Amazon India scraps single-use plastic in packaging across centers

The Indian unit of Inc (AMZN.O) has eliminated all single-use plastic in its packaging across fulfillment centers in the country, in line with its target to weed out the packaging material by June, the e-commerce giant said on Monday. The company said in addition to replacing packaging materials such as bubble wraps and air pillows with “paper cushions”, it had also swapped out packaging tapes with other bio-degradable options. “We have successfully eliminated single-use plastic in all our fulfillment centers a 100%,” Akhil Saxena, vice-president of customer fulfillment for the APAC, LATAM and Middle East and North Africa regions, said in an interview. Amazon, often criticised for using too much plastic and thermocol to wrap its billions of packages of shipments, had said last September that its India unit would replace single-use plastic in its packaging by June 2020. ........Read more

Google Meet gets deeper Gmail integration, will let you place video calls from your inbox

Google has integrated its Meet video conferencing service into Gmail. Some users have already started to see a link to launch Google Meet in the left sidebar of Gmail on web, reported The Verge. Last month, Google had said that Meet will be available for free starting early May and anyone with a Gmail ID can sign up for it and enjoy its services. Google Meet offers features such as simple scheduling and screen sharing, real-time captions and layouts that adapt to preferences of users. ........Read more

Current Situation Due to Coronavirus is Upsetting And Scary: Sourav Ganguly

The former India captain says the situation is both upsetting and scary considering its far-reaching impacts on humans. “… I am also really upset seeing the current situation, because so many people are suffering outside,” Ganguly said while speaking on ‘100 Hours 100 Stars’, an initiative started by Fever Network. “We are still struggling to understand how to stop this pandemic. This atmosphere all over the world has really bothered me. We don’t know how, when and where it came from — we all were unprepared for this.”........Read more

Explained | Rate at Which COVID-19 Cases Doubling Slows; Here's Why This Week is Crucial For India?

Besides, government data yesterday showed that 18 states and Union Territories have shown an improvement than the national average doubling rate. The states and Union Territories where the doubling time is less than 20 days are Delhi where it is doubling in 8.5 days, Karnataka in 9.2 days, Telangana 9.4 days, Andhra Pradesh 10.6 days, Jammu and Kashmir 11.5 days, Punjab 13.1 days, Chattisgarh 13.3 days, Tamil Nadu 14 days and Bihar 16.4 days.........Read more

Coronavirus very likely of animal origin, no sign of lab manipulation: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that all available evidence suggests the novel coronavirus originated in animals in China late last year and was not manipulated or produced in a laboratory. U.S. President Donald Trump said last week that his government was trying to determine whether the virus emanated from a lab in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus pandemic emerged in December. ........Read more

Second Patient Cured of HIV, Researchers Say

A study of the ‘London patient’ — the second HIV patient to undergo stem cell transplantation from donors with a HIV-resistant gene — finds that there was no active viral infection in the patient’s blood 30 months after they stopped anti-retroviral therapy; remnants of integrated HIV-1 DNA remained in his tissue samples, which were also found in the first patient to be cured of HIV, and can be regarded as so-called ‘fossils,’ as they are unlikely to be capable of reproducing the virus.........Read more

Reddit CEO says TikTok is a 'spyware'

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman took a shot at TikTok during a conference this week, calling it “fundamentally parasitic” and comparing it to spyware. His specific concerns appear to be based on the fact that the platform uses a form of “device fingerprinting” to track user behavior. Huffman was responding to a question about what startups could learn from TikTok‘s success, saying, “I can’t even get to that level of thinking with them.” He also said, “I actively tell people, ‘Don’t install that spyware on your phone.'”........Read more

Kohli to reassess plans after three more years of all-format grind

Only five days after playing an ODI against Australia at home, India were playing a T20I in New Zealand as Kohli found himself at the mercy of the packed international calendar, saying "it is what it is". Now, ahead of the Test series, Kohli has reiterated that the calendar is something that the players are thinking about. "Look it's not a conversation that is to hide away from in any manner," Kohli said. "I think it's been eight or nine years that I have been playing almost 300 days a year with the travelling and practice sessions. And the intensity is right up there all the time. So it does take a toll on you. I am not saying that it's not something the players are not thinking about."........Read more

Amazon not doing 'a great favour' by investing $1 billion in India: Union Minister Piyush Goyal

As Amazon Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the company will invest $1 billion to digitise small and medium businesses in India, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal said that it's not doing 'a great favour'. The minister further added that the money is meant to cover the financial losses the e-Commerce giant has notched up in India and it raises questions about its business practices. ........Read more

Cops fire tear gas to disperse CAB protesters in Delhi's Seelampur

Angry protesters demanding scrapping of the amended citizenship law torched several motor bikes, pelted stones at police and damaged public buses in Northeast Delhi's Seelampur area on Tuesday, in fresh violence in the national capital. Police resorted to baton charges and fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. Plumes of smoke billowed from at least two localities. All entry and exit gates at Seelampur metro station, which were closed in view of violence that ensued following protests over the amended Citizenship Act.........Read more

