International Gita Mahotsav 2020: 55,000 school students to recite 19 verses from Bhagavad Gita

At this year’s International Gita Mahotsav, a total of 55,000 school students will collectively recite 19 verses from the Hindu scripture, Bhagavad Gita, in the state of Haryana an official statement said on Thursday. The International Gita Mahotsav 2020 will be held from December 17 to 25 this year. The official statement further read that the recitation of Bhagavad Gita verses will be held in online mode in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and will take place on December 25 at 12 noon, the last day of International Gita Mahotsav 2020. The statement said, “These students will be connected online simultaneously.” The Education Department of Haryana has been entrusted with the responsibility of linking all schools with this programme. The International Gita Mahotsav is celebrated in India every year to commemorate the birth of 'Srimad Bhagwat Gita', the sacred scripture containing invaluable advice of Lord Krishna that he proffered to Arjuna, the third Pandava in the battlefield of Kurukshetra on the first day of the famous 18-day battle in the Mahabharata. Traditionally, International Gita Mahotsav is celebrated in the country with the chanting of verses from Bhagavad Gita, the offering of oblations in fire sacrifices (yajna), and distributing prasad to devotees.........Read more

What agitating farmers want, and why the Centre may not oblige

The scale of the November 26 protest march by 20-odd farmers’ groups of Punjab to New Delhi has perhaps taken both central agencies as well as the Punjab leadership of the BJP by surprise. Members of the farmers’ organisations were headed for Delhi to stage a dharna in the national capital and build pressure on the BJP-led Union government against what they consider as contentious provisions in the new central farm laws. The agitation has seen an estimated 200,000-300,000 farmers converging at various entry points to Delhi. Protests against the central farm laws began in Punjab soon after they were passed by Parliament in September. Members of 31 farmer organisations of Punjab, which represent nearly one million farmers in the state, have been blocking highways and railway tracks passing through the state since September 22. These laws have, among other things, paved the way for farmers to sell their crops anywhere in the country—both within and outside APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) markets—and allows them to go for direct contracts with traders and food processors.........Read more

10 SUVs With Good Discounts This Navratri Season - Vitara Brezza To Harrier

SUVs and Crossover SUVs are extremely popular in India at the moment. These vehicles offer great practicality, generous interior space, and great road presence as well. Also, with road conditions ranging from paved to mud tracks, having an SUV makes a lot of sense. With the festive season in full swing, automakers are offering some lucrative deals to lure in more customers. If you have plans to buy a new SUV this Navratri season, then keep reading ahead! Here, we have listed the best deals available on SUVs in India this month. Mahindra & Mahindra’s flagship product in the Indian market hasn’t had a lot of sales success. To attract more customers, the company is offering substantial benefits on it. There is a cash discount of Rs. 2.2 lakh and a corporate discount of Rs. 15,000. An exchange bonus of Rs. 50,000 is also being offered, and select dealers are also throwing in free accessories worth up to Rs. 20,000. Jeep India only has a single vehicle in its arsenal, and the lack of new launches has resulted in customers slowly shying away from the brand. Until the Compass facelift arrives in India (along with its 7-seater version), Jeep is offering some pretty hefty discounts on the current model. There are festive benefits available worth Rs. 1.5 lakh, and dealerships are offering additional discounts as well.........Read more

Dr Kafeel Khan cleared of NSA charges, Allahabad HC orders his immediate release

The Allahabad High Court Tuesday dismissed charges filed against Dr Kafeel Khan under the National Security Act (NSA) and ordered his immediate release. Khan has been in jail since January 29, 2020 at the Mathura jail in Uttar Pradesh. Khan was accused of delivering a provocative speech at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on December 10, 2019 during the anti- (CAA) protests. In mid-August, the UP government extended Khan’s detention by another three months. The high court was hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Khan’s mother, seeking his release on grounds that he had been detained illegally. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click and stay updated with the latest headlines For all the latest , download ........Read more

Covid-19 Vaccine Developed by China's Sinopharm Appears Safe, Triggers Antibodies in Clinical Trials

Sinopharm is testing the potential vaccine in the United Arab Emirates in a Phase 3 trial expected to recruit 15,000 people, as China has too few new cases to be a useful trial site. A coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by a unit of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) appeared to be safe and triggered antibody-based immune responses in early and mid-stage trials, researchers said. The candidate has already moved into a late-stage trial, one of a handful of candidates being tested on several thousand people to see if they are effective enough to win regulatory approval. Sinopharm is testing the potential vaccine in the United Arab Emirates in a Phase 3 trial expected to recruit 15,000 people, as China has too few new cases to be a useful trial site. The state-owned company will also supply the candidate to Pakistan as part of a trial agreement, the Wall Street Journal reported. The shot did not cause any serious side effects, according to a paper published on Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by scientists who are part of Sinopharm and other China-based disease control authorities and research institutes.........Read more

ByteDance in talks with Reliance for investment in TikTok

China's ByteDance is in early talks with Reliance Industries Ltd for investment in its video-based app TikTok's business in India, TechCrunch reported here on Thursday, citing sources. The two companies began conversations late last month and have not reached a deal yet, according to the report. Reliance, ByteDance and TikTok did not immediately respond for comment. The Indian government in June banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok and WeChat, for threatening its "sovereignty and integrity" after border tensions with China. Trump unveiled bans on US transactions with owners of WeChat, TikTok Last week, US President Donald Trump unveiled bans on U.S. transactions with the China-based owners of messaging app WeChat and TikTok, escalating tensions between the two countries. Microsoft Corp has been in talks to acquire the U.S. operations of the video-sharing app. Social media platform Twitter Inc has also expressed interest in having a deal with TikTok, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters late last week.........Read more

4 Ideas To Improve Your Creative Thinking

Remember the times when creativity was only for artists? And that creativity was considered a waste of time? Even though that mentality still exists in education, creativity is one of the most valuable skills in today’s complex world. Creative thinking is a well-respected skill these days. And with enough practice, everyone can think more creatively. But I still meet people all time who say, “I’m not a creative person.” That’s bullshit, and you know it. Our perception of a creative person is just wrong. What do you associate with the word creativity? A painter, musician, or artist? But creativity is nothing more than doing old things in a different way. Nothing new about that. However, if you solve problems in a different way, you’re creative. And that’s pretty cool to me. It’s also very hard work to me. But I always challenge myself to come up with novel ways to do things. It’s not so much about being different. It’s about the challenge to create new connections in your mind.  What you’ll find below is a list of 4 ideas I’ve found to be very helpful for my creative thinking process. I’ve skipped the classic advice such as get enough sleep, go for a run, and listen to classical music. Also, you don’t need to travel the world to improve your creativity. The biggest mistake I made with creative thinking was a thinking error. Like many others, I believed that creativity thrives on freedom.........Read more

