New CRISPR-based test for COVID-19 uses a smartphone camera

One of the major hurdles to combating the COVID-19 pandemic and fully reopening communities across the country is the availability of mass rapid testing. Knowing who is infected would provide valuable insights about the potential spread and threat of the virus for policymakers and citizens alike. Yet, people must often wait several days for their results, or even longer when there is a backlog in processing lab tests. And, the situation is worsened by the fact that most infected people have mild or no symptoms, yet still carry and spread the virus. In a new study published in the scientific journal Cell, the team from Gladstone, UC Berkeley, and UCSF has outlined the technology for a CRISPR-based test for COVID-19 that uses a smartphone camera to provide accurate results in under 30 minutes. "It has been an urgent task for the scientific community to not only increase testing, but also to provide new testing options," says Melanie Ott, MD, Ph.D., director of the Gladstone Institute of Virology and one of the leaders of the study. "The assay we developed could provide rapid, low-cost testing to help control the spread of COVID-19."........Read more

Plug it into the wall

The humble house brick could one day help power electronic devices, if researchers at Washington University, US, are on the money. In a proof-of-concept paper in the journal Nature Communications,they how regular red bricks (and they have to be red) can be converted into “supercapacitors”, which can be charged to hold electricity until it’s needed, much like a battery. They make use of the porous structure of a brick to “ ” a layer of a conducting polymer, converting it into an energy-storing electrode. “In this work, we have developed a coating of the conducting polymer PEDOT, which is comprised of nanofibres that penetrate the inner porous network of a brick; a polymer coating remains trapped in a brick and serves as an ion sponge that stores and conducts electricity,” says co-author Julio D’Arcy. The colour of bricks is important because, they say, the red pigment – iron oxide – is essential for triggering the polymerisation reaction. And according to their calculations, walls made from these smart bricks could store a substantial amount of energy and be recharged when needed. “PEDOT-coated bricks are ideal building blocks that can provide power to emergency lighting,” D’Arcy says. this could take 50 bricks in close proximity to the load. These 50 bricks would enable powering emergency lighting for five hours.........Read more

Mahant Paramhans Ramchandra Das: Remembering the Seer Who Guided the Ram Temple Journey for Decades

On August 1, 2003, as thousands gathered on banks of the river Sarayu in Ayodhya to attend the last rites of Mahant Ramchandra Das Paramhans — sri mahant of Digambar Akhara and also president of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas — the skies reverberated with slogans of "Ram Lalla hum aayenge, mandir wahin banayenge". Among the dignitaries present was the-then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. As heavy rain poured down, Vajpayee too reiterated the Bharatiya Janata Party's promise of a Ram temple. Seventeen years later, the time to keep that promise has come, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying a foundation stone of the temple, the way for which was cleared by a Supreme Court decision last year. This is the story of that sadhu from Ayodhya, who perfectly played a seer and an activist for the "liberation of Ram Janmabhoomi" and construction of the Ram temple. A man who was highly regarded for his religious acumen as well as fierce stand on the issue of the temple. ........Read more

Eavesdropper: Google may soon need to pay users to watch ads

Google became the latest tech major to come under fire for violating privacy norm. A petition filed in the district court in California brought a class action suit against the search giant for tracking user information in its private browsing mode. The lawsuit contends that Google must pay $5000 per person to a million users, a total of $5 billion for violating the norms of private browsing. Earlier this year, Facebook was asked to pay $550 million in damages for violating the Illinois Biometric Protection Act. Facebook was found violating the law by using its facial recognition without user consent. The company dragged the case to the US Supreme Court and lost.........Read more

India: Surge in Corona virus cases - Gulte

For the third time, India has reported over 3000 Corona positive cases in a single day. In the last 24 hours, 3,390 new cases have been confirmed and 103 deaths have occurred. The active cases count stands at 37,916 and 16,539 people have recovered from the virus. The total death tally is 1886. Maharashtra is the worst affected state with 17,974 cases and 694 which is the highest in the country. Gujarat is the next state with 7,012 cases and 425 deaths. India’s capital, New Delhi is the third most severely affected state with 5,980 cases and 66 deaths.........Read more

Coronavirus: 942 Cases, 37 Deaths in Past 24 Hours; No Case in 325 Districts, Says Health Ministry | 10 Points

With the coronavirus cases on the rise in the country, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday said 941 fresh COVID-19 cases and 37 deaths have been reported in last 24 hours. The Health Ministry also stated that 325 districts in the country where no case of COVID-19 has been reported so far.........Read more

A first look at Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service for Windows PCs

Microsoft has started testing xCloud for Windows 10 PCs internally Microsoft has started testing its Project xCloud game streaming service for Windows 10 PCs this week. The software giant is making the preview version, which lets you stream Xbox games to a PC, available to all Microsoft employees. Microsoft has developed an Xbox Game Streaming app for Windows 10 that will be available in the Windows Store. Much like the Android or iOS versions, the app requires a Bluetooth Xbox One controller, a Microsoft account, and a good internet connection. The PC app will also support streaming games from an Xbox One console locally or remotely, instead of using Microsoft’s xCloud server blades.........Read more

European Union seals borders amid virus fight

The EU is banning travellers from outside the bloc for 30 days in an unprecedented move to seal its borders amid the coronavirus crisis. The measure is expected to apply to 26 EU states as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. UK citizens will be unaffected. The ban came as deaths continued to soar in Italy and Spain, and France began a strict lockdown. Europe has been badly hit by the virus, which has killed 7,500 globally.........Read more

James Bond Star Olga Kurylenko Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Advises Fans to 'Take This Seriously'

Ukrainian-born actor-model Olga Kurylenko has revealed that she has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The actor, best known for starring in 2008's James Bond film Quantum of Solace and 2013's sci-fi movie Oblivion, took to Instagram on Sunday to share her diagnosis. Kurylenko, 40, said she had been ill for "almost a week". "Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus," she wrote alongside a photo showing a view through a window. "I've actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!" she added.........Read more

J&K: SKICC drops ‘Sher-i-Kashmir’ title, renamed as Kashmir International Conference Centre

