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       HEADLINES: Search on for Maoist leader Roopesh                                              DYFI Kollam district committee office set ablaze                                              Passenger hospitalized after fall from train                                              Video recording of delivery: Three doctors suspended                                              Attingal bus strike continues                                              SC seeks report on advocate alleging her gang rape                                              BJP refuses further comments over seat-sharing tussle with Shiv Sena                                              VVIP chopper deal: ED makes first arrest in money laundering probe                                              'Liar's Dice' to represent India at Oscars                                              Mars mission brings Modi to Bangalore                                              Chinese President Xi Jinping demands 'absolute loyalty' from army                                              US, partners begin air strikes in Syria, says Pentagon                                              Three killed in Pakistan                                              100 arrested at Wall Street climate crisis sit-in                                              Modi's action-packed US tour combines symbolism and substance                                              Asian Games 2014: Bindra bows out with a bronze                                              Uphill task for Scorchers as they face upbeat KKR                                              Kaumudi Facebook
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         Dr Girish K Panicker, one among US scientists’ team visiting Russia    
 
 
USA: Dr Girish K Panicker (Honey), director of the Center for Conservation Research, Mississippi, is among the US scientists’ team visiting Russia for collaborative research programs, currently.

 
         Blue Tiger Labs' Pricespotting App Launches to Make Your New Year Shopping Smarter & More Local    
 
 
You've probably heard of NewBrandAnalytics if you're familiar with D.C. tech. Neil Kataria founded it in 2010 to "pioneer a way for businesses to understand customer feedback" – in effect they were replacing the traditional survey or comment card for consumer-facing businesses.

 
         Black teen's murder: Thousands protest across US against Zimmerman's acquittal    
 
 
NEW YORK: With chants and prayers, sermons and signs, outrage over a jury's decision to clear George Zimmerman in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager poured from street protests and church pulpits on Sunday amid calls for federal civil rights charges to be filed in the case.

 
         Erin Brady Crowned Miss USA 2013    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Erin Brady has been crowned Miss USA 2013. The 25-year-old, from East Hampton, Conn., works as a financial accountant and recently earned a finance degree at Central Connecticut State University.

 
         Three dead as storm hits US Midwest, Deep South    
 
 
JACKSON (US): A powerful storm has unleashed tornadoes and peeled the roofs from homes in the US Deep South and heaped snow on the Midwest, killing three people and leaving thousands without power as it moved up the East Coast. Emergency officials said yesterday one person was killed by a tornado in Mississippi. In Missouri, a utility worker repairing power lines was electrocuted, and a woman in Nebraska died when she tried to walk through a snowstorm from her broken-down car to her house 1.6 ki

 
         Three Indian brothers get US award for combating violence against women    
 
WASHINGTON: Three brothers from India have received the prestigious Vital Voices Global Leadership Award from US vice president Joe Biden for their humanitarian working to end violence against women. The three, Ravi, Rishi and Nishi Kant, who started the nongovernmental organization Shakti Vahini to fight injustice against women in 2001, received a "Solidarity Award" for their work at the annual Kennedy Centre event on Tuesday.

 
         49-yr-old man indicted for hate crime against Sikh in US    
 
WASHINGTN: A US federal grand jury in Seattle has indicted a man from Washington on charges of hate crime against a 50-year-old Sikh. Jamie Larson, 49, has been charged with one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr Hate Crimes Prevention Act that was enacted in October 2009, the Department of Justice said in a statement on Tuesday.

 
         TCS employee from AP missing in US    
 
 
HYDERABAD: Anxious parents in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh are awaiting some word from the US that their son Sarath is safe. The 35-year-old went on a trip to the Niagara with the visiting family of his cousin. On the way back, at Washington DC, the family noticed that Sarath was missing and thought he had missed boarding the bus after a stop for coffee.

 
         8.2% of Indian Americans live below poverty line    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Boasting of having the highest per capita income among all the major ethnic groups, more than eight percent of the nearly three million Indian Americans are living below the poverty line in the US, a latest Census report revealed. According to the 2007-2011 American Community Survey, 42.7 million people in the United States had income below the poverty level. The national poverty rate is 14.7 percent.

