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New Face, Who Dis? Fish With Human-Like Face Spotted in Malaysia

Nature surprises us in different ways, with the variation and evolution among species being one of the most beautiful secrets. There are a number of species of flora and fauna available on our planet that are nowhere near to the concept of species we have in mind. One of these species is the Trigger Fish. A Twitter user recently surprised netizens with a picture of a weird-looking fish captured in Malaysia. What makes this fish different from other species is its human-like features, including mouth with lips and teeth. ........Read more

World Bank Approves $1 Billion Social Protection Package for India, to Focus on PDS, Jan Dhan

The World Bank on Friday approved $1 billion 'Accelerating India's Covid-19 Social Protection Response Program' to support the country's efforts for providing social assistance to the poor and vulnerable households, severely impacted by the pandemic. This takes the total commitment from the World Bank towards emergency Covid-19 response in India to $2 billion. A $1 billion support was announced last month to support India's health sector. ........Read more

World Bank Approves $1 Billion Social Protection Package for India, to Focus on PDS, Jan Dhan

The World Bank on Friday approved $1 billion 'Accelerating India's Covid-19 Social Protection Response Program' to support the country's efforts for providing social assistance to the poor and vulnerable households, severely impacted by the pandemic. This takes the total commitment from the World Bank towards emergency Covid-19 response in India to $2 billion. A $1 billion support was announced last month to support India's health sector. ........Read more

Lakhs of Indians Face Uncertain Future as UAE, Kuwait Plan 'Restrictions' on Countries Reluctant to Take Back Nationals

Spelling trouble for Indians workers, the UAE plans to impose strict restrictions on countries reluctant to take back their nationals working in the Gulf country in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and restructure its cooperation and labour relations with them, a state-run media report said on Sunday. Kuwait has also asked illegal migrants and those whose visas have expired during this pandemic period to leave the country by April 30. Amnesty has been granted till that date; meaning there will be no penalty. Indian government sources say Indian embassy in Kuwait is in touch with Kuwaiti authorities over the matter.........Read more

How are you providing mid-day meals to kids when schools are shut, SC asks state govts

The Supreme Court has taken suo moto cognisance of the non-availability of mid-day meals to children due to the closure of schools in the wake of novel coronavirus outbreak. The SC bench, Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, on Wednesday issued notices to all state governments and Union Territories, as it asked how children were being provided mid-day meals as schools have shut down. In Kerala, the state government is delivering free mid-day meals to children at their home.........Read more

World's Richest 500 Lost $331 Billion In A Day In Record Market Dive

From New York to Paris, Sao Paulo to Hong Kong, the losses are unprecedented for the world's wealthiest. The world's 500 richest people collectively lost $331 billion on Thursday, the biggest one-day drop in the eight-year history of the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. That pushed the group's year-to-date losses to $950 billion. This week's collapse marks the end of a decade of soaring markets and cheap money that helped the planet's wealthiest people amass a record $6.1 trillion less than two months ago. Those gains were obliterated over the past four days as pandemic fears and plunging oil prices sent markets into a nosedive.........Read more

Delhi riots: IB staffer Ankit Sharma's murder was 'planned conspiracy', says accused

The sources close to Zee News revealed that the plan to kill Ankit Sharma was a pre-planned conspiracy as the aforementioned person knew that he was an employee of the Intelligence Bureau, and was tracking his movement. Sharma was stabbed by the accused fourteen times, and he dragged to suspended AAP councillor Tahir's house where he was tortured and brutally killed before his body was thrown into a drain near his home in northeast Delhi’s Chand Bagh.........Read more

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson diagnosed with coronavirus

Actor Tom Hanks says he and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, have been diagnosed with coronavirus. In a statement posted to Instagram, Hanks said he and his wife were traveling in Australia when they were tested after exhibiting symptoms like tiredness, body aches, chills and "slight fevers." "Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks' will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?" he wrote.........Read more

PM Modi's Dhaka trip cancelled after 3 coronavirus cases reported in Bangladesh

Amid the growing threat of coronavirus in South Asia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be visiting Dhaka after the centenary celebrations of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman's(father of Bangladesh) birth anniversary were cancelled by the state government. On Sunday, Bangladesh confirmed its first batch of coronavirus cases. Three people, two of whom had recently returned from Italy, tested positive for Covid-19 as per official authorities. To contain the spread of the virus, the Bangladesh government has decided to cancel the celebrations for Sheikh Mujibur Rehman's centenary birth anniversary on March 17.........Read more

NASA Wants You to be an Astronaut, and This is How You Can Land on The Moon

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced its latest opening of applications for astronauts, who will be earmarked for missions under its upcoming Artemis programmes. This marks the first time that NASA has opened applications for new astronauts since 2015, when it selected 11 new astronauts from a pool of 18,300 applicants. Now, with manned missions to the moon and Mars coming up within the next decade, NASA is looking for new, qualified individuals from varied walks of life to travel to space, in what will herald a new series of manned missions to space since the iconic Apollo missions.........Read more

'Thousands' of migrants leave Turkey for EU

The number is expected to hit 25,000 to 30,000 in the coming days, he said. Turkey could no longer deal with the amount of people fleeing Syria's civil war, he added. Greece says it has blocked thousands of migrants from entering "illegally" from Turkey. Greek authorities fired tear gas to attempt to disperse the crowds. Turkey's decision followed a deadly attack on Turkish troops by Syrian government forces in northern Syria this week. At least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in a bombardment in Idlib, the last Syrian province where Syrian rebel groups hold significant territory. Syrian government forces, supported by Russia, have been trying to retake Idlib from jihadist groups and Turkish-backed rebel factions. ........Read more

