ICMR Head’s Letter Says Launch of Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Latest by August 15’

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has set an ambitious launch date of August 15 for the public use of the Coronavirus vaccine being developed in partnership with Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech. “It is envisaged to launch the vaccine for public health use latest by 15th August 2020 after completion of all clinical trials. BBIL is working expeditiously to meet the target, however, final outcome will depend on the cooperation of all clinical trial sites involved in this project," a letter by ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava, accessed by News18, said. ........Read more

Govt Orders Immediate Withdrawal of Over 7,000 Paramilitary Troops from Kashmir Valley: Officials

Four months after the abrogation of Article 370 that revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status, government sources said a decision has been taken to recall troops in the Valley with immediate effect. Close to 70 companies (or 70,000 personnel) of the paramilitary will be recalled, they added. The decision was taken after a full security review of the Kashmir situation on Tuesday. ........Read more

More than 5 lakh jobs expected to be lost due to slump in real estate industry

India might have thought the worst of a bad loans crisis was past, but a severe cash crunch in the real estate industry could augur fresh strife for its banks. A slump in the residential property market is leaving many builders struggling to repay loans to shadow lenders.........Read more

Why China is breeding giant pigs that are as heavy as polar bears

The 500 kilogram, or 1,102 pound, animal is part of a herd that’s being bred to become giant swine. At slaughter, some of the pigs can sell for more than 10,000 yuan ($1,399), over three times higher than the average monthly disposable income.........Read more

49 injured on day one of Jallikattu event in Tamil Nadu

Forty-nine people were injured on the first day of the traditional Jallikattu festival in Tamil Nadu that has attracted the ire of animal activists. Nearly 500 bulls and a similar number of 'tamers' were involved on opening day of festival in Madurai. ........Read more

Kwan Entertainment Co-founder Anirban Blah Attempts Suicide Amid #Metoo Allegations

Anirban Blah, the co-founder of Kwan Entertainment and also accused of #MeToo movement in India, allegedly tried to commit suicide by jumping off the old Vashi bridge in Navi Mumbai late on Thursday night.........Read more

Mumbai’s costliest public toilet, built at Rs 90 lakh on Marine Drive, now open for business

The city’s iconic promenade at Marine Drive has been gifted a swanky new public toilet which opened at an estimated cost of Rs 90 lakh, the public facility has already earned the tag of city’s most expensive toilet.........Read more

British Lawmakers Want 9-Year-Old Indian Chess Prodigy To Stay In UK

Two British MPs have intervened in the visa battle of a nine-year-old Indian boy Shreyas Royal who has the potential to be the future world chess champion but must leave the country by next month when his father's work visa expires.........Read more

Marathas take reservation battle to Mumbai, call for bandh today: 10 points

A day after massive violence in Maharashtra over Maratha reservation, the Maratha Kranti Morcha (MKM) leaders demanding quota for the community have called for a bandh in Mumbai on Wednesday. ........Read more

Audi Q3 & Q7 Design Editions launched

Audi has launched the Q3 and Q7 Design Editions in India. Both models get minor exterior changes and added features. The Q3 Design Edition costs Rs. 40.76 lakh while the Q7 is priced from Rs. 82.37 lakh (ex-showroom).........Read more

Swallowing pain like Lord Shiva who drank poison, says Kumaraswamy; BJP calls him ‘best actor’

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy Saturday expressed unhappiness at the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in the state. He said, “You are all happy that one of your brothers has become the Chief Minister. But I am not happy. I am swallowing my pain like Vishakanta (Lord Shiva).”........Read more

Bihar waters down liquor law, the 1st-time offence now bailable

People caught the first time drinking liquor in Bihar will be allowed to go free after payment of a Rs 50,000 fine, or will spend three months in jail, according to a Bihar government proposal to amend the state's prohibition law.........Read more

Official: Rajinikanth's 2.0 on Nov 29, 2018

Rajinikanths 2.0 that is being made with a whopping budget of Rs 400 Cr, will be released on November 29, 2018. The film is reportedly the second most expensive 3D film in Asia. The movie has been grabbing eyeballs as it is sequel to blockbuster Robot The Enthiran .........Read more

Reliance Jio ready for next battle over WiFi calling

Reliance Jio plans to integrate the voice over WiFi feature in its new range of 4G JioPhone feature phones, which have helped the telco make inroads into rural areas. Jio has asked the ministry to complete any other tests required before it offers the service commercially to customers.........Read more

Beam India paid Rs 10 cr bribe to CSD: US probe

Beam Global Spirits & Wine (India), referred to as Beam India by US Securities and Exchange Commission (USSEC) in its report, paid over Rs 10 crore bribe to officials of the military’s Canteen Stores Department (CSD) to promote its popular whisky brands. ........Read more

IOA decides against sending football teams for Asian Games

Indian Olympic Association (IOA), omitted the men and women’s football teams from the Asian Games contingent saying that the football teams were excluded because they ‘did not stand a chance to compete for medals’.........Read more

Govt plans to sell Air India building in Mumbai to JNPT

The government has started discussions for sale of the Air India building at Nariman Point, Mumbai, to the country’s biggest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) as part of efforts to raise funds for the cash-strapped national carrier.........Read more

Home ministry issued new security guidelines to states in the wake of an "all-time high" threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The ministry said there has been an "all-time high" threat to the prime minister and he is the "most valuable target" in the run-up to the 2019 general elections. No one, not even ministers and officers, should be allowed to come too close to the prime minister unless cleared by his special security.........Read more

BJP MPs Sinha and Azad may be Cong nominees in 2019 LS polls

With barely nine months left before the Election Commission issues poll notification for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in March next year, Bihar is headed for a major political churning.........Read more

North Korea demolishes its nuclear test site

North Korea carried out what it said is the demolition of its nuclear test site on Thursday by setting off a series of explosions over several hours in the presence of foreign journalists.........Read more

'Tired' AB de Villiers retires from international cricket

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has retired from international cricket, via a sudden announcement four days after completing another IPL season with Royal Challengers Bangalore.........Read more

Pulwama Encounter Concludes in J&K; CRPF Jawan Killed, Terrorists Escape

According to reports, the gunfight broke out when the security forces were carrying out search operations in the area. The security forces have managed to trap the terrorists. The area has been cordoned off. However, the terrorists managed to escape taking advantage of darkness amid intense stone pelting in the area. Locals were seen pelting stones at the security forces, One Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has lost his life.........Read more