SKICC is located on the banks of the famous Dal Lake overlooking the Zabarwan mountains in the backdrop and in the neighbourhood of Mughal Gardens. The state-managed convention centre has hosted a number of international and national level conferences like interstate council meet, an international laparoscopic conference among others. The website, however, still carries the old name. The J&K administration drops Sher-e-Kashmir, the title attributed to Sheikh Abdullah, from SKICC and renames it as Kashmir International Conference Centre. ........Read more

Tata Hexa Discontinued, To Relaunch As Safari Edition Later This Year

Tata Hexa Safari Edition was one of the show-stoppers at the pavilion of the homegrown carmaker at the latest edition of Auto Expo that was held earlier this month. However, other than this, the company even showed the electric version of the Tiago, Tigor and Nexon. However, a surprise show-stopper at the event was the Safari Edition of the Hexa, a BS6 version of the premium crossover. As per the dealers, the BS4 version of Hexa is discontinued and stock of the car almost finished across the country, thanks to the big discounts of up to Rs. 6 Lakh.........Read more

Telangana begins Census, sparks NRC fears

A notification issued by the Telangana State government on Wednesday for collecting routine information through house-listing and housing census in connection with the Census 2021 has sparked massive apprehensions amongst citizens in the backdrop of the tense atmosphere prevailing in the country, with continued protests over the National Population Register (NPR), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).........Read more

Dog In South Africa Swallows Owner's Expensive Engagement Ring, X-Ray Images Go Viral

If you own a dog, you will know that they absolutely love to chew things. However, this habit turned troublesome for a pooch from South Africa, who ended up in hospital after it accidentally swallowed its female owner’s engagement ring! According to reports, the dog named Pepper was rushed to the Valley Farm Animal Hospital, where vets extracted the ring by administering medication to induce vomiting.........Read more

Muslim Litigants Unhappy Over Location Of Site Allotted For Mosque In Ayodhya

The BJP government has allotted the site in the outskirts of the Ayodhya city in a village called Dhannipur. With a sizeable Muslim and Yadav population, Dhannipur is located on the Lucknow Highway. The Muslim litigants feel that the site is too far from Ayodhya. Dhannipur was selected by the Centre after the state government sent a list of probable sites for the mosque. Many feel that in case the mosque is constructed at the proposed site, it will be very inconvenient for the Muslims to offer ‘namaz’ as the location is not in the heart of the city.........Read more

'Penalised' for Slow Population Growth, Anger Brewing in South India. Political Class Must Fix This Now

Two years ago, when the FFC had decided to use population figures from the 2011 Census in place of the 1971 Census in the terms of reference (ToR), southern states expressed their displeasure. The FFC’s recommendations, based on those ToR, have reportedly resulted in the devolutions to the southern states except Tamil Nadu because of their lower population growth. ........Read more

India's January manufacturing activity hits near eight-year high as orders jump

India’s manufacturing activity expanded at its quickest pace in nearly eight years in January with robust growth in new orders and output, a private survey showed on Monday, suggesting the economy may be getting back on firmer footing. In response to the jump in sales, factories hired new workers at the fastest rate in more than seven years. If sustained, the improvement in business conditions could point to a gradual economic recovery in coming months, as forecast by analysts last month, after growth slowed to a more than six-year low in the July-September quarter. ........Read more

'Utter chaos': Coronavirus exposes China healthcare weaknesses

There have been urgent appeals for medical supplies not only in Wuhan and the province of Hubei, but beyond. The government has blamed the Lunar New Year holiday, when factories traditionally close, for the shortages of masks, goggles and other crucial supplies, saying it is hard to step up manufacturing during the festive season. Shortly after the SARS epidemic, the Chinese government established and updated several times a medical materials reserve system that was supposed to ensure sufficient supplies in the event of any public health emergency. However, reports filed with the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention suggest reserves at some hospitals have not been maintained.........Read more

Cops Detain Brother Of JNU Student Sharjeel Imam As Hunt To Arrest Him Continues

Jahanabad police has detained a brother of JNU student and co-coordinator of Shaheen Bagh protests Sharjeel Imam as raids are being conducted by Delhi Police in the national capital, Mumbai, Patna to arrest him for his ‘cut off Assam from India’ remark. A case of sedition has been lodged against him for the speech he delivered on the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus on January 16.........Read more

Tata Altroz Awarded Five Stars In Global NCAP Crash Tests

Unlike the modified X1 platform based Nexon, the Altroz is the first Tata vehicle based on the modular ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) architecture that pertains to the future models spanning below 4.3 metres in length. In the latest round of Global NCAP crash tests, the Altroz’s structure and footwell have been found to be stable while the head and neck protection for adult was good. In the adult occupant class, the Altroz was given five stars (16.13 out of 17) while it gained three stars in the child occupant protection category (29 out of 49). Global NCAP says the chest protection for adults up front is adequate and the child occupant protection using a one and half year old dummy with the CRS installed rearward facing and standard ISOFIX anchorages was good. ........Read more

Chhaapaak: Laxmi Agarwal's Lawyer To Drag Filmmakers To Court; Here's Why

In a Facebook account believed to be belonging to Laxmi’s lawyer Aparna Bhat mentions that she is ‘deeply disturbed’ after watching Chhapaak that premieres last night for select audience and media as her name has not been mentioned or any credit hasn’t been given to her long-standing contribution get Laxmi justice.........Read more

After Fraud, 20,000 Ayushman Health Insurance Junked In Gujarat: Official

A team of the Gujarat health department and the National Health Agency found several cases where ineligible people, who were not members of the families, were shown as beneficiaries on the card, said Jayanti Ravi, principal secretary, health. "We started discovering such cases from last July. They were first reported in Panchmahal district and since then we have nullified around 20,000 bogus Ayushman cards across 27 districts.........Read more

Tihar Jail Seeks Hangman from UP for Awarding Capital Punishment to 2012 Gang Rape Case Convicts

With December 16 drawing close, the day when one of the most brutal rapes rocked the country's conscience, an air of finality has descended on the Nirbhaya convicts. The Tihar jail officials have sought the services of two hangmen from Uttar Pradesh. Director General (DG) of UP Prisons (Administration and Reform Services), Anand Kumar has confirmed that the Tihar jail superintendent had written a letter to the Uttar Pradesh prison authorities seeking services of two hangmen.........Read more

