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This Earth Hour, here's another reason to turn the switch off: Light pollution

India, March 24 -- For the 11th year running, cities worldwide will turn their lights off on Saturday to mark Earth Hour in a global call to action on climate change.

But the moment of darkness should also serve as a reminder, activists say, of another problem that gets far less attention: light pollution.

More than 80% of humanity lives under skies saturated with artificial light, scientists recently calculated.

In the United States and weste... Read More


Not just an 'Adarsh Bhartiya Naari', Sita was a 'Warrior', says Amish Tripathi

New Delhi, March 24 -- He is the author of the fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history -- "The Shiva Trilogy" -- and his last book, "Scion of Ikshvaku", was the biggest literary blockbuster of 2015, all of which have together sold over 3.5 million copies.

Now, banker-turned-writer Amish Tripathi's upcoming book narrates the story of Hindu goddess Sita, but the author's interpretation is contrary to her depiction in popular cultu... Read More


Bigg Boss finalist Bani all set to sizzle on the small screen with this TV show

New Delhi, March 24 -- Bigg Boss contestants are surely making it big in the TV industry. While Prince Narula has garnered attention for his TV debut in "Badho Bahu", it is now the very popular and charming Bani J who is all set to enter the small screen.

The reality star has been roped in by Sony Entertainment Television for their upcoming show titled 'Porus'.

Bani will be portraying the role of Queen Olympias, Alexander The Great's mother in ... Read More


CBDT forms committee to check absconding income tax officers

India, March 24 -- The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has constituted a committee to identify Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and other junior-rank officers of the income tax department who are on unauthorised leave or are absconding, so that strict disciplinary action could be initiated against them.

The three-member committee, the CBDT said in an order, will carry out a "one-time count" of all the officers working in the department and iden... Read More


Salman Khan performs stunts in Austria for Tiger Zinda Hai

India, March 24 -- Salman Khan's much awaited action flick Tiger Zinda Hai, starring him and Katrina Kaif, has set the social media abuzz, especially after he revealed a stunning first look of the duo in the film.

Adding to the fire, director Ali Abbas Zafar has shared a video of the Dabangg star performing stunts atop the icy Austrian hills, on Twitter.

Zafar has been shooting Tiger Zinda Hai in the picturesque locales of Tyrol in Austria.

Th... Read More


Health care crisis in Maharashtra: Despite MARD's appeal, resident doctors' strike continues for 5th day

Mumbai, March 24 -- Poor patients continued to be deprived of affordable but overburdened health care at government hospitals across Maharashtra as junior doctors did not resume their work today, despite Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors' (MARD) call to end the five-day strike.

The resident doctors have protesting for the past five days against assaults on them by relatives of patients. Seven cases of assaults and threats to doctors ha... Read More


MBBS shocker: Medical students thrown out of college not eating, drinking

India, March 24 -- About 150 out of 519 MBBS students from various Indian medical colleges who were thrown out by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for violating Supreme Court orders on counselling before admissions protested outside Union health minister J P Nadda's residence on Wednesday.

In Delhi, the protesting students, some with parents, said they were getting desperate and would not know what to do if justice was denied to them. One of t... Read More


Shreyas Iyer, Indian cricket's new kid on the block

India, March 24 -- Shreyas Iyer is among the top young batsmen from Mumbai to watch out for. However, he never quite set the stage on fire in local games like his contemporaries Sarfaraz Khan or Armaan Jaffer did in school cricket.

Shreyas Iyer quietly went about his task. He was also part of the India U-19 World Cup squad in 2014 played in the UAE, but Shreyas Iyer hardly got a look in, playing just three matches in which he scored 161 runs.

S... Read More


MDR TB: Leaving treatment midway has long-term effects

Lucknow, March 24 -- Despite availability of medicines, a large number of patients are ignoring treatment for tuberculosis, which is a cause of worry. "There is still lack of coordination between the government and private sector, as a result of which almost 50% patients do not come on record. We do not know what treatment they took and whether they completed it or not," said prof Rajendra Prasad, vice chairperson of the national task force for i... Read More


Teacher caught on video helping students cheat in Haryana Board exam

India, March 24 -- A supervising teacher was caught on the camera helping students cheat in the ongoing Haryana Board Class 10 examination.

The footage was recorded on Tuesday, during the Science paper of Class 10, at Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Jhajjar. The video shows the teacher, who was supervising the exam, herself reading out the answers to students from an answer key.

Jhajjar district education officer (DEO) Satbir Siwach... Read More