Kia Sonet Launched In India From Just Rs. 6.71 Lakh In 15 Variants

Kia Motors India unveiled the Sonet last month and its intentions to make a big impact in the sub-four-metre SUV space have been clear with a wide range of powertrain as well as transmission options catering to different sets of customers. Moreover, the compact SUV packs premium amenities even in the mid-level trims and some of them are segment first. The Sonet was first showcased in its concept form at the 2020 Auto Expo and very little details have changed in the production model. The exterior comprises of a sleek front fascia with the signature Tiger Nose grille and sharp headlamps with integrated LED Daytime Running Lights. The bumper has faux air vents and central hexagonal air inlets and a deep fog lamp housing. Besides the premium chrome touches, you could also see the underbody protecting skid plates, a rather clean side profile with muscular wheel arches, chromed window line, roof rails and blackened pillars with the GT Line trim having red accents all around. The rear gets sporty full-width LED tail lamps, high mounted stop lamp, Kia badge grafted on the tailgate, dual exhaust pipes and an aggressive rear bumper.........Read more

India Records Nearly 50,000 Covid-19 Cases In 24 Hours; Death Toll Mounts To 30,601

India saw a record single-day spike of 49,310 COVID-19 cases taking the country's virus tally to 12,87,945 on Friday, while the recoveries surged to 8,17,208,according to the Union Health Ministry data. The death toll mounted to 30,601 with 740 new fatalities reported in a span of 24 hours,the data updated at 8 am showed. There are 4,40,135 active cases of coronavirus infection presently in the country. Thus, around 63.45 per cent people have recovered so far.The total number of confirmed cases includes foreigners.........Read more

Hetero, Cipla Get Nod to Manufacture and Market Remdesivir for Covid-19 Patients on Oxygen Support

India's Drug Regulator on Saturday gave permission to Hetero and Cipla to manufacture and market antiviral drug remdesivir for "restricted emergency use" on hospitalised COVID-19 patients, official sources said. This comes a day after the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), considering the emergency and unmet need for medicines in light of the coronavirus outbreak, granted domestic firm Glenmark Pharmaceuticals the permission to manufacture and market favipiravir for "restricted emergency use" in mild to moderate cases. "The approval to Hetero and Cipla was given on Saturday," a source said. Written informed consent of each patient is required before the use of remdesivir and results of additional clinical trials, active post-marketing surveillance data and reporting of serious adverse events have to be submitted. ........Read more

Antibody study sheds light on COVID-19 immunity

New research from Emory University indicates that nearly all people hospitalized with COVID-19 develop virus-neutralizing antibodies within six days of testing positive. The findings will be key in helping researchers understand protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2 and in informing vaccine development. The test that Emory researchers developed also could help determine whether convalescent plasma from COVID-19 survivors can provide immunity to others, and which donors' plasma should be used.........Read more

Asian Wrestling Championships 2020: Pinki, Sarita Mor Strike Gold; Nirmala Devi Settles For Silver

Indian wrestlers Pinki and Sarita Mor won gold medals in their respective category at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Delhi to extend India’s tally to four golds, while Sarita Mor had to settle for silver at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium on Thursday. Pinki overcame Mongolia’s Dulguun Bolormaa in the women’s 55 kg final 2-1, becoming only the third Indian woman wrestler to win gold in the history of the tournament, after Navjot Kaur in 2018 and Divya Kakran in the current edition. Soon after, Mor stuck gold beating Battsetseg Atlantsetseg of Mongolia 3-2. ........Read more

Trinamool Congress appeals voters to support AAP in Delhi elections 2020

Trinamool Congress on Thursday appealed to voters to choose Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP in the Delhi Assembly elections, saying the party has delivered on its promises. Tweeting a video in support of its Rajinder Nagar candidate Raghav Chadha, Trinamool Congress national spokesperson Derek O'Brien said, "may AAP do very very well" in the election. "Vote for Aam Aadmi Party. Vote for the candidate from Rajendra Nagar constituency Raghav Chadha. Vote for Arvind Kejriwal and all AAP candidates in Delhi.........Read more

National Population Register: Details of Parents' Birth Not Mandatory Question, Clarifies Centre

The work for updating the NPR will begin from April 1, 2020, and will go on till September 30, 2020. What triggered fear is that the data collected through NPR will be utilised for preparing the National Register of Citizens (NRC). That the Questions regarding the birth date and place of parents will be taken into account to determine the citizenship has led to fear though Union ministers have time and again dissociated NCR, NPR and CAA. Allaying the fears once again, Javadekar said those questions are not mandatory. ........Read more

Volvo XC40 T4 R-Design BS6 Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 39.9 Lakh

Volvo has launched the XC40 T4 R-Design petrol variant in India at ₹ 39.9 lakh, ex-showroom, India. The smallest Scandinavian SUV is now BS6 compliant and is underpinned by the same compact modular architecture (CMA) platform that underpins a range of Volvo cars. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder powering the XC40 has been upgraded to meet the stringent emission norms that will come into effect from April 2020.........Read more

Together in this fight with Pawar sahib: Uddhav after Ajit dashes Sena hopes

Uddhav Thackeray warned the BJP against poaching the Shiv Sena’s MLAs. “They can try and see. Maharashtra is not going to sleep tonight. ....We are together in this fight with Pawar sahib.” ........Read more

Farmers march from Noida to Delhi's Kishan Ghat in protest against power hike, sugarcane dues

Farmers in Uttar Pradesh have begun their march at 6 AM on Saturday from Noida Sector-69 to Delhi's Kisan Ghat, over their demands of payment of sugarcane crop dues, full loan waiver and making electricity used in farming free among others. UP farmers begin march from Noida Sector-69 to Delhi's Kisan Ghat, over their demands of payment of sugarcane crop dues, full loan waiver and making electricity used in farming free among others. The farmers had been putting up at Sector-69 in Noida, agencies reported on Friday. "After negotiations between Agriculture Ministry officials and farmers failed, we are left with the only option now that is to march to Delhi to draw attention towards our demand. We will leave from here tomorrow morning, on our tractors," ANI quoted Puran Singh, National President of the Indian Farmers Organization yesterday. "We were trying our best that the authorities should listen to our demands here itself. Our journey began around eleven days ago but now we will be going to Delhi with our demands. I don't understand why didn't the government consider our demand that was given to them in writing. It has been decided that all the farmers will be heading to Delhi now," said Rajendra Yadav, State President, Indian Farmers Organization.........Read more

Mission Gaganyaan: IAF completes first level of selecting astronauts from pilots pool

The Indian Air Force has completed the first level of selecting astronauts for the ambitious Gaganyaan mission from its pool of test pilots. The test pilots underwent necessary extensive physical exercise tests, lab investigations, radiological tests, clinical tests and evaluation on various aspects of their psychology, it said on Friday. Air Force sources said 25 test pilots were part of the initial selection process. This will be a multi-layered selection process and only 2-3 test pilots will make it to the final list, the sources added. "#MissionGaganyaan -IAF completed Level-1 of Indian Astronaut selection at Institute of Aerospace Medicine. Selected Test Pilots underwent extensive physical exercise tests, lab investigations, radiological tests, clinical tests & evaluation on various facets of their psychology," the IAF tweeted.........Read more

Indian army dismisses claims of 'Chinese incursion' made by Arunachal Pradesh BJP MP

Indian Army on Wednesday dismissed claims made by Arunachal Pradesh BJP MP Tapir Gao suggesting that Chinese troops had indulged incursions in Arunachal Pradesh and said that strict surveillance was being maintained by its troops in the particular region. "There has been no such incursion. The area being referred to in the media report on 'some electronic channels' is the area of Fish Tail. There is a differing perception of the alignment of the Line of Actual Control, as in many other areas," said Indian Army spokesperson Col Aman Anand. "The terrain is thickly vegetated and all movements are undertaken on foot along nullahs and streams. During monsoons whenever the nullahs are in spates, temporary bridges are constructed by the patrol teams for their movement," added Col Anand. "Being an area of differing claims, troops routinely from either side patrol the area. In addition, civilian hunters and herb collectors also frequent here during summer months. It is reiterated that there is no permanent presence of either Chinese soldiers or civilians in the area and surveillance is maintained by our troops," he said. Col Anand said that India and China have well established diplomatic and military mechanisms to address all issues in the border areas.........Read more

Saaho movie review: Prabhas picks a generic masala mix to make a post-Baahubali all-India splash. Yawn

The plot, for what it is worth, is about internecine rivalry in a business empire that one man describes as the "world's most powerful crime syndicate". When the chief of the Roy Group (Jackie Shroff) is killed, the battle for his position is fought between a whole troop of characters played by Mandira Bedi, Arun Vijay, Chunky Panday, Mahesh Manjrekar, Lal and Tinnu Anand. As they scramble across the world in search of a black box that is the key to godknowswhat, a troop of others including the police are hot on their heels. Among those in pursuit are characters played by Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Prakash Belawady. Please don't ask me who is who, who is aligned with who, or what specific purpose that black box was meant to serve. I lost interest somewhere in the first half when it became clear that this uninspired script packed with a multitude of uninteresting twists was just an excuse to flash highfalutin gadgets, SFX, stunts and Prabhas at us.........Read more

PM Modi Felicitated With Order of Zayed - UAE's Highest Civilian Award

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday felicitated with Order of Zayed, UAE’s highest civilian award by Crown Prince, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. This comes despite Pakistan’s anti-India rhetoric following India’s decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The award, which is named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, acquires special significance as it is being awarded to PM Modi in the birth centenary year of Sheikh Zayed. Uninfluenced by Pakistan’s attacks against India on multiple platforms, the UAE became the first country from among the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states to support India over its decision. Just a day after India scrapped the Article, Abu Dhabi termed New Delhi’s action its internal matter, saying it aimed at “reducing regional disparity and improving efficiency”. Notably, PM Modi is on the second leg of his three-nation visit — France, UAE and Bahrain. He reached UAE on Friday.........Read more

Astronauts forced to escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket

Astronauts Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin have been forced to return to Earth in "ballistic descent mode" after their Soyuz rocket's booster malfunctioned shortly after launch. The Soyuz capsule is returning to Earth via a ballistic descent, which is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal.........Read more

