Virus DNA of black widow toxin discovered

A tiny virus that may sting like a black widow spider.

That is one of the surprise discoveries made by a pair of Vanderbilt biologists when they sequenced the genome of a virus that attacks Wolbachia, a bacterial parasite that has successfully infected not only black widow spiders but more than half of all arthropod species, which include insects, spiders and

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New Anti-Corruption rules cleared by PM

PM Modi has cleared 10 anti-corruption rules that will make it tougher to act against bureaucrats and will also spare top corporate bosses from bribery charges unless their involvement in wrongdoing is proved in court.

The 10 points of the story:

  1. Officials say the changes will help in the ease of doing business; honest officials will not be deterred from making
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New approach to gallbladder surgery, smallest reported incision

Summary:A surgical team has completed the first series of operations with a novel surgical system that can remove a diseased gallbladder through a single incision hidden in the belly button.

A surgical team at UC San Diego Health has completed the first series of operations with a novel surgical system that can remove a diseased gallbladder through a single… Read More

Top Naval Commanders to meet in New Delhi

A three day Naval Commanders’ Conference is scheduled to be held at New Delhi from 25-27 Oct 16. The Conference is an opportunity for the top-level leadership of the Navy to review the prevailing as well as emerging operational and functional issues.

The Conference assumes greater significance in the backdrop of recent events that have brought issues related… Read More

National Consultative Committee meeting on De-addiction and Rehabilitation

The Meeting of “National Consultative Committee on De-addiction and Rehabilitation (NCCDR)” held here today under the chairmanship of Shri Vijay Sampla, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment. Smt. Anita Agnihotri, Secretary, M/o SJ&E and senior officers were present in the meeting. Representatives of States and Union territories… Read More

Chief of the Air Staff visit to Russian Federation

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha Chief of the Air Staff is on an official visit to the Russian Federation from 24 to 29 October 2016. The Chief of the Air Staff is visiting Russia on the invitation of the Commander of Russian Federation Aerospace Forces.

The visit is intended to take the existing defence cooperation between the Air Forces of the two countries to the next… Read More

UP, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Jharkhand construct over 30% of targeted toilets

Swachh Bharat Mission

During the two years of Swachh Bharat Mission, 22,97,389 individual household toilets have so far been constructed in urban areas of the country as against the  five year mission target of 66,42,221 such toilets to be built by 2019. With 35% of mission target being met in two years i.e 40% of the mission duration, construction of toilets meant for ending Open… Read More

Childhood family environment linked with relationship quality 60 years later

Summary:Growing up in a warm family environment in childhood is associated with feeling more secure in romantic relationships in one’s 80s, according to new research. The findings show that men who grew up in caring homes were more adept at managing stressful emotions when assessed as middle-aged adults, which helps to explain why they had more secure… Read More

Rear Admiral Vennam Srinivas takes over as Flag Officer-Submarines

Rear Admiral Vennam Srinivas, NM has assumed the duties of Flag Officer Submarines from Rear Admiral Sanjay Mahindru, NM today, 24 October 16. Rear Adm Srinivas was commissioned on 01 July 87, and has served 25 years in the Submarine Arm. He has commanded two conventional submarines, a destroyer prior assuming command of the nuclear submarine INS Chakra. Whilst… Read More

PM to inaugurate First National Tribal Carnival on 25 th October

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate First National Tribal Carnival in Delhi on October 25, 2016. This was announced by Union Tribal Affairs Minister Shri Jual Oram in New Delhi today while addressing a press conference. He said the main purpose of this carnival is to promote a sense of inclusiveness amongst the tribals. Shri Oram said the carnival… Read More

Department of Animal Husbandry making efforts to prevent H5N8 Virus

Department of Animal Husbandry

the National Institute for High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal informed that samples of wild birds died in National Zoological Park (NZP), New Delhi received by them have tested positive for H5 Avian influenza virus. These samples were earlier tested positive for Influenza A virus at Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (NRDDL),… Read More