Repo rate reduced from 4.4% to 4%, reverse repo rate reduced to 3.35%: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das today announced that the central bank has decided to reduce the repo rate by 40 basis points from 4.4 per cent to 4 per cent. Shaktikanta Das said, the RBI has also decided to reduce the reverse repo rate to 3.35 per cent. 1 vote among the six-member monetary policy committee, adding that the RBI has maintained an accommodative stance and it would keep supporting the economy till required.........Read more

Over 350 Passengers, Including 3 Infants, Arrive In Chennai In Two Special Flights From UAE

Two special flights carrying over 350 passengers, including 3 infants, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai, arrived in Chennai on Saturday. The first evacuation flight of Air India Express to Chennai from Dubai landed at Chennai International Airport with 179 passengers and three infants on Saturday at about 1.10 a.m. According to an official of Air India Express, the flight IX 612 landed safely with 179 passengers and three infants. In the next Air India IX540 - POB 177, 177 Indian national landed at the Chennai Airport.........Read more

Coronavirus in Pune: More than 71,000 families to relocate; doubling rate higher than other cities

In the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic spreading its wings in Pune, the Pune Municipal Corporation has started preparations to relocate 71,000 families in the five most-affected areas of the city. These families will be relocated in municipality schools, private wedding halls, hostels etc, reported a Marathi website. The five most-affected areas in Pune are Bhawani Peth, Dhole Patil, Kasba Peth, Ghole Road and Yerawada. In the city, more than 75 per cent of the COVID-19 cases are from these five areas. Similarly, the most deaths have also been registered in these hotspots. ........Read more

Supplementary charge-sheet filed against Sharjeel Imam for seditious speech, abetting riots in Jamia

A supplementary charge-sheet has been filed in Saket court against Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Sharjeel Imam for giving "seditious speech" and "abetting riots" in Jamia on December 15 last year, Delhi Police said on Saturday. "In the case of FIR no. 242/19 PS New Friends Colony, Sharjeel Imam was arrested for instigating and abetting the Jamia riots, due to his seditious speech delivered on December 13, 2019. During the investigation, on the basis of evidence collected, sections 124 A IPC and 153 A IPC (Sedition and promoting enmity) were invoked in the case. In this case, the first charge-sheet was filed against the rioters arrested by the SIT led by Shri Rajesh Deo. A Supplementary charge-sheet in continuation of the earlier charge-sheet has now been filed in the court of MM Saket court," Delhi Police said.........Read more

US Now Has Most Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in the World

The total number of positive cases across the world soared over 500,000 while Italy (80,589) topped the number of deaths, surpassing China (81,285) where the deadly virus was first reported in Wuhan city. According to Worldometers, the website that records confirmed cases of infection and deaths globally, the US surged by at least 16,877 cases in just a single day. A week ago, the number of confirmed cases were 8,000. It has dangerously surged 10 times in the span of a week disrupting lives for billions.........Read more

Coronavirus scare in India: Nearly 100 people under observation, PMO reviews preparedness

Over 100 people have been kept under observation in Kerala and Maharashtra following screening for a possible exposure to novel coronavirus (nCoV) as the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Saturday reviewed India's preparedness to deal with any situation amid mounting global concern over rising cases in China. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said no positive case has been detected in India so far though samples of seven passengers have been sent to the ICMR-NIV Pune lab. A 24x7 call centre has been made operational. Samples of four other passengers tested earlier have been confirmed to be negative for nCoV by the lab.........Read more

