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India's COVID-19 tally crosses 10 lakh mark, records highest single-day spike of 34,956 cases

The total positive cases stand at 10,03,832 including 3,42,473 active cases, 6,35,757 cured/discharged/migrated and 25,602 deaths, according to the Ministry. As per the Ministry, Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state from the coronavirus infection with a total of 2,84,281 COVID-19 cases and 11,194 fatalities. While Tamil Nadu has a tally of 1,56,369 cases and 2,236 deaths due to COVID-19. Delhi has reported a total of 1,18,645 cases and 3,545 deaths due to COVID-19. ........Read more

Try These Refreshing Summer Drinks To Beat Scorching Heat

Staying hydrated is the most important factor to deal with the blistering heat. Enjoying your favourite beverages to beat the heat and proper hydration to the body sounds like a great idea. But these beverage delights come loaded with sugar and calories. Sugary beverage intake is significantly associated with a number of health issues. Even WHO guideline recommend adults and children should reduce their daily intake of free sugar to less than 10 percent of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5 percent or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits.........Read more

Manu Sharma, Jessica Lal's Killer, Freed 3 Years Early From Jail

Jessica Lal killer Manu Sharma, serving a life term in one of the most high-profile crimes in the country, has been freed from prison three years early for "satisfactory jail conduct". He was released along with 18 other prisoners from Delhi's Tihar Jail on Monday. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal signed off on the decision after a recommendation by the Delhi Sentence Review Board, which is a Delhi Government department. The board unanimously recommended freeing Manu Sharma at a meeting last month chaired by Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain.........Read more

RBI Writes off Nearly Rs 69,000 Crore Loans, Including Those of Top Defaulters Mehul Choksi & Vijay Mallya

Outstanding loans amounting to Rs 68,607 crore of top 50 wilful bank loan defaulters in the country including firms of Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya have been technically written off till September 30, 2019, the Reserve Bank of India said in a RTI reply. Absconding dimantaire Choksi's company Gitanjali Gems tops the list of these defaulters with a whopping amount of Rs 5,492 crore, according to the list. This is followed by REI Agro with Rs 4,314 crore and Winsome Diamonds with Rs 4,076 crore. ........Read more

Islamophobia or exaggeration? Why Western media is another virus plaguing India during Covid-19 outbreak

The fresh accusations of Islamophobia stem from the public outrage that was ignited after a single event held in mid-March by the shadowy, terrorist-linked Islamist organization Tablighi Jamaat (TJ) became a superspreader for the Covid-19 virus. India’s Health Ministry reported on April 18 that 30 percent of coronavirus cases reported in the country thus far had been linked to the TJ’s Nizamuddin Markaz event in Delhi, which went ahead in open defiance of government advisories and a national lockdown aiming to curb the spread of the infection. ........Read more

Automakers halt production in India due to coronavirus

India’s biggest automaker Maruti Suzuki India and peers including Mahindra & Mahindra, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) as well as Hyundai Motor Co said they will halt car production in the country due to the coronavirus outbreak. The move comes after automakers shut plants last week in Europe, the United States, Canada and Mexico as the global death toll from coronavirus exceeded 13,000. Sport-utility vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra said it aims to start making ventilators for coronavirus patients at its manufacturing plants, mirroring similar efforts by other automakers including Ferrari and Fiat. ........Read more

No professional cricket in England and Wales before May 28

There will be no professional cricket in England or Wales until at least May 28 in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the ECB announced on Friday (March 20). Instead, work has begun on modelling out potential revised schedules to start the season in either June, July and August. "The decision to delay the start of the season has been essential, given the circumstances the nation faces. With the information available to us at the moment a delay to the start of the professional cricket season until May 28 was unavoidable. ........Read more

Kids and Elderly Barred, Use of Mics Prohibited; With Tweaks, Shaheen Bagh Protest to Continue on 'Janata Curfew'

In the wake of the novel coronavirus, which has killed more  than 10,000 people globally,  anti-CAA agitators at Shaheen Bagh have decided that no protester will now be allowed to sit at the site for more than four hours. Besides, no children or elderly person will be allowed to participate in the sit-in as preventative measures against the spread of the virus.........Read more

Delhi cop killed in anti-CAA clashes ahead of Trump's visit, Kejriwal appeals for peace

Tension escalated in northeast Delhi with protesters torching at least two houses and a fire tender in the Jaffrabad and Maujpur areas, where pro and anti-CAA groups clashed for the second consecutive day on Monday and hurled stones at each other. Violence was also reported from the Chandbagh area in Jaffrabad. Police fired tear gas shells and also resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the protesters. According to officials, a fire tender was damaged by the protesters after it responded to a fire call in the area. A head constable was also killed during clashes, said Delhi police. Ratan Lal was attached to the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gokulpuri, officials said. Several police personnel have also been injured in the clashes. The Delhi Metro closed entry and exit at the Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur stations as an uneasy calm prevailed in the area.........Read more

Did Nehru Not Want Patel In Cabinet? Here’s What The Author Says In Book Which Started The Entire Debate 

Indian Twitter today woke up to an interesting exchange between Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and historian Ramachandra Guha. Jaishankar, who had attended the launch of the book VP Menon: The Unsung Architect Of Modern India' yesterday, tweeted that he got to know from the biography that Jawaharlal Nehru did not want Vallabhbhai Patel in his cabinet. Responding to this, Guha said this was a “myth” and had been “comprehensively demolished”. This exchange, which ended with Jaishankar recommending the book to “professors”, has rekindled interest in the claim that Nehru did not want Patel in his cabinet.........Read more

Big Bull New Poster Out: Abhishek Bachchan Will Remind You of 'Wolf of Wall Street', Film to Release in October

Actor Abhishek Bachchan is coming back to the silver screen after a year with Ajay Devgn and Anand Pandit produced film, Big Bull. Taking to Instagram, junior Bachchan has shared the second poster of the film which reads ‘The man who sold dreams to India’. In the poster, the actor looks dapper as he is all suited up and it will remind you of his film Guru. The film is based on the life of Indian stockbroker Harshad Mehta, who committed many financial crimes. The story revolves around India’s biggest securities scams which happened in 1992. It is directed by Kookie Gulati and is co-produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Vikrant Sharma. The film also stars Illeana D’Cruz, who plays the role of Abhishek’s love interest.........Read more

Eat healthily and exercise to avoid diabetes and erectile dysfunction, advise experts

Adopting a healthier lifestyle to avoid becoming diabetic may help men beat erectile dysfunction, a new study suggests. Being predisposed to type 2 diabetes – linked to unhealthy diets and a lack of exercise – could be behind the condition, research has found. Scientists looked at data on more than 220,000 men, 6,000 of whom experienced erectile dysfunction. Using cutting-edge genetic analysis, the team found that having a genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes was linked with erectile dysfunction, which they said provided evidence that the two are linked.........Read more

