Nokia to launch PureBook laptops on Flipkart soon

Nokia was recently said to have got some new devices certified on the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) website. These new devices could be laptops that will bear the Nokia branding. Now, Flipkart is teasing that these laptops will be called Nokia PureBook. Nokia’s laptops are coming soon to India but there is not a date confirmed for the launch yet. Most likely, Nokia could be targeting a December-end timeline to debut its laptops for the new year in India. Flipkart is teasing that the Nokia PureBook laptops will be “lightweight, powerful, and immersive.” I am not sure how much lightweight these laptops are going to be but expect these to carry similar weight as some ultrabooks in the market. Nokia PureBook laptops might also come with thin bezels, making the watching experience “immersive” as marketed by the teaser. Nokia laptops could come with up to 1080p screens. But what about the term “powerful”. The second adjective Flipkart has teased does recount a few bits from the BIS listings. It was spotted that the Nokia device models will be nine in number, five of which are going to be powered by Intel Core i5 processors and four of them by the Core i3 processors. These could belong to Intel’s 10th-generation Comet Lake series of Core processors. While Nokia has not confirmed anything, these do seem accurate at this point.........Read more

OnePlus Adds ‘Scout’ Unified Device Search Feature For Indian Consumers

OnePlus has been adding special features to OxygenOS for the Indian market for a while now. The latest one is called OnePlus Scout which is a unified device search. The new feature is notably only available on the OnePlus Launcher v4.7.2. As per reports, Scout search has not rolled out in the global markets as of yet making it an India exclusive feature for the time being. Now there is nothing unique about this feature, in fact, it is the same unified device search that you usually get on the Pixel range of smartphones from Google. It is a search bar available in the app drawer that lets you search contacts, files, music, locations, and even quick calculations. Additionally, you can also get weather information, news as well as web search. To get the new feature, users in India need to update to the latest OnePlus Launcher to v4.7.2 (v4.7.2_200818175549). Once installed, you need to grant some permissions to enable the feature. The OnePlus Scout feature also gives users the ability to omit certain results or apps from search results making it convenient for users to customise it the way they want. Notably, as pointed out by , the feature does not let you search through your SMS messages. Hopefully, this is not a bug and OnePlus will bring the ability in a future update.........Read more

NASA Wants to Fix the 'Insensitive' Nicknames Given to Cosmic Objects, Here's Why

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) quite often uses unofficial nicknames to identify distant cosmic objects like planets, galaxies, and nebulae. Recently, the space agency realised that some of the nicknames that they have been using are insensitive and can be actively harmful. As a result, NASA is currently examining the usage of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters, Washington in a statement on the space agency’s official said, "I support our ongoing reevaluation of the names by which we refer to astronomical objects.........Read more

Who is Shakuntala Devi, India's Human-Computer Whose Math Prowess Inspired Vidya Balan Movie?

Shakuntala Devi was born in 1929 to Kannadiga parents. Her ability to solve complex mathematical problems amazed her family and relatives from an early age. This was more astounding as she had not received any formal schooling. She demonstrated her remarkable brain skills at public shows with the help and encouragement of her father, who was a circus performer. Soon her shows picked up craze as people could not believe her immense grip on the huge numbers. This earned her enough money to help contribute to the family. Devi was popular enough in the following years to set out for an Europe tour in 1950. ........Read more

Coronavirus Bringing Record $1 Trillion of New Global Corporate Debt in 2020: Report

Companies around the world will take on as much as $1 trillion of new debt in 2020, as they try to shore up their finances against the coronavirus, a new study of 900 top firms has estimated. The unprecedented increase will see total global corporate debt jump by 12% to around $9.3 trillion, adding to years of accumulation that has left the world's most indebted firms owing as much as many medium-sized countries. ........Read more

Relief for Indian Workers as US Gives Relaxations to H-1B Visa Holders and Green Card Applicants

The US government has given a grace period of 60 days to H-1B visa holders and Green Card applicants, who have been served notices for submission of various documents, in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Friday said the 60-day grace period for responding to its requests will include requests for evidence; continuations to request evidence (N-14); notices of intent to deny; notices of intent to revoke; notices of intent to rescind and notices of intent to terminate regional investment centers; and filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion. ........Read more

SAD Boycotts Delhi Polls After Discord With BJP Over CAA-NRC, Says 'No Space For Communalism'

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday decided to withdraw itself from contesting in the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections over differences with its ally BJP regarding the Centre’s implementation of contentious Citizenship law as well as the nationwide NRC (National Register of Citizens). Addressing a press conference, SAD spokesperson Manjinder Singh Sirsa alleged that the amendment to Citizenship Act was supposed to include people from all religions. “SAD and BJP have an old relationship, but after stand by Sukhbir Badal Ji on CAA which was to include people from all religions, BJP leadership wanted us to reconsider this stand.........Read more

