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  • The Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, Minister of Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri attended the meeting. The Ministers gave their suggestions for the implementation of various programmes on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to be observed across country. The Government observes 31st October all over the country as a day of special occasion to foster and reinforce the Government’s dedication to preserve and strengthen unity, integrity and security of our nation, by celebrating it as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India. The Union Home Minister has written to the Chief Ministers and Ministers of Union Government for organizing Pledge, Run for Unity and March Past, on the occasion. In the National Capital Territory of Delhi, celebrations on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. include offering Floral Tribute on the portrait of Sardar Patel at Patel Chowk by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, followed by administering Pledge and flagging off Run for Unity. March Past will be carried out by Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Delhi Police in their respective grounds on 31.10.2017. ‘Run’ will take place from National Stadium - C-Hexagon – Shah Jahan Road Radial – India Gate (1.5 km). A large gathering is expected to participate in the Run. Ms. P.V. Sindhu (Badminton), Ms. Mitali Raj (Cricket) and Shri Sardar Singh (Hockey) are likely to participate. The Run will be organized by experienced Coaches from Sports Authority of India. Ministries/ Departments involved in organizing the programme include Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Department of Sports, Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and GNCTD and Organizations involved include CPWD, NDMC, DDA, SAI, CAPFs and Delhi Police.

  • The action plan has been designed to push into operation a number of anti-pollution measures depending on the quality of air. So each category - moderate to poor, very poor, severe and emergency - will entail specific actions In a severe air quality category for Delhi the badarpur power plant can also be closed The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has split the graded response plan into "moderate to poor" with an average PM2.5 level from 60 to 120, and "very poor" in which PM2.5 goes up to 250. Levels between 250 and 300 are "severe" and anything above that becomes "severe-plus" or "emergency".

  • The internet giant said that users of the program would have their account security continuously updated to deal with emerging threats. The company said it would initially provide three defenses against security threats, which include blocking fraudulent account access and protection against phishing. The program would include additional reviews and requests in the account recovery process to prevent fraudulent access by hackers who try to gain access by pretending they have been locked out. The rollout of a suite of new email security services by Google follows a U.S. presidential election last year that was shaped in part by the disclosure of emails by anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks belonging to associates of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton that were obtained through phishing schemes. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that those hacks, which included a breach of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s personal Gmail account, were carried out by Russia as part of a broader cyber campaign to help President Donald Trump, a Republican, win the White House. “If John Podesta had Advanced Protection last year, the world might be a very different place,” said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, who was briefed on the new features by Google. Hall said the new features would grow the amount of high-risk consumers with strong protections against phishing campaigns, but that they would potentially create compatibility issues among some who already integrate custom security tools with their Gmail account.

  • The company has added to its lineup imagery of Pluto, Venus and several moons and also made it easier to find them in Maps. In total, Google Maps now features imagery of 16 celestial bodies. It’s worth noting that while Google has long offered detailed imagery of Mars and the Earth’s Moon, these weren’t directly accessible from the Maps interface. So if you ever wanted to visit Enceladus, Dione or Iapetus, Saturn’s third-largest natural satellite, in Google Maps, your time has come. The company notes that it worked with astronomical artist Björn Jónsson to bring planetary maps of various moons and planets to its service. To access this new imagery, you can either just zoom out from your terrestrial Google Maps view until you hit outer space — or you could just Click Here

  • Through the campaign, the Ministry seeks to highlight the various aspects of women standing 'by' and 'for' women. Ministry of WCD has urged people to shun stereotypes associated with women harming other women. Twitter and Facebook users have been encouraged to tag and share stories of women helping women with a photograph and post online with the hashtag #IamThatWoman. Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi said, "When a woman has the support of her womanhood, she can be unstoppable. Through this campaign, we aim to shed light on the enormous contributions made by women for women. A mother-in-law can be her daughter-in-law's best companion. It is time we did away with the 'in-law' in 'daughter-in-law'. A woman manager can easily empathise with her female juniors and help her climb the ladder of success. Likewise, a landlady's affection towards a female tenant makes a world of difference in making the young girl feel at home, away from home.

