As India Waits for Covid-19 Shot, A Look Into Accelerated Approval for Vaccines and How It's Cleared

Close on the heels of announcements that the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines have shown 70–94% efficacy in preventing disease, the vaccine companies have now entered the crucial phase of seeking approvals from central drug regulators in India. In the United Kingdom, Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine got approved for public rollout and vaccination is set to begin from Tuesday. Meanwhile, the US regulators are processing Pfizer’s application. News18 delves into the regulation behind drug approvals and what they say on approvals in emergency situations. Which authority regulates and approves new drugs in India? The Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) is the apex regulator with a mandate to approve new drugs, vaccines, clinical trials, diagnostic tests, medical devices and issue licenses for commercial sale. During a business as usual scenario, new medicines and vaccines go through a slower process of clinical trials, data review and eventual market approval. It usually takes four to five years or even more to conduct clinical trials and to get a green signal from the regulator. Has the national regulator adopted a different approach for approvals during the pandemic?........Read more

As New Coronavirus Cases Dip, Health Ministry Says Nothing Relaxed

After four consecutive days of high number of infections - between 70 and 80 - 43 new cases have been registered in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said today. Even yesterday, 73 new cases were detected, which took the total to 606. Today, with the 43 new cases, the total stands at 649. Four more persons have died, taking the total to 13. "We have observed that the rate of growth of cases has decreased, but in no way are we being relaxed about anything at this point," Lav Agarwal, senior Health Ministry official, told the media today.........Read more

India snubs EU Parliament over anti-CAA resolution, says matter is internal: Sources

India on Sunday reacted strongly to six resolutions drafted by the European Parliament lawmakers on India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which would be tabled and debated next Wednesday and voted on the day after. The formidable number of 625 of the 751 members of the EU Parliament has come out in a scathing denouncement of not only the CAA but also the issue of Kashmir in its draft resolutions.........Read more

Learning is optimized when we fail 15% of the time

According to the new study, to be published in the journal Nature Communications, it's when failure occurs 15% of the time. Put another way, it's when the right answer is given 85% of the time.........Read more

US Opens Security Investigation Into Chinese App TikTok: Report

US lawmakers have been calling in recent weeks for a national security probe into TikTok, concerned the Chinese company may be censoring politically sensitive content, and raising questions about how it stores personal data.........Read more

Planetary 'autopsies' indicate worlds like Earth common in the cosmos

A new way of studying planets in other solar systems - by doing sort of an autopsy on planetary wreckage devoured by a type of star called a white dwarf - is showing that rocky worlds with geochemistry similar to Earth may be quite common in the cosmos.........Read more

Scientists develop second skin that helps you feel VR content in real life | Digit

Scientists have now developed a 'second skin' for VR It does not use any sort of electrical vibrations to simulate touch It uses pneumatic actuators to simulate the feeling of touch It could be said that VR (Virtual Reality) has not taken off the way a lot of people have speculated it will. Even though the technology has been steadily developing over the years, it lacks that special ‘something’ to really make it mainstream. When we talk about VR, most people immediately think of gaming. It may be a while before the technology and experiences actually start the revolution it was said to bring about. But, according to new research and technology, that vision may not be too far ahead.........Read more

Facebook is working on AR glasses it thinks can replace your iPhone and Android

Facebook is reportedly developing augmented reality (AR) glasses with a twist. These won’t be tethered to a mobile device, but will instead work as a standalone product that could replace smartphones. Facebook aims to release the product by 2025, but the company doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to making hardware that people actually want to buy. Remember the first and only Facebook Phone? That HTC-made phone never had a future. Plus, Facebook isn’t at the top of the list of companies you’d trust with your mobile data. And yet, Facebook’s smart glasses that could potentially replace the smartphone would essentially mean you’d have to rely on Facebook for everything smartphone-related. The Echo Dot for cars is down to $19.96, which is an all-time low Nevertheless, Mark Zuckerberg and company seem to think that smart glasses will one day replace smartphones. They’re not alone, and it will probably happen at some point in the not too distant future. But for such a product to exist, we still need plenty both when it comes to mobile hardware and software. Smartphone components would have to be further miniaturized to fit inside glasses frames. On the software side, we’d need virtual assistants capable of taking commands for anything that we’d normally do on the phone using touch.........Read more

Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum: A house for Indian art

The museum that opened to the public last year, is just a 100 metres away from the famed Calico Museum of Textiles in Shahibaug. It displays a collection of traditional and folk art from various schools — Persian, Mughal, Rajput, Pahari and modern and contemporary Indian art.........Read more

British Airways Says Hackers Stole Bank Cards Data of Company's 380000 Customers

Hackers stole data of bank cards of about 380,000 customers of the UK-based airline British Airways via the company's website and mobile app.........Read more

Kerala floods Live: Death toll climbs to 324; Over 3.1 lakh become homeless

The death toll in the flood-hit Kerala has jumped to 324. The death toll from 10 days of floods in the state has nearly trebled in the last 24 hours. Over 3 lakh people are living in relief camps across the state and a red alert was sounded in all 14 Kerala districts. ........Read more

New Battlefield Is Set In World War 2, Has Loot Boxes, Coming This Year

According to the report, Battlefield V was at one time known internally at EA as "Battlefield 2" before changing names. Importantly, the game is not a remaster of 2005's Battlefield 2, but instead, an all-new game set during WWII. EA will announce it soon, according to the report, which makes sense given that this title will be playable at EA Play in June.........Read more

Supreme Court collegium recommends 37 new judges for high courts

The Supreme Court collegium on Friday made public the names of 37 additional high court judges it has recommended for appointment as permanent judges of the high courts of Allahabad, Rajasthan, Kerala, Gujarat and Bombay. The recommendations made by the collegium, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar and Ranjan Gogoi.........Read more

Jammu And Kashmir: CRPF Jawan Maryred, Encounter Underway in Srinagar’s Karan Nagar

A Central Reserve Police Force personnel who was seriously injured in a gunfight during an ongoing encounter at CRPF camp in Srinagar’s Karan Nagar succumbs to injuries. An encounter broke out earlier in the day after the CRPF foiled a terror attack on its camp in the city’s Karan Nagar area.........Read more

Virender Sehwag explains Kings XI Punjab’s decision to buy Chris Gayle

Explaining the move to bring in the player at the eleventh hour, former India batsman Virender Sehwag, who’s now the director and mentor of KXIP, told “Simply having him (Gayle) in your side means a lot. Being an opening batsman, Gayle can prove to be a danger to any opposition.”........Read more

Saina Nehwal loses Indonesia Masters final to Tzu Ying

Saina Nehwal was defeated by world No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying in straight games in the title clash of the Indonesia Masters here on Sunday.Ying beat Nehwal 21-9, 21-13 in just 27 minutes to become the first player from her country to win the Indonesia Masters title.........Read more

Supreme Court directs BCCI to allow Bihar to play Ranji Trophy

The apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said, “The order allowing Bihar to participate in national cricket championships passed keeping in view the cause of cricket.........Read more

Government ambitious fertilizer subsidy reform plan

The huge subsidy backlog (estimated at Rs35,000 crore as of FY17) has been the source of much financial discontent for the industry. Payment delays worsened the working capital situation for many, raising finance costs and crimping profits. In this backdrop, the minister’s statement has not only come as a surprise but is also viewed by many with some scepticism.........Read more

After US elections, Brexit, west countries grow fearful of Russian hackers

While the first accusations against Moscow came following a 2016 hack attack on the US Democratic Party's servers, they rapidly multiplied after Trump's election, revealing a whole range of tools used by the Kremlin to serve its interests.........Read more

Fox's Star to bring Disney cash and cricket in India

Walt Disney Co’s expected deal with Twenty-First Century Fox Inc would give the world’s best-known entertainment company new advantages in India, such as cricket rights and local-language TV shows for the fast-growing media market.........Read more

