On 18 November 1962, Major Shaitan Singh and his men had created history in the mountains of Ladakh

This is a story of unimaginable sacrifice. This is a story of men pitted against impossible odds. This is the story of Indian soldiers who looked death in the eye and did not flinch. This is the story of the Battle of Rezang La. The annals of the Indian Army are replete with stories of bravery and uncommon valor. And then there are stories of courage so overwhelming that it is almost impossible for the human soul to even comprehend that such men walked the face of this very earth. On a freezing and unforgiving November night, 123 Indian soldiers – frostbitten, weary, hungry and heavily outnumbered – defied the might of the rampaging Chinese Army. On 18 November 1962, Major Shaitan Singh and men of Charlie Company, 13 Kumaon Regiment, forever passed into the mists of legend.........Read more

Explained: What is the scrapped buses scam in Andhra Pradesh?

The Andhra Pradesh Transport Department has initiated an inquiry after being tipped-off that buses sold as scrap by Ashok Leyland were purchased by two companies in Anantapur who were illegally using them in private travels business. Transport officials contacted Ashok Leyland on January 10, 2020 which on January 23 confirmed that in 2018, it sold 40 scrap buses to C Gopal Reddy and 26 scrap buses to Jatadhara Industries Private Ltd based at Tadipatri in Anantapur district.........Read more

Here Is How India Is Making Smart And Silent Moves To Counter China’s ‘String Of Pearls’ Strategy  

India has been moving quietly over the past few years to counter China’s ‘String Of Pearls’ strategy to encircle India and limit its role in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).The Mutual Logistics Support Agreement that India signed with Australia on 3 June is the latest in a series of such deals that New Delhi has been inking with friendly countries to foil China’s expansionist designs and hegemonic tactics in the IOR.........Read more

WHO cautions against untested COVID-19 traditional remedies

World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that medicinal plants such as Artemisia annua, touted as possible treatments for COVID-19, should be tested for efficacy and side effects. The WHO said it supported scientifically proven traditional medicine, adding that complementary and alternative medicine had many benefits. The race to find a cure for COVID-19 has sparked renewed interest in plants such as Artemisia annua, also known as sweet wormwood. ........Read more

Research uncovers treatment combo that sees smokers six times more likely to quit

The world-first study led by UniSA's Associate Professor Kristin Carson-Chahhoud found that after two years, nearly 30 per cent of study participants were still smoke-free after the treatment, while 18 per cent of participants who had only received Quitline counselling during the same trial also sustained their abstinence. According to Assoc Prof Carson-Chahhoud, the results prove that both treatment options are highly viable—compared to quitting without support which has a success rate of only three-to-five per cent—and should be implemented in hospitals immediately.........Read more

COVID-19 cases in India cross 14,000-mark; death toll hits 480

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in India crossed the 14,000-mark on Saturday. Currently, the tally stands at 14,378 COVID-19 positive cases, which includes 11,906 active cases, 1,992 cured, migrated, or discharged patients and 480 deaths. According to the Union Ministry of Health & Famly Welfare, 991 new COVID-19 cases and 43 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours. The case tally in Maharashtra currently stands at 3,320. While 331 patients have recovered, 201 deaths have been reported.........Read more

Coronavirus: Passengers to get full refund within 45 days for trains cancelled between Mar 21-Apr 15

Earlier, the passengers could avail the full refund within three days from the date of journey. It also added that the passengers who want to cancel their pre-booked tickets on their own can do so within 30 days of the date of their journey instead of 10 days. It also urged the passengers to avail these facilities while at home and avoid going to any railway station. In an extraordinary decision, Indian Railways announced Friday that it would stop its services across the country from 7 am to 9 pm on Sunday during the Janata Curfew called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.........Read more

Sanjay Manjrekar Dropped from BCCI Commentary Panel: Report

Manjrekar is likely to be left out of the panel for the IPL, which has now been postponed and is set to begin on April 15 instead of the initially scheduled March 29 due to the coronavirus scare. Manjrekar was not present in Dharamsala during the first ODI between India and South Africa, which was washed out without a ball being bowled on Thursday.While there is no clarity yet on the reason behind dropping Manjrekar, the report added that the authorities were not happy with his work. “Maybe he will be left out from the IPL panel too. At this stage, it is not on top of our minds. But the fact is they are not happy with his work,” a source was quoted as saying by Mirror.........Read more

Pakistan defeat 'unauthorised' Indian team to win circle style Kabbadi World Cup - Firstpost

Pakistan defeated arch-rivals India in the final of the circle style Kabbadi World Cup at the Punjab Stadium in Lahore on Sunday night. The men in green came back strongly in the second half to seal a 43-41 win over India. Notably, this is the first time that the circle style Kabaddi World Cup has been won by any team/country other than India. Circle kabaddi varies from standard kabbadi, which is a part of the Asian Games in terms of the squad composition and the field of play. While standard kabbadi features seven players who weigh below 80kg on each side, circle kabaddi includes eight players with no weight restrictions and a circle is the field of play.........Read more

