Snowflake CEO Becomes One Of The Best-Paid Tech Executives, This Much He Earns

Snowflake Inc., the cloud-computing company reported that its third-quarter revenue is more than doubled from a year earlier. Its stock also rose 223 per cent since its Sept. 15 initial public offering. These numbers helped Chief Executive Officer Frank Slootman to become one of the best-paid technology executives. According to the reports, a compensation package he received upon joining Snowflake in April 2019 awards him a batch of options every month – for four years – that are now worth more than $108 million each, or about $1.3 billion annually. He also gets a $375,000 annual base salary, which can go higher depending on the firm’s performance. Slootman’s pay includes more than 13.7 million options with a strike price of $8.88. In October 2018, about six months before Slootman joined and negotiated his compensation, the company raised funds at a valuation of about $3.5 billion. It’s now worth almost $110 billion, according to a report published in Economic Times. Once the full options package is paid out in early 2023, it would be worth about $5.2 billion based on the latest share price. Snowflake shares jumped more than 14 per cent on Friday to $387.70. Snowflake is the third CEO gig for the Dutch-born Slootman in less than 20 years.........Read more

Explained: Why black boxes are important to an air crash investigation

In a significant development towards ascertaining the reasons behind the on Friday evening, investigators have found the “black boxes” of the ill-fated Boeing 737-800 aircraft. These boxes will help investigators weave together the crucial events that led to the crash, which , including both pilots. The black boxes, which are actually two orange metallic boxes containing the recorders, date back to the early 1950s, when, following plane crashes, investigators were unable to arrive a conclusive cause for the accidents and deemed it necessary to install the said recorders on aircraft. In the initial days of the black box, the information was recorded on to a metal strip, which was then upgraded to magnetic drives succeeded by solid state memory chips. Most aircraft are required to be equipped with two black boxes — the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and the flight data recorder (FDR) — that record the information about a flight and help reconstruct the events leading to an aircraft accident. While the CVR records radio transmissions and other sounds in the cockpit such as conversations between the pilots and engine noises, the flight data recorder records more than 80 different types of information such as altitude, airspeed, flight heading, vertical acceleration, pitch, roll, autopilot status etc.........Read more

WHO Praises Dexamethasone as 'Breakthrough' in Treating COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the clinical trials showing that dexamethasone, a widely available type of corticosteroid medication, is effective in treating critically ill COVID-19 patients, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday. "This is the first treatment to be shown to reduce mortality in patients with COVID-19 requiring oxygen or ventilator support … This is great news and I congratulate the Government of the UK, the University of Oxford, and the many hospitals and patients in the UK who have contributed to this lifesaving scientific breakthrough," Tedros said in a press release.........Read more

Antarctic Ice Sheets Capable of Much Faster Melting Than We Thought

Studying patterns of wave-like ridges on the Antarctic seafloor, scientists from the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge found that some 12,000 years ago, ice retreated at speeds in excess of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) a year -- far more rapid than today's retreat rates, which are calculated using satellite data. Researchers warn that, should climate change carry on weakening ice shelves in coming decades, we could soon see similar levels of ice retreat -- more than were thought possible -- with huge implications for global sea levels. ........Read more

UK begins trial to see if Covid dogs can sniff out deadly virus

The trials will establish whether these dogs could be used as a potential new non-invasive, early warning measure to detect coronavirus in the future. Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) will carry out the first phase of a trial in collaboration with the charity Medical Detection Dogs and Durham University, backed by 500,000 pounds of government funding, the Department of Health and Social Care said. The aim of the first phase will be to determine whether dogs are able to detect coronavirus in humans from odour samples.........Read more

47 Interesting Facts About Sachin Tendulkar

No cricketer has ever captured the hearts and minds and time of a billion people like the little man. No cricketer has matched the popularity and created so much mass hysteria. No cricketer has been the soul and spirit of a nation like he was for most of his career. No cricketer has set as many records and broken so many milestones as this diminutive genius. As Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar turns 47, we look at 47 interesting insights and milestones of his cricketing career.........Read more

Coronavirus updates: 1,409 cases in last 24 hours take India's count to 21,393; 681 dead

The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in India crossed the 20,000-mark on Wednesday while the death toll crossing 650 till Thursday morning. As of 7:00 AM on Thursday, COVID-19 has globally infected over 26.26 lakh people and killed over 1.83 lakh people, as per the data provided by Johns Hopkins University. On Wednesday, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that coronavirus will remain with us for a long time and warned that several countries are still in the early stages of tackling the pandemic.........Read more

IAS Officer Explains How Ahmedabad Built India's Largest Coronavirus Care Facility

In its fight against novel coronavirus, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has readied the largest COVID-19 care facility for patients who have tested positive for the disease. The facility can house about 2,000 patients. Currently, Ahmedabad has 450+ positive COVID-19 reported cases. The facility opened its doors yesterday to non-critical positive patients and about 15 of them are currently staying in the premises.........Read more

Amber Fossil Shows Two Trapped Flies that Died while Mating 41 Million Years Ago

A recent discovery of a fossil in Victoria, Australia has revealed a pair of flies, which were engulfed by a blob of sticky amber while mating. The findings were recently published in the journal Scientific Reports. While in the middle of the act, the prehistoric flies got trapped in a gluey resin of the tree. The resin that hardened over the years, turned into a frozen amber. It is being estimated that the flies have remained that way for almost 41 million years now. ........Read more

Be Prepared, Coronavirus May Become Seasonal Infection: US Scientist

Anthony Fauci, a lead researcher at the National Institutes of Health, in a briefing highlighted how the virus, that spurred during the cold weather in China, is now beginning to find its root in the southern hemisphere which is at the brink of winters. He said that if the outbreak is as large scale as currently in the northern hemisphere, it will be extremely crucial to find a cure for the contagion before it hits for a second run.........Read more

India frees Farooq Abdullah after months of detention

Abdullah, a former chief minister, told reporters he was happy to be free, but there were many others still under detention including his son and also a former chief minister Omar. “But this freedom is not complete; the freedom will be complete when all the leaders .... who are in either prisons in the state or outside the state, on in ... hostels or in various buildings where they have been put under house arrest,” he told reporters in main city Srinagar. Abdullah said a window had opened with his release.........Read more

'Operation Lotus' against Kamal Nath? 8 MLAs holed up in Gurgaon hotel, says Congress

A big political crisis hit the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh late Tuesday night, March 3 after eight MLAs, including four Congress, two Bahujan Samaj Party, one Samajwadi Party and one independent, went missing from the state and were tracked in Gurugram by Congress senior leader Digvijaya Singh. Madhya Pradesh Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot alleged that the MLAs were forcefully kept at the ITC Maratha Hotel in Gurugram and were not allowed to step out. Senior Congress leaders and ministers in Kamal Nath government Jitu Patwari and Jaivardhan Singh visited the hotel to meet the MLAs but they were not allowed. Patwari and Singh were seen leaving the hotel with suspended BSP MLA Ramabai, who was also among the eight MLAs kept at the hotel.........Read more

