First cancer ‘living drug’ gets go-ahead

The US has approved the first treatment to redesign a patient’s own immune system so it attacks cancer. The regulator – the US Food and Drug Administration – said its decision was a “historic” moment and medicine was now “entering a new frontier”. The company Novartis is charging $475,000 (£367,000) for the “living drug” therapy, which leaves 83% of people free of a type of blood cancer. Doctors in the UK said the announcement was an exciting step forward. The living drug is tailor-made to each patient, unlike conventional therapies…

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Oxford University’s Balliol College gets its first woman master

Dame Helen Ghosh is to leave her job as director general of the National Trust to become the first woman master of Balliol College, Oxford . She will join 11 other women who currently head Oxford colleges, under the leadership of the university’s first female vice-chancellor, Prof Louise Richardson. The announcement came as a surprise to colleagues at the National Trust, where her tenure has not been without controversy. During her leadership, the trust found itself drawn into debates about fracking and windfarms . Earlier this year it also found…

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UPSC exam results: Saumya Pandey from Allahabad gets fourth rank

Saumya Pandey, a gold medallist from the prestigious Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT), Allahabad, secured fourth rank in Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination, results of which were declared on Wednesday. A trained classical dancer, Saumya said her aim of becoming a civil servant is to serve the society on a large scale as in the role of an electrical engineer, which she completed in 2015, she would have been serving just a section of society. Saumya, a trained Kathak dancer from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, is also a…

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Skoda Kodiaq gets a 5-star safety rating by Euro NCAP

Euro NCAP recently tested four brand new cars for safety, including the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq. The Kodiaq, in fact, was awarded a 5-star rating in the stringent crash tests. The Skoda was tested for adult occupant protection, child protection and pedestrian protection.  The inclusion of advanced driver assistance systems also played a key role in the full 5-star rating as the Kodiaq is equipped as standard with an AEB system that detects pedestrians as well as other cars. The Kodiaq’s five-star rating continues Skoda’s recent good form: all recently tested…

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Australia PM Turnbull gets his early election trigger

Opposition leader Bill Shorten speaks while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looks on in Australia’s lower house on Monday Australia will likely head to the polls on 2 July after the federal upper house voted down legislation aimed at policing construction industry unions. The Australian Building Commission and Construction Commission (ABCC) bill was defeated by 36 votes to 34. The Senate has voted down the ABCC bill twice, giving the government the trigger for calling an early election. An election may benefit Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who needs a clear mandate…

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FTSE rises, gets post-Yellen boost from miners

Britain’s top share index rose on Wednesday, boosted by its heavily weighted mining sector after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen urged caution in raising rates, lifting riskier assets. Miners .FTNMX1770 were up 5.5 percent, rising off a 1 month low hit in the previous session. The sector had fallen 15.8 percent since hitting 4-1/2 month highs earlier in March, pressured by a rising dollar. However, it bounced following Yellen’s comments that the U.S. central bank should proceed only cautiously as it looks to raise interest rates. That hit the dollar,…

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Kia’s Niro crossover looks like any other, but gets 50 mpg

Kia globally debuted its production Niro hybrid crossover at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, after many months of sketch-teasing. The Niro debuted in concept form in 2013, as a glimpse into Kia’s eco-conscious future, with production teaser sketches releasing prior to the Detroit and LA Auto Shows. Sculpted as a crossover utility vehicle (CUV), the clever folks at Kia decided the Niro needed a new marketing classification: hybrid utility vehicle (HUV), because CUV wasn’t specific enough. The Niro is Kia’s first hybrid vehicle engineered from the ground up with a…

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