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To infinity and Jurassic park: This is why SpaceX sent a plushy dinosaur with NASA astronauts to space

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and successfully reached entered the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday. However, the two NASA were not alone during their journey and were accompanied by a small, shiny plush dinosaur toy. The toy was first spotted when SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule went supersonic and entered zero gravity and the dinosaur started floating around the pod, the video clip of which went absolutely viral on Twitter soon after. ........Read more

'Invisible Enemy vs Invincible Warriors': PM Modi Hails Healthcare Workers' Role in Covid-19 Battle

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hailed the efforts of doctors and frontline workers in India's Covid-19 battle and said that any violence against them was not acceptable. “Doctors and medical workers are soldiers without uniforms. It is the battle of invisible (virus) against invincible (doctors and health workers)," Modi said while addressing an event at the Rajiv Gandhi Health University in Bengaluru via video conference. “Due to mob mentality, those workers (safai workers, doctors and nurses) on the frontline are subject to violence. I want to state it clearly that violence, rude behavior is not acceptable," he said. ........Read more

'India's Covid-19 recovery rate jumps to 47.4%, an increase of 4.5% in 24 hours'

This has resulted in a recovery rate of 47.4% amongst COVID-19 patients, an increase of 4.51% in the recovery rate from the previous day’s recovery rate of 42.89%. "Owing to the high number of recovered patients, the number of active patients has also declined from 89,987 patients on 29 May to 86,422 active cases presently. All the active cases are under active medical supervision," the ministry said.........Read more

Mumbai heads for highest number of daily new Covid-19 cases for any city in the world

Mumbai is now second only to Moscow globally in terms of new Covid-19 cases added each day. But while it is slowing down in Moscow, the opposite can only be said for Mumbai. Could India's financial capital soon be the world's biggest pandemic hotspot? With over one-fifth of India's cases, Mumbai is undoubtedly the country's biggest hotspot, and at least 0.22 per cent of the city's population has now been infected. But the world will be closely watching Mumbai as it adds large numbers of new cases each day, and hasn't yet seen its peak. Since the beginning of May, Mumbai's case count has more than tripled.........Read more

Three Friends From Vietnam Build a Ferrari in Their Home For Just Rs 15,000 - Watch Video

Supercar brand Ferrari is a dream for many, but what is breaking the internet now is a DIY Ferrari that has been made by a group of three friends based out of Vietnam. The group not only included the looks but also ensured that the sound of the car is the same. The group has made their own version of one of the most expensive cars in the world at $200 only. The 3 minutes and 7 seconds long video clip shows the boys making as well as driving their homemade car. In the clip, which has been shared on Facebook, one can see the trio build the body of the car with the help of cardboard.........Read more

SC refuses to entertain plea seeking free calls, data usage facilities during Covid-19 lockdown

The Supreme Court Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking directions to the Centre and other authorities to ensure that free unlimited calling, data usage and DTH facilities are provided to the subscribers to ease "psychological stress" during the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. "What kind of petitions are being filed?", observed a bench of Justices NV Ramana, SK Kaul and BR Gavai which was hearing the plea through video-conferencing.........Read more

China in Mind, Govt Tweaks FDI Policy to 'Discourage Opportunistic Investments' from Border Countries amid Covid-19 Pandemic

In order to ensure that foreign companies do not take advantage of the economic slowdown resulting from the global coronavirus pandemic, the central government on Saturday revised its Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy. According to the new policy, "an entity of a country that shares land border with India or where the beneficial owner of an investment into India is situated in or is a citizen of any such country can invest only under the government route".........Read more

PM Narendra Modi Sets Example Of Social Distancing During Corona Lockdown, Here's Proof From Union Cabinet Meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi set an example of social distancing during the Union Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Amid the coronavirus lockdown, the top ministers were seen sitting at a distance from each other during the meeting. As soon as the photo surfaced online, people were hailing the prime minister for walking the talk. Social distancing is the only way to stay away from harm's way. Unlike usual days, when the Cabinet members sit around an oval table during meeting, on Wednesday, all ministers sat at a distance minus the table. The Cabinet meeting was held at the prime minister's official residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi. ........Read more

In biggest privatisation drive, Govt invites bids for sale of Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd

Expressions of interest for the strategic sale of BPCL have been invited by May 2, as per the bid document by the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM). “The Government of India is proposing strategic disinvestment of its entire shareholding in BPCL comprising of 114.91 crore equity shares, which constitutes 52.98% of BPCL’s equity share capital along with transfer of management control to a strategic buyer (except BPCL’s equity shareholding of 61.65% in Numaligarh Refinery Limited),” it said. NRL stake will be sold to a state-owned oil and gas firm.........Read more

India’s wine country: A charming work in progress

Nobody even produces a decent map of the Nashik’s three dozen wineries, forcing visitors to rely on word of mouth or well-phrased Google searches. The tourism body of Maharashtra, the state where Nashik is located, is so apathetic that it erroneously refers to the wineries as “breweries” in a brief mention on its website. The biggest hotel in the area, the Gateway, is owned by the luxury Taj chain but has all the charm of a roadside Holiday Inn.........Read more

Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia Dropped from Melania Trump’s Visit to ‘Happiness Class’ in Delhi School

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia will not be accompanying US First Lady Melania Trump when she visits a Delhi government school on Tuesday, sources in the Aam Aadmi Party said. Melania, who is arriving in India on February 24 as part of President Donald Trump’s official visit, will interact with students and observe a “happiness class” at a school in south Delhi. It was earlier reported that Kejriwal and Sisodia would give the First Lady a tour of the school and brief her about the unique "happiness curriculum" introduced by the Arvind Kejriwal government, which romped home to majority for the second time this month. ........Read more

"Half Of Bangladesh Will Be Empty If...": Union Minister G Kishan Reddy On Citizenship Amendment Act

Speaking at the Sant Ravidas Jayanti celebrations in Hyderabad, Mr Reddy dared Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to prove how the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was against the 130 crore Indians living in the country. "Half of Bangladesh will be empty (vacant) if India offers citizenship to them (Bangladeshis). Half of Bangladeshis will come over to India if citizenship is promised (to them). Who will take responsibility? KCR? Or Rahul Gandhi?," he asked.........Read more

Coronavirus: India cancels all visas to Chinese issued before Feb 5

India has suspended all visas, regular or electronic, issued to Chinese nationals before February 5, no matter where in the world they are travelling from, but the revocation doesn't apply to Chinese passport holders in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. India is working to contain the spread of a mysterious new pathogen, temporarily named the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which has infected three people in Kerala and killed more than 560 people in China, where it originated. India will not admit foreign nationals who have been to China on or after January 15. They can't enter India from any "air, land or seaport, including the Indo-Nepal, Indo-Bhutan, Indo-Bangladesh or Indo-Myanmar land borders," the immigration official said.........Read more

Google paid out $6.5 million in bug bounties in 2019

In an announcement, the company revealed it rewarded security researchers who found kinks in its defenses $6.5 million last year — that’s nearly twice the amount Google paid for bug bounties in 2018 which amounted to a total of $3.4 million. This brings the total amount of rewards given since 2010 to $21 million. Out of the $6.5 million in bug bounties, $2.1 million accounted for bugs found in Google products, with Android and Chrome trailing behind with $1.9 and $1 million each. The Big G also handed out $800,000 to researchers who uncovered flaws in Google Play.........Read more

