Jyotin Chittaranjan Pandit

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Indian police chief pushes yoga and meditation to strengthen arm of the law

A Indian police chief has adopted a tranquil approach to improve behaviour among his ranks: meditation.<p>District commissioner Hasmukh Patel is so convinced of the benefits he has introduced the option for his staff to take the time to train in the art with full pay and allowances. Daily yoga is also …

Bring on Bitcoin: why Richard Branson and Bill Gates support the currency

Blockchain President Peter Smith discusses the company's business model and the security concerns surrounding Bitcoin<p>Blockchain Ltd., which runs the world’s most popular wallet for storing bitcoins, raised more than $30m in its first outside round of funding.<p>Lightspeed Venture Partners, Wicklow …

An iPad filled with apps weighs more than one with nothing installed

Which weighs more? An iPad filled with media and apps, or an iPad with no media or apps installed?<p>It sounds like a trick question — the digital age equivalent of “What weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of rocks?”<p>But surprisingly, an iPad without anything installed on it <i>does</i> weigh less …

Apps

Scottish referendum: nothing else now matters in British politics

With only 10 days to go, the rest of Britain finally awoke on Sunday to the scale and importance of what is happening in Scotland. For years, the rise of Scottish national feeling has been underestimated and misunderstood. The possibility that the United Kingdom might be heading for the history …

Gunmen slaughter 25 women branded as prostitutes in Baghdad after storming apartment building

• <b>Gunmen dressed in camouflage and using silencers raid brothel in Baghdad</b>• <b><br>Militants execute at least 29 people including 20 women during the</b> …

Islam

Neither liquid nor solid

WILL liquidity be the cause of the next great financial crisis? Recent problems in the obscure-sounding, but highly important, repo market may hint …

Britain and US 'neglected alert to Iraq jihadist takeover’

Head of Kurdish intelligence in Iraq says MI6 and CIA were warned of impending Isis-Baathist attack on Mosul and Baghdad but British and US governments failed to act<p>MI6 and the CIA were handed intelligence outlining the planned takeover of northern <b>Iraq</b> by jihadists and their allies five months ago …

Obama Is the New Dubya

With each passing year, Obama’s foreign policy gets more and more like Dubya’s—which creates bigger political problems for the Democrats.<p>Barack Obama …

What Went Right in Kentucky (And How Its Coal Is Risky Business)

Unlike its more fiscally-troubled siblings of Illinois and California, Kentucky successfully tightened its belt and adjusted to post-recession realities. Yet it remains at risk from President Obama’s recently-proposed coal efficiency mandates and stands on the front-line of the cost of these …

Afghans ignore Taliban threats and vote again in final test | Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) - Millions of Afghans turned out for a second time on Saturday to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai on Saturday, a decisive test of the country’s ambitions to transfer power democratically for the first time in its tumultuous history.<p>Most foreign troops will leave by the …

David Cameron joins calls for promoting 'British values' in schools

A failure to promote "British values" in a muscular way is allowing extremism to grow in the UK, David Cameron has said.<p>The prime minister revealed plans to teach all school pupils about the Magna Carta in response to allegations of extremism at schools in Birmingham. Last week he backed education …

Diabetes and me: how silent killer caught up with NHS chief

'I just knew something was wrong with me. For several months I had been becoming increasingly, unusually tired and was needing to go to the toilet five or six times a night. I knew it wasn't overwork or stress but didn't know what it could be. My wife Sarah-Jane thought I was just a bit …

The Caribbean colony that brought down Scotland

<b>As Scotland prepares for an independence referendum I decided to look back at the late 1690s when an independent Scotland launched an ambitious but ultimately doomed plan to create a colony in what is now Panama.</b><p>We landed near the border with Colombia, close to where the Isthmus of Panama is at its …

Refugees Head to Sicily in ‘Biblical Exodus’

Old dying towns are seeing new life thanks to thousands of refugees seeking asylum from Syria. With aid from the government, they’re rebuilding …

Teach your Children About TAX Profit Confidential

children's literature, USA, Circa 2014

A 'third of UK adults struggle' to afford healthy food

<b>High food prices mean a third of UK adults are struggling to afford to eat healthily, warns a charity.</b><p>The British Heart Foundation, which polled 2,444 adults, found 39% sacrificed health benefits for cost when doing their grocery shopping.<p>One in four said they hadn't bought a single portion of …

High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge calls for end to family breakdown 'misery'

<b>More must be done to stop the "misery" of family breakdowns, according to a senior judge previously reprimanded for voicing his views on marriage.</b><p>Sir Paul Coleridge, who spoke as he retired from the High Court's family division, called for "the tide" of family breakdown to be stemmed.<p>Sir Paul said …

One in 16 patients in NHS hospitals picks up infection, warns watchdog

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence describes the rate of infections in hospitals as 'unacceptably high'<p>One in every 16 people treated at an NHS hospital fall ill with an infection, according to a government health agency report. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence …

Woman suffers third-degree burns after boyfriend melts gummy bear on her chest during sex

A couple’s passion turned into pain after they decided to melt gummy bears and spread them across each other’s bodies.<p>Josi, who didn’t give her …

U.S. looking for way forward in faltering Mideast peace talks | Reuters

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Obama administration scrambled on Wednesday to rescue faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations after what it called “unhelpful, unilateral actions” by both sides.<p>A surprise decision by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday to sign more than a …

Nigella is barred from U.S. over drug confession: Domestic Goddess turned back at Heathrow trying to board L.A. flight

• U.S. authorities deny entry after TV chef's admission about cocaine use<br>• She was stopped from boarding and, a witness says, 'did not look happy'<br>• Nigella …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Crimea, Scotland…now Venice votes on breakaway

Crimea's residents aren't the only Europeans striving for secession, with referendums in both Scotland and Spain's Catalonia planned for later this …

Europe

Nigel Farage scores victory over Nick Clegg as second TV debate turns nasty

Polls show convincing win for Ukip leader after heated and confrontational debate on Europe as Lib Dem rival is accused of lying to British people<p>Nigel Farage accused Nick Clegg of “wilfully lying to the British people” and warned that the European project could end in bloodshed during the pair’s …

United Kingdom

Nigel Farage: Vladimir Putin is the world leader I most admire

Nigel Farage has named Vladimir Putin as the world leader he most admires. He praised the Russian president’s skills as an “operator”, citing his …

Parents guilty of emotional cruelty face jail

Adults convicted of acts of emotional cruelty against children in their care will face the same threat of jail as those guilty of physical neglect, under new laws being considered by ministers.<p>Parents found guilty could face up to 10 years in prison, the maximum term in child neglect cases.<p>The …