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How much of Antarctica is really wilderness?

While as much as 99.6% of Antarctica is technically wilderness, pristine areas free from human interference cover less than 32%, and this is declining, a new study shows. To make matters worse, the continent’s biological hotspots are almost entirely restricted to the very small area of permanently ice-free land, which is also the site of most human activity, the researchers write in a paper in the journal Nature. This leads them to recommend expanding the system of specially protected areas to ensure lasting protection of the continent’s wilderness values and biodiversity.........Read more

Eight behavioural skills of successful investors you should follow

It is not just financial literacy but also behavioural skills that are common to investors who grow their wealth consistently. Here are some habits to emulate. Most successful investors have a well-crafted investment strategy that comes from thorough research or experience, and they stick to it. Be it a focused approach, diversification and asset allocation, or goal-based investing, they follow it without being bothered by market noise and random advice from various sources.........Read more

Cloud Computing Transforming And Revolutionising Cybersecurity In India

In this day and age, the global economy revolves around business-critical data, used to draft strategies and make informed decisions. Moreover, with businesses adopting technologies like AI to leverage Big Data into getting key insights, the role of data was never more crucial. However, as India saw the security challenges escalating in the past year, businesses are looking for robust and advanced methods to secure their data. The on-premise security architecture has gone obsolete with geographically-bound infrastructure. As the adoption of cloud technology takes the data out of the private secured premises to the data centres in the cloud, a new approach to securing the data assets is required.........Read more

Adar Poonawalla's Vaccine: No Shot In The Dark

Adar Poonawalla has much to thank god for, especially during these trying times. Of course, the 39-year-old runs the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer and is heir to the fortunes of his billionaire father, Cyrus Poonawalla, the 165th richest man in the world with personal wealth in excess of $10.9 billion, according to Forbes. Yet, it is a decision to walk away from selling a stake in his company, the Serum Institute of India, sometime in 2015 that he is grateful for. Five years ago, the privately owned maker of vaccines was contemplating a 10 percent stake sale to private equity (PE) firms and sovereign funds at a staggering valuation of ₹80,000 crore. The deal would have been India’s largest PE investment, and came close on the heels of merger talks with homegrown pharmaceutical giant Cipla.........Read more

The History and Future of Telescopes on the Moon

If you are a Zinio, Nook, Kindle, Apple, or Google Play subscriber, you can enter your website access code to gain subscriber access. Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition. Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news Scientists have long eyed a solution: the farside of the moon. Because it always faces away from Earth, a radio telescope placed on the lunar farside would be almost completely sheltered from Earth-generated radio noise. There, astronomers would study a range of phenomena that can’t be seen from our planet, or even by Earth-orbiting space telescopes. A telescope on the moon could show us what happened before the universe formed its first stars and galaxies, or let us see electromagnetic fields around distant exoplanets, revealing extremely subtle yet fundamentally important properties about a given world’s true potential for hosting life. ........Read more

Telangana Records Sudden Spike in Covid-19 Cases, Govt Blames it on ‘Lockdown Relaxations’

Attributing the sudden surge in the number of COVID-19 cases to ‘lockdown relaxations’, the Telangana Government stated that a large chunk of the cases is from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal limits. In the last 24 hours, the state reported 99 fresh cases- of which 12 migrant workers also tested positive, taking the total tally of the state to 2,891 and the death toll to 92. In the last four days, the number of positive cases has shot up by 466 and deaths by 21. ........Read more

Cancelled flights, miffed passengers galore on reopening domestic flight services

Long queues comprising of several passengers were seen outside most major airports in India today, including the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, where visuals showed disappointed passengers sitting outside the airport after their flights were cancelled. Passengers also reportedly complained about the airlines not informing them of their cancelled flights until the last minute and even after that, no proper confirmation regarding potential rescheduling of the flights have been provided.........Read more

Indian government caps air fares for three months in unprecedented move

The government has created seven major fare sections/zones, based on the distance and time taken to cover the distance. Flights between cities which are under 40 minutes have been classified under section one, while flights under 40-60 minutes are under section two. Section three consist of destinations 60-90 minutes apart by flight, section four consisting of cities 90-120 minutes apart, section five consisting of cities 120-150 minutes apart. Destinations between 150-180 minutes and 180-210 minutes have been classified under section 6 and 7 respectively.........Read more

Babri Masjid demolition case: Deliver verdict by August 31, SC tells CBI court

The Supreme Court Friday extended the deadline for a special CBI court in Lucknow till August 31, 2020 to deliver the verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case, in which senior leaders of the BJP and VHP are accused. Among the 32 people facing trial in the case are veteran BJP leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh and former Union minister Uma Bharti, and sitting MPs Brij Bhushan Singh and Sakshi Maharaj. After the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, two cases were filed in Ayodhya — one related to the conspiracy of demolishing of Babri Masjid and another for instigating the crowd to demolish the structure. Around 47 more cases were lodged then that were merged with the case of demolition. ........Read more

Lockdown to continue in Karnataka till May 15 with relaxations for green zones

Following a steep increase in Covid-19 positive cases in Karnataka, particularly Bengaluru, thestategovernment has decided to continue the lockdown till May 15. However, relaxations will be allowed in the green zones and places other than containment zones. During chief minister B S Yediyurappa's video conference yesterday deputy commissioners and top bureaucrats, a majority of the officers said it would be better to continue the lockdown till May 15.........Read more

IPhone SE 2020 is mostly iPhone 8 from inside, teardown reveals

iPhone SE 2020 is available to buy in select countries after it was launched earlier this month. Conspicuously, the iPhone SE 2020 is a repackaged iPhone 8 with a different processor and some other features. iFixit has now performed its teardown on the iPhone SE 2020, only to find it borrows many internal parts from the iPhone 8. The iPhone SE 2020 has scored 6 out of 10 on the repairability test, where 10 stands for easiest to repair. That being said, the iPhone SE 2020 can be repaired using iPhone 8 parts, the teardown has revealed.........Read more

FinMin notifies changes in FDI policy; prior govt approval must for investments from countries sharing land borders

The Finance Ministry on Wednesday notified changes in FDI rules, which made prior approval of the government mandatory for foreign investments from countries that share border with India, to prevent the opportunistic takeover of domestic firms amid COVID-19 pandemic under the FEMA law. The countries which share land borders with India are China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar and Afghanistan.........Read more

Why do more men than women die from coronavirus?

Men and women differ in their sex chromosomes and the genes that lie on them. Women have two copies of a mid-sized chromosome (called the X). Men have only a single X chromosome and a small Y chromosome that contains few genes. The Y chromosome contains hardly any genes other than SRY but it is full of repetitive sequences (“junk DNA”). Perhaps a “toxic Y” could lose its regulation during ageing. This might hasten ageing in men and render them more susceptible to the virus. But a bigger problem for men is the male hormones unleashed by SRY action. Testosterone levels are implicated in many diseases, particularly heart disease, and may affect lifespan. Men are also disadvantaged by their low levels of estrogen, which protects women from many diseases, including heart disease. ........Read more

Facebook to buy 10% stake in telco unit of India's Reliance Industries for $5.7 billion

Facebook (FB.O) will buy a 10% stake in the digital business of India’s Reliance Industries (RELI.NS) for $5.7 billion, as the social media firm looks to leverage its highly popular WhatsApp chat service to offer digital payment services. The deal will help the Indian conglomerate cut debt that has piled up in its expensive push to secure top spot for its Jio Infocomm telecom business. Facebook's investment will make it the largest minority shareholder in Jio Platforms Ltd, Jio said in a statement on Wednesday, putting the enterprise value of the business at around $66 billion. Jio Platforms holds a host of Reliance's digital assets including Jio Infocomm. ........Read more

COVID-19 death toll rises to 519, number of cases climbs to 16,116 in India: Health Ministry

The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 519 and the number of cases climbed to 16,116 in the country on Sunday, registering an increase of 31 deaths and 1,324 cases since Saturday evening, according to the Union health ministry.The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 13,295 while 2,301 people have been cured and discharged, and one patient has migrated, the ministry said. Of the 519 deaths, the highest number of 211 was reported from Maharashtra, followed by Madhya Pradesh (70), Gujarat (58), Delhi (43) and Telangana (18).........Read more

Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi Nominated to the Rajya Sabha by President Ram Nath Kovind

Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha by President Ram Nath Kovind. Gogoi, the first person from northeast to reach the top of judiciary, retired as the chief justice of India last November. A notification to this effect was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. "In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (a) of clause (1) of article 80 of the Constitution of India, read with clause (3) of that article, the President is pleased to nominate Shri Ranjan Gogoi to the Council of States to fill the vacancy caused due to the retirement of one of the nominated members," the notification said. ........Read more

Forget coronavirus, homoeopathy can’t cure anything. It’s a placebo, at best

A system of alternative medicine, homoeopathy courts deep popularity in India, so much so that many are known to believe that it’s an Indian system. According to the government, it’s the second most popular form of medicine in the country with as much as 10 per cent of the population relying on it. It claims to treat diseases for which allopathy, or Western medicine, currently offers no cure — from diabetes and psoriasis to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).  Among followers, it is seen as a form of natural therapy, invoking a sense of Eastern mysticism with its promise of painless treatment.........Read more

Breaking news: Islamic group Popular Front of India moves Supreme Court of India, pleads to be heard in Ayodhya case

Islamic organisation Popular Front of India (PFI) on Friday (March 6, 2020) filed a curative petition in the Supreme Court of India in the Ayodhya case. In its petition, the PFI stated that even though it was not one of the parties in the main Ayodhya and dispute case, yet the verdict delivered by the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court on November 9, 2019, adversely affected its rights. The petition also pleads that it should be heard in an open court while also arguing that the apex court should put a stay on its verdict in the Ayodhya case which granted the ownership of the 2.77 acres of land which was at the centre of the dispute to the Hindus, paving the way for the construction of a Ram Temple.........Read more

Coronavirus Outbreak: ‘Schools in Delhi to Remain Shut Till March 31,’ Says Sisodia

As the confirmed cases of coronavirus have reached 30 in the country, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday said all government and private schools up to class 5 will remain closed till March 31. He said the move is taken as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the national capital. “As a precautionary measure to prevent the possibility of spread of COVID-19 amongst our children, the Delhi government has directed the immediate closure of all primary schools (Govt/ aided/ private/MCD/NDMC) till 31/3/20,” Sisodia said in a tweet.........Read more

US and Taliban sign deal to end 18-year Afghan war

The US and its Nato allies have agreed to withdraw all their troops from the country within 14 months if the militants uphold the deal. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Taliban leaders attended the signing ceremony in Doha in Qatar. Talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are due to follow. Under the agreement signed in Doha, the militants also agreed not to allow al-Qaeda or any other extremist group to operate in the areas they control. The US invaded Afghanistan weeks after the September 2001 attacks by the Afghanistan-based al-Qaeda group. More than 2,400 US troops have been killed during the conflict. About 12,000 are still stationed in the country. President Trump has promised to put an end to the conflict.........Read more

Malaysia's Muhyiddin named PM in shock that sidelines old rivals

Malaysia’s king named former interior minister Muhyiddin Yassin as the new prime minister on Saturday in a shock decision that sidelined old rivals Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim after a week of political turmoil. The decision came five days after the resignation of 94-year-old Mahathir, the world’s oldest head of government, who broke an alliance with Anwar, 72, that swept the former ruling party from power in a 2018 election victory. Muhyiddin, 72, was the home minister in the Mahathir government. Before that, he was the country’s deputy prime minister in the administration of Najib Razak, who was defeated by Mahathir in the 2018 national election. ........Read more

24 Hours Of CAA Clashes In Delhi, 7 Dead; Arson And Looting Too: 10 Points

Northeast Delhi continues to see intense violence this morning a day after protesters for and against the controversial citizenship law clashed and threw stones at each other, set vehicles and shops on fire. Seven people, including a cop, were killed and nearly 100 were injured in Monday's unprecedented violence. Over 48 police personnel were injured and have been hospitalised. Union Home Minister Amit Shah will meet Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Lieutenant Governor and representiatves of political parties at noon.Three firefighters have been injured after a group of people set a fire engine ablaze and threw stones at another. The violence began on Monday hours before United States President Donald Trump, was expected in the capital. Mr Trump is expected to spend the day in Delhi for the operative part of his state visit. ........Read more

Not a Political Event: US Embassy after Kejriwal and Sisodia 'Dropped' from Accompanying Melania to School

The United States Embassy on Sunday said while it has no objection to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia accompanying First Lady Ivanka Trump on her visit to a Delhi government school, it should not be seen as a political event. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) sources had earlier said that Kejriwal and Sisodia would not accompany Melania Trump on her visit to the south Delhi school on Tuesday. Melania, who is arriving in India on February 24 as part of President Donald Trump’s official visit, will interact with students and observe a “happiness class”. ........Read more

New research suggests stars don't collapse, they explode!!!

By conducting experimental research with matter 10 million times denser and 25 times denser than that found at the centre of the sun, researchers have determined the nature of the nuclear processes that occur within intermediate-mass stars. Our understanding of the deaths of both low and high mass stars are fairly sound, but the team’s findings could change how we think about the fate of stars that lie in between. They suggest that such stars may not collapse, as previously believed, but instead end their lives in a spectacular explosion.........Read more

Shock as Harry and Meghan axe all 15 UK staff

It is the surest sign yet that the couple and their son Archie are unlikely ever to return to the UK to live. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex broke the news to their team in person in January following the announcement that they were stepping down as senior working royals. While one or two may be absorbed back into the royal household, most are now negotiating redundancy packages. They are the latest casualties of Harry and Meghan's bombshell decision to move to North America and make their fortunes outside the Royal Family.........Read more

Jamia students, Delhi Police face off over anti-CAA march to Parliament

Students from Jamia Milia Islamia clashed with Delhi Police after being stopped from carrying an anti-CAA march towards Parliament on Monday. The police, which had deployed heavy security around the campus, stopped protesting students near the Holy Family Hospital in Okhla. The students, in retaliation, railed against the police and jumped barricades. The police, however, urged them to restrict the protests to the university as permission for the march to Parliament had been rejected.........Read more

Wuhan coronavirus whistleblower doctor dies as confirmed cases top 30,000

A Wuhan doctor who attempted to warn authorities about a potential new coronavirus outbreak died on Friday from the infection, as the number of virus-related deaths continued to rise taking the total in China to over 600. Li Wenliang, 34, was a Wuhan doctor who was widely hailed as a hero after it emerged he was targeted by police for spreading "rumors" about the virus, when he was in fact sharing accurate information to try and raise the alarm.........Read more

Sony surprises with an electric concept car called the Vision-S

Called the Sony Vision-S, it’s an electric concept sedan that is meant to showcase the Japanese tech conglomerate’s many different strengths, from entertainment products to camera sensors and more. In fact, the Vision-S features 33 different sensors inside and outside of the car, multiple widescreen displays, 360 audio, and always-on connectivity, with some pieces coming from industry players like BlackBerry and Bosch.........Read more

General Bipin Rawat says tension at LoC can escalate anytime, asks Indian Army to be alert

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday asked the forces to remain on high alert to face any kind of situation as the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) can deteriorate anytime. Rawat's remarks came in the backdrop of an increase in the frequency of unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in the recent days.........Read more

Kerala solar scam: Saritha Nair, husband sentenced to three years in prison

Along with Saritha, her husband Biju Radhakrishnan and manager Ravi were also convicted by the court. Ravi was also sentenced to undergo three years of imprisonment and the duo were fined Rs 10,000 each. ........Read more

BJP-JDU Alliance in Deep Waters as Parties Lock Horns Over 'Inept' Handling of Bihar Floods

Union minister Giriraj Singh’s attack on the Nitish Kumar government for its “inept” handling of the Bihar floods has led to skirmishes between the alliance partners, with the JDU finally hitting back at the criticism. ........Read more

Assam govt to provide legal aid to those excluded from final NRC list: MHA

The Assam government will provide legal aid to the needy people from amongst those who have been excluded from the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), according to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). "State government has also made necessary arrangements to provide legal aid to the needy people amongst those excluded from NRC final list, by providing all assistance through the District Legal Services Authorities (DLSA)," a tweet by the official handle of the spokesperson of MHA on Tuesday read. It added that no person whose name has been excluded from the NRC list will be detained by the authorities and can challenge his exclusion from the list using the remedial measures provided. "Persons left out of NRC final list NOT to be detained under any circumstance till they exhaust all remedies available under law. Such persons to continue to enjoy all rights as earlier, like any other citizen, example right to employment, education, property etc," another tweet read. The spokesperson, in another tweet, added that 200 new Foreigners' Tribunal in addition to the ones which are already functional will be opened to hear the appeal of the people in Assam.........Read more