Putin warns about global ‘chaos’ if West strikes Syria again

Even though Russia did not retaliate after the western coalition launched air strikes to penalise the Bashar al-Assad regime of Syria after it allegedly conducted a poisonous gas attack on its own people, President Vladimir Putin has warned that if the West persisted with its attacks on the disturbed west Asian country, it could lead to a serious chaos in world affairs.........Read more

Startups With Up to Rs 10 Cr Investment to Get Tax Concession

Giving major relief to budding entrepreneurs, the government today allowed startups to avail tax concession only if total investment including funding from angel investors does not exceed Rs 10 crore. With the introduction of amendments through this notification, startups are likely to have an easy access to funding which in turn will ensure ease in starting of new businesses, promoting startup ecosystem, encouraging entrepreneurship, leading to more job creation," the ministry said in a statement.........Read more

Thousands Of Indian Engineers In Kuwait May Face Deportation

A new regulation on residency and work permits may deport thousands of Indian engineers in Kuwait back to India. The move will affect 15,000 to 40,000 Indian engineers. The Kuwait Public Authority for Manpower recently announced that a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSOE) is needed to attain residency and work permits in the country.........Read more

Axis Bank CEO Shikha Sharma to step down in December 2018

Axis Bank said on Monday that Sharma, who has been the CEO of the third largest private sector bank since 2009, “had requested the board to reconsider the period of her reappointment as MD and CEO of the bank to be revised from June 1, 2018, up to December 31, 2018”. Sharma (59) has been a CEO since 2000 when she took charge of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, which she headed until 2009. Sharma, who was one of the candidates to succeed KV Kamath at ICICI Bank, then moved out to take charge of Axis Bank.........Read more

Centre of our galaxy is teeming with 10,000+ black holes

Astronomers poring over old x-ray observations have found signs of a dozen black holes in the inner circle of the Milky Way. And since most black holes can't even be spotted that way, they calculate that there are likely thousands of them there. They estimate it could be about 10,000, maybe more.........Read more

Blackmail Review: Irrfan Khan’s Film is a Dark Dark Comedy as Good as Dark Chocolate

Blackmail is a film that celebrates the sheer lunacy of the marital equation when pushed against betrayal. Its strength lies in generating laughter out of the most meditative mishaps of marriage. The sheer preposterousness of making adultery on an occasion of a serial blackmail is used to invoke a sense of unabashed boisterousness.........Read more

Kerala: Meet Tribal 'poison healer' Lakshmikutty who won Padma Awards 2018

Padmashree awardee Lakshmikutty is a 75-yr-old tribal woman from Kallar forest area in Thiruvananthapuram district. She has been practicing traditional medicine for the past 50 years and is known as 'poison healer'.........Read more

MG Motors ZS SUV India Launch Details Revealed — To Rival Hyundai Creta

Chinese firm SAIC-owned British automaker MG Motors is all set to enter the Indian market in 2018. Company's first product in the Indian market could be the ZS SUV. The report states that the first MG model would be a Hyundai Creta rival and it might be the ZS or GS SUV.........Read more

New LG patent brings a folding phone that converts into a tablet

LG files two unique versions of a patent one of which seems to be a folding phone which can be morphed into a tablet as well. This design patent has been filed at World Intellectual Property Organization.........Read more

Dead woman gives birth to stillborn ten days after she died

The woman, 33-year-old Nomveliso Nomasonto Mdoyi had suddenly complained of breathlessness at her home in the village of Mthayisi in South Africa’s southern Eastern Cape province. However, 10 days after she had passed away, staff noticed that a dead baby had appeared between the legs of her lifeless body. Experts say that the relaxation of muscles after death or even a build-up of bacteria could cause an unborn baby to be expelled experts.........Read more

Kashmir: Centre okays Rs 6,809 crore Zojila Pass tunnel project, reduces travel time between Srinagar, Leh to 15 mins

Zojila tunnel will be the longest bi-directional tunnel in Asia. (Its) construction period (will be) seven years because of a very difficult terrain where in some areas temperature dips to minus 45-degree Celsius. The tunnel shall be an engineering marvel as first of its kind in such a geographical area.........Read more

Nearly 13% dip in number of Indians visiting US

As per the latest figures released by US National Travel and Tourism Office, in the first six months (January to June), there was a drop of 12.9 percent in the number of people traveling from India to the US.........Read more

JNU to offer inclusive e-learning courses through new SCEL platform

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has decided to offer digital courses in numerous disciplines through its new platform— Special Centre for E-Learning (SCEL) so as to aid students from remote regions to access “high quality” education.........Read more

Scientists identify mechanism that helps us inhibit unwanted thoughts

Scientists have identified a key chemical within the 'memory' region of the brain that allows us to suppress unwanted thoughts, helping explain why people who suffer from disorders such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and schizophrenia often experience persistent intrusive thoughts when these circuits go awry.........Read more

Bypassed, Pawar raked up Sonia's Italian roots: Pranab Mukherjee in book

"After Sonia's elevation as the Congress president, she consulted P Shiv Shankar on all important issues rather than Pawar. This sense of alienation and disenchantment may have been responsible for his statements on Sonia's foreign origin, and his subsequent exit from the party in 1999," Mukherjee wrote.........Read more

Gurdaspur bypoll result: Congress' Sunil Jakhar wins by 1,93,219 votes

The Congress won a decisive mandate in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll with its candidate Sunil Jakhar romping home by over 1,90,000 votes.........Read more

Three scientists awarded Nobel physics prize for discovery in gravitational waves

The Nobel Physics Prize 2017 has been awarded to three scientists for their discoveries in gravitational waves. Sweden's Royal Academy of Sciences announced Tuesday that the winners are Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Barry Barish and Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology.........Read more

Sajjan Jindal 1st businessman to 'adopt' ghat in Kashi

The Centre has cleared a multi-crore renovation project by the magnate's firm, Jindal Steel Works (JSW), to repair, clean and restore Harishchandra ghat, a site on the bank of the Ganga here frequently visited for Hindu funeral rites.........Read more

Aditya Birla to exit online fashion retail, says business unsustainable

ABOF, the flagship portal of the $50 billion conglomerate will pull down its shutters by December 31, a little over two years after it began operations. Fueled by large doses of venture capital, its rivals have made the business of selling fashion online unsustainable.........Read more

