Modi govt ministers prefer Oxford, Harvard for their children's education and not IIT, IIM

It seems ministers in the Narendra Modi government prefer foreign universities to Indian ones as many of them have sent their children abroad for higher education. Of the 56 ministers in the PM’s Council of Ministers, 12 have sent their children to foreign universities. Union Home Minister Amit Shah is, however, among those ministers who didn’t send their children abroad. Shah’s son, Jay, has done his BTech from Nirma University, Ahmedabad. Children of all the three prominent ministers in the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) — Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar — have got their degrees from foreign universities.........Read more

How the public is helping NASA's Juno mission

From the outside, the agency may appear a monolith, but in reality, citizen scientists can play a substantial role -- perhaps none more so than in the ongoing Juno mission. Since 2016, the Juno spacecraft has circled Jupiter, scanning the atmosphere and mapping its magnetic and gravitational fields. It's also carrying JunoCam, a camera specifically designed to record images of the poles; areas of the gas giant not previously well documented. "We do not have a formal imaging science team on Juno, so we have turned to the public to help us out," says Candice Hansen-Koharcheck, Juno co-investigator responsible for JunoCam.........Read more

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Unveil US$12.6B Final Budget

the fully loaded magazine The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are expected to cost some 1.35 trillion yen ($12.6 billion), organisers said Friday, unveiling a final budget showing increased revenue balancing out extra costs including countermeasures against heat. However, officials admitted the budget does not yet include an estimated three billion yen for moving the marathon and race walk north to Sapporo, as they wrangle with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over who bears the cost.........Read more

Saudi bus crash: 35 killed, four injured near Medina

The "private chartered bus", carrying 39 pilgrims from Asian and Arab countries, collided with a "heavy vehicle" in the town of al-Akhal. The injured have been transferred to Al-Hamna Hospital.........Read more

Rule-breaking Booker judges honour Atwood, Evaristo with rare double prize

Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments” and Bernardine Evaristo’s “Girl, Woman, Other” jointly won the Booker Prize on Monday in a surprise double award in which the literary prize recognised its oldest and first black woman winners.........Read more

Amarnath Yatra gets more security cover, as IB warns of Lashkar strike

The intelligence note had said that an attack is being planned by the Lashkar-e-Tayiba on the pilgrims as well as the security personnel on duty. With the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani approaching, terrorists are looking to carry out 'spectacular' terror attacks.........Read more

I-T raids on Tamil Nadu contractor, seizes Rs 160 Cr cash, 100 kg gold

In one of the biggest recoveries till date, the Income Tax Department on Monday found Rs 160-crore cash and about 100-kg bullion after raids at several premises of a road construction firm Ms SPK and Company in Tamil Nadu........Read more

Video shows militants interrogating army jawan Aurangzeb before he was shot dead: Officials

Kidnapped Army rifleman Aurangzeb was found dead at Gussu village, about 10km away from Kalampora, in Pulwama district. A video was released and is seen being interrogated by suspected militants about the encounters he had participated in.........Read more

Two soldiers injured after militants attack army patrol near LoC in Kupwara

Two soldiers were injured in a militant attack close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara sector. The attack comes on a day when Union home minister Rajnath Singh began his two-day visit to the state to review the security situation.........Read more

Two BSF personnel martyred as Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir

India News: The firing from across the international border in the Pragwal area of Akhnoor sector started in the wee hours, resulting in critical injuries to two........Read more

Vijay Mallya resigns as Force India director to focus on legal issues

Vijay Mallya, the co-owner of Force India, has resigned as a director of the Formula One team but will continue as team Principal and shareholder. Mallya is likely to hand his board role to his son Siddharth.........Read more

ICICI Bank Reports Decline In Profit After Tax By 50% For Fourth Quarter 2018

ICICI Bank reported a decline in its standalone profit after tax and reported Rs 1,020 crore for the fourth quarter of 2018 as against Rs 2,025 crore in the fourth quarter of 2017. The decline in profit after tax is around 50 percent.........Read more

We dream of making TTV CM : New office bearers reflect Dhinakaran’s ambitions?

