Volkswagen SUVWs - A New Revolution

While retaining the traditional Volkswagen ethos of being full of exciting details rather than outright flashiness, the ’s sporty design and bright paint options get everyone’s attention. The mature Tiguan AllSpace too has eye-catching details like the all-LED lighting at the front and rear, 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and a great presence overall. The attention grabbing details continue on the inside of the Volkswagen T-Roc. Unmatched build quality is complemented by a dual-tone interior theme and an extremely modern all-digital interface including a digital cockpit for the driver. The panoramic sunroof and Composition Media touchscreen infotainment system will amaze everyone while they enjoy the comfort of the all-leather upholstery and two-zone climate control system.........Read more

PUBG may return to India soon, Korean company takes control back from Tencent

Days after PUBG Mobile was banned in India, PUBG corporation has decided to no longer authorize the PUBG mobile franchise to Tencent Games in India. Earlier this week, the Indian government announced a ban on PUBG Mobile and 117 other Chinese apps including Apus Launcher Pro, AppLock, WeChat Work, Baidu among others. The government had alleged that the apps were “prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity, defense of India, and public order.” As part of the latest developments, PUBG Corporation has announced that PUBG Mobile will no longer be controlled by Tencent Games in India and the South Korean-company will take the full charge of all the subsidiaries. This could mean that the PUBG Mobile will be unbanned in the country soon.........Read more

RBIs restriction on PMC bank EXPLAINED; here’s why customers can’t withdraw more than Rs 1,000

Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Ltd (PMC Bank), one of the leading cooperative banks in the country, was curbed by RBI on Tuesday owing to various irregularities found in the bank’s conduct. The move left thousands of depositors in a state of frenzy as customers rushed to the bank’s branches across Maharashtra. However, they were unable to withdraw more than Rs 1,000 from savings bank account or current account or any other deposit account. The bank, which has a deposit base of over Rs 11,000 crore, was being milked by real estate players in collaboration with bank officials. Troubled realty player HDIL, which has been declared a defaulter by commercial banks, led the pack and was funded by PMC. While the bank reported a net profit of Rs 99.69 crore in 2018-19 as against Rs 100.90 crore in FY18, it was later found that PMC bank had not disclosed the sticky assets and under-reported them. The bank’s bad loans could be soaring to Rs 2,000-2,500 crore. The same was not flagged by the auditor of the bank but RBI has been tough because of previous instances of bad loan reporting.........Read more

P Chidambaram Arrested from Home in INX Media Scam Case, to Be Produced in CBI Court Tomorrow

Former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram was on Wednesday night arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from his Jor Bagh residence in New Delhi, an hour after he made a dramatic appearance at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters. He was taken to the CBI headquarters. Chidambaram earlier appeared at a press conference almost 24 hours after going "incommunicado" in the wake of the Delhi High Court turning down his anticipatory bail plea in connection with the INX Media scam case. ........Read more

K'taka Crisis: House Adjourns Without Trust Vote, Will Resume Tomorrow; BJP to Stage Overnight Dharna

The Karnataka Assembly was adjourned without the much-awaited floor test. The proceedings were adjourned by Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar at 6:00 PM amidst ruckus between the ruling Congress-JD-S and opposition BJP over the Governor’s ‘interference’ in the House proceedings. 00 AM the debate on the confidence motion Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy moved earlier in the day to prove that his coalition government has a majority in the House. After the adjournment, the BJP MLAs declared that they would stage an overnight ‘dharna’. They would sit in the state assembly demanding that the Speaker replies to the Governor’s letter and holds a floor test. Governor Vajubhai Vala had sent a message through a Raj Bhavan official to the Speaker late afternoon to conduct the floor test by the end of the day after BJP legislators complained to him that the ruling allies were deliberately delaying the trust vote by prolonging the debate and raising extraneous matters to prevent the trial of strength. “The motion of confidence moved is in consideration at the house. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is expected to maintain the confidence of the house at all times. I send a message to consider trust vote by the end of the day,” Vala said in a message to the Speaker.........Read more