Income tax rebate, tax exemption, tax deduction: What's the difference

While doing tax planning, you should not only look at the prevailing income tax rates and slabs but also take advantage of any available tax rebate, exemption or deduction to reduce your total tax outgo. As the three terms sound to have a similar meaning, several taxpayers get confused in the terminology. According to the Income Tax Act, tax rebate, tax deduction and tax exemption have different implications. Here's an explainer.........Read more

How Aadhaar is making it harder for Indian women to access their maternity benefits

In June 2019, we conducted a survey of 706 mothers in one district each in six states of India. We found serious concerns with the implementation of the Modi government’s Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana. The scheme gives monetary assistance of Rs 5,000 to pregnant women in three instalments for the birth of their first child. The assistance is lower than the Rs 6,000 entitlement for all births, not just the first child, under the National Food Security Act, 2013.........Read more

Rahul Gandhi Refers India as 'Rape Capital of World'; BJP Calls Him 'Mentally Disturbed'

Amid the nationwide outrage over the death of Unnao rape victim and the gang-rape and murder of a veterinarian in Telangana, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi lambasted Narendra Modi for ‘keeping mum’ on the issues. “A UP MLA of the BJP is involved in rape of a woman and the ‘Prime Minister doesn’t say a single word”, said Gandhi while addressing his party workers in his constituency Wayanad.  The Congress leader also called India the ‘rape capital of the world’ and claimed that foreign nations are asking the question ‘why India is unable to look after its daughters and sisters’? Upping the ante against the Prime Minister further.........Read more

UPI Transactions Reach an All-Time High, Cross 1 Billion Transactions in October

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), which operates the UPI platform, is now aiming to go a step further and take it global. NPCI is planning to do so by by enabling acceptance of UPI in Singapore and the UAE.........Read more

BJP Seals Deal With JJP to Form Govt in Haryana, Dushyant Chautala Likely to Be Deputy CM

I would like to thank Amit Shah ji and Nadda ji. Our party had decided that for the betterment of the state it is important to have a stable govt said JJP supremo Dushyant Chautala.........Read more

Ahead of Diwali, Delhi Air Quality Deteriorates to 'Poor' Category, Likely to Worsen After Festival

The Air Quality Index (AQI) data on Friday showed major pollutant PM 2.5 and PM 10 are at 247 and 243 respectively, at Lodhi Road. Both fall in ‘poor’ category.........Read more

Pathankot on high alert, Punjab police on toes to stop Pakistani drones menace

A high alert has been issued in Punjab after multiple drones flew from across the border to drop arms, ammunition, counterfeit currency and narcotics in the state. Punjab Police has been scanning the Punjab-Himachal-Pakistan border. ........Read more

How will 5G changes our lives?

It will lower the levels of latency. Less latency means less lagging and delays when using a mobile – and faster speeds. Productivity will include the ability of people to work faster and with greater efficiency.........Read more

Crime data in India is short on information on victims and witnesses

G S Bajpai is professor and chairperson, Centre for Criminology and Victimology, National Law University, Delhi. The true extent of crime in a society is seldom known. In times when evidence-based policing and data-driven policies are being advocated, the absence of exact data on crime could pose serious problems. In India, crime is under-reported and under-registered. The official picture with respect to crime in India is difficult to believe for several reasons. While popular perception associates many cities and states in India with a crime, going by official statistics, the country has one of the lowest incidences of crime in the world. India’s crime rate is 379.3 per 1,00,000 persons. Cases of dacoity, attempt to murder, robbery, rape and riot have gone down by 36.11 per cent, 16.26 per cent, 20.15 per cent, 0.78 per cent and 54 per cent respectively in 2018 as compared to the year before. Who will buy these statistics?........Read more

Pak terror groups use Chinese drones to airdrop 80 kg weapons in Punjab for J&K

At least eight drone sorties, carrying a total of 80 kg of weapons (arms and ammunition), were sent across the border into Punjab by Pakistan-based Khalistani terror groups between September 9 and 16, officials in security agencies and the Punjab Police have confirmed on condition of anonymity. The entire consignment, using the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) network, was supported by Pakistan’s spy agency Inter Services Intelligence and orchestrated through Germany and Lahore; the ultimate aim — to fuel terror attacks in Jammu & Kashmir. The details of these drops have emerged following investigations that led to and following the September 22 weapons seizure at Tarn Taran district; the eight payloads were dropped in Amritsar and Tarn Taran. Five people have so far been arrested by Punjab Police in connection with the drone drops, with one 22-year-old Subhdeep held on Tuesday. Investigators said he was from Amritsar district and was radicalised by the prime accused in the case, Mann Singh, and another accused, Akashdeep, in Amritsar jail. The other four people, suspected to belong to a terror module, were arrested from the outskirts of village Chohla Sahib in Tarn Taran on Sunday. They were using a white Maruti Swift with a Punjab registration number.........Read more

PMC Bank’s customers can’t withdraw more than Rs 1,000; RBI gives directions

Customers of Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative bank will not be able to withdraw more than Rs 1,000 from their savings or current account for another six months. To secure the proper management of the bank, the RBI has imposed directions under article 35A of the banking regulations. Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative bank will also not be able to grant or renew any loans and advances for another six months, without prior approval in writing from the RBI. In the same duration, the bank can neither make any investment nor it can incur any liability including borrowal of funds and acceptance of fresh deposits. The directions have been imposed from today. Meanwhile, the bank management has assured to address the issue soon. The RBI has taken this step due to some irregularities in the accounts of the bank. Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative bank has its branches spread over many states, including, Karnataka, Goa, Gujarat, Delhi, etc. ........Read more

Millennial Motown in structural slowdown: Nirmala Sitharaman may be partly right on Ola-Uber pushing auto slump

An economist and a management theorist walk into a bar. They chat up the bartender, who turns out to be a laid-off automobile worker mixing drinks for a living while waiting for better days. They wonder if Ola and Uber have influenced the slowing sales of automobiles that cost their bartender her job. "There has been a paradigm shift in transport," the business school guru says. "Yes, but is it statistically significant?" the economist asks. That mythical conversation might be a good starting point for us to discuss the statement from Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman that the increasing preference of millennials for ride-sharing services such as Ola and Uber could be behind a slowdown in the sales of cars, and therefore, the automobile sector. Coming in the backdrop of a six-year low in India's overall GDP growth, that statement is questionable and therefore has understandably spawned social media memes taking a dig at the minister. But there may be more than a kernel of truth in what the minister is saying. What is needed is a sense of detail and proportion to revitalise India's clearly sagging economy.........Read more

