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75 terrorists infiltrated alone in J&K since August 5: Intel sources

Intel inputs in the past few weeks have a number of times alerted security agencies that groups of terrorists have infiltrated inside the country and may plan major terror attacks. ........Read more

FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Organised defence, brave Gurpreet help India pull off memorable draw against Qatar

When Igor Stimac raised his hands and celebrated with a roar after referee blew the final whistle, when centre-back Adil Khan rushed to give every Indian player a good hard squeeze, when Gurpreet Singh Sandhu furiously pointed to his fans that he's the deserving No 1 for his team, there's a possibility that you'd think Indian football team had pulled off a miracle. Maybe it isn't, but a draw against the Asian champions is still an unlikely result. Twitter @QFA_EN In their second qualifying match for the FIFA World Cup 2022, India held Felix Sanchez Bas' Qatar to a goalless draw in Doha's Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. Despite their captain and most influential player — Sunil Chhetri — missing the match due to fever, India's organised defence and a brave Gurpreet helped them earn a point against the World Cup 2022 hosts. After conceding two late goals in their opening match against Oman in Guwahati a few days back to lose all three points, India will cherish this match for a long time.........Read more

Unnao rape case: Hearing underway at temporary court set up in AIIMS to record survivor's statement

In compliance with the Delhi High Court's order, a temporary court was set up at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Wednesday to record the statement of the Unnao rape survivor. The girl is undergoing treatment at AIIMS trauma center after being seriously injured in an accident in Uttar Pradesh, two months ago. Her kin has accused BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar of the car crash. He is currently lodged in Tihar jail for allegedly raping her in 2017. Last week, the Delhi High court had directed a lower court to hold trial proceedings in AIIMS, where the survivor is recuperating. The court directed the in-camera proceedings to be conducted.........Read more

Ancient Iraqi city of Babylon designated UNESCO World Heritage Site

The ancient city of Babylon, first referenced in a clay tablet from the 23rd century B.C., was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Friday, after a vote that followed decades of lobbying by Iraq. The vote, at a UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, made the ancient Mesopotamian city on the Euphrates River the sixth world heritage site within the borders of a country known as a cradle of civilization. Iraqi President Barham Salih said the city, now an archaeological ruin, was returned to its “rightful place” in history after years of neglect by previous leaders. Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi also welcomed the news. “Mesopotamia is truly the pillar of humanity’s memory and the cradle of civilization in recorded history,” he said. The government said it would allocate funds to maintain and boost conservation efforts. Babylon, about 85 kilometres (55 miles) south of Baghdad, was once the centre of a sprawling empire, renowned for its towers and mudbrick temples. Its hanging gardens were one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, commissioned by King Nebuchadnezzar II. Visitors can stroll through the remnants of the brick and clay structures which stretch across 10 square kilometres, and see the famed Lion of Babylon statue, as well as large portions of the original Ishtar Gate. ........Read more

15-year-old school girl Cori Gauff turfs idol Venus Williams out of Wimbledon

Cori Gauff served up the perfect excuse for playing hooky from school on Monday as the 15-year-old American caused one of the biggest shocks in Wimbledon history by dispatching Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 in the first round on Monday. Aged 39, Williams is considered Wimbledon royalty as she has been part of the All England Club family for over two decades, having won the singles title five times -- including two before Gauff was even born. But Gauff, the youngest player to qualify for the main draw in the professional era, was in no mood to play a lady-in-waiting as she made a mockery of the 24-year-age difference and 269 ranking spots that separate her from her idol Williams. Playing a fearless brand of tennis that belied her young age, she bullied Williams into submission. “I don’t even know how to explain how I feel,” Gauff, who wiped away a tear as she walked off Court One, said moments after her remarkable win. “I definitely had to tell myself to stay calm, I have never played on a court so big, but I had to remind myself that the lines on the court are the same size, everything around it might be bigger, but the lines are the same and after every point I was just telling myself to stay calm.........Read more

'Stop Calling them Sin Goods': Jaguar Land Rover Urges Govt to Reduce GST on Luxury Cars

