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Kerala student startup develops new revolutionary ‘Fin’ device
Report dated 20/01/2014 @ 4:02 PM

Kerala student startup develops new revolutionary ‘Fin’ device Kerala based student startup "incubated" at the Startup Village in Kochi, has developed a wearable smart ring that can turn one's palm into a gesture interface to control multiple devices.

The device called Fin promises to be the next revolution in wearable technology. Motorists can use the ring as their key, take phone calls, control the music player while driving, zoom their screens in and out on a smartphone, assign numbers to different sections of their fingers, and more. It is fitted with sensors that detect the actions, and uses smart low energy technology such as Bluetooth to communicate with connected devices.

"Incubated" is now seeking crowd funding to make its way to the market.

Study reveals Indus civilisation was violent in final years
Report dated 19/01/2014 @ 2:42 PM

Study reveals Indus civilisation was violent in final years A new study conducted by three US anthropologists from the Appalachian State University in North Carolina, US, and their Indian counterpart Veena Mushrif-Tripathi from the Deccan College, Pune has revealed that the Indus Valley civilisation showed increasing signs of violence and deadly diseases as climate change forced the once opulent civilisation into terminal decline.

The study was based on detailed analysis of skeletal remains found in burial sites near Harappa prior to Independence. The research shows that leprosy appeared at Harappa and its prevalence increased through time. New diseases, such as tuberculosis also appear in the Late Harappan or post-urban phase burials. Violent injury like cranial trauma also increased through time.

The new data suggest that some communities at Harappa faced more significant impacts from climate and socio-economic strains, particularly the socially disadvantaged communities, a pattern seen in strongly socially differentiated hierarchical but weakly controlled societies facing resource stress.

The Indus Valley Civilization stretched over a million kilometres in what is now Pakistan and India 4000 years ago. It was a highly developed civilization in its heyday, which declined by 1900 BC.

Sunanda Pushkar – death was sudden and unnatural
Report dated 19/01/2014 @ 2:41 PM

Sunanda Pushkar – death was sudden and unnatural Sunanda Pushkar, wife of human resource development minister Shashi Tharoor, died an 'unnatural, sudden death' with her body bearing injury marks, according to a doctor.

Later Tharoor was hospitalised after he complained of chest pains. He was discharged some hours later. His condition is stable and hypertension was the cause of the discomfort.

Pushkar, 52, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her room at The Leela Palace hotel in Delhi earlier this week. She was cremated on Jan 18.

Sources say Pushkar's death could be a case of drug overdose and spoke of a verbal spat between the couple while on a flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Delhi. A housekeeper in the hotel told police they also argued in the hotel lobby. Pushkar's death came barely a day after the public airing of tweets that hinted at an extra-marital relationship and alleged involvement of a woman Pakistani journalist.

Mani Shankar's office vandalised after 'tea-seller' jibe against Modi
Report dated 19/01/2014 @ 2:39 PM

Mani Shankar's office vandalised after 'tea-seller' jibe against Modi Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar speaking at an AICC meet in Delhi said "I promise you in the 21st century Narendra Modi will never become the Prime Minister... but if he wants to distribute tea here, we will find a place for him". The comment was a reference to Modi's childhood days when he sold tea.

A day after the jibe, the former Union Minister's office in his home town of Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu was attacked by unidentified people who pelted stones damaging some windows, leading to the police adding security at the office.

Aiyar's comment also drew flak from various quarters including Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, as well as a number of BJP workers and members who demonstrated and condemned the remarks.

Police said no one was injured in the incident and acting on a complaint from Aiyar's supporters, a case was registered.

18 killed in stampede as thousands mourn Dawoodi Bohra leader
Report dated 19/01/2014 @ 2:34 PM

18 killed in stampede as thousands mourn Dawoodi Bohra leader Eighteen people were killed and 40 injured in a stampede when thousands gathered to pay homage to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin the spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community in Mumbai, who died at the age of 102.

Most of the stampede deaths occurred due to suffocation as the lanes in the area were very narrow and could not contain the huge crowd who came from all parts of Mumbai and around the city. The injured have been admitted to hospital.

The body of the departed Syedna was placed in a flower-laden casket draped with the national flag on an open vehicle escorted by police, immediate family and community heads.

Syedna was conferred Honorary Doctorates for his efforts in social and educational development by institutions including the Al-Azhar University, Cairo; Aligarh University and University of Karachi. He is credited with transforming the Dawoodi Bohras into a vibrant community and was honoured with the Star of Jordan and Order of the Nile by the governments of Jordan and Egypt.

He was buried in a mausoleum in Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar area.

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