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Google Launches New Website To Help Developers In Building Android Apps On Chrome OS

Google has launched a new website to help developers build Android apps for its Linux-based operating system as it saw massive demand for its Chromebooks in the second quarter. With ChromeOS.dev which is available in English and Spanish for now, the tech giant has also made it easier to build and test Android apps on Chromebooks. According to the company, it created ChromeOS.dev after witnessing a huge demand for Chromebooks. Between March and June this year, Chromebook unit sales grew 127 per cent (year-over-year). The new ChromeOS.dev site is meant to "help developers maximise their capabilities on the platform through technical resources/tutorials, product announcements, code samples and more," Tech Crunch reported on Wednesday. Google said that select Chromebooks can use a full version of the Android Emulator and deploy apps directly to Chrome OS. Google also launched an update to the Linux beta. With this, Linux on Chrome OS now features an improved terminal that now includes tabs, shortcuts, themes and redesigned terminal settings.........Read more

App Ban Continues: India Issues Orders To Block Chinese Twitter And Google Rip-Offs Weibo And Baidu

In the continued pursuit to block the operations of Chinese applications posing national security challenges and threats, India has blocked Baidu Search and Weibo, which are among the most influential Chinese applications, Times of India. The two applications are often called Chinese copy-cat answers to Google's search engine and social media platform Twitter. The Government has issued the orders for not just their apps to be taken off from Google and Apple's app stores, but for the internet service providers (ISPs) to block them. Launched in 2009, Weibo boasts of over 500 million registered users globally. Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi had also emerged as one of its star users after he had created an account on the platform prior to his visit to China in 2015. However, with tensions reaching multi-decadal high amid the ongoing border dispute along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), PM Modi quit the platform. India has already blocked a broad array of widely used Chinese applications like TikTok, Helo, UC Browser, WeChat, CamScnner, Club Factory among several others. In furtherance of the same, it is expected that many more applications of Chinese origin may be blocked by the government in the coming days.........Read more

India, Australia Sign Landmark Agreement To Allow Access To Each Other’s Military Bases For Logistics Support  

The agreement will facilitate reciprocal access to military logistics facilities, allow more complex joint military exercise and improve interoperability between the security forces of the two nations. The first-ever virtual bilateral summit between India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison saw inking of seven agreements in total, including the agreement on access to military bases.........Read more

SoftBank's Vision Fund tumbles to $18 billion loss in 'valley of coronavirus'

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp reported a stunning $18 billion loss at its giant Vision Fund, pushing Masayoshi Son’s conglomerate to a record loss and highlighting the deepening crisis at its portfolio companies from the global downturn. The disastrous 1.9 trillion yen ($18 billion) operating shortfall at the Saudi-backed Vision Fund, including losses of almost $10 billion at office-sharing firm WeWork and ride- hailing app Uber Technologies Inc alone, left SoftBank with its worst annual loss of 1.4 trillion yen. ........Read more

Nirmala Sitharaman schools Rahul Gandhi for confusing loan write off as waiver

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman schooled Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on his false claims on “wilful defaulters, bad loans and write-offs”, calling them an attempt to “mislead people in a brazen manner” and sensationalise facts. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s response to Rahul Gandhi came after Gandhi-scion had claimed that the BJP government had waived off loans worth Rs 68,607 crore in the form of write-offs of top 50 wilful defaulters.........Read more

Scientists Have Officially Declared This the Most Dangerous Place on Earth

The exact location is said to be an area of Cretaceous rock formations in south-eastern Morocco, also known as the Kem Kem Group. As a conclusion, Sahara has been declared the most dangerous place on Earth of all time. Now a dry land, the place was once home an extensive river system, surrounded with different species of aquatic and terrestrial animals. The review, published in the journal ZooKeys, is authored by Dr Nizar Ibrahim, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Detroit Mercy and also a visiting researcher at the University.........Read more

US, India to Work Together on Covid-19 Vaccine, Pompeo Indicates 'Talks Beyond Virus Battle'

In the fight against coronavirus, the US announced that it will work together with India on Covid-19 therapies and vaccines in order to ensure both countries have access to materials like PPEs and Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), stated a report in The Times of India. "We (US and India) continue to talk about the bigger issues, free and open Indo-Pacific, challenge of China and trade." He further said that Washington was also paying attention to supply chains. "We want to mesh the supply chains that both countries have access to in areas that are important for our national security," Pompeo added. ........Read more

Ayurveda Experiment on Karnataka's Coronavirus Patients? Conflicting Claims Arise on Trial Permission

