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Day: January 14, 2016

Is there a place on your body that you shouldn’t put your phone?
ENGLISH, Technology

Is there a place on your body that you shouldn’t put your phone?

    As wireless technology has become widespread over the past two decades, researchers have worked to understand whether it could have negative effects on health. A recent report on New.com.au quoted Dr Devra Davis, an American epidemiologist, who said she was concerned by mobile phone use and electromagnetic fields. She also spoke of an incident where a young women allegedly developed a breast cancer tumour in the shape of her phone, after she put the device into her bra. However, other health experts have sought to reassure the public that there is "absolutely no evidence" to show that the rays omitted from phones can cause cancer. Dr Mireille Toledano, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London told The Independent that such cases are merely anecdotal. Citing the case of...
Alarm as family debt surges by £4,000 in six months
ENGLISH, Life Style

Alarm as family debt surges by £4,000 in six months

    Families debts have jumped by an alarming £4,000 on average in the space of six months, a report has found. Aviva's Family Finances report found that typical household debt has surged by 42% since summer 2015 to reach the highest levels seen for two and-a-half years. Excluding mortgage borrowing, average family debt now stands at £13,520 - marking a leap of £4,000 from the average debt of £9,520 in summer 2015. The latest report, covering winter 2015, fuelled concerns that many families' finances are finely balanced and the continued availability of cheap credit is leading to households racking up debts on credit cards, overdrafts and personal loans which could become problematic as and when interest rates start to rise. The latest figure recorded by Aviva is the highest si...
7 dead as suicide attackers hit Jakarta
Asia, ENGLISH

7 dead as suicide attackers hit Jakarta

    Suicide attackers struck the Indonesian capital Thursday, with a series of explosions and gunfire that tore through a Starbucks cafe and shook an embassy district in the Muslim-majority nation. At least seven people were known to have died -- including two who police said blew themselves up in the area which is also overlooked by United Nations offices, in what the country's president dubbed "acts of terror". An unknown number of gunmen were involved in the blasts, including at a police post that left four mangled bodies lying in the road. "Five terrorists are dead," Security Minister Luhut Panjaitan told reporters. He said that one Indonesian and one Dutch citizen had died, but the Dutch embassy said only that one of its nationals was wounded and being treated in hospital...
Why fear of war weighs heavily for Russians in the New Year
ENGLISH, Europe

Why fear of war weighs heavily for Russians in the New Year

    Russian servicemen equip an Iskander tactical missile system at the Army-2015 international military-technical forum in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia, in June 2015. Magomed Tolboev, a former Soviet bomber pilot, says he feels that relations between Russia and the US are worse today than they were even in the depths of the cold war. In those days his job, for which he trained rigorously, was to take out a US air base in Turkey with a nuclear strike. "There was some kind of predictable order in cold war times. Two camps, two leaders, and everything depended on them. Now there are so many different players, many of them not under control by either side," such as North Korea or the many factions vying for dominance in Syria. "So we have not only growing tension between Mosco...
2nd phase Biswa Ijtema begins Friday
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

2nd phase Biswa Ijtema begins Friday

    The second phase of Biswa Ijtema, one of the biggest congregations of Muslims in the globe, is set to begin on Friday on the bank of the Turag River in Tongi, on the outskirt of the capital. The second phase of the congregation, being organised by Tablig Jamaat, will conclude on Sunday. The first phase of Biswa Ijtema ended on Sunday with the Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers). People from 16 districts attended the 1st phase of Ijtema. The congregation, also called the World Muslims' Congregation, will start formally with religious ser-mons after Fajr prayers. Several lakh Muslims are expected to attend the Juma prayers at the Ijtema venue tomorrow. People from 16 districts (including Dhaka) will attend the second phase Biswa Ijtema. Ijtema is being held in two phases fro...
Snow warning as cold snap takes hold across UK
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Snow warning as cold snap takes hold across UK

    The UK is braced for a new wave of bad weather after forecasters issued warnings of heavy snow in parts of England and Scotland. The Met Office put amber be prepared alerts in place for south-east Scotland and the Shetland Islands. Snow started falling on Wednesday evening in Central Scotland and the east of the country while Scottish Borders Council has opened its emergency planning centre in preparation. About 3-6 cm of snow was expected quite widely, with the possibility of more than 10 cm on higher ground. Yellow "be aware" warnings were also issued, covering south and central Scotland, northern England, Yorkshire and Humber and the East Midlands. The warnings are valid until 9 am on Thursday, with commuters warned of travel disruption in some areas. In north-west Engl...