Twitter subscription model may offer undo send button, custom colours and more

Twitter may bring in an undo send button with a host of new features like badges, video publishing, and auto-responses in the near future for paid subscribers. A survey from Twitter listed the potential features it could bring in with a paid subscription. A Twitter spokesperson told TechCrunch that Twitter is holding surveys to evaluate options for a membership model. The survey questions were first posted on Twitter by social media consultant Matt Navarra. Earlier, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed that Twitter was looking at exploring a subscription model for the platform, although it is in the very early phases of exploration. He also said that Twitter is looking at other options to generate revenue. "You will likely see some tests this year" of various approaches, Dorsey told analysts, CNN reported. Dorsey said he has "a really high bar for when we would ask consumers to pay for aspects of Twitter." He confirmed that Twitter is seeking to diversify its sources of revenue in what are "very, very early phases of exploring." The survey suggested that the tools could be included in the membership but were not necessarily reflective of what features Twitter may have in the future. ........Read more

A Deadly Addiction Called Fast Food

Fast foods had their humble beginning with ‘fish and chip’ shops in Britain in 1860s. They grew exponentially with the advent of global food chains like McDonald’s, Dominos, KFC, Subway, Burger King etc. Subway, an American franchise, has the largest fast food restaurant chain across the world, followed by McDonald’s and Burger King. Soon, fast food started overtaking healthy nutritious meals even at home, as people found it more convenient, and perhaps even tastier. Countries like the US, France, Canada, United Kingdom and South Korea are amongst the top five countries consumers of fast foods. In America, for instance, one in every four individual consumes fast food on a daily basis. Although does not figure among even the top 20 on that list, it is however ranked first among countries that consume the unhealthiest fast foods, followed by Hong Kong and China.........Read more

Girl, Who Pedalled 1200 km in 7 Days During Lockdown, to be Called For Trial by Cycling Federation

Stuck in Gurugram due to nation-wide lockdown, a tenacious Jyoti asked her father to sit on the rear side carrier of her cycle and took him to his native place, covering 1200km in seven days. Cycling Federation of India Chairman Onkar Singh told PTI that if Kumari, a class eight student, passed the trial, she will be selected as a trainee at the state-of-the-art National Cycling Academy at the IGI Stadium complex here. The academy, under the aegis of Sports Authority of India, is one of the most advanced facilities in Asia and has the recognition of UCI, the world body of the sport. ........Read more

Taiwan president rejects Beijing rule; China says 'reunification' inevitable

Taiwan cannot accept becoming part of China under its “one country, two systems” offer of autonomy , President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, strongly rejecting China’s sovereignty claims and likely setting the stage for an ever worsening of ties. China responded that “reunification” was inevitable and that it would never tolerate Taiwan’s independence. In a speech after being sworn in for her second and final term in office, Tsai said relations between Taiwan and China had reached an historical turning point. ........Read more

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has the right political skills to lead ICC: David Gower

Former England skipper David Gower feels Sourav Ganguly has the right "political skills" to lead the ICC one day and he has already displayed that as BCCI president, which is a "far tougher job". The elegant left-hander is very impressed with Ganguly's leadership abilities and believes that he has what it takes to head the global body in the future. "One thing I have learnt over the years is that if you are going to run BCCI, you need to be many, many things. Having a reputation like he (Ganguly) has is a very good start, but you need to be a very deft politician.........Read more

UGC extends research work submission period by six months

A special committee constituted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday extended permission to Ph.D. and M.Phil research scholars for submission of research work by six months. This came after the scholars requested for more time to submit their thesis and dissertations in universities across the country amid the lockdown in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. In its recommendation sent to the UGC, the committee has said that M.Phil and Ph.D. students should be given six months extension for submission of thesis.........Read more

India bans export of key malaria drug amid coronavirus outbreak

The Indian government said on Wednesday that it is banning the export of hydroxychloroquine and formulations made from the medication, as experts test the efficacy of the drug in helping treat patients infected with COVID-19. There are currently no approved treatments, or preventive vaccines for COVID-19, the highly contagious, sometimes deadly respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus. Researchers are studying existing treatments and working on experimental ones, but most current patients receive only supportive care such as breathing assistance. ........Read more

Apple to close US retail stores and all others outside China until March 27th

Apple is temporary closing all of its retail stores “outside of Greater China” until March 27th, CEO Tim Cook announced in a letter posted on the company’s website late Friday night. “The most effective way to minimize risk of the virus’s transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance,” Cook wrote. “We are committed to providing exceptional service to our customers.” The nationwide closure is among the first from a major retailer in the United States. But this extends far beyond the US, with every Apple location globally shutting down effective immediately — except for those in China.........Read more

Coronavirus: Padma Awards Postponed as Precautionary Measure, New Date to be Announced in Due Course

The Centre has postponed the investiture ceremony for Padma Awards, which was scheduled to be held on April 3 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, due to the Coronavirus scare. The new date and time will be announced later. Notably, the number of coronavirus cases in India has climbed to 84. Further, the Centre has also declared COVID-19 a notified ‘disaster’, so that much-needed assistance under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) can be provided. Issuing a notification, the Union Home Ministry has also announced Rs 4 lakh as ex-gratia for the family of the person who, in case, loses their life to coronavirus. Meanwhile, several measures have been announced by the state as well as the Central government to contain the spread of the virus.........Read more

Discussion On Delhi Riots After Holi, Says LS Speaker Amid Opposition Uproar

Lok Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the second day on Tuesday as BJP and opposition members tried to shove each other amid unrelenting demands from the opposition for an immediate discussion on the issue of Delhi violence. As Speaker Om Birla said the discussion would take place on March 11 after Holi festival, opposition members stormed into the Well demanding an immediate discussion. As tempers in the House rose, Birla warned that members from both opposition and treasury benches, who cross over to the other side during uproar will be suspended for the entire session.........Read more

Gunman holds about 30 people hostage in Manila shopping mall, Philippines police at the scene

Philippines police were scrambled to respond to a situation in a Manila shopping mall, where a gunman – said to be a “disgruntled” security guard – is holding about 30 people hostage. The crisis began earlier on Monday when gunfire was heard at the V-Mall in the Greenhills commercial district, local media report. The shooting prompted numerous visitors, vendors, and staff to flee the mall just before it was sealed off.........Read more

England in South Africa: Tourists win second T20 by two runs to level series

England held their nerve to level the series against South Africa with a thrilling two-run victory in the second Twenty20 international in Durban. The hosts needed three off the last two balls to reach their target of 205, but Tom Curran dismissed Dwaine Pretorius and Bjorn Fortuin to secure the win. Chris Jordan had seemingly put the total beyond South Africa's reach with two wickets in consecutive balls before Rassie van der Dussen (43 not out) and Pretorius (25) fought back to leave their side needing 15 from the final over.........Read more

