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How the Tragic Death of a Pregnant Elephant in Kerala Birthed Rumours and a Communal Campaign

A national media which picked up the news committed two errors. First, it said the place of occurrence was Malappuram, the bordering district, and secondly that someone fed the animal a pineapple stuffed with a firecracker. This created a wrong narrative as the focus shifted to Malappuram, with a communal flavour, rather than the tragedy of the animal. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has warned that the self-respect of the state cannot be challenged by creating a wrong narrative on the elephant issue. "It is only a desire of a section to malign the prestige of the state earned by conquering Covid-19. The case is under investigation with a focus on three persons. The reference to Malappuram is with some agenda as you all may be well aware of," he said on Thursday evening. ........Read more

Health Secretary Preeti Sudan gets 3-month extension, Rajesh Bhushan appointed as special officer in bureaucratic reshuffle

Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan, who was due to superannuate this month-end, was on Sunday given a three-month extension in service as the Centre effected a major top-level bureaucratic reshuffle. The move assumes significance as the Health Ministry is at the forefront of India's battle against the novel coronavirus. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved a three-month extension in Sudan's service, beyond the date of her superannuation, i.e. April 30, a Personnel Ministry order said.........Read more

David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Other Iconic DJs Being Used to Spread Malware

This is being done to target users who are looking to download music libraries of these DJs, which in turn is exposing them to a wide range of malware that is also getting downloaded with music tracks. The threat, as described by Kaspersky, is so unassuming that it is hardly detectable by a common user, unless keen-eyed observants comb through all hidden files and folders that may have gotten downloaded along with an album. According to Kaspersky, there are five primary trojans, malware and adware that have been spotted as getting downloaded along with these offline music tracks, and these files can be detected as containing the entirety of part of the following file names:........Read more

Educated lot is jogging on roads and blaming one community for spreading coronavirus: Jwala Gutta

Ace badminton player Jwala Gutta, who has represented India at the highest level in mixed and women’s doubles events, has condemned the recent acts of racism against the north-east people of the country during the time of coronavirus and also spoken about her personal encounter with racist abuses on social media platforms. Jwala Gutta, who hails from a mixed origin, was born to a Chinese mother and a Telugu father. The celebrated athlete revealed that she has been called 'half-corona' because of her Chinese mother.........Read more

Coronavirus Pandemic: UK to fly 7 chartered flights to evacuate its citizens from India

There are over 42,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom with over 4300 deaths. The Acting British High Commissioner to India Jan Thompson in a statement said, “I hope this announcement will bring relief, especially to those in greatest need. Due to the large numbers of British travellers involved, the scale of this operation is huge. The UK Government continues to work hard with our Indian counterparts in New Delhi and London to arrange a safe journey back for as many people as possible.” Of about 35,000 British nationals in India, over 20,000 want to return home immediately.........Read more

Indore COVID-19 Attack: 13 Arrested For Pelting Stones at Medical Team, NSA Slapped on Four

While seven accused were arrested on Thursday morning, six were arrested later in the day. A manhunt has been launched to nab 15 other accused who were identified on the basis of CCTV footage from the area of the incident, which took place on Wednesday. Of the 13 arrested, four have been booked under the stringent National Security Act (NSA). They have been identified as Mohammed Mustafa, Mohammed Gulrez, Shoaib and Majeed. ........Read more

IOS 13.4 For iPhone and iPadOS 13.4 For iPad Released: Here's Everything That's New

The sister to iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, has also just been released and includes trackpad support so that the latest iPad Pro can be used in a more laptop-like way than ever. It means that selected mice and trackpads will work with the iPad in a persuasive way. You can read my review of the latest iPad Pro here. Along with the latest iPad Pro, any other iPad upgraded to this software will have trackpad support.........Read more

Govt Bans Export of Sanitisers and Ventilators With Immediate Effect Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The government on Tuesday banned export of all sanitisers and ventilators with immediate effect in wake of the coronavirus outbreak. "Export of all sanitisers...is prohibited, with immediate effect," the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification. It also banned exports of all types of ventilators, including any artificial respiratory apparatus or oxygen therapy apparatus or any other breathing appliance or device.........Read more

'Name' And 'Shame Posters': UP Challenges Allahabad HC Order in Supreme Court

Earlier, a two-judge bench of the High Court, headed by Chief Justice Govind Mathur and also comprising Justice Ramesh Sinha, took suo moto cognisance and, in a rare move, heard the case on Sunday, a day on which the court observes holiday. It had reserved its order and delivered it on Monday afternoon. Today, state Advocate General Raghvendra Singh said, “The Uttar Pradesh Govt has knocked the doors of the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court’s order to immediately remove the posters of those accused persons allegedly involved in vandalism during the CAA protests in the state.”........Read more

Amit Panghal Beats Enkhmanadakh Kharkhuu in Asian Qualifiers, One Win Away From Securing Tokyo Olympics Berth

Boxer Amit Panghal took a giant step towards securing an Olympic berth as he beat Mongolia’s Enkhmanadakh Kharkhuu in the Asian Qualifiers to progress to the quarterfinal of the 52-kg category. Panghal, who won a silver at the World Championships last year, emerged victorious, being awarded the bout in a split 3-2 verdict. He is now one win away from booking a spot at Tokyo Games. Panghal’s vicious attacks saw him dominate the first two rounds. The left-handed pugilist used his strong arm and displayed a flurry of cuts and jabs to catch Kharkhuu off guard. Panghal, received a surprise combination of attacks from his opponent in the final three minutes but such was his year domination in the first half of the bout that it wasn’t enough from preventing the verdict from going against the 23-year-old. Amit Tested!........Read more

Delhi Violence: Death Toll Rises as Three More Bodies Recovered From Canal, Days After Bloodshed

Three more bodies have been recovered from northeast Delhi, the Delhi Police has confirmed to news agency ANI. One has been found in a canal in Gokalpuri and the rest two were found from Bhagirathi Vihar Canal. So far, five bodies have been found from the same area where IB officer Ankit Sharma’s body was found. The identity of the deceased is yet to be confirmed. It is also to be confirmed whether they died in the violence.........Read more

Lazareth LM 410 Is A Yamaha R1 Engined Bike With Four Wheels

From the looks of it, the LM 410 is another steller of a motorcycle and it comes fitted with four wheels to gain a unique identity. This is a bizarre configuration for a motorcycle but hey, you don’t need a side stand anymore! How does it lean then you wonder? The Lazareth LM 410 uses hinged axles enabling the motorcycle to lean into a corner. The Lazareth LM 410 is priced at €1,00,000 (nearly Rs. 78 lakh) and the production has been limited to just 10 units. Everything aside, the LM 410 has an astonishing presence on the road and that might lure people into buying one but the production is certainly limited.........Read more

Is India planning to open 100 new airports by 2024?

The NITI Aayog proposal includes 1,000 new routes, which will connect smaller towns and villages and establish a plane-leasing financing business by 2024. ........Read more

Farokh Engineer tears into selection committee, says saw them get tea for Anushka Sharma

“How are the selectors qualified? Between them, have they played about 10-12 Test matches. I didn’t even know one of the selectors during the World Cup and I asked him ‘who the hell he was’, because he was wearing the India blazer and he said he was one of the selectors.”........Read more

Typhoon Hagibis: PM Modi offers assistance to Japan; two ships ready, says Indian Navy

As Japan battles the devastation and damage from Typhoon Hagibis. Indian navy ships INS Sahyadri & INS Kiltan mission deployed in the area are ready to render assistance as requested.........Read more

HSBC's Cost-cutting Drive Threatens Upto 10,000 Jobs Across Banking Group: Report

The reported loss of jobs will result in approximately 238,000 HSBC staffs losing their employment. This development has come after the lender announced to lay off about 4,000 people this year. ........Read more

Kapil Dev resigns as BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee chief 

World Cup-winning former India captain Kapil Dev is the latest to quit Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee. Kapil Dev resigned as the chief of the CAC days after Shanta Rangaswamy stepped down from the 3-member committee. Kapil did not reveal the reason for his resignation but wrote an email to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), informing them about his decision. Kapil Dev was appointed the chief of the ad-hoc committee former in July 2019. The CAC was tasked with the role of picking the head coaches of India women's and men's cricket teams. Kapil-led CAC had conducted interviews and re-appointed Ravi Shastri as head coach of Virat Kohli-led senior national team. Notably, Shanta Rangaswamy stepped down from the post after she along with Kapil Dev and Anshuman Gaekwad was served Conflict of Interest notice by BCCI's ethics officer DK Jain in September 2019. MPCA life member Sanjiv Gupta had filed the complaint against the CAC members in September. In the complaint, Gupta had claimed that the CAC members don multiple cricketing roles. Gupta said Kapil Dev is conflicted as he is a commentator, owner of a floodlight company, member of Indian Cricketers Association, besides his CAC role while he pointed out Shantha Rangaswamy's multiple roles in the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) and CAC.........Read more

