U.S. sanctions branded 'clowning actions' as Hong Kong vows it won't be intimidated

Beijing’s top representative office in Hong Kong said on Saturday that sanctions imposed by Washington on senior Hong Kong and Chinese officials were “clowning actions” that would not frighten or intimidate Chinese people. Separately, the Hong Kong government said the sanctions were “shameless and despicable” and represented “blatant and barbaric” interference in China’s internal affairs. “We will not be intimidated,” a government spokesman said. The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on Luo Huining, the head of China’s Liaison Office, as well as Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other current and former officials that Washington accuses of curtailing political freedoms in the global financial hub. The move accelerates rapidly deteriorating Sino-U.S. ties, more than a month after Beijing imposed sweeping national security legislation on Hong Kong that drew condemnation from Western governments and sent a chill across the city. “The unscrupulous intentions of the U.S. politicians to support the anti-China chaos in Hong Kong have been revealed, and their clowning actions are really ridiculous,” the Liaison Office said in a statement. “Intimidation and threats cannot frighten the Chinese people.” ........Read more

IMD lists Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad under J&K meteorological sub-division

In a first, the Indian Meteorological Department has included regions of Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad as part of its Jammu and Kashmir meteorological sub-division. Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad are territories currently under Pakistani occupation. India says the whole of Jammu and Kashmir is part of India, something that is contested by Pakistan. When asked, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday said it had started mentioning the region in its national weather bulletin ever since Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh were made two separate Union territories last year after the abrogation of Article 370. However, it was not explicitly mentioned in the regional forecast for northwest India, which it has started doing now.........Read more

Amid Coronavirus Scare, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Issues Advisory to Foreigners and NRIs

Amid fresh coronavirus cases being reported in parts of the country, the TTD that manages the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara near here has issued an advisory asking foreigners, NRIs and others not to visit the temple for 28 days after they landed in the country. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) issued the advisory late on Tuesday night as a precautionary measure to check the spread of coronavirus. A TTD statement here said the temple administration has been taking all measures to protect the health of the lakhs of pilgrims visiting the temple. ........Read more

BCB to hold talks with PCB over coronavirus situation

Bangladesh Cricket Board will be holding talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board and will study the situation before deciding on the last phase of their three-part tour of the country. The talks are in relation to suspected cases of coronavirus after schools in Sindh were directed to remain closed till March 13 during the isolation period. "For us players' safety comes as the first priority and we are not going to compromise with it at any cost," BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus told Cricbuzz on Tuesday (March 3). ........Read more

Trump Announces $3 Billion Defence Deal, Says Committed to Fight 'Radical Islamic Terrorism'

US President Donald Trump said his country and India are committed to defend their citizens from radical Islamic terrorism, resolved to significantly expand defence ties and are working on a "fantastic" trade deal, while asserting that US "loves" and is "loyal" to India. He also announced that the two countries will firm up defence deals worth $3 billion on Tuesday and that the US will become India's premier defence partner. Addressing a massive crowd at the 'Namaste Trump' event at the Motera stadium here, the US president, accompanied by wife Melania and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, talked about India's great tradition of embracing individual freedom, rule of law, dignity of every human being and where people worship side-by-side in harmony. ........Read more

Shaheen-model Barkas stir foiled

Police has foiled an attempt by women in Wajudinagar, Barkas, to recreate the Shaheen Bagh protest, and asked them to vacate by 10.30 p.m. The police have continually stalled all efforts, and the police commissioner declared he would not allow any Shaheen Bagh type protest. Heavy security was deployed at the site as the numbers of protesters began increasing. Police did not allow meals to be served to people on dharna. The organisers clai-med that senior officers pressurised the dargah mutawalli to evict the protestors. As a result, the mutawalli members anno-unced the protesters lac-ked permission to use the dargah ground. Over 600 people, half of them wom-en, had to end their pro-test (with the National Anthem). Earlier, a group of women tried to sit-in at Mehdipatnam, Toli Cho-wki and Moghalpura, but they could not continue due to police pressure. Some women found cases registered against them.........Read more

Proof Of Religion Needed For Applications Under Citizenship Law: Sources

Migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who wish to get the benefit of Citizenship Amendment Act, have to provide proof of their religious beliefs while applying for Indian citizenship. "In India we all have submitted some form of proof relating to religion and all those who want to seek Indian citizenship, they all have to submit some sort of document that they have entered India before December 31, 2014," said a senior functionary aware of developments relating to the drafting of rules.........Read more

2020 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Makes It First Public Appearance

The Pajero Sport in its current third-gen avatar has been around since 2015 internationally, and now is getting a mid-life facelift. With the model being first unveiled in July, the Japanese manufacturer has included the mid-size SUV in its lineup for the 2019 Thai Motor Show. The new Pajero Sport continues to incorporate Mitsubishi’s ‘Dynamic Shield’ design on the front fascia but gets a new split-headlamp design over the outgoing model. The bonnet now sports ‘Pajero Sport’ lettering on its lip. The SUV now gets triple slats running across the front-end bearing the carmaker’s emblem, but gets the same ‘C’ shaped chrome treatment under the headlamps.........Read more

Water Discovered in the Atmosphere of an Exoplanet in the Habitable zone. It Might Be Rain

Universe Today Space and astronomy news Astronomers using the Hubble space telescope have discovered water in the atmosphere of an exoplanet in its star’s habitable zone. If confirmed, it will be the first time we’ve detected water—a critical ingredient for life as we know it—on an exoplanet. The water was detected as vapour in the atmosphere, but the temperature of the planet means it could sustain liquid water on its surface, if it’s rocky. The planet is called K2-18b, and it’s about 110 light years away. The planet is much different than Earth. It’s a Super-Earth, and it’s twice as large as Earth, and about 8 times as massive. K2-18b is orbiting a red dwarf star, and it was first discovered in 2015 by the Kepler Space Telescope. “Finding water on a potentially habitable world other than Earth is incredibly exciting.” Astronomers at the Center for Space Exochemistry Data at the University College London in the United Kingdom made the discovery in data from the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3. Their results are in a paper titled “Water vapour in the atmosphere of the habitable-zone eight-Earth-mass planet K2-18 b” published in Nature Astronomy. The detection is based the spectroscopic signature of water in the exoplanet’s atmosphere.........Read more

M Nageswar Rao removed as CBI additional director; appointed as DG of fire services, civil defence and home guard