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa met famous Ayurveda doctor Giridhara Kaje at his house to discuss the possibility of experimenting with the ancient Indian medicine to serve as a potential cure against coronavirus. "Initially we are planning to administer Ayurveda tablets to 10 patients at a designated coronavirus hospital. Depending on the results, we can take a call on the next stage," said Dr Kaje. He said that the treatment would begin in the next two-three days once the government officially issued an order. "I am not doing this for publicity. Ayush Ministry has not sent me a notice. We had sent all details to ICMR through the state government. After studying everything, they have given it a go-ahead," Dr Kaje said.........Read more

Beijing wants to promote traditional medicine to treat coronavirus, but not everyone is on board

As scientists race to find a cure and vaccine, China is increasingly turning to its traditional remedies. As of late last month, more than 85% of all coronavirus patients in China -- about 60,000 people -- had received herbal remedies alongside mainstream antiviral drugs, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology. We are willing to share the 'Chinese experience' and 'Chinese solution' of treating Covid-19, and let more countries get to know Chinese medicine, understand Chinese medicine and use Chinese medicine," Yu Yanhong, deputy head of China's National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, said at a press conference last week.........Read more

Global stocks tumble as oil crashes, compounding coronavirus fears

The panic began after Saudi Arabia shocked oil markets by launching a price war against onetime ally Russia. The Saudi kingdom is pressuring the country and trying to retake market share after Russia refused to go along with OPEC's efforts to rescue the coronavirus-battered oil market by cutting production. US oil prices crashed nearly 33% overnight and were last trading at $27.59 a barrel, while the global benchmark Brent crude was down 30%, trading at $31.66 a barrel. Making matters worse, the novel coronavirus continues to weigh heavily on investors as it deals an unexpected shock to the economy. The virus has infected more than 108,000 people and is throwing many countries into turmoil. Italy placed nearly 16 million people under lockdown amid a growing Europe-wide outbreak.........Read more

Has the wooden skyscraper revolution finally arrived?

Surrounded by farmland and with a population of under 10,000 people, the Norwegian town of Brumunddal might seem like an unlikely setting for a record-breaking high-rise. But soaring above the neighboring Mjøsa lake, more than 100 kilometers north of Oslo, the 280-foot-tall Mjøstårnet tower became the world's tallest timber building when it opened last year. The 18-story structure contains apartments, office space and the aptly-named Wood Hotel. And beyond putting a small town on the world map, it has added to a growing body of evidence that timber can provide a sustainable alternative to concrete and steel.........Read more

Samsung new phones: From Galaxy S20 series to Galaxy Z Flip. Key things to know

Starting with the launch of company's second attempt at a folding phone, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and moving on to Samsung Galaxy S20 series, which in its sack comes with three premium set of smartphones — Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra — the South Korean company also went on to launch the truly wireless Galaxy Buds+ earbuds.........Read more

For every rupee in govt kitty, 64 paise come from taxes

According to the Union Budget 2020-21 presented in Parliament by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday, goods and services tax collections will contribute 18 paise in every rupee revenue. Corporation tax will contribute 18 paise to each rupee earned. The collection from borrowings and other liabilities will be 20 paise, while income tax will yield 17 paise to every rupee collection. The government intends to earn 10 paise from non-tax revenue like disinvestment, 7 paise from Union excise duty, 4 paise from customs duty and 6 paise from non-debt capital receipts out of every rupee collection.........Read more

CBI files four new cases against underworld don Chhota Rajan

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed four new cases on Wednesday against underworld don Chhota Rajan and his associates for murder, attempt to murder, extortion and criminal conspiracy. CBI has taken over the Maharashtra police case after the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) transferred it to the premier investigative agency. He was part of noted criminal Dawood Ibrahim's D company before splitting from the group in 1993 and forming a gang of his own which frequently tussled with his formed crime organisation. ........Read more

Exclusive look at Cruise’s first driverless car without a steering wheel or pedals

As part of the Honda deal, GM teamed up with the Japanese automaker to design a “purpose-built” self-driving car. A “purpose-built car” is not a normal car retrofitted to be self-driving, as a majority of the autonomous vehicles on the road today are. Rather, it’s a car designed from the ground up to drive itself. That would be in addition to the steering wheel-and-pedal-less Chevy Bolt that GM and Cruise are working on. At the time, Vogt teased a vehicle with “giant TV screens, a mini bar, and lay-flat seats.”........Read more

Oil jumps to highest in more than a week after Libyan shutdowns

In the latest development in a long-running conflict in Libya, where two rival factions have claimed the right to rule the country for more than five years, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) on Sunday said two big oilfields in the southwest had begun shutting down after forces loyal to the Libyan National Army closed a pipeline. ........Read more