The rise and fall of the PlayStation supercomputers

The PlayStation 4 outsold both the original PlayStation and the Wii nearing the best-selling status currently held by the PS2. But for researchers, it was nearly useless. Like the slimmer version of the PlayStation 3 released before it, the PS4 can’t easily be turned into a cog for a supercomputing machine. “There’s nothing novel about the PlayStation 4, it’s just a regular old PC,” Khanna says. “We weren’t really motivated to do anything with the PlayStation 4.” The era of the PlayStation supercomputer was over.........Read more

Fadnavis Summoned by Nagpur Court Over Non-disclosure of 2 Criminal Cases in Election Affidavit

Nagpur Police delivered summons, issued by a local court to former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, in connection with a case where he is accused of concealing information about two criminal matters against him in election affidavit. ........Read more

Pakistan's Supreme Court suspends govt notification extending tenure of Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa

The move came just ahead of Bajwa's retirement on 29 November. Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa after suspending the government's notification adjourned the hearing until Wednesday. ........Read more

Soon, Income Tax Department to Launch Facility to Generate PAN Online

The Income Tax (I-T) department will soon launch a facility to issue permanent account number (PAN) online.This will be done by using details available in one’s Aadhaar database.........Read more

Will See India's Concerns Are Being Accomodated In RCEP: PM Modi

"The ASEAN-related summits are an integral part of our diplomatic calendar, and an important element in our Act East Policy. Our partnership with ASEAN is built around the key pillars of connectivity, capacity-building, commerce and culture," he said.........Read more

To fight Diwali pollution, construction work banned in Delhi from 6 pm to 6 am till Wednesday

The Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) has banned construction activities in Delhi-NCR between 6 pm-6 am from Saturday to Wednesday.........Read more

INX Media Case: P Chidambaram's Judicial Custody Extended Till October 17

In a significant development to the INX media case, former Union Minister P Chidambaram’s judicial custody has been extended till October 17 after CBI asked for an extension of remand. During the hearing at the court, the CBI informed the bench that Chidambaram has moved a bail plea in the Supreme Court. Judicial custody of P. Chidambaram extended till October 17 in CBI case by a Delhi court.— ANI (@ANI) October 3, 2019 Chidambaram’s lawyer Kapil Sabal, on the other hand, moved a separate application in the court demanding home-cooked food for the former minister because of his ill health. In this regard, a report of the medical officer from Tihar jail has been filed in the court seeking home-cooked food for him. On October 1, Chidambaram had also moved an application in a trial court seeking home-cooked food during judicial custody that ends on October 3. Earlier in the day, Chidambaram moved the Supreme Court against the order of the Delhi High Court that dismissed his bail plea in the case. Chidambaram, who is currently in judicial custody in Tihar jail, filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) before the apex court after the High Court dismissed his bail plea contending that he might influence the witnesses in the case.........Read more

India banned onion exports. Now Asia has eye-watering prices

Onion prices have gone crazy. That’s because India, the world’s biggest seller of the Asian diet staple, has banned exports after extended Monsoon downpours delayed harvests and supplies shrivelled. And dedicated buyers across the region, like Nepalese housewife Seema Pokharel, are flummoxed. “This is a terrible increase,” said Pokharel, out shopping for vegetables in Kathmandu. “Onion prices have more than doubled in the last month alone.” Whether it’s Pakistani chicken curry, Bangladeshi biryani or Indian sambar, Asian consumers have developed a serious dependence on Indian onion supplies for go-to dishes. Shorter shipment times than from rival exporters like China or Egypt play a crucial role in preserving the taste of the perishable commodity. But last Sunday New Delhi banned all exports from India after local prices jumped to 4,500 rupees ($63.30) per 100 kg, their highest in nearly six years, due to the delay in summer-sown crop arrivals triggered by longer, heavier rains than usual. Since the ban, countries such as Bangladesh have turned to the likes of Myanmar, Egypt, Turkey and China to increase supplies in a bid bring prices down, government officials and traders said. But the hefty volumes lost will be hard to replace. ........Read more

Facebook will not take down politicians' posts but intervene if they incite violence

Facebook on Tuesday said it would not take down politicians' posts that violate its community standards and will not label them as rival Twitter has promised, saying it should not be the arbiter of acceptable speech in the political arena. Social media platforms are under pressure to block election interference and be more transparent about policies on political content, after what US authorities called an extensive cyber-influence campaign by Russia aimed at helping elect President Donald Trump in 2016. Moscow has denied the claims. Facebook will take down posts if a politician's content has the potential to incite violence or pose a safety risk that outweighs the public interest value. And political advertisements must still meet Facebook's rules. Reuters The kinds of posts from politicians that could be kept up might include cruel or insensitive comments or graphic content. Facebook's head of global affairs Nick Clegg announced the stance in a speech in Washington D.C. on the social media giant's preparations for the US presidential election in November 2020.........Read more

Hasan Minhaj on Howdy Modi: They honoured me for my jokes, kicked me out for the same

Indian-origin comedian Hasan Minhaj was recently denied entry at the Howdy Modi event because of his comments about PM Modi in one of the episodes of his show Patriot Act. The news started trending after a video of Hasan talking to the authorities went viral. Apparently, the jokes that Hasan made on his show did not go quite well with the authorities and thus he was not allowed into the NRG stadium along with his crew. And now a new video of the comedian confirming that he was denied entry is taking the internet by storm. Hasan appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers yesterday and narrated how the authorities honoured him while kicking him out of the stadium. He even shared the video on his Twitter account saying, "Never got a chance to say Howdy Modi." // On the show he said, "Trump went at the rally to open for Modi. It was a big deal. I was like 'I gotta go'. This is like Jay-Z and Beyonce of ethno-nationalism. Imagine a Jay and Bee concert but with no white or black people and no coolness at all." He said, "So we submit our press credentials immediately get an email back through saying 'We're out of space'. I was like 'word'. Like I've been to Indian weddings, you just walk in. You're out of space in a football stadium? Nah." ........Read more

Malnutrition declining at 1% per year, but obesity on the rise in India, finds study

