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Horrified at reports of violence against women in India: US

Marie HarfWashington: The United States has said it is "horrified" at reports of sexual violence and murders in India and it also applauded the role of individuals, government officials and civil society groups working to protect the survivors.

"Like so many in India, we were horrified to learn of these violent sexual assaults and murders. Our thoughts are with the victims families during this difficult time," State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said yesterday.

Harf was responding to questions on the brutal gang rape and murder of two teenaged girls last week in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun district.

"As we have said, changing laws and changing attitudes is hard work," she said.


Ronald Reagan was concerned his son might be gay

Ronald Reagan was concerned his son might be gayNew York, June 3 : Ronald Reagan was apparently worried that his son Ron, might be gay, when he gave up Yale University to pursue a dancing in 1976.

Novelist Christopher Buckley, who discussed the former US President's doubts with playwright John Guare for the play 'The City of Conversation', revealed that his father, William F. Buckley, was close to Reagan, and the President had called him to express his worry at the time, New York Post reported.

Buckley said his father had advised that though he couldn't say much on the topic, not everyone who pursued arts was gay .


Bobby Jindal slams Obama for prisoners swap

Bobby Jindal slams Obama for prisoners swapWashington: Indian-American Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal has slammed US President Barack Obama on releasing five Taliban prisoners in lieu of an American soldier who was under Taliban captivity for nearly five years.

"The president may have swapped much more than meets the eye here. To gain the release of one soldier, he may have agreed to the release of five terrorists who will kill again. After all, that is why we were still holding these five men until Saturday," Jindal wrote in an op-ed to Fox news.

Jindal, who is eyeing the 2016 Republican presidential run, said refusing to negotiate with terrorists makes Americans safer.


Still photos of people could deeply mislead those watching

Washington, June 3 : A new study has revealed that slight difference in people's expressions in pictures can lead to develop considerably diverse first impressions of that individual to others.

Alexander Todorov of Princeton University said that the results suggest that impressions from still photos of individuals could be deeply misleading and the pictures posted online can affect people in unexpected and undesired ways causing subtly biased decisions.

What the study has revealed is something that people in the business of image manipulation have known for a long time yet most psychology research treats face images as veridical representations of individuals, he added.

The study also implies that there really isn't a static link between face and personality.


US soldier freed by Taliban in Afghanistan

US soldier freed by Taliban in AfghanistanWashington, June 1 - A US soldier held by the Taliban in their custody for nearly five years in Afghanistan was released Saturday in a deal which included freeing five Afghan detainees in exchange, authorities here said.

The detainees were released from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and handed over to Qatar, which mediated the transfer.

US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was handed over to US forces in good health, BBC quoted the US officials as saying. Sgt. Bergdahl was the only US soldier being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Officials said the Taliban handed him over Saturday evening.


Mani Shankar Aiyar's comment spurred NRIs to canvass for Modi

Mani Shankar Aiyar's comment spurred NRIs to canvass for ModiHouston, May 31 : When he made his now infamous comment about the recently elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi being a 'chai wala', Congress spokesperson Mani Shankar Aiyar may not have had any inkling that the comment would give an impetus to Indian Americans to launch a 'chai pe charcha' movement to help Modi win the prime ministership.


Too many photos won't sell your product online

Too many photos won't sell your product onlineNew York, May 31 : If you wish to sell your old laptop online before buying a new tablet, restrain the urge to upload several photos as researchers have found that too many photos can confuse consumers and dent your chances of selling.

Looking at more photos when making product comparisons can ultimately inhibit consumers from noticing what differentiates them in the first place.

"The intuition that 'seeing more is always better' does not consider the possibility that when presented with too many product photos, the way we process information is altered," said Jayson Shi Jia from the University of Hong Kong.


Meet the Chinese man who has built first ever 'Suitcase Scooter'

Meet the Chinese man who has built first ever 'Suitcase Scooter'Washington, May 31 : A Chinese entrepreneur has patented the first ever suitcase scooter that can travel upto 37 miles on a single charge.

