ByteDance Reportedly Plans to Change Corporate Structure of TikTok Following India Ban

TikTok has been seen to distance itself from Beijing after a U.S. national security panel’s inquiry into the safety of the personal data it handles, Reuters first reported last year. The company has recently lost business in key regions including India, following a border clash with China, and Hong Kong. Even the Trump administration threatened to ban the video app earlier this week. Separately, TikTok released its transparency report on Thursday and said it removed more than 49 million videos from its platform in the second half of last year for violating its guidelines.........Read more

The race to build an Indian social network

Over the past three months, home-grown variants of short-video social networking apps have cruised through some unusual times. Border tensions and #BoycottChina campaigns had already resulted in a steady uptick in their user base. And then came the ban on 59 Chinese apps on the evening of 29 June, which targeted TikTok, Helo, Vigo Video and Bigo Live, among others.........Read more

Why Aatmanirbhar Bharat is not about Swadeshi vs Videshi

The beauty of a slogan is that it can be interpreted the way people hear it. When Narendra Modi talked of “Achhe Din” in his 2014 campaign, some dreamt of Rs 15 lakh in their bank account, while others thought of saying goodbye to income-tax. Similarly, the Prime Minister had barely uttered the words “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”, before the public began to give it their own spin. Social media has made nanosecond reactions, the order of the day. Now, people can change their avatars from epidemiologists to economists in just 280 characters. So, some lamented the demise of WTO and others celebrated Modi’s return to the Gandhian path of Swadeshi over Videshi. ........Read more

Domestic Flights to Resume Only When Both Arrival, Departure Cities in Green Zone: Aviation Minister

Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri has confirmed that domestic flight services will only resume when both arrival and departure cities are in Green Zone. He also said that it will be challenging to start flight services as the zones keep on changing based on covid-19 cases. The government is already in discussion with airlines to start scheduled commercial flight services post lockdown on May 17. Minister Puri said that whenever the flight services will resume, they will resume in a phased manner with domestic airlines operating in the initial phase, followed by international flights. ........Read more

Axis Bank to buy 29% stake in insurer Max Life

Axis Bank Ltd said on Tuesday it would buy a 29% stake in insurer Max Life Insurance, giving India’s third largest private-sector lender a seat among rival banks who already have a foothold in the country’s life insurance industry. Axis Bank, which already holds a minority stake in Max Life, will buy shares from the insurer's majority owner Max Financial Services Ltd to raise its stake to 30%, the Mumbai-based lender said in a regulatory filing here Max Financial will hold a 70% stake in the joint venture partnership. ........Read more

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Announces Lifelong Monthly Pension For International Medal Winning Athletes

Reaching out to the athletes across the nation through social media platform Twitter, Rijiju shared that the 'Pension to Meritorious Sportspersons' scheme would cover all medal winners in international events. As per an official statement floated by the Ministry in this regard, the scheme includes medal winners from international events like Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian games, World Cups/World Championships in disciplines identified under Olympic Games or Asian Games, and Paralympic games.........Read more

Students should stay in Wuhan as Pakistan cannot treat coronavirus: Envoy

As the stranded Pakistani students in China continue to cry for help amid the coronavirus scare, Pakistan's Ambassador to China Naghmana Hashmi on Sunday said that their students should not be evacuated from the virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan as "medical facilities in Pakistan do not meet the standards" required to treat a patient diagnosed with novel virus. Dashing the hopes of the several Pakistani citizens stuck in coronavirus-hit Wuhan, Pakistan's ambassador to China, on Sunday told Pakistan-based Geo News that no evacuation is possible because of lack of medical facilities in Pakistan.........Read more

Sharjeel Imam arrested in Bihar over 'cut off Assam' remark at anti-CAA protest in AMU

Sedition cases were lodged against Sharjeel Imam in five states across the country. Now, Delhi Police has arrested Sharjeel Imam from Bihar after he was on the run for 4-5 days since his speech video went viral. Sharjeel Imam was arrested from Tako area in Jehanabad after several police teams conducted raids across Jehanabad and other areas of Bihar. He will now be flown down to New Delhi for further questioning.........Read more

Sundar Pichai backs temporary ban on facial-recognition, Microsoft disagrees

The EU’s proposal for a temporary ban on facial-recognition technology won backing from Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on Monday but got a cool response from Microsoft President Brad Smith. While Pichai cited the possibility that the technology could be used for nefarious purposes as a reason for a moratorium, Smith said a ban was akin to using a meat cleaver instead of a scalpel to solve potential problems.........Read more

Won’t Allow Detention Centres for NRC in Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray Tells Muslims

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has assured the Muslim community he would not allow detention centres to be set up in the state under the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise. He has also reportedly scrapped his predecessor Devendra Fadnavis’ decision to build the first such centre for illegal immigrants in Nerul in Navi Mumbai. ........Read more

Ajit Pawar’s letter of support to BJP has signatures of 54 NCP MLAs: Centre in SC

Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s office on Monday told the Supreme Court that he was not expected to conduct a roving and fishing inquiry once he received letters of support that indicated Devendra Fadnavis had the support of 170 MLAs.........Read more

