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Press Release Doha Bank Recommends the Distribution of 30% of the Paid-up Capital as a Cash Dividend to the Shareholders for the Year 2016 His Excellency Sheikh Fahad Bin Mohammad Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Doha Bank, announced that the Board of Directors (BOD) in its meeting held on 22nd of January, 2017 has approved the draft of the Bank’s audited financial statements f..
A car chase between two citizens and two police vehicles in Faiha area left two patrol vehicles damaged, while a lieutenant was nearly run over during the incident. The chase ended with the arrest of two citizens, one of whom is wanted to serve 12 years jail sentence. Liquor and paraphernalia were found in the vehicle the two men were driving. Capital security stopped the vehicle at a checkpoint near the intersection of Faiha and Dhahiyat Abdullah Al-Sa..
Two Asian expatriates were arrested for manufacturing liquor inside an apartment in Hawally area. According to security sources, Hawally securitymen were patrolling Hawally area when they stopped a man who was walking in the area and asked him for his identification document. However, he started to run, forcing securitymen to chase him. They noticed him enter a flat and they requested back up support, after which they went inside the fl at. They imm..
Limited leg roomand uncomfortable aircraft seats are the biggest bug bears for the Indian globetrotter, followed by talkative neighbours, low service on board, long wait for drinks and loud children. But cheap airfare is the biggest factor for the desi traveller to select an airline, with the image of the carrier in terms of inflight experience and seating comfort taking a back seat at the time of booking, according to a survey. The &quo..
Women from low socio-economic backgrounds are 25 per cent more likely to suffer a heart attack than their male counterparts, according to a new study. Researchers from the George Institute for Global Health (GIGH), who examined data from 22 million people from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia before reaching the conclusion, said the burden of cardiovascular disease in India has been growing steadily. "Women from low socio-economi..
Insects - which walk backwards when carrying heavy loads of food - use the Sun's position and visual memories of surroundings to guide them home, according to a new study which shows that ants' navigational skills are more sophisticated than previously thought. The surprisingly flexible and robust navigational behaviour displayed by ants could inspire the development of novel computer algorithms - step-by-step sets of operations - to guide ..
Scientists have developed a new smart needlewith a tiny camera that allows surgeons to see at-risk blood vesselsand avoid injuring them, an advance that may make brain surgerysafer. The tiny imaging probe, encased within a brain biopsy needle, lets surgeons 'see' blood vessels as they insert the needle, allowing them to avoid causing bleeds that can potentially be fatal. "We call it a smart needle. It contains a ..
The Interior Ministry has given instructions to directors of Residence Affairs Departments in the six governorates to grant temporary residence permit of one month only to the expatriates who apply for renewal of their residence permit, reports Arab Times daily. However, during this period an expatriate will not be able to leave the country, and if he/she does so, then the person will not be able to come back. This happened because of the cancel..
The principal of the secondary school who requested guardians of his students to pay KD 1 fee to be part of the WhatsApp group, has been referred to the legal affairs of the Ministry because of this strange behavior, reports Al-Jarida daily. In a circular issued the principal of the secondary school in Hawalli had requested the guardians of female students for their mobile numbers to help the school create a WhatsApp group to allow the school to con..
An Iranian man reported finding a Bangladeshi national in bad health in a parking lot in Al-Rai, said security sources, noting that on examining the man, paramedics discovered he had died. A case was filed and further investigations are in progress.-K.T. ==========================================================================..
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumarand RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav joined hands for an all-Bihar human chain for the promotion of prohibition in the state Saturday. “This (the event) has served a message not only to India but also to the world about liquor ban,’’ said Kumar. He claimed that the event was spread over 11,400 km with about 3 crore participants. Students and Anganwadi, Jeevika and Asha workers formed the bulk of the pa..
The country may soon get a new tri-service chief— a four-star general like the Army, IAF and Navychiefs— to ensure synergy in training, logistics, planning and procurements among the forces. In the longer run, the country will have theatre commands to integrate its air, land and sea assets under single operational commanders for a greater military punch from limited budgetary resources. These were among the major takeaways from th..