The electric suitcase scooter, which has been built by He Liangcai, can go as fast as 12mph and has a GPS and an alarm, ABC News reported.

The inventor, from Hunan Province, said that it took him 10 years to develop the scooter and he came up with the unique idea when he forgot his luggage on his way to the airport for a flight to the United States. (ANI)


US sent drones to Japan for surveillance on China, North Korea

US sent drones to Japan for surveillance on China, North KoreaWashington, May 31 : The US Air force has reportedly sent two advanced long-distance drones to Japan for closer surveillance checks on North Korea and China, especially when these nations perform their operations in the sea.

This move of the US gives out a sturdy message to other countries as Obama administration shifts their focus on the security of Asia-Pacific regions.


Barack Obama vows to never dye his hair

Barack Obama vows to never dye his hairWashington, May 31 - Barack Obama revealed on ABC's 'Live with Kelly and Michael' that neither has he dyed his hair nor neither does he intend to.

Rumors have been swirling aout him having dyed his hair since the White House unveiled Obama's presidential portrait in 2008, ABC News reported.

First Lady Michelle rubbished the rumours in 2011, saying that if Barack had known that he would be president, he would have started dying his hair, about 10 years ago.

When asked if he had ever considered dying his hair, Barack said that he has not, asserting that he sees Michelle in the hair salon and finds that it's just too much work.


Indian-origin scientist Anil Kulkarni wins Fulbright-Nehru fellowship

Indian-origin scientist Anil Kulkarni wins Fulbright-Nehru fellowshipWashington, May 31 : Indian-origin scientist Anil Kulkarni, has been awarded with the highly competitive Fulbright -Nehru Scholarship.

Kulkarni is a professor in the Department of Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health ) Medical School and his academic and professional experience gathered during his travel to India earlier, to teach immunonutrition and functional foods in the global health era, helped him grab this honor.


Spike in shooting of police officers in Rio with less than two weeks left before WC kick-off

Spike in shooting of police officers in Rio with less than two weeks left before WC kick-offNew York, May 31 : With just less than two weeks left before the World Cup kicks off, Rio de Janeiro has reportedly seen a spike in shootings of police officers accompanied by a rise in muggings and homicides in the city that would be hosting an expected 9,00,000 visitors.


Zuckerberg's wife opens up about 'unknown' soft side of Facebook founder

Zuckerberg's wife opens up about 'unknown' soft side of Facebook founderWashington, May 31 - Mark Zuckerberg's wife Priscilla Chan in her first-ever television interview to the Today show's Savannah Guthrie said that there is an unknown side of the Facebook founder which the masses don't know about.

She said that it was a shame when people are not able to see the funny, thoughtful Zuckerberg that she knows, Us magazine reported.

Chan said that her husband is incredibly sensitive and really cares about what other people need and want and really wants to be able to make someone else's day, adding that's the Zuckerburg that she sees.


New York Times executive editor admits clash with Jill Abramson led to her firing

New York Times executive editor admits clash with Jill Abramson led to her firingWashington, May 31 - The New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet has revealed that there were times when he got so frustrated with his higher-ups, incluidng Jill Abramson, that he punched holes in the newsroom walls.

"It's true" he told he said NPR's David Folkenflik.

When asked about the maps that have been strategically placed to hide the damage in the Washington bureau, Baquet said that he does have a "temper," the New York Post reported. e said that in every case he had become mad at somebody above him in the rank, adding that it's not an excuse, but a fact.


Indian-American wins in spelling contest stirs racial comments

Indian-American wins in spelling contest stirs racial commentsWashington, May 30 : As two youngsters of Indian descent spelled history by jointly winning the coveted Scripps National Spelling Bee for a record seventh year in a row, they also stirred storm of racially charged comments in the US.

The fact that Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe Thursday night kept up the victory run of Indian-Americans that began in 1999 producing a dozen champions in the last 16 years, proved too much for some of them.


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