‘Panic Button’ not a fun thing, says Maneka Gandhi

New Delhi, January 3 (IANS): The ‘Panic Button’ safety feature is not a fun thing, Women and Child and Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said on Wednesday as her ministry prepared for another test, in Uttar Pradesh this time.   “We would request the people of UP to take it easy and don’t think its a […]

Cookstoves in India cause more pollution: Study

New York, January 3 (IANS): Smoke emitting from the traditional cookstove, widely used in the rural parts of India with cheap biofuels — such as crop chaff or dung — causes detrimental impact on the country’s environment and people’s health, finds a study, led by one of Indian-origin professors.   The findings showed that the […]

Hairy skin from mouse stem cells may hold cure for baldness

New York, January 3 (IANS): In a finding that may provide potential cure for baldness, researchers have used stem cells from mice to develop a skin patch that is complete with hair follicles in a laboratory.   Using the skin model, the scientists developed both the epidermis (upper) and dermis (lower) layers of skin, which […]

Eight former Meghalaya legislators to join NPP on Thursday

Shillong, January 3 (IANS): Eight Meghalaya legislators, including five from Congress, who had quit the assembly, will be joining the NDA-affiliated National People’s Party (NPP) on Thursday to contest the upcoming assembly polls.   “All the eight former legislators will be inducted into the party tomorrow (Thursday) at a public rally in Polo ground. The […]

RBI receiving complaints against banks for not accepting coins

New Delhi, January 3 (PTI): The government on Tuesday said there have been complaints against banks that they do not accept coins for transactions at their branches.   “The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has informed that it has been receiving general complaints from the public against banks for non-accepting coins,” minister of state for […]

Assocham seeks lower taxes, venture capital pool for electronics sector in Budget 2018-19

New Delhi, January 3 (IANS): Industry body Assocham on Wednesday recommended a weighted tax deduction of 150-200 per cent on actual cost of specified components for the consumer electronics sector in the upcoming Union Budget.   The deduction is required as costs pertaining to finance, energy and logistics/transportation constitute a major portion of consumer electronics […]

Railways to install GPS devices on 2,700 electric locomotives

New Delhi, January 3 (IANS): In a bid to provide real time train information, the government plans to install GPS devices on over 2,700 electric locomotives by December 2018, Parliament was told on Wednesday.   “Railway Ministry in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is implementing Real-Time Train Information System (RTIS) which involves tracking […]

Mayawati blames BJP, RSS for Maharashtra violence

Lucknow, January 3 (IANS): Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday accused the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of engineering the caste violence in Pune and other parts of Maharashtra.   “These incidents could have been prevented but the state government did not make adequate arrangements there as the Bharatiya Janata Party […]

War of words in LS over making Hindi official language at UN

New Delhi, January 3 (IANS): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor traded barbs in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday over making Hindi an official language at the United Nations.   Tharoor questioned the need to push it while the Minister called his remark “ignorant”.   Sushma Swaraj, in her reply to […]

900 fowls culled in Bengaluru to contain bird flu

Bengaluru, January 3 (IANS): As many as 900 fowls were culled after the avian influenza virus was detected in a dead bird here, civic officials said on Wednesday.   “A chicken was found dead on December 29 at a chicken shop in (suburban) Dasarahalli area and it was confirmed after lab tests that the bird […]

India calls off deal for Israeli anti-tank missiles

JERUSALEM, January 3 (Reuters): India’s Ministry of Defence has called off an order to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel’s state-owned defence contractor Rafael, the company said on Wednesday.   The deal was worth about $500 million and the announcement of its termination came just a couple of weeks before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

Stem cell therapy advancement offers treatment for blindness

New York, January 3 (IANS): Scientists, led by a person of Indian origin, have made advances in efforts to make stem cell-derived retinal cells used to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD) — a leading cause of blindness.   The findings showed that tiny tube-like protrusions called primary cilia on cells of the retinal pigment epithelium […]