Pulwama attack case: NIA arrests father-daughter duo from Lethpora

The development comes days after NIA arrested 22-year-old Shakir Bashir Magrey, a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) operative, who allegedly tracked the movement of security convoys and helped assemble the bomb used in the attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel in February last year. Magrey was produced before the NIA Special Court in Jammu Friday and remanded in the agency’s custody for 15 days. NIA sources said Magrey allegedly drove the bomb-laden car till 500 m from the attack site before handing it over to Adil Ahmed Dar, who was identified by the agency as the suicide bomber.........Read more

Ditch Cement, Use Jaggery & Eggs to Build Homes! TN Engineer Shows You How

No, this is not a joke. Jawahar C, a resident of Vellakoil in Tamil Nadu’s Tirupur district, is currently supervising the construction of his 3200 sq ft home, which is being built using jaggery and egg whites. “Our ancestors built and lived in eco-friendly homes, that were well-ventilated, sturdy, and served all their needs. I was deeply inspired by them and wanted to do something similar. Besides, construction activities can be extremely polluting. We are anyway facing a severe scarcity of natural resources, so why burden the earth further?” he mentions. Jawahar was sure that he wanted to build an eco-friendly home, but when it came to its execution, he could only think of one person who could turn it into something tangible—his nephew, Aravind Manoharan.........Read more

Delhi Riots 2020: Who Fanned The Flames of Hatred? Is Kapil Mishra Only To Blame?

Wisps of smoke still rise from torched vehicles and shops. Streets littered with brickbats remain mute spectators to the maelstrom that ravaged these parts of Delhi. Over two dozen people lost their lives, hundreds of others were injured while countless houses, shops and offices were burnt down or damaged in a mayhem that singed northeast Delhi since late evening on February 23. Paramilitary forces—Rapid Action Force (RPF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)—were deployed amid allegations of inaction and even complicity of Delhi Police personnel in the clashes that hit hard areas such as Maujpur, Jafrabad, Chand Bagh, Karawal Nagar and Gokulpuri, among others. ........Read more

Chandrababu Naidu Taken Into Preventive Custody at Visakhapatnam Airport after Protests by YSRCP

Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu was on Thursday taken into preventive custody at the airport here for his 'safety' as the ruling YSR Congress workers staged a protest opposing his visit, police said. Tension prevailed near the airport with the TDP workers repulsing the YSRC activists who tried to block Naidu's convoy. A notice under Section 151 CrPC was served on Naidu and he was taken into preventive custody "because of his safety and security", Visakhapatnam city Commissioner of Police Rajiv Kumar Meena told PTI. The Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly was sent back into the VIP lounge inside the airport here. ........Read more

Saina Nehwal crashes out, Jayaram enters quarters of Spain Masters

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Barcelona Spain Masters after suffering a straight-game defeat against Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the quarterfinals here on Friday. The Olympic medallist from India, seeded fifth here, lost 20-22 19-21 against her third seeded opponent in a women’s singles contest that lasted exactly 45 minutes. Busanan will play compatriot and sixth seed Pornpawee Chowhuwong in the semifinals on Saturday. However, Ajay Jayaram kept India’s flag flying by entering the men’s singles quarterfinals. Jayaram defeated France’s Thomas Rouxel 21-14 21-15.........Read more

Donald Trump lauds Ayushmann Khuranna's gay rom-com 'Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan'

Ahead of his visit to India next week, United States President Donald Trump took the movie buffs for a surprise by giving a thumbs up to Bollywood's latest release gay rom-com 'Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan'. "Great!" the US president wrote as he retweeted gay rights activist Peter Tatchell's own expression of support for the movie 'Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan'. The retweet has been liked 31.5k times at the time of publishing the story.........Read more

Why the vegan diet is not always green

There is no doubt that meat – beef in particular – makes an unsurpassable contribution to the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions. It also devours more land and water and causes more environmental damagethan any other single food product. The recent rigorous report by the EAT-Lancet Commission recommends reducing our consumption of animal products to not only benefit human health, but the health of our planet. Even the “greenest” sources of meat still produce more greenhouse gases than plant-based proteins. But anyone looking to adopt a vegan or vegetarian diet for environmental reasons may also want to consider whether there are some plant-based foods that also come with a heavy price.........Read more

Why are children 'missing' from coronavirus outbreak cases?

The innate immune system is the first line of defense against pathogens. Cells in that system respond immediately to foreign invaders. (The adaptive immune system, by contrast, learns to recognize specific pathogens, but takes longer to join the battle.) If the innate immune response is stronger in children exposed to 2019 nCoV, they may fight off infection more readily than adults, suffering only mild symptoms. Other coronaviruses, including SARS and MERS, also show this pattern, said Krys Johnson, an epidemiologist at the Temple University College of Public Health.........Read more

Comedian Kunal Kamra Seeks Apology, Rs. 25 Lakh From IndiGo Over Flying Ban

Comedian Kunal Kamra has sent a legal notice to IndiGo, demanding a public apology, Rs 25 lakh for "causing mental pain and agony" and revocation of a six-month ban imposed on Wednesday for heckling a prominent TV channel editor. Three other airlines, including national carrier Air India, rushed to follow IndiGo's ban after Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri urged them to; the other two are SpiceJet and GoAir.........Read more

Amid R-Day Celebrations, Four Explosions Rock Assam, Police Team at Spot

Four explosion– three in Dibrugarh and one in Charaideo districts rocked Assam on Sunday. The explosion took place when the country celebrating its 71st Republic Day. Police and other officers have reached the spot. “We have received the information about the explosion in Dibrugarh. An investigation has begun, it is being probed that who is involved in this”, said Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahant.No Casualty has been reported so far.........Read more

Explained: What financial impact will China’s coronavirus have on global airlines?

The biggest concern is a sharp drop in travel demand if the virus becomes a pandemic. During the height of the SARS outbreak in April 2003, passenger demand in Asia plunged 45%, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Cathay cut nearly 40% of its flights and reported a financial loss, as did Singapore Airlines Ltd, Japan Airlines Co Ltd and ANA Holdings Inc.........Read more

Demonetisation scanner: Massive fraud by jewellers during note ban detected by I-T dept

Several jewellers have been put under scrutiny by the income tax department in cases of alleged large and disproportionate cash deposits during the demonetisation period (November 9-December 30, 2016). In some cases, some of these jewellers have been found to have deposited nearly 1,000 times as much cash during this period compared to the year-ago period.........Read more

Understanding the 3 Types of Airplane Engines - Turbojet, Turboprop and Tubofan

Before we get into the technicalities of an engine, there are three components that you need to be aware of – a compressor that pressurizes the air, a combustion chamber where the fuel is burned and a turbine that, in turns, helps in driving the compressor. A turbojet per se is the most basic type of a jet engine. In such a setup, the air taken in from the opening in the front of an engine is compressed to about 3 to 12 times its original pressure in the compressor.........Read more

People Are Eating Cereal From Other People's Mouths In This Gross Yet Viral TikTok Challenge

