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Movies This Week - 'Need For Speed', 'Kolkata Junction', 'God's Not Dead' release on March 21 18.3.2014 DNA: Top News
Need For Speed Need for Speed is an adaptation of the popular series of video games by Electronic Arts. It stars Aaron Paul in the lead role and is scheduled for release through Touchstone Pictures on March 14, 2014. After being released from prison for a crime that he didn't commit, a street racer, Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), is set to race cross-country and to avenge the death of his friend Pete. Cast - Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper , Imogen Poots , Ramon Rodriguez, Michael Keaton Director - Scott Waugh Verdict - The movie is a fast paced thrill with explosive action sequences and fast cars. But that's about all it is, although Aaron Paul does a great job leading the project, the story-line leaves a lot to be desired. The movie is a fun watch though, especially for those who are fans of the 'Fast And Furious' franchise. I would recommend you give this one a watch. IMDb - 7.3/10 Rotten Tomatoes - 24% Release Late - March 21 God's Not Dead College ...
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Hyundai fears smog tax blow to domestic sales: Sources 18.3.2014 ET: Auto
South Korea's biggest carmaker estimates the proposal could prompt 9 per cent to 10 per cent of domestic buyers to switch to imported cars.
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Government systems to become hack-prone after Microsoft ends support to Windows XP 17.3.2014 DNA: Popular News
After Microsoft ends its support to the good old and much beloved Windows XP on April 8th, government systems running the archaic OS would become reportedly more vulnerable to hack attacks. Despite federal officials being aware of the 'end-of-life' for Windows XP for more than six years, the deadline for installing secure operating systems on federal government computers will pass next month with the job incomplete. According to Washington Post, an estimated 10 percent of government computers, out of several million, would still be running the operating system on that date. US officials have said that the vulnerable systems would include thousands of computers on classified military and diplomatic networks. Security experts have warned that hackers have been preparing for what the 'end-of-life' for Windows XP by stockpiling 'vulnerabilities' that amount to skeleton keys that can give intruders remote access. A former Department of Homeland Security chief ...
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Delhi working women look for jobs outside city due to safety concerns: Study 17.3.2014 DNA: Popular News
Citing lack of safety concerns, around 43% of working in Delhi are willing to relocate outside the city even at the cost of a pay cut, according to a recent study. The survey conducted by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry included working women, students and job aspirants, who all said that women are exposed to unsafe environment in Delhi. The survey "Women Safety in Delhi: Issues and Challenges to Employment" is based on feedback of 3,400 women in Delhi. "In light of the recent incidents which took place in Delhi, around 43 per cent of the outside working women respondents unanimously felt that they are looking for a job out of Delhi in other safe places preferably in cities nearby their native towns as Delhi has become unsafe for women. They are ready to compromise on their earnings for the safety," the survey said. It found that working women are inclined to work in day shifts with nearly 80 per cent of the respondents opting for day shifts. Further, ...
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Police sent to enforce car ban as Paris battles smog 17.3.2014 DNA: Popular News
France deployed hundreds of police in Paris on Monday to enforce the most drastic curbs on car use in 20 years as authorities sought to reduce health-endangering pollution days before town hall elections. Amid concerns of a worsening air quality after a week when unseasonally balmy weather boosted pollution, public transport was free of charge while drivers with even-numbered licence plates were told to leave their cars at home of face fines. Paris is more prone to smog than other European capitals because of France's diesel subsidies and its high number of private car drivers. Some 700 police manned key entry points to the city from before dawn to apply the scheme, in which drivers may only use their cars on alternate days depending on whether their licence plates finished with an odd or even number. "This is a public health problem ... and we thank everyone who has fallen into line," Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier said, adding that early results showed traffic ...
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Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) has criticised Pune Municipal corporation's proposal 17.3.2014 DNA: Recent Columns
PUNE: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) has criticised Pune Municipal corporation's proposal of setting plants to process and dispose mixed municipal solid waste claiming that the proposal is of serious concern as it will be health hazardous to citizens of the city. In a statement released by GAIA, it has mentioned that the proposal will severely jeopardize city's ongoing efforts of sustainable waste management as well as it will be a threat to the environment of the city. In the statement, GAIA has also stated that there is no technology in the world that can process mixed waste without causing an adverse impact on the environment. Dharmesh Shah of GAIA said, " the proposal has a mention of 15 small processing plants of 100 to 250 ton per day processing capacity. Apart from that there are five large plants of 500 tons per day capacity across the city on a land owned by PMC. PMC will be entering into contract for longer period which will prevent civic ...
