Why nuclear-powered rockets could be the answer to safer space exploration

There are a lot of reasons that a faster spaceship is a better one, and nuclear-powered rockets are a way to do this. They offer many benefits over traditional fuel-burning rockets or modern solar-powered electric rockets, but there have been only eight U.S. space launches carrying nuclear reactors in the last 40 years. Our Couch Conferences bring together industry experts to discuss what’s next However, last year the laws regulating nuclear space flights changed and work has already begun on this next generation of rockets.........Read more

"A Grudge Against Irrfan Khan - He's Spoilt Me For Life": Wife Sutapa Sikdar's Eulogy Will Break Your Heart

Every sentence in writer Sutapa Sikdar's eulogy (statement is a most inadequate word) for her husband Irrfan Khan will break your heart all over again, but none more so than this one - The only thing I have a grudge against him is; he has spoiled me for life." The much-loved, much-admired Irrfan Khan died of cancer on Wednesday, at just 53, leaving a shocked and shattered world behind. Ms Sikdar, who met Mr Khan at the National School of Drama, shared a post on Facebook on Thursday with the words, "I have not lost, I have gained in every which way." To this, she added the most poetic, powerful and moving words on Friday, shared on Irrfan Khan's official Twitter account.........Read more

Serum Institute of India to start manufacturing Oxford varsity's COVID-19 vaccine in 3 weeks

Vaccine major Serum Institute of India on Sunday said it plans to start production of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University in the next two to three weeks and hopes to bring it to the market by October if the human clinical trials are successful. The Pune-based company has partnered with Oxford University as one of the seven global institutions manufacturing the vaccine. "Our team has been working closely with Dr Hill from Oxford University, and we are expecting to initiate production of the vaccine in 2-3 weeks and produce 5 million doses per month for the first 6 months, following which, we hope to scale up production to 10 million doses per month," Serum Institute India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla said.........Read more

'No good evidence': 1st Indian review warns against using hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19

The first review in India of all available data on the use of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for COVID 19, either for prevention or cure of the disease, has warned against using the medicine for the infectious disease. The Indian Council of Medical Research has recommended using HCQ in combination with antibiotic azithromycin for severely sick COVID-19 patients and alone for prophylaxis in healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients and high risk contacts of confirmed cases.........Read more

Governor of Nairobi gives alcohol bottles in care packages, says it kills coronavirus. WHO denies

Amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Governor of Nairobi, Kenya, Mike Sonko is giving out alcohol along with food items in the care packages that are being distributed to the people in need. To fight Covid-19, people are staying at home. They are keeping the new virus at bay by washing hands thoroughly, sanitising and avoiding any form of physical contact. But according to Mike Sonko, alcohol is killing the novel coronavirus, therefore, it is being used as a throat sanitiser. Yes, you read that right.........Read more

CJI rules out total shutdown of Supreme Court amid coronavirus threat

The CJI held a meeting with four apex court judges, bar leaders of the Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association and eminent doctors, including Randeep Guleria from the AIIMS, New Delhi, to discuss the situation and the steps that can be taken to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. Justice Bobde ruled out the possibility of shutdown of the top court and said as virtual courts were on the verge of commencement, there could only be a possibility of limited shutdown at the present instance, SCAORA said in its release.........Read more

Not a single Dalit in 60% of Kolkata’s neighbourhood. How caste divides Indian cities

It is erroneous to say that caste bias doesn’t exist in urban India, which is a cliché thrown at you to argue against reservation policy or any other affirmative action programme. The inconvenient truth in 21st century India is that we live in segregated spaces. We easily accept that Indian cities are segregated on the basis of religion. We justify that people of different cultures living in different spaces is not a pathology, rather it is a natural way of living. Hindus and Muslims living in different colonies is justified on the basis of food habits and culture, and so on and so forth. But with caste, these justifications fall by the wayside.........Read more

Coronavirus: New cases from Kerala, Karnataka take count in India above 50

With Karnataka and Kerala today reporting fresh positive cases of coronavirus, the total number of cases increased today to 53, from 44 on Monday. Kerala today confirmed six more cases of coronavirus, taking the total number of infected in the state to 12. The state has suspended classes and exams till seventh standard till March 31. But exams of Class 8, 9 and 10 will be conducted as per schedule. Karnataka today confirmed three more cases of coronavirus, taking the total to four. Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu said: “Their family members have been isolated separately and we are monitoring them. I urge citizens to take precautionary measures and cooperate in preventing the spread of infection."........Read more

T20 World Cup final at MCG breaks record for highest attendance at a women's sporting event in Australia

The T20 World Cup final on Sunday broke the world record for the highest attendance at a women's cricket match after more than 86,000 turned up to cheer for Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed the final attendance at 86,174 which is also the highest attendance ever for a women's sporting event in Australia. But the final itself failed to live up to expectations as Australia crushed India in a totally one-sided game with Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy and Megan Schutts leading the way for the Southern Stars.........Read more

Germany reports 31 new coronavirus infections

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose to 188 on Tuesday, up from 157 on Monday afternoon, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said. Thirteen of Germany’s 16 federal states have now reported cases of the novel coronavirus, with the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia being most affected, according to the RKI. Germany has not reported a fatal case of the virus, which emerged in the Chinese metropolis Wuhan late last year and is quickly spreading around the world. ........Read more

Mukesh Ambani’s Plan To Make Reliance Debt-Free By 2021 Hits Bumps

Six months after Mukesh Ambani laid out a road map to make Reliance Industries free of net debt by early 2021, his plan has hit a few bumps thanks to the government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration has petitioned a court to halt a proposed stake sale by Reliance Industries to Saudi Arabian Oil Company, threatening a key source of funds needed to pare liabilities. In addition, the conglomerate, which is into oil refining, telecommunications and retail, is also facing unfriendly tax proposals that could hit its businesses. Shares of the company have slid almost 8 per cent since reaching a record high in mid-December. A spokesman for Reliance Industries declined to comment.........Read more

Watch: Temporary Gate At Motera Stadium Collapses Ahead Of 'Namaste Trump' Event

A temporary gate at the newly-built Motera Stadium collapsed on Sunday, according to media reports. The incident happened as preparations are in the final stages for the 'Namaste Trump' event, which US President Donald Trump is scheduled to jointly address with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Motera Stadium on February 24. A video clip showed a temporary gate collapsing in front of the stadium. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. According to reports, this was one of the welcome gates erected for the 'Namaste Trump' event.........Read more

Shekhar Kapur Upset With Mr India Remake, Says 'Cannot Use Characters/Story Without Permission'

