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image   New York, United States: General Motors (GM) has named a union leader to its board of directors, a first for the US automaker and a rarity in American business.

GM, which is paying a heavy price for the delayed recall of vehicles linked to 13 deaths, just published its worst quarterly results since emerging from bankruptcy just over three years ago.

In a statement yesterday, it had said it was nominating United Auto Workers Vice President Joe Ashton to its 12-member board of directors.

Ashton, who will represent GM's employee pension fund (VEBA), was expected to resign from his union position in June.

If his nomination
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image London, U.K.: An NRI-founded hotels company plans to set up 100 eco-friendly hotels in India in the next eight years, its founder and Chief Executive said Saturday night.

Noting that the Eco Hotels UK Plc has developed the world's first carbon neutral hotel brand, The Eco and Ecolodge, Suchit Punnose, the CEO of Red Ribbon Asset Management said: "The first market we are targeting is the growth market of India which has one of the largest demands for hotel rooms in the market."

"It is the intention of the company to develop an inventory of 10,000 rooms by 2022 which will amount to 100 hotels with 100-room average," he said.

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image Dubai: Left in disarray after consecutive losses, Royal Challengers Bangalore face the arduous task of taming the yet-to-be-beaten table-toppers Kings XI Punjab when the two sides clash in an IPL match here on Monday.

The contrast in their fortunes could not have been deeper going into tomorrow`s match given that Punjab are yet to taste defeat this IPL while Bangalore have lost two matches on the trot.

RCB, sans West Indian marauder Chris Gayle who is nursing a sore back, were completely outplayed in their most recent match -- against Rajasthan Royals.
Their star-studded batting line-up collapsed to the third lowest IPL total ever before Rajasthan made sh
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image Washington, United States of America: A new study has revealed that children who live in regions of the world where malaria is common can mount an immune response to infection with malaria parasites.

According to the study, that the immune response may enable kids to avoid repeated bouts of high fever and illness and partially control the growth of malaria parasites in their bloodstream.

The researchers have claimed that the findings may help in developing future interventions that prevent or mitigate the disease caused by the malaria parasite.

It was found that immune cells collected before the malaria season responded by producing large amounts
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image Washington, United States of America: Scientists have discovered new vulnerable site on the HIV virus that can be attacked by human antibodies in a way that neutralizes the infectivity of a wide variety of HIV strains.

The researchers from Scripps Research Institute Scientists working with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative said that an effective vaccine would work by eliciting a strong and long-lasting immune response against vulnerable conserved sites on the virus-sites that don't vary much from strain to strain, and that, when grabbed by an antibody, leave the virus unable to infect cells.

Dennis R. Burton, professor in TSRI's Department of Imm
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image New Delhi, India: It’s back to the All-India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Test (AIPMT) for medical aspirants across the country. To be held on May 4, 2014, the AIPMT will be conducted again for the first time since 2012 after the Supreme Court quashed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in July 2013.

The apex court, however, agreed to have a review of its judgment scrapping the single common entrance test for admission to MBBS, BDS and postgraduate courses in all medical colleges of the country.

“Subject to the final decision of the Supreme Court, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct AIPMT for admission to MBBS/BDS cou
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image Washington, United States of America: Microsoft was scrambling Sunday to repair a security hole in its widely used Internet Explorer web browser, saying it had detected attempts to exploit the flaw.

The US software giant said that the coding problem affected versions six through 11 of its flagship browser, noting it was aware of "limited, targeted attacks" taking advantage of the newly discovered flaw.

Microsoft says that an attacker who successfully exploits the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the official user.

"The vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in
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image Seoul, South Korea: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said the number of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphones shipped with non-working cameras was "very limited" and that it has taken measures to ensure the issue does not recur in new shipments.

Reports of the problem surfaced last week and come less than a month after the phone's global launch, with Samsung banking on the S5 to outdo its predecessor and rebuild momentum for the brand in an increasingly competitive market.

The South Korean firm has warned profits are likely to have fallen in January-March from a year earlier, its second straight quarter of decline.

"We have discovered th
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image Mumbai, April 26: After Queen, Kangana Ranaut is back with Revolver Rani, a film which she describes as a genre ker and something that has never been done in Bollywood before. Let's find out from the audience what they think about this edgy film.
Revolver Rani Title Song | Kangana Ranaut | Usha Uthup by T-Series Official Channel
So Kangana once again manages to make a place in the hearts of the audiences with her portrayal of a dacoit. Revolver Rani impresses the audience and not just Kangana, but Vir Das and other actors are also being praised by them. It has been directed by Sai Kabir. Our rating for Revolver Rani 3 and a half stars.
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Tampa Bay (Florida),: Actress Vidya Balan, who was active in the promotional tours for the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards earlier this year, has left many guessing the reason behind her absence from the main event.

"Vidya had to cancel her plans at the last moment," said a source from the organisers.