Out on Bail, Chandrashekhar Azad Reads Preamble at Jama Masjid as Loudspeakers Warn Against Violence

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad landed at the Jama Masjid in old Delhi on Friday afternoon, just hours before his deadline to leave the city – an unusual condition in his bail order – expires today. Sitting on the steps of the iconic mosque with those protesting against the CAA and NRC, he read out the preamble of the Constitution. “I am following the law and not violating any bail condition,” Azad told reporters before he went inside the mosque to pay obeisance.........Read more

Over 1 crore pledge support to awareness campaign started by Zee News on CAA

Amidst widespread protests in the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the Zee News' campaign to create awareness about the newly enacted law garnered support from more than 1 crore people. Zee News started the campaign to dispel any misinformation or rumours about the act. The organisation urged its viewers to give a missed call on the number-7836800500 if they support the act.........Read more

FMCG slowdown? More than 1 in every 2 items bought on Amazon, Flipkart is food, cosmetics, beverages

On e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and others, the highest volume of orders are for FMCG at 56%, information, data and measurement firm Nielsen said in a report on Thursday. On the other hand, smartphones and feature phones contribute about 48% of e-commerce sales in terms of value, followed by fashion at 16% and FMCG by 11%, the report added. In apparel, footwear, luggage and accessories segment, men’s clothing drives the sales with 58% contribution. ........Read more

Hafiz Saeed's Son Talha Injured in Assassination Attempt; Lashkar Suspects India's RAW Behind Attack

Talha Saeed, Lashkar-e-Taiba second-in-command and its chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed son, narrowly escaped assassination in a bombing inside a refrigerator shop located in Pakistan’s Lahore on Saturday evening. At least seven other Lashkar supporters were critically injured in the attack and one person was killed. The bombing, which was at first described as an accidental cylinder blast, reportedly targeted a religious gathering inside a refrigerator shop on Township College Road in Lahore. Some of the Lashkar leaders in Pakistan, according to the report, have attributed the attack to hostile intelligence services, like India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), and to divisions within the terror organisation.........Read more

Day After 43 Deaths, Another Fire Breaks Out at Same Building in Delhi's Anaj Mandi

A day after 43 people were killed in a massive blaze at Anaj mandi area here, another fire broke out in the same six-storey building on Monday. Four fire tenders have been pressed into service to douse the flame. As of now, no casualty has  been reported. The reason of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Earlier on Sunday, at least 43 people, most of them reportedly children in the age group of 14 to 20, were killed and over a dozen others injured when a fire broke out in the bag manufacturing factory in a crowded market in Rani Jhansi Road area.........Read more

Shia Waqf wants to build hospital on 5-acre land: Waseem Rizvi

The Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board said it would ask the government to give it the five-acre plot that the Supreme Court ordered should be allotted for building a mosque, if the Sunni board rejects the offer. But the board could use the land for setting up a hospital and not a mosque.........Read more

India vs Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma named T20I captain as Virat Kohli rested, Shivam Dube earns maiden call-up

Rohit Sharma will lead the team in his place. Kohli, however, will be back for the two-match Test series. Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube got his maiden international call-up to fill in for the injured Hardik Pandya.........Read more

After Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev-Led CAC Under Conflict Of Interest Net

After Rahul Dravid, another Indian cricket legend – Kapil Dev has found himself in the soup as fresh allegations of Conflict of Interest have been levelled against him. The BCCI Ethics Officer DK Jain sent a notice to Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) led by former World Cup-winning skipper Dev, Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad. The former cricketers who were responsible behind the selection of current India coach need to respond by October 10 against the charges. Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjiv Gupta had filed the complaint against the trio who picked Ravi Shastri as the head coach in August. “Yes, they have been asked to respond to the complaint with affidavits,” a BCCI official told PTI. As per the BCCI constitution, no individual can hold more than one post at the same time. In the complaint, Gupta has claimed that the CAC members don multiple cricketing roles. He wrote that 1983 WC winning captain Kapil is conflicted as he is a commentator, owner of a floodlight company, member of Indian Cricketers Association, besides his CAC role. Likewise, Gupta alleged that Gaekwad too is conflicted as he owns an academy and is a member of BCCI Affiliation Committee. Rangaswamy, a former Indian women’s team captain, is alleged to be conflicted because of her multiple role with the CAC and ICA.........Read more

Dutee Chand Set to Feature in Upcoming WAC Despite Failing to Meet Qualification Mark

