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Three-year-old, given slim chance of survival, smiles for first time after operation to transform her gigantic head

Roona Begum was rushed to hospital last year with an extreme form of hydrocephalus – water on the brain The condition caused her head to swell to three times its normal size Surgeons carried out a series of operations reducing the circumference from 37 to 23 inches but warned her parents she was unlikely to survive A year on and doctors are amazed the three-year-old is alive and smiling Mother […]


I had never heard of drinking ayahuasca until I traveled to the jungle of Columbia. It was there that I first caught wind of backpackers discussing ceremonies, shamans, visions, and purging. Some wished to try ayahuasca with a curiosity akin to recreational drug sampling. Others seriously pondered the potential for emotional and spiritual growth. I was captivated — torn between disbelief and a desperate curiosity for the lofty claims made […]

2.2 bn people are 'poor or near-poor': UN report

United Nations: Approximately 2.2 billion people around the world are “poor or near-poor,” a UN flagship report said Thursday, calling for stronger collective global action in response to vulnerabilities in order to securing human development progress.  The 2014 Human Development Report, released Thursday by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said 1.2 billion people live on $1.25 a day or less, Xinhua reported.  The latest Human Development Index (HDI) included in […]

Eighteen schoolchildren killed and another 20 injured after freight train hits bus at unmanned railway crossing in southern India

Police say crash happened after bus pulled on to unmanned railway crossing without checking for a train Twelve children were killed instantly, while another six died in hospital. All were aged between seven and 14 Twenty are thought to still be in hospital, with 15 of them still in critical condition following crash this morning A father died when he had a heart attack after being told both his children […]

10 Tips for Quitting Smoking

I recently celebrated my one-year anniversary of quitting smoking. Well, of finally quitting … like most smokers, I had tried to quit many times and failed. But this quit stuck, and I’d like to share the top 10 things that made this quit successful when the others failed. 1. Commit Thyself Fully. In the quits that failed, I was only half into it. I told myself I wanted to quit, […]

23 daily habits that will make you smarter

Getting smarter isn’t something that happens overnight. Instead, you have to build your intelligence every day through intentional daily habits.  In a recent Quora thread, “What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?”, readers shared their advice on good habits you can establish.  Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person. 1. Come up with 10 ideas every day. Think about […]

India doctors remove 232 teeth from boy's mouth

Doctors in India have extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation. Ashik Gavai was brought in with a swelling in his right jaw, Dr Sunanda Dhiware, head of Mumbai’s JJ Hospital’s dental department, told the BBC. The teenager had been suffering for 18 months and travelled to the city from his village after local doctors failed to identify the cause of the problem. […]

Indian media: Cheering 2014 Games contestants

Media cheer Indian athletes ahead of Wednesday’s opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park. More than 4,500 athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories will parade during the opening ceremony in Scotland. Most Indian media outlets are giving top coverage to the event largely because of the country’s impressive show in […]


Cities of the future? Indian PM pushes plan for 100 'smart cities'

In an ambitious plan to upgrade urban India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he will build 100 “smart cities” — cities outfitted with high-tech communication capabilities — across the country. “Cities in the past were built on riverbanks,” Modi said in a June speech. “They are now built along highways. But in the future, they will be built based on availability of optical fiber networks and next-generation infrastructure.” For Modi, […]

Al-Qaeda plans final jihad for India: Intel report points to terror recruitment drive targeting nation's Muslims

Al-Qaeda is at the  gates, and there are enough jihadis within already. Intelligence  agencies say the terror network is making inroads into India, sowing the seeds  of a “final war” across the country. Information  gathered on al-Qaeda’s India plans points to a mobilisation of its resources for  jihad. The ideological  goal of the group, as detailed in the report, is chilling: Ghazwa-e-Hind, or the  final battle in India. Ghazwa-e-Hind refers […]