Covid-19: 40 per cent of Rajasthan is in red zone

Broadly speaking, 40 per cent of Rajasthan is red, 54 per cent is orange and only six per cent is green. Urban Jaipur, which is outside the walled city, has mostly followed restrictions. So there is lesser traffic on roads, and almost none between 7 pm and 7 am during curfew hours. Urban Jaipur is in the red zone but all its 15 panchayat samitis are in orange zones. Subsequently, rural Jaipur has only orange zone restrictions.........Read more

Companies Act, Public Market Norms Eased To Spike Startup Investments

Government has decriminalised minor technical and procedural defaults These issues led to the devaluation of startups Startups listing their non-convertible debentures on stock exchanges are not going to be categorised as listed companies Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on May 17 while announcing the fifth and the last tranche of the INR 20 Lakh Cr economic relief package, rolled a slew of measures which are expected to increase investments towards the startup ecosystem and help them save some penalties too.........Read more

TRS sweeps civic body chief polls: Wins 109 out of 120 municipal chief positions

12:39 PM IST The ruling TRS on Monday completed its rout of the civic bodies polls, sweeping 112 municipalities out of 120 and all the 10 corporations. The Congress won four municipalities, the BJP and the MIM two each. The State Election Commission (SEC) has postponed the election of chairperson and vice chairperson in Medchal municipality due to lack of quorum and in Nereducharla because of a controversy raised over the voting by Congress Rajya Sabha member K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao as an ex-officio member. These elections will be held on January 28. ........Read more

150 killed in accidents on Yamuna Expressway in 2019, highest ever, claims data

The Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh witnessed over 150 deaths in road accidents this year so far, the maximum ever since it got operational in 2012, according to official data. The 165-km-long road stretch that connects Delhi and Agra has seen 357 accidents, injuries to at least 822 people and death of 145 others till July 31 this year, as per the data obtained via the Right to Information (RTI) Act by Agra-based lawyer Krishna Chand Jain. PTI had earlier reported three road accidents in August and September in which nine people, including three college students, lost their lives on the expressway in Greater Noida, taking the death toll this year so far to 154. According to the data, 2018 witnessed 659 road accidents, 1,388 injuries and 111 deaths, while 2017 had 763 accidents, 1,426 injuries and 146 deaths on the expressway. In 2016, there were 1,219 accidents, 1,524 injuries and 133 deaths, while 2015 had 919 accidents, 1,392 injuries and 142 deaths, 2014 saw 771 accidents, 1,335 injuries and 127 deaths, stated the data provided by the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), which manages the expressway. The Yamuna Expressway witnessed 280 accidents, 33 deaths and 391 injuries in 2012 and 896 accidents, 118 deaths and 1,345 injuries in 2014, according to YEIDA's response to a separate RTI query filed by Jain last year.........Read more

Google announces new sexual assault and harassment policies after mass protest

Google is announcing new policies around sexual harassment and diversity, following a worldwide employee protest last week. Google also released a file with more details about the policies, which meet some but not all of the original demands.........Read more

Will enter into talks with all neighbours to bring peace in Pakistan: PM Imran Khan

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan today said that the country will enter into talks with all neighbours to normalise ties, as without it peace can't be brought in the country.........Read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Portugal Survive Iran Scare, Will Face Uruguay in Last 16

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty before Portugal conceded an injury-time spot-kick in a 1-1 draw with Iran at the World Cup. Ricardo Quaresma curled in a trademark goal on the stroke of half-time, but Karim Ansarifard's late penalty dropped Portugal to second in Group B behind neighbours Spain.........Read more

5,000 bullets and explosives unearthed in Rameswaram

The Ramanathapuram district police unearthed a large quantity of ammunition and explosives on the seashore on Rameswaram island. Various weapons like medium machine guns, heavy machine guns, SLR, TNT explosive packs and detonator wires were found.........Read more

CM Kumaraswamy Expands Karnataka Cabinet as 25 Ministers Take Oath

25 legislators were inducted as cabinet ministers in the Karnataka government led by HD Kumaraswamy. Of these, 14 were from Congress, nine from JD(S), one from BSP and one Independent.........Read more

