Indian start-ups get creative as coronavirus crisis fuels funding crunch

Samik Sarkar was managing to eke a profit out of his online apparel store before the coronavirus crisis hit India, forcing the 36-year old to reinvent his business overnight. “I started selling masks because that’s all I could sell,” Sarkar said. “I have salaries to pay.” The rapid global economic slowdown, India’s coronavirus lockdown of 1.3 billion people and an exodus of venture capital are testing a start-up community that has quickly become one of the world’s biggest, raising a record $14.9 billion last year. ........Read more

Salaries Cannot be Subject to GST, Says Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs

Under Section 7(2) schedule three of the Central GST Act 2017, the salaried services rendered by an employee to an employer is neither treated as a supply of goods nor as a supply of services, stated CBIC.........Read more

CBI raids Bengaluru office of Amnesty International India over alleged violation of foreign funding act

The raid comes a year after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had carried out investigations into charges that the rights group had tried to bypass the FCRA by floating a commercial entity, Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd. ........Read more

Hima, Anas Win Gold in Kutno Athletics International Meet

Star Indian sprinter Hima Das won her second international gold in women’s 200m with a top finish at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on Sunday. Hima, who has been struggling with a back problem for the past few months, clocked 23.97 seconds to clinch the gold while VK Vismaya bagged the silver in 24.06. National record holder. Muhammed Anas also won the gold in men’s 200m race with a time of 21.18 seconds. This was Hima’s second competitive 200m race of the year. She has a personal best of 23.10s, which she clocked last year. In her first competitive 200m race of the year, the Assam runner had clocked 23.65s on her way to gold in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix, also in Poland, on Tuesday. Vismaya had finished third in that meet with a personal best time of 23.75. Hima is the reigning world junior champion and national record holder in 400m.........Read more

Sachin Bansal’s emotional Facebook post after Flipkart-Walmart deal

Sachin Bansal wrote, "Sadly my work here is done and after 10 years, it’s time to hand over the baton and move on from Flipkart. But I’ll be watching and cheering from the outside — Flipsters, you better continue to do a good job!". I’ll be taking some long time off and focus on finishing a few personal projects which I haven’t been able to find time for. Will catch up on gaming (and see what kids are playing these days) and brush up on my coding skills.........Read more

Low levels of alcohol good for the brain

The new study, which appears in the journal Scientific Reports, shows that low levels of alcohol consumption tamp down inflammation and helps the brain clear away toxins, including those associated with Alzheimer's disease.........Read more

India Clinch 7 Gold Medals in India Open International Boxing Tournament

Not just Mary Kom, six other Indian boxers clinched gold medals in the India Open International Boxing Tournament. Apart from the inimitable Mary Kom, Sanjeet, Manish Kaushik, Pwilao Basumatar, Lovlina Borgohain and Pinki Rani and Manisha emerged victorious at the Thyagaraj Stadium.........Read more

Remembering Chandi Lahiri, the unapologetic Bengali cartoonist who never made it beyond his state

Cartoonist Chandi Lahiri, who remained a Bengali cynic throughout his life, probing and questioning every aspect of middle-class Bengali existence through his inimitable pen-and-ink images. Before he closed his cartoon shop forever at the age of 87, Chandi-da, as he was popularly known, continued to work every day, until the very end.........Read more

Is Global Front on Bitcoin Regulation Possible?

There has been increased regulatory pressure on Bitcoin and the entire cryptocurrency market recently, which has been felt across the board. The confusion that began in Korea caused a major dip, and even the retraction of those statements helped the market grow. Within these regulatory moves, from individual national countries, there are often powerful moves seen across the entire global cryptocurrency market. However, they are never really big enough to bring it under full control.........Read more

"PM Should Be Ashamed", Sharad Pawar On Remarks Against Manmohan Singh

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar was sharply critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday for "deliberately" misconstruing the dinner meeting at Mani Shankar Aiyar's residence that was attended by former prime minister Manmohan Singh as well.........Read more

This South African batsman scored 490 in a one-day cricket game

A 20-year-old South African batsman, Shane Dadswell, has done the unthinkable! He scored an enormous 490 runs for his club NWU Pukke against Potch Dorp 1st in a 50-over match. The wicket-keeper batsman’s demolition of the opposition’s bowling was spread over just 151balls, and came from 57 sixes and 27 fours.........Read more

Blue Whale Game: Home Ministry Issue Advisory to Police Across India, Orders Action Against Concerned Websites

The Home Ministry on Tuesday issued an advisory to police across India in which the officials had asked to take strict against concerned websites that provide links to download Blue Whale game.........Read more

