Swachh Survekshan Results 2020: Indore retains cleanest city tag for fourth year in a row

Indore in Madhya Pradesh retained the its position as the cleanest city in India for the fourth consecutive year, according to the Swachh Survekshan 2020 survey results. While Gujarat’s Surat bagged the second spot, Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai ranked third. Varanasi was the adjudged the ‘best Ganga town’ in the central government’s cleanliness survey. “Congratulations to the people of Indore for achieving the first position in being India’s cleanest city in Swachh Survekshan 2020. The city has hit a four this time and surely will hit a six in the coming future,” Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said. The results were announced by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri at a ceremony. This is the fifth edition of the survey that was introduced by Prime Minister in January 2016. In the first edition of the survey, Mysuru had won the award for the cleanest city of India.........Read more

Is It Safe To Travel In An A/C Train Or Cab? Here’s What Experts Say

Before flight services were resumed, concerns were raised about the risk of the novel coronavirus being transmitted through air. A study in China had suggested that A/C could help the transmission of the virus, citing the example of 10 Covid-19 patients from three families who picked up the infection by eating at neighbouring tables in a restaurant. The Indian Railways’ decision to run fully air-conditioned trains last month was also questioned by health experts. There is greater risk of virus transmission in closed facilities, TheNews Minute quoted experts as saying.........Read more

COVID-19 situation especially serious in Ahmedabad, Surat, Hyderabad, Chennai: MHA

The central government has already constituted 10 Interministerial Central Teams (IMCTs) for the spot assessment of the COVID-19 hotspot districts in the country. Five of these teams are on inspection in Ahmedabad, Surat (both Gujarat), Thane (Maharashtra), Hyderabad (Telangana) and Chennai (Tamil Nadu). The teams constituted earlier are in Mumbai, Pune (Maharashtra), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Jaipur (Rajasthan) and West Bengal (one team for Kolkata and adjoining districts and the other for North Bengal)........Read more

Coronavirus: Rajdhani Express, Duronto Express Among 23 Trains Cancelled By Railways

The Central Railways on Tuesday decided to cancel 23 trains, including Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express, connecting Mumbai and Pune in view of novel coronavirus which has claimed three lives in India.The cancelled trains include Mumbai-Pune Deccan Express from March 19 to March 31; the Howrah-Mumbai Duranto Express on March 22 and March 31 and the Rajdhani Express from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to New Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin station on March 20, 23, 27 and 30. 1) 11007 Mumbai-Pune Deccan Express from 19.3.2020 to 31.3.2020 2) 11008 Pune-Mumbai Deccan Express from 18.3.2020 to 30.3.2020........Read more

Coronavirus outbreak: Taj Mahal, most monuments, central museums across India to remain closed till March 31

ASI-protected monuments, including Taj Mahal, and central museums across the country will be shut till March 31 in view of the threat of coronavirus, Union Culture Minister Prahlad Patal said Monday. An order regarding the same will be issued soon, he said. "All ASI monuments and central museums will be shut till March 31 in view of the spread of coronavirus. We are taking this very seriously," he said. There are 3,691 centrally protected monuments and sites under the Archeological Survey of India (ASI). The latest order comes after a high-level meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 was held on Monday.........Read more

Political parties received Rs 11,234 crore in donations from unknown sources: ADR

The think tank came to the conclusion after taking into consideration the submissions made by seven national parties before the Election Commission of India (ECI). The parties include BJP, Congress, TMC, CPI(M), NCP, BSP, and CPI. The income from unknown sources referes to the funds that have been declared by the parties in the Income Tax returns without naming the source for donations below Rs 20,000, according to AGR. Such donations are made through voluntary contributions and contribution from meetings, sale of coupons, relief fund, electoral bonds and miscellaneous income.........Read more

Wuhan Was a Dead City When We Reached: Air India Captain Recalls 'Eerie Experience' of Rescue Mission

A total of 647 Indians, as well 7 Maldivians, were evacuated from the Chinese city at the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic. Air India’s captain Amitabh Singh, who is the director of operations, spearheaded the mission. “This is a humanitarian flight. We are here to help in this hour of need and take you back to India… Keep your movement to the minimum and crew will come only if someone is unwell,” These were among the announcements on board before the flight took off for Delhi. “It was a dead city when we reached there,” Singh said. “It was an eerie feeling. When we were landing, all roads and buildings were well lit. Everything was normal but there was no human being around,” he said.........Read more