Former FA CEO Watmore to succeed Graves as ECB chairman

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) named former Football Association chief executive Ian Watmore as their next chairman with incumbent Colin Graves leaving the role in November after five years. The 61-year-old Watmore, who resigned from his position with English soccer’s governing body in 2010, will begin his new role with the country’s cricket board on Dec. 1. "Watmore's appointment as chair-elect has been made at this time to enable him to shadow his predecessor and ensure a smooth transition into the role," the ECB said in a statement here ........Read more

IPL 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders' 48-year-old bowler Pravin Tambe not allowed to play tournament

The 48-year-old bowler is said to have disregarded BCCI policies, as he participated in a foreign league, without officially announcing his retirement, the Indian Express reported. Tambe played for Sindhis in the Abu Dhabi T10 League last year and the new IPL chairman Brijesh Patel reportedly confirmed his ineligibility. “He (Tambe) won’t be allowed otherwise we have to allow everyone.........Read more

Sedition charges against over 50 people in Mumbai for chanting pro-Sharjeel Imam slogans

Mumbai Police has come down heavily on the protesters who raised slogans in favour of JNU student Sharjeel Imam, who was arrested on sedition charges. Acting on the sloganeering, the Azad Maidan Police on Saturday registered a case against 50-60 people under stringent section like sedition. One of the accused has been identified as Urvashi Chudawala, associated with TISS Queer Collective and student of second-year MA in media and culture at Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS).........Read more

Delhi election: BJP against violence, democracy is about ballots and not bullets, Yogi Adityanath attacks Arvind Kejriwal

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attacked the Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal accusing him of trying to create anarchy in the city by orchestrating incidents like Shaheen Bagh. Training his guns on the Delhi Chief Minister over the Shaheen Bagh incident, the BJP leader said that 'democracy will be decided by ballots and not bullets'. Continuing his diatribe against the Shaheen Bagh protest, Yogi accused Kejriwal of sponsoring the blockade in the area and doing nothing to control the situation. He also alleged that the AAP government did not grant permission to register cases against those raised anti-India slogans during protests against the Centre.........Read more

Nagpur Man Rapes 19-year-old After Gagging Her Mouth, Inserts Rod in Private Parts

A 19-year-old woman was allegedly raped and an iron rod was inserted in her private parts by a man in the Pardi area in Nagpur, police said on Monday. The gruesome incident took place on January 21 and the accused, Yogilal Rahangdale (52), was arrested from Gondia district, they said. The accused was working as a supervisor in a spinning mill where the woman was employed as a labourer, the police said. ........Read more

Eight tourists from Kerala found dead in Nepal hotel room, probe on

In a shocking incident, at least eight tourists from Kerala were found dead in a hotel room of a resort in Daman of Makwanpur district in Nepal. According to the initial probe, the tourists were using a gas heater in the room and suffocation might have caused their death. However, the names of the deceased are yet to be identified. ........Read more

Realme UI first impressions: Realme phones now feel premium

It sounds like a big deal for Realme users, given that the company has been talking about it a lot on social media. However, it's essentially an Android skin that Realme has pasted on top of Oppo's ColorOS 7. Realme says it has made a couple of changes in its skin to suit the Indian users more. The biggest change is stated to be a stock Android-inspired UI design while others involve some bits inspired from what Samsung and Xiaomi have been doing so far.........Read more

'Fixing Kingpin' Chawla likely to be flown on Monday, top bookies jittery

The UK High Court had dispatched a sealed envelope to Home Department to take a final call on Chawla, whose appeal against extradition was turned down by two judges of the High Court. London based businessman Sanjeev Chawla, who turned a major bookie for the D-company in the late 1990s, would be the second person to be extradited from London since the UK signed an extradition treaty with India in 1992.........Read more

Wonder drug? Exploring the molecular mechanisms of metformin, a diabetes drug with Medieval roots

At only pennies per dose, metformin is a Type 2 diabetes drug with distant roots in Medieval folk medicine and a powerful capacity to reduce body weight, fat mass, circulating glucose—and prevent the disorder altogether in people at elevated risk. New research on the most widely prescribed Type 2 diabetes drug in the world arrives as a global obesity epidemic continues unabated. Obesity is the leading risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, a metabolic disorder.........Read more

High risk involved, avoid Pakistan airspace: US tells its airlines

The US regulator said in its NOTAM that there continues to be a risk to US civil aviation sector from attacks against airports and aircraft in Pakistan, particularly for aircraft on the ground and aircraft operating at low altitudes, including during the arrival and departure phases of flights. ........Read more

TikTok is desperate for an image makeover in India after a brush with the law for porn content

Around eight months after it faced a temporary ban in the country, for allegedly promoting child pornography, the Chinese app TikTok is now busy supporting social causes like never before. From education to women empowerment and environmental awareness, TikTok India has been promoting hashtags and initiatives that reflect its desperation to appear socially responsible and offer more than just dance and lip-sync videos.........Read more

Skoda Confirms Launching Six New Models Over The Next Two Years

Zac Hollis, Director – Sales, Service & Marketing at Skoda Auto India, has confirmed that as much as six new models/updates will be introduced over the next couple of years in the domestic market and some of them will be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo scheduled for February. We can decipher what those six models are as the concept or near-production version of the upcoming mid-size SUV will be unveiled at the biennial motoring show in Greater Noida. ........Read more