The government should stop classifying luxury cars as sin goods and reduce tax burden on such vehicles, as manufacturers contribute healthily in the country's economic growth, according to Jaguar Land Rover India. Stating that heavy tax burden has restricted growth of the luxury car market in India, Jaguar Land Rover India President and Managing Director Rohit Suri told PTI that if the criteria of sin goods classification is based on expensiveness, then even going to five-star or wearing expensive shirts and shoes would also be 'sin'. At present luxury vehicles in India attract top GST slab of 28 per cent and additional cess of 20 per cent on sedans and 22 per cent on SUVs, taking the total tax incidence to 48 per cent and 50 per cent, respectively. ........Read more

Suman Rao from Rajasthan crowned Miss India 2019

Suman Rao from Rajasthan has won the Femina Miss India World 2019 beauty pageant during a star-studded ceremony at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium here. Shivani Jadhav from Chhattisgarh clinched Femina Miss Grand India 2019 title and Shreya Shanker from Bihar won Miss India United Continents 2019 title during the grand finale of the beauty pageant. 20-year-old Suman, a college student, will represent India at Miss World 2019 in Thailand.........Read more

Spirited Millman makes life difficult for Djokovic, but lightning fails to strike twice

Novak Djokovic downed Millman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a drama-charged war of attrition to end the unseeded Australian's gallant run and reach his 11th semi-final in New York.........Read more

Envoy Luo Zhaohui floats idea of China-Pak-India trilateral summit to tackle 'common challenges'

Chinese envoy to India Lou Zhahohui has proposed trilateral summit between three neighbouring countries of India, Pakistan and China. Chinese ambassador proposed several possible pathways towards moving forward India- China relationship. ........Read more

Mahindra launches Arjun Novo tractors

The Mahindra Novo range of tractors come in an open station design with optional AC cabin. They have features like 4-way adjustable and air-suspended seat (AC cabin variant), tilt steering, suspended pedals, instrument cluster with diagnostic indicator, car-like combination switch and a twin position single button hood opening. The company is planning to introduce tractors with integrated cabins in India in the near future. The Novo 65 HP and Novo 75 HP are offered in 2WD and 4WD variants with prices starting at Rs. 9.99 lakh for the 65 HP 2WD model and Rs. 12.5 lakh for the 75 HP 4WD variant.........Read more

KL Rahul blitz helps Kings XI Punjab steamroll Delhi Daredevils in campaign opener

The IPL’s fastest ever fifty by KL Rahul resulted in Kings XI Punjab getting their campaign underway in brilliant fashion with a six-wicket over Delhi Daredevils in Mohali today. Rahul’s Karnataka teammate, Karun Nair, also slammed a half-century to make matters too easy for the hosts.........Read more

NIA set to charge Pakistan diplomat for plotting terror in South India

The National Investigation is set to file a chargesheet against a Pakistan diplomat who was posted in Colombo and had planned attacks in South India. It may be recalled that a consular officer from Pakistan, Amir Zubair Siddiqui had plotted attacks and had even set up a module in the office of the Pakistan high commission in Sri Lanka.........Read more

Photo of 'Minister' Urinating in Public Goes Viral

A photo of Rajasthan State Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf (BJP) urinating on a roadside wall in Jaipur (state capital, and also called as 'Pink City' for its vibrant history) has gone viral on social media. According to rules, those urinating in public are fined Rs. 200. But, being a State Minister, Saraf got away with the humiliating mistake, but not without feeling the heat from the Opposition, Congress party.........Read more

How New Delhi officially took over from Calcutta as India's capital city

Video explains how British transformed the New Delhi to World's largest democracy capital city.........Read more

Google goes strict on 7,00,000 apps using AI

Google through its Machine Learning techniques has taken down more than 7,00,000 apps which were violating the Google Play policy rules. The company says it is 70 percent more apps compared to last year.........Read more

Foreign tourist arrivals hit new high of one crore, earnings cross $27-billion mark