Kashmir a matter of existence for corrupt Pakistan Army: VK Singh

Union Minister and former Army Chief VK Singh on Friday gave a stern response to Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa's warcry, showing the neighbouring nation a mirror to its ailing state of affairs. "Bajwa can go to any extent. It is a matter of existence of the Pakistan Army. They indulge in corruption in the name of Kashmir, and if Kashmir does not exist, then where will they go," hit back Singh. "When they have nothing, scarcity of food and no money to run the office, then they talk like this," he added. Repeating his failed rhetoric to gain international and local sympathy on the issue of abrogation of Article 370, Bajwa once again on Friday claimed that India is committing atrocities in Kashmir. "I want to assure the people of Kashmir that we are with them and will not ditch them. We are ready for any sacrifice on Kashmir," said the Pakistani Army Chief in Islamabad. Pakistan is leaving no chance to raise tension and threaten war with India over Kashmir after failing to internationalise Article 370's abrogation and the end of Jammu and Kashmir's special status by the Narendra Modi government.........Read more

Transferred to Meghalaya, Madras High Court Chief Justice Vijaya K Tahilramani likely to quit

The Chief Justice of Madras High Court, Vijaya K Tahilramani on Friday seems to have expressed her intent to resign from her post, sources said. At a dinner meet of judges in Chennai, Tahilramani is learnt to have said that she is going to resign and would like to submit her resignation letter to competent authorities, sources told PTI. The dinner was hosted by six additional judges who were made permanent judges two days ago and the meet was held in the Judicial Academy in Chennai, they said. The development comes days after the Supreme Court collegium declined to entertain Justice Tahilramani’s request to reconsider her transfer to the Meghalaya High Court. Advocates, including N G R Prasad, meanwhile, sent a letter to the Chief Justice of India to reconsider transferring Tahilramani out of Chennai. ........Read more

Eating this bacteria may cut heart disease risk

Researchers have discovered that the use of a pasteurised form of Akkermansia muciniphila-an intestinal bacteria provides greater protection from various cardiovascular disease risk factors. According to the findings published in the journal Nature Medicine, the research team from the University of Louvain developed a clinical study in order to administer the bacteria to humans. For the study, 40 participants were enrolled and 32 completed the trial. The researchers administered Akkermansia to overweight or obese participants, all displaying insulin resistance (pre-diabetes type 2) and metabolic syndrome, in other words, having several elevated risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. The participants were randomly divided into three groups – placebo group, those taking live bacteria and those taking pasteurised bacteria – and were asked not to change their dietary habits or their physical activity. Akkermansia was provided as a nutritional supplement. The primary goal of the study was to demonstrate the feasibility of ingesting Akkermansia daily for three months, without risk.........Read more

ICC Appoints India's GS Lakshmi as First-ever Female Match Referee

India's GS Lakshmi has become the first-ever woman referee to be appointed on the ICC International Panel of Match Referees. Lakshmi, 51, who first officiated as a match referee in domestic women’s cricket in 2008-09, has overseen three women’s ODI matches and three women’s T20I matches. She will be eligible to referee international games with immediate effect.........Read more

'Will Kill Non-local Labourers if Any Kashmiri is Harmed': Hizbul Warns of More 'Fidayeen' Attacks

Kashmir’s largest militant group Hizbul Mujahideen has warned that it will kill “non-local labourers” if any Kashmiri is harmed. The threat comes in wake of incidents of violence against Kashmiris in some parts of the country in the aftermath of the recent attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama.........Read more

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 might come in three sizes, with an in-display fingerprint sensor

Samsung S10 will come in three different sizes: 5.8 inches, 6.1 inches, and 6.4 inches. The larger two S10 models will include in-display fingerprint sensors, while the smaller model will include a fingerprint sensor on the side.........Read more

78% of new accounts booked in 2017-18 were home loans under Rs 25 lakh category: NHB

In 2017-18, 78 % of the new accounts booked were for loans under the Rs 25 lakh category, clearly showing that the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) impetus is working........Read more

Mindtree founders may sell entire stake to NEC Corp., private equity firm

Japan’s NEC Corp plans to acquire a controlling stake in Mindtree Ltd from its founders........Read more

Maneka Gandhi ordered to provide specially-designed rape investigation kits to all the police stations of the country immediately,

The kits are designed to carry out immediate medical investigation and aid in furnishing evidence in sexual assault and rape cases. Each kit has a set of test tubes and bottles and costs Rs 200 to Rs 300.........Read more

20 dead in captivity across northeast prisons; Gauhati High Court orders compensation

The Gauhati High Court has ordered four northeastern states to pay ₹3,00,000 each to the next of kin of 20 prisoners who died in captivity from 2012-2016. Jails in Assam recorded 16 of these “unnatural deaths” followed by two in Nagaland and one each in Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, the court observed.........Read more

Govt orders out-of-turn coal supply to PSUs, private plants to be hit

In a jolt to private power producers, the government has ordered Coal India Ltd to make ‘out-of-turn’ allotment of scarce coal to central and state electricity generation companies.........Read more

Government proposes passenger-friendly norms for domestic flyers

The aviation ministry issued a draft passenger charter that, among others, has these passenger-friendly proposals. The government will seek comments from stakeholders’ views on the same and after taking them into consideration.........Read more

Andhra Pradesh motor launch capsize: Navy steps in, rescue operations in full swing

Officials have been deputed to the tribal hamlets along the river to find out if anyone is missing. Several persons are reported missing after the launch capsized during high speed winds and rain Tuesday evening. The launch was carrying at least 40 tribals returning from a weekly market and capsized in between Devipatnam and Varapalli areas in East Godavari district.........Read more

