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Eyesight problems rising among kids

With children spending more time on computers and mobile phones for online classes and gaming, cases of eye sight problems are on the rise. Children and teens between the ages of 6 and 18 years have been found to be suffering from convergence efficiency, computer vision syndrome, reflective errors and other eye sight problems. According to rough estimates, nearly 40 per cent children have complained of various eye and vision related problems in recent weeks. Majority of the children are being diagnosed with convergence insufficiency -- a condition in which the eyes are unable to work together when looking at nearby objects. This condition causes one eye to turn outward instead of inward with the other eye, creating double or blurred vision, said Anil Rastogi, a well-known ophthalmologist. Children working long hours on computers and smart phones usually complain of itching or burning in eyes, watering, loss of retention power, besides headache and eye pain, Rastogi added. Shikha Kumar, another ophthalmologist, said that since the national lockdown, most children have been found to be spending eight to 10 hours on electronic devices.........Read more

Warming temperatures threaten hundreds of fish species the world relies on, study finds

As the planet's oceans and rivers warm, increased heat could pose a grave threat to the fish populations the world depends on by the end of this century. That's the alarming conclusion of a new study published Thursday in the journal Science. Among the species the authors said are at risk are some of the most commercially important species on Earth -- including grocery store staples like Atlantic cod, Alaska pollock and sockeye salmon, and sport fishing favorites like swordfish, barracuda and brown trout.........Read more

IITs boycotting Times World rankings counterproductive for India: Times Higher Education

The Indian Institutes of Technology’s April decision not to participate in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings will be “counterproductive” for India at the world stage, according to Phil Baty, chief knowledge officer of the rankings. “With more universities trusting THE World University Rankings than any other commercial competitor rankings, we believe that the IITs’ absence is counterproductive to improving both the individual institutions, and India’s position and visibility on the world stage.”........Read more

Mobile Charger Cord Removed From Assam Man's Urinary Bladder

A doctor in Guwahati removed a mobile charger cord from the urinary bladder of a 30-year-old man despite the man "misleading" the surgeon into operating on his stomach. Walliul Islam, a consultant surgeon at a private hospital here, said on Friday that the man came to him a few days back and informed him that he was having stomach ache after consuming a headphone cable by mistake.........Read more

Sun Pharma testing plant-based drug as potential COVID-19 treatment

Indian drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said on Friday it was testing a plant-derived drug, AQCH, for the potential treatment of COVID-19 as part of a mid-stage trial, with results expected by October. AQCH is derived from tropical, climbing shrub cocculus hirsutus, which is used in Asia for its apparent medicinal properties. The company said the trial will be conducted across 12 centers in India in 210 patients and a human safety study of the drug has been completed. ........Read more

Can Coronavirus Be Contracted Through Eyes Or Ears?

It's possible through the eyes, but not likely through the ears. As with the nose and mouth, doctors say the eyes may be a route of infection if someone with the virus coughs or sneezes nearby. Infection is also possible when rubbing your eyes with hands that have been exposed to the virus. ars, on the other hand, are not believed to be a route of COVID-19 infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The skin in the outer ear canal is more like regular skin, unlike the tissue in the mouth, nose and sinuses.........Read more

Italy says it has developed world's first COVID-19 vaccine

According to reports, the tests are being carried out at Rome's infectious-disease Spallanzani Hospital and the researchers have successfully managed to generate antibodies in mice that work on human cells. Italy has been one of the most affected countries of the coronavirus. With 29,315 deaths, Italy's total number of cases has reached 2,13,013, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University. On Tuesday, Israel's Defence Minister Naftali Bennett informed that country's Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) has made a "significant breakthrough" in developing an antibody to the novel coronavirus.........Read more

Global CEOs see U-shaped recession due to coronavirus - survey

Global business leaders are preparing for a drawn-out U-shaped recession due to the impact of coronavirus and many fear their companies won’t survive the pandemic, a survey of thousands of chief executives showed on Wednesday. The pandemic sweeping the world has killed nearly 170,000 people, routed financial markets and could trigger the worst economic meltdown since the 1930s Great Depression. ........Read more

Bangladesh Hangs Ex-Army Officer for Assassination of Founding President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Bangladesh has executed a former military captain for his involvement in the 1975 coup in which the country's founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated, nearly four-and-a-half decades after the massacre. Jailor Mahbubul Islam said that Mazed was executed by hanging. He was arrested in Dhaka on Tuesday after hiding in India for nearly two-and-a-half decades. On Friday, Majed's wife and four other relatives met him for nearly two hours in the prison. ........Read more

Ram Gopal Varma takes a dig at Rajinikanth, asks why he didn't destroy coronavirus

Ram Gopal Varma has some great films like Satya, Rangeela, and Sarkar under his belt, but is best remembered for the number of controversies he gets into. The director, who never misses an opportunity to take a jibe at superstar Rajinikanth's larger-than-life image on-screen, recently took to Twitter to share a funny meme on the actor over the spread of the novel coronavirus. RGV questioned the Kabali star as to why he is not doing destroy the novel coronavirus. He wrote, "And why the f... is Rajnikant not doing anything to destroy the Coronavirus?. Just asking. (sic)." ........Read more

So, who’s chicken?

Corona sentiment, moans B. Rajender, will cost the poultry sector a staggering Rs 10,000 crore. He is referring to the paranoid misinformation, via social media posts gone viral, cautioning people against consuming chicken because the birds might be carriers. Even as China went into lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, the posts that did the rounds in India in January/ February have delivered a knockout blow to the poultry business, and prices have been in free-fall since February 2020. Broiler chicken that retailed at Rs 180 a kg in December was down to Rs 50-80 a kilo, with demand at the farm gate crashing, prompting desperate farmers to go around on cycles trying to offload stock at Rs 30-40 a kilo. Other distraught farmers, who buy day-old chicks and grow them for sale, are now culling for Rs 8-15 a kilo or even burying the birds alive.........Read more

Madhya Pradesh floor test: Kamal Nath resigns as CM ahead of floor test

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath announced his resignation on Friday, hours ahead of the Supreme Court-mandated floor test in the Assembly. The Congress government was staring at a collapse after Speaker N P Prajapati accepted the resignation of the 22 rebel MLAs. The resignation of 22 MLAs, including six ministers, had plunged the Congress-ruled government into crisis last week. With the resignation of 16 more MLAs on Thursday night, the strength of Congress has come down to 92 from 108. The strength of the House has also been reduced to 206.........Read more

Love vs Coronavirus? 74% Indians Still Willing to Go on Dates Despite Outbreak, Says OKCupid Survey

According to OKCupid, about 74 per cent respondents in India said they are willing to go out on dates during the coronavirus outbreak. About 77 per cent respondents in Japan, 71 per cent in South Korea and 97 per cent in Croatia aren’t averse to leaving their homes to find romance during the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, dating apps are also doing their bit to spread awareness amid the outbreak. Tinder users are being greeted with an in-app card offering tips on staying safe during the outbreak. ‘Wash your hands frequently’, ‘Carry hand sanitiser’, ‘Avoid touching your face’ and ‘Maintain social distance in public gatherings’ are some of the tips offered to users.........Read more

'India ahead of curve': Trump after greeting Irish PM with a namaste

US President Donald Trump and visiting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar greeted each other in the traditional Indian way of 'namaste' at the White House here on Thursday, which they said was necessary in the current times of coronavirus. Trump and Varadkar, who is of Indian-origin, joined their palms in the 'namaste' pose when reporters asked them in the Oval Office as to how they greeted each other. "We did not shake hands today. We looked at each other and said what we are going to do. You know, sort of a weird feeling," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office of the White House along with Varadkar.........Read more

Wish Things Could Have Been Fixed: Sachin Pilot On Jyotiraditya Scindia

In his first comments on the exit of Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Congress, Sachin Pilot today said it was "unfortunate" and that he wished it could have been resolved "collaboratively". Mr Scindia, sidelined in the party and the state, quit the Congress yesterday. This afternoon, he joined the BJP. Since Mr Scindia's exit, all eyes have been on the Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister, whose relation with his boss has been frosty for months. Like Mr Scindia, the top post in the state had eluded Mr Pilot.........Read more

For 9 yrs, Yes Bank board was led by ex-IAS officers, yet its lending grew unchecked

Yes Bank’s co-founder Ashok Kapur headed the board from September 2004 to November 2008 as the non-executive chairman. After his death, the board was headed by former IAS officer S.L. Kapur between January 2009 and April 2012. He was followed by M.R. Srinivasan, a retired career central banker who held the post for a year from 2013 to 2014. Radha Singh, a former IAS officer headed the board between October 2014 to October 2016. She was followed by career bureaucrats Ashok Chawla, who had a two-year term and Brahm Dutt — whose tenure was cut short when the RBI superseded the bank’s board last week. ........Read more

7 Cong MPs Suspended for Rest of Lok Sabha Session for 'Unruly' Behaviour, Party Calls It 'Revenge Politics'

The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed a motion suspending seven Congress members for the remaining period of the Budget session for their “gross misconduct” after they snatched papers from Speaker Om Prakash Birla’s table and for “utter disregard” for House rules. The suspended members are Gaurav Gogoi, TN Prathapan, Dean Kuriakose, Manicka Tagore, Rajmohan Unnithan, Benny Behanan and Gurjeet Singh Aujla. ........Read more

India to divert water of Ravi, Ujh rivers flowing into Pakistan from December: Sources

Come this December and India will no longer allow its share of river waters to flow into Pakistan, clearly signalling that it has been taking a close look at corrective measures it can take after relations between two nations soured further in the wake of 2019 Pulwama terrror attack. According to an exclusive report, the government is planning to stop 2 TMC of water of the Ujh river, which is a tributary of the Ravi river that flows through the Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir.........Read more

The Story Of Padma Awardee Moozhikkal Pankajakshi Who Inherited The Puppet Art ‘Nokkuvidya Pavakkali’ And Kept It Alive 

Nokkuvidya Pavakkali is a rare art of puppetry where puppets attached at the top of a high stick are balanced on the upper lip of the puppeteer. It is a traditional art form of Kerala where Noku means vision and Vidya is knowledge. It is called so because the puppets placed almost 2.5 ft above the upper lip need a lot of concentration through the eyes where the artist has to constantly stare at the puppets and move them when required. It is believed that the origin of Nokkuvidya Pavakkali goes back to the time when Lord Shiva, in order to entertain goddess Parvati, chiselled puppets out of Ezhilam Paala, a tropical tree and narrated stories. The Velan community in Kerala picked up this craft from there and started performing it to tell the tales of Ramayana and Mahabharata on various occasions. The Moozhikkal family has been involved in this practice for over five centuries now.........Read more

ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: India Beat New Zealand in A Thriller to Seal Semi-Final Berth

India women’s cricket team produced yet another gritty performance to register their third straight win of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 on Thursday, beating New Zealand women by four runs at the Manuka Oval, Canberra. With this win, India become the first team in the competition to qualify for the semi-finals. With India through from Group A, only one from either defending champions Australia or New Zealand will reach the knockouts. India defended a total of 133, with NZ coming agonisingly close to the target courtesy lower-order batter Amelia Kerr’s 19-ball unbeaten 34-run knock, that had India under the pump late in the match.........Read more

Sneak peek into Trump's GRAND suite in Delhi's ITC Maurya: India's best air, Tandoori delights and Diet Coke

ITC Maurya has virtually turned into a fortress as the countdown begins to receive the most powerful man in the world -- US President Donald Trump. Potus or President Donald Trump, along with Flotus or First Lady Melania, will become the fourth US President to stay at the Grand Presidential Suite or the Chanakya Suite of the ultra-luxe ITC Maurya on Sardar Patel Marg in the national capital. Before him, Presidents Bill Clinton, George W Bush, and Barack Obama had stayed in the property earlier. The Chanakya suite is on the 14th floor of the luxurious property.........Read more

'There's No one to Question Nitish's Governance': After Fallout with CM, Prashant Kishor Dares Him to Debate

Poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who was recently expelled from Nitish Kumar's JDU for openly opposing CAA and NRC, is set to launch a campaign titled 'Baat Bihar Ki' that will begin on February 20 and reach out to people "who believe in need for a new leadership for Bihar". The aim of the campaign is to mobilise one crore youth over the next 100 days. Kishor had earlier initiated a forum 'Youth in Politics (YIP)' that has 2,38,054 members from Bihar, according to its official website. The website states that it is a first-of-its-kind pan-India platform for youth between 18 to 35 years of age to join active electoral politics under the mentorship of Prashant Kishor and I-PAC.........Read more

WhatsApp Hits $2 Bn Users Mark Globally

Talking about hitting the $2 Bn users club, WhatsApp said, “Private conversations that once were only possible face-to-face can now take place across great distances through instant chats and video calling. There are so many significant and special moments that take place over WhatsApp and we are humbled and honored to reach this milestone.”........Read more

David Hockney's 'The Splash' sells for $29.8 million

David Hockney painting titled "The Splash," a modern masterpiece that holds a spot among the 20th century's most iconic pop art images, sold for more than £23.1 million ($29.8 million) at an auction in London Tuesday evening. According to Sotheby's, the auction house behind the sale, it is the third-highest price ever paid for a work by the 82-year-old British painter, who was briefly the world's most expensive living artist. The painting depicts a sun-drenched California swimming pool, where an unseen person has just dived in, creating a splash. It is part of a series of three works, all painted in Los Angeles between 1966 and 1967, that are all similar in composition but different in size.........Read more

Muzaffarpur shelter home case: Delhi court sentences Brajesh Thakur to life imprisonment

A Delhi court Tuesday sentenced Brajesh Thakur to life imprisonment for sexually and physically assaulting several girls in a shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district. Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha sentenced Thakur to life imprisonment for the remainder of his natural life.........Read more

Patent application examination time cut to 24-36 months: Goyal

India has significantly cut down the time taken for examination of patent applications to about 24-36 months from the 72 months earlier, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said in Lok Sabha. Mr. Goyal also said that pendency in patent examination has come down from 1,78,525 in 2014-15 to 81,271 in January and the disposals of applications too have increased from 14,316 in 2014-15 to 48,751 in 2019-20 till January. Indian patent office grants patents for 20 years and after that it can be renewed.........Read more

Auto Expo 2020: Kia Carnival launched in India, price starts at Rs 24.95 lakh

Kia Motors today launched the Carnival in India at the Auto Expo 2020 for an introductory price of Rs 24.95 lakh (ex-showroom). The new Kia Carnival already seems a very popular choice among the car buyers, with over 3,500 bookings received till date. The luxury MPV is the second offering of the South Korean automobile manufacturer in India after Kia Seltos. The new Carnival comes in Aurora Black Pearl, Glacier White Pearl and Steel Silver colour options. New Kia Carnival is available in three variants -- Premium, Prestige and Limousine variants. The customers can opt for the Premium trim in 7-seat and 8-seat configurations, the Prestige trim in 7-seat and 9-seat configurations and the Limousine trim in 7-seat configuration.........Read more

Anti-CAA Protests In Jamia, Shaheen Bagh 'By Design, Not Coincidence': PM

The controversy over BJP leaders' hate speeches against anti-CAA protesters yet to abate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today tagged the protests "anarchy" and sought Delhi's mandate to stop it. Accusing Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress of engineering the protests, he said the two parties are playing politics of appeasement. "Hiding behind the constitution and the national flag, they are giving lectures," he said at a rally days before the assembly elections.........Read more

BJP Promises Clean Water, E-Scooters In Delhi Election Manifesto: 5 Points

BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said that the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, the centre's flagship health scheme, will be implemented in the national capital if his party is voted to power. The party has also promised free electric scooters to girls studying in higher secondary school and school, so they can get to class with ease. Manoj Tiwari said that the BJP, if voted to power, will also cater to the city's poor by providing them with flour for just Rs 2 per kg. The party also promised to ensure clear water supply to every household in the city.........Read more

Budget 2020: What is Section 80C and 80D? Here's what you need to know

As the Finance Ministry, led by Finance Minsiter Nirmala Sitharaman, is all set to present the Bugdet for the Financial Year 2020-21, the experts expect the Income Tax rates to be reduced. While tax can be saved in various ways through investments, insurance or spending, not all of them are eligible for tax deductions. However, there are a bunch of sections under which you can save tax. While Section 80C and 80D are most popular to reduce your tax liability, one must also look at other sections of the Income Tax act to avail benefits of tax deduction. ........Read more

Passport Seva Kendras start passport renewal reminder service

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said SMSes are being sent to passport holders before expiry of their passport starting September 2019. Two SMS are being sent to the concerned passport holders - one before 9 months and another before 7 months of the date of expiry of their passport. "This has been initiated by the ministry as a citizen friendly proactive service delivery measures to the valid passport holders. As part of the SMS, citizens are also informed about the authenticate website of the Ministry www.passportindia.gov.in for online submission of application related to passport services," MEA said.........Read more

Does technology affect your work-life balance?

A recent survey by furniture brand Godrej Interio says older millennials (in the 30-40 age group) fumble when it comes to maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Gen Xers, aged 41-50 according to the survey, are more adept at getting this right. According to the findings of the Make Space For Life survey—conducted in 2019 among 1,300 Indians living across Chandigarh, Mumbai, Jaipur, Patna, Coimbatore, Pune, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Kanpur—61% of the older millennials rated their work-life balance as terrible, compared with 48% of the Gen X respondents.........Read more

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro To Be Chief Guest At Republic Day Parade

Jair Messias Bolsonaro, the President of Brazil, will be the Chief Guest at India’s 71st Republic Day Parade on 26 January. Bolsonaro will be on a state visit to India from 24-27 January 2020 at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Bolsonaro is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on 24 January. He will be accompanied by seven ministers, Chairman of Brazil-India Friendship Group in the Brazilian Parliament, senior officials and a large business delegation. ........Read more

Christopher Tolkien, son of 'Lord of the Rings' author JRR Tolkien, passes away aged 95

Christopher Tolkien, son of celebrated author JRR Tolkien, passed away at the age of 95, the Tolkien Society informed late Thursday night. Tolkien was the keeper of the legacy of his father, who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy fiction 'The Lord of the Rings'. The Tolkien Society, a literary society and charity which promotes the Tolkien legacy, posted a short statement on Twitter to mark Christopher's death.........Read more

Indian Army Develops System to Check Drunk Driving, Not Wearing Seatbelt in Military Vehicles

Captain Onkar Kale of the Indian Army and his team have developed an Integrated Vehicle Safety System for Army trucks to check drunk driving. Military vehicles won’t start if the driver has consumed alcohol or if the driver is not wearing a seat belt. The system has been developed to cut down accidents in the force. ........Read more

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirms India's four-nation ODI Super Series from 2021

A four-nation ODI Super Series is set to take place from 2021 as confirmed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly on Friday (December 20). Speaking to the media at a public event, Sourav said that India will be going head-to-head against England, Australia and one more top side in the coming year.........Read more

Citizenship Protests in Delhi: Minors Released After Midnight Court Order;

Tension rose past midnight as a number of protesters gathered outside the Delhi Police headquarters demanding the released of around 40 people who were detained from Daryaganj on Friday afternoon during the protests against the amendment to the Citizenship law. According to reports, eight of those detained were minors who were later released after an order was issued by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (Central Delhi).........Read more

48th Anniversary: As the Nation Celebrates Vijay Diwas Today, PM Modi Salutes 1971 War Martyrs

Every year, on December 16, the nation celebrates ‘Vijay Diwas’ to mark India’s victory over Pakistan in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 and remember the martyrs who laid down their lives during the war. The Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 which began on December 3 lasted for 13 days and officially ended on December 16, after which Pakistan surrendered to India. It was on this day in 1971, the chief of the Pakistani forces, General AA Khan Niazi, along with 93 thousand troops, had surrendered unconditionally to the allied forces consisting of Indian Army and Mukti Bahini.........Read more

Lakshya Sen Wins Bangladesh International Challenge to Claim Fifth Title of Season

Fast-rising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen notched up his fifth title of the season, claiming the men’s singles crown at the Bangladesh International Challenger with a straight-game win over Malaysia’s Leong Jun Hao in the final on Sunday. The 18-year-old Indian has capped a superb year with a 22-20 21-18 win over Hao in the summit clash to clinch his fifth title in last seven tournaments.........Read more

Don’t Mess with India or Indians in UK: The Diaspora's Message to Labour in Punishing Defeat for Corbyn

Any outcome can be seen in obviously inverted ways such as this, but Corbyn wasn’t just another alternative to the winner in a foreign election. Corbyn looking to the world and setting Labour policy to deal with it was targeting India first. The party manifesto pointed to Kashmir as the first place where a Labour government would want to intervene. It was a fight he seemed to have been looking forward to keenly. His loss and unceremonious exit mean a long-drawn diplomatic war with India has been averted.........Read more

‘Not worried over slow rate of GDP growth’: Pranab Mukherjee

Former President Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesday that he was not worried over the economic slowdown as “certain things” that are happening would have its impact. Mukherjee, who also served as the finance minister in the UPA government, further said there was nothing wrong in public sector banks needing capital infusion. He said Indian banks showed resilience during the financial crisis in 2008. “I was the finance minister then. Not a single public sector bank had approached me for money,” he said. Now, the public sector banks need massive infusion of capital and there is nothing wrong in it, Mukherjee added. ........Read more

AIMPLB will file review plea against SC's Ayodhya verdict before December 9: Board Secretary

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board said that it will file a review petition against the Supreme Court's verdict on Ayodhya title suit before December 9. The Sunni Central Waqf Board decided on Tuesday that it would not file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case.........Read more

550 years of Nanak: ‘Guru Nanak Street’ unveiled in Canada’s Brampton

A part of a street in Brampton city of Canada has been named after Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev. A ceremony to unveil the street signboard was held Sunday. The city council of Brampton took the initiative to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.........Read more

Trai mandates minimum call ringer duration of 30 seconds

The telecom regulator has mandated a minimum ring duration of 30 seconds for outgoing mobile calls before they are disconnected, and 60 seconds for such calls to landlines, a view that was backed by Airtel and Vodafone.........Read more

Tamil Nadu Doctors Remove 52 kg Plastic From Sick Cow's Stomach After 5-Hour-Long Surgery

This highlights the disastrous impact of plastic bags that can have on the health of stray animals that often eat out of garbage bins. Doctors had to struggle for five hours to remove garbage containing plastic, pins and needles from a cow’s stomach. ........Read more

Sable Qualifies For Olympics After Breaking 3,000m Steeplechase NR For Second Time

Reigning Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya defended his 2017 title with a time of 8:01.35, more than 20 seconds faster than Avinash, while Lamecha Girma (8:01.36) of Ethiopia and Soufiane Bakkali (8:03.76) of Morocco took the silver and bronze respectively. The 25-year-old from Mandwa in Maharashtra had made it to Friday’s finals in dramatic circumstances after he initially failed to make the cut in the heat races on Tuesday. He was later included among the men’s 3000m steeplechase finalists after the Athletics Federation of India successfully protested that he was obstructed by other athletes during the heat race. The race referee, after examining video footages, agreed that Avinash was significantly obstructed on two occasions. India’s protest was accepted and under Rule 163.2 (Obstruction), and Avinash was included for the final.........Read more

Bhumi Pednekar earns 'Face of Asia' honour at Busan International Film Festival

The 24th Busan International Film Festival ‘has been all things special’ for Bhumi Pednekar! The actor who is in South Korea for the screening of her upcoming film 'Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitaare' has bagged the ‘Face of Asia’ award at the Festival.........Read more

I wanted to give coach time to prepare team for next T20I World Cup, Mithali Raj says on her retirement

Mithali Raj has said that her decision to retire from T20Is has been on the cards for a while now as she wanted WV Raman, the head coach, to have enough time to prepare the team for the next World Cup. Meanwhile, Mithali hopes that her swan song from all forms of cricket will be the 2021 World Cup. Ever since the controversy between India’s former skipper and former head coach Ramesh Powar during the World T20s last year, Mithali has been on the fringes of the side for the shortest format of the game. And so, the 36-year-old’s decision to focus only on ODIs from here on gives the selectors less of a headache as they prepare the team for the next edition of the T20 World Cup.........Read more

IND vs WI: Kohli Overtakes Dhoni to Become India's Most Successful Skipper in Test Cricket

Virat Kohli has surpassed his good friend and idol MS Dhoni to become Team India’s most successful captain in cricket’s most traditional format – Test cricket. After registering a comprehensive win in the second Test against West Indies by a huge margin of 257 runs, India completed the clean sweep on Day 4 at the Sabina Park on Monday. Courtesy this magnificent win, Kohli now has 28 victories in 48 matches while Dhoni recorded 27 wins in 60 Test matches. With 28 wins under his belt, the 30-year-old Kohli ranks 3rd in the all-time list of captains with most victories after 48 Tests behind Steve Waugh (36) and Ricky Ponting (33). Next up in Kohli’s sights will be Graeme Smith and Ricky Ponting who have 53 and 48 wins respectively. Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin are the other successful Indian skippers on the list with 21 and 14 wins respectively. Ganguly is third on the list with 21 wins from 49 matches as skipper with 13 losses and 15 draws. Dada had a win percentage of 42.85. The win in Jamaica Test was also Kohli’s eighth triumph as India’s Test captain outside Asia. Meanwhile, Kohli’s biggest overseas Test series win as the captain came when he ended India’s 71-year-long wait for a Test series triumph in Australia in 2019.........Read more

Dera chief Ram Rahim's follower nabbed while entering Parliament with a knife

A person was nabbed on Monday morning for trying to enter the fortfied Parliament allegedly with a knife. Although the Parliament is currently not in season, but the security is always high at India's temple of democracy. Hence, the man who was trying to enter the Parliament with a knife was promptly nabbed and sent to Parliament police station. News agency ANI later reported that the person has been identified asSagar Insa. He is a resident of Laxmi Nagar area in the capital. But most importantly, he is a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda chief & rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Police is trying to understand the reason behind Sagar carrying a knife to the Parliament. Ram Rahim Singh's followers have been in overdrive on Twitter asking for their guru to be let off. ........Read more

Nirmala Sitharaman announces merger of 10 state-run banks to form 4 mega PSBs

A week after the government announced a slew of measures in a bid to boost the economy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday made another set of announcements aimed at strengthening banking structure in the country. Sitharaman said Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank will be merged to form the second-largest public sector bank with the business of Rs 17.95 lakh crore. Also, Canara Bank will be merged with Syndicate Bank to form the fourth largest Public Sector Bank with a business of Rs 15.20 lakh crore. Union Bank of India will be merged with Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank to become the fifth-largest public sector bank now, she said at a press conference in New Delhi. On the other hand, Indian Bank will merge with Allahabad Bank to form the seventh-largest Public Sector Bank with a business of Rs 8.08 lakh crore.........Read more

Huawei may challenge Google Maps’ dominance with its own mapping tech

Huawei is developing a “mapping service,” according to a report by state-run news outlet China Daily, seemingly designed to challenge Google Maps — but not the way you might expect. The service is apparently intended for software developers, meaning apps that offer navigation or ride-hailing services could use Huawei’s planned mapping technology instead of building their own. A Huawei exec told China Daily that the mapping service, called Map Kit, will offer developers a street navigation system they can use in their apps as well as a way to show users real-time traffic conditions. The exec also said that Map Kit will support “augmented-reality mapping.” It’s unclear what that means. Perhaps it’s something similar to Google’s recently launched AR walking directions. The report offers a few clues as to where Huawei will be getting its mapping data. China Daily reports that Map Kit “will be connected to local mapping services,” and a source told China Daily that Huawei will partner with Yandex, a Russian internet service giant that already provides maps and offers a mapping services API. The director-general of a telecom industry association also told China Daily that Huawei has “telecom base stations” that can “offer complementing information to satellite positioning data.”........Read more

WhatsApp users get fake messages asking them to pay to continue using the app

A WhatsApp spokesperson confirmed that the news is false. There was a social media outage on 3 July and this involved WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram. The technical issue was resolved after a few hours but users from all around the globe were affected by this outage. During this glitch, users came across a lot of things, for one, Facebook outage revealed how their AI tags images on Facebook and Instagram, two, hoaxer came at play on WhatsApp creating a panic with fake messages. During the outage, many users in India received fake messages saying WhatsApp is down because of "over usage of users names on WhatsApp" and it will be down from 11.30 pm to 6.00 am daily and asked users to forward the message to their contact list. The message also read that if ignored, the user's accounts will be deleted within 48 hours. It further said that for re-activation after 48 hours users will have to pay Rs 499, which will be deducted from their bill. The sender of these texts claimed that it was a message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ........Read more

Multi-agency body to track all terrorism cases in J-K

A multi-disciplinary terror monitoring group, which is led by the Jammu and Kashmir Police and includes representatives from the Intelligence Bureau, Central Bureau of Investigation, National Investigation Agency and the income tax department, will now expand its ambit to monitor the progress of all terror-related cases in the Valley.........Read more

In a first, Navy to hold entrance test for officers’ posts

The Indian Navy will for the first time conduct an entrance exam for engineering graduates seeking to join the service as officers. The first Indian Navy Entrance Test (Officers) will be held in September 2019 at centers across the country for screening candidates who aspire to join the navy as officers in the permanent commission and short-service commission streams.........Read more

As criticism grows, CJI Ranjan Gogoi asks Justice Bobde to decide on next steps

Amid snowballing criticism for the manner in which he called a special Supreme Court sitting on April 20 to trash the sexual harassment complaint against himself, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi Monday asked Justice S A Bobde, the second most senior judge, to decide on the next steps in the matter. ........Read more

‘Secret documents in Rafale review plea jeopardize national security’: Centre to Supreme Court

The widely-circulated review petition against the Supreme Court’s December verdict in the Rafale deal that includes leaked defence ministry documents jeopardizes national security and should be dismissed, the defence ministry has told the Supreme Court in an affidavit filed.........Read more

All Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft to be Grounded by 4pm Today, Says DGCA

A senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft would be grounded in India by 4pm. The decision came days after a 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by the Ethiopian Airlines crashed near Addis Ababa, killing 157 people, including four Indians. ........Read more

‘J-K integral part of India, matter strictly internal’: India on OIC resolution on Kashmir

The United Arab Emirates, the current chair of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, said on Saturday that it looked forward to the grouping strengthening its relations with India.........Read more

‘Didn’t discuss Rafale’: Goa CM Manohar Parrikar slams Rahul Gandhi in letter

I feel let down that you have used this visit for your petty political gains. In the 5 minutes you spent with me, neither did you mention anything about Rafale, now did we discuss anything related to it.........Read more

Samsung to Stop Making Flagship Phones in India, Protesting Phased Manufacturing Programme

The PMP for mobile handsets was introduced in India as a move to curtail the presence of Chinese smartphone manufacturers that have taken over the market with their products.........Read more

Relief for Maharashtra Dance Bars as Supreme Court Strikes Down Stringent Rules

The Supreme Court modified some provisions of the 2016 Maharashtra law imposing restrictions on licensing and functioning of dance bars in the state, saying there can be “regulations” but not "total prohibition".........Read more

Bigger quota to get more girls into IITs next year

The number of girls in Indian Institutes of Technology is set to cross the 2,000 mark in the next academic session as the government plans to increase the seats for women in India’s top engineering institutions.........Read more

Nissan ousts chairman Carlos Ghosn following his arrest

Nissan has removed its chairman, Carlos Ghosn, following his arrest earlier this week on suspicion of financial misconduct. The end of Ghosn's reign could fracture a powerful alliance that he forged with Renault.........Read more

Walmart raises equity holding in Flipkart to 81% after leadership upheaval

Walmart has raised its stake in Flipkart from 77% to 81%. The increase in Walmart stake could be an overhang from the $2 billion equity infusion Walmart announced at the time of the acquisition in May.........Read more

Use of death penalty: India votes against UNGA draft resolution

India has voted against a UN General Assembly draft resolution on the use of death penalty, saying it goes against the statutory law of the country where an execution is carried out in the "rarest of rare" cases. ........Read more

Maruti Gypsy To Be Discontinued — 33 Years Of Production Comes To An End!

