Ratan Tata & his cars: Ferrari California to Tata Nexon

Mr Ratan Tata needs no introduction. At 81 years old now, he’s happily retired, single and is known to be a huge philanthropist. The old business tycoon was the man behind a lot of successful ventures varying from FMCG to automobiles. He also introduced India and the world to the cheapest commercial car, Tata Nano. Apart from being a successful businessman, he is also known to be an automobile enthusiast and doesn’t shy away from flaunting his garage. Read more to find out about all the surprising cars he owns. Tata Nexon was Tata’s first time to venture into this new mini SUV segment. The Tata Nexon is a sub-4 metre SUV which has done exceedingly well in the Indian market and also took up the status of the second-highest selling car in this segment. The Tata Nexon is a fairly new addition to Ratan Tata’s garage and even though this particular is in the name of Concorde Motors, which is then again owned by Tata Motors. Mr Tata’s Nexon is a diesel variant and is powered with a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine and comes with a 108 Bhp power and 260 Nm of torque on top.........Read more

Post-COVID syndrome severely damages children's hearts

Case studies also show MIS-C can strike seemingly healthy without warning three or four weeks after asymptomatic infections, said Alvaro Moreira, MD, MSc, of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Moreira, a neonatologist, is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the university's Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine. "According to the literature, children did not need to exhibit the classic upper respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 to develop MIS-C, which is frightening," Dr. Moreira said. "Children might have no symptoms, no one knew they had the disease, and a few weeks later, they may develop this exaggerated inflammation in the body." "This is a new childhood disease that is believed to be associated with SARS-CoV-2," Dr. Moreira said. "It can be lethal because it affects multiple organ systems. Whether it be the heart and the lungs, the gastrointestinal system or the neurologic system, it has so many different faces that initially it was challenging for clinicians to understand." The amount of inflammation in MIS-C surpasses two similar pediatric conditions, Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. "The saving grace is that treating these patients with therapies commonly used for Kawasaki—immunoglobulin and glucocorticosteroids—has been effective," Dr. Moreira said.........Read more

From Manusmriti to Indian Matchmaking, tracing the roots of arranged marriages

The concept of the Indian marriage, particularly of an arranged marriage is of immense fascination in the West. The recent Netflix series, ‘Indian Matchmaking’ addressed to an international audience, provides a glimpse into the strange Indian way of finding a mate. “In India marriage is a very big fat industry,” says ‘Mumbai-based’ matchmaker Sima Taparia, as she opens the show. Taparia, the protagonist of the eight-part series, owns a marriage bureau called ‘Suitable rishta’ in Mumbai. Her clientele is primarily restricted to affluent families in India and Indians abroad.........Read more

Pangong Tso likely to remain a sticky point even as Chinese troops withdraw from Galwan, Hot Springs

Over the last 24 hours, a slight reduction in Chinese troops was seen at Pangong Tso's Finger 4 area in eastern Ladakh. This development comes at a time when disengagement at other flashpoints such as Galwan Valley and the Hot Springs have signaled slight disengagement between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Officials said the number of structures in the area has been reduced along with the number of vehicles that had come up till Finger 4.........Read more

'Always Dreamt of This Day': Tea Seller's Daughter Tops IAF Academy, Receives President's Plaque

With hard work and perseverance, one can achieve anything and a shining example of it is 23-year-old Aanchal Gangwal, who is now a flying officer of the Indian Air force. Notably, Aanchal comes from a humble background as her father Suresh Gangwal owns a small tea stall at Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh.Despite all odds, the small-town girl fought all obstacles to become one of the 19 women officers who were commissioned by the Indian Air Force (IAF) at the combined graduation parade held at the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad. Not just that, she was also awarded the President’s Plaque for standing first in Ground Duty branches.........Read more

Mutation in new coronavirus increases chance of infection: study

A specific mutation in the new coronavirus can significantly increase its ability to infect cells, according to a study by U.S. researchers. The research may explain why early outbreaks in some parts of the world did not end up overwhelming health systems as much as other outbreaks in New York and Italy, according to experts at Scripps Research. The mutation, named D614G, increased the number of “spikes” on the coronavirus - which is the part that gives it its distinctive shape. Those spikes are what allow the virus to bind to and infect cells. “The number—or density—of functional spikes on the virus is 4 or 5 times greater due to this mutation,” said Hyeryun Choe, one of the senior authors of the study. The researchers say that it is still unknown whether this small mutation affects the severity of symptoms of infected people, or increases mortality. ........Read more

Desi Passive Aggression: Upset For Not Getting Net Banking Man Allegedly Carried Off Bank's CPU

Hence the news of an unhappy jeweller ‘stealing’ a bank’s CPU should not be shocking. Allegedly, the jeweller was unhappy with his bank as he was not being provided netbanking services, so he took away a CPU from its Makarba branch in Ahmadabad, on Wednesday. According to TOI, the branch manager registered a complaint of theft at Anandnanagr police. The jeweller reportedly has an office in the Prahladnagar area. ........Read more

How Can We Stop This if They Sleep on Tracks, SC Says on Migrants Killed in Aurangabad, Rejects Shelter Plea

The Supreme Court on Friday said it was impossible for anyone to stop migrant workers from walking back to their homes and refused to direct the government to give them shelter or free transportation. “How do you stop people who want to keep walking? Can anyone go and stop them? Impossible for anyone to stop them,” a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Sanjay Kaul and BR Gavai said. The court refused to entertain the plea after the Centre informed that arrangements have been made for the migrants to return home, “but some don't want to wait and start walking on foot.” ........Read more

"States Should Consider Home Delivery Of Liquor," Suggests Supreme Court

States have been advised to consider "indirect sale, home delivery" of liquor to ensure minimal crowds and enforcement of social distancing protocols at alcohol shops across the country, the Supreme Court said today, declining to entertaina PIL (public interest litigation) seeking a ban on direct sale of liquor (sale through shops) during the lockdown period. Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and BR Gavai heard the case via video-conferencing as the Supreme Court continues to follow distancing norms enforced during the extended lockdown.........Read more

By the third day most with COVID-19 lose sense of smell

A University of Cincinnati researcher says a study of COVID-19 patients shows loss of the sense of smell is most likely to occur by the third day of infection with the novel virus. Most of these patients are also experiencing a loss of the sense of taste. The prospective, cross sectional telephone study examined characteristics and symptoms of 103 patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19 over a six-week period at Kantonsspital Aarau in Aarau, Switzerland. Patients were asked how many days they had COVID-19 symptoms and also asked to describe the timing and severity of loss or reduced sense of smell along with other symptoms.........Read more

AI Designs Computer Chips for More Powerful AI

One emerging trend in chip design is a move away from bigger, grander designs that double the number of transistors every 18 months, as Moore’s Law stipulates. Instead, there is growing interest in specialized chips for specific tasks such as AI and machine learning, which are advancing rapidly on scales measured in weeks and months. Microchip design is a complex and lengthy process. It begins with human designers setting out the basic requirements for the chip: its size, its function, how it will be tested, and so on. After that, the team maps out an abstract design for the way data flows through the chip and the logic operations that must be performed on it. ........Read more

