Written MSP Assurance, Amendments on 7 Issues, Appeal in Civil Courts, But No Repeal: Govt's Offer to Farmers

As thousands of farmers continue to protest at various borders of the national capital demanding the repeal of three new farm laws, the government on Wednesday proposed to give a "written assurance" that the existing Minimum Support Price (MSP) regime for procurement will continue. The government also proposed to make necessary amendments on at least seven issues, including one to allay fears about the weakening of the mandi system. In a draft proposal sent to 13 agitating farmer unions, the government also said it is ready to provide all necessary clarifications on their concerns about the new farm laws enacted in September, but it did not mention anything about the main demand of protesting farmers for the repeal of the laws. Home minister Amit Shah in Tuesday night's meeting with 13 union leaders had said the government would send a draft proposal on key issues raised by the farmers regarding the three farm laws, even though the meeting had failed to break the ice with farm union leaders who are insisting for repealing these laws.........Read more

Why Microsoft wants TikTok

The key part of any TikTok deal will be the data and users Microsoft gains access to. This is the driving force behind concerns from the Trump administration over TikTok’s potential ties to the Chinese government and how that data might be misused. Microsoft acknowledges the data’s importance in its blog post confirming acquisition talks, noting that “Microsoft would ensure that all private data of TikTok’s American users is transferred to and remains in the United States.” This data could be used by Microsoft in a variety of ways. The software giant has long used Xbox Live to fuel parts of Microsoft Research for future software and hardware projects, and the usage data helps game developers and Microsoft better understand how people use their Xbox. Understanding how people interacted with and used the Kinect accessory for the Xbox ultimately helped Microsoft develop and improve HoloLens, too.........Read more

'Job Losses Will Become Tsunami': Rahul Gandhi Says Companies, Workers Need Money Now, Not Tomorrow

Asserting that migrant workers reeling from the impact of the coronavirus lockdown need immediate support from the government, former Congress president on Friday demanded that the Centre put money in people’s hands to help them tide over the crisis. “Migrants need support and money now. Today. MSMEs need help immediately, not tomorrow, or job losses will become tsunami,” Gandhi said at a press conference called after 16 migrants walking home to Madhya Pradesh were crushed to death in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. ........Read more

3 Indian Photojournalists Who Captured Life in Kashmir During Lockdown Win Pulitzer Prize 2020

In a huge honour, three Indian journalists have been awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in the field of feature photography, for their coverage of Kashmir post the abrogation of Article 370. The pictures that won them the coveted prize were about the life in the lockdown after undoing of the special status to Jammu & Kashmir. The names of the three prize winners — Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan, and Channi Anand were announced virtually. All three of them work for Associated Press in Jammu and Kashmir.........Read more

Govt Hikes Excise Duty on Petrol by Rs 10 a Litre, Diesel by Rs 13 a Litre; No Change in Retail Rates

The central government on Tuesday hiked the excise duty on petrol by a steep Rs 10 per litre and that on diesel by Rs 13 a litre. However, retail sale prices of fuel will not change on account of this increase in duties as the hike will be absorbed by oil marketing companies. These duty rate changes will come into effect from May 6. The hike in duty has taken away the gains from falling global crude oil prices. Last month, benchmark Brent crude oil dropped to as low as $18.10 (around Rs 1,370) per barrel -- the lowest since 1999 -- as the coronavirus pandemic wiped away demand and created large surpluses around the globe. ........Read more

RBI to conduct special purchase, sale of gilts on 27 April

The RBI will purchase long-dated securities with tenor between 6 years and 10 years aggregating ₹10,000 crore, while it will see short-dated securities maturing June 2020, October 2020 and April 2021. In March, RBI had conducted total OMOs worth ₹40,000 crore. The benchmark 10-year bond yield slipped to 6.09% from 6.20% following the announcement.........Read more

Jyotiraditya Scindia joins BJP, says Congress not the party it used to be

Scindia was expected to join the BJP at 12.30 pm, but the event was postponed until 2.55 reportedly due to “Raahu Kaal (inauspicious moment)”. “I would like to thank J.P. Nadda ji, PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah that they invited me to their family and gave me a place in it,” the former Guna MP said. Speaking to the media after joining the BJP, Scindia said there had been two life-changing events for him — “one, the day I lost my father and the second, yesterday when I decided to choose a new path for my life”. Scindia said the Congress is not anymore the party that it was earlier.........Read more

It’s 2020. Where are our self-driving cars?

Despite extraordinary efforts from many of the leading names in tech and in automaking, fully autonomous cars are still out of reach except in special trial programs. You can buy a car that will automatically brake for you when it anticipates a collision, or one that helps keep you in your lane, or even a Tesla Model S (which — disclosure — my partner and I own) whose Autopilot mostly handles highway driving. But almost every one of the above predictions has been rolled back as the engineering teams at those companies struggle to make self-driving cars work properly. What happened? Here are nine questions you might have had about this long-promised technology, and why the future we were promised still hasn’t arrived.........Read more

Germany, India sign wide-ranging agreements to deepen bilateral ties

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed wide-ranging agreements in New Delhi on Friday to deepen strategic cooperation and exchanged notes on ways to boost bilateral trade.........Read more

Will Jagan Reddy's mega jobs drive pay off?