Female Sprinter Dutee Chand was included in India’s 26-member squad, on Thursday, for the upcoming World Athletics Championship to be held in Doha later this month. Initially, her name was not there when a 25-member squad was announced earlier this week after she failed to meet the qualification mark in her pet event. Her selection happened after the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) sent an invitation for her to participate in the global event to the Athletics Federation of India (AFI). Reportedly, the AFI accepted the invitation of the Athletics’ global governing body on Thursday. Her selection was announced by the AFI on their social media timelines. Taking to their official Twitter account, AFI wrote, “Participation of @DuteeChand is confirmed yesterday late evening by AFI to IAAF in Women’s 100m.” Her state government’s that is Odisha’s sports department also tweeted the news of Dutee’s World Athletics Championship participation. They wrote on their official Twitter handle, “Ace Sprinter @DuteeChand is selected in the Indian team for upcoming #DohaWorldChampionships, slated to begin from September 27 this year.”........Read more

US Open: Sumit Nagal qualifies for main draw, to face Roger Federer in 1st round

Sumit Nagal has become the youngest Indian in 25 years to qualify for the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament. Nagal,on Friday, beat Joao Menezes of Brazil in New York and is all set to face Switzerland's tennis great Roger Federer in the first round of the US Open. Nagal - who is currently placed 190th in the World Rankings - beat Menezes in a three-set thriller beating the Brazilian 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. The Indian, who was down 1-4 in the second set, made a comeback to seal a place in the US Open main draw. This will be Nagal's first-ever appearance in a Grand Slam. The tennis player had earlier won the 2015 Wimbledon Boys' Doubles title.........Read more

Chandrayaan 2: First orbit-raising of spacecraft performed successfully, ISRO confirms

The fourth earth-bound orbit-raising manoeuvre of the Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft has been successfully performed today on Friday evening, the Indian Space Research Organisation confirmed in a tweet. The manoeuvre was carried out at 3.27 pm IST using the onboard propulsion system for a firing duration of 646 seconds, a day after the third orbit-raising was completed, placing the spacecraft in a  277 x 89472 km orbit (nearest x furthest Earth-bound altitude), according to ISRO. The final orbit achieved by the Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft after the third orbit-raising is 276 X 71,792 km. ........Read more

In Ayodhya, Uddhav Thackeray asks PM Modi to bring ordinance on Ram temple

“We have a strong government at the Centre under Modi ji, so law must be enacted to construct Ram Mandir in Ayodhya”, said Uddhav, after offering prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple Sunday morning. He was accompanied with his son Aditya and 18 newly-elected MPs of his party. Shiv Sena maintains Thackeray is fulfilling the promise he made in November to visit again after elections.........Read more

Cyclone Vayu likely to cross Gujarat coast with wind speed of 130 kmph - IMD

‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm’ alert has been issued in Gujarat and neighbouring Maharashtra. The Indian Meteorological Department on Tuesday said that, “Cyclone Vayu likely to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph during mid-night of 12th June 2019.” ........Read more

With 86 People Suspected to be Infected With Nipah Virus, Kerala Govt Tries to Allay Fears

As Kerala government awaits blood test results of scores of youth suspected to be infected with Nipah virus, the state health minister KK Shailja held a press conference allaying fears of a redux of the deadly disease outbreak. As many as 86 people are under surveillance. We’ll soon get a result from Pune Virology Institute. The government is fully equipped to deal with the situation. Special isolation ward set up at Ernakulam Medical College, Kochi.”........Read more

Centre backs down on appointment of judges, clears 4 names recommended by SC

The government is learnt to have cleared the names of four judges for their elevation to the Supreme Court. The four names cleared by the government are justices Aniruddha Bose, A S Bopanna, B R Gavai and Surya Kant.........Read more

AAP vs BJP Continues Over Derogatory Pamphlet; Vendor Says Was Paid to Insert 300 Pamphlets Inside Newspapers

Amid the ongoing ‘blame game’ between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the distribution of pamphlet containing derogatory claims about former’s East Delhi candidate Atishi, a media report revealed that a newspaper vendor was paid to carry out the task in Yojana Vihar and Savita Vihar.........Read more

With Ravi Kishan From Gorakhpur, CM Yogi Seeks to Cover All (Vote) Bases

BJP sought to keep all camps happy by giving the Gorakhpur ticket to Lok Sabha election to actor-turned-politician Ravi Kishan. The Bhojpuri superstar is a Brahmin and since he was selected by Yogi himself, the Thakurs would happily back him.........Read more

Jaish commander Nisar Ahmed Tantray says he knew about Pulwama attack

Jaish-e-Mohammed commander, Nisar Ahmed Tantray, deported from the UAE to India, has disclosed that he knew about the February 14 Pulwama suicide car bombing because the key conspirator, Mudassir Khan, had asked him to participate in a “spectacular” attack.........Read more

