Toyota Urban Cruiser Launched In India; Priced From Rs. 8.40 Lakh

The second product from the Toyota-Suzuki partnership has been launched in India today as the Urban Cruiser is made available in Mid, High, and Premium trims in the price range between Rs. 8.40 lakh and Rs. 11.30 lakh (ex-showroom). Bookings for the Urban Cruiser are already taken across Toyota’s showrooms present in the country for an initial token of Rs. 11,000. The Urban Cruiser follows the lines of the Glanza as the brand’s second rebadged vehicle from Maruti Suzuki. The five-seater resembles the Vitara Brezza in every way except for minor design changes to differentiate itself from the donor. The exterior comprises of LED projector headlights with integrated DRLs, twin slat front grille similar to the Fortuner, redesigned front bumper with faux skid plate and LED fog lights. Other design highlights are 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, glossy black rear view mirrors, black side cladding and LED tail lamps. The overall proportions of the Urban Cruiser are identical to that of its donor alongside the boxy proportions and tall pillars enabling good interior room for the occupants. The equipment list of the Toyota Urban Cruiser is also similar to the Vitara Brezza.........Read more

Doctors Build World’s First Bionic Eye That Can Make 100% Blind People See

It is no secret that life is challenging for . For those of us who can see, we don't fully understand just how important is the gift of sight. Researchers around the world with but none of them has yet been able to come to the market to help better people’s lives. Well, it looks like one contender has come awfully close.  Arthur Lowery, professor at Monash University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, said in a statement, “Our design creates a visual pattern from combinations of up to 172 spots of light (phosphenes) which provides information for the individual to navigate indoor and outdoor environments, and recognize the presence of people and objects around them.”  Researchers are looking to advance their system to help people with untreatable neurological conditions like limb paralysis, quadriplegia, to help make their lives better, “If successful, the MVG [Monash Vision Group] team will look to create a new commercial enterprise focused on providing vision to people with untreatable blindness and movement to the arms of people paralyzed by quadriplegia, transforming their health care,” say researchers. ........Read more

Truecaller Spam Activity Indicator Stats On Android Tell You A Spammer's Peak Calling Hours Too

Truecaller, an incredibly popular app for detecting and blocking spam calls and messages on smartphones, has received a rather interesting feature at a time when dealing with spam calls is a struggle we all take part in on a daily basis. The company calls this the Spam Activity Indicator and it is now rolling out as part of the latest update for smartphone users. This new feature is designed to give you detailed statistics on every number marked as spam by any Truecaller user around the world. The data includes how many calls any spammer has made in the last 30 days, how many Truecaller users are still reporting the caller as spam and what time of the day they usually call. These statistics are available as part of the Spam Activity Indicator which can be accessed on profile of any number that you search for in Truecaller and which has also been marked as spam. Truecaller says they are also working on an update to bring this feature to the Live Caller ID on Android phones as part of a future update, which will put these features right on the call screen of your Android phone as you get an incoming call. The ability to access these statistics gives users a better idea of how active a particular spammer is, and could help them avoid getting scammed in the process.........Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra design revealed ‘accidentally’

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra posters were first spotted by tipster Max Weinbach and he posted them on Twitter. The posters reveal the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with three cameras at the back panel with a laser autofocus system. The rectangular camera module design looks stunning and clean. The posters show the Note 20 Ultra in Mystic Bronze colour. The S pen stylus also appears in the same colour and looks extremely stylish. There should be more colour options but we will need to wait for Samsung to officially confirm details. Last month rumours suggest the Galaxy Note 20 series smartphones will come in several colour options including Black, Copper, Grey, and Mint Green. Posters revealed Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with volume rockers and the power button on the right side of the device. The left is not visible. The rear camera module also seemingly incorporates periscope-style lens setup that could power Space Zoom on this Note.........Read more

Do you have TikTok, other banned Chinese apps on your phone? Here is what happens next

So one thing stands clear that you can longer download TikTok on your phone. So what to do if you still have the apps in your phone? The TikTok app on our Android phone was still working when we checked. But they might not work any longer as the government has only banned them but will soon block them with the help of the network operators. The Chinese apps will be blocked on the networks including 4G and wired internet connections, which are managed by telecom industries including Airtel, Jio and Vodafone. When the apps are blocked at the networks, there were be no way that you can use it unless you decide to use a VPN.........Read more

Modi Govt Bans 59 Chinese Apps In India: A Blow To China’s Digital Silk Route Ambitions?

The Ministry of Information Technology of the Government of India has banned as many as 59 apps in India. This has been done deriving powers under the section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 citing the concerns about the security, integrity and defense of India. The apps that now stand banned in India, across the Google Android ecosystem and the Apple iPhone as well as the iPad platforms now include TikTok, Shareit, WeChat, Helo, Likee, UC News, Bigo Live, UC Browser, ES File Explorer and Mi Community. ........Read more

Cancer acts like bacteria to resist drugs

Cancer cells can turn on error-prone DNA copy pathways to adapt to cancer treatment in much the same way as bacteria develop antibiotic resistance, new research has revealed. The process is known as stress-induced mutagenesis and can lead to drug resistance, according to a team led by David Thomas from Australia’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Writing in the journal Science, they say a range of cancers, including melanoma, pancreatic cancer, sarcomas and breast cancer, have the ability to generate a high number of errors when they copy their DNA when exposed to cancer treatments.........Read more

New coronavirus losing potency, top Italian doctor says

The new coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, a senior Italian doctor said on Sunday. “In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” said Alberto Zangrillo, the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan in the northern region of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of Italy’s coronavirus contagion. “The swabs that were performed over the last 10 days showed a viral load in quantitative terms that was absolutely infinitesimal compared to the ones carried out a month or two months ago,” he told RAI television. ........Read more

Health groups ask India to rescind Gilead's patents for COVID-19 drug remdesivir

Two health advocacy groups have written to the Indian government asking it to rescind patents given to Gilead Sciences for the drug remdesivir so it can be distributed more fairly to coronavirus patients around the world, particularly in poorer nations. Drug patents in India are an important issue as many countries depend on generic drugmakers to make and sell cheaper versions of critical drugs to them. Gilead’s three patents in India for remdesivir stem from 2009 when the drug was in development to treat Ebola. ........Read more

World’s fifth richest man was ‘afraid’ of the iPhone

In the interview, Buffet said that he was actually ‘afraid of the iPhone. He said that he was nervous about people calling him on the iPhone. “I would be afraid it would ring, and I wouldn’t know what to do with it,” Buffett told Yahoo! Buffet also said that that it was his failure to understand and called Cook “a terrific guy” and the iPhone as an “unbelievable product”. For many years he has been using a basic flip phone from Samsung. In an interview given to CNBC last year, Buffet confirmed that he finally ditched the flip phone and has been using an iPhone 11. ........Read more

73 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours: India sees highest single-day spike in toll

The total number of novel coronavirus cases climbed to 31,332 on Wednesday while Covid-19 deaths in India crossed the 1,000-mark. According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India recorded 73 deaths in the last 24 hours, ending Wednesday morning, taking the death toll to 1,007. As of Wednesday morning, total cases of coronavirus in India include 22,629 active Covid-19 cases while 7,695 patients have been cured or discharged and one patient migrated. The total number of cases includes 111 foreign nationals.........Read more

UFOs Are Real: Does This Mean Aliens Have Been Visiting Earth All Along?