Abhinandan Varthaman, who downed Pak F16, flies again, this time with IAF chief

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was awarded the Vir Chakra for shooting down a Pakistan Air Force F-16 fighter jet during the aerial dogfight after the Balakot air strikes finally returned to the cockpit of the MiG-21 fighter jet on Monday morning. The sortie that took off from the Pathankot Air Base on Monday was special for more reasons than one. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman wasn’t the only one returning to the MiG-21 cockpit after a long gap. So was his co-pilot for this sortie, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa. The air chief, who is also a MiG-21 pilot, was responsible for destroying Pakistan supply dumps along the Line of Control (LoC) during the 1999 Kargil war which helped turn the tide in India’s favour. Air Chief Dhanoa later described the joint sortie as an honour. “Both of us have two things in common. First, both of have ejected and second, both of us have fought Pakistanis. I fought in Kargil, he fought after Balakot. Third, I’ve flown with his father,” he told reporters. Wing Commander VArthaman had scripted history in February this year by downing an F-16, second before his MiG-21 was hit by a missile. He bailed out of his aircraft and was taken captive by Pakistan. He was returned to India after holding him captive for nearly 60 hours. ........Read more

Budget 2019: NRIs to get Aadhaar on Arrival in India as Govt Removes 180-day Rule

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday proposed to issue Aadhaar cards to non-resident Indians holding Indian passport on their arrival in the country. Under the present rule, NRIs with Indian passport are required to wait for 180 days to get the Aadhaar card. "I propose to consider issuing Aadhaar cards for NRIs with Indian Passports after their arrival in India without waiting for mandatory 180 days," Sitharaman said in her budget speech. As on May 31, 2019, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had generated a total of 123.82 crore Aadhaar to residents of the country.........Read more

Japan ends tsunami alert after earthquake

Tokyo's meteorological agency lifted a tsunami alert after a strong earthquake hit northwestern Japan. Officials originally warned of a 0.2-1.0 meter (0.7-3.3 feet) wave along the northwest coast of Honshu, one of Japan's four main islands where the capital city, Tokyo, is located. Eventually, only small ripples of 10 centimetres were recorded.........Read more

2018 All New Hyundai Santro Officially Revealed; Can Touch 156 kmph Top Speed

Finally, Hyundai revealed the new Santro 2018. It is based on the HA architecture of the old i10 with significant updates to meet the latest crash standards. It is powered by a 1.1-litre petrol engine making 69 PS and 99 Nm torque with manual and AMT transmission options with a claimed mileage of 20.3 kmpl for each transmission.........Read more

Child abuse leaves 'molecular scars' in victims' DNA

A recent study says victims of childhood abuse carry an imprint of the trauma in their DNA, which are detectable years later and could be used as evidence in court. The researchers found a distinctive methylation difference between victims and non-victims in 12 regions of the men's genomes.........Read more

Rahul Gandhi's Comment on SPG 'Baseless', 'Devoid of Fact', Says Home Ministry

The Home Ministry Monday dismissed as "baseless" and "devoid of fact" Congress president Rahul Gandhi's statement that a former SPG chief had to quit because he refused to accept a list of officers handpicked by the RSS. ........Read more

Frenchman Shares Home With 400 Reptiles Including Alligators & Rattlesnakes

Over two decades, 67-year-old reptile enthusiast Philippe Gillet has amassed a collection of more than 400 reptiles, including rattlesnakes, tarantulas and alligators in his home in Coueron near Nantes, France.........Read more

Former French President Francois Hollande stands by his statement on Rafale deal

The office of former French President François Hollande on Saturday stood by his claim that his government did not have a say in choosing Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence for the Rafale deal.........Read more

Now, new blood test to screen for secondary heart attack

The Baker Institute's head of metabolomics, Professor Peter Meikle and his team have identified plasma lipid biomarkers (fats in the blood) that improve upon traditional risk factors in predicting heart disease and stroke.........Read more

Asian Games 2018 Day 2, Live Updates: Deepak Kumar Bags Silver in 10m Air Rifle Final, Saina Nehwal in Trouble

Deepak Kumar bags his first Asian Games medal in some style as he fights back against the odds. It is India's third medal at the 2018 Asian Games. Deepak has been brilliant under pressure and finished with a score 247.7........Read more

After ‘angry’ Hanuman, Mangaluru vector artist creates stoic Lord Rama

Vector artist Karan Acharya, whose ‘angry Hanuman’ glances out of many car windshields and T-shirts and won praise from PM Narendra Modi, is ready with his next: a stoic Lord Rama. ........Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launching early due to ‘poor’ Galaxy S9 sales: Report

Samsung planning for the early launch of the Galaxy Note 9 and the reason could be linked to poor sales of the Galaxy S9 series. It features a 6.3-inch display, either Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 processor, 6GB or 8GB RAM, up to 512GB of internal memory.........Read more

Aircel Maxis Case: Patiala House Court extends interim protection to P Chidambaram till August 7

Patiala House Court extended interim protection granted to the Congress leader P.Chidambaram till August 7, after he filed a fresh anticipatory bail plea today in Aircel-Maxis money laundering case. ........Read more

PM Modi hails GST on 1-year completion, calls it 'vibrant example of cooperative federalism'

As the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) completes one year today, the Centre is observing 'GST Day'. Ministers are likely to take part in various programmes highlighting how GST has been a gamechanger and has been beneficial for India.........Read more

Health experts urge Amitabh Bachchan to withdraw endorsement of Horlicks

Claiming that campaign was misleading and undermines optimal nutrition, the experts urged the actor to call off association with Horlicks.........Read more

Trinamool Congress sweeps panchayat elections at all levels in West Bengal

Trinamool Congress delivered a thumping victory in the violence-ridden rural polls, pushing BJP to a distant second position and virtually reducing the Left and the Congress to irrelevance in all three tiers of the panchayat structure. BJP managed to win 5,050 (17.7%) of the gram panchayat and 166 (7.9%) of the panchayat samiti seats. Left won 1,480 seats (5.2%) and 32 seats (1.5%) and the gram panchayat and panchayat samiti tiers. Congress managed just 918 (3.2%) and 14 (0.6%) at the two levels.........Read more

BJP Gives Tickets To Porn-Watched Ex Ministers

BJP has decided to field two former ministers, who were caught allegedly watching 'adult content' inside the Karnataka Assembly back in 2012, in the 2018 general elections. The move by BJP has surprised and shocked many activists who have been fighting for women safety and waging war against crimes on women.........Read more

Honour killing guillotines individual liberty: Supreme Court

Honour killing guillotines individual liberty, freedom of choice and one's own perception of choice. It has to be sublimely borne in mind that when two adults consensually choose each other as life partners, it is a manifestation of their choice which is recognized under Articles 19 and 21 of the Constitution.........Read more