Kashmir: Desperation behind Imran Khan’s war rhetoric

On August 5, the Narendra Modi government issued a Presidential Order under Article 370 and ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The government said integration of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of India is now complete. Pakistan called it annexation of Kashmir by India and its prime minister, Imran Khan threatened India the very next day with another war using nuclear weapons. India and Pakistan have fought three wars over Kashmir as Pakistan has repeatedly attempted to take the region by force, failing every time. In his Independence Day speech, Imran Khan raised the clamour for war a notch higher saying, The time has arrived to teach you (India) a lesson. Except Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the foreign minister of Pakistan and a veteran in nation’s politics, other members of the Imran Khan government have repeated the war rhetoric of their prime minister. Qureshi, on more than one occasion, said Pakistan should not have an illusion that the world, including Islamic countries would support it over Kashmir. One minister went on to announce that war between India and Pakistan would begin in October-November this year, at the start of winter it is highly unlikely unless Pakistan is planning an attack in the Punjab-Rajasthan-Gujarat segment of the International Border. Mountains of Jammu and Kashmir present too harsh a weather for war in winters.........Read more

After UNSC and US snub, Pakistan goes to UN human rights body against India

Pakistan has deployed former foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua, also a former permanent representative of Pakistan at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), to get the Geneva-based UN body to issue a resolution against India on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir as the country tries to keep the issue alive on the international stage, top diplomats in New Delhi, Geneva and New York said. The move – reported previously, although details of Janjua’s participation are only available now — comes after the country’s abject failure to secure an outcome from a UN Security Council meeting on August 16. Pakistan’s focus is now on the 42nd session of the UNHRC in Geneva to get a resolution from the 47-member body. UNHRC meets from September 9 to September 27 — the day Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will speak at the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Decoding Modi’s diplomatic curveball & Imran Khan’s nuclear bluff “Pakistan knows that it will be booted out from the General Assembly on Kashmir and has hence decided to focus on a smaller body with India as a member in a bid to secure a resolution or statement on what is essentially an internal matter of India,” said a senior UN diplomat, who asked not to be named. HT has previously reported that Pakistan Prime Minister Khan will focus almost exclusively on Kashmir during the address. ........Read more

NDTV promoters Prannoy and Radhika Roy, former CEO booked for alleged FDI norms violation

The CBI has booked NDTV promoters Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy and others for allegedly violating foreign direct investment (FDI) rules in a 2007-09 investment, an allegation denied by the company. Besides the Roys, the agency registered an FIR against then CEO Vikramaditya Chandra as well as unidentified government officials on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and corruption, officials said on Wednesday. On Wednesday, a CBI team conducted searches at Chandra's residence, officials said. Under the CBI scanner are investments made by NCBU, a General Electric company at the time, in Network PLC (NNPLC), an NDTV company incorporated in London on November 30, 2006. The CBI has alleged that NNPLC in 2009 got approval from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) board in violation of FDI rules. It said NNPLC received total FDI worth USD 163.43 million and invested the amount in various NDTV subsidiaries through a web of complex transactions. In a statement, NDTV strongly denied the CBI's allegations.........Read more

Sony Acquires Insomniac Games

Sony has added another acclaimed studio to its development family. Ahead of Gamescom 2019, the company announced today that it has acquired Insomniac Games, the developer behind the Ratchet and Clank series and, most recently, PS4's critically acclaimed Marvel's Spider-Man. Insomniac Games is joining PlayStation's Worldwide Studios!" the official PlayStation Twitter account announced. "We are honored and thrilled to join forces with this legendary developer." @InsomniacGames is joining PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios! We are honored and thrilled to join forces with this legendary developer. Please join us in congratulating our friends and partners at Insomniac! pic.twitter.com/hhhqhxZE7k "Joining the WWS family gives Insomniac even greater opportunities to achieve our studio vision of making positive and lasting impressions on people's lives," Insomniac founder and CEO Ted Price said in a press release. "We've enjoyed a special relationship with PlayStation practically since our inception. Our partnership amplifies our potential, and Marvel's Spider-Man was a testament to this."........Read more

BSNL may shut down: It has no money to pay employees, all you need to know about BSNL crisis

There was a time, when the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), was among the few telecom operators in India earning profits in excess. The operator was earning profits in excess of Rs 10,000 crores per year. Fast forward to 2019 and BSNL is in serious financial trouble - with an excess debt of Rs 13,000 crore. In fact, it's in such a grave threat that BSNL may soon shut shops. The telecom operator has been witnessing rough waters since the last few years. With the arrival of Reliance Jio on the scene, the condition has only worsened for BSNL. Compared to its rivals, BSNL has been lagging way behind in terms of services and technological advancements. In an era where everyone is preparing for 5G network, BSNL is testing its 4G network across the country. So what has gone wrong with BSNL? What will happen to it? Will it survive this time? BSNL is in extreme financial trouble. The company has been in this situation for a while and the condition has worsened to an extent that it is not able to pay salaries to its employees. In fact, BSNL has requested the government's assistance for a financial aid, which in turn has turned to the banks for help. The government has requested a loan of Rs 850 crores just to pay the salaries of all its employees for the month of June. To keep the company floating for the next few months, a loan of Rs 2,500 crores has also been requested.........Read more

IAF recommends Wing Commander Abhinandan’s name for Vir Chakra medal

The India Air Force has recommended Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman for the Vir Chakra medal for shooting down an F-16 in an aerial engagement with the Pakistan Air Force on February 27. The Vir Chakra is the third highest gallantry award in the military during times of war after the Param Vir Chakra and the Mahavir Chakra. ........Read more

Indonesia’s PT Bio Farma gets cleanchit in polio vaccine contamination case

Drug inspectors working to unearth the mystery behind the contamination of polio vaccines have found nothing amiss at the Indonesian bulk-manufacturer. The focus now shifts to India’s Bio-Med for supplying polio vaccines contaminated with type 2 virus to an official immunization programme.........Read more

Migrant Workers Hailing From Bihar, UP Flee Gujarat After Mob Attacks Over Toddler’s Rape

Migrant workers especially hailing from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh boarded home-bound trains from Gujarat after they were targeted in several parts of the state following the arrest of a Bihar native for allegedly raping a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district last week.........Read more

Rupee crosses 74-mark against US dollar for first time as RBI holds rates, hits new low of 74.13

The rupee breached 74-mark against US dollar for the first time on Friday, as global oil prices continued to rise, deepening concerns about the current account deficit and capital outflows. The latest development comes after the Reserve Bank kept its key policy rate unchanged.........Read more

Razer Phone 2 gets ready to make an October 10 debut

A solidly equipped Android gaming phone made by Razer company is planning to announce its second phone on Oct 10.........Read more

Scientist Nambi Narayanan arrested 'unnecessarily' in ISRO spy case: SC

The Supreme Court Friday held that former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan was "arrested unnecessarily, harassed and subjected to mental cruelty" in a 1994 espionage case and ordered a probe into the role of Kerala police officers. The bench also awarded Rs 50 lakh compensation to 76-yr-old Narayanan.........Read more

Supreme Court clears Malayalam novel ‘Meesha,’ supports free flow of ideas

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to humour a plea to delete certain portions of Malayalam novel Meesha he perceived to be derogatory to temple-going Hindu women.........Read more

Small quantity of pesticides found in honey samples

After analysing 150 samples of honey purchased from the markets of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, Indian scientists found 12% of them (18 samples) contain pesticides in small quantities.........Read more

Indian among 3 foreigners abducted and killed in Kabul: Afghan Police

Militants abducted and killed three foreign nationals including an Indian working for an international food company in the Afghan capital, Kabul.........Read more

Extradition of Mallya progressing as per treaty: Govt

The process for the extradition of Vijay Mallya is progressing as per the India-UK extradition treaty and the matter is currently sub-judice, said Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh in Rajya Sabha.........Read more

F1: Sahara Force India Team Finds A New Owner

Billionaire Lawrence Stroll and father Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll has reported to have bought the Sahara Force India F1 team. Stroll will be replacing its current owners Vijay Mallya, Subrata Roy and Michael Mol. Both Roy and Mallya have been embroiled in financial illegalities respectively.........Read more

