Vocal for local: Users flock to made-in-India TikTok alternative Chingari, crash servers

Chingari, a fast-growing Indian alternative to banned TikTok, has crossed 3.5 million downloads in a flash. The homegrown short video app is growing by the minute. Homegrown short video apps are witnessing a collective surge in traction post the Indian government's ban on TikTok and other Chinese apps. Chingari has recorded 26 million video views over the past 24 hours, with three million videos swiped per hour and 10,000 users per minute, the company revealed. Chingari is not limited to be a video sharing platform like other short video apps. It's a platform where you can read local and international news, check the weather forecast of your city, play games, participate in quizzes, and win prizes... Anyone can download a video and share it on other social platforms. We have a dedicated download button in the app for this.........Read more

China says India's new FDI rules violate WTO principles, hopes for revision

India’s new rules for foreign investment violate WTO principles of non-discrimination and are against free and fair trade, a Chinese embassy spokesperson in New Delhi said on Monday. On Saturday, India stepped up scrutiny of investments from companies based in neighbouring countries, in what is widely seen as a move to stave off takeovers by Chinese firms during the coronavirus outbreak. “The impact of the policy on Chinese investors is clear,” spokesperson of the Chinese embassy Ji Rong said in a statement. ........Read more

Coronavirus: China trial found no benefit in HIV drugs, says study

The results of a 199-subject trial in China on the efficacy of HIV drugs Lopinavir and Ritonavir that India was looking at eagerly, has come out negative. At 22.1 per cent, the mortality reported in the trial was substantially higher than the 11 per cent to 14.5 per cent mortality reported in initial studies of patients hospitalised with novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a study. The overall documented mortality of COVID-2019, as given out by the World Health Organization (WHO) is 3.4 per cent.........Read more

Smartphones may make your headaches worse, study finds

The researchers studied 400 people with a primary headache condition, which includes migraines, tension headaches and other types not caused by another illness. After asking the participants about their smartphone use, headache history and medication use, they found that smartphone users were more likely to use more pain medication but find less relief compared to those who didn't use smartphones. ........Read more

The world is losing $200 billion a year because of tax havens

About 40% of multinational profits or $650 billion are shifted each to such tax havens by multinational firms from all countries. The price tag on this type of behavior? $200 Bn. lost in global tax revenue. The reason that this behavior is possible is an antiquated tax code designed in the 1920’s. The solution will be a global overhaul of the corporate tax code: and this overhaul might not be that far away. In this article I investigate the question: What would a fair, functional global tax system look like in 2030 and how bleak is the alternative?........Read more

Sooryavanshi Trailer OUT: Akshay Kumar's Super Hero Cop Avatar Is Bang On

The much-awaited trailer of Sooryavanshi is finally out! Featuring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in lead roles, the trailer is totally impressive. From Akshay Kumar's bang on cop avatar to daredevil stunts, the trailer has everything to keep the viewers hooked. The trailer also sees Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn joining Akshay on his hunt for terrorists. Katrina plays his wife who cannot always see eye-to-eye with Akshay’s methods.........Read more

Video of purported police brutality not released by the University, Jamia clarifies

"It has come to our notice that some video with regard to police brutality in Dr Zakir Husain Library of the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) is in circulation. This is to clarify that the video has not been released by the university," the institute's public relations officer Ahmad Azeem said. The video was released by the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), a group comprising JMI students and alumni. The group was formed after the alleged police brutality on the campus on December 15.........Read more

FASTag To Be Available Free Of Charge For 15 Days - CarandBike

"In order to further increase digital collection of user fee via FASTag at NH fee plazas, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to waive off the FASTag cost of Rs 100 for NHAI FASTag between February 15 and 29, 2020," the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement. Road users can visit any authorised point-of-sale location with a valid registration certificate (RC) of the vehicle and get an NHAI FASTag free of cost, it said. NHAI FASTags can be purchased from all national highway fee plazas, regional transport offices, common service centres, transport hubs, and petrol pumps, among others, it added.........Read more

How to deal with tax-related frauds

One modus operandi related to income tax frauds got highlighted through a statement issued by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) that comes under the ministry of electronics and information technology on 19 September 2019. “A phishing and malware campaign is active since at least September 12, and is targeting individuals as well as financial organizations. The campaign involves fake emails purporting to be sent by the Indian Income Tax Department. Two variants of the email have been observed. The first variant includes an attachment with extension ‘.img’ which contains a malicious ‘.pif’ file. The second variant lures the users to download a malicious ‘.pif’ file hosted on a Sharepoint page via a link of fraudulent domain incometaxindia[.]info. This domain has now been disabled," it stated. Once you download or click on these files, they modify or get access to the operating system you are using to steal information and data.........Read more