In a sudden move, the government removed Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) additional director M Nageswar Rao and posted him as a director-general of fire services, civil defence and home guard. A 1986-batch IPS officer from Odisha cadre, Rao held the position of interim chief of the CBI twice. According to an official order, he was removed from the post of CBI additional director and posted as a director-general of fire services, civil defence and home guard. The government had decided to remove former agency director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana amidst an unprecedented tussle between the two. They had levelled allegations of corruption against each other after which the government handed over the charge to Rao till the appointment of Rishi Kumar Shukla as the new CBI director in February this year.........Read more

In a first, octopus spotted in Narmada river

In a first along the Indian coastline, an octopus species was recently spotted in the estuarine zone of Narmada river.........Read more

Maruti Suzuki To Launch Baleno Facelift In June 2019

Maruti is going to introduce the Baleno facelift in June 2019 and it is expected to come with minor updates as most of the changes will be concentrated on aesthetics rather than on mechanical.........Read more

Self-styled godman Rampal convicted in two murder cases by Hisar court in Haryana

Self-styled godman and the founder of the Satlok Ashram in Hisar, Rampal was convicted in two cases of murder by a Hisar Court in Haryana. Section 144 has been imposed across Hisar district and around 2000 police personnel have been deployed.........Read more

Bharat Petroleum shelves Bina Refinery IPO plan

State-run Bharat Petroleum (BPCL), which owns Bina Refinery in an equal JV with Oman Oil Company, has shelved its IPO plans for the company as “it generates enough cash” to complete the ongoing expansion.........Read more

Airport security trays carry more diseases than toilets

A new study says that plastic trays that passengers put their hand luggage in at security checkpoints have the highest numbers of viruses of anywhere in an airport, including toilets.........Read more

India may not reach 100GW solar power target by 2022: Crisil report

India will not be able to achieve its ambitious target of generating 100GW solar power by 2022, rating agency Crisil said. The report says the country will touch 78-80 GW, against the current capacity of 21.65 GW.........Read more

Kawasaki Z900RS In Black Colour Launched In India

Kawasaki launched the Z900RS in India in February 2018 with the candy tone orange colour option. The Kawasaki Z900RS with black colour option is priced at Rs 15.30 lakh ex-showroom.........Read more

Greater Noida Building Collapse: Three Dead Bodies Recovered, Rescue Ops Underway; 3 Arrested

In a tragic accident, a six-storey under-construction building fell on top of another four-storey under-construction building in Greater Noida Noida’s Shah Beri village on Tuesday night. Three dead bodies were recovered by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams.........Read more

Japanese fans clean stadium even after heartbreaking World Cup 2018 exit

Japan has set a great example in the FIFA World Cup 2018 by staying back after the matches to clean up the garbage inside the stadiums and the ritual continued on Monday even as their national team crashed out of the tournament after a heartbreaking 3-2 loss against Belgium.........Read more

Baseless: Sitharaman dismisses report claiming UK minister snubbed her

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has expressed disappointment over a "baseless" media report in the United Kingdom that alleged her British counterpart Gavin Williamson turned down a request for a bilateral meeting.........Read more

Watch: Japanese space rocket MOMO-2 crashes seconds after launch

An unmanned rocket developed by a maverick Japanese entrepreneur Takafumi Horie exploded shortly after liftoff. Its a major blow to his bid to send Japan’s first privately backed rocket into space. The launch was supposed to send the rocket carrying observational equipment to an altitude of over 100 kilometres (62 miles).........Read more

Dattani Chartered Accountants who audits the finances for diamond jeweller Nirav Modi's UK businesses has been linked to companies in the Panama Papers

Dattani Chartered Accountants, situated in College Road, Harrow, were the most recent auditors for Nirav Modi Limited, a subsidiary of the company of the same name registered in Hong Kong which runs the fugitive billionaire's jewellery and watch retail showrooms. It is not registered in India.........Read more

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) rejected the Centre’s recently announced packages in its ambitious National Health Protection Mission (NHPM)

The IMA said the package rates were ‘unacceptable’ but appreciated the government’s decision to empanel the hospitals from 10 beds onwards. These package rates are unacceptable as they are exposing the patients to danger in hospitals, as such low rates will have to be compromised with the quality of services.........Read more

Kerala to dismantle ‘orderly’ system in police

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the government would put an end to the practice of deploying junior level officials for the personal service of seniors in the State police force.........Read more

Non-subsidised LPG Price up by Rs 48, Subsidised Gets Rs 2.34 Costlier

The prices for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) was increased by Rs 2.34 and Rs 48 for subsidised and non-subsidised cylinders respectively.........Read more

8 out of 10 people concerned about their Aadhaar data security: Study

The national study by market research and analysis company Velocity MR, which was conducted among 5,800 respondents, noted that 8 out of 10 people are concerned about their Aadhaar data security and feel that the government should intervene for their online data protection.........Read more

Sanju trailer: Ranbir is every bit Dutt in this drugs-sex-terrorism saga

The trailer of Sanju is out and Ranbir Kapoor and director Rajkumar Hirani do quite a good job of bringing on screen the tumultuous life of Sanjay Dutt.........Read more

Nipah virus claims one more life in Kerala, death toll rises to 12

Fourth member of a family succumbs to Nipah virus infection........Read more

I-T raids against real estate groups in Delhi unearth black money worth Rs 215 cr

The income tax (I-T) department has unearthed black money worth over Rs 215 crore after it conducted multiple raids over the weekend against two real estate groups who were selling land and farmhouses.........Read more

PNB fraud: ED provisionally attaches Nirav Modi’s assets worth Rs 170 cr

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday provisionally attached assets worth over Rs 170 crore of fugitive diamond jeweller Nirav Modi in connection with the Rs 13,400 crore fraudulent transactions at state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB). ........Read more

CBI Closing Cases on Gali Brothers : Karnataka Polls Effect?

