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Kerala flood toll 370, over 700,000 in camps

Kerala flood toll 370, over 700,000 in camps

Thiruvananthapuram: As the rain fury finally abated on Sunday, 724,649 people remained in 5,645 camps in the southern Indian state of Kerala following “one of the worst ever floods” that has left about 370 dead and caused unprecedented destruction. “Our prime concern was to save lives. It appears it has been met,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan


Indian-American researchers unleash turmeric’s power to fight cancer

Bengaluru: A team of Indian-American researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and at the University of Utah at Salt Lake City, has used an ingenious process to enable curcumin to kill cancer cells. Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric (haldi), the ubiquitous kitchen spice that gives curry its yellow color. Turmeric has


Australia’s King penguin population shrinks by 90%: Study

London: The world’s largest colony of King penguins in the southern Indian Ocean has shrunk by nearly 90 per cent in the last three decades, yielding the territory to encroaching vegetation, an alarming research has found. The colony of King penguins — Aptenodytes patagonicus Miller — at Ile aux Cochons, Iles Crozet, in the southern Indian


US may soon allow laptops, liquids in carry-on bags

Washington: Passengers might be allowed to keep liquids and laptops in their carry-on bags at airport security checkpoints in the US if screening technology being tested at select airports is widely adopted. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced plans on Monday to test computed tomography (CT) scanners for carry-on bags, with up to 40 units expected

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Indonesia earthquake: 10 killed on tourist island of Lombok

Jakarta: At least 10 people were killed and 40 injured while several buildings have collapsed after a magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday morning, officials said. The quake struck at 6.47 a.m. at a depth of 7 km. Its epicentre was located 50 km north-east of the city of Mataram on

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Imran Khan will need to form coalition, official results show

Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan early on Friday announced 95 per cent of the provisional results for the National and four provincial assemblies where PTI has emerged as the single largest party. Prime Minister in-waiting Imran Khan’s tryst with destiny, however, faces barrier as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is still short of a full majority

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21 Indian-origin persons sentenced in massive call centre fraud in US

Washington: Twenty-one Indian-origin persons have been sentenced here to up to 20 years for their role in a massive India-based call centre scam which defrauded thousands of US residents of hundreds of millions of dollars, the Justice Department said. The sentences which range from 4 years to 20 years were announced earlier this week, the department


Modi voices confidence over winning 2019 polls; calls Rahul childish

New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday strongly hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi accusing him of arrogance, negativity, childish conduct and a burning desire to become PM. Modi said he was extending best wishes to the Congress and other opposition parties to bring another no-confidence motion in 2024. Modi replied to the

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Three dead, many trapped in Noida twin-building collapse

Greater Noida: At least three persons have died in a twin-building collapse in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida area near the Indian capital of Delhi, police said on Wednesday. The incident in Shahberi village took place late on Tuesday, apparently due to “too much moisture in the walls of the basement and poor construction material used”, an