The challenge involves one contestant lying down, and opening their mouth. Milk and cereal is poured in their mouth, the person holds it in their mouth instead of swallowing it, and then someone else uses a spoon to eat the cereal from their mouth. Trust us, its grosser than it even sounds, not to mention a very likely choking hazard.........Read more

If MS Dhoni Performs Well in IPL 2020, Then He May be in Contention for the 2020 T20 World Cup: Ravi Shastri

“He has finished his Test career, he may soon end his ODI career. So, he will be left with T20, he will definitely play the IPL. One thing I know about Dhoni is that he will not impose himself on the team. But if he has a cracking IPL, well, then..,” Shastri said in an interview........Read more

JNU attack reminds me of 26/11, says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on JNU violence: What was the need for attackers to wear masks? They were cowards. I was watching on TV and it reminded me of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. I will not tolerate such attacks in Maharashtra........Read more

At 67,385, India sets record for highest number of babies born on New Year's day

As per UNICEF, out of the estimated 392,078 babies born around the world, 67,385 were born in India on January 1. India was followed by China (46,299), Nigeria (26,039), Pakistan (16,787), Indonesia (13,020) and the United States of America (10,452) among others. Indian babies accounted for 17 per cent of the estimated 3,92,078 babies that were born globally on New Year's Day. ........Read more

General Manoj Mukund Naravane takes charge as Chief of Army Staff

Before taking over as Chief of Army Staff, General Mukund Naravane was appointed as Vice-Chief of Army Staff on September 1. Prior to this, he was heading the Eastern Command of the Army which takes care of India's nearly 4,000-km border with China. In his 37 years of service, General Mukund Naravane has served in numerous command and staff appointments in peace, field and highly active counter-insurgency environments in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast.........Read more

All You Need To Know About India's First Chief Of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat

The recommendation for the CDS had first been made after the Kargil War. It was argued that this post will create better coordination between the three services -- the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. Who Is General Bipin Rawat? Prior to becoming the Army chief, General Rawat had been Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) from September 1, 2016 till December 31, 2016, and had headed the army's Southern Command before it.........Read more

Adityanath says ‘rioters shocked into silence’ by UP Police

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath on Friday justified the police crackdown on protestors in the state during the agitations against the amendments to the Citizenship Act, saying the action has “shocked” every protestor into silence. The chief minister’s office in a series of tweets promised strict action against all those who were indulged in violence.........Read more

Deaths caused by British Empire should be condemned just like deaths under Stalin

It would be prudent to inform UK citizens about the British Empire’s divide and conquer tactics across the Indian subcontinent and Africa, the stirring up of Hindu-Muslim antagonism in the former, or the impact of the Sykes-Picot agreement that precipitated instability across the Middle East which continues to the present day. Doing so might enable the public to gain a better understanding of how past actions affect present realities, in turn making them more eager to hold contemporary politicians to account so past mistakes are not repeated. ........Read more

Women should carry condoms & cooperate with rapists, says director; bashed on Twitter

“Murder is a sin and a crime. Rape is a corrective punishment. No justice is going to happen with Nirbhaya Act or Priyanka Act. The agenda of rape is fulfilling the sexual needs of rapists based on that time or mood. If these adamant bitches didn’t consent to the proposal made by the rapists, they will have no other way but to rape them," the filmmaker said in his Facebook post.........Read more

From mules to jeep, new road cuts Indian Army travel to Doklam by 6 hrs

India’s Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has built an alternative road through which its troops can enter the Doklam valley within 40 minutes with no restrictions on load carrying capacity. In 2017, when Indian Army was engaged in a standoff with Chinese People’s Liberation Army in Doklam, it took up to seven hours on a mule track for forces to access the base, reported NDTV. According to the Border Roads Organisation, the newly surfaced Bheem Base-Dokala road "was black topped on a war footing" and enable "defence preparedness of the country in the wake of any enemy aggression". This new road will enable access to the area through two points, easing the logistic difficulties, reducing time and making the process of deployment smoother. Another road to Dokala on the Flag Hill-Dokala axis will be completed by 2020. This road on the Flag Hill-Madhubala-Dokala route would ''passes through steep terrain at an altitude ranging from 3601 to 4200 metres (11,811 feet to 13,779 feet)". 10 km of this road have already been constructed. The remaining distance of a little more than 20 km will be completed within a year.........Read more

P Chidambaram gets protection from arrest in ED case but will spend weekend in CBI custody

Former Union minister P Chidambaram will be spending the weekend in CBI custody as the Supreme Court on Friday posted the hearing in both INX media cases -- by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) -- for Monday. The top court, however, granted the Congress leader interim protection from arrest in ED case till the next date of hearing. (Follow INX media case live updates) The former finance and home minister is in jail after Delhi High Court on Tuesday rejected his pre-arrest bail in connection with a money laundering case in INX media case. He was arreted by the CBI after a 90-minute drama and was produced in a special court on Thursday that gave the Central Bureau of Investigation the custody of Chidambaram till August 26. A bench comprising justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna posted both the matters for hearing on Monday, August 26. The hearing witnessed exchange of words between prosecution counsel and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and senior advocate and Chidambaram’s party colleagues Kapil Sibal and A M Singhvi. Mehta vehemently opposed the order granting protection from arrest to Chidambaram in the money laundering case registered by the ED.........Read more

Ayodhya Dispute: 'Muslim faction has accepted a temple stood before masjid'

On the tenth day of the hearing, the Hindu side in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit produced evidence given by local Muslims, back in 1954, that a temple was demolished for the mosque to be erected on the site in Ayodhya. The Hindu side also gained a point due to a faux pas by Nirmohi Akhara. The beneficiary to the disputed site had submitted before the Allahabad High Court that it claimed only management rights as a trustee of the deity; however, it told the apex court on Thursday that it claimed title over the entire land. The five-judge bench spotted the error and stopped Akhara counsel senior advocate Sushil Kumar Jain from continuing further. "How can we allow written submissions in the appeal which go against your pleaded case? You must make up your mind or else we will not hear you any further," said the bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer. Allahabad High Court had refused to accept the Akhara's claim over the entire land as its suit filed in 1959 was time-barred. However, it had agreed to hand them one-third portion of the land as they claimed rights to administer the property as shebait (agent of the deity). ........Read more

500 species of fish can change their sex in response to their environment

Five hundred species of fish change sex in adulthood, often in response to environmental cues, researchers have found. "I've followed the bluehead wrasse for years because sex change is so quick and is triggered by a visual cue. How sex can reverse so spectacularly has been a mystery for decades. The genes haven't changed. So it must be the signals that turn them off and on," said Prof Jenny Graves, one of the researchers of the study. Using the latest genetic approaches and epigenetic analyses the researchers discovered that when and how specific genes are turned off so that sex change can occur. Wikipedia The study is important for understanding how genes get turned off and on during development in all animals including humans, and how the environment can influence this process. "We found that sex change involves a complete genetic rewiring of the gonad. Genes needed to maintain the ovaries are first turned off, and then a new genetic pathway is steadily turned on to promote testis formation," said Dr Erica Todd, co-lead author of the study. Researchers said the amazing transformation also appears possible through changes in cellular "memory".........Read more