Super Rich Tax Rate Still Lower Than In US, China: Finance Ministry

Sections Nirmala Sitharaman said those in the highest income brackets need to contribute to development (File) Justifying the raising of tax incidence on super-rich, the finance ministry said the highest tax rate in India was still lower than many countries, including the US and China, and it was a worldwide phenomenon to ask the super rich to pay extra tax. Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey sought to justify the Budget proposal to increase surcharge on super rich saying that the highest tax individual tax rate is 45 per cent in China and South Africa, and 50.3 per cent in the US. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Budget for 2019-20 presented on Friday proposed to increase surcharge from 15 per cent to 25 per cent on taxable income between Rs 2-5 crore and from 15 per cent to 37 per cent for income above Rs 5 crore. Following the increase in surcharge, the effective income tax rate for individuals with taxable income of Rs 2-5 crore will go up from 35.88 per cent to 39 per cent and for those above Rs 5 crore it would go up to 42.7 per cent. Mr Pandey said before the increase in surcharge the highest tax rate in India was 35.88 per cent. This was against 45 per cent in the UK, 45.9 per cent in Japan, 54 per cent in Canada, and 66 per cent in France.........Read more

Human bones, skulls found near hospital in Bihar's Muzaffarpur

Human skeletal remains were found adjacent to the campus of Muzaffarpur-based Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), where over 100 children have already died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).On Saturday, a patient’s attendant stumbled upon two bundles of skeletons and skulls that were dumped in sacks. Crowds flocked at the government-run hospital as news spread about the discovery of skeletal remains. ........Read more

Indian regulator asks Fortis Healthcare to recover $55 mln from...

India’s capital markets regulator has asked Fortis Healthcare (FOHE.NS) to recover 4.03 billion rupees ($55 million) from its founder brothers and firms related to them, pending an investigation into loans made by the company.........Read more

Watch: Asked to pay toll, Kerala MLA gets out of luxury car, breaks barrier

Kerala MLA P C George was on his way to Kochi from Thrissur last night allegedly broke the stop barrier put up at a toll plaza as his car was not allowed to pass despite having the 'MLA' board.........Read more

DriveSpark - Porsche 911 GT2 RS Launched At Rs 3.88 Crore — The Most Track-Focussed Porsche Available In India

Porsche has launched their most powerful and track-focussed 911 in India, the GT2 RS with a price tag of Rs 3.88 crore, ex-showroom (India). The Porsche GT2 RS is the latest performance version of the 911 to enter India. The German car manufacturer already launched the GT3 in India back in 2017.........Read more

White House criticises $3bn China tariffs

Beijing has introduced duties of up to 25% on 128 American imports following President Donald Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium. China said the move was intended to safeguard its interests and balance losses caused by the new tariffs. The White House has criticised China after it imposed retaliatory tariffs against the US on a range of goods, including pork and wine.........Read more

Porsche discontinues diesel, to focus on EVs and hybrids

German premium car manufacturer, Porsche has announced plans for exiting the diesel powertrain space completely. Porsche has already spent over a billion dollars at its Stuttgart plant for electrification and hybrids. The company plans to launch the Mission E four-door electric saloon by 2019. In fact, Porsche is the first company that has been vocal about discontinuing its diesels in favour of gasoline and hybrids. ........Read more

India gets access to strategic port in Oman for military use, to counter China in the Indian Ocean

The Duqm port on the southeastern coast of Oman, opening into the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, is strategic to India because to its north is the Chabahar port in Iran. India is helping develop Chabahar to open a trade route to Afghanistan and Central Asia, bypassing Pakistan. The Chabahar port is crucial not only because Pakistan does not allow India to send goods to Iran and Afghanistan, but also because it will act as a counter to the nearby Gwadar port in Pakistan, which China is developing.........Read more

