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An Egyptian expatriate was stabbed by four unknown individuals inside his apartment in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh area, reports Al-Rai daily. According to the police report, the victim called the Operations Room of Ministry of Interior and informed that four unknown individuals broke into his apartment, stabbed him, left him in a pool of blood and ran away. Farwaniya securitymen rushed to the location with paramedics and referred the victim to Farwaniya Hosp..
Directorate General of Customs announced a plan to make things easier for Pilgrims returning from Hajj through Kuwait International Airport or any of the land borders, reports Al-Seyassah daily. In this context, Director General Jamal Al-Jalawi said the sector is keen on facilitating procedures at the airport, indicating readiness to receive pilgrims and those spending the summer vacation abroad. However, the simplified procedures will not affect se..
Officers of Air Cargo Customs at Kuwait International Airport foiled an attempt to smuggle one and a quarter kilograms of heroin which was hidden inside a cargo of gloves that arrived from an Asian country, reports Al-Anba daily. The contraband has been referred to the concerned authorities. The person to whom the cargo was addressed has been detained for investigations. Director General of General Customs Department Consultant Jamal Al-Jalawi e..
Babies whose mothers consume a high-fat diet during pregnancy may be at an increased risk of developing mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, a study has warned. Given the high level of dietary fat consumption and maternal obesity in developed nations, these findings have important implications for the mental health of future generations, the researchers said. The study, led by Elinor Sullivan, assistant professor at Oregon H..
Gruesome billboards of a woman in a bloodied and torn bridal gown appeared around Beirut recently, captioned in Arabic: "A white dress doesn't cover up rape." This spring, a women's rights group, Abaad, hung similarly defiled gowns along the city's famous seaside promenade. Such provocative public awareness campaigns are part of a new push in Lebanonand across the Middle Eastto repeal long-standing laws that allow ..
Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed an ultra-thin device that can power your smartphone, fitness tracker and other gadgets using human movements such as walking and waving. Based on battery technology and made from layers of black phosphorus that are only a few atoms thick, the energy harvesting system generates small amounts of electricity when it is bent or pressed even at the extremely low frequencies characteristic of hum..
Raksha Bandhanarrived two weeks early and eight years late for Shyam on Friday. The 20-year-old finally met his teenage sister Mamta for the first time since 2009, and though she cannot stay with him till she turns 18, he will need the time to get a house ready on his meagre security staff 's pay. For now, Shyam's mind is fixed on seeing her again on Raksha Bandhan, and he can't stop replaying the video of their reunion he shot on his ..
The latest edition of the Fortune Global 500list, which ranks companies by their revenues in 2016, has a distinctly Asian flavour to it. With 197 companies on the list based on its soil, Asia is now home to more of these global giants than any other continent, leaving North America (145) and Europe (143) slugging it out for second spot. The rest of the world has a mere 15 companies on the list. The US continues to have the largest presen..
Humans have created 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastics since early 1950s, and most of it now resides in landfills or the natural environment, a study has found. Researchers, including those from the University of Georgia (UGA) in the US, found that by 2015, humans had generated 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastics, 6.3 billion tonnes of which had already become waste. Of that total waste, only 9 per cent was recycled, 12 per cent was incin..
Air Indiamay have been roasted on social media for recently going all-vegetarian in economy class of its domestic flights, but it now emerges the Maharaja is not the only one doing so. Royal Dutch AirlinesKLM serves veg meals to economy class passengers on its India-Amsterdam flights. Unlike AI's short domestic flights that can at most be three hours long, the flying time between Delhi and Amsterdam is almost eight hours. N..
Ever wondered what the inside of a spaceship looks like? Google will now let people navigate through the International Space Station (ISS) on Google Maps through Street View. Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut at the European Space Agency (ESA), spent six months at the ISS and captured the Street View imagery in zero gravity, Google said in a statement. The images will now be available to public to help them discover and explore the experience of ..
After disrupting mobile tariffs in September, Mukesh Ambanitrained his guns on the multi-billion-dollar phone handset market on Friday as he announced the launch of 'Jio Phone', a device he termed as 'effectively free' since it will come for a refundable price of Rs 1,500. Unlimited voice and data for Rs 153 monthly are part of the package. On Ambani's radar are the 50 crore consumers already using feature phones in the co..