The National award-winning actress was due to attend a special session here, but Priyanka Chopra filled in for her.

Vidya was also slated to be part of a Master Class Panel with Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey. Now, Priyanka will attend the same, scheduled to be held here Saturday.

The IIFA ga
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image Brussels,Belgium: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the European Union (EU) on May 7, a day before the Victory in Europe Day of the World War II, the EU announced on Friday.

During his one-day visit, Abe will meet the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, Xinhua reported.(IANS)
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image London,U.K.: The US said that Russian military aircraft entered Ukrainian airspace amid rising tension in the east of the country and called it "dangerously destabilising" and "very provocative", a media report said on Saturday.

Russia has deployed thousands of troops along its border with Ukraine, BBC reported.

The statement came on Saturday as the group of G7 (US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan) industrialised countries agreed to impose fresh sanctions on Russia over Ukraine.

"Given the urgency of securing the opportunity for a successful and peaceful democratic vote next month in Ukraine's presidential
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image New York, United States: Yoga and meditation can help women improve pelvic health, gain more control over their urination and avoid accidental urine leakage, a promising research indicates.

“Yoga is often directed at mindful awareness, increasing relaxation and relieving anxiety and stress,” said Alison Huang, an assistant professor from University of California Francisco.

For these reasons, yoga has been directed at a variety of other conditions - metabolic syndrome or pain syndromes - but there is also a reason to think that it could help for incontinence as well, Huang added.

Huang and her colleagues recruited 20 women in their 40s
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image New York,United States:  Those who left their rural settings in search for a better livelihood in metros and lost the opportunity to “play in the dirt”, read this again and again.

According to a significant research, people living in urban centres who have less access to green spaces are more likely to have asthma, allergies and other chronic inflammatory disorders.

Why? Because they have a reduced exposure to beneficial microbes that thrive in rural environments.

“Chronic inflammation can lead to all kinds of problems from irritable bowel syndrome to asthma to allergies and even depression,” said Christopher Lowry, an
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image Toronto,Canada:  In what could cheer the couch potatoes a bit, researchers have now found that genetic cells in our bodies keep changing and they could influence our health in numerous ways.

Genomes are changing, not just from generation to generation, but even and in fact within our individual cells.

The researchers found an association between the level of modification of RNA and our basal metabolic rate - the rate at which we are able to convert food into energy to power our bodies.

If DNA is the printing press that determines the functions of a living organism, RNA is the print that it leaves behind.

Modifications to the RN
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image Sydney, Australia: What if you are told that you can print your smart phone on your t-shirt and walk around?

Welcome to the world of "spaser" technology that can make mobile phones so small, efficient, and flexible that these could be printed on clothing.

A team of researchers from Melbourne-based Monash University’s department of electrical and computer systems engineering (ECSE) has modelled the world’s first spaser (surface plasmon amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) to be made completely of carbon.

A spaser is effectively a nanoscale laser or nanolaser.

It emits a beam of light through the vi
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image Jerusalem,  Israel: Israel's chief negotiator Tzipi Livni said Thursday that the door was not closed on the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians after the former claimed to suspend the talks, the media reported.

"We are not closing the door on the talks. The cabinet did not decide on unilaterally withdrawing from the negotiations table but rather to suspend and re-examine them," Xinhua quoted Livni as saying.

"We need to take some time to see how we respond to this harsh incident," she said, referring to the agreement signed by the Fatah and the Hamas Palestinian factions Wednesday.

Livni said that she will
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image Washington,U.S: President Barack Obama plans to name 14 individuals, including three Indian-Americans, to a commission charged with working to improve the quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

Members of the President's Advisory Commission on AAPIs will advise him on innovative ways to engage AAPIs across the country and to improve their health, education, environment, and well-being.

Hailing from all over America and from across a wide range of disciplines, these accomplished individuals will work to advance the inclusion of the AAPI community and to uplift the community's contributions to America, White House announced on Th
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image Washington, U.S.: Mumbai-born IIT Madras alum Vic Gundotra, the mastermind behind Google's social network Google+, has abruptly resigned putting a question mark on the future of his creation.

Making the announcement via a posting on his own Google+ page Thursday, Gundotra, 45, said he was proud of his eight year tenure with the online search giant, but felt that now was the time to look ahead. However, he didn't say much about his future plans.

"I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years," wrote Gundotra, who was Senior Vice President, Social for Google in a pos
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image Los Angeles, U.S.: Actresses Lupta Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson are in talks to join the cast of Disney's new adaptation of “The Jungle Book”.

Both the actresses are in negotiations to join Idris Elba in adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic, which will be directed by “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau, reports

Oscar-winning “12 Years A Slave” star Nyong'o is close to closing a deal to play Rakcha, a wolf mother who adopts the film's protagonist, Mowgli.

Meanwhile, Johansson, who is pregnant with her first child with fiancé Romain Dauriac, is expected to give voiceov
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