Explained: Why Yes Bank is launching an FPO

In order to boost its capital levels in line with regulatory norms, Yes Bank is launching its Follow-on Public Offer (FPO) to raise Rs 15,000 crore from the market. The price band for the issue has been fixed at Rs 12 to Rs 13 per share — which is substantially lower than market price of Rs 25.60 at close at the National Stock Exchange Friday. The discount is likely to make the offer attractive for new investors, making capital raising easier for the lender and reducing the burden on the consortium of banks to infuse further capital. ........Read more

Half of India's population will have COVID-19 by end of year: NIMHANS

The doctors have, however, said that it is likely that about 90% of these infected people would not even know that they are coronavirus-positive since the symptoms do not show up in all the affected patients. Only 5% of the patients in critical condition are admitted to the hospital. If 5% of the67 crore people in India fell seriously ill, this figure would be around 30 million. Besides, depending upon the country, the fatality rate of the virus is less than 5%, meaning more than 95% of the patients recover.........Read more

Wages During Lockdown: Centre Tells SC That Order Was Valid, Firms Should Prove Financial Incapacity

The central government has submitted in the Supreme Court that its March 29 notification on payment of full wages to workers by their employers during the lockdown was legally valid and was aimed at reducing the financial hardship of lower strata of society, labourers and salaries employees. In its affidavit filed on Wednesday, the government said that the March 29 order was never a permanent measure and has now been withdrawn. It said the companies and firms that have cited financial incapacity to pay their workers for the 54 days when the order was in operation should first be directed to place on record their audited account books. ........Read more

Coronavirus: States on alert as India registers 3900-case spike, liquor, fuel pave way for fiscal revival

On Day 2 of the Lockdown 3.0, India remained on edge as a record number of new coronavirus cases on Tuesday pushed the nationwide Covid-19 tally closer to the 50,000-mark and the death toll crossed 1,500 with over 190 more fatalities. While several authorities withdrew relaxations introduced from Monday, others relied on them to revive sinking state economies. While tipplers queued up outside the liquor shops, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh levied 70 and 75 per cent additional tases respectively on alcohol. Delhi and Punjab also spike the prices of petrol and diesel to make up for the lost revenues during the lockdown.........Read more

'Dilution of Lockdown Guidelines', Centre Pulls up Kerala Govt For Easing Curbs

“The state government on April 17 has circulated revised guidelines for lockdown measures which allowed opening of activities which are prohibited in the Centre’s consolidated revised guidelines issued on April 15. This amounts to dilution of guidelines issued by the home ministry and violation of its April 15 order issued under the Disaster Management Act 2005”, the MHA said in a letter to the Kerala government. Such additional activities allowed by the government of Kerala, include opening of local workshops, barber shops, restaurants, book stores, MSMEs in municipal limits, bus travel in cities and towns for shorter distance, two passengers in the back seat of four wheeler and pillion riding on scooters.........Read more

Australia too scared to sledge Kohli due to IPL deals: Clarke

The prospect of securing million dollar IPL deals made the Australia cricketers "soft" and they "sucked up" to Virat Kohli and India during the Test series at home, feels former Australia captain Michael Clarke. The 2-1 Test series loss to India, when they were without Steven Smith and David Warner, was a phase in Australian cricket when the players were "too scared" to have a go at the Indian captain, said Clarke. ........Read more

Ratan Tata Opens Up About Why He Couldn't Go Through With Marriage

On the personal front, Mr Tata revealed that he came close to marriage two or three times, but never went ahead with it as he was completely dedicated to his work. "I was either always at Bombay House or travelling," he said. "I came close to marriage with 2-3 different partners, but I couldn't go through with it because they would have to really change and adjust to my lifestyle and that didn't sit right with me." Now, when he is retired, Mr Tata says his lifestyle has changed again, and it's not about playing golf or sipping cocktails at the beach. For him, he says, the urge to do more has never been greater.........Read more

Comedian John Oliver Trends On Twitter For Remarks On CAA Against PM Modi

British comedian John Oliver trended on Twitter in India on Monday as reactions swept social media following an episode of his weekly current-affairs programme roasted the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) with lacerating criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the latest episode of his satirical current affairs show 'Last Week Tonight' on HBO, Mr Oliver delivered an 18-minute explainer of the CAA that has been criticised as anti-Muslim and triggered deadly protests across India for the last two months. ........Read more

SBI Cards IPO to open for subscription on March 2

The ₹9,000 crore initial public offering (IPO) of SBI Cards and Payment Services, the credit card arm of State Bank of India (SBI) , will open on March 2, according to its prospectus. SBI Cards is the second-largest credit card issuer in India with an 18 per cent market share. The company plans to issue new shares worth ₹500 crore and will offer up to 130.5 million shares for sale, the prospectus, dated February 18, showed. The bidding process will close on March 5.........Read more

UK Launches New Points-Based Visa System. What It Means For India, Others

The new system will come into force from January 1, 2021 at the end of the transition period after the UK's exit from the European Union (EU) last month, which will formally end free movement of people within the economic bloc for the UK as a non-member. The new post-Brexit system, which will apply equally to the EU and non-EU countries like India, is based on assigning points for specific skills, qualifications, salaries and professions, with visas only awarded to those who gain enough points. ........Read more

London: Indian embassy confirms UK MP Debbie Abrahams denied India entry for invalid visa

The Indian High Commission in London confirmed on Tuesday that British lawmaker Debbie Abrahams, who was denied entry to India and deported to Dubai on Monday, did not hold a valid visa. Abrahams, who is an Opposition Labour Party MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kashmir, claimed she was travelling on a valid e-visa to India to visit family and friends but her visa was revoked without explanation. She questioned why her visa was suddenly revoked and also the possibility of a visa on arrival, something India does not offer.........Read more

Here's how long coronaviruses may linger on contaminated surfaces, according to science