Asked what challenges lay ahead of TTV, Sampath said, “The number of CMs in the state has itself grown. We have a dream to make TTV Dinakaran the CM of the state. We want the AIADMK to remain in power. We want to realise Amma's dream of the AIADMK being in power for 100 years.........Read more

Vijay Sethupathi interview: ‘I am a free bird, roaming freely, enjoying my own journey’

When Vijay Sethupathi was a child, his civil engineer father would repeatedly ask him to tame his wandering mind and focus on his studies. Sethupathi had classmates who moved on to the next year’s curriculum as soon as their current year was done. They knew what they wanted to be, but Sethupathi had a different response: “What if my approach is to drift through life?” Sethupathi did just that. He moved to Dubai to help pay off family loans. He fell in love, came back to India and became an accountant for a theatre group. He finally stopped drifting when he decided to become an actor. The risk has paid off tremendously. Sethupathi is now counted as one of Tamil cinema’s most exciting actors.........Read more

Meet Jayanta Pushilal, the unsung coach who has trained some of Indian table tennis biggest stars

He has been doing it for years. Pushilal is currently 58. He has trained some of Indian table tennis’ finest – Mouma Das, Arup Basak, Ambika Radhika Suresh. They have won innumerable championships, represented India at top tournaments, won medals. But apart from a glint of pride, Pushilal says it has never been about awards or recognition for him.........Read more

IOC to decide hosts for 2024 and 2028 Olympics on Tuesday

Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will hold a session in Lausanne on Tuesday to discuss the process to award the 2024 and 2028 Olympics simultaneously. The Peruvian capital Lima hosts the 130th IOC Congress on September 13 where Los Angeles and Paris will vie for the honors.........Read more

Continental rolls into BMW's self-driving consortium

Continental said on Tuesday it has joined the self-driving consortium led by BMW, created to accelerate the development of autonomous systems for vehicles. Intel and Mobileye are partners in the consortium. Intel is hoping that the arrangement will give it an avenue into the growing need for silicon in cars, while Mobileye is already a leader in automotive vision, like radar and sensors.........Read more

‘Rajini likely to announce political entry on birthday’

Sources close to the actor said that he had been discussing politics and are confident that he will take the plunge this time around. While his fans have been strictly asked not to participate in television debates without permission, senior members of the fan clubs are confident that he is likely to make a big announcement on his birthday on December 12.........Read more

New heart attack treatment uses photosynthetic bacteria to make oxygen

Acting like miniature trees that soak up sunlight and release oxygen, photosynthetic bacteria injected into the heart may lighten the damage from heart attacks, a new study in rats suggests.........Read more

Now you can use your smartphone instead of your passport at Dubai International Airport

As a step towards ensuring seamless movement of travellers, Dubai International Airport has launched a new smart scheme for a speedy travel clearing procedure. Considered a first of its kind, the 'Emirates Smart Wallet' will allow travellers to use their smartphone, instead of their passports or express gate cards at the airport.........Read more

Calcutta High Court Pulls up CBI For Not Examining Mathew Samuel in Narada Sting Case

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday questioned the Central Bureau of Investigation why it had not examined Narada CEO Mathew Samuel or recorded his statement in the sting operation case involving Trinamool Congress leaders.........Read more

Jeep Compass: Production commences in India, launch in August

Jeep has started production of the Compass in India. The SUV is being produced at FCA's manufacturing facility in Ranjangaon, Maharashtra. In addition to the Indian market, this factory will also serve all right-hand drive (RHD) markets across the globe. India has become the fourth manufacturing and export hub for the Compass, after Brazil, Mexico and China.........Read more

Facebook, Google, and other tech companies ask lawmakers to reform NSA surveillance law

Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, which is set to expire at the end of this year, is the legal basis for NSA programs that broadly sweep up electronic communications. The programs are meant to target non-US citizens overseas, although critics have long charged that Americans are unnecessarily caught up in the net. Section 702 is used to authorize the controversial PRISM program, which the NSA uses to collect information from tech companies.........Read more

More Rafale fighters for India? Dassault hopes to start talks by year end

French planemaker Dassault Aviation SA hopes to start talks with India by the end of the year for additional sales of its Rafale fighter jet, before full negotiations in 2018, Chief Executive Eric Trappier said in Geneva.........Read more

