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Connection between age and memory decline revealed Open in new window
Source Icon DNA - Top News
A new study has revealed the molecular mechanisms of memory decline with age, using latest high-throughput proteomics and statistical methods. Prof Dr Antonio del Sol Mesa from the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine said that there was only one group of four proteins of the so-called extracellular matrix which increased strongly with age and the rest stayed more or less the same. He further added that a healthy amount of these proteins ensures a balance between stability and flexibility of synapses and was vital for learning and memory. Dr Ronald van Kesteren of the VU University Amsterdam elaborated that an increase of those proteins with age makes the connections between brain cells more rigid which lowers their ability to adapt to new situations, hence, learning gets difficult, memory slows down. According to the researchers from VU University Amsterdam, the insight into the normal aging process could also help in the future to better understand complex neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. This study is published in the scientific journal Molecular and Cellular Proteomics. ReportHealthANIWednesday, 23 July 2014 - 3:41pm

Veil your mannequins, ISIS tells Iraqi shopkeepers Open in new window
Source Icon Rediff
Following the strict Sharia law, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have ordered shopkeepers in the Iraqi city of Mosul to cover the faces of mannequins.

Timing of Katju's allegations needs to be questioned Open in new window
Source Icon Rediff
If Justice Katju had desired change, the better way was to approach the new government, and the new law minister, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

The Shiv Sena MP who force-fed an IRCTC staffer Open in new window
Source Icon Rediff
Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Rajan Vichare is in the centre of a raging controversy after the representative from Maharashtra's Thane constituency was seen force-feeding a Muslim employee of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation -- in-charge of handling catering at Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi.

TN fishermen nabbed by SL: Jaya for Centre's intervention Open in new window
Source Icon Rediff
Tamil Nadu government has sought Centre's intervention in securing the release of 43 Indian fishermen arrested recently by the Sri Lankan navy, besides their 55 boats, which is under custody of that government.

Maoists explode rail track, pilot engine of Rajdhani derails Open in new window
Source Icon Rediff
Maoists blasted a portion of a railway track between Ismailpur and Rafiganj section in Bihar, leading to derailment of a pilot engine running ahead of the Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express.

MH17 crash: Black boxes to be sent to UK for analysis Open in new window
Source Icon Rediff
Malaysia on Wednesday said the black boxes from Flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine last week, will be sent to British aviation investigators for forensic analysis.

It's Rahul Gandhi vs the Congress Open in new window
Source Icon Rediff
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's leadership has come under attack. Although the party tried to dismiss the rebellion brewing in Congress-ruled states of Assam in the east and Maharashtra in the west, no one is convinced.

Cong leadership takes on rebels in Assam, drops 2 ministers Open in new window
Source Icon Rediff
In a stern message to rebel legislators, the Congress high command on Tuesday night dropped two ministers from Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's ministry for indulging in anti-party activities.

Is Rani Mukherjee pregnant? Open in new window
Source Icon DNA - India
The Chopra bahu Rani Mukherjee has sent up sparks of pregnancy rumours after just a few months of a secretive marriage to Aditya Chopra. If reports in a leading tabloid are to be believed, Rani Mukherjee, is believed to be pregnant, especially since she came rather late to the sets of the popular dance reality show 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7'. The episode has been shot for promotions of her upcoming film 'Mardaani'. Speculations are that the actress came late due to an appointment with a doctor. Although the doctor is supposed to have denied the rumours, there are many assuming that the stork is due in some time.  Seemingly the National Award winner also needed help while climbing the stairs during the shoot. There are more reasons why the Tinsel Town has become suspicious that the rumours are true.  The normally outgoing Rani has been inconspicuous by her absence from the promotions of Pradeep Sarkar's 'Mardaani'. She has also been wearing clothes which hide her body recently, donning anarkalis and other loser garments apt for hiding her belly.  Apart from that, a leading daily has also speculated that the actress has not taken up any new projects after 'Mardaani' and that may be indicative of the rumours being true.  Her fans would be really glad to see Rani going the family way. And we would love to see the heir to the Chopra khandan. First published on Zee News ReportEntertainmentAparna MudiZee Media BureauJhalak Dikhhla JaaAditya ChopraPradeep SarkarRani MukherjeeMardaaniWeb ExclusiveWednesday, 23 July 2014 - 3:17pmWednesday, 23 July 2014 - 3:17pm

