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Daughters Have Right to HUF Property Even if Their Father Died Before 2005 Law Came Into Force, Rules SC

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday rule in favour of rights of daughters to have a share in a Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) property. Settling the disputed question of law, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra held that daughters will have a right in the parental property in accordance with the 2005 amendment in the Hindu Succession Act. The court held that daughters' rights are absolute after the amendment and that she would have the right of inheritance irrespective of whether the father was alive at the time of the amendment or not. This clarification is important since it sets aside a clutch of previous decisions by the top court that she would have the coparcenary right only if both the father and the daughter were alive as on September 9, 2005 when the amendment was notified.........Read more

HUL-GSK merger complete, FMCG giant buys Horlicks brand for ₹3,045 crore

GSKCH’s brands such as Horlicks, Boost, and Maltova will now be part of the company’s food and refreshments business falling under the nutrition category. As part of the merger, 3,500 employees will now become part of the Indian arm of the Anglo Dutch giant Unilever. Under the deal, HUL will distribute GSK’s brands like Eno, Crocin, Sensodyne etc in the country. Krishnan Sundaram, vice president, integration and change management, will lead the business, reporting into Sudhir Sitapati, executive director, foods and refreshments, HUL.........Read more

Gilead Sciences drug may help treat coronavirus symptoms, according to WHO

Shares of American biotech firm Gilead Sciences rose nearly 5% Monday after an official from the World Health Organization said that Gilead's drug remdesivir is showing signs that it may be able to help treat the deadly coronavirus. Gilead Sciences is not the only drug firm hoping to find a successful treatment for the coronavirus. Pharmaceutical giants Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are also working on vaccines. Biotech company AbbVie (ABBV) has said that it has seen promising results for treatment using a mixture of two of its HIV medications and Tamiflu, which is made by Swiss pharma giant Roche (RHHBF) and Japan's Chugai Pharmaceutical Co (CHGCY). Smaller drug companies Moderna (MRNA), Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO) and Novavax (NVAX) are also working on treatments.........Read more

Faf du Plessis steps down as South Africa captain

A release said Du Plessis, 35, had "cited a need to take a step back from captaincy in order to help facilitate the emergence of the next generation of leaders within the team under the new stewardship of Quinton de Kock". De Kock was appointed ODI captain ahead of the series against England at the start of this month, and continued in the role when Du Plessis was rested for the T20 rubber. Du Plessis is expected to keep his place in the squad to play three T20s against Australia, starting at the Wanderers.........Read more

U.S. military confirms plane crash in Afghanistan, disputes claims it was brought down

KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Monday an E-11A aircraft crashed in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, but disputed claims that the Taliban had brought the military plane down. Senior Afghan officials told Reuters the authorities had rushed local personnel to locate and identify the wreckage, in a mountainous area partly controlled by the Taliban. “While the cause of crash is under investigation, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire,” a U.S. military spokesman, Colonel Sonny Leggett, said in a statement. ........Read more

NBA Legend Kobe Bryant And Daughter Gianna Killed In Helicopter Crash

National Basketball Association (NBA) legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant were among 9 people killed in a helicopter crash in suburban Los Angeles (LA). Soon after the unfortunate incident came on the public forum, tributes from celebrities and fellow sports stars have been pouring in, many expressing shock at his sudden death. US President Donald Trump, former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and many others paid tribute to Kobe Bryant on social media.........Read more

After FASTag, Fastlane Technology For Petrol Pumps Gains Momentum

A Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) reader on the fuel nozzle, which is also the technology used by FASTag, tells the petrol pump attendant how much petrol or diesel a consumer wants to buy, who then refills the car tank accordingly. This enables users to drive out quickly without the hassles of bill payment. Basically, just like FASTags, Fastlane users are provided with RFID stickers linked to Fastlane mobile app. Using this, the user can pre-set the fueling amount before reaching the petrol pump.........Read more

For Your Safety: A List of Emergency Helpline Numbers in India That You Must Know

The government had last year, launched India’s all-in-one emergency helpline number ‘112’ to provide immediate assistance to services like police, fire, women’s safety and child protection. However, apart from the emergency helpline number, here is a list of other emergency numbers in India that you should know:........Read more

It Seemed Like a Popular App. But It’s Secretly an Emirati Spy Tool

It is billed as an easy and secure way to chat by video or text message with friends and family, even in a country that has restricted popular messaging services like WhatsApp and Skype. But the service, ToTok, is actually a spying tool, according to US officials familiar with a classified intelligence assessment and a New York Times investigation into the app and its developers. It is used by the government of the United Arab Emirates to try to track every conversation, movement, relationship, appointment, sound and image of those who install it on their phones.........Read more

Jetman Yves Rossy can now take off from the ground ... autonomously

The inability to take off from the ground has always been the weakness of Rossy's stunning back-mounted personal flight machine. Launching from altitude was a pain, but once he was in the air he looked absolutely unstoppable, soaring, diving and climbing like a bird with the advantage of wing lift to boost flight efficiency. ow, with four new, more powerful Jetcat P550 turbine engines on the wing, he's now got enough vertical lift to fly straight upwards at up to 180 km/h (112 mph). ........Read more

BJP-Sena should form govt soon, our mandate is to play role of Oppn: Pawar

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar said the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena have got the mandate of the people, so they should form government as soon as possible. ........Read more

Days After Labour Party's Kashmir Resolution, Corbyn Backs UN Intervention in Call With Imran

Days after UK's Labour Party passed a resolution condemning the situation in Kashmir, leader Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday batted for United Nation's intervention on the issue after a call with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. “On a call with Pakistan's PM Imran Khan I listened to his concerns about the situation in Kashmir, including the ongoing curfew. The UN has a vital role in ensuring dialogue between India and Pakistan. Any political resolution must uphold the human rights of the Kashmiri people," the British Opposition leader said in a tweet. On a call with Pakistan's PM Imran Khan I listened to his concerns about the situation in Kashmir, including the ongoing curfew.The UN has a vital role in ensuring dialogue between India and Pakistan. Any political resolution must uphold the human rights of the Kashmiri people.........Read more

Trump hopes India and Pakistan 'come together' on Kashmir, Khan asks for U.S. help

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he hoped India and Pakistan could come together to resolve their differences over Kashmir, as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urged Trump to use U.S. influence to help end India’s “siege” of the volatile territory. Trump and Khan met on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Trump is to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this week. The president reiterated to Khan as they began their meeting with reporters present that he would be willing to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. Muslim-majority Kashmir has long been a flashpoint between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. Both countries rule parts of Kashmir while claiming it in full. Two of the three wars they have fought have been over it. “If I can help, I’d like to help,” said Trump. “I want everyone to be treated well.” Khan told Trump Kashmir was facing a humanitarian issue with millions under siege. He asked Trump to implore Modi to lift the siege, saying the crisis could get much worse. “At least lift the siege,” said Khan. ........Read more

Bypolls to Dantewada, Pala, Badharghat and Hamirpur Assembly seats to be held on 23 September, announces EC

The Election Commission announced by-elections to one Assembly seat each in Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Chhattisgarh and Kerala. Representational image. AFP The bypolls for Dantewada (Chhattisgarh), Pala (Kerala), Badharghat (Tripura) and Hamirpur (Uttar Pradesh) Assembly seats will be held on 23 September. The bypoll in Hamirpur was necessitated due to the disqualification of  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Ashok Chandel. By-elections to 12 other Assembly seats in UP are also due as most of the sitting MLAs won the Lok Sabha elections this year. But the dates are yet to be announced by the poll panel. The Dantewada, Pala and Badharghat bypolls were necessitated following the death of the respective sitting MLAs. While the notification for the by-elections would be issued on 28 August, counting will be held on 27 September, the EC said. ........Read more

