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India, Australia and Japan’s Supply Chain Pact to End China’s Trade Dominance Explained

September 1, saw an important move by Japan bear fruit with India and Australia – the three are fast-tracking supply chain cooperation and have given their bureaucrats just a few months to work out the details. While Japan led the deal, in recent times India has had growing concerns about supply chain dependence on China combined with Chinese border stoush, while Australia is being hit by Chinese trade restrictions. All three countries are very “China trade dependent”. They also have a direct interest in a stable Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. The Joint Ministerial Conference was held by video and involved Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Simon Birmingham, India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, and Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Kajiyama Hiroshi. In the context of international trade, supply chain resilience is an approach that helps a country to ensure that it has diversified its supply risk across a clutch of supplying nations instead of being dependent on just one or a few – in this case, dependent on China.........Read more

Alibaba, Jack Ma Summoned by Gurgaon Court After Ex-Employee Alleges UC Browser Censored China News in India

An Indian court has summoned Alibaba and its founder Jack Ma in a case in which a former employee in India says he was wrongfully fired after objecting to what he saw as censorship and fake news on company apps, documents seen by Reuters showed. The case comes weeks after India cited security concerns in banning Alibaba's UC News, UC Browser and 57 other Chinese apps after a clash between the two countries' forces on their border.........Read more

IPL 2020 Likely to Be Held from September 26 to November 8: Report

The BCCI has settled on September 26-November 8 as the tentative window for the IPL 2020. That would mean playing 60 games in 44 days. However, franchises and broadcast partners Star have reservations about the schedule. How Franchises Have Begun Preparing for IPL 2020 in UAE For their part, Star wants the tournament to be held a little later so that the final ends on Diwali (November 14) as as to generate maximum revenue with ads, particularly since the coronavirus pandemic has affected them financially.........Read more

UAE architects make cement out of salt

Dubai-based architect duo is looking to break from conventional building practices with an alternative cement conceived in the salt flats of the UAE and made using a problematic waste material. Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto, principal architects at waiwai, enlisted the scientific knowhow of universities in the UAE and Japan to create a cement made using brine generated by the UAE's desalination plants, which remove salt from seawater. They were inspired by the UAE's mineral-rich sabkha -- salt flats that are part of the country's wetlands. Sabkha have been used in architecture before: centuries ago, blocks were hewn from salt flats and used to build Siwa, a medieval town in Egypt close to the Libyan border. But rather than mine the delicate sabkha ecosystem, Al Awar and Teramoto turned to waste brine, which contains many of the same minerals. ........Read more

Trump Administration Working to Temporarily Ban Work-based Visas Like H1-B: Report

The US is working to temporarily ban the issuance of some work-based visas like H-1B, popular among highly-skilled Indian IT professionals, as well as students visas and work authorisation that accompanies them, amidst the high level of unemployment due to the coronavirus, according to a media report on Friday. The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers from countries like India and China in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Nearly 500,000 migrant workers are employed in the US in the H-1B status. ........Read more

The Man Who Has Lost More Money Than Anyone In The World In Coronavirus Crisis

In his ninth-floor office on Paris's Avenue Montaigne, Europe's wealthiest man, Bernard Arnault, is spending long hours plotting a post-virus future for his luxury goods empire, LVMH. At 71, the billionaire has lived through several crises, but none quite like this one, with his armada of more than 70 brands -- from Dior to Fendi -- hit from all sides. Arnault's wealth has plunged. With LVMH shares down 19% this year, his net worth has shrunk by more than $30 billion -- losing more money than any other individual in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. As of May 6, he had lost about as much money as Amazon.com Inc. Chairman Jeff Bezos had gained.........Read more

Covid19: 'Expect worst in June and July' - AIIMS Director

While countries like Italy and Israel have claimed recently that they are getting ready with a potential vaccine for the novel virus, the director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, Dr. Randeep Guleria, stated today that much worse is yet to come in the months of June and July. And with his words, looks like the next six week are extremely crucial.........Read more

Coronavirus: 1543 New Cases in Past 24 Hours; Progressive Increase in Recovery Rate, Says Health Ministry

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday said that over 1543 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total COVID-19 positive cases in the country to 29,435. Addressing a press conference, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said that 684 patients have been cured in the last 24 hours. He also added that the recovery rate is now 23.3%, adding that there is a progressive increase in recovery rate. ........Read more

Coronavirus Originated in Wuhan Laboratory, Claims French Nobel Prize-winning Scientist

In an interview given to French CNews channel and during a podcast by Pourquoi Docteur, professor Montagnier who co-discovered HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) claimed the presence of elements of HIV in the genome of the coronavirus and even elements of the "germ of malaria" are highly suspect, according to a report in Asia Times. "The Wuhan city laboratory has specialized in these coronaviruses since the early 2000s. They have expertise in this area," he was quoted as saying. The theory that Covid-19 virus originated in the lab is making rounds for quite some time. ........Read more

Keanu Reeves has a doppelganger in Brazil. Have you seen these viral pics?

The Matrix actor Keanu Reeves has a doppelganger and the internet is absolutely stunned with their uncanny similar looks. The superstar's doppelganger is from Brazil and is 49 years old. In an interview to an international magazine, Marcos Jeeves (not his real name) said that people told him, he looked like Keanu Reeves since he was a teenager. "A friend of mine from high school, after watching Point Break, spoke about how it had an actor in the film very similar to me and recommended that I watch the film. Then my admiration for him began," he said.........Read more

Supreme Court Asks Centre To Prevent Private Labs From Charging High Fee For COVID-19 Testing

The Supreme Court on Wednesday suggested that the Centre should create a mechanism wherein private laboratories conducting COVID-19 tests do not charge exorbitant fees from public and government should reimburse the fees charged by labs. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Ravindra Bhat was told by the Centre that earlier 15,000 tests were conducted per day by 118 labs and later to enhance the capacity, 47 private labs were allowed to conduct the COVID-19 tests. The top court was hearing a plea filed by advocate Shashank Deo Sudhi seeking a direction to the Centre and authorities to provide free of cost testing facility for COVID-19 to all citizens in the country.........Read more

Exclusive - India likely to unveil $20 billion-plus stimulus package to tackle coronavirus downturn: sources

India is likely to agree an economic stimulus package of more than 1.5 trillion rupees ($19.6 billion) to fight a downturn in the country that is currently locked down to stem the spread of coronavirus, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The Indian government has not yet finalised the package and discussions are ongoing between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office, the finance ministry, and Reserve Bank of India (RBI), said both the sources, who asked not to be named as the matter was still under discussion. ........Read more

As Coronavirus Count Rises, India Bars Entry for Italy, South Korea Travellers Without 'Negative' Certificate

In addition to visa restrictions already in place, people travelling from or having visited Italy and South Korea will now have to mandatorily submit certificate of having tested negative for coronavirus from laboratories authorised by the health authorities of their countries. This measure came into effect from 0000 hours of March 10 and is a temporary measure till cases of novel coronavirus subside, according to a health ministry advisory. ........Read more