'Bangladeshis, leave India yourself or...': MNS posters threatening infiltrators appear in Mumbai

The posters read, "Bangladeshis leave the country otherwise you will be driven out in MNS style". Pictures of MNS chief Raj Thackeray and his son Amit Thackeray, who was recently inducted into the party, are also shown on the posters. Last month, Raj Thackeray had announced that his party will organise a huge rally in Mumbai on February 9 to drive 'illegal infiltrators' from Pakistan and Bangladesh, out of India.........Read more

Days After Massive Rift, JDU Expels Prashant Kishor, Pavan Varma For Anti-party Activities

Issuing a statement, JDU General Secretary KC Tyagi said, “As both the party leaders have been broken the party discipline, they are being expelled from the primary membership of the party.” Both of them have attacked the Chief Minister for his decision to support the CAA as the JDU had supported the bill both in the Loka Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.........Read more

Marburg virus found in Sierra Leone bats

The presence of Marburg virus, a close relative to Ebola virus that also causes hemorrhagic disease in people, was detected in advance of any reported cases of human illness in Sierra Leone. However, the virus's presence in bats means people who live nearby could be at risk for becoming infected. No outbreaks have been reported to date. The findings, based on PCR, antibody and virus isolation data, were officially published today in the journal Nature Communications. Preliminary findings were announced earlier in December 2018 to ensure rapid notification to the citizens of Sierra Leone and the international health community.........Read more

US Congressional report says Pakistan has 'limited options' to respond to India's move on Jammu and Kashmir

"Many analysts view Islamabad as having little credibility on Kashmir, given its long history of covertly supporting militant groups there. Pakistan's leadership has limited options to respond to India's actions, and renewed Pakistani support for Kashmiri militancy likely would be costly internationally," it said. In its second report on Kashmir in less than six months, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), an independent research wing of US Congress which is responsible for making periodic reports on issues of interest for US lawmakers, has said that Pak's ability to alter the status quo through military action has been reduced in recent times, and it is likely to rely primarily on diplomacy.........Read more

Mumbai Police to Patrol the City on Horses After 88 Years, To Be Deployed on Duty From Jan 26

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Sunday announced that 13 horses with policemen riders will be inducted into the Mumbai police force after the Republic Day parade at Shivaji Park. Deshmukh said the mounted police unit, which would patrol the streets of the city, was disbanded in 1932 due to growing vehicular traffic. “Today Mumbai police has modern jeeps and motorcycles. However, it was felt that a mounted police unit would be useful for crime patrol in crowded areas. ........Read more

The next global recession: Why this time it is really different

U.S. stocks and bonds are at all time highs in a relentless “melt-up” that seems to ignore anything you can throw at it: Iran, Hong Kong, and Trump’s war on China aren’t making a dent. It’s the longest bull run in history, surpassing its 10th year in December. How long can this go on? … and are we at the peak yet? Certainly, it’s no comfort that some of the most respected investors of all times are predicting rocky times ahead.........Read more

Patent pride: 900 patents granted to Indian inventors with IBM

As many as 900 patents have been granted to Indian inventors with IBM, out of the 9262 patents granted to Big Blue in 2019. This is also the highest ever number of patents filed by Indian engineers in the last 27 continuous years that IBM has been leading the patents game in the US. With this, India is the second largest contributor to IBM’s worldwide patents list for the year.........Read more

Nusli Wadia Drops All Defamation Cases, Including Rs 3,000 Crore Damage Suit Against Ratan Tata, Others

Nusli Wadia, chairman of Bombay Dyeing on Monday withdrew all defamation cases, including the Rs 3,000 crore suit for damages against Tata group Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata and others. The court recorded that Tata and others had no intention to defame Wadia after which the bench headed by CJI SA Bobde allowed Wadia to withdraw the cases. ........Read more

Delhi police releases the pictures of the suspects behind the JNU violence

In the press conference the police said that "muffled" students, led by Aishe ghosh were caught on camera targetting specific rooms in Periyar Hostel. The police alleged that this attack came a day after an FIR was filed following a complaint by the JNU administration that "some miscreants" had attempted to disrupt the registration process. ........Read more

The stories behind 10 of the world's earliest photographs

A recent exhibition at the Louvre Abu Dhabi brought together 250 of the earliest known photographs from the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas, the oldest of which dates back to 1842. CNN asked the show's curator, Christine Barthe, to pick 10 images from the museum's collection and explain what they reveal about the places -- and times -- they were taken in. ........Read more

TikTok releases its first transparency report; India tops the list with over 100 content takedown requests

The Indian government reportedly sent as many as 107 requests for user data and 11 requests to remove or restrict content or account on the platform, of which eight were categorised as emergency requests. A total of 143 accounts were specified in these requests. The report does not specify how TikTok reached a verdict for each of these requests but does mention that the platform complied with 47 percent of these requests.........Read more

DNA tests can't tell you your race

he vast majority of human DNA—we’re talking 99.9 percent—is entirely identical between individuals. So when the code diverges between two people, that’s interesting to scientists. A DNA ancestry test scans the entirety of your genome looking for single-letter differences. Statistical experts like Feldman have figured out that people from the same continent, on average, tend to have certain variations in the same regions of DNA. Still, it’s impossible to say that one tiny nuance comes from a specific place; analysts can only note when someone’s differences overlap a lot with a general geographic group. ........Read more

No plan to set up detention centres to house illegal immigrants in Kerala, says CMO

The Kerala government on Friday said it was not planning to set up detention centres in the state to house illegal immigrants. No such decision has been taken, a statement from Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said adding false propaganda was being carried out in a section of the media with regard to the detention centres. "The present government has also instructed the authorities concerned to stop all works started by the previous government since 2012 in connection with the detention centres, in view of the present situation," the statement said.........Read more

Protests erupt in Assam over Citizenship Amendment Bill, NESO calls for 12-hour 'bandh' in Guwahati

Protests have erupted in Assam after Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 was passed in Lok Sabha on late Monday night with 311 MPs voting in favour and 80 against the Bill. The protest is being carried out by All Assam Students' Union (AASU) in Dibrugarh. Meanwhile, shops are also closed in Guwahati following a 12-hour 'bandh' call by North East Students' Organisation (NESO) and AASU against Citizenship Amendment Bill.........Read more

The plan to turn your car into a virtual ATM

Chris Ballinger, the former derivatives trader who spent 14 months as finance chief at Toyota’s innovation hub launched a non-profit that aims to turn cars into rolling wallets able to autonomously make and receive payments in a virtual currency. Drivers would earn small sums for sharing data on everything from traffic congestion to weather and be debited for infrastructure use and contribution to pollution.........Read more

Iraqis pour into streets for biggest protest day since Saddam

Tens of thousands of Iraqis thronged central Baghdad on Friday demanding the root-and-branch downfall of the political elite in the biggest day of mass anti-government demonstrations since the fall of Saddam Hussein. ........Read more

