Snapchat is ripping off TikTok -- the cycle is now complete

As surely as the student succeeds the master, the cannibalized social media service shall, in turn, cannibalize another. It’s the axiom of social survival in the ongoing battle for the attention of the Youth. What did the Youth love before? Snapchat. What do they love now? TikTok. So now Snapchat’s ripping off TikTok. Introducing Spotlight 🔦 The best of Snapchat. Sit back and take it all in, or submit your video Snaps and you could earn a share of more than $1,000,000 a day. Happy Snapping! — Snapchat (@Snapchat) ........Read more

How Caffeine and Alcohol Can Make Your Mental Health Worse

It’s no secret that living through the COVID-19 pandemic, and 2020 in general, has been emotionally exhausting. People have been isolated and social distancing, many struggling with losing a job or income. Some are treating extremely ill patients on the frontlines, dealing with the loss of friends or family members and so much more, all while trying to process an endless barrage of disasters, political turmoil and bad news unrelated to the pandemic. All this strife can be especially hard on anyone already coping with depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. Taking care of yourself right now may include understanding how a daily coffee or cocktail habit could be influencing your wellbeing. Everyday substances like caffeine and alcohol, when consumed in excess, can exacerbate underlying mental health issues like anxiety and depression. And seemingly harmless drugs in your medicine cabinet, like allergy or cold meds, can interact with medications used for treating mental health to bring about serious consequences.........Read more

'Thanks a Lot for Your Love': MS Dhoni Announces Retirement from International Cricket

Former Indian World Cup winning captain MS Dhoni, on August 15, announced time on his international career spanning 16 years. The Ranchi-born wicket-keeper batsman who is also known as 'Captain cool' made his debut for India under the captaincy of of the current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly in 2004 against Bangladesh. Dhoni announced his decision via Instagram and wrote, "Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout.from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired." Dhoni, who will lead the Chennai Super Kings into battle in the upcoming IPL in UAE, posted a video on Instagram announcing his decision. Dhoni is currently in Chennai with the Chennai Super Kings squad and will be part of a training camp before they leave for UAE. relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Not just the 2011 World Cup, where Dhoni finished things off with an iconic six over long-on against Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, he also captained India to victory in the inaugural edition of the World T20 in 2007 in South Africa. India won three ICC Champions Trophy titles with him at the helm in 2010, 2013 and 2014. Dhoni was also captain of India when they were the top ranked Test side between December 2009 and June 2011. He was also the captain when India won the Asia Cup in 2010 and 2016.........Read more

Seven Thousand Wonders Of India: An Artistic Pilgrimage Of India's Lesser Known Temples-Part I

How to see a temple - in all its grandeur, glory and artistic magnificence? Here is a series of articles that will take you on a virtual tour of the lesser known temples of this land where the wonders are endless. This is an introduction to equip the reader with tools to undertake the journey with the writer over the next few weeks. “Full many a gem of purest ray serene, the dark unfathom’d caves of ocean bearFull many a flower is born to blush unseen, and waste its sweetness in the desert air.” -Thomas Gray, Elegy in a country churchyard........Read more

Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates Really 'Self-Made'? This Viral Twitter Thread Debunks the Myths

When people use the 'self-made' tag, it's usually associated with people who built their way up with almost none or minimal wealth to start, and is usually associated with the other richest people in the world - Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates. We've all their viral 'origin' stories, of how they started their companies in garages and it then grew from small businesses to the world-dominators they are today. But were these companies really self made?........Read more

ED files chargesheet against Chidambaram, son Karti in INX money-laundering case

A password protected e-chargesheet was filed against Chidambaram, his son Karti and others before the court of Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar here on Monday. The judge has directed the agency to file a hard copy of the chargesheet once the court starts functioning normally. Besides the Chidambarams, the chargesheet also names Karti's chartered accountant S S Bhaskararaman and others. Chidambaram was arrested by the Centreal Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the INX Media corruption case on August 21 last year. On October 16 last year, the ED arrested him in a related money-laundering case.........Read more

India to ease restrictions on foreign ownership in defence ventures

India will ease restrictions on the level of foreign ownership in defence manufacturing, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Saturday, in a move aimed at cutting down on imports. Under the plan, foreign investors would be able to own a stake of up to 74% in defence manufacturing ventures, up from the 49% limit now, Sitharaman told a news conference. The increase in foreign investments would help reduce a “huge defence import bill” and make India self-reliant in defence production, she said, adding India would also expand the list of weapons that could not be imported. ........Read more

Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infects cells of the intestine

Patients with COVID-19 show a variety of symptoms associated with respiratory organs—such as coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, and fever—and the disease is transmitted via tiny droplets that are spread mainly through coughing and sneezing. One third of the patients however also have gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea and diarrhea. In addition, the virus can be detected in human stool long after the respiratory symptoms have been resolved. This suggests that the virus can also spread via so-called "fecal-oral transmission."........Read more

Palghar Sadhu lynchings: Police arrests 110 people including 9 juveniles for lynching three people

The Palghar Police on Sunday have arrested 110 people including 9 juveniles, in connection with the lynching of three persons by the villagers, suspecting them as thieves on Sunday. The incident took place on April 17 when three men from Kandivali in Mumbai were headed towards Surat in a car to attend a funeral. Three people, who were travelling from Kandivali in Mumbai to Gujarat via interior roads of Palghar, were beaten to death on April 17 by Gadchinchle villagers, suspecting them as thieves, reported news agency ANI. Two of them were sadhus and one their car driver. ........Read more

Amit Shah Reviews COVID-19 Lockdown Situation In Meeting With State Officials

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday reviewed the corona-induced lockdown situation, including working of the MHA control room, in various states in a meeting with officers. According to sources, he was informed of the relief measures implemented for migrant workers stranded in various parts of the country along with the latest update on the 24/7 control room. The control room is monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and coordinating with states as well as with various ministries of the Central government.........Read more

Coronavirus: In First Public Statement, Boris Johnson Says 'Owe my Life to NHS Staff'

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is currently recovering from coronavirus at a London Hospital after being admitted there last week, on Saturday thanked the National Health Service (NHS) staff at the hospital for looking after him, in what was his first public statement since being moved out of intensive care on Thursday. “I can’t thank them enough. I owe them my life,” the statement from the 55-year-old New York-born leader said.........Read more

‘Modi Was Great’: After Threat, Trump Lavishes Praise as India Lifts Hydroxychloroquine Export Ban

A day after India lifted the ban on export of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to help the US fight coronavirus, President Donald Trump mellowed his tone towards India and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "I bought millions of doses (of hydroxychloroquine). More than 29 million. I spoke to Prime Minister Modi, a lot of it (hydroxychloroquine) comes out of India. I asked him if he would release it. He was great. He was really good," Trump told Sean Hannity of the Fox News on Monday night. ........Read more

How Indian Power Sector Proved Newly-Minted Grid Experts Wrong Between 08:50 And 09:00 PM On Sunday 

Ahead of the event, POCOSO took actions like switching of some transmission lines while Power Grid and state transmission companies ensured proper working of all relevant equipment. Starting 6 pm, the hydropower generation was reduced with thermal and gas power sources meeting the peak demand. Just before the event at 9 pm, the gas and the hydro generating stations were ramped down to basic minimum, so as to reduce the load but also ensuring availability after the event. The thermal generating stations were put back up by 9.05 pm in anticipation of the load increasing.........Read more

US slashes aid to Afghanistan by $1bn 'IMMEDIATELY', touts more cuts as Taliban 'peace deal' on brink of collapse

Washington will cut aid to Afghanistan by $1 billion starting immediately, after failing to resolve a fierce dispute between rival Afghan leaders, the State Department said, noting the US military withdrawal would continue. Lamenting the failure of Afghan leaders to agree on an “inclusive government,” Pompeo said the feud between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah had “harmed US-Afghan relations,” adding that Washington would review cooperation with the country and make significant cuts to US aid.........Read more

Family of Karnataka coronavirus patient who died ignored hospital advice. Not once, twice

