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Lungs of deceased COVID-19 patients show distinctive features

Both COVID-19 and influenza are the same category of virus and both infect the respiratory tract. While the lungs shared some common features, there were distinctive features related to blood vessels seen in the lungs of patients who had died of COVID-19. Researchers observed that COVID-19 damaged the endothelial cells (vascular lining cells), causing severe endothelial injury. Patients with COVID-19 showed widespread blood clotting as well as new vessel growth—the latter likely a result of the body's response to the virus. The team saw signs of a distinctive pattern of pulmonary vascular disease progression in some cases of COVID-19 compared to that of equally severe influenza virus infection.........Read more

This Spacecraft is Headed For Mercury And Has Just Sent Back The First Pictures

A Mercury-bound spacecraft swooped past Earth on Friday, tweaking its roundabout path to the solar system’s smallest and innermost planet. Launched 1 1/2 years ago, Europe and Japan’s BepiColombo spacecraft passed within 8,000 miles (12,700 kilometers) of Earth. The closest approach occurred over the South Atlantic, with telescopes in Chile catching a glimpse of the speeding spacecraft. The gravity tug from Earth slowed BepiColombo and put it on a course closer to the sun.........Read more

Fourth Coronavirus Death Reported from Punjab, 173 Positive Cases across India: Health Ministry

India reported the death of a COVID-19 patient from Punjab on Thursday taking the toll in the country to four, the Union health ministry said. According to the ministry, the number of novel coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 173. The cases include 25 foreign nationals -- 17 from Italy, three from the Philippines, two from the UK, one each from Canada, Indonesia and Singapore. The figure also includes four deaths reported from Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka and Maharashtra. ........Read more

Maharashtra Police foil attempt to siphon off Rs 150 crore from Tata Sons account, bank employee among accused

The Nallasopara unit Palghar Police on Tuesday arrested seven people for attempting to hack into a bank account belonging to Tata Sons and siphon off money from it. The attempt was foiled minutes before the accused could hack into the IndusInd Bank account that had Rs 200 crore in it. The accused, including an employee of IndusInd Bank, were nabbed from the parking lot of a mall in Nallasopara around 5:30 PM on Tuesday. Police have recovered nine mobile phones, a tablet connected to a keypad and an account statement belonging to Tata Sons from their possession.........Read more

Equal Prize Money for Men and Women in England's Hundred

The ECB said the total prize budget of £600,000 ($769,000, 689,000 euros) would be split fifty-fifty between the women's and men's competitions as part of the governing body's "commitment to making cricket a gender-balanced sport". The Hundred is a new tournament consisting of eight city-based franchise sides, breaking away from England's traditional county system. Teams will bat for 100 balls each, with overs lasting for 10 balls and bowlers either bowling five or 10 balls consecutively. All eight franchises will feature both men's and women's teams, with the two competitions running side by side. ........Read more

World in uncharted territory as virus spreads across the world, WHO says

The world has entered uncharted territory in its battle against the deadly coronavirus, the UN health agency warned, as new infections dropped dramatically in China on Tuesday but surged abroad with the US death toll rising to six. Globally, the virus has killed more than 3,100 people and infected over 90,000 even as a clear shift in the crisis emerges, with nine times as many cases recorded outside China as inside, according to the WHO. ........Read more

Your Privacy May be at Risk: WhatsApp Group Chat Links Available on Google Search

In yet another breach of privacy, invite links to personal WhatsApp group chats were indexed on a simple Google search on Friday, meaning anyone could join these private chat-groups. These chat links listed on Google also included some pornographic content-sharing groups. Google, however, immediately took steps to ensure that the search was modified and the invite links were not disclosed to the world. According to a report in Motherhood, it was found that private groups using specific Google searches and even joined a group intended for NGOs accredited by the UN and had access to all the participants and their phone numbers.........Read more

Keto diet works best in small doses, researchers find

The results offer early indications that the keto diet could, over limited time periods, improve human health by lowering diabetes risk and inflammation. They also represent an important first step toward possible clinical trials in humans. The keto diet has become increasingly popular as celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Lebron James, and Kim Kardashian, have touted it as a weight-loss regimen.........Read more

Emissions of potent greenhouse gas have grown, contradicting reports of huge reductions

Over the last two decades, scientists have been keeping a close eye on the atmospheric concentration of a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gas, known as HFC-23. This gas has very few industrial applications. However, levels have been soaring because it is vented to the atmosphere during the production of another chemical widely used in cooling systems in developing countries. Scientists are concerned, because HFC-23 is a very potent greenhouse gas, with one tonne of its emissions being equivalent to the release of more than 12,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.........Read more

Malaysia Masters: Indian men's challenge ends as HS Prannoy suffers 2nd-round defeat to Kento Momota

