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Resolution introduced in US Congress to block sale of Pak F16s

US News - Fri, 02/26/2016 - 09:25
Resolution introduced in US Congress to block sale of Pak F16s

Washington: Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul has introduced a joint resolution in the US Congress to block the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.

The resolution (SJ Res 30) calls for prohibiting sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, which the State Department had recently notified to the Congress.

Introduced by Paul on February 24, the resolution also calls for prohibiting sale of other military hardware to Pakistan including eight Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (AIDWES), 14 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS).

Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has put a hold on the sale of F-16s to Pakistan.


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`Stellar` Williamson bags New Zealand Cricketer of the Year award

Sports News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 18:45
`Stellar` Williamson bags New Zealand Cricketer of the Year award

Wellington, Feb. 25 : New Zealand prolific batsman Kane Williamson has bagged the supreme Sir Richard Hadlee medal for cricketer of the year at the NZC awards night on Thursday.

The 25-year-old, who will succeed retired Brendon McCullum as team's captain for next month's World T20 in India, also collected Test player of the year and the Redpath Cup for first-class batting for the second year running, Stuff. co. nz reported.

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Misbah believes Pakistan will reap benefits of `successful` PSL

Sports News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 18:17
Misbah believes Pakistan will reap benefits of `successful` PSL

Johannesburg, Feb. 25 : Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has expressed that the just-concluded Pakistan Super League will help his country's cricket to flourish in the Twenty20 format.

Pakistan, which lifted World T20 title in 2009, have been struggling in the shortest format of the game and currently stand sixth in the rankings.

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Leadership means muscles, indeed

US News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 17:34
Leadership means muscles, indeed

Washington D.C, Feb 25 : Want to be seen as a leader? You may want to build up some muscle, as a new study has revealed that muscular men are perceived to be better leaders than physically weak ones.

Take Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose past popularity was a result of his physical prowess as a "Mr. Universe" bodybuilder. In the 2003's historic recall election, the physically imposing Schwarzenegger easily defeated California Governor Gray Davis, who is arguably weaker looking than 'The Terminator.'

Study participants in a series of experiments, conducted by UC Berkeley's Cameron Anderson and Oklahoma State University's Aaron Lukaszewski, overwhelmingly equated physical strength with higher status and leadership qualities.


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Aaron Phangiso's bowling action comes under review

Sports News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 16:40
Aaron Phangiso's bowling action comes under review

Johannesburg, Feb. 25 : South Africa left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso has been reported for a suspect illegal bowling action in his country's domestic one-day cricket championship.

The incident took place in his side Highveld Lions' win against the Warriors in the semi-finals of the Momentum One-Day Cup at the Wanderers.

The 32-year-old, whose actions will now be scrutinized in accordance with the CSA Regulations, was also required to undergo independent analysis by a member of the ICC Panel of Human Movement Specialists.

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High-tech US dream team to fight Islamic State online

US News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 16:21
High-tech US dream team to fight Islamic State online

Washington: Seeking to bolster its effort to counter Islamic State (IS) messaging on social media, President Brack Obama`s administration is assembling something of a high-tech dream team to battle the terrorist group online, media reported on Thursday.

At a meeting conducted at the Justice Department on Wednesday, executives from Apple, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, MTV and Buzzfeed offered their input to top counter-intelligence officials, according to an industry source familiar with the meeting, reports CNN.

Nick Rasmussen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Centre, told the group the administration was making strides in combating IS on social media, where the terrorist army has inspired potential lone wolf assailants to carry out attacks.


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Harbhajan Singh not treated well by Indian cricket, feels Saqlain Mushtaq

Sports News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 16:16
Harbhajan Singh not treated well by Indian cricket, feels Saqlain Mushtaq

Mirpur: Practitioners of the same art do have fellow feelings and no wonder pioneer of 'doosra' Saqlain Mushtaq feels sad about the manner in which the senior India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has been sidelined by the team management.

While he terms Ravichandran Ashwin as a "world class bowler", he feels that Harbhajan not getting a single start during the last seven T20 internationals is "not doing the bowler's confidence any good".

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New season of 'Game of Thrones' will be naughtier!

US News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 15:53
New season of 'Game of Thrones' will be naughtier!

Los Angeles: Actor Liam Cunningham has revealed that 'Game of Thrones' season six will be "bigger, badder, bolder and naughtier".

Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos Seaworth in the fantasy series, admitted that from what he has seen and filmed, the new season is set to be even raunchier and more violent than ever before, read a statement.

"We just finished filming at the end of December," he said.

"I've seen a bit of it and it's looking really good. It's bigger, badder, bolder and naughtier. It's probably more violent, so there will be magnificent drama."

The show maintains a strong Irish influence as it also stars Dublin actor Aidan Gillen and is filmed largely in Belfast.


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Asia Cup 2016, India vs Bangladesh: MS Dhoni's world record, Rohit Sharma's knock, other highlights

Sports News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 15:49
 MS Dhoni's world record, Rohit Sharma's knoc

Mirpur: MS Dhoni-led India continued their good run in the shortest format of the game as their registered a 45-run win over hosts Bangladesh in Match 1 of Asia Cup 2016.

Here are all the statistical highlights of the opening match:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, with 31 catches, has set a record for most catches by a wicketkeeper in T20Is, eclipsing the 30 by Denesh Ramdin for the West Indies.

India have won all three encounters vs Bangladesh in T20Is - by 25 runs at Nottingham on June 6, 2009, by 8 wickets on March 28, 2014 and by 45 runs at Dhaka on February 24, 2016.

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WTO rules against India on US solar exports

US News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 15:21
WTO rules against India on US solar exports

Washington, Feb 25 - In a setback to India, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel has ruled in favour of the US in its challenge to New Delhi's alleged discrimination against US solar exports, according to US Trade Representative (USTR).

The panel agreed with the US that India's "localisation" rules discriminated against imported solar cells and modules under India's National Solar Mission, according to an official news release citing USTR Michael Froman.

India's domestic content requirements, it agreed, discriminate against US solar cells and modules by requiring solar power developers to use Indian-manufactured cells and modules rather than US or other imported solar technology in breach of international trade rules.


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Computers know you're bored when you fidget

US News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 13:41
Computers know you're bored when you fidget

Washington D. C, Feb 25 : According to a new study, computers can detect boredom in you by reading your body language.

The study led by body-language expert Dr Harry Witchel, Discipline Leader in Physiology at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), shows that by measuring a person's movements as they use a computer, it is possible to judge their level of interest by monitoring whether they display the tiny movements that people usually constantly exhibit, known as non-instrumental movements.

If someone is absorbed in what they are watching or doing, what Dr Witchel calls "rapt engagement," there is a decrease in these involuntary movements.


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Grammar of politics: Conservatives prefer nouns

US News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 13:17
 Conservatives prefer nouns

Washington D. C, Feb 25 - Reflecting the psychological pulls that underlie our political differences, right-wingers and left-wingers tend to construct sentences in different ways. According to new transatlantic research, conservatives prefer using nouns.

As part of the study, the University of Kent researchers found that the US presidents, who were considered conservative, used a greater proportion of nouns in major speeches.

The researchers, led by Dr Aleksandra Cichocka, also established that conservatives generally, to a greater degree than liberals, tend to refer to things by their names, rather than describing them in terms of their features. An example would be saying someone 'is an optimist', rather than 'is optimistic'.


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Eating Disorder Can Be Treated

News Update - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 12:03