Crumbs

IPhone 12: everything we think we know about Apple’s 2020 5G iPhones

We’re likely just weeks away from Apple taking the wraps off its 2020 iPhones, and the rumor mill is in full swing, hinting at some major changes this year. If you’ve been hanging on to your because you just love its squared-off edges, the newest iPhones could be the ones for you — there are already a lot of rumors pointing to a brand new design with squared edges instead of rounded ones. (If you’re keeping that SE because of its smaller size, there might be good news for you this year, too.) And all signs are pointing toward this being the year the iPhone gets 5G, which should set you up for faster data speeds — once the networks can reliably deliver them. There is still a lot of mystery surrounding the next iPhones — they haven’t leaked quite as much as, say, recent or handsets — but there’s enough out there to piece together a decent picture of what Apple is planning. The likeliest rumor of them all? We’re getting four new iPhones this year. instead of announcing three new iPhone models, like Apple did in 2017, 2018, and 2019, the company will reveal four: Originally, the credible rumor , who’s reliably predicted the sizes and features of new iPhones — but The Wall Street Journal those screen sizes in April, and as of this past week, Bloomberg as well.........Read more

The Futility Of US Withdrawal From WHO Amid A Pandemic

Under international law, withdrawal from multilateral treaties may be governed either by the treaty itself or the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT) or customary international law. The Constitution of the WHO, establishing the organisation, does not have an express provision envisaging withdrawal. Article 56 of the VCLT states that pulling out of treaties without express withdrawal or denunciation provisions (such as the WHO Constitution) may not be permissible except when parties to the treaty intended to allow such withdrawal, or if such provision may be implied from the nature of the treaty. Additionally, such withdrawal requires a 12-month notice to be provided. The contents of Article 56 are customary in nature (Theodore Christakis in The Vienna Conventions on the Law of Treaties – A Commentary, edited by Olivier Corten and Pierre Klein), and therefore, apply to the US despite its non-ratification of the VCLT. ........Read more

An extraordinary escalation 'using rocks and clubs'

"It is looking bad, very bad," says security analyst Vipin Narang, of the deadly clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladakh on Monday night. The most serious face-off on the world's longest unsettled land border in nearly half a century left 20 Indian soldiers dead. India says both sides suffered casualties. "Once fatalities are sustained, keeping everything quiet becomes hard on both sides. Now public pressure becomes a variable," Dr Narang, a security studies professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told me. "The scale, scope and swathe of the pressure across the border is seemingly unprecedented."........Read more

First Covid-19 Case In NDRF As Sub-inspector Tests Positive

An official of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been found positive for the novel coronavirus, the first case such being detected in the federal contingency force, officials said on Friday. They said the Sub-Inspector rank official was on leave and had gone to a doctor for some other treatment after which his COVID-19 test was done. The NDRF official has been admitted to an isolation ward in the Central Armed Police Forces' (CAPFs) Referral hospital in Greater Noida on Thursday. The official is posted in the headquarters of the force in New Delhi and was on deputation from the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), they said.........Read more

Coronavirus India Tracker: Death Toll Reaches 199, Total Cases Near 6,500; Northeast Sees First Fatality

The number of total coronavirus cases in the India currently stand at 6,412, according to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on April 10, Friday. The number of deaths has risen to 199. Among the total coronavirus cases in the country, there are 5,709 active cases. A total of 503 people have successfully recovered from Covid-19.........Read more

Jammu and Kashmir: 9 terrorists killed in 2 separate encounters in 24 hours, jawan martyred

While four terrorists were killed in an encounter in Kulgam on Saturday, five terrorists were eliminated in another operation in Kupwara on Sunday. One Army soldier also lost his life in the encounter on Sunday. "Op Rangdori Behak (Kupwara). Five terrorists eliminated, Total NINE TERRORISTS eliminated in last 24 hours in two separate operations. One soldier martyred & two seriously injured, and being evacuated to 92 BH amidst heavy snow & rough terrain conditions. Operation in progress," Indian Army's Chinar Corps said in a tweet.........Read more

Delhi Exit Poll Results 2020: Arvind Kejriwal Tipped to Return as Delhi CM, Most Exit Polls Predict 50+ Seats for AAP; BJP a Distant Second

Arvind Kejriwal will return as Delhi chief minister for a third term with the Aam Aadmi Party all set to storm back to power with over two-thirds majority, most exit polls have predicted. The BJP, which ran a polarising campaign to counter the AAP charge, will be reduced to an also-ran in this election while the Congress may be staring at yet another wipeout, the pollsters say. ........Read more

