Switching to clean energy may save 11mn life years in India: Study

Boston, Oct 18: India could save an estimated 11 million life years annually by replacing coal-fired powerplants with clean, renewable energy, according to a Harvard study. The 2.7 billion people who live in India and China — more than a third of the world’s population — regularly breath some of the dirtiest air on the planet, […]

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US plans major changes in H-1B visas by Jan, move to impact Indian IT firms

Washington, Oct 18: The Trump administration has said it is planning to “revise” the definition of employment and specialty occupations under the H-1B visas by January, a move which will have an adverse impact on Indian IT companies in the US and small and medium-sized contractual firms mostly owned by Indian-Americans. The H-1B visa, most sought-after […]

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Pope says abortion is like hiring ‘contract killer’

Vatican City, Oct 10 Pope Francis on Wednesday compared having an abortion to hiring a “contract killer”. “Interrupting a pregnancy is like eliminating someone,” Francis said in an address to worshippers in the Vatican. “Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem,” he added. “Is it […]

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India’s debt lower than best, emerging market economies: IMF

Washington, Oct 10 India’s debt is lower than the best or emerging market economies in the world, a top IMF official has said as he cautioned that the global debt has reached a new record high of USD 182 trillion in 2017. Vitor Gasper, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Director of Fiscal Affairs Department, said India’s […]

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Will cause third World War if I join politics: Indra Nooyi

New York, Oct 10 PepsiCo’s India-born former CEO Indra Nooyi has said she would cause a third World War if she joins politics as she is “too outspoken”. Asia Society, a non-profit organisation that focuses on educating the world about Asia, honoured 62-year-old Nooyi Tuesday with the ‘Game Changer of the Year Award’ here in […]

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Kavanaugh poised for confirmation to Supreme Court

Washington, Oct 6 (AFP) Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the US Supreme Court appeared all but assured after two key lawmakers who had wavered on his controversial nomination signaled their support. Senate Republican Susan Collins Friday affirmed in a closely-watched floor speech that she will vote for the conservative jurist nominated by President Donald Trump, and moments […]

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Senate panel receives FBI report on Kavanaugh

Washington, Oct 4 The Senate Judiciary Committee says it has received an FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley tweeted early Thursday, “Supplemental FBI background file for Judge Kavanaugh has been received.” Grassley is expected to read the FBI report on Thursday morning, followed by […]

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Pak foreign minister seeks US role for talks with India

Washington, Oct 4 Pakistan wants the US to facilitate talks with India as the two nations are not engaging bilaterally, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said, warning that the absence of dialogue could lead to escalation of tension. But the Pakistani request on the facilitation of the talks has been rejected by the US, […]

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First known exomoon may have been discovered’

NEW YORK, OCT 4 Astronomers using Hubble and Kepler space telescopes have found compelling evidence for the existence of the first known moon outside our solar system, orbiting a gas-giant planet 8,000 light-years away. According to the finding published in the journal Science Advances, the candidate exomoon — moons orbiting planets in other star systems […]

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Trump taps Indian-American woman to head nuclear energy division

Washington, Oct 4 US President Donald Trump has nominated prominent Indian-American nuclear expert Rita Baranwal to head the nuclear energy division at the department of energy. If approved by the Senate, Baranwal will be an assistant secretary of energy, responsible for nuclear technology research and the development and management of the department’s nuclear technology infrastructure, […]

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