These human coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, have been found to persist on inanimate surfaces including metal, glass or plastic surfaces -- for as long as nine days if that surface had not been disinfected, according to research published earlier this month in The Journal of Hospital Infection. Cleaning with common household products can make a difference, according to the research, which also found that human coronaviruses "can be efficiently inactivated by surface disinfection procedures with 62-71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite" or bleach within one minute.........Read more

UK leaves the European Union

The UK has officially left the European Union after 47 years of membership - and more than three years after it voted to do so in a referendum. The historic moment, which happened at 23:00 GMT, was marked by both celebrations and anti-Brexit protests. Candlelit vigils were held in Scotland, which voted to stay in the EU, while Brexiteers partied in London's Parliament Square. Boris Johnson has vowed to bring the country together and "take us forward".........Read more

Sehwag Takes a Dig at Kohli & Co, Says 'India Had Greater Clarity Under Dhoni'

Sehwag said that there was greater clarity about team selection when MS Dhoni was the captain. “With MS Dhoni as captain, there was greater clarity with regards to each player’s position in the batting unit. He had an eye for talent and had identified individuals who would take Indian cricket forward,” Sehwag added. Sehwag believes that the top-order batsmen, with 50 overs at their disposal, have more chances of being successful and it’s the middle-order that requires backing from the team management.........Read more

As UP Becomes 1st State to Begin CAA Implementation, 40,000 Refugees Identified; Maximum in Pilibhit

Becoming the first state to begin process for implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act, Uttar Pradesh has reportedly sent a list of largely Hindu refugees living across 19 districts in the state to the Union home ministry. The data shows 40,000 non-Muslim illegal immigrants live in UP. Of these, 30,000 to 35,000 are in Pilibhit district alone.........Read more

Bengaluru police to beat crime with latest e-beat system; here's what you need to know

The city police introduced the e-Beat system which is aimed at recording the real-time location of beat constables. Be it ATMs, shops, banks or offices, now the beat police constable can update their patrol locations with a push of a button using the 'Subahu' mobile application with their smartphones.........Read more

BCCI Cricket Awards: Anjum Chopra, Kris Srikkanth To Get CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement

Former India captain and member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team Kris Srikkanth will be the recipient of this year's prestigious CK Nayudu Lifetime Award given by the BCCI. Former India women's captain Anjum Chopra is the co-recipient of the lifetime achievement award for the year 2019. ........Read more

BCCI announces Team India squad for upcoming T20I and ODI series against Sri Lanka, Australia

BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad game an update about the possible inclusions and exclusions in the squad for the series. “Jasprit Bumrah is back in both the teams for Sri Lanka and Australia and we have rested Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami for the Sri Lanka T20s." "Shikhar Dhawan also comes back and Sanju Samson will be the back-up opener in T20s."........Read more

Renowned classical vocalist Savita Devi dies at 80

Renowned Indian classical vocalist Savita Devi, known for her thumris, breathed her last at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurugram on Friday morning. She was 80. She was unwell for some time and had been admitted to the hospital on Thursday, said her son, Ajey Maharaj.........Read more

Jharkhand elections 2019: Amid tight security, second phase of voting begins in 20 assembly seats

Voting began on Saturday, December 7 for the second phase of the Jharkhand Assembly polls. The polling which started at 7 a.m., will end at 3 p.m. Whereas for the two Assembly seats, Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West, it will conclude at 5 p.m. Total 260 candidates whose fate will be decided by 48,25,038 voters. Voting in 6,066 polling booths of which 1,016 are located in urban areas and rest in rural areas. More than 40,000 security forces have been deployed in the second phase which is taking place in Maoist affected areas. ........Read more

Assam Bans Gutka, Pan Masala, Chewing Materials Containing Tobacco And Nicotine For 1 Year

The official notification issued by the Commissioner of Food Safety of Assam government, Dr Chandrima Baruah said that the prohibition has been made under the regulations of 2, 3 and 4 of the Food Safety & Standards Regulations 2011 of the Food Safety & Standards Act. ........Read more

Lightbulb Sun: How IIT-Kharagpur's Invention Can Light up Villages With Pinch of Salt, Piece of Cloth

The method, that aims to fulfill power requirements through nanoscale energy harvesting, is cheaper than solar panels and sources energy through drying clothes in open spaces. ........Read more

RBI cuts repo rate by 0.25 per cent to support growth

The Reserve Bank on Friday cut its key rates by 0.25 per cent to boost economy from six-year low saying reduction was necessary to revive growth. With first quarter GDP growth plunging to 5 per cent, the RBI cut its estimate of economic growth in the current fiscal to 6.1 per cent from its earlier estimate of 6.9 per cent. The repo rate, at which it lends to the system, has been brought down to 5.15 per cent to help reduce borrowing costs for home and auto loans, which are now directly linked to this benchmark. This is the fifth straight cut in rates by the Reserve Bank in its key rates in as much policy reviews in 2019, and takes the total quantum of reductions to 1.35 per cent. ........Read more

After Kapil and Rangaswamy, Gaekwad Also Steps Down From CAC

A day after Kapil Dev resigned as chief of the Cricket Advisory Committee following conflict of interest charges against the body, the last remaining member Anshuman Gaekwad also tendered his resignation. Gaekwad said he did not wish to remain part of the CAC after Kapil and Shantha Rangaswamy – the other two members – had stepped down. “I decided to resign since was given to learn that Kapil Dev and Shanta had also resigned from the position and that Mr (Vinod) Rai believed that the committee does not exist,” Gaekwad told Cricbuzz. “I sent my resignation just so that even if there was any technical ground on which the committee still existed, I didn’t want to be a part of it.” Gaekwad, along with Kapil and Rangaswamy helped appoint the head coach of the senior men’s and women’s teams – Ravi Shastri and WV Raman respectively. However, the BCCI ethics officer DK Jain, last Saturday, had accused all three members of activities outside of their CAC roles. Kapil was conflicted for being a commentator, owner of a floodlight company and being a member of Indian Cricketers Association. Rangaswamy, a former captain of India women’s team, had been accused of being involved with the Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA), whereas former India coach Gaekwad found himself in trouble for owning an academy and serving as a member of the BCCI Affiliation Committee.........Read more

