Earth’s Magnetic Field is Messed up: Satellites, Spacecrafts & Your Phone May Stop Working

A part of the earth’s magnetic field is weakening, and no one really knows why. Satellite data pondered over by scientists has revealed a rather worrying development that the magnetic field is weakening between Africa and South America. Scientists say the area known as South Atlantic Anomaly has significantly widened over the past few years. The European Space Agency's (ESA) Swarm constellation of satellites have noticed a reduction in the strength from around 24 000 nanoteslas to 22 000 nanoteslas. The area of the anomaly has also grown and moved westward at around 20 km per year. What is worrying scientists is that a second area of minimum intensity has emerged southwest of Africa, which is an indication that the South Atlantic Anomaly could split up into two separate cells.........Read more

Handwara: Security forces recover Chinese Type 56 rifle from encounter site

Security agencies killed two terrorists, including a Lashkar commander, during an encounter in Handwara town in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district late Saturday. Along with the bodies of two terrorists during clearance operations, security forces also recovered weapons and other “warlike stores” from the encounter site. Chinese Type 56 and Romanian WASR series rifles were found at the encounter site.........Read more

Global Coronavirus Death Toll Crosses 2.4 Lakh, Over 85% of Fatalities Reported from Europe and US: Report

More than 2,40,000 people have died of the new coronavirus worldwide with over 85% of the deaths in Europe and the United States, according to an AFP tally on Saturday based on official figures. There have been 2,40,231 deaths out of 33,71,435 global cases since the virus emerged in China in December. Europe is the worst-hit continent accounting for 1,41,475 deaths out of 15,16,635 cases. The US has the highest number of deaths at 65,173, followed by Italy (28,236), Britain (28,131), Spain (25,100) and France (24,594).........Read more

Delhi Assembly Election Result 2020 Winners' List of AAP, BJP And Congress Candidates

The counting of votes for Delhi assembly seat is underway amid high security. As per early trends, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is leading in most of the seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also improved its performance with the early trends showing the party leading in at least 11 assembly seats. The Congress, however, is showing dismal performance with it only leading in 1 out of 70 seats. ........Read more

Pegasus spyware: WhatsApp downloads in India are down by 80 percent

Since WhatsApp brought Pegasus to the public eye last week, downloads of the app in India have reportedly declined by a staggering 80 percent. Meanwhile, users in India have been looking at another end-to-end encrypted app, Signal.........Read more

Volkswagen Group Companies Merge To Become Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited - CarandBike

The Skoda Auto led Volkswagen Group India has announced the transformative merger of its three subsidiaries Volkswagen India Private Limited (VWIPL), Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited (NSC) and Skoda Auto India Private Limited (SAIPL), as part of the 'India 2.0' project.........Read more

Insurers need to illustrate benefits clearly from December 1

Accordingly, returns guaranteed in non-liquid products will have to be clearly disclosed in the policy document. Not just that, the policy document will have to give minimum return projections that can be expected as well as the final amount that any buyer will get in case of maximum returns from the product. ........Read more

Men with breast cancer have lower survival rates than women

With many diseases, women receive procedures and drugs that were largely tested in men. Breast cancer has the opposite problem: Men make up less than 1 percent of breast cancer cases and often receive treatment based on data collected in women. What’s more, breast cancer in men has been rising. Diagnoses have gone from 0.85 per 100,000 men in the United States in 1975 to 1.21 per 100,000 in 2016. This year, an estimated 2,670 U.S. males will develop the disease. And a new analysis confirms what smaller studies have suggested: Men with breast cancer fare worse than their female counterparts. ........Read more

India vs South Africa: No place for MS Dhoni in T20I squad, Hardik Pandya returns

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the 15-member squad for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa on Thursday. It was more or less the same team that played against West Indies in their last series with the only exception being the return of Hardik Pandya. Jasprit Bumrah was not included in the squad with Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed being the specialist fast bowlers. In the spin department, Rahul Chahar, Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar were the preferred choices. Pandya was included in place of fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar. MS Dhoni was not included in the squad as India continue to persist with Rishabh Pant as the specialist wicket-keeper. Dhoni had taken a break from the sport following the conclusion of the team’s campaign in the ICC World Cup 2019 that was held in England and in that period, he joined the 106 TA Battalion (Para) in Jammu.........Read more