Facebook reportedly plans to launch its own cryptocurrency

Facebook is reportedly planning to launch its own cryptocurrency, but the company is said to be specifically focused on using cryptocurrency specifically for facilitating payments on the platform, something that could be a pretty dramatic shift given Facebook’s huge user base and existing marketplace section of the site for buying and selling goods. The company is also said to be investigating other ways to leverage the tokenized digital currency and its underlying blockchain technology across its platform........Read more

Walmart, Alphabet together may buy over 70% in Flipkart

India’s largest online retailer Flipkart is set to sell more than 70% stake to Walmart and Google’s parent Alphabet, in a deal which will value the company at $20 billion. The final shareholder agreements triggering India Inc’s largest M&A is expected to be signed over the weekend and a formal announcement is due mid-next week. While Walmart is expected to get a 55-61% stake in Flipkart, Alphabet will pick up around 10% in Flipkart, bringing to an end months of deal-making.........Read more

All students in 150 schools in UP flunk board exams

The record shared by the board shows that 98 schools had 0% result in class X and 52 in class XII. These included government, aided as well as private schools. Secretary, UPSEB, Neena Srivastava told TOI, "This year strict measures were adopted by the state government to check copying. Apart from it, there is a possibility of only a dozen or so students appearing from such schools so we will decide on the fate of all such educational institutes when the board will reopen.........Read more

Bharti Infratel to merge with Indus, form $14.6 billion telecom tower gaint

India’s Indus Towers and Bharti Infratel Ltd (BHRI.NS) agreed to combine operations in a deal that will create the world’s second-largest mobile masts company measured by numbers of towers. The combined company, which will lag only China Tower, will remain listed on Indian bourses. It will have a nationwide presence with more than 163,000 towers, the owners of both companies said in a joint statement.........Read more

IPL 2019 to be held from March 29 to May 19

The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League will be held from March 29, 2019 to May 19, 2019. IPL 2019 will be followed by the 50-over Cricket World Cup. The 2019 World Cup will be held in the UK from May 30 to July 14. India are scheduled to begin the ICC World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa on June 5 while they will face arch-rivals Pakistan on June 16 at Old Trafford. ........Read more

Gayle Storm Overpowers Dhoni Show as KXIP Register Thrilling Win Over CSK

Chris Gayle starred with the bat and Mohit Sharma kept his cool in the end as Kings XI Punjab registered a 4-run win over the Chennai Super Kings in Mohali on Sunday. Gayle announced his arrival to KXIP with a scintillating 63 runs from 33 balls. His magical innings included seven fours, four sixes as the hosts reached a commanding total of 197/7 after their 20 overs. For CSK, it was the MS Dhoni show as he scored an unbeaten 79 off just 44 balls but for once, failed to take his team past the finish line.........Read more

65th National Film Awards winners' list: Sridevi honoured with the Best Actress award Newton wins Best Film

The 65th National Film Awards have been announced with Bollywood film ‘Newton’ emerging as the Best Hindi Film and music maestro AR Rahman emerging as the biggest winner. Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur headed the jury of the film awards which recognises talents across cinema in all languages. Late actress Sridevi was conferred with the Best Actress Award posthumously for her last film ‘Mom’ while the Best Actor Award went to Riddhi Sen for 'Nagarkirtan'.........Read more

Aadhaar PAN link doesn’t vitiate privacy: UIDAI

Arguments before a Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta for the UIDAI said the Supreme Court itself had formerly upheld the constitutional validity of Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act which mandates Aadhaar-PAN linkage. He submitted that the linkage promoted the legitimate fight against crimes such as black money, money laundering. He argued that citizens have already submitted their demographic details and even biometrics like fingerprints for PAN, which was introduced way back in 1989. They cannot now seek exemption on the sole ground of privacy.........Read more

Student unrest rocks Calcutta University after more than 50% fail BA exam

A section of unsuccessful students has been agitating for the last four days demanding that their answer scripts be rechecked. Backed by a communist students’ union, hundreds of students who have failed in BA, BSc part 1 exams have been demonstrating outside the university gates, shouting slogans, verbally abusing university authorities and even squatting on arterial roads to block them.........Read more

Prakash Padukone conferred Lifetime Achievement Award by BAI

Instituted by the Badminton Association of India, Padukone received the award from India’s Vice-president Venkaiah Naidu in the presence of his entire family, his close friends, top officials of the BAI and a number of past and present players. One of the first superstars of Indian sport, Padukone has been the flag-bearer of Indian badminton. At a time when Indian successes on the international stage were few and far between, he conquered the best and rose to become the World No. 1 in the 80s.........Read more

WhatsApp may launch peer-to-peer payment service by February-end

WhatsApp’s highly anticipated peer-to-peer payment service may become available to users in India as early as next month. The Facebook-owned instant messaging company is working to integrate Unified Payments Interface-based payment platforms in coordination with major banks of the country, including HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and State Bank of India. ........Read more

Vizag could be new scuba diving hotspot

The rare discovery of a 200-year-old shipwreck is set to turn the quaint fishing village of Bheemunipatnam, about 45 km from Visakhapatnam, into the next big scuba diving destination of the country. According to experienced scuba divers, this is probably the only wreck site in the world at such a shallow depth, making it accessible even to novice divers and non-swimmers. “Most of the world’s famous shipwreck sites are located deep in the ocean where only experienced and certified scuba divers can go."........Read more

