At CPC Congress, Xi promises world-class Chinese Army

By Gaurav Sharma Beijing, Oct 18 : China’s most important political event, the Communist Party Congress, opened here on Wednesday, with President Xi Jinping pledging to transform the country’s armed forces into a world-class military to safeguard the country’s sovereignty. In a three-and-a-half-hour speech, Xi touched various issues ranging from national rejuvenation to staunch loyalty […]

This exercise can boost brain power

New York, Oct 18 : Researchers have found that practicing what is known as a “dual n-back” exercise can lead to improvement in working memory, which is what people rely on to temporarily hold details in their mind like phone numbers and directions. The “dual n-back” is a memory sequence test in which people must […]

George Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction

London, Oct 18 : Leading American short story writer George Saunders has been declared as the winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction for his “unique” and “extraordinary” debut novel “Lincoln in the Bardo”. Saunders’ win was announced by Lola Baroness Young, the chair of the judging committee, at a dinner at London’s […]

Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh in dire state – UNICEF

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 20 : Nearly 340,000 Rohingya children are living in squalid conditions in Bangladesh camps where they lack enough food, clean water and health care, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Up to 12,000 more children join them every week, fleeing violence or hunger in Myanmar, often still […]

CIA’s Pompeo asserts Russian meddling did not sway U.S. election result

By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, Oct 20 : CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday said, apparently inaccurately, that U.S. intelligence agencies had concluded that Russian interference did not affect the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In fact, U.S. intelligence agencies in January said that they had made no assessment one way or the other […]

Tillerson to visit Middle East, South Asia, Europe

Washington, Oct 20 : The US State Department announced on Thursday that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan, India and Switzerland from October 20-27. In Riyadh, Secretary Tillerson will take part in the inaugural Coordination Council meeting between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iraq. The Secretary will also […]