Delhi Violence: President of Jamia alumni association remanded to 10 days police custody

A Delhi Court on Monday remanded Shifa-Ur-Rehman, currently the president of the Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI) to ten days police custody in conenction with a case related to the North-East Delhi violence. The police informed the court that protesters were receiving funds from the members of the alumni assocation of JMI university, most of who are based in Middle-East countries.........Read more

Odisha first Indian state to extend Covid-19 lockdown till April 30

Amid unconfirmed speculation about the nationwide lockdown due to end on April 14, Odisha has become the first Indian state to extend the ongoing lockdown. In a video statement on Thursday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that his government has decided to extend the lockdown period in Odisha till April 30. "During ongoing lockdown period amid Covid-19 crisis, your discipline and sacrifice has provided us the strength to fight Covid-19," said chief minister Patnaik.........Read more

PM Modi goes plogging in TN to spread message of cleanliness

"Plogging at a beach in Mamallapuram this morning. It lasted for over 30 minutes. Also handed over my 'collection' to Jeyaraj, who is a part of the hotel staff. Let us ensure our public places are clean and tidy! Let us also ensure we remain fit and healthy."........Read more

INX media case: Chidambaram grilled till midnight in CBI custody

After getting custody of former Union Minister P Chidambaram for five days, CBI officers wasted no time to grill him. After P Chidambaram returned from the CBI court, he was given tea around 7.15 PM. After that, he was asked about his role in FIPB approval. P Chidambaram said that he didn't remember and asked for documents regarding what was the relevant policy in that regard. He was provided all necessary documents, as per sources. Chidambaram read them for around 45 minutes and then answered questioned posed by the investigating officer. The detailed round of questioning continued till midnight. In between, he had homemade food and changed clothes, which came from his house. A special anti-corruption court on Thursday sent former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram to CBI custody till August 26 in the INX Media corruption case. In a 10-page order, Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar conceded CBI's plea for custodial interrogation of Chidambaram, observing that considering all facts and circumstances of the case, police remand is justified.The court, however, allowed family members and lawyers to meet the Congress leader for 30 minutes every day and that a medical examination should be done every 48 hours.........Read more

Hyundai Kona Electric Launched in India at Rs 25.30 Lakh, Buyers to Get 2 Chargers

The Hyundai Kona electric has been launched in India at an introductory price of Rs 25.30 lakh and the dual-tone option at Rs 25.50 lakh (both prices ex-showroom). In the current climate, the Kona stands with no immediate competition, allowing Hyundai to strengthen its foundation and set a benchmark for the upcoming electric vehicles in India. The Kona Electric onboard charger is capable of a 7.2 kW rate of charge for rapid recharging characteristics. Kona Electric is estimated to return a range of 452 km/charge (ARAI Certified). An 80% charge can be achieved in 57 minutes with DC quick charger (zero to 80 % charge at 50 kW), using the CCS Type II charging port, while a 7.2 kW Level-II charger takes 6 hours and 10 minutes. Here are all the charging options available with the Hyundai Kona Wall box charger (7.2 kW) - 6 hours for full charge and 50 km in 1 Hour Fast DC Charger - 80% in 57 minutes Portable home charger (3 pin socket) - 50 Km in 3 Hours Manav Sinha/ Kona Electric offers differentiated driving modes (Eco+, Eco, Comfort and Sport) optimize torque distribution, tailoring Kona Electric to a variety of driving preferences and purposes. In Sport mode, there is a greater emphasis on acceleration, while Eco+ and Eco modes progressively prioritize range over performance with more conservative power-delivery and deliver maximum Electric Range by brake regeneration. ........Read more

Former SPO Abducted, Killed by Terrorists in J&K's Shopian

In another act of terror, a former special police officer (SPO) Basharat Ahmad Wagay was killed after he was kidnapped by terrorists in Reban area of Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.........Read more

Bhima-Koregaon: Sambhaji Bhide ‘Spared’ by State Govt 6 Months Before Violence

Response to an RTI has revealed that Maharashtra government has withdrawn six riot cases against Sambhaji Bhide six months before the Bhima-Koregaon violence took place on January 1.........Read more

Inspiring! Para-Swimmer Satyendra Singh Becomes First Asian to Cross English Channel