Altaf Bukhari launches Apni Party, says want to end mistrust between Delhi and J&K

Former PDP leader and minister in the Mehbooba Mufti government Altaf Bukhari launched a new political outfit — Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party — on Sunday and said it would preserve the self-respect and dignity of people of the Union Territory and ensure dignified return of Kashmiri Pandits. Bukhari further said the outfit would want to end the mistrust between New Delhi and J&K. “We have to do business with Delhi, whosoever rules Delhi. We don’t look at Delhi from the point of who is ruling in Delhi today. We look at it from the government of India. We have no hesitation in dealing with the government of India. There is an atmosphere of mistrust and we want to end the mistrust between New Delhi and J&K,” he said.........Read more

Nitin Gadkari Has "Innovative Ideas": Supreme Court On Tackling Pollution

Nitin Gadkari, Union Road Transport Minister, was "requested" by the Supreme Court today to come and share "innovative ideas" on tackling pollution. It was a request for the minister's inputs, not summons, the judges sought to clarify. The top court was hearing a petition on the implementation of government policy on electric vehicles. Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who was representing the petitioner, suggested that the government can charge fee from petrol and diesel cars and give subsidy to electric vehicles.........Read more

Reserve Bank of India slashes GDP forecast, Sensex falls

The Reserve Bank of India again cut its GDP growth forecast sharply by 80 basis points to 6.1 per cent from 6.9 per cent, owing to weakening of both domestic and external demand conditions. Economic growth has slumped to a six-year low of five per cent in April-June with no substantial uptick in the following quarter. In the last four policies, including this one, the RBI has cumulatively cut its growth forecast by 130 basis points. The RBI also projected retail Consumer Price Index inflation for the second quarter of the financial year 2020 at 3.4 per cent (earlier 3.1 per cent) and 3.5-3.7 per cent in the second half. There are risks related to volatile crude oil prices, elevated vegetable prices and volatility in financial markets.........Read more

Imran Khan's ex-colleague lands in India with family, wants asylum

Pakistan's record of using unfair means of treatment against the minority communities was exposed once again after a former legislator of Prime Minister Imran Khan's party sought political asylum in India in one of the latest reports of atrocities across the Muslim-majority country. Baldev Kumar, a former MLA of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI party) from Barikot in Khyber Pakhtun Khwa (KPK) assembly, is in India, along with his family, to seek political asylum here. Baldev, 43, no longer wants to return to Pakistan and has alleged that minorities, including Hindus and Sikhs, are being prosecuted in Pakistan. In 2016, a sitting MLA from his constituency was assassinated. Baldev was charged with a false murder case and acquitted in 2018. However, the above incident was not the only incident of atrocities against minorities in the cash-strapped nation. In Pakistan, many such incidents are regularly reported where Hindu, Sikh and Christian girls are forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslim men.........Read more

"No Illegal Immigrant Can Stay In Assam Or Enter Other States": Amit Shah

Union Minister Amit Shah today hinted that after Assam, the government's plan to locate and weed out illegal immigrants will be taken across the country. Amid a huge discontent in Assam over the citizens' registry, in which 19 lakh people have been left out, the minister said yesterday that the centre will throw "every single illegal immigrant" out of the country. "All states are worried about the NRC the national register of citizens)," Mr Shah said today during his two-day visit to the northeast. "Assam thinks NRC was wrong, smaller states felt there would be a spill over. Let me assure, not only Assam, we want the entire country to be cleansed of illegal migrants. We already have a plan ready. We will bring all states into confidence," he said today. The minister also assured that the Centre had "no plan to abrogate the Article 371" of the constitution, which gives north-east its special status. "Let me clarify this. (Articles) 370 and 371 has no relation. The citizenship bill will not hurt 371, the government of India will ensure it. We will ensure it does not infringe our tribal laws," he said, referring to the government's plan to bring a bill that will grant Indian citizenship to members of six minority communities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan even if they do not have valid documents.........Read more

Union Cabinet okays labour safety code that will benefit 400 million workers in organised, unorganised sectors

The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved the labour safety code that will benefit 400 million workers in organized and unorganised sectors. “The Union cabinet gave its nod to the labour code,” Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar said. This is the second major labour reform approved by the government after it cleared the Wage Code last week that contained “provisions of minimum wages and payment of wages to cover employees in both the organised and unorganised sectors”. The Occupational, Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, also known as the OSH Code, will cover 400 million workers in the organised and the unorganised sectors and encompass provisions from around 13 labour laws. wages; OSH; industrial relations; and social security. ........Read more

Team of doctors cite 'administrative failure', 'state's apathy' for AES deaths among children in Bihar's Muzaffarpur

A group of doctors, which conducted an independent inquiry into the recent deaths of children in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, has blamed "administrative failure" and the "state's apathy towards people" for the tragedy. It has also claimed that the parents of most of the deceased children had no access to the public distribution system as they did not have ration cards. Most of the children were malnourished and none had been treated for it. Encephalitis mayhem in Bihar. AFP Also, none of them had growth-monitoring cards, a preliminary report prepared by the fact-finding team of doctors under the banner of "Progressive Medicos and Scientists' Forum" (PMSF) stated. The group also had doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here. These deaths have been happening for the last 10 years and still, there is no preventive mechanism and health awareness for specific illnesses or a common ailment like diarrhoea in the area, PMSF national convenor and former president of AIIMS Resident Doctors' Association (RDA) Dr Harjit Singh Bhatti said. "There is a severe shortage of drinking water and no functional sewerage system in the entire Muzaffarpur district. Sanitation is very poor, even at the health facilities," he added.........Read more

Water crisis in Tamil Nadu: Clashes erupt in Chennai, IT firms cut down operations

With few signs of rains across the state and reservoirs running dry, Chennai’s IT firms and restaurants have cut down operations, residents struggle to book tankers and the state government has begun disconnecting water connections to houses for illegally drawing water.........Read more

Two militants killed in encounter in J&K's Nowgam, internet suspended

Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Nowgam area of the city on Wednesday. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the city on information that some militants had sneaked in the area.........Read more

Northern Irish writer Anna Burns wins 2018 Booker Prize for 'Milkman'

Author Anna Burns has won the Man Booker Prize for her novel 'Milkman', becoming the first author from Northern Ireland to win the most prestigious English-language literary award. Burns, 56, who was born in Belfast, is the 17th woman to bag the award in its 49-year history and the first woman since 2013. It was her third novel.........Read more

Instagram's founders are leaving the company

The founders of Instagram Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have resigned from the business they started eight years ago in San Francisco and built into a global phenomenon used by a billion people.........Read more

Jammu and Kashmir municipal polls to be held in four phases from 8 October, votes to be counted on 20 October - Firstpost