50 Boeing 737NG planes grounded globally over cracks: Official

Australian national carrier Qantas became the latest airline to take one of the planes out of the air, as it said it would urgently inspect 32 others but insisted passengers had nothing to fear. ........Read more

BJP-Trinamool in sparring bout over NCRB infiltration numbers in Bengal

West Bengal accounted for more than half the cases of ‘infiltration’ into India in 2017 and more than 60% between 2014 and 2017, the Crime in India data released by the National Crime Records Bureau last week has revealed.........Read more

Comets and Interstellar Objects Could be Exporting Earth Life Out into the Milky Way

For over a century, proponents of Panspermia have argued that life is distributed throughout our galaxy by comets, asteroids, space dust, and planetoids. But scientists have argued that this type of distribution may go beyond star systems and be intergalactic in scale.........Read more

Manmohan Singh to Visit Pakistan For Inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor

Accepting an invitation by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has agreed to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan for the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak. The announcement was made by the Punjab chief minister’s media advisor Raveen Thakral on Thursday. Amarinder Singh personally visited Manmohan Singh at his residence in Delhi and asked him to attend the first all-party jatha (a march organised by armed Sikhs) to Kartarpur Sahib for the inauguration of the cross-border corridor next month. Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh accepts @capt_amarinder’s invite to join 1st Jatha to Sri Kartarpur Gurdwara on Nov 9, will also attend Sultanpur Lodhi main event @550yrsGuruNanak— Raveen Thukral (@RT_MediaAdvPbCM) October 3, 2019 It is interesting to note that Pakistan had decided to invite Manmohan Singh, instead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for the inauguration of Kartarpur corridor. However, Congress sources had confirmed that the former PM won’t accept Pakistan’s invitation. The former PM had never even visited Pakistan during 10 years of his prime ministership.........Read more

Most Indian CEOs Are Inaccessible, Social Media Shy: Report

Only 20% of Indian CEOs are active on LinkedIn Only 10% of Indian CEOs are active on Twitter Globally, CEOs active on LinkedIn are 58% An international study by ECCO International has found that showed that 58% of global CEOs were active on LinkedIn, compared to only 20% of Indian CEOs. At the same time, for Twitter, the global average was 17% and 10% for India. The study said that most chief executives in India remain relatively inaccessible to consumers on social media as compared to their counterparts in Europe and the United States. The study examined the top 30 companies by market capitalisation in each country. It was first conducted in 2017 and showed that CEOs in the US had by far the most number of followers online, despite the country ranking fifth in terms of total presence on social media. Apple CEO Tim Cook Wants To Focus On Indian Smartphone Market The most popular CEO on Twitter is Apple CEO Tim Cook with more than 11 Mn followers, an increase of 120% over 2017. On LinkedIn, Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft, leads the way with over 6 Mn followers, an increase of 300% over 2017. Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete, CEO of Telefonica, Spain, is the most active CEO on Twitter and has published over 36K tweets since 2010. CEOs in France were the most active on social media, followed by those in Denmark. Australia and the Netherlands shared the third position.........Read more

KCR to implement Special Action Plan for village development in Telangana

Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao will implement a Special Action Plan for Village development for a period of one month from September 6, according to a statement by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO). "The Chief Minister has decided to implement the Village Development Special Action Plan for 30 days in all the villages from September 6. To give guidelines on the implementation of the action plan, the Chief Minister will address a broad-based meeting with Panchayat Raj officers of the state on September 3 from 2 pm," read the press release by CMO. It added that Rao has given the green signal for a hike in the salaries of the sanitation workers posted in villages. "The Chief Minister also decided to hike the salaries of 36,000 Safai Karmachari workers in the villages who are working on low salaries to Rs 8,500 per person per month," the release added. The decisions by Rao were taken in a 7-hour review meeting on the implementation of the Special Action Plan in the village at Pragathi Bhavan on Friday which was attended by several ministers, collectors, DPOs and other senior officials.........Read more

Vikram Rathour recommended as India's batting coach; Bharat Arun, R Sridhar to retain their respective job

Vikram Rathour recommended as India's batting coach; Bharat Arun, R Sridhar to retain their respective job SportsCafe Desk 49 PM MSK Prasad-led Indian selection committee has recommended Vikram Rathour for the post of India's batting coach and now the latter is set to replace Sanjay Bangar in the position. On the other hand, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar have kept their positions as bowling and fielding coach respectively. After much deliberation and contemplation, the Indian selection committee, after interviewing many candidates, have sent in their recommendations for the Indian support staff who are set to take over after the West Indies tour. While former Indian batsman Vikram Rathour has pipped Bangar for the post of India's batting coach, Bharat Arun (bowling coach) and R Sridhar (fielding coach) have retained their positions.  As per the MSK Prasad-led panel's released list, Rathour was at the top spot followed by Bangar and England's former batting coach Mark Ramprakash in order of priority. On the bowling coach list, Paras Mhambrey and Venkatesh Prasad were ranked below Bharat Arun for the position of bowling coach while Abhay Sharma and T Dilip were behind R Sridhar for the post of fielding coach.........Read more

Sebi eases registration, KYC norms for foreign investors

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Wednesday simplified and rationalised the rules for foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) as it did away with the broad-based eligibility criterion for institutional FPIs and permitted central banks of other countries to be eligible for FPIs. The regulator also hinted that it is not in favour of increasing the minimum public shareholding to 35% from the present 25%, as announced by the finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Union Budget 2019 last month, and has communicated its view to the finance ministry. Sebi chairman Ajay Tyagi in a press conference on Wednesday said, “There are some aspects which need to be further examined like what is the right level to mandate it. If it goes to a higher level on its own, it is always welcome. On an average basis, the public shareholding is 50%. But on the mandate part, we have to see the global picture in other countries where it is mandated beyond 25%.” He said the other issue is with the public sector undertakings as 45% of PSUs don’t even meet the 25% requirement and they have been given time till August 2020 to achieve it, he said, adding, “Also, what would be the long-term and short-term implication of it. Besides, the IPO market is also not doing very well. So all these need to be examined.”........Read more

Government compulsorily retires 15 top customs officials

Continuing to take a tough stance against corruption since assuming office, the NDA government on Tuesday forcibly retired 15 senior customs officials including a Principal Commissioner and four Commissioners with immediate effect. This action is in line with its 'operation clean-up' in the revenue department as senior officers of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs were 'compulsorily' retired from their services with immediate effect........Read more

Heatwave Takes 117 Lives in Bihar; Govt Shuts Schools, Section 144 Implemented in Gaya

The death toll due to the severe heatwave conditions in Bihar has shot up to 117. These deaths have been reported from Aurangabad (60), Gaya (35), Nawada (7), Nalanda (6), Kaimur (2), and one each from Arah, Samastipur and Munger. In Gaya, District Magistrate Abhishek Singh has enforced Section 144 (prohibiting unlawful assembly) in view of the scorching heat. He has also banned all kind of governmental/non-governmental construction works, MGNREGA labour work........Read more

