New smartphone-based Covid test gives result in 30 minutes

Scientists have developed a novel technology for a CRISPR-based Covid-19 diagnostic test that uses a smartphone camera to provide accurate results in under 30 minutes. According to the research published in the journal Cell, the new diagnostic test can not only generate a positive or negative result, but it also measures the viral load -- the concentration of virus -- in a given sample. All CRISPR diagnostics to date have required that the viral RNA be converted to DNA and amplified before it can be detected, adding time and complexity, the researchers said. In contrast, the new approach skips all the conversion and amplification steps, using CRISPR to directly detect the viral RNA, they said. "One reason we are excited about CRISPR-based diagnostics is the potential for quick, accurate results at the point of need," said Jennifer Doudna, a senior investigator at Gladstone Institutes in the US. "This is especially helpful in places with limited access to testing, or when frequent, rapid testing is needed. It could eliminate a lot of the bottlenecks we've seen with Covid-19," Jennifer Doudna said. ........Read more

Truecaller lists Indian states that got most spam calls

Truecaller presents its latest "Statistics Report" listing the top 20 countries affected by spam calls in 2020. And as many of you may have already guessed, India exists. A breakdown has also been provided based on state calls from national numbers and more. According to the firm, "there has been a significant change in the ranking of the countries that received the highest number of unwanted calls." On the list, India has fallen to ninth position in terms of the number of spam calls received by users globally. On the other hand, Brazil is still at the top. The reason why India's position dropped was that the spam calls received by Indian users dropped by 34%. According to , 98.5% of all spam calls in India were from domestic numbers. While this may be one of the main reasons why spam calls have declined in India, Truecaller claims that the strict lockdowns implemented in the country earlier this year due to pandemic also made it impossible for telemarketers to work. In fact, this prevented them from using the equipment they need to carry out large-scale spam campaigns. It is also mentioned that operators remain the top spammers in India with 52% of user calls received for the sale of various offers and reminders. Telemarketers also contributed about 34% of the top spammers. "Scam" and "Financial Services" contributed around 9% and 5% when it comes to spam. Andhra Pradesh – 9.5% ........Read more

How much plastic are you eating?

Various plastic goods weighing 1.3 kilograms, which is equivalent to the amount of plastic that someone could eat in five years, are displayed on a table in this illustration taken in Tokyo, Japan. Reuters What's for dinner? Lego sushi, credit card burgers, or a well-done piece of PVC pipe? These examples may sound extreme, but can easily represent over time the cumulative amount of microscopic pieces of plastic we consume every day. People could be ingesting the equivalent of a credit card of plastic a week, a 2019 study by WWF International concluded, mainly in plastic-infused drinking water but also via food like shellfish, which tends to be eaten whole so the plastic in their digestive systems is also consumed. // in an external browser to see a visualisation of the amount of microplastic we consume.) In a month, we ingest the weight of a 4x2 Lego brick in plastic, and in a year, the amount of plastic in a fireman's helmet. This may not sound like much, but it can add up. At this rate of consumption, in a decade, we could be eating 2.5 kg (5.5 lb) in plastic, the equivalent of over two sizable pieces of plastic pipe. And over a lifetime, we consume about 20 kg (44 lb) of microplastic.........Read more

India Embassy in Moscow Engaging With Covid-19 Sputnik Researchers, Awaiting Safety Data

A week after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the world's first Covid-19 vaccine, the Indian embassy in Moscow is now in touch with the medical research institute that developed it. The vaccine is yet to be cleared for the public use. The vaccine- Sputnik V is developed by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. “The Indian Mission is engaging separately with the Russian side through our embassy in Moscow. We are now awaiting the safety and efficacy data of this vaccine for Covid-19,” a source told Indian Express. However, the western experts have been sceptical about Russia’s claim, given the speed and secrecy with which the Gamaleya candidate has been given regulatory approval. The Sputnik V candidate has been approved without being put through final phase 3 human trials, experts added.........Read more

Gorilla Glass Victus Will Be Much Harder To Scratch; Samsung Galaxy Note 20 May Adopt It First

Corning Inc. has announced the next iteration of its popular Gorilla Glass technology, which is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to toughened glasses for smartphones. It is called the Gorilla Glass Victus and is most definitely a big step forward from the Gorilla Glass 6 that it succeeds. Corning says the Gorilla Glass Victus can be used on smartphones, laptops, tablets and wearables. There is a strong chance that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series, set to be unveiled early next month, could be the first phones to bring the Gorilla Glass Victus to consumers—Corning indicates as much that Samsung will be the first smartphone maker to adopt the Gorilla Glass Victus in “the near future”. ........Read more

Is Foxconn Making Apple iPhone 11 In India? Will We See A Price Cut For Made In India iPhone 11?

Apple is now reportedly making the iPhone 11 in India, at the Foxconn plant near Chennai. This would mean it is the first time Apple is making its latest flagship phone in the country, for the line-up that includes the iPhone 11, the iPhone SE and the iPhone XR on sale in India at this time. It is being seen as a boost to the Make in India initiative. Apple already uses these Foxconn production facilities to manufacture the iPhone XR in India. Foxconn, or the Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd. are headquartered in Taiwan. Foxconn also makes phones for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi in India, at its Andhra Pradesh manufacturing facilities. ........Read more

‘Highly Infectious’ Swine Flu Found in China has Pandemic Potential, Causes More Serious Symptoms

Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study published Monday in the US science journal PNAS. Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009. It possesses "all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans," say the authors, scientists at Chinese universities and China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2011 to 2018, researchers took 30,000 nasal swabs from pigs in slaughterhouses in 10 Chinese provinces and in a veterinary hospital, allowing them to isolate 179 swine flu viruses. The majority were of a new kind which has been dominant among pigs since 2016. ........Read more

Global coronavirus cases exceed 10 million

Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months. The figure is roughly double the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organisation. The milestone comes as many hard-hit countries are easing lockdowns while making extensive alterations to work and social life that could last for a year or more until a vaccine is available. Some countries are experiencing a resurgence in infections, leading authorities to partially reinstate lockdowns, in what experts say could be a recurring pattern in the coming months and into 2021.........Read more

Explained: What are air shields that may protect passengers from infection on board flights?

A Seattle-based company Teague has come up with a device called an air shield that can fit on to existing air vents inside an airplane cabin, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 spreading inflight by regulating the air flows. As lockdowns are being lifted, international air travel is expected to resume slowly. In India, while domestic flights resumed on May 25, international flights will remain suspended till June 30. “Transmission of infection may occur between passengers who are seated in the same area of an aircraft, usually as a result of the infected individual coughing or sneezing or by touch… Highly contagious conditions, such as influenza, are more likely to be spread to other passengers in situations where the aircraft ventilation system is not operating.”........Read more

Why Ramanand Sagar refused to let BBC air Ramayana?