Maruti Gypsy, the iconic off-roader is said to be discontinued soon. Bookings for the Gypsy will stop from December with the model officially being phased out in March 2019.........Read more

‘Appeals coming up in January’: SC declines urgent Ayodhya hearing

Supreme Court on Monday declined early hearing of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. The apex said it had already listed the appeals before the appropriate bench in January.........Read more

Relief for Palanisamy: Court confirms disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs

The Madras High Court on Thursday upheld Tamil Nadu speaker's decision on the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs. The move provided relief to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palanisamy while it was a major setback for TTV Dhinakaran.........Read more

Assam Bandh: Protesters Squat on Train Tracks, Burn Tyres During Shutdown Over Citizenship Bill

The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) and 44 organisations have called the 12-hour bandh to protest against the Centre's bid to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, in the Winter Session of Parliament.........Read more

J-K Govt Orders Schools, Colleges to Have Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita; Omar Asks Why Not Other Religious Texts?

The government of Jammu and Kashmir ordered the copies of Urdu versions of Ramayana and Bhagavad Gita to be made available at schools, colleges and libraries. National Conference leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah has taken exception to it.........Read more

Yash Raj Films fires creative head Ashish Patil after sexual harassment allegations

Ashish Patil, the Vice President, Brand Partnerships and Talent Management & Business and Creative Head of Yash Raj Films, too was accused of sexual misconduct and now the production house has terminated his services.........Read more

Study links individual HPV types to HIV infection

An international research team led by a scientist at the University of California, concludes that a person with any HPV type, more than one HPV type, or high-risk HPV is more likely to acquire HIV. The study found the following HPV types are linked to HIV: HPV16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 52, 58. ........Read more

Tanushree Dutta Gets Legal Notices From Nana Patekar, Vivek Agnihotri; Calls It 'Price For Speaking Out'

Tanushree Dutta has received two legal notices from Nana Patekar and filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri respectively. She said, Both their teams are on a smear campaign against me by constructing outright lies and misinformation. "This is the price you pay for speaking out against harassment, humiliation, and injustice in India", She added.........Read more

Investors become poorer by Rs 8.5 lakh crore as market turmoil continues for fifth day

Market turmoil has wiped out Rs 8.47 lakh crore from investor wealth in five days, with the BSE benchmark index tumbling nearly 5 per cent since early last week. The 30-share Sensex Monday tanked 536.58 points or 1.46 per cent to end at 36,305.02, extending its downtrend for the fifth straight session.........Read more

Russia’s secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK revealed: report

Russian officials had devised a covert plan to help Wikileaks founder Julian Assange escape to Russia from his Ecuadorian embassy hideout in London.........Read more

Mehul Choksi speaks from Antigua, says allegations leveled by ED are false, baseless

Fugitive diamantaire and Gitanjali Gems promoter Mehul Choksi, who is wanted in Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam said that all the allegations levelled by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) are false and baseless.........Read more

UIDAI says schools cannot deny admission due to lack of Aadhaar

UIDAI has termed denial of school admission on grounds of not having an Aadhaar as "invalid". The move by UIDAI is expected to come as a major relief to parents and students who have been facing difficulties due to schools insisting on Aadhaar number during admission.........Read more

Bhima Koregaon violence was pre-planned, claim Pune Police

The violence in Bhima Koregaon in Pune district earlier this year was pre-planned with a motive to overthrow the government and police have conclusive evidence to prove it.........Read more

All 5 activists taken home, put under house arrest

Human rights activist who were arrested by the Pune police in multi-city raids on Tuesday, were taken back to their homes and placed under house arrest in their cities on Thursday, in line with Wednesday’s Supreme Court order.........Read more

Chandrayaan-1 data confirm the presence of ice on Moon

Scientists have found frozen water deposits in the darkest and coldest parts of the Moon’s polar regions using data from the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, that was launched by India 10 years ago.........Read more

Asian Games 2018: Bajrang Punia wins gold medal in men's 65Kg freestyle wrestling finals

Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia clinched the elusive gold for India at Jakarta in Indonesia after beating Japan's Takatani Daichi 11-8 in the men's 65 kg freestyle. This is his second Asian Games medal after he had won a silver in Incheon 2014. ........Read more

7 States, 774 Deaths: Monsoon Fury Hits Nation, Millions Rendered Homeless

Home Ministry said that incessant rains and floods during the ongoing monsoon season have claimed 774 deaths across 7 states. 171 people lost their lives in Uttar Pradesh, 170 people died in West Bengal, 178 in Kerala and 139 in Maharashtra. Gujarat saw 52 deaths, while 44 died in Assam and eight perished in Nagaland. ........Read more

Unhappy Justice RM Lodha slams Supreme Court judgement on BCCI reforms

Justice Lodha said, “I wouldn’t say we are back to square one but I am not very happy as the fundamental structure of the reforms has been changed and affected. This is a weakened structure as compared to the one we had suggested.”........Read more

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro unhurt after ‘assassination attack’, drones with explosives target event he was at

State television images showed President Maduro looking up disconcertedly in the middle of a speech when a bang was heard, then uniformed members of Venezuela’s National Guard lined up in a parade suddenly breaking ranks and scattering.........Read more

Ballistic missiles launched by Houthi rebels intercepted over Riyadh – Saudi-led coalition (VIDEOS)

Saudi Arabia intercepted two ballistic missiles launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen on Sunday. The missiles were taken down over Riyadh. Two missiles were "intended to hit residential districts" in the Saudi capital, but that they were "destroyed," which led to shrapnel "spreading over residential areas without inflicting casualties."........Read more

NSG commandos to train J&K cops in anti-terror operations

NSG will train J&K police and other paramilitary forces in room intervention and other anti-terror skills and anti-hijack operations at Srinagar airport and deploy its commandos for intelligence-based operations. Some of the NSG units to be deployed in J&K would be placed at a BSF facility in Srinagar while more locations are being scouted.........Read more

Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan appoint Atul Gawande CEO of joint healthcare venture

Berkshire Hathaway Inc, Amazon.com Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co named Atul Gawande, a prominent medical professor who has criticised his industry's practices, to lead their joint healthcare company. The venture will be based in Boston and operate free from profit-making incentives........Read more

Indian scientists discover planet 600 light years away

A team of scientists from the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, have discovered a sub-Saturn or super-Neptune size planet, which is about 27 times the mass of Earth and six times the radius of Earth. The planet revolves around a Sun-like star, some 600 light years away from Earth.........Read more

Killing bacteria by silencing genes may be alternative to antibiotics

A new approach to killing C. difficile that silences key bacterial genes while sparing other bacteria may provide a new way to treat the most common hospital-acquired bacterial infection........Read more

Coca-Cola Launches Its First Ever Alcoholic Drink

Coca-Cola, a brand synonymous with the black fizzy cola drinks on Monday officially launched its first ever alcoholic drink in Japan.........Read more

Banks did not implement demonetisation properly: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar, the JD(U) national president, had come out in support of the demonetisation measure, when he was in the Grand Alliance comprising the RJD and the Congress.........Read more

Day After Police-Protesters Clash, Madras HC Stays Construction of New Copper Smelter by Sterlite

The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court has stayed the construction of a new copper smelter by Sterlite industries in Thoothukudi as the toll in the violence following the anti-Sterlite protests rose to 11.........Read more

Facebook cracks down on 30 million posts for sex, terror, hate content

In an unprecedented report responding to calls for transparency after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, Facebook detailed its actions against such content in line with its "community standards". Facebook said improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, nearly three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017.........Read more

Modi, Macron pledge to begin work on ‘world’s largest’ nuclear plant in India this year

French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Electricite de France SA and India’s Nuclear Power Corp. to accelerate discussions on a contract and start work at the site in Jaitapur, in Maharashtra state, by December.........Read more

Meet Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, the first monkey clones produced by method that made Dolly

The first primate clones made by somatic cell nuclear transfer are two genetically identical long-tailed macaques born recently at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai. Researchers named the newborns Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua—born eight and six weeks ago, respectively—after the Chinese adjective "Zhonghua," which means Chinese nation or people. ........Read more

Ingredient in toothpaste can help tackle malaria: study

Research carried out in part by an artificially-intelligent (AI)robot scientist’ has found that a common ingredient of toothpaste could be developed to fight drug-resistant strains of malaria.........Read more

Tata Q501 SUV likely to make global debut at Auto Expo 2018; what we know so far

The new SUV is believed to be based on the Land Rover Freelander 2 platform. Tata will customise and localise it to build it with the price in check. The Q501 will be pitted against Jeep Compass as a five-seater SUV. A seven-seater version is also expected at a later stage to take on Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Reports suggest that Tata Motors also has plans to export new SUVs from 2019.........Read more