How Opposition parties in Maharashtra put on the ‘We are 162’ show

NCP insiders said it was the idea of leader Jitendra Awhad, also the core committee member, who had earlier organised a Constitution Day walk in Mumbai, in which Sharad Pawar and several other leaders had participated.........Read more

BSNL Employees' Unions Call For Hunger Strike Today to Protest Against 'Forced' VRS

Issuing a notice, the union, which represent more than half of BSNL employees,  alleged that those opting for VRS will not be able to apply for pension commutation, which is one-third of pension amount payable over 15 years in advance, only after attaining the age of 60 years.........Read more

Deported from US, 145 Indians land in Delhi

The flight also has on board some South Asian nationals, including Bangladesh citizens, airport officials aware of the matter said. Most of these Indians allegedly entered the US over past years with the help of local of international agents who promised them entry into the country through illegal means.........Read more

Firecracker manufacturing hub Sivakasi unsure of its fate after reduction in sales, confusion over green crackers 

Out of the 1,070 licensed units in Sivakasi only 4-6 have been given approval by PESO to manufacture green crackers with an additive known as zeolite. This additive considerably reduces the emission of the firework.........Read more

Delhi Police conduct raids after alert over potential terror strikes: Report

The special cell of Delhi Police is searching several locations in the Capital over inputs of likely terror strikes, news agency ANI reported on Thursday. Delhi Police had sounded an alert on Wednesday after getting information from central intelligence agencies that some Kashmiri insurgents could carry out terror strikes in the city during the festival season. The deputy commissioners of police (DCP) of all 15 districts have been directed to step up security at vital installations and ensure maximum mobility of police personnel on streets to avoid any such terror strikes. An official said that anti-terrorist measures at railway and Metro stations and places with high footfall such as markets and malls have been intensified. Footage of CCTV cameras was being examined to monitor suspicious activities, the official added. Guesthouses, hotels and paying guest accommodations are also being checked to find suspects. Tenants and employees, who recently came to the city, were also being verified.........Read more

Pak tried to frame Indian engineer in terror plot to embarrass Modi; foiled

Venumadhav Dongara may have become the next Kulbhushan Jadhav, but for some quick thinking, and equally fast moves by Indian security agencies to extract him from Afghanistan on September 7. The endgame of the plot involving Dongara, orchestrated by Pakistan’s spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), was to have the employee of a private sector company rebuilding infrastructure in war-ravaged Afghanistan listed by the United Nations Security Council’s 1267 Sanctions Committee this month, say officials in Indian security and intelligence agencies. Supported by China, this listing was a desperate attempt by Islamabad to link India and terror, and also embarrass India at a time when the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a high-profile visit to the US, where he will also speak at the UN General Assembly. The plot, which was hatched in March, seeks to link the Indian engineer, who works for KEC International, a subsidiary of the RPG Group that has been in the business of building transmission infrastructure around the world for years, to a terror group that is believed to be responsible for attacking Peshawar airbase in 2015, killing 29 people.........Read more

Pakistan 'secretly' releases JeM chief Masood Azhar from custody: report

Amid heightened tensions between the two nations, Pakistan has “secretly” released Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar from protective custody to plan terrorist operations while other terror organisations were also working openly, reported News18. According to Hindustan Times report, two officials said that the Intelligence Bureau has alerted the government about the deployment of additional Pakistani troopers across the border near Rajasthan. The report also stated that Islamabad is planning “a big action” in Sialkot-Jammu and Rajasthan sectors in the coming days in response to Centre’s move to scrap Article 370. On Friday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan threatened “fullest possible response” to India’s moves in Jammu and Kashmir. He said the global community would be responsible for any “catastrophic” aftermath.........Read more

Complicated situation has lot to do with religion, will do best to mediate or do something: Trump on Kashmir conflict

US President Donald Trump has repeated his offer of looking to mediate to solve the issue despite India making it clear that it is a bilateral issue between two countries. Infact after abrogation of Article 370, Amit Shah has gone on to say that the only discussion which will be held with Pakistan will be about Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Islamabad on the other hand, is looking to drag India to World Court known as International Court of Justice over ending of special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Trump in his comments to NBC News said that there is a religious angle to the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir. He also said that the situation is extremely explosive and 'you have two countries that haven't got along well for a long time'. He said, "Kashmir is a very tough situation and you know we are talking about this has been going on for decades shooting". Trump said that he had spoken to Imran Khan when he was in White House and will be meeting PM Modi during the G7 Summit at France in the weekend. Virtually repeating his mediation offer, Trump said, "I think we r helping the situation but there are tremendous problems between those two countries as you know ..and I will do the best I can to mediate or do something".........Read more

Maldives to Confer 'Highest Honour' Accorded to Foreign Dignitaries on PM Modi

Ahead of Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to the Maldives today, President Ibrahim Solih has announced his decision to confer on the Prime Minister the highest award accorded to foreign dignitaries in the island nation. This will be the first trip by the Indian Prime Minister to the Maldives, after Manmohan Singh visited the island nation in 2011.........Read more

Brother-in-law Can Also be Ordered to Pay Alimony Under Domestic Violence Law, Rules SC