Anil Ambani To Pay USD 100 Million In Conditional Order For Chinese Banks: UK Court

A UK court on Friday directed Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani to pay USD 100 million within six weeks towards a conditional order granted to three Chinese banks pursuing the recovery of over USD 680 million owed to them as part of a loan agreement. In what is in effect a deposit to be paid into court pending a full trial in the case, Judge David Waksman has set a six-week timeline for such a payment to be made as he concluded that he did not accept Mr Ambani's defence that his net worth was nearly zero or that his family would not step in to assist him when "push came to shove".........Read more

'One nation, one ration card' to be implemented across India by June 1: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan

Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan, while speaking to reports at Patna in Bihar, said, "We willimplement the 'One Nation, One Ration Card' scheme by June 1 in the whole country. Under this scheme, a beneficiary will be able to avail benefits across the country using the same ration card." Earlier, Paswan had announced that the initiative had come into effect initially in 12 states from January 1, and will gradually be implemented in the rest of the country by June. ........Read more

Why do so many companies want to hire Hindustan Unilever’s managers as CEOs?

Like the consumers it talks to, HUL has managed to keep a culture that is quintessentially Indian middle class. Hard-working, frugal, aspiring and humble. Hierarchical, stolid and generally unimaginative. It starts with the people it recruits: middle-class young men and women who have made it through the gruelling Indian education system. As a consequence, middle-class frugality is built into the company.........Read more

‘Modi hai toh mumkin hai’, Fadnavis tells BJP workers as he becomes CM again

BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis, who became the Maharashtra CM for second time in a row after a surprise early Saturday morning oath ceremony, said “Modi hai toh mumkin hai”, while greeting workers outside party office in Mumbai.........Read more

Yashwant Sinha-led Group Barred From Moving Out of Srinagar

The five-member group led by former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha visiting Kashmir was on Saturday prevented by Jammu and Kashmir authorities from travelling outside Srinagar citing a terrorist threat in the areas they intended to visit. ........Read more

Haryana government formation: Manohar Lal Khattar sworn in as CM for second innings; JJP's Dushyant Chautala takes oath as deputy CM - Firstpost

The BJP is set for a second term in Haryana, as part of a coalition with the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) after Manohar Lal Khattar and JJP chief Dushyant Chautala took oath as chief minister and deputy chief minister.........Read more

Rajnath Singh commissions INS Khanderi at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai

What is INS Khanderi and why is it so special for the Navy? Here's a detailed report on the latest potent vessel for the nation's defence. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai commissioned the INS Khanderi, Indian Navy's second submarine under the Project 75 India defence project. Pakistan should be wary of the recent additions to our naval capacity as with them we could deliver them a bigger blow, said Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh at the commissioning ceremony of the second Kalvari-class submarine INS 'Khanderi' on Saturday. "Pakistan should understand that today with the strong resolve of our government and advancement in naval capacity with additions like INS Khanderi, we are capable of giving a much bigger blow to it," Singh said at an event here. The official Twitter handle of the spokesperson of the Indian Navy announced the commissioning and welcomed the submarine into the Indian Nacy's fold. // Project 75 India (P75I) is India's bid to build conventional submarines as part of defence strategic partnership, adding on to the current 14 conventional and two nuclear-powered submarines.........Read more

WhatsApp Won't Work on These Phones From February 1, 2020. Check List

All Android phones running on Android 2.3.7 operating system and iPhones running on iOS7 will not support WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging app, from February 1, 2020. According to the FAQ section of WhatsApp, users of these Android phones and iPhones will no longer be able to create new accounts, nor would they be able to verify existing accounts. WhatsApp further notes that users with very old Android phones and iPhones will be the only ones who will be affected this. Considering most smartphone users change their phones in some years, most Android phone and iPhone users need not worry as WhatsApp will continue to work on their phones. However, WhatsApp’s end of support will not affect many users as people change and update their phones regularly. Only those people who are still using old Android phones and iPhones will be affected. According to a tweet posted by WABetainfo, WhatsApp will also no longer support devices running on iOS8 or lower. However, they can still use WhatsApp on iOS 8 but won’t be able to verify the account if they reinstall it. The iOS 8 compatibility will be fully removed on February 1, 2020.........Read more