SC collegium recommends 19 names for judges of Karnataka, Calcutta, Madras HC

Further the Supreme Court's collegium also cleared the names of 25 additional judges of various HCs to be appointed as permanent judges. The names have been forwarded to the Centre for consideration.........Read more

India successfully test-fires Akash missile with home-made radio frequency seeker

Surface-to-air missile 'Akash' on Tuesday was successfully test fired for the first time with a home-made radio frequency seeker against target Banshee. The missile was launched from the Launch Complex-III at ITR Chandipur in Odisha........Read more

Sena Chief Uddhav's Meet With Mamata Sparks Debate in Political Circles

In a surprising development on Thursday, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Mumbai, igniting a fresh debate in political circles. The Sena chief was accompanied by son Aaditya Thackeray.........Read more

Tamil actor Vishal’s office in Chennai raided by GST Intelligence Agency

The controversy over Vijay-starrer Mersal refuses to die down. In a major development, GST Intelligence Agency on Monday raided Tamil actor Vishal’s office in Chennai.........Read more

New technology to enable home internet speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second

A new technology promises to speed up slow Internet at home, say researchers, adding that the new hardware can enable speed up to 10,000 megabits-per-second (Mbps) or 10 gigabits-per-second (Gbps).........Read more

Rajasthan Policemen Refuse to Give Guard of Honour to Rajnath Singh Over Pay Cut Rumours

Over 250 policemen went on a day’s mass leave and some of them refused to give guard of honour to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, leaving the Vasundhara Raje government red-faced. The constabulary went on leave following rumours that a government order would reduce their pay scales.........Read more

A Kashmiri singer is blending mystic poetry from the Valley with blues, pop and rap music

It is difficult to imagine what it must be like to enter the complex and rich territory of producing traditional Kashmiri music, while incorporating contemporary elements of Western music. But Pragnya Wakhlu, who has just released her second album Kahwa Speaks, is all about crossing barriers.........Read more

Hyderabad as IOT entrepreneurship hub

Entrepreneurship is raising in India. KTR is now aiming to bring the status of IOT Entrepreneurship hub to Hyderabad. IOT devices which would help in building better infrastructure are now the key points for the government. With the recent rains, Hyderabad has been completely destroyed and people were convinced that the city has very poor infrastructure facilities.........Read more

Weinstein scandal: The Obamas are 'disgusted'; Hillary Clinton is 'appalled'

With Harvey Weinstein officially fired from the Weinstein Company, more voices in Hollywood are coming forward condemning his behavior and voicing support for his victims.........Read more

Nadal wins 6th title of year in Beijing; Garcia beats Halep

Rafael Nadal beat Nick Kyrgios of Australia 6-2, 6-1 Sunday in the China Open final to win his sixth ATP title of the year, and Caroline Garcia defeated soon-to-be-No. 1 Simona Halep 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the women’s event.........Read more

Sindhu Beats Okuhara To Clinch 3rd Super Series Title

World Championship silver medalist PV Sindhu will look to settle scores against Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the final of Korea Open Super Series on Sunday. Sindhu was deprived of the gold medal by her Japanese opponent in the final of the Worlds in an epic match lasting an hour and 50 minutes.........Read more

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon Says Bitcoin 'is a Fraud'

Bitcoin "is a fraud" and will blow up, Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co, said. Speaking at a bank investor conference in New York, Dimon said, "The currency isn't going to work. You can't have a business where people can invent a currency out of thin air and think that people who are buying it are really smart."........Read more

CBSE issues guidelines to keep students away from porn

CBSE issues guidelines to keep students away from porn - The guidelines which have been prepared after consultation with cyber safety experts are aimed at protecting children from cyber bullying and preventing them from accessing pornographic content.........Read more

Infosys crisis: Attacks got really personal in last two weeks, says Vishal Sikka

Tension between Vishal Sikka and N R Narayana Murthy had been brewing from the second half of 2016, but it was in February that it bubbled to the surface, and it was about a week ago that the Infosys CEO decided it was time to quit.........Read more