BCCI told Baroda Ranji Trophy squad to drop Yusuf Pathan after failing dope test

Out-of-favour Indian cricketer, Yusuf Pathan was ousted from the recently concluded Ranji Trophy 2017-18 season after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) told the Baroda Cricket Association not to pick the all-rounder. This was after Pathan tested positive for Terbutaline, a banned substance during the tournament last year.........Read more

India to play key role in forming 5G standards

As 5G standards process has started globally, India would be one of the important players in formulating standards for it," Ashutosh Sharma, secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), adding that earlier in 3G and 4G, India had missed the bus in giving inputs for relevant standards. ........Read more

Muslim Personal Law Board calls emergency meet on bill banning instant triple talaq

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has convened an emergency meeting of its working committee on Sunday to oppose a proposed bill banning instant triple talaq.........Read more

Padmavati row: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Prasoon Joshi to movie with parliamentary panel

The 30-member parliamentary panel, which includes actor-MPs like Paresh Rawal and Raj Babbar, has also asked the producers of the movie and officials of the information and broadcasting ministry to attend the meeting and brief it on the furore related to the film........Read more

Ananth Kumar justifies delay in winter session citing ‘precedent’ during UPA rule

The government will call the winter session of Parliament in December and its dates will be announced soon, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said on November 21 while citing precedents during the UPA rule to reject the Congress’ allegations of “delay”.........Read more

26/11 attack mastermind Lakhvis nephew among five terrorists killed in Bandipora

Five terrorists, including nephew of 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Zakir-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, have been killed by the security forces in north Kashmir's Bandipora district. An Indian Air Force (IAF) commando was also martyred in the operation.........Read more

Scientists Begin to Uncover The Mysteries of Antarctica's Vast Fossil Forests

Antarctica was not always the vast, icy expanse it is today. Around 260 million years ago, the continent was home to a lush patchwork of forests, and now scientists are studying their fossilised remains to understand more about our planet's past.........Read more

These Simple, Science Backed Exercises You Can Do at Home Have Huge Health Benefits

Body weight-bearing exercises such as sit-ups and push-ups staved off death just as much as other forms of weight-bearing exercise. Participation in either gym workouts or own body weight exercises reduced the risk of early death by about 20 percent. Cancer-related deaths also decreased by 24-27 percent........Read more

Jammu and Kashmir orders inquiry after separatist Asiya Andrabi features in female achievers’ poster

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday ordered an inquiry into a photograph of separatist leader Asiya Andrabi being included in a poster of the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign that featured female achievers of India.........Read more

1996 Sonipat bomb blasts: Lashkar bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda gets life term

A Haryana local court awarded life imprisonment to alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) bomb expert Abdul Karim alias Tunda on Tuesday in the 1996 Sonipat bomb blasts case. A penalty of Rs 1 lakh has also been imposed on the convict.........Read more

Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster launched at Rs. 5.79 crore

Lamborghini has unveiled the new Aventador S Roadster at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The car will also be available in India and is priced at Rs. 5.79 crore (ex-showroom, India). It is an open-top version of the Aventador S coupe which was launched in India earlier this year.........Read more

Jan Dhan accounts created for 30 crore families in 3 years: Jaitley

As many as 30 crore families have got bank accounts since the launch of India’s biggest ever bank account opening drive, Jan Dhan Yojana, three years back, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. About 42% of households were unbanked before the Jan Dhan Yojana, which aims to give every household access to banking facilities by offering them zero-balance accounts across all commercial banks.........Read more

Graham Ford to take over as Ireland head coach

Graham Ford is set to take over as Ireland's head coach in December, when the incumbent John Bracewell's contract comes to an end. Ford, the 56-year-old former South African first-class cricketer, has signed a three-year deal with Cricket Ireland.........Read more

Sensex, Nifty post heavy losses as North Korea tensions escalate

The benchmark BSE Sensex dropped further by 294 points while the Nifty fell below the 9,900 level due to a flurry of selling triggered by escalated geopolitical tensions following North Korea's testing of hydrogen bomb.........Read more

Supreme Court favours video/audio recording of all court proceedings

In a major bid to ensure transparency, the Supreme Court today favoured the installation of CCTV cameras with an audio recording of all court proceedings, including in its own complex along with those of the high courts and tribunals.........Read more

Four Earth-sized planets detected orbiting the nearest sun-like star

A new study by an international team of astronomers reveals that four Earth-sized planets orbit the nearest sun-like star, tau Ceti, which is about 12 light years away and visible to the naked eye. These planets have masses as low as 1.7 Earth mass, making them among the smallest planets ever detected around nearby sun-like stars. Two of them are super-Earths located in the habitable zone of the star, meaning they could support liquid surface water.........Read more

BR Ambedkar Open University drops Urdu medium for UG courses, faces flak

Admissions began from June 29 for those who cleared the eligibility tests. But students said that those who opted to study BA in Urdu medium were in for a shock after they were only allowed to select English or Telugu as their medium of education.........Read more

Karan Johar Regrets€ Nepotism Rocks Act, Says Only Talent Rocks

Karan Johar, who came under heavy criticism for his “nepotism rocks” act at the IIFA awards recently with actors Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan, has now said that the whole act was meant to be a joke. The filmmaker said that the “joke” has been misplaced, misunderstood and he felt that it went wrong and he regrets i........Read more

Wimbledon 2017: Novak Djokovic considers taking a break after quarter-final retirement enforced by injury

Novak Djokovic said a right elbow injury was to blame for his retirement from Wednesday's Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych........Read more

Hindi Letters in Bengaluru Chikpete and Majestic Metro Covered, Activists Deny Involvement