Para-swimmer Satyendra Singh becomes the first para-swimmer to cross the English Channel. He also became the first Asian to achieve this feat. He covered the 34 km-long distance in 12 hours, 26 minutes. He shot to fame when he swam 36 km in the Arabian Sea.........Read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Toni Kroos' Late Heroics Against Sweden Save Germany From Humiliation

Toni Kroos rescued holders Germany from the brink of an unthinkable early World Cup exit, curling home a sensational winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win over Sweden.........Read more

The European Union (EU) has introduced retaliatory tariffs of $2.8bn on US goods such as bourbon whiskey, motorcycles and orange juice

The duties on €2.8bn (£2.4bn) worth of US goods came into force on Friday. Tariffs have been imposed on products such as bourbon whiskey, motorcycles and orange juice. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said duties imposed by the US on the EU go against "all logic and history".........Read more

Free Home And Rs 5 Lakh For Surrendering Maoists, Announces Kerala Govt

The Kerala government on Wednesday has announced a rehabilitation deal in which a house and lump sum payment of up to Rs. 5 lakh will be given to those who want to give up Maoist operations and are willing to surrender and reintegrate themselves into the mainstream. The A grade Maoists who are on the top of the hierarchy would be given Rs 5 lakh and Category 2A and 2B would get Rs 3 lakh each on surrender.........Read more

Puducherry LG Kiran Bedi withdraws controversial 'no toilet, no rice' order after political outrage

After huge outrage, and facing flak from political parties, Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on Saturday withdrew a controversial announcement threatening to suspend supply of free rice to villagers in the union territory, if the villages failed to get a certificate stating they were open-defecation free and garbage free before May 31.........Read more

11 children killed in bus-train collision in Uttar Pradesh

As many as 11 children were killed this morning when the school vehicle they were in collided with a moving train at an unmanned rail crossing near Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath is said to be rushing to Kushinagar and the accident site for an on-the-spot assessment. He expressed his deepest condolences, and directed the district administration to provide all help and medical aid to the injured. He also declared an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs and directed an inquiry into the cause of the accident.........Read more

SC notice to government on petition to outlaw Section 377

The Supreme Court asked the government to respond to a plea by a hotelier to strike down the colonial Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises homosexuality. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra issued notice to the Centre on the plea by the Lalit Suri hospitality group head Kesav Suri, seeking the ‘Right to choice of sexual orientation’ to be declared as part of the fundamental right to life and personal liberty under Article 21 of the Constitution.........Read more

Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu rejects Opposition notice to impeach chief justice Dipak Misra

Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu today rejected the Congress-led opposition parties' notice to impeach the chief justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra. Congress leaders said over the weekend that the party is considering moving the Supreme Court if the notice to impeach is rejected. They said if the Upper House chairman did not find merit in the notice for the impeachment, the decision could call for a judicial review.........Read more

Union Cabinet clears ordinance on death penalty to child rapists

In the wake of outrage over the brutal rape and murder of a minor in Kathua, Jammu & Kashmir, the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday approved an ordinance to allow courts to pronounce the death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age.........Read more

Tamil Nadu parties oppose IPL matches in Chennai over Cauvery issue

Tamil Nadu parties said IPL organisers should consider the plight of farmers and protests over the Centre’s delay in constituting a board to resolve the decades-old Cauvery water-sharing dispute with Karnataka.........Read more

Facebook launches bulk app removal tool to clean up your privacy settings

Facebook now lets you bulk remove third-party apps, and any and all posts those apps may have published on your behalf, a welcome privacy change that should make it easier to strip access to your profile from services you no longer use. The change, precipitated by the ongoing Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, is part of a series of sudden changes Facebook is making to mitigate fallout from the revelation that third-party developers have had generous access to users’ data and could use it in ways Facebook had little to no control over. ........Read more

Cong's Tehseen Poonawalla tweets about MP Renuka Chowdhury's 'arrogance'

Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla slammed party MP Renuka Chowdhury's "arrogance" after she was found laughing during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech in Parliament as "Honest as truly the Congress 's most ardent supporter, I have to concede the Renuka Chowdhury ' s & Mani Shankar 's are a liability to the party. Their arrogance keeps costing the Cong. This is the party of Gandhi Nehru & stalwarts .. that laughter in the Upper House made me squirm."........Read more