‘Hiding in a shadow’: NASA confirms Vikram’s hard landing, tweets pics

The US space agency NASA has been unable to locate or image Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander that lost contact with the ground station during its final descent, just 2.1 km above the lunar surface. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter had flown over the highlands between the craters Simpelius N and Manzinus C - about 600 km from the south pole - where Vikram was to soft-land on September 7. NASA had expected its high-resolution cameras to spot the lander. But it was dusk by the time NASA’s Orbiter imaged the landing area and large shadows covered much of the terrain. “It is possible that the Vikram lander is hiding in a shadow,” NASA said in a statement, releasing high-resolution images of the landing spot on its website and Twitter. To let people visualize the site, it also lets people take what it described as a quick fly-around here. NASA shares Chandrayaan 2 landing site images, says Vikram had hard landing The NASA orbiter will be able to see the lander better during its next flyover on October 14, which is closer to lunar mid-day at the landing site. A lunar day is equivalent to about 14 days on the Earth.........Read more

RBI Tightens Bank Norms to Bring Uniformity in Settling Failed Transactions

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday released a framework to make sure that customers are compensated in case of a transaction failure. In order to maintain uniformity while processing failed bank transactions, the central bank has brought about harmonisation of the turnaround time (TAT) for banks to settle the amount. Besides, the central bank has set up auto reversal timelines for failed transactions. The RBI noted, “To have prompt and efficient customer service in all electronic payment systems, it is necessary to harmonise the TAT of resolution of customer complaints and charge-backs, and to have a compensation framework in place for the benefit of customers.” 1) This April, the Reserve Bank of India announced its decision to harmonise TAT so as to resolve customer complaints and pay the compensation on time. This move came into play after the central bank found variations in the time taken to resolve customer complaints across different payment systems. 2) The RBI also notified about compensations payable for failed transactions using authorised Payment Systems. The financial compensation should be done suo motu by the bank, without waiting for a complaint or a claim by a customer, added the central bank.........Read more

U.S., China tariffs could lower global GDP by 0.8% in 2020: IMF

Tariffs imposed or threatened by the United States and China could shave 0.8% off global economic output in 2020 and trigger more losses in future years, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday. IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said trade tensions were beginning to affect a world economy already facing challenges including a weakening of manufacturing activity not seen since the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Reuters he had not seen the new IMF forecast, but did not expect the impact to be as significant in the United States. “I don’t see it in U.S. as that big an impact,” he said, when asked about the IMF forecast after an event hosted by the New York Times. Rice told a regularly scheduled IMF news conference that the global lender is to release a new revised economic outlook next month, but provided no details. World economic activity remained subdued, with trade and geopolitical tensions causing uncertainty and eroding business confidence, investment and trade, he said. The IMF had previously forecast that the U.S.-China trade war and other trade disputes threatened future global growth, but Rice said the impact was now being felt. ........Read more

Chennai Businesswoman Reeta Lankalingam, Joint MD of Lanson Group, Found Dead at Residence

Businesswoman Reeta Lankalingam, who was the Joint Managing Director of the Lanson Group, was found hanging at her residence in Nungambakkam here on Thursday. Lanson is the Tamil Nadu dealer of car manufacturer Toyota. The incident came to light when one of the supervisors went to the 49-year-old's residence on Thursday morning and did not get any response. He then alerted her husband and the police. When the police officials reached the spot and broke open the door, they found her hanging from the ceiling. The body was taken to Kilpauk Medical College for a post-mortem. Lankalingam's husband, who is the Managing Director of the company, was not at the residence when the incident took place, said police sources. The police have registered a case of unnatural death under Section 174 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and are conducting an investigation. No suicide note was recovered, they said. ........Read more

Andhra to have 4 capitals? Jagan Reddy explains plans to Amit Shah

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Shekhawat during his visit to Delhi. During the meeting, Reddy explained his plans to assign four new capitals for the state. Reddy has been mulling over the idea to establish capitals in Vizianagaram, Kakinada, Guntur and Kadapa in a bid to decentralise development. During his meeting with Amit Shah, Reddy highlighted his proposal to make Amaravati only the administrative capital while pushing for development in the other four cities as well. For this, the state government plans to establish Regional Development Boards. Following the recent flooding of the Krishna River, several political leaders, farmers and members of the business fraternity raised concerns over the city being chosen as the capital.........Read more

Toyota To Launch BSVI Diesel Versions Of Innova Crysta And Fortuner

Toyota Kirloskar Motor has the Innova Crysta and Fortuner as its top-selling models in the country and they lead their respective segments. By being premium offerings, naturally, Toyota is working on its plan to continue the sales of their diesel engines despite the increase in prices prompted by BSVI norms. The BSVI emission regulations are coming into effect from April 2020 and manufacturers are operating tirelessly to bring their domestic portfolios into legality. While the petrol powertrains will price hikes, but they won’t be as prominent as that of their diesel counterparts due to the upgrades involved. Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s Vice Chairman Shekar Viswanathan told in an interview that his company still sees demand for diesel variants and thus they will continue to be produced. Interestingly, he mentioned “future technology setting in” to their engine lineup and it probably means that hybrid systems could be used in the near future. ........Read more

