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Gossips, Events & Everything else that makes an exciting read in the fortnight gone by presented with a novelty like none else for that quick & easy update of all that's not to be missed!!


Across the world

1The Eiffel Tower was evacuated after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat. The monument was later reopened after no explosives were found in a search.

2At least one police officer has died on duty and nine have been injured every day on average for the last five years, making the job one of the most dangerous in China.

3Afghanistan plans to destroy 15,000 hectares of poppy fields to control heroin trade.

4A leading British politician has claimed that the M16 killed Patrice Lumumba, Congo’s first democratically elected president whose pro Moscow leanings alarmed the west.

5After 50 years, private newspapers are back in Myanmar.

6Saudis religious police are allowing women to ride bicycles and motorbikes in restricted areas.

7Italian archaeologists have found an ancient mythological cave in Turkey believed to be the Gate to Hell.

8German sappers successfully defused a WWII bomb dropped by allies after it was unearthed near Berlin’s main train station.

9Iceland has been named the most welcoming holiday destination in a survey.

10A game reserve in South Africa took radical steps to poison rhino horns so that people become seriously ill if they consume them, in order to deter poachers.





Bits and Pieces

1Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has been given a hefty pay hike of 5 million pounds for the current financial year to carry out her official duties.

2US President Barack Obama announced an ambitious multidisciplinary program to create a map of the human brain that could help cure diseases such as Alzheimer's and epilepsy.

3Russia's Nerpa shipyard is to dismantle the last Soviet-era nuclear submarine by 2014.

4President Barack Obama will return 5 percent of his salary to the U.S. Treasury in a show of solidarity with federal workers hurting from $85 billion in government-wide spending cuts.

5The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) claim to have exposed hidden dealings of politicians, con artists and the mega-rich in more than 170 countries.

6A red square with two thick pink lines, the logo in support for Gay marriage went viral online.

7Scientists have named a recently discovered prehistoric reptile fossil after Vladimir Lenin.

8The world’s first solar powered plane is to fly across the US.

9A roman ring that may have inspired JRR Tolkien to write The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is to go on exhibition in England.

10The mobile phone turned 40 years old.



Goodbye

1Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the German-born novelist and award winning screen writer for Merchant-Ivory Productions, died at her home in New York. She was 85.

2Barbara Piasecka Johnson Heir to Johnson & Johnson fortune died at the age of 76.

3British actor Richard Griffiths known for his role as Uncle Vernon in Harry potter passed away. He was 65.

4Music producer and pioneer of digital recording Phil Ramone passed away. He was 79

5Victor Carranza known as the emerald czar who wealth came from emerald mines he discovered in Columbia died of lung cancer. He is also known for funding right winged paramilitia.

6Pulitzer winning film critic Roger Ebert passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

7British scientist Robert Edwards who got a Nobel Prize for his work in developing in vitro fertilization passed away. He was 87.








Heard this?

1The nominees for the 17th Annual Webby Awards were announced with Nike leading the field with 17 nominations. Google, the New York Times and HBO notched up 12 nominations and the BBC nabbed 10 nominations. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York on April 30.

2Chilean forensic experts have exhumed the body of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda to test if he died of cancer as believed or was poisoned.

3Archaeologists in Jerusalem discovered a 2,000-year-old ritual bath that used a highly sophisticated system of water collection to comport with Jewish law.

4A 17-year-old from New York, Timothy Doner has learned 23 different languages, including Hindi, Pashto, South Africa's little-known isiXhosa, Gambia's Wolof, and the Native American language of Ojibwe.

5Astronomers have discovered that the rings of Saturn produce their own rain that falls onto the planet, having a major impact on its atmosphere.

6Astronauts onboard NASA’s Apollo 10 Moon mission had to face toilet-related issues, with human waste floating in the cockpit in one incident, it has emerged.

7Space travel may increase the risk of colon cancer, a new study by scientists has warned.

8A letter from DNA pioneer Francis Crick to his son in which he described the secrets of his groundbreaking model of DNA, written weeks before it was made public, has fetched a whopping $5.3 million at an auction in New York.

9Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new political action group he is spearheading to press for reforms in areas including immigration and education.

