Copenhagen, Jan 24 (IANS) Researchers have discovered a rich diversity of microbial life and chemicals in the transitory habitat of a storm cloud. Tina Santl Temkiv and colleagues from Aarhus University, Denmark, analysed hailstones recovered after a storm in May 2009 and found that they carried several species of bugs typically found on plants and almost 3,000 different compounds usually found in soil
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Bollywood star Salman Khan will not face trial in the 1998 blackbuck hunting case in Rajasthan on charges of rioting but under the Wildlife Protection Act, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Mumbai, Jan 24 (ANI): Union Law minister, Ashwani Kumar has assured that the central government will take into account recommendations of the two Committees headed by Justice J S Verma and Usha Mehra on anti-rape laws and table these in the parliament so as to ensure stricter laws for safety of women.
Tokyo, Jan 24 (IANS/EFE) The vintage style, sailor look and industrial, ethnic and environmental weaves are among the styles making waves at the International Fashion Fair in Tokyo, where some 750 firms from 20 countries are unveiling their designs. Organizers of the event, the largest fashion fair in Japan, expect up to 25,000 domestic and foreign buyers to pass through its doors
Beijing, Jan 24 (IANS/EFE) The smog blanketing the Chinese capital forced authorities at Beijing's international airport to cancel a score of flights Wednesday. Flights bound for Russia, Singapore and the US were among those grounded due to poor visibility, terminal managers said on the airport's web site. Monitors installed at the US Embassy in Beijing registered an air-quality reading of 430 at 1 p.m.
Jammu, Jan 23 (IANS) The Indian Air Force (IAF) Wednesday rescued 203 civilians, including children and patients, trapped in snow in a remote part of mountainous Kishtwar district in Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesman said. "Joint efforts by the government of Jammu and Kashmir and 130 Helicopter Unit of Air Force Station Jammu rescued all the 203 civilians trapped in snow," the spokesman added. The people were trapped due to heavy snowfall about 300 km from here.
Gareth Morgan has a simple dream: a New Zealand free of pet cats that threaten native birds. But the environmentalist has triggered a claws-out backlash with his new anti-feline campaign
Mumbai, Jan 23 (IANS) Nobel laureate Dr. John Byrne Wednesday challenged nuclear power as a source of sustainable energy Wednesday.
Washington, Jan 23 (IANS) Picking up from the current downslide, India's growth is projected to rise from 4.5 percent in 2012 to 5.9 percent in 2013 and reach 6.4 percent in 2014, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Even as it lowered India's growth rate by a minuscule 0.1 percentage point for 2013 from its October projection, IMF in an update to its World Economic Outlook (WEO) released Wednesday left the 2014 figure unchanged. As the constraints on economic activity start to ease this year, global growth will strengthen gradually to 3.5 percent this year, from 3.2 percent in 2012 - a downward revision of just 0.1 percentage point compared with the October 2012 WEO.
New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) Wednesday ended on a chilly note with the minimum temperature dipping to three notches below average at 4.4 degrees Celsius. Similar conditions will prevail Thursday. There was some respite from the cold as the sky cleared later in the day