Maldives president declares war on SC, court seeks India help

The Maldives was teetering on the brink of military rule on Sunday with the Abdulla Yameen government looking to stifle the country's supreme court. Highly placed sources in the Maldivian apex court, even as they beseeched India and other democratic countries for help, told that Yameen was looking to sack SC judges, including chief justice Abdulla Saeed, by filing false cases against them.........Read more

All 11,000 trains, 8,500 stations to have CCTV surveillance

The Railways will make a provision of around Rs 3,000 crore in its budget for 2018-19 to install CCTV systems in all 11,000 trains -- including premier and suburban services -- and all the 8,500 stations in the Indian rail network, to provide safety and security at rail premises.........Read more

84 McDonald’s restaurants in north, east India to reopen this week

Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt. Ltd (CPRL), the north and east India licence of American fast food chain McDonald’s Corp., will reopen all 84 restaurants which were closed earlier in December on supply constraints by the end of this week.........Read more

UK eases rules, gives students more flexibility for work visas

As per the new rules, foreign students can switch over to Tier-2 visa (or skilled worker visa) as soon as they complete their course. According to current norms, they must wait until they obtain a degree to apply for the Tier-2 visa. This gave students only a small timeframe to find a job while still in the UK.........Read more

Ernest Amuzu Threatens Vijender Singh, Says Will Leave Him Beaten And Broken

Ahead of his bout with Indian star boxer Vijender Singh, African Champion Ernest Amuzu has threatened to leave him “beaten and broken”. The two will clash at Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur on December 23. Amuzu, who holds a good record of 25 fights with 23 wins (21 Knockouts) and two loss having played 122 rounds of professional boxing, is training very hard to defeat Vijender at his home ground.........Read more

Softbank Offers Flipkart Shares Buyout At $10 Bn Valuation

Indian ecommerce major Flipkart can soon part with more of its stake in hands of Japanese conglomerate Softbank. The Masayoshi Son led company has proposed the existing early-stage investors of Flipkart and its employees to sell their shares for $85-$89 a piece. The transaction will put Flipkart’s valuation at $10 Bn, which is a bit low, as compared to the existing $11.6 Bn valuation.........Read more

Over 210 government websites made details of Aadhaar beneficiaries public: UIDAI

More than 200 central and state government websites publicly displayed details such as names and addresses of some Aadhaar beneficiaries, the Unique Identification Authority of India has said.........Read more

South China Sea dispute: India supports rules-based security architecture, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called for intensifying regional cooperation to effectively deal with terrorism and pitched for a rules-based security architecture for the resource-rich region, seen as a veiled reference to China's expansionist posturing in the Indo-Pacific.........Read more

Chennai Rains Resume After Brief Halt, Authorities Urge People to Stay at Home; Helpline Numbers Issued

Rains resumed in some parts of Chennai after a brief relief on Friday morning. While schools and colleges remained shut, some private offices have also declared a holiday due to incessant downpour and heavy waterlogging in many areas.........Read more

Rajasthan Assembly passes bill raising OBC quota to 26%

The BJP government’s decision grants five per cent reservation to the five "most backward" OBC communities, which includes Gujjars and four other communities that were earlier grouped as the special backward classes (SBC).........Read more

North Korea says Trump has 'lit the wick of war' - Times of India

North Korea has test-fired several missiles and conducted what it said was a test explosion of a hydrogen bomb as it advances toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the US mainland.........Read more

Saying sorry makes rejection worse, says study

The research, conducted by the Dartmouth College discovered that issuing a sorry can make the rejected person feel like they need to offer forgiveness, even if their feelings do not match up. This may lead to the wounded person wanting to take revenge.........Read more

IDBI Bank moves Supreme Court to restore insolvency case against Jaypee Infratech

New Delhi: IDBI Bank moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking restoration of insolvency proceedings against Jaypee Infratech Ltd. This comes a day after the apex court stayed an order passed in August by the Allahabad bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), which initiated insolvency proceedings against Jaypee Infratech.........Read more

Facebook just bid $600 million to stream Indian cricket matches. Will it try NFL games next?