Former Union Minister claims MS Dhoni may join BJP after retiring

Amid a flurry of speculation about Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future, former Union Minister and BJP leader Sanjay Paswan claimed that the cricket legend will join BJP after retiring. “On this issue, there has been a discussion for long, although this decision will be taken only after his retirement. Dhoni is my friend, he is a player of world fame and there have been discussions on bringing him into the party fold.” All eyes will be on Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is expected to lay out his future plans upon return amid speculation that he might retire from international cricket. It is learnt that the 38-year-old will leave for his hometown Ranchi after arriving in Mumbai. The wicketkeeper-batsman had an average World Cup, scoring a 50 in the semifinal loss, which is being considered his last outing in national colours. The former captain, who led India to two world titles (the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 ODI World Cup), has been facing severe criticism for his waning finishing skills with the bat. Without Dhoni, there wasn't a chance, says Steve Waugh 1. Will Dhoni join BJP? Last year, Dhoni was one of the celebrities whom Amit Shah visited in his Sampark for Samarthan programme.........Read more

‘Terrorism biggest threat to humanity’: PM Modi at informal BRICS leaders’ meeting in Osaka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that terrorism is the biggest threat to humanity which not only kills innocents but also severely affects the economic development and social stability. Speaking at the informal BRICS leaders’ meeting in Osaka, Modi said that there is a need to stop all the mediums of support to terrorism and racism. “Terrorism is the biggest threat to humanity. It not only kills innocents but also severely affects the economic development and social stability,” he said. The Prime Minister is in Osaka for the G20 Summit. ........Read more

'Mob lynching pains me but don't insult Jharkhand': PM Modi breaks silence over lynching

The remarks came two days after the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, condemned the incident of mob lynching in Jharkhand's Seraikela district. PM Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha. (Photo|ANI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the lynching of a young man by a mob in Jharkhand had pained him but said it was unfair to blame the entire state for it. Breaking his silence on the crime which took place over a week ago, Modi, speaking in the Rajya Sabha, slammed the Congress for describing Jharkhand as the factory of mob lynching and said no one had the right to insult a state. "The lynching in Jharkhand has pained me. It has saddened others too. But some people in the Rajya Sabha are calling Jharkhand a hub of lynching. Is this fair? Why are they insulting a state?" he said in his reply to the Motion of Thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind's address to Parliament. "None of us have the right to insult Jharkhand," the Prime Minister added. Modi Modi said irrespective of whether such a killing takes place in Jharkhand or Kerala or West Bengal, the country should have a common stand. "Only then we will be able to halt the violence and those indulging in violence will be punished."........Read more

Mob Attacks by Extremist Hindu Groups Against Minorities Continues in India, Says US Report

Mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against the minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018, amid rumours that victims had traded or killed cows for beef, said by an official US report.........Read more

Centre begins Rs 45,000 crore project for building 6 submarines under Make In India initiative

In a major step under the Make In India initiative, the Indian Navy has issued an Expression of Interest for shortlisting of potential Indian Strategic Partners for the construction of six conventional submarines which would cost nearly Rs 45,000 crore. It would be second such project after the procurement of 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH).........Read more

If Pak Stops Terror, We Will Also "Be Like Neeraj Chopra": Army Chief

If Pakistan stops terrorism, the Army would also "be like Neeraj Chopra", Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said Wednesday, referring to the Asian Games javelin gold medallist's gesture of reaching out to his Pakistani competitor.........Read more

Indo-Vietnam pact on transfer of convicted prisoners gets enforced

In a gazette notification, the Ministry of Home Affairs said the treaty between India and Vietnam on the mutual transfer of sentenced prisoners has come into effect following its confirmation by the Southeast Asian nation. The pact would grant the citizens of the countries, convicted and sentenced in the other country, an opportunity to serve their remaining terms in their own countries and facilitate their social rehabilitation in their own societies.........Read more

India ranks lowest in 4G download speeds: OpenSignal

India's 4G speed numbers for the country have worsened since November 2017. As according to the UK-based company's report, the average 4G speed has declined from 6.13 Mbps to dismal 6.07 Mbps. The country now ranks below Indonesia and Algeria. However, India ranks at No. 14 in terms of 4G coverage internationally. The country has 86.26 4G availability, making it one of the top countries in terms of 4G availability. ........Read more