The Jammu and Kashmir municipal elections will be held from 8 October, the state's Chief Election Officer Shaleen Kabra announced on Saturday. The local body polls will be held in four phases and votes to be counted on 20 October.........Read more

Elon Musk announces Tesla will remain a public company, says it’s the ‘better path’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk that the company would continue to be publicly traded, weeks after suggesting that he would take the electric carmaker private.........Read more

Former Union minister and Congress leader Gurudas Kamat dies at age 63

Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat passed away in a private hospital in New Delhi following a massive heart attack. He was a five-time MP from Mumbai North-East Lok Sabha constituency, had served as Union Minister of State for Home from 2009 to 2011.........Read more

As promised, Netflix’s user reviews are no more

Netflix user reviews are no more. They dropped the feature this week with little fanfare, simply updating the “How do I post reviews on Netflix” section of its help page to read, “You can no longer post reviews on Netflix.”........Read more

Telangana Rashtra Samithi gathers forces against Telugu Desam

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is said to be in touch with the CMs of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to seek their support in opposing any move by the Centre to give special incentives or special status as industries from Hyderabad, Chennai and Bengaluru may shift to AP to claim special incentives. ........Read more

After baby sale scandal, Maneka Gandhi orders inspection of Missionaries of Charity child-care homes across country

Days after the baby-selling scandal in Jharkhand, Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, on Tuesday instructed the state governments to carry out an inspection of child care homes run by Missionaries of Charity across the country.........Read more

Zakir Naik says he won't return to India till he feels 'safe from unfair prosecution'

Zakir Naik, the controversial Islamic preacher who has been staying abroad to evade arrest in various cases in India, on Wednesday said he would not return home till he felt "safe from unfair prosecution".........Read more

Sterlite moves NGT against closure order

Sterlite Copper filed an appeal before the National Green Tribunal (NGT), New Delhi, challenging the orders passed by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board directing the closure of its copper smelter unit at Thoothukudi in the State.........Read more

Facebook privacy bug temporarily unblocked people from users’ block list

Facebook said that more than 800,000 users were affected by a software bug that temporarily unblocked people from users’ block list. Both users on Facebook app and Messenger app were affected by the bug.........Read more

PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth begin campaign with win at Malaysia Open

Star Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the pre-quarterfinals after pulling off contrasting wins in the opening round of the Malaysia Open World Tour super 750 tournament........Read more

India is world's most dangerous country for women: survey

India is the world's most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour, according to a poll of global experts. Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third, followed by Somalia and Saudi Arabia.........Read more

Power Minister RK Singh said that the government will consider making 24 degree Celsius as a mandatory default setting for air conditioners within a few months.

At a meeting with Singh, AC makers were also advised to have labelling indicating the optimum temperature setting for the benefits of consumers both from financial and their health points of view, the power ministry said in a statement.........Read more

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara, was charged on Thursday with fraud over the alleged misuse of state funds in ordering catered meals at their official residence

The indictment charged that Netanyahu, along with a government employee, fraudulently obtained more than $100,000 for hundreds of meals supplied by restaurants, bypassing regulations prohibiting the practice if a cook is employed at the home.........Read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo delighted with hat-trick, says draw a fair result

33-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo who scored 3 goals against Spain joins an elite cast of players who have scored in four World Cups, following in the footsteps of Pele and German duo Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose.........Read more

Scientists create 'genetic atlas' of proteins in human blood

Researchers at University of Cambridge and MSD has created the first detailed genetic map of human proteins, the key building blocks of biology. These discoveries promise to enhance our understanding of a wide range of diseases and aid development of new drugs.........Read more

Big Relief For Home Buyers; President Approves Ordinance To Treat Them as Financial Creditors

President of India has cleared amendments to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). It is a big relief for home buyer as they will now have legal rights to claim their deposit back in case the builder goes bankrupt.........Read more

INX Media case: P. Chidambaram gets interim relief till July 3

INX Media case: P. Chidambaram gets interim relief till July 3 - After getting protection from arrest in Aircel-Maxis case, Delhi High Court on Thursday granted interim protection to P. Chidambaram in INX Media case.........Read more

UP anti-terror squad nabs ISI suspect; recovers Pakistani mobile, SIM cards

The Uttar Pradesh anti-terror squad (ATS) has arrested a suspected ISI agent from Pithoragarh in a joint operation with the Uttarakhand police and Jammu and Kashmir's military intelligence unit.........Read more

Modicare to offer 20% lower rates than CGHS rates

Modicare to offer 20% lower rates than CGHS rates which provides comprehensive medical care to government servants, pensioners and their dependants.........Read more

India’s plan for a digital sky finally preps for takeoff as pilots begin

India's ambitious digital sky program that will open up the market for drone applications in the country, seems to be finally taking shape as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation begins working with drone companies to test POCs based on the program.........Read more

SC Collegium to Recommend Justice Joseph's Name, Along With Others', For Apex Court Judge

The Supreme Court Collegium on Friday unanimously agreed to reiterate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph’s name for Supreme Court judge. However, reports say his name won’t be the only one to be sent to the Centre for approval and the other names would be chosen in a meeting on May 16. ........Read more

Mahathir Mohamad Wins Malaysia Elections, Topples Barisan Nasional Govt

Malaysia's veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, won a historic election victory today, in a political earthquake that toppled the country's scandal-plagued premier and ousted a regime that had ruled for over six decades. The thumping victory capped a dramatic political comeback for Mahathir, who previously ruled the country with an iron fist for 22 years and came out of retirement to take on Prime Minister Najib Razak after the leader became embroiled in a massive corruption scandal.........Read more

Fair trial in Kathua gangrape a ‘real concern’, says SC, hints at case transfer

The Supreme Court on Thursday hinted at the possibility of moving the Kathua gangrape case out of Jammu, saying it’s a “real concern” to see that a fair trial is conducted. The statement came after the Bar Council of India (BCI) said the lawyers’ body in the district had neither obstructed the Jammu and Kashmir Police Crime Branch from filing the chargesheet nor the advocate from representing the victim’s family. It also said the demand of the J&K High Court Bar Association and Jammu and Kathua District Bar Association for a CBI probe appeared to be justified.........Read more

Renault announces 4 years / 1,00,000 km warranty on the Kwid

Renault has announced a 4 years / 1,00,000 km warranty on the Kwid hatchback. This includes the standard warranty of 2 years / 50,000 km and extended warranty of another 2 years / 50,000 km. Renault is also offering free roadside assistance. ........Read more

IISc, top deemed-to-be varsities to get AICTE nod sans on-site inspection

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, and other top-ranking deemed-to-be-universities will get AICTE approval to continue offering undergraduate programmes in engineering disciplines without a site inspection.........Read more

Iranian Women Remove Headscarves Protesting Against Veil Law, Pictures go Viral on Social Media

