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Chadwick Boseman, star of Black Panther, dies at 43 after four-year battle with cancer

“It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life” Actor Chadwick Boseman has died at 43 after battling colon cancer for four years. It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the statement reads. “It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.” Boseman worked on a number of films and TV shows over the last two decades, including 42 where he portrayed iconic baseball player Jackie Robinson, James Brown in Get on Up, and Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, but he was best known for his role as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Boseman first took on the role as T’Challa in Marvel’s 2016 film, , before starring in his in 2018. “Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating,” Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, said in a statement. “He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages.”........Read more

India coronavirus numbers explained: Positivity rate begins to decline, relative stagnation in new detections

For the first time since May, the overall positivity rate in the country has begun to decline, indicating that, out of those who are being tested, far lesser number of people are being found infected now than earlier. After rising steadily for the last three months, the positivity rate reached a peak of 9.01 per cent on August 9, after which it has begun to decline. It has come to 8.72 per cent now. The dip in the positivity rate is significant because it could mean that the spread of the disease in the population is slowing down. This would certainly be true if the tests were being carried out randomly. However, most states are still relying on targeted testing, meaning only those who are showing symptoms of the disease or who are close contacts of an already infected person, are being tested. A shift to more random testing could also trigger a decline in positivity rate, because far greater number of people are likely to be detected positive in targeted testing. Another reason for the drop in positivity rate could be that, as recent serological surveys have shown, a large number of people have already been infected with the virus, without them ever knowing about it. As this number grows, and in some places it seems to have gone beyond 50 per cent of the population, the positivity rate is likely to come down, because some of these previously infected people might also be getting included in the tests, and they would turn out to be negative.........Read more

Exclusive: More than 1,000 people at Twitter had ability to aid hack of accounts - sources

More than a thousand Twitter employees and contractors as of earlier this year had access to internal tools that could change user account settings and hand control to others, two former employees said, making it hard to defend against the hacking that occurred last week. Twitter Inc and the FBI are investigating the breach that allowed hackers to repeatedly tweet from verified accounts of the likes of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg. ........Read more

China is storing an epic amount of oil at sea. Here's why

China bought so much foreign oil at dirt-cheap prices this spring that a massive traffic jam of tankers has formed at sea waiting to offload crude. As of June 29, China -- the world's second-largest consumer of oil after the United States -- had amassed 73 million barrels of oil on 59 different ships floating at sea off the country's northern coast, according to ClipperData, which tracks waterborne flows of crude oil in real-time. For context, that is three-quarters of the demand for the entire planet. Barrels arriving today would have been purchased in March and April -- when oil prices were melting down because of the pandemic. US crude crashed below zero on April 20 for the first time ever. ........Read more

Will Never Forget, Says Rajnath Singh in First Reaction to Killing of 20 Soldiers; Army, Navy, IAF Told to be 'Prepared for Worst'

The political establishment has asked all three forces that India needs to be prepared for the worst. Army, Navy and Air Force are on highest level of alert and there is a forward movement of assets. The sources said that a complete free hand to local commander has been given. They’ve been told that if there are hostilities, give a befitting reply irrespective of what SOPs say, sources added. Sources also say that ITBP may now come under Army Control.........Read more

Nine People, Including Five Of A family, Murdered In Telangana

In a bizarre incident, one Sanjay Kumar Yadav conspired to kill as many as nine people, including five members of Maqsood Alam's family, allegedly over some financial dispute in Warangal district of Telangana. Though the murders took place on May 20, the police could recover bodies only on Monday, four days after the incident occurred. Yadav, with the help of an auto-driver, reportedly administered sleeping tablets in milk while all of them had got together for a birthday party, and later dumped their bodies in an abandoned well on the outskirts of town. Before disposing off the bodies Yadav took away all their cell phones.........Read more

Among states with lowest testing, Telangana could be ‘sitting on a crisis’

It now emerges that Telangana’s impressive numbers could have a lot to do with its woeful record on testing. As of May 14, the state had conducted just 22,842 tests, which was among the lowest in the country. It was even lower than the tests conducted by Chhattisgarh and Assam, both of which had less than 100 cases on May 14. Neighbouring Andhra Pradesh had, by that date, conducted 2.1 lakh tests, almost ten times more than Telangana. Tamil Nadu had conducted more than 2.9 lakh tests by then.........Read more

Coronavirus Outbreak: Massive spike of nearly 5,000 COVID-19 cases; tally breaches 1 lakh-mark

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 4,970 new COVID-19 cases and 134 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, marking a significant spike. On Monday, the COVID-19 tally in India saw the highest jump yet, of as many as 5,242 new cases and 157 deaths in a single day. Yesterday, the COVID-19 tally in India had crossed the 96,000-mark, while the death toll had already topped the 3,000-mark. However, the recovery rate this morning stands at 38.72%, the Health Ministry informed.........Read more

Australia dethrone India to become No. 1 in Tests

Australia's men's team became the No. 1 ranked nation in both Tests and T20Is as per the latest rankings released by the ICC. India were dethroned from the top spot in Tests for the first time since October 2016 while Pakistan lost their No. 1 ranking in T20Is after a 27-month period at the top. Australia moved to the top of the T20I rankings for the first time since T20I rankings were introduced in 2011. Australia currently have 116 rating points while New Zealand moved up to second with 115 points in the Test rankings. India, now ranked third, have 114 points, nine more than England at the fourth position.........Read more

Reliance cuts employees' salary by 10 to 50 per cent; Ambani to forgo entire salary 

With coronavirus lockdown hitting businesses hard, India's largest company Reliance Industries has decided to cut the salary of most of its employees by 10 to 50 per cent with firm's chairman and richest Indian Mukesh Ambani agreeing to forgo all his remuneration. Also, the oil-to-technology conglomerate has deferred annual cash bonus and performance-linked incentives that are normally paid in the first quarter, according to an employee communique.........Read more

Cabinet approves Rs 15,000 crore for special COVID-19 response package

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved Rs 15,000 crore for 'India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package' to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the country. The funds sanctioned will be utilised in 3 Phases. Amount of Rs 7,774 crore has been provisioned for immediate COVID-19 Emergency Response and rest for medium-term support (1-4 years) to be provided under mission mode approach. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ........Read more

What law says: Can WhatsApp group admins be held liable for messages by members?

Mumbai police and Maharashtra cyber cell had earlier issued prohibitory orders warning WhatsApp group admins that they will be held responsible, if the group members posts communal or fake news related to COVID19. The Mumbai police has also warned of stern action for spreading rumors and communal messages on any social media platforms. He says that Section 68 of the Bombay Police Act, 1951 states that everyone shall be bound to conform to the reasonable directions of the police officer given in fulfilled of any of his duties under this act. However, he adds, that the provision does not give them the power to put a set of directions for WhatsApp group admins for non compliance of the directions." ........Read more

China's Wuhan Raises Coronavirus Death Toll by 50%, Says Many Cases Were ‘Missed’

The Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged raised its death toll by 50 per cent on Friday, revealing the ground zero of the global pandemic had been much worse hit than Beijing had previously reported. The revision came as a growing chorus of world leaders suggested China had not been entirely open about the full domestic impact of a virus that has killed more than 140,000 people globally and confined half of humanity to their homes. In Wuhan, where the virus was first detected late last year, an official announcement raised the city's death toll by half, to a total of 3,869.........Read more

India plans to build an all-seeing database to track citizens' every move by 2021

India, the world’s biggest democracy, built a massive database containing information and biometrics of its citizens in the form of Aadhaar back in 2009. Now, it’s planning to build a new database that will continually track the lives of 1.2 billion people living in the country — and further enable surveillance without legal frameworks to prevent its misuse. The database, called the National Social Registry, has been in the works for the past five years as an effort to update the data from a 2011 national socioeconomic and caste census. The idea was to update the census data to “ensure greater benefits” for citizens — especially the poor. India’s report suggests officials have already formed a special committee which plans to execute this project by 2021. ........Read more

Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Tihar Jail Sets up Isolation Ward to Screen Inmates