Amazon, Microsoft may be putting world at risk with killer AI, says report

Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are among the leading technology companies putting the world at risk through killer robot development that could spearhead a global artificial intelligence (AI)-based arms race, according to a report. whether they were developing technology that could be relevant to killer robots, whether they were working on related military projects and if they had committed to abstaining from contributing in the future, an AFP report said. The use of AI to allow weapon systems to autonomously select and attack targets has sparked ethical debates in recent years, with critics warning they would jeopardise international security and herald a third revolution in warfare after gunpowder and the atomic bomb. "Why are companies like Microsoft and Amazon not denying that they're currently developing these highly controversial weapons, which could decide to kill people without direct human involvement?" said Frank Slijper, lead author of the report. Google, which last year published guiding principles eschewing AI for use in weapons systems, was among seven companies found to be engaging in "best practice" in the analysis that spanned 12 countries, as was Japan's Softbank, best known for its humanoid Pepper robot.........Read more

Tsunami Sweeps Away Homes on Indonesian Island of Sulawesi After 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake

Indonesia had declared a tsunami warning after the strongest quake, which registered magnitude 7.5, but lifted it about half an hour later. It was followed by numerous strong aftershocks including one of magnitude 6.7. Tsunami hit Palu, which is the capital of central Sulawesi province, and a smaller city, Donggala.........Read more

After 16 months currency in circulation back to pre-demonetisation levels

Total currency in circulation is at Rs 18.13 lakh crore as of March 09, 2018, according to the latest Reserve Bank of India data. This is about 99.17 percent of pre-note ban levels of Rs 17.97 lakh crore on November 04’16. ........Read more

These Kerala rehabilitation homes help people with mental illness integrate into society

Named 'Snehakkoodu’ (home of love), the rehabilitation homes have been set up by the state department of health’s Arogya Keralam project in association with The Banyan, a mental health NGO based in Chennai, and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).........Read more

Ketan Parekh sentenced to three years in jail

A special court found former stock broker Ketan Parekh and his relative Kartik Parekh guilty for not paying a penalty imposed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and sentenced them to three years imprisonment along with a fine of ₹5 lakh each.........Read more

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung Erupts, Sends 7Km High Ash

Mount Sinabung which is on Indonesia’s Sumatra island disgorged on Monday morning. The mountain sent ash and smoke 7 km into the air and the same has forced many to flee the area. Sinabung erupted to such an extent that some villages were reportedly “pitch black” as huge clouds of smoke swallowed up the area. ........Read more

Terror funding case: Kashmiri separatist leaders mentioned in NIA charge sheet but no formal charges

The charge sheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in January in the terror funding case that names Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin also points to links between them and the top leadership of several Kashmiri separatist groups. However, the charge sheet doesn’t charge the Hurriyat leaders despite highlighting their role in conspiracies to attack Indian security forces in the Valley and in instigating young people there to resort to violence.........Read more

Harvey Weinstein’s Indian-American former PA: Had me clean semen, used condoms

Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been sued by his former Indian-American personal assistant who has alleged she was made to pick up his used condom, and clean up rooms and semen off his couch. Sandeep Rehal, who was Weinstein’s personal assistant for two years from 2013 to 2015, has sought trial by jury in an 11-page lawsuit.........Read more

An LTE version of Nokia’s 3310 may be coming

A new version of the 3310 has gone through China’s version of the FCC and is shown to support TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA, two of the country’s most popular wireless bands. The 3310 is also said to be running Alibaba’s Yun OS, which isn’t that surprising given that the 3G version runs a different OS than the 2G version, despite them looking identical.........Read more

CSK leave out star player from retention list

Chennai Super Kings are all set to retain their core group of players including MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, and Ravindra Jadeja for the upcoming edition of the IPL. If the franchise successfully retain these cricketers, then 33 crores will be deducted from their total purse of ₹80 crore for the auction.........Read more

Videocon Telecom to push case seeking Rs 10,000 cr damages from govt after 2G order

Videocon Telecom will put on fast track its case filed against the government in the telecom tribunal in 2015, where it had sought damages worth going up to Rs 10,000 crore due to loss of business as a fallout of the Supreme Court canceling 2G licenses of the company among eight others, on the back of the CBI Court's judgement that acquitted all accused in the 2G scam case. ........Read more