Jawa Perak Bobber Launched In India, Priced At Rs. 1.94 Lakh

The all-new Jawa Perak is the country's most affordable Bobber-styled motorcycle and comes to the market exactly a year after it was first showcased at the Jawa brand launch in 2018. ........Read more

U.S. to pull last troops from north Syria; Syrian army to redeploy on border

The developments illustrate Washington’s waning influence over events in Syria and the failure of the U.S. policy of keeping Assad from reasserting state authority over areas lost during the more than eight-year conflict with rebels trying to end his rule. ........Read more

United Nations May Run Out of Money by End of October: Antonio Guterres

Member States have paid only 70 per cent of the total amount needed for our regular budget operations in 2019. This translates into a cash shortage of $230 million at the end of September. We run the risk of depleting our backup liquidity reserves by the end of the month.........Read more

'Sorry, this is an emergency': Climate protesters block streets around the world

Thousands of climate-change protesters took to the streets in cities around the world on Monday, launching two weeks of peaceful civil disobedience to demand immediate action to cut carbon emissions and avert an ecological disaster. ........Read more

Terror plot foiled, truck laden with arms seized in J-K’s Kathua

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday foiled a major terror plot with the seizure in Lakhanpur area of Kathua district of a consignment of arms and ammunition from a Kashmir-bound truck. This is the first such recovery since Article 370, granting special status to J&K, was scrapped. “A truck on its way to Kashmir from Punjab was checked and we found some arms and ammunition, including AK series rifles. We are still in the middle of preparing an inventory of the seizure,” said Shridhar Patil, Kathua SSP. Patil added that three people, including the truck driver, who belong to Pulwama and Budgam districts in Kashmir, were arrested. Details will be shared once initial investigation is done, he said. ........Read more

She’s like my sister, says Azam Khan in apology to Rama Devi in Lok Sabha

Samajwadi Party lawmaker Azam Khan who sparked off a huge row over his sexist comment last week finally apologised in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The Samajwadi Party lawmaker told the House that he really meant it when he described BJP lawmaker from Bihar Rama Devi as his sister and had no intention to hurt anyone’s feeling. “There was no other intention,” Khan, who has been hammered in and outside parliament for his controversial remarks during a debate on triple talaq bill last week, told Lok Sabha as soon as the House met on Monday morning. Khan had gone to meet Speaker Om Birla along with his boss, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, to explain his side of the story. At this meeting, Birla is said to have formally conveyed his decision that there was no other way but to apologise. A meeting of leaders of major political parties with Speaker Om Birla had last week decided that if Azam Khan did not apologise, the Speaker should take appropriate action against him. “I have been an MLA for nine times, a minister several times, a Rajya Sabha member too. I was a parliamentary affairs minister too. I know legislative procedures,” he said. “However, if my words hurt anyone, I hereby apologise,” he said in his initial version of his apology. After lawmakers insisted that he spell out the apology clearly, he recalled his explanation that Rama Devi was like a sister to him.........Read more

Brahmaputra remains above danger level, around 90% rhino habitats under water in Assam

The flood situation in Assam remained grim on Friday as 11 more people died, taking the toll to 47, while 48.87 lakh people were affected in 27 of the 33 districts. A total of 1.79 lakh hectare agricultural land was submerged and around 90 percent of rhino habitats — the Kaziranga National Park and the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary — are under water, officials said. Of the 11 deaths, five were reported from Dhubri district and three each from Barpeta and Morigaon, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said. In its bulletin, the ASDMA said 48,87,443 people of 3,705 villages are affected by the floods. A flooded road in Morigaon district in Assam on Friday. PTI In Sivasagar and Udalguri where the flood water has ebbed, the displaced people found after returning home that the swirling waters have damaged walls and sand from rivers filled up agriculture lands rendering them unsuitable for farming. Though water was beginning to recede in Kaziranga National Park in Golaghat district and Pobitora in Morigaon district, forest department sources said animals like rhinos, elephants, buffaloes and deer have taken shelter on artificial high-grounds constructed within the forests.........Read more

Rift Between Kohli and Rohit Sharma Factions, Bias in Team Selection

It’s only been three days since India succumbed to an 18-run defeat to bow out of the marquee event in the 2019 edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup despite finishing at the top spot in the group stages, but reports of internal rift in Team India have already begun surfacing. Reports suggest that a few in the Kohli-led Men in Blue are miffed with the Skipper and coach Ravi Shastri’s “unilateral decisions” and partisanship, Hindi Daily Dainik Jagran claims. Team India captain and ace batsman Virat Kohli and Head Coach Ravi Shastri apparently take unilateral decisions, without taking others into confidence, thus creating an atmosphere of discord, leaving the team divided. The alleged preferential treatment has ripped the team apart, which now reportedly has two factions – one which sides with captain Virat Kohli while the other which supports Rohit Sharma. The report states that there is a strong bias in the player selection for the Team India and the haphazard selection of Vijay Shankar over Ambati Rayudu as the designated No.4 in the World Cup squad stands testimony to that.........Read more

