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You Can Spot These 5 Planets Along With the Moon on Sunday Without a Telescope

The universe in itself is perhaps the most magical place. On Sunday, July 19, 2020, one can spot Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn along with the moon in the sky. What is more interesting is the fact that you would not need any equipment to view this. All that you need to do is wake up at least an hour before the sunrise and watch the sky. According to a report published in Cnet, one may also be able to see this sight for a few subsequent days till July 25. ........Read more

Common Toilet, Cramped Lanes: Dharavi Architect on Problems in Containing Coronavirus in Slums

To understand how difficult it is to maintain distancing in Dharavi, let's try to understand the layout of the area first. Dharavi is an urban slum with the highest density of people perhaps anywhere in the world. There are 650 families or 3,300 people living in every hectare of that area. Anywhere between 20 and 50 families have to share one community toilet and one water tap. On an average, each hutment is spread from 100 to 200 sq mts and houses between five to eight people. ........Read more

T20 World Cup to go ahead as per schedule, confirms ICC

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is planning to host the men's T20 World Cup as per schedule in October despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing a collapse of sports events worldwide. The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 is scheduled to be played between October 18 to November 15 at seven venues across Australia. The novel coronavirus outbreak has shredded sports calendars worldwide, including international and domestic cricket. ........Read more

Publicity-hungry swami drinks cow urine at Delhi party to piss off coronavirus, may go viral

It wasn't like any Delhi party you've seen. The only thing raging here? The enormous tongue of flame pouring out of "corona's" mouth. Scary. But enter Swami Chakrapani Maharaj. Yes, the same gentleman who said a couple of years ago that flood victims in Kerala shouldn't receive help if they ate beef. Today, he introduced a picture of a many-armed, lion-headed caricature -- "Corona", meant to represent the deadly new coronavirus -- to cow urine.........Read more

Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft board

Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates, who made the company one of the world’s most valuable technology firms, stepped down from the board on Friday to focus on philanthropic works related to global health, education and climate change. The billionaire and his wife Melinda run one of the world’s largest charities, the Gates Foundation, which has billions in assets and funds global health programmes to combat disease and poverty. Gates quit his full-time executive role at Microsoft in 2008 and remained as chairman of the board till 2014. Since then he has been a board member. ........Read more

Four AAI Airports Among Best Aerodromes In World

Four AAI airports—Chandigarh, Mangaluru, Trivandrum and Lucknow—have been adjudged the best in the world in recently announced 2019 ASQ awards. These airports won 10 awards in four categories," Airports Authority of India (AAI) said in a release on Monday. The survey measures passengers’ satisfaction across 34 key performance indicators that includes eight major categories such as access, check-in, security, airport facilities, food and beverage, retail, airport environment and arrival services.........Read more

Oman Cricketer Handed Seven-Year Ban For Breaching ICC Anti-Corruption Code

Oman cricketer Yousuf Abdurahim Al Balushi has been banned from all forms of cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the sports’ global governing body announced. Yousuf has admitted to four charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. ICC General Manager, Integrity, Alex Marshall said Yousuf attempted to convince a teammate to engage in corruption during high profile matches but failed to do so and had he not cooperated during the investigation, the ban could have been significantly longer.........Read more

J&K Leader Shah Faesal Booked Under Public Safety Act, Day After SC Heard Omar Abdullah's Detention Case

A day after the Supreme Court issued a notice to the J&K administration to justify the detention of former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, former IAS officer Shah Faesal has been booked under the Public Safety Act. Faesal was the head of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement Party. Faesal was arrested on August 14, 2019, almost a week after the Article 370 was abrogated. The Public Safety Act (PSA), 1978, of Jammu & Kashmir is an administrative detention law that allows detention of any individual for up to two years without a trial or charge. The Public Safety Act allows for the arrest and detention of people without a warrant, specific charges, and often for an unspecified period of time.........Read more

