La Toya Jackson calls off engagement with Jeffre Phillips

Latoya Jackson and Jeffre Phillips

Washington, Feb 28 - La Toya Jackson and her longtime business partner Jeffre Phillips have called off their engagement, it has been reported.

The duo, who did not reveal the big news , stepped out for a dinner where they spilled the beans about their relationship, TMZ. com reported.

Phillips told a paparazzo that the duo was not engaged anymore.

The couple got engaged in June, 2014. (ANI)

Meditation can reduce chronic neck pain

Meditation can reduce chronic neck pain

Washington: Meditation might be an effective treatment for reducing chronic neck pain, according to a new research.

Chronic neck pain can lead to serious comorbidities like depression. Patients with chronic neck pain frequently experience distress, researchers said.

Previous research has shown that chronic pain is associated with distress and that meditation has stress relieving benefits.

In a study published in The Journal of Pain, researchers compared the effects of meditation on pain, perceived stress and psychological well being.

They hypothesised that an eight-week meditation programme will decrease pain more effectively than a standardised exercise programme and that pain relief will coincide with stress reduction.

Giant Panda population goes up to over 1900: Survey

Giant Panda population goes up to over 1900: Survey

Beijing: Over 1,900 giant pandas, an endangered species, are currently in China and different parts of the world, representing an increase of 16.8 per cent compared to twelve years ago, according to official data.

There were 1,864 giant pandas living in the wild in China by the end of 2013, while 42 more stayed in 12 different countries, a survey of the State Forestry Administration said.

China has established collaborative research on giant pandas with 17 zoos from 12 countries, including Japan, the US, Austria, Thailand, Spain, Australia, Britain, France, Singapore, Canada, Belgium and Malaysia, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

'Infra sector growth marred; has most stressed loans of PSBs'

'Infra sector growth marred; has most stressed loans of PSBs'

New Delhi: The infrastructure sector has remained clogged by bottlenecks so much so that it accounted for one of the highest stressed advances by public sector banks, but a slew of steps are on fast-track its growth, says the Economic Survey.

"Infrastructure, iron & steel, textiles, mining (including coal) and aviation, hold 54 per cent of total stressed advances of PSBs as on June 2014," said the Economic Survey for 2014-15, tabled in Parliament today.

It said exposure of PSBs to infrastructure stood at 17.5 percent of their gross advances and was significantly higher than private sector and foreign banks.

The Survey added however that government's focus was on resolving issues that have marred the sector's growth.

Sensex surges over 200 points; Nifty reclaims 8,900 mark

Sensex surges over 200 points; Nifty reclaims 8,900 mark

Mumbai: A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), Saturday surged 213.71 points or 0.73 percent in the early session ahead of the Union Budget.

The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 56.85 points or 0.64 percent up at 8,901.45 points.

The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 29,411.33 points, was trading at 29,433.83 points (at 9.15 a. m.) in the early session, up 213.71 points or 0.73 percent from the previous day`s close at
29,220.12 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 29,437.59 points and a low of 29,406.10 points in the trade so far.

All the sectors were trading in green. The rally was led by banking, capital goods and consumer durables sectors.--PTI

Markets surge ahead of Budget 2015-16; Sensex up 250 points

Markets surge ahead of Budget 2015-16; Sensex up 250 points

New Delhi, Feb. 28 - Markets witnessed a surge ahead of the presentation of the Union Budget 2015-16 as the Sensex shot up 250 points to reach 29476 and the Nifty was up 70 points at 8916.

The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange had yesterday shot up 473 points to close at 29,220, a day before the presentation of the Union Budget.

The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange also surged 161 points, or 1.9 percent, to 8,845 on Friday.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is going to present his first full-year Budget in Parliament at 11 am today, seeking to put the country on a path of 7-8 percent growth over the next two years. (ANI)

PM Modi hails dedication of scientists on National Science Day

Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Feb. 28 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hailed the dedication, determination and untiring efforts of scientists on National Science Day.

Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter for sharing his message.