Forget Huawei Mate X! Apple launching foldable iPad with 5G

Every day there’s a piece of different Apple-related news hitting the airwaves. If it isn’t about Apple’s iPhone, then it is about products that Apple hasn’t even launched. In this case, it is the latter and the biggest Apple news of the day is that Apple is reportedly working on an iPad that has 5G capabilities and wait for it… it’s going to be foldable. That’s right! Apple will be launching a foldable iPad that has 5G support. As per a report by Economic Daily News, IHS Market claims that Apple is working on a foldable device of its own and it isn’t a smartphone but an iPad. As of now, it is unclear if this foldable Apple device will feature a single bending screen experience like that of the Huawei Mate X or the Samsung Galaxy Fold or if it will come with a laptop form factor that has a dual screen. The second option could feature the bottom screen bearing a touch-sensitive keyboard. Commenting on these reports, 9to5Mac states, “The product would apparently feature MacBook sized screens, which isn’t too much of a stretch given that the iPad Pro already tops out in a 12.9-inch size. However, it is easy to imagine how an iPad mini-sized product that could unfold to a 13- or 15-inch screen would be compelling.” Another interesting tidbit here is that the foldable iPad will come with 5G capabilities for superfast mobile internet browsing. ........Read more

Sushma Swaraj Vacates Govt House, Twitter Says Such Grace And Dignity Rare in Politics

Within a month of the swearing-in of the new government, former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has vacated her official residence located at 8, Safdarjung Lane. “I have moved out of my official residence 8, Safdarjung Lane, New Delhi. Please note that I am not contactable on the earlier address and phone numbers,” Swaraj tweeted. Following Swaraj’s decision, her followers on micro-blogging site Twitter congratulated her for setting an example for other politicians.We will miss you in the parliament and will miss your speeches. You are one of the best leader in Indian politics, who represented Narishakti and inspired many women to join politics and serve the nation. We are proud of you and wish you good life and long life.........Read more

'Kithana Acha he Modi,' Australian PM Tweets Selfie With PM Modi at G20 Summit

Taking a leaf out of the fun booklet, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted a selfie with Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Osaka on Saturday, where the G20 Summit is currently underway. Click here for all live updates on G20 Summit Day 2 Not only did he post a selfie but also captioned it as ‘Kithana acha he Modi’ which translates into ‘Modi is so nice’ or ‘How nice Modi is’. Meanwhile, leaders from the Group of 20 major economies weighed the risk of a slowing global economy on Friday amid growing trade and geopolitical tensions as a two-day summit began in Osaka under Japan’s presidency. As an escalating US-China trade war looms large, eyes are on whether the G-20 nations — accounting for about 80 per cent of the world’s economy — can agree on the importance of free trade and the rules-based multilateral trading system that has benefited economic growth, reports Kyodo News Agency. “Trade and geopolitical tensions are intensifying,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told other G-20 leaders at the day’s session, cautioning that the global economy is facing downside risks.........Read more

Demolition of building built by Chandrababu Naidu in Amaravati underway

Demolition of a building adjacent to former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s residence on the banks of Krishna river in Amaravati continued in full swing amid tension and tight security on Wednesday, as the Andhra Pradesh High Court rejected the plea to put a stay on the demolition. After razing boundary wall, pantry, dining hall, toilets and other structures on Tuesday night, the officials began demolishing the main building of ‘Praja Vedika’ built by then Chief Minister Naidu in 2017 to hold official meetings. The demolition began barely a few hours after Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s first-ever meeting with District Collectors and Superintendents of Police concluded at ‘Praja Vedika’. He announced that his government’s drive against unauthorized constructions will begin with the demolition of this building built in river bed in violation of all norms. Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) Additional Commissioner Vijay Krishnan was supervising the demolition work. Amid a tense atmosphere at Undavalli, workers continued the demolition through the night even as Naidu returned from his foreign trip and drove to his house. Police diverted traffic to prevent other leaders and workers of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from reaching the area. In another late night development, Andhra Pradesh High Court declined to stay the demolition.........Read more

US bars airlines to fly to India using Iranian airspace after Iran shoots down drone

The US Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued an emergency order prohibiting US operators from flying in an overwater area of Tehran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman due to heightened tensions. The order came hours after United Airlines suspended flights between New Jersey's Newark airport and the India's financial capital of Mumbai, which fly through Iranian airspace, following a safety review after Iran shot down a high-altitude US surveillance drone.........Read more

Rapper Hard Kaur booked for sedition over online remarks against Yogi Adityanath, Mohan Bhagwat

UK-based rapper Taran Kaur Dhillon aka Hard Kaur has been booked for sedition for allegedly posting objectionable remarks against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on social media. The police have booked her under sections 124 A(sedition), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion), 500(defamation) and 505 (intent to incite) of the Indian Penal Code and section 66 of the IT Act........Read more

India rejects Pakistan media report that claimed New Delhi is ready for talks with Islamabad

