How drug companies will profit from making Covid-19 vaccines

These are the core obsessions that drive our newsroom—defining topics of seismic importance to the global economy. These are some of our most ambitious editorial projects. Enjoy! Our emails are made to shine in your inbox, with something fresh every morning, afternoon, and weekend. The world has at least two, and , Covid-19 vaccines ready to be distributed before the end of the year. In several months, millions of people will likely have received at least the first dose of a vaccine made by Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca. While these pharmaceutical companies are filling a desperate public need, they are also corporations with shareholders expecting a return. Manufacturing coronavirus vaccines is a potentially lucrative business, but how much will these companies earn? And what will the market for Covid-19 vaccines look like in the long term? Unlike most drugs, vaccines aren’t big money makers. The market is smaller, with fewer players. Before Covid-19, the global market for all vaccines was about —only a very small fraction of the overall pharmaceutical market, with its estimated annual revenues of more than $1 trillion. , for example, are a $4 billion market with Sanofi, the largest producer, selling ........Read more

IPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: Here are the changes we should expect

The iPhone 12 is expected to launch this fall. This year, the rumors suggest the iPhone 12 series will be offered in four screen sizes, including the entry-level iPhone 12 might cost $649. The new iPhones are also expected to feature a revamped design language, OLED screens on all four handsets, 3D cameras, a faster A14 processor, and 5G support. If the leaks turn out to be true, these upgrades would make the new iPhones significantly better than the iPhone 11 lineup. Based on rumours and speculation, we take a look at a few of the major differences between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 11. As per most analysts, will offer the iPhone 12 in three screen sizes and four models. The iPhone 12 Pro Max screen size will feature a 6.7-inch screen size, up from the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s 6.5-inches. The iPhone 12 Pro will have a 6.1-inch screen, similar to the iPhone 11. In addition, the iPhone 12 is rumoured to have a 5.4-inch screen size and the iPhone 12 Max will feature a 5.4-inch iPhone 12. The iPhone 11 series, in comparison, is available in three models and screen sizes. The iPhone 11 series consists of the 6.1-inch iPhone 11, the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro, and the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max.........Read more

How Lakshadweep has managed to be India’s only territory without coronavirus

It is the only region in India that does not feature in the health ministry’s list of Covid-19 cases, and such is the confidence of the Lakshadweep administration that it has recently sent a request to the central government to allow schools to reopen even as most other states are still balking at the idea. The union territory with a population of just 64,473 has managed to keep the SARS-CoV-2 virus at bay through a number of measures — strict access control, long quarantine periods and comprehensive symptomatic testing within its perimeter.........Read more

Southwest monsoon hits Kerala, says IMD, cyclonic circulation escalates progress

The southwest monsoon has finally arrived in Kerala. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday that the southwest monsoon has made its onset on Kerala. IMD had earlier predicted that the southwest monsoon will make an onset over Kerala on June 1 with the formation of a cyclonic circulation. IMD director general Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said on Monday, "The southwest monsoon has made an onset over Kerala." A cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal has escalated the progress of monsoon in India this year. IMD has predicted that India will receive a normal monsoon season this year.........Read more

Preventing 'cytokine storm' may ease severe COVID-19 symptoms

A hyperactive immune response isn't unique to COVID-19. People with autoimmune diseases and cancer patients receiving immunotherapy can experience similar symptoms. These responses are referred to as macrophage activation syndrome, cytokine release syndrome—or simply "cytokine storms." When macrophages (and some other kinds of immune cells) detect virus particles, they send out alert messages by releasing various proteins known as cytokines. Those cytokines recruit other immune cells to the scene—an inflammatory response that, in moderation, helps the body fight off a virus. But macrophages can also release other signaling molecules, called catecholamines, that amplify this response further, triggering the release of more cytokines. The result is a runaway feedback loop, like a snowball getting bigger as it barrels down a hill.........Read more

Is Telangana testing enough? War of words breaks out between TRS, Oppn

The central health minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, recently raised the issue, and the Congress and the BJP -- both opposition parties here -- have accused Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao of hiding and manipulating facts. Rao's Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government, on the other hand, has denied the allegations and accused the opposition of doing politics during a pandemic. The state government said it was "on par" with the US and the UK in doing accurate testing, in response to a recent tweet from Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan.........Read more

India's coronavirus lockdown curbs buffalo meat exports, hitting Ramadan supplies

For more than a decade Kuala Lumpur street vendor Abu Zahrim Ismail has seen brisk sales of daging dendeng, a spicy buffalo meat jerky, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. But this year, the spread of coronavirus pandemic has slashed shipments of Indian buffalo meat, driving prices higher and hitting sales. Most meat processing plants in India, the world’s second largest beef exporter and Malaysia’s top supplier, have been shut as the South Asian nation fights to contain the pandemic. “The virus has really turned everything upside down,” Abu said.  ........Read more

U.S. emergency approval broadens use of Gilead's COVID-19 drug remdesivir

Gilead Science Inc’s (GILD.O) antiviral drug remdesivir was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for COVID-19 on Friday, clearing the way for broader use of the drug in more hospitals around the United States. During a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with President Donald Trump, Gilead Chief Executive Daniel O’Day called the move an important first step and said the company was donating 1.5 million vials of the drug to help patients. ........Read more

Nifty, Sensex rattled by oil plunge as coronavirus takes toll

Indian shares fell nearly 3% on Tuesday, as a historic overnight plunge in U.S. crude oil to below zero highlighted the economic damage caused by the coronavirus-led lockdowns. The NSE Nifty 50 index fell 2.66% to 9,015.65 by 0455 GMT, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex dropped 2.73% to 30,782.84. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 2%, as did the Nikkei, EuroSTOXX 50 futures and FTSE futures. E-mini futures for the S&P 500 fell 0.5%. ........Read more