The family of a 76-year-old Karnataka man who died due to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, this week apparently went against medical advice and forcibly got him discharged from hospitals not once but twice in the days before his death. This according to statements released by Union Ministry of Health and a private hospital in Hyderabad. According to the statements, the family ignored medical advice at a hospital in Karnataka's Kalaburagi, or Gulburga and another one in Hyderabad. The man died on March 10 while he was being moved from Hyderabad to Gulburga.........Read more

Gurugram Paytm staffer tests positive for Coronavirus

A Paytm employee in Gurgaon has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the company said in a statement on Wednesday, advising its employees to work from home for the next couple of days. It said the infected employee had recently returned from a vacation in Italy, one of the worst-hit countries from coronavirus. Paytm has advised all its employees to work from home for the next couple of days while the Gurgaon unit gets sanitised, the statement said, adding its daily operations will not be impacted.........Read more

Global Coronavirus Death Toll Crosses 3,000 With 42 More People Dying In China

The number of deaths globally in the new coronavirus outbreak passed 3,000 on Monday, as China reported 42 more deaths. The new fatalities were all in the virus epicentre Hubei province, the National Health Commission said, bringing the overall toll in mainland China to 2,912. Health officials also reported the lowest daily tally of fresh infections since late January, with 202 new cases. In China, the number of reported new cases has gradually been declining and there were only six confirmed new infections outside Hubei. The virus emerged late last year in Hubei in central China, but has now spread to more than 60 countries around the world.........Read more

Coronavirus: China tries 3,000-year-old traditional remedy to treat patients

Treatment in Wuhan hospitals combine Traditional Chinese Medicine, popularly known as TCM, and western medicines, said Wang Hesheng, the new health commission head in Hubei, the province at the center of the virus outbreak. He said TCM was applied on more than half of confirmed cases in Hubei. “Our efforts have shown some good result," Wang said at a press conference on Saturday, without elaborating. Top TCM experts have been sent to Hubei for “research and treatment," he said. No drugs or preventives have yet been approved against the virus, which has already claimed the lives of 1,665 people and affected almost 70,000.........Read more

Andhra man wrongly thinks he has coronavirus, kills self to protect village

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) threat in India has been worrisome lately. The coronavirus threat killed a man in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. He died not because of the coronavirus but a grave misreadreading. The 54-year-old Chittoor man killed himself after he though he had coronavirus infection but so was not the case as he mistook his symptoms for those of coronavirus. A miscommunication with doctors led to his death as he wrongly thought he had coronavirus.........Read more

Indian pharma threatened by coronavirus outbreak that could lead to shortage of Chinese drug imports

India's pharmaceutical industry has warned that the ongoing coronavirus epidemic could impact the supply of ingredients and drugs imported from China. The possibility that drug imports could be slashed due to the outbreak is being "closely monitored" and the government is working with pharmaceutical companies "in an integrated way to deal with the situation," Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance Secretary General Sudarshan Jain told local media. A shortage of Chinese drugs would have an immediate effect on India's pharmaceutical industry, as China accounted for some 68 percent of total imports for bulk drugs and ingredients in 2018-2019.........Read more

U19 World Cup: Kartik Tyagi, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Atharva Ankolekar the heroes as India qualify for semi-finals

Riding on fighting half-centuries from Yashasvi Jaiswal and Atharva Ankolekar followed by a superb bowling spell from pacer Kartik Tyagi, India U19 beat Australia by 74 runs to move into the semifinals of the U19 Cricket World Cup in Potchefstroom on Tuesday. Chasing India's 233/9, Australia could only manage 159 as the India colts celebrated a famous hard-fought victory.........Read more

India's Draft National Strategy On Blockchain Calls For Official Cryptocurrency

The draft paper noted a need to clearly differentiate between different types of blockchain systems Like the RBI, it has also recommended an official cryptocurrency Government might set up a body to coordinate the national blockchain strategy Nearly two months after the government said that it was working on a national framework for blockchain, the National Institute for Smart Governance (NISG) has now submitted a draft national strategy on blockchain for stakeholder comments.........Read more

Deepika Padukone Honoured With Crystal Award at World Economic Forum 2020, Ranveer Singh Reacts

Hailed time and again for being bold enough to share her tryst with depression, out in public, Chhapaak star Deepika Padukone was awarded on Monday for her leadership in raising mental health awareness at the World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos. Landing with the Crystal Award for her tireless efforts in dissing the taboo around mental health, Deepika shared her own struggle with it.........Read more

Himalayas 'vegetation expansion' at rapid pace due to global warming

Data from NASA’s Landsat satellites was used; researchers said this helped in measuring the extent of subnival vegetation in the HKH area. The vegetation cover was in-between height 4,150 to 6,000 metres above sea level. Researchers found the “vegetation expansion” was happening at altitudes over 4,150 metres above sea level across the spread.........Read more

'Lack of credit, lower consumption led India's growthrate to 5%': World Bank

The World Bank says that a lack of credit and drop in private consumption have led to a gloomy growth outlook for India with a steep cut in growth rate for the current fiscal year and only a modest gain projected for the next year. India's growth rate is forecast to be only 5 per cent for the current fiscal year, weighed down by growth of only 4.5 per cent in the July-September quarter, according to the 2020 Global Economic Prospects report.........Read more

Angry Over Mob Attack, JNU Professor Quits Govt Panel To Review Economic Data

CP Chandrasekhar, a professor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), has resigned from a government-appointed committee, which was tasked to review India’s economic data. In his resignation letter, professor CP Chandrasekhar said, "I regret to inform you that, because of the situation in JNU where I stay, I will be unable to attend tomorrow's meeting. ........Read more

Google to Hire 3,800 ‘In-House’ Full-Time Workers in 2020, India on the List

After facing criticism that the tech giant relies more on low-cost, third-party temporary workers, Google has announced to hire 3,800 "in-house" full-time employees in 2020 at various sites, including in India who will provide customer care support 24/7. To date, customer and user support, such as answering calls, product troubleshooting and campaign set-up, has often been supplied by third-party organisations on Google's behalf at various back-end outsourcing hubs across the world including India.........Read more

At 7.2 degrees, today marks the coldest day yet for Delhi this winter

Wednesday marks a bitterly cold day for Delhi. In fact, the coldest day yet of the season, according to the Met Department projections. With the minimum temperature at 7.2-degree Celsius and the maximum temperature at 14-degree Celsius, Delhiites are probably going to need an extra layer of insulation than other days, to keep themselves out of the clutches of the biting winter. Winter intensified in the national capital since Monday, when the intensifying political atmosphere in the country marked a race against the falling temperature. ........Read more

High alert in MP after duo steals INSAS rifles, ammunition from Army camp in Panchmarhi

A high-security alert has been sounded across Madhya Pradesh after two unidentified men posing as army officers decamped with two INSAS rifles and 20 rounds live cartridges from the Army Education Corps (Centre) prime facility in hilly Panchmarhi town of Hoshangabad district early on Friday. The incident took place despite intensified security across the country owing to the 27th anniversary of the Ayodhya demolition on Friday. The two men wearing black tracksuits and black caps introduced themselves as army officers to those deployed on sentry duty at one of the gates leading to the Military musical band training facility at around 2.30 am. The duo speaking in Punjabi informed the jawans that they have come to conduct a surprise inspection. Once the jawans left the gate depositing their arms, the duo decamped with both INSAS rifles and the live rounds.........Read more

Vikram Lander's Crash Brought Bad Name to India, Says TMC Leader. Nirmala Sitharaman Responds

Participating in the debate on supplementary demands for grants, Roy objected to the decision of the government to provide additional funds to the Department of Space and asked it to pull up those responsible for the "failure" of Chandrayaan-2 mission. The crash landing of Vikram on moon, he said, brought a bad name to the country. Responding to his remarks during her reply, Sitharaman said he should understand how experiments work in frontal science and questioned "how can you describe hard landing as failure", She said ISRO was applauded for its moon mission across the globe and it is unfair that a member is questioning its capability and allocation of funds for the organisation.........Read more

India weighs tougher rules for Boeing 737 MAX on return to flying

India is considering setting an experience threshold for pilots who fly Boeing’s 737 MAX planes, as it moves to ensure safety once the aircraft returns to service, a senior official of the air safety regulator told. The 737 MAX, the fastest-selling plane in the history of Boeing, has been grounded worldwide since March, after 346 people were killed in two crashes in five months. Boeing is making software changes, readying a new pilot training plan and must run a key certification test flight to get approval from the U.S. regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), before the planes can resume flying. ........Read more