Malnutrition has improved in India but is still the underlying risk factor behind the deaths of children below the age of five. Sixty-eight per cent children of the aforementioned age die of malnutrition, revealed India State-Level Disease Burden report published by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). As per the report, malnutrition has declined at the rate of 1% per year. However, there has been a two-third decline in the rate of mortality due to malnutrition from 1990 to 2017. As many as 68% children die because of malnutrition even today. Twenty-one per cent of the babies are born underweight. However, cases like these are decreasing now. But there has been steep rise in obese children. Around 12% of the babies are overweight and the numbers are increasing in every state with a rate of 5%. Madhya Pradesh leads with regard to increasing obesity. Thirty-nine per cent of children in India have low growth. The maximum cases are reported from Uttar Pradesh - 49%. India has 33% of underweight children, with Jharkhand alone having 42%. Sixty-percent of anaemic children are India. Delhi has highest cases of anaemia.........Read more

2 Naxals killed, 6 injured in encounter with security forces in Gadchiroli

At least two Naxals were killed and six injured in an encounter with the security forces in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. The encounter began on Sunday morning. The bodies of the Naxals have been recovered. The police force has also recovered automatic rifles from the Naxals. The operation began following specific intelligence inputs received by the security forces regarding the hideout of Naxal Bhaskar. Bhaskar is one of the masterminds of May 1 attack on police personnel. Police suspect that Bhaskar is injured in the operation. In April, the police force had neutralised his wife. The search is still on inside a forest of Gadchiroli.........Read more

Inaction over Kashmir will lead to direct military confrontation: Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned that inaction over the Kashmir issue will lead to direct military confrontation. Khan has written an opinion article for The New York Times on Friday where he said that the world cannot ignore Kashmir. "If the world does nothing to stop the Indian assault on Kashmir and its people, two nuclear-armed states will get ever closer to a direct military confrontation," Imran Khan wrote. Imran Khan has been critising the Narendra Modi-led government ever since the Indian government scrapped Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. Tension between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution to revoke Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories (UTs). Imran Khan, on India's move to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, said, "On August 5, in its most brazen and egregious move, Modi's government altered the status of Indian-occupied Kashmir through the revocation of Article 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution. The move is illegal under the Constitution of India, but more important, it is a violation of the United Nations Security Council [UNSC] resolutions on Kashmir and the Shimla Agreement between India and Pakistan."........Read more

Pakistan agrees to visa-free travel for 5,000 pilgrims per day, assures no anti-India acts to be allowed

India conveyed its concerns to Pakistan on possible flooding of areas adjoining the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara due to the construction of a causeway by the neighbouring nation and urged it to make a bridge like India is doing. "At a bilateral meeting, New Delhi also urged Islamabad to take into consideration the sentiments of pilgrims to have smooth, easy, unrestricted access throughout the year for visiting the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev ji," an official statement said. A dossier was handed over to Pakistan to highlight India's concerns to which it assured the Indian delegation that no anti-India activity would be allowed. In this context, concerns regarding individuals or organisations based in Pakistan who might try to disrupt the pilgrimage and misuse the opportunity to play with the pilgrims' sentiments were shared, the statement issued after the second round of discussions on the project said. The Indian delegation has also sought consular presence in the gurudwara to be able to provide assistance to the pilgrims, if required. India conveyed concerns regarding possible flooding of Dera Baba Nanak in India as result of earth filled embankment road or a causeway that is proposed to be built by Pakistan on their side. ........Read more

Over nine liquor bottles seized every hour in Gujarat

Despite a stringent policing to keep the state 'dry', Gujarat witnessed seizure of over 1.62 lakh liquor bottles in the last two years. This means more than nine liquor bottles were seized in an hour every day. Of the 1.62 lakh liquor bottles, 29,989 pertained to Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL). Surat accounted for 12% of all such cases (19,689). As per figures released by the state government in reply to various questions on prohibition cases in the state, liquor worth Rs 254 crore was seized from various districts of the state. In all, 1.8 lakh people were arrested in connection with prohibition cases, while 3,095 accused are absconding. The highest seizure of India Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) was witnessed in Surat. In fact, the top three districts to record the highest number of cases of IMFL seizure were all from South Gujarat. Surat recorded 6,028 such cases, while 28,420 people were arrested. Valsad and Dahod with 2,399 and 2,525 follow close on the heels. Surat also leads in the number of cases in which country-made liquor was nabbed (13,661) followed by Ahmedabad (10,978) and Bharuch (10,676). Ahmedabad has also recorded several instances of hooch tragedy with the one in 2010 in Kagdapith resulting in the death of over 150 people. In terms of the value of liquor seized, the highest seizure was recorded in Banaskantha that accounted for the seizure of liquor worth Rs25.5 crore followed by Valsad that recorded seizure of liquor worth Rs 24.9 crore.........Read more

Russia Preps S-400 Missiles For NATO Ally Turkey Amid US Sanctions Threat

The US has warned Turkey of serious consequences, should it purchase the Russian S-400 missile system Russia will begin delivering its S-400 air-defense system to NATO-member Turkey in the coming days, a Kremlin spokesman said Friday, in a deal likely to trigger U.S. sanctions and test the bonds of the Western military alliance. But the scope of the possible response from Washington remains clouded by apparent conflicting messages. President Donald Trump has publicly shown sympathy for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's position on the purchase of the Russian S-400 air-defense system. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, however, has warned of tough measures that would include canceling the sales of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey unless it aborts the deal with Russia. On Friday, the State Department reinforced the warnings of "very real and negative consequences" for Turkey. For the wider NATO alliance, the Turkish deal strikes at the heart of military coordination. NATO has expressed worry that the S-400 is incompatible with Turkey's possession of the U.S.-made F-35s, and could give Russia access to secrets of its stealth technology. For more than a year, the United States has urged Erdogan not to procure the sophisticated Russian system - a move that would bring mandatory U.S. sanctions against Turkey under a 2017 law on cooperation with "adversaries."........Read more

