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The Columbia University, New York University, Yale University of Connecticut, the Harvard university campus of Harvard Yard, Michigan University, University of Minnesota, California Polytechnic are some of the prestigious educational institutions where the protesters set up tents and chaos reigned on the campuses. Academic work has come to a standstill. Hundreds of protesters have been arrested. Clashes with police have also taken place.

The helicopters were rehearsing for a parade to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Royal Malaysian Navy due to be held on Saturday. The parents of one of the pilots had just chatted with him over the phone an hour before the crash.

In the apology, Ramdev and Balkrishna said they "un-conditionally apologise" in their individual capacity as well as on behalf of Patanjali Ayurved for "the non-compliance or disobedience of directions/orders of the Supreme Court of India" relating to the "misleading" advt case.

Ethylene oxide is used as an effective pesticide and also as a sterilizing agent as it damages DNA. For the very same reason, it is a carcinogen too. Its exposure can lead to lymphoma, leukemia, stomach and breast cancers.

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While the universal apprentice scheme will enable the educated youth to stand up (literally) in a country where the people are trampled by wretched politicians, and look about for avenues to earn a living confidently, the provision of student credit cards of up to Rs 10 lakh will ensure each and every student of this country receives equal opportunities to fulfil their aspirations of higher education irrespective of their financial conditions. It will be a game changer. These are on the lines of what US Vice-President Kamala Harris visualised to be happening to the Third World when she hailed Ajay Banga as a transformative World Bank President.

Peter Higgs is the father of the mysterious Higgs boson, otherwise called 'God Particle', which gives mass to all elementary particles, and created our universe. His contribution helped other scientists understand how the Big Bang created something out of nothing 13.8 billion years ago. The equations of particle physicists which did not have a leg to stand on till then, the 'God Particle' came as a Godsend. The theories so far to describe the universe did not hold water.

It was only by 2012, after 50 years of the boson discovery, that scientists at CERN could make the big announcement that they had finally found a Higgs boson using the Large Hadron Collider.

Higgs instantly broke into tears, tears of profound satisfaction, in the lecture hall where the announcement was made.

LEGAL REMEDIES: Last year, on the directive of the Supreme Court, the Governor granted assent to one Bill, and referred seven Bills to the President. The petition against the President also challenges the Governor's action of referring the Bills to her.

The unprecedented step by the State may also establish that it always upholds the Constitution and the rule of law in order to pre-empt any eventuality of getting dismissed on flimsy grounds invoking provisions of the Constitution later on; and, also provide a thrust to an emerging platform of regional forces pitted against the ongoing centralisation of every subject and activity in the country under one umbrella where the States will ultimately 'wither' away (for some time).

OPINION: Made to happen as it does just weeks ahead of the general elections, the arrest may signal, if not the cause of, far-reaching consequences in the course of Indian politics. The Opposition charges that the ruling party at the Centre has unleashed the police to catch a leader every other day for corruption allegedly indulged in in the present or the remote past in order to incapacitate any concerted opposition to the ruling dispensation.

The “My way or the highway" man, Trump has predicted 'apocalypse' for Americans if he is not elected the President in the upcoming election. He sounds “extremism, affection for violence." As always, he is also seeing what others don't, and repetitively using words like "(2020) election was stolen"! And that's a symptom! Delivering a no-holds-barred speech at a rally in Ohio, he also predicted the US won't see another election if he did not win the November battle against the incumbent President. With his savage push against the God-fearing Catholic, and the heap of criminal cases pending in the courts, the unpredictable Trump's nomination exposes a season of drought of leadership of calibre in the United States.

The much-touted 'one-nation, one-election' argument was purportedly to prevent wasteful expenditure of the people's money, manpower and deceleration of development, but the committee report when implemented will end up paving the way for holding more elections than currently being held. Because of the logistics and democratic limitations involved, the committee was not expected by commonsense to be out of a loose end either! Those who are alive at that time, and further for ten more years thereafter, can count the rounds and compare with the present numbers. Therefore, either the agenda is different or the 8-volume presentation is faulty/made-up!!!

The manager has defended himself saying that dry ice got mixed with mouth freshener by the negligence of the staff...After taking the mouth freshener the customers felt a burning sensation and started vomiting blood. Five of them were hospitalised. Two are in critical condition.

Harmful effects of dry ice: Ingested, dry ice can burn your mouth, esophagus and stomach as it sublimates on contact with the moisture of the organs and turns into CO2, apart from other damaging physical and chemical changes it induces. The pressure building up in the stomach due to sublimation can also rupture the stomach muscles. It turns lethal. In normal direct handling it leads to frostbite due to the cold temperature.