What Is Cheaper And What Is Costlier

In Budget 2020-21, Sitharaman also proposed withdrawal of customs duty exemption on raw sugar, agro-animal based products, tuna bait, skimmed milk, certain alcoholic beverages, soya fibre and soya protein. Customs duty on wall fans increased from 7.5 per cent to 20 per cent, while the same on tableware/kitchenware made of porcelain or China ceramic, clay iron, steel and copper has been doubled to 20 per cent.........Read more

Microsoft is offering up to $20,000 to researchers who find bugs in Xbox

The bounties start from $500 Microsoft is handing out up to $20,000 to security researchers who can unearth vulnerabilities in Xbox. The Windows-maker announced it’s launching a bounty program specifically for its gaming console. To be eligible for a reward, researchers must identify a flaw in the Xbox Live networks and services which can be reproduced in the “latest, fully patched” version of the platform.........Read more

Bengal govt will pass resolution against CAA, says Mamata Banerjee

“We have already passed a resolution against NRC and CAB three to four months ago. As for the CAA, we will also pass a resolution within three to four days. We will pass a resolution (demanding) to withdraw this. I will also request the other states to pass a similar resolution,” Mamata Banerjee said.........Read more

MG Motor To Showcase 14 New Cars At The 2020 Auto Expo In Feb

MG Motor India has revealed its plans to showcase the ‘future of mobility’ at the 15th edition of the Auto Expo, set to be held in Greater Noida next month. The Chinese-owned British brand will reveal a total of 14 cars across different segments, along with latest EV technologies, advances in connected-car tech and autonomous cars.........Read more

Anti-nationals to rape to ‘Islamic’ Taj: IIT-K prof’s gems

THE ASSAULT on former JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar at Patiala House Courts will deter “anti-nationals”; if Hindus had “known to rape… no Muslim woman could survive in India”; the ancestors of Indian Muslims were Hindus and Buddhists; the cost of building the world’s tallest statue of Shivaji is justified since the government also spends on maintaining “Islamic sites” like the Taj Mahal. ........Read more

Ongoing violence gives me great pain: Rajinikanth expresses concern over Citizenship Act protests

Superstar Rajinikanth on Thursday expressed concern over violence in various parts of the country over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, saying violence and rioting cannot be a way to find solution to any issue. Though the actor did specify any incident, he said 'the ongoing violence gives me great pain.' 'Violence and rioting should not become a way to find solution for any issue. I request the people of India to stay united and vigilant keeping in mind the nation's security and welfare, ' he said in a tweet. ........Read more

CAA protests turn violent in Lucknow: Protesters pelt stones, police use tear gas

Protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act led to major violence in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow. Protesters went on a rampage, pelting stones at the police, setting vehicles on fire and ransacking a police outpost. The police in return fired tear gas shells and resorted to lathicharge to control the unruly mob. The violence broke out in Lucknow's old city area, a sensitive zone where police were deployed in heavy numbers following the ruckus. ........Read more

Quora Users Can Now Discuss In Four New Indian Vernacular Languages

US-based Q&A social networking platform Quora has become more vernacular. Previously launching its platform in Indian languages such as Hindi, Bengali, Tamil and Marathi, Quora has now added Malayalam, Telugu, Gujarati and Kannada for its users in the country. With the addition of these languages, it is now available in a total of 24 languages. Recently, Quora has also appointed former Yahoo India vice president Gurmit Singh as the new general manager for India. ........Read more

Andhra Pradesh Cabinet Clears Bill Proposing Death Penalty For Rapists

The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a Bill that seeks the death penalty in cases of sexual abuses against women — learning a ‘bitter’ lesson from the recent case of gangrape and murder of a veterinary doctor in neighbouring state Telangana. The Bill also mandates that from the day of an FIR being filed, the entire trial should not take more than 21 days. Once the Bill is passed by the state Assembly, Andhra Pradesh will be the first state in India to have capital punishment for rape cases. The Bill — the Andhra Pradesh Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2019, will be called the Andhra Pradesh Disha Act.........Read more

Cricket Australia Eyeing Two Day-Night Tests With India in 2021

Cricket Australia is set to meet BCCI on the sidelines of a limited-overs series in January where it will try to convince their Indian counterpart to play two day-night Tests in 2021. Additionally, they also want to add an extra Test against India, making it a five-match series. India played their inaugural day-night Test last month at Eden Gardens where they faced Bangladesh. On their last tour of Australia, India had turned down the proposal to play a day-night Test in Adelaide. However, since India have now gotten a taste of pink-ball cricket, CA are hopeful of convincing them to play such Test the next time they tour Australia. “As you build that trust and build that relationship you have that chat,” CA chairman Earl Eddings told ESPNcricinfo. ........Read more