Moms-to-be, take note! Taking antidepressants during pregnancy may increase the risk of your baby developing birth defects, a new study has found. The risk - six to 10 per cent - is high enough to merit caution in their use, especially since they are only marginally effective in most cases, researchers said. "In pregnancy, you're treating the mother but you're worried about the unborn child, and the benefit needs to outweigh the risk,"..
Abu Dhabi's government on Saturday merged two of its top investment funds, Mubadala Development Co and International Petroleum Investment Co, to strengthen their financial clout in an era of low oil prices. The new fund, Mubadala Investment Co, will be run by chief executive Khaldoon al_Mubarak, United Arab Emirates state news agency WAM reported, adding that a board had been appointed. The m..
“Nobody can deny the fact that the population imbalance issue in Kuwait is a serious problem that needs to be solved urgently. However, the recent parliamentary statements in this regard cannot be considered as the right solution, especially since they were aimed at gaining the support of citizens through passionate speeches that have nothing to do with the correct solutions”, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources from the banking sector. ..
Seventy-one employees at Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA) are facing uncertainty as steps have yet to be taken to renew their employment contracts which will expire in February, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources. Sources disclosed most of these employees have accumulated unused leave days up to 180 days and they might not be given a chance to use these leave days in case their services are terminated.-A.T. ==========================================..
The Court of Cassation upheld the decision of a lower court on the execution one of those convicted of involvement in a robbery case with violence and first-degree murder, 10 years jail term with hard labor on another convict and fine of KD 50 for two more convicts. These four convicts were involved in the robbery with violence and first degree murder that happened a few years ago in Suleibiya vegetable market, during which two security guards lost ..
The government may reduce import duty on gold to check a significant rise in smuggling of the yellow metal. The step may be announced in the Budget for 2017-18. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to present the Budget on February 1. The duty may be reduced up to 4% on import, official sources said. Currently the customs duty on gold is 10%. “There is room for cutting import duty on gold to bring it in alignment with the proposed G..
One in four men with suspected prostate cancer could avoid invasive and potentially dangerous biopsy if given an MRI scan first, according to a new study published today in The Lancet journal. Researchers from University College London (UCL) in the UK estimate that adding the extra test could help 27 per cent men avoid an unnecessary biopsy and reduce the number of men who are over-diagnosed - diagnosed with a cancer that does not go on to cause an..
Pharma firms may be banned from offering incentives to doctors to push their products, but at the annual conference of paediatricians being held in Bengaluru, a flyer carrying 'Sankranti bonanza' is doing the rounds, offering items like digital weighing scales, goldcoins and stethoscope as gifts for doctors ordering vaccines in bulk for diseases like typhoid and rota virus. While the flyer doe..
In an attempt to search for life beyond Earth, astronomers have found that a planet about 14 light years away is located within the habitable zone - the region where liquid water could exist on its surface. The question of whether Earthlings are alone in the universe has puzzled everyone from biologists and physicists to philosophers and filmmakers. Stephen Kane, astronomer at San Francisco State University in the US focused on finding "h..
For men, prolonged exposure to work-related stress has been linked to an increased likelihood of lung, colon, rectal and stomach cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a new study has warned. Researchers, including those from Universite de Montreal in Canada, assessed the link between cancer and work-related stress perceived by men throughout their working life. On average, the study participants had held four jobs, with some holding up to a dozen o..
Law enforcement officials are in the final stages of sealing off a heavily fortified security zone encompassing the Capitol and the historic National Mall here as they prepare for the inauguration on Friday and the substantial protests it is expected to attract. In addition to the usual range of threats, officials from federal, state and local agencies are preparing this year for what they say could be large-scale protests aimed at disrupting..
Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016 — trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures have blown past the previous record three years in a row. The findings come two days before the inauguration of a United States president who ..
A patient's own heartbeat may be soon used as the password to access electronic health records, say scientists who developed a low-cost technique to protect personal data. "The cost and complexity of traditional encryption solutions prevent them being directly applied to telemedicine or mobile healthcare," said Zhanpeng Jin, assistant professor at Binghamton University in the US. "Those systems are gradually replacing clinic..
Indian Space Research Organisationhas successfully realigned the orbit of its Mars Orbiter Mission 'Mangalyaan' so it is not affected by long-duration eclipse, Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar said on Thursday. "The duration of the eclipse was so long that had we done nothing, the Mangalyan's batterycapacity would have got exhausted due to lack of sun rays. No effect of the eclipse was felt on Mangalyanon Wednesday. ..