 
         Obama re-nominates Indian American as federal judge    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Indian-American Srikanth Srinivasan is among the 33 federal judges re-nominated by the US President Barack Obama for the US Court of Appeals. Srinivasan is the only Indian American re-nominated by Obama for the District of Columbia Circuit. "Today, I am re-nominating thirty-three highly qualified candidates for the federal bench, including many who could have and should have been confirmed before the Senate adjourned," Obama said.

 
         Yoga programme at US school sparks religious controversy    
 
 
NEW YORK: A comprehensive yoga programme for young students at a California school has sparked a religious controversy with some parents expressing concern that the exercises might nudge their children closer to ancient Hindu beliefs. A small but vocal group of parents, spurred on by the head of a local conservative advocacy group, has likened these 30-minute yoga classes at Paul Ecke Central Elementary School to religious indoctrination.

 
         Keralite Scientist’s Research work Presented at the Smithsonian Institution    
 
 
USA: Dr Girish K Panicker (Honey), director of the Center for Conservation Research, Mississippi, an authority on C-factor (cover and management) research and an internationally renowned agricultural scientist, had the privilege of exhibiting his research findings on organic fruit production recently at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C, the largest educational, research and museum complex in the world. (Website: http:/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smithsonian Museum)

 
         Wildfires still raging in US West    
 
Wildfires continue to rage across the western United States, destroying dozens of homes and forcing the evacuation of hundreds more. At least 200,000 hectares of land have been burned in Idaho, Oregon, California and Washington state, where a big blaze reportedly began at a building site. Authorities say there are no signs it was intentional.

 
         New Miss USA crowned in Las Vegas    
 
 
The nation's newest Miss USA winner is a Rhode Island cellist who describes herself as a nerd and aspires to be more like Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn. Olivia Culpo shares Hepburn's European heritage and dark brown hair and soon they will share something else. Culpo said after winning her crown Sunday night that she plans to go to Tiffany & Co. in New York and recreate Hepburn's iconic opening scene from "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

 
         Why men are the grimier sex?    
 
 
IF you’ve picked your husband’s dirty socks off the floor that one time too many, your worst suspicions are about to be confirmed. Men really are the grubbier sex, scientists say. A study has found that offices full of men had far more bacteria than those with more women.

 
         Three-year-old boy thrown off Alaska Airline flight    
 
 
SEATTLE: A cranky three-year-old boy was thrown off an Alaska Airlines flight after refusing to buckle his seat-belt and sit upright. The child's father has taken exception to their treatment. As the Alaska Airlines flight taxied out of Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle towards the Virgin Islands, Mark Yanchak of Everett had difficulty in controlling his son who he described as being "fussy."

 
         Gunman kills 5 people and himself in Seattle rampage    
 
SEATTLE: A gunman killed four people at a popular Seattle cafe on Wednesday then fled to a downtown parking lot where he killed a fifth person and stole her car before shooting himself in the head as police closed in, authorities said. The suspect identified as Ian Lee Stawicki, 40, and described as mentally disturbed, died at a hospital hours after the late-morning slayings, which police initially treated as two separate incidents.

 
         Romney clinches GOP nomination with Texas win    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday with a win in the Texas primary, a triumph of endurance for a candidate who fought hard to win over skeptical conservative voters he must now fire up for the campaign against President Barack Obama. According to the Associated Press count, Romney surpassed the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination by winning at least 88 delegates in the Texas primary.

 
         Arizona wildfires scorch thousands of acres    
 
Hundreds of firefighters battled several Arizona wildfires on Monday that charred more than 5 ,000 ac res of parched Ponderosa forest, brush and grassland over the weekend, consuming half a dozen buildings and threatening a small town, authorities said. The Sunflower Fire, the largest of at least four blazes in central and eastern Arizona, burned 3,100 acres in the Tonto National Forest, about 40 miles north of Phoenix, destroying two homes, a business and two outbuildings over the weekend, the

 
         America's National Christmas Tree dead    
 
 
WASHINGTON: America's National Christmas Tree planted near the White House has died due to complications from "transplant shock." The National Park Service said that it removed the Colorado blue spruce from the White House grounds yesterday. The Colorado blue spruce died of "transplant shock," it said. The tree replaced one that had stood on the Ellipse since 1978but was destroyed during a wind storm in February 2011.

