Washington: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is leading her Republican rival Donald Trump by 3.1 percentage points in the average of polls. According to RealClearPolitics, which keeps track of all major polls, Trump is trailing Clinton by 3.1 percentage in average of polls. However, in the Bing average of national polls, Clinton is leading by five points. Clinton has 82 per cent chances of winning elections, as per Bing political predictions. Polls have been tightening after last week's decision of the FBI to reopen its investigation into the alleged email scandal. Two of the three polls, carried out after the FBI announced its decision on October 28 to reopen its probe into her alleged email scandal, showed Clinton leading Trump by three percentage points, while in another (IBD/TIPP), she is leading the real-estate mogul by just one percentage points. As per IBD/TIPP, considered to be the most accurate poll, Clinton has support of 45 per cent of the likely voters as against Trump's 44 per cent. Politico/Morning Consult said Trump (39 per cent) is trailing Clinton (42 per cent) by three percentage points, while as per Rasmussen the Republican nominee (39 per cent) is behind the former Secretary of State (42 per cent) by same difference. Meanwhile in the battle ground State of New Hampshire, Trump is leading Clinton by two points.
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United Nations: Diwali was commemorated for the first time at the United Nations, with the world body’s imposing headquarters here lit up especially on the occasion of the Indian festival of lights. The facade of the UN headquarters was lit in bright hues and the words ‘Happy Diwali’, along with the image of a traditional ‘diya’, projected onto the building. “Lighting up. @UN lights up for #Diwali for 1st time,” India’s Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin tweeted. “Happy Diwali! @UN celebrates Diwali for 1st time. Thank you @UN_PGA for this initiative,” Akbaruddin said in another tweet, thanking General Assembly President Peter Thomson for the initiative. He also tweeted a picture of passers—by clicking photographs of the building as well as being themselves clicked against the illuminated UN headquarters in the background. Thomson also tweeted a picture of the UN building lit up in bright blue for Diwali and said “Light over darkness, hope over despair, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil — the UN lights up. Happy Diwali!” The UN Secretariat building will be lit up for Diwali from October 29—31. It is for the first time that the Indian festival of lights is celebrated at the world body after the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in December, 2014 that acknowledged the “significance of Diwali“. Noting that the festival is observed in many UN member states, the resolution had called on UN bodies to avoid holding meetings on Diwali, declaring it a no—meeting day. From 2016 onwards, Diwali was made an optional holiday for the UN, India’s Permanent Mission to the world body said in a special video message. Earlier in June, the UN building was lit up on the occasion of the International Yoga Day, with images of Yoga postures projected on the imposing headquarters.
Washington: Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, is leading her Republican rival Donald Trump by two points, according to the latest tracking poll said. The ABC News/Washington Post in its latest tracking poll on Saturday said the 69—year—old former secretary of state has support of 47 per cent of likely voters as against 45 per cent for the 70—year—old real estate tycoon. This is a significant drop from last week’s tracking poll when Clinton’s lead was by 12 points. Since then, Trump has gained by seven points and Clinton has slipped by three points. The latest tracking poll was conducted a day before the FBI’s announcement to reopen the investigation into the former secretary of state’s alleged email scandal. “From a 50—38 per cent Clinton lead over Donald Trump in the tracking poll’s first four days, October 20—23, it’s a 47—45 per cent contest in the latest results,” said ABC News/ The Washington Post. In the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Trump is trailing behind by 4.6 percentage points.
Washington: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is leading her Republican rival Donald Trump by five percentage points in a "much tighter" race to the White House, according to a latest poll. Clinton is favoured by 49 per cent of likely voters as against Trump's 44 per cent, as per the results of the latest poll released by CNN/ORC. CNN described this as a "much tighter" race to the White House. Libertarian's Gary Johnson and Green Party's Jill Stein are backed by three and two per cent respectively. As per RealClearPolitics, which keeps track of all major national polls, Trump, 70, is now trailing 68-year-old Clinton by 5.5 percentage points, the poll said yesterday. Clinton now stands at 53 per cent among voters under age 45, compared with 47 per cent in the previous CNN/ORC poll. The only age group where Clinton currently trails Trump is among 50-64, who back Trump by four points in this poll, the news channel said. Clinton has a wide 12-point lead among women, while Trump edges Clinton by a narrow three-points among men.
Washington: Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, has a nine-point lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump, according to a latest poll which comes just three weeks before the general election. Clinton's (47 per cent) lead over Trump (38 per cent) has expanded to nine points, said CBS News in its poll conducted amidst allegations of sexual harassment against the controversial billionaire. The nine-point lead for Clinton is in a four-way match up, while in a two-way match up, she leads Trump by 11 points and her popularity among likely voters has crossed 51 per cent for the first time, it said. The poll is seen by many as unbeatable, with just three weeks to go for the November 8 general election. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson gets eight per cent of likely voters, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein receives three per cent of the vote. Two weeks ago, Clinton's lead was four points, the news channel said. "In a two-way match-up where third party candidates are not named explicitly, Clinton leads Trump 51 per cent to 40 per cent among likely voters, including leaners," it said on Monday. While Trump leads among men voters by just two per cent, he trails by 19 per cent among women voters. Trump also leads Clinton by six percentage points among white voters, but trails by just two per cent among white women. According to RealClearPolitics, which keeps tracks of all major national polls, Clinton's lead over Trump on an average has now increased to seven percentage points.
