Prized Assets That Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya, Anil Ambani May Lose In Dues

Weeks after India's criminal enforcement bureau announced a second auction of the prized personal possessions of fugitive jeweler Nirav Modi including his favorite watch and his Rolls Royce Ghost, the United Kingdom High Court recently asked Anil Ambani to deposit $100 million of his personal wealth to partially pay back debt due to a trio of Chinese banks. The rush to collect on the assets includes a swoop on Vijay Mallya's French island mansion and yacht by Qatar National Bank. The move comes as India is battling $130 billion of bad debt that has sparked bankruptcies at some companies. Some tycoons have held assets through arcane webs of holding companies, which has complicated creditors' efforts to recover funds.........Read more

AMU Violence: UP Police Files Case Against 10,000 Unidentified Students

The Uttar Pradesh Police on Saturday registered case against 10,000 unidentified students of Aligarh Muslim University in connection with violence which broke out during protests against Citizenship Amendment Act. Hundreds of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students protesting against the amended Citizenship Act clashed with police on December 15 at a campus gate after which the university administration announced closure of the institution till January 5. ........Read more

Another woman’s burnt body found in Hyd where veterinarian was killed

Two days after a woman veterinarian was raped and set ablaze by four men here, the charred body of another woman, who is yet to be identified, was found in the same locality on Friday. "The body was found in an open area on the outskirts of Shamshabad. ........Read more

PMC Bank crisis: ED raids six locations in Mumbai, registers case against bank officials

Investigative agency Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday conducted searches at six locations in Mumbai in connection with the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank fraud. The agency also registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) against erring bank officials on the basis of FIR filed by the Mumbai Police. Searches are being conducted by the ED a day after Mumbai Police's Economic Offences Wing (EOW), which is investigating the nexus between PMC Bank and defunct realty major Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL), had arrested the CEO and managing director of HDIL on Thursday. As police dig deeper in the case, some startling details about how loans were awarded to now-defunct HDIL has come to the fore. On Thursday, police said bank officials helped the HDIL bosses by depositing money in their personal accounts. PMC Bank officials allegedly deposited around Rs 2,000 crore directly into HDIL bosses' personal accounts while the loans were officially sanctioned under the company's name. Mumbai Police has already arrested Chairman and Managing Director of HDIL Rakesh Kumar Wadhawan and Sarang Wadhawan into custody. A case was also registered by police against bank officials and Wadhawans for cheating, forgery and several other violations.........Read more

Trouble mounts for Chidambarams, Madras HC turns down Karti and wife's plea

The family of former Union minister P Chidambaram seems to be facing bad luck with the judiciary. After the Delhi high court quashed P Chidamabaram's anticipatory bails in INX Media case, his son and daughter-in-law had to face rejection in Madras high court. Madras high court on Wednesday turned down Karti Chidambaram's plea seeking an interim stay on an income tax case before the special court for MPs and MLAs. The matter relates to the alleged non-disclosure of Rs 1.35 crore received by Karti Chidambaram and his wife in cash for sale of lands in Muthukadu of Tamilnadu. The metropolitan magistrate court transferred the case from the economic offence court to the special court which hears the cases of MLA/MPs after he became MP. Karti Chidambaram approached the Madras high court, stating that he was not an MP during the time the alleged crime happened. The Deputy Director of Income Tax Investigation, Chennai, had filed a complaint on September 12 last year against the petitioners before the ACMM (Economic Offences) for alleged offences under the Income Tax Act and summons were issued on various dates and the case is at the trial stage. The Madras HC, which heard the case, refused to turn down the order of the lower court and has sent a notice to the registrar of economic offence court, the income tax department and the Tamil Nadu government and has sought an explanation.........Read more

Sachin Tendulkar reveals how Viv Richards convinced him not to retire in 2007

Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar revealed on Sunday how a 45-minute-long phone conversation with West Indies legend Viv Richards convinced him not to retire from the game back in 2007. India were ousted from the 2007 World Cup after losses to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Sachin too did not have an entirely memorable tournament as he could manage only 64 runs in 3 matches. ........Read more