Chandrayaan-2, India’s second moon mission, to be launched on July 15

ISRO has announced the launch date for India’s second moon mission, Chandrayan-2, powered by GSLV Mk-3. The launch will take place early morning at 2:51 am on July 15 (Monday) and the landing is expected on September 6 or 7. ISRO says it is following the same launch strategy that was followed for Chandrayaan 1.........Read more

Akbar was 'molester', tried to abuse Bikaner's Queen - Rajasthan BJP chief

In what can be called a new history lesson, Rajasthan BJP Chief Madan Lal Saini has called Mughal Emperor Akbar a ‘molester’. In fact, he went on to claim that Akbar had tried to harass Bikaner’s Queen Kiran Devi and was spared only after he begged her to let him go. Calling the Mughal Emperor ‘characterless’.........Read more

Banks can now name and shame over 9,000 wilful defaulters in newspapers

The Department of Financial Services (DFS) has asked public sector banks to advertise the names and pictures of the over 9,000 wilful defaulters with unpaid dues of over Rs 1 lakh crore. The banking sector is saddled with non-performing assets (unpaid loans) worth Rs 12 lakh crore as of March 2019.........Read more

Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII Collection Unveiled

It's always a moment when Rolls-Royce shows a new 'art-on-wheels' to the world and more so when it's a special edition. The luxury carmaker has unveiled the Wraith Eagle VIII Collection on the shores of Lake Como at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este and says that the car will tell the tale of one of the most pivotal moments of the 20th Century. ........Read more

Bengaluru auto driver with Rs 1.6-crore villa got money as charity, says IT Dept

A Bengaluru-based auto driver, who purchased a Rs 1.6 crore villa in an elite gated society in Whitefield, got the money to purchase the house as charity, the Income Tax Department has confirmed. Nalluralli Subramani, 37, had been under the scanner of the I-T Department, who suspected that the auto driver had political links. ........Read more

PM Modi Files Nomination From Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has filed nomination from Varanasi amidst huge appearance of BJP activists and mega rally. Before filing the nomination, Modi offered prayers at Kaala Bhairava temple in Varanasi. Then he took a seven kilometres roadshow, waving to people as he passed by ghats in the holy town on the banks of the Ganga. ........Read more

CJI tears into Assam move on detenues

The Supreme Court lashed out at the Assam government’s proposal to conditionally release and monitor declared foreigners languishing in its detention centres for over five years, saying the court would not be a party to such a move which is both illegal and violative of the Constitution.........Read more

Quixotic Heroism Cannot Lead The Country: Pranab Mukherjee

India needs leaders who can help meet ever-increasing rising expectations of people and “quixotic heroism” cannot lead this nation, former president Pranab Mukherjee said. India needs leaders who can help them meet the nation’s ever rising expectations.........Read more

Why Ravichandran Ashwin is Facing Criticism For 'Mankading' Jos Butler in IPL Match

Ashwin, on sensing that Buttler was backing up too far, paused during his action and removed the bails from the non-strikers' end. Butler was left bemused and angry. The on-field umpire went upstairs and ‘Out’ signal flashed on the big screen. Buttler was out for 69.........Read more

Niti Aayog annouces to make alcohol, tobacco expensive and suggested to promote Yoga in schools

Niti Aayog has sought to increase the taxes on alcohol and tobacco. It also suggested making Yoga a regular practice in the schools to encourages healthy choices and behaviours.........Read more

Seer poisoned Karnataka temple prasad to teach trust members a lesson, claims police

Immadi Mahadevaswamy, the junior pontiff of Saluru Mutt and president of the Kuchchugutti Maramma temple trust is behind the poisoning of prasad at Maramma temple, to teach other trust members a lesson.........Read more

Gehlot Sworn in as Rajasthan Chief Minister, Pilot as His Deputy

Veteran Congress leader Ashok Gehlot was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan at Jaipur’s Albert Hall. Sachin Pilot also took charge as the deputy Chief Minister of the state.........Read more

Sultan of Johor Cup | Indian colts beat Australia to reach semis

The Indian Junior men’s Hockey team overcame defending champions Australia 5-4 to reach the semifinals of the Sultan of Johor Cup. The team will now play their last pool match against Great Britain, who are second on the points table which India are currently leading by 12 points.........Read more

Ducati 959 Panigale Corse launched at Rs. 15.20 lakh | Team-BHP

Ducati has launched the special edition 959 Panigale Corse in India. The superbike is priced at Rs. 15.20 lakhs (ex-showroom). The 959 Panigale Corse is powered by a 955cc, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that delivers 148 BHP @ 10,500 rpm and peak torque of 102 Nm @ 9,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox via a slipper clutch.........Read more

More relief on petrol, diesel prices: Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu announces VAT cut after Rajasthan

Amid the ongoing protests against rising fuel prices, Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu announced a Rs 2 cut in petrol, diesel prices, just a day after Rajasthan CM announced a Rs 2.5 cut per litre.........Read more

Al Jazeera Documentary: ICC Launches Appeal to Find 'Mystery' Match Fixer

The International Cricket Council (ICC) launched an appeal to find the one remaining alleged match-fixer from Al Jazeera's recent documentary on fixing in the sport.........Read more

324 killed so far in Kerala monsoon, CM says flood situation grave

The death toll in Kerala in the current spell of heavy rains climbed to 174, and to 324 overall this monsoon season, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Friday, as the ‘grave’ situation triggered by the state’s worst floods in a century left thousands homeless, destroyed crops, and disrupted air, rail and road traffic for a week.........Read more

Rajiv Gandhi killers' cannot be released: Centre tells Supreme Court

The prisoners, convicted of assassinating former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, cannot be released, the Centre told the Supreme Court. Releasing the convicts will send a wrong message across the country and world.........Read more

Govt drops plan to control funding of universities after criticism from states under proposed HECI

The HRD ministry has walked back a provision in a draft law under proposed HECI that put it in charge of grants given to institutions of higher education after this was criticised by states and also other stakeholders.........Read more

Flipkart deal: Will fulfill all tax obligations, Walmart tells IT department

US retail giant Walmart has assured the Indian income tax department that it will fulfil all tax obligations on its proposed USD 16 billion Flipkart buyout.........Read more

Retail inflation accelerates to 5 per cent in June

India’s retail inflation rate accelerated to a five-month high of 5.0 per cent in June, government data showed on Thursday, driven by higher fuel prices and a depreciating rupee.........Read more

Mexicans jubilant over World Cup win trigger earthquake sensors

Mexicans jumping in jubilation on Sunday shook the ground hard enough to set off earthquake detectors and throngs danced in the streets after their team scored a surprise victory over World Cup defending champion Germany.........Read more