Yeddyurappa's donation pages not part of our seized documents: I-T Department

The Income Tax Department clarified that the page of a diary, purportedly written by BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa allegedly having details of the money provided by him to various party leaders — was not a part of the documents seized by the department........Read more

BSNL Crisis Continues, Over 1.68 Lakh Employees Yet to Receive Salary

Full-time BSNL employees haven’t received their salaries for the month of February. on the other hand, contractual employees are in a worse situation in some circles, they haven’t received their salaries for the last 3 months.........Read more

Rajasthan schools to have lesson on Abhinandan 

To honour the bravery of Abhinandan, the Rajasthan government has decided to include a lesson about him in school textbooks. The proposal was tweeted by the state's education minister Govind Singh Dotasra.........Read more

Major Killed in IED Blast Near LoC in Nowshera Sector, Two Days After Pulwama Attack

An Army major was killed in an IED blast near the LoC in Jammu Kashmir's Nowshera sector. The incident comes two days after the deadly Pulwama attack. The blast took place a few hours after Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in the country.........Read more

U.S considers withdrawal of zero tariffs for India

India could lose a vital U.S. trade concession, under which it enjoys zero tariffs on $5.6 billion of exports to the United States, amid a widening dispute over its trade and investment policies.........Read more

Ponting named Australia's assistant coach for World Cup

Former captain Ricky Ponting has been appointed as an assistant coach of Australia’s men’s team for the 50-over World Cup in England later this year.........Read more

‘Superbug’ first identified in Delhi surfaces in Arctic region

An antibiotic-resistant gene first discovered in India has been found some 13,000km away in the Arctic region, triggering concerns about the speed with which superbugs can spread across the world.........Read more

Snatch voting rights, govt jobs of people with more than two kids: Ramdev

Yoga guru Ramdev has come up with a remedy to control the country’s burgeoning population — snatch away the voting rights of people who have more than two children........Read more

Pakistan agencies threaten Indian mission staff, Delhi lodges protest

The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has sent a “note verbale”, an unsigned less-formal mode of diplomatic communication, detailing the incident in Pakistan’s capital city.........Read more

Yes, Lashkar-e-Taiba responsible for 26/11 Mumbai terror attack: Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister, for the first time, has acknowledged that the 2008 Mumbai terror attack was perpetrated by Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.........Read more

Vijay Mallya Offers To "Repay 100%" To Banks, Says "Please Take It"

Five days before a UK court's verdict on whether Vijay Mallya can be extradited, the fugitive businessman appealed to various Indian banks to accept his offer to pay back 100 per cent of the principal loan amount he owes them.........Read more

Telangana Teenager Pips Big Names Manu, Heena to Bag 3 Golds in National Shooting Championships

Telangana teenager Esha Singh prevailed over big names such as Manu Bhaker and Heena Sidhu to win three gold at the 62nd National Shooting Championships.........Read more

Supreme Court reserves order on pleas seeking court-monitored probe in Rafale deal

The Supreme Court reserved its order on petitions, seeking a court-monitored probe in the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. However, the centre still defends the secrecy regarding pricing of the 36 jets.........Read more

Lost Continents Discovered Under Antarctica | Mysterious Universe

NASA data from GOCE Enhanced satellite which died five years ago shows multiple lost continents underneath Antarctica.........Read more

Some dinosaurs laid exquisite coloured, speckled and spotted eggs

An analysis of 12 fossilised dinosaur eggshells from Europe, Asia, North America and South America detected the same two pigments present in colourful birds eggs in a dinosaur group called eumaniraptorans.........Read more

Ranji Trophy is named after this Indian Cricketer who played for England

Ranji Trophy is named after the first Indian international cricketer Sir Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji Jadeja. He played for the English Cricket team and also played for Sussex in County cricket. Ranji Trophy was named in his honour and inaugurated in 1935 by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. ........Read more

NASA wants to contain Yellowstone supervolcano that can end the world in one eruption

The Yellowstone national park in the US is home to one of the biggest supervolcanoes in the planet and a full-scale eruption from it has the potential to wipe out humanity from existence, now NASA wants to try and contain it.........Read more

Data breach incidents in India higher than global average

Around 52 per cent of Indian respondents reported a data breach last year, way above the global average of around 36 per cent according to a survey conducted by defence grade technology maker Thales.........Read more

Xiaomi And Samsung Clock Record Smartphone Shipments in India: Canalys

Both Xiaomi and Samsung, each shipped a record 9.9 million smartphones in India during the second quarter of the year. They also account for 60% of the total 32.6 million phones shipped in India during the quarter. ........Read more

