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It would be blunder for Pakistan to think of India as a weak opponent: JD(U)

Patna (Bihar), [India], Sept 21 : Responding to Pakistan Home Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan's statement that Islamabad will not be cowed down by India's hurling baseless accusations and threats, the Janata Dal (United) on Wednesday said Islamabad is not capable of challenging New Delhi.

JD(U) leader Rajeev Ranjan said it would be a blunder for Pakistan to consider India a weak opponent.

"We have never started a war from our side. War has always been initiated by Pakistan and we have given Pakistan a befitting reply in our style. And to think of India as a weak opponent is their mistake. And no matter what they say, the reality is that Pakistan does not have the calibre to challenge India," said Ranjan.

FIR against DCW chief Swati Maliwal over 'irregularities' in appointments

New Delhi [India], Sept. 20 : The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on Tuesday filed an FIR against Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal over alleged irregularities in appointment of staff in the women's panel.

The FIR has been filed under Prevention of Corruption Act and comes after she was grilled by the ACB yesterday over the matter.

Speaking to the media after being questioned, Maliwal said that they have asked her 27 questions and have given her a week to respond, adding that the questions pertain to how the DCW managed to make so many appointments.

BJP says PM Modi's promise of stringent action against Uri attackers firm

New Delhi, [India], Sept. 20 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday reiterated that acts of terror and violence being pursued by Pakistan will not go unpunished.

Party leader Nalin Kohli told ANI, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji himself has said that this won't be allowed to go unpunished. Whether it is our Defence Minister, Home Minister, Finance Minister, the General of our Army everyone have spoke on it or have started to take stock of the situation."

"Everything has a limit with regard to that and we should now allow the Government of India to do what it is allowed to do and whatever needs to be done, will have to be done," he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Uri.

Gurgaon Gau Rakshaks apply for arms and ammunition licenses

Gurgaon (Haryana) [India], Sept. 20 : Gau rakshaks or cow saviors in Gurgaon, Haryana have applied for arms licenses citing security concerns.

According to them, an arms license is now a necessity for them as they are facing threats from armed cow smugglers.

They say that when they try to stop the cow smugglers at night, they are attacked with arms. The vigilantes claim that they have already been fired upon many times.

The head of the Haryana Gau Rakshak group, Dharmendra Yadav, said that cow smugglers work in groups of at least 10 and all of them are usually armed. He said he has already been a victim of attacks from these armed groups thrice and that is why he has applied for an arms license and sought police protection.

Navy personnel, civilians clean shores on International Coastal Cleanup Day

Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Sept. 19 : Navy personnel and civilians came out onto the beach over the weekend to clean up the shores on International Coastal Cleanup Day.

Volunteers from Indian Coast Guard, civil society groups and students took part in a clean-up drive at Rama Krishna Mission beach here.

The volunteers picked up garbage from the shore, including cigarette butts, plastic bags and wrappers among others.

Program held for promoting black pepper cultivation

Tura (Meghalaya) [India], Sept. 19 : The Government of Meghalaya recently organised a special program to promote the cultivation of black pepper and to motivate people to preserve trees.

The program was organised by the East Garo Hills District Horticulture Office, whose main objective was to disseminate information on the environmental and economical benefits of black pepper cultivation.

Kharkutta MLA Cherak W Momin was the chief guest at the program.

High yield Panniyur 1 variety black pepper saplings were distributed to 83 villages under Rongjeng C&RD Block.

Black pepper is considered a very valuable commodity fetching around rupees 700 to rupees 800 in the market.

Uri attack: Time has come to take action against Pakistan, says NCP

Mumbai [India], Sept. 19 : Maintaining that every drop of blood of the 17 soldiers killed in the terror attack at an army administrative base in Uri is creating an urge to get up and do something, Nationalist Congress Party ( NCP) leader Majeed Memon on Monday said that India has shown enormous patience with Pakistan and that the time has come to act.