Citizenship law not anti-Muslim, take liberals like me also: Taslima Nasreen

Taslima Nasreen told in an exclusive interview that the law was not anti-Muslim. "India is not deporting its Muslim population," she said. Nasreen, 57, a Bangladeshi-Swedish writer living in India, was forced into exile from her home country in the 1990s due to threats from radical Muslim groups after her novel "Lajja" -- which depicts the persecution of a Hindu family by Muslims -- ran into a controversy. But, she said, the "bigger sufferers" were freethinkers, liberals, and atheists. "Islamic societies hate us when we criticise," she said. "People like me in exile should also get citizenship."........Read more

President Kovind, PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi, other leaders pay tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru on birth anniversary

Many top political leaders took to Twitter on Thursday to pay their tribute to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 130th birth anniversary. ........Read more

Dassault Aviation Releases First Photos of Rafale RB-002

A day after defence minister Rajnath Singh formally received the first of the 36 Rafale fighter jets, Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer, released the first photographs of the second aircraft RB-002 on its website.........Read more

India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework

The exchange is governed by strict confidentiality clauses and the FTA officials refused to disclose specific details on the number of accounts or about the quantum of financial assets associated with the accounts of Indian clients of Swiss banks.........Read more

Mysterious disease killing dogs in Norway

Norwegian authorities haven't been able to detect the cause behind an unexplained disease that is estimated to have killed dozens of dogs in the country in recent days, officials said Saturday. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority said that it had been informed of another six cases of dogs falling ill, with two them already dead, all with the same symptoms of vomiting and bloody diarrhea. The disease seemed "very serious for a dog. But we don't know yet whether this is contagious or just a series of individual cases," agency spokesman Ole-Herman Tronerud told public broadcaster NRK. The majority of cases have been reported in and around the capital Oslo, but also in the cities of Bergen and Trondheim, and the northern Nordland municipality. The Norwegian Veterinary Institute said Friday that it had detected two unspecified bacteria in autopsies, but was unable to clarify whether that was the cause of the outbreak. "To have healthy and great Norwegian dogs die so quickly is naturally serious. It's a very special situation I haven't been involved in before," the institute's emergency and safety director, Jorun Jarp, said Friday. In neighboring Sweden, the National Veterinary Institute said it had been swamped with questions from dog owners concerned over the spread of the disease across the border. The institute said it currently had no information "to show that it is an infectious outbreak or that it would pose a risk to dogs in Sweden." ........Read more

Cricket: Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik retires from ODIs

Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from the 50-over format shortly after his team bowed out of the Cricket World Cup, narrowly missing out on a semi-finals spot. All-rounder Malik, 37, played 287 one-day internationals for Pakistan and scored 7,534 runs including nine centuries. The off-spinner also picked up 158 wickets in the format. “Today was our last game, and I’m retiring from ODI cricket,” Malik told reporters after Pakistan thrashed Bangladesh by 94 runs at Lord’s on Friday. “I had planned this for a few years ago to retire on the last Pakistan World Cup match. I’m sad that I’ll be leaving a format of cricket that I loved but happy that I’ll have more time to spend with my family. “This will also allow me to focus on Twenty20 cricket.” Malik, who made his debut in 1999, was the most capped player in Pakistan’s current World Cup squad but was dropped after the team’s humiliating loss to arch-rivals India in Manchester last month. ........Read more

American Monster Truck shows coming to India in 2019

The American Monster Truck Association has partnered with Mumbai based Starlight 108 Media to organise The Monster Experience shows in India from 2019. In the first leg, the events to be held in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. ........Read more

All-New Mercedes-Benz CLS Launched In India, Prices Start At Rs. 84.7 Lakh

Mercedes-Benz has launched the all-new third generation CLS 4-door coupe in India. The price starts at ₹ 84.7 lakh. It is powered by a 2.0-litre engine the churns out a maximum of about 242 bhp and develops and peak torque of 500 Nm.........Read more

Tata Tigor facelift launched at Rs. 5.20 lakh

Tata Motors has launched the Tigor facelift. It comes in 5 variants - XE, XM, XZ, XZA and XZ+ and prices start at Rs. 5.20 lakh for the petrol version and Rs. 6.09 lakh for the diesel. The Tigor is available with a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that produces 84 BHP @ 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm @ 3,500 rpm. It is offered with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed AMT.........Read more

Serena Williams Banned From Wearing Black Catsuit at French Open

American tennis star Serena Williams will not be able to wear her skin-tight black catsuit at the French Open. French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said that the tournament is introducing a dress code to regulate players' uniforms.........Read more

Triumph Scrambler 1200 Teased; Global Unveil In October 2018 - NDTV CarAndBike

Triumph Motorcycles has released a teaser of the Scrambler 1200, which will be globally unveiled on 24 October, 2018 ahead of the EICMA in Milan.........Read more

India doubles import tax on some textile products to 20%

India doubled the import tax on some textile products to 20%, the government said in a statement, increasing duty on fabric-related commodities for the second time in a month.........Read more

‘You don’t need any security as you are our guests’: Hizbul welcomes Amarnath pilgrims

An audio message believed to be from Hizbul Mujahideen operational commander Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo sought to assure pilgrims that they could go on the yatra this year even without security cover. We have never attacked the Amarnath yatra in the past as our fight is not with the yatris.........Read more

Vijay Mallya seeks to sell ₹ 13,900 crore in assets to settle bank dues

Vijay Mallya and his United Breweries Holdings Ltd filed an application before Karnataka high court seeking permission to sell the assets worth about ₹ 13,900 crores ($2.04 billion) which are under judicial supervision to repay creditors.........Read more

The income tax department sends fourth notice to Congress leader and minister D K Shivakumar in a year-old income tax case.

