Gold scales two-year high to Rs 225 to Rs 30,350


Surging for the second day, gold prices shot up by Rs 225 to Rs 30,350 per 10 grams, its highest since May 10, 2014, at the bullion market on Saturday, tracking a firming trend overseas and helped by jewellers’ buying to meet the wedding season demand. Silver also zoomed Rs 510 to Rs 41,550 per kg due to increased off-take by industrial units and coin makers. Gold in New York, which mostly determines the price trend in the Indian market, climbed 0.79 pc to $1,287.70 an ounce. PTI Victoria didn’t sing with Spice GirlsLondon: Singer-turned-designer Victoria Beckham says her microphone used to be “turned off” when she performed with the Spice Girls. The 42-year-old says she wasn’t the best vocalist in the group, so Emma Bunton, Geri Horner, Mel C and Mel B were left to take the lead while she was inaudible — but she thinks she got the “last laugh”. Beckham shared that she was always the “sensible” member of the band and never felt comfortable with their wild antics.

IANS New wasp species named after Brad Pitt Washington DC: A new species of wasp has been named after the famous actor Brad Pitt. An international research team discovered two endoparasitic wasp species in South Africa and India. While thinking of a name for one of the new wasps, Dr Buntika A. Butcher of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, recalled her long hours of studying in her laboratory right under the poster of her favourite film actor. This is how a parasitic wasp from South Africa was named after Brad Pitt — Conobregma bradpitti. Ani Bypass surgery without stopping heart Beijing: Scientists claim to have developed a unique device that will enable doctors to perform heart bypass surgery without stopping the organ itself. The stapler-like device for mending blood vessels using strong staples makes it possible to quickly and safely restore blood vessels, and to considerably reduce the post-operative period, researchers said. Normally, a bypass surgery lasts four to five hours, with doctors having to stop the heart.

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