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       HEADLINES: NCP state chief Uzhavoor Vijayan passes away                                              Leaders condole death of Uzhavoor Vijayan                                              M Vincent removed from all party posts, says KPCC                                              Priest says woman has not complained against Vincent MLA                                              Complainant’s sister comes out in support of M Vincent MLA                                              GJM preparing for underground armed movement with Maoists help                                              Remember 1971 war: Venkaiah Naidu warns Pak                                              Army decides to go big on indigenisation of critical spares                                              33% of child brides in world are Indians: Report                                              Anxiously waiting for a conclusion: Tharoor on Pushkar case                                              China braces for Typhoon Roke                                              ICC Women's World Cup final: England elect to bat                                              Kaumudi Facebook
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         Chhattisgarh: July 1-born girl named 'GST'    
 
 
KORIYA: In an unusual and bizarre instance, parents from Chhattisgarh's Koriya district have named their daughter 'GST' after the launch of India's biggest tax reform as she was born on July 1.

 
         Playing video games makes you a better university student!    
 
 
LONDON: Starting your university life? Playing video games may help you develop 'graduate attributes' - skills required for higher education, a new study suggests.

 
         UP minister's guard carries gun during MRI scan, ruins machine    
 
 
LUCKNOW: In a bizarre incident, Uttar Pradesh Textile minister Satyadev Pachauri's security guard tried to get a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan with his weapon still on him. The result was hysterical yet serious.

 
         Saddam tries to get Aadhar card for Bin Laden    
 
 
JAIPUR: Osama bin Laden is dead and gone but a Saddam Hussain operating an E-Mitra kiosk centre in Rajasthan's Bhilwara district tried to make an Aadhaar card for the slain Al Qaeda terrorist.

 
         Aussie senator breastfeeds in Parliament    
 
 
SYDENY: Greens’ senator Larissa Waters returned to the Upper House Senate for the first time on Tuesday since giving birth to her second child, and brought her in for a feed during a vote. “So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women & parents in Parli,” Larissa wrote on Twitter. Being able to breastfeed in the chamber follows rules introduced last year to create a more family-friendly Parliament in the wake of wha

 
         Pet dogs may help cut stress in kids: study    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Parents, take note! Pet dogs can lower stress levels in your kids and provide valuable social support, a new study has found for the first time. "Many people think pet dogs are great for kids but scientists aren't sure if that's true or how it happens," said Darlene Kertes, from the University of Florida in the US. Kertes reasoned that one way this might occur is by helping children cope with stress. "How we learn to deal with stress as children has lifelong consequences

 
         Rats, it's now hic hic time in Udaipur!    
 
 
JAIPUR: Like their cousins in Bihar, it seems Rajasthan's rodents do not quite believe in keeping matters bottled up. An excise department official in Udaipur, when asked to present before a local court alcohol seized from a resident eight years ago, turned up with a pile of empty bottles, a lawyer said.

 
         Rats drinking alcohol: Bihar police    
 
 
PATNA: Rats in Bihar are in high spirits -- or so the state Police insist. Rodents are believed to have finished off more than 9 lakh litres of alcohol which the police had seized from people flouting prohibition laws in the state.

 
         Fruit Juice Floods Russian Town After Factory Roof Collapses    
 
 
MOSCOW: Russian authorities on Wednesday were probing an accident at a beverage factory that saw fruit juice flood the streets of a town south of Moscow.

 
         Veg dishes irk groom, bride finds another man    
 
 
MUZAFFARNAGAR: The ban on illegal slaughterhouses across Uttar Pradesh took a toll on a wedding as a man in the district refused to solemnise his marriage after seeing that only pure vegetarian dishes were served.

 
         Book reveals why Jinnah shaved off his moustache    
 
 
NEW DELHI: When 42-year-old Muhammad Ali Jinnah popped the question to teenager Ruttie, little did he know that the only condition put forward by the bride-to-be would be "shaving off his moustache". And, Jinnah obliged. Not only did he get rid of his thick moustache, but also redid his hair to impress the lady.

 
         Treatment-resistant 'HIV reservoir' cells identified    
 
 
NEW YORK: In a first, scientists have identified HIV reservoir cells where the virus can persist despite treatment, a finding that may pave the way for new therapies to effectively treat the disease. HIV cure research to date has focused on clearing the virus from T cells, a type of white blood cell that is an essential part of the immune system, researchers said.

 
         Kidnapping, forced marriage: Pakistan's Hindu women hope for protection    
 
 
ISLAMABAD: Sapna Gobia is busy preparing for her wedding in Pakistan in a few weeks. In many ways, her wedding will follow traditions passed down through generations, with the bride and groom circling a sacred fire lit by their families. But unlike the marriage of her parents, Gobia's will be formalised by a government certificate under a new Hindu marriage law.

 
         Dogs can adopt human perspective to find food: study    
 
 
LONDON: Ever wondered how your pet dog knows exactly where the food is hidden? It is because they are capable of adopting human perspective to correctly interpret cues and find food that they cannot see themselves, a new study has found. By adopting the position of a human and following their gaze, dogs understand what the human could see and consequently know, researchers said.

 
         Legal spat in US over parents wanting to name child "Allah"    
 
 
WASHINGTON: A civil rights group is suing the US state of Georgia because it will not let a couple give their toddler daughter "Allah" as her last name. Parents Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk want to name their 22-month-old daughter ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah.