The news of re-imagining of the 1987 classic Mr India, that initially starred Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Amrish Puri in the lead, did not go down well with fans who instantly declared the upcoming trilogy by director Ali Abbas Zafar and Zee Studios a “big flop”. Taking to the micro-blogging site, Twitterati called out the original makers Shekhar Kapur and Booney Kapoor to help avert the remake. The 1987 cult classic will reportedly be set in the contemporary superhero world. While rumours of Shah Rukh Khan or Ranveer Singh leading the film float across the grapevine.........Read more

GSTIN made mandatory in export, import papers

In a move to strengthen surveillance on evaders and plug revenue leakage in the goods and services tax (GST), the government has enhanced disclosure norms for exporters and importers from next week. Importers and exporters will have to mandatorily declare GSTIN in documents from February 15 while exporters will need to mention additional information, including district of origin of goods, to the customs department from next Sunday. ........Read more

SpiceJet, GoAir Also Bar Kunal Kamra From Flying For Allegedly Heckling Arnab Goswami

India's domestic airlines SpiceJet and GoAir have barred stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra from flying them until further notice. Many Indian airlines including IndiGo and Air India have imposed such restrictions on Kunal Kamra for allegedly heckling journalist Arnab Goswami onboard a flight from Mumbai to Lucknow. "SpiceJet has decided to suspend Mr. Kunal Kamra from flying with the airline till further notice," it tweeted. ........Read more

Anand Mahindra Shares Clip of An Amputee Climbing a Flag Pole, Inspiring Video Moves Netizens

The footage shows the unidentified man, donning a T-shirt printed with the flag of India. The video which was apparently taken on Republic Day, shows the man climbing the pole with utmost ease and then stretching his body as if to resemble the unfurling of a flag. While sharing the video, Mahindra wrote on Twitter, ”Would have posted this yesterday but I received it only this morning. However it’s never too late to see something that inspires us; something that makes us stop feeling sorry for ourselves; something that reminds us that having a larger cause enables us to do great things…” ........Read more

Don't Allow People from Other Faiths to Question Muslim Law: AIMPLB to SC on Nikah Halala Challenge

The plea has been filed by the Board to oppose a PIL that challenged the validity of practises of polygamy and nikah halala among Muslims. While the petition by advocate and BJP member Ashwini Upadhyay has claimed such practices violate Muslim women's right to live with dignity and their privacy, the Muslim Law Personal Law Board has now claimed these practices may not fall under the purview of the "law in force" and are hence beyond the purview of judicial review.........Read more

Police Bust Jaish-e-Mohammed Module in Srinagar Planning Terror Attack on Republic Day, 5 Arrested

The Jammu and Kashmir Police busted a Jaish-e-Mohammed module in Srinagar and arrested five people, averting a major terror attack planned on January 26, a senior police official said on Thursday. The Srinagar Police busted the terror module, which earlier carried out two grenade attacks, said Deputy Inspector General (central) of Kashmir Range. ........Read more

Seven Years After Nirbhaya Died, 4 Convicts To Hang On January 22 At 7 am

The four convicts sentenced to death in the Nirbhaya case will hang at 7 am on January 22, a Delhi court said today, issuing a death warrant. Akshay Thakur Singh, Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma were found guilty in the 2012 gang-rape, torture and killing of a young medical student in Delhi. "This judgement will reinforce people's faith in the judiciary. My daughter will get justice," said Nirbhaya's mother, who had petitioned the court for a death warrant, saying she had waited seven years for justice.........Read more

Rajasthan: Jodhpur hospital records 146 children death in December

Department of Pediatrics of SN Medical College, one of the largest hospitals in the Jodhpur division of Rajasthan, recorded the death of nearly five children every day last month. This has been revealed in the report prepared by the medical college after the deaths of infants in Kota. The medical college runs the pediatric department at Mathura Das Mathur Hospital (MDM) and Umaid Hospital. ........Read more

Rohit- Rahul Centuries, Kuldeep's Hat-Trick Setup India's Series-Levelling Win vs West Indies

Rohit Sharma captivated with his languid brilliance in the company of an equally graceful KL Rahul before Kuldeep Yadav topped it up with a hat-trick in India’s series-levelling 107-run victory against the West Indies in the second one-day international (ODI) on Wednesday.........Read more

Budget 2020 Likely on February 1, No Exception For Saturday

Union Budget 2020-21 is likely to be presented on February 1, which is a Saturday. Usually, the Budget is not presented on a Saturday but, in 2015, the National Democratic Alliance government broke with the tradition and presented it on a Saturday. After 2015, this will be the first time that the Budget will be presented on a Saturday. “Tradition will continue,” parliamentary affairs minister Prahlad Joshi said. The Economic Survey will be presented on January 31, sources said. Before the Modi government came to power, the Budget used to be presented on the last working day of February. The Modi government decided to advance it to the first day so that the budgetary process gets completed by March 31. ........Read more

Chinmayanand used to tear woman's clothes when she resisted: Counsel

According to the woman's complaint, she was repeatedly raped inside a room in Chinmayanand's ashram. The videos of the massage sessions were also shot in this room. Swami Chinmayanand (Photo | Facebook) Chinmayanand used to tear the clothes of the law student whenever she resisted his sexual advances, the district government counsel, Anuj Singh said. Singh addedthat this is why they slapped IPC Section 354D (follows a woman and contacts, or attempts to contact such woman to foster personal interaction repeatedly despite a clear indication of disinterest by such woman) on Chinmayanand. During the hearing of Chinmayanand's bail plea on Monday, the SIT also submitted that there were four persons, including the security guard of the BJP leader's ashram who confirmed that the law student used to often visit 'Divya Dhaam'. Swami Chinmayanand discharged from Lucknow hospital According to the woman's complaint, she was repeatedly raped inside a room in Chinmayanand's ashram. The videos of the massage sessions were also shot in this room.........Read more

J&K's development will destroy Pak's 70 years planning for Kashmir - Jaishankar

EAM Jaishankar's comments came during a conversation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank. The prospect of development in Jammu and Kashmir is a direct threat to what Pakistan planned for the region from the past 70 years, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday while expressing hope that the situation in the region in the future would emulate that in North East region today. "If we actually manage to get the development going in Kashmir, do understand that everything that the Pakistanis have planned for the last 70 years comes to naught. Therefore, that is something they would never let happen easily," Jaishankar said. India has made its decision on purchase of S400 system from Russia, held discussions on same with US: Jaishankar The Minister's comments came during a conversation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank. Responding to a question on how India would address the challenges before it on the Kashmir situation, Jaishankar said, "India has experienced such challenges in its own north-east regions. Today you see northeast is largely peaceful. People are employed in gainful livelihood and not in throwing stones at security forces. The development card has actually worked in the northeast." ........Read more

