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'Weaponized' Facebook fails to protect civil rights, audit says

Facebook Inc’s decisions to allow controversial posts by President Donald Trump established a “terrible precedent” that could allow the platform to be “weaponized to suppress voting,” an external civil rights audit found on Wednesday. The report, which Facebook commissioned two years ago, said the social network has not done enough to protect users from discrimination, falsehoods and incitement to violence, adding to pressure on the company in the midst of an advertiser boycott. ........Read more

Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane to be next Army chief

Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane will be the next Chief of Army Staff leading the 1.3 million-strong force. He is currently serving as Vice Chief of the Army. Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat is due to retire on December 31 after a three-year stint. He is expected to be appointed as the country's first Chief of Defence Staff. Before taking charge as vice chief of the Army Staff in September, Lt Gen Naravane was heading the Eastern Command of the Army which takes care of India's nearly 4,000-km border with China.........Read more

ATMs to Put 6-12 Hour Bar Between Two Transactions: Report

The State-Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) in Delhi has warned customers against the increasing number of ATM frauds, and suggested a time lag of six to 12 hours at least between two transactions. Customers have been worried about the rise in fraudulent activities related to ATM transactions. According to a report by The Times of India, the plan was discussed during a meeting with 18 bank representatives last week as part of an ideation exercise by the department of financial services. Speaking to Mukesh Kumar Jain, convenor of Delhi SLBC and MD and CEO of Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC), The Times of India found that most of the fraud cases occur at night, from midnight to early morning. “A lot of these frauds happen at night, from around midnight to early morning. A bar on transactions for a certain period can help,” he said. There have been at least 179 ATM fraud cases reported in Delhi, the second-highest in the country following Maharashtra which has 233 such cases reported. Recently, there has also been a rise in the cloning of cards and many foreign nationals have been seen involved in the cases, The Times of India report stated. If such a proposal putting a bar on time between two transactions is accepted, one will not be able to withdraw cash for a stipulated time period using the same card.........Read more

Himalayan glaciers melting doubled since 2000: Study

Melting of Himalayan glaciers has doubled since the start of the 21st century due to rising temperatures, losing over a vertical foot and half of ice each year and potentially threatening water supply for hundreds of millions of people in countries including India, a study has found.........Read more

Australia, New Zealand Kick Off Global 2019 Parties With Dazzling Spectacles

Australia and New Zealand put on its biggest-ever fireworks display in a spectacular welcome to the New Year, kicking off a wave of celebrations for billions around the world.........Read more

Elections to 59 Rajya Sabha seats to be held on 23 March

The Election Commission (EC) on Friday announced elections to 58 Rajya Sabha seats due to retirement and another seat on a casual vacancy, to be held next month. Both polling and counting of votes will take place on 23 March.........Read more

LinkedIn Scheduler launched to ease hiring process

Professional social network site LinkedIn on Wednesday launched a new tool called “Scheduler” that will help ease the hiring process both for recruiters and candidates as well as avoid fallouts. LinkedIn Scheduler will automate the initial interview scheduling for recruiters and candidates, directly via InMail.........Read more

Bikaner Land Scam: ED Raids Premises of Robert Vadra’s Close Associate Mahesh Nagar

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday raided premises of Mahesh Nagar, close associate of Robert Vadra, in connection with the money laundering investigation in Bikaner land scam. The agency had previously searched the premises of Nagar in April 2017.........Read more

Indigenous malaria vaccine failed in clinical trial

Developed by researchers at Delhi-based International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, the vaccine was transferred to Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech in May 2010 with much fanfare for the clinical trial. But since the vaccine performed poorly in the phase-1 clinical trial on 45 healthy volunteers, it was decided not to proceed further with the malaria vaccine, named Jaivac-1.........Read more

Pawan Hans helicopter with 7 onboard goes missing off Mumbai coast, 3 bodies recovered

Three bodies have been recovered during search and rescue operations for the Pawan Hans Dauphin N2 helicopter which went missing off Mumbai coast on Saturday morning with 7 people on board.........Read more

North, South Korea begin talks as Winter Olympics help break ice

Regardless of its narrow, primarily sporting agenda, the meeting is being closely watched by world leaders eager for any sign of a reduction in tensions on the Korean peninsula amid rising fears over North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions.........Read more

Zanco Tiny T1: World’s Smallest Mobile Phone Launched, Comes With 2G Support, Connectivity Options And More

The Zanco Tiny t1 phone has been launched by Clubit New Media last week. Much to the amusement of buyers, the main eye-catching feature of the Zanco tiny t1 is smaller than a thumb and lighter than a coin. Zanco, founded in 2007, has a proven track record of consistently and reliably producing the world’s smallest working mobile phones.........Read more

SWIFT urges banks to upgrade their security as threats from digital heists are on the rise

Brussels-based SWIFT has been urging banks to bolster the security of computers used to transfer money since Bangladesh Bank lost $81 million in a February 2016 cyber heist that targeted central bank computers used to move funds. The new warning provided detail on some new techniques being used by the hackers.........Read more