India on June 20 rejected a Pakistan media report claiming New Delhi is ready for talks with Islamabad, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar made no such reference in their response to congratulatory messages from their counterparts in that country.........Read more

Looks like Apple’s making its own modem to compete with Qualcomm

Apple is not only potentially working to develop its own modem but is in fact specifically targeting it for use in future iPhones, with the company looking to leave longtime partner Intel behind in favour of its own.........Read more

Government Looking To Implement 'Pay As You Use' toll system Across India

The government is working to amend the toll policy for national highways which will allow the commuters to pay only for the stretch they travel and not for the entire distance between two toll booths. ........Read more

Delhi's Signature Bridge opens for public today after controversial inauguration

After a delay of eight years, Delhi’s much-awaited Signature Bridge was finally inaugurated on Sunday by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia. The iconic bridge, which will be thrown open for vehicles........Read more

Govt invokes never-used-before Section 7 to make RBI fall in line

Section 7 of the RBI Act empowers the government to issue directions necessary for the public interest to the RBI from time to time after consultation with the RBI governor.........Read more

Trump plans to terminate birthright citizenship

US President Donald Trump confirmed that he is planning to put an end to what he called the "ridiculous" law that grants citizenship to all children born in US territory. Trump's plan would be directed against the US-born children of illegal immigrants and would not affect people with legal residence.........Read more

Gujarat exodus touches 60000, CM Vijay Rupani blames Congress for trouble

Hindi-speaking migrants continued to flee Gujarat on Tuesday after attacks by Gujarati youths, taking the figure of Exodus so far to allegedly over 60,000. Over 450 people have so far been arrested and 56 FIRs registered after sporadic incidents of violence were reported from Mehsana, Sabarkantha, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and other areas in north Gujarat.........Read more

No communication from anyone after I was dropped from the team, reveals Murali Vijay

Murali Vijay has stated that he was not contacted by the Chief Selector or any other of the selectors after he was dropped for poor performance in the first two Test matches against England. Last month, Karun Nair also had similar concerns when he was not picked for Test series against West Indies.........Read more

19 Unicorn founders get into super rich list of Indians

The Barclays Hurun India Rich List 2018 - a compilation of the richest individuals in India having a net worth of Rs 1,000 crore or more saw the entry of 19 entrepreneurs from the Unicorn companies such as Paytm, Flipkart, Udaan, Oyo, Ola, and Byjus, among others.........Read more

Bird flu switches from chickens to ducks | Cosmos

The H7N9 pathogen that triggered the 2013 global bird flu pandemic has pivoted away from chickens and has now colonised ducks. Chinese researchers say its absence in chickens is evidence that a new vaccine is successful – and they are confident that a vaccination campaign in ducks will be similarly effective.........Read more

Highly radicalised: How this ISIS recruit from Hyderabad hoodwinked everyone

National Investigation Agency arrested Mohammad Abdullah Basit, 24 after it was found that he was highly radicalised and was planning on carrying out Islamic State-related activities in India.........Read more

Activists oppose draft anti-trafficking Bill

The proposed anti-trafficking Bill likely to be tabled in Parliament during the Monsoon Session will criminalise sex workers and transgenders, according to activists who have appealed to parliamentarians that the draft legislation to be sent to the Standing Committee.........Read more

Draft Bill on regulating pesticides could punish farmers who use spurious products, experts fear

The draft Pesticides Management Bill greatly expands on the Insecticides Act of 1968 in defining usage and registration norms and other regulations. It addresses the manufacturing, field usage and disposal of pesticides. It also codifies harsher punishments for manufacturers of spurious pesticides. The proposed legislation is identical in structure and largely in detail to the Pesticides Management Bill of 2008 that had been drafted by the United Progressive Alliance.........Read more

Apple makes it mandatory for all new apps to embrace the Super Retina display and the notchFirstpost

According to a new developer notes (sent across by email) to app developers Apple indeed wants all apps to be compatible with iPhone X's Super Retina display, which also means embracing the notch. Other details in the email sent to developers see Apple encouraging developers to take advantage of the latest iOS 11 features like Core ML, SiriKit and ARKit.........Read more

Grammy Awards 2018: Winners' list

The Recording Academy announced several winners ahead of the 60th Grammy Awards show, hosted by James Corden, on Sunday. Ed Sheeran, who was snubbed out of major categories, picked up the award for Pop Vocal Album, while Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars, who are up for Album Of The Year, won three Grammy Awards each. Country star Chris Stapleton, who is among the many performers, also picked up two wins.........Read more

Microsoft Brings AI Powered Language Translation For Hindi, Bengali, Tamil

Microsoft on Thursday announced to bring Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Neural Networks to improve real-time language translation for Hindi, Bengali and Tamil. With Deep Neural Networks-powered language translation, the results are more accurate and the sound more natural........Read more