Indefinite curfew, 48-hr bandh cripple life in Dima Hasao

The curfew is still on. It is uncertain if it will be called off tomorrow as the situation is still tense, although no new untoward incident took place in the last 24 hours, Two persons died after police opened fire on people protesting against a reported Naga Peace Accord draft released by the RSS in Maibang on January 25.........Read more

Kamal Haasan to announce political party's name on Feb 21

Actor Kamal Haasan announced that at the beginning of his political tour, he would reveal the name of his political party and the principles of the same. The actor, who released a detailed plan of his tour across the state, said it will commence on February 21 and will be undertaken in multiple phases.........Read more

CBDT relaxes norms for MAT on firms facing insolvency

The Income Tax Department on Saturday relaxed norms for levy of minimum alternate tax (MAT) on companies facing corporate insolvency proceedings. As per Section 115JB of the Income Tax Act, MAT is levied on book profit after deducting the amount of loss brought forward or unabsorbed depreciation, whichever is less.........Read more

Country’s first air-conditioned suburban train service commences in Mumbai

In a Christmas gift to Mumbaikars, the country’s first air-conditioned (AC) suburban train commenced its services today, thus realizing the long-awaited dream of lakhs of commuters. Built-in Chennai at a cost of ₹54 crore, the 12-car rake of the AC local arrived here on April 4, 2016. Initially, the AC local will operate only on the Churchgate-Borivili section. The train will make six trips daily (12 services per day) and from January 1 next year, it will run from Churchgate to Virar........Read more

Naxal attack Masudan railway station in Bihar, abduct 2 officials

Maldah's Divisional Railway Manager got a call from the abducted assistant station master. He said that the Naxals have threatened to kill both the officials if train services continue on the Masudan track. All passengers have been requested to take other alternatives as a precautionary measure.........Read more

Happy New Year: This country will celebrate it first while these islands are the last to welcome 2018

A small island in the Pacific called Tonga welcomes the New Year first. It happens at 3:30 pm IST. The last places to greet the New Year are Baker Island and Howland Island – if people live there. The second last place to celebrate the New Year is American Samoa. Interesting to note that Samoa will ring in 2018 after about 25 hours Tonga welcomes the New Year.........Read more

PV Sindhu Books Place in Hong Kong Super Series Semi-final

India’s ace PV Sindhu entered the last four of the Hong Kong Super Series tournament after she beat Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-12 21-19. Interestingly, Sindhu was the only seeded player from India after Srikanth Kidambi had withdrawn from the tournament. Sindhu will now face sixth seed Thai player Ratchanok Intanon.........Read more

PM Modi Only World Statesman to Stand up to China on OBOR: US Expert

The only statesman in the world who stood up to it yet, is Prime Minister Modi. He and his team have been quite outspoken, partly because the Belt and Road Initiative includes violation of Indian sovereign claims, said Michael Pillsbury, Director of Center on Chinese Strategy.........Read more

With Prices Rising Post-GST, Has the Government Taken the Public for a Ride?

One of the benefits of the GST touted by the government was that prices would come down, but the opposite has happened. Prices of most services have also gone up as they are now taxed at 18% while they were charged 15% in the pre-GST regime. Hence, insurance, credit card charges, banking charges and so on have all risen.........Read more

Girl students catch up, will soon overtake boys in India

India is about to reach an important milestone shortly. Half of its gigantic student population, the world’s largest, will be made up of girls. In 2015-16, the last year for which data is available, girls comprised 48% of the student population of about 300 million.........Read more

Saviours or profiteers? Bangladesh fishermen rescue Rohingya, for a price

For tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, an informal fleet of small wooden fishing boats has meant deliverance from what they say is an indiscriminate assault on their villages by the Myanmar army. Some refugees told they paid as much as 10,000 taka ($122) per adult to boatmen to make the five-hour crossing from Myanmar’s coast to ports in southern Bangladesh.........Read more

Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One Smartphone With Dual-lens Camera Launched For Rs 14,999