Fire engulfed a flat in Farwaniya area, resulting in a tenant suffering from smoke inhalation. According to a press release issued by Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD), when the Control Room of KFSD received information about a flat on fire, firefighters rushed to the location to discover the flat is on the fourth floor of the building. They evacuated all the tenants from the building and extinguished the fire within a short time. One o..
An unknown individual was found bleeding profusely outside the door of the Emergency Room of Jahra Hospital. According to security sources, the investigator of Jahra Hospital notified securitymen about discovering him in an unconscious state with injuries and traces of assault on his whole body. The victim has been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital for treatment. Investigations have been launched to discover his identity and to..
Ninety-nine percent of the criminals, particularly those who commit murder, claim mental disability to escape punishment and seek referral to the Psychological Medicine Hospital to check the mental health at the time of committing murder, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting well-informed judicial sources. “The ‘murderers’ believe this is the only way out to evade punishment, which in most cases can be death by hanging for committing pre..
Using dirty stethoscopes to monitor patients may increase their risk of contracting infections by antibiotic-resistant superbugs, scientists including those of Indian-origin have warned. Researchers from Yale University in the US found that health care providers rarely perform stethoscope hygiene between patient encounters, despite its importance for infection prevention. They conducted a quality improvement pilot project in which they observe..
Ram Nath Kovind was on Thursday elected as the 14th President of India becoming the first BJP leader and one with RSS background to occupy the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Backed by 40 political parties, Kovind, 71, defeated the joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar in a straight fight by polling 65.65% votes with a vote value of 7,02,044. Kumar got the balance 34.35% votes with a value of 3,67,314. Kovind will be sworn in as the 14th President of Ind..
A bag Neil Armstrong used to collect the first ever samples of the moon -- which was once nearly thrown out with the trash -- sold at auction Thursday for USD 1.8 million, Sotheby's said. The outer decontamination bag, which was flown to the moon on Apollo 11 and still carries traces of moon dust and small rock, was sold on the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969. Auctioneer Joe Dunning introduced the lot as "an excepti..
The pall of gloom owing to protectionist policies has not kept Indiansresiding in the US from investing in real estate. By purchasing residential propertyworth $7.8 billion during the 12-month period ending March 2017, Indians emerged as the fifth largest investors in real estatein the US. Backed by mortgage finance, these properties were largely acquired for use as primary residence or for use by a child studying in the US. Chine..
DOHA BANK ACHIEVES 1% PROFIT GROWTH WITH IMPRESSIVE RATIOS His Excellency Sheikh Fahad Bin Mohammad Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Doha Bank, announced Doha Bank's financial results for the first half of 2017. Net profit for the first half of 2017 recorded an impressive QAR 716 million as compared to QAR 708 million for the same period in 2016 showing an increase of 1.0%. H.E. Sheikh Fahad said “This..
Indian Embassy has been rendering all possible assistance to distressed Indian nationals in Kuwait. The Community Welfare Wing in the Embassy extends help in following cases: - (i)Issuance of Emergency Certificate: Community Welfare Wing officialsregularly visit Police stations, Detention Cell, Deportation Centre etc. to meet Indian detainees for conducting interviews for issuing travel documents (Emergency Certificates) to those no..
Ministry of Health stressed the importance of the “awareness week” related to vaccinations of Rotavirus and chicken pox. The campaign had kicked off earlier this week in all governorates. It highlights the need to include vaccinations of Rotavirus and chickenpox in the main list of necessary vaccinations for children, reports Al-Seyassah daily. Director of press office in the ministry Dr Ghalia Al-Mutairi stated that the awareness campai..
The names of Kuwaitis, who hold dual nationality and who are on vacation outside the country, have been circulated at all ports of entry according to official documents and complaints which have been filed against them, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting reliable sources. The sources added, these people will be seized upon arrival and referred for interrogation. The sources said hundreds of Kuwaitis have left the country and have not returned since..
Is India keen on hosting the 2032 Olympic Games? The country hasn't even taken the first step yet but indications are that an effort is underway to consider bringing the sports extravaganza to the country. If the ambitious move takes concrete shape and passes muster with the political leadership, the National Capital Region would be the automatic choice as the venue. The sports ministry is about to undertake an exercise to evaluate the imp..
The first child in the world to undergo a double hand transplantis now able to write, feed and dress himself, doctors said Tuesday, declaring the ground-breaking operation a success after 18 months. The report in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health provides the first official medical update on 10-year old Zion Harvey, who underwent surgeryto replace both hands in July 2015. "Eighteen months after the surgery, the child is..
The Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to sell the government’s share in the state-owned Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) for close to Rs 29,000 crore. The government owns 51.11% in HPCL. Post the merger, HPCL will, however, remain a separate entity and operate as ONGC’s subsidiary. HPCL will add 23.8 million tonnes of annual oil refining capacity to ONGC’s portf..
A 32-year-old techie-turned-musician strummed the guitar on the operation table while surgeons "burned" his brain to correct a neurological disorder. The seven-hour surgery at a city hospital last week relieved the youth of musician's dystonia, a condition that cramped three fingers on his left hand. Tushar (name changed) experienced the first cramps more than a year and a half ago while playing the guitar. Musician's dystonia occ..
A record heatwave struck Kuwait and the Middle East region, bringing the maximum temperatures to over 50 degrees Celsius. The heatwave will last for 52 days, from mid-July until late-August. The term ‘Jamarat Al-Gaith’, roughly translated to heated coal, usually describes the unbearable weather during this time of the year. (KUNA) =====================================================================================..
Following the death of some teenagers who committed suicide after opting to play the ‘blue whale challenge’ on the Internet, major ISPs (internet service providers) say they can block the ‘blue whale challenge’, reports Al-Jarida daily quoting informed sources. The last to commit suicide was a 15-year-old bedoun. However, the ISPs say they cannot block the game without a request from the authorities concerned, particularl..
In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the city, an online smart classroomwas inaugurated at a corporation middle school at Beema Nagaron Monday. Children can now be exposed to the virtual learning environment-a web-based platform- which will enhance their learning experience. "The new facility will kindle curiosity and thinking ability among children," said headmistress D Raja Rajeshwari, who has borne the whole cost of Rs 1.83..
A 77-year-old British man, who wears a pacemaker, has embarked on an over 4,800 kilometre autorickshaw journey around the UK to raise money for an Indian charity that treats children with heart ailments in India and other Asian and African countries. Steve Gibbs set off on the tour from the town of Wigston in Leicestershire yesterday. He will return to the town on August 6 after covering nearly 4,828 kms. He is raising money for the Healing Little ..
The intervention of the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabihas helped the family of a man from Namakkal, who has been in a coma for more than two years, gain compensation. Chithiravel Vinaitheertha Udaiyar, 37, was flown to the city on Tuesday from Abu Dhabi where he had met with a road accident in June 2015. The Indian embassy persuaded Udaiyar's employer to file a case against an insurance company, which was trying to wriggle out from paying co..
Language learning begins in the womb, say scientists who have found that babies can distinguish between someone speaking to them in English and Japanese a month before they are born. Previous studies have demonstrated this by measuring changes in babies' behaviour - for example, by measuring whether babies change the rate of sucking on a pacifier when the speech changes from one language to a different language with different rhythmic propertie..
It's taken 29 years for a court in Bareillyto sentence two men to five years in prison for stealing Rs 370 from a man they had drugged in a train in 1988. The court of the additional district and sessions judge in Bareilly has, in its order on Tuesday, also fined the accused Rs 10,000 each. A third accused died in 2004. On October 21, 1988, Chandra Pal, Kanhaiya Lal and Sarvesh had offered Wajid Husain tea laced with drugs as he was travelling..
Minister of Health Dr Jamal Al-Harbi revealed that Ministry of Public Works will hand over Jaber Hospital to Ministry of Health within three-four months. He indicated that the operation of the new hospital will begin gradually, starting with the administration, followed by the outpatient clinics, internal wards, pediatrics, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and then finally the surgery units. Regarding the phenomenon of doctors being treated aggressivel..
Minister of Health Dr Jamal Al-Harbi, in a surprising move, approved the renewal of the contract with the Health Insurance Company for six months. Through such a step, he has contradicted the series of statements he issued in the previous phase. Ministry of Health renewed the contract, which was supposed to end by July 27, so that it will be valid until Jan 27, 2018. Informed sources said they are expecting the ministry to renew the contract with th..
Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Major General Fahad Al-Shuwai revealed the withdrawal of approximately 6,000 number plates of cars found blocking roads since the activation of the relevant law, reports Al-Seyassah daily. He affirmed that the country is in dire need for construction of more roads, which is part of the state policy and plans of Ministry of Interior, represented by General Traffic Department, to curb traffic jams. A..
