2 Days before FATF Hearing on Pak Blacklisting, Hafiz Saeed Sentenced for 5 Years in Terror Financing Cases

A Pakistan court convicted Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed for five years in cases of terror financing, news agency ANI reported. Saeed is the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. This is the first time he has been imprisoned since the 2008 attacks. The firebrand cleric was found guilty of "being part of a banned terrorist outfit" and for "having illegal property", said his lawyer Imran Gill.........Read more

Terrorists came to J-K from neighbouring country, not moon: EU parliamentarian

European parliamentarians Ryszard Czarnecki and Fulvio Martusciello have backed India on the Kashmir issue during a special debate of the plenary of the European Parliament by describing it a great democracy and slammed Pakistan for harbouring terrorists. In the debate on the situation in Kashmir on Tuesday, Czarnecki, the member of EU Parliament and European Conservatives and Reformists Group in Poland called India the “greatest democracy of the world”. “India is the greatest democracy of the world. We need to look at terrorist acts that took place in India, Jammu and Kashmir. These terrorists didn’t land from the Moon. They were coming from the neighbouring country. We should support India,” said Czarnecki. Martusciello, a member of EU Parliament and Group of European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) in Italy, said Pakistan had threatened to use nuclear weapons which was a concern to the European Union.........Read more

Unhappy with govt's economic policy, but PM Modi will be re-elected: Subramanian Swamy

Swamy said that there are some grievances with the government but Narendra Modi will be back as PM again. Swamy said that there is no challenge to PM Modi as of now. ........Read more

US, UK, France push for terrorist tag for Jaish chief Masood Azhar that China blocked

The US, the UK and France have moved a fresh proposal in the UN Security Council to designate Pakistan-based terror group JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, a listing that will subject him to global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo.........Read more

#MeToo: Dia Mirza Says Sajid Khan Was Always Obnoxious, Extremely Sexist And Ridiculous

Dia Mirza has also expressed her horror at the various stories that have come out about Sajid Khan. she said that she knew that he was always obnoxious, extremely sexist and ridiculous. She further said that she never invested in a relationship with him even at a workplace.........Read more

25-year-old Indian Banker Among Three Killed in Cincinnati Bank Shooting

A 25-year-old Indian man from Andhra Pradesh was among three people killed when a gunman opened fire in a bank building in the US city of Cincinnati before police shot him dead on Thursday. ........Read more

Salman Khan Appears Before Jodhpur Court Over Suspension of Sentence in Blackbuck Poaching Case

Actor Salman Khan appeared before the Jodhpur district and sessions court for hearing in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case on Monday amid tight security. The next hearing in the case will take place on July 17. Hearing took place today on Salman Khan‘s application challenging the trial court order sentencing him to a five-year jail term in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case. ........Read more

6.5-earthquake strikes off Papa New Guinea

A powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea on Saturday The very shallow quake was only two kms deep and 93 km southwest of Porgera in the Enga province.........Read more

Number of Indian students going to the US declines 27% over 2016

For Indian students, the drop is a sharper 27%, with 47,302 visas being allotted in the same period as against 65,257 visas issued in the fiscal ended September 30, 2016, under the Obama presidency.........Read more

Bangladesh plane with 71 people on board crashes in Kathmandu, several casualties feared

A passenger plane from Bangladesh carrying 71 people crash-landed in Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu on Monday afternoon. The US-Bangla plane crashed after becoming unstable while landing, 38 bodies were recovered, 23 injured, and 10 still unaccounted for.........Read more

WhatsApp to go ahead with ‘full feature’ payment service in India: NPCI

WhatsApp will launch a “full feature” payments service in India, its biggest market, after a test involving a million users, National Payments Corp. of India (NPCI) said. Four banks will join United Payments Interface (UPI)—which powers the payments service—for WhatsApp, NPCI said. At present, India’s third-biggest lender ICICI Bank Ltd processes the fund transfers on WhatsApp, the app shows.........Read more

India-China ties may worsen says US intelligence chief

"We expect relations between India and China to remain tense+ and possibly to deteriorate further, despite the negotiated settlement to their three-month border standoff in August, elevating the risk of unintentional escalation," said US intelligence chief during a hearing on 'Worldwide Threat Assessment' of the US intelligence community.........Read more

UGC draft regulations make PhD mandatory for post of associate professor, irk teachers