Close on the heels of Karnataka Assembly elections (on April 12), Gali Janardhan Reddy is the chief campaigner for the party in the region, with 9 of his ardent followers including Sriramulu were given tickets to contest for Assembly elections on BJP tickets, the CBI beginning to close cases on the Gali brothers is gaining huge significance. ........Read more

5 Famous Billion Dollar Companies That Were Bought For Less

Many large companies buy small struggling companies in hopes of a brighter future. Usually, the parent company revives them by adding newer services or products while others just need a good management that will guide them to the path of success. ........Read more

Government Finds Cambridge Analytica Response 'Cryptic And Evasive', Serves Another Notice

The Indian government served another notice to Facebook and Cambridge Analytica after finding discrepancies in their statements over the data breach. The government has asked the two companies to give their clarification by May 10. The government said that the responses it had received over Facebook data breach were “unsatisfactory, cryptic and evasive”.........Read more

New Mitsubishi Pajero Final Edition Revealed

Mitsubishi has revealed the Final Edition models of the Pajero to commemorate the history of the SUV. The Pajero Final Edition will be available in both three-door and five-door variants. Mitsubishi has limited the production of the special edition models to 1,000 units (300 three-door & 700 five-door).........Read more

North Korea Suspends Nuclear And Missile Tests Ahead of Planned Trump Summit

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un has announced that the country will suspend its nuclear and missile tests and shut down a nuclear test site. The decision was taken in a meeting of the ruling Worker’s Party of Korea’s (WPK) full Central Committee. Kim Jong-un is set to hold a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in next Friday. The development comes ahead of the meeting between United States President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. The meeting is likely to happen in May or early June, this year.........Read more

Instagram will let you download your content, like Facebook

Facebook Inc’s Instagram will soon allow its users to download a copy of all the content they have uploaded on the photo-sharing platform. The disclosure comes amid global concerns about the privacy of users’ information on social media platforms and the amount of user data that companies keep.........Read more

Study reveals every bowel tumor and bowel cancer cell have unique genetic fingerprints

New research on bowel cancer has shown that every tumour is different, and that every cell within the tumour is also genetically unique. In the first study of its kind, researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK and Hubrecht Institute (KNAW) in Utrecht, The Netherlands, used the latest single cell and organoid technologies to understand the mutational processes of the disease. The study will help researchers understand mutational processes, and may allow them to target cancer-specific processes for prevention or treatment.........Read more

Civic work threatens to sink Charminar, says ASI

Hyderabad’s Charminar, a historic monument that has weathered the elements for 425 years, now faces a unique existential threat: underground pipelines in its proximity. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has raised an alarm over pipeline work being carried out just 20 metres from the iconic structure. The monument is a limestone mortar structure, and water seepage below the ground will result in capillary action rendering the mortar brittle, and make it unstable over a period of time.........Read more

Australian media report China proposes military base in South Pacific

The report, citing unnamed sources, said no formal proposal had yet been made, but preliminary talks have been held about locating a full military base on Vanuatu. It added that the prospect of a Chinese military outpost so close to Australia has been discussed at the highest levels in Canberra and Washington.........Read more

An earthquake of Magnitude 6 jolts Japan

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor occurred at 1.32 a.m., with the epicentre at a latitude of 35.2 degrees north and a longitude of 132.6 degrees east and at a depth of 10 km. The quake, revised upward from a preliminary magnitude of 5.8, logged upper 5 in the city of Oda in Shimane prefecture and lower 5 in some other areas of the prefecture on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7.........Read more

Several killed & injured in ‘missile attack’ on an airbase in Homs Province

Several missiles were launched at Syria’s T-4 airbase in the east of Homs province. Although Syrian air defense systems allegedly intercepted at least eight projectiles, several people were reportedly injured and killed. The attack has “probably” been carried out by the United States. While the US Defense Department is "aware" of reports of an alleged missile strike, it has dismissed the reports of any US involvement.........Read more

Pakistan Diplomat on NIA wanted list

Amir Zubair Siddiqui, who was posted as visa counsellor in the Pakistani High Commission in Colombo — had been included in the list along with two other Pakistani officers for conspiring to launch 26/11-type attacks on US and Israeli consulates besides Army and Navy commands in south India in 2014. NIA said a fourth Pakistani officer posted in the high commission in Sri Lanka was also involved in the conspiracy.........Read more

Sunil Narine’s 16-ball fifty secures Kolkata Knight Riders a winning start

Sunil Narine proved his batting prowess and his 16-ball 50 against Royal Challengers Bangalore saw Kolkata Knight Riders scamper to 4 wickets over the visitors. Earlier, Nitish Rana was the star of KKR’s bowling efforts, after dismissing AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli off consecutive balls.........Read more

YSRC MPs to quit Lok Sabha over Modi govt’s ‘failure’ to grant special status for Andhra Pradesh

Five MPs from the YSR Congress Party will submit their resignations to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday, the last day of the budget session of Parliament, over the Union government’s ‘failure’ to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh. The MPs have disrupted proceedings in the House for the last 22 days, and were the first party to move a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government over the issue.........Read more

Three years, no takers for India’s $1-billion credit line for ASEAN digital links

The credit line was announced at the India-ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur in November 2015, as part of India’s “Act East” policy. Surprised by this lack of interest from ASEAN countries, in January, Delhi decided to give a grant of $40 million for pilot projects in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) countries to help “kick-start” the credit line.........Read more

Cyber agency CERT-In advises Internet users against vote preferences, Aadhaar details sharing on social media, mobile apps

India's national cyber security agency has cautioned internet users about lurking data thieves and advised them against sharing details such as their vote preferences and Aadhaar details over social media platforms and mobile applications. ........Read more

Chandrayaan 2 Launch: Mission Cheaper Than Hollywood Movie Interstellar; We Avoid Wastage of Products, Says ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan 2 launch mission is cheaper than the Hollywood ‘Interstellar’, just like the agency’s Mars mission. While the Chandrayaan 2 mission’s cost was only Rs 800 crore, the movie Interstellar had cost Rs 1,062 crore. The Mars mission, which was launched in 2013, had cost ISRO Rs 470 crore, cheaper than Hollywood space movie ‘Gravity’ which had a budget of Rs 644 crore.........Read more

Bofors Case: CBI Moves Supreme Court Against 2005 High Court Order Quashing Charges Against Accused

The Bofors case is back to haunt the Congress again as the Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday approached the Supreme Court with a petition challenging the Delhi High Court order. The Delhi High Court in 2005 had quashed all charges against the accused persons in the politically-sensitive Rs 64 crore Bofors pay-off case.........Read more

From Asia to America, meet the curiously named Kumar brothers

Can your name define who you are and shape your life? Not quite. But what if your name is Asia and those of your brothers are Africa, Japan, Russia and America? Well, it could certainly create a bit of an identity crisis -- and some comic moments too. Ask the Kumar brothers, who are named after countries and continents. And these are not their nicknames, but real names.........Read more

Buses vandalised, shops set on fire as tension continues in UP's Kasganj

Shops were torched and five buses were vandalised after cremation of Chandan Gupta who lost his life in firing on Friday during a clash between two groups as tension continued to prevail in Kasganj district.Violence erupted in the city during the 'Tiranga Yatra'+ carried out by motorcycle-borne local youths. The tense situation prompted authorities to shut school and colleges in the area as a precautionary measure.........Read more

WEF launches Global Centre for Cybersecurity

In a bid to safeguard the world from hackers and growing data breaches — especially from nation-states — the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday announced a new Global Centre for Cybersecurity. Headquartered in Geneva, the centre will become operational from March.........Read more

