Djokovic Beats Thiem to Win Australian Open 2020

Second seed Djokovic was the favourite going into the match against the first time Grand Slam finalist. But it was not easy for the Serbian who was pushed to the fifth set before he finally brought his best tennis to the fore to clinch the match. Novak Djokovic brought an end to Austrian Dominic Thiem‘s dream as the Serbian beat him 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a five-set thriller at the Rod Laver Arena in the Australian Open final on Sunday to win his 17th Grand Slam title and his eighth Australian Open crown.........Read more

SC stays Allahabad HC order passed on Swami Chinmayanand's plea

The Supreme Court granted an interim stay on the Allahabad High Court's order, allowing former Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand to access certified copy of the statement recorded by the Shahjahanpur law student.........Read more

Speaker says can't work at lightning speed, SC to hear his plea today

There seems to be no end to the political crisis in Karnataka anytime soon. We saw an action-packed Thursday -- the rebel MLAs in the crisis-hit ruling JD(S)-Congress coalition flew to Bengaluru to meet Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar. The Speaker moved Supreme Court asking for more time to decide on these MLAs' resignation and Chief Minister HD Kuramaswamy put up a brave face claiming his government still has the numbers and he does not need to resign. Today looks no different. The rebel MLAs, who met the Speaker at Vidhan Souda in Bengaluru, have returned to the posh hotel in Mumbai. In Delhi, the Supreme Court will hear Speaker's plea to give him more time. The apex court had on Thursday asked Ramesh Kumar to evaluate and decide on the MLAs' resignations by midnight. The Speaker, however, filed a plea ruling out any immediate decision, saying he cannot be expected to work at "lightning speed". Will Kumaraswamy be able to hold onto his state? brings you all the latest updates of Karnataka political turmoil. Karnataka Speaker to meet 3 rebel MLAs at 4pm today. 00 PM today to three of the five MLAs whose resignations were in the prescribed format.........Read more

NBFC crisis: RBI likely to get more regulatory powers

The government is looking into a proposal from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to enhance its regulatory powers with respect to non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) through the legislative route, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Parliament on Monday. “The government has received a proposal from RBI to strengthen RBI’s regulatory and supervisory powers under the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, and the same is under consideration,” she said in a written response to a member of Parliament’s (MP) queries on the liquidity crisis in the NBFC sector. ........Read more

Anti-rumour campaigner lynched in Tripura

Sukanta Chakraborty, who was hired by Tripura’s Information and Culture department to campaign against rumour-mongering, ended up being lynched late on June 28........Read more

ICC Grants International Status to All T20I Matches

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on thursday granted international status to all its members playing the Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson announced here on the final day of a week-long meeting. The governing body of cricket has also decided to introduce global rankings in the format. The move will be made in both men’s and women’s cricket in order to globalise the game further.........Read more

Indian equities no longer top pick among emerging markets

India is no longer the top pick among emerging markets (EM), as fund managers wait for an earnings recovery and peer markets turn attractive. The Rs11,400 crore fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) hasn’t helped either. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have pulled out $1.5 billion from Indian shares so far in February, following a sell-off in the US market which had worsened due to leveraged trade on volatility-linked products.........Read more

No Aadhar? You Still Cannot be Denied These 3 Services

In a statement, UIDAI asked government departments and state administration "to ensure that no essential service or benefit shall be denied to a genuine beneficiary for the want of Aadhaar whether it is medical help, hospitalization, school admission or ration through PDS".........Read more

HC upholds Rs 3,500cr arbitral award against Ranbaxy

The Supreme Court has clearly held that enforcement of a foreign award would be refused only if such enforcement would be contrary to the fundamental policy of Indian Law. While considering the enforceability of foreign awards, the court does not exercise appellate jurisdiction over the foreign award nor does it enquire as to whether while rendering the foreign award some errors have been committed, HC noted in its verdict.........Read more