Give us technical surveillance powers for insurgency operations, CRPF urges govt

CRPF proposed to the government it be given permission for technical surveillance. The demand has been raised several times in the past as well, but internal security experts say giving ‘phone tapping’ powers to the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) seems far-fetched as it is considered ‘controversial.’........Read more

No Question of Rafale Deal Going the Bofors Way: Nirmala Sitharaman

Dismissing allegations of corruption in the contract for 36 Rafale jets, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman today asserted there can be no comparison between the scam-hit Bofors gun deal and the procurement of the fighter aircraft.........Read more

Finance ministry puts out list of 9,500 'high risk' finance companies

The list released by FIU-India on its website shows the names of NBFCs which have been categorised 'high risk' and found non-compliant to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) rules as on January 31. ........Read more

Transgender woman is first to be able to breastfeed her baby

A 30-year-old transgender woman has become the first officially recorded to breastfeed her baby. An experimental three-and-a-half-month treatment regimen, which included hormones, a nausea drug and breast stimulation, enabled the woman to produce 227 grams of milk a day.........Read more

Maharashtra: Around 11,700 ‘SC/ST’ Employees in Devendra Fadnavis Government to Lose Their Job

Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharastra government will follow the SC order that directed dismissal of around 11,700 employees who forged caste certificates to get government jobs under the Scheduled Tribes (ST) quota. The SC had also directed disciplinary action against them irrespective of their tenure of service. ........Read more

India-China ties a ‘cold war-like’ bond in making: US expert

It is a cold war-like relationship in the making. India and China have had a strong commercial relationship, but that is increasingly less satisfying for India, for many of the same reasons the United States is dissatisfied with its trade relationship with China, a former American diplomat Alyssa Ayres said.........Read more

Bhatkal brothers in Pakistan under ISI protection confirms IM founder Subhan

Abdus Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqueer, one of the founding members of the Indian Mujahideen has confirmed to investigators that the Bhatkal brothers are indeed in Pakistan. He said that Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal had left for Pakistan in 2008 itself and have been living under the protection of the ISI in Karachi since then.........Read more

As Gujarat Deputy CM sulks over portfolio allocation, Patidar leaders rally behind him

Even as the Gujarat government faces a crisis of sorts, with Deputy Chief Minister and prominent Patidar leader Nitin Patel sulking over the allocation of portfolios to him and the taking away of the powerful departments of Finance, Petrochemicals, and Urban Development from him, leaders of the community are rallying behind him. Nitinbhai should break from the BJP with his MLAs and we will talk to the Congress to support him, says Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel.........Read more

Parliament clears bill empowering IIMs to grant degrees, set up campuses abroad

Providing statutory powers to the IIMs, the Bill enables the institutions to set up centres of management studies and allied areas outside India. It should be in accordance with guidelines laid down by the govt and in accordance with the provisions of the laws in force in such foreign country.........Read more

State bank of India changed names and IFSC codes of 1200 branches, know how to check

The State Bank of India has changed the names and IFSC codes of more than 1200 of its branches. The bank has also published on its website the full list of all those branches whose names and codes have been changed.........Read more

UAE and Saudi form new group separate from GCC

The UAE on Tuesday announced it has formed a new economic and partnership group with Saudi Arabia, separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a move that could undermine the council amid a diplomatic crisis with Qatar.........Read more

Beggars being removed from streets ahead of Ivanka Trump's India visit? Police deny VVIP connection

The Hyderabad police on Tuesday issued an order prohibiting begging on the streets of the city for two months. The order, which comes just ahead of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in the city.........Read more

Transparent solar technology represents 'wave of the future'

See-through solar materials that can be applied to windows represent a massive source of untapped energy and could harvest as much power as bigger, bulkier rooftop solar units.........Read more

Taj Mahal Controversy: Asaduddin Owaisi Hits Back at BJP’s Sangeet Som, Says Lal Quila Was Also Constructed by ‘Traitors’

Responding to Sardhana MLA Sangeet Som's remark that Taj Mahal was a 'blot' on Indian history and culture as it was constructed by Mughals who plundered the country, Owaisi asked will PM Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath would ban tourists from visiting Taj Mahal.........Read more

Nokia 8 review: HMD Global’s first flagship wants to go for the kill

Nokia 8 has some positives, including the design and build quality, the display. The performance of the device is also fast, similar to other phones running this processor. But given the competition in this price range, Nokia 8 is not yet a flagship killer. In the camera department, It has a long way to go before it can challenge either Apple or Samsung.........Read more

No paper, ink to print new passports in Venezuela

Strange as it may sound, Venezuela ran out of paper and ink to print new passports and expired passports' validity has been extended for two years. President Nicolas Maduro signed an emergency order owing to chronic shortage of supplies at Venezuela's passport agency.........Read more

Moon once had an atmosphere: NASA study

The Moon had an atmosphere about three to four billion years ago, when intense volcanic eruptions spewed gases above the surface faster than they could escape to space, a NASA study has found.........Read more

YouTube Launches First Pop-Up Space In Hyderabad To Encourage Content Creators 

To support the growing community of independent YouTube creators, YouTube unveiled its first pop-up YouTube Space in the country here on Thursday. Set up at Ramoji Film City from October 5 to 7, the pop-up format will empower an emerging breed of young local language YouTube creators to provide richer and more engaging visual content across genres.........Read more

Gujarat HC rejects Zakia Jafri’s plea challenging lower court order upholding clean chit to Modi

The Gujarat High Court on October 5 rejected Zakia Jafri’s plea challenging a magistrate order upholding a SIT's (special investigation team) clean chit to then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others on allegations of larger conspiracy in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots. The High Court, however, allowed Ms. Jafri to approach higher fora for further investigation in the case.........Read more

CNR Rao chosen for international honour for materials research

The award is the US-based Materials Research Society's (MRS) highest honour. It recognizes those qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers -brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional scientific disciplines.........Read more

Stand by Gauri Lankesh: This isn’t the time for journalists to remain silent, divided, writes Rajdeep Sardesai

Lankesh was a woman journalist writing in her own language made her perhaps even more vulnerable. English language journalists are, to some extent, cocooned by the limited universe they operate in; a regional language journalist, by contrast, speaks to a much wider audience which is more rooted in ground realities. There is a media elitism which has left journalists in regional dailies/channels more exposed to threat, attacks on them rarely making headline news.........Read more

Rishi Kapoor attacks Rahul Gandhi’s ‘dynasty politics’ comment: Don’t bullshit people

Kapoor tweeted, “Rahul Gandhi.In the 106 years of Indian cinema of India, Kapoor’s contribution is 90 years. And each generation is chosen by public on merit. By God’s grace we are in 4 generations.Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor-Males.Besides all others. You see otherwise. So don’t bullshit people on “Dynasty” You have to earn people’s respect and love through hard work not zabardasti and gundagardi.”........Read more