Sourav Ganguly re-elected as president of Cricket Association of Bengal

Former Team India skipper Sourav Ganguly has been re-elected as the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal. Ganguly's and his five-member panel won the CAB elections as there was no opposition against them. However, as per the BCCI constitution, the 47-year-old will enter a ‘cooling-off period’ after completing his tenureas the President till July 2020. Since being appointed in 2014 as the joint-secretary, Sourav will have to undergo a three-year- cooling off period at the end of his contract in 2020 Since being elected as the president in 2015, this will be Ganguly's second reign at the CAB head.........Read more

Forces on alert over cross-border terrorism threat in Kashmir

Security forces are on high alert along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir as the threat of cross-border terrorism “continues to exist”, officials said on Saturday. “The threat of cross-border terrorism continues to exist. The security forces are maintaining a state of high alert,” Rohit Kansal, principal secretary of the J-K government, who is also the state government’s spokesman, said. Kansal was briefing the reporters about the situation in the state. “The day time restrictions have been lifted from 69 police stations across the length and breadth of the valley, while 81 police stations in Jammu region are without any day-time restrictions,” Kansal said. Rahul Gandhi at Srinagar airport Officials said traffic movement increased on Saturday and attendance in offices also improved. However, public transport remained off roads and markets in the Valley were shut for the 20th day. Despite the curbs, Kansal said, the total dispatch of fruits this year has been 1.20 lakh metric tonnes against 89,000 metric tonnes during the corresponding period last year.........Read more

World Championships: 'Sensational' Sindhu Thumps Yu Fei to Reach Final, Assures Herself of a Record Silver

India’s badminton queen – PV Sindhu continued her dominant run in the ongoing BWF World Championships on Saturday to book herself a spot in the finals of the women’s singles event. Sindhu looked in complete command and in her zone right from the word go as she thumped her Chinese opponent – Chen Yu Fei in straight game 21-7, 21- 14 in the semifinal. Courtesy this magnificent performance, the ace Indian shuttler has assured herself of at least a Silver in the coveted World Championships. Apart from maintaining her perfect record against Chinese shuttlers – Sindhu also became the first shuttler to enter her third successive worlds final. The 24-year-old, who won back-to-back silver medals in the last two editions of the tournament would be itching to go one better this time and become the first shuttler from the country to win that elusive Gold. Along with the Silver, Sindhu also has two bronze against her name at the worlds. In the quarterfinals, Sindhu staged a herculean comeback to beat world number one Taiwanese – Tai Tzu Ying 12-21, 23-21, 21-19 to storm in the semis. In the first game of the semis, Sindhu gave no chance to the tricky fourth-seed – Yu Fei and comfortably clinch the honours by a huge margin of 14 points. The Indian was superb throughout the game, frustrating the Chinese forcing her to make errors.........Read more

MG Motor stops Hector bookings, sold out for 2019

The company will increase the production of the new SUV to 3,000 units from October as part of plans to cater to the increasing demand gradually over the next few months. The MG Hector (Photo courtesy MG Motor India Thursday said it has temporarily stopped bookings for its newly launched SUV Hector following orders of over 21,000 units, thus selling out for the ongoing calendar year. The company will increase production of the new SUV to 3,000 units from October as part of plans to cater to the increasing demand gradually over the next few months, MG Motor India said in a statement. MG Motor India's current production capacity for Hector at its Halol plant in Gujarat is around 2,000 units a month. The Hector received orders for more than 21,000 units since bookings began on June 4. The date of re-opening of bookings will be announced soon, the company said. It launched the Hector last month priced between Rs 12.18-16.88 lakh. "Our first product, MG Hector, has received an overwhelming response and we are unable to cater to such high initial demand. We are, therefore, closing bookings temporarily as this will help ensure timely and orderly deliveries for our customers who have shown tremendous confidence in MG," MG Motor India President & MD Rajeev Chaba said. The company is also working with component suppliers to ramp up production in a gradual manner without any compromise on quality, he added.........Read more

UP: 9 Dead, 19 Injured After 2 Groups Clash Over Land in Ghorawal

At least nine people were on Wednesday shot dead while 19 others injured in firing between two groups who clashed over land in Ghorawal village in Sonbhadra district. “We can’t tell exact numbers as of now. Nine persons brought to a district hospital. Some are injured, some are dead,” District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agarwal told ANI. All those injured were rushed to a hospital. Their condition is being said to be critical. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took stock of the situation and expressed grief for the families of the deceased. Further, he directed the district magistrate to provide immediate medical attention to the injured. ........Read more

How weather makes a difference to batting and swing

It could be argued that the weather played a key role in the denial of a place to India in the World Cup final. The air was moist and there were clouds and rain in Manchester. Moisture content reduces cohesion and makes the pitch weak. A pitch with just 30-35 per cent clay, for example, becomes less cohesive when it rains, which favours swing and seam bowlers. In contrast, a pitch with more than 40 per cent clay dries out in the hot sun, making it stronger and bouncier and favouring pacers. Under moist conditions, a batsman has to struggle with the effects of the damp ground, which slows down the ball. The bat absorbs moisture, which makes it harder to strike the ball deep. Moisture also reduces the grip between the feet and the ground due to lower cohesion, and a lot more effort is needed during batting. In dry weather, a batsman does not have to struggle that much to hit a four or a six. Shortly after the match, captain Virat Kohli said, “We felt like we had the momentum… but the credit has to go to the New Zealand bowlers… and the kind of swing that they got on the surface, the help that they got from the surface.”........Read more

'Unfair to Choose Between Good Economics And Clever Politics,' Says Arun Jaitley on Union Budget

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Finance Minister in Modi government Arun Jaitley welcomed the Union budget presented by current Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and said that it expands the roadmap on which the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has built up India’s growth story from 2014-19. “It is a budget of a continuing government, which has to accelerate the direction of the past. The present Budget maintains that path based on the premise that economies which are fiscally prudent, eventually get rewarded as against those who indulge in fiscal adventurism,” said Jaitley in his blog. He said that the choice between good economics and clever politics is unfair because any Government needs both in order to survive and perform. According to Jaitley, the Prime Minister’s first tenure witnessed this blending of good economics and good politics and the change, which was facilitated by the Jan Dhan Accounts and the Aadhaar, laid the foundation for Direct Benefit Transfer to those who needed State support. “Subsidies were no longer an unknown amount of money being distributed to an unidentifiable class of people. Subsidies in the form of transfer of facilities to the poor is an example of the blending of good economics and good politics,” he added.........Read more

