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Academician Gita Gopinath has been named professor of economics at Harvard University,becoming the first Indian-origin...

Written by Agencies | Published: July 19, 2010 3:03 am

Indian-origin woman is Harvard economics prof

BOSTON: Academician Gita Gopinath has been named professor of economics at Harvard University,becoming the first Indian-origin woman professor in the institution’s history. Gopinath,38,has been a member of the Harvard faculty since 2005 and was made associate professor in 2009. Her focus area is business cycles in emerging markets and price fluctuations across international borders. Gopinath will be the second internally promoted woman full professor and the third woman to be tenured full professor in the department.

British author held in Singapore

SINGAPORE: The Singapore police have arrested a British author on charges of criminal defamation and contempt of court,a day after he launched a book on death penalty in the city-state. Alan Shadrake launched his book Once A Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock on Saturday.

Hamas bans women smoking water pipes

GAZA CITY: Gaza’s Hamas rulers have banned women from smoking water pipes in cafes,calling it a practice that destroys marriages. “It is inappropriate for a woman to sit cross-legged and smoke in public. It harms the image of our people,” Ehab Ghussein,Hamas interior ministry spokesman,said.

Uganda says Pakistanis among blast suspects

KAMPALA: Twin bomb attacks in Uganda that killed 73 people last week were carried out by suicide bombers and Pakistanis were among 20 suspects held,the police police said. “We have arrested more than 20 people,some of whom are foreigners,including Pakistanis,” a top police officer said.

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