Apple App Accelerator in Bengaluru, the only accelerator from Apple outside its headquarters, that supports developers to build tools for the iOS platform, has trained around 2,000 developers. The accelerator, conceived for hand-holding developers with skills and tools and on-board them about best practices while working with iOS platform, began its operation in March this year after the company CEO Tim Cook declared its opening in May last year. ..
Engineering education in the country seems to have reached a saturation point with around 54% of undergraduate and postgraduate seats in private engineering collegesacross the country, or 8.67 lakh seats of 16.07 lakh seats, not finding takers in 2016-17, data put out by Lok Sabhaon Monday revealed. For the 2017-18 academic year, these institutions took back around 96,000 seats. The number of private engineering colleges were..
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested a woman director of a Dubai-based firm in connection with its probe in a money laundering case in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, officials said on Monday. The arrested has been identified as Shivani Saxena, a resident of Palm Jumeira in Dubai. Shivani is an active director of M/s UHY Saxena, Dubai, and M/s Matrix Holdings. Investigators claimed that the proceeds of the crime have been routed through ..
Indian diaspora grows steady and strong with India topping the list among countries whose citizens acquire foreign nationality, said a recent global study on migration. Unknown to many, a tiny bit of this migrationis driven by asylum-seekers from home who count among the biggest groups seeking refuge from "persecution" in countries as far-flung as New Zealand (NZ) and Latvia. According to the International Migration Outlook 2017 rep..
Public Authority for Manpower has issued decision No. 70/2017, which stipulates that maximum validity of work permit should be three years, and they can be renewed six months before their date of expiry. According to the spokesperson of the authority and Director of Public Relations and Media Aseel Al-Mezyad, the authority issued the decision to regulate the private and oil sectors. Applications for renewal of work permits can be submitted less ..
A confidential security report said there is no security control over coffins which carry human remains from Kuwait because this method may be used by vested interests to smuggle people wanted by law outside the country, reports Al-Shahed daily. In this regard the report is said to have documented once such case. In response to this allegation, the Public Ports Authority stressed the General Administration of Customs is responsible for checking the ..
It was the sort of bad news every patient fears. Merlin Erickson, a 69-year-old retired engineer in Abingdon, Maryland, was told last year that a biopsy of his prostate was positive for cancer. Erickson, worried, began investigating the options: whether to have his prostate removed, or perhaps to have radiation treatment. But a few days later, the doctor called again. As it turned out, Erickson did not have cancer. The lab had mixed up his bi..
A 10-month-old infant from Goregaon,Mumbai, has lost his sense of recognition and is unable to identify familiar faces, including his parents', following a neurological complication caused by influenza H1N1. The extensive brain impairment in the baby has sent warning bells among clinicians that the viral infection can go beyond the respiratory system. Over the last one month paediatric neurologists have treated at least five to six confir..
Recently, after my motorcycle malfunctioned and crashed on the freeway, I wanted only two simple things from technology: to call 911 and to tell loved ones where I could be found. Coincidentally, I had been testing location-sharing tools from Apple, Google, Facebook and Snapchat. So before calling the police, I texted my partner, who was already tracking my location with several apps, letting her know I was hurt. When she opened Google Maps, she co..
In one of the biggest reshuffles of income tax commissionersso far, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)has transferred 245 commissioners across the country. While performance was one of the main criteria for transferring officials in key positions and shifting out non-performers from significant charges, all those officers holding a post for two years or more have also been transferred, besides those facing vigilance or other disciplina..
Chairman of Kuwait Fishermen Union (KFU) Dhahar Al-Souyan affirmed that the fishing season for “Zubaidi” (Silver or White Pomfret) will start on Sunday, July 16 after a 45-day fishing ban. In a press statement, he indicated that, “The union is waiting for the start of shrimp fishing season in the international waters this coming August”. Al-Souyan affirmed the keenness of the fishermen union to uphold food security by providi..
The egovernment portal has collected KD 38 million from January to June 2017, compared to the KD 51 million collected in 2016. They said statistics on the portal reveal that the most frequently used services are civil-ID related inquiries and payment of violations, as well as queries on travel ban and filed cases. The sources explained that the government authorities recently launched 17 new electronic services. It offers electronic payment for ..
Personnel from the Residence Affairs Investigations Department have arrested two expatriates — a Syrian, and a Bangladeshi — for forging ‘To Whom It May Concern’ certifiates on the letter heads of the Public Institution for Housing Welfare, reports Al-Rai daily. Acting on information, police raided a place at an unidentified location and caught the forgers in the act and seized from them forged certificates and stamps of the inst..
