BigBasket suspends operations today, says will be back soon

Another major e-commerce player Flipkart has suspended services, as India began a 21-day lockdown to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday has ordered a 21-day nationwide lockdown but the government has exempted e-commerce deliveries of essentials such as food and medical equipment in addition to grocery stores and banks. "Consequent to the order issued on March 24 by the Ministry of Home Affairs announcing a 21-day lockdown across India to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus causing Covid-19, we are temporarily suspending our services," Flipkart said in a blogpost.........Read more

Bombay HC rejects Mehul Choksi's plea to stay case against him in special court

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday refused to stay a special court's proceedings to declare diamond businessmen Mehul Choksi, an accused in the USD 2 billion PNB fraud case, a fugitive economic offender. The Enforcement Directorate, which is probing the case, had earlier moved an application before a special PMLA court here to declare Choksi a fugitive economic offender, under provisions of the new Fugitive Economic Offenders Act which came into existence in August last year. ........Read more

Amazon and Indian trader group in public spat over discounts defended its business strategies in India as it came under fire from a local trader group on Friday over discounted products on the global e-commerce giant’s website. New e-commerce foreign investment rules that took effect in India from February were designed to help small traders by curbing heavy online discounting, but traders have complained that big online retailers use complex business structures to circumvent the rules and continue to burn billions of dollars to offer discounts. The issue has become one of the biggest trade irritants between New Delhi and Washington. At an open panel discussion on Friday - organised by India’s competition watchdog - the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) reiterated its concerns to Amazon’s senior corporate counsel, Rahul Sundaram, sparking a heated public confrontation. The CAIT represents 500,000 merchants and traders in India. Sundaram said Amazon was abiding by all the rules and does not influence prices of products its website, adding that the company provides growth opportunities to more than 500,000 sellers online. The trade body, however, was in no mood to accept Sundaram’s statement. CAIT’s Praveen Khandelwal pointed out to Sundaram that an air conditioning unit available at 42,000 rupees in the offline retail market was sold for 35,000 rupees on Amazon’s website and asked what “magic” was used to offer such a discount. ........Read more

No Third Party Should 'Interfere' in Kashmir, Says French President Emmanuel Macron

India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir issue bilaterally and no third party should “interfere or incite” violence in the region, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday after his marathon one-on-one talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of the dynamic and multi-faceted bilateral relationship during their more than 90-minute long one-on-one meeting at Chateau de Chantilly, one of the finest jewels of French cultural heritage, located about 50 kms north of Paris. The one-on-one interaction was followed by the delegation-level talks. In a joint press statement after the talks, President Macron said that Prime Minister Modi briefed him about the recent decision taken by India on Jammu and Kashmir and that it is in their sovereignty. “I told him that India and Pakistan will have to find a solution to the issue and no third party should interfere or incite violence in the region,” Macron said. He said that peace should be maintained in the region and peoples’ rights should be protected. “I will also speak to Pakistan Prime Minister after a few days and tell him that the talks should be held bilaterally,” the French president said. He also said that France will deliver 1st of the 36 Rafale fighter jets to India next month.........Read more

Aircel-Maxis case: Chidambaram, Karti interim protection from arrest extended till August 1

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Information (CBI) are probing allegations of irregularities in granting Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to a foreign firm when Chidambaram was Union finance minister in 2006. ........Read more

Manohar Parrikar cremated with state honours, gun salute

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar was cremated with state honours in Panaji, with thousands bidding the affable politician a fond farewell. The mortal remains of Parrikar, wrapped in the national tri-colour, were placed on a pyre amid gun salutes at the beach. His elder son Utpal Parrikar lit the pyre.........Read more

France freezes assets of Jaish chief Masood Azhar

France has decided to freeze the assets of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. The finance ministry and foreign ministry added that France would discuss putting Masood Azhar on a European Union list of people involved in terrorism.........Read more

SC puts on hold order to evict 11.8 lakh tribals, seeks details of procedure from states

The Supreme Court Thursday put on hold it's February 13 order directing states to complete eviction of forest dwellers whose claims in respect of forest land had been rejected. The bench sought a reply from 21 states on the procedure followed while rejecting these claims.........Read more

As SC Defers Ayodhya Hearing, Govt Files Petition Seeking Return of Excess Land to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas

Making a big move amid the growing clamour for bringing the law of the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, the Centre on Tuesday filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking permission to return all excess land at the disputed site.........Read more

Volkswagen says cars compliant with India emission norms but will deposit penalty

German carmaker Volkswagen AG said that its cars are compliant with India’s emission norms but it will still deposit a penalty of 1 billion rupees ($14.08 million) as directed by the country’s green court.........Read more

