India, US to cooperate in cancer research

New Delhi : India and the US on Thursday decided to cooperate in a host of issues concerning the health sector, including cancer research and prevention and anti-microbial resistance.

The two countries signed MoUs on cooperation on cancer research, prevention, control and management and collaboration in environmental and occupational health and injury prevention and control, an official release said here.

Besides this, a letter of intent (LoI) on antimicrobial resistance research was also signed here.

$4 bn pledged for Nepal's rebuilding; India tops with $1 bn

By Anil Giri

Kathmandu : Nepal was on Thursday pledged $4 billion by the international community for its reconstruction following a devastating quake two months ago with India announcing the largest amount of $1 billion in aid at the International Donors Conference on Reconstruction of the Himalayan nation here.

Nepal was ravaged by a 7.9-magnitude earthquake on April 25 that killed over 8,800 people and left over 100,000 injured, one million displaced and damaged some one million private and public houses, structures and buildings.

15 Boko Haram fighters killed in Niger

Abuja: At least 15 Boko Haram terrorists were killed and 20 others arrested by Niger's Defence and Security Forces (FDS) in clashes that occurred between June 18 and 23 in the western African republic's Diffa region near the border with Nigeria, an official source said.

Following an attack carried out on June 17 in Niger's Gueskerou commune by the Islamist sect, in which 38 civilians were killed, FDS launched ground and air operations in the area, Xinhua reported.

India wants to grow and prosper with neighbours: Prabhu

New Delhi: The South Asian region could cooperate in the fields of agriculture, water conservation and climate change besides trade and tourism to make the region more prosperous and inter-connected, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here on Thursday.

Prabhu, speaking at the launch of the RIS South Asia Development and Cooperation Report 2015, said the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region despite being home to nearly one-fourth of the world's population lacks the clout it should rightfully have because of poor development.

Iran n-talks under Khamenei's guidance: Rouhani

Tehran: Tehran will continue nuclear talks with the six world powers under the guidelines of supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday.

The president said Iran sought serious talks with the P5+1 group of countries to arrive at a "fair" deal over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

“...Our issue is negotiations; we do not want to merely adopt a stance, but we are seeking serious talks and a fair understanding,” Rouhani said.

IS militants storm northern Syrian city

Damascus: Islamic State (IS) militants on Thursday launched a major offensive on northern Syria's Hasaka city.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, intense clashes broke out between the Syrian government forces and IS militants in the southern districts of Hasaka on Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Schoolgirls suffer more overuse injuries: Study

Washington: When it comes to overuse injuries in high school sports, girls are at a much higher risk than boys, a new study says.

Overuse injuries include stress fractures, tendonitis and joint pain, and occur when athletes are required to perform the same motion repeatedly.

"These young people spend more time playing sports both in competition and in practice. So, there's a correlation there between the amount of time that they're playing and the increased incidence of injuries," said Thomas Best, professor at department of family medicine, Ohio State University.

Indian-origin scientist develops world's first skin-like display

Washington: Indian-American researcher Debashis Chanda from University of Central Florida (UCF) has developed a nature-inspired technique for creating the world's first full-colour, flexible thin-film reflective display.

Simply put, if someone at a wedding reception is wearing the same dress as you, the technology can help you switch yours to a different colour in the blink of an eye.

Sushma Swaraj meets Nepal President

Kathmandu: Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has met Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav at his residence on Thursday and discussed bilateral ties.

In times of distress, the nearest neighbour helps first, relatives and friends come later, said Sushma Swaraj during her meeting with President Yadav.

During the meeting, the Nepal President expressed gratitude for India's swift and quick response following the devastating April 25 earthquake.

India pledges $1 bn aid to rebuild Nepal

Kathmandu: India on Thursday announced a $1 billion aid to rebuild quake-ravaged Nepal, with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj saying that from "the debris of destruction a stronger united and more confident Nepal will rise".

The aid will be used in the reconstruction of physical infrastructure as well as some key heritage sites. India's contribution is almost one seventh of the total requirement of $6.7 billion.

Nepal was hit by a massive 7.9-magnitude earthquake on April 25, leaving over 8,500 people dead and causing widespread devastation.