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image   Washington, March 13 - Researchers using ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) have found the largest yellow hypergiant star HR 5171 A - 1300 times the diameter of the Sun and much bigger than was expected.   This makes it the largest yellow star known. It is also in the top ten of the largest stars known - 50 per cent larger than the famous red supergiant Betelgeuse - and about one million times brighter than the Sun.   Olivier Chesneau (Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur, Nice, France) said that the new observations also showed that this star has a very close binary partner, which was a real surprise, asserting that the two stars are so close that
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image   New Delhi, March 12 : Some aberrations have crept into journalism in India and the media should itself find ways to remove them, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Wednesday.   "Vibrant and fiercely independent media in our country is an asset for all of us. It has served us well in disseminating information, educating the public and keeping a critical eye on the work of the government," he said at a function to mark 125 years of the Malayala Manorama group.   Manmohan Singh said that while the media had evolved and grown in size, some "aberrations" have crept in.   "But the good thing is that these aberrations are also being discu
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image   Johannesburg, Mar. 08 - Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reportedly warned that popular social media networks YouTube and Facebook could be banned in the country after a number of online leaks added momentum to a corruption scandal.

Erdogan said in an interview that the government would take new steps to tighten their grip over Internet after 30th March, including a ban on these sites.

However, President Abdullah Gul, a frequent social media user, said that Facebook and Youtube were recognized platforms all over the world and a ban was out of the question, News 24 reports.

Erdogan's proposals come in light of the r
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image   Washington, Mar. 08 - A passenger jet carrying 239 people that reportedly lost contact with Malaysian Airlines is suspected to have run out of fuel.

Flight MH 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing lost contact with the Subang Air Traffic Control at about 2:40 a. m. local time.

Malaysia Airlines Vice President of Operations Control, Fuad Sharuji, said that they had no idea where the aircraft was, adding that they had tried to call through various means, but to no avail, CNN reports.

The airline said that the Boeing 777-200 departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 a. m. and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a. m., and included
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image   Chennai, March 4 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Tuesday said the forthcoming general election will give Indians their second independence.

"It is not an ordinary election that would result in change of government. It is one that would give Indians freedom from corrupt rule, threat from neighbouring nations and other ills," Jayalalithaa said.

Addressing a huge public rally at the A. M. Jain College ground in support of her party's candidate from the Sriperumbudur constituency K. N. Ramachandran, she launched a blistering attack on the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre.

She st
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image   Washington, March 4 - US First Lady Michelle Obama will undertake a visit to China from March 19-26, the White House announced Monday.

The First Lady will be visiting Beijing from March 20-23, Xi'an on March 24, and Chengdu from March 25-26, Xinhua quoted a White House statement as saying.

Michelle will also visit a university and a high school in Beijing, and a high school in Chengdu.

Accompanying the First Lady on this trip will be her mother, Marian Robinson, and daughters -- Malia and Sasha Obama, the statement said.

During the visit, Michelle Obama "will be focusing on the power and importance of education, bo
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image   A four-month-old infant in Maryland, US, was found with teeth formed in his brain because of an uncommon tumour in the brain.

The tumour was uncovered close to the youngster's pituitary organ after tests uncovered his head was becoming big.

Specialists at the University of Maryland Medical Centre initially suspected something could not be right when the youngster's head had all the earmarks of growing with speed.

"It's not every day when you see teeth in any sort of tumour in the cerebrum. In craniopharyngioma, its unbelievable," said Narlin Beaty, a neurosurgeon at the University of Maryland who performed the surger
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image                               Naypyidaw, March 3 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is on his last foreign visit of his tenure would be meeting leaders from the neighboring countries as he arrives to attend the BIMSTEC summit.

Singh's first engagement here is with the host Myanmar President U. Thein Sein. Sources tell ANI that both leaders will discuss cooperation in security related to the presence of insurgent groups present on both sides of the border. They will also discuss disputes in the demarcation of border, and the issue of 9 disputed pillars is expected to co
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image Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing has written to retailers in the UK to address the issue of higher delivery charges for customers residing in the rural areas.

He said that the government wants to ensure that the customers in remote parts of Scotland will not suffer excessive delivery charges form UK retailers. He asked retailers to describe how they will follow guidelines that state that the customers in rural parts of the UK are not discriminated against. The Parcel Delivery Working Group, which was established by the Consumer Futures and the Scottish Government, has developed the code to address the issue.

The group urges businesses to avoid charging dispropor
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image After failing to get a response during its first attempt to find a vendor for coal import contract, Coal India Ltd (CIL) has issued a re-tender for import of coal with some modifications.

CIL, the country's biggest miner of coal, made modifications in the tender in a bid to receive a better response from prospective vendors. The tender will likely open in first week of this month.

CIL Director (marketing) Bipin Kumar Saxena said, "We have issued re-tender for the coal import contract with some modifications. The tender is likely to open in first week of this month. We are hopeful of receiving interest from prospective vendors."

The m
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image   Lucknow, March 3 - Sahara chief Subrata Roy is likely to be taken to New Delhi Monday by road, police sources said.