Entire Nagaland declared 'disturbed' for six more months under AFSPA

The decision to continue the declaration of Nagaland as "disturbed area" has been taken as killings, loot and extortion have been going on in various parts of the state. The entire state of Nagaland has been declared a "disturbed area" for six more months, till December-end, under the controversial AFSPA which empowers security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without prior notice. The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has been in force in Nagaland for several decades. In a notification, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the central government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole state of Nagaland is in such a "disturbed and dangerous condition" that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary. "Now, therefore, in the exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958) the central government hereby declares that whole of the said State to be a 'disturbed area' for a period of six months with effect from June 30, 2019 for the purpose of that Act," the notification issued Sunday said.........Read more

Most judges in full-house apex court mum on assets

Wearing the cloak of transparency, judges of the Supreme Court who resolved in August 2009 to voluntarily disclose their assets/valuables, do not seem to have done justice to this cause. Ten years down the line, when the apex court is basking in the glory of having achieved full working strength of 31 judges, only seven of them have cared to disclose their assets. Of the list of judges who have updated information of assets on the website of the Supreme Court (SC) is Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, followed by his other two successors to the post of CJI, namely Justice SA Bobde and Justice NV Ramana. Leading by example, the other judges who have complied with the August 2009 resolution are Justice Arun Mishra, Justice R Banumathi, Justice AM Khanwilkar, and Justice Ashok Bhushan. After Justice Ramana, there are five other judges in line to become the CJI. They are Justice UU Lalit, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Sanjiv Khanna, Justice BR Gavai, and Justice Surya Kant. While Justice Gavai and Justice Kant were appointed just a month ago, those before them have had the benefit of time to update these details, given the fact that Justice Lalit became judge of the top court in August 2014, Justice Chandrachud in May 2016, and Justice Khanna in January 2019.........Read more

Videocon loan case: Chanda Kochhar may be put on indefinite leave; ICICI likely to reshuffle top brass, says report

ICICI is in talks to have a reshuffle of its top management, with life insurance CEO Sandeep Bakhshi expected to become interim chief. Currently, Kochhar is on her planned annual leave, the bank had said on June 1.........Read more

As 13 captive elephants die in Kerala in 5 months, a debate on animal cruelty – and tougher rules

The death of 13 captive elephants in Kerala in the past five months has sparked a debate on the cruelty shown to these animals – an intrinsic part of the state’s grand temple festival tradition – and prompted a revision of the rules protecting them. The deaths follow 20 captive elephants dying in 2017 and 26 the year before. Animal rights activists say inadequate food and rest affects the digestive system and lungs of elephants and eventually kills them.........Read more

A Man Ate the 'World's Hottest' Pepper. Then the 'Thunderclap' Headaches Started

Immediately after eating the pepper, the man experienced dry heaves; he then developed intense pain in his neck and back of his head. Over the next few days, he went through several episodes of brief but excruciating headaches. These types of headaches are known as thunderclap headaches; they strike suddenly and peak within 60 seconds........Read more

Commonwealth Games 2018: India Squash Star Joshna Chinappa Advances to Quarters, Dipika Pallika Fails   

Joshna Chinappa continued her good run at the 21st Commonwealth Games as the Indian squash player defeated lower-ranked Tamika Saxby of Australia in Round-of-16 women's singles match while her compatriot Dipika Pallikal lost at the Oxenford Studios.........Read more

Smith, Warner could face life ban from CA

An ICC suspension from the final Test against South Africa may be just the start of sanctions for Australia's captain Steven Smith, who alongside his deputy David Warner faces anything up to a life ban for cheating under Cricket Australia's code of behaviour.........Read more

Selfies causing 1 in 5 college students to suffer depression, expert claims

Technology and the use of social media are the biggest and most dangerous contributing factors because of our excessive use of these platforms. In the age of selfies, it causes us to lose real social interactions and leads to a feeling of isolation, It also creates a sort of tug of war between real life and the virtual one. The virtual life seems to rule and ruin what is really going on. The need to constantly look like you are having a fabulous life creates a lot of pressure. Phone addiction is also linked to sleep disturbance, which can lead to stress, depression and anxiety.........Read more

Faf du Plessis out of India-South Africa ODI, T20 series with finger injury

Faf du Plessis, South African cricket team captain, will miss the remainder of the One-Day International (ODI) series and upcoming T20 International series against India due to a finger injury. Du Plessis will undergo a period of rest and rehabilitation with the aim of being fit for the first Sunfoil Test match against Australia starting in Durban on March 1st.........Read more

Onions could hold key to fighting antibiotic resistance

The team investigated extracts of bulbs from Allium Stipitatum – also known as the Persian shallot and used as a staple part of Iranian cooking – and its antibacterial effects. They synthesised the chemical compounds present in these plants in order to better understand and optimise their antibacterial potential.........Read more