Air pollution causes 30 per cent of all premature deaths in India, says CSE study

A report released in the national capital on Monday by the CSE uncovers that air pollution causes 30 per cent of all premature deaths in the country. Apple confirmed that it’s working on a software update to fix the issue and published step-by-step instructions to help customers protect their machines in the meantime.........Read more

Courts cannot force husband to ‘keep wife’, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has said that courts cannot force a husband to “keep his wife” as it asked a man to deposit Rs 10 lakh as interim maintenance for his estranged wife and upkeep of their son.........Read more

Tom Alter, Veteran Actor And Writer, Dies At 67

Veteran actor, writer, and Padma Shri awardee Tom Alter died at his Mumbai residence at the age of 67. Tom Alter had been battling stage four skin cancer and was admitted to Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital two weeks ago.........Read more

Oversized Helmet Eliminates Noise, Dignity - Geek.com

Ukrainian design company Hochu Rayu have developed the ideal accessory: Helmfon. The “unique” device which resembles headgear for giants features a system of foamed polyethylene that reflects outside sound waves away from the user. It also prevents interior sounds from escaping, so no one will hear you jamming out to Barry Manilow.........Read more

Who is Syed Salahudeen?

Syed Mohammed Yusuf Shah, popularly known as Syed Salahudeen, is the head of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. He is also the head of an alliance called the United Jihad Council which supports the annexation of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan.........Read more

How the verdict that led to Indira Gandhi imposing Emergency unfolded

Mrs Gandhi arrived in Allahabad on February 17. Until then the case had received very little publicity. Although the local newspapers were covering the significant events in the case (like the cross-examination of PN Haksar and Yashpal Kapoor), no one gave much importance to the case itself.........Read more

7th Pay Commission: Govt employees could expect Rs 48,000 maximum monthly HRA hike next month

There is some very good news for central government employees as they are set to get a maximum monthly hike in their house rent allowance or HRA by up to Rs 48,000 from June onwards as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.........Read more

Terrorists opened fire at Security forces in Yaripora of Kulgam district

An encounter between security forces and terrorists is underway in Yaripora of Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The terrorists are hiding in a house in Yaripora. Last month, three militants, believed to be from the terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen were holed up in Pahalgam area. The Pahalgam area is located in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.........Read more

National Women’s Parliament begins in Andhra Pradesh

Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama, Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and P Ashok Gajapati Raju, AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Shirin Chaudhury, Gandhian Ela Bhatt, actress Manisha Koirala and many other dignitaries attended the inaugural event at Pavitra Sangamam.........Read more

RBI keeps lending rate unchanged at 6.25 per cent

For the second time in a row, the Reserve bank today opted for a status quo in its key rates but shifted the stance of the monetary policy from ‘accommodative’ to ‘neutral’. “The decision of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is consistent with a neutral stance of monetary policy in consonance with the objective of achieving consumer price index (CPI) inflation at 5 per cent by Q4 of 2016-17 and the medium-term target of 4 per cent within a band of +/- 2 per cent, while supporting growth,” it said.........Read more

Vikram Pawah Appointed As President of BMW Group India

Vikram Pawah has been appointed as the President of BMW Group India effective 1 March 2017. We've already told you that he'd moved out of Harley Davidson India where he was appointed as the Managing Director in September 2015.........Read more

Sushma Swaraj named ‘Global Thinker 2016’ for “novel brand of Twitter diplomacy”, PM Modi proud of her!

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been named in the Global Thinkers of 2016 List compiled by the Foreign Policy magazine. Swaraj was named in the Decision-makers category along with the Democratic nominee for US President Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US Attorney General Loretta Lynch among others. The magazine complimented Swaraj “for fashioning a novel brand of Twitter diplomacy”. PM Narendra Modi is very happy and proud. In the morning he tweeted, “Very proud to see our hardworking EAM @SushmaSwaraj part of the @ForeignPolicy Global Thinkers list 2016! Congrats........Read more

NEET to be held in regional languages

Come 2017, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be held in Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and six other regional languages, the Centre has announced.........Read more

Facebook COO donates nearly $100 mn to charity

Facebook Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg has transferred nearly $100 million in Facebook stock into a charitable fund, a US Securities and Exchange Commission document has revealed. According to a report in the technology website Re/code on Wednesday, 880,000 shares were transferred into a donor advised fund which is controlled by Fidelity. ........Read more

Demonetisation: Bitcoin trading at 25% premium in India amid high demand

At a time when the Narendra Modi government’s decision to demonetise high-value currency notes has left Indians scrambling for alternative payment and investment options, the demand for new-age cryptocurrency options has seen a surge. For this and other reasons, Bitcoin, the largest and oldest of cryptocurrencies, is trading at a huge premium in the country.........Read more

PS4 Update 4.05 Out Now, Doesn't Do Much

A new update for the PlayStation 4 has arrived, but you may not want to get too excited. The patch notes for update 4.05 are a single line long. "This system software update improves the quality of the system performance." No new features or changes are added with this update.........Read more