Ballon d’Or 2019: Barcelona's Lionel Messi wins award for record sixth time, Megan Rapinoe bags her first

While the 32-year-old Messi won his sixth Ballon d’Or, United States captain Megan Rapinoe won her first. Messi has received the Ballon d’Or previously in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015. Messi’s and Ronaldo’s 10-year grip on the award organized by France Football magazine was ended last year by Luka Modric.........Read more

Yes Bank seeks up to $2 billion in preferential new share issue

Yes Bank Ltd aims to raise up to $2 billion in a massive issue of new shares to institutional investors and wealth managers as it soaks up the impact of bad loans in the country’s crisis-hit shadow banking and real estate sectors. ........Read more

‘Conspiracy’: Kerala won't protect activists led by Trupti Desai to visit Sabarimala

A team of gender rights activists led by Trupti Desai, which was headed for Sabarimala to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple was denied police protection on Tuesday amidst protests by devotees, members of a right wing outfit and BJP here, against their entry into the shrine. ........Read more

CJI Ranjan Gogoi Pays Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on Last Working Day, Retiring on Nov 17

CJI Ranjan Gogoi, who is retiring on November 17, paid rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on Friday at Rajghat. Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Rakesh Khanna bid Chief Justice Gogoi adieu and wished him a happy retired life. ........Read more

Volkswagen Unveils 2020 Atlas Cross Sport Coupe

The Atlas is a full grown seven-seat SUV by Volkswagen. The manufacturer has revealed a better looking, yet shorter and lower coupe-like version of the regular Atlas, called the Atlas Cross Sport.........Read more

TSRTC strike: Another Telangana road transport employee dies of suicide

The conductor, who was associated with Ranigunj bus depot in the city, was worried over not receiving the salary for September and was unable to pay EMI for his house loan. The cheque he had issued towards paying the EMI had bounced.........Read more

‘Concerned About Recent Events’, Says US Senator Elizabeth Warren on Jammu and Kashmir

she said, “The US-India partnership has always been rooted in our shared democratic values. I’m concerned about recent events in Kashmir, including a continued communications blackout and other restrictions. The rights of the people of Kashmir must be respected.”........Read more

Jet Airways' creditors to recover only $300-$400 million in liquidation scenario

Creditors of India’s bankrupt Jet Airways (JET.NS) are likely to recover less than 10% of the carrier’s total outstanding dues in a liquidation scenario if no suitor succeeds in buying the airline, two sources told Reuters. The airline’s financial and operational creditors, who are owed nearly 300 billion Indian rupees ($4.20 billion) are likely to recover only $300-$400 million from the sale of Jet’s assets, the sources, who have direct knowledge of the matter, said. “The expected recovery on owned planes and real estate is $300-400 million after repaying debt tied specifically to those assets,” said one of the sources. The sources, who asked not to be named as they have not been cleared to discuss the matter with media, said Jet currently has some four to six Boeing (BA.N) and Airbus (AIR.PA) aircraft, and some real estate assets in India, on which there are some outstanding dues. The airline, less than a year ago, was operating a fleet of more than 120 planes that flew to dozens of domestic destinations and international hubs such as Singapore, London and Dubai. Once India’s biggest private carrier, Jet stopped flying in April after running out of cash, leaving thousands without jobs and pushing up airfares across the country. It was admitted to bankruptcy court in June after its lenders, led by State Bank of India (SBI.NS), failed to agree on a revival plan. ........Read more

Don't slam door, give us reason: Sheldon Jackson to BCCI

Sheldon Jackson is among the many Indian players knocking at the doors of the selectors. There is a palpable desire for a breakthrough which has kept eluding the Saurashtra batsman despite delivering consistent performances in the domestic circuit. Perhaps that could explain his series of tweets, directed at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which begged for answers about his omission. The 32-year-old seasoned campaigner could not even make it to the Duleep Trophy squad this year with records flooding his career graph last season. Jackson finished the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy as Saurashtra’s top run-scorer having scored 854 runs in 11 games at an average of over 47 which included two centuries and seven fifties. “It’s a little upsetting. I have been waiting for four years. To be honest, even I don’t know why I have not been selected. I guess there are not many players who have performed decently well at all the levels and never got picked. Even they don’t know the reason. When you ask them (BCCI) for clarity, they are not very happy about it,” Jackson said.........Read more

I am a victim of BJP's politics of vengeance, vendetta: DK Shivakumar on his arrest

Congress leader DK Shivakumar on Tuesday congratulated the BJP after ED arrested him in an alleged money laundering case saying that he is a victim of BJP's politics of vengeance and vendetta. Taking to Twitter, Shivakumar wrote, "I congratulate my BJP friends for finally being successful in their mission of arresting me. The IT and ED cases against me are politically motivated and I am a victim of BJP's politics of vengeance and vendetta." I appeal to y party cadre, supporters and well-wishers to not be disheartened as I have done nothing illegal. I have full faith in God & in our country's Judiciary and am very confident that I will emerge victorious both legally and politically against this vendetta politics. The Congress leader said that he has done nothing "illegal" and he will emerge victorious both legally and politically. ........Read more

India vs West Indies: Hat-trick hero Jasprit Bumrah, centurion Hanuma Vihari put India on top at Sabina Park

Jasprit Bumrah became only the third Indian to scalp a hat-trick in five-day cricket after Hanuma Vihari scored a maiden ton to take the visitors to a commanding position in the second Test against West Indies. Bumrah (6/16) on Saturday produced a lethal opening spell and rattled West Indies by picking up the first five wickets, three of which came in successive balls in the ninth over to leave West Indies tottering at 87 for seven at stumps. Bumrah made inroads into West Indies line-up in the seventh over by inducing an edge from John Campbell, which Rishabh Pant accepted gleefully. Jasprit Bumrah becomes third Indian to scalp Test hat-trick An over later, Bumrah was at his lethal best as he picked up the wickets of Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase in three consecutive balls to register his name in the record books. He first dismissed Bravo caught by KL Rahul at the second slip and then had both Brooks and Chase LBW in the next two balls. In fact, the credit for Bumrah’s hat-trick should go to skipper Virat Kohli, who insisted to go for the review after Chase was given not out by onfield umpire Paul Reiffel. Bumrah, thus, became only the third Indian after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan to register a hat-trick in Test cricket. Shimron Hetmyer (34) was then cleaned up by Mohammad Shami before Bumrah came back to dismiss West Indies skipper Jason Holder. West Indies still trail India by 329 runs with three full days play remaining.........Read more

Govt identifies two lakh shell companies, to deregister 55,000

After de-registering 3.38 lakh companies post demonetisation, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) will launch the next phase to strike off another 55,000 shell companies during this fiscal. The third phase of the drive will start next month, officials close to the development said. The ministry has identified over two lakh shell companies in the third phase of the drive aimed at curbing illicit money flow. Shell companies are those without real business operations or assets. Such companies are mostly set up to hide the ownership details from the law enforcement agencies, money laundering and avoid taxes. "About 55,000 companies have been served notices for non-filing of financial statements or annual returns for a consecutive period of two years or more. Their directors have also been served notices. The ones who don't respond and file their financial statements, will be struck off and their directors disqualified, as per the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013," said the official.........Read more

Encephalitis Death Toll Rises to 43 in Bihar

The death toll from the outbreak of brain fever in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district has risen to 43 after two children died on Wednesday. However, top state health official maintained that the casualties were not related to the outbreak but were caused by hypoglycemia which causes an abnormally low level of sugar in the blood or deficiency of sodium or potassium in the body........Read more

Root, Buttler and Co gets routed by Pakistan in a thrilling match

Pakistan shocked England by 14 runs at Trent Bridge on Monday as they ended a long losing streak in one-day internationals despite two centuries for the World Cup host nation. Joe Root (107) and Jos Buttler (103) were guiding the tournament favourites towards an imposing target of 349 after Pakistan left England needing a World Cup record chase.........Read more