Shashank Manohar wins second term as International Cricket Council chairman

Shashank Manohar, former BCCI president, has been re-elected to serve as the independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for second term. He was the sole nominee put forward by the ICC Board. Manohar also played a key role in bringing in place a reformed constitution that ended the ‘Big Three’ model. The previous model guaranteed India, England and Australia the lion’s share of ICC’s revenue and more power in governance.........Read more

One tourist killed, two injured in J&K stone pelting

A 22-year-old tourist from Tamil Nadu was killed and two members of his family, including his mother, were injured when their cab was attacked by a group of stone-pelters at Narbal on the Srinagar-Gulmarg highway on Monday. Nearly half a dozen vehicles were attacked by the stone-pelters.........Read more

Bollywood Has Stopped Giving me Roles Since I Started Speaking Out Against Narendra Modi: Prakash Raj

Actor Prakash Raj, who is a fierce critic of Narendra Modi, said that Bollywood has stopped offering any role since he started speaking out against the Prime Minister. Prakash Raj made his first attack on PM Modi in October last year after the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. The actor questioned BJP president Amit Shah’s credentials as a leader and slammed PM Modi for not fulfilling promises. “…Three and a half years, nothing has been done. They (BJP leaders) are talking about the past… ‘What did Nehru do? What did Tipu Sultan do? What did our Sanatan Dharma say?’ I cannot recognise my great grandfather two generations back, what do I do with Tipu Sultan?"........Read more

Chhota Rajan convicted for journalist J Dey's murder; Jigna Vora acquitted

Nearly seven years after journalist Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead in surburban Mumbai, special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Wednesday convicted gangster Chhota Rajan in the case. However, the court acquitted former journalist Jigna Vora and another accused, Joseph Paulsen.........Read more

Facebook to Launch Dating App Later This Year

Facebook is set to launch a dating app that would be focusing on long-term relationships and not just “hook-ups”, said FB CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Addressing a packed hall at an annual developer conference in San Jose, California. It’s going to be within the main Facebook app, but it will be completely optional and opt-in only. The feature will not suggest users’ friends to date, which is what other dating apps dependent on Facebook data do. The opt-in feature will match users with people they aren’t already friends with. Users will be able to build a dating profile that won’t be visible to friends.........Read more

Jinnah Photo in AMU, BJP MP Writes to V-C Asking Why

A BJP MP has written to the Aligarh Muslim University authorities, asking why a photo of Muhammad Ali Jinnah was still on display at the varsity. Aligarh MP Satish Gautam has addressed his query to AMU Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor. He said there was no justification for displaying a photo of the man who was responsible for the creation of Pakistan. “If they really want to put pictures, they should display photos of great men like Mahendra Pratap Singh who donated land for this institution.........Read more

Supreme Court disposes of plea against mandatory submission of Aadhaar for 'tatkal' passport

The Supreme Court on Friday disposed of a plea of an activist lawyer who was denied 'tatkal' passport on the ground of non-submission of Aadhaar, saying the issue has been settled as the government will now not seek the biometric identifier till the constitution bench decides the pleas against the scheme.........Read more

Eastern Ghouta: What is happening and why

Nearly 400,000 civilians are trapped as Syria's government and its allies pound the besieged Eastern Ghouta district with air raids and artillery. Ground forces have been deployed in an effort to remove the rebels who have controlled the enclave for five years. ........Read more

Delhi Police nabs terrorist Ariz Khan; second major Indian Mujahideen bust in 2018 after arrest of Abdul Subhan Qureshi

Ariz Khan aka Junaid, was nabbed from Nepal and brought to Delhi around four days ago, Khan was one of the militants who escaped from Delhi's Batla House, where an encounter on 19 September, 2008, killed two Indian Mujahideen terrorists. This is the second biggest catch for the Delhi Police in 2018 after it arrested Abdul Subhan Qureshi from Ghazipur on 22 January.........Read more

Why lakhs of Indians celebrate the British victory over the Maratha Peshwas every New Year

The Battle of Koregaon has a deep significance to Mahars and other Dalits in India, who remember it every January 1 as a mark of their triumph against the dehumanising rule of the Peshwas and as the first step in their ongoing struggle against caste-based oppression. Dalit recountings of the battle emphasise that when the English were approaching, Mahars offered their services to Peshwa Bajirao II. It was only when he rejected them yet again that they switched their loyalty to the British instead.........Read more

Bharti Airtel sells stake in Bharti Infratel for Rs3,325 crore

Bharti Airtel on Tuesday said it has offloaded 83 million shares of its subsidiary Bharti Infratel for Rs3,325 crore through secondary share sale in the stock market. Post the transaction, Bharti Airtel and its wholly owned subsidiaries together have an equity holding of 53.51% in tower company Bharti Infratel.........Read more

Govt revises Clean India survey methodology for better results

The government revised on Monday the way it assesses the cleanliness standards of cities under its Clean India campaign, responding to suggestions that the methodology for the survey might not be robust enough.........Read more

Shimla rape-murder case: ‘Warned her about animals, wish had said men can be worse’

His 16-year-old daughter, the sixth of his seven children, was found in the Halaila forests of Mahasu in the apple-rich Kotkhai area, 56 km from Shimla, on July 6, two days after she went missing on her way home from school. The postmortem report had confirmed rape and death by strangulation, and revealed that she had deep injuries all over her face and body. The girl’s death had triggered protests across Shimla, prompting the state home department to hand over the case to the CBI.........Read more

Flipkart sends Snapdeal revised buyout offer of $850 million

As part of the buyout offer, Flipkart has offered to pay Snapdeal $650-700 million in stock immediately and another $150 million at a later date.Flipkart’s offer includes Snapdeal’s marketplace business and Unicommerce but not Freecharge and Vulcan Express.........Read more

This Dude Has Been Crossing Continents To Visit Places That Shah Rukh Khan Has Shot At

This is Abhishek Shetty, a Dubai-based engineer and world traveller. For a few years now, Shetty has been travelling all over India and the world, covering multiple countries including Iceland, England, Greece, the Czech Republic, Sri Lanka, Germany, Ukraine, France and Thailand. And of late, there's been one thing he's been doing on all his sabbaticals from his regular life – visiting places Shah Rukh Khan has shot at.........Read more

They are forcing us to become Hindu: How beef is being used to target Adivasis in Jharkhand

Jeetrai Hansda had posted this status on June 1 as a protest against the beef hysteria gripping the country as well as his home state of Jharkhand. “As a Santhali, eating beef is part of my culture,” explained Jeetrai Hansda. “If Santhalis are Indian, there should be no laws which force us to adopt Hindu customs. I reject that.”........Read more

PPF Rate Cut To 7.8%. Will Bank FD Rates Fall Further?

