Ban on Kunal Kamra Reduced From Six to Three Months by DGCA

The 6-month ban on stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra by Indian air carriers for allegedly heckling journalist Arnab Goswami on a flight has been reduced to 3 months after DGCA looked into the matter on Thursday. The Delhi High Court on Thursday was informed by aviation regulator DGCA that it will look into stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra's representation against the airlines which banned him from flying.........Read more

Tamilrockers: Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Leaked For Full HD Download Online by Torrent Site

South sensation Chiranjeevi’s latest film Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy as well as Bollywood hunks Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff’s movie, War, have been leaked online by piracy site Tamilrockers for full HD download on its release day itself. While the Surender Reddy-directorial hit the screens in India on Wednesday and the fans of Chiranjeevi Garu had even made #SyeRaaNarasimhaReddy the top trend on Twitter in the country, the Siddharth Anand-directorial too hit the cinemas on the ocassion of Gandhi Jayanti. Standing true to their notoriety, the torrent site has yet again attacked the commercial success of another film by leaking it online. The film was already one of the most anticipated South Indian films of the year and with its release on a public holiday, the huge first-day collection was expected. Even though Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy was released overseas a day before – on Tuesday and early reports from UAE, USA and UK suggest a thunderous opening, the numbers going down due to easy availability online is inevitable now.........Read more

2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon To Be Called Moab In India

The three and the five-door variants of the Jeep Wrangler was spotted testing in India a few times. However, Jeep will bring the 2020 Wrangler during the festive season this year. This new generation Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (top-end variant) will be called as the 'Moab' in the Indian market. Globally, the Wrangler Moab gets cosmetic updates which set it apart from the Jeep Rubicon, such as blacked-out alloy wheels and off-road-oriented tyres. however, the Moab gets a decal on the side of the bonnet. Moreover, this new off-roader will be base on the newly developed JL platform, which is much lighter than the current generation's JK platform. This will help the new Wrangler improve its approach and departure angles. The vehicle will get a ground clearance of 227mm and close to 30 inches of water fording ability. Internationally, the Wrangler is available in two engine options. The first one is the 3.6-litre, naturally aspirated petrol engine, which pumps out 283bhp of power and 347Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.........Read more

'Betrayed' by Pakistan, jihadists seek alliances in Kashmir, Afghanistan

The jihadist in the middle, unmasked but his face pixelated beyond recognition, identified himself as Faisal Ishfaq Bhat, a resident of Srinagar in the Kashmir Valley, and indicated that he was in Afghanistan. The nearly thirty minute-long address that used Quranic justification for jihad but sharply turned attention to a south Asian sentiment increasingly finding resonance in Kashmir: Pakistan’s betrayal of jihad for its own interests. ........Read more

Hardik Patel to launch indefinite hunger strike, section 144 imposed in Ahmedabad

As the Patidar agitation for reservation completes three years, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel is set to launch an indefinite hunger strike at his residence to renew the quota stir.........Read more

Faster visas for minorities from three nations

The Home Ministry has liberalised the process for granting long-term visas (LTVs) to minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. It has reduced the time limit for the security clearance of applicants from 45 days to 21 days.........Read more

Indian Olympic Association plans to bid for 2030 Asian and 2032 Olympic Games

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) announced to submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI) for the Youth Olympic Games 2026, Asian Games 2030 and most notably, the Olympic Games 2032.........Read more

Anti-Sterlite protests: Villagers clash with police in Tuticorin, several injured

Several were injured after the Tamil Nadu police resorted to lathi-charge on Tuesday as protests against Sterlite’s industrial plant intensified in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin). ........Read more

Chaos at Delhi airport as hundreds of bags misplaced

A few flights at IGI Airport got delayed on Thursday due to the alleged slow handling of luggage as passengers put power banks and other prohibited items in their checked-in baggage. While flyers had to stand in long queues, hundreds of bags also got misplaced, adding to the chaos.........Read more

Customers hit with debit card decline charges

Even as the government tries to push debit card use, banks continue to hit customers with unreasonable charges for incidents such as transactions declined for want of minimum balance. SBI charges Rs 17 each time a debit card swipe is declined at either an automated teller machine (ATM) or a point of sale (PoS) terminal. HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank charge Rs 25 as transaction decline charges at PoS machines.........Read more

Andhra Pradesh parties intensify status war, protest in Vijayawada, block highways

