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6,387 COVID-19 Cases, 170 Deaths in Last 24 Hours Take India's Tally Beyond 1.50 Lakh-mark

India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases crossed 1.50 lakh on Wednesday after over 6,300 fresh infections and 170 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. “Spike of 6,387 new COVID-19 cases and 170 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total number of cases in the country now at 1,51,767 including 83,004 active cases, 64,425 cured/discharged and 4,337 deaths”, said Ministry of Health And Family Welfare said. Maharashtra continued to be the worst-hit state with over 55,000 COVID-19 cases.........Read more

Coronavirus cases in India cross 1.12 lakh, record 5,609 new cases in 24 hours

Coronavirus claimed 132 lives in last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 3,435. Maharashtra alone accounted for 65 deaths on Wednesday, a lion's share of the total fatalities across the country on Wednesday. There were 63,624 active coronavirus patients in the country, according to ministry of health and family welfare. On a positive side, at least 40% of the total coronavirus cases were recovered from the disease. More than 42,000 people have been cured so far. Meanwhile, COVID-19 infection continued to surge in Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.........Read more

'Beast Mode Activated': Fit-Again Hardik Smashes 37-Ball Hundred Ahead of IPL 2020

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya was at his belligerent best as he smashed a whirlwind century off just 37 balls in the 16th DY Patil T20 tournament at the Reliance Corporate Park on Tuesday. Eyeing a comeback to the national squad after recovering from lower back injury, Hardik has sent a strong message to the Team India selectors ahead of the upcoming three-match ODI series against South Africa, beginning March 12.........Read more

This Scary Map Shows How Coronavirus May Be Spreading Globally Through Wuhan Travelers

The Chinese government over the past 24 hours announced that it was recalibrating the way they calculated the deaths and confirmed infection counts in the country, which now means they have confirmed 15,152 new cases and 254 additional deaths. If Chinese government figures are to be believed, the country’s Coronavirus death toll now stands at 1,367 while the confirmed infections are now 59,804. With this as the backdrop, a map created by the University of Southampton should send shivers down your spine. The university’s WorldPop research team has tried to put together a map that shows the movements of as many as 60,000 residents who traveled out of Wuhan and went around the world, since the outbreak started but before the travel lockdown was put in place.........Read more

Auto Expo 2020: Vespa Elettrica all-electric on display, Bajaj Chetak rival? - Overdrive

Vespa has showcased the Elettrica electric scooter with a riding range of 100km in one full charge with a claimed full charge time of 4 hours using a 220v. Vespa has not mentioned any plans to bring this Euro-spec Elettrica but confirms that the company is working on launching an EV in the Indian market. The peak power output of the Vespa Elettrica is 4kW while the continuous power output will be 3.6kW. Aprilia mentions that the Elettrica makes use of a lithium ion battery and Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS).........Read more

Half Kg Human Hair and Empty Shampoo Packets Removed from Girl's Stomach in Tamil Nadu

As per reports, the girl, who is a 7th standard student, complained of severe stomach aches for the last few months, following which her parents took her to the private VGM Hospital in the city. The doctors at the hospital conducted a scan which revealed a ball like object lodged in her stomach. Doctors initially tried to remove the foreign particles via endoscopy, but decided to operate when their attempt failed. Surgeon Gokul Kripashankar along with his team conducted the surgery and successfully extracted the hair and the empty shampoo packets from her stomach.........Read more

Prince Charles to visit India for second time in two years

Prince Charles, heir-to-the-British throne, will make an official two-day visit to India next month with a focus on sustainable markets, climate change and social finance.........Read more

ED Conducts Raids on DHFL Premises in Connection With Money Laundering Case Against Iqbal Mirchi

The Dewan Housing Finance Corp Ltd (DHFL) allegedly had business links with Sunblink Real Estate, the firm at the heart of investigations into the financial dealings of Mirchi. The DHFL had given loans of Rs 2,186 crore to the real estate firm.........Read more

New e-commerce policy to be good and sound, says DPIIT Secretary

A day after US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross pitched for a balanced e-commerce policy by India, a top government official on Friday stressed the new e-commerce policy, which is being firmed up, will be ‘good and sound’. Speaking at the Indian Economic Summit, department for promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT) secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra said, “We are working on a new policy which is more comprehensive…. But I can assure that the policy that will be made, will be good and sound policy.” He, however, acknowledged that there were issues such as data and a level-playing field for brick and mortar stores.........Read more

Gully Boy is India’s entry to Oscars: Ranveer Singh wants to make ‘mark on world stage’, Alia Bhatt prays for its win

As Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy was announced as India’s official entry to the 92nd Oscar Awards on Saturday, Ranveer Singh said the moment is a “proud” one for everyone associated with the film. “It’s a proud moment for our entire team. I’m especially proud of and happy for Zoya! -- Gully Boy is her (Tiger) baby, and I am blessed to have been a part of her maverick vision,” said the actor who took home IIFA’s best actor trophy on Wednesday. Ranveer also expressed his emotions towards the film which drew inspiration from the lives of Mumbai street rappers Vivian Fernandes aka Divine and Naved Shaikh aka Naezy. “Gully Boy echoed the voice of the streets. It will always be one of my most personal films. As always, I will keep striving towards making the flag of Hindi cinema fly high. I’m very happy that the passionate hard work that our cast and crew put into creating Gully Boy is reaping rewards,” said the 34-year-old actor. In the end, the actor expressed desire of making “significant mark on the world stage [Oscars]” with “the love and support of our beloved audience.” The actor also thanked the Film Federation of India and his fans in a statement he posted on Twitter.........Read more