SC restores conviction of 12 people for Haren Pandya’s murder

Supreme Court has restored the conviction in the Haren Pandya murder case while overruling Gujarat High Court judgement acquitting the accused. SC also dismissed a public interest petition filed by NGO ‘Centre for Public Interest Litigation’ (CPIL) seeking court-monitored fresh investigation into the killing and imposed a cost of Rs 50,000. SC judgement follows appeals filed by CBI and the Gujarat government challenging the acquittal of 12 persons facing charges of murdering former state Home Minister Haren Pandya in 2003. Pandya was minister in the then Narendra Modi-led state government in Gujarat. He was shot dead on March 26, 2003 in Ahmedabad near Law Garden during morning walk. According to the CBI, he was murdered to avenge the 2002 communal riots in the state. The high court, while acquitting the 12 persons of the charges of murder, had upheld the trial court’s decision to convict them of the charges of criminal conspiracy, attempt to murder and for the offences under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). The apex court had on January 31 this year reserved the verdict on the appeals in the matter.........Read more

5.4-inch 2020 Apple iPhone design leaked

Apple will be showcasing its upcoming iPhone in September and looks-wise, it will be a minor upgrade over the current generation iPhone XS. While we expect Apple to sell plenty of iPhones, the Cupertino-based smartphone brand is expected to receive a windfall of cash when they announce their 2020 line-up as these upcoming smartphones will be revolutionary. Apple has been tipped to release three iPhones in 2020 and will continue its refresh cycle. However, the biggest change here will be the elimination of the 5.8-inch iPhone to make way for a smaller 5.4-inch iPhone. Now, thanks to popular YouTuber EverythingApplePro, we get our first look at the 2020 iPhone and it looks absolutely stunning. The iPhone features a cut-out for the front-facing camera, a similar move to what Samsung has done with its Galaxy S10+. The key difference here is that it is centrally located. Apart from this, we get an iPhone 5/5s/SE design here as it comes with an industrial design that features sharp edges and a chamfered finish. The iPhone 5 has long been considered one of Apple’s best-designed iPhones so it’s great that it has been re-imagined to look like this. While it's not clear we also see the new mute switch that Apple is expected to unveil with the 2029 iPhone.........Read more

India vs England, World Cup 2019: Why this will be the most unique match in World Cup history

The India vs England ICC World Cup 2019 fixture at Edgbaston, Birmingham will be the most unique match in the history of the tournament. It not only bears special significance as the outcome of it will more-or-less seal hosts England’s fate in the tournament but it will also be the first of its kind match in a World Cup where children will take over the off-field duties, including pre and post-match commitments, media conferences and in-match productions. The India vs England match has been titled #OneDay4Children. The ICC in partnership with UNICEF, had announced ‘One Day for Children’ bringing together cricket’s one billion fans to help build a better world for every child. ‘I’m probably good at hiding it’ - Virat Kohli thriving under WC pressure #OneDay4Children will use the power and reach of the World Cup to help children learn to play and be healthy. The money raised will support UNICEF’s work for children in cricket playing nations across the world. While there were various activities throughout all the matches in the World Cup regarding the cause but the campaign will peak during Sunday’s India-England encounter at Edgbaston. Three young cricket-mad children have been appointed ‘Playground Pundits’ and will take over some of the production elements.........Read more

Amit Shah seeks six-month extension of President’s rule in J-K

Home Minister Amit Shah Friday moved a statutory resolution in the Lok Sabha to extend President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir for a period of six months. Moving the resolution, he said since the state assembly has been dissolved and the Election Commission has decided to hold fresh elections in Jammu and Kashmir later this year, it is essential that the President’s Rule be extended for another six months with effect from July 3, 2019. Follow LIVE updates here. He said during the Governor’s Rule and later President’s Rule, the government has hit at the roots of terrorism. The state has seen bloodshed in previous elections, but things have changed, he told the House. He urged the members to rise above party lines to support the resolution. This is the first proposal Shah has moved in the Lok Sabha after being appointed as the home minister in the second tenure of the Narendra Modi government. ........Read more

Honda X-Blade ABS Launched In India At Rs. 87,776 - NDTV CarAndBike

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has launched the ABS-equipped variant of the X-Blade in India at a price of ₹ 87,776. The new Honda X-Blade shares its underpinning with the Honda CB Hornet 160R.........Read more

Jobless Indian man says he raped and killed nine children: police

A jobless 20-year-old Indian man has confessed to raping and killing at least nine girls aged between three and seven in New Delhi, the capital, and three other cities over the past two years. ........Read more

Chandrababu Naidu Takes Away CBI Free Pass in Andhra Pradesh

Chandrababu Naidu government has withdrawn "general consent" to the CBI or Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to operate in Andhra Pradesh. The State government has also empowered the state investigation agency with the CBI's duties.........Read more

Drinking coffee leads to a longer life, finds study

A new study has found that people who drank two to three cups per day had about a 12 per cent lower risk of death compared to non-coffee drinkers........Read more

#MeToo: IFTDA issues notice to Alok Nath post Vinta Nanda’s charges against him

The Indian Film and Television Directors' Association has issued a notice to veteran actor Alok Nath, seeking his stand on the sexual harassment and rape allegations made against him by producer and writer Vinta Nanda.........Read more

Rupee Hits New Low of 74.45 Against Dollar

Continuing its six-session losing streak, the rupee on Thursday plummeted to another low of 74.45 against the US dollar. Forex dealers said besides strong demand for the American currency from importers, concerns of fears of rising fiscal deficit and capital outflows weighed on the domestic currency.........Read more

We will not let IL&FS collapse, says LIC, largest shareholder

State-run Life Insurance Corp of India (LIC), the largest shareholder in debt-laden Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), said that the infrastructure company will not be allowed to collapse and that all options were on the table towards that objective.........Read more

Income Tax department conducts survey of Jet Airways

The Income Tax (IT) department has carried out a survey of Jet Airways account across its offices in Mumbai and Delhi. This survey by the IT department assumes significance, as allegations of money being siphoned off from the airline are being investigated by the government. ........Read more

Xiaomi launches Redmi 6, Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 Pro, prices start Rs 5,999

Xiaomi India today launched the successors to its best-selling Redmi 5 lineup the Redmi 6, Redmi 6A and the Redmi 6 Pro. The Redmi 6 is priced at Rs 7,999 while the Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 Pro are priced at Rs 5,999 and Rs 10,999 respectively.........Read more