The Bengaluru city on Monday woke up to find Chikpete and Majestic Metro signboards with Hindi letters covered with paper and taped completely. These metro boards are in English, Kannada and along with Hindi but only the the parts with national language were covered.........Read more

Hydrogen peroxide protects plants against sun damage

Plants use hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) - best known for use in bleach and hair treatments - to control how their cells react to varying levels of light, new research shows. "It's important for plants to be able to detect how much light there is, so they can make the most of it for photosynthesis," said Professor Nick Smirnoff, of the University of Exeter.........Read more

Gravitational Astronomy? How Detecting Gravitational Waves Changes Everything

We’ve now had multiple detections of gravitational waves, opening up a whole new field: gravitational astronomy. We talk about the detections made so far, and how we can see the Universe in a whole new way.........Read more

Indu Sarkar trailer: Madhur Bhandarkar's next has us enthralled, Neil Nitin Mukesh steals spotlight

The trailer for Madhur Bhandarkar's Indu Sarkar, based on the Emergency of 1975 is out and it looks enthralling.........Read more

AIIMS Topper & National-Level Basketball Player, Nishita Purohit Juggles It All

Part of the Kota-based Allen Career Institute where she underwent coaching for the medical exams, Nishita has her eyes set on studying cardiology or radiology at AIIMS. She had also performed well in her Class 12 boards with a brilliant score of 91.4 per cent and is also a national level basketball player.........Read more

Facebook is using artificial intelligence to combat terrorism

Facebook officials said in a blog post on 15 June 2017, that the company uses AI to find and remove the "terrorist content" immediately, before users see it. This is a departure from Facebook's usual policy of only reporting suspect content if users report it first.........Read more

India releases 11 Pakistani prisoners

Amid ongoing tension between the two neighbours, India on Monday released 11 Pakistani prisoners and handed them over to authorities at the Wagah border post.The Pakistani nationals were released after........Read more

Viral infections decrease muscle health, cause other collateral damage

he UC Berkeley bioengineers found that viral infections turn down the intensity of a key cell-signaling pathway linked to healing and health of skeletal muscle and bone, mental well-being and prevention of obesity. The signaling pathway, called oxytocin receptor MAPK, or OXTR, has been well studied for its role in trust and bonding and more recently was found to be needed for muscle maintenance and regeneration, which declines with age.........Read more

Netaji died in 1945 plane crash: Centre in RTI reply

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose died in a plane crash in Taiwan in 1945, the Centre has concluded. “After considering the reports of Shahnawaz Committee, Justice G D Khosla Commission and Justice Mukherjee Commission of Enquiry, the Government has come to the conclusion that Netaji has died in plane crash in 1945,’’ the Union home ministry said in response to a query under the Right To Information Act on Tuesday.........Read more

Star Should Have Gone Supernova, But it Imploded Into a Black Hole Instead

Collapsing stars are a rare thing to witness. And when astronomers are able to catch a star in the final phase of its evolution, it is a veritable feast for the senses. Ordinarily, this process consists of a star undergoing gravitational collapse after it has exhausted all of its fuel, and shedding its outer layers in a massive explosion (aka. a supernova). However, sometimes, stars can form black holes without the preceding massive explosion.........Read more

Sea level rise prior to 1990 found to be slower than other estimates suggesting modern rise significantly faster

A team of researchers from across Europe has found evidence that suggests the rate of rise in sea levels from approximately 1902 until 1990 was less than other models have shown. This indicates, the team reports in their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that modern sea levels are rising faster than suspected.........Read more

Karnataka IAS officer Anurag Tiwari found dead in Lucknow under mysterious circumstances

An IAS officer of Karnataka cadre was found dead near a guest house in Lucknow under mysterious circumstances. The body of Anurag Tiwari, a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich, was found near Meerabai guest house in Lucknow’s Hazratganj.........Read more

Made in India: How these invisible Kavach walls will protect India's border with Pak

A new technology to detect infiltrations which would relay information to the nearest post for action would be available with the Border Security Force soon. This invisible technology will help the BSF guard the 198 kilometre Indo-Pak border more effectively.........Read more

Multidrug-resistant TB will rise in India, says new study

According to the latest issue of the journal, Multidrug Resistant-Tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a version of the disease where patients do not respond to first-line drugs, will become more common than it is now. The report projects that, by 2040, the percentage of MDR-TB will make up 32.5% of all TB cases in Russia, 12.4% of the TB cases in India, 8.9% of the TB cases in the Philippines, and 5.7% of all TB cases in South Africa.........Read more

Your Aadhaar Data Is Now With Private Companies As Well

Private companies – like American biometric technology provider L-1 Identity Solutions, open-source document database MongodB, and consulting firms Accenture and Ernst and Young – are holding all our data.........Read more

Now, Aadhaar data public on PM Awas Yojana, Gujarat govt department websites

In the first, Aadhaar numbers of beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), which is under the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, were available on its website. In the second such case, the Department of Social Justice Justice and Empowerment of the Gujarat government had at least two documents with names, addresses and Aadhaar numbers of hundreds, if not thousands, of students that can be viewed publicly on the department’s website.........Read more

IAF adds mighty Su-30 MKI to frontline air base near Indo-Pak Border

In a significant boost to India’s air power, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday inducted its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft into the 221 Squadron, ‘Valiants’, at its base in Punjab. IAF’s 221 squadron is stationed near India-Pakistan border.........Read more

