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Vedanta Aluminium gets village’s nod for refinery

Vedanta Aluminium, controlled by billionaire Anil Agarwal, moved closer to raising its alumina refining capacity by six fold from 1 million tonnes per year (tpy) after villagers near the plant voiced

Russia boosts troops on border

The Netherlands or Malaysia are likely to try those responsible for the downing in Ukraine of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, not the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Dutch said on Wednesday

UK to turn off lights on WWI centenary

On the eve of World War I, Britain’s foreign minister Edward Grey observed: “The lamps are going out all over Europe.

India-US relations: John Kerry holds first round of strategic dialogue with Arun Jaitley

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets FM Arun Jaitley. (Photo: ANI Twitter)

U S Secretary of State John Kerry met India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday as part of his strategic dialgoue India. Earlier, in the day he toured IIT Delhi.

Ex-leaders backed Xi on Zhou’s probe

Two influential former Chinese leaders gave their consent for President Xi Jinping to investigate ex-domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, sources told Reuters, a sign the corruption probe will not o

Israel Iron Dome unit makers hit by hackers

Three Israeli defence contractors behind the Iron Dome missile shield and related systems were themselves robbed of hundreds of documents by hackers linked to the Chinese government starting in 2011,

Brown biopic revels in drama, dance

 James Brown (extreme left) on stage during the Live 8 concert at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland

At first Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer thought she was seeing early concert footage of James Brown but then was told it was a screen test by Chadwick Boseman to play the “Godfather of Soul” in

Living on Mars without leaving Earth?

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For the past four months, a team of researchers have been living in a mockup Mars habitat on a Hawaiian volcano practicing isolated living on the Red Planet.

OkCupid admits to FB-style experiment on customers

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OkCupid, a top US matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on Monday, weeks after Facebook Inc admitted to misleading users in

The collective moral might and high-mindedness of the Communist parties of India miserably failed the country in the critical battle of 2014. Their numbers in Parliament dropped drastically and their presence as an ideological force is dwindling day by day.

Here is something for Dinanath Batra to chew on. While he leads the charge against cakes and candles on birthdays, all things Western, including English language education, millions of Chinese college students take the country’s many standardised English tests every year, hoping to embellish their resumes with language certificates.