The Xiaomi Mi A1 flaunts a full metal body with a 5.5-inch Full HD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Mi A1 looks premium and the front of the device will remind you of the Google Pixel. At the back, there is a fingerprint scanner and the dual-lens camera module. ........Read more

86 Infants die due to asphyxia at Rajasthan Hospital in 60 days

In last two months at least 86 infants have reportedly died at Rajasthan’s government hospital in Banswara, out of which 37 died due to medical negligence, a senior government official said on Thursday. The state government had called for an inquiry.........Read more

Gorakhpur Hospital Tragedy: Death Toll Rises to 63;

The death toll in the Gorakhpur tragedy rose to 63 on Saturday after an 11-year-old child suffering from encephalitis died at the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh and Minister for Technical and Medical Education Ashutosh Tandon will meet CM Yogi Adityanath over the incident. After the meeting, both are expected to visit the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur.........Read more

Fake currency detection in banks highest in 8 years: Report

Counterfeit currency detection instances in the country's banking channels have seen an all time increase in the last eight years at over 3.53 lakh instances, according to a latest government report. However, the amount of fake currency detected has not been specified.........Read more

No foreigners please: Air India might be sold to local, domestic investors

India’s sole domestic carrier Air India could go to local investors as top echelons in the government are not very keen to hand it over to foreign carriers as part of its strategic disinvestment plan.........Read more

DC Collectibles Unveils 2018 Cover Girls Collection

Eisner Award-nominated artist Joëlle Jones has been tapped to take over the popular DC Collectibles Cover Girls statue line. Announced today during the DC Collectibles panel at WonderCon, the fan-favorite artist for SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER and LADY KILLER will give fans and collectors her unique tak........Read more

US makes social media checks mandatory for visa applicants who visited Islamic State-held regions

The United States administration has decided to tighten screening of visa applications. In four memos issued by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over the past two weeks, the government has asked its diplomatic missions abroad to identify those who need increased scrutiny and also introduced a “mandatory social media check” for any applicant who has ever been to a region controlled by the Islamic State group.........Read more

Injured Starc ruled out of Test series

Australia's hopes of retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy have been dealt a major blow, with fast bowler Mitchell Starc flying home due to a stress fracture in his right foot. Starc suffered the problem during Australia's loss in the second Test in Bengaluru and after the pain failed to disappear in the days following the match, he was sent for scans on Friday, which revealed the fracture.........Read more

Here's the complete list of Oscar 2017 winners

This is the complete list of Oscars 2017 winners. From Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture and Best Director, see who took home the top prize at the 89th Academy Awards.........Read more

Bariatric surgery, better option than diets

She bases this bold claim on her experience with seriously obese patients and a detailed analysis of the best studies yet done showing weight-loss surgerys ability to reverse the often devastating effects of being extremely overweight on health and quality of life. ........Read more

You’d Be Amazed To Know How These Two Babies Got Cured Of Leukemia

The derived T cells called CAR-T are taken from a donor’s blood and genetically manipulated to better kill the cancer cells. This is a different approach than the conventional therapy where T-cells from the patient are extracted, genetically engineered and then put back in the patient. However, these treatments are still in clinical trials and not available to the public upon requests.........Read more

Ravi Shastri warns cricket boards which are trying to take advantage of BCCI mess

Ravi Shastri warns cricket boards which are trying to take advantage of BCCI mess - "My warning to such people is: beware...This state of flux will not to last for long. BCCI will be back where they belong very very soon," said Shastri.........Read more

National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority slashes stent prices by up to 85%

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority on Monday fixed the ceiling price of drug eluting stents (DES) and bioresorbable stents at Rs 30,000 and that of bare metal stents at Rs 7,500.........Read more

Karnataka assembly passes Kambala bill

The clamour for Kambala was spurred by the success of the stir in Tamil Nadu for allowing Jallikattu (taming of bull), which led to the state government bringing a similar amendment to the Central act.........Read more