World No. 1 Momota outclassed HS Prannoy 21-10, 21-15 in a match that lasted around 34 minutes. Earlier on Thursday, Verma was defeated in the second round at the hands of local boy Lee Zii Jia in straight games 21-19, 22-20. Verma had the lead in the first game but lost consecutive points and ultimately lost the match after a tough fight in the second game.........Read more

First look of James Cameron's Avatar 2 Out, Makes it Worth the Wait

Cameron presented the first look of his forthcoming project at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He revealed some never-seen-before images of multiple settings from Pandora's opulent future. Avatar 2 is scheduled to hit the screens in 2021 and the franchise will have installments releasing in 2023, 2025, 2027.........Read more

Indian lobby in US 'powerful' in countering Pak's standpoint: Imran Khan

The powerful Indian lobby in America was playing a key role in strengthening India's narrative against Pakistan, which was affecting the US policies for his country, Khan said while addressing the gathering of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA). He also said that the lobby has been efficient enough to counter Pakistan's narrative which invariably reflects in Washington's policies.........Read more

BS6 Toyota Innova Crysta Price Likely To Go Up By 2-3 Lakh, Bookings Open

Toyota Innova has been one of the most popular MPVs in India since its launch in 2005, and is currently sold in its second-gen avatar (Innova Crysta) in the country. Apparently, dealerships across the country have already started taking bookings for the BS6-compliant Innova Crysta. Deliveries for the BS6-compliant Toyota Innova Crysta will begin at the end of January 2020. However, BS4-compliant versions are also currently being offered by dealerships, depending on availability of stock. ........Read more

Delhi HC refuses to grant protection from arrest to Jamia students; issues notice to Centre, Delhi Police

The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to grant interim protection from arrest to Jamia Millia Islamia students in the case of alleged violence near the university on Sunday. The court adjourned the matter for further hearing on February 4. The High Court issued notice to Centre and Delhi Police, asking them to file a response on a plea over the accusation of police using excessive force inside the campus. ........Read more

Car crazy Indian spends Rs 25 crore to paint Aston Martin with real moondust

Known as Kris Singh, who is a businessman in the USA is a supercar collector. In fact, Kris Singh is the only person in the world to own a Koenigsegg Agera ASX! He recently bought a brand-new Aston Martin Valkyrie, which is a hypercar. Aston Martin, the British car manufacturer has made only 25 of these vehicles and all of them are sold. The version owned by Kris Singh is said to be the most expensive of all the 25 units ever produced. Why? Because it has a coating of real moondust on it!........Read more

CAA has nothing to do with India's Muslims: Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid

Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari has called on the people of the country to exercise restraint and keep their emotions under control while demonstrating. "To protest is the democratic right of the people of India. No one can stop us from doing so. However, it is important that it is controlled. Keeping our emotions in control is the most important part," he said while addressing a gathering.........Read more

Woman's Right to Abort Pregnancy Not an Absolute Right, Centre Tells Supreme Court

"A pregnant woman's right to abort her pregnancy is not an absolute right, and the right to abortion must be balanced against the compelling state interest of protecting the mother's health and the life of the foetus/unborn child," the ministry said in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court. The government maintained that the 1971 law was enacted for legalising abortion and to prevent unsafe abortion and thus the contention of the petitioner that the provisions of the MTP Act are unconstitutional and violative of Article 14 (right to equality) and 21 (right to life) are "wrong and incorrect". ........Read more

German court sentences Indian couple for spying

A German court has sentenced an Indian couple after they admitted to spying on Kashmiri and Sikh groups for the Indian foreign intelligence service. Court documents said the couple, named only as Manmohan S and his wife Kanwal Jit K, were paid more than €7,000 (£6,000) for passing on information. Manmohan S was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence for espionage while his wife received a hefty fine.........Read more

Assam Burns: Anti-CAB Protesters Pelt Stones at CM Sarbananda Sonowal's Residence

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal continued to face people’s wrath over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) as stones were pelted last night at his residence in Dibrugarh, just hours after he was stuck at Guwahati Airport as anti-CAB protesters went on a rampage in the city. Additionally, there were also reports of protesters vandalising the houses of BJP MLA Prasanta Phukan and party leader Subhash Dutta.........Read more

IAF chief RKS Bhadauria safe after Pearl Harbor shooting incident

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria was attending a Pacific Air Chiefs’ conference at the joint base of Pearl Harbor-Hickam near Hawaii in the US on Wednesday when it was put under lockdown after a shooting incident at the nearby naval base of Pearl Harbor. Two victims have died after the shooting at the historic military base, reports said. A third victim is in stable condition after being hospitalised while the shooter, a US navy sailor, also died from “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound”, they added. ........Read more

Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 865 mobile chip focuses on 5G

Qualcomm uncorked this year’s version of its Snapdragon Technology Summit by announcing the names of its two new upcoming Snapdragon chips, the Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon 765/765G. Not surprisingly, the emphasis this year is on 5G, and the “AI” which those chips will apply for software enhancements. ........Read more

Explained: Under scanner, what is Ranitidine, and should Indian users worry?