Intensifying a war demanding a special status, political parties in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday held a statewide peaceful protest in the support of party MPs' agitation in the Parliament. Several state parties took to streets in Vijayawada demanding a special status and blocked the highways.........Read more

Honda X-Blade Launched In India; Priced At Rs 78,500

Honda X-Blade is a 162.71cc single cylinder, air-cooled engine producing 13.93 bhp at 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 13.9 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The X-Blade also gets link type gear shifter for precise and smooth shifts.........Read more

Nirav Modi gave PNB official gold coins, diamond jewellery as bribe: CBI

The CBI told the court that Yashwant Joshi, who worked as a manager in the forex department of the Mumbai branch that is at the center of the fraud, admitted to having received two gold coins weighing 60 grams and a pair of gold and diamond earrings from Modi.........Read more

Baahubali 2 makes it to Rotten Tomatoes best films list, gets 100 per cent score

‘Baahubali’ got mentioned second on Rotten Tomatoes' ‘Best Movies Off the Radar 2017’. The film also scored 100 percent on the Tomatometer, a measure of the reviews coming in for the film and 87 percent Audience Score, an analysis of how many people rated it more than 3.5.........Read more

Facebook is killing Messenger Day and consolidating it with Facebook as Stories

Facebook Stories is getting quite the revamp today. According to reports, not only will Stories between Messenger Day and Facebook be consolidated as of today, but Facebook is also getting rid of Direct, an ephemeral messaging feature.........Read more

Zika virus kills brain cancer stem cells; could potentially be used to treat deadly disease

The findings suggest that the lethal power of the virus - known for infecting and killing cells in the brains of fetuses, causing babies to be born with tiny, misshapen heads - could be directed at malignant cells in the brain. Doing so potentially could improve people's chances against a brain cancer - glioblastoma - that is most often fatal within a year of diagnosis.........Read more

India tops OECD list of countries that trust their governments the most: What does it mean for PM Modi?

According to a Forbes report: "With 73 percent, India was at the very top of the governmental confidence league while Canada also had higher than average confidence levels at 62 percent." The result can be interpreted as a huge vote of confidence in Modi and his government in India, despite the rising number of cases of cow vigilantism and right-wing violence in certain quarters. ........Read more

At Kottayam's new transgender clinic, sex reassignment surgeries are in high demand

The clinic has been set up with the support of the Kottayam District Legal Service Authority and the non-governmental organisation Samridhy, which works with people living with AIDS. The clinic operates on the first Tuesday of every month and has, so far, served more than 50 transgender people in the first two sessions held on June 6 and July 4.........Read more

ED arrests Zoom Developers promoter in ₹966-crore bank loan default case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested Zoom Developers' promoter-cum-director Vijay Choudhary in connection with a ₹966-crore bank loan default case. The ED says that Zoom Developers is involved in default of loans to the tune of ₹2,650 crore, taken from 25 banks. However, the present case pertains to ₹966-crore default.........Read more

NASA's Space Chainmail to Give Astronauts the Edge in Space Duels

The new armor is the brainchild of Polit Casillas, a systems engineer from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Inspired by traditional textiles, this armor relies on advances made in additive manufacturing (aka. 3-D printing) to create woven metal fabrics that can fold and change shape quickly. And someday soon, it could be used for just about everything!........Read more

Holy 'Ganga' the nowhere river

The trouble is, those merciful waves are absent for eight months of the year. The river that starts as the “stainless pure” in the Himalayas (imagined as the head of Shiva) becomes progressively stained as it flows through the Indo-Gangetic plains, till its faecal coliform count is a million times higher than would be safe for drinking.........Read more

Free WiFi planned in 709 Railway Stations by March 2020

The Indian Railways has planned to roll out free WiFi in 709 Railway Stations by March 2020, Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Railways said in Parliament. This will cover all A1, A and B category stations. According to the minister, "the Wi-Fi facility is being provided at railway stations withou........Read more

Bangladesh to join India’s ‘South Asia Satellite’ initiative

Bangladesh has signed an agreement with India to formally join New Delhi’s ‘South Asia Satellite’ initiative, through which the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch a communication satellite for serving the South Asia region. The agreement was inked by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood and Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla.........Read more

We Indians Love Our Dal. But Do You Know the Fascinating History of Our Favourite Comfort Food?

