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Mauritania closes border with Mali after Ebola death

Nouakchott , Oct 26

Mauritania has closed its border with Mali after an Ebola death was confirmed in the border area this week, a health official said Saturday.

To escape IS jihadis, Yazidis hide on Mount Sinjar

Mosul (Iraq) , Oct 25

Recent inroads by militants of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Yazidi territory in Iraq have led 2,500 people to seek refuge on Mount Sinjar, which has become a safe haven for the minority Kurdish sect for the second time this year.

Obesity a leading cause of liver damage

New Delhi , Oct 25

Little did 52-year-old Sheila Joshi (name changed), suffering from obesity-related uncontrolled diabetes know that her condition was leading to a damaged liver.

Terry Walsh leaves 'sporting' bureaucracy in a tizzy

New Delhi

Hockey coach Terry Walsh has coined a new expression to describe the babus and the officials of the national sports federations - "sporting" bureaucracy!

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Collapsing credibility Of Western media: An opportunity for India

New Delhi

Even the skeptics now agree that India shall be a power in the Asian century. To insure this rise to the top, India must maximize all its assets. One asset for which it has a reputation is a lively media, a function of a relatively stable democratic order since independence.

VC appointments in Kerala: Saga of political manipulations

Thiruvananthapuram , Oct 24 With politicking taking centre-stage in appointing vice chancellors, things have reached an all-time low in the 13 universities in Kerala, the country's most literate state.

Balancing crime, spirituality and mental health

New Delhi

Anxiety, depression and child sexual abuse, along with a regular dose of crime thrillers, are what IANS has for its readers this weekend. Take a look.

Goa government clips anti-graft judge's power; decision challenged

Panaji , Oct 23 A senior anti-corruption judge's power to hear corruption-related cases has been suddenly clipped and divested two weeks after he made a critical observation against the police while deciding a graft case in which the Goa chief minister is an alleged accused, triggering a controversy here.

Modi regime continues UPA's 'disingenuity' on offshore black money

Arun JaitleyArun Jaitley
New Delhi , Oct 22

Over three years ago, the Supreme Court had described as "disingenuous" the then UPA government's argument, now being parroted by the Narendra Modi government, that the "confidentiality" clause in the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and Germany came in the way of disclosing names of those who had parked their black money in Liechtenstein's LGT Bank.

Owl Festival: A time to crack jokes in Varanasi

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
Varanasi , Oct 25 Hundreds of thousands of people in this Hindu holy city - and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency - in Uttar Pradesh are eagerly looking forward to Sunday, to a time for cracking jokes on anything under the sun and merry making, when the annual "Uloo Mahotsava" (Owl Festival) takes place.

Modi visit to Siachen: Deed must match word

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to the Siachen Glacier on the festive occasion of Diwali (Oct 23 ) to spend time with the Indian military units that are deployed at altitudes of 22,000 feet in what is often described as the highest battlefield in the world.

Why China does not want a boundary settlement with India

Manmohan SinghManmohan Singh
New Delhi Recent transgressions by Chinese troops in the northern border areas of India and the protest note by the Chinese foreign office on road building in Arunachal Pradesh have again highlighted the fact that the Sino-Indian boundary issue remains to be settled, despite negotiations for nearly half a century.

Shootout in Ottawa: Indian-Canadian MP's first person account

New Delhi

When Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking at about 9.30 a.m. Wednesday in a caucus room of parliament, we heard a couple of shots. We were not alarmed as we thought some construction work was going on. Then, more shots were heard and we were alarmed, more so as the Prime Minister was in the room, standing and speaking.

Proof that exercise is bad for your health

New Delhi

Your narrator met an old friend while practising for a triathlon the other day. That is, he was practising for a triathlon: I'd just taken a taxi to the shop for a second box of donuts.

The answer to water scarcity might be in the air

Rio De Janeiro , Oct 23

A Brazilian engineer has designed a machine capable of producing 5,000 litres of drinking water a day by condensing humidity from the air and processing it to make it suitable for human consumption.

Penalty killed the game: Materazzi

New Delhi , Oct 25

Chennaiyin FC player-manager and Italian world cupper Marco Materazzi Saturday said Bruno Herrero Arias' 79th minute spot kick was the decisive moment in his team's 1-4 loss against Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Saturday.

Hindu Sindhis from Pakistan to get elusive Indian citizenship

Lucknow , Oct 22 They are Hindu Sindhis who migrated from Pakistan long after partition. Some of them have been around for more than half a century but Indian citizenship has been a distant dream. Now, it is within grasp as the union home ministry has begun tabulating data on them as a precursor to granting them citizenship.

Modi's success makes BJP a one-man party

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
New Delhi

Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is taking its time to select its chief minister for Maharashtra, Narendra Modi is leaving his distinctive mark on political and other fields.

Unclear nuclear liability law putting off investors: Anil Kakodkar

Indian governmentIndian government
New Delhi , Oct 24

Lack of clarity on India's nuclear damage liability law has held up faster development of its civil nuclear programme, one of the country's leading experts in the field says.