Thoreau to Tolstoy: Five thinkers who helped transform Gandhi to Mahatma 

MK Gandhi was greatly influenced by many western thinkers and writers in formulating his theories and non-violent mode of struggle. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an advocate of India's Swaraj or home rule - a political state free of foreign interference or authority. However, he was greatly influenced by many western thinkers and writers in formulating his theories and non-violent mode of struggle. While he was introduced to some of them during his time in England, a few others were broughtto his attentionduring his years in South Africa. Here are somenames who immensely contributed to Gandhibecoming the"Mahatma." HENRY DAVID THOREAU It was during his time in South Africa that Gandhi developed his concept of "Civil Disobedience." It was the time whenthe Indian population in the African country was fighting the "Asiatic Registration Act" introduced by the colonial government. The law made it mandatory for all Indians over the age of eight to register under it and carry the card provided afterwards all the time - failing which could lead to a fine, a prison term, or deportation. Revisiting the Mahatma’s legacy at DelhiNational Gandhi Museum........Read more

Intel introduces eight new 10th Gen Comet Lake processors

Intel has introduced a slate of new processors to add to its 10th Gen lineup. Today’s announcement focuses on its Comet Lake CPUs, resulting in even more Y- and U-series CPUs to decipher. All eight of these new 10th Gen processors use Intel’s 14nm process, not Ice Lake’s 10nm process. That doesn’t make these bad, per se. Notably, the new Intel Core i7-10710U is its first hexacore U-series processor, and it features 12 threads and a higher max clock speed than some of Intel’s Ice Lake processors. The new 14nm chips will lack the benefits that the 10nm chips have, though. On the whole, these likely won’t be as efficient nor will they tout the same kind of excellent battery life as machines that feature Ice Lake chips. None of them feature Intel’s Gen11 impressive integrated graphics, which it claims can handle some relatively smooth gaming at 1080p resolution. Comet Lake is instead using a previous version of its integrated graphics, as denoted by the lack of a “G” followed by a number in their model names. Basically, unless you buy a laptop that has dedicated graphics from AMD or Nvidia, these 10th Gen CPUs won’t be capable of a whole lot by themselves, depending on the games you like to play.........Read more

Explainer: Hong Kong's extradition bill and the opposition to it

Hong Kong’s extradition bill, which would cover Hong Kong’s 7.4 million residents as well as foreign and Chinese nationals in the city, would allow criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party. Opponents of the bill, which was indefinitely suspended after violent protests, see it as a threat to the rule of law in the former British colony and would put them at the mercy of China’s justice system where human rights are not guaranteed. Protesters are demanding the bill be completely scrapped. The Hong Kong government introduced the proposals in February, putting forward sweeping changes that would simplify case-by-case extraditions of criminal suspects to countries beyond the 20 with which Hong Kong has extradition treaties. It explicitly allows extraditions from Hong Kong to greater China - including the mainland, Taiwan and Macau - for the first time, closing what Hong Kong government officials have repeatedly described as a loophole that they say has allowed the city to become a haven for criminals. Hong Kong’s leader would initiate and finally approve an extradition following a request from a foreign jurisdiction. A city judge must also approve or reject such a request, though the scope to consider evidence or the “quality of justice” that a fugitive would face once surrendered to the requesting jurisdiction would be limited. ........Read more

This French Restaurant Has Been Named The Best In The World

France's Mirazur restaurant, whose Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco draws inspiration from the sea, the mountains, and his own garden was crowned the world's best by an influential trade list, beating contenders from Denmark and Spain. The accolade came just months after Colagreco was handed a third Michelin star, and was the first time a French establishment has triumphed in the World's 50 Best Restaurant list. "I'm in the sky and I'm waiting to come back here," Colagreco said as he collected his award for his restaurant in the French Riviera town of Menton. "I don't have words to explain," he said. In second spot in the awards -- which took place in Singapore, their first time in Asia -- was Noma in Copenhagen, and third was Asador Etxebarri in Spain. Gaggan in Bangkok was fourth, the highest ranked Asian restaurant. Fifth was Geranium in Copenhagen, and sixth was Central in Lima, tagged as Best in South America. The top restaurant award has gone to Spain seven times, the most of any country. Last year Italy's Osteria Francescana took the number one spot. Mirazur took the third spot in the awards last year. - 'Feet on the ground' - After his victory was announced, Colagreco took to the stage joined by his Brazilian wife carrying a banner representing four flags -- those of Argentina, Brazil, France and Italy. "Thank you my team. You deserve it, all these years. Thank you friends for supporting us during these last 13 years," he said.........Read more

SC Orders Release of Journalist Arrested for 'Defaming' Adityanath

The Supreme Court said a person could not be kept in jail for 11 days over a social media post, while hearing the petition filed by the wife of a journalist who was arrested for sharing an objectionable post against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Observing that it was not a murder case, the court observed that journalist Prashant Kanojia must be released on bail.........Read more

SBI, banks gave defaulting Sterling owners Rs 1.3k cr guarantees

The State Bank of India's (SBI) loan sanction process to a subsidiary of debt-laden pharmaceutical company Sterling Biotech has come under a cloud. A consortium banks led by the SBI provided guarantees of Rs 1,298.10 crore to Sterling Biotech's overseas oil subsidiary when the promoters of the company, Nitin Sandesara, Chetan Sandesara, Dipti Sandesara and Hitesh Patel, were already in the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) wilful defaulters' list. ........Read more

Boeing wanted to wait for three years to fix safety alert on 737 Max

Boeing planned to wait three years to fix a non-working safety alert on its 737 Max aircraft and sped up the process only after the first of two deadly crashes involving the planes. The company acknowledged that it originally planned to fix a cockpit warning light in 2020 after two key lawmakers disclosed the company's timetable.........Read more