'Fuel, time worth Rs 12,000 crore wasted at toll plazas per year'

The startup - BullEye Technologies - launched by two IIT-Kanpur alumni estimates 35% of the Rs 12,000-crore loss is on account of wasted fuel while 54-55% is on account of wasted man-hours. Carbon emissions make up the rest of the lost value.........Read more

India plans to cap commissions for taxi aggregators

India plans to cap the commission taxi aggregators such as Uber and home-grown Ola earn on rides to a maximum 10% of the total fare, which currently stands at about 20%.........Read more

Winners and losers: Who got how much in Nirmala Sitharaman’s first budget

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first budget since sweeping to victory in the recent national election has sought to boost investments while continuing his government’s focus on social sector spending. In her maiden budget speech Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced plans to sell India’s first global sovereign bonds and ease rules for overseas investors to help revive economic growth -- amid much table-thumping by her party members and allies as the opposition silently looked on.Here’s a short list of winners and losers from the announcements today.........Read more

US sending 1,000 additional troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions

The US will send 1,000 additional US forces and more military resources to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran. "The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region.........Read more

SIMI link to ISIS: Why Kerala, Tamil Nadu have become ticking time bombs

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has warned several times that an outfit such as the SIMI cannot be written off. Their ideology especially in the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala are intact and it is due to this, the radicalisation process goes on unabated. When it comes to the SIMI, the danger lies in the fact that it is deeply infested in several states and works along with other radical groups. The group is known to be very active in states such as Kerala and West Bengal, where it has partnered with several radical groups........Read more

Nana Patekar Gets Clean Chit in Tanushree Dutta Sexual Harassment Case

Sexual harassment case against actor Nana Patekar has been closed by the Mumbai Police citing lack of evidence. The actor was accused by Tanushree Dutta of sexual misconduct under #MeToo movement. The police stated that they are unable to continue the investigation against Nana due to non-availability of evidence against him.........Read more

Wreckage of missing IAF An-32 aircraft spotted, teams flying to site today

After eight days of extensive search-and-rescue operations in Arunachal Pradesh, the wreckage of the missing An-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force was spotted Tuesday at a remote location in high mountains, close to the China border. IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said mountaineering teams of the IAF, Army and civil administration were being formed and would be flown to the site in helicopters Wednesday “to look for survivors and other things”.........Read more

Pakistan’s ISI aiding pro-Khalistan group Babbar Khalsa International to expand presence in Britain

An intelligence report has suggested that pro-Khalistan group Babbar Khalsa International is working to strengthen its network across Britain. The report says that Pakistan’s ISI is funding the Babbar Khalsa International group and helping it expand in Britain and other parts of the world. ........Read more

Delhi HC Allows Rajiv Saxena to Travel Abroad For Medical Treatment

Delhi High Court on Monday allowed Rajiv Saxena, accused-turned-approver in AgustaWestland money laundering case, to travel to the UK, UAE and Europe for medical treatment from June 25 to July 24. The court has asked Rajiv Saxena to furnish details of hotel, hospital, schedule of his treatment by June 13 to the Enforcement Directorate, apart from imposing other conditions.........Read more

Toyota Glanza Launched In India With Starting Price Of Rs. 7.21 Lakh

With a starting price of Rs. 7.21 lakh (ex-showroom), the Glanza has been launched in feature-packed G and V grades which is equivalent to Baleno Zeta and Alpha trims. Bookings for the Toyota Glanza have already begun for an initial token of Rs. 10,000 across dealerships and it competes against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo.........Read more

S Jaishankar Likely To Be Elected To Rajya Sabha From Gujarat

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, a surprise inclusion in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet, is likely to be elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat. The former foreign secretary, who was sworn in as a union minister last week, would have to be elected from either houses of parliament within six months of his appointment to keep his post. ........Read more

In Subtle Message to Partners, Ghulam Nabi Azad Says Congress Has No Issues If It Doesn't Get PM Post

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has said a consensus on the candidate for the top post before the results of the Lok Sabha elections are announced would be welcome but the party would not make it an issue if the prime minister’s chair was not offered to it. ........Read more

Rajiv Gandhi Was on Board INS Viraat For Official Visit: Naval Officers Quash Modi's 'Personal Taxi' Claims

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi used INS Viraat ‘as a taxi for a personal holiday’, the Naval officers who were on board the ship that day have refuted all allegations.........Read more