The interest rates on PPF and other small savings schemes were lowered by 10 basis points. After the rate cut, PPF will fetch 7.8 per cent interest for the July-September quarter. Since April last year, interest rates of all small savings schemes have been recalibrated on a quarterly basis. Now, after the PPF rate cut, the question before many conservative investors would be: are bank fixed deposit or FD rates poised to fall further?........Read more

Delhi HC refuses to quash disproportionate assets case against Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh

The Delhi high court on Monday refused to quash the disproportionate assets case against Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh. Singh and others accused in the disproportionate assets case had appealed to the court that the case be dismissed.........Read more

Here's how to block Petya ransomware

At a time when people around the world are scurrying for preventive measures to better defend against the Petya ransomware, a Cybereason security researcher Amit Serper has reportedly found a way prevent Petya from infecting computers. While analysing the internals of the ransomware, Serper discovered that it would search for a specific local file in an infected computer, and would stop its encryption process if it locates the file on the disk.........Read more

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman appointed Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was promoted to crown prince on Wednesday, replacing his cousin in a sudden announcement that confirms King Salman's 31-year-old son as next ruler of the kingdom. ........Read more

Mercedes launches two new SUVs priced up to Rs 2.17 crore

German carmaker Mercedes-Benz has launched two SUVs - Mercedes-AMG G 63 'Edition 463' and Mercedes-AMG GLS 63, priced at Rs 2.17 crore and Rs 1.58 crore (ex-showroom Pune) respectively. This boosts the company's presence in the performance SUV segment and takes its SUV portfolio to eight products.........Read more

Five Terrorists Killed in Kashmir's Uri Sector as Army Foils Infiltration Bid

Five terrorists were killed on Friday when the Indian Army thwarted an infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri sector. Sources said that the operation was still underway. Areas along the Line of Control were put on high alert. This was the fourth major infiltration bid in less than a fortnight.........Read more

Here's Why The Jeep Compass Is A Badass Machine But It Just Isn't Meant For India

The first thing we're going to get out of the way is how much we love Jeep. Forget Mercedes or Lamborghini's, give us a Jeep Wrangler and we'll be happy for life. We have absolutely no complaints about the SUV. Just look at it messing with a BMW stuck in the snow:........Read more

IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay, IISc among world’s top 200 universities, says report

India boasts of three of the top 200 universities in the world for the first time as IIT-Bombay grabbed the 179th rank this time from 219th last year, IIT-Delhi rose to 172nd from the 185th rank and IISc slipped by 38 places to 190.........Read more

Hero Glamour Fi launched at Rs. 70,280

Hero Glamour Fi launched at Rs. 70,280. The Hero Glamour is one of the most popular motorcycles in India along with the Honda Shine and has been the best-selling Hero model for a long time.........Read more

Conflict of interest led to Cyrus Mistry removal: Ratan Tata

While friction within the Tata Sons board, and between the Trusts and Mr. Mistry, started intensifying in 2014-15, as the Tata Sons board believed it was being ignored in decision-making, things came to a head in 2016.........Read more

Pakistan is a ‘well of death’, says Indian woman after return

'Pakistan is like a well of death', said Uzma Ahmed, the Indian woman repatriated to the country from Pakistan where she was allegedly forced and duped into marrying against her...........Read more

Datsun Launches Datsun CARE for redi-GO customers

Datsun launches a new service package plan, dubbed as ‘Datsun CARE’. The new service package plan for the new redi-GO owners across the country. Sakshi Malik, Datsun redi-GO SPORT brand ambassador and Olympic medallist was the first customer who availed the special Datsun CARE package.........Read more

Jindal meeting back-channel diplomacy: Sharif to Pak Army

The meeting between Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian tycoon Sajjan Jindal in April was “a part of a back-channel diplomacy”, Pakistan’s civil leadership have informed. According to Geo News, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz, during one of his recent meetings with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa, had taken the …........Read more

Narendra Modi announces direct Varanasi-Colombo flight from August

“My Tamil brothers and sisters will also be able to visit Varanasi, the land of Kashi Viswanath,” he said while addressing a crowd at the opening ceremony of International Vesak Day at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, Sri Lanka.........Read more

Justice CS Karnan issues NBWs against seven SC judges, including CJI

A day after the Supreme Court passed an order directing the Calcutta Hospital to medically examine Justice CS Karnan in order to attest his mental capabilities, the latter on Tuesday ordered issuance of non-bailable warrants against seven judges of the Supreme Court, including the CJI. ........Read more

Mobile tower radiation has no adverse effect on health: Communications Minister Manoj Sinha

The minister said when people are ignorant about things they tend to spread rumours. To have better connectivity, more infrastructure will be required, he pointed out. Radiation has no adverse impact on human health. During the last 30 years, the World Health Organisation has conducted some 25,000 campaigns on this subject and never stated that mobile tower radiation has adverse impact on human health,........Read more

Bengal Government introduces Social Security Yojna, 5 crore people to be benefitted

The West Bengal Government has introduced Social Security Yojana by converging five separate beneficiary schemes for workers in unorganised sectors and self-employed people. Around 5 crore people will be benefitted with the introduction of Social Security Yojana with around 1 crore direct beneficiaries. People will be deriving more benefits with the introduction of the new one compared to that of the previous five different schemes. ........Read more

Poll promises routinely unfulfilled, parties must be held accountable: CJI

Electoral promises routinely remain unfulfilled and manifestos turn out to be mere pieces of paper, for which political parties must be held accountable, Chief Justice of India J S Khehar said today.........Read more

UP's drive against slaughterhouses will hurt jobs and revenue in one of India's poorest states

The drive against slaughterhouses could impact three critical industries in Uttar Pradesh: meat packaging, livestock and leather. With some of India’s worst development indicators, stagnant agriculture and industry, India’s most populous state is also one of its poorest with the second-highest unemployment rate – after Jharkhand among India’s eighth most socioeconomically backward states.........Read more

Brain study shows how slow breathing induces tranquility

Stanford scientists have identified a small group of neurons that communicates goings-on in the brain's respiratory control center to the structure responsible for generating arousal throughout the brain.........Read more

Yamaha Introduces Its BS IV Compliant Range Across India

India Yamaha Motor has upgraded its existing BS III models to BS IV and has introduced the same at slightly revised prices. The new BS IV models also come fitted with the auto-headlamp on (AHO) feature and get slightly refreshed body graphics for 2017 as well. Yamaha's 150 cc models such as the FZ, FZ-S, Fazer and the SZ RR get the BS IV treatment along with the Fascino and the Cygnus Alpha.........Read more

High-value funds transferred electronically could also come under scrutiny

A transaction above Rs 2.5 lakh by an individual is considered “high value”. Large cash deposits in savings bank accounts of citizens have been under scrutiny after the government scrapped high-value banknotes from November 9 in a multi-pronged crackdown on tax dodgers and counterfeiting.........Read more

Naam Shabana Movie Review: Taapsee Pannu's Stunts Are Film's High Points, Akshay Kumar In Cameo Steals The Show

Granted that Naam Shabana takes a risk by building an action-packed tale around a woman. But the film is forced to hedge its bets by letting the Akshay Kumar cameo get bigger than cameos are usually meant to be........Read more