This Year June is Among The Five Driest in 100 Years, Reveals MeT

Weather reports so far this year have revealed that June this year falls under the category of the ‘five driest months of June in the country in the past 100 years’. So far, the rains across the nation in the month of June have been recorded to be 35 per cent below the normal level. At the beginning of this month, (June 2019) private weather forecaster Skymet Weather stated that the pre-monsoon rainfall in the country was the second lowest in 65 years. In fact, the three-month pre-monsoon season March, April and May ended with a rainfall deficiency of 25 per cent. “This has been the second driest pre-monsoon season in the last 65 years, with the lowest being recorded in 2012 when countrywide cumulative rainfall deficiency had mounted to 31 per cent,” Skymet Weather had said. The officials from the private weather agency noted that all the four meteorological divisions namely Northwest India, Central India, East-Northeast India and South Peninsula had recorded a deficit rainfall of 30 per cent, 18 per cent, 14 per cent and 47 per cent, respectively.........Read more

EC blocks Rafale book release. No such order given, says Tamil Nadu CEO

Election officials blocked the release of a book on the Rafale defence deal in Chennai on Tuesday, citing the model code of conduct in place since the general election schedule was announced last month.........Read more

India Makes Another Big Leap in World Bank's 'Ease of Doing Business' Index, Jumps 23 Spots to 77th Rank

India made a big jump in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking. Ranked at the 77th spot, India made a leap of 23 places from its last year’s rank of 100 among 190 nations.........Read more

Almost everyone in India is borrowing someone else’s login to stream movies and TV

Almost eight in 10 subscribers of Amazon, Netflix, and Hotstar in India share their subscriptions with family, friends, and even colleagues, a survey by research and consultancy firm Pixights has found. ........Read more

EVs won't require permits for commercial use

The Minister of Road Transport & Highways has announced that electric vehicles (EV) and alternate fuel vehicles used for commercial applications will no longer require a permit. This includes commercial vehicles powered by CNG. ........Read more

At least 20 including two Afghan journalists killed in twin blasts at Kabul wrestling club

At least 20 people have been killed including two Afghan journalists after twin blasts at a Kabul wrestling club on Wednesday that left another 70 wounded.........Read more

Opposition Picks NCP's Vandana Chavan For Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Post

The opposition on Tuesday picked Vandana Chavan, MP from Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), as its candidate for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman.........Read more

AMU must follow rules. This is not Pakistan: Scheduled Caste panel on university demanding minority status

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes to implement the reservation policy, Unless the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) submits documents to prove its minority status by August........Read more

Tata Harrier Name Confirmed For Upcoming H5X SUV

Tata Motors reveal ‘Harrier’ name for their new SUV. Production of the new Tata Harrier will begin soon, with its launch expected in 2019. The Tata Harrier is the first of many premium products to be introduced by Tata Motors in India. ........Read more

'Withdraw Jayant Sinha's Harvard alumni status': Rahul urges people to support petition as MoS felicitated convicts

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday slammed Union Minister Jayant Sinha for felicitating eight men convicted for killing a meat trader in Jharkhand last year and urged citizens to support a petition asking the Harvard University to withdraw minister's alumni status.........Read more

A portion of WR bridge collapses on track in Mumbai; all train services stopped

A part of a road overbridge which connects Andheri East to Andheri West, collapsed amid heavy rains in Mumbai’s Andheri West on Tuesday morning, leaving thousands of commuters stranded amid traffic disruption along the arterial route.........Read more

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) knocked the door of Supreme Court challenging the bail granted for karti Chidambaram

CBI in its appeal has claimed that it was ‘impermissible’ for the high court to entertain the bail plea filed by Karti when an application seeking similar relief was pending before the trial court. ........Read more

Yoga one of most powerful unifying forces: PM Modi on International Yoga Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led around 50,000 yoga enthusiasts in performing a variety of asanas on the occasion of International Yoga Day at the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun.........Read more

Jayanagar BJP MLA BN Vijay Kumar Collapses During Election Rally, Dies At Age 59

BN Vijay Kumar, the BJP MLA from Jayanagar in Bengaluru died of a massive heart attack on Friday morning, soon after he collapsed during an election rally in Jayanagar on Thursday night. Vijay Kumar had been one of the prominent legislators of the BJP and had represented the Jayanagar constituency twice. He had filed nominations for a third term in the upcoming Karnataka assembly elections on May 12, competing against the Congress candidate, Karnataka home minister R Ramalinga Reddy's daughter Soumya Reddy.........Read more

Cabinet approves Ordinance to seize properties of fugitive economic offenders

The ordinance was approved at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the sources said. It will come into effect after the assent of the President. The provisions of the ordinance will apply for economic offenders who refuse to return, persons against whom an arrest warrant has been issued for a scheduled offence as well as wilful bank loan defaulters with outstanding of over Rs 100 crore.........Read more