According to officials, the business tycoon, who was arrested following the Supreme Court's instructions, will be escorted to Delhi by a team of the Uttar Pradesh Police.

Roy is scheduled to appear in the apex court March 4.

While officials refused to divulge details of the route by which Roy will be taken, it is understood that a team of two dozen police officers would take him via the Lucknow-Kanpur-Firozabad-Yamuna Expressway route.

Many Sahara India officials and his family members are also likely to b
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image   New Delhi, Mar 3 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday left for Myanmar to attend the third Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in Nay Pyi-Taw.

In a statement before his departure for the Myanmarese capital, Nay Pyi-Taw, Dr. Singh said: " I am proceeding today on a two-day tour of Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, to take part in the third Summit of the BIMSTEC."

"BIMSTEC lies at the crossroads between SAARC and ASEAN, drawing its energy from the natural convergence of the countries around the Bay of Bengal. Connectivity and sub-regional cooperation in trade and investment, en
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image Hyderabad, Feb 27 : Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh Thursday said the revenues from Hyderabad would go to Telangana state after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh formally takes effect.

He told reporters here that while Hyderabad would serve as common capital of Telangana and Seemandhra for 10 years, the revenues from the city would go to Telangana.

According to officials, the IT and business hub contributed over Rs. 34,000 crore to Andhra Pradesh's total revenues of Rs. 70,548 crore during 2012-13. Jairam pointed out that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced six-point package in parliament for Seemandhra to protect its interests. Seemandhra
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image   Washington, Feb 27 : A survey by a leading US think tank has found that Indians expect the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to do a better job in facing the various challenges faced by India.

The survey by Pew Research Centre also suggests that BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is more popular than Congress vice-president and putative prime ministerial candidate Rahul Gandhi.

Indians by a margin of more than three-to-one, would prefer the BJP to lead the next Indian government rather than the Congress, according to the poll.

Seven-in-ten Indians are dissatisfied with the way things are going in India today.

And by a
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image   Islamabad: Pakistani fighter jets pounded militant hideouts in the lawless North Waziristan Agency killing at least 15 militants, official sources today said, as peace talks with the Taliban remained in limbo.

Air strikes were carried out late last night in Mir Ali area in North Wazirastan Agency to "target militants hideouts with precision".

"There are confirmed reports that 15 militants including foreigners were killed in the strikes. A huge cache of arms and ammunition have also been destroyed," an official source said. The bombardment was part of surgical strikes which sources said should not be taken as military operation.
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image   Indian banks, which have long been reeling under escalating pressure of non-performing assets (NPAs), suffered a heavy loss of more than 17,000 crore during last financial year due to fraud, information obtained through Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed.

According to ET, a total of 62 banks filed 26,598 cases of fraud involving a sum Rs of around 17,284 crore during the FY2012-13. The figure represents a four-fold increase over the previous fiscal.

Available figures suggest that Punjab National Bank (PNB) was the worst hit with a loss of Rs 1,375 crore. Government-run Canara Bank suffered a loss of Rs 1,166 crore, while other public lenders, i
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image   The US government has said that it has issued new guidelines to address uncertainty surrounding Colorado's newly legal marijuana industry.

The newly legal industry is finding it difficult to open bank account due to the federal laws government the industry. The Justice Department and US Treasury have published a couple of memos aimed at addressing concerns of the banks, which are concern over dealing with the marijuana companies.

Banks in the country are regulated by the federal government that still bar use and sale of marijuana. Banks have expressed concerns that the federal law enforcement officials might take punitive action against the banks if
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image   Dharamsala: Recent decades have likely been the wettest on record in the semi-arid Tibetan plateau, researchers say, warning that any further large-scale warming might lead to even greater rainfall in Tibet, the birthplace for Asia's great rivers.

The wettest individual year reconstructed in 3,500 years in northeastern Tibet is 2010, say climate researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in an online paper in US academic journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

It says precipitation during the past 50 years in the plateau has been historically high. The researchers have reconstructed precip
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image   Patna: Some of the districts in Bihar are one of worst Maoist-hit areas in the country. Now, in order to combat the menace, security forces in the state have started using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) so that security of those who are in field operations is not compromised.

Though this is the first time that UAVs are being used in Bihar, it has been in use in other Naxal-affected states like Chhatishgarh and Jharkhand. Some of the worst hit areas in Bihar have been the districts of Gaya, Aurangabad and Jamui.

A senior police official was quoted by a news agency as saying that the induction of UAVs would help in keeping an eye on Maoist movements in t
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image   Kathmandu: Rescuers have found the wreckage of the plane that went missing on its way from a tourist resort to a town in western mountains of Nepal on Monday.

All 18 people on-board, including 15 passengers and three crew members, have perished in the plane crash, authorities have reportedly said.

One of the passengers was said to be a Danish national.

The contact with the place was broken 35 minutes after it took off Pokhara airport at 12:40 pm.

The Nepal Airlines plane was spotted earlier today on the side of a mountain near Machinelek and now efforts are being made to reach the wreckage.

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