Will represent Team India for another 10 years if I remain fit: captain Virat Kohli

Lot of us don't actually know how far we can push ourselves. May be at times, without knowing, we are only able to realise 70 percent of our potential. Therefore it is necessary to push yourself until you are done. For example, if I train as hard as I train now, I will possibly play for another 10 years, Kohli said. ........Read more

North Korea hacking financial institutions in the world to fill its empty coffers: South Korean study

North Korea is behind an increasingly orchestrated effort at hacking into computers of financial institutions in South Korea and around the world to steal cash for the impoverished country, a South Korean state-backed agency said in a report.........Read more

One cybercrime in India every 10 minutes

From the global ransomware attacks that hit hundreds of systems to phishing and scanning rackets, at least one cybercrime was reported every 10 minutes in India in the first six months of 2017. That’s higher than a crime every 12 minutes in 2016. ........Read more

2 fatalities, flooding from tsunami after powerful quake in Mediterranean Sea

Two people have been killed and dozens more injured after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck in the Mediterranean Sea early Friday morning. The quake hit close to Turkey and the Greek island of Kos, triggering a mini tsunami which flooded some areas.........Read more

Why Virender Sehwag missed out on coach's job

Former India opener Virender Sehwag, a mentor with the Kings XI Punjab franchise in the IPL, had Kohli's complete backing and would've been a front-runner to grab the role if not for certain conditions.........Read more

Germany begins troop withdrawal from Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base

Germany has begun the process of withdrawing its troops from the Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, from where German troops have been carrying out reconnaissance missions as part of the US-led coalition’s campaign in Syria and Iraq. The move follows tensions with Ankara.........Read more

Qatar to boost gas production to 100 million tonnes a year amid deepening Gulf crisis

Reports state Qatar's current LNG production is around 77 million tonnes per year. Kaabi said the expansion plans of the country will increase the LNG output up to the equivalent of six million barrels of oil per day.........Read more

2017 Maruti Suzuki Celerio facelift likely to be launched in festive season

Maruti Suzuki had launched the Celerio hatchback in 2014. Though the design of the car wasn't evolutionary, it grabbed eyeballs for being the first Maruti Suzuki model equipped with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). The technology later became the most affordable automatic transmission option and many other manufacturers picked it up for their affordable cars. Three years down the line, Celerio is set to get a minor makeover.........Read more

Karnataka government to use GPS to ensure vets visit patients

Following complaints of irregularity and carelessness, the Karnataka government is planning to use Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to keep a track on state's veterinary doctors.........Read more

Skin cell model advances study of genetic mutation linked to heart disease, stroke risk

Using a new skin cell model, researchers have overcome a barrier that previously prevented the study of living tissue from people at risk for early heart disease and stroke. This research could lead to a new understanding of disease progression in aortic aneurysm—ballooning of the large artery in the chest that carries blood from the heart to the body.........Read more

FCC wants to treat mobile Internet differently from wireline, votes to undo Open Internet rules

Even as India's telecom regulator TRAI looks to find ways to detect and prohibit behaviour that violates Net Neutrality, the FCC said that it would reclassify mobile Internet providers as "private mobile services". This reclassification is designed to give mobile Internet operators much more freedom........Read more

New Party With Mulayam Singh As Chief, Claims Brother Shivpal Yadav

Mulayam Singh Yadav will head a new party called the Samajwadi Secular Morcha, his younger brother Shivpal Yadav said on Friday. He said he was launching the party to "restore to Mulayam Singh his lost honour".........Read more

Aadhaar fails MGNREGS test in Telangana

he Aadhaar biometric authentication failure rate in the ambitious rural job guarantee scheme is as high as 36% in Telangana, data collated by the state government shows. Telangana is the first state to release such detailed data about the failure rates of Aadhaar payments, but analysts fear that this could be reflective of a nationwide trend.........Read more

It isn't just Dhoni: UIDAI received 1,390 complaints about Aadhaar agents – but took no legal action

the UIDAI deputy director Delhi regional office Ramesh Kumar filed a police complaint against the reporter, Debayan Roy, for “impersonating”, leading commentators to ask if the government was more concerned with managing its public image than improving security.........Read more

India vs Australia 2017: Australian daily likens Virat Kohli to US President Donald Trump

'The Daily Telegraph' article reads: Just like President Trump, Kohli decided to blame the media as a means of trying to hide the egg smeared right across his face.”Like former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga, Kohli relies on a flagrant disrespect of his opponents and the game to fuel himself and his team. Soft cricketing administrators have given rise to a bat- wielding Trump.”........Read more

Another woman accuses TVF founder Arunabh Kumar of sexual harassment

by the name of Indian Fowler published a post on Medium alleging that she had been sexually harassed by TVF founder Arunabh Kumar. While TVF put out a statement strongly denying the allegations and also promising ‘severe justice’ against the person who had written the post, another individual has now come forward and backed the allegations.........Read more

Soon, Aadhaar will be must for booking train tickets online

The Railways will soon move towards Aadhaar-based online ticketing system to prevent touts from blocking a bulk of tickets, end fraudulent bookings and curb cases of impersonation. Aadhaar number has been made mandatory for senior citizens to avail concessions in train tickets from April 1. A three-month trial run for this is going on.........Read more

NTCA bans BBC and its crew for 5 years

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has banned the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and its South Asia Correspondent Justin Rowlatt from filming across any tiger reserves of India for “breach of trust” during the shoot of its controversial documentary on Kaziranga tiger reserve. It has also advised the external affairs ministry to revoke visa issued to Rowlatt and his crew, besides “taking appropriate action to prevent their further entry into India, for a period of not less than five years.”........Read more

Consuming prebiotics can reduce stress, improve sleep

If you are one of those who are looking for sleep improvement, then it is advisable to consume prebiotics. These dietary fibers found naturally in foods like chicory, artichokes, raw garlic, leeks and onions -- may help improve sleep and act as a buffer........Read more

Police Detain Fourth Suspect in Murder Case of N. Korean Leader’s Half-Brother

Malaysian authorities have detained a fourth suspect in the assassination of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother Kim Jong Nam. Earlier this week, police detained two female suspects (one with a Vietnamese passport and an Indonesian woman), as well as Malaysian man, believed to be one of the female suspects’ boyfriend.........Read more

Follow Indian law, block ads on sex determination: SC to Google, Microsoft

The Supreme Court pulled up tech giants like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft for not adhering to Indian laws by permitting online advertisements for sex determination tests prohibited in India. The apex court ordered all companies to constitute in-house expert bodies to identify and block keywords indicative of sex determination.........Read more