Former Heroine Krishnakumari Breathes Her Last

Senior actress Krishna Kumari who has stunned Telugu cinema as a heroine in the 1960s has breathed her last.From some time, Krishna Kumari is suffering from health-related issues and breathed her last today morning at her Bangalore residence. She's survived by her daughter, son in law and a grandson. Born on March 6th, 1933, Krishna Kumari debuted in films in 1951 and was seen in a short Gandharva Kanya role in acclaimed Pathala Bhairavi role. Later she acted in many Telugu and Tamil films.........Read more

GPS, panic buttons must on public transport vehicles by Apr 1

"From 1st April 2018, passenger transport vehicles including taxis and buses are to be mandatorily equipped with GPS devices," the ministry tweeted on Wednesday. A senior official said there will be no extension to roll out these passenger safety measures in public transport vehicles.........Read more

PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmed Mir Stokes Controversy, Says Kashmir Militants Are Martyrs

Jammu and Kashmir’s ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) MLA Aijaz Ahmed Mir has triggered a huge row by describing Kashmiri militants as ‘martyrs’. Mir said that killings of terrorists in the state should not be celebrated while calling incidents of teenagers joining terror groups as a collective failure.........Read more

Smartphone addiction may cause severe depression and anxiety

Researchers from the Korea University in South Korea have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet. They used magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to gain unique insight into the brains of smartphone-and internet- addicted teenagers.........Read more

Karnataka’s black magic law targets caste and gender discrimination, not Hindu religious practices

Under its provisions, religious practices that have a negative impact on the dignity and well-being of individuals have been outlawed. These include practices such as made snana, a ritual where devotees from backward castes roll on plantain leaves bearing leftovers of meals eaten by Brahmins. It has also outlawed the segregation of menstruating or pregnant women in society, piercings of the mouth or tongue, hook-swinging.........Read more

Deadly BrahMos test-fired from Sukhoi-30MKI, becomes deep surgical-strike missile

The deadly BrahMos supersonic missile today became a deep surgical-strike missile after it was tested for the first time from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet. The "marriage" between the fighter, with a cruising range of 3,200-km, and the missile is expected to be "a deadly combination".........Read more

Govt's next mega mission: 1 billion UIDs, 1 billion accounts, 1 billion mobiles?

The government is set to pursue an unique and ambitious "1 billion-1 billion-1 billion" connectivity vision. This means one billion unique Aadhaar numbers, linked to one billion bank accounts and one billion mobiles.........Read more

PayPal's India Pay to open for business in a week

Global digital payments pioneer PayPal is set to offer domestic payment services in India from next week, said people aware of the matter, entering a market rapidly overcrowding with domestic and global companies. ........Read more

‘Takes more than stardom to be successful in politics’: Rajinikanth takes a dig at Kamal Haasan

“It takes more than stardom to be successful in politics,” 66-year-old Rajinikanth said. “Kamal knows what is needed, I don’t. Maybe he would have told me that two months back. Now, he tells me to come along with him.”........Read more

Mobile bills to go down further as Trai cuts interconnect rates by 57%

If the tariff cuts in your mobile charges over the past one year were already not enough, expect your bills to come down even more with telecom regulator Trai announcing a steep cut in charges phone companies pay each other for connecting calls.........Read more

Toshiba in chip talks with Bain, but doesn't rule out other suitors

Toshiba Corp said on Wednesday it has agreed to focus on selling its prized chips unit to a group led by Bain Capital and South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix, although it is not ruling out a deal with other bidders. It marks the third time the embattled Japanese conglomerate has failed to meet a target date to sell the $18 billion business - the world’s second-biggest producer of NAND memory chips.........Read more

Poster Boys Review: Nothing More Than Phata Poster Nikla Zero!