India’s cybersecurity chief avoids net banking

Even as the government promotes more digital transactions, the country’s cyber security chief Gulshan Rai said on Thursday he rarely does any internet banking himself because he understands the “issues there”, hinting that people doing online transactions must be aware of the risks.........Read more

INX Media case: CBI gets custody of Karti Chidambaram for 3 more days

A special court today extended Karti Chidambaram's CBI custody by another three days. Karti, who is being investigated in connection with the INX Media case, has already been in CBI remand + for the last nine days.........Read more

Zimbabwe Cricket at a financial crossroads

April promises to be a decisive month for not only will Zimbabwe know whether they will play the 2019 World Cup but also whether their request for financial assistance with the ICC has been accepted.........Read more

Former India footballer Bhaichung Bhutia resigns from Trinamool Congress

Former Indian football player and team captain, Bhaichung Bhutia announced that he has quit the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and holds no position within the party. In recent times, he went against the party stand on Gorkhaland and has expressed his support for a separate statehood for the region.........Read more

Mind-boggling number: Brain can implode into a black hole if you try to comprehend these digits

Scientists believe that a number called the "Graham's Number" is so mind-bogglingly large that if you try to store it in your brain it might collapse on itself and could end up forming a black hole. Graham's Number can be obtained through 64 steps, each involving a mathematical procedure called Knuth's up-arrow notation. In each step, the same action is performed on the result of the previous one. After the first three steps, there are around 7.6 trillion threes in the sequence.........Read more

Surprise Discovery Shows We Have Been Totally Wrong About The Size of Andromeda Galaxy

A new technique for measuring the mass of galaxies has been applied to our closest galactic neighbour - and it has found that the Andromeda galaxy is roughly the same size as the Milky Way, and not two to three times bigger as was previously thought. Led by astrophysicist Prajwal Kafle from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, the team found that the mass of the Andromeda galaxy is around 800 billion times the mass of the Sun, a measurement also known as a solar mass.........Read more

Bajaj Avenger 180 to be priced at Rs 83,987, launch soon

Bajaj introduced a smaller 150cc based version of the same in the market last year, and now it is all set to launch a bigger 180cc version. As per reports, the bike will draw its power from the same 180cc engine as seen on the Pulsar 180 which is a 178.6cc 4-stroke, single-cylinder engine delivering near 17bhp of maximum power at 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 14.22Nm at 6,500rpm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed transmission. Also, the bike will be equipped with ABS as a safety feature.........Read more

2015-16 was the worst year for corporate sales since liberalisation

The year 2015-16 was the worst corporate India has seen in the post-liberalisation era in terms of growth in sales revenue. Sales during that year grew at a mere 1.6 percent, shows data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), an independent agency that tracks economic and business data.........Read more

Mass castration: Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim chargesheeted

The CBI on Thursday submitted its chargesheet against jailed Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and two doctors in connection with the castration of hundreds of followers inside the dera. The chargesheet was filed before the special CBI court in Panchkula which had earlier convicted Gurmeet of rape.........Read more

EU removes 8 countries from tax haven blacklist

A month after blacklisting 17 countries for refusing to cooperate on tax evasion, the European Union (EU) has announced it is delisting half of them. Barbados, Grenada, the Republic of Korea, Macao SAR, Mongolia, Panama, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates are moved to a separate category of jurisdictions subject to close monitoring.........Read more

BJP’s 99 in Gujarat to tell on its Rajya Sabha strength

The term of four Rajya Sabha members of the party from the State ends in April, but with its lower Assembly strength, it can win back only two of the seats. The BJP’s loss will be the Congress’s gain with the party now in a comfortable position to get two MPs into the Upper House. For one MP to be elected to the Rajya Sabha, both parties will require 36 MLAs. ........Read more

Virat-Anushka To Tie Knot At A Resort In Tuscany

After much hype, anticipation, speculation: whatever be the term it has been confirmed that the 'Virushka' are going to tie the knot in Italy. Another confirmation on the subject is that a grand reception has been planned by Kohli in Mumbai on December 26.........Read more

Karnataka: Body representing 327 private hospitals in Bengaluru calls-off strike

Doctors have been protesting against the Siddaramaiah government's attempt to table the bill, that includes price regulation for procedures at private hospitals and punishment including imprisonment for wrong treatment against doctors. Doctors have alleged that the bill is an election gimmick by the government.........Read more

FIFA warns All India Football Federation against third-party interference

The AIFF has been reminded by FIFA against the third-party interference after Delhi High Court set aside the election of Praful Patel as it wasn’t held in the knowledge of the National Sports Code. The FIFA stated that member federations must be free from legal and political interference.........Read more

2018 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RC Revealed

Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta has revealed the new 2018 Dragster 800 RC which is based on the RR variant of the naked motorcycle. The RC stands for Reparto Corse, the racing division of MV Agusta. On the design front, the Dragster 800 RC gets carbon fibre and thermoplastic fairing, dashboard cover, radiator air scoops, new racy livery and forged nine-spoke alloy wheels. ........Read more