A Tihar Jail official said, “An isolation ward has been set up at the jail. All inmates have been checked and not displayed symptoms, new inmates are being screened and will be kept in different wards for three days.” “Around 17,500 inmates are lodged in the jail currently,” the official added. The inmates are kept in a quarantine facility set up in a special cell, before being transferred to their respective wards. Foreign inmates, too, were being shifted to a special ward after expressing concern about the virus.........Read more

ED Books Former Jet Airways Boss Naresh Goyal for Money Laundering, Conducts Raids

Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal and few others have been booked by the ED in a money laundering case even as the agency is conducting searches at his premises, officials said on Thursday. They said a criminal case against the former chairman of the airlines has been filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after taking cognisance of a recent Mumbai Police FIR filed against him. The Enforcement Directorate carried out raids at Goyal’s premises in Mumbai on Wednesday and also questioned him after filing the case, they said. The action is continuing, they added.........Read more

Shafali Verma Jumps 19 Places to Become No. 1 T20 Batter

India batter Shafali Verma has jumped a mind-boggling 19 places to secure the No. 1 spot in the ICC batting rankings for women, becoming the youngest-ever to do so. Verma, 16, has been rewarded for some stunning batting that has seen her compile 485 runs from 18 games at an average of 28.42 with two half-centuries. Verma has been in exemplary form in the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup having scored 161 runs from four innings. This included impressive knocks of 47 against Sri Lanka and 46 against New Zealand, which helped her become only the second India batter after Mithali Raj to top the Women’s T20I batting rankings. ........Read more

Nirbhaya Case: Execution of Four Convicts Delayed Till Further Orders, Says Delhi Court

In a significant development, Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Monday stayed the execution of four convicts in 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case. The court deferred the matter till further orders as the mercy petition of one of the convicts, Pawan Gupta, is still pending before the President of India. Earlier in the day, while hearing the matter, the court rejected Pawan Gupta’s curative petition. The court also reserved its order on a petition filed by Pawan Gupta, seeking a stay on the execution as his mercy petition is pending before the President. The four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case — Vinay Sharma, Akshay Singh Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh – were supposed to be hanged at 6 AM on March 3.........Read more

Raghurmam Rajan's advice to govts: Fight virus first, worry about stimulus later

“People want to have a sense that there is a limit to the spread of this virus perhaps because of containment measures or because there is hope that some kind of viral solution can be found," Rajan told Bloomberg Television’s Haidi Stroud Watts and Shery Ahn. “At this point I would say the best thing that governments can do is to really fight the epidemic rather than worry about stimulus measures that comes later," said Rajan, who is currently a professor at the Chicago Booth School of Business.........Read more

Sexual Harassment: Rekha's New Statements About How Kamal Haasan-Balachander Planned The Kiss in Punnagai Mannan

Tamil actor Rekha spoke in length about the unscripted kiss that was added in the scene without her prior consent by director Balachander and actor Kamal Haasan. The veteran actor’s interview about her 1986 film titled Punnagai Mannan has created an uproar on social media with people demanding Haasan’s apology for exploiting Rekha sexually who was just 16 years old when she acted in the film. In her latest interview with news agency IANS, the Tamil actor talked about the incident in detail and mentioned how she doesn’t want to revisit it again and again.........Read more

Drones. Disinfecting robots. Supercomputers. The coronavirus outbreak is a test for China's tech industry

China has spent decades nurturing its tech sector. Now, faced with a massive public health crisis, Beijing is pushing its tech companies to join the fight against the novel coronavirus. The country's tech giants have responded to the outbreak by deploying autonomous vehicles to bring supplies to medical workers, fitting drones with thermal cameras to improve detection of the virus and lending their computing power to help develop a vaccine. ........Read more

Terrorists "Generally Muslims" Now, Were Irish 30 Years Ago: Ryanair CEO

Muslim men should be profiled at airports as terrorists will "generally be of a Muslim persuasion", Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said in an interview published Saturday, sparking accusations of racism. "Who are the bombers?" the budget airline's controversial chief executive said while discussing airport security in the interview with the Times newspaper. "They are going to be single males travelling on their own... If you are travelling with a family of kids, on you go; the chances you are going to blow them all up is zero." "You can't say stuff, because it's racism, but it will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion. Thirty years ago it was the Irish."........Read more

Days after Nagaur horror, video of another Rajasthan man being tortured, sodomised surfaces

Close on the heels of the recent incident in Rajasthan's Nagaur where two Dalits were tortured for allegedly stealing money, another similar incident has come to fore in the state's Barmer where a youth was mercilessly beaten and a rod allegedly inserted into his private parts on suspicion of theft. Police officials, however, said that main accused Moti Singh was arrested on Friday soon after the video went viral on Thursday. The incident occurred last month.........Read more

This 90-year-old teacher from Karanataka's Tumkuru makes tough concepts easy

Meet 90-year-old Garani Seetharam, one of the oldest teachers in the country. This nonagenarian wants to teach until his last breath. Since 1954, his elder brother, GRS Raghavachar, who founded the Vijaya BEd College in Bengaluru, has guided him on how to teach students. What his brother taught him has been etched onto his mind. Interestingly, his father, Ranghachar tutored the late (shivaikya) Sri Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddaganga Mutt in Sanskrit. .It was in his second year of MSc that he got the chance of a lifetime. He got to work under Nobel laureate CV Raman between 1967-70 for a project titled 'Physics and Physiology of Colour and Vision'.With such credentials, he was bound to go further. He established the Sarvodaya Educational Society in 1974.........Read more

Delhi elections: Modi, Kejriwal appeal voters to exercise franchise

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asked the people of Delhi to exercise their franchise. Voting for the Delhi assembly polls 2020 began today morning and will end by 6 pm. The battle is between the ruling AAP and the BJP. ........Read more

Samantha, Shruti Haasan, Ramya Krishnan Give Life To Raja Ravi Varma Paintings For 2020 Calendar

Photographer G Venket Ram unveiled his much awaited 2020 calendar, which turned out to be a nostalgic ode to Raja Ravi Varma, a celebrated artist of the nineteenth century. The photographer roped in 12 renowned names from the world of cinema and dance as his muses for the calendar. The likes of Shruti Haasan (Kamal Haasan's daughter), south superstar Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Baahubali actress Ramya Krishnan feature in G Venket Ram's calendar. ........Read more

India bans export of protective masks, clothing amid coronavirus outbreak

India on Friday banned the export of personal protection equipment such as masks and clothing amid a global coronavirus outbreak. India, the world’s second most heavily populated country after China, has taken measures to ensure that all people arriving from China report to health authorities. ........Read more

We're Back From Hell, Say Indian Students After Returning From China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Vinayachandran, one of the several Wuhan University students who made it to Delhi on Saturday, said, "It's like we are back from hell. Can't explain how I feel. When we were hearing about all these reports in China, we did not think we would come back like this. We were hearing about being isolated in China. After the screening was over and we got our boarding pass, we were so happy and relieved."........Read more

How Hong Kong became a 'city of malls'

Hong Kong's first mall, Ocean Terminal, was inspired by its American counterparts, but it soon followed a different path -- one more attuned to Gruen's original vision. Opened in 1966 on the site of a commercial wharf, the mall proved popular with Hong Kong's burgeoning middle-class, who enjoyed its sleek air-conditioned corridors. There were grocery stores, cinemas, novelty shops, teahouses and even nightclubs.........Read more

Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of New Zealand T20Is due to shoulder injury: Report

India opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out the upcoming New Zealand T20 internationals due a shoulder injury that he sustained during the third one-day international against in Bengaluru on Sunday. India squad left for New Zealand, where they play five T20Is, on Monday and Dhawan was not part of the squad. ........Read more

Pakistan setting up high-tech cameras, signal towers near LoC: Intelligence Reports

Pakistan has now started setting up high-tech cameras and signal towers along the Line of Control (LoC) with India in Jammu and Kashmir, revealed intelligence agencies on Sunday.According to the inputs gathered, 18 sign towers have been set by the Pakistani Army and the Pakistan's premier intelligence agency - across the LoC. So what devious schemes are being hatched? According to intelligence agencies,terrorists are planning to carry out several IED blasts in the villages adjacentto the LoC in J&K before January 26. ........Read more

