How Kangana Ranaut's Mere Tweet Becomes a National Issue: From PoK to Y+ in 4 days

On Monday morning, the Centre allotted Y+ security to Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut. The development came a few days after the actor herself mentioned in a tweet that she will help the Narcotics Control Bureau with the names of Bollywood celebs involved in drugs only if the government provides her security. The move was criticised by the Maharashtra government, praised by the opposition, and recommended by the government of Himachal Pradesh. Kangana, the daughter of Himachal Pradesh Calling Kangana the ‘daughter of the state’, Himachal Pradesh’s Chief Minister told news agency ANI, “Actor Kangana Ranaut is the daughter of our state. Her father has written to me, expressing his concerns over her security. I have informed my DGP, to assess the threat & take appropriate action. A police team will be deployed with her in Manali, today.” Anil Deshmukh says it’s ‘sad and surprising’ ........Read more

Vodafone Idea launches unified brand ‘Vi’; shares zoom over 4%

Vodafone Idea on Monday announced a unified brand identity to strengthen its position as a major telecom provider in India. Following the rebranding, Vodafone Idea will be known as 'Vi' (pronounced as We) and will also sport a new logo. The unified brand identity marks the culmination of the largest telecom integration in the world, said a press release by the company. The unified brand is likely to focus on a digital-first environment to target India’s growing mobile user base. Commenting on the development, Ravinder Takkar, MD and CEO, Vodafone Idea Limited said, “Vodafone Idea came together as a merged entity two years ago. We have, since then focused on integrating the two large networks, our people and processes. And today, I am delighted to present Vi.” Takkar went on to explain that the unified brand will focus on improving digital services for customers in India. Shares of the telecom company rose by over 4 per cent after the rebranding plan was made public. It is worth mentioning that the rebranding was announced amidst increased compititon and stress in the country's telecom sector. The development comes soon after the telecom firm's board agreed to raise Rs 25,000 crore through share sale and other strategic measures, aimed at clearing AGR dues . The companies move is likely aimed at creating a single brand to reduce costs and pose a bigger challenge to the two other major telecom companies in the country. You can check out the new 'Vi' interfeace by clicking . ........Read more

Second Wave? Mainland China Is Seeing A Rise In New Coronavirus Cases

Authorities in China, where the pandemic began, are taking steps to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 from people entering the country from abroad and on people who have yet to show symptoms but are at higher risk of infection due to where they have been. Wuhan and the Hubei province have gone seven days with no reported new cases but in Northeastern Heilongjiang and Inner Mongolia, where Chinese nationals and others enter from Russia, about 50 new cases have been logged.........Read more

Over 90 Dead, 130 Injured in Mogadishu Terror Attack

More than 90 people have died and 130 others were injured in one of the worst terror attacks seen in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu. A car bomb was detonated on Saturday during morning rush hour at a busy intersection that connects the Somali capital with the town from Afgoye.........Read more

'Jagan Reddy Acting Like a Psycho': Chandrababu Naidu Blames Andhra Govt of Implementing 'Anti-people Policies'

YSRCP govt is implementing anti-ppl policies, illegal cases are being filed against leaders of other parties. I am good to people who are good to me, but Jaganmohan Reddy is acting like a psycho.........Read more

Naveen Patnaik begins his fifth innings as Odisha CM

Naveen Patnaik assumed office as the Chief Minister of Odisha for a record fifth consecutive term on Wednesday after being sworn in along with his 20 minister team here. Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers at a grand ceremony attended by top industrialists from across the country and other eminent personalities.........Read more

US offers to sell THAAD defence system to India as alternative to Russian S-400s

The United States has offered Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot Advance Capability (PAC-3) missile defence systems to India in as an alternative to Russian S-400s, a competing equipment that India has said it is close to acquiring after years of negotiations.........Read more

TRS Polling Agent Takes Photograph Inside EVM Strongroom, Arrested

A photograph of a polling agent of Telangana Rashtra Samiti posing inside the strongroom along with the Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs has landed him in jail.........Read more

Google disables app that monitored iPhone usage in violation of Apple’s rules

Google disabled an iOS app 'Screenwise meter' for violating the Apple distribution policy. The app monitors the users iPhone usage under Apple's Enterprise Program.........Read more

Tata Harrier SUV Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs. 12.69 lakh