Abhinav Bindra Resigns as Chairman of Sports Ministry’s TOP Committee

Abhinav Bindra on Friday (December 22) resigned as the chairman of the sports ministry’s Target Olympic Podium (TOP). In a letter posted on his official Twitter handle, the Beijing Olympic Games gold medallist announced his decision and said he will now focus on private projects and expanding his Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Centres across India.........Read more

New marker could detect fatal breast cancer up to one year earlier than current methods

Professor Martin Widschwendter, corresponding author of the study, said: "For the first time, our study provides evidence that serum DNA methylation markers such as EFC#93 provide a highly specific indicator that could diagnose fatal breast cancers up to one year in advance of current diagnosis. This may enable individualized treatment, which could even begin in the absence of radiological evidence in the breast.........Read more

New study finds childhood cancer survivors have more blood pressure issues

High blood pressure, or hypertension, can be a particular problem for childhood cancer survivors because many of them have heart damage as a result of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. ........Read more

RBI to rationalise charges on debit card transactions

With a view to giving further fillip to acceptance of debit card payments for purchase of goods and services across a wider network of merchants, RBI has been decided to rationalise the framework for Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) applicable on debit card transactions based on the category of merchants.........Read more

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile, Gets Washington ‘Within Reach’; US President Donald Trump Says Will Take Care of it

North Korea has reportedly fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that landed close to Japan. Pyongyang’s first test launch since mid-September has left the scientists mulling that now Washington DC could be within North Korea’s reach. ........Read more

Goa to ban drinking liquor in public places, says Chief Minister Manohar Parikkar

Goa chief Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said that the state will ban the drinking of liquor in public places to curb the nuisance created by people in a drunken state. The state government is currently governing the licences to the liquor outlets under Goa, Daman and Diu Excise Act, 1964.........Read more

Hyundai discontinues Santa Fe SUV in India

Hyundai has discontinued the Santa Fe in the Indian market. The seven-seater SUV is also missing on the official Hyundai India website. Hyundai managed to retails only 14 units of Santa Fe in July and to make things worst only one unit of the SUV was sold in August 2017. In the past six months, Hyundai sold just 67 units of its flagship SUV.........Read more

ICJ to resume hearing in Kulbhushan Jadhav case: BJP hopes for Jadhav’s early return

Hearing for the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice in The Hague will resume on Wednesday. BJP leaders are hoping for an early return of the Indian national who was illegally sentenced in Pakistan and now stands on death row pending the verdict of the top international court.........Read more

Facebook testing Instant Videos that download over Wi-Fi

The feature is called Instant Videos, and it appears to download various Facebook videos while you’re connected to Wi-Fi so that they’ll be able to start playing immediately on your phone when you’re inside the app. ........Read more

Facebook to Finance $1 Billion in Original TV Content: Report

The figure is less than what the company's digital rivals such as Netflix invested. Netflix spent $6 billion in 2017 and Amazon shelled out $4.5 billion. The company has improved its strategy for video content, including cutting deals for digital TV shows. Earlier this month, Facebook rolled out "Watch" service a redesigned video platform for creators and publishers.........Read more

Body of class 2 student found inside toilet at Gurgaon school, two detained; parents stage protest

The body of a 7-year-old class 2 student was found inside a toilet of Ryan International School. The boy, named Pradhuman, was found dead with his throat slit inside the toilet.........Read more

This cancer-detecting pen could one day help surgeons better remove tumors

Scientists have developed a “pen” that can help surgeons identify cancer cells within 10 seconds. The tool could one day be used during surgeries to quickly determine what tissue should be cut in order to remove tumors completely.........Read more

Noted journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead at her house

According to eye witnesses, the 55-year-old journalist was standing near the gate of her house when three men on a motor bike sprayed her with bullets. The incident took place at around 8.25pm.........Read more

No info on black money eliminated through note ban: RBI to parliamentary panel

The RBI has told a parliamentary panel that it has “no information” on how much black money has been extinguished as a result of demonetisation of Rs 500/1,000 notes or about unaccounted cash legitimised through exchange of currency post note ban.........Read more

Sniffer dogs from Israel to boost Special Protection Group

In its effort to provide more teeth to Indian security, the Central government has procured specialised trained dogs from Israel that have the capability to sniff explosives and armed suspects from a distance. Sources said the government has ordered around 30-35 such dogs at a cost of around Rs 150 crore that will give a …........Read more

India in talks with Myanmar, Bangladesh to deport 40,000 Rohingya

India is in talks with Bangladesh and Myanmar about its plan to deport around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims it says are living in the country illegally, a government spokesman said on Friday, with state governments told to form task forces for the purpose.........Read more