Thai Soldier 'Shot Dead' After Killing 21 People In Mass Shooting

The Thai soldier who killed at least 21 people and holed up in a mall overnight was "shot dead" on Sunday morning, police said, ending a near-24-hour ordeal which has stunned the country. He was killed "thirty minutes ago" (0200 GMT), chief of the Crime Suppression Division Jirabhob Bhuridej told AFP. The health minister and police chief confirmed the gunman's death. The Thai soldier, after his shooting spree, remained holed up in a shopping mall on Sunday morning with an unknown number of people feared trapped inside, despite repeated attempts by armed police to flush the gunman out.........Read more

WhatsApp Will Not Work on These Android, iOS Phones from February 2020

The company has since announced that from February 1, 2020, the messaging service will no longer work on Android devices running on versions before Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), as well as iOS devices running on versions before iOS 9. As a result, if you are still on one of these versions of Android or iOS, you will have to upgrade your device in order to continue using WhatsApp.........Read more

Kashmir Issue Will Not be Discussed at UNSC as it is Bilateral Matter: France

French diplomatic sources told that Kashmir issue will not be discussed in the Security Council on Tuesday. France stated that its position on Kashmir issue has been very clear. The issue has to be treated bilaterally. “We have highlighted this several times recently, including in New York.” The development comes after news reports surfaced that China is pushing for another round of talks at the UNSC which is scheduled to be held today.........Read more

Ex-jailer’s son, 3 others abduct minor in car with police logo, rape her in UP

Four persons, including a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper and the son of a retired jailor, have been arrested for allegedly abducting a Class 10 student in a car, which had a police logo painted on it, and gang-raping her at a deserted place in Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur, the police said on Tuesday. A case has been registered for kidnapping and gang rape, and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, said Deviver Shukla, the inspector of Halia police station. ........Read more

Nana Patole Elected as Maharashtra Speaker Unopposed After BJP Withdraws Candidate

Congress MLA Nana Patole was on Sunday elected unopposed as the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker after the Opposition BJP withdrew the candidature of its nominee Kisan Kathore. Notably, it has been a tradition in Maharashtra that Speaker is elected unopposed. ........Read more

Sensex jumps over 200 points in early trade to hit record high of 41,100

Market benchmark BSE Sensex jumped over 200 points in early trade on Tuesday to hit its record high of 41,108, and NSE Nifty surged to its lifetime peak of 12,126 amid sustained foreign fund inflow and positive global cues. ........Read more

Hong Kong to withdraw extradition bill

Hong Kong authorities are set to formally withdraw an unpopular extradition bill that sparked months of chaotic protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. ........Read more

Reliance Industries becomes first Indian company to hit Rs 9 lakh cr market-cap mark

In August 2018, RIL became the first domestic firm to cross the Rs 8 lakh crore mark in terms of market valuation. The m-cap figure of companies changes daily with stock price movement. ........Read more

Why so many companies bailed on Facebook’s Libra project at once

“Facebook appears to want the benefits of engaging in financial activities without the responsibility of being regulated as a financial services company.” if Libra made things too easy for terrorists and money launderers, Visa, Mastercard and the others might end up taking the blame. ........Read more

Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC, targets Balakote

The Pakistani army on Sunday night targeted Balakote in Jammu and Kashmir, violating ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC). The Pakistani army fired mortar shells throughout the night and the Indian Army responded befittingly. A few Army personnel, part of an ambush party, were injured when two mortar shells exploded near them during the shelling on Sunday night, officials said. "Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and intense shelling with mortars in Balakote area of Mendhar sector late night on Sunday. Indian army retaliated befittingly," a defence spokesperson said in a statement. Officials said an army column was on ambush duty near the LoC when two mortar shells exploded near them, causing injuries to a "few personnel". "The injured were immediately evacuated to military hospital and their condition is stated to be stable," they said. On Sunday during daytime, villagers of Balakote recovered 120mm of mortar fired by Pakistan Rangers. The unexploded bomb was found inside the village, in the proximity of the houses and local population residing there. An Army official said that under great risk, the Army team dug out an unexploded live bomb from the village and destroyed it at a safe place. The operation was undertaken swiftly by the disposal team, ensuring no loss of life and property or any collateral damage.........Read more