ICSE Class 10, 12 exam results declared, 2 students score 100 per cent marks

Girls outshone boys in the ICSE Class 10 and 12 examination, with two students scoring 100 per cent marks. This is the first time that students have scored 100 per cent marks in the ISC exam. While girls achieved a pass percentage of 99.05 per cent in class 10 examination as against 98.12 per cent by boys, the pass percentage achieved by girls in class 12 examination is 97.84 per cent as against 95.40 per cent of boys.........Read more

Only 37 out of 78 survived’ Superjet-100 crash-landing & fire

At least 41 people have died after a Sukhoi Superjet 100 en route from Moscow to Murmansk crash-landed shortly after takeoff, authorities confirmed. Seventy three passengers and five crew members were on board the plane when it made the emergency landing on Sunday afternoon at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.........Read more

J&K: Army Builds Longest Bridge 'Maitri' Over Indus in Record Time

The Fire and Fury Corps of India has built a 260-f00t-long ‘Maitri Bridge’ in a record time of 40 days in Choglamsar village situated in Leh Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir. This is the longest suspension bridge over the Indus river.........Read more

Samjhauta Blast Case: Aseemanand, 3 Others Acquitted as NIA Fails to Prove Revenge for Temple Attacks Theory

A special court acquitted former RSS activist Swami Aseemanand and three others in the Samjhauta train blast case that left 68 people dead in 2007. Apart from Aseemanand, the other acquitted are Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan and Rajinder Chaudhary. ........Read more

‘One family’s desire for power cost nation so greatly’: PM Modi hits out at Congress in blog

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India’s institutions have been the biggest casualty of dynastic politics. Modi said Indians were tired of the country being in the “Fragile Five”, where corruption, cronyism and nepotism made headlines instead of anything positive. ........Read more

L&T may spend about $1 billion in Mindtree takeover bid: report

Indian conglomerate Larsen & Toubro Ltd would spend up to 70 billion rupees ($1.02 billion) in a hostile bid to buy IT services company Mindtree Ltd. L&T will buy out Mindtree’s largest shareholder VG Siddhartha and companies in which he is a promoter, following which an open offer will be sent to the public shareholders of Mindtree.........Read more

SC notice to EC on plea by 21 oppn parties for paper trail verification

The Supreme Court issued a notice to the Election Commission on a petition filed by leaders of 21 political parties seeking paper audit of votes cast through electronic voting machines. The top court will hear the matter on March 25 again.........Read more

Puducherry CM Spends Night Outside L-G Residence in Protest, Says Kiran Bedi Should Mend Her Ways

Tensions seem to be flaring up, after Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, along with his entourage of ministers, spent the night outside Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi’s official residence on Wednesday- protesting against her authoritarian way of governance.........Read more

The coming apocalypse? Two-thirds of Himalayan glaciers could melt, with dire consequences for India: study

Two-thirds of Himalayan glaciers, the world's "Third Pole", could melt by 2100 if global emissions are not reduced, scientists warned in a major new study.........Read more

Aquilla 45X Premium Hatchback Is Next Big Launch From Tata Motors

The 45X premium hatchback is going to be launched by the middle of 2019 and it is expected to come with a new 1.2 L petrol engine and will be the Maruti Baleno/Elite i20 rival.........Read more

Mahagathbandhan feels the heat: Rivals AAP and Congress to work together in Opposition Unity Committee

After the Mega Opposition rally in West Bengal, the Opposition is feeling the heat of bringing the rival parties together on the same platform to discuss the road map ahead.........Read more

2019 polls: ‘Mission 123’ to win seats lost five years ago a challenge for BJP

BJP had revived its ‘Mission 123’, aimed at “winning as many as possible the 123 seats that the BJP contested but did not win in the Modi wave that took it to an unprecedented 282 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections”.........Read more

ISRO working towards Chandrayaan-2 mission launch next month

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is likely to launch Chandrayaan-2, the country’s second mission to the moon, next month. Chandrayaan-2, a totally indigenous venture, comprises an orbiter, a lander and a rover.........Read more

PV Sindhu wins World Tour Finals, crowned unbeaten champion

PV Sindhu made history by becoming the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals. The Indian superstar beat a familiar foe in Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-19, 21-17 in the final to claim her first title of the year. ........Read more

Agni-5, India's Indigenously-developed Ballistic Missile, Successfully Test-fired off Odisha Coast

India successfully test-fired nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-5, which has a strike range of 5,000 km, from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. This is the seventh trial of the indigenously-developed surface-to-surface missile.........Read more

India to Host G20 Summit in 2022, 75th Year of Independence: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced that India will host the G-20 Summit in 2022, the year the country would celebrate its 75th Independence anniversary.........Read more

