Author Archives: Loknath Das

Human-virus hybrid created to kill off antibiotic-resistant MRSA superbug

Human cells have been mixed with bacteria and viruses to create a hybrid immune cell that can kill off deadly resistant bacteria, scientists have said. Some viruses are designed to infect bacteria and target their prey in a different way to the human immune system. The researchers were able to take the virus’s targeting mechanism and graft it onto a Read More


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Next boss misses annual bonus as high street stores feel the pinch

Next boss Lord Wolfson has missed out on his annual bonus for the first time in 18 years amid tough times on the British high street. Wolfson’s total pay package dived by 58% to £1.8m in the year to 28 January, according to the fashion and homewares retailer’s annual report published on Tuesday, after a key earnings per share target Read More


Primary schools 14000 children do not get first choice

About 14,000 children have missed out on their first choice of primary school in London, figures reveal. Across the city’s 33 council areas, 86% got into their first choice of school. Overall, the number of applications was down by 4% to 98,944. The Pan London Admissions Board said pressure for places remained high despite the slight drop in applications. The Read More


Licensing must go, else real estate will be an over regulated sector DLF

Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) act is expected to be implemented in Maharashtra by May 1, 2017. Rajeev Talwar, Group ED, DLF spoke about how much could the organised players in the space stand to benefit by this act. He said the industry has taken up RERA very positively. “Any regulation in any sector is well intentioned. With all due Read More


What does all this bombing tell us about Trump

Donald Trump has not only normalised American foreign policy, he has arguably made it more effective. With two high-profile, signal-sending bombing raids and a series of breathtaking policy reversals, President Trump has brought US foreign policy back in line with conventional thinking. But he has added to the equation a measure of force that gives Washington new clout. When policy Read More


One Third Young Indians Suffer From Lifestyle Diseases Report

One in three or 33 per cent of Indians over 30 years of age are suffering from one or more lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure, thyroid and cancer, a report has revealed. GOQii — a California-based virtual fitness coaching platform — in its ‘GOQii India Fit’ 2017 report showed that nearly 9.4 per cent people are Read More


Growing up with a pet may boost a baby’s bacterial health

“Having a pet dog…can help reduce the child’s chances of developing allergies and becoming obese in later years,” claims the Daily Mirror, in a somewhat misleading report. Researchers did find a link between pet ownership and an increased diversity of “healthy bacteria” in infants, but didn’t look at long-term outcomes such as the development of allergies or obesity. The researchers carried out a range Read More


Australia Study Cairns celebrates 20th anniversary

The organisation, which manages destination marketing for education providers within the regional city of Cairns in far north Queensland, shared the milestone with agents and educators attending the annual event. Study Cairns president Carol Doyle said the success of the organisation highlighted the level of understanding within the city for the importance of international education to the local economy, as Read More


UK inflation rate remains at 2.3%

UK inflation held steady last month, as rising prices for food and clothing were offset by lower air fares. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said inflation as measured by the Consumer Prices Index remained at 2.3%. The main downward effect on inflation last month came from air fares, which was due to the timing of Easter. However, the ONS Read More


These 5 Life Skills Are Tied to Health Benefits

There’s a good reason for older adults to be conscientious and optimistic, a new study from England suggests. Researchers found that men and women ages 52 and older who had higher scores on measures of five “life skills” — conscientiousness, control, determination (i.e., persistence), emotional stability and optimism — experience a broad range of health benefits and positive outcomes later Read More