Supreme Court Declines Urgent Hearing on PIL Filed Against Use of EVMs

The Supreme Court once again declined to give an urgent hearing to the Public Interest Litigation against the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in Lok Sabha elections. Advocate ML Sharma had filed a PIL which sought the cancellation of Lok Sabha elections and to declare the use of EVMs unconstitutional.........Read more

In A First For India, Kerala Cops, Interpol Team Up To Fight Child Abuse

The International Criminal Police Organization, popularly known as Interpol has tied up with a wing of the Kerala Police to fight global online child sex abuse. As part of the tie-up, Kerala police have set up India's first task force to combat exploitation of children online. The team will be trained in capacity building by the Interpol.........Read more

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to visit Bhutan

During his two-day visit, Jaishankar is expected to receive an audience with Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck apart from holding talks with Prime Minister Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering and his counterpart Lyonpo Dr Tandi Dorji.........Read more

Government plans water taxi service on Yamuna

To develop tourism in the National Capital Region (NCR) the Ministry of Shipping and Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is taking various measures to launch a "water taxi" project on the Yamuna. The service would run from Delhi's Wazirabad barrage to Fatehpur Jat in Uttar Pradesh.........Read more

WHO eliminates gender dysphoria as mental disorder

The World Health Organisation has reclassified gender dysphoria in terms of “sexual health”, and has eliminated it from its list of mental disorders. The development has proven to be a welcome change in India but has also led to a host of questions.........Read more

RSS's Long-pending Demand Gets a Push as India May Soon Get Its First National University of Languages

After registering an emphatic victory in the Lok Sabha elections, the government may soon expedite one of the long pending demands of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS on development of regional languages, an exercise aimed to bring about larger social and cultural integration in the country.........Read more

ISRO planning 7 interplanetary missions, Venus on the to-do list

Yuvika- Young Scientist Programme for school students at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota Dr K Sivan, Chairman ISRO, said the agency is working on seven interplanetary missions in a decade. "The missions would include Mars Orbiter Mission 2, Chandrayaan 3, a mission to Venus, Exposat Planetary exploration.........Read more

Rahul Gandhi tenders unconditional apology for attributing ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ remark to Supreme Court

Gandhi filed a fresh three-page affidavit stating his apology after being warned by the Supreme Court earlier that he either admit his mistake or face contempt action. The court had objected to his first affidavit in which he had expressed “regret” (for the attribution of the remark) within brackets. ........Read more

One of the Lankan suicide bombers was a woman, another studied in UK, Australia

One of the nine bombers who detonated explosives in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday was a woman. Another suicide bomber had studied in the UK and Australia before carrying out the bombings. Police arrested scores of people with suspected links to the National Thowheeth Jamath, the group which officials believe carried out the bombings.........Read more

Government Suspends LoC Trade in Jammu And Kashmir With Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued orders to suspend LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir. The action, which will come into effect from April 19, has been taken over reports of cross LoC trade routes being misused by Pakistan-based elements for funnelling illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency etc.........Read more

Anil Ambani firm got €143.7 mn tax relief from France after Rafale announcement: Le Monde report

In fresh revelations in the Rafale deal, French newspaper Le Monde reported that Anil Ambani’s French-registered telecom company was given tax waivers worth €143.7 million by local authorities, shortly after the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to buy 36 Rafale jets in fly away condition.........Read more

Rahul Gandhi files nomination from Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala

Congress president Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination from Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala around. The Congress chief is contesting from Wayanad in addition to his traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.........Read more

Lewis Hamilton claims dramatic win at the Bahrain Grand Prix

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton secured his first victory of the season as he capitalized on Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc's loss of power in the closing stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix.........Read more

Jet Airways cancels all flights to partner Etihad's hub Abu Dhabi from March 18th

Jet Airways will suspend all its flights to and from Abu Dhabi, the base of Etihad which has 24 per cent stake in it and from whom fund infusion is awaited for Jet to survive. In a notice, Etihad Airport Services warned passengers of "minor disruption" due to the "short notice of cancellation".........Read more

Rafale documents not stolen, petitioners used photocopies: Attorney General

Attorney General K K Venugopal claimed the Rafale documents were not stolen from the Defence Ministry and that what he meant in his submission before the Supreme Court was that petitioners in the application used “photocopies of the original” papers, deemed secret by the government.........Read more

Jet Airways board approves rescue deal, banks to get over 50% stake in bailout plan

The board of struggling Jet Airways Ltd, which recently defaulted on debt repayment, has agreed to give lenders the majority stake of 50.1 per cent by converting part of its debt into equity as part of a resolution plan worked out by lenders.........Read more

Air India Express Passengers Suffer Nose Bleed due to Pressurisation Problem

Four passengers suffered nose bleeding on an Air India Express flight from Muscat to Calicut Sunday due to pressurisation problem. The incident happened soon after the plane, which had 185 passengers on board, took off from Muscat airport.........Read more

Sabarimala stir turns violent, 745 held

Hindutva activists and Left workers fought pitched battles across Kerala, hurling crude bombs at police pickets, pelting stones, setting vehicles ablaze, damaging public property and party offices.........Read more

RIL’s ₹10,000 crore shopping spree for Reliance Jio, Reliance Retail

Over the past 11 months, RIL through its web of subsidiaries, has either acquired or struck partnerships with more than two dozen entities to expand Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd and Reliance Retail, spending nearly ₹10,000 crore.........Read more

CBI Crisis: Kharge Moves SC, Challenges Centre's Decision on Alok Verma

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge moved the Supreme Court challenging Centre’s decision asking Alok Verma to go on leave pending Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) inquiry.........Read more

UFC 229: Conor McGregor beaten by Khabib Nurmagomedov amid ugly scenes

Ugly scenes mar UFC 229 as lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov brawls by the octagon after beating Conor McGregor. Seconds after landing a fourth-round submission, the Russian vaulted the cage and headed towards Irishman McGregor's team, prompting a melee.........Read more

Upcoming Hornbill Could Become Most Affordable SUV From Tata

The Hornbill will compete in the micro-SUV segment and the new model was teased for the first time at 2018 Auto Expo during the official presentation of H5X and 45X. The micro-SUV will be based on Impact Design 2.0 philosophy and it will continue the muscular design theme like the Nexon compact SUV.........Read more

Chinese Troops Entered Barahoti in Uttarakhand, 3 Times in August, Says Report

The Chinese Army transgressed into Indian territory on three separate occasions in August on 6, 14, and 15 and came as much as within 4 km of Indian land space in Uttarakhand's Barahoti area.........Read more