"In IT there is no job security. I'm worried a lot about my family": This is the note a Pune-based techie wrote before he jumped to his death on Wednesday. A man in his 60s says his daughter, who used to work with an IT firm, had suddenly gone silent. It was only when she went for counselling, her parents found she had lost her job but still "left for work" every day. The layoffsin the IT sectorthis year - from b..
Scientists have discovered a very distant galaxy, some 10 thousand million light years away, which is about 1,000 times brighter than the Milky Way. It is the brightest of the submillimetre galaxies, which have a very strong emission in the far infrared, researchers said. Scientists led by Anastasio Diaz-Sanches from Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) in Spain used gravitational lensing that acts as a sort of magnifier, changing the si..
Modern diesel cars emit less pollution than vehicles fuelled by gasoline or petrol, a study suggests. "Diesel has a bad reputation because you can see the pollution, but it is actually the invisible pollution that comes from petrol in cars that is worse," said Patrick Hayes, an assistant professor at Universite de Montreal in Canada. Researchers looked at carbonaceous particulate matter (PM) emitted from the tailpipes of cars. C..
You're not imagining it. Spam callsare on the rise. A study of 20 countries has revealed that Indians received the most number of spam calls in 2017. Research by Truecaller, an app which has over 250 million users globally, showed that an Indian smartphone user received over 22 spam calls a month, or almost a call a day. The US and Brazilcame second with over 20 calls per user each month. The report says that over half of India'..
The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up the Centre for its failure to amend either the law or rules to allow voting rights to the NRIs through proxy and e-ballots during the elections here. A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud asked Additional Solicitor General Atmaram Nadkarni as to how much time the central government would take to decide on the issue. By July 21 Declining his plea for four weeks, the court a..
Tech giant Microsoft has released an iPhone app, including in India, that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help the blind and visually impaired see the world around them like never before. The free 'Seeing AI' app, can read out short snippets of text, describe people, identify products and currency denominations, and take a stab at identifying the objects in a person's surroundings. Using a smartphone camera or a pair of camera..
Fuel contamination at petrol pumps may be common but now this problem has surfaced at airports, too. At least two domestic flights of a leading airline took off from Kolkata last Friday (July 7) after getting fuel for the journey. But, soon after they were airborne, the pilots got a fuel warning forcing their return to Kolkata. "Puzzled about the return, as the warning had come after fuelling, the airline got the fuel tanks emptied. The draine..
The sixth mass extinction in Earth's history is already underway and is more severe than previously thought, say scientists who warn that human overpopulation and overconsumption has led to the massive loss of wildlife. Scientists found billions of regional or local populations have been lost. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, calls the loss of wildlife a "biological annihilation&qu..
For decades, many Indians have escaped tax and legitimised their money stashed abroad by staying 182 days out of the country every year and declaring themselves as 'non-resident'. The status of a non-resident Indian, or NRI, allowed them to claim such funds lying in offshore bank accounts as lawful income earned abroad. From now on, this won't be easy. A few days ago, income-tax authorities have added a new provision in the tax ret..
The US government has moved to block federal agencies from buying software from Russia-based Kaspersky Labs, amid concerns about the company’s links to intelligence services in Moscow. The General Services Administration, which handles federal government purchasing contracts, said in a statement to AFP that Kaspersky Labs, a major global provider of cybersecurity software, has been removed from its list of approved vendors, making it more diff..
Acting Director General of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Ahmed Al-Musa has confirmed continuation of the issuance of work permits for expatriates working in the oil and private sectors who have spent more than 18 years in the country. A report published by electronic newspaper Alaan disclosed that Al-Musa affirmed the work permit issuance procedures for these expatriates are ongoing as usual and there have been no changes so far. He veheme..
Police have arrested a bedoun youth for swindling three Indians, reports Al-Rai daily. He reportedly convinced the victims that he can help them get a job in a private company and help them transfer their residence permit for KD 830 each. After taking the money, he vanished and switched off his cell phone. The arrest came after the Indians filed complaints with the police. He was caught near a caf in Sulaibiya. During interrogation he admitted t..