‘Of course we are not alone’: Russian scientist says we’re using wrong tools to hunt for aliens

While some scientists and astronomers look for exoplanets in the ‘goldilocks zone’ of their respective star, some examine planets' atmospheres in search of biosignatures, and others hunt for signals of alien origin – but Panov says there is little crossover and collaboration between these groups of researchers. The method of identifying candidate stars and observing their planets for a short period before moving on to another candidate once no signals are detected is fundamentally flawed, he says, citing our own planet as a prime example. “Perhaps on one of the planets of this star there is a highly developed civilization that is able to send messages to space but, like us, does not have the energy capabilities to transmit continuously to all the stars in the area.”........Read more

Diet easily affects quality of sperm, find researchers

Many environmental and lifestyle factors, including obesity and related diseases, may affect sperm quality, such as type 2 diabetes, are well-known risk factors for poor sperm quality. Epigenetic anomalies, which influence physical properties or rates of gene expression, are of concern to the research group which conducted the new study, even if the genetic material, the DNA code, is not altered. In some cases, such epigenetic changes will contribute to the transmission of properties through the sperm or egg from parent to parent. ........Read more

Can apps make your kids smarter?

Smartphones, tablets and laptops are everywhere, and young children are fascinated by them. Now, new research suggests that parents might be able to harness that curiosity and use apps on the devices to boost early learning. The review found that apps could be particularly useful for teaching early math and language skills.........Read more

Delhi: Unnao rape survivor passes away at Safdarjung Hospital

In a tragic development of events, the Unnao rape survivor passed away at 11:40 PM on Friday after suffering a cardiac arrest, Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital confirmed. She was on Thursday airlifted to the hospital where she was undergoing urgent medical treatment for the burns on her body. Dr Shalabh Kumar, Head of Department (burns and plastic) at the Safdarjung Hospital confirmed that the Unnao rape survivor suffered a cardiac arrest at 11:10 PM. The doctors tried to resuscitate her, he said, but she could not survive and at 11:40 PM she died.........Read more

‘Don’t want to get between India-China power struggle’: Sri Lanka president

“We don’t want to get in between the power struggles of superpowers... We are so small and we can’t survive to get into this balancing acts,” newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said ahead of his visit to New Delhi later this week.........Read more

JNU Row: High-Level Committee Offers Another Partial Rollback in Fee Hike, BPL Students to Get 75% Concessions

For Below Poverty Line (BPL) category students, the HLC has recommended 75% reduction in service and utility charges, following which they would be charged Rs 500 in place of Rs 2000 per month. For the rest of the students, a 50% reduction has been recommended in these charges. ........Read more

Why Vikram lander stopped receiving signals? Chandrayaan-1's director explains

The obstacles on the lunar surface may have been stopping the lander Vikram from receiving signals, Chandrayaan-1 Director Mylswamy Annadurai said on Sunday. "As we have located the lander on the lunar surface, we now have to establish contact with it. The place, where the lander alighted is expected to be not conducive enough for the lander to soft-land. There may be some obstacles, which could have been stopping us from establishing the connection," Annadurai said. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) earlier lost contact with the Vikram Lander, one of three components of the Chandrayaan 2, minutes before its touchdown on the lunar surface in the early hours on Saturday. The same orbiter which located the lander has also been provided with a communication channel, which envisages such eventuality, he said, adding that a same line of side-channel can be used to establish the communication with the lander. "In the past, the Chandrayaan's orbiter had beamed the signals towards the lander to establish signals, but in the present case, it has to be seen whether the latter receives it or not," the director added. "There is always a two-way communication between the orbiter and the lander, but we can attempt to communicate through one way." He, however, asserted that the communication will not be for more than 5-10 minutes.........Read more