Talking about foreign media's attitude and how they still remain biased towards the gem of the shows that India comes up with, Ramanand Safar's son Prem Sagar had said that BBC had also wanted to run Ramayana. He told Swarajyamag, "All other channels too had a captive audience due to the lockdown. Then why single out Ramayan? DD was the last on the chart of TRPs. And now not just is it number one but also, there is no competition for miles. The foreign media is biased. This is my personal experience and opinion. WaPo had sent two journalists to interview me way back in the 90s. They were dripping honey during our interactions. But when they went back, they wrote trash, and none of what was projected to me. ........Read more

World Hypertension Day 2020: The truth about salt and hypertension

The heart pumps blood which is circulated throughout the body via blood vessels. Blood pressure is the force or pressure with which the blood pushes against the walls or sides of the blood vessels as it flows through them. Normal blood pressure stands at about 120/80 mm Hg. When one has high blood pressure, it means that the force with which the blood is pumping in their body/blood vessels is very strong. This force puts a lot of pressure on the arteries and heart. If not managed, it can lead to a heart attack or a stroke and can even be fatal.........Read more

Govt signs $500 million project with AIIB to deal with COVID-19 pandemic

This is the first-ever health sector support from the Bank to India. This new support will cover all states and Union Territories across India and address the needs of infected people, at-risk populations, medical and emergency personnel and service providers, medical and testing facilities, and national and animal health agencies, the government said in a statement. The agreement was signed by Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India and Rajat Misra, Director General (Acting) on behalf of the AIIB.........Read more

COVID-19: Government extends validity of Motor Vehicle Act related documents till June 30

Amid lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, the government has extended the validity of documents related to Motor Vehicle Act and Central Motor Vehicle Rules till June 30. The validity has been extended for the documents whose validity expires between February 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020. "Since it is not possible to renew documents during lockdown, various documents related to MV Act 1988 and CMV Rules 1989 whose validity expires between February 1, 2020-June 30, 2020 will be treated as valid," Road Transport, Highways and MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari said.........Read more

India Records 73 New Deaths, 1,993 Positive Cases, Sharpest Jump In 24 Hours

In the biggest-ever jump in deaths and cases in 24 hours, India has reported 73 fresh fatalities, the Ministry of Health and Family said on Friday morning, adding another 1,993 people had tested positive for the novel Coronavirus during the same period. With the new deaths, the total number of fatalities due to the COVID-19 has risen to 1,147. The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India has climbed to 35,043, including 25007 active cases, 1147 deaths, 8889 cured/discharged/migrated, according to the ministry.........Read more

New Smartphone Battery Tech by Indian Scientists Can Keep Your Phone Charged for Days

A group of scientists may finally have managed to make Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) ion batteries commercially viable. In simpler words, this would mean that batteries in our most commonly used gadgets, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and others, would offer significantly longer battery life than any of the existing Li-ion batteries in use today. In fact, the net difference may lead to our devices lasting longer by days. The research paper was submitted and published two days ago in Joule, by scientists Arumugam Manthiram, director of the Texas Materials Institute, along with graduate students Amruth Bhargav and Sanjay Nanda at the University of Texas at Austin. ........Read more

Dana White Planning to Hold UFC 249 on Private Island Despite Criticism

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White is planning to host the next fight on a private island despite facing criticism. With nearly all major sporting events across the world being cancelled or postponed in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, White is adamant UFC 249 will go ahead as per original schedule. UFC 249 is scheduled to be held on April 18 and was to be headlined by undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia who was to face Tony Ferguson. However, Khabib has said he won’t leave quarantine in Russia. ........Read more

Omar Sheikh, a tale of terror trail, to walk free in Pakistan in Daniel Pearl case

Born in London to Pakistani parents, he is an enigmatic star in the dark world of jihadi terror. Pervez Musharraf mentioned him in his book. He went to London School of Economics. He was incarcerated in the Tihar Jail of Delhi and his story revolves around two of the most documented plane hijack terror plots. He was sentenced to death for killing American journalist Daniel Pearl. He will now walk free in Pakistan. He is Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh.........Read more

Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Pledges Rs 500 Crore To PM-CARES Fund For Combating Coronavirus

In a statement, Reliance Industries confirmed that it will donate 500 crore to PM CARES Fund in response to the call by the Prime Minister to support the nation’s fight against the Coronavirus onslaught. “Reliance Industries has also provided contributions of Rs. 5 crore each to the governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat to support their fights against the Covid-19,” the company said. The Mukesh Ambani-led company further said, “RIL also continues its 24x7, multi-pronged, on-the-ground effort to do its bit to ensure the nation remains prepared, fed, supplied, safe, connected and motivated to fight and win against the unprecedented challenges brought upon by the Coronavirus pandemic.”........Read more

Night of Horror for Hyderabad Students, Techies as Andhra Cops Refuse Entry at Border Despite NOC

Amid nationwide lockdown and panic over the coronavirus outbreak, hundreds of IT professionals and students from Hyderabad were stopped from crossing the Telangana-Andhra Pradesh border on Wednesday night, despite producing no objection certificates (NOC) issued by the Telangana Police. Their ordeal, at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged everyone to follow strict social distancing measures to curb the spread of the virus, lasted for several hours due to a miscommunication between the state governments. ........Read more

TB is as alarming as coronavirus

Co-infection with Covid-19 and tuberculosis is a worry on World TB Day to be observed on March 24. Just like Covid, TB must also be dealt with seriously is the call of medical fraternity. TB is as dreadful as Covid-19 and prevention, diagnosis and treatment needs to be improved with the threat of the new virus. Co-infection of these diseases will place a major challenge and the same methods of contact tracing must be used in active cases so that the passive ones are better controlled.........Read more

Coronavirus: Railways Cancels 90 More Trains Till March 31, Total Number Climbs To 245

Railways on Friday cancelled 90 trains, which will not operate between March 20 and March 31, in view of low occupancy and the novel coronavirus pandemic, sources said Friday. With this, the total number of cancelled trains has climbed to 245. Earlier on Thursday, the railways cancelled 84 trains and said 155 trains stood cancelled due to COVID-19. “All passengers having tickets in these trains are being informed about it individually. No cancellation fee will be taken for these trains. Passengers will get 100-per cent refund,” the source said.........Read more

Angrezi Medium to Re-release When 'it is Safe' Amid Coronavirus Outbreak And Theatre Shutdown

After the shutdown of theatres across the country due to increasing cases of coronavirus, the makers of Angrezi Medium have decided to re-release the film later. As per a report in News18, the director of the film – Homi Adajania– took to his Instagram stories to reveal that the team has decided to release Angrezi Medium again in cinema halls once the normalcy is back in the country. The post in Homi’s Instagram stories read, “At midnight all theatres will close across India till the authorities give us further notice. We will re-release Angrezi Medium when it is safe to do so. Till then stay safe and be kind to each other.” (sic)........Read more

Road Safety World Series in Mumbai Called Off Due to Coronavirus

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the escalating number of cases worldwide, the Government of India issued an advisory “to ensure that no public gatherings take place in any sporting event”. The first four matches in the Road Safety World Series saw a tremendous turnout at all venues and huge following and engagement on-air and the digital channels. The popularity of this five-nation T20 series, which is held to create awareness towards road safety in the country, grew with every passing day and tickets for the upcoming matches were sold-out much in advance. To prevent any further scope of a large gathering, the organisers felt that it is apt not to go ahead with the planned matches now.........Read more

Nirbhaya Case: All 4 Convicts To Be Hanged On March 20 At 5:30 AM In Tihar Jail; Delhi Court Issues Fresh Death Warrant

All four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya rape and murder case will be hanged on March 20 at 5:30 am in Tihar Jail, said the fresh death warrant issued by the Delhi Court on Thursday. Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi said that, ‘hope this is the final death warrant and these convicts are hanged on the designated date.’ The Delhi government had moved to the court on Wednesday seeking fresh death warrants for the four convicts saying their all legal remedies are exhausted. The government made the move after President Ram Nath Kovind rejected the mercy petition of Pawan Kumar Gupta, one of the four convicts, in the case. The President has already rejected the mercy petitions of Mukesh Kumar Singh, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Singh Thakur.........Read more

