Centre to Release Rs 11,092 Crore for All States to Deal with Coronavirus Spread

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday approved release of Rs 11,092 crore to all states under the State Disaster Risk Management Fund (SDRMF) for setting up quarantine facilities and arranging other facilities for checking the spread of coronavirus. The Home Ministry said the fund has been approved following assurance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chief ministers during his video conference on Thursday. ........Read more

Story Of 'V Unbeatable': From Mumbai Slums To World Stage

A team of 29 dancers called "V Unbeatable" from the slums of Mumbai's Bhayander and Naigaon has found international glory after winning the Championship Trophy, an extension of the original US reality show, America's Got Talent. They received $1 million for this feat. For these children who did not even have passports, dancing is not just a passion but also a tribute to their co-founder Vikas Gupta, who died in an accident while practicing one of their death-defying stunts and acrobatic dance moves that enthralled the world. ........Read more

Hong Kong records first death from new coronavirus; overall toll over 420

Hong Kong reported its first death from the newly identified coronavirus on Tuesday, the second fatality outside mainland China from an outbreak that has killed over 420 people, spread around the world and raised fears for global economic growth. The Hong Kong fatality brought the total death toll from the virus to 427, including a man who died in the Philippines last week after visiting Wuhan. Chinese authorities said the toll in China rose by a record 64 from the previous day to 425, mostly in Hubei province of which Wuhan is the capital.........Read more

Hyundai, Uber Reveal New S-A1 Concept For Urban Air Mobility, At CES 2020 - CarandBike

Hyundai is the first automotive company to join the Uber Elevate initiative, bringing automotive-scale manufacturing capability and a track record of mass-producing electric vehicles. The air vehicle concept takes a NASA-inspired approach that jump-starts innovation by publicly releasing vehicle design concepts so any company can use them to innovate their air taxi models and engineering technologies.........Read more

Detecting Small Bits of Space Junk With Laser Ranging Telescopes

Earth is surrounded by space junk, from fragments of old satellites to exploded spacecraft. The clutter isn’t just an annoyance; it’s a potential hazard for current and future spaceflight. Even small pieces of space junk can damage satellites and spacecraft as they whiz around Earth at up to about 17,500 mph. ........Read more

4.61 Lakh Tamils Were Given Indian Citizenship, MHA Clarifies on Twitter

Protests erupted over religion-based citizenship criteria though the MHA clarified that it was not against any religion. As questions were raised as to why Tamils from Sri Lanka have not been considered for the citizenship, MHA said that 4.6 lakh Tamils were given Indian citizenship between 1964 and 2008.........Read more

Mercedes launches SUV GLC in India, price starts at 52.56 lakh

German luxury carmaker Mercedes Benz on Tuesday launched its premium SUV GLC with price starting at Rs 52.56 lakh (ex-showroom all India). The latest generation of the GLC is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. These are equipped with MBUX, an intuitive and intelligent multimedia system. While the petrol option, GLC 200 is priced at Rs 52.75 lakh, the diesel variant GLC 220d is priced at Rs 57.75 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, India).........Read more

'Never dreamed of leading state': Uddhav Thackeray to take oath as Maharashtra CM on Nov 28

After being elected as joint legislative party leader, Uddhav Thackeray said, "I had never dreamed of leading the state. I would like to thank Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and other leaders.........Read more

Microsoft Introduces AI-Powered Automated Driving License Test in India

The technology that Microsoft developed to automate driver's license tests is called HAMS. "The main challenge in the traditional driver's license test is the burden placed on the human evaluators and the resulting subjectivity that a candidate faces."........Read more

British PM Johnson calls for Dec. 12 election to break Brexit deadlock

Johnson said in a letter to opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn he would give parliament more time to approve his Brexit deal but lawmakers must back a December election.........Read more

IRDAI panel to review third-party motor insurance

As per the Insurance Act, every general insurer has to underwrite a minimum percentage of insurance business in third party risks of motor vehicles. IRDAI. (Screengrab) TheInsurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has constituted a working committee that will review the motor third party obligation regulations for insurers and give recommendations in three months to modify the current framework. The committee constituted by the IRDAI will be headed by J Anita, General Manager, Irdai. The other members of the committee include Basudev Sanyal, Chief Manager, United India Insurance, K B Mehra, Chief Manager, National Insurance, Loknath Kar from ICICI Lombard, and others. A Srihari, IRDAI non-life member, is also a part of the committee. As per the Insurance Act, every general insurer has to underwrite a minimum percentage of insurance business in third party risks of motor vehicles. In June 2015, the insurance regulator had specified a formula for calculating motor third party obligations for insurers. But later on the Industry felt that the formula was not correct.........Read more

INX Media case: SC reserves order for 5 September on P Chidambaram's plea, extends interim protection from ED arrest

The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order for 5 September on the interim bail plea by senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The interim protection, earlier granted to Chidambaram by the apex court in the case, was also extended till 5 September. A bench of justices R Bhanumati and AS Bopanna, which was hearing the matter, also asked the ED to place before it in a sealed cover the material which the agency wanted to produce for the court's perusal. The top court said it will later decide on whether or not the court should look at these documents. During the hearing on Thursday, ED's counsel Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta told the bench that they needed custodial interrogation of Chidambaram to unearth the larger conspiracy in the INX Media money laundering case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. He also said that if Chidambaram is granted anticipatory bail, it would affect cases involving liquor baron Vijay Mallya, businessman Mehul Choksi, fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi and controversial preacher Zakir Naik.........Read more