COVID-19: India to provide additional relief, economic stimulus soon: Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said India will soon announce fresh relief measures and economic stimulus to help the poor and industry fight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.Participating in the 101st meeting of the Development Committee Plenary of the World Bank through video conference, Sitharaman also assured the global community that India would continue to supply critical medicines to needy countries for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.........Read more

IMF needs to maintain stability of global financial architecture in this difficult time: Nirmala Sitharaman

While appreciating the IMF's support to member countries in times of the COVID-19 crisis,?Sitharaman said the multilateral lending agency has always played a pivotal role in maintaining stability of the international monetary and financial system and it should continue rendering this critical role for the global financial architecture. Participating in the plenary meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) through video conferencing, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said as a responsible member of the global community, India is providing critical medicines to other nations.........Read more

Andhra Pradesh begins manufacturing of COVID-19 testing kits

Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) is an exclusive Medical Equipment Manufacturing Zone in India. While the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved the manufacturing of kits at AMTZ, the Drug Controller General of India has granted exemption from all manufacturing approvals for ventilators in view of the current crisis. “The state is proud to announce that the Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) has started manufacturing 2,000 testing kits for COVID-19 per day, making the state not only self-sufficient, but also capable of supplying testing kits to the entire country. The capacity will be increased to 25,000 per day,” Dr Rajat Bharghava, Special Chief Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department, said.........Read more

Disappointing start for SBI Card, shares list lower than issued price

It was a disappointing IPO debut for SBI cards, thanks to the tanking market. The IPO, which was valued at Rs 755, were trading at 7% lower at Rs 700, Live Mint reported. However, later in the day, an Economic Times report said that the value had dropped 13 per cent at Rs 658 per share. SBI Cards proposed to raise Rs 10,289 crore at the lower end of the price band (Rs 750 per share) and Rs 10,355 crore at the upper end (Rs 755 per share), bankers announced at the end of February.........Read more

Mobile Phones to Get Expensive as Government Hikes GST Rates to 18%; Manufactures' Body Disappointed

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council on Saturday increased GST rates on mobile phones and specified parts from 12 per cent to 18 per cent. The new rates will come into effect from next month, i.e, April 1, 2020. The announcement was made by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman after the 39th meeting of state and Union Territory finance ministers in the national capital. Reacting over the move, the India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) said it would stymie consumption of mobile phones. “Consumption will be stymied and our domestic consumption target of $80 billion (Rs 6 lakh crore) by 2025 will not be achieved. ........Read more

Coronavirus: Centre Suspends All Existing Visas to India Till April 15, WHO Calls it 'Pandemic'

Issuing the advisory, the ministry said, “All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organisations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till April 15. This will come into effect from March 13 at the port of departure.” The Health Ministry further added that all travellers, including Indians, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after February 15 will be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days.........Read more

Unruly Scenes in Lok Sabha: BJP to Move Resolution against Congress after MPs Shove Each Other

Expressing anguish over the scuffle between BJP and Congress members in Lok Sabha on Monday, Speaker Om Birla adjourned the House till 11 am on Tuesday, saying he does not want to run it under such circumstances. The BJP said it will pass a resolution in the Lower House on Tuesday against Congress MPs demanding action against them after the lack of decorum during Parliamentary proceedings. As soon as the House met at 2 pm, opposition members started raising slogans from the well against the government. The Lok Sabha was adjourned three times till 4.30 pm as the ruckus continued. ........Read more

Coronavirus latest: Risk of global spread 'very high' warns WHO as China situation stabilizes

The novel coronavirus has killed more than 2,900 people worldwide, the vast majority in mainland China. There have been more than 85,000 global cases, with infections in every continent except Antarctica. The World Health Organization says the outbreak has reached the “highest level” of risk for the world, with the director-general warning it can go in "any direction."  Major stock indexes in the US recorded their worst week since the 2008 financial crisis.........Read more

"Let's Resolve Issue Together": Mediators For Shaheen Bagh To Protesters

The two senior advocates were named as mediators on Monday as the matter ended up in court. They have been tasked with persuading the protesters to continue their agitation in another location, so the road can re-open and commuters do not face problems. "The Supreme Court has upheld your right to protest. We will listen to everyone. We would come up with such a solution that it would become an example for the world," Sadhana Ramachandran told the protesters. The mediators have asked the protesting women for a dialogue away from the media. The women, however, want it to take place in presence of the reporters.........Read more

Football Legend Pele Depressed, Reclusive Due To Health Concerns

Football legend Pele is experiencing "a kind of depression" and barely leaves home anymore because health problems have left him unable to walk normally, his son said in an interview. "He's pretty fragile in terms of his mobility... and that makes him suffer a kind of depression," Edinho said of Pele, who has had a series of health problems in recent years.........Read more

From IT professionals to students: Thousands now stuck inside China

Hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens who live overseas but returned home for the Lunar New Year holidays are now stuck in the country as a growing list of nations bar those who have been in China from entering to curb the spread of the deadly new coronavirus. Among the nearly 11 million Chinese migrants around the world, they’re trying to find ways get back to their jobs and schools, and going to extreme measures to keep up with work and study.........Read more

Ather Expands Electric Scooter Lineup With High-Performance Ather 450X

The Ather 450x has improved battery performance and a more powerful motor than the Ather 450, the company’s other electric scooter. It also comes with cellular 4G and Bluetooth connectivity for smart rides. On a full charge, the vehicle can travel up to 116 km from 107 km. The 450X is said to have a top speed of 80 Km per hour and can go from 0-40 Km per hour in 3.3 seconds as against 3.84 seconds in the Ather 450 model.........Read more

Coronavirus: Over 100 People Under Observation in Kerala And Maharashtra, PMO Reviews Preparedness to Combat Outbreak

At the meeting, which was held on the instructions of PM Narendra Modi, PK Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister and officials of the health ministry presented an update about the response measures being undertaken in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak in China. The cabinet secretary, home secretary, foreign secretary, defence secretary, health secretary, civil aviation secretary and several other top officials attended the meeting.........Read more

Delhi Assembly Elections: BJP Names 57 Candidates, Ex-AAP MLA Kapil Mishra Fielded from Model Town

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday released its first list of 57 candidates for the February 8 polls to the 70-member Delhi Assembly, fielding sitting MLA Vijender Gupta and former mayors Ravinder Gupta and Yogender Chandolia. The ruling AAP has announced all its 70 candidates. The list, released by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, also included former AAP MLA Kapil Mishra and has 11 SC and four woman candidates.........Read more

Iraq PM Adel Abdul Mahdi offers resignation amid anti-govt protests

Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi offered his resignation to the parliament amid growing discontent among people against his government's policies. Since early October, the protestors in the capital, and certain parts of the country have been demonstrating against the government.........Read more

VK Sasikala in trouble after I-T department attaches ‘benami’ assets worth Rs 1,600 crore