Ranitidine, popularly known through brand names like Aciloc, Zinetac, Rantac and Rantac-OD, R-Loc and Ranitin, is an over-the-counter, prescription antacid used in the treatment of acid reflux and peptic ulcer diseases. It is commonly used to relieve acid-related indigestion and heartburn by decreasing stomach acid production. While other medicines like pantoprazole and omeprazole too treat these symptoms and are more commonly prescribed today, ranitidine is still widely used in India. “Ranitidine is a much older medication, but it was always thought to be a very safe drug because it has less side effects than the other drugs that patients use nowadays to treat these symptoms,” said Dr S Chatterjee, senior consultant-internal medicine at Delhi’s Indraprastha Apollo Hospital. In the 12 months ended August 2019, the ranitidine molecule alone (excluding combinations it was part of) made nearly Rs 690 crore in sales, according to pharmaceutical market research firm AIOCD Awacs PharmaTrac.........Read more

Andhra: Naidu, son to stay under house arrest to 'maintain law, order'

Amid the political drama in Andhra Pradesh, police have put up notice outside former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu’s residence stating that the father and son will be under house arrest for next 24 hours. The police said that the move was to maintain law and order. AP DGP on Naidu's house arrest On Wednesday, a large contingent of police, tied the main gate of Naidu’s home with ropes and had also shut other gates to prevent him from coming out. Talking to media inside his residence, Naidu termed the police action as “atrocious” and “unprecedented in history”, reported News18. Read | You can't control us with arrests, Chandrababu Naidu warns govt, police The Wednesday morning began with the police laying siege to Naidu’s home and later Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh were placed under house arrest.........Read more

PM Modi, Oli jointly inaugurate first cross-border petroleum pipeline

It was expected to commence operations in mid-April this year but was delayed due to permission to cut trees inside Parsa National Park. Prime Minister Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the India-Nepal cross-border petroleum pipeline with Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli via video conferencing on Tuesday. Taking to Twitter on Monday, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) called the project a symbol of India's close ties with Nepal. It noted that the project would help enhance the energy security of Nepal and ensure a reduction in fuel prices by substantially cutting down on transit costs. "This India-Nepal energy cooperation project, the Motihari-Amlekhganj pipeline, is a symbol of our close bilateral relations. It will help to enhance the energy security of the region and substantially cut down on transit costs," it added. The Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline project was first proposed in 1996. However, the project finally edged closer to reality during Modi's visit to Kathmandu in 2014. It was expected to commence operations in mid-April this year but was delayed due to permission to cut trees inside Parsa National Park. India has invested Rs 3.5 billion to install the pipeline. Modi and Oli had jointly laid the foundation stone for the project at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi during Oli's visit to India last year. ........Read more

Google is finally taking charge of the RCS rollout

We’ve been hearing about RCS, the replacement for SMS texting, for over a year now, but actually using the next-generation service has been nearly impossible due to complicated carrier and phone maker politics. But now Google is taking over: later this month, Android users in the UK and France will be able to opt in to RCS Chat services provided directly by Google instead of waiting for their carrier to support it.........Read more

Mayawati should be PM, says Pawan Kalyan after poll pact with BSP

The Bahujan Samaj Party of Mayawati and the Jana Sena Party led by actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan announced their alliance for the Lok Sabha election. The BSP and JSP reached a seat-sharing arrangement for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.........Read more

India's top court tells Haryana state to protect forest land

India’s Supreme Court told local authorities on Friday to abide by court orders protecting land on the outskirts of New Delhi and to cancel a plan to open up ecologically fragile areas for construction.........Read more

Twitter has been storing your ‘deleted’ DMs for years

Twitter lets users delete direct messages from their own side of the conversation, but Twitter still stores all those DMs dating back years. Folks can access this simply by downloading the archived data on their account from Twitter. ........Read more

In AAP vs Centre tussle, two-judge Supreme Court bench split on services, says Centre controls ACB in Delhi

The two-judges bench of the Supreme Court while hearing the Aam Aadmi Party versus Centre case , was divided on services but agreed on Centre having control over Anti-Corruption Branch in Delhi.........Read more

Supreme Court Refers to Seven-Judge Bench Issue of Determining Correctness of Minority Status to AMU

The Supreme Court referred to a seven-judge Constitution bench the issue of determining the correctness of minority status granted to Aligarh Muslim University.........Read more

GST Council Meet: 33 Items Moved From 18% Tax Slab; Movie Tickets, 32-inch TVs Get Cheaper