It is high time we reclaim Hinduism from Hindutva, says Shashi Tharoor

Tharoor’s underlying message was that Hinduism cannot be left to Hindutva, “To my mind, most of the people I know are unapologetic about being Hindus, and they do not believe in belittling the faith of others,” Hindustan Times quoted him as saying. “It is high time we take back Hinduism from them. Even some of the greatest of our thinkers, like Swami Vivekananda, did not believe in what they are practising today.”........Read more

Ferrari to introduce an electric supercar soon | Team-BHP

Ferrari Chairman and CEO, Sergio Marchionne said that the Italian company will be the first to make a production ready electric supercar. In the past, Ferrari had stated that they would never consider making electric cars. Ferrari has made mild hybrid cars like the LaFerrari and the FXX K using the kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) found in their Formula 1 cars. In these cars, the KERS provides additional bursts of power, unlike conventional hybrids where the goal is to save fuel.........Read more

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Manmohan Singh, Pranab Mukherjee Likely to Lose Lutyens’ Delhi Government Accommodations

Former prime ministers HD Deve Gowda, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh and former presidents Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee may lose their Lutyens’ Delhi government accommodations if the Supreme Court accepts suggestions by ex-solicitor general Gopal Subramanium. He said after the holders of top constitutional posts demit office they are back to being ordinary private citizens and, hence, ought to be granted no greater privilege than that afforded to other citizens of India. He also added that allocation of official bungalows to former Presidents, PMs and CMs violated the right to equality.........Read more

Condom ads without sexually explicit content can play before 10pm, clarifies I&B ministry

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Thursday clarified that the ban on condom advertisements between 6 am and 10 pm pertained only to commercials with sexually explicit content. “Advertisements that do not sexually objectify women can continue to play beyond curfew hours,” the I&B Ministry said.........Read more

Chris Gayle slams 18 sixes for his 20th T20 ton, first to go past 11,000 runs

Playing for Rangpur Riders in the final against Dhaka Dynamites, Gayle blasted a 69-ball, unbeaten 146 as his side notched up 206/1. His knock included five fours and a world record 18 sixes. He shared a partnership of 201 with ex-Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum, who smashed 51 off 43 balls.........Read more

45 Per Cent Indians Paid Bribe Once in Last Year, Claims Transparency International Poll

A corruption related poll conducted by the non-government organisation Transparency International has revealed that 45 percent Indians paid a bribe to a government official to get their work done in last year. The survey, conducted among 34,696 respondents, stated that the people of Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal felt there is a minuscule reduction in levels of corruption in past one year.........Read more

Alibaba set to invest $300 million in BigBasket

The transaction will add to a portfolio of strategic investments the Chinese e-commerce giant is building in India as it squares up against Amazon in one of the most dynamic markets for e-commerce........Read more

India-bound 2018 Jeep Wrangler unveiled

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is available in 2-door and 4-door body styles. The 2-door model comes in three variants – Sport, Sport S and Rubicon. In addition to the aforementioned variants, the 4-door model also comes in Sahara trim.........Read more

Samsung launches digital assitant Bixby in India, says its optimised to understand accents

Samsung launched Bixby in India, its digital assistant with voice capabilities. Bixby has been optimised to understand Indian accents. Bixby, can be started either by pressing the button or saying Hi, Bixby. Samsung stated that Bixby ‘no matter from which part of the country you are, would work hard to understand you’.........Read more

Why Japan is pouring lakhs of crores in cut-rate loans to build infrastructure across India

That new chapter in the India-Japan relationship was playing out in full glory in Gujarat this week. Amid hype and hope, Gandhinagar played host to the blossoming bromance between Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. The stage was set for some big-ticket project announcements. A Rs 1.1 lakh crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train — for which Japan will dole out Rs 88,000 crore as soft loan — has grabbed most headlines. (Ironically, feasibility studies on the bullet train were done by the UPA government.) A part of the Make in India plan, the project will create jobs, entail technology transfer and local manufacturing. “Very quietly, JICA has surpassed World Bank and ADB in seamlessly executing large infrastructure projects in India,” says Vinayak Chatterjee, chairman, Feedback Infra. ........Read more