Baggage Rules - Guide to Travellers To facilitate international passengers about Baggage Rules, Government of India has released a multi-lingual mobile App “Indian Customs – Guide to Travellers”. The app, a first-of-its kind mobile application, contains a ready reckoner of the customs baggage rules and entitlements of passengers coming from various countries. It contains 24X7 contact details of customs officers of majo..
“The government has not decided to deport expatriates from the country and it does not intend to do so”, says the State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah in an attempt to dissipate fears over forced deportation of expatriates from the country. He went on to say, “The existing vibes in this regard are related to the file concerning rectification of the imbalance of population structur..
After less than two years of scandal concerning the sale of ‘adviser certificates’ for KD 300, the ministries of Education and Higher Education has yet to resolve the fate of forged certificates, reports Al-Jarida daily. Another scandal surfaced when an arbitration center in Egypt announced the possibility of obtaining a Master’s degree for just KD 350, after undergoing training for just 24 hours, under the supervision of the Facul..
Farwaniya detectives arrested a man responsible for multiple thefts committed at Kuwait International Airport. Investigations led detective to identify an Egyptian man who had several phones and a tablet, in addition to cash with him at the time of his arrest. The man admitted that he stole small bags and emptied them in the bathroom. He also told police about shops where he sold the stolen material, and led officers to items he had not sold yet. He was..
Chemicals and Fertilsers Minister Ananth Kumar on Wednesday said the government will fix prices of coronary stents in the next 10-15 days. “We have asked the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority ( NPPA) to fix prices of stents. This issue is pending for long. The price will be fixed in the next 10 to 15 days. This will give huge relief to patients,” Kumar said here. The minister made a statemnt in this regard on the side..
Restricting calories may help you live longer and healthier life, say scientists, resolving one of the most controversial stories in ageing research. In 2009, a team from University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US reported significant benefits in survival and reductions in cancer, cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance for monkeys that ate less than their peers. In 2012, however, a team from the US National Institute on Ageing (NIA) repo..
Indian AmericanDJ and drummer Ravi Jakhotia, popularly known as DJ Ravidrums, would perform at US President-elect Donald Trumps inauguration at Washingtons National Mall on January 19, the media reported. Trump will be officially sworn into office as the 45th President of the US on January 20. The "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration"event on Thursday would see performances by singers Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, ..
Astronauts staying in space for extended periods of time may suffer from vision problems due the constant pressure on the back of the eye, say scientists who suggest that using a vacuum device to lower pressure may prevent the condition. A change in vision is the top most health risk for astronauts who spend extended periods of time on the International Space Station (ISS). Researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre in the ..
Obituary: Mr. Jaiganesh, Managing Director, SMI With deep sadness and anguish, we are pained to announce the sad demise of Mr. Jaiganesh, Managing Director, Solutions Manager International (SMI) hailing from Tamilnadu, passed away yesterday night (17/01/2017) due to heart attack. His sudden departure is a great loss to his family and to the Company. We pray God Almighty to giv..
ICSK AMMAN LAUNCHES ‘RADIO AMMAN’ ICSK Amman embarked their journey towards a historic day of the school – The launch of “Radio Amman” – A live radio that is exclusively going to be aired in the ICSK Amman campus. The Principal Mr. Rajesh Nair. C, in his welcome address elaborated how a simple idea of launching a campus radio came alive. The Amman Radio was inaugurated by launching the l..
Indian Embassy welcomes for 68th Republic Day celebrations The 68th Republic Day of India will be celebrated in Embassy premises with the hoisting of tri-colour National Flag at 9 AM by Ambassador. This will be followed by reading of the Hon’ble President’s message on this occasion. Thereafter, a few patriotic songs and an Ope..
ICSK MEGA CARNIVAL ON 20th January, 2017….BE THERE! The Indian Community School Kuwait is glad to inform all the Indians in Kuwait that the much-awaited 14th Mega Carnival, 2017 will be held on Friday, 20th January, 2017 at the ICSK Senior Branch in Salmiya. The carnival will be open for all Indians from 8 AM to 9 PM. As in the previous years, the ICSK Mega Carnival promises to be a day of unlimited entertainment for the ..