  • He spoke on the issue after releasing a commemorative stamp on the occasion of the 25 years of Indian Builders Congress (IBC) in New Delhi today. Puri reminded the 5,100 members of the IBC that it was their solemn responsibility to ensure decent living conditions with facilities for cooking, bathing and toilets for workers at construction sites under Clause 19 H of General Contract Conditions and Contract Labour (Regulation) Act. The Minister said this was not being generally complied with which is not acceptable. The Minister asserted that construction workers make yeomen contribution to economic growth of the country and deserve to be treated with dignity. Noting that the IBC aims at improving the built environment, Puri said that the living environment of workers at construction sites is equally important. Puri said that the real estate sector kept evolving with the progress of economic reforms and the resultant economic growth, but had run into hurdles due to inadequate self-regulation and lack of regulatory mechanism. This has necessitated the Real Estate Act that was made a reality by this Government last year after eight long years it was first proposed.

  • The attack happened yesterday in Plateau state, which has been dogged for years by ethnic, sectarian and religious unrest. Sunday Audu, the head of the Irigwe Community Development Association, said armed men stormed the school in the village of Nkyie Doghwro, in the Bassa area of the state. Hundreds of local residents had sought refuge there for fear of reprisal attacks, after unidentified assailants killed six cattle herders on Sunday. Our people were attacked... with 29 dead, three injured at a school used as a camp and protected by security," Audu told reporters in the Plateau state capital, Jos, on Monday. Plateau police spokesman Tyopev Terna confirmed the attack but declined to give a death toll. Audu blamed the killings on the mostly nomadic Fulani herdsmen, accusing them of being "in denial of sponsoring these attacks".

  • The victims include "women, students and police", Hedayatullah Hamidi, public health director in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province said. Provincial chief police, Mohammad Zaman, says the attack in Andar district on Tuesday triggered several hours of heavy fighting until the attackers were repelled. Zaman says the district compound has been destroyed. The Interior Ministry says a militant attack, including a suicide car bombing is underway in eastern Paktia province's capital, Gardez, where insurgents targeted a police training center. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for all three attacks.

  • EAM Sushma Swaraj flagged the issue of H1B Visa as a strong concern and sought bipartisan Congressional support for the same. Sushma Swaraj welcomed the strong desire of the delegation to strengthen cooperation in startegic, economic, Science &Technology and space sectors. She also lauded the positive role of the US Congress in developing India-US strategic relations.

  • On this occasion, Jaitley said that Dhanteras marks an important evolution in trade of yellow metal. He added that India and Indians have a great bond with gold and so this would be highly beneficial for all those connected with this industry. Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa and Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister Bibek Debroy were also present on the occasion.

  • Tim Weah, son of the legendary player Geroge Weah, who was the first African player to be bestowed with the prestigious Ballon d'Or award, scored a pristine hattrick to take the USA to the quarter-final of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. "First thing came to our mind before coming out of the tunnel that we're back home. Thank You for backing us. India have always been friendly to us throughout the tournament, we thank you and we love you too," Tim said. Meanwhile, Tim Weah's thunderous strike in the second half from the top of the box is the talk of the town now, which is being rated as one of the best goals scored in the tournament so far but the Paris Saint Germain-recruitee shares the credit with the entire team. "I don't score a lot of beautiful goals so today it was really special. But, it could not have come sans the beautiful assist from Carleton and the run that Gloster made," Tim stated. Tim Weah, who practices with the reserve team of PSG now, sounded pretty optimistic about breaking into the first squad of the French powerhouse this season." "You know, I'm very positive about finding a place in the first squad towards the end of the season. Playing along with Mbappe, Cavani, Neymar will be a dream come true for me. I'm pretty happy practising with the reserve team now and I strongly believe that if coach Unai Emery feels, I'll be right there," confidence was oozing from Tim Weah's voice. Having bagged three goals from four matches in the ongoing tournament, Tim revealed that he couldn't speak to his father before the match against Paraguay who is busy for the election campaign in Liberia at the moment.

  • "I think in our culture, we are united," Suzette Quintanilla, Selena's elder sister, tells ‘The Washington Post’. "I hope that people will look at this Google Doodle and realize that Selena is still relevant to us as Latinos," her sister says. The animated Google doodle featured Selena's popular tune, 'Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.' Selena's contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century. The youngest child of the Quintanilla family, her talent shone from an early age. In 1982, after she started recording professionally, Selena often received criticism and was also refused bookings at venues across Texas for performing Tejano music-a male-dominated music genre. However, her breakthrough year was 1987, after she won the Tejano Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1987, which she won nine consecutive times thereafter. Six years later, she went to win a Grammy for best Mexican American album, for "Live" - the first female and youngest Tejano artist, to win the award. Quintanilla was born in Lake Jackson, Texas on April 16, 1971, but her life was tragically cut short when she was murdered in 1995 by the President of her fan club in Corpus Christi.

  • The MSRTC staff have stopped plying ST buses from midnight yesterday demanding implementation of the 7th Pay Commission and an interim hike of 25 per cent till the pay panel's recommendations are implemented. Maharashtra Transport Minister Diwakar Raote has said that all court including labour court and Industrial court has held this strike as illegal. He added that the government has sympathy with the state transport employees but accepting their demands for salary as per 7th Pay commission is not possible. To overcome the disruption caused by the strike, the transport department of the Maharashtra government has issued a notification to allow private vehicles, including school buses to ferry passengers. More than 65 lakh passengers travel by ST buses across the state every day. The transport undertaking incurs a loss of Rs 450 crore per year.

  • On this occasion, Jaitley said that Dhanteras marks an important evolution in trade of yellow metal. He added that India and Indians have a great bond with gold and so this would be highly beneficial for all those connected with this industry. Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa and Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister Bibek Debroy were also present on the occasion.

  • The film screening will be part of the year-long celebration of the long-standing relationship between India and the UK, the British Council and the British Film Institute (BFI) said on Tuesday. A world leader in film restoration, the BFI holds the negatives of the film, Franz Osten's Indian silent classic made in 1928, has been meticulously re-mastered by the conservation team at the BFI National Archive. After being screened at the BFI LFF on October 14, the film will be shown in Hyderabad, Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai from November 1 to 5, accompanied by live performance of a specially-commissioned score by Grammy-nominated leading contemporary composer and sitar player, Anoushka Shankar and an orchestral ensemble, a British Council release said. 'Shiraz' tells the love story of the 17th century royals Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal and subsequent construction of the Taj Mahal. For the modern viewer, the appeal of 'Shiraz' is the rarity of a sophisticated silent feature film made outside the major producing nations of the West, the gorgeous settings, costumes and the glories of the spectacular Agra fort and the Taj Mahal. 'Shiraz' was adapted from Niranjan Pal's play, the first Indian playwright to have his work performed in the West End. Following the Indian tour 'Shiraz' will be screened around the UK in January 2018 and be released on Blu-ray by the BFI. On bringing 'Shiraz' back to audience in India, BFI Head Curator Robin Baker said the restored film was the culmination of thousands of hours of toil at the BFI National Archive to ensure that it was safely preserved for the future generation. A few Indian silent films had survived which made 'Shiraz' important and precious. "It seems particularly befitting that in this UK-India Year of Culture 2017 we celebrate with a film that brought together talents from India and the UK 90 years ago," he said. Anoushka has encouraged cross-cultural dialogue while playing sitar, the British Council said.

  • Published in the journal Scientific Reports, the study found that when female mice were exposed to stress, their gut microbiota - the microorganisms vital to digestive and metabolic health - changed to look like the mice had been eating a high-fat diet. "Stress can be harmful in a lot of ways, but this research is novel in that it ties stress to female-specific changes in the gut microbiota," said Laura Bridgewater, professor at Brigham Young University in the US. "We sometimes think of stress as a purely psychological phenomenon, but it causes distinct physical changes," Bridgewater said. Researchers took a large group of eight-week-old mice and exposed half of the males and half of the females to a high- fat diet. After 16 weeks, all of the mice were exposed to mild stress over the course of 18 days. The team then extracted microbial DNA from the mice fecal pellets before and after the stress to test how the gut microbiota was affected. Researchers also measured mouse anxiety based on how much and where the mice travelled in an open field arena. They found that male mice on the high-fat diet exhibited more anxiety than females on the high-fat diet, and high-fat males also showed decreased activity in response to stress. However, it was only in female mice that stress caused the gut microbiota composition to shift as if the animals were on a high-fat diet, researchers said. While the study was only carried out on animals, researchers believe there are could be significant implications for humans. "In society, women tend to have higher rates of depression and anxiety, which are linked to stress. This study suggests that a possible source of the gender discrepancy may be the different ways gut microbiota responds to stress in males vs females," Bridgewater said.