Indians don't need to panic about coronavirus, says WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that Indians don't need to panic about the outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus. Speaking with India Today, Dr Rodrico Ofrin, Regional Emergencies Director, WHO, said there is no need to panic, as cases tested positive in India were because of travelling abroad, citizens' caught the virus on foreign land.........Read more

Coronavirus in India: Inside story of the Delhi case

The patient who flew in from Budapest landed in Delhi and there was no check up as such and he was not showing any symptoms. But the next day itself he had fever so he went for check up with a doctor. His fever was not dropping so they advised him that since you have been travelling so please get a check up done. From there, he went to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for a proper check up. At RML also, before the check up he said he wanted to get a corona test done. At that point, they put him in isolation and when the reports came they were positive. At this point, the government officials visited him and asked him from the time he came back from Italy who all has he met where all has he gone and who has come in contact with him. ........Read more

New Ignis from Maruti Suzuki launched, prices start at ₹4.83 lakh

After showcasing it at the recently-held Auto Expo 2020 in Greater Noida, Maruti Suzuki on Tuesday launched the all-new BS 6-compliant Ignis at a starting price of ₹4.83 lakh (ex showroom) for the Sigma variant. Pre-launch bookings for the new bookings had been opened immediately after the car was first showcased at the Auto Expo earlier this month. The company says the reception has been strong due to the plethora of changes and upgrades on offer in the face lift. With an SUV design philosphy, the new Ignis has been styled with an imposing front fascia which now has a new front grille with a U-shaped motif and skid plate, updated LED projector head lights, redesigned DRLs, eye-catching rear profile and rear spoilers and roof rails.........Read more

Watch Boston Dynamics’ robot dog Spot haul Adam Savage in a rickshaw

Boston Dynamics has been striking fear into the hearts of the general public for years now. The company’s robotic creations are incredible, and sometimes a little bit scary, but generally speaking, they’re just really, really impressive pieces of technology. In the newest episode of Tested, hosted by Adam Savage, the former Mythbuster turns one of Boston Dynamics’ most iconic creations into a method of transportation. In the video, the robot “dog” Spot stars as a rickshaw puller, hauling Savage around at relatively modest speeds. However, if you think getting a robot dog to pull you around is a simple endeavor, you should probably think again.........Read more

Elgar Parishad Case: Pune Court Transfers Hearings to NIA Court After Maharashtra Govt U-Turn

A sessions court here on Friday allowed the transfer of the politically sensitive Bhima Koregaon case to an NIA court in Mumbai after an 11th hour U-turn by the Maharashtra government which said it has no objection to the federal agency taking over the probe. The court, however, said that it did not have the power to continue with the case even if the government had not given filed a No Objection Certificate (NOC). The court also directed all accused to be present before the NIA court in Mumbai on February 28. ........Read more

Erdogan Rakes Up Kashmir in Pak Parliament, Compares Kashmiri 'Struggle' to Turkey's Plight in WW1

Addressing a joint session of Pakistan's Parliament, Erdogan, who arrived here on a two-day visit, announced that Turkey will back Pakistan in its efforts to come out of the Grey List of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) which is meeting this week in Paris. Voicing his country's support to Pakistan's stand on the Kashmir issue, he said it can be resolved not through conflict or oppression but on the basis of justice and fairness. "Our Kashmiri brothers and sisters have suffered from inconveniences for decades and these sufferings have become graver due to unilateral steps taken in recent times," Erdogan said, apparently referring to India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in August last year. ........Read more

'Welcome Narendra Modi' Posters Put up in Kokrajhar Ahead of Prime Minister's Arrival

The visit comes days after the state government signed a tripartite agreement with representatives of all factions of the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in New Delhi. The signing of the Bodo agreement led to the surrender of over 1,500 militants of the major insurgent group NDFB. The Bodo groups have been demanding a separate state of Bodoland for the last 50 years. The movement has resulted in extensive violence and loss of hundreds of lives over the years.........Read more

The big differences between 4G and 5G

The development of ridesharing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, was made possible by 4G. With 5G, ridesharing cars could one day navigate themselves — no human driver required. The three major differences between 4G and 5G are faster speeds, higher bandwidth and lower "latency," or lag time in communications between devices and servers. But those perks are going to require building out a lot of new infrastructure and billions of dollars in annual investments.........Read more

To defuse palm row, Davos diplomacy likely between India, Malaysia

Trade ministers from India and Malaysia are likely to meet on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos next week amid a palm oil spat between the two countries, a Malaysian government spokesman told Reuters on Friday. Hindu-majority India has repeatedly objected to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking out against its recent policies which critics say discriminate against Muslims. ........Read more

Gold Prices Hit Record High at Rs 41,278 Per 10 Gram Amid Middle-East Crisis

Gold prices surged to record highs on Wednesday amid the escalation of the Iran-US conflict. Gold prices jump in times political and economic uncertainty as investors look for safe haven for investment.In four days, gold is up about Rs 2,000 per 10 gram. In global markets, gold prices surged 2% to cross the key $1,600 mark, a nearly 7-year high. ........Read more

'Consider Sanctions Against Amit Shah if CAB Passed,' US Body to Trump Administration

In a statement, the US Commissions For International Religious Freedom (UCIRF) said, “We are deeply troubled over the passage of the bill in the Lok Sabha. If it is passed in the Rajya Sabha too, and thus the Parliament, the US government should consider sanctions against Home Minister Amit Shah and other principal leadership.” “The bill, which was originally introduced by Home Minister Shah, worries us due to the religious criterion in it,” the statement further said. Separately, the body, on its official Twitter account, said, “The CAB enshrines a pathway to citizenship for immigrants that specifically excludes Muslims, setting a legal criterion for citizenship based on religion.”........Read more

'Silent, Strong and Swift': The Nation, Including PM Modi Salutes the 'Men in White' on Navy Day

Every year on December 4, India marks Navy Day to recognize and celebrate the achievements and Navy’s contribution to the country. December 4 was chosen as it was on this day, that ships of the Indian Navy led a deadly attack during Operation Trident, on Karachi Harbour during the 1971 Indo Pak War. The Indian Navy sank four Pakistani vessels including PNS Khaibar and PNS Shah Jahan killing hundreds of Pakistani Navy personnel.........Read more

Navy chief Karambir Singh says Chinese vessel entered Indian waters without permission

Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh said that a Chinese research vessel was recently driven away from Indian waters near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as it did not have permission to operate there. “Our stand is that if you have to do anything in our exclusive economic zone (EEZ), you have to notify us and take permission,” Singh said at his annual press conference ahead of Navy Day on December 4. ........Read more

VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar Ser to Return to BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee

With the BCCI set for its 88th Annual General Meeting on Sunday, former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman are expected to return for a second tenure at the board’s Cricket Advisory Committee after resigning from the post in July earlier this year........Read more

India plans security audit of WhatsApp after hacking attempt

The Indian Computer Emergency Team (CERT-In) “sought submission of information from WhatsApp on November 9, 2019, including a need to conduct an audit and inspection of WhatsApp’s security systems and processes,” Ravi Shankar Prasad told parliament in a statement. ........Read more