Missing 1993 Mumbai blasts convict held in Kanpur

Mumbai serial blasts convict, who went missing while on parole, was on Friday arrested in Kanpur by the Uttar Pradesh special task force, state DGP O P Singh said. Ansari, 68, convicted for the 1993 blasts, went missing on Thursday while on a 21-day parole from Rajasthan's Ajmer Central Prison. Ansari, a resident of Mominpura in Agripada here who is serving a life term, is suspected to be involved in many bomb blast cases across the country.........Read more

Indian police register 42 new bank fraud cases

India’s federal police said that they had registered 42 new cases of bank fraud amounting to about 72 billion rupees ($1.02 billion) after conducting searches in 187 places across the country. The primarily loan fraud cases were detected at 15 banks.........Read more

David Warner, Steve Smith Return to Australia T20I Squad For Sri Lanka Series

This would be the first time the duo will feature in a T20I for Australia after the infamous Cape Town ball-tampering scandal, that led to one-year bans for both Smith and Warner. ........Read more

World Athletics Championships:India's relay team enters final, secures Olympic berth

India's mixed relay team comprising of Muhammed Anas, Vismaya, Krishna Mathew and Noah Nirmal have secured an Olympic berth after entering the finals of World Athletics Championships in the 4x400m race. The Indian team finished third in the second heat of the semi-finals behind Poland and Brazil with a time of 3.16.14s to reach the final. The third-place finish ensured India's place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. "India's 4x400m mixed relay team has also secured a place in the @Tokyo2020 @Olympics by reaching the final which assured them a top 8 finish! Congratulations," Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju tweeted.........Read more

The DSC Prize Longlist Shows The Award Is Alive And Mostly Well

Last year, when the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature announced its longlist, this writer had wondered how the award could stay relevant—it had halved its prize money to $25,000 a year earlier, and its distinction as the richest literary award in India (and South Asia) had been taken over by the JCB Prize.Would the arrival of new prizes, those literary stamps of approval, nudge — if not necessarily entirely displace — the DSC Prize, which is now in its ninth year, from the pedestal we’ve placed it on? Mumbai Stories. On Thursday evening, the longlist for the 2019 DSC Prize was announced at Oxford Bookstore, New Delhi, and a quick look at the numbers reveals that, one year short of its 10th anniversary, the DSC Prize is alive and mostly well. For the latest news and more, follow HuffPost India onTwitter,Facebook, and subscribe to ournewsletter.........Read more

Babri Mosque attacked by Hindus in 1934, trespassed in 1949, razed in 1992: Muslims tell SC

The Babri mosque was attacked in 1934 by Hindus who then trespassed in 1949 and demolished it in 1992 and are now saying that their rights over the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land must be protected, Muslim parties said in the Supreme Court on Monday. A five judges Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, which commenced hearing arguments from the Muslim side on the 17th day of the crucial proceedings, was told by senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan that the historical assertions and facts cannot be relied upon completely in deciding the lawsuits. "In 1934, you (Hindus) break the masjid and in 1949, you commit trespass and finally, in 1992, you demolish the mosque...and after all the destructions, you say that the Britishers collaborated against Hindus and now say that our right must be protected," said Dhavan, appearing for Sunni Waqf Board and one of the original litigants, M Siddiq. "Please do not go into all this. Your arguments should be relevant to issues." Dhavan said all these issues have been raised by the other side and he should be allowed to respond as this hearing was related to the "future of this country". SC to hear Rajeev Dhavan's contempt plea against ex-govt official for threatening him Senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan, appearing for the deity, also got up and said that Dhavan should deal with the case of the plaintiff (Muslim parties).........Read more

INX Media case: CBI seeks leads from abroad

The Central Bureau of Investigation has sent requests to the authorities in five countries seeking information on the financial transactions related to the INX Media case, in which the agency has got the custody of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. “The Letters Rogatory [judicial requests] have been sent to the United Kingdom, Singapore, Mauritius, Bermuda and Switzerland. The suspected role of several shell companies in routing funds is being looked into,” a CBI official said. Strict access control is being maintained at the CBI headquarters where Mr. Chidambaram has been held for questioning till August 26. On Friday, his wife Nalini Chidambaram and son Karti, accompanied by a lawyer, met him around 6 p.m. The CBI has alleged that Indrani and Peter Mukerjea paid $5 million and $4.5 lakh in 2007-08 and 2008-09 for settling issues related to violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act by their companies, INX Media and INX News. Proposing an investigation, the Department of Revenue had then flagged the alleged violation in downstreaming 26% of the funds received from three Mauritius-based companies in INX News. The agency alleges that the Mukerjeas paid to scuttle the probe and get FIPB clearance for the investment. While INX Media got FIPB approval for a ₹4.62-crore influx, as alleged, it received ₹305 crore by selling its shares at a premium of ₹800 a unit.........Read more