FIFA Announces New Format for 2018 World Cup Draw

FIFA has announced a new and simplified format for the 2018 World Cup draw and according to it, the teams that will qualify for the tournament will be grouped by their spot in the world ranking, rather than their continent.........Read more

HDFC Bank Ranked No 1, Jio At 11 In Top 50 Most Valuable Brands List

HDFC Bank retained its No 1 position in the BrandZ India top 50, doubling its brand value since 2014 with a sustained focus on improving services. Telecom provider Reliance Jio ranks at No 11, months after its launch. Other new entrants included DMart, appliance brand Whirlpool, insurance brand Bajaj Allianz, Canara Bank and entertainment brands Sun Direct and DishTV.........Read more

One nation one code: How Ambedkar and others pushed for a uniform code before Partition

Constitutionmaking body, dominated by Congress, with non-Congressmen like B R Ambedkar the exceptions, was keen to transform India's political revolution into a social one and to create a document enabling social (and as part of it, economic) progress and fostering national unity and stability. It rejected at the outset the idea of a `Gandhian Constitution' (based on the village as a key unit of national life) and decided to accept the parliamentary government model adopted by leading Western nations.........Read more

India's Oldest Cinematographer Ramananda Sengupta Passes Away

Country's oldest cinematographer Ramanda Sengupta, who worked with legends like Jean Renoir, Ritwik Ghatak, and Mrinal Sen, died in Kolkata. Sengupta worked behind the camera in over 70 films, including landmark ones like Shilpi, Nishithe, Bindur Chhele, Personal Assistant, Headmaster and Teen Bhubaner Pare.........Read more

Right to Privacy is a guaranteed fundamental right, says 9-member SC bench in unanimous verdict

Issuing a unanimous ruling, the court also said a three-judge bench will test the validity of Aadhaar, a controversial 12-digit biometric unique identity project that the government is pushing widely but which has raised data breach and privacy concerns. Critics also say it could help the government spy on people, leading to multiple petitions in court challenging Aadhaar on the question of privacy.........Read more

Rajasthan govt seeks CBI probe into Vadra land transactions

The Rajasthan police had lodged 16 FIRs at Bikaner’s Gajner police station and two FIRs at Kolayat police station in connection with fraudulent land deals involving 374.44 hectares of land in Bikaner district. The deals had taken place between 2009 and 2011.........Read more

Banks to pay 3% GST on gold imports: CBEC

Banks importing gold and precious metals will have to pay 3% tax under the goods and services tax (GST) which can be claimed as input tax credit, the government has said........Read more

India’s roads to be safer, greener under new NHAI plans

Driving down India’s national highways could be a much safer experience by the end of this year, with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) set to roll out an ‘incident management system’. Under this, ambulances will be stationed every 50 kilometres to be able to respond to any mishap within 15 minutes of it being reported on a national accident helpline.........Read more

NPA Resolution: RBI Chief Calls For Recapitalisation of State-Run Banks

Reserve Bank Governor Urjit Patel on Saturday called for recapitalisation of state-run banks to help them resolve the NPAs issue in a time-bond manner as bad loans at 9.6 per cent of the system is not acceptable.........Read more

Al-Qaeda terrorist arrested in Delhi

A terrorist linked to the al-Qaeda has been arrested by the Delhi police. The police say that he was trying to escape to Nepal when he was arrested. The operative has been identified as Raza-ul-Ahmed. He was wanted by the West Bengal police.........Read more

Shia board moves SC for ownership of Babri Masjid

Seventy-one years after losing a legal battle for ownership of Babri Masjid, Shia Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court, challenging a trial court order which had on March 30, 1946 declared the mosque as Sunni Waqf Board property. The board has admitted in its petition that Babri Masjid was constructed after demolishing a temple on the site.........Read more

Chinese media accusing India of trying to invade Bhutan amid Doklam standoff?

As the Doklam standoff continues with neither China nor India ready to back down, the Chinese media's stand seems to be oscillating between aggressive and vague. After the nation's media claimed that it was New Delhi provoking Beijing and not the other way round, it has now said that India is trying to turn Bhutan into its protectorate.........Read more

Lucky to Have Missed IIM Exam, Says Infosys Co-Founder Nilekani

Infosys Co-Founder Nandan Nilekani considers himself lucky to have missed out on his IIM entrance exam, as he would not have been associated with Narayana Murthy, who built Infosys along with four other founders.........Read more

Learn Kannada or Get Sacked, Karnataka Bank Staff Told

The Karnataka Development Authority also said that the day to day business of banks must be carried out in the local language so that people are not excluded from banking services, especially in rural areas.........Read more

Chinese defence ministry meets visiting Indian media at the height of Doklam crisis

The Chinese defence ministry on Monday opened its doors to a visiting Indian media delegation, to reinforce its position that Indian troops must leave the Doklam plateau to resolve the crisis in the Sikkim section of the China-India frontier.........Read more

J&K: Three Terrorists Killed as Indian Army Foils Infiltration Bid in Gurez Sector

Three terrorists were killed on Thursday as the Indian Army foiled an infiltration bid in Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir. According to latest reports, the operation is in progress in the region.........Read more

Yusuf Bashir, head of Infosys corporate venture arm, resigns

Former SAP SE executive Yusuf Bashir, who used to head Infosys Ltd’s $500 million corporate venture arm, has resigned from the Bengaluru-based company. During his time as head of Infosys’s corporate venture arm, Bashir was charged with the task of helping Infosys tap into disruptive new technologies offered by start-ups, which in turn could be taken by the company to win more business from Fortune 1000 clients.........Read more

Madras HC makes Vande Mataram mandatory in schools, govt and private offices

Singing of Vande Mataram in schools, government offices, private entities and industries in Tamil Nadu has been made compulsory by Madras high court. While schools must sing it at least once a week either on Monday or Friday, the national song must be crooned in offices once a month.........Read more

Toddlers begin learning rules of reading, writing at very early age, study finds

Even the proudest of parents may struggle to find some semblance of meaning behind the seemingly random mish-mash of letters that often emerge from a toddler's first scribbled and scrawled attempts at putting words on paper.........Read more