In case you had any doubts about how serious Mark Zuckerberg is about video, this ought to help: Facebook just tried to pay $600 million for a five-year-deal to stream Indian cricket matches. But the fact that Facebook was willing to put up that kind of money is a big, bold declaration that the company will write real checks in order to get its hands on must-see sports content.........Read more

Volkswagen to introduce Vento ALLSTAR edition

The ALLSTAR limited edition is based on the Comfortline trim and will be available in both petrol & diesel engine options. Like the Polo ALLSTAR limited edition, the Vento ALLSTAR limited edition will also be available in new Blue Silk paint shade.........Read more

Airtel takes on Jio, to launch bundled 4G smartphone for Rs 2,500

Indian telecom major Bharti Airtel is firming up plans to take on its latest rival Reliance Jio and retain its depleting market share in India’s telecom industry. According to reports, Airtel is in advanced talks with handset makers to introduce a 4G smartphone for about Rs 2,500.........Read more

China calls Sushma Swaraj a liar, says US support to India 'illusory'

The Chinese state media has lashed out at India's External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj and called her a liar. China's mouthpiece Global Times said that, "India's invasion of Chinese territory is a plain fact. New Delhi's impetuous action stuns the international community. No other country will support India's aggression," the report said.........Read more

Driver Drove The Bus For A Km Through Bullets, Says Amarnath Yatri

"We were in the bus when firing was on from all the sides; the driver drove the bus for a kilometer. It was pitch-dark and we could see nothing," said Bhagya Mani from her bed at the Anantnag district hospital.........Read more

New Drug Gives Skin a 'Natural Tan,' Without the UV Rays

In the study, researchers applied this drug to human skin samples in a lab dish and found that it darkened the skin, because it spurred production of the pigment melanin. And the drug doesn't damage DNA as the sun's UV rays do.........Read more

Around 2,000 NGOs yet to validate FCRA designated accounts, says govt

Around 2,000 NGOs and institutions have not validated their foreign contribution designated accounts with banks, prompting the government to ask them to do it in a fortnight.........Read more

RSS is not just about Hindutva politics; secularists can learn much more from it

The saffron camp is often accused of targeting people who do not belong to the upper castes but in Ahmednagar, the RSS sets up hostel for tribal students. The RSS has also accomplished a water-conservation project in Eknathwadi which has resolved the crisis of drinking water in the region. Zavar also did not forget to mention the name of Suresh Khanapurkar, the RSS messiah who has completely transformed the drought-hit Shirpur taluka of Dhule district in north-western Maharashtra.........Read more

Why Uddhav Thackeray's call for tearing Pakistan into pieces is dangerous for India

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "tear Pakistan into pieces" at a recent gathering of his party's workers in Mumbai. Reflecting the prevalent mood of the nation in the wake of the mutilation of two Indian jawans by the Pakistani forces in Jammu and Kashmir (though the Pakistanis denied committing such an atrocious act later), Thackeray said the BJp should strengthen the country and not just itself and hence the prescription.........Read more

A Complacent Bollywood Needs to Wake Up to Baahubali's Success

Baahubali with its two parts is also a fitting rejoinder to the notions that the Hindi film industry has built up over the years. Not only in its success, Rajamouli’s film is also a wake-up call for complacent creative folks in Bollywood that the status-quo is not the gospel truth, but a myth that can be broken.........Read more

Banning pre-natal sex determination sites does not curtail right to Internet access: Supreme Court

The court noted that search engines Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have accepted before it that they would not sponsor any such advertisements and would play a “cooperative role” so that the law enacted by Parliament to prevent sex selection and enhance the sex ratio is “respected”.........Read more

Indians With US Visas Will Get UAE Visa On Arrival

n its bid to advance the economic and political relations with India, the UAE govt. has formulated a new law which facilitates the Indian passport holders having a valid US visa or a Green Card to be eligible to obtain a UAE visa on arrival. The visa will be valid for 14 days and it is subjected for a single renewal for another two weeks upon payment of applicable fee.........Read more

‘Make Rahul famous for losing 27 elections’, student tells Guinness Book

"Ever since Rahul Gandhi became the vice-president of the Congress Party, the grand old party has lost 27 elections... He has no recognition apart from the fact that he is a part of the Gandhi family. So this endeavour of mine is intended to fetch some fame for him on the international platform. My form has been accepted. Rest there is a procedure to follow, which will be done as soon as they contact me,"........Read more

BJP elects firebrand leader Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh CM

Central observers - Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and national general secretary Bhupendra Yadav -- are present at the meeting to elect the chief minister. According to reports, firebrand BJP MP Yogi Adityanath has been elected as the leader of the BJP legislative party.........Read more