ISIS carried out Bhopal-Ujjain train blast

The National Investigation Agency has filed its chargesheet in the Bhopal-Ujjain Passenger Train conspiracy case. Atif Muzaffar, Mohd. Danish, Syed Mir Hussain and Ghaus Mohd Khan have been named in the chargesheet. Investigation conducted by the NIA disclosed that Atif Muzzaffar had formed a terrorist gang with the other accused. The group owed allegiance to the Islamic State. The group tried to move to Syria, but failed to do so.........Read more

UN set to vote on toughening sanctions on North Korea

The voting on a US-drafted resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea will be held on Saturday. The UN Security Council will vote on a proposed ban on certain exports that could deprive Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenue.........Read more

China bound to be a threat in the coming years: Army vice chief

"China is expanding its influence across the Himalayas into our neighbourhood despite being an economy five times the size (of India), (with) such a large standing army, and despite having the Himalayas between us, it is bound to be a threat for us in the years ahead," Chand said.........Read more

Myanmar is key pillar in India’s ‘Act East’ policy, says PM Modi

According to PMO statement, Hliang briefed PM Modi about bilateral defence and security cooperation, while the latter appreciated the close cooperation between the armed forces of India and Myanmar.........Read more

Luxury phone maker Vertu is shutting down its UK manufacturing operation

The owner of British luxury phone maker Vertu has failed to rescue the company from bankruptcy after offering to pay creditors just £1.9 million ($2.4 million) of the firm’s £128 million debt. The...........Read more

Reliance Jio revamps its prepaid-postpaid plans, adds two new plans to the mix

Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio Infocomm on Tuesday revamped its prepaid and postpaid tariffs where it revised the validity and data offerings of most of its packs in the higher range. ........Read more

Jayakka and the Story of the Women Rebels of Srikakulam

The women who fought against exploitation and the poor families who took in their children, bringing them up on their own, were making history even if none of them appear in its annals.........Read more

Jet Airways Vice President arrested on charges of land grabbing

Col Aveneet Singh Bedi, the Vice President of Security with Jet Airways has been arrested on charges of land grabbing. The Sahibabad police arrested Col Bedi after which an FIR was filed against him.........Read more

Amarnath Yatra Suspended Due to Heavy Rains Day After Start

Amarnath Yatra was suspended from twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal due to heavy rainfall, just a day after the annual yatra began, said Amarnath Shrine Board.........Read more

India's tour of Sri Lanka schedule announced

The full schedule for India’s tour of Sri Lanka, that is to take place from July to September 2017, was released yesterday. India will play three Tests, five ODIs and one T20I against the Sri Lankan side. ........Read more

How ISIS lures youth with women, meat, chocolates to recruit in Kerala.

Kerala's Abdul Rashid Abdulla is believed to have started ISIS recruitment and fundraising operations in the southern state in July 2015. In less than two years, he has risen through the terror ranks as the group's recruiter-in-chief for India based out of Afghanistan.........Read more

The Aadhaar legal framework is broken

There is not enough clarity on important aspects pertaining to the Aadhaar scheme. The Aadhaar Act left several aspects, such as the information required for enrolment and verification, the procedure of sharing identity information, and the security protocols, to be specified “by regulations”. ........Read more

Zomato reports massive data breach, 17 million accounts affected

About 17 million user records from Zomato’s database were stolen, the company said in a blog post. Zomato’s Gunjan Patidar has reassured users that no payment information or credit card data has been leaked. The food ordering service, which is used by over 120 million users, has reset passwords of all affected users and logged them out as a precaution.........Read more

WhatsApp tells SC chat history not shared

Instant messaging service provider WhatsApp on Monday submitted before the Supreme Court that it was ready to undertake that chats between two individuals are not shared with anybody else. WhatsApp also claimed that the chat history is neither available to the service provider.........Read more

Vinay Mohan Kwatra to be next India's envoy to France

Indian Foreign Services officer Vinay Mohan Kwatra on Thursday appointed as the next ambassador of India to France. Kwatra, Indian Foreign Service batch of 1988, is at present the joint secretary in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).........Read more

Sensex scales 30,000-mark in early trade

The benchmark Sensex on Tuesday regained the 30,000-mark early on by surging over 76 points after investors built more bets and domestic financial institutions continued buying amid mixed Asian cues.........Read more

Supreme Court orders medical examination of Calcutta HC judge C S Karnan

The Supreme Court on Monday constituted a medical board in Kolkata to examine the mental health of Calcutta HC judge C S Karnan, who is facing contempt proceedings. The medical board to examine Justice Karnan will be set by the government hospital in Kolkata.........Read more

Google software engineer describes nighttime photography using phones

Taking decent nighttime shots from your phone was the topic of an interesting blog posted earlier this month. An impressive account of low light photography with a cellphone was supported with interesting pictures, with the Google researcher resolved to push the limits.........Read more

245 deaths in 12 years: What’s killing foreign tourists in Goa?