In a push to digital payments, state-owned lender SBI will cut charges on electronic transfer of funds through NEFT and RTGS by up to 75% from Saturday, benefiting nearly 5.27 crore customers, a release said on Thursday. “The reduced charges will be applicable on the transactions done through internet banking (INB) and mobile banking (MB) services offered by the bank,” it said, releasing the revised NEFT and RTGS charges from July 15. ..
Recently, a sudden diagnosis of low blood pressurealarmed me. Discussing it with colleagues over lunch, one mentioned, "There is nothing serious about low blood pressure. You should be thankful it isn't high blood pressure." This statement got me thinking if that's really the case. While it is clearly documented as to who will fall under the high blood pressure category, there is no such quantification for low blood pressure..
Indian astrophysicists have discovered a massive supercluster of galaxies, located at a distance of four billion light years from the Earth. Named Saraswati supercluster, it is one of the most massive large-scale structures in the universe, located in the direction of the constellation of the Pisces. “Saraswati supercluster houses at least 40-42 galaxy-cluster and more than 10,000 galaxies. Existence of such large structures was not even..
Tablets for e-lessons and assignments, video and programming games to foster creativity, activity-based learning to connect knowledge with life and collaboration with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research laboratories - the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan(KVS)is set to roll out its biggest reforms that aim to change the way learning is organised in these Centre-funded schools. With the 'Back to Basics' initiative, as it is being ..
A Texas teenager was killed after she grasped a plugged-in cell phone while taking a bath, prompting her family to spread word of the incident to prevent another electrocution death. Madison Coe, 14 and from Lubbock, died at her father’s home in New Mexico over the weekend while taking a bath, the Hobbs News-Sun reported citing emergency officials. Police in Lovington, New Mexico, said the victim appears to have been electrocuted and they ..
Undersecretary of Ministry of Electricity and Water Mohammad Bu Shehri expects to see the positive effects of the new electricity charges in the next three months, reports Al-Jarida daily. He believes the higher electricity charges will lead to judicious consumption of energy, affirming the ministry will announce positive results in September 2017 which coincides with the end of the peak period. He said the consumers will enjoy better services and h..
Officers from the Residency Affairs Department arrested 88 law violators in a recent campaign in Ahmadi governorate, reports Al-Seyassah / Arab Times daily. All suspects claimed they do not know their sponsors but the officers discovered that absconding cases had been registered against most of them by their respective sponsors. Others were also involved in civil cases. They were referred to concerned authorities. Measures have since been taken ..
Scientists have discovered the smallest known star in the universe - slightly larger than Saturn in size - which may possibly have Earth-sized planets with liquid water in its orbit. Researchers from University of Cambridge in the UK identified the star located about six hundred light years away, called EBLM J0555-57Ab as it passed in front of its much larger companion. The star is likely as small as stars can possibly become, as i..
Retail inflationdipped to a record low in June on the back of sliding food prices, while industrial output growth slowed in May as manufacturing remained sluggish, mounting pressure on the RBI to cut interest rates when it reviews monetary policy on August 2. Data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Wednesday showed retail inflation, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI), rose an annual 1.5% in June, slower than previou..
A trillion-tonne iceberg, one of the largest ever recorded, has snapped off the West Antarctic ice shelf, scientists who have monitored the growing crack for years said today. "The calving occurred sometime between Monday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 12, when a 5,800-square kilometre section of Larsen C (ice shelf) finally broke away," the Swansea University said in a statement. The massive ice cube, larger than the US state of Delaw..
At least 10 Indians were killed and six others injured on Wednesday when a major fire ripped through a windowless house in Saudi Arabia. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi said officials of Indian consulate in Jeddah are rushing to Najranfollowing the incident. "I am aware of the fire tragedy in Najran in which we have lost 10 Indian nationals and six injured are in the hospital," she said in a tweet. Her..
The Ministry of Health has suspended the local recruitment of expatriate nurses in public hospitals and medical centers, except those who obtained nursing certificates from Kuwait. Sources explained the ministry will hire nurses from abroad through the committees formed for this purpose. Sources said the recruitment committees consist of nurses who will travel to various countries to interview the applicants and conduct examinations in order to ..
Kuwait Society for Human Rights has launched a “hotline 22215150” to raise awareness of migrant workers in Kuwait of their various legal rights and duties. Khalid Al-Hamidi, Chairman of the board of Kuwait Society for Human Rights, said that the hotline operates in five different languages: “Arabic, English, Filipino, Hindi and Urdu” in order to receive as many inquiries as possible about labor laws, ministerial decisions and leg..