'Gaumutra, Gobar': Assam BJP MLA 'Finds' Cure For Deadly Coronavirus

Suman Haripriya, the BJP MLA from the Hajo Assembly constituency, said that this is because cow urine and cow dung are useful in curing deadly diseases like cancer. “We all know that cow dung is very helpful. Likewise, when cow urine is sprayed, it purifies an area,” PTI quoted her as saying. “I believe something similar could be done with gaumutra and gobar to cure coronavirus,” she said during a discussion on smuggling of cattle to Bangladesh on the first day of the budget session of the Assembly.........Read more

Viral: School Teacher Wears Anatomy Bodysuit To Make Learning More Fun

A Spanish school teacher went viral when she took a biology class wearing a bodysuit with human internal organs printed over it. According to the New York Post, Veronica Duque has a teaching experience spanning over 15 years and presently instructs 3rd graders in various subjects such as science, English, art, social studies, and Spanish. ........Read more

Conversations ongoing to get AB de Villiers back for T20 World Cup - Du Plessis

South Africa's captain spent much of his time with the press at the men's World Cup this year explaining how and why an apparent offer from De Villiers to return for the tournament wasn't taken up. Thanks to Mark Boucher, Du Plessis is hearing about a De Villiers comeback again. But, this time, it could happen. "I'm so used to that question now," Du Plessis said on Monday (December 17) after captaining the Paarl Rocks to triumph in the Mzansi Super League final. ........Read more

Over 10,000 Maruti S-Presso Sold In First Month - Beats Kwid, Tiago

The first of its kind, S-Presso has certainly received a positive response in the country, and the Japanese carmaker managed to sell 10,634 units of the car in its first month of going on sale i.e. October 2019.........Read more

Body of ISIS Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Disposed of At Sea, Claim Reports

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said, “Baghdadi’s remains were transported to a secure facility to confirm his identity with forensic DNA testing and the disposal of his remains has been done. It is complete and was handled appropriately.” ........Read more

GC Murmu, RK Mathur Appointed as First-Ever L-Gs of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh

Centre appointed Expenditure Secretary Girish Chandra Murmu as the first Lieutenant Governor (L-G) of the union territory (UT) of J&K. Former Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Radkha Krishna Mathur, meanwhile, was appointed as the first L-G of the UT of Ladakh.........Read more

Ease of Doing Business: India jumps 14 places to 63rd position in World Bank list

While India has improved its ranks by 14 places on the back of continuing reforms, it has still fallen short of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's target of breaking into top 50. ........Read more

Indians Will Not Need Visa For Travelling to Brazil, All You Need to Know Here

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday said that the visa requirement for Chinese and Indian tourists or business people visiting the South American nation will be dropped.........Read more

Ex-PMC Bank chairman bought Rs 400-crore biz hotel in Amritsar

Waryam Singh, the arrested former chairman of Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank, owns a Rs 400-crore business hotel in Amritsar which he purchased from his personal earnings from the alleged Rs 4,355-crore fraud........Read more

Next year, new space missions will test technologies to fix busted satellites in orbit

Two new missions will send spacecraft into orbit to rendezvous with other vehicles zooming around Earth to see if it’s possible for two satellites to delicately meet up with each other in space. ........Read more

All landlines restored in J&K; health institutions 'fully functional': Home Ministry

The spokesperson further stated that all banks/ATMs are functional and over Rs 108 crore withdrawn by the public only from J&K Bank, while other bank details are awaited. An Indian soldier patrols a curfewed street in Kashmir. (Photo| PTI) All landline phone connections have been restored in Jammu and Kashmir and mobile postpaid connections in Kupwara district are now functioning and attendance of teachers and students in schools are improving, said the Union Home Ministry on Wednesday. 510870, Surgeries: 15157," Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs tweeted. The spokesperson further stated that all banks/ATMs are functional and over Rs 108 crore withdrawn by the public only from J&K Bank, while other bank details are awaited. The official shared that stock of petroleum products and food grains are adequate. "10 Internet kiosks, 5 terminals each, at all district HQs for departmental purposes like e-tendering, submission of scholarship forms, job applications. 12 additional air ticketing counters established for the convenience of the general public and tourists," the spokesperson tweeted. The Jammu and Kashmir administration further informed that K Skandan, Advisor to the Governor, has reviewed the functioning of the State Transport Corporation.........Read more

A gun shot, petrol bombs and water cannons mark violent escalation in Hong Kong protests

A Hong Kong police officer fired a live shot into the air as protesters squared off against police armed with water cannons Sunday, in one of the most violent nights seen since mass pro-democracy protests began 12 weekends ago. Commentary in Chinese state media Sunday signaled that Beijing is losing patience with protesters. State-run media outlet Xinhua said the central government had the "authority" and "responsibility" to intervene and prevent riots in Hong Kong, reiterating comments made former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, who oversaw Hong Kong's return to China from British rule under a dual governance setup, which gives the city a separate legal system with more democratic freedoms until 2047. Sunday's pro-democracy protests had begun peacefully. Thousands braved a thunderstorm to march from Kwai Chung to Tseun Wan district, in the city's New Territories. They showed up dressed in plastic ponchos and rain coats, and huddled under a sea of umbrellas.........Read more

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro admits to farmers setting Amazon forest ablaze illegally, tells foreign powers not to meddle in issue

Amid growing international criticism over the wildfires raging through the Amazon, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday admitted farmers could be illegally setting the rainforest ablaze but told foreign powers not to interfere. French president Emmanuel Macron and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres both took to Twitter to express concern about the fires that have reached a record number this year, devastating vast swathes of forest considered a vital bulwark against climate change. Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Rondonia. Reuters Bolsonaro responded angrily to what he regarded as meddling. “These countries that send money here, they don’t send it out of charity. ... They send it with the aim of interfering with our sovereignty,” he said in a Facebook Live broadcast. But earlier on Thursday, he said that Brazil alone lacked the resources to control the fires. “The Amazon is bigger than Europe, how will you fight criminal fires in such an area?” he asked reporters as he left the presidential residence. “We do not have the resources for that.” Fires in the Amazon have surged 83 percent so far this year compared with the same period a year earlier, government figures show.........Read more

Netflix to roll out lower-priced plan in India soon, will it start at Rs 250?