Protesting against veil law, Iranian woman has been taking off their headscarves and waving it on a stick in public. Photos and videos of five women on social media show them standing in public places with their headscarves hanging on a stick. In Iran, women showing their hair in public can be jailed up to two months or fined USD 25. The Islamic dress code which is in place since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 makes hijab or veil a compulsory clothing for home.........Read more

All-women crew sailboat of Indian Navy docks at UK island

An Indian Navy sailing team out to make history as the first-ever voyage by an all-women crew to circumnavigate the globe is now docked at Port Stanley, the capital of Falkland Islands a British Overseas Territory. The six crew of the Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini started their maiden voyage on September 10 from Goa and is expected to complete it in about eight months.........Read more

Rs 100 crore in demonetised notes, hidden for conversion, seized in Kanpur

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Uttar Pradesh police have recovered demonetised notes worth about Rs 100 crore from an under-construction house in Kanpur in one of the biggest hauls since old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 banknotes were banned in November 2016.........Read more

Rajasthan HC sets guidelines for religious conversion

A double bench at the Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur has issued guidelines that religious conversion would be possible only after a mandatory intimation and clearance by the district collector, SDM, SDO. This declaration of conversion was done on a ten rupee stamp paper. The court observed that merely declaring on a stamp paper that an individual is converting religion would not be considered legally valid.........Read more

World Dubai Super Series Final: PV Sindhu Trounces Akane Yamaguchi in a Group Stage Match

World No. 3 Sindhu thrashed Yamaguchi 21-9 21-13 in just 36 minutes to top group A in women’s singles at the Sheikh Hamdan Indoor Stadium. This was her last group stage match.........Read more

Datsun redi-GO AMT To Be Launched In January 2018

The launch of the Datsun redi-GO AMT is finally confirmed and the car will officially go on sale in the country in January 2018. The AMT unit will be offered only with the 1-litre engine and it will come with a premium of up to Rs. 30,000.........Read more

This 3D-printed ‘living ink’ could someday help with skin replacements

Researchers created a special ink that contains these living bacteria. Because it is an ink, it can be used to 3D print in shapes — including a T-shirt, a face, and circles — and not just flat sheets.........Read more

Cops book 4-yr-old for 'rape' of classmate in Delhi school

In a shocking and perhaps the first case of its kind, the Delhi police have booked a four-year-old student for the rape of his classmate. Investigators said it was a sensitive case and legal action would be taken against the boy, likely to be the youngest to have been booked under Section 376 (rape) of the IPC and also under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.........Read more

Deep in The Ocean, There's a 'Shadow Zone' Where The Water Is 2,000 Years Old

Deep in the North Pacific, a vast stretch of submerged ocean is trapped in a kind of stasis between powerful currents and the sea floor, and for the ancient waters caught in this airless 'shadow zone', it's almost like time stands still.........Read more

Badminton Star Kidambi Srikanth rises to No 2 in BWF rankings

The 24-year-old shuttler’s prolific form in 2017, during which he has claimed an Indian record four Super Series titles, has helped him reach 73,403 rating points, the best ever by an Indian male badminton player.........Read more

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAW). The award has been awarded to ICAN “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”.........Read more

Will Kill All Speaking Against Gurmeet Ram Rahim, Threatens Dera Sacha Sauda’s ‘Qurbani Wing’

The ‘Qurbani Wing’ of Dera Sacha Sauda on Wednesday issued a threat letter to kill journalists, former Dera followers, and Haryana police officers if they speak against rape convict self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim. “Will kill all opposing Gurmeet Ram Rahim,” the threat letter read. At least 200 children of Dera, who are ready to commit suicide, will take revenge from people who spoke against Ram Rahim, the letter stated.........Read more

Is Facebook suspending accounts of activists highlighting plight of Rohingyas?

Reports say Facebook allegedly removes posts and suspended accounts of activists who are documenting the "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The activists said their accounts are frequently being suspended or taken down and hoped that the social media giant would let them speak the truth. "We want Facebook to be a place where people can share responsibly and we work hard to strike the right balance between enabling expression while providing a safe and respectful experience," Facebook spokesperson Ruchika Budhraja told.........Read more

Gurugram Child Murder: Police Form Committee to Probe Ryan’s Role

The Gurugram police have formed a committee to probe the role of Ryan International School, Bhosandi, in the murder of a seven-year-old student in the school washroom. If the committee recommends action against the educational institution, the school will be booked for criminal negligence.........Read more

Elon Musk predicts AI may trigger World War III

Founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk predicted a Third World War due to an increase in “competition for artificial intelligence (AI) superiority”, North Korea should be low on our list of concerns for civilizational existential risk… Competition for AI superiority at the national level most likely cause of a Third World War (in my opinion), Musk said in a series of tweets.........Read more

IRDA issues guidelines for car dealers selling insurance

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has issued new guidelines for automobile dealers who sell car insurance on behalf of insurance companies. The aim is to have regulatory oversight over automotive dealers involved in distributing and servicing motor insurance policies. ........Read more

RBI may need to drain up to $22 billion as inflows add to excess liquidity

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will likely have to drain up to $22 billion in excess liquidity from the financial system as surging foreign investments forces the central bank to absorb the dollar inflows and sell rupees to cap gains in the local currency.........Read more

These five Indian laws owe their origin to British, but are still in practice

Though 1200 archaic laws were scrapped in bulk, Indians are still following many obsolete laws that have been prevalent from the time of British colonial rule.........Read more

10 lakh bank employees to go on nationwide strike on August 22

The United Forum of Bank Unions, which comprises nine bank unions, has called for the strike and the employees will raise their voice against write-off of non-performing loans and hiked services charge post-GST.........Read more

Charmee Gets No Relief from High Court

She told High Court that SIT is using coercive methods during its questioning of celebrities and requested the Court to grant her exemption from appearing before SIT. But High Court agreed with the SIT's argument that they are using best interviewing techniques available across the world to grill those who are appearing for questioning.........Read more

Law Can't Treat Rape Victim as 'Child' on Her Mental Age, Says SC

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that biological age and not the mental age of a sexual assault victim will determine whether trial in the case will be held under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012.........Read more

Pentagon asked to work with India in cyber, space operating domain

Expressing concern over the growing gap between the overarching goals of the Indo-US defence ties, a powerful Senate Committee has asked the Pentagon to work with India in cyber and space operating domain.........Read more

Pakistan considering grant of visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother on India’s request: Reports

The Pakistan Foreign Office on Thursday said they are considering granting visa to the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav on the request made by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, as reported by Pakistani media.........Read more

Over 12 crore Reliance Jio customers' info exposed, company says data 'unauthentic'

In today’s day and age, security is a popular topic of discussion. After a report emerging earlier this year of 135 million Aadhaar numbers going public, it now appears that data of 120 million Reliance Jio customers could be exposed.........Read more

Clarity, not tough talk, India says while refusing to withdraw forces along China border