Former England and Chelsea captain John Terry retires from football

Former England captain John Terry announced his retirement from football on Sunday with the 37-year-old central defender now set to pursue a career in management. Terry made 717 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 67 goals, and was widely regarded as one of the best English centre-halves of his generation.........Read more

Sport contact lenses? Beware of rare infection that could leave you blind

A new study has led scientists to urge contact lens wearers to look after their eyes following an outbreak of a rare infection Acanthamoeba keratitis which can cause blindness.........Read more

Nagaland’s Kiphire, worst affected by rains and landslides, slowly breaks out of its isolation

Nagaland's Kiphire which was completely cut off from the rest of Nagaland due to the landslides caused by rains and is returning to normalcy, with the help of government aid as well as public concerts and donation drives.........Read more

Asian Games: Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar Get India Off the Blocks With a Bronze

The duo of Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar got India its first medal at the 2018 Asian Games with Bronze. They won the medal in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event with a final score of 429.9.........Read more

Flood alert in Karnataka as heavy rain lash coastal districts

As incessant rains continue to large parts of Karnataka, the state government has issued flood alerts for many districts. Most of these are in the coastal region.........Read more

Rupee slips further, opens at all-time low of Rs 68.89

The rupee on Thursday opened at an all-time low of 68.89 against the US Dollar, slipping a further 28 paise against the previous close of 68.61........Read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Revamped but efficient Croatia end Iceland’s fairytale

Croatia topped their World Cup Group D as Ivan Perisic’s last-gasp goal helped them maintain their perfect record with a 2-1 win that also ended Iceland’s qualification hopes.........Read more

India has increased customs duty on 29 products, including pulses and iron and steel products, imported from the US as a retaliatory action against the tariff hike by Washington.

As per the finance ministry notification, the import duty on chickpeas, Bengal gram (chana) and masur dal has been increased to 70 per cent from 30 per cent earlier, while that on lentils has been hiked to 40 per cent from 30 per cent.........Read more

BMW 8 Series Coupe unveiled | Team-BHP

BMW has unveiled the new 8 Series Coupe. The car is expected to replace the 6 Series in the company's model line-up. Initially, the car will come in M850i xDrive petrol and 840d xDrive diesel variants, while an M8 version is expected to be launched at a later date.........Read more

Gujarat plans 41 yagna in 33 dists for good rains

India News: The Vijay Rupani-led BJP government has decided to hold 41 ‘parjanya yagnas’ on May 31 in its 33 districts and eight major cities to appease Lord Indr........Read more

Tata Sky will be the supplier of Netflix, Hotstar, Amazon Prime: CMD Harit Nagpal

Direct-to-home television company Tata Sky Ltd’s net profit has jumped to Rs408 crore in the fiscal ended March 2018 compared to Rs8 crore in the previous year. It’s profit margin also saw an improvement at 7.1% compared to 0.1% in the year-ago period.........Read more

Cannes 2018: Japanese film ‘Shoplifters’ bags the Palme D’Or

There can be hardly any bone to pick with the choice of Palme D’Or this year. Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters, a quiet, unassuming yet devastating peep into what constitutes a family is one of the best you would see in the contemporary cinema .........Read more

New Honda Amaze 2018 Variants Revealed Ahead Of Launch

The new Honda Amaze 2018 will be offered in four variants: E, S, V and VX. Safety features such as dual airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, ISOFIX child safety seat anchor points and reverse parking sensors will be offered as standard across all the variants. The new Honda Amaze will draw power from the existing 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 89bhp and 110Nm of torque, while the diesel engine churns out 99bhp and 200Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual or a CVT gearbox.........Read more

CBI books former Aircel promoter's companies in Rs 6-bn loan fraud

The CBI has registered a case against former Aircel promoter C Sivasankaran's companies, Axcel Sunshine Ltd and Finland-based Win Wind Oy, for allegedly defaulting on loans worth Rs 6 billion taken from IDBI bank. They said the agency is carrying out searches at 50 locations, including the residences of former senior IDBI bank officials.........Read more

Jitu Rai bagged gold, Om Mitharva settles with bronze in 10m Air Pistol at CWG 2018

Jitu Rai managed to clinch the eighth gold medal for India in the Gold Coast Games as he finished atop the 10m Air Pistol table with a comprehensive total score of 235.1 - Games record. His compatriot, Om Mitharval, finished third to win India’s fourth bronze medal in Gold Coast.........Read more

Ghaziabad: Nearly 5,000 booked, 32 arrested for rioting during Dalit protests

The Uttar Pradesh Police have booked nearly 5,000 people on the charges of creating a ruckus and damaging public and government properties in Ghaziabad during the protests called by Dalit organisations on Monday against a Supreme Court order. The police have identified 43 places in urban and 17 places in rural areas of Ghaziabad as highly sensitive and security has been heightened on these points.........Read more

Researchers uncover protein used to outsmart the human immune system

A University of Maryland (UMD) researcher has uncovered a mechanism by which the bacteria that causes Lyme disease persists in the body and fights your early, innate immune responses. Dr. Utpal Pal, Professor in Veterinary Medicine, has been studying the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria throughout his twelve years with UMD, and his work has already produced the protein marker used to identify this bacterial infection in the body. Now, Dr. Pal has isolated a protein produced by the bacteria that disables one of the body's first immune responses, giving insight into mechanisms that are largely not understood. ........Read more

