More than half of women face discrimination at work place

A new survey has revealed that more than half of the female employees feel discriminated at work.

The poll was conducted by Opportunity Now which surveyed 25,000 women and aims to get to 100,000 before publishing its final results, the Independent reported.

It was found that almost a fifth of the women surveyed so far said that their careers have stalled because managers failed to promote them or offer training opportunities.

Two arrested for racially abusing ex-Brit footballer Andy Cole on flight

Two men have reportedly been arrested on charges of racially abusing former Manchester United and England footballer Andy Cole on a flight from Dublin, Ireland to Manchester, England. The men were allegedly drunk during the flight when the retired striker was subjected to racial slurs, according to officials, following which they were arrested after the flight landed at Manchester Airport on Sunday and then taken to court, where they were charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.

Taylor Swift crowned ` Tennessean of the Year`

Taylor Swift has been named as Tennessean of the Year by the editors of The Tennessean newspaper.

The editors have claimed that it’s the 24-year-old singer’s philanthropy in Nashville that has landed her the new title, Contactmusic reported.

The ‘Love Story’ hitmakers gifts to the city include a 4 million-dollar contribution to the Country Music Hall of Fame and a 100,000-dollar gift to Nashville Symphony.

Swift had recently said that she would not be the same kind of person without Nashville, as it shaped her into who she is now. (ANI)

Man electrocuted to death at Tappachabutra

A 23-year-old-man died of electrocution at Tappachabutra on Tuesday.

According to the Tappachabutra police, Deceased identified as D. Shiva, a vegetable vendor, resident of Jaffer guda of Karwan was trying to retrieve clothes from a power cable when he got electrocuted, the police said. He was rushed to a nearest private hospital but he was declared dead by the doctors. (INN)

Software employee commits suicide

A 27 year-old-Software Employee allegedly ended his life on the railway tracks at Shamshabad on Monday.

According to Kachiguda Railway Police, Deceased Identified as S Dilip, 27, son of Krishna reddy hailing from Mahboobnagar district was found dead on tracks between Shamshabad and Timmapur by the people who alerted the railway police. The police are trying to ascertain the reasons behind the death. (INN)

‘Banks non-performing assets likely to rise further in 2014’

Indicating a tough year ahead for the country’s banking system, bad loans are likely to rise further in 2014 as the lag effect on asset quality in relation to economic slowdown has not yet peaked, reveals a study by industry body Assocham.

The study, which raises serious concerns on deteriorating asset quality of banks, found that slippages on NPAs show no signs of abating in 2014.

GHMC lines up ambitious projects for 2014

Describing the year 2013 as full of achievements, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has lined up several ambitious projects for the New Year.

Addressing a joint press conference here, GHMC Mayor Mohammad Majid Hussain and Commissioner Somesh Kumar said that the corporation took three major initiatives during 2013. They were Integrated Call Centre, e-Grievance Centre and Praja Vaani. They said that while these programmes were highly appreciated by the Centre, President of India Pranab Mukherjee himself praised the Praja Vaani for its innovativeness.

Fungal infections can be deadly for humans

The common notion about ‘fungus’ is that they are something that smells or looks disgusting, but ask David Perlin, executive director of the Public Health Research Institute at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and the response will be far more somber- because he knows how deadly fungi can be.

“More than a million people around the world are blind because of fungal infections of the eye,” Perlin points out, “and half of the world’s 350,000 asthma-related deaths each year stem from fungal infection that could be treated effectively with drugs.”

Samsung’s 110-inch ultra HD TV up for grabs at $150,000!

Samsung has reportedly rolled out a 110-inch ultra HD TV for a price tag of 1, 50,000 dollars in South Korea.

The U-HD TV, also known as 4K, is touted to have four times the resolution of standard high-definition TV, and it marks the way for the electronics giant towards ultra HD TVs as manufacturing bigger TVs using OLED proves too expensive.

According to CBS News, despite Samsung and rival LG Electronics predicting OLED screens as the future of TV, both the electronics manufacturers failed to mass produce OLED TVs as a mainstream that would replace the standard LCD.

Take back T-Bill, Yanamala to Prez

Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Yanamala Ramakrishnudu on Tuesday demanded that the President of India take back the draft AP State Reorganisation Bill, 2013, as it was full of glitches.

Speaking to media persons, Yanamala said that the Bill was full of errors and therefore, it should not be put to debate in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly and Council. He said that the Assembly should pass a resolution in favour of united Andhra Pradesh before starting the discussion on Telangana Bill.

New iPhone stealth game echoes horrors of surveillance state

Amidst the controversy surrounding the mega surveillance programmes conducted by the US and UK spy agencies, a videogame developer has reportedly come up with an innovative stealth game for iPhone that voices concern about the horrors of a surveillance state.

‘Republique’ is an episodic stealth game in which the player must guide a young girl named Hope to freedom after she is earmarked for destruction by a shadowy, totalitarian state.

AP made rapid strides in 2013, claims CM

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy wished the people of Andhra Pradesh and Telugus all over the world a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year. The Chief Minister, in a special message on the eve of the New Year, hoped that 2014 will bring peace, joy and cheer to the people and hoped that Andhra Pradesh will progress in all sectors.

Still capable of winning a Grand Slam, says Federer

Swiss tennis great Roger Federer has insisted that he is still capable of winning a Grand Slam singles crown despite a relatively poor 2013 season which saw him drop down to world number six. The 17-time major champion won only one title in an injury-hit 2013, leading many tennis fans to wonder whether he would add to his record tally.