There is no end in sight to the Indo-China stand off near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction. India wants some clarity from China and not tough talk before it could think of withdrawing its troops from the region.........Read more

How to make India a safer place for children: Care about orphans like we care about our cows

In a country where 20 million children are orphans, several of them abandoned in every sense of the word, shouldn't they deserve more attention than the cows?........Read more

Myanmar's Suu Kyi Says UN Rohingya Probe Would Increase Tensions

A United Nations probe into alleged human rights abuses by Myanmar's military against the minority Rohingya people last year would inflame ethnic tensions, the country's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Monday.........Read more

Reports: Manchester United close to finalizing €95 million deal for defensive duo

Benfica duo Victor Lindelof and Nelson Semedo are on the verge of moving to Manchester United, The Portuguese club’s President, Luis Filipe Vieira, has reportedly landed in Manchester with a view to hashing out a deal that will see Jose Mourinho’s side part with a staggering €95 million for the pair.........Read more

Tobacco kills 7 million a year, wreaks environmental havoc: WHO

Smoking and other tobacco use kills more than seven million people each year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, also warning of the dire environmental impact of tobacco production, distribution and waste.........Read more

20-25 Lashkar terrorists enter India, may carry out 26/11-like attack: Intel inputs

As many as 20 to 25 LeT terrorists have entered India and may carry out attacks like 26/11 in states bordering with Pakistan and metro cities with India, say intel inputs.........Read more

Handbag stamping for domestic flyers at six more airports to end from June 1

Come Thursday and domestic flyers out of six more airports — Chennai, Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Trivandrum and Guwahati — will not need to get their hand bags stamped “security checked”. Previously, this was done away with at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Cochin airports.........Read more

In war-like zone, let our Army officers decide, says Arun Jaitley

“Military solutions are to be provided by military officers, not through comments of politicians. How a situation is to be dealt with when you are in a war-like zone, we should allow our Army officers to take a decision. They don’t have to consult Members of Parliament as to what they should do under these circumstances."........Read more

Kejriwal thinks if you're not in jail, you're honest: Kapil Mishra

Mishra also took a dig at "new avatar" of Kejriwal. "The new Kejriwal believes that if any person is not behind bars then he or she is not a culprit. And if one goes by his (Kejriwal's) terminology, then Sheila Dikshit, Suresh Kalmadi are also not criminal," Mishra said while questioning AAP convenor's silence on the evidence and allegations of corruption.........Read more

WannaCry ransomware cyberattack fails to paralyse India; some businesses hit

Banks, government departments and corporate houses have issued messages of caution and reinforced online security. However, business was unaffected as markets and offices opened on Monday after a weekend during which ripple effects of the malware were witnessed across the globe.........Read more

WannaCry ransomware attack: Your ATM is safe for now, say experts

Bank ATMs across India might escape the WannaCry worm global attack that locks computers and demands a ransom, cyber security experts said. At least 80% of Indian ATMs operate on Windows XP and uses a firmware that limits the machine’s activities to bare basics such as dispensing cash on request and checking the account balance.........Read more

Indian origin doctor had predicted mammoth cyber attack called 'WannaCry'

The world was hit by WannaCry, a ransomware. It would be interesting to note that a doctor of Indian origin had warned against the cyber-hack of the UK's state run National Health Service just a few days before it crippled the country's network.........Read more

How Srinath Narayanan, a former U-12 World Champ, rediscovered his spark to become India's 46th GM

Srinath Narayanan, who recently became India’s 46th Grandmaster, was one such phenom at the junior level. He, too, didn’t want to wait. A dangerous floater, he would often come into tournaments unseeded and then walk away with the trophy.........Read more

Sony Pictures garners 363.9 million viewers so far

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) on Thursday said it has crossed the last year’s viewership figures with 363.9 million viewers so far in just 32 matches. Last year, the channel saw 361 million viewers for the entire 2016 tournament. Sony Pictures Networks India is the official broadcaster of the IPL 2017.........Read more

Baahubali 2 first day BO: Rajamouli film roars big, gets a monstrous start

The film’s Hindi and Telugu versions earned lion’s share of total earnings with combined gross of over Rs 80 crore. The Karan Johar-released Hindi dubbed version of the film reportedly collected around Rs 40 crore from early estimates where the Telugu version raked in around Rs 45 crore.........Read more

Hyundai Creta facelift to launch in 2018

Hyundai Creta facelift to launch in 2018. Along with this mid-cycle facelift, Hyundai is also presently working on bringing the second generation of the Creta that is expected to be a 7-seater full sized SUV and may arrive sometime in 2021.........Read more

Support #AntiTrollingDay: Sign this petition, change your DP

The campaign, which featured women in the public eye writing about their brush with vicious trolling, received support and response from our readers. But it is not enough to merely talk about trolls. We need to reclaim the democratic space of social media from the army of organised trolls that have taken over. And this is why we are marking April 26 as #AntiTrollingDay.........Read more

Reliance Jio net loss jumps to Rs 22.5 crore in October-March

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio today reported widening of its net loss to Rs 22.50 crore in the six months to March, a period when the company virtually had no revenue and ran two back-to-back promotional offers.........Read more

650-Metre Asteroid To Pass Uncomfortably Close To Earth Today

An asteroid stretching 650 metres (2,000 feet) across is on track to whizz past Earth on Wednesday, along with a comet. Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid this size, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said.........Read more

Army’s image intact: Rawat

As controversy rages over the Army’s alleged use of a civilian, Farooq Ahmed Dar, as a human shield in Kashmir, the Chief of the Army Staff, Gen. Bipin Rawat, said on Monday that the Army continued to maintain a “strong image and professional reputation”.........Read more

Pakistani military court tried Kulbhushan Jadhav as ‘no proof found’

The Indian security establishment is of the opinion that Kulbhushan Jadhav was tried by a "nontransparent: Pakistani military court, established soon after the December 2014 attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, as the Pakistani government did not have enough evidence to prove its claims about Jadhav being an Indian spy in a civilian court.........Read more

Delhi has 70,000 children addicted to drugs on its streets: How will they be rescued?