Under I-T scanner: 7,500 Indians who own prime homes in Dubai

The Income Tax (IT) department has launched an investigation against at least 7,500 Indians who have bought high-end properties in Dubai in the last few years. In the first three months of 2018, at least 1,387 Indian nationals have invested AED 3 billion through 1,550 real estate transactions in Dubai, according to the Dubai Land Development. ........Read more

Modern Humans Inherited Viral Defences From Neanderthals: Study

Neanderthals mysteriously disappeared about 40,000 years ago, but before vanishing they interbred with another human species. As a result of these ancient trysts, many modern Europeans and Asians today harbour about two per cent of Neanderthal DNA in their genomes.........Read more

National Herald Quotes Survey Predicting Easy Win For BJP in MP Polls

National Herald, Congress’ mouthpiece, says a pre-poll survey predicts a comfortable win for the BJP and would get a majority of 147/230 seats in the forthcoming Madhya Pradesh elections.........Read more

'40 Men Took Turns to Rape me Over Four Days at Haryana Guest House'

A 22-year-old married woman was allegedly raped by 40 men over four days in Morni area of Panchkula district in Haryana. she was promised a job at the guest house by a person known to them, adding she was drugged for four days, raped and threatened.........Read more

PM dares Rahul for challenging him for debate; first speak for 15 minutes without reading from paper

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday got into campaign blitz for Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 as Prime Minister hit the campaign trail in the state. Taking a dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister claimed that he (Rahul Gandhi) disrespected Manmohan Singh when he was Prime Minister. "we saw how the Congress treated Dr. Manmohan Singh. They tore off ordinances and disrespected him," PM Modi said in Mysuru. Reacting to Rahul Gandhi's challenge for a 15-minute debate, Modi said: "first speak for 15 minutes without reading from a paper".........Read more

Nordic countries support India’s bid to United Nations Security Council

The Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Finland) agree that India is a strong candidate for a permanent seat in a reformed Security Council expanded with both permanent and non-permanent members. The Nordic countries and India reaffirmed the need for the Council’s reform, including its expansion in both permanent and non-permanent seats to make it more representative, accountable, effective and responsive to the realities of the 21st century.........Read more

Did Bengaluru police disobey local court's order to impound Mehul Choksi's passport?

Bengaluru police filed a closure report in a cheating case filed by a local jeweler against Choksi in 2015 and did not bother to enforce a court’s order to impound Choksi’s passport (which was the main condition for granting him bail in the case). Had the cops taken proper action, then Choksi would not have been able to escape.........Read more

Answers to 100-year-old mystery point to potential breast cancer therapies

New insights into how cancer cells fuel their growth are opening novel possibilities for cancer treatment. A team of researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has identified a long sought after connection between how cancer cells use the sugar glucose to generate energy - the Warburg pathway - and cancer growth.........Read more

It’s time for India to be a statesman, not just salesman: Uday Kotak

Kotak, who set up one of India’s most successful new age banks and has been expanding it into a major financial sector conglomerate including through acquisitions, said Davos is a big opportunity for India this year and “India needs to position itself in a statesman position and not in a salesman position here”.........Read more

Dassault CEO says in talks with India about more Rafale jets

The chief executive of Dassault Aviation on Tuesday said the company was still in discussions with India over the possible purchase of additional twin-engine Rafale fighter jets, on top of the 36 ones India ordered in 2016.........Read more

Sultanate gone, but we still behave like Sultans; Congress is in crisis: Jairam Ramesh admits

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh slammed his party leaders, saying that some of them behave as if Congress is still in power. Ramesh opined that people want to see a new Congress, sans old mantras and slogans.........Read more

Can Airbus bring cheap internet to the world?

Airbus has started work on the first of 900 satellites that could one day deliver the internet to every corner of the world.........Read more

Nitish Is Not Leaving the Bihar Alliance: Pavan Varma

I don’t believe Mr Nitish Kumar has said anywhere that he wishes to break from the grand alliance. The grand alliance was configured with great care and attention to detail in 2015. It has the mandate of the people. I don’t believe Mr Nitish Kumar intends to break it.........Read more

VHS to Host a National Conference on the Glorious Indian Cow

BJP MP and founder of VHS, Dr Subramanian Swamy will deliver the keynote address in the conference that expects to see “750 intellectuals” from across fields. Other prominent speakers include Kamal Thapa, Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal; Hansraj Ahir, MoS Home; Hrishikesh Mafatlal, Chairman of Arvind Mafatlal Group; and, Vivek Oberoi, Bollywood actor. ........Read more