Nissan recalls 932 units of Datsun redi-Go in India

Nissan is recalling 932 units of entry level car redi-Go from "Datsun is conducting a voluntary recall campaign on certain India-manufactured Datsun redi-GO vehicles to inspect the fuel hose and fix a clip at no cost to the customer," Nissan Motor India said in a statement. ........Read more

China raps US interventions in Asia at regional forum

Beijing rapped Washington on Tuesday for its interventions in Asia, as tensions grow between the two powers over territorial disputes in the South China Sea and how to handle increasingly erratic North Korea.........Read more

Google Noto is an open source font family for more than 800 languages

Monotype and Google have developed a font family called Noto, which is a universal method for digital communications for people living all around the world.........Read more

Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia summoned in DCW recruitment scam

The Anti-Corruption Branch on Friday said that it has summoned Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia for questioning in the case of alleged illegal recruitments at the Delhi Commission for Woman. Sisodia will have to appear before the anti-graft unit on October 14........Read more

Super Greens: How to Grow Nature's Own Super Food at Home

Being healthy is a goal for most people, yet attaining and maintaining good health can be an ongoing struggle in a society where fast food is the norm and vegetables often cost more than potato chips. Many of the nutrients have already been stripped away from the foods that we eat before we get to them, and finding a good source of vitamins and minerals has become increasingly difficult. A great way to get the right nutrients on a regular basis is growing supergreens at home.........Read more

The Design of Parliaments Has a Funkadelic Impact on Politics

The UK’s House of Commons, for example, meets in the Palace of Westminster, in a room modeled after an opposing-bench configuration. Designed by architects Charles Barry, Augustus Pugin, and Giles Gilbert Scott in 1950, the parliament room places the two main political parties face-to-face. This typology allows for clear delineation between the ruling party and the shadow party.........Read more

25,000 school teachers on strike in U'khand - Cobrapost

Nearly 25,000 school teachers across Uttarakhand went on an indefinite strike demanding implementation of their 18-point charter of demands related to pay structure, leave and transfer provisions. “The indefinite strike began in support of our 18-point charters of demands after the stir on September 6 fell on deaf ears,” Uttarakhand Government Teachers Association General Secretary........Read more

Reliance AGM: Mukesh Ambani's 45-minute speech cost Bharti, Idea Rs 13,800 crore

In what could be the worst nightmare for Bharti Airtel, Mukesh Ambani said Reliance Jio would offer free voice services to its active users.........Read more

GE: The 124-year-old software start-up

General Electric’s success or failure over the next decade will depend on the operating system it is building for factories........Read more

Scientists trick body's viral response to combat cancer

The new treatment is called an RNA vaccine- it works just like a preventive vaccine by mimicking an infectious agent.........Read more

RTI disclosure reveals how much Narendra Modi's top bureaucrats earn

The highest paid official, with a salary of around Rs 2 lakh per month, is the Secretary to the Prime Minister, Bhaskar Khulbe.........Read more

Impressed with their skills in 'jumping to conclusion', Govt. asks Indian media to represent country in long jump event

In a bid to boost its medals tally, the Sports Ministry has requested the Indian media to represent the country in long jump event. The decision was taken after a closed door meeting between ministry officials and the PM Modi.........Read more

North Korea wants to plant flag on the moon before 2016

An unmanned, no-frills North Korean moon mission in the not-too-distant future isn't as far-fetched as it might seem.........Read more

This Man Employs Only Visually Impaired Women and Acid Attack Survivors in His Travel Company

“They are so happy with their work that many of them say they would like to work on Sundays too.” A unique travel agency in Delhi only hires women who are visually impaired or are acid attack survivors. Named Khaas, meaning ‘special’ in Hindi, it pro........Read more

Pakistan Military Needs to Shut Down Its Jihad Factory: Hussain Haqqani

Haqqani urged India to address the genuine concerns of Kashmiris and their perceived alienation from the mainstream.........Read more

Pak, Chinese Troops Launch First Joint Patrol Near PoK Border

Chinese and Pakistan border troops have for the first time launched joint patrolling of the border connecting Pakistan occupied Kashmir with Xinjiang province amid reports that over 100 Uighurs have fled the restive region to join ISIS.........Read more

Lucasfilm is making a virtual reality movie about Darth Vader

Industrial Light & Magic's virtual reality arm xLab is looking to some major Hollywood talent to create its next virtual reality experience, and the subject is as big as it gets. Writer David S............Read more

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey latest prey of ‘OurMine’ hackers

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey became the latest prey of hacker group 'OurMine' after his account was today briefly hacked in the fresh cyber attack against the high-profile personalities.........Read more

Haraamkhor row: Ashok Pandit slams Pahlaj Nihalani's 'mindset'

Kashyap's 'Haramkhor' starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, deals with a romantic relationship between a teacher and a student........Read more

Guenter Butschek to restructure Tata Motors as part of 3-year plan

Tata Motors’ new CEO and MD Guenter Butschek aims to realign verticals such as R........Read more