Microsoft's Project Artemis to detect online sex predators

Microsoft Corp. will share a tool it’s been using on its Xbox gaming service to scan online text chats and detect adults seeking to groom and exploit children for sexual purposes. The technique combs through historical messages and looks for indicative patterns and characteristics before assigning a probability rating. That can then be used by companies to decide which conversations on their platforms should get a closer look by a human moderator........Read more

Was in JNU on Sunday, 100-120 students in mob: VC Jagadesh Kumar exclusive

The vice-chancellor said he was at the university when the violence began on Sunday. "At around 4.30 pm, we came to know that a large number of students -- about 100 or 120 students -- were very aggressively moving...towards the hostels," Jagadesh Kumar said. He said the administration immediately sent campus security to manage the sitation, and contacted the police at 5 pm when there was a threat of physical violence.........Read more

Salman Khan Gifts Rs 1.5cr BMW M5 to Kichcha Sudeep, Here's How Actor Reacted

The actor during several media interactions was all praises for Salman and thanked him too. A few days ago, Sudeep took to his Instagram page and shared a photo of wearing a jacket gifted by Salman. And now, Now, Salman Khan has gifted something which Sudeep must not have thought. It’s BMW M5worth Rs 1.5 crore! Yes, you read the right. Kichcha Sudeep posted a photo collage with Salman and the car on his Instagram page.........Read more

Targetting 52 Sites if Americans Are Attacked, Donald Trump Warns Iran; Says US Wants no More Threats

Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats! Fifty-two epresents the number of Americans held hostage at the US Embassy in Tehran for more than a year starting in late 1979.........Read more

Chinese scientist who edited genes of babies jailed for 3 years

He Jiankui, who was convicted of practicing medicine without a license, was also fined 3 million yuan ($430,000) by a court in the southern city of Shenzhen. Two other researchers involved in the project received lesser sentences and fines. The verdict said the three defendants had not obtained qualification as doctors, pursued fame and profits, deliberately violated Chinese regulations on scientific research and crossed an ethical line in both scientific research and medicine.........Read more

Time to punish 'tukde-tukde' gang for violence: Shah attacks Cong, AAP

In the wake of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the national capital, Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday accused Congress of supporting violence in the city's streets and said it is time to "punish the tukde-tukde gang". "It is time to punish the tukde-tukde gang, which is responsible for the violence in the streets of the national capital with the help of the Congress party. The people of Delhi should punish them," Shah said while addressing a public rally here. ........Read more

Hyundai Aura compact sedan to be launched in India on 21 January

New compact sedan from Hyundai -Will be offered with BS6 compliant petrol and diesel engines The recently unveiled Hyundai Aura will be launched for the Indian market on 21 January. It is a new compact sedan that will be slotted above the Xcent and takes on the likes of the Volkswagen Ameo, Honda Amaze and the Maruti Dzire. We expect that Hyundai will price the Aura in the range of Rs six lakhs to Rs nine lakhs. ........Read more

Apple’s new Screen Time Communication Limits are easily beaten with a bug

A bug in iOS 13.3 allows children to easily circumvent the restrictions their parents or guardians set with the Communications Limit feature in Screen Time. Apple has said it plans to fix the problem in a future software update. Further Reading To cut down on bugs, Apple is changing how it develops its softwareThe iOS 13.3 update released earlier this week added the ability for parents to whitelist contacts for their kids to communicate with. Kids need the parents to input a passcode to talk to anyone not on the list, with an exception made for emergency services like 911.........Read more

MG Hector gets pulled by donkey, carmaker initiates action against customer

Vishal Pancholi from Udaipur -- covering his MG Hector with posters having slogans like "Donkey Vehicle" and "It's an animal thing" and getting the SUV pulled by a donkey. Pancholi's Hector had some clutch-related issues. In the video, he is seen alleging that the company officials did not fix the problem and even threatened him. MG Motor India has refuted the allegations saying that they took all the necessary measures to resolve te said customer's concern. While replying to a query in the Facebook group MG Hector Club India, the carmaker said that despite MG's wholesome efforts to completely satisfy the customer and resolve the matter, the customer has showcased his vested interest in the concern and is leveraging on MG's "customer first" approach to get an undue advantage. "We have also initiated appropriate action with relevant authorities as the customer continues to hamper the brand's highly held reputation," MG Motor India said.........Read more

Madhya Pradesh: At least 10 dead, 23 injured after Sidhi-bound bus collides with truck in Rewa

As many as 10 people were killed and 23 others injured when a bus en route Sidhi collided with a stationary truck in Madhya Pradesh's Rewa at 6 AM on Thursday. The injured have been rushed to the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in Rewa, where they are now undergoing urgent medical treatment. The incident occurred on the wee hours of the day at Gudh Road, about 25 km off Rewa.........Read more

'Education Is A Right, Not Privilege': IIMC Students Protest Against High Course Fee

Students of Indian Institute of Mass Communication on Tuesdayagitated against the "unaffordable" fee structure, as the resistance against high cost of education spread from Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University to its neighbouring journalism school. Astha Savyasachi, a student of English Journalism at IIMC, said Rs 1,68,500 for a ten-month course in addition to hostel and mess charges is unaffordable for poor and middle-class students. Students have to leave the course after the first semester because of this, she added. ........Read more

Building Space Telescopes... In Space

The upcoming James Webb Space Telescope is pretty much the very limit of what you can construct on Earth and put into space in a single launch. To go bigger, space agencies will need to consider assembling their next-generation space telescopes… in space.........Read more

BJP getting paid back for its ‘arrogance’, says Mamata Banerjee as TMC sweeps bypolls

Tapan Deb Sinha of the TMC won the Kaliaganj seat by defeating his nearest rival Kamal Chandra Sarkar of the BJP by 2,304 votes, EC officials said. The TMC is also leading in two other Assembly segments, Kharagpur Sadar and Karimpur, by 15,000 and 28,000 votes respectively.........Read more

Explained: How Karvy Stock Broking bypassed Sebi regulations, diverted investors’ money

SEBI has moved against Karvy for violating norms, including transferring client shares to itself, and pledging client shares to raise money, which it diverted to its real estate arm. Karvy allegedly misused client accounts without informing them, or reporting to the depository or the stock exchange.........Read more

Motorola’s folding-screen RAZR revealed in 10 leaked images

Ahead of the handset’s official unveiling next month, a flurry of leaked images from the reliable sources now show the folding handset from practically every angle — and it looks a lot like the classic RAZR V3 from 2004. ........Read more

Unnao case: Apple asked to disclose Sengar’s location on day of rape

A Delhi court on Saturday asked American multinational Apple Inc to give it by October 9 the details of expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s location on the day he allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl from Unnao. District Judge Dharmesh Sharma, holding in-chamber proceedings, gave the i-phone maker time till October 9 after the technology firm sought two weeks time to locate and access the requisite data, said lawyers related to the case. The counsel for Apple India Pvt Ltd told the court that they needed to seek instructions regarding availability of the data because as of now it is not known whether the data is stored, and if yes, where and whether it was available, if it was stored at all. The company counsel further said they were yet to take a decision on the format in which the that, if available, can be supplied to the court. The court directed that the data be furnished along with an affidavit containing a certificate from the system analyst or the authorised person of the company. The woman was allegedly raped by Sengar in 2017, when she was a minor. The court has already framed charges against the MLA, representing Bangermau in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, and put him on trial. The rape survivor’s father was arrested on April 3, 2018 in a case by the police under the Arms Act. He died in judicial custody six days later.........Read more

No officer has done anything wrong, Chidambaram says on Twitter

Chidambaram, who was sent to judicial custody in Tihar Jail last week in connection with the INX Media corruption case, asked his family to post a message from him on Twitter. P Chidambaram produced at a Delhi court in connection with INX Media case. (File Photo | EPS/Parveen Negi) Congress leader P Chidambaram, in jail for alleged corruption in clearances given to INX Media when he was Union finance minister, on Monday said no officer had done anything wrong and he did not want anyone to be arrested. Chidambaram, who was sent to judicial custody in Tihar Jail last week in connection with the INX Media corruption case, asked his family to post a message from him on Twitter. In a message on Twitter, the veteran Congress leader said people asked him why only he had been arrested, but he had no answer. - People have asked me 'If the dozen officers who processed and recommended the case to you have not been arrested, why have you been arrested? Only because you have put the last signature?'" the tweet from Chidambaram's official Twitter handle said. "I have no answer," he said. "No officer has done anything wrong. I do not want anyone to be arrested," Chidambaram said in another tweet.........Read more