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed arrested by Pakistan’s counter terrorism department: Report

Reserved Jamat ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was arrested Wednesday by Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in connection with charges related to terror financing, according to Geo News. The Pakistani news channel, citing sources, said the arrest was made when Saeed was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to appear before an anti-terrorism court. The Mumbai 26/11 mastermind has been moved to an undisclosed location, it added. The CTD is likely to confirm the arrest at a press conference later today. However, a spokesman for JuD confirmed that counter-terrorism officials arrested Saeed. This comes in the wake of an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Lahore granting Saeed pre-arrest bail. Along with Saeed, three others were also granted the bail in a case pertaining to JuD’s alleged illegal use of land for its seminary, Dawn reported on July 14. What Pakistan hopes to convey with cases against Hafiz Saeed, why India unconvinced The CTD had registered 23 cases in July against the leadership of JuD, LeT and FIF (Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation) for gaining assets from terrorism financing through non-profit organisations. The move was termed by India as “cosmetic steps against terror groups by Pakistan”.........Read more

'People Have Given Us Right to Undo Court Orders': Ravi Shankar Prasad on Aadhaar Amendment Bill

Asserting that Parliament not only had the "right to make laws" but to also "undo judgments", Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad moved the Aadhaar and Other Laws Amendment Bill, 2019 in the House for consideration. Prasad said that Aadhaar had led to saving Rs 7.48 lakh crores in past 5 years and responded to criticism that the amendment was going against the orders of the apex court. He said, "The people of the country have given us the right to make laws and we should use that right and this House has a right to undo judgments, we can make changes." Prasad added that the amendments that we are bringing are compliant with SC orders, voluntary and its based on consent of the owner of the card and private entities are injuncted from taking Aadhaar data and there is a penal provision in the bill which stipulating both fine and incarceration. ........Read more

Helpline comes up after Mamata Banerjee asks people to return ‘cut money’

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s diktat to Trinamool Congress leaders and people’s representatives at all levels to return the ‘cut money’ they extorted from beneficiaries of welfare schemes since 2011 has opened a Pandora’s box. Echoing allegations made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah during Lok Sabha poll campaign, hundreds of people, ranging from landless farmers to businessmen, are publicly naming TMC leaders who have taken money from them. Opposition leaders and political observers feel that this will have severe repercussions on the prospects of the TMC in the civic body polls in 2020 and Assembly elections in 2021. On June 18, while addressing Kolkata’s civic body leaders, Banerjee said those who take ‘cut money’ or commissions from common people must return it. She alleged that some TMC leaders don’t even spare the dead and charge Rs 200 from releasing the sum of Rs 2,000 the state government gives to poor people to cremate family members. On June 19, following a mass demonstration at Ratura in Malda district, police had to arrest Sukesh Yadav, a former gram panchayat pradhan on charges of embezzling Rs 1 crore from Nirmal Bangla project funds. In the same case a government employee, Pramod Kumar Sarkar, was arrested on Saturday. Allegations are pouring in and demonstrations are taking place across districts every day. The accused range from common panchayat members and civic body leaders to a Rajya Sabha MP. ........Read more

Surat wonder girl clears every entrance exam in India; here’s what the 18-year-old finally chose

Stuti Khandwala has cleared almost every competitive exam in the country, including AIIMS MBBS tests, NEET, JIPMER and JEE (Main). And the 18-year-old’s extraordinary feats do not stop there. The teenage girl has also cleared Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is one of the top engineering institutes and will now be doing a research programme in bio-engineering at MIT where she has reportedly been offered a 90 percent scholarship for it too.........Read more

Jewar airport may have eight runways, twice the size of Delhi airport

The upcoming Jewar airport in Greater Noida is likely to have eight runways and it will be double the size of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is likely to reach a saturation point by 2024. The proposal, if approved and once completed, will make the Jewar airport one of the biggest in the world. It will be counted along with O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, US, which is spread over 7,200 acres and has seven active runways.........Read more

Horrible, says Donald Trump on Pulwama attack; sends a message to Pak

US President Donald Trump described as a “horrible situation” the Pulwama terrorist attack by the Jaish-e-Mohammed group, in which 40 Indian paramilitary personnel were killed, and said he was getting reports on it and would issue a statement.........Read more

Youth Olympic Games | Tababi Devi Thangjam and Tushar Mane secure early medals for India

India won two silver medals at the summer 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, thanks to the efforts of Tushar Mane and Tababi Devi Thangjam. While mane secured his medal in the Men’s 10 meter air rifle event and Tababi Devi Thangjam became the first athlete to win a medal in judo for India.........Read more

Hackers withdraw Rs 94 crore after stealing ATM card data from Pune bank

Hackers have stolen Rs 94 crore by hacking into the ATM switch server of the Cosmos Bank in Pune. The hackers stole details of multiple Visa and Rupay debit card owners and carried around 12,000 transactions in 28 countries on August 11. ........Read more

Govt Hikes Threshold For Tax Litigation, Over 29,000 Cases to be Withdrawn

The amount locked up in tax litigation will come down by Rs 5,600 crore as the government has decided to hike the threshold monetary limit to file appeals in tribunals and courts........Read more

NBCC chief AK Mittal under CBI scanner gets his vigilance dept’s clean chit, additional post

Less than three months after the CBI filed an FIR naming NBCC CMD A K Mittal among five accused in a case involving the Rs 2,100 crore Pragati Maidan Redevelopment Project, CBI charge sheet failed to establish any charges against Mittal. It said that during investigations, the allegations against Mittal “were not found corroborated”. Four days later, on March 12, Mittal was given additional charge of Director (Finance) of the company, alongside the post of CMD.........Read more

It’s legal now: Cars allowed to go up to 70kmph in cities

In a first such move, the Centre has approved the maximum speed limit on urban roads at 70 km per hour (kmph) for cars, 60 kpmh for cargo carriers and 50 kmph for two-wheelers. However, state governments or local authorities can specify reduced speed limits for each category considering the safety of other road users.........Read more

Advani-led India beat Pakistan to win Snooker Team World Cup

The Indian combine of Pankaj Advani and Manan Chandra staged a remarkable recovery to beat Pakistan in the final of the inaugural IBSF Snooker Team World Cup.........Read more

Pune man build toilets out of thermocol

Ramdas Mane's company makes toilets out of thermocol with cement coating, in two hours. The business of building toilets is run on no loss, no profit basis, and Mane has even been awarded various awards by different organisations and governments for his innovation, including the India CSR's with Sanitation leadership award 2016.........Read more

2018 Volvo V60 revealed

The V60 is based on Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) – same that underpins the XC60 SUV and even the bigger brother, the V90 estate. And, as you can see, its design draws a clear inspiration from its siblings as well. There’s the signature Thor’s Hammer LED headlamps while maintaining the overall sleek and sharp look. In fact, it looks sharper and more aggressive than the V90. If Volvo decides to launch it in India, expect the prices to hover around Rs 45 lakh-Rs 50 lakh.........Read more