Heavy to Very Heavy Rains to Lash Parts of Kerala on June 9-10

The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority on Thursday issued the Orange alert in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam for June 10 to help brace the districts for heavy and very heavy rains. With South Western Monsoon expected to make its landfall within next 48 hours, very heavy rainfall is expected to lash Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha and Ernakulam.........Read more

World Bank keeps growth forecast for India at 7.5%, warns against ‘skirmishes’

The World Bank has retained its forecast for growth in India at 7.5% in the 2019-20 fiscal and the succeeding years, but warned that re-escalation of India-Pakistan tensions arising from “military skirmishes” such as the one in February could increase uncertainty and impact investments in the region.........Read more

Notices to Indian clients including P Rajamohan Rao continue from Swiss Bank

Amid a continuing crackdown on Swiss bank account holders with suspected illicit money, Switzerland has stepped up its process to share details of such individuals with Potluri Rajamohan Rao being the latest Indian national to get a notice in this regard. At least 14 Indians, with accounts in Switzerland-based banks, were issued notices by the Swiss authorities last month........Read more

57-member Team Modi in place, first cabinet meet today; portfolios soon

Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister for a second term on Thursday at the head of a 25-member cabinet in which he enlisted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president and close confidant Amit Shah, dropped several key members of the outgoing government and attempted to accommodate most partners in the ruling coalition.........Read more

Scientists warn a million species at risk of extinction

Relentless pursuit of economic growth, twinned with the impact of climate change, has put an “unprecedented” one million species at risk of extinction, scientists said on Monday in a landmark report on the damage done by modern civilization to the natural world.........Read more

Asaram babu's son Narayan Sai convicted in a rape case

Narayan Sai, son of self-styled godman Asaram, convicted in a rape case. The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on April 30. Two chargesheets were filed against 35 persons. The prosecution had produced 53 witnesses and documents as evidence. The defense had also produced 14 witnesses.........Read more

ISRO likely to postpone Chandrayaan-2 launch as scientists scramble to meet revised deadline

Chandrayaan-2, the second mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to the moon, is likely to be delayed further and, in all likelihood, will be held in July. However, ISRO chairman K Sivan refused to acknowledge the new date set by ISRO.........Read more

Congress writes Goa Governor to formally stake claim to form govt

Congress formally staked claim to form the government in Goa, hours after state chief minister Manohar Parrikar passed away. Congress, the single largest opposition party in Goa assembly, wrote to Governor Mridula Sinha, the second time in 48 hours.........Read more

Instead of covering expenses upto Rs 5 lakh, PMJAY providing claims just above Rs 13,000

Under the PMJAY, the Centre’s flagship healthcare scheme which promises to cover hospital expenses of up to Rs 5 lakh for nearly 50 crore Indians, the average claim size is just over Rs 13,000, thereby implying that majority of the treatments being availed are low-cost procedures.........Read more

Congress, JDS agree on 20-8 seat-sharing deal in Karnataka for Lok Sabha Elections

After days of negotiations, the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) sealed a seat-sharing deal in Karnataka for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. According to the deal, Congress will contest on 20 seats and JD(S) field its candidates on 8 seats.........Read more

"God Help You": CBI's Nageswara Rao Committed Contempt, Says Supreme Court

The SC demanded an explanation from M Nageswara Rao, the former interim chief of the CBI over the laxity in the investigation into the abuse and rape of children at Bihar's government-run shelter homes and the overnight transfer of the officer supervising the sensitive case.........Read more

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim to step down on February 1

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced that he will step down from his position on February 1 - much before the end of his term in 2022. Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank CEO, will assume the role of interim President........Read more

Zee Business Dare to Dream Awards: Here's the complete list of winners

The event to acknowledge the achievements of top entrepreneurs across seven cities in the country was organised by India’s leading News Channel Zee Business in collaboration with SAP India Pvt Limited.........Read more

Unfair to call Vijay Mallya thief for one loan default: Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari suggested that it is unfair to tag a "one-time loan defaulter Vijay Mallyaji" as a "chor" (thief), adding that the embattled businessman has a four-decade-long track record of timely debt servicing.........Read more

Telangana drops charges on K Chandrasekhar Rao, revokes

The Telangana state revoked its own order to drop criminal cases against TRS supremo K. Chandrasekhar Rao, caretaker minister K.T. Rama Rao, Professor Kodandaram and 136 other politicians, during the agitation for a separate state.........Read more

Sikkim Bags National Tourism Award

Sikkim was awarded the ‘Best State for Comprehensive Development of Tourism’ by the Union Minister of Tourism K J Alphons in New Delhi at the National Tourism Awards 2016-2017 ceremony. The awardees are chosen on the basis of several parameters including tourist footfall, initiative of the State government and policies implemented to make the State tourist-friendly.........Read more

Birthday Boy Rashid Khan Stars in Afghanistan's 136-run Win Against Bangladesh

Spinner Rashid Khan produced a stunning all-round display as Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 136 runs in the Asia Cup match in Abu Dhabi. Shakib Al Hasan (32) and Mahmudullah (27) were the top-scorers for Bangladesh and were eventually all out for just 119 in 42.1 overs. ........Read more

Supreme Court lifts ban on sale of painkiller Saridon, 3 other drugs

The Supreme Court allowed the sale of painkiller Saridon and two other drugs that were mentioned in the list of combination medicines banned by the health ministry last week. The top court’s order came on a petition filed by the makers of these medicines.........Read more

Nissan Sunny Special Edition Launched in India at Rs 8.48 Lakh

Nissan India has launched the Special Edition Sunny at a price tag of Rs 8.48 lakh (ex-showroom). Refreshed with new design elements and features, the Nissan Sunny Special Edition gets a black roof wrap, new body decals and black wheel covers with new rear spoilers........Read more

Uh oh: Top insider isn’t convinced Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will feature a big redesign