Jammu And Kashmir: Two Terrorists Killed in Shopian Encounter, Search Operation Underway

Two terrorists were gunned down on Tuesday in an overnight encounter with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district. The terrorists most likely belong to the Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).........Read more

Salma Hayek says Harvey Weinstein forced her to do a nude scene, threatened to have her killed

Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek has joined the ranks of Hollywood women accusing movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. “For years, he was my monster,” Hayek wrote in the opinion piece in which she included descriptions of sexual harassment, bullying and threats.........Read more

Women and Politics Should be Avoided From Military Discourse, Says Army Chief Bipin Rawat

The military should be somehow kept out of politics. Of late, we have been seeing that politicisation of the military has been taking place. I think we operate in a very secular environment. We have a very vibrant democracy where the military should stay far away from the polity........Read more

BCCI set for cash outflows in excess of ₹4900 crore

The Indian Premier League(IPL) has made the BCCI extremely rich over thelast10 years, but it is also fast becoming the reason for the board to be potentially looking at a cash outflow of nothing less than Rs 4900 crore going forward, which is a little in excess of US$750m.........Read more

Sushma Swaraj attends SCO summit in Russia: Counter-terrorism measures likely to top agenda

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday arrived in the Russian city of Sochi to attend the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit. The summit will be held on 30 November and 1 December and is likely to discuss issues relating to the regional security scenario, including situations in the Gulf and Afghanistan.........Read more

Hong Kong Open: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy Advance to Second Round

Indian ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu and HS Prannoy advanced to the second round while the women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy fell in the opening round of the Hong Kong Open Superseries.........Read more

OnePlus 5T to launch on November 16

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus on Tuesday announced that its next flagship smartphone, OnePlus 5T, will be launched globally on November 16. The smartphone will be available via an “Early Access Sale” in India from November 21.........Read more

Jagan Reddy eyes time-tested path to power in Andhra Pradesh, will walk 3,000 km in 6 months

In the next six months, Jagan intends to cover 125 assembly constituencies on foot, address 5,000 street corner meetings, hold 180 meetings with influential groups, and speak at 125 public meetings.........Read more

YSRCP to boycott Andhra Assembly, Jagan to launch his statewide Padayatra instead

The opposition YSRCP has taken a decision to boycott the winter session, demanding the disqualification of the MLAs who defected from their party to the ruling TDP - including four ministers, namely, Adinarayana Reddy, RV Sujay Krishna Ranga Rao, N Amarnath Reddy and Bhuma Akhila Priya.........Read more

Kerala HC upholds BCCI appeal, Sreesanth life ban to stay

The court delivered its verdict, which has now for the time being ended Sreesanth's hopes of not just playing for Kerala Ranji side in its upcoming matches but also to take part in practise sessions at any place that comes under the BCCI or any state cricket association.........Read more

Inheritance tax may be reintroduced in India by Centre soon

The government is planning to reintroduce inheritance tax in India, which may be introduced in the coming Budget. It was earlier known as ‘estate duty’ and is imposed on the property passed to an heir, was abolished in India by the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1985 as it failed to reduce wealth inequality.........Read more

Sasikala released on parole from Bengaluru jail

AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, who's in prison for amassing disproportionate assets+ , was on Friday granted a five-day parole to meet her ailing husband who recently underwent dual organ transplant.........Read more

Rajkummar Rao's Newton Inspired by Iranian Film Secret Ballot?

The Rajkummar Rao starrer Newton is “uncannily similar” to an Iranian film, Secret Ballot. It seems that while there are similarities, a few details have been tweaked. The polling officer is a man in Newton instead of a woman (as is the case in Secret Ballot); among other minor details. The core message of the film remains the same, both protagonists take the film forward in a different manner.........Read more

EU's Margrethe Vestager, the Dane Who Is Google's Bane

 If the critics of Silicon Valley needed a leader, many would turn to Denmark's Margrethe Vestager, the EU's top antitrust regulator. Around the world, authorities and governments now look to the elegant Dane who in June slapped Google with a record 2.4-billion-euro fine for illegally favouring its shopping service in search results........Read more

Uber Loses Licence To Operate In London

London's transport regulator on Friday stripped Uber of its licence to operate from the end of the month, affecting over 40,000 drivers in a huge blow to the taxi app. "Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications," Transport for London (TfL) said.........Read more