Kerala Catholic Body Stirs Row After it Says Practising Yoga is Unacceptable

Almost a week after the fifth celebrations of the International Day of Yoga, the guidelines issued by Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC) have triggered a debate on the religious implications of yoga. “Though it may be claimed that it is secular, Christians must be vigilant against the fact that they should not be embracing another religion (Hinduism in this case) while practising meditation,” cautioned the guidelines prepared by the Theology Commission of KCBC, six months ago. It, however, suggests that Yoga can be practised for a calm and peaceful life. ........Read more

For third time, WHO declines to declare Ebola outbreak an emergency

For the third time, the World Health Organization declined Friday to declare the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a public health emergency, though the outbreak spread this week into neighbouring Uganda and ranks as the second deadliest in history. An expert panel advising the WHO advised against it because the risk of the disease spreading beyond the region remained low and declaring an emergency could have backfired.........Read more

AN-32 may be taken off critical operations

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to curtail the role of the Antonov-32 (AN-32) in extreme environments following the June 3 crash in Arunachal Pradesh that led to the deaths of 13 people — the third fatal incident of the Soviet-origin aircraft in India over the last 10 years.........Read more

Wreckage of ill-fated AN-32 aircraft found - IAF

The Indian Air Force's Mi-17 helicopters found pieces of debris from the missing IAF jet AN-32 that went off the radar on June 3. The jet was carrying 13 passengers from Assam's Jorhat to a remote base in Arunachal Pradesh when it went missing. The wreckage of the missing AN-32 was spotted today 16 Kms North of Lipo, North East of Tato, at an approximate elevation of 12000 ft.........Read more

Two deserted SPOs among four terrorists killed in Pulwama encounter

Reportedly two Special Police Officers (SPO) who had gone missing yesterday are among the four terrorists killed. They had decamped with their weapons and joined Jaish and on the same day got killed by security forces. The deceased have been identified as Ashiq Ahmad, Imran Ahmad, Shabir Ahmad (Deserted SPO) and Salman Khan (Deserted SPO). ........Read more

USA to revoke India's 'beneficiary developing country' status from June 5

The United States is slated to revoke India's status as a beneficiary developing country for purposes of the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) from June 5, according to a proclamation issued by US President Donald Trump. ........Read more

Sensex Hits 40K For First Time As Leads Show Second Term For PM Modi

The S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty 50 Indexes surged to record highs with Sensex hitting 40,000 mark and NSE Nifty 50 Index clocking 12,000 mark for the first time after the election results showed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leading on over 300 seats. The results are in line with what the market participants were anticipating........Read more

EC asks Twitter to take down all exit poll-related tweets

Four days before seven-phased Lok Sabha election come to an end on Sunday, the Election Commission of India on Wednesday ordered Twitter to remove all the tweets related to exit polls. The EC's move came after it received certain "complaint", sources aware of the development.........Read more

Puducherry L-G Kiran Bedi Can't Interfere With Govt's Day-to-day Activities, Rules Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Tuesday curtailed the powers of Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, saying she does not have the power to interfere with the day-to-day activities of the Union Territory. Bedi has been engaged in a running feud with Chief Minister V Narayansamy.........Read more

Facebook admits storing millions of passwords in plain text on internal servers

Facebook found that the passwords were stored in a readable format, against its security procedures, but that they were never visible to anyone outside of the company. Most of the accounts affected were using Facebook Lite, a version of the app designed for emerging markets. ........Read more

Mamata Banerjee Dares PM Modi, Amit Shah to Compete With Her on Chanting Mantras

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the BJP for questioning her religion and said neither she nor the people of the state need to learn the meaning of 'communal harmony' from the "divisive BJP". She even challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to see who can chant mantras better. ........Read more

TMC Strongman Arjun Singh Joins BJP After Mamata Denies LS Ticket, Says Politics Means 'Samjhauta'

In a major setback for Mamata Banerjee Trinamool Congress (TMC) strongman and Bhatpara MLA Arjun Singh has joined the BJP in presence of senior leaders including Kailash Vijayvargiya in New Delhi ........Read more

Josh is high: IAF chief Dhanoa, who flew night missions during Kargil, suggested air strikes option

Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa had presented the action plan to the government of how India was looking to retaliate. The plan was shared to the government by Air Chief the next day after the Pulwama attack which was approved by the government. ........Read more

50,000 farmers to storm Mumbai on Feb 27

Raging over the central and the state governments' 'failure' to deliver to the demands of farmers, members of Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha (ABKS) have planned to launch a massive rally from Nashik to Mumbai, between February 20 and 27. ........Read more

129 Indian Students Arrested in US ‘Pay-and-stay’ Immigration Scam

At least 129 Indian students have been arrested by US authority for enrolling at a fake university allegedly to remain in the US, even as immigration attorneys claimed that the individuals were not aware that the varsity was operating illegally and illegitimately. ........Read more

Mahindra XUV300 Safety Features Revealed

The new XUV300 packs in quite well for its segment and the top-end variant is equipped with some first-in-segment features. For starters, it gets seven airbags and that certainly gives it an edge over its arch-rivals.........Read more

Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019: 21,000 MoUs signed in MSME sector

Close to 21,000 Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) were signed in the Micro Small and Medium (MSME) sectors during the two days of Vibrant Gujarat 2019, said P D Vaghela, Chief Commissioner of State GST. ........Read more

LIVE Assembly Election Results: Mayawati announces support to Congress in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan

Mayawati on supporting Congress in MP and Rajasthan said: "Even though we don’t agree with many of Congress’s policies we have agreed to support them in Madhya Pradesh and if need be in Rajasthan."........Read more

Telangana Congress Leader Revanth Reddy Detained Ahead of KCR Rally

Congress Telangana Working President and Kodangal candidate Revanth Reddy on Tuesday was taken into preventive custody for allegedly threatening to disrupt Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s election rally.........Read more

Note Ban a Massive, Draconian, Monetary Shock: Ex-chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian

Demonetisation was a massive, draconian, monetary shock that accelerated economic slide to 6.8 per cent in the seven quarters after it against the 8 per cent recorded prior to the note ban, says former CEA Arvind Subramanian.........Read more

World's First Completely 3D Printed Bike Unveiled - NDTV CarAndBike

NOWLAB and 3D printer manufacturer, BigRep have joined hands to develop the world's first completely 3D printed e-motorcycle, the NERA. Everything is made from additive manufacturing technology (better known as 3D printing), except the electronics. ........Read more

Drone photos capture the staggering inequality in Mumbai

Mumbai’s startling inequality presents itself in a variety of ways. It is visible when driving down the busy roads and from the windows of its suburban trains—swanky high-rises often stand in proximity to a sprawling network of shanties. But the clearest view of the disparity comes from up in the sky.........Read more

Uber rape case: Delhi HC upholds life term of convict Shiv Kumar Yadav

The Delhi High Court has observed while upholding the life sentence given to an Uber driver for raping a 25-year-old executive in the cab in 2014. The incident had taken place on the night of December 5, 2014 when the victim, a finance executive working in Gurgaon, was returning home in Inderlok in Central Delhi.........Read more

African students run into visa roadblocks

Nigerian students in India have started writing letters to the Nigerian government to expel all Indians staying there, legally and illegally. They say that the government needs to know how Indians treat us here.........Read more

Asian Games: Ministry Clears 804-member Contingent, Will Pay for 755

The Sports Ministry has cleared an 804-member Indian contingent, including 572 athletes, for the Asian Games but said it will bear the expense of 755 members with 49 out of 232 officials allowed at no cost to the government.........Read more

Rajasthan: Close on the heels of South Africa, state set to get first lion safari

Rajasthan is all set for the first lion safari project in Jaipur. The jungle area is set up adjacent to the Nahargarh Biological Park where Asiatic Lions can be spotted.........Read more