History yields some very interesting facts about dal. Lentil dishes have been known to Indians since very early times. Archaeological evidence indicates that the Indian dal made its first appearance in the Indus Valley Civilization, where lentils – of all kinds – were a staple food.........Read more

Fake Rs 2,000 printed in Pakistan, reach via Bangladesh

The latest seizures were made on February 8 in Murshidabad from Azizur Rahman (26), who hails from Malda in West Bengal. Sources said Rahman, who was carrying 40 fake notes of Rs 2,000 denomination, told investigators that they had been printed in Pakistan, allegedly with the help of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), and had been smuggled across the border from Bangladesh.........Read more

'We remember what Rahane has done' - Kumble

India coach Anil Kumble has hinted that Karun Nair's triple-hundred in India's last Test might not earn him an automatic spot in the XI for the one-off Test against Bangladesh on Thursday. Kumble said while the performance was a huge boost to the overall make-up of the side, they have not forgotten what Ajinkya Rahane - whom Nair had replaced - has done for the team. As things stand, if India stick to their combination of five bowlers, only one of them will play.........Read more

Maha textbook says ugliness prompts demand for more dowry

"If a girl is ugly and handicapped, then it becomes very difficult for her to get married. To marry such girls, bridegroom and his family demand more dowry. Parents of such girls become helpless and pay dowry as per the demands of the bridegroom as family. It leads to rise in the practice of dowry system," the textbook says.........Read more

Boy bleeds to death as onlookers take video

An 18-year-old cyclist lay bleeding after he was run over by a bus here on Wednesday, and all eyewitnesses did was capture his plight on their phones. Soon, footage of the boy's dying moments appeared on social media.........Read more

England’s Ben Stokes to suffer huge financial loss if he plays in IPL

England all-rounder Ben Stokes and rest of English players wanting to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) could lose over 2,90,000 per day from their contracts if they take part in the 2017 edition. A bidding war is set to ensue over Stokes with some sources going as far as saying that Virat Kohli has told the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) management to bring out the cash register to sign the Englishman.........Read more

Influential people suppressed Sheena murder for 3 years: Rakesh Maria

In a startling disclosure a day before he retires from the police force, IPS officer Rakesh Maria today said "influential and wealthy people" suppressed the Sheena Bora murder for three years. Sheena's mother Indrani Mukerjea and former media baron Peter Mukerjea are among those arrested in the case.........Read more

Akhilesh Yadav flags off Lucknow Metro for trial run

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, along with Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav today flagged off Lucknow Metro train for its trial run. Four coaches of the Metro are to cover around four kms between Transport Nagar and Single Nagar Metro stations. The Chief Minister also dedicated the Metro Train Depot to the …........Read more

Opinion: Rahul Gandhi Proves His Family Has Never Understood Hindi

 Members of the Nehru-Gandhi family are known to undergo paroxysms of hate, often at the mere mention of Narendra Modi's name. On the eve of the 2012 Gujarat Assembly polls, the family's matriarch, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, drew widespread condemnation for describing the then Gujarat Chief Minister as "Maut ka Saudagar". Now, merchant of murder, if said in English, would still be an unfortunate choice of phrase, but nowhere as repulsive as the filmy expression "Maut ka Saudagar". Similarly, a "broker of blood" would sound confusing but not cause the kind of revulsion that the word "dalali" in Hindi evokes. ........Read more

Finally, the Indian government is getting rid of stressed state-run companies

On Sept. 28, the Narendra Modi government approved the strategic disinvestment in the loss-making firm based in Allahabad which makes pumps for industrial use. “The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) accorded ‘in principle’ approval for strategic disinvestment of Bharat Pumps and Compressors,”........Read more

How corrupt are our bankers?