Chandrababu is My Hero: Kamal Haasan

Kamal interacted with fishermen community in Rameswaram. Addressing media on the sidelines, Kamal said that he is a follower of Mahatma Gandhi and that in current politics, he considers AP CM Chandrababu Naidu as his hero. Last night, Naidu called me on phone and gave me valuable suggestions ahead of my political plunge. I look up to him as a huge inspiration.........Read more

BCCI set to earn over Rs 2000 crore from IPL

The BCCI projections pins the earnings from IPL at Rs 2,107 crore as against the Rs 125 crore from the international and domestic fixtures. The infrastructure expenditure is projected at Rs 1,272 crore as against the income of Rs 3,413 crore.........Read more

New IoT botnet infects over 20,000 devices using P2P communication

A new emerging botnet has been spotted by security researchers that uses custom-built peer-to-peer communication to exploit victims, ensnare new IoT devices and continue building its infrastructure. Dubbed Hide N' Seek or HNS, the bot was first spotted by researchers at Bitdefender Labs on 10 January before it disappeared for a few days.........Read more

Cabinet approves putting ILO recommendation before Parliament

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday gave its approval for placing the new instrument "the Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience", adopted by International Labour Organization (ILO) before Parliament.........Read more

Malayalam poet K Sreekumar attacked; 6 arrested

Six people were arrested when Malayalam poet K Sreekumar on Tuesday was allegedly attacked on Monday night in Kerala's Kollam district while he was returning from a public function. The office of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan intervened in the matter and directed the district police chief to act against the miscreants.........Read more

Australian Open 2018: Novak Djokovic Knocked Out by Hyeon Chung in Fourth Round

Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat against Hyeon Chung in the fourth round of Australian Open 2018. The Serb lost 6-7, 5-7, 6-7 to Chung, who becomes the first Korean through to the quarter-final of any slam. Djokovic, who missed the second half of the 2017 season with an elbow injury, was troubled by the same issue at regular intervals in the match, as he served nine double faults and sent numerous shots outside the lines.........Read more

Artificial agent designs quantum experiments

On the way to an intelligent laboratory, physicists from Innsbruck and Vienna present an artificial agent that autonomously designs quantum experiments. In initial experiments, the system has independently (re)discovered experimental techniques that are standard in modern quantum optical laboratories. This shows how machines could play a more creative role in research in the future.........Read more

Instagram now lets you follow hashtags

Instagram is introducing a new way to interact with hashtags. You can now “follow” a hashtag the same way you would follow an account. Instagram’s algorithms will then pick and choose some of the highlights from that collection and surface them in your main feed. It’s a fundamental change to one of the largest social media platforms in the world, elevating your interests.........Read more

World's first flushable pregnancy test is ready; launching next year

Philadelphia-based company Lia Diagnostics' pregnancy test is biodegradable. Lia — the world's first flushable pregnancy test will react to urine just the same way as regular tests do — showing two lines for pregnant and one line if not. But, unlike regular test kits, this one is made from the natural plant fibres like toilet paper, designed to repel water for long enough to take the test, later, it breaks down in water and biodegrades. ........Read more

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar stokes fresh row, calls PM Modi a 'neech aadmi'

After Chaiwala dig in 2014 and Aurangzeb barb that backfired on the party, senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has triggered another row.........Read more

Vedanta set to overtake Aditya Birla group as largest aluminium maker

Anil Agarwal-owned Vedanta Ltd is poised to overtake Aditya Birla group as the largest producer of aluminium in the country in the current fiscal. Vedanta, which produced 0.96 million tonne of aluminium across its two facilities in Odisha and Chhattisgarh, is on course to clock an annual output of 1.6 million tonne this year.........Read more

Hardik Patel on Sex CD Scandal: BJP’s Dirty Game is on, It’s Not me, Says Patidar Leader

Gujarati channels have been airing a four-minute clip which shows a man resembling Hardik Patel with an unidentified woman. The video, which appears to be shot in a hotel room, has a timestamp of May 16, 2017.........Read more

Qarib Qarib Singlle movie review: Irrfan, Parvathy film will charm its way into your heart

Tanuja Chandra returns to films after a gap of nine years with Irrfan Khan-Parvathy-starrer Qarib Qarib Singlle, bringing with her a refreshingly sweet but mature love story. The movie tells the story of two adults who embark upon a journey and discover themselves in the process.........Read more

Delhi govt unlikely to change rules for admission to nursery class

The Delhi government is not likely to make changes to the rules for nursery admissions in the next academic session, allowing each private school to finalise guidelines on its own, officials in the state education department said.........Read more

Finally, Amitabh Bachchan breaks silence over Panama leak, Paradise Papers and Bofors scandal

At this age and time of my life, I seek peace and freedom from prominence. To be left to lead the last few years of my life with and within myself. I do not seek epithets, I abhor them. I do not seek headlines, I do not deserve them… I do not seek acknowledgement, I am not qualified for it.........Read more

This fake WhatsApp app already has over a million downloads

An imposter app, posing to be WhatsApp was spotted on the Google Play Store. The app was named “Update WhatsApp Messenger” with developer name as ‘WhatsApp Inc*’. It has barely been 24 hours of the app being spotted, and it has over a million downloads already.........Read more

Swiss couple attacked in Fatehpur Sikri: 5 arrested, Centre and UP govt condemn incident

The couple from Lausanne in Switzerland was chased and attacked on Sunday with stones and sticks by a group of four youths in the tourist town of Fatehpur Sikri, about 40 km from Agra. "All five have been arrested/apprehended. Prima facie, two appear be major and the rest three minors.........Read more

To defeat ‘mahachor’ BJP, we can support ‘chor’ Congress: Hardik Patel

“Congress is a chor but the BJP is a mahachor. And to defeat a mahachor, if we have to support a chor, we will. But have patience. Do not support (Congress) just now,” the 24-year-old said.........Read more

Government Appoints Former IB Chief Dineshwar Sharma as Its Representative to Hold Dialogue in JK

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday announced the government will start a dialogue with people in Jammu and Kashmir. The government has decided to appoint former Director of Intelligence Bureau, Dineshwar Sharma, as its representative to initiate dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir.........Read more

Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar for Bangladesh

Hungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early on Monday, fleeing hunger and attacks by Buddhist mobs that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.........Read more

Murals as markers of time

Artist and documentary filmmaker, Gita Hudson, has 44 paintings in her current show at Varija Gallery titled ‘Murals Revisited’ inspired by temple art. The collection relate to three time periods and dynasties: Pallava, Pandya and Chola of 600 to 1200 AD, the Vijayanagara and Nayak paintings circa 1300 to 1650 AD and the Maratha Paintings to the Colonial Period circa 1750 to 1950 AD.........Read more

Death by hanging: SC asks govt if this is best way to execute convicts

The Supreme Court asked the government to explain within three weeks why it shouldn’t ban hanging by the neck as a mode of execution, reopening a decades-old debate over what’s a more humane and dignified way to end a life.........Read more

10,000 teachers in Tripura set to lose job as govt faces contempt in SC

Over 10,000 teachers in Tripura run the risk of losing their job. The Supreme Court has stopped the appointment of 12,000 teaching and non-teaching staff across the state after reproaching the Manik Sarkar government for prima facie acting in contempt of court.........Read more

How India Is Failing Its Women by Refusing to Criminalise Marital Rape

Does a woman's consent – or lack of it – fail to mean anything if she is married?........Read more