Notices have also been sent to his elderly mother and his brother DK Suresh. Calling the fourth summon from the Economic Offences Court a vendetta, the Congress leader asked why there hasn't been any probe against his........Read more

Anukreethy Vas from Tamil Nadu crowned Miss India World 2018 - Beauty Pageants

Anukreethy Vas, a 19-year-old Tamil Nadu college student, has been crowned Femina Miss India 2018 in a grand ceremony in Mumbai hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Ayushmann Khurrana. Anukreethy Vas, who was previously crowned fbb Colours Femina Miss Tamil Nadu, beat 30 contestants to bag the top honour.........Read more

4th-gen BMW X5 unveiled

BMW has unveiled the 4th-generation BMW X5. The SUV will be formally launched in November 2018 with deliveries expected to commence one month later.........Read more

Telangana CM Chandrashekar Rao announces new Pay Revision Commission for govt employees

Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao announced setting up of a new Pay Revision Commission (PRC) for government employees. He also praised government employees for their hard work and dedication and acknowledged their contribution towards increasing the revenue and successful implementation of Government policies.........Read more

"Every single vote cast for Narendra Modi, is like casting for me," Siddaramaiah commits gaffe, praises PM

A gaffe by Siddaramaiah happened not once, but twice when he referred Congress MLA Narendra Swamy as Narendra Modi. "If road work has happened, concrete roads, drainage, drinking water facilities are there, if houses have been constructed, it is all because of Narendra Modi and our government," Siddaramaiah said. In a few minutes. Siddaramaiah again committed a mistake and said, "Everyone should understand that every single vote cast for Narendra Modi, is like casting for me...." He then corrected himself after the intervention of those standing next to him.........Read more

Karnataka assembly elections: SC dismisses G Janardhan Reddy's plea to campaign in Bellary

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the plea of BJP leader G Janardhan Reddy + for letting him go to Bellary to campaign for his brother, G Somashekar Reddy, who is a candidate for the upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka. SC dismissed the plea as it did not find any merit in it.........Read more

India clinch men’s table tennis gold medal at 2018 Commonwealth Games

India secured a double gold in table tennis at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast as the men’s team followed up Sunday’s title win by the women’s side with a 3-0 win over Nigeria in the final on Monday to clinch the crown. India’s win in the men’s table tennis team event sees their total medal haul in Gold Coast to nine golds and 18 medals in total.........Read more

Punjab police arrest Indian recruited by Pakistan's ISI to spy on Army

The state special operations cell in a joint operation with military intelligence nabbed a Pakistan spy on Friday. The spy, identified as Ravi Kumar worked with Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI. He was recruited by ISI seven months ago through Facebook. Kumar has been booked under various sections of the Official Secrets Act and some sections of the Indian Penal Code.........Read more

Forensic Twist: Sridevi Died Of Drowning

Earlier it was told that Sridevi's husband Boney Kapoor found her motionless in the bathtub of her room at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers. However, the forensic autopsy done by Dubai Government has reported that she died of "Accidental Drowning". And that explains that Sridevi drowned in the bathtub and got choked, and with water entering her lungs, she breathed last. ........Read more

SUV runs over school children in Bihar, 9 killed, 20 injured

The incident took place at Ahiyapur-Jhapaha in Minapur police station area of the district where a Bolero ran over the children who were returning to their homes after the school was over. Around 20 children injured have been rushed to the Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital for treatment. The condition of some of them was stated to be critical........Read more

Banks May Take Over Rs 17,000 Crore Hit From PNB Fraud: Tax Department

Indian banks could take a hit of at least Rs. 17,632 crore from loans and corporate guarantees provided to Punjab National Bank in a Rs. 10,867 crore fraud case, the tax department said.........Read more

Trai cuts ISD incoming call termination rate to 30 paise

The new rate will be effective from 1 February. The Authority has reduced the termination charges payable by an International Long Distance Operator (ILDO) to the access provider in whose network the call terminates from Rs 0.53 per minute to Rs 0.30 per minute.........Read more

Sebi in talks with NPCI to reduce listing time

Markets regulator Sebi is in discussion with NPCI and others to develop an alternate payment mechanism, which could enhance the efficiency of the payment system and reduce the listing time. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has already reduced the IPO listing time from the seven days in the past to six days after the close of the bidding.........Read more

Microorganisms found from Atacama Desert may cure HIV

Scientists have found a treasure trove of microorganisms with potential to treat HIV in Chile's Atacama Desert, one of the highest and driest places on Earth. Researchers have explained these exciting findings from soil samples taken from heights of 3,000 to 5,000 metres above sea level.........Read more