A 24-year old Indian expatriate died when he fell from one of the floors of the company in Rawdatain area where he worked. According to security sources, the victim was rushed to Jahra Hospital but he had succumbed to serious injuries prior to arrival. The company officials affirmed that the victim fell while he was working. His corpse has been referred to the Forensics Department and a case was registered for investigations. Meanwhile, an Indian wo..
There is a lengthy 12-year waiting period for Indians applying for permanent residency also known as Green Card in the US as skilled employees, according to a new report. However, India is also among the top countries whose residents get Green Cards every year. In 2015, about 36,318 Indians adjusted their status to permanent residency while 27,798 Indians are new arrivals who received lawful permanent residency in the form of a Green Card, Pew..
Maya, a Bangalore-based mobile app that helps women track their menstrual cycles, won the Asia Pacific App of the Year at FbStartApps of the Year awards announced by FacebookCOO Sheryl Sandberg on Tuesday. FbStart was launched in 2014 to help mobile startups grow. Each year startups get support from Facebook employees and discounts on services from companies like, Dropbox, and UserTesting that help them run their businesses..
Your daily cup of joe may help you live longer, say scientists who have found that drinking coffee may lower the risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. People who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 per cent less likely to die compared to those who did not drink coffee. This association was even stronger for those who drank two to three cups a day - 18 per cent reduced chance of death. Lower mortality was pres..
Almost half the fleet of IndiGo's Airbus A-320 new engine option (Neo) is grounded due to trouble with the Pratt & Whitney (PW) engines used on these planes. The low-cost carrier (LCC) currently has 22 A-320 Neos and nine of them are reportedly grounded due to engine issues. The implementation of GST from July 1 led to some confusion over the import of replacement engines which further added to the problem. In India, IndiGo and GoAir u..
State Ministry for Services Affairs announced that it will auto-disconnect the landlines of defaulting subscribers who fail to pay their dues, starting from July 23, reports Al-Seyassah / Arab Times daily. It affirmed that the first warning notices were sent to defaulting subscribers on Sunday, and the second ones will follow next Sunday. The ministry highlighted that the telephone lines of those who failed to pay the outstanding dues will be discon..
Police are looking for a Jordanian for swindling two compatriots, reports Al-Rai daily. Th e suspect reportedly convinced his victims to invest their money in a business and promised quick returns within three months. Two men swallowed the bait and the man escaped with KD 8,000.-A.T. =========================================================================..
The city-based Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) has developed a mobile app which can help fishermen as well as the Navy or the Coast Guard in the search of people or boats missing at sea. The app works out `Most Probable Search Area' once it is fed the information about the point where the missing person or boat was `last seen', so the rescuers can reach there in the shortest possible time. Not only pe..
The Supreme Court allowed IITs, NITs, IIITs and all government-funded engineering colleges on Monday to admit students on the basis of the JEE (advanced) merit list, bringing to an end the uncertainty over the admission process. A bench of Justices Dipak Misra, AM Khanwilkar and MM Shantanagoudar vacated the July 7 stay order which had brought the counselling and admission process in engineering colleges to a standstill. The court had questioned th..
Scientists have developed a simple, cheap and environment-friendly system that can effectively remove spilt crude oil from sea that can pollute and even destroy marine ecosystems. Marine oil spills are disasters that cannot be completely avoided as long as we drill for oil or transport it across the ocean, researchers said. An effective measure would be to remove spilt oil slicks by absorption into a separable solid phase. Now, scie..
In a tragic incident, a post-graduate student from Prakasam district on Sunday drowned after a boat accident in Duiburg in Germany. The incident happened on the night of Sunday at around 11pm (IST) and their family received the shocking information at 4am on Monday. The deceased, identified as Katta Mallikarjuna (23), is a native of Katavaripallem village in Kondapi mandal. According to the boy's parents, Mallikarjuna and his frien..
A decree was issued concerning the approval of the Council of Ministers to amend some provisions in Law No. 6/2010 concerning the private sector labor. This includes changing the last paragraphs in Article 51 and Article 70 of the law, reports Al-Anba daily. The last paragraph of Article 51 is related to social security. It indicates that an employee is entitled to full indemnity after years of service without deduction of the amount borne by ..
The Mubarak Al- Kabir police have arrested a 42-yearold Syrian for swindling girls after promising to marry them and disappearing after taking their money, reports Al-Anba daily. After several young women filed complaints with the police, investigations revealed the swindler had been sentenced in absentia to 10 years imprisonment. Armed with a search and arrest warrant police then raided the home of the suspect and caught him on the roof of the buil..