In a big relief to the common man, the 31st GST Council meeting on Saturday cut rates of 33 items from 18 per cent to 12 per cent and 5 per cent. Besides, seven items have been moved from the 28 per cent slab to 18 per cent.........Read more

UK can cancel Brexit, says EU court

The European Court of Justice has ruled the UK can cancel Brexit without the permission of the other 27 EU members. The ECJ judges ruled this could be done without altering the terms of Britain's membership.........Read more

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty for five in Khashoggi killing

Saudi Public Prosecutor said a total of 11 people were charged in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, adding that the five people facing capital punishment were directly involved in "ordering and executing the crime."........Read more

Mini Cooper S Oxford Edition Launched In India At Rs. 44.90 Lakh

Mini Oxford Edition has officially been introduced in India and the special edition model is limited to just 25 units. The British manufacturer has taken the online route and the Oxford Edition can be booked only through Amazon India. The special edition comes to India via CBU route and priced at Rs. 44.90 lakh ........Read more

The world’s first 5G phone will also be the first Android handset to have 10GB of RAM

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 would be the world’s first 5G phone and also the first Android handset in the world to pack 10GB of RAM when it launches on October 25th.........Read more

Hero Splendor Makes New Sales World Record: Sells 7.69 Lakh Units In One Month

Hero MotoCorp has set a new sales world record with their popular Splendor commuter motorcycle. The Hero Splendor has sold 7,69,138 units in just one month. This is the first time ever that a two-wheeler has crossed 7.50-lakh sales milestone.........Read more

First Look: Aamir Khan, as Firangi, is full of life

The wait is over for all the Aamir Khan fans as the first look of the actor for his film, and the most-awaited movie of the year, Thugs Of Hindostan is out and it is as fierce as it can get.........Read more

Robo-trousers could keep elderly mobile

A team of British researchers thinks the future lies in wearable soft robotics. They've developed robotic muscles; air-filled bubbles of plastic that can raise a leg from a seated to a standing position. Getting this technology into the trousers might be 10 years away, but it is set to give that added boost to our ability to stand and walk when we need it most.........Read more

Influential Jain muni Tarun Sagar passes away

Influential Jain Muni Tarun Sagar passed away on Saturday. He was 51. He breathed his last at 3 AM at Radhapuri Jain Temple in Krishna Nagar of east Delhi after a prolonged battle with jaundice. ........Read more

Met sounds heavy rain alert for Kerala till Monday, most districts already under water

The India Meteorological Department announced a red alert for Idukki and Wayanad till August 14 and orange alert till August 15. Kannur has been put on red alert till August 13 and orange alert till August 15.........Read more

Huawei beats Apple to become No 2; here’s how Xiaomi, HMD Global Nokia fared

Samsung remains the leader in smartphone shipments globally, but Chinese player Huawei is now the world second largest smartphone vendor’, ahead of Apple. Xiaomi raced to fourth, While OPPO and Vivo were the fifth and sixth largest brands during the quarter.........Read more

Antigua will honour India’s request to extradite Mehul Choksi: report

Antigua minister Chet Greene has said that any request for the extradition of fugitive diamond tycoon Mehul Choksi by the Indian government or any enforcement agency will be honoured.........Read more

J&K: 1 killed, 4 injured in blast in Arnia sector near International Border

One person was killed and four were injured after an un-exploded shell exploded in Jabowal area of Arnia Sector near International Border of Jammu and Kashmir.........Read more

Gauri Lankesh murder case: Seized diary shows two hitlists, Lankesh was Number 2 on one

The name of Gauri Lankesh was No. 2 on one of two lists with a total of 34 names, who were marked in 2016 for murder in a diary recovered from a key suspect linked to a radical Hindutva group, including theatre legend Girish Karnad whose name was No. 1 on the list.........Read more

Jayalalithaa was never pregnant, Tamil Nadu govt informs Madras high court

Former chief minister J Jayalalithaa was never pregnant in her lifetime. TN Advocate general Vijay Narayan made this statement related to a case filed by a Bengaluru woman claiming to be the biological daughter of Jayalalithaa.........Read more

AAP-LG Slugfest: Delhi HC Pulls up Kejriwal Govt, Says 'You Can't Hold a Strike in Someone's Office'

Delhi High Court pulled up the Delhi government, stating that it cannot enter someone’s office and hold a strike there. The high court’s intervention came after BJP MLA Vijender Gupta approached it seeking an order to CM Kejriwal to end the strike.........Read more

Yashwant Sinha Blasts Modi Govt Over Multiple Issues

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former finance minister Yashwant Sinha began with attacking the Modi government over the economy. He questioned the BJP government’s claim of India being the fastest economy. He asked how a country that is witnessing huge bank frauds, distressed farmers, youths without jobs and non-performing assets in banks could be the fastest growing economy. Sinha also hit out at the Modi government over cases of rapes and minority issues. He said that the government, instead of acting against rapists, is being apologetic towards them.........Read more