In happy tidings for India's tourism sector, the year 2017 ended on a high with the number of foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) crossing the 10-million mark, which pushed the country's earnings to over 27 billion dollars.........Read more

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah Named African Player of The Year

Mohamed Salah, the star striker of Egypt and Liverpool, has been named 2017 CAF African Player of the Year. The 25-year-old has scored 23 goals in 29 fixtures for the English football giants since joining the club from A.S. Roma. He also helped his national team finish second at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations — scoring goals against Ghana and Burkina Faso.........Read more

Tata Motors to hike passenger vehicle prices by up to Rs 25,000

Tata MotorsBSE 0.27 % on Monday said it will increase prices across its range of passenger vehicles by up to Rs 25000 from Jan 2018 due to rise in input rising input costs. ........Read more

Video: 'Dangal' actor Zaira Molested On Flight

"Dangal" actress Zaira Wasim has detailed a harrowing experience of being allegedly molested by a middle-aged man while she was on a flight from Delhi to Mumbai.........Read more

Pollution can permanently damage a child's brain: Unicef

The findings come at a time when India, particularly in the north, is facing a serious crisis due to rising levels of pollution. Last month, schools in Delhi had to be shut temporarily to reduce children's exposure to pollutants that had enveloped that national capital.........Read more

'If Pakistan doesn't act, we'll ensure terror safe havens don't exist', says CIA's director

The US's intelligence chief said that if Pakistan doesn't act against terror safe havens in the country the US "will do everything it can to ensure they don't exist anymore", reported Voice of America (VOA) radio.........Read more

Ajay Bisaria appointed Indian high commissioner to Pakistan

Seasoned diplomat Ajay Bisaria, currently the Indian ambassador to Poland, has been appointed the country’s top envoy to Pakistan. The 1987-batch IFS officer will succeed Gautam Bambawale, who was last month posted to China.........Read more

Rafael Nadal sues ex-French sports minister for 1,00,000 euros

Tennis star Rafael Nadal is seeking 100,000 euros (about 77 lakh rupees) in damages from former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot. She has accused the current World number one of a dope test cover-up.........Read more

Petrol, Diesel to be Delivered at Home Soon: Dharmendra Pradhan

The government is yet again mulling at starting the home delivery of petrol and diesel, petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan claimed on Wednesday. “Using the technological advancements in the IT & Telecom Sector we will soon be starting online home delivery of Diesel & Petrol,” the minister tweeted.........Read more

Willing to verify refugees status to aid return: Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday broke her silence over the ongoing humanitarian crisis, which led to the evacuation of over half-a-million minority Rohingya Muslims from northern Rakhine State. The Myanmar citizenship verification process will need cooperation from all communities. We are prepared to start the refugee verification process for those who wish to return.........Read more

Currency printing presses demand Rs 577 cr from RBI for Modi govt's DeMo drive

India's currency printing presses have reportedly demanded Rs 577 crore from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as reimbursement for losses incurred over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation drive last year.........Read more

Turf Club drops resolution to increase membership by 150

Members of the Bangalore Turf Club on Tuesday dropped the resolution to increase its membership and entrusted former chairman N Harindra Shetty with the all-important task of convincing the State Government to renew the licence to conduct racing activities.........Read more

AgustaWestland case: CBI files chargesheet against ex-IAF Chief SP Tyagi

he Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed in a Delhi court a chargesheet against former Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief S P Tyagi and nine others in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case. The chargesheet filed before Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar also named the others including Tyagi's cousin Sanjeev alias Julie and advocate Gautam Khaitan in the Rs 450 crore chopper deal bribery case.........Read more

Online reviews may mislead you into wrong purchases: Study

You may be misled into making the wrong choice, a study suggests. When buying products online, people often rely on the ratings and reviews of others to choose. However, scientists suggest that people tend to use this information in ways that can work to their disadvantage. The findings, published in the journal Psychological Science, indicate that people tend to favor a product that has more reviews, even when it has the same low rating as an alternative product. ........Read more