Millions of deaths can be delayed if people switch to e-cigarettes: study

A large-scale switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes would cut smoking-related deaths by a quarter in the United States by 2100, even assuming the gadgets are themselves not risk-free, researchers said. Scientists are still unsure about the potential harms of “vaping” as an alternative to traditional cigarettes, though most seem convinced it is at least safer.........Read more

NCLT orders insolvency proceedings against Stayzilla for payment defaults

In a massive setback to online homestay startup, Stayzilla, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) ordered insolvency proceedings against it. The Chennai bench of the NCLT, on Monday, said that the company had defaulted in payments to JigSaw Solutions and ordered for insolvency proceedings to begin.........Read more

Government drops plan to protect transgender labour rights

We had proposed inserting clauses for recognising the rights of transgender workers in all the four labour codes. However, the Law Ministry objected, citing the General Clauses Act of 1897, according to which ‘transgenders’ fall within the definition of ‘person’. It was then decided that there was no need to add a separate clause for them,” a senior Labour and Employment Ministry official told.........Read more

The AIFF to come up with a "surprise move" in Indian football

The AIFF is all set to revive a surprise plan to start the Indian Arrows project from this I-League season. No doubt the present cream of Indian football has certainly been the result of the very same project which gifted players like Jeje, Pritam Kotal, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Raju Gaikwad like players to Indian football. But the complexion of Indian football have entirely changed these days, and reviving the same plan has given the births of some serious doubts on its necessity at the moment.........Read more

China blames 'violent action' by Indian troops for Ladakh scuffle

China on Monday blamed Indian soldiers for "violent action" against its troops during a standoff at Pangong Lake in Ladakh on August 15 leading to scuffles and stone pelting, and has lodged a protest with India. China earlier had claimed that they are not aware of any altercation in the Ladakh sector. But after a video of the scuffle went viral and MEA also confirmed that an 'incident' has indeed taken place, China has now changed its stance and are squarely blaming the Indian side for it.........Read more

Kiran Bedi goes incognito to find out how safe Puducherry is for women at night

Riding pillion on a two-wheeler with her ‘dupatta’ (shawl) covering her face and slanting her helmet, Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi travelled incognito to assess safety of women in the Union Territory after dusk.........Read more

IIT scientists develop silk mats that could treat arthritis

Scientists from IIT Guwahati have synthesised mats made of silk-proteins and bioactive glass fibres that they believe can assist the growth of bone cells and repair worn-out joints in arthritis patients.........Read more

Ravi Shastri Wants Sachin Tendulkar as Team India Consultant?

Reports have come in that head coach Ravi Shastri has told the BCCI that he would like to have little master Sachin Tendulkar as consultant for overseas tours. Interestingly, Tendulkar was a part of the Cricket Advisory Committee along with Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman that picked Shastri and also recommended the names of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as consultants.........Read more

EVM machines cannot be tampered with: Hyderabad forensics lab to Bombay HC

The Hyderabad Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) has informed the Bombay High Court that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) cannot be tampered with or manipulated........Read more

Ex-Real Madrid star Miguel Portugal to take over as coach of ISL’s Delhi Dynamos

Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos is set to replace outgoing manager Gianluca Zambrotta with former Real Madrid player and experienced manager Miguel Angel Portugal.........Read more

Over 100,000 civilians behind IS lines in Mosul as offensive enters ninth month

Over 100,000 civilians remain trapped behind Islamic State lines in Mosul with a U. S. -backed government offensive to recapture the Iraqi city entering its ninth month, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday.........Read more

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Yasin Yatoo releases video, warns of attacks against security forces in J&K

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Yasin Yatoo has released a video message and warned of attacks on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. The Hizbul terrorist is seen appealing to the J&K policemen to join the terror group and save their world from destruction.........Read more

Talking to E.T.? Why Math May Be the Best Language

Communication between Earthlings and intelligent aliens should be based on mathematics — exo-arithmetic greetings that form a shared lingo, some researchers say.........Read more

Breastfeeding May Cut Chronic Pain From C-Section

Mothers who breastfed their babies for more than two months after delivery via Caesarean section were three times less likely to experience persistent pain, researchers found.........Read more

Telangana is looking to classify online poker and rummy as gambling: report

The Telangana government is considering classifying online poker and rummy as forms of betting and gambling. The state government may amend the Telangana Gaming Act with an ordinance and is also looking to insert a definition for cyberspace in the act. People playing online poker and rummy could also incur criminal penalties and a fine of Rs 5,000 for the first offence and higher fines for subsequent offences.........Read more

'Jann ki Baat' to mark Modi govt's 3rd anniversary

Jann ki Baat will form part of the 20-day celebrations the BJP has planned to mark the Modi government's three years in office beginning May 26, the day he was sworn-in as prime minister in 2014.........Read more

Delhi businessman, kingpin of smuggling racket, may have smuggled gold worth Rs 600 cr

In one of the biggest seizures, the DRI has seized 52 kgs of gold, valued at about Rs 15 crore, smuggled into the country from Dubai using the sea route - a sought-after modus operandi followed by smugglers in the 1970s........Read more

India's Micromax is second largest handset brand in Russia, ahead of iPhone maker Apple

The hype around Micromax has died down of late with not many big releases in the last few months but its handsets are doing well in Russia. A study by Counterpoint Research's Market Monitor service has found that Micromax is the second largest handset brand in Russia, next to Samsung and ahead of iPhone maker Apple Inc.........Read more

Samsung Sells Over 10 Million Galaxy S8

Samsung Electronics has sold over 10 million of its Galaxy S8 and S8 plus smartphones in less than a month. Samsung is planning to launch the smartphone in around 120 countries by the end of May.........Read more

The world has nearly forgotten the Indian scientist who cracked the structure of collagen

A young scientist in Madras, now Chennai, is pitted against celebrated researchers from labs at the University of Cambridge, the King’s College in London, and Caltech. This elite group of Goliaths included the co-discoverer of the DNA double helix, and the proposer of the single helix structure of proteins.........Read more

ICJ reserves verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case

The International Court of Justice has reserved its order in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. India said that it feared that Jadhav would be hanged before the hearing is concluded. Hence an urgent order is needed. India also said that the trial against Jadhav was farcical and hence he was urging for provisional measures.........Read more

Virat Kohli to meet CoA to discuss players’ pay structure: Report

Indian captain will put forth players’ viewpoint regarding the hike. The report adds that players are in no mood to settle for less than what they are negotiating for and that the Grade A players, who are paid around Rs 2 crore retainership fees, could be eyeing more than Rs 7 crore. Currently, Indian cricketers draw Rs 15 lakh per Test, Rs 6 lakh per ODI and Rs 3 lakh for T20I.........Read more

Renault Duster Gets Zero-Star Safety Rating from Global NCAP

Renault Duster Gets Zero-Star Safety Rating from Global NCAP. Renault Duster, in its basic version without airbags, has scored a shambolic zero star safety rating in the crash tests conducted by the Global NCAP.........Read more

India to play Champions Trophy

The BCCI has unanimously decided at its special general meeting on Sunday that India will participate in the Champions Trophy in June. The squad will be named tomorrow, the Indian board said in a release.........Read more

SoftBank takes Snapdeal closer to Flipkart sale but yet to seal terms

The board of directors of Jasper Infotech Pvt Ltd, which runs struggling online marketplace Snapdeal moved a step closer to agreeing to a distress sale to bigger rival Flipkart Ltd even as a conflict between the company’s largest investor SoftBank Group Corp and three key shareholders remains unresolved........Read more