Artificial intelligence creating jobs in India, automation is no threat: Report

Implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) by Indian companies has created new jobs in the country, a new report by IT and consulting firm Capgemini said, countering fears that it will cause massive job losses in the near future.........Read more

Facebook takes the next step to make money from WhatsApp: Report

Facebook Inc is gearing up to make money from WhatsApp, the messaging service used by more than a billion people every day. WhatsApp is testing features that would allow businesses to chat with their clients on the app. We do intend on charging businesses in the future,” Chief Operating Officer Matt Idema told.........Read more

With 488 deaths, Maharashtra records highest no.of deaths due to Swine Flu this year

It is disheartening to see that Maharashtra tops the list of the highest deaths due to swine flu this year. Out of the 1100 deaths recorded nationwide due to the virus attack, Maharashtra remained at the top with 488 deaths followed by Gujarat which saw 343 deaths so far.........Read more

Google buys Indian-origin professor's health monitoring startup, Senosis Health

Google has acquired Senosis Health, a Seattle-based health monitoring startup founded by University of Washington Professor Shwetak Patel, the media reported. The startup turns smartphones into medical devices and collects various health stats.........Read more

Google to pay Apple $3bn to remain on iPhone

Google has increased the amount this year — from $1 billion three years ago to $3 billion this year — and Google’s licensing fees make up a large bulk of Apple’s services business.........Read more

Rumour: Daihatsu approaches Datsun supplier for India plans

Toyota has been planning to introduce its budget-oriented sub-brand - Daihatsu, in the Indian market for a fairly long time. Previous reports have claimed that Daihatsu could make an official debut in the country in 2019. Though the company hasn’t officially revealed any timeline as of now, it is said to be working on its India plans in the background.........Read more

Indian influenza seasons are going berserk

In tropical countries such as India, influenza often peaks during the monsoons. This has happened in enough recent years to seem like a stable trend. But in four of the five years since 2012, influenza has peaked in the summer months, grabbing news headlines and raising speculation about a viral mutation.........Read more

Resolving India's massive job crisis should be Modi's top priority

Large-scale employment generation is critical for both Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s electoral prospects in 2019 and rejuvenation of the economy. Continued addition to the ranks of unemployed or underemployed will fuel resentment among the youth who had voted overwhelmingly for Modi in 2014. ........Read more

Nepal was hit by 2 moderate intensity earthquakes

According to the National Seismological Centre (NSC), a 4.6 magnitude quake was reported at 9.22 am local time followed by another of a higher 4.7 magnitude at 10.06 am. No loss of life or property has been reported.........Read more

Exoplanet discovery: Seven Earth-like planets orbiting Trappist-1, but exactly what is an exoplanet?

Seven Earth-like planets orbiting a small star in our Galaxy called Trappist-1, are the most recent and arguably the most spectacular in a string of exoplanet discoveries going back 20 years. Before this,astronomers had spotted only 348 smaller terrestrial planets with Earth-like mass, and of those only a handful in a "temperate" zone that would allow for the presence of liquid water a key ingredient for life.........Read more

Record 27 US Congressmen travelling to India this month

A record number of 27 US Congressmen will visit India later this month, reflecting the growing bipartisan support for strengthening the Indo-US strategic ties. The top lawmakers from both the Republican and Democratic parties are visiting India in two separate delegations.........Read more

Tendulkar adopts another village for transformation

After transforming the lives of villagers in Puttamraju Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh, Indian cricket icon and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar is now set to adopt Donja in Osmanabad (Maharashtra) under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna.........Read more

Kolkata replaces Delhi as the most polluted metro city

This winter, Kolkata seems to be aiming hard for the crown for the most polluted Indian metro city, a dubious pole position currently held by New Delhi. Kolkata’s air pollution at the end of December was in the same category as that of Delhi at “very poor”, which the Central Pollution Control Board of India says may trigger “respiratory illness on prolonged exposure”. Environmentalists claim that Kolkata’s air pollution is actually worse than that being reflected in official data.........Read more

Panneerselvam issues orders to convert Jaya’s residence into memorial

Amid power struggle in Tamil Nadu, caretaker Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Thursday issued executive orders to convert late CM J. Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence into an ‘Amma memorial’. “It is the people's wish that Amma's home should be a memorial,” Panneerselvam said.........Read more