Sania Mirza advances at Miami Open

Sania Mirza made a winning start at the Miami Open after the Indian ace and Barbora Strycova beat Demi Schuurs and Renata Voracova 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). Mirza and her Czech partner won the first set easily but were pushed to the limit in the second before winning the tie-breaker.........Read more

Baahubali 2 Trailer Leaked Happened Due to a Facebook Bug: SS Rajamouli

Filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli on Thursday said the unfortunate leak of the trailer of his upcoming magnum opus Baahubali 2: The Conclusion happened due to a "bug in Facebook". "Piracy is different, and a leak is totally different. We are still trying to find out how the trailer leak happened. It is very irritating for the entire team but we can't blame anyone without knowing everything about the leak."........Read more

D-Mart IPO subscribed 104 times on last day

The initial public offer (IPO) of D-Mart parent Avenue Supermarts saw robust investor demand and was oversubscribed 103.72 times till late afternoon trade on the last day of the offer on Friday. The D-Mart IPO, the biggest since PNB Housing Finance’s Rs3,000 crore offer in October last year, received bids for 460.22 crore shares against the total issue size of 4.43 crore shares, data available with the NSE till 1545 hours showed.........Read more

Bhopal train blast: Evidence found by MP police prove that Saifullah was hand-in-glove with ISIS

According to Uttar Pradesh police, no evidences can prove Saifullah’s links with ISIS, on the other hand; Madhya Pradesh police claims to have found few evidences which establish the fact that Saifullah had an involvement with ISIS or was inspired by the same. The evidence found by the cops during investigation of the Bhopal train blast include a pipe bomb which has ‘Islamic state, we are in India’ and Abu Bakr’s name written on it with a sketch pen.........Read more

Flipkart looking to raise $1 billion in latest funding round: Source

Flipkart's latest fundraising comes amid intensifying competition in the e-commerce space from the likes of U.S. internet giant Inc and domestic rival Snapdeal, which is backed by Japan's Softbank Group. The ensuing heavy losses have hit valuations among India's e-commerce players. Some funds that have invested in Flipkart have recently slashed the value of their holdings, media reports have said, citing securities filings.........Read more

Chandrababu Naidu son’s assets jumped from Rs 14.50 crore to Rs 330 crore in 5 months

Lokesh said he did not acquire assets in the last five months. “My declaration of assets last October was based on acquisition value. EC guidelines stipulate that the true market value should be disclosed so I declared the assets’ value as per latest market rates. I had inherited Heritage Foods shares from my father in 1998 and I own 23,66,400 shares and the market value of each share was less than Rs 200 till 2010. Now the share value is around Rs 1,100 which increased the total value of the shares that I own to Rs 273 crore,’’........Read more

WhatsApp has started testing business tools allowing businesses to talk directly to users

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service used by more than 1 billion people worldwide, is testing a system that would let businesses talk directly to WhatsApp users for the first time.........Read more

IBM announces that it has started building commercial quantum computers for business and science

IBM has announced that it has started building the first commercially available quantum computers in the world. The computers and services for the new line of computers, called “IBM Q” quantum systems, will be delivered over the IBM cloud platform.........Read more

Mini Rail Budget offers carrots for long-term freight contracts

The action plan has been termed Mini Budget because the road map for the railways was normally presented along with the railway Budget. After the central government this year broke the 92-year-old tradition of having a separate Rail Budget, the railways opted to present its road map in a separate function. “Earlier, this used to be presented along with the Rail Budget. Though no one has asked for this, we are voluntarily presenting it,” Prabhu added.........Read more

Accused Chandana Chakraborty names BJP's Roopa Ganguly, Vijayvargiya in child-trafficking

Chandana Chakraborty alleged that Chowdhury had sought the two BJP leaders' help to influence Ministry of Women and Child Development’s Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) to grant a central aid of Rs 22.5 lakh to her shelter home 'Ashray', renew its licence. She had also sought retransfer of 14 children, who were sent to other child care homes after district Child Welfare Committee noted irregularities at 'Ashray'.........Read more

Donald Trump to hike military budget by 10%

US President Donald Trump is proposing a massive 10% hike in the country’s defence budget in line with his campaign promise of a stronger military. It will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it.........Read more

India releasing 39 Pakistan prisoners on March 1

In a significant sign that India is finally responding to Islamabad's peace overtures, the government has decided to release 39 Pakistani nationals languishing in Indian jails. Among them are 21 prisoners who have completed their sentence and 18 fishermen.........Read more

Lavish party was organised for High Ranked CRPF officers and their families from CRPF welfare funds

The CWA funds are primarily meant for the welfare of the martyrs’ families and those incapacitated in action. However, during outgoing DG K Durga Prasad’s tenure, a lavish picnic party was recently organized at CRPF Group Centre in Gurugram for which even an event management firm was even roped in for organizing the function exclusively for the wives of the top paramilitary leadership including DG’s wife Sujatha Prasad. The picnic party was organized on February 9, days after 59 Cobra commandos deserted the force.........Read more

NIA special court adjourned 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case till March 8

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court in Jaipur has adjourned the hearing in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case till March 8. The court was earlier expected to deliver its verdict today. Three people had been killed and over 17 others injured in the blast at the Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti Dargah in Ajmer on October 11, 2007.........Read more

Kerala to launch first-ever sex offenders registry in the country

The Kerala government will launch a registry of sex offenders, the first of its kind in the country, Governor Justice (Retd) P Sathasivam said in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. The registry will contain all identification details of sex offenders and would be kept in public domain, he said while detailing plans to check atrocities against women in the state. “It will be the first in the country."........Read more

Stalin leaves for Delhi, to meet Prez over TN trust vote

DMK working president MK Stalin today left for New Delhi to meet President Pranab Mukherjee to apprise him of the incidents that unfolded during the February 18 trust vote, won by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.........Read more

Ola appoints PepsiCo executive Vishal Kaul as COO

Ride-hailing service Ola on Monday named Vishal Kaul, a PepsiCo veteran, as its chief operating officer (COO) and elevated current COO Pranay Jivrajika as founding partner. Kaul, who joined PepsiCo in 1999, has been vice-president (marketing), vice-president (business operations) and most recently, general manager (Thailand, Myanmar and Laos). He will head Ola’s operations and expand its reach to the nooks and corners of the country and widen the base of the firm’s customers and driver-partner fraternity.........Read more

7th Pay Commission: Central government employees demanding wage revision postpone strike to March 16

The Confederation Of Central Government Employees and Workers has postponed its one-day strike- against the alleged government inaction on wage hike — from February 15 to March 16, in view of the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab. Uttarakhand polling and Phase II elections in UP will take place on February 15.........Read more

Genes affecting our communication skills relate to genes for psychiatric disorder

By screening thousands of individuals, an international team led by researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the University of Bristol, the Broad Institute and the iPSYCH consortium has provided new insights into the relationship between genes that confer risk for autism or schizophrenia and genes that influence our ability to communicate during the course of development.........Read more