Centre to make sexual assault of boys under age of 12 punishable by death penalty

Less than a week after the Criminal Law (Amendment) ordinance, 2018 — which provides for death penalty for those convicted of raping a girl below 12 years — was promulgated, the Union women and child development (WCD) ministry is set to move the Cabinet seeking approval for the same punishment for those guilty of sexually abusing young boys of the same age.........Read more

Swamy invokes fundamental right to pray at Ayodhya, not now says SC

A Bench comprising Chief Justice (CJI) Dipak Misra and Justices A Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud simply said " No, Not Now" after considering the submission of Swamy that his fundamental right to worship at the site was at the higher pedestal in contrast to the property rights of the rival parties to the civil litigation........Read more

United Nations Appoints Lionel Messi As Ambassador For Responsible Tourism

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has announced Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi as its ambassador for responsible tourism on Monday. "Messi is a unique sportsman and an example of how willpower and constant work yield good results, it is a great honour to have him promote the positive values and benefits that tourism represents," said World Tourism Organization chief Zurab Pololikashvili.........Read more

Poor Productions, Expensive Tickets and Fading Footfalls Ruining Tamil Cinema

The recent months have been pretty bad for the Tamil industry – with demonetization, hike (after a decade) in ticket rates, and the State Government adding a local entertainment tax to the price. This is in addition to the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Though, a Tamil movie is the cheapest of the lot with Hindi and English pictures costing more, a lull in Tamil theatre attendance is perceptible.........Read more

Indo-Anglians: The newest and fastest-growing caste in India

Indo Anglians are the families who speak English predominantly at home. They comprise all religions, though Hindus dominate. Indo-Anglians are also a highly urban lot; concentrated in the top seven large cities of India (Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata) with a smattering across the smaller towns in the hills and in Goa. They fall well within the top 1% of India economically and have a consumption basket that is comparable to their middle-class counterparts abroad. Their children go to international schools.........Read more

Samsung Galaxy S9 tipped to boast Apple FaceID-like 'Intelligent Scan' with iris pattern and facial recognition

Samsung is expected to launch Galaxy S9 series with advanced biometric security feature -- 'Intelligent Scan' on par with Apple iPhone X's FaceID, that can work even in low-light condition. It apparently uses the device's Iris scanner and the Facial recognition sensor to accurately identify owner's face in almost all light condition (from bright sunny day to dark night), which is one of the shortcomings seen in current flagships Galaxy S8 and the Note8 series.........Read more

Insurance can’t be denied if vehicle robbed by lift taker: Supreme Court

The driver on a cold winter night gave a lift to a person standing on the road. It was a humanitarian gesture and cannot be said that a breach nullifies the policy, a Bench comprising Justices Madan Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.........Read more

Aadhaar-PAN card linking deadline extended to March 31, 2018: Finance Ministry

It has come to notice that some of the taxpayers have not yet completed the linking of PAN with Aadhaar. Therefore, to facilitate the process of linking, it has been decided to further extend the time for linking of Aadhaar with PAN till 31.03.2018.........Read more

India to Begin 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Hockey Campaign Against Pakistan, Schedule Out

Traditional rivals India and Pakistan will square off against each other in a mouth-watering men’s hockey contest of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday announced the schedule for next year’s Commonwealth Games.........Read more

'Nudge' economist Thaler wins Nobel Economics Prize

US economist Richard Thaler, one of the founding fathers of behavioural economics, has won this year's Nobel Prize for Economics. Prof Thaler, of Chicago Booth business school, co-wrote the global best seller Nudge, which looked at how people make bad or irrational choices.........Read more

Losing or gaining weight may not be your in control. Beware of the gut bacteria

Good news for all you weight-loss lovers. According to a group of researchers, gut bacteria could affect your ability to lose or gain weight. The study has shown that differing proportions of gut bacteria can determine how much weight you are able to lose.........Read more

Dera Sacha Sauda Spent Rs 5 Crore to Incite Violence Before Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Verdict: SIT Report

According to the SIT, Dera authorities spent at least Rs 5 crore to cause the unrest which led to the death of 39 people. The SIT is probing involvement of Aditya Insaan, Honeypreet Insaan and Surender Dhiman Insaan in this case.........Read more

