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The people of Central Asia smoke marijuana during rituals 2,500 years ago

The people of Central Asia smoke marijuana during rituals 2,500 years ago

Science
June 12 (UPI) -- Today, marijuana is the most popular drug in the world, but little is known about when and how humans first began taking advantage of its psychoactive properties. New research suggests the people of Central Asia were smoking marijuana as early as the first millennium B.C. Scientists were able to identify THC preserved in funerary incense burners recovered from an ancient cemetery in the Eastern Pamirs, an extension of the Himalayas. Researchers didn't set out to study early cannabis use. Instead, they were interested in analyzing the early use of wooden burners in funeral rituals by the ancient inhabitants of the Pamir Mountains. But spectral analysis of chemicals on the burners matched the signature of cannabis. What's more, the ancient marijuana remains featured elevat...
SWIFT India and South Asia Regional Conference 2019

SWIFT India and South Asia Regional Conference 2019

Finance
Banking on Digital RevolutionAt the India and South Asia Regional Conference 2019, organised by SWIFT, thought leaders shared valuable insights on trade finance digitisation, vulnerability to cyber-attacks, and risk management From conventional to convenience, the banking system has witnessed a transformational change. This has been primarily ushered by digital interventions and smartphone penetration in the Indian ecosystem. With the launch of United Payments Interface (UPI) and global payments innovation (gpi), the payment systems domain experienced major innovation. Digitisation has become the top priority for every bank. But with these revolutions comes major challenges in the form of security risks, customer unawareness, and lack of skills. To discuss these paradigm shifts, SWIFT - a...
Partial solar eclipse to cast lunar shadows across Asia, Alaska

Partial solar eclipse to cast lunar shadows across Asia, Alaska

Science
Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Sky watchers across much of East Asia, Siberia, the North Pacific and parts of Alaska can spend the first weekend of the new year catching a glimpse of a partial solar eclipse. The moon's central shadow, the umbra, will miss Earth, passing several hundred miles above the North Pole, but its broader, outer shadow, called the penumbra, will darken portions of the Northern Hemisphere on Saturday and Sunday. If the moon was just a bit closer to Earth and circled the Earth in the same orbital plane, every new moon would spawn a total solar eclipse. But the moon's orbit is slightly askew, causing the moon's shadow to miss Earth more often than not. Interestingly, this weekend's partial solar eclipse will move backwards in time, beginning to the west of the International Date Lin...
Air Asia announces big sale, offering tickets for as low as Rs 399

Air Asia announces big sale, offering tickets for as low as Rs 399

Finance
Air Asia has announced a new sale under which it claims to offer discounted airfares on both Indian and international routes. However, the sale is only meant for members of its loyalty programme called Big Members. The sale period is from November 12 to November 18, 2018. As per a statement issued by the company, tickets are available for as low as Rs 399 on domestic routes and Rs 1,999 on international routes. On the domestic routes, passengers can choose from 21 destinations where the low-cost carrier flies across the country, with a fleet of 19 A-320 aircraft. Among the cities are Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, New Delhi, Pune, Ranchi, Srinagar and Visakhapatnam. Among the overseas routes passengers can choose from ...
Asia Bibi blasphemy case: Husband pleads for asylum

Asia Bibi blasphemy case: Husband pleads for asylum

World
The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row has pleaded for asylum from the UK, US or Canada.Asia Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, said they were in great danger in Pakistan.The Supreme Court overturned Asia Bibi's conviction on Wednesday, saying the case against her was based on flimsy evidence.Her acquittal sparked violent protests, and the government has now agreed to try to stop her leaving the country.On Saturday, her lawyer, Saif Mulook, fled Pakistan, saying he feared for his life.Asia Noreen - commonly known as Asia Bibi - was convicted in 2010 of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours.Several countries have offered her asylum.What does her husband say?...