Real debate not on Aarogya Setu but on Rahul Gandhi's understanding of technology: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has alleged that the Aarogya Setu app is a "sophisticated surveillance system, outsourced to a private operator, with no institutional oversight". Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad rejected the charges that the coronavirus-related application was a "sophisticated surveillance system" that was leveraged to track citizens without their consent. Denying the claim, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Rahul Gandhi shouldn't be the reference point for the difficulties the nation is facing during this pandemic. I appeal him to not politicise this crisis."........Read more

University of Hyderabad Faculty Develops Potential Vaccine Candidates Against Coronavirus

Amid a frightening picture being painted by coronavirus concerns across the world, there's a ray of hope emerging from the University of Hyderabad (UoH). In what could be a welcome breakthrough for the country and even the world, a faculty member of the biochemistry department has developed a possible vaccine against the dreaded coronavirus infection. ........Read more

Without taking name, PM Modi condemns Akash Vijayvargiya's 'batting assault'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has broken his silence and condemned the ‘batting assault’ by BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya. Addressing the BJP’s parliamentary board meet, PM Modi reportedly said that, “I can’t tolerate such act.” Party sources said that the Prime Minister expressed his anger and said that, no matter who the person is, anyone committing such act should be thrown out of party. Talking about PM’s blazing attack, BJP lawmaker Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that, “PM in BJP parliamentary party meeting today said any kind of misbehaviour that brings down party’s name is unacceptable. He said that action should be taken if someone has done something wrong. He also said that it is applicable on everyone.” The son of BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya had assaulted municipal officer Dhirendra Singh Bais, 46, with a cricket bat in full public view on Wednesday while opposing demolition of a dilapidated house in Indore. He was arrested and a magistrate's court sent him to judicial custody till July 11 after denying him bail. On Thursday, he was arrested in another case where he is accused of leading a protest on June 4 over power cuts without obtaining mandatory permissions.........Read more

India follows UN sanctions, not US sanctions on Iran, says Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj said India’s decision on ties with Iran or its position on sanctions is independent of any other country........Read more

India working on strategy to make another bid for NSG membership

India is mounting another strong bid for admission to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), an elite club of 48 countries that deal with fissile materials and nuclear technology, which is set to meet in June and December this year.........Read more

Alia Bhatt's Raazi first look

Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal took to micro-blogging site Twitter to reveal the first look of the film Raazi by tweeting: She had a galaxy in her eyes and a universe in her mind! my wife- Sehmat! The film, directed by Meghna Gulzar is all set to hit screens on May 11, 2018.........Read more

Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi passes away - Times of India ►

Kanchi acharya Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, the 69th head of the centuries old mutt, passed away in Kancheepuram on Wednesday morning. He was 82. Born in Irulneeki, a village in Tiruvarur district in 1935 as Subramania Mahadevan, Jayendra became a pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt in 1954 and was guided by Paramacharya Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi.........Read more

In a First, Indian Air Force Commando J P Nirala Awarded Ashok Chakra on Republic Day

Indian Air Force Garud Commando Jai Prakash Nirala was shot thrice by terrorists during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Hajin on November 18, 2017. Despite sustaining bullet injuries, Nirala hit back killing three terrorists in the encounter in which the nephew of the Mumbai terror attack plotter Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi was also eliminated. Nirala died of his wounds later. The brave IAF commando was given Ashok Chakra award, the highest gallantry award for bravery in peacetime, posthumously on Republic Day.........Read more

Humans descended from sponge? New study says so

Finally, researchers from the University of Bristol came to the conclusion about the origin of animals by using a new statistical technique to test. Their analysis revealed that sponges are the root of the animal tree.........Read more

BlackBerry expands its channel ecosystem in India, adds six new partners

Canada-based tech giant BlackBerry announced on Tuesday it has added six new partners in India to design, implement and support its solutions in the country. The company has added ACPL Systems Pvt Ltd, Galaxy Office Automation Pvt Ltd, Jainam Technologies Pvt Ltd, Meta Infotech Pvt Ltd, Nucleus Software Exports Ltd and XSAT India Services Pvt Ltd.........Read more

2018 Bentley Continental GT showcased at Frankfurt Motor Show

The Bentley Continental GT was unveiled at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show 2017. This Continental GT is the third generation model and is aimed at setting the landmark in the field of all luxury grand tourers all over again.........Read more

Fake Aadhaar card network busted in Kanpur

A Special Task Force (STF) of the police busted a State-wide network of hackers who allegedly bypassed the set standards of the biometric system of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and created fake Aadhaar cards through cloning of fingerprints.........Read more

UK warns tech industry may be damaged without Brexit deal

A document by UK govt says the country risks damaging crucial parts of its technology industry unless it can secure a deal with the EU on data exchange after Brexit.........Read more

Army officers of India, China to meet in Leh

Army officers of India and China are holding a meeting on Wednesday in Chushul area of Leh, a day after Indian border guards foiled an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory along the banks of Pangong lake in Ladakh.........Read more

Supreme Court rejects plea for probe into Gorakhpur infant deaths

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a PIL for a probe into the death of over 60 children at the BRD Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur due to lack of oxygen supply. However, the National Human Rights Commission, in a suo motu cognisance of the incident, issued notice to the chief secretary of UP, seeking the government’s response in four weeks. ........Read more