Usain Bolt's World Championship dream ended due to hamstring tear

Usain Bolt has revealed he suffered a torn hamstring during the IAAF World Championships 4x100 metres relay - his final race at a major event. Bolt had hoped to bow out in London with two more gold medals to take his Worlds tally to 13, but his competition ended in disappointment.........Read more

NEET 2017: SC wants list of qualifying students in vernacular languages

A petition had been filed by a group of students alleging that the question paper in the 8 vernacular languages was more difficult when compared to English and Hindi. The CBSE however rejected the allegations made by the petitioners. The matter has been listed next on August 8.........Read more

'Not in Gandhiji's name': Gopalkrishna Gandhi's nephew protests against vice-presidential candidature

Opposition vice-presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi's nephew Shrikrishna (Krish) Kulkarni has written an open letter vehemently protesting against his uncle's candidature, which he believes is an endorsement of the Nehru-Gandhi family's policy of dynastic succession.........Read more

Finland’s Taaleri looking to buy solar power projects in India

This interest by the Nasdaq Helsinki-listed firm is reflective of the trend wherein overseas firms have led the race on aggressive tariffs to secure renewable energy project contracts in India. Taaleri Solar Wind fund is Finland’s first equity fund to invest in overseas green energy assets.........Read more

Debate over GST on sanitary napkins

They are protesting this move of Indian Government on social media and also on roads by saying #DonotImposeTaxonmyPeriod. They are also asking how come condoms come under zero percent tax category while the sanitary pads that are most useful from during the menstrual cycle are taxable. ........Read more

GST Impact: Royal Enfield Revises Prices Of All Models

As expected, prices of bikes below 350 cc have been reduced and Royal Enfield bikes with engine capacity above 350 cc have increased. Royal Enfield's 350 cc bikes have actual engine capacity of 346 cc, and so technically fall in the bracket of below 350 cc. The new GST rates for these bikes are lower by more than 2 per cent, but prices of bikes above 350 cc, including the 411 cc Royal Enfield Himalayan, now attract more taxes, due to an additional 3 per cent cess over and above the flat 28 per cent GST.........Read more

Insomniacs genes found

An international team of researchers has found, for the first time, seven risk genes for insomnia. With this finding the researchers have taken an important step towards the unravelling of the biological mechanisms that cause insomnia. In addition, the finding proves that insomnia is not, as is often claimed, a purely psychological condition. Today, Nature Genetics publishes the results of this research.........Read more

In Babri Case, LK Advani Gets Bail, Petitions Court To Not Frame Charges

The conspiracy charge against Mr Advani and others was dropped by the special CBI Court in 2001, which sought to distinguish between the main demolition case and the case related to the hate speeches. The decision was endorsed by the Allahabad High Court in 2010.........Read more

IPL: 2 lakh litres of water pumped out of KSCA ground in SRH-KKR Eliminator

About 2 lakh litres of water was pumped out of the ground by the state-of-the-art SubAir system at M Chinnaswamy Stadium last night (May 18) and IPL 2017 Eliminator went ahead despite over 3 hours of rainfall.........Read more

3 soldiers trapped after avalanches in Ladakh

Five soldiers were trapped when their Army post got buried following multiple avalanches in the Batalik sector of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on Thursday, an Army official said. Two were rescued later.........Read more

Apple wants to build its own graphics chip for its iOS devices, dumps current chipmaker

Imagination Technologies is a British chip-designer that makes graphics processing units (GPUs) for the Arm platform. Apple has been using these chips for years and as far as investors are concerned, is solely responsible for the company’s revenue and success. It’s been reported that at least half of Imagination Technologies’ income came from Apple. Shares for the company fell by as much as 69 percent when Apple’s decision was announced. Apple owns an 8 percent stake in the company.........Read more

Chinese automaker SAIC to enter Indian market soon

MG Motor India, the local unit of China’s largest automobile company, will sell vehicles with an MG tag, a British brand that SAIC acquired from Chinese firm Nanjing Automobile about a decade ago, several people close to the development said. The firm has been registered in India. ........Read more