Tata Motors has launched the new Harrier SUV in India and prices for the car start at ₹ 12.69 lakh and go all the way up to ₹ 16.25 lakh. The Harrier is available in 4 variants - XE, XM, XT, and XZ and will be available only with the diesel variant. ........Read more

PNB fraud: Mehul Choksi surrenders Indian passport to Antiguan government

Mehul Choksi, one of the key architect of the Rs 14,000 crore PNB fraud has surrendered his Indian citizenship. Passport number Z. 3396732 has been deposited with cancelled pages.........Read more

India successfully test-fires Agni-5 nuclear-capable ballistic missile

India successfully test-fired Agni-5 from Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Abdul Kalam Island in Balasore district of Odisha. The ballistic missile was tested from launch pad number 4 at around 9.50 am. This was for the sixth time the missile was tested successfully. It was last tested on January 18 this year.........Read more

NPAs of Private Banks Jumped up by 450 Percent Over Last 5 Years

Gross Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) of private banks have jumped up by 450 percent over the last five years to Rs 1,09,076 crore at the end of the financial year 2017-2018 from Rs 19,800 crore at the end of the financial year 2013-2014.........Read more

Did You Know? Banks Are Charging For Failed ATM Transactions

For instance, for every ATM swipe transaction at a PoS or ATM which gets cancelled due to one or another reason, SBI charges Rs. 17 while ICICI and HDFC Bank charge Rs. 25 on transaction cancellation as decline charges.........Read more

Air quality in Telangana worse, Andhra Pradesh is better off

Telangana was also found to have the worst pollution levels from January to February 2017 and then from October to December. This variation was clearly noted in Hyderabad and Medak where the PM 10 levels spiked in October and then remained constant till December. ........Read more

Sri Lanka set for packed India tour

Sri Lanka arrive in India next month for a cramped tour that will have them playing three Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is in 37 days, with the first Test likely to begin in Kolkata on November 16, and final match to be played on December 24.........Read more

An astrologer explains why some tattoos can bring you harm

People choose get tattoos for different reasons — sometimes artistic, at others to identify themselves with certain groups or emotions. In some countries Yantra tattoo — a form of tattooing which is believed to have originated among the Tai tribes of southwestern China — are considered to be a symbol that protects against evil things and brings good luck.........Read more

Laimwon Nazary breaks national junior high jump record

On Sunday, Assam's Laimwon Nazray set a new girl's high jump record after she completed a 1.77 meters effort overtaking Bobby Aloysius previous benchmark of 1.75 m at 1992 National Junior Athletics competition. Earlier, Priyanka Kerketta broke the 15-year old national record of a 6.25m long jump.........Read more

Baahubali 2 creates HISTORY: SS Rajamouli film crosses Rs 1,500 crore worldwide

SS Rajamouli's epic movie 'Baahubali: The Conclusion' movie has shattered all the records in Indian cinema history. The film has set an almost unbreakable record. Baahubali 2 becomes the fist Indian movie to collect Rs 1,500 crore worldwide.........Read more

Comets contributed to Earth's atmosphere, says study of 3 billion-year-old minerals

Scientists have revealed that some of Earth's atmosphere may have been brought to the planet by comets billions of years ago. The mystery of how the Earth's atmosphere was formed has long baffled scientists. Some researchers think comets might have originally brought some of the water, organic and atmospheric molecules to Earth that now make up its life.........Read more

IPL 10 eats into general entertainment, news viewership

Five weeks into the edition, the IPL has registered a cumulative reach of 386 million, a marked growth over last year’s cumulative reach of 335 million for the first 43 matches (first five weeks). The 2016 edition registered a cumulative reach of 361 million viewers for the entire tournament. ........Read more

New Android Malware Samples Found Every 10 Seconds, Claims G Data

 G Data antivirus software firm has now discovered that the malware-infected applications are increasing at an alarming rate on Google's mobile platform and at the current speed, 3.5 million new malware samples are expected to be discovered on the OS by the end of this year.........Read more

This camera shoots five trillion images per second

Forget high-speed cameras capturing 100 000 images per second. A research group at Lund University in Sweden has developed a camera that can film at a rate equivalent to five trillion images per second, or events as short as 0.2 trillionths of a second. This is faster than has previously been possible.........Read more

India waiting for an opportunity to go to war with Pakistan: Subramanian Swamy to Pak Army chief

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday tore into Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for his remark over Kashmir, saying that India is waiting for an opportunity to go to war with Pakistan, if the neighbouring country dared to interfere.........Read more

