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With Senate at stake, Obama touts economic gains

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:47

With Senate at stake, Obama touts economic gainsWashington - President Barack Obama on Thursday told voters that he and Democrats succeeded in pulling the US economy back from the brink of collapse during the Great Recession but acknowledged it was still tough going for the middle class.

He spoke at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in a suburb of Chicago, his adopted hometown, just five weeks before an election in which Republicans are seen as having a better than even chance at taking control of the Senate and dooming the White House legislative agenda.


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Modi has more American FB fans than many US politicians

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:45

Modi has more American FB fans than many US politiciansNew York - Prime Minister Narendra Modi's fan following is not only restricted to India but he is also popular in the US where he has more Facebook fans than most current members of Congress, governors and other political leaders, according to a media report.

Modi's American Facebook base of 170,529 as of Wednesday is larger than all but 21 American elected officials and current candidates, the New York Times reported citing Socialbakers, a site that tracks social media accounts.


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Now, a Harvard Business School project named 'Beyonce'

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 19:10

Now, a Harvard Business School project named 'Beyonce'Washington, Oct 2 : Beyonce Knowles' album release strategy is being studied at the Harvard Business School.

The 'Single Ladies' star's self-titled fifth studio album was released in 2013, without any warning or promotion and was an instant success, selling 80,000 copies in three hours. Now, a professor and a former student at Harvard have put together a 27-page study on the project, Us magazine reported.

They have named the report simply 'Beyonce', and the findings, will be taught in Anita Elberse's "Strategic Marketing in Creative Industries" course, who is a professor of Business Administration at the school.


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Why Microsoft named it Windows 10?

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 18:41

Why Microsoft named it Windows 10?Washington, Oct 02 : After Microsoft unveiled and showed off a brief demo of their brand new operating system, Windows 10, in San Francisco on Tuesday, speculations were rife on why the company chose to skip a number and name Windows 8's successor as Windows 10.

According to CNET, the decision was just a marketing gimmick. The Windows 8 has been mired in controversy for the last two years because of Microsoft's bold yet unfamiliar design language and functionality decisions. Therefore, Microsoft took a number leap to scrap all associations with its predecessor.


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India donates a million dollars to UN for women empowerment, gender equality

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:43

India donates a million dollars to UN for women empowerment, gender equalityNew York, Oct. 2 : India has donated a million dollars to the United Nations women's body for women empowerment and gender equality.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj handed over the cheque as India's contribution to the core voluntary budget of UN Women to Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the United Nations yesterday for fiscal 2014-2015.

While handing over the donation, Swaraj reaffirmed New Delhi's commitment to the goals of UN Women, including gender equality and gender mainstreaming.


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Astronauts vie four landing sites for ExoMars in 2018

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:04

Astronauts vie four landing sites for ExoMars in 2018Washington, Oct 2 - Four possible landing sites for the European ExoMars mission in 2018 have been considered by scientists.

The mission is a joint two-mission endeavor between ESA and Russia's Roscosmos space agency and eight proposals were considered during a workshop held by the Landing Site Selection Working Group in April.

The Trace Gas Orbiter and an entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, Schiaparelli, will be launched in January 2016, arriving at Mars nine months later. The Rover and Surface Platform will depart in May
2018, with touchdown on Mars in January 2019. (ANI)


New study affirms Darwin's theory of "jump dispersal"

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:54

New study affirms Darwin's theory of "jump dispersal"Washington. Oct 2 - A new study has proved that Darwin's 'jump dispersal' theory that was refuted years ago, is actually dominant in the geological timescale as much as human timescale.

The study by Nicholas J. Matzke, a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, tested the Vicariance theory and the 'jump dispersal' theory of how species came to live where they do and found strong evidence for jump dispersal, especially for island species.


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'Man in the moon' basin possibly created by volcano, not asteroid

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:35

'Man in the moon' basin possibly created by volcano, not asteroid Washington, Oct 2 - In a new study, scientists have found that it may have been a volcanic plume, and not an asteroid, that created the moon's largest 'man in the moon' basin.

According to the new data obtained by NASA's GRAIL mission, the Procellarum region on the near side of the moon likely arose not from a massive asteroid strike, but from a large plume of magma deep within the moon's interior.


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Giant cold, toxic cloud hangs over Saturn's largest moon 'Titan'

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:20

Giant cold, toxic cloud hangs over Saturn's largest moon 'Titan'Washington, Oct 2 - A new study has found that following the dramatic cooling off of the atmosphere, there is a huge toxic cloud which is floating over Titan, the south pole of Saturn's largest moon.

Scientists analysing data from the international Cassini mission found that this giant polar vortex contained frozen particles of the toxic compound hydrogen cyanide.

Lead author Remco de Kok said that the discovery suggested that the atmosphere of Titan's southern hemisphere was cooling much faster than expected.


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Obama joins NSA Rice meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:06

Obama joins NSA Rice meeting with Chinese Foreign MinisterWashington - Underscoring his commitment to building a stable and constructive relationship with China, US President Barack Obama joined a meeting between National Security Advisor Susan Rice and visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the White House.