Karnataka honoured with world's largest solar park

The world's largest solar parkset up at an investment of Rs 16,500 crore at Pavagada in Karnataka's Tumakuru district was launched by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on March 1, 2018. The 2,000 MW park, named as 'Shakti Sthala', spans across 13,000 acres spread over five villages and is a benchmark in the unique people's participation in power model put on the ground.........Read more

The story of a Hyderabad Nizam and his diamond paper weight

Mir Mahboob Ali Khan the sixth Nizam was the most delightful and pleasure-loving monarch. He had a great liking for everything western, be it dress, cars, manners and habits. Alexander Jacob, the Shimla-based diamond dealer, sold the imperial diamond to Mahaboob Ali Khan, the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1891. Since then it came to be called, Jacob Diamond. It was Jacob’s suggestion that the Nizam would use it as a paper-weight on his official papers and that his image would go up with such a use.........Read more

Delhi Police Announces Rs 25,000 Reward to Trace Man Who Masturbated at DU Student in DTC Bus

In an order issued today, the police said that any information or clue regarding the man could be given to the nearby police station or Station House Officer (SHO) of Vasant Kunj. It added that a cash reward of Rs 25,000 would be given and the informer’s identity will be kept secret.........Read more

40% of Indians Prefer Video Ads on Mobile Phones: Report

A significant 40 percent of the 35,000 people surveyed said that they prefer to watch videos as a form of advertisement on mobile phones over other mediums as falling 4G data prices are pushing Indians to consume more video content. Some people in the survey were found to be consuming 2GB data every day.........Read more

Pradyuman Murder: CBI Threatened, Tortured me to Admit Crime, Claims Detained Class 11 Ryan Student

The juvenile accused told Gurugram’s Child Protection and Welfare Officer (CPWO) Reenu Saini that CBI sleuths threatened to kill his younger brother if he continues to deny hand in Pradyuman’s murder.........Read more

Paradise Papers throw more questions for Vijay Mallya: How did Diageo waive $1.5-billion debt?

Paradise Papers investigation shows that after he sold his United Spirits Limited India (USL) to the Diageo group in 2013, Diageo approached a London-based law firm Linklaters LLP to undertake a massive restructuring exercise to simplify the complex group structure created by Mallya.........Read more

Mahindra plans to launch GenZe electric 2-wheelers in India

Mahindra is reportedly exploring the possibility of introducing GenZe electric 2-wheelers in India. A media report suggests that the electric scooters and e-bikes that are currently manufactured and sold in the US could be launched in India in the near future.........Read more

Forza Motorsport 7 Review – Beautiful, but cynical

This is the best looking, most technically accomplished Forza Motorsport yet. And also one of the most disappointing. Despite the work the team put into the technical aspects of the game – or maybe as a result of that effort, very little else has changed, and what has changed is often not for the better.........Read more

Three US-born scientists win 2017 Nobel Medicine Prize

Scientists Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling our biological clocks, the award-giving body said on Monday.........Read more

Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn’s upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the planet.........Read more

Microsoft may kill off its iconic Paint app after 32 glorious years

Paint was introduced in 1985 and was originally a licensed version of PC Paintbrush which was made by ZSoft Corporation. Microsoft has released a list of the features that will be removed or "deprecated" in the Windows 10 Creators update coming later this year, and Paint is listed in the latter category. This implies that is currently "not in active development and might be removed in future releases".........Read more

Rs 50,000 Salary Per Month + Allowances Worth Lakhs: Here’s How Much an Indian MP Earns

Time and again, Parliamentarians have demanded a hike in their salary and this time has been raised by Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal in the Rajya Sabha. Each Parliamentarian gets a monthly salary of Rs 50,000 during the whole term of office. Apart from salary, an MP gets a number of allowances every month like medical, housing, telephone facilities etc and for regulating the payment of daily and travelling allowances under The Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954.........Read more

IIMC Plans to Draft Curriculum for 'Standardisation' of Media Studies

The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) which is an autonomous body under the ministry of Information and Broadcasting is piloting this project. A National Media Faculty Development Center has been set up earlier this month, especially for this purpose. The Centre will be headed by Sunetra Sen Narayan, an Associate Professor at IIMC.........Read more

IIT-B asks students to propose new fee structure within a week

After a series of protests over a recent fee hike, students at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) have now been asked to propose a revised fee structure by the institute administration.........Read more

Why Staff of This Bihar Govt Office Wear Helmets at Work

This is quite an old building. Walls and the roof of the building are in a very bad shape. Water starts trickling the moment it rains. The roof can cave in any day. Since we can’t be absent from our duties, we all decided to wear helmets told the staff.........Read more