India Allocates $130 Billion For Modernisation of Army, Navy, Air Force in Next 5-7 Years

The Indian government has planned to spend a whopping sum of $130 billion to speed up the modernisation of the Army, Navy and the Air Force in the next five to seven years, revealed an official document. “The government will spend $130 billion for fleet modernisation in the next 5-7 years across all armed forces,” the official document stated. This decision was taken keeping in mind the complex security threats that the country faces. The estimated sum of money will be used by the government in procuring a range of critical weapons, missiles, fighter jets, submarines, and warships in the next few years, stated official sources. Notably, the immediate priority of the government is to procure 2,600 infantry combat vehicles and 1,700 future-ready combat vehicles for the Indian Army and 110 multirole fighter aircraft for the IAF. The armed forces of the country have already been requesting for adequate allocation of funds in order to prepare ahead of a possible ‘two-front’ war on both the northern and western borders of India. #YudhAbhyas19 at #JBLM is developing into an excellent professional forum. #IndianArmy Soldiers shared sniper techniques. Sharing expertise on combat skills & weapon systems to build #Readiness #Lethality shall be focus and that shall strengthen our Partnership.........Read more

Strength of Supreme Court judges increased to 33

Agreeing to a demand made by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved increasing the strength of Supreme Court judges from 30 to 33. The Supreme Court currently has 31 judges including the CJI and if the Parliament gives approval to the bill, the apex court will have a sanctioned strength of 34, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said while announcing the Cabinet decision. After four new judges took oath in May, the Supreme Court reached its sanctioned strength of 31 judges including the CJI, first time since 2009 when Parliament had last increased the number of judges from 26 to 31. Gogoi had last month written to Prime Minister Modi seeking to increase the strength of judges and raise the retirement age of high court judges to 65 years. In three letters to the PM, Gogoi highlighted that there was pendency of 58,669 cases in the top court and the number was increasing due to filing of more fresh cases. "Due to paucity of judges, the required number of Constitution benches to decide important cases involving questions of law were not being formed," the CJI said.........Read more

Unstoppable Vijender Singh wins 11th successive pro bout to continue unbeaten run

The 33-year-old from Haryana prevailed in four rounds againstmore experienced Mike Snider on his debut in the US professional circuit. Indian boxing star Vijender Singh remained an unstoppable force, clinching a Technical Knockout over the more experienced Mike Snider on his debut in the US professional circuit here. In what was to be an eight-round super middleweight contest on Saturday night (early Sunday morning in India), the 33-year-old from Haryana prevailed in four rounds for his 11th consecutive victory in the circuit. "It was excellent getting back in the ring after a long time off. It's great to be here in the USA and to get the win. It was really exciting. I am really happy for my winning debut in USA," Vijender said after the bout. The triumph came in the second minute of the fourth round when Vijender cornered Snider with a flurry of straight punches, prompting the referee to stop the bout in the Indian's favour. "It took me about four rounds to get back in the swing of things. I expected it to take two or three rounds, but it took me four. I felt good," said Vijender. This was Vijender's eighth knockout win in all. The 38-year-old Snider was flailing his arms without any significant force in his punches for most of the bout. Vijender, on the other hand, was sharp as ever despite fighting his first bout in more than a year.........Read more

Last glimpse of eight mountaineers killed while climbing Nanda Devi east peak

The ITBP on Monday released a video clip showing the 'last moments' of the eight mountaineers killed on way to the Nanda Devi East Peak in Uttarakhand in May. The 1.55-minute video was shot by one of the mountaineers from his helmet-mounted camera just before the group was to summit the 7,434 metres high Nanda Devi East peak sometime in late May. The undated video shows all the eight climbers hooked in a line with a climbing rope even as the person who shot it swerves his head to record the serene and frosty climes of the peak, considered one of the most difficult mountains in the Indian Himalayan ranges. The climbers can be seen standing in a queue on a slippery snow-clad track that would have taken them to the peak The video ends with a minor thud, a sound that the ITBP officials said could be of an avalanche or snow storm that claimed their lives. Last visuals of the mountaineers' team near the summit on unnamed peak near the #NandaDevi east. ITBP search team of mountaineers found the memory video device at 19K ft while they were searching the area where bodies were spotted. ........Read more

Centre to Rope in 40 Private Sector Experts Via Lateral Entry: MoS

In an attempt to infuse fresh talent in the bureaucracy, the Centre has decided to appoint experts from outside for 40 posts in its various ministries and departments. The appointments, agreed to in principle, would be on the level of deputy secretary and director, said reports on Thursday. Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said, in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, that while the proposal had been cleared inprinciple, “no final decision has been taken in the matter”. The Minister also replied in the negative about reservation for officers hired through lateral entry. He said the issue “does not arise” because the idea behind lateral recruitment was to infuse fresh talent and also add to the manpower availability. The proposal to appoint domain experts at the middle management level of the Central government is based on recommendations of Niti Aayog’s three-year action agenda and report of a group of secretaries submitted in February 2017 for lateral entry of personnel at the middle and senior management level in the government. In that report, the think-tank had said it was essential that specialists be roped into the system through lateral entry on a fixed-term contract.........Read more

K Natarajan takes over as director general of Indian Coast Guard

Krishnaswamy Natarajan took over as the new director general of Indian Coast Guard and replaced incumbent Rajendra Singh on Sunday, June 30. Singh is retiring after three and a half years of illustrious command. Natarajan holds a Masters Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University. He joined the Coast Guard on January 18, 1984. Natarajan has held various important Command and Staff appointments, both afloat and ashore. The Flag Officer has commanded all classes of Indian Coast Guard ships viz Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) Sangram, Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Veera, Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) Kanaklata Barua and Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV) Chandbibi, according to reports. An alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, K Natarajan has specialised in Search and Rescue as well as Maritime Safety and Port Operations, at the US Coast Guard Reserve Training Centre, Yorktown, Virginia. He is also a recipient of President Tatrakshak Medal (Distinguished Service) in 2011 and Tatrakshak Medal (Meritorious) in 1996.........Read more

Hollywood Actor Morgan Freeman accused of sexual harassment, inappropriate behaviour

Actor Morgan Freeman has been accused of sexually inappropriate behaviour and harassment by eight women. Women had been subjected to unwanted touching, inappropriate comments about their bodies, unwanted staring and even attempts at lifting their skirts.........Read more

SC dismisses plea against Karnataka pro tem speaker

The Supreme Court says that it cannot direct the Governor to appoint the seniormost MLA as pro-tem speaker. Unless the convention becomes a legal norm, it cannot be enforced by the court. Supreme Court directs live streaming of proceedings on the floor of Karnataka assembly from 11 am onwards.........Read more

Dalit leaders demand ordinance to restore status quo of SC/ST Act, to launch 'Protect Constitution Day' on 14 April

Leaders of various Dalit organisations have demanded that the Centre immediately bring an ordinance to restore the status quo of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. They have also urged the Union government to include the Act in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution. The Ninth Schedule provides protection to legislation placed under it. A law placed under the Schedule is not open to judicial scrutiny.........Read more

Abducted, held captive in temple, raped repeatedly: Charge sheet describes atrocities committed on Kathua girl

The girl, who belonged to the nomadic Muslim Bakarwal community, was kidnapped on 10 January while she was out grazing horses in a pasture near her home, held captive in a temple, sedated with a drug and raped repeatedly in a plot hatched by the main suspect, retired revenue department official Sanji Ram, according to the charge sheet filed on Monday night. Sanji Ram’s motivation: to cause the Bakarwals to panic and move out of Rassana village in the Hiranagar tehsil of Kathua district. He enticed his nephew, a school dropout, into committing the crime, said the charge sheet.........Read more

Commonwealth Games 2018: Weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam lands India's third gold medal

India continued to go strong at the Commonwealth Games 2018 weightlifting events with Sathish Kumar Sivalingam bringing the country its third gold medal, in the men's 77-kg category and extending India's medal tally to five. He finished with a total effort of 317 kg (144kg snatch+173kg clean and jerk). Such was his domination that Sathish did not even require a third attempt at clean and jerk.........Read more

