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February 15, 2013

Discovery paves way for new anti-malaria drugs

Sydney, Feb 15 (IANS) A protein which doubles up as a salt pump at the malaria parasite surface could pave the way for a new class of anti-malarial drugs, according to a new discovery. Natalie Spillman from the Research School of Biology (RSB), Australian National University (ANU), said: "It was within a week or two of our identification of the pump protein that a paper came out reporting the discovery of the spiroindolone anti-malarials," Spillman said. Spillman showed that spiroindolones block the parasite's…

Indian children’s books find readers worldwide

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Children's publishing in India - one of the most lucrative segments in the industry - is looking out of its domestic fold for a bigger footprint in the export market of South Asia and in the developing world, even as business peaks on the domestic front. A growing number of leading children's publishers in India are exporting activity, story and education books to countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Middle-Eastern nations, Spain, South Africa, Nigeria and to Southeast Asian…

Designer Sakshee gets hitched!

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Fashion designer Saakshee Pradhan, politician Ashok Pradhan's daughter, has tied the knot with Mumbai-based boy Abhishek Nadkarni. The nuptials took place here Thursday night. Abhishek, a pilot by profession, and Sakshee have known each other for eight years and they first met at a common friend's party. Post that, they met after a gap of two years in New York, where she was studying fashion, while he was finishing an aviation course. For the wedding, Sakshee wore a Tarun Tahiliani creation, with…

India to decide on sugar decontrol in 15 days

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) The Indian government in the next 15 days will decide on decontrolling the Rs.80,000 crore (around $15.5 billion) sugar industry as suggested by a panel headed by C. Rangarajan, the chairman of the Prime Minister's economic advisory council, Food Minister K.V. Thomas said Friday. "I think within next 15 days we would be able to take a decision on all the issues like levy of sugar, release mechanisms and others which the committee has studied," Thomas said here at an event organised by the…

NBA: Clippers beat Lakers

Los Angeles, Feb 15: Los Angeles Clippers did an almost perfect job on the Valentine's night, as they started with a 15-0 run and dominated the Lakers all the way to the end for a 125-101 victory, making it three wins in a row over the city rivals this season. The Clippers shot 51.7 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from three-point range (16 of 30), while the Lakers shot 50.7 percent from the field but couldn't defend Clippers' three-point shots, Xinhua reports. Clippers' forward Blake Griffin shot 5 of 5 at the…
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