10A man in the US deliberately cut through his arms with saws at a hardware supply store in Los Angeles, shocking employees and customers who watched the grisly scene.





How’s business?

1Royal Bank of Scotland shareholders have filed a 4 billion pound ($ 6 billion) lawsuit against the company, claiming they were misled into thinking the bank was healthy just before its collapse.

2The US government is investigating if Panasonic corporation paid bribes abroad to facilitate business.

3Facebook unveiled a new software suite called Home which brings a variety of Facebook features front and centre on the mobile device. People can also download Home on certain Android devices.

4The police are investigating to determine if US internet giant Google violated rules in a competition when they asked users to add information about local areas for its online map services.

5Reconstruction specialists Hilco bought Britain’s entertainment retailer HMV Securing the 92 year old firm’s future and 2500 jobs.

6Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc plans to purchase the US real estate loan business of the Deutsche Bank Group for about $3.7 billion.

7Faced with growing international pressure over tax evasion, Luxembourg confirmed that it would implement rules on the automatic exchange of bank account information with its EU partners from 2015.

8The US, which received about 124,000 applications for the 85,000 H-1B visas, has used lottery to determine who all would be given the most sought after work visas among IT professionals.

9Four Japanese automobile majors — Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota — are recalling 3.4 million vehicles globally because of faulty airbags.

10Attero Recycling and International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank arm, has tied up to start a ‘Clean e-India’ initiative across Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmadabad and Hyderabad.









Medical news

1Researchers found that gaining weight increases a person’s risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) as much as getting older.

2Eye drops designed to lower cholesterol may be able to prevent one of the most common forms of blindness in the aged, a new study has found.

3Negative emotional responses to even minor stresses of daily life may take a toll on your long-term mental health, a new study has warned.

4Scientists are developing novel implants made up of a glass and plastic mix that can hold bones together and dissolve later when the implants are not needed anymore.

5Eating fibrous foods can reduce the risk of first time stroke says a new study.

6New detailed 3d images of a baby still in the womb were released that reveals details of hair skin and even expressions.

7Scientists claim to have developed a new contact lens that can restore age related loss of near vision when worn by the user every night.

8Scientists have developed a new implant that tracks blood sugar and enzymes which could make life easier for diabetics and cancer patients.

9Male pattern baldness that starts at the crown of the head could suggest an increased risk of coronary heart disease, says a study.

10Brisk walking can cut the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running does says a new study.





Music World

1A rare signed copy of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been sold for $290,500 at an auction.

2King of Pop Michael Jackson’s mother is seeking billions of dollars from tour promoter AEG Live over her son’s 2009 death, in a trial that will get underway in Los Angeles in April.

3Madonna became the first female pop star to feature in the list of billionaires.

4Justin Bieber’s pet monkey Mally was seized by German customs.

5Chris Brown has confirmed that he is in love with Rihanna.

6Ding Dong! The witch is Dead sung by Judy Garland raced to the top of the download chart in Britain, a day after the death of Margret Thatcher.

7Malawi issued a scathing critique of pop diva Madonna, accusing her of exaggerating her contributions to the southern African country and unreasonably demanding special treatment during her tour there.

8Justin Beiber’s title King of Twitter has been question after it was revealed that half his followers on the site were fake identities.

9Lady Gaga is taking a music career break until September as she recovers from a hip operation.

10Michael Jackson's beloved pet chimpanzee Bubbles is surviving on public donations to a Florida sanctuary in the wake of the singer's death.








New finds

1Canadian researchers have developed a ground-breaking method which may ultimately enable excess energy created by wind turbines and solar panels to be stored for later use.

2Babies as young as three months use three types of sounds — squeals, growls and vowel-like utterances — to express a range of emotions, which enables them to learn how to speak, a new study has found.

3Chinese scientists have developed the world’s lightest substance - carbon aerogel - with a density only one sixth of that of the air.

4Scientists from the University of Bristol have found a key molecule responsible for triggering the formation of memory.

5Japanese scientists have discovered a jaw of a mammal that is 112 million years old.

6A new study claims that childless men feel more depressed than women.