Akhil Sheoran Wins Gold in Shooting Debut at ISSF World Cup

Young Akhil Sheoran clinched the gold medal in men’s 50m rifle 3 positions with plenty to spare as India continued their superlative run at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. Sheoran, thus, became the fourth young Indian shooter to win a medal on ISSF World Cup debut.........Read more

Rumour: Bajaj discontinues Dominar non-ABS version

Bajaj Auto has reportedly discontinued the non-ABS version of the Dominar. The step has been taken as Bajaj claims that more than 80% of the motorcycle's buyers are opting for the ABS version. ........Read more

In pursuit of pleasure, brain learns to hit the repeat button

The research offers key insights into how brain activity is shaped and refined as animals learn to repeat behaviours that evoke a feeling of pleasure. The findings also point to new strategies for targeting disorders characterized by abnormal repetitive behaviours, such as addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD.........Read more

PNB declares Gitanjali Gems as fraud entity, stares at huge provisions hit

Punjab National Bank (PNB) has declared Gitanjali Group a fraud entity after it discovered that group companies, along with firms helmed by jeweller Nirav Modi, were involved in fraudulent transactions worth Rs11,4000 crore through letters of undertaking issued by the bank. Once a company is declared a fraud by a bank, other lenders will have to follow suit. The regulations mandate that where accounts are classified as fraud, banks are required to make provisions to the full extent immediately, irrespective of the value of security or collateral.........Read more

Google removes ‘view image’ button from search results to make pics harder to steal

The change is essentially meant to frustrate users. Google has long been under fire from photographers and publishers who felt that image search allowed people to steal their pictures, and the removal of the view image button is one of many changes being made in response. ........Read more

What is 'Series A' Funding for Business?

He/she invests at an early stage where you have just started making reasonable profits from your business and this is known as Series A Funding, this kind of investor is typically known as a Venture capitalist.........Read more

Ind vs Pak: Gill, Ishan fashion 203-run out of Pakistan to book India place in ICC Under-19 World Cup final

India capped off yet another sensational performance in the ICC Under-19 World Cup, this time beating Pakistan by a handsome 203-run margin in the big semifinal on Tuesday. With the win, India not only registered their fifth win over their arch-rivals in Under-19 World Cup but also booked themselves a place in the final, where they will face three-time winners Australia on Saturday. ........Read more

After 48 Hours, Normalcy Returns to Kasganj; 112 Arrested

After 48 hours of violence, normalcy returned to Kasganj on Sunday afternoon where tension had prevailed since Republic Day. Political leaders, traders, local residents, local administration and police officials carried out a peace meeting on Sunday afternoon after which situation came under control. Over 112 people are arrested by the police. ........Read more

India among top three countries where trust in government remains high

India continues to be among the top three nations where trust in government remains high despite a small slip since last year, according to the Global Trust Index released annually in Davos. The ranking will reassure the Modi government in the wake of tough reforms like demonetisation and goods and services tax. India is also in the trust zone as far as how the public sees business, media and NGOs. Though its position slipped to number three this year from first last year, its rating remains at 'trust level' with Indonesia and China ahead of it.........Read more

Indian pharma majors are rushing to ‘Make in America’

Several Indian drugmakers that have large operations in the US are now pushing to acquire assets thereby either investing in greenfield manufacturing facilities or through brownfield M&As. Experts said it makes sense for many Indian companies to set up a manufacturing base in the US because India's corporate tax issues have not been addressed.........Read more

30 lakh fake ‘beti bachao’ forms flood women and child development ministry

According to the ministry, the fraudsters who created these forms sell them to ordinary people for Rs 20-Rs 50 a piece. The poor are told that just filling these forms would make them eligible for cash incentives of up to Rs 2 lakh. They end up filling these forms with personal information, photographs, and even bank and Aadhaar details.........Read more

Vijay Rupani to continue as Gujarat chief minister, Nitin Patel to be his deputy

Rupani was unanimously selected as the BJP legislature party leader at a meeting of all the newly-elected BJP MLAs convened by state unit president Jitu Vaghani on Friday. The announcement was made by senior BJP leader and union minister Arun Jaitley.........Read more

Trump strategy calls India ‘leading global power’, wants Pakistan to take decisive action against terror

The United States welcomes India’s rise as a “leading global power” and will increase quadrilateral cooperation with it, Japan and Australia, according to President Donald Trump’s new National Security Strategy. The strategy, which is statutorily mandated, identified three threats to the US — “revisionist powers” China and Russia, “rogue regimes” such as North Korea and Iran, and “transnational terrorist organisations”.........Read more

Metro ambushes commuters with arbitrary baggage fee

The print-outs make no mention of weight or dimensions, and are not displayed prominently. The Metro authorities have made no public announcement about the fee either. Staff said they had received instructions to collect Rs 30 on all baggage other than handbags. With no measuring tapes or weighing machines around, they are slapping the fee even on those carrying trolleys.........Read more

Delhi Pollution Forces Sri Lankan Players to Wear Masks During Fielding

The poor air quality even forced Dinesh Chandimal to have a serious discussion with Virat Kohli and on-field umpires. After long deliberations, which resulted in around 15-minute delay, it was decided that the match would continue.........Read more

Study finds reading information aloud to yourself improves memory

A recent Waterloo study found that speaking text aloud helps to get words into long-term memory. Dubbed the "production effect," the study determined that it is the dual action of speaking and hearing oneself that has the most beneficial impact on memory.........Read more

Mary Kom marks triumphant return with Asian Championship gold

MC Mary Kom won her fifth Asian Boxing Championship gold medal - first in the 48kg category - by defeating Korea's Kim Hyang Mi in the summit clash on Wednesday at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist won in a unanimous 5-0 verdict.........Read more

J&K: 2 Terrorists Killed as Army Foils Infiltration Bid in Uri, Encounter Underway

Two militants were killed after an infiltration bid was foiled by Indian army in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector on Sunday. The number of terrorists are unknown and an encounter is underway.........Read more

India to be high middle income economy by 2047: World Bank CEO

Days after it gave India a 30 place jump in its ease of doing business ranking, the World Bank Saturday said the goods and services tax (GST) and reforms push by the government will catapult the country to high middle income economy in 30 years.........Read more

World Food India gives a glimpse of opportunities in food processing: Narendra Modi

About $5 billion worth investments in food processing infrastructure to be leveraged to help two million farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the inauguration of World Food India 2017 in the New Delhi.........Read more

Senate confirms Kenneth Juster, old India hand, as US Ambassador to India

He would replace Richard Verma as the top American diplomat to India. The position has been lying vacant since January 20 after Verma resigned from the post with the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.........Read more

5 more Kannur men fighting for IS in Syria identified

Kannur DSP P P Sadanandan, who is leading the investigation team probing the IS operations in the district, said that they had information regarding them, and this was further confirmed during the interrogation of five people arrested last week with suspected terror links, including the main recruiter to the network, U K Hamza aka Biriyani Hamza.........Read more

Women with history of infertility may die younger

The study also showed that women with a history of infertility have a 20 per cent increased risk of cancer- related mortality. They examined the effect of self-reported infertility - inability to conceive for one year or greater - on all causes of mortality and primary cause of death.........Read more

Right Wing Cannot Deny Hindu Terror Groups, Says Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan, revving up for a political career, has said that terrorism has infected right-wing groups. "In the past, Hindu, right-wing groups would not indulge in violence. They would hold a dialogue with opponents. But now they resort to violence."........Read more

Kashmiri separatists won’t talk to interlocutor, say appointment ‘a new tactic’

Kashmiri separatist leaders on Tuesday said they won’t have any talks with the central government’s interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir, calling his appointment “a new tactic” by New Delhi.........Read more

Shiv Sena says BJP our 'principal' enemy, praises Congress VP Rahul Gandhi

Amid strain in ties with alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena has called it a 'principal enemy' and praised Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. On the eve of the Devendra Fadnavis government's third anniversary, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, it is part of the Maharashtra government 'just for the sake of it'.........Read more

Nissan Kicks SUV launch confirmed for 2018

The Nissan Kicks was first showcased at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show in concept form. Now, according to a media report, Nissan plans to launch the Kicks SUV in India next year.........Read more

'Not a single rupee': Why Narendra Modi's warning to states on barring development funds is anti-Constitution

What Modi has essentially said is that it will cut off funds to the Opposition-ruled states on the Centre's whimsical definition of 'development' and if the people of such states do not want this consequence, they should vote for the same party in the state that rules at the Centre. Or else.........Read more

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Says Imposing Hindi in Tamil Nadu Will Challenge The Idea of Republic of India