AP chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy created a history of sorts. He hired 141,000 persons at one go for running his new village secretariat administration. It was one of the largest hirings by any government in India and the outcome of a mega recruitment drive aimed at taking governance to people's doorsteps.........Read more

Government Withdraws Financial Support To Rio Medalist Sakshi Malik, Includes Wrestler Ravi Dahiya

The Sports Authority of India's (SAI) Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) has included freestyle wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), but Rio bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, who was in the scheme till the World Championships, failed to get an extension. Ravi had earned a quota for Tokyo 2020 Olympics in men’s 57kg freestyle category after winning a bronze medal at the recently concluded World Championships. Besides Malik, weightlifter Ragala Venkat Rahul has also been excluded from the TOPS scheme. The decision was taken during the MOC meeting at New Delhi on Friday. The committee also cleared financial proposals of over 70 lakhs at the meeting. Three national federations -- shooting, table tennis and weightlifting -- also shared their roadmap for 2020, 2024 and 2028 Olympics with regards strategy, planning and talent identification. Overseas training in Colorado Springs for men’s 3000m steeplechase runner Avinash Sable under Scott Simons for a period of nine months till the Tokyo Olympics.........Read more

Efforts to Re-establish Contact with Chandrayaan-2 Lander to Continue for 14 Days, Says ISRO Chairman

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Sivan said that the agency over the next two weeks would continue to make efforts to re-establish communication with the Chandrayaan-2 Lander, which failed to touch down on the moon in the early hours of Saturday. “Right now the communication is lost, but we are trying to re-establish communication with the lander over the next 14 days,” said Sivan. “The first phases of the power descent were executed properly... it was in the last phase that we lost communication with the lander.” Scientists lost contact with the Lander Vikram just seconds before it was due to touch down, 2.1 km from the lunar surface towards the South Pole. “The payload in the orbiter is going to give us a lot of data over the next few years... we were successful with our scientific mission but it is the technology demonstration where we failed,” Sivan said. “The mission was nearly a 100% success.” “For the first time, we will be getting data from the polar region of the moon...the world will be accessing this information for the first time ever,” he added. Sivan said the planned life of the Orbiter, placed around the moon, has been enhanced to seven years as compared to a year as estimated earlier. “The Orbiter can function for 7.5 years and not a year as said before because of the fuel that is available,” he said. “This will enable us to cover the entire globe of the moon.” ........Read more

More than 200 fighters trying to cross into Kashmir from Pakistan:...

More than 200 suspected militants are trying to cross into Indian Kashmir from Pakistan, India’s national security adviser said on Saturday, accusing Islamabad of trying to stoke violence in the region. Pakistan condemned India’s decision last month to revoke the constitutional autonomy of Kashmir and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday vowed the fullest possible response to India’s actions in the disputed territory. “There are about 230 persons ready to infiltrate from different parts of Kashmir,” Ajit Kumar Doval, national security adviser to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, told reporters. The number is based on radio intercepts and intelligence from the ground, military officials said, adding that some militants had already been caught by Indian security forces. “A large number of weapons are being smuggled and people in Kashmir are being told to create trouble,” said Doval, who is considered one of the architects of the policy to withdraw Kashmir’s special status and integrate it fully into India. India imposed a clampdown in India Kashmir in early August to prevent large scale violent protests. Some curbs have been eased, but mobile phone and internet services are still curtailed because they may be used to spark unrest, Doval said. “We would like to see all restrictions go, but it depends on how Pakistan behaves. It’s a stimulant and response situation,” Doval said. ........Read more

No bank has power to employ bouncers to recover loans: MoS Finance Anurag Thakur

No bank has the power to employ bouncers for forceful recovery of loans from customers, Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur said in the Lok Sabha on Monday. Singh also said there is a clear directive of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to appoint recovery agents only after proper police verification and fulfilling other relevant formalities. "No one has any power to appoint any musclemen or bouncers for recovery of loans forcefully," he said during the Question Hour. Thakur said the RBI has issued 'Guidelines on Fair Practices Code for Lenders' which are required to be adopted by banks, duly approved by their Board. "The said circular prohibits lenders from resorting to undue harassment in recovering loans, viz. , persistently bothering borrowers at odd hours, use of muscle power for recovery of loans etc," he said.........Read more

Feel Almost Paralysed: Comedian Tanmay Bhat Reveals He's Battling Depression

"Don't think I've been strong enough to be able to pick myself," said Comedian Tanmay Bhat, who rose to fame with comedy collective AIB, says he has been suffering with clinical depression. He was suspended last October following complaints of not acting against sexual harassment allegations made regarding his colleague Utsav Chakraborty. Bhat on Sunday took to Instagram and uploaded a series of videos, sharing how the subsequent events after his suspension have created a toll on his mental health. "After everything that happened in October, I'm mentally checked out. I feel almost paralysed and unable to participate socially, online or even offline. I think a big part of my self worth growing up as someone who looked like me became my work. For most of my adult life I worked at a company that I was trying to build." "And having to watch the letting the office go, all the people who worked with us, having to say good bye to that took a toll on me mentally and physically which finally came to a headway around the end of the last year and doctors told me that I am suffering from clinical depression and told me to consider doing something about it." Last month, AIB issued a statement and announced that Bhat would no longer be their CEO.........Read more

Punjab man who hurled shoe at Parkash Singh Badal sentenced to two years in jail

A court in Punjab’s Malout has jailed a man for two years for hurling a shoe towards the then Punjab chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal, during an election campaign in January 2017.........Read more