Dutee Chand wins 100m gold at World University Games

Ace Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has won the gold medal in women's 100-metre sprint at the 30th Summer University Games in Napoli, Italy becoming the first Indian to win do so. She clocked 11.32s in the final. The 23-year-old had qualified for the finals with a 11.41s finish in the semifinal heats and led the final race from start to finish on Tuesday. This is the first gold medal for India at this edition of the games. No Indian had qualified for the 100-metre final in the history of the University Games before this. "With years of hardwork and your blessings, I have yet again broken the record by winning the Gold in 100m dash in 11.32 seconds at The World University Games, Napoli. In the pictures, are the winners too, with a heart of Gold from Germany and Sweden, Chand, a 100m record holder and winner of two Asian Games silver medals, recently made up the headlines after she opened up about her homosexuality. She revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship with a girl from her home town. ........Read more

Bombay HC blasts CBFC for not issuing universal certificate to kids film

"Are you ostriches," an angry Bombay High Court bench Friday asked the censor board for refusing to issue a universal (U) certificate to a children's film and asserted the board will "not decide what one wants to watch and see". In strongly-worded observations, a division bench of justices S C Dharmadhikari and Gautam Patel also said that it may have to redefine the role of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) entirely as the latter thinks that it was the "only one with an iota of intelligence to decide for everyone". The bench was hearing a petition filed by the Children's Film Society (CFS), India, seeking directions to the CBFC tribunal to hear its plea to issue universal certificate to its film "Chidiakhana". In January, the board issued universal/adult (U/A) certificate to the film, owing to an abusive word and a particular scene in it. The Society has claimed that the film is meant for children and is to be screened in schools. It said it is willing to remove the two objections. The bench said the CBFC, by asking for such scenes to be deleted in films, was pretending that these issues do not exist. "Are you (CBFC) ostriches? Put your head in the sand and pretend something does not exist," Justice Patel said. The CBFC Friday told the court that it has laid down certain conditions and if those are fulfilled then the film will be given 'U/A' certificate.........Read more

PM Narendra Modi biopic makers move Supreme Court after Election Commission stalls release

After the release of the PM Narendra Modi biopic was stalled by the Election Commission, the makers have moved the Supreme Court. The court has agreed to hear the case on April 15th.........Read more

CBI’s Alok Verma challenges his transfer in Supreme Court, calls it illegal

CBI director Alok Verma, in a petition in Supreme Court, challenged the government order that divested him of all charges, saying it was illegal and had bypassed a high-powered committee. The bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said Verma’s plea would be taken up on October 26.........Read more

Narendra Modi Unfit For PM Post, Should Resign: Mallikarjun Kharge Over Rafale Deal

PM Modi is morally not suitable for the post now. Kharge remark came a day after former French president Francois Hollande claimed that Indian government had suggested Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as the offset partner in the Rafale deal.........Read more

Get ready for future of train travel! Indian Railways’ engine-less 160 kmph Train 18 is better than Shatabdi

Indian Railways will roll out its latest technological innovation, a train that will not only beat the comforts and speed of the premium Shatabdi Express but will also be engine-less! Codenamed Train 18, this would be a semi-high speed, self-propelled train set.........Read more

Supreme Court seeks J&K government's reply by April 27 on Kathua case

The Supreme Court (SC) today asked the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) government for a reply by April 27 on whether a plea to transfer the Kathua rape and murder case from the state's courts to Chandigarh should be allowed. The SC also asked the state government to provide security to the family and lawyer of the eight-year-old who was raped and murdered in Kathua in January.........Read more

FIR against cricketer Mohammed Shami for domestic violence

The FIR has been registered against Shami and his four other family members in Kolkata's Jadavpur police station under several Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections, including section 498A, which amounts to cruelty to a woman by her husband or his relatives. ........Read more

PNB fraud case: ICICI Bank's Chanda Kochhar, Axis Bank's Shikha Sharma summoned

ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar and Axis Bank's Shikha Sharma have been summoned by an anti-fraud agency in the multi-crore PNB scam case involving jeweller Nirav Modi and his partner and uncle Mehul Choksi. ........Read more

Supreme Court Pushes For Electoral Reforms, Says Candidates Must Disclose Source of Income

In a landmark order for electoral reforms, the Supreme Court on Friday said candidates contesting polls will now have to disclose their sources of income and that of their family members. The ruling will bring more transparency in the poll process and help authorities to keep a tab on the growth of lawmakers' assets. Till now, candidates only needed to reveal their income, not the sources.........Read more