No immediate execution for Kulbhushan Jadhav, says Pakistan

Asserting that detained Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav was under no immediate threat of execution, Pakistan on Thursday said he will meet his mother and wife at the office of the ministry of foreign affairs.........Read more

Next academic year, engineering seats could be down by a lakh: AICTE

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in its handbook that was released on Friday said that the number of engineering college seats in the country will come down by a lakh in the next academic year i.e. 2018/19.........Read more

Maruti Suzuki likely to launch bigger Vitara SUV in 2018

Premium SUV is not a traditional stronghold of Maruti Suzuki. In the previous attempt with the Grand Vitara SUV which was priced around Rs 15 lakh, Maruti Suzuki failed to woo customers and it got eventually discontinued. However, the customer sentiment is now positive for premium SUV and seems to be the reason for a rethink.........Read more

IIT-Bombay breaks into Top 10 BRICS list at 9th position

For the first time, IIT-Bombay broke into the Top 10 list by bagging the ninth position (overall). IIT-B improved its rank by four positions from last year among institutes in BRICS nations. It was also the best-ranked among Indian universities.........Read more

SBI launches bond series index at London Stock Exchange

Public sector lender State Bank of India (SBI), in partnership with FTSE Russell, on Friday brought out a new index series at the London Stock Exchange to enable investors and market participants to track Indian bond movement.........Read more

North Korea's reply to Trump: Could soon test powerful hydrogen bomb in Pacific Ocean

North Korea's foreign minister on Thursday said that Pyongyang could respond to the United States President Donald Trump's threats of military action by testing a powerful nuclear bomb in the Pacific Ocean. The North Korean leader made the statement just hours after the country's ruler Kim Jong-un announced that the US President would "pay dearly" for threatening to destroy his regime.........Read more

Amarnath attack mastermind, LeT commander Abu Ismail killed: Chapter has been closed, says IGP Muneer Khan

Following the killing of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander and Amarnath Yatra attack mastermind Abu Ismail in Nowgam on Thursday, Muneer Khan, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu and Kashmir congratulated the security forces for executing a wonderful, crisp and brief operation without any "collateral damage".........Read more

German cities least stressed, here’s where Delhi and Mumbai stand

Delhi is ranked 142, while Bengaluru stands at 130, Kolkata at 131 and Mumbai at 138 and with four of the top 10 relaxing cities situated in Germany, in a global ranking on most stressed out cities of the world.........Read more

Kahn Design’s Land Rover Defender ‘The End Edition’ — A Fitting Farewell To The Defender

Marking the end of a long, 68-year production run to the Land Rover Defender, UK-based Kahn Design is building 25 Land Rover Defender "The End Edition'. The particular Defender model pictured comes with wider front and rear wings, a new front bumper with integrated lights and sump guard, and an X-Lander front grille. The Defender stands on 20-inch wheels wrapped in 275-section tyres, and a twin cross-hair exhaust system completes the overall design.........Read more

40,000 families hit as Assam floods make land uncultivable

The floods in Assam have receded and most of the 25 lakh affected people in 29 districts have returned to their villages. But over 40,000 families, solely dependent on their paddy fields, are left with a thick layer of sand that the flood waters deposited, rendering them uncultivable for 10 to 15 years. In some areas deposition of sand is up to 10 feet.........Read more

Kerala: Museum dedicated to Abdul Kalam to be opened in Thiruvananthapuram

A museum dedicated to former President and renowned space scientist A P J Abdul Kalam will be opened in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. Titled Dr Kalam Smriti International Science & Space Museum, the facility is considered to be the first of its kind in south India.........Read more

Honor 8 Pro Review: Honor Says It's Time to Settle 

The 5.7-inch display sports quad-HD resolution and is vibrant enough, although struggles under direct sunlight. The phone runs on the latest HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor coupled with 6GB RAM. It’s a rocket of a device and runs all kinds of applications with ease. Be it multi-tasking or gaming, no lags at all........Read more

Plant reveals anti-Alzheimer's compounds

Japanese scientists have developed a method to isolate and identify active compounds in plant medicines, which accurately accounts for drug behavior in the body. Using the technique, they have identified several active compounds from Drynaria Rhizome, a traditional plant medicine, which improve memory and reduce disease characteristics in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease.........Read more

New frog species discovered in India's Western Ghats

Sonali Garg, a PhD student in Delhi University, found the new species after five years of extensive explorations in the Western Ghats - a biodiversity hotspot in southern India. The species belongs to the Indian frog group or genus, Fejervarya.........Read more

Warsaw exhibition turns spotlight on golden age of Polish-Indian relations

From Rajdoot motorcycles to smuggler-mountaineers, an exhibition in Warsaw had been witness to the gallivanting tribe of merchants and mountaineers, engineers and bohemians soaking in the richness of the East........Read more

'Are you with us or with Qatar,' Saudi King asks Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif

The Saudi monarch asked Sharif to take a clear position on Qatar during their meeting in Jeddah on Monday. Pakistan has been treading a careful path since Saudi and other Gulf countries snapped diplomatic ties with Qatar after accusing the oil-rich country of supporting terrorist groups.........Read more

Luxury Travel: Cruises from Indian ports to become much easier now

Soon, you might not have to travel to foreign destinations for experiencing a luxury cruise. After the recent launch of India's first cruise between Mumbai and Male, the Union Ministry of Shipping is gearing up to develop cruises as a niche tourism sector in India. ........Read more

In Tamil Nadu, registration of pregnancies to become compulsory - Times of India

Tamil Nadu is planning to make it mandatory for all pregnant women to register themselves with the health department to ensure that the pregnancy and child birth happen safely.........Read more

Are some BAI officials trying to unsettle Gopichand?