IMAX is launching its own AV certification program for home theater setups

IMAX announced a new certification program called IMAX Enhanced that it’s developed along with audio and surround sound specialist DTS.........Read more

India’s first all-woman SWAT team gets cracking, to secure Independence Day function

Delhi Police on Friday inducted an all-woman Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team comprising 36 commandos, the first-ever by any police force in India, for anti-terrorist operations. The elite women commandos, hailing from north-eastern states, will be deployed at strategic locations for securing the upcoming Independence Day celebrations.........Read more

Girls Were Burnt, Cut and Drugged Daily Before Rape in Bihar Shelter; Survivors Trying to Commit Suicide

At least thirty rape survivors of a government-sponsored children’s home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur are suffering from severe trauma and tried to inflict injuries and kill themselves. The medical investigation has confirmed 24 girls, all minors and one as young as seven, were raped and physically tortured. ........Read more

Burari Case: Bhatia Family Suffered From 'Shared Psychosis', Say Police; Relatives Demand CBI Probe

In another shocking revelation in the mysterious case of deaths of 11 members of Bhatia family in Delhi’s Burari, the Delhi Police now suspects that the family was suffering from ‘shared psychosis’.........Read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia Beat Denmark on Penalties with 3-2

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was the hero as Croatia squeezed into the World Cup quarter-finals with a penalty shoot-out victory over Denmark Danes Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone and Nicolai Jorgensen were thwarted by Subasic in the shootout to ensure Croatia won 3-2. ........Read more

AAP MLA Beaten up For Trying to Expose Mining Mafia During Facebook Live

AAP MLA from Ropar Amarjit Singh Sandoa was attacked allegedly by the mining mafia. Sandoa was trying to stop illegal mining at village Beihara and he was accompanied by his security and some media persons when the incident occurred. whole event was watched by thousands as it occurred while Sandoa was Facebook live.........Read more

200% rise in invites to Indians for Canadian permanent residency

Canada has emerged as a coveted destination for India’s diaspora because of its flagship programme for key economic migration. Canada’s Express Entry programme invites top-ranked candidates to take up permanent residency........Read more

Tamil Nadu MLAs’ disqualification case: Madras High Court delivers split verdict; matter to be heard by third judge

The Madras High Court delivered a split verdict on a batch of petitions challenging the disqualification of 18 dissident AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to AMMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran. Chief Justice Indira Banerjee favoured the disqualification, Justice Sundar disagreed to it.........Read more

Political Party Gave Supari to Kill me: Mamta Banerjee

In a shocking allegation/revelation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee has accused a few political parties of trying to get her killed. She said she has reliable information from the Intelligence Bureau officials that a few are conspiring to kill her. She said the contract killers have already conducted a recce at her residence and the Intelligence reports asked her to shift to a government bungalow immediately.........Read more

No excise duty cut on petrol, diesel for now: DEA secretary

The government is not considering cutting excise duty on petrol and diesel yet as rates have not touched levels that could trigger such an action, said Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg. State oil firms have not revised petrol and diesel price for almost a week now. This comes after the prices of petrol hit a 55-month high of Rs 74.63 a litre and diesel rates climbed to a record high of Rs 65.93.........Read more

Janardhan Reddy campaigning for friend Sriramulu, not BJP: Yeddyurappa

Amid criticism over mining baron G Janardhana Reddy taking part in electioneering in poll-bound Karnataka, state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa on Sunday said the former minister was campaigning for his friend B Sriramulu and not for the party. B S Yeddyurappa also asserted BJP would win the assembly elections and he would take oath as Chief Minister with the blessings of Prime minister Narendra Modi on May 17 or 18.........Read more

Govt mops up Rs 1.5 lakh crore additional tax, to chase 65 lakh non-filers

The Union government's drive towards higher compliance has already helped it garner additional Rs 1.5 lakh crore in direct taxes during 2017-18 and get a record number of new filers. But it is not done yet with the tax department chasing 65 lakh people who it suspects did not file returns last year as it hopes to expand the taxpayer base to over 9.3 crore.........Read more

All Routine Surgeries Cancelled at AIIMS as 1,700 Resident Doctors go on Indefinite Strike

All-India Institute of Medical Sciences has cancelled all routine surgeries scheduled for Friday following a strike call issued by 1,700 Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA). The doctors are demanding the immediate removal of a senior doctor Atul Kumar, who allegedly slapped a resident doctor a couple of days ago. Hospital authorities said that over 8,000 patients from across the country daily, will also run in a restricted manner. The RDA has also demanded a written apology from Kumar and asked the administration to circulate a code of conduct to the faculty members.........Read more

2018 Mahindra XUV500 launched, starts at Rs 12.32 lakh

New Mahindra XUV500 sits the same 2.2-liter mHawk diesel engine which powered the outgoing version. However, the motor now gets sixth generation eVGT (electronically controlled Variable Geometry Turbocharger) which increased the maximum power output up to 155PS. The company also claims improved low and mid-range torque with the help of the new technology and the peak torque output also goes up to 360Nm.........Read more

MEA issues advisory asks fishermen & sailors to stay away from Iranian waters

An advisory issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has particularly warned emigrants working on fishing vessels/trawlers moving from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates towards Iranian waters. It has also cautioned all registered agents not to process cases of employment or engagement of Indian emigrants or workers on fishing vessels working in these countries and fishing towards Iranian waters. ........Read more