BCCI meets on Sunday, Champions Trophy pullout unlikely

The Indian cricket board (BCCI) will meet on Sunday to consider an additional revenue offer from the game's world governing body but regardless of what decision they come to, a Champions Trophy pullout by the holders looks unlikely.........Read more

Shobana Kamineni is new CII President

Shobana Kamineni is the new President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), it was announced here on Monday. Kamineni, the Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise (AHEL), will take over from Naushad Forbes co-Chairman Forbes Marshall.........Read more

Reliance Defence gets banks approval to exit CDR package

Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd has secured nod from a consortium of lenders to exit its corporate debt restructuring (CDR) package. The consortium of lenders, led by IDBI Bank Ltd, has agreed to the exit plan of Reliance Defence, a subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure, with a longer maturity period for loans worth about Rs6,800 crore.........Read more

Brexit leaves Land Rover SUV prices slashed by up to Rs 50 lakh in India: Report

The Range Rover Sport's price has come down by Rs 30 lakh while the company's flagship model, the Range Rover Vogue, saw a slash in price by a massive Rs 50 lakh, reported Autocar. The Report also said the Pound's drop in value post Britain's decision to exit from the European Union (Brexit) is the key reason prompting the Tata Motors-owned British subsidiary to reduce the prices here. The cut in price will help JLR to position its luxury SUVs better against its German and Swedish rivals.........Read more

Jammu & Kashmir rattled as terrorists kill three within 24 hours

Terrorists sent a chilling reminder to the Mehbooba Mufti government when they carried out three killings — two of political workers and one of a former counter-insurgent — in the last 24 hours across the restive Kashmir Valley.........Read more

'India doesn't know Jadhav's location or how his health is,' government says

Pakistan hasn't communicated with India about where or in what condition Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav+ is, the external affairs ministry (MEA) said today. And, any conditions that Pakistan might put on giving Jadhav consular access "is to deny consular access," the MEA's spokesman said.........Read more

Terror launch pads in PoK destroyed during surgical strike active again

The terror launch pads that the Indian Army destroyed after the Uri attack are active again, This is the time of the year when snow thaws and Pakistani forces try to push through infiltrators into India.........Read more

Every Tech Billionaire in India Takes Hit From H-1B Visa Changes

Azim Premji, chairman of Wipro Ltd. and India's fifth-richest man, and Shiv Nadar, the sixth-richest person in the country and chairman of HCL Technologies, have seen their shares slide. Narayana Murthy, Nandan Nilekani and three other founders of Infosys Ltd., all among the top 100 of India's richest billionaires, have taken a hit too. IT stocks have dropped about 3 percent over that stretch, while the benchmark index has climbed 0.6 percent.........Read more

Air India staff assault: Don't let Gaikwad onboard unless he tenders 'unconditional apology', says Cabin Crew Association

Though Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who allegedly assaulted an Air India employee, wrote a letter to Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju expressing 'regret' over the 'unfortunate incident', the All India Cabin Crew Association (AICCA) said that the MP must not be allowed to fly till he offers an 'unconditional apology'........Read more

'It is like feeding us to the sharks': India's plan to deport 40,000 Rohingya refugees draws flak

According to Indian home ministry estimates, there are around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living as undocumented refugees in various parts of India, of whom more than 10,000 are said to be in Jammu. India, however, has not officially recognised Rohingya Muslims as refugees. On April 3, Union home ministry officials reportedly held a meeting to discuss the Centre’s plans to identify “illegal” Rohingya settlers, for possible arrest and deportation under the Foreigners Act.........Read more

Live bullet found in army jawan’s bag at Srinagar airport

A live bullet was found in the baggage of an army jawan at the Srinagar International Airport on Tuesday, after which he was detained, a security official said. The soldier Pandia Raj, who was proceeding to Delhi on leave, was handed over to the army for further investigation.........Read more

Supreme Court liquor ban: States move to skirt ‘none-for-the-road’ order as pubs, bars bleed

The first weekend after the court order saw the hospitality industry lose tens of crores of rupees in lost business, prompting pub, bar and restaurant owners to plead with the authorities to bail them out........Read more

PV Sindhu enters India Super Series final, sets up title date with Carolina Marin

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu set up a mouth-watering summit clash with Olympic champion Carolina Marin after a hard-fought win over World No 4 Korean Sung Ji Hyun in the semi-finals of the India Super Series.........Read more

SC allows candidates above 25 yrs of age to appear in 2017 NEET exam

The Supreme Court today relaxed the age limit and allowed candidates above 25 years of age to appear in the NEET examinations 2017. It said that the age limit can be fixed from the next academic year. The CBSE had fixed the age limit as 25 years for the candidates.........Read more

Kenyan woman gave false information: African students association

The Kenyan woman who alleged that she was beaten up by some locals on Wednesday morning in Greater Noida gave false information to police, the Association of African Students in India (AASI) told.........Read more

After Punjab, drug menace hits Kashmir valley

Official figures revealed that the police have seized huge consignments of drugs and intoxicants in different parts of the valley in 2016, including 64 kilogram of charas, 7.5 kilogram of charas powder, 194 kilogram of bhang and bhang dust, 925 kilogram of fukki, 915 kilogram of poppy straw and 3.75 kilogram of brown sugar.........Read more

‘88 youth took to militancy in 2016’

The Home Ministry said it was estimated that 88 Kashmiri youth joined militancy in 2016, the year when Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with the security forces leading to a wave of unrest in the Valley, highest number in past 6 years says the government.........Read more

A new narrative emerges: Muslims in UP now like the BJP (and Yogi Adityanath likes them back)

Ironically, a counter to this narrative has now come from the BJP itself – which spent most of its history complaining about the Muslim votebank. After the BJP sweep in the Uttar Pradesh elections, a new theory has emerged which posits that Muslims did vote for the BJP after all.........Read more

After 7th Pay Commission payment, now 12 lakh CPSE staff to get Rs 20,000 cr windfall wages in 2017-18

In a move that could boost consumption and stimulate the economy, central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) are likely to pay out an additional R20,000 crore in 2017-18 as recompense to 12 lakh employees. This would be the second time in two years that government employees are getting pay hikes; central government staff got hefty pay hikes last year following the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.........Read more

Paytm is globetrotting, enters Canada with an app for bill payments

Becoming one of the select few Indian startups to make a global entry, online mobile wallet major Paytm on Thursday said that announced today that it has launched bill payments service in Canada. It said users there would be able to pay for their cell phone, cable, internet, electricity and water bills via a Paytm Canada app. Other features would be added in course of time. Users will also be able to pay for their insurance and property taxes by using the app. It is available on both Android and iOS in Canada.........Read more

Potatoes can be grown on Mars: study

Potatoes can be grown even in the extreme environment of Mars, according to a new study that has implications for future manned missions to the red planet as well as helping people survive in harsh climates on Earth.........Read more

Nike to launch hijab for Muslim women athletes

Nike Inc. will launch a hijab for women Muslim athletes early next year. The head covering, marketed under the “Pro Hijab” brand, is designed to allow athletes to observe the traditional Islamic practice of covering the head without compromising performance.........Read more

Officials Of Badminton Association Of India Sent Their Kids To Japan And Made Them Pose As Players In A Junket

Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta, the President of Badminton Association of India has come in the line of fire after he and other officials sent their wards to Japan as players for a goodwill trip. Most of them were not qualified. Gupta has now come under the CBI scanner for alleged fraud and nepotism........Read more

