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Israel kicks off US Embassy celebration

Earlier, Israel on Sunday kicked off festivities to celebrate the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Israel hosted a gala party at its Foreign Ministry with President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, her husband, Jared Kushner, and other US VIPs. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump’s “bold decision” in ... Read More »

Huge fissure opens on Hawaiian volcano

The fissure, a vivid gouge of magma with steam and smoke pouring out both ends, was the 17th to open on the volcano since it began erupting on May 3. Dozens of homes have been destroyed and hundreds of people forced to evacuate in the past 10 days. As seen ... Read More »

Noted lyricist, poet, politician Balkavi Bairagi dies in MP

Bairagi, a Lok Sabha member between 1984 and 1989 and also a former Rajya Sabha MP, was 87. “He went to sleep after coming back from a function in the afternoon. He did not wake up,” his son, Gorki, told PTI. Bairagi wrote lyrics for more than two dozen Hindi films and some like “Tu ... Read More »

Asian Champions Trophy: India beat Japan

Navneet Kaur scored a hat-trick for the defending champions, with Anupa Barla being the other goal scorer in the rain-hit match. Aki Yamada scored Japan’s only goal. The Indian eves will next face China on Wednesday. Besides India, Japan, China and hosts South Korea, Malaysia is the other team taking ... Read More »

Karnataka polls: All parties make victory claims

Dismissing speculations of hung assembly Yeddyurappa yesterday told reporters in Bengaluru that  people have voted with enthusiasm and higher voter turnout in the polls gives him the hope of getting an absolute majority in the new assembly. BJP President Amit Shah also expressed confidence that BJP will form government in ... Read More »

President Ram Nath Kovind attends civic reception in Jaipur

The President also interacted with select beneficiaries of the Sundar Singh Bhandari EBC Self Employment Scheme, the Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Antyodaya Self Employment Scheme and the scheme to waive off loans and interest payable by members of the SC/ST, Divyang and other deprived communities. The President, who is on a ... Read More »

BJP attacks Chidambaram on black money

Briefing media in New Delhi, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said it cannot be an oversight that Chidambaram forgot to disclose his assets abroad. She said for sometime now, Income Tax authorities have been taking action against the senior Congress leader. She further added that during the investigations, it has come ... Read More »

West Bengal Panchayat polls gets underway

The counting for the The single-phase polls will take place on May 17. The polls will be the last major elections in the state before the next year’s Lok Sabha polls. The Supreme Court had on May 10 directed the State Election Commission to ensure “free and fair” panchayat elections ... Read More »

NASA to send helicopter to Mars in 2020

Started in August 2013 as a technology development project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the Mars Helicopter had to prove that big things could come in small packages. The result of the team’s four years of design, testing and redesign weighs in at little under 1.8 kilogrammes. Its fuselage ... Read More »

Lata Mangeshkar conferred with Swara Mauli award

Mangeshkar, 88, was conferred with the award at her residence Prabhu Kunj at Peddar Road in south Mumbai. Her sisters Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar and brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar were also present. The music icon said she was touched when Jagatguru Shankaracharya of the Math at Kolhapur’s Karvir, chose to ... Read More »

Cate Blanchett leads women march, demands parity at Cannes Film Festival

The demonstration assembled major Hollywood stars, including Salma Hayek, Kristen Stewart, Jane Fonda, Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Ava DuVernay, Patty Jenkins, Sofia Boutella and other directors and industry executives. “As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of ... Read More »

Drinking coffee during pregnancy ups obesity risk in kids: study

While the study published in the BMJ Open journal does not clearly show if caffeine is the direct cause of the excess weight, but the relationship, alone, has caused researchers to encourage increased caution. “There may be good cause to increase the restriction of the recommended maximum of three cups ... Read More »

Indonesia church attacks kill nine, dozens wounded

Indonesia, which will begin the holy fasting month Ramadan this week, has been on high alert over attacks by militants, including some incidents claimed by the Islamic State group. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the Sunday bombings in Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya. “Nine people are dead and 40 ... Read More »

GI Joe spin-off ‘Snake Eyes’ being developed by Paramount

The studio is in negotiations with “Beauty and the Beast” scribe Evan Spiliotopoulos to pen the script of the potential film. The project, tentatively titled “Snake Eyes”, will be produced by Brian Goldner, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The ninja character, which dressed in all black, never revealed his face ... Read More »

Modern methods threaten ancient craft of organic Kalamkari

Driving through the town, it is not uncommon to see yards of kalamkari fabric laid out to dry in the scorching sun, with the ambient sounds of nature seemingly bringing alive the trees, birds and animals on the textile. In 2013, Pedana town and its neighbouring villages of Machilipatnam, Polavaram ... Read More »