Madhya Pradesh makes rape laws stricter, death for child rapists

In a landmark move, the Madhya Pradesh Cabinet on Sunday approved handing out death sentence to rape convicts in cases involving girls of 12 years and below. The Cabinet also passed a resolution for death sentence for gang-rape convicts and approved the amendment in the penal code to increase the fine and punishment for rape convicts.........Read more

Chennai's Sathyabama Varsity to Stay Shut for a Week After Furore

Over 300 students indulged in protests at the campus, which broke out into full blown violence and arson. Tamil news channel Puthiya Thalaimurai reported that a number of students were rioting, proclaiming “we want justice”. Police personnel has been deployed in and around the campus, and the situation is currently under control.........Read more

Be extremely slow to curb artistic freedom, Supreme Court tells courts

The Supreme Court said on Thursday that courts must be “extremely slow” to interfere with artistic freedom in works like films and rejected a plea to ban the November 17 release of a film, “An Insignificant Man”, based on the life of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal.........Read more

MP shopkeeper buys Rs 57,000 dream bike in loose change

MP shopkeeper buys Rs 57,000 dream bike in loose change - Most Indians today refuse to even look at Rs 5 coin, let alone Rs 1, and initially Kunal Kankar, the dealer in the showroom on the day, refused to honour Haseeb's request.........Read more

Audi Reveals e-tron FE04 Formula E Car

German automaker Audi has revealed its first all-electric race car for the Formula E championship, named as e-tron FE04. Audi became the first German manufacturer to enter the all-electric racing series. The new team is named as Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler.........Read more

Explaining bursts of activity in brains of preterm babies

The source of spontaneous, high-amplitude bursts of activity seen in the brains of preterm babies, which are vital for healthy development, has been identified by a team led by researchers at UCL and King's College London. Study says that spontaneous brain activity is essential to strengthen brain connections which will serve as 'scaffolding' that will then develop further with life experience. Other studies have found that infants whose brains don't display this activity are more likely to develop cerebral palsy or have poor cognitive skills later in life.........Read more

All-new 2018 Ford Ecosport and Ecosport ST-Line revealed

Ford has finally officially revealed its most selling compact SUV the all-new 2018 Ecosport. Sadly, the Ecosport revealed is for European markets only for now, and India model will be different from the Euro-spec Ecosport. Along with the Ecosport, Ford has also unveiled a new sporty Ecosport ST-Line with enhanced exteriors and performance.........Read more

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Andaman and Nicobar Islands

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake on Richter Scale hit off Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Tuesday night, reported United States Geological Survey (USGS). No loss of life, injuries or property has been reported as of now.........Read more

LPG, kerosene, jewellery exempt from e-way bill rules under GST

LPG, kerosene, jewellery and currency are among the common use items that have been exempted from the requirement of obtaining electronic permits for transportation under the GST regime. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, rolled out from July 1, mandates obtaining permits called e-way bills for transporting goods consignment of more than Rs 50,000 in value with a view to checking tax evasion.........Read more

Motor Vehicle Act: Parliamentary panel asks for stricter law

The parliamentary panel put forth nine-point formula to check road rage. The recommendations include meditation lessons for police and introduction of a road rage prevention curriculum in schools and colleges.........Read more

Battlefield 1 Joins EA/Origin Access Free Game Vault

Electronic Arts announced recently that Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 would be joining the EA/Origin Access free game libraries. Titanfall 2 arrived for subscribers last month, and Battlefield 1 is rolling out right now, it looks like.........Read more

New Horizons will soon solve a mystery about an object a billion miles past Pluto

In less than two years, the New Horizons space probe is going to go whizzing by an object a billion miles further away from us than Pluto at speeds of up to 30,000 miles per hour. We know generally where that object—MU69, a cold dark object in the Kuiper Belt—will be thanks to telescope observations, otherwise we wouldn't be able to rendezvous with it at all, but like a blind date, we're not 100 percent sure what to expect. Details like the shape, exact size, color of the object and even if it has close neighbors all remain elusive.........Read more

CAG scanner on actors for service tax anomalies

A CAG report, tabled in Parliament on Friday, has pointed out anomalies in collection of service tax from actors Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh and Arjun Rampal.........Read more

Srinivasan, Shah stalling Lodha Reforms: CoA to SC

In a scathing status report, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has described N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah as "disqualified office bearers with vested interest", who are trying to stall implementation of Lodha reforms.........Read more

100 certificate course in GST to start from July 15 in these cities

The ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) on Friday announced a 100-hour certificate course to understand the new tax regime in a bid to create a workforce of GST trained professionals. The course will start from July 15 in three cities.........Read more

Indian Army to get modern bullet-proof helmets

In March this year, government think-tank NITI Aayog had prepared a draft note on 'incentivising' domestic manufacturing of light weight body armours for the army and para-military forces. There's a requirement of over 50,000 bullet proof kits for the police force in the country.........Read more

Kerala HC supports government order banning sale of cattle for slaughter in state

The Kerala high court on Wednesday dismissed PILs that sought quashing of the new central law banning sale of cattle for slaughter in the state. The court said there was no need for the judiciary to interfere with the Centre's decision as it did not violate any law or provision in the Constitution.........Read more

Virat Kohli 'unhappy' with Anil Kumble, BCCI's Big 3 to broker peace?