Russia maintained their winning streak at the FIFA World Cup 2018 as they beat Egypt 3-1 in a Group A game

World Cup hosts Russia kept up their free-scoring ways to move to the brink of a second round place with a 3-1 win over Egypt in their Group A match at the Saint Petersburg. Ahmed Fathi put the ball into his own net two minutes after halftime, followed by two goals in a three-minute spell from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba.........Read more

Deadly Encounter in past 38 Years : 16 Killed

In a most deadly encounter in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra over the past 38 years, at least, 16 Naxals were killed in an exchange of fire with the police of Maharashtra. A team of C-60 commandos, a specialised combat unit of the Gadchiroli police, carried out the most successful anti-Naxal operation in the district over the past 38 years. The encounter took place on Sunday in Tadgaon area of Bhamragad Tehsil. It is learnt that the combing operations are still under way.........Read more

Jaguar F-TYPE SVR Revealed

Being the 2017 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year, Jaguar F-PACE with the SVR treatment now becomes the fastest and most powerful F-PACE derivative yet. The price starts at £74,835 (Around Rs. 69 Lakhs) in the UK, while it will be available to order from June 2018. Engineered by Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), it has a 44 percent uplift in power.........Read more

Post 1991 liberalisation, public investment share declined while private increased, but not enough

The share of public investment in India's GDP has reduced to just 7% from 12% over time even as historically both public and private investments have contributed equally to total investment, says the World Bank.........Read more

India ranks 133rd in World Happiness Report, lags behind Pakistan and Bhutan

India dropped 11 places from its previous rank of 122 in the list of 156 countries and was behind the majority of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations, apart from war-ravaged Afghanistan, that stood at 145.........Read more

Rafale deal clean, people misinterpreted numbers to say India paid too much: Dassault CEO

The Rafale jet contract is a “very clean deal” conforming to “Indian and French laws” and those raising questions about it have misinterpreted numbers to conclude that India paid too much for the warplanes, Eric Trappier, the CEO of Dassault Aviation SA, which builds the Rafale.........Read more

Farmer dad in debt, Navjot Kaur repays with historic gold

For the past decade, Sukhchain Singh, a farmer from Bagaria village just outside the border town of Tarn Taran in Punjab, has been taking bank loans to support the training of his daughter, international wrestler Navjot Kaur. Over the years, he has run up a debt of Rs 13 lakh. On Friday, Navjot, 28, made her family’s burden lighter by becoming the first Indian woman to win gold in the senior Asian Championship.........Read more

Rotomac owner, son arrested in Rs 3,700 crore cheating case

The Bank Securities and Fraud Cell of CBI made another high-profile arrest in its probes in bank-frauds - this time Rotomac's promoter Vikram Kothari and his son Rahul Kothari for cheating a consortium of seven banks of Rs 3,695 crore.........Read more

Come up with a concrete plan to pay dues: PNB to Nirav Modi

Scam-hit Punjab National Bank (PNB) asked billionaire diamond jeweller Nirav Modi+ to come up with a concrete plan that can be implemented to settle the loss caused to it by fraudulent issuance of Letter of Undertakings (LoU) through one of its branches.........Read more

Cancer-killing virus acts by alerting immune system

A new study has shown that a cancer-killing ("oncolytic") virus currently in clinical trials may function as a cancer vaccine—in addition to killing some cancer cells directly, the virus alerts the immune system to the presence of a tumor, triggering a powerful, widespread immune response that kills cancer cells far outside the virus-infected region.........Read more

Amidst 'pakoda job' debate, World Bank says India needs to create more salaried jobs

The World Bank has said that with an ever-increasing number of the working population, the need of the hour is regular salaried jobs. According to data, between 2005 and 2012, over 13 million population entered the working age, while only 3 million jobs were created. It also said that the public sector, the largest provider of good jobs, employs only 5% of workers.........Read more

Diet may influence the spread of a deadly type of breast cancer, study finds

Scientists found that by limiting an amino acid called asparagine in laboratory mice with triple-negative breast cancer, they could dramatically reduce the ability of cancer to travel to distant sites in the body. Among other techniques, the team used dietary restrictions to limit asparagine.........Read more

Earthquake in Afghanistan, tremors felt in Delhi NCR and Srinagar

The quake hit at 0707 GMT (1237 IST) near Afghanistan’s northern border with Tajikistan in the Hindu Kush mountains at a depth of 191 kilometres, The tremors in the national capital region lasted for well over a minute. Reports from Srinagar said the tremors were intensive and people were seen coming out of their offices and homes soon after. Similar scenes were witnessed in Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and New Delhi.........Read more

Nagaland Governor to address issue of unrecognised villages

Nagaland governor, PB Acharya, has assured to look into the difficulties faced by numerous unrecognised villages in Nagaland bordering Myanmar under Mon district. He also appealed to various NGOs and charity organisations to open up schools in the border areas so people living there could also participate in the development of the state.........Read more

Delhi Court Restrains Ecommerce Behemoth Flipkart From Using MarQ Label

E-commerce major Flipkart may not be able to use its private label MarQ, marked for its large appliances category. Patiala Court, New Delhi has restrained Flipkart from using the name MarQ after Delhi-based large appliance manufacturer Marc Enterprises approached the Court alleging that it is the violation of the company’s trademark Marc, as MarQ sounds similar and deals with the same category.........Read more

Nainital Bank is said to be put up for sale by Bank of Baroda

Bank of Baroda joins government-run rivals including State Bank of India and Punjab National Bank in efforts to raise funds by selling non-core assets. Bank of Baroda owns 98.6 percent of the 96-year-old Nainital Bank, which had about Rs 7,700 crore ($1.2 billion) of assets at the end of March. ........Read more

Ola, ICICI Bank join hands to offer digital loans, credit cards and more

Online transportation app Ola has tied up with ICICI Bank to provide a range of integrated offers, including digital loans, credit cards, digital payment, and Ola ride booking via bank's app. ICICI Bank will launch a new co-branded credit card in association with Ola. With this credit card, customers will benefit from several exclusive offers such as cash back and accelerated reward points.........Read more

Absolutely Open to Hold Talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un: US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that he was absolutely open to hold talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un over nuclear programme but not without preconditions. “We have a very firm stance. But I absolutely would do that, I always believe in talking,” Trump said when asked about his willingness to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a press conference at Camp David over the Republican’s 2018 agenda.........Read more

Centre sanctions construction of 14,000 bunkers along LoC, International Border

Over 14,000 community and individual bunkers would be constructed along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) for border residents facing Pakistani shelling in Jammu division. While 7298 bunkers would be constructed along the LoC in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri, 7162 underground bunkers would be constructed along the IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts.........Read more

Load-shedding will be a crime, discoms can't bill you for losses from 2019

In a bid to end the bane of power outages even at a time of surplus production, the government will bring in a law to penalise distribution companies in the event of their indulging in "gratuitous load-shedding", Power Minister R K Singh said.........Read more

Chilling Murder In Rajasthan On Video. Man Hacks Labourer, Burns Him

A man in Rajasthan hacks another man to death and burns the body while keeping up an inflammatory communal rant against "love jihad", the term used by right-wing groups who accuse Muslim men of drawing Hindu women into relationships and converting them.........Read more

Girls made to clean toilets in Tamil Nadu govt school

A new controversy has erupted over a government school in Thiruvallur district where girl students were forced to clean toilets. The event came days after four girl students committed suicide in Vellore after being scolded by teachers for poor performance.........Read more

Rainbow Six Siege DLC For Year 3 Announced, New Maps And Operators Coming

Ubisoft has announced that Rainbow Six Siege will receive a third year of DLC and additional support next year. Over the course of 2018, eight new Operators, two new maps, and one "existing map makeover" will be added to the shooter........Read more

Railways to use GPS enabled fog devices in train during winter

"This device will alert the local pilot about the approaching signal since the signal light are not visible clearly due to fog," said an official from the Railways.........Read more

JK Rowling's 8 Rules of Writing

Ms. Rowling knows the publishing world and can speak from both sides of victory and defeat. She’s shared a lot of terrific writing wisdom, but in my opinion, these are her eight best rules.........Read more