OnePlus plans to invest ₹1,000 crore in R&D facility in Hyderabad

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus plans to invest ₹1,000 crore on its research and development (R&D) facility in Hyderabad over the next three years. The global R&D facility, the company’s first in India, will have a headcount of 1,500. Currently, it employed over 200 people. “In three years, we plan to grow the new R&D centre in Hyderabad into our biggest globally. We plan to re-focus our R&D efforts on a large scale and drive innovations in India for the global product, especially on the software side with special emphasis on Artificial Intelligence, 5G and IoT,” Pete Lau, OnePlus founder and CEO and a poster boy for the start-up world, said here on Monday. He said this while pointing out how India is already an important market for the five-year-old start-up, contributing to over one-third of its revenues. At 1,86,000 sq ft, spread over five floors, the R&D centre will be one of the largest such of OnePlus and play a critical role in the development of Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning in OnePlus products. One of the features of the R&D centre will be a 5G lab to be established with an investment of ₹100 crore, said Mr. Lau, who spoke at the inauguration of a part of the R&D centre and to media later. The new facility will house three labs, camera, communications and networking labs, and automation labs that will focus heavily on camera development, 5G testing, software with a focus on AI and performance testing, a release said.........Read more

3,000 railway stations gets free WiFi facility

As part of Indian Railways plan to provide free WiFi service in all railway stations, the national transport on Monday said that has finished installing the service in 3,000 stations. Ellenabad, station in Bikaner Division of Rajasthan, is 3000th station to have free WFi service, Puneet Chawla, CMD RailTel, said here in a statement. The railways plan to provide the service at all its stations— number comes to around 6,000. The facility was first provided at Mumbai Central in January 2016. And in 16 months, it was extended to 1,600 stations across India. Railway's telecommunications arm RailTel began the process with a vision to turn stations into a platform for digital inclusion. RailTel has now roped in Tata Trust for providing the facility at the remaining stations in the country. To use the facility, a user has to switch on the WiFi mode on their smartphone and select the RailWire WiFi network. The RailWire homepage automatically appears on the smartphone. The user is then prompted to enter his or her mobile number on the homepage to get a one-time password (OTP), after which the user can access high-speed internet and can start browsing. Get the best of news in your inbox everyday As part of Indian Railways plan to provide free WiFi service in all railway stations, the national transport on Monday said that has finished installing the service in 3,000 stations.........Read more

Antarctica’s ice is melting faster than ever before

Antarctica has been one of the worst-affected continents by global warming and climate change. Now, new research shows that the landmass is losing ice five times faster than it did in the 1990s. Some areas have already lost over 100m thickness of ice already. With global temperatures rising as we speak, it is no surprise that ice loss is now happening in the interiors of Antarctica too.........Read more

Sri Lanka imposes emergency, says international network involved in attacks

Sri Lanka said it was invoking emergency powers in the aftermath of devastating bomb attacks on hotels and churches, blamed on militants with foreign links, in which 290 people were killed and nearly 500 wounded. The emergency law, which gives police and the military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders........Read more

Shatrughan Sinha's Wife Poonam Sinha to Contest Against Rajnath Singh in Lucknow

Poonam Sinha, the wife of actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, will be contesting against Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh from the Lucknow parliamentary constituency. will contest on the Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket with the Bahujan Samaj Party's (BSP) support.........Read more

Virat Kohli and Co retain ICC Test Championship Mace for third consecutive year

India continued their dominance in the longest format after finishing at the top of the ICC Test Team Rankings on the cut-off date of 1 April, the International Cricket Council announced. Meanwhile, New Zealand ended at the second place in this list.........Read more

BJP's Pramod Sawant Leading Race to Become Next Chief Minister of Goa

Reports are emerging that the BJP-led coalition has two candidates in mind- Speaker Pramod Sawant and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane. Sawant is known to have been groomed by Parrikar himself but Rane reportedly has the support of Goa Forward and Independent MLAs.........Read more

Bulandshahr accused Yogesh Raj caught 30 days after cop’s death in violence

The Uttar Pradesh Police placed Yogesh Raj, a Bajrang Dal activist, under arrest for the murder of inspector Subodh Kumar Singh in Bulandshahr on December 3.........Read more

'Hindus Are Innocent But Not Fools': Thackeray Attacks PM Over Ram Temple, Rafale Deal

Uddhav Thackeray attacked the Narendra Modi government saying that his party is not interested in an alliance with the BJP unless the latter clears its stand on issues like Ram temple, farm loan waiver and crop insurance.........Read more

Rafale jets a must-buy: IAF chief wrote to Defence minister amid political row

Indian Air Force (IAF) wrote to defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman to underline that the political controversy around the Rafale deal should not endanger the purchase of the fighters from France.........Read more

3 arrested for Bulandshahr cop killing, FIRs filed against 87 for rioting

A leader of Bajrang Dal was among the three people arrested in connection with the violence over an incident of alleged cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district that led to the death of two men, including that of a police inspector, ........Read more

Can Japanese tech solve India's traffic jams?

Bangalore is looking to Japan rather than homegrown talent for a groundbreaking solution to its notorious congestion problem. Traffic jam volume at major intersections could be slashed by 30% within three years by a new intelligent transportation system (ITS).........Read more

IBM chases Amazon into cloud with $33 billion Red Hat purchase

IBM’s purchase of Red Hat Inc. is a $33 billion bid aimed at catapulting the company into the ranks of the top cloud software competitors. The cash deal, IBM’s biggest ever by far, boosts the 107-year-old computer-services giant’s credentials overnight in the fast-growing and lucrative cloud market........Read more

Russia opposes US unilateral sanctions on Iran: Envo

Vladimir Putin's envoy Alexander Lavrentiev said that the Russian President regards US unilateral sanctions on Iran as a violation of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).........Read more

AirAsia pilot puts AC on full blast to make passengers leave flight

Some passengers on an AirAsia India flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra got into an altercation with airline staff over deplaning them after the flight was delayed by over four hours. when passengers of a Kolkata-Bagdogra flight refused to deboard due to heavy rains outside, the captain put the air-conditioning blower on full blast to hound the passengers out.........Read more