Kerala priest arrested for rape of a minor girl

A Catholic priest was arrested in Kochi on Monday on the charge of sexually abusing a minor girl who later gave birth to a child. Kerala police identified the priest as 48-year-old Robin Vadakkancheril, vicar at the St Sebastian’s Church in Kottiyoor in Kannur district. He will face charges under the POCSO Act and IPC section 376.........Read more

AIADMK would accept anybody who wants to return, says Dinakaran

AIADMK deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran on Thursday said the party would “accept with motherly affection” anybody who had gone out of the “parent organisation” and wanted to return.........Read more

Renshaw, Starc fifties guide Australia 256 for 9 on a turner

On a pitch so dry it resembled the surface of Mars to Shane Warne, which looked unlike any he had seen in India according to Ravi Shastri, it was a fast bowler who came away with the richest haul. Umesh Yadav's combination of pace and reverse swing fetched him four wickets as Australia managed 256 for 9 in Pune.........Read more

Reliance Jio to charge from April 1

Ambani announced a new membership plan called Jio Prime. The membership fees for Jio Prime is Rs 99 per year. Jio Prime Members can continue to enjoy the benefits of the company's Happy New Year plan at an introductory price of Rs 303 per month. Prime users will continue to enjoy these unlimited benefits until March 31, 2018.........Read more

China's next supercomputer likely to be 10 times faster than current one

China has started to build a new-generation supercomputer that is expected to be 10 times faster than the current world champion, a media report said. This year, China is aiming for breakthroughs in high-performance processors and other key technologies to build the world’s first prototype exascale supercomputer, the Tianhe-3, said Meng Xiangfei, the director of application at the National Super Computer Tianjin Centre.........Read more

When Subramanian Swamy Came In Defence Of PM Modi To Hit Out At Priyanka Gandhi

Dr Subramanian Swamy, known for his outright nature, came in defence of PM Modi and thrashed Priyanka Gandhi for her crass comments. Swamy said Priyanka Gandhi will flop like her brother Rahul, a day after the Congress acknowledged the role of party chief Sonia Gandhi’s role in clinching a pre-poll alliance with the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh.........Read more

Famous Hindi novelist Ved Prakash Sharma dies at 61

Ved Sharma wrote 176 novels – some of which were adapted into successful films like "Bahu Maange Insaaf" (1985), "Anaam" (1992) and "Sabse Bada Khiladi" (1995). One of his books, "Wardiwala Gunda" (1992) broke all records and sold 15 lakh copies on the very first day of its release.........Read more

Aero India: Tata Advanced Systems Ltd bags a deal with Raytheon to co-produce Stinger missile components in India

Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), a system integration company and a subsidiary of Tata Sons, has signed a memorandum of understanding with major US defence contractor Raytheon which will allow the Indian defence company to co-produce components of the Stinger missile in India. The announcement has been made at the ongoing Aero India 2017 show in Bengaluru.........Read more

This Man Laid the Foundation of a Billion-Dollar Made-In-India Business Empire in Colonial Times

Ardeshir remained resolute in establishing a made-in-India business organisation. A follower of Dadabhai Naoroji, he believed that it was important for India to not simply reject foreign-made goods, but have its own industries with high-quality manufacturing processes. An avid nationalist — though known for his differences in opinion with Gandhi — he once donated Rs 3 lakh to the Tilak Swaraj fund, according to Karanjia.........Read more

‘Jack Ma’s story is sort of the American dream, set in China’

In China, entire sections are devoted to books on Alibaba founder Jack Ma. He is a people’s hero, with over 300 books written on him. The decision to write another book and add to the pile wasn’t easy for Duncan Clark. But his association with the company as an early consultant made him uniquely qualified to write about China’s pinup boy in the business world. ........Read more

Scientists in UK discovered more effective vaccine for Malaria

Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute found that a previously mysterious protein on the surface of the parasite called P113 anchors the RH5 protein, and provides a molecular bridge between the parasite and a red blood cell........Read more

Ekart Logistics shut downs its customer-to-customer courier services

Online marketplace Flipkart is looking at consolidating business of its in-house supply chain arm, Ekart Logistics. The company has suspended the customer-to-customer courier service within months of its launch. It has also pulled the plug on hyperlocal delivery services being piloted across Bengaluru since March last year. ........Read more

Canada making the way for Indian techies after Trump imposed the restrictions

"This provides a great opportunity for the best talent from India to come, live and work in Canada, said Shafin Diamond Tejani, the CEO of Fantasy 360, a Vancouver-based global leader in creating immersive experiences and games using Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR)........Read more

Over 140 banks in 40 countries infected by advanced, virtually undetectable malware Duqu2.0

A new wave of fileless malware is going mainstream and targeting banks directly. This malware resides entirely in RAM and is virtually undetectable. The malware was discovered by researchers at Kaspersky Labs, who had earlier spotted a variant of this malware design infecting the company’s own network. That malware was called Duqu 2.0, The Kaspersky Labs blog now reveals that variations of this malware have infected the computer networks of at least 140 banks in 40 countries. Since the malware is so hard to detect, the number of infected networks might be much greater.........Read more

New herbal tablet claims to control blood sugar level

“In the English system, there is no medicine for diabetes and the biggest problem is the sugar level which can be controlled by taking these herbal tablets," said Mr Rathnakar Kalasabail, Managing director, Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda Medicines (CARAM). The tablets control sugar and also stimulate the heart by providing it with oxygen, he claimed.........Read more

Construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya will start ‘soon’: Yogi Adityanath

BJP MP Yogi Adityanath today said the hurdles on the path of construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya will be gradually removed and its construction will start "soon". "Chhattisgarh was Lord Ram's 'nanihal' (his mother Kaushlya's maternal home). According to 'jyotishi manyata' (astrology), when the Lord will settle at his 'nanihal', it would automatically pave the way for the construction of a (Ram) temple (in Ayodhya). ........Read more

Bank staff colluded to exchange old notes worth Rs 71.5 crore: Govt

Employees of a few banks were involved in illegally transacting the scrapped high value old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 amounting to over Rs 71.47 crore during the demonetisation period, from November 9 to December 30, 2016 government said on Friday. The highest over Rs 46.29 crore was transacted through three branches of Axis Bank, in which three employees have been suspended, he informed the house.........Read more

Maran brothers cleared of charges in Aircel-Maxis cases

A special court here on Thursday discharged former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanidhi Maran and others in the corruption and money laundering cases connected with the Aircel-Maxis deal.........Read more

7 Odisha policemen killed, 5 injured in Maoist landmine blast

“Seven personnel of the district police have been killed while five injured in the landmine blast. They were going for training as assistant drivers,” Koraput Superintendent of Police Charan Singh Meena told.........Read more

IT stocks drop 4% on H1-B visa fears, Rs 33,000 crore market valuation lost

A legislation has been introduced in the US House of Representatives which among other things calls for more than doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to USD 1,30,000, making it difficult for firms to use the programme to replace American employees with foreign workers, including from India.........Read more

India at Australian Open: Sania Mirza, Ivan Dodig reach mixed doubles final

The Australian Open 2017 has not been great for India, with Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna failing in their doubles ventures, but Sania Mirza still has a chance of winning the mixed doubles title with her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig. The second seed defeated home favourites Samantha Stosur and Sam Groth 6-4, 2-6 (10-5) in a thrilling semifinals match at the Rod Laver Arena on Friday.........Read more

Banks to report cash payments, credit card bills of Rs 1 lakh to I-T

Detailing the cash transactions which need to be reported to the authorities, the notification listed "cash deposits during the period November 9, 2016 to December 30, 2016 aggregating to Rs 12.50 lakh or more in one or more current accounts of a person, (and) Rs 2.5 lakh or more in one or more accounts (other than a current account) of a person".........Read more

Google acquires mobile app developer platform Fabric from Twitter

Google will acquire Twitter’s mobile development platform Fabric, according to an agreement signed between Twitter and Google. Fabric is a platform and a set of tools to help developers create apps for various platforms. The entire Fabric team will join Google’s Developer Products Group, as part of the Firebase team. Firebase is Google’s alternative to Fabric, a platform to help developers create high quality applications.........Read more

HIV treatment might boost susceptibility to syphilis, say researchers

The antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV infection might inadvertently be boosting gay/bisexual men's susceptibility to the bacteria responsible for syphilis, Treponema pallidum, conclude researchers in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.........Read more

Incentives at work may cause additional stress for employees: study

"Our study is the first to show empirical support for claims that the productivity gains of these pay schemes might be associated with employees' experience of more intense working. Performance-related pay in particular is associated with the feeling that work might be too demanding or that there is insufficient time to get work done," said lead researcher Dr Chidiebere Ogbonnaya.........Read more

Samajwadi Party symbol 'cycle' may be frozen, says former CEC as Yadav family feud intensifies

"Both sides will give affidavits and evidence in support of their claims along with signatures of their supporters to prove they enjoy majority support," Quraishi told India Today TV channel. "These will be verified and this may take four to five months," he added. "I don`t see this happening before the elections as both sides have strong base and the claims will be contested strongly.........Read more

Is China's growing debt burden a crisis in the making?

The story begins in 2009, when China launched a $600 billion economic stimulus program during the global financial crisis. It unleashed a wave of borrowing by state firms that is proving to be a burden today.........Read more

Qualcomm fined $853 million by South Korean antitrust agency

South Korean Fair Trade Commission says Qualcomm licensed its key patents only to mobile-phone makers and didn’t properly negotiate the terms of its licenses........Read more

Amid Cash Crunch, A Mysterious '5,000 Crore'-Influx In Poll-Bound Uttar Pradesh

It is late in the evening when Kamlesh Paswan, the BJP lawmaker from Bansgaon in eastern Uttar Pradesh walks to an ATM queue in his constituency. Here, his supporters say, the cash crunch has eased in the last few days because fresh cash has come in.........Read more

Dangal movie review: Aamir Khan’s future performances will be measured against this one

Dangal movie review: Dangal has real meaning but its message doesn't overwhelm. Aamir Khan knows exactly when to ratchet it up and when to let go. The first-timers shine and fight for real. Sakshi Tanwar is familiar enough and yet new enough.........Read more

AIADMK leaders want Sasikala to lead both party, govt

Jayalalithaa Peravai, a wing of the ruling AIADMK, today urged VK Sasikala, aide of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, to take over the mantle of party General Secretary, contest in bypoll and become Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister.........Read more

Sweden Has Run Out of Garbage, So it is Importing from Other Countries

Sweden has run out of garbage and the Scandinavian country has been forced to import rubbish from other countries to keep its state-of-the-art recycling plants going. Sweden, which sources almost half its electricity from renewables, was one of the first countries to implement a heavy tax on fossil fuels in 1991.........Read more

Gujarati realtor hands over list of 'real names' behind Rs 13,860 cr to I-T Dept

A day after he appeared on live television amidst intense drama to vindicate himself from the undisclosed Rs 13860 crore under Income Declaration Scheme (IDS), Ahmedabad-based businessman, Mahesh Shah submitted a list of 'real names' to the Income........Read more

Facebook tests Express Wi-Fi: Zuckerberg's possible attempt at rebranding Free Basics

Facebook is currently testing a new internet infrastructure “Express Wi-Fi” in partnership with BSNL in rural areas to provide ‘affordable’ internet to people who don’t have access to the cheap internet or in some cases, no internet at all. According to the vague details published on the “Express Wifi” page by Facebook, the company is working with carriers or mobile operators, internet service providers and local entrepreneurs to help increase the connectivity of internet in these remote locations. Facebook has been testing this service since an unspecified amount of time, but the company plans to expand this service in other regions.........Read more

In a First for North India, Organic Farming Enthusiast Sets Up Aquaponic Farm in Gurugram

Sushant Madaan, an organic farming enthusiast from Gurugram has set up the first-of-its-kind aquaponic farm in north India. Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture, which allows farmers to raise fishes while also being able to grow plants. The waste produced by the farmed fish or other aquatic creatures supplies nutrients for the plants.........Read more

Chris Martin and Rahman spin magic at Global Citizen festival

British rock band Coldplay performed their much-awaited concert to a packed audience at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai on Saturday evening. Organised as part of Global Citizen India festival, it w........Read more

Black Money: Be ready to pay 50-70% tax on black money deposited in banks

This rate would only be applicable for large cash deposits in bank accounts or huge expenses incurred in cash since November 8, when old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 were demonetised.........Read more

Indian, Chinese troops in standoff at Ladakh over canal construction

Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a stand-off at the icy heights of Ladakh division since Wednesday after People’s Liberation Army personnel entered an area where an irrigation canal was being built under the MNREGA scheme and stopped the civilian work.........Read more

South Korea's prime minister sacked amid ongoing political crisis

Embattled South Korean president Park Guen-hye has sacked the country's prime minister amid an ongoing political scandal that threatens to topple her administration.........Read more

India to approach Pakistan foreign ministry for release of soldier

India will diplomatically pursue the release of Chandu Babulal Chavan, the Indian soldier who 'inadvertently' crossed over into PoK on September 29, the day the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads across LoC.........Read more

Mistry asked Tata firms to stop working with Shapoorji group

In his communication to the CEOs, Mistry said the Tata group was always prided itself to adhere to the highest standards of corporate governance in India for over a century. “In adherence to the same philosophy, and to avoid perception of a potential conflict of interest, I believe that as long as I am the Executive Chairman, it would be appropriate that the Tata group of companies no longer engage with the Shapoorji Pallonji group for any engineering and construction contracts,” said Mistry.........Read more

This is How US Repeatedly Violated Deal With Russia on Syria

Moscow recently unveiled a document entitled "Comparative Analysis of Russia-US Agreements Implementation" on the Syrian crisis.........Read more

'What Downgrade?' Government Dismisses Armed Forces' Concern Over Ranks

Amid seething resentment among the military over a recent letter on ranks, the government today said there has been no downgrading of the armed forces in comparison with their civilian counterparts.........Read more

Asian Development Bank declines to fund Rs 93,000 crore dam project in Pakistan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) declined to commit funds for a Rs 93,000 crore dam project in Pakistan, authorities said. "We did not really make any commitment. This is a very big project," ADB president Takehiko Nakao said on Wednesday at a joint news........Read more

You may be able to use your eyes or fingers to validate card transactions from next year

After Jan 1, 2017, new ATMs are likely to offer you the facility of authenticating your debit/credit card transactions using your fingerprint or retinal scan. From January 1, 2017, all newly deployed ATMs and POS (Point of Sale) terminals are required to have Aadhaar-based biometric authentication infrastructure to be able to validate card present transactions. Whether the same includes a retinal or finger-print scanner or both is not clear. ........Read more

10 Facts About National Highways That Will Make You A Knowledgable Indian Speedily

India has the 2nd largest road network in the world spreading over 4.24 million kms at present, consisting of national highways(NH), expressways, state highways(SH), district roads and village roads.........Read more

Frigates Exported to India installed with Russian Engines and the deadly BrahMos Missiles

"The ships, at least those to be built by the Kaliningrad-based shipyard Yantar, will be powered by gas turbine engines made by NPO Saturn", reports FlotProm reporting to an insider in the shipyard. Thus, Russia will supply India with fully completed frigates. In addition, the ships will be armed with the BrahMos antiship missiles jointly designed by Russian and Indian companies. ........Read more

Govt Seeks To Leverage Lambretta Brand For Scooters India Sale

The government is seeking to bank on the Lambretta brand as it seeks to embark on a strategic sale of assets of the loss-making PSU, Scooters India Ltd. According to reports, the government is keen to ensure that the Lambretta brand stays with Scooters India to maximise valuation of the loss-making automaker Scooters India. The Heavy Industries Ministry is planning to put up the company for "strategic sale," which includes sale of government shareholding along with transfer of management control.........Read more

BRICS Summit 2016: India and Russia sign 16 agreements to deepen economic engagement

BRICS Summit 2016: India and Russia sign 16 agreements to deepen economic engagement - India and Russia signed 16 agreements to deepen economic engagement between both the nations. On the sidelines of the summit, Modi met Putin in Goa on Saturday morning and discussed a wide range of issues.........Read more

N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurates his new office at Velagapudi

N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurates his new office at Velagapudi - Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has moved into his new office chamber in Amaravati.........Read more

India's junior men's team loses 1-5 to NSW Waratahs in bronze medal match

India's junior men's hockey team lost 1-5 to NSW Waratahs in the bronze medal match of Australian Hockey League at Perth on Sunday.........Read more

Museum to display Michael Schumacher memorabilia

The private car collection of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher will go on view to the public as part of a new exhibition centre in Cologne, his manager announced. The Motorworld centre is expected to open at the end of 2017 and will feature go-karts from Schumacher`s early career as well as sports cars, trophies and replicas of the F1 cars he drove to a record seven world titles.........Read more

Bansal's Suicide Note Is Strong Evidence, Why There Is No FIR Yet?

The police should first authenticate the suicide notes by finding out whether those were written by BK Bansal and his son. The police must also verify that they were not forced to write these suicide notes. They should also investigate whether or not someone murdered them and later hung them from the ceiling to make it look like a suicide. ........Read more

Hyderabad online sex racket busted, girls were paid Rs 50,000 a week

Rachakonda SOT police nabbed four people, including a woman, who were running an online sex racket and rescued five victims. The gang operated through www.locanto.in. The victims were selected by the organiser after they sent their pictures on WhatsApp and they travelled to Hyderabad by air. Cops also seized Rs 32,000 and 11 mobiles from them. The arrested persons are Dasari Prabhakar, Nagesh Varma, Ravi Varma and Prachi Sharma. The rescued women are from Haryana and UP.........Read more

No relief in sight: Brace for 5 more days of rain

According to the Met department, the city received a cumulative rainfall of 7.6 centimetres since Thursday night prompting chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to order a survey to assess the damages caused by the rains.........Read more

Check Out the Submarine Internet Cables the NSA Probably Tapped

THE WORDS “MASS surveillance” usually bring to mind wiretaps, security cameras, and the NSA hoovering unfathomable quantities of cellphone metadata and Internet activity. Few pause to consider the physical aspect of that last type of data collection: The government taps hundreds of cables that snake across the ocean floor, carrying data around the world.........Read more

Pepperfry Raises $31 Mn In New Round of Funding; Plans To Expand Logistics Network

Mumbai-based furniture and home marketplace Pepperfry has raised about $31 Mn (INR 210 Cr) in a fresh round of funding from current investors Goldman Sachs, Bertelsmann India Investments (BII), N...........Read more

Kashmir situation would not have worsened if Rahul Gandhi was PM: Cong

In light of Uri terror attack, GPCC president Bharat Solanki on Monday blamed the PDP-BJP led coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir for the rise in "Pak-sponsored" terror attacks in that state. The situation in Jammu and Kashmir would not have worsened if........Read more

Government plans 27,000km economic corridors

The 44 highways stretching 27,000 km, which the government is planning to develop as 'economic corridors', will ensure seamless movement of cargo vehicles, cut delays, deepen economic activities and create jobs.........Read more

Instagram now lets you save your own stories and mute others

Instagram has issued another Snapchat-inspired update to its app, the latest in an aggressive series since the company’s big redesign in May. In version 9.3, released today, Instagram has added...........Read more

15K Pakistanis guarding 7K Chinese working on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

There are two Pakistani security personnel for every Chinese national working on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), indicating the high threat perception to the project despite China's billing as Pakistan's "all weather ally".........Read more

Towards a sane society

Will the Mental Health Care Bill passed by the Rajya Sabha, which brings to centre stage the rights of patients diagnosed with mental disorders, serve the purpose of making positive changes to the mental health care infrastructure? By T.K. RAJALAKSHMI........Read more

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might be banned from flights in the US: Report

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 issues don’t seem to have ended with the worldwide recall of the Galaxy Note 7 devices. The FAA is now reportedly “actively exploring” the issue and might be considering a ban of the device on all flights.........Read more

How to Talk to a Woman Who Has Locked Herself Inside a Panic Room

These days, many women will run screaming from you when you approach them and lock themselves inside an impenetrable panic room as they shriek in terror and wait for law enforcement to arrive.........Read more

Farmers ushering in anera of entrepreneurship

The State and Central governments are promoting FPOs in a big way with an objective of converting the initiative into a farmers’ cooperative movement, which is expected to have its bearing on the economy of individual farmers’ families as a unit. ........Read more

ISRO prepares to launch weather satellite INSAT-3DR on August 28

Preparations for the launch of weather satellite INSAT-3DR with the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV-MkII) next month are progressing at Sriharikota........Read more

Smriti Irani versus Priyanka Gandhi in UP?

With the Congress trying to project Priyanka Gandhi as the party’s main campaigner for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, a section in the BJP wants Union textiles minister Smriti Irani to counter her in the state.........Read more

Microsoft Xbox One S With 4K Gaming Support Is the Smallest Ever

The latest gaming console from Microsoft will let you play games in 4K at high frame rates.........Read more

Godhra-Gulbarg Gambit: Pawns Face Trial While Knights Roam Free

Despite the Gulbarg case verdict, it will take more to deliver closure to victims of riots, writes Pravin Mishra.........Read more

India’s Pollution Problem May Be 'Hiding' Extreme Heat Spikes

Although India is no stranger to extreme heat at this time of year, the smog has kept record-breaking high temperatures at bay – until now.........Read more

Kupwara encounter: Army soldier martyred, four terrorists gunned down

Srinagar: In an encounter that is underway in Naugam, Jammu and Kashmir, an Army soldier has been martyred and four terrorists have been neutralised.   With the operation getting fiercer by the minute, more troops have been called in.........Read more

Brain function could be disrupted by long-term use of antibiotics

Studies have shown that long-term consumption of antibiotics could be the cause of disruption of brain function since it affects neurogenesis directly.........Read more