Netflix joins hands with WhatsApp in India, users to get this benefit on phone

Netflix has partnered with messaging app WhatsApp and will now be one of the ‘enterprise’ services available on the messaging service. The development was first noticed by a few users who even shared screenshots on Twitter which revealed that Netflix will message users about show recommendations on WhatsApp along with messages around account updates.........Read more

We are not collecting Indian users' Aadhaar data: Facebook

Social networking giant Facebook has clarified that it is not collecting any Aadhaar data and was requesting people to key in only their name as per Aadhaar records during sign up just for a small test. The test ran with a small number of users in India and has now finished. We currently have no plans to roll this test out further, the California based company said in a blogpost. ........Read more

CBSE ropes in Ramakrishna Mission to impart value education

With an objective to "strengthen, promote and develop cooperation in promoting values education," the Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi, has prepared the 'Awakened Citizen Programme' for teachers and students, the CBSE said in its advisory to the schools.........Read more

Post-Doklam stand-off, SSB increases presence on India-Bhutan border

After Doklam two more battalions have been raised, and thus the total number of available battalions is currently 69 — Only 4 short of the authorised number of 73 battalions. SSB Director General Rajni Kant Mishra said that four more battalions are also in the process of raising and they will be functional by December 31, 2017.........Read more

Ryan International murder case: Bus conductor Ashok Kumar gets bail

The Gurugram District Court on Tuesday granted bail to Ashok Kumar, the bus conductor who was initially accused of murdering Ryan International School Class II student Pradyuman Thakur. He will be released from jail after furnishing a bond of Rs 50,000.........Read more

US issues new travel advisory warning travelers of Christmas terror threat in Europe

As the year 2017 has been witnessing quite some terror attacks, the United States on Thursday, November 16, updated its travel advisory and warned its citizens travelling abroad to be cautious during the Christmas and New Year season. In the advisory, the US specifically warned of "heightened risk of terrorist attacks" at "soft targets" all over Europe, including the UK.........Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: How dual cameras work, enhance photo quality and more

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a pair of 12-megapixel sensors, and both come with optical image stabilization (OIS). Out of the two, one is a wide-angle lens with aperture f/1.7, for usual shots and better low-light photography, and other is a telephoto lens of aperture f/2.4. The telephoto lens lets you add DSLR-like blur background effects to your photos, was all as allows for 2X optical zoom. Up front, you get an 8-megapixel front camera of aperture f/1.7 with OIS.........Read more

‘Actors should set an example’: No more smoking, drinking in movies, says CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani

A new Central Board of Film Certification order has banned actors from being shown drinking or smoking on screen. CBFC Chairman Pahlaj Nihalani said actors who are looked up to by millions should set an example for the society, and that a movie where alcohol is essential to the plot will be given an “Adult” certificate.........Read more

Should governments be nudging citizens to change behaviour?

Governments should use behavioural science techniques to encourage citizens to achieve the desired policy outcomes, according to a recent research paper by Shlomo Benartzi, a professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and co-authors.........Read more

Shimla gangrape case: Accused found dead inside lockup, police say accomplice killed him

One of the six accused in the gangrape and murder of a Class X student in Shimla was found dead inside his cell at the Kotkhai police station. He was allegedly killed by the main accused in the case, Rajender Singh alias Raju, following a scuffle on Tuesday night. The victim was identified as 29-year-old Suraj Singh, a Nepali national, who shared the cell with Rajender and Lokjan alias Chottu.........Read more

J-K: Terrorists hurl grenade at temporary police post in Pulwama district

Terrorists hurled a grenade on a temporary police post at Tral's Aripal in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday night. According to sources, one Special Police Officer suffered minor injuries.........Read more

Nitish Kumar blames Congress for disunity in Opposition

Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) national president Nitish Kumar on Sunday squarely blamed the Congress for disunity and friction among Opposition parties.........Read more

Mamata, CPM attack NDA’s prez choice, Oppn to meet on June 22

Criticising the decision of NDA over the presidential candidate West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Supremo Mamata Banerjee said, “There are other big Dalit leaders in India. He (Ram Nath Kovind) was leader of Dalit Morcha of BJP, so they have made him candidate.”........Read more

Bad loans: Bankers meet on 12 large defaulters begins today; PMO to review progress separately

The 12 defaulters accounting for 25 per cent of total bad debt include Essar Steel, Bhusan Power and Steel, Alok Industries, Amtek Auto, Monnet Ispat, Lanco Infra, Electrosteel Steels, Era Infra, Jaypee Infratech, ABG Shipyard, and Jyoti Structures........Read more

17 mosques in Malappuram to have single azaan to curb sound pollution

Amid a seemingly endless debate over noise pollution from places of worship, 17 mosques in the Vazhakkad region of Kerala's Malappuram district are leading by example with an integrated azaan, the call for prayer made five times a day.........Read more

JLR invested $25 million in LYFT

Tata Motors-owned British luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has invested $25 million in US ride hailing company Lyft as part of a partnership that includes development and testing of autonomous cars. The investment in Uber's chief US rival........Read more

Not emotionless: MP CM commences indefinite fast for peace amid farmers

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan started on his indefinite fast ‘for peace’ from Saturday, in an attempt to restore peace among the farming community of the state.........Read more

ICSE Class X and ISC Class XII results 2017: southern region shines

The results of the ICSE Class X and ISC Class XII examinations for 2017 were announced on Monday and the southern region has fared best in the country. A total of 1,75,299 candidates appeared for the ICSE examinations and 98.53% passed out. Of the 73,633 students who took the ISC examinations, 96.47% passed.........Read more

Paytm Payments Bank to pay 4% on savings account

Paytm Payments Bank, which is slated to start operations said it will offer 4% per annum as interest on saving accounts deposits. The bank is targeting a customer base of 500 million customers by 2020. It will offer five free ATM transactions (in non-metro cities) per month, post which they will be charged ₹20 per ATM withdrawal.........Read more

₹ 45 crore demonetised currency seized in Chennai

The Chennai police have seized over ₹ 45 crore in demonetised currency from a person who claimed to be an advocate and businessman. The ₹1,000 and ₹ 500 notes were stacked in carton boxes and kept inside a shop-cum-residence in Zakaria Colony, Second street, Kodambakkam.........Read more

Indian IT industry not in sync with innovation, needs to be in panic: Rajat Gupta

He said industries on Thursday "have to constantly move with innovation" as basic IT work gets automated and advanced innovations such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and cloud computing overtake the technological world.........Read more

Study reveals how HIV virus destroys lung tissue

Up to 30 percent of HIV patients who are appropriately treated with antiretroviral therapies develop the chronic lung disease emphysema. New research from Weill Cornell Medicine investigators has uncovered a mechanism that might explain why this lung damage occurs.........Read more

Here's what everyone is saying in TRAI's latest Net Neutrality consultation

Last year's highly public and widely discussed TRAI consultation resulted in Internet providers being barred from charging differently for different parts of the Internet. This time around, the telecom regulator's newest consultation on Net Neutrality is significantly more business-as-usual........Read more

Only 10 Light-Years Away, there's a Baby Version of the Solar System

A new study by a team of astronomers has indicated that Epsilon Eridani may be what our own Solar System was like during its younger days. Relying on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aircraft, the team conducted a detailed analysis of the system that showed how it has an architecture remarkably similar to what astronomer believe the Solar System once looked like.........Read more

Dhawan half-century propels SRH five points clear of KXIP in playoff race

Shikhar Dhawan produced a composed 62-run innings to chase down Mumbai’s paltry total of 138 with 10 balls to spare. The win keeps Hyderabad on track to making the playoffs whereas, after the third loss of the season, Mumbai will now have to beat Kolkata to secure the top spot on the table.........Read more

Indian origin scientists develop new material to make faster, powerful electronics

Scientists, including those of Indian origin, have discovered a new material with highest- ever conductivity in its class, which could lead to smaller, faster and more powerful electronic devices. What makes this nano-scale thin film material so unique is that it has a high conductivity,which helps electronics conduct more electricity and become more powerful, said researchers led by the University of Minnesota in the US.........Read more

Ajanta, where art, nature, faith coalesced

Ajanta was designed essentially as a rainy season shelter and retreat for Buddhist monks. The rains provided an opportunity to the monks to take a break from their daily routine of preaching and begging for Alms, to meditate, study, debate, and to learn from senior monks. Each cave was originally connected to the river below through a flight of steps, now mostly missing and replaced with a wide promenade connecting all the caves.........Read more

Rats drank the missing alcohol, say Bihar cops in all soberness

Bizarre as it may sound, but is true! This week, few police officers in Patna narrated a story to their SSP, Manu Maharaj of drunken rats.........Read more

AIADMK merger likely as factions agree to reinstate OPS as Tamil Nadu CM, Palaniswami to be general secretary - News Nation

A unified AIADMk may once again be reality soon. According to reports, two warring factions of Tamil Nadu's ruling party have reached a deal to reinstate rebel leader O Panneerselvam as the chief minister while current CM E K Palaniswami will take charge as the organisation’s general secretary in place of the jailed V K Sasikala.........Read more

Land records to be digitised, linked to Aadhaar

In order to further push digitisation and fight against black money, the Centre has asked all state governments' revenue departments to record all land records online and link Aadhaar numbers to each of these transactions, including existing land records.........Read more

What next for Adani Power, Tata Power after Supreme Court order on tariffs?

