Daily Archives: December 25, 2018

Scientists ‘sew’ with just sound waves

Scientists have successfully used sound waves to levitate and manipulate multiple objects simultaneously for the first time, using the system to “sew” a thread into a piece of fabric. The system could be use to acoustically stitch up internal injuries or deliver drugs to target organs. Sound exerts a small …

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97.5% of items in 18% GST slab: Jaitley

About 97.5% of goods are already in the 18% or lower Goods and Services Tax bracket, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley wrote in a blog post on Monday, adding that though the GST revenue targets set are ‘very stiff’, several States are already achieving those targets. Mr. Jaitley also wrote that …

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AbbVie to develop Lupin’s cancer drug

Lupin Ltd. on Monday announced a partnership with global pharmaceutical giant AbbVie for the development and commercialisation of its novel oncology drug to treat hematological cancers. AbbVie has entered into a licensing agreement with Lupin for its MALT1 (Mucosa-Associated Lymphoid Tissue Lymphoma Translocation Protein 1) inhibitor programme and taken the …

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Indonesia tsunami toll climbs to 373

Experts warn that more deadly waves could slam the devastated region near Sunda strait Dozens of filled body bags were hauled away from buildings flattened by Indonesia’s volcano-triggered tsunami on Monday, as the death toll climbed to 373 and search teams pushed on with the grim hunt for corpses. Rescue …

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‘Italy did not pursue Agusta leads’

The agencies investigating the alleged bribery in AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal are of the view that Italian authorities did not properly pursue the international dimensions of money laundering involved in the transactions under scrutiny. “In any bribery case, the consideration originates from somewhere, can be routed through entities or individuals …

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India to host newly elected Bhutan PM

India will host the newly elected Prime Minister of Bhutan from December 27-29, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Monday. A press release issued by the Ministry said that the visit by Dr. Lotay Tshering, 50, will take place to mark the golden jubilee of the diplomatic relations between …

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Centre wants fake news traced

Pointing that a number of lynching incidents were reported in 2018 mostly due to fake news being circulated through WhatsApp and other social media sites, the government said social media has brought new challenges for the law enforcement agencies, including inducement for recruitment of terrorists, circulation of obscene content, spread …

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No easy passage for triple talaq Bill

Notwithstanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 will be passed, the numbers are stacked against the legislation in the Rajya Sabha. The new triple talaq Bill that makes the offence (of resorting to triple talaq) a bailable one is slated …

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Our focus is farm sector: Modi

With farmer issues taking centre stage in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the BJP-led government was making dedicated efforts to bring a fundamental transformation in the farm sector. The Centre was taking a new initiative with a scientific approach to bring …

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