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Climate change to reduce crop yields sooner than believed 17.3.2014 DNA: Recent Columns
Global warming of only 2oC will harm crops in many parts of the world, reducing yields from the 2030s onwards - much sooner than predicted earlier. A study, published in the latest issue of journal 'Nature Climate Change', contends that the impact of climate change on crops will vary both from year-to-year and geographically, with the variability becoming greater as the weather becomes more and more erratic. However, crops in the temperate and tropical regions of the world are expected to bear the brunt of climate change. Said Andy Challinor of the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds and lead author of the study: "Our research shows that crop yields will be negatively affected by climate change much earlier than expected." The study feeds directly into the Working Group II report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, to be published at the end this month. For the study, the researchers created a new ...
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China vows to clean up 60% of cities by 2020 17.3.2014 DNA: Recent Columns
China pledged on Sunday that it will make sure that 60 percent of its cities meet national pollution standards by 2020, with pressure growing to make cities liveable as hundreds of millions of migrants are expected to relocate from the countryside. China's environmental problems such as pollution and water scarcity are expected to intensify as rapid migration pushes urban infrastructures to the limit. Almost all Chinese cities monitored for pollution last year failed to meet the standards. The environment has emerged as a key priority amid growing public disquiet about smog, dwindling and polluted water supplies and the contamination of farmland. Poor air quality is estimated to end hundreds of thousands of lives prematurely each year and has led to a series of riots and public protests. The pledge to clean up the nation's major metropolitan centres was made in a State Council plan for how to deal with China's rapid urbanisation drive. "We will improve and promote green, ...
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Greenland ice loss is accelerating 17.3.2014 DNA: Recent Columns
Sea levels are set to rise perceptibly as the last remaining stable bit of the Greenland ice sheet has turned unstable, a new study has found. The findings of the study, which could lead to higher estimates of expected sea level rise in the future, appears in the latest edition of the journal 'Nature Climate Change'. The study focuses on ice loss due to a retreat of an "outlet glacier" connected to a long "river" of ice, or the "ice stream", that drains ice from the interior of the ice sheet. This ice stream, called the Zachariae ice stream, has retreated about 20 km over the past decade, the study found. That's bad news. For, in comparison, one of the fastest-moving glaciers, the Jakobshavn in southwest Greenland, has retreated just 35 km over the last 150 years. Ice streams drain ice basins, the same way rivers drain water basins. Zachariae is the largest ice stream in a drainage basin that covers 16 percent of the Greenland ice sheet -- ...
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August: Osage County 17.3.2014 Outlook Magazine
Despite a stellar star-cast, this adaptation of a prize-­winning play leaves one less than satisfied
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India is a great country to stay: Africans in Delhi 16.3.2014 DNA: Popular News
Putting behind them a "raid" on their residences in south Delhi earlier this year, many Africans say the Indian capital is still their "home" and offers them an environment unlike anywhere else in the world. "India is indeed a great country. The people here are much better than in other countries, where discrimination against people from African countries is severe," James Okumurah of Johannesburg in South Africa told IANS. A doctoral scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Okumurah lives in south Delhi's Khirki Extension, where many other Africans stay. Khirki was where Somnath Bharti, then the law minister in the short-lived Aam Aadmi Party's Delhi government, led a midnight raid, alleging that Africans staying there were involved in drugs and prostitution. "Certain Africans may be involved (in illegal activities), but doesn't make every African the same," Okumurah asserted. Peter Masai, who works with a multinational company in ...
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Industrial civilisation could be headed for 'irreversible collapse': NASA-funded study 16.3.2014 DNA: India
Researchers have highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in near future because of unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution. Led by applied mathematician Safa Motesharri of the US National Science Foundation-supported National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, in association with a team of natural and social scientists found that according to the historical record even advanced, complex civilisations collapsed, which has raised questions about the sustainability of modern civilization. By investigating the human-nature dynamics of the past cases of collapse, the HANDY project identified the salient interrelated factors that explain civilisational decline, and which could help determine the risk of collapse: Population, Climate, Water, Agriculture, and Energy, the Guardian reported. These factors could help in the collapse of global industrial civilisation when they converge to generate two crucial social ...