Talpade’s Poster Boys is a remake of Sameer Patil’s popular Marathi film Poshter Boyz (2014). It’s about the gharelu lives of three men that get ‘snipped’ when they find themselves on a government poster advertising vasectomy. There is one thing they managed to keep alive in the film, and that’s the ongoing debate on nepotism. So if Karan Johar is the flag bearer of nepotism, the Deols aren’t far behind. After Yamla Pagla Deewana and Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, the Deol khandaan came together yet again for Poster Boys.........Read more

Indian Shooter Ankur Mittal Wins Double Trap Silver at ISSF World Cup

Mittal scored 74 points in the final round, and fell an agonising one point short of tying with the eventual gold medallist from Australia, James Willett.........Read more

Kochi-bound Air India flight with 102 passengers on-board veers off taxiway

Air India Express aircraft from Abu Dhabi, carrying 102 passengers and six crew members onboard, veered off a taxiway at Kochi airport in the wee hours on Tuesday.........Read more

Nissan to launch connected car technology in Indian portfolio

Nissan is bringing connected car technology to its cars in India. Media reports suggest that the Micra, Sunny and Terrano will receive new features in the connected car domain, with the official launch expected in July, 2017.........Read more

India becomes the largest two wheeler market; overtakes China

India has always been one of the best markets for the two wheeler industry and has always ranked very close to the top spot occupied by China. However, in the fiscal year 2016-17, India has sold over 1 crore 70 lakhs units of two wheelers, whereas China clocked a sales number of 1 crore 68 lakhs units, thereby, losing its top spot to India.........Read more

Rajasthan: Man with cold treated for AIDS; consumer forum fines doctor

The matter dates back to 2004, when victim Dhanraj Patel consulted Dr D.C. Kumawat as he had fever and cough. The doctor told Mr Patel that he suspected him of being infected with AIDS. Without waiting for diagnostic reports, the doctor treated Mr Patel for HIV till 2007.........Read more

Government mulls reviving colonial-era gold mines with $2 billion reserves

India, the world's biggest gold importer behind China, spends more than $30 billion a year buying gold from abroad, making the metal its second-biggest import item after crude oil.........Read more

Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris was raped at 14, says her father was murdered

Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris is opening up like never before. In an intimate interview to Rolling Stone magazine, her first ever, the 18-year-old revealed that she battled depression and drug addiction after she was sexually assaulted by a “complete stranger” at age 14.........Read more

Meritocratic America could have woman, Latino or Hindu President in future: Barack Obama

Asked what he intended to do after leaving the White House, Obama's response was utterly self-effacing: "I want to do some writing. I want to be quiet a little bit and not hear myself talk so darn much. I want to spend precious time with my girls."........Read more

Nokia's 'Viki' digital assistant will take on Google Assistant, Siri and Alexa in the near future

It certainly looks like the future of the smartphone is the digital assistant. The space is currently ruled by Google Now and Siri. Alexa and Cortana aren’t far behind either. Joining the fray, possibly, is Nokia’s own assistant and this one’s called Viki. It describes a software for “the creation and monitoring of mobile and web assistants working with digital knowledge and combining all data sources into a single chat and voice-based interface.”........Read more

Bengaluru cops say man, sister-in-law hatched ‘molestation plot’ to get married

Deputy commissioner of police (east division) Ajay Hilori said investigators found that it was a set-up. The alleged stalker is the woman’s brother-in-law and he plotted the incident meticulously because her parents were trying to marry her off. “The duo is in a relationship and decided to stage the molestation because she wouldn’t be able to find a match then. The accused thought he could then convince his wife to let him marry her sister,” the officer said.........Read more

Bihar jailbreak: 5 prisoners escape from Central Jail in Buxar

Five prisoners escaped from Central Jail in Bihar's Buxar late Friday night. This is the third major prison escape this year. On November 27, Khalistan Liberation Force terrorist (KLF) Harminder Singh Mintoo had escaped from Punjab's Nabha Jail along with five others.........Read more

Airtel challenges TRAI decision to allow Reliance Jio continue with promo even after 90 days

