Hong Kong seizes largest ivory haul in 30 years

HONG KONG, July 6 (Reuters): Authorities in Hong Kong this week made their largest haul of contraband ivory in more than 30 years, amid surging illegal wildlife seizures fuelled by lax regulations and buoyant demand from mainland China.   The former British colony situated at the mouth of China’s Pearl River Delta is one of […]

Here comes a cellphone that works without batteries

Washington, July 6 (IANS): In a major leap ahead to life beyond chargers, cords and dying phones, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have invented a cellphone that works without batteries.   Instead, the phone harvests the few microwatts of power it requires from either ambient radio signals or light.   The team also made Skype […]

Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu’s liver function worsens

BEIJING, July 6 (Reuters): The liver function of China’s Nobel Peace Prize winning dissident Liu Xiaobo has worsened, the hospital treating him said on Thursday, while one source close to his family said doctors had halted medication.   Liu, 61, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for “inciting subversion of state power” after he […]

Time Stands Still for Nepal’s Conflict Victims

Marty Logan Inter Press Service The conflict ended later that year, leaving 17,000 dead over a decade, including Adhikari’s father. A teacher and headmaster in Lamjung district, he and his fellow teachers in January 2002 refused Maoist demands to hand over 25 percent of their salaries. Days later, cadres seized him as he was teaching […]

Now, Aadhaar integration available on Skype Lite

Bengaluru, July 6 (IANS): In a bid to prevent impersonation fraud, Microsoft has integrated its “Made for India” Skype Lite app with Aadhaar, allowing users to verify the caller’s identity online. “With the latest version of Skype Lite, Aadhaar integration can be used to verify users’ identity online, helping them communicate more securely with others,” […]

Progress on World Hunger Has Reversed

Tharanga Yakupitiyage Inter Press Service World hunger has increased, reversing years of progress, said a UN specialised agency.   During its biennial conference held in Rome, Italy from 3-8 July, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) noted that the world is facing it’s worst food crisis since World War II.   “I wish I could […]

No-detention policy to go from next academic session: Minister

Agartala, July 6 (IANS) Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey on Thursday said the no-detention policy will be removed from the next academic session as almost all states are opposed to this policy.   “No-detention policy will be removed from next academic session as almost all states have expressed their […]


E. Lireni Kikon SMS, Plant Protection, KVK, Longleng, Nagaland   Geraniums are becoming very popular ornamental plants in Nagaland. While there is still a demand for the traditional florist or zonal geraniums from cuttings (Pelargonium X hortorum) there is also a demand for seed grown hybrids, Ivy geraniums (P. peltatum), Martha Washington or Regal geraniums […]

I want to play an Indian Spider-Man: Tom Holland

I want to play an Indian Spider-Man: Tom Holland

Tom Holland got the lyrics of Hindi song “Eespiderman, eespiderman, tune churaya mere dil ka chain” right, and wouldnt mind playing the role of the superhero in an Indian film. But the English actor says he would like to see an Indian actor in the ‘desi version of the hit Hollywood franchise.   During a […]

Electric guitar maker Fender jumps into online learning

Electric guitar maker Fender jumps into online learning

Fender Musical Instruments Corp, whose electric guitars have powered music from Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana, is getting into the software business with an app for guitar lessons.   The Scottsdale, Arizona company is launching “Fender Play,” an online system for learning guitar that Chief Executive Officer Andy Mooney, a veteran of Nike and Disney, hopes […]