NCB preps to upgrade war against drugs, readies list of 100 mafia bosses

Special focus will also be on cocaine suppliers in Mumbai, given the abuse of the substance in the city, especially the film industry, as well as Pune, Goa, Bengaluru and Delhi. ........Read more

43 per cent newly-elected Lok Sabha MPs have criminal record: ADR 

Of the 539 winning candidates analysed by the ADR, as many as 233 MPs or 43 per cent have criminal charges. The BJP has 116 MPs or 39 per cent of its winning candidates with criminal cases, followed by 29 MPs (57 per cent) from the Congress, 13 (81 per cent) from the JDU, 10 (43 per cent) from the DMK and nine (41 per cent) from the TMC.........Read more

As Ericsson-RCom agree to settle, NCLAT allows banks to complete RCom-Reliance Jio deal

The NCLAT has placed the insolvency of debt-ridden Reliance Communications on hold as Ericsson and RCom have agreed to settle the dispute. RCom has reportedly agreed to pay Rs 550 crore within 120 days to Ericsson.........Read more

Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi siphoned off crores to Belgium, but getting details may take 3-4 years

The diamond merchant who allegedly defrauded Punjab National Bank (PNB) of over Rs 12,000 crore, siphoned off a major chunk of the ill-gotten money into two Belgium-based companies — Nirav Modi Limited (formed on 11 October 2017) and Nirav Modi Jewels BVBA (floated in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2013). India has not signed Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with Belgium, and accessing information through Letter Rogatory (LR) will take at least three-four years.........Read more

Labour Ministry Proposes Social Security System For 50 Crore Workers

Labour Ministry has proposed a social security system to provide retirement, health, old-age, disability, unemployment and maternity benefits to around 50 crore workers in the country. It plans to implement the scheme in three phases over a period of 10 years, after which the government intends to make it universal. The project will be implemented in four tiers. The government will be financing the cost for the people who come under below the poverty line.........Read more

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar cancels UN Rakhine visit - The Statesman

A planned visit by UN officials to Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which has seen a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims, has been cancelled by the country’s authorities, the world body said on Thursday. The visit would have been the first by UN officials to the area since violence broke out on August 25.........Read more

Suzuki Access 125 Matte Colours Launched; Priced At Rs. 59,063

Suzuki Motorcycle India's bestselling offering, the Suzuki Access 125 has been launched with a new matte colour variant priced at Rs. 59,063 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The scooter continues to draw power from the 124 cc single-cylinder engine tuned for 8.5 bhp at 7000 rpm and 10.2 Nm of peak torque at 5000 rpm, paired to an automatic transmission. The Access uses telescopic forks up front and a swingarm type suspension setup at the rear. Braking power comes from drum brakes at the front and rear, with the front disc brake available as optional.........Read more

This comedian has a perfect response to why Tamils don't speak Hindi.

According to stand-up comedian Aravind SA, the theory that people from Chennai don’t know Hindi is far from true. He claims that they do, in fact, know Hindi, but simply refuse to speak it. Why? “Because we like to irritate the North Indians.”........Read more

Cruise policy next month, India to attract 700 vessels: Gadkari

A cruise tourism policy is in the making and will be announced next month, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday, with an aim to tap India's vast potential on this front and attract more vessels. The country draws nearly 70 cruise vessels a year, which is expected to go up to 700 with this initiative.........Read more

Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity in 195 Countries over 25 Years

In 2015, a total of 107.7 million children and 603.7 million adults were obese. Since 1980, the prevalence of obesity has doubled in more than 70 countries and has continuously increased in most other countries. Although the prevalence of obesity among children has been lower than that among adults, the rate of increase in childhood obesity in many countries has been greater than the rate of increase in adult obesity. ........Read more

More brain activity is not always better when it comes to memory and attention

Potential new ways of understanding the cause of cognitive impairments, such as problems with memory and attention, in brain disorders including schizophrenia and Alzheimer's are under the spotlight in a new research review.........Read more

Arunachal wants separate time zone to improve efficiency, work hours

"We get up as early as 4am,” said the 37-year-old former Congressman who crossed over to the BJP in July last year and become the country’s youngest chief minister. “Several daylight hours are wasted as government offices open only at 10am and closes at 4pm.” His remarks come against the backdrop of a Gauhati high court order rejecting a public interest litigation seeking a separate time zone for the northeast.........Read more