Is trouble brewing in the Indian team between coach Anil Kumble and senior players led by captain Virat Kohli? Sources say Kohli and some other players aren't happy with Kumble's way of guiding the team.........Read more

CBI has ‘enough evidence’ against Karti Chidambaram: Report

CBI sources said that the investigation and documents in their possession showed that Karti was paid huge sums for facilitating approval from the finance ministry for foreign direct investment into INX Media in 2007........Read more

Here’s how Hindustan Unilever plans to counter the Patanjali threat

The rapid rise of yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved to a mammoth Rs 10,000 crore company within a span of a decade has clearly come as a big jolt to multi-nationals whose products had dominated the Indian market for years together. The promise of quality coupled with the allure of low pricing and initial word of mouth publicity has consolidated Patanjali’s presence in most Indian households.........Read more

13 Mumbai firms used banks to transfer Rs 2,252 crore abroad: CBI

THE CBI has filed an FIR against 13 firms, including a tax consultancy and market research entity registered at a one-room office in south Mumbai, and unknown public servants for allegedly using six banks to illegally transfer Rs 2,252 crore abroad between August 2015 and February 2016 through fraudulent imports.........Read more

17 banks could follow IDBI Bank in facing RBI’s restrictions on paying dividends, says Moody’s

Seventeen lenders could follow IDBI Bank Ltd. in facing Reserve Bank of India’s restrictions on paying dividends and may be asked by the regulator to raise more capital after a surge in soured debt led to slump in profitability, Moody’s Investors Service said.........Read more

First leave becomes his last: officer killed by militants

Lieutenant Umer Fayaz, 23, from the troubled region of Kulgam district, was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifles and had applied for leave to attend a cousin's wedding. He was on leave when he was picked up from his house at Harmein in Kulgam, 60 kilometres from here, last night. The body of the young officer was later found three kilometres from his house.........Read more

'Yeddyurappa is boss, rebellion has no place', BJP's message to Karnataka

The BJP's national secretary in charge of Karnataka, Muralidhar Rao minced no words in stating that rebellion has no place in the party. In a strict message to warring Karnataka leaders, Rao implied that B S Yeddyurappa was the boss in Karnataka and rebelling against him or the party would be considered indiscipline.........Read more

UP: Adityanath govt cancels 15 public holidays in schools, colleges

The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday cancelled 15 public holidays in marking the birth or death anniversary of eminent personalities. Most of the holidays had been declared by the previous Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) governments apparently to keep certain sections of the society in good humour, often with an eye on the vote bank.........Read more

Alternating skimpy sleep with sleep marathons hurts attention, creativity in young adults

Skimping on sleep, followed by "catch-up" days with long snoozes, is tied to worse cognition—both in attention and creativity—in young adults, in particular those tackling major projects, Baylor University researchers have found.........Read more

Railways eyes Rs 10,000 crore revenue boost via 2 lakh screens at stations

The Indian Railways is drawing up plans to roll out two lakh screens across the country, targeting revenue to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore in the next 10 years from this mega advertising platform.........Read more

Baahubali 2 event postponed after pro-Kannada groups protest, threaten to stall film’s release

Joint event of Baahubali 2 and FMCG major Britannia was reportedly postponed after protests by pro-Kannada groups at Maurya Circle in Bengaluru. The event was scheduled for April 20 for celebrating Baahubali 2’s association with Britannia. The pro-Kannada groups are also threatening to stall the release of the film, asking actor Sathyaraj, who plays the role of Kattappa in the film, to apologise for a controversial remark that he made nine years ago on Kannadigas.........Read more

IUML set to overhaul LDF in Malappuram bypoll

Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), the second major constituent of the Congress-led Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) appears set to overhaul the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) in all the seven Assembly segments in the Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency from where byelection results began pouring.........Read more

Erdogan wins Turkey referendum as opposition cries foul

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly won a historic referendum on Sunday that will tighten his grip on power, but the knife-edge result left the country bitterly divided and the opposition crying foul.........Read more

IIT-Kharagpur to launch MBBS course from 2019 with 50 students

A 400-bed hospital on the campus, which will act as a teaching facility, will start admitting patients from mid-2018. The institute will seek permission from the Medical Council of India only after the hospital starts functioning.........Read more

Kapil Sharma gets one month's time to put up his act together on The Kapil Sharma Show or face the axe

The channel has given Kapil Sharma one month time to put up everything together, if he manages to do so the channel will think about continuing with the show. However, looking at the current situation and dwindling TRPs this seems highly impossible for Kapil as Sunil Grover, Chandan Prabhakar, Ali Asgar and Sugandha Mishra are not in any mood to return.........Read more

Supreme Court refuses early hearing for Ram temple case SC

The Supreme Court today refused to give an early hearing to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case , on a plea by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy. After the court's refusal, Swamy said he was not happy. "So don't be happy," the top court said.........Read more

India Open 2017: Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu started slow but showed their class to win

