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‘China halts work on gene-editing babies’

‘China halts work on gene-editing babies’

A Chinese scientist who stoked criticism over his claim that he had created the world’s first genetically-edited babies faced mounting pressure Thursday as China ordered a halt to his scientific activities and warned he may have broken the law. China’s National Health Commission has ordered an investigation into He Jiankui’s …

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Reggae gets into heritage list

Reggae gets into heritage list

Reggae music, whose chill, lilting grooves won international fame thanks to artists like Bob Marley, on Thursday secured a coveted spot on the United Nations’ list of global cultural treasures. UNESCO, the world body’s cultural and scientific agency, added the genre that originated in Jamaica to its collection of “intangible …

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RBI moves to ease liquidity for non-banking finance firms

RBI moves to ease liquidity for non-banking finance firms

Relaxes holding period for securitisation of loans to six months from one year In a move to make more liquidity available to non-banking finance firms, the Reserve Bank of India has relaxed the securitisation norms by relaxing the minimum holding period requirement. The move follows a demand from the government …

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Plan to make Gaganyaan indigenous

Plan to make Gaganyaan indigenous

The Indian Space Research Organisation wants to make the ambitious manned mission Gaganyaan “more and more” indigenous by utilising the facilities available in the country, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said here on Thursday. “In order to meet the Prime Minister’s (Narendra Modi) vision (of sending humans to space) by 2022, …

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520 captive elephants in Kerala, reveals census

520 captive elephants in Kerala, reveals census

The Forest and Wildlife Department on Thursday conducted a State-wide census to enumerate the State’s captive elephant population. Over 520 elephants were counted. The final figures were yet to be ascertained. The survey was necessitated by an order issued by the Supreme Court that directed Chief Wildlife Wardens to identify …

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