Sasikala Natarajan to share cell with 2 women, no VIP treatment for her in jail

AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala Natarajan surrendered at the Bengaluru court on Wednesday after she was convicted in the disproportionate assets case. However, contrary to earlier reports, Sasikala hasn’t got a separate cell and will share it with two other women inmates at the Parappana Agraha jail. The jail authorities have made it clear that no VIP treatment will be extended to Sasikala.........Read more

New mechanical metamaterials can block symmetry of motion, findings suggest

Engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and the AMOLF institute in the Netherlands have invented the first mechanical metamaterials that easily transfer motion effortlessly in one direction while blocking it in the other, as described in a paper published on Feb. 13 in Nature. The material can be thought of as a mechanical one-way shield that blocks energy from coming in but easily transmits it going out the other side.........Read more

Kangana sensationally calls KJo out on nepotism and intolerance towards outsiders

During a particular segment, which got revealed in the episodes promo, the actress said that if a biopic on her were to ever be made, Karan Johar would be cast as a snooty insider who's intolerant towards outsiders and is a flag-bearer of nepotism in the industry.........Read more

Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, who escaped from Patiala jail finally arrested by Punjab Police

A Punjab counter-intelligence team along with the Patiala and Moga police on Sunday arrested Nabha jailbreak mastermind Gurpreet Singh Sekhon along with three of his aides from a house in the Dhudike village of the state’s Moga district. Assistant Inspector General GS Chauhan said the counter-intelligence team had been tracing Sekhon’s movements for three months and moved in to arrest him after receiving intelligence inputs on his location........Read more

Sasikala said not even a single MLA has been kept forcibly at Golden Bay Resort

AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala, who is locked in a political battle with acting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, on Sunday said that party MLAs have not been ‘locked up’.........Read more

How Sasikala and family members runs a controversial mining baron

In 2002, Ms Sasikala's nephews, VS Sivakumar and Karthikeyan Kaliaperumal entered into a partnership with S Vaikundarajan, to form the company A World Rock Pvt Ltd. S Vaikundarajan is the owner of V.V. Minerals, a company with 75 per cent stake in Tamil Nadu's estimated Rs. 76,500 crore beach sand mining business.........Read more

Newly discovered amoeba named as Arcella Gandalfi after Gandalf from ‘The Lord of The Rings’

Scientists have named a species of amoeba after Gandalf, a fictional character in JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings. Arcella gandalfi – a kind of thecamoeba discovered in Brazilian continental waters – was named after the wizard as it resembles the hat he wore........Read more

Everyone born in India is a Hindu: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

"Everyone born in the country is a Hindu -- of these some are idol-worshipers and some are not. Even Muslims are Hindus by nationality, they are Muslims by faith only," he said in Baitul, Madhya Pradesh. Bhagwat, who is in the state on an eight-day visit, went on to say, "Just as the English live in England, Americans in America and Germans in Germany, Hindus live in Hindustan."........Read more

Kumar Mangalam Birla appears to be the unanimous choice for chairman in the event of a Vodafone-Idea merger

Details emerging of early talks between Vodafone India Ltd and Idea Cellular Ltd indicate that Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla could be chairman of the merged entity. The merged entity would likely have 12 directors on its board—three from either side and six independent ones. Neither wished to be identified because the talks are at a very preliminary stage.........Read more

Aadhaar linkage to school subsidy schemes worries HRD Ministry

The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has expressed concern over the Centre’s push to link the Aadhaar number with subsidy schemes related to school education. “As the schemes are huge, impacting education of children across the country, the matter has to be examined in greater detail,” Maneesh Garg, Joint Secretary, DSEL, said.........Read more

7th Pay Commission: Good news for bank employees and officials as increase in their DA ordered

Bank employees and officials may have reason to rejoice because the order has been issued to ensure that they get Dearness Allowance (DA) as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). The order concerns the DA to be paid for the months of February, March and April this year.........Read more

Voters forced to stand in long queues due to glitch in EVM machines for Punjab Assembly polls 2017

Voters gathered in large numbers across poll-bound Punjab to cast their votes on Saturday. The Assembly Elections in the state started today at 7 AM. In some areas of Punjab voters were forced to stand in long queues due to glitch in Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) machines. The polling at booth no.124-125 in Amritsar began 40 minutes while that at booth no.66 in Jalandhar delayed due to glitch in the EVM machine. Locals across the state geared to exercise their right to vote to elect the 117-member Punjab Assembly in a three-cornered contest.........Read more

UP Elections 2017: Kairana, Moradabad will be under curfew if I win, says BJP MLA

Suresh Rana, Bhartiya Janata Party's (BJP) candidate from Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh, for the upcoming assembly election on Saturday stoked controversy saying curfew will be imposed in Kairana, Deoband and Moradabad if he wins the poll.........Read more

Sunanda Pushkar case: Cause of death inconclusive, says report submitted by new medical board

Deepening the mystery surrounding the circumstances which led to the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, in 2014, a new medical board has said cause of death remains inconclusive.........Read more

Quit if you can’t fall in line: Amit Shah to warring Karnataka leaders

After receiving a severe dressing down from party national president, Amit Shah, BJP state president B.S. Yeddyurappa and opposition leader in the council, K.S. Eshwarappa have agreed to a truce.........Read more

Tata Motors Reveals India's First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus

Tata Motors launched the future of mass public transportation at its Pune facility and took another step in the direction of green technology and mobility solutions. The company launched the Starbus Electric 9m, Starbus Electric 12m and the Starbus Hybrid 12m range of buses which are designed, developed, powered by alternate fuels and made in India. The company says will be a good for smart cities. The company also showcased the country's first Fuel Cell bus (12m), LNG Powered bus (12m), and an 18m Articulated bus.........Read more

After Jallikattu, now Maharashtra to seek legal recourse on bullock cart race

Two days after Tamil Nadu promulgated an ordinance making the Supreme Court ban on ‘bull fight’ (Jallikattu) ineffective, Maharashtra has also taken a stand to revive its “bullock cart race” banned by the apex court two years ago.........Read more

MRI study shows consistency in how the brain rewires itself due to deafness

(Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers with affiliations to several institutions in Poland has found that the brains of people born with congenital deafness rewire themselves to repurpose the part of the brain normally used for hearing. They have published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences documenting their findings and its impact on brain research.........Read more

Diabetes can reduce your life by 10 years

Diabetes in middle age could slash up to a decade off your life, new research shows. A University of Oxford study of more than half a million Chinese people found those diagnosed with the condition before 50 lived an average of nine years less than those without the condition.That figure rose to ten years for patients in rural areas.........Read more