Bankers are in an industry where money is the raw material and it is not easy how they use their official position to make money for themselves........Read more

Ashes to ashes: Matang women sift through funeral pyres to earn their livelihood; it's killing them

The women of the Matang community — a sub-section of Dalits — earn their livelihoods by sifting through the ashes of the dead. If the smoke inhalation doesn't kill them, hunger will.........Read more

Triple talaq has no place in secular India: Centre to tell SC next week

The government is set to oppose the controversial triple-talaq divorce route for Muslims during a hearing in the Supreme Court next week, ditching a neutral stand on the politically sensitive tradition that the government says has no place in a secular country like India.........Read more

Pentagon’s Plan to Spy on Russia, Iran is a 'Signal of a Decline in US Hegemony'

This bill directs the Department of Defense to report to Congress annually on cooperation between Iran and Russia and how and to what extent such cooperation affects US national security and strategic interests," according to the Congress website.........Read more

Soumya murder case: Kerala to file review petition

The Kerala government on Thursday said it would challenge the Supreme Court decision to set aside the death sentence awarded for homicide to Govindachamy.The apex court has upheld the life imprisonmen........Read more

Now, govt pensioners can track status via SMS, online

New Delhi: Over 11.61 lakh government pensioners can now track the status of their pension and grievance redressal through SMS as well as monitor receipts online — steps that aim to “lessen harassment” for senior citizens. Read More:  Age plays spoilsport for male teachers in Haryana Related Post Sultan keeps smashing all previous records, collects Rs........Read more

IITs Ignore AIPC Verdict; Invite Banned Startups For Placements

Putting an end to speculation, the All-IITs Placement Committee (AIPC) banned 31 startups in August from conducting placement drives this year at IITs. This decision was taken at the AIPC-All Ind...........Read more

Kashmir Valley to be under curfew on Eid; choppers, drones to keep vigil

Curfew will be imposed in all 10 districts of the Kashmir Valley on Eid to prevent any outbreak of violence. The army, which has been asked to be on standby, will step in if there is a fresh outbreak of violence in the Valley, which has been witnessing widespread unrest for over two months leading to death of over 75 people so far, official sources said.........Read more

Renault Kwid shakes up the big boys of India’s small car market

Maruti Suzuki readying next-gen Alto, Hyundai a new small car, even as Renault launches the more powerful Kwid 1.0........Read more

Second wife of Muslim military personnel entitled to health benefits, family pension: AFT

The petitioner retired in the rank of Lt Col and thereafter he married again while maintaining the matrimonial relationship with his first wife.........Read more

Ranveer Singh Is Back In ‘Padmavati’, Thanks To Deepika Padukone

All differences between the actor and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali have been resolved. ........Read more

Ambedkar, Rohith Vemula and Whatsapp: Gau rakshaks have unwittingly spurred Dalit unity in Gujarat

Dalits in the western state have slowly been stepping up to demand for their rights.........Read more

HIV activists voice concern over crackdown on NGOs

Worried about the shrinking space for civil society organisations in India, HIV activists from around the world protested outside the Indian embassy in Durban, South Africa. Humanitarian aid organisa........Read more

Grading writers, artistes is new brainwave of Culture Ministry

IN A bizarre step that it says will prevent a clique from dominating the official cultural space, the Culture Ministry has decided to rate artistes and writers across the country on the basis of which they will be sent to various events.........Read more

Kashmir violence: Fresh clashes break out, two more dead

14 people were injured in clashes which broke out in the towns of Sopore, Delina and Pattan in neighbouring Baramulla district.........Read more

Edmund Puts Britain Ahead Over Serbia in Rain-Hit Davis Cup

Kyle Edmund eased past Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 but heavy rain meant the scheduled second singles rubber was cancelled until Saturday.........Read more

Not Being Able To Hear Does Not Mean A Child Cannot Learn To Speak, Here's Proof!

SAHAS, an NGO based in West Bengal, promotes early intervention among children born deaf in order to teach them how to talk from an early age.........Read more

Indians love meat of all kinds: That’s what an RGI survey says

According to a survey conducted by the Registrar General of India, Punjab is a vegetarian state and Telengana has the highest population of non-vegetarians in the country.........Read more

Andhra Pradesh govt, ZTESoft to set up incubation centre in Kakinada

The Andhra Pradesh-Shenzhen Joint Incubation Centre will be an 85:15 venture with the state govt investing Rs13.60 crore........Read more

Bangladesh hangs Jamaat-e-Islami chief for 1971 war crimes

Fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami was hanged tonight, becoming the senior most Islamist to be executed for war crimes committed during Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan.........Read more

Bihar says no to 'havan' and 'puja' between 9am-6pm to avoid fire accidents - Times of India

Stung by fire incidents in various parts of Bihar due to searing heat conditions, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday ordered officials to issue an advisory to people not to light fire between 9 AM and 6 PM and observe 'havan' and puja before nine in the morning.........Read more