Sources said that there is a proposal to clip the powers of Gopichand by appointing an independent juniors and doubles coaches, thereby diluting the position of the chief coach. Another move in the pipeline is to bring in Gopi's biggest critics into the national coaching system and irritate him.........Read more

Inherited, rare skin disease informs treatment of common hair disorders, study finds

It is almost axiomatic in medicine that the study of rare disorders informs the understanding of more common, widespread ailments. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania who study an inherited disorder of skin, hair follicles, nails, sweat glands, and teeth called hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED) have identified a mechanism that may also be disrupted in male pattern baldness, a more common condition. They published their findings this week in Nature Communications.........Read more

Living green walls: India should look to vertical gardens to combat heat, pollution

The green walls of vertical gardens are an antidote to urban alienation from nature. Psychological studies have confirmed the stress-busting effects of being surrounded by green leaves. Another most important aspect of increased vegetation is that it lowers temperatures. Green walls and roofs are great for thermal insulation. An even more significant benefit for Indian cities, is the reduction of pollution levels through photosynthesis........Read more

Liquor Killing Brain Cells and 6 Other Myths About the Brain Debunked

Is liquor really as harmful to our grey matter as we are being told? Is it true that an average human only uses a fraction of his brain capacity? Are women really better at using both halves of the brain? Finnish researchers have recently debunked some of the most deep-rooted myths about the human brain.........Read more

'Poor quality food' in Army: BSF jawan's video was made viral by Pakistan websites, says intelligence unit

An inquiry by intelligence units has revealed that the video posted by BSF constables Tej Bahadur Yadav, where he complained about the ‘poor quality of food’ served to jawans went viral after it was circulated by Pakistan-based websites. Security agencies in their probe found that 21 of the 24 websites that pushed the video online were based out of Pakistan.........Read more

Infosys employee found dead in Chennai

The body of a 30-year-old Infosys male employee was found in the rest room of his office at Mahindra World City on the outskirts of Chennai on Tuesday night.........Read more

Remembering Rituparno Ghosh: The Lifeline of Bengali Cinema 

When Ghosh broke into the film scene, Bengali cinema was all but dead. Gone were the days of the evergreen Uttam-Suchitra, the plots were cheap remakes of Southern films, the music was abysmal, and the educated Bengali had withdrawn itself completely from the Bengali movie theatres. This is when Ghosh launched his career with films like Heerer Angti and Unishe April. The bangali bhadralok was enthralled. They flooded back to the theatres. Bengali cinema had found a new lifeline..........Read more

PM embarks on 4-nation tour

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today embarked on a four-nation tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France with the aim of boosting India's economic engagement with these nations and inviting more investment.........Read more

Increasing depression among teens

The hardest questions paediatricians must routinely ask teenagers at checkups are those about depression and suicide. But they aren't optional; we have to ask them, every time.........Read more

Demonetisation gave Rs 5 lakh crore profit to Indian economy, claims government report, lists 10 benefits

According to the government report, the other benefits include widening of the tax base, boost to digital economy, growing bank deposits, burgeoning EPFs and strengthening of the teetering housing sector.........Read more

GST Council to decide rate of Service tax today

Foodgrains and common-use products like hair oil, soaps, toothpaste and also the electricity will cost less from July first after the implementation of nation-wide Goods and Service Tax. The GST rates for all 1,211 items but six were finalised, yesterday, at the first day of the two-day meeting in Srinagar of …........Read more

LIC’s profit from markets soars by a whopping 72% to Rs 19,000 cr in FY17

The continuing rally in the markets has had the nation's largest financial investor LIC booking a whopping 72 per cent more profit at Rs 19,000 crore from its equity play in FY17.........Read more

TN lower courts can write judgments in both English and Tamil, SC says in interim order

The Supreme Court on Thursday passed an interim order staying a Madras High Court directive from 2014, which had quashed an earlier ruling on allowing lower courts in Tamil Nadu to use both English and Tamil.........Read more

After Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran books India concert. Here’s when and where he’s coming

Following in the footsteps of Justin Bieber, who will perform for a 50,000-strong crowd at Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium on May 10, Sheeran, famous for his single Shape of You, will headline a gig in Mumbai on November 19, his website reveals.........Read more

Allahabad HC on Triple Talaq: Fatwas cannot cross constitutional boundaries

Allahabad High Court on Tuesday reprimanded the Muslim clerics for issuing fatwas on the matters related to Triple Talaq. The high court observed making unconstitutional statements in the name of fatwas cannot be permitted.........Read more

NEET medical test 2017: Woman claims she was asked to remove innerwear before giving exam

A female candidate who appeared for the NEET exam in Kannur on Sunday claimed she had to remove her innerwear before sitting for the entrance test. Other women candidates too faced a harrowing experience due to the strict dress code.........Read more

NITI Aayog for marrying net neutrality with free internet

The NITI Aayog’s three-year (2017-18 to 2019-20) action agenda is right in pointing out that the government must take up the formulation of a clear policy on net neutrality on a priority basis.........Read more

Lok Sabha MP caught in compromising position: Honey trap racket suspected

A high-profile case of honey trapping has come under the lens of the Delhi police. A lady has been accused by a Lok Sabha MP of laying a honey trap by filming him in an objectionable position. The Delhi police have launched a search operation to find this high-profile lady.........Read more

Pay Rs 1,500 crore by June 15 or you may land in jail again, SC warns Sahara chief Subrata Roy

The Sahara chief gave an undertaking to a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra that he would deposit Rs 1,500 crore by June 15 and another payment of Rs 552.22 crore by July 15 in the SEBI-Sahara account and filed an affidavit.........Read more

Odisha sealed boarder with Chhatisgarh, sounded high alert following Sukma killing

The Odisha-Chhatisgarh border has been sealed following the brutal killing of 25 CRPF jawans by the Maoists in the Burkapal forest in the Sukma district of Chhatisgarh yesterday, state Director General of Police K B Singh said.........Read more

Government disapproves bid to shut petrol pumps on Sundays

The Petroleum Ministry does not approve or endorse the move by a section of petrol pump dealers to close down fuel stations on Sundays," Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told the Parliamentary Consultative Committee at a meeting in Srinagar.........Read more

Arnab Goswami gets legal notice: Media group threatens him for using phrase 'nation wants to know'

Arnab Goswami, the popular news anchor who recently announced the launch of his new news venture Republic, uploaded a three minute audio clip on Youtube on Monday, claiming to have received a legal notice from a media group. Goswami said the media group threatened him with imprisonment if he uses the phrase 'nation wants to know'.........Read more

Why rising credit card debt is not a ticking bomb

Latest data from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) shows that in February, credit card outstanding was 28% higher from a year ago and on an average the outstanding has risen around 29% for the first 11 months of fiscal year 2016-17 (FY17). This compares with a similar growth in FY09 when banks had been pushing credit card loans.........Read more

UC News gets about 100 million article views everyday in India and Indonesia, says Alibaba Group

Alibaba Group firm UCWeb today said it is growing rapidly in India and Indonesia with its new product UC News getting 100 million article views daily. “With 100 million daily article views, UC News has rapidly grown in India and Indonesia market since its launch in June 2016. UCWeb is augmenting its focus on digital content aggregation and distribution in the world’s second largest internet market.........Read more

707 BHP Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Unveiled

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has been finally revealed after creating anticipation for over a year. Jeep will launch the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in the US towards the end of 2017, but it is too soon to talk about an India launch.........Read more