Beware! Do you recharge your phone battery at public charging stations? It may leave your bank a/c empty

With the increasing convenience of using USP ports to charge smartphones at public charging stations, things become convenient for fraudsters as well to make bank accounts empty as more and more people now use mobile banking and other payment options through mobiles. The investigation revealed that taking advantage of the situation that the said charging points at the airport were not under surveillance and were neither monitored nor checked as well, fraudsters tampered the cord and put an extra chip in it. ........Read more

Independent Body, Not Speaker, Should Decide Disqualification of MPs and MLAs: SC to Parliament

The bench asked if the Speaker should alone be entrusted with decisions on disqualification petitions when he/she is still a member of a political party. Pitching for either a permanent body or some other independent mechanism, the bench took into account certain recent cases in the top court and maintained that the independence of Speaker is being raised time and again now. ........Read more

Five arrested, including two Bangladeshi nationals, for instigating violence during anti-CAA protests

The two Bangladeshi nationals have been identified as Mohammad Azad and Mohammad Subhan. The others who have been arrested areGhaziabad resident Mohammad Shoiab (19), Pilibhit resident Mohammad Amir (24) and Seemapuri resident Yusuf (40). ........Read more

'Lotus on passports part of security feature': MEA clarifies after Congress's outcry

A day after Opposition members in Lok Sabha raised the issue of lotus being printed on new passports, the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said it was part of the enhanced security features to identify fake passports and involves using other national symbols as well on rotation. Raising this issue of lotus being printed on new passports brought for distribution in Kozhikode in Kerala during the Zero Hour, M K Raghavan of the Congress said the matter has been highlighted by one of the newspapers and alleged that this was "further saffronisation" of the government establishment with the lotus being the election symbol of the BJP. ........Read more

Ayodhya Trust Likely to be Similar to Somnath Temple Trust: Report

Asked whether Ayodhya trust too would have the Prime Minister as a member, the government sources responded saying, “The model would be same. However, the members would be decided by consensus and with consultations with the Prime Minister.”........Read more

Contract system to be brought in for first-class cricketers, reveals Sourav Ganguly

The execution of this plan could be complex since 38 teams compete in the Ranji Trophy, with Chandigarh as the newest addition. However, like many other challenges, Ganguly is positive about taking this up.........Read more

PM Modi launched Rs 150 coin

On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative Rs 150 coins in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He was also there for the 'Swachh Bharat Diwas' programme in Sabarmati Riverfront.A commemorative coin is issued only on major occasions with distinctive design in reference to the event. Modi left a message on the visitor's book at Sabarmati Ashram which read, "I'm satisfied that on the occasion of #GandhiAt150, we're witnessing the fulfillment of his dream of 'Swachh Bharat'. I feel lucky that on this occasion when India has successfully stopped open defecation."Along with PM, Chief Miniter Vijay Rupani was also present at the launching. PM Modi, back in January, had released a commemorative coin of Rs 350 to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the ten preachers of the Sikh religion. Even before that, in 2018, Modi released a commemorative Rs 100 coin in memory of former and late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. © Gulte.com - All Rights Reserved........Read more

The world is finally fighting back against Facebook

The increasing pressure coming from the US Congress is just one example of how governments all over the world are starting to fight back against the power of Facebook. The company is facing fines, regulation and even calls for it to be broken up. But regulators and politicians still face a significant challenge in reining in Facebook’s financial, political and social might. In summer 2019, Facebook was hit by a $5 billion fine from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as a $100m fine from the Securities and Exchanges Commission over its involvement in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The company also possibly faces fines of further billions in Europe for violating data protection laws.........Read more

North Korea says it successfully tested new submarine-launched ballistic missile

North Korea said on Thursday it had successfully test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from the sea to contain external threats and bolster self-defence, ahead of fresh nuclear talks with the United States. The launch on Wednesday was the most provocative by North Korea since it resumed dialogue with the United States in 2018 and a reminder by Pyongyang of the weapons capability it has been aggressively developing, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, analysts said. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “sent warm congratulations” to the defence scientists who conducted the test, state news agency KCNA said, indicating he did not attend the launch as he has at previous tests of new weapons systems. The new type of SLBM, called Pukguksong-3, was “fired in vertical mode” in the waters off the eastern city of Wonsan, KCNA said, confirming an assessment by South Korea’s military on Wednesday that the missile was launched on a lofted trajectory. “The successful new-type SLBM test-firing comes to be of great significance as it ushered in a new phase in containing the outside forces’ threat to the DPRK and further bolstering its military muscle for self-defence,” KCNA said. DPRK is short for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. ........Read more

‘Humbleness, simplicity’: PM Modi’s ‘down to earth’ gesture at Houston airport gets praises on Twitter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left Twitter users impressed after he picked up flowers which fell from the bouquet presented to him during a welcome ceremony at the airport in Houston, where he will attend the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event. The Prime Minister was welcomed by the Indian and American officials present at the airport to receive him. The director of Trade and International Affairs Christopher Olson, US ambassador to India Kenneth Juster and Indian envoy to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla were among them. In a video, the Prime Minister is seen coming out of the aircraft and walking to the officials present there. One of the woman officials hands over a bouquet to Modi and some of the flowers fall on the red carpet. The Prime Minister picks them up and hands them over to one of his security personnel. The Prime Minister’s gesture was praised by users on Twitter as many commented that Modi was bringing his “Swachhta Abhiyan” to the United States. “Was that a belief of not crushing part of the plant with feet or was it a gesture towards Swachhta Abhiyan?” Jitendra Sharma wrote. Watch | Howdy Modi | PM Modi’s humble gesture at Houston airport wins hearts ‘Howdy, Modi!’: How to watch Prime Minister Modi’s mega event in Houston Some of the users said this the “down to earth nature” of the Prime Minister.........Read more

Mysterious vaping illness characterized by fat-laden cells in the lung

The finding may allow doctors to definitively diagnose the nascent syndrome more quickly and provide the right treatment sooner. It could also provide clues into the causes of the new and mysterious condition. Investigators at University of Utah Health reported the findings in a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Sept. 6. "While it is too soon to be sure, these lipid-laden macrophages may turn out to be useful to confirm or rule out this disease," said the study's senior author Scott Aberegg, M.D., a critical care pulmonologist at U of U Health. "They may also be helpful in understanding what is causing this illness," Aberegg added. Lung scans from patients with vaping illness look like a serious viral or bacterial pneumonia, but those tests come back negative. Instead, diagnosis has been based on exclusion of known causes of similar respiratory illnesses combined with knowing the patient has a history of vaping.........Read more

Lawmakers opposed to 'no-deal' Brexit defeat Boris Johnson in Parliament, prompt PM to push for snap election