Now Idea Cellular Gets RBI Nod For Payments Bank; Services Likely to Roll Out in June

The company has recently received the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) final approval to start off its payments bank and is on the stage to integrate its systems with those of the National Payments Corporations of India and the RBI. Unlike the traditional banks, the services in Payments bank differ and are mostly transaction-intensive banks. They cannot offer credit or offer depository services.........Read more

Bhuvneshwar five-for trumps Vohra's 95

Manan Vohra defied a pitch of inconsistent pace and bounce and a situation stacked against his team to produce one of the IPL's great backs-to-the-walls innings. His 95 off 50 balls revived a floundering chase, taking Kings XI Punjab to within 15 runs of victory, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar would ensure he wouldn't be able to finish the match, taking two wickets in the 19th over to finish with 5 for 19.........Read more

AIADMK faction led by TTV Dinakaran says it welcomes merger talks with O Paneerselvam

Senior Tamil Nadu Ministers held urgent consultations in Chennai on Monday night amid talk of merger of the rival AIADMK factions led by VK Sasikala/TTV Dhinakaran and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.........Read more

Panasonic Eluga Ray Max Review: The Best of Panasonic Under Rs 12,000?

Panasonic has done well in terms of delivering pure Android experience and battery backup in the Eluga Ray Max. It offers high-end features to people on a budget and is a decent overall package. Having said that, there is no distinguishing factor barring the Arbo assistant that can make the device stand out.........Read more

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ to be launched on 19 April in India: Report

It’s as good as official: Samsung will launch the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in India on 19 April. It’s been mere weeks since Samsung announced the launch of its latest flagship smartphones and we’ve been waiting on tenterhooks for an official release date and price tag.........Read more

Women don't have to submit marriage/divorce certificate for passport: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that women from onwards women don't have to change their names in the passport after their marriage. It'll be their discretion to use father/mother's name in passport.........Read more

Baahubali will not release in Karnataka?

Kattappa, of Baahubali fame, Tamil actor Sathyaraj has posed difficulties for the release of Baahubali Conclusion in Karnataka. Around 2,000 Kannada organizations led by activist Vatal Nagaraj are all set to stop the release of the movie across the state.........Read more

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar invited to Japanese Parliament to inaugurate Yoga Club

Inspired by the renowned spiritual leader, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a Yoga Club was inaugurated at the Japanese Parliament by Ravi Shankar himself on Tuesday. Over a hundred parliamentarians have already signed up to be members of the club, said senior parliamentarian Hiroshi Yamada.........Read more

Tripura's Left government faces trouble as Supreme Court cancels the appointment of 10,000 teachers

A Supreme Court order on March 29 cancelled the appointment of more than 10,000 government school teachers in Tripura, saying appropriate recruitment procedures had not been followed. It has prompted opposition parties to call for the resignation of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and left the state on edge.........Read more

Vedanta Resources CEO Tom Albanese quits; search on for his replacement

Vedanta Resources Plc chief executive officer (CEO) Tom Albanese will leave the $2.7 billion Indian resources giant by the end of August after three years in the job, with billionaire chairman Anil Agarwal leading the search for his replacement.........Read more

Brad Hodge apologises to Virat Kohli for his statement on his shoulder injury

Brad Hodge has apologised to Virat Kohli for his comments regarding the Indian skipper's shoulder injury and his participation in the IPL. Hodge had received severe criticism from various quarters after his insinuation that Kohli missed the final Test against Australia to be fit in time for the IPL.........Read more

Man killed at Paris airport planned to ‘die for Allah’: prosecutor

A man shot dead by French soldiers at Paris Orly airport on Saturday shouted he was there to "die for Allah" and tried to seize a soldier's assault rifle, apparently intending to open fire on passengers, a prosecutor said.........Read more

BMW to launch self-driving car in 2021 with top-notch, Level 5 autonomous capabilities

The German car maker is on track to ready its fully autonomous self-driving car by 2021. The company’s SVP for Autonomous Driving, Elmar Frickenstein told the publication that it will deliver a car in 2021 that will work with level 3, level 4 and even level 5 autonomy.........Read more

Your smartphone's Pin can be extracted by a thermal-imaging camera, say researchers

“PINs and patterns remain among the most widely used knowledge-based authentication schemes. As thermal cameras become ubiquitous and affordable, we foresee a new form of threat to user privacy on mobile devices,” the researchers said.........Read more

Calcutta HC judge CS Karnan says SC warrant against him unconstitutional, motivated

A seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar had issued the warrant order earlier in the day, directing Karnan’s presence on March 31 after the judge ignored earlier summons in connection with contempt proceedings initiated against him for accusing several judges of the Madras high court, where he had earlier served, and an SC judge of corruption, nepotism and casteism.........Read more

This gritty 11-year-old’s push gives leg-up to a clean mission

The fields in the Ramapura village in Chamarajanagar — approximately 150 km from Bengaluru — are dotted with brick and thatched roof houses, some with a single room, others boasting three bedrooms. But a majority of the houses share one common feature: the absence of indoor toilets.........Read more

This condom will track your sexual performance

The i.Con Smart Condom, from British Condoms, markets itself as the “world’s first smart condom”. What makes the i.Con different from the garden variety condom you can buy at the drugstore? It is actually a ‘smart’ ring that fits over a standard dumb condom and tracks your sexual activity. It can also detect certain sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia and syphilis, the maker claims.........Read more

Who Needs Saving Test Cricket or The Test Cricketer?