Amazon's new Alexa device will give you advice on your outfits

Amazon introduced its latest Alexa-powered device, a gadget with a built-in camera that is being marketed as a way to photograph, organize and get recommendations on outfits. Of course, Amazon will then try to sell you clothing, too.........Read more

SC gives Justice Karnan four weeks to respond to contempt notice

The Supreme Court on Friday gave Calcutta High Court Judge C.S. Karnan four weeks time to file an affidavit on the contempt notice against him. The court said he should make up his mind on whether to apologise or stand legal action against contempt.........Read more

A new treatment for antibiotic resistant bacteria and infectious disease

A study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, describes a new treatment pathway for antibiotic resistant bacteria and infectious diseases with benefits for patients and health care providers.........Read more

Earth just narrowly escaped being hit by an asteroid...AGAIN!

This asteroid is dubbed 2017 BH30, it is equal to a pickup truck's size and the closest encounter of the asteroid with Earth occurred at 0459 GMT on January 30, 2017. It passed by Earth at a distance of 51,820 kilometres (32,200 miles) — equal to 13% of the distance between the Earth and the moon.........Read more

Madras HC orders state govt to submit info about Jayalalithaa’s health by Wednesday

The case was not listed for the day but Ramaswamy prayed to the court to consider it claiming it was an urgent matter. Hearing his demand to the government to reveal Jayalalithaa’s actual health status, the government pleader argued that there is no urgency to hear the case since the hospital is releasing health bulletins on a daily basis.........Read more adds support for Google Drive files

Microsoft is making three changes to today, with Google Drive support the big addition. While Outlook for iOS and Android already support Google Drive access, Microsoft is extending...........Read more

Stay Tuned to Russian MoD: Aleppo Monitoring Goes Online

The Russian Defense Ministry launched the first ever online live feed to monitor the Syrian city of Aleppo filmed from the ground and by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on its website Thursday.........Read more

Jai Bhim vs Lal Salaam: Despite Rohith and Kanhaiya, JNU’s Left-Dalit divide persists

The incidents earlier this year may have galvanised Ambedkarite and Left groups but as university elections get underway, that unity is nowhere to be seen.........Read more

NASA makes its scientific research available online for free

Keeping track of discoveries of new planets, stars or even galaxies is now set to get easier than ever. The U.S space agency NASA has said that it will soon make all of its publicly funded research available online via a new public access web portal. So if........Read more

VK Singh victimised me, imposed ‘illegal’ ban: Army chief Dalbir Singh

Dalbir Singh told the Supreme Court in an affidavit that VK Singh victimised him with the sole purpose of “denying” him promotion to the appointment of army commander. This is the first time a serving army chief has publicly attacked one of his predecessors.........Read more

How Sakshi Malik turned around the match to clinch Bronze at Rio Olympics

Sakshi Malik brought an end to India’s long wait for a medal at the ongoing Rio Olympics, clinching bronze in the Women’s Freestyle 58kg category with a spirited comeback victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan.........Read more

How India's New Child Labour Law Might Make The Young More Vulnerable

Last month, parliament passed a new law against child labour that, on the surface, appears to be the perfect Independence Day gift for children of India's poor.........Read more

Firefox Launches Swiss Military Branded Bicycles In India

Firefox recently announced a new range of its bicycles in collaboration with 'Swiss Military", one of the leading lifestyle apparel and outdoor gear brands in the world. Both the parties believe that the collaboration will introduce international standard "value for money" bicycle models in India.........Read more

Government launches e-Marketplace GeM to ensure transparency

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharam launched Government e-Marketplace to ensure end to end procurement system for purchase of goods and services of common use by the government buyers.........Read more

Skoda may bring in Octavia vRS to India

What makes the grin-inducing vRS special? Volkswagen's 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol motor. In the international-spec model, this motor puts out a whopping 220PS of max power and 350Nm of peak torque. This translates into a respectable naught-to-100kmph time of 6.8 seconds.........Read more

Hindu monk's Ayodhya temple mission a headache for Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was flying high in June, jetting from Afghanistan to Mexico in a whirlwind of red carpet diplomacy crowned by a speech to the U.S. Congress extolling democracy and investment opportunities in the subcontinent.........Read more

Tera Gadhdha, Ya Mera? Why Mumbai Will Never Be Pothole-Free

Believe it or not, the biggest issue in the commercial capital of the country is potholes. And instead of fixing them, the ruling Shiv Sena and BJP are fighting over which potholes belongs to whom! The city’s mayor has announced that Mumbai will be ........Read more

We've All Heard 'Gender Is A Social Construct,' But What Does That Really Mean?