As per the draft regulations, the UGC has made PhD compulsory for candidates seeking appointment to the post of associate professor, it has also made a minimum requirement of 55 percent marks at the Masters level for direct teaching recruitment.........Read more

Kerala tops Health Index, Uttar Pradesh worst performer

Kerala has topped the Health Index report prepared by NITI Aayog while Uttar Pradesh appeared at the bottom among larger states. As per the index report for large states, Kerala was followed by Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. Besides Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Odisha are among the states that performed poorly in the health index.........Read more

Aiden Markram named South Africa’s stand-in captain for India series

Aiden Markram has been named as South Africa’s stand-in captain for the remaining five ODIs and three T20s against India. Regular skipper Faf du Plessis injured his finger during the first ODI in Durban.........Read more

Dense Fog in Delhi, Gurugram, Noida; Flight And Train Operations Affected Due to Low Visibility

Dense fog enveloped Delhi and its adjoining regions of Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and Noida on Sunday. Operations of a numerous trains have been affected due to the low visibility. Flights from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) have been delayed, rescheduled or cancelled owing to the thick fog cover in the national capital.........Read more

IPL 2018 Auction: List of Sold And Unsold Players

The Day 1 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auction saw all the franchises making enormous bids to boost their squads with foreign and domestic players. The overseas players and uncapped players ruled the IPL 2018 auction on Day 1. The costliest player till now is England’s Ben Stokes, who was grabbed by Rajasthan Royals for whopping INR 12.50 crores, while Krunal Pandya remained the costliest uncapped player on Day 1 of the auction. ........Read more

Pentagon, Empire State Building and Buckingham Palace built with mineralised microbes that coexisted with dinosaurs

All of these historic buildings, along with a number of other monuments, were constructed from a material called oolitic limestone which contains microbes that lived up to 200 million years ago during the Jurassic period. The study, led by researchers at the Australian National University (ANU), was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports.........Read more

India successfully test fires Agni-V missile

India Thursday successfully test fired its indigenously built, nuclear-capable missile, Agni-V. It was conducted off a test range from Odisha’s Abdul Kalam island. The intercontinental surface-to-surface ballistic missile has a range of 5,000 km.........Read more

J&K has highest unemployment rate at 12.13% in India

At 12.13 percent, J&K had the highest unemployment rate in India in 2017, says the data compiled by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy in collaboration with Bombay Stock Exchange. The other states with high unemployment rates are Kerala (9.60 percent), Assam (8.60), Chandigarh (8.05) and Haryana (7.16). The national unemployment average is 4.7 percent.........Read more

With 2G off its back, DMK can now toss up between Congress & BJP

The verdict has not just given a second political life to A Raja and Kanimozhi, it is also expected to catalyze change in political equations in the state and at the national level. But for its arch-rival, the AIADMK, the grand old party is the most sought-after ally in Tamil Nadu. With the 2G spectrum ghost put to rest, the DMK has shrugged off a political baggage that has been pinning it down for long.........Read more

One serving of leafy greens a day may slow brain aging by 11 years

The study results suggest that people who ate one serving of green, leafy vegetables had a slower rate of decline on tests of memory and thinking skills than people who rarely or never ate them. The study results also suggest that older adults who ate at least one serving of leafy green vegetables showed an equivalent of being 11 years younger cognitively.........Read more

Modi govt set to unveil a policy in Parliament to make petrol cheaper

Union Roads Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said the government will be soon announcing a policy, which calls for 15 per cent blending of methanol in petrol to make it cheaper and also reduce pollution.........Read more

Baby wrongly declared dead: Delhi government cancels license of Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh

A panel formed by the Delhi government to look into the case found the hospital administration guilty of not following prescribed medical norms in dealing with newborn infants. "We have cancelled the license of Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh, the negligence in the newborn death case was unacceptable," Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain said.........Read more

India may lead Commonwealth meeting in April

The proposal comes ahead of next April’s Commonwealth heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and at a time when Prince Charles is expected to take over from Queen Elizabeth as the head of state of some of the former territories of the erstwhile British Empire.........Read more

Padmavati Trailer Out: Ranveer Singh’s Menacing Avatar

The filmmaker surprised everyone as he unveiled the look of the three lead characters of his film. Deepika’s look as Rani Padmini redefined royalty while Shahid Kapoor’s Maharawal Ratan Singh look was impressive. But it was Ranveer Singh’s menacing Sultan Alauddin Khilji avatar that we loved the most. The actor was unrecognisable in his new avatar.........Read more