This is a historic moment. This is the first official confirmation that alien unidentified flying objects (UFOs) have indeed been seen and encountered in the skies above earth. The US Government has released three videos, recorded by infrared cameras at different points of time by US Navy pilots as they encountered unidentified flying objects rapidly moving in the skies. This is the first time UFO videos have been declassified by any government around the world, after decades of speculation about the UFOs. The videos, titled "FLIR," "GOFAST" and "GIMBAL" have been officially released on the Naval Air Systems Command website. ........Read more

Centre Says India Would Have Had 1 Lakh Covid-19 Cases by Now Without Lockdown in Place

The government said on Friday the nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a timely step, without which there would have been an estimated one lakh COVID-19 cases in India by now. In a press briefing, officials said the virus outbreak is under control in the country and credited a robust surveillance network along with implementation of the lockdown and other containment measures for it. ........Read more

Reports | ICC exploring all options to host T20 World Cup in Australia

An ICC spokesperson confirmed that they are exploring all possible options for hosting the T20 World Cup, with the scheduled start on October 18. He also added that the board is undertaking a comprehensive contingency planning exercise, alongside seeking advice from the Australian government.........Read more

Breakthrough! Gujarat Scientists Decode the Whole Genome Sequence of COVID-19

The new information could prove to be extremely crucial in the fight against the deadly virus, because the whole genome sequencing will help in studying the possibilities of a vaccine, treatment and virulence of Covid-19. State’s principal secretary health and family welfare Jayanti Ravi said in Gandhinagar on Thursday said that GBRC is the first centre in the country to have done the whole genome sequencing of coronavirus. Chaitanya Joshi, director of GBRC, said that they have found three new mutations in the virus apart from the six mutations that have been there in the virus in China and other countries.........Read more

Centre Considering States' Request To Extend Lockdown: Government Sources

Top government sources today said "a lot of state governments as well as experts" had requested that the 21-day lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus be extended beyond April 14. The central government is considering it, the sources said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who announced the lockdown on March 24, had said yesterday that in the fight against the highly contagious virus, people must be prepared for the long haul. At a cabinet meeting, he had urged ministers to come up with a "graded plan", which was seen by many to indicate a gradual rollback.........Read more

Coronavirus: Air India Stops Bookings Till April 30, Awaiting Decision On At End Of Lockdown

Air India on Friday said it has stopped bookings till April 30 and is awaiting a decision after April 14, when the nationwide lockdown is scheduled to end. Bookings have been stopped for both domestic and international routes. Domestic and international commercial flights in the country are suspended till April 14 amid the lockdown to curb spreading of coronavirus infections. An airline spokesperson said bookings have now been closed till April 30 from Friday.........Read more

Giriraj Singh hits out at Muslims, again

Union minister Giriraj Singh on Friday stoked a fresh controversy with his statement that “the country is paying the price for not sending all Muslims to Pakistan and bringing Hindus at the time of independence.” He gave the statement while leading a campaign in support of CAA, NPR and NRC in Bihar’s Purnea which has a sizeable Muslim population. With Assembly elections in the state slated to be held in November, political temperature has been high since the Citizenship Amendment Act came into force. The state has been witnessing massive anti-CAA protests in several districts including Patna, Begusarai and Gaya.........Read more

A Teacher Did an Experiment to Show the Power of Handwashing, and You Can’t Stay Unimpressed

To explain how bacteria spread and why it’s important to wash your hands well and often, Jaralee came up with a simple classroom activity with her students: she asked several kids with various levels of hand cleanliness to touch 5 pieces of white bread that were taken from the same loaf, at the same time. Then, they put the bread in individual plastic bags to observe what would happen over the course of one month.........Read more

Will continue to speak what is good for country and party: Pavan Varma after Nitish’s snub on CAA

“He is a learned man for whom I have a lot of respect even if he may not have similar sentiments for me. But is it proper to share such things in public and not on a party forum? What if I start sharing what he said to me in public?” Kumar said. Responding to Varma’s repeated demands for “ideological clarity”, Kumar said, “The JD(U)s stand is very clear…he is free to go wherever he likes”.........Read more

Virat Kohli named ICC’s ODI, Test captain of 2019; Rohit Sharma bags ‘ODI cricketer of the year’

During India’s World Cup clash against Australia at the Oval last year, Virat Kohli won hearts by asking fans to stop booring Steve Smith, who had made a return to International cricket after serving a one-year ban over ball-tampering scandal. The Indian skipper was awarded the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ award for his gesture towards Steve Smith during World Cup.s........Read more

‘Her soul at peace now’: Telangana vet’s father after accused killed in encounter

The father of the veterinarian who was raped and murdered near Hyderabad on November 27 has said that his daughter’s soul would now rest in peace following the killing of all four accused in an encounter with the police. “It has been 10 days to the day my daughter died. I express my gratitude towards the police & govt for this. My daughter’s soul must be at peace now, ANI quoted the father as saying. In New Delhi, Asha Devi, mother of Nirbhaya whose rapists are on death row, congratulated the Cyberabad police and said no action should be taken against them for eliminating the four alleged rapists. All four accused killed in an encounter “I am extremely happy with this punishment.Police has done a great job & I demand that no action should be taken against the police personnel,” she said.........Read more

A No-Deal Brexit Could Slash UK Car Production By Over 30 Percent

The study was commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), with findings indicating that falling back on WTO rules would add a massive £3.2 billion ($4.1 billion) per year to car making costs in the UK, while annual output would drop to one million units by 2024.........Read more

Saudi Aramco in race for IPO record with $1.7 trillion top value

Aramco cannot sell its shares directly to investors in the United States and other markets, as the initial public offering (IPO) will be restricted to Saudis and those foreign institutions permitted to invest in the kingdom’s stock market. ........Read more

Aramco meets investors in last-minute bid to hit $2 trillion IPO target - sources

Saudi Aramco officials and advisers are holding last-minute meetings with investors in an attempt to achieve as close to a $2 trillion (£1.55 trillion) valuation ahead of an expected Sunday announcement that the initial public offering (IPO) will go ahead.........Read more

Huawei will continue to receive chip technology from UK-based ARM despite US blacklist

Chip designer ARM will continue to supply Huawei Technologies after the British company’s legal team ruled that its chip technology is of UK origin and would not breach U.S. restrictions on supplying the Chinese tech giant. ........Read more

World's Biggest Child Pornography Site with Over 250,000 Videos Busted, 338 Arrested

The website ‘Welcome to Video’, which has now been taken down, has led to agencies seizing nearly 8TB of unique and gravely disturbing data. Subsequently, the raid has also led to the arrest of 23-year-old South Korean citizen Jong Woo Son, who was the administrator of the website. ........Read more

Modi's presence at ISRO could have proved 'bad omen' for Vikram lander: Kumaraswamy

Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy stoked a major controversy on Thursday by suggesting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's presence at the ISRO headquarters on September 6 could have proved a 'bad omen' as the soft landing of moon lander Vikram failed. "I don't know (affirmatively), but probably the timing of his stepping in there could have brought a bad omen to ISRO scientists," Kumaraswamy said at a press conference in Mysuru. He went on to add that Modi came to Bengaluru on Sept 6 night to send across a message to the people of the country that he was behind the launch of Chandrayaan. However, the project was the outcome of the scientists and the UPA government during 2008-09, he asserted. "Poor scientists had toiled for 10 to 12 years. The cabinet approval for Chandrayaan-2 was given in 2008-09 and accordingly the funds were released the same year. "He (Modi) came here to seek publicity as if he was behind the launch of Chandrayaan-2," Kumaraswamy alleged.........Read more