MH370 pilot was 'lonely and sad' and may have 'crashed plane' in murder-suicide

The pilot of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have been clinically depressed, leading him to starve the passengers of oxygen and then crash into the sea in a murder-suicide, according to a new account. Friends of the the pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, told aviation specialist William Langewiesche that he had become obsessed with two young models he had seen on the internet after his wife left him, and that he "spent a lot of time pacing empty rooms."........Read more

AMD ‘Next Horizon Gaming’ E3 2019 event

AMD isn’t quite done yet and it’s hosting its own special E3 event to announce the “next generation of AMD gaming products”. The company says that it will reveal details about its products and technologies that will “power gaming from PC to console to cloud for years to come”. The event will be hosted by the creator of The Game Awards, Geoff Keighley. AMD says that “leading game developers” are going to provide exclusive looks into a few popular game titles that are releasing this year.........Read more

Godrej Properties Buys Iconic R K Studios in Mumbai, Will Develop Luxury Flats

Realty firm Godrej Properties Friday announced the acquisition of iconic R K Studios' land in Chembur, Mumbai, where it would develop mixed-use project housing luxury flats and retail space. Godrej Properties, part of Godrej group, said it has added a new project in Chembur, Mumbai.........Read more

Smith, Warner will need to be "humble" in Australia team

The return of Steve Smith and David Warner to the Australia squad has generated excitement, not tension, among the playing group but the pair will need to learn “humility” after losing their leadership roles, said the coach Justin Langer.........Read more

272 election officials die out of fatigue in Indonesia

Ten days after Indonesia held the world's biggest single-day elections, more than 270 election staff have died, mostly of fatigue-related illness caused by long hours of work counting millions of ballot papers by hand. The elections were the first time the country of 260 million people combined the presidential vote with national and regional parliamentary ones.........Read more

Country to Receive Well-distributed Rainfall During Monsoon 2019: IMD

The country is expected to have a well-distributed rainfall during monsoons this year, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted. This news is welcoming for farmers as it will be beneficial for them in the ensuing Kharif season.........Read more

2019 Toyota Fortuner Diesel Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs. 27.83 Lakh

Toyota has launched an updated version of its bestselling SUV in India. The Toyota Fortuner range now starts at ₹ 27.83 lakh for the base 4x2 diesel variant and go all the way up to ₹ 33.60 lakh for the top-end 4x4 diesel automatic variant, all prices ex-showroom, India. ........Read more

PM Modi Says Article 370 Hindering Development of Jammu and Kashmir, People Now Want Change

People of Kashmir want freedom from political families who have been preying on their emotions for 50 years. The situation in Kashmir is such that people want change, whether it is about Article 35A or 370,” Prime Minister said.........Read more

Election Commission to use paper ballots in Telangana's Nizamabad constituency

With 185 candidates in the fray, Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency in Telangana will use ballot papers in the upcoming Parliamentary polls. Sticking to their guns, over 170 farmers remained in the fray in the Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency from where Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter K Kavitha.........Read more

India, Pakistan Threatened to Unleash Missiles at Each Other, Pacified After US Intervention: Report

The sparring between India and Pakistan last month threatened to spiral out of control and only interventions by US officials. At one stage, India threatened to fire at least six missiles at Pakistan, and Islamabad said it would respond with its own missile strikes "three times over".........Read more

After 8 Years, Saudi Arabia Displaces India as World’s Largest Importer of Weapons

After eight years of holding the position of the largest importer of weapons, India has been superseded by Saudi Arabia and dropped down to become the second largest importer of weapons in the world.........Read more

Tens of thousands of Algerians call on Bouteflika to step down

Tens of thousands of people in cities across Algeria called on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to leave office in the country’s biggest anti-government demonstrations since the Arab Spring eight years ago.........Read more

UK minister signs extradition order for alleged bookie Sanjeev Chawla

The UK Home Office confirmed that the minister had given the go-ahead for Chawla to be sent to India after Westminster Magistrates’ Court had over-ruled its previous ruling earlier this year to find no bars to his extradition.........Read more

Twitter says it’s building a feature that lets you hide replies to your tweets

Twitter announced today that it’s building a new feature that would let users hide replies to their tweets. The feature, noticed first by expert software unpacker Jane Manchun Wong, would bring a drastic change to how users control the conversations they create on the platform.........Read more