New US Visa Rule : Indian Students To Be Affected

The United States government has further tightened the visa rule pertaining to foreign students. The Trump administration issued a draft policy that makes the calculation of the visa overstay by foreign students more strict. Simply put, the new rule will result in more days being counted as unlawful presence. This new policy will come into effect from August 9. Under present rule, the clock to calculate the number of days of unlawful presence begins ticking only from the day authorities discover the violation or an immigration judge passes an order, such as for deportation.........Read more

Heena Sidhu Clinches Gold in Hannover Shooting Meet

Ace Indian shooter Heena Sidhu secured the gold medal in the 10 metre air pistol category of the international shooting competition of Hannover. The 28-year-old was in rollicking form in the final where she was tied with France’s Mathilde Lamolle at 239.8 points. The Munich World Cup (May 22 to 29, 2018) will be Heena’s second major competition after her twin medal success at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and the World Cup in South Korea.........Read more

Congress to Move Supreme Court After Impeachment Motion Against CJI Rejected

The Congress party said it will go to the Supreme Court against the order of Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu rejecting an impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra. Venkaiah Naidu rejected the Congress-led opposition’s notice for the impeachment of justice Dipak Misra on the ground that there was lack of “credible and verifiable” information on charges of “misbehaviour” which undermined judiciary’s independence.........Read more

TRAI issues interconnectivity rules; fixes 30-day deadline for inking pacts

TRAI issued the 'Telecom Interconnection Regulations 2018' that comprises rules for crafting network connectivity agreements, provisioning of such connectivity amongst operators at initial stages, augmentation of Points of Interconnect, applicable rates or charges, disconnection of ports, and financial disincentive on interconnection issues. The rules will come into effect from February 1, 2018.........Read more

An Indian artist explains how to draw a funny caricature, whether of Modi or of Trump

Forget paper and pencil for some time. Take mental notes of their personality, work, and gestures, creating images in your mind, that’ll eventually come out in the form of caricatures. A caricaturist not just observes, but dissects. Study not just the character of every person, but the characteristic features as well.........Read more

Chris Gayle Returns For England ODIs; Sunil Narine Skips Series

There was some rare good news for West Indies cricket when Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels were included in the one-day squad for next month's series against England. Batsman Gayle, one of the biggest drawcards in world cricket, has not represented West Indies since the 2015 World Cup, while Samuels has been absent for a year because of a dispute with the board.........Read more

Govt all set to hike GST cess on luxury cars, via ordinance

The government is set to promulgate an ordinance within weeks, allowing an increase in goods and services tax (GST) cess on luxury cars and SUVs, as it seeks to restore tax revenue from the automobile industry that unintentionally got affected in the transition to the new indirect tax regime.........Read more

Air India’s forgotten founding father

Everyone knows J.R.D. Tata as the Air India founder, but it was Nevill Vintcent who gave the Tata Group the idea for a domestic airline........Read more

Burhan Wani rally in UK cancelled after India protest

The Birmingham City Council on Wednesday withdrew permission to organisers of a rally to commemorate the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 following a strong protest by the Indian government. ........Read more

West Bengal: Communal riots break out in North 24 Parganas after controversial Facebook post

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday sent three battalions of paramilitary personnel to West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district after the state government asked for help in the wake of communal clashes. Violence erupted on Monday in Baduria town in Basirhat sub-division of the district over an allegedly “objectionable” post on Facebook........Read more

Zimbabwe stun Sri Lanka by record chase after Solomon Mire century

Zimbabwe take a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka after stunning the hosts in the first ODI by completing a record chase of 317 runs, the first time a total of 300-plus chased down in Sri Lanka, with six wickets in hand.........Read more

Indian students win global aerospace competition at CatSat 2017

Students from Uttarakhand's University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) have made India proud by winning the first position at the global aerospace competition CanSat held in Texas, US, this year.........Read more

India quietly intensifies efforts for NSG membership

The Ministry of External Affairs and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are meeting leaders of the key countries to get widen and strengthen support for India's NSG membership.........Read more

