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Cameron's regret satisfies some, families seek more

Amritsar, Feb 21 (IANS) Not everyone is satisfied with British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to the Jallianwala Bagh ground here and his description of the 1919 massacre of Indians as "shameful".

Bengali language 'Martyrs' Day' observed

Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) West Bengal Thursday observed the Language Martyrs Day to pay homage to those who died for the cause of Bengali language in Dhaka in 1952.

Bengal government asked for ways to ban online 'rape-games'

Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) The West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) has sought a report from the state government suggesting ways to block on the internet "rape-games" - the Japanese video games which challenge a player to rape women.

Moscow worried for adopted Russian boy in US

Moscow, Feb 21 (IANS) Russia is worried about the fate of an adopted Russian child in the US to whom Russian consulate workers are being denied an access, a high-ranking diplomat said Wednesday.

Testosterone makes males better at spatial navigation

Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) Male superiority over females in spatial navigation may just be a "side-effect" of testosterone, according to an analytical study.

Russian billionaire to donate half of his wealth

Moscow, Feb 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian tycoon Vladimir Potanin, worth $14.5 billion according to the latest Forbes list, has joined the list of the world's richest pledging to donate at least half of their wealth to charity, the Giving Pledge initiative said.

Russia sends planes to rescue nationals from Syria

Moscow, Feb 20 (IANS/ RIA Novosti) Russia sent two planes to deliver humanitarian aid to Syria and evacuate Russians and nationals of former Soviet republics from the war-stricken Middle East country Tuesday.

Power restored at Allahabad Kumbh

Allahabad, Feb 19 (IANS) After three days of partial blackout, electricity was restored in the Kumbh mela premises late Tuesday, officials said.

Trade union strike threatens to cripple economy

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Key sectors of the economy may be crippled as a massive nation-wide trade union strike is set to start Wednesday, which will shut transport, banking services, shops and the postal system.

Baby born mid-air, Filipino mother concerned

Kolkata, Feb 19 (IANS) A Philippines national who gave birth to a baby girl out of wedlock on board a flight is worried about her daughter's future.

Kolkata Police use the Beatles to educate jaywalkers

Kolkata, Feb 19 (IANS) Kolkata Traffic Police are using the Beatles' iconic "Abbey Road" album cover to educate jaywalkers to cross streets at zebra crossings.

Rains, spate in Ganga send Kumbh officials into a tizzy

Allahabad, Feb 18 (IANS) After incessant rains that turned the Kumbh mela site into a swamp, rising waters of the Ganga and Yaumna rivers here have added to the problems of the mela officials.

Empowering women can tackle gender disparity: President

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherkjee Monday said here that gender disparity can be tackled only through economic empowerment of women and improving their role in governance.

Fear still haunts Delhi women

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Two months after the gang-rape of a 23-year-old, protests might have quelled but women in India's national capital say they still don't feel safe and are haunted by the horrific incident on that wintry night of Dec 16.

Suicide rate comes down in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 18 (IANS) Efforts to bring down suicides in Kerala seem to be paying off as the suicide rate in the state came down from 30 percent in 2001 to 25.25 percent in 2010, Social Welfare Minister M.K. Muneer said Monday.

'Kids hooked on TV grow into anti-socials'

Wellington, Feb 18 (IANS) Children and adolescents glued to TV sets tend to exhibit anti-social and criminal behaviour as adults, according to a research from New Zealand.

Delhi feels more unsafe, say foreigners

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Thirty-year-old Hannah Backmeier from Germany is apprehensive about her safety every time she steps out of her hotel room in the national capital.

Delhi Police martyr's kin to get Rs.10 lakh

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar Saturday announced a martyr's fund which would give Rs.10 lakh each to the families of police personnel who die in the line of duty.

US asks Tibetans not to self-immolate

Dharamsala, Feb 16 (IANS) Expressing concern over reports of continuing self-immolations in Tibet, the US appealed to Tibetans to refrain from drastic actions, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said here Saturday.

Boy declared pregnant sues Kazakh medics

Moscow, Feb 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A male pregnancy is definitely a medical sensation grabbing headlines worldwide. A 15-year-old Kazakh boy was recently declared pregnant, given a handful of erroneous medical prescriptions and a bill for 50,000 tenge ($330).

Father remembers last meeting with daughter

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) His face has lined overnight and he looks haggard, but he keeps a brave front before his family. The facade however shatters when he recalls his last meeting with his 23-year-old daughter, who was brutally gang-raped on a cold December night here.

Kerala has 2.5 million migrant labourers: study

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 15 (IANS) Kerala is home to some 2.5 million workers from other Indian states, and a minister said Friday: "We know little about them, care little for them and do little for them."

Bilingual babies know grammar by 7 months

Toronto, Feb 15 (IANS) Babies can differentiate between two languages and begin to learn them with vast, different grammatical structures, even at seven months, says a new research.

Russians collect money for blind tiger's eye surgery

Moscow, Feb 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Residents of central Russia's Ivanovo region have collected more than $8,800 to pay for the eye surgery of a blind tigress from the local zoo.

Folk-fusion songs, One Billion Rising walk mark V-Day in Kolkata

Kolkata, Feb 15 (IANS) An evening of folk-fusion love songs, doting grandparents singing and dancing with toddlers, love birds making a memory in photo booths and alluring gifts of gold and diamonds marked the Valentine's day celebrations here Thursday.