7The number of people living on the Earth will stabilise around the middle of the century, scientists have predicted.

8A new 3D Camera has been developed by Researchers that creates high resolution images from 1km away.

9Japanese scientists have founsd a way to read people’s dreams using MRI scanners.

10Moscow, the Russian capital has topped a traffic "congestion index" among 161 cities.








People in news

1The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has had her Royal title trademarked so that one of her official charities can use her name on a wide range of goods and services.

2A self styled Italian lawyer whose clients included Saddam Hussein was jailed for 14 years by a British court for tricking people into believing that he was a bona fide legal professional.

3Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef was released on bail after he was held for questioning over alleged insults to the President Mohammed Morsi and religion.

415 year old Eli Reimer may be the first boy with Down syndrome to have climbed the Mount Everest.

5Facebook co founder Sean Parker is planning a medieval theme wedding in June.

6Anti apartheid icon Desmond Tutu won the $1.7 million Templeton Award for promoting love and forgiveness.

7Fidel Castro published his first column in nine months urging restrain in North Korea.

8Queen Elizabeth II has been honoured with an award from the British Academy for her support for British cinema.

9Summer Razak, a 5 year old British girl can complete the Rubik’s cube in 1 minute and 40 seconds.

10The US Senate has confirmed Mary Jo White’s nomination as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission








Science notes

1A crew of two Russians and an American blasted off on a Russian rocket for the International Space Station, in a trip scheduled to be the fastest ever manned journey to the facility in only 6 hours than 2 days for earlier journeys.

2As ‘Curiosity’ gets set to drill into the rocky surface of Mars, scientists fear that drill bit on the Curiosity could possibly be contaminated with Earth microbes after the last drill was added in an unsterile environment, sparking fears we may end up ‘contaminating Mars with life’ if the drill touches water

3NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has gathered evidence for the presence of perchlorates — salts believed to be building blocks for early life — on the Red Planet.

4A particle detector attached to the International Space Station has observed the potential signature of the elusive dark matter in the universe, scientists have claimed.

5Scientists claim that there may be 100 billion earth like planets in the Milky Way galaxy.

6Researchers in the University of Calgary invented a relatively inexpensive way of using rust as a catalyst to capture energy to be used through electrolysis of water.

7Researchers at the University of Washington are building a fusion powered rocket aimed to clear many hurdles in deep space travel.

8Landing missions to celestial bodies in the solar system will form the backbone of Russia's space research programme in the coming decades, according to a Russian expert.

9A bio artificial ovary could make hormone replacement therapy a thing of the past for ovary damaged women.

10Scientists may be closer to developing a vaccine against dengue.








Strange but true

1A Brazilian doctor, Virginia Soares de Souza, suspected of killing seven patients to free up hospital beds in southern Brazil is under investigation for the murder of some 300 others.

2A huge 100kg rock used by a Spanish farmer for more than three decades to press ham has turned out to be an asteroid worth a whopping $5.3 million.

3Rising temperatures triggered by global warming will lead to a massive ‘greening’, with up to 50 per cent increase in plant cover, in the Arctic, new research has warned.

4Australian mining magnate Clive palmer who is building the replica of The Titanic has plans to build a park with giant robotic dinosaurs.

5A dog from a village in Belarus has inherited $1 million from a citizen of US of Belarusian origin as this dog reminded him of his dog that died in 1950s.

6 Russian billionaire Dmitry Itskov has unveiled plans to make humans immortal by turning them into cyborgs- part human and part machine and has been pushing the project forward since 2011.

7Once a year, Jindo Island in Korea witnesses a miraculous natural phenomenon, the parting of the sea, similar to Moses’ Miracle due to a difference in high tides and low tides, this creates a 2.8-km-long road measuring 40-60 m in width. The festival for this is to be held from April 25-28, 2013.

8A 24 year old Saudi national could be paralysed as retribution for stabbing a man that left him unable to walk if he does not pay the compensation of one million Saudi rial.

9A Taiwanese broadcaster apologized for televising images of Queen Elizabeth when reporting the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

105 schools in Norway have rescheduled the exams dates as they fear students won’t be able to focus when Justin Bieber comes to perform in town.









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