Imposing Hindi on Tamil Nadu will create unnecessary resistance and challenge the very idea of Republic of India, he tweeted. Sadhguru Vasudev, the founder of Isha Foundation, also said that the very basis of division of states lies in linguistic differences and defeating that would trouble people of the very state.........Read more

Isro to launch Cartosat 2 sat with 30 nano sats in mid-December

After the unsuccessful launch of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is gearing up to launch a remote sensing satellite of Cartosat 2 series along with 30 nano satellites of foreign countries in the second half of December.........Read more

Chidambaram slams Election Commission for not announcing Gujarat poll schedule

Congress leader P Chidambaram on Friday criticised the Election Commission saying that by not announcing the Gujarat poll schedule, it has "authorised" Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the dates at his last rally, after all "freebies" for the state were doled out.........Read more

Deoband bans Muslim women from sharing selfies on Facebook, Whatsapp

Freedom of Muslim women in the country was curtailed further by the Darul Uloom Deoband when it imposed a ban on Muslim women uploading their photos, including selfies, on social media platforms.........Read more

Diwali Gift For Soldiers, Satellite Call Rate at Re 1 Per Minute

The Union Telecom Ministry on Wednesday announced a “Diwali gift” for the Indian Army, by reducing call rates on Digital Satellite Phone Terminal (DSPT), to ensure that they can speak to their loved ones during the festival for a longer durations.........Read more

In stern message to US, North Korea says ‘a nuclear war may break out any moment’

North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.”........Read more

Special Audit Report of DDCA Accounts Shows Massive Financial Irregularities

Financial irregularities running into multiple crores of rupees have been ‘unearthed’ in a special audit done on the controversy-prone Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for financial years 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15, ordered by a Delhi High Court-appointed Administrator at the DDCA.........Read more

Blood vessel 'master gene' discovery could lead to treatments for liver disease

Researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Birmingham, the work on mice and human cells highlights how this 'master gene' is fundamental to maintaining the health of blood vessels and the specialised cells which line their inside, called the endothelium.........Read more

Test, ODI leagues approved by ICC Board

A genuine Test match world championship and an ODI league will be introduced to international cricket after both were given in-principle agreement by the ICC Board on the final day of the governing body's meeting in Auckland.........Read more

Women's entry in Sabarimala: Supreme Court refers matter to Constitution bench

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday asked a 5-judge Constitution bench to decide whether Kerala's Sabarimala temple can ban the entry of women between the ages of 10 and 50.........Read more

India’s hunger problem is worse than North Korea’s: global hunger index report

India has a “serious” hunger problem and ranks 100 among 119 developing countries, lagging behind countries such as North Korea and Iraq, said the global hunger index report released by Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)........Read more

GST Council to discuss bringing real estate under its ambit: Jaitley

Identifying real estate as the one sector where maximum amount of tax evasion takes place, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said there was a strong case to bring it under the ambit of the GST.........Read more

This Popular Fertility Test Might Be a Total Waste of Time

When a woman is having trouble getting pregnant, a fertility doctor may recommend a test to determine her “ovarian reserve”—a measure of the quality and quantity of eggs remaining in her ovaries. Doctors sometimes offer these tests to women who are wondering about their ability to conceive (whether they’ve been trying or not) because of their age or other factors.........Read more

‘Cash disruption’, GST uncertainties affected India’s economic momentum: World Bank

India’s economic momentum has been affected by disruptions from the withdrawal of banknotes and uncertainties around the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the World Bank says in its latest report.........Read more

Lump of worry: Breast cancer is now the leading type in India. Test early, stay safe

Each year, an estimated 1.5 lakh new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in India, making it the leading type of cancer among women and replacing cervical cancer. Currently, 32 in every 100,000 women get breast cancer in India.........Read more

State cricket associations under BCCI divided over legalisation of betting

A Law Commission of India’s letter to Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) and state cricket bodies, seeking suggestion on legalisation of betting in the country has met with varied response. The RM Lodha committee had recommended legalising betting and gambling.........Read more

Cleveland CycleWerks India Debut Details Revealed

Founded in 2009, Cleveland CycleWerks is the youngest motorcycle brand from the US. In India, it will compete against UM Motorcycles. Cleveland CycleWerks offers only mid-range motorcycles ranging from 125cc to 450cc. All the motorcycles draw power from a single cylinder engine. The company is also specialised in custom motorcycles.........Read more

Women's Reservation Bill: Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi, govt sources say talks underway

A senior BJP leader said top echelons of the government and the party have been brainstorming over the bill, which had polarised the political class whenever various governments introduced it earlier. Asked if the government will bring the bill in its original form or incorporate some changes, he said the matter is still being debated.........Read more

New malware in India which steals money through mobile phones: Report

A new malware Xafecopy Trojan has been detected in India which steals money through victims' mobile phones, cyber security firm Kaspersky said in a report.........Read more

Coming soon: Royal Enfield Classic 350 & Stealth Black 500 with two important new features

Royal Enfield will soon introduce two new variants of the Classic 350 and 500. Yes, these bikes will feature new colour schemes but there are two more important changes that Royal Enfield fans have been eagerly waiting for. The changes are, Swing arm from Thunderbird and the company could soon add ABS ready.........Read more

New quantum memory device small enough to fit on a chip

A team of researchers from the U.S. and Italy has built a quantum memory device that is approximately 1000 times smaller than similar devices—small enough to install on a chip. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes building the memory device and their plans for adding to its functionality.........Read more

Hurried Merger of Two Police Bodies by BJP Government Gives It Greater Control of Security-Related Data

The merger of the National Crime Records Bureau and the Bureau of Police Research and Development is unlikely to increase administrative efficiency and seems like an attempt to gain more control over security-related data.........Read more

'Unofficial' track maintenance could be reason behind Utkal train accident

Hours after the derailment of 14 coaches of Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express which killed 23 people and injured over 70, it emerged that that driver of the train was unaware of track maintenance being carried out at the spot where the mishap occurred on Saturday. The accident, said railway sources, seemed to be the result of the failure and negligence of railways staff.........Read more

Fake currency of Rs2.55 crore seized post demonetisation: Govt

The maximum seizures, both in terms of number of fake currency notes and their face value, were made in Gujarat followed by Mizoram, West Bengal and Punjab, following the demonetisation exercise........Read more

Ready to include Urdu in NEET from new session: Centre to SC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday considered the submission of the Centre that it was willing to include Urdu as a language in the NEET, the common entrance test for admission into medical courses, from academic session 2018-19 onwards.........Read more

India, China home to 39 per cent of young Internet users: UN report

The data released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialised agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), shows that of the 830 million young people online worldwide, 320 million, or 39 per cent, are in China and India.........Read more

Titanfall 2 Now Available For Free Through EA And Origin Access

Titanfall 2 just went live in EA's Vault as a free download for subscribers. It's available on Xbox One through EA Access and on PC through Origin Access. Each service is $5/£4/€4 per month, and subscribing gets you access to the Vault, a collection of games.........Read more

Xbox One X Will Help Grow The Industry, Ubisoft CEO Says

"We did a deal with Microsoft on Assassin's Creed: Origins, which is taking really good advantage of the power of the machine," Guillemot said. "We like very much what they are doing because instead of having a Kinect or something this time the industry went after more power for the machine, so more immersion, better AI, and overall better games.........Read more

Soon, a demat account for your education certificates

In a revolutionary move that will benefit students, recruiters and educational institutions, an arm of depository services provider National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) has started the process of dematerialising education certificates.........Read more

Jio phone effect: Idea flags net neutrality worries; to launch its own handset

Idea Cellular has flagged net neutrality concerns about Reliance Jio’s proposed 4G phones, saying it will only allow the apps of the operator’s choice and that it will also launch a slightly expensive handset as a counter to it.........Read more

Study finds walnuts may promote health by changing gut bacteria

Research led by Lauri Byerley, PhD, RD, Research Associate Professor of Physiology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has found that walnuts in the diet change the makeup of bacteria in the gut, which suggests a new way walnuts may contribute to better health. The findings are published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry available online.........Read more

What's next for Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif?