British lawmakers defeated Boris Johnson in parliament on Tuesday in a bid to prevent him taking Britain out of the EU without a divorce agreement, prompting the prime minister to announce that he would immediately push for a snap election. The government was defeated by 328 to 301 on a motion put forward by opposition parties and rebel lawmakers in Johnson’s party - who had been warned they would be kicked out of the Conservative Party if they defied the government. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in Parliament in London. Reuters More than three years after the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, the defeat leaves the course of Brexit unresolved, with possible outcomes still ranging from a turbulent ‘no-deal’ exit to abandoning the whole endeavour. Tuesday’s victory is only the first hurdle for lawmakers, enabling them to take control of the parliamentary business. On Wednesday they will seek to pass a law forcing Johnson to ask the EU to delay Brexit, for a third time, until 31 January unless he has a deal approved by parliament beforehand on the terms and manner of the exit.........Read more

Naresh Goyal Has 19 Privately Held Companies, 5 of Them Outside India: Sources

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted raids at 12 locations of former Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal in Delhi and Mumbai on Friday. Later, sources spoke about them and said the raids were conducted based on intelligence gathered and also various complaints. Goyal’s business empire includes 19 privately held companies- 14 registered in India and five outside, they said. Reportedly, Goyal had started a company called M/s Tail Winds Corporation in Isle of Man in 1992 and this company controlled all financial activities of Jet Airways. The ED searches also covered one Hasmukh Deepchand Gardi, who had invested a huge amount in Tail Wind and now lives in Dubai. The ED also conducted simultaneous searches at residences and offices of promoters of Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd, T Venkatram Reddy and T Vinayakravi Reddy in Hyderabad and Delhi on Thursday. The search resulted in the seizure of incriminating documents relating to immovable properties and digital evidence, two luxury cars and demonetized currency to the extent of Rs 5,00,000. The digital evidence is being analyzed further to trace the diversion of loan funds.........Read more

Mahindra Cuts 1500 Jobs As Slowdown Crisis Worsens

One of India's largest automobile manufacturers, (M&M) Mahindra and Mahindra announced plans for deferring of investments, and also said they would be cutting 1,500 jobs this financial year, thanks to the auto industry's prolonged negative growth, according to the International Business Times. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra and Mahindra, said, "About 15%-20% of capex from our original capex plan could be deferred. However, the suspension will not affect new product development plans or any other capex meant for bringing the right products to the customers." Mr Goenka also said that roughly 1,500 temporary workers were retrenched since April 1, 2019, and also warned of further cutbacks if the slowdown continues. According to the director, more job losses are expected to take place at supplier and dealer levels when compared to (OEM) original equipment manufacturers. He said that a fund raiser package and a fiscal stimulus package from the government during the festive season was an important step to achieve a turnaround in jobs and investments in the auto sector. When asked about the previous slowdown where the government stepped in to help, Mr Goenka said, "The only thing that can make a difference is if the government of India sees it fit to support the industry for 6-8 months, then you can perhaps see a big change."........Read more

Karnataka Cabinet expansion: A former CM , 2 ex-deputy CMs in Yediyurappa’s 17-member team

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, who has been running a one-man show in Karnataka for the past three weeks, expanded his Cabinet today with the induction of 17 ministers. The list of inductees includes 15 MLAs and one MLC, Kota Srinivas Poojari, and one unelected member Laxman Savadi. Among the MLAs, former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, who was in the saddle between 2012 and 2013, is to be inducted as a Cabinet minister. Former deputy chief ministers R Ashok and KS Eshwarappa make the cut as well. Yediyurappa took oath as CM for the fourth time on July 26 capping months of political turmoil that saw the Congress-JDS government fall following dissidence in the ranks. Both Opposition parties in the state — the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) — have repeatedly targeted the state government for not having a cabinet, with the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee asking is that what the BJP means by “minimum government”? The delay in cabinet formation is believed to have happened as the BJP high command was busy piloting crucial bills in Parliament, and taking stock of the devastating floods across northern and coastal Karnataka. Amid criticism from the opposition and pressure within on cabinet formation, Yediyurappa had on Friday said he would discuss it with the central leadership during his visit to Delhi next week. Yediyurappa finally got the nod to expand his Cabinet on Monday.........Read more

Yeddyurappa says, ‘Confident of forming govt in 4-5 days in Karnataka’

As the Congress-JD(S) coalition government faces uncertainty over its numbers, BJP's Karnataka unit chief B S Yeddyurappa Monday said he is confident of forming the government in the next four to five days. Yeddyurappa's claim came on a day when the Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar fixed July 18 for taking up the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, whose government is on the verge of collapse after 16 MLAs resigned from the assembly. "I am quite confident that the BJP government will come into existence in the next three to four days. The BJP will give the best administration in Karnataka," Yeddyurappa said.........Read more

Rs 25,000 a night villas, luxury hotels: How Karnataka MLAs are being kept ‘safe’

As Karnataka’s political turmoil peaked on Monday, action shifted to private planes, resorts and luxury hotels where parties have packed off their MLAs to prevent their poaching. In a day of fast-paced developments, all ministers of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government sent in their resignations to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to facilitate the formation of a new council of ministers apparently to lure back the 12 MLAs – 9 of the Congress and 3 of the JD (S) -- who resigned on Saturday. (Click here for live updates of Karnataka government crisis) While the 12 rebel MLAs were flown to a luxury hotel in Mumbai in a chartered plane, JD (S) shifted its flock to a resort in picturesque Kodagu in Karnataka. The rebels are currently lodged in 5 star Sofitel hotel at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), where a room tariff starts at Rs 10,000+/ night. Ten MLAs are in Sofitel, while three are in Shirdi. Not taking any chances, the ruling JD (S) moved all its lawmakers to Paddington Resort in Kodagu, where an array of rooms were booked, according to sources. The party booked 10 private pool villas, 7 bungalows and the deluxe rooms where the base tariff for rooms is Rs 9,000+ and pool villas cost Rs 25,000+taxes.........Read more

Modi unveils bronze statue of former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri at airport in Varanasi

The PM is slated to launch the BJP's membership drive, inaugurate the plantation campaign and inaugurate the Virtual Experimental Museum, during his four-hour stay in his parliamentary constituency. PM Narendra Modi (Photo | AP) Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled an18-feet high bronze statueof former PM Lal Bahadur Shastriat LBS International Airport, Babatpur here during his day-long visit to his Lok Sabha constituency to launch the BJP's countrywide membership drive. Modi was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) working president JP Nadda and the state unit chief of the saffron party, Mahendra Nath Pandey. Anil Shastri and Sunil Shastri, sons of late Lal Bahadur Shastri, were present at the venue as also Uttar Pradesh minister Siddharth Nath Singh, a kin of the former prime minister. Earlier, Modi arrived at the Babatpur airport here on his second visit to his constituency after winning the parliamentary polls held in April-May. The PM is slated to launch the BJP's membership drive, inaugurate the plantation campaign and inaugurate the Virtual Experimental Museum, during his four-hour stay in his parliamentary constituency. ........Read more

'Hawai Chappal And Mercedes Can’t be Taxed at Same Rate', Jaitley on Two Years of GST Rollout