Nine properties were procured soon after demonetisation in Nov 2016. These alleged 'benami' assets were purchased by Sasikala by using about Rs 1,500 crore of demonetised notes and the assets were taken under fictitious identities.........Read more

Walmart Magic Works For Flipkart, Losses Down By 63%

Flipkart Private Limited has finally managed to cut down its losses by 63% to INR 17,231 Cr in the financial year 2019, ending on March 31. Moreover, the company noted a 42% jump in its consolidated revenue, accounting INR 43,615 Cr.........Read more

PM Modi Meets Abhijit Banerjee, Says His Passion Towards Human Empowerment is 'Clearly Visible'

Excellent meeting with Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee. His passion towards human empowerment is clearly visible. We had a healthy and extensive interaction on various subjects. India is proud of his accomplishments. Wishing him the very best for his future endeavours. ........Read more

Mukesh Ambani is richest Indian, Gautam Adani jumps 8 spots to No. 2 on Forbes richest people in India list

Industrialist Gautam Adani has jumped an impressive eight spots to become the second-richest person in India, according to business magazine Forbes, which has revealed its 2019 rankings of the richest Indians. ........Read more

Why some Indian hotels are checking out of Oyo

The backlash against Oyo - while limited to a small share of the more than 10,000 hotel owners in India who work with it - comes at a crucial time for an emerging-market unicorn valued at $10 billion.........Read more

Bihar Floods: 73 dead, 17.09 lakh affected; heavy rainfall alert issued for next 48 hours

Heavy rain warning for the next 48 hours has been issued in Bihar as the state continues to be inundated in floods triggered by heavy downpour, while the death toll due to rain-related incidents jumped to 73. An orange alert has been issued in Patna, one of the worst-hit regions in the state, along with Vaishali, Begusarai and Khagaria, for October 3-4. This brings a total of 15 flood warning alerts in Bihar and 21 across India. Pratyaya Amrit, Principal Secretary of Disaster Management Department in Bihar said, "According to yesterday's estimates, 73 people died and 9 injured due to flood. The pump that we brought from Coal India had technical issues, if it starts working today we'll clear water from Rajendra Nagar." A report by the Government of India's Central Water Commission Flood Forecast Monitoring Directorate said thatmany rivers in Bihar and other parts of India are flowing in a severe situation. The Control Room, in its statement, detailed that the River Dhansari (South) at Numaligarh in Golaghat district of Assam continues to flow in a severe situation at 6 AM, well above its danger level of 77.42 m. Rivers Bagmati at Runisaidpur in Sitamarhi district and Burhi Gandak at Khagaria in Khangaria district of Bihar were also flowing in a severe situation at 6 AM, well above their danger levels. According to a statement issued by the State Disaster Management Department, Bihar, at least 17.09 lakh people have been affected by floods.........Read more

Trump urges India's Modi to improve ties with Pakistan amid Kashmir dispute

U.S. President Donald Trump urged India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to improve ties with Pakistan and “fulfil his promise to better the lives of the Kashmiri people,” the White House said in a statement after the pair met on the sidelines of the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders. Muslim-majority Kashmir has long been a flashpoint between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. Last month India removed the decades-old autonomy the territory of Jammu and Kashmir enjoyed under the Indian constitution. Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Grant McCool All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays. ........Read more

Chidambaram approaches Delhi HC for bail, challenges trial court remand order

Former Union minister P Chidambaram, arrested in the INX Media corruption case, on Wednesday approached the Delhi High Court seeking bail. Chidambaram also challenged a trial court order's September 5 order remanding him to 14 days judicial custody in the case till September 19. The 73-year old Congress leader was arrested by the CBI on August 21. Don't want any officerto be arrested, tweets Chidambaram The trial court had earlier said that the allegations against Chidambaram were found serious, therefore, he was remanded to police custody. It had said the CBI had apprehension that because of Chidambaram's status and his position, the investigation may be hampered by the accused. The court had also issued directions for keeping Chidambaram in a separate cell in Tihar prison as he was a protectee under Z-security. The trial court had also issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Chidambaram's plea seeking to surrender in the money laundering case lodged by the agency in which the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed his plea against the August 20 order of the Delhi High Court denying him pre-arrest bail.........Read more

FWICE Warns Diljit Dosanjh Against Performing in The US at Event Promoted by Pakistani National

The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) wrote to actor and singer Diljit Dosanjh to warn him against performing in the US on September 21 at a show that’s being promoted by Pakistani national Rehan Siddiqui. The federation also wrote a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs to cancel Diljit and his troupe’s visa in case the artistes fail to accept their request. In their letter to both Diljit and the ministry, the federation mentioned how artistes from India continue to perform at events organised by Pakistani nationals, and for Pakistani audience despite a total ban on any kind of relationship between the two countries. The letter takes names of Saif Ali Khan and Shreya Ghoshal alleging that they, too, performed at events organised by Rehaan, the same man for whom Diljit is now scheduled to perform. Press Release)........Read more

India asks states not to partner with FSFW

India's health ministry has asked all state governments in the country not to partner with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) because of its links to tobacco giant Philip Morris International Inc, a letter seen by Reuters showed. Established in 2017, the FSFW focuses on eliminating usage of cigarettes and works towards smoking cessation using new technologies and alternative products. It says it works independently, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has said there are \"clear conflicts\" due to the $80 million in annual funding the foundation receives from Philip Morris. At least three Indian anti-tobacco groups earlier this year wrote to the federal health ministry in New Delhi calling for the rejection of any possible partnerships with FSFW, according to copies of their representations seen by Reuters. India's federal health ministry has sent a letter, dated June 24, to chief secretaries of all states, saying they should not partner with FSFW and also advise other departments and institutions in their region accordingly. The ministry said Philip Morris was funding FSFW as well as manufacturing and promoting harm-reduction smoking devices. Reuters has previously reported Philip Morris has plans to launch its iQOS smoking device in India which it says is less harmful than conventional cigarettes.........Read more

Congress CMs to meet Rahul tomorrow, to urge him to not resign

All the Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states will meet Rahul Gandhi on Monday, urging him to take back his decision to resign from the post of party president. According to sources, Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry, and Punjab will meet Gandhi at the party headquarters in the national capital. Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara is also likely to come for the meet. The Chief Ministers had been planning to meet the Congress chief for long to request him to continue as the party chief.........Read more

Doctors getting poor salary packages even after spending over 1 crore for MBBS

The underwhelming figures were collated from data submitted by some of the most ‘expensive’ private medical colleges themselves to the Union Human Resources Development Ministry’sNIRF. For representational purposes Most MBBS students passing out of deemed medical institutions, which charge over Rs 1 crore for the five-year course, end up getting salary packages of less than Rs 50,000 a month when they complete their course and opt to join hospitals to begin practice. The underwhelming figures were collated from data submitted by some of the most ‘expensive’ private medical colleges themselves to the Union Human Resources Development Ministry’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) so as to get themselves ranked. The data suggests that except for two deemed medical colleges, which ranked among the top 25 medical colleges in India, the average salary package offered to MBBS grads from other private medical institutions was less than Rs 6 lakh a year. The deemed medical colleges that figured in the top 25 rankings by the NIRF included DY Patil Medical College, Pune, SRM Medical College, Kanchipuram, Shri Ramchandra Medical College, Chennai, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai and Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Puducherry. Go with the flow, says AIIMS topper Bhavik Bansal........Read more

