Why eradication of mosquitoes is not the best idea

New York, July 13 (IANS): Mosquitoes, who play a major role in various ecosystems, should not be simply wiped out — instead their ability to transmit diseases should be suppressed, a team of scientists has said.   Mosquitoes have co-evolved with many species, so there are likely other organisms that depend on them as a […]

No dumping of waste within 500 metres of Ganga: NGT

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday ordered that there can be no landfill sites or garbage dumping within half-a-kilometre of the Ganga between Haridwar in Uttarakhand and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.   The bench also announced a penalty of Rs 50,000 on anyone dumping waste near the river on […]

‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘Westworld’ lead 2017 Emmy nominations

‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘Westworld’ lead 2017 Emmy nominations

Los Angeles, July 13 (IANS) Shows “Westworld” and “Saturday Night Live” have bagged the maximum nominations in the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.   The nominations were announced Thursday, where HBO’s “Westworld” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” tied for the most nominations for the 2017 Emmy Awards, both earning 22 each, reports CNN.com.   Five […]

Exclusive – U.S. prepares new sanctions on Chinese firms over North Korea ties: officials

Exclusive – U.S. prepares new sanctions on Chinese firms over North Korea ties: officials

WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) – Frustrated that China has not done more to rein in North Korea, the Trump administration could impose new sanctions on small Chinese banks and other firms doing business with Pyongyang within weeks, two senior U.S. officials said.   The U.S. measures would initially hit Chinese entities considered “low-hanging fruit,” including […]

How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain

How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain

Lindsey Tanner Associated Press   A quiet, unsmiling little girl with big brown eyes crawls inside a carpeted cubicle, hugs a stuffed teddy bear tight, and turns her head away from the noisy classroom.   The safe spaces, quiet times and breathing exercises for her and the other preschoolers at the Verner Center for Early […]

Kid Rock hints at potential US Senate run in Michigan

Kid Rock hints at potential US Senate run in Michigan

The musician from suburban Detroit is teasing his potential 2018 candidacy, though it is news to Michigan Republicans. Kid Rock, who was born Robert Ritchie, said Wednesday that a website hinting at his campaign www.kidrockforsenate.com is legit.   “I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real,” he […]

Cheryl offered 500,000 pounds for ‘The X Factor’ return

Cheryl offered 500,000 pounds for ‘The X Factor’ return

Singer Cheryl, who left “The X Factor” in 2016 after announcing plans to work on her music career, has reportedly been offered 500,000 pounds to return on the popular talent reality show. According to a source, the show’s creator Simon Cowell is offering her amount to Cheryl for just two days work, reports dailymail.co.uk.   […]

Steven Spielberg subject of HBO documentary

Steven Spielberg subject of HBO documentary

Steven Spielberg is stepping out from behind the camera to be the subject of a new documentary. HBO’s “Spielberg”, directed and produced by Emmy-winning documentarian Susan Lacy, will chronicle the illustrious filmmaker’s ascent from a “bittersweet childhood” to his historic moviemaking career, reported Entertainment Weekly.   For the project, Lacy filmed 30 hours of interviews […]

Putin critic Navalny says security service tracking his children

Putin critic Navalny says security service tracking his children

MOSCOW, July 13 (Reuters) – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny complains his wife and two children are being tracked by the security services, but says he’s not afraid to challenge Vladimir Putin for the presidency whatever the risks.   Navalny, a 41-year-old lawyer who has organised the biggest anti-Kremlin protests in years, hopes to run […]

Centre approves full-fledged SSB Intelligence Wing

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) In a bid to enhance operational efficiency, the Home Ministry has given approval for a full-fledged Intelligence Wing in the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), mandated to guard the India-Nepal and India-Bhutan borders.   Approval to create 650 combatised posts for the intelligence set-up was received by the 96,500-strong SSB on […]