Your daily cup of tea may be key to reduce risk of dementia: study

Compounds such as catechins and theaflavins in the tea leaves are considered to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.........Read more

NASA may send astronauts back to Moon during Donald Trump's first term in office

US President Donald Trump seems to have taken a great interest in upcoming space explorations, particularly, in manned lunar landing mission. As per reports, Trump wants to put a team of astronauts on the moon during his first term in office - probably within three years, by 2020.........Read more

BJP win may give Ganga a new life

It is expected to expedite various projects under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Namami Gange’ programme through better coordination and monitoring while leaving no excuse for inaction on the ground.........Read more

Chennai team taps AI to read Indus Script

Ronojoy Adhikari of The Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Satish Palaniappan, who is at Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, have developed a “deep-learning” algorithm that can read the Indus script from images of artefacts such as a seal or pottery that contain Indus writing.........Read more

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales trailer released: Will Jack Sparrow die in final adventure?

The trailer says this is the final adventure, thereby confirming that Dead Men Tell No Tales is the final film featuring Jack Sparrow, and speculations are rife that the action-packed movie might end with Jack Sparrow's death.........Read more

Panneerselvam camp requested President to set up a probe over Jayalalitha's death

A delegation of AIADMK MPs owing allegiance to rebel leader O Panneerselvam today called on President Pranab Mukherjee and sought a probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.........Read more

Finally White House reacts to the death of Indian Techie

The White House has said that early reports regarding the apparent hate crime were "disturbing". The statement comes on a day when Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar embarks upon a four-day visit to the US to discuss the issues of H-1B visas and reports of violence against Indians.........Read more

After Jallikattu supporters, now circus owners to come together against animal NGOs like PETA

Now circus owners form across the country have come together to safeguard circus industry which, they claim, has been suffering due to unfair treatment meted out to them by animal NGOs. Recently, on January 21, the supporters of bullock cart race had gathered in Chakan, Pune, to protest against animal organisation PETA and its stand on Jallikattu and bullock cart races.........Read more

We need 'solid evidence' to back India's efforts to ban Masood Azhar at UN: China

Ahead of its strategic dialogue with India, China on Friday said "solid evidence" was needed for it to back efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN. Foreign secy S Jaishankar and China's executive vice-foreign minister Zhang Yesui will hold new round of dialogue in Beijing on Feb 22.........Read more

527,000 taxpayers explain cash deposits after note ban

The income tax department has received responses from more than 5,27,000 taxpayers by February 12 about the source of their money deposited in old currencies during November 8 and December 30, 2016. The Department had identified 1.8 million taxpayers in its Operation Clean through data mining and asked them to submit responses about the source of their deposits. ........Read more

IAF to induct AWACS system at Aero India 2017

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is all set to induct the first indigenously developed all-weather airborne early warning and control (AWACS) system on February 14. India has only three Phalcon airborne warning and control system (AWACS), which uses the Israeli early-warning radars mounted in domes on top of IL-76 aircraft.........Read more

Peugeot acquired Hindustan Motors Ambassador brand for 80 crore

“We have executed an agreement with the Peugeot SA Group for the sale of the brand Ambassador, including the trademarks... We intend to use the proceeds from the sale to clear dues of employees and lenders,” a CK Birla Group spokesperson said.........Read more

How life survives: Researchers confirm basic mechanism of DNA repair

Day in and day out, in our bodies, the DNA in cells is damaged for a variety of reasons, and thus intercellular DNA-repair systems are fundamental to the maintenance of life. Now scientists from the UNC School of Medicine have confirmed and clarified key molecular details of one of these repair systems, known as nucleotide excision repair.........Read more

CoBRA commandos not missing: CRPF says jawans went home without permission

“Since they were early as per their scheduled programme, they decided on their own to avail Saturday and Sunday to visit their home without prior permission from competent authority,” the CRPF said in a statement.........Read more

UN removes Hekmatyar from designated terrorists list

The UN has removed Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar from its list of designated terrorists, lifting the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo imposed on the insurgent leader who has signed a peace pact with the government.........Read more

Bigg Boss 10: THIS is how much each commoner contestant used to earn every week!

