Brick by brick: satellite images could identify slave labour in India

Brick by brick: satellite images could identify slave labour in India

    LONDON, August 3 (Reuters) – Researchers in England are hoping to help root out modern day slavery in northern India by using detailed satellite imagery to locate brick kilns – sites that are notorious for using millions of slaves, including children.   A team of geospatial experts at the University of Nottingham use […]

China says India building up troops amid border stand off

    BEIJING, August 3 (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday said India has been building up troops and repairing roads along its side of the border amid an increasingly tense stand-off in a remote frontier region beside the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.   The stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian […]

Al Qaeda releases South African kidnapped in Mali in 2011

Al Qaeda releases South African kidnapped in Mali in 2011

    PRETORIA, August 3 (Reuters) – A South African tourist who was kidnapped in 2011 by al Qaeda while travelling in Mali has been released and is back home, foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Thursday.   Stephen McGowan was one of four foreigners touring Mali on motorbikes who were seized in a restaurant […]

Dilip Kumar is doing fine, says wife Saira Banu

Dilip Kumar is doing fine, says wife Saira Banu

    Mumbai, August 3 (PTI) Legendary actor Dilip Kumar, who has been hospitalised due to dehydration, is recovering well.   The 94-year-old thespian was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital in suburban Bandra on Wednesday due to dehydration and urinary tract infection.   “He is doing much better than yesterday. But he will be in […]

China extends technical hold on Azhar’s terror listing at UN

China extends technical hold on Azhar’s terror listing at UN

    United Nations, August 3 (PTI) China has again extended by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK- backed proposal to list JeM chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a designated terrorist by the UN.   China had in February this year blocked the US move to […]

Now, sunglasses that can generate solar power

Now, sunglasses that can generate solar power

    London, August 3 (IANS) Researchers have designed new “smart” solar sunglasses incorporating semi-transparent organic solar cells that can generate electric power enough to operate devices such as hearing aids.   The invention can pave the way for other future applications such as the integration of organic solar cells into windows or overhead glazing, […]

Northeast India receives uneven rains

Northeast India receives uneven rains

    Agartala/Guwahati, August 3 (IANS) The mountainous northeast India has so far experienced uneven monsoon rains even as Assam and other northeastern states witnessed flood fury, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday.   According to an IMD report, last year also, seven northeastern states, except Sikkim, witnessed deficient rainfall during the monsoon […]

‘Jacqueline one of the most versatile actresses’

‘Jacqueline one of the most versatile actresses’

    Mumbai, August 3 (IANS) “Chandralekha”, featuring Jacqueline Fernandez, has just arrived, and the song’s choreographer Adil Shaikh says the actress is very versatile.   The track from the forthcoming film “A Gentleman: Sundar, Susheel, Risky” released on Thursday. Adil is the man behind Jacqueline’s pole dancing moves in the song. The video shows […]

More than half of India’s languages may die out in 50 years: survey

More than half of India’s languages may die out in 50 years: survey

    NEW DELHI, August 3 (Reuters) – More than half of the languages spoken by India’s 1.3 billion people may die out over the next 50 years, scholars said on Thursday, calling for a concerted effort to preserve the tongues spoken by the nation’s endangered tribal communities.   The People’s Linguistic Survey of India […]