Govt To Privatize 23 Railway Stations, Auction Of Kanpur Central And Allahabad Junction Announced

In one of its largest Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects, the Central government has decided to privatize 23 railway stations of the Indian Railways. The list of stations include Lokmanya Tilak (T) Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Vishakhapatnam, Howrah, Bangalore Cantonment, Jammu Tawi, Faridabad and two stations of Uttar Pradesh.........Read more

China warns of new ransomware-like virus UIWIX

The National Computer Virus Emergency Response Centre (CVERC) and software company AsiaInfo on Wednesday detected the “UIWIX” virus, which is spreading in a similar way like the “WannaCry” ransomware. Both viruses use security holes in the Microsoft Windows operating systems to rename files and encrypt them in order to limit users from accessing the computer or files unless they pay a ransom.........Read more

Hinduja brothers stay on top of UK rich list

The Hinduja brothers – Srichand and Gopichand – have retained their top spot in the annual compilation by the Sunday Times of the United Kingdom’s rich set, which said the fortunes of the super-rich increase by what it called a ‘Brexit boom’.........Read more

Work 18 hours a day or make way: Yogi Adityanath to bureaucrats

There were not many takers when new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath warned that he was a workaholic and only those who can work 18-20 hours a day can keep pace with him. Less than a month hence, the state's elite bureaucracy has learnt the lesson the hard way that this time round, they can even be asked to report in the dead of night, literally.........Read more

IPL 2017: After Virat Kohli, now KL Rahul set to miss the entire season for RCB: Report

RCB are suffering from the injury syndrome even before the season has started, with KL Rahul joining Virat Kohli in the list for IPL 2017. However, now that hope has been thrown out of the window, with Rahul reportedly ready to undergo surgery to correct a long-standing shoulder problem. Rahul is set to fly out to London next week to have the surgery and that could rule him out of the entire IPL.........Read more

CAG to audit the impact of demonetisation

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) plans to audit the impact of note ban and the affect it has had on government tax revenues, said CAG Shashi Kant Sharma. ........Read more

TVF molestation charges raise questions about lack of sexual harassment policies in media start-ups

Not having firm HR policies to address sexual harassment complaints is, of course, a violation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act. Under the law, employers are required to set up internal complaints committees to inquire into sexual harassment complaints, but this is not its only function.........Read more

Ram Rahim's Dera Sacha Sauda to support SAD-BJP in Punjab Polls

A decision has been taken to support the Akali and BJP candidates in Punjab polls by the followers of the Dera, Dera’s political Affairs wing member Ram Karan told. The followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda headed by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh have major presence in 27 different segments, especially in Malwa region of the state, which comprises 69 Assembly seats.........Read more

Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar proposes bill to declare Pakistan a terrorist state

After US lawmakers moved a bill to declare Pakistan a terrorist nation, Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on Wednesday that he will submit a private members' bill as well as a resolution to declare Pakistan a terrorist nation in a "couple of days". Chandrasekhar, an independent member of the upper house of parliament, told IANS he will submit the bill to Rajya Sabha Secretariat in a "couple of days" and has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking action in this regard.........Read more

Suzuki Ignis spied uncamouflaged in Indonesia; India launch soon

Images of the India bound Suzuki Ignis, totally un-camouflaged, have surfaced from Indonesia where the model made its local debut at the 2016 GIIAS. The Indonesian launch of the Ignis is expected t........Read more

Time for Moral Courage: We Must Deal With Suicides in Armed Forces

Ironically, one of the strongest organisations of our nation, our pride – the Indian Army – is downright timid in certain respects. I say this since this sturdy and powerful establishment has not had the moral courage to admit its deteriorating physical and psychological profile over the years, perhaps in order to maintain a certain kind of image in the public; but for what? And with what consequence?........Read more

General Motors India recalls 22,000 units of Chevrolet Cruze

General Motors India is recalling around 22,000 units of its premium sedan Chevrolet Cruze, manufactured between 2009-11, to fix faulty ignition system.........Read more

UN pays tens of millions to Syrian companies linked to Assad regime report | The Asian Age

The companies or individuals getting aid from the UN are under sanctions from the EU and the US, ...........Read more

Why PM Modi mentioned Balochistan in his Independence Day address

Refrain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks, name calling or inciting hatred against any community. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by marking them offensive. Let's work together to keep the conversation civil.........Read more