Non-bailable warrants issued against Nirav Modi and Mehul Chowksi

The special court allowed the CBI's application for the issuance of NBWs against Modi and Chowksi after the two turned down summons to join the investigation in the scam. The agency had written to Modi and Chowksi to join probe on their official e-mail ids but they have refused to join it, citing business engagements and health issues.........Read more

Tata may sell auto components unit Tata AutoComp Systems

N. Chandrasekaran, who completed a year as Tata Sons Ltd chairman on Wednesday, plans to divest companies that are not making money and allocate capital to businesses where the group’s prospects are brighter. Pune-based Tata AutoComp, a subsidiary of Tata Motors Ltd, has more than 33 manufacturing facilities across India and China, and five joint ventures in partnership with leading global auto parts makers.........Read more

Delhi Government Files Notice Against Pierce Brosnan Over Paan Masala Commercial

Hollywood on-screen actor Pierce Brosnan came into the limelight after Delhi government filed a show-cause notice against him to explain why he appeared in an Indian brand’s paan masala commercial. Brosnan has 10 days to respond. As per Arora, if Brosnan does not respond to the show-cause notice, the actor could face a fine of Rs 5,000 or two years in prison or both.........Read more

Sebi Overhauls Expense Charge Provision For Mutual Funds

Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said that "Since more than five years have elapsed and on review, it is now decided that the additional TER of upto 30 basis points would be allowed for inflows from beyond top 30 cities instead of beyond top 15 cities".........Read more

CBSE withdraws uniform assessment policy for Std VI to VIII

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has withdrawn its policy of uniform assessment for classes VI to VIII, following objections from child rights' body, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).........Read more

Man Claims To Have Time-Traveled To Year 6000 and Got Back Photo of Future City

In the year 6000, the man states that human race will be ruled by Artificial Intelligence (AI). In fact, he claims, AI will take charge after the 21st century itself. We may think we are living in a modern society, but the man states that our society will seem primitive if we come to know what the future holds. We would also have found a permanent cure for cancer. In addition to advancements in medicine, government and technology, some other things will be also different in the future. ........Read more

Veteran director-actor Kashinath passes away

Senior director-cum-actor Kashinath passed away on Thursday at a private hospital. Kashinath, who introduced veteran directors like Sunil Kumar Desai, Upendra and music composer V Manohar, became famous for double entendres gave a different dimension to Kannada film industry. He worked for over 40 feature films in a span of over three decades. He also produced a few films besides composing music.........Read more

€True Indian to Hamza Bhai: A Kashmiri man's journey from Aligarh Muslim University to militancy

Mannan Wani’s worldview changed drastically after he moved out of Kashmir. Or, so it seems from his blog posts as well as Facebook and Twitter timelines. Although he was critical of the separatist leadership – he expressed disenchantment with the Hurriyat Conference – it was more out of frustration for what he considered their failure to “work for the same cause”.........Read more

Cervical cancer vaccine that RSS wing wanted out faces a wait

The matter is still under consideration of the technical advisory body on immunisation but highly placed sources in the ministry say that regardless of what the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) decides, a vaccine against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) will not become a part of UIP anytime soon. An NTAGI subcommittee had recommended that India should introduce HPV. “We are not going ahead with it now.” ........Read more

Draped in a sari, world’s first robot citizen makes India debut at IIT Bombay

Known for its human-like appearance and behaviour, Sophia was developed by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics and activated in 2015. Using artificial intelligence, it imitates human gestures and facial expressions, and is able to make conversation on predefined topics.The robot was granted citizenship of Saudi Arabia in October........Read more

India asks neighbours to remain sensitive to its security concern over One Belt One Road

A communist win in the Nepal elections, the Maldives signing a crucial free trade deal with China and endorsing its One Belt One Road (OBOR) project, and Sri Lanka formally handing over the strategic port of Hambantota to China — all of these news came to India over the last fortnight from its neighbouring countries. ........Read more

2017 Tokyo Motor Show: Yamaha Reveals Niken Leaning Three-Wheeler

Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer has revealed a new tilting three-wheeler, the Niken at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The Yamaha Niken is based on the popular MT-09 platform and it has two wheels at the front which enhance the grip when leaning into corners.........Read more

BCCI Set to Pay Kochi Tuskers Kerala Rs. 850 Crore?

In what may be a big setback for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the national board may have to pay Rs 850 crore as compensation to the former Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala. The BCCI had earlier encashed the bank guarantee deposited by the franchise, putting forward its point that Kerala went against the official agreement between the two parties.........Read more

Mahindra XUV500 W9 Launched at Rs. 15.45 Lakhs

Mahindra & Mahindra has launched the W9 variant of XUV500 at a sticker price of Rs. 15.45 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, Delhi) in the country. Mahindra XUV500 W9 will be available in both manual and automatic transmission modes. The W9 variant comes loaded with several aspirational features such as an Electric Sunroof with Anti-pinch, Reverse Camera with Dynamic Assist, 7-inch touchscreen Infotainment System, Industry First Ecosense Technology, Android Auto, Emergency Call, Dual Airbags & more.........Read more

Pak overhauling communications system with help from China: Report

Pakistan is working on a massive project with China as part of the $55-billion CPEC project to develop a communications system which is not routed through India and the US.........Read more