One of them is seen in CCTV being shot at close range. The motive is suspected to be personal enmity.

TAILPIECE: Almost every other day we hear of shootings in one place or other in the country. India will very soon replace the US as the world's No 1 in the incidence of mass shooting. It will eclipse terrorism as a source of concern. Who can help? At least, has it occurred to anyone's mind?

'This Moment' of Shakti fusion won the Best Global Music Album at the Grammys. Zakir Hussain has won two other awards too. In a great victory for Indians, five of them have won the Grammys this time. In other sections, Taylor Swift got her fourth Album of the Year award and Miley Cyrus got an award for the first time.

The Government scheme provides ₹ 51,000 per wedding of which ₹ 35,000 goes to the girl, ₹ 10,000 for wedding materials and ₹ 6,000 towards expenses for the ceremony.

“Two activists from the environmental movement ‘Riposte Alimentaire’ sprayed pumpkin soup on the armoured glass protecting the Mona Lisa, this Sunday, January 28, 2024, around 10 am (4aET),” a statement from the museum said.

It is not understood how undesirable elements are allowed to get so close to her and play havoc with the artwork. Several times over this has happened in the past, deranged minds masquerading as tourists and cultists venting their frustration.

A Spicejet passenger had a harrowing experience inside a tiny claustrophobic lavatory aboard a Mumbai-Bengaluru flight when he found to his bewilderment that the door was not opening.

Two days earlier, in a similar incident in the area, a domestic help was bitten by a pet dog in the lift when she was going for work.

Tailpiece: Sometimes appearing to outnumnber men and women on the streets, the stray dogs are turning more and more daring with sections of anti-social elements out there to feed and protect them in order to find a window for their unfulfilled love! There is an all-pervading feeling of lack of authority.

Ankit Tiwari had told the employee that “instructions had been received from the Prime Minister’s Office to conduct an enquiry” and reopen the “already disposed of” case and asked him to appear before the ED office at Madurai on October 30, DVAC said. The doctor was allegedly threatened with arrest and told to pay a bribe of Rs 3 cr to avoid the ED probe, which was later negotiated down to Rs 50 lakh.

Tailpiece: We are made to believe RBI, CBI, ED, Judiciary as sacrosanct and all others like railways, transport, revenue, education, PWD departments are composed of us the mortals, absolutely corrupt! As if in the sacrosanct places the angels descend from the heavens to work in the night and fly away before day-break! Let's be true to ourselves, we are all cut from the same cloth.

Apart from cash, Gill had also taken three planes as bribe and two of them were leased out to Redbird Aviation Academy. With the result, flying schools compromised on safety requirements and trainers met with accidents several times.

At that momentous event, "I will be thinking about my mother (the late Shyamala Gopalan), who is looking down from heaven," Harris said. The scaled back presidential inauguration this time will have no precedent with a devastating coronavirus locking down everything and a heightened security bandobast with reports of armed Trump protesters likely to re-enact the Capitol episode posing the gravest threat to Biden, the President-elect, and others.

"We were taught to see a world beyond just ourselves. To be conscious and compassionate about the struggles of all people." - Kamala Harris, Vice-President-elect, United States of America. She is releasing a series of her reminiscences of her early period, of people and events that had deep influence on the course of her life and thoughts, in the coming days leading up to her inauguration as the Vice-President of America, the first woman ever to occupy a position that high in the greatest democracy yet.