Ketamine ‘incredibly effective’ at ending depression – study

Australian researchers at the Black Dog Institute completed the world’s first randomized control trial (RCT), assessing the efficacy and safety of ketamine as a treatment for depression in elderly patients.........Read more

Solar DEMU trains start rolling: This is how much Indian Railways will save

The Indian Railways’ newly launched solar diesel multiple unit trains (DEMU) are expected to save hundreds of crores for the government in fuel bills as well as reduce the carbon emissions. The Indian Railways spends a huge amount of money on diesel to power its trains each year which, apart from the monetary impact, also takes an environmental toll. ........Read more

6 telcos including Airtel, Idea underreported revenue by Rs61,064.5 crore: CAG

Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) says private telecom companies, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, understated revenues to the extent of Rs61,064.5 crore during 2010-11 and 2014-15, leading to a “short payment” of Rs7,697.6 crore to the government.........Read more

Call Of Duty: WW2 Zombies Mode Officially Revealed

It's no secret that Call of Duty: WWII is going to have a Zombies mode; over the past few years, it has become a staple of the Call of Duty series. In addition, we already know the cast that'll appear in this year's mode. Today, Activision finally revealed WWII's Zombies in a new trailer.........Read more

DriveSpark - Is WR-V The Next Big Winner For Honda In India?

The WR-V was launched in India to counter the popular Maruti Brezza and the Ford EcoSport, although the Honda WR-V does not look anywhere close to a subcompact SUV. However, the Honda WR-V boasts of premium features like the electric sunroof, driver side cooled cup holder/ smartphone holder, driver side armrest, along with standard features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD. These features set the WR-V apart from the others.........Read more

Manpreet Kaur, who won shot-put gold at Asian Athletics Championships, fails dope test

Manpreet Kaur, who won a gold medal in the recently-concluded Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, tested positive for stimulant dimethylbutylamine. The test was conducted by NADA during the Federation Cup National Championships in Patiala last month.........Read more

Movie Review: Lipstick Under My Burkha Could Start A Revolution

Director Alankrita Srivastava's biggest strength is that she gives us no easy answers or solutions. There are no superficial makeovers and kitty parties or shopping sprees. The women lead dual lives, one self is how the society sees them and the other where they fantasise about how they want to be. Both these sides are seamlessly sewn together, but vigorously pull the women in opposite directions.........Read more

Nepalis, saddled with banned Indian rupee notes, risk losing savings

Nepalis stand to lose millions of dollars held in high-value Indian bank notes that India banned last year and has yet to exchange, a Nepali central bank official said on Tuesday. In March, officials from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) visited Nepal and promised to allow every Nepali citizen to exchange 4,500 Indian rupees ($70) worth of the old notes for new ones. "That was only a verbal assurance but no formal decision from India has come to us," said Chinta Mani Shivakoti, a deputy governor of the central Nepal Rastra Bank.........Read more

7th CPC (Pay Commission) Latest News: Time Limit of Receipt for Receipt of Anomalies Extended by Three Months

The HRA must be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent of Basic Pay in X, Y and Z cities when the Dearness Allowance (DA) crosses 25 per cent and further to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent of Basic Pay in X, Y and Z cities when DA crosses 50 per cent.........Read more

Microsoft just revealed its new console

Microsoft has revealed its new console, which it says is the most powerful ever made. The Xbox One X has the fastest chip ever used in a console and will be capable of showing games with better graphics and clarity than ever before, the company said. It will go on sale on 7 November, Microsoft said during a spectacular demonstration at the E3 games conference.........Read more

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 with 6.44-inch display, 5300mAh battery launched in India at Rs 16,999

In terms of specifications, the device features a 6.44-inch full-HD display with a 1080x1920 pixel resolution. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 4GB RAM. It includes an internal storage of 64GB and can be further expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. The device comes equipped with a 12MP rear camera with a Sony IMX386 sensor along with 5MP front-facing camera.........Read more

Bharat Arun is India's bowling coach, Sanjay Bangar assistant coach

The Indian men's cricket team will have its first bowling coach in over a year in the capacity of the man who last held the position - former India medium-pace bowler Bharat Arun, who on Tuesday was reappointed to the role he fulfilled during Ravi Shastri's tenure as team director from August 2014 to April 2016.........Read more

Why deep learning isn’t always the best AI solution

Deep learning is a new method of artificial intelligence that is an active, fast-moving area of research where we can expect advances to become market-ready over the next several years. Unfortunately, market hype has turned deep learning into a buzzword that can contribute to the misconception that other approaches to AI are not relevant. After all, if you are not doing deep learning, surely you must be doing shallow learning, right?........Read more

Is SASEC road project India’s answer to China’s OBOR?

India is pulling out all stops to expedite the South Asian Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) road connectivity program in the backdrop of China’s ambitious “One Belt One Road” initiative aimed at connecting around 60 countries across Asia, Africa and Europe.........Read more

Why we need period leave: It's time to change a misogynistic system, we've earned the right

Asking for period leave won't break the world as we know it. It's just a practical realisation of bringing women's experiences into the centre of work culture, and tailoring it to meet the lives and needs of half of its work force........Read more

Kamal Haasan Gets Notice For Revealing Actress Name

Kamal took the name of the heroine, who was the victim of 'sexual assault' and said that media should not hide her name especially after she had come out in open and filed a case against her wrongdoers. He extended his full support to her and demanded severe punishment to her assaulters.........Read more

Sheringham named head coach of Atletico de Kolkata

Former England and Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham has been named head coach of Indian Super League franchise Atletico de Kolkata. Sheringham, 51, replaced Spaniard Jose Francisco Molina, who led ATK to their second title in three years in his only season as coach.........Read more

Tata Consultancy Services to increase Bhubaneswar unit's employee capacity by 3,000

Tata Consultancy Services' currently houses 3,200 employees at its Bhubaneswar facility and intends to increase the unit's capacity by 3,000 amid reports of its Lucknow office being shut down.........Read more

SC Research Scholars Cry Foul After UGC Cancels Their Fellowship

Research scholars, belonging to the Scheduled Castes, were in for a rude shock when the third list of selected candidates for the National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste was released on 30 June. Some of their names, that appeared in the first list, were left out of the third list that was released by the University Grants Commission (UGC........Read more

BS Yeddyurappa says Karnataka will burn if Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat is arrested