According to an RTI reply accessed by a local activist in support of relatives of several of the deceased, a shocking 245 foreigners have died in Goa in the last 12 years. What should worry the state that receives more than 5 lakh tourists every year is that more and more foreigners are raising their voice over safety and security issues. In at least half a dozen cases where the relatives managed to get the courts to order re-investigation, the “natural” deaths turned out to be pre-meditated murders.........Read more

ScoopWhoop co-founder Suparn Pandey booked for sexually harassing ex-employee: Reports

The complainant, according to the news report, alleges that throughout her course of employment with the company — between 2015 and 2017 — Pandey passed lewed remarks and publicly humiliated her on her sexuality. “Mr Suparn Pandey in public commented on my sexuality and this comment included calling me a names (sic.) which reflected on my sexual orientation and my sexual preferenes (sic.) as well as characterized me in a certain way”.........Read more

Kerala makes Malayalam mandatory in schools

The usage of the official language Malayalam has been made compulsory in all government offices from May 1. Kerala Government has promulgated an Ordinance to make teaching of Malayalam mandatory in all schools in the State.........Read more

India announces $4.5 billion line of credit to Bangladesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina held bilateral talks here today and inked 22 pacts in various key sectors, including a credit line of $4.5 billion for implementation of projects in Bangladesh.........Read more

Now, Aadhaar for getting on a plane?

The government has asked IT major Wipro to develop a blueprint for Aadhaar-based biometric access to flyers at all airports across India. After this a passenger's thumb will become all the identification he or she requires to fly for domestic flights........Read more

Shot 9 times, CRPF commandant Chetan Kumar Cheetah talks again

Chetan Kumar Cheetah, a CRPF commandant who had slipped into deep coma two months ago after being hit by at least nine bullets during a gun battle with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, is now conscious and talking.........Read more

2017 Audi Q3 Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs. 34.2 Lakh

Audi India today launched the facelifted 2017 Audi Q3 in the country starting at Rs. 34.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Audi Q3 facelift, the crossover-SUV comes with better styling, new features and a pair of new 2.0 litre TDI engines in different states of tune.........Read more

YouTube to scrap the annoying unskippable 30-second ads

Google realised that these video ads were not particularly popular, especially among data-capped mobile users. Consequently, the company is pushing shorter formats to advertisers, such as the six-second unskippable ad that it launched last year. Unfortunately, the change will not come into effect until 2018.........Read more

Reliance Jio has the second largest userbase in India: Truecaller

Proving to be a true disruption, Reliance Jio has become the second telecom player in terms of users, capturing more than 23 per cent of the Indian market, a report revealed on Wednesday.........Read more

Bengaluru civic body proposes guidelines to ban large dogs from apartments

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has proposed a new set of guidelines that may forbid residents of apartments from raising large dogs as pets. Breeds such as Great Dane, English Mastiff, Bulldog, Boxer, Rottweiler, St Bernard, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever have been taken off the list of pets permitted by the civic body, Bengaluru citizens cannot keep more than one medium-sized dog in an apartment either.........Read more

West Bengal's Bhangar on boil: Villagers clash with police over power grid substation

Acquisition of land for a power project had instigated murmurs of protests in Bhangar area in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district for the past several days. On Tuesday, it exploded in the form of a fierce resistance in spite of the government’s assertion that the work on the power grid substation will remain suspended.........Read more

Australia vs Pakistan 3rd Test 2017: Hosts win Sydney Test by 220 runs; take series 3-0

Australia once again dished out a comprehensive performance as they beat Pakistan by 220 runs in the third and final Test at Sydney. Chasing an improbable target of 465, Pakistan were bundled out on final day for 244. Sarfraz Ahmed was the only Pakistan batsman to go past 50, and he remained unbeaten on 72. With this win, Australia clean sweep Pakistan in the three-match Test series. ........Read more

Kim Jong Un has executed over 300 people since coming to power

A new report claims North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has ordered 340 people to be executed since he came to power in 2011. The Institute for National Security Strategy, a South Korean think tank, released "The misgoverning of Kim Jong Un's five years in power" on Thursday, detailing how the North Korean leader uses executions to tighten his hold on power.........Read more

Jammu and Kashmir: Two Army jawans injured during encounter with militants in Bandipora district

Two Army jawans were injured during an encounter with militants in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Thursday morning. The exchange of fire broke out after security personnel cordoned off Shahgund village in Hajin area of the district after receiving intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in the area.........Read more

Old notes selling at a premium in Kolkata market

At a time when people across the country are queuing up outside banks to get rid of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, the scrapped currencies are selling at a premium in the serpentine bylanes of trading hub Burrabazar. Old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 will fetch you Rs 550 and Rs 1,100 here.........Read more

Sheena Bora Murder Accused Indrani Mukerjea Says She Wants To Donate Organs, 75 Per Cent Of Property