Daily Aspirin Use Can Reduce Colon Cancer Risk But it May Cost You Later

Daily aspirin use known to reduce the risk of colon cancer could also make the disease harder to treat if it does occur, researchers reported. But at the same time, the drug may render the cancer "more difficult to manage therapeutically. ........Read more

A decline in navigational skills could predict neurodegenerative disease

Changes in how humans map their surroundings and construct and follow directions as they age have been understudied compared to effects on memory and learning. However, age-related declines in navigational ability are independent of those more well-known cognitive downturns, and could form the basis for tools for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers discuss this possibility in a review published August 30 in the journal Neuron.........Read more

IS posters urging recruitments come up in Bihar

Posters have come up in Bihar urging the youth to join the Islamic State. The message written in completely wrong English urges the youth to join the IS. It further says that the IS has come to Bihar.........Read more

In blow to Trump, Andrew Puzder withdraws as US Labor Department secretary nominee

Fast-food chain executive Andrew Puzder formally withdrew his name from consideration to be U. S. Secretary of Labor on Wednesday amid mounting concerns he could not win enough Republican support to get confirmed by the U Senate.........Read more

Kim Jong-nam: Post-mortem finished on leader's brother

One woman is due to appear in court on Thursday, and a second woman has now been arrested, police say. There is widespread speculation that North Korea was behind the killing, but there has been no confirmation. Malaysia has yet to formally confirm that the dead man, who was travelling under the name Kim Chol, is Kim Jong-nam, but South Korea says it is certain.........Read more

Got rapists tortured, asked victims to watch when I was CM: Uma Bharti

Firebrand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Uma Bharti raised the poll pitch in Agra on Thursday for the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh, claiming that she had ensured rapists were tortured for their crimes and ‘begged for forgiveness”, when she was Chief Minister.........Read more

Did you know? The differences between your PAN and TAN

In order to collect and manage tax collection from various incomes, the income tax department issues various unique identification numbers, such as Permanent Account Number (PAN) and Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number (TAN) to entities such as individuals, companies and trusts........Read more

One in two Indian students can’t read books meant for three classes below: ASER

The overall learning level in schools across rural India continues to be “pretty disappointing”, according to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) published on Wednesday. Nationally, the proportion of school students in Grade 3 who are able to read a book meant for Grade 1 has improved only marginally from 40.2% in 2014 to 42.5% in 2016.........Read more

Eurozone Risks Losing Italy as EU Integrity Weakens, Claims European Think Tank

The difference in economic development between Italy and the rest of the EU may prompt Rome to abandon the European currency and effectively secede from the Eurozone.........Read more

16,000 displaced from eastern Aleppo, UN says

Up to 16,000 people have fled the violence in Syria's war-ravaged eastern Aleppo, with food stocks "practically finished" and every hospital bombed beyond use, the UN's humanitarian chief said Tuesday.........Read more

Nine out of ten people in world breathing polluted air: WHO

Nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, calling for dramatic action against pollution that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year. New data in a report from the UN’s global health body “is enough to make all of us extremely concerned,” Maria Neira, the head of the WHO’s department of public health and environment, told reporters.........Read more

This Man Has Been Giving Free Food And Medicines To Abandoned Patients In Patna For 20 Years

Every night, Gurmeet Singh arrives at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) to serve food and provide medicines to patients at the so-called abandoned or lawaaris ward. On his way to the hospital, he stops at a small eatery where he picks up food for the patients who have been discarded at the lawaaris ward. Once he reaches the hospital ward -- a cesspool of infection rife with a putrid smell, where rodents run amok -- Singh washes his hands and begins serving food to the patients. ........Read more

