In a bid to recapture lost ground in the smartphone market Nokia Corp. has unveiled its first Windows-based cell phones in London today. Lumia 800 and 710, based on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows software, will be accompanied by four other smartphones.
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R. Kavidas, a student of Jaffna University, has been attacked by thugs at Poonaryn Junction at Paranthan yesterday (25th). The student received serious injuries on his head and was admitted to Killinochchi Hospital. However, as his condition was serious he was transferred to Jaffna Base Hospital later.
A 20 feet wide road is being constructed in a reserve zone of Wilpattu National Park to facilitate supporters of a powerful minister to engage in cultivations. Already, trees have been cut and a kilo meter wide area of the reserve has been cleared.
The road is to be constructed on a 20 kilo meter stretch from the right side of the main gate of the National Park and another stretch of 75 kilo meters to its north.
Despite screening programmes for a range of cancers help doctors make a diagnosis sooner, they also run the risk of false positives; diagnosing someone with cancer when they are healthy states a study in the UK. The evidence for breast cancer screening in the UK is being reviewed amid controversy about the measure’s effectiveness.
The NHS says screening saves lives, but other researchers have argued that it may cause more harm than good.
The national cancer director for England, Prof Mike Richards, announced in the British Medical Journal that he will lead a review. He said he was taking the “current controversy very seriously”.
Col Muammar Gaddafi was buried in a secret desert grave at dawn yesterday (25th) report foreign media. Gaddafi was killed by a NATO attack and his body together with that of his son Mutassim and former defense minister, Abu Bakr Younis had been on public display in a meat locker in Misurata for four days before they were buried. [Read more…]
John Patrick McCarthy, one of the grandfathers of artificial intelligence, died Sunday. He was 84.
In 1958, while at MIT, McCarthy invented the programming language LISP, which has become the main language for artificial intelligence (AI) work. He also was one of the co-founders of the first artificial intelligence laboratory at MIT and the founder of the artificial intelligence laboratory at Stanford University.
Holding a Ph.D in mathematics, McCarthy didn’t take credit for inventing the field of artificial intelligence, although he is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the field and holds a significant spot in its history because of his development of the programming language used in AI. Of all the high-level programming languages in use today, only Fortran is older than LISP and then only by a year.
With the move to take action against those who acted against the leadership the revolt against the UNP leadership has come to the stage yet again.
The UNP under the leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe would never win any elections said Former Deputy leader of the UNP Rukman Senanayake at a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday (25th). [Read more…]
Sexual bribes too have to be given at present to admit a child to school says Chief Minister for Western Provincial Council Prasanna Ranatunga. He said this at the sessions of the WPC when the Chief Whip of the ruling party Renuka Perera proposed that the number of students in primary classes should be brought down to 35. [Read more…]
Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner makes its first commercial flight today, giving a handful of deep-pocketed passengers the chance to fly into history on what is touted as an aviation breakthrough. After three years of delays, Boeing’s Dreamliner jet is set for its maiden commercial voyage.
The All Nippon Airlines (ANA) flight will take off from Tokyo around 1230 local time, bound for Hong Kong. The Dreamliner had originally been scheduled for delivery in 2008, but Boeing has suffered a string of setbacks. Boeing plans to make 10 of the planes a month from 2013.
Sapugaskanda refinery would have to be closed down if the government does not take any action to control Indian ‘Extreme Premium’ petrol being unloaded at China Bay terminus say trade unions in Ceylon Petroleum Corporation.
The trade unions state there are issues regarding the standard of the petrol and point out that Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) is preparing to introduce a new fuel called Euro91 to the island.
They say LIOC in introducing refined fuel and new kinds of petrol has violated the agreement it has had with the government and the new moves indicate that their intention is to threaten the existence of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation.