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India can help educate the world, says online pioneer

New York, March 9 - An Indian-American pioneer in online tutoring believes that with its best talent and technology India can create educational material for the rest of the world, raising standards and creating jobs.

Harry Aurora, CEO of iTutor Inc, will present his ideas on the future of online education at a panel discussion Sunday on 'Developing India's Silicon Valley' at the Harvard India Conference presented by the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School in Boston.

Prof. Sunil Gupta, Professor of Business Administration and Head of the Marketing Department, Harvard Business School will moderate the panel discussion at the March 9-10 conference on the theme of 'India vs India:

Local Strength or Global Growth'.


Indian-American woman charged with keeping maid as slave

Indian-American woman charged with keeping maid as slaveNew York, March 8 - A New York jury has sought a review of the testimony of an Indian-American woman charged with keeping an illegal immigrant woman from India as a virtual slave at her mansion in upstate New York.

Jurors deciding the federal case of the 40-year-old Annie George in US District Court Albany, about 140 miles north of New York City, Thursday asked Judge Gary Sharpe to re-hear testimony in which George possibly referred to Valsamma Mathai as "the maid," Albany Times Union reported.


UNSC slaps new sanctions on North Korea

UNSC slaps new sanctions on North KoreaNew York, March 8 - The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution outlining new sanctions against North Korea in the wake of the recent nuclear test carried out by Pyongyang.

The fourth set of UN sanctions is aimed at curbing the activities of North Korean banks suspected of funnelling money to the communist regime's nuclear and missile programmes.

The resolution includes measures to step up the scrutiny of suspicious North Korean sea and air cargo shipments and expands previous restrictions to encompass three North Korean officials and two entities in the country's weapons industry.


NYC sex workers avoiding condoms due to fear of getting caught for prostitution

NYC sex workers avoiding condoms due to fear of getting caught for prostitutionNew York, Mar 6 : Carrying condoms has resulted in arrest for a growing number of women in New York.

Experts said that the issue may be contributing to a public health crisis in which sex workers are beginning to use condoms less frequently.

In an incident cited by Vice magazine, a New York woman was arrested and charged with "loitering for the purpose of prostitution" after an officer found a condom in her purse, the New York Daily News reported.

The unnamed woman was wearing jean shorts and a "tight" shirt and had been standing outdoors for about 30 minutes.


US restaurateur with Down syndrome offers free hugs to customers

US restaurateur with Down syndrome offers free hugs to customers New York, Mar 5 : A man with Down syndrome operates the "world's friendliest restaurant" in Albuquerque, where every customer is offered a hug - free of charge.

Tim Harris, 27, is a medal-winning Special Olympian, a sailor, his high school's Homecoming King and a motivational speaker.

The self-proclaimed "world's friendliest restaurant" sits in Albuquerque, New Mexico and serves "breakfast, lunch and hugs" every day of the week.

Tim's Place may be the only restaurant in the country owned and operated by someone with Down syndrome, his parents said.


US says Pyongyang should feed starving millions than talking basketball with Rodman

 US says Pyongyang should feed starving millions than talking basketball with Rodman New York, Mar 5 : The Obama administration has rebuked North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un for spending more time cavorting with former basketball player Dennis Rodman and less time caring for its starving citizens.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that `instead of spending money on celebrity sporting events to entertain the elites of that country, the North Korean regime should focus on the well-being of its own people.'

Rodman visited North Korea last week with members of the Harlem Globetrotters, and even scored a rare meeting with Kim Jong-Un himself.


Disco therapy helps Holocaust survivors get over nightmarish memories

Disco therapy helps Holocaust survivors get over nightmarish memories New York, March 4 : Disco is being used in Brooklyn to help Holocaust victims get over their anxiety and grief.

Trippy lighting and funky music creates a soothing sensory experience at Minnie's Place in Canarsie, helping survivors of the greatest atrocity of the 20th century get over their nightmarish memories, the New York Post reported.

With black lights, a projector beaming psychedelic images on a wall, a "shower curtain" of multi-colored fiber-optic strands and an aromatherapy diffuser, people would feel like a trip to The Body Shop.


This time Republican woman politician says ‘rape rarely leads to pregnancy’

This time Republican woman politician says ‘rape rarely leads to pregnancy’New York, Mar 3 : Now, another Republican has sparked a row saying pregnancies by rape are rare because a woman''s body is traumatized by the violence.