President Ram Nath Kovind rejects his first mercy plea

In his first since he assumed office, President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected a mercy petition. The plea was of Jagat Rai who was convicted of killing seven members of a family in Bihar in 2006.........Read more

Parmanu – The Story Of Pokhran: Critics Give Thumbs Up To John Abraham's Patriotic Saga

The film is based on the nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by the Indian Army at Pokhran in 1998.........Read more

Dravidian language family is 4,500 years old: study

The Dravidian language family’s four largest languages — Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu — have literary traditions spanning centuries, of which Tamil reaches back the furthest. Along with Sanskrit, Tamil is one of the world’s classical languages, but unlike Sanskrit, there is continuity between its classical and modern forms documented in inscriptions, poems, and secular and religious texts and songs.........Read more

CBSE Date Sheet 2018: Board Defends Class 10, 12 Board Exam Dates, Says More Gaps Not Possible

According to the CBSE class 12 board exam date sheet, the History paper would be conducted on March 20 and the Mathematics paper would be a day after on March 21. Raising issues on the same, the parents have argues that a single preparation day for the Mathematics paper would affect the performances of their wards and cause stress among the students.........Read more

China develops underwater surveillance network in Indian Ocean to boost its subs

The system, which has already been launched, works by gathering information about the underwater environment, particularly water temperature and salinity, which the Navy can then use to more accurately track target vessels as well as improve navigation and positioning.........Read more

China Open: PV Sindhu sole Indian shuttler in quarterfinals

Second seed PV Sindhu, the last Indian shuttler at the China Open Super Series Premier, has progressed into the quarterfinals with a 21-15, 21-13 victory over Chinese teenager Han Yue in Shanghai on Thursday.........Read more

How much of India is actually urban?

It depends on the criteria we use to define urban settlements. Under the rather stringent definition of the Census, about a third of India is urban, with urbanized states concentrated in relatively richer southern and western India. But if you believe in what images from satellites tell us about built-up areas, a whopping 63% of India is urban, with urban settlements concentrated in the relatively poorer northern belt.........Read more

New therapy could protect diabetic bones

A drug that can reverse diabetes and obesity in mice may have an unexpected benefit: strengthening bones. Experiments with a compound called TNP (2,4,6-trinitrophenol, which is also known as picric acid), which researchers often use to study obesity and diabetes, show that in mice the therapy can promote the formation of new bone. That’s in contrast to many diabetes drugs currently in wide use that leave patients’ bones weaker. If TNP has similar effects in humans, it may even be able to stimulate bone growth after fractures or prevent bone loss due to aging or disuse.........Read more

Pankaj Advani-led India beat Pakistan to win Asian Snooker Championship

Pankaj Advani remained the only player to not lose a single individual match in the team event. This title brings up Advani's second Asian title this season and 8th overall (6 Billiards, 1 6-red and 1 Team Snooker) while it is a first for Rawat and Singh.........Read more

Sony Xperia X Ultra with 6.45-inch ultra-wide display, 19MP camera spotted

The smartphone maker is reportedly working on a new Xperia device, dubbed - Sony Xperia X Ultra. This is probably not the first time you must be hearing about the handset. Renders of this Xperia phone has been making rounds on the web for quite a long time. A newly leaked press renders shows the upcoming Xperia phone to feature a 6.45-inch ultra-wide display.........Read more

No income tax for Saudi citizens, says Saudi Arabia finance minister

Saudi Arabia's finance minister said on Sunday that citizens would not pay taxes on income and Saudi companies would not see their profits taxed under sweeping economic reforms being introduced in the oil-rich kingdom. The collapse in oil prices after mid-2014 has pushed Saudi Arabia to contemplate a radical overhaul of all parts of its economy, including new taxes, privatizations, a changed investment strategy and sharp cuts in government spending........Read more

MPC Studio Bengaluru remarkably has a share from Oscars 2017 Best Visual Effects Award

A significant part of the film, which took home the award for Best Visual Effects during the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night, was done in Bengaluru, where nearly 300 engineers — out of nearly 800 spread across LA and London — built and provided the finishing touches to a jungle world where Mowgli, his friends and enemies walked and prowled.........Read more

What's happening between BJP and Varun Gandhi

BJP MP Varun Gandhi is conspicuous by his absence in the Uttar Pradesh polls. His cold war with party chief Amit Shah has left him out of the list of star campaigners yet again. Varun has not visited his own Lok Sabha constituency of Sultanpur after the announcement of the Assembly poll schedule, despite figuring in the partys second list of campaigners for the third and fourth phase of polling; his constituency goes to polls on Monday. ........Read more

The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding

When i ask people to picture a coder, they usually imagine someone like Mark Zuckerberg: a hoodied college dropout who builds an app in a feverish 72-hour programming jag—with the goal of getting insanely rich and, as they say, “changing the world.”........Read more

Research reveals vital links between brain tumors and epileptic seizures

In the study, which is published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the scientists report that the emergence of specific brain cells during brain tumor progression in a mouse model marked the onset of seizures and brain tumor invasion. An improved understanding of how brain tumors cause seizures can potentially lead to strategies to prevent them or treat them.........Read more

Exactly how bad is antibiotic resistance right now?