Prematurity leaves distinctive molecular signature in infants' cerebellum

It has long been clear that prematurity—birth before 37 weeks gestation—is accompanied by a number of immediate and long-term complications, from potential problems breathing and feeding at birth to impairments in hearing and sight that can last throughout an individual's life.........Read more

Sikkim standoff: India pushes more troops in Doka La in longest impasse since 1962

Officials say India brought in more troops in Doka La after the destruction of two of its bunkers and ‘aggressive tactics’ adopted by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army........Read more

Baidu will launch its self-driving car technology in restricted environments in July

Baidu Inc said on Tuesday it would launch its self-driving car technology for restricted environment in July before gradually introducing fully autonomous driving capabilities on highways and open city roads by 2020. The project is named Apollo after the lunar landing program, the Chinese search giant said, adding it would work with partners who provide vehicles, sensors and other components for the new technology. ........Read more

Virbhadra Singh's palatial farmhouse purchased through shell companies: ED probe

Virbhadra Singh, the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh who is under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate in a disproportionate assets case had used shell companies to purchase a farmhouse in Delhi. It may be recalled that the ED had on Monday attached the farmhouse in Delhi.........Read more makes Nasdaq debut after reverse merger with Terrapin

Online travel firm Yatra Online Inc. on Monday said that it has completed its reverse merger with Terrapin 3 Acquisition Corp., which will result in the latter becoming a partially owned subsidiary of Yatra. Shares of the new entity will start trading on the US stock exchange Nasdaq under the ticker symbol YTRA, Yatra Online said in a statement.........Read more

After Twitter, Facebook says wont help Donald Trump build Muslim registry

A few days after Twitter said it will not help the Donald Trump government build a Muslim registry, Mark Zuckerberg-led Facebook today joined the chorus.........Read more

Ashwin's Test best seals 3-0 whitewash

India completed a 3-0 whitewash in devastating fashion as a seven-wicket haul from R Ashwin shot New Zealand out for 153 in their last innings of the series. India declared just under an hour from tea, after Cheteshwar Pujara had completed his eighth Test hundred, to set New Zealand a target of 475 and give themselves a day and a half to take 10 wickets. They only needed 44.5 overs, as New Zealand lost nine wickets for 115 runs in the post-tea session.........Read more

The 10 worst disasters in space travel history

Mans space odyssey has not always resulted in success. Heres a look at the worst space-travel disasters.........Read more

De Villiers opens up on World Cup heartbreak in autobiography

In his book, AB: The Autobiography, which launched in Johannesburg today, AB de Villers describes the 2015 World Cup semi-final defeat as the........Read more

PM Modi to inaugurate first phase of SAUNI project

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the first phase of SAUNI (Saurashtra Narmada Avataran for Irrigation) project in which nearly 10 dams and reservoirs of Rajkot, Jamnagar and Morbi would........Read more

Domino’s announces drone delivery service

Domino’s, New Zealand in partnership with drone delivery company, Flirtey, to transport pizzas via air.........Read more

Flood fury in Assam: 19 lakh affected, Kaziranga submerged; Rajnath Singh to survey worst-hit areas

Flood fury in Assam: 19 lakh affected, Kaziranga submerged; Rajnath Singh to survey worst-hit areas - On Saturday morning, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited flood affected areas in Dhubri and Chirang districts.........Read more

Brazil Arrests Group Planning Terrorism During Olympics

Brazilian police have arrested 10 members of a group allegedly planning terrorist attacks during the upcoming Olympic Games, Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said on Thursday.........Read more

Sri Lanka Navy escalating frequency, magnitude of abduction incidents: CM Jayalalithaa

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said, "The Sri Lankan government continues to infringe upon the historically enjoyed rights of our fishermen to fish in the traditional waters of the Palk Bay."........Read more

NIA busts ISIS module in Hyderabad, terror plot unearthed; 10 detained

At least 10 people have been taken into custody from multiple raids at the old quarters of the IT-city.........Read more

Why Hrithik Roshan’s Mohenjo Daro Failed to Charm Us

Wow! Is it just us, or did Ashutosh Gowariker really mess up his history lessons in school? It’s not that we paid much attention in class, but the little that we did, we weren’t left with grand delusions regarding Mohenjo Daro or Harappan culture,........Read more

Water Walkathon: Over 50% of Indians Still Struggle for Water

More than half of Indian households did not have a source of drinking water at home –63% in rural India – and a fifth of rural households walked more than 500 m to get drinking water, according to 2011 Census data. In Odisha, Jharkhand and Madhya Pr........Read more

MediaCrooks: Warning For Hindus

Like almost all Indians I used to watch a lot of movies. Like most Indians I also believed most of the bad stuff happened only in movies. Growing along, I realised many bad things that happened in movies also happened to me. I have witnessed many co........Read more