Suzuki Swift Sport Salon Version Revealed

The global-spec Suzuki Swift Sport draws power from a 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine producing 138bhp and 230Nm of torque. The turbocharged petrol unit comes mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The Sport variant of the hatchback is offered only in a front-wheel-drive configuration. The Suzuki Swift Sport will make its India debut at the 2018 Auto Expo along with the regular variant of the hatchback.........Read more

Govt likely to give Sebi powers to regulate private placements

The government is likely to give the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) the power to regulate private placements by any Indian entity at a time when the capital markets regulator is finalizing norms for crowdfunding.........Read more

Indian Railways clears proposal to equip electric locomotives with European train protection systems

Railway Board cleared the proposal to equip 6,000 electric locos with European Train Control System (ETCS) Level-II to help drivers — or pilots — to prevent rail mishaps. Besides, the Board also decided to install the ETCS Level-II system on the entire 9,054 km-long Golden Quadrilateral route connecting the four metros to make it a fully accident-free corridor.........Read more

Softbank Investor Lydia Jett Steps Down From Snapdeal Board

Lydia Jett, Investor – Consumer Internet and ecommerce at Softbank Vision Fund, has reportedly stepped down from the Snapdeal board. Taking her place on the board is Saurabh Jalan, an Investment Professional at Softbank Group US.........Read more

On day two of extradition trial, defence says no evidence to support case of fraud against Vijay Mallya

Clare Montgomery QC lays out their defence against the three main planks of the government argument around misrepresentation, the use of the loans and conduct when they were recalled. There is no evidence for the government to support the case they advance. Could a reasonable jury reach a safe conclusion that this was a deliberate plan to go to IDBI Bank to raise the money and default on that loan... or was it a business failure?........Read more

Karni Sena now targets Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law

The ghoomar dance in costume and steps similar to Deepika Padukone by Aparna Yadav, daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav has not gone well with the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) in Rajasthan. The outfit will send CDs of authentic ghoomar dance to her father who the SRKS says is a Rajput and supports their demand for ban on Padmavati. ........Read more

Bacteria's secret weapons in defeating antibiotics discovered

Bacteria possess even more tools to protect themselves from antibiotics than previously thought, according to our latest research. The ability of microbes to avoid death at the hands of antibiotics is a worldwide concern. Our study illustrates how bacteria directly combat the presence of antibiotics using newly identified defence systems.........Read more

Teenage suicide bomber kills at least 50 in Nigeria mosque

A teenage suicide bomber detonated as worshippers gathered for morning prayers at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 50 people, police said November 21, in one of the region’s deadliest attacks in years.........Read more

Rafale deal allegations: Sitharaman slams Congress, says UPA let defence preparedness lag

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman tore into the Congress today for alleging irregularities in the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft, saying a deal for the planes was done in a transparent manner and had to be struck quickly as the UPA government had let defence preparedness lag for 10 long years.........Read more

India's antitrust watchdog approves DLF's $1 billion deal with Singapore's GIC

India's antitrust regulator has approved Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC's bid to acquire a stake in a firm owned by DLF for 89 billion rupees ($1.38 billion), the country's biggest real estate developer said in a statement late Saturday.........Read more

Eight transport corporation employees killed as workshop roof collapses in Nagapattinam

Eight employees of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) were crushed to death when the roof of a building at the Porayar depot collapsed.Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami condoles the deaths and announces a solatium of ₹ 7.5 lakh to the families of each of those killed.........Read more

India bids goodbye to Marshal Arjan Singh with 17-gun salute, fly past

The final journey of the Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh began Monday with the mortal remains being taken on a gun carriage to the Brar Square here for conducting last rites with state honours. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BJP leader LK Advani, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and three service chiefs were present at last rites ceremony of Marshal of Air Force.........Read more

Korea SS Open: Indian shuttlers Sindhu, Kashyap, Sameer Verma sailed into Pre-quarter finals round

Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, Sameer Verma on Wednesday defeated their respective opponents and stormed into pre-quarter finals round at the Korea Super Series badminton tournament.........Read more

Boron discovery shows Mars was once habitable: Study

Scientists have discovered boron on Mars, a finding that gives further support to the theory that the ancient red planet may have once been habitable. RNA (ribonucleic acid) is present in all modern life, but scientists have long hypothesized an "RNA World," where the first proto-life was made of individual RNA strands that both contained genetic information and could copy itself.........Read more

Xiaomi Ready To Move Their Servers To India; It All Depends On Amazon?