The Journey of Ganges from Source to Sea

Ganges is the holiest river in India. It originates from a Glacier named Gangotri in Uttranchal. The ancient Name of the river was Bhagirathi. It is believed that Bhagirath brought Ganges to earth and thus was named after him. Near Deoprayag Ganges join another river named Alaknanda and forms Ganga. Ganga then flows across the plains of Northern India, these plains are also known as Gangetic Plains. Then Ganga submerges into its last destination, Bay of Bengal.........Read more

Champions Trophy 2017: Painful to See Pakistan Being Thrashed by India, Says Imran Khan

Dismayed by the performance of Sarfraz Ahmed and his boys, legendary Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan described the loss as painful.........Read more

India is looking at quantum jump in economic ties with Germany, says Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday signed eight MoUs in Berlin with the aim of boosting bilateral and economic ties between India and Germany. Issuing a joint statement after the meeting, Modi said the two countries were “made for each other”, while Merkel called India a “reliable partner”........Read more

How Nvidia is surfing the AI wave

Jensen Huang, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Santa Clara-based Nvidia Corp., says that the rapid adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies such as machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing and computer vision augur well for the growth prospects of his company.........Read more

Pro-Pakistan group hacks websites of top Indian universities

The websites of six prominent universities of India, including the Aligarh Muslim University and Delhi University, were on Tuesday hacked by pro Pakistani groups. The hackers, who called themselves PHC, posted anti-India and anti-Army messages on the websites.........Read more

The order on the use of Hindi for official speeches is just a distraction from India's real problems

For one, as matters stand legally, Hindi cannot be deemed India’s national language until non-Hindi states (long opposed to it) give it their assent. And for another, how can any fair-minded citizen brought up in a liberal democratic ethos remain meekly tolerant of what is, after all, a flouting of the state’s legal obligation to respect the opinions of non-Hindi states in the east and south? ........Read more

Ramdev's Patanjali Now Has a Pure-Veg Restaurant in Chandigarh

Baba Radev’s Patanjali Ayurveda has also ventured into restaurant business. The company has opened a pure-vegetarian restaurant in Chandigarh which goes by the name of ‘Postik Restaurant’.........Read more

First North East Express Highway will be 1,300 km-long

The first highway project in the northeastern region will be developed along the Brahmaputra river in Assam at an estimated investment of Rs 40,000 crore. Nitin Gadkari made this announcement at the closing ceremony of Namami Brahmaputra Festival.........Read more

Suzuki GSX-R750 To Be Relaunched

The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer is all set to introduce an all-new Suzuki GSX-R750, possibly as a late 2018 or 2019 model, according to reports. It's not clear yet whether Suzuki will be launching the GSX-R750 in India, mostly because the Indian superbike crowd leans heavily towards the litre-class models, more than the middleweights.........Read more

Here's how banks view your credit rating

In all developed markets, there are credit rating agencies or credit bureaus who assign credit rating or credit scoring to each Individual or entity which acts as an enabler for the financier to take a credit decision. At present, there are four credit rating agencies which provide ratings for Individuals viz. Cibil, Experian, Equifax and CRIF High Mark who evaluate each individual and assign a score from 0-900 band with 900 being the best performer.........Read more

Trai has proposed the price of Wi-Fi at 2 paise per MB or Rs 20 per GB

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) plans to push down the data rates to 2 paise per MB. This would roughly translate to about Rs 20 per GB. Trai plans to increase the Wi-Fi hotspot penetration across the country to give easy access to Wi-Fi and Internet in extension.........Read more

Kashmiri prisoners face physical abuse in jails outside state as conditions remain pitiable at home

Fourty-year old Mohammad Rafiq Shah was recently acquitted in a 2005 Delhi serial blast case. Though innocent, he served 12 years in Tihar jail where he had to survive not just the harsh conditions of a prison but also battle the jail staff who would blame him for every militancy incident in Kashmir. But Shah is not the only prisoner who had to face the brunt of jail staff. Shah is one of the many Kashmiris, lodged in prisons in Jammu and Kashmir or outside the state, who have complained of being attacked and thrashed by the jail staff and treated in most inhumane conditions.........Read more