It’s on the Siri Fort Stadium's courts that Saina has played some of her best badminton. She won the 2010 Commonwealth Games here after being a match point down and then picked up the 2015 India Open and with it the World No 1 ranking.........Read more

Ban triple talaq, group of Muslim women lawyers, activists urges PM Modi

They claimed women across India - in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, etc - were pained by the practice, and local courts and police officers are also not sympathetic to their woes. They said lack of education and respect for women was harming them and the government must address this issue appropriately.........Read more

NIA hunts for 5 men from T.N. who received IS funds

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is looking for six men who have gone off the radar after their names surfaced for receiving and sending funds on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) to establish its presence here.........Read more

Umar Khalid says Sehwag doesn’t represent India

Virender Sehwag played for BCCI, he does not represent India. The thousands of students and teachers who came out in Delhi University today, they represent India – a vision of a new India based on equality, justice and freedom.........Read more

Sony announces Xperia XA1, XA1 Ultra at MWC 2017

Sony's Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra, launched at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, come with a top-notch 23MP camera with 5x digital zoom and also house 64-bit class MediaTek Helio 20 octa-core processor.........Read more

BJP considering these four names for the next president of India

Who will be India’s next President? Initial discussions in the BJP have catapulted veteran party leader Murli Manohar Joshi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as top favourites. Informed sources, however, say the names of two other women politicians are also doing the rounds – Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu.........Read more

Britain may have to pay $63 billion to detach from EU

British Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to invoke the Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to leave the European Union before March this year. Negotiating the Brexit bill is expected to be one of the initial heated debates. Britain may have to pay a hefty $63 billion (approximately Rs 4.19 lakh crore) as its Brexit bill to detach itself from the European Union,........Read more

South Korea blames North Korea for its large stockpile of chemical and biological weapons

Malaysian police said Friday that a chemical weapon the toxic VX nerve agent was used to kill the estranged half brother of Pyongyang's absolute leader at the Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13. If North Korea's involvement is confirmed, this would be an unusual and extremely high-profile use of its chemicals in an assassination.........Read more

India to soon open its High Commission in Rwanda

Vice-President Hamid Ansari has assured the Indian diaspora in Rwanda that the government will soon open a High Commission in that country. Addressing the Indian community in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda, he said, India will also start a direct flight between the two countries. Mr Ansari is on a five-day …........Read more

India may reject an offer from EU over bilateral investment treaty

As India’s 31 March deadline to unilaterally terminate all existing investment treaties with partner countries draws closer, New Delhi is likely to reject an offer from the European Union (EU) to start negotiations for a stand-alone bilateral investment treaty (BIT) while negotiations for the comprehensive bilateral trade and investment agreement (BTIA) remain in limbo.........Read more

Crime scene photos of Kim Kardashian’s Paris robbery released

The photos, released by French network TFI show Kardashian’s bed inside the hotel, the bathroom where she was held during the robbery, and shots of duct tape and plastic ties that were used to restrain her. The network also showed surveillance footage of what it claimed were the alleged suspects.........Read more

Only NCERT books at all CBSE schools

CBSE schools will have to use NCERT textbooks from the 2017-18 academic session. While the move will standardize CBSE curriculum across the country, it will also provide relief to parents from purchasing textbooks from private publishers.........Read more

Eiffel Tower to be protected by bulletproof glass walls

The walls costing some 20 million euros ($21.4 million) will be erected this autumn at the northern and southern ends of the monument area. "The terror threat remains high in Paris, and the most vulnerable sites, starting with the Eiffel Tower, must be the object of special security measures," deputy mayor Jean-Francois Martins told a press conference.........Read more

I was forced into a deal with India, Jayewardene told U.S. envoy

Sri Lanka was forced into making a deal with India as its own armed forces had twice refused to “take Jaffna”, then President J.R. Jayewardene has been quoted as saying in a declassified document, nearly 30 years after the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) was deployed in the island nation.........Read more

IIT professor, who once taught Raghuram Rajan, may not accept Padma award

The Centre’s picks for the prestigious Padma awardees to be announced today on the eve of the Republic Day could see recognition for lesser known people who have made immense contribution to the society. Among the 120-odd people said to have been shortlisted........Read more

Robert Vadra-linked Skylight Hospitality accused of money laundering, CBI registers case; minister calls it big scam

Skylight Hospitality, a firm linked Congres president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, has come under CBI probe in an alleged case of money laundering. The case has been transferred to CBI by Haryana Government. “The matter has been handed over to CBI,” Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Saturday. Senior State Minister Anil Vij called it a ‘big scam’ with ‘no space to escape’. “Big case of corruption, and there is absolutely no way for escape. CBI probe will tell what is ahead,” Vij said. Earlier, the Rajasthan High Court had directed firm’s officials to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for interrogation and record their statement between January 4 and 6, 2017.........Read more

US Defence Bill Pledges USD 900m to Pakistan

The US House of Representatives has passed a defence bill that pledges USD 900 million in economic and other assistance to Pakistan, a significant portion of which is dependent of a Pentagon certification that the country is taking demonstrable steps against the dreaded Haqqani Network. The US National Defence Authorisation Act for fiscal year 2017 was passed in the House of Representatives on Friday. The bill limits the overall amount available for reimbursement to USD 1.1 billion, of which USD 900 million is available for reimbursement to Pakistan.........Read more