Manu Kumar Jain, the high profile VP of Xiaomi and Managing Director of India said, “All our servers are sitting on AWS (Amazon Web Services) in Singapore and US. If AWS moves to India, we would be happy to work with them.”, adding, “We moved and thought it was pretty good. But if someone, AWS or equivalent, were to set up servers here (in India), we would be happy to work with them.”........Read more

Ultraviolet Light Could Point the Way To Life Throughout the Universe

According to a new study from a team from Harvard University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), ultraviolet radiation may even have played a critical role in the emergence of life here on Earth. As such, determining how much UV radiation is produced by other types of stars could be one of the keys to finding evidence of life any planets that orbit them.........Read more

Government of India not keen on promoting hybrid cars | Team-BHP

The Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines has now told the media that the government is not interested in promoting hybrid cars as they save only a small part of fuel. This has been one of the reasons behind the hike in cess on hybrid cars. Under GST, luxury cars and hybrid vehicles were included in one tax slab(28% GST) which attracted a 15 % cess taking the total to 43 %. With luxury car cess now hiked to 25 %, the effective tax rate stands at 53 %.........Read more

Actor Dileep sent to judicial custody extended in Malayalam actress assault case

The districts court in Angamaly extended the remand period of Actor Dileep till August 22nd, 2017 in the Malayalam actress assault case. Dileep presented before the judge via video conference after which the judge extended the judicial custody of Dileep, reports suggest. Dileep is jailed at a sub jail in Aluva and his bail plea was rejected by both, districts court and the Kerala High Court, in the actress assault case. Dileep was arrested on July 10th, 2017 by the Aluva Club police after the officials found irrefutable evidence against him in connection with the case.........Read more

Sikkim standoff: China is angry because India has changed the rules of the game

Until now, Thimpu has buckled before Beijing in part because it was uncertain if India would have their back. Many “friends of India” have been eaten by geopolitical lions simply because they ran into trouble at a time when New Delhi had slipped into a bout of navel-gazing. In this case, the Narendra Modi government decided to block the Chinese military road-building team and say, “Bhutan’s fight is our fight.” Much of Beijing’s outrage is its surprise that, in its eyes, India has unilaterally changed the rules of the game.........Read more

Union Cabinet approves Air India disinvestment

Arun Jaitley says the Union Cabinet has approved Air India disinvestment, will form a group under the finance minister to work out the modalities of the stake sale. Air India has the largest domestic and long-haul fleet of 140 planes in the country and flies to nearly 41 international and 72 domestic destinations.........Read more

Brain scans may predict autism in high-risk newborns

A team of researchers has revealed that a specific magnetic resonance imaging procedure of six-month-olds may help in predicting which babies are at a high risk of developing autism disorder by age two.........Read more

BCCI invites bid for IPL title sponsorship for next five years

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has started inviting applications from parties to bid for the title sponsorship rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for a period starting from August to July 2022.........Read more

Interview: U.S. lawmakers not backing down on human rights for Tibet, Pelosi says

Top U.S. lawmakers delivered a blunt message to China on Wednesday that they would not relent in their campaign to protect human rights in Tibet, calling for legislative and trade steps to press home their point.........Read more

ED probing company, directors Karti P. Chidambaram, 2 others

The Enforcement Directorate on Monday attached assets worth ₹11.57 crore of Ziqitiza Healthcare Ltd and its two directors. Former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram was also a director in the company.........Read more

'Show respect for rights of Pakistan on Jinnah House', says Islamabad to India

Pakistan yesterday said India "should respect the ownership rights of the government of Pakistan" on the property , The Express Tribune reported. That's not what how the BJP's Mangal Lodha sees the building. "Jinnah House is a symbol of the partition, The structure should be demolished" he said.........Read more

Delhi EC Asks High Cort to Dismiss Plea to Remove Party Symbols From EVMs

The petition would directly affect all the national and state political parties. Since all the national and state political parties have not been impleaded in the present petition, it is liable to be dismissed on this ground alone, the poll panel told a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal.........Read more

SBI considering "Cyber Insurance" to protect its 30 crore customers

At a time when cyber threats are on the rise for banks for increasing cashless transactions and effects of demonetisation, insurers see rise in demand for cyber insurance and cyber liability insurance. This is despite the fact that the industry base for cyber insurance is currently as low as Rs.60 crore.........Read more

Arukutty alleged that he was offered a huge sum from Sasikala camp

AIADMK legislator V. C. Arukutty, representing the Kavundampalayam constituency in Coimbatore, who was the second MLA to support caretaker Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, has alleged that he was offered a hefty bribe to support party chief V. K. Sasikala but he “spurned it” to support his “Annan” (Mr Panneerselvam), whom he says will dispense the good rule of Amma (late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa).........Read more

Kabul blast: Suicide bomber kills at least 20 people near supreme court

t least 20 people died and 38 were wounded in a suicide bombing attack near the Supreme Court in PD9, Macroryan of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. A suicide bomber, who was on foot, detonated while employees were boarding a bus in the parking lot of the Supreme Court compound, said interior ministry spokesperson Najibullah Danish.........Read more

Delhi drug ring: What's the Pakistan link in Rs 30 crore party drugs seized from African women?

