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US, India to collaborate on Mars exploration

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:19

US, India to collaborate on Mars explorationWashington - India and the US, after sending their own respective spacecraft into Mars' orbit, have now agreed to cooperate on future explorations of the Red Planet, which America said will yield "tangible benefits" to both the countries and the world at large.

The agreement in this regard was signed by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K Radhakrishnan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in Toronto yesterday on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress.


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India, US for concentrated efforts to dismantle terrorist networks

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:48

India, US for concentrated efforts to dismantle terrorist networksWashington DC, Oct 1 - India and the United States have recognised the need for concentrated efforts to counter terrorists and their networks.

"Prime Minister Modi and President Obama stressed the need for joint and concerted efforts, including dismantling of safe havens for terrorists and criminal networks to disrupt all financial and tactical support for networks such as Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, D-Company and the Haqqani Network," MEA Joint Secretary Vikram Doraiswami told the media here after the bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama .


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India not to join coalition against ISIS

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:40

India not to join coalition against ISISWashington DC, Oct 1 - India will not be joining the coalition of the United States and NATO countries against the Islamic State (ISIS).

"India is not joining any coalition. At the same time, Prime Minister Modi, in his meeting with US President Barack Obama, stressed that terrorism affects India acutely and is a major issue for us," MEA Joint Secretary Vikram Doraiswami told the media here during a press conference.


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India, US renew defence agreement for 10 years

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:09

India, US renew defence agreement for 10 yearsWashington DC, Oct 1 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama on Tuesday renewed the defence agreement between India and the US for a further ten-year period.

Addressing the media after holding bilateral talks at the White House here, Prime Minister Modi said, "India and the US have decided to renew the Framework Agreement for defence cooperation between the two nations for a further period of ten years."

"The US will cooperate as a knowledge partner for our plans of creating a National Defence University," Prime Minister Modi added.


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PM Modi pays tribute at Martin Luther King Junior Memorial

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:07

PM Modi pays tribute at Martin Luther King Junior MemorialWashington, Oct 1 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here at Martin Luther King Junior Memorial to pay homage during the second day of his stay in the American capital.

Prime Minister Modi was accompanied by U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., southwest of the National Mall (but within the larger area commonly referred to as the "National Mall").


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President Obama pledges to deepen ties with India

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:04

President Obama pledges to deepen ties with IndiaWashington DC , Oct 1 - Reaffirming close ties with India, U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday emphasized that it was critical for both nations to deepen and broaden the framework of existing partnership.


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America integral part of 'Look East, Link West' policy, says PM Modi

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:02

America integral part of 'Look East, Link West' policy, says PM ModiWashington DC, Oct 1 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said to US President Barack Obama that America was an integral part of India's 'Look East, Link West' policy.

After bilateral talks between the two leaders were held at the White House, Prime Minister Modi addressed the media, saying, "After the Indo-US meet in Mars, we are now meeting here on Earth. America is an integral part of our Look East, Link West policy."

Prime Minister Modi and President Obama also agreed to improve the economic relations between the two nations.


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India supports free trade but food security should not be affected, says PM Modi

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:00

India supports free trade but food security should not be affected, says PM ModiWashington DC, Oct 1 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama on Tuesday discussed issues pertaining to trade, particularly India's stand on the policies of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

After holding bilateral talks at the White House here, Prime Minister Modi said that he expressed to President Obama that India supported free trade, as long as its food security was not affected.

Prime Minister Modi said, "We had an open discussion on the WTO issue. We support trade facilitation but a solution that takes care of our food security must be found."


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India, US agree to renew defence pact

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:24

India, US agree to renew defence pactWashington - India and US on Tuesday agreed to extend their defence agreement for another 10 years which is expected to give a big boost to cooperation in this key area between the two countries.

After the Summit-level meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, both sides decided to extend the pact, said Vikram Doraiswami, Joint Secretary (Americas) in the Ministry of External Affairs.

The framework agreement, which will expire next year, was signed here in 2005 by then Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and his US counterpart Donald Rumsfeld.


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India, US commit to implement civil nuclear agreement

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:22

India, US commit to implement civil nuclear agreementWashington DC, Oct. 1 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Barack Obama , in their bilateral talks held on Tuesday at the White House, agreed to commit to the implementation of the civil nuclear agreement between the two countries.


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India, US to work on access to sanitation for all

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:19

India, US to work on access to sanitation for allWashington DC, Oct. 1 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Barack Obama , in their bilateral talks held on Tuesday at the White House, agreed to work towards access to clean water and sanitation for all.