Ducati To Launch Four All-New Motorcycles In India

Ducati has also revealed that the four all-new motorcycles will be launched in India in 2018. Ducati is expected to launch the Multistrada 1260 adventure motorcycle and the Scrambler 1100 in the country. The details about other two Ducati bikes are scarce, but one of them is expected to be the Ducati Monster 821.........Read more

MNC bank in India offers same-sex partners of staffers medical cover

In India, since Section 377 of the penal code criminalises homosexuality, lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender partners are not covered under any insurance scheme. So, RBS India has decided to bear the cost of its liberal move from its profit and loss account. The policy comes into effect from this April 1, making RBS one of the first companies to take the progressive step. ........Read more

India companies are now willing to pay more to fix its gender diversity problem

In 2017, the number of women employed in corporate India jumped to 31% of the total workforce from around 25% the previous year, an October 2017 report from talent strategy consulting firm Avtar Group had said.........Read more

Stokes, Gayle, Ashwin, Dhawan part of marquee set

Ben Stokes, Mitchell Starc, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan and Glenn Maxwell are part of two sets of marquee players that will kick-off the IPL auction, which begins on January 27 in Bangalore. The auction will be a two-day exercise with a total of 578 players featuring in the player pool for the eight franchises to choose from.........Read more

Stephen Hawking dead, claim conspiracy theorists

According to a story published in MailOnline, there are certain people around the world who are convinced that the real Prof Hawkings died decades ago and then in the intervening years, politicians and scientists from the elite sections of society have installed a lookalike to act in his place. What they think is actually happening is that the professor isn't doing anything at all and the voice we hear is the result of NASA astrophysicists typing information into a computer.........Read more

Delhi and Punjab richest states, Jain wealthiest community: National survey

Among major states, people in Delhi and Punjab are the richest with more than 60% of their households in the top wealth quintile. Bihar is the poorest with more than half of the households in the bottom wealth quintile. Jains are the richest religious community, with more than 70% of their population in the top quintile. There isn’t much difference between Hindus and Muslims and they are very close to the national distribution of wealth. Upper castes have almost double the share of households in the top quintile compared to any other caste group.........Read more

Transstroy Bankrupt, Polavaram In Crisis

The multi-purpose Polavaram project on Godavari river has plunged into yet another crisis with Transstroy India Ltd, the main contractor for the prestigious Polavaram project, has virtually turned bankrupt. The Canara Bank on Friday filed a petition before National Company Law Tribunal, Hyderabad asking it to declare Transstroy as insolvent and initiate the process for winding up of all its business activities, auction its properties and repay the dues to the banks.........Read more

Hyderabad Star Hotels Turning Hub for Prostitution

Two gangs – one from Mumbai and other from Guntur – have been running the racket in the star hotels luring the clients from top-class. On tip-off, cops have nabbed the two key persons from each gang. However, many say that there could be several other gangs that were doing this sort of business in the city in star hotels.........Read more

North Korea-based hacker groups are increasingly attacking financial institutions and Bitcoin exchanges: Report

After the cryptocurrency mining market NiceHash revealed this week that hackers wiped out its entire Bitcoin wallet, security researchers now claim North Korea-based advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are increasingly attacking financial institutions and Bitcoin exchanges.........Read more

US makes push for China to cut off oil to North Korea

The United States on Thursday urged China to cut off crude oil shipments to North Korea and pressed all countries to isolate Kim Jong-Un's regime by cutting off all diplomatic and trade ties. Trump told the Chinese leader "that we have come to the point that China must cut off the oil from North Korea," Nikki Haley said.........Read more

India to provide naval support to Singapore

India is getting set to provide to Singapore naval practice and logistics facilities, which will include live firing drills in the Andamans, to add to the ones already being provided to the army and air force of the city-state for the last 10 years.........Read more

Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derails near Manikpur in UP

Three persons were killed and seven others got injured when a train heading towards Patna from Vasco Da Gama, Goa, got derailed near Manikpur railway station in the wee hours of Friday. Thirteen coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express were derailed near Manikpur in Uttar Pradesh at 4:18am.........Read more

Boost for Modi, Moody’s upgrades India’s credit rating after 14 years

Credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Services upgraded on Friday India’s sovereign ratings to Baa2 from its lowest investment grade (Baa3), giving credit to the Narendra Modi government for its “wide-ranging program of economic and institutional reforms”. It has now changed the outlook for India’s rating to stable from positive.........Read more

Unboxing of Google Glass Enterprise Edition

The hardware is clearly higher-quality than the original Google Glass, and there are minor improvements everywhere: It has an audible speaker, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, an LED on the front (to let you know when the camera is capturing), a faster Intel Atom CPU, 32GB of storage, and a larger 780 mAh battery. Other changes from the standard Explorer Edition Google Glass are ever-present in the software, but all Enterprise Edition models ship with pre-loaded and customized software from the vendor that provided the unit — so there’s not a default home screen on all Glass Enterprise models.........Read more

