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Yuri Gagarin: Sixty years since the first man went into space

Yuri Gagarin: Sixty years since the first man went into space

Science
Sixty years ago, a man went into space for the very first time. For the USSR, Yuri Gagarin’s single orbit of the Earth was a huge achievement and propaganda coup. There will be celebrations across Russia to mark the anniversary. Our Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg reports on the day a new Russian hero was born, and meets the little girl who witnessed it.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Science & Environment
Shepherds were tending sheep in Central Asia at least 8,000 years ago

Shepherds were tending sheep in Central Asia at least 8,000 years ago

Science
April 8 (UPI) -- Neolithic herders were tending flocks of sheep and goats as early as 8,000 years ago on the slopes of Central Asia's mountains. The earliest crops and domesticated livestock originated around 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia and the mountains of Western Asia. Advertisement During the millennia that followed, the so-called Neolithic Revolution spread north in Europe and south into Africa and South Asia. However, most researchers estimated it took a few thousand more years for sheep, cattle and goats to make their way to Central Asia. The latest research, published Thursday in the journal Nature Human Behavior, suggests livestock were moving along the trade pathways that would come to form the Silk Road much earlier than previously thought. The retur...
Banks sanctions Rs 25,586 cr to 1.14 lakh Stand-Up India accounts in 5 years

Banks sanctions Rs 25,586 cr to 1.14 lakh Stand-Up India accounts in 5 years

Finance
The Finance Ministry on Sunday said banks have sanctioned Rs 25,586 crore to about 1,14,322 beneficiaries under the Stand Up India Scheme in the last five years for promoting entrepreneurship among women and SC & STs. The objective of Stand-Up India is to promote entrepreneurship amongst women, Scheduled Castes (SC) & Scheduled Tribes (ST) categories, to help them in starting a greenfield enterprise in trading, manufacturing and services sector, by both ready and trainee borrowers, the Finance Ministry said in a statement. Under the scheme, bank loans between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 1 crore are provided to at least one Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe borrower and at least one woman borrower per bank branch of Scheduled Commercial Banks. Started in April 5, 2016, the scheme has benefit...
Don Cheadle named narrator of ‘Wonder Years’ reboot

Don Cheadle named narrator of ‘Wonder Years’ reboot

Entertainment
March 27 (UPI) -- Avengers franchise and Black Monday actor Don Cheadle will play the narrator on ABC's upcoming Wonder Years reboot. Cheadle will lend his voice to the grownup version of Dean, played by Elisha Williams in the dramedy. Advertisement Co-starring Dulé Hill, Laura Kariuki, and Saycon Sengbloh, the reboot will follow a middle-class Black family in 1960s Alabama. In the original series, which ran 1988-93, Daniel Stern played adult Kevin as he looked back on his childhood. Fred Savage played young Kevin in the old show, which was about a White suburban family in the 1960s. Savage is directing and executive producing the pilot for the new series. The Last O.G. showrunner Saladin Patterson is writing and producing it. "You'll never go wrong by surrounding yourself with people sm...
Watch: Virginia school finds student’s lost wallet after 70 years

Watch: Virginia school finds student’s lost wallet after 70 years

Business
March 24 (UPI) -- Officials at a Virginia school where a wallet was found during a remodeling project are returning the item to the woman who lost it as a student nearly 70 years earlier. Poquoson City Public Schools officials said a contractor working on the renovation project at Poquoson Middle School was going through the rubble of the building's demolished gym when he found a wallet in some duct work. Advertisement The wallet's contents included 85 cents, some Santa Claus stamps from 1951, a 1951 calendar and a pair of photos. Information found in the wallet identified the owner as Ester French, 85, who moved to Connecticut in 1957. School officials were able to contact French through a relative who still lives in the area, and the woman said she remembered losing her wallet during th...