Bengal Assembly Ruckus: Leader of Opp Abdul Mannan hospitalised, Cong MLA says guards pulled her saree

In an unprecedented incident, a massive ruckus occurred in the West Bengal assembly over a heated discussion regarding Property Damage Bill. The opposition wanted more amendments to it and became agitated when they were overruled by the speaker. ........Read more

A study indicates that cyber attacks took 20 percent of the company revenue in 2016

Over one-third of organisations globally that experienced a cyber attack in 2016 registered a revenue loss of more than 20%, a new report has revealed. According to global networking giant Cisco’s annual report, ‘Annual Cybersecurity Report 2017’, more than 50% of organisations faced public scrutiny after a security breach.........Read more

Researchers use tiny 3-D spheres to combat tuberculosis

Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a new 3D system to study human infection in the laboratory. The team, which includes infection researchers, engineers and bioinformaticians in Southampton and University College London, have used an electrostatic encapsulation technique to make tiny 3D spheres within which human cells are infected with tuberculosis (TB) bacteria to generate conditions that more closely reflect events in patients.........Read more

Akshay Kumar Finally Revealed The Reason Why He Hardly Ever Gets An Award

Recently, Akshay made a shocking revelation on ‘Aap Ki Adalat’, when Rajat Sharma, the famous TV anchor asked him a question about awards. He said that at many award functions he had been asked to lower his performance fee and in return he can get an award.........Read more

Former Union minister E Ahamed passes away after suffering cardiac arrest

Ahamed's body will be taken to Kerala later today. The MP from Kerala's Mallapuram suffered a cardiac arrest during the President's address to the joint sitting of Parliament yesterday. At around 2.15 PM, he was shifted to the RML trauma centre's ICU where he was put on ventilator and breathed his last.........Read more

Every third candidate in Punjab is a crorepati

Every third candidate in Punjab Assembly elections is a crorepati with Congress' Rana Gurjit Singh having the highest assets of Rs 169.89 crore. According to an analysis by Association for Democratic Rights (ADR) of affidavits filed by candidates, there are 428 crorepati candidates in fray, while seven have declared zero assets in their self-sworn affidavits. Among the 1,145 candidates fighting in 117 seats for polls on February 4, Independent candidate in Abohar comes second with Rs 141.86 crore, followed by Congress candidate in Muktsar Karan Kaur declaring Rs 119.41 crore assets.........Read more

Amazon, Flipkart Bow Out Of Race To Acquire Dubai Based Ecommerce Portal Souq

Recently, it was reported that Amazon and India’s ecommerce bigwig Flipkart were bidding against each other to acquire Dubai-based ecommerce portal However, as per a recent report by Bloomberg, these talks fell apart after the parties disagreed over price, according to two sources in the know.........Read more

Cross-border tunnels: Centre turns to IITs for detection technology

With increasing infiltrations and multiple attacks including on armed forces’ bases, the Centre is looking to expedite its hunt for two key technologies— tunnel detection and gunshot detection systems— that it hopes will help prevent such activity.........Read more

UP assembly polls: Muzaffarnagar BJP MLA booked for model code violation

BJP MLA from Muzaffarnagar constituency Kapil Dev Aggarwal has been booked for the violation of the modal code of conduct ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, police said today. A case was registered against Aggarwal yesterday after his supporters gathered at Shiv Chowk without permission following his renomination from the seat by the party, …........Read more

Uber hikes taxi fares up to 50% in Delhi-NCR

Transportation app Uber has hiked fares of its entry-level offering ‘UberGo’ by up to 50 per cent in Delhi-NCR. The US-based firm has increased the minimum fare from Rs 40 to Rs 60, while ride time charge has been raised to Rs 1.5 per minute from Rs 1 earlier. Uber now charges Rs 6 per km up to 20 km and Rs 12 per km thereafter.........Read more

Tolkien'€™s grandson on how WW1 inspired The Lord of the Rings

I had always wanted to write about World War One. In the small English villages where I grew up the war memorials were engraved with long lists of men who had never come back from the trenches. They had left their homes for the first time in 1914, singing as they marched away towards the great adventure, only to find hell on the other side of the English Channel. Warfare had changed forever in the 100 years since Waterloo. Killing had become an industrial process and flesh and blood could not match high explosive shells and machine gun bullets.........Read more

