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Washington: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has joined the search hunt for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, which disappeared shortly after take-off from Kuala Lumpur airport.The plane dropped off the air traffic controllers' (ATC) radar less than an hour later and the whereabouts of 227 passengers and 12 crew members still remain unknown.Activities under way include mining data archives of satellite data acquired earlier and using space-based assets, such as the Earth-Observing-1(EO-1) satellite and the ISERV camera on the International Space Station (ISS), to acquire new images of possible crash sites, NASA spokesman Allard Beutel was quoted as saying on Space.com.The ISERV camera system was launched in July 2012 to observe specific areas of the globe for disaster analysis and environmental studies, NASA said.The resolution of images from these instruments could be used to identify objects of about 98 feet (30 metres) or larger.NASA would send relevant data to the US Geological Survey's earth resources observations and science hazard data distribution system.This system facilitates the sharing of information whenever the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters is activated.The charter which aims to mitigate the effects of natural and man-made disasters by streamlining the delivery of space-acquired data was activated by China 11 March.IANS

Greece: Radical left-wing party Syriza wins election, market turmoil feared

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Greece: Radical left-wing party Syriza wins election, market turmoil feared

Athens, Greece: A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece's painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country's internat...


Republicans are upset with President Obama for taking only Democrats to India

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Republicans are upset with President Obama for taking only Democrats to India

Washington: The Republican leadership today regretted that US President Barack Obama has taken only lawmakers from his Democratic party as part of his Congressional delegation to India."So it's v...

Japan working to gain IS hostage's release, analysing video

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Japan working to gain IS hostage's release, analysing video

Tokyo: Japan was working on Monday to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group."We all have one unchanged goal and we will ab...

At least 17 killed in protests on anniversary of Egypt uprising

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At least 17 killed in protests on anniversary of Egypt uprising

CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 17 people were killed on Sunday in Egypt's bloodiest protests since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was elected president, as security forces fired at protesters marking the anniversar...

Thank you for our 'chai pe charcha', says Obama to Modi

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Thank you for our 'chai pe charcha', says Obama to Modi

US President Barack Obama on Sunday made a special mention of 'chai pe charcha', a reference to Narendra Modi's pet theme to connect with the voters during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.Modi and Obama went...

Happy 66th Republic Day India: Google gets in on celebrations with a doodle

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Happy 66th Republic Day India: Google gets in on celebrations with a doodle

Google wished India a very happy Republic Day in the best way possible- with a Google doodle dedicated to this special day.Marking the India's 66th Republic Day the doodle pays homage to India's grand...

Advani, Bachchan, Bill and Melinda Gates: Full list of Padma awardees

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Advani, Bachchan, Bill and Melinda Gates: Full list of Padma awardees

One of the highest civilian honours, Padma awards were announced on Sunday. President Pranab Mukherjee approved conferring of the prestigious award to 104 personalities from various fields of activiti...