BS Yeddyurappa has sent a warning to the state government that Karnataka will be up in flames if RSS strongman Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat is arrested. He was reacting to the reports of Bhat being arrested for a provocative speech against minorities.........Read more

NEET 2017 exam not to be nullified: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to "nullify" the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 exam, saying it would affect over six lakh candidates who have passed the test to join medical and dental courses.........Read more

Odisha sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik hospitalised amidst hunger strike to protest beach pollution

Two days after he started a hunger strike to protest sewage and garbage soiling Bankimuhan beach in Puri, 40-year-old sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik – who is perhaps the most famous attraction on the beach – was hospitalised on Thursday.........Read more

Satellite Images Show a Trillion Ton Iceberg Broke Off Antarctica

Sometime between July 10 and July 12, 2017 a trillion ton iceberg split off, “changing the outline of the Antarctic Peninsula forever,” said one scientist. The new iceberg is now called A68, and at 2,240 square miles (5,800 square km) it is one of the biggest ever recorded, about the size of Delaware in the US, or twice the size of Luxembourg.........Read more

Persons from UP, Kerala, Bihar, TN among 11 killed in Saudi fire: MEA

Of the 11 Indians killed in a fire in a Saudi Arabian city on Wednesday, four were from Uttar Pradesh, three from Kerala and one each from Bihar and Tamil Nadu, the External Affairs Ministry said.........Read more

India modernising nuclear arsenal with eye on China: US experts

India is estimated to have produced approximately 600 kilograms of weapon-grade plutonium, sufficient for 150-200 nuclear warheads, two top American nuclear experts have said.........Read more

Don't think 'Bigg Boss' is tarnishing Tamil culture: Kamal Haasan

“I’m not answerable to those who have filed the complaint. I’m not worried about the case. I have immense faith in law and in our government. I don’t think ‘Bigg Boss’ is tarnishing Tamil culture. I have done kissing scenes in the past. Perhaps, they are seeking my arrest late,” Kamal Haasan told.........Read more

No non-veg food for domestic economy class fliers of Air India

“We have decided to serve vegetarian meals in our economy-class seats on domestic flights,” Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani told The Hindu. However, non-vegetarian meals would continue to be served in business and executive class on domestic as well as international flights.........Read more

Why you shouldn't stop SIPs

SIPs should not make investors adopt a “fill it, shut it, forget it“ approach. SIP investing is not only about selecting a good set of funds and then waiting for the profits to roll in. The difference between good and bad performers can be enormous over the long term.........Read more

A team of Chennai-based techies are tracking missing children; 100 rescued so far

The team has gathered identities of nearly three lakh missing children from various websites and are using face recognition to track them down. Even if one does not have the photo of the missing kid, a photograph of a sibling can be used for the search.........Read more

Stephen Hawking is wrong about runaway greenhouse on Earth and here's why

"We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump's action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid," Hawking told. While the prospect of the Earth morphing into Venus makes for a visually striking image, some climate change experts questioned the accuracy of his statement. ........Read more

Are you planning to totally abolish tribunals, asks SC after Centre proposes new law

The proposed bid to slash the number of tribunals today caught the attention of the Supreme Court which cited media reports and asked whether the Centre was planning to abolish quasi-judicial panels.........Read more

Malabar exercise to bring together Indian, US, Japanese warships

India, the US and Japan have all deployed their largest warships for the top-notch Malabar exercise to be held in the Bay of Bengal from July 10 onwards.........Read more

Microsoft likely to lay off thousands of employees in massive corporate rejig: Report

The layoff trend seems to be spreading like wildfire. After numerous IT giants are said to have laid off hundreds of employees in the last few months, Microsoft too seems to be jumping on the bandwagon. The American multinational technology company is likely to lay off thousands of its employees in a massive corporate rejig.........Read more

IIT Team Developing Affordable Trainer Robot for Medical Colleges

Surgeon-assisted robotic operations for several medical conditions are being performed at few tertiary care hospitals in the country. The use of robots offers greater precision and helps surgeons minimise the loss of blood by restricting incisions to smaller areas. Robotic surgery also allows for faster recovery and reduces the chances of complications. But not many hospitals can afford these robots due to their high costs and a lack of exposure to the associated technology.........Read more

Samsung Electronics to launch refurbished Note 7 phones in South Korea from July 7

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) said on Sunday it will start selling a refurbished version of the recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in South Korea on July 7, using batteries different from those that caused some handsets to catch fire last year.........Read more

GST: The men behind India's biggest tax reform

In the year 2000, Atal Bihari Vajpayee called on the then Chief Minister of West Bengal Jyoti Basu asking him to spare his finance minister Asim Dasgupta. Vajpayee who was then the Prime Minister was convinced with the idea of a uniform tax throughout the country. It was during a meeting of the Vajapayee and his advisors, including three former RBI governors IG Patel, Bimal Jalan and C Rangarajan that the GST was proposed. The idea of uniform tax throughout the country was discussed at length and approved of.........Read more

Slowdown in Software Central: Indian-Americans in the Silicon Valley

As President Donald Trump signals ‘America First’, Indian-Americans in the Silicon Valley begin to look beyond the bubble. More than H-1B visas, it is automation that threatens to alter the dynamics for all times to come.........Read more

Malinga gets six month ban for media comments

The 33-year-old's sanction will be suspended for six months and he would also lose 50 per cent of his match from the next one-day international he plays in case of a similar breach, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.........Read more

India's opposition can affect CPEC in short run: Chinese media

The construction of the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor may have been affected in the short run due to India's objections but Beijing and Islamabad can dispel New Delhi's doubts if they stay firm about their cooperation, a report in state-run Chinese media said.........Read more

Rajdhani, Shatabdi Trains To Undergo Makeover Exercise

Aiming at enhancing the experience of passengers travelling by these premier trains, the Indian Railways has undertaken a complete makeover exercise in 30 trains - 15 Rajdhani and 15 Shatabdi - at an estimated cost of Rs 25 crore.........Read more

Hindi is not our national language, cannot be imposed on anyone: Shashi Tharoor

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday did not mince his words when he said that Hindi is not our national language, hours after Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu urged citizens to learn the ‘Rashtra Bhasha’. In a Facebook post today, Tharoor said: “Hindi is not our national language. It is India’s most widely-spoken language and useful to know. But it cannot and should not be imposed on anyone.”........Read more