First Time After Surgical Strikes, Pakistan-India Exchange List Of Nuclear Installations And Prisoners

This list was exchanged through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad and news about the same were shared via a statement that was released by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on January 1. Besides the prisoner list, both the countries also exchanged the list of their nuclear installation, adhering to their bilateral agree that they signed on December 31, 1988.........Read more

A magic ingredient that's better for detox than lemon and hot water

Incorporate sweet potato, you could be introducing ingredients which assist in appetite suppression. The downside is, you have you have to prepare them in a specific way - and it's not the tastiest, most appetising method of preparation.........Read more

Michael Schumacher bed-ridden photo smuggled, being sold for a million dollars

Michael Schumacher, who suffered a brain injury in a skiing accident in late 2013, has been kept largely a secret. The Formula One legend has been bed-ridden ever since the...........Read more

How undersea fibre-optic cables are repaired

Repairing a cable is similar to repairing a punctured tire where the bad rubber is replaced with a new patch. When a fibre-optic cable breaks in mid sea, it is impossible to see the fault directly. Hence, when such incidents take place, the telecom operator has to locate the accident and replace the damaged stretch with a fresh new cable.........Read more

Bar people from contesting from two seats: EC

The Election Commission has asked the government to amend laws to bar people from contesting from two seats or, at least as a deterrent, a candidate who vacates a seat necessitating a bypoll should be asked to deposit an........Read more

Ola, Flipkart seek market protection against global rivals Amazon, Uber

The founders of India's top two consumer Internet companies Sachin Bansal and Bhavish Aggarwal have called for enforcing protectionist measures against their global rivals Amazon and Uber, accusing these firms of dumping capital to buy customers to........Read more

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ and the Catholic connection to the atomic bomb

Martin Scorsese’s Silence will have its premiere at the Vatican, where it will be screened to hundreds of Roman Catholic priests. The famed director’s first foray into East Asia links to familiar themes of Catholic guilt and redemption, as he portrays the brutal 17th century persecution of Jesuit missionaries and their converts in Japan.........Read more

Malayalam actors Kavya Madhavan and Dileep to marry today after years of rumours

Putting an end to long standing speculation, actors Dileep and Kavya Madhavan who've acted together as the lead pair is several movies, are tying the knot today at a hotel in Kochi. The wedding, a small affair with just around two hundred guests, was at a hotel in Kaloor in Kochi. Though the couple had tried to keep it a big secret, by Thursday night, industry circles were abuzz with rumours.........Read more

Rupee at near 39-month low versus US dollar

Rupee's unabated free-fall continued for the fifth straight day as it weakened by another 27 paise to hit a fresh nine-month low of 68.83 against the dollar in early trade amid foreign fund outflows and the greenback's surge in overseas markets.........Read more

Karnataka hospital where Union minister Gowda’s brother died refuses old notes

Union minister DV Sadananada Gowda came face to face with the hardships brought in by the demonetisation move when a hospital in Karnataka where his younger brother died refused to accept payment in old banknotes.........Read more

Mumbai Based NGO Provides Shelter to Hundreds of Homeless Girls

The Urja Trust was founded in 2012 by Deepali Vandana, a Mumbai based social worker. It is a non-government organisation that provides shelter to vulnerable women who are homeless or have run away due to domestic violence. They are housed in a shelter home when they come in but later shifted to group homes as soon as they start becoming financially independent.........Read more

Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei, 1st woman to climb Everest, dies at 77

The first woman to climb Mount Everest didn't stop there. Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei, who died Thursday at 77, devoted her adult life to scaling peaks, climbing the tallest mountains in more than 70 countries.........Read more

Revealed: Jio is the slowest 4G service in India, according to TRAI data

According to the most recent data shared on TRAI MySpeed portal, Reliance Jio 4G is the slowest 4G in India. MySpeed portal gives access to the mobile data experience of consumers across India in an interactive way. Users can submit data by downloading the app and testing their data speeds.........Read more