Vivo Y55s launched in India at Rs 12,490

The 4G-enabled smartphone features a 5.2-inch HD display and a 2.5D curved screen. Powered by Snapdragon 425 processor and paired with 3GB RAM and 16GB ROM, the device runs on Funtouch OS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The device is equipped with three card slots. The third slot supports an external memory of 256GB. It has a 2,730 mAH battery........Read more

How this Congress leader smuggled gold to Chennai from Sri Lanka

Acting on a tip-off, DRI officials stopped a car that was heading towards Tiruchy. They found 119 gold bars with foreign marking. The gold weighing 11.9 kg and worth Rs 3.8 crore was concealed in the air bag compartment. The arrest of 'Gandhi', the driver, and his subsequent interrogation revealed that he was taking the gold smuggled from Sri Lanka to his boss.........Read more

IPL-betting scandal: Former ED joint director J P Singh in CBI net for accepting bribe

The corruption case was registered by the agency in September 2015. It was alleged that Singh and other government officials of the Enforcement Directorate while investigating cases of money laundering in IPL-betting and other such activities had allegedly demanded and accepted huge illegal gratification from the accused and suspect persons in the cases. ........Read more

Vivo V5 Plus Review: The best selfie smartphone that money can buy

The first of these devices, (we expect some more to show up) is the recently announced Vivo V5 Plus. I reviewed the Vivo V5, it took some great selfies, but the rear camera was not exactly up to the mark. Again I was not happy about the price tag either, that offered a plastic-bodied smartphone at a sub Rs 20,000 price tag.........Read more

India beat South Africa in women's Cricket World Cup qualifier

In a proud moment, Indian women's cricket team defeated South Africa by 49 runs in a Super Six game of the Womens Cricket World Cup Qualifier at the P. Sara Oval. A 96-run second-wicket partnership between Mona Meshram (55) and Mithali Raj (64) helped India register 205 in 50 overs.........Read more

First Invite to Sasikala, Assures Governor, But After Diligence: Sources

"Many signatures in Sasikala's list are forged...O Panneerselvam told the Governor that he was forced to resign and that many legislators are being held in captivity in unknown locations," said Dr V Maitreyan, one of the senior AIADMK leaders backing Mr Panneerselvam.........Read more

Facebook’s new ad policies are aimed at stamping out discriminatory advertising

The company announced it is updating its ad policies to make its existing prohibiting of discrimination even stronger. Additionally, it is testing an automated system that uses machine learning technology to identify potentially controversial ads. Facebook claims the new model will help it to streamline the review process.........Read more

Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ banned in Pakistan

Pakistan's Censor Board on Monday refused to allow the release of Shah Rukh Khan-Mahira Khan starter Raees in Pakistani cinemas saying that the content undermined Islam and portrayed Muslims as criminals and terrorists.........Read more

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 trailer: And so Jack Sparrow returns

The film, which releases in the US in May, will see the return of Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, the amiable pirate, who always seems to be one step ahead of trouble. Full of blazing ships and supernatural foes, the new trailer of the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Men Tell No Tales, brought an atmosphere of adventure to 2017’s Super Bowl ads. But you won’t see Depp’s Sparrow until the very last shot. And then you see him...covered in mud.........Read more

Bad bank can't be supported by govt alone, says Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said an institution to tackle non-performing assets (NPAs) of banks and over-leveraged companies could not be funded by the government alone through budgetary support. He, however, did not dismiss the idea of the body out of hand.........Read more

Emails reveal that Mallya hobnobbed with UPA govt official for loans

A top bureaucrat under the UPA government might have helped tycoon Vijay Mallya to secure bank loans for his ailing Kingfisher Airlines, reveal a series of emails written by the fugitive businessman and accessed exclusively by India Today.........Read more

Leh records -13.1 deg C; Jammu and Kashmir high reaches under freezing temp

Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh, recorded a low of minus 13.1 degrees Celsius on Wednesday with the night temperature in high altitude areas of Jammu and Kashmir, including the famous Pahalgam Gulmarg hill resorts, nosediving several degrees below freezing point.........Read more