The Domestic Violence Act, said the top court, was widely worded so as to include every male member in a domestic relationship. “The substantive part of Section 2(q) of the Act indicates that the expression “respondent” means any adult male person who is, or has been, in a domestic relationship with the aggrieved person and against whom relief has been sought.........Read more

DRDO successfully test fires indigenous inertially-guided bomb at Pokhran

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) today successfully test fired an indigenously-developed 500 kg inertially-guided bomb at the Pokhran test firing range in Rajasthan. The bomb hit its target at 30 km with high precision. The test comes two weeks after the DRDO successfully conducted the flight test of ABHYAS - High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from a test range in Odisha.........Read more

Trump, Saudi Arabia warn Iran against Middle East conflict

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a new threat to Tehran on Sunday, tweeting that a conflict would be the "official end" of Iran, as Saudi Arabia warned it stood ready to respond with "all strength" and said it was up to Iran to avoid war.........Read more

Harbhajan Singh Extends Support Towards Gautam Gambhir, Says he Can Never Talk Ill of Any Woman

Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh on Friday extended his support towards cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, who was accused of distributing pamphlets containing obscene and derogatory remarks about his East Delhi Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rival candidate Atishi Marlena.........Read more

Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Ranked 8th Best in the World

With the eighth position, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad has been ranked among the top ten best airports in the world in a survey conducted by AirHelp. The Hamad International Airport in Qatar has topped the list followed by Japan's Tokyo and Greece's Athens International airports.........Read more

Cyclone Fani: Toll rises to 37, Odisha seeks Centre’s help to restore power, telecom services

According to an official, the toll in the cyclone, which hit the state Friday, rose to 37 on Tuesday with two more death reported in Cuttack district as the struggle to restore power, drinking water and telecom infrastructure continued. The state has to install as many as 1.56 lakh electric poles.........Read more

UN listing of Masood Azhar as global terrorist: China to lift hold soon

India's external affairs ministry after the visit said, "We have shared with China all evidence of terrorist activities of Jaish-e-Mohammad and its leader Masood Azhar. It is now for the 1267 Sanctions Committee and other authorized bodies of the U.N. to take a decision on the listing of Masood Azhar.........Read more

State Bank issues Electoral Bonds worth Rs 2,772 crore

State Bank of India — the only bank authorised to issue and encash Electoral Bonds by the government — has issued bonds worth Rs 2,772.78 crore for funding political parties, since the scheme was launched on March 1 last year.........Read more

Mulayam, Mayawati Share Stage After 25 Years; BSP Supremo Attacks PM Modi, Calls Him 'Fake OBC'

Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati shared the dais for the first time, after infamous 1995 guest house incident, at a joint rally of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh.........Read more

Fleet down, Jet Airways cancels all international flights till Monday

Jet Airways, facing its worst existential crisis in its over 25-year-old history, Friday extended suspension of its international operations till next Monday due to severe liquidity issues.........Read more

SC holds ultra vires RBI’s February 12 circular mandating insolvency proceedings

The Supreme Court holds the Reserve Bank of India circular of February 12, which mandates insolvency proceedings for a debt servicing default beyond 180 days. The judgment is a relief for stressed industries, including those in the power and sugar sectors.........Read more

70,000 Illegal Migrants in Assam Vanished Before Deportation, State Tells SC

The Assam government, in its affidavit to the Supreme Court, has admitted that 70,000 individuals who were declared foreigners by the tribunal are untraceable now. the tribunals had determined them foreigners but before they could be sent back, they "merged" with the locals in the state. ........Read more

JNU Students Barge Into V-C's House in Protest Against New Admission Policy: Reports

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students protesting against the new admission rules on Monday, reportedly, barged into the vice-chancellor’s residence on campus while his wife was alone in the house and ‘confined her’.........Read more

Failure to designate Masood Azhar as global terrorist against regional stability, peace: US

Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar meets the criteria to be designated as a "global terrorist" by the UN and China's opposition to the move counters a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, the US has said.........Read more

BJP-Sena 'Finalise' LS Poll Campaign Strategy For Maharashtra

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena are all set to blow the bugle for upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in Maharashtra from March 24. The decision was reportedly taken in a 2-hour-long late night meeting between Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.........Read more

India will fight as one, win as one, says PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed one crore people through his NaMo App as part of a massive outreach programme ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, said India “will fight as one, will live as one, will work as one, will grow as one and will win as one.”........Read more

Ayodhya dispute case: Nyas, Muslim litigant against Supreme Court’s mediation call

After the Supreme Court suggested a resolution of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute through mediation, the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas (RJN) and Muslim litigant Iqbal Ansari in the case opposed the proposal, saying such efforts have failed in the past.........Read more

After a Gap of 15 Years, 'Kulhads' to Make Comeback at Railway Stations

Having been elbowed out by the more utilitarian plastic and paper cups over the years at railway stations, ‘kulhads’ which were introduced by former railway minister Lalu Prasad 15 years ago are all set to make a comeback at catering units.........Read more

India forecasts economic growth at 7.2 per cent in 2018-19

The Indian economy is expected to grow at 7.2 per cent in 2018-19, a tad higher from 6.7 per cent in the previous fiscal, mainly due to improvement in the performance of agriculture and manufacturing sectors.........Read more

Issues Like Ram Temple And Triple Talaq Could Hurt NDA in 2019 Lok Sabha Elections: Chirag Paswan

The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), a BJP ally in Bihar predicted that raising “contentious issues” like Ram Mandir and Triple Talaq could harm the NDA.........Read more