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's 'Didi Ke Bolo' hits over 10 lakh responses

As many as 10,00,350 people reached out with their grievances, suggestions, appreciation and other miscellaneous messages through phone calls and the website. The Trinamool Congress' mass outreach programme, "Didi Ke Bolo" has received over 10 lakh responses in a month, party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday. "I am humbled with the overwhelming response of the people on the 'Didi Ke Bolo' platform. In the last 30 days, over 10 lakh people have reached out to us with their words of appreciation for the initiative, valuable suggestions and grievances," Banerjee wrote on social media. "Didi Ke Bolo" (Talk to Didi), is a helpline for people to reach out to the government with their grievances. 'Didi ke Bolo' opens Pandora's box for Mamata Banerjee government "We take note of their valuable suggestions and are committed to working overtime to resolve their grievances to an extent possible in an expeditious manner." As many as 10,00,350 people reached out with their grievances, suggestions, appreciation and other miscellaneous messages through phone calls and the website. A total of 214 people in distress reached out, of which 161 cases were resolved on priority, the Chief Minister added.........Read more

INX Media case: Bid to legalise dubious FDI as finance minister to help son Karti puts P Chidambaram in dock

Former finance minister P Chidambaram is untraceable after Supreme Court turned down his plea for urgent hearing of his anticipatory bail application in INX media case. The senior Congress leader suffered twin setback on Tuesday when Delhi High Court first rejected his plea and subsequently the apex court asked him to move the appeal on Wednesday. The legal tussle followed by the two central investigating agencies, Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate's swift search at his residence in posh Jor Bagh locality sent a clear message that the case hanging fire since May 2017 finally got a pair of new wheels. File image of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram. AFP Chidambaram, Delhi High Court said, was a key conspirator in the alleged INX Media scam and the FDI clearance to the company was given at a time when he was the finance minister. The CBI said that INX Media hired the services of his son Karti Chidambaram to influence the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval. The entire conspiracy had many players including promoters Indrani and Peter Mukerjea as well as many bureaucrats. The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has already sought sanction to prosecute four bureaucrats who had served in the finance ministry — Sindhushree Khullar, Anup Pujari, Prabodh Saxena and Rabindra Prasad — and allegedly played a role in the entire conspiracy.........Read more

India abstains from voting on UNGA resolution against capital punishment, torture

The resolution was aimed at examining options to end the trade in goods used for capital punishment and torture. For representational purposes. India has abstained from voting on a General Assembly resolution aimed at examining options to end the trade in goods used for capital punishment and torture, saying it is 'unacceptable'to place death penalty on par with torture. examining the feasibility, scope and parameters for possible common international standards' by a recorded vote of 81 in favour to 20 against, with 44 abstentions. By the draft's terms, the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to seek the views of Member States on the feasibility and possible scope of a range of options to establish common international standards for the import, export and transfer of goods used for "capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." India abstained from voting on the resolution, with First Secretary in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Paulomi Tripathi, in the explanation of vote, saying that incorporating capital punishment into the scope of this resolution "raises concerns that it may be an attempt to place it on par with torture." She stressed that India remains firmly committed to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.........Read more

Encephalitis: No End to Epidemic as Death Toll Reaches 117 in Muzaffarpur Alone

Death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) has risen to 117 here alone with 98 deaths at Sri Krishna Medical College & Hospital (SKMCH) & 19 reported from Kejriwal hospital. With this, the death toll in the state has risen to 132. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a PIL seeking direction to the Centre to send a team of medical professionals to review and assist in preventing the epidemic in here.........Read more

Donald Trump replays ‘blame India’ tune on climate change

Pushed by Prince Charles on the issue of climate change, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday replayed his theme of blaming India, China and Russia for allegedly not doing enough, and insisted the US has one of the ‘cleanest climates’.........Read more

Ludhiana School 'Stamps' Boy's Arm Over Pending Fee, Probe Ordered

An inquiry has been ordered by the District Education Officer (DEO). According to a report in a leading daily, Harshdeep’s parents owed the school over Rs 7,000; they had been unable to clear his school fee of Rs 760 for April and May and also dues to the tune of Rs 6,805 for their 17-year-old daughter who completed her matriculation this year.........Read more

Snakebites: The hidden health crisis that kills 200 people a day

Snakebites kill between 81,000 and 138,000 people and disable 400,000 more every year. It's a problem that is exacerbated by a global shortage of snake anti-venom, especially in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia where appropriate health-care facilities are few and far between. ........Read more

It was TMC goons, not us who vandalised Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s bust, says Amit Shah

Violence only in West Bengal in all six phases of polls, no incident reported anywhere else. TMC workers damaged Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar's bust to gain sympathy. Mamata Banerjee is accusing BJP of causing violence. She is fighting only for 42 seats while the BJP is fighting elections in the entire country.........Read more

Bhubaneswar before and after Fani: NASA images hint trail of destruction

US space agency NASA has released images showing the impact of Cyclone Fani, one of the worst storms to hit India in two decades, as millions were left without power after it barrelled through the eastern state’s coastal areas. NASA’s images compare the situation in Bhubaneswar and the nighttime lights in Cuttack.........Read more

Kanhaiya Kumar Raised Highest Amount in Online Crowdfunding Followed by AAP's Atishi, Shows Data

The CPI candidate and youth leader Kanhaiya Kumar is the only candidate to complete the target of Rs 70 Lakhs. It is the maximum amount any candidate can spend on his political campaign for Lok Sabha polls, as per the directions of Election Commission of India (ECI). ........Read more

4 BSF jawans killed in gunfight with Naxalites in Chhattisgarh

Four Border Security Force (BSF) jawans were killed and two others injured in an encounter with Naxalites in Chhattisgarh. The encounter took place in Kanker district.........Read more

TikTok promises action after Madras High Court asks Centre to ban the app

TikTok said it will abide by local laws and regulations and will take action against misuse after the Madras High Court asked the federal government to ban the social networking platform for “encouraging pornography”.........Read more

'Lobbying by India Could Land us on FATF Blacklist,' Alleges Pakistan

“Lobbying by India” could see Pakistan blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), said Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. He estimates an annual loss of $10 billion if Pakistan remains in the watchdog’s grey list........Read more

Ahead of LS Polls, Gautam Gambhir Joins BJP; May Contest From New Delhi

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 in the presence of Union Minister Arun Jaitley. The 37-year-old may contest from the prestigious New Delhi constituency currently held by the party’s Meenakshi Lekhi.........Read more

Security forces kill two militants in encounter in Kashmir’s Tral

Security forces killed two militants in an encounter in Tral in Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The encounter had begun Monday evening when security forces launched a search operation in the area in the evening following a tip off about the militants. Tral is 46 km southeast of Srinagar.........Read more

Karti Chidambaram being questioned by ED in INX media case

Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, appeared before the Enforcement Directorate in connection with INX Media case. ........Read more

Supreme Court to hear PIL on 10% quota for poor in jobs, education today

The Supreme Court refused to stay the executive order of the Centre implementing the law providing for 10 per cent quota for the poor in jobs and higher education. The court issued a notice to the Centre seeking a response in four weeks.........Read more

Priyanka Gandhi Enters Politics, Given Charge of East UP in Direct Challenge to Yogi Adityanath

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has finally entered politics. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has given his sister the charge of poll preparations in eastern Uttar Pradesh in a direct challenge to Chief Minister and BJP’s star campaigner Yogi Adityanath.........Read more

Indian billionaires’ fortunes rose by Rs 2,200 crore a day in 2018: Report

Indian billionaires saw their fortunes swell by Rs 2,200 crore a day last year, with the top 1 per cent of the country’s richest getting richer by 39 per cent as against just 3 per cent increase in wealth for the bottom-half of the population.........Read more

Renault India Achieves 5 Lakh Sales Milestone

Renault India announced breaching the 5 lakh sales milestone, making it one of the fastest car manufacturers to achieve this feat in the country. Renault Kwid played a major role in the company achieving this sales milestone.........Read more