Gay 'chemsex' is fuelling urban HIV epidemics, AIDS experts warn

A surge in “chemsex” parties, where people spend days getting high on drugs and having sex with scores of partners, is re-fuelling epidemics of HIV among gay men in European towns and cities, doctors say. Despite much higher risks of contracting the virus that causes AIDS, as well as other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), users search online “hook-up” apps like Grindr for tags such as “high and horny” or “party and play” to find others wanting drug-heightened and often anonymous and unprotected sex. The result, AIDS experts say, is that in cities across Europe, HIV is spreading rapidly among men who have sex with men - leading to concentrated epidemics in hard-to-reach groups. “Chemsex is very pervasive now - it’s a growing phenomenon,” said Rusi Jaspal, a professor of psychology and sexual health at De Montfort University in the British city of Leicester who has been studying the spread of HIV and the chemsex scene. At a London conference hosted by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), the group’s president Jose Zuniga, described chemsex as a “challenge of proportions we cannot fully comprehend at this time”. Chemsex is characterised by the use of drugs such as crystal meth, mephedrone and GHB, or gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, to enhance sexual arousal, performance and pleasure. ........Read more

ED summons DK Shivakumar's daughter Aishwarya in money-laundering case

Following the arrest of Karnataka Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials have now issued summons to his daughter Aishwarya on Tuesday, September 10. The ED officials delivered the summons notice at Shivakumar's residence inSadashivanagar, Bengaluru. The Congress strongman's daughter has been asked to appear before the investigating officers on Thursday (September 12). It is alleged that DK Shivakumarhas invested several crores in Aishwarya's name, following which a summons has been issued to her. DKS has three children, Aishwarya, Aabharana and Aakash and in his2018election affidavit, Shivakumar haddeclared assets of Rs 618 crore and Rs 108 crore was registered in the name of Aishwarya. While Aishwarya has Rs 108 crore registered in her name, DKS has not registered any high-value assets with his other two children. The ED had summoned Shivakumar in their Delhi office over money laundering charges in August 30 following which he was arrested on September 3 and will be kept in their custody till September 13. Karnataka witnessed a lot of widespread protests in the state after the arrest of DK Shivakumar. The Congress party has also blamed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the arrest of DKS and former finance minister P Chidambaram.........Read more

TN on high alert after intel about terrorist intrusion from Sri Lanka

According to police, the high alert was issued late night following an intelligence alert that six LeT terrorists fromSri Lanka have entered Tamil Nadu. Security has been beefed up at the Coimbatore Airport (Photo | EPS) Security was beefed up across the district of Coimbatore and13 majorstate checkposts following intelligence informationthat sixterrorists have intruded into Tamil Nadu. According to police, the high alert was issued in Coimbatore on Thursday late night following an intelligence alert that six LeT terrorists fromSri Lanka have entered Tamil Nadu. The group consists of one Pakistan national and five Sri Lankan Tamils. The Pakistan man was identified as Illyas Anwar, saidthe alert. “The reports said that the group haddisguised themselves as Hindus smearingtilak and vibhuti on their forehead to posethemselves as Hindu pilgrims,” said a senior police official. Coimbatore city police headed by police commissioner Sumit Sharan called a meeting of the departmental heads on Friday early morning to discuss the situation. Post the meeting, security was further strengthened in places including CoimbatoreAirport, railway stations, bus stands and religiously important places.........Read more

LS Passes NIA Bill Giving it Power to Probe Terrorist Acts Against Indians Abroad

Seeking to give more teeth to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Lok Sabha on Monday passed a bill to allow it to probe terrorist acts against Indians and Indian interests abroad. The amendments will also allow the NIA to probe cybercrimes and cases of human trafficking. The NIA was set up in 2009 in the wake of the Mumbai terror attack that had claimed 166 lives. Since 2017, the Union Home Ministry has been pushing for giving more power to the NIA to meet fresh challenges. Defending the bill, the Government refuted opposition’s claims of “misuse” of the NIA law to target members of a community and asserted its only goal is to finish off terrorism. In an intervention during the discussion on National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Home Minister Amit Shah said Parliament should speak in one voice in giving powers to the NIA to send out a message to terrorists and the world Some MPs said the anti-terror law is misused at times to target members of a particular community. “Let me make it clear the Modi government has no such intention. Its only goal is to finish off terrorism but we will also not look at the religion of the accused while taking action,” Shah said. Replying to the discussion, Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said that the government is committed to protect the country from terrorism.........Read more

P Chidambaram Speaks on Karnataka, Goa BJP Coup

Former union finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram on Thursday expressed his unhappiness over the economic implications of the political crisis in Karnataka and Goa, the states that saw the grand old party’s lawmakers resigning in the past few days. Speaking on the matter in the Rajya Sabha, Chidambaram said that prevailing conditions in both states will have a damaging effect on the economy. “Foreign investors, rating agencies, international organisations don’t follow Indian media. What they hear and read on political instability will have an impact on the economy,” he said. “I wish I was speaking under happier circumstances. I’m not unhappy only because India lost cricket match yesterday, I’m very unhappy that democracy is suffering a blow every day,” the Congress leader asserted. On Wednesday, 10 Goa Congress MLAs broke away from the party and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, giving the grand old party a big jolt. The defected lawmakers will meet Home Minister Amit Shah and the BJP’s working president JP Nadda, later today.........Read more

Three years on scientists confirm Oumuamua not alien spaceship, can't identify it

After investigating the nature of a mysterious and apparently cigar-shaped object called ‘Oumuamua spotted in 2017 speeding through our solar system, astronomers remain uncertain over how to classify it, but are confident it is not an alien spaceship. Its odd shape and motion had prompted some scientists to wonder whether ‘Oumuamua - the first object from another star system found passing through our solar system - was some sort of alien technology perhaps exploring the cosmos. But after poring over the data, an international team of researchers wrote that “we find no compelling evidence to favor an alien explanation.” Wikimedia Commons Scientists tracked the reddish-colored ‘Oumuamua from Oct. 14, 2017, until Jan. 2, 2018, after which it became too faint to detect even using the most powerful telescopes. It is estimated to be a half-mile (800 meters) long, tumbling through space. “Our key finding is that ‘Oumuamua’s properties are consistent with a natural origin, and an alien explanation is unwarranted,” said University of Maryland astronomer Matthew Knight, co-leader of the research published in the Nature Astronomy. “Yes, if it made a sudden, unexplainable turn that would certainly have warranted further exploration,” Knight added.........Read more

India to counter US protectionism with e-commerce, data security bills

After retaliating against the US withdrawal of preferential treatment for its exports, New Delhi plans to counter Washington’s growing protectionism with two pieces of legislation that can have wide-ranging impact on American firms. Trade relations between India and the US deteriorated after Washington on June 5 withdrew benefits for Indian exporters under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme. ........Read more

Mastermind of IC-814 hijack ran Balakot camp

The exhaustive evidence that New Delhi handed over to Islamabad demanding action by Prime Minister Imran Khan — included details of terrorist training camp run by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. ........Read more