'Don't You Need Sex Every Day': Air India Probes Sexual Harassment Charges Against Senior Captain

Air India has set up an inquiry against one of its senior captains on charges of sexual harassment. A woman pilot has accused the captain of asking her several inappropriate questions, including about her "sex life". A spokesperson of the airlines said that following the pilot's complaint, an inquiry has been set up against the captain.........Read more

Jayasuriya banned for two years after ICC anti-corruption unit investigation

Sanath Jayasuriya, former captain, World Cup winner and one of Sri Lanka's most popular personalities, has been slapped with a two-year ban by the ICC's anti-corruption unit for refusing to co-operate with investigations concerning corruption.........Read more

Kolkata drama ends: Mamata calls off dharna as SC shields top cop from arrest, slams ‘misuse of CBI’

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee finally called off the dharna in Kolkata as the Supreme Court granted city police chief Rajeev Kumar protection from arrest by the CBI.........Read more

India at 54th position in the list of world’s most innovative countries

India is placed at 54th place in 2019 Bloomberg Innovative Index. South Korea retained the global crown, though improvements by Germany in research and education brought Europe’s largest economy to near-parity in the annual ranking.........Read more

Mukesh Ambani set to take on Amazon in India with new e-commerce venture

Reliance Industries Ltd. will roll out its online shopping platform to 1.2 million retailers and store-owners in Gujarat, sketching out an ambitious plan to take on Inc. and Walmart Inc.’s Flipkart on its home turf.........Read more

400 million users are now watching videos on Facebook: Can it ring alarm bells for YouTube?

Over 400 million people are using video-on-demand service Facebook Watch monthly and 75 million people daily who spend at least one minute on Watch, the social networking platform has announced........Read more

Ukraine leader warns of threat of full-scale confrontation with Russia

Ukraine's President said he's concerned about a possible full-scale confrontation with Russia following a maritime clash between the two countries after Russian troops in large numbers attacked the ships of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.........Read more

Funds for Durga Puja committees: Supreme Court refuses to stay Mamata’s decision to grant Rs 28 crore

The Supreme Court refused to stay Mamata's decision to grant Rs 28 crore to 28,000 Durga Puja committee across the state. However, the apex court issued a notice to the West Bengal Government saying the amount must be distributed only through the state police.........Read more

UK red-flagged Vijay Mallya’s £17.8-million Swiss bank transfer

In 2016 British authorities red-flagged a 17.86-million pound (Rs 170 crore) transfer Mallya made to a bank in Switzerland. They communicated to Indian investigating agencies and triggered the move for Mallya’s 13 lending banks to form a consortium and jointly move towards freezing of his assets in the UK.........Read more

Golf: Aditi Ashok records her best finish at Major with T-22 at British Open

A flawless four-under 68 helped Aditi Ashok record her best-ever finish in a Major as she ended her campaign at Tied-22nd in the Ricoh Women's British Open here.........Read more

Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi remembered at Oscars 2018

Indian cinema icon Shashi Kapoor and India's first female superstar Sridevi were honoured at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony here during the "In Memoriam" montage. The Indian stars got a musical tribute by Eddie Vedder who took the stage to sing Tom Petty's "Room at the top".........Read more

No laptop ban on flights from Europe this week: US

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not plan to announce an expansion of a ban on laptops in airline cabins this week after Secretary John Kelly spoke to European officials on Tuesday, a department spokesman said.........Read more

The First Ever Satellite Being Jointly Built By NASA And ISRO Will Do This

"NISAR is the first big collaboration between NASA and ISRO, certainly on RADAR but just in general as well. This is two frequency RADAR, it is an L-band 24 centimetre RADAR and S-band 13 centimetre. S-band is being built by ISRO and L-band by NASA. It is a major collaboration both in terms of the technical building of the satellite as well as working together across the Pacific between India and US," said Paul A Rosen, a scientist working on the NISAR satellite project.........Read more