But this year, when the makers introduced the commoners vs celebrities theme, there was vast disparity in their pay scales too. The commoners were not given any signing amount and were only paid a meagre Rs 25000 for surviving the show every week.........Read more

Close shave for tourists as lions attack vehicle in Karnataka bio-park

Two lions attacked a safari vehicle in Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) last week. None of the visitors was, however, injured. This is the second time the same vehicle has been attacked.........Read more

Goldman Sachs CEO takes lead on Wall Street in slamming Trump travel ban

In a voicemail to employees on Sunday, Blankfein said diversity was a hallmark of Goldman’s success, and if the temporary freeze became permanent, it could create “disruption” for the bank and its staff. “This is not a policy we support, and I would note that it has already been challenged in federal court, and some of the order has been enjoined at least temporarily."........Read more

Stoinis stranded short of incredible heist

Kane Williamson held his nerve, ran the last man out with a direct hit and stopped Marcus Stoinis seven runs short of pulling off the most miraculous of Australian chases in an Eden Park ODI.........Read more

Vigil tightened in Delhi after reports of 7 terrorists seen in army uniform

Security has been tightened at the Delhi airport after reports emerged that seven terrorists have managed to get army uniform worn by personnel of captain and subedar rank.........Read more

Nokia granted patent for folding smartphone design, but don't expect a foldable smartphone soon

Nokia has been granted a patent for what appears to be a folding phone that can potentially be packed into something that’s not unlike a cosmetic compact used by women. The display of the phone apparently opens up to its full length when the case is opened. When folded, the display curves rather than folds, making it a single unit. The internals of the “phone” haven’t been laid out in the patent application. It’s also worth noting that the patent was awarded to Nokia Corporation rather than HMD Global, which actually owns the rights to the Nokia brand name.........Read more

‘It’s obscene’: Eight men own half the world’s wealth, says Oxfam study

Eight men own the same wealth as half the world’s population, a level of inequality which “threatens to pull our societies apart”, Oxfam said on Monday ahead of the World Economic Forum opening in Davos.........Read more

Unfortunately we have 'political worshippers' of black money, graft making our politics, society hollow: Modi

We want to turn 'brain-drain' into 'brain-gain' and your support in this is very important. NRIs and PIOs have made outstanding contributions to their chosen fields. The welfare and safety of all Indians abroad is our top priority. The security of Indian nationals abroad is of utmost importance to us. Directed embassies to be pro-active towards needs and problems of Indian community abroad.........Read more

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval Likely To Attend US President-Elect Donald Trump’s Inauguration

Kumar further revealed that Ajit Doval will attend the function as a ‘special invitee’. Kumar currently is in India to discuss Indo-US ties in the area of economics under the Trump administration. He addd that Doval recently visited USA to meet NSA designate Michael Flynn. “It was a fruitful meeting. Doval is expected to attend few events surrounding the inauguration as a special invitee, ” Kumar, also a community organiser for Trump’s campaign........Read more

5.5-magnitude quake strikes near Japan's east coast: USGS

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit near Japan's east coast today, the US Geological Survey said. The moderate quake hit at a shallow depth of 11 kilometres (6.8 miles), 244 kilometres northeast of Tokyo, just after 5:00 am (local time). Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year. But rigid building codes and strict enforcement mean even strong tremors often do little damage.........Read more

Would you live underwater?

"This is an original idea, to have a boat villa with a submerged floor where you can experience the feeling of stepping down into the master bedroom, be in contact directly with the walls, and see the reef, the marine life all around you -- you're surrounded by it," says the project's architect, Gianfranco Rasile.........Read more

Pakistan to release 439 Indian fishermen

Pakistan-India Peoples' Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) spokesperson Jatin Desai said that while 220 fishermen would be back on Sunday, the remaining 219 would return on January 5, 2017.........Read more

When China bullies its neighbors, India gets more muscular

IThis latest spat comes just as Mongolia, which has been suffering from an economic downturn since the boom in commodities turned into a bust, was negotiating a $4.2 billion loan from Beijing. After the Dalai Lama’s visit to Ulaanbaator, China has suspended all diplomatic talks indefinitely, and Mongolia has decided to shift to a discussion with the IMF and Delhi to obtain the needed cash. Vikas Swarup, of India’s ministry of external affairs, has pledged that India is “ready to work with Mongolian people in this time of their difficulty.”........Read more