Speculation within the vocal local media suggests that the party is planning to bring in an interim prime minister for a few weeks before electing Sharif's younger brother Shahbaz Sharif to the post. The young Sharif is currently chief minister of the Punjab province, the Sharif family stronghold. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif is one of the most trusted allies of the outgoing prime minister and considered the mostly likely to succeed him.........Read more

Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic Launched In India At Rs. 2.79 Crore

The Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic is the second Range Rover model in India to come from Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO). The piece de resistance is the massive 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine which is built completely out of aluminium and is supercharged too. It belts out over 540 bhp too.........Read more

Dynasty Warriors 9 Open World Gameplay Shown In New Video

Ever since the announcement that Dynasty Warriors was transitioning its tried and true hack-and-slash gameplay to the open-world setting, many--including myself--were wondering how exactly that would work. ........Read more

Crisis in Bihar's grand alliance: Why Nitish Kumar changed his mind

Sources in JD(U) said that though Nitish was not happy with the conduct of ministers nominated by RJD who would take orders from Lalu Prasad, it was the “reliable report” of the latter offering a deal to BJP which turned out to be the tipping point for him.........Read more

India Displaces Pakistan as 3rd Largest Terror Target, US Report Claims

The US report, labelled Naxals, the third most deadly terror organisation in the world after IS and Taliban. The Naxal groups have been accused of 336 terror attacks in 2016 causing 174 deaths and injuring 141. Reportedly, more than half of the 927 terror attacks took place in majorly four states of Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, Manipur and Jharkhand.........Read more

Chicken biscuits, tulsi bars developed by DRDO for security personnel

The major food products developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in the last three years and the current year are chicken biscuits, protein rich mutton bar, composite cereals bars, egg protein biscuits, iron and protein rich food bar, chicken kathi rolls and anti-fatigue tulsi bar, defence minister Arun Jaitley said.........Read more

Honoured to be associated with Kabbadi: Kamal

Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan has been appointed as the brand ambassador of team Tamil Thalaivas in the fifth season of Pro Kabbadi League. He says that he is honoured to be associated with a sport developed by his ancestors many years ago.........Read more

NITI Aayog's Draft Energy Policy Shows We Still Remain a Country of Coal Men

The latest draft National Energy Policy released a fortnight ago by the government’s think tank, NITI Aayog, for public comment is giving worrying signals about India’s energy future. Unlike the CEA plan, which makes forecasts till 2027, the draft energy policy has calculated energy requirements till 2040 and estimates India would require 330 GW of coal capacity by 2040 in its ‘ambitious action’ pathway. ........Read more

Court notices to four Andhra ministers over induction in cabinet

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the state government and four ministers on a petition challenging their induction in the state cabinet. The notices were issued to N. Amarnath Reddy, C. Adinarayana Reddy, R.S. Krishna Ranga Rao and Bhuma Akhila Priya, who were inducted into the cabinet in April after they defected to the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from the YSR Congress Party.........Read more

To advance defence ties with India, US House passes over $600 billion bill

The US House of Representatives has passed a $621.5 billion defence expenditure bill that proposes to advance defence cooperation with India. An amendment in this regard, moved by Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, was adopted by a voice vote by the House as part of the National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2018, beginning October 1 this year. NDAA-2018 was passed by the House 344-81.........Read more

Cricket Advisory Committee defends Dravid, Zaheer appointments

According to the CAC member, they have not received any direct communication from the CoA questioning their efforts in bringing Dravid and Zaheer on board. He also pointed out that the CAC had made sure both Shastri - "he was taken into confidence on everything, he was absolutely ready with it" - and Kohli were in the loop. "We have taken Virat Kohli into confidence. Every person who is involved knew about this".........Read more

Indira Gandhi was India’s original sari-clad bahubali

Democracy today is the cult of the bahubali. The 56-inch chest, displays of power, bold flourishes and a roaring presence thrill voters. Indira Gandhi was India’s original sari-clad bahubali who watched over the nation’s borders like a knight astride a charging warhorse, as if ever-ready for battle. Any threat to India? Out to the front she galloped, flying the flags of belligerent patriotism. In December 1971, the Indian army ‘liberated’ East Pakistan after a short and decisive war.........Read more

Israel, India look past defence to broaden commercial ties

In the months leading up to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic visit to Israel, India signed two arms deals, spending $2.6 billion on Israeli missile defense systems.........Read more

Chinese state media warns India: 'Back off border dispute or Beijing will support Sikkim's independence'

Chinese state media warned a "bullying" New Delhi that if it doesn't back down in the latest border dispute , Beijing may well begin supporting "pro-independence appeals in Sikkim".........Read more

Jayalalithaa estate accountant found hanging, 4th mystery incident

In yet another death of a person connected with late chief minister Jayalalithaa’s Kodanadu estate, one of its accountants was found hanging in his house on Monday. Twenty-eight-year-old Dinesh Kumar was found hanging from the ceiling at his house in Kothagiri under mysterious circumstances, police said.........Read more

Haryana govt magazine describes 'ghoonghat' as 'identity of the State', sparks row

A photo caption in a Haryana government magazine describing 'ghoonghat' (veil) as the 'identity of the State' has sparked a controversy, with the opposition saying it reflected the 'regressive' mindset of the BJP government.........Read more

Cyberattack: Ransomware hits Jawaharlal Nehru port operations in Mumbai

Operations at one of the three terminals of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s largest container port, came to a standstill on Tuesday night following the global ransomware attack that crippled Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational companies in Europe.........Read more

Kiran Bedi VS Narayanasamy: Centre Upholds the Superiority of LG

In the midst of the tussle between Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and Puducherry Lieutenant General Kiran Bedi – a BJP appointee – a Ministry of Home Affairs’ clarification has weighed in Bedi’s favour. It has upheld her recent decisions that were seen as ‘extra constitutional’ by the Congress-led state government.........Read more

Indrani among 200 booked for rioting in jail post convict's death

Nearly 200 Byculla Jail inmates, including Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, have been booked for rioting and other offences following the death of a woman convict.........Read more

Mansarovar pilgrims denied entry via Nathu La

After pilgrims from India travelling to Kailash Mansarovar in China through the Nathu La in Sikkim were denied entry into the communist country, New Delhi has taken up the matter with Beijing.........Read more

We are in discussion, will inform everyone when I decide: Rajinikanth on political entry

Talking about his much-anticipated political entry, superstar Rajinikanth has admitted that he has been meeting political leaders. He also said that a decision is yet to be made and assured fans that he will inform everyone as soon as he decides.........Read more

HMD Global to unveil Nokia 3, 6, 5 in India on June 13

The trio devices were globally unveiled at the Mobile World Conference (MWC) held in Barcelona in February, and according to a report by Nokiapowerusers the Nokia 3 could have a price tag of Rs 9,000; Nokia 5 will be around Rs 12,000 and Nokia 6 may cost Rs 15,000 here in India.........Read more

SC collegium recalls judge's nomination to HC after allegation of corruption: Report

A Lucknow judge's appointment was recalled by the Supreme Court collegium after allegation of corruption in awarding bail to Gayatri Prajapati.........Read more

Erdogan pledges ’full support to Qatari brothers’ amid Gulf crisis

The Turkish President has promised to continue supporting Qatar after Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties with tiny but resource-rich emirate, accusing Doha of funding terrorist organizations.........Read more

London attack: Trump and Macron lead world condemnation

US President Donald Trump tweeted: "Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the UK, we will be there - WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!" President Emmanuel Macron said France was more than ever at Britain's side.........Read more

Open-access genetic screening for hereditary breast cancer is feasible and effective

Ashkenazi Jewish women are known to have a predisposition to the inherited breast cancers BRCA1 and BRCA2, but currently genetic testing in this group is limited to women affected by breast and ovarian cancers and those who are unaffected but have a family history of the disease.........Read more

India Today impact: NIA moves Hurriyat leaders Bitta Karate, Ghazi Baba to unknown location for interrogation

In a major impact of India Todays special investigation which exposed how Hurriyat leaders were receiving funds from Pakistan to fan unrest in Kashmir, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has moved separatist leaders Bitta Karate and Ghazi Baba to an unknown location for interrogation.........Read more

Pakistan may be propping up new terror outfit in Kashmir, feel intel agencies

The rising dissonance between separatists and terrorists in the Valley on the one hand and Pakistan-based terrorist commanders and cadres in Kashmir on the other has led Indian agencies to suspect that terror masterminds in Pakistan may be planning a new terrorist organisation in J&K.........Read more

Hamilton clinches Spanish GP in a close fight, Beats Vettel - AutoPortal

Hamilton clinches Spanish GP in a close fight, Beats Vettel. Lewis Hamilton won the drama-filled Gran Premio de Espana Pirelli 2017 held at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya closing the championship gap to just 6 points.........Read more

Osama bin Laden’s son may take top role in Al-Qaeda, plans to ‘avenge his father’

A former FBI agent told a television news channel that personal letters seized during the raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden showed that his son Hamza is poised to lead the terrorist organisation.........Read more