Netflix will roll out a lower-priced mobile-screen plan in India in Q3 in addition to its existing plans. This was confirmed by the company in a letter to its shareholders for the second quarter of 2019. The lower-priced plan is aimed at introducing a large number of people in India to Netflix and to further expand its business “in a market where Pay TV ARPU (average revenue per user) is low (below $5). There is no word on how much the plan will cost or if this will be a weekly, monthly subscription. Netflix was initially said to be testing something similar in India as well as other markets in Asia such as Malaysia. Earlier this year, Netflix rolled out weekly mobile-only plans, which start for as low as Rs 65 for select users in India. The streaming service also reportedly explored a mobile-only monthly plan of Rs 250, Rs 125 Basic plan for SD only, Rs 165 Standard plan (HD) for two devices, and Rs 200 Ultra plan (4K) for four devices. The move will let users “watch Netflix on their mobile device for a lower price and subscribe in shorter increments of time.”........Read more

CBI Searches 110 Locations Across 19 States in Corruption, Arms Smuggling Cases

In a country-wide operation, the CBI carried out searches at 110 locations in 19 states in connection with fresh cases related to alleged corruption, arms smuggling and criminal misconduct. The CBI has registered 30 fresh cases, they said. More details are awaited as the search operation is underway and may be expanded during the day, they said. This is second massive search operation by the agency in a week. A similar operation was carried out last Tuesday against banking fraud accused. ........Read more

Tsunami Alert Called Off After 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes North New Zealand

Following an intense 7.4 magnitude earthquake 100 kilometres away from the coast of L’Esperance rock on Sunday morning, north New Zealand, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a brief tsunami warning for coasts within the radius of 300 km radius. However, updating their earlier advice, the authorities have said that there is “no threat from a tsunami” now.........Read more

Researchers create 'memory-boosting' font

Australian researchers say their new font, called Sans Forgetica, could be the tool to help people retain information. The typeface, which slants to the side and has gaps in the middle, is not easy on the eyes. It has the perfect combination of "obstruction" needed to recall information. ........Read more

Srinagar: Cop killed, five others injured during anti-terror operation

A policeman was killed and five others including three CRPF men were injured when militants hiding in a house opened fire on the search party of the security forces during a counter-terror operation in Batamaloo area of Srinagar. ........Read more

Week-long ‘thanksgiving ritual’ led to death of Burari family, Delhi police suspect

The Bhatia family in Burari was confident that they would survive the ceremony, which prescribed a ritualistic hanging, and had even planned to repeat the ritual with a relative who was facing problems, the Delhi Police added.........Read more

Indian Railways to Launch MADAD App for Lodging Complaints

The app is named as 'MADAD', short for Mobile Application for Desired Assistance During travel. It will be launched later this month. Passengers can lodge complaints about the poor quality of food or dirty toilets. Emergency services can also be availed during the travel using this app. Once a complaint is lodged, it directly reaches the relevant officers of that division. This will allow speedy registration and redressal of the grievances. The travellers can also see the status of their complaints and track them.........Read more

Data shows 153 districts are severely dry ahead of Summer

Several parts of the country could be staring at a water crisis in the peak summer months ahead, with the latest meteorological department data showing mild to extremely dry conditions in 404 districts due to poor rainfall since October 2017. Of these, around 140 districts were termed severely to extremely dry in the October 2017-March 2018 period. Another 109 districts were moderately dry while 156 had mild dry conditions.........Read more

Doctors baffled by Indrani’s drug ‘overdose’

Every day for the past few months, Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, has been receiving three tablets under a jail guard’s close observation. Her hospitalisation at the State-run JJ Hospital due to a possible drug overdose has, therefore, raised an important question — where did she access the drugs that could have led to an overdose?........Read more

J-K: Three militants killed in Anantnag encounter, restrictions imposed in Srinagar

Three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. The militants were identified as Eesa Fazli of Soura area in Srinagar and Syed Owais Shafi of Kokernag. The identity of the third militant is yet to be ascertained. ........Read more

27 prisoners in UP's Dasna jail found infected with HIV

Up to 27 prisoners of Dasna Jail in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad district have been found to be infected with HIV virus. In 2017, 49 prisoners were found HIV positive. Ghaziabad Chief Medical Officer (CMO) N K Gupta said that the patients receive regular check-ups and medication.........Read more

Giant balls of metal are falling from sky in towns across globe, locals baffled

First it were the British, followed by Russians and now Peruvians, everyone is spotting fireballs plummeting into their towns within weeks of each other. Meteorologist Alejandro Fonesca, from the Federal University of Acre in Brazil, said that no meteorites had been predicted to fall in the area. According to him, the balls were eventually confirmed to be a rare atmospheric re-entry of a rocket that was launched from Kazakhstan on Boxing Day.........Read more

Home Ministry to hire Air India planes to ferry security men posted in J&K, NE

Air India aircraft will be hired by the home ministry to facilitate travel of personnel of central armed police forces, Intelligence Bureau and the NDRF serving in remote areas of the northeast and Jammu and Kashmir from home and place of postings.........Read more

Jai Ram Thakur sworn in as Himachal Chief Minister

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday took oath as the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday. The swearing-in ceremony of the five-time BJP MLA from Seraj constituency took place at the historic Ridge Maidan in Shimla in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. ........Read more