Telugu Young actresses lured to Chicago in high-end prostitution

The young Tollywood actress arrived at Chicago Airport last Christmas Eve on a flight from Abu Dhabi. Carrying a temporary visa, she told customs agents she had come to the U.S. to attend an Telugu association event at the behest of her manager and would be staying only a couple weeks.........Read more

Fuel prices fell for the 11th consecutive day by 40 paise

Fuel price reduction: The reductions come on the back of softening of international oil rates and the rupee gaining against the US dollar. Prices vary from state-to-state depending on local sales tax or VAT.........Read more

Pranab Mukherjee's daughter lashes out at him for RSS visit

India News: A day before former President Pranab Mukherjee speaks at an RSS function in Nagpur, his daughter and Delhi Congress spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee........Read more

Microsoft Passes Google's Alphabet to Become Third Most Valuable Company

 Microsoft surpassed Google's parent company Alphabet in market value, becoming the third most valuable company in the world.........Read more

If one dies getting on or off train, Railways must pay compensation: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the railways would be liable to pay compensation to passengers in case of death or injury while boarding and de-boarding trains and said it cannot deny such claims citing negligence on the part of passengers. As per Section 124A of the Railways Act, 1989, no compensation shall be payable by the railway administration if the passenger dies or suffers injury due to suicide or attempted suicide by him, self-inflicted injury, his own criminal act or any act committed by him in a state of intoxication or insanity. ........Read more

Over 9000 voter IDs found in Bengaluru apartment in midnight drama, Election Commission orders probe

The Election Commission of India filed a first information report (FIR) early on Wednesday after over 9,000 voter ID cards and counterfoils were found in an apartment in Bengaluru’s Jalahalli area ahead of the May 12 assembly polls, sparking off a political slugfest between the ruling Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.........Read more

Insight into potential new strategy to target skin diseases like psorias

Research has shown that targeting metabolism in growing cells holds promise for the treatment of skin diseases like psoriasis that are characterized by skin overgrowth resulting from excess cell division, known as hyperproliferation. Recent studies have shown that people with psoriasis are at an increased risk for other inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, heart disease/hypertension, diabetes, Crohn's syndrome, lupus, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and obesity.........Read more

Government mulls new bank to fund women SHGs

Government is considering setting up a “special bank” to finance women’s self help groups by increased credit flows. An expert committee will explore options of such a bank and if the credit needs of SHGs can be better served by an apex financial body with members drawn from such women’s groups, along the lines of Andhra Pradesh’s ‘Streenidhi cooperative’.........Read more

Telugu film producers back Tamil counterparts, no Telugu films in Tamil Nadu from Sunday

In an announcement, the Telugu film body has said that screenings of Telugu films in Tamil Nadu will be stopped from Sunday. This includes the latest Telugu hit Rangasthalam starring Ram Charan and Samantha, which has found quite a lot of takers in Tamil Nadu.........Read more

Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad found guilty in Dumka treasury case, punishment to be announced later

Former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad was on Monday found guilty in a fourth fodder scam case by a CBI court in Ranchi. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced at a later date.........Read more

Diplomats' harassment in Pak: India issues 13th Note Verbale to Islamabad

Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad has sent another note verbale to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan protesting against the intimidation and harassment of Indian High Commission officials. This is the 13th note verbale this year on the subject. Three incidents of harassment were highlighted by the Indian Embassy.........Read more

Will not touch Ram Sethu, will explore alternative route, govt. tells SC

The government told the Supreme Court that it will not touch the ancient Ram Sethu, an underwater coral formation in the Indian Ocean referred to in the mythology Ramayana, for the implementation of the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project.........Read more

AIMPLB Member Maulana Salman Nadvi Supports Construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Board Says It’s His Personal Opinion

In a first, All India Muslim Personal Law Board Member Maulana Salman Nadvi on Friday supported the construction of Ram Mandir at the disputed site in Ayodhya. He added that the mosque can be built on an alternative land near the disputed site. After holding talks with spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Nadvi said that he would also support the construction of a university at the site.........Read more

How is the Union Budget Secrecy Maintained Before Announcement?

The Ministry of Finance, housed in the North Block of Secretariat Building in New Delhi is given the highest level of security three weeks before the budget. The Intelligence Bureau (IB), Delhi Police and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) are all involved in the security of this zone. A "blue sheet" containing key numbers of the budget is guarded with utmost care. Even the finance minister is not allowed to keep it. It is entrusted in the hands of the budget joint secretary. The first draft of this blue sheet is made a few weeks before the budget. This document is the bedrock of all budget calculations.........Read more

How Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother foiled Pakistan's crooked plan

Avanti's courage may have put a spanner in the works of Pakistanis who had planned, sources here suspect, to use the recording of Jadhav's "confession" to his wife and mother about him being a terrorist, to bolster their narrative against him and India.........Read more

SBI waives account closing fees

State Bank of India (SBI) has waived account closing charges for all savings bank customers provided it has been in existence for over a year. The move is the second in the round of relaxations by the bank following protests against the penalty for not maintaining a minimum balance. Until now, the bank was deducting Rs 500 with service tax as account closing charges on all accounts except for those closed during the 14-day free-look period. The waiver will come into effect from this month. ........Read more

New Study Provides Explanation for Pluto's Giant Blades of Ice

The New Horizons spacecraft gave scientists and the general public the first clear picture of what this distant dwarf planet looks like. In addition to providing breathtaking images of Pluto’s “heart”, its frozen plains, and mountain chains, one of the more interesting features it detected was Pluto’s mysterious “bladed terrain”.........Read more

No tax refund, no working capital: How GST is hurting Indian exporters

Delays in processing tax refunds under the new Goods and Services Tax regime has locked up the funds of exporters, hurting their businesses and affecting their ability to be competitive in international markets.........Read more

