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Qaeda Warns US Hostage Risks 'Lonely Death'

  Al Qaeda has urged the family of an American kidnapped in Pakistan in 2011 to press their government to negotiate an exchange or face the risk of his “dying a lonely death”. “If you want Warren Weinstein to be released, do whatever you can to pressurize your government,” it said in a statement posted this week on Islamist websites. Weinstein, a development expert who had lived in Lahore since […]

PM Narendra Modi scraps Planning Commission, coins 'Make in India', 'Digital India' slogans

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoists the tricolour at the Red Fort on Independence Day. •PM salutes the security forces guarding the borders and appeals them to remain vigilant. •I am not ‘pradhan mantri’, I am ‘pradhan sevak’, says PM •The strength of the saviour is much more than the strength of the person who kills, says PM •PM Seeks cooperation from neighbouring and SAARC nations to jointly tackle poverty. •PM […]

India-China Border Engagement

As India races to catch up on infrastructure, its military is increasingly engaged with the PLA. For the Indian military, this is a time of some fairly fundamental changes. After decades of pursuing Pakistan-centric war planning, the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force are recalibrating their sights towards the hitherto neglected northern frontiers with China, giving a hard push to improving its war-fighting capabilities against its more powerful neighbor […]

Full text of President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the nation on the eve of India’s 68th Independence Day

On the eve of 67thanniversary of our Independence, I extend warm greetings to you and to all Indians around the world. I convey my special greetings to members of our armed forces, paramilitary forces and internal security forces. I also congratulate all our sportspersons, who have participated and won laurels in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games held at Glasgow. Friends: 1.Freedom is a celebration; independence is a challenge. In the 68thyear […]

Saudi Arabia gives UN $100 mn to fight terrorism

United Nations: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday gave USD 100 million to the United Nations to support counter-terrorism efforts and called on other countries to do the same. The donation follows a USD 500 million Saudi gift to the UN effort to help Iraqi refugees fleeing a jihadist advance. “We have been stung by the evil of terrorism,” Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir told reporters. “We […]

'Indian Internet users to surpass US numbers in 2014'

New Delhi: Indian Internet users will surpass the number in the US by the end of this year and around 500 million people will be online by 2018, Rajan Anandan, managing director, Google India said here Tuesday. “Even at the current growth rate, we will have 500 million Indians on the Internet by 2018. By the end of this year, India will become larger than the US in terms of […]

Panda triplets unveiled in Chinese zoo

A zoo in southern China has unveiled newborn panda triplets, thought to be the world’s first known surviving trio. Guangzhou’s Chimelong Safari Park described the trio, who were born on 29 July, as “a new wonder of the world”. Their mother, Juxiao, was too exhausted to care for them at first but is now nursing the triplets with assistance from feeders throughout the day. Female pandas are able to conceive […]

China woman who married 26 times in legal jam

BEIJING: A Chinese woman who married 26 times is now caught in a legal tangle. Her problem is not the marriage law, but the rules concerning the government’s family planning policy. The 40-year old woman from Shuyang county in Jiangsu province recently discovered she was made pregnant by a former husband. She then rid herself of the then husband and remarried the one who had made her pregnant. When she […]

Haidar al-Abadi to be next Iraq PM; Nuri al-Maliki refuses to back down

Baghdad: Iraqi President Fuad Masoum Monday asked Deputy Speaker Haidar al-Abadi to form the next government but the politicians allied to outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki rejected the premier-designate, raising concerns about a political struggle in the country facing insurgency from Sunni jihadists. The state-run Iraqiya channel showed Masoum signing a letter granting power to form the next government to Abadi, the Shia coalition’s nominee for prime minister, Xinhua reported. […]

How habits are formed and changed revealed

Washington: A new study has revealed how we form habits and change existing ones and that they emerge through associative learning. According to the study, about 40 percent of people’s daily activities are performed each day in almost the same situations, as habit is automatic and we don’t always recognize habits in our own behavior. Wendy Wood said that we find patterns of behavior that allow us to reach goals. […]