2G verdict: CBI bungled by focusing on policy, not criminal intent

The criticism that the CBI faltered on many aspects of the 2G case is not completely incorrect as it seems to have concentrated more on the policy formulation rather than seeking to establish criminality of the accused politicians and corporate bigwigs.........Read more

Mindfulness training reduces stress during exam time, study finds

Recent years have seen increasing interest in mindfulness, a means of training attention for the purpose of mental wellbeing based on the practice of meditation. There is evidence that mindfulness training can improve symptoms of common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. However, there is little robust evidence on the effectiveness of mindfulness training in preventing such problems in university students.........Read more

Mayank Vaid, the fastest Indian Ultraman, is now gearing up to become Enduroman

The Enduroman challenge is supposed to be the toughest endurance competition in the world. It begins with a 140-km run from London’s Marble Arch to Dover, then a cross-English Channel swims to the French coast, ending with a 289.7-km bike ride from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Only 24 athletes have ever completed this challenge. Now, Vaid wants to make the list.........Read more

This new iPhone X game is played using eyebrows

Nathan Gitter, a computer science graduate from Washington University has released Rainbrow, an arcade game for iPhone X which can be controlled by eyebrows. This game required players to use their eyebrow to move an emoji face up and down on the screen to collect the points which are in shape of stars. The players need to avoid the emoji obstacles like car, basketballs and ducks.........Read more

Lack of transparency plagues India’s new insolvency and bankruptcy regime

India’s new insolvency and bankruptcy regime has been functioning for a year without any disclosure norms or mandatory transparency regulations. In the first year of its application, the regime is already dealing with more than 450 cases that add up to thousands of crores of rupees of unsettled debts. ........Read more

Coal scam case: Special court awards jail term to Madhu Koda, Gupta and others

Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda and ex-coal secretary H.C. Gupta were on Saturday sentenced to three years imprisonment by a special court here in a case of coal block allocation scam. Besides the jail term, the special court also imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh on Mr. Koda and Rs one lakh on Mr. Gupta.........Read more

Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: Big Setback For Hardik Patel as Key Aide Dinesh Bambhaniya Resigns From PAAS

Bambhaniya is the fourth leader to have left Hardik Patel's PAAS within a month. In November, Amrish and Ketan Patel, former aides of Hardik Patel, who had played significant roles in the Patel agitation, resigned from PAAS joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).........Read more

Prakash Raj fires salvo at Ananth Kumar Hegde: 'Are you guys incarnation of Germany's Hitler'

Prakash Raj, in a series of tweets, attacked Union minister Ananth Kumar Hegde. The versatile actor has reacted to Hegde's views that Hindutva and nationalism cannot be separated.........Read more

Plot to Assassinate UK PM Theresa May Foiled, Two Men Arrested For Planning to Blow Downing Street

The British police have arrested two men for planning to blow up the Downing Street gates and assassinate the Prime Minister the United Kingdom Theresa May in London. Two Muslim Islamist suicide bombers, armed with an improvised bomb, suicide vest, pepper spray, and knives, have been charged with terror offences. ........Read more

Hyundai Electric Sedan Concept To Be Revealed Soon In India

Hyundai will reveal its electric vehicle plan at the 2018 Auto Expo. The Korean carmaker is planning to showcase an electric sedan at the event. The company is also assessing the all-electric Kona SUV for a possible launch in India.........Read more

NASA set to launch sensor to measure space debris around ISS

The one square meter Space Debris Sensor (SDS) will travel on a SpaceX cargo mission on December 4 and will be mounted on the exterior of the station. The sensor uses dual-layer thin films, an acoustic sensor system, a resistive grid sensor system and a sensored backstop to provide near-real-time impact detection and recording,........Read more

Facebook trials Olx-like Marketplace feature in India

Marketplace feature on Facebook allows you to post add for used products or browse through ones posted by others, similar to what online classifieds Olx and Quickr do. Marketplace is already available in 25 countries including US and recently rolled out in 17 of them including Germany, France and UK.........Read more

Lebanon's Hariri arrives in Paris for talks with Macron

Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon's prime minister this month while in Saudi Arabia, arrived in Paris on Saturday for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, a statement from Hariri's press office said.........Read more

Aadhaar-demat account linking: Sebi's diktat spooks overseas investors

It is not just domestic investors but also foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) who are grappling with the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (Sebi’s) diktat mandating linking Aadhaar with “all demat accounts”.........Read more

US blacklists 17 firms from applying H1-B

In an another blow to Indian IT employees, the Donald Trump-led United States has released a list of 17 blacklisted companies which cannot apply for H1-B work visas in the coming days.........Read more

French Open Super Series: Kidambi Srikanth Beats HS Prannoy to Enter Final; PV Sindhu Exits

Kidambi Srikanth beat his Indian counterpart HS Prannoy to book a spot in the finals of the French Open Super Series. India’s ace men’s shuttler Srikanth bounce back from a game down to defeat Prannoy 14-21, 21-19, 21-18 in the USD 325,000 tournament.........Read more

Twitter has banned two Russia-backed media organizations from advertising on its site

Twitter will no longer allow two Russian-backed media organizations RT and Sputnik to advertise on its site. The ban comes months after the U.S. government — in a report studying Russia’s suspected meddling in the 2016 presidential election.........Read more

Blue Whale game, a national issue; broadcasters must generate awareness: SC

The Supreme Court observed that the infamous Blue Whale game is a national problem while responding to a plea to ban the suicide game. It has asked the public service broadcaster, Doordarshan and other private channels to generate awareness about the game by telecasting its hazards in their prime time programme.........Read more

We Have to Separate Bitcoin from Blockchain, Says Chinese Banker

Fan Bao, CEO of investment bank China Renaissance, has said Bitcoin is not as attractive as the distributed ledger technology that underpins it. “I think we have to separate Bitcoin from the Blockchain,” Bao said. “I think Blockchain is a very exciting technology, probably the most disruptive technology in our industry, the financial services industry.”........Read more

