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Is Ebola drawing due attention from the world?

  A rough map for Ebola spread Freetown: according to a number of recent reports, Sierra Leone has begun a three-day nationwide lockdown, confining its population of six million to their homes in an effort to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus by allowing health workers find and isolate cases. After the lockdown came into effect on Friday, the Associated Press news agency reported that the streets of the capital city Freetown, population 1.2 million, were deserted, aside from vehicles carrying police and health workers. In a televised address late on Thursday President Ernest Bai Koroma... 

Dr Sanjaya Rajaram of India wins 2014 World Food Prize for increasing wheat production

    Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram with Norman Borlaug Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the keynote address at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State on June 18, where eminent plant scientist, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram of India and Mexico, was named winner of the 2014 World Food Prize for increasing world wheat production by more than 200 million tons in the years following the Green Revolution, which has had a far-reaching impact in alleviating world hunger. Dr. Rajaram’s breakthrough achievement in successfully cross breeding winter and spring wheat varieties, which were distinct gene pools... 

Environmental activist Ramesh Agrawal awarded Goldman Environment Prize

  Environmental activist Ramesh Agrawal Environmental activist Ramesh Agrawal, who helped villagers stop a massive coal mining project, is among six people around the world to be awarded the prestigious Goldman Environment Prize, the organisation said. The annual prize honours outstanding grassroots environmentalists for their sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. The individual cash prize of $175,000 makes it the largest award of its kind. “With a small internet cafe as his headquarters, Ramesh Agrawal organised... 

Supreme Court recognizes Third Sex: recommends access to schemes for minorities

  Ardhanareeshwara; SC sees sense in hoary tradition New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday recognised the existence of a third gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark judgement hailed by transgender people. “Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue,” Justice KS Radhakrishnan said while handing down the ruling. The court directed state and federal governments to identify transgenders as a neutral third gender who should be granted access to the same welfare schemes as other minority groups in India.... 

Why ancient Indus Civilizations declined: monsoon cycle stopped for 200 years?

  undeciphered Indus script: stories unread Scientists in the past have explained the decline of Bronze-Age civilizations in Egypt, Greece and Mesopotamia by a long-term drought that began around 2000 BC. Now paleoclimatologists propose that a similar fate was followed by our own Indus Valley Civilization, at about the same time. Based on isotope data from the sediment of an ancient lake, the researchers suggest that the monsoon cycle, which is vital to the livelihood of all of South Asia, essentially stopped there for as long as two centuries. The Indus Valley, in present Pakistan and northwest... 

Money from Black rhino hunting permits will help conserve the animal: what logic!

    Black: conservation through killing? Dallas, USA: The opportunity to hunt an endangered African black rhino in Namibia went to the highest bidder over the weekend. Wealthy U.S. and foreign hunters gathered at a Dallas convention center on Saturday, or joined by phone, to participate in the Dallas Safari Club’s auctioning off of a permit to kill a black rhino, something the club has maintained was done in the name of “conservation.” According to multiple sources, the permit sold for $350,000, although the club previously stated the permit could go for as much as $1 million. The... 

GlaxoSmithKline will stop paying doctors to promote products: scam ends?

    Hovering around the doc: med reps According to latest reports in the global press, GlaxoSmithKline will stop paying doctors to promote its products, the pharmaceutical giant’s chief executive said Monday, in a move that could be a first for a major drug company. In an interview with the New York Times, Andrew Witty framed the change as an effort to “try and make sure we stay in step with how the world is changing” rather than a reaction to any criticism of the industry’s perceived aggressive marketing. As part of the change in policy, Glaxo will also stop... 

How 1971 haunts Bangladesh: violence after hanging of 1971 mass murderer

    Hanging of Abdul Quader Molla Dhaka: according to reports, more than a dozen people were killed between Saturday and Sunday in Bangladesh in continuing protests sparked by the execution of a top Islamist leader, as the prime minister warned of a crackdown. Police said they opened fire after Islamist supporters torched houses and fought street battles with them during a third day of unrest over the hanging of Abdul Quader Molla for mass murder during the 1971 war of independence. Six people were killed on Sunday, including four in the northern town of Patgram, and another seven... 

IITians emerge as leading founders of start ups in US

    IIT: Guwahati According to a recent report based on the findings of a US research firm, IITians are among the leading founders of startups in the US. The study places the IITs among the top 10 higher educational institutes in the world that have produced founders of US startups that have raised their first round of venture capital(VC) since 2010. In fact, the IITs are the only non-US university in the list prepared by PE/VC database firm PitchBook. The list is led, as many familiar with startups would expect, by Stanford and University of California, Berkeley. PitchBook had this... 

Good news on wildlife: Asiatic cheetahs sighted and filmed in Iran

    Hunting with Cheeta: Gujarat Asiatic cheetahs, a subspecies  are extinct everywhere except in Iran, where they are considered to be critically endangered. But marking a rare success, conservationists at the Persian wildlife heritage foundation (PWHF) have spotted a group of five Asiatic cheetahs (also known as Iranian cheetahs) – a mother with four cubs. Four wildlife experts from the PWHF saw the family group at the weekend as they were returning from a field trip in Iran’s Turan national park, home to some of the largest populations of Asiatic cheetahs in the world. “They... 
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