Airtel accused TRAI of allowing Jio to continue with promotional offer even beyond stipulated 90 days. In its 25-page petition before the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), India's largest private mobile services operator asked the quasi-judicial body to direct TRAI to ensure that Jio does not provide its free voice and data plan beyond December 3.........Read more

Ratan Tata likely to step down as chairman of Tata Trusts

Ratan Tata is most likely to step down as chairman of the Tata Trusts, which control 66% in Tata Sons, the holding company of the $108-billion Tata Group. ​​The next chairman of the Trusts will be an Indian, but not necessarily a Parsi or a member of the Tata family.........Read more

Chitra Ramkrishna quits as NSE chief

Chitra Ramkrishna, managing director (MD) and chief executive of the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) has stepped down from her post, even as the country’s largest bourse is set to go public. The NSE board met on Friday and accepted her resignation, the exchange said in a note. The note added that Ramkrishna had tendered her resignation owing to personal reasons and expressed her desire to step down with immediate effect. Her tenure was supposed to end in March 2018.........Read more

Constant Tinkering With Note Ban Rules Betrays Lack of Planning

Since the demonetisation saga first began on November 8 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech announcing the withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, the rules for implementing the policy have been tweaked countless times. At first, S.O. 3407 (E) laid down the rules for depositing and exchanging the demonetised notes and set limits on how much people cash could withdraw from their bank accounts.........Read more

What is a Supermassive Black Hole?

For decades, astronomers have believed that a supermassive black hole exists at the center of our galaxy. And ongoing research has shown that it is not alone!........Read more

Withdrawing Currency For Wedding? It's Not That Easy. Here's Are New RBI Rules You Need To Know

ReutersRBI has also said that since the withdrawn amount will be used for cash disbursement, it has to be established that the person to be paid does not have a bank account. "A detailed list of persons to whom the cash was withdrawn is proposed to be paid, together with a declaration from such persons that they do not have a bank account is required. The list should indicate the purpose of the proposed payments," RBI said.........Read more

Nusli Wadia issues defamation notice to Tata Sons

Nusli Wadia, an independent director of some Tata Group companies, on Monday sent across a defamation notice to the Tata Sons board asking it to withdraw "false" and "defamatory" allegations made against him or face lawsuit. The industrialist felt the company's aim to remove him as an independent director has ruined his reputation and image.........Read more

When Kejriwal Tried To Hold Mamta Banerjee's Hand, This Is What Happened

This came as a shock to Arvind Kejriwal when Mamta Banerjee dismissed his attempt to hold hands in a rally organised at Azadpur Mandi, Delhi. Holding and raising hands by two politicians represents solidarity, but Mamta Banerjee did not approve it. They stand together against the demonetization move by Modi government and share stage to voice their protest.........Read more

Oil prices drop as Iraq says doesn't want to join OPEC cut

Oil prices fell early on Monday as Iraq said it wanted to be exempt from any deal by producer cartel OPEC to cut production to prop up the market, and as US drillers stepped up work. Brent crude futures were trading at $51.68 per barrel at 0656 GMT, down 10 cents from their last close. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 18 cents at $50.67 a barrel. ........Read more

Philanthropist and businesswoman Parmeshwar Godrej passes away

Philanthropist and businesswoman Parmeshwar Godrej, wife of Godrej Group chairman Adi Godrej, passed away on Monday night. According to reports, she breathed her last at Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai. She was suffering from a degenerative ailment in the lungs, reported more

Cops forced me, family to drink each other’s urine: MP woman

A woman in a Madhya Pradesh village alleged that the police forced her and her family members to drink each other’s urine to extract confession from them of their involvement in a murder of her daughter-in-law.........Read more

Will Tony Blair return? Ex-PM hints at comeback to politics to save Brexit-hit UK

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair could return to a frontline role in British politics to try to prevent the Conservative Party of Theresa May from destroying the country with a so-called hard Brexit, he said in an interview.........Read more