Lenovo and Intel announce PC-ready authentication system based on FIDO to replace passwords

Using Intel Online Connect on 7th and 8th Gen Intel Core processors, Lenovo's latest PCs including the Yoga 920, ThinkPad X1 Tablet (2nd generation), ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th generation) and IdeaPad 720S integrate FIDO-certified authenticators directly into the core of the PCs.........Read more

Ronaldo beats Messi again to win FIFA Player of the Year Award, Giroud bags Puskas Award

The four-time Ballon d'Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format.........Read more

AI nanobots injected into human body could help repair bones, muscles, enhance brain activities

The technology may become so advanced within the next two decades that it may allow humans to control their surrounds and thoughts. A senior inventor at IBM has forecast the possibility of artificially intelligent nano-machines being injected into humans within the next 20 years to repair and enhance muscles, bones and even damaged cells.........Read more

Security flaw endangers almost every WiFi device to hacking!

Researcher Mathy Vanhoef of imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven stated that he discovered a serious weakness in WPA2, a protocol that secures all modern protected WiFi networks. An attacker within range of a victim can exploit these weaknesses using key reinstallation attacks (KRACKs). Attackers can also read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted.........Read more

Cosmic rays striking Earth come from outside Milky Way

Fifty years ago, scientists discovered that the Earth is occasionally hit by cosmic rays of enormous energies. Since then, they have argued about the source of those ultra-high-energy cosmic rays - whether they came from our galaxy or outside the Milky Way. The answer lies in a galaxy or galaxies far, far away, according to a study. ........Read more

‘Chunk of GST claims ineligible for refunds’

A “large part” of the ₹65,000 crore of transitional credit claims received by the government under the Goods and Services Tax regime are ineligible for refunds, a senior Finance Ministry official told. Firms can claim transitional credits for inputs bought and taxes paid before GST rollout. The official pointed out that even where claims were accepted, refunds would be done in a staggered manner over months, and not as a single lump sum.........Read more

India refuses to join declaration against Myanmar at international meet

India on Thursday dissociated itself from a declaration adopted at an international conference as it carried a reference to violence in Rakhine state of Myanmar, from where 125,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh.........Read more

Govt slaps Rs 1,700 crore penalty on RIL, BP over KG-D6 gas issue

The government has imposed a new penalty of USD 264 million (about Rs 1,700 crore) on Reliance Industries Ltd and its partners for producing less than the targeted natural gas from eastern offshore KG-D6 fields in 2015-16.........Read more

70 Kashmiri youths join terrorist ranks in seven months: Official

The new recruits mostly belong to Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam districts in south Kashmir, which has become the hub of tech-savvy militants. As many as 70 Kashmiri youths joined militancy in the Valley in seven months period this year.........Read more

Marital rape not penal offence, Parliament debated it: Supreme Court

The raging issue whether to make forced marital intercourse and sexual acts part of offence of rape in penal law has been extensively debated and now it cannot be considered as a criminal act, the Supreme Court today said........Read more

‘Full-scale war between India, China likely soon’, predicts political analyst Desai

Noted commentator on international affairs Meghnad Desai in an interview predicted that a war could break out within a month between India and China.........Read more

US Laptop Ban Lifted From Royal Jordanian and Kuwait Airways

Royal Jordanian and Kuwait Airways are the latest Middle East carriers to be exempted from an in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices on flights to the United States. The Jordanian and Kuwaiti airlines join Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airline, which each last week announced a lifting of the ban.........Read more

Antibiotics: A biography

What exactly are antibiotics? How do they work? And why haven’t we curbed their use, despite the overwhelming evidence of growing antibiotic resistance?........Read more

China asks India to suspend Mansarovar yatra, conveys decision to MEA Sushma Swaraj

In a stringent message, China has asked India to suspend Kailash Mansarovar yatra, according to Republic TV report. A message in this regard has been conveyed to Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.........Read more

Virat Kohli sole Indian in Forbes list of highest paid athletes

Virat Kohli has been ranked 89th on the 2017 Forbes list of 'The World's highest paid athletes' with a total pay of USD 22 million that includes USD three million from salary and winnings and another 19 million from endorsements.........Read more

A major step in treating genetic diseases

Researchers at Queen's University have published new findings, providing a proof-of-concept use of genetic editing tools to treat genetic diseases. The study, published in Nature Scientific Reports, offers an important first step towards treatment for a rare liver disease, as well as other disorders caused by genetic mutations.........Read more

Security services believe 23,000 terror suspects at large in UK

Britain's spies believe there may be as many as 23,000 terror suspects at large across the country. The scale of the challenge has emerged in the aftermath of the Manchester suicide bombing that claimed 22 lives and injured 119 others.........Read more

In TRAI filing, Netflix denies allegation that it throttles video

Netflix denied that it was slowing video down on mobile networks, in a Net Neutrality filing to TRAI yesterday. In the filing, Netflix said that "our Data Saver feature was created to allow consumers to control how much data they use when streaming on cellular networks." They added, "........Read more

After sentencing death to Kulbhushan, Nawaz Sharif says ‘Pakistan a peace loving country’

A day after Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Bajwa announced the death sentence to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that ‘Islamabad wants to have better relations with its neighbouring countries’.........Read more

Russia: 10 feared dead, 50 injured after two blasts at St Petersburg metro stations

At least 10 people were killed and 50 others were injured after two blasts ripped through underground metro stations in St Petersburg, Russia, on Monday, local authorities said. Victims said there were children among the injured.........Read more

The Big Fat Lie You've Been Told About What's Hurting Your Heart

The AHA declared in 1961 that saturated fats were bad because they increased blood cholesterol, which blocked coronary arteries and caused heart attacks. Surprisingly, the AHA was driven this conclusion by the hypothesis of one physiologist who didn’t bother to submit a shred of evidence. Ancel Benjamin Keys, a physiologist with a PhD from Cambridge University, stamped his ‘diet heart’ hypothesis into the consciousness of Paul Dudley White, a founder-member of the AHA.........Read more

New platform seeks to unify Hindus in U.S.