Sony’s entire Xperia lineup leaks, including Xperia 1, Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, Xperia L3

Sony will be launching up to four new handsets at MWC this year. They include the lower-end Xperia L3, midrange Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, and flagship Xperia 1. Sony is doing something different is the new extra-tall, 21:9 aspect ratio on the higher-end devices. Sony is apparently calling this ‘Cinema-wide,’ and while it’ll be great for watching TV and movies.........Read more

Why is PM Modi not instructing banks to accept money I am offering, asks Vijay Mallya

Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi an "eloquent speaker", absconding liquor baron Vijay Mallya asked as to why the former was not instructing the banks to take the money he had made available to pay off the public funds lent to Kingfisher.........Read more

CBI officer who signed FIR against Chanda Kochhar in ICICI-Videocon case transferred

The CBI officer-in-charge who lodged FIR in the alleged irregularities pertaining to the sanctioning of loans by the ICICI bank, has been transferred out.........Read more

Too close for comfort: China to build port in Myanmar, 3rd in India’s vicinity

China and Myanmar decided to develop a multi-billion dollar deep sea port in Kyaukpyu on the coast of Bay of Bengal, this is third in India’s neighbourhood. China already had helped to build ports in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.........Read more

Antarctica has been mapped accurately and in stunning detail for the first time ever

Researchers from the Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota came together and have created the most detailed terrain map of Antarctica till now. Called the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica (REMA).........Read more

Zika virus strips immune cells of their identity

Macrophages are immune cells that are supposed to protect the body from infection by viruses and bacteria. Yet Zika virus preferentially infects these cells. Zika virus destroys a number of cell types, particularly in the brain, but researchers don't yet understand how it causes cells to die or malfunction.........Read more

GDP grows to 8.2 pc, cements India's place as fastest growing economy

The Indian economy grew at a 15-quarter high of 8.2 per cent in the April-June quarter of current fiscal on a good show by manufacturing and farm sectors.........Read more

14 more die in U.P. rains, toll rises to 106

Fourteen people were killed and seven others injured in rain-related incidents in different parts of Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to 106 since the last week. Over 80 cattle lost their lives and over 600 houses were damaged in rain-related incidents.........Read more

Lok Sabha passes bill that allows assets seizure of economic offenders

The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 has been passed in the Lok Sabha Thursday, which will empower authorities to attach and confiscate properties and assets of economic offenders. The bill will replace an ordinance promulgated by the government in April this year.........Read more

How Nirav Modi diverted money into sister Purvi's account

Diamond merchant Nirav Modi wanted to obtain the status of Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) after he decided to flee India and had submitted an application for the same with the Singapore authority. ........Read more

After Guntur rape case, Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu holds public awareness rally

In the wake of Guntur incident where a nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 60-year-old man, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Monday held Praja Chaitanya Yatra (public awareness rally) and addressed a public meeting in Vijayawada to create awareness among people against sexual assaults on girls.........Read more

INX Media case: CBI seeks 14-day custody of Karti Chidambaram

The accused is required to be confronted with other accused, co-accused and suspects, which will take time. He will be confronted with the evidence collected by the CBI... 14 days’ remand is a minimum requirement for interrogation of the accused.........Read more

Foreign funding in NGOs down to 36.5% in 2016-17

The minister said the quantum of foreign funding received by NGOs in the last three years were Rs 15,299 crore in 2014-15, Rs 17,773 crore in 2015-16 and Rs 6,499 crore in 2016-17. Rijiju told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that registration of 18,868 NGOs under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act were cancelled by the home ministry between 2011 and 2017 for violating laws. ........Read more

Amfi to ask Sebi to reconsider new mutual fund norms

The Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi) will ask the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to reconsider its new norms on mutual fund classification. Fund houses are complaining that Sebi’s mutual fund classification norms are limiting their ability to offer products and are likely to impact risk management........Read more

Unbelievable but true, you can buy this Detel D1 feature phone for just Rs 299; will it kill Jio Phone?