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) proved to be both consumer and assessee friendly. On the second anniversary of GST rollout, Jaitley in his latest blog titled ‘Two Years After GST’ said,”After two years, one can confidently argue, without fear of contradiction that GST proved to be both consumer and assessee friendly. The high taxation of pre GST era pinched the consumers’ pocket and acted as a disincentive against tax compliance. The last two years have seen each of the meetings of the GST Council reducing the tax burden on consumers as the tax collections improved.” In a veiled attack on Congress party which had been criticising the GST, ever since it came into effect from July 1, 2017, Jaitley said,”Those who argued for a single slab GST must realise that a single slab is possible only in extremely affluent countries where there are no poor people. It would be inequitable to apply a single rate in countries where there are a large number of people below the poverty line.”........Read more

Astronomers detect radio signal coming from massive galaxy far, far away

It sent a signal that we were able to detect here on Earth. The galaxy, which carries the complex scientific label DES J214425.25-405400.81, is a whopping 4 billion light-years away, but it’s been pegged as the source of a single, non-repeating fast radio burst (FRB) that was heard loud and clear by an array of radar dishes in Australia. Never scrub anything again with Black+Decker’s $15 power scrubber for dishes and everything else in your kitchen Upon its detection, researchers began investigating the possible source of the FRB, managing to not only find the galaxy that it was beamed from, but narrowing down the source to a rather specific spot within the galaxy itself.........Read more

Dalai Lama says if his successor is woman, she has to be attractive. Internet is furious

In a telling interview with BBC News, the Dalai Lama reiterated his statement that he is okay with a female successor but she must be "attractive". The internet isn't pleased at all. The Dalai Lama's statement has been met with severe criticism online. "If a female Dalai Lama comes, she should be more attractive." The interviewer then told Dalai Lama that his comment could be misconstrued as "objectifying women and it's about who you are inside." The Dalai Lama did agree to the statement but not before adding, "Yes, I think both. Real beauty is inner beauty. That is true. But we, human beings, [for us] appearance is also important." His opinion about an 'attractive female successor' has gone viral now, with netizens responding with anger and disappointment. "Well if he said that a female successor will be attractive then that's sexism." ........Read more

Money is Not Enough to Buy Water in Thirsty Chennai

Girija J begins her day at 4 am with a fight. The fight is over water. The 35-year-old, a domestic worker in a working class neighbourhood in Jaffarkhanpet area of Chennai, has a body clock which is set to go off at exactly 4 am. If her tired-out body and brain try to steal a few extra winks, she can always rely on that gnawing nightmare to jolt her awake – that her family would go thirsty and hungry because she ‘overslept’. She secures four pots of precious water from the community hand pump down the street, every morning. Her balancing act is ballerina -level, having tramped up the roads many mornings with two buckets filled to brim nestled in the crook of her hips. It’s all part of the existential hazard of living on the economic fringes in water-starved Chennai. The four reservoirs in Chennai — Chembarambakkam, Poondi, Red Hills and Cholavaram — that are almost empty are the sources of supply of water to Metro tankers. Chokalingam V, a security guard from Abhiramaputam in Chennai, starts his day as early as 2 am. That is the time the tanker delivers water to his locality. The 84-year-old said that there are brawls every day over water when the metro tanker arrives. "The taps have run dry. There is no bore water in our locality." The last option, for most of Chennai is the Metro tankers, but they only arrive every alternate day. "My family of eight struggle to manage with just four buckets," he said. ........Read more

‘Yeh trailer hai’, says Mukul Roy as Trinamool MLA, 10 zila parishad members join BJP

BJP leader Mukul Roy used a popular line from a Bollywood film to take a dig at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee after one more Trinamool Congress MLA and ten district council members, including their chief, jumped ship. Trinamool Congress MLA Wilson Champramary, South Dinajpur zila parishad president Lipika Roy and the other members were among those who switched sides to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Champramary is the fifth TMC MLA to have led the Trinamool recently. Former MLA and the TMC’s ex-South Dinajpur unit president Biplab Mitra also joined the BJP. “Yeh trailer hai, film abhi baaki hai (This is just a trailer, the film is yet to begin),” Roy said on Monday, according to news agency Asian News International. The defections have given the BJP a majority in the council, which has 18 seats. South Dinajpur zila parishad is the first district council in the state that has been taken over by the opposition party. The ruling TMC won all the 22 zila parishads in the last panchayat elections in 2018. The BJP wrested both South Dinajpur and Balurghat Lok Sabha seats from the TMC this year. Both these seats are in South Dinajpur district. Mukul Roy said that the TMC leaders joining the BJP are an “extension of the first phase” which will continue till chief minister Mamata Banerjee collapses. “When the seven phases will complete, there will be no TMC government left in the state,” he was quoted by ANI as saying. Mitra, considered as one of the architects of the Trinamool Congress in the district in north Bengal, was shunted out as the party’s district president after the Lok Sabha polls.........Read more

EPFO finalises 8.65 per cent interest for 2018-19: Gangwar

Retirement fund body EPFO has decided to provide 8.65 per cent interest on PF deposits for 2018-19 against 8.55 per cent in the last year to its 6 crore subscribers.........Read more

Anjum Moudgil racks up five gold medals at National Shooting Championships

Anjum Moudgil bagged gold medals in the 50m 3-positions, 10m air rifle and 10m air rifle mixed event, women's 50m rifle prone gold and team gold medal as well at the Nationals in Kerala. ........Read more

Scientists Find A Gene That Could Lead to Erectile Dysfunction

Scientists say they’ve finally found a gene implicated in erectile dysfunction, a discovery that could help illuminate how the condition occurs on the most basic level. The condition is widespread among older men — some estimates put it at 40 percent or higher for men over 40.........Read more

UK planning cyber attacks to hit back at Russia as alternative to nuclear warfare?

British defense officials have reportedly said that the UK has been practicing cyber attacks that could lead to a blackout in the Russian capital city of Moscow. The process would shut down power supply in Moscow, hence sending a message to Russia about its wrongdoings.........Read more

Airport entry gets easy! Passengers can use DigiLocker to show Aadhaar, PAN, driving license as ID proofs

Entering an airport India gets easier as air passengers can now just show their IDs such as Aadhaar card, PAN card as well as their driving license from their digital locker as a valid identity proof.........Read more

34 Girls In Hospital After Group Breaks Into Bihar School, Beats Them Up

Thirty-four girls of a residential school in Bihar were beaten up by a group of people after they resisted attempts by some local boys to harass them, the police said. All the injured girls have been admitted to a hospital in Triveniganj, Saupaul district, 250 km from Patna.........Read more

SC gives 60-day window to file claims for Assam’s NRC

The Supreme Court ordered the resumption of filing of claims and objections by around 40 lakh people who were left out in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) of Assam. The bench of Justices said the process will commence on September 25 and remain open for 60 days.........Read more

CoA removes BCCI office-bearers citing new constitution; power handed to board professionals

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) in a new directive on Thursday withdrew the powers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhury and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry. ........Read more

Surat shop sells 24-karat gold sweets at ₹ 9000 per kilo

A shop in Surat, Gujarat named '24 Carats Mithai Magic' is different from the rest as they are selling sweets for a whopping Rs. 9,000 per kg. The sweets come with a covering of 24-karat pure gold leaf.........Read more