Vijaya Bank, Dena Bank eye merger

Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank are said to be discussing synergies and the boards of both banks are discussing pros and cons of such a move. The alliance, if it gets through would be based on the geographical outreach of both banks. Vijaya has a strong presence in southern states while Dena has presence in Maharashtra and neighbouring states. The combined entity could lead to a large mid-sized bank along the lines of OBC and take care of the banking needs in South and West India.........Read more

Mumbai team discovers how embryos implant in the womb

Researchers at the National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH) in Mumbai have finally shed light on one of the most important steps in pregnancy — the ability of the embryo to implant itself in the womb. Although much is known about the early steps of establishment of pregnancy, very little is known about the communication between the implanting embryo and mother’s womb. The researchers have found a cross-talk between the embryo and the inner lining of the uterus (endometrium) and discovered a chain of chemical events that facilitate the implantation of the embryo in the womb.........Read more

Researcher sheds new light on how brain operates like GPS

Every time you walk out of a building, you immediately see where you're at and then step toward a destination. Whether you turn left, right or go straight ahead, you don't even think about it. Simple, right? The parietal cortex is the part of the brain that helps make that happen. It integrates information coming in from various senses and helps a person understand what action to take as a result. The response gets recorded as a memory with help from other parts of the brain, creating a "map" of the location that a person can recall to help get around from place to place.........Read more

Goa Govt Mulls Banning Swimming in Sea After Sunset

In the wake of some recent incidents of drowning along the beaches, the Goa tourism department is planning to enact a law to ban swimming in the sea post-sunset and after consumption of alcohol.........Read more

Banks start moving on NPA accounts in RBI’s second defaulter list

Banks have started work on debt resolution plans and filing insolvency cases against NPA accounts in RBI’s second defaulter list, well ahead of the December deadline........Read more

Failure to pass Yo-Yo fitness test reason behind Yuvraj, Raina's exclusion from ODI squad: Report

The Indian team regularly undergoes a series of fitness tests with the ‘Yo-Yo’ endurance test being the most important of them. The current Indian team is considered to be the fittest by a fair distance. The acceptable ‘Yo-Yo’ score is 19.5 and upwards while skipper Virat Kohli scores around 21 in the test. However, Singh and Raina scored well below the permissible level of 19.5 with Singh barely managing to touch 16.........Read more

Law Commission seeks state associations' views on legalising betting

Tasked with examining the possibility of legalising betting, the Law Commission of India has sought the suggestions of the BCCI's member units before submitting its recommendations. The Supreme Court had mandated the Law Commission to undertake such a study after the Lodha Committee had recommended in its exhaustive report that betting on cricket be made legal in India.........Read more

Malaysia: Deputy PM confirms caning under Syariah law ‘only’ for Muslims

MALAYSIA’s Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has emphasised legislative changes introducing public caning for moral offences in Kelantan is “only” for Muslims in the conservative northeastern state.........Read more

IGNOU announces complete fee waiver to transgender students

Students belonging to third gender can pursue higher education free of cost by getting enrolled to the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).........Read more

Pakistan bans Hafiz Saeed's JuD front amid international pressure to curb terror funding

Pakistan has quietly banned Tehreek-e-Azaadi Jammu and Kashmir, a new front for Hafiz Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawa, as international pressure on the country grew, including from a global watchdog, to combat terror and its funding.........Read more

A perturbed skin microbiome can be 'contagious' and promote inflammation, study finds

Even in healthy individuals, the skin plays host to a menagerie of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Growing scientific evidence suggests that this lively community, collectively known as the skin microbiome, serves an important role in healing, allergies, inflammatory responses and protection from infection.........Read more

Frequent and infrequent binge drinking, cocaine abuse may impair mental skills, says study

A recent study has stated that the habit of consuming four or more alcohol drinks a day or using marijuana, cocaine, opioids, sedatives and tranquilisers, may cause deficits in attention and will lead to impairments in mental skills in both men and women. Frequent binge drinking is also linked to a lower score on executive functioning scale. The study was published online in the journal Addiction.........Read more

2017 Hyundai Verna facelift launching on August 22, 2017

The new sedan has already been spotted several times on the roads as a test mule wearing camouflage. It is being learnt that the South-Korean automaker would launch the 2017 Hyundai Verna facelift on August 22, 2017 in the Indian market. ........Read more

4G speed in India 3 times lower than world average, ranks even below Pakistan, Sri Lanka: report

While India is finally ranked among the top in terms of availability of 4G LTE connectivity on mobile networks, it is positioned really low when it comes to speed.........Read more

Cold comfort: What ails India's new centralised online adoption system?

In August 2015, in a bid to make adoptions faster and more transparent, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development revamped the adoption system with a set of new guidelines. For the first time, the entire adoption procedure was transferred online, to be monitored by the Central Adoption Resource Authority, the nodal body regulating adoptions in India.........Read more

Oil prices jump after Saudi Arabia and Arab allies cut ties with Qatar

Saudi Arabia and key allies on Monday cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremism, sending shockwaves through the energy industry as the countries involved include the world's top oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporters.........Read more

Valentine's Day responsible for rape, illegitimate children and violence against women, says RSS leader Indresh Kumar

In India, love has been sacred and pious. It has been sung as the tales of Radha-Krishna, Laila-Majnu and Heer-Ranjha but the western culture commercialised love and gave birth to festival of Valentines's day which is now responsible for problems like rape, illegitimate children and violence on women.........Read more

AIIMS MBBS 2017 entrance test paper leaked, says Vyapam whistle-blower Anand Rai

Anand Rai alleges he had received the question paper snapshots from a source who claimed these were leaked from M C Saxena College in Lucknow when the online test was on.........Read more

Kuldeep Yadav non-selection in Ranchi Test alleged reason for Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli spat

The spat between Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli began ahead of the Ranchi Test in March against Australia, when the former was in favour of handing left-arm chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav for the game while the latter disagreed with the idea of doing so.........Read more