IGI airport first in India to cross 5 crore flyer mark

In a first for any Indian airport, IGI Airport crossed the 5-crore passenger mark last year. The airport with three runways and as many terminals handled 5.5 crore passengers: 4 crore domestic and 1.5 crore international flyers. Mumbai was a distant second at 4.4 crore.........Read more

Bhajiawala used 700 people to deposit, withdraw cash - Times of India

Surat-based financier Kishore Bhajiawala, from whom the income tax (I-T) department recovered Rs 10.45 crore in unaccounted for income, used dummy bank accounts to launder black money. Bhajiawala also held property worth Rs 400 crore. He had used around 700 persons for depositing and withdrawing money after demonetization, CBI sources said.........Read more

Leaked documents indicate three iPhones pegged to be released in 2017

According to a couple of supposedly leaked manufacturing documents from the company, it appears there may be up to three new iPhone models poised for release next year. Among these is what seems like an altogether new variant that is allegedly codenamed “Ferrari.”........Read more

CBI files charge-sheet against Kejriwal's ex-principal secretary Rajendra Kumar

CBI files charge-sheet against Kejriwal's ex-principal secretary Rajendra Kumar - CBI had registered a case against Kumar and others in December last year alleging that the officer had abused his official position.........Read more

Netflix Strikes Deal With Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment

Dear Zindagi - the most recent film of Shah Rukh Khan, who also heads Red Chillies Entertainment, will be the first to arrive on Netflix that will be followed by other RCE movies.........Read more

Aadhaar to be must for railway tickets for elderly

Senior citizens who want to avail concessions on train tickets will now have to produce the 12-digit Aadhaar number. An official said reservation of rail tickets for senior citizens will be directly linked to Aadhaar from April next year on a mandatory basis for availing concessions at both counter and for e-tickets.........Read more

Pak protests as diplomats in India not allowed by bank to withdraw pay

Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with India over its diplomats in the High Commission here allegedly not being allowed to withdraw their salaries, which is paid in US dollars, by the bank. Asserting that not allowing its officials to withdraw their salaries was in breach of Vienna Protocol, Pakistan has also threatened that in case the matter is not resolved soon, it may consider retaliatory action against salary disbursal for Indian diplomats there.........Read more

ULFA(I) claims responsibility for attack on Army convoy

United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) on Sunday claimed responsibility for the attack on an Army convoy in Tinsukia district in which three soldiers were killed on Saturday. The 15 Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army at Burhi Dihing, Tinsukia, was on Saturday morning, the banned outfit said in a statement, adding at least four jawans were seriously injured in the ambush.........Read more

Taxman is watching: I-T dept sends notices to those depositing huge cash

Acting swiftly, the Income Tax department has issued hundreds of notices seeking “source” of funds from individuals and firms who have deposited huge amounts of cash in banks using the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes after November 8.........Read more

BITS Pilani: The non-IIT cradle for many Indian startup stories

Since 2013, alumni of the four BITS campuses – Pilani, Hyderabad, Goa, and Dubai – have gone on to launch around 500 startups.........Read more

High alert as 8 SIMI men escape from Bhopal jail after killing guard

BHOPAL: While Madhya Pradesh Anti-terrorist squad (ATS) is yet to file a chargesheet in the 2013-Khandwa jailbreak incident, three of the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) members who were re-arrested after much efforts, made another second successful escape bid on Monday morning after killing a security guard and scaling the wall of the so-called 'high-security' prison in the state capital using bed sheets.........Read more

Cyrus Mistry alleges, ED gets ready to probe: Allegations of Rs 22 crore fraud in Air Asia to be investigated under FEMA

The Enforcement Directorate has decided to probe the Rs 22 crore fraud allegations against Air Asia made by Cyrus Mistry. The ED said the allegations would be investigated under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999.........Read more

The killing fields of Kannur

Three politically motivated murders in three days turned October into the bloodiest of recent months in Kerala. On the 10th, K. Mohanan, 52, a local CPI(M) leader, was hacked to death by suspected RSS activists in Pathiriyad village, part of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's Dharmadom assembly constituency. A gang of six sword-wielding assailants hacked him 14 times in a toddy shop. On October 12, Remith Uthaman, a 30-year-old RSS worker, was hacked to death in front of his mother and pregnant sister in Pinarayi, the CM's native village.........Read more