All-new Mahindra Rexton (XUV700) showcased in Mumbai

Mahindra showcased the all-new, second-gen Rexton SUV, with its codename ‘Y400’ displayed on the license plate, to select dealers and shareholders at the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). It won’t be called Rexton, but will most likely be named the XUV700, in keeping with Mahindra’s current nomenclature.........Read more

Kerala tops in governance, Andhra 9th, says report

Kerala topped the country as the best-governed states, while Telangana state stood at the third place. The other states in the top-5 list include Tamil Nadu (second), Karnataka (fourth) and Gujarat (fifth). Andhra Pradesh was ranked ninth.........Read more

Hindi mother tongue of 44% in India, Bangla second most spoken

The percentage of Indian population with Hindi as their mother tongue has risen to 43.63% from 41.03% in 2001. Bengali remains the second most spoken language while Marathi has replaced Telugu in third place.........Read more

NHRC issues notice to UP government on Unnao incident

NHRC has observed that the allegations, if true, raise serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim family. It has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh, calling for a detailed report in the matter, including action taken against the delinquent police officials, who refused to register an FIR.........Read more

7 Naxals involved in the attack in which 9 CRPF jawans were killed arrested from Kistaram

Seven Naxals, allegedly involved in the Kistaram mine protected vehicle (MPV) attack last week in which nine CRPF personnel were killed, were arrested today from Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, police said.........Read more

Chinese hackers targeting WhatsApp to steal data, warns Indian Army

Indian Army had also asked its soldiers at the Indo-China border to format their mobile phones and uninstall many applications to prevent their phones getting hacked by the Chinese. The army claims that many applications created by Chinese firms or even any sort of Chinese links can endanger national security and penetrate into the digital world in search of classified information.........Read more

India commits $1.4 billion for solar energy worldwide

India announced one of the world’s largest investment plans in solar energy at the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). The $1.4 billion line of credit will cover 27 projects in 15 countries and boost the much-required financial power to the solar sector.........Read more

Indian Muslims need separate country: Deputy Grand Mufti

Muslims in India are living in pathetic condition… Pakistan was formed when Muslims were only 17 crores. I think Indian Muslims should demand a separate country. They should ask for the separate country within India. It is time for them", Deputy Grand Mufti of Kashmir Nasir-ul-Islam told.........Read more

AAP MLAs' disqualification plea: Delhi HC orders EC to make no bypoll announcement until Monday

The court also ordered the Election Commission (EC) to make no announcement whatsoever for bypolls in Delhi until the next date of hearing of the AAP MLAs' plea, which it set for January 29. The disqualification necessitates bypolls in the 20 Delhi constituencies the MLAs are from.........Read more

India's domestic passenger market becomes 100 million strong

Domestic air passengers crossed 100 million for the first time in 2017, shows passenger data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) today. Data shows that airlines carried 117 million passengers during 2017, a growth of 17.31% over 2016. ........Read more

Harbhajan Singh Slams BCCI, Says Home Series Against Sri Lanka Served Little Purpose

Look I believe the last Sri Lanka series at home served little purpose. We hardly gained anything out of it. Rather a few players could have gone to South Africa early. If not Dharamsala could have been a great place for preparation. Its high altitude, cooler weather, seam movement along with bounce would have given them ideal preparation before a tough assignment like South Africa.........Read more

AI-powered robots from Alibaba and Microsoft beat humans in Stanford University comprehension test

Artificially intelligence robots from Chinese firm Alibaba and US tech giant Microsoft have beaten humans in the Stanford University reading comprehension test. The robots both from Alibaba and Microsoft won by a narrow margin. The one from Alibaba scored 82.44, while Microsoft robot scored 82.650. Meanwhile, the human scored 82.34. Both Alibaba and Microsoft defeated the human, even though by a very narrow margin.........Read more

Did Uttarakhand Chief Minister Rawat lie in the poll affidavit? Election Commission orders an inquiry

In a setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttarakhand that came to power in March, the Election Commission of India has asked the Central Board of Direct Taxes to revaluate the immovable properties declared by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat in his poll affidavit.........Read more

Ameerul Islam convicted for rape and murder of Perumbavoor Dalit law student

The Enakulam Principal Sessions Court on Tuesday found Ameeerul Islam guilty in the murder of a Dalit law student in Perumbavoor. The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on Wedneday.........Read more

FRDI Bill: Arun Jaitley says deposits will be protected

The FRDI Bill will strengthen the system by adding a comprehensive resolution regime that will help ensure that, in the rare event of failure of a financial service provider, there is a system of quick, orderly and efficient resolution in favour of depositors.........Read more

MTV Splitsvilla X: Naina Singh And Baseer Ali Win The Grand Finale

While Naina and Baseer had lost hope about winning the throne, just when Rannvijay Singha announces them to be the winner. Woah! Baseer and Naina completed the task in 8 minutes 16 seconds, inclusive of the penalties while Priyank and Divya completed the task in 9 minutes. ........Read more

Neuroscience research provides evidence the brain is strobing, not constant

It's not just our eyes that play tricks on us, but our ears. That's the finding of a landmark Australian-Italian collaboration that provides new evidence that oscillations, or 'strobes', are a general feature of human perception.........Read more

Thisara Perera to captain Sri Lanka in Lahore

Allrounder Thisara Perera will lead a new-look, 16-man Sri Lankan squad to play the T20I series against Pakistan starting next Thursday. The shake-up is the result of some first-choice players - including the regular limited-overs captain Upul Tharanga - refusing to play in Lahore, where the third match of the series is scheduled.........Read more

NSL to pursue intellectual property litigation with Monsanto

India's Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL) said on Saturday it will not settle a long-standing intellectual property dispute with Monsanto Co over genetically modified (GM) cotton, despite some other Indian companies doing so in recent weeks.........Read more

Shell companies crackdown: 4.5 lakh directors may face axe

The ministry has struck off names of 2,17,239 companies from the records as on September 22 as these have not been carrying out business activities for a long period and have also defaulted on compulsory filings while more such firms are likely to face action.........Read more

Fans with Kim Jong-un badges: Watching Indian club Bengaluru FC play in North Korea

North Korea’s military club, 4.25, had been in Bengaluru for the first leg of the Asian Football Confederation Cup semi-final. The club’s name — 4.25 a.k.a April 25 — is a reminder of the day in 1932 when the Korean People’s Army was formed. On a rain-soaked night, India’s premier club, Bengaluru FC, had won 3-0.........Read more

Hidden life may thrive in caves beneath Antarctic glaciers

The researchers took soil samples from inside the extensive cave system beneath glaciers on the volcano and subjected them to a metabarcoding analysis. The results produced numerous traces of DNA. Some of it remains unidentified, but other samples were matched with a range of complex life, including mosses, algae, arthropods, and nematode worms.........Read more

Cancel Sharad Yadav’s Rajya Sabha Membership, JD-U Leaders Request Vice President

Two leaders of Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United met Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the Chairman of the Upper House of Parliament, and urged him to cancel the Rajya Sabha membership of Sharad Yadav. ........Read more

After Gorakhpur tragedy, Jhansi’s Maharani Laxmi Bai Medical College could be next BRD

