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2008-08-11 00:00:32

By Annie Freeda Cruez KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian students at India's Manipal University may get a lifeline if recognition for the university's degrees is withdrawn. Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said yesterday his ministry would help the students get into a recognised medical college by way of credit transfer. The fate of the 54 Malaysians enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and dentistry courses at the university will be known, hopefully, on...

2008-08-11 00:00:29

By Pranava K Chaudhary PATNA: The much publicised super-thermal power project of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) at Barh is in a limbo. It is unlikely to start power generation by 2011. The then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had laid the foundation stone of this ambitious project (660x3 MW) in 1999 amidst much fanfare at Barh. The Union ministry of power has set up a committee to look into the irregularities in awarding the contract for purchasing boiler for this plant....

2008-08-11 00:00:28

By Surinder Awasthi CHANDIGARH: Punjab seems to be heading for a dearth of qualified and competent faculty, deterioration in education standards and unemployment in technical manpower with 21 more engineering colleges getting approval by the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). This means a 50% increase this year in their number against 42 started last year. Confirming this, secretary, technical education Tajinder Kaur said 21 engineering colleges with initial intake of over...

2008-08-06 09:00:45

Indian power engineering company Bharat Heavy Electricals has won its first commercial order worth INR25 billion for the supply of 800MW steam generators boilers from Andhra Pradesh Power Development Company for the 1,600MW Krishnapatnam power project in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Bharat Heavy Electricals's (BHEL's) scope of work in the contract envisages manufacture, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of the steam generators and associated auxiliaries including...

2008-08-04 09:00:03

By New York Times News Service NEW DELHI -- Nearly 150 pilgrims, many of them children, were trampled to death at a Hindu temple in northern India on Sunday, after rumors of a landslide set off a stampede, local officials said. Thousands of pilgrims had traveled to Naina Devi, a hilltop temple in the state of Himachal Pradesh, for a festival celebrating a Hindu goddess. A long line of pilgrims had formed along a stepped path leading up to the temple in the morning when heavy rains...

2008-08-02 18:00:15

UP TO 10 binbags full of baked beans, peanut butter, brown sauce, curries, mango chutney, suncream and insect repellent are confiscated every day from airport passengers in Liverpool. Almost two years after security restrictions on hand luggage were brought in, passengers are still either unsure or unaware of the restrictions. As thousands of holidaymakers flock abroad airports are pleading with passengers to keep to the limits for liquids set following an alleged plot to blow-up...

2008-08-01 00:06:21

By Peter Popham Plans to mine bauxite from sacred hills in the Indian state of Orissa have been angrily denounced at the annual general meeting of the UK company behind the scheme. The founder and chairman of Vedanta, Anil Agarwal, struggled to explain a commitment to "sustainable development" in the teeth of testimony by village people who had flown to London from Orissa to describe how the company was destroying the environment even before the mining has started. Vedanta Resources...

2008-07-31 03:00:31

By Daveen Rae Kurutz, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 31--The youth will be rocking in West View as the St. Athanasius Church festival adds a new element this weekend. In an attempt to draw teens to the three-day festival, which begins tonight, church officials have brought in the Rock Star Challenge. For an entrance fee, teens can compete in a video game-based guitar competition using the popular "Guitar Hero" series. "The kids all seem to be into it," said Donna Paramara, chair of...

2008-07-25 00:00:27

By Pinak Priya Bhattacharya JALPAIGURI: Within a week of three elephants being poisoned to death inside Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, an elephant calf was run over by a train in the same forest on Tuesday morning. The incident took place in the Gulma range area of the sanctuary. The Guwahati-Jhaja Express ran over the seven-year-old calf around 3 am. P T Bhutia, conservator of Forest (northern circle), Wildlife, will probe the death. The forest department will take action only after...

2008-07-23 09:00:46

MILWAUKEE _ Fatehpur Sikri, the old, abandoned capital of India's Mughal King Akbar, is a somewhat deserted place these days, a bit off the beaten tourist path, outdone by the popularity of the Taj Mahal about an hour away. Here, guides spin questionable tales of the emperor playing hide-and-seek with his beautiful queens. And here, within the parched landscape of the ghost city, author Salman Rushdie stood time and time again over the years dreaming of the life that had been, imagining the...


Latest States and territories of India Reference Libraries

Bombay Duck, Harpadon nehereus
2013-10-24 12:18:24

The Bombay Duck (Harpadon nehereus), known also as the bummalo, is, in spite of its name, not a duck but a lizardfish. It is native to the waters between Mumbai and Kutch within the Arabian Sea, and a smaller number can also be found in the Bay of Bengal. Large numbers are also caught in the South China Sea. This fish is often dried and salted before it is eaten, as its meat doesn’t have a distinctive taste of its own. After the drying process, the odor of the fish is very powerful, and it...

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2009-01-17 17:31:24

The Purple Frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) is a species of frog belonging to the family Sooglossidae. It is found in the Western Ghats in India. It is also known as the Pignose Frog. It is a fairly new recognized species as it was discovered in 2003. However it was well known to the local people before this and several earlier specimens had been ignored. It is a unique species for its geographic region. The Purple Frog looks like a typical frog. It has a squat body, somewhat rounded...

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2007-01-02 10:30:06

The Nilgiri langur (Trachypithecus johnii) is a langur found in the Nilgiri hills of the Western Ghats in South India. Its range also includes Kodagu in Karnataka, Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu and many other hilly areas in Kerala. This primate has glossy black fur on its body and golden brown fur on its head. It is similar in size and long tailed like the gray langurs. Females have a white patch of fur on the inner thigh. It lives in troops of five to sixteen monkeys. The animal is often seen...

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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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