Russia Builds Glide Bomb Virtually Invisible to Radar

Russia has built a glide aviation bomb unlike any other in the world, online newspaper Svobodnaya Pressa reported citing the General Director of NPO "Basalt" Vladimir Porhachev.........Read more

Pakistani aircraft violates Indian airspace in J&K

A Pakistani aircraft reportedly violated Indian airspace on Monday when it hovered over Indian territory for almost a minute in RS Pura sector in Jammu & Kashmir before it returned, sending an alarm in the security establishment.........Read more

​Facebook's AI tech now helps anyone build computers that can see

The technology, available for free, lets computers isolate subjects in a photo. That could be a help to blind people, self-driving cars and beyond.........Read more

Apple Watch 2 with larger battery coming this year, says analyst

Apple Watch 2 with larger battery coming this year, says analyst - Two new versions will be released, though the design will remain the same.........Read more

Rio 2016: Trouble brews as Paes is yet to reach Brazil, reports suggest Leander unwilling to share room with Bopanna

Rio 2016: Trouble brews as Paes is yet to reach Brazil, reports suggest Leander unwilling to share room with Bopanna - The mood in India's tennis contingent in Rio is not that great as Leander Paes has still not joined his teammates.........Read more

What Brexit Means for the U.K.'s 15 Largest Trading Partners

The June 23 U.K. vote to leave the European Union shook the financial world: the pound plunged to a more than 30-year low versus the dollar, investor confidence collapsed and talk turned to London losing its place as Europe's financial capital. Econo........Read more

The Domestic and Global Risks of Foreign Direct Investment in India's Generics Industry

India needs a domestic pharmaceutical industry that is unfettered by foreign dominion and control, particularly by a rapacious multinational industry that so consistently prioritises supra profits for its executives.........Read more

Obama is 'absolutely' a Muslim: Antonio Sabato Jr.

Antonio Sabato Jr., featured as a prime-time speaker Monday night at the Republican National Convention, said President Barack Obama is “absolutely” a Muslim, reported The Huffington Post. Speaking to ABC News, the actor and former underwear model claimed “we had a Muslim president for seven and a half years.” “I don’t believe the guy is........Read more

MHA initiates Operation Golden Nose to prevent attack on Parliament

Can the parliament have a fedayeen attack, again? Can terrorists storm the inner house of parliament? Can a truck/car full of explosives be rammed into it? These were some of the questions the security agencies introspected upon before the Monsoon ........Read more

Pharma regulator reduces prices of 42 drugs by up to 15%

Prices of 42 essential medicines used in treatment of various ailments including tuberculosis, cancer, cardiac diseases, tuberculosis, asthma, epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis and depression have been capped by the government, reducing their cost by up to 15%.........Read more

IAF plans to put LCA Tejas in combat role by next year

The Indian Air Force plans to put much-delayed Tejas in combat role by next year after raising in July the first squadron of the indigenous Light Combat Aircrat which it counts........Read more

GST bill to be taken up in monsoon session: Nirmala Sitharaman

The long-pending GST bill will be taken up in the coming Monsoon session of Parliament, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, expressing confidence that it will be passed. "Finance Minister (Arun Jaitley) has said that in coming Mooson session........Read more

Manipal Student Wins Prize For Waterless Toilet Design For Railways

The competition was conducted in response to Prime Minister Modi's clarion call for a clean India under the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan'.........Read more

Telescope: Desperately seeking viewers

As the Kairana story underlined, TV news does not have the patience to verify........Read more

India's "undersea wall" in the eastern Indian Ocean

Is India planning to install undersea surveillance sensors in the Bay of Bengal? It is a question that has animated discussions in maritime circles recently. A recent report in the Indian media suggests New Delhi is planning to undertake joint projects with Japan and the United States for the defense of its littoral spaces, including one for the installation of … Continue reading India’s “undersea wall” in the eastern Indian Ocean →........Read more