Experts: China cyber spies may be watching you

Despite repeated denials, China's track record points to participation in cyber espionage, say officials.........Read more

Gurgaon woman abducted and gang-raped for publicly shaming harassers

In what appears to be an act of revenge for ‘public shaming’, three men from Mewat allegedly kidnapped a 29-year-old woman from her father’s house and gang-raped her in the Aravalli hills in Badshahpur, 20 km from Gurgaon, last week.........Read more

Does ‘Azadi’ mean licking America’s boots: Hizab clad girl berates Pak govt (VIDEO)

In this video, a hizab clad woman is seen blasting the Pakistan govt for all its failures.........Read more

Is BJP Rebranding Itself by Poaching BSP Leaders Such as Maurya?

As BJP tries to expand its social base in UP, Mayank Mishra asks whether the move will fetch any electoral dividend.........Read more

Free to Go to Your Temples In This State of Pakistan: Jinnah, 1947

On 11th August 1947, Muhammed Ali Jinnah cleared his throat and stood facing the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan. The spectre of Partition still hung heavy over the newly formed nations of India and Pakistan, and the future of both countries hung in........Read more

Over 2,000 AmigaOS games are now available for free on the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive has uploaded over 2,000 games built for the original Amiga family of computers. The games can be played within the browser itself.........Read more

Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler coming to India on 1 September – Tech2

Yes, the wait for Jeep SUVs in India is finally over. According to the Financial Express, Jeep India, will be launching two models called the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Jeep Wrangler in India on 1 September. While the details about pricing are not o........Read more

China announces South China Sea military exercises

China today said it is closing off a part of the South China Sea for military exercises this week, days after an international tribunal ruled against Beijing's claim to ownership of virtually the entire strategic waterway.........Read more

Know Your Olympian: Sushila Chanu, The Women's Hockey Team Captain

A junior ticket collector in Central Mumbai Railway, Sushila is now ready to lead the women's hockey team in Rio.........Read more

South China Sea verdict: Angry China warns against 'cradle of war' in sea

China is insisting on its historical rights over the sea while launching a volley of thinly veiled warnings to the United States and other critical nations.........Read more

This ad campaign seeks to glorify the beauty of the beer belly, and its going viral

Look again, these men arent pregnant! Time to move over food babies coz these beer babies are much more prettier, as these ads will have you believe.........Read more

2002 Gujarat riots: Survivors scarred but look to the future

The 2002 riots are a repressed memory for many of today’s Ahmedabad youngsters. They say they want to look to the future. Some are pursuing careers in law, others in education. A harmony of sorts has been restored between the Hindus and the Muslims,........Read more

LeEco's Le 2 and Le Max2 create new flash sales registration record of 150,000 in first 24 hours

LEco's recently launched second generation Superphones Le 2 and Le Max2 are definitive trend-setters in the industry given their distinctive features, many of which are industry firsts. It is hardly surprising that the new Superphones have received........Read more

Why India is a nation of foodies - BBC News

The obsession with food defines Indian identity and personality to the point of both ridicule and delight, writes Ritu Agarwal........Read more

Developer creates open source computer vision platform that lets 'machines see'

A Russian developer here has created an open source computer vision platform, in collaboration with Facebook and Google, that acts as a teaching machine and enables them "see".........Read more

Dropped from ODI tri-series team, Gayle, Bravo, Sammy slam WI selectors

Senior West Indies cricketers Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy have lashed out at the country’s selectors for ignoring them for next month’s ODI tri-series involving Australia and South Africa.........Read more

Kerala 'VS' Somalia: Was PM Modi the first one to bring in comparison with sub-Saharan Africa? - Firstpost

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been widely panned and ridiculed for ostensibly comparing Kerala to Somalia. But did he compare Kerala to Somalia? What were the metrics of comparison? And was he totally off the mark?........Read more

EPF interest rate increased to 8.8% from 8.7% - Times of India

The Union finance ministry on Friday agreed to increase interest rate on provident fund deposits to 8.8 per cent from the 8.7 per cent decided by it earlier. The Union labour ministry was pushing for 8.8 per cent interest rate.........Read more

Demolish Adarsh Society: Bombay HC

The Bombay High Court on Friday directed that the Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society be demolished, but stayed the same for 12 weeks. A Division Bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice R.G. Ketk........Read more