On This Front, Led By China, PM Modi Reportedly Plans $3.1 Billion Move

The so-called Prayas initiative, short for " Pradhan Mantri Yojana for Augmenting Solar Manufacturing," a central-government plan designed to lift India's installed photovoltaic capacity as well as to create an export industry, according to two senior government officials with direct knowledge of the plan. They asked not to be identified because the policy isn't yet public. ........Read more

The Mystery of the 'Old Man of the Lake'

Crater Lake is a caldera lake in Oregon and the deepest lake in all of the United States. However, it’s not the lake’s pristine waters that attract the attention of tourists and scientists from across the world, but a huge tree stump that has been bobbing vertically there for, at the very least, over a century.........Read more

Children whose mothers take Vitamin D during pregnancy at lower risk of ADHD

Vitamin D was measured in umbilical blood and mothers completed the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) of their children.........Read more

Jayalalithaa Undergoing Lung Decongestion, Says Hospital

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who was hospitalised last month, is undergoing lung decongestion as well as other "comprehensive measures" and continues to be under constant monitoring, Apollo Hospital said today.........Read more

Meet Jabir Karat: The Man On a Mission to Manage Kerala’s Waste

In order to get a firm grasp on the subject, Jabir went to Coimbatore for three months and trained under Vellore Srinivasan, Project Director of Indian Green Service, a solid and liquid resource management company. Here, he worked as a ragpicker. Once his three months were up, Jabir felt he was ready to take on the challenge of starting a new business. Green Worms started in the small town of Thamarassery in Kozhikode district. The team leased out a one-acre plot to segregate waste and also set up a composting unit.........Read more

Govt said to refer 2009 Tata-Docomo deal to Enforcement Directorate

The Enforcement Directorate will probe if the Tata-Docomo transaction, which took place in 2009, breached India’s Foreign Exchange Management Act........Read more

Andhra becomes second state to achieve 100% electrification

Andhra Pradesh has become the second state in the country after Gujarat to achieve 100 per cent electrification of households, a latest report has said.........Read more

SPUTNIK EXCLUSIVE: Research Proves Google Manipulates Millions to Favor Clinton

In this exclusive report, distinguished research psychologist Robert Epstein explains the new study and reviews evidence that Google's search suggestions are biased in favor of Hillary Clinton. He estimates that biased search suggestions might be able to shift as many as 3 million votes in the upcoming presidential election in the US.........Read more

WhatsApp: Hackers can access personal data, even after users hit ‘Delete’, says forensic expert

Facebook owned messaging app, WhatsApp in April launched and update where every message or call were automatically encrypted in the application. But the extent of security is now being questioned by a forensic scientist who claimed that the messages deleted on the app were not getting actually removed. Jonathan Zdziarski, a digital forensic scientist and security expert, on his blog, posted his research findings which denotes that more than 1 billion users' chats on WhatsApp remain even after they delete or clear their data.........Read more

Uber to merge its China operations with rival Didi Chuxing: Report

In a big business deal, the famous taxi-hailing app company Uber, will merge its China business with its rival Didi Chuxing.........Read more

Can India's largest ever Olympics contingent bring back its largest ever medals haul from Rio?

Despite India's sending its largest ever contingent (till then) to the summer Olympics in 2012 in London, the opening ceremony featured Bangalore-based danseuse Madhura Nagendra, who was seen walking at the head of the Indian team’s march during the ........Read more

This Indian startup doesn't want you to buy furniture ever again

With just one suitcase and a duffel bag, 29-year-old Mahi Malhotra (name changed on request) boarded the flight from New Delhi to Bengaluru to start a new phase in her life. She had landed herself a coveted job at one of India's leading IT companies,........Read more

You won’t believe this tea-seller is also an author of 24...

Meet Laxman Rao – a roadside chaiwala (tea seller) at Delhi and also an author of 24 books so far; consisting Hindi novels, plays, literature and philosophy. Born in the year 1952 at a village in Amravati district, Maharashtra, he always wanted to be an author... #chaiwalaauthor #delhi #laxmanrao........Read more

Pahlaj Nihalani censored Udta Punjab on BJP’s order: Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani of censoring Udta Punjab, a film about the drug menace in the border state, on the direction of the Centre.........Read more

Infy's Finacle to power Paytm's payments bank

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IIT entrance test will be of Class 12 level: Smriti Irani

With the government expressing concern that the joint entrance examination for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) sometimes has degree-level questions that a Class 12 student may........Read more