The name of this phone is Detel D1. The phone has been launched by Detel India. The phone is a feature phone which can be bought at just Rs 299. It has 1.44 inch of Monochrome Display. The phone has single SIM facility and it is powered by a 650 mAh battery.........Read more

Male hepatitis B patients suffer worse liver ailments, regardless of lifestyle

Why men with hepatitis B remain more than twice as likely to develop severe liver disease than women remains a mystery, even after a study led by a recent Drexel University graduate took lifestyle choices and environments into account.........Read more

Amid rising vigilantism, government bans cow slaughter across India

Amid rising vigilantism, government bans cow slaughter across India - The move comes months after a Haryana's dairy farmer Pehlu Khan succumbed to injuries after he was attacked by a cow protection group.........Read more

Baahubali 2 records $3 million collection in pre-sales business in North America

Baahubali the Beginning had collected over $3 million at the US box office when it opened. Now, its sequel Baahubali 2 has shattered this record in its pre-sales business. "We are proud to announce that advance ticket sales have already eclipsed the highest-grossing Indian film (of any language) on opening day. We have passed $3 million in pre-sales and are adding almost $100,000 to this total every hour."........Read more

Discovery could aid in development of treatments for fatal brain disease

Huntington's disease is an inherited brain disorder that is uniformly fatal, but researchers at Johns Hopkins believe they have made a big discovery about how the disease progresses that could lead to a way to stop it.........Read more

ZTE's Quartz smartwatch is real, and we've got pictures and details

Quartz (model number ZW10) features a metal design with tick-marks on the bezel and a small button on the side. The bezel appears to have a slight floating effect over the body, and the band has a carbon fiber-esque pattern on it. We don't have any pictures of the bottom, but we know that there isn't a heart rate monitor. We also know that Quartz does not have NFC on board. As we saw in the FCC documents, the watch does have 3G, but no LTE. And as many smartwatches do, it charges through a plastic four-pin cradle.........Read more

Avalanche warning issued for 24 hours in some areas of Himachal Pradesh

A medium danger avalanche warning has been issued in avalanche-prone areas of Himachal Pradesh for next 24-hours. The places include Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti, Mandi, Kangra, Sirmaur, Shimla & Kinnaur. As per Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) release, isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall/snowfall is most likely to occur over Jammu & Kashmir and isolated heavy rainfall/snowfall over Himachal Pradesh on 4th & 5th February. This weather condition is because of an active western disturbance and is likely to affect western Himalayan region till 6th February morning........Read more

PNB to help India Post Payments Bank set up pilot branches

Public sector Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Friday said it will help India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) set up pilot branches. India Post Payments Bank will offer an interest rate of 4.5% on deposits up to Rs25,000; 5% on deposits of Rs25,000-50,000 and 5.5% on Rs50,000-1,00,000........Read more

Islamic State posters found near Solan Army cantonment, warn of bomb blasts

Raising alarm bells for the security agencies, some posters allegedly linked to the world's most dreaded terrorist outfit - Islamic State (IS) – were found near an army cantonment in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district on Tuesday. The posters and a flag reading, "ISIS Coming Soon", written in English, Hindi and Urdu, surfaced on the walls near Subathu cantonment.........Read more

Adani Group in talks to buy South East UP Power Transmission Co for $800 mn-$1 bn

Adani Group is reported to be in advanced talks to buy South East UP Power Transmission Company for an enterprise value of about $800 million-$1 billion. Adani Group is a major Indian business conglomerate with interests in power generation, coal trading and ports, among other sectors. Its unit Adani Power Ltd is the largest private sector power generation company in India with an installed capacity of 10,480 megawatts.........Read more

'Ant-like' bees among new desert species identified by USU entomologist

Though declines in bee populations have heightened awareness of the importance of pollinating insects to the world's food supply, numerous bee species remain undescribed or poorly understood.........Read more

Karnataka gives in, decides to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu

Karnataka decided on Monday to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, after twice deferring Supreme Court directives to share the river’s water with its neighbour. A resolution was passed at a special legislative session to release water to farmers in the Cauvery basin, including Tamil Nadu, for people’s irrigation and drinking water requirements.........Read more

Brahumdagh Bugti, exiled Baloch leader, to get Indian citizenship: Pakistani media

New Delhi: India is all set to grant citizenship to Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti, who is currently living in exile in Switzerland, Pakistani media reported late Thursday. Brahumdagh Bugti, the president of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), is the grandson of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti who was killed in an encounter with the Pakistani Army 10 years ago.........Read more