Next year’s Galaxy S10 is expected to put an end to Samsung’s cold streak. The phone has been rumoured to be a ground-up redesign that includes a wide range of exciting new features packed into a phone that takes Samsung’s Infinity screen design to the next level. ........Read more

Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan Make it to Forbes Highest Paid Actors 2018 List

Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar have made it to Forbes Top 10 World’s Highest-paid actors. With earnings of USD 40.5 million, Akshay Kumar secured the seventh position. Salman ranked ninth with earnings of USD 38.5 million.........Read more

DDCA conundrum: Rajat Bhatia, Parvinder Awana not qualified to be selectors

The Supreme Court order on new BCCI constitution has put the DDCA in a fix as two of its newly-appointed selectors Rajat Bhatia and Parvinder Awana do not qualify to hold the post as per stipulated norms.........Read more

Over 10,000 Watches Seized During Raids Connected To Nirav Modi

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) that seized over 10,000 imported watches from several locations connected to diamond czar Nirav Modi contend that the watches might have been imported for "business purpose". The ED also seized 176 steel almirahs and 158 boxes linked to Modi over the last week.........Read more

IAF capable of locating, striking across border: Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Pakistan nuclear weapons capability

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa issued a warning to Pakistan on Thursday afternoon by saying that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is ready to fight at short notice with full synergy if the need arises. He added that IAF has the capability to locate, fix and strike across the border.........Read more

Malaysian Grand Prix "200%" Cancelled

The Malaysian Grand Prix is "200 percent" cancelled after this weekend's final race, the circuit's head told, adding that the loss-making event had been hit hard by competition from neighbouring Singapore. The high-speed Sepang International Circuit, with its tough, tropical recipe of steamy heat and unpredictable rain will disappear from the Formula One calendar after 19 races dating back to 1999. ........Read more

Harshvardhan Rane replaces Abhishek Bachchan in JP Dutta’s Paltan

As per a recent development, the veteran filmmaker has recently signed Harshvardhan Rane to be part of his ambitious war drama. Despite being just a film old in Bollywood, the young talented actor already has a massive fan following. Interestingly, the lead role was first offered to Abhishek Bachchan but he reportedly walked out of the film.........Read more

Hubble discovered a mysterious light absorbing planet

NASA‘s Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. The exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so-called “hot Jupiters,” gigantic, gaseous planets that orbit very close to their host star and are heated to extreme temperatures.........Read more

Supreme Court Issues Notice to Election Commission on Plea Seeking Disqualification of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in Murder Case

The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Election Commission of India seeking its opinion on disqualification of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The petition filed by advocate ML Sharma argued that Nitish Kumar did not disclose the details of the murder case filed against him in the affidavits filed in 2006.........Read more

Scoop! Production of Abarth Punto resumes

The 2017 make Abarth Punto is now available in showrooms. The first batch of 40 cars has been produced and dispatched to dealerships. The production was stopped sometime in 2016 as they had many 2015 make models lying in stock. Further, due to the upcoming Jeep Compass, their assembly line was being upgraded up until now. The factory has now resumed production of Abarth Punto in both colour options - Pearl White and Hip Hop Black. It was rumored that normal ........Read more

Bhavani Devi ecstatic after winning gold at Satellite Fencing Championship

Indian fencer Bhavani Devi made the country proud on Saturday after she bagged a gold medal in the sabre event of the Women’s Satellite Fencing Championship held in Reykjavik. This was Bhavani’s maiden gold as well as India’s first at an international fencing event.........Read more

91 reservoirs that ensure India doesn’t go dry or thirsty: Here is how Monsoon will fill them up

The level of water in important reservoirs of the country, except those in the south, is more than what is expected at this point of time of the year. With the arrival of Monsoon, these reservoirs are expected to get a fresh infusion of water from the rain. ........Read more

Erectile dysfunction medicines do not cause melanoma, analysis of large studies finds

While the researchers found an overall 11 percent increase in the risk of developing melanoma among erection medication users, they found no evidence that erectile dysfunction medicines cause melanoma. Instead, the study authors attribute the risk to "detection bias," where the group of patients likely to take erection medicines also happens to be more health conscious, more likely to see a doctor, and so more likely to get diagnosed with melanoma than other men of similar age.........Read more

ICMR to test efficacy of two new TB drugs in clinical trials

With India set to witness a steep rise in the number of drug-resistant tuberculosis cases, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) will test the efficacy of two new medicines for tackling the dreaded bug that causes TB.........Read more

Snapdeal founders, Nexus reach deal with SoftBank for sale to Flipkart: report

Founders of Indian online marketplace Snapdeal and one of its early investors, Nexus, have reached an agreement with SoftBank Group that would allow the Japanese firm to move ahead with its plan to sell Snapdeal to bigger rival Flipkart.........Read more

Reports: Real Madrid beat Barcelona to the signing of €61 million rated striker

Real Madrid have beaten Barcelona to the signing of Flamengo sensation, Vinicius Júnior according to Brazilian media outlet, Globoesporte. The 16-year-old is highly rated in Brazil and is compared with Neymar already.........Read more

Not just Infosys: Small, mid-size Indian IT cos to step up US local hiring

While companies such as Zensar Technologies, Persistent Systems are planning to increase the mix of US citizens at their local delivery centres, Infosys’s cross-town smaller rival Mindtree has partnered with the University of Florida through its Gainesville delivery centre to hire fresh engineering graduates and designed a curriculum for its engineering course too.........Read more

Baahubali 2 crosses Rs 600 crore mark in 4 days, beats lifetime collection record of Baahubali: The Beginning

Having rocked the box office over the weekend, the Prabhas and Rana Daggubali starrer was expected to continue its dream run on Monday, May 1, which happened to be the holiday on account of the Labour Day. As per early estimates, Baahubali 2 registered fantastic response at the ticket counters in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala during the day.........Read more

Centre tells SC it is developing 'rubber-based shots' to replace pump action guns