National smart grid mission in line with emerging reality

Policy goals are critical in shaping up transformation and modernisation of the existing grid system in India. Acknowledging the changing dynamics, the Government of India developed ‘Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap (SGVR) for India’ in 2013. The SGVR intends to cut down transmission and distribution losses through large-scale implementation of smart grids solutions — which can help monitor, measure, and control real time power flows. ........Read more

Demonetisation: Unusual deposits of Rs 1.7 trillion detected, says RBI paper

‘Unusual’ cash deposits totalling Rs1.6-1.7 trillion were made during the demonetisation period, says a research paper posted on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) website. In nominal terms, it said, the excess deposits accrued to the banking system due to demonetisation are estimated in the range of Rs2.8-4.3 trillion.........Read more

Asset management firm marks up Flipkart's valuation by up to 64%, Ola's by 12%

Vanguard, one of the world's largest asset management company, has marked up the valuation of two poster boys of Indian startup ecosystem - online retailer Flipkart and cab-hailing app Ola - according to filings made by one of the funds managed by the firm.While Vanguard World Fund has marked up Flipkart's valuation by up to 64%, Ola's was marginally moved up by 12%. ........Read more

Natural gas built Qatar, now may protect it in Gulf dispute

Natural gas built the high-rises of Qatar's capital, put the Al-Jazeera satellite news network on the air and a fleet of passengers jets for its state carrier in the sky.........Read more

WannaCry havoc: India issues red-cloured critical alert

A red-coloured critical alert has been issued in connection with the WannaCry attack that hit over 90,000 systems across 75 countries across the world including India. India's Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) said individuals or organisations are not encouraged to pay the ransom as this does not guarantee files will be released.........Read more

China’s new world order

President Xi Jinping will unveil his grand economic plan for the world on May 14 and 15 at an international summit on his “One Belt, One Road” policy initiative. Attended by 28 heads of state and top officials from more than 60 nations, the event is a coming out party for the Asian giant and will see Xi outline China’s plans to forge a new global economic order by drawing on the millennia-old tradition of the Silk Road trading route.........Read more

Housing for All: PMO discusses ways to involve private builders

Prime Minister’s Office discussed ways to involve private real estate developers in the government’s ambitious ‘Housing-for-All by 2022’ programme at a meeting in New Delhi. Sources said, the meeting called by the Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra yesterday discussed how the benefits of the interest subsidy on affordable housing could …........Read more

Kings XI Punjab finally swoop in to sign Ishant Sharma

Ishant Sharma will be a part of the IPL after the pacer was signed by Kings XI Punjab to replace the injured Murali Vijay for the upcoming season. During the IPL auction, Sharma's base price of Rs. 2 crores had not attracted any bids and it looked like the seamer would have to sit this season out.........Read more

IPL 2017 Live on TV, streaming: Full list of broadcasters across the world

One of the marquee global sporting events, VIVO IPL 2017 will be played from April 5 to May 21, 2017 and will be spread over 47 days across 10 venues. The T20 extravaganza with 60 matches will be available LIVE across a bouquet of broadcast and streaming platforms. The coverage will be more extensive and more LIVE games will be available for international viewers.........Read more

Telcos unhappy with Trai's recommendation of independent body for consumer complaints

Trai’s findings lead them to conclude that the establishment of an independent ombudsman to oversee consumer/grievance redressal is necessary for fair and impartial handling of complaints. Telecom Service Providers (TSP), however, are not very happy with the recommendation.........Read more

Old WhatsApp status makes a return as 'WhatsApp Info', 'Revoke' feature renamed to 'Unsend'

Keeping the customer feedback in mind, the company is planning to bring the old version of ‘Status’ back but one thing to note is that this does not mean that WhatsApp is removing the new Snapchat-like disappearing ‘Status’ update feature.........Read more

Vigilance probe unearths scam in AAP's Mohalla Clinics

Treating one patient in a minute is impressive, but to treat two is truly record breaking, some would even say impossible. But that allegedly is what a group of specialised doctors are doing. According to the Vigilance Department, it has received complaints that doctors working for the Delhi government’s pilot project — Mohalla Clinic, are treating 533 patients per day in just four hours.........Read more