Watch the first gameplay footage from Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Triumph Studios' released 90-minute gameplay footage of their upcoming sci-fi 4X strategy game Age of Wonders: Planetfall. The game is to be released in 2019........Read more

Simultaneous polls not possible without legal framework, says Chief Election Commissioner amid BJP push

Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat said the parallel polls are not possible without a legal framework and insisted that any extension or curtailment of the term of assemblies will require a constitutional amendment.........Read more

Jio Phone 2 booking date, price, exchange offer, features: All you need to know

The registration of Jio Phone 2 will begin in the next couple of days on August 15. The Jio Phone 2 has succeeded last years’ Jio Phone. Apart from Jio Phone 2, the registration process for GigaFiber, GigaTV and Smart Home will also begin on the same date.........Read more

Supreme Court notice to Uttar Pradesh over alleged fake encounters

Supreme Court sought a response from the Uttar Pradesh government on a plea alleging that several fake encounters have taken place in the state in recent past, in which a total of 58 persons have been killed.........Read more

Kim Jong-un says North Korea is still committed to denuclearisation

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said his desire to denuclearise the Korean peninsula remained “unchanged, consistent and fixed”.........Read more

Anna Hazare to begin his hunger strike for competent Lokpal, betterment of farmers in Delhi today

Hazare is once again going to start his indefinite hunger strike in the national capital beginning from Friday. The venue of his hunger strike will be Delhi's iconic Ram Lila Maidan. Some of the main demands of Hazare are a competent Lokpal and better production cost for farm produce. ........Read more

Give me peace: I'll pursue dialogue, opening of LoC routes: Mehbooba

Addressing a largely attended public meeting at Kund in Devsar after laying foundation of some key developmental projects in the area, the chief minister appealed people to play their role in maintaining peace so that the process of dialogue and reconciliation is carried forward, more routes across LoC in the state are opened and people on both sides of the divide march together on the path of growth and progress.........Read more

Mahindra Group to invest Rs900 crore more into electric vehicle venture

We have already invested Rs600 crore in EVs over the past five-six years and have decided to invest Rs400 crore in Karnataka and Rs500 crore in Maharashtra over the next four-five years. This will be used for capacity, technology and products.........Read more

Mechanism for resistance to immunotherapy treatment discovered

An urgent question for cancer scientists is why immunotherapy achieves dramatic results in some cases but doesn't help most patients. Now, two research groups from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have independently discovered a genetic mechanism in cancer cells that influences whether they resist or respond to immunotherapy drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors.........Read more

Islamic State Claims Las Vegas Shooting, Says Attacker Recent Convert to Islam

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a shooting that killed at least 50 people and wounded over 400 in Las Vegas early on Monday, and said the attacker had converted to Islam a few months ago.........Read more

Eat fat, live longer? Mouse study shows a high fat diet increases longevity, strength

As more people live into their 80s and 90s, researchers have delved into the issues of health and quality of life during aging. A recent mouse study at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine sheds light on those questions by demonstrating that a high fat, or ketogenic, diet not only increases longevity but also improves physical strength.........Read more

The Story Of 'Vande Mataram' Began In This 19th Century House In Kolkata

Vande Mataram, India’s national song, was written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay in 1882. Chattopadhyay wrote this song as part of his novel, Anandamath. It was Tagore who composed his song. Chattopadhyay is considered to be a pioneer in the revival of Bengali literature in the 19th century and his work inspired some of the most famous writers like Tagore, Surendranath Dutt, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, etc.........Read more

Toyota Reveals Yaris Ativ Sedan

Japanese automaker Toyota has revealed the new Yaris Ativ sedan. Initially, the sedan will be sold in the Thailand market. The Yaris Ativ shares most of its components with the more premium Vios, but the new car features different exterior design in line with the new-gen Toyota sedans.........Read more

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures image of Epimetheus, the pockmarked Saturnian moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured one of the highest resolution images of Epimetheus, a small moon of Saturn. The image shows the far side of the moon, the region that is not facing Saturn. The image was captured with the narrow angle camera on Cassini, with a spectral filter that only lets in light in the near infrared wavelengths. Cassini was 15,000 kilometers away from Epimetheus when the image was captured.........Read more

Maharashtra's Rs 34,000 cr loan waiver to benefit 8.9 million farmers

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Maharashtra government on Saturday announced a major farm loan waiver scheme that will see debt of up to Rs 1.5 lakh per farmer being written off, costing the exchequer Rs 34,000 crore.........Read more

Surrogacy scam in Hyderabad - 500 pregnancies

Surrogacy scam came into limelight in Hyderabad. Few innocent poor women from Hyderabad, Delhi, Nepal, Nagaland and Darjeeling were targeted by a hospital, Sai Kiran in Hyderabad. This hospital in Banjara Hills road no. 14 which was being run by Dr.Sumit Sekhar is said to have illegally used 500 women for Surrogacy without any permissions. …........Read more

S.S. Ahluwalia leads Indian Parliamentary delegation to Sweden

Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, S.S. Ahluwalia on Thursday led an Indian Parliamentary Delegation seeking Swedish support for the global Convention against international terrorism at the United Nations.........Read more

Leaked Facebook documents reveal problematic content removal standards: report

Leaked documents have revealed exact guidelines for how Facebook removes content related to sex, terrorism, death threats, self-harm, suicide, and more, the Guardian reported. A series of presentation slides detail how Facebook deals with reports on posts, comments and videos that violate their site........Read more

Sebi unearths Rs 34,000-crore tax evasion

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) sent a fresh list last week of entities that had allegedly misused capital gains provisions to evade Rs 34,000 crore in taxes to the income tax (I-T) department.........Read more

25 Things You Did Not Know About Air Force One, The Airliner Which Carries The US President

The President of the United States enjoys a lot of privileges and power. And why not? He is, after all, the supreme leader of the world’s most powerful nation! And when such a prestigious man travels, he must travel in style amid tight security. This is where the Air Force One comes into the picture.........Read more

Kumarmangalam Birla to be the Chairman of merged Vodafone-Idea entity

Vodafone will own 45.1% of the merged entity, after it transfers about 4.9% to promoters of Idea and/or their affiliates for ₹38.74 billion rupees, Idea said. Idea will have the sole right to appoint the chairman. Kumarmangalam Birla will be the Chairman of merged Vodafone-Idea entity and both the companies will have equal stakes in the merged entity over a period of time.........Read more

Now, Japanese humanoid robot, Softbank’s NAO, dons Indian avatar as Chintu to assist the elderly in the country

What happens when Softbank’s humanoid robotics meets IBM’s Watson and joins hand with a group of young Indian brains and their socially sensitive teacher guiding them with IBM funding their work. They develop an Indianised version of the Japanese robot with a Watson brain to provide assistance to senior citizens.........Read more

Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand victories may help NDA get President of its choice