Ransomware is one of the biggest cybercrime threats of 2017: Europol

Ransomware eclipsed most other forms of cybercrime as on-line crime surged in 2017, European policing agency Europol said on 27 September, citing high-profile attacks such as “WannaCry” that reached millions of computers.........Read more

The moon and TeamIndus: Why it is important for private companies to participate in India's space missions

In this exciting world where other countries and companies are experimenting with various directions for the future, why should we in India be passive onlookers? India is at an inflection point when it comes to leading the global narrative. The country is and will continue to reap dividends thanks to an ideal mix of young demographics, increasing digital connectivity and the unshakeable foundation of democracy. For many years ISRO has been pushing the envelope on behalf of all of us in India. It is time that Indian entrepreneurs helped share that responsibility.........Read more

Vijay Mallya in More Trouble as UK’s Serious Fraud Office Begins Probe Into Money Laundering Charges

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has begun probe against liquor baron Vijay Mallya for alleged “money laundering” in the UK and beyond, the development that may spell more trouble for the fugitive businessman. The SFO is probing whether Vijay Mallya used a complex web of shell companies for laundering money from India to UK, Switzerland and other countries. ........Read more

Amazon opens first fashion studio in India

The studio, called BLINK, is Amazon’s third such facility in the world—the company has one each in London and New York. The 44,000 sq. ft. studio in Gurugram includes 16 photography bays, a ramp and a presentation area along with enclosed workspaces for Amazon teams and fashion sellers to collaborate on creative content.........Read more

Trump's business panels collapse after president's remarks on Charlottesville

As one CEO after another quit one of the two councils, Trump said on Wednesday that he was disbanding both of them. He tweeted: "Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!"........Read more

If China raises stakes at Doklam, it will get a bloody nose: former foreign secy

Former Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal argues that while the India-China stand-off at Doklam can certainly be resolved through dialogue, it is unlikely to take place before November when snowfall will force both sides to withdraw.........Read more

18% GST on food takeaway from non-AC area at AC restaurant

A uniform goods and services tax (GST) rate of 18% will be charged on takeaways as well as food served from a non-AC area of a hotel or restaurant if any of its part has a facility of air conditioning, the government has said.........Read more

British Luxury Car Exports To India On Rise

India has proved to be a robust market for British luxury cars as latest figures released by the UK automotive industry this week indicate a spike in exports from the UK to India. India is now the seventh largest Asian market for UK car exports, according to the latest figures.........Read more

Earth’s Most Indestructible Creature Identified: Tardigrade

Water-dwelling, eight-legged, segmented micro-animals called tardigrades will survive the risk of extinction from all astrophysical catastrophes, and be around for at least 10 billion years -- far longer than the human race, according to new research from the Universities of Oxford and Harvard.........Read more

Why does North Korea hate the US?

The North Korean regime teaches its citizens to hate America. But why?........Read more

How the Judiciary Defied the Government to Uphold Constitutional Values During the Emergency

At a time when all critical voices against the government were being muted and the media had become compliant, lawyers and judges continued to argue for civil liberties.........Read more

Christian BJP leader in Kerala to set up helpline to counter 'love jihad'

A Christian BJP leader in Kerala plant to set up a ‘Christian Helpline’ to prevent ‘love jihad’, the supposed attempt to convert Christian girls to Islam. Renjith Abraham Thomas, a leader of the BJP’s minority religious wing, said he has got widespread support from his community.........Read more

Sanjay Dutt’s early release questioned by Bombay High Court

The court will further hear the matter after one week. During his imprisonment, Dutt was granted parole of 90 days in December 2013 and later again for 30 days.........Read more

Karnataka bandh evokes poor response

It seems the people have rejected the bandh call. The dawn to dusk bandh called by pro-kannada activists turned out a damp squib due to poor response. The shops and business establishments remained open and traffic was not distrubed.........Read more

Kalpakkam radiation level is under permissible limit claims DAE

Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) on Saturday asserted that its Kalpakkam (Madras) Atomic Power Station (MAPS) in Tamil Nadu has several safety features on par with any other nuclear plant in the world with radiation levels inside the plant have never gone beyond the permissible limit at any point of time.........Read more

Indus OS partners with Digital Turbine to monetise smartphone users in emerging economies

Indus OS has signed a multi-year agreement with Digital Turbine to monetise smartphone users in emerging economies. Indus OS is the second most popular smartphone operating system in India, with a market share more than Apple’s iOS. Digital Turbine is an app delivery and advertising services company based in the US. Indus OS has already been using the Ignite platform by Digital Turbine for its ad campaigns since May 2017.........Read more

How a smuggling problem on the Nepal border was used to slip in a cattle slaughter ban across India

In 2014, in response to a petition filed by animal rights activists, the Supreme Court had asked the government to set up a committee to address the problem of cattle smuggling on the border of India and Nepal. In 2015, the committee recommended the framing of new rules to regulate cattle markets, so that healthy cattle are sold only for legally authorised purposes.........Read more

Meet the accidental hero who saved the world from the ransomware cyber-attack

A cyber security researcher has reportedly discovered a ‘kill switch’ that can prevent the spread of the WannaCry ransomware, which is creating chaos worldwide.........Read more

Vivek Oberoi donates 25 flats to families of CRPF martyrs

Actor Vivek Oberoi’s organistation has donated 25 flats to the families of CRPF jawans killed in the line of duty. The flats are located in two buildings -- Karrm Residency...........Read more