Government starts Twitter handle to answer queries on GST

“The Department of Revenue has opened a new Twitter Handle @askGST_GoI to invite queries from all taxpayers on GST,” a Finance Ministry statement here said.........Read more

Automation Will Take Away Your Job, But There is Way Out, Says Facebook’s Zuckerberg

At the Ivy League university to pick up a honorary doctor of laws, media reports quoted the 33-year-old as saying that automation was going to take over human jobs, and it was time for the new graduates to tackle major, ambitious ‘public works’ projects to bring together people for the benefit of society.........Read more

Opinion: Centre has not banned cow slaughter but has introduced a new licence raj around it

The Union Government has not banned cow slaughter. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017, notified by the Centre on May 23 only regulates the manner in which animal markets are supposed to function, and how the animals brought for trade are to be treated there. These Rules do not, at any point, ban cow slaughter though there are certain provisions that relate to the slaughter of cattle.........Read more

The brain detects disease in others even before it breaks out

The human brain is much better than previously thought at discovering and avoiding disease, a new study reports. Our sense of vision and smell alone are enough to make us aware that someone has a disease even before it breaks out. And not only aware – we also act upon the information and avoid sick people.........Read more

Goldman Sachs to invest $1 billion in India in 3-4 years

“We think the India opportunity is big and we plan to invest a fair bit of capital. The goal is to invest $200-300 million a year; potentially come close to a billion dollars in the next three to four years,” said Ankur Sahu, co-head of merchant banking division (Asia-Pacific) at Goldman Sachs.........Read more

KGI: Apple likely to launch 10.5-inch iPad Pro and Siri Speaker at WWDC alongside new software

Apple’s WWDC conference kicks off on June 5th and whilst it is predominantly a software conference, reliable Apple analyst KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is reporting that he expects Apple to launch two new hardware products next month.........Read more

Politics heats up as TV report highlights land deals in Delhi by Lalu Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti

RJD leader and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is facing huge setbacks in the fodder scam case after the Supreme Court revived the trial of pending cases and the conspiracy charge is now facing more trouble. This time over the dealings of his daughter Misa Bharti.........Read more

This Visionary Has Documented over 8,600 Innovations & Practices to Help Thousands of Farmers

Vivekanandan has been instrumental in empowering grassroots innovators, knowledge holders, traditional healers, and nomadic pastoral communities, and promotes conventional practices, innovations, and resources conserved by them. Under the leadership of Vivekanandan, SEVA has helped promote grassroots green technologies in Tamil Nadu, and documents the traditional knowledge/grassroots innovations in agriculture, animal husbandry, and conservation of agricultural biodiversity.........Read more

The most efficient way to brush and floss

Neither brushing nor flossing has a significant, scientifically proven effect on cavity prevention, says Philippe Hujoel, a dentist and professor of oral health at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Instead, the best way to prevent cavities is to avoid, as much as possible, sugar and other simple carbohydrates.........Read more

Lingerie vending machines to arrive in India soon

Lingerie vending machines at select prime locations, starting with a mall in Mumbai, will be launched soon. Radhika Goenka, heiress to the Welspun Group, is set to start her own line of women’s innerwear — Lingerie Shop. It will be officially launched in the second week of May.........Read more

How 4,000 Army personnel thwarted an attempt to declare Shopian as 'Azaad Kashmir'

Had the 4,000 personnel of the Armed Forces not carried out the mammoth operation at Kashmir, Shopian district would have been declared as "Azaad Kashmir," by the terrorists with the help of several locals. The banners were ready and several local leaders had been threatened to resign from their posts and support the movement for an 'Azaad Kashmir.'........Read more

Nasa's Peggy Whitson sets new record for most consecutive days in space by a US astronaut

National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut Peggy Whitson on Monday broke the record for the most consecutive days spent in space by an astronaut from the United States – Nasa said she had broken astronaut Jeff Williams’ record of 534 days.........Read more

Mobile subscriber base in India increases by 5.68 million to reach 895.25 million in March 2017

The mobile subscriber base of seven telecom operators, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, increased by 5.68 million in March to reach 895.25 million, according to industry data. The numbers include those of the latest entrant, Reliance Jio Infocomm as of December 2016. Excluding the data of the Mukesh Ambani-led firm, the total subscriber base at the end of March 2017 stood at 823.10 million.........Read more

Tim Cook Reportedly Threatened to Drop Uber From the App Store

If a new in-depth report is to be believed then Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was once warned by Apple CEO Tim Cook for not following the App Store guidelines, and threatened that the Uber app would be kicked out of the App Store.........Read more

Knight Riders defend small total in style, RCB 49 all out

Royal Challengers Bangalore, possessing the most glittering batting line-up in Twenty20 cricket, sensationally collapsed to 49 all out, the lowest score in the IPL, to lose to Kolkata Knight Riders........Read more

Top UN court to rule on Ukraine's case against Russia

In a key moment for the Ukrainian crisis, the UN's highest court will rule Wednesday on a bid by Kiev to stop Russia allegedly pumping money, arms and troops into the country's war-torn east. Three years into a bloody conflict that has claimed more than 10,000 lives, Ukraine is urging the International Court of Justice to help bring stability to its volatile east.........Read more

Infosys to focus on increasing local hiring in US amid visa-related concerns

Infosys has been in favour of a healthy mix of local and global personnel even though hiring locals in overseas markets often pushes up operational costs for IT outsourcing companies. With the US mulling over various measures to make visa norms stricter under the Donald Trump administration, Indian IT firms have been contemplating tweaking their business models and accommodating more locals.........Read more

Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence: PM Modi tells MEA, Home Ministry to convey strong response to Pakistan

Soon after Pakistan announced that Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian citizen held in that country on the charges of espionage, would be executed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message to both the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was to convey a strong response.........Read more

Egypt: 45 dead, 119 injured in ISIS blasts at Coptic churches; President Sisi declares 3-month state of emergency