A surprising new link between inflammation and mental illness

Up to 75 percent of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus—an incurable autoimmune disease commonly known as lupus—experience neuropsychiatric symptoms. But so far, our understanding of the mechanisms underlying lupus' effects on the brain has remained murky. Now, new research from Boston Children's Hospital has shed light on the mystery and points to a potential new drug for protecting the brain from the neuropsychiatric effects of lupus and other central nervous system (CNS) diseases. The team has published its surprising findings in Nature.........Read more

Maruti Suzuki’s waterless dry wash system saves 216 mn litres of water

Waterless washing system with the use of various chemicals and minimal water are at a nascent stage in the country with almost every car dealer in India using the conventional system of car cleaning. Select Maruti Suzuki dealers, however, have adopted the new waterless system. On this year's World Environment Day, we explain how this system works and helps save water........Read more

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander - India launch later this year

Mitsubishi is reportedly planning to reintroduce the Outlander SUV in the Indian market, this time in its third-gen avatar. An official announcement about the launch is still awaited, though the SUV is said to be on display at some Mitsubishi dealerships across India.........Read more

Study reveals the surprising role of omega-3 fatty acids in keeping the blood-brain barrier closed

Already extolled for their health benefits as a food compound, omega-3 fatty acids now appear to also play a critical role in preserving the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, which protects the central nervous system from blood-borne bacteria, toxins and other pathogens, according to new research from Harvard Medical School.........Read more

Patanjali eyes double growth in revenue at Rs 20,000 crore in FY18

Baba Ramdev-led Patanjali is eyeing a two-fold jump in sales at over Rs 20,000 crore this fiscal as it plans to double its distribution network to 12,000 across the country and is adding to the capacity.........Read more

Dhoni as Lord Vishnu: SC quashes criminal proceedings

Ace cricketer, M S Dhoni got a major reprieve with the Supreme Court quashing a criminal case against him after he had posed as Lord Vishnu. The verdict comes as a breather for the cricketer against whom a criminal complaint was filed in Andhra Pradesh for 'hurting religious sentiments'. The court said that the intent was not malicious while quashing proceedings.........Read more

NEFT payments get quicker as RBI slashes clearance time by half

As per the new rules, instead of an hourly basis, the fund transfer will now happen in batches of 30-minute intervals. The decision was taken in line with the document on Vision-2018 for Payment and Settlement Systems.........Read more

DU girl’s post about being masturbated at during college fest will outrage you, and it should

Meghna Singh, a History honours student in Miranda House, was out with her friends for a KayKay concert at the Sri Ram College Of Commerce. All was going well when she felt something odd, and turned around to find a guy behind her. She demanded he leave, which he did, and Singh went back to enjoying the concert. It was only once she went home that she found – to her utter disgust – that the guy had ejaculated on her jeans. Splatters of white discharge were visible on her jeans, of which she took a picture and posted it on her Instagram and Facebook accounts.........Read more

Jitu Rai wins gold in 50m pistol event at ISSF World Cup

Jitu Rai not only won his first ever individual gold in the 50m pistol event at the ISSF World Cup on Wednesday but also made a world record in the process. The 29-year-old, posted the world record score of 230.1 in the final.........Read more

This is how Mohit Goel made Freedom 251

Goel revealed that the actual phone was made in Taiwan costing Rs 1,431 (£17), but he had bundled the phone with 28 pre-installed apps and was charging the app manufacturers for the privilege.........Read more

China plans to build floating nuclear plants in SCS

China has said it will develop floating nuclear power plants on a priority basis in the South China Sea as it seeks to beef up electricity supply to the islands in the disputed maritime region.........Read more

India Innovation Index: States to be ranked on innovation from 2017

To make India an innovation-driven economy, NITI Aayog, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Thursday launched a mega initiative “India Innovation Index” that will rank states on Innovations through country’s first online innovation index portal.........Read more

Artificial 'voice box' implant helps cancer patient speak

(HealthDay)—An artificial "voice box" has provided long-term relief for a throat cancer patient in France. The patient also has a fully restored sense of smell, which had been compromised by removal of his larynx, researchers said. The artificial larynx consists of a rigid titanium/silicone structure that replaces the larynx in the throat, as well as a removable titanium cap that replicates the function of the epiglottis.........Read more

Film review: ‘MSG The Warrior – Lion Heart’ is every bit as terrible as you expect it to be

What can be said about a film starring a godman who cannot act or direct? There is little happening in the 118-minute film in terms of plot. MSG 3 is a series of set pieces in which Singh’s garishly dressed Lion Heart fills up every frame, parts the seas like Moses, and has more weapons that Batman’s utility belt.........Read more