9 Saravana Bhavan Restaurants Sealed Across Chennai

There’s some real sad news for dosa and idli lovers in Tamil Nadu. In at least nine places, including the iconic Royapettah branch, the Chennai Corporation has reportedly put a seal on Hotel Saravana Bhavan. The reasons cited include no licence and lack of proper quality of service.........Read more

Scholars show new method of harvesting crowd wisdom

The wisdom of crowds is not always perfect. But two scholars at MIT's Sloan Neuroeconomics Lab, along with a colleague at Princeton University, have found a way to make it better. Their method, explained in a newly published paper, uses a technique the researchers call the "surprisingly popular" algorithm to better extract correct answers from large groups of people. As such, it could refine wisdom-of-crowds surveys, which are used in political and economic forecasting, as well as many other collective activities, from pricing artworks to grading scientific research proposals.........Read more

Republic Day celebrations: India showcase its military might in parade at Rajpath

India is celebrating its 68th Republic Day today. The main function will be organised at majestic Rajpath in the national capital where President Pranab Mukherjee will take the salute of the parade. Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi........Read more

Google announces shutdown of legacy versions of Google apps from 3 April

Google has announced that it will shut down legacy (older) version of popular Google productivity apps like Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides.........Read more

2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 Spotted Sans Camouflage Ahead Of Launch

2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 was recently spotted without any camouflage at what appears to be a dealership warehouse. Expected to be launched sometime in coming weeks, the updated NS 200 was seen with some minor cosmetic updates, new styling, and some new features as well. Bajaj Auto has started releasing the teaser images of the upcoming 2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200, so the launch is imminent.........Read more

Sushmita Sen to judge Miss Universe 2017 beauty pageant

Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen has confirmed that she is on the judging panel of 65th edition of the Miss Universe pageant. The 41-year-old model-turned-actress was crowned Miss Universe in Manila in 1994 and she said she is excited as well as overwhelmed to return to the pageant 23 years later.........Read more

All-New Hero Glamour Unveiled In Argentina

Hero MotoCorp has taken the covers off its latest indigenously designed new bike, the Glamour. The 125 cc Glamour was unveiled in Buenos Aires as Hero's first-ever new product launch outside India. It will replace the current Glamour and will be launched in India in March this year - that is also when we will get the new pricing.........Read more

Note ban: J&K sees 60% dip in terrorism-related violence, hawala operations down 50%

The call traffic between hawala agents in India dropped almost by half post demonetisation, says a recent assessment by the central intelligence agencies. Payments to the end beneficiary of hawala deals are traditionally in cash, with Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 being the favoured denominations.........Read more

Jammu and Kashmir launches Internet-based SMIS (School Management Information System)

To create a single database for policy-making, evaluation and distribution of resources, Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday launched the internet-based School Management Information System (SMIS).........Read more

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's Office Burgled, Documents Stolen

The office of Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, has been burgled and a computer, important documents and reports have been stolen, the theft took place at Mr Sisodia's office in east Delhi's Patparganj. ........Read more

Surat businessman gifts 1,260 cars, 400 flats to employees!

The company has spent as much as 51 crores on Diwali bonuses this year. The company, Hare Krishna Exports, also marks its golden jubilee this year.........Read more

At least 60 killed, over 100 injured in Pak police academy attack

At least 60 people were killed and more than a hundred wounded in an overnight raid by militants on a police academy in southwest Pakistan, officials said Tuesday, after declaring a military counter-operation was finished.........Read more

Whole Nation With You, Stop Love Letters To Pak: Nitish Kumar To PM Modi

In a tone distinctly less rancorous than other opposition leaders have been speaking in, Nitish Kumar today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has his "full support in each and every step taken against Pakistan", but that last month's surgical strikes must be exempt from political opportunism.........Read more

To even think along the lines of a nuke attack is suicidal, says Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit

High commissioner Abdul Basit tells TOI that any bid to isolate Pakistan is bound to fail and that the two countries could discuss issues such as the one involving Masood Azhar 'behind the scenes' instead of just blaming one another Pakistan high commissioner to India Abdul Basit asserts that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is in the “driving seat“ but adds the army plays an important role in Islamabad's India policy.The army gives vital inputs on India, Afghanistan and all security-related issues. .. ........Read more

For The 'Children Of ISIS,' Target Practice Starts At Age 6. By Their Teens, They're Ready To Be Suicide Bombers.

