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Redefining the nation: What India must learn from Pakistans mistakes

Dec 20, 2014 at 10:48 | Source: FirstPost

Democracy is very difficult to practice for its basic tenet flies against popular constructions of reality If democracy were bound only by what the people want, then the best that could be delivered would be a reworked version of what they already ha...

U.N. chief praises Ebola nurses, pledges support during visit

Dec 20, 2014 at 07:30 | Source: FirstPost

HASTINGS, Sierra Leone (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people.Ban p...

Shrinking ship bubbles ‘could counteract climate change’

Dec 20, 2014 at 04:32 | Source: BBC

Getting ships to generate smaller bubbles as they sail across the oceans could counteract the impact of climate change, a study suggests. Scientists from University of Leeds, UK, say this would create a brighter wake behind a vessel and reflect more ...

Sushma Swaraj to inaugurate Kerala diaspora meet

Dec 20, 2014 at 02:30 | Source: FirstPost

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 19 (IANS) The Kerala government's Non-resident Keralite (NRK) Global Meet-2015 to be held Jan 16-17 at Kochi would be inaugurated by Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, said a Kerala minister Friday. She will be the c...

Exclusive - Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop

Dec 20, 2014 at 00:45 | Source: FirstPost

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally. Syrian President B...

India wants cooperation with Mongolia to curb terrorism

Dec 20, 2014 at 00:45 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said India and Mongolia should increase their cooperation for "effective prevention and detection" of issues like terrorism and trans-national crimes.Singh said both the coun...

Timeless exhibition of an 'untimely calendar'

Dec 20, 2014 at 00:15 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The timeless of time and vagueness of infinity, the mysteries of the past and the uncertainties of present and the space in between metaphysics and empirical existence - these multi-layered dimensions are braided together in ...

Scientist Jayant Narlikar gets Sahitya Akademi Award

Dec 19, 2014 at 23:15 | Source: FirstPost

Mumbai/Pune, Dec 19 (IANS) Astrophysicist Jayant V. Narlikar was Friday conferred the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for his autobiography.The Pune-based 76-year-old scientist's autobiography "Chaar Nagrantale Majhe Vishwa" was unanimous...

Russia warns US over sanctions bill

Dec 19, 2014 at 22:27 | Source: BBC

Russia has warned that a new US law authorising fresh sanctions against Moscow could damage relations between the two countries for a long time . Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the comments in a phone call with his American counterpart John Kerr...

The casualties of Russia's decline

Dec 19, 2014 at 21:06 | Source: BBC

In the 21st Century, no economy is an island, entire of itself. But as Russia looks likely to enter a deep recession - fuelled by plummeting oil prices and the plunging rouble - the West has remained sanguine about the potential impact on global fina...

China media: Obama's Cuba 'legacy'

Dec 19, 2014 at 18:32 | Source: BBC

Papers praise US President Barack Obama for his courage to normalise ties with Cuba, describing the move as the most memorable legacy of his presidency . Mr Obama made the announcement on Wednesday, saying Washington's current approach was outda...

Doping cover ups could result in death of elite sports: WADA vice-chairman

Dec 19, 2014 at 18:30 | Source: FirstPost

World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) vice-chairman Arne Ljungqvist says that the credibility of elite sport is in danger of being lost altogether if it does not deal with a historic acceptance of doping in some quarters.Ljungqvist was speaking in the w...

Anand hopes his best is yet to come, says he will play for several more years

Dec 19, 2014 at 17:53 | Source: FirstPost

Indicating that he is stillhungry for success, five-time chess world champion ViswanathanAnand today said he is not quitting the game anytime soon andis preparing to play more tournaments in the coming year aftera decent performance in 2014.Asked if ...

Ebola claims 6,900 lives in West Africa, numbers expected to rise

Dec 19, 2014 at 17:36 | Source: FirstPost

Washington: The number of Ebola-related deaths has reached around 6,900 in the three most affected countries in West Africa Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, a media report said citing the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.UN Secretary G...

Who are the Kwok brothers?

Dec 19, 2014 at 17:12 | Source: BBC

Housed in a glass atrium atop Hong Kong's third-tallest skyscraper, Sky City Church boasts panoramic views of Victoria Harbour. On a recent Sunday, its charismatic Australian pastor urged the congregants to close their eyes and raise both hands ...

China's manufacturing activity contracts at year-end

Dec 19, 2014 at 17:12 | Source: BBC

China's factory activity is in contraction, based on a private survey, reinforcing calls for more stimulus. The HSBC/Markit manufacturing purchasing manager's index's initial reading fell to 49.5 in December from November's final ...

Thai tuna firm buys US rival Bumble Bee for $1.5bn

Dec 19, 2014 at 17:12 | Source: BBC

The world's largest canned tuna producer, Thai Union Frozen Products, is buying US rival Bumble Bee Foods for $1.5bn (£960m). Bumble Bee, the largest canned tuna and sardine producer in North America, is currently owned by private equity firm L...

Pakistan Taliban: Army kills '57 militants'

Dec 19, 2014 at 17:12 | Source: BBC

Pakistan's military says it has killed 57 militants in ground assaults and air strikes on Taliban units in areas near the border with Afghanistan. The operations come days after the Taliban killed 141 people at a school in Peshawar, mostly child...

CAS issues interim order allowing Dutee Chand to compete in National Games

Dec 19, 2014 at 11:45 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: Indian athlete Dutee Chand has been cleared to participate in next year's National Games after the Court of Arbitration allowed her to compete pending a final decision on her appeal against the IAAF's hyperandrogenism policy, which bars fe...

Six percent people worldwide suffer from internet addiction, says Hong Kong study

Dec 19, 2014 at 11:21 | Source: FirstPost

A study has revealed that six percent of people are suffering from internet addiction worldwide, hampering their health and interpersonal relationships.Researchers from University of Hong Kong presented 164 internet addiction prevalence figures, with...

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