Just days before attack, intel warned of specific terror threat to Amarnath Yatra to flare up communal tension

What validates this claim is the fact that there was a specific input by intelligence agencies that warned of an attack very similar to the one that saw militants targeting a bus carrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district at around 8.20 PM on Monday.........Read more

Kaspersky reviews Spring Dragon malware samples

In early 2017, Kaspersky Lab researchers noted increased activity by an APT called Spring Dragon (also known as LotusBlossom). The attacks involved new and evolved tools and techniques and targeted countries around the South China Sea. Kaspersky Lab’s experts have published their analysis of the attackers’ toolset over time in order to help organisations better understand the nature of the threat and protect themselves.........Read more

Akshay Kumar to Take Over Bigg Boss From Salman Khan?

Akshay Kumar’s spiraling superstardom threatens to hit a new high, what with reliable reports from sources in the know insisting that theToilet: Ek Prem Katha star will take over Bigg Boss from Salman Khan from the forthcoming season of the popular reality show.........Read more

Amit Shah on Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Bahut chatur baniya tha… he could presage Congress’ bleak future’

BJP President Amit Shah was speaking to a collection of “eminent persons” of Chhattisgarh, on the second day of his three-day trip to the state, with a view to strengthening the party before elections in late 2018.........Read more

Cyclone ‘Mora’ damages houses, triggers landslides in Mizoram

Disaster Management and Rehabilitation department officials said the rains had triggered landslides in many places. Though most of the roads have been cleared today, a road on the southern outskirts of Aizawl was yet to be reopened, they said........Read more

Kulbhushan Jadhav is 'a bigger terrorist than Ajmal Kasab', says Pervez Musharraf

Reacting sharply to the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to stay the hanging of Kulbhushan Jadhav, former Pakistan military dictator Pervez Musharraf on Friday said that the Indian national is “a bigger terrorist than Ajmal Kasab".........Read more

Railway fare may be costlier as Govt proposes safety cess

The government is likely to implement a 'safety cess' to increase revenues in the Railways. If the cess is imposed then passenger train tickets are likely to witness a marginal hike. The cess is likely to be fixed at less than 2% of the total fare amount. Reeling under a Rs 32,000 crore debt burden, this move could ease the woes of the Railways to a certain extent.........Read more

Car sales surge 17% in April, commercial vehicle segment sluggish

Automobile companies commenced financial year 2016-17 on a positive note, with car sales surging 17.36 percent for April, though other segments such as two-wheelers and commercial vehicles (CVs) disappointed. Overall automobile sales rose 6.82 percent. ........Read more

Hyundai's New Global Subcompact SUV To Be Named Kona

Hyundai has announced that it will name its new subcompact SUV as the Kona, taking the name from a small district in the islands of Hawaii. Hyundai will position the Kona below the Tucson in Europe and it will rival the likes of the Toyota C-HR, Honda HR-V and the Mazda MX-3. The Hyundai Kona will be introduced in Europe first, followed by Australia and other markets and will be Hyundai's fourth and the smallest model in its SUV portfolio. ........Read more

Centre releases over Rs. 2,000 cr assistance to Tamil Nadu

The state government has declared all 32 districts in the state as drought-hit. The Centre has released more than Rs. 2,000 crore as assistance to Tamil Nadu for drought relief and other works. A high-level committee (HLC) meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on March 23 had recommended the quantum of assistance based on the recommendations of IMCT and the Sub Committee of the National Executive Committee........Read more

7th Pay Commission recommendation: Lavasa panel seeks ministries’ views on 14 allowances

A high-level committee headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa will finalise its report on payment of allowances to 47 lakh government employees after receiving comments from ministries on treatment of over a dozen such benefits. The panel, which was asked to examine the 7th Pay Commission recommendation for abolition of 53 allowances out of a total of 196 and subsuming another 36 into larger existing ones, at its meeting today sought comments from the ministries of defence, railways and posts on treatment of 14 allowances.........Read more

In a change of tune, TVF writer Nidhi Bisht wants women to come forward with complaints

It looks like The Viral Fever (TVF) is changing its tune regarding the accusations of sexual harassment against founder Arunabh Kumar. In a Facebook post, Nidhi Bisht, actress and writer at TVF, who had earlier defended Kumar, encouraged women to come forward and file a formal complaint regarding misconduct by Kumar.........Read more

How Shah-Modi Swept Uttar Pradesh

There are perils lurking in every corner when you enter a crucial poll without a face, even if the party be Narendra Modi’s BJP. For one, there are different claimants for the top post, then the caste satraps snapping at your heels. But for Chief Architect Amit Shah, the foundation for the campaign is all that mattered.........Read more