India's World Cup dream over with 1-2 defeat against the Netherlands

India let history slip out of its hands with a heartbreaking quarterfinal defeat against the Netherlands in the men's hockey World Cup, a result which left the young players of the team crying on the pitch.........Read more

Media Can't Identify Sex Assault Victims, Even Dead, Says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court barred media organisations and law-enforcement agencies from revealing the identity of sexual assault victims, even if they are dead, and laid down a number of guidelines aimed at safeguarding their dignity. ........Read more

Assembly elections 2018: Voting underway in Rajasthan and Telangana after a hard-fought campaign

After a high-voltage campaign that saw a war of words among contending parties, Rajasthan and Telangana are voting today to elect the new government.........Read more

ABVP Denies Issuing Posters Promising Ban on Non-veg, Short Dresses in JNU

The ABVP denied issuing posters promising to ban birthday celebrations, short dresses for women, close eateries serving non-vegetarian food and protect the Jawaharlal Nehru University from “anti-national comrades”.........Read more

Google reportedly bought Mastercard data to link online ads with offline purchases

If you’re a Mastercard holder in the US, Google has reportedly been tracking whether your buying habits are influenced by online ads in your offline purchases for the past year. ........Read more

Google to Re-launch Payments App Google Tez as Google Pay; To Launch Digital Lending

Google on Tuesday announced its decision to re-launch its payments app Google Tez as Google Pay. The announcement was made at the 2018 edition of Google for India event which took place in New Delhi. ........Read more

Asian Games: Two-time Olympic Medallist Sushil Kumar Handed Shock Defeat in First Round

India’s two-time Olympic medallist, wrestler Sushil Kumar, made a first-round shock exit in the 74kg Freestyle event, losing 5-3 to Bahrain’s Adam Batirov.........Read more

Bhutan King, ministers from South Asian neighbours to attend Vajpayee funeral

Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk, Pakistan’s Acting Law and Information Minister and the foreign ministers of Nepal and Bangladesh are scheduled to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. ........Read more

After alleged Aadhaar toll-free number creeps into mobile phones, UIDAI denies giving permission

A day after an alleged contact number of UIDAI mysteriously crept into the mobile phones of millions of Indians, the Unique Identification Authority of India, denied asking any manufacturer or service provider for providing any such facility. ........Read more

After Pranab Mukherjee, Ratan Tata to share dais with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

Industrialist Ratan Tata will be sharing the stage with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at an event in Mumbai in August organising by the Nana Palkar Smriti Samiti.........Read more

NEET 2018: Award Extra 196 Marks to Those Who Took Exam in Tamil, Madras High Court to CBSE

The Madurai bench of Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the CBSE to award 196 marks to all Tamil candidates who took National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in the Tamil language. The bench has also asked CBSE to revise NEET rank list in two weeks.........Read more

5 beaten to death on suspicion of being child kidnappers in Maharashtra’s Dhule

Five persons were beaten to death in Dhule district in Maharashtra on suspicion of being part of a child-kidnapping gang. The incident took place in Rainpada village in Sakri taluka, 350km northeast of Mumbai........Read more

17 killed as tourist bus rams road divider in UP’s Mainpuri district

17 people were killed and a dozen others injured in UP’s Mainpuri district on Wednesday morning when a private tourist bus lost control and rammed into the road divider.........Read more

Hold mirror to RSS: P Chidambaram to Pranab Mukherjee

Congress veteran P Chidambaram urged former President Pranab Mukherjee to hold a mirror to RSS during his upcoming visit to the saffron headquarters even as more party leaders expressed surprise that the “secular” patriarch had accepted an invite from the “communal organisation” to be its chief guest.........Read more

12 killed, several trapped as under-construction flyover collapses in Varanasi

Over a dozen people are feared killed and dozens more are feared trapped after a pillar of a flyover under construction near the Cantonment railway station crashed in Varanasi on Tuesday evening. A bus and half a dozen vehicles were also crushed by falling debris. The flyover is being constructed between Lahartara and Chauka Ghat.........Read more

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 And Continental GT 650 Launch Details Revealed

Royal Enfield is expected to launch the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 in India by July or August 2018. But before that, the Royal Enfield 650 twins will be first launched in the international markets. The upcoming Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 will draw power from a new 647cc parallel twin, oil/air-cooled engine producing 46.3bhp and 52Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired to a 6-speed gearbox assisted by a slipper clutch.........Read more

Banks shut down 2000 ATMs in 10 months to save rising costs

In just a time span of 10 months, banks had shut down around 2000 ATMs at various locations, showed the data by the Reserve Bank of India. The time period of shutting down was between May 2017 and February 2018. One of the main reason behind the major shut down is that banks are trying to cut down on various costs. Majority of banks closed both onsite and offsite ATMs.........Read more

Neeraj Chopra betters own national record in javelin throw at IAAF Diamond League

Neeraj Chopra, fresh from claiming the javelin gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, broke his own national record at the IAAF Diamond League in Doha. The 20-year-old hurled the javelin to 87.43m in his second attempt in the high-voltage competition in the Qatari capital while finishing fourth in a 10-man field.........Read more

Facebook is using billions of Instagram images to train image recognition AI: Report

Facebook has been sifting through millions of photos along with their hashtags and is now using that data to train its sophisticated artificial intelligence deep learning models. Hashtags may seem to be what makes the task easier, but surprisingly, it was a challenge for Facebook to go through and sort out those tags to understand billions of images. This is more so because there is no real logic when people use them on the service.........Read more

Indian courts gave 109 death sentences in 2017 but none executed: Amnesty

The Indian courts gave 109 death sentences last year, but the country did not execute anyone, according to Amnesty International. The number of death sentences imposed last year was 27 fewer than the 136 in 2016, the human rights organisation said in its report. China remained the world’s top executioner in 2018 with death penalties running into thousands. Iran came next with at least 507 executions and it was followed by Saudi Arabia with 146, Iraq with more than 125, and Pakistan with more than 60. US carried out only 23 executions last year.........Read more

BSNL selects Nokia to launch 4G service in 10 circles

State-owned telecom firm BSNL on Monday signed a pact with Finnish telecom gear maker Nokia to roll out 4G services in 10 telecom circles covering western and southern regions in India. The network technology that will be deployed by Nokia will help BSNL to save operational costs while supporting 2G, 3G and 4G subscribers in a single radio unit.........Read more

Breathing exercises help asthma patients with quality of life

Study found that people who continue to get problems from their asthma, despite receiving standard treatment, experience an improved quality of life when they are taught breathing exercises. The majority of asthma patients have some degree of impaired quality of life.........Read more

E-cigarettes with more nicotine may make teens vape more

Studies have shown that young people who vape are more likely to pick up the smoking habit, but why this happens isn’t entirely clear. Today’s study shows that nicotine concentrations may play a role.........Read more

India changes its North Korea policy as Narendra Modi govt vouches for greater strategic logic

Indian public discourse on North Korea reflects a widespread belief that Kim Jong-un, the young dictator carrying the can for his despotic dynasty, is a madman. It is possible that the 33-year-old with a bad haircut and chubby cheeks wants to actively cultivate such an image. Through his seemingly incoherent actions such as a nuclear confrontation with the world's sole superpower and explosive rhetoric, the North Korean despot certainly wants to create an aura of dangerous insanity — the image of a lunatic boxed in a corner with fingers poised over the nuke button.........Read more

Auto industry must innovate on alternative fuels: Nitin Gadkari

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari exhorted the automobile industry to develop technology to run vehicles on alternative fuel like electricity and bio-fuel. He also asked them to come forward and invest in the country’s public transport system. “There is economic viability in new technology. Let us plan for the next 25 years. I would strongly urge the sector to invest in public transport and develop electric bikes and electric cars.........Read more

France to ban oil and gas production by 2040

France's government is unveiling a law to ban all production and exploration of oil and natural gas by 2040 on its mainland and overseas territories. The ban is part of a larger plan to wean the country's economy from fossil fuels, to encourage clean energy and fulfill France's commitments under Climate Agreement.........Read more

Widespread Use Of Antibiotics In Poultry Farms Is Increasing The Risk Of Infection In Humans