The first woman Vice-President has become an inspiration for girls of colour, and for all girls. Kamala Harris is becoming an icon. Her passionate speech had a great, lasting impact on the listeners, when she said, “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last, because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”
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Another Indian woman worker dies of alleged torture in Saudi
Yet another helpless Indian woman having had to go to Saudi Arabia in search of work as maid servant has reportedly died of physical and mental torture by her employer, it has been alleged. However, the Indian Foreign Ministry has said after an inquiry that she died of natural causes.
Lionsgate and Fox coming to Dubai: Go down with the Titanic in theme park!
Unlimited excitement will be on offer in Dubai as Lionsgate Entertainment and The 20th Century Fox are building theme parks to provide the audience an illusion of experiences of timeless horror of the Titanic disaster and the death and rebellion of the dystopia.
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Refused by Tihar jail, Delhi CM Kejriwal finally gets insulin after AIIMS advice
NEW DELHI, Apr 23: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was administered insulin at Tihar jail on Monday night after AIIMS doctors' advice. His blood sugar level had shot up to 320, when the normal level is between 70 and 100. A city court had directed AIIMS to form a medical board to assess Kejriwal's medical needs, particularly regarding insulin as the AAP leader, a diabetic, had alleged that the jail administration had failed to provide him with insulin despite his repeated requests. Kejriwal has been in the jail since his arrest on 21 March in the excise policy case.
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US threatens sanctions against Pakistan for trade deals with Iran
WASHINGTON, Apr 24: The US has threatened sanctions against Pakistan if it goes ahead with the plan for trade deals with Iran. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi concluded a three-day trip to Islamabad on Wednesday. Both countries have agreed to increase bilateral trade to $10bn a year over the next five years from the current $2bn.
Biden approves legislation to ban Chinese app Tik Tok over security concerns
WASHINGTON, Apr 24: President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed the Bill to ban Tik Tok. The Senate had passed it by 79 to 18 votes late Tuesday as part of a package offering aid to Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan. The House had voted it on Saturday. The legislation, which has bipartisan support, gives TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, nine months to sell the popular app or face a national ban. The President can extend the deadline by 90 days. The app has 170 million users in the US. The argument for the ban is that the Chinese Government could gain access to Americans’ data through loopholes in the app's ownership, a security concern. TikTok announced it will challenge the law in the court.
Russian priest suspended for conducting memorial service for Navalny
MOSCOW, Apr 24: The priest who oversaw the memorial service at the grave of the late Russian Opposition leader Alexei Navalny last month has been suspended for three years by the Orthodox Church. He will serve three years of "penance". Dmitry Safronov would also be demoted to the role of psalm-reader. No reason was cited. In recent times, several priests have been punished for supporting the Opposition.
US Congress passes $95 billion war aid for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan
WASHINGTON, Apr 23: The US Senate on Tuesday passed the $95 billion aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The Bill got an overwhelming 79-18 vote. The House had approved the package Saturday. The legislation has now been sent to President Joe Biden for signature. Debates have been going on about the war aid for months.
Naima Khatoon is first woman to be AMU VC in 100 years
NEW DELHI, Apr 23: Professor Naima Khatoon has become the first woman to be appointed Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University in 100 years. The only woman to have held the post earlier was Begum Sultan Jahan, who was appointed Chancellor in 1920. Droupadi Murmu, Visitor to the university, approved the appointment on Monday. Naima Khatoon was the Principal of the Women's College. However, her candidature has been under litigation.
Raj Kundra's properties worth Rs 100 cr seized by ED in Bitcoin scam
MUMBAI, Apr 18: Businessman Raj Kundra's properties worth nearly Rs 100 cr have been seized by the ED in a bitcoin scam. The properties include a residential flat located in Juhu, currently registered in the name of his wife, actress Shilpa Shetty. Investigation was based on complaints that the accused collected approximately ₹ 6,600 cr in Bitcoins as investment in 2017 promising high returns.
Court puts off hearing on Kejriwal's plea for consultation with doctor!
NEW DELHI, Apr 17: A Delhi court has put off by two days consideration of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's plea filed on Tuesday to allow him to consult his doctor as his condition has worsened. The Rouse Avenue court will wait for the prosecution's response, on April 18, to take a decision! The ED argued that there are facilities in the jail.
Rajputs' Mahapanchayat for boycott of BJP candidates in LS elections in UP
MUZAFFARNAGAR, Apr 17: A mahapanchayat of the Rajputs held in Kheda village in Muzaffarnagar on Tuesday declared that it will “boycott BJP candidates” in the general elections from Uttar Pradesh as the community was ignored in the selection of party candidates. They also protested against the mounting unemployment and the system of Agniveer for selection in the Army. The mahapanchayat represented 24 villages falling under Baghpat, Meerut and Muzaffarnagar, which are Rajput strongholds.
97 drown as boat carrying 130 people escaping cholera outbreak capsizes off Mozambique coast
MAPUTO, Apr 9: A makeshift ferry boat carrying 130 people fleeing a cholera outbreak capsized, killing at least 97, on Sunday. It was headed for an island off Nampula province from mainland Mozambique. Most of those on board were trying to escape the mainland after misinformation about cholera caused a panic. The southern African country is one of the world’s poorest.
Pro-Khalistan graffiti appears on pillar of Punjabi Bagh metro station
NEW DELHI, Mar 29: Pro-Khalistan graffiti was found on a pillar of the Punjabi Bagh metro station in west Delhi on Thursday morning. "Delhi Banega Khalistan" was spray-painted in black on the pillar which was erased by yellow paint later. An FIR has been registered.

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