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Australian researchers discover how a baby’s sex is determined

Australian researchers discover how a baby’s sex is determined

Sydney: While it is known that the sex of a baby is determined by its chromosome make-up at conception, new research has identified a “regulator” that increases or decreases the activity of genes which decide if we become male or female. “These regulatory segments of DNA are called enhancers,” said lead author of the study Andrew

New drug offers hope for bone marrow cancer patients

London: A therapeutic drug has been found to improve outcomes and survival rates for patients with a serious type of bone marrow cancer. In a clinical trial by researchers at Newcastle University in Britain, patients with newly diagnosed myeloma were treated with a drug called lenalidomide. The results, published in the journal The Lancet Oncology, showed

Astronomers spot unusual star forming like a planet

London: Instead of finding a planet, astronomers have detected a star forming in the outer regions of the disc of dust and gas surrounding a massive star. The main object, referred to as MM 1a, is a young massive star surrounded by a rotating disc of gas and dust that was the focus of the scientists’

Qatar commits $500 million to UN, signs multi-year agreements

Doha: Qatar announced a series of agreements with the United Nations that is to see $500 million injected into UN programmes over the next few years. Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani and Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres signed the agreements during the Doha Forum, a conference

US man charged with hate crime for assaulting Indian-origin woman

New York: A 54-year-old man has been charged with hate crime for assaulting an Indian-origin woman on a subway and hurling homophobic slurs at her. Allasheed Allah from Manhattan’s East Harlem neighbourhood was arrested on Thursday and charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment against 20-year-old Avneet Kaur during the November 30

Sundar Pichai denies political bias to Congress

Washington: Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday denied that the tech giant favours the more progressive political currents, in contrast to what some legislators and media outlets have claimed, in his first appearance before the US Congress. “I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way.

Indian state elections: Congress pips BJP to lead in three states

New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday appeared to be on the road to victory in BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh and possibly Rajasthan and was locked in a close fight in Madhya Pradesh while the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) was headed for a landslide win in Telangana, dealing a blow to the Congress. The Mizo National Front (MNF) looked

Mexico estimates 1,100 migrants crossed border into US

Mexico City: Some 1,100 migrants of the Central American caravan could have crossed into the US, according to Mexican government estimates. At a press conference on Tuesday, Mexico’s Interior Secretariat (Segob) said that, of the thousands of migrants who in recent weeks have entered the country as parts of different contingents, around 6,000 reached the border

Indian-origin man jailed for stabbing pregnant wife in Singapore

Singapore: A court here on Tuesday sentenced an Indian origin man to seven years in jail for stabbing his pregnant wife using a knife with a 10-cm long blade. The incident took place on December 30 last year during which Jayselan N. Chandrasegar, 30, stabbed his 26-year-old wife Mayuri Krishnakumar twice in her abdomen and twice