The Maharani Laxmi Bai Medical College in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi, the mainstay of Bundelkhand region’s healthcare system, has a single vendor that supplies oxygen to the 700-bed hospital in its belly and does it mostly on credit will be the next BRD.........Read more

Hyderabad: Minor Girl Allegedly Sold To Oman Sheikh For Rs. 5 Lakh

A minor girl in Hyderabad was allegedly sold for Rs. 5 Lakh to Oman based Sheikh Ahmad for marriage. Syeeda Unnisa, mother of the minor, in her complaint to the Police said her brother-in-law got her daughter married to Sheikh forcefully. The helpless mother appealed her daughter to be brought back to India.........Read more

Facebook is still trying to get people pumped about virtual reality

That belief is one of the main reasons the company announced Wednesday that it’s adding live video streaming to its social VR product, Spaces, which lets users operate avatars that hang out with other users’ avatars in a virtual world.........Read more

Turning risk association to biological insight in type 2 diabetes

Following up on findings from a an earlier genome-wide association study (GWAS) of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in Latinos, researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) traced an association detected in that study to variants in a specific gene, SLC16A11, and uncovered two distinct mechanisms by which those variants disrupt the gene's function in liver cells, possibly contributing to the pathogenesis of T2D. The findings, which appear this week in Cell, offer insights into the biology underlying T2D and suggest new leads in the search for therapeutics.........Read more

TV, fridge, smartphone, gold coin: List of what gets expensive after GST

With the Parliament clearing the way for four crucial GST bills in its April session, India’s landmark tax reform is all set for its rollout on July 1. While it is expected that most goods may become cheaper after the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax, quite a few services and some goods will become more expensive after the tax comes into effect.........Read more

Nearly 1,000 inmates escape prison after militant attack in Congo

At least 930 prisoners escaped and 11 people were killed during a militant attack on a prison in the central Democratic Republic of Congo.........Read more

Anil Kumble stays on as coach till West Indies tour

On Thursday night, the Cricket Advisory Committee met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri at a London hotel and deliberated on the issue for a bit more than two hours. Late in the night, they communicated their decision to the board: give us more time to think over the issue.........Read more

Chennai Silks Fire: Major Fire breaks out at Chennai Silks, 12 Rescued

After Fire breaks out at Chennai Silks, six fire tenders and several personnel were immediately pressed into the rescue operation. There is no report of any injury as yet.........Read more

Floating solar power plant in China connected to grid

China is addressing its environmental future. One sign is a floating solar farm power plant built on a former coal-mining area, and the floating power plant has been successfully connected to the grid, in Huainan.........Read more

New malware hits millions of Android devices, infected apps removed by Google

Up to 35.6 million Android devices may have been infected by a malware found in over 41 apps on Google Play Store that generates fake clicks for adverts, say security researchers.........Read more

Samsung announces that it will showcase world's first 'stretchable' display panel at SID 2017

Samsung on 22 May 2017 said it will showcase the world’s first “stretchable” panel during the SID 2017 hosted by the Society for Information Display US tech fair. The South Korean company said the stretchable OLED display is unique since it can bend in both directions, while previous flexible panels could only bend in one direction........Read more

2 Indian peacekeepers to be honoured posthumously with UN medal

Two Indian peacekeepers will be among 117 military, police and civilian personnel to be honoured with a prestigious UN medal awarded posthumously for their courage and sacrifice in the line of duty. Rifleman Brijesh Thapa who served with the UN Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and …........Read more

ED yet to initiate probe against SoftBank and executives

The Enforcement Directorate, the country’s top economic intelligence agency has not yet begun investigations into complaints filed against SoftBank, as well as one of its senior executives and a former top executive, by representatives of some shareholders in the Tokyo-based company. ........Read more

Australian senator makes history, breastfeeds in parliament

Greens' senator Larissa Waters returned to the Senate for the first time on Tuesday since giving birth to her second child, and brought her in for a feed during a vote.........Read more

China’s newest aircraft carrier should worry India

The launch of China’s second aircraft carrier, expected as soon as this week, will be an important and depressing moment for India. The “Type 001A”—likely to be named the “Shandong”—will give China an edge for the first time in the carrier race with its Asian rival, a literal two-to-one advantage. After decommissioning the INS Viraat earlier this year, the Indian Navy is down to a single carrier, INS Vikramaditya. Worse, the Shandong has been built at China’s own giant shipyard at Dalian.........Read more

Nadal wins historic 10th Monte Carlo title

Rafael Nadal won the Monte Carlo Masters for a record-breaking 10th time with a dominant 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Spanish compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Sunday.........Read more

Supreme Court voices shock over money meant for poor going 'somewhere else'

Voicing "shock" over money meant for the welfare of construction workers going "somewhere else", the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to file an audit report as to how crores of rupees for the purpose was spent.........Read more

Army seeks new corps of 18,000 men to secure camps

The Army has asked the defence ministry to approve the raising of 370 new platoons (around 18,000 personnel) of the Defence Security Corps (DSC), with better training and weapons like AK-47 assault rifles and light-machine guns, to bolster security around key military establishments and camps around the country. ........Read more

Truck crashes into store in Stockholm 100 mts from Indian embassy, 2 dead

A truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing at least two people, according to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who said all indications were that it was a terror attack. The incident happened just 100 metres from the Indian embassy in Stockholm.........Read more

Collision Averted Between Air India, IndiGo Planes At Delhi Airport

A major accident was averted this morning as an Air India plane aborted take-off to avoid colliding with an Indigo plane landing on a converging runwayat Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport.........Read more

IPL 2017: All 8 captains get into selfie mode, take pledge

The eight captains of the 2017 VIVO IPL got together here in Hyderabad for a formal meet and greet with the IPL match officials. Together they discussed different aspects of the game and the tournament that will be played over the course of the next 47 days. IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla joined everyone over teleconference and addressed certain issues and doubts if there were any during the course of the meeting.........Read more

No one has humiliated me as much as Akhilesh, Mulayam Yadav says

"While the people of UP voted for me in 2012, I chose to make Akhilesh the chief minister, but he humiliated me thereafter," Mulayam said, adding that he has "never been insulted so much" in his life.........Read more

'In Uttar Pradesh cow is mummy, but in Northeast it's yummy,' Asaduddin Owaisi slams 'BJP's hypocrisy'

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has hit out at the recent crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh and several other states. "BJP's hypocrisy is that in Uttar Pradesh, cow is mummy, but in the Northeast it's yummy."........Read more

Govt notifies simplified income tax return form, e-filing to start from Saturday

The government notified on Friday a simplified income tax return form for individuals which will be available for filing ITR for Assessment Year 2017-18 from Saturday. Currently, SAHAJ (ITR 1) is filed by salaried employees and ITR 2 by individuals and HUFs whose income does not include income from business.........Read more

Two Indians kidnapped in South Sudan released

T​he two men, Midhun Ganesh, 25, and A. Edward, 40, were abducted by the Sudan People's Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) on March 8 when they were on field work.........Read more

Uber may be rethinking its strategy to lease cars to drivers in India

Global ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies is rethinking its car leasing strategy in India, its second-biggest market, as drivers have returned dozens of leased cars early after the company cut incentives, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.........Read more