Rohingyas are threat to national security, can't stay as illegal refugees: Govt to Supreme Court

The government said that that Rohingyas are threat to national security and hence it warrants deportation of them from India. The Centre has taken a stance that it can't allow illegal refugees to stay in India and has urged the SC not to intervene in this matter.........Read more

Liquor worth Rs 440.6 cr sold in Kerala during Onam season

Liquor sales in Kerala during the the 10 days of Onam touched a record high of Rs 440.6 crore, up from Rs 411.14 crore during the previous Onam season, according to official figures. The biggest sales was recorded on Sunday, when liquor and beer worth Rs 71.17 crores was sold, up from Rs 59.51 crores in the previous year.........Read more

Madras HC adjourns Karti Chidambaram plea seeking quashing of CBI case against him

The Madras High Court on Friday adjourned former finance minister P. Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram's petition that sought quashing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR against him till July 28.........Read more

Ukraine points finger at Russian security services in recent cyber attack

Ukraine said on Saturday that Russian security services were involved in a recent cyber attack on the country, with the aim of destroying important data and spreading panic.........Read more

We are geared up to fulfil SC-given mandate, says Vinod Rai

Unfazed by the delaying tactics adopted by the members of BCCI at its last SGM, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators has strengthened its resolve to implement the mandate given to them by the apex court.........Read more

No departure card requirement for Indians flying abroad from 1 July

Indians flying abroad will not be required to fill departure cards from 1 July, but those going out of the country via rail, seaport and land immigration checkposts will have to fill the embarkation card........Read more

IISc Scientists Are Restoring a 10,000-Acre Forest, With a Drone and Seedbombs!

Scientist are optimistic that the operation, which hopes to begin during this year’s monsoon, will restore the barren area of land around the Doddaballapur hill range, north of Bangalore. ........Read more

Farm loan waiver: States making announcements must generate funds from own resources, says Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said that states which were keen on farm loan waiver ‘must generate funds from their own resources’. Jaitley’s comment comes after Maharashtra government announced a total loan waiver for farmers in the state.........Read more

Remembering NS Reddy, the Man at Centre of Congress Split in 60s

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy’s long political career with the Indian National Congress party started off as an activist for the Indian independence movement. Later, he was elected as the sixth President of India in 1977 during the non-Congress Janta Party regime in a poll that was held just a few months after the emergency was lifted in July 1977.........Read more

Startup Definition Redefined - Benefits Applicable Till 7 Years Now; No Need For Recommendation Letter!

Earlier, Govt. had decided to provide tax and other benefits to a startup only if it's less than 5-year-old. But now, this definition has been extended to 7 years. This will now help more startups to claim the benefits under Startup India program, and hence, will attract more entrepreneurs as well.........Read more

Election Commission's press conference on the workings of EVMs - The Times of India

The Election Commission of India demonstrated the working of Electronic Voting Machines and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System and is holding a press conference at Delhi's Vigyan Bhavan today. Stay with us for all updates........Read more

Indian-Americans unhappy with California school textbooks over portrayal of Hinduism

Indian-Americans have expressed anguish over the negative portrayal of Hinduism and India in the proposed California school textbooks. For the past several years, the Indian-American community has been battling to remove several inaccuracies and myths about Hinduism from the textbooks.........Read more

BJP’s Subramanian Swamy attacks superstar Rajinikanth, says ‘should not enter politics; not well educated’

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy today attacked superstar Rajinikanth over reports of his joining politics - this is a long-standing demand of his fans and many politicians from all parties have approached him in this regard from time to time to join them.........Read more

Naseemuddin Siddiqui puts Mayawati in trouble, releases audio recording

A day after he was ousted from BSP, Naseemuddin Siddiqui has hit out at Mayawati, blaming her 'wrong policies' for series of electoral defeats in Uttar Pradesh. The BSP could manage to win just 19 out of 403 seats in the recent Uttar Pradesh assembly elections while in 2014 Lok Sabha elections the party failed to even open its account.........Read more

Kapil Mishra offered no concrete documents to back bribery allegation against Arvind Kejriwal: ACB sources

Mishra had submitted a summary drafted by him about the tanker scam, resubmitted documents he had earlier submitted and enclosed a cover letter with these two documents. No concrete evidence or document has been submitted to ACB.........Read more

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron claims massive hack as emails leaked

Leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign said on Friday it had been the target of a "massive" computer hack that dumped its campaign emails online 1-1/2 days before voters choose between the centrist and his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen.........Read more

EC Bribery row: Dinakaran accepts meeting Chandrashekhar, but not paying him money

After three days of continuous grilling, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader TTV Dinakaran has finally accepted that he met Sukesh Chandrashekhar, the man alleged to be the middleman in his bribery dealing with the Election Commission of India (ECI).........Read more

Petrol pumps in eight states to be shut on Sundays from May 14

Beginning May 14, fuel outlets in eight states & UTs will remain shut every Sunday on account of PM Modi’s call to conserve oil, a fuel pump owners’ agency said on Tuesday. The states/UTs are TN, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra, Telangana, Maharashtra and Haryana.........Read more