Renault stops production at some sites after cyber attack

French carmaker Renault stopped production at several sites on Saturday to prevent the spread of a global cyber attack that hit its computer systems, "Proactive measures have been put in place, including the temporarily suspension of industrial activity at some sites," the spokesman said.........Read more

SC seeks reply from 6 states on plea to ban cow vigilantes

The Supreme Court today sought response of six states, including Rajasthan, on a plea seeking a ban on cow vigilante groups there. A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar issued notices to Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh and asked them to file their reply within three weeks.........Read more

UN condemns North Korea tests which contribute to nukes

The Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch and engine test as "grave" violations of UN sanctions that contribute to development of its nuclear weapons delivery systems.........Read more

SBI to charge for breaching monthly average balance in saving accounts

According to an SBI communication to branches, the monthly average balance that customers will have to maintain in savings bank accounts with branch in metropolitan areas is Rs 5,000. If the shortfall -- the gap between amount in account and Rs 5,000 (MAB in metropolitan region) is 50 per cent or less, then SBI will levy a charge of Rs 50 plus service tax. For shortfalls between 50-75 per cent, the penalty will be Rs 75 plus service tax and for gaps above 75 per cent, the charge is Rs 100 plus service tax.........Read more

Temple town Shirdi to go radio gaga

Now, residents and lakhs of devotees making their way to Shirdi will be able to listen to Sai Baba aarti, and tune into other programmes on the radio, as the town will soon have its own FM channel from February 1. With Prasar Bharati sanctioning a special frequency for Shirdi, people living within a radius of 25 kms of Shirdi can tune in to the 103.7MHz channel and listen to aarti live from Sai Baba's Samadhi temple every day.........Read more

JEE-Main for all engg colleges from 2018

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will formulate regulations making it mandatory for all technical institutions to accept JEE-Main scores for admitting students, so that they do not have to face multiple tests for gaining entry into engineering colleges. The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will continue to admit aspirants on the basis of their performance in JEE-Advance, conducted by the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the premier technical institutes after the JEE-Main.The common entrance test will be conducted more than once in a year".........Read more

Sunil Bharti Mittal elected as GSMA Chairman

Mittal, who is the first Indian to be elected as Chairman of global telecom industry board, will oversee the strategic direction of the organisation, which represents nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem. Bharti Airtel was the host of the inaugural GSMA Mobile 360 - India event in New Delhi this week, as well as a meeting of the GSMA Board. ........Read more

China's Electric Car Market Beckons Mahindra And Mahindra

Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.'s electric car unit is looking for a joint venture partner in China to manufacture and sell EVs in the world's biggest auto market.........Read more

Mother’s milk shields newborn from diseases much like vaccines do

“Some vaccines are not safe to give a newborn baby and others just don’t work very well in newborns,” said lead researcher Ameae Walker, Professor at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine in the US. “If we can instead vaccinate mom or boost her vaccination shortly before she becomes pregnant, transferred immune cells during breastfeeding will ensure that the baby is protected early on,” Walker explained.........Read more

These Eco-Friendly Pencils Help Recycle Old Newspapers and Save Trees

Vikash Khandelwal graduated from college at a time when polypropylene plastic stationery was popular in the market. He too started a business as a stationery supplier in Coimbatore, majorly supplying file covers and folders made of the same material. But a few years down the road, when the world began talking about “eco-friendly” products, Vikash too decided to try his hand at creating products that would not harm the environment. ........Read more

Idle Coal Trains Wait for $64 Billion India Power Reform to Bite

Indian Railways used about 188 trains daily in August to transport shipments for state-run Coal India Ltd., less than the 253 per day expected, according to Mohd. Jamshed, a member of the board that helps to run the network. Asia’s No. 3 economy depends on coal for most of its electricity.........Read more

Narendra Modi, Barack Obama to Hold Bilateral Meeting in Laos Today

This would be the eighth meeting between Modi and Obama in two years. They met for the first time at the White House in September 2014 when Modi travelled to Washington DC at the invitation of Obama.........Read more

Finally! Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan to star in YRF’s Thugs of Hindostan! Who’s the leading lady?