Here is why these Karnataka villagers are sleeping outside Aadhaar centre at night

Every night, villagers of Ron in Gadag district gather their beds, pillows, butti (meals) and shawls and sleep in front of an SBI Bank. At 4 am, sipping hot tea from flasks, they form a queue in order to get their Aadhaar cards. This has become a daily routine for the villagers ever since know your customer (KYC) became mandatory everywhere and Aadhaar became mandatory to avail any facility from government. ........Read more

TN Water Crisis Peaks: Govt Forms Monitoring Committee, Chennai Shuts 100 City Hostels

Even as the Tamil Nadu government claims there is no water shortage, it will be forming a monitoring committee to study the issue. Meanwhile, around 100 hostels in Chennai have stopped operations, said a leading daily. Citing the Chennai Hostel Owners’ Welfare Association, it said 100 hostels owned by their 350 members have stopped operations and requested residents to leave the premises.........Read more

India to Overtake China as World's Most Populous Country in 8 Years: UN Report

India will become the most world’s most populous country overtaking China in just eight years. The Chinese population will decrease by 31.4 million, or around 2.2 per cent, between 2019 and 2050. Meanwhile, the world’s population is expected to increase by two million by 2050, from 7.7 billion today to 9.7 billion.........Read more

RCB in the Dark as Head Coach Gary Kirsten Applies for Indian Women’s Role

Gary Kirsten’s decision to apply for the role of the next India women’s team coach has taken his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore completely by surprise.........Read more

The new Palm is a tiny phone to keep you away from your phone

It’s a tiny phone to keep you from using your big phone, but it could do all the things your big one can do if you wanted. It’s like a phone for your phone.........Read more

Cash still rules black economy! 40% Indians paid bribes in cash, shows survey

The India Corruption Survey 2018 conducted by Transparency International India and LocalCircles showed that 39 percent Indians have admitted to paying bribes in cash. The percentage of people admitting to paying bribe has increased significantly from 45% in 2017 to 56% in 2018.........Read more

Kerala Rains: Red Alert Sounded in Idukki, Malappuram, Shutters of Dams in Thrissur, Palakaad Lifted

Kerala is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall for the next five days. As per the alert issued by the India Meteorological Department, Southern part of the state will witness a major impact.........Read more

How NASA is learning to grow plants in space and on other worlds

Scientists at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center have been experimenting with how to grow plants and vegetables in simulated space environments through methods like hydroponics and aeroponics. The first experiment entailed growing red romaine lettuce in pillows of clay instead of soil.........Read more

Terrorist Killed in Sopore Encounter Identified as Lashkar's North Kashmir Commander

The search operation in Sopore turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire on security forces. In retaliatory action, two militants have been killed. One of the men has been identified as Abu Maaz, Lashkar’s north Kashmir commander. Maaz was one of the longest surviving terrorists of Lashkar in Kashmir.........Read more

Parrikar will continue as Goa CM, says BJP chief

BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday clarified that ailing Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar will continue in his post, amid speculations that the state could see a change of the guard. Mr Shah also announced that a reshuffle of the state’s ministers will soon take place.........Read more

RBI staff to go on mass leave on September 4, 5 over pension issues

The United Forum of Reserve Bank Officers and Employees today said its members will go on mass casual leave on September 4 and 5, pressing their long-pending demands over pension-related issues.........Read more

Smitha Crishna Of Godrej Group Tops Richest Indian Women List: Report

Godrej Group's Smitha V Crishna who owns one-fifth of the Godrej Group along with her brothers commands a net worth of Rs. 37,570 crore and tops the richest Indian woman list as per the Kotak Wealth Hurun - Leading Wealthy Women 2018 report.........Read more

Panel favours powers for SEBI to intercept phone calls

A committee set up by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has recommended giving the capital market watchdog direct powers to intercept phone calls for better investigation while strengthening the regulations to act against perpetrators of financial statements fraud.........Read more

Toyota Etios Liva Limited Edition Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs 6.50 Lakh

Toyota launches the Etios Liva limited edition in India. The limited edition hatchback is priced at Rs 6.50 lakh for the petrol and Rs 7.65 lakh for the diesel variant. The limited edition version will also be available only on the 'VX' trims of the hatchback.........Read more

Huge scandal in PD accounts, alleges GVL

BJP Rajya Sabha member G.V.L. Narasimha Rao has charged the State government with suppressing the facts on various scandals, including the alleged embezzlement of huge sums of money lying in the Personal Deposit Account (PDA).........Read more

Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un sign ‘comprehensive’ document, process to denuclearise North Korea to start ‘very quickly’

Donald Trump said the process of denuclearisation would happen “very, very quickly”, adding that he had formed a “special bond” with Kim Jong Un and the relationship with North Korea would be very different.........Read more

Volvo XC60 Wins The World Car Of The Year 2018 Award

The Volvo XC60 has won the World Car of the Year 2018 at the ongoing New York Auto Show. Previous awards for the premium carmaker include the North American Utility award for the XC60 and the European Car of the Year award for its smaller SUV sibling, the XC40.........Read more

Parliament in Myanmar elects Suu Kyi loyalist Win Myint as new president

Myanmar’s parliament on Wednesday elected Win Myint, a loyalist of Aung San Suu Kyi, as new president, while she retained her executive authority over the government. The vote comes as Suu Kyi’s civilian government has struggled to implement peace and national reconciliation........Read more

Skoda To Launch 19 Cars In The Next Two Years Globally

The folks at Skoda announced that the company is all set to bring in 19 new cars by 2020 globally and this big announcement comes shortly after the company announced its sales performance last year. Skoda is also interested in expanding its footprint on the automotive map by extending its presence from 102 to 120 countries.........Read more

Potable water from sea soon at 5 paise per litre: Nitin Gadkari

Union water resources minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said the country will soon have potable water from the sea at just 5 paise per litre. Trials for conversion of seawater into potable water have started in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu.........Read more

Woah! Sathyaraj's Kattappa to get a wax statue in a British museum?