The Centre on Monday informed a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court that it used pump action guns on protestors in Jammu and Kashmir as a last resort and was now developing new rubber-based shots to deal with stone-pelters in the valley.........Read more

Snowden-for-Bout Exchange Rumors Spread by Western Intelligence Agencies

The rumored exchange of National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden for Russian businessman Viktor Bout is spread by Western intelligence agencies, Snowden's lawyer said. Bout was arrested in Bangkok in 2008 in a joint operation between Thai and US authorities, who accused him of conspiring to kill US citizens by allegedly agreeing to supply Colombian militants with weapons. ........Read more

BCCI v/s Lodha panel row: SC holds back order to name interim board administrators

The Supreme Court on Tuesday held back an order to name an interim panel of administrators to run the beleaguered Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The interim committee is supposed to oversee the daily matters of the cricket board.........Read more

New Yamaha FZ 250 Teaser Leaked Ahead Of Launch

While Yamaha India is mum about its next big offering, a new teaser doing rounds on social media gives us a first real image of the upcoming motorcycle that is expected to be called the Yamaha FZ 250. The bike will be a 250cc streetfighter and will be locking horns with the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS. Yamaha will be revealing the new model on 24th January in the country.........Read more

IISc only Indian institute in Global University Employability Ranking 2016

Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc), a premier institute in the country that works in the area of scientific research and higher education was ranked 38 out of 150 universities worldwide in the Global University Employability Ranking 2016, It had an overall score of 331. It is the only Indian institute to make it to the list.........Read more

The Google Cast app is now called 'Google Home'

Google is gearing up for the release of Google Home in early November by updating the Google Cast app with a new design and a new name: "Google Home." This marks, somewhat confusingly, the third...........Read more

No cracker sale in residential areas: Bombay High Court

With hardly a fortnight left for the Diwali festival, the Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Maharashtra government and all the Municipal Corporations across the state to take ‘strict action’ against shopkeepers ‘storing and selling’ firecrackers in residential areas.........Read more

Russia, India to start joint production of aircraft

Denis Manturov, Russia’s Trade Minister, has said Russia and India would soon begin the joint manufacture of the Ka-226T helicopter. He also spoke of the possibility of cooperating on a civilian aircraft for India.........Read more

Russian Scientists Develop Thought-Controlled Robotic Interface

Russian software company Neurobotics is engaged in creating technology that would enable a person to use his or her mind to control computers and computer-assisted technologies including robotic prosthetics.........Read more

Kim Kardashian held at gunpoint by fake police officers in Paris hotel

A spokeswoman for Kim Kardashian West says she was held up at gunpoint inside her Paris hotel room Sunday night by two armed masked men dressed as police officers. The representative said the reality TV star is "badly shaken but physically unharmed."........Read more

WH petition to declare Pak terror sponsor gets record support

An online White House petition seeking to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism has gained a record half a million signatures, five times the number needed to get a response from the Obama Administration.........Read more

Musa, 25, arrested two months ago tells NIA about emergence of JMB

Musa, 25, from West Bengal’s Birbhum district emerged as the face of trans-national, trans-organisational jihad, which is the newest threat to India’s security.........Read more

HSRC to have a Japanese or French bullet train expert as its chief  

Indian Railway does not have any experience of bullet trains operations, the ministry may appoint an expert from Japan and France, as the managing director of HSRC.........Read more

Govt to announce next set of smart cities today

As per the Misison guidelines, as many as 40 cities have to be announced during this financial year. As the government had already announced 13 cities in May, a slot of 27 cities remains vacant against which the announcement would be made by Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu tomorrow.........Read more

Check out the 'Inferno' poster featuring Irrfan Khan!

Irrfan Khan is one of the finest actors we have in Bollywood today who has also marked his place in Hollywood. As the poster of his next Hollywood venture, Inferno which is the third part of Ron Howard's Mega successful series based on Dan Brown's book, is revealed........Read more

Here's how your own blood offers a drug free option for better sexual performance

The Pirapus shot, also known as the P-shot, is a drug-free option to improving male sexual performance. Enhancing performance in bed has been a quest for mankind since centuries as different civilisations had different answers for it. While Romans suggested onions could help, many other aphrodisiacs were identified in centuries to come.........Read more

Baar Baar Dekho movie review: First reviews of Katrina Kaif-Sidharth Malhotra film are out!

Baar Baar Dekho movie review: First reviews of Katrina Kaif-Sidharth Malhotra film are out! - The first reviews of the Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra film are out, with one critic giving Baar Baar Dekho a rating of 3.5 out of 5 and the other a modest 3 stars.........Read more

Have cure for most deadly form of breast cancer, says Indian-origin boy

A 16-year-old Indian-origin boy in the UK, Krtin Nithiyanandam, has claimed to have found a treatment for the most deadly form of breast cancer which is unresponsive to drugs.........Read more

Being LGBT in India: Some home truths

For the Indian LGBT community, a truly inclusive society remains a distant dream........Read more

MBBS might not be enough to be doctor as govt plans another qualifying exam

The medical commission, which will replace the controversial Medical Council of India, says a national test is must for practising and for post-graduate studies.........Read more

More girls clear NEET 2016, but outnumbered by boys in top 15%

A total of 4,09,477 candidates -- 2,26,049 girls, 1,83,424 boys and four transgenders -- cleared the examination. One transgender candidate was in the top 15%.........Read more

From DNA test to postmortem report, this Hyderabad lab plays CSI for animals

Playing animal CSI, determining the ‘unknown’ from the known, is India’s Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology – the Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (CCMB, LaCONES) located in Hyderabad.........Read more

India women’s hockey team loses 1-6 against Australia at Rio 2016 Olympics

Australia women's hockey team outplays India in all quarters to register a 6-1 win on Wednesday.........Read more

Herath takes hat-trick as Australia collapse for 106

Rangana Herath took a hat-trick, Australia collapsed for their lowest Test total against Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka's openers failed again, and the in-form Kusal Mendis fell for a rare low score during a frantic morning session in Galle........Read more

Clinton vs Trump: The Fight of the Unlovable?