CISF gets best airport security award from World Quality Congress

It is the first time that a central paramilitary force has been recognized by WQC for its standards and professionalism in providing security. Around 56m passengers use IGI airport every year. The independent body usually awards pvt sector companies for their standards in providing quality service.........Read more

Only 55% Indian employees feel leadership committed to close digital skills gaps: Microsoft study

Employees’ workstyle across the globe is changing. And, it is no different in India. Mobile devices, cloud-based applications are increasingly enabling employees to work on-the-go. But a closer look at corporate India paints a gloomy picture: organizations are falling behind on addressing the needs of a digitally-enabled workforce, according to a survey by IT giant Microsoft, released.........Read more

Annoyed SC orders auction of Sahara's pricey Aamby Valley property

As it threatened to do before, the Supreme Court today ordered the auction of Sahara's Aamby Valley property after it failed to deposit Rs 300 crore to refund its investors.It also rapped disgraced Sahara chief Subrata Roy and said he "would do well" to not go back on his promises.........Read more

IMD plans weather stations in 660 districts for better forecast

Keeping farm activities in mind, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has decided to set up weather stations in 660 districts of the country, a plan which will be further taken up to the blocks level. In the first phase, the IMD plans to set up the system in 130 districts which have already been shortlisted. The IMD has also tied up with the ministry of agriculture to use the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in the districts, to use them as weather forecasting observatories.........Read more

At Gujarat Sadhvi's Home, 24 Gold Bars, Over A Crore In 2000-Rupee Notes

A woman religious preacher or sadhvi in northern Gujarat has been arrested for an unpaid bill of 5 crores for gold biscuits that she bought in November. Sadhvi Jai Shree Giri as she is known, heads the trust that runs a temple in Banaskantha district........Read more

At least 52 killed, over 120 injured in Nigerian air force strike on refugee camp

Nigeria's air force killed at least 52 people and injured 120 in an air strike on a refugee camp in the country's northeast on Tuesday, a spokesman from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said after the military earlier disclosed the strike was meant to target Boko Haram militants.........Read more

LPG customers now get discount of Rs 5 per cylinder on booking and paying online

Oil companies have offered discount of Rs 5 per LPG cylinder on booking and paying online. Customers will get the discounted amount displayed on their screens – i.e. net amount i.e. refill RSP minus (-) incentive amount of Rs 5 which they need to pay for their refill transactions. The net discounted amount will also be shown on the cash memo accompanying the home-delivery of the LPG cylinder.........Read more

Cyprus taken off India’s tax blacklist

The notification has been rescinded retrospectively with effect from 1 November 2013, the date on which Cyprus was listed as a “notified jurisdiction” for not providing financial information sought by the Indian government—as previously agreed upon by both the countries, according to the notification published in the official gazette on 14 December and as confirmed by income tax department officials.........Read more

NCERT proposes survey to test children’s learning skills

The NCERT has sent a final draft of the learning outcomes to all the states for their inputs, following which they will be required to incorporate them into their schools’...........Read more

Jio Payments Bank: RIL-SBI joint venture incorporated 2 days after demonetisation

Jio Payments Bank Ltd, a joint venture between Reliance Industries Ltd, and State Bank of India, was incorporated two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetised old Rs 1000 and Rs 500 currency notes.........Read more

The iPhone has a secret one-handed keyboard you're not allowed to use

In recent years, bigger phone screens have made one-handed keyboards less of a gimmick, and more of a straightforwardly useful idea. Microsoft has a one-handed mode for its keyboard app, and...........Read more

BitTorrent fires co-CEOs and shuts down BitTorrent Now

BitTorrent has fired its two CEOs, closed its Los Angeles production studio, and is giving up on BitTorrent Now, the ambitious media streaming service it launched less than six months ago. The...........Read more

Scorpene data leak: Temporary injunction on further publication by Aus paper

Over 22,000 pages of top secret data on the capabilities of six highly advanced submarines being built for the Indian Navy in Mumbai in collaboration with the French company, have been leaked.........Read more

RBI’s next thousand days: What Urjit Patel can do to help improve India’s investment climate

Urjit Patel will take over as Governor of RBI on September 4. Close to 53, he is among the youngest to be appointed to this position. One hopes this is part of a larger move...........Read more

Hero Group looks for technology to make electric and hybrid vehicles

In an exclusive interview with The Economic Times Chairman and Managing Director, Rockman Industries, Suman Kant Munjal the intent behind the move is to be future-ready.........Read more

Suicide bombing is haram In Islam: Only Salafist ideologues like Zakir Naik view it as a war tactic

The country’s Muslims are distressed at the misleading stand of Zakir Naik on suicide bombing.........Read more

World's first super radio telescope reveals over a thousand new galaxies

World's first super radio telescope reveals over a thousand new galaxies - The MeerKAT telescope spotted 1,300 new galaxies, in an area of the universe where on 70 were previously known.........Read more

GST push: Bitten by ‘reform bug’, an emboldened BJP camp pins hopes on regional trade off

Despite impending state Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab and the possibility of the GST bill being interpreted as anti-small time traders, the party leadership is keen to go ahead with the tide.........Read more

Human-carrying drone will start tests in Nevada

Nevada just agreed to help EHang develop and test its human-carrying drone, the EHang 184.........Read more