The Accidental Prime Minister: Anupam Kher lands in legal trouble, case filed against him in Bihar court

Lawyer Sudhir Kumar Ojha filed a case against both Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna who play the roles of former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his press advisor Sanjaya Baru.........Read more

Close aide of Kashmir al-Qaeda cell chief Zakir Musa among six militants killed in encounter

Six militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday. The slain militants were affiliated with Ansar Gazwat ul Hind, the al-Qaeda cell in the Valley, led by Zakir Musa.........Read more

‘You’ll Pay a Heavy Price’: Kerala HC Warns Govt as 2,000 Arrested for Sabarimala Protests

The Kerala High Court warned the government after arresting over 2000 people on the charges of participating in violent protests against women entry into Sabarimala temple.........Read more

Shabana, Javed Akhtar to campaign for Kanhaiya in Bihar

JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who is all set to make his Lok Sabha debut from Begusarai constituency as the CPI nominee in 2019. Veteran actress Shabana Azmi and her husband Javed Akhtar decided to canvass for the young leader.........Read more

Amit Shah Kicks Off Telangana Campaign With Attack on KCR's Superstitions and 'Vote Bank Politics'

Kicking off BJP's election campaign in Telangana, party president Amit Shah launched a scathing attack on K Chandrashekar Rao of "working at the behest of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Left parties".........Read more

Four captains reported 'approach' to ICC's Anti-Corruption unit in last one year

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has revealed that four international captains reported approaches to the governing body's Anti Corruption Unit between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.........Read more

Some MBBS students got 0 or less in NEET papers

With no cut-off for physics, chemistry and biology in the NEET entrance exam, at least 400 students with single-digit marks in physics and chemistry and 110 students with zero or negative marks in them have been admitted for MBBS in 2017, mostly in private colleges. ........Read more

To simplify GST, drop the 28% slab: Outgoing Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian

Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian said that removing the highest GST slab i.e. 28% and having a uniform rate of cess should be the first step in simplifying the goods and service tax (GST)........Read more

Centre has not received bids for Air India yet, but will not extend deadline: Aviation secretary

Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey said the Centre has not received any bids from private players for its stake in state-run carrier Air India and the government will not extend the May 31 deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest in Air India.........Read more

Blackout of parliamentary reports will lead to totalitarianism, says SC

In three separate but concurrent judgments, the Bench unanimously held that the “delicate balance” between the legislature and the judiciary under the Doctrine of Separation of Powers will not be upset if the court takes on record a published parliamentary report and examines its contents to better understand and resolve a social evil. The judgments came on a petition about cervical cancer vaccines.........Read more

US probe into Nirav Modi's Firestar begins, 1 TB of data, tens of thousands of pages key

A US bankruptcy court-appointed examiner has begun the much-awaited investigation into the over $2-billion fraud involving now fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi and some employees of Punjab National Bank (PNB). The US examiner's preliminary discussions with the debtors reveal that they have collected one terabyte of data, roughly equals to information in 1428 CD-ROMs. The examiner expects the number of documents will approximate "tens of thousands of pages". The probe will look into communications, books and records, bank statements, vendor information, organisational charts, agreements, jewellery valuations, banking and other financial records, internal policies and protocols, and inventory/sale/consignment documents.........Read more

IPL 2018: Chennai's loss Pune's gain- Maharashtra city to host CSK home matches

Committee of Administrator (CoA) chief Vinod Rai had earlier said that the prevailing situation has forced them to explore options and they had kept four alternative venues ready. Apart from Pune, Visakhapatnam, Thiruvananthapuram, and Rajkot were selected as stand-by venues. An IPL source that captain Dhoni knows the conditions well and logistically it made sense to have Pune as the new venue instead of Visakhapatnam.........Read more

RBI unlikely to cut interest rates in monetary policy on April 5

The Reserve Bank is unlikely to yield to the India Inc's pressure for a benign monetary policy stance by keeping policy rates unchanged in its first monetary policy review of 2018-19 to be announced on Thursday against the backdrop of hardening global crude oil prices.........Read more

Smith, Warner banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia

Steven Smith and David Warner, formerly captain and vice-captain of Australia, have been banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia for their roles in the pre-meditated plan to tamper with the ball. Cameron Bancroft, the player to actually tamper with the ball, has been banned for nine months.........Read more

Crimes Against Children Up by More Than 500% in Last Decade: NCRB

Crime against children in India has increased by a sharp 11 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to the latest data released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB). Going by absolute numbers, it's an increase of 12,786 reported crimes against children across the country.........Read more

U.S. Senators strike deal to end government shutdown

U.S. senators struck a deal on Monday to lift a three-day government shutdown and try to end a fight between Democrats and President Donald Trump's Republicans over immigration and border security.........Read more

Dalit protests in Mumbai, trains halted after Bhima Koregaon violence

Violent protests erupted in several parts of Mumbai and Thane, with protesters damaging buses, blocking roads, staging rail rokos and forcing shops to shut down on Tuesday, a day after a 28-year-old Dalit died in Pune district following an altercation between two groups during celebrations to mark the bicentenary of a British-Peshwa war.........Read more

State laws repugnant to IBC are void, says Supreme Court

Provisions of State enactments which hinder the country's new bankruptcy law Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) meant to protect the interests of shareholders, creditors and workmen against entrenched managements unable to dig their way out of their debts, will be declared void, the Supreme Court held.........Read more