The interview had gone on for nearly an hour when Taim, a slim, dark-eyed boy, started to fidget. The 8-year-old asked for paper and settled back in an oversized hotel chair to draw a memory.........Read more

Headed for a war? The long term implications of India's attack on Pakistan

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered retaliation, the conflict seems to be contained. India used very cautious language when announcing the surgical strike. We also assured Pakistan and the world we were not planning further action.........Read more

Indians are willing to pay upto 80% more for healthier food

Indian consumer companies are charging a premium of between 22% and 82% on variants of flour, noodles, oil, and other products that come with added nutrients and health benefits, according to a recent report by research agency Nielsen. And customers are all too willing to splurge.........Read more

The mystery of the photograph that revealed a different side of MS Subbulakshmi

The iconic image of the Carnatic vocalist and Balasaraswati, in silk pyjamas and with cigarettes, reveals them as girls who just wanted to have fun.........Read more

President Mukherjee Backs PM Modi on One Nation One Poll

New Delhi: Two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed simultaneous elections in an exclusive interview to Network18, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday backed the idea and said that Election Commission can put its mind in changing the Code of Conduct so that it does not disturb the polls. ........Read more

AAP Health Minister accuses municipal corporation for demolishing Mohalla clinics in Delhi

The Delhi government versus the city’s Municipal Corporations combat surfaces in public space yet again after Delhi’s Health Minister on Sunday tweeted accusing the North Delhi Municipal Corporation of attempting to demolish some of the Mohalla Clinics.........Read more

Quadrangular Cricket series: India A lose by 1 run to Australia A, still make it to final

Quadrangular Cricket series: India A lose by 1 run to Australia A, still make it to final - Skipper Manish Pandey's valiant century went in vain as India A lost to Australia A by a solitary run in a high-scoring thriller in the Quadrangular Cricket series here today but still made it to the summit clash.........Read more

World's largest pyramid is hidden in a mountain in Mexico | Fox News

When Hernan Cortez and his Spanish army marched into Cholula in present-day Mexico nearly 500 years ago, they were greeted by a peaceful people prone to building pyramids instead of stockpiles of weapons.........Read more

Hero MotoCorp to phase out models made under agreement with Honda: Pawan Munjal

The company is looking at replacing its existing products as well as introducing new ones developed with its own technology.........Read more

Three facts about BJP founder SP Mookerjee that a recent exhibition in Delhi did not show

Not only was Mookerjee communal, he had troublesome views on caste and gender, and had no compunction supporting the British against the Congress.........Read more

Cairn Energy seeks $5.6 billion compensation from India

In a 160-page ‘Statement of Claim’ filed with an international arbitration panel on June 28, the Edinburgh-based company sought withdrawal of the tax demand and declaring that India has “failed to uph........Read more

Rabies: A Primitive Disease Killing Thousands of Indians Annually

India accounts for over 21,000 deaths each year, making it the country with the highest global incidence of rabies.........Read more

Politics of language: Centre promoting Hindi in South, Northeast India smacks of parochialism

When a national government bats for Hindi, and not 22 other languages that are also deemed official, it smacks of parochialism. The type that could breed resentment. A national government cannot be parochial.........Read more

Southwest monsoon hits Kerala and Lakshadweep: India Meteorological Department

In an announcement which marks the culmination of a long wait and proferres relief to the drought-ravaged parts of the country, the city-based Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday fina........Read more

Boxing great Muhammad Ali close to death in hospital

Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali was close to death in a Phoenix-area hospital on Friday, a source close to the family said.........Read more