The NDA was short of 75,076 (value of votes) from the majority mark in the electoral college (having value of votes of 10,98,882 in total) before the results of the five states — Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa, were declared.........Read more

One-Year Jail For Stealing 5 Sarees? Remember Vijay Mallya, Asks Supreme Court

For allegedly stealing five sarees, a man has been locked up in a Telangana prison for a year. Hearing a petition by his wife, the Supreme Court today took a dig at the state government: Remember Vijay Mallya?........Read more

Malaria causing superbugs can enter India, warns scientist

Detection of malaria parasites resistant to the frontline artemisinin (ART) combination therapy in some south Asian countries should worry India, Govindarajan Padmanabhan a top biochemist and malaria researcher at the Indian Institute of Science here has warned. "Africa and India can as well be the superbug`s next destination and, if it spreads, this will pose a disaster," Padmanabhan told this correspondent, adding: "Sri Lanka is supposed to be malaria-free and it too should start worrying."........Read more

1984 riots case: SIT moves HC for cancellation of bail to Sajjan Kumar

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, today moved the Delhi High Court seeking cancellation of the anticipatory bail granted by the trial court to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a case of killing of three Sikhs. Justice S P Garg, before whom the plea came up for hearing, asked SIT how the trial court order is illegal and said the respondent is facing trial in other matters also then how is it possible that he could be present at all spots.........Read more

The most expensive city to live in in 2017 is ?

They may be in opposite corners of the globe, but Hong Kong, Sydney and Vancouver have one thing in common. They're the top three most unaffordable housing markets in the world, according to the 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey........Read more

Black money chase: Don't panic if you receive a tax notice

The government has asked banks to provide information to the Income-Tax (I-T) Department about savings accounts where deposits have exceeded Rs 2.5 lakh (Rs 12.5 lakh in the case of current accounts) after November 8. If the deposits are higher than past levels or deviate significantly from what a person’s savings are expected to be, based on the I-T returns he has filed in the past, he could receive a notice from the tax department. As the government has gone into overdrive against black money, many more notices are expected this year.........Read more

In Bengaluru, These Scientists Are Working On Writing With Light

In a bid to save paper and reduce e-waste, scientists in Bengaluru and now working on a way which would enable one to write with light. Liquid crystals developed at the Raman Research Institute, founded by Nobel laureate CV Raman, are being used with the final aim of designing a display device that would record writing with light - and erase it just as easily. The device could be used many times over.........Read more

Talocity's AI powered HR tool may be able to catch a lie

Ketan Dewan says Talocity, as a recruitment technology startup that uses video analytics and artificial intelligence, is so advanced that if he develops it any further, it can function as a lie detector machine. ........Read more

Zika found in eye fluid in study

Some people infected with Zika develop conjunctivitis, an eye infection common among children known as "pink eye," the study authors explained. And the researchers noted that infants born with Zika-related microcephaly—a birth defect characterized by a small head and abnormal brain development—have also had significant damage to their eyes.........Read more

9/11: Bin Laden's spectacular miscalculation

For Osama bin Laden, September 11 was a great tactical victory but a huge strategic failure that sealed the doom of al Qaeda and its leader, writes Peter Bergen........Read more

Centre asks J&K to impose Section 144 during Eid-ul-Azha

The Centre has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to impose restrictions on the movement of people on Eid-ul-Azha (Bakrid) on September 13 after the separatists called a protest march to the Unit........Read more

Traditional treatments in a modern world: Making the case for scientifically testing AYUSH medicines

It surely makes sense to scientifically document the effects of traditional AYUSH medicine in a modern world. This definitely will give a billion people multiple choices to treat their ailments, which are cheaper, effective and of good quality.........Read more

Islamic State-inspired Maute group stage mass jailbreak in Philippines

Muslim extremists have staged a daring jailbreak in the southern Philippines, freeing 28 detainees in the latest in a series of mass escapes, officials said Sunday. About 50 heavily armed members o........Read more

Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar among world's highest paid actors of 2016

Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are among the world's highest paid actors of 2016, raking as many dollars as Hollywood heavyweights Robert Downey Jr and Brad Pitt, according to a Forbes list topped by wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson.........Read more

Uber goes after Ola by launching web app in India's smaller cities

The new feature is up and running in smaller Indian cities of Nagpur, Kochi, Guwahati, and Jodhpur........Read more

Tubelight first look: Salman Khan is dressed as a soldier in Kabir Khan’s next

Salman Khan's first look from Tubelight is out and it seems like director Kabir Khan is all set for his next hit with the Dabangg Khan.........Read more

Kidambi Srikanth wins 21-19, 21-19 to move into quarters: As it happened

Kidambi Srikanth beat World No 5 Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 21-19, 21-19 to move into the quarterfinals of the men's singles event.........Read more

Gilgit-Baltistan locals protest against arrest of 500 men by Pakistani security forces

Angry protesters took out a march and chanted anti-Pakistan slogans after security forces arrested the men for asking the Pakistani Army to vacate Gilgits soil.........Read more

Intex launches fitRist Pulzz at 1,799 on Flipkart

The fitRist Pulzz can be used for heart rate count, steps count, distance measurement, calorie burn and monitoring of quality of sleep.........Read more

HIV-related viruses may have originated 60 million years ago

As HIV/AIDS has emerged recently and so far eluded efforts to outwit it, researchers have been looking at imprints left by other viruses........Read more

#ChasingTheGold: How Archer Deepika Kumari, the Daughter of a Rickshaw Driver, Made It to Rio

Deepika began by practicing on homemade bows and arrows, using mangoes as targets........Read more

From Village Canal To Sports Shoes: Crowdfunding Takes An Unusual Twist In India

When farmers in the scorched village of Horti in Western India were struggling to raise money for a canal, they turned to an unlikely source: a crowdfunding website called FuelADream........Read more

Psychologist reveals science behind a fulfilling single life

Dating shows, dating apps - they all strive to make sure none of us end up uncoupled forever. But it turns out many single people embrace their single lives, and are likely to experience more psychological growth and development than married people, according to a psychologist who presented at the American Psychological Association's 124th Annual Convention.........Read more

Expensive to Treat, Will Hepatitis Soon Be the Next Big Killer?