AI can now detect anthrax which could help the fight against bioterrorism

In an effort to combat bioterrorism, scientists in South Korea have trained artificial intelligence to speedily spot anthrax. The new technique is not 100 percent accurate yet, but it’s orders of magnitude faster than our current testing methods. And it could revolutionize how we screen mysterious white powders for the deadly bioweapon.........Read more

Pranab Mukherjee withheld assent to 18 state Bills: MHA

Under Article 111 of the Constitution, while considering the Bills, the President shall declare either that he assents to the Bill, or that he withholds assent or return the Bill if it is not a Money Bill with a message requesting the House to reconsider it.........Read more

This project at the Mumbai Film Festival is trying to help Indian books find their way to the screen

Publisher Arpita Das, who runs the Delhi-based independent publishing house Yoda Press, she talks about her initiative in association with the Mumbai Film Festival, Words to Screen, which provides a platform for writers to sell their books to filmmakers, an area that still remains largely untapped in Indian publishing. The idea, she says, is not just to build a meeting ground for people from both the industries, but also to create a lab where the film is actually made. ........Read more

Assam continues to reel under flood fury

Over 15 lakh people from 23 districts are marooned in current wave of flood. Seven persons have died due to flood related incidents during last 24 hours. 48 thousand displaced people are staying at relief camps while several others also moved to higher and safer places.........Read more

A look at Mollywood and its mafia connections

Malayalam film industry, which was already under the arc light after the abduction and attack of the actress but the arrest of Dileep points to its underworld links. The burning question is why those working in film sector are allowing people with criminal antecedents to get close and work with them. ........Read more

Patanjali takes cue from FMCG players, pivots away from branded franchise outlets

The firm, which so far has depended heavily on branded franchise outlets for growth, is now looking to aggressively expand its retail presence by taking the tried-and-tested channel distribution route that FMCG companies have been relying on for decades. While it currently has 5,000 distributors, Patanjali has set a target of increasing the number to 25,000 in the next two years. The move would be crucial to meet the ambitious target of annual sales of Rs 1,00,000 crore by 2020 set by its co-founder Baba Ramdev........Read more

Social interaction key for healthy body, mind

Research has been increasingly demonstrating for decades that social interaction is a critically important contributor to good health and longevity. Social ties can also reduce deaths among people with serious medical conditions.........Read more

India Top Global Exporter of Information, Computer and Telecom Services

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has ranked India as the top global exporter of information, computer and telecommunications (ICT) services. The WIPO's Global Innovation Index (GII) for 2017 released on Wednesday, ranked India 60 for innovation, up from 66 last year.........Read more

Total blackout: Malware can shut down electricity distribution systems

Hackers have developed powerful malware that can shut down electricity distribution systems and possibly other critical infrastructure, two cyber security firms announced today, with one report linking it to Russia.........Read more

Tallest Temple Towers Of India

Gopuram refers to the tower built at temple entrance. Gopurams originally belong to Dravidian architecture style that comes from Southern India. These Gopurams form a prominent feature of Hindu Temples of South India. It is an ornamented gateway to the main temple. This Temple architecture style is native to Southern India specifically Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.........Read more

India Mobile Congress to showcase India’s telecom prowess: Manoj Sinha

India is all set to host for the first time its own mobile mega show 'India Mobile Congress' from September 27-29 to showcase the country's growing prowess in the global telecom market.........Read more

Burhan Wani's Successor Sabzar Bhat Among 8 Terrorists Killed In Jammu And Kashmir

Sabzar Bhat, who succeeded Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani, was among 8 terrorists who have been killed in separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir today. While two of the terrorists killed were holed up in a building in Pulwama district's Tral sector, six others were killed by the Indian Army as it foiled an infiltration attempt along the Line of Control or LoC in Rampur sector in Baramulla district.........Read more

IIM-Rohtak sees a steep fall in women students

Spate of crimes against women and periodic bouts of violent quota agitations have had a damning impact on the number of women choosing IIM-Rohtak. Incidents of rape and murder, like the recent one in Rohtak where a 23-year-old woman was raped and mutilated, continue to bring disrepute to this part of Jatland with women shying away from enrolling at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM).........Read more

Superstar Rajinikanth threatened by Haji Mastan’s foster son for making a film on late underworld don

Sunder Shekhar who claims to be an adopted son of Haji Mastan had written a threatening letter to superstar Rajinikanth for making a feature film on the late underworld don. Sunder Shekhar who also runs a local party – Bharatiya Minorities Suraksha Mahasangh – from Nagpada, Mumbai had also released a video in which he had threatened the Chennai-based Superstar Rajinikanth saying that if Haji Mastan’s image is tarnished in the movie then he has to deal with the consequences.........Read more

North Korea media warns China of ‘grave consequences’

North Korean state media have issued a stinging denunciation of the country’s chief ally and diplomatic backer China, saying Beijing should be grateful for its protection. The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) carried a bylined commentary warning of “grave consequences” if China tests its patience further.........Read more

Justice Karnan's own brand of justice: Bars SC judges from leaving the country

Justice C S Karnan has his own brand of justice. After issuing a contempt notices to seven judges of the Supreme Court he has now barred them from travelling abroad. Justice Karnan, a judge of the Calcutta High Court, directed the Air Control Authority not to permit the said accused to travel abroad unless the case against them is disposed off.........Read more

1984 anti-Sikh riots case: Court reserves order after Jagdish Tytler refuses lie-detector test