Common antibiotics linked to increased risk of miscarriage

"Infections are prevalent during pregnancy," says Dr. Anick Bérard, Faculty of Pharmacy, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec. "Although antibiotic use to treat infections has been linked to a decreased risk of prematurity and low birth weight in other studies, our investigation shows that certain types of antibiotics are increasing the risk of spontaneous abortion, with a 60% to two-fold increased risk."........Read more

No coordination between blood banks and hospitals, 6 lakh litres of blood wasted in five years

In the last five years, over 28 lakh units of blood and its components were discarded by banks across India, exposing serious loopholes in the nation's blood banking system.........Read more

Heat stroke kills 21 in Telangana

The continuing heat wave condition in Telangana has claimed over 21 lives in the state over the past week. People have succumbed to heat strokes in Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Warangal and Sangareddy districts as humidity dipped to 13%. ........Read more

R K Nagar bypoll: TTV Dinakaran supporters caught on camera bribing voters

Workers of Sasikala Natarajan faction of AIADMK were caught on camera distributing money to voters of R K Nagar constituency on wednesday. A video shows supporters of AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran handing out Rs 4,000 to each voter inside a house. Every time the man hands out Rs 4,000 he is seen urging voters to vote for 'the hat' symbol.........Read more

No proof against Indresh, Pragya in Ajmer blast: NIA

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday cleared senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Indresh Kumar, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and two others of all charges in the 2007 Ajmer dargah blast case in which three persons were killed. The NIA said no evidence was found against them.........Read more

All payment systems to remain closed on April 1, no RTGS and NEFT transfers too: RBI

As per an official statement by the Reserve Bank of India, all payment systems, including Real time gross settlement (RTGS) and National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT), will remain closed on April 1. The statement issued on Thursday clarified that contrary to a previous notice issued by the bank which claimed that payment systems will remain open on all days from March 25 to April 1, the new circular clearly states that it is not the case and payment systems will indeed remain closed on April 1.........Read more

Manohar agrees to stay on temporarily as ICC chairman

Shashank Manohar has agreed to defer his resignation as ICC chairman at least until the new governance and financial models are voted on at the next round of meetings in April........Read more

Jadeja and Umesh Two Silent Heroes of Virat Kohli's Team

The two men who have done this time and again for the Indian team, without getting much of the limelight or credit, are Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav. Sometimes, their role is a bit like the Tour de France cycling teams that support the cyclists, and do all the hard part for their lead cyclist — fight against the wind, carry drinks, and shield their leader from attacks of the other teams — but eventually be invisible near the podium. It is a platform, but only for the leader........Read more

Haryana wants Indus Valley renamed as Sarasvati civilisation

Seven months after water was released into a largely dry channel that was dug up to revive the “lost” Saraswati, the Haryana Sarasvati Heritage Development Board (HSHDB) has decided to rename the Indus Valley civilisation as the Sarasvati river civilisation since the “river is no more a myth, its existence is a reality”. ........Read more

DLF promoters to sell 40% stake in rental arm to GIC

Singapore sovereign fund GIC Pte. will hold exclusive talks with the promoters of DLF Ltd, India’s largest property developer, to purchase their 40% stake in a rental unit. The stake sale in its rental unit is expected to raise about Rs12,000-13,000 crore and will significantly bring down DLF’s debt levels. The transaction, which DLF claims will be a game-changer for the firm, involves DLF promoter firms selling their entire 40% stake in DLF CyberCity Developers Ltd to institutional investors.........Read more

Two more AIADMK MPs extended support to Panneerselvam

The rebel Panneerselvam faction got a boost today with two AIADMK MPs - PR Sundaram (from Namakkal) and Ashok Kumar (from Krishnagiri) extending their support to OPS. All eyes are now on Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, who seems to have adopted a 'wait and watch' strategy before making a final call.........Read more

Shocking: Not just girlfriend, Bhopal killer murdered and buried his parents 7 years ago

He made a chilling confession about his other murders. "He confessed that around 2011, he had killed his father Vijendra Das, who was an employee of a reputed PSU, and mother Indrani, who was a senior police officer, and buried them at the lawn of their residence at Raipur in Chhattisgarh. The statements are subject to verification and a team of Bhopal police is on its way to Raipur," said Siddarth Bahuguna, SP, Bhopal (South).........Read more

5,000 Protest Against Jallikattu Ban At Chennai’s Marina Beach

About 5,000 youngsters gathered at the Marina beach in Chennai through Tuesday and stayed overnight, asking that the ban be revoked. Protesters slept on the beach, stating that they will not leave until Jallikattu is allowed to happen. Some of them also asked for a meeting with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.........Read more

Kerala NDA vice-chairman Rajeev Chandrasekhar investor, director in Arnab Goswami’s Republic

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a member of the Rajya Sabha and vice-chairman of the NDA in Kerala, is one of the largest investors and a director in journalist Arnab Goswami’s upcoming media venture. The venture, named Republic, applied for uplinking and downlinking of a news channel in late November. Republic will be part of a company called ARG Outlier Media Private Limited. Goswami was appointed managing director of ARG Outlier on November 19, a day after he left Times Now as its editor-in-chief. Chandrasekhar, through companies owned by him, has invested over Rs 30 crore in ARG Outlier.........Read more