Catalan ex-president Carles Puigdemont, 4 others in custody in Brussels

The Brussels prosecutors said Sunday that ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and four ex-regional ministers were taken into custody to start the process of their possible extradition to Spain.........Read more

Exploring how herpes simplex virus changes when passed between family members

A new study explores how herpes simplex virus might change when passed from one individual to another, information that may prove useful in future development of therapeutics and vaccines. This rare glimpse into a transmission event reveals nearly perfect genetic transmission of the virus from a father to his son and lays the foundation for future studies exploring the genetic diversity of this virus.........Read more

2 children killed, 5 civilians injured as Pak violates ceasefire in J&K's Poonch

A nine-year-old boy and a girl were killed, and five other civilians were injured on Monday in heavy shelling and firing by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district. The Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in Shahpur, Kirni and Qasba sectors. They targeted dozens of villages and forward posts along the LoC around 6:50 am.........Read more

Judwaa 2 movie review: Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline, Taapsee’s perfect ode to Salman Khan’s Judwaa

Salman Khan’s Judwaa (1997) wasn’t a great film, but it has nostalgia attached to it. This is why most of us were keen on seeing how close Varun Dhawan gets to Salman Khan in Judwaa 2. He doesn’t disappoint. The film also entertains without making a demand on your mental faculties. However, your ability to watch it twice or not will depend on your appetite for slapstick.........Read more

Sebi working on framework to regulate bitcoin market

Sebi wants to ensure that bitcoins, its derivatives or any other cryptocurrency are not being used as a medium for diverting black money or funding illegal activities through the virtual currency market........Read more

After UN Talks On Cyber Norms Collapse, India Starts Chalking Out Own Strategy

India has kicked off a process that will pick up the pieces from a set of decade-old United Nations cyber-warfare negotiations that failed earlier this year after several countries disagreed over the question of whether self-defence rights should be explicitly recognised when responding to state-sponsored cyber attacks.........Read more

These tiny, light-activated nanomachines can kill cancer cells within minutes

Scientists have developed tiny, light-activated nanomachines that can drill into cancer cells and kill them within minutes. The machines are so tiny that 50,000 of them together is still about the width of a single strand of human hair. Each machine is engineered to be sensitive to a protein located on a specific type of cell, which helped them find their target.........Read more

India most corrupt nation in Asia says Forbes article

The Forbes article, which rates India the highest in the list with 69 per cent bribery rate, describes India as: "In five of the six public services - schools, hospitals, ID documents, police, and utility services - more than half the respondents have had to pay a bribe."........Read more

Can't redesignate National Highways: Centre to State

The Centre has rejected the state government's request to denotify stretches of national highways to enable liquor outlets to reopen in Bengaluru and other parts of the state. At least 3,000 bars and pubs have remained closed since July 1, following a Supreme Court order in December 2016 directing states not to renew licences of liquor vends within 500 metres of national highways.........Read more

Microsoft releases AI-powered app to help blind ''see''

Microsoft has released a free iPhone app that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to tell the blind what is around them. If the phone is pointed at a park, the camera app, named Seeing AI, can describe how the scene looks like.........Read more

How to make your apps serverless

Entire applications can now be built without having to deploy code to your own servers. Welcome to the serverless revolution.........Read more

Price hikes in Ether and Bitcoin are not signs of a bubble

In the longer term, these are fluctuations around a strong growth trend. Crashes will cause some to abandon the field. But signals of longer term growth in these crypto-currencies and assets point to a possible emergence of a new type of market, through the building of a new economic infrastructure.........Read more

South India spends most on higher education

Education may be priceless, but the promise of a degree has seen parents across India foot large bills. On average, higher education accounts for 15.3% of the total household expenditure in rural and 18.4% in urban areas. In the south, the corresponding figures are 43% and 38%.........Read more

How Annu Rani became the first Indian woman javelin thrower to qualify for the World Championships

This is what Annu Rani, India’s national champion and record holder in javelin throw, had to say when asked why she took up the sport. And this is exactly what she has done – rising from Bahadarpur, a village Uttar Pradesh, to qualify for the Athletics World Champions in London later this year – the first Indian woman to achieve this.........Read more

NASA to launch new manned Mars rovers in 2020

The new manned version of Mars rovers has been revealed and is likely to be launched by NASA in 2020. Hollywood movies like Tron inspired the researchers to make this new generation of rovers.........Read more

No outcome from PCB meet; BCCI unlikely to pay compensation

The meeting between the top BCCI and PCB officials ended without any conclusive outcome after the Indian government on Monday refused to give clearance for any bilateral series with Pakistan. It is learnt that BCCI is unlikely to pay any damages as its stand has always been clear that government clearance is paramount when it comes to playing Pakistan. In fact, BCCI has asked PCB to withdraw compensation claim.........Read more

Excessive Facebook use makes you sad, unhealthy: study

People who check their Facebook profile more often are likely to be sad and unhealthy as compared to those who use the popular social networking site sporadically, a new study warns.........Read more

Jared Kushner said to have weighed creating secret channel with Russia

Jared Kushner considered setting up a secret line of communications between the incoming administration and the Russia, primarily to discuss a resolution to the crisis in Syria........Read more

Can Bangladesh Become An Economic Powerhouse?

In a report released earlier this month, PwC also predicted Bangladesh would be the 28th biggest economy by 2030 in terms of its Gross Domestic Product calculated at Purchasing Power Parity. This may not seem like a big deal given that Bangladesh already has the 31st largest economy in the world in terms of total GDP; however, thinking along that line may be misleading given the bigger picture.........Read more

'Made in India' iPhones could cost $100 less, will hit shelves this month

Apple holds 10 per cent of smartphone market in India, according to market researcher Counterpoint, and faces tough competition from arch-rival Samsung and other Chinese and local brands. Although the publication notes that the ‘Made in India’ iPhone SE models could cost as much as $100 (approx. Rs 6,500) lower than the current $320, the price is still debatable.........Read more

Latest Kantar data shows why India is so important to Apple’s future growth

India may be a small market for Apple right now, but the latest Kantar data shows why the company is placing such an emphasis on the country. While worldwide smartphone growth is just 3%, smartphone penetration in India grew by 16% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017.........Read more

OnePlus 5 alleged specs leaked online: 8 GB RAM, Snapdragon 835, 23 MP rear camera and more

The tweet by Evan Blass, reveals that the smartphone will come with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 clocked at 2.3 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage and an external memory card support, accepting cards of up to 128 GB. The specifications point out that the smartphone will come with a 5.5-inch 4K display panel with an effective resolution of 2560×1440. The smartphone will be powered by an bumped up 4000 mAh non-removable battery.........Read more

Did meeting between Sajjan Jindal and Sharif spur border tension?

The alleged mutilation of Indian soldiers across the Line of Control (LoC) happened less than a week since the unannounced meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian business tycoon Sajjan Jindal at the hill resort town of Murree.........Read more

Ticket reservation on demand on all trains by 2020: Suresh Prabhu

The railways would provide confirmed tickets on demand on all trains by 2020, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Friday. This would be possible once the existing network capacity is freed up for passengers by opening up dedicated freight corridors (DFCs) by 2019 and increasing the capacity on the existing routes.........Read more

Hazare says Kejriwal has lost credibility; Yadav trashes ‘faulty EVM’ claims

With AAP facing rout in MCD elections, Arvind Kejriwal’s former colleagues Anna Hazare, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan raised questions about the party leadership.........Read more

As temperatures soar, an ice cream war is heating up in India

The recipe for everyone’s favourite summer treat has two of the country’s biggest packaged food companies, Hindustan Unilever and Amul, battling it out in court. Ice cream-makers led by Hindustan Unilever, which sells the Kwality Wall’s brand, have accused the subsidiary of India’s biggest dairy cooperative of making it seem like milk is the only worthy ingredient.........Read more

Earthquake Measuring 6.1 Richter Scale Hits Near Iran Holy City

An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit near Iran's Shiite Muslim holy city of Mashhad. It was not immediately clear if there had been casualties or extensive damage from the quake, which struck at 10:39 am (0609 GMT) around 80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of Iran's second city in an area called Sepid Sang.........Read more

Here's the single vitamin that can help men last longer in bed

While pills and several new procedures are being explored to cure erectile dysfunction and experts are suggesting ways for men to have longer erections, the answer may lie in a single vitamin. Research has found that the levels of vitamin D in a man’s system determine risks of erectile issues.........Read more

