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Orangutans could go extinct within 10 years, warns study

Orangutans face a serious threat from deforestation in Malaysia and Indonesia. A study has warned that the monkeys will go extinct due to large scale cutting of the dense rainforests by the palm oil industry. Orangutans cannot live in palm tree plantations. International Animal Rescue, an NGO that runs rescue centres in Borneo for the animals, has warned that the Sumatran variant of Orangutan is the most threatened. The other variant, the Bornean orangutan, was last month added to the list of 'critically endangered' species, the last threat assessment before 'extinct'.

Scorpene leaks: Second set of documents released

The Australian on 25 August uploaded new set of documents on the Indian Navy Scorpene Submarine on its website, with detailed description of its underwater warfare system.

This is the second set of documents on the vessels that are being built in India by French firm DCNS, however, the publication has blacked out crucial details given that it could prove detrimental to India's defence.

India's national security stands gravely compromised following leaks of the entire design plans and specifications of the Scorpene submarine, containing 22,400 pages of the 'project 75' carrying the emblem of the Indian navy.

Rio Olympics: Marathon runner OP Jaisha also tests positive for swine flu

Olympian OP Jaisha, who returned from Rio with fever and body ache last week, has been hospitalised after she was tested positive for H1N1, two days after another athlete Sudha Singh was found to be suffering from the same disease.

"Jaisha, who arrived in Bengaluru with fever and bodyache, has been hospitalised at the Fortis hospital at Bannerghatta, as per the information I had received so far from SAI doctors," Sports Authority of India regional director Shyam Sunder told PTI.

Jaisha had competed in the women's marathon in Rio Olympics.

Haji Ali Dargah: Bombay HC to pronounce verdict on ban on women

The Bombay High Court today will pronounce its verdict on a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the ban on the entry of women into the inner sanctum of the city's famed Haji Ali Dargah.

A two-judge division bench of the high court, comprising of Justice V M Kanade AMD and Justice Revati Mohite Dhere will pronounced the verdict.

The ban was imposed in 2012 by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust citing some religious traditions as the reason.

The PIL was filed by women activists Noorjehan Niaz and Zakia Soman and the NGO Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan.

Couple beaten to death; two woman allegedly gangraped in Mewat, Haryana

Five armed robbers brutally killed a elderly couple and allegedly gang-raped two of their relatives in Dhingeri village of Tauroo in Mewat on Wednesday night. The culprits held the victims hostages for around three hours.

The robbers ran away with cash, jewellery and a two-wheeler along with them after locking up the two gang-rape victims, a woman and a minor, along with other family members inside a room, the police said.

The 22-year-old rape victim, who is married, told the police that other members of the family were tied and beaten with rods and sticks.

Elephant seals help climate scientists gather data in Antarctic

The icy depths of the Antarctic are now accessible to scientists, thanks to elephant seals. Scientists are mounting measurement instruments on the back of the seals, which dive into the waters. The instruments gather information on salinity and temperature of sea water. The data is meant to throw light on melting of ice shelves on the ice-covered continent and how it affects oceans. Scientists want to understand how enhanced melting of the Antarctic ice due to climate change is affecting the mix of fresh and salty water.

No more injections: New Insulin pills to make diabetes painless

There's some good news for diabetes patients. Millions of patients have to inject insulin directly into their bodies. Now, researchers in the United States have found a way to administer insulin through pills. The challenge so far was that insulin couldn't withstand the stomach's digestion acids. The new pill solves this problem because they're made of Cholestome, a lipid that can pass through the stomach unscathed. They are absorbed by the intestines, which then release the insulin in the bloodstream.

Rural Indians consuming fewer nutrients than 40 years ago

A study by the National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau has found that rural Indians are consuming 550 lesser calories than in their 1975-79 survey, reports IndiaSpend. They are consuming 13 gm lesser protein and 5 mg lesser iron. Children are also undernourished: against a requirement of 300 ml of milk every day, the survey found that children were having an average of just 80 ml. In all, 35% of rural adults were found to be undernourished while 42% children were underweight.