A new organisation launched by a group of influential American Hindus, most of them of Indian descent, aspires to emerge as the political platform for all Hindus in the country regardless of their ethnic origin. The American Hindu Coalition (AHC) will be formally inaugurated in May but the group has launched a website and started raising funds online and from selected donors. Though led by Republicans, AHC is a bipartisan platform that will bring together Democrats, independents and anyone who believes in “Hindu enlightenment principles” according to Shekhar Tiwari, chairman of the new organisation.........Read more

Smartron to launch new Sachin Tendulkar branded phone in April 2017

Homegrown technology and IoT company Smartron is rumoured to launch an exclusive Sachin Tendulkar-branded mobile phone in April which will be the first-ever signature series of the master blaster for a mobile phone brand. Industry sources told IANS that Tendulkar was recently spotted shooting at a studio in Mumbai for Smartron that is working on their next device under the project name “Rimo SRT”.........Read more

Delhi High Court stays government's nursery admission guidelines

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday stayed the Directorate Of Education's nursery admissions notification forcing 298 private schools to adopt only neighbourhood criteria, while terming it as "unreasonable". ........Read more

Through The Nuclear Looking Glass: The Moon & The Bomb

For centuries, scientists have been attempting to explain how the Moon formed. Whereas some have argued that it formed from material lost by Earth due to centrifugal force, others asserted that a performed Moon was captured by Earth’s gravity. In recent decades, the most widely-accepted theory has been the Giant-impact hypothesis, which states that the Moon formed after the Earth was struck by a Mars-sized object (named Theia) 4.5 billion years ago.........Read more

Attorney General Mukul Rahtogi suggests a floor test to decide the TN chief Minister

The Attorney General has suggested that Assembly be convened within a week for floor test to decide whether Mr. Panneerselvam or Ms. Sasikala has majority. It is, however, not binding for the Governor to go by the Attorney General's suggestion. The Governor is learnt to have been consulting legal experts before taking a decision.........Read more

Frank-Walter Steinmeier elected as the new president of Germany

Billed as Germany's "anti-Trump", centre-left former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected today as the new ceremonial head of state. The 61-year-old, who regularly polls as Germany's most popular politician, will represent the EU's top economy abroad and act as a kind of moral arbiter for the nation.........Read more

Jio's success bought loss of 385 crores to Idea Cellular

Idea Cellular posted a consolidated net loss and an on year revenue fall – both a first ever for India’s No. 3 telco since listing - as a brutal price war triggered by the entry of Reliance Jio Infocomm hit both its voice and data business in the fiscal third quarter. ........Read more

AICTE proposed one exam for engineering and architecture courses across India

Admission to all engineering colleges in the country will be done through a single entrance examination from next year, the government said on Friday, doing away with multiple tests conducted by central agencies, state governments and private institutions.........Read more

India v Bangladesh: Four series, four Test doubles for Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli made 200 in the West Indies, 211 against New Zealand, 235 versus England and now another double versus Bangladesh. Previously, Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid had scored three double hundreds in three successive Test series.........Read more

32 lakh debit cards breach: Malware compromised systems in mid-2016, admits Hitachi

India’s biggest ever security breach of over 32 lakh debit cards of various banks in 2016 now has some closure. Hitachi Payments Services on Thursday acknowledged that the malware that compromised the cards had infected the Hitachi ATM payments network that........Read more

Alibaba Reportedly Looking for Partners to Offer Free Internet in India

 "We will definitely look at the opportunity to work together with service providers or even some Wi-Fi providers. We are trying to offer lower cost data to users and better connectivity, even free of cost connectivity. Wi-Fi providers and other players can be potentials and we are in talk," Jack Huang, President of Overseas Business, Alibaba Mobile Business told ........Read more

Tiger population up by 6%, need more measures to protect them: Experts

Noting a six per cent rise in the tiger population in the country, experts today suggested a need for greater flexibility to increase habitat for the feline for their protection. Speaking at the national workshop on monitoring systems for tigers intensive patrolling and ecological status, Y V Jhalla, a principal scientist of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), said the six per cent increase in the population of big cates was due to several measures taken to protect them.........Read more

Re-skilling, not recruitment, the new focus of IT majors

At the turn of the century, a boom in the IT sector led by companies such as TCS, Infosys and Wipro translated into the creation of thousands of white collar jobs in the country, and a relatively easy opportunity to work onsite in the mature markets of US and Europe.........Read more

Punjab: 70%+ turnout in most of Malwa, low voting in Doaba seats where BJP fielded candidates

In Doaba, comprising the remaining 23 seats, all the eight reserved ones had a turnout a little short of the state average. Another intriguing feature of Doaba was that seats with a BJP candidate had a consistently lower turnout than those with a SAD candidate.........Read more

In 1.5 lakh-crore Budget race, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana forget reality

Without taking ground realities into consideration, the two Telugu states are competing with each other in increasing the Budget size for financial year 2017-18. Annual Budgets of both TS and AP are likely to touch Rs 1.5 lakh-crore each in financial year 2017-18. In the current year, the Budget of TS is Rs 1.30 lakh-crore and AP is Rs 1.35 lakh-crore. A TS finance official said they knew at the beginning of the financial year itself that it would be very difficult to reach the Budget target. He said for the next year too, the situation would continue. For the next financial year, TS Budget will be around Rs 1.40 lakh-crore and AP’s Budget will be around Rs 1.45 lakh-crore.........Read more