The woman picked up a virulent germ from a group of microbes called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). After breaking her leg, she’d been hospitalized repeatedly over the course of several years in India. Tests showed that none of the 26 antibiotics typically used to treat the type of infection she’d developed would have cured her.........Read more

Government aims to bring 1 crore households out of poverty by 2019

Stating that improving the life of people in rural areas is "a non-negotiable agenda for the government", Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government would start a Mission Antyodaya for poverty alleviation in the country.........Read more

Chiranjeevi, Suriya to lend their voice for 'Ghazi'

Megastar Chiranjeevi and Suriya will lend their voice for the Telugu and Tamil versions of Rana Daggubati and Taapse Pannu starrer upcoming Telugu-Hindi bilingual war drama. Amitabh Bachchan has already lent his voice for the Hindi version which is titled "The Ghazi Attack".........Read more

BlackBerry trots out a last-gasp Android phone

BlackBerry on Tuesday announced the DTEK60, a midrange Android phone with a focus on security. The phone is the company's third device that runs Google's Android software, following the DTEK50 and last year's BlackBerry Priv. It will also be the last "official" BlackBerry device. The company announced last month it will begin outsourcing design, production and distribution of products to hardware partners.........Read more

Kashmiri Pandits Sangharsh Sangh urges PM Modi for rehabilitation package

The Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS) has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to urgently disburse the Return and Rehabilitation package meant for the Kashmiri Pandits who chose to stay in the Valley despite all the odds.........Read more

Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar bat for BCCI against Lodha committee recommendations

Legendary cricketers Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar have raised concerns over some of the Lodha committee recommendations which have to be implemented in the BCCI. Kapil has strongly opposed the ‘one state one vote' rule, whereas Gavaskar has slammed the nine-year tenure for the administrators.........Read more

Aston Martin DB11 Volante Officially Teased; Launch In 2018

The Aston Martin DB11 is the newest offering from the Brit car maker and joining the coupe soon will be its convertible version, with the legendary moniker 'Volante'. The Warwick based automaker teased the DB11 Volante sometime ago in images, while also revealing that the convertible is set for a market launch in Spring 2018.........Read more

Remittance can’t make up for brain drain

India got relatively little play in the international media during the G-20 summit held in Hangzhou, China, earlier this week. This is hardly surprising. With a miffed China and an equally irascible Russia trying to assert their clout against a perceived gang-up by the western democracies, it was hardly likely that the mundane issues confronting a relatively stable India would get much play. Even from the tabloid point of view, the absence of a red carpet for United States President Obama and the war of words between overbearing American officials and their prickly Chinese hosts warranted more attention.........Read more

Scientists decode how traditional Chinese medicine kills cancer cells

Scientists have found how acomplex mix of plant compounds derived from ancient clinical practice in China - a traditional Chinese medicine - works to kill cancer cells. Compound kushen injection (CKI) is approved for use in China to treat various cancer tumours, usually as an adjunct to western chemotherapy - but how it works has not been known.........Read more

Phones should be better at predicting what we're about to do

I recently sold my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and returned to an iPhone 6. With the Note 7, new iPhones, and new Nexus phones on the horizon, it just felt like the right time. I miss a lot about the...........Read more

Rohith Vemula was not a Dalit, says probe panel set up by HRD Ministry

Rohith Vemula’s brother Raja, however, rejected the observation of the judicial commission.........Read more

Rio Olympics: Hockey only positive for India on busy day

None of India's athletes made it out of qualification, archer Atanu Das exited the Games and India's 2-2 hockey draw left them waiting on knockout opponents.........Read more

Railway budget's 92-year-old journey set to end in 2017

There will be no separate railway budget from next financial year, putting an end to a practice that started in 1924, with the finance ministry agreeing to the proposal to merge the transporter's annual exercise with the general budget.........Read more