Short men bald prematurely: Study

A study has revealed that men with short height and light skin colour can face increased risk of becoming bald prematurely. The study analyzed the genomes of more than 20,000 men, about half of whom had gone bald well before they turned 50. The other half of participants had no hair loss …........Read more

After Akhilesh says Amitabh shouldn't advertise for donkeys of Gujarat, BJP accuses him of insulting Gujaratis

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had a piece of advice for megastar Amitabh Bachchan, "don't advertise for the donkeys of Gujarat". Without taking any name, he referred to the advertisement in which Bachchan, the brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism, is seen inviting tourists to visit the Wild Ass Sanctuary located in Little Rann of Kutch in the state.........Read more

NASA is launching a superbug into space

We are excited to put MRSA on the International Space Station and investigate the effects of microgravity on the growth and mutation patterns of these bugs," Goel said at a NASA news conference last week. "I have this hypothesis that microgravity will accelerate the mutation patterns. If we can use microgravity as an accelerator to fast-forward and get a sneak preview of what these mutations will look like, then we can essentially build smarter drugs on Earth.........Read more

Govt has allocated Rs 13,000 cr for BharatNet, aims to get high speed internet to 1 lakh GPs by 2017

Government has allocated Rs 13,000 crore to the Department of Telecom (DoT) to roll out broadband network across gram panchayats and building alternate communications network for Defence, as per the Output-Outcome Framework for Schemes 2017 issued today.........Read more

ONGC under Oil Ministry scanner for Mozambique gas field deal

Oil and Natural Gas Corp's (ONGC's) $2.475 billion purchase of Videocon Group's 10 per cent stake in a giant Mozambique gas field has come under the Oil Ministry's scanner following allegations that the public sector unit (PSU) might have overpaid about $200 million, charges that the company vehemently denied.........Read more

As Sasikala readies to take over, Ashwin bowls ‘234 job openings’ googly

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin created a stir on Monday when he tweeted about “234 jobs” opening up in Tamil Nadu, an apparent reference to the change of guard in the state that has triggered fears of political uncertainty.........Read more

Narendra Modi congratulates Indian Coast Guard for completing 40 years on Feb. 1

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated the Indian Coast Guard, which is completing 40 years of existence on February 1. “February 1 marks 40 years of Indian Coast Guard, I congratulate the officials for being vigilant and serving the nation,” he said while addressing the nation in the 28th edition of his monthly ‘ Mann Ki Baat’ programme.........Read more

Facebook bug would'€™ve let anyone delete any video

Security researcher Dan Melamed discovered the now-fixed bug lurking in the way Facebook was handling videos attached to events, and walked away with a cool ten grand for his discovery.........Read more

Microsoft To Lay Off 700 Employees

Microsoft is likely to lay off 700 employees in coming week, as it's set to report the December quarter earnings on 26th January. As per Thomson Reuters report, the globally popular and top company is expected to report almost $25.27 billion revenue........Read more

Aastha Circuit: Railways is starting the first pilgrim train for Northeast

The train would take tourists to various religious destinations, covering Gangasagar, Sri Swamy Narayan Temple, Kalighat, Birla Temple, Sri Jagannath Temple, Konark Temple and Lingaraj Temple. The duration of the tour from Guwahati and back is six nights and seven days, at a very nominal cost of Rs 850 per person per day barring taxes. "The per person cost for the entire trip is Rs 6,161.00 (all inclusive). The trip will start from Guwahati on 17.02.2017 and would end at Guwahati on 23.02.2017," the release added.........Read more

Why Saudi Arabia is suddenly allowing a lot more fun

As part of a shock therapy to overhaul the deteriorating economy, the government is relaxing the rules on having fun in the ultra-conservative society -- and also plans to make some cash from it. The kingdom is hardly synonymous with entertainment: religious police order music to be silenced and citizens usually travel to Dubai or Bahrain when they want to catch a movie or a show. Now the plan is to turn cheering people up into an industry. ........Read more

Olympian Krishna Poonia a real life hero after saving three women from being molested

Krishna Poonia, who bagged a gold medal in discus throw at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, came to the rescue of three girls who were being molested by a group of men in Rajgarh of Rajasthans Churu district.........Read more

SBI merger postponed till next fiscal; chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya cites IT system change as reason

State Bank of India's (SBI) proposal to merge five of its subsidaries and Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) may be deferred until the next financial year (2017-18) as the bank is awaiting the government's notification. SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya feels engaging in things like merger in the last quarter would not be a wise thing to do since there will be a number of IT system changes by the middle of February.........Read more

IOA President N Ramachandran To Speak to Government on Suspension, IOC to Assess Situation

Reacting to the government's suspension of the deemed recognition granted to the Indian Olynpic Association (IOA), IOA President N Ramachandran said on Saturday that he would speak to the government after consulting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).........Read more