According to a recent survey conducted by the Delhi Aids Control Society, the number of street children who used any substance in the last one year was 23,240 children although the 95 per cent certainty estimate varied between 19,320 to 27,090 children based on statistical calculation. After excluding tobacco, the numbers still are 15,470 street children. The study estimates that the number of tobacco using street children was 20,000, a figure high enough to require immediate intervention.........Read more

Let transgender people use any public toilet they prefer, Centre tells Swachh Bharat Mission

The Centre has issued guidelines to the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) saying transgender people must be allowed use public toilets designated for both men and women, depending on their choice. The statement asked the mission to ensure that members of the transgender community are recognised as equal citizens.........Read more

NRI Killed In Hit-And-Run in US, Wife Injured

Anshul Sharma, 30, died on the spot while his wife Samira Bharadwaj, 28, was injured critically in the accident on Sunday evening. Both pedestrians were from Columbus city of Indiana, said the police. A 36-year-old man, Michael Demaio, was arrested by the police. He was driving a red Chrysler minivan and hit the couple from behind near Four Seasons Retirement Centre in Columbus........Read more

At least 20 injured at ordnance factory in MP’s Jabalpur after over 30 explosions occur

At least 20 people are reportedly injured after over 30 blasts occurred at an ordnance factory in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur on Saturday evening. Nearly 50 fire tenders have been rushed to the Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK) where some victims are believed to still be trapped under parts of the structure that have caught fire.........Read more

India were 360/6 at stumps on Day 3 against Australia

India reached 360 for six in their first innings at the close of third day's play in the third cricket Test against Australia here. Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on 130 and Wriddhiman Saha was unbeaten on 18 when the stumps were drawn.........Read more

29 lakh debit cards compromised by malware attack in 2016

As reported by commercial banks, 2.9 million cards were used at ATMs that were connected to switch of Hitachi, which was subjected to malware attack, Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.........Read more

Moto Z (2017) allegedly spotted ahead of official launch

The device carried an oval shaped fingerprint scanner, replacing the box shaped biometric reader currently in use. While this is no solid proof, given the timing, most pins point towards the possibility of that being the Moto Z (2017).........Read more

J&K: Encounter underway between security forces, Hizbul militants in Pulwama

A fierce encounter broke out on Thursday morning between security forces and Hizbul Mujahideen militants in south Kashmir’s Padgampora area of Pulwama district. Security forces have started search operations and cordoned off the area where two-three militants of the group are holed up.........Read more

China wants 'BRICS plus' to include 'friendly' countries, plan might hurt India's interests

Analysts said China is trying to expand its influence by inviting its allies, and the move might result in dilution of role played by India and other countries in BRICS. The club has five countries-Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.........Read more

Samsung Pay finally comes to India: Works with Galaxy S7, Note 5, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 (2016)

Samsung has officially launched its mobile payments solution Samsung Pay in India after months of waiting. Owners of select Samsung devices, who had signed up for an early access programme last week, will be now able to start using Samsung Pay after setting up their accounts.........Read more

CBI ex-chief A P Singh’s assets may be attached

Former CBI director A P Singh is likely to be booked under the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and may soon face attachment of his properties by the Enforcement Directorate on alleged money laundering charges.........Read more

Govt going in 'wrong direction' to check farmers' suicide: SC

The Supreme Court today expressed grave concern over farmers' suicide due to indebtedness and crop failure and said it felt the government was going in a "wrong direction" in tackling the real problem.........Read more

Mumbai-based novelist Jerry Pinto received Sahitya Akademi Award for "Em and the Big Hoom"

The author was not present when he was conferred with one of India's most prestigious literary award on Wednesday. His acceptance speech which had to be read out in absentia touches upon the role of writers in the society and how they have been bestowed the responsibility of handling the "torch of truth".........Read more

Snapdeal founders to take 100% pay cut; admit errors in strategy

Snapdeal founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal have decided to take a 100% pay cut while acknowledging that they made an error in the execution strategy of the company by diversifying without getting the foundation right. They also said that the company would be downsizing as part of its attempts to turn profitable.........Read more

AIIMS terminates doctor's services for nurse's death

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday terminated the services of a senior resident doctor and initiated disciplinary action against three others, in the case of the death of nursing officer Rajbir Kaur following delivery.........Read more

Centre to roll out 2 cashback schemes for payments via BHIM App

To boost digital transactions, the Central government will within a month launch two cash back schemes for payments made through the BHIM (Bharat Interface For Money) App.The first would be a Referral Bonus Scheme for individuals and the second a........Read more

Sky Of Smoke, Lake On Fire: Bengaluru Drivers Swerved, Firemen Stunned

The lake has generated more than a water body's fair share of headlines - the pollution regularly causes it to froth so heavily that the foam can be seen on roads nearby; at other times, flames leap off the water.........Read more

US and Japan to take on North Korea after its Nuclear capable missile test

Pyongyang fired the ballistic missile into the sea, early on Sunday, the first such test conducted under new US President Donald Trump, who had vowed to take a tough stance on North Korea. The country has been isolated owing to its frequent nuclear devices and ballistic missiles tests and violation of UN resolutions to not do so.........Read more

Delhi police have recovered the stolen replica of Nobel Price and valuables of Kailash Satyarthi

Delhi Police on Sunday have arrested a person in in connection with the robbery at the residence of Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi. Acoording to the sources, the police have recovered the stolen valuables, including the replica of Nobel Prize. Earlier on Saturday, Satyarthi also expressed his pain over the theft of his wife's ornaments, saying it was given to his wife by his mother........Read more

MS Dhoni to join residential cricket academy in Bengal as mentor

Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is all set to join an upcoming residential cricket academy in Bengal as chief batting mentor. Dhoni's longtime friend and former Bengal cricketer Subhomoy Das will be one of the directors in the academy which will be started in Barasat in North 24 Parganas.........Read more

Living in the dark: 240 million Indians have no electricity

In the year after Modi’s election, an audit identified 18,452 villages without electricity. Since then, that number has fallen by a third, leaving only one per cent of the country’s total villages to be electrified, the data show. But a closer look at what constitutes “electrified” reveals how much further India has to go.........Read more

One dead, several injured during Raees promotion at Vadodara railway station

One person died and another seriously injured as fans thronged for a glimpse of superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who reached jam packed Vadodara station enroute Delhi by August Kranti Express for promotion of his upcoming flick Raees.........Read more

Chewing gum laced with marijuana can cure irritable bowel syndrome: study

A study suggests that a chewing gum laced in cannabis can cure irritable bowel syndrome, reducing painful stomach cramps, control bloating and normalise stool. Researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands claims CBD - a key property in marijuana - could ease the colon spasms that seem to be the root cause of symptoms.........Read more

The rockstar of Xiaomi, Hugo Barra just quit!

Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's Global VP has announced his departure from the company after a four year-run. He will be moving back to the Silicon Valley in February. Barra, who was earlier Google’s Vice President of Product Management for Android up until 2013, made the announcement on his Facebook page and stated, “I will be transitioning out of my role at Xiaomi in February after Chinese New Year. I will take some much-needed time off before embarking on a new adventure back in Silicon Valley.”........Read more

Mulayam still face of party, modalities of 'grand alliance' to be finalized shortly: Akhilesh Yadav

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today said his father - Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav - is still the face of the party, a day after the Election Commission granted him the right to use the SP's 'cycle' symbol.........Read more

These eToilets Are Aiding PM Modi’s Vision Of ‘Clean India’ And The Way Public Sanitation Works In India

The ‘smart she’ eToilet is exclusively tailor made for women with a separate rest room attached to it. The rest room is equipped with chair, wash basin, mirror, and facilities for baby feeding, and diaper changing. This is one of the 12 eToilets which have been opened in various parts of Navi Mumbai for the public usage by the Reliance Foundation.........Read more

CBSE announces exam dates for classes 10 and 12

The CBSE announced its board examination dates on Monday, ending suspense among students and parents after reports of postponement in view of the upcoming elections in five states. The Class 10 board exams will be held from March 9 to April 10. The Class 12 exam will start on March 9 and end on April 29.........Read more

Physicists detect exotic looped trajectories of light in three-slit experiment

(Phys.org)—Physicists have performed a variation of the famous 200-year-old double-slit experiment that, for the first time, involves "exotic looped trajectories" of photons. These photons travel forward through one slit, then loop around and travel back through another slit, and then sometimes loop around again and travel forward through a third slit.........Read more

SpiceJet to buy 92 Boeing 737 jetliners worth $10.1 billion

Indian budget airline SpiceJet Ltd. is poised to order at least 92 Boeing Co. 737 jetliners as the carrier plots rapid expansion in the world’s fastest growing aerospace market. The transaction, which would more than double SpiceJet’s 40-plane fleet, may be closed within weeks after lengthy talks that pitted Boeing against rival Airbus Group SE.........Read more

R Ashwin ends year top of the bowling, all-rounder charts

The Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja held on to the top two positions in the ICC Test bowlers rankings, while the national team ended the year as the numero uno side in the latest list issued. Ashwin also continued to lead the all-rounders’ table with no change among the top five in the list. Hence, Jadeja remained at third spot.........Read more

Serena Williams Announces Her Engagement To Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian In The Cutest Way Possible

Tennis great and world number two singles player Serena Williams on December 29 announced her engagement to Reddit co-owner Alexis Ohanian via a Reddit post. To make the occasion intimate, Serena created a new forum called “/r/isaidyes” on Reddit and posted a sketch of Alexis and her in which we can see him going on one knee and proposing to her.........Read more

Four new Nokia-branded smartphones to launch around second and third quarter in 2017

HMD Global will launch four new smartphones in addition to one that will launch during MWC 2017. HMD Global has been making Nokia-branded device since last year and the demand for the devices has crossed any previous estimate.........Read more

Over Rs 100 crore deposited in accounts of BSP and Mayawati’s brother

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday detected cash deposits totalling over Rs.104 crore in an account belonging to the BSP and Rs 1.43 crore in an account belonging to party...........Read more

SBI chooses Ganapati makers' village for hi-tech payments pilot

About 100 km south of Mumbai, the village is also famous for producing some of the best Ganapati idols in the state, with its artisans in great demand during the festive season. This also led the State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest bank, to launch the pilot of its Aadhaar-based payment system from this village.........Read more

Delhi Metro to Ditch Cash for Paytm, Card Payments at 10 Stations

Ten stations of the Delhi Metro will go ‘cashless’ from 1 January, letting commuters recharge smart cards and buy tokens using digital platforms. Metro said the decision has been taken to encourage people to embrace the Centre's vision of a cashless economy. DMRC Chief Mangu Singh said people will have the option to pay through mobile wallets such as Paytm. Considering there hasn’t been any mention of other e-wallet apps here, this is definitely another big coup for Paytm........Read more

Here's why young Indians 'can't wait to get married'

About 20.5 per cent men and 23.1 per cent women said "can't wait to get married" and 12.2 per cent men and 10.3 per cent women said "not for me". While 18.2 per cent men and 13.2 per cent women said they were "not sure".........Read more

Miss Puerto Rico lands Miss World 2016 crown

Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico has been crowned Miss World 2016, edging out runners-up from the Dominican Republic and Indonesia, and beauties from around the globe.........Read more

IT raid at Noida Axis Bank branch shows accounts of 20 fake firms, deposits of over Rs 60 crore

The Income Tax Department raided the Noida Sector 51 branch of Axis Bank on Thursday. According to news agency ANI, over 20 fake companies had their accounts in the branch and an amount of over Rs 60 crore had been deposited in these accounts. On December 5, the Enforcement Directorate officials had arrested two Axis Bank managers in New Delhi as part of its investigation in a racket involved in illegal conversion of currency notes.........Read more

It’s official: Sasikalaa is AIADMK’s Chinnamma

n another sign that V K Sasikalaa, aide of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, is likely to succeed former chief minister J Jayalalithaa as the next AIADMK general secretary, a series of official party releases on Sunday tracked her ‘official’ engagements, referring to her as ‘Chinnamma’ (junior ‘Amma’).........Read more

US Building $203mn Consulate in Hyderabad

The US State Department is to start building a $203 million consulate general complex next year in Hyderabad, one of its busiest outposts. The contract for building the multi-building complex on a 12-acre site in a new high-tech area of Hyderabad has been awarded to to Caddell Construction based in Montgomery, Alabama,and the project is expected to be completed in 2020, according to a State Department press release issued Tuesday.........Read more

No decision taken on Chennai Test against England: BCCI

Taking into account the sensitive situation after J Jayalalithaa's demise, the BCCI has decided to "wait and watch" before deciding on a possible shift of venue of the fifth Test between India and England scheduled to be held from December 16-20 in Chennai.........Read more

17 companies barred from applying for H-1B visas

The Donald Trump's victory in US elections can surely be termed as one of the worst nightmare of Indian IT companies coming true. The US President-elect has often lashed out at companies using H-1B visas (whose biggest recepients are Indian IT companies) for sending American jobs to India. It now remains to be seen, if Trump will turn out to be as 'dangerous' for IT outsourcing industry as he sounded during his election campaign. The analysts views are divided on this. While some say, he may prove very tough for IT companies using H-1B visas, others term his anti-H-1B statements as mere election rhetoric. However, even before Trump came to power there have been several bills introduced in the US seeking bar on Indian and US IT companies from hiring professionals on H-1B and L1 visas. There have been a rise in the rejection rate of H1-B visa applications too.........Read more

Demonetisation: US banks close rupee exchanges after Rs500, Rs1,000 notes ruled illegal

After demonetisation, US banks including JPMorgan, Citigroup and Wells Fargo— who work with vendors for exchange rupees—have made the bills unavailable........Read more

National film archive adds Telugu classics ‘Patala Bhairavi’, ‘Shavukaru’ to its treasure chest

The National Film Archive of India has added 23 Telugu classics to its collection. The films include LV Prasad’s Shavukaru (1950), Pelli Chesi Choodu (1952) and Missamma (1955) as well as Vijaya Vauhini Studios productions Pathala Bhairavi (1951), Maya Bazar (1957) and Satya Harishchandra (1965).........Read more

NATO Not Seeking Confrontation With Russia, Wants No New Cold War

NATO does not seek confrontation with Russia and does not want a new Cold War, as the alliance is striving for cooperation with Russia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.........Read more

French Open Badminton: PV Sindhu advances to second round; Ajay Jayaram crashes out

PV Sindhu advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the French Open after beating Hong Kong's Pui Yin Yip 21-9, 29-27 in the opening round on Wednesday. In the men's singles, HS Pronnoy also advanced to the next round after beating Boonsak Ponsana, while Ajay Jayaram was defeated by Anthony Ginting.........Read more

RSS Wants PhDs For 'Independent Researchers' Who Have Never Studied At Universities

Among the several recommendations that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has sent the human resource development ministry for its new education policy, the right-wing group reportedly wants the government to consider awarding degrees to people who never went to university.........Read more

How Will Robots Learn?

