Washington, April 7: A new study has shown that a pair of skulls unearthed from the Tower of London’s moat in 1930s, belonged to an extinct breed of a North African lion, which could help in their resurrection.
According to a report in National Geographic News, the study suggests that the species known as the Barbary lions, were held in captivity at the Tower of London in medieval times.
Researchers have said that the discovery also suggests that descendants of Barbary lions may still survive in captivity, which could help efforts to resurrect the dark-maned breed.
The lions’ North African roots were revealed by analysis of mitochondrial DNA, a genetic marker passed between females.
Sydney, Nov 12 : Facing sharp criticism over wrong choice of bowlers during the fourth day of the last Test against India in Nagpur which his side miserably lost by 172 runs, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has said that he had no regrets over his decisions and he won’t shy away from repeating the decision in future.
Though he said he and the team learnt a lesson from the incident.
London, March 28 : In a first-ever incident of a feline-human disease transmission, cats have passed tuberculosis (TB) to two people in Britain.
The infection was passed to each of the patients during an unprecedented outbreak of the disease among cats in Newbury, Berkshire.
"These are the first documented cases of cat-to-human transmission," Dilys Morgan of Public Health England was quoted as saying.
Two other cat owners have been infected with a dormant form of bovine TB, said a Daily Mail report.
Chennai, May 8 : With Tamil Nadu holding elections on May 13, both Chief MInister M. Karunanidhi and his key political rival and AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa are seeking to gain the maximum political mileage from the Lanka Tamil sympathy wave among voters in Tamil Nadu.
Tokyo, May 16 : A Japanese housewife, Kazumi Izaki is set to be the world''s oldest champion, if she''s allowed to fight at the age of 46.
According to The Independent, Izaki rises at 5:45 a. m., makes her daughter''s packed lunch, shops, cooks and cleans. After her husband comes home in the evening, she heads for the local boxing ring to spar for a world title shot.
If she beats her Mexican opponent Ana Maria Torres, she''ll make history by becoming the oldest boxing title holder on the planet.
Rate rallies to start the week, some light stops reported. More upside now due on Tuesday as the market is shrugging off bearish news. Aggressive traders can look to ADD to open longs anytime looking for a push through and a close back above 1.5000.
Some spillover from EURO likely. Analysts suggest 100 BP rate cut probably already fully factored in; good bids reported but supply seen from semi-official names. Traders note solid two-way action with stops cleared across several levels in both directions.
Sellers hold control above 1.5100 area so far; OK to buy if flat on a dip. Profit-taking likely to result in a squeeze on the further strength. Technical trade overnight again. Traders note liquidity is only moderate and still on the lower side.
New Delhi, Aug 26 : Shoojit Sircar-directed "Madras Cafe", which courted controversy after Tamil activists alleged that the political thriller presents LTTE cadres as terrorists, has not only impressed audiences, who tag it as an "intelligent film", but also collected over Rs. 20 crore in three days.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted that the movie, which released Aug 23 on 1,200 screens, collected over Rs. 20 crore within three days of its release.
Washington, September 30 : While it has long been assumed that obese children can be encouraged to get back to shape if they are provided with a little bit of health information, scientists have now found that mere sharing of information may in fact worsen kids’ weight status.
Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis say that children need interventions that provide them with more active guidance and strategies to help them make behavioural changes, which may help them get back to shape.
London, Sep 28 : Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorist command has foiled an alleged plot by Islamic extremists to kill the publisher of a forthcoming novel featuring sexual encounters between the Prophet Muhammad and his child bride.
On Saturday, armed undercover officers arrested three men after a petrol bomb was pushed through the door of the north London home of the book’s publisher, The Times reported.
The Metropolitan police said the target of the assassination plot, the Dutch publisher Martin Rynja, had not been injured.
Undercover police was following the suspected terror gang and the fire was quickly put out after the fire brigade smashed down the front door.
New Delhi - India's moon mission Chandrayaan-1 was successfully placed in lunar orbit on Saturday, officials at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said.
"The lunar orbit insertion placed the Chandrayaan in an elliptical orbit with its nearest point 400 to 500 kilometres away from the moon and the farthest, 7,500 kilometres," ISRO director S Satish said from the southern city of Bangalore.
The complex positioning which depended on precision timing was carried out from the space control room in Bangalore.
Hamburg - Bundesliga side SV Hamburg will be seeking a swift appointment as coach to replace Ajax-bound Martin Jol, club officials said Wednesday.
Jol's surprise decision to leave Hamburg after just one season has left the German club looking for its seventh coach in 10 years.
Hamburg took their time - a total of 177 days - in choosing Jol, who succeeded fellow Dutchman Huub Stevens, but will be hoping to act quickly on a new appointment.
Agra, Oct 9 As the first 11 of the long-awaited fleet of low-floor buses to be inducted in the city bus service arrived here, residents fear that the new vehicles will lead to frequent traffic jams.
These buses, of which the first lot arrived Thursday evening, will connect historical monuments and ferry tourists across the city, according to officials of the Uttar Pradesh state road transport corporation. Agra will get 200 buses in phases as part of a scheme under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
Jeera October contract dropped Rs 292.5 and settled at Rs 14012.5 per quintal as rains in the top producing state of Gujarat raised prospects of better sowing and on a stronger rupee, which could impact export demand. A rise in the rupee, which hit a four-month high, makes imports cheaper and trims returns for exporters. Jeera is a winter crop sown from October and farmers depend on the rains to moisten the land for the sowing. Rains in Gujarat were above normal in the week to Sept. 5 and more rains are expected in the next 2-3 days.
In a Thursday post on Microsoft’s developer blog, the software company’s principal programme manager lead Charles Morris clearly spelled out the differences between the company’s Internet Explorer 10 (IE 10) web browser for Windows 8 and the Windows Phone 8 mobile OS.
According to the blog post by Morris, despite the fact that there are a number of features which are common to both IE 10 and Windows Phone 8 OS, the web browsing experience unfolded by IE 10 is quite different on mobile and PC systems.