New Uniforms For Rajasthan Government Schools Are Suspiciously Similar to RSS Uniform

The BJP government in Rajasthan has taken several measures to ensure that the colour of the bottoms is exactly that of the uniforms of the party’s ideological fountainhead, going so far as to collect samples of the RSS uniform from mills at Bhilwara, which supplied the first lot of the RSS’s new uniforms.........Read more

India To Have World's Largest IoT Network, Courtesy Tata and HP

Indian telecommunications giant Tata Telecommunications and American multinational IT firm Hewlett Packard (HP) have announced that both are working together to build an IoT (Internet of Things) network in India and this will be and this will be the world’s largest IoT network.........Read more

Manchester United won the EFL cup

Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice including a late headed winner as they edged Southampton 3-2 in an absorbing League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. With extra time looming the Swede nodded Ander Herrera's cross past goalkeeper Fraser Forster to score his 26th goal of the season in all competitions and secure Jose Mourinho's first trophy since the Portuguese coach took charge.........Read more

Audi to launch new Q3, A5 Coupe and Q3 in India this year

Audi India has launched the updated A3 Cabriolet and A3 sedan along with a diesel variant of the A4 this year. The car manufacturer is expected to introduce ten new models in the country before the 2018 Auto Expo. This year the company may introduce the 2017 Audi Q5, new A5 Coupe and the Q3 facelift. While the Q5 and A5 will be completely new models, the Q3 will have minor tweaks inside and on the design aspect, similar to the A3 models. Here are the details of all the cars.........Read more

Ahead of municipal elections Delhi CM Kejriwal increased the minimum wages by 37%

The Arvind Kejriwal government just gave a Holi bonanza to the city’s labourers by increasing their minimum wages by over 37%. The timing of the announcement assumes significance as municipal elections are scheduled in April for which the model code of conduct is likely to be imposed mid-March.........Read more

CNN, NYT, LA Times, BuzzFeed were barred from White House press briefings

The White House excluded several major US news organisations, including some it has criticised, from an off-camera briefing held by the White House press secretary on Friday. Reporters for CNN, The New York Times, Politico, The Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed were not allowed into the session in the office of press secretary Sean Spicer.........Read more

Kerala: Victim of moral policing on Valentines Day found hanging dead outside house in Kollam

Days after being shamed in a video by moral police on Valentines Day, a 23-year-old son of a daily wage labourer was found hanging dead outside his house in Keralas Kollam district.........Read more

NASA scientists have discovered 60,000-year-old microbes

About 100 different kinds of microorganisms—most of them bacteria—have been found locked in Naica crystals for periods ranging from 10,000 to 60,000 years. This has profound effects on how we try to understand the evolutionary history of microbial life on this planet.........Read more

Neymar loses appeal, will stand trial for Barcelona transfer

Neymar, Barcelona and Santos will stand trial on fraud and corruption charges over the transfer of the Brazilian forward after their appeals were turned down by Spains High Court on Monday.........Read more

Rajiv Shukla may not continue as IPL chief

The status of IPL Commissioner and Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association President Rajiv Shukla is not clear. If BCCI sources are to be believed, Hemang Amin, who has been associated with IPL since 2010, has already been authorised by the COA to take charge of all necessary arrangements for the smooth functioning of the League.........Read more

Panneerselvam camp dismisses Sasikala from AIADMK

A day before the crucial trust vote in the Tamil Nadu assembly, AIADMK faction war intensified with party's presidium chairman E Madhusudanan sacking party's interim general secretary V K Sasikala, her nephew and deputy T T V Dinakaran and another relative S Venkatesh from the primary membership.........Read more

This Is What Popular Traditional Breakfasts Look Like Across 29 States In India

While several regions in India do not have a traditional practice of eating breakfast, there's a dizzying array of dishes consumed in the states across the country every morning. Seen together they reflect incredible culinary diversity as well as thread of continuity in the food habits of different regions.........Read more

Donald Trump's Cabinet: Michael Flynn resigns as NSA under a month into his stint

President Donald Trump's embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night, following reports that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia.........Read more

I myself made a mark in Bollywood, Huma Qureshi

In nearly five-year long career she has mostly done multi-starrers but Huma Qureshi says she doesn't regret being part of the ensemble cast as no one offered the actress custom-made roles and it's her hardwork that helped her make a mark in Bollywood.........Read more

First atom bomb test still the reason for cancer among residents

Residents say the world's first atomic bomb test caused generations of southern New Mexico families to suffer from cancer and economic hardship, according to surveys gathered by an advocacy group seeking compensation for descendants.........Read more

Artificial kidney may hit market by end of decade

Thousands of people with chronic kidney disease now being kept alive by dialysis machines that tie them to a hospital bed for hours will be enormously relieved when a fist-sized artificial kidney hits the market, possibly by the end of the decade.........Read more

Delhi: Odd-even may return as govt prepares new pollution action plan

The Delhi government is "fully prepared" to roll out the odd-even scheme if the situation demands as per the graded response plan of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The Centre has empowered the Supreme Court-mandated EPCA (Environment Pollution Control Authority) to enforce the plan under which odd-even scheme and halt on construction activities may be imposed across the NCR if air quality remains at the emergency level for 48-hours.........Read more

Facebook report shows increase in data requests from India

The Indian government requested Facebook for data 6,324 times in the first half of 2016, according to the social network’s latest Global Government Requests Report. This number was up from 5,561 in the quarter before. Interestingly, Facebook’s was able to produce “some data” in 53.59% of the cases, up from just over 50 per cent in the last quarter.........Read more

Stunning Images Show the Earth’s Imperiled Water

Climate change is hurting the oceans worse than anything. The oceans absorb 50 times more greenhouse gases than the atmosphere, and about 30 percent of the carbon dioxide humans produce each year. This disrupts their ability to stabilize the planet’s climate.........Read more

Now, Snapdeal delivers Rs. 2,000 at your doorstep

A user can request Rs. 2000 per booking and any bank’s ATM card can be used to pay for the cash. At the time of cash delivery, the consumers will need to swipe their ATM card on the PoS machines, which Snapdeal’s courier partners will carry for all such deliveries.........Read more

Names of Calcutta, Madras, Bombay HCs may not change in near future: Govt

The names of iconic high courts of Madras, Calcutta and Bombay may not be changed in the near future as a bill moved in this regard has run into trouble and the revised one has to be introduced in Parliament. The High Court (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 19 to allow the names of the Calcutta, Madras and Bombay High Courts to be changed to Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai respectively.........Read more

Tai Tzu Ying beats PV Sindhu 21-15, 21-17

Sindhu dominated her opponent in the encounter which lasted for 46 minutes at the Hong Kong Coliseum-1. The Olympic silver medallist started the proceedings with a 2-0 lead but soon she committed three consecutive net errors to concede a one-point advantage. Both players battled hard to take the upper hand till the mid-game break, but the turning point came when Sindhu clinched seven straight points to take the first game in 18 minutes.........Read more

Reddit CEO admits he secretly edited comments from Donald Trump supporters

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has admitted that he modified comments about him left on the site from supporters of Donald Trump. Huffman said he changed mentions of him in some of the messages inside the site’s largest forum for the President-elect, but not the messages themselves. But, in doing so, he dredges up past concerns that Reddit remains unable to work with its community.........Read more

GST tax rates declared; here’s how your household budget will be impacted

GST tax structure: As details emerge of the 4-tier tax structure under GST, it is yet unclear what items in your household budget are likely to cost more, and which will be cheaper.........Read more

How Did Pak High Commission Staffer Manage To Get Fake Aadhar Card And Not Get Caught?