Huawei hints at notchless phone with circular camera cutout

Huawei is teasing the launch of a new phone with yet another novel solution to the notch: a circular cutout for the camera in the top left corner, surrounded by the screen in all 360 degrees. ........Read more

Women's World T20: India suffer heartbreak against England in semi-finals

England women rode on unbeaten fifties from Amy Ellen Jones and Natalie Sciver to beat India by 8 wickets in the semi-finals. England will play Australia in the finals on Sunday.........Read more

First death penalty awarded in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case; life term to another

The Delhi Patiala House Court awarded death sentence to Yashpal Singh and handed another convict Naresh Sherawat life imprisonment for their role in 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The two were convicted for killing two Sikh youths.........Read more

NSUI president resigns after being accused of sexual harassment

National Students Union of India (NSUI) chief Fairoz Khan resigned from the post in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment against him. A woman had alleged that Khan “used to sexually harass young women” for political appointments in the NSUI.........Read more

35 IIT students among 45 trekkers missing in Himachal Pradesh: reports

Forty-five people, including 35 students from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, who had gone trekking in Himachal Pradesh's mountainous Lahaul and Spiti district are missing after heavy snowfall in the region.........Read more

3 policemen kidnapped, killed in Kashmir, days after threat from militants

Three policemen, two of them special police officers, were kidnapped on Thursday night and killed hours later in south Kashmir’s Shopian, considered the hotbed of militancy in the state. The three policemen were found dead near an orchard in Wangam village, four kilometres from the spot where they had been taken away.........Read more

Modi Govt Approves Ordinance to Make Triple Talaq Punishable Offence; President's Nod Awaited

In a landmark decision, the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday cleared an ordinance which makes triple talaq a punishable offence, said Law Ministry sources. It will now be sent to the President for his approval, following which the ordinance will come into effect.........Read more

Warren Buffett set to pick up stake in Paytm

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is set to buy a small stake in One97 Communications Ltd, the parent of Paytm, making it the billionaire investor’s first investment in an Indian company.........Read more

Karunanidhi dies at 94: Tamil Nadu govt rejects request for burial at Anna memorial, DMK moves high court

The Tamil Nadu’s main opposition party DMK has moved the court after the E Palaniswami-led AIADMK government has rejected its request that the party patriarch M Karunanidhi be allowed to be buried near Anna samadhi on Marina beach in Chennai, citing legal issues.........Read more

Internet to remain free and fair in India: Govt approves net neutrality

Access to the internet will remain unrestricted and non-discriminatory in India as the government approved principles of net neutrality for the country, warning of stiff penalties for any deviations and violations. ........Read more

DGP appointment: SC restricts State governments' choice

Supreme court says that state governments should henceforth send their proposals for DGPs to the Union Public Service Commission three months before the incumbent is due to retire........Read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar Shines as Brazil Beat Mexico to Reach Quarters

Neymar barged his way into the World Cup limelight with a goal, an assist and another helping of histrionics as Brazil roared into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory over Mexico ........Read more

GST helpline number for consumers soon: Goyal

Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that a telephone helpline number will be started soon, where consumers can report against those traders who evade tax by not issuing purchase bill.........Read more

BMW 630i GT Luxury Line launched In India; Priced At Rs 61.80 Lakh

BMW recently launched the all-new 6-Series GT Petrol offering, the 630i Luxury Line. The new Luxury line variant of the BMW 630i is priced at Rs 61.80 lakh, ex-showroom (India). The new Luxury Line petrol variant of the 6-Series Gran Turismo will be available from the beginning of July 2018.........Read more

Delhi University announced 95% as their first cut-off

The highest cutoff at Delhi University in the first list is 98.75% at Lady Shri Ram College for BA (Programme), which is a notch lower than last year’s highest 99.66% at SGTB Khalsa College for BSc Electronics.........Read more

IIT to Issue Fresh Merit List with twice the number of students in each discipline in all reserved categories for JEE Advanced 2018

The board would be following a Human Resource and Development (HRD) directive to release a fresh list with twice the number of students in each discipline in all reserved categories.........Read more

Out on bail, 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi raising funds - Times of India

Pakistan-based mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attacks and top Lashker-e-Taiba commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi has resurfaced for the first time after being released on bail by the Lahore high court in 2015 and is allegedly collecting donations from wheat farmers in Punjab province to fund the outfit's terror activities.........Read more

Open to permanent commission of women in army, govt tells Supreme Court

The Centre is considering granting permanent commission (PC) to short service commission (SSC) women army officers, it told the Supreme Court on Monday, in a move that could bring an end to an eight-year old battle in the apex court, and which will make the army the last of India’s armed forces to do so.........Read more

Booked for rape, CBI detains Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar

Bangarmau BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who was booked by the UP police on Thursday following nationwide furore over rape allegations levelled by a 17-year-old minor + in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao, was taken into custody by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from his Lucknow residence in the wee hours of Friday.........Read more

Paytm to enter mutual fund industry with a new app

Paytm will kick off its mutual fund distribution business by the end of April with the launch of a mutual fund app, which will offer investors products from 12 of the 15 largest AMCs in the first phase........Read more

In a first, Kim Jong Un’s sister to visit South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong, believed to be around 30, will be the first member of North Korea’s ruling family to visit South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Analysts say her inclusion in the Olympic delegation shows North Korea’s ambition to use the Olympics to break out from diplomatic isolation by improving relations with the South.........Read more

Anemia discovery offers new targets to treat fatigue in millions

A new discovery from the University of Virginia School of Medicine has revealed an unknown clockwork mechanism within the body that controls the creation of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. The finding sheds light on iron-restricted anemias that leave millions of people weak, tired and unable to concentrate - and it may point the way to better treatments as well.........Read more

2018 Bajaj Avenger 220 Prices Revealed; Priced At Rs. 93,466

The 2018 Bajaj Avenger Street 220 and Cruise 220 sport a with new headlamp design with LED DRLs. The styling of either model is different. The body decals are new on Street 220, while the Avenger Cruise 220 gets a new moon white paint scheme. Mechanically, the cruiser remains the same drawing power from the 220 cc single-cylinder, oil-cooled engine that churns out 18.7 bhp and 17.5 Nm of peak torque. The motor comes paired with a 5-speed gearbox. The bike continues to use telescopic forks up front and a dual shock setup at the rear. ........Read more

India has cancelled $500 million defence deal, says Israeli arms firm

Israeli state-owned defence contractor Rafael said on Wednesday that defence ministry has cancelled a deal to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles. The deal had been worth about $500 million and illustrated strengthening ties between Israel and India.........Read more

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle movie review

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a fine holiday movie for undemanding families — the action is competently done, there’s an emotional story for those looking for one, and The Rock is in top form. It could be worse, but it couldn’t really have been better.........Read more

Lok Sabha passes bill making instant triple talaq illegal

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which passed by Lok Sabha by voice vote, would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or 'talaq-e- biddat'. It gives power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking "subsistence allowance" for herself and minor children. A victim can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate.........Read more

New anti-trafficking law soon: Life term for repeat offenders

The government is set to introduce a law to guard against human trafficking, proposing a 10-year punishment for those engaging in “aggravated forms of trafficking” while seeking life imprisonment for repeat offenders. A bill to identify various forms of trafficking, including for the purposes of bonded labour, sexual exploitation, pornography, removal of organs and begging, has proposed severe punishment for those engaging in the heinous crime.........Read more