Following the announcement made by the Minister of Health Dr Jamal Al-Harbi to bring in about 2,600 new nurses from overseas for covering the needs of the ministry, informed sources revealed that 80 percent of the nurses who were brought into the country in the last three years performed very poorly with results ranging between 9 percent to 43 percent in the entry tests conducted by the government hospitals. They indicated that the nurses who perfor..
A pregnant woman died as she attempted to deliver her baby at her apartment, while the newborn also died in the process, according to police. Farwaniya policemen rushed to a building in the area after receiving an emergency call from the janitor, who reported that a tenant was heard screaming inside her apartment while the front door could not be unlocked. They broke into the apartment and found the Filipina woman lying unconscious with a stillborn baby..
Multiple arrests were made yesterday in a police raid to a Zahra house were liquor was brewed for sale in violation of the law. The operation was carried out based on investigations which confirmed information detectives had received earlier that the house was turned into an illegal brewery. A group of persons, all of Asian nationalities, were arrested during the raid, the Interior Ministry said in a statement without specifying the number of peopl..
Onset of high blood pressure later in life, especially at age 80 or older, is associated with lower dementia risk after 90, a new study has found. High blood pressure and other heart health risk factors are generally thought to increase dementia risk. Researchers challenge this idea and add to scientist's understanding of hypertension and dementia risk over a person's life course. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine in..
Halos of dark matter may be stripping away gas from galaxies and sending them to an early death by depriving them of the material to make new stars, say scientists who claim to have solved the galactic murder mystery. Researchers based at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Australia found that a phenomenon called ram-pressure stripping is more prevalent than previously thought. The study of 11,000 galaxies shows their ..
The railways has decided to rope in private companies to redevelop and modernise 23 stations, including the iconic Howrah station, Mumbai Centraland Chennai Central. The first private sector-driven redevelopment plan at Habibganj (near Bhopal) is expected to be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modishortly, paving the way for seeking participation for the other 22 projects, most of them British-era facilities. Bansal Construct..
Scientists have developed the world's lightest high-performance mechanical watch made using the 'wonder material' graphene and weighing just 40 grammes. The RM 50-03 watch was made using a unique composite incorporating graphene to manufacture a strong but lightweight new case to house the delicate watch mechanism. The graphene composite known as Graph TPT weighs less than previous similar materials used in watchmaking. Graphe..
Our universe contains an astonishing two trillion galaxies, ten times more than previously thought, according to a new study published today. Astronomers have long sought to determine how many galaxies there are in the observable universe, the part of the cosmos where light from distant objects has had time to reach us. Over the last 20 years, scientists have used images from the Hubble Space Telescope to estimate that the universe we ..
Minister of Health Jamal Al-Harbi reaffirmed Sunday that the new world-class Jaber Hospital would start operation in months to serve nationals only. A highly-qualified foreign administration would manage the hospital until training of national cadres is completed to take over later, the minister said in statements to reporters during the inauguration of three medical centers affiliated to the private Al-Salam International Hospital. “As of nex..
India has been ranked 60th among 79 developing economies, below neighbouring China and Pakistan, in the inclusive development index, according to a WEF report. WEF's 'Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2017', released today, said that most countries are missing important opportunities to raise economic growth and reduce inequality at the same time because the growth model and measurement tools that have guided policymakers for decades r..
Obsession with selfies claimed two more young lives in the capital when two teenagers were crushed under a train while posing between two railway tracks at Anand Vihar, east Delhi, on Saturday afternoon. The victims, Yash Kumar, 16, and Shubham, 14, along with five friends studying in the same tuition centre, had pooled in money and rented a DSLR camera for Rs 400 per day. Cops said they wanted to build a modelling portfolio. As per accounts o..
Over 40 industry leaders including from India today rallied here in support of a new plan to recycle plastic waste, fearing that oceans may have more plastic than fish by 2050 if no urgent steps are taken. The plan aims to increase total recycling from 14 per cent currently to 70 per cent of total plastic packaging. The plan, presented here in a report by the WEF and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, observed that there could be"more plastics ..
