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This 9-year-old wants to join NASA to prevent alien invasion

NASA has sent an inspiring letter to a nine-year-old who expressed interest in being a Planetary Protection Officer after the US space agency recently announced opening for the position

Wildlife trafficking is world's fourth largest illicit trade

NEW DELHI : Standing tall at $20 billion annually and still growing, the wildlife trafficking has become the world's fourth largest illicit trade, said World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on Saturday -- the Global Tiger Day.

World Animal Protection Report Reveals Exploitation of Thousands of Elephants in Asian Countries, Including India

Punjab News Express/Newsvoir
NEW DELHI: Countries in Asia, including India, continue to grow the captive elephant industry for elephant rides and performances to meet irresponsible tourist demands.

Professional pilot, Tarundeep once lost hope, now comes with own brand of Punjabi Jutti

Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: A wrong treatment of Hepatitis A could have been that one thing that would have ended everything for twenty-seven year old Tarundeep Singh. But, like they say, god had some other plans for him. A plan which included giving every woman the best pair of jutti’s to walk around it.

As India ages, over 61% of elderly will have no income security by 2050

By Kinjal Sampat & Nandini Dey
India's 860 million-strong working population (15-64 years), the world's largest, is beginning to age. Over the next 33 years, by 2050, 32.4 million Indians, or 20 per cent of the population, will be above 60 years of age.

Bike-sharing schemes: Flourishing or running riot?

Punjab News Express/IANS
Almost a hundred Chinese cities now have bike-sharing schemes. The bikes, in various colours, have GPS trackers and can be unlocked simply by scanning a barcode on the frame with your phone. China may be creating a new model of transportation that could be adopted globally.

Kolkata's dancing cop who makes people smile

KOLKATA: Commuters look out in surprise from windows of cars and buses. Some passersby occasionally stop to click pictures. The subject of their interest is a man who literally makes managing busy traffic on a bustling east Kolkata road a song and a dance.

Dr A.R Shankhyan discovered two infant lower molar teeth in Bilaspur area in HP

Punjab News Express/Y.S. Rana
CHANDIGARH: Dr A.R Shankhyan, a Himachali from Bilaspur has been keen to get to the bottom of its people’s ancestry since his retirement from Anthropological Survey of India and stepped up his efforts to uncover evidence of early man in Haritalyangar (Bilaspur) of Himachal Pradesh. Recently, he discovered two infant lower molar teeth belonged to an ape-like creature Krishnapithecus from the area.

'One third of world food produced is thrown away'

Punjab News Express
HELSINKI : One third of the food produced in the world is thrown away, said Janez Potocnik, co-chair of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel here on Monday.

Tourists flocking to Himachal hills feel cheated

Punjab News Express/Vishal Gulati
Shimla/Manali : For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Nothing can describe the hospitality industry in Himachal Pradesh better than Newton's law of motion.

Jammu engineer scales Mount Everest

Punjab News Express
JAMMU : Rahul Jarngal, an engineer belonging to Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, has scaled the Mount Everest.

Hindu, Muslim wives donate kidney to other's husband

Punjab News Express
NOIDA : Human blood holds no narrow sectarian boundaries, was proved when a Hindu and a Muslim woman donated one of their kidneys to the other's husband at a hospital here.

A Shimla cafe where prisoners serve pizzas

Punjab News Express/Vishal Gulati
SHIMLA : It's a real life scene right out of reel life.

The old woman who lives alone in a Himachal wildlife park

Punjab News Express/Vishal Gulati 
Gushaini (Kullu) : She is an octogenarian and lives all alone in the Unesco-tagged Great Himalayan National Park in the picturesque Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The authorities say she is the only human who lives in the park that is spread over 754 sq km -- one of the richest biodiversity sites in the western Himalayas.

This octogenarian poet seeks new ways to promote Punjabi literature

Punjab News Express/Vishal Gulati 
CHANDIGARH : After making a name in the world of Punjabi literature, an octogenarian poet, short-story writer and editor is now seeking to promote more collaborative ventures among Punjabi authors so that they get a better deal.

Vinod Chauhan, an amateur photographer who made mark at international forum

Y.S. Rana
CHANDIGARH: In present day, skill is considered key factor for success in any profession but Vinod Chauhan has defied it. More than one reason to be proud of this talented photographer is that he has never been trained or skilled by any institute or professional in tricks of photography. He has achieved in photography for which most of photographers could not have dreamt

New Invention: Car run on air, Speed breakers light the path

Punjab News Express/ S.K.Vyas
MAHENDRAGARH: To combat with the increasing cost of petrol-diesel and the pollution caused by vehicles running on petrol-diesel, Central University of Haryana (CUH), Mahendragarh has developed a unique technology.

India's unfolding education crisis: Government schools short of 1 mn teachers

Punjab News Express
NEW DELHI : Eighteen 18 per cent positions of teachers in government-run primary schools and 15 per cent in secondary schools are vacant nationwide, according to data tabled in the Lok Sabha by the Human Resources Development Minister on December 5, 2016.

Celebratory firing leaves trail of deaths at Punjab weddings

By Jaideep Sarin 
CHANDIGARH: Kulwinder Kaur, 24, was dancing with fellow women dancers on the stage at a wedding function in Maur Mandi town in Bathinda district of southwest Punjab on the night of December 3. There was merry-making and drinking, which is typical of Punjabi weddings. Among the guests celebrating, there were a few openly brandishing weapons. As the music and dance went on, in the din came a few shots from firearms. One of these shots, allegedly fired by a drunk guest, hit Kaur on the head. She became the latest victim of wedding celebrations in Punjab and Haryana.

Proper houses not a dream any more for Gujarat's slum dwellers

Punjab News Express
AHMEDADAD : As they turn their backs on the miserable lives they once lived and head to the two-room apartments they received in lieu of their shacks, they have much to cheer about.