Kerala HC: No law bars use of the phone while driving

Using mobile phone while driving cannot be said to cause danger to the public or to affect public safety as there is no legal provision that bars the use of a phone while driving, the Kerala high court has held. The ruling was given by a division bench comprising justices AM Shaffique and P Somarajan while answering a reference made by a single bench regarding the applicability of section 118(e) of Kerala Police Act, which deals with acts causing danger to public or failure in public safety.........Read more

Smith, Warner and Bancroft to leave South Africa

Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will leave South Africa on Wednesday in the wake of their pre-meditated plan to tamper with the ball on the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa. However, the investigation of the CA head of integrity, Iain Roy, found that the coach Darren Lehmann had no prior knowledge of the ball-tampering plan. ........Read more

Centre clears plans for IAF base close to Pakistan border in Gujarat

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday cleared a long-pending Indian Air Force (IAF) plan to set up a forward fighter base close to Deesa in Banaskantha district, near India’s western border in northwest Gujarat........Read more

President accepts resignations of Ashok Gajapathi Raju, YS Chowdary; PM Modi to look after civil aviation

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday accepted the resignations of Union Ministers and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs Ashok Gajapathi Raju and YS Chowdary. Their resignations came a day after TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced that the party's ministers will quit the central government in protest against its refusal to grant special category status to the state.........Read more

This urban population is leading the world in life expectancy

Narrowly beating residents of Japan and other "blue zones" such as Italy, men in Hong Kong are living, on average, up to 81.3 years and women even longer, 87.3 years, as of 2016. "Over the last few decades, (Hong Kong) has caught up in a big way. Hong Kong ranks first for enabling environments. That may explain the longevity. The streets are safe, and there is easy access to public transport, healthy food and public amenities, "enabling" people to live a healthier lifestyle.........Read more

PNB Fraud: Nirav Modi And Mehul Choksi Refuse to Return; ED Seeks to Arrest Them

Billionaire diamond merchants, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi have responded to the summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate, saying they can’t return to the country as their passports have been revoked. After the response, the agency is set to move the court to secure non-bailable warrants against the duo, who are prime accused in Rs 11, 400 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.........Read more

China Says it is Ready to Discuss India’s Concerns About China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Regarding the CPEC, China has repeatedly reiterated our position. As to the differences between China and India, China stands ready to communicate and hold talks with India to seek a proper solution so that these differences will not affect our general national interests. This best serves the interests of the two countries, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said........Read more

Ranbir Kapoor's Dutt biopic gets the release date

Kapoor lad essays the lead role in the film and has worked hard to get the look right to play the part of one of the most controversial actors on b-town, making it one of the most-awaited release of 2018. The makers of Dutt biopic announced on Twitter that the film is all set to hit theatres on June 29th. Although the title of the film is yet to be decided.........Read more

American Tower to buy telecoms masts from Idea, Vodafone for $1.2 billion

American Tower Corp has agreed to buy about 20,000 mobile phone masts for 78.5 billion rupees ($1.2 billion) from Idea Cellular and Vodafone India, who are seeking to merge.........Read more

Is Facebook really blocking criticism of the Indian government, BJP and Hindutva groups?

Facebook has been criticized by social media users in India for purportedly blocking and putting under scrutiny accounts and pages that shared posts critical of the government, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Right-Wing groups.........Read more

Children born through IVF physically and mentally as healthy as naturally conceived children: Study

"Our results should provide reassurance that the physical, psychological and mental health of children conceived using donor sperm is similar to that of children in the general population," said Professor David Amor, from Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) in Australia.........Read more

GST launch in India Live: In first rollback, GST Council cuts tax rate on fertilisers from 12% to 5%

The Narendra Modi government will launch the Goods and Services Tax (GST) at a special midnight meeting in Parliament today. The GST Council cuts tax rate on exclusive parts of tractors from 28% to 18%. The GST Council approves additional set of rules, and reduces tax rate on fertiliser from 12% to 5%. ........Read more

Cow is a substitute to mother and God, says Hyderabad HC judge

Days after a Rajasthan High Court judge had said that cow should be declared as a national animal, a Hyderabad high court judge termed cow as a ‘substitute to Mother and God’. He also said that cow is a ‘sacred national wealth’. The observation was made by Justice B Siva Sankara Rao of Hyderabad High Court on Friday while he dismissed the plea of a cattle trader, Ramavath Hanuma, from whom 63 cows and two bulls were seized.........Read more

After Kerala, Karnataka, Tripura govt opposes Centre's cattle ban

Following the footsteps of the Karnataka and Kerala Government, the Manik Sarkar-led Tripura Government on Wednesday said it will not implement the Centre's order on ban on sale of cattle for slaughter.........Read more