CBI Takes Over Probe Into Rs 1,000 Crore Srijan Scam in Bihar

The CBI has taken over the probe into the Srijan scam in Bihar, in which government funds worth about Rs 1,000 crore were allegedly diverted to the accounts of a non-government organisation. ........Read more

‘BCCI a male chauvinist organisation… difficult for them to accept women’s team has done well’

CALLING THE Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) a “male chauvinist organisation”, former India skipper Diana Edulji, who is now a member of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), said the recent success of the women’s cricket team hasn’t been “accepted too well” by some BCCI members.........Read more

The Mars Colony of the Future Could Be Powered by This Advanced Microgrid

The industrial manufacturing giant Siemens is planning for the reality of supplying and maintaining energy for a civilization on the Red Planet.........Read more

50 years of Passport Act: Sushma Swaraj announces passports will now be in English and Hindi

Sushma Swaraj announced that passports would now be in both Hindi and English, and not just in English. This was announced during an event marking 50 years of the Passport Act, 1967........Read more

Western Digital to raise Toshiba chip offer in last-ditch bid - source

Western Digital Corp plans to raise its offer for Toshiba Corp's prized semiconductor unit to $18 billion or more, a person familiar with the matter said, in a last-ditch effort to clinch a deal both companies consider vital.........Read more

Eating uncooked fish could be more dangerous than you thought

Sushi containing uncooked fish can be infected with a worm-like parasite that attaches itself to the bowel, causing severe pain, vomiting and fever, doctors have warned in the BMJ journal. A “previously healthy” man, 32, was admitted to hospital in Lisbon, Portugal, with symptoms that initially proved difficult to diagnose. But, after doctors questioned him, he told them he had recently eaten sushi.........Read more

Big day for Indian judiciary, welcome verdict: Centre on SC's Nirbhaya ruling

As the Supreme Court upheld the earlier order of the death sentence to the four convicts in the brutal Nirbhaya gangrape case, Union Minister Ravishankar Prasad on Friday hailed the verdict, while saying that it was a big day for the Indian judiciary system.........Read more

Tata Motors To Supply 3,192 Units Of Safari Storme To The Indian Army

Tata Motors has bagged a contract of supplying 3,192 units of its Safari Storme 4x4 model to the Indian Army, under a new category of vehicles named G S800 (General Service 800). From what we know, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) was on the lookout for a manufacturer to supply them with off-road capable vehicles.........Read more

Microsoft licenses smartwatch technologies to Casio in patent deal

Microsoft has announced it has entered into a new patent licensing agreement with Casio. And while most patent licensing deals seem rather dull to onlookers, what makes this one interesting is that Microsoft will specifically be licensing smartwatch technologies to the Japanese watchmaker.........Read more

From Leading India's Blind Cricket Team to Getting the Padma Shri, Shekhar Naik's Inspiring Journey

I want to tell all differently abled people who want to play sports that we should look at our disability like God’s gift. We should use it well. Some of us think that we will not be able to do anything in life just because we are disabled. That’s not right. Everyone gets opportunities. I gained chances too and I was able to see a little success,” says a humble Shekhar Naik, the former captain of the Indian blind cricket team who will soon be conferred with the Padma Sri award.........Read more

Google now allows AMP users to share the original URL of an article

Google just announced a small but important user experience change to its Accelerated Mobile Pages platform, or AMP. The company explained in a blog post today that it will start allowing users to copy or share an AMP article’s source link instead of the Google-specific URL. Until now, the service, which offers up more simplified and less data-intensive versions of publishers’ articles, had basically made this impossible.........Read more

Google’s second Allo messaging bot is an AI-driven GIF generator

Google’s newest addition to its artificial intelligence-powered messaging app, Allo, takes a page from the company’s search engine. The new bot, called Lucky in what some surmise is a nod to Google Search’s longstanding “I’m Feeling Lucky” feature, lets you type a word or phrase in text and receive an applicable GIF.........Read more