BRABO: How India got its first Made in India industrial robot

BRABO—short for “Bravo Robot”—has been priced between Rs5 lakh and Rs7 lakh and can even be bought on equated monthly instalments, or EMIs. BRABO comes in two variants that can handle payloads of 2kg and 10kg, respectively. As per ILO (International Labour Organization) standards, a human should not lift more than 10kg, hence the (maximum) payload for the robot was fixed at 10kg,” Thakur noted, adding that an industrial robot, which can handle a 10kg payload can replace 1-2 operators per shift with a payback of less than two years for a customer.........Read more

FIR against TTV Dinakaran after aide confesses to bribery

The Delhi crime branch police have registered an FIR against Sasikala NAtarajan's nephew and AIADMK Amma party's deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran. The crime branch police have accused TTV Dinakaran of bribing officials over the AIADMk symbol row.........Read more

Gorakhnath Temple: Three Generations of Priests Bound By Politics

With Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur is becoming the centre of attention. But the temple has always been a hotbed of political activity with a long tradition of priests becoming politicians; from Yogi Adityanath to Mahant Digvijay Nath. Here's a quick explainer on the history of the Gorakhnath temple.........Read more

1 Out of 4 Users Abandon a Mobile App Just After One Use, In-App Messages Increase Retention

A recently released report by Localytics highlights some troubling statistics about app engagement. The report found that 24% of users abandoned an app after using it just one time. The figure is slightly up from a 23% abandonment rate recorded during the same time in 2016. App user abandonment rate is the second highest since 2012.........Read more

Trai says that telecom service provider's concerns about low tariff maybe inconsistent with public policy

The telecom regulator said on Thursday that the Telecom Commission’s contention that reduced tariffs by telecom service providers (TSP) is leading to reduced revenues for the government and poor health of the sector may be inconsistent with the principles of public policy.........Read more

PVR launches HP Virtual Reality Lounge; plans to launch 10 more across India

The brand new concept at PVR ECX has four VR pods equipped with latest groundbreaking technology of OMEN by HP that delivers an unparalleled immersive and interactive experience, blurring the lines between what's real and what's not. From crouching behind turrets to diving on the ground to avoid strafing bullets to seeing a grotesque image lurking nearby, those few intense minutes will surely keep movie lovers fastened to the HP VR Lounge.........Read more

Encounter between Maoists and security forces underway in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district

The encounter broke out in Burdum in Dantewada on Saturday. The body of a Maoist and an AK-47 have also been recovered.........Read more

‘Modi’s social media presence costs nothing’: PMO replies to Sisodia’s RTI query

The social media presence of the Prime Minister’s Office had not incurred any cost on maintenance, stated an RTI reply to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s query. The official mobile application — PMO India — did not cost the exchequer anything as it was designed by students in a contest conducted by who were given a prize.........Read more

'Get out of my country!' White Navy veteran Shoots Telugu Engineer

A white US Navy veteran has been arrested for allegedly killing Telugu engineer and wounding two others at a crowded sports bar. Adam Purinton, 51, was taken into custody at a bar in an Applebee's in Clinton, Missouri, after telling an employee he had just shot 'Middle Eastern' men and needed a place to hide.........Read more

Made-in-India Jaguar XF launched at Rs 47.50 lakh onwards

The all-new Jaguar XF will be available in two options -- a 2-litre Ingenium diesel engine with a power output of 132 kW and a 2-litre petrol engine with a power output of 177 kW. The starting price is from Rs 47.50 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).........Read more

IndiGo pilot spots suspicious 'drone-like object' near Mumbai airport

An Indigo pilot on Sunday spotted a 'drone-like object' flying in vicinity of the domestic airport here, police said. Around 2 PM, the pilot of a Delhi-bound Indigo flight noticed a drone-like object in the sky. Following this, the pilot immediately alerted........Read more

Pranab grounded UPA plan to privatise Air India

Once Air India is able to achieve an appropriate level of growth rate, divesting the airlines to a strategic partner could be considered, the group said, in a recommendation to the GoM on Civil Aviation headed by Mr. Mukherjee in October 2011.........Read more

Thailand’s new king is moving the country away from being a constitutional monarchy

Since the death of King Bhumibol on October 13 2016, his son King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun or Rama X has disregarded the provisions of the Thai constitution and its conventions to an extent unprecedented in the modern history of the nation. This move might have been welcomed by pro-democracy supporters, who rejected the draft as empowering the army and the constitutional court at the expense of the rights of the Thai people. But the articles the king didn’t like do not, in the words of the prime minister, “involve people’s rights and freedom at all”, rather they are about “His Majesty’s authority”.........Read more

No more statues if voted to power, says Mayawati

BSP supremo Mayawati Friday sought to reassure voters that if elected to power again in Uttar Pradesh, her government would no longer build monuments, statues and museums. The former CM said at a rally in Muzaffarnagar that she would instead focus her efforts on safety, security and development.........Read more

Hyderabad Nizams heir from Karachi stakes claim in state funds lying in UK

Karachi-based heir of the last Nizam of Hyderabad, who was the ruler of one of the largest and richest princely states in pre-independent India, has approached the Pakistani government to seek a share in the £35 million (Rs2,934 crore) that have been lying with a London-based bank for almost seven decades now.........Read more