Manchester United extend Antonio Valencia's contract till 2018

Antonio Valencia will stay at Manchester United until 2018 after the Premier League club triggered a one-year extension clause in his contract. Valencia has established himself as Jose Mourinho's first-choice right-back and has now been rewarded with an extended stay at United.........Read more

Istanbul nightclub attack: Suspect who killed 39 captured in police operation

A gunman suspected of killing 39 people during a New Year’s attack on an Istanbul nightclub has been caught in a police operation, Turkish media reports said early Tuesday. The suspect was captured in a special operations police raid on a house in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district, private NTV television reported. The broadcaster said he had been staying in the house belonging to a friend from Kyrgyzstan.........Read more

India will be the fastest-growing economy in 2017, despite note ban: Moody’s

After a temporary dampening effect on consumption and investment in the medium term, demonetisation will likely strengthen India’s institutional framework, said Moody’s........Read more

Atif Aslam stops mid-concert to rescue girl from eve-teasing

In a video that has emerged on social media, Atif can be seen stopping mid-performance and reprimanding the men who were eve-teasing a girl in the front row. "Tumne kabhi ladki nahi dekhi hai? Tumhari maa-behen bhi ho sakti hai yahaan par (Have you never seen a girl before? Your mother or sister could have been here as well)," he can be heard telling the wrongdoers.........Read more

Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, promises curbs on H-1B visas

"It's simply wrong to think that we're in a totally open world and that any American with a job can be replaced if somebody in the world is willing to take a job for less pay," Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump's nominee for the post of attorney general, said during his confirmation hearing.........Read more

Certificate issued by chief kazi on talaq does not have legal validity: Madras High Court

The Madras High Court ruled on Wednesday that a certificate issued by the chief kazi on talaq is only an opinion and has no legal validity. The bench, comprising Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice MM Sundresh, gave the ruling while passing interim orders on a PIL by lawyer and former MLA Bader Syed.........Read more

BS-IV Compliant Honda CB Unicorn 160 Launched At Rs. 73,552; Gets Automatic Headlights On Function

Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India has silently updated the CB Unicorn 160 with a BS-IV engine and Automatic Headlights On (AHO) function. Today the company officially launched the bike in India priced at ₹ 73,552 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The updated Honda CB Unicorn 160 now also comes with some refreshed styling and several new features that make it more appealing to the customers.........Read more

Truce finally? Father Mulayam SP chief, Akhilesh to give poll tickets

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav may step down from his new post as Samajwadi Party president if the Mulayam-Shivpal camp accepts his formula – which means giving tickets to all those whom the Chief Minister wants. According to reports, Akhilesh is also said to be ready to restore presidentship of the party’s state unit to Shivpal Yadav.........Read more

Soon There May Be A Law For Safety Of Doctors As Attacks On Them By Patients' Kin Rise

According to a study conducted by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), 75% of surveyed doctors in India have suffered some form of physical violence while on duty. Almost half of these assaults were reported from ICUs. Since 2007, 18 Indian states have passed laws protecting doctors and health-care workers from attacks. But clearly that is not enough.So, now the government is planning to draft a central law to ensure protection of the doctors.........Read more

Outgoing CJI TS Thakur questions Centre over transfer of HC judges

The apex court said it gives rise to "speculation and misgivings" due to continuance of such judges in the same high court and instead of sitting over the recommendation, the Centre should return back to the collegium for reconsideration.........Read more

British-Indian professor knighted in New Year’s honours

Shankar Balasubramanian, an Indian-origin British professor of chemistry and DNA expert at Cambridge University, has received a Knighthood along with Olympic stars Andy Murray and Mo Farah among others by Queen Elizabeth II for their contributions.........Read more

ED Nabs Lawyer Rohit Tandon in Rs 13.56 Cr Money Laundering Case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday night arrested Delhi-based lawyer Rohit Tandon in connection with the ongoing probe into the Rs 13.56 crore money laundering case allegedly involving him. He will be produced in court later on Thursday. A branch manager of Kotak Mahindra Bank in New Delhi had also been arrested on Wednesday in connection with this case. Tandon had been interrogated last Friday after the police seized Rs 13.56 crore, including Rs 2.6 crore in new notes, from his law firm’s office in southeast Delhi..........Read more

Prabhu orders investigation into Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailment

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday said he has ordered a “thorough investigation” after the Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh this morning, the second accident in the region in two months. Two passengers were killed and 43 injured when 15 coaches of the Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailed this morning …........Read more

Poll panel lists 200 parties that exist mostly on paper, will send it to Income Tax for action

The Election Commission of India (EC) will soon write to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) informing it about its decision to delist 200-odd political parties. A list containing details of the delisted parties will also form part of the communique that the EC will send to the CBDT in “the next few days” for action.........Read more

Air Force personnel can’t sport beard, rules Supreme Court as it junks Muslim man’s plea

A bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur added that regulations do not interfere with religious rights of individuals and that they have the sanctity of ensuring discipline.........Read more

Elected Government Must Have Power: Supreme Court About Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who accuses the centre of flagrantly eating into his authority, won some support for his argument in the Supreme Court today with judges observing, "An elected govt should have some power to run, otherwise the government cannot function."........Read more

‘All ASI-protected monuments declared polythene-free zones’

The Culture Ministry has written letters to all chief secretaries of states for their active cooperation in making centrally protected monuments as polythene-free zone.........Read more

Pakistan not to play in Junior Hockey World Cup in India: FIH

Pakistan's men's junior team will not be able to take part in this year's Junior Hockey World Cup in Uttar Pradesh as it had applied for visas for players after the official deadline, International Hockey Federation (FIH) said today.........Read more

NBA to Open Basketball Academy in India in April 2017, Search for Talent Begins Next Month

The National Basketball Association (NBA) of America has announced that it will be opening an NBA Academy in the National Capital Region (NCR) of India in April 2017. This academy will train and recruit the best male and female prospects in the sport from around the country and will be fully funded by NBA.........Read more

Sugar can destroy your sex life in more ways than one

Sex is an extremely pleasurable activity and being healthy in bed just enhances this, but it seems that there are some guilty pleasures of life which are getting in the way of getting the most out of your sexual experience. Experts suggest that having a sugar high which fades in a short time, is affecting many other things including your sex drive.........Read more

US: Donald Trump's meeting with Indian businessmen raises concerns about conflict of interest

The businessman's spokesperson said it was not a formal meeting and that the Trump family was working on separating him from the company.........Read more

New Theory of Gravity Does Away With Need for Dark Matter

It’s estimated that 27% of all the matter in the universe is invisible, while everything from PB&J sandwiches to quasars accounts for just 4.9%. But a new theory of gravity proposed by theoretical physicist Erik Verlinde of the University of Amsterdam found out a way to dispense with the pesky stuff.........Read more