India Antitrust Body To Probe Maruti Suzuki For Discounting Practices

India's antitrust body said it had ordered an investigation into how the country's biggest carmaker Maruti Suzuki controls discounts its dealers offer. The CCI has now asked its investigations unit to complete the probe within 150 days. Car makers at times set a limit on discounts to ensure there is no price war among dealers but Indian law says the practice, described as "resale price maintenance", is prohibited if it causes "appreciable adverse effect on competition in India". The CCI on Thursday said a detailed probe was needed to assess the methods used by Maruti as the allegations showed it was a "fit case for investigation in respect of the alleged resale price maintenance arrangement". "We have seen the order on CCI web site. We are examining the same," said a Maruti spokesperson. Maruti, majority-owned by Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp, is a household name in India where it commands a 51 percent market share. It sold 1.73 million passenger vehicles in the year to March and has nearly 3,000 dealers in the country. In a similar case in 2017, South Korean firm Hyundai Motor Co's India unit was fined $12.5 million by CCI for antitrust violations, including resale price maintenance.........Read more

India had the driest June in five years, says IMD as monsoon gets delayed; country stares at another agriculture crisis

India had its driest June in five years because monsoon rains were delayed, the weather department said late on Sunday, raising fears for crops and the broader economy. Overall, the monsoon rains were a third lower than average, though, in some states including the sugar cane growing northern state of Uttar Pradesh, they were as much as 61 percent lower, data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) showed. About 55 percent of India’s arable land is rain-fed, and agriculture makes up about 15 percent of Asia’s third-largest economy, which is already suffering a slowdown. If the rains don’t improve over the next two to three weeks, India could be facing a crisis that hammers harvests and rural demand, analysts said. Companies that sell everything from tractors to fertilizers to consumer goods to farmers would be vulnerable. Farmers had planted crops on 14.7 million hectares as on 28 June, down almost 10 percent from the previous year, the farm ministry’s data showed. ........Read more

Huge moment for India as Sabih Khan named Apple's new Senior Vice President of Operations

In a huge development that will make every Indian proud, smart-phone giant Apple has named India-born Sabih Khan the company’s senior vice president of Operations. Khan, whose family hail from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh has been with Apple since 1995 working in various senior executive roles. A statement by Apple said that Khan played an important role in delivering ‘each of Apple’s innovative products to market since the late 1990s, leading key product operations and supply chain functions.’ Khan will continue to report to Apple’s Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams. Reacting to Sabih Khan’s promotion, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said, “Sabih leads our Ops team with heart.” Cook added, “He and his entire worldwide team are committed to delivering unmatched experiences to our customers, treating workers everywhere with dignity and respect, and protecting the environment for future generations.” Khan’s father Saeed Khan hails from Rampur and is now currently settled in Singapore. Saeed Khan was the president of an oil company before retiring and settling in Singapore for good. Sabih Khan was brought up in Singapore. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).........Read more

World’s most expensive cheese is derived from donkey's milk

White, dense and rich in flavour, Serbia's one-of-a-kind donkey cheese is not only tasty but good for your health, says maker Slobodan Simic. There's only one catch; at 1,000 euros ($1,130) a kilo, it may well be the most expensive cheese in the world. Since 2012, Simic and his team of farmers have been milking a herd of more than 200 donkeys who live on a nature reserve northern Serbia called Zasavica. Their milk has similar properties to breast milk and is touted by Simic as a cure for a range of ailments, including asthma and bronchitis. ........Read more

Telangana: In a first, life in jail for 19-yr-old who committed murder as minor

Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Suneetha Kunchala found 'the child in conflict with the law' and guilty of the charges. For the first time in the country, a court here on Thursday sentenced a 19-year-old man to rigorous life imprisonment for having unnatural sex with a minor boy and murdering him two years ago as a juvenile. Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Suneetha Kunchala found "the child in conflict with the law" and guilty of the charges. He was 17 years old at the time of commission of the crime. The Telangana Police, in a press release, said it is the first time in the country that an accused, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the offences of unnatural sex and murder. He was convicted under sections 364 (kidnap in order to murder), 377 (unnatural offences), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the man on different counts. Additional public prosecutor K Pratap Reddy said the court sentenced the man to 10 years rigorous imprisonment each under IPC sections 364 and 377, seven years under section 201 and rigorous life imprisonment under section 302. The sentences will run concurrently.........Read more

India’s gold demand could fall to three-year low as prices hit record high

India’s gold demand could fall 10% in 2019 from a year ago to the lowest level in three years as record high local prices dent retail purchases during a key festive season, the head of an industry body told Reuters. Lower purchases by India, the world’s second biggest consumer after China, could limit a rally in global prices that hit a 6-year high earlier this week. “Of late, customers are not used to such a jump in prices,” Anantha Padmanabhan, chairman of the All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) told Reuters by telephone. “They will not raise allocations to buy gold just because prices have risen. Volume-wise demand will drop 10% from last year.” Local gold prices hit a record 35,960 rupees ($519) per 10 grams on Tuesday, having jumped more than 10 percent over the past month, rising in line with international prices on tensions in the Middle East. India’s gold consumption dipped 1.5% in 2018 to 760.4 tonnes, below a 10-year average of 838 tonnes, according to data compiled by the World Gold Council. The council in May forecast consumption this year at 750 to 850 tonnes after demand rose 5 percent in the March quarter. But the sudden price rise has affected sentiment, jewellers said. Bullion dealers and jewellers are reporting that sales have dropped to levels more than 50 percent below normal in the past 10 days, said B Govindan, president of All Kerala Gold and Silver Merchants Association.........Read more

RBI Committee Recommendations For KYC on Google Duo or Apple FaceTime Could See Larger Implementation

The Report of the Expert Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has recommended to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for the implementation of a video KYC format to replace the current know your customer (KYC) methods and Aadhaar verification. This will be for micro, small and medium enterprises for the time being. This, they suggest, can be done via Google Duo on Android devices and Apple FaceTime on iPhones, for instance. The committee has been formed to recommend steps to improve the growth and development of the MSME sector. In a way, these guidelines could show the way for KYC norms for consumer facing services as well, including payment apps and digital wallets, at some point. At present, the requirements of the KYC process rely heavily on manual verification and data handling, and also makes it mandatory for the new customer to be physically present at the time. This, the committee says, increases costs and stretched timelines in completing the required KYC processes. “As an alternative to enabling e-KYC, the Committee recommends video KYC to be adopted as a part of digital financial architecture as a suitable alternative to performing a digital Aadhaar-based KYC process towards enabling non – physical customer onboarding,” say the recommendations. The proposed KYC method is designed to be simpler than what is followed at present. ........Read more