Simran film review: A tribute to Kangana Ranaut's awesomeness

Mehta’s Simran is brimming with tributes to its female lead, giving her scene after scene to prove her comic timing (not always spot on), her ability to evoke pathos (not always convincing) and her skill at switching registers in a matter of seconds (not always successful). Despite the presence of other actors, the 125-minute movie is a one-hander, with Ranaut present in nearly every frame from start to finish.........Read more

Indian offshore wealth parks itself in tax havens of Asia

Contrary to popular belief, Switzerland is no longer the preferred destination. Over 53% of this Indian wealth is now held closer home in Asian tax havens like Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Bahrain and Malaysia. Swiss banks hold 31% of Indian wealth, down from around 58% in 2007.........Read more

RBI gives HDFC Bank "too big to fail" status along with SBI and ICICI

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has added HDFC Bank (HDBK.NS) to a list of "domestic systemically important banks", or the equivalent of "too big to fail".........Read more

Ancient Greeks Built an Eclipse-Predicting 'Computer' 2,000 Years Ago

More than 2,000 years before the Great American Solar Eclipse, which will darken the skies over the U.S. on Aug. 21, astronomers in ancient Greece developed their own "supercomputer" to predict eclipses just like this one. The ancient gearbox, called the Antikythera mechanism, was used to identify astronomical events that could anchor their calendar.........Read more

Crude oil shipment opens new vistas in India-U.S. relationship

With this India, the world’s third-largest oil importer, joins Asian countries like South Korea, Japan and China to buy American crude after production cuts by OPEC drove up prices of Middle East heavy-sour crude, or grades with a high sulphur content.........Read more

Nitish Kumar’s govt gets 26 ministers, including 11 from BJP

11 MLAs from BJP, one MLA from LJP and 14 from JD(U) took oath as ministers, just a few days after a political crisis loomed large over the state of Bihar. However, BJP MLA Mangal Pandey, who was also supposed to take oath today, was absent from the ceremony.........Read more

Hyderabad drug case: IT department identifies over 40 cyber junkies, alerts firms

The state government has been in consultation with a few IT firms whose employees were found to be indulging in narcotics. There are over four lakh employees working in the IT sector in the city and during the ongoing investigation so far the excise sleuths have identified about 40 techies who are into drugs.........Read more

Indian football gets road map for future

Stakeholders in Indian football have agreed to make a roadmap to create right structure for Indian club football in the coming years for the game across the country. At a roundtable meeting held on Wednesday, a consensus was reached on working together for the development of Indian club football.........Read more

First Look: Rajinikanth's Kaala Movie

Rajinikanth will soon be working with his son-in-law Dhanush in a mass entertainer film titled Kaala. Dhanush took to twitter to share the film's poster, released in four languages, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and English.........Read more

Nirbhaya gangrape case timeline: How the case unfolded since December 16, 2012

The 23-year-old paramedic was brutally assaulted and raped by six persons in a moving bus in south Delhi and thrown out of the vehicle with her male friend on the night of December 16, 2012.........Read more

Parliamentary Panel Invites Suggestions on Surrogacy Regulation Bill

The bill was introduced in in Lok Sabha in November last year. In January this year, the Rajya Sabha Chairman referred the legislation, as introduced in the Lok Sabha, to the Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare for examination and a report on it. The panel was supposed to submit its report on April 11. Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare is presently examining the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 and has decided to invite memoranda thereon.........Read more

Did You Know That 5 Of The Most Powerful Medieval Cannons In The World Were Indian?

In 1526, Babur had effectively used the cannons against Imbrahim Lodhi’s artillery-less army in the First Battle of Panipat. In 1528, in the Battle of Khanwa, between Rana Sanga and Babur, the cannons played a massive role in the victory of the founder of Mughal dynasty.........Read more

Fact Sheet: No increase in Assembly seats assets Centre!