While the CBI has been claiming that primary motive behind the murder of Sheena Bora was financial gain, her mother and prime accused in the case Indrani Mukerjea today told a court in Mumbai that she wanted to donate 75 per cent of her property, and also her organs.........Read more

China tycoon Cao Dewang moves jobs to US, citing high taxes at home

A Chinese auto glass tycoon has caused a stir by shifting part of his empire to the US and setting up a factory in Ohio.Cao Dewang's $600m investment comes after Donald Trump threatened to declare Beijing a currency manipulator and slap 45% punitive tariffs on Chinese imports to protect American jobs.........Read more

Buy American, Hire Americans: Donald Trump To Follow '2 Simple Rules'

"Buy American and hire Americans" - US President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said his government will follow these two simple rules and claimed that the treaties the US had signed with other countries suggest that it has been putting interests of others ahead of itself.........Read more

Yes Bank, Grofers tie up to deliver cash at doorstep

Extending facility to deliver cash at the doorstep, Yes Bank has now tied-up with e-grocer Grofers allowing customers to get cash of up to Rs 2,000 when they order grocery online. The cash delivery service, open to all back account holders, started on Tuesday across Mumbai, Gurgaon and Bengaluru. Other cities will be added to the list gradually. Customers who wish to order cash withdrawal will have to buy grocery of minimum of Rs 2,000 and pair it with a special code to get the money.........Read more

Hyderabad building collapse: Two dead,10-12 people feared trapped

Two persons died and several are fear trapped an under-construction building collapsed in Nanakramguda area in Hyderabad on Thursday night. The rescue operations have been underway through the night and continued into early Friday morning. Reports that a woman and a six- year old boy were rescued from the collapsed building and shifted to hospital. "Still 10-12 people are feared trapped,"........Read more

Shah Rukh Khan In & As Raees Trailer released

Watch the trailer of Raees featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan & Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead roles. Directed by: Rahul Dholakia Produced by: Ritesh Sid...........Read more

PMO didn't give permission for Modi photo on Jio ads, says govt

Amid the row over use of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's photo in a Reliance Jio advertisement, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) clarified that it did not grant permission to use his picture for product endorsement.........Read more

Accel Partners Closes $450 Mn Fund To Bet Big On Indian Startups

US- and Bengaluru-based venture capital firm Accel Partners has raised $450 Mn funding as part of its fifth India fund. The fund will begin to deploy in early 2017 and will invest in sectors suc...........Read more

Bangladesh Premier League under scanner for match-fixing

Bangladesh Premier League has been blighted by match-fixing scandal after a player from Rangpur Riders franchise alleged that the team manager told him to fix matches.........Read more

Manoj Tiwari, Nityanand Rai appointed BJP's Delhi and Bihar unit presidents

BJP chief Amit Shah today appointed party MPs Manoj Tiwari and Nityanand Rai as party's Delhi and Bihar unit presidents respectively.........Read more

60% demonetised notes already accounted for: RBI

Around 60% of the value of the demonetised notes (Rs 14 lakh crore), has already been accounted for, according to data released by the RBI on Monday. There are reports that the printing of Rs 2,000 notes had been stalled to generate more of the new Rs 500 notes.........Read more

Cuban revolutionary leader, former president Fidel Castro dies at 90

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro, who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States, died late Friday in Havana, President Raul Castro announced on the state television on Saturday. “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening,” the president announced on national television. Fidel Castro was 90.........Read more

Assam Forest Minister Orders FIR Against Patanjali After Elephant Dies At Construction Site

The female elephant died 19 hours after falling into the pit at the site of Patanjali Herbal and Mega Food Park in Assam's Sonitpur district.........Read more

Microsoft Surface Studio PC announced

Microsoft's Surface family has officially expanded to include the desktop. The company just announced the Surface Studio at today's event in New York City. "We totally believe that Surface changes...........Read more

Indian buyers switch to local products discarding Chinese goods

A social media campaign to boycott ‘Made in China’ goods, in a rebuttal to its continued support for Pakistan and for voting in the United Nations against Indian interests, has begun to show results.........Read more

Take a look inside Facebook's massive data center in Sweden

Data centers are generally massive, but can be very beautiful. Google does them pretty well, but as it turns out, Facebook does too. The company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently shared a few pictures of its Luleå, Sweden-based data center on his account.........Read more

Here's why Samsung Note 7 phones are catching fire

The science behind phone battery fires is actually pretty simple, and fairly well understood. Much like the infamous exploding hoverboards, phones use lithium ion battery packs for their power, and it just so happens that the liquid swimming around inside most lithium ion batteries is highly flammable. If the battery short-circuits -- say, by puncturing the incredibly thin sheet of plastic separating the positive and negative sides of the battery, the puncture point becomes the path of least resistance for electricity to flow.........Read more