Next-Gen Mini Countryman India Launch Details Revealed

Next-gen Mini Countryman will be launched in the country in early 2018 and it is likely to be showcased at the Auto Expo in February next year. The India-spec model is likely to get 2-liter petrol and diesel engines. The new Countryman is expected to carry a price tag of around Rs 40 lakh ex-showroom.........Read more

Restless leg syndrome risk factor for heart-related death

People with RLS are at elevated risk of CVD and other chronic conditions, but previous studies of all-cause mortality in people with RLS have reported inconsistent results," Researchers clarifies how restless leg syndrome affects cardiovascular disease-related mortality in older women, specifically.........Read more

We’ll convert to Buddhism, Mayawati warns BJP, RSS

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati said on Sunday that she would quit Hinduism and convert to Buddhism, along with her followers, if the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party did not stop their ‘atrocities’ on Dalits and backward castes and end exploitation of these communities.........Read more

UN rejects US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital

The United States found itself isolated at a special United Nations Security Council meeting in its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that set off alarms about the risk of escalating conflict in the Middle East.........Read more

Suranga Lakmal (3/0) leaves India reeling vs Sri Lanka on rain-hit day in 1st Test

Suranga Lakmal snapped up 3/0, including Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli for a duck, as the hosts were reduced to 17/3 by a disciplined Sri Lanka on a rain-hit day of the first Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.........Read more

Iconic Scooter Brand Lambretta Is Back; India Entry In 2019

Lambretta has unveiled its three new scooters, the V50 Special, V125 Special and V200 Special at the 2017 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. Inside sources said the brand will make its India entry in 2019.........Read more

Paradise Papers: Mallya money trail returns to haunt Diageo

The allegation is that four United Spirits subsidiaries - one in the British Virgin Islands and three in the UK - were used for laundering $1.5 billion raised as debt between 2008 and 2014.........Read more

Government to infuse Rs 2.11 lakh crore into PSU banks

While saying more banking reforms will be announced in the days to come, Jaitley was critical of banks being indiscriminate in their lending in the past and brushing the real NPA (non-performing assets) issue under the carpet for a long time.........Read more

Railways to Serve Dry Food Like Airlines, Passengers May Have to Shell Out More Money

According to reports, it will serve food on the basis of the system employed by passenger airlines–this means passengers will be served dry items or food without gravy. ........Read more

Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black Makes Its Global Debut

Along with the Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster, the company also showcased the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black which looks to add another model to the Bonneville Bobber line-up, which Triumph says, is the fastest selling motorcycle in the company's 115-year history. Needless to say, the Bobber Black gets an all-black colour scheme and some extra features over the standard Bonneville Bobber.........Read more

Diwali bonus for Flipkart staff: Board approves $100 million ESOP repurchase plan

The board of Flipkart has approved a plan to repurchase employee stock options in a move that could benefit close to 6,000 current and former employees at India's largest online retailer. The share buyback plan marks the largest such programme till date in the Indian startup sector and offers stakeholders the biggest opportunity, so far, to liquidate their holdings in the country's most valuable startup. ........Read more

Dera chief's hearing in murder cases on Sept 16

Security has been tightened in Panchkula town in Haryana ahead of a crucial hearing in two separate murder cases against Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and others here on Saturday. The cases, related to the murder of Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and former Dera manager Ranjit Singh, allegedly by functionaries …........Read more

With 14 failures behind them, these IIT-Kanpur graduates hope to hit the sweet spot with ShareChat

ShareChat is a free Android-only app (they are consciously not on iOS) available in 10 regional languages (no English, thank you), and dialects (they call them ‘Meethi Boli’ on the app) like Bhojpuri, Chattisgarhi and others. Since it came into being in 2015, they have acquired four million (and counting) active monthly users who share 200,000 daily posts that range from good morning messages to jokes to inspirational quotes to horoscopes to videos and news on the platform.........Read more

Fifty Shades Freed trailer: Anastasia trades in her sex toys for a wedding dress

Shot back to back with Fifty Shades Darker, ...Freed is scheduled to open in the same Valentine’s Day window that hosted the first two movies. The teaser ends with the promise of a full trailer, due out in November.........Read more

No plan to install jammers in schools to stop students from watching porn: Govt

“The government has not directed schools, both private and government, to install jammers on school premises keeping in view the rise of sexual crimes on students and increasing reports of porn-sites viewed by students,” minister of state for HRD Upendra Kushwaha said.........Read more

Elon Musk Says Mark Zuckerberg's Understanding of AI Is Limited

 Elon Musk is a man of many characteristics, one of which apparently is not shying away from calling out big names when they are not informed about a subject. A day after Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Musk's doomsday prediction of AI is "irresponsible," the Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity founder returned the favour by calling Zuckerberg's understanding of AI "limited."........Read more

Government hospital in Telangana perform homam in ICU

Government doctors who supposed to instill confidence in patients through scientific temperament, have performed Mrityunjaya Homam to turn the tide against increasing infant deaths allegedly due to bad aura. Doctors of the Gynecology and Obstetrics department in Gandhi Hospital, one of Telangana's biggest public facility, performed the Homam at the newly built Intensive Care Unit (ICU).........Read more

Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian GP, ahead of Vettel & Ricciardo

Valtteri Bottas has registered his career's second Formula 1 victory by winning the 2017 Austrian GP. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel has managed to extend his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton to 20 points ...........Read more

Reliance Jio launches new submarine cable system; internet speeds to touch 100 Gbps

Reliance Jio has launched Asia-Africa-Europe (AAE-1) submarine cable system which will stretch over 25,000 km from Marseille. Mathew Oommen, President, Reliance Jio said, “The new terabit capacity and 100 Gbps direct connectivity to global content hubs and interconnection points ensure that Jio will continue to offer its customers the most exceptional high speed internet and digital service experience.” ........Read more

Border face-off: China and India each deploy 3,000 troops

The ongoing troop face-off between India and China on the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction has emerged as the biggest such confrontation in the region in decades, with both sides continuing to pump in reinforcements. “Both sides are as yet not willing to budge from their positions," a source said.........Read more

Shutdown continues in Gorkhaland, GJM supporters set ablaze GTA office

A day after violence returned to the Darjeeling hills, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters set ablaze an office of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) on day 14 of the indefinite shutdown today.........Read more

Amid threats of militant attacks, much awaited annual Amarnath Yatra began today

The much awaited annual Amarnath Yatra began today with the first batch of the pilgrims leaving Yatri Bhawan at Bhagwati Nagar Base Camp in Jammu at 5.10 am this morning. The pilgrims will have the “darshan” of the ‘ice lingam’ (stalagmite) at the holy cave shrine tomorrow. The centuries-old Amarnath cave shrine of Lord Shiva is situated at a height of 12,756 ft. ........Read more

GST rollout: Govt sets up ‘war room’ to address queries, ensure smooth implementation

Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) chief Vanaja N Sarna said the team will act as a quick resource centre for central and state officials to voice their queries. The unit, which will be available from 8 am to 10 pm, will deal with any GST-related crises that arise.........Read more

Oil less than $10 per barrel away from level where it could begin wreaking havoc across bond market

Oil is less than $10 per barrel away from a level where it could begin wreaking havoc across the high-yield bond market. When crude drops below $35 a barrel, the debt-to-enterprise value ratios of high-yield energy companies typically climb above 55 percent, according to Deutsche Bank AG strategists including Oleg Malentyev.........Read more