India asks scooter, bike makers to draw up plan for EVs

India’s central think-tank has asked scooter and motorbike manufacturers to draw up a plan to switch to electric vehicles, days after they publicly opposed the government’s proposals saying they would disrupt the sector, two sources told Reuters. Niti Aayog officials met with executives from companies including Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp and TVS late on Friday, giving them two weeks to come up with the plan, according to one of the executives. The think-tank, which is chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and plays a key role in policymaking, had recommended that only electric models of scooters and motorbikes with engine capacity of more than 150cc must be sold from 2025, sources have told Reuters. Automakers opposed the proposal and warned that a sudden transition, at a time when auto sales have slumped to a two-decade low, would cause market disruption and job losses. ........Read more

Toll in Himachal crash rises to 44; overloading, negligent driving may have caused accident

Additional SP of Kullu Rajkumar Chandel said the toll in the Himachal bus accident has touched 44 and added that the injured were undergoing treatment at the Banjar Civil Hospital and the Kullu district hospital. It seems that overloading and negligent driving may have caused the accident. The chief minister has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. The Kullu district administration announced an immediate relief of Rs 50,000 to the kin of each of the deceased and the injured.........Read more

Former Pak President Asif Ali Zardari Arrested By Anti-Corruption Agency

Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has been arrested by the country's top anti-corruption body in a case involving fake bank accounts. He is accused of operating fake bank accounts to transfer money out of Pakistan. The country's anti-corruption watchdog, National Accountability Bureau, had issued arrest warrants against him........Read more

49-yr-old man sets himself on fire at BJP’s Sabarimala protest venue in Kerala

A 49-year-old man put himself on fire and ran towards the venue of a sit-in-protest by BJP leader CK Padmanabhan in front of Secretariat against the anti-Sabarimala stand taken by the state government. ........Read more

Environmentalist GD Agrawal's body will not be handed over to his ashram: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has ordered that the body of environmentalist GD Agrawal will not be handed over to his ashram in Haridwar because Agrawal had pledged his organs to be used for medical research at AIIMS, Rishikesh.........Read more

India has never taken up issue of illegal immigrants with dhaka: Advisor to Bangladesh PM

Bangladesh is willing to cooperate with India in its endeavour to send back "illegal immigrants" provided their identity is "determined" by the concerned authorities, Dr Gowher Rizvi, advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the India Today Conclave East 2018 held in Kolkata.........Read more

Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Granted Bail in Castration Case

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, serving a 20-year jail term each in two rape cases, has been granted bail by the Panchkula CBI court in castration case. But he will continue to remain in jail in connection with the rape case.........Read more

Shockwaves from WWII bombing raids reached the edge of space

While the impact of the massive bombing raids during World War II left deep and obvious scars on the land, a new study suggests that the shockwaves reached the edge of space as well. As a result, those shockwaves actually weakened Earth's upper atmosphere, called the ionosphere.........Read more

Election Commission expresses displeasure over early poll move by Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao

Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat has expressed his displeasure over the early poll move by Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrasekhar Rao. He said astrological predictions will not decide the time of elections for Telangana assembly.........Read more

It is the American game, soon there will be gay bars everywhere: Subramanian Swamy

Subramanian Swamy said, “Of course what happens in someone's private life should not be of anyone's concern, neither they should be punished. It is basically a genetic disorder, like someone having six fingers. Medical research must be done to rectify it.”........Read more

4 killed, 16 injured in fire at residential building in Mumbai’s Parel; blaze started from electrical wiring

Four people were killed and at least 16 injured in a major fire at the Crystal Tower residential apartments near Hindmata Cinema in Mumbai’s Parel area.........Read more

Rahi Sarnobat scripts history in Jakarta, becomes first Indian woman to shoot Asian Games individual gold

Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman shooter to win an Asian Games gold medal as she triumphed after prevailing in a double shoot-off in the 25m pistol........Read more

Fernando Alonso to retire from F1 at end of the season after 17 years

Fernando Alonso will leave McLaren and “move on” from Formula 1 at the end of the season “after 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport” and has promised to finish the championship with “more commitment and passion than ever”.........Read more

On Independence Day, Patanjali confirms relaunch of 'swadeshi' chat app Kimbho

Baba Ramdev-led Patanjali Ayurved today said that its messaging app 'Kimbho' is ready with new features and plans to re-launch it on August 27.........Read more

Congress dumps Vandana Chavan, nominates BK Hariprasad as candidate for Rajya Sabha deputy chairman election - Firstpost

Opposition parties took a U-turn on Wednesday and announced Hariprasad as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman. NCP's Vandana Chavan was almost confirmed as the Opposition consensus candidate. What led to the decision is not clear yet.........Read more

Maharashtra: 33 Dead After Bus Falls Into Deep Gorge in Raigad

At least 33 people died and many others injured on Saturday after a bus fell down a mountain road in Ambenali Ghat, in Raigad district of Maharashtra. The people on the bus were employees of an agricultural university in Maharashtra.........Read more

Govt not planning law to regulate cinema, IPL cricket: Goyal tells Rajya Sabha

The government is not planning any law to regulate either cinema and television industries or IPL cricket, but it takes appropriate action, including conducting searches and survey, assessment of income, levy and recovery of tax. Finance Minister Piyush Goyal informed the Rajya Sabha.........Read more

Andhra Pradesh tops 'ease of doing business' ranking, Telangana comes 2nd

Andhra Pradesh, with a score of 98.42 per cent, topped the 'ease of doing business' ranking among states prepared by the World Bank and DIPP. Telangana has slipped to the second spot with a score of 98.33 per cent. Haryana came third with 98.07 per cent ........Read more

Awkward moment for Amit Shah as mutt seeks minority tag for Lingayats

Amit Shah faced an awkward situation on Tuesday when he visited the Murugha Mutt in Chitradurga town. Taking him by surprise, Murugha Mutt pontiff Shivamurthy Murugarajendra Swamiji submitted a memorandum, seeking approval of the minority religion status for Lingayats as recommended by the Karnataka government.........Read more

India test fires medium range nuclear capable Agni-II missile

The Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) has already been inducted into the services and Tuesday’s test was carried out by the Army’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) with logistic support provided by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The 20-mt-long Agni-II ballistic missile has a launch weight of 17 ton and can carry a payload of 1,000 kg over a distance of 2,000 km.........Read more

Apple to fix bug which causes a malicious link to freeze the Messages app on iOS and MacOS devices

Apple's iOS 11 has been seen by a majority of Apple users as one of the buggiest OS releases in the company's history. The latest issue that has surfaced is a link that exploits a bug in iOS and Mac OS devices, causing the Messages app to freeze and later become unusable.........Read more

BMW Silently Introduces Fully-Loaded X3 xDrive 20d M Sport In India; Priced At Rs 54 Lakh

