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Amitav Ghosh and Jeet Thayil, both must be riding high, for their writings have been nominated for DSC South Asian Literature Prize 2013. River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh, Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil, and The Wandering by Jamil Ahmad are three of the shortlisted fiction-category nominations from the Indian subcontinent for the DSC South Asian Literature Prize 2013. The upcoming DSC Jaipur Literature..
THE HAGUE: As the world marvels at the latest US Mars landing, a Dutch start-up is aiming to beat NASA at its own game by sending the first humans to the red planet -- and film it all as a reality show. The big hitch: it's a one-way trip. Fact, fiction or publicity stunt from the land that launched reality TV? The start-up, called "Mars One", says it is dead serious about landing f..
DAMASCUS: General Hisham Ikhtiyar, the head of Syrian national security wounded in a Damascus bomb blast that killed three senior officials, died of his wounds on Friday, state television announced. "The leadership of the (ruling) Baath party offers its condolences to the people on the death of the comrade, General Hisham Ikhtiyar, chief of national security, who succumbed to his wounds befor..
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Taliban militants based in Afghanistan have threatened to continue attacks on Pakistani security forces and government installations from sanctuaries in Kunar and Nuristan provinces, according to a media report on Thursday. "We don't care if the (Hamid) Karzai government or NATO forces decide to launch an operation against us in Kunar and Nuristan as this region has never..
At least four university pupils were killed and more than 50 other people injured on Monday when a bomb fixed to a car exploded and hit a bus carrying students in Pakistan's Quetta city, media reports said. The blast took place around 8.20 am when the bus carrying 52 students from the Balochistan University of Information Technology was hit by the explosion inside a small car parked near the Feder..
An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale hit sea off Taiwan's eastern coast Sunday morning, according to the island's meteorological authorities. There was, however, no immediate report of any casualty or damage to property. The temblor, which struck at 5.00 am (Beijing Time), had its epicentre 70 km southeast of the headquarters of Yilan (or Ilan) county authorities and a depth of about 6..
China and Afghanistan will sign an agreement in the coming days that strategically deepens their ties, Afghan officials say, the strongest signal yet that Beijing wants a role beyond economic partnership as Western forces prepare to leave the country. China has kept a low political profile through much of the decade-long international effort to stabilise Afghanistan, choosing instead to pursue an ..
India, despite being the nation with maximum of its population living below the poverty line has evolved as one of the major markets for the super luxury automobile brands across the globe. The top-level auto marquees like Rolls Royce and Bentley trust that the market for ultra luxurious cars is going to grow four folds by the end of this decade. These two auto majors are eyeing expansion of the..
India yesterday extends its hand for the economic cooperation with Uruguay in various sectors like pharmaceuticals, automobiles, agriculture, textiles, IT and machines. It will help in enhancing the bilateral trade between the countries. For the year 2009-10, the commerce between the countries registered ar $64.37 million. Anand Sharma, Union Commerce and Industry Ministry met Roberto Kreimerman t..
Google Inc, the search engine giant is all set for a much anticipated hiring spree this year because the company plans to add more than 6,000 people in all corners of the world to join in what is tagged to be one of the biggest expansion of workforce in the history of the web company. Based on a blog post by Senior Vice President of Engineering and Research Alan Eustace, the company is said ..