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Pokemon Go boost limited as Nintendo cuts profit forecast

Tokyo: Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. has slashed its operating profit and sales forecasts for this fiscal year, despite the global success of “Pokemon Go.” The maker of Super Mario games and the Wii U console said Wednesday that it booked a 62.7 billion yen (USD 601.7 million) gain in April-September from its sale

Kangra needs tourism boost

Despite rich potential for tourism in Himachal Pradesh, this sector has not received the required support. Political statements and election promises for the same have been made so frequently that the real intent for the same has taken a back seat. Not to talk of the entire state, even a portion of the Kangra Valley

Hike in MSP of pulses will boost output: Paswan

Ludhiana: The hike in MSP of pulses will boost output, besides helping reduce dependence on their imports, said Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday.He said further that the production of pulses is expected to touch the 200-lakh tonne mark this year as against the last year’s 176 lakh tonnes. The minister hoped that

‘Reforms to boost growth; banking risks constraint rating’

New Delhi: Moody’s Investors Service today said the reforms undertaken by the government will help boost investor confidence and bolster growth potential, but cautioned muted private investment and banking sector risks will remain a constraint on India’s sovereign rating. It also said in the near-term, challenging budget targets could lead to significant spending cuts late

Laughter-based exercise may boost health in the elderly

New York: Incorporating laughter into a physical activity program could improve older adults’ mental health, aerobic endurance and confidence in their ability to exercise, a study has found. In the study, older adults participated in a moderate-intensity group exercise program called ‘LaughActive’ that incorporates playful simulated laughter — self-initiated as bodily exercise — into a

India visit will boost bilateral ties: Nepal PM

Kathmandu, Sep 11 (IANS) Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has said he was hopeful that his upcoming India visit would help boost ties between the two neighbours, a media report said on Sunday.Prachanda is set to embark on a three-day state visit to India from September 15, The Kathmandu Post reported.Addressing an interaction

G20 summit to focus on steps to boost economic growth, trade

Hangzhou: Global economic slowdown, raisingprotectionism, structural reforms to expand global trade and creation of jobs, innovation, inclusive growth and climate finance are the key topics to be discussed at the two-day G20 summit starting in this picturesque Chinese city tomorrow. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join US President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping along

Electrical brain stimulation can boost memory during sleep

New York: Use of electrical brain stimulation can enhance memory during sleep and strengthen memory in healthy people, says a study. According to the researchers, transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) is a non-invasive method that can potentially help millions of people with conditions such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and other major depressive disorders. For

Protein that can boost growth of damaged muscle tissue

New York: Researchers have found that a protein that plays a key role in the lives of stem cells can bolster the growth of damaged muscle tissue, a step that could potentially contribute to treatments for muscle degeneration caused by old age and diseases such as muscular dystrophy. “We provide here a proof-of-principle study that


Cinnamon may boost your kid’s learning ability

New York: Is your kid finding it difficult to memorise lessons at school? Worry not, as feeding cinnamons, a delicious addition to toast, coffee and breakfast rolls might help improve learning ability, says a study led by an Indian-origin researcher. The findings showed that the poor learning mice had improved memory and learning at a

Tool developed to boost computer energy efficiency by 25%

Canberra: A team of Australian scientists have developed a new technique for computer operating systems that could boost the efficiency of large data centres by 25 per cent. Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, and US technology giant Microsoft, teamed up to implement the system which would see the computer’s operating system


Thinking ‘I can do better’ can boost performance

London: Finding it difficult to complete a task? If so, speaking to yourself that “I can do better” can improve your performance, new research says. The findings showed that people using self-talk, like telling oneself “I can do better next time” – performed better than the control group in every portion of the task. The


Will controversy boost ‘Udta Punjab’ at box office?

Mumbai: Abhishek Chaubey’s “Udta Punjab” finally hit the screens on Friday accompanied by hype and expectation. According to trade experts, the controversy around the film “Udta Punjab” will give a tremendous boost to the opening of the film. However, the film’s leakage two days before its release on the internet is being seen as a

Tips to boost confidence, heal common illness and a dose of reality

Do you often underestimate your abilities? Have you been a victim of fat-shamming and racism? Here’s a book that guides you on how to boost your confidence. Then, there’s one on why women need to raise their voice against social injustice and trolling. There’s also a doctor’s mini guidebook on medical tips for common illnesses;

New blood test to boost cancer treatment

London: Researchers have found a new test that can detect changes in the levels of metabolites in the blood and help identify whether a cancer drug is working as designed or not. According to researchers, cancer drugs affect the amount of metabolites — the building blocks of fats and proteins — present in the blood


Normal monsoons can boost farm income by 20% in FY17: Report

Mumbai: A normal monsoon this year is expected to provide 20 per cent boost to the income of farmers, whose debt leverage has touched 22 per cent following two years of droughts, domestic brokerage JM Financial has projected. “A good monsoon can provide better yields, and boost farm income by 20 per cent while the