According to Delhi Police, Akhtar initially showed an Aadhar card in the name of Mehboob Rajput, and claimed that he was a resident of Chandni Chowk. However, after sustained interrogation, he revealed his real name Mehmood Akhtar.........Read more

Uri attack: Lashkar-e-Taiba claims responsibility in posters, says report

Uri attack: Lashkar-e-Taiba claims responsibility in posters, says report - The Uri Army base was attacked by heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists on September 18 in which 20 soldiers were killed.........Read more

Akhilesh Yadav to reinstate sacked ministers, say sources

Uttar Pradesh ruling Samajwadi Party was in turmoil on Monday as party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav publicly pulled up his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at a meeting which ended on a fiery note with sacked minister Shivpal Yadav calling Akhilesh a liar. However, softening of stances were seen as the day progressed.........Read more

PoK leaders urge PM Nawaz Sharif to reconsider policies on Kashmir

London-based representatives of political parties in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), have in a memorandum to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, urged his government to reconsider policies on Kashmir and stop the export of extremism, terrorism, religious intolerance and hatred, as also to stop being obsessed about capturing Jammu and Kashmir by force.........Read more

BCCI v Lodha: Anurag Thakur clarifies ICC approach to SC

Anurag Thakur has clarified that he did not seek a letter from the ICC, but that he had spoken to its chief Shashank Manohar seeking clarification on whether the Justice Lodha Committee’s reforms amounted to interference with the day-to-day running of the Indian cricket board.........Read more

Bharat Petroleum plans to raise $500 million through bonds or ECB

A BPCL official confirmed the plan. “Yes, we will be raising funds to refinance the earlier loan. We would be raising funds either through a bond issue or external commercial borrowing for long term to refinance the bridge loan. We will be deciding on the fund raise in a few weeks from now,” said the official, the second of the two people mentioned above. Both spoke on condition of anonymity.........Read more

In Kotli, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir residents take to streets against atrocities by ISI and Pakistani army

The protesters demand an independent investigation into the murder of Arif Shahid, a major Kashmiri nationalist leader, chairman of the All Parties National Alliance (APNA), and president of the Jammu Kashmir National Liberation Conference (JKNLC).........Read more

Bitcoin Startup Unocoin Raises $1.5 Mn In Pre-Series A Round

Bengaluru-based Bitcoin startup Unocoin has raised $1.5 Mn in a Pre Series-A round. The investment was led by Blume Ventures, Mumbai Angels and ah! Ventures. The round also saw participation f...........Read more

Anheuser-Busch to pay $6 mn for settling India bribery charges

Leading brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev will pay USD 6 million to the American authorities for settling charges of making "improper payments" to government officials in India to push sales and production.........Read more

There is a huge 'monolith' on Phobos, one of Mars's moons

The monolith appears to be a large boulder, variously described as building-sized or 90m tall. It stands in a desolate, featureless region of Phobos, which probably makes the monolith seem even more impressive.........Read more

Ilami: A Tamil film on jallikattu coming

Somewhere, Tamil Nadu stubbornly refuses to let go its cultural right and heritage to hold the blood-thirsty sport of jallikattu or bull fighting. While Catalonia in Spain banned this in 2012 and India’s Supreme Court proscribed jallikattu in 2014, Tamil Nadu politicians have been persisting with its plea to conduct the sport.........Read more

Phenomenal New View of Ceres 'Lonely Mountain' Reveals Signs of Volcanic Activity

An amazing new view of Ceres' Ahuna Mons reveals it as a towering volcanic dome likely composed of salty mud. The Dawn spacecraft also found evidence for a scant atmosphere on the dwarf planet.........Read more

Government backtracks as J&K separatists raise 'Go India Go Back' slogans

While on one hand the all party delegation led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh says that it is open to talks with all stake holders in the Valley, on the other hand, separatists in Kashmir have issued a fresh calendar of protests.........Read more

AAP VS Jung: Now, LG asks Delhi govt to provide details of all foreign tours

AAP VS Jung: Now, LG asks Delhi govt to provide details of all foreign tours - LG has directed General Administration Department (GAD) of Delhi Government to provide details of all foreign tours undertaken by AAP ministers, their personal staff and other officials in the last one-and-a-half years.........Read more

Stall Parliament and get special status: Pawan Kalyan to Chandrababu Naidu

TDP should break up with NDA government if special status not granted to Andhra Pradesh, says Jana Sena Party president.........Read more

PV Sindhu Snubs Minister's Offer, Says Gopichand 'My Best Coach'

PV Sindhu was given an offer for a 'better' coach by Telangana deputy chief minister Mohammed Mehmood Ali during her felicitation ceremony after returning from Rio Olympics.. latest Olympics 2016 news........Read more

Venus Could Have Once Hosted Life: NASA

In those days, Venus may have had a shallow liquid-water ocean and habitable surface temperatures, according to computer modeling of the planet's ancient climate by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.........Read more

This Make in India Weapons Tech Gives Indian Army an Edge Over Enemies

In this video, we tell you about ShootEdge that's a weapon extension that allows armed forces to shoot at enemies from the cover of a corner. Keeping them safe.........Read more

We talked to astronaut Scott Kelly about the psychological challenges of going to Mars

Living in space is even more challenging than it seems. Microgravity affects your body in weird ways, the high-risk environment can create high-stress situations, and you don’t have the comforts of...........Read more

DRDO, IITs sign deal to develop aero engines

The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) on Saturday signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Bombay and Madras to establish a bi-nodal Centre of Propulsion Technology (CoPT) at the two institutions that would work in areas of futuristic aero engines and hypersonic propulsion.........Read more

Delhi Mercedes hit-and-run case: Minor accused can be tried as adult, says Juvenile Justice Board

The minor ran over and killed 33-year-old Siddharth Sharma on April 4. Delhi Police had requested to try him as an adult since he turned 18 merely four days after the incident. The accused is reportedly a 'perpetual offender' who has been booked earlier on three different occasions.........Read more

Soon, AIIMS to launch `adopt a patient' policy

India's premier hospital, visited by 8,000 to 10,000 patients daily, has decided to seek public donations for such patients under an `adopt a patient' policy. The adoption scheme, officials said, will fill the gap between demand and supply in donations for AIIMS patients.........Read more

Dispirited Lions face confident Sunrisers in virtual semi

A confident Sunrisers Hyderabad side will face off against Gujarat Lions in the second qualifier, a virtual semi-final........Read more

There's a new Don Bradman cricket game releasing this year

Don Bradman Cricket 17 will add more customisation and prettier graphics.........Read more

PM Modi in Iran: Trade, transit links on table, but Pak will be back of mind for both India, Iran

Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks of ‘shared ties’, says lifting of sanctions has opened up opportunities.........Read more