Baahubali frenzy hasn't died down yet. While statues are being demolished, defaced and vandalized in India, a new statue of Sathyaraj in his Kattappa avatar is being reportedly erected in a museum in London. Kattappa is one of the pivotal characters in the Baahubali Duology, directed by SS Rajamouli, which had Prabhas, Rana Daggubati and Ramya Krishnan in the lead roles.........Read more

Saudi Arabia gives Air India overflight rights for its Israel routes: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Saudi Arabia had granted Air India permission to fly over its territory on its new routes to and from Tel Aviv.........Read more

Water distributed across lunar surface: Nasa probe on Chandrayaan-1

An analysis of data from India's first mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-1, and Nasa's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has found evidence that the moon's water is distributed across the lunar surface and not confined to a particular region or type of terrain as stated earlier.........Read more

No ‘crosspathy’: House panel to oppose bridge course on allopathy for Ayush practitioners

The National Medical Commission Bill 2017 has been embroiled in controversy since it was announced, with allopathic doctors protesting against the provision wherein Ayush practitioners could prescribe allopathic drugs after completing a ‘bridge course’.........Read more

Tamil Star Kamal Haasan announces Retirement

“Except for the two films which are coming out (Vishwaroopam 2 and Sabash Naidu), there will be no more films for me. My decision to come into politics is as I do not want to die merely as an actor,” revealed Kamal Haasan in an interview at Harvard University in Boston.........Read more

IPL teams not in favour BCCI, Star Sports’ proposal of change in match-timings

There will be no problem on days with just a single match but there will be a big one when there are doubleheaders. They won’t get the complete three-hour quota and instead will have to share it with two matches. The overlap will result in one-and-a-half hours of each IPL match losing out on viewers.........Read more

Apple to release software update to resolve iPhone slowdown

Apple will release a test version of its iOS software next month that shows users the health of their batteries and will let them turn off a phone-slowing feature meant to prevent sudden shutdowns in iPhones with older batteries, said Chief Executive Tim Cook.........Read more

Two more IPS officers named in gutkha scam

The book of accounts seized by the Income Tax department in the multi-crore gutkha scam points to the involvement of more police officers, including two in the IPS, in illegally facilitating storage, transportation and sale of the tobacco product in Chennai. While the involvement of two DGP-rank officers is already being probed by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, on the directions of the Madras High Court, it has come to light that the two Joint Commissioners of Police who served in Chennai during the year 2015-16 had allegedly received payments from a gutkha manufacturer through a middleman.........Read more

Nextbit is shutting down its Smart Storage cloud service for the Robin phone

Nextbit, the company behind the Robin, a phone touted as never running out of space, is shutting down its cloud storage service. Smart Storage was a major feature of Nextbit OS that allowed the Robin to seamlessly expand local storage by syncing apps, photos, and other content to the cloud. Now, Nextbit says the Smart Storage service will shut down on March 1st.........Read more

Intrusion in Arunachal: China agrees to stop road construction work, India returns seized equipment

China has agreed to stop road-construction activity across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) near Bishing in Tuting area of Arunachal Pradesh, with Indian troops returning the two earth excavators and other equipment seized from Chinese workers in the region last month.........Read more

Men in Bangkok are going crazy over this hospital's penis-whitening procedure!

Thai men are flocking to a clinic for penis whitening, which ridiculously has become a huge trend in Bangkok.A few days back, Lelux Hospital in Bangkok shocked everyone when they uploaded a video detailing its specialised penis whitening procedure, a cosmetic treatment that alters the pigmentation of men's groin area.........Read more

Vijay Rupani sworn in as Chief Minister of Gujarat

The new BJP government led by Vijay Rupani was sworn in at a grand ceremony in the State capital of Gandhinagar on Tuesday. Governor Om Prakash Kohli administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy to 21 ministers including Mr. Rupani and his deputy Nitin Patel.........Read more

Sushil Kumar wins gold at Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in SA

Returning to international wrestling after more than three years, Sushil defeated New Zealand Akash Khullar's via a pinfall in the final of the 74kg freestyle category to clinch the yellow metal. It was his first medal in international wrestling since his gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.........Read more

Agnyaathavasi Teaser: Power Packed Commercial Entertainer

The most awaited teaser of Pawan Kalyan Trivikrams Agnyaathavasi teaser is out. The teaser is a well packaged one with all the commercial ingredients that one would expect out of a Pawan Trivikram film. The teaser will set high expectations on the film for sure and the beauty about it is it doesnt give any clue about the actual plot but teases enough with more than a glimpse of the look and feel of the movie.........Read more

US regulator orders rollback of 'net neutrality' rules

US regulators voted Thursday to roll back so-called "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all traffic equally, amid an acrimonious debate over how it impacts online freedom.........Read more

Wassenaar Arrangement decides to make India its member

In a significant development, elite export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) on Thursday decided to admit India as its new member, which is expected to raise New Delhi’s stature in the field of non-proliferation besides helping it acquire critical technologies.........Read more

2017 Los Angeles Auto Show: New-Generation Audi A8 Unveiled

The body of the new A8 is made out of 58 percent aluminium parts mixed with hot-form steel and ultra-high strength carbon fibre reinforced polymer components. This has resulted in a stronger body as compared to the outgoing model.........Read more

U'khand: Road construction begins to hasten troop mobilisation to reach China border

The work on the all-weather road in Uttarakhand has begun with the construction of the 150-km Tanakpur-Pithoragarh stretch which will make it easier for the armed forces to mobilise troops and armaments to the India-China border.........Read more

I-T freezes 100 bank accounts of shell companies linked to Sasikala kin

The action comes three days after I-T searches commenced at 188 properties owned by Sasikala, her extended family members and associates in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.........Read more

WhatsApp Business leaked, will operate as a standalone app

This service will be launched as a standalone app called ‘WhatsApp Business’. You can use WhatsApp as well, but two different mobile numbers need to be registered for each app.........Read more

Prepared to die in service of my nation: Kamal Haasan

"I'm not exploiting this stage. I'm speaking from the bottom of my heart. If you think I should continue acting, then say it aloud. If you think I need to serve the society and bring about a change, say it now. I'm prepared to die in service of my nation," he said.........Read more

NASA gravity map shows Mars has porous crust

Mars' crust is not as dense as previously thought, which means that at least a part of it is relatively porous, suggests a gravity map of the red planet created by NASA scientists. The finding may help better understand the red planet's interior structure and evolution.........Read more

Soon, Karnataka Ministers may have to send their kids to govt schools

The Kannada Development Authority (KDA), which recently made headlines for their aggressive push against Hindi imposition, asked the state government to make it mandatory for elected representatives and government employees to send their children to government schools.........Read more

Kia Shooting Brake Concept Teased Ahead Of Debut

South Korean automaker Kia Motors has teased the new Shooting Brake Concept car ahead of its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The concept car is designed at Kia's European design centre in Frankfurt, just 500 metres from where it will be unveiled. The concept design previews the next-generation Cee'd.........Read more

How to use Paytm’s Automatic and Postcard features?