Centre approves proposal to set up airport in Jewar in Greater Noida

Jewar airport project: "In principle clearance has been granted' for the airport, said Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. The airport has been planned to reduce the load of passengers on the Indira Gandhi International Airport.........Read more

Real broadband is still an illusion, says Ajay Sawhney, newly appointed secretary to MEIT

“Real broadband is still an illusion in many parts of the country. I think that is one thing that we need to work on, of course, in collaboration with the ministry of telecom,” said, Ajay Sawhney, the newly appointed secretary to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEIT).........Read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Decision on Anil Kumble keeps Indian team on tenterhooks

While reports of rift with captain Virat Kohli may not be totally true, Kumble’s presence in the dressing room is not welcomed by senior players, revealed a top BCCI source. “Yes, players do not want him and there will be a change in coach for sure,” the official said. The question is when?........Read more

Photo Feat: Jr. NTR Takes Up The Challenge

It is official now. NTR Jr. will be hosting Bigg Boss in Telugu. It is touted to be the biggest reality show in Telugu. NTR is reportedly paid an unprecedented amount by Star Maa for hosting the show. It is going to bring a sea change in Telugu television industry on many levels.........Read more

Panama establishes ties with China, ditches Taiwan in win for Beijing

Panama has established diplomatic ties with China and broken with Taiwan in a major victory for Beijing, which continues to lure away the dwindling number of countries that have formal relations with the self-ruled island.........Read more

"With over nine-decade long legacy, India Power has been navigating the fast-changing market scenario

India Power Corporation Limited (“India Power”), a publicly listed, Kanoria Foundation entity, is on a growth trajectory with setting up and commissioning of another power plant of 36 MW solar in Uttarakhand at an investment of Rs 225 crore. This follows India Power’s successful acquisition of 1,000 MW thermal power plant of Meenakshi Energy Private Limited, now known as Meenakshi Energy Limited, now known as Meenakshi Energy Limited (“Meenakshi”), owned by French power giant ENGIE. The joint venture between one of the largest German power utilities Uniper and India Power has also started its activities with management of power plants.........Read more

How to back up and protect all your data

For almost as long as digital data has existed, users have worried about keeping their information safe. At the simplest level, a backup is simply an extra copy of all your files. Ideally, you want to keep the original versions and two copies. Then, if something should happen to one set of files, you still have a replacement set plus a backup to call on.........Read more

Nokia 3, 5 and 6 to go on sale in India in June

Nokia India's twitter handle saying that it will be releasing their products globally in the coming months (May-June). With the month of May ending today, it’s obvious that the smartphones would launch in June. Although a definite time and list of markets weren’t mentioned, there has been confirmation from before that the Nokia smartphones will make it to India by the second half of 2017.........Read more

Kerala CPM MP targets Arnab Goswami in Facebook post: ‘The most unethical journalist I have ever seen’

MB Rajesh had participated in a news debate moderated by Arnab Goswami on Republic TV. Rajesh said in his Facebook post that the topic of the debate was changed at the last minute when he came on-air. The MP called him a coward and an unethical journalist.........Read more

Android 'Cloak and Dagger' exploit adds overlays and even allows the malicious Silent God-mode app installs

After Cloak and Dagger override the required permissions, it can mask itself over another app interface and thus app permissions could be changed without the user being aware of it.........Read more

India is highly populated; not China

Currently, China's official population is estimated at 1.38 billion (at the end of 2016). If his figures are right, then the actual population of China was only 1.29 billion. At the same time, India's population is estimated at 1.32 billion. And that eventually means India, not China, is the world's most populous nation.........Read more

Fairfax Financial to sell 12.2 percent of ICICI Lombard

Canada's Fairfax Financial Holdings plans to sell a 12.2 percent stake in its Indian joint venture insurer ICICI Lombard in a deal that will value the company at 203 billion rupees ($3.15 billion), the Indian company said on Saturday.........Read more

How traditional Kashmiri architecture was designed to withstand even severe tremors

In traditional Kashmiri homes, refinements such as the Zoon Dub – or a cantilevered balcony designed to view the moon (called zoon in Kashmiri) – were common. Balconies and eaves with beautiful fret worked details known as pinjarakari, pendants of wooden chimes shaped like jhumkas are still visible, but the violence of nearly three decades combined with the terrible onslaught of modern building methods, have not boded well for the heritage.........Read more

Britain ‘furious’ over US leaks on Manchester suicide bombing

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd criticised the US Department of Homeland Security and other intelligence branches after the Manchester bomber’s identity and details of the probe leaked out to US media before British officials felt ready to disclose them. ........Read more

Brazil plea-bargain testimony says president took $4.6 million in bribes

Brazil's top court released plea-bargain testimony on Friday accusing President Michel Temer and his two predecessors of receiving millions of dollars in bribes, the most damaging development yet in a historic political corruption probe.........Read more

Reema Lagoo, Bollywood's favourite mother passes away at 59

Veteran actor Reema Lagoo passed away at the age of 59 this morning after suffering a cardiac arrest. She passed away at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in Mumbai.........Read more

How 'outdated' Indian ATMs successfully beat back the global malware attack

ATMs anyway run on closed loop systems and usually the machines deployed in far-flung areas run on very slow speeds. Therefore, such malwares, usually a few megabytes in size, take time to install themselves on the remote devices.........Read more

NCERT to review books for 1st time since 2007

Distinguishing between the two, NCERT council director ​said, “Revision of books and curriculum framework is a policy decision which will be taken at the level of the HRD ministry, and it is a massive task. What we are doing right now is reviewing the books, which is to plug the gaps.........Read more

Rumour: New-gen BMW 5-Series (G30) India launch on June 29

As per some media reports, BMW will launch the new-generation 5-Series in India on June 29, 2017. This will mark the introduction of the seventh-generation model of the executive luxury sedan in India.........Read more

HP has been shipping a keylogger with its computers for years, sloppy code to blame

A cybersecurity company has discovered that HP has been shipping a keylogger in its computers since “at least Christmas 2015.” While a keylogger is normally installed with malicious intent, this one appears to have snuck in because of sloppy code from Conexant’s part. Conexant is a company that’s best known for developing audio chips for computers.........Read more