It is now officially confirmed that a stent can cost the patient over 10 times by the time it moves from the manufacturer to the patient. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority(NPPA) on Monday released data on margins made by players at various levels in the stent trade. Of all the players, hospital margins appear to be the highest, touching about 650%. Incidentally, along with stent companies, it is hospitalsand cardiologists wh..
The Kuwaiti Ministry of Finance yesterday signed a protocol with India amending the agreement between the two countries to avoid double taxation on income and to prevent tax evasion. The protocol amends the types of Kuwaiti taxes in Article two of the agreement, as well as Article 26 on exchanging tax data, both on individuals and corporates, the ministry’s Undersecretary Khalifa Hamada said in a press release. He added that Kuwait ratified th..
Two Bangladeshis, who are very close friends and who were deported from the country six years ago, were arrested and deported once again. Police stopped the two who did not have IDs, but upon inquiries, they were discovered to have been deported twice before. Both had returned to Kuwait using forged passports a year ago. The two were sent to the deportation center.-K.T. ===================================================================..
A woman in the US died after being infected by a superbug during her visit to India, say doctors who found that the "nightmare" bacteria was resistant to all available antibiotics. The infection was caused by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a multidrug-resistant organism associated with high mortality. While CRE are not new to the US, what was new in this case is that the infection was resistant or non-susceptible to a..
Siliconlikely makes up a significant proportion of the Earth's core after iron and nickel, say scientists who claim to have identified the 'missing element' in the deep interiors of our planet that has eluded us for decades. The discovery could help us to better understand how our world formed, researchers said. For the study, researchers from Tohoku University in Japanrecreated the high temperatures and pressures found..
A four-year-old girl, who has read more than 1,000 books, has become the "librarian for a day" at the world's largest library in the US. Daliyah Arana, who is from Gainesville, Georgia, joined Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden — who made history in 2016 when she became the first female and the first African-American to hold the position. Arana became the first-ever librarian for the day at the US Library of Congress on Jan..
In a heroic act, a dog saved his 64-year-old owner's life by lying on top of him for nearly 24 hours to keep him warm in freezing conditions as the man lay paralysed in snow after falling and breaking his neck. The man, named only as Bob, was alone when he left his farmhouse in Petoskey, Michigan, on New Year's Eve to collect firewood. 5-year-old golden retriever Kelsey happened to be with Bob when during halftime of the Fiesta Bowl, B..
Construction of a new terminal at the airport is proceeding according to schedule since work started in early December, Minister of Public Works Abdulrahman Al-Mutawa said yesterday. The minister, during an inspection tour at the site, indicated that more time might be needed to thrash out some problems such as the presence of civil and military installations at the location. “Such hurdles will be tackled through coordination with the relevant..
The Public Hygiene and Road Occupancy Department at Farwaniya Municipality launched two field campaigns in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Hassawi areas during which two truckloads of spoiled fruits and vegetables, old furniture and used clothes were lifted, reports Al-Seyassah daily. The campaigns were aimed to remove everything that spoils the look of the areas. In this regard, Director of Public Hygiene and Road Occupancy Department at Farwaniya Municipali..
The Centre's announcement of lucky draws to boost electronic payments has already created 45 'lakhpatis', three weeks into its inception. The National Payments Corporation of India(NPCI), an arm of the Reserve Bank of India(RBI), has been announcing 15 beneficiaries who win Rs 1,00,000 under the initiative every week since December 25. Additionally, 614 winners (500 merchants and 114 customers) get Rs..
Vast icy rock peaks tower above Argentina's Carlini research base in Antarctica. But scientists who have worked here for decades say the glaciers are less icy than they once were. For international experts stationed at the base, the frozen southern continent is a good gauge of climate change. "When I used to come to Antarctica in the 1990s, it never used to rain," said Rodolfo Sanchez, director of the Argentine Antarctic Institute (..
Like spicy food? You may live longer, say scientists who found that consuming hot red chili peppers may significantly reduce death risk, particularly due to heart disease or stroke. Going back for centuries, peppers and spices have been thought to be beneficial in the treatment of diseases, but very few studies have examined chili pepper consumption and its association with mortality. Using data collected from more than 16,000 Americans who were fo..