Iran overtakes Saudi Arabia as top oil supplier to India

Iran overtook political rival Saudi Arabia as India’s top oil supplier in October, shipping data showed, just ahead of a producers’ meeting this month to hammer out the details on output cuts aimed a........Read more

Carlos Alberto: Brazil legend dies aged 72

Brazil legend Carlos Alberto, the captain of the 1970 World Cup-winning side and scorer of one of the greatest goals in history, dies aged 72.........Read more

Raj Thackeray's MNS Should Stay Away, Don't Need Money 'Extorted' From Filmmakers, Say Army Officials

Indian Army officials have made clear their displeasure at being dragged into the unseemly fuss which the Mumbai-based right wing outfit Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has made over the release of the movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, with its chief Raj Thackeray demanding that filmmakers pay ₹5 crores to the army welfare fund as penance for casting Pakistani actors.........Read more

Boycotting our goods will damage ties, China’s state media warns India

Protectionism against Chinese companies and boycotting goods from the East Asian country on the pretext of political issues will not help bridge the yawning Sino-India trade deficit, instead only damage bilateral ties, state media said on Friday.........Read more

Russia remains India's leading military supplier: Vladimir Putin

"Russia remains in the lead in terms of both direct supplies of most advanced weapons and military equipment and conducting joint researches with India, as well as producing goods for military purposes," Putin said ahead of his visit to India for the five-nations BRICS Summit in Goa.........Read more

Shah Rukh Khan's unreleased mini series-turned-film 'Ahamaq' to screen at Mumbai fest

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan's lesser known mini series-turned-film "Ahamaq" will be screened at the upcoming Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in Mumbai.........Read more

One out of four financially excluded women across the world is an Indian: Study

The number of financially excluded women in India fell by 20% between 2014 and 2015, helped by the implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), according to Omidyar Network. Research by Omidyar, a philanthropic investor that puts money in both for-profit and not-for profit organizations, showed the number of unbanked women declining to 280 million in 2015 from 363 million in 2013.........Read more

Giant dinosaur footprint discovered in Mongolia desert

One of the biggest dinosaur footprints ever recorded has been unearthed in the Gobi Desert, researchers said Friday, offering a fresh clue about the giant creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago.........Read more

The Tamil Nadu government will distribute 5.36 free lakh laptops to students in 2016-17 academic year

The Tamil Nadu govt, will supply around 5.36 lakh laptops during the 2016-17 academic year under its scheme to provide free laptops to students.On the e-governance initiatives of the state government, Manikandan said 10,486 e-seva centres are functioning in the state to enable people to use online facility for getting birth/death certificates and others........Read more

SAARC nations unite against Pak, Summit cancelled

This comes a day after India pulling out of SAARC meet scheduled in November and four other nations following suit. Yesterday, the MEA said that in the prevailing circumstances of continuous cross border terrorism, the country is unable to participate in the proposed Summit. With this development, India has successfully completed its first round of isolation of Pakistan........Read more

Jadeja, Ashwin secure 56-run lead

Ravindra Jadeja ran through New Zealand's lower order, picking up his fifth five-wicket haul in Test matches, to secure a 56-run first-innings lead for India. Starting the post-lunch session 238 for 5, New Zealand were bowled out for 262, losing their last five wickets in the space of 29 balls, including three in one Jadeja over.........Read more

New York and New Jersey bombings suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, 'changed after visits to Pakistan and Afghanistan'

Ahmad Khan Rahami, suspected of bombings in New York and New Jersey, reportedly travelled multiple times to Afghanistan and Pakistan in recent years, including a year-long stay in Pakistan until March 2014.........Read more

Bigger sea creatures are dying out faster than smaller ones — and it’s our fault

Unlike in every other mass die-off of animal species, these days bigger marine animals are more likely to die out than smaller species, a new study suggests. Why is that? People, probably. We...........Read more

Chinese firecrackers are smuggled through ports despite nationwide ban

Tonnes of Chinese fireworks, which erupt into a toxic haze over Indian cities every Diwali are being smuggled into the country despite the Centre ordering a clampdown last year.........Read more

What Every Woman Should Know About Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

By Dr. Witty Raina Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a metabolic condition that can lead to several complications, ranging from infertility to cancer of the endometrium. But first let us under........Read more

Cauvery water row: SC directs Karnataka to release 15,000 cusec of water to Tamil Nadu for 10 days

Cauvery water row: SC directs Karnataka to release 15,000 cusec of water to Tamil Nadu for 10 days - The apex court had earlier advised Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to "live and let live".........Read more

Red Hat gets a spot on Forbes "World's Most Innovative Companies" list

Linux-based open source solutions provider Red Hat has been named in Forbes "World's Most Innovative Companies" list, the company said on Tuesday.........Read more

Sharmistha faces online harassment, puts up texts on Facebook

Sharmishtha Mukherjee, Delhi Congress spokesperson and the daughter of President Pranab Mukherjee, claimed today that a man harassed her by sending lewd messages and put up screenshots of the texts on her Facebook page.........Read more

Centre seeks Parliament's nod for $15.4 billion extra spending

Additional expenditure sought includes Rs 50 bn for rural jobs program and about Rs 42 bn for road construction........Read more

Scientists discover the reason why women have orgasms

In the past, our female ancestors only ovulated after being stimulated by their male partners just before or during sex.........Read more

Lesson from Perumal Murugan verdict: Modi could learn much from Savarkar on sex in ancient India

How did Kunti beget Karna in the Mahabharata? The value of the Madras High Court judgment goes beyond upholding the freedom to deal with taboo subjects.........Read more

Andhra’s bid to take control of the Sakshi media group is aimed at crippling Naidu’s rival Jagan

The state hopes to do this by using a new law framed to recover the ill-gotten assets of public servants.........Read more

Hindus from Pakistan, Bangladesh will get to claim Indian citizenship

In a move that is as much political as it is humanitarian, the home ministry is ready with draft amendments to citizenship law that will exempt minority citizens of Pakistan and Bangladesh who have come to India out of fear of religious prosecution........Read more

MNS files FIR after AIB’s Tanmay Bhatt mocks Sachin Tendulkar, Lata Mangeshkar in a video

The clip titled ‘Sachin vs Lata Civil War’, which seemingly pokes fun at the cricketer and singer, was posted on Facebook.........Read more

Where do India's top ministers invest their money?

Modi, often pegged as the ‘market-mover’, and his top ministers do not take too fondly to the equity markets, data compiled in a research based on the details of their assets and liabilities has revealed.........Read more

Chinnaswamy stadium’s pitch curator asked to make Bengaluru roads, pothole free flat roads expected

Karnataka Government will ask Chinnaswamy Stadium's pitch curator to make their roads flat and pothole free........Read more