Memon told ANI, "I think that every drop of blood of the 17 martyred jawans is urging us, demanding from us and calling us to get up and do something now, because enough is enough. We have displayed too much of patience, we have tolerated all their intrusions and cease fire violations etc too far. I think the time has come when action is needed."

Now every home in Reasi's Mari panchayat has a toilet

Reasi (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Sept. 19 : Mari panchayat in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district has become the first gram panchayat in the area to be declared open defecation-free (ODF).

The panchayat has accomplished this task by ensuring toilets in every household and the ODF campaign was part of the government's Swacch Bharat Mission.

"Defecating in the open is injurious to health, as many insects, snakes and earth worms can cause bites," said Reasi's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Maheshwar Singh.

"Through indiscriminate defecation, it causes flies to enter our homes and sit on the food that we eat, causing us health problems like diarrhea, dysentery, and others," Dr. Singh added.

Nine-day cleanliness drive underway at New Jalpaiguri railway station

New Jalpaiguri (West Bengal) [India], Sept. 19 : A special cleanliness drive is carried out by railway officers and volunteers in West Bengal.

The nine-day drive at the New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Station began on Saturday under the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'.

Non-governmental organisations, locals and students joined railway officials in the cleanliness campaign.

"We have included all platforms, drains, and the automatic train-wash plant in our drive. We are also cleaning the FOB, (Foot Over Bridge) waiting rooms, waiting halls, waiting rooms, resting rooms and more," said senior area manager of the NJP station, Partha Pratim Seal.

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched on October 2, 2014 on the 145th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

India must celebrate its victory in 1965 war with Pakistan every year(Recollections of a Communicator)

New Delhi [India], Sept. 16 : Last year, this week, India celebrated the 50th anniversary of the victory of the 1965 war. Several functions were held in the capital and at the flash points of 1965 to mark the occasion. It was the first time ever that India was emphatically celebrating the victory of 1965 which many had dubbed as a 'no clear win by either side'.

But that did not stop Pakistan from celebrating it as their 'victory' all these years. Pakistan's so-called 'victory' was that it did not allow India to succeed in its attempt to capture Lahore. The fact was that capture of Lahore was not the objective of the Indian Army.

Gilead to pay Merck $200 million in damages for infringing two Merck hepatitis C drug patents

Gilead to pay Merck $200 million in damages for infringing two Merck hepatitis

On Thursday, a federal jury ordered Gilead Sciences Inc to pay $200 million to Merck & Co in damages for infringing two Merck patents linked to a profitable hepatitis C cure. Merck had demanded $2 billion but the damage awarded to the company is quite less. The same jury in San Jose, California, supported the validity of the patents, on Tuesday, which are at the heart of the dispute related to Gilead's main drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni. As a whole, both the medicines had over $20 billion in US sales last year and a year prior to that.

Zika virus is becoming more terrifying with each new discovery

Zika virus is becoming more terrifying with each new discovery

Zika virus has raised a vigil among medical experts and health ministries in many countries. Almost every day, scientists are coming up with fresh discoveries on the Zika virus, and each bit of information they are getting is making the virus more frightening.

On Thursday, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that there is nothing regarding Zika control that is fast or simple. Dr. Frieden added that the only fast thing is the mosquito bite that can give a person the virus.

WHO: Pregnant women should avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas

WHO: Pregnant women should avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization warned expectant women against traveling to Zika-affected areas. The same warning was given by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over a month back.

Director General Margaret Chan said they have gone through the reports and investigations from Zika-hit countries in the Americas, and that they all have strongly suggested that sexual transmission is more common than assumed earlier.

FBI Director Clarifies Planes not Purposes Beyond Tracking Criminals

FBI Director Clarifies Planes not Purposes Beyond Tracking Criminals

Clarifying over the alleged misuse of one of the spy planes that flew over Dearborn, early this year, the Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James Comey, said that planes were meant only for watching criminals and spies..