Beyond Unemployment Rate: More People in Their 20s Have Stopped Looking for Jobs

For people aged 15 years and above, this figure was 9.2 per cent, down from 9.7 per cent in Q4 2018. And for the youth, 15-29 years, unemployment rate was 22.5 per cent, compared to 23.7 per cent in Q4 2018. So the unemployment rate has fallen sequentially for all the three categories of workers the PLFS tracks.........Read more

Maharashtra: Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress Stake Claim to Form Government, Submit Letter at Raj Bhavan

The Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress party staked claim to form government in Maharashtra. A delegation of the three parties with their respective leaders went to Raj Bhavan today and submitted a letter of support by MLAs to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.........Read more

2-Year-Old Trapped In Tamil Nadu Borewell For 18 Hours, NDRF Joins Rescue

Rescuers in Tamil Nadu are making frantic efforts to save a two-year-old boy who has been trapped in a borewell at a depth of 65 feet without food or water for over 18 hours. ........Read more

Major Automakers to Skip 2020 Auto Expo Amid Industry Slowdown

Among the ones who have decided to not participate are Hero MotoCorp, TVS Motors, Ashok Leyland, Honda Cars, Honda Motorcycles and Scooters, Toyota Kirloskar Motors, BMW, etc.........Read more

Kashmiri leaders to be released from detention ‘one by one after analysis’: Advisor to J&K Governor

Kashmiri leaders held in detention for nearly two months now will be released but after analysis, the advisor to Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik told news agency ANI on Thursday. “Yes, one by one after analysis of every individual, they will be released,” Farooq Khan, advisor to J&K governor said, responding to a query on whether Kashmiri leaders will be released after leaders from Jammu region have been released. Political leaders in Kashmir, including National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, People’s Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti and J&K People’s Conference leader Sajjad Gani Lone, continue to be under house arrest since August 5. ALSO WATCH | Army recruitment drive in Srinagar, 2 months after Art 370 dilution On being asked about the increased activity of the police and security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir, Khan said that it was not due to any special kind of terrorist threat but was more of a preventive measure.........Read more

Sri Lanka Easter blast mastermind linked to three Islamic State cases in India: NIA

Zahran Hashim, the Sri Lankan mastermind of the April 21 Easter attacks in Sri Lanka, has emerged as a common link in at least three Islamic State (IS) related cases, including the latest IS module busted in Coimbatore, an National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe has revealed.........Read more

IAF aircraft with 13 on board goes missing after take off from Assam

The aircraft was headed to Mechuka Advance Landing Ground, the landing strip in the eastern Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district. The landing strip is about 30-odd km from the nearest point on the India-China border. ........Read more

'Like Godhra Riots, BJP Behind Pulwama Terror Attack,' Alleges Shankarsinh Vaghela

Pulwama terror attack was BJP’s conspiracy, just like the 2002 Godhra riots, said former Gujarat chief minister and NCP leader Shankersinh Vaghela. The vehicle with RDX which was used in Pulwama attack was bearing the registration initial of Gujarat — GJ. He further alleged that terrorism was being used by the BJP government to win elections.........Read more

I will quit politics if Rahul loses in Amethi: Navjot Singh Sidhu

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu said people should learn nationalism from UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who is the sitting MP from Rae Bareli. He also said he would quit politics if Congress chief Rahul Gandhi lost the Lok Sabha election from Amethi.........Read more

Jayalalithaa Death Inquiry Put On Hold By Top Court Over Apollo Petition

The Supreme Court has put on hold the proceedings of a commission set up to investigate the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in 2016. The decision comes after Chennai's Apollo Hospitals, where the former AIADMK chief spent her final weeks, challenged the summons to its doctors and the demand for the hospital records.........Read more

Maruti Suzuki To Phase Out Diesel Cars By April 2020

The company which released the financial results for the 2018-19 financial year today announced that from April 1, 2020, none of its diesel cars that come with the 1.3-litre diesel engine will be on sale in India. The company has stated as the BS-6 norms kick in from April 2020, Maruti will mainly focus on upgrading its petrol engine line-up. ........Read more

Pakistan, India hope to reap investment from Saudi prince's visit

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is expected to announce investments in energy and infrastructure during a visit to India and Pakistan in coming days as part of his efforts to wean the Saudi economy off oil exports.........Read more

'It's murder of democracy': BJP hits back at Mamata Banerjee's dharna

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “Whatever is happening in Kolkata and West Bengal is one of a kind. Never before was an investigating team taken into custody by police. It's murder of democracy. We want to ask Mamata Banerjee why is she staging dharna, who does she want to shield? Police Commissioner or herself?” ........Read more

MJ Akbar defamation case: Court reserves order on summoning scribe Priya Ramani as accused

A Delhi court reserved its order on whether to summon journalist Priya Ramani as an accused in a defamation case filed by former Union minister M J Akbar after she levelled allegations of sexual misconduct against him.........Read more

J-K: Governor likely to recommend President rule from December 20

Jammu and Kashmir is likely to come under President’s rule on December 20 after 28 years with Governor Satya Pal Malik set to recommend Centre’s rule in his report to the Ministry of Home Affairs.........Read more

Cyclone Gaja: 20 Killed as Storm Hammers Coastal Tamil Nadu, Centre Assures Help

Severe cyclonic storm 'Gaja', which crossed Tamil Nadu's coast has claimed 20 lives. The winds due to the cyclonic storm resulted in hundreds of trees and electricity poles being uprooted in Nagapattinam and Karaikal districts. ........Read more

'Economic War': Iran Vows to Continue Selling Oil as US Sanctions Take Effect

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has vowed that the Islamic Republic of Iran can sell its oil and will sell its crude oil despite the "illegal and unjust" sanctions reimposed by the United States,........Read more

Address Your Own Issues: India Slams Imran Khan’s Statement On Kashmir

Terming as "deeply regrettable" Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's remarks on Kashmir, India on Monday said that instead of making comments on internal affairs of another country, Islamabad should take "credible action" to dismantle terror infrastructure operating from its soil.........Read more

Chinese troops transgresses in Arunachal Pradesh’s Dibang Valley district » Northeast Today

In yet another incident of intrusion and transgression by Chinese troops into Indian territory, a troop of China’s PLA crossed over to Arunachal Pradesh’s Dibang Valley district near Anini, the district HQ, bordering China. Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal East, Ninong Ering has appealed the PM to intervene into the repeated intrusions of Chinese troops.........Read more

Stock market crash erodes over Rs 3 lakh crore from investor wealth

As the BSE benchmark index plummeted over 1,000 points during the morning trade Thursday, investor wealth got eroded by over Rs 3 lakh crore. Led by the sharp carnage in equities, the market capitalisation of BSE-listed companies slumped Rs 3,05,625.87 crore to Rs 1,35,59,695.82 crore........Read more

India thrash West Indies by innings and 272 runs for biggest Test win

India thrashes West Indies by an innings and 272 runs for their biggest win, India also claimed their 100th Test win at home and took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. R Ashwin was the main tormentor in the morning session and it was Kuldeep’s turn in the second to dominate.........Read more

Elon Musk agrees to pay $20 million and quit as Tesla chairman in deal with SEC

Elon Musk agreed to step down as chairman of Tesla and pay a $20 million fine in a deal to settle charges brought this week by the Securities and Exchange Commission.........Read more

