It's official: Search for ET must be taken seriously

The head of one of the US's national observatories says the search for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe needs to be taken more seriously. Dr Anthony Beasley told the BBC that there should be greater government support for a field that has been shunned by government research funders for decades. His backing for the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (Seti) marks a sea change in attitudes to a field regarded until recently as fringe science.........Read more

FASTag Recharge Now Made Easier by PhonePe, Google Pay And BHIM: Here is How

PhonePe now allows you to top-up the balance on FASTags issued by Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, ICICI Bank and IDFC First Bank. New banks are getting added by these mobile payment apps regularly, and if the issuing bank for your FASTag is not on this list yet, do keep checking back because chances are it will be added soon enough. At the same time, Google Pay is offering the ability to recharge the ICICI Bank FASTag as well as the IDFC First FASTag. ........Read more

How BS6 engines work and reduce diesel emissions

The government has mandated, all vehicle sold from April 1, 2020, would have to adhere to BS6 emission norms which are stricter by reducing NOx emissions by approximately 25-70%. Additionally, under BS6 emission standards, the hydrocarbon emissions, and particulate matter emitted from tailpipes of vehicles would be controlled and reduced. India currently follows BS4 standards and it will the first country to transitioning to an emission norm by skipping an emission level, which would be BS5, entirely.........Read more

'The Climate Doesn't Need Awards', Says Greta Thunberg As She Declines Environmental Prize

Saying that the climate movement needed people in power to start to “listen” to “science” and not awards, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg refused to accept an environmental award. ........Read more

Now, you may have to pay Rs 10,000 fine for blocking an ambulance

Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari tabled the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Lok Sabha on July 15. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019 proposes to levy heavy penalties for violation of traffic norms. As per the norms of the bill, a fine of Rs 10,000 will be imposed if one fails to give way to emergency vehicles. Also, the same fine would be imposed if a driver is driving despite being disqualified. No road for ambulance, medical staffers reach patient riding coracles The fine for violating traffic rules has also been revised. As of now, the fine in such cases is Rs 100 and as per the proposal of the amended bill, it would be revised to Rs 500. Disobedience of the orders of authorities will attract a minimum penalty of Rs 2,000. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 also seeks to increase the time limit for renewal of driving licence from one month to one year before and after the date. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, which had been passed by the Lok Sabha, was introduced in the Upper House in April 2017 but was referred to a select panel. After taking into account the panel's recommendation, the Bill was re-introduced in the Rajya Sabha but the debate on the bill remained inconclusive.........Read more

Mamata Urges Crowd to Chant 'Chowkidaar Chor Hai', Rejects PM's Offer to Install New Bust of Vidyasagar

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday asked the crowd to chant “chowkidaar chor hai” while conducting a rally in Diamond Harbour. Mamata Banerjee could be seen urging to crowd to raise “chowkidaar chor hai” slogan while moving to and fro on the stage.........Read more

Ex-ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar Gets France's Highest Civilian Award

Former ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar was conferred with France’s highest civilian award – Chevalier de Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur – for his contribution to India-France space cooperation. Throughout his career at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), including as its chairman from 2015 to 2018, Kumar fostered the historic and ambitious space cooperation between India and France.........Read more

Iran Hits Back at America, Designates All US Troops in Middle East as Terrorists

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani signed a bill into law declaring all US forces in the Middle East terrorists and calling the US government a sponsor of terrorism. The bill was passed by parliament last week in retaliation for President Donald Trump's decision this month to designate Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards a foreign terrorist organisation.........Read more

ISSF World Cup: Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary win gold in 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team

Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary combined to shoot a total of 483.4 points in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event final on Wednesday. Manu and Saurabh had earlier equalled Qualification World Record and also set a new Qualification World Record Junior.........Read more

Probe reveals Agusta accused Christian Michel funded foreign travel of 2 IAF officers: CBI to court

CBI Probe reveals the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, Christian Michel had borne foreign air travel expenses of serving and retired Indian Air Force officials.........Read more

Benelli Relaunches Motorcycle Range In India From Rs. 3.5 Lakh

The Italian premium bike manufacturer has re-launched their entire range of motorcycles under the new partners Mahavir Group from Hyderabad. Benelli TNT 300, 302R and TNT 600i is now on sale across India.........Read more

Apple becomes first US company to hit $1 trillion in stock market valuation

Apple Inc became the first $1 trillion publicly listed U.S. company on Thursday. The tech company’s stock jumped 2.8 percent to as high as $207.05, bringing its gain to about 9 percent since Tuesday.........Read more