Delhi seen emerging as abduction capital

With a whopping 21 kidnappings every day, Delhi recorded most "kidnappings and abductions" among all cities in the country in 2015, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Shockingly, Delhi is on the top among all 29 states and seven Union Territories with 37 kidnapping and abduction cases per 1,00,000 population in 2015, said the latest "Crime in India" report of the NCRB.........Read more

Government notifies GST Council, in effect from Monday

Following presidential assent last week to the GST Bill, the Union Finance Ministry on Monday notified the provisions of the Constitution Amendment Act that allows for setting up the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council. "The Central Government hereby appoints the 12th day of September, 2016 as the date on which the provisions of section 12 of the said Act shall come into force," a ministry notification said.........Read more

Earthquake in Tanzania kills 13, injures over 200

The earthquake of 5.7 magnitude hit the region of Lake Victoria close to the border with Uganda and Rwanda at a depth of 10 km around 15:27 p.m. local time. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the epicentre was about 25 km east of the north western town of Nsunga on the border of Lake Victoria. Tremors were felt as far as Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Kenya.........Read more

Jammu-Kashmir: Encounter underway between security forces and militants, one policeman killed

One police constable was killed and three others injured as terrorists stormed into a private building Jehangir Mahal adjoining Army’s brigade headquarter at Allah Peer in Poonch town on Sunday morning.........Read more

Subhash Velingkar says he was 'cheated' by Manohar Parrikar after removal from RSS post

Chief of Goa unit of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Subhash Velingkar, who was removed from his post on Wednesday for going against the ruling BJP government, expressed surprise over his removal........Read more

Win over the poor: PM Modi to BJP CMs

New Delhi, Aug 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the BJP ruled state Chief Ministers to make their states a model for execution of the Central schemes and work in a mission mode in this direction. Addressing the Chief Ministers of the BJP ruled states in New Delhi yesterday evening, Modi asked them to …........Read more

Govt allows non-Muslim refugees to open bank a/cs, buy properties

In a big relief for the minority refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the Modi government has allowed them to open bank accounts and purchase properties. In a statement, the Home Ministry said that the central government has extended certain facilities to persons from minority community of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. …........Read more

Researchers develop a new wearable touchpad to help you write, play games

Seoul National University in South Korea have developed a touchpad made of hydrogel, a network of hydrophilic polymers that are soft and very stretchable. Researchers used a polyacrylamide hydrogel containing lithium chloride salts to develop the touchpad.........Read more

India to use Tu-22M3 Supersonic Bombers to Hunt down PLAN Warships

India seems likely to acquire four Tupolev Tu-22M3 "Backfire" twin-engine strategic bombers from Russia and will probably use these long-range jets on maritime strike missions to attack warships with volleys of modern anti-ship missiles (ASMs), including India's own BrahMos-A. When they arrive in India, the Backfires will become the country's first long-range strategic bombers. Indian media said these four variable-wing jets should be sufficient to deter China from further expansion in the Indian Ocean. In December 2015, China announced it would build a naval base for its People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on the Seychelles, an Indian Ocean nation off the east coast of Africa. Indian military analysts said the only conceivable deployment for the Tu-22M3 is to attack PLAN warships in the Indian Ocean and in the South China Sea. The jets have a range of 6,800 km, allowing them to venture out to the South China Sea from Visakhapatnam, headquarters of the Indian Navy's Eastern Naval Command. The distance to the Seychelles is 4,000 km. The Tu-22M3 was originally designed by the Soviet Union as a long-range maritime strike bomber armed with stand-off cruise missiles capable of attacking U.S. Navy carriers at very long-range. India might choose to arm the Tu-22M3 with the air launched version of its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, the BrahMos-A, or with the Russian cruise missiles it's designed to launch: the Raduga Kh-22 and the Raduga Kh-15. The Kh-22 has a range of 600 km and a 1,000 kg warhead. This weapon can also be armed with a nuclear warhead. The smaller Kh-15 with its 150 kg warhead is the world's fastest aircraft-launched missile. Backfires from the Thanjavur Air Force Base in southern India armed with the BrahMos-A can hunt down and hit PLAN warships in the Indian Ocean. The BrahMos-A can be modified to carry a nuclear warhead. Russia currently uses its Tu-22M3s to bomb targets in Syria in support of the Syrian government. The jets rain down unguided "dumb bombs" on their targets, which the United States says are mostly resistance groups allied with it.........Read more