The majority of poultry farmers nowadays use antibiotics without any restrictions to protect poultry from infections and to increase their weight. This is leading to a widespread growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria which is becoming a huge threat to the environment and public health. Moreover, this bacteria cannot be treated medically making it even more dangerous.........Read more

Sikh man asked to take off kirpan in Australia bus

A Sikh man in Australia was asked to take off his kirpan and "get out" of a bus when a passenger called police in panic after seeing the ceremonial knife.........Read more

Era of 'biological annihilation' is underway, scientists warn

Gerardo Ceballos, a researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City, acknowledged that the study is written in unusually alarming tones for an academic research paper. "It wouldn't be ethical right now not to speak in this strong language to call attention to the severity of the problem," he said.........Read more

Uranus May Have Odd, Strobe-Like Magnetic Field

The planet Uranus just keeps getting weirder. The icy gas world that strangely orbits the sun on its side may also have a wonky magnetic field that constantly flickers on and off, new research suggests.........Read more

PM Modi's Israel visit: Innovation fund, cyber security deals on table

From cyber security to agriculture, science and technology to defence and education to irrigation, the list of agreements that India and Israel plan to ink during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-day visit to Israel is long.........Read more

Supreme Court refuses urgent hearing to Justice CS Karnan seeking bail

Karnan, who was arrested on June 20 in pursuance of the apex court’s judgement awarding him six-month jail term for contempt of court, has requested urgent listing of his petition seeking bail and setting aside of his conviction. ........Read more

England recall Ballance for South Africa opener

Batsman Gary Ballance has been give a chance to revive his England Test career after being named in the squad for next Thursday's first Test against South Africa. ........Read more

LeT admits role in Srinagar attack

The 43-second-video was shot on Sunday evening and shows the terrorists getting live updates about the DPS shooting. Since Hafiz Saeed is under house arrest, his brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki is seen monitoring the minute-by-minute updates.........Read more

7th Pay Commission: Good news for 47 lakh central government employees; HRA may be hiked

Now, there is some good news for Central government servants and people who are directly or indirectly connected with 7th Pay Commission and hiked salaries.........Read more

Assamese film, depicting impact of terrorism on children, wins Hollywood’s heart

For long Assam has seen terror and violence from a close quarter. Starting with Assam agitation in 1979 against illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh to the reign of terror unleased by the banned terror-outfit United Liberation Front of Assam, because of violence several lives were lost and several others were left scarred for life.........Read more

RBI actively working on NPA resolution, action soon: Arun Jaitley

The Finance Minister pointed out that a few top bankers expressed apprehensions about the infrastructure available for enforcement under the NPA ordinance. He, however, did not go into the specifics.........Read more

Merger of HDFC Standard Life Insurance and Max Life fails to get IRDA approval

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA) has denied permission to the proposed merger of Max Life Insurance Co. Ltd and HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co. Ltd (HDFC Life), saying the structure of the deal violates Section 35 of the Insurance Act, 1938, which bars the merger of an insurance company with a non-insurance firm.........Read more

Burma: Bodies, debris found in search for missing military aircraft

BODIES and aircraft debris were found in the sea off the southern coast of Burma on Thursday by a navy ship searching for a military plane which went missing with 122 soldiers, family members and crew on board.........Read more

Silk Road hub or tax haven? China's new border trade zone may be less than it seems

On the border of China and Kazakhstan, an international free trade zone has become a showpiece of Chinese President Xi Jinping's signature "Belt and Road" Initiative to boost global trade and commerce by improving infrastructure and connectivity.........Read more

With TTV Dhinakaran back, AIADMK may suffer another split

Dhinakaran said none had the power to remove him from the party post conferred on him by his aunt and party general secretary VK Sasikala. He is expected to meet Sasikala in Bengaluru prison on Monday to chalk out his next course of political action.........Read more

Dobaara movie review: Watch it for its unique treatment

Having last directed Main Aur Charles starring Randeep Hooda and Richa Chadha, director Prawaal Raman brings you all yet another intelligent film Dobaara which is an official remake of the Hollywood horror film, Oculus. The film is about a man who turns into a lunatic murderer because of a possessed mirror.........Read more

BMW 8 Series Coupe Concept Revealed

BMW, the German luxury automaker, has digitally revealed the Concept 8 Series ahead of its world premiere at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The BMW 8 Series Concept would spawn the new BMW 8 Series Coupe, which would rival the Mercedes Benz S Class Coupe. It is expected to be launched in 2018.........Read more

Indian held' in Islamabad may be Pak-trained terrorist, ATS probes

Maharashtra Police on Monday said Indian national Sheikh Nabi Ahmed, who was arrested in Pakistan on May 19, could be a SIMI member who was on their radar in 2005-2006, and they were in touch with the Centre on the details of the man arrested.........Read more

Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble push BCCI for fast bowling coach

The India team again looks close to having a fast bowling coach. Chief coach Anil Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli discussed the issue with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Sunday and indications are that the BCCI is in agreement.........Read more

BMW has revised its product lineup in India

BMW India has revised its line-up by introducing and discontinuing various variants, where cars mainly affected by the latest revision are the 3, 5 and 7 Series along with the X1 and X3 from its SUV lineup. In all, the most powerful launch is the M-performance 7-series. Earlier, we informed you that the Bavarian brand has launched the petrol version of the 3 Series, while here are a few more products that have been launched........Read more

Is India losing Kashmir?

As Indias most restive region stares down the abyss of what a commentator calls another hot summer of violence, the doom-laden headline has returned with a vengeance: Is India losing Kashmir? ........Read more

India is claiming that soldiers’ bodies were mutilated to divert attention from Kashmir: Pakistan

Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif on Monday night rejected India’s allegations that its Army had killed two Indian soldiers and mutilated their bodies. Calling them “baseless allegations”, he said it was an attempt to divert attention from the Kashmir crisis and “demonise” the Pakistan Army.........Read more

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC wants report on ‘larger plot’

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the CBI to submit a detailed status report, replete with the time-frame by which its prolonged investigation into a possible larger conspiracy behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi will be completed.........Read more

Australia warns North Korea against 'reckless, dangerous threats'

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has used a commemoration of a World War II naval battle to warn that his country and the United States will not tolerate North Korea's “reckless, dangerous threats” to regional peace.........Read more

3-Month-Old Questioned By US Embassy Over 'Terror Ties': Reports

A 3-month-old was 'questioned' by officials at the American embassy in London after his grandfather accidentally described him as a terrorist in a US visa form. Harvey Kenyon-Cairns was all set to fly to Florida for his first holiday with his family when he was summoned to the United States embassy. ........Read more

BCCI official questions Ganguly endorsing products

A top BCCI official has questioned Sourav Ganguly’s role as a brand ambassador given that the former India captain is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal and a member of the IPL Governing Council. The official, however, admitted to the ambiguity surrounding these matters.........Read more

Students’ understanding of concepts and skill will be tested now - AICTE to release model exam format

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is all set to release the provision of a model exam format to technical education institutes for testing the conceptual knowledge of children. The final exams being conducted by the institutions shall test the understanding of the concepts and the skill - rather than the subject knowledge, says a recent resolution of the AICTE, which also plans to annually revise the curriculum........Read more

Netflix says Airtel provides the fastest internet; beats Reliance, Tata & BSNL

India’s largest telecom company Airtel provides its users with fast test internet services, according to Netflix the video streaming platform. A data chart on Netflix’s ISP Speed Index showcases the different speeds which many network companies are providing its users, and Airtel has emerged to the top spot with 2.58 Mbps speed. At the second and third position are ATRIA Convergence Technologies and Spectranet respectively.........Read more

This Low-Cost Robot Designed by Mumbai Students Could Clean up the Pollution in India's Rivers

The students of Vivekanand Education Society’s Institute of Technology (VESIT) in Mumbai, have designed a robot named SEARCh that can clean the waste that gets accumulated on the surface of water bodies, including rivers.........Read more

7th Pay Commission: Committee on Allowances yet to submit report on higher allowances, next meeting on March 28

“The Committee on Allowance hasn’t submitted its report on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The government will hold another meeting with representatives of the central government employees on March 28,” said the NDTV report. Contrary to this, the Zee Business reported that the Committee on Allowance has submitted its report, recommending that the HRA should be kept as it was under the 6th Pay Commission–at 30 per cent, 20 per cent, and 10 per cent respectively.........Read more

