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Nepal needs to invest 49 pct of GDP in 15 years to attain sustainable development goals

KATHMANDU, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) — Nepal will have to invest around 49 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) during the period from 2016 to 2030 in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the National Planning Commission said. The commission said in a report that the Himalayan country will have to invest an estimated 17 billion U.S. dollar annually to achieve the SDGs. SDGs – a follow-up on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expired in 2015 – are a set of 17 goals and 169 targets covering a broad range…

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Investment bankers, consulting firms are top recruiters at IIM-B

Online recruitment: India registers 12 percent y-o-y growth for January 2018 420 students receive 462 offers from over 140 companies BENGALURU, FEBRUARY 18 The lateral and final placements for the PG class of 2016-18 of the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) saw 420 students receiving 462 offers from over 140 companies in India and abroad across all business sectors. ‘More offers’ Professor Ganesh N Prabhu, Chairperson, Career Development Services, IIM Bangalore, said: “Many sought-after recruiters surprised us by making many more offers than they had initially indicated and helped us…

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Mahindra Group to invest Rs 2,325 crore in Maharashtra

The Mahindra Group today announced over Rs 2,300 crore investment in the state in three projects of which as much as Rs 1,700 crore will be spend towards creating an entertainment destination at Kandivali, a northwestern suburb of the megapolis. Addressing the Magnetic Maharashtrainvestor summit here this evening Mahindra group chairman Anand Mahindra said his software company Tech Mahindra will invest Rs 125 crore to create an all-green tech hub in Nagpur that will create ate least 2,500 jobs. On the Rs 1,700-crore investment announced in the city, Mahindra said, “we are exploring to set…

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Maintaining balance: Blood sodium levels may affect cognition in older adults

Scientists have found that lower levels of sodium in the blood – known as hyponatremia – is linked with a decline in cognitive function with advancing age. Hyponatremia occurs when the sodium level in the blood falls below 135 Millimoles Per Litre (mmol/L), according to a study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Mild hyponatremia was once thought to be asymptomatic, but recent studies suggest that it may be associated with higher risks of attention deficits, gait disturbances, falls, cardiovascular events, and even premature death….

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Pathological signatures: Autism, schizophrenia share gene activity in brain

Researchers have found that certain psychiatric disorders like autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder share some physical characteristics at the molecular level, specifically, patterns of gene expression in the brain. The findings, published in the journal Science, raise hope for better diagnosis and therapies for people with major psychiatric disorders. “These findings provide a molecular, pathological signature of these disorders, which is a large step forward,” said senior study author Daniel Geschwind, Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The major challenge now is to understand how these changes arose,”…

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Moms-to-be, take note. European experts advise against epilepsy drug in pregnancy

An expert committee of Europe’s medicines watchdog recommended Friday that a drug used to treat epilepsy and linked to malformations in children not be used in pregnancy. The compound, valproate, is also used for migraine and bipolar disorder, and doctors already advised against prescribing the medicine for pregnant women in France. France’s medicines regulator, known by the acronym ANSM, asked the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) to conduct a risk review. The EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) said in a statement Friday it was recommending that valproate not be…

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