Bengaluru: In the wake of 15 schoolchildren dying in a tragic bus accident in Uttar Pradesh, reportedly due to foggy conditions, a renowned atmospheric scientist has called for an immediate end to practices that include the operation of traditional brick kilns in the region and the burning of crop residue in Punjab. The accident at Etah, in which 16 schoolchildren were also injured, reportedly took place under bad weather conditions and poor visibility.

Melbourne: The unexpected first-round fall of Nick Kyrgios, the 14th-ranked erratic Australian genius who plays more with pique than passion, has created a pall of gloom in this sport-loving country where to win is everything. The 1-6, 6-7 (7-1),6-4, 6-2, 10-8 loss to 89th-ranked Italian Andreas Seppi in a raucous five-setter at the cavernous Hisense tennis arena of the Australian Open again send up theories of how Kyrgios has to conquer his mind before he can break into the top 10, let alone replace Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray at the top.

Title: I am a Troll: Inside the Secret World of BJP's Digital Army; Author: Swati Chaturvedi; Publisher: Juggernaut; Pages: 171; Price: Rs 250 "Why does the PM of India alone among world leaders follow some of his country's worst online abusers?" Journalist Swati Chaturvedi asks this damning question and goes to answer it in an explosive expose of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) secret digital world where everyone who disagrees becomes an enemy.

Brasilia: A footage that emerged from inside a women's prison showed bikini-clad female prisoners partying while appearing to snort cocaine, has sparked outrage in Brazil. The mobile phone clip was captured by one of the prisoners serving time at Curado prison complex in Recife, north eastern Brazil, Dailymail reported on Friday. One dark-haired woman laughs as she sniffs what appears to be cocaine from a bowl before passing it to a friend on a bunk bed.

Mumbai: In its 18th year, Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) on Wednesday unveiled its line-up of shows, designers and creative presentations and concepts -- which promote creativity and diversity -- in a digital curtain raiser for its Summer/Resort 2017 edition on its social media portals.

Manali, Jan 18 (IANS) Traditional apple-growing villagers around this tourist resort in Himachal Pradesh are wrapping themselves up in thick blankets as they prepare to observe silence for almost a month in a hoary religious tradition. The silence comes with the belief that the gods have returned to the heavens and are in deep meditation. Noise from the earth would disturb them. And if they get angry on being disturbed, it will bring misfortune for the villagers and for their livestock.

New York: Scientists have identified a new drug that can create beneficial "brown" or "good" fat to boost metabolism, combat obesity and Type II diabetes. Researchers from Gladstone Institutes San Francisco in the US treated mice with a drug called bexarotene (Bex) and found they had more "brown fat, faster metabolisms and less body weight gain, even after being fed a high-calorie diet". 

New Delhi: She caters to a range of fashionistas with her multiple labels, each of which exude Indian elements. Popular designer Anita Dongre says sustaining craft in the country, which has a rich cultural heritage, must hold utmost importance in the fashion world today.

Washington D.C: A study reveals that pregnant women over 35 years old are more likely to have complications during delivery due to delayed and longer labour stages as their uterus can contract. The findings, published in the journal of Physiology, suggest that older women are also more at risk of requiring a caesarean section or instrumented delivery (e.g., with forceps), suggesting there may be issues with the way their uterus can contract during labour.

   Washington D.C: Desperate to recapture their lover's attention, envious adults are more likely to splash out on flashy, designer goods, claims study. Researcher Xun (Irene) Huang, PhD, and team conducted a series of five different experiments, and the results revealed that feelings of jealousy increase the desire for eye-catching products--such as a bright colored coat instead of a dull-colored one, or a T-shirt with a big logo design versus a low-key design. A summary of their findings is available online in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

London: Acupuncture may have the potential to effectively reduce incidences of excessive crying in babies with infantile colic, researchers say. Infantile colic, also known as baby colic, is defined as episodes of crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for three weeks in an otherwise healthy child. Excessive crying in babies is an issue for up to one in five families, causing pain for the baby and stress for the parents, the study said.

New York: Although mini-strokes may seem to last only for a few minutes, the effect may be long lasting and is likely to contribute to dementia, research have suggested. Mini-strokes or "transient ischemic attack" (TIA) is a brief stroke-like attack that occurs when there is a temporary drop in the blood supply to the brain. Mini-strokes -- also called cortical microinfarcts -- cause minuscule lesions of approximately 0.05-3 millimetres in diameter.

Sagrada Familia

Barcelona has something for every tourist. It has lovely beaches, mountains, architectural marvels, art museums, sports, food and wine, and entertainment. Ranked as one of the major global cities, Barcelona has seven buildings of architect Antoni Gaudi, all of whom are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. On checking into my hotel, I visited one of the seven beaches of the city near the Olympic Stadium. The long sea coast was full of revellers.  The beach is quite close to the Barcelona port, and we could see huge cruise ships docked there.

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) Are you finding yourself having less discussions with your partner or thinking of an extra-marital relationship? If so, it's time to consult a marriage counsellor, suggests an expert. Anil Sethi, a relationship counsellor and motivational speaker, has shared possibilities when you should seek a professional's help in your marriage.

New York: Despite its harmful effects, the use of hookah has increased in the US and is being promoted through Instagram, a study has found. The study conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) noted that as cigarette use declined between 2005 and 2015 in the US, hookah use has increased. According to the study, Instagram's focus on images facilitates picture-based advertising where hookah lounges promote drink specials at the same time nightclubs promote hookah specials.


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