US for alternative to China’s ‘One Belt One Road’, with India as partner

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested that the US and India partner to build road connectivity in the sub-continent and port connectivity in the Indo-Pacific, as a sort of alternative to the Chinese One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative .........Read more

Denmark Open: HS Prannoy, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth in quarters

HS Prannoy's second successive win over three-time Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei was the highlight on a day when Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth also made the quarterfinals of Denmark Open Super Series Premier in Odense.........Read more

Mirzapur: 90 students fall sick after consuming contaminated food

At least 90 students of a school fell sick in Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur district after consuming contaminated food. The children complained of abdominal pain and vomiting after consuming the meal following which they were admitted to the Vindhyachal Health Center.........Read more

India eyes airport in Sri Lanka, near Chinese Belt and Road outpost

India is in advanced talks with Sri Lanka to operate an airport on the southern tip of the island, where China has invested heavily as part of its Belt and Road initiative, a Sri Lankan minister said.........Read more

Sasikala did not apply for parole, say prison officials

According to prisons department officials, Sasikala, lodged in Bengaluru jail, is not eligible for the parole leave as criminal cases against her are still pending.........Read more

Nirmala Sitharaman begins 2-day J&K visit

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is visiting Jammu and Kashmir on Friday to review the preparedness of the soldiers on borders and security in the hinterland. The two-day visit would be her first since she assumed office as the Defence Minister of the country.........Read more

Google appeals record €2.4 billion antitrust fine over manipulated search results

Google today appealed the record €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion USD) antitrust fine levied against it by the European Union back in June over allegations the company promoted its own price comparison services over competitors’. The fine is the largest antitrust penalty in the history of the European Commission, the executive body and antitrust watchdog of the EU. Google was asked at the time to alter its practices by September 28th, following the EU’s findings after a seven-year investigation into the company’s allegedly anticompetitive search behavior.........Read more

5-yr-old girl raped by peon in Delhi school

A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a peon inside the premises of a private school in Shahdara here, the police said. The accused, identified as Vikas (40), has been arrested, said Nupur Prasad, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Shahdara.........Read more

NBA 2K18's Free Demo Out Now, Lets You Carry Over Your Save Data

NBA 2K18 may still be a little over a week away from release, but PS4 and Xbox One players have a chance to dive into a portion of the game a little early. The game's Prelude demo is now available to download on both consoles.........Read more

Square founder Jack Dorsey talks bitcoin and says blockchain is the ‘next big unlock’

If you’ve been hearing or reading a lot about blockchain but you still aren’t entirely certain how to define it, you’re not alone. It’s something that Jack Dorsey, the chief executive officer and chairman of Square (and CEO of Twitter), describes as the “next big unlock,” something that, he notes, is normally applied to accounting terms but has the potential to “be applied to so much more.”........Read more

India's JSW to Invest Rs 40 Billion on Electric Cars, Plans to Roll Out by 2020

JSW Energy will invest up to 40 billion rupees ($623 million) to build electric cars, batteries and charging infrastructure, part of the power company's diversification plans to drive future growth, its chief executive said. ........Read more

Nitish Kumar praises Narendra Modi, says none has the strength to compete with PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is virtually unstoppable going into the 2019 general elections as no party or leader has the strength to compete with him, says Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.........Read more

Doklam is the Result of China Rapidly 'Drifting In', Not Bhutan and India Drifting Apart

The basis for reaching this conclusion is the manner in which Sino-Bhutan border negotiations and the discourse on Bhutan-China relations have unfolded in the past few years. The year 1998 was a defining moment as both China and Bhutan signed an “Agreement on Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility in Bhutan-China Border Areas.” ........Read more

SC issues directions to implement food act

A bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and N V Ramana directed that the secretary of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution convene meetings of the secretaries of all the states and Union Territories on or before August 31 to take stock of the implementation of the food act.........Read more

Is Gorkhaland agitation turning into an armed underground movement?

The West Bengal government, on its part, since the Gorkhaland agitation started in the hills on June 8, alleged that the protest had the support of various "anti-social" elements--right from the Maoists of Nepal to various insurgent groups from the neighbouring northeastern states.........Read more

Indian Captain Mithali Raj at the Cusp of Cricketing History

She took the world by storm as she romped on to a century on her debut against Ireland at the Milton Keynes ground. She made her way into the record books as one among the only five women in the history of women’s ODIs till date to have scored a century on debut.........Read more

India inks seven MoUs with Israel, Netanyanhu hails relationship as match made in heaven

Netanyahu hailed the India-Israel relationship as a “marriage made in heaven” which is being implemented here on earth. “This is a deeply moving moment for me. We are making history,” the Israeli prime minister said.........Read more

Nuclear reactor at Kalpakkam: World's envy, India's pride

On the shores of Bay of Bengal at Kalpakkam near Chennai, Indian nuclear scientists are in the final throes of starting a high-tech giant stove more than 15 years in the making. This novel nuclear reactor is a kind of an 'akshaya patra', the mythical goblet with a never-ending supply of food.........Read more