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai pledges transparent elections 15.3.2014 DNA: Top News
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday assured the people of a free and fair presidential election on April 5, saying the security forces were entirely ready for the polls. "The government will use all its power to ensure the coming presidential and provincial council elections are free, fair and transparent. The Afghan National Security Forces will also provide a secure environment for Afghans to take part in the process," Xinhua quoted Karzai as saying in his speech at a joint session of Afghanistan's parliament while inaugurating its the fourth year. The remarks came days after the Taliban insurgent group termed the election as a United States trick to continue the occupation of Afghanistan and vowed to disrupt the process. The third presidential and provincial council elections are slated for April 5. Political campaign by presidential candidates officially started February 2 and will close April 2 or 48 hours before election day. Up to 10 contenders registered their ...
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Indian Army's efficient response to snow calamity in Kashmir 15.3.2014 DNA: Popular News
End of season snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, especially so in the Kashmir valley, tends to be heavy and damaging. The normal time for such a snowfall is end-February; its occurrence this year in mid-March has taken everybody by surprise. The snowfall led to avalanches in a number of places. It brought in its wake disruption of communication; blocking of the national highway; wide spread power outages; damage to houses and other structures apart from loss of life As with everything else in Kashmir this natural disaster has also been widely politicised. Separatist leaders have used the opportunity to castigate the government for not having its systems in place to deal with the situation. Their efforts towards spreading negativity have been supplemented, in no small measure, by a segment of the media. A very dismal picture of the situation on ground has been painted with only propaganda in mind. In this cacophony of voices reeking of political opportunism, the quiet and efficient work done ...
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India needs to promote indigenous varieties of bananas 15.3.2014 ET: Agriculture
Today you mostly just find one cheap green banana, one small banana and then the type that now rules the market.
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To plough a lonely furrow 14.3.2014 DNA: Bangalore
To plough a lonely furrow
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Congress betrayed people: Narendra Modi 14.3.2014 DNA: Mumbai
Dubbing Congress as a "betrayer and habitual liar", BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today said the party realised the need to feed the poor after 60 long years and accused it of bringing its flagship food security law so late. The only agenda of Congress is "stop Modi", he said. "It took Congress 60 years to bring a law on food. Everybody has a stomach, everybody gets hungry. But they remembered after 60 years that they need a law on food," Modi said at the party's "Vijay Sankalp Samavesh" here. "I seek control of price rise, but Congress says 'stop Modi'. I want eradication of corruption, but Congress says stop Modi." Stating that good governance was the need of the hour, Modi said, "if 1857 was the battle for 'swaraj' ( self-rule ), 2014 will be a battle for 'su raaj'(good governance)." The Gujarat Chief Minister said Congress failed to keep the promise of checking inflation within 100 days ...
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Europe to introduce one-charger-for-all-phones rule to end compatibility problem 14.3.2014 DNA: Top News
Europe is all set to introduce new common charger rules for mobile phones and other portable devices. The move comes as European Union politicians vowed to end the 'nightmare' of non-compatible phone chargers. According to PC World, in a statement, European parliament negotiator Barbara Weiler said the current incompatibility of chargers is a nightmare and a real inconvenience for consumers. She added that the new directive ends will end this nightmare and is also good news for the environment, as it will result in a reduction of electronic waste, the report said. According to the report, the move could be a problem for Apple and Nokia since their current chargers do not conform to the new standard. Under the proposed new rules on radio equipment, manufacturers, importers and distributors will also have to follow uniform rules for all new radio devices placed in the EU market, the report added. Getty Images ...
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World's first solar-powered toilet set for launch in India 14.3.2014 DNA: Top News
A revolutionary toilet fueled by the sun that is being developed to help some of the 2.5 billion people around the world lacking safe and sustainable sanitation would be unveiled in India this month. "The self-contained, waterless toilet has the capability of heating human waste to a high enough temperature to sterilise human waste and create biochar, a highly porous charcoal," informed project principal investigator Karl Linden, professor of environmental engineering at University of Colorado Boulder. The biochar can be used to both increase crop yields and sequester carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. The project is part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's 'Reinvent the Toilet Challenge', an effort to develop a next-generation toilet that can be used to disinfect liquid and solid waste while generating useful end products. Linden's team is one of the 16 teams around the world funded by the Gates 'Reinvent the Toilet Challenge' since 2011. All ...
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Express Adda with Prithviraj Chavan: ‘Building new magnet cities around a larger city is the way ahead’ 13.3.2014 Express Adda – The Indian Express
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