At least 45 people were killed and nearly 120 others injured in powerful blasts triggered by ISIS in two churches packed with worshippers celebrating Palm Sunday in Egypt's Tanta and Alexandria cities, the deadliest attacks on the minority Coptic Christians in recent years.........Read more

Kaatru Veliyidai movie review: Underwhelming love saga

Mani Ratnam‘s Kaatru Veliyidai has flashes of brilliance but unfortunately all that gets lost in a largely underwhelming film. It takes up an interesting idea about romance – between an Air Force pilot and a doctor - set against the backdrop of Kargil war. All that nostalgia from his earlier films is intact but Ratnam fails to stitch it all together to give us a film we can root for. There are some great scenes, some moments that prove why he’s a legend, but otherwise it is disappointing.........Read more

Mukti Bhawan Review: A Masterpiece That Embraces Life and Death

If no one can escape the ultimate embrace, can we spend our time in the waiting room of life to say our final goodbyes? Can life then be lived in the waiting room of death is the question. Shubhashish Bhutiani’s debut feature film Mukti Bhawan or Hotel Salvation deals with the complexities of death with a simplicity that is endearing.........Read more

21-year-old girl becomes Indias youngest pilot, plans to fly Russias MIG-29

21-year-old Ayesha Aziz is making headlines by becoming India's youngest pilot. At a time when most are busy handling the dilemma of what stream to choose, Ayesha was sure she about being a pilot. When she was 16, she began her training and got a student pilot license by the prestigious Bombay Flying Club.........Read more

Virat Kohli 'Head And Shoulders' Above His Contemporaries, Says Andrew Flintoff

Virat Kohli, former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff described him as 'head and shoulders' above his international contemporaries and stated that the Indian skipper is 'on a different planet'. "He's absolutely on his own. You look at the four main captains; Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root and Virat Kohli. They're all very, very good players but Virat is head and shoulders above all of them,"........Read more

O Panneerselvam to meet CEC, likely to claim AIADMK symbol

Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam will visit New Delhi on Wednesday to meet the Chief Election Commissioner. In his first visit to the national capital after he rebelled against Sasikala Natarajan's camp, Panneerselvam is likely to stake claim to the party's symbol. O Panneerselvam will lead a delegation of his supporters to meet Dr Naseem Zaidi at noon on Wednesday.........Read more

Tata Motors inks pact with VW, Skoda; products likely from 2019

Tata Motors today said it has entered into a long-term partnership agreement with Volkswagen Group and Skoda for joint development of products with the first rollout expected in 2019. Under the Memorandum of understanding signed between the partners, Skoda Auto will take the lead on behalf of the Volkswagen Group to drive forward work towards development of vehicle concepts in the economy segment.........Read more

DGMO speaks to Pak. counterpart, expresses concern at terrorists' movement along LoC

Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt on Thursday held talks with his Pakistan counterpart and expressed concern over the movement of terrorists along the Line of Control (LoC). However Pakistan military rejected Indian Army’s concerns over the movement of terrorists along the LoC.........Read more

A. R. Rahman: ‘I am an instrument’

Born A.S. Dileep Kumar, the singer, musician and composer converted to Islam at the age of 23, a move that he says honed his music skills and continues to define much of what he is known for today. “I was never happy with my music earlier. But the whole thinking changed from ‘I’m playing music’ to ‘I’m an instrument’,” he says softly, arranging his thoughts. He has just finished a video bite but hasn’t snapped out of the formal camera position.........Read more

Taj Mansingh Hotel to finally go under hammer, Le Meridien licence cancelled

Two years after the Centre cleared the decks for its auction, Taj Mansingh Hotel will finally go under the hammer, the NDMC today decided, as it also cancelled Le Meridien Hotel’s licence over dues of Rs 523 crore.........Read more

India soon to have their first air trains at Delhi airport

In a first for the country, Indira Gandhi International Airport in the national capital will get its own dedicated free-to-use metro lines for commuters to transit from one terminal to another. Several major airports across the world like New York’s JFK, London Heathrow, Hong Kong and Zurich also provide the facility. ........Read more

Modi promises to end the economic blockade in manipur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday promised to end the crippling economic blockade in Manipur if the BJP comes to power in the state and said what the Congress could not do in 15 years, the BJP will do in 15 months.........Read more

Dharwad teen wakes up on way to his funeral

A 17-year-old boy woke up on the way to his funeral in Dharwad's Managundi village, surprising his relatives and villagers who had presumed him dead.He was rushed to a private hospital where his condition is critical.........Read more

TN trust vote: Go to court, Governor advises Stalin, OPS

Rao suggested that if the parties are aggrieved by the manner in which the trust vote was held, then they should approach the judiciary. The judiciary can call for a report and decide on whether the trust vote was fair or not. The judiciary can also direct that a fresh trust vote be held in the presence of observers, Rao also told the delegation.........Read more

ICC Women's World Cup Qualifiers 2017: Mithali Raj, Mona Meshram secure India's spot for main event

India women produced an all-round effort to spank Bangladesh women by nine wickets in a Super Six match to qualify for the ICC Women's World Cup 2017.........Read more

Toyota launches fourth-generation Prius at Rs 39.96 lakh

The globally-recognised Prius is powered by Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive and now boasts of a sharper front fascia, new wheels and a completely revamped rear. At its heart, the Prius has a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and has a claimed mileage of 26.27kmpl.........Read more

The real work culture of Flipkart

Because of its preeminent position among startups in India, Flipkart has always been under a great deal of scrutiny. This extends to valuation markdowns, corporate reshuffles, and most recently, its lobbying efforts, for a "level playing field", and against a GST provision. For this reason, news of people leaving Flipkart also garners a lot of attention, and there's a fair amount of curiosity around what the working conditions in the company are like.........Read more