The Centre on Tuesday told the Lok Sabha that it was not going to increase the number of Assembly seats in the Two Telugu States, AP and Telangana before 2026. In reply to a question, the Lok Sabha the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram said that it was not possible to increase the number of Assembly seats in both the Telugu States as Stated in Section 26 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, until an amendment to Article 170 (3) of the constitution was in place.........Read more

The Unexplored Gem Of Madhya Pradesh - Orchha

Orchha stands true to its literal meaning - a 'hidden place.' Most tourists visiting Madhya Pradesh, like to club a trip to Orchha with a visit to Jhansi (16 km away) or Khajuraho (170 km away). But Orchha for sure deserves an exclusive trip for it has so many beautiful monuments that disclose stories of battles between kings and emperors........Read more

Govt to act against 277 publications for fraudulent ads

The joint teams of the Department of Audio Visual Publicity (DAVP) and the Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI) recently carried out spot inspections at various locations in Delhi and Lucknow and discovered that the publications have fudged their circulation figures to get government ads.........Read more

Why are World War II naval wrecks vanishing in Indonesia?

So it was with shock and deep disappointment that an international team surveying the Java Sea wrecks in November 2016 found that at least four Dutch and British shipwrecks - and one American submarine whose entire crew was captured alive - had simply vanished from the seabed some 70 metres below.........Read more

Adam Voges announces retirement from international cricket

Australia’s attacking batsman Adam Voges has indicated that his days at international level are over. A day prior to leading Prime Minister’s XI against the visiting Sri Lanka in Canberra, the right-handed batsman said it would be his last game against an international opponent.........Read more

ICC takes a huge decision which may slow down T20s

The Chief Executives Committee agreed to a consistent use of DRS in all international cricket, including during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, and to use the review system in World T20s going ahead (one review per side). A full implementation plan on the use of DRS will be considered by the ICC Cricket Committee in May before approval in June 2017 for roll-out from October 2017.........Read more

Living in space appears to reverse key ageing processes, study finds

An astronaut who spent nearly a year in the International Space Station experienced changes to his body which appeared to reverse one of the key ageing processes, according to new research. Scott Kelly, who has an identical twin who is a retired astronaut, spent 340 days on the space station in 2015 and 2016. Scientists used the opportunity to monitor changes in Mr Kelly’s body while he was in space compared to those experienced by his brother Mark. What they found was surprise.........Read more

Stanford manufactures gene-engineered cells to cure the incurable

Inside "clean rooms" of Stanford University's fledgling Laboratory for Cell and Gene Medicine, lab techs tend machines that churn out gene-engineered cells, which can attack cancer, fix blood disease, patch a heart, alter the immune system, build skin grafts and create a realm of yet-to-be discovered therapies.........Read more

BJP reels out documents to accuse UPA of favouring big corporates

Peeved by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's accusation that the Modi government is “pro-corporate”, BJP shared data intended to nail the claims that the NDA dispensation is “Adani-Ambani ki Sarkar”.........Read more

Passwords and hacking: the jargon of hashing, salting and SHA-2 explained

From Yahoo, MySpace and TalkTalk to Ashley Madison and Adult Friend Finder, personal information has been stolen by hackers from around the world. But with each hack there’s the big question of how well the site protected its users’ data. Was it open and freely available, or was it hashed, secured and practically unbreakable?........Read more

Asus Z01HDA smartphone with dual-camera setup clears TENAA

Taiwan based smartphone and IT product maker Asus will be launching a new smartphone soon. The information comes from Chinese telecommunication authority TENAA where an Asus handset with model number Z01HDA. It could be yet another ZenFone 3 smartphone from Asus and considering the time period, it should be announced at CES 2017. According to the listing, the smartphone will be running on Snapdragon 625 chipset and will sport a 5.5-inch Full HD display. Memory options include 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB, with storage coming in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. The dual-lens camera setup is clearly visible at the back and the handset’s Bluetooth SIG listing mentions 12.2MP+13MP . It also has the ZenFone 3 Zoom moniker, which means it could be an update to the ZenFone Zoom.........Read more

Why was Iyengar Brahmin J Jayalalithaa buried instead of being cremated

Unlike other Dravidian leaders, J Jayalalithaa was a religious individual who’d often pray and was even seen with an Iyengar Namam on her forehead. Yet the state government and the Sasikala family took the decision to bury her instead of cremating, as is the norm for Iyengars. A senior government official explained the decision claiming that Jaya wasn’t cremated because she was ‘beyond caste or religious identity’.........Read more

ITBP'€™s Mt Kangto expedition in Arunachal may annoy China

ITBP’s Mt Kangto expedition in Arunachal may annoy China - The strategic significance of this is immense as the ITBP team has opened the route from Bameng village in the East Kameng district, located 50 km from the Mount Kangto base.........Read more