UIDAI to bring mAadhaar app for iOS soon: CEO Ajay Bhushan

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) launched the mAadhaar app for Android smartphones. With the electronic version of Aadhaar card on smartphones, users no longer need to carry the physical Aadhaar card. While the app is available exclusively for Android users, it will soon be made available for iOS users too.........Read more

No show in 4 big states; smooth sailing in South, Maharashtra, West Bengal

Padmaavat faces a total blackout on the day of its scheduled release on Thursday in at least four big states — Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Bihar — with cinema and multiplex owners firm against screening the movie. In Uttar Pradesh, another big territory for Hindi films, cinema owners are in a dilemma.........Read more

Union minister announces commencement of India’s first-ever ‘Livability Index’

The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has decided to assess the livability standard of 116 Indian cities, which include the identified Smart Cities and few more cities with a population of over 1 million. The cities will be assessed on 15 core parameters like governance, social infrastructure, education, employment, health and safety and security.........Read more

Filmfare Awards 2018 nominations list

The Filmfare Awards 2018 nominations list was released and surprisingly, it is Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar that is dominating the list with as many as nine nominations across various categories while Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt’s Badrinath Ki Dulhania is nominated in four major categories of Best Film, Best Actor (Male and Female) and Best Director.........Read more

Bengaluru firm’s moonshot plan hits Isro roadblock

India's much-awaited first private moonshot by TeamIndus has suffered a major setback with Isro recently scrapping the rocket deal with the space startup. This may deal a deathblow to the venture's attempt to enter the Google Lunar X-Prize competition.........Read more

Don't link terrorism to one nation: China slams US 'finger pointing' at Pak

China on Monday said it is opposed to the US "finger pointing" at Pakistan and linking it with terrorism, insisting that the responsibility of cracking down on terror outfits cannot be placed on a particular country.........Read more

BCI to decide soon if MPs and MLAs can double up as advocates

The panel - comprising D P Dhal, B C Thakur, and R P Shah - will decide the fate of several former Union ministers, including Kapil Sibal and P Chidambaram, who now appear in the court as senior advocates though they remain Members of Parliament.........Read more

In a first DD earns Rs 6 crore after monetising IFFI

The 48th IFFI started on November 21 and was organised by the National Film Development Corporation. With a viewership of 40 million across both television and digital platforms, Doordarshan earned Rs 6 crore. The impact of Smriti Irani's dynamic leadership on IFFI this year was visible in the high profile the event acquired with the participation of Bollywood legends.........Read more

How VVPAT-enabled EVMs work; And why they cannot be tampered with

The machines give a voter for chance to verify their vote. The machine is placed in a glass case in a way that only the voter can see it. The slip is displayed to the voter for seven seconds. After that, the VVPAT machine cuts it and drops in into the storage box with a beep. The machines can be accessed, though, by the polling officials and not by the voter,........Read more

WTO talks end in stalemate as India, US play hardball

The 11th World Trade Organisation ministerial conference talks ended with the ministers refusing to agree to even a declaration, reflecting the huge gap between the 164 members.........Read more

Researchers develop test that can diagnose two cancer types

Researchers used mid-infrared spectroscopy to analyze blood serum derived from experimental mice and differentiate mice with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and subcutaneous melanoma from healthy mice and also between these two tumorous conditions. The mid-infrared spectral region of the electromagnetic spectrum is frequently used to characterize biological samples at the molecular level.........Read more

Bajaj Pulsar Black Pack edition launched to mark 1 Cr. Sales

The Black Pack edition is available on the Pulsar 150, 180 and 220F. The Pulsar Black Pack editions are finished in a black paint with matte grey highlights. New decals have also been added. Besides this, the bikes ride on white alloy wheels and get satin chrome exhaust covers.........Read more

Belgian hockey team leave security baffled in superstitious midnight escapade

Hours after they lost to India in the quarter-final of the Hockey World League Final here on Thursday, some members of the Belgian team scaled the boundary wall of the team hotel past midnight and walked a kilometre looking to sneak into the Kalinga Stadium.........Read more

Deadline for linking Aadhaar from bank accountsmay extend

The Centre told the three-judge bench that it will extend the deadline for those who did not apply for the Aadhaar card yet and do not possess any id proof. ........Read more

ARE EXOSKELETONS THE FUTURE OF PHYSICAL LABOR

Exoskeletons are not new technology; journals and research papers point to the development of exoskeleton’s back in the 1960s, mostly for military purposes. In Japan, companies like Panasonic, Honda, and Cyberdyne have marketed exoskeletons as a way to help ease the burdens of a shrinking and aging population. And exosuits have certainly lived a life of their own in pop culture and science fiction. ........Read more