Wrestling federation refers Narsingh Yadav dope case to CBI

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) referred the dope case of grappler Narsingh Yadav to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a detailed probe. WFI president Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, who met officials at the Prime Minister’s Office on Friday, requested that the probe be carried out by the country’s premier investigating agency.........Read more

Kejriwal government proposes 250% hike in MLA funds

The Aam Aadmi Party government has proposed to hike the MLA local area development (LAD) funding to Rs 14 crore from the existing Rs 4 crore, an increase of 250%.........Read more

Don’s downfall? Henchman of ‘ailing’ Dawood swindles Rs 40 crore

After reports that the originator of world’s biggest narco-terror syndicate Dawood Ibrahim is suffering from life-threatening gangrene, his fearsome reputation seems to be fading away as one of his aides, Khalique Ahmed, stole Rs 40 crore from the underworld don himself. ........Read more

Asia's Kidney Black Market

We explore Asia's organ black market, from the villages of Nepal to the Indian city known as the 'Great Kidney Bazaar'.........Read more

Next Generation Land Rover Discovery Spotted Testing Again

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery SUV was again spotted testing recently ahead of its launch next year. The fifth generation Discovery has gone through some major design changes that are in lines with Land Rover's latest design language.........Read more

'Move out of PoK' India states in new letter to Islamabad

India has written yet another letter to Pakistan reiterating that talks would only be on terrorism and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).........Read more

The American who rescues Indian treasures!

'Cultural property crimes have been linked, by the United Nations and others, to terrorism.' 'These links show the perpetrators to be associated with major criminal and terrorist networks like ISIS. | The American who rescues Indian treasures!........Read more

Here's What the Iceman Was Wearing When He Died 5,300 Years Ago

New DNA study of ancient clothing reveals that Otzi the European mummy "shopped" locally.........Read more

Donald Trump's empire: A maze of debts and opaque ties

An investigation by The New York Times into the financial maze of Trump's real estate holdings in the United States reveals that companies he owns have at least $650 million in debt — twice the amount than can be gleaned from public filings he has made as part of his bid for the White House.........Read more

'Certain corrupt forces' targeting VK Singh, says Subramanian Swamy

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday came out in support of VK Singh, amid the ongoing row over the Army chief's affidavit against him, saying the minister was continuously being targeted by "certain corrupt forces" and there was a "paid slander campaign" against him.........Read more

Amid calls for ‘azadi’ in Kashmir, many don Indian Army uniform

As many as 308 recruits participated in a spectacular passing out parade to join the army’s Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) regiment even as curfew remained enforced outside.........Read more

Ground Zero: Bihar | After ban, in a state of low spirits

At the Patna Golf Club, guests trickle in twos, sip their glasses of chilled Coke bemoaning the dip in the quality of their exchange. There is a deathly silence here as a couple of stray dogs make th........Read more

Passing the buck and blaming Army will not solve border roads mess in Arunachal Pradesh

A border road alignment running parallel to the McMohan Line cannot be drawn without taking into account location of the ground defences of the forward troops and location of reserves, considering that the Chinese tail with its phosphorous content catches fire at just the sight of a matchstick.........Read more

MapmyIndia DriveMate is a neat connected car solution with real-time monitoring

We review the DriveMate smart device which monitors your car behaviour........Read more

The Universe: OUR PLACE IN THE MILKY WAY Blu-Ray (Full Documentary Films) 1080p

Now that the Voyagers have visited the outer planets of the solar system they are heading for new adventures in places astronomers call the Oort Cloud, the h...........Read more

Cognizant Q2 revenue jumps to $3.37 billion; but net income falls to $252.4 million

Cognizant has reported a second quarter revenue of $3.37 billion, up 9.2% from $3.09 billion in the second quarter of 2015.........Read more

The land of believers: In India, just 33,000 people are atheists

India is a land of believers. Only 33,000 people declared themselves atheists in the 2011 census that puts India’s population at 1.2 billion.........Read more

Have Done No Crime by Releasing Parliament Video: Bhagwant Mann

In the nearly 12-minute video, apparently shot on July 21, Mann gives a running commentary as his vehicle crosses security barricades and enters Parliament.........Read more

Pranab Mukherjee quietly builds legacy as a statesman

Forthright views are seen as President Pranab Mukherjee’s hallmark as the veteran leader gets ready for a fifth year at Rashtrapati Bhavan........Read more

India has Five Institutions in Top 50 of Asia Rankings

The information was part of a report named “State of Indian Universities in the Global Academic Rankings” received by the President from OP Jindal Global University and the Indian Centre for Academic Rankings and Excellence (ICARE) here at Rashtrapati Bhavan.........Read more

Turkish President Erdogan announces 3-month state of emergency

Erdogan accused followers of his arch-enemy, US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, of being behind the coup.........Read more