SEBI asks commodity bourses to set up investor service fund

Commodity exchanges have to compulsorily set up investor protection and service funds, Sebi has said on Tuesdsy. Coming out with comprehensive guidelines, the markets regulator said commodity derivati........Read more

Sher Bahadur Deuba elected prime minister of Nepal

Sher Bahadur Deuba will be heading a multi-party coalition, with the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre as the second largest constituent after Nepali Congress. This is the fourth time that Deuba, 72 becomes the Prime Minister of the country.........Read more

Human trials of Chikungunya vaccine underway, announces Bharat Biotech

BS ReporterHyderabad, 6 June: Hyderabad-based vaccine manufacturer Bharat Biotech announced today that the phase 1 of human clinical trials of the indigenously developed Chikungunya vaccine was underway in India to evaluate the vaccine's safety,........Read more

Flipkart's COO quits; Krishnamurthy's grip tightens

Flipkart's chief operating officer Nitin Seth, one of the top ranking executives at the firm, has put in his papers. Seth, who was in charge of logistics unit Ekart besides corporate functions like strategy and human resources (HR) till recently, is leaving the organisation citing personal reasons. ........Read more

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Full schedule, complete fixture list in Indian Standard Time (IST) and complete squads for each team

The ICC Champions Trophy is all set to begin from June 1. The Indian squad have already reached the United Kingdom and have taken to the pratice nets in London.........Read more

Aviation Ministry issues guidelines: Commander should serve 1-year notice period, co-pilots 6 months on resignation

The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Wednesday issued strict guidelines over resignation and said commanders should serve notice period of one year and co-pilots a notice period of six months on resignation. The Ministry said that during the notice period, pilot will not refuse to undertake flight duties. The employer will also not deprive pilot of legitimate rights.........Read more

Pakistan mutilates bodies of two Indian soldiers, army vows appropriate response

Pakistani forces killed two Indian soldiers and mutilated their bodies along the Line of Control on Monday morning, the army’s Northern Command said while promising to “appropriately respond” to the “despicable act”.........Read more

Finance Ministry gives Labour Min go ahead for 8.65% interest on EPF

The Finance Ministry in its communication to the Labour Ministry has, however, put a rider that the interest rate should not result in a deficit for the retirement fund. This will enable the Labour Ministry to provide 8.65% rate as decided by the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) trustees.........Read more

40% of Indian Railways' tracks used beyond capacity: Overworked tracks make train travel unsafe

Track failures and subsequent derailments are caused by twin factors–excessive traffic and underinvestment in rail infrastructure. There has been a 56 percent increase in the daily tally of passenger trains over 15 years–from 8,520 in 2000-01 to 13,313 in 2015-16. The number of freight trains increased by 59 percent in the same period. But the running track length for all these trains increased by only 12 percent in 15 years–from 81,865 kilometres to 92,081 kilometres.........Read more

Theresa May to trigger article 50 on 29 March

Theresa May will trigger article 50 on Wednesday 29 March, the prime minister’s spokesman has confirmed. The UK’s permanent representative to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow, notified the EU on Monday morning that a letter should be expected on that date.........Read more

Why almost all of the Universe is utterly invisible

About 95% of the cosmos cannot be seen by any telescopes, because it is made of mysterious "dark matter" and "dark energy" that do not interact with light.........Read more

Pro-IS channel cites Saifullah as inspiration for lone-wolf attacks in India

A pro-Islamic channel, Al Hindi on Telegram, an encrypted chat platform, has praised Mohammad Saifullah, encountered in Lucknow terror operation as a 'soldier of Khilafah from India' and incited Muslims to follow his example and launch lone-wolf attacks........Read more

First look of DJ, impressive

We have finally unveiled the most awaited first look for the film and the response is phenomenal. Within minutes, the poster started to trend across the world on Twitter. We are also planning to release a teaser on Maha Shivratri.........Read more

India needs seven wickets to win

Having dismissed Bangladesh for 388 in the first innings, India produced two hours of entertaining batting, where they scored 158 runs and declared right at tea, setting Bangladesh a massive target of 459. In reply, the start wasn't ideal. R Ashwin removed Tamim Iqbal for his second failure in the match before Soumya Sarkar and Mominul Haque put together a meritorious 60-run stand.........Read more

Auto rickshaw aggregator Jugnoo launches taxi services

The auto rickshaw aggregator announced its strategy to diversify its offerings and enter into yet another new vertical comes at a time when drivers are looking for an alternate solution to resolve their earnings and incentive issues. Drivers empanelled with cab aggregators are upset with the decreasing incentives and are demanding the taxi fares to be increased to make running taxis viable.........Read more

Sasikala threatens to protest on Governor for not taking up the decision

The long-time confidante of former chief minister and party supremo, the late J Jayalalithaa, is awaiting the governor’s response to end the political stalemate after she allegedly forced O Panneerselvam to resign from the top post in the southern state. “We have waited long, we will approach this differently tomorrow (Sunday),” she said, a remark that appeared to be a veiled threat as well as an indication that patience is running thin.........Read more

Jawan viral video: Unable to contact him, Tej Bahadur's family files Habeas Corpus in Delhi HC