Ravi Shastri to apply for Indian cricket team coach’s post, favourite for top job

When the BCCI first asked for applications for the Indian cricket team coach’s position, Ravi Shastri had not applied for the job but after Anil Kumble decided to opt out of the race, the former India all-rounder has taken a call to go for a second innings.........Read more

Woman abducted in Gurgaon, gangraped in moving car, thrown out in Greater Noida

The 35-year-old woman was kidnapped by three men in a Maruti Swift car around 8 pm in Gurgaon’s Sohna area. The men drove around on the streets of Sohna for several hours and repeatedly raped the woman.........Read more

Uttar Pradesh: Agra man booked for having sex with cow

With the anger brewing in the country over the centre’s ban on cattle slaughter, an unexpected case in Agra city took people to the highest levels of shock when a case is registered against a man in late 20s for sexually assaulting a cow. The case was filed by the men of Vishva Hindu Parishad- a right-wing Hindu nationalist organisation.........Read more

OnePlus 5 India launch scheduled for 22 June

OnePlus will launch its upcoming flagship, OnePlus 5, for the Indian market on 22 June 2017. The company sent out official invitations for the event to us for the launch event in Mumbai. OnePlus Founder and CEO, Pete Lau will be present at the launch event of the flagship along with the global leadership team from the company. The company pointed out that this is the first time that OnePlus is holding a launch event in India.........Read more

2017 Volkswagen Polo teased ahead of global launch

The 2017 Volkswagen Polo will be getting bigger in its dimension, which means that the new generation of the Polo would be bigger and roomier than the present version.........Read more

Female Genital Mutilation: Report recommends separate law, sensitisation to eradicate practice in India

A report titled ‘A Guide to Eliminating FGM in India’ prepared by Speak Out On FGM, a group of FGM survivors, and Lawyers Collective, a human rights NGO, calls for the need for a separate law to address the issue.........Read more

New SsangYong Rexton Review: Mahindra's Next Big SUV For India

M&M is considering bringing the new second generation SsangYong Rexton to India with a Mahindra badge. The new Rexton is built on a new Y400 platform that is shared by Mahindra and SsangYong. Having tested the new car, it appears to be the right product for India. The new Rexton is a more premium, better built, sophisticated product than its predecessor. It is also better to drive, and heres the test of the diesel variant that is expected to be launched in India this year. Read our comprehensive review.........Read more

India absent at Belt and Road Forum but its presence felt at China’s mega show

At a session on cooperation between think tanks in countries under the BRI, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd made a rare mention of India. He said China, India, Russia and the US should come together to develop a long-term security architecture.........Read more

Hafiz Saeed to remain under house arrest for 90 days more

Pakistan government has extended the duration of Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed’s house arrest by 90 days. The decision to extend Saeed and his four aides custody, which ends Sunday night, was taken under the anti-terrorism act and the notification for it will be issued soon, an official of the Punjab government’s Home Department said........Read more

Fuel price daily change: Petrol, diesel prices daily revision to be implemented in five cities from today

In a bid to get along with volatility in global crude oil prices, the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) are all set to launch a pilot project from today. Under the project, rates of fuel prices will be revised daily in five cities namely Chandigarh, Puducherry, Vizag in Andhra Pradesh, Udaipur in Rajasthan and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. This means for these five cities, the prices will change every midnight starting from today.........Read more

95% engineers in India unfit for software development jobs, claims report

Talent shortage is acute in the IT and data science ecosystem in India with a survey claiming that 95% of engineers in the country are not fit to take up software development jobs. According to a study by employability assessment company Aspiring Minds, only 4.77% candidates can write the correct logic for a programme -- a minimum requirement for any programming job.........Read more

Tigor launched at Rs 4.7 lakh: Tata eyes a seat in Swift Dzire's market

The biggest selling point for Tigor is its aggressive pricing. At Rs 4.7 lakh for the base petrol variant, Tigor is now the cheapest compact sedan in the country and even undercuts Tata’s existing models. For example, the largest-selling car in the segment - Swift Dzire - starts at Rs 5.27 lakh, while the base petrol version of Indigo CS, from the Tata stable, is priced at Rs 5.03 lakh. ........Read more

H-1B visa programme faces onslaught of Congressional bills

Authors of all these bills from both the Republican and the Democratic parties believe that H-1B work visas, which are highly popular among Indian techies and Indian IT companies, tend to replace American workers.........Read more

2017 Honda CB Shine SP BS IV Launched At Rs. 60,914; Gets New HET Tyres

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) has now introduced the 2017 CB Shine SP in the country with BS IV compliance, priced at Rs. 60,914 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Honda CB Shine SP comes with refreshed styling for the new year along with the auto headlamp on (AHO) feature.........Read more

Silence movie review: Never let your faith in Martin Scorsese waver. 5 stars

First, you will be overwhelmed – as would most people – by the sheer immensity of the story that you have just witnessed. It runs dangerously close to three hours after all. Second, you will be left with a profound sense of inadequacy – towards yourself, the education that has been wasted on you, and the years of being alive on this strange and wonderful planet that have in no way prepared you for the staggering achievement that is Martin Scorsese’s new picture.........Read more

Consent for sex given under intoxication is not valid, rules Bombay HC

The Bombay High Court has held that a consent given by a woman under intoxication or influence of alcohol cannot be termed as a ‘valid’ consent for sexual intercourse. The HC has also held that intoxication cannot be an ‘excuse’ for men in rape cases. The ruling came from a single-judge bench of Justice Mirdula Bhatkar while hearing the bail application of a Pune-based youth.........Read more

'Sowing increased by 7% in demonetisation period'

During November 8 to December 30, 2016, sowing operations increased by about 7 per cent. This data was sent by the states, Singh said while responding to a query that state governments, including West Bengal, claimed that the note-ban hit the farmers and sowing during Rabi season was affected. ........Read more

Pakistan blames India for destabilizing the Indian Ocean region

“We are aware of our national interests and every effort will be made to strengthen our capacity to ensure that we remain ready to meet the emerging maritime security challenges. For us, to remain oblivious of the developments taking place in the Indian Ocean region is not an option,” he said.........Read more

Dalai Lama lands in Andhra Pradesh on 3-day visit

Buddhist spiritual leader The Dalai Lama has said he was fortunate to be once again visiting Amaravati, a sacred place for Buddhists. The Buddhist leader left for Amaravati, a place of Buddhist pilgrimage, where Buddha was believed to have given his first Kalachakra sermon.........Read more

H-1B visa: After H-1B visa curbs, two more US Bills may stymie Indian tech

While the H-1B visa Bill seeks to more than double the minimum wage for an H-1B visa holder to $130,000, the ‘End Outsourcing Act’ asks for a ban on outsourcing by states. Another is a 2007 Bill that has been reintroduced by Senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin — long time proponents of work visa reform. This Bill too seeks revamp of the H-1B visa programme. ........Read more

Starliner Space Taxis by Boeing to have more than 600 3D printed parts – Tech2

Boeing’s award of the parts for its flagship space program and Hexcel’s funding are strategic bets that printed plastics can perform flawlessly even under the extreme stress of a rocket launch and sub-zero temperatures of space. They offer further evidence of a shift in 3D printing from making prototypes to commercial production of high-grade parts for space ships, aircraft engines and other critical equipment.........Read more