Mitsubishi Grand Lancer goes official in Taiwan

Mitsubishi has officially revealed its all new Grand Lancer for select Asian markets. The new lancer comes with a brand new design but retains the characteristic Lancer look. The new Grand Lancer will only arrive in markets such as China, Taiwan and Malaysia. So far there’s no news whether the new model will make its way to India.........Read more

Reliance Jio carries 90% data traffic in India, but trails Airtel in 4G speeds, says Credit Suisse

Reliance Jio network coverage is significantly ahead of the other operators but the newcomer trails Airtel in 4G speeds given the high load on its network during the free offer period, says a report by Credit Suisse.........Read more

AIADMK urges Sasikala to ‘immediately’ take charge as Tamil Nadu CM

The AIADMK renews its calls for Sasikala Natarajan to take over as Tamil Nadu chief minister, barely two days after she takes over as the acting general secretary of the party.........Read more

SBI, other banks likely to cut lending rates in 2017: Report

State Bank of India and a few other leading banks are expected to announce a cut in their lending rates in the first month of coming year in order give consumption a much-needed boost post demonetisation.........Read more

Meet the Woman Who Has Helped over 10,000 Mentally Challenged Women Live with Dignity

Om Creations Trust, a training centre for young adults with mental disabilities, has helped over 10,000 women build a life of dignity for themselves. Started with the vision of one woman, the organisation is helping them earn a living for themselves. ........Read more

Soon, Government Will Launch Toll Free Number To Report Call Drops

“Short code 1955 has been allotted for IVRS system on call drop,” an official source told PTI. As per a letter by the Department of Telecom to operators in last week of November, “the toll free number is for the outbound calls to the subscribers, the IVRS system will have to present a pre-defined CLI (caller line identification) to the subscribers, through short code ‘1955’.”........Read more

Will leave business to two sons before inauguration on January 20: Donald Trump

Donald Trump has delayed until January an announcement, originally set for this week, on how he plans to step back from running his business empire to avoid conflicts of interest, his spokesman said on Monday.........Read more

Aadhaar ID for more exams under study, says Javadekar

 In another exam reform proposal, the Centre is also planning to start a specialised ‘National Testing Institute’ to conduct all important examinations which are now being conducted by the Central Boa........Read more

Dress code is back in Kerala’s Sree Padmanabhaswami Temple

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court has put on hold the order of the Executive Officer of the Sree Padmanabhaswami Temple in Thiruvananthapuram allowing chudidhar-clad women devotees into the temple. The Bench, while considering a writ petition filed by four devotees challenging the Executive Officer's order, ordered that the status quo available prior to the EO’s order be continued for the time being.........Read more

Duckett misses out; Morgan, Hales return

"There was a lot of discussion around Duckett," Bayliss said. "It was the toughest decision and the one we spoke about the most. He did well in Bangladesh and if we had left someone else out they would have been desperately unlucky as well. We thought that Duckett has done himself no harm. He has shot up the pecking order and he is right there or thereabouts.........Read more

WhatsApp to stop running on older smartphones; check out if your device is on the list

WhatsApp messaging app, earlier this year said that it is going to stop its support of outdated smartphones. It had said that WhatsApp will stop running on the earliest smartphones which include iPhone, Windows Phone, Nokia, Android and BlackBerry.........Read more

Finances worry Telangana, AP after scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes

The two Telugu states are worried about their tax revenues due to discontinuation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Officials said that the move would affect the states’ revenues, mainly from stamps and registrations and Excise. The Central government meanwhile has cut the two states’ share of tax devolutions this month, leading to AP losing Rs 790 crore and TS Rs 400 crore. AP gets about Rs 3,500 crore and TS Rs 5,000 crore through tax and non-tax revenues every month.........Read more

War of emails: Tata-Mistry clash over chairmanship reaches cyber space

The Tata Group has composed an email response to Cyrus Mistry’s email to the company’s board, two days after Mistry’s surprise ouster from the company.........Read more

