Staying in shape may increase your lifespan (By The Indian Express)

1. We found that, on average, smoking a pack a day reduces lifespan by seven years, whilst losing one kilogram of weight will increase your lifespan by two months,” said Peter Joshi, researcher at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

2. “The power of big data and genetics allow us to compare the effect of different behaviours and diseases in terms of months and years of life lost or gained, and to distinguish between mere association and causal effect,” said Jim Wilson, Professor at the varsity.

3. Therefore, certain lifestyle factors become highly influenced by some genes that further impacts life expectancy of people, like, increased alcohol consumption and addiction, the researchers explained, in the paper published in the journal Nature Communications.

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Twin blasts in Mogadishu, death toll rises to 85 (By The Indian Express)

1. The death toll from twin bomb blasts that struck busy junctions in the heart of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu has jumped to 85, making it one of the deadliest attacks since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007. .

2. (Source: AP) Mogadishu: Somalis walk past the wreckage of vehicles at the scene of a blast in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia.

3. Mogadishu: Somalis walk past the wreckage of vehicles at the scene of a blast in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia.

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Huemn showcased line influenced by ambience at AIFW (By The Indian Express)

1. Designers Shyma Shetty and Pranav Misra of the brand Huemn showcased line influenced by the “socio-economic and political ambience of current times” at Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Spring-Summer 2018. .

2. (Source: File Photo) Models walk the ramp at AIFW.

3. The line comprised of multi-dimensional clothing with pattern and texture play to translate a fearless and modern aesthetic.

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ITBP raises maiden mechanised column (By The Hindu)

1. A senior Home Ministry official said on the condition of anonymity that the mechanised column of the force will comprise over 250 sports utility vehicles (SUVs), all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snow scooters, excavators and a few other medium-lift four-wheeled vehicles.

2. A proposal to raise a full-fledged mechanised column under the 90,000-personnel strong ITBP was moved by the forces’ headquarters here sometime back, the official said, with the force Director General (DG) R. K. Pachnanda making a specific presentation to the Ministry in this context.

3. For the first time in its over 50-year history, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is raising and deploying a mechanised column of power vehicles and machines to quickly mobilise troops along the India-China border during Chinese military transgressions and Doklam-like standoffs.

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New genetic signature for autism (By The Hindu)

1. The results, reported in the journal Cell, suggest that scanning a patient’s entire genome could help researchers better understand the suite of genetic abnormalities underlying autism.

2. The signature helps explain cases that don’t have other genetic markers of autism.

3. New genetic signature for autism.

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In deadliest ever attack to strike Somalia, truck targets busy street in Mogadishu killing 189; over 200 injured; toll likely to rise (By The Hindu)

1. Saturday’s blast occurred two days after the head of the U. S. Africa Command was in Mogadishu to meet with Somalia’s President, and two days after the country’s Defense Minister and army chief resigned for undisclosed reasons.

2. The death toll from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia’s capital rose to 189 with more than 200 injured, making it the deadliest single attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation, police and hospital sources said Sunday.

3. A huge explosion from a truck bomb has killed at least 20 people in Somalia’s capital, police said on Saturday, as shaken residents called it the most powerful blast they’d heard in years.

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Kerala: RSS worker hacked, critically injured: Police (By Times of India)

1. KANNUR: An RSS worker was on Sunday hacked, allegedly by CPI(M) workers, at Muzhuppilangad near Thalassery in the politically volatile Kannur district of Kerala According to the police, the condition of Nidesh (28), the RSS worker, was critical and he had been shifted to the Kozhikode Medical College hospital.

2. The march, which was flagged off by BJP chief Amit Shah at Kannur on October 3, is scheduled to conclude at state capital Thiruvananthapuram on October 17.

3. The saffron party is currently taking out a ‘Janaraksha Yatra’, protesting against attacks on its workers, allegedly by CPI(M) workers, in the southern state.

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This is a golden age for mediocre liberals who’ve made an empire of empathy (By Times of India (blog))

1. Such a transmission of nobility has become a crutch for many who are limited in skills that are crucial to their stated spheres of activity — among them lawyers who are not known for their minds, but for their compassion, which is the only form of insult human beings are trained to admire; academics and writers, too, who are known more for their compassion than their talents; and youth from affluent families who seek refuge too early in social work because real life terrifies them.

2. The Sangh Parivar has created an environment that has gifted an unprecedented golden age for liberals with no special gifts in the arts, academics or journalism, but who are loyal to some Western European notion of liberal values and for which reason the Empathy Inc will promote and reward them.

3. It was not a bad story at all; it was merely an unremarkable story that could have made it to the inside pages of any newspaper, but because such exclusives against Amit Shah are rare these days in the mainstream media, The Wire was able to spin it as a work of exceptional, courageous, investigative journalism, which it was not.

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Govt mulling 2-3 tariff-based auctions for wind projects (By Times of India)

1. “We will go for 2-3 more such auctions for the wind power projects as there were very encouraging results in bidding this month for 1 GW capacity where tariff dropped to Rs 2.

2. New Delhi, Oct 15 () Buoyed by the success of 2 tariff-based bidding for wind power projects, government will go ahead with 2-3 more such auctions for around 3 GW capacity, which may stagger to 2018, a senior official said.

3. The ministry had planned auction of 4 GW wind projects during the current fiscal, which is also needed to meet the target of having 60 GW of wind generation capacity by 2022. .

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Groundnut, soyabean oils rises in mixed trend (By Times of India)

1. New Delhi, Oct 14 () Mixed conditions persisted at the wholesale oils and oilseeds market during the week as prices of groundnut and soyabean oils surged at the the wholesale oils and oilseeds market during the week on pick up in demand from retailers, while a few others remained weak on adequate stocks position.

2. In the national capital, groundnut mill delivery(Gujarat) oil spurted by Rs 300 to Rs 8,800 per quintal, while groundnut solvent refined edged up by Rs 1,650-1,750 per tin.

3. Soyabean refined mill delivery (Indore) and soyabean degum (Kandla) oils also went up by Rs 200 each to Rs 7,000 and Rs 6,600 per quintal, respectively.

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