IAF Vice Chief Shoots Himself In Thigh Accidentally

The vice chief of Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Marshal S B Deo, have accidentally shot himself in his thigh. He was rushed to a military hospital in Delhi where he underwent a surgery. His condition now is stable.........Read more

J&K local body elections likely to be deferred to January: report

With Jammu and Kashmir's two major political parties taking a decision to boycott the local body polls, there is now a chance that the polls scheduled to be held in October are likely to be deferred to January.........Read more

Bhima Koregaon violence: Activists arrested in police raids in 5 states over alleged Maoist links

The Pune police carried out searches at residences of prominent lawyers and activists in five states across India in connection with their investigation into the alleged Maoist links with the Elgar Parishad held here on December 31, 2017,........Read more

India vs England: Learn from Virat Kohli, England assistant coach Paul Farbrace tells players

Virat Kohli’s masterclass in the England Test series has left the hosts’ assistant coach Paul Farbrace gushing, and urging his batsmen to learn from how the world’s best batsman has dominated quality bowling in seaming conditions.........Read more

Modi invites China's Xi for an informal summit in 2019

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to an informal summit next year as he began an ice-breaking visit to China on Friday in which the giant neighbours are seeking to re-set troubled ties. Xi told Modi that their two countries’ influence in world and region was steadily on the rise.........Read more

Centre within its right to seek reconsideration of Justice KM Joseph, says CJI, refuses to stay Indu Malhotra’s appointment

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay the warrant of appointment of senior advocate Indu Malhotra as an apex court judge. Calling the plea of advocate Indira Jaising to stay Malhotra’s appointment as “unimaginable”, “unconscionable” and “never heard of”, the apex court said constitutional propriety demands that warrant of her appointment be implemented.........Read more

HC orders CBI probe into TN gutkha scam

The first Division Bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose passed the order on two public interest litigation petitions, one filed by DMK MLA J. Anbazhagan and the other by activist ‘Traffic’ K.R. Ramaswamy. The judges however made it clear that the CBI probe ordered by them should not be construed as a definite conclusion with respect to the complicity of any of the persons involved in the alleged scam and that it was up to the investigating agency to unearth the truth.........Read more

CBSE Board to Give Compensation of Two Marks For Typing Error in English Question Paper

The Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to give two marks as compensation to class X students for a typing error in English question paper. According to reports, the students had to read the passage and write synonyms for words such as endurance, obstruction, and motivation. But the paragraphs were incorrectly marked, due to which the students got confused.........Read more

Samsung takes on Google’s Datally with new data saving app Max

Unlike Google’s Datally app which is more of a data management app, Samsung’s new app Max comes with more powerful and effective data saving tools. Inspired by the now discontinued Opera Max app, Samsung Max not only identifies the apps responsible for wasting most data, but also strips them off resource intensive elements which require more data to load.........Read more

Meliodosis, the tropical disease kills thousands every year but remains neglected

Melioidosis is a bacterial infection that can cause a range of symptoms, including fever, muscle aches, abscesses and cough, leading researchers to call it “the great mimicker”. It’s hard to diagnose, requiring a skilful process that can take more than a week. Melioidosis is so neglected that the World Health Organization doesn’t even list it as a neglected tropical disease........Read more

Kia Motors to kick off India sales with 5 models spearheaded by SP Concept, compact SUV on the cards

The carmaker reportedly plans to launch five cars in a span of 18 months. The first model due for India will be the production version of the SP Concept. The SP Concept SUV unveiled at Auto Expo 2018 is exclusively made for India. The production-spec SUV is expected to go up against Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster.........Read more

Kawasaki Z900RS Launched At Rs 15.30 Lakh In India

Kawasaki Z900RS launched in India. The retro-naked Kawasaki Z900RS is priced at Rs 15.30 ex-showroom in India. The Z900RS is based on the Kawasaki Z900 but borrows its retro styling cues from the iconic Z1 from the 1970s. The Z900RS is available in two colours in India: Candytone Brown and Candytone Orange.........Read more

Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Manikarnika’ heading ‘Padmaavat’ way; Brahmin group alleges fact distortion

Sarva Brahmin Mahasabha has opposed the film claiming that there are scenes in the film portraying a love affair between Rani of Jhansi and a British man. Moreover, the Mahasabha's state president, Suresh Mishra asked the Rajasthan government on Monday to stall the film’s shoot with immediate effect in order to prevent historical facts from being distorted in the biographical film about Rani Laxmibai. ........Read more

GST e-way bill to go live on budget day, industry fears disruption

E-way bill, an electronic documentation tracking the movement of goods, is mandatory for all inter-state movement of goods from 1 February. It is designed to prevent under-reporting and evasion of taxes. The e-way bill is a key part of the GST architecture. It was put on hold until after GST, which was implemented from 1 July, stabilised. More than 2.84 million e-way bills have been generated in the trial phase so far.........Read more

Tax Notices Sent to Cryptocurrency Investors as Trading Hits $3.5 Billion

Tax notices have been sent to tens of thousands of people dealing in cryptocurrency after a nationwide survey showed more than $3.5 billion worth of transactions has been conducted over a 17-month period, the Income Tax Department said.........Read more

North Korea ‘likely’ to join Winter Olympics, says IOC official

The report says Kim Jong-Un said in a speech that North Korea wished success for the Winter Olympics, to be held from 9-25 February, and would consider sending a delegation. Seoul and organisers are keen for the North to take part in the Games to help ease worsening tensions on the Korean peninsula stemming from Kim’s confrontation with the world over his country’s nuclear and missile programmes.........Read more

Hyd firm donates vaccine to control typhoid outbreak in Pakistan

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech would shortly be sending another 2,00,000 doses of its Typbar TCV vaccine to Pakistan's Hyderabad province that has been battling for the past eight months a severe drug resistant version of the disease, which killed hundreds of children.........Read more

Women used to pray at Sabarimala temple in the past, says Kerala Minister

The Devasom Minister in Kerala on Thursday said there was no ban on women praying in the Sabarimala temple and that women, especially from the erstwhile royal families, used to pray there. Kadakampally Surendran's statement came at a time when the Supreme Court's Constitution Bench is looking if the ban on entry into the temple of females in the age group of 10-50 years was discriminatory and violated the Constitution.........Read more

When vice president Venkaiah Naidu was duped by fake weight-loss ads

Naidu told members that shortly after becoming the vice president, he came across an advertisement of a medication that promised to help lose a certain amount of weight in 28 days. It was priced at Rs1230. I paid the money but after some days received a packet. When I opened it, there was a note which said that I have to pay some Rs1000 again to get the original medicine.........Read more

Study establishes benchmarks for HIV vaccine candidates

The development of a vaccine that protects against HIV infections has proven extraordinarily difficult. One of the reasons is that naïve precursor B cells that can give rise to mature B cells producing broadly neutralizing antibodies—a requirement for a successful antibody-based HIV vaccine—are considered to be exceedingly rare within the average human.........Read more

Honda Plans To Launch Brio-Based Electric Car In India

Honda is working on a small electric hatchback based on the Brio. Apart from that, Japanese automaker also plans to set up a lithium-ion battery manufacturing unit in the country.........Read more

Facebook testing 'Context' button to curb fake news on its platform

Facebook has been doing multiple things to check the spread of fake news on its platform. The latest is a ‘Context’ button which it is reportedly testing to allow users to receive more information about the source of the news story. The feature would also help users ascertain whether the source is credible or not.........Read more