 
         Chimp filmed cleaning dead son's teeth for first time    
 
 
LONDON: For the first time, chimpanzees have been observed using tools to clean the corpse of a deceased group member, scientists say. Researchers, including those from University of St Andrews in the UK, observed a female chimpanzee sitting down near the dead body of a young male, selecting a firm stem of grass, and intently removing debris from his teeth. They suggest that the isolated activities of the chimp in the video might offer some clues as to how mortuary rituals began in humans.

 
         Mediterranean diet may improve sperm quality: study    
 
 
LONDON: Adhering to a Mediterranean diet - rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains and healthy fats - may significantly improve sperm quality in men, a new study claims.

 
         Sexual harassment at epidemic levels in UK universities: Report    
 
 
LONDON: Sexual harassment, gender-based misconduct and violence perpetrated by university staff in the UK has hit "epidemic" levels, according to a media report. Freedom of information (FoI) requests by the Guardian newspaper sent to 120 universities, including the prestigious Oxford University, found that students made at least 169 such allegations against academic and non-academic staff from 2011-12 to 2016-17.

 
         Oscar statue is worth only USD 10    
 
 
LOS ANGELES: It is the most coveted trophy in the world of entertainment but the Oscar statue itself is worth only USD 10. The making of the Oscar statue costs USD 400 but as per a rule, before a trophy can be put up for auction, it must first be offered to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for USD 10, reported the Entertainment Weekly.

 
         Eating less may slow ageing: study    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Consuming less calories may help slow down ageing and promote a long, healthy life, according to a new study that delves beyond the skin to unlock the secrets to ever-lasting youth. There's a multi-billion-dollar industry devoted to products that fight signs of ageing, but moisturisers only go skin deep.

 
         Saudi prince buys airplane seats to transport 80 falcons (Video)    
 
 
DUBAI: In an unusual sight, a Saudi prince is claimed to have bought tickets of a passenger jet for his 80 falcons, according to media reports.

 
         Puppies respond more readily to 'baby talk'    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Puppies respond more readily than adult dogs when people talk to them just like they would with babies - more slowly and with a higher tone, a new study has found. When talking to dogs, human adults use pet-directed speech similar to infant-directed speech which is known to engage infant attention and promote language learning.

 
         64-yr-old woman becomes oldest mother in China to deliver baby    
 
 
BEIJING: A 64-year-old woman in China is believed to have become the oldest mother in the country to give birth to a baby. The mother, who has not been identified, delivered a boy weighing 3.7 kgs through cesarean section at a hospital in Jilin province, official media here reported.

 
         Passenger removed from flight after confrontation with Ivanka Trump    
 
 
NEW YORK: A JetBlue airline passenger, who media outlets and a witness described as making angry remarks at the sight of Ivanka Trump on his flight, was removed from the plane on Thursday by the airline. JetBlue Airways Corp confirmed in a statement that a passenger had been removed from a flight set to depart from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, bound for San Francisco, but provided no other information about the incident.

 
         Stressed snakes strike first: study    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Snakes that are stressed may be more likely to strike during an encounter with a human, according to a new study which debunks the popular belief that the reptiles get more aggressive when handled or harassed by people. Researchers found that cottonmouths with high baseline levels of corticosterone, a hormone that is used to estimate the amount of stress an animal experiences, were more likely to strike during an encounter with a person than were cottonmouths with lower baseline l

 
         500-kg Egyptian woman to visit India soon for surgery    
 
 
CAIRO: A bedbound Egyptian woman, believed to the world's heaviest at about 500 kg, will soon leave for India for a weight-reduction surgery after a top Indian surgeon offered her help, her sister said today. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, is preparing herself to be flown to Mumbai in the next 10 days, her sister Shaymaa told PTI. Eman's story had gone viral on the social media and many news outlets published about her condition. She has barely left her bedroom in nearly 25 years, according

 
         Caesarean births impacting human evolution: study    
 
 
LONDON: Regular use of caesarean sections to deliver babies is affecting the human evolution, according to a new study. An increasing number of mothers now need surgery to deliver a baby due to their narrow pelvis size, researchers said. They estimate cases where the baby cannot fit down the birth canal have increased from 30 in 1,000 in the 1960s to 36 in 1,000 births today.

 
         Cyberbullied teen commits suicide in front of family    
 
 
HOUSTON: In a tragic incident, an 18-year-old US girl shot herself dead in front of the family after being relentlessly bullied on Facebook for her weight. Brandy Vela shot herself through the chest in front of her stunned family members at their Texas home with a gun which her family members begged her to put down.

 
         Muslim women in US turn to self-defence to combat 'hijab grab'    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Many Muslim women across the US have turned to self-defence classes amid a spike in 'hijab- grab' incidents following Donald Trump's electoral triumph, according to a media report. In the days following Trump's election, at least three organisations -- the Southern Poverty Law Center, Council of American-Islamic Relations and Anti-Defamation League -- tracked a notable spike in hate-crime incidents, The Washington Post reported. Many Muslim women have posted on social media d

 
         'Ape in heels': Racist post about Michelle Obama causes backlash    
 
 
CLAY: The director of a West Virginia development group and a mayor are under scrutiny after a racist post about first lady Michelle Obama caused a backlash and prompted calls on social media for both women to be fired.

 
 
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