Soldier who complained of food quality detained, tortured by BSF, says wife

BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s wife Sharmila told that she received a call from him on January 31, informing her that his voluntary retirement had been cancelled and he was kept under arrest by the force.........Read more

Terror outfits plotting Nice-style lone-wolf attacks for Republic Day, say intelligence sources

According to highly-placed sources in the Intel agencies, specific inputs have been received that these outfits including Hizbul Mujahideen (HuM), Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT), Indian Mujahideen (IM), Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) are hatching a plot to launch a terror attack in various parts of the country at one-time.........Read more

Volvo To Equip Its 90 Series Cars With Microsoft's Skype For Business

Swedish auto manufacture Volvo Cars has announced that the new 2017 range of its 90 series cars will now come with Microsoft's collaborative productivity app, Skype for business. The company claims that the addition of something like Skype for Business will promote in-car productivity and it is the first car manufacturer to offer such a feature.........Read more

UN chief Ban Ki-moon bids colleagues, staff farewell

Flanked by the presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council, the native South Korean on Friday thanked UN workers for their hard work and commitment over the course of his 10-year tenure, which ends on December 31 midnight.........Read more

'Google Tax' detrimental to startup ecosystem: Experts

The equalisation levy, also known as Google Tax’ which the government is imposing on online advertising revenue by non-resident e-commerce companies earned in India, is expected to adversely affect the startup ecosystem going forward, according to tax experts. The levy which is at 6 per cent presently became effective on June 1. If passed on to startups, the applicable tax is expected to be in excess of 22 per cent, including the 15 per cent service tax and could further increase if GST comes into effect.........Read more

Independent director Nusli Wadia removed from Tata Steel board

Nusli Wadia, who had filed a Rs 3,000-crore defamation suit against Ratan Tata, Tata Sons and some of its directors, has been removed as independent director of Tata Steel. Wadia had stayed away from Tuesday's EGM of Tata Steel, saying it was stage-managed.........Read more

KickassTorrents is back and we have its community to thank for the rebirth

The chance to rebuild the site from scratch has apparently given the team to build a more secure KAT. “In order to keep our members safe we chose to rebuild and keep only safe elements. Despite the fact that a rebuild took longer, the safety of our community comes first,” a community member told TorrentFreak.........Read more

Sasikalaa makes political mark, Lankan president heeds her plea on Katchatheevu church festival

The Sri Lankan President conceding to a request from "Mrs Sasikala" to permit 100 Tamil Nadu fishermen to attend the Katchatheevu church festival could be her first political "achievement". The Lankan govt had initially agreed to allow only 20 fishermen to attend the consecration ceremony.........Read more

Nasscom unveils 10-year cybersecurity roadmap for India

The report defines a roadmap for the next 10 years that will grow the cybersecurity market in India. Nasscom envisages the Indian IT industry to achieve a size of $350-400 billion by 2025. Given the existing status and the possibility of rapid growth, India should aspire to build a cybersecurity product and services industry of $35 billion by 2025, and generate a skilled workforce of one million in the security sector, to cater to the rise in global demand, the report said.........Read more

What is an Orrery?

Traditionally, an orrery is a mechanical model of the Solar System, or at least the major planets. This device is driven by a clockwork mechanism that simulates the motion of the planets (and, in some cases, major moons) around the Sun. This last feature is key, since most known orreries were produced during the early modern period and after, when the Heliocentric model of the Solar System came to be the accepted one.........Read more

Uber to acquire Geometric Intelligence, an AI group to form its own research center

Uber announced Monday it was buying the artificial intelligence group Geometric Intelligence, to form the core of the ride-sharing giant's own research center. The move signals a stepped-up effort in artificial intelligence, helping research efforts to bring self-driving car technology into the mainstream.........Read more

Belgium, Netherlands to swap land; alter borders

Belgium and the Netherlands have agreed to a swap of land, a peaceful hand-over on a continent where borders have long been a source of bloodshed. Each will cede small, uninhabited parcels of land to reflect a change in course of what is known in French as the river Meuse, and in Dutch as the Maas. Belgium will give two peninsulas of 16 hectares to the Netherlands and receive one of three hectares in return.........Read more

No, teenage blood won't make you young and beautiful

In the past few years, a burst of media reports have suggested that young blood is some kind of medical panacea: Injecting it into an older person’s body would provide a plethora of rejuvenating benefits, so the story goes. Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel has expressed interest in receiving infusions of young humans' blood, and at least one company is working hard to create such treatments for aging moguls. But a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications suggests that we've got the whole thing backwards. Teen blood might not be a medicine, but the blood of the elderly could be toxic.........Read more

A skin patch for peanut allergies

But the day may be coming when both the peanut-allergic and the non-responders alike can breathe more easily. Gizmodo reports that a skin patch to treat the allergy just finished the first stage of a highly promising clinical trial. Dubbed the Viaskin Peanut Patch, the small disc is placed on the arm or between the shoulder blades and delivers micro-doses of peanut protein.........Read more

White House race narrows, survey shows Trump just one point behind Hillary

The race for the White House narrowed noticeably on Sunday as Hillary Clinton sought to shake off a renewed FBI probe of her emails and Donald Trump blitzed western states nine days ahead of the vote.........Read more