July 28th is observed as the World Hepatitis Day. Globally 1.4 million people die each year from hepatitis and this day serves as a reminder to governments and policy makers to know the disease and take action........Read more

Did Dawood Ibrahim Aid Jet Airways Rise? New Book Reveals All

An excerpt from Josy Josephs new book reveals links between Dawood Ibrahim and Jet Airways promoter Naresh Goyal.........Read more

It's a Holy War Between Kauravas and Pandavas: Kejriwal on AAP-BJP Tussle

Kejriwal cited an anecdote he heard in Gujarat that while political rivals are jailed in the national capital, such persons are........Read more

ISRO working on enhancing rocket launch capacity: Chairman A S Kiran Kumar

ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said the scientists were gearing up for the launch the GSLV-MarkII carrying weather satellite in August.........Read more

Culture minister wants a caste system of artists

By proposing a 'POW' grading system based on popularity and profiling, Mahesh Sharma is creating avenues for more market and agenda-driven hackery.........Read more

SC junks plea for revocation of Sachin Tendulkar's Bharat Ratna award

SC junks plea for revocation of Sachin Tendulkar's Bharat Ratna award - Petitioner V K Naswa has alleged that certain authors have written books describing Tendulkar as Bharat Ratna and they have also titled their book in that manner.........Read more

Pandits leave Valley, threaten not to join jobs in Kashmir

Displaced Kashmiri Pandit (KP) employees who left the Valley at night and arrived at Jammu, today said they will not return to become........Read more

Burhan Wani killing: Kashmir relatively peaceful, CM Mehbooba Mufti talks of ‘healing touch’

The stray and intermittent incidents of stone pelting were reported from parts of Kashmir. Situation remains under control in the Valley. (File)........Read more

How an Artist's Experimental Body Performance Confronted Caste Discrimination

Jaya painted herself black and roamed Kochi streets for 150 days – bringing the public face-to-face with their prejudices and sparking a critical debate on her 'Artivism.'........Read more

Sushma tweets to Akhilesh, asks him to help protesting Russian ‘bahu’ in Agra

A day after news agencies reported of a Russian woman protesting outside her Indian mother-in-law’s house in Agra, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj sought the Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister’s intervention on Sunday.........Read more

Delhi court sends Rajendra Kumar, 6 others to one-day judicial custody

"The application for the extension of their police custody and another application for the police custody of two accused who were arrested yesterday will be considered the designated court itself," the court said.........Read more

With a month to go for the Olympics, concerns over whether Rio can safely host the Games

If Rio is lucky enough to avoid any major incidents, the doomsayers will be forgotten once the athletes start collecting their Olympics medals.........Read more

CERN Physicists Observe Three New Tetraquark Particles

Physicists on CERN’s LHCb collaboration say they’ve observed three new exotic particles – X(4274), X(4500) and X(4700) – and also confirmed the existence of a fourth one, X(4140).........Read more

Kingfisher Airlines books go missing

Kingfisher Airlines tells Serious Fraud Investigation Office that an IT services vendor took away computers and servers with the accounts information........Read more

3 Dhaka killers from elite schools, one was son of ruling party official

Three of the gunmen who slaughtered 20 people in the Bangladeshi capital city have been identified after their photographs were released, with one of them being named as Rohan Ibne Imtiaz, the son of a member of the ruling Awami League. The other two........Read more

A Chinese hacking group is making $500,000 per day, know how

Based on Cheetah Mobile’s estimation, if the virus developer were able to make $0.50, the average cost of getting new installation, every time the virus installed an application on a smartphone, the group behind this Hummer Trojan family would be able to make over $500,000 daily.........Read more

When Will Indian Men Stop Being 'Helpless' Witnesses To Crimes Against Women?

The shame of this country is that a hundred men will gape in awestruck horror as a jilted lover stabs his girlfriend multiple times on a busy road and then pours acid over her. Not one will come to her rescue. They are more likely to whip out their cell phones and take a video instead. Like what happened on Nungambakkam Railway Station in Chennai the other day when a woman employee of Infosys was "cold-bloodedly" murdered.........Read more

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance to launch IPO by September

ICICI Prudential’s planned Rs6,000-crore initial share sale will mark the first public offering of a life insurance firm in India........Read more

Hyderabad Nizam cash case: UK court rejects Indian bid to dismiss Pak claim

The case relates to transfer of 1,007,940 pounds and 9 shillings to a London bank account.........Read more

Mumbai’s ultra rich get a new address - Times of India

Worli has become the new luxury destination for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and celebrities, signalling its emergence as a prime residential destination with several big-ticket realty transactions taking place in the area, said a JLL India report released on Tuesday.........Read more

Terrorists planning 26/11-like attack on islands, ports across India: Intelligence agencies

Intelligence agencies have warned the government about terror threat to port and small islands spread across the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.........Read more

How women marry in India

A significant share of women in the country get married without even the most basic forms of communication with their to-be-spouses before their wedding day........Read more

NITI Aayog’s 2020 vision for Indian Railways, roads: Increase track length by 8 times, double NH length

Government think tank NITI Aayog has set ambitious targets of doubling the network of national highways and hiking the railway track length...........Read more

2002 Gulbarg society verdict: Hearing on quantum of punishment adjourned till June 9

A special SIT court adjourned on Monday the hearing on quantum of punishment for the 24 convicts in 2002 Gulbarg society massacre case till June 9. On June 2, special court had convicted 24 of the 66 accused in the Gulbarg violence, which left 69 people including former Congress MP Eshan Jafri dead.........Read more

Just another rotten mango?

Aam Aadmi Party began its journey as a symbol of hope and inspiration for the people seeking a real and substantive change in politics and governance. Nearly half a decade on, the hope has been crushed by theatrics, rhetoric and politicking.........Read more

The Hiroshima touchstone

On May 27, , 71 years after nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States, the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons. Richard Nixon visited Hiroshima in 1964, fou........Read more

Centre rolls back 1% tax collection at source on purchase of gold jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh or more

The cess, announced during the 2016 Budget session, led to a 42-day strike called by jewellers across the country.........Read more

For 800 million citizens, Modi's Digital India highway is a bridge to nowhere

The view from a district in Haryana where people own expensive smartphones but don't know how to book rail tickets online.........Read more

ISRO test-launches its first-ever 'space shuttle' - ISRO test-launches its first-ever 'space shuttle': 10 things to know - The Economic Times

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully test-launched the first 'Made in India' space shuttle — called the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV-TD) — early on Monday morning from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.........Read more

Watch: Why NASA Chose 'Angry Birds' for Space Education

The video explains why the space organisation chose the seemingly childish game to impart important physics and space studies lessons.........Read more

Bihar Road Rage: JDU MLC's Son Rocky Arrested in Gaya

The police had on Monday raided the house of Devi and questioned her in connection with the whereabouts of her son, who is accused of killing a youth for overtaking his SUV, police said.........Read more

Security forces gun down three terrorists in Kashmir's Pulwama

All three militants were gunned down by security forces following hours of a fierce gunbattle in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Saturday morning.........Read more

Instagram is inspiring fashion that’s #uniquely_you

Wooden bow ties; helicopter and autorickshaw cufflinks; bags shaped like picnic baskets —accessories are getting quirkier as young men and women bid for the most Instagram hearts........Read more

Pvt medical colleges can't take separate entrance tests: SC

Unaided private medical colleges across the country cannot be permitted to go ahead with their pre-scheduled tests for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses in addition to the recently revived single-window entrance NEET, the Supreme Court today said.........Read more