Watch: An artificial intelligence technology from MIT enables devices to ‘see’ people through walls

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory are trying to make you see through a wall by using artificial intelligence and a neural network to sense people’s postures and movement from the other side of a wall.........Read more

New solid lubricant shown to reduce friction and wear on steel surfaces

Researchers have created a new type of non-liquid lubricant that has been shown to reduce friction and wear significantly under the extreme conditions found in various applications, from air compressors to missile systems.........Read more

Automation To Hit Poorer Workers Hardest, Says Report

The report says that while automation will affect a broad range of jobs, the rich will be able to retrain and deploy themselves into new fields, while people on lower incomes will not have access to those same opportunities. This is already the case in the U.K., where coal, steel, and fishing workers have often been left without sufficient retraining programs and lack the income to enter a new trade.........Read more

Redefining Disability, This Organisation Helps Train Differently Abled People to Find Employment

National Association for the Blind (Employment & Training) or Nabet is a social enterprise that loops in corporates who in turn offer industry level training and subsequent employment to the folks falling under the differently-abled strata.........Read more

New Nintendo 3DS Production Ended In Japan

Nintendo has announced that production of the New 3DS has ended in Japan. An update on the official Nintendo Japan website indicates that white, black, and limited edition models of the base New 3DS are no longer being manufactured. The 2DS, New 2DS XL, and New 3DS XL pages do not display the same message.........Read more

Nobody Can Control This BJP MLA

It looks like the Bharatiya Janata Party Telangana state unit has absolutely no control over its leaders who make inflammatory statements that would embarrass the leadership, yet get away without any action.........Read more

Law Panel Wants Marriage Registration to be Compulsory For All

Batting for making registration of marriages compulsory, the Law Commission on Tuesday said this will help prevent “marriage fraud” and protect women often denied the status of a wife due to absence of matrimonial records.........Read more

No cap on ticket prices on weekends, holidays in Karnataka

In a setback to the state government, its order capping multiplex ticket price at Rs 200 was stayed by the vacation bench of the Karnataka High Court on Thursday, stating the price cannot be regulated on weekends and public holidays.........Read more

Yet another Congress leader from Goa quits, says 'can't accept Rahul Gandhi as my leader'

A day after Congress Goa MLA Vishwajit Rane quit the party, another legislator, Savio Rodrigues, also resigned. "The Congress vice president (Rahul) is not taking responsibility", he said, referring to the Congress not being able to cobble together support in the Goa Assembly trust vote yesterday.........Read more

SC Directs Centre To Frame Policy For Rehabilitation of Cured Mental Inmates

A bench of Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar, Justice Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul granted the Centre eight weeks to frame a policy. They were also asked to submit policy to the bench for review of what measures have been planned for the “thousands of cured mental patients who are still languishing in the asylums”.........Read more

Tied and tested: BDSM community rises in Bengaluru

Known as “munches” within the community, it is a meeting usually organised at a pub or a restaurant as announced on their online forum where members meet and discuss their kink, and regular, lives. The latest one was held near Jayanagar on December 26 had about 25 people in attendance.........Read more

In Punjab, farmers angry with system of commission agents find hope in AAP’s manifesto

The commission agent has been part of Punjab’s agriculture system for decades. Many of them are third or fourth generation agents. There are an estimated 21,000 commission agents in the Punjab, and each handles about 300 farmers every day in the harvest seasons.........Read more

Black money window may have mopped up Rs 50,000 crore, announcement later today

A rush of black money declarants under the one-time compliance window peaked across various Income Tax Department offices on the last day on Friday with the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) indicating the collections to be "very good" and that they may touch an estimated Rs. 40,000-Rs.50,000 crore.........Read more

Typhoon turbine could power Japan for 50 yrs

"Typhoons are normally nothing but a disaster," says Atsushi Shimizu. But that's not the case for this Japanese engineer, who believes these violent forces of nature could solve Japan's green energy problem. Shimizu has invented the world's first typhoon turbine. A robust, egg beater-shaped wind turbine, designed not only to withstand the incredible force of a tropical cyclone, but also to harness it.........Read more

Residents of Aleppo neighborhood still feel the pain

The sounds of intermittent shelling are a reminder of just how fragile the nationwide truce in Syria is. Syrian authorities gave our crew access to an area that saw some of the worst fighting in the run-up to the cessation of hostilities: Aleppo's southern suburb of Ramouseh.........Read more

Pakistan may be building new nuclear site: Analysts

The construction of a new site, based in the town of Kahuta some thirty kilometres east of Islamabad, provides fresh evidence of how Pakistan is seeking to boost its atomic arsenal — a goal which is inconsistent with the principles of the Nuclear Suppliers Group the country is seeking to join, said the analysis.........Read more