Thousands of engineering and medical aspirants may now prepare for their entrance examinations from home as President Pranab Mukherjee launched four satellite television channels on Sunday to offer tutorials by subject experts in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. He also aired 28 more direct-to-home (DTH) satellite channels for the students of the school and higher educational institutions. A national academic depository (NAD) for safe s..
An Indian-originbusinessman has submitted plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airporthere which he claims to be five billion pounds cheaper than the airport's current scheme. Surinder Arora, the owner of Arora International Hotels, has put his proposal to the government's public consultation on Heathrowagainst a 17.5-billion-pound plan for which the British ministers have expressed a preference. Arora Group's pro..
A bakery in Dubai has claimed to have made the world's most expensive cake worth a whopping USD 25,000, a media report said today. The epic four-foot high cake, which is baked entirely of sugar fondant and sugar paste, weighs 32 kg and can easily serve 100 to 120 people, Broadway Bakery said here. The sponge cake was prepared in Dubai as a tribute to "Game of Thrones" character Tyrion Lannister, Gulf News reported. The baker..
A Harvard Universitystudy has projected a dramatic fall in China's economic growthto 4.41 per cent in the coming years until 2025. On the other hand, India would perform extremely well growing at 7.72 per cent during the period, Havard's Center for International Development said in a study. "The economic pole of global growth has moved over the past few years from China to neighboring India, where it is likely to stay over ..
Dr. R. Seetharaman, Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank, with regards to exchange of Qatari Riyal currency notes at Doha Bank’s branches in India, said, “Doha Bank is authorized to exchange Qatari Riyal currency notes against Indian Rupees (INR) at its Bank’s Branches in India for its customers and other Banks. Doha Bank would like to assure its existing customers that they can exchange Qatari Riyal currency notes against India..
A youth, who had stolen a vehicle and driven it recklessly on Ahmadi Stables Road, died when the vehicle crashed into a lamppost. According to security sources, when the Operations Room of Ministry of Interior received information about the accident, patrol officers rushed to the location to discover the youth, who was not more than 20 years of age and possibly a Kuwaiti citizen, had died. When securitymen checked the details of the vehicle, they discov..
Police have arrested a bedoun for stealing cars and selling them to owners of garages in Amghara, reports Al-Anba daily. The daily added, the suspect was arrested after an expatriate called the Operations Room of the Interior Ministry and complained about the theft of his car which he had apparently left unattended with the engine on. Police patrols were informed about the theft and given the description and details about the car and the suspect was..
The Supreme Court has held that the Medical Council of India does not have the power to interfere in the determination of quota for NRI seats in medical colleges, run by deemed universities. “Exercise of power by an authority has to be within the contours conferred by the statute and for the purpose of promoting the objectives of the statute. There is no express power conferred on the second respondent (MCI) in the Medical Council of India Ac..
India will enter a new era in higher education on Sunday with the launch of hundreds of courses that will be delivered through DTH channels, tablets and mobiles. These courses have been developed by over 1,000 expert faculty members from premier institutions like IITs, JNU, Delhi Universityand Anna University. A 'Made in India' IT platform - MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses), or Swayam- will host courses taught in classroo..
Scientists, including those of Indian origin, have invented the first battery-less cell phone that consumes almost zero power and runs by harvesting energy from ambient radio signals or light. The team also made Skype calls using its battery-free phone, demonstrating that the prototype made of commercial, off-the-shelf components can receive and transmit speech and communicate with a base station. "We have built what we believe is the f..
Residents of Delhi who are unable to have surgeries at any government hospital in the city can now get free surgery in 48 private hospitalswithout having to worry about huge bills. The bills, for which no upper limit has been set, will be paid by the Delhi government. "We lay emphasis on health and education, there will be no dearth of funds for this scheme," CM Arvind Kejriwalsaid. A patient needing surgery which cannot be pe..
On a humid February afternoon in 1988, during their hide-and-seek session, S Krishnan knew something was amiss when his holler of defeat wasn't met with the impish smile of his brother S Venkatesan emerging from behind a wall. The 10-year-old had vanished without a trace from their East Tambaramneighbourhood. For 28 years Krishnan, now based in the US, has been distributing, uploading and sharing photos of his brother hoping for leads. He..
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