Coal India wins tax-cut boost as environmentalists fret

State-run Coal India Ltd, saddled with millions of tonnes of unsold coal, is expected to be the biggest beneficiary of a controversial government decision to more than halve the local sales tax on the fuel after a jump in local supplies.........Read more

Researchers discover first human antibodies that work against all ebolaviruses

After analyzing the blood of a survivor of the 2013-16 Ebola outbreak, a team of scientists from academia, industry and the government has discovered the first natural human antibodies that can neutralize and protect animals against all three major disease-causing ebolaviruses. The findings, published online today in the journal Cell, could lead to the first broadly effective ebolavirus therapies and vaccines.........Read more

Dubai firm dreams of harvesting icebergs for water

The firm has drawn up plans to harvest icebergs in the southern Indian Ocean and tow them 9,200 kilometers (5,700 miles) away to the Gulf, where they could be melted down for freshwater and marketed as a tourist attraction.........Read more

Singapore passes death penalty law for nuclear terrorism

Death penalty will be given to a person who commits a fatal act of terrorism using radioactive material or nuclear explosive devices, Second Minister for Home Affairs Desmond Lee said Singapore cannot discount the rise of the Islamic State terror group especially when many countries, including those within the region, use nuclear energy, or are actively exploring its use.........Read more

National media must stop spreading hatred against people of Kashmir: CM Mehbooba Mufti

“Few people pelt stones, all the youths of Jammu-Kashmir don’t do that.” Mehbooba also requested national media to stop spreading hatred against the people of J&K. “I request national media to not show discussions on TV that spread hatred against people of J&K in the country."........Read more

Apple is under-penetrated in India, says CEO Tim Cook

Acknowledging that Apple is “under-penetrated” in India, CEO Tim Cook has said the US tech company is strengthening its local presence in the country and is optimistic about its future given the fast-growing economy and improving 4G network infrastructure in the country.........Read more

Company meal vouchers cannot be in paper form anymore: RBI

Sodexo and The Ticket Restaurant will need to move away from issuing paper-based meal vouchers. The Reserve Bank of India in its draft guidelines for wallets said that it will not allow prepaid payment instruments (PPIs) in the form of paper vouchers. ........Read more

Find Prashant Kishor, Get 5 Lakhs, Claimed Poster At Congress Office

As the Congress searches for an explanation for its rock-bottom performance in Uttar Pradesh, a poster, put up at the party office in the state capital of Lucknow, pointed a very large finger: Find Prashant Kishor, Congress strategist. The hoarding, which was taken down Saturday morning, offered a five-lakh award, and made no attempt to conceal the identity of the purveyor. ........Read more

Explosive arrows killed CRPF men in Sukma

itial investigation into Chhattisgarh’s Sukma Naxal attack, in which 12 CRPF personnel were killed on Saturday, have revealed that it was extremely brutal and lethal in which the Maoists not only used arrowhead explosives and IEDs, but they also stabbed the security personnel repeatedly with sharp-edged weapons.........Read more

Carlos Ghosn to step down as Nissan CEO; Hiroto Saikawa to take over from April

Japan’s second largest automaker Nissan Motor Co on Thursday said its long-serving leader Carlos Ghosn will hand over the role of chief executive officer (CEO) to Hiroto Saikawa, a company veteran. After leading the company for nearly two decades, Ghosn, the chairman and CEO of Nissan at present, will focus on the functioning of “recent expansion of the Renault-Nissan Alliance to include Mitsubishi Motors”.........Read more

Kia Motors want to set up their first plant in Andhra Pradesh

South Korea's Kia Motors Corp is close to finalising the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh as the site for its first factory in the country, as it speeds up efforts to start production in the fast-growing market, a source familiar with the matter said. Reports of Kia looking to pick a site have been doing the rounds for a while, but an official with the Andhra Pradesh administration had told Reuters last year that the state was the front runner given its proximity to Tamil Nadu state - home to plants of Kia's affiliate, Hyundai Motor.........Read more

Bajaj launches BS 4 Pulsar RS200 and NS200 with new features and colours

Bajaj Auto has launched the BS-IV versions of the Pulsar RS200 and NS200 in India, priced at Rs 1.21 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi for the RS 200 and Rs 96,453, ex-showroom, Delhi for the NS200. The updated Pulsar RS200 features an ABS (Antilock Braking System) and twin projector headlamps. The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is available in two new body graphics, namely; Racing Blue and Graphite Black. The Bajaj Pulsar NS200, on the other hand, is offered with three colour schemes, Graphite Black, Mirage White and Wild Red.........Read more