Most of the Debris from India's Anti-Satellite Test Has Decayed, Says DRDO Chief

DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy has said that most of the debris generated from the anti-satellite test conducted by India in March have decayed. And, whatever a couple of pieces are there, they will be decaying in a short period of time.........Read more

"Misrepresented": Congress's Sam Pitroda Apologises For 1984 Riots Remark

Attacked by the BJP and admonished by his Congress party, Sam Pitroda today apologised for his comments on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots which, he said, had been "misrepresented and blown out of proportion". The Indian Overseas Congress chief apologised shortly after his party distanced itself from his comments and warned all its leaders to be careful. ........Read more

Investigator says Amazon chief Jeff Bezos' phone hacked by Saudi hackers

The investigator hired to look into the release of intimate images of Jeff Bezos said he has concluded that Saudi Arabian authorities hacked the Amazon chief's phone to access his personal data.........Read more

India To Construct Passenger Terminal Building At Kartarpur Corridor

India will construct a "state-of-the-art" passenger terminal building for the Kartarpur corridor at a cost of Rs 190 crore. The passenger terminal building (PTB) complex will have all the necessary passenger amenities to facilitate pilgrims intending to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara.........Read more

The 3-0 victory margin heralds the emergence of candidate Rahul

Narendra Modi remains the tallest national leader, but the results of the recent assembly elections show that Rahul Gandhi has done enough to at least be the face of the grouping that will take him on in 2019.........Read more

Jolt to Rahul, Sonia Gandhi: SC allows reopening of National Herald tax case

The Supreme Court Tuesday allowed the Income Tax Department to reopen the tax assessment of top Congress leaders Rahul and Sonia Gandhi for 2011-12 in connection with the National Herald case.........Read more

Dr Reddy's victory in US patent case for opioid treatment film boost for Indian generic drug makers

India's generic drug industry has gotten a major boost with Dr Reddy's winning an opioid treatment patent case in a higher US court. The ruling is a landmark for many Indian generic drug makers who have been caught in litigation. ........Read more

Amritsar Blast: One Accused Arrested; Pak's ISI Behind Attack, Says Amarinder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced the arrest of one of the two people involved in the Amritsar blast case. Singh also said the ISI was the main mastermind behind the dastardly attack at the Nirankari Mission.........Read more

Sabarimala: All-party Meeting Fails to Reach Consensus; CM Says Kerala Govt Has to Implement SC Order

The all-party meeting in Kerala over the Sabarimala issue failed to reach a consensus with the Congress later claiming that the Chief Minister was adamant in his stand.........Read more

1st T20I: Kuldeep, Karthik Star as India Beat Windies by 5 Wickets to Take 1-0 Lead

In a first T20I match between India and West Indies, visitors were restricted to 109 for eight. Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik (31*) and debutant Krunal Pandya held their nerve to take India home comfortably after an early stutter at the Eden Gardens.........Read more

Anupam Kher resigns as FTII chairman, cites 'busy schedule'

Anupam Kher resigned as the chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). He cited the commitment to an international television show for which he has to be stationed in the US for nine months as a reason for stepping down.........Read more

Dwayne Bravo announces retirement from International Cricket

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has decided to call time on his international career after a period of almost 14 years with the West Indies national team. Bravo has played 40 Test matches, 164 ODIs and 66 Twenty20 Internationals for the senior team over the length of his professional career.........Read more

Wrestling | Bajrang Punia assures silver as he enter finals of Senior World Championships

Bajrang Punia has registered a win over Alenjandra Valdes Tobie of Cuba in the semi-final held at Budapest and becomes the fourth Indian to reach the final. However, if he wins gold there, it will be a great achievement for him as he will win titles at all major championships in a single season.........Read more

Report Claims Proof Of Reliance As A Must For Rafale, Dassault Denies

Rafale maker Dassault Aviation selecting Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as offset partner was a "trade-off" that was "mandatory" to win the 59,000-crore deal with India for 36 fighter jets, according to "internal documents" cited in a report by French investigative journal Mediapart. ........Read more

No cop should wear shoes, carry arms inside Puri’s Jagannath temple: SC

Taking note of the October 3 violence in Odisha’s Puri Jagannath Temple during a protest against the introduction of the queue system for devotees, the Supreme Court Wednesday said no policeman should enter the temple premises with weapons and shoes.........Read more

15 killed, 19 injured as minibus falls into gorge in J-K

At least 15 people were killed and 19 injured when a minibus fell into a deep gorge near Maroo in Jammu and Kashmir. So far, 10 bodies were retrieved from the accident site, while 15 people rushed to the hospital.........Read more

2+2 talks: India, US sign key defence pact, discuss NSG bid, H-1B visas

The United States and India held talks to deepen political and security ties on Thursday, signing a crucial agreement on military communications that could lead to increased US arms sales to New Delhi.........Read more

Saurabh Chaudhary Bags Gold at 10m Air Pistol With WR

16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary has set the shooting world on fire after breaking his own World Record to bag gold in the 10m air pistol event in the ongoing ISSF Junior World Championship.........Read more

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma wins South-Tura Assembly bypoll

Conrad K Sangma, Meghalaya Chief Minister and Meghalaya National People’s Party (NPP) president, has won the South-Tura Assembly bypoll, the result of which was announced on Monday. Sangma defeated Congress rival Charlotte W Momin by over 8,400 votes.........Read more

Senior AAP leader Ashutosh resigns party citing 'personal reasons'

The senior leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Ashutosh resigned from the party on Wednesday citing “personal reasons”. The 53-year-old had left journalism and joined the Aam Aadmi Party in 2014.........Read more

Apple will use Intel modems only on 2018 iPhones, confirms Qualcomm

Apple will be ditching Qualcomm's modems and instead stick with Intel modems in the 2018 iPhone series. Apple has been using both Qualcomm and Intel modems so far, though it is believed that the former’s modems are faster.........Read more

Apple announces $300 million clean energy fund in China

Apple in partnership with several of its suppliers announced on Thursday a $300 million fund for investing in renewable energy projects in China. The China Clean Energy Fund aims to produce at least 1 gigawatt of energy.........Read more

Was asked if my breasts are real: Kolkata teacher recalls horror at school interviews

At interview 30-year-old Suchitra Dey was asked if her breasts are real or if she can give birth, instead of asking about her qualifications.........Read more

Pluto's dunes are made of grains of frozen methane

Scientists have detected large field of dunes on the surface of the distant, frigid dwarf planet Pluto apparently composed of wind-swept, sand-sized grains of frozen methane.........Read more

2-Day National Wide Bank Union Strike From May 30

State-run will go on a two-day nationwide strike on May 30 and 31 as employees and officers who are members of bank unions will go on a strike to protest a the nominal hike of 2 percent offered by the Indian Banks Association (IBA).........Read more

After Marathon Hearing, Supreme Court Bench Reserves Judgment on Aadhaar Validity

A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, reserved its judgment while hearing a batch of petitions. The marathon hearing went on for 38 days over a period of four months. Attorney General KK Venugopal as saying that this was the second longest oral hearing in the history of the apex court.........Read more

10 lakh Bank employees to go 2 days strike for wage-revision

Over 10 lakh employees of public and private sector banks will observe two-day strike in the later part of May, if their demand of “legitimate” wage hike is not accepted by Indian Banks Association (IBA). The meeting for wage revision between United Forum of Banks Union (UFBU) and Indian Banks Association failed to come on any agreement.........Read more

World debt hits record $164 trillion as crisis hangover lingers

The world’s debt load has ballooned to a record $164 trillion, a trend that could make it harder for countries to respond to the next recession and pay off debts if financing conditions tighten, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said. Global public and private debt swelled to 225 percent of global gross domestic product in 2016, the last year for which the IMF provided figures, the fund said Wednesday in its semi-annual Fiscal Monitor report. The previous peak was in 2009, according to the Washington-based fund.........Read more

India's New Satellite To Boost Armed Forces, Help Moon Mission

India's most powerful, home-made communications satellite till date was launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh by scientists of space agency ISRO. The heavyweight GSLV rocket carries the satellite GSAT-6A, the twin of the GSAT- 6, which was launched three years ago. The 2066-kg satellite, which cost around Rs. 270 crore, will be able to send and receive signals from hand-held devices. ........Read more

