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New Delhi, April 18 : A Delhi-based central government employee’s 20-year-long search for his younger sibling finally ended on a happy note last week with help from social networking site Facebook.

The story, akin to a Bollywood drama, had its twists and turns before Vijay Nitnaware finally met his brother Hansraj.

Vijay Nitnaware, 48, who works in the library of Press Information Bureau here, last saw his younger brother Hansraj Nitnaware in May 1996, when he left the family without informing anyone as he was under stress after failing his matriculation examination.

“Hansraj was a good student in his childhood, but he felt disturbed after death of my mother in 1995. He left the house at the age of 15, days after he failed in the matric exam,” Vijay Nitnaware told.

Vijay Nitnaware said his father died when Hansraj, the youngest among the three brothers and a sister, was only nine months old.

The family, with Vijay as the eldest among siblings, hails from Wardha district of Maharashtra and was staying there when Hansraj left them.

Vijay said he registered a complaint with the police about Hansraj having gone missing. To his surprise, Vijay got a letter from his missing brother after 15 days. “Please don’t search for me. I am fine and will return only after doing something big,” the letter said.

Vijay said he was happy to know that his brother was alive but his hope to trace him dimmed a bit as the last two digits of the pin code of the place of origin of letter were not clearly visible.

“Through the first four digits, I got confirmation that the letter was sent from Gujarat. I then went to Gujarat, contacted some of my local friends and gave advertisements about his having gone missing in the local newspapers and some television channels. But all my efforts went in vain,” Vijay said.

Though saddened, Vijay did not lose his patience and went on searching for his brother. The family’s search for Hansraj continued even after Vijay and his other siblings got married.

Vijay also took to the internet and the social media platforms Facebook and Twitter to search for his brother. In 2016, he contacted Facebook to seek its help in locating his brother.

Vijay said Facebook found one Hansraj in Pune, Maharashtra, and contacted him with his messages but the person refused to recognize him (Vijay) as his brother.

Despite the refusal to identify him as his elder brother, Vijay persisted with his search and requested Facebook to provide him details of some of Hansraj’s Facbook friends.

Vijay said the social networking site provided him details of six of Hansraj’s friends. While looking at the details, Vijay found three of them working with Toyota company at Bhosari in Pune.

Vijay contacted one of them through e-mail. The person contacted Hansraj and shared Vijay’s feelings but he again refused to acknowledge Vijay as his brother.

Vijay said he was confident that the Pune man was his brother.

“It was the evening of April 5. I was writing a mail to the manager of the Toyota company requesting him for details about Hansraj. I was just about to send the mail when my phone rang,” Vijay said.

“When I picked up the phone, it was Hansraj on the other end. There were not many words we exchanged… mostly we cried,” he added.

Vijay reached Pune on April 12 and returned to Delhi happily with Hansraj’s family.

Hansraj told Vijay that he went to Gujarat after leaving home. He said one day he jumped into a well to kill himself but was saved by a passerby who also helped in bringing him up over the next five years.

Hansraj later moved to Mumbai in search of a job and worked there at a Mahindra company showroom. At the work place, he fell in love with a colleague and married her despite her family’s objections to Hansraj’s background.

Hansraj told Vijay he had once worked as a driver of a Mumbai Police Commissioner and an Assistant Commissioner of Police.

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Male sex hormones may help treat breast cancer: Study

While endocrine therapy is standard-of-care for estrogen receptor positive breast cancer, resistance to these drugs is the major cause of breast cancer mortality.

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Sydney : Researchers have found new evidence about the positive role of androgens, commonly thought of as male sex hormones but also found at lower levels in women, in breast cancer treatment.

In normal breast development, estrogen stimulates and androgen inhibits growth at puberty and throughout adult life.

Abnormal estrogen activity is responsible for the majority of breast cancers, but the role of androgen activity in this disease has been controversial.

The new research published in the journal Nature Medicine showed that androgens have potential for treatment of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer.

A cancer is called estrogen receptor positive if it has receptors for estrogen, according to Breastcancer.org.

Using cell-line and patient-derived models, the global team, including researchers at the University of Adelaide and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia, demonstrated that androgen receptor activation by natural androgen or a new androgenic drug had potent anti-tumour activity in all estrogen receptor positive breast cancers, even those resistant to current standard-of-care treatments.