Paytm Automatic will give them the option to set any amount they want to keep as minimum balance in the wallet. Users can then set a recharge amount they wish to add to the wallet every time the money in the wallet goes below the minium amount. However, to access this, users will have to save a credit or debit card to the wallet. Paytm claims users’ card details will be secured via a 128-bit encryption. Once the payment card is saved, it will take four hours before Automatic gets activated. Its biggest advantage is that users won’t have to manually enter the amount they want to add to the wallet or punch the OTP every time.........Read more

My win is message to those discharging their duties with integrity: Ram Nath Kovind

In first remarks after the triumph, 71-year-old Kovind, former Bihar Governor, recalled his ‘kutcha’ home of mud walls in a village in Uttar Pradesh where “the straw roof would not be able to stop water during the rain” and “we all brothers and sisters would huddle around a wall, waiting for the rain to stop”.........Read more

Snapdeal gets Rs113 crore from Nexus, founders in surprise funding

Struggling online retail firm Snapdeal has received Rs113 crore in an emergency funding round from existing investor Nexus Venture Partners and the company’s founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal. The funding round comes as a surprise as Snapdeal (Jasper Infotech Ltd) has been in talks to sell itself to bigger rival Flipkart amid a boardroom battle involving its three most powerful investors and its co-founders.........Read more

Reports: Chelsea interested in signing Real Madrid superstar as replacement for Eden Hazard

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid and now latest reports suggest that the Premier League giants will sell Hazard only if they get Gareth Bale in return. The speedy Welshman has struggled for form and fitness this season and Zidane could greenlight his sale to get his primary target, Eden Hazard, to the Santiago Bernabeu.........Read more

Want to Grow Your Own Veggies? This App Will Teach How With a Step-By-Step Guide

Grow2Share is an initiative that not only answers gardening and farming queries, but also motivates a growing community of urban gardeners. All this, for free!........Read more

Self-ventilating workout suit keeps athletes cool and dry

A team of MIT researchers has designed a breathable workout suit with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to an athlete's body heat and sweat. These flaps, which range from thumbnail- to finger-sized, are lined with live microbial cells that shrink and expand in response to changes in humidity. The cells act as tiny sensors and actuators, driving the flaps to open when an athlete works up a sweat, and pulling them closed when the body has cooled off.........Read more

Andhra Secretariat Under Cyber Attack!

After Andhra Pradesh Police, the state secretariat has also been hit by a cyber attack, said officials here on Wednesday. Some computers at the state secretariat at Velagapudi here were hacked, officials said. The Information Technology department identified at least 20 computers in in the government complex, which were affected by the cyber attack.........Read more

You Might Soon Have To Pay Rs 50-100 Extra For Booking Lower Berths On Trains

In an attempt to save lower berths in the trains for senior citizens, the Ministry of Railways is reportedly considering to charge Rs 50 to Rs. 100 extra on these seats if someone reserves them while booking his or her tickets.........Read more

'Old age no ground for token sentence in sexual offence'

Old age and clean antecedents can at the best be relevant for reducing the punishment but not a ground to allow a convict walk free after serving a token punishment, like sentenced till the rising of the court or the end of the day's working hours, the judge said. ........Read more

Demonetisation by itself will not impede future black money flows: UN report

As India completes six months of demonetisation on Monday, a United Nations report assessing its impact said the government needs to take more measures to unearth all forms of undeclared wealth and assets as note ban by itself will not impede future black money flows.........Read more

Pakistani, Saudi channels beam into Kashmiri homes, stoke 'azadi' rage

Over 50 Saudi and Pakistani channels, including Zakir Naik's banned Peace TV preaching Salafist Islam, and others indulging in anti-India propaganda are running without necessary clearances via private cable networks in Kashmir.........Read more

Numbers from Apple’s Q2 earnings release: China performance, the iPad’s decline, & more

Apple earlier today reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2017, offering up a variety of different looks at the company’s performance over the last three months. While we’ve already offered up a variety of details related to the release, there are always a few tidbits that get lost in the craziness.........Read more

From 66 to 7 per cent, why the dip in polling at Srinagar is a worry

It appeared as though the people had vented their anger out at Mehbooba who formed the the alliance with the BJP. In fact the scenario today is completely different to what she had spoken in 2014. Experts say that this should serve as a wake up call for both the centre and the state government. The postponement of the Anantnag by-poll is also an indication that the state government is clearly not in control of the situation.........Read more

Facebook launches new tool to tackle 'revenge porn': Here's what can be done

Facebook on Wednesday announced that is launching tools to prevent the upload and reupload of ‘revenge porn’. This refers to the upload of any private or intimate photographs, or even fake images, of a person without their consent. This is usually used as a means of revenge by former partners, jilted lovers, and the like. Facebook has now provided the ability to specifically report such images, and uses tools similar to PhotoDNA to prevent the reupload or sharing of such images.........Read more

US companies hire most workers in over two years: ADP report

US companies added 263,000 workers in March, the most since December 2014, suggesting further tightening of the labour market, payrolls processor ADP said.Strong job gains in the coming months will likely add upward pressure on wages, supporting the Federal Reserve’s view for at least two more interest rate increases by the end of 2017.........Read more

Internet-based startups still do not receive sufficient funding in India: IAMAI

Even though the government has been trying its best to ensure sustained funding for startups, a large number of internet-based startups are yet to get any formal funding in the form of business grants, loans or lines of credit, a survey said here on Thursday. A dipstick survey of bootstrapping 2,925 internet startups by the Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) suggested that this shortage of funds persists despite nearly 74 percent of them leveraging mobile technologies to scale up their businesses.........Read more

SAIL, BSNL, Air India worst performing PSUs in FY16: Survey

Coal India, ONGC and Indian Oil Corp emerged as star financial performers among India's central public sector enterprises in 2015-16, whereas SAIL, BSNL and Air India incurred most losses, a government survey has showed. ........Read more

Release 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to TN, SC tells Karnataka

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Karnataka to continue releasing 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu on a daily basis. The court also posted the matter for final hearing on July 11. Karnataka would have to continue releasing water to TN until the SC hears the matter next, a Division Bench headed by Justice Dipak Mishra said.........Read more

Parkash Singh Badal politely declines government bungalow

Out of power after helming Punjab as Chief Minister for 10 years since 2007, Parkash Singh Badal is in a house-hunting mode nowadays. On Sunday, he 'politely' declined the new Congress government's offer of free government accommodation in the state capital Chandigarh.........Read more

Volkswagen, Tata Motors May Accelerate Partnership Talks At The Geneva Motor Show

Tata Motors and the world's largest automaker Volkswagen, are likely to give a concrete shape to their ongoing 'open-ended' talks for partnership at the Geneva Motor Show scheduled for next month. The two companies are understood to have been holding discussions for a while over the possibility of joining hands and finding synergies, keeping in view the technological developments such as autonomous driving and shared mobility along with stricter emission norms challenging the automotive industry.........Read more

Unemployment in India: Urban Indians suffer more than rural folks, reveals BSE-CMIE survey

Unemployment may not be a topic dominating prime-time debates on Indian television, but it does indicate the health of an economy, especially in India that has millions of young men and women graduating from colleges. For the 30-day period ended February 22, 2017, the average unemployment rate was 5.54 per cent, with the rate being skewed at 7.09 per cent for urban India as against 4.77 per cent in rural areas.........Read more

Drunk woman’s consent for sex is not valid, says Bombay high court

The Bombay high court has held that “a woman, when intoxicated, is incapable of giving a free and conscious consent to a sexual relationship.” The court has said in such a circumstance, even if the woman consents to a sexual relationship, it will not be considered valid or as an “excuse for committing rape.”........Read more