IndiGo, GoAir to cancel over 600 flights

Indigo has announced the cancellation of 488 flights, while Go Air will cancel 138 flights. The list of cancelled flights has been put up by the airlines on their respective websites. Both airlines have said that choice of alternative flights and refund would be offered to passengers. ........Read more

Conrad Sangma Takes Oath as Meghalaya CM

Conrad Sangma took oath as the 12 chief minister of Meghalaya on Tuesday, The oath-taking ceremony in Shillong was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah and other top party leaders.........Read more

India’s wilful defaulters owe more than Rs 1 lakh crore to banks

As on September 30, 2017, more than Rs 1.1 lakh crore was owed to banks by people or companies characterised as “wilful defaulters”, that is those who are unwilling to pay despite having the capacity to do so. More than 9,000 such accounts for which banks have filed lawsuits for recovery and found that the top 11 debtor groups, each with dues of over Rs 1,000 crore, together had over Rs 26,000 crore outstanding to the banks.........Read more

Army chief says Assam's AIUDF has grown at a faster pace than the BJP

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said that the Assam-based party All India United Democratic Front had “grown faster” than the Bharatiya Janata Party did over the years. Rawat made the remark while talking about the influx of migrants from Bangladesh into northeast India.........Read more

Getting tatkal passport easier as govt scraps need for Class 1 officer’s nod

The ministry of external affairs (MEA) has decided to do away with the mandatory requirement of a so-called Class 1 officer’s recommendation on the application for a passport under the tatkal or instant category, in a move that could see an increase in the number of applicants under the category and also make it easier for those who urgently require a passport to get one.........Read more

Netflix is now worth more than $100B

The company said it added more than 8 million new subscribers total after already setting pretty robust targets for the fourth quarter this year, giving it a healthy push as it crossed the $100 billion mark.........Read more

India, Japan to introduce AI, robotics in defence sector

India and Japan will work together to introduce artificial intelligence and robotics in the defence sector, the next level of strategic cooperation between the two Asian partners. With an aggressive and expansionist China growing as a challenge to both India and Japan, the two countries are increasingly looking at the world through a similar lens. While the latest buzzword in international geopolitics, 'Indo-Pacific', might sound American, it's actually Japanese in origin, having been articulated by Abe himself as far back as 2007.........Read more

Honda recalls 22,834 units of Accord, City, Jazz in India for faulty airbags

The latest exercise takes the overall number of recalled vehicles, equipped with airbags manufactured by Takata, by the company to 3.13 lakh units in India. The company, which is present in India through a wholly-owned arm Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL), announced that the latest recall will impact models which were manufactured in 2013.........Read more

The Beatles’ magical mystery tour of India

On the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram, Lounge returns to Rishikesh to trace the role Indian music and mysticism played in bonding—or breaking—the world’s most popular band........Read more

Nivin Pauly’s Richie: The Trailer Raises Expectations!

Nivin is all geared up for his Tamil movie, Richie, an official remake of Kannada's Ulidavaru Kandanthe. Ulidavaru Kandanthe, is directed by Rakshith Shetty, who was also the lead actor of the flick. Richie trailer, so far has garnered close to 1.9 Million views with over 61K Likes. Indeed quite an achievement considering the fact that the director is not a big name in the circles and it's just a debut vehicle for the lead actor.........Read more

‘Just 100 desis in its ranks, IS lure has been limited’

Around 100 'radicalised' Indians have joined the Islamic State (IS) terror group so far and travelled to IS-controlled territories in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The numbers are seen by the security establishment here as no more than a speck in context of the country's large population and also that of its Muslims.........Read more

Your sins cause cancer, says Assam health minister

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said a person’s sins accumulate to cause cancer, attracting criticism. Opposition parties accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader of airing “karmic views” to “cover up his failures in the health sector”.........Read more

France's Val Thorens Crowned World's Best Ski Resort 2017

Val Thorens in France has claimed the title of world's best ski resort for the fourth time, thanks to its "pioneering spirit" and "breathtaking natural environment." Other big winners of the night include Switzerland's W Verbier, which took the title of world's best ski hotel 2017 and Chalet Les Anges in Zermatt, which was named the world's best ski chalet. ........Read more

Jaguar F-Pace Becomes More Affordable In India — Cheaper By Nearly Rs 16 Lakh

Locally assembled Jaguar F-Pace launched in India. The new Jaguar F-Pace is priced at Rs 60.02 lakh ex-showroom (India). The 2.0-litre Prestige variant of the F-Pace is cheaper by a Rs 20 lakh compared to the Completely Built Unit (CBU).........Read more

Honda Grazia India Launch Date Revealed

Honda is all set to introduce the Grazia premium scooter in the Indian market. The company has announced that the new scooter will be launched in the country on November 8, 2017. The new Honda Grazia is likely to be the flagship offering from the Japanese two-wheeler maker and it will be slotted above the best-selling Activa 125.........Read more

Army finalising plan to modernise 2,000 military stations

The Army is finalising a plan to modernise around 2,000 military stations and develop them in line with the government’s smart city initiative. Army officials said 58 military stations have already been identified as part of the pilot project to implement the ambitious initiative. They said all cantonments will be part of the project. ........Read more

Airbus to take majority stake in Bombardier CSeries jet program

Airbus SE agreed on Monday to buy a majority stake in Bombardier Inc's CSeries jetliner program, grabbing control of a struggling competitor at the second attempt and giving the Canadian plane-and-train-maker an unexpected boost in its costly trade dispute with Boeing Co.........Read more

New boss of SBI promises to tackle bad debt, seize opportunities

Tackling bad debts is the priority for State Bank of India (SBI.NS), its newly appointed chairman said on Thursday, but India's largest bank will not shy away from opportunities to grow, including in infrastructure lending.........Read more

Kawasaki Z900 Pure Metallic Spark Black Colour Introduced In India

Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Kawasaki has introduced a new colour option for the Z900 in India. The naked motorcycle is now available in complete metallic spark black colour. Apart from the new colour scheme, the Z900 model year of 2018 has also undergone some graphical changes, which give the naked motorcycle even more eye-catching look.........Read more

Samsung enters autonomous driving race with new business, funding

South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to become a major player in autonomous driving, building on its recent $8 billion acquisition of audio and auto parts supplier Harman and its pole position in mobile communications markets. ........Read more

Chennai-Vladivostok sea route: India's effort to counter China's OBOR could soon get a big Russian helping hand

Aiming to put in place a key maritime route connecting India with Northeast Asia and Western Pacific region Delhi is contemplating to put in place a major connectivity initiative — direct shipping link between Chennai and Vladivostok amid China’s ambitious Maritime Silk Route (MSR) connecting Asia with Africa. ........Read more

169 McDonald’s Outlets in North and East India to Shut Today

Fast food major McDonalds India will shut its 169 stores across the entire north and east region from Wednesday i.e. today. Starting September 6, McDonald’s has said that Connaught Plaza Restaurants Ltd (CPRL) will not be authorised to use its brand name and trademark. Meanwhile, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Tuesday issued a show-cause notice to fast food major McDonald’s Corporation and its Indian arm over the contempt plea filed by their estranged Indian partner Vikram Bakshi. ........Read more

Sharad Yadav Gives Call to Unite Against BJP

JD(U) rebel Sharad Yadav pitched for unity in presence of the leaders from 17 Opposition parties today at the Sajha Virasat conclave here at the Constitution Club. Yadav said the need of the hour for all “secular-minded” political outfits is to prevent the infiltration of the nation’s institutions by the BJP and its parental body RSS.........Read more

North Korea Guam missile strike plan 'ready by mid-August' - BBC News

North Korea says its plan to fire four missiles near the US territory of Guam will soon be ready, as a war of words with Washington intensifies. State media said Hwasong-12 rockets would pass over Japan and land in the sea about 30km (17 miles) from Guam, if the plan was approved by Kim Jong-un.........Read more

Earth-Sized Planet Takes Just Four Hours to Orbit its Star

One of the latest finds made using Kepler is EPIC 228813918 b, a terrestrial (i.e. rocky) planet that orbits a red dwarf star some 264 to 355 light years from Earth. This discovery raises some interesting questions, as it is the second time that a planet with an ultra-short orbital period it completes a single orbit in just 4 hours and 20 minutes has been found orbiting a red dwarf star.........Read more