“We do not use planes for mass surveillance. Many citizens feel reason to distrust the FBI because of their religious or ethnic background. We have a small number of airplanes. I wish we had more,” he said.

Comey’s statements were recorded before House Judiciary Committee that has been appointed to look at the nitty-gritty of the case. The Chief was bombarded with a series of questions during the hearing.

Alzheimer's disease can be detected Decades before Onset: Study

Alzheimer's disease can be detected Decades before Onset: Study

Now, it is possible to find Alzheimer's disease before it strikes. A new study has suggested that the disease, which accounts for 60% to 70% of cases of dementia, can be detected many years before onset with the help of a virtual reality test.

The study included people aged 18 to 30. The participants were asked to take a virtual maze test to check the function of certain brain cells. Neuroscientists from Germany said that people who could be at high risk of developing Alzheimer's disease could be recognized through their performance.

Boa Constrictor uses much quicker method to take life of its prey

Boa Constrictor uses much quicker method to take life of its prey

A new study would like to differ on technique used by Boa constrictors to kill their prey. Rather than the established approach that they kill their prey by suffocation, the new research states that they cut off their prey’s blood supply.

Boa constrictors that are found in tropical Central and South America tighten its body around its prey and in which the victim's circulatory system comes under stress and cuts off the blood flow supplying oxygen to its vital organs.

Study’s lead researcher Prof Scott Boback, from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, said that from the research they came to know that the snakes use very efficient and rapid way to end the life of its prey than expected.

Former US President George H.W. Bush suffers neck fracture

Former US President George H.W. Bush suffers neck fracture

According to reports, former US President George H.W. Bush suffered a neck fracture after falling at his home in Maine. According to a spokesman, he has a stable condition and will be staying in hospital for a brief duration.

Bush served as 41st president of America. Last time, he was hospitalized in Houston in December 2014 after he had some breathing difficulties.

The former President was brought to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment. A hospital spokesman, Matt Paul told in a telephone interview that on Wednesday afternoon, President Bush was brought to the hospital.

Police to Resume Search for Body of a 7-Month-Old Boy Who Might Have Fallen Into Connecticut River

Police to Resume Search for Body of a 7-Month-Old Boy Who Might Have Fallen

As per reports, police will restart their recovery mission to search for the body of a 7-month-old boy who might have fallen into the Connecticut River when his suicidal father jumped off the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown more than 24 hours ago late Sunday night.

Police said the baby's father, Tony Moreno, 22, of Middletown, called someone and threatened that he is jumping into the river around 11:45 p. m. on Sunday. The person dialed 911 and told officers Moreno's baby boy, Aaden, was crying in the background.

Officers immediately rushed to the scene and saw Moreno jump. Later Middletown firefighters pulled him to shore and a LifeStar medical helicopter airlifted Moreno to the hospital, where he was initially listed in serious condition.

Ice Cave Located East Of Seattle Partially Collapsed On Monday

Ice Cave Located East Of Seattle Partially Collapsed On Monday

A Washington States ice cave partially collapsed on Monday at about 5 p. m. The incident took one life and left five others in injuries.

News of Monday's collapse came after authorities warned that the ice caves could be potentially dangerous due to warming temperature.

Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said on late Monday night that the person who died during the incident remained buried under the debris at the Big Four Ice Caves east of Verlot. The recovery efforts were suspended at nightfall, she said.

Researchers gain New Understanding on how Memories are formed in Brain

Researchers gain New Understanding on how Memories are formed in Brain

Great advancements have been made in the field of neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Still, there were many mechanisms that remained mysterious. One of such mechanisms has been unfolded in a novel study, which explains how the human brain forms memories.

Study researchers said that from the studies on people having electrodes placed within their heads have unveiled that there are particular neurons in a zone known as mean secular lobe has an important place in quickly coming up with stories of every day functions.

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