'Whiplash' director Damien Chazelle may helm Neil Armstrong biopic

'Whiplash' director Damien Chazelle may helm Neil Armstrong biopicWashington, Sept 24 - Damien Chazelle, direct or of 2014 film ' Whiplash,' is in talks to helm the Neil Armstrong biopic 'First Man.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Universal project, that would tell the tale of the astronaut, who was the first man to set foot on the moon, is based on book First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen, and would be penned by Josh Singer.


Indian-American body calls for UNSC reform

Washington - Asserting that India has an "irreplaceable economic and political role" at the global stage, an Indian-American body has called for an immediate reform of the UNSC to make the country its permanent member.

The American India Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said in a statement: "It is about time that India is included as one of the permanent members."

"First in the debates over the Councils reform, India represents developing countries' perspective, and it is supported by wide majority of them and several African countries," said Jagdish Sewhani of the AIPAC.


Work on coalition against ISIL is an ongoing process: Earnest

Josh EarnestWashington - The Obama Administration's efforts to build an international coalition against Islamic State militants is an ongoing process and there is no timeline for it, the White House said on Monday.

"The effort to build the coalition is something that will be ongoing," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference.


Now, IS threaten to behead abducted Frenchman if France fails to halt offensive

 IS threaten to behead abducted Frenchman Washington, Sep 23 : Responding to Islamic State's call to target Westerners, Islamist militants in Algeria have abducted a French mountain guide and are threatening to behead him unless France stops its offensive against the group.

According to ABC News, in a new video that recently appeared online, two masked and armed militants are seen with a man who describes himself as a 55-year-old French national Herve Gourdel.

One of the militants representing the IS fighters in Algeria says in the video that the group is responding to the message of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his spokesperson.


Kids of strict 'tiger moms' more prone to developing low self-esteem

Kids of strict 'tiger moms' more prone to developing low self-esteemWashington, Sep 23 - A new study has revealed that traditional, strict "tiger mother type" Chinese upbringing might lead to the development of low self- esteem in their kids.

It was mentioned that less supportive and punitive parenting techniques used by some Chinese parents might also make it difficult for kids to adjust at schools.

The study, believed to be the first that provides empirical support to this idea, refutes the idea that the traditional, strict "Chinese" upbringing, which gained widespread attention in the 2011 book 'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother' by Amy Chua, was superior.


PM Modi to undertake over 50 engagements during maiden US visit

PM Modi to undertake over 50 engagements during maiden US visitWashington/New York - From meeting President Barack Obama to delivering his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have his hands full during his visit to the US, where he is expected to undertake more than 50 engagements over 100 hours of stay.

A hectic agenda awaits Modi in the US as he would utilise his stay to meet top global leaders, address thousands of cheering crowds, make a speech at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and interact with CEOs of the Fortune 500, in addition to his Oval Office meeting with President Obama.


Bill Clinton lets slip daughter Chelsea's due date

Bill ClintonWashington, Sept 23 - Bill Clinton has revealed that he hopes to be a grandfather by first of October.

During an earlier interview with CNN, the former US president said that he can't wait and they are on watch now, E Online reported.

Clinton added that his daughter and her husband Marc Mezvinsky have chosen not to find out the baby's gender and want to be surprised. (ANI)


Work on coalition against ISIL is an ongoing process: Earnest

Work on coalition against ISIL is an ongoing process: EarnestWashington : The Obama Administration's efforts to build an international coalition against Islamic State militants is an ongoing process and there is no timeline for it, the White House said on Monday.

"The effort to build the coalition is something that will be ongoing," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference.


Violent video games may help lessen violence in reality

Violent video games may help lessen violence in reality Washington, Sept 22 : A new study has shown that releasing aggressive video games may actually lessen the violence in real-world.

The surprising large-scale research by from Villanova University and Rutgers University Villanova, discovered that the games might actually be responsible for a decrease in homicides and aggregated assaults.


Now, app that automatically makes mental health assessments

Now, app that automatically makes mental health assessmentsWashington, Sept 22 : Soon your smartphone will know your state of mind as, scientists have developed an app that automatically reveals students' mental health, academic performance and behavioral trends.

The StudentLife app, developed by researchers at Dartmouth, which compares students' happiness, stress, depression and loneliness to their academic performance, also may be used in the general population - for example, to monitor mental health, trigger intervention and improve productivity in workplace employees.


Washington 'gravely concerned' about use of chemical weapons in Syria: Kerry

Washington 'gravely concerned' about use of chemical weapons in Syria: KerryWashington, Sep 22 : The United States has expressed its concern over the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' (OPCW) report released last week that said chlorine was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in attacks on villages in northern Syria earlier this year.


Idris Elba hints at Nicolas Cage being a 'vampire'

Idris Elba hints at Nicolas Cage being a 'vampire'Washington, Sept 22 : Idris Elba recently revealed a story which hinted towards actor Nicolas Cage to be the nocturnal man with fangs.

During Elba's Ask Me Anything session with Reddit, the 38-year-old actor said that once while they were hooting in Romania, Transylvania, he had asked 'The Ghost Rider' actor, 50, why he looked like he hadn't slept all night, the Huffington Post reported.

Elba said that Cage casually responded saying that he had stayed the night at Dracula's castle as he just wanted to "channel the energy," admitting that it was "spooky up there" and walked away. (ANI)


Now get high on pizza with 'weed topping sauce'

Now get high on pizza with 'weed topping sauce'Washington, Sept 22 : A food company named Podey Pizza has created a special pizza sauce topping that contains 'medical cannabis.'

The sauce, which is available at the marijuana dispensaries in the US for 20 dollars, contains a 300mg of cannabis, which is enough for one large pizza.

A worker from the company, Steve Thomas, told the Huffington Post that three slices of the pizza topped with the paste would be sufficient to "fully medicate" a person.

He added that it had taken a lot time to get it right so the sauce didn't taste "green", and they had made and tested around 150-200 pizzas.


'Concept of time' can help predict individual's impulsive choices

'Concept of time' can help predict individual's impulsive choicesWashington, Sep 22 - A new study has revealed that perceiving the "concept of time" can help in predicting the impulsive behaviour of individuals.

Obesity, gambling, substance abuse and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are just some disorders that have been linked to impulsive behavior, but the factors contributing to that impulsivity are still a mystery.

Kimberly Kirkpatrick, professor of psychological sciences, said that individuals with greater self-control have a better understanding of delays, which means that they could wait for a longer period of time to earn a larger reward.


Domestic violence more frequent among same-sex couples than counterparts

Domestic violence more frequent among same-sex couples than counterpartsWashington, Sep 22 - A new study has revealed that reports of domestic violence are more frequent among same-sex couples as compared to the opposite-sex counterparts.

Previous studies, when analyzed together, indicate that domestic violence affects 25 percent to 75 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals. However, a lack of representative data and underreporting of abuse paints an incomplete picture of the true landscape, suggesting even higher rates. An estimated one in four heterosexual women experience domestic abuse, with rates significantly lower for heterosexual men.


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