India will be Cataract free by 2022

The Ministry of Health plans to roll out a five-year programme to free India from cataract that causes an economic loss of at least Rs 8 lakh crore every year. The government has proposed a Rs 756-crore programme by enhancing the budgetary allocation towards the National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) that has seen limited success so far.........Read more

Average life expectancy is set to increase in many countries by 2030

Scientists once thought an average life expectancy of over 90 was impossible, explained Professor Majid Ezzati, lead researcher from the School of Public Health at Imperial: "We repeatedly hear that improvements in human longevity are about to come to an end. Many people used to believe that 90 years is the upper limit for life expectancy, but this research suggests we will break the 90-year-barrier. I don't believe we're anywhere near the upper limit of life expectancy -if there even is one."........Read more

'65pc startup leaders believe the sector is in a tech bubble'- Innoven Capital

Nearly 65 percent of startup executives and founders believe that the Indian startups are in a technology bubble, while 18 percent feel that the bubble was close to bursting soon, a study by venture debt and specialty lending business InnoVen Capital said.........Read more

Rafael Nadal crashes out of Brisbane International; Milos Raonic enters quarter-finals

Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Brisbane International after going down at the hands of top-seed Milos Raonic of Canada in their quarter-final clash here on Friday. World number three Raonic recorded only his second victory over Nadal in eight meetings with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win in the last-eight contest that lasted two hours and 21 minutes.........Read more

Apple macOS 10.12 Sierra is out, and there’s more to it than just Siri

Apple went to great lengths to explain the upcoming features in macOS, the highlight being Siri integration. Digging deeper into the OS however, one realises that there’s more to it than just Siri integration.........Read more

Lenovo takes a dig at Apple and Samsung with their 'Skip the Sevens' campaign

Lenovo along with its Moto brand has kicked off a new campaign called ‘Skip the Sevens’. Now, there are no brownie points to what the company is trying to convey. It is taking a dig at the big guns — Apple iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and S7.........Read more

The true love story of MS Dhoni & his late girlfriend Priyanka Jha will break you down in tears

The true love story of MS Dhoni & his late girlfriend Priyanka Jha will break you down in tears - An incident that changed the life of our Captain Cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni.........Read more

Runaways & Suicides: Our Schools Are Not Equipped to Help Students

In the eleventh grade, I failed two math tests in a row. My report card for the unit tests that semester was incriminating evidence: I was given an indelible, red E. You must understand what a big deal it was for me. I went to a school where I was only ever as good as the grades on my science and math papers.........Read more

How Pullela Gopichand wants to build the future of Indian badminton

Even in 2010, the man who coaches PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal was planning for that day in Rio.........Read more

All DMK MLAs suspended from Tamil Nadu assembly for a week

The Leader of the Opposition, MK Stalin, and his party MLAs were evicted from the Tamil Nadu assembly and suspended for a week on Wednesday following a ruckus over an ‘unparliamentary remark’ by an AIADMK member over the DMK’s pre-election roadshow.........Read more

Kerala’s 17 missing flew to Iran before going off radar

India has sought Iran’s help in tracing 17 persons from Kerala, who have been missing for over a month, and are suspected to have joined the Islamic State (IS). Investigations by Indian agencies have........Read more

Universe is Expanding Faster than Previously Thought

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have discovered that the Universe is expanding between 5% and 9% faster than previously calculated.........Read more

Panama Papers trove on shell companies released online - Times of India

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on Monday published online detailed data from the Panama Papers trove on more than 200,000 secret offshore companies.........Read more

Lakhwar-Vuasi dam project to revive the Yamuna: Uma Bharti

The 22-km Delhi stretch of Yamuna, which perennially struggles with even a minimal fresh water flow, will receive an extra 200 MGD of water, informed officials.........Read more