Tej Bahadur Yadav’s family, has filed a habeas corpus at the Delhi High Court claiming they were unable to contact him. For the uninitiated, a habeas corpus is a writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or court. Yadav’s brother-in-law told The Indian Express: “We will send legal notice to the DG today. The habeas corpus has been filed in Delhi High Court.”........Read more

PM Narendra Modi's Dig At Manmohan Singh On Corruption

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took on his predecessor, Dr Manmohan Singh, by stating that "there is not a single black mark against him despite all the corruption. Only Doctor Saab knows how to bathe with a raincoat in the bathroom." The remark references the many corruption scandals that erupted in the government on Dr Singh's watch when the Congress-led coalition governed the country for two successive terms. Despite the swindles, the personal integrity of Dr Singh, a respected economist, is usually exempt from criticism and hard-sold by his party. The BJP has repeatedly said he cannot be exempted from blame for the swindles over the allocation of coal blocks, spectrum and telecom licenses, among others.........Read more

Researchers develop gel-based robots that can catch live fish

Engineers have fabricated transparent gel-based robots that move when water is pumped in and out of them and can perform tasks like grabbing and releasing a live fish. The robots are made entirely of hydrogel -- a tough, rubbery, nearly transparent material that's composed mostly of water.........Read more

Hockey India League: SV Sunil stars in Punjab Warriors' 7-0 win over Ranchi Rays

Indian forward S.V. Sunil scored twice as defending champions Jaypee Punjab Warriors handed Ranchi Rays a 7-0 thrashing to mark their first win of the Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) 2017 at the AstroTurf Hockey Stadium........Read more

Asaram Bapu case: Supreme Court denies bail, orders fresh FIR

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the bail application of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu and ordered a fresh FIR against him for attaching a false medical document along with his plea. He was also slapped with Rs 1 lakh in fine for filing a “frivolous petition”. Asaram, who is facing allegations of sexual assault, moved the apex court for bail on medical grounds. ........Read more

Federal court stays Donald Trump's immigration ban, ACLU wins legal challenge

On Saturday, a New York federal court issued an emergency stay on US President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. A lawsuit was filed by legal organisations along with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of individuals who were subject to the ban and were detained by the US government with deportation while holding valid visas to enter the country. The ACLU said it would argue in US District Court in New York at 7:30 pm ET on Saturday for a nationwide stay to block deportation of people stranded in US airports because of Trump's order.........Read more

After Governor, Home Minister Involved in Sexual abuse?

Hours after Meghalaya governor submitted his resignation following a sexual harassment controversy, the state Home Minister Horju Donkupar Roy Lyngdoh has found himself under media scanner in an alleged rape incident of a 14-year old girl........Read more

Sports got them off the streets

From being friends with four street children who would beg for money to gathering them every evening to play football, this is how three youngsters founded Anstrengung United and now train more than 200 street children.........Read more

Jagan protests at Vizag airport after being denied entry into city

High drama was witnessed at the airport here after police allegedly tried to prevent YSR Congress president and Leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy from entering the city for a candle light protest scheduled later this evening.........Read more

Samajwadi Party rejects Congress’ demand for more seats, alliance unlikely

Likely alliance between ruling Samajwadi Party and Congress might not take place as the two parties have not been able to reach any consensus over seat-sharing issue, ANI quoting sources reported on Saturday. Samajwadi Party had offered Congress 99 seats, while the grand old party was admant on a demand of 12 seats, the agency reported. Senior SP leader Naresh Aggarwal, confirming the development, said that alliance is almost broken.........Read more

Meet the Nizami Bandhu, qawwali’s rockstars

The marble floor of the Nizamuddin dargah is covered with dew. The pungent fragrance of incense engulfs the compound. The mausoleum is lit up with fairy lights. The shrine is decorated with marigolds and chandeliers to mark the 713th Urs or death anniversary of the 12th-century Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya. Devotees holding prayer beads are sitting on the raised platform surrounding the grave of Nizamuddin. In the courtyard, qawwals are reciting ‘Rang’, a special qawwali that marks the culmination of the Urs. As the sound of ‘Aaj rang hai’ reverberates in the air, the audience turns ecstatic.........Read more

BCCI strikes back: In dramatic twist, Attorney General tells Supreme Court to recall Lodha panel reforms

On a day the Supreme Court was to name a set of administrators for the BCCI, Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi brought a dramatic twist to the script when he argued that the implementation of the Lodha reforms needed a bigger debate and must be referred to a larger bench.........Read more

Harshvardhan Kapoors fight with Filmfare over Diljit Dosanjhs win gets ugly

It all started when Harshvardhan Kapoor missed out on the Best Debut award for Mirzya at the recently concluded Filmfare Awards, which went to Udta Punjab actor Diljit Dosanjh instead. He did not hide his disappointment and lashed out in an interview, "Although I picked up two debutant awards earlier, I was really looking forward to winning the black lady. But I guess every awards event has its own parameters. I'll be honest, though. I think a debutant award is meant for someone working on his first film. It shouldn't go to an actor who has worked in several films in another industry or language."........Read more