Veteran filmmaker Dasari Narayana 'responding well to treatment' after surgery

"He is reacting to treatment very well. As he showed quick signs of recovery, we didn't have to put him on dialysis. In the next three days, he will also be taken off the ventilator support," Bollineni Bhaskar Rao, Managing Director and CEO of KIMS, said in a statement.........Read more

Vasundhara pips Kejriwal as most ‘liked’ CM

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has become the “most liked Chief Minister” on social media platforms, leaving behind Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and U.P. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yada........Read more

War on black money: IT Department cracks down on benami property, 87 notices issued

Initiating a stringent action against black money holders post notes ban, the Income Tax department today said it has issued 87 notices and attached bank deposits worth crores in 42 cases nationwide under the newly enforced Benami Transactions Act which attracts a heavy penalty and rigorous jail term of a maximum 7 years.........Read more

Meghalaya governor Shanmuganathan, facing molestation charges, resigns

Meghalaya governor V Shanmuganathan resigned from his post on Thursday evening following allegations of molestation and a letter by Raj Bhawan employees to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his removal. Raj Bhawan employees had alleged that Shanmuganathan had “seriously compromised the dignity of the Raj Bhavan and made it a ‘young ladies club’.........Read more

Facebook is testing ad placement for businesses on Messenger

We know ads can be annoying but that is one of the ways how businesses gain money, especially in the digital world. Facebook is planning to do the same with its Messenger app. According to a blog post by Product Manager, Eddie Zhang, Facebook is rolling out a small test in Australia and Thailand this week where it will allow businesses to place ads on the Messenger home screen.........Read more

Facebook No Longer Shows Edited Label, Makes Changes Less Noticeable

 The site has not removed edit history, though the removal of the label means it's easier for users to overlook the changes made to a post, as noted first by Mashable. Users can still access the edit history on posts by going through the drop-down menu on the post. On being contacted by Mashable, Facebook representatives acknowledged that the website is using a different editing system than before but the change was made a year ago - implying it took a while before the change was visible to all users.........Read more

Sena Ropes In Shankar Mahadevan To Teach Music In BMC Schools

Vote banks work in myriad ways and ahead of the upcoming elections, and political parties are doing all they can to ensure they have the maximum leverage. Even as CM Devendra Fadnavis is roping in Bollywood celebrities, Shiv Sena has got on board popular music composer and playback singer Sha­nkar Mahadevan to teach music in BMC schools in Mumbai. Both Mahadevan and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray took to social media to announce the news.........Read more

Mumbai blasts mastermind Dawood Ibrahim's assets worth Rs 15,000 cr seized in UAE

In what is believed to be the biggest ever crackdown on Mumbai serial blasts mastermind Dawood Ibrahim, a report on Tuesday claimed that the UAE government has seized the fugitive underworld don's assets worth Rs 15,000 crore.........Read more

Government to airlines: Use GAGAN GPS or face consequences

The government has warned domestic airlines of `consequences' if they did not adopt the Rs 774 crore GPS-Aided Geo Aug mented Navigation system. The warning came during a meeting called by the DGCA earlier this week with all stakeholders, including the airlines, who have not availed of the system even 18 months after its launch.Jointly developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Airports Authority of India (AAI), at an investment of Rs 774 crore, the GAGAN system was officially launched by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in July last year. ........Read more

Rama Mohana Rao hospitalised

On Wednesday, Income Tax officials raided Mr. Rao’s residence and office and seized Rs. 30 lakh cash in new currency and 5 kg of gold. Former Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Rama Mohana Rao was hospitalised on Saturday, after he complained of chest pain, said authorities at Sri Ramachandra Hospital in Chennai.........Read more

ICC select Kohli to captain ODI Team of the Year

Virat Kohli has been selected as the captain of the ICC ODI Team of the Year, which also features two other Indians – Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja. The team, selected by a panel consisting of Rahul Dravid, Kumara Sangakkara, and Gary Kirsten, also features David Warner and Sunil Narine.........Read more

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg gives a peek into Jarvis, an AI personal assistant he built for his home

Mark Zuckerberg has given a sneak peek into Jarvis, the Iron Man inspired artificial intelligence personal assistant he has been building this year. He called the efforts a personal challenge he had undertaken for 2016 to help him “to learn about the state of artificial intelligence — where we’re further along than people realise and where we’re still a long ways off”.........Read more

Physicists Say New Technology is Step Forward for Clean, Infinite Fusion Power

Scientists with the Munich-based Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics have announced new technology, meant to break one of the most significant barriers to keeping humanity from achieving efficient fusion power is "working as planned," reports Seeker.........Read more

Who was Giovanni Cassini?

One such individual is Gionvanni Domenico Cassini, also known by his French name Jean-Dominique Cassini. An Italian astronomer, engineer, and astrologer, Cassini made many valuable contributions to modern science. However, it was his discovery of the gaps in Saturn’s rings and four of its largest moons for which he is most remembered, and the reason why the Cassini spacecraft bears his name.........Read more

BSIV Compliant 2017 Bajaj Avenger Announced

We told you last week that Bajaj Auto is in the process of updating its complete model range to the proposed BSIV emissions norms for the 2017 model year. While it was expected that the Pune based automaker will announce the new BSIV 2017 Pulsar range first, the company has chosen otherwise and has announced the new Avenger series that are now compliant with BSIV norms.........Read more

Motorola makes a comeback with accessory-rich modular smartphones: Here are the first impressions of Moto Z and Moto Z Play

Lenovo-owned Motorola announced the sale of its modular smartphones, Moto Z and Moto Z Play featuring the Moto Mods, in India on Amazon and Flipkart. The company has made a comeback by entering the area of premium smartphones, challenging the likes of Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy devices, and that too at a more affordable pricing. While the Moto Z will cost Rs 39,999, the Moto Z Play is priced at Rs 24,999.........Read more

All new 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 revealed : Complete details, images, video and tech specs