Pot may restrict blood flow to brain: study

(HealthDay)—Marijuana appears to hamper blood flow to the brain, which theoretically could affect your memory and ability to reason, a new study suggests.........Read more

Snapdeal to home deliver Reliance Jio SIM cards: Reports

Are long queues averting you from buying a Reliance Jio sim card? Several reports on Wednesday said that e-commerce giant Snapdeal will soon start home delivery of Reliance Jio sim card with ‘Happy New Year’ Offer. Only the users who have received that mail can avail the offer, currently available in selected locations. After receiving the mail, users will be asked to register contact details and address of the locality. Further, the users will asked to select the time slot for the delivery of SIM along with the acknowledgement of a valid local Aadhar Card.........Read more

Major earthquake jolts Chile tourist region on Christmas Day

A major 7.6 magnitude earthquake jolted southern Chile on Sunday, prompting thousands to evacuate coastal areas, but no fatalities or major damage were reported in the tourism and salmon farming region. The quake disrupted Christmas celebration plans for thousands of people who fled their homes on foot, in cars and on horseback, seeking higher ground amid torrential rains in some places as sirens warned of a potential tsunami.........Read more

Amazon starts flexing muscles in air cargo space with Prime Air

Expanding into transportation, from trucks to planes, is one of Amazon’s most important endeavours as it strives to lure new customers with fast shipping while keeping costs under control. The world’s largest online retailer is sending more packages, more often, and later in the day to serve its estimated 35 million to more than 50 million U.S. members of Amazon Prime.........Read more

US: Axed IT workers sue Disney for giving their jobs to Indians

A group of former Disney IT employees, who were replaced by Indian workers brought on H-1B visas, have now sued their ex-employer for alleged racial discrimination. The class action suit accuses Disney of laying off information technology workers ?based........Read more

Israel Finally Receives The First Of Its $5 Billion Order Of US-Made F-35 Jets

It was supposed to be a public relations bonanza. A pair of new F-35 fighter jets were scheduled to streak across the sunny desert sky here on Monday afternoon and land to rapturous applause by Israeli and American leaders and military brass.........Read more

Note Ban'€™s Grim Outcome: Cash Crunch to Last Six More Months

Notwithstanding Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel’s assurances that the problem of severe cash crunch will ease soon, it may take at least 175 more days to remonetise the banking system. That too, if the complicated and time-consuming process of “printing press-to-pocket” flow is considerably overhauled.........Read more

Big B, Alia win top honours at Star Screen awards

Courtroom drama "Pink" swept the Star Screen Awards here with megastar Amitabh Bachchan bagging the best actor award for the film while actress Alia Bhatt picked up the best actress for her performance in controversy-ridden drug-themed crime thriller "Udta Punjab".........Read more

IITians with 8.5 CGPA to get direct admissions to PhD programmes

Students of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) securing at least a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.5 in BTech will get direct admission to PhD programmes. Such students will be entitled for a fellowship of Rs 60,000 per month for a period of five years at the premier technical institutes from next year. Besides, they will also get........Read more

Delhi to New York in 5 hours? Possible

Despite the challenges Boom faces, and they are many, aviation experts expect that at some point, years from now, the economic challenges of commercial supersonic travel will be overcome.........Read more

Meet Anil Bokil, the man who gave Narendra Modi the idea of demonetisation

“It is a surgery done without administering the patient the dose of anaesthesia,” Bokil says about demonetisation of the currency notes of Rs500 and Rs1,000. He calls it “currency compression”, not demonetisation. “We have proposed compressing the currency so much that the Rs50 note becomes the highest denomination in circulation. We are not there yet but eventually we will,” prophesies Bokil with the easy certitude of a pragmatist.........Read more

Ae Dard Hai Mushkil: An Honest ADHM Review, In Memes

Karan Johar returns as a director after Student of the Year, which was a study of how rich people go to school. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil tells you how rich people fall in love – or at least, try to – and brood over a heartbreak. By taking a weekend trip to Paris in a private jet, of course.........Read more

Deficient rainfall puts Kerala on the verge of severe drought

A severe drought is looming large over Kerala as the state has received deficient rainfall during the south-west monsoon. There has been a sharp decrease of rainfall (34%) during the south-west monsoon, according to figures released by the Indian Meteorological Department........Read more

UK sends hundreds of troops to eastern Europe in biggest Nato build-up since Cold War

While 800 personnel with armoured support will be deployed in Estonia, Royal Air Force aircraft will be sent to Romania for up to four months. The UK's contribution will be part of Nato's overall deployment of at least 4,000 personnel, with the United States and Canada sending troops for the purpose, as well.........Read more

Google, YouTube smell trouble as Madras HC asks them to give user details

Google and its subsidiary YouTube are in a bind. They have been directed by the Madras high court to part with details of a user (Marupakkam Seithigal) who posted a video content dubbed defamatory by a private company (Lebara Foundation).........Read more

NCB to seize 500 Bitcoins used in drug trafficking

After cracking down on drug trafficking being conducted through the ‘darknet’ recently, the NCB is set to freeze about 500 Bitcoins in the accounts of traffickers, the first ever seizure of the virtua........Read more

Edu-tech start-up ConceptOwl seeks to raise Rs100 crore

Kerala-based ConceptOwl, an education technology (ed-tech) start-up founded by former private equity professional Rajan Singh, is looking to raise up to Rs.100 crore from private equity investors to set up coaching centres across the country.........Read more