Celeste Greig, president of the California Republican Assembly, made the remarks to the San Jose Mercury News ahead of this weekend''s state GOP convention in Sacramento.

Greig was responding to a question about former Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, who gave an outrageous definition of ‘legitimate rape’, saying women''s bodies have the power to prevent pregnancy.


Obama under fire from Star Wars and Star Trek fans over `mind-meld` gaffe

Obama under fire from Star Wars and Star Trek fans over `mind-meld` gaffe New York, Mar 2 : `Star Wars' and `Star Trek' fans were outraged after President Obama mixed up his science fiction movie references during remarks on the sequester on Friday.

Obama made the fanboy faux pas after he was asked why he can't use the power of the presidency to force lawmakers to reach a budget deal.

The president responded in exasperation that people expect him to "somehow do a Jedi mind-meld with these folks and convince them to do what's right," the New York Daily News reported


US man `swallowed` by 20ft sinkhole under bedroom

New York, Mar 2 : A 36-year-old man was presumed dead after a large crater opened up under the bedroom of his Tampa home and swallowed him.

In a matter of seconds, the earth opened under Jeff Bush's bedroom and swallowed him up like something out of a horror movie.

The only thing left was the TV cable running down into the hole, the New York Daily News reported.

Bush was presumed dead on Friday as he fell into a sinkhole - a hazard so common in Florida that state law requires home insurers to provide coverage against the danger.

The sinkhole, estimated at 20 feet across and 20 feet deep, caused the home's concrete floor to cave in around 11 pm.


Armstrong faces $3m lawsuit from US insurance company for fraud, breach of contract

Armstrong faces $3m lawsuit from US insurance company for fraud, breach of contract New York, Mar 2 : In a latest addition to the numerous legal challenges for Lance Armstrong, the disgraced cyclist has been slapped with a three million dollar-lawsuit claiming fraud, unjust enrichment and breach of contract by an insurance company.

Acceptance Insurance from Nebraska, United States which had filed the suit, is hoping to recover bonuses it paid to Armstrong for three of his Tour de France wins from 1999 to 2001 as well as damages and legal fees, New York Daily News reports.


Things people say when they are cheating in love

Things people say when they are cheating in loveNew York, Mar 1 : When it comes to infidelity, the cheaters come with all the excuses in the book.

On Wednesday, Huffington Post introduced to some new ones when the hashtag #ExcusesCheatersUse began trending on Twitter.

One example was "it was my friend sending those x-rated texts from my phone, not me!"

Another wrote "I didn''t know what I was doing, she means nothing to me."

Some said that If you got to delete text messages so your partner won''t read them, you're already there.

Some say that they were drunk and didn't know what he/she was doing, or they just play the blame game citing obsession.


NY citizens lie through their teeth on dating websites

NY citizens lie through their teeth on dating websitesNew York, Mar 1 : People from New York lie about their physical stature, race, wealth and even pregnancy, it has been revealed.

A new survey, conducted by Whatsyourprice. com, found that in one case, a woman from Long Island claimed to be her more-attractive sibling to get dates.

Other females simply failed to mention crucial things, like the girl who claimed to be a 115-pound beauty, then showed up in her second trimester, without even hinting she was pregnant.

In another case, one man posted images of himself next to a Ferrari even though he owned no car and rode the bus.


Don't co-opt aid into Somalia campaign: MSF

Don't co-opt aid into Somalia campaign: MSFNew York, Mar 1 - Efforts are on at the UN to integrate humanitarian assistance into the international military campaign against opponents of Somalia's government that will further threaten the safe delivery of impartial aid to Somalis, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said.

The UN Security Council is currently deliberating the future structure of the UN's mission in Somalia.

Under discussion is the possible inclusion of humanitarian assistance within the broader political and military agenda for Somalia.


Harry Potter-styled `invisibility cloak` unveiled

Harry Potter-styled `invisibility cloak` unveiled New York, Feb 28 : Harry Potter brace yourselves! You could soon become a proud owner of a real-life invisibility cloak.

Singapore scientist Prof. Baile Zhang unveiled his magical machine at the prestigious TED2013 conference in Long Beach, California on Monday, the New York Daily News reported.

Despite being labeled a cloak, it's actually a box - two pieces of calcite, a natural carbonate mineral that can bend light and suppress shadows around objects, pieced together.

But it shares the same principles as the robe donned by the famous movie wizard, Zhang said.


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