NEET questions in Bengali tougher than English: Minister

The West Bengal government on Monday alleged that questions set in Bengali for aspirants from the state appearing for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for MBBS and BDS were different from those set in English, and were tougher.........Read more

Digvijaya removed as Congress in-charge of Goa and Karnataka

Lok Sabha member KC Venugopal was appointed as general secretary of the party and given the charge of Karnataka, where the Congress is hoping to retain power. Party secretary A Chella Kumar was given the charge of Goa.........Read more

Manchester United agree world record fee for Real Madrid superstar

Manchester United have agreed to sign Raphaël Varane from Real Madrid, for a world record fee of €60 million (for a defender). According to reports in Spanish outlet Don Balon, Manchester United have already concluded negotiations with Real Madrid over the defender and have begun formalities with player’s agent for the summer move.........Read more

Amid Kulbhushan Jadhav row, Pakistan arrests '3 RAW spies targeting CPEC'

Even as Indo-Pak relations are on the boil over the death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan yesterday said it arrested three suspected Indian spies who were allegedly targeting "Chinese engineers, sensitive installations and China Pakistan Economic Corridor", The Express Tribune reported.........Read more

UK lawmakers claim that one of the websites used for Brexit voting may have been hacked

A website which allowed Britons to register to vote in last year’s European Union referendum might have been targeted by foreign hackers causing it to crash before the deadline, a committee of British lawmakers said.........Read more

Waive off loans for all farmers, Madras HC directs TN government

The Madras HC, taking cognisance of farmers from the state protesting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi for the last 20 days, told the E Palanisamy government to waive off farmer loans in cooperative banks.........Read more

Recover Rs 97 crore from AAP in 30 days for ads: LG tells CS

In a setback to the Kejriwal dispensation, Lt Governor Anil Baijal has directed that Rs 97 crore be recoverd from AAP that was allegedly "splurged" by the city government on advertisements in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines. Baijal also ordered an inquiry into the spendings on advertisements projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party and asked the chief secretary to fix responsibility.........Read more

Now start a Facebook Live from your PC

Facebook Live is one of the most convenient ways to broadcast video from your mobile phone. However there are times where it’s not always convenient to do so, especially when a laptop or a desktop with an embedded webcam would have been preferable.........Read more

Lok Sabha clears Finance Bill 2017, mini reforms package

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday signed off on Finance Bill 2017, ratifying the government’s tax proposals announced in the budget and also a small but significant package of reform initiatives directed at improving the ease of doing business and boosting anti-corruption initiatives undertaken by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).........Read more

Mars may have had rings, and they may come back: study

Mars could once have had rings, and the red planet may regain them again, according to a new study. A new model developed by scientists at Purdue University in the U.S. suggests that debris that was pushed into space from an asteroid slamming into Mars around 4.3 billion years ago alternates between becoming a planetary ring and clumping together to form a moon.........Read more

Can’t change Ram's birthplace but namaz can be offered anywhere: Swamy

"We were always ready. Mandir and Masjid should be built but Masjid should be built on other side of Sarayu river. The Ram Janambhoomi should be entirely for Ram Mandir."........Read more

Now, generate own power for price of a phone

Such a project will cost around Rs 60,000, even less if the central government’s 30% subsidy is factored in. In fact, generating the energy to run two fans and two lights could come at the price of a high-end smartphone. The investment of around Rs 50,000 on putting up the solar panels would have a payback period of around three years.........Read more

Bengaluru: Was thrashed, asked to lick boots: NE Student alleges

A student from Arunachal Pradesh alleged that he was thrashed and humiliated by his landlord in Bengaluru. Higio Guntey, son of an executive assistant commissioner in Arunachal Pradesh was allegedly thrashed last week by the landlord identified as Hemanth Kumar who also humiliated him by asking him to lick and kiss his shoes.........Read more

Facebook has launched 'disputed' tag to fight 'fake news'

Social media giant Facebook has launched its much hyped "fake news" crackdown initiative in the US, tagging as "disputed" the stories that are deemed false by fact checking organisations, the media reported on Sunday.........Read more

Will 'shed blood like rivers': ISIS video puts China in cross-hairs

Islamic State militants from China's Uighur ethnic minority have vowed to return home and "shed blood like rivers", according to a jihadist-tracking firm, in what experts said marked the first IS threat against Chinese targets. The threat came in a half-hour video released Monday by a division of the Islamic State in western Iraq and featuring militants from China's Uighur ethnic group, said the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which analysed the footage.........Read more

Ease of doing business: Big changes by Modi Govt will allow you to start a business in 6 days

In a major push by the Government to improve ease of doing business in India, by March-end you will be able to start a business in India in six days, compared to the current 26 days. The number of procedures will also be halved from the current 12 to only six. ........Read more

Hindu outfit issued a threat to lawyers willing to defend two IS supects

A lesser known right-wing outfit in Jamnagar has issued a brazen threat to murder lawyers and their families who defend the two arrested ISIS suspects in the court. Pratik Bhatt, who calls himself the Gujarat president of Hindu Sena, issued an open threat to lawyer Imtiyaz Koreja in Jamnagar.........Read more

Arbuda Credit Co-operative Society Ltd in Mount Abu scams 100 crore duping 3000 members

The prime suspects in the scam Rakesh Agarwal and his wife Asha Agarwal are untraceable since Jan 20, a day after they made an appeal in newspapers of returning the maturity amount to all stakeholders.Founded in 2012, the society spread its wings faster in cash-rich Gujarat than in Rajasthan. Gujaratis, who frequently flocked to Mt Abu, were the prime targets of the society.........Read more

Rs 600 crore payoffs? Diary seized from Congress MLC stirs row

The officers were in for a surprise when they discovered a diary with suspicious entries at the residence of Karnataka Congress MLC Govindaraj. The influential legislator, known to be close to top leaders in the ruling party, is also known as a party fund-raiser.........Read more

Karti Chidambaram has Rs 120 lakh crore stashed in 21 undeclared foreign bank accounts, alleges Subramanian Swamy

In a sensational allegation, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has claimed that P Chidambaram's son Karti has 21 undeclared foreign bank accounts. According to Swamy, Karti has around Rs 120 lakh crore stashed in these accounts.........Read more

Tata in early talks to join RCom-Aircel-MTS combine to take on Jio

Reliance Communications and the Tata Group are believed to have initiated talks to explore a possible union that could see Tata Teleservices join forces with the merged RCom-Aircel and MTS. Such a move could create a strong No. 3 telco behind the proposed Vodafone-Idea combine and Bharti Airtel, amid intense competition triggered by Jio.........Read more

How AI may become a game-changer for the Indian legal industry

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, one of the leading law firms in the country, has been the first to make a public announcement, stating their intention to adopt AI technology for certain legal process activities. In an agreement with Kira Systems, a Canada based technology company, the firm intends on using the Kira machine-learning software for greater automation of its due diligence and transactional practices, which they say will usher in a new era of efficiency and accuracy for the benefit of their clients.........Read more

Delhi Police seize Rs 6 lakh in fake Rs 100 notes from gang with ‘ISI links’

Delhi Police special cell on Friday arrested two persons, reportedly associated with the ISI and seized Rs 6 lakh in fake Rs 100 notes that they were allegedly trying to funnel into India from Nepal.........Read more

One year after 7th Pay Commission implementation, government set to clear revised allowances for central staff

A year after implementation of the new pay- and pension-related recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC), the government is likely to approve the revised allowances proposed by it for central government staff after the ongoing state elections are over, by March 15.........Read more

Tejas, 33 Years In The Making, Aims To Show Its Potential In Bengaluru

India's first home-made warplane, the Tejas, will be shown off at the opening of Asia's largest air show in Bengaluru today, where foreign manufacturers like Lockheed Martin and Saab are also competing to land multi-billion dollar defence contracts.........Read more

Sumant Sinha in talks for $100 million funding to hike ReNew Power stake

Sumant Sinha, founder and chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs-backed green energy producer ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd, is in talks to raise up to $100 million in promoter financing to increase his stake in the company ahead of a proposed share sale, said two people aware of the development.........Read more

180 cops for a lakh people in India: report

The vacancies, especially in the constabulary that accounts for 67.16% vacant posts, have left the forces in a situation where there are only 180 personnel for a lakh population, when the standard set by the United Nations is way above at 220 per lakh population.........Read more

Nitish kumar took an U-turn on Demonetisation

Nitish kumar commented on the PM Modi's demonetisation move and said that former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was right when he said that demonetisation was a monumental mismanagement. He said that the Centre had to tell what benefit was derived out of the demonetisation move.........Read more