This Actress Was Fooled By An AutoWallah Who Perhaps Gave Her The Most Bogus 100 Rupee Note

One unfortunate incident happened with the actress Megha Chakraborty who was handed a fake 100 Rupee note by an autowallah. The note was actually a coupon, not even worthy of being called a note.........Read more

States may have to offer bids, compete now to get projects, events

Different weightage would be assigned to each parameter, to arrive at a cumulative score. The state with the highest score would be the winner for a particular project, institution or event.........Read more

Sun Pharma, India’s best performing stock in last 20 years, on track for worst annual decline since 2008

One executive, Srinivas Lanka, recalls the founder of Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. calling more than 100 times over three years with a job offer two decades ago.........Read more

Warren Buffet's Berkshire enterprise generating over Rs 10,000 crore per month

And the total continues growing every day Mr Buffett doesn't make a major investment because Berkshire's 90-odd businesses generate over Rs. 10,000 crore in cash every month. Mr Buffett's options include buying entire businesses, picking up a few million........Read more

Google’s head of self-driving tech: We’re not building a car, we’re building the driver

To that end, the company’s self-driving software has developed to be able to detect and understand things like hand signals — a uniform method of symbolic communication that pedestrians and human drivers often use on the road — and react appropriately. So, when a bicyclist, for example, signals left using his or her hand, the car will react as a (generous) human might.........Read more

TNPL | Tuticorin tame Dindigul Dragons to enter final

Albert TUTI Patriots became the first finalists of the India Cements TN Premier League as they beat Dindigul Dragons by 38 runs on Friday. Bolstered by the return of Dinesh Karthik and Abhinav Mukund, Patriots notched up their fourth win a row to book their place for the finals in Chennai.........Read more

How Donald Trump could wipe $420 billion off China's exports

The candidate's promise to slap punitive tariffs on Chinese imports would be highly contractionary, deflationary and wipe hundreds of billions off the value of the world's second-biggest economy, according to new research by Kevin Lai, the Hong Kong-based chief economist for Asia (excluding Japan) at Daiwa Capital Markets. ........Read more

Rajan put banking system in right direction: President

Just retired RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan's clean-up of more than $100 billion of stressed assets on the books of banks on Saturday came in for praise from President Pranab Mukherjee who felt rising NPAs are not a desirable situation.........Read more

Why hereditary diseases are so hard to get rid of

Some high-risk gene variants, such as those for Alzheimer's disease or cancer, can persisted in the population for a long time without disappearing and researchers have now discovered why these harmful gene variants do not get weeded out by natural section in the course of evolution.........Read more

Bandh to cripple city

The statewide bandh call given by various pro-Kannada organisations on Friday is likely to cripple life as transport services, barring trains, will be disrupted between 6 am and 6 pm.........Read more

After Ramya, Abhay Deol’s post on Pakistan will make you think: Are India and Pakistan really that different?

After Ramya, Abhay Deol's post on Pakistan will make you think: Are India and Pakistan really that different? - The Happy Bhag Jayegi actor says that 70 years of separation are not long enough to undo what a shared history of India and Pakistan has done.........Read more

Coding in the Classroom: Learning the Future Language of Business

Learning a foreign language is emphasized in the U.S. education system and for a good reason. Mastering another language promotes global awareness, exposes students to different cultures and can be beneficial in the international business world.........Read more

Swamy challenges government nominees on temple trusts

A petition filed challenging government interference in the form of appointed nominees on temple trust boards, prompted the Supreme Court to issue notices to the Centre and the state of Tamil Nadu.........Read more

Scientists sniff out new antibiotic - inside the human nose

Antibiotic made by nose microbes kills MRSA, say researchers, amid hopes that more weapons in the fight against drug resistance might be found in the body........Read more

Kashmir unrest: PM Modi chairs high-level meet, Rajnath postpones US trip

As Kashmir continued to boil for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday with the death toll reaching 32, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the widespread violence in the valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani ........Read more

SpiceJet to soon offer taxi to airport option with ticket

In this regard, the carrier has joined hands with cab aggregator ‘mytaxiindia’ (MTI). The start-up has received investments, including from Japan’s taxi rental company Nihon Kotsu. “The partnership w........Read more

What sets India apart in global power market

India is the only major country that is expected to see a significant rise in conventional capacity additions........Read more

Twitter Invests $70 Million in SoundCloud

The microblogging service wanted to buy the music service a couple of years ago, but has now instead decided to invest in it.........Read more

Why US has recognised India as a major defence partner: Quick facts

The US has recognised India as a -major defence partner-, a significant development which paves the way for the country to be treated on a par with America........Read more

Sebi eases redemption norms for mutual fund investors

As per the new Sebi rules, no redemption requests of up to Rs2 lakh will be subject to restrictions; beyond that, the remaining money can be subject to any restriction imposed by an AMC........Read more

Zuckerberg to Host First Ever Facebook Live With Astronauts in Space

Pushing the boundaries of Earth and Space with the help of technology, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will host a live chat with astronauts aboard the International Space Station.The live Facebook chat will be hosted on June 1 at 10:25 PM (IST). Zucke........Read more