BMW appoints Shivapada Ray as head of BMW Motorrad in India, begins operations under BMW India

BMW Motorrad has officially begun its operations in India. The two-wheel division of BMW is now operational in India as a part of the Indian subsidiary of BMW Group. The Motorrad division will be headed by Shivapada Ray.........Read more

No admission! Delhi schools shut doors on ‘terrorist' children

Being associated with a "banned organisation" could spell trouble for your child in school. Those seeking admission for any class, starting from three-year-olds looking to get a nursery seat, will miss out on account of their association with a "banned organisation", a reference usually made for terror outfits.........Read more

India sweep season with fourth series win

A sixth consecutive half-century from KL Rahul and a touch of aggression from Ajinkya Rahane finally snuffed out the last of Australia's fight, sealing the series 2-1 for India........Read more

World's most diverse set of dinosaur tracks discovered in Australia

The world's most diverse set of dinosaur tracks - an unprecedented 21 different types - have been discovered in rocks dating back about 127 to 140 million years, located on a remote coastline dubbed as 'Australia's Jurassic Park', scientists said today.........Read more

Uddhav's dilemma: To suspend or not to suspend rogue MP Ravindra Gaikwad

"Shiv Sainiks, who are steeped in the Sena's culture of street violence, will be upset if Uddhavji suspends Gaikwad from the party or asks him to resign his Lok Sabha seat, or both," said a senior party functionary on Friday. "On the other hand, the diehards will feel elated if Thackeray leaves Gaikwad unpunished. But that would send wrong signals across the nation."........Read more

Why no new window to deposit demonetized notes after December 30: SC asks govt, RBI

The Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned the Reserve Bank of India and the Centre why a separate window was not created to allow people to deposit notes after December 30.........Read more

Federer beats Wawrinka for fifth Indian Wells title

With a 6-4, 7-5 triumph over Stanislas Wawrinka in the all-Swiss final, Roger Federer joined Novak Djokovic as the only men to win five Indian Wells titles, adding to those he won in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012.........Read more

Shashank Manohar resigns as ICC chairman

Shashank Manohar stepping down as the Chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday is completely unexpected. He sent his resignation through an e-mail to ICC CEO Dave Richardson Today citing personal issues.........Read more

The Enemy Property bill explained in 5 points

The Enemy Property Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. This effectively means that the descendants of the people who migrated to Pakistan and China during the period of partition and also after the 1962 war cannot claim properties left behind in India.........Read more

Nine CRPF men killed in Naxal attack in Sukma district

Senior police officials of Sukma district said that Maoist rebels opened indiscriminate fire on a road opening party (ROP) between Bhejji and Kuttacheru at around 9am. Nine security personnel were killed in the attack while three others were injured.........Read more

OnePlus ropes in veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan as maiden 'OnePlus Star'

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has roped in veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan as its first ‘OnePlus Star’ – which is a select group of distinguished OnePlus users. Bachchan who has been associated in the past with LG’s flagship smartphones – he was the one who launched LG G3 and LG G4. This is the first major face that OnePlus India is associating with for its flagship smartphone – the OnePlus 3T.........Read more

Non-bailable warrant issued against Gayatri Prajapati; passport revoked for 4 weeks

The noose tightened around SP leader Gayatri Prajapati, who is accused of raping a minor girl, as a non-bailable warrant was issued against him on Saturday. The passport of the SP leader has also been revoked for four weeks and a look out circular has been released by the UP Police.........Read more

Why Modi Government Ignored $18.5 Million Bribery Scandal On Congress MP

In April 2014, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) made public the indictment of six people including Firtash and Congress Rajya sabha MP K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao aka KVP, described in US court papers as “a close advisor to the now-deceased chief minister of the state of Andhra Pradesh, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.” The indictment was dated June 2013.........Read more

Boat ride ended 9 tourists at Manappad

A boat ride ended in a tragedy on Sunday evening for nine tourists, including five women and three children, who drowned in the sea at Manappad, about 50 km from Thoothukkudi. According to locals, a group from Tiruchi, who had come to their native place of Azhagammanpuram for a temple festival, visited the coastal village on Sunday evening and hired a fibreglass boat around 6 p.m.........Read more

Leicester City sacked manager Claudio Ranieri

Premier League champions Leicester City sacked Italian manager Claudio Ranieri on Thursday, nine months after he clinched one of soccer's most remarkable triumphs but with the team now hovering above the relegation zone.........Read more

Saks appoints Aditya Birla Fashion to open first Indian outlet

Ultra-luxury retail business in new-age India will be founded on old money. North America’s oldest commercial firm is partnering Aditya Birla Group, whose origins date back to 1857, to start Saks Fifth Avenue outlets in a country that once boasted of the poshest store east of the Suez. ........Read more

Children's accounts to come under I-T scanner

Bank accounts in the name of children and a sudden surge of balance in them in the weeks after November 8 demonetisation will now be scrutinised by income tax authorities. Swollen zero balance Jan Dhan accounts will also come under scanner as the I-T department is preparing to send emails to assessees whose deposits do not match their tax-paying profile.........Read more

DRDO develops hand-held laser-based explosive detector

The laser science and technology centre (LASTEC) of DRDO, based in New Delhi, has developed the portable device which uses a laser beam to detect explosives in a matter of seconds. A scientist from LASTEC, who was at the centres stall in Aero India, explained that metal detectors and x-ray scanners were not effective enough to detect explosives which a person could carry in gel, liquid or powder forms.........Read more

TN trust vote aftermath: Stalin goes on hunger strike, courts arrest

The leader of opposition and DMK's working president M K Stalin was detained by police along with his party leaders from Marina beach. Hundreds of DMK members joined Stalin in protest as he went on a hunger strike near Gandhi statue in Marina beach. Police, however, detained Stalin and other DMK leaders from the site.........Read more

Pak security forces kill 42 militants in crackdown after Sufi shrine blast

Pakistan security forces killed at least 42 militants in a nationwide crackdown on Friday after a suspected Islamic State suicide bombing at a crowded Sufi shrine in Sindh province claimed 80 lives and injured nearly 250. Paramilitary Sindh Rangers said they killed 18 terrorists in overnight operations in the province. Of them, seven were killed in a shootout on a highway near Kathor when the paramilitary troops were returning from Sehwan, where the bombing at the 13th century shrine took place yesterday.........Read more

How UCWeb Is Proving That Blogging Is the New Black

Things have however changed now. The humble blog, which was nothing more than a means to keep us occupied, has come a long, long way. Done the right way, your blog can become your business. Give the social media-dominated world we live in, blogging can be converted into a lucrative career. All you need is the right platform and strategy. That’s where UCWeb’s WeMedia comes into the picture.........Read more