AFSPA: 300 Army Personnel Challenge FIRs Against Them; SC to Hear Plea on Aug 20

As many as 300 armed forces personnel approached the Supreme Court with a plea challenging the FIRs registered against them in connection with military operations in the areas where the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is in force. ........Read more

‘The real culprits are the ruling party spokespersons, TV channels’, says Umar Khalid

Umar Khalid said that the real culprits are those spokespersons of the ruling party and the prime time anchors and TV channels who have spread canards about me, branded me anti-national based on lies and virtually incited a lynch-mob against me. ........Read more

For four million, another chance to make it to National Register of Citizens

Around 2,500 Nagarik Seva Kendras (NSKs) in Assam began issuing claim, objection and correction forms for people excluded from the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on July 30.........Read more

IMF warns India over public sector banks, advocates privatisation

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cautioned India against macro-financial risks which emerged from the government ownership of the public sector banks and suggested to the country that it should consider privatisation of these lenders.........Read more

Private Power Players Cry Foul at Proposed Changes to Centre's Tariff Policy

Private power producers have opposed the proposed policy change to exempt central government generation utilities like NTPC and NHPC from bidding for electricity supply to power distribution companies.........Read more

Malaysian Airlines MH370: Final report on missing flight to be out on July 30

Malaysia will release a long-awaited report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on July 30. The investigation team would brief families of those aboard on the report at the transport ministry.........Read more

India among over 90 nations without paid paternity leave for new dads: Unicef

Indian officials are proposing a Paternity Benefit Bill for consideration in the next session of Parliament which would allow fathers up to three months of paid paternity leave........Read more

Videocon gets Rs 3250-cr loan from ICICI Bank, bank CEO’s husband gets sweet deal from Venugopal Dhoot

In what raises questions of propriety and conflict of interest, the transfer of the company to Deepak Kochchar happened six months after the Videocon Group got a loan of Rs 3,250 crore from ICICI Bank. Almost 86 percent of that loan (Rs 2,810 crore) remains unpaid and Videocon account was declared an NPA in 2017.........Read more

Tata, Boeing open Apache helicopter unit in Hyderabad

Tata Boeing Aerospace Ltd (TBAL), a joint venture between Boeing Co. and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) on Thursday inaugurated its facility to produce fuselages for the AH-64 Apache helicopter in Hyderabad. Spread over 14,000-square metres and employing 350 highly skilled workers, the facility will be the sole global producer of fuselages for AH-64 Apache helicopter delivered by Boeing to its global customers including the US Army.........Read more

Government scraps single-engine fighter plan asks IAF to go for wider competition

The government has scrapped its two-year-old plan to produce 114 single-engine fighters with foreign collaboration under the “Make in India” framework, at an estimated cost of Rs 1.15 lakh crore (almost $18 billion), amid the political slugfest between BJP and Congress+ over the Rs 59,000 crore contract for 36 French Rafale jets.........Read more

Maserati Levante SUV Launched In India - Prices Start At Rs 1.45 Crore

Maserati Levante launched in India. The first-ever Maserati SUV is available in two variants. the India model is available only in the diesel guise. The 3.0-litre V6 diesel unit develops 271bhp and 600Nm of torque which also powers the Ghibli and the Quattroporte as well. The engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic. ........Read more

Amid differences, India to host China’s top political body

Differences over key issues between India and China will not come in the way of the two countries ramping up political contact. India will host a six-member delegation of the powerful central committee of Communist Party of China (CPC) for five days starting Wednesday.........Read more

WeChat and Guangzhou government to introduce electronic ID system called WeChat ID

WeChat may soon become an indispensable part of the Chinese citizens after a report emerged claiming that the Tencent-owned messaging app will be used to officially ID people.........Read more

BCCI Appoints Saba Karim as General Manager

Former India wicket-keeper Saba Karim was on Saturday appointed as General Manager (Cricket Operations) of the BCCI. Some of the major responsibilities of Mr Karim include giving strategic direction to the cricket department, implementing the operational plans, budgeting, determining and monitoring the compliance of match playing regulations, standards of venues, administration of Domestic Program.........Read more

In Chief Minister Naidu's New 59,000-Crore Capital, A Role For Baahubali

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has become the ultimate dream merchant, roping in SS Rajamouli, the creator of the runaway hit "Baahubali" to create Amaravati, the city that is expected to become a reality in another seven years, when Hyderabad goes to Telangana.........Read more

Taj Mahal once again in controversy after video of 'Shiv aarti' at site surfaces

Taj Mahal witnessed high drama on Wednesday when two men worshiping Hindu God, Shiv, inside the Mughal monument. A video, showing one of the two men reading Shiv Aarti inside the tomb, while another filming him using a cell phone was leaked........Read more

Russia to take action against Google if Sputnik and Russia Today are placed lower in its search results

The Kremlin will take action against Alphabet Inc’s Google if articles from Russian news websites Sputnik and Russia Today are placed lower in search results, the Interfax news service cited Russia’s chief media regulator as saying on 21 November.........Read more

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar fined USD 1.2 million over tax evasion

Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) star striker Neymar has been fined 1.2 million USD by a Brazil court for attempting to obstruct the continuity of a tax-evasion case.........Read more

2018 Harley-Davidson Breakout Revealed

Harley-Davidson has revealed the 2018 Breakout internationally. The bike is already on sale in global markets. It gets a host of updates and modern equipment as well. We could see the company getting it to India towards the end of 2017 or early 2018.........Read more

Narendra Modi Asks Ministers to Avoid 5-star Hotels, PSU Perks

A report claims that the order was read out by the PM on Wednesday after the Cabinet meeting. Apart from asking the ministers to stick to government accommodation while on duty, Modi also directed them to avoid availing any benefit from public sector undertakings attached to their ministries.........Read more

Breakfast at Rs 5 and lunch, dinner at Rs 10: Rahul Gandhi launches 'Indira Canteen' in Bengaluru