Rajasthan students to study cashless economy and demonetisation soon

Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) will include ‘Cashless Economy’ and ‘Demonetisation’ in its Class XII syllabus from the next academic session. RBSE chairman B.L. Choudhary said that the students will also be taught about ‘mobile wallet structure’ and ‘cashless system’.........Read more

Delhi Police Chief Alok Verma Appointed New CBI Director

Delhi Police chief Alok Verma was on Thursday appointed the next director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The post of CBI director had been lying vacant for over one month following Anil Sinha's retirement on December 2. At present, Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana is the interim director of the investigating agency.........Read more

BigBasket, Grofers explore merger

Online grocers BigBasket and Grofers have held merger talks, though these discussions are preliminary and have moved slowly so far. If the deal goes through, it will be one of the most significant moves made towards bringing about consolidation in a cash-guzzling consumer internet economy.........Read more

N Chandrasekaran to be named as new Tata Sons chairman; Rajesh Gopinathan to be new CEO of TCS

Tata Sons is likely to name a new chairman today; the board has called for a meeting, although it said no agenda for the meeting had been announced. Tata Sons had abruptly removed Cyrus Mistry as its Chairman on October 24 and sought his ouster from operating companies like Tata Motors and TCS. He had subsequently resigned from the board of six companies, but dragged Tata Sons and his interim successor Ratan Tata to the NCLT. CEO of TCS N Chandrasekaran has been widely speculated to be one of the leading contenders for the role. Sources said that the next chairman will be a well-known insider........Read more

Petrol pumps defer decision to not accept card payments till Jan 13

Banks decided to defer charging fuel retailers a transaction fee till January 13, after petrol pumps across the nation threatened to stop accepting credit and debit cards from Monday in protest against a levy of 1% on card payments. The banks didn’t reverse their decision to charge the fee, also known as the merchant discount rate, but postponed it after the government intervened on Sunday.........Read more

EC to take call on parties' plea to not allow Budget during polls

The Election Commission is examining the representation of various political parties for not allowing the presentation of the Union Budget during the poll process of five states and will take a call on it soon.........Read more

Raw foodies: Europe's earliest humans did not use fire

Studying dental plaque from a 1.2 million year old hominin (early human species), recovered by the Atapuerca Research Team in 2007 in Sima del Elefante in northern Spain, archaeologists extracted microfossils to find the earliest direct evidence of food eaten by early humans.........Read more

'Keep real estate within GST'

It's fair to say that the Indian economy, as far as macroeconomic condition is concerned, is very stable. Both CPI and WPI inflation have come down. Current account deficit is very low and is being financed by FDI. We have been reducing the fiscal deficit consistently.........Read more

Microsoft's new Office chat app

In the last couple of years at Microsoft, some old habits have been tossed away, like obsessively placing Windows software at the centre of all the company's big bets. But the company would still dig trenches to protect Office, its $23-billion-a-year software franchise.........Read more

SC/ST Students Get Bags Which Clearly Mark Their Caste In Madhya Pradesh College

"What's wrong if it is spelled out clearly, because the bags were distributed under a welfare scheme... If some people don't like it, I will get the words erased... In any case, it was the supplier who wrote it on the bags,'' B.R. Nalvaya, the college principal told.........Read more

Intolerance 'A Curse We Are Seeing Of Late', Says Ratan Tata

Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, Ratan Tata, has expressed concern over the alleged growing intolerance in the country, dubbing it "a curse we are seeing of late".........Read more

Rs 30 lakh crore black money in stock markets, says IT dept

The I-T department has collated information on the alleged dealings of individuals and companies through the securities transaction tax (STT) data submitted by NSE and BSE for 2013-14 and 2014-15, as per the documents available with DNA Money. STT returns contain the data of all sales, purchases and intra-day transactions of shares carried out on the stock exchange.........Read more

Pakistan to Contact Interpol to Extradite Baloch Leader Bugti

Pakistan is to contact Interpol to extradite Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti, who is currently seeking political asylum in India. "The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will send a formal reference to Interpol within the next few days for the extradition of Brahamdagh Bugti," Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali said.........Read more

Can you work yourself to death?