Reserve Bank of India to issue Rs 2,000 notes soon: Report

India is all set to add one more denomination to its currencies shortly. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will be issuing Rs 2,000 currency notes, the highest to come into circulation, even as some experts feel high-value denominations should be discontinued to curb black money.........Read more

A students' petition and two resignations at Ashoka University: Freedom struggles continue

When I went to Ashoka University in Sonepat district of Haryana last year as a Young India Fellow, I hardly expected to see the university get publicly entangled in a political debate. But we live in strange times. On Thursday, the Indian Express carried a report about the resignation of two administrative staff members as a fallout of a students’ petition expressing solidarity with Kashmir, which they had signed.“On October 7, the two employees, Saurav Goswami, deputy manager of academic affairs, and Adil Mushtaq Shah, programme manager of academic affairs, of the Young India Fellowship sent farewell emails,” the report said. “Although they quit on personal grounds, many on campus say the management had made its ‘displeasure’ known to them after the petition went public.”Since the issue now hinges on that familiar terrain of freedom of expression, I will preface the following paragraphs with this: free speech does not amount to consequence-free speech. There are consequences to every action. The question is whether those consequences are reasonable and conducive to lively debate in a free society.Kashmir has seen many casualties this summer and a lively debate is unfortunately one of them. The petition floated in July within the Ashoka University email listserv condemning the State violence in Kashmir has seen many internecine arguments among the campus community as well as the alumni. Understandably, there were opposing viewpoints. In the long email thread that followed the first draft of the petition, several students and alumni legitimately questioned the lack of a wider consensus and pressed for a detailed conversation. But the group of students who were driving the petition dismissed those concerns and asked only those who agreed to sign it. Eventually, 88 people signed the petition, including the two staff members.The petition was published online on July 25. Once it got picked up and misrepresented by a few Pakistan-leaning blogs, all hell broke loose. The university hastily convened a governing body meeting on July 27 and issued a terse statement barring anyone from using the “good name of the university” and condemning the students for their behaviour. It was so disappointing to see a university throw its students under the bus at the first hint of trouble. Upholding the university’s name at the expense of (some) students is not that different from upholding the national interest at the expense of (some) people. Students, and people, by definition, are flawed. Even if mistakes were made in how the petition was drafted or circulated, responding to that with a public denouncement reeks of overreach (especially because the petition clearly stated the views were held by the students and was not the position of the university).While many thought it would stop there, a few months later came the resignations. To target two staff members without resorting to due process seems unduly punitive.Parallels everywhereIn any case, since Pakistan gets dragged in every time anyone speaks of Kashmir, it is instructive to look across the border where a similar debate on free expression is raging. Just this week, The Nation published a daring editorial defending Dawn journalist Cyril Almeida, who has been barred from leaving the country after publishing a story about an unusual exchange between the civilian and military brass on possible action against Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed.“Apparently a barrage of online abuse and three official denials were not enough to assuage tempers riled after Mr Almeida’s exclusive story in Dawn,” the editorial read. “How dare the government and military top brass lecture the press on how to do their job. And how dare they imply that they have either the right or the ability or the monopoly to declare what Pakistan’s ‘national interest’ is.”The parallels are remarkable. Both countries are fighting over a national interest devoid of the people. Ashoka University has a lot to answer for if it indeed did succumb to such pressure. For though there has been a litany of concerns about the university – from the fee structure to the rights of contract workers on campus – it is undeniable that attempts have been made to build a lively, thriving and questioning atmosphere that encourages independent inquiry. The events of this week set an uncomfortable precedent.So, today, I stand in solidarity with the two employees who have been forced to resign for having an opinion, however unpopular it might have been. But I also stand in solidarity with Ashoka University, which, if events as they have been reported are accurate, has evidently come under immense pressure.We live in a profoundly divided country where politiciking has replaced politics, where even issues of national consequence are viewed through the lens of party politics. The university is perhaps one of the few spaces left for nuance, for complexity, for disagreements. It is worth defending every last inch of that space.Ultimately, this is not about Ashoka. It is about India. It is about the price one has to pay as a citizen of this country for having the integrity to hold on to a differing opinion.That great paragon of liberalism, Ronald Reagan, once said: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” It is important to keep that in mind as a heavy price is constantly extracted out of those around us who dissent against the dominant opinion of the day – whether it is the employees of Ashoka University who were allegedly asked to resign or the farmers in Hazaribagh who have been shot at for protesting against land acquisition.The least we can do as a society is to honestly ask ourselves this question: Are they being made to pay too high a price? And how long can we sit silently as a friend, a staff member in a college, a writer, an artist or an academic is silenced?The writer is a former reporter with The Hindu and a Young India Fellow from the Batch of 2016.........Read more

