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Rituals, revelry on second day of Durga Puja

Kolkata: People from all walks of life and age groups Sunday thronged colourful pandals (marquees) to soak in the festivities and celebrate Mahasaptami – the second day of Durga Puja in West Bengal. The day started with the ‘pran pratistha’ ritual, where the deity is symbolically endowed with life. The ‘kola bou’, a tender banana

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef loses half of coral cover

Washington: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, has lost half of its coral cover in the past 27 years, a study revealed Monday. Three factors were particularly responsible for the loss. Intense tropical cyclones, coral-consuming crown-of-thorns starfish and coral bleaching events, Xinhua reported. The storms caused massive damage to the central

What travellers do to shun other commuters

London: Commuters on a train employ all kinds of tactics to avoid interaction with other travellers. These include the “hate stare” or one that says “don’t bother me”, says a new study. The study by Yale University says commuters use many other tactics, including putting their bag on the next seat, checking the phone, putting

Thai sextuplets named after car brands

Bangkok: A Thai woman who delivered six children this May has named them after her favourite car brands — Audi, Fortune (Toyota Fortuner), Porsche, Mini, Volkswagen and Fiat, the Bangkok Post reported. The sextuplets — three girls and three boys — are the first born in Thailand. Duangchanok Wangwitthayaskul, 29, had pregnancy related problems and

God Particle’s discovery ‘biggest leap in physics’

New Delhi: Scientists have finally locked onto Higgs Boson, the ‘God Particle’, a discovery that crowns the global scientific community’s most challenging and comprehensive quest for the subatomic particle rightly regarded as “the key to the cosmic riddle”. Scientists at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), Geneva, announced the discovery on Wednesday, in the presence