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Author archives: Sowmya

Malawi’s mane event heralds a fresh dawn

Despite its high density of leopards, Malawi could previously only lay claim to a few itinerant lions in southerly Liwonde National Park. The solitary male, known as Titus, was as elusive as the literary character after which he was named; spotted in 2007 he went to ground until 2010, only to be seen once more before disappearing in 2011. Not much of a reason for big cat buffs or travellers […]

Sources: U.S. believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria

he United States believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria, two U.S. officials tell CNN. U.S. and Western intelligence agencies are reviewing classified data showing Israel most likely conducted a strike in the Thursday-Friday time frame, according to both officials. This is the same time frame that the U.S. collected additional data showing Israel was flying a high number of warplanes over Lebanon. One official said the United States […]

Former Black Panther Assata Shakur Added to FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List

The FBI added Assata Shakur to its Most Wanted Terrorist List today. In addition, the state of New Jersey announced it was adding $1 million to the FBI’s $1 million reward for her capture. Shakur becomes the first woman ever to make the list and only the second domestic terrorist to be added to the list. Assata Shakur, the former Joanne Chesimard, was a member of the Black Panther Party […]

Reddit apologises for wrongly implicating missing Indian student in Boston bombing 'witch hunts'

San Francisco: Reddit has apologised for being a rallying point for online witch hunts as amateur sleuths used the social news website to expose the people behind the bombing at the Boston Marathon. “Though started with noble intentions, some of the activity on Reddit fueled online witch hunts and dangerous speculation which spiraled into very negative consequences for innocent parties,” Reddit general manager Erik Martin said in a blog post yesterday. […]

Neglected cold dissolves ear bone, affects brain

MUMBAI: The common cold can, at times, have an uncommon effect: complete loss of hearing. Bhusawal resident Chandrakant Tupe found this out after ignoring his chronic cold for two years. On Saturday, doctors at Bhatia Hospital in Tardeo operated on 32-year-old Tupe and removed the diseased remains of his left ear. “We can say that common cold or an upper respiratory tract infection cost him his hearing,” said ENT surgeon […]

Macular degeneration: Cholesterol drugs 'may save sight

Eye drops designed to lower cholesterol may be able to prevent one of the most common forms of blindness, according to US researchers. They showed how high cholesterol levels could affect the immune system and lead to macular degeneration. Tests on mice and humans, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, showed that immune cells became destructive when they were clogged with fats. Others cautioned that the research was still at […]

The first all-women court has been set up in the Mumbai Sessions court for victims of sexual assault

Acknowledging that the cases of sexual assault against women are required to be dealt with greater sensitivity, the first all-women court was set up in Mumbai’s Sessions court on International Women’s Day. In a circular issued on March 7, the Bombay High Court directed “to assign cases involving sexual assault against women exclusively to the courts presided over by women judicial officers in districts/establishment”. Taking a swift note of the […]

India’s invisible workers

Saluting the lesser-known working women and their valuable contribution on International Women’s Day. 1. It is estimated that around 1.3 million Dalits, mostly women, make their living through manual scavenging. 2.Traditional blacksmiths are usually nomads. Women from these communities indulge in hard labour just like their male counterparts, in addition to taking care of household chores. 3.Women working in the salt pans in the Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh, get a […]

Sri Lanka 'disappeared': Families stage Colombo protest

In Pic :Distressed parents held up photos of their missing children at the protest The families of people who disappeared in Sri Lanka during and after the country’s long civil war have staged a demonstration in the capital Colombo. The rally was mostly on behalf of Tamil people. Many protesters were prevented by the authorities from attending, but a big pro-government demonstration was allowed to go ahead. Tamil Tiger rebels […]

Asteroid Apophis may strike Earth in 2068: Scientists

In Pic :A simulation of asteroid 2012 DA14 approaching from the south as it passes through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013. The 150-foot object will pass within 17,000 miles of the Earth. AP/NASA/JPL-Caltech. A 325-meter asteroid that will safely fly by the Earth in 2029 and 2036, may strike the planet in the year 2068, scientists have warned. However, the chances of 99942 Apophis striking the Earth are […]