"National Science Day is an occasion to remember the dedication, determination and untiring efforts of our scientists. They are India's pride. Science and technology will determine India's future, just as it has played a crucial role in bringing our Nation to where we are today. The Government is fully committed to encouraging research, innovation and excellence in science, particularly among our young minds," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

He also saluted the brilliance and long-lasting contribution of Sir CV Raman to the field of science.

Spacewalk to go ahead on Sunday despite helmet leak: NASA

Spacewalk to go ahead on Sunday despite helmet leak: NASA

Washington - Two US astronauts will go ahead with a spacewalk this weekend despite a flaw in one of the spacesuits that allowed water to seep into the helmet, the US space agency NASA said Friday.

Mission managers made the decision after discussing what NASA called "the minor seepage of water into the helmet of Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Terry Virts of NASA following the last spacewalk on February 25."

Virts had finished his six-plus hour spacewalk and was back inside the crew lock section of the Quest airlock when he noticed water building up in his helmet and felt dampness on the back of his head.

Swine flu tightens its grip over India

Swine flu tightens its grip over India

New Delhi, Feb.28 - Swine flu has tightened its grip over India, with the death toll reaching close to 1000. Fresh cases have been reported from across the country, including Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Nagaland and Bihar.

As per the latest figures released by Health Ministry, the fatal disease has claimed 965 lives so far, while total number of people tested positive till February 25, 2015 has also increased to 16,235. Rajasthan and Gujarat have been the worst-hit states so far with 234 and
231 deaths, respectively.

Sports brand ASICS launches Sales Operations in India

Sports brand ASICS launches Sales Operations in India

New Delhi, February 27 : World renowned sports brand ASICS has announced the launch of sales operations in India. This move is set to bolster sales of ASICS products in the country, further strengthening its running lineup and actively develop goods for popular sports, like cricket, as well as indoor sports, like badminton and volleyball.

Proteas blitz shoddy Windies by 257 runs in WC tie

Proteas blitz shoddy Windies by 257 runs in WC tie

Sydney, Feb 27 : Swashbuckling skipper AB de Villiers struck the fastest ever 150 runs in ODI history off 64 balls as he anchored South Africa to record a 257-run victory over the West Indies in their World Cup Pool B tie in Sydney.

Opting to bat first, South Africa piled up an imposing target of 408, thanks to De Villiers' unbeaten 162-run knock and constructive knocks from Hashim Amla (65), Faf du Plessis (62) and Rilee Rossouw (61).

In the process, De Villiers, who has been named as the Man-of-the-Match, also hit the second fastest World Cup ton off just 52 deliveries.

South Africa suffered an early blow in the form of Quinton de Kock after he was dismissed for 12 runs off a Jason Holder's delivery.

Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D may control brain serotonin

Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D may control brain serotonin

Washington: Eating fish and soaking up some sun may protect brain health, a new study suggests.

Vitamin D and marine omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the symptoms associated with a broad array of brain disorders by controlling brain serotonin, scientists say.

In a previous study, researchers found that vitamin D regulates the conversion of the essential amino acid tryptophan into serotonin and this may influence the development of autism, particularly in developing children with poor vitamin D status.

Serotonin affects a wide-range of cognitive functions and behaviours including mood, decision-making, social behaviour, impulsive behaviour, and even plays a role in social decision-making by keeping in check aggressive social responses or impulsive behaviour.

Shailene Woodley goes topless for Glamour UK's racy shoot

Shailene Woodley goes topless for Glamour UK's racy shoot

Washington, Feb 27 : Shailene Woodley has recently gone topless for a racy shoot of Glamour UK , and was completely comfortable with nudity.

'The Fault in Our Stars' actress said in her cover interview with the magazine that she had no problem while shooting sex scenes, as it's obvious that no sex could be done with bra and panty on, E! Online reported.

The 23-year-old actress added that she couldn't get American attitude towards sex, and prefer the European lifestyle because she feels it's more comfortable about sex and sexuality and it's not at all a big deal for them.

Woodley even confessed that she had no interest in watching the latest Hollywood erotic film, 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. (ANI)

World's first 3D-printed jet engine created

 World's first 3D-printed jet engine created

London, Feb 27 : Australian engineers have recently created the world's first jet engines with the help of 3D-printer.