Madras HC stays conduct of floor test in TN assembly till Wednesday

The Madras high court on Thursday stayed till Wednesday the conduct of a floor test in the Tamil Nadu assembly to prove the majority of the Edappadi K Palaniswami government. Justice M Duraiswamy passed the order as the speaker informed the court that he was not in a position to tell whether he would pass orders in the disqualification proceedings against 19 rebel AIADMK MLAs before a floor test is conducted.........Read more

BJP will fight next Odisha polls alone, says Amit Shah

The BJP president, who is on a three-day tour of Odisha, pitched for a younger leadership to run the state and came down heavily on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, saying backwardness and poverty continued due to his government's "misrule, inefficiency and corruption".........Read more

India's New Move With BrahMos Cruise Missile Likely To Anger China

At a time when India and China are dealing with their worst border tension in decades, Vietnam has reportedly acquired the Indian BrahMos supersonic anti-ship cruise missile, widely considered one of the most advanced missiles of its type in the world.........Read more

5.4 Lakh New Tax Payers Added Post Demonetisation: CEA Arvind Subramanian

Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Arvind Subramanian on Friday said that demonetisation got new tax payers in the tax bracket. He was addressing the media after releasing the second volume of the economic survey. He said that 5.4 lakh new tax payers have been added after the move.........Read more

Nepal steps up to measure Mount Everest

The country's Department of Survey says the mountain, measuring 8,848 metres (29,029 feet) based on previous surveys, may also have shifted its geographic position, the Kathmandu Post reports. The two-year task will also show the impact of climate change on the mountain, and will cost 140m rupees ($1.35m; £1m) the paper says.........Read more

SS Khaplang passes away at 77: Chairman of banned Naga outfit NSCN-K died after cardiac arrest

SS Khaplang, chairman of Naga rebel group NSCN-K, had engineered many attacks on the security forces including the killing of 18 Indian Army soldiers in Manipur. He died on Friday night at Takka in the Kachin state of Myanmar........Read more

DGCA files police complaint against 34 pilots for 'making obscene remarks' on social media

In an unprecedented move, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has filed a police complaint against some pilots for "making obscene remarks" against its top officials on social media. Based on this, about 10 pilots of Jet Airways have reportedly faced action.........Read more

Report suggests Russia hackers breached voting software firm

Russian hackers attacked at least one US voting software supplier days before last year's presidential election, according to a government intelligence report leaked that suggests election-related hacking penetrated further into US voting systems than previously known.........Read more

Nokia 9 spotted on Geekbench as photos leak out; could pack 8 GB RAM - Tech2

The much-anticipated flagship phone by Nokia, Nokia 9 is nearing its released date. Leaked specifications via an online benchmark test hint that the flagship from the company could give popular mobile phones like Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7, a run for their money.........Read more

Pak. shells LoC areas again, 1000 people evacuated

Pakistani troops heavily shelled areas along the LoC in Rajouri district for the second consecutive day on Sunday, causing heavy damage to buildings and forcing evacuation of 1000 border dwellers.........Read more

Kashmir unrest: Ban on social media, internet services impinges on 'fundamental rights', say UN experts

UN human rights experts have called on India to “immediately” lift its ban on social media and mobile internet services arguing that the move is a “collective punishment” and impinges on the “fundamental rights of everyone in Kashmir”.........Read more

Axar, Sandeep thrust Kings XI after another RCB collapse

Royal Challengers endured another match-changing collapse, as Kings XI Punjab, led by Axar Patel and Sandeep Sharma, defended the lowest total at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium........Read more

Indian hackers cripple more than 500 Pakistan government websites; avenge Jadhav’s penalty

Taking out a ‘digital surgical strike’, Indian hackers got their hands on at least 30 Pakistan government websites. The hacking was taken out against the death penalty rewarded to Jadhav. He was accused of spreading sabotage activities in Karachi and Balochistan.........Read more

Desperation to win party symbol, burning desire to become TN CM drove TTV Dinakaran to bribe EC

It was sheer desperation to win the party symbol of 'two leaves' and the burning desire to become Tamil Nadu Chief Minister that drove TTV Dinakaran to bribe the Election Commission through an alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. With Sasikala in prison, it seemed like his last chance to come back to power.........Read more

Centre gives forces a ‘hit list’, wants Naxal morale broken

The government has asked the security forces to focus anti-Naxal operations on "highvalue targets", including south Bastar divisional commander Raghu and Hidma, who is said to be behind the latest attack.........Read more

Sri Sri Ravishankar's Art of Living festival: Yamuna will take 10 years to recover at Rs 13.29 cr

Rehabilitation of Yamuna floodplains, "destroyed" due to a cultural extravaganza organised by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living (AOL), will cost Rs 13.29 crore and take almost 10 years, an expert committee has told the National Green Tribunal.........Read more

Not Giving Way To Ambulances Can Now Result In A Fine Of ₹10,000

In addition to proposing a hefty increase in compensation to families of accident victims and levying heavy penalties on law breakers, the bill has for the first time announced a fine of ₹10,000 on those who do not allow for emergency vehicles to pass, especially during rush hour when roads are choc-a-block with traffic.........Read more

Creator and founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey leaves Facebook

The Facebook representative gave out the following statement regarding Palmer’s departure, “Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer’s legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry. We’re thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR, and we wish him all the best.”........Read more

Bank of Maharashtra reports another UPI breach; bank loses Rs 1.42 crore: report

Twenty-two residents of Bhayandar allegedly took advantage of a bug in a bank's Unified Payment Interface (UPI) mobile application to transfer Rs 1.42 crore from the Bank of Maharashtra into several bank accounts belonging to the accused........Read more

Suicide Bomber Blows Self Up At Dhaka Airport, ISIS Claims Attack

A suicide bomber on Friday blew himself up at the international airport in Dhaka in an attack claimed by Islamic State terrorist group, a week after a similar attack on a camp of Bangladesh's elite Rapid Action Battalion nearby.........Read more

Amazon plans to invest $500m in food retail, brick & mortar stores

US e-commerce major Amazon to invest $500m in food retail in India, including brick & mortar stores. Germany’s Metro Cash & Carry has also shown interest in starting 50 stores in India, including food retail. Besides, Big Basket and Grofers have plans to enter the food retail segment through brick and mortar stores.........Read more

Trivendra Singh Rawat, Close To RSS And Amit Shah, To Take Oath As Uttarakhand Chief Minister Today

Trivendra Singh Rawat, a former RSS pracharak, has been elected as the BJP's legislative party leader in Uttarakhand and will take oath as the Chief Minister today. The BJP's newly elected lawmakers met yesterday to elect their leader. The final decision was that of party chief Amit Shah, who had been authorised by the BJP to pick the new chief minister. Mr Rawat will take oath today in state capital Dehradun; Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr Shah are scheduled to attend the ceremony. ........Read more

Startups just can’t log off and down shutters in India

The running joke among Indian entrepreneurs is that it's easier to get a divorce than to shut down a company. And the experience of Stayzilla co-founders Yogendra Vasupal and Sachit Singhi shows that it can get extremely messy. Closing a company in India can take years, though opening one — or many — is easy enough.........Read more

Kerala is the best state for newborn children

Kerala has set the bar for the rest of India by bringing down the infant mortality rate — the number of children under the age of 1 who die for every 1,000 born — to six.This is at par with several developed countries, according to the recently released National Family Health Survey. Here’s a look at how some other states fare on this parameter.........Read more