How many of us ever wondered where all these stereotypes had come from? The answer lies in ‘gender,’ or more precisely, the social construction of gender.........Read more

Does it pay to open payments banks?

To differentiate payments banks from existing banking structures, some serious restrictions have been placed........Read more

Narasimha Rao’s negative works still extract heavy toll: Hamid Ansari

Vice-president Hamid Ansari on Monday hailed former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao for initiating basic changes in the economy with his policies of 1991 but also maintained that while his “good” works have lived on and “changed” the country, the “h........Read more

Film Review: Nawazuddin Makes ‘Raman Raghav 2.0€™ Worth Your Time

When critics and audiences alike panned Bombay Velvet, little did we realise it would make Anurag Kashyap so wild and furious. All that pent-up anger has been channeled into Raman Raghav 2.0! His latest venture is a full-throttle exploration of evil........Read more

Catch 'em young! government school students on border tours

Catch 'em young! government school students on border tours - The initiative, besides giving the students exposure, is also to catch them young and inspire them to join the armed forces, said an official.........Read more

Cyanogen OS 13.1 with new MOD features coming to OnePlus One

Cyanogen and OnePlus have a rocky past but that doesn’t mean the newest MOD-ready update isn’t making its way to latter’s devices. Cyanogen OS 13.1 update has started rolling out to eligible devices, which includes the OnePlus One. The highlight of this Cyanogen OS update is new feature called Mods. So, these are third party …........Read more

Anurag Kashyap tries Gandhigiri, sends scissors to Censor Board with “get well soon” engraved

Anurag Kashyap has decided to give Gandhigiri a chance to resolve the issue around Udta Punjab.........Read more

India likely to boost hydrocarbons cooperation with Qatar, the world’s largest LNG exporter

India and Qatar are expected to give a push to cooperation in the hydrocarbons sector, with the latter having the world’s third largest gas reserves and being India’s largest supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) during the visit of Prime Minister........Read more

Vehicle policy to generate steel scrap worth Rs 11,000 crore per annum

Government's proposed policy to push 28 million decade-old polluting vehicles off the road would generate steel scrap worth Rs 11,500 crore annually, reducing import burden.........Read more

The untold story behind Saudi Arabia’s 41 year US debt secret

Failure was not an option. It was July 1974. A steady predawn drizzle had given way to overcast skies when William Simon, newly appointed US Treasury secretary, and his deputy, Gerry Parsky , stepped onto an 8 am flight from Andrews Air Force Base .........Read more

Vijay Mallya enjoys watching IPL final in London - Times of India

In a video gone viral, Mallya senior is seen having a gala time with his son Siddharth along with a few others. The video was posted by Siddharth as he watched the IPL final with his father. Siddharth also mentions about Force India's third place finish in the Monaco Grand Prix, which also took place on Sunday.........Read more

Flipkart and Snapdeal have dumped one pointless metric for another

So confused. India’s leading e-commerce companies have abandoned the one metric they had held dear since inception.........Read more

As 4G network rolls in, this is the right time to be here: Tim Cook - The Economic Times

"4G network is beginning to come in now. I think it's exactly the right time to be here," Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said.........Read more

Bank union calls for nationwide strike on July 29

Bank employees across the country will go on a one day strike, on July 29. United Forum of Bank Unions, the coordinating body of all unions of the employees and officers, gave the call at its meeting........Read more

Baaghi box office collections: Tiger, Shraddha film roars at box office, collects Rs 38 cr in opening weeekend

Baaghi starring Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor has been roaring at the box office and the film has managed to collect Rs 38.58 cr in opening weekend.........Read more

Govt defers Agusta-Tata joint venture; FIPB took decision on April 8, day after Milan verdict

Last week, The Indian Express reported that AgustaWestland had FIPB approval to start a joint venture facility with Tata Sons, called Indian Rotorcraft Ltd (IRL), for assembly of AW-199Kx helicopters in Hyderabad Aviation SEZ.........Read more

Coordinated effort has brought Uttarakhand fire under control: NDRF chief OP Singh - Firstpost

Our immediate objective is to stop spreading of fire in Uttarakhand to the reserve forest area which is contiguous to human habitation........Read more