India's GDP to double to $5 trillion in next 7 years: Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani, Asia's second- richest man, said India's GDP will double to US$ 5 trillion in the next seven years and hit US$ 10 trillion by 2030 as it will elbow out China by the middle of 21st century.........Read more

How Thums Up stole the cola thunder

Its positioning sweet-spot (Taste The Thunder) was bolstered by an actually distinct—stronger, fizzier, and slightly spicier—taste that appealed to the Indian palate. This was probably the biggest reason for the success of Thums Up. A Coca-Cola executive says that Thums Up’s taste has a “masala” feel to it.........Read more

Isro's plan: A rocket that can be made in 3 days

Isro is developing a small launch vehicle that can be assembled in just three days as compared to 30-40 days for a normal-sized PSLV and can be built at a cost just one-tenth the original cost of a PSLV. The manufacturing cost of a launch vehicle is generally in the range of Rs 150 crore to Rs 500 crore across the world.........Read more

Delhi Smog: High Court Asks Government to Consider Implementing Odd-Even Scheme, Orders Emergency Meet

The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed Union Ministry of Environment and Forest & Climate Change secretary to call an emergency meeting within three days with Chief Secretaries of states falling under the National Capital Region (NCR) and pollution control agencies to discuss measures to curb pollution.........Read more

Gorakhpur: 30 more children die at BRD medical college in last 48 hours

The BRD Hospital Acting Principal Dr P.K. Singh said that in the last 48 hours, 15 deaths were reported from NICU and 15 from ICU . Even though so many deaths have occurred in the past three months, Dr Singh claimed that they were normal deaths if compared to children wards of any other medical college.........Read more

North Korea Threatens Japan With ‘Nuclear Clouds’

North Korea has threatened Japan with nuclear destruction. In an article released by the state-run media, the Korean administration called the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s comments at UNGA a suicidal deed and that it would bring “nuclear clouds” to the country.........Read more

'Alien' workers in Gulf: Horror stories unveil killer debt traps, death and slavery

When it comes to Gulf countries, we often hear stories of expat workers landing blue-collar or low-paying jobs in poor working and living conditions. Their passports are often taken away by the agents who take them to the Gulf countries and they tend to get stranded there and are unable to return home. There are a number of incidents that have come up in which the workers' contracts have loopholes, due to which they often get tied down to their employers and companies under whom they suffer. ........Read more

Exclusive: Mahindra Group Working on New Car Brand To Rival Tesla

Pininfarina will become an OEM or manufacturer in the near future when it launches its first product in a few months time. The Italian car design house and coachbuilder - known most famously for its decades-long association with Ferrari. The company was founded in 1930 and is well known for designing some of the iconic Ferrari road models in particular. And now it is making a play for turning from a designer or body specialist to being the builder of cars. The company will launch its range of cars - likely to be exclusively all-electric only models. These will be in the premium segments only, and will essentially be a Tesla rival. And the first car is already under development. India's Mahindra Group acquired Pininfarina in 2015, and its Chairman and Managing Director shared this with me - "We are hoping to build a really high-end, crowd-pleasing Pininfarina electric - that's in the works."........Read more

No other project in the world has faced so many hurdles: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river, saying no other project in the world has faced so many hurdles as this "engineering miracle" which many people had "conspired to stop".........Read more

Here's how henchwomen made sure that Dera chief Ram Rahim's sexual needs were met

Despite being in jail, self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh continues to throw in surprises one notch at a time. If the existence of Qarbani Dal (the sacrifice group) was not enough, recent reports say that he had even employed henchwomen to lure in innocent girls to satisfy his sexual needs. It is being alleged that some politicians and big shots also shared a hand in this game and were often pleased with wine, women and money.........Read more

Eateries may soon have to pay tax on service charge

The Union consumer affairs ministry has asked the Central Board of Direct Taxes to ask officials to take into account service charge collection by hotels and eateries while assessing their tax liabilities. The move comes in the wake of reports that many eateries are still collecting the charge.........Read more

Taxmen Seize Property Worth 165 Crores, Say It Is Lalu Yadav's Family's

Property worth 165 crore spread across Delhi and Bihar -- allegedly belonging to the family of Bihar's veteran politician Lalu Yadav - has been seized by the Income Tax department, which is investigating assets cases against the family in several cities.........Read more

For the first time, ASI tells court Taj Mahal is not a temple but a tomb

For the first time, the Archaeological Survey of India has stated in a court that the Taj Mahal is a tomb and not a temple. According to officials, a 1920 notification to protect Taj Mahal has been made the basis for this affidavit in a local court here.........Read more