AI crew held for smuggling banned drug to US

A cabin crew member of national carrier Air India has been arrested at international airport here for allegedly trying to smuggle about 300 bottles of a banned drug to the US. The crew member, who was intending to depart to New York, was intercepted by the customs officials yesterday. On his personal and baggage search, 300 bottles of 'Phensedyl new cough Linctus 50 ml' were allegedly recovered.........Read more

Vini Cosmetics: Smelling good

Darshan Patel clearly remembers that ‘aha moment’ in 2011. A year earlier, he’d launched Fogg, a deodorant, and was struggling to sell it. Myriad brands and fickle consumers meant that a product without clear differentiation would barely move off the shelves.........Read more

After Russia, India most unequal country in world: report

India is among the 10 richest countries in the world with total individual wealth of $ 5,600 billion, but the average Indian is quite poor.........Read more

CISF and NSG left without chiefs after their director generals retire with no successors appointed

The Home Ministry said it shortlisted four candidates for the posts, but the Cabinet's Appointments Committee had not made a decision yet.........Read more

India lines up infrastructure projects along Indo – China border

China has been building military infrastructure along Indo-China border over the last decade and currently it is far ahead of India. Now, there is a belated realisation in India that infrastructure…........Read more

Vijai Kapoor likely to be named new J&K Governor by Aug-end

Is the Narendra Modi government about to replace Jammu and Kashmir's long-reigning Governor N.N. Vohra with former Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Vijai Kapoor?........Read more

The story behind the Mint SecureNow Mediclaim ratings

More than 400 health insurance options were analysed on pricing, features and claims experience........Read more

Ex-hockey captain Md Shahid dies at 56

Mohammed Shahid, former Olympic medalist and hockey legend, passed away at a private hospital in Gurgaon on Wednesday.........Read more

How Krishi Kalyan cess vitiates against Make in India, Startup India

The cess vitiates against Make-in-India, Startup India and even the ease of doing business in the country........Read more

Coca-Cola expanding in last beverage frontiers of coffee, milk

Coca-Cola has a partnership agreement with coffee exporter Tristao Companhia de Comercio Exterior, which will acquire and roast the beans.........Read more

Hrithik Roshan inks Rs 550-crore deal for satellite rights of upcoming films

This is only the second such deal after Salman Khans 500-crore deal for films between 2013 and 2017.........Read more

Why Make-in-India must re-tool manufacturing

I recently met the CEO of a leading global durables player who has been exploring investment in a manufacturing plant in India. We ended up discussing the competitiveness of India as a manufacturing location within their global supply-chain, in the........Read more

Volkswagen Passat GTE: The future is here

Volkswagen’s mission with the Passat GTE is to showcase its technology prowess and green credentials........Read more

Racist Incidents Have UK Worried What Referendum Has Wrought

A spate of racist incidents in the U.K. in the wake of Thursday's vote to leave the European Union have Britons concerned the result is emboldening extremist elements in society.........Read more

Diabetes drugs could treat Alzheimer's, but Alzheimer's can also lead to diabetes

Diabetes drugs could treat Alzheimer's, but Alzheimer's can also lead to diabetes - Contrary to the popular belief, researchers from University of Aberdeen have found that drugs used to control glucose levels in diabetes may alleviate the symptoms and progression of Alzheimer's disease.........Read more

Microsoft enters the marijuana business

As state after state in the US has legalised marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed away entirely. Marijuana, after all, is still illegal, according to the federal government.........Read more

Babri demolition, Godhra riots led youths to al-Qaeda: Delhi Police

Indians joining Al-Qaeda were moved by the 1992 Babri mosque demolition and 2002 Godhra riots and were committed to establish base of terror outfit Al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) here, Delhi........Read more

Venkatesh Prasad applies for India head coach's post

Prasad, who is currently the chairman of the BCCI junior selecting committee, is keen to get back to a coaching role. He has also thrown his hat into the ring by applying for the high profile head coach's job with the Indian cricket team. "I have app........Read more

What’s with these non-Indians reviewing our movie trailers?

Indian visitors flock to Western reviews of trailers and movies on YouTube. Do we enjoy the validation?........Read more