Vijay Mallya blames UPA govt’s policies for collapse of KFA

Troubled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya today sought to blame the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government’s policies and economic conditions for collapse of Kingfisher Airlines (KFA). "KFA collapsed with oil at USD 140 per barrel and state sales tax on top rupee evaluation. No FDI engine failures. Economic depression. Need more?" he asked in a tweet.........Read more

Kamal Haasan slams PETA over jallikattu

After top Tamil film actors Suriya and Vijay, veteran star Kamal Haasan today slammed animal rights advocacy group PETA over its opposition to jallikattu, saying it was not 'qualified' to tackle Indian bulls and asked it to train its guns against........Read more

Tibet: Tensions on the roof of the world

The Communist government in Beijing has controlled Tibet since 1951. After a failed revolt against Chinese rule in 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama -- Tibet's spiritual leader -- fled to India. Simmering defiance from Tibetans who remained sometimes boils over into large-scale riots. Activists say more than 140 people have lit themselves on fire in protest of religious and cultural suppression since March of 2009.........Read more

In Trump's Footsteps: Fillon Stands Good Chance of Winning Elysee in 2017

Francois Fillon's victory has shown the French Republicans' intention to win the Elysee Palace in 2017. Meanwhile France's Socialist Party seems to be in complete disarray on the threshold of the presidential election, Jerome Lambert of the French center-left RRDP party told Sputnik.........Read more

Babies fall victim to antibiotic resistance

Infected with ‘superbugs’ in birth facilities within 72 hours of being born, thousands of Indian babies are dying due to an ‘alarming degree’ of drug resistance, a major study has found. The research........Read more

Dengue cases on the rise in Delhi - Is the govt waiting for another epidemic?

Dengue Cases are on rise in the capital as number of cases registered are increasing day by day. Zee News always stay ahead in bringing current affairs from all the valley of National interest, Politics, Entertainment, Sports and International happenings. We take you to the depth of every matter by providing every small detail and makes you familiar with all the happening around you.........Read more

Rio 2016: Trap-shooter Josip Glasnovic fetches Croatia their first gold

Rio 2016: Trap-shooter Josip Glasnovic fetches Croatia their first gold - Glasnovic, a 33-year-old who also competed in Beijing in 2008, hit a perfect 15 of 15 in the semi-final but missed two in the final.........Read more

IT Dept recovers Rs 130 crore unaccounted wealth from AAP MLA Kartar Singh Tanwar

IT Dept recovers Rs 130 crore unaccounted wealth from AAP MLA Kartar Singh Tanwar - Another AAP MLA to have got into a trouble with the law.........Read more

'Your phone's battery level could be used to track you'

Smartphone users, beware! Your phone's battery status could be used to track you online, researchers including one of Indian-origin have warned.........Read more

4 terrorists killed, one Pakistani intruder held in ongoing J&K encounter

The incident occurred when Border Security Forces (BSF) exchanged fire with terrorists in the region.........Read more

'I can't sit at home when my Muslim brothers are dying'

This was one of the many messages that had been sent by Mohammar Marwan and Dr Ijaz who had left Kerala and today are suspected to be with the ISIS.........Read more

Nepali Prime Minister KP Oli was once called 'Man of India'. Why has he turned such a bitter critic?

His government is now in a minority after the Prachanda's Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre) pulled out of the alliance.........Read more

How coal companies let greed (and loopholes) come in the way of Adivasi rights

A report by Amnesty International India highlights how companies have ignored or exploited ambiguities in regulations.........Read more

ISL 2016: Mumbai City FC add David Lalrinmuana, Pronay Halder, Ralte, and Anwar Ali to the squad

Mumbai City FC has signed in Lalrinmuana, Halder, Ralte, and Anwar Ali as part of their preparation on Thursday for season three of the ISL........Read more

K Chandrasekhar Rao and Devendra Fadnavis to sign historic pact in July

Pact will clear way for construction of Medigadda, Tummidihatti and Korata-Chanaka barrages.........Read more

‘The door is never closed’: China strikes a different tone on India’s NSG bid

China on Tuesday said Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) members were open to discussing the inclusion of all countries including India which have not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (NPT) treaty into the group.........Read more

Arctic may become ice-free for first time in 100,000 years

Arctic may become ice-free this year or next for the first time in more than 100,000 years, a leading Cambridge scientist has claimed.........Read more

First Tejas squadron to fly before Diwali: Manohar Parrikar - The Economic Times

In an interview to All India Radio, the minister stressed that the Indian Air Force can get two Tejas fighters at the price of one Rafale jet.........Read more

SC upholds constitutional validity of criminal defamation law

Petitions were filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.........Read more