Diabetes in your DNA? Scientists zero in on the genetic signature of risk

For decades, scientists have tried to solve this mystery - and have found more than 80 tiny DNA differences that seem to raise the risk of the disease in some people, or protect others from the damagingly high levels of blood sugar that are its hallmark.........Read more

Hospital-acquired infections are raising tensions in India, according to WHO

A study published in 2015 by the INICC led by Dr. Rosenthal, studied the rate of device-associated infection rates in 40 hospitals from 20 Indian cities over a 10-year period from 2004. The study, which collected data from 236,700 intensive care unit (ICU) patients for 970,713 bed-days, found that rates of HAIs and antimicrobial resistance were markedly higher in India than the rates reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading national public health institute in the United States.........Read more

India Vs Bangladesh Test: Cheteshwar Pujara breaks 52-year-old record

With another half century under his belt, Pujara has now accumulated 1,605 in the Indian first-class season. He took 21 visits to the crease (13 matches) to reach there while Borde had scored 1,604 runs in 1964-65 season in 28 innings (21 matches).........Read more

DOJ appealing travel ban ruling

The Justice Department on Saturday moved to appeal a decision that temporarily halted enforcement of President Donald Trump's travel ban. The three judges who will likely hear the appeal -- assuming no one has to step aside over any conflicts -- are: Judge William Canby, who was appointed by President Jimmy Carter; Richard Clifton, who was appointed by Bush; and Michelle Friedland, a President Barack Obama appointee.........Read more

PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma triumph at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold

PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma triumph at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold - Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and National champion Sameer Verma began the new season on a resounding note by winning the women's and men's singles crowns respectively at the USD 120,000 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here today.........Read more

Tit for tat? Iran vows reciprocal measures in response to Trump immigration order

Iran said it would block entry to US citizens in response to a move by US President Donald Trump, who signed an executive order temporarily barring most arrivals from seven Muslim-majority countries.........Read more

Meghalaya: PROs, PS appointed by V Shanmuganathan lose jobs

The appointment letters issued by the Governor’s Secretariat to these three persons had clearly stated that the appointments were “purely temporary” and were co-terminus with the tenure of the governor.........Read more

Scientists grow first human-pig embryos for organ harvesting

However, the research remains at a very early stage and proved more difficult than expected, the researchers reported in the peer-reviewed journal Cell. "This is an important first step," said lead investigator Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a professor in the Salk Institute of Biological Studies' Gene Expression Laboratory. "The ultimate goal is to grow functional and transplantable tissue or organs, but we are far away from that."........Read more

Indian techie sells company to Cisco for $3.7 billion

Jyoti Bansal, an IIT Delhi graduate, has just sold the company he founded eight years ago in the US, AppDynamics, to Cisco for $3.7 billion. Bansal now owns 14% of the company, after having diluted his stake to many venture funds over the years. So he’ll get about $520 million (Rs 3,400 crore).........Read more

Engineers develop 'smart glasses' that automatically focus on what wearer sees

A team led by University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor Carlos Mastrangelo and doctoral student Nazmul Hasan has created "smart glasses" with liquid-based lenses that can automatically adjust the focus on what a person is seeing, whether it is far away or close up.........Read more

Supreme Court revives hearing on Andhra Pradesh bifurcation

The observation came from a Bench of Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud while reviving a bunch of petitions filed by leading Telugu politicians across parties, challenging the bifurcation of the erstwhile State of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. They had wanted the apex court to declare the bifurcation as an illegal and unconstitutional act.........Read more

Over 1,600 killed due to extreme weather patterns in 2016

More than 1,600 people died due to extreme weather conditions across the country last year, with severe heat wave claiming the largest chunk of the total deaths at 40%, followed by flooding and lightning. The IMD said 2016 was the warmest year ever recorded, globally as well as in India. Phalodi in Rajasthan recorded 51 degrees Celsius, highest ever recorded in the country.........Read more

Isro to launch record 103 satellites in one go in February

The space agency had earlier planned a launch of 83 satellites in the last week of January, of which 80 were foreign ones. But with the addition of 20 more foreign satellites, the launch was delayed by a week and will now take place in first week of February.........Read more

Russian ships head to the Philippines for a naval exercise...but is there a larger game afoot?

As President Rodrigo Duterte flutters his eyelashes at China, Russia and its macho president Vladimir Putin are all up for a geopolitical ménage à trois. Duterte has made no bones about his antipathy towards outgoing US President Barack Obama (he of the "son of a whore" infamy) and has since made numerous comments that signal his country's pivot away from the US, towards countries more inclined to give the president a pass when he claims he's to drug users what Pol Pot was to...well...humans.........Read more

“Rs 2000 Notes Might Go Soon”, Says Anil Bokhil, The Demonetization Mastermind. Another U-Turn?

The demonetised notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 constituted 86% of the cash flow. Withdrawing them in one go was bound to spawn a major shock. The Rs 2,000 note was introduced to minimize that shock. A certain instrument is kept in the place of a heart going under the knife. The Rs 2,000 note is to demonetization what that particular instrument is to a heart surgery.........Read more

Google introduces new OS for smart devices - Android Things

Google has rebranded Project Brillo – an Android-based OS for the Internet of Things – and is now called Android Things. With this initiative, any Android developer can build a smart device using the popular Android APIs and Google services. It will include tools such as Android Studio, the Android SDK, Google Play Services, and Google Cloud Platform that developers can use to test and build a variety of smart, Web connected devices.........Read more

Exclusive: Pakistan ready for unconditional talks with India. Will PM Narendra Modi accept the offer?

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit today said the Nawaz Sharif government is ready for a dialogue with India on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar next week.........Read more

Facebook Builds Censorship Tool for China

According to sources, Facebook has been developing the new software behind the scenes to help it penetrate the Chinese market, the New York Times reported. While the tool does not delete posts made, it is reportedly designed to block certain posts from appearing in the news feeds of users who are located in specific geographical areas.........Read more

Tejas As Capable As Rafale Jet: Defence Minister

The indigenously manufactured light combat aircraft 'Tejas', which was inducted into the Indian Air Force earlier this year, is as good as the French-made Rafale fighter jet and comparable with other top LCAs across the world, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Saturday.........Read more

Lung cancer patients can sleep better by walking more

Lung cancer patients could improve their sleep and quality of life by walking several times a week, a study from Taiwan suggests. Those who participated in a 12-week home-based walking program had better sleep quality at both three and six months after the program. The results reinforce similar findings in breast and colorectal cancer patients, researchers say.........Read more

Pathankot attack: Hindi news channel to be taken off air for day

An Inter-ministerial committee of the I and B ministry has recommended that a leading Hindi news channel be taken off air for a day after it concluded that the broadcaster had revealed strategically-sensitive details while covering the Pathankot terrorist attack.........Read more

One Week After US Patrol, Beijing to Conduct Military Drills in South China Sea

Following the US Navy’s latest provocative patrol near land reclamation projects in the South China Sea, China has ordered nonmilitary to avoid the region as it prepares to launch new military drills.........Read more