'Acche Din' return to Indian TV channels; 20% increase in ad volumes in January

Compared with December 2016 — the immediate month after the note ban on November 9 — broadcasters witnessed a 20% rise in advertisement volumes in January. In fact, total ad insertions across TV channels in January surpassed that of November too, when the demonetisation started to have an impact on the medium. ........Read more

Charge higher fee for rich in court: parliamentary panel

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, headed by Congress MP Anand Sharma, made the recommendation in a report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. The suggestion is contained in its action-taken report on earlier recommendations. The committee is of the view that the rich and corporates should be charged at a premium rate for civil and taxation cases, the panel said, so that surplus funds can improve the subordinate judiciary, where cases of the poor are pending..........Read more

BSP promises quota for upper-caste poor

BSP chief Mayawati said here on Tuesday that the BJP would scrap reservation if it came to power, while the Bahujan Samaj Party would extend it to the poor among the the upper castes.........Read more

Kanpur train accident: Prime suspect Samshul Hoda with links to Pakistan's ISI arrested in Nepal

Samshul Hoda, one of the key suspects in the Kanpur train accident in November has been arrested from Tribhuvan International Airport here after being deported from Dubai. The three others arrested are identified as Brij Kishor Giri, Ashish Singh and Umesh Kumar Kurmi, all from Kalaiya district in southern Nepal.........Read more

Muslims will give triple talaq – one to Modi, another to Akhilesh, third to Congress, says Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said, “Muslims will give triple talaq in Uttar Pradesh – one to Modi, another to Akhilesh, third to Congress.” The firebrand MP has been constantly campaigning in UP. His party has fielded 11 candidates in the first two phases of elections.........Read more

A massive galaxy long ago and far away

Galaxies today fall roughly into two categories: elliptically-shaped collections of reddish, old stars that formed predominantly during a period early in the history of the universe, and spiral shaped objects dominated by blue, young stars. The Milky Way is an example of the latter, a spiral galaxy actively making new stars. In order to understand the growth of galaxies over cosmic time and the past star formation history of the universe, astronomers study the population of old stars in distant ellipticals from earlier epochs, stars which in turn formed at an even early time. Star formation produces supernovae which enrich their environments with elements, including the diagnostic element magnesium. Measuring the amount of magnesium (relative to iron) in a galaxy thus helps to fix the strength and duration of prior episodes of star formation.........Read more

Use of same mobile by many can spread infection: Government

"Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has informed that in a recent study conducted by Pal et al. in 2015, on 386 participants, it was found that 81.8 per cent mobile phones and 80 per cent hand swabs showed bacterial pathogen growth. ........Read more

Telecom data war helps Facebook grow in India

India became the fastest growing market for social network giant Facebook in the three months that ended December, sparked by the war between telcos to win customers by offering free mobile data.Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio which was launched in........Read more

Darby Managed Franklin PE Fund Exits DailyHunt, Sells Stake To Chinese Bytedance For $19 Mn

Franklin Templeton Private Equity Strategy, an investment fund managed by Darby has reportedly exited Bengaluru-based news and ebooks mobile app DailyHunt, owned by mobile internet gateway Verse ........Read more

RSS attacking Mehbooba over her anti-national remark puts PDP-BJP alliance in jeopardy

The Jammu and Kashmir BJP on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Peoples Democratic Party, its coalition partner in the state, targeting chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for her remarks on Article 370 which has triggered a political storm in the state.........Read more

Surgical strikes: First official details on how Indian soldiers targeted Pakistani bunkers

In the first official details on cross-border surgical strikes carried out by Indian special forces last year, the army’s account of the action provides a broader picture of the gallantry of an officer who personally killed four targets in close combat, a sniper who got his targets by sharpshooting into a bunker and a team that inflicted heavy casualties on regular Pakistani soldiers. ........Read more

Trump Prepares Draft Executive Order on H1-B Visas

After banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, President Donald Trump has reportedly drafted an executive order to revamp the H1-B visa, which allows thousands of Indians to work at tech giants like Google and Mircosoft in the US.........Read more

Some Earth Life is Ready to Live on Mars, Right Now

A new study from a team of researchers from the University of Arkansas shows that certain types of microorganisms could survive on Mars, helping to narrow the search for life there.........Read more

Demand from Uber and Ola driving car sales

App-based cab aggregators such as Uber and Ola have not only disrupted traditional taxi and three-wheeler markets across Indian cities, but they are also pushing overall car sales at a time when automakers are struggling to expand business. Fleet operators are estimated to have added more than half a million vehicles over the last two years, accounting for more than 10 per cent of total passenger vehicle sales during this period, largely helped by soaring sales to cab aggregators .. ........Read more

2015 Myanmar Special Operations: The Inside Story Of How Indian Army Commandos Destroyed Terror Camps

On 11 June 2015, the commandos of the 21 Para Regiment, on a mission to avenge the slaughter of 18 Dogra soldiers by Naga militants in the Chandel district of Manipur on 4 June, were inching towards terrorist camps deep inside Myanmar under the fading darkness of the night. Even though entry and exit routes of special operations are planned with great detail to maintain secrecy, surprise and avoid casualties, the commandos still came up against an unplanned and unexpected situation. They came face to face with a group of local hunters who too were out early morning looking for easy game. The terror camps that were used to launch the Chandel attack were still some distance away. Stealth and secrecy of the operation was on the verge of being compromised: if the hunters were allowed to go on, they could have raised an alarm putting the terrorists on guard. Killing them wasn't an option either. The commandos found a solution — they simply secured the hunters with whatever ropes they were carrying and left them behind. "They weren't carrying any morphine, so knocking them off with morphine wasn't an option either," a top Indian Army officer who planned and executed the operation........Read more

Samit Gohel unbeaten 359: Indian batsman breaks 117-year-old first class record

Gujarat’s 26-year-old opening batsman Samit Gohel today broke a 117-year-old record in first-class cricket by notching up the highest score while carrying his bat through the innings of 359 not out during his team’s Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Odisha.........Read more

Remembering Udham Singh: The Man Who Avenged Jallianwala Bagh 

Udham Singh may not be a name that resonates with many, but happens to be integral to the Indian freedom struggle. Born on 26 December 1899, Sher Singh (who would later become Udham Singh) was the man who avenged the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by assassinating Michael O’Dwyer, the then governor general of Punjab.........Read more

Modi favours higher taxes from market participants

Ahead of the Budget, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today favoured increasing the tax contribution from various market participants in a "fair, efficient and transparent way" and promised more "sound and prudent policies and reform measures". Asking the regulators and taxmen to think about the contribution of market participants to the exchequer, Modi said, "The low contribution of taxes may be due to the structure of our tax laws. Low or zero tax rate is given to certain types of financial income."........Read more

Aspirin use ups death risk in uterine cancer patients: study

Regular use of over-the-counterpain killers such as aspirin and ibuprofen may increase the risk of dying in patients with a type of uterine cancer by 66 per cent, a new study has warned.........Read more

Russia throws its weight behind China-Pakistan corridor, keeps India on tenterhooks

After it officially denied reports that it had shown any interest in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Moscow has not just declared strong support for the China-funded project but also announced its intention to link its own Eurasian Economic Union project with CPEC.........Read more

More than 1,000 Russian athletes took part in 'institutionalised' doping, says new McLaren report

More than 1,000 Russian athletes in about 30 sports took part in an "institutional conspiracy" to use banned drugs at the Sochi and London Olympics and other global events, doping investigator Richard Mclaren said Friday. International sport had been "hijacked" by the Russians, according to the the Canadian lawyer who has previously accused Russia of "state-sponsored" cheating.........Read more

Aadhaar set to replace PIN, debit cards, password: Will help situations like demonetisation; 5 things to know

UIDAI has planned to increase biometric authentication capacity through Aadhaar to 40 crore a day from 10 crore to encourage more use of the platform for realising a cashless society.........Read more

This Parrot Is The Only Animal Which Asked Question About Itself And The Question Was…..