Integrated GST issue, fixing registration limit concerns for Amit Mitra, GST committee chairman

Rates should not adversely affect the common man and there has to be a protection for fiscal capacity and stability of the states," Mitra told ET.........Read more

PM Modi hits out at cow brigade, says Gau Rakshaks are anti-socials

Modi broke his long silence on the cow slaughter debate and send a stern message to Gau Rakshaks. He said cow vigilantism was just a ruse to hide their misdeeds.........Read more

Sonia Gandhi's health deteriorates, receives treatment at Varanasi airport

Sonia Gandhi's health deteriorates, receives treatment at Varanasi airport - Congress President Sonia Gandhi was campaigning in Varanasi on Tuesday ahead of the UP elections 2017 where she fell ill. She cut short her visit as doctors advised her to go back to Delhi.........Read more

Afghanistan: The war the world forgot

Islamic State is a threat but it should not obscure Pakistan’s nefarious role in terror in the subcontinent, especially in Afghanistan.........Read more

Road to Rio: Rejuvenated Yogeshwar Dutt aims for Olympic gold despite injury setbacks

Yogeshwar Dutt's will and desire to compete and succeed at the top level is still driving him and hopefully, that is enough to secure India a medal at Rio.........Read more

Virat Kohli not the best batsman in the world: Muhammad Yousuf

Virat Kohli not the best batsman in the world: Muhammad Yousuf - Yousuf said Root is better than both Kohli and AB de Villiers........Read more

State govt to follow Seechewal’s water management model

Chandigarh: Haryana government has decided to formulate a Policy to find ways to treat waste water and reuse it for irrigation and other purposes to prevent pollution of Sarasvati river.........Read more

Of Smriti Irani, Casual Sexism and Barkha Dutt's Open Letter

While sexist remarks against her are problematic, so are her often vicious attacks against women she does not like. ........Read more

Pollution, stupidity, greed biggest threats to mankind:Hawking

Environmental pollution, human greed and stupidity remain the biggest threats to mankind globally, famed British physicist Stephen Hawking has warned.........Read more

Cameron, Corbyn vote in EU referendum

Millions of Britons began voting on Thursday in a bitterly fought, knife-edge referendum that could tear up the island nation's E.U. membership and spark the greatest emergency of the bloc's 60-year........Read more

Shakuntala Railways: India'€™s Only British-Owned Railways

Being one of the most important medium of transportation, many of us sometimes forget about its origin. The Indian railways’ nationalisation goes back to the year 1951 and although we own the entire labyrinth of the railway network, there is one rail........Read more

Indian women's relay team in hunt for qualification for Rio Olympics

The Indian women's relay team remained in the hunt for a spot in the upcoming Olympics at Rio Janeiro by putting up a strong performance at the PTS Athletics Meeting in Samorin, Slovakia on Sunday. The team clocked up a time of 3.31.39 sec and won go........Read more

ED summons Amrinder Singh€™s son in FEMA violation case

Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Raninder Singh, son of former Punjab chief minister Capt Amrinder Singh, in connection with its probe against him for alleged forex contraventions and holding of untaxed foreign assets.........Read more

Mobiles worth over Rs 10 lakh stolen from Amazon godown

Mobile handsets worth about Rs 10.37 lakhs were allegedly stolen from the godown of an e-commerce company by its employees, police said.........Read more

Pollution turning Taj Mahal yellow: NGT notice to Centre - Times of India

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to Ministry of Environment ........Read more

India to get new indigenously-built supercomputer next year

India will get an indigenously- built supercomputer next year as part of the government's Rs 4,500-crore programme aimed at taking India into an elite league of nations who have made advancements in the field.........Read more

Congress gets a new poster boy? Robert Vadra appears on posters at Sonia, Rahul Gandhi rally

Congress gets a new poster boy? Robert Vadra appears on posters at Sonia, Rahul Gandhi rally.........Read more

On-tap bank licence: Rajan just poured cold water on dreams of corporate biggies - Firstpost

On-tap banking licence will be the third leg of structural reforms in the banking sector........Read more

World's largest telescope may be set up in Ladakh | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

World's largest telescope may be set up in Ladakh - Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir is being explored to build the world's largest telescope.........Read more