Shilpa Shetty and Raj slap Rs 100 crore defamation case on businessman Ravi Bhalotia

Shilpa Shetty and her businessman husband Raj Kundra were earlier sent a legal notice by vendor Ravi Mohanlal Bhalotia for allegedly cheating the textile owner of Rs 24 lakhs. Shilpa and Raj have now slapped a defamation notice for Rs.100 crore on Bhalotia who publicly called the celebrity couple a cheat and tried to malign their reputation for extra media coverage. ........Read more

Norway's wealth fund excludes BHEL from investments

Bharat Heavy Electricals has been excluded from the investment portfolio of Norway's $935-billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, the Norwegian central bank said on Friday.........Read more

Airports push for Aadhaar-enabled entry

Bengaluru and Hyderabad airports have already implemented Aadhaar-enabled entry, while Baroda and Vijayawada airports are likely to use a similar technology soon........Read more

AIIMS doctors to get self-defence training

Faced with increasing violence by patients and their relatives, resident doctors of AIIMS have decided to take steps to protect themselves. Starting May 15, the doctors will take self-defence classes from black belt champions in martial arts, including taekwondo.........Read more

Rohit masterminds tense chase to take Mumbai to top

Rohit Sharma the regulation chase that became tight to give Mumbai Indians the lead in the standings, and put beyond doubt their qualification for the playoffs. It pushed the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore one step closer to early elimination with just two wins in 11 matches.........Read more

Kotak Mahindra to buy Old Mutual’s India insurance JV stake for Rs1,292 cr

Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd on Friday announced it will buy out the entire 26% stake of its joint venture partner Old Mutual Plc., UK, in Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance Ltd for Rs1,292.7 crore.........Read more

Govt may merge two large banks, says Vinod Rai

The government is waiting for the resolution of the NPL (non-performing loans) issue and wants improvement in balance sheet strength before going ahead with the consolidation process. The strength of balance sheet is a hurdle as there are not too many large strong PSUs that can be merged. Therefore, initially the government may look to merge two large banks.........Read more

Payments by facial recognition to be a feature in Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 to be unveiled later this month will blend fingerprint, iris and facial detection to verify users accessing mobile services including Samsung Pay, the people said. It’s already working with banks to help them embrace facial recognition systems in coming months, they said, asking not to be identified talking about a private matter.........Read more

Tree of Life: 1.6 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Found in India Could Be the Oldest Plant Life on Earth

A study published in the journal PLOS Biology has noted that fossils of a particular kind of plant have been unearthed in Chitrakoot, India, that researchers state are 1.6 billion years old. This would essentially make these fossils the earliest-known plants on this planet.........Read more

At least 45 killed in car bomb blast targeting Syrian rebels fighting ISIS in al-Bab

At least 45 people were killed and many others were injured in a village near al-Bab in Syria on Friday after a car bomb struck the Syrian rebels who were fighting the Islamic State (ISIS), according to medical officials.........Read more

Another year in jail if Sasikala fails to pay up fine

She may be the kingmaker in Tamil Nadu but is only a regular imprisonment convict in Bengaluru's central jail. Jailed intrerim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan may end up serving another year plus one month in jail if she fails to pay up the Rs 10 crore and Rs 10,000 fine imposed on her by the Supreme court.........Read more

Carlyle, TPG, Warburg Pincus in talks to buy stake in Indira IVF Hospitals

Three leading US-based private equity funds—Carlyle Group, Warburg Pincus Llc and TPG Growth—are in separate discussions to buy a minority stake in Indira IVF Hospitals Pvt. Ltd, a chain of infertility clinics in North India. Indira IVF Hospitals is looking at a valuation of $600-800 million (Rs4,000-5,300 crore), and the promoters may dilute their stake by 10-20%.........Read more

Sasikala Natarajan to be appointed as Tamil Nadu CM on Feb 9: Reports

The reports said that Chinamma can take over as CM on February 8 or February 9. A meeting of AIADMK MLAs likely to elect new legislative leader is scheduled to take place tomorrow at their party headquarters.While Sasikala had taken over as the general secretary, Finance Minister O Panneerselvam was appointed as chief minister of state after the demise ex-Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa.........Read more

