Journalists need new security tools in post-Snowden world

New York : With the given security tools, journalists are ill-equipped to protect the identity of their sources, especially after Edward Snowden's leak of classified documents to journalists across the globe about massive government surveillance programmes and threats to personal privacy, says a new study.

Obama invites Pakistan PM for US visit

Islamabad: US President Barack Obama has invited Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for a visit to Washington to expand and deepen bilateral ties, a Pakistani diplomat said.

The visit is expected to take place in October, Dawn online quoted the diplomat as saying.

Sharif's visit will be separate from his New York trip in September when he will attend the UN General Assembly session.

The White House invitation has not yet been officially announced.

US teenagers shun sex, want it safe: Study

Washington: More and more teenagers in the US are using contraceptives in a decade, says Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a latest study.

It also said that the number of teenagers having sex has also come down in the last 25 years.

The study found that 44 percent of women and 47 percent of men in the age group of 15-19 reported having had sex between 2011 and 2013.

In 1988, 51 percent of females and 60 percent of males in this age group had reported having had sex, CNN reported.

Kerala mulls schools in Middle East

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb told the assembly on Thursday that the education department would conduct a feasibility study to see if state-run schools can open in Middle East countries.

Rabb was responding to a submission raised by Congress legislator Anwar Sadath.

"There are lots of practical difficulties in opening a state-run school in the Middle East due to technical and diplomatic reasons," said Rabb.

Over two hours on Facebook daily bad for kids' memory

Ottawa: Spending more than two hours daily on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram can put your kids at the risk of developing poor mental health, high psychological distress and even suicidal thoughts, new research shows.

"The findings send an important message to parents and suggest an opportunity to increase mental health support service offerings on these websites," said researchers Hugues Sampasa-Kanyinga and Rosamund Lewis from Ottawa Public Health in Canada.

Indian Army should leave Kashmir: Noam Chomsky

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

Boston (USA): American philosopher, linguist & a leading public intellectual, Professor Noam Chomsky has said that the Indian Army should leave Kashmir as there have been ‘horrible atrocities’ in the Valley.

Indian fashion business student wins prestigious US award

Washington : Aspiring Indian entrepreneur Kartik Verma has won the 2015 edition of prestigious Global James McGuire Business Plan Competition with his business idea 'Assuage Mom' for the maternity wear market in India.

Verma, a Level 3 Fashion Business Management student of Pearl Academy, one of India's leading fashion designing colleges, received his award from James McGuire and Douglas Becker, the founder, chairman and CEO of Laureate Education, Inc at an event in Miami Florida recently.

Indian swimmers set for World Aquatic Championships challenge

Kazan (Russia) : Indian swimmers Sandeep Sejwal, Aaron D'Souza, Virdhawal Khade, Saurav Sangvekar, Sajan Prakash and others are geared up to distinguish themselves at the aquatic World Championships beginning here on Friday.

The event at Kazan will stretch till August 9 is an important warm-up event to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

More than 2,500 athletes from 186 countries, a record participation, are expected to take part in six disciplines; swimming, synchronised swimming, diving, high diving, water polo and open water swimming.

Greek parliament passes second crucial bailout bill

Athens : The Greek parliament early Thursday passed a bill on a second batch of reforms in line with an international bailout for Greece's sluggish economy.

The bill includes civil justice reforms, a bank deposit protection scheme and measures to boost the liquidity of banks. It was favoured by a clear majority, with 230 votes in favour out of 298 deputies taking part in the roll call vote, reported Xinhua.

On the other hand, 63 parliamentarians in the 300-member strong assembly voted against the bill and five others abstained.

World Bank raises forecast for 2015 global crude prices

Washington : The World Bank is nudging up its 2015 forecast for crude oil prices from $53 in April to $57 per barrel after oil prices rose 17 percent in the April to June quarter, according to the bank's latest Commodity Markets Outlook released on Wednesday.