As the US convulses in hatred for both candidates, heres a look at the controversies dogging each one.........Read more

On Mohammed Rafi’s 36th death anniversary, the question lingers: How did he sing so effortlessly?

Akshay Manwani Share Tweet Email Reddit Print Share Tweet Email Reddit Print In an interview some years before his death, the fine playback singer Manna Dey made a candid admission. He said that he never felt bad when music composers preferred Moham........Read more

Bangladesh police say 9 militants killed in raid in Dhaka

Police say they killed nine suspected Islamic militants in a raid on a building in Dhaka on Tuesday.........Read more

Lawyers lay siege to Madras High Court

Despite the unprecedented crackdown by the more than 3,000 advocates from across the State thronged the city on Monday to lay siege to the Madras High Court, demanding the immediate withdrawal of th........Read more

How TV moved to the Internet

Online platforms are changing the way movies, TV shows and fiction are being made—and watched........Read more

Russia to be banned from Rio Olympics? Government found guilty of doping manipulation

The Moscow laboratory operated, for the protection of doped Russian athletes, within a state-dictated failsafe system.........Read more

Islamic State supporters celebrate deadly attack in France on social media

Islamic State supporters celebrate deadly attack in France on social media - Supporters of Islamic State celebrated on social media an attack in France by a truck that ran into crowds watching a fireworks display on the Bastille Day national holiday, killing at least 77 people and injuring 100.........Read more

France Truck Attack: 80 Mowed Down in Nice During Bastille Day Celebration

Witnesses described hearing gunfire, although this was not immediately confirmed by the authorities........Read more

IIT-Bombay chooses Khadi as convocation robe to ‘evoke nationalism’ in students

The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay has chosen Khadi angavastrams, a Hindu traditional white piece of cloth or stole, for the convocation ceremony of its graduating batch.........Read more

Women jihadis held in Bangladesh trained in West Bengal?

Women jihadis held in Bangladesh trained in West Bengal? - This is the first time in Bangladesh that women suspects – identified as Jannati alias Jemy (18) Sajida Akter (22) and Rozina Begum (30) – are arrested for their involvement in jihadi activities.........Read more

I Am No Less an Actor Than Any Cine Star, Says Lalu Prasad

Prasad said he had told Irrfan that he would like to play the lead role in any movie made on his life and selection of a heroine would be his (Irrfan's) responsibility.........Read more

PIL seeks scrapping of BJP’s Lotus symbol

The petition alleged that BJP is using the national flower (Lotus) for electoral purposes and thereby violating the Emblems and Names (Prevention of improper use) Act 1950.........Read more

UK feared India-Pakistan nuclear war in 2001: Iraq war inquiry

The UK feared an India-Pakistan nuclear war in the wake of the terror attack on Parliament in 2001 and tried to "persuade and cajole" the two countries to pull back from a military confrontation, according to evidence presented to an inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war made public on Wednesday.........Read more

Narendra Modi set for four-nation Africa tour

In a bid to strengthen India-Africa ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will undertake his first visit to the “African mainland” between July 7 and 11, covering four countries, the Ministry of Extern........Read more

Bangladesh police storm restaurant, rescue hostages

Bangladeshi police stormed a restaurant in the capital Dhaka and rescued up to 14 hostages on Saturday, one official said, after an attack claimed by Islamic State. The number of hostages still in the restaurant was unclear.........Read more

Will Not Rest Until ISIS is Defeated, Says Barack Obama

In a call to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from his Air Force One, Obama expressed his condolences over death of 41 people in the suicide terror attack at the country's largest airport, which has been blamed on the Islamic State (IS).........Read more

Ask Sourav Ganguly what's his problem with me: Ravi Shastri

Former Team India director Ravi Shastri would have in all likelihood won a second term had it not been BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee member Sourav Ganguly's campaigning for his former India teammate Anil Kumble.........Read more

Holy cow! Junagadh Agricultural University scientists find gold in Gir cow urine

The famous Gir cow is worth its weight in gold, quite literally! After four years of extensive research, scientists at Junagadh Agricultural University (JAU) have actually found gold in the urine of Gir cows. The analysis of urine samples of 400 Gir cows done at the Food Testing Laboratory of JAU showed traces of gold ranging from three mg to 10 mg from one litre urine. The precious metal was found in ionic form, which is gold salts soluble in water.........Read more

Facebook Live will soon feature 2-person remote broadcasts

. The two-person broadcast will allow users to stream a video with two people in different locations. Currently it is only possible to live stream from one device. This will allow friends to “drop in” on broadcasts and be a part of the........Read more

Quit temple lands, AP tells minority farmers

The Andhra Pradesh government has directed officials to start evicting Dalit Christian and Muslim farmers from endowment lands on grounds that no land belonging to a Hindu temple or mutt can be cultivated by a non-Hindu.........Read more

EU referendum: BBC forecasts UK vote to leave

The UK has voted by a narrow margin to leave the European Union after 43 years in an historic referendum, a BBC forecast suggests.........Read more

Avani, Bhawana, Mohana Become IAF's First Women Pilots

The three will now undergo advanced training for one year on Hawk aircraft in Bidar in Karnataka and would enter a fighter cockpit by June 2017.........Read more

Hold nat'l test after Class 12 for college admissions: Panel

It also proposed a national-level SAT-type test open to all who have passed Class XII - irrespective of the examination board - to fix the problem of multiple entrance tests for admission to college courses.........Read more

ISRO Challenges Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos With Record Launch: Foreign Media

India's space agency will launch a record 22 satellites on a single rocket as it tries to ease a global backlog and demonstrate the ability to compete with commercial spaceflight companies run by billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.........Read more

Raspberry Pi maker gets bought for $867 million

The Raspberry Pi Foundation said it's hoping for no big changes from the deal........Read more

Column: Udta Punjab, worst casting decisions, and naheeee…!

