Gone through a lot to get into films: Shraddha

Panaji: She hails from a family full of popular actors and singers, but Shraddha Kapoor has said joining films was not a cake-walk for her. The 30-year-old star, who is the daughter of actor Shakti Kapoor and is also related to legendary singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle, said she struggled a lot to get her first big break in the industy, which of late has been plagued by the

Popular drug Antacid can cure tuberculosis: Study

London: A low-cost drug widely used to treat conditions such as heartburn, gastritis and ulcers could work against the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB), a study claims. Researchers from University College London (UCL) in the UK found that people who used lansoprazole, as opposed to similar drugs omeprazole or pantoprazole, were a third less likely to develop TB. In 2016, 10.4 million people fell ill with tuberculosis and it is

Robbers flee away with ATM machine

Srinagar: Robbers have stolen an ATM from the premises of district hospital at Shopian in Jammu and Kashmir, police said. The thieves broke open and took away the ATM installed by Jammu and Kashmir Bank in the premises of Shopian district hospital during the intervening night, a police official said. He said the bank officials were in the process of ascertaining the exact amount of cash in the ATM when

Features on Mars made by sand, not water: Study

Washington: Dark features on Mars, that were thought to be evidence of liquid water flowing on the red planet, were created by moving sand and dust, a study suggests. The findings indicate that present-day Mars may not have a significant volume of liquid water. The water-restricted conditions that exist on Mars would make it difficult for Earth-like life to exist near the surface of the planet. Scientists, including those from

Will Guv conduct AIADMK floor test: DMK Stalin

Madurai: Opposition DMK took on Governor Banwarilal Purohit over the latter’s assertion that he worked as per the constitution, and asked whether he would convene the State assembly to test the majority of the K Palaniswami government as per constitution. “My view is that the governor is not respecting law. But, the governor says he has not violated the constitution,” DMK working president and Leader of the Opposition in the

AIADMK factions hint dissatisfaction in rank

Chennai/New Delhi: The ruling AIADMK denied discontent among its ranks, with a senior leader insisting that even if differences persisted they should not be discussed in public. “You should not discuss party affairs outside. AIADMK is a large organisation having 1.5 crore workers. Even if there is difference of opinion, it would be appropriate to sort them out internally,” Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said. He was responding to reporters’ queries

Centre nod to waive crop loan from farmer to coops

Puducherry: The Union Home Ministry has approved the Puducherry government’s proposal to waive crop loans due from farmers here to cooperative societies, welfare and cooperation minister M Kandasamy said here. As much as Rs 22 crore would be waived as a result of the Centre’s nod to the proposal, he told PTI. The Centre had communicated its approval to the government a couple of days ago, he said. A spokesman

IIITM Kochi students win NITI Aayog award

Thiruvananthapuram: A team of research students from Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K) here have bagged the prestigious NITI Aayog prize in the inaugural edition of the Proffer Hackathon held at IIT, New Delhi. The international block chain hackathon was jointly organised by NITI Aayog, the policy think tank of the Government of India, and Harvard-based block chain startup Proffer from 10 to 13 November a release said

Reduce middlemen in aquaculture: Venkaiah Naidu

Kochi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said the role of middlemen should be reduced to ensure that economic benefits from both capture fisheries and aquaculture reach fishermen and those involved in fish farming. “Currently, much of the economic benefits from capture fisheries and aquaculture are not going to the farmers,” the Vice President said, inaugurating the 11th Indian Fisheries And Aquaculture Forum, here. Urging the scientific community to focus on

New medical bill introduced in Karnataka Assembly

Belagavi (Karnataka): A watered down version of the controversial medical bill designed to regulate private health care was introduced in the Karnataka Assembly dropping a provision for sending doctors to jail for negligence. The bill scraps several other provisions which were considered ‘draconian” by doctors in private hospitals and nursing homes, protesting which they had struck work last week crippling health services. The changes were made after the government and

Thousands flee fearing Bali volcano eruption

Karangasem: Thousands living in the shadow of a rumbling volcano on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali fled today as fears grow that it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. Mount Agung belched smoke as high as 700 metres (2,300 feet) above its summit late yesterday afternoon, sparking an exodus from the settlements near the mountain. Nearly 1,600 people died when Mt Agung last erupted in