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Sri Lanka President dissolves parliament; calls for early polls

The move comes exactly two weeks after the President has appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe. President sworn in ministers to the remaining cabinet posts on Friday evening before announcing the dissolution. Parliament was to convene on Wednesday and speaker Karu Jayasurya  and group led by ... Read More »

Thousands demands early summoning of Sri Lankan parliament

The protestors, carrying placards and shouting slogans, blocked the roads near Wickremsinghe’s official residence, where several of his party MPs addressed the gathering. Wickremsinghe said people did not vote for President Sirisena to act in this manner and that they will resist what the president has done. He has demanded ... Read More »

Evidence of early planetary shake-up

Scientists at Southwest Research Institute studied an unusual pair of asteroids and discovered that their existence points to an early planetary rearrangement in our solar system. These bodies, called Patroclus and Menoetius, are targets of NASA’s upcoming Lucy mission. They are around 70 miles wide and orbit around each other ... Read More »

DNA of early medieval Alemannic warriors and their entourage decoded

In 1962, an Alemannic burial site containing human skeletal remains was discovered in Niederstotzingen (Baden-Württemberg, Germany). Researchers at the Eurac Research Centre in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, and at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, have now examined the DNA of these skeletal remains. This ... Read More »

Argentina asks for early release of IMF funds to calm markets

Macri said in a televised address yesterday that Argentina has agreed with the IMF “to advance all necessary funds to guarantee compliance with next year’s financial program.” Macri said that in the past week there have been “expressions of a lack of trust in the markets” about Argentina. He said ... Read More »

Early opaque universe linked to galaxy scarcity

A team of astronomers led by George Becker at the University of California, Riverside, has made a surprising discovery: 12.5 billion years ago, the most opaque place in the universe contained relatively little matter. It has long been known that the universe is filled with a web-like network of dark ... Read More »

Sensex dives 288 pts; Nifty slips below 11,400 in early trade

A weak trend in Asia coupled with sell-offs on Wall Street last week and a slump in the Turkish lira dampened the sentiment globally. The BSE 30-share barometer tanked 288.16 points, or 0.76 per cent, to 37,581.07. The gauge had lost 155.14 in the previous session. Sectoral indices led by ... Read More »

Pakistan Elections: Early trends put PTI ahead of PML-N

According to the trends, the PTI was leading in 74 seats, PML-N in 54 and the Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari-led Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) stood at third position with 27 seats. The voter turnout was recorded between 50 and 55 per cent of the nearly 106 million electorate, similar to the previous contest in ... Read More »

Obesity alone does not increase early death risk: Study

The study could impact how we think about obesity and health, said Jennifer Kuk, an associate professor at York University in Canada. “This is in contrast with most of the literature and we think this is because most studies have defined metabolic healthy obesity as having up to one metabolic ... Read More »

Burkina Faso forces kill three suspected terrorists in early morning raid

One gendarme was killed in the fighting in the Rayongo neighbourhood, while five people, including one civilian, were injured, the Minister of Security, Clement Sawadogo, said. Ouagadougou has been hit by several Islamist militant attacks in recent years. In March, militants from a Mali-based al Qaeda affiliate killed eight people ... Read More »

Sensex drops 57 pts in early trade on weak global cues

Mumbai : The benchmark BSE Sensex dropped by 57 points to 33,194.35 in early trade today after banking, telecom, auto, oil & gas, and pharma stocks declined following weak global cues. The 30-share index declined by 56.58 points or 0.17 per cent to 33,194.35. The gauge had gained 32.12 points in ... Read More »