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Malayalam to receive classical language status
Report dated 25/02/2013 @ 5:12 PM
The Federal Ministry of Culture has cleared a proposal to accord Malayalam, a language believed to be more then 2300 years old, the classical status.
Malayalam belongs to the family of Dravidian languages and is the only south Indian language not accorded the classical status. Tamil, Kannada and Telugu were given the status a few years ago.
According to the expert panel Malayalam developed as a separate language out of the west coast dialect of Old Tamil during the eighth or ninth century.
Malayalam is spoken by over 30 million people, 3 million of whom live in different states across India and overseas.
Kolkata scientists develop new technique to detect arsenic in water
Report dated 25/02/2013 @ 5:09 PM
Scientists in Kolkata have developed a new technique to detect arsenic in water, a toxic substance widespread in the groundwater of India, that on long-term exposure can cause skin cancer.
According to the WHO, natural arsenic contamination causes concern in many countries, including India, Bangladesh, China, Mexico, Thailand, Argentina, Chile and the US.
The scientists's new method enables high-precision detection of arsenic through tiny gold clusters that signal its presence in water by emitting light, a phenomenon called fluorescence. This new monitoring technique is unique in that it can even roughly indicate the extent of arsenic contamination.
Arsenic poisoning of ground water in India is present in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.
Authorities ban photography at Kumbh bathing ghats
Report dated 24/02/2013 @ 5:00 PM
The Kumbh Mela authorities have banned photography at all the bathing ghats and have directed all police and security personnel on duty on the mela premises to ensure no one takes pictures at the ghats.
To ban people, including photographers and photo journalists who converge on the site from all over the world, the administration said the Sanyukt Mela Prant Adhiniyam 1940 held a clause to the effect and the high court had also issued directives to ban photography there.
Many officials attribute the decision to the recent stampede that left 37 dead. Police privately conceded that the decision was taken because of security concerns especially after the stampede and the Hyderabad serial blasts.
Bangalore is the cancer capital of India
Report dated 24/02/2013 @ 4:58 PM
During the Afro-Asian Conference on Transitional Research in Oncology (ACTRO), that commenced in Bangalore recently, and brought together oncologists from both continents, figures were revealed by the Population Based Registry, that said Bangalore has the highest incidence of cancer among Indian cities.
Bangalore has 113.4 cases for every 100,000 males and 139.1 cases for every 100,000 females every year. The average is 126.25 per 100,000 ahead of Delhi and Mumbai.
President of ACTRO Dr B Ajaikumar, Chairman of the HCG Cancer Hospital said Bangalore has the highest incidence of cancer possibly due to its fast changing lifestyle and genetic predominance. He stated that they always follow the West, but the fact is India has much more potential to bring about change in cancer treatment.
There are some 30 million cancer survivors in the world today and the number is expected to rise to 70 million by end 2050.
Students panic when dog walks by carrying head of a man
Report dated 23/02/2013 @ 2:34 PM
Students of Bangalore University were stunned when a dog took a walk by, carrying the head of a man in its mouth. Chased by the students the dog let go of the head and ran away.
Police were called and they recovered a headless decomposed body in nearby forested area. They also recovered a rope near the body giving rise to the belief the victim may have committed suicide. They say the spinal cord of the victim was snapped so there is a chance the dog took away the head.
Police are still to identify the corpse whom they say may have been a middle-aged person. A post mortem report is awaited.