Anti Terrorism Squad arrest Indian 'spies' passing info to Pakistan

Police had raided a prominent engineering coaching centre in Punjabi Bagh and arrested three people on the charges of spying and having links with Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI). Police said that the accused ran illegal telephone exchanges from inside the institute to conduct espionage.........Read more

English has 3,000 words for being drunk

‘Booze’ was once a popular term in the slang or ‘cant’ of the criminal underworld, which may explain its rebellious overtones today. But whether formally or informally, when it comes to alcohol, English has been hard at work for centuries. ‘Alcohol’ itself is 800 years old, taken from the Spanish Arabic al-kuḥul which meant ‘the kohl’, linking it with the same black eye cosmetic you’ll find on any modern make-up counter. The term was originally applied to powders or essences obtained by alchemists through the process of distillation. This included both unguents for the face as well as liquid spirits of the intoxicating kind.........Read more

RBI imposes penalty on 5 foreign banks for violating FEMA norms

The Reserve Bank of India has levied a penalty on five foreign banks for violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). Bank of America, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Standard Chartered Bank were fined Rs 10,000 each. Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank has been asked to pay a penalty of Rs 20,000.........Read more

Saina, Kashyap, Praneeth reach pre-quarters of Macau Open

Top seed Saina Nehwal staved off a tough challenge from little-known Indonesian Hanna Ramadini in a three-game women's singles opening round match to advance to the pre-quarterfinals of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Macau on Wednesday.........Read more

Apple Watch 2: First Impressions Of The Premium Smartwatch

During his keynote address in September, Apple CEO Tim Cook made the claim that Apple had become the world's second biggest watch-seller in terms of revenue. It is true that even though the Apple Watch is a costly affair, you can spot plenty of people sporting one. Many more than all the Android wear-watches and Pebbles combined.........Read more

Samsung has no idea why the Note 7 keeps catching fire

As igniting Galaxy Note 7 phones caused house fires, plane delays, and governmental investigations, Samsung engineers faced a different problem — they couldn't get their device to catch fire. Even...........Read more

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa recuperating, responding well to treatment: Apollo Hospital

Chief minister J Jayalalithaa has responded well to treatment and has been advised to spend a few more days in the hospital for recuperative treatment, a press release from Apollo Hospitals said on Thursday.........Read more

Banjo Review: Promising Idea, But The Script is Too Simplistic

With "Banjo", Ravi Jadhav, director of celebrated Marathi hits "Natrang, Balak Palak" and "Timepass", makes a strong case for recognizing small-time street musicians as bonafide artistes who have the potential to create vibrant, original music.........Read more

Another step towards securing India's future in sports, Vijay Goel announces 'Talent Hunt' portal

The portal will allow talented children to stake their claim for support including admission to sports training centres from the comforts of their homes.........Read more

Naspers-owned PayU snaps up Citrus Pay for $130 million in one of the largest fintech deals in India

Naspers-owned online payments service provider PayU has agreed to buy smaller Mumbai based rival Citrus Pay for $130 million (Rs 865 crore), striking one of the biggest deals in the country's emerging financial technology space and creating a new entity that will compete with Alibaba-backed Paytm, Snapdeal-owned FreeCharge and MobiKwik. ........Read more

Syria: bitter foes weigh up chance of peace, but prepare for war to rage on

Scepticism towards agreement among Aleppo’s opposition groups is strong, particularly over insistence that al-Qaida elements must be weeded out........Read more

Burning Man's Mutant Vehicles eat dust

They arrive in parts -- on the back of semi-trucks or hitched to trailers -- after being shuttled up America's Interstate 80 highway to Nevada's Black Rock Desert, the site of the annual Burning Man festival.........Read more

North Korea Appears to Have Conducted Nuclear Test: Seoul

North Korea appears to have conducted a fifth nuclear test, after monitors detected a 5.3-magnitude earthquake near its main nuclear site.........Read more

Cuba is blocking text messages that contain words like 'democracy'

The Cuban government is blocking text messages that contain words such as "democracy," "human rights," and "hunger strike," according to an investigation from local dissidents. In a S...........Read more

