Grow plants to deter mosquitoes: Expert

New Delhi: Growing pest-repelling plants and herbs inside homes can help in warding off the threat of mosquito-borne diseases like chikungunya, dengue and malaria in the city, say experts. Herbs like basil, mint, thyme and lemon grass could add flavour to the food while also helping to deter mosquitoes naturally, Secretary of All India Kitchen […]

Behind Pakistan’s military confidence: China’s growing shadow

Until five years ago, the US and China shared an almost equal proportion of Pakistans arms imports: 39 per cent and 38 per cent respectively. Today, China supplies 63 per cent of Pakistans armaments, with the US dropping to 19 per cent and second place, an IndiaSpend analysis reveals, as Pakistan mulls a response to […]

66% Indian smokers view e-cigarettes as ‘positive alternative’

66% Indian smokers view e-cigarettes as ‘positive alternative’

New Delhi: Nearly 66 per cent of Indian smokers see e-cigarettes as a “positive alternative” to tobacco products, a new survey said on Thursday. In a first-of-its-kind survey of adult smokers in India conducted by non-profit organisation factasia.org, the reseachers found that 69 per cent of Indian smokers would consider switching to e-cigarettes “if they […]

Small birds have vision twice as fast as humans

Researchers have found that the blue tit, collared flycatcher and pied flycatcher have the fastest eyesight in the animal kingdom, with their vision being more than twice as fast as humans. Thought to be the fastest of any vertebrate animal, their remarkable vision system, allows them to see the world around them in slow motion. […]

‘Airlift’ took artistic liberties: External affairs ministry

New Delhi: Akshay Kumar’s latest Bollywood offering “Airlift”, which revolves around the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the 1990 Gulf war, took artistic liberties with actual events, the external affairs ministry said on Thursday. “One, the fact that such a theme has been selected for a film shows how important it is,” ministry spokesman […]

Looking at Padma awardees, it’s good I didn’t get it: Kader Khan

Looking at Padma awardees, it’s good I didn’t get it: Kader Khan

Mumbai: Considering the Bollywood celebrities who have made it to the Padma awardees’ list this year, “it’s good that I did not get one”, says veteran actor-writer Kader Khan. This year, names like Rajinikanth, Anupam Kher, Priyanka Chopra, Madhur Bhandarkar, S.S. Rajamouli, Udit Narayan and Malini Awasthi, among others, are in Padma awardees’ list. The […]

Factors that lead to separation of parents of small kids

London,: With separation and divorce rising among parents of young children, Swedish researchers have identified seven factors that can ruin relationships. Strains from parenthood, stressful conditions, lack of intimacy, insufficient communication, differing personalities and interests, no commitment (in the relationship), and negative effects of addiction can contribute to separation of parents of young children, the […]

New method developed to produce cleaner diesel

A team of researchers from two European universities have discovered a new approach to the production of much cleaner diesel. Researchers from Belgium’s University of KU Leuven and Netherland’s Utrecht University used catalysts to produce clean diesel, which can quickly be scaled up for industrial use, according to a KU Leuven statement. Catalysts are substances […]

The good, bad and ugly side of Chennai after floods

Chennai: The floods in Chennai and its suburbs which have put millions into misery also showed the good, bad and the ugly sides of people and organisations. On the positive side, several individuals opened up their residences to strangers caught in the floods and provided food and shelter. Without waiting for the official agencies, many […]

Indian animation films receive better response abroad than in India

New Delhi: In its over-100 year old journey, Indian cinema has raised itself to a world class level but animation is a genre that is yet to find acceptability at home, animator and filmmaker Geetanjali Rao says. She feels Indian animation films, which are acclaimed at various international platforms, don’t find audiences in India. “I’m […]

New intelligent gel directly attacks cancer

In a new breakthrough in cancer treatment, University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) researchers have developed an inject-able ‘bio-gel’ that can effectively deliver anti-cancer agents directly into tumours and kill them. The technology has already been successfully tested in the laboratory. If it works in patients, the therapy could one day revolutionize treatment for […]

Walking faster, longer good for elderly

Elderly people who walk faster and longer face a lower risk of cardio-vascular disease (CVD), a large prospective community-based study of older Americans has found. The study found that those who were more active had significantly lower risk of future heart attacks and stroke. The findings hold good for both men and women and those […]

Female infanticide more in cities than villages: ‘Kajarya’ filmmaker

New Delhi: Filmmaker Madhureeta Anand, who made a deep study of female infanticide in the country in her film “Kajarya”, says she was surprised that the practice is more rampant in cities than in villages. “Sex selective abortions happen more in the cities now than in the villages. The sex ratios are dropping much faster […]

India should focus on social hygiene now: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the country has always focused on personal hygiene, but it should now focus on social hygiene as well. “Cleanliness is basically a habit and once you imbibe this habit then you will never tolerate dirt,” Modi said after giving away the ‘Safaigiri’ awards 2015. “In our […]

Number of people over 60 years set to double by 2050: WHO

New Delhi: The number of people over the age of 60 is expected to double across the globe by 2050, a report released by the WHO said on Thursday. According to the WHO, the number of people in India who are 60 years and older is 116,553,000 in 2015 and it will be 330,043,000 by […]