The streak of negative news does not seem to end for Tata Power Co. Ltd and Adani Power Ltd. Even as the investors were coming to terms with the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (CERC’s) stringent compensation proposal for their troubled power plants at Mundra, Gujarat, the Supreme Court squashed hopes of any such relief.........Read more

Mohan Bhagwat seeks nationwide ban on cow slaughter, says violence ‘defames’ cause

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday supported a nationwide ban against cow slaughter, calling it a “vice” that must be removed, even as he strongly condemned vigilantism by cow protection groups as it “defames” the cause. ........Read more

Xiaomi denies use of low-quality hardware for its devices in India

As the Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) awaits a reply from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on a letter claiming that some 4G/LTE smartphones slow down network quality owing to sub-standard chipsets, leading smartphone maker Xiaomi has denied any such quality issue with its devices.........Read more

How WhatsApp encryption works and why there shouldn't be a backdoor

Encryption is simply a way for two or more users to exchange messages securely. Encryption algorithms are like a box with two locks. For example, if a user called Alice wants to send her friend Bob a secure message, she puts it in the box and locks it with her key. Then, she sends the locked box to her friend Bob, who can only open the box and read Alice’s message if he has a valid key of his own.........Read more

Airtel hits back at Jio on speed ad with Ookla backing

Further, mobile internet speed testing firm Ookla has stood by the finding that the telecom major had fastest broadband network, a claim which has been challenged by Reliance Jio. "Ookla fully stands behind Airtel being named 'Indias Fastest Mobile Network'," Speedtest (Ookla's app) COO Jamie Steven said........Read more

Uber President Jeff Jones Quits, Deepening Turmoil

Ride services company Uber Technologies Inc has been thrust deeper into turmoil with the departure of company president Jeff Jones, a marketing expert hired to help soften its often abrasive image.........Read more

Fear of retro returns? Tribunal upholds Rs 10,000-crore tax demand on Cairn

In an order on Thursday, the I-T Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) here has, however, given relief to the company on interest charges of Rs 18,800 for delayed payment of tax, on the ground that this was a retrospective levy. The tax will have to be paid by the company unless it decides to challenge the order in a high court, said experts. Alongside, an international arbitration proceeding between Cairn and the government might continue. ........Read more

Indian-origin businessman shot dead in US, officials don’t suspect hate attack

Harnish Patel, 43, the owner of a convenience store in Lancaster County, South Carolina, was found dead of gunshot wounds in the front yard of his home on Thursday, coroner and police officials said.........Read more

SpaceX plans to send two private citizens to Moon

We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year, This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years and they will travel faster and further into the solar system than any before them........Read more

In a shocker! This buffalo is worth Rs 9.25 crore

"Yuvraj" is now a big prized catch at worth Rs 9.25 crore and this nine-year-old buffalo is attracting villagers of both UP and MP. He also weighs 15 quintals and is 11.5 feet long and 5.8 feet tall. A single ejaculation of Yuvraj, triggered with the help of a teaser animal or by electro-stimulation method, generates between 10-14 ml of semen, which is then diluted scientifically and 700 to 900 doses are prepared with it.........Read more

Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan confirm April 23 bout

Boxing legend and Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao has announced a date for this next fight -- April 23 -- against former British lightweight Olympic champion Amir Khan. Khan's last fight was in April last year, when Mexican Saul "Canelo" Alvarez knocked him out with a massive blow.........Read more

Virat Kohli strikes Rs 100-crore deal with Puma

Virat Kohli has become the first Indian sportsperson to sign a Rs 100-crore endorsement deal with a single brand. The Indian cricket captain has struck an eight-year deal with sports lifestyle brand Puma worth about Rs 110 crore.........Read more

Terror alert: CISF wants to bring sensitive airports under its security cover

The CISF has asked for the implementation of the counter-terrorism contingency plan (CTCP) at the earliest at sensitive airports across the country in view of intelligence agencies warning of possible attempts to carry out terror strikes.........Read more

PM Modi, US President Donald Trump to meet in May for bilateral talks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi could be travelling to Washington DC to meet US President Donald Trump in May. They will also be meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg in July. The Hamburg meeting will be a multilateral one, but the two leaders are reportedly keen to have bilateral talks earlier. The two leaders have spoken twice since Trump took over and discussed defence, security, economics and trade, etc. during the calls. ........Read more

New study provides clues to early T cell immune responses in acute HIV infection

A new study has shown that potent HIV-specific CD8+ T cells that are able to kill HIV-producing cells and reduce the seeding of the HIV reservoir are only detected at peak viremia in acute HIV infection. Findings from the study, which was led by the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, were published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine.........Read more

Government's BHIM app has over 14mn registrations

“The recently launched Bhim app by the government of India will unleash the power of mobile phones for digital payments and financial inclusion. So far, over 140 lakh people have adopted the Bhim app,” The government will launch two new schemes to promote the usage of Bhim – Referral Bonus Scheme for individuals and a Cashback Scheme for merchants.........Read more

Porsche Launches Cayenne S Platinum Edition At Rs. 1.27 Crore

Porsche India has launched the Platinum edition models of the Cayenne S for bothe petrol and diesel variants at Rs. 1.27 Crore and Rs. 1.31 Crore (Ex-showroom, Maharashtra).........Read more

When Trump, Putin, Kim Jong-un turned Gods at India Art Fair

All roads at India Art Fair in New Delhi led to the Nepal Art Council booth where world leaders Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un were turned into Buddhist Gods by a Nepali artist who brilliantly captured the global political tide in his tongue in cheek satire.........Read more

Iran bars US wrestlers from Freestyle World Cup event - Times of India

The competition in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah is scheduled for Feb. 16-17. The decision marks the first action taken by Iran in response to Trump's executive order banning visas for seven Muslim countries. Earlier this week, Iran said it would take retaliatory action.........Read more

The man with the golden tongue: India’s master of Second World War espionage

The part played in Britain’s wars by forces from the Empire, the sacrifices made, the countless honours won for gallantry, were airbrushed out for a long time from most accounts of history written in this country. It is only recently that there has been a degree of restitution with some recognition of the contributions made by these men and women.........Read more

Uber says won’t withdraw UberPool services in Bengaluru as ban looms

Uber Technologies Inc. said on Thursday that the company will not withdraw ride-sharing services, deemed illegal by the Karnataka transport department, in Bengaluru. The company has also floated a public petition to garner support for ride-sharing in the wake of an imminent crackdown from the transport department.........Read more

Andres Russell handed one year ban for failing to file his whereabouts

Andre Russel, who plays as an all-rounder for West Indies Cricket team has been handed one-year ban from Cricket as he failed to file his whereabouts three times in 2015. The ban will be effective from January 31, 2017, and will end on January 30, 2018. The verdict was delivered by and independent anti-doping tribunal.........Read more

India plans to build over 1,000 digital villages

The Digital Villages initiative will initially cost over Rs420 crore ($62 million) and, along with basic internet access, will provide avenues for interactive telemedicine and educational sessions. “The project is a public-private partnership, and will be driven through the common service centres (CSCs),” Aruna Sundararajan, secretary at the ministry of electronics and information technology,........Read more