Uproar in Par; govt says report regarding Sena MPs unverified Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Parliament was rocked today over reports that Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forced a fasting Muslim worker to eat in the new Maharashtra Sadan, but government dismissed the allegations as unsubstantiated and said they need to be verified first lest they raise communal passions.The issue was raised in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha by opposition members who demanded action against the Shiv Sena MPs who vociferously denied the reports.After uproar by opposition, the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessed brief adjournments as agitated members wanted to raise the issue which was staunchly opposed by the Shiv Sena. The Lok Sabha also witnessed a walkout by the Congress, NCP, Left, PDP and AIMIM.The Lok Sabha witnessed a storm as a BJP member Ramesh Biduri rushed to the well telling some in the opposition that this is India. Those...go out.The member later apologised after Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu disapproved his conduct.We are dealing with a sensitive issue... Dont try to raise communal passions. Nobody knows the truth. Whether the incident has happened or not, we are not sure, Naidu said seeking to douse flared passions.He said the the government is in no way connected with the unsavoury incident. We need to enquire...Let us not send wrong signals to the country.Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Congress member M I Shanavas described the incident as shocking and said it is cutting at the root of secularism. MPs who should be role models have become bad models...The faith of minorities has been tarnished. The House should condemn it.He also quoted reported statements made by the concerned employee Arshad.Defending the Shiv Sena MPs, Union Minister Anant Geete said Those who want to respect the month of Ramzan should not make false statement in the House triggering sharp protests from the Opposition.Whatever the report has appeared is totally false and Congress is trying to tarnish the image of the Narendra Modi government, Geete said.In the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar said It is an unsubstantiated report. We should not take it to the next level. Let it be ascertained. There are sensitivities involved.In the Rajya Sabha, Ali Anwar Ansari (JD-U) raised the issue after Zero Hour but Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said he will allow him after those who have given notices for mentions speak.Ansari was supported by Congress members and as he rushed to the well amid sharp exchanges between treasury benches and opposition, Kurien adjourned the House for 10 minutes.Later, Ansari said the incident is an insult to the Constitution which respects all religions and demanded action against the MPs.Forcing roti into the mouth of a person observing fast is against the dignity of a person, he said.As the uproar continued, Kurien said It has to be ascertained whether it is fact or not. Government has assured that it will asecrtain the issue and then come back to the House. Whatever the action to be taken under the law, the Government will take after that.In the Lok Sabha, Geete said Shiv Sena MPs staying at the new Maharashtra Sadan had gone to meet the Resident Commissioner to lodge their complaint against mismanagement there, but they could not meet him.As soon as the Lok Sabha assembled for the day, several Opposition members raised the issue and termed it as violation of religious beliefs.Members from Congress, RJD, Trinamool Congress and AIMIM were on their feet raising the issue. PDP members too were seen waiving a paper but they could not be heard in the din.Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the House when the issue was raised.Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge wanted the issue to be referred to the Ethics Committee.After the storm over Biduris remarks, RJD member Pappu Yadav and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi also rushed into the well.Shiv Sena members also rushed towards the well but stopped in the aisle and some BJP members, including Kirit Somaiya, were seen pacifying them. Lok Sabha was then adjourned briefly.Disapproving the conduct of Biduri, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Naidu said there is need for maintaining decency and decorum of the House... We should respect each other.It was reported that a group of around 11 Shiv Sena MPs, apparently angry over not being served Maharashtrian food, allegedly forced a Muslim catering superviser who was fasting for Ramzan to eat a chapati at new Maharashtra Sadan in the national capital last week

IT industry faces gender pay gap of up to 20% Open in new window
The Hindu
Female employees of IT firms are paid up to 20 per cent less when compared to male employees, a phenomena that is attributed to the fact that more women don't take up higher designations, accordin...

India to upgrade crèche facilities for Sri Lanka's estate Tamils Open in new window
The Hindu
India has agreed to upgrade facilities at 70 child development centers in Sri Lanka?s estate regions, where a sizeable number of Tamils of Indian origin work.  Indian High Commission...

Plane with first coffins of Malaysian airliner victims leaves Ukraine Open in new window
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KHARKIV Ukraine (Reuters) - A Dutch air force transport plane carrying the first 16 coffins with the remains of victims of the downed Malaysian airliner took off on Wednesday from an airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv for the Netherlands.

India MPs 'force-feed' Muslim worker Open in new window
Source Icon BBC - South Asia
There is uproar in India's parliament after reports that some Hindu MPs tried to forcibly feed a Muslim man who is fasting for Ramadan.

First plane with MH17 victims leaves Ukraine Open in new window
The Hindu
A Dutch transport aircraft with 14 coffins left the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv for the Netherlands, transporting the first victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.Gov...

Honda launches MPV Mobilio at Rs 6.49 lakh onwards Open in new window
The Hindu
The Brio-based seven seater will come in a diesel variant as well

U.N.'s Pillay says Israel may be committing war crimes Open in new window
Source Icon Reuters
GENEVA (Reuters) - Israel may have committed war crimes by killing civilians and shelling houses and hospitals during its two-week-old offensive in the Gaza Strip, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday.

Mumbai: Leopard Seen at IIT Campus, Area Cordoned Off Indefinitely Open in new window
A leopard was seen today in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus in Mumbai. Officials claim that the leopard may still be present within the premises.

