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New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) If you think you can compensate for your night’s sleep during the daytime you may be wrong, said Dr. Sudhir Kumar, a Hyderabad-based neurologist on Wednesday. Dr Sudhir, a neurologist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, in a post on X.com, said that daytime sleep is not aligned with the body’s clock and also increases the risk of dementia and other psychiatric disorders. “Daytime sleep is lighter, since it is not aligned with the circadian clock, and hence fails to fulfill the homeostatic function of sleep,” the doctor said. “This fact is supported by numerous studies of…

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New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Gene therapy offers hope of a cure to people with haemophilia, a hereditary blood disorder, where a person is born without one clotting factor in the blood, required for forming a blood clot, said doctors on World Haemophilia Day on Wednesday. World Haemophilia Day is observed every year on April 17 to raise awareness of the debilitating blood disorder, caused by missing or defective factor VIII (FVIII), a clotting protein. Because patients with haemophilia are unable to form a strong blood clot after injuries, they continue to bleed, raising the risk of death in severe…

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New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) In a stark reminder of Twitter (now X) layoffs in 2022 when Elon Musk sacked about 80 per cent of the staff (nearly 7,500 people) after acquiring the social media platform, several high-performers have been asked to go at Tesla and some departments at the electric car company even saw 20 percent of employees being impacted. Multiple reports said that the layoffs “gutted some departments by 20 per cent and even hit high performers,” and the decision was apparently taken “due to poor financial performance”. A TechCrunch report on Tuesday claimed that layoffs – which…

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Washington, April 16 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has pegged India’s growth projection to 6.8 pc this year, an increase of 0.3 pc over its January 2024 update. The IMF in its World Economic Outlook (WEO), released on Tuesday, said growth in India is projected to remain strong at 6.8 percent in 2024 and 6.5 per cent in 2025. The robustness reflects continuing strength in domestic demand and a rising working-age population, it added. In its January 2024 update to WEO released in October, the IMF had projected the Indian Economy to grow at 6.5 per cent each in…

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London (IANS/DPA) British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu it is “a moment for calm heads to prevail” in Israel’s response to Iran’s missile and drone attack. Sunak spoke to his counterpart on Tuesday afternoon after first telling lawmakers 24 hours earlier that he would speak to Netanyahu “shortly”. Israeli media had reported that Netanyahu was refusing to take calls from world leaders seeking to influence the response to Saturday night’s attack. After the call, a Downing Street spokesperson said Sunak “reiterated the UK’s steadfast support for Israel’s security and for wider regional stability”. “Prime…

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Canberra, April 17 (IANS) The Australian government will provide loans worth more than half a billion Australian dollars to critical minerals projects in a bid to boost the local manufacturing industry. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Trade Minister Don Farrell and Resources Minister Madeleine King on Wednesday announced 585 million Australian dollars ($375.6 million) in loans for two critical minerals projects in the states of Queensland and South Australia (SA), Xinhua news agency reported. The largest loan worth 400 million Australian dollars ($256.8 million) will go towards Australian company Alpha HPA to help it establish Australia’s first high-purity alumina processing facility…

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Monday, 15 April 2024 This evening at 10:30pm I convened a meeting of faith leaders representing religious communities across Western Sydney. All of the following community leaders endorsed and supported a unanimous condemnation of violence in any form, called for the community to follow first responder and police instructions and called for calm in the community. We’re calling on everyone to act with kindness and respect for each other. Now is the time to show that we are strong and united as a NSW community. Attendees: Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay – Maronite Bishop of Australia Hafez Alameddine – President, Lebanese Muslim…

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New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) The world is in the midst of major developments – political, ideological and combative, attributable to the projection of religion in international politics. The rise of Islamic radical forces symbolised by Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram and Palestinian Islamic Jehad, the fall out of the Israel-Hamas confrontation and the coming together of Iran, China and Russia in political opposition to the US, are setting the global trend of a constant shift towards geopolitics driven by faith-based conflicts. To the extent this was linked to certain historical legacies, the trend could aggravate matters for the…

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Mumbai, April 13 (IANS) Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh celebrated Baisakhi by releasing a devotional song, ‘Baaj Te Ghoda’, recalling the consecration of the Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singhji on this day in 1699. The song references the popular image of the Tenth Guru riding a white stallion with a hawk on his right hand. The actor-singer took to his Instagram on Saturday to share a video of himself paying a visit to the Gurudwara. In the video, the superstar can be seen dressed in a white kurta and pyjamas, with a ceremonial yellow turban to complete the look. The…

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Mumbai, April 12 (IANS) India’s foreign exchange reserves went up by $2.98 billion during the week ended April 5 to scale a new all-time high of $648.562 billion, data released by the RBI showed on Friday. This is the seventh consecutive week marking a jump in the overall reserves. The forex kitty had increased by $2.95 billion during the preceding week ended March 29, after notching a cumulative $26.5 billion rise in the previous five weeks. Gold reserves, which also form part of the forex kitty held by the RBI, shot up by $2.398 billion to $54.558 billion during the…

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