Al-Qaeda in Indian subcontinent getting more active: US

A strategic expert Seth G Jones said by 2017, the group boasted several hundred members, with its cells mostly in Afghanistan and its operatives flourishing in Bangladesh. He said Al- Qaida’s presence in Afghanistan was almost certainly larger and more expansive than five or even ten years before. Jones said the expansion of the group is due to Taliban advances in Afghanistan and al-Qaida’s relationship with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e Jhangvi.........Read more

Keanu Reeves' motorcycle company partners with Swiss manufacturer Suter

Keanu Reeves' motorcycle company partners with Swiss manufacturer Suter. Keanu Reeves co-founded the Arch Motorcycle company along with Gard Hollinger with an aim to transform the plan of introducing the world with ultimate American Performance cruisers.........Read more

BSE, NSE may consider extending trading hours only if other one moves first, but ignore MSEI for now

MSEI action alone would not be enough for Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange to extend the trading hours, but both said they will wait for the other main competitor to consider it.........Read more

Fino launches Payments Bank has commenced operations, says RBI

Fino, which was among the initial entities to get a Payments Bank license in India, has "commenced operations" on the 30th of June 2017, the Reserve Bank of India said in a statement. The Reserve Bank has issued a licence to the bank under Section 22 (1) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 to carry........Read more

1 terrorist killed, 2 trapped as fierce gunbattle underway in Pulwama

A terrorist has been gunned down in an encounter by the security forces in Pulwama district's Bamnoo area. On a specific information received, the Special Operations Group (SOG) Pulwama and 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) of army launched cordon and search operation in the area.........Read more

How cricket is governed in India right now

The CoA’s challenges, and at times helplessness, have been exacerbated by the initially stolid defence of the State bodies, now replaced by open defiance. A case in point is the presence of none other than N. Srinivasan at the special general meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on June 26 on behalf of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, with the CoA having said that it is not mandated to decide on anyone’s eligibility to attend meetings. ........Read more

Deep-Brain Stimulation May Be Possible with Noninvasive Technique

A treatment called "deep-brain stimulation" that is used for people with disorders such as Parkinson's disease doesn't have to physically dig into the brain, it turns out. Instead of using invasive methods to electrically stimulate brain cells, a new technique places electrodes on the head to stimulate the brain noninvasively, according to a new study.........Read more

Aprilia launches Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900 in India

Aprilia has introduced the Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900, adding a new racing dimension to India's two-wheeler industry. These superbikes will be available through Piaggio Group's Motoplexes in Pune, Chennai, Kochi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad and will add to Aprilia's existing superbikes portfolio of Tuono and RSV4. The bikes are now available with special introductory pricing on limited units until June 30th 2017 to encourage racing enthusiasts in the country. ........Read more

Indian Railways flexi fare system for premium trains including Rajdhani, Shatabdi under review, says Suresh Prabhu

Prabhu said that the dynamic pricing system was seen as a way of improving revenues for the railways. “At the same time, there is now a system that gives you 10 per cent discount on tickets booked after the reservation chart is prepared. Why do we not talk about that,”........Read more

Reports: Barcelona to sign €80 million Spaniard as Andres Iniesta replacement

Barcelona have scheduled talks with Valencia to sign 20-year-old midfielder Carlos Soler according to reports in Calciomercato. The youngster has broken into the first team at Valencia this season and has 3 goals and 1 assist next to his name.........Read more

Cabinet okays amendment that allows construction within 100 metres of monuments

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an amendment to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 that allows construction within 100 metres of monuments. The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017, will soon be introduced in Parliament.........Read more

CBSE plans grading schools: Accreditation expected to end false claim practice

Choosing the best school for children is going to be lot easier an exercise for parents as the government is planning to grade them for quality. After issuing a ranking for universities and colleges, the government is likely to come up with an official quality index for CBSE schools too.........Read more

KTM Reveals World's First Fuel-Injected Two-Stroke Motorcycles

KTM has unveiled the world's first fuel-injected enduro motorcycles. The KTM 250 EXC TPI and KTM 300 EXC TPI models both use transfer port injection and are Euro 4 compliant........Read more

A Brexit brain drain is already threatening the UK tech sector

A Brexit brain drain is already threatening the UK tech sector which heavily relies on foreign talent from both the EU and the rest of the world, according to a new report. Research by career website Hired reveals that the pool of overseas candidates who had accepted initial offers from UK-based companies has dropped by 50 per cent since the UK voted to leave the EU in June last year.........Read more

The new Snapdragon 660 and 630 chips have faster LTE and offer better battery life

While flagships like the Galaxy S8 and Google's Pixel are great, cheaper phones are just as important to the Android ecosystem. Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 660 and 630 systems on a chip are upgrades to last year's mid-range Snapdragon 652 and 625, respectively, and offer more power, more features, faster connectivity, and perhaps most importantly, more battery life.........Read more

With millions of dollars and square feet, the Indian co-working space turns red hot

Indian co-working space provider Awfis announced in late April that it had raised $20 million (Rs128 crore) from Sequoia Capital India. This was the biggest amount received in a single funding round by a company in this startup segment.........Read more

New Mahindra Compact SUV Codenamed S201 Spotted Testing

Codenamed as the Mahindra S201, the upcoming compact SUV is likely to be introduced at the 2018 Auto Expo. The SUV is based on the SsangYong Tivoli that will no longer come to India.........Read more

India Together: Common tongue? How mother tongue instruction influences education

The recently released draft of the National Education Policy stresses the importance of education in the mother tongue, especially in the formative years at school. Tarun Jain and Revathy Suryanarayana seek to uncover the link between vernacular language use in schools and educational achievement using data from large-scale historical events in South India. It finds that mother-tongue instruction led to persistent increases in educational achievement in primary and secondary schooling.........Read more

Sushma Swaraj calls Kulbhushan 'India's son', warns Pakistan of consequences

Swaraj claimed that the Indian high commission was informed only three hours after the verdict was pronounced and that Jadhav was not given consular access. Responding to Gulam Nabi Azad's question of government's efforts to help Jadhav, Swaraj said that everything would be done to help him. "He is India's son and we will go out of the way to help him," the minister said deeming the sentence a pre-meditated murder.........Read more

Link your Aadhaar with PAN through ID proof scan, one-time password

Besides, the tax department is planning to introduce an option on the e-filing portal through which taxpayers can choose to link the Aadhaar without changing the name by opting for a one-time password (OTP), provided that the year of birth of the person matches in both the documents. With the linking of PAN with Aadhaar being made mandatory, people can log on to e-filing website of the income tax department or NSDL but the seeding cannot happen if the name is differently spelt in the two cards — like the use of the full name in PAN and initials in Aadhaar.........Read more

Here is why the income tax officer will be stronger from tomorrow

The tax man just got more powerful. From April 1 onwards the income tax officer has the right to raid anyone with giving any reason. The tax man can also confiscate property which is not subject to the raids as per the new provisions that got legislative approval when Parliament passed the Finance Bill earlier this week.........Read more

Supreme Court to go paperless within 6-7 months: CJI Khehar

Chief Justice J S Khehar today said that Supreme Court will go paperless within six to seven months. The observation on the issue of digitisation of the top court was made when senior advocate Indira Jaising, who had filed a PIL seeking uniform guidelines on designating lawyers as senior, sought expeditious …........Read more

US citizen indicted for assaulting, abusing Indian-American

54-year-old Jeffrey Allen Burgess has been accused of intentionally harming Ankur Mehta on November 22 because of his "perceived race, colour and national origin" and mistaking him for a Muslim. According to Tribune-Review, Burgess allegedly attacked Ankur at a Red Robin restaurant in South Hills Village.........Read more

US Marine drinks cobra blood

A US Marine drinks cobra blood during the Cobra Gold training exercise in Thailand on Friday, February 17. Royal Thai Marines demonstrated various methods of surviving in the jungle. Cobra blood and flesh are used as nutrition in a scenario where sustenance is scarce.........Read more

5 things to know about the Kansas bar attacker

An engineer from Hyderabad died and his colleague from Warangal were wounded in a possible racial attack at a suburban Kansas City bar on Wednesday. Police charged a 51-year-old former US Navy veteran for the crime.........Read more