A Delhi court on Tuesday reserved its decision on the Central Bureau of Investigation’s request to conduct a lie-detector test on Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, Tytler has refused to undergo the test in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. After he refused, the Delhi court said it was reserving its order on the matter for May 9.........Read more

Modi’s vision of Digital India: MobiSwipe to deploy over 50,000 mPoS devices within next nine months

In line with the government’s vision of Digital India and complemented with the RBI’s policies advocating non-cash transactions, MobiSwipe today announces that it will be deploying over 50,000 PoS devices within the next three quarters of 2017.........Read more

Overnight, a man few had heard of is richer than famous billionaires

The 61-year-old Damani, along with his family, holds 82% in the retail chain which is now worth a little over $5 billion (Rs 33,125 crore). In addition, he holds equity stakes in VST Industries, Blue Dart, Sundaram Fastners, TV18 and 3M India, valued at $400 million (Rs 2,650 crore).........Read more

Mumbai University to live-stream lectures to colleges in remote areas

THE UNIVERSITY of Mumbai will soon set up virtual classrooms in 40 of its colleges. The classrooms will be used to relay live lectures by leading academicians and eminent personalities for students of colleges with limited resources. “The lectures will be recorded in the varsity’s existing virtual classroom at the Kalina campus and telecast live to these colleges,”........Read more

This path-breaking test will take only 10 minutes to detect breast cancer

Maharashtra’s Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant, at an unveiling of the latest screening test for breast cancer, said that the government will run pilot projects across the state to ensure poor women had access to better screening. The test called Pandora CDx is a product of a Silicon Valley start-up that will give results in just 10 minutes as opposed to a mammography that takes several hours.........Read more

This Image Of A Lock On The Official Residence Of An SP Leader Is Going Viral

Call it the Modi wave or the people’s yearning for a change, the BJP decimated every political force in Uttar Pradesh. Obviously, the media and BJP supporters termed the victory ‘Modi magic’.........Read more

Spammers expose 1.4 billion emails via faulty backups

The spam operation has gathered and conglomerated a database of 1.4 billion individual email addresses, full names, IP addresses, and other physical addresses, according to security researchers at MacKeeper.........Read more

Ex-ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan fighting 23 years for justice

As the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) conquers space in leaps and bounds, one of its old hands, S. Nambi Narayanan, has been haunting the Supreme Court corridors for the past two years seeking justice against police officers who allegedly framed him in the infamous 1994 spy scandal.........Read more

Ghulam Nabi Azad says Cong-SP alliance will continue for 2019 Lok Sabha polls

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday said that the SP-Congress alliance will continue for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and that other secular parties will also be a part of this coalition.........Read more

Amazon Vs Flipkart And Uber Vs Ola. Its Not About Capital Dumping-Its About Good And Bad Investments.

It started with the founders of foreign-funded Flipkart and Ola calling for a press conference to suddenly make this somewhat bizarre claim of “capital dumping” by their rivals. They were derided for it widely by the same entrepreneurial community that once saw them as heroes.........Read more

60 changes in 43 days: U-turns by govt on demonetisation

The North Block-Mint Road combine has introduced as many as 60 notifications on the issue in the 43 days since demonetisation was announced........Read more

12 million parents pledge against liquor consumption in Bihar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s prohibition policy has been immensely successful in the state. The policy has also positively affected the lives of millions of poor and middle-class residents of the state. The positive effects of the ban on sale and purchase of liquor in the state can be judged from the fact that nearly 12 million parents of schoolchildren have pledged not to consume alcohol since the official imposition of complete prohibition in the state on April 5, 2016.........Read more

Historians Find Earliest Astronomical Observatory From India; Asks Government To Protect It

Historians and archaeologists claimed that they have discovered the earliest astronomical observatory from India or may be even from South Asia, which dates back to 5000 BC.........Read more

Isro’s PSLV-C35 places SCATSAT-1 weather satellite in orbit, mission is on

Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday successfully placed advanced weather satellite SCATSAT-1 in orbit, around 17 minutes after a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C35) carrying eight satellites took off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. This is Isro’s longest ever launch mission.........Read more

Far from making us safer, India’s chest-thumping nationalist media is hurting the Nation

Let’s first put aside the question of whether a country’s media organisations should consider themselves extensions of the state. That is, of course, hugely problematic because it suggests our foremost media outlets might choose not to report on problematic government conduct simply because it is not “in the national interest.”........Read more

Mumbai high alert: Uran police releases sketch of suspected terrorist

Mumbai high alert: Uran police releases sketch of suspected terrorist - Combing operations are still underway. Security has been escalated across Mumbai. All vital installations and important public places have been provided adequate amount of security.........Read more

Facebook acquires modular consumer hardware maker Nascent Objects

Facebook has acquired Nascent Objects, a small California startup founded in 2014 that focuses on creating a modular electronics system that consumers could..........Read more

RML keeps a special VIP room vacant even as critical patients wait

While the Capital grapples with outbreaks of dengue and chikungunya and patients are forced to either share beds or endure endless waits, a room at the RML Hospital lies unused for five years.........Read more

Islamic State propaganda chief killed in air strike, says US military

Islamic State propaganda chief killed in air strike, says US military - The Pentagon said Wa'il was minister of information and prominent member of Islamic State's Senior Shura Council, or leadership group.........Read more

Uber teams up with Maruti to train 30,000 drivers in the next 3 years

Uber has launched a new initiative in partnership with Maruti and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to create opportunities for one million people by 2018........Read more