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu claims majority

Chief minister Pema Khandu, who was temporarily suspended by his party, Peoples Party of Arunachal, for alleged anti-party activities on Thursday, on Friday claimed majority support among MLAs of the ruling PPA-BJP alliance.........Read more

Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma Signals SOS On Delhi's Toxic Air

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder of mobile wallet Paytm and one of India's leading entrepreneurs, says the Delhi sky gives him a horrible sense of deja vu.........Read more

Samsung retains global smartphone leader status, despite Galaxy Note 7 debacle: IDC

Despite the Galaxy Note 7 worldwide recall, Samsung has managed to defend the top smartphone seller crown for the third straight quarters of 2016. It was revealed in the smartphone market share report for the third quarter ending September 2016 by market watchdog International Data Corporation (IDC).........Read more

More people from Pak mission may be involved in ISI spy ring: police

Sources in Delhi Police also did not rule out possible involvement of some BSF personnel in the racket as they believe the staffer Mehmood Akhtar and his accomplices could not have got hold of deployment details unless somebody in BSF was leaking them.........Read more

22 highways across India may be used as airstrips: Nitin Gadkari

The Road Transport and Highways Ministry is working on a proposal with Ministry of Defence to construct runways on highway stretches and 22 such spots have been identified across the country.........Read more

Indian faces threat from inside, not outside: Menon - Cobrapost

The real threats to India are “internal” and emanate from communal and social violence, not from outside forces such as Pakistan or China, former national security advisor Shivshankar Menon has said. Read More:  Israeli tourist gang-raped after accepting car ride in India Related Post PSLV C-35 with 8 satellites lifts off Home Minister reviews security........Read more

What Happens When Galaxies Collide? - Universe Today

Stars will be thrown out of the galaxy, others will be destroyed as they crash into the merging supermassive black holes. And the delicate spiral structure of both galaxies will be destroyed as they become a single, giant, elliptical galaxy. But as cataclysmic as this sounds, this sort of process is actually a natural part of galactic evolution.........Read more

Indian-American CEO Charged With USD 30 Million Fraud

A 44-year-old Indian-American former CEO has been charged with two separate fraud schemes totalling more than USD 30 million and faces a maximum statutory sentence of twenty years in prison.........Read more

Over 50 years ago, Bengal’s chief engineer predicted that the Farakka dam would flood Bihar

Though time has proved that the engineer was right, after he flagged fatal flaws in the project, he was vilified, called a Pakistani spy, and forced to resign.........Read more

Govt recovers black money worth nearly Rs 44,000 crore in last two years

Govt recovers black money worth nearly Rs 44,000 crore in last two years - Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar in a written reply to Rajya Sabha gave this information.........Read more

'India Today' Puts Ramdev's Behind On Cover, And Twitter Can't Even...

Baba Ramdev may have been known for many reasons--his yoga, his Patanjali products, for the time he was caught while trying to flee in a woman's attire from Delhi's Ramlila Maidan and for wanting to 'beheaded' those who refuse to chant "Bharat Mata ........Read more

'Cong-mukt Bharat? Party's performance in Gujarat, MP will decide'

There has been a lot being written about the downfall of the Congress in India following the just concluded assembly elections. The headlines read ‘India heading for a ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’. The Congress says that it is introspecting. However mere introspection will not help, says Dr Sandeep Shastri, an expert commentator on politics and psephologist. …........Read more

L&T Infotech IPO fully subscribed on day one

L&T Infotech's Rs 1,230-crore initial public offering (IPO) garnered full subscription on Monday, the first day of the issue. The 12.25-million share offering attracted 14.65 million bids-1.2 times shares on offer.The qualified institutional buyer........Read more

India’s thriving biodiversity: 445 new species added in 2015

The report on animal and plant discoveries of 2015 was released on Friday by Union Minister of State for Environment Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar at an event to mark the conclusion of t........Read more

Kohli to croon in Rahman’s futsal anthem

The serenity in A.R. Rahman makes him an ocean of calm amidst all the turmoil of modern day living. The ‘Mozart of Madras’ conjures music that soothes one’s senses. Someone who keeps his words simple........Read more

Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel on her way out? - Times of India

Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel may be on her way out, if sources in the state BJP are to be believed.........Read more

Uber to end surge pricing?

Is Uber working towards ending surge pricing, the rise in fare when the demand for taxis shoots up? Uber has said ‘yes,’ and ‘no’ over the last week. The Delhi government had recently banned the co........Read more

UPSC 2015: Final results of civil services exams 2015 announced

Delhi girl Tina Dabi has topped the 2015 civil services examination, while railway officer Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan from Jammu and Kashmir has got second rank in the exam results that were declared........Read more