Sixth edition of KPL to start on September 1

The sixth edition of the Karnataka Premier League is all set to start at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on September 1. The tournament is scheduled to be played over 19 days across three venues - Mysuru, Huballi and Bengaluru.........Read more

SBI cuts interest rate on savings account deposits

The change in the structure is effective immediately and also marks the introduction of a new two-tier savings account interest rate system as balance of over Rs 1 crore will continue to attract the earlier 4 per cent rate.........Read more

In 15 months, Enforcement Directorate attaches more assets than in 10 years

In a written reply to an unstarred question on Friday, minister of state for finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar said that in the last one year, properties worth Rs 11,032.27 crore were attached by the ED after issuing 175 Provisional Attachment Orders (PAO).........Read more

CBI arrests Lt Col in connection with transfer racket at Army HQs

The CBI, which registered the case on the basis of intelligence gathered by it, arrested Lt Col Ranganathan Suvramani Moni and Gaurav Kohli while an alleged bribe of Rs two lakh was changing hands for transfer of a Bengaluru based army officer.........Read more

India cool on Beijing summit as "Silk Road" stirs unease

India is likely to be represented by local embassy staff or academics this weekend at a major gathering of leaders and ministers on China's "Silk Road" initiative, reflecting deep unease in New Delhi about the far-reaching project.........Read more

Bill Gates lauds PM Narendra Modi for 'success' of Swachh Bharat initiative

So why did he do it? It's because "the world's sanitation challenge" is something Gates is and has been deeply, deeply, concerned with and has been working on. And that's precisely why it's worth sitting up and taking notice when the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist says he "loves" the Indian government's Swachh Bharat initiative.........Read more

Suresh Prabhu flags off first-ever train with glass roof coaches on Visakhapatnam-Araku route

Aiming to provide a delightful travelling experience to the picturesque Araku valley here, the Railways on Sunday introduced a see-through Vistadome coach on its Visakhapatnam-Kirandul passenger train. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged-off the train through a video link from Bhubaneswar.........Read more

Writer Ashokamitran passes away

Prominent Tamil writer and Sahitya Akademi winner Ashokamitran, who powerfully portrayed the lives and struggles of the urban middle-class life in his literary works, died, aged 86, on Thursday night. He collapsed at home. He is survived by wife and three sons. His oeuvre includes now over 200 short stories, eight novels, some 15 novellas besides other prose writings.........Read more

Tata Tigor Review

The Tata Tigor will be the third sub 4-meter, subcompact sedan from Tata Motors. Going up against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Volkswagen Ameo and the Ford Figo Aspire, the Tata Tigor has the potential of being in its very own entry level subcompact sedan segment if priced considerably lower than its competition. Incidentally, Tata Motors originally invented the whole sub 4-meter, subcompact sedan segment in the first place. So, let us take you through the petrol and diesel engines, the features on the Tata Tigor and most importantly if it is worth your money!........Read more

Commando 2 movie review: His Royal Hotness Vidyut Jammwal adorns super-silly PR for demonetisation

Commando 2's narrative delivers some unexpected twists and turns, but the colours that fill in the outline of the story are weak, amateurishly handled and in the end, amusing in its clumsy effort to play to the gallery. In a film of this sort, aimed at racing pulses rather than thinking minds, it is perhaps pointless to ask why the Home Minister alone is the moving force behind the government's efforts at retrieving black money from abroad, with the Finance Minister nowhere in sight.........Read more

Ujjain RSS leader announces Rs 1 crore bounty for beheading Kerala CM

In an open threat to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, RSS leader from Ujjain Kundan Chandrawat announced that he will reward the person who brings head of the CM with Rs 1 crore.........Read more

FIR against US-based online companies over ‘Om’ on shoes, ‘Ganesha’ on beer bottles

Following reports that two US-based online companies are selling shoes and beer bottles with images associated with Hindu religion, activist Naresh Kadyan has filed an FIR against the companies for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments. Speaking to news agency ANI, Kadyan, who is the commissioner of Bharat Scouts & Guides, said, “I have filed an FIR against these online companies selling shoes and beer with Hindu symbols. The aim is to stop sale in India and the US if possible.”........Read more

Altamas Kabir passes away: All you need to know about the former Chief Justice of India

Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir passed away at a Kolkata hospital on Sunday. Born on 19 July, 1948 in Kolkata, Justice Kabir did his LLB and MA from the University of Calcutta and was made a permanent judge of the Calcutta High Court on 6 August, 1990. He was appointed Supreme Court judge on 9 September, 2005 and was sworn-in as the 39th Chief Justice of India on 29 September, 2012. His tenure ended on 19 July, 2013.........Read more