  • Addressing a gathering after dedicating the country's first All India Institute of Ayurveda to the nation here, the prime minister noted that the world is heading "back to nature and wellness". Marking 'Ayurveda Divas' on Tuesday, he described the medicine system as India's strength and urged those working in the sector to revive it. He also asked experts from the field to find medicines which can, like allopathy, give immediate relief to people but without side-effects. The prime minister also urged private players to use part of their corporate social responsibility funds to help strengthen Ayurveda. "We have seen the IT revolution in last 30 years. Now, time has come for a health revolution under the aegis of Ayurveda. Let's pledge to strengthen, revive Ayurveda," PM Modi said at the event. According to the prime minister, efforts were allegedly made to destroy "India's strengths" during the "era of slavery" (pre-independence period). Ayurveda, he added, did not become a priority after independence too. Listing steps being taken by his government to revive and strengthen the system, Prime Minister said Ayurveda-related hospitals should be set up in each district of the country. He said the Ayush ministry would ensure that there was a good Ayurveda hospital in each district. Noting that people across the world were getting attracted towards good health as well as wellness, the prime minister suggested that time was ripe for an atmosphere of Ayurveda to evolve. He said there was need for a re-look of the Ayurveda syllabus and underlined the requirement for standard guidelines and treatment in the medicine system so it is not overpowered by Allopathy. The government, Modi added, respects all health and medicine systems. He said the Ministries of Ayush and Agriculture can guide farmers to sow medicinal plants in their fields. This will also help farmers boost their income in line with the government's plan to double their income by 2022, when India attains 75 years of independence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also reiterated the importance of cleanliness as part of preventive healthcare. Click Here to watch full speech of PM on this event

  • The indefinite strike in the Darjeeling hills, called by the GJM for a separate state of Gorkhaland on June 15, was lifted after 104 days ahead of Durga Puja. But the train service was restarted partially up to Sukna from October 15. "We have partially started the narrow-guage passenger train service up to Sukna from Siliguri in the plains," North Frontier Railway (NFR) spokesperson Pranav Jyoti Sharma said. As the service remained suspended for 125 days, repairs and maintenance jobs are required to be done, he said. The 88-km journey from Siliguri to the Darjeeling hills through forests, tea gardens and numerous bridges and tunnels will recommence from October 25, Sharma said. He said works relating to maintenance of engines, coaches, tracks, stations and signalling systems would be completed soon and trains would again run the full distance. The 'toy train' service, which earned UNESCO World Heritage tag in 1999, is a big attraction to tourists who flock to this eastern hill town from all over the world. The hill town, however, is yet to get back to normalcy and arrival of tourists in good numbers may take some time. "Though tourist inflow at present is negligible, but recommencement of services like the toy train will certainly send a positive message to the tourists," Raj Basu, convener of Association for Conservation of Tourism, said, adding this would boost tourism in the Darjeeling hills.

  • The announcement about the deal talks comes only days after co-Chairman Bob Weinstein, Harvey's brother and the other co-founder, denied the firm was seeking to sell or shut down after firing Harvey Weinstein following accusations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over the past three decades. Colony Capital, which has about $20 billion in assets under management, will provide an immediate capital infusion into Weinstein Co and is in talks to buy all or a significant portion of its assets, the companies said in a statement. Colony's cash infusion will "stabilize the company's current operations, as well as provide comfort to our critical distribution, production and talent partners around the world," the companies said in the statement. A number of women have claimed that movie producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them over the past three decades. Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

  • "This is the first time the cosmos has provided for us what I would call a 'talking move'. We've moved from the era of 'silent movies' to 'talking movies'," said physicist David Reitze, Executive Director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, during a news conference in Washingotn D.C. to announce the discovery. "In this case, the 'audio soundtrack' comes from the chirp of the neutron stars as they are inspiraling - as they are orbiting together and colliding - and the 'video' is basically the light that we see after the collision," Reitze said. The waves, caused by the collision of two neutron stars some 130 million years ago, were first detected in August by LIGO, in Washington state and Louisiana as well as at a third detector, named Virgo, in Italy. Previously, scientists could only study space by observing electromagnetic waves such as radio waves, visible light, infrared light, X-rays and gamma rays. Those waves encounter interference as they travel across the universe, but gravitational waves do not, meaning they offer a wealth of additional information. The gravitational waves had been predicted by Einstein in 1916, as an outgrowth of his groundbreaking general theory of relativity. "It's amazing to think that in one day, in a few hours and the weeks that followed, all these predictions were confirmed at the same. So we solved a lot of mysteries," said Northwestern University astrophysicist Vicky Kalogera during the news conference. The observations found that gold, platinum and other heavy metals were blown into space by the aftermath of the merger of the stars, confirming that such cataclysmic events are likely the source of these metals. "The gold in this watch was very likely produced in the collision of two neutron stars approximately billions of years ago," Reitze said while taking out of his coat pocket his grandfather's century-old watch. Less than two years have passed since scientists working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology first detected gravitational waves coming off two black holes. Three U.S. scientists who made that discovery were awarded the Nobel prize in physics earlier this month.

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