The Japanese have a knack for inventing words – and there are some that every self-respecting office worker should have in their vocabulary. There’s arigata-meiwaku: when someone does you a favour that you didn’t ask them to – which actually caused you massive inconvenience – but you’re socially obliged to thank them anyway. Or how about majime: an earnest, dependable colleague who can get things done without causing any drama.........Read more

Stage set for GST to become law

Odisha became the 16th State to ratify the constitutional amendment that will pave the way for the roll-out of the Goods & Services Tax (GST). Ratified now by more than half the 29 States, the am........Read more

Rahul won't retract 'RSS men killed Gandhi' comment, will face trial

Refrain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks, name calling or inciting hatred against any community. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by marking them offensive. Let's work together to keep the conversation civil.........Read more

After Yogeshwar Dutt’s medal upgrade after 4 yrs, Bangladesh hopeful that “The No Ball” will be cancelled during 2019 World Cup

As Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt’s London Olympics Bronze medal got upgraded to Silver after 4 yrs, neighboring Bangladesh has started looking forward to 2019 Cricket World Cup with renewed hope.........Read more

Footage shows world’s biggest aircraft crashing into the ground

Video shows the world's biggest aircraft crash landing after its second ever flight. The Airlander 10, a 302ft-long (92-metre) part plane, part airship, was damaged after it crashed into the floor when it was trying to land at its base at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.........Read more

RIL asks staff to stop using mobile service of other operators - The Economic Times

RIL has asked employees to port their existing phone numbers to Jio, a move that may open another front with the existing operators.........Read more

New age for airships calls for new age in repairs

(Tech Xplore)—Lockheed Martin said that Hybrid Airships offer large cargo capacities with significant reductions in fuel consumption compared to other air vehicles.........Read more

In the latest Jason Bourne movie, the former CIA assassin is just Batman on a bender

The first Bourne film to be co-written by director Paul Greengrass prioritizes repetitive revenge over everything else.........Read more

Women’s Commission issues notice to Kasaba makers, Mammootty

A commission member who had watched Kasaba, filed a report after widespread popular protest against the misogynist inclinations of the film.........Read more

I'm bored reading yet another article on 'Brahminical' Carnatic music

Even after years of that, not everyone turns out to have the same level of voice quality, talent and that special star quality that makes its own direct, authentic connect with listeners. Plenty of "Brahmin" wannabes fall by the wayside, by the way, ........Read more

57 RTA online services to be available from August in Telangana

Sparing motorists from making multiple visits to RTA offices, the Telangana Transport Department has made all its 57 types of services available online.........Read more

Army guns down 3 militants in Pooch, says they were Pak infiltrators

Security forces gunned down three suspected militants along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Saturday as violence raged in large parts of the state over the killing of top insurgent Burhan Wani.........Read more

Alka Lamba ‘admits’ Kejriwal asked Rai to step down, loses job as AAP spokesperson

AAP MLA Alka Lamba was removed from the post of party spokesperson Tuesday night.........Read more

Murli Manohar Joshi joins race to be next President of India

Veteran Veteran leader Murli Manohar Joshi has launched his bid to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, lobbying the RSS and the BJP leadership vigorously for the party........Read more

10.5-billion-year-old cluster is home to heavy metal stars!

The US space agency NASA has released a beautiful photograph of the heavy-metal stars.........Read more

'Udta Punjab' controversy: Remove references to Punjab, says CBFC

Controversy continues to loom over upcoming film Udta Punjab amid reports that the Censor Board of Film Certification has suggested that the word ‘Punjab’ be removed from the title. A CBFC member,........Read more

If Modi government asks Raghuram Rajan to go, India will lose billions of dollars in foreign investment

Tens of billions will flow out, maybe as much as 100 bn. Stock markets will crash and the currency markets will panic. India will be severely bruised.........Read more

Telemedicine market may touch Rs 200 cr-mark by 2020: Assocham

The country's telemedicine sector is expected to double to USD 32 million (about Rs 210 crore) by 2020, industry body Assocham has said.........Read more