Soft drinks, pizzas may put your child at liver disease risk

Kids who regularly consume foods with high fructose such as pizzas, sodas, sweetened beverages and biscuits may be at the risk of liver disease, a new study has warned.........Read more

SC agreed to hear the petition against passing Aadhaar bill as Money bill

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh’s petition against the passing of the Aadhaar Bill as a Money bill. The Centre, however, has questioned the apex court’s jurisdiction in the matter citing the House Speaker as the final authority in the case. The final hearing has been scheduled four weeks from Monday.........Read more

HMD Global may soon launch Nokia N-series phones

Nokia’s last N-series phone, the N9, was launched in the 2011. Another N-series tablet was launched later in 2015 -- Nokia N1 tablet. However, it will interesting to see if the brand can make a comeback riding on the nostalgia. The bigger question is will the new devices set new standards as its predecessors?........Read more

Special CBI court allowed Kanimozhi to Africa tour

DMK leader M K Kanimozhi has got the permission of a special CBI court to accompany Vice President M Hamid Ansari on his five-day official tour to Rwanda and Uganda later this month.........Read more

Chan Zuckerberg's non-profit, CZ Biohub invests $50 million to fight diseases

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (CZ Biohub), which aims to create a "planet without disease", funded 47 scientists, technologists and engineers working at University of Stanford, University of California - San Francisco (UCSF) and University of Berkeley.........Read more

Science to suffer under Trump's travel ban

Researchers, academic officials and science policymakers are expressing alarm at President Donald Trump's order barring entry to the US to people from certain predominantly Muslim countries, saying it could hinder research, affect recruitment of top scientists and dampen the free exchange of scientific ideas.........Read more

Air France turns away 21 passengers from Muslim countries over Trump's immigration ban

Air France has blocked 21 passengers from Muslim countries from traveling to the US because they would have been refused entry under President Donald Trump's new immigration ban. It was informed Saturday by the US government of the new restrictions, and had no choice but to stop the passengers from boarding US-bound flights.........Read more

'NGT ignored master plan for B'luru'

The National Green Tribunal didn't take into account the revised master plan for Bengaluru when it extended the buffer zone around lakes to 75 metres, a group of land owners told the Supreme Court on Friday.........Read more

If India scraps Indus Treaty, there will be blood in rivers: Hafiz Saeed

The alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying if India stopped the river waters of Pakistan then there would be "blood in the rivers". India has been, since the escalation of tensions after the Uri attack, indicating its intention to revisit the Indus Water Treaty.........Read more

Differences with Cyrus Mistry have been simmering since 2013: Ratan Tata

Differences between Ratan Tata, the chairman of Tata Trusts, and Cyrus Mistry, the ousted chairman of Tata Sons, were simmering since 2013, according to an affidavit filed by Tata before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). NCLT is hearing a petition filed by Mistry alleging mismanagement and oppression of minority shareholders of Tata Sons and seeking the ouster of the current management of Tata Trusts and Tata Sons. ........Read more

Three genes can explain people who are healthy despite obesity

Scientists have offered a genetic explanation for why some people are obese and healthy while others develop diabetes and heart disease as a result of their excessive weight. Three genes were identified, which influence whether fat is stored around the outside of the body or whether it passes into the circulatory system.........Read more

Under PM Modi’s new scheme, false claims may lead to a tax of 85%

If you made a large cash deposit to your bank account after demonetisation, prepare to explain it to the taxman, but tagging the money as agricultural or business income might not work unless you have all the paperwork in place. And if you are caught out with a false claim, you could end up paying tax at the rate of roughly 85%.........Read more

ICC punishes Indian women’s team for skipping Pakistan matches, BCCI angry

Indian women’s cricket team failed to turn up for its ICC championship matches against Pakistan and will thus forfeit all their points........Read more

Narendra Modi may reap $45 billion budget gain on black money crackdown

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biggest move to fight tax evasion and graft can add $45 billion to India’s budget, or about three times the size of Iceland’s economy.........Read more

NASA completes construction of largest space telescope

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States has successfully completed building the largest space telescope — one that is 100 times powerful than the Hubble Space Te........Read more

Centre scrambles to appoint 10 High Court judges after SC’s warning

In a terse statement, the court on Friday said that the Centre cannot allow the executive to decimate the judicial system. The three-judge bench had held that the appointment process ‘cannot be stalled’ due to non-finalisation of the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) and criticised the tardy progress in processing files pertaining to judges' appointment. ........Read more