PM Modi Moves To 'Amazonize' $400 Billion Of Government Purchases

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to move all government purchases, from paper clips to power plant turbines, to an Amazon-like online marketplace that could eventually be worth a fifth of the country's $2 trillion economy.........Read more

India v NZ, 2nd Test, Kolkata: Rohit, Saha put India in front with sizeable lead

Rohit took a giant stride towards cementing a place in the Test side with a knock of 82 when India direly needed someone to bat through. India finished on of 227/8 at stumps on Day 3, stretching their lead over New Zealand to 339 runs.........Read more

Tamil film 'Visaranai' is India's Oscar Awards entry for 2017

Jisaranai is a crime thriller that revolves around corruption, police brutality while bringing to light how innocence is lost in the wake of injustice. The jury of the Film Federation of India, headed by Ketan Mehta this year, has selected the film from the 29 entries which included the likes of Udta Punjab, Thithi, Sairat, Neerja, Nil Battey Sannata etc.........Read more

The Guy Who Filed An RTI Asking If The Govt Is Prepared For Zombie Attack Wasn't Kidding At All

One Ajay Kumar from Mumbai filed an RTI with this urgent query. "I am concerned about the readiness of our government in the event of invasion by aliens, zombies and extra dimensional beings," he said in his RTI application. "Can we do it without Will Smith?" Kumar, who is 26 years old, added. He was referring to the Hollywood actor who fights zombies in the film I Am Legend and tackles aliens on earth in the Men in Black film franchise.........Read more

80% of global IT spend will be on cloud: Oracle

Oracle Corp has predicted a sharp drop in the traditional IT and making way for cloud services and leaving more room for innovation than hardware and software.The forecast comes even as Oracle Corp has acquired a US-based cloud security start-up founded by two techies of Indian origin, Rohit Gupta and Ganesh Kirti. “By 2025, 80 per cent of IT budgets will be spent on cloud, and not on traditional IT.........Read more

Telecom firms signal muted response to spectrum sale

Seven telecom operators have deposited about Rs 14,863 crore as earnest money for the spectrum auction scheduled to begin from October 1. Telcos have to deposit 10-12 per cent of the reserve price of the spectrum they are likely to bid for.........Read more

Cauvery row: SC asks state govts to prevent agitation, damage; next hearing on September 20

Cauvery row: SC asks state govts to prevent agitation, damage; next hearing on September 20 - SC expressed its dismay over people taking the law into their own hands, and insisted that the state authorities take immediate preventive action........Read more

Scientists make embryos from non-egg cells

Scientists have shown for the first time that embryos can be made from non-egg cells, a discovery that challenges two centuries of received wisdom.........Read more

Amazon outsells Flipkart for second straight month

Amazon India sold more than local rival Flipkart for the second consecutive month in August, setting the stage for the festive season, the outcome of which could well determine the future of Indian e-commerce firms. Flipkart Internet Pvt. Ltd registered gross sales of around Rs2,100 crore, slightly lower than Amazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd’s sales for the month on a stand-alone basis, people familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.........Read more

Beyond surrogacy: The stigma of infertility drives an assisted reproduction industry rife with risk

Thirty-eight years since the first IVF birth in India, the industry remains unregulated.........Read more

Rio to distribute Paralympic tickets to over 30,000 school children

Rio to distribute Paralympic tickets to over 30,000 school children - Rio De Janeiro authorities will distribute free tickets for next month's Paralympic Games to over 30,000 school children.........Read more

Militant hideout busted in Baramulla; arms, ammunition seized

A militant hideout has been busted and large cache of arms and ammunition were recovered by the security forces in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir,........Read more

25 P Then, Rs 250 Now: Slide to See How India Changed Since 1947

In 1947, a movie ticket cost 25 paise; its usually Rs 250 now. What else has changed in India since then? Read on. ........Read more

Did You Know Vyjayanthimala Refused A Filmfare Award For Devdas?

On Vyjayanthimala's 80th birthday, Khalid Mohamed pays a special tribute to the veteran actress.........Read more

What role did Sufiyan Zafar play in the 26/11 attack?

The arrest of Sufiyan Zafar in connection with Mumbai 26/11 attack is no doubt a welcome move. He was arrested by Pakistan and is currently being questioned by the Federal Investigating Agency.........Read more

Navjot Singh Sidhu Says 'Quit As BJP MP As I Was Told To Stay Away From Punjab'

Navjot Singh Sidhu said today he resigned as a BJP parliamentarian because he had been asked to stay away from Punjab.........Read more

New cyber-control hub to check pornography, online trolls

  Keeping child pornography and online trolling in check will be high on the agenda of a cyber-control hub being set up by the Home Ministry. The Rs 400-crore state-of-the-art centre, Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (IC4), is being set up to tackle all cyber crime including child pornography and online abuse. “The work on........Read more

What India wears to work

Smart casuals and carefully creative dress codes have replaced the inflexible triad: sari, ‘Western formals’ and the suit........Read more

Under IT, ED scanner, Sanjay Bhandari stopped from boarding UK flight

Officials said that following his failed attempt to travel abroad, Bhandari has started to appear for questioning, but continues to be evasive.........Read more

Zakir Naik seeks support from Muslim community against ‘media trial’

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik on Saturday sought support from the Muslim community against what he called was a “media trial” over allegedly provocative statements promoting militant views that have triggered calls for his arrest.........Read more

Freedom 251: The ‘Priceless’ strategy behind the world’s cheapest smartphone

Freedom 251, the cheapest smartphone in the world, will launch on July 7 followed by shipping a day later.........Read more

Lionel Messi sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud, but will not have to go to prison

Lionel Messi had recently retired from international football after Argentina failed to win the Copa America final against Chile.........Read more

McCullum, Morgan consent for PSL draft

England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan and former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum have consented to their inclusion in the draft for the second edition of the Pakistan Super League........Read more

Here's why Chromebooks are going to be so awesome

Chromebooks are about to get a major upgrade.Later this year, Chromebooks will be able to run Android apps, which means they'll be fully-capable computers........Read more

TRAI issues pre-consultation paper on Net neutrality

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, on Monday, issued a pre-consultation paper on Net neutrality to seek stakeholders’ views on formulating the way forward for policy intervention on the much-........Read more

Swamy says Vadra trying for British citizenship, Centre should speed up probe

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and MP Subramanian Swamy has urged the government to speed up its probe in Robert Vadra case before he takes up British citizenship.........Read more

Raghubar Das cabinet okays proposal for buying 7.22 lakh insecticidal nets to prevent malaria

The health department officials said that the decision was taken in the wake of the fact that the supplies, as committed by the Government of India, were not arriving.........Read more

Drivers declare strike over high taxes in Manipur - Firstpost

Drivers of light passenger vehicles declared an indefinite strike over higher taxes in Manipur's capital Imphal.........Read more

Did not authenticate Swamy's documents on AgustaWestland, claims PJ Kurien - Firstpost

As Subramanian Swamy and Congress members continued to spar over AgustaWestland chopper deal in Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien on Monday said the Chair has not authenticated or approved any document........Read more