Kohli's double, Vijay and Saha centuries put a huge total on the board 687/6d

Another series. Another double-hundred for Virat Kohli. The opposition buried under a mountain of runs. The theme first unfolded in North Sound in July 2016, then in Indore and Mumbai. On Friday in Hyderabad against a listless Bangladesh attack, Kohli became the first batsman to hit double-hundreds in four consecutive Test series. India surged to 620 for 6 at tea, and became the first side to rack up 600-plus scores in three consecutive innings.........Read more

Genetically altered bacteria help destroy cancerous tumors in mice

A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in Korea has found that genetically altering a type of bacteria and injecting it into cancerous mice resulted in the disappearance of tumors in more than half of test mice. In their paper published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the researchers describe how they came upon the idea of altering a common type of bacteria to see if it might help fight cancer and the results of their tests.........Read more

Your house may soon get a digital ID

Soon each address in the city will be assigned an eight-digit alphanumeric code. It will be called the 'standardized digital address number'. The state government proposes to include the system under the Centre's Smart City Mission project.........Read more

Where is Café X – coffee shop run by robots? Efficiency and low price wins over customers

Café X is a self-assisted kiosk in San Francisco's Metreon mall and lets customers place an order through a touchpad or through a dedicated app. The robot in the form of a six-axis arm by Mitsubishi, takes the order, grabs a cup and gets your drink ready in less than a minute. Your order is then pushed out of a tiny hydraulic pedestal just near the kiosk's touchpad.........Read more

'Kiss hormone' makes people romantic and can cure sexual issues

People across the world may want sex but the desire to have sex is affected by several factors and it’s the hormones that drive our instincts to a considerable extent. The release of oxytocin also known as the ‘happy hormone’ is credited with the refreshing experience from sex and testosterone is linked to libido in men.........Read more

Android’s new ‘Instant Tethering’ feature gets you online without unlocking your phone

Android Police spotted a new feature getting rolled out to some Android devices called “Instant Tethering.” The idea cribs from one of the best features that Mac and iPhone users enjoy: instead of pulling your phone out and manually turning on tethering, you can just turn it on directly from the device that needs internet. On the Mac, you just click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar and select your iPhone. On Android, it seems like it can pop up a request if you aren’t online.........Read more

China to seal border with Pakistan to curb terror

Foreign ministries of China and Pakistan talk of all-weather friendship. But there has been growing concern among politicians in Xinjiang, the target of Islamist terrorism, about close links between local terrorists and Taliban camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan.........Read more

Maruti Suzuki Baleno With Lamborghini Style Doors, Yes It Exists

A custom workshop from Bengaluru MB Design Moto Trendz has given some tasteful customisations to Maruti Suzuki Baleno, and the most eye-catchy bit of it is the scissor doors. It still has the bright red exterior colour, but the roof and pillars have been painted black. Also, its has a feature unavailable in any Maruti vehicle - a panoramic roof..........Read more

Payal Rohatagi tries to blast Jet Airways online, hurts herself more than Jet

Rohatgi said she and her partner Sangram Singh were to fly Jet Airways from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram in the business class and despite reaching at 6:20 am for a 6:50 am flight, the Jet Airways staff offloaded them.........Read more

Indians Said To Deposit 97% Of Notes Banned To Curb Graft

Indians have deposited nearly all the currency bills outlawed at the end of the deadline last year, according to people with knowledge of the matter, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's drive to unearth unaccounted wealth and fight corruption.........Read more

How Do Wind Turbines Work?

Air turbines are devices that turn the kinetic energy of wind and changes in air flow into electrical energy. In general, they consist of the following components: a rotor, a generator, and a structural support component (which can take the form of either a tower, a rotor yaw mechanism, or both).........Read more

Vermont utility finds malware code attributed to Russians

The Burlington Electric Department said US utilities were alerted by the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday of a malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name Homeland Security has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks.........Read more

Jharkhand: Over 40 workers feared trapped in Lalmatia mine collapse

At least 40-50 workers feared trapped under the debris as coal mine collapsed in Lalmatia in Godda district of Jharkhand. CM Raghubar Das has been monitoring situation closely and has asked concerned officials to intensify rescue operations........Read more

Uttar Pradesh assembly elections: SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav rules out alliance with any party

Addressing the media, Mulayam said, "Samajwadi party is not forming an alliance with anyone." The SP supremo also said that the BJP will get a befitting reply for demonetization from the people itself. Last week, amid whispers about an SP-Congress-RLD alliance, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had said that the party was ready to contest the Uttar Pradesh polls, due next year, on its own for now.........Read more

How is the Indian Army structured?

The Indian Army, founded in 1895, took its present-day structure largely after Independence and has seen 29 commanders heading it so far. Here's how its organisational setup looks like:........Read more

SC to examine whether courts can add 'rigorous' to life terms

A bench considered a submission which said that neither the penal provision dealing with the offence of murder, nor the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) provide the term "rigorous" as an addition while awarding life sentence to convicts.........Read more

110 flight cadets commissioned

Proud parents, peers and instructors at the Air Force Academy (AFA) here at Dundigal witnessed the grand Combined Graduation Parade, which marked the momentous occasion of the passing out of 110 flight cadets as Flying Officers of the Indian Air Force, on Saturday.........Read more

The Fate of the Furious - Official Trailer - #F8 In Theaters April 14 2017

On the heels of 2015’s Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide in box-office history and the sixth-biggest global title of all time, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: The Fate of the Furious. ........Read more

World’s second biggest sitting statue coming up near Hyderabad

A complex with 108 temples and a towering 216-feet-high sitting statue of 10th century Bhakti saint Ramanuja is taking shape on the outskirts of Hyderabad, Called the Statue of Equality as a tribute to Ramanujacharya’s philosophy and teachings, the gigantic structure will mark the beginning of the 1000th birth anniversary celebrations of the religious guru, planned by Chinna Jeeyar Swamy and his religious trust.........Read more

War for the Planet of the Apes | Official Trailer | 20th Century FOX

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.........Read more

GoDaddy to buy Host Europe for $1.82 billion to boost web hosting business

U.S.-based website domain name provider GoDaddy Inc said on Tuesday it would buy peer Host Europe Group (HEG) for 1.69 billion euros ($1.82 billion), including debt, as it looks to expand beyond the initial set-up of websites.........Read more

Shame the Rapist: WhatsApp, Facebook, Google asked by Supreme Court to block rape videos