The work of engineers and researchers at Amaero Engineering and Monash University, located on the outskirts of Melbourne, could lead to cheaper, lighter and more fuel efficient engines, the Independent reported.

The engines were created using a high-powered laser, fusing powdered nickel, titanium or aluminium into the shapes of objects layer by layer. (ANI)

'India has great chance to become a manufacturing hub': BSE CEO

Ashish Chauhan

Mumbai, Feb. 27 - The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer ( CEO) of the Bombay Stock Exchange ( BSE), Ashish Chauhan , on Friday said India has a great chance of becoming a manufacturing hub.

'Make in India' is the main plank and somewhere on the line we have lost the bus. Over the last thirty five years when China started coming up, we lost the bus on the manufacturing side and we made up partially through the services framework that we created. Without too much of thinking the services sector came into India, BPOs and other, which were the newer world and the older manufacturing came to China," Chauhan told ANI here.

I was in two minds about doing 'Badlapur': Huma Qureshi

I was in two minds about doing 'Badlapur': Huma Qureshi

New Delhi: Huma Qureshi started her Bollywood journey by starring in edgy, unconventional films but even she had doubts about signing Sriram Raghavan's 'Badlapur' as the actress felt it was "too dark" and "hard-hitting".

"The only reason I said yes was because of the team and how everybody believed in it. I was the third actor to join the movie and I was really scared. We had a big discussion about should I, shouldn't I or will it be too much or too dark. I have been a part of edgy films earlier but 'Badlapur' was quite hard-hitting," Huma told reporters in an interview.

Huma, 28, is one of the four actresses in the Varun Dhawan-Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer revenge drama. Though her presence is limited to 5-6 scenes in the movie, Huma has earned a lot of praise for her performance.

Scarlett Johansson says John Travolta's Oscars 'welcome' kiss wasn't 'creepy'

Scarlett Johansson says John Travolta's Oscars 'welcome' kiss wasn't 'creepy'

Washington, Feb 27 : Scarlett Johansson has defended John Travolta, who planted a kiss on her cheek at the Oscars, by saying that he didn't overstep.

The 30-year-old actress said in a statement that there is nothing strange, creepy or inappropriate about Travolta, who is a true class act and everyone in the business would agree, E! Online reported.

The 'Lucy' star added that the image, in which Travolta had his hand on her waist and she at least appeared to not be welcoming the exchange, that is circulating is an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was very sweet and totally welcome.

Leonor Varela welcomes daughter

Leonor Varela welcomes daughter

Los Angeles: Actress Leonor Varela has welcomed her second child, a daughter, with producer Lucas Akoskin in Santa Monica, California.

The couple named the newborn Luna Mae, reported People magazine.

"Feeling so blessed this angel just landed in our arms. Welcome to the family Luna Mae!," Varela, 42, announced on Instagram, sharing a black-and-white snapshot of the two snuggling.

Varela, known for her former role on 'Dallas', and Akoskin are also parents to two-year-old son Matteo.PTI

Facebook to allow users to define their gender themselves


Washington, Feb 27 - A year after Facebook introduced preset custom genders like "cisgender" or " transgender," it has now started rolling out a new version of its custom gender field where users can type in any word to represent their gender across Facebook.

While the earlier feature allowed users to choose their gender from a set of pre-defined options, they will now be able to define their gender themselves. The version although populates suggestions as you type but you can choose any word and then a pronoun to represent yourself on the platform, reported The Verge.

Japan Airlines to expand WIFI services

Japan Airlines to expand WIFI services

New Delhi, Feb 27 : Japan Airlines will be expanding its in-flight WIFI services for customers.

Since 2012, Japan Airlines has been offering in-flight services with Boeing 777-300ERs.

The airline will start expand to include Boeing 767-300ERs and Boeing 787-8s Wi-Fi service in Europe, North America and long-haul Asia routes from March 3 under the theme "Embrace new Challenges".

The service will be applicable on Boeing 767-300ERs under which nine planes have been scheduled for the financial year 2015. For Boeing 787-8s, three planes are scheduled in financial year 2015.

The service will be continued for more Boeing 787-8s for the financial year 2016.

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