Bengaluru: Students to decide what teachers should wear

It’s an unusual role reversal. Students across government degree colleges in the state will now decide what their teachers will wear. With teaching and non-teaching staff at these colleges set to get a dress code, the government has mandated that students should get a say in the issue.........Read more

Snapchat said to plan to publicly file for IPO late next week

It will be the public’s first chance to see the performance of the fast-growing company, which is aiming to raise as much as $4 billion in its IPO. Snap has already filed its information privately with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.........Read more

CBSE changes dates of Class X, XII examination

The CBSE had advanced the board exam dates by nine days in the wake of elections in five states. The Tamil language paper has been postponed by eight days, from March 10 to March 18, while that of Gurung language has been advanced from March 23 to March 10. NCCBSE 3.07 % exam has also been delayed by eight days and it will be held on March 23 instead of March 15. For Class XII, the date of Physical Education paper has been changed from April 10 to April 12 and of Sociology exam from April 12 to April 20. ........Read more

Dhoni felicitated, Eden gets four stands named after stalwarts

Sourav Ganguly, Pankaj Roy, Jagmohan Dalmiya and Biswanath Dutt were immortalised on Sunday, with four stands at the Eden Gardens being named after them. The only other aspect of the 150-year-old venue to be named after an individual was the club house, which bears the name of Bengal’s first Chief Minister, B.C. Roy. ........Read more

Congress says it is allying with SP for UP polls, will contest from 105 seats

It was touch and go there for a while, but the Congress party finally announced today that it has forged an alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP) and will contest from 105 seats in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.........Read more

The ingenious codes of India's dabbawalas

The dabbawalas of India – possibly the world’s best food delivery service – use a clever numerical code to ensure that lunch is always delivered on-time to the right place in Mumbai’s bustling metropolis. ........Read more

Over 3.5 lakh people sing National Anthem in Gujarat, set new world record

Over 3.5 lakh people on Saturday set a new world record by singing the national anthem at an event at Kagvad in Rajkot district of Gujarat. The occasion was installation of idol of goddess Khodiyar at a newly-built Khodal Dham temple in the town. “Over 3.5 lakh people sang the anthem together at the idol installation ritual in the presence of observers from Guinness World Records,” said Hansraj Gajera, a member of Khodal Dham temple trust.........Read more

Yuvraj Singh smashes century

Yuvraj Singh smashes century in ODIs after six years. What a comeback by the champion cricketer, this is his first ODI century in the last six years and the first since his hundred against West Indies in 2011 World Cup.........Read more

Idea Challenges Telecom Regulator's Permission To Jio To Extend Promo-Offer

The appeal by Idea comes within a month of a similar petition moved by Bharti Airtel on December 23 which challenged TRAI's permission to Jio to continue promotional offer and even charged the regulator of being a "mute spectator" to the violations.........Read more

Delhi cops nab 'serial rapist' who tried to sexually assault 600 girls

A 38-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting school girls after waylaying them by saying that he has been sent by their parents for giving them some items or others in east Delhi's New Ashok Nagar area, police said on Monday. "The accused told police that he used to target minor girls. Whenever he would find any minor girl going to home from school, he used to mislead her on the pretext that her father had sent some clothes or some other articles to give her and take her to an isolated place," he added.........Read more

Ravi Shankar Prasad: Original manuscript of constitution had images of Hindu gods

Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday invoked Hindu gods and gurus featuring in the original manuscript of Indian Constitution to suggest the extent of minority appeasement and pseudo secularism prevalent in the country.........Read more

Goa elections: RSS-backed GSM may withdraw its ‘tough’ Panaji candidate Raju Sukerkar

The RSS-backed Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) on Wednesday hinted that its Panaji candidate Raju Sukerkar may not contest the elections due to a sudden medical condition. Sukerkar was being seen as a tough opponent to the BJP’s Sidharth Kuncalienker – former chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s close aide – in a seat that has been with the BJP since 1994.........Read more

1 Bicycle, 12 Years, 1,37,900 Km, 126 Countries: This Man Is Spreading HIV Awareness in the World!

His incredible 1,37,900 km journey across 126 countries lends credibility to his world view. Somen first took up the mission of spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS across the world 12 years ago, setting off on his bicycle for the journey of a lifetime.........Read more

Osama's son taught to hate US, but enjoyed American items as kid: Reports

Osama bin Laden's son Hamza, dubbed as the 'crown prince of terror' and recently designated as a 'global terrorist' by the US, was taught to hate America but enjoyed Coca-Cola and other banned American items in his compound in Afghanistan as a kid, according to a media report.........Read more

Indians prefer Indians, Sunny Leone still the most sought after: PornHub's annual report

A year-in-review report by the leading adult content website, PornHub, ranks India as the 4th biggest consumer of porn among countries worldwide. Last year, the PornHub report had ranked India 3rd. Sunny Leone was the most searched for by Indians on the site.........Read more

Not liking music may mean poor connectivity in brain: study

People who do not like music at all may have reduced connectivity between two regions in the brain linked to sound processing and reward, a new study has found. They may have a condition called specific musical anhedonia, which affects three-to-five per cent of the population, researchers said.........Read more

Social Media slowly having negative effect on people: Study

Social media started life as a way of staying in touch with friends and sharing happy memories. However, the results of the latest study from Kaspersky Lab indicate that social media now leaves many people feeling negative instead. The hunt for likes plays a central role in this, with the majority of people feeling down or upset when they don’t get as many likes as they expect for a post, and with 42 per cent saying they feel jealous when their friends get more likes than them. In addition, the research shows that people feel envious when they see the seemingly happier lives of their friends on social media. ........Read more

AgustaWestland: SC seeks response on PIL alleging media's role in chopper scam

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought a response from the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate on a petition that sought to know the role played by journalists in the AgustaWestland scam. A petition had been filed in the SC alleging that journalists were paid off Rs 50 crore to write in favour of the AgustaWestland deal.........Read more

Kapil Sharma's new year surprise for fans: Comedian announces two new shows!

Even 2016 turned out to be a marvellous year for Kapil. His television program 'The Kapil Sharma Show' has been topping the charts time and again. The 'Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon' actor on Saturday took to Twitter to make this special announcement. "First news of the year.. k9 is producing two comedy shows ... hope u will like .. stay happy," he posted online.........Read more

Pakistan slide to defeat in dramatic finish

No fewer than 141 overs were lost to rain but Australia, led by their captain Steven Smith, secured a dramatic Test and series victory with the last hour to spare at the MCG........Read more

Pune bakery blaze kills six

The fire, believed to be caused by a short-circuit, was noticed around 5.45 a.m. Six workers were suffocated to death when a fire broke out in a bakery shop whose only exit was locked from outside in Kondhwa area here in the wee hours on Friday. The victims, all hailing from Uttar Pradesh, used to sleep on the loft inside the bakery shop, ‘Bakes and Cakes’, which is owned by three partners.........Read more

As tussle intensifies, Akhilesh Yadav calls Samajwadi Party core group meet

The meeting at his residence is expected to be attended by both the youth and senior leaders of the party. The latest move by the CM comes a day after he released his own list of 235 candidates to counter the 'official list' released by his father and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.........Read more

Saddam Hussein Should Have Been Left To Run Iraq, Says CIA Officer Who Interrogated Him

