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Over Half of World’s Pollution Deaths in China, India

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Over half of the deaths across the world caused by air pollution were in India and China where 2.2 million people died in 2015, a study said on Tuesday.

Air pollution contributed to 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide in 2015, making air pollution the fifth highest cause of death among all health risks, including smoking, diet, and high blood pressure, the report published by the Health Effects Institute has said.

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“The analysis found that China and India together were responsible for over half of the total global attributable deaths,” the first annual State of Global Air Report by the institute said.

“The study also finds that increasing exposure and a growing and aging population have meant that India now rivals China for among the highest air pollution health burdens in the world, with both countries facing some 1.1 million early deaths from air pollution in 2015,”

India’s New Delhi and China’s Beijing are the world’s most polluted cities. Air pollution is one of the biggest problems in the country. Unchecked rapid industrialization in China propelled it to become the world’s second largest economy but polluted the air.

China alone burns 47 per cent of the world’s coal. In winter, the coal-fired plants are the biggest contributor to the choking smog in northern part of the country. Beijing and around two dozen cities were under heavy blanket of smog at the end December 2016.

New Delhi is no less, with dust and diesel-driven cars adding to the pollution woe. Crop burning in neighbouring state is also source of pollution.

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“We are seeing increasing air contamination problems worldwide, and this new report details why that air pollution is a major contributor to early death,” said Dan Greenbaum, President of the Health Effects Institute (HEI1), in a statement.

The report also finds that 92 per cent of the world’s population lives in areas with unhealthy air.”The trends we report show that we have seen progress in some parts of the world – but serious challenges remain,” he added.

The State of Global Air 2017 is the first of a new series of annual reports and accompanying interactive website, designed and implemented by the HEI in cooperation with the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and the University of British Columbia, a statement said.

Although there are many parts of the world where air pollution has grown worse, there has also been improvement in the US and Europe, the study said. The US Clean Air Act and actions by the European Commission have made substantial progress in reducing people exposed to PM pollution since 1990.


Nepal-India Border Sealed for 72 Hours

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The Nepal-India border points in Kanchanpur district were sealed for 72 hours since Sunday evening in view of the state assembly elections in India.

The western points Gaddachauki and Brahmadev were closed since Sunday evening and the Dodhara Chandani and Belauri points will be sealed from Monday evening, the Himalayan Times reported.

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The elections to the legislative assemblies of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have been scheduled for Wednesday.

Uttar Pradesh, which shares a border with Nepal, will go for its second phase of polling on February 11 after the first phase took place on February 4.

The Nepal-India checkpoints in Beldandi and Tribhuvan Basti will remain closed from Tuesday evening and they will reopen after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Kanchanpur’s Deputy Superintendent of Police Nainsingh Karki said.

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The decision to seal the border points was taken with a view to avert any untoward incident during the election period, he said. The Indian police also tightened security in border areas with Nepal and intensified security checks.

After the end of the prescribe time period of 72 hours, the normal situation would be prevailed at the border.


IND vs BAN: Rahul Falls Early as India Won the Toss, Opts to Bat First

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India won the toss and elected to bat in the one-off cricket Test against Bangladesh at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad here on Thursday.

The match marks Bangladesh’s debut five-day game on Indian soil since gaining Test status in 2000.

For India, middle order batsman Ajinkya Rahane and opener Murali Vijay returned to the side after recovering from their respective injuries. Triple Centurion in the last test versus England, Karun Nair was left out of the playing eleven.

Between the two sides, World No 1 India has won six games out of eight while drawing remaining two.

Mushfiqur: “A great moment for Bangladesh cricket and hopefully we would put up a good performance against the number one team in the world. We learned a couple of things from the last match, a couple of mistakes cost us the game against NZ. We have to keep our momentum up for all five days, and we learned some key lessons out there. The wicket would be pretty good for the first two days, and the spinners will come in later. We are going in with two quicks, two spinners, and seven batsmen.”

Kohli: “We would like to bat first. Looks like a pretty nice surface to bat on. A hard surface, an even covering of grass and should be nice to bat on. Hyderabad has always been a good batting wicket. It is hard, and the fast bowlers do get some help out here if they bowl in the right areas and today promises to be no different. For us the opposition is not something we focus on, we focus on executing our skills and executing our plans. We would like to go ahead and play this Test match with the same mindset. We are playing with five bowlers, and unfortunately, Karun misses out. Ajinkya Rahane comes back in. Bhuvi, Umesh and Ishant are the three quicks along with Ashwin and Jadeja.”

India playing eleven:

Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma.

Bangladesh playing eleven:

Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain, WK), Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Kamrul Islam Rabbi.

In India Adults Love Smartphones more than their Partners: Study

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If you’ve ever felt disgusted when your partner paid more attention to his/her phone on a date, then you are not the only one. Most adults in India paid more attention to their smartphone than their partner when they were together, a new study has revealed.

Sixty percent of adults surveyed said their partner paid more attention to their smart device when they were together on a date.

The study, titled “Three’s Company: Lovers, Friends, and Devices” and released on Wednesday by Intel Security, aims to understand the online behavior of people and how it affects their relationship with friends and significant others.

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Money, gifts and a dinner in a charming restaurant mean nothing in a relationship when the partners pay no attention to each other. The study found that 57 percent of those studied had to compete with their partner’s smartphone for attention on a first date.

An intrusion into a relationship leads to a quarrel which is corroborated by the fact that 75 percent of the adults reported getting into an argument with a friend, significant other, or family member over being on a device while together. The study involved 1,400 Indian adults who use an internet-connected device on a daily basis.

Amid this lack of attention in relationships, it was revealed that 46 per cent of couples shares passwords to social media accounts, 38 percent share passwords to personal email accounts and, interestingly, nearly 35 percent of adults share their work-specific devices and accounts with their significant other.

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Intel Security suggested using long passwords including numbers, and lowercase and uppercase letters, as well as symbols. This Valentine’s Day, if you are planning to make your partner smile, make sure to pay more attention to his/her words than the text on your smartphone.

Source: IANS

Pakistan Could be Included in the Trump’s Immigration Ban list

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American President Donald Trump has started to fulfill the promises which he had given in the election campaign. One of such election promise was the prevention of terrorists entering into the USA. Trump had passed an order to ban the immigrants, passengers from 7 Muslim Majority countries.

This decision of immediate ban had taken everybody by surprise,even some of the government officials were shocked.The temporary ban would stop over 200 million people from entering the United States. Although this is temporary, it can be said as the first step towards the permanent barring.

The seven countries on which the ban was imposed include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, and Somalia.

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  • Bans citizens of 7 countries
  • Orders review of countries to be added to the ban
  • Suspends the US refugee program
  • Calls for new immigration screening procedures
  • Bans Syrian refugees

According to the sources from the white house, soon we may see Pakistan included in the list of countries from where immigration was banned.

A White House Official had stated that the seven countries listing was based on the situations and terrorist activities taking place in their country.So basing on that any country that’s facing terrorist activities inside their land would be added to the list.

As far as now Pakistan, Afghanistan immigrants were under severe wetting as security checkups have tightened.

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The White House Officials are saying that the controversial decision was taken after a lot of thinking in different aspects and there’s no chance of backing away. We might See more Strict Immigration rules shortly. The Inclusion of India’s All time rival Country Pakistan can be expected as it comes under the same category of the other seven countries.

A New York Judge has issued an emergency stay on president’s decision temporarily on the removal of individuals. Even though many were opposing this decision by Trump, the US President was not ready to withdraw his action.

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