Silver-haired septuagenarian scientist’s silver screen stint

At 70, when most people kick up their heels, veteran actor Dr Anil Rastogi headed to Mumbai to pursue his hobby, now his profession: acting. Riding the crest of success of ‘Ishaqzaade’, he lived there for four years and did multiple films, TV serials and ad films. The scientist did his first play at the age of 20, first film and TV serial at 44 and became a household name at 69. Interestingly, the same year he celebrated the golden jubilee of his marriage. Running 76, he has 32 films,…

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North Korea insulating nukes, missiles against strikes: UN

A confidential report to the UN Security Council says North Korea is working to ensure its nuclear and missile capabilities would not be destroyed by any military strikes. The report said UN sanctions monitors had “found evidence of a consistent trend on the part of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) to disperse its assembly, storage and testing locations.” The report seen by Reuters on Monday was sent to a 15-member UN Security Council sanctions committee ahead of a second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump later this month.…

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Minister: Russia to develop new cruise, hypersonic missiles to face US

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says Russia must develop new missiles in the next two years in response to the US withdrawal from a Cold War-era agreement. Shoigu said his country needs to develop a new land-based cruise missile and a new land-based hypersonic missile before 2021, the Russian news agency RIA reported on Tuesday. President Vladimir Putin announced on Saturday that Moscow had suspended the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). It came a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Washington would suspend the deal for 180…

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Business as usual will fail us on cancer control, SDGs

193 governments including those of India, committed to reducing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancers by 25% by 2025 and one-third by 2030 (UN Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs), but many cancer rates are rising, not declining, especially in several high burden countries. Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally (cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the top killers). Estimated 9.6 million people died due to cancer in 2018. Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer deaths.…

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Saudi Arabia building its first ballistic missile factory: Report

Saudi Arabia, already known as the world’s top importer of foreign-made ballistic missiles, has started building its first missile production factory near the central town of Al-Watah, The Washington Post has quoted experts as saying. In a Wednesday report, The Post quoted leading experts as saying that satellite imagery dating back to November appears to show Saudi Arabia’s debut ballistic missile factory located at an existing missile base near Al-Watah. This would reportedly be the first known instance of Saudis manufacturing the weapons indigenously, after importing foreign-made ballistic missiles for years. The photos…

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India satellite: Student-made Kalamsat V2 to be put in orbit

India is due to launch what it says is the world’s lightest satellite ever to be put into orbit. Weighing only 1.26kg (2.6lb), the Kalamsat-V2 has been made by students belonging to a space education firm. It will help ham radio operators and “inspire schoolchildren to become the scientists and engineers of the future”, India’s space agency says. The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will launch the satellite from its Sriharikota space centre. Isro chief K Sivan has claimed that “Kalamsat is the lightest satellite to be ever built and…

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UK hospital halted refugee’s chemotherapy, dumped him on the street: Report

A governmental hospital in the British capital reportedly halted cancer treatment for a refugee and left him sleeping rough on the streets. A report by the Guardian newspaper on Monday said Esayas Welday, an Eritrean refugee had his chemotherapy treatment stopped in May last year after authorities in Northwick Park hospital in west London said he could no longer receive treatment. “They said they couldn’t continue to treat me because I couldn’t afford to pay the £33,000 bill for treatment they had given me,” said Welday, an asylum seeker who…

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10 killed in ship incident near Crimea, 14 rescue

Ten crew members have been found dead and 14 have been rescued after two ships caught fire in the Kerch Strait near Crimea, Russia’s Transport Ministry said on Monday (January 21), with a rescue operation still underway. The ministry said earlier on Monday that crew members were jumping into the sea to escape the blaze, which probably broke out during a ship-to-ship fuel transhipment. Both ships were under the Tanzanian flag — Candy (Venice) and Maestro — and had a combined 31 crew members. Of them, 16 were Turkish citizens…

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China will ‘soon’ begin construction of world’s most powerful hyper-gravity centrifuges

China will “soon” begin the construction of two hyper-gravity centrifuges that, once completed, will dethrone their American counterpart as world’s largest centrifuges in terms of capacity, a new report has revealed. The report by Reuters on Sunday came after Beijing’s recent approval of a feasibility study report by the country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). One of the two centrifuges will be designed to have a capacity of up to 1,500 gravity tons (gt), which makes it far more powerful than the current record holder, a 1,200-gt centrifuge developed…

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Magnitude 6.7 quake hits Chile’s coast, no damage reported

A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit north-central Chile on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said. According to Press TV, USGS said the quake struck at a depth of 53 kilometers (32 miles) with an epicenter some 15 kilometers southwest of Coquimbo. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center discarded a tsunami threat shortly after the tremor. No initial damage or injuries have been reported, though there were sporadic reports of power outages near the epicenter of the quake. Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. The 1960 Valdivia earthquake in Chile…

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