CPM works with different calculations when targeting Mamata Banerjee, as against others

This is not the first time that Banerjee has made an overture to the CPM in the hopes of setting aside ideological differences to fight the BJP.........Read more

Your Dog Is Even Smarter Than You Think, Study Reveals

A recent experiment conducted by Hungarian researchers revealed that dogs have episodic-like memory, usually associated with self-awareness.........Read more

Chinas Xi presses Philippines, Vietnam to keep South China Sea issues bilateral

Chinas President Xi Jinping, in separate meetings with the leaders of the Philippines and Vietnam, said disputes over the South China Sea should be resolved bilaterally, state media reported on Sunday.........Read more

India tells Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to ban sex determination ads

The Supreme Court has directed search engines Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to delete all pre-natal sex determination advertisements within 36 hours.........Read more

ISIS Has Turned Nimrud's Glory to Dust

Three millennia old heritage has been reduced to a pile of dirt in the last two months before ISIS was driven out of the site by Iraqi forces on Sunday.........Read more

US boosting cyber defenses, but not police presence, for election

Federal and state authorities are beefing up cyber defenses against potential electronic attacks on voting systems ahead of US elections on 8 Nov, but taking few new steps to guard against possible civil unrest or violence.........Read more

2016 Skoda Rapid Facelift Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs. 8.27 Lakh

Skoda India has launched the 2016 Rapid facelift in the country with prices starting at Rs. 8.27 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The facelifted model marks the most comprehensive upgrade the Rapid has received ever since it first arrived in 2011. With the latest upgrade, the Rapid now has styling and design cues in line with Skoda's new design language. The Rapid also gets an upgraded engine and new features as well.........Read more

Iran-trained militias join U.S.-backed campaign on Mosul, flying Shi'ite flags

By Babak Dehghanpisheh | AIN NASIR, Iraq AIN NASIR, Iraq Gun trucks and humvees streamed north on a highway heading to Mosul on Sunday flying the banners of Shi’ite militias along with Iraqi flags while blaring religious songs.The convoys were the first clear sign of a new player on the battlefield in the U.S.-backed offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State: Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a coalition of Shi'ite militias.Although it reports officially to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the coalition is mostly made up of groups trained by Iran and loyal to its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.They have close ties with General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Quds Brigade, the extra-territorial arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. He was seen touring the frontlines around Mosul last week.Among the banners that could be seen flying from artillery cannons, communication towers and buildings recently retaken from Islamic State were those of Kataib Hezbollah and Asaib Ahl al-Haq, two of the main Iranian-backed groups, alongside the Badr Organization, considered the largest. Dozens of holes dug on the side of the highway for several kilometres indicated how heavily mined the highway had been only a couple of days before and the efforts the force had gone through to clear the road.One of the first villages retaken by the PMF since announcing combat operations on Saturday was Ain Nasir, some 30 kilometres south of Mosul.One fighter who participated in the battle to retake the village on Saturday night said that Islamic State had put up little resistance and that fighters had taken several villagers hostage during their retreat, using them as human shields."We are fighting to push Daesh out of Iraq," said Adel Khiali, 26, a PMF fighter affiliated with the Badr Organization who was formerly an Iraqi army soldier........Read more

An Indian startup was able to raise $30 million because millennials don’t even want to own furniture

That’s the thinking that got India’s Furlenco $30 million in venture capital to (as the name implies) lend furniture. Ajith Mohan Karimpana, founder and CEO, told Tech Crunch that Indian millennials, like their counterparts abroad, emphasize experience over inanimate objects. They travel a lot and change jobs, so ownership’s impractical. But they’re not into slumming it either; Furlenco markets to the young and monied.........Read more

Despite Vaccine, Why Japanese Encephalitis Still Kills in Odisha

The current fatalities, after 24 people had died in 2012, have exposed the dark realities of the state of healthcare in Odisha. More than 21 villages in Sikhpali, Kalimela, Korkunda and Pandripani areas are in the grip of the disease that spreads through mosquito bites.........Read more

Apple iPhone 7: Hack iOS 10, win $1.5 million bounty

Apple is one of the biggest technology companies ever hacking its devices and operating systems is one of the toughest things to crack. There has always been a kind of stand off between hackers and tech companies, as security startups have begun to buy and sell exploits. This is a new system in which they get exclusive access to the companies vulnerabilities. One of these security startups Zerodium has announced and award of $ 1.5 million is someone can find a zero day exploit in the latest iOS 10.........Read more

Pakistan Inherited A Large Army That Needed A Threat If It Was To Be Maintained

Pakistan's share out of Partition comprised 21 per cent of British India's population 14 and 17 per cent of its revenue but as much as one-third of the large armed forces that had been raised by the British during the Second World War........Read more