 
         Three dead, one missing in mishap during yacht race    
 
LOS ANGELES: Three crew members of a sailboat were found dead and a fourth was missing Saturday after their yacht ran into trouble during a race off the coasts of California and Mexico, the state's second ocean racing tragedy this month. The 37-foot Aegean was participating in the 125-mile Newport, Calif. to Ensenada, Mexico, yacht race when something happened to the vessel, Coast Guard Petty Officer Henry Dunphy said.

 
         Search on for entangled whale off Calif coast    
 
 
LOS ANGELES: Boats and helicopters scoured the Southern California waters for a 40-foot gray whale that became tangled in fishing line while migrating the wrong way. The US Coast Guard and volunteers were on the lookout in Orange and San Diego counties for the whale, a day after rescuers managed to remove some fishing line from its body, said Melissa Sciacca, spokeswoman for the nonprofit Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The whale could starve unless it turns around.

 
         India takes visa fee hike issue to WTO    
 
NEW DELHI: India is challenging the United States at the World Trade Organisation over increased visa fees for skilled workers that have hit the country's flagship outsourcing firms, an official said Tuesday.

 
         Violent tornadoes rip through Texas    
 
 
WASHINGTON: At least two tornadoes ripped across northern Texas Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, causing major damage and grounding flights, but leaving no reported casualties. "Tornado Emergency. Two tornadoes are currently affecting the DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) Metroplex. Take cover now!" the service's online alert board said.

 
         H-1B visa employees crucial to US business: Microsoft    
 
WASHINGTON: As IT companies in India and the US started filling petitions for the most coveted H-1B work visas, software giant Microsoft has stressed on importance of the visa in retaining America’s competitiveness and urged the US Senate to pass a bill pending before it in this regard. "While the vast majority of our US workforce is comprised of US workers, the individuals we employ in H-1B status- educated at some of the best universities in the US and around the world are crucial to our b

 
         Brooklyn Bridge closed for three hours after river crane slams into underside    
 
 
Brooklyn Bridge was dramatically closed for three hours last night after a crane on top of a tugboat scraped 20ft of protective sheeting from its underside.

 
         Meet the young billionaires who made their way onto Forbes' list    
 
 
The four billionaire creators of Facebook had better watch their backs because this year’s list of billionaires included three new American men who are ready to take their place as the new young bucks. A little-known Apple engineer and two hedge fund moguls added their names on Forbes’ annual list of young billionaires, as they are all between the ages of 34 and 38 years old.

 
         Five dead after murder-suicide at health spa in Atlanta    
 
Five people have died following a shooting at a health spa in what appears to be a murder-suicide, it has emerged. Four people were found already dead when police officers arrived at Sujung Beauty Health and Sauna in Norcross, Georgia, last night. A fifth victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital. It is believed that the shooter, who has not been identified, is among the dead.

 
         Southern storm leaves 52,000 without power    
 
 
A winter storm has dumped several inches of snow on a band of southern states, triggering accidents on slippery roads and knocking out power to tens of thousands. A winter storm has dumped several inches of snow on a band of southern states, triggering accidents on slippery roads and knocking out power to tens of thousands.

 
         Rhode Island public school agrees to remove prayer    
 
CRANSTON: A Rhode Island school board voted on Thursday to comply with a federal court order to remove a prayer banner that has been displayed in a public high school for nearly a half century, saying the cash-strapped district cannot face a costly appeal.

 
 
Will you justify indefinite auto-taxi strike?
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Harassment of seniors
Which of these two systems is really democratic?
Mullaperiyar Dam will burst soon due to under-design
‘Our children want non veg’
Comment on Koodankulam power plant
 
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