Both President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump believe the United States never should have invaded Iraq in 2003 (or, at least, Trump claims he now does). The war in Iraq and its chaotic aftermath in many ways prefigure the present moment in the Middle East; it triggered a sectarian unraveling that now haunts both Iraq and Syria and looms large in the minds of an Obama administration wary of further intervention in the region's conflicts.........Read more

BSF guns down intruder from Pakistan in Punjab

Border Security Force troopers have gunned down an intruder from Pakistan in north Punjab, official sources said on Saturday. The incident took place the Bamiyal sector near the Dinda border out post (BoP) in forward areas of Pathankot district. The intruder was killed after he came close to the border fencing on the Indian side and did not heed to warnings.........Read more

Supreme Court bans sale of fire-crackers in Delhi-NCR

In a move to curb the rising level of pollution in the capital, the Supreme Court today banned the sale of fire-crackers in Delhi, NCR. The apex court directed Centre to suspend licences of all the firecracker sellers in the region and to also stop any new........Read more

India may go cashless soon as Rs 500, Rs 2k notes get demonetised: experts

Arthakranti Pratishthan, a think-tank, which appears to be the brain behind the Modi government’s demonetisation scheme is of the opinion that within six months to one year India will be all set to go “cashless” at which point Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes could also be withdrawn.........Read more

JeM chief Masood Azhar's bank account frozen for not submitting KYC documents, nothing to do with terror: Pak clarifies

A day after Masood Azhar's bank account was frozen, State Bank of Pakistan has issues clarification saying that the account JeM chief was frozen for complying with banking norms. Pak Interior Minister corroborated the statement and added that freezing of the accounts have nothing to do with terror.........Read more

Uber, Ola surge prices in Delhi, Kolkata and other cities: Now pay more for longer distances

Users of taxi-hailing platforms Uber and Ola will have to shell out more money for travelling distances longer than 20 kilometres. According to Uber, “The change aims at ensuring you get a ride when you need one by justifying economics for our driver-partners.” For the popular ride, UberGO, the cost rate after 20 kilometres will be Rs 12 per kilometre. While the rate will remain fixed at Rs 6 per kilometre for distances shorter than 20 kilometres. When it comes to the premium ride, UberX, the price has increased to Rs 13 per km for longer distances and for distances shorter than 20 km, the cost stays at Rs 9 per km. Uber claimed that the app, even after the increase in pricing, it is ‘still the most affordable ride in the city’.........Read more

Am Very Patriotic But Why Hang Only Actors: Priyanka Chopra On Debate Over Pak Artistes

In an exclusive interview to NDTV from New York, actor Priyanka Chopra said that she is "extremely patriotic", but ban on Pakistani artistes is not the point, the safety of Indian soldiers and their families is. Priyanka, who is the daughter of an army officer, said she would go along with whatever the government thought was right but asked why actors were singled out in these discussions.........Read more

LIC & pension funds must step in to fund startups: DIPP Secy

Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Ramesh Abhishek recently said that the Life Insurance Corporation of India and other pension funds “must step in” to fund startups. Abhishek was speaking at the India Economic Summit, jointly organised by CII and WEF.........Read more

Remittances to India to decline by five per cent in 2016: World Bank

ndia, the world’s largest remittance recipient in 2015, may receive a remittance of $65.5 billion this year, a drop of 5 per cent, the World Bank has said in a new report citing weak economic growth in remittances-source countries and cyclic low oil prices. “In 2016, remittance flows are expected to decline by 5 per cent in India and 3.5 per cent in Bangladesh, whereas they are expected to grow by 5.1 per cent in Pakistan and 1.6 per cent in Sri Lanka,” the World Bank said in a latest report on remittances.........Read more

Will 5300 Year Old Iceman Mummy Lead to Cancer Breakthrough?

A mummy of a man was discovered in 1991 by tourists in the Alps. Initially, the 5,300-year-old corpse, nicknamed Oetzi, was thought to be a murder victim. The man, severely injured by an arrow shot from behind and injured by a blow to the back of the head, has been the source of several groundbreaking discoveries and, after 25 years of study, continues to reveal new information........Read more

More Than Half Of The World's Refugee Children Are Not Going To School

Being a refugee is not something we can fathom easily. You are displaced from your home, roaming -many times afoot - in a foreign land completely dependent on it's policies towards your upkeep and future. You're scared for your well being, your family and your children.........Read more

You're losing a lot of money by subscribing to cable TV, Is internet streaming a viable solution?

At regular intervals, there's a big event streamed live online — an awards show, the premiere of a big TV show, or a sports event — that serves as an experiment with respect to whether streaming video is a practical swap for traditional cable or satellite TV.........Read more

US Open 2016 Men's Highlights: Stan Wawrinka defeats Novak Djokovic for third major title

Defending champion Novak Djokovic faces third seed Stan Wawrinka in the US Open men's final. Follow our live blog for regular updates throughout the match.........Read more

Rekha: The Untold Story Highlights Shocking Revelations From the Actress' Life

The book covers significant events from Rekha's journey from being a little girl forced into Bollywood to becoming the iconic diva of Bollywood.........Read more

RIL to create a Rs5,000 crore fund to invest in tech start-ups

RIL boss Mukesh Ambani says Jio Digital India Startup Fund will be invested over next five years, entrepreneurship hubs to come up as well........Read more

All-India strike by trade unions today; to hit banking, transport

All-India strike by trade unions today; to hit banking, transport - Crores of workers to go on strike for the same reasons as last year, say demands unfulfilled........Read more

Ericsson plans to launch the worlds first commercial 5G New Radio

Swedish communication technology and services giant Ericsson announced on Wednesday it would launch the worlds first commercial 5G New Radio.........Read more

Three Indian-origin Muslims de-planed after being branded 'ISIS supporters' in London

Three Indian-origin Muslims de-planed after being branded 'ISIS supporters' in London - Sakina Dharas, 24, Maryam Dharas, 19, and Ali Dharas, 21, had boarded the easyJet flight from Stansted to the Italian city of Naples.........Read more

Pak's withdrawal from Gilgit-Baltistan will help resolve Kashmir issue: Gilgit-Baltistan National Congress

In a statement, Sering said the UN Security Council through its resolutions has declared Pakistan an intruder in Gilgit-Baltistan.........Read more

IIT Joins Hand With US-Based MIT To Preserve Rabindranath Tagore's Santiniketan

Architecture students from IIT Kharagpur and America's MIT will soon conduct a joint study on how to preserve the heritage of Rabindranath Tagore's abode in Santiniketan.........Read more

Drama in real life: Why is India's leading film school in ferment?

A 139-day strike at India's leading film school ended last October, but uncertainty still prevails about its future, reports Raksha Kumar.........Read more

Telugu cinema: A makeover in progress

It’s been a summer of casualties in Telugu cinema. Both the Pawan Kalyan- starrer have bitten the dust. The first tried to entertain the masses with a tale that’s been done to death and the second w........Read more

Facebook to track non-users around the internet

Facebook believes that targeted advertising can more accurately target non-members .........Read more

Live: Sarbananda Sonowal sworn in as Assam's first BJP CM

After 15 years of Congress rule, Assam gets its first BJP government headed by Sarbananda Sonowal. The BJP coalition won a comfortable 86 seats in the 126-member Assembly. The BJP had alliances with........Read more