Civic officials shocked as this neglected Panchaloha Gandhi statue has 40kg of gold in it

Years of neglect was telling on a five-foot-tall Gandhi statue at a park near the Four-Road junction at Panruti. Dust had accumulated on the layers of paintwork, haphazardly done in bursts of administrative energy. When the civic body officials swung into action to give the park a much-needed facelift, little did they know that amid the thick outgrowth of weeds was hidden a treasure trove.........Read more

Ban ritual of Dalits rolling over Brahmins’ leftover food, Centre tells SC

The central government has approached the Supreme Court seeking ban on a temple ritual, practised in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, wherein Dalits roll over plantain leaves with the leftover foods eaten by Brahmins to 'cure diseases' and solve other problems.........Read more

Railways to save Rs 10,000 crore after budget merger

Cash-strapped Railways will save about Rs 10,000 crore annually as it will no longer have to pay dividend if the separate Rail Budget is scrapped, which is likely to happen from next fiscal. A joint committee set up to finalise the modalities for the merger of Rail Budget with the General Budget has submitted its........Read more

LTTE's Prabhakaran to be reported as 'missing' 7 years after his death

Prabhakaran, 54, was declared killed by Sri Lankan troops on May 19, 2009 in Mullaivaikkal in the northern Mullaithivu district.........Read more

5 countries where short skirts in religious places are banned

As a traveller, you need to be careful about what you wear while visiting these religious places around the world.........Read more

Over 50 Notices Issued to President's Estate Over Mosquito Breeding

Safdarjung hospital, prestigious Delhi Golf Club, Shivaji Stadium and Akashwani Bhawan are among the 146 buildings challaned by the civic body over dengue breeding this season.........Read more

900 million Android smartphones affected by security flaw in Qualcomm processors: Report

Hackers can trigger any of these four vulnerabilities using a malicious app. “Such an app would require no special permissions to take advantage of these vulnerabilities, alleviating any suspicion users may have when installing,” adds the post.........Read more

Turkey envoy urges India to close Fethullah institutions in Mumbai, linked to military coup

Turkey on Monday sought shutting down of institutions in Mumbai linked to the Fethullah "terror" network, which it had claimed was behind last month's attempted coup in that country. "We believe the Indian authorities already had that information," he said,........Read more

Rio Olympics: Abhinav Bindra into 10m air rifle final; Gagan Narang out

Abhinav Bindra mounted a stunning recover to qualify for the finals of the men's 10m air rifle qualification event with the slimmest of margins, but the news was disappointing for his compatriot Gagan Narang who squandered a brilliant start to exit the event.........Read more

Raghuram Rajan signals no rate cut in the offing

RBI governor Raghuram Rajan has ruled out another interest rate cut in the monetary policy review on 9 August, citing the firming-up of inflation........Read more

Google is making better apps for the iPhone than for Android

Here’s a thing I didn’t really expect to write: I’m finding that I enjoy Google’s apps more on iOS than I do on Android. Or more specifically: I think that there’s more interesting innovation...........Read more

Vijay Mallya story in Game of Thrones style

Let Mallya show you how he got those loans in Game of Thrones style........Read more

Brazil declares financial emergency, requests funding for Rio Olympics

The acting governor of Rio de Janeiro has declared a state of financial disaster so he has more leeway to manage the states scarce resources less than two months Brazil hosts the Olympic Games.........Read more

Will it never end? Another petition against 'Udta Punjab', this time in Supreme Court

An NGO has filed a petition in the Supreme Court, against the Bombay High Court verdict that cleared the release of Udta Punjab, with a single cut.........Read more

Bill seeking special status for India fails to pass US Senate

The Senate has failed to recognise India as a "global strategic and defence partner" of the US after a key amendment necessary to modify its export control regulations could not be passed. The US had recognised India as a "major defence partner" in a joint statement issued after Modi held talks with President Barack Obama.........Read more