Wake up Delhi, sing flash mobs for 'One Billion Rising'

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) Crossing their arms, shuffling their feet and singing "Wake up Delhi! End violence against women!", hundreds of people took part in flash mobs across Delhi to mark the global 'One Billion Rising' campaign Thursday.

Better not be 'helicopter parents'

London, Feb 14 (IANS) Children who undergo overbearing parenting are likely to be depressed or anxious, a study has suggested.

Assam tea planters gear up for Jorhat Races

Guwahati, Feb 14 (IANS) Assam's tea industry is gearing up for the annual 'Jorhat Races', the historical equestrian event held in Jorhat, Upper Assam. The event, started in the days of the British Raj, has been held for almost 140 years.

Parks in Hyderabad closed on Valentine's Day

Hyderabad, Feb 14 (IANS) All major parks in Hyderabad were shut Thursday to prevent any untoward incident on Valentine's Day in view of threats by some rightwing Hindu groups.

Learning an instrument can make kids smarter

London, Feb 14 (IANS) A study has found learning to play an instrument at a young age can make a child grow up smarter in life.

Many shades of love and life - on Google's Valentine Doodle

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) Love and its many foibles rolled out on the Google homepage Thursday with an animated doodle celebrating Valentine's Day and also the 154th birth anniversary of George Ferris, who created the ferris wheel.

Love is not blind, it's in the mind!

Though Valentine's Day originally did not have anything to do with love, today it's the symbol of romantic love. The phenomenon of love can be explored from multiple lenses like biological, emotional and mental levels.

Mughal Gardens set to open for public

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) The warm spring sunshine graciously bathes the floral carpets of exquisitely manicured lawns of Mughal Gardens adorned with myriad flowers of every description. Rashtrapati Bhavan's treasured gardens are set to be opened to the public from Friday.

Mughal Gardens beckons with dahlias, roses

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Rashtrapati Bhavan from Feb 16 will welcome visitors to its famed Mughal Gardens to stroll among the dahlias, roses and cyclamens basking in the warm spring sunshine.

Wolf DNA to explain dog's devotion to man

London, Feb 13 (IANS) Ancient wolf's DNA could help scientists figure out how our ancestors tamed the predators to become devoted to man.

Our relationship status affects our choices

London, Feb 13 (IANS) Whether we are married or single, our preferences are likely to be individuals having the same relationship status, a new study has revealed.

Temple trusts chip in for Maharashtra drought relief

Mumbai, Feb 12 (IANS) Temple trusts and religious bodies, flush with funds, have decided to chip in for drought relief in water scarce regions of Maharashtra, officials said Tuesday.

Your dog sees the world like you

London, Feb 12 (IANS) A study of dogs has found that man's best friend sees the world from his point of view.

Afzal Guru's family may pray at his grave

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) The central government may allow the family members of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru to pray at his grave in Delhi's Tihar Jail, Home Secretary R.K. Singh said Tuesday.

Afzal Guru's wife yet to receive his last letter

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Afzal Guru's family has still not received the last letter which he had written, addressed to his wife Tabassum, a few hours before his execution in Delhi's Tihar Jail Saturday, his family said.

Miss Tibet crowning Wednesday, winner sad at being only aspirant

Bangalore, Feb 12 (IANS) The Karnataka capital is set for a unique beauty pageant Wednesday but the would-be winner of the Miss Tibet 2013 competition is a bit unhappy about wearing the crown - the winner was the lone contestant.

This Amazon parrot is amazing with languages

London, Feb 12 (IANS) A parrot in Britain leaves visitors amazed when he utters various words in Urdu, Arabic or English.

Mumbai to host philanthropy week

Mumbai, Feb 12 (IANS) Over 600 leaders from different spheres will come together from Feb 28 to discuss social problems faced by the country and how these can be addressed through strategic philanthropy.

400 Moscow couples to wed on Valentine's Day

Moscow, Feb 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A total of 424 Moscow couples intend to tie the knot on Valentine's Day, the civil registry office said.

Woman goes missing from Metro station, found

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) A 24-year-old newly married woman who had gone missing Sunday evening from the highly congested Chandni Chowk Metro Station here was recovered Monday evening, police said, adding that she was unhappy in her marriage.

Treat women with respect: President Mukherjee

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Monday stressed the need to bring about a change of mindset in the society so that women are treated with dignity and respect.

Massive rush caused stampede, says railway minister

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) The stampede at the Allahabad railway station that killed 38 people was caused by a massive rush of pilgrims, not by collapse of a foot overbridge or its railing, Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said Monday.

Bihar village bans jeans, T-shirt for girls

Patna, Feb 11 (IANS) After three of its girls went missing, a village in Bihar's Siwan district has barred girls from using mobile phones and wearing jeans and T-shirts, an official said Monday.

Curfew in Kashmir after Afzal's hanging hits residents

Srinagar, Feb 11 (IANS) Three days of curfew in the Kashmir Valley after Afzal Guru's hanging Saturday has hit residents, who say they are running short of essential supplies and medicines.

I was Hitler's food taster, says woman

London, Feb 10 (IANS) Margot Woelk, now a 95-year-old woman, says she was the "food taster" of Adolf Hitler for more than two years, and had to taste the dictator's food to ensure it was not poisoned.


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