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Category archives: Place

ASI approves excavation at site of Mahabharata’s house of lac

MEERUT: After years of requests by archaeologists and local historians, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has finally approved the excavation of what locals believe is the site of the ‘Lakshagriha’, the house of lac which features in an important incident in the Mahabharata . The site is located in Barnawa area of Baghpat district. Retired ASI superintending archaeologist, (excavation) KK Sharma said, “Lakshagriha plays a significant part in the Mahabharata. The […]

A Japanese doctor who studied longevity - and lived to 105 - said if you must retire, do it well after age 65

Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara worked into his 100s. Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, credited with building the foundations of Japanese medicine and helping make Japan the world leader in longevity, often practiced what he preached. The physician, chairman emeritus of St. Luke’s International University, and honorary president of St. Luke’s International Hospital recommended several basic guidelines for living a long, healthy life in an interview with Japan Times journalist Judit Kawaguchi. Among them: […]

More than 225 terrorists killed in J&K so far this year: Army

More than 225 terrorists have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir so far this year, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said on Saturday. He said initiatives taken by the government and security forces had resulted in a drop in the number of local youths being radicalised and taking to militancy over the last few months. “We have been able to neutralise a large number of terrorists. As on […]

It's real me: Nigerian President denies claims he died, was replaced with lookalike

Nigeria’s President Buhari on Sunday denied claims that he had died and been replaced by a Sudanese impostor, breaking his silence on a rumour that has circulated on social media for months. Buhari, who is running for re-election in February, spent five months in Britain last year being treated for an undisclosed illness. One theory widely aired on social media – and by some political opponents – was that he […]

Former US President George Herbert Walker Bush dies at 94

Former US President George Herbert Walker Bush died on Saturday at the age of 94. He was the 41st president of the United States and lived longer than any of his predecessors. His son George W Bush confirmed the demise of his father on Saturday. “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died. George H.W. Bush was a […]

United States: Four killed after gunman opens fire at hospital in Chicago

At least four people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a hospital in Chicago on Monday afternoon. The dead include a police officer, a doctor and a pharmaceutical assistant, as well as the shooter himself, NBC Chicago reported. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the shooter was in a relationship with the doctor, and had an argument with her at Mercy Hospital’s parking lot beginning around 3.28 pm local […]

Horrific bus accident kills over 40 people in Zimbabwe

Police in Zimbabwe say more than 40 people have been killed in a bus accident. Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba says at least 20 more were injured, some with severe burns, in the accident on Thursday night. Charamba says she does not have details about the cause of the accident. Photos posted on Twitter by the Zimbabwe Red Cross show the remains of a bus that was completely incinerated. The accident […]

How solar lanterns are giving power to the people of India and Africa

Clean-energy lights are transforming lives—and creating entrepreneurs—in Africa and India. Prashant Mandal flips on a candy-bar-size LED light in the hut he shares with his wife and four children. Instantly hues of canary yellow and ocean blue—reflecting off the plastic tarps that serve as the family’s roof and walls—fill the cramped space where they sleep. Mandal, a wiry 42-year-old with a thick black beard and a lazy eye, gestures with […]

California wildfire: Toll matches deadliest ever with 29 victims

The number of dead in a wildfire raging in California rose to 29 on Sunday, matching the deadliest in the state’s history as recovery teams found six more bodies in the grim search through the wreckage. The “Camp Fire” — in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains — is the largest and most destructive of several infernos that have sent 250,000 people fleeing their homes across the tinder-dry […]

China unveils World's first AI news anchor

China has unveiled the world’s first first artificial intelligence (AI) news anchor at the ongoing fifth World Internet Conference in its east Zhejiang Province.The news anchor, based on the latest AI technology, has a male image with a voice, facial expressions and actions of a real person. “He” learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor. The AI news anchor […]