Wasim Akram, Inzamam-ul Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed were all involved in match-fixing, claims Abdul Qadir

Abdul Qadir has alleged that former teammates Wasim Akram, Inzamam-ul Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed, among others, were involved in match-fixing that tainted the game. The legendary leg-spinner also added that had they been 'hanged', spot-fixing would never have affected Pakistan cricket.........Read more

Delhi: Airbus to set up its first Asia training centre for aircraft pilots at Aerocity

The Airbus India Training Centre at Aerocity in New Delhi will be built in a modular concept in order to become operational by end-2018 with two A320 full flight simulators.........Read more

In Just 3 Minutes You’ll See The Horrors Of British Colonial Rule Across The World

When Shashi Tharoor asked Britain to apologize and pay reparations to India for almost 200 years of colonial rule, he was applauded by everyone back home.........Read more

MEA cuts funds to one more China think tank

“We will overcome the challenges posed by the fund cut, but such an attitude towards conducting comprehensive academic research on China would hurt the foreign policy debates on China in India,” said Jawaharlal Nehru University Professor B.R. Deepak, who has been one of the scholars of the Association of Asia Scholars (AAS).........Read more

Will mull conducting NEET in Urdu: Centre tells SC

The Centre on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it is open to the suggestion of conducting NEET, a single window entrance test for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses, in Urdu medium also from next academic year.........Read more

India's IITs are working on building their own self-driving cars that will tackle Indian roads

Students in their respective IIT campuses are hard at work building their own version of a self-driving vehicle. The teams that will soon be competing for the Rise Prize by Mahindra come from IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur and IIT Bombay, among the many others. The Rise Prize gives a chance for two teams to win a bounty of $1 mn in prize money for two projects, the Solar Challenge and the Driverless Car Challenge.........Read more

Apple gets patent for enhanced 3D face detection technology; will this feature come in iPhone X?

As per the patent Apple filed at United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the new-age face detection technology can capture a depth map and an image of a scene, and select one or more locations in the image to test for presence of human faces.........Read more

Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu to Lead India's Challenge at All England

Ever since Pullela Gopichand emulated Prakash Padukone's 1980 feat in 2001, no Indian has ever laid claim to the crown with Saina Nehwal being the country's only shuttler to come close to achieving that rare feat when she reached the finals at 2015 before losing to Olympic champion Carolina Marin.........Read more

We haven't found any evidence of contact between Russia and Trump team at 2016 elections

No evidence of contact between Trump team and Russia: Chairman of US House of Rep Committee - "It's been looked into and there's no evidence of anything there. Obviously, we would like to know if there is," Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said.........Read more

DRS Enabled Umpires to Make 98.5 Percent Correct Calls: ICC

The ICC Chief Executive David Richardson has revealed that the Emirates Panel of Umpires' usage of the Decision Review System (DRS) has enabled them to attain a staggering accuracy rate of 98.5 percent.........Read more

5G is still years away, but at least it has a logo now

The next generation of cellular data networks has been colloquially referred to as “5G” for a while now, but 3GPP — the organization that governs cellular standards — has made that name official with an announcement of new formal 5G branding........Read more

This device could help men be better in bed

'Lovely' is a smart, wearable sex toy for couples. It's essentially a FitBit for your penis, tracking performance while also providing extra stimulation. It comes with an app that measures your pace, the amount of thrusts and also recommends new positions to try out. ........Read more

Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan living separately: Amar Singh makes shocking revelations

The Rajya Sabha MP said, "People blame me for every possible rift in the country. When the Ambanis split, they projected me as the person who created the Mahabharat between them. It wasn't me. People have said the same about me and the Bachchans. But even before I met Amitabh Bachchan, he and Jaya Bachchan were living separately. One of them was living in Pratiksha and the other lives in his other bungalow Janak. There were also speculations about a problem between Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Jaya. I am not responsible for that," Singh said while clarifying his stance on the allegations levelled against him.........Read more

E-cigarettes are expanding tobacco product use among youth: study

E-cigarettes - thought by some to be responsible for a decline in youth cigarette smoking - are actually attracting a new population of adolescents who might not otherwise have smoked tobacco products, according to a new UC San Francisco study.........Read more

Car used by Netaji for his Great Escape unveiled by President Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee unveiled the restored German car on Wednesday, in which Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had made his great escape from his ancestral home in Kolkata in 1941 during his house arrest by the then British government. Netaji had used 'Audi Wanderer W24' to escape from his Elgin Road residence to Gomoh railway station in Jharkhand to catch a train to Delhi.........Read more

Short-lived greenhouse gases cause centuries of sea-level rise

Even if there comes a day when the world completely stops emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, coastal regions and island nations will continue to experience rising sea levels for centuries afterward, according to a new study by researchers at MIT and Simon Fraser University.........Read more

Indian NBA fans to get first live streaming of regular-season game via Facebook

NBA fans in India will see the league's first streaming of a regular-season game via Facebook Live on Sunday when Golden State visits the Sacramento Kings, the league announced Saturday.........Read more

Insulting Own Legacy: Presidency Univ Doesn’t Invite PM Modi For Bicentennial Celebrations

20 January will mark the beginning of the Presidency University’s bicentennial celebrations in Kolkata. For this occassion, the University has invited the President, and even former prime minister Manmohan Singh. However, they did not invite PM Modi “keeping in mind the secular fabric of the institution’s history”. Here, Aravindan Neelakandan, reminds the University of its own history which it seems to have conveniently forgotten.........Read more

Donald Trump praises Vladimir Putin for holding off on retaliatory actions, calls him 'ver

US President-elect Donald Trump has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for not retaliating against new penalties imposed by the Obama administration for Russia's alleged interference in the US election.........Read more

China Snub To India Gets Bigger, Blocks UN Action For Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Maulana Masood Azhar

China has stopped India from accomplishing a crucial goal at the United Nations: getting Masood Azhar, the chief of terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, blacklisted as a terrorist. The Foreign Ministry reacted sharply, stating "(the) Chinese action confirms the prevalence of double standards in the fight against terrorism."........Read more

British Asians less likely to land top professional jobs says study

British Asians are being denied top managerial and professional jobs despite outperforming their white counterparts in school, a study found. The report by the government’s Social Mobility Commission showed that children of Bangladeshi and Pakistani heritage face discrimination when looking for a job. And, while British Asians make strides in the classroom, Muslim women in particular, face prejudice in the job market ........Read more

All-new Swift - Suzuki launches 2017 Swift in Japan and it looks super trendy

Suzuki has unveiled six new variants of Swift hatchback in Japan within a price range of 1.34 million Yen (Rs 7.78 lakh) to 1.84 million Yen (Rs 10.69 lakh). While the hybrid variant gets a 1.2-litre DUALJET engine, the RS model will be powered by 1.0L Boosterjet direct-injection turbo engine, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-new Swift........Read more

CII wants drastic reduction in personal, corporate tax rates

"In the other Asian countries, the prevailing maximum tax rate in case of companies ranges from 16-25 percent. Also, average effective corporate tax rate across industry sectors in India is about 22-23 percent. It is suggested that the corporate tax rate should be brought down to 18 percent (all inclusive)," the Hindu quoted from the CII's document submitted to the finance ministry.........Read more

The Tragic and Comedic Functioning of India’s Cyber Appellate Tribunal

What recourse does the average Indian citizen have if they have been affected by cyber fraud? The ministry of communication and information technology’s Cyber Appellate Tribunal (CyAT) was established in 2006 as “a specialised forum to redress cyber fraud”. From 2011, however, the tribunal has barely been functioning. It still pays out salaries to its employees but no judicial order has been passed nor has any case been heard for the last five years. A recent Comptroller and Auditor General audit has noted that after the retirement of the CyAT’s last chairperson in June 2011, there has been no replacement appointed as of June 2016.........Read more

PM Modi lays foundation stone of AIIMS in Bhatinda

Bhatinda, Nov 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone of All India Institute of Medical sciences (AIIMS) in Bhatinda. After Delhi, this will be the first AIIMS in northern India. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Jagat Parkash Nadda, Union Minister of food processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union minister of …........Read more