Dreampad smart pillow now ready to lull adults to sleep

The original purpose of the Dreampad was to soothe children with high levels of anxiety, such as those with trauma or autism, by converting soothing noises into vibrations that get transmitted directly into the inner ear. This means the noise is only heard by the person using the Dreampad, rather than projecting it into the surrounding room. It also allows the person to hear the sounds without having their ears plugged by earbuds or wearing bulky headphones to bed, which can disrupt a good night’s rest.........Read more

Indian Army was set to cross LoC in 1999, Vajpayee stopped us: General VP Malik

Extending “full support” to Indian Army’s surgical strikes along the LoC, General (retd.) V P Malik, who was the Army chief during the Kargil episode, on Monday said the Indian forces were all set to enter the Pakistan-occupied territory in 1999, but they were stopped by the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee following international pressure.........Read more

India’s Amity University buys New York campus for $ 22 million, runs into protest

One of India's largest colleges is expanding into the US with the purchase of one campus in New York and a proposal to buy two more, drawing opposition from state officials in Massachusetts about the quality of the education it will offer.........Read more

‘Made in China’ tag haunts foreign medical graduates

In Kerala, the number of those going to China or Russia for medical studies has been going up over the years.But even those foreign medical graduates (FMG) who pass the screening test of NBE and ente........Read more

Ethiopian government declares state of emergency to stop violence

Following month of anti-government violence by country's two largest ethnic groups that resulted in deaths and property damage across the country, the Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency. In a televised address on Sunday morning, Ethiopia's........Read more

Japanese Employees Work at Least 80 Hours Overtime Per Month at 1 in 4 Firms

Almost 25 percent of staffers at firms in Japan log at least 80 hours overtime every month, according to the first ever government report that looked into the issue of working too much, local media reported.........Read more

Economic advisor Gita Gopinath arrives in Kerala for first consultation with CM

“I don’t wish to specifically say what we’ll discuss; the government will announce whatever they wish to. But we are all working on the main issues on Kerala and hopefully there will be some good solutions,” Gita told journalists in Thiruvananthapuram.........Read more

Army Chief expected to review preparedness, Western Command units told to be ready within locations

The Army units under Western Command have been directed to maintain a high level of preparedness within their respective locations in order to respond quickly to any order to be deployed in their respective operational areas. The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh, is also expected to visit the Western Command headquarters here to review the operational situation.........Read more

With 3 of 4 Uri attackers’ faces charred beyond recognition, DNA only way to identify them

The two Muzaffarabad-based guides, who facilitated the four Uri Army base attackers, could identify one of them as the faces of the rest three were reportedly burnt beyond recognition in the operation to neutralise them........Read more

10 startups to participate in DST-GVA-backed India-Russia startup exchange programme in Moscow

The bilateral entrepreneur exchange/accelerator programme will take place in Moscow and will be coordinated by IIT-B’s Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) in Mumbai and Global Venture Alliance (GVA) in Moscow in the second half of September this year.........Read more