Kerala: Two Dubai-bound passengers use bananas to smuggle Saudi currency

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) apprehended two Dubai-bound passengers who were allegedly trying to smuggle Saudi Riyal currency worth Rs 45.69 lakhs from Kozhikode Airport in Kerala, news agency ANI reported. The accused had concealed the cash inside a bunch of bananas which were later confiscated and checked by the DRI officials.........Read more

Arun Jaitley To Present Union Budget 2017 Today

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is all geared up to present the Union Budget 2017-18 today, breaking the decade-old practice of presenting it on the last working day of February. This Budget comes less than three months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bold and risky gamble to outlaw high-value old currency notes. The Economic Survey for 2016-17, tabled in Parliament by Mr Jaitley on Tuesday, pegged India's economic growth at 6.5 per cent for the current fiscal year, down from 7.6 per cent recorded in the last financial year, but added that growth is expected to rebound in the range of 6.75-7.5 per cent in 2017-18.........Read more

Twitter releases NSLs that forced it to reveal users’ data

Twitter on Saturday became the latest tech giant after Yahoo, Cloudflare and Google to release national security letters (NSLs) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that forced them to reveal user data to the government. The tech companies have been speaking up since the last eight months about the NSLs “that came with gag orders that prevented Twitter from telling the public or the targeted users about the government’s demands in two letters it received in 2015 and 2016".........Read more

After 1962 war, CIA feared China could attack India through Nepal, Myanmar

A DIA document, titled “The Chinese Communist ground threat to India”, drawn up less than six months after the 1962 war, concluded China had the capability to carry out attacks in Ladakh, through border passes between Ladakh and Nepal, across eastern Bhutan and NEFA into Assam.........Read more

You can now animate your VR drawings using Google’s new Tilt Brush Toolkit with Unity integration

Google’s open-source release of Tilt Brush Toolkit, which includes Python scripts and a Unity SDK for exporting Tilt Brush projects. Google is specifically highlighting the Unity integration, allowing users to use Tilt Brush sketches in Unity itself with the same materials, shaders, and even the audio responses from the Tilt Brush app. ........Read more

Rail link plan with Bhutan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal: Prabhu

The Centre is mulling linking neighbouring countries like Bhutan, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal through the railways. This was announced here today by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at a programme where an agreement was signed between the Indian Railways and UNESCO.........Read more

Sex ratio in Haryana touches 900-mark for first time in 20 years

President-elect Donald Trump appointed his influential son-in-law Jared Kushner as a White House senior adviser on Monday, putting the young real estate executive in position to exert broad sway over both domestic and foreign policy, particularly Middle East issues and trade negotiations.........Read more

Cops may file suo motu cases against New Year's Eve molesters

The Ashoknagar police are skimming through CCTV footage and video recordings made by police to identify the culprits. As no one come forward to lodge any complaints on New Year's Eve or the following day, the police assumed that the revelry was incident-free. When a section of the media published photographs and local television news channels aired visuals of alleged misbehaviour, the police took note and decided to probe into it.........Read more

How Modi govt lobbied Moody's for a ratings upgrade, but failed

India criticised Moody's ratings methods and pushed aggressively for an upgrade, documents reviewed by Reuters show, but the US-based agency declined to budge citing concerns over the country's debt levels and fragile banks. Winning a better credit rating on India's sovereign debt would have been a much-needed endorsement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic stewardship, helping to attract foreign investment and accelerate growth.........Read more

Less tax for small traders on digital transactions: Govt

The decision has been taken to achieve the government's mission of moving towards a less cash economy and to incentivise small traders/businesses to proactively accept payments by digital means........Read more

Microsoft launches Dynamics 365 and AppSource in India with a SaaS delivery model

Microsoft has unveiled Dynamics 365 and AppSource for Indian customers. The products will be delivered in a Software as a Service model (SaaS) from Microsoft Data Centres located in India itself. Dynamics 365 is a suite of CRM and ERP applications that is based out of the cloud. Dynamics 365 includes analytics, intelligence and machine learning capabilities. AppSource is a SaaS marketplace for business applications, with more than 200 business oriented apps, add-ins and content packages.........Read more

Fitbit buys smartwatch maker Pebble's software assets

Wearable device maker Fitbit Inc (FIT.N) said it had bought smartwatch maker Pebble's software and intellectual property as it looks to strengthen its position in the wearables market. Pebble, which began as a crowdfunded project in 2012 and raised more than $10 million in a Kickstarter campaign, was one of the first companies to make smartwatches that used electronic ink displays and connected to smartphones.........Read more

RBI raises MSS limit to `6 lakh crore

In order to mop up extra liquidity from the system in view of demonetisation, government and the Reserve Bank on Friday sharply raised the Market Stabilisation Scheme (MSS) ceiling to Rs 6 lakh crore from Rs 30,000 crore. “Whatever liabilities come in this year we should be able to absorb it in Budget provisions for interest payment, which is there already in the Budget,” he told reporters. Das said the interest burden of MSS will depend on the tenure of the bonds whether it is 14-days or 28-days or 364-days t-bill.........Read more

PM Modi visits Japan today, nuclear-deal on agenda

Modi will be holding the annual Summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and have an audience with the Emperor of Japan in Tokyo.........Read more

Apple's new TV app is an important half-step to the future

I just got a chance to play with Apple’s new TV app on the Apple TV, which is... just called TV. It’s more of a second home screen than an app, really — when you open it up you see a bunch of shows...........Read more

AgriGold case: AP govt asked to spell out steps to protect depositors

The High Court at Hyderabad has directed the Andhra Pradesh government to file a memo enumerating what steps it would take to protect the interests of AgriGold depositors and agents in the nearly Rs 7,000 crore scam. ........Read more

The Chinese music app that wants to be the next Facebook or WeChat

Bridget Kelly learned about at a sleepover and was hooked. Before long, the 12-year-old Moraga, California, resident and her friends were using the app to make 15-second music videos showing off their acapella or lip-syncing skills. After school, they choreographed moves for their next music video and performed “duets” with favourite celebrities.........Read more