Finally! Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan to star in YRF's Thugs of Hindostan! Who's the leading lady? - Aamir Khan is delighted to have got a chance to work with his idol Amitabh Bachchan in Thugs of Hindostan!........Read more

The Indian Scientist Who Helped Contribute To The Treatment Of Cancer

Yellapragada Subbarao is an Indian scientist who helped contribute to the treatment of cancer, filariasis and various other diseases. His contribution to medicine has been largely unrecognised.........Read more

Birla Corp completes acquisition of Anil Ambani's Reliance Cement at Rs 4,800 crore

The acquisition will provide the company with ownership of modern plants and take its cement production capacity to 15.4 million tonnes per annum.........Read more

Volcanic activity on Mercury stopped 3.5 billion years ago

The researchers determined when the bulk of Mercury's crust-forming volcanism ended by using photographs of the surface imaged by NASA's MESSENGER mission........Read more

Priyanka Chopras next international project is Heidi Klums reality fashion show, Project Runway

Priyanka Chopra will now be seen as a guest judge on the fashion reality show Project Runway Season 15.........Read more

At 180 Km/Hr, Spanish-Made Talgo Train Is Now India's Fastest

Spanish-made Talgo has become the fastest train in the country by clocking a speed of 180 km/hr by covering 84 km in 38 minutes in a trial conducted by Railways on Mathura-Palwal route, surpassing the record of Gatimaan Express.........Read more

Dodging police? Zakir Naik cancels return to Mumbai, may issue video message

n a fresh twist, Zakir Naik who was to return to Mumbai from Saudi Arabia on Monday morning has cancelled his return, and in all likelihood would issue a clarification via video conferencing, said police sources........Read more

ISIS In India? Lethal Cocktail of Foreign Funding & Porous Borders

The fight against ISIS is a fight against Wahhabi/Salafi ideology rooted in extremism, writes Abhinav Pandya.........Read more

Is Babu About to Lose Backbone?

Right from the inception of the Telugu Desam Party, backward classes have always been its backbone. Especially under N T Rama Rao regime, the BCs have........Read more

A Harvard philosopher’s argument for not loving yourself just as you are

From a young age, we form patterns that "harden and become what we mistakenly call a personality."........Read more

Ganja worth Rs 2 cr seized, 2 arrested - Times of India

Prohibition and excise officials on Sunday seized about 1,400 kg of dry ganja worth Rs 2 crore and arrested two persons at Anakapalle in the district while they were transporting the contraband in a lorry to Tamil Nadu.........Read more

Live: Uttarakhand Floor Test Over, BJP MLAs Step Out of The House

After excluding the nine disqualified MLAs, the Assembly has an effective strength of 62 members. The Congress has 27 members including the Speaker in the 71-member Assembly, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 27 members and a rebel who can v........Read more

Rs 94,000 crore is capital expenditure, said Railways, a quarter of it only on paper

Almost 15 per cent capex, or Rs 15,081 crore, shown by the Railways in 2015-16 represents work done by joint venture companies in the railway sector.........Read more

Mahesh Babu adopts village in Andhra Pradesh, launches development works worth Rs 2.14 crore | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Mahesh Babu adopts village in Andhra Pradesh, launches development works worth Rs 2.14 crore - Mahesh adopted Burripalem, his ancestral village near Tenali.........Read more

After claiming 'Congress is India's soul', Rahul, Sonia, Manmohan detained - Firstpost

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh launched a scathing attack on the Modi government.........Read more

UGC will support research and innovation at varsities: Chairman

Chairman said that there is serious need for insightful minds to undertake interdisciplinary research, which is the need of the hour. While addressing the 4th annual convocation of Rani Channamma University (RCU), Ved Prakash said innovation platform and innovation centres need to be established along with innovation and incubation parks, simultaneously participating in international collaboration.........Read more

Trailer: Trivikram, The Magician Strikes Back

Trivikram has written some of the best stories as a writer. His stories used to be humorous, emotional and simple in nature.........Read more