Friendship comment was ‘blown out of proportion’, says Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday claimed his comment on friendship with the Australian team was “blown out of proportion” and he continues to be on good terms with a few cricketers from Down Under.........Read more

India v Australia: Shane Warne tips come in handy for Kuldeep Yadav

Newcomer Kuldeep Yadav on Saturday revealed he had learnt some tricks of the trade from none other than Aussie spin legend Shane Warne, after scripting a memorable debut against Australia in Dharamsala.........Read more

Al-Qaeda working to put explosives in batteries led to flight electronics ban

Intelligence obtained in recent weeks found that an al Qaeda affiliate was perfecting techniques for hiding explosives in batteries and battery compartments of electronic devices, which compelled the United States and UK to ban electronics in flights.........Read more

Yogi Adityanath talks of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’, Oppn says it’s a mockery of the slogan

“We will follow ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ agenda and will serve the state... Our government will work for all sections of the society without any discrimination. We will ensure balanced development of UP,” Adityanath, considered a hardline Hindutva mascot, said.........Read more

Micromax aims to sell 6 million Bharat handsets

Home-bred handset maker Micromax is aiming to sell 5-6 million units of its upcoming Bharat 1 4G VoLTE feature phone and Bharat 2 VoLTE smartphones in India over the next 5-6 months, which will help it increase its overall market share as well as compete better with Chinese and domestic handset makers, Micromax chief marketing officer Shubhajit Sen told.........Read more

China to co-produce ballistic missiles, aircraft with Pakistan after slamming Indias weapons programme

China and Pakistan have discussed co-producing ballistic missiles and advanced military aircraft as the new Pakistani Army Chief made his first visit to China, This comes barely months after Beijing blasted India's development of ballistic missiles and slammed the fourth test of Agni V as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.........Read more

Adityanath, Hindutva's Poster Boy, Not Right Enough for Rebels

Sitting under a canopied Shiv mandir on a crumbling state highway in Padrauna district in eastern Uttar Pradesh, I nod along to an observation I thought I’d never hear. Is Yogi Adityanath, the epitome of extreme-right political discourse in India, not ‘Hindutva’ enough? And yet, that’s exactly what Ajay Kumar Pandey aka Pappu Pandey, and other members of a rebel group in Hindu Yuva Vahini believe.........Read more

ESPNcricinfo "Captain Of The Year" award goes to Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli has been named as the 'Captain of the Year' at the 10th annual ESPNcricinfo Awards. Kohli led India to nine wins out of 12 Tests in the year goneby. Winners were selected by an independent jury including former cricket greats, ESPNcricinfo's senior editors, writers and global correspondents, comprising Ian Chappell, Mahela Jayawardene, Ramiz Raja, Isa Guha, Sambit Bal, Courtney Walsh, Mark Butcher and Simon Taufel among others.........Read more

Authorities probing HSBC for helping 4 Indians evade tax

Global banking giant HSBC has disclosed being probed by tax authorities in India and several other countries for allegedly helping four Indians and their families evade tax. The bank said the investigation includes its Swiss and Dubai units.........Read more

Wife of Telugu engineer asks 'do we belong here?'

The wife of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in an apparent hate crime by a Navy veteran at a bar in Olathe city, has said that she had her doubts about staying in the US but was assured by her husband that........Read more

High school drop-out from Dindigul designs paraglider for Rs 60,000

K A Raja Gnanaprakasam, a 35-year-old contract worker in Vayalur village panchayat near Palani, started working on the low cost paraglider at the age of 23 and completed his work just recently. While similar devices are sold in the market for Rs4lakh or more, he has managed to design one at a cost of Rs60,000.........Read more

Telangana JAC chairman Kodandaram arrested

Telangana JAC Chairman, Kodandaram was arrested by the police early in the morning as the JAC prepares to go ahead with its rally in the city protesting against the delay in filling up vacancies in the Government and a few other demands.........Read more

Pakistan's army chief Qamar Bajwa blames India for his country's terrorist menace

Pakistan's army chief is now blaming India for Islamabad's inability or unwillingness to act against terror that's been grown and nourished on its own soil. "We are fully aware of Indian design and her support to terrorism in Pakistan and the region," Qamar Bajwa said, according to a press release.........Read more

ECB and PCA in talks to resolve Indian Premier League pay dispute

Centrally contracted Test players like Stokes and Chris Woakes are deducted 0.5 per cent of their £700,000 a year salary by the ECB for each day they are on IPL duty. White ball players such as Jos Buttler and Jason Roy face losing one per cent every day for 21 days of IPL duty, which drops to 0.75 per cent thereafter. A white ball contract is worth an estimated £180,000.........Read more

Here's the full list of IPL Squads

All 8 franchises have finished shopping for the 10th edition of the Twenty20 league and have finalised the squads. England all-rounder Ben Stokes emerged as the most expensive player in the auction, getting Rs 14.5 crore from Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS).........Read more

3D-printed 'laugh star' becomes first artwork created in space

A 'laugh star' - 3D-printed representation of sound waves generated from human laughter - created aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has become the first ever piece of art to be produced outside Earth. The artwork was printed using the Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF), a gravity independent 3D printer, which supports the daily operations of the ISS by producing parts, tools and assemblies, effectively eliminating the need to wait months for those to be launched from Earth.........Read more

Afridi announces retirement from international cricket

The 36-year old has amassed 10,645 runs and taken 540 wickets in international cricket. The announcement came soon after the Pakistan Super League match between Peshawar Zulmi and Karachi Kings, in which Afridi blasted a brilliant 28-ball 54. "I have said goodbye to international cricket," Afridi said in Sharjah. "I am playing for my fans and will continue to play this league for another two years but it's goodbye from international cricket.........Read more

The eco-friendly Sal Tree theatre festival in Assam goes international

This was the first time that the Sal Tree festival invited international productions. Payanihal (Passengers), a Tamil play from Sri Lanka, which is heavily dependent on lighting effects to show its two characters mostly perched on top of each other, relied instead on a 10-footlong bamboo pole and a couple of cloth bags. Brazilian Marilyn Nunes hid all her production paraphernalia in two tiny boxes, bringing them out at regular intervals for her play, Estrelas (Stars). Over half the population of about 3,000 in the 14 villages around Rampur, situated on the fringes of sal forests, came to watch Nunes’ solo performance, the children among them watching openmouthed the unfolding magic. ........Read more

HTC U Ultra to be launched in India on February 21: Price, specifications and features

In terms of design, the smartphone comes in a metal and glass unibody design. It features a 5.7-inch Super LCD 5 display offering 2560×1440 pixel resolution with Gorilla Glass 5 or sapphire glass on top. It further features a secondary display offering 160×1040 resolution. The secondary display is powered by HTC’s new Sense Companion AI platform. The secondary display on the U Ultra shows companion alerts in small, intuitive and discreet ways.........Read more

Early talks on merger of Paytm and Snapdeal, with Alibaba and SoftBank as key players

About a month back, exploratory talks had been held on merging Paytm’s marketplace with Snapdeal in an all-stock transaction. People familiar with this development told ET that whether the deal will happen is not certain and that if all stakeholders agree, talks may resume again. ........Read more

Don’t trust BSP, it may join hands with BJP after polls: Akhilesh Yadav

Buaji (aunty - Mayawati) is saying she will sit in the opposition if she is unable to form government. Elections are not over yet, but she is ready to sit in the opposition. She cannot be relied upon. She can join hands with anyone. She had celebrated ‘Rakshabandhan’ with a BJP leader earlier and she can do it in the future also.........Read more

India won their sixth successive series beating Bangladesh by 208 runs

Ashwin and Jadeja combined to snuff out eight Bangladesh wickets, dismissing the home team for 250 in their second innings and win the one-off Test by a comprehensive 208-run margin.........Read more

Pakistan's Senate deputy chairman was denied a US visa

Pakistan's Senate deputy chairman and leader of Islamic party Jamiat Ulema Islam Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri was denied a US visa, leading to the cancellation of a two-member delegation's planned visit to New York to attend a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union at the UN headquarters.........Read more