Ban all liquor shops on all national, state highways from April 1

Starting April 1, there will be no liquor shops on national or on state highways, the Supreme Court ordered today. The apex court set April 1 as the deadline to ensure all such shops on all highways are shut.The order was on a public interest litigation filed by an NGO called 'Arrive Safe'.........Read more

Sneaky virus 'goes easy on women to infect kids'

At least one kind of virus has become less lethal when targeting a woman to ensure she does not die before it can infect her offspring, according to a study released Tuesday.........Read more

LG V20 officially launched in India: Price, specifications, and features

LG V20 smartphone has been launched in India today, and the price is Rs 54,999. LG V20 shall be available across India starting December 6 through retail stores and online exclusively at Amazon. The price of the phone was earlier leaked by retailers, but LG had refused to confirm it at the time. LG V20 runs Android Nougat straight out of the box, and the company will be hoping that this phone does better that the G5, which didn’t set the market on fire. LG is giving away free Bang & Olufsen headphones with the smartphone and it is launched the 64GB storage version in India........Read more

Alibaba is not reportedly buying Snapdeal

This follows reports from yesterday which suggested that Alibaba was looking to buy Snapdeal for $2 billion, ahead of its consumer business foray in India early next year. Alibaba is an investor in Snapdeal, having led a $500 million funding round into the online marketplace along with Foxconn and SoftBank in August last year. ........Read more

Demonetisation: Currency recall could cost India a massive Rs 1.28 lakh crore

The transaction cost of the government's demonetisation exercise is projected to be about Rs 1.28 lakh crore during the 50-day window till December 30, 2016, according to CMIE estimates.........Read more

RBI introduces incremental cash reserve ratio of 100 per cent

In an attempt to absorb some of the surplus liquidity available in the banking system, the Reserve Bank of India on Saturday asked banks to maintain an incremental cash reserve ratio of 100%, effective the fortnight ended November 26.........Read more

Demonetisation: Currency recall could cost India a massive Rs 1.28 lakh crore, says CMIE

The overall cost could be much higher. The demonetisation invalidated 86% of the Rs 17.8 lakh crore of currency that was in circulation on October 28.........Read more

12 Fascinating Images That Show How Humans Would Look Like If They Evolved From Different Animals

Charles Le Brun, a painter, art theorist and philosopher from France, took an interest in the study of the relationship between facial features and character. In his work, ‘Treatise on Facial Expression’, he depicted fascinating images showing what humans would have looked like if they had evolved from different animals. The result is really quite bizarre, but well worth a look.........Read more

Global Renergy Self Charging Electric Bicycle Prototype: Review

One of the first things we are taught in Physics is that energy is constant and can nether be created nor destroyed. And energy is what we need to move about from point to point, whether in the form of petrol and electric powered vehicles or your own two feet. The way you utilise energy can be the difference between how quickly and efficiently you get to a place and of course, in a world where energy needs are higher than ever and clean renewable energy is the calling of the day, there are bound to be a few good ideas.........Read more

SP feud benefits Akhilesh; he's more popular than Mulayam, shows survey

The ongoing feud in the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Yadav clan seems to have benefited Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who has emerged stronger than ever, an international polling agency's survey revealed on Friday.........Read more

Volkswagen Reveals 7 Seater SUV Atlas

It was back when we drove the Volkswagen Tiguan this year that we told about the flexibility of the MQB platform and also the fact that thought the Tiguan was a 5-seater Volkswagen is working on a 7-seat variant as well and here it is. Its called the Atlas and yes its been unveiled close to a month after Skoda launched its first SUV the Kodiaq.........Read more

Pak diplomat met ‘spies’ every month, gave them tasks to extract information

Diplomat Mehmood Akhtar used to give a specific task to the two alleged spies - Maulana Ramzan Khan (50) and Subhash Jangir (37) - who would then contact personnel from the paramilitary and army to take out the required information. Their area of operation was in the border areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat.........Read more

India inches up a notch in WB ease of business ranking

India improved its position to 130 in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business 2017 report. Improving India’s ranking in the report has been a key target of the government headed by Prime Minister Nar........Read more

Call centre scam: Mastermind fled to Gulf during police raid

Crime branch teams raided seven call centres at Mira Road in adjoining Thane district, in the multi-crore scam involving cheating of US citizens.........Read more