Digital distractions and mobile phone usage causing lack of sleep among teens

Today’s adolescents sleep much less than previous generations, their sleep quality is poorer, and they report more daytime sleepiness.........Read more

Women catching up with men in drinking habits: study

Women across the world now consume nearly as much alcohol as men, according to a new research which shows that the gender gap in drinking habits is closing.........Read more

Wipro may have acquired US firm Appirio for over $400m

Wipro is learnt to have acquired US-based cloud consultancy firm Appirio. The size of the acquisition could be in the range of $400-$500 million (Rs 2,700-3,350 crore), making it one of Wipro's biggest acquisitions.........Read more

When Our Children Fast, We Celebrate Them, Angry Jains Tell Cops

Ten days after a 13-year-old Jain teen died in Hyderabad after ending a fast that spanned more than two months, the community says her parents have nothing to be apologetic for.........Read more

Russia preparing for World War III: Sun tabloid

The Sun, a leading tabloid published from the United Kingdom, has said in its report that the Russian government has ordered all its citizens staying abroad to return home at the earliest.........Read more

Indian-Orgin Investment Veteran Appointed Endowment Chief At Harvard

An Indian-origin investment veteran has been appointed by Harvard as CEO of the management company that overseas the university's USD 36 billion endowment, the largest college endowment in the world.........Read more

BJP MCDs fail to construct a single toilet under 'Swachh Bharat'

A new study has revealed how the city’s civic bodies have so far ignored Prime Minister Modi’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission to build “toilets first, temples later”, and are yet to build a single latrine.........Read more

FreeCharge partners Axis Bank to launch UPI payment

UPI went live with 21 banks slated to launch the apps very soon. Axis Bank has joined the list and has partnered with FreeCharge to launch the UPI app.........Read more

New breed of optical soliton wave discovered

Applied scientists led by Caltech's Kerry Vahala have discovered a new type of optical soliton wave that travels in the wake of other soliton waves, hitching a ride on and feeding off of the energy of the other wave.........Read more

The 21st Century's 100 greatest films

The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world.........Read more

Turkey begins anti-IS campaign in Syria

The Turkish military has launched an operation to clear a Syrian border town of so-called Islamic State (IS) militants, officials say.........Read more

Documentary on tea ‘Steeped and Stirred’ blends café culture with caste taboos

Shweta Ghosh’s film covers several themes while exploring the history and popularity of tea consumption in India.........Read more

Facebook may face extra $5 billion tax bill

IRS has been exploring how the tech company transferred assets to Ireland and whether it deliberately tried to minimise the tax it paid in the US, a report said.........Read more

Delhi to Lahore, via Dubai: The dynamics of India-Pakistan trade

Informal trade between India and Pakistan is nearly two times the trade through formal channels........Read more

Modi-Trump conundrum: Hindu revivalist, American carpetbagger

Both are willing to embrace the most egregious forms of bigotry, something America is not used to and India is finding hard to deal with.........Read more

5 images that show what happens when Bollywood gets addicted to PokemonGO

When everyone's got addicted to PokemonGo, how can Bollywood be exempt. 5 images from Bollywood movies that show what happens when PokemonGo takes over.........Read more

Telangana judges go on mass casual leave over judges' suspension

A day after two lower court judges were suspended, around 200 judges working in Telangana went on mass causal leave for 15 days from Tuesday demanding revocation of suspension of judges.Earlier, the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad on Monday s........Read more

How women remarry in India

The share of widowed, divorced and separated women as a proportion of the female population is higher than the comparable ratio for men........Read more

Sebi to widen areas of investment by REITs to attract investors, realtors

Relaxations would be made to provisions relating to compliance of minimum public holding norms, as also for investments by the associate entities of the trustees.........Read more

Climate change or not, power-starved India just can’t help burning more coal

India is the world’s third-largest producer of coal for electricity.........Read more

No More American F-16s For Pakistan, Will Fly Jordanian Jets Instead

Pakistan has closed the chapter of acquiring eight F-16s from the US and will now opt for Jordan-owned F-16 fighter jets, foreign secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said today amid strains in bilateral ties over the scuttling of the deal and a US drone strike on its soil.........Read more

Volkswagen Ameo First Drive Review: A Longer VW Polo

The Volkswagen Ameo is heavily localised and the German car company is calling it a 'Make in India' car.........Read more

870 Runs in One County Game; Sourav Ganguly-Rahul Dravid Record Shattered

The record books were rewritten twice in an astonishing run spree at Nottinghamshire's Trent Bridge ground on Monday which saw a record English one-day partnership and the most aggregate runs scored in a List A match.........Read more