Asiad gold medallist and Padma Shri awardee boxer Dingko Singh forced to sell home in fight vs cancer

Dingko, a former Asian Games gold medallist boxer, has been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. In his battle against liver cancer, the report stated that the 38-year-old boxer underwent a surgery in January that saw 70% of his liver removed. And with no help from the government, Dingko's wife Babai Ngangom revealed that the father of two had to sell his house in Imphal. "We have already spent Rs 10 lakh so far and are really worried how we will manage the money for treatment. We definitely need help," Dingko's wife said.........Read more

Starbucks pledges to hire 10,000 refugees in response to Prez Trump ban

Starbucks says it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, a response to President Donald Trump's indefinite suspension of Syrian refugees and temporary travel bans that apply to six other Muslim-majority nations.........Read more

Microsoft will continue to invest $1 billion per year or cyber security research and development

U.S. software firm Microsoft Corp will continue to invest over $1 billion annually on cyber security research and development in the coming years, a senior executive said. This amount does not include acquisitions Microsoft may make in the sector, Bharat Shah, Microsoft vice president of security, told Reuters on the sidelines of the firm’s BlueHat cyber security conference in Tel Aviv. “As more and more people use cloud, that spending has to go up,” Shah said.........Read more

Hyundai's H-Mex exoskeleton could very well be the precursor to the Iron Man suit

The H-Mex is an exoskeleton than anyone can use, provided you’re between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall. The unit was demoed to journalists at a private event in Las Vegas, and those who tried it came away very impressed.........Read more

ISL 2016 | Vineeth takes Kerala to semis

Kerala Blasters FC lived up to the home crowd’s expectations as they edged past NorthEast United FC 1-0 and sealed a place in the semi-finals of Hero Indian Super League at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, on Sunday.........Read more

After India's Cash Ban, Money-Laundering Networks Thrive: Foreign Media

Agents offering to launder money are using creative means, including flying banned cash by the planeload to northeastern states exempt from restrictions as well as connecting people to high-turnover businesses that can deem old cash as revenue, keep a portion of it, and return the rest, according to people involved in the networks. Premiums range from 10 percent to 50 percent, depending on the difficulty, they say.........Read more

Shootings at anti-Trump protest in Seattle leave several wounded

A gunman opened fire in downtown Seattle on Wednesday night following an argument and wounded five people, one man critically, not far from protests over the surprise victory of Republican Donald Trump in the US presidential election.........Read more

UPSC advances 2017 Civils Prelims to June

The civil services preliminary examination, to select IAS and IPS officers among others, will be held in June instead of August next year.........Read more

A Personalized Nutrition Company Will Use Your DNA To Tell You What To Eat

Habit plans to use genetic markers to identify your ideal meal, and send that meal directly to your door. Customers receive a blood sample kit. After a DIY finger prick, you send your blood samples to a lab where they are used to identify a series of biomarkers that look for genetic variations in your DNA that affect how you break down and metabolize foods.........Read more

CERT-In had instructed banks on October 7 to stay alert in wake of surgical strikes

The latest of these on October 7 warned about 'expected targeted attacks from Pakistan", in the wake of India's counterstrike across the border following terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. At the time this advisory was sent, more than a month had elapsed since the first complaints stemming from the breach began streaming into banks in early September. ........Read more

Why AK Antony Should Be The Last Person On Earth To Criticise The Rafale Deal

AK Antony’s record as defence minister of India from 2006 to 2014 is nothing to write home about. The Congress MP from Kerala has been criticised as the worst ever defence minister even by pro-Congress journalists. His penchant for banning arms vendors on flimsy grounds led to a comical (and tragic) situation where India banned almost every vendor of weapon systems it was desperately looking to buy. ........Read more

As Tensions Mount, Army Strengthens Operational Readiness And Troops Presence Along LoC

The Army continues to steadily upgrade its "operational readiness" all along the 778-km Line of Control, with redeployment of troops and some "forward movement" of ammunition and fuel dumps, even as it "refines" a variety of contingency plans in conjunction with the IAF.........Read more

World Ozone Day: Researchers say hole above Antarctica may be closed by 2050

The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer was proclaimed at 16 September in 1994 by the UN General Assembly. The day was selected to commemorate the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the ozone layer.........Read more

Armed forces point out their objections against 7th Pay Commission to govt: A new bout begins

Now, a lot of stuff, and as the three chiefs band together and dispatch their four points of objection to the 7th Pay Commission under the signature of the Chairman of the Chief of Staff committee Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, the battle is joined once more.........Read more

LGBT people, sex workers should have say in health research norms: Medical body

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and sex workers should be part of an ethics committee that approves health research involving these communities to ensure informed consent and protect rights, India’s apex medical body has said.........Read more

BCCI to celebrate its 500th Test in grand style; will felicitate former Test captains

The first Test to be played between India and New Zealand from 22nd September at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur will be the country’s 500th Test match in its 84-year of history . The BCCI plans to celebrate the occasion in a grand fashion, but will not invite the ICC's Chairman and CEO.........Read more

No special category status, but Centre to give special assistance to AP

After a day-long drama at Vijayawada and Delhi, Union finance minister Arun Jaitely late on Wednesday said that the Centre had decided to give AP a ‘Special Assistance Measure’ that would be equal to the benefits the state would have got under special status.........Read more

Has Flipkart lost No 1 slot to Amazon?

Flipkart reported gross sales of less than Rs2,000 crore in July, while Amazon’s gross sales crept above Rs2,000 crore........Read more

Ravichandran Ashwin Back as No. 1 in ICC Test Rankings; Virat Kohli Climbs Too

Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli played stellar roles in India's big win the first Test vs West Indies in Antigua. Their performances have reflected on ICC's latest Test rankings. latest Cricket news........Read more

Mercedes Benz launches AMG SLC 43 tagged at Rs 77.5 lakh

This is the sixth launch for the company in the country in 2016. Mercedes Benz India has plans to launch 12 products and 10 new dealerships in the ongoing financial year.........Read more

Acquisition cements Flipkart's position as undisputed leader in online fashion: Myntra CEO in staff mail

This acquisition cements the Flipkart group's position as the undisputed leader of Online fashion in India," says Myntra CEO in mail to employees.........Read more

India Hits Back After Pakistan Declares 'Black Day' Over Kashmir

Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif has posted a series of provocative tweets comparing this week's clashes in Kashmir to the Gujarat riots of 2002.........Read more

GoDaddy bets on regional languages for growth of 31 million small businesses in India

GoDaddy bets on regional languages for growth of 31 million small businesses in India - US-based web hosting firm GoDaddy will make its services available in three Indian languages -- Hindi, Marathi and Tamil.........Read more

Kumble holds ‘roadmap’ meeting

Anil Kumble, M.S. Dhoni and Virat Kohli were among those who put forth their thoughts on the roadmap for Indian cricket in the 2016-17 season at a meeting organised by the BCCI here on Sunday. The........Read more

'True Islamic ideals': Muslim group break Ramadan fast with Irish LGBT community

A Muslim group aimed at fostering peace and integration in Ireland has joined members of the country’s LGBT community to break fast during Ramadan, it was reported on Monday.........Read more

Cleared 'Udta Punjab' With 13 Cuts Under A Category: Nihalani

The Abhishek Chaubey-directed film is tentatively scheduled for release on June 17.........Read more

If the Americans had connected the dots… maybe Mumbai attack would have called off, says Kaare Sorensen, Danish journalist

The author of The Mind Of A Terrorist tells The Indian Express how he assessed the way 26/11 scout David Headley saw himself.........Read more

Indo-Bangladesh border to be sealed by June 2017: Centre - Firstpost

The central government on Thursday set a deadline of one year to completely seal the 223.7-kilometre Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam........Read more

California University Gunman Identified as Indian Student Mainak Sarkar

Los Angeles police on Thursday identified the gunman who killed a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, before taking his own life as Mainak Sarkar, an engineering student at the school........Read more

The Place Where Owning a Gun Makes You Fancy

India's gun laws are some of the most restrictive in the world - yet it's home to a booming illegal arms trade.........Read more

Jaguar F-Type SVR to be launched soon in India | CarTrade

Jaguar unveiled the F-Type SVR globally at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. As per the Indian arm of the British car maker, Jaguar’s flagship sports car is set to make its India debut very soon. Put together by the Special Vehicle Operations........Read more