Curved edge display in concept phone turns corners with good looks at Sharp

(Tech Xplore)—Bring it on. That seemed to be a fairly strong reaction this week from those who found out about Sharp's phone concept going curvy—and looking oh so good. Reader comments included "Beautiful," and "Take my money."........Read more

Here is the first teaser trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Disney has unveiled the first teaser trailer for the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales. The trailer shows off a brutal attack on a British vessel as a lone, ghostly figure (Javier Bardem) strides through the violence. "Find Sparrow for me," he tells the ship's lone survivor, "And relay a message from Captain Salazar. Tell him death comes straight for him."........Read more

IS sympathisers in Kerala are hibernating, seeking right time to unleash terror

The case of 21 missing Kerala youths grabbed international attention following their IS connection and NIA has commenced an inquiry into it. The investigators have now received concrete evidence that there are around 80 Salafi followers who are radicalised by the recruiters in the state and are ready to join IS in Afghanistan. “Now, they are lying low as sleeping cells which can be revived quickly,” they said.........Read more

India, Russia defence talks make sense

It did not make much difference but to keep the Indian rulers in good humour, the Obama administration made a departure from its past practice and modified the military logistics agreement, Logistics Support Agreement (LSA) to Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA). The USA has a standard draft text of military logistics agreement to be signed by the countries. Since the Obama administration badly needed on their side and was also aware of the criticism Narendra Modi and his government will have to face for allying with the US, the standard draft was replaced by a new summary text.........Read more

SRK to do a cameo in Sonu's 'Tutak Tutak Tutiya'?

Makers of the upcoming Sonu Sood starrer "Tutak Tutak Tutiya" have hinted that superstar Shah Rukh Khan can make a special appearance in the film. The "Dilwale" star has given his voice-over to the trailer of the movie, which is the maiden production venture of Sonu.........Read more

Turing Unveils 2 Smartphones With Insane Specifications, Including Multiple Snapdragon 830 SoCs

The Turing Monolith Chaconne is expected to release in 2018, and its mammoth 768GB of inbuilt storage will be expandable via two microSD slots.........Read more

India bags deals to launch 68 foreign satellites, 12 of them from US

India secured deals to launch 68 overseas satellites, including a dozen from the US, a top official said on Tuesday.........Read more

Audi A6 Matrix 35 TFSI launched in India, priced at INR 52,75,000

Audi has launched the A6 Matrix 35 TFSI in India with prices starting from INR 52,75,000 - ex-showroom New Delhi and Maharashtra. The new Audi A6 Matrix 35 TFSI will sport the Audi Matrix LED headli........Read more

Terror Group Blamed For Turkey Coup 'Infiltrated' India: Turkish Minister

Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation (FETO), blamed for last month's failed coup to topple President Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, has 'infiltrated' India, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.........Read more

MSG's 'MSG The Warrior - LionHeart' first look out

Sirsa headquartered Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is back with another film titled “MSG The Warrior – Lion Heart”. The official motion poster was unveiled on Youtube today, a Dera spokesman said here. The Dera head’s last film “MSG-2 The Messenger” was released in September last year. Read More:  Hinduism does not........Read more

Countries Compared by kidnappings

Number of kidnappings recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.........Read more

Jack White sent a playing record into space

A device capable of playing a record while in flight was successfully launched into space earlier this month and now the man behind the project, rocker Jack White, is sharing the results........Read more

Chinese army conducted air sorties before Uttarakhand transgression

Ahead of its transgression in Barahoti area in Uttarakhand, Chinese People's Liberation Army had conducted a reconnaissance mission using high class aircraft armed with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) which provides broad-area imaging at high resolutions.........Read more

Here's How the Ford Mustang Became the 'Iconic' Muscle Car

Initially launched in 1964, the Ford Mustang is what you call a proper 'Muscle Car' and it is finally coming to India.........Read more

New research shows vaccine protection against Zika virus

The rapid development of a safe and effective vaccine to prevent the Zika virus (ZIKV) is a global priority, as infection in pregnant women has been shown to lead to fetal microcephaly and other major birth defects. The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus epidemic a global public health emergency on February 1, 2016.........Read more

Swaminomics: How Raghuram Rajan’s exit will lead to Donald Trump becoming US President

After Raghuram Rajan said he is not interested in a second term as The Governor of The Reserve Bank of India, Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar who had earlier said that billions in investment will exit India if Rajan exits, explains the impact of Rajan’s decision on India and the world in this article for The [...]........Read more

Nigeria's devaluation to hit some Indian companies

he Naira’s devaluation this week in one of Africa’s largest markets, Nigeria, spells trouble for some big Indian companies operating there. This is the third devaluation in 18 months and will see the Naira’s value to the dollar fall nearly 30 per cen........Read more

At 87, she is still fighting 'D' company

Siddarth.Banerjee@timesgroup.comIn a house in Amritsar's Basant Avenue, an 87-year-old woman continues to fight the menace of drug addiction in Punjab, in spite of her failing health.........Read more

Tatas to infuse Rs 56 cr funding to British Royal Society's URF

The funding will establish nine new Tata University Research Fellows in the Physical Sciences and Engineering over the next ten years........Read more

WhatsApp to get GIF support soon: Report - Times of India

Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp will soon be getting GIF support.According to a report by The Next Web citing @WABetaInfo's recent tweet, a Twitter account that keeps track of the latest WhatsApp beta updates stated that the latest iOS beta........Read more

Cult's leader a 'Netaji incarnate' with Rs 4000 cr in assets, 250 luxury cars

On January 23 1975, the 78th birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose , Phoolbagh in Kanpur was jam-packed with thousands of people who had been eagerly waiting to see the "resurrection" of their beloved leader -- the man who promised freedom for........Read more