Salman Khan acquitted of Arms Act violations in 1998 case

Bollywood actor Salman Khan was today acquitted of all charges in the Arms Act case against him in the alleged poaching of two black bucks. A case against the film star was registered in October 1998 under the Arms Act for his alleged use and possession of arms with an expired license during the alleged poaching of two black bucks in Kankani village.........Read more

Government may set threshold for probe into deposits to prevent harassment of taxpayers

In a bid to curb possible harassment of taxpayers during investigations into bank deposits post-demonetisation, the government is looking to lay down norms for tax officers, including a threshold below which scrutiny will not ordinarily be initiated.........Read more

Gautamiputra Satakarni: with unwavering focus, film talks of Telugu identity

What makes this Krish’s best outing is its consistency, thanks to a tight script and supreme performances from Balakrishna and Shriya. Hema Malini gets a lot of scope to perform too. The success of the narrative lies in not compromising on scholarship and yet retaining simple dialogues. The music bears a rich Hindustani and folk flavour that benefits the film. The film talks of Telugu identity, re-emphasises Amaravati’s cultural significance, talks of a borderless society, gives Shriya a role of a lifetime and yet remains a Balakrishna film, an achievement for Krish in only his seventh outing.........Read more

Undersea earthquake of 7.3 magnitude hits southeast of Philippines

A major undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck southeast of the Philippines today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.........Read more

Demonetisation will lead to bigger, cleaner GDP: BJP

BJP on Saturday termed the aftermath of demonetisation a “sacred movement” during which the masses accepted the temporary suffering with enthusiasm and asserted that black money has now been deposited in banks that will lead to high revenues and bigger and cleaner GDP.........Read more

Government to launch two new apps to help improve road safety and citizen interactions

m-Parivahan is a citizen-centric app which would offer the facility of searching and establishing the genuineness of a vehicle and driver. e-challan is an enforcement app which will be utilised by traffic police as well as transport authorities. “The ministry is planning to launch two apps related to road safety and customer facilitation. One of them would be e-challan which would be used by the enforcement authorities and another would be m-Parivahan which would provide host of services to citizens".........Read more

There is an organ in the human body you never knew of. It’s called mesentery

Scientists in Ireland have classified a brand-new organ inside the human body, one that has been hiding in plain sight in our digestive system, proving the anatomic description laid down over 100 years of anatomy as incorrect. The mesentery, which connects the intestine to the abdomen, had for hundreds of years been considered a fragmented structure made up of multiple separate parts.........Read more

Mohammed Kaif Slammed Those Who Told Him Surya Namaskar Is 'Un-Islamic'

He mentioned how beneficial for the body the yoga-asana is. And as one of the most agile cricketers India has ever seen, Kaif is the right person to go to for fitness tips. Yet some enlightened minds found his pose so offensive that they thought of educating the cricketer on what-not-to-do-to-ensure-you-are-a-good-Muslim lesson.........Read more

6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Japan

The earthquake logged lower 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7 in some parts of Ibaraki prefecture, and could be felt in a wide range of areas in eastern and northeastern Japan including Tokyo.........Read more

Allahabad High Court rules triple talaq as 'unconstitutional,' says it violates rights of Muslim women

The Allahabad High Court has ruled that triple talaq is "unconstitutional" and that "it violates the rights of Muslim women. No Personal Law Board is above the Constitution." Triple talaq is the Islamic practice of divorcing a woman by uttering the word "talaq" thrice consecutively. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board has always defended the practice saying that it is better to divorce a woman than kill her and that the court cannot question the rights that come with religion........Read more

New Cold War: US Marines' Norway war games

An American tank full of US Marines crashes through the silence of the sub-zero pine forest, far above the Arctic Circle, as unidentified drones hover overhead.........Read more

E-cigarettes as harmful for your gum as smoking, reveals study

Research has shown that the vapours from an e-cigarette release inflammatory proteins damaging to cells in gums that could lead to various oral diseases........Read more

Moto Guzzi V9 And MGX-21 Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs. 13.6 Lakh And Rs. 27.78 Lakh Respectively

Moto Guzzi today introduced three new motorcycles to its Indian line-up - the V9 Bobber, V9 Roamer and the MGX-21 cruiser. While the both the V9 twins have been priced at Rs. 13.60 lakh, the classic Bagger-style MGX 21 will retail at Rs. 27.78 lakh.........Read more

Shadow Warrior 2 Review

Shadow Warrior 2 nails many important aspects of being a first-person action experience. It allows you to move quickly and precisely as you shoot a wide variety of enemies with powerful guns and slice them up with piercing blades. But as a game that puts such a large focus on comedy, it stumbles and falls with jokes that are more lame than they are funny.........Read more

US is Pakistans real enemy, best to focus on building ties with India: Hafiz Saeed

Calling the US Pakistans enemy, terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed said it is time Pakistan shifts its focus from the US to building a relationship with India.........Read more

13-year-old Hyderabad girl dies after 68 days fasting as per Jain rituals

“It has been a practice for people to undertake severe penance when they give up even food and water. They are glorified, lauded and honoured at community meetings by the religious elders. They are also showered with gifts. But in this case it was a minor and that is my objection. This is suicide if not murder,” a member of the community, Lata Jain, was quoted as saying.........Read more