Pakistan Cricket Board wants Shahid Afridi to consider retirement

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is expected to give flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi a chance to officially announce his retirement from international cricket during the Twenty20 series against........Read more

US Military Forces to Stay in Disputed South China Sea: US President Obama

United States President Barack Obama said on Thursday that the US is not about to leave the disputed South China Sea despite warnings from China. Obama said the presence of the US military in the area is aimed at upholding the navigation rights of other nations in the disputed area, adding that they would be there for as long as international law allows.........Read more

Cairn India, ONGC get 10-yr Barmer block extension beyond 2020

Private explorer Cairn India and its state-run partner ONGC will get a 10-year extension for the Barmer oil and gas block in Rajasthan beyond 2020, when the current production-sharing contract (PSC) ends.........Read more

'Let them keep writing to UN': India's response to Pakistan on Kashmir

India continued to maintain a high level of pressure on Pakistan on Thursday, dismissing Islamabad’s attempts to drag the international community into the Kashmir issue. The MEA also justified India’s comments on Balochistan, saying mere statements cannot be construed as interference.........Read more

Researchers find thin layers of water can become ice-like at room temperature

New research by scientists at The University of Akron (UA) shows that a nanometer-thin layer of water between two charged surfaces exhibits ice-like tendencies that allow it to withstand pressures of hundreds of atmospheres. The discovery could lead to better ways to minimize friction in a variety of settings.........Read more

Being mentally and socially active can prevent memory loss

People with complex jobs, and those who stay mentally and socially active are less likely to lose their memory.........Read more

Chauthi Koot review: A subtle film with long lasting impression

This is 1984 when the Indian paramilitary forces are fighting a bloody battle with the Khalistani separatists.........Read more

2017 Hyundai Elantra Scores Maximum Safety Rating From IIHS

The sixth generation Hyundai Elantra has earned the highest safety rating - Top Safety Pick+ from the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the US.........Read more

The Dailyhunt-OneIndia deal – the sense and sensibilities behind it

This year is turning out to be a hot one for content in India. A number of news sites have started up or have been announced this year and global ones like........Read more

India and WHO tie up for promotion of Yoga, Ayurveda

The Ministry of AYUSH has signed an agreement with World Health Organisation for promotion of traditional Indian systems of medicine, including Yoga and Ayurveda, globally. In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said as per the agreement, India has assigned activities to WHO for developing technical documents........Read more

CBI apprehends DG Corporate Affairs BK Bansal

The Central Bureau of Investigation apprehended Director General of Corporate Affairs B K Bansal in connection with an alleged bribery case........Read more

How The Modi Government Turned Arvind Kejriwal's Office Into A Ghost Town

In one go, the Modi government has destroyed the Delhi Chief Minister's office. The next time you wonder why Arvind Kejriwal takes on Narendra Modi so directly and vigorously, imagine half of your colleagues being taken away to Tihar and some more transferred to the Andamans. Perhaps, you will then begin to see Arvind Kejriwal as a man of patience.........Read more

Wimbledon 2016: Serena Williams beats Angelique Kerber to equal Steffi Graf's record 22 Grand Slam titles

This marked her seventh Wimbledon title in nine finals, with her elder sister – who lost to Kerber in the semis – already collecting the Venus Rosewater Dish five times.........Read more

NGC 1569: Hubble Probes Interior of Small Star-Forming Galaxy

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced an absolutely beautiful image of the interior of NGC 1569, one of the most active galaxies in our local neighborhood.........Read more

Separatists to Hold Talks With Kashmiri Pandits on Return

We will talk to Kashmiri Pandits to understand their reservations about returning homes in the Valley: Hurriyat Conference.........Read more

Kamat's Potpourri: Social Life in Medieval Deccan : Status of Women

One would expect that in medieval times women were almost like domesticated pets caged in the house, considering all the equality and libertarian movements the mankind has gone though. Lawmaker Manu's oft-quoted statement that women are not worthy of........Read more