With the country witnessing a spurt in shocking videos of sexual assault on women and children going viral on the internet, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the WhatsApp, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo as to the steps they proposed to block such clips and report them to probe agencies.........Read more

PM Modi wins online reader's poll for TIME Person of the Year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won the online reader's poll for TIME Person of the Year 2016, beating out other world leaders like US President-elect Donald Trump, incumbent US leader Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.........Read more

Jayalalithaa: A timeline of a movie star-turned-politician

A Timeline of a movie star-turned-politician, Born in Melukote town in Mysuru district as Komalavalli to Vedavalli and Jayaraman in an orthodox Tamil Brahmin family. ........Read more

India Bat England by 246 runs, lead series 1-0

Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadave shared six wickets to bowl India to a huge 246-run win against England on the fifth and final day of the second Test in Visakhapatnam, thereby taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series on Monday. Chasing 405, England crumbled to 158 all out just four overs into the second session in a dominant performance by the home spinners, led by Ashwin who finished with match figures of 8/117........Read more

Black money hoarders using non computerised co-operative banks for backdated FDs, DDs

Hit hard with the demonetisation drive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several black money hoarders have found a new way to bypass the banking system norms and to turn their ill-gotten money into white. Several co-operative banks in the country have not been........Read more

Google speaker is secretary, radio ... and work in progress

Think of both Home and Echo as extensions of your iPhone or Android device. Sure, I can check weather on the phone, but why not just ask the speaker as I'm getting dressed? And no need to lift a finger to check the calendar. With guests over, I can resolve trivia disputes using voice searches and avoid screens. This week, I was able to keep tabs on the Chicago Cubs' quest to break a century-long World Series drought.........Read more

Signs of stabilization emerge at Dr Reddy’s Laboratories

Positive developments on regulatory clearances, can drive a structural uptrend in sales and help re-rate the stock, which is still down 23% from a year ago........Read more

WikiLeaks Uploads Over 3,000 Attachments From Clinton's Leaked Emails

WikiLeaks released on Tuesday over 3,000 of attached filed in different formats, taken from the emails of US Democratic party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta.........Read more

India seeks $500-bn BRICS trade by 2020

While a key agreement on setting up a BRICS credit rating agency eluded them, leaders of the five emerging large economies ended their eighth summit with a commitment to strive for greater synergy and higher economic growth. With Indian and Chinese exports to the West shrinking, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for doubling of intra-BRICS trade to $500 billion by 2020.........Read more

Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US intelligence: Report

The company complied with a classified US government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events. Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a US Internet company agreeing to an intelligence agency’s request by searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning a small number of accounts in real time........Read more

Drilling at Unfathomable Alien Landscapes - All in a Sols (Day’s) Work for Curiosity

Our beyond magnificent Curiosity rover has just finished her latest Red Planet drilling campaign - at the rock target called “Quela” - into the simply unfathomable alien landscapes she is currently exploring at the “Murray Buttes” region of lower Mount Sharp. And it’s all in a Sols (or Martian Day’s) work for our intrepid Curiosity!........Read more

Christianity Is Spreading In NE Through Conversion Of Tribes

The Centre For Policy Studies (CPS) has published its latest note on the Religion Data Census of 2011. In this note, the CPS analyses the spread of Christianity among the individual Scheduled Tribes of Assam, Tripura and Sikkim. It says that Christianity in the Northeast has spread mainly through the conversion of the Scheduled Tribes (STs) of the region. There are numerous tribes that live here, specific tribes often dominate a specific district or even a sub-district.........Read more

India may help Nepal build railway line

India is likely to offer Nepal’s new Prime Minister help in building an east-west railway line and better access to its ports on his first visit this week, as it tries to regain ground lost recently........Read more

DST Commits $75 Mn For PMs Startup India Vision

After announcing a $15 Mn commitment towards the welfare of startups in India, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has now announced that it has earmarked $75 Mn (INR 500 Cr) to scale ...........Read more

UEFA Champions League 2016: Full squads of all English clubs

Champions League 2016 season starts from September 13. 32 clubs across Europe will lock horns against each other for the ultimate continental supremacy.........Read more

PM holds talks with Myanmarese President

Expressing solidarity with the new government of Myanmar, India on Monday said it would support “all its endeavours.” In a wide-ranging discussion with the Myanmarese President U. Htin Kyaw, who ch........Read more

Indians spend 8 times more on private hospitals than on govt. ones

Indians spent eight times more on private hospitals and twice as much on transporting patients compared to costs in government hospitals, according to the National Health Accounts (NHA) Estimates for........Read more

Lockheed, Wem to set up $318m weapons integration facility for Tejas in India

Lockheed Martin, along with UK-based firm Wem Technologies, is reportedly planning to build a new facility for weapons integration for India’s light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.........Read more

Rio 2016: NADA gives clean chit to Narsingh Yadav, says sabotage done by competitor

Rio 2016: NADA gives clean chit to Narsingh Yadav, says sabotage done by competitor - Narsingh Yadav exonerated.........Read more

Venture capital investments rebound for tech startups

Venture capital investments in startups rebounded in the second quarter, as a general stock market recovery helped restore confidence, according to a new report published on Friday.........Read more

New gene discovery holds potential for cancer treatment

The joint team from Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) and the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) uncovered a role for the gene, Wars2, in the process of angiogenesis - a process controlling formation of a network of blood vessels that enables the body to deliver the nutrients necessary to keep the tissues and organs alive and healthy.........Read more

Hockey Champions Trophy - India vs South Korea

After a disappointing performance against Belgium, losing 1-2, on Monday, India take on Asian rivals South Korea in their fourth league game of the 2016 Hockey Champions Trophy in London on Tuesday.........Read more

The Much-Awaited Triumph Thruxton R Launched at Rs 10.9 Lakh

Triumph has launched the 1200cc Thruxton R, the third product in the Bonneville range of bikes sold in India, at a price of Rs 10.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The cafe racer version of the T120, Triumph’s latest product is powered by the same engine........Read more

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu: Andhra Pradesh to have 2 high-speed rail lines with foreign collaboration

High-speed railway lines would be built between Visakhapatnam-Chennai and Bengaluru-Amaravati in collaboration with foreign countries, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here on Saturday.........Read more

Decoding Flipkart-IIM fracas: With no easy money, startups are now more grounded - Firstpost

As many as 13 start-ups shut shop in 2015 and before the half-year mark this year, some start-ups have shown they have lost steam.........Read more

French Open: Serena begins title defence with rout of Rybarikova

Serena Williams began the defence of her French Open title with a thoroughly dominant 6-2, 6-0 win over Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova on Tuesday.........Read more