In contrast, androgen receptor inhibitors had no effect.

“This work has immediate implications for women with metastatic estrogen receptor positive breast cancer, including those resistant to current forms of endocrine therapy,” said lead researcher Theresa Hickey, Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide.

“We provide compelling new experimental evidence that androgen receptor stimulating drugs can be more effective than existing (e.g. Tamoxifen) or new (e.g. Palbociclib) standard-of-care treatments and, in the case of the latter, can be combined to enhance growth inhibition,” said Wayne Tilley, Director of the Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories, Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide.

Androgens were historically used to treat breast cancer, but knowledge of hormone receptors in breast tissue was rudimentary at the time and the treatment’s efficacy misunderstood.

Androgen therapy was discontinued due to virilising side effects and the advent of anti-estrogenic endocrine therapies.

While endocrine therapy is standard-of-care for estrogen receptor positive breast cancer, resistance to these drugs is the major cause of breast cancer mortality.

“The new insights from this study should clarify the widespread confusion over the role of the androgen receptor in estrogen receptor driven breast cancer,” said Elgene Lim, a breast oncologist and Head of the Connie Johnson Breast Cancer Research Lab at the Garvan Institute.

“Given the efficacy of this treatment strategy at multiple stages of disease in our study, we hope to translate these findings into clinical trials as a new class of endocrine therapy for breast cancer.”

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Elizabeth Olsen: Nepotism creates fear that you don’t deserve the work you get

The actress added that she “always had this need to prove myself to everyone around me that I work really hard”, adding: “I couldn’t walk in a room without everyone already having an opinion.”

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Los Angeles, Jan 19 : Hollywood star Elizabeth Olsen says she once thought of changing her surname and distance herself from the success of her family because it was insanity growing up in the spotlight.

“It was insanity. There were times when my sisters would always be spotted and I would be in the car with them and it would really freak me out. It has helped me navigate how I want to approach my career,” said the actress, whose older sisters are Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen.

The actress added that she “always had this need to prove myself to everyone around me that I work really hard”, adding: “I couldn’t walk in a room without everyone already having an opinion.”

Elizabeth opened up om the fears of nepotism.

“The thing about nepotism is the fear that you don’t earn or deserve the work. There was even a part of me when I was a little girl that thought if I’m gonna be an actress I’m going to go by Elizabeth Chase, which is my middle name. And then, once I started working, I was like, ‘I love my family, I like my name, I love my sisters. Why would I be so ashamed of that?’ It’s fine now,” she said.

The actress said fame has made her more of a homebody.

“Fame has also made me someone who is more of a homebody than maybe I would like to be but I know where not to go. If I could do whatever I wanted for the day, I’d start with the gym, then I’d go to the grocery store, because it’s my favourite thing,” Elizabeth told The Sun.

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Bill Gates is America’s biggest farmland owner

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates owns the largest chunk of private farmland in the US across 18 states, a new report has revealed.

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San Francisco: Bill and Melinda Gates amassed 242,000 acres of land in the US, with the largest holdings in Louisiana (69,071 acres), Arkansas (47,927 acres) and Nebraska (20,588 acres), according to The Land report.

Bill Gates also owns a stake in more than 24,800 acres of transitional land outside of Phoenix.

Research indicated that the lands across the US is held by Cascade Investment LLC, Gates’ private investment vehicle.

“Gates also backs online used-car seller Vroom through Cascade as well as the Canadian National Railway Company,” Geek Wire reported.

According to the Tri-City Herald, a 14,500-acre swath of choice Eastern Washington farmland in the Horse Heaven Hills in Benton County has just traded hands for almost $171 million – part of Gates’ holdings.

It is unclear why Gates has invested so heavily in farmland, but it could be connected to climate change.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a new nonprofit group a year ago, focused on helping small-scale farmers in developing countries with the tools and innovations they’ll need to deal with the effects of climate change.

Bill Gates is currently at the third spot on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index with a net worth of $132 billion.

But even with his big new agricultural holdings, Gates still doesn’t rank in the Top 100 private landowners overall in the US, considering owners of land of all types.

The list is topped by Liberty Media’s John Malone, with 2.2 million acres of ranches and forests. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos makes that list at No. 25 with 420,000 acres.

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