Is all well with Assange? Mystery swirls around his status at Ecuador embassy

Midway through releasing a series of damaging disclosures about US presidential contender Hillary Clinton, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his hosts at the Ecuadorean embassy in London abruptly cut him off from the internet.........Read more

Bengaluru Based Postman Raises $7 Mn Series A Funding From Nexus Venture Partners

Bengaluru-based startup Postman, which offers a platform for teams developing APIs, has secured $7 Mn Series A Funding from Nexus Venture Partners. “We created Postman to address issues that...........Read more

FIR Lodged Against Sakshi Dhoni And Three Others In A Multi-Crore Fraud Case

The report states that the FIR has booked Sakhi and three others under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and that the case has been registered by Dennis Arora, who is a resident of Nirvana Country township in Gurugram.........Read more

Mamata Banerjee to return land to Singur farmers today

In 2006, protests against Singur land acquisition became the starting point of a turnaround journey for Mamata Banerjee........Read more

The AAP Anthem

For all you budding musicians out there, here are the lyrics of an AAP anthem submitted by one of our intrepid reporters. If you manage to make a song out of it, send it over to us.........Read more

Reliance Jio 4G plans: Here's all you need to know

Jio has announced a new Welcome Offer, which will let you continue to enjoy the 90 days benefits (free voice, apps, and 4G LTE data) that were announced in the Preview, until December 31, 2016. Jio data plans have been optimised to cost as low as 5 paise/MB, which would mean up to Rs 50 for 1GB.........Read more

‘Criminalising marital rape complicated’: Centre tells HC

The Centre on Monday told the Delhi high court that if marital rape is brought under law, “the entire family system will be under great stress” and defended the penal code provision that protects husbands from being tried for the rape of their wives.........Read more

16 Indian Army Facts That Will Make Every Indian Proud

Here are some of Indian army facts that will make every Indian proud of their country and of those people who live and die for the welfare of our country. The Indian Army is the largest part of the Indian armed forces, commanded by the President of India . We all know about the sacrifices they make for our nation but only a few know about the reality of their existence and their triumphant achievements. We know them for their bravery, exhilarating performance and fearless persona but these facts will make you even prouder than you already are of them. #Hatsoff........Read more

Missing IAF AN-32: Ship finds 75 pieces of debris 200 nautical miles off Chennai

A ship found 75 linear pieces of debris, suspected to be parts of the missing IAF AN-32 plane, 200 nautical miles off Chennai coast.........Read more

How Modern Technology is Improving Health Care (Genome and Algorithms)

Learn how modern technology can improve our health care through genome testing using Integrated Health Care Software.........Read more

GST Bill: Nitish Kumar’s googly on Congress clears the way ahead for Modi govt

Nitish Kumar’s googly shows grouping of powerful regional satraps in favour of the GST that will further mount pressure on the Congress to fall in line........Read more

Germany Mulls Mandatory Black Box for Autonomous Cars

Germany is ruminating a new legislation that will require cars equipped with autonomous driving function to come fitted with a black box.........Read more

Kashmir protests: Pellets take a toll, 92 eye surgeries and counting

Pellet guns have been regularly used to quell protests in Kashmir since 2010, when the state police introduced them as “non-lethal weapon”, their use has increased over the years.........Read more

Ram temple in Ayodhya was demolished by Aurangzeb: Book

At a time when the Ayodhya issue is back in spotlight ahead of the UP polls next year, a book penned by a former IPS officer has claimed that the Ram temple was not demolished during the reign of Babar but of Aurangzeb.........Read more

Double whammy for Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government! Gopal Rai resigns & 21 MLAs face disqualification; Congress & BJP hit out

Gopal Rai resigned citing health reasons and the party's 21 MLAs face disqualification following President Pranab Mukherjee rejection of Delhi government Bill on dual posts.........Read more

Files related to 'fodder scam' in Bihar go missing

Important files related to the Bihar Animal and Fisheries Resources Department office in Patna have reportedly gone missing. According to sources, the missing files are said to be linked to the mid-1990s fodder scam. An FIR has been registered at........Read more

Microsoft Sells 1500 Patents to Xiaomi to Start Long-term Partnership

The deal also includes a patent cross-licensing arrangement and a commitment by Xiaomi to install copies of Microsoft software, including Office and Skype, on its phones and tablets.........Read more