NCB officials intercepted two women from a hotel at Mahipalpur in south Delhi. The officials had input that a 41-year-old Zambian woman named Thelma Mkandawire had arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport with a consignment of drugs. As soon the woman reached the airport, the NCB team mounted surveillance on her. After getting clearance from the airport, the woman left in a taxi and reached at the hotel in Mahipalpur.........Read more

Note ban may delay banks’ asset quality recovery: Fitch

Demonetisation is likely to push back recovery in banks’ asset quality as the cash shortage had a “disruptive impact” on India’s informal economy, rating agency Fitch said today. The impact of demonetisation on asset quality will start showing significantly in data for the January-March quarter, the rating agency said.........Read more

Earthquake jolts Tripura, Assam

An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 on Richter scale jolted Tripura on Tuesday afternoon. Mild tremors were felt across northeast India.........Read more

Heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes may combine to worsen thinking skills

Research from the University of Glasgow shows that people who have a cardiometabolic disease, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or coronary heart disease (CHD), perform worse on mental tests of reasoning, memory and reaction time, and having more than one of these conditions has an even greater effect.........Read more

Michael Jackson, the 'King of Pop' named top-earning dead celebrity

Michael Jackson has surpassed his fellow musical icons Prince and David Bowie, who passed away earlier this year, in the list, which has been released by Forbes magazine........Read more

Om Puri Apologizes For Disrespecting Comments on Uri Martyrs

People have every right to react to this...twitter messages, abuses, whatever humiliation I deserve that for opening my mouth for without thinking and hurting the sentiments of the country, the army and the warrior soldiers. ........Read more

MIT’s new 3D-printed, shock-absorbent materials make for resilient drones

It’s not the fall, it’s the sudden stop – the effect of an impact has similar negative effects on people and on the sensitive electronic parts of robots. A new research project from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab could help lessen the damaging effects of sudden physical shocks, for both humans and robots alike.........Read more

The math behind the RCom-Aircel merger

According to the plan, RCom and Aircel will each transfer Rs 14,000 crore of debt to the new company in addition to a liability of Rs 7,000 crore of deferred spectrum payments obligation, making the new telco’s immediate net debt Rs 35,000 crore. RCom said the transaction will help it reduce its debt by Rs 20,000 crore. But half of the new entity’s debt should still show up on RCom’s consolidated balance sheet by virtue of its 50 percent stake in it.........Read more

How science fiction has imagined colonizing our solar system and beyond

Next week, Elon Musk is slated to make a big announcement about SpaceX’s most ambitious goal to date: the colonization of Mars. Musk has never shied away from the science fictional aspects of his...........Read more

Women should be allowed to end pregnancy even when there is no risk: Bombay HC

The observations came while the bench was hearing a plea filed by a prisoner under trial seeking to abort her 15-week-old foetus since her partner had abandoned her and she did not wish to carry on with the pregnancy anymore.........Read more

TCS marketing chief John Lenzen quits

John Lenzen’s exit comes at a time when Tata Consultancy Services is competing with global, local rivals to win more of Fortune 100 clients’ spending........Read more

Unions reject appeal, to go ahead with Sept 2 strike

As the Narendra Modi government's appeal did not yield result, the nationwide strike called by the central trade unions on September 2 is now imminent.........Read more

Experimental vaccine could provide rapid response to diseases

An RNA vaccine differs from most current types that involve an inactivated form of a virus or other pathogen.........Read more

Ringing Bells to deliver 65,000 more Freedom 251 smartphones

After delivering the first 5,000 'Freedom 251' smartphones, Ringing Bells on Monday announced it would deliver 65,000 more devices to those who had booked the less than $4 smartphones in the cash on delivery (COD)........Read more

Success Story of Kashmiri Girl Sheema Nabi Qasba

Sheema Nabi Qasba from Kashmir has secured All India Rank 205th in Civil Services Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission........Read more

Why an Engineer with an MBA Degree Is Now Building a Model Village in Andhra Pradesh

He quit a well-paying corporate job to build a ProtoVillage that will exemplify abundance for the rest of the country. This is the story of Kalyan Akkipeddi.........Read more

How a bunch of bloggers are monetising their passion - The Economic Times

It is no simple task, but evolving a niche blog — in, say, fashion, beauty — into an ecomm startup with revenue streams may be a logical progression.........Read more

Artist paints door from around the world in watercolour

Artist Viktoria Kravchenko draw watercolour paintings of doors worldwide and reminds that doors can also be artwork.........Read more

LinkedIn invalidates millions of potentially compromised passwords – Tech2

A 2012 LinkedIn (LNKD.N) data theft may have affected far more users than originally thought, the professional networking site said on Wednesday.........Read more

EgyptAir flight MS804 to Cairo goes missing - Firstpost

An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo went off the radar on Thursday morning. The flight had 59 passengers and 10 crew members aboard........Read more