Relief for CM Palaniswami, Madras HC asks DMK to produce evidence on TN assembly ruckus

In a relief to Chief Minister EK Palaniswami, the Madras High Court adjourned the DMK petition challenging the trust vote in the Tamil Nadu assembly till Monday and asked the party to produce evidence of ruckus that took place during the no-confidence motion in the House.........Read more

Manju Warrier to Prithviraj: Abducted, molested Malayalam actor finds support in Mollywood

Her face showed the grit and determination that she put up and faced the ordeal. This has happened before and the need of the hour is not to end such attacks by writing and expressing our concern... instead a struggle should be launched to end this once and for all and I will be in the forefront of it, says Warrier.........Read more

Apply for Passports at Selected Post Offices From March

This is aimed at making the passport issuance process hassle-free and ease burden on passport offices across the country which are grappling with large volume of applications. In the first phase of the project, passport services will be made available in select post offices in Rajasthan, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Jharkhand and some other states.........Read more

Jambuwantrao Dhote passes away after suffering from cardiac arrest, Pro- Vidarbha camp loses mass leader

Veteran pro-Vidarbha leader and founder of Vidarbha Janata Congress, Jambuwantrao Dhote passed away on Saturday morning around 3 AM after suffering from cardiac arrest. He breathed his last in Yavatmal. Jambuwantrao Dhote was known as ‘The Lion of Vidarbha’ and he was a former Member of Parliament from Nagpur constituency.........Read more

Rishikesh, India: The yoga capital of the world

For better or worse, the holy city of Rishikesh, which rests on the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, will always be associated with the Beatles and their sojourn to study transcendental meditation in 1968. Although Rishikesh is the self-styled "yoga capital of the world," there's lots more to do there than simply run through vinyasas mouthing "Om Shanti."........Read more

Australian coach Lehmann says, they did not find a proper plan to stop Kohli

Kohli has scored six of his 15 centuries in his 12 matches against Australia, averaging 60.76 compared to his overall average of 50.10. Australia has yet to work out a plan to foil India captain Virat Kohli beyond bowling well and hoping for some “luck” against the in-form batsman, coach Darren Lehmann has said.........Read more

Best treatment was given to Jayalalithaa, she died of organ failure: Doctors

A team of doctors, who were involved in treatment of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, said on Monday that she had sepsis which caused organ failure leading to her death. "Best treatment was given to Jayalalithaa, but her diabetes led to complications," Dr Richard Beale of UK, accompanied by other doctors, said while addressing a press conference in Chennai.........Read more

Antibiotics can still kill drug-resistant bacteria if they 'push' hard enough into bacterial cells

"Antibiotics work in different ways, but they all need to bind to bacterial cells in order to kill them," explains lead author Dr Joseph Ndieyira (UCL Medicine). "Antibiotics have 'keys' that fit 'locks' on bacterial cell surfaces, allowing them to latch on. When a bacterium becomes resistant to a drug, it effectively changes the locks so the key won't fit any more. Incredibly, we found that certain antibiotics can still 'force' the lock, allowing them to bind to and kill resistant bacteria because they are able to push hard enough. In fact, some of them were so strong they tore the door off its hinges, killing the bacteria instantly!"........Read more

Kerala records 55,000 new cancer cases

A reply under Right to Information Act reveals that on the average 55,000 new cancer cases are registered yearly at the registry at Regional Cancer Centre in Thiruvananthapuram. But a consolidated list of the total number of cancer patients, including those turning up for follow-ups, was not available. Health department stats point to more than 20,000 cancer deaths every year. The RTI reply was given by Sobha K R, junior superintendent at the health department. Mr Dhanaraj Subhash Chandran, a Kochi-based RTI activist and IT professional.........Read more

Narendra Modi govt looks to provide companies having up to 300 workers with power to sack staff

While labour reforms have not made much progress so far, the government may move quickly to enable establishments employing up to 300 workers to lay off employees without government approval. Currently, this is permitted for establishments with up to 100 workers.........Read more

BJP will win 90 seats in first 2 phases: Shah | Free Press Journal

BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday asserted that his party would win at least 90 seats in the first two phases of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. Out of power in the politically most important state since 2002, the saffron party under Shah has been making concerted efforts to wrest the state from Samajwadi Party, which with BSP have ruled it alternately for the last 15 years.........Read more

Ben Stokes finds interest from Gujarat Lions and Pune for IPL

English All-rounder Ben Stokes, who recently confirmed that he will be a part of this year's IPL auction, has already met with some interest. Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiants have shown interest but would spend a bomb on him only if he is available for the entire length of the IPL.........Read more

Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh offers his Assembly seat to son

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday sprang a surprise by offering his Assembly seat to his son Vikramaditya, saying he would himself like to contest from a seat which Congress has never won.........Read more

Indira Gandhi persuaded Zia-ul-Haq to join regional strategy during Afghan crisis: CIA

Worried over Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi tried to persuade then Pakistan President Zia-ul-Haq in 1980 to join an Indian-sponsored regional strategy to effectively deal with the “occupation”, according to a declassified CIA report. The report said Indira sought to form a regional grouping to exert diplomatic pressure on the Soviets to confine their “activities” to Afghanistan.........Read more

Oscars 2017 nominations full list: La La Land leads with 14 nods!

The biggest movie awards this year are just a month away. The nominations for the Oscar awards 2017 have just been announced. The 89th Annual Academy Awards are to take place on February 26, 2017.........Read more

Under Rajan, RBI had sought Rs 5,000, Rs 10,000 notes for ‘eroded’ Rs 1,000

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), under former governor Raghuram Rajan, had suggested the introduction of Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 notes in view of the value of the Rs 1,000 note being eroded by inflation. Some 18 months later, the government took the decision to demonetise.........Read more

No cockfights in Andhra Pradesh as SC refuses to pass any order on ban

Cockfights continue to remain banned in Andhra Pradesh as the Supreme Court on Friday declined to pass any order on the matter. Cockfights are a popular sport played in the state during the Sankranti festivities. In cockfighting, the birds often wear the katti, which are razor-sharp blades on their legs. If the cocks do not have knives tied to their legs during a fight, the game is likely to go on for hours and there is no clear winner or loser, In the end, it leaves the audience with sights of severely wounded birds. The knives tied to the birds legs make all the difference as the game is complete in just a few minutes.........Read more

'You Didn't Fulfill Promise': Anna Hazare Raps Kejriwal Over Donors List

Criticising Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly removing the list of donors from the Aam Aadmi Party website, social activist Anna Hazare has questioned what differentiates AAP from other parties.........Read more

Nirbhay missile test “an utter failure”

A flight-test of subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Balasore in Odisha on Wednesday was “an utter failure”, informed sources in the Defence Research and Developmen........Read more

Pakistans ISI planning fresh attack on India in 2017: Agencies

According to information available with sources, Talibani terrorists with help of ISI and Afghan terrorists are planning fresh attack and infiltration into India........Read more

Bofors case: Was denied permission to challenge Hinduja brothers’ acquittal, CBI tells SC

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) admitted before the Supreme Court on Thursday that it was denied permission by the authorities a decade ago to appeal against the Delhi High Court order acquitting the Hinduja brothers of charges against them.........Read more

The World’s Only Sanskrit Weekly Has Been Publishing for 65 Years – without a Single Break!