Beijing: China will launch a manned space mission on Monday to send two astronauts to dock on its second experimental lab orbiting the earth for a month-long stay, as the country moves closer to realise its goal of setting up its own permanent space station by 2022. Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, 50, and 37-year-old Chen Dong will be blasted into space aboard Shenzhou-11 spacecraft at 7:30 am from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center near the Gobi Desert in northern China. The mission will be carried out by a Long March-2F carrier rocket, Wu Ping, Deputy Director of China's manned space engineering office said. It will dock with orbiting space lab Tiangong-2 within two days and the astronauts will stay in the lab for 30 days, she was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency. China, which conducted its first manned space mission in 2003, is putting in billions into its space program in a bid to catch up with the US and Europe. It also plans to launch its maiden Mars mission in 2020 to match India and others. China has said its space program is for peaceful purposes, but it has also tested anti-satellite missiles in addition to its civilian aims. The Shenzhou-11 spaceship will return to Earth within a day after docking the two astronauts on Tiangong-2 space lab and separating from it, according to Wu. Jing, who has been to space twice before for Shenzhou-7 mission in 2008 and Shenzhou-9 mission in 2012, will command the mission to the space lab which was launched last month. With a safe flight record of 1,500 hours as an air force pilot, Chen became China's second group of astronauts in May 2010, and was selected as a crew member of the Shenzhou-11 mission in June 2016, Wu said. This will be his first space mission. The space lab was launched as part China's efforts to set up its own manned space station by 2022, which will make it the only the country to have such a facility in service as the current in-service International Space Station (ISS) retires by 2024. Lei Fanpei, chairman of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC), recently said China plans to launch the experimental core module of its space station around 2018 with a Long March-5 heavy load carrier rocket, and the 20-ton combination space station will be sent into orbit around 2022. The space station has a designed life of 10 years in orbit 400 km above the earth surface. With this space station, China will become the second country after Russia to have developed a space station. China made a three-step strategy in 1992 for its manned space program, the large-scale manned space station being the last step.
St. Louis: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was on Sunday projected as the “clear winner” of the second US presidential debate but her Republican rival Donald Trump “exceeded expectations”, a CNN poll said. The CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers said Clinton was the clear winner in the debate, with 57 per cent saying Clinton won as opposed to 34 per cent for Trump. CNN said it was a strong showing for the 68-year-old former secretary of state, but not as good as her performance at the first presidential debate, when 62 per cent of debate watchers said she won. A CNN/ORC poll conducted after the September 27 showdown between the two presidential nominees in the first of the three debates had also shown Clinton as the clear winner, with nearly 62 per cent of voters supporting her as compared to Trump, who was deemed winner by only 27 per cent. The results also track closely with watchers’ pre-debate preference. Fifty-eight per cent of debate watchers said they were supporting Clinton before the debate.
Oslo: Efforts by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to end five decades of war in his country were recognised with the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The award came despite voters' shock rejection of the terms of a historic deal he reached last month with FARC chief Rodrigo Londono, alias Timoleon "Timochenko" Jimenez, after nearly four years of talks. "The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end," said committee chairwoman Kaci Kullmann Five.
Stockholm: Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan on Monday won the Nobel Medicine Prize for his work on autophagy -- a process whereby cells "eat themselves" -- which when disrupted can cause Parkinson's and diabetes. Autophagy is a fundamental process in cell physiology with major implications for human health and disease. The process is essential for the orderly degradation and recycling of damaged cell parts and its failure is believed to be responsible for ageing and cell damage. Researchers first observed during the 1960s that the cell could destroy its own contents by wrapping them up in membranes and transporting them to a recycling compartment called the lysosome. "Difficulties in studying the phenomenon meant that little was known until, in a series of brilliant experiments in the early 1990s, Yoshinori Ohsumi used baker's yeast to identify genes essential for autophagy. He then went on to explain the underlying mechanisms for autophagy in yeast and showed that similar sophisticated machinery is used in human cells. Ohsumi's discoveries have led to a new paradigm in the understanding of how the cell recycles its contents," the jury said. "Mutations in autophagy genes can cause disease, and the autophagic process is involved in several conditions including cancer and neurological disease," it added. Ohsumi, 71, received a PhD from the University of Tokyo in 1974. He is currently a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The prize comes with eight million Swedish kronor (around $936,000 or 834,000 euros). Last year, Irish-born William Campbell of the US, Satoshi Omura of Japan and China's Tu Youyou won the prestigious award for their discoveries of treatments against parasites.
Washington: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is leading Republican rival Donald Trump by 3 points nationwide, according to a latest poll. In a four-way matchup, Clinton bests Trump, 43 per cent to 40 per cent, the Fox News poll released on Friday said. The poll represents a slight increase in support for the Democratic nominee, who led her Republican counterpart by just 1 percentage point in the previous Fox News poll, conducted September 11-14, prior to Monday's first presidential debate. Clinton even did better in a head-to-head matchup with Trump among likely voters, 49 per cent to 44 per cent. Trump had led Clinton by 1 percentage point in a two-way race in the previous poll. Friday's poll was conducted live via cell phone and landline from Tuesday to Thursday among a random sample of 1,009 registered voters nationwide. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.