Recently a broadcaster asked why they would pay Rs 42 crore for a match where 42 spectators were hard to find (Rs 42 crore is the approximate cost per Test match paid by Star to the BCCI). Uday Shankar, CEO for Star TV who have invested heavily in cricket over the last few years, in a recent interview made his apprehensions clear. He said that people running the game did not have the pulse of the audience – out of the twenty most-watched TV programmes in India last year, 17 were T20 games.........Read more

Proposed test would offer strongest evidence yet that the quantum state is real

George C. Knee, a theoretical physicist at the University of Oxford and the University of Warwick, has created an algorithm for designing optimal experiments that could provide the strongest evidence yet that the quantum state is an ontic state (a state of reality) and not an epistemic state (a state of knowledge). Knee has published a paper on the new strategy in a recent issue of the New Journal of Physics.........Read more

Late CM Kalikho Pul Blames Corrupt Law Officers in Suicide Note

A copy of Pul’s explosive suicide note, names four legal officials – two are serving, while the other two have retired from service. His suicide note – typed in Hindi and bearing his signature on each page – attempts to expose corruption among some members of the Congress, as well as players in the country’s highest legal circles.........Read more

5 biggest smartphone brands in India

The rankings in smartphone market in India have witnessed a major upheaval. For the first time in many years, there's no Indian brand in the top 5. In fact, except for the numero uno Samsung, the ranking is dominated by Chinese brands all the way. So, here's over to the top 5 smartphone brands in India (during Q4 of calendar year 2016), as per research firm IDC.........Read more

10-Minute Yoga Asanas To Improve Concentration During Exams

So here is a list of five simple yoga asanas that will help in improving the concentration........Read more

TN CM visits oil spill site, announces compensation for fishermen

Terming the oil spill situation in Chennai coastline as ‘extraordinary’, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, on Sunday said that adequate compensation would be paid to the fishermen for the losses that they have had to endure.........Read more

The Trailer Of ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ Is So Entertaining That You Will Watch It More Than Once

Varun and Alia are back together in ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ and their chemistry is looking vibrant, cute and lively like never before. This film is the second installment from “Dulhania” series and it promises gales of laughter and a happily-ever-after love story.........Read more

Demonetization may 'temporarily slowdown' economy, extra care must be taken to help poor: Pranab Mukherjee

Demonetization, while immobilising black money and fighting corruption, may lead to "temporary slowdown" of the economy, the President said addressing the Governors and Lt Governors through video-conferencing from Rashtrapati Bhavan here. "We all will have to be extra careful to alleviate the suffering of the poor which might become unavoidable for the expected progress in the long term."........Read more

Jason Gillespie Named Australia T20 Assistant Coach

Former Test fast bowler Jason Gillespie was Thursday appointed as Australia assistant coach for the three Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka in February. Cricket Australia said Gillespie will work with Justin Langer, who was confirmed as coach for the series earlier this month.........Read more

Cash Situation Seen Normalising In 2-3 Months, Says Bank Officers' Union

It will take two to three months to completely restore the pre-November 8 cash situation, a top official of a bank officers' union told NDTV Profit. "It will take a long time. Maybe by February or March we will be able to restore our situation," said Harvinder Singh, General Secretary of All India Bank Officers' Confederation (AIBOC), which has 2.8 lakh bank officers under its ranks.........Read more

Karbonn launches four new 4G smartphones

The newly launched devices include the Karbonn Aura Note 4G and K9 Viraat 4G with 5.5-inch HD displays are priced at Rs 6,490 and Rs 5,790 respectively.........Read more

Aviation ministry likely to introduce biometric screening at airports

Your thumb could soon be all the documentation required to enter an airport. And once the government is able to achieve this the second phase could see you flashing your thumb to board the aircraft, at least for domestic flights.........Read more

First Look: Rana In Baahubali 2 as Mighty Bhallala Deva

Rana Daggubati’s first look from Baahubali: The Conclusion is launched on the occasion of the actor’s birthday. Rana is looking menacing and powerful than before with his beefed up body and ferocious demeanor.........Read more

Homeopathy doesn’t work for cows, either

The latest research is unlikely to change their minds. German researchers published a massive review of homeopathy studies and concluded that there’s no evidence to support its use in farm animals. They analyzed 52 clinical trials in all, from 1981 to 2014, and found a largely mixed bag. 28 trials supported homeopathy, 22 showed no effect. And of the 28 in favor, many were found to have flaws in their design that could have skewed the results.........Read more

Monkey speak: Macaques have the anatomy, not the brain, for human speech

The findings—which could apply to other African and Asian primates known as Old World monkeys—suggest that human speech stems mainly from the unique evolution and construction of our brains, and is not linked to vocalization-related anatomical differences between humans and primates, the researchers reported Dec. 9 in the journal Science Advances.........Read more

Transformers: The Last Knight - Teaser Trailer (2017)

Watch the new trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight. Transformers is coming to theatres June 23, 2017! Directed by Michael Bay ........Read more

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal fears Deputy Sisodia will end up in prison

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed fears that the Delhi Lieutenant Governor and the Prime Minister's office are plotting to arrest his deputy by implicating him in a false case.........Read more

MobiKwik Launches ‘Lite’ Version For Slower Internet Connections

Mobile wallet company MobiKwik has launched MobiKwik ‘Lite’, a light mobile wallet, aimed to help unorganised retailers and shopkeepers across India to receive payments. The MobiKwik Lite ...........Read more