Top 5 cars by sales April 2017

In the month of April, Maruti sold 144081 units and witnessed growth of 11.4% over month of March. The car that sold most number of units was the Maruti Swift and saw a growth of 34.8% over last month. Alto was not the best seller but had adequate numbers and grabbed the second spot with growth of 19.5%. ........Read more

Shreyas Iyer's 96 pulls Daredevils through in 196 chase

Shreyas Iyer's 57-ball 96 steered Delhi Daredevils through a tense chase of 196 and consigned Gujarat Lions to yet another defeat while batting first.........Read more

Supreme Court will go paperless from July 3

PM Narendra Modi and Chief Justice J S Khehar launched an ambitious scheme for complete digitisation of litigation in all courts, which in the first phase promises paperless filing of appeals in the Supreme Court from July 3.........Read more

Corruption allegations against Arvind Kejriwal to be examined: CBI

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will ‘verify and examine’ the corruption allegations levelled against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal by his sacked cabinet colleague Kapil Mishra. The decision was taken hours after Mishra reached the CBI headquarters and handed over the ‘evidence’ to back his allegations.........Read more

Owner of Child porn site arrested; 30 years in jail

The American police reportedly arrested a 58 year old man caller Steven W Chase for running the biggest child porn website called 'The Playpen'. He's majorly charged for kidnapping young women, forcefully involving them in illicit activities like sex, shooting porn videos and posting all those content on his website. Chase had been running the site from Naples in Florida state of America.........Read more

Gul Panag becomes first Indian women to drive Formula E Racing Car

Gul Panag becomes first Indian women to drive Formula E Racing Car. Gul Panag drove the Mahindra Racing's all new M4Electro at the Circuit de Calafat in Catalonia, Spain on April 26, 2017.........Read more

AIADMK poll symbol bribery case: Delhi Police questions Sukesh Chandrasekhar's lawyer as probe widens

The Delhi Police today questioned the lawyer of arrested middleman Sukesh Chandrasekhar in connection with the case of attempting to bribe Election Commission officials involving AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dinakaran.........Read more

CBI books serving Colonel, wife over Rs 1cr illegal assets

In its FIR, the CBI has stated that the officer earned the assets between January 1, 2008, and March 27, 2017, during postings in Pune and Jammu, and in Rajasthan. The officer is currently posted with the 516 Army Service Corps (ASC), Battalion 16.........Read more

7.2 magnitude quake jolts Philippines

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck off a southern Philippine province on Saturday and prompted a local tsunami warning, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.........Read more

US moves anti-missile defence system THAAD to South Korean site as North Korea boasts fire power

The US military started moving parts of the controversial THAAD anti-missile defence system to a deployment site in South Korea on Wednesday amid high tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes.........Read more

Wholesale inflation falls to 5.70 pc in March even as food prices heat up

According to official data released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry today, food prices saw a sharp rise of 3.12 per cent in March compared to 2.69 per cent in the previous month. This is primarily because of a steep price jump in vegetables where inflation stood at 5.70 per cent. As for fruits, the figure was also high at 7.62 per cent, while for egg, meat and fish, it was 3.12 per cent.........Read more

4 lakh companies face deregistration for not filing I-T returns

As part of the crackdown on shell companies, over a third of the 11 lakh active Indian companies face the prospect of their names being struck off or deregistered as they have failed to file their returns for three financial years.........Read more

PM Modi reaches out to Muslim women and ‘backward’ class

In an ambitious outreach to Muslims, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday came out strongly against triple talaq and called for measures to ensure that “socially backward” in the community got benefits from affirmative action for OBCs.........Read more

Microsoft says users are protected from alleged NSA malware

Microsoft customers are safe from the purported National Security Agency spying tools dumped online, the software company said Saturday, tamping down fears that the digital arsenal was poised to wreak havoc across the internet .........Read more

IOC, BPCL, HPCL to revise petrol, diesel prices daily in 5 cities from May 1; all-India roll-out to follow

India’s state-run oil marketing companies plan to revise retail fuel prices everyday, beginning with five cities across the country, to better shield themselves from volatility in global crude oil prices. The three state-run fuel retailers plan to roll out a pilot from May 1 in the cities of Puducherry and Vizag in southern India, Udaipur in the West, Jamshedpur in the East and Chandigarh in the North, before implementing the mechanism nationwide........Read more

Pakistan sentences alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to death

Pakistan on Monday sentenced to death Indian national Kulbushan Jadhav who was arrested last year on charges of spying. "The spy was tried through Field General Court Martial under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and awarded the death sentence, "said Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations in a statement Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016........Read more

26-year-old Indian shot dead in Washington: Sushma Swaraj

I have received a report on the shootout incident resulting in the tragic death of Indian national Vikram Jaryal in Washington State USA,” she said in a series of tweets. The 26-year-old victim had reached the U.S. only 25 days back and was working at a family friend's gas station.........Read more

SoftBank preps Snapdeal for sale, moves to buy Kalaari, Nexus stakes

At a board meeting of Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd, the company behind Snapdeal, on Tuesday, SoftBank showed interest in buying a part of the stake owned by Kalaari and Nexus, Both seeking a sum of $100 million each for their stakes. Snapdeal promoters Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal have also asked SoftBank for a $100 million payout to them and their management team in order to clear the way for a sale.........Read more

Undertaker Retires, WWE Fans Heartbroken

Making his debut 25 years ago, Undertaker became one of the most popular superstars in the sport's history. After losing his last match, he made an appearance in his classic long coat and hat and wandered around the ring in darkness. He then took off his hat, coat and gloves and placed them in the middle of the ring, signalling his retirement. ........Read more

Mukesh Ambani tops list of Indian billionaires, Bill Gates still the richest man: Forbes

Ambani, 59, leads the pack of Indian billionaires, coming in at the 33rd position with a net worth of $23.2 billion. The list has been topped by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates for the fourth year in a row. He has been the richest person in the world for 18 out of the past 23 years.........Read more

S M Krishna next governor of Tamil Nadu?

Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, S M Krishna is likely to be made the Governor of Tamil Nadu. Krishna will formally join the BJP on Wednesday. He had resigned from the Congress in January. Krishna's entry into the BJP was a closely watched affair. The BJP roped in Krishna keeping in mind the a large amount of the Vokkaliga vote that he has under his belt.........Read more

21 suspects held for leaking Army recruitment question paper

The detainees include a retired army officer and a senior paramilitary officer. Army and police sources confirmed that the leaked papers matched with the original papers set by the army recruitment board. The paper was being circulated through a cellphone messaging service to the beneficiaries, police said. The recruitments were being conducted for the posts of soldiers (general duty, clerk and tradesmen). The education qualifications for the jobs ranged from Std 8-12 pass.........Read more

Sony SmartWatch 3 not to get Android Wear 2.0: Has the company given up on smartwatch?

Owners of Sony SmartWatch 3 will be upset but many might have seen it coming as David Singleton, VP of Engineering, Android Wear, had left out the smartwatch in the list of devices that will receive Android Wear 2.0. Moreover, the SmartWatch 3 was released in 2014, while all the devices in the eligible list were launched in 2015 or later.........Read more

HAL to look at commercial borrowing to fund new projects

India’s military plane-maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is looking at commercial borrowings to fund part of its Rs 17,500 crore planned expenditure to build new fighters and helicopters for the armed forces.........Read more

Anil Ambani firm to service over 100 U.S. Navy ships

The Anil Ambani group firm announced that Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra)-led Reliance Defence and Engineering (RDEL) had signed a Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) with the U.S. Navy to maintain the vessels of its Seventh Fleet involving 100 vessels operating in the Indian Ocean.........Read more

Now you can get a PhD in Chocolate

The University of the West of England is offering the grant to study the genetic factors that influence the flavour of the U.K.’s favourite treat. The successful candidate will study how the fermentation of cacao beans leads to specific flavour profiles........Read more

First look of Avengers:Infinity war is released

A new featurette from Marvel gives the first look at what’s cooking inside the next Avengers film, Avengers: Infinity War. The video includes set footage from the first day of production where Robert Downey Jr, Tom Holland and Chris Pratt share their thoughts about being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.........Read more

Facebook community staged a protest "Just for Rasila" at Kozhikode beach

The protesters pointed out that Infosys was accountable for the murder of one of their employees while she was at work and questioned the security system at the company. They are also planning to stage a protest demonstration at Infosys office in Pune in the coming days. ........Read more

Another milestone, DRDO successfully test-fires PDV Interceptor missile

The interceptor was launched from Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island) of ITR at about 7.45 am. This mission, termed as "PDV mission is for engaging the targets in the exo-atmosphere region at an altitude above 50 km of earth's atmosphere", said a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) official. "Both, the PDV interceptor and the two stage target missile, were successfully engaged," he said.........Read more

Smriti Irani hits back at Congress: Didn’t Rahul Gandhi insult Manmohan Singh by tearing up his ordinance?

Amid the ongoing row over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alleged disrespectful remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh, Union Minister Smriti Irani struck back at Congress. The actress-turned-politician adviced Congress to introspect, before accusing BJP of lowering the discourse of national politics. Irani further recalled how Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi teared up the ordinance ‘shielding convicted MPs’ issued by Manmohan Singh government in 2013.........Read more

Twitter quarterly loss widens to $167m - BBC News

The social networking service reported a loss of $167m (£133m) in the final three months of 2016, as against $90m in the same period a year earlier. Active user numbers were slightly down at 319 million, compared with 320 million a year earlier. Fourth-quarter revenues were $717m, 1% up on last year's $710m.........Read more

Tata Motors Christens Its New Subcompact Sedan Tata Tigor

Tata Motors today finally revealed the official name of its soon-to-be-launched subcompact sedan based on the Kite 5 concept, which has been christened 'Tata Tigor'. Built on the carmaker's new IMPACT design language, the upcoming Tata Tigor is the sedan derivative of the company's top-selling hatchback Tata Tiago.........Read more

India's First Social Innovation Incubator, the Kakatiya Hub, Launched in Telangana

The operations of the Kakatiya Hub will be led by Kakatiya Sandbox, a non-profit organisation that works to empower the local communities in and around Nizamabad. The 3-year-old organisation was initiated by Raju Reddy, founder and former CEO of Sierra Atlantic and Phanindra Sama, and co-founder of Redbus; it is modelled after Deshpande Foundation’s Hubli Sandbox.........Read more

Nepal to create world’s highest free WiFi service at Everest base camp

Nepal will create free WiFi zones at the base camp of Mount Everest to facilitate communications from the world’s highest mountain and to aid rescue efforts in the event of any contingencies. The base camp is located at the height of 5,360 metres (17,600 feet), making this the highest location at which free WiFi services will be available.........Read more

One hospital, five new mothers - all dead: The unexplained C-section deaths in Hyderabad

The hospital refused to comment on the specifics of the case. “The three-member committee has been formed to give report on the matter, and I would not like to comment on anything before the report is submitted. For now, all the C-section deliveries have been suspended, our doctors are going to Government Maternity Hospital in Petla Burj for the surgeries," says Dr. C Suresh Kumar, superintendent of Niloufer hospital.........Read more

Eight years after 26/11, Coast Guard gets its airfield

Proposed in 2006 and approved by the Maharashtra government soon after the 26/11 terror attack, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Ratnagiri airbase will be finally functional by the year-end. The airfield is expected to provide key logistic support for the Coast Guard on the western coastal areas covering 3,500 km. The Coast Guard, which now has bases in Daman and Kochi, plans to station its Dornier planes and helicopters at Ratnagiri,........Read more

Steve Jobs' Last Project: New Apple Campus, Reported Cost $5 Billion

Inside the original Macintosh computer, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs inscribed the signatures of his team, revealing his deep concern for even the hidden features of his products. Apple has not revealed the total price tag, but former project managers estimate it at about $5 billion - a figure CEO Tim Cook did not dispute in a 2015 TV interview. More than $1 billion was allocated for the interior of the main building alone, according to a former construction manager.........Read more

Kerala set to push BCCI for lifting Sreesanth’s ban

Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) president, and BCCI’s vice-president, TC Mathew has insisted that they will write to the BCCI to lift the ban currently imposed on S Sreesanth for his involvement in spot-fixing in the 2013 IPL. The KCA is desperate for Sreesanth’s availability in the Ranji Trophy.........Read more

Tamil Nadu: Vidyasagar Rao unlikely to administer oath to Sasikala on Tuesday

Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao is unlikely to fly down to Chennai on Tuesday, as a result of which VK Sasikala Natarajan's swearing-