This Bajaj dealer can get you almost any paintjob for your motorcycle

Bajaj Auto has had the reputation of bringing fresh updates to its models in the forms of paintjobs time and again. Recently, the home-grown brand launched two new shades for the Avenger Street seri........Read more

Apple Watch Series 2 first look

Apple just announced its second generation Apple Watch.........Read more

This IAS Officer Is The Real Hero

It is shocking when everyone saw a Sub-Divisional Magistrate who acted quickly without second thought and able to save hundreds of lives of villagers in Balia district of Uttar Pradesh........Read more

US Open tennis championships: US Open 2016 — Djokovic, Nadal...Phil Collins kick-off US Open

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal get their US Open campaigns under way Monday in the shadow of Arthur Ashe Stadium's spectacular $150 million retractable roof and alongside rock music legend Phil Coll........Read more

Burhan Wanis father contradicts Sri Sri Ravi Shankar over Bengaluru meeting

Father of slain terrorist Burhan, Muzaffar Wani denied discussing several issues as claimed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in a tweet.........Read more

Banaras Hindu University male student gang-raped. Awaits justice

Is BHU safe? 19-year-old male student gang-raped, alleged pressure on him to withdraw complaint........Read more

RBL Bank's up to $182 million IPO fully subscribed

Private sector lender RBL Bank's up to 12.13 billion rupees ($182 million) initial public offering was fully subscribed on the second day of the sale on Monday, stock exchange data showed.........Read more

Former Arunachal Pradesh CM Kalikho Pul Found Dead at his House

He allegedly hanged himself to death during 8-9 A.M. As per his close aides, he was a patient of depression.........Read more

IAF AN-32 aircraft may have crashed, chances of finding survivors bleak

Manohar Parrikar also ordered officials to ensure constant communication with the kin of those on board and to provide them with all forms of assistance.........Read more

Centre to allow 500 polytechnics to set up ITIs for skill training

The Centre has decided to allow opening of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) at 500 polytechnics to offer skill development programmes on various vocational subjects.........Read more

Shocking! 57% allopathic doctors in India have no medical qualification, 31% havent studied beyond school

One of the primary aims of the study was to eradicate gaps caused by a -woefully inadequate- existing database on health workers in the country.........Read more

Bharat Financial Inclusion to raise Rs600 crore via QIP

Fund-raising will help Bharat Financial Inclusion, earlier known as SKS Microfinance, shore up its capital base, which will help it increase its lending ability........Read more

Ola, Uber engage in war of words over 'nationalism' charge

Ola, Uber engage in war of words over 'nationalism' charge - As the fight for market share took nationalist overtones, Indian ride-hailing startup Ola hit out at its San Francisco-based rival Uber for fanning the nationalism debate to hide its identity of being a multinational with "serial violations of law".........Read more

An art student uses Khajuraho's erotic drawings to teach Indian moral police a lesson

Chandra says she went through an intensive research phase to get to the eight folios which highlight recent incidents of moral policing. “For the final eight, I had made certain check points for myself,” she said. “The incident must have a strong........Read more

Rare 'Einstein ring' discovered

LONDON: An international team of astrophysicists has stumbled upon an unusual astronomical object — an Einstein ring, which is a distorted image of a very distant galaxy termed as........Read more

Nepali woman beats own record for most Everest summits

A Nepali mountaineer broke her own world record for the maximum number of Everest summits by a woman after scaling the peak for the seventh time today, her expedition company said.........Read more

Now, IRCTC to sell Kashmirs cuisine and handicrafts

The Indian Railway is planning to facilitate sale of Kashmiri cuisine, dry fruits, artifacts and other local products through the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) portal. The idea is to promote Jammu and Kashmir on the rail........Read more

'Brahmotsavam' Movie Theatrical Trailer | Mahesh Babu | Samantha | Kajal Aggarwal -

Watch Brahmotsavam Movie Theatrical Trailer. Starring Mahesh Babu, Samantha, Kajal Aggarwal, Pranitha. Directed by Srikanth Addala. Producer. Music Director............Read more

Hrithik Roshan and I will never reconcile: Sussanne Khan

Reports of the couple getting back together surfaced when the two were spotted together on a lunch date with their children recently.........Read more

IT hiring falls; Infosys, TCS likely to see lower hiring in FY2017 - Times of India

India's information technology industry is expected to post the seventh straight year of improving productivity, as automation adds to efficiency and drives down hiring rates among software services companies.........Read more