The TM Krishna column: 'I'm upper-caste and I'm proud of it – and that's where the problem lies'

We so-called untouchables are outcastes. People who are outcastes are waging a war against caste. The caste people have the privilege to forget about caste, but I cannot forget. Even for one second if I forget about my caste, society reminds me that I am an untouchable…everywhere.........Read more

Fingers crossed: Why seven September days are crucial for Syria and the world

Russia must also exercise restraint while defending its troops against any terrorist aggression but keeping the greater good in mind not up the ante during these crucial seven days.........Read more

Paytm plans payment network with Aadhaar-based eKYC

Paytm, India's largest mobile payment and commerce platform has now introduced Aadhaar-based eKYC (E-Know Your Customer) to make customer verification process convenient, paperless and real-time. Regulated entities like banks and wallet providers are required to carry out certain customer identification procedures while establishing account-based relationships and undertaking transactions. These procedures constitute KYC (Know Your Customer) process of customer verification and help identity theft, financial fraud, money laundering and terror financing. ........Read more

Turning off this newly discovered brain pathway could help us block fearful memories

Scientists now know how to make you forget your fears — at least if you’re a mouse. By turning off a newly discovered brain pathway, scientists were able to make mice lose their fear of a shock............Read more

Conspiracy theorists claim Planet X will end the world

The footage shows a blood red moon with an apparent 'twin' over Pennsylvania (pictured). However images like this have been captured before and are caused by a lens flare.........Read more

Renault Kwid 1.0-litre Version Launch Details Revealed

Renault Kwid, the popular entry-level hatchback from the French carmaker is all set to get an engine upgrade in India this year. Slated to come with a new 1.0-litre petrol motor, Renault is likely to launch the new variant later this month.........Read more

24-year-old woman born without cerebellum

To their shock and awe, they found that the woman had a giant gap where her cerebellum should be.........Read more

Automation To Replace Lakhs Of Entry, Mid-Level IT Executives: Mohandas Pai

Increasing automation would shave off 10 per cent of incremental jobs in India's IT sector each year even as half of middle-level managers would also bear the brunt in the era of artificial intelligence, says industry veteran T V Mohandas Pai.........Read more

Karnataka Premier League to stay in Mysore and Hubli for 2016 season

The T20 tournament, scheduled to be played between September 16 and October 1, is expected to be flocked by IPL talent scouts once again........Read more

Virtual reality: The hype, the problems and the promise

It’s the technology that is supposed to be 2016’s big thing, but what iteration of VR will actually catch on, and what’s just a fad? Tim Maughan takes an in-depth look.........Read more

Nico Rosberg edges Lewis Hamilton in German Grand Prix practice

Nico Rosberg heads team-mate Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes dominate first practice at the German Grand Prix.........Read more

Five arrested for leaking NEET- 2 exam paper

Five people were arrested by Ramnagar and Haldwani police on Sunday for leaking the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) Phase 2 paper.........Read more

Quota debate: Have reservations helped disadvantaged students in India get a higher education?

A study shows that a significant number of students from scheduled castes and scheduled tribes have been helped through affirmative action.........Read more

Printing Presses Raided, Newspapers Banned In Kashmir To Ensure 'Peace'

This is happening in Kashmir for the first time since 1990. On Saturday, the Kashmir government banned newspaper publication in the state for three days in order to bring 'peace' in the valley rocked by violence.........Read more

India to participate in under-17 Futsal World Cup in Paraguay

India to participate in under-17 Futsal World Cup in Paraguay - India will make its maiden appearance in the under-17 Futsal World Cup, scheduled in Paraguay from July 11.........Read more

The Eureka moment that sealed the great partnership between RD Burman and Gulzar

The collaboration between the ace composer and the lyricist-filmmaker began with a song from ‘Parichay’ that was composed in the shower.........Read more

How A Kerala Mother Copes With Her Daughter's Rape And Murder

The news that the Kerala Special Investigation Team have arrested the criminal responsible for the barbaric rape and murder of a young Kerala law student, will bring some solace to her grieving mother Rajeswari. The team should be congratulated for........Read more

Ishrat Jahan case: Half-truths better than Chidambaram's half-baked truths

Chidambaram recently chose to express his “righteous indignation” on the Ishrat Jahan case and that bespeaks more about his guilt than his innocence.........Read more

In north east India, people want to follow a different time: Here's why

India has just one time zone for its 1.2 billion people, spread from points further east than Bangladesh to the western Arabian Sea.........Read more

Gulbarg Society Massacre case: SIT to appeal against lenient sentencing

The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) is likely to challenge the Gulbarg Society case verdict in the High Court seeking enhancement of punishment awarded by the trial court on........Read more

Sheila Dikshit may be Congress' face in Uttar Pradesh polls

Speculations were on Thursday rife about Congress planning to make three-time Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit the party's chief ministerial nominee for next year's assembly election in politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, once its stronghold.........Read more