The air pollution in Delhi this Diwali is worse than the past two years, say experts

The air quality has been rated 'severe', and people are advised not to engage in strenuous physical activity outdoors in such conditions.........Read more

IITians Build Low-Cost Machine to Produce Sanitary Napkins & Help Keep Menstruating Girls in School

A report from 2011, claims that only 12 % of India’s 335 million women use sanitary napkins while menstruating because of lack of access to good quality and affordable menstrual care products . A major reason for this is the fact that pads are generally manufactured using expensive machinery, which makes them unaffordable for many women living in rural India.........Read more

India Seeks 'Shoot To Kill' Hardware In Military Upgrade: Foreign Media

India's armed forces have embarked on a shopping spree for modern assault rifles, body armor and helmets, providing a potential boost to global arms suppliers.........Read more

We sobbed, begged, yet they injected petrol in our private parts: UP minor

Days after four people were brutally injected with petrol in their private parts in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad over allegations of phone theft, a 16-year-old boy, who was one of the victims, told the police about his horrifying ordeal, revealing how they begged their perpetrators for mercy, but their appeals fell on deaf ears.........Read more

All new Tesla cars now have hardware for ‘full self-driving capabilities’

Tesla is giving all its new cars the hardware for "full self-driving capabilities," the company announced today, including 8 cameras with 360-degree viewing at up to 820 feet of distance, as well...........Read more

Thai King Bhumibol, world’s longest-reigning monarch, dies at 88: Palace

“His Majesty has passed away at Siriraj Hospital peacefully,” the palace said, adding he died at 15:52 (0852 GMT). His son and heir apparent, the 63-year old Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is expected to become Thailand’s new king. The Royal Palace said Bhumibol died “in a peaceful state” at Siriraj Hospital, where he had been treated for various health problems for most of the past decade.........Read more

Daniel Craig Might Be Back As James Bond

He also said that he's got the best job in the world and added , 'the things I get to do on a Bond movie and the type of work it is, there's no other job like it'.........Read more

Methane Emissions Worldwide are over Twice Previous Estimates

It also reveals that methane leaked during the production and use of natural gas, oil and coal is 20 to 60 percent higher than previously thought.........Read more

A Scientist's Quest to 3D Scan Thousands of Species

Adam Summers is on a mission to scan all 33,000 species of ray-finned fish—and upload all of that data for anyone to make amazing 3D images, just like we did.........Read more

Government planning to use 'Pink' to make women aware of their legal rights

Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu starrer Pink is hitting the audience hard for all the right reasons. Besides being a film which defines the significance of the words “no” and “consent” the movie has brought into view some very important information regarding the FIR laws and the legal rights of women, which most people are........Read more

Charm Offensive in the Gulf: Iran Making New Friends in the Middle East

Oman and Kuwait could follow Qatar's lead and become the next Persian Gulf states to improve their relations with Iran, Iranian political analyst Mosib Na'imi told Sputnik, adding that Saudi Arabia has been the key obstacle to this process.........Read more

Soon, Aadhar card to made mandatory for booking Rail tickets

It would be compulsory to furnish Aadhar Card details for both reserved and unreserved ticket booking for both online as well as counter tickets reservation.........Read more

Transport ministry orders removal of hoardings on NHs

NEW DELHI: Concerned over rise in accident cases on national highway, Transport Ministry has issued directive to its staff to ensure that there no advertisement...........Read more

Turkey bans outdoor weddings for security reasons

Outdoor weddings have been prohibited in Turkey for security reasons after a street wedding bombing killed 56 people in Gaziantep city last month, the Turkish Interior Ministry said.........Read more

Andhra Pradesh to start Internet-based phone service

Andhra Pradesh is perhaps the first State to have obtained a telecom licence and it can issue phone numbers starting with the ‘797’ series from August this year!It indirectly got the opportunity to st........Read more

Topper scam: Fake Intermediate certificates sold for Rs 5 lakh in Bihar

The special investigation team probing the Intermediate toppers’ scam on Tuesday raided the premises of Ganga Devi Mahila College in the city with a SIT source telling TOI that a man detained on Monday night said the scamsters were charging Rs 5 lakh per fake Intermediate certificate.........Read more

IITs blacklist six start-ups from campus placements

Flipkart spared, five other start-ups may be barred by IITs for slashing salaries of campus placements........Read more