I wouldn't go that far but every film, good or ghastly, brings it share of wisdom and warning. Here is my learning from this week. Monday It's possible to feel differently about a movie when revisiting it after a long gap. Some movies age badl........Read more

Udta Punjab case: CBFC censored, 89 cuts brought down to one cut by High Court

The Bombay High Court pronounced its verdict on Monday (June 13). Out of 89 cuts, HC has asked to implement only one cut. CBFC directed by Bombay HC to issue a fresh certificate to the film in two days.........Read more

Kashmir must be under caliphate, not Pakistan: Islamic State

Islamic State members want Kashmir under its caliphate rather than Pakistan or jihadi groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba, underlining the outfit's dismissive view of Pakistan and groups it controls as compromised outfits that do not conform to its extre........Read more

4 lakh wearables shipped in India during Jan-Mar: IDC

Wearable devices shipment in India clocked over 4,00,000 units in the first quarter of 2016, largely driven by fitness bands, research firm IDC today said.The market was largely driven by fitness bands with 87.7 per cent market share whereas smart........Read more

US Polls: Clinton Makes History, Becomes Presumptive Democratic Nominee

Clinton outpaced Sanders in winning new superdelegate endorsements even after his string of primary and caucus wins in May.........Read more

Vijender to fight Hope for Asia title on July 16

Vijender Singh's hot six-bout winning streak will be challenged by Australian Kerry Hope in the IOS-promoted WBO Asia title bout scheduled on July 16 here at the Thyagaraj stadium.........Read more

NPPA cuts prices of cancer, diabetes, BP drugs by around 25%

Prices of 56 important medicines used in treatment of cancer, diabetes, bacterial infections and blood pressure have been capped by the government thereby reducing the cost by an average of around 25 per cent.........Read more

Antrix-Devas deal: ED slaps Rs 1,200cr FEMA violation notice

ED today slapped a Rs 1,200 crore FEMA violation notice in connection with alleged "wrongful" gain made to private multi-media company Devas by Antrix, the commercial arm of ISRO.........Read more

Djokovic Wins Maiden French Open Title, Completes Career Slam

Novak Djokovic joins Don Budge in 1938 and Rod Laver, in 1962 and 1969, as the only players to simultaneously possess the French Open, Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon trophies.........Read more

Pay Rs 10 lakh damages to women arrested unlawfully: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Madhya Pradesh government to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation to a doctor and her septuagenarian mother for wrongly arresting them.........Read more

Bengaluru pips Tokyo, Tel Aviv in list of innovation hubs

India has emerged as a new innovation ‘empire’ of choice by global corporates. Bengaluru - the information technology and start-up hub – has surpassed many global cities as a preferred destination for innovation centres, according to Capgemini’s........Read more

ICICI Prudential Life said to consider $892 million Indian IPO

ICICI Bank plans to sell part of its stake in the IPO, while Prudential Plc, which has a 26% holding, has not yet made a decision on the sale........Read more

How IBM is transforming the Rashtrapati Bhavan into a smart township

India's 87-year-old Rashtrapati Bhavan is getting a digital makeover.........Read more

Online registration for NEET-II from today

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will start the process for online submission of applications for the second edition of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-II) from Thursday.........Read more

Ancient Mars hosted habitable environments: study

Scientists have found evidence for widespread buried deposits of iron- and calcium-rich carbonates on Mars, which suggests that the red planet once hosted habitable environments with liquid water.........Read more

How tech experts are tapping big data

Here’s what experts across sectors had to say at the 2016 edition of Mint’s Enterprise Technology Summit, held in Bengaluru on 20 May........Read more

Terrorists Ambush And Kill 6 Assam Rifles Soldiers in Manipur

Four AK rifles, one INSAS Rifle and one LMG rifle have been taken away by the militants.........Read more

Around 30 climbers frostbitten or sick on Mount Everest after 2 die

Around 30 climbers have developed frostbite or become sick near the summit of Mount Everest, a mountaineering official said Sunday, after two deaths from apparent altitude sickness in recent days highlighted the risks on the world’s highest mountain.........Read more

Sheena Bora Was Killed by Strangulation, Indrani's Driver Tells Court

The sensational Sheena Bora murder case has taken a new turn. Prime accused Indrani Mukerjea's driver Shyamvar Rai has sought pardon from the court and has requested to become an approver in the case. During his questioning, he has reportedly claimed........Read more

Pakistan arrests ten Indian fishermen, seizes two boats

Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency arrested 10 Indian fishermen and seized two boats for allegedly fishing illegally in the country's territorial waters.........Read more

No Compromise on Discipline, Warns New Pakistan Coach Arthur

Arthur, who was sacked as Australia's coach 19 months into the job in 2013, will be Pakistan's fifth foreign coach after Richard Pybus, Bob Woolmer, Geoff Lawson and Dav Whatmore.........Read more

Centre asks SPG, IB to take maximum precautions on Rahul’s security

An anonymous letter written in Tamil threatened said Rahul Gandhi would be blown to bits at an election meeting.........Read more

Only NEET, No Separate Medical Entrance Exams by States: SC

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that entrance to all undergraduate medical and dental courses should be through National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) and that states cannot hold separate exams........Read more

ISL 2016: Gary Neville to be named new Delhi Dynamos manager? All the details here...

England right-back's appointment would mark a significant chapter in the league's progress.........Read more

India men’s hockey team better prepared for Rio 2016 Olympics than London, suggests SV Sunil

India are clubbed along side Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Ireland and Canada in Pool B in the Rio Olympics.........Read more

Lost in the Agusta Din, Swamy's Attack on Brajesh Mishra Was Reprise of Old Feud

Not many people have had such an opportunity to serve their country. When weighed in the balance of real life achievements, Mishra’s, to paraphrase a Chinese saying, are heavier than Mount Tai. Swamy’s will always remain lighter than a feather.........Read more