Rio 2016: IOC clears about 270 Russian athletes for upcoming Olympics

Rio 2016: IOC clears about 270 Russian athletes for upcoming Olympics - Russian boxers, tennis players, judokas and shooters were among those given the last-minute approval by an IOC panel set up to review the eligibility of all Russian athletes previously cleared to compete by their international federations.........Read more

Secessionist groups threaten Irom Sharmila for her decision to contest polls, marry a non-Manipuri

Secessionist groups threaten Irom Sharmila for her decision to contest polls, marry a non-Manipuri - The groups are against Sharmila marrying a non-local and contesting polls.........Read more

Next Generation Hyundai Verna: Things You Need to Know

Hyundai Verna, the popular sedan from the South Korean carmaker is all set to receive a generation upgrade soon. Hyundai has already showcased the concept version of the next generation Verna at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show a couple of months back.........Read more

'How Many Nirbhayas?' 14-Year-Old Raped, Forced To Drink Acid Dies

A 14-year-old in Delhi who had been on life support for over a month after she was allegedly raped repeatedly and forced to drink acid, died on Sunday in a tragic case that has been compared to the 2012 gang-rape and torture of the young student who came to be known as Nirbhaya.........Read more

Ban on cash transactions above Rs 3 lakh: SIT on black money

In its fifth report submitted before the Supreme Court, the SIT also suggested an upper limit of Rs. 15 lakhs on cash holding.........Read more

Are the Gods of Hinduism really married?

It is true that God is often depicted with a spouse in our traditional stories. However, on a deeper philosophical level, the Supreme Being and the Go........Read more

From proceed to checkout: What happens when you buy a product online

We take a peek into warehouses used by electronic marketplaces to bring you an account of the various technologies involved in delivering your product home.........Read more

1 in 10 Indian mobile searches are about cinema

India is a nation of movie buffs with 1 out of 10 mobile searches in the country being related to cinema, technology giant Google said today.........Read more

Instagram attracting more advertising than Twitter: Survey

The survey, from a unit of Comcast called Strata, came the same week Twitter Inc said its head of product, who took over the team in September, was leaving.........Read more

Scientists Find 700,000-Year-Old Remains of Proto-Homo floresiensis

New hominin fossils from the Indonesian island of Flores shed light on the origin of the mysterious ‘hobbit’ species, Homo floresiensis.........Read more

IIT Madras' new environmentally friendly disruptive technology to bring electricity to rural households

IIT Madras' new environmentally friendly disruptive technology to bring electricity to rural households - A disruptive solution that holds a lot of promise and could be the key driver for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's promise of providing electricity to every household by 2022.........Read more

50k Muslims sign up against triple talaq - Times of India

Over 50,000 Muslim women and men have signed a petition seeking a ban on triple talaq. The petition, spearheaded by the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), has sought the National Commission for Women's intervention to end this "unQuranic practic........Read more

Fear or forgiveness?

Bandukwala dithers. But for many 2002 survivors, the issue is: No justice, no peace.........Read more

India, Morocco join hands for institutional training of officers, promoting cultural exchange

While addressing the media after signing MoUs, Ansari said that India was very happy to receive the King of Morocco Mohammed VI, who had come to India last year for the Indo Africa summit.........Read more

Larsen and Toubro’s next chairman to be an insider: A.M. Naik

If all goes according to plan, AM Naik’s successor at L........Read more

Zomato’s losses mount in FY16, even as revenue doubles

Zomato’s revenue surges 91.2% to `184.96 crore in the year ended 31 March from `96.73 crore in the previous year........Read more

US backs India-Iran Chabahar port deal despite residual suspicion over Tehran - Times of India

The Obama administration on Tuesday batted for India with regards to New Delhi's energy initiative with Iran and Afghanistan via Chabahar, amid residual suspicion and misgivings among some lawmakers whether there could be a strategic and military........Read more

World's largest particle smasher set to push physics into unknown

The world's most powerful proton smasher is preparing for its biggest run yet which scientists hope will uncover new particles that could dramatically change our understanding of the Universe.........Read more

CRPF to Send Over 560 Women for Anti-Naxal Ops for the 1st Time

The CRPF, officials said, has been working on the concept that if Maoists can have women in their ranks, why not the security forces.........Read more

JNU hunger strike: Kanhaiya Kumars health deteriorates, hospitalised

JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been on hunger strike for a week at the campus, was hospitalised today after his health deteriorated.........Read more

Rajya Sabha chairman Ansari rejects Mallya's resignation letter - Times of India

Secretary general of the Upper House Shumsher K. Sheriff wrote to Mallya that his resignation letter doesn't conform to the prescribed procedures and doesn't bear signature in original. He said that as per Rule 213 of Rajya Sabha procedures, the resignation must be voluntary and genuine.........Read more