The Interior Ministry is considering granting visit visa to the first-degree relatives through the automated visa system (e-visa), reports Arab Times daily quoting security sources. The same sources said the first degree relatives include the parents, wife and children. However, the sources said the e-visa system in future will be expanded within the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Interior to activate the e-government services and relieve the pr..
MOI’s relations and security media department said that detectives managed to unfold the mystery of what initially appeared to be a normal traffic accident and then turned out to be a murder. The sources explained that a 36 year old non-Kuwaiti was arrested for deliberately running over his own brother several times before he also used a hammer to smash his skull and finish him. The sources added that the murderer turned himself in and justified h..
His watch strap was gold, his belt buckle was gold, his sandal straps were gold, even the five-rupee coins and keys and keyring he carried were gold. And that's not counting the many little trinkets of gold he had hidden in his rectum. The 28-year-old passenger who alighted at IGI Airporton Thursday from an Etihad Abu Dhabi flight seemed to be moving around in a suspicious manner. CISFhad received a tip-off b..
The Indian Army has recommended to the government to abolish the age-old and much abused system of having ‘sahayaks’ (batmen) for officers, at least in peace stations, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said on Friday. Sahayaks are ordinary soldiers doing the work of a manservant in the houses of officers in static posts like the army headquarters in Delhi. They will be replaced by civilian servants. “In field areas, sahayaks are sti..
In the first such instance in the country and the second in the world, the liver of a 42-year-old brain dead woman, who herself received a kidney transplanttwo years ago, has been donated and successfully transplanted into a 66-year old liver cirrhosis patient. What makes the case unusual, say experts, is that the woman's liver was found fit to be harvested and transplanted despite she having been on immunosuppressive drugs for the last t..
For the first time, scientists have found that the number of parasites each mosquito carries, rather than the number of bites, determines the chance of successful malaria infection, an advance that may help develop effective vaccines for the deadly infection. The findings, from scientists at Imperial College London, may also explain why the only registered malaria vaccine, RTS,S, has had only partial efficacy in recent trials. Malaria is sprea..
Eating blue cornmay help protect against metabolic syndrome,cardiovascular disease,diabetes and cancera new study carried in rats suggests. In the study, a rat model of metabolic syndromefed a high-sugar and high-cholesterol diet and given blue maize extract showed significant improvement in systolic blood pressure, high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and triglyceride levels compared to those not given the extract. ..
Some shipping companies in Kuwait have begun overcharging customers, tacking on a range of unnecessary and unregulated ‘fees’ that are not approved by the government. Few people understand what are the legitimate charges for packages shipped to Kuwait and even fewer read the receipts or argue with the charges when a package is delivered to your door. Kuwait Times recently received several complaints from customers and when investigating th..
Farwaniya police arrested an Indian with 1,190 bottles of liquor. The suspect was driving a bus when he was stopped for an ID check, but he seemed nervous and attempted to escape. The liquor was found when the bus was searched.-K.T. ===================================================================..
The US Army is planning to use biodegradable bullets loaded with special seeds that sprout into plants which can eliminate ammunition debris and contaminants, reducing soil pollution in training grounds. Spent shells litter US Army training facilities around the world as there is no efficient way to clean them up. The shells, which contain metal and other chemicals, can rust and pollute soils and groundwater. The US Department of Defense ..
Scientists have finally found how stressincreases the risk of heart disease and strokeaccording to a study published in The Lancet. Stress causes heightened activity in a region of the brain called the amygdala. This in turn triggers more white blood cell production in the bone marrow. This paves the way for plaque deposits in arteries that facilitate heart problems. While more research and larger studies are needed to confirm the mecha..
Ending two months of speculation, Tata Sons appointed Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) managing director and chief executive officer N Chandrasekaran as Executive Chairman following unanimous recommendation of the selection committee. The board of directors of Tata Sons, at its meeting, appointed N Chandrasekaran (53) as the executive chairman. Chandrasekaran will take charge on February 21. With this appointment, Tata Sons, the holding company..
Vaccinating stray dogs may be a cost-effective way to reduce deaths due to rabies in India by 90 per cent, according to a new study of the disease that kills an estimated 20,000 people in the country every year. Nearly all of the deaths occur after victims are bitten by rabid dogs. Most of the victims are children. For years, experts have debated the best strategy to reduce this burden. The study led by a scientists at the University of Maryla..