The competition in the middleweight supersport segment just hit the roof! After teasing the motorcycle on previous occasions, Yamaha has finally revealed its 2017 YZF-R6 and visually, it’s almost everything that we expected it to be. For 2017 Yamaha have completely restyled its middleweight supersport bike, and the YZF-R6 adopts its new look from the latest generation YZF-R1. With its M1-type central forced air intake and recessed LED twin headlights, the new YZF-R6 can instantly recognizable as a member of the R-series family.........Read more

Japanese wireless sets expose Pakistan link to Uri

The four Uri terrorists had brought with them two sets of Japan-made wireless sets that stand testimony to the attackers' Pakistan link. Sources told TOI that the NIA, which is investigating the terror attack, has procured the details of the sets' sale from the manufacturer ICOM.........Read more

Climate deal set to enter into force

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to announce shortly that he has secured enough commitments from world leaders to ensure that the 2015 Paris climate accord will enter into legal force this year, binding the next American president, whoever it is. ........Read more

Researchers find a potential signature of cognitive function impairment in people living with HIV

UH researchers have identified a unique epigenetic footprint in specific types of immune cells from blood that can identify individuals with HIV that have a range of impairments in cognitive function.........Read more

Cambodia emerges as surrogacy hub

Bhoomi Shah says she lives the good life in Ahmedabad. She has a well-paying job, has a car that she likes to drive around and lives in a bungalow with her parents, who have always supported her decisions and life choices. So last week, she packed her bags and made a quick three-day trip to Cambodia — not drawn to the east Aisa nation by the iconic Angkor Wat, but to rent a womb.........Read more

Stone Age mummy still revealing secrets, 25 years on

When police heard about the frozen corpse up in the Alps in September 1991, they opened a criminal probe. Murder it was, but the crime was rather old—and the ultimate cold case. The dead man, found by hikers 25 years ago this week a snowball's throw from the Austrian-Italian border and put in a wooden coffin at a nearby police station, turned out to have died more than 5,000 years ago.........Read more

IB, RAW nod will be mandatory for NGOs registered under FCRA henceforth

Following the fiasco over the renewal of licence of controversial preacher Zakir Naik’s NGO, Islamic Research Foundation, under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), the home ministry plans to put in place a stringent mechanism of security checks before licence of such NGOs are renewed.........Read more

Southee ruled out of India Tests, Henry called up

New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee has been ruled out of the three-match Test series against India which begins on September 22 in Kanpur. Southee felt pain in his left foot during a training session and will now head back to New Zealand for rest and rehabilitation with a goal to be fit for the start of the five-match ODI series beginning on October 16 in Dharamsala.........Read more

India pitches for an 'accommodating' Constitution in Nepal

As Nepal undergoes a political transition, Indiaon Friday pitched for implementing the country’s Constitution by accommodating aspirations of all sections and assured it of all possible support amid China’s efforts to gain ground in the Himalayan nation. Read More:  Thai police sure that the blasts are not linked to IS terrorists Related Post Ahead of........Read more

Soumya rape case: SC drops murder charge, sets aside death sentence

In January 2014, the Kerala High Court upheld the death sentence granted to Govindachamy by a Thrissur Fast-track court.........Read more

Meet Varsovia, An Uber-Luxury Sedan From Poland

a Polish startup named Varsovia Motor Company has published a handful of computer-generated images that preview an ultra-luxurious sedan. It's called the Varsovia and it's designed in Poland. From what we can see, it's a long, stately, four-door sedan and has a scale-like finish on the sides.........Read more

Hillary Clinton diagnosed with pneumonia, became dehydrated at 9/11 ceremony

Hillary Clinton diagnosed with pneumonia, became dehydrated at 9/11 ceremony - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been diagnosed with pneumonia and advised to rest, hours after she abruptly left the 9/11 commemoration ceremony here after feeling 'overheated and dehydrated'.........Read more

Jignesh Mevani, face of Dalit protests over Una flogging resigns from AAP

The face of ‘Dalit Asmita Yatra’ in Gujarat, activist Jignesh Mevani, has reportedly resigned from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). A report in Times of India said that Mevani resigned on Saturday after a series of allegations were levelled by the BJP, Dalit rights activists and NGOs that the protest over Una incident was driven........Read more

A new app lets women charge for a night out. Will dating join the on-demand economy?

Tara* had struck gold. After spending a lazy Saturday afternoon browsing through the dating app she was currently experimenting with, she hit it off with a nice-sounding guy, and the two exchanged...........Read more

6 Indian drug makers sign licensing deals for HIV, hepatitis C treatments

The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) says the new sub-licences will secure greater volumes of low-cost medicines for people in low- and middle-income countries........Read more

Between The Dark Seas And Living Hell - The Huffington Post India

When the dark waters from the floods unleashed by cyclone Aila rushed into her house in the summer of 2009, Dipali made a desperate scramble with her five children inland, towards safety and survival. When the water subsided, her home had been........Read more

Early Days of Internet Offer Lessons for Boosting 3D Printing

Like the internet before it, 3D printing is another important generative technology. It can unleash the creativity of the next generation of innovators and spawn entirely new, life-enriching products and services.........Read more

Bengaluru: The battleground for regulators and start-ups

Bengaluru needs a lighter hand from regulators who’ve until now taken extreme, regressive steps that hurt consumers, workers as well as the state’s coffers........Read more

Mahindra launches powerful variant of TUV300 at Rs 8.87 lakh

Mahindra launches powerful variant of TUV300 at Rs 8.87 lakh - The other variants would continue to be powered by mHAWK 80?engine which delivers a power 80 BHP. The entry level T4 variant of the vehicle is priced at Rs 7.26 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).........Read more

IT company scraps paternity leave, says ‘Bride Hunt’ leave makes more sense for their employees

ForeverAlone Technologies, today announced that it will soon be scrapping paternity leave and instead introduce Bride Hunt leave........Read more