Rahul Gandhi inaugurated the first canteen on Kanakanapalya main Road in Bengaluru's Jayanagar. A total of 101 Indira Canteens are being rolled out, serving breakfast at Rs 5 and lunch and dinner at Rs 10.........Read more

Faltered speech may be a clue to mental decline, says study

Your speech may, um, help reveal if you're uh ... developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests. ........Read more

Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Khan are being humiliated: Ex-CoA member Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha's comments came after the CoA approved the appointment of Ravi Shastri as chief coach on Saturday. However, the committee did not implicitly specify whether Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan were on board as batting and bowling consultants respectively for overseas tours, as had been claimed by the BCCI.........Read more

IndiaGlitz - Jagga Jasoos misses overseas release

There is more disheartening news for the already delayed "Jagaa Jasoos". Due to last minute post-production activities, the film missed its release in the UAE, Dubai and Singapore on Thursday. But the good news is that the film makes it for its Friday release in the nick of time.........Read more

Google Hangouts adds iOS CallKit to make & receive calls from Apple's built-in phone app

Google has updated its Hangouts messaging and voice calling app with support for Apple’s CallKit, the iOS 10 feature that enables VoIP services to use the iPhone’s built-in dialer and phone app to …........Read more

Tea consumption leads to epigenetic changes in women

Epigenetic changes are chemical modifications that turn our genes off or on. In a new study from Uppsala University, researchers show that tea consumption in women leads to epigenetic changes in genes that are known to interact with cancer and estrogen metabolism. The results are published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics.........Read more

Narendra Modi launches Bhim-Aadhaar platform in Nagpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched the BHIM-Aadhaar interface – a biometric-based payment system – in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Launched on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti, it will allow users to make payments using just their fingerprint.........Read more

Moto E4 specs leaked, to come with Android Nougat

The FCC listing shows that Moto E4 will be backed by 2800mAh battery and will run Android 7.0 aka Android Nougat. The connectivity options on board include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, and Wi-Fi. The smartphone will also support dual SIM functionality and come with 16GB of in built storage.........Read more

Technology to screen embryos before implantation falls short

The healthy development of an embryo created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) depends on whether most, if not all, of the cells have the proper number of chromosomes. With pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) technology, doctors can, in principle, spot-check chromosome count before choosing which embryo to implant in the mother. In a new article, however, scholars at Brown University and the University of Washington report that PGS has serious limitations that can only be overcome with more human embryo research, even as they acknowledge the controversy surrounding that research.........Read more

Bhopal gas tragedy: Hazardous waste of Union Carbide to be disposed of, assures govt

"The government has decided to take the necessary remediation measures including the safe disposal of identified quantity of hazardous waste of the erstwhile Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL) in Bhopal," Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said in a written reply. ........Read more

Delhi Hotel Fire Almost Cost MS Dhoni Three Mobile Phones

“It was an error of judgement on the part of the person who took the phones. He and a couple of other staff had entered the cricketer’s room to sanitise it. He took away the phones without knowing their ownership. When the police contacted him, he accepted and handed over the devices to us.” ........Read more

In India's Higher Education, Surfeit of Regulation and Deficit of Governance

'Navigating the Labyrinth: Perspectives on India’s Higher Education' sheds light on the complex issues surrounding higher education in India and suggests possible solutions to some of them.........Read more

Soon, plants cellulose to replace polymers for 3D printing

When heated, cellulose thermally decomposes before it becomes flowable, partly because of the hydrogen bonds that exist between the cellulose molecules. The intermolecular bonding also makes high-concentration cellulose solutions too viscous to easily extrude. “We found that the strength and toughness of the parts we got… was greater than many commonly used materials for 3-D printing, including acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polylactic acid (PLA),”........Read more

SpaceX successfully lands its third Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground

SpaceX pulled off another successful rocket landing this morning — and this time during the day on the coast of Florida. A Falcon 9 rocket successfully touched down at SpaceX’s ground-based landing zone at Cape Canaveral after launching to space. It’s the third time that SpaceX has landed its rocket on solid ground post-launch, but the first time a ground landing has been done during the daytime. The success means that the company now has eight landed Falcon 9s in its possession.........Read more

BHIM app fraud: Transporter loses one lakh rupees

Cyber ‘thugs’ of Babu Purva region of Uttar Pradesh transferred lakhs of rupees through BHIM App, leaving the transporter in a pathetic and helpless situation. As soon as the transporters knew that there were fraudulent activity in their account, one of the transporter immediately deactivated his BHIM app account through which the transaction took place. After the first unknown transaction of Rs 5000, he soon rushed to the police station to register a complaint.........Read more

Taxman not to ask questions on deposits up to Rs 2.5 lakh: CBDT

Providing clarity on scrutiny of deposits made in banks post demonetisation, I-T department today said no questions will be asked about deposits of up to Rs 2.5 lakh and only those accounts will be probed that do not match the tax returns. "We found (and segregated) the data (for deposits) between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 80 lakh and Rs 80 lakh and above. As the Prime Minister has clearly said that (for deposits) up to Rs 2.5 lakh we will not ask (questions), so we have put that data aside at the moment."........Read more

Ross Taylor and Trent Boult bowls New Zealand to series win

This was some sort of day for New Zealand. Ross Taylor equalled Nathan Astle's record for the most ODI hundreds for New Zealand. Trent Boult completed a career-best six-wicket haul. New Zealand regained the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. They jumped to No.3 on the ODI rankings and wrapped up an eighth consecutive bilateral one-day series win at home. And they did it all in front of a sell-out crowd at Seddon Park.........Read more

Leading B-schools inviting more companies, advancing placement season as hiring faces a bumpy road

Final placements for the 2015-17 batch at the country’s leading business schools seem to be feeling the impact of dampened economic sentiment. Placement cells at Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore, and Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research among others, said that a combination of factors including demonetisation, lacklustre business sentiment and a cautious attitude on the part of recruiters have taken a toll, making this placement season the most challenging in recent years. ........Read more

The UK Hindus divided over caste

India's caste system is among the world's oldest surviving forms of social stratification. However, some British Asians say they still experience discrimination due to their caste. So, why are so many Hindu bodies in the UK opposed to this being made illegal?........Read more