A devoted fan of actor Balakrishnastunned audiences and surprised the Telugu film megastar as well when he scrimped and bought a ticket paying Rs 1 lakh to watch `Gautamiputra Shatakarni', the 100th film of the actor released on Thursday. Gopichand Innamuri, 27, who owns a modest restaurant in Narsaraopet, Guntur, walked into the benefit show for cancer patients in a city theatre, where organisers were hoping to sell tickets for anything ..
Airport customs officers foiled an attempt to smuggle fake $500 notes. The officers suspected a parcel from China in the name of two Asian expats. The parcel included an ad magazine with $500 notes between its pages. The person who went to receive it denied anything to do with the contents, so they suspected that the notes might be forged. The parcel was sent to concerned authorities.-K.T. ============================================================..
The Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Waleed Al-Kandari has sentenced a Sri Lankan to death by hanging for the premeditated murder of his wife, reports Al-Anba daily. According to case papers, the suspect and the victim were involved in disputes and the former decided to get rid of her. He reportedly punched a hole in the hose of the cooking gas cylinder and the gas leaked to the entire kitchen and subsequent explosion killed the wife and ano..
A man was found dead inside the bathroom of his apartment in Farwaniya yesterday. Firefighters were called to the scene in response to an emergency call about a man being locked up inside his apartment. They broke open the apartment’s door and found the expatriate man’s dead body inside. The body was taken to the coroner for an autopsy. An investigation was opened to determine the circumstances behind the man’s death.-K.T. ========..
The cold wave lashing north India is expected to continue for another two days during which maximum and minimum temperaturesin the capital will fall by 2-3 degrees celsius. On Wednesday, Delhi recorded its lowest minimum temperature for the season — at 4 degrees celsius, three degrees below normal. However, it was Gurgaon that bore the brunt: its minimum temperature dipped to 1.7 degrees. "..
People worldwide love the 'face with tears of joy' emoji, except the romantic French who prefer the 'heart' emoji, according to a new study that analysed 427 million messages from nearly four million smartphone users in 212 countries and regions. Researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M) in the US and Peking University in China analysed whether emoji use was universal or differed based on user location and culture. They u..
Foreign minister Sushma Swarajon Wednesday threatened to refuse visas to Amazonofficials and withdraw visas already given to Amazon employees in India, if the global e-tailer did not stop selling doormats with the Indian flag on them. "If this is not done forthwith, we will not grant Indian Visa to any Amazon official. We will also rescind the Visas issued earlier," Swaraj said in a series of tweets after she received a compla..
The school curriculum of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) may go for a significant makeover. The CBSE governing board had recently approved a proposal to “merge” its international and national curriculum. “The governing board has given in-principle approval to the proposal. We are looking into it,” a board’s official told DH. The board is yet to work out the modalities for the merging of the CB..
Yahoowill be renamed Altaba, after Verizon deal goes through according to an SEC filing, which also states that CEO Marissa Mayer, co-founder David Filo and four other directors on the company’s 11-member board will resign after the deal closes. For Yahoo, the past few months have been rocky as it faced the biggest data breach in history with over 1 billion mail accounts hacked. Now an AP report suggestsVerizon is reassessing whether it shou..
Two people were injured in a fight involving three Egyptians and two Bangladeshis at Jleeb Shuyoukh area. The injured people were referred to Farwaniya Hospital in private cars for treatment. A team of paramedics accompanied security operatives to the scene after the Operations Room of the Interior Ministry received information about the fight. Initial investigation revealed the quarrel was due to former dispute. Necessary action will be taken against t..
A 28-year-old citizen was killed while an Asian driver was injured in an accident reported on Wafra Road yesterday. The deceased man was driving a sedan which collided with a water tanker truck, driven by the injured driver. The coroner recovered the deceased man’s body after paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene. The truck’s driver was taken to hospital for treatment. An investigation was opened to determine the causes of the accident..
Changes in precipitation, which are linked to the warming of the Indian Ocean, is the main reason for recent decline in groundwater storage in India, a new study led by researchers of IIT Gandhinagar has warned. Agriculture in India relies heavily on groundwater for irrigation, particularly in the dry northern regions where precipitation is scarce. Groundwater withdrawals in the country have increased over tenfold since the 1950's, from 10-20 c..