JSW Energy to buy Jaiprakash Power's Bina unit for Rs 2,700 cr

The deal is part of JSW's plan to achieve power generation capacity of 10,000 Mw by 2020........Read more

Opera Mini mobile browser users saved 36k TB data in 1 year

As per the report, users of Opera Mini mobile browser saved 40,135,582 GB (36K TB) data in one year between June 2015 and May 2016.........Read more

TCS Q1 net beats estimates at Rs 6,317 cr

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest IT services provider, managed to please the Street with in-line revenue growth and a beat on margin growth. The company reported overall growth across regions and verticals and also won more outsourcin........Read more

PM Modi rejects Smriti Irani’s choice of CBSE chief, HRD to have no say

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), of which the Prime Minister is the deciding authority, rejected the name of Dr Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh as the next CBSE chief.........Read more

Petrol pump owners seek ‘one nation one rate’ for fuel

Dealers also expressed concern over the looting incidents at petrol pumps in the state and demanded adequate security at pumps to prevent any such incidents in future.........Read more

The Resurrection of a Writer, the Staying of a Mob

The Madras high court reminds the state that it is charged with the obligation to resist the illegal demands of censorious mobs, not to appease them.........Read more

Sanjay Dutt and Subhash Ghai Gear Up For Khalnayak Sequel

Subhash Ghai and Sanjay Dutt have always shared a good rapport, whether personal or professional. Having worked in films like Vidhaata and Khalnayak, the duo has confirmed that they are all set to recreate their magic with Khalnayak Returns.........Read more

Discovering ‘The World of Apu’, and rediscovering Satyajit Ray, in New York

‘It was odd, but in a strange way, right, that it was in the West that I was falling in love with him.’........Read more

Tata Steel to further delay decision over Port Talbot plant

Firm to announce sale of some speciality businesses; Sajid Javid, Britain's Business Secretary, to meet Cyrus Mistry soon........Read more

Tata vs RIL: Fortune favours the brave

Despite setbacks overseas, Tata Group’s market capitalization has grown rapidly, as compared to Reliance which has played it safe with global acquisitions........Read more

913 wilful defaulters owe Rs 11,486 crore to Punjab National Bank

PNB has added eight defaulters to its February list to take the number of wilful defaulters to 913 as on March 31, 2016.........Read more

President refuses assent to Kejriwal govt’s Bill over office of profit, fate of 21 AAP MLAs hangs in balance

The refusal puts a question mark over the membership of 21 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, who have been appointed Parliamentary Secretaries by the Arvind Kejriwal government.........Read more

India Lose 1-2 to Belgium in Hockey Champions Trophy

Belgian players -- Alexander Hendrickx (25th minute) and Jerome Truyens (44th minute) -- both scored through captain Sreejesh's legs. Devindar Walmiki scored the lone Indian goal in the 30th minute.........Read more

The purpose of education seems to get lost in its present incarnation

The purpose of education seems to get lost in its present incarnation - India has the third-largest education system after China and United States, but fails to make the cut.........Read more

I don't share a close bond with the Bachchan family, says Ram Gopal Varma

I don't share a close bond with the Bachchan family, says Ram Gopal Varma - "I don't have friends," says Ram Gopal Varma.........Read more

Missing Indian climber found dead on Mount Everest - Times of India

A 58-year-old Indian mountaineer, who went missing on Mount Everest nearly a week ago, was on Friday found dead while attempts were being made to locate another Indian climber whose body was reportedly lying above 8,000 metres on the world's highest mountain.........Read more

Japan: 1400 ATMs targeted, $13 million looted in less than three hours

A manhunt is underway for criminals who looted millions from Japan’s cash machines nationwide in an hours-long heist, officials and reports said Monday.........Read more

Govt bans Indians from travelling to Libya until further orders

In view of prevailing security situation in Libya, the government has decided to impose a travel ban irrespective of the purpose of travel, a ministry statement said.........Read more

How And Why Did Women Evolve Periods?

What is the evolutionary benefit or purpose of having periods? This question was originally answered on Quora by Suzanne Sadedin.........Read more

Snapdeal acquires predictive marketing technology firm TargetingMantra – Tech2

Snapdeal announced the acquisition of ‘TargetingMantra’, a boutique technology company, which working in the field of personalising shopping experience for customers on e-commerce platforms.........Read more

BCCI recommends Kohli for Khel Ratna, Rahane for Arjuna

The Indian Cricket Board has recommended Test captain Virat Kohli for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country’s highest sporting honour, and Ajinkya Rahane for the Arjuna award this year.If Kohli wi........Read more