Here’s how to have a single Union Budget, including the Railways

This is the right time for the government to change the accounting practice to ‘accrual basis’ rather than ‘actual flows’. Otherwise, linking numbers is difficult. This will make government data less confusing, transparent and of global standards........Read more

Actor Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies, dies at 83

Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in “The Producers” and the mad scientist of “Young Frankenstein,” has died. He was 83.........Read more

Kochi-based Reelmonk gives new movies on release date in your laptop

Reelmonk operates in a pay per download model with prices starting at $1 per movie. It can be watched any number of times in the downloaded system.........Read more

ULFA abducts Assam BJP leaders son, demands Rs 1 crore as ransom

The son of a BJP leader has been abducted by United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and they are demanding Rs 1 crore as ransom.........Read more

Niantic finally comes to India, launches “Pokemon Gau Rakshak”

That Pokemon Go has gripped the globe with its engaging gameplay is no news to anyone. Ever wondered what things would be like, if the burgeoning battalion of cow protectors in India could get a similar platform to carry out their roles? With developer Niantic’s latest offering, “Pokemon Gau Rakshak”, this platform is all [...]........Read more

Apple iPhone 7 to feature a Force Touch home button and sharper photos

We have heard plenty of rumours and seen plenty of leaked images of the iPhone 7 so far. So what if all of them showed one big flaw? Well, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman just pointed out something that may have been missed by the rumour mills so far and tha........Read more

Now Nehra asks Kohli if he was telling himself “I’ll make every bowler in the world look like you!”

Indian swearing batting sensation Virat Kohli’s recent banter with his senior and cricketing legend Rahul Dravid caused a deluge of awe on recently. Kohli had shared a photo that had him gazing intently at Dravid during his childhood alongside a recent picture that had him being interviewed by the legend. Kohli stated that “Moments [...]........Read more

Debt recovery bill gets clearance from Lok Sabha

The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Debt Recovery Bill that will help speedy recovery of bad loans and help banks clean up their balance sheets of stressed assets.........Read more

AIIMS study hints rampant selective feticide in south Delhi

The analysis of aborted fetuses and newborns abandoned in different parts of South Delhi and brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences between 1996 and 2012 has revealed the enormity of the crime prevalent in the capital. There were 238 ........Read more

Kashmir unrest: Separatists extend shutdown call to 5 August

The separatist camp today extended the shutdown call in Kashmir till 5 August "to protest against the civilian deaths" which took place during clashes following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter earlier this month.........Read more

Android 7.0 Nougat will strictly enforce verified boot; phone won't start if software is corrupt

While users have been alerted about their system security since Marshmallow, with the Nougat OS, Android will strictly enforce verified boot........Read more

Jeep Shows Off the 75th Salute Wrangler Concept

After unveiling limited edition models for almost all of its SUVs, the iconic American carmaker has commissioned a one of a kind Wrangler Concept model. Naming it as the Wrangler 75th Salute Concept, the vehicle is based on a Wrangler Sport and was manufactured at Jeep's Toledo, Ohio facility that has manufactured the Wrangler for many years now.........Read more

Snapdeal-GoJavas deal falls apart: Sources

Talks between online marketplace giant Snapdeal to acquire logistics firm GoJavas are learnt to have abruptly ended. According to sources, the two companies were in discussions of a complete buyout of the logistics firm, but the talks ended on........Read more

Social Justice Minister Ramdas Athawale plans quota for Brahmins, Jats

The demand of Dhangars, seeking inclusion in the ST quota, was also being considered by the government, he said.........Read more

Telangana Assembly to pass resolution for 12% Muslim quota: K Chandrasekhar Rao

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), headed by Rao, had promised during the elections that Muslims will be provided 12 per cent reservation in proportion to their population.........Read more

What It Took To Report From Kargil During War - By Vikram Chandra

This is an excerpt from Vikram Chandra's chapter in a new book about NDTV and 25 years of television journalism, called More News is Good News.........Read more

Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal brings back old hands in turnaround efforts

At least three former senior Flipkart executives are back at the firm under Binny Bansal, who replaced Sachin Bansal as chief executive officer in January........Read more

'Vulnerable' B'deshi Hindus want Modi intervention for safety

In the wake of a series of attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh, the minority community there wants Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian government to take up the matter with Dhaka to ensure their safety and security.........Read more

New European Commission immigration plan likely to make EU more attractive for Indians

The proposals, it is felt, will support European businesses in attracting qualified and talented people from around the world.........Read more

Yahoo hires investment bank to sell about 3,000 patents: Report

Yahoo Inc has hired boutique investment bank Black Stone IP LLC to sell about 3,000 of the internet company's patents, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.........Read more

Does Paytm have its finger in too many pies?

Paytm boss Vijay Shekhar Sharma sent out a message on Twitter last week, conveying to the world that he's a high-flyer. "How do you know when you travel a lot? When air hostess at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) without seeing your boarding........Read more

The Woman Behind Deepika, Kareena's Stunts is Badass In Real Life Too

You may have seen Deepika Padukone perform all those cool stunts in Chennai Express and Kareena Kapoor Khan matching Ajay Devgn toe-to-toe in Singham. Guess what, there's one woman responsible for making Bollywood's best actresses look even fiercer onscreen. Meet stunt-performer Geeta Tandon.........Read more