Back to the past, banks have ridiculously increased the transaction charges

Taking advantage of the Government's push for cashless transactions, banks have increased their transaction charges substantially. Withdrawals from ATMs, using cards at petrol bunks, online transfers to other bank customers, and outstation cheque transactions will all cost more now. Though the central government has announced 0.75 per cent of money back on transaction charges imposed at petrol bunks for debit card usage, banks are collecting one per cent and refunding 0.75 per cent in one or two days to the account of the bank customer. Transactions through credit cards at petrol outlets are being charged at 2.5 per cent.........Read more

Bad news for India’s basmati rice exports as Iran imposes caps on imports, prices

India’s basmati rice exports to Iran, a major destination for the long-grained aromatic rice from the country, is expected to take a big hit after Tehran put upper limits for import and consumer prices of the cereal.........Read more

Flipkart says it can hold its own against Alibaba, Amazon

Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal on Wednesday said Indian e-commerce companies did not have to side with either Amazon or Alibaba in the impending war of online marketplaces. “In any sector within the Internet there is an opportunity to build business. I do not think it is a necessity to side with one company or another,” Bansal said during Internet and Mobile Association of India’s 11th India Digital Summit. ........Read more

WhatsApp may soon allow you to reply to status messages, mute them

Facebook-owned WhatsApp maybe finally taking after its parent company to turn more into a social networking zone, as reports suggest that the Jan Koum-founded instant messaging app may finally allow you to reply to status messages and in fact mute them from specified users.........Read more

Halo Wars 2 Cinematic Trailer Coming Next Week

Halo Wars 2 is coming out this month for Xbox One and PC. Given that Halo is one of Microsoft's biggest brands, you can expect the company to go all-out to promote it, this "epic" trailer will arrive on Monday, February 6.........Read more

Over 500 illegal pathology labs in Mumbai: Survey

Around 500 pathology labs in Mumbai are functioning illegally, a new survey has revealed. The labs are blatantly disregarding a state rule, which bars technicians, who have acquired a diploma in medical laboratory technology (DMLT)........Read more

Nawaz Sharifs go-ahead for Indian films in Pakistan; Kaabil, Raees to be screened

Pakistani press reported that the country's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, on Tuesday gave the official go-ahead to screening Indian films in the country even as the government maintains that there was never an official ban on Indian movies being released in the country.........Read more

Firstsource inks 10-year deal with Sky

Business process outsourcing company Firstsource Solutions Ltd Tuesday said it has signed a 10-year contract with Sky Subscriber Services Ltd of UK. The deal, first announced in July, will generate Rs11,000-12,000 crore revenue over 10 years.........Read more

Priyanka Chopra among 150 most fashionable women

Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, who has been turning heads on the red carpet with her elegant choice of outfits, has made it to the list of Harper's Bazaar. Other stars on the list include Brie Larson, Dakota Johnson, Emilia Clarke, Margot Robbie, Gal Gadot, Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning.........Read more

17 million face hunger in Horn of Africa due to drought

With very little rain in the last weeks and none expected for two months, more than 17 million people face hunger in the Horn of Africa, the UN food agency warned on Sunday. Severe drought since the failure of October-December rains is ravaging Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said in a statement.........Read more

Vijay Mallya breathes fire against SEBI ban order

Beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya has hit out at the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for barring him from securities market with regard to alleged fund diversion from United Spirits and termed the charges “baseless.”........Read more

Etah bus tragedy: Over 24 children dead as school bus collides with truck in UP

Over 24 schoolchildren were killed in a tragic road accident in Etah district's Aliganj, UttarPradesh. The school was open against the order of district administration to close schools due to cold. The DGP said that the priority was to rescue trapped children. Rescue operation is underway. "Strict action will be taken against the school," he said.........Read more

Foreign a/c, property, bullion can't be disclosed under PMGKY

Drawing a line for disclosure under the new tax evasion amnesty scheme, the government today said only unaccounted domestic cash holding can be declared through it and not jewellery, stocks, immovable property or overseas accounts. Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, undisclosed income deposited in any bank or post office account can be declared by paying 50 percent of it in taxes and surcharges.........Read more

English won’t undermine quality of regional education: CBCI on education panel recommendations

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India welcomed the suggestion put forth by a group of education secretaries on compulsory English education in all secondary schools saying it was “a step in the right direction.” In a statement released on Sunday, the CBCI said, “This is a step in the right direction as it will promote inclusiveness and extend international quality and competence to the students who otherwise would lose out in the highly competitive higher education and the job market.” The Catholic Church in India is the second-biggest provider of educational facilities in the country.........Read more

Navjot Singh Sidhu is 100% in Congress, will contest elections: Capt Amarinder

Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh today said Navjot Singh Sidhu is a member of the Congress now and will be contesting the state assembly polls.........Read more

Eighteen-kilometers long Antarctic ice block set to break off: Scientists

A massive ice block nearly 100 times the area of Manhattan is poised to break off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf, scientists reported today. A slow-progressing rift suddenly grew by 18 kilometers (11 miles) at the end of December, leaving the finger-shaped chunk — 350 metres thick — connected along only a small fraction of its length.........Read more

Turkey Extends Emergency Rule by Three Months

Emergency rule, first imposed after a failed military coup on July 15 and then extended in October, will continue after January. Emergency rule, first imposed in Turkey after a failed military coup on July 15 and then extended in October, enables the government to bypass parliament in enacting new laws and to limit or suspend rights and freedoms when deemed necessary.........Read more

Mamata Banerjee to protest against demonetisation in 10 states, starting Jan 9

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that she will protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation move, outside the office of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in Kolkata on January 9 and then in the capital on January 10 and 11. She added that she would also protest against demonetisation in 10 other states across the country. ........Read more

Idea adds 7.43 million new subscribers in November as total reaches 10 million, says COAI

The GSM operators have added over 10 million users during November to reach 801.8 million subscribers base, with Idea Cellular leading the pack, according to data by cellular operators association COAI.”Witnessing a healthy growth in telecom penetration, the GSM subscriber base in the country grew to 801.81 million in November 2016,” a COAI statement said. “Witnessing a healthy growth in telecom penetration, the GSM subscriber base in the country grew to 801.81 million in November 2016,” a COAI statement said. COAI — which released the November GSM subscriber base numbers today — said the number of GSM subscribers witnessed a jump of 10.18 million as compared to the previous month.........Read more

Nobel laureates indicts Aung San Suu Kyi over Rohingya issue

Nearly a dozen fellow Nobel peace laureates including activists have criticised Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the Rohingya issue. They say she has failed to ensure equal rights ........Read more

Lenovo is putting Windows Precision trackpads in its ThinkPad laptops

Lenovo said today that it was updating its line of ThinkPad laptops in 2017 to include newer processors, more authentication features, and improved trackpads — something that has been a point of...........Read more

Flipkart Says Delhi-NCR Had Highest Number of Shoppers in 2016

The National Capital has again raced ahead of all with most number of shoppers taking to e-commerce, closely followed by Bengaluru. Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad are the other metro cities that made the cut, Flipkart, in its #FlipTrends2016 ........Read more

BJP-SAD alliance sweeps Chandigarh Municipal Corporation poll

The BJP-Shiromani Akali Dal alliance Tuesday attained clear majority in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation polls winning 20 out of the 26 wards. BJP won in 20 wards, rival Congress 4 and Independent one, an election office spokesman said. Prominent among those who won were BJP Mayor Arun Sood, and Congress stalwart Devinder Singh Babla. The overall polling percentage in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation election was 59.54 per cent.........Read more

Rumblings over 'hasty' swearing-in of O Panneerselvam

The presence of an array of Sasikalaa relatives at Rajaji Hall in Chennai, where Jayalalithaa’s body was placed for public view, has upset a large section of partymen, some senior leaders told TOI. The relatives took centrestage even as political leaders and others became a sideshow.........Read more

New Zealand tightens visa rules for Indian students, cites poor English

Between the start of July and the end of October, the country approved 3,102 visas, as against 6,462 approved in the same period last year.........Read more

Intelligence warned of imminent attack, spotlight now on poor security at camps

Intelligence services had been monitoring at least one Lashkar-e-Taiba cell in the Valley which had been plotting an attack on the XVI Corps headquarters in Nagrota for at least two weeks before the Tuesday attack that claimed the lives of seven Army personnel, highly placed government sources have told The Indian Express.........Read more