25 villages cut off due to rains in Telangana Open in new window
The Hindu
Road connectivity to around 20 villages in Wajedu mandal remained snapped for the second consecutive day on Wednesday due to the submergence of a low-level causeway by a swollen forest s...

Alleged action of Sena MPs shows their mindset: Kamal Nath Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Congress leader Kamal Nath today attacked Shiv Sena over an alleged incident of forcing a Muslim to eat a chapati to break his Ramzan fast, saying it shows their mindset.We all know that fast is going on. It is not question about complaining about the food. He was forced to eat when the fast is going on. This demonstrates their mind set. This demonstrates their thinking. Now, this has taken a turn like this, they are obviously trying to go into a denial mode, he told reporters outside Parliament House.Reports of Shiv Sena MPs, apparently angry over not being served Maharashtra food, allegedly forcing a Muslim worker at Maharashtra Sadan here to eat a chapati to break his Ramzan fast today created uproar in both Houses of Parliament.To another query on whether former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is being cornered in the controversy over appointment of a judge in the Madras High Court, Nath said that the Supreme Court was the final deciding authority on who should be appointed.In the end, the final decision rested with the Supreme Court, with the collegium of the Supreme Court on who should be appointed. Everybody and anybody can give suggestions in this regard....But, the collegium of the Supreme Court cannot deny it was a fact that it was the ultimate deciding authority, he said.

Coal scam: ED attaches assets worth Rs 186 cr of Hyd firm Open in new window
Deccan Herald
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today launched its biggest money laundering action in the coal blocks allocation scam as it attached assets worth a whopping Rs 186 crore of an accused firm based in Hyderabad.The firm in question, Nava Bharat Power Projects Pvt Ltd, has earlier been chargesheeted by CBI for allegedly misrepresenting facts and making fraudulent claims to embellish its applications to get coal blocks between 2006 and 2009.This is the second attachment order by the central economic investigations agency after it attached assets valued at Rs 24.50 crore of a Nagpur based firm in July under the criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the same probe.The agency said it trailed and recorded financial transactions of the firm and its directors before attaching the said assets, including shares and land properties, as proceeds of crime of the alleged illegal allotment of coal blocks.The proceeds of crime totalling Rs 186.11 crore were found to be re-invested by the Directors of Ms Nava Bharat Power Projects Pvt Ltd namely P Trivikrama Prasad in the form of 73,99,99,994 shares of Ms Nava Bharat Energy India Ltd (Ms NBEIL) valued at Rs 147,99,99,988 for which the attachment value is of Rs 138.59 crore, the attachment order issued by the Hyderabad zonal office of the agency said.The agency, in the order, said it also has attached assets of another director of the firm Y Harish Chandra Prasad in the form of 8.4 MW Wind Turbine Generators at Rajasthan in the name of Ms Malaxmi Windpower Hyderabad valued at Rs 45.19 crore for which the attachment is valued at Rs 36.32 crore.The ED, which is probing the case along with CBI, has based its case on the earlier filed complaint and charge sheet of CBI and an attachment order under PMLA laws is aimed at depriving the accused of the benefits of his or her ill-gotten wealth. CBI in its FIR filed on September 3, 2012, had named Navabharat Power Pvt Ltd, its two directors along with some unknown public servants of the Ministry of Coal and Jharkhand government and others in this case.The FIR was lodged after a preliminary enquiry was initiated on the reference of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).In the FIR, CBI had also accused unknown officials of the Coal Ministry of entering into conspiracy and wilfully not scrutinising documents to allow undue advantage for the company in getting the blocks.The agency, in its FIR against Navabharat Power Pvt Ltd, had said in order to embellish its claim for allocation of coal block, the firm fraudulently claimed that it was having the required net worth to get the coal mines.CBI had said that after allocation of coal blocks, the promoters and shareholders of Navabharat Power Pvt Ltd sold off their entire shareholdings in July 2010 to Essar Power Ltd and its subsidiary company at huge profit of over Rs 200 crores.However, Essar Power Ltd has not been named as an accused in the charge sheet.The ED, in the latest attachment, also seized land worth Rs 11.20 crore in the Ranga Reddy district, saying it was found that the same was purchased out of poceeds of crime transferred by Mahalaxmi Group to PVP Global Ventures.

Rival to challenge Indonesia result Open in new window
Source Icon BBC - South Asia
The losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election, Prabowo Subianto, will challenge the result in court, his spokesman says.

Maoists blow up rail track, pilot engine of Rajdhani derails in Bihar Open in new window
The Hindu
Maoists blasted a portion of a railway track between Ismailpur and Rafiganj section in Bihar, leading to derailment of a pilot engine running ahead of the Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express.

One killed, three injured in bomb blast in Assam Open in new window
The Hindu
One person was killed and two others injured in a bomb blast near Krishnai police station in lower Assams Goalpara district around 7.55 am on Wednesday. Assam Home Commissioner G. D. Tri...

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