Brett Lee `mends fences` with Piers Morgan over `dinner, expensive red wine`

Legendary Australian fast bowler Brett Lee and British TV host Piers Morgan have reportedly ”mended fences” over dinner and expensive red wine after Lee cracked Morgan”s wrist and ribs in a controversial cricket media stunt. The former Australian cricketer and the British media personality have been at the centre of international media attention following a stunt that saw Morgan enter the nets during the tea break of the fourth Ashes Test to face down six brutally quick balls from Lee, which were criticised as being irresponsible and dangerous.

China declares Japan PM ”not welcome” after war shrine visit

China has declared Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is ”not welcome” in the country. China added that the country”s leaders wouldn”t meet Abe accusing him of hypocrisy after he visited a shrine honoring Japan”s war dead. According to China Daily, it is China”s toughest stance since tensions flared last year between the two countries over Diaoyu Islands. Analysts said Abe must apologize for his visit to the shrine honoring war criminals and promise not to visit it again if he really wants to mend ties with neighbors.

Doctors say next 48 hrs to determine `comatose` Schumacher”s life

Doctors treating Formula One legend Michael Schumacher have said that the next 48 hours will determine the racing ace”s future, including if emergency surgery has saved his life or if he has suffered any long-term damage. The seven-time F1 champion, who remains in an induced coma in a critical condition after he suffered internal bleeding and severe bruising to the brain when his head struck a rock during a high-speed off-piste ski run in the French Alps, is being watched around the clock by doctors and his family, who have maintained a bedside vigil.

Indian-origin `dating guru` doling out tips on how to bag dates

An Indian-origin “dating guru” has brought out a new strategy that gives the loveless a chance to present their romantic skills in a setting which is more like a boardroom than a singles bar.

The presentations are held in Rahul Saggar’s apartment, which attracts a wildly eccentric crowd, the New York Daily News reported.

In addition to the PowerPoint slides, people also use various other things like spoken word poetry, improvised raps, and even an odd ukulele-accompanied diatribe against American cultural hegemony.

Why smoking is so terribly addictive

Researchers have tried to explain how nicotine exploits the body’s cellular machinery to promote addiction.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nicotine activates receptors known as nAChRs and, remarkably, unlike most other drugs of abuse, it acts as a “pharmacological chaperone” to stabilize assembly of its receptors within the Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) and increase their abundance at the cell surface (up-regulation).

High `good` and low `bad` cholesterol levels are healthy for the brain too!

Researchers have said that high levels of “good” cholesterol and low levels of “bad” cholesterol are correlated with lower levels of the amyloid plaque deposition in the brain – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

Lead study author Bruce Reed, associate director of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, said that their study shows that both higher levels of HDL – good – and lower levels of LDL – bad – cholesterol in the bloodstream are associated with lower levels of amyloid plaque deposits in the brain.

Science behind Usain Bolt’s `lightning` speed revealed

Researchers have claimed that symmetrical kids having the most symmetrical knees in the study are most likely to become best sprinters when they turn adults.

Professor John Manning of Northumbria University in Newcastle said that the study has found that Jamaican kids have particularly symmetric legs, in comparison to Europeans, the Independent reported.

The project started in 1996 and involved about 300 primary school kids from rural Jamaica, with an average age of eight when the study began.

PM to address press conference on January 3

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address a press conference at 11 a.m. on January 3 at the National Media Centre in central Delhi. Friday”s press conference will be Dr. Singh’s second such interaction with the media in his second term as the Prime Minister, which began in May 2009. He had addressed a press conference during his first term (2004-2009). The press conference is taking place ahead of the All-India Congress Committee session on January 17 that may see Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi being named as the party”s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections.

Veerappan’s aides involved in red sanders wood smuggling?

Smugglers connected with slain forest brigand Veerappan’s gang may be involved in smuggling of red sanders wood in Andhra Pradesh, state police chief B. Prasada Rao said Tuesday.

The director general of police said red sanders smuggling assumed serious dimensions with the recent killing of two forest officials by smugglers in Seshachalam forests of Chittoor district.

While some associates of Veerappan were active, Rao said he could not specify if they were involved in red sanders smuggling.

Delhi cuts power tariff by half

The Delhi government Tuesday cut power tariff by half, benefiting an estimated 28 lakh households.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the new rates would be applicable to those consuming up to 400 units of power a month.

“They will get 50 percent subsidy,” he said, adding that this would benefit some 28 of the 34 lakh households in Delhi.

Cold wave sweeps across Rajasthan

Severe cold wave conditions continued in Rajasthan Tuesday, affecting normal life in many cities. The minimum temperature was recorded at minus 0.5 degree in Mount Abu, officials said.

Jaipur was extremely chilly Monday night at 10 degrees Celsius and it continued into Tuesday morning. The maximum day temperature was five degrees below average at 18 degrees Celsius.

The hill station of Mount Abu was the coldest at minus 0.5 degrees Celsius, while Churu recorded a minimum temperature of 2.2 degrees Celsius.

Extreme cold conditions hit the tourist inflow to Mount Abu.

Microsoft may introduce non-windows OS

Microsoft has reportedly been working on a non-Windows operating system since 2008, called the ‘Midori’ operating system.

Sources have revealed that the project, which is now part of the Unified Operating System group under Executive Vice President Terry Myerson, has language, codenamed “M#,” (“M Sharp”), CNET reported.

The language is an extension of Microsoft”s C# language and grew out of Sing#, which is the system language of Microsoft Research”s Singularity OS.