Yang is visiting US to hold discussions in preparations for Obama's November 10-12 trip to China. During the meeting Obama underscored his commitment to strengthening cooperation on shared challenges, such as climate change, the Ebola epidemic, and countering the threat posed by terrorists, particularly IS, the White House said.


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Obama, Modi meet reflects depth of strong Indo-US ties: WH

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:48

 WHWashington - Meeting between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi reflects the "depth of strong relationship" between the two democracies of the world and their leaders, the White House has said.

Modi wounded up his five-day-long visit yesterday and returned home "thanking America" and saying, it was a "successful and satisfactory" trip.

"It reflects the depth of the strong relationship between the United States and India that the two leaders were able to come together and discuss a broad array of topics," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, told reporters.


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China FM issues warning over 'illegal' protests in Hong Kong

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:35

China FM issues warning over 'illegal' protests in Hong KongWashington, Oct 2 - China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has issued a stern warning against any "illegal" protests in Hong Kong.

Currently on a visit to Washington, Wang also warned that the matter was an "internal affair" for China.

His U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry, also urged Hong Kong to exercise restraint in dealing with the protests.

According to the BBC, Wang's warning comes in the wake of student demonstrators expressing their anger over China's decision to vet candidates for 2017 elections, and their reported warning to step up protests if Hong Kong's Chief Executive C Y Leung did not quit.


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Following White House security lapses, U.S. Secret Service director Julia Pierson resigns

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:24

Following White House security lapses, U.S. Secret Service director Julia Pierson resignsWashington, Oct 2 - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has submitted her resignation to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

The head of the US Secret Service, tasked with guarding US President Barack Obama, has resigned following several high-profile security lapses.

According to the BBC, Pierson offered her resignation to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday.

A day earlier, she faced angry questions in Congress about a major breach of White House security.


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New leadership was needed at Secret Service: Obama

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:10

 ObamaWashington - The White House says President Barack Obama believes it was in the best interest of the Secret Service for Director Julia Pierson to resign.

Pierson offered her resignation today amid intense scrutiny over security lapses at the White House.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama concluded that new leadership of the agency was required. He says Obama called Pierson today to thank her for her service to the Secret Service and to the US.

Earnest says Obama has full confidence in Joseph Clancy. He's the former special agent taking over as acting Secret Service director.


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How chimpanzees develop 'culture' in wild like humans revealed

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:27

How chimpanzees develop 'culture' in wild like humans revealedWashington, Oct 01 - A new study has provided a deeper insight into how the chimpanzees share skills and develop "culture" in the wild like humans.

Scientists from University of St Andrews, University of Neuchatel, Anglia Ruskin University, and Universite du Quebec studied the spread of two novel tool-use behaviors among the Sonso chimpanzee community living in Uganda's Budongo Forest.


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Can't match Modi's 'rock star reception' in New York: Kerry

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:39

 KerryWashington - Hosting visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over lunch at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department here, US Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that whatever he might do, he can't match the "rock star" reception that Modi received from the Indian- American community in New York over the weekend.

"Mr Prime Minister, I'm forced to admit that no matter how warm our welcome here today, we're never going to be able to top your rock star reception at Madison Square Garden," Kerry said with Modi standing by his side at the State Department.


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How dinosaurs' arms transformed into bird wings revealed

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:58

How dinosaurs' arms transformed into bird wings revealedWashington, Oct 1 - In a new study scientists have explained how arms of dinosaurs went from straight to bent and hyperflexible, turning into wings.


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Iran delays execution of woman accused of stabbing attempted rapist to death

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:30

Iran delays execution of woman accused of stabbing attempted rapist to deathWashington, Oct 01 - Iran has reportedly postponed the execution of a woman who was to be put to death on Tuesday for allegedly killing her attempted rapist.

According to FOX News, the mother of Rayhaneh Jabbari, 26, said that the execution was postponed at the last minute and that word came after Pakravan and other supporters of Jabbari went to Rajaiy Shahr Prison to protest the pending execution, and after Jabbari's farewell.


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NASA and ISRO join hands for future Mars missions

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:07

NASA and ISRO join hands for future Mars missionsWashington, Oct 1 - NASA and ISRO have agreed to cooperate on future explorations of Mars, which America believes will yield "tangible benefits" to both the countries and the world at large.

While attending the International Astronautical Congress in Toronto, the two space agency leaders, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation
(ISRO), met to discuss and sign a charter that establishes a NASA-ISRO Mars Working Group to investigate enhanced cooperation between the two countries in Mars exploration.


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Modi, Obama commit to hit safe havens of D-Company, LeT, al Qaeda

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:28

Modi, Obama commit to hit safe havens of D-Company, LeT, al QaedaWashington - Furthering cooperation on terrorism between the two countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama on Tuesday agreed to make joint efforts to dismantle safe havens for terror and criminal networks like Dawood Ibrahim's D-Company, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, al Qaeda and Haqqani network.

During their two-hour long summit meeting at the White House, the two leaders also agreed that New Delhi and Washington will take steps to disrupt financial and tactical support to these terror outfits.


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