Dipa Karmakar not to return BMW, says getting any gift from Sachin Tendulkar is big

The trailblazing gymnast told ANI, "See it is not at all like this, I cannot even do that because getting a gift from Sachin [Tendulkar] Sir's hand itself is a very big thing. I got the key from him. In fact, I cannot even think of refusing or returning it back."........Read more

US Foreign Policy is a 'Strong Motivating Force' Behind Domestic Terrorism

Anger over US foreign policy and Washington's military operations in the Middle East has been cited as the most common motive behind acts of homegrown terrorism, senior research scientist with the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University John Mueller told Radio Sputnik.........Read more

China again blocks UN ban on Masood Azhar over ‘different views’

China today defended its second technical hold to prevent a UN ban on Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar saying there were "different views" on India's application and that Beijing's move will allow more time for the "relevant parties" to have consultations.........Read more

Indian-origin teen wins top prize of $50,000 scholarship at Google Science Fair

A 16-year-old Indian-origin South African high school student has won the top prize of scholarship worth US $50,000 at the annual Google science fair in the US for using orange peel to develop a cheap super- absorbent material to help soil retain water.........Read more

Breastfeeding may protect mothers from cancer, heart disease, says study

Considered a lifeline for newborn babies, breastfeeding not only helps babies also protects mothers from premature death and serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, suggests a study. Breastfeeding helps mothers to reduce chances of........Read more

Democracy has not been tailored to Pak environment: Musharraf

Army has always had a role since our independence. It has played a very prominent role in the governance of Pakistan, mainly because of misgovernance by all the so-called democratically-elected governments, Musharraf said in an interview at the Washington Ideas Forum here on Thursday.........Read more

Release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water from Oct 1-6 to Tamil Nadu: SC tells Karnataka

The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up Karnataka for defying the apex court's order and asked it to release 6,000 cusecs of water daily to Tamil Nadu from October 1 to October 6. The court also asked the Centre to set up Cauvery Management Board by October 4.........Read more

Tackling stigma: In Indore colony, HIV-positive patients live to the fullest

The spirit and zest for life is infectious in a settlement near the Ring Road on the outskirts of Indore city, where 106 families of HIV-positive patients live in remarkable harmony.........Read more

Terrorists who attacked army base in Uri belonged to LeT: Probe

Investigators probing the Uri attack aren't ruling out the possibility that the terrorists received 'inside help' taking into stock the precise nature of the actions undertaken by the intruders once inside the army base, said sources. After locking the cooking room and store, two of the terrorists started moving towards the officers quarters within the base but they were gunned down before they could inflict any further damage, they said.........Read more

Flipkart crosses 100 million customers mark

The Bengaluru-based company has doubled its user base over the last year and added 25 million users in the past six months alone. “This is a small step in our efforts to build a platform that provides quality products, affordable and accessible to millions of Indians shopping online.........Read more

Twitter to lay off employees as it decides to shut down Bengaluru development centre

Twitter to lay off employees as it decides to shut down Bengaluru development centre - The company 'remains committed to India as a strategic market for users, partners and advertisers," Twitter said in an emailed statement.........Read more

AAP ministers, L-G office spar after Jung asks Sisodia to return from Finland

Delhi ministers on Saturday questioned lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung for being on a leave, a day after the L-G reportedly asked deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia to return from his official visit to Finland in light of the recent dengue and chikungunya outbreak.........Read more

Railways became punctual by 82 per cent

New Delhi: Railways have improved the overall punctuality rate after improvisation on the Ghaziabad- Mughalsarai route, with mail and express trains improving their performance by over four per cent to clock 80.83 per cent punctuality during April-August. The overall punctuality rate of the railways has increased to 82.09 per cent in August from 81.62 per cent........Read more

String of bomb blasts across Syria kills over 48

A string of bomb attacks hit across mostly government-controlled areas of Syria on Monday, killing at least 48 people, state media said.........Read more

Shipbuilder threatens legal action to stop Australian reports on Scorpene leak

An Australian newspaper that broke the story on document leaks concerning six Scorpene submarines being built for India said on Sunday a French shipbuilder at the centre of the scandal has threatened legal action “to prevent further publication of the information contained in 22,400 secret documents”.........Read more

Draft surrogacy bill likely to undergo changes

The draft Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, is likely to undergo changes that will widen its scope, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said here on Friday.........Read more

GST Bill: Who will it benefit the most?

One of the most important benefits of implementing the GST is that it would integrate the economy and provide for a common national market........Read more

India Eases Bank Permit Rules to Allow for Anytime Applications

India eased rules to allow applicants to seek permits for setting up banks on a continuous basis, replacing a system where there were long periods between approvals.........Read more

I saw them attack dad and smash his head with a stone

Datta Phuge’s son Shubham was delivering biryani to what he thought was a party when he witnessed the horrifying murder.........Read more

No Food Waste: When leftovers reach the hungry through a mobile app

No Food Waste has a mobile app of the same name that allows it to crowd source data on hunger spots in India and take requests for donation of excess food. The app has identified 80 such spots in Delhi and the national capital region.........Read more

High-tech lidar helps uncover secrets Angkor Wat has hidden for centuries

Camodia's Angkor Wat is one of the ancient wonders of the world, but what lay beyond the stone walls of it and surrounding temples has long been a mystery. Now scientists are using lidar to uncover the secrets of the Khmer kingdom.........Read more

Petrol price raised by Rs 2.58, diesel costlier by Rs 2.26 per litre

Movement of prices in the international oil market and the Rupee-Dollar exchange rate will continue to be monitored closely and developing trends of the market will be reflected in future price changes, said IOC........Read more

India must move quickly to fix a looming trade crisis

The Modi government’s trade policy has been marked by five rather unflattering trends.........Read more

Common people can 'kill' those indulging in murder: Haryana DGP

Common people can 'kill' those indulging in murder: Haryana DGP - Haryana DGP KP Singh said that any one who tried to outrage the modesty of a woman or indulges in acts of arson or murder can be killed by common people and not just the police.........Read more

Flipkart valuation marked down by Morgan Stanley fund to $9.39 bn

Morgan Stanley fund marks down value of its Flipkart shares to $87.9 per share as of 31 March from $103.97 per share as of 31 December last year........Read more

Canara Bank posts Rs3,905 crore loss in Q4; shares fall 2.94%

Canara Bank’s fourth quarter loss would have been worse if not for a tax writeback of Rs779.5 crore........Read more

No Single Medical Entrance Exam This Year, President Signs Ordinance

Uniform medical entrance examination National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) will not be mandatory for students appearing for the exam in 2016. President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday signed the ordinance passed by the Cabinet, postponing the Sup........Read more

Unfazed by Nano failure, Tata Motors to roll out new small car

Despite the Nano not having been a success as Tata Motors had anticipated when it launched the vehicle in 2009, the company isn't giving up on small cars.........Read more

India Inc's distress sale misses its mark

Since April 2015, 33 deals of Rs 82k crore announced; few took off........Read more