Air Costa halt its services temporarily

Air Costa on Tuesday temporarily suspended its operations, becoming the second regional airline in less than eight months to abruptly stop services after Air Pegasus. Facing financial issues with the lessors, Air Costa has decided to ground its two leased aircraft, Embraer E190, which can seat over 100 passengers. The airline has only these two planes in its fleet.........Read more

Rangoon movie review: Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor’s film is a misfire

Within minutes of the movie’s beginning, you realise the promise of a heart-wrenching period drama was a farce -- a set-up to promote a self-indulgent film that doesn’t know what it wants to be.........Read more

GST council approves Draft Compensation Bill

GST council meet took place on Saturday in Udaipur, wherein the Draft Compensation Bill was approved. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that they plan to bring the GST bill in the second phase of Budget session which begins on March 9.........Read more

Vishal Sikka said that he has a wonderful equation with the founders

“All this drama that has been going on in the media, it’s very distracting - it takes away attention - but underneath that there is a very strong fabric that this company is based on and it is a real privilege for me to be its leader".........Read more

N Chandrasekaran Elected As Chairman Tata Steel Board

"The Board of Directors today elected N Chandrasekaran as the Chairman of the Board. Mr Chandrasekaran was appointed as a Member of the Board on January 13, 2017," Tata Steel said in a statement today. On January 17, Tata Motors had appointed Tata group chief designate Mr Chandrasekaran as its Chairman with immediate effect.........Read more

Here Is How BHIM App Is Different From Other Mobile Payment Systems

BHIM is a digital payment app based on Unified Payments Interface (UPI) of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). NPCI is the broader umbrella for all the retail payments in India. One can use BHIM for payments if he/she has signed up for UPI- based payments through their bank accounts and has registered a mobile number for digital transactions.........Read more

50% Indian IS recruits follow this EXTREME school of Islam

Officials from the National Investigation Agency who are probing all IS-related cases say out of those arrested for ties with the outfit, only 20 per cent had studied in a madrasa. The rest had gone to regular schools and colleges and are also highly-qualified. This shows that it is not the old school of thought which has driven youth towards the IS. The IS has successfully managed to capture the imagination of several Muslim youth through propaganda. The dream of the Caliphate or the virgins in heaven are some of the points that have been driven into the minds of youth who took to the IS.........Read more

12-year-old boy arrested for planning 2 terrorist attacks in Germany

The boy's first attempt to detonate the bomb was made on November 25 at a Christmas market in the German town, which is home to around 160,000 people. The second attempt to launch the explosive device was made on December 5 outside the town hall in Ludwigshafen. Reports state that the boy had placed a backpack with the device in it in the bushes near the town hall. The suspicious package was then spotted by a passerby who alerted the authorities about the bag.........Read more

Cyclone Vardah will reach Karnataka today, south Goa on Wednesday

Cyclone Vardah is expected to hit Karnataka on Tuesday and reach south Goa on Wednesday. Bangalore city received moderate rain on Monday night. The region is expected to get moderate to heavy rainfall for the next two days as the storm makes its way to Goa. The Met department has said that the storm has lost much of its intensity and will continue to weaken as it moves inwards.........Read more

Supreme Court may shut booze shops on highways

Concerned over 1.5 lakh fatalities every year in road mishaps, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said it may direct closure of liquor vend on national and state highways across the nation, besides removal of the signages indicating their location.........Read more

Cabinet approves 2% Dearness Allowance for central govt employees

Cabinet approves 2% Dearness Allowance for central govt employees - Affecting 50 lakh central employees and 58 lakh pensioners, the cabinet has approved a 2% dearness allowance.........Read more

Trai to come out with recommendation for Free Data Architecture soon

The Indian telecom regulator may soon come out with recommendations on free data architecture, a top official said here on Tuesday.........Read more

Post-Brexit Britain must remember that India’s not the jewel in the crown of its empire anymore

There has been some expectation in India that if migration from the EU declines, highly skilled migrants from India will find it easier to enter the UK. This is largely wishful thinking in a scenario where no one quite knows how migration will shape up in post-Brexit Britain.........Read more

Kejriwal raises Patidar bogey at Surat rally; says Gujarat is being remote-controlled

Lashing out at the BJP and Modi government, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal tried to woo the Patidar and dalit voters in Gujarat during his Surat rally on Sunday. Kejriwal accused the BJP government of the state and the Centre of muzzling the voice of opposition. He said that the BJP tried to suppress the Patidar movement earlier and replicated similar tactics against the Aam Aadmi Party now.........Read more

UCC will destroy India’s diversity, pluralism, says Asaduddin Owaisi

I have been consistently saying and will reiterate again that UCC is not good for our nation. This country doesn’t have only one culture or one religion. Every community and every caste in India whether it is Hindu, Muslim, Dalit, Christian or Sikh has its own culture. This country celebrates the diversity of culture and religion.........Read more

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's direct entry into Indian e-retail space via Paytm?

China's e-retail giant Alibaba may soon have a direct presence in the Indian online retail space as there are reports that Paytm will spin off its marketplace business next month.........Read more

Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are home to most of India's women entrepreneurs

The five states with the largest proportion of literate women – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Maharashtra – account for 53% (4.3 million) of all business establishments owned by women nationwide, although no more than 33% of India’s women live in these states, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data released by the Economic Census 2012.........Read more

Siddaramaiah says SC order unimplementable, calls all-party meet

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today termed the Supreme Court's fresh order on release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu as "unimplementable" and called an all party and cabinet meeting tomorrow to decide the next step, even as prohibitory orders were enforced across Bengaluru.........Read more

IPhone 7 Price in India and Other Regions: Which Country Has the Cheapest iPhone?

How does iPhone 7 price in India compare to the rest of the world? Which country has the cheapest iPhone 7? And most expensive?........Read more

Salman Khan finally takes risk! Actor’s next based on striptease artist Somen Banerjee

Salman Khan finally takes risk! Actor's next based on striptease artist Somen Banerjee - Salman Khan is now in a serious race to give meaningful cinema to the industry.........Read more

Sacked AAP minister Sandeep Kumar alleges blackmail by personal secretary

Former Delhi minister Sandeep Kumar has reportedly told the police that his personal secretary was allegedly blackmailing him with a sex CD that showed the minister in a compromising position with two women.........Read more

IS recruits for jihad found to be ignorant of Islam

The jihadi employment form asked the recruits, on a scale of 1 to 3, to rate their knowledge of Islam. And the Islamic State (IS) applicants, herded into a hangar somewhere at the Syria-Turkey border........Read more

Why the rim of the Indian Ocean is history's best kept secret

[Book extract] 'The Ocean of Churn' is a journey along the busy maritime trading route, its geopolitics, genetic churns and great discoveries.........Read more

Saudi Arabia to bear expenses of sending back stranded Indian workers: Sushma Swaraj

Saudi Arabia to bear expenses of sending back stranded Indian workers: Sushma Swaraj - External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed Rajya Sabha that the Saudi Arabian government has agreed to swiftly resolve the plight of stranded Indians to India, will be done on Saudi Arabia's expenses........Read more

Anandiben Patel resigns: Gujarat sees a redux of 2001, will another Modi emerge?