Mumbai wealthiest city in India with total wealth of $820 billion: report

India's financial capital Mumbai,home to 45,000 millionaires and 28 billionaires, is the wealthiest city in the country with total wealth of USD 820 billion, says a report. According to New World Wealth, Mumbai is followed by Delhi and Bengaluru at the second and third place respectively. While Delhi, home to 22,000 millionaires and 18 billionaires has total wealth of USD 450 billion, Bengaluru boasts of a total wealth of USD 320 billion.........Read more

J-K: Five paramilitary troopers injured in militant attack in Kulgam

The police said that the suspected militants hurled a grenade at a road opening party of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) near Wanpoh village of Kulgam, some 60 km south of Srinagar.........Read more

Facebook issues apology for disabling accounts of several Palestinian Journalists

Facebook has apologised for disabling accounts of several Palestinian journalists and activists, saying "the pages were removed in error and restored as soon as we were able to investigate".........Read more

Why a lot of 'cool, young women' don't call themselves feminists

In a recent interview, author Arundhati Roy talked about her annoyance with "cool, young women" who say they are not feminists. "If you’re not a feminist," she admonishes, "go back into your veil, sit in the kitchen and take instructions. You don’t want to do that? Thank the feminists........Read more

Indian journalist asked to leave room by Pakistan Foreign Secretary in New York

An Indian journalist Namrata Brar, on Monday, was asked to leave the room in New York, where Pakistan's Foreign Secretary was conducting a press briefing.........Read more

India Will Be Fully Urbanised By 2050: Venkaiah Naidu

BRICS countries need to jointly address urban challenges in order to drive global economic recovery.........Read more

48 Million-Year-Old Snake Fossil Has A Lizard Inside With A Bug Inside It

Paleontologists have discovered an incredibly unusual fossil of an insect inside a lizard inside a snake, dating back around 48 million years.........Read more

Samsung India signs up Aam Aadmi Party for innovative product placement deal

Marketing gurus have been using product placement techniques for awhile now. Product placement according to the Business Dictionary is, “an advertising technique used by companies to subtly promote their products through a non-traditional advertising technique, usually through appearances in film, television, or other media”. Samsung India, the electronics major has taken this to new exciting [...]........Read more

Complete ban on polythene near national monuments from Oct 2

Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said there will be a complete ban on use of polythene in all national monuments and tourist destinations from 2nd October.........Read more

Apple iPhone 7 first look

Apple just announced the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with water resistance, dual cameras, no headphone jack, a new Force Touch home button, and a shiny black finish.........Read more

Hyundai Elite i20 Introduced With 1.4-Litre Petrol Automatic And 6 Airbags

Hyundai India has silently introduced new features and the much awaited automatic transmission on the Elite i20 to keep the sales momentum going, ahead of the festive season.........Read more

Hrithik Roshans Mohenjo Daro Was a Disaster Waiting to Happen

Mohenjo Daro, a colossal waste of cinematic resources, is an arrow that is already out of the quiver. The damage is done........Read more

Billionaire Hobbies: What The World's Richest Do In Their Free Time

The global billionaire population last year rose to a record 2,473, according to a study by wealth consulting firm Wealth-X. The combined wealth of the world's billionaires increased to $7.7 trillion, also a record.........Read more

Indian Weather App to help tourists visiting India

A mobile app named Indian Weather has been developed and tourists are being provided information on the weather condition of 325 cities in the country twice a day, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma said on Monday. Read more at ........Read more

Hypertension biggest global risk factor for stroke: Study

Hypertension is the single major risk factor for stroke, which is a highly preventable medical condition globally, irrespective of age and sex, reveals a study led by an Indian-origin researcher.........Read more

Manufacturing electric vehicle components in India can mitigate cost: Secretary

Girish Shankar sought feedback from the industry, saying it would help them create market and a self-sustainable model.........Read more

Apple iOS 10: 10 new features announced at WWDC 2016

iOS 10 comes with a whole variety of new enhancements and features. These include a redesigned lockscreen and notification center for overall better user experience, enhanced Apple Maps, Phone, Messages, Music and News apps, Siri API access for third party apps and more.........Read more

Another Chinese incursion: 250 soldiers entered Arunachal last week

In yet another incident of Chinese incursion, about 250 China's Peoples Liberation Army soldiers entered Arunachal Pradesh's east district of Kameng four days ago, defence sources said on Tuesday. The troops spent about three hours on this side of the border before going back to their territory.........Read more

Honda testing self-driving cars; aiming to complete by 2020

Honda testing self-driving cars; aiming to complete by 2020 - Honda is testing their autonomous vehicles at secure testing sites, in order to perfect their communication technology.........Read more

Veteran actor, theatre person Sulabha Deshpande no more

Veteran theatre and film actor Sulabha Deshpande, who had acted in numerous Marathi and Hindi films, died at her Mumbai residence today after a prolonged illness, family sources said.........Read more

Remove 'self-imposed' obstacle of terrorism: Modi tells Pakistan

'We are ready to take the first step, but the path to peace is a two-way street,' says Modi.........Read more

Rejoice, fans of soap opera football! Here’s what Mourinho at Manchester United

Mourinho’s return to the English Premier League is likely to assure a few things: The return of silverware to Old Trafford, the return of a solid back four to Manchester United and the return of bitterness to rivalries........Read more