More urgent than global warming

Contributions by these powers, which account for nearly 40 per cent of global emissions, is a promising sign that the pact can take effect before the end of the year. Fifty-five nations covering at least 55 per cent of global emissions need to formally ratify the treaty for it to become legal.........Read more

India on 10 wealthiest country list, takes 7th spot

India is the seventh wealthiest country in the world. It figures among the 10 wealthiest countries, with a total individual wealth of $ 5,600 billion. According to a report by New World Wealth, Ind........Read more

Twitter denies #SaveTwitter rumors of shutting down in 2017

Twitter denies #SaveTwitter rumors of shutting down in 2017 - The hashtag #SaveTwitter starting buzzing on social media!........Read more

Kashmir: Fresh video of militants shows them raising anti-India, pro-Burhan Wani slogans

Kashmir: Fresh video of militants shows them raising anti-India, pro-Burhan Wani slogans - A security official while speaking to dna said that they are yet to establish whether the video was recorded inside Kashmir or whether it was done in PoK, which has long been used by Pakistan to launch militants into Kashmir.........Read more

India facing acute ATF shortage amid fleet expansion by airlines

One third of India's ATC positions are vacant on account of lack of competitive remuneration and facilities.........Read more

Independence Day 2016: Govt bans taking selfies near national memorials from Aug. 12 to Aug. 18

The government also decided to declare 'Selfie Danger Zones' at tourist sites across India given the rise in selfie deaths since 2014.........Read more

Several reportedly killed after terror suspects open fire in Assam

Several civilians were reportedly killed on Friday after a suspected militant opened fire at a market in Kokrajhar district, Assam, according to media reports.........Read more

Asus ZenFone 3 series to launch on 17 August in India

Asus has started sending out invites to the media for its latest generation ZenFone 3 series launch at an event in New Delhi.........Read more

Law that made it mandatory for public servants to declare assets amended without debate

Public servants can now breathe easy. The Lok Sabha passed the Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016, exempting them from filing a list of their assets and liabilities. Significantly the amendment bill was passed without even a debate.........Read more

ITBP fails to get high-altitude Humvees, settles for SUVs on Indo-China border

ITBP fails to get high-altitude Humvees, settles for SUVs on Indo-China border - This week, for the first time ever, the ITBP is deploying sport utility vehicles (SUVs) for transporting troops, food supplies and weaponry to its 33 high-altitude border outposts.........Read more

BJP to carry out 'Tiranga Yatra' as part of I-Day celebrations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked the BJP parliamentarians to take out a 'Tiranga Yatra' in their constituencies........Read more

BMW Reveals the All-New 1 Series Sedan - News

BMW recently showed off the 1 Series sedan to the world, in China. The catch being China. Yes! At present BMW's first ever compact sedan will be only manufactured and sold for the Chinese market. The 1 Series sedan was tested and developed in Germany but with the involvement of Chinese engineers.........Read more

No Indian citizen affected in Nice truck attack, MEA opens helpline number

No Indian is reported to be affected in a terror “attack” in French resort of Nice where at least 80 people were killed when a large truck ploughed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day events........Read more

British GP: Hamilton cuts down Rosberg's lead to 4 after winning 3rd consecutive race at Silverstone

British GP: Hamilton cuts down Rosberg's lead to 4 after winning 3rd consecutive race at Silverstone - Lewis Hamilton led from pole to chequered flag to win his fourth British GP.........Read more

Pankaja Munde's supporters burn Maharashtra CM Fadnavis' effigy

Pankaja Munde's supporters burn Maharashtra CM Fadnavis' effigy - Earlier Munde had expressed her displeasure on Twitter.........Read more

How Bankruptcy law will curb bank NPAs

Features like the waterfall provision show the govt’s intent to strike the issue in the gut........Read more

After IPL-9 and WT20 hiccups, BCCI Mulls Building Own Stadium

After issues related to drought forced Indian Premier League (IPL) matches out of Maharashtra and hiccups over hosting the ICC World Twenty20 matches in Delhi, the BCCI seems to have made up its mind to build a stadium that is owned by the BCCI and has no interference from the state governments.........Read more

India seeks to purchase patrol drones from United States

Flying at an altitude of 50,000 feet, these drones have the capacity to fly non-stop for more than 24 hours.........Read more

Why reticent HIV patients in Ahmednagar are braving stigma to organise street protests

Maharashtra has suffered repeated stock-outs of antiretroviral therapy drugs for the past two years, but the shortage seems to have worsened since March.........Read more

Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah addresses 15th Assembly session

Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah on Thursday said “serious efforts” were on to bring back Finnish mobile handset manufacturer Nokia to revive its operations and that the State would continue to implemen........Read more

Mathura violence: Akhilesh Yadav government transfers district magistrate, senior police official

The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear an urgent plea seeking a CBI investigation into the incident.........Read more

International Audiences' Perception About India Has Changed: Irrfan Khan

The perception of international audiences has changed with time about India, especially its cinema, feels Irrfan.........Read more

HealthifyMe gets $6 mn in Series A funding; to become controlled marketplace

Health and fitness app HealthifyMe, run by Caeruz Ventures Pvt. Ltd, has raised $6 million (around Rs 40 crore) in Series A funding from IDG Ventures India, Inventus Capital and Blume Ventures. With the capital raised, the company plans to invest in its technology and product to further devel........Read more