Law Commission writes to heads of political parties, seeks views on Uniform Civil Code

The Law Commission has written to all national and state political parties asking them to share their views over uniform civil code.........Read more

Pakistan violates ceasefire, shells LoC with 120 mm mortar bombs

Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire four times today by targeting forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Poonch district with 120 mm mortar bombs and opening fire with automatic weapons, drawing retaliation from Indian troops.........Read more

Navy calls off search for Uran suspects but Mumbai remains on high alert

A day after five suspicious men clad in Pathani suits were spotted near a naval base at Uran in Raigad district of Maharashtra, the Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy has called off its search for the suspects. However, other agencies are still hunting for the men and Mumbai continues to remain on high alert.........Read more

Many people still without electricity in India, power cuts common: report

Even though government data show slowing power deficit and a surplus situation in the country, a large population is still without electricity and power cuts are part of daily life, says a report. According to clean energy consultant Mercom Capital Group's latest report, the power deficit numbers in India do not paint the full picture.........Read more

#OpOlympics: Fancy Bears Releases 3rd Round in WADA Athlete Doping Exposé

The hacking group has released a third batch of documents from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), detailing additional athletes from Europe who have used banned substances. On Friday, the hackers released a third database, which includes 11 athletes from five countries, including the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, Spain, and Germany.........Read more

BMW and cash for Indias Silver medallist, electricity for Kenyas Gold medallist

Kenya's Faith Kipyegon won the women's Olympic 1,500 meters at the recently-concluded Rio Olympics but her father had a simple request from the authorities - electricity for the entire village.........Read more

The Countries With the Worst Bad Habits

Russia poisons its enemies, Germany’s obsessed with fiscal responsibility, and America’s addicted to spreading democracy. A list of policies governments ought to kick.........Read more

Economist Joseph Stiglitz to Quit Panama Papers Probe Over Lack of Transparency

Stiglitz and Mark Peith have both quit the probe after it became clear that their report will not be made public unless the president of Panama approves.........Read more

Victory for India :: UN to no longer monitor situation in J&K through its military observer group

In an unusual move, the UN has backtracked from its statement that it will continue to monitor the situation in Kashmir through its military observer group in India and Pakistan, clarifying that the mission does not have a mandate beyond the LoC. The clarification was issued by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric on August 2, a day after the UN chief’s deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters that the the UN will continue to monitor the situation in Kashmir, including through “our monitoring group” UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). Dujarric said regarding the situation in Kashmir, “I just wanted to clarify something, which is that UNMOGIP, the UN observer presence there, its mandate is to report on the ceasefire between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control. The UN Mission there does not have a mandate there beyond the Line of Control.” When asked why he was making the clarification, Dujarric said, “because I think it needed to be said”. The clarification seems to imply that the situation and incidents in Kashmir are India’s internal matter and do not come under the control of UNMOGIP that only observes and reports on ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and does not monitor the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Dujarric was also asked why the Secretary General does not initiate efforts to settle the Kashmir conflict, even as the world body is trying to resolve conflicts in Cyprus and the Middle East. “I will leave it to you and others to…to analyse the reasoning. I think the questions on the situation in Kashmir have come up with us today and previously. Our answers to those questions remain the same,” Dujarric said, without elaborating. Asked why there is “reluctance” on the part of the Secretary-General and the UN to offer any comments on the situation in Kashmir, Dujarric said when questions arise on the issue, the UN offers comments. “So I don’t agree as being reluctant,” he said. Protests broke out across Kashmir Valley on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with Indian security forces, leading to clashes in which 50 people have been killed and over 5,600 injured. According to the Security Council mandate given in resolution 307 of 1971, UNMOGIP observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the working boundary between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations. India has maintained that UNMOGIP has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after the Simla Agreement and the consequent establishment of the Line of Control (LoC). India has always stated that it has “no role to play whatsoever”. As of March 31 this year, UNMOGIP has 44 military observers, 25 international civilian personnel and 47 local civilian staff.........Read more

Nepal PM appears set to lose no-confidence vote as allies depart

Two political parties left Nepal's ruling coalition on Sunday, deserting the fractious alliance ahead of a vote of no-confidence that Prime Minister K.P. Oli looks likely to lose.........Read more

Priyadarshan to teach at FTII

Acclaimed filmmaker Priyadarshan, who has spent 34 years in the film industry and has done 91 films in various languages, is set to begin a new career as a teacher, which was his father’s desire.........Read more

Infosys shares crash 9% on below expected Q1 growth

The IT major’s revenue was Rs.16,782 crore for the quarter ended June 30 on a growth of 1.4 per cent (quarter on quarter). The revenue grew 16.9 per cent year-on-year(YoY).........Read more

Maria Sharapova to miss Rio Olympics after CAS ruling pushed to September

Maria Sharapova will miss next month's Rio Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday decided to defer its decision on the Russian multiple grand slam champion's appeal against a two-year doping ban until September.........Read more

Kingfisher House to be auctioned again, this time at a lower price

Three months after they failed to sell Kingfisher House, erstwhile headquarters of the defunct Kingfisher Airlines, the lenders have once again put up the property for auction with a lower reserve price of Rs 135 crore. The property has a built-up area of over 17,000 sq ft in Vile Parle​, Mumbai.........Read more

Why did Environment Ministry withdraw Rs 200-crore penalty on Adani Ports?

Why did Environment Ministry withdraw Rs 200-crore penalty on Adani Ports? - After an investigation conducted in 2012, the UPA government had imposed a fine of Rs 200 crore on Adani Ports for damage caused by its Mundra port project in Gujarat.........Read more

Over 9 Lakh Including PhD, Engineers Apply for Post of Constables in MP

Over 9 lakh aspirants, including those with PhD, post graduate and engineering degrees, have applied for the post of about 14,000 police constables in Madhya Pradesh. Of the 9.24 lakh candidates, 1.19 lakh are graduates, 14,562 are post graduates,........Read more

Brexit vote brings fresh surge of support for Scottish independence

Nearly 60 percent of Scots now support Scottish independence after Britain voted to leave the European Union this week, according to an opinion poll reported by a newspaper on Saturday.........Read more

Varun Gandhi Billboards Dot Allahabad, Maurya Vies For Space

BJP leader Sidharth Nath Singh, the local lad, is travelling with us a day ahead of the arrival of party president Amit Shah.........Read more

Bombay HC to CBFC: Your Job Is to Certify Films Not Censor Them

The Court in its scathing observations, told CBFC that its job is to certify films and not censor them.........Read more

Mathura violence: SC refuses to order CBI probe, asks petitioner to move HC

From the petition there is no evidence to suggest any lapse on part of state investigating agency, says Supreme Court.........Read more

New class of protein could treat cancer and other diseases, researchers find

A protein designed by researchers at Georgia State University can effectively target a cell surface receptor linked to a number of diseases, showing potential as a therapeutic treatment for an array of illnesses, including cancer, according to the research team.........Read more

Yu Yunicorn Launched in India: Price, Specifications, and More

Yu Yunicorn is a 5.5-inch smartphone that runs 'Android on Steroids' and will retail exclusively via Flipkart for the first month.........Read more

Absolutely No Chance Of A 'Lehman Moment' In India: Raghuram Rajan - NDTV

Confident of clearing up the bad-loan mess, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on Friday said there is "absolutely no chance of a Lehman moment" in India and a three-cornered firewall was being created to safeguard the economy from external shocks.........Read more

Now Kejriwal dares PM Modi to prove he was a chaiwala by making chai

Stepping up his already relentless attack on PM Narendra Modi, Raja Harishchandra hi CM Arvind Kejriwal has now demanded that Modi prove that he was a chaiwala by making a cup of tea in full public view. “I was at the PM’s house earlier today to discuss some issues relating to the law and order situation [...]........Read more

In Pictures: Which Bollywood actors would play these cricketers in their biopics?

We know that Sushant Singh Rajput is playing MS Dhoni and Emraan Hashmi is playing Mohammad Azharuddin in their respective biopics. Which got us to think of other such combinations. Here’s a list! Rahul Dravid – Kamal Hassan Rahul Dravid was willing to play any role in the team that was asked of him. [...]........Read more