Why Big Data Analytics is a good career move

To become a data scientist, aspirants need to have expertise in data science and analytics-related tools such as R, SAS, Python, SPSS, along with a sound understanding of statistics........Read more

Julian Assange says WikiLeaks to release 'significant' Clinton campaign data

WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange said on Wednesday his organisation planned to release "significant" information linked to the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton before the 8 November election.........Read more

Congress gets to keep hand symbol as Election Commission changes rules on national party status

Bahujan Samaj Party, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) also benefit from new order.........Read more

Pushkaralu pilgrims hit by skin rashes, itching

People who have open cuts or wounds get infected faster and treatment is required for them.........Read more

Usain bolts into history books with third successive 200m Olympic gold

Entering the race, it did not seem as if any of the Jamaican’s seven competitors would offer him a serious threat. The result felt forgone.........Read more

‘Thanks, PM Modi’: Balochi activists thank him for raising the issue

PM Narendra Modi’s warning to Pakistan seems to have struck home. He had said on Friday that if Pakistan continued to meddle in Kashmir and incite violence and terror, India would be forced to expose the atrocities it continues to commit in its restive Balochistan. The PM’s warning was welcomed by a number of prominent activists in Balochistan, who used the opportunity to go all guns blazing on Islamabad.........Read more

Android app manipulation can disclose your location

Android apps have privacy risks as they automatically have access to key sensors inside the phone that detect the device's location........Read more

Air India has not suffered any operating loss this year: Civil Aviation Minister

The on time performance of Air India has improved from 74 per cent in 2015 to 78 per cent in 2016.........Read more

Maruti Suzuki posts record 14% rise in domestic sales for the month of July

Powered by utility vehicles and compact cars, the country’s largest carmaker saw 12.7% year-on-year rise in its total sales.........Read more

Truly fantastic: ‘Magadheera’ and ‘Khalnayak’ part of annual festival on genre-bending cinema

These films are among the Indian titles selected for the annual Fantastic Fest, which will be held in the Texan capital Austin between September 22 and 29. This year’s edition has promised a special focus on classic and contemporary Indian cinema. ........Read more

Lee Beard reveals what Vijender unlearnt to be WBO champ

Vijender Singh has had to unlearn a few tactics from his amateur days in his unbeaten journey to the WBO Asia Pacific title, reveals the Indian boxing star's renowned British trainer Lee Beard who........Read more

Burhan Wani May Have Been Betrayed to Security Forces by His Hosts

Arshie Qureshi raises critical questions over what really happened at the Tral house where Burhan Wani was killed.........Read more

PM Modi-led Cabinet approves key decisions – from skilling 1 crore youth to NBCC disinvestment

The Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi today approved a slew of decisions, from skilling youth to disinvestment and infrastructure projects.........Read more

Crops grown on 'Mars' soil found safe to eat

Crops grown on 'Mars' soil found safe to eat - Dutch scientists said Thursday crops of four vegetables and cereals grown on soil similar to that on Mars have been found safe to eat, amid plans for the first manned mission to the planet.........Read more

Twitter acquisition speculations on the rise after Microsoft acquires LinkedIn

Based on these speculations, Twitter stock has risen up by 17 percent which pushed up the market cap of Twitter to $11.5 billion. So who should Twitter go with?........Read more

India go 2-0 up after Zimbabwe implode to 126

India went 2-0 up with an eight-wicket win in the second ODI, after bowling Zimbabwe out for 126 at the Harare Sports Club........Read more

Snapchat said to have 150 million daily users, passing Twitter

Messaging on Snapchat is ‘very modern,’ Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said on Wednesday at Recode’s technology conference........Read more

Sushma, Chandy spar over expenses for Libya evacuation

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi courted heavy flak on Twitter for equating infant mortality rates of Scheduled Tribes in Kerala with that of Somalia, Union Minister for External Affairs Sush........Read more

US prez election headed for Trump-Hillary clash in Nov:reports

As the primary season enters its last lap, the race for next White House occupant seems to have narrowed down to two New Yorkers -– real estate mogul Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.........Read more

Maharashtra government plans to bring 70% farmers under crop insurance net

Considering three consecutive years of drought in Marathwada region and weak monsoon last year, the government is trying to bring more farmers under the crop insurance net to compensate them for failed crops........Read more