Secret Talks :: France may start deliveries of Rafale to India sooner than 36 months

The country's armed forces - that are combating an increasingly aggressive Pakistan - have some cause for cheer, as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said today that India may start getting its Rafale fighter aircraft from France earlier than the agreed-upon 36 months, ANI reported. ........Read more

SAARC summit: Maldives joins India, 4 others in boycott; Pakistan isolation complete

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and now Maldives. The Indian campaign to isolate Pakistan in the aftermath of Uri attack has worked with Maldives becoming the fifth country today confirming that it will not participate in the annual SAARC summit which was scheduled in November this year in Islamabad.........Read more

R. Prasad writes about neutralising bacterial endotoxins: Sepsis fight gets smarter, cheaper

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore have demonstrated a cheap and efficacious way of neutralising bacterial endotoxins in blood that cause sepsis. It involves administeri........Read more

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri ties 33rd at European Open, SSP Chawrasia crashes out

Indian golfing ace Anirban Lahiri, returning to action after a five-week layoff, added a second successive three under 69 to make the cut at the rain-hit Porsche European Open at Bad Griesbach.........Read more

Remembering Madam Bhikaji Cama, the Brave Lady to First Hoist India's Flag on Foreign Soil

On August 21, 1907, an International Socialist Conference was being held at Stuttgart, a city in Germany. One thousand representatives from across the world had come to attend the conference. It was on this occasion that Bhikaji Rustom Cama unfurled the first version of the Indian national flag—a tricolour of green, saffron, and red stripes. The fiery lady then announced,........Read more

Xbox Exec Teases Future Backwards Compatibility Games

Today's new addition to the Xbox One backwards compatibility program, Word Puzzle, might not have been the Xbox 360 game you were looking for. On Twitter, someone asked Xbox boss Phil Spencer if there was a reason why there aren't more high-profile games being added to the catalog lately.........Read more

Pakistan cannot 'pick and choose' which terrorist groups to go after: US

Pakistan cannot 'pick and choose' which terrorist groups to go after, State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner has said. This is the second warning from US to Pakistan in a day. Earlier, he had asserted that Pakistan must target all militant groups, including ones that target its neighbours.........Read more

Porn website Brazzers gets hacked, user accounts and passwords exposed online

About 8,00,000 email addresses and passwords for porn website Brazzers are at risk following an attack on the website’s accompanying forum page Brazzersforum.com. The informaton comes from data breach monitoring website Vigilante.pw which was later verified by Motherboard.........Read more

Mission 350 Plus: Indian Railways exploring possibilities of running trains at 500 km/hour

Moving ahead on its Mission 350 Plus, Railways will organise a global meet to explore the possibilities of introducing ultra-high speed technology to run trains at a speed of 500 km per hour.........Read more

Harvard Researchers Create ‘Octobot,’ the First Autonomous, Entirely Soft Robot

Soft robotics could help revolutionize how humans interact with machines. This small, 3-D-printed robot with no electronics could pave the way for a new generation of these machines. It's powered by a chemical reaction controlled by microfluidics.........Read more

Nissan Kicks Production Kick-Started!

The new compact SUV is based on Nissan’s ‘V’ platform, which is also shared by the Micra and the Sunny. The possibility of Kicks' Indian debut is high, since th........Read more

Baloch Leaders Booked for Supporting Modi's Comments

Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri, in a speech last week, slammed Modi's statements, alleging that the Indian government........Read more

Google may revamp the home screen on its next Nexus phones

Google may be shaking up the home screen in some small but interesting ways for its next set of Nexus phones. Android Police reports seeing an early version of the software that'll ship with...........Read more

Begum Jaan Is All About Feminine Power In Full Glory: Vidya Balan

Begum Jaan, a Hindi adaptation of Mukherji's stellar Bengali offering Rajkahini, stars Vidya as a brothel's madam in Punjab during India's partition in 1947.........Read more

No Underwater Locator in Missing AN-32 Plane: Sources

The sources said trials were already on to procure underwater ELTs for the aircraft and, as an emergency measure, effort is to have some kind of an underwater ELT on any aircraft that flies over water.........Read more

Exclusive: Positive about Indias entry into NSG: Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of India key supporters, is positive about finding a solution to the objections raised by China against India application for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) when it comes up for consideration at the Groups meeting in Seoul beginning Monday.........Read more

Marking International Yoga Day on 21 June, The Life of Yogananda to release in India

The film featuring George Harrison, lead guitarist of The Beatles, late Ravi Shankar, celebrated Indian musician and Deepak Chopra is narrated by Bollywood actor, Anupam Kher.........Read more

Twitter's paid $322,420 to bug hunters under their HackerOne program so far – Tech2

Micro-blogging website Twitter has paid $322,420 to researchers and bug hunters who, under its bug bounty "HackerOne" program, have disclosed vulnerabilities in the last two years.........Read more

Air ambulance with 7 on board crash lands in Delhi - Times of India

An air ambulance with 7 people on board crashed near Najafgarh in Delhi on Tuesday. The air ambulance had taken off from Patna and was enroute to Delhi when it crashed. There is no report of casualties yet.........Read more