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PM Modi, President Obama pledge to establish Indo-US investment initiative

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:15

PM Modi, President Obama pledge to establish Indo-US investment initiativeWashington DC, Oct 1 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Barack Obama , in their bilateral talks held on Tuesday at the White House, pledged to establish an Indo-US investment initiative to further increase trade between the two nations.

In the joint statement released by Prime Minister Modi and President Obama, both leaders noted that the two-way trade between India and the U. S. has increased fivefold since 2001 to nearly USD 100 billion and committed to facilitate the actions necessary to increase trade another fivefold.


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Modi invites Obama to visit India

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:10

Modi invites Obama to visit IndiaWashington - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited US President Barack Obama to visit India at a convenient time, which has been accepted by the White House.

"I look forward to receiving President Obama and his family in India at a convenient time," Modi said in a joint press statement inside the Oval Office of the White House.

The details of the visit would be chalked out at a mutually convenient time.

If Obama visits India in the rest of his tenure; he would be the first US President to visit India twice.

Obama visited India in November 2010. (PTI)


Discovered 2.3 k-yr-old human skeleton throws light on our ancestry

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 16:43

Discovered 2.3 k-yr-old human skeleton throws light on our ancestryWashington, Sept 30 : A new research has revealed about the discovery of a 2,330-year-old human skeleton in the southernmost tip of Africa, throwing some light on human origins.

DNA from the complete 1.5 metre tall skeleton is one of the 'earliest diverged,' oldest in genetic terms, found to-date in a region where modern humans are believed to have originated roughly 200,000 years ago.


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Majority of Americans opposed to sending US ground troops to fight IS: Poll

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:30

 PollWashington, Sep 30 : A large majority of Americans are opposed to the idea of sending US troops on the ground to fight the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a new poll has revealed.

According to Politico, the CNN/ORC poll released on Monday shows that 73 percent of Americans favor the use of military airstrikes in Syria, and half of those polled say they would back airstrikes in Syria even if the United States were acting alone without allies.


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Prefer caffeinated beverages over music to combat driver fatigue

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:11

Prefer caffeinated beverages over music to combat driver fatigueWashington, Sept 30 - A new research has revealed that drinking caffeinated beverages is better driver fatigue-fighting measure than listening to music.

The simulated driving study that measured driver fatigue levels against the use of caffeine, music, or no stimulant, showed that drivers who used either caffeine or music as a stimulant felt significantly less tired than those who did not.

However, those who drank a caffeinated beverage to stay awake performed their driving tasks much better than those who listened to music or those in the control group.


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First mineralogical evidence of past glaciers in Mars' Grand Canyon identified

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:20

First mineralogical evidence of past glaciers in Mars' Grand Canyon identifiedWashington, Sept 30 - A team of researchers have identified the first mineralogical evidence of past glaciers in the Grand Canyon of Mars.

For decades, planetary geologists have speculated that glaciers might once have crept through Valles Marineris, the 2000-mile-long chasm that constitutes the Grand Canyon of Mars.


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President Obama welcomes PM Modi at White House, says Khem Cho Mr PM

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:12

President Obama welcomes PM Modi at White House, says Khem Cho Mr PMWashington DC, Sept. 30 - US President Barack Obama greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House here on Monday where he is hosting a dinner in the honour of the visiting dignitary.

According to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, President Obama greeted the Prime Minister with the traditional Gujarati salutation "Khem Cho".

Apart from the two leaders, the others present at the dinner are US Vice President Joe Biden, US Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and U. S. Agency for International Development
(USAID) chief Rajiv Shah.


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About two-third of stars were born in clusters

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:21

About two-third of stars were born in clustersWashington, Sept 25: A new research has revealed that about two-third of stars within 81 light years of Earth were born in clusters.

The study from Carnegie's Alan Boss demonstrated that most of the stars were formed when unstable clusters of newly formed protostars, which are born out of rotating clouds of dust and gas that act as nurseries for star formation, broke up.

Rare clusters of multiple protostars remain stable and mature into multi-star systems and the unstable ones will eject stars until they achieve stability and end up as single or binary stars.


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Apple withdraws 'flawed' iOS 8 update

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:02

Apple withdraws 'flawed' iOS 8 updateWashington, Sep 25 : Apple has reportedly withdrawn an update for the iOS 8 operating system, after it gave rise to a series of glitches on its devices.

The company had released the update to fix glitches reported by iPhone and iPad users but those who installed it said that they faced difficulties in making phone calls and using fingerprints to unlock their device, reported Sky News.

While the older models have proved to be comparatively less vulnerable to the glitches caused by the software update, the iPhone6 is the only device that seems to have been impacted most by the flaws.


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