Flipkart valuation slashed to $5.54 bln by investor Morgan Stanley

A mutual fund managed by Morgan Stanley has slashed value of its Flipkart shares by another 38.2%, pegging the valuation of India's most valuable Internet company at $5.54 billion in the most significant markdown till now. Morgan Stanley has marked the value of their Flipkart shares at $52.13 per share as of September 2016, as compared to $84.29 per share in June 2016 and down 63.4% from $142.24 per share as of June 2015, filings made by the fund show. ........Read more

Cyrus Mistry, Nusli Wadia likely to address shareholders at Tata Steel EGM

Tata Steel issues statement stating that Cyrus Mistry intends to make both written and oral representation to the shareholders in respect of his removal........Read more

Nasscom cuts growth rate of India’s IT services sector to 8%-10%

The US presidential elections and Brexit were among the factors behind the lowered projection for the financial year ending March 2017.........Read more

Tata empire split in two as Cyrus Mistry stays chairman of group units

Tata Sons doesn’t hold a majority of the stock in Tata Power, Tata Motors and other group units, making the task of evicting Cyrus Mistry more difficult........Read more

Close up of the new mineral merelaniite

A team led by a physicist from Michigan Technological University has discovered a new mineral, named for the region in Tanzania where it comes from.........Read more

1995 Hindutva verdict: Supreme Court refuses to go into permissibility of religion in political speeches

A seven-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday said it cannot be expected to give an “exhaustive list” of dos and don'ts of political speeches. The court expressed its restraint........Read more

AAP in new packaging: Is Swaraj Abhiyan cloning old party by targeting Varun Gandhi?

Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav claimed that BJP MP Varun Gandhi's was honey-trapped and blackmailed into leaking sensitive defence information. They followed the same pattern as their erstwhile party, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and its chief Arvind Kejriwal had used in their good old days: Name a celebrity or more, level serious allegations against the said celebrity, question big official deals made by them, make waves in the news and then walk away.........Read more

Delhi runs rife with epidemic; over 7,000 chikungunya cases, over 3,000 of dengue

Over 7,400 people have been afflicted with chikungunya in the national capital even as dengue cases continued to spread in the city with a little over 3,000 persons having contracted the virus this season.........Read more

One prisoner dies every 26 hours in Uttar Pradesh: Report

According to a Times of India report, on an average, one prisoner dies every 26 hours in Uttar Pradesh. The state prison department’s response to an RTI query stated that more than 2,050 prisoners have died in Uttar Pradesh since 2010. ........Read more

The Kerosene Subsidy Reform Plan May Well Be The Modi Govt’s Best Effort Yet

The four elements of the subsidy reform plan have been the following: deregulation of diesel, the product that effectively ruined the UPA’s fiscal deficits (done in October 2014); the return of market-based pricing in LPG based on direct cash transfers and elimination of ineligible recipients (done from April 2015), voluntary giving up of subsidies by the rich (ongoing, with over 10 million LPG users paying the full market price); and a multi-pronged approach to eliminate the kerosene subsidy without actually nicking the poor where it hurts most.........Read more

U.S. presidential election may get decided before Nov. 8

As the U.S. presidential debates between Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican counterpart Donald Trump get increasingly fiery, and news shocks emerge in the final month of the........Read more

Najeeb Jung dissolves Delhi Waqf Board, refers to CBI over

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today dissolved the Delhi Waqf Board constituted by the Kejriwal government and referred to the CBI the matter related to irregularities in the body, setting the stage for another round of confrontation between the AAP dispensation and the Centre.........Read more

Monk, 120, Credits Longevity To No Spices and No Sex

A Hindu monk who claims to be 120 ― which would make him the oldest man to have ever lived ― credits his longevity to no sex or spices and to performing yoga daily for hours. Swami Sivananda, who barely has a wrinkle on his face, was born on August 8, 1896, according to his passport. He is now applying to Guinness World Records to verify his claim, reports AFP. Guinness currently lists Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura, who died in June 2013 at the age of 116 years and 54 days, as the oldest man to have ever lived. ........Read more

Telangana: Godavari water level rises sharply, 12,000 shifted to relief camps

The water level in River Godavari at Bhadrachalam in Khamma district rose to 30 feet by Monday evening due to heavy inflows from the upper reaches of Godavari. The water level has risen sharply by seven feet within a span of 12 hour.........Read more

Non-blurry photos of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL leak

Today is apparently Pixel leak day. After getting some new details on pricing and spotting the phone in a Nest ad, some actual photos of the phones have em... by Ryan Whitwam in Google, Leaks, News........Read more

Netaji backs one brother, Akhilesh supports the other

Samajwadi Party boss Mulayam Singh Yadav’s two brothers, Ram Gopal and Shivpal, standing on opposite sides in the family Mahabharat, are a study in contrast. While Ram Gopal is part of the party’s brains trust, Shivpal has sweated it out with the SP chief at the grassroots to build the party.........Read more

Cameron is to QUIT the House of Commons with IMMEDIATE effect

The former Prime Minister said he did not want to be a 'distraction' to Theresa May and would trigger a by-election in his Witney seat. He said he wanted to forge a 'life outside Westminster'.........Read more

Marilyn Monroe’s iconic Happy Birthday dress up for auction. Have $2-3 mil?

The flesh-coloured, skin-tight beaded gown Marilyn Monroe wore during her breathless rendition of Happy Birthday to President John F Kennedy is going on the auction block this fall.........Read more

Water Wars Are Coming: 60% of South Asian Groundwater is Unusable

Sixty percent of groundwater in South Asia is unusable, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience. The future of water security in the region is extremely precarious, a growing body of research shows.........Read more

Pak PM Sharif appoints 22 MPs as special envoys to ‘fight Kashmir cause’

Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif appointed 22 parliamentarians as special envoys on Saturday “for fighting the Kashmir cause in different parts of the world”.........Read more

Girl Police Volunteers or Power Angels Stop 1172 Child Marriages in UP

Thousands of young girls have been enrolled as Special Police Officers (SPOs) by the UP Police under its ‘power angels’ initiative to check crimes against women. They have already succeeded in stopping 1172 child marriages across the state.........Read more

Boxer’s brother complains of transformer shifting; Haryana power official suspended

A Haryana power department employee has been suspended after boxer Manoj Kumar’s brother alleged that some persons have shifted a transformer from in front of their house in Kaithal district, as a result of which their parents “could not watch his bout” in Rio Olympics. An official later said a transformer had been installed again at the spot.........Read more

NPPA cuts prices of cancer, HIV, cardiac drugs by around 25%

Prices of 24 essential drugs used for treatment of cancer, HIV, bacterial infections, anxiety and cardiac conditions have been capped by the government, reducing the cost by an average of around 25 per cent.........Read more

You can now trek to the Siachen Glacier with the Indian Army; heres how

Go trekking to one of the highest, coldest and toughest battlefield in the world with the Indian Army. Heres how.........Read more

What would lord Krishna and Vishnu have done in your boardroom?

Mythologies often act as signposts of human behaviour and interaction. Years after mythological stories were born, people continue to interpret and re-interpret them to suit the current. In his book The Leadership Sutra, mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik........Read more

Juno spacecraft crosses Jupiter / Sun gravitational boundary

Since its launch five years ago, there have been three forces tugging at NASA's Juno spacecraft as it speeds through the solar system. The sun, Earth and Jupiter have all been influential—a gravitational trifecta of sorts. At times, Earth was close enough to be the frontrunner. More recently, the sun has had the most clout when it comes to Juno's trajectory. Today, it can be reported that Jupiter is now in the gravitational driver's seat, and the basketball court-sized spacecraft is not looking back.........Read more

Jammu and Kashmir seeks Rs 7 crore from Centre to set up separate prison for terror convicts

It submitted its proposal to the Home Ministry, following reports that ordinary prisoners face the risk of being influenced by extremist inmates.........Read more

Google beats Oracle in $9 billion Android trial

A U.S. jury handed Google a major victory on Thursday in a long-running copyright battle with Oracle Corp over Android software used to run most of the world's smartphones.........Read more

Re-looking at Indian operations due to diesel ban: Toyota

With the ban on diesel vehicles with engines above 2,000 cc extended to Kerala, Japanese auto major Toyota is........Read more

Watch: Akshay Kumar and Jacqueline Fernandez's Hilarious Faceswap

Akshay and Jacqueline are back together with 'Housefull 3'.........Read more