Sudip Bandyopadhyay gets grilled by CBI

Lok Sabha MP and leader of Trinamool Congress parliamentary party Sudip Bandyopadhyay today arrived at the CBI office here for questioning in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam. Related Post Post demonetisation: CBI arrests senior superintendent of postal staff for Rs 36 lakh cash conversio... Court pulls up CBI for not probing properly …........Read more

In Sign Of Growing Ties, Russia Delivers Advanced Sukhoi Jets To China

Russia has finally delivered four Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets to China after a delay of two years as Moscow feared that its fifth generation fighter jet will loose value after Chinese military unveiled its J-20 stealth fighter, official media in Beijing reported.........Read more

Study finds arthritis drug significantly effective in treating Crohn's disease

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have shown that ustekinumab, a human antibody used to treat arthritis, significantly induces response and remission in patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease. Results of the clinical trial will appear in the November 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.........Read more

Satellite Imagery, Ground Work aided termination of 28 Maoists

A lethal combination of traditional police ground work and usage of hi-tech satellite imagery appeared to have worked wonders for the anti-Maoist operations leading to the death of 28 Maoists in the recent encounter in Odisha's Malkangiri district. According to reliable sources, Odisha police noticed that large quantities of essential commodities including rice and dal was making its way in boats near the Chitrakonda area in Odisha towards the cut-off area.........Read more

Pak ‘sponsors terror’, war games with it a wrong approach: India tells Russia

India has told Russia its military cooperation with Pakistan, a “state that sponsors terrorism,” is a wrong approach and it would create further problems.........Read more

Pakistan’s new tantrum: Resolve Kashmir if you want peace in war-torn Afghanistan

"Road to peace in Kabul lies in Kashmir in the sense that when you talk of peace, you cannot compartmentalise peace, you can't segregate a section... ok you can have peace in Kabul and let Kashmir burn. That is not going to happen," Mushahid Hussain Syed said.........Read more

Bopanna, Paes Crash Out in First Round of China Open

India's campaign folded at the ATP China Open in the opening round with both Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna crashing out of the men's doubles event along with their respective partners.........Read more

Paytm buys edutech start-up Edukart

Payment services provider Paytm (One97 Communications Ltd) has bought education technology start-up Edukart, backed by cricketer Yuvraj Singh and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, after it failed to raise new funds, said three people aware of the development.........Read more

NSG raises alarm, says terrorists getting public support in parts of country

"There was a considerable decrease in number of blast incidents in Jammu and Kashmir by 50 per cent in the second quarter of 2016 vis-a-vis the same period last year," the NSG report said.........Read more

A Message From Space or an 'Alien' False Alarm?

There has been much speculation about what the source of mysterious radiation that appears to come from star HD 164595 could be, including the possibility that it is a beacon signal from an advanced alien civilisation.........Read more

Dengue Forces New Dress Code in Lucknow

District Magistrate Raj Shekhar informed that most schools, after being alerted about dengue and its prevention, have told children and their parents that Monday onwards all students up to class VIII will have to wear full sleeve shirts, trousers and the girls will have to wear leggings or stockings with full sleeve shirts and skirts.........Read more

Ranthambhore tigress Machhli dies

Legendary tigress Machhli, who was the world's oldest tigress in the wild, died in Ranthambhore National Park in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan on Thursday after a prolonged illness, during whi........Read more

All you need to know about spiritual leader Pramukh Swami Maharaj

All you need to know about spiritual leader Pramukh Swami Maharaj - Pramukh Swami Maharaj passed away on Saturday.........Read more

Akshay Kumar’s Rustom to get smaller release than Hrithik Roshan’s Mohenjo Daro

Rustom starring Akshay Kumar has a lower budget than Hrithik Roshan’s Mohenjo Daro and will be releasing on a lesser number of screens too. Which of the two will become a box office success?........Read more

Why don’t Indians do well in track and field at the Olympics?

For Indian athletes competing in Rio, the modest target should be rewriting decades-old national marks........Read more

UK comes under pressure to spell out Brexit plans at G20

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors conference was held in Chengdu in South western China's Sichuan province, July 23, 2016.........Read more

Google Glass not a flop; Boeing to use it for making aeroplanes

Boeing's research and technology division used Google Glass to construct aircraft wire harnesses........Read more

After winning court war, Congress aces at political battle too in Arunachal

By replacing chief minister Nabam Tuki with Pema Khandu, the Congress played the master-stroke that would make the scheduled floor test needless........Read more

Startup founders reveal how it has changed their lives

Founding or working with a startup might have been hugely glorified but at its heart lies grit, determination and sheer hard work.........Read more

BCCI should ensure transparency in DDCA: Justice Mukul Mudgal in a scathing report

Justice Mukul Mudgal, who was appointed observer to oversee the conduct of the 2016 T2O world cup early this year, today pointed out various deficiencies in DDCA and observed that BCCI being the parent body has to ensure that the Delhi cricketing body is "transparent in its functioning".........Read more

SRK vs Sourav: KKR owner likely to tie-up with East Bengal for launching a team in ISL

SRK vs Sourav: KKR owner likely to tie-up with East Bengal for launching a team in ISL - Shah Rukh Khan in talks East Bengal for launching a team in ISL.........Read more

Next British PM will be a woman, May and Leadsom emerge as top contenders

Interior minister Theresa May and eurosceptic rival Andrea Leadsom emerged on Thursday as the two candidates who will battle to become Britain’s next prime minister and lead the country out of the European Union.........Read more

Fed up with low TRPs, English news channels decide to telecast Arnab’s Newshour to boost viewership

Fed up with their consistently low TRPs during Prime Time, especially in comparison to Times Now, all other English news channels came together and decided to telecast Arnab's Newshour every day.........Read more

Mental Illness In Cities? Detachment From Nature Is The Reason

Mental illnesses and mood disorders are more common in urban areas partly due to reduced access to nature, say researchers.........Read more

From micro-finance to dairy firms, there’s fresh blood flowing into India’s stock markets

India's stock markets are witnessing a stream of listings from unlikely verticals.........Read more

SBI associate banks discuss merger with parent bank

The boards of the five associate banks of SBI on Tuesday discussed the possibility of merging with their parent bank........Read more