The parrot Alex, born in Africa in 1976, has till now remained the only animal which has asked question about itself. Upon seeing himself in a mirror, Alex had asked, What colour?........Read more

India won't forget for generations if Pakistan launches a surgical strike: Gen Raheel Sharif

Upping the ante, Pakistan warned India that its "battle hardened" military is capable of responding to any aggression, with army chief General Raheel Sharif saying if ever Pakistan launched surgical strikes India would not be able to forget it for generations. "If Pakistan were to launch surgical strikes, India would not be able to forget it for generations to come," General Sharif said just days before his scheduled retirement.........Read more

Jan Dhan account deposits mobilise Rs 21,000 cr, maximum from West Bengal

Mamata Banerjee-ruled West Bengal leads the pack of states which has seen the highest deposits so far followed by Karnataka.........Read more

50 per cent of IT companies will lose part of their work: Digital automation may take bulk of deals

With over $200-billion worth of IT deals up for renewal in 2017 and 2018, digital and automation will slice off a third of the contract, and nearly half the incumbent IT providers will lose part of the work, highlighting the challenge faced by Indian IT firms as they chase growth. ........Read more

Chinese bank to pay NY $215 mln for anti-money laundering violations

Bank officials engaged in "intentional wrongdoing," including masking suspicious transactions at its New York branch, the New York State Department of Financial Services said.........Read more

Now, Baloch activists begin new sit-in protest outside Chinese embassy in London

The Free Balochistan Movement (FBM), a pro-freedom Baloch political party, began a week-long sit-in protest outside the Chinese Embassy in London on Sunday, just weeks after it organized a similar protest in September against the "China-Pakistan nexus" in Balochistan.........Read more

Kerala: Alumni association offers gold coins for culling stray dogs

The alumni association of a prominent college has announced gold coins to the civic authorities which would kill the maximum number of stray dogs till December 10 in Kerala where four persons have lost their lives and over 700 have been injured in canine attacks in the last four months.........Read more

Delhi bird flu: SC raps AAP govt, asks MLAs to clean Delhi garbage

The Supreme Court on Friday rapped the Delhi government over the way garbage had been piled up in various places. The SC bench, headed by Justice Madan Lokur, said, "45 metres of height of garbage in places are alarming."........Read more

You May Soon be Surfing Internet on Long-Haul Air India Flights

Surfing the net while on an international Air India (AI) flight might soon become a reality as the airline is in talks with BSNL regarding various aspects of aircraft WiFi installation. Apparently, the airline has asked BSNL to work out the feasibility and cost analysis of the project. At the same time, it is also talking to some other international on-board service providers.........Read more

The Morning Wrap: Akhilesh Yadav To Skip SP's Silver Jubilee Celebration; Ola To Train 50 Lakh Driver

In yet another sign of worsening infighting in Samajwadi Party,UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today announced that he will embark on his 'Vikas Rath Yatra' alone from November 3 which will make him skip the party's silver jubilee celebrations slated to begin two days later........Read more

India Headed for Coal Power Overcapacity

India’s power sector issues are far more complex and exactly the opposite of what Greenpeace is suggesting. Over INR 3,00,000 crore (close to USD 50 billion) is being wasted on building an additional 62 gigawatt (GW) of coal power plants, which will remain idle due to huge overcapacity in the power sector.........Read more

China’s quantum satellite could make data breaches a thing of the past

China recently launched a satellite into orbit with a unique feature: it has the ability to send information securely, not with mathematical encryption but by using the fundamental laws of physics. China will be the first country to achieve this feat, and it marks a milestone in the development of quantum technologies.........Read more

Russian-Led CSTO Alliance Vows to Face Down Threats, From Europe to Central Asia

On Friday, leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a defensive alliance including Russia and five other states, met in Yerevan to adopt the bloc's new security strategy to the year 2025. Political analyst Gevorg Mirzayan says that now more than ever, bloc unity is vital to ensuring security in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.........Read more

Scrutiny of 400 files shows misdemeanours, will be referred to CBI, says Lt Governor Jung

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung Friday said the 400 files of the Delhi government being examined by a three-member committee constituted by him, show “grave misdemeanours”, and “are in the process of being referred to the CBI for investigation”.........Read more

Intex partners with mRUPEE to release its mobile wallet called Intex MyWallet

Domestic handset maker Intex has partnered with mRUPEE, a Tata Teleservices subsidiary, to launch mobile wallet ‘Intex MyWallet’. The wallet will offer easy and quick integrated payment functionalities and conveniences within the device related to recharge, money transfer, shopping, booking train, movie, bus tickets and more in just one click, Intex said in a statement.........Read more

Owners Of Roadside Eateries In Mumbai Declare INR 50 Crore Under Black Money Scheme

A little before September ended, the IT Department ensured that they would investigate every nook and corner of this flourishing industry, and see what emerged. The next move was the notice that was sent to many roadside eateries, including a well-known vada pav centre in Thane, a dosa centre in Ghatkopar, a sandwich centre in Andheri and a jalebi wallah in south Mumbai.........Read more

Google's Allo messenger app is a know-it-all

Does the world need another messaging app? Google says yes. And it believes its Allo messaging app is different enough to compete against Apple's iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and all the rest. That's because it's the first to include Google Assistant, which I can only describe as a mega chatbot that uses artificial intelligence to bring you answers in a conversational manner.........Read more

India’s falling exports killed 70,000 jobs in just one quarter

India’s dismal export growth is leading to massive job losses. And, after months of shrinking exports without any signs of improvement, the employment situation in Asia’s third-largest economy is set to worsen. The jobs market is already in pain. In the July-September quarter of the 2015 fiscal year, India recorded the lowest job growth compared to the same period in 2009, 2011, and 2013.........Read more

Cabinet to decide on merging Railway, General budget; advance Parliament session to January 24

In order to get all tax proposals as well as expenditure on schemes kicking in from beginning of new fiscal on April 1, the budget session of Parliament is likely to be convened on January 24.........Read more

Dropbox says 68 million user IDs stolen

Cloud-based data storage company Dropbox said Thursday that user IDs and passwords of some 68 million clients were stolen four years ago and recently leaked onto the internet.........Read more

Sex and medals: Does action under the sheets increase performance on the field?

Research has shown that having an orgasm can reduce muscle pain in female athletes while a testosterone boost could even help build strength for men.........Read more

SC slams Jayalalithaa, says defamation suit not a weapon, can't be used to throttle democracy

Coming down hard on Tamil Nadu Chief Minster J Jayalalithaa, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said, you are a public figure and must face criticism.........Read more

India's forgotten jungle dwellers

An African-origin ethnic tribe of about 20,000 people has been living in near total obscurity in India for centuries.........Read more

Why do we get bags under our eyes?

Dark circles under the eye suggest late nights and little sleep. But are there other reasons? Jason G Goldman investigates.........Read more

This Kashmiri’s Response to an Army Veteran Is a Must Read

A few days ago, this open letter by Army veteran Major Gaurav Arya went viral online. The Major’s open letter was addressed to the dead Hizbul Mujahideen chief Burhan Wani and went on to admonish him for encouraging young Kashmiris to kill Indian ........Read more

New anti-superstition Bill proposes to ban 23 practices

The new version of an anti-superstition Bill proposes to ban 23 practices, including human torture in the name of rituals and display of 'miracles' to earn money.........Read more

Panama Canal Expansion Major Milestones

Discover the main milestones of the construction of the Panama Canal Expansion, to be inaugurated on June 26, 2016.........Read more

Google CEO Sundar Pichai's Quora account hacked

Google CEO Sundar Pichai's Quora account has been hacked. Pichai's account seems to have been hacked by the same hacker group who recently broke into Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest accounts.........Read more

The strange story of a fertility drug made with the Pope’s blessing and gallons of nun urine

The history of pharmaceuticals is full of chance encounters and quirky events. Alexander Fleming stumbled across penicillin when it grew as a mold in his messy lab. Viagra was intended to treat hypertension before researchers noticed, ahem, certain........Read more

Sanjay Bangar appointed India batting coach

Sanjay Bangar has been appointed India's batting coach for their four-Test tour of West Indies. Abhay Sharma, who had been with the team in Zimbabwe as fielding coach, has been retained for the series in the Caribbean........Read more

Rahul Yadav on Nikesh Arora’s exit: Karma is a bitch

Almost a year ago, the 26-year-old was booted from Housing.com, the company he founded in 2012. One of the investors responsible for his dismissal was Nikesh Arora, president and chief operating officer of SoftBank, which had a 38% stake in Housing.........Read more

No bumpy ride for startups as govt okays Rs 10,000 cr corpus

An amount of Rs 500 crore has already been provided to the corpus of FFS in 2015-16 and Rs 600 crore earmarked in the 2016-17........Read more

Overcoming the past and how! Meet Arunima Sinha, the first woman amputee to conquer Mount Everest

In 2011, the 26-year-old national level volleyball player from Lucknow lost one of her legs in a horrific accident when she was thrown off a moving train for resisting a chain-snatching attempt by hoodlums.........Read more