But to make A.I. that’s knowledgeable on a grand scale—like learning the idiosyncrasies needed to translate every human language—the software needs to learn on its own. However, researchers don’t agree on how to make that happen. One camp thinks that if we correct algorithms when they make the wrong decisions, they’ll learn to avoid bad choices and choose only the right ones. 2 In other words, we parent our A.I. until it reaches the ability to thrive on its own.........Read more

Centre to launch Mission Parivar Vikas in 7 states

The Centre will soon launch Mission Parivar Vikas in 145 High Focus districts in seven states. Its main objective is to accelerate access to high quality family planning choices based on information, reliable services and supplies within a rights-based framework.........Read more

China Launches First Cold Atom Clock to Space

"This clock is so accurate that it should not lose one second in 30 to 300 million years in space," said Liu Liang, professor and director of the Key Laboratory of Quantum Optics, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.........Read more

Embraer aircraft deal: CBI registers Preliminary Enquiry against Defence Ministry officials

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday registered a Preliminary Enquiry against unknown officials of the Defence Ministry in connection with the allegations of corruption in the purchas........Read more

How Women Enable ISIS's Global Networks

The recent arrest of female terrorists in France brought attention to the role women play in ISIS. American academics studied this issue, with surprising results.........Read more

New Final Fantasy 15 Trailer Shows More Summons and Drama

Square Enix has released a subtitled version of the Tokyo Game Show trailer released for its upcoming role-playing game, Final Fantasy XV. The trailer shows a number of new scenes featuring Noctis and his band of guy pals, as well as some new footage of Luna. In addition, the video shows glimpses of some returning Final Fantasy summons including Shiva and Leviathan.........Read more

What Is Free Speech?

The concept of 'free speech' is devilishly difficult and depends greatly on a person's political and philosophical viewpoint. The term “free speech” is not ideal. The “free” part skews in favour of those who oppose regulation and the “speech” part puts the focus on the spoken word, even though the discussion embraces wider communication, including art, writing, films, plays, flag burning and advertising.........Read more

Edward Snowden attacks Russia over human rights and hacking

NSA whistleblower says Moscow’s online monitoring of citizens is unnecessary, costly and corrosive of rights........Read more

India spent Rs. 356 crore in 5 years on protection, privileges for Kashmir separatists

Kashmiri separatist leaders receive about Rs. 100 crore from Pakistan annually to create unrest in Kashmir, chant anti-India slogans and keep the..........Read more

Why nurses go unheard in India – even when they strike

The indefinite strike by nurses that began on September 2 was short lived. The strike was called off after just two days following a meeting between the All India Government Nurses' Federation and health ministry officials at which the nurses were assured that their demands will be sent to the finance ministry by September 12.........Read more

‘One nation spreading terror’: Modi takes swipe at Pakistan in G20 speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took an apparent swipe at Pakistan for spreading and supporting terrorism in his speech at the concluding session of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou.........Read more

Clashes Erupt in Kashmir Again, Over 200 Injured

Ten incidents of stone pelting were reported from Srinagar, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Awantipora and Sopore, said a police spokesman.........Read more

Indian Company Mulls Joint Construction of Warships With Russia, UK

India’s shipbuilding company Bharatu Shipyard, which has a license to build warships in India, has been discussing with Russian and British companies the joint construction of naval vessels, the Mumbai-based newspaper The Economic Times reported on Friday.........Read more

Looking to saliva to gain insight on evolution

That's one lesson of a new study that looks to the saliva of humans, gorillas, orangutans, macaques and African green monkeys for insights into evolution. There's no need to reinvent the genetic wheel.........Read more

Meet the alternative lending startups

A new crop of online lenders needs to prove that their businesses are more than an online flash-in-the-pan.........Read more

Court scrapped anganwadi contracts worth Rs 6,300 crore in Maharashtra, but ignored a key problem

It pulled up the state for centralising the supply of nutritional supplements, but new tenders are still likely to favour contractors over local women's groups.........Read more

Deconstructing frenemy no. 1 Subramanian Swamy

Impossible to predict and difficult to typecast, Swamy is the quintessential Delhi insider who most want to keep at a distance.........Read more

Chetan Bhagat responds to AAP: Can do a much better job as RBI Governor than others

AAP spokespeson Raghav Chadha, in an attack on BJP-led government in Centre, had said that BJP should appoint Bhagat as the RBI governor.........Read more

First lines from books with the magic words: ‘translated by Gregory Rabassa’

‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ was not the only translation by Gregory Rabassa (1922-2016) with a memorable beginning.........Read more

Xerox names former iGate, Infosys executive Ashok Vemuri as new CEO of its BPO firm

Vemuri, who previously headed IT services provider IGATE Corp from September 2013 to October 2015, will join Xerox effective July 1.........Read more

Garbine Muguruza stuns Serena Williams to win French Open title

Spanish fourth seed Garbine Muguruza claimed her maiden Grand Slam title when she beat world number one and defending champion Serena Williams of US 7-5, 6-4 in the French Open final in Paris on Saturday.........Read more

Is Microsoft truly changing under Satya Nadella?

Satya Nadella is gradually phasing out the legacy decisions he inherited from former CEO Steve Ballmer, trying to retain Microsoft’s edge and stay relevant........Read more

On Second Anniversary, Advani Praises Modi Govt For Honesty

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday received kudos from BJP patriarch LK Advani who hailed the NDA dispensation led by his once protege for "honesty" even as he accused Congress of attempting to malign the government's image through baseless all........Read more

Can place proof against Cong netas in Parliament: Jaitley - Times of India

Strongly rebutting the charge that cases involving Congress functionaries were driven by political vendetta, finance minister Arun Jaitley said he was ready to present evidence regarding serving and former chief ministers and Congress heavyweights in........Read more

Government clearances have got faster but lack of promoter interest stalls projects

Land acquisition problems, as a reason for stalling of project implementation, have come down to under seven per cent over the last two years, down from 16 per cent in 2013-14 and 13 per cent in 2012-13.........Read more

Women in India earn nearly 19% less than men: Report

Women in India earn 18.8 per cent less than men, slightly higher than the global average, largely due to lack of high-paying job functions, says a report by Korn Ferry Hay Group.........Read more