Life insurance policy holders get 30 days more to pay premium

Extending a helping hand to people facing cash crunch, regulator Irdai has asked life insurance companies to provide an additional window of 30 days to policy holders for paying premium.........Read more

Exchange of scrapped notes ends, deposit them in banks till December 30

Over-the-counter exchange of high value notes, which were scrapped earlier this month, will stop from Friday, the government announced on Thursday. However, it also extended use of the Rs 500 note for some specific purposes up to December 15.........Read more

In the face of mounting criticism, Muslim personal law board sets up a women's wing

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board ended its three-day long 25th annual general meeting in Kolkata on Sunday evening by adopting a resolution to set up a women’s wing. It will be headed by Azma Zehra, a social activist and an executive committee member of the board, and will address issues concerning Muslim women such as triple talaq, domestic disputes and education.........Read more

AP, Telangana tie at top, Gujarat slips on ease of doing business ladder

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have jointly topped the ease of doing business ranking while Gujarat has slipped to the third position in the list prepared by the World Bank and DIPP. Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana occupied the fourth, fifth and sixth slots, respectively in the index based on degree of implementation of DIPP's 340-point Business Reform Action Plan.........Read more

Have made all relevant disclosures, say Tata group companies

"The financial statements of the company are prepared on a going concern basis and present a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the company. As part of preparation of financial statements, the value-in-use of the assets of the company is tested for impairment as per accounting standards," Tata Steel and Indian Hotels Company said in a filing to BSE.........Read more

India prepares to face nuclear attacks, plans underground bunkers in major cities: Report

India is reportedly planning to create underground control rooms in major Indian cities that could secure data and communication against an attack using Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) such as nuclear, chemical and biological.........Read more

Prakash Javadekar does what Smriti Irani didn’t: Agrees to free IIMs via new Bill

The Human Resource Development Ministry, under its new head Prakash Javadekar, has conceded to all the changes proposed to the IIM Bill by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). This would give the premier B-Schools sweeping autonomy — even more than they currently enjoy. As reported by The Indian Express on August 12, Javadekar had first agreed to relinquish the government’s role in appointing the chairman of the Board of Governors (BoG) at all IIMs. But the Bill has undergone a second makeover since he took charge from Smriti Irani in July.........Read more

The whitewash: Probe alleges Rohith Vemula’s mother faked Dalit status, blames him for his suicide

ROHITH Vemula’s mother “branded” herself as Dalit to avail the benefits of reservation ; expelling him from the hostel was the “most reasonable” decision the university could have taken; personal frustration, not discrimination, drove the 26-year-old PhD scholar to suicide; Union Ministers Bandaru Dattatreya and Smriti Irani were only discharging their duties and there was no pressure on the Hyderabad Central University authorities.........Read more

AN-32 missing | All 29 persons on board have been 'presumed' dead: Sources

AN-32 missing | All 29 persons on board have been 'presumed' dead: Sources - The AN-32 carrying 29 people was on its way to Port Blair when it disappeared from radar on July 22.........Read more

Ford and Harman join hands to provide customized in-vehicle audio experience

As new car buyers say audio brands are influencing their opinions of vehicles, Ford and Harman are teaming up to revolutionize in-vehicle experiences through the introduction of all-new B&O PLAY........Read more

Delhi HC sets aside AAP govt's order appointing 21 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries

Delhi HC sets aside AAP govt's order appointing 21 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries - The Delhi High court set aside the Delhi government's order to appoint 21 AAP MLAs as parliamentary secretaries.........Read more

Airbus says seals $6.5 billion orders of 40 jets in Vietnam

Airbus has agreed to sell 40 jets to Vietnamese airlines in deals worth an estimated $6.5 billion, the European planemaker said on Tuesday, a key milestone in a fast-growing and competitive aviation market.........Read more

Indianise, nationalise, spiritualise: The RSS education project is in expansion mode

The Sangh has been running thousands of schools and gurukuls since 1952. But with the BJP at the Centre, this programme has new energy.........Read more

Is Vodka killing Russians?

The Russian government has already declared this national obsession with vodka as a "national disaster" Is Vodka killing Russians?........Read more

Why Rs250 crore gross business in a day is impossible for an Indian film

There is still time before India has enough number of screens and appropriate ticket pricing to achieve a figure as high as Rs250 crore........Read more

Hotel, museum or just scrap: What will happen to INS Viraat?

A hotel, a museum or just scrap with the metal used in a motorbike? The fate of INS Viraat, India’s only operational aircraft carrier that “retires” later this year, is uncertain.........Read more

Bangladesh says 260 missing amid hunt for extremists; many feared to have joined ISIS

Bangladesh says 260 missing amid hunt for extremists; many feared to have joined ISIS - Several missing people have been feared to have joined homegrown Islamist extremist outfits or the ISIS........Read more

Why Greenland benefits from global warming - Why Greenland benefits from global warming

Faced with such threats, the islanders are looking to extract as many benefits as possible from the changes.........Read more

Accident compensation cannot be subjected to TDS: Madras High Court

The Madras High Court has said compensation awarded by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal or the interest accruing therein cannot be subjected to tax deducted at source (TDS).........Read more

Over 5 cr driving licences bogus; Offenders face one-yr jail

However, those found to be driving with fake licences may soon be jailed for up to a year in addition to a hefty penalty of Rs 10,000 -- up from the current penalty provision of Rs 500 and a maximum jail term of three months.........Read more