The Sanskrit-Bhavitavyam magazine is the only Sanskrit weekly in the world, and is run by the Sanskrit Bhasha Pracharini Sabha, Nagpur.........Read more

The Professor Who Had to Spend Half His Life to Make the Drug India Needs

Sujoy Guha has spent 37 years trying to realise Risug, a long-term use reversible male contraceptive – itself an unusual thing. It should have come to be more than a decade ago.........Read more

Around 800-900 Isis terrorists killed in Mosul offensive: US General

A United States general on Thursday said that around 800-900 Islamic State terrorists have been killed in the offensive launched by Iraqi soldiers to recapture Mosul from the group with the backing of Kurdish peshmerga fighters and US airstrikes.........Read more

Mahindra Two-Wheelers To Introduce JAWA Motorcycles In India By 2018; Reveals Plans For BSA Motorcycles As Well

The good news for India is that the JAWA brand of products will be made in India at Mahindra's Pithampur plant and work for this is already underway. We will see the first product come out of this plant within the next two years, so, yes Mahindra might be looking at the 2018 Auto Expo as a deadline to showcase its first Jawa product, while the launch will happen later. Mind you, there will be no Mahindra badging on any of the bikes and the bikes will carry on their heritage. ........Read more

Jio adding 0.6-1.1 million customers everyday, will invest Rs 1 lakh crore by 2020, says Reliance

Despite the rampant call drops issue it is facing since launch, Reliance Jio today said it is adding anywhere between 0.6 million and 1.1 million customers a day and maintained it will be investing Rs 1 lakh crore more in operations by 2020.........Read more

Pentagon confronts a new threat from IS

Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq last week shot down a small drone the size of a model airplane. They believed it was like the dozens of drones the terrorist organisation had been flying for reconnaissance in the area, and they transported it back to their outpost to examine it.........Read more

Arunachal Pradesh: BJP to join Pema Khandu-led PPA govt

The BJP will join Pema Khandu led PPA govt in Arunachal Pradesh. BJP's Tamiyo Taga to be inducted as a minister, BJP State President has confirmed. In a shocker for Congress, all but one of its MLAs, including Chief Minister Pema Khandu, had joined the People's Party of Arunachal Pradesh in September .........Read more

Moon gets a 'makeover' every 81,000 years

The Moon gets a 'makeover' every 81,000 years - more than a hundred times faster than previously thought - as the bombardment by comets and asteroids alter its surface over time, according to a new study that used data from NASA's lunar orbiting probe.........Read more

SC fines Delhi minister Satyendra Jain for not filing affidavit on chikungunya

The Supreme Court imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain on Monday for failing to file an affidavit related to chikungunya in time at a time the Capital is reeling under the gripe of vector-borne diseases.........Read more

Driverless pod taxis to come up in Delhi-Haryana soon: Gadkari

The pilot project, which will cost Rs 800 crore, will let passengers use India's first driverless pods - suspended on a ropeway - on a 12.3 km stretch from the Delhi-Haryana border to Badshapur via Rajiv Chowk in Delhi and IFFCO chowk and Sohna Road in Gurgaon.........Read more

Google Play Music Store finally launched in India

Google has quietly launched its Play Music Store in India. It’s been a long wait, especially considering other countries have had this service since 2011. In India, the Play Music Store will compete against the likes of Apple Music, Wynk, Gaana and Saavn among others, which too let users purchase and download music from the respective stores. However, right now the service has some limitations.........Read more

Hackers Take Control of a Moving Tesla’s Brakes

PLENTY OF HACKING targets hit the news in recent days, including Tesla and Cisco, as we recount in our roundup below. But it’s a fair bet that no one’s week was as badly ruined by hackers as Yahoo’s. The web giant revealed that it had been the victim of a state-sponsored hacker attack in 2014 that compromised the personal information of at least half a billion users, a revelation that comes just as the company is trying to close a $4.8 billion deal to sell itself to Verizon.........Read more

Limited Edition Lamborghini Huracan Avio Launched In India At Rs. 3.71 Crore

The limited edition Lamborghini Huracan Avio, a tribute to aviation and aeronautics, was launched today in India at Rs. 3.71 crore (ex-showroom). The supercar, which was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year along with the Lamborghini Centenario, will have limited production run of only 250 units.........Read more

Women From A Kerala Medical College Created Hundreds Of Haikus To Protest Period Shaming

Sreya Mariyam Salim, the student magazine editor of the college, told BuzzFeed that it started as a microtale competition conducted by the college union earlier this year. The campaign spun from an intern who suggested that he walk across the campus with an uncovered packet of sanitary napkins in hand. “Nobody was ready to accept it. It was then that we noticed the taboo that surrounded the topic of menstruation in the society,” she said.........Read more

Meet Lingareddy, the Andhra man who just sold his company to Intel for $300 million

The global chip giant, Intel , may be buying Soft Machines, which is a chip design company founded by an Indian origin entrepreneur Mahesh Lingareddy. Based out of Silicon Valley, this company has been bought reportedly for $300 million ( Rs 2,000 crore). While both the companies haven't declared anything officially, the sources have confirmed that it is a cash-cum-stock deal with cash component over $250 million. ........Read more

Force India's Sergio Perez has marched ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg in the drivers' market

For a middle-rung team on the grid, the second half of any Formula One season is a busy one. The reasoning is two-fold: one, they are busy trying to win as many points as possible to get a healthy pay from the FIA, the governing body of motor sport, ahead of the next season. Two, they are trying to evaluate if their current drivers are good enough, and whether they can hold on to them, or need to find new/better drivers as replacements.........Read more

Fishing, not oil, is at the heart of the South China Sea dispute

The South China Sea produces more than 10% of the world's fish – but the catch is increasingly under threat.........Read more

Unnecessary platelet transfusions are killing dengue patients

Mumbai's health department has asked doctors to prescribe platelet transfusions judiciously.........Read more

Thailand votes on new Constitution that could dilute democracy, gives more teeth to military

Thailand on Saturday voted in a referendum on a new constitution that critics say is tailor-made for the military government to stay in control for several years and entrench a new, quasi-democratic system that gives vast powers to appointed officials.........Read more

Court Grants Bail to Kejriwal's Ex-Principal Secy in Graft Case

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's former Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, who was arrested in a corruption case, was granted bail on Tuesday.........Read more

Mohammed Shami joint fastest Indian pacer to reach 50 Test wickets

Mohammed Shami has picked up three wickets so far in the first two sessions on Day 3 of the Antigua Test between India and West Indies.........Read more

Both Peter and Indrani conspired to kill Sheena Bora: CBI to High Court

Peter Mukerjea had along with his wife Indrani Mukerjea conspired to kill her daughter Sheena Bora as they were not happy with her relationship with Peters son Rahul, the CBI told the Bombay High Court today while opposing the former media barons bail plea.........Read more

We will show our might in 2017, says 'Gabbar' Hardik Patel after release from Surat jail

Hardik Patel today vowed to continue his agitation to get reservation for his community under the OBC quota minutes after walking out of the Lajpore Jail in Surat.........Read more

Google to launch a gaming festival this September

Google to launch a gaming festival this September - The company will focus on independent developers who build apps on its Android operating system.........Read more

Heartening Stories in the Struggle towards a Common School System

Some among the elite may finally be accepting the fact that children of the poor deserve the same education as their own children do.........Read more

Seeking Paradise: The Image and Reality of Truck Art in Pakistan

A journey to discover the roots of truck 'art' and the lives of those who are behind its colourful allure.........Read more

Bikaner land case: Firm linked to Robert Vadra served show-cause notice by ED in money-laundering row

Bikaner land case: Firm linked to Robert Vadra served show-cause notice by ED in money-laundering row - Notice has been issued to the firm Ms Skylight Hospitality under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).........Read more

Exhibition of paintings from Rajput courts to be held at New York'€™s Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition of paintings from Rajput courts to be held at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art - The celebrated Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) in New York is set to hold an exhibition of nearly 100 Rajput and Pahari paintings dating from the 16th to the early 19th century........Read more

India face Germany in Hockey Champions Trophy opener with podium finish on mind

The Indian hockey team will be eyeing a podium finish in the Champions Trophy, beginning with a clash against Olympic gold-medallists Germany in London.........Read more

Facebook vs Google+: Mark Zuckerberg on a mission to destroy Google's social network

Zuckerberg made it a mission to destroy the Google's social network no matter what the cost, reveals an ex-Facebook employee.........Read more

BrahMos Missile Successfully Test-Fired, Hits Target

The flight conducted on Friday has met its mission parameters in a copybook manner, it said, adding, that the missile met all flight parameters the formidable weapon successfully hit and annihilated the designated target.........Read more

Congress looted country, no charge of corruption against NDA government: Modi - IBN7

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It's Our Money, Says SBI On Rs 570 Crore Seized In Poll-Bound Tamil Nadu

Election Commission authorities today stopped three containers with Rs 570 crore cash in poll-bound Tamil Nadu's Tiruppur district.........Read more