16% decline in HIV cases since 2010: UNAIDS


The UNAIDS in its latest report issued on Tuesday said that globally, around 1.7 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2018, a 16 per cent decline since 2010, driven mostly by steady progress across most of eastern and southern Africa.UNAIDS’ Global AIDS Update showed that South Africa, for example, has made huge advances

‘A Quiet Place’ sequel starts rolling

Writer-director John Krasinski has started filming the sequel of his critically-acclaimed horror flick of 2018, “A Quiet Place”.”A Quiet Place” was about a post-apocalyptic world where humans are the prey of fast-moving creatures who track victims by sound. Krasinski took to Twitter to share the update on the sequel by posting an image of the

Pre-term babies less likely to form romantic relationships in adulthood: Study

Adults who were born pre-term are less likely to have a romantic relationship and experience parenthood than those born full term, according to a study. Researchers at the University of Warwick in the UK used data from up to 4.4 million adult participants, finding that those born preterm (under 37 weeks gestation) were 28 per

US stocks close higher amid rate cut hopes, data

US stocks ended higher on Friday, ending the week on a strong note, amid broad optimism on potential rate cuts and decent US producer prices.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 243.95 points, or 0.90 per cent, to 27,332.03. The S&P 500 was up 13.86 points, or 0.46 per cent, to 3,013.77. The Nasdaq Composite Index

25 injured in Philippines earthquake

At least 25 people were injured and several houses, churches and buildings were damaged when a 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck Surigao del Sur province in Philippines on Saturday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake, which struck at 4.42 a.m., occurred at a depth of 5 km, about 9 km southeast of

Extensive repair work on Taj Mahal minar begins

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has begun extensive repair work on one of the four minarets of the iconic 17th century monument of love, the Taj Mahal. The ASI has undertaken the exercise after reports of damage and cracks in the stones and rusting of iron clamps.ASI chief in Agra, Vasant Swarnakar told that

Earth’s largest radio telescope to search for ‘new worlds’

As well as hunting for signals from alien life, the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built will search for extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, which have magnetic fields like Earth, within 100 light-years from Earth.Astronomers from countries including China and France recently published their ambitious observation plan using the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope

Playing video games can make you more creative: Study

Playing video games may not be as bad as we always thought and certain games that foster creative freedom can help in increasing creativity, researchers say.In the experimental study published in the Creativity Research Journal, the researchers analysed 352 participants. They compared the effects of playing Minecraft, with or without instruction, to watching a TV

MBD Group celebrates 9th Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day is the most awaited annual celebration for every member of MBD family. This year it marks the 74th birth anniversary of our Founder, Shri Ashok Kumar Malhotra–an exemplar for business and society. Every year on 10 July MBDians renew their pledge to pursue his vision and values. The theme of MBD Group’s 9th

British Airways faces record fine for data breach

British Airways announced on Monday that it was facing a record fine of 183 million pounds ($229 million) for last year’s breach of its security systems.The airline said it was “surprised and disappointed” by the penalty from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the BBC reported. “We are surprised and disappointed in this initial finding from

Crab mentality exists in small towns: Super 30’s Anand Kumar

Educationist and founder of the ‘Super 30‘ programme Anand Kumar says he faced several problems in continuing his journey to educate underprivileged children in Patna.He blames the “crab in the bucket” mentality of people in small towns for all the obstacles which came his way while educating the children. “When it comes to a big

India among top 5 nations who tweet most about Bitcoin

India is among the top five countries that tweet the most about Bitcoin and Facebook’s upcoming “Libra” cryptocurrency. The US leads in the volume of tweets referencing Bitcoin and “Libra” digital coin that is expected to come in 2020, revealed crypto-trading platform The TIE in a series of tweets. The study found that 38.9 per

2 protesters arrested for burning US flag outside WH

Two protesters were arrested outside the White House for “burning an American flag outside the limits of a permit that had been issued by the National Park Service”, according to the US Secret Service. The arrests took place on Thursday during Independence Day celebrations in the capital city, reports Xinhua news agency One person was

California signs new anti-discrimination hairstyle law into effect

California has approved a new anti-discrimination law designed to prevent discriminations against hairstyles that are natural to African Americans.”In California, we celebrate the contributions of everyone — no matter where they are from, who they love, what language they speak … no matter how they wear their hair,” California Governor Gavin Newsom told press on

2020 census won’t have citizenship question: Trump administration

The US Department of Justice has said that the Trump administration will not add the controversial citizenship question to the 2020 census, days after the Supreme Court blocked the question inclusion for the time being. “We can confirm that the decision has been made to print the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire without a citizenship question,

Electronic cigarettes damage brain stem cells: Researchers

In the most damning study so far, a US research team has found that e-cigarettes, often targeted at youth and pregnant women, damage brain stem cells.Even short-term exposure of e-cigarettes (ECs) produces a stress response in neural stem cells, which are critical cells in the brain, said the researchers from University of California, Riverside. “Although

‘Article 15’ screening stopped in Kanpur

The screening of director Anubhav Sinha’s highly-acclaimed film, “Article 15” has been suspended in Kanpur following protests by a religious group.A group entered the Inox multiplex and Sapna Palace theatres on Friday and stopped the screening of the film. They shouted slogans against the filmmaker and also tore posters. Anticipating further trouble, the exhibitors held

Kohli becomes fastest to score 20000 international runs

India skipper Virat Kohli added another feather to his cap as he became the fastest batsman to score 20,000 international runs when he reached 37 against the West Indies during their World Cup tie at the Old Trafford on Thursday. He also registered 9,000 runs batting at the number three spot. Kohli had started the

San Francisco first US city to ban e-cigarettes sale

San Francisco has become the first major city in the US to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes, a measure that affects both brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers. The 11 members of the city and county’s board of supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted in favour of prohibiting the sale of this product, arguing that e-cigarettes

176 kids lost their parents in Easter attacks: Cardinal Ranjith

At least 176 children have lost either both or one of their parents in the Easter Sunday terror bombings which killed over 250 people and injured hundreds, Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has said.The April 21 attacks on three churches, three luxury hotels and two other locations were claimed by the Islamic State terror