the closest single star to our Sun, scientists said Wednesday in a breakthrough that could shine a light on Earth's nearest planetary neighbours.

Astronomers studied Barnard's Star, a red dwarf just six light years away -- practically in our back garden, galactically speaking -- and noticed the presence of a...

GSAT-29 communication satellite orbit raised

Chennai, Nov 15: India's latest communication satellite GSAT-29's orbit was successfully raised on Thursday by firing its motors for 4,875 seconds, said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

The first of its scheduled three orbit raising operations was successfully carried out by firing the liquid apogee motor on board the satellite, it said.

The motor was fired at...

Ponzi scheme: Court reserves order on Janardhana Reddy’s bail plea

Bengaluru, Nov 14: A court here Tuesday, November 13, reserved orders on the bail petition filed by mining baron and former state minister G. Janardhana Reddy, arrested in connection with a multi-crore ponzi scheme case.

Sixth Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate V. Jagadeesh posted the petition to Wednesday for orders.

Reddy was arrested on Sunday after a marathon questioning...

ISRO to launch GSAT-29 communication satellite today

Chennai, Nov 14: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch the GSLV Mark III rocket carrying the GSAT-29 communication satellite at 5

Marking ISRO's fifth launch for the current year, the communication satellite carries high throughput communication transponders in the Ka and Ku bands which can expand high-speed data transfer in the remote areas of India....

Demonetisation, GST held back growth: Raghuram Rajan

Washington, Nov 11:Demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) are the two major headwinds that held back India’s economic growth last year, former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan has said, asserting that the current 7% growth rate is not enough to meet the country’s needs.

Addressing an audience at the University of California in Berkeley on Friday, Rajan said...

Scientists design fabrics that can store charge

Washington, Nov 11: Scientists have developed a method that can allow fabrics to store charge, paving the way for self-powered smart garments that can monitor health in real time.

A major factor holding back the development of wearable biosensors for health monitoring is the lack of a lightweight, long-lasting power supply.

Scientists at the University...

Materials used for KMB to build homes for flood affected

Kochi, Nov 10: The materials used for the upcoming Kochi-Muziris Biennale Pavilion would be subsequently utilised to construct houses for the flood-affected in Kerala, organisers of contemporary art festival said.

At least a dozen homes of 600 square feet each would be built next summer from the structure that is currently being constructed at Cabral Yard, Fort Kochi in...