It was a marriage with a difference. A cashless wedding was solemnised at a temple at Badia in East Singhbhum district within hours of a toilet being built at the groom's house. Prior to the marriage yesterday, the family members of the bride Sunita, a resident of Itihasa village in Chakradharpur of West Singhbhum district, and the bridegroom Subhash Nayak of Badia village, joined hands and provided voluntary services in the construction of a t..
Retroviruses, the family of viruses that includes HIV, are almost half a billion years old -- several hundred million years older than previously thought, claim scientists from Oxford University. New research suggests that retroviruses have ancient marine origins, having been with their animal hosts through the evolutionary transition from sea to land. Until now, it was thought that retroviruses were relative newcomers -- possibly as recent as..
"Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award " to Dr.Seetharaman-CEO DOha Bank Group Dr. R. Seetharaman, Doha Bank CEO was conferred with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the PRAVASI BHARTIYA Divas Convention on 9 January 2017 which is the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians by the Government of India in recognition of their achievements both in India and abr..
Kuwait shut all ports yesterday temporarily due to foggy weather, state news agency KUNA said, quoting the country’s port authority. Bad weather halted operations at Shuwaikh, Shuaiba and Doha ports, which were expected to resume activity once weather conditions and visibility improve, the statement said. Also, 14 incoming flights were re-routed, KUNA said, quoting the country’s civil aviation authority. Flights were re-routed to airport..
Criminal detectives are working on a case involving €85,000 in cash that were reportedly stolen from a moneychanger in Farwaniya. It is feared the two thieves may have left the country as soon as they committed the crime. Sources said two English-speaking men went to a money exchange shop in Farwaniya and asked for €82,000 in cash. The two told the cashier they wanted to count the money, then when they finished, they gave the cashier an ATM ca..
The Criminal Court, presided by Judge Mit’ib Al-Ardhi has sentenced 12 men to 10 years in jail with hard labor and fined them KD 198,000 each, reports Al-Anba daily. The court also acquitted one man, citing lack of evidence, and another to two-year imprisonment for forging Visa, MasterCard and other credit cards. According to case papers the men — believed to be members of an organized local and international gang — involved in mon..
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been honoured by the US Embassy to acknowledge his immense contribution to the India-US ties on tuberculosis. The award was presented on January 8 by US Ambassador to India Richard R Verma to the 74-year-old actor, who himself is a TB survivor and brand ambassador for the cause. Bachchan took to his blog to share the pictures from the event. After receiving the award, Bachchan went live on Facebook with Verma..
A marching band from the UAE's defence forces will join the parade on Republic Day, the first time Arab soldiers will be marching in New Delhi. After the French marching band joined the parade in 2016 in honour of Francois Hollande, the practice has caught the fancy of others as well. With UAE crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan preparing to be the chief guest this year, the visiting dignitary who is also the deputy supreme command..
A new plate boundary may be forming on the floor of the Indian Ocean as a result of the largest earthquake that shook the Andaman-Sumatran region in 2012, according to scientists who warn that the new fault system could trigger more quakes in the future. Researchers, including those from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Indonesian Institute of Sciences, has found evidence of a possible new plate boundary forming on the floor of the..
Twenty of the 1.95 lakh candidates who took CAT 2016 have managed to crack it with a perfect score. Male engineers continued to dominate the toppers' list this year, too. The number of 100 percentilers is the highest in the last six years but not a single woman is in the top slot. Last year, one of the 17 toppers was a girl. "In the sectionals, however, many non-engineers and female candidates have scored 100 percentile (sic)," profes..
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on 9 January 2017 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th January every year to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India. Since 2003, every year the Government of India holds the PRAVASI BHARATIYA DIVAS in India to provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the Government and people of ..
Ministry of Health is planning to increase the charges of private rooms in hospitals and medical centers, reports Al-Anba daily quoting a highlevel source. He said the charges of private rooms will be increased by 200 percent for both citizens and expatriates such that a private room will cost KD 3 for citizens and KD 15 for expatriates per day instead of the current daily charges of KD 1 and KD 5 for citizens and expatriates respectively. The sourc..
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