Anandiben's resignation bears an uncanny resemblance to circumstances which led to then chief minister Keshubhai Patel's exit as CM in 2001.........Read more

India to Host Kabaddi World Cup in October

USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan and Kenya will be playing in the event the dates for which will be declared later.........Read more

German GP: Hamilton wins at Hockenheim to extend championship lead to 19 points

German GP: Hamilton wins at Hockenheim to extend championship lead to 19 points - Daniel Ricciardo came second while Max Verstappen finished third.........Read more

India the most Tolerant Nation on Earth, calls famous liberal from Saudi Arabia

“The Indian people are distinguished in many ways. They are great people. Nobody can deny this fact except the envious........Read more

Disproportionate assets case: Virbhadra Singh's wife Pratibha summoned by Enforcement Directorate

Disproportionate assets case: Virbhadra Singh's wife Pratibha summoned by Enforcement Directorate - Enforcement Directorate had attached assets worth about Rs 8 crore against the Chief Minister earlier this year.........Read more

Red-faced BJP sacks UP leader from all party posts for abusing Mayawati

Uttar Pradesh BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya said that Dayashankar's remark was unacceptable.........Read more

Inter-State Council meet: Nitish Kumar, Kejriwal lead charge against Centre's interference

Inter-State Council meet: Nitish Kumar, Kejriwal lead charge against Centre's interference - The Inter-State Council meet was held on Saturday after a gap of 10 years.........Read more

Vijender Singh Crowned Sultan of Professional Boxing in Asia Pacific

Star boxer Vijender Singh defeated Kerry Hope of Australia in a hard-fought bout to win the WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight title at the Thyagraj Stadium on Saturday.........Read more

Zika epidemic likely over in 2-3 years

The current Zika epidemic in South America will likely end in 2-3 years and - apart from small outbreaks - not resurge for another 10, say researchers.........Read more

Infosys brings back ESOPs after 13 years, how it will affect the company and employees

Infosys Q1 results: The IT major's announcement Employee Stock Option (ESOPs) Scheme after nearly 13 years after its attrition rate shot up to 21 per cent for Q1 FY 17 against 17.3 per cent in the quarter ended March 31, 2016.........Read more

Narendra Modi in South Africa: Can 'rainbow nation' be India's pivot to Africa?

PM Modi arrived in South Africa on Friday. His visit assumes significance as it is the first state visit by an Indian PM in a decade.........Read more

Ganga cleanup may get helping hand from Chennai

As the Centre unveiled projects worth 2,000 crore on Thursday to clean the polluted Ganga, a city-based firm is gearing to take part in the ambitious campaign.........Read more

Diesel car ban: SC reserves order

Diesel car ban: SC reserves order - Diesel cars with engine capacity of above 2,000 cc was banned by SC on December 16 last year.........Read more

Euro 2016: Wales Down Belgium 3-1 to Reach First Ever Semi-final

Hal Robson-Kanu scored a sensational goal as Wales came from behind to stun Belgium 3-1 in Friday's Euro 2016 quarter-final in Lille and reach their first major tournament semi-final.........Read more

No word on Peter; driver says Indrani strangled Sheena

In a 12-page statement, accused-turned-approver in the Sheena Bora murder case, driver Shyamvar Rai, has claimed that Indrani Mukerjea, the main accused in the case, had strangled Sheena inside a car on April 24,2012. The statement has no word on Peter Mukerjea, Indrani's husband.........Read more

Price of Fame: Pakistani Schoolgirl Malala Joins Millionaires' Club

Since the publication of Malala's book, Malala and her family have donated more than $1 million to charities, mostly for education-focused projects........Read more

Facebook to put friends and family first, not media

Facebook said Wednesday it would give friends and family more prominence on user feeds, a move that may hurt media outlets that rely on the social network to draw readers.........Read more

Government has full confidence in Arvind Subramanian, says Arun Jaitley

The government on Wednesday backed chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian who had come under attack from Subramanian Swamy, even as the BJP distanced itself from its MP's remarks against the top economist.........Read more

Scientists detect most distant signs of oxygen in the universe

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) detected a clear signal from oxygen in a galaxy located 13.1 billion light-years away from us. This is the most distant oxygen ever detected. Oxygen in this galaxy seems to be ionized by a number of young giant stars, and this detection is a key step to understand the enigmatic "cosmic reionization" in the early history of the Universe. These observations have opened a new window to probe the early Universe with ALMA.........Read more

Kerala Police arrests prime suspect in Jisha rape and murder case

Making its first headway in the case, Kerala police have sent the key suspects blood samples for examination.........Read more

Black Death: The Worst Epidemic Happen In Human History

Black Death: The Worst Epidemic Happen In Human History: The black death was the worst epidemic and greatest catastrophe that is registered human history.........Read more

IS claims responsibility for Orlando attack; Shooter was known to FBI

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Sunday for the worst mass shooting in US history, but US officials said they had seen no immediate evidence linking the militant group to the massacre. The shooter had previously been investigated for ties to an American suicide bomber, the FBI said........Read more

Centre plans alternative to Bt cotton

There were already several genes available in various labs and stages of development, but the aim was “that India not be dependent on foreign technology,” said a top official privy to the project but........Read more

Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Dies Aged 74 Fighting a Respiratory Illness

The greatest of them all, the boxing legend of Muhammad Ali passed away on Saturday fighting a respiratory ailment. The 74-year-old icon was hospitalized on Thursday. US media had reported his respiratory trouble was complicated by his Parkinson's........Read more

India applies for NSG membership ahead of PM Narendra Modi's US visit

The application was pushed through on May 12, almost a week before Pak sent its case. And the first big test will be on June 9-10 at a closed-door NSG meet in Vienna.........Read more

Patanjali riding on Ramdev's image, not products: Adi Godrej - Firstpost

Patanjali is doing well by leveraging its Ramdev's image and selling simple products but is still small in the value-added segment, Adi Godrej said.........Read more

French Open 2016: Wawrinka, Murray sail to quarters as Raonic suffers shock exit - Firstpost

Hitting sublime backhands, defending champion Stan Wawrinka surged 7-6 (5), 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-2 into the French Open quarterfinals........Read more

The case against Raghuram Rajan: Has he damaged RBI’s autonomy

Rajan should introspect on whether staying on after September will do more damage or less to the institution he heads........Read more

Union Cabinet Gives Approval to Six New IITs

Six new IITs will come up at Tirupati, Palakkad, Dharwar, Bhilai, Goa and Jammu while ISM Dhanbad will also be upgraded to an IIT.........Read more

Government clears capital goods policy, eyes 21 million new jobs - Times of India

The government on Wednesday gave its green light to India's first-ever policy on capital goods that intends to make the country a world-class hub and looks to create over 21 million additional jobs by 2025.........Read more

Gangster Sandeep Gadoli ‘encounter’: Mumbai police seek warrants against 8 Gurgaon cops

The initial FIR, filed by the Gurgaon police, accused Gadoli of attempt to murder. But Gadoli is no longer named as an accused.........Read more

Where Is The Hindu Social Reform Movement?

Hindutva organisations answer the problem of caste and untouchability by seeking to give Hindu pride to Dalits and OBCs. The effort has seen mixed results, but can’t be called successful by any........Read more

New education policy soon: Smriti Irani - Times of India

"We have received suggestions from people living in 1.10 lakh villages and over 1,500 municipal bodies... we have prepared a document with the help of experts, including advice by education councils, to improve our education system. It will be unveiled in 15-20 days," Smriti Irani said.........Read more