The M Sport variant is the top-spec trim in the X3 product lineup and replaces the xLine variant in India. The new top-spec variant receives more features while it continues to be powered by the existing 2.0-litre diesel engine. A 2.0-litre 28i xLine petrol model has now been discontinued as well with only the 190bhp, 2.0d diesel engine available currently.........Read more

Boeing to set up P-8I training facility in India

Boeing Co. will set up its third global P-8I reconnaissance plane training facility at INS Rajali, an Indian naval air base in Tamil Nadu after the government cleared its contract. One full motion simulator will be installed at Rajali that will train aircrew mission operators and aircraft maintainers on the aircraft including in weapons training and ordnance training, Boeing said, adding the order was done under direct commercial sales.........Read more

No proposal for mandatory Aadhaar linkage for property deals

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, however, said the rural development ministry had advised the states and union territories to explore the possibilities of using consent-based Aadhaar authentication for registration of properties under the provisions of the Registration Act, 1908.........Read more

100 new species discovered in Mekong

A Vietnamese 'crocodile lizard' and a Thai turtle found on sale in a local market are among more than 100 new species discovered in the ecologically diverse but threatened Mekong region last year. The Southeast Asian countries flanking the Mekong river, which snakes down from the Tibetan plateau to the South China Sea, are among the most biodiverse in the world.........Read more

2nd-gen Audi Q5 to be launched on January 18, 2018

Audi is yet to confirm the engine that will power the new Q5 in India. That said, the new model could be offered with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine paired with a 7-speed S tronic gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive. The current generation Q5 comes with a similar 2.0-litre diesel unit which produces 174 BHP @ 4,200 rpm and 380 Nm of torque @ 1,750-2,500 rpm.........Read more

Commit suicide get Rs 1 crore: Are you setting a trend HC asks Delhi govt

Imagine you are setting a trend, commit suicide and get Rs one crore compensation. And, when you are giving Rs one crore compensation to his family, where is the question of compensatory employment, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said. ........Read more

SEBI probes prescient messages in WhatsApp groups

India’s market regulator is “seriously” looking into the issue of prescient messages on company results circulated by market insiders in private WhatsApp groups, its chairman Ajay Tyagi said, a sign the investigation is gaining momentum.........Read more

Ford India to hike prices by up to 4 % from Januray

The price increase is necessary due to several external factors, such as frequent fluctuations in commodity prices and rising input and freight costs, Ford India Executive Director - Marketing, Sales and Service, Vinay Raina said........Read more

To counter JioPhone; Airtel, Intex launch affordable 4G smartphone at a starting price of Rs 1,649

India's largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel today said it has partnered Intex to offer a low cost bundled 4G smartphone at an "effective price" of Rs 1,649 in a bid to counter JioPhone.........Read more

Panchkula Violence: Judicial Custody of Honeypreet Insan Extended by 14 Days

A Panchkula court on Friday extended the judicial custody of Honeypreet Insan by 14 days in a case related to the violence which erupted following the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 2002 rape case. The violence on August 25 claimed 41 lives and left many injured.........Read more

India seeks to raise up to $1.7 billion from state-run reinsurer GIC Re's IPO

State-run reinsurer General Insurance Corp of India's (GIC Re) initial public offering of shares next week seeks to raise as much 113.7 billion rupees ($1.7 billion) in what will be India's second-biggest IPO.........Read more

BHU Tense After Violence, Early Dussehra Breaks Called; UP CM Yogi Adityanath Seeks Report

As the atmosphere remains tense in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) following the crackdown on protesting students last night, the varsity has decided to call Dussehra breaks earlier this year. All classes would be official suspended from Monday, three days before the scheduled holidays begin.........Read more

CBFC Demands 10 Cuts In Kangana Ranaut’s Simran

Among the cuts the that the CBFC “recommended” were words like b*tch and b**tard in over six places. The CBFC stood firm on these cuts since they disallow scenes where women are being disrespected with any word or gesture in the film, and reportedly told the filmmakers to either take the cuts or lose precious time going to the Tribunal........Read more

Facebook testing new feature to find potential friends

Facebook is rolling out a new feature that allows users to get familiar with their friends’ friends. The feature shows users various potential connections on tap of a button asking “get to know (name’s) friends”. The option, which is not available for all users as of now, gives potential friends’ information like the events they both have attended, pages they like, places they have worked or lived.........Read more

Supreme Court stays Madras HC order on waiving farm loans

The Supreme Court stayed the Madras High Court order directing the Tamil Nadu government to waive farm loans, irrespective of the farmers’ land holding. In April this year, the high court passed the order after the state farmers protested in New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar demanding Rs 40,000 crore assistance from the Centre.........Read more

Breakthrough technology makes batteries safe and sustainable

As exploding batteries in mobile phones, computers and headphones continue to make headlines, researchers at Swinburne's Centre for Micro-Photonics are one step closer to producing commercially viable, chemical-free, long-lasting, safe batteries.........Read more

Kaun Banega Crorepati Season 9s first promo out; Amitabh Bachchan reveals registration date

Although the premiere date of the show has not been revealed yet, Big B has invited people to register for the show from June 17. The registration will be open from 9 pm.........Read more

India's NSG bid has become 'more complicated': China

"China supports the NSG to have consultation for reaching non-discriminatory and universally applicable solution, applicable to all members of the NSG," a Chinese official told media briefing in Beijing.........Read more

Odisha boy 'makes electricity from Rs 500 notes' - Times of India

A teenager from Odisha innovated to generate electricity from the old Rs 500 note. Lachman Dundi says he can produce upto 5 volts of electricity from a single note. His invention has grabbed the attention of the PMO.........Read more

After Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians, race for IPL 2017 playoffs hots up

Kings XI Punjab defeated Mumbai Indians by seven runs in a high-scoring contest to remain in fray for the IPL 2017 playoffs. The result has left four teams gunning for three spots...........Read more

Government to shut down 7 lakh suspected shell companies

Furthering its war on black money and money laundering, the government is now believed to have turned its focus on ‘dormant’ companies that were allegedly involved in high-value transactions and deposited heavy cash amounts following the government’s drastic notes ban decision.........Read more

8 Dead, 30 Injured After Bus Plunges Into River In Andhra Pradesh

Eight people have died and over 30 others are injured after a private bus going from Bhubaneswar to Hyderabad fell into a river near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh early morning today. The injured have been taken to the Nandigama Government Hospital. At least 10 are reportedly critical.........Read more

JLR, domestic business drive Tata Motors Q3 net down 96% to Rs 112 cr

Tata Motors, the country's largest automobile company by revenue, has seen its consolidated net profit shrink by a significant 96 per cent in the third quarter on a steep decline in profit at its overseas unit JLR and higher losses in the domestic........Read more

Palaniswami stakes claim to form govt

Newly elected AIADMK Legislature Party Leader Edappadi K Palaniswami today met governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and staked claim to form the government. Palaniswami presented a list of MLAs supporting his claim.........Read more

Scientists have finally built a computer that can survive on the surface of Venus

The Soviets hold the record for the longest time spent on the surface of Venus. The probe they sent survived for 127 minutes. The only way to overcome this extreme heat was to pre-cool the Silicon and hermetically seal. This is heavy, expensive, and only a short term solution. Nasa scientists have tried to find different materials that would help them overcome these obstacles. Succor came in the form of Silicon Carbide (SiC), a material that can handle high temperatures and voltages. Together with newly designed interconnects that help keep transistors in place, the scientists have finally built a CPU that can withstand Venus’ heat.........Read more

Not filmmakers, viewers have failed indie cinema: Bajpayee

Far from blaming the filmmakers for not promoting the independent cinema in India, actor Manoj Bajpayee says the fault lies with the "viewers" as they don't turn up to watch indie projects. "What failed independent cinema is the viewers. They don't want to spend their money watching independent cinema, here the pirated dvds serve their purpose.........Read more

Court summons Mahesh Babu, Koratala Shiva and Srimanthudu producer Naveen over copyright breach

A local court on Monday issued summons to Tollywood actor Mahesh Babu, film director Koratala Shiva and producer Y Naveen, to appear before the court on March 3, in connection with the petition filed by a novelist M Sarath Chandra citing copyright breach.........Read more

How Anti-Modi Brigade Forced ‘Bhak Sala’ To Go Into Temporary Exile

O’Brien’s claim that the two handles were suspended by Twitter were refuted by both. Given that both the handles are followed by some of the most famous names of the country lends some sort of authority to the handles and their operators.........Read more

China tests missile with 10 nuclear warheads: Report

China has reportedly tested a new version of a missile that can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads, signalling a major shift in its nuclear capability as Beijing gears up for a possible military showdown with the US under Trump Presidency.........Read more

Election Commission orders FIR against Kejriwal for bribery remarks at Goa rally

The Election Commission on Sunday has directed officials in Goa to take necessary legal action to be initiated by filing an FIR/complaint against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for statements on & after 8 Jan in Goa. In all his four speeches at various rallies in Goa last weekend, Kejriwal had said that people should not just accept Rs 5,000 but demand Rs 10,000 from politicians keen on offering money but vote for AAP.........Read more

Rahul & Akhilesh: Alliance for 2019 polls a ‘possibility’

At the formal launch of the Samajwadi Party-Congress joint campaign here on Sunday, Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav said there was a “possibility” that they would keep their collaboration going for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as well.........Read more

Warner, Renshaw flatten Pakistan

David Warner surged to a century before lunch for the first time in the history of Test matches in Australia, leaving Matt Renshaw and the rest of the top order to ride merrily in the slipstream of an innings that flummoxed Pakistan.........Read more

Pakistan to present dossier on India to new UN Secretary General

Pakistan’s permanent UN representative Maleeha Lodhi will pass on the dossier to Guterres on January 2 along with evidence of an alleged attempt at a violation of maritime boundary by an Indian submarine, the English daily added. In November, Pakistan had alleged that an Indian submarine that attempted to “intrude into its waters was spotted and forced to abandon the mission”.........Read more

Will Mark Zuckerberg quit Facebook to join the US government?

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is allegedly planning to join the US government. In a story published in Bloomberg, on the fact that the company’s investors have criticised Marc Andreessen, a long-time board member accusing him of conflict of interest, it also said that Erskine Bowles was worried that Zuckerberg wants to be allowed to ‘serve two years in the government without losing control of the company.’ Marc Andreessen is a close ally of Zuckerberg, who has been accused by investors of not representing the interests of them. A few texts between him and the founder have been made public, as a part of the lawsuit.........Read more

Cyclone Nada likely to cross Tamil Nadu coast on Friday

​A depression has formed over Bay of Bengal and is likely to intensify into a deep depression or a cyclonic storm. Regional Meteorological Centre has forecast that it may cross the Tamil Nadu coast by December 2 morning.........Read more

Pakistan imposes complete ban on airing of Indian content

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) today approved a complete ban on airing of Indian content in Pakistan from October 21, said a statement released by the regulatory authority.........Read more

India And The GCC States – A Visibly Shifting Paradigm

Much of the fault lies on the side of past Indian governments. Note, for instance, that the last visit to the UAE before that of Modi was in 1981 by Indira Gandhi. This is the sort of inattention paid to a country that happens to be one of our largest trading partners (nearly $60 billion in two-way trade in 2014-2015), and where over a million Indian expatriates reside (out of more than 2 million in the GCC as a whole).........Read more

Intermot 2016: Triumph Showcases The Bonneville T100 And The Street Cup

Triumph took the wraps off the Bonneville T100 and the Street Cup at the ongoing Intermot Motorcycle Show in Germany. The T100 essentially makes use of the 'high torque' 900cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine which presently powers the Street Twin as well. It churns out 54bhp and 80Nm and is mated to a 5-speed transmission.........Read more

India Can Either Play Champions Trophy or IPL in 2017: Thakur

"There is Australia series before IPL and Champions Trophy after it. So BCCI has to take a call whether they will play IPL or Champions Trophy -- you have to pick one of the two if the Lodha Committee recommendations are implemented in toto," he said to a query that India were insisting to be placed in different group than Pakistan amid rising political tensions.........Read more

‘I Have Nothing To Fight Elections, Only the Heart of a Human Being’

It has been nearly two months since the pipe that the state thrust into the nostrils of Irom Chanu Sharmila, to keep her alive, was removed. But her two long nails jut out rather noticeably from the left hand when she begins responding to the queries put forth by The Wire at a guesthouse in New Delhi on Friday. Her locks of curly, unruly hair – that hang a little below her shoulders ­– slightly shake in the course of the conversation.........Read more

Programmable T cells chase down cancer, deliver drugs directly to tumors

UC San Francisco scientists have engineered human immune cells that can precisely locate diseased cells anywhere in the body and execute a wide range of customizable responses, including the delivery of drugs or other therapeutic payloads directly to tumors or other unhealthy tissues. In experiments with mice, these immune cells, called synNotch T cells, efficiently homed in on tumors and released a specialized antibody therapy, eradicating the cancer without attacking normal cells.........Read more

ISRO masters the art of placing Satellites into orbit with Start & Stop of Engine in Space

When India's PSLV-C35, carrying eight satellites, placed weather satellite Scatsat-1 in the polar synchronous orbit 17 minutes after lift-off from Sriharikota, both the satellite and the rocket began to circle the Earth. About 66 minutes later, the rocket's fourth-stage engine was reignited and shut down for about 20 seconds, as a preparation to switching orbits and launching the rest of the satellites. ........Read more

The 'love hormone' may quiet tinnitus

(HealthDay)—People suffering from chronic ringing in the ears—called tinnitus—may find some relief by spraying the hormone oxytocin in their nose, a small initial study by Brazilian researchers suggests.........Read more

Why The Indian Government Doesn't Really Care About Terrorism

I very strongly feel that the threat posed by the ISI or some of the radicals can bleed this country but the inherent strength of this country is so strong that it is not going to degrade this country... I think there is plenty of proof about this. We have been able to maintain... Why is India a nation?........Read more

Vodafone India touches 200 million customers; celebrates with largest ever equity infusion of Rs 47,700 crore

Celebrating this big number, Vodafone also announced that it had received an equity infusion of INR 47,700 crore from Vodafone Group in the first half of its current fiscal year. On the occasion of being the brand of choice of over 200 million Indians and speaking about this record equity infusion, Sunil Sood, MD & CEO, Vodafone India, said, “We are thankful to our customers for choosing Vodafone and delighted with the faith and support that our investors have shown in our business and India.........Read more

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, wife Priscilla Chan pledge USD 3B to end disease

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a goal that’s even more ambitious than connecting the entire world to the internet: He and his wife want to help eradicate all disease by the end of this century. Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are committing USD 3 billion over the next 10 years to accelerate basic scientific research, including the creation of research tools from software to hardware to yet-undiscovered techniques they hope will ultimately lead to scientific breakthroughs, the way the microscope and DNA sequencing have in generations past........Read more

Breakthrough genomics technique can be used to map epigenetic marks across the genome using fewer cells

A Ludwig Cancer Research study published online September 14th in Nature reports a novel technique to map specific chemical (or "epigenetic") modifications made to the protein packaging of DNA using a small population of cells. Such epigenetic marks play a central role in the regulation of the genome's expression. Led jointly by Ludwig San Diego's Bing Ren and Arne Klungland of the University of Oslo, the authors describe their application of this method to unravel a key mystery of the earliest stage of development. The new technique, named μChIP-seq, is also likely to be of notable relevance to cancer research.........Read more

Second lowest minimum for Arctic ice

The sea-ice extent on 10 September stood at 4.14 million sq km, some way short of the 3.39 million sq km record low in 2012. Arctic sea-ice cover grows each autumn and winter, and shrinks each spring and summer. It has long been regarded as a sensitive indicator of change to the Earth's climatic system.........Read more

Scientists Have Made Display Screens You Can Slice

The four-sided screen has been a staple for decades, but soon we'll no longer be relegated to a quadrilateral field of vision. Scientists at The National Institute for Materials Science in Japan have manufactured displays that can be trimmed to fit any shape.........Read more

WhatsApp doesn't have access to users data: HC

WhatsApp only shares a user's name and the phone number with Facebook.........Read more

Toyota launches updated versions of Etios, Liva

Japanese auto major Toyota on Tuesday launched the upgraded versions of mid-sized sedan Etios and hatchback Liva, priced between Rs.5.24 lakh and Rs.8.87 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai). Toyota, which operates in India through a joint venture -- Toyota Kirloskar Motor -- with the Kirloskar group, has named the new sedan Platinum Etios. It is available in both petrol and diesel options.........Read more

Ashok Leyland to buy Nissan out of three JVs

Partners enter into licensing deal under which Indian firm will continue to get technology from Nissan........Read more

Argentina appoint Edgaro Bauza as national football team coach

Bauza will replace Gerardo Martino, who along with star Lionel Messi, quit the team in July after Argentina lost the final of the Copa America.........Read more

Nawaz Sharif found giving missed calls to Erdogan, wants to ask tips on thwarting coup

Hours after the failed coup in Turkey, Turkish President Erdogan's phone started buzzing every 2 minutes with missed calls from Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif who wanted to know how to avoid a coup........Read more

Three states hold the key

India’s population stabilisation programmes require the dedicated attention of the CMs of Bihar, UP and Rajasthan.........Read more

NASA Camera Captures Moon 'Photobombing' Earth Again

For the second time in a year, a NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a stunning view of the moon as it moved in front of the sun-lit side of Earth.........Read more

SHOCKING: Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik's advice to Muslims on suicide bombing will blow your mind

The answer given by Zakir Naik to the Muslim man's question will shock you to the core.The video features a Muslim man asking Zakir Naik, "Is suicide under any circumstances justified in Islam?"........Read more

Paytm Payments Bank looking at a pre-Diwali take-off

Digital payment platform Paytm is readying a budget of Rs 350-500 crore to roll out its payments bank and eyeing an October launch before Diwali this year, a top executive said.........Read more

Pro-RSS Journal Favours Chapter on Emergency in Curriculum

It said teaching the young generation about the life and struggles of Jayaprakash Narayan, who led the mass movement against Emergency, would strengthen their belief in democracy.........Read more

Army, government in talks for oil pipeline up to China border in Tawang

Army, government in talks for oil pipeline up to China border in Tawang - The proposal is being mooted even as a 378 kilometre long rail network on the same stretch is in the pipeline.........Read more

Schools have become money spinning rackets: Bombay HC

Schools have become money spinning rackets: Bombay HC - The Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued notice to a Mumbai school for expelling a minor boy from the school without giving any proper reasons.........Read more

Now Sreesanth joins the race, applies for the job of Team India coach

Former cricketer, film actor, dancer and BJP leader Sreesanth has now thrown in his towel hat in yet another ring this time, into the hottest race in the world. No, we are not talking about the US presidential elections. The Kerala speedster has applied for the job of coaching the Indian cricket team. [...]........Read more

Trouble in Jammu over temple 'desecration',CM appeals for calm

Some incidents of stone-pelting were reported today as Jammu city witnessed a near total bandh in protest against alleged desecration of a temple here last night, an issue which resonated in the state Assembly as well.........Read more

Education policy: Make our report public or I will, TSR Subramanian to Smriti Irani

The 200-page report, as first reported by The Indian Express on May 28, contains close to 90 suggestions including reinstating detention of students beyond Class V.........Read more

For DTH players like Tata Sky, Airtel Digital, Dish TV, value added services like music, movies,gaming becoming key

With no differentiation in channels, players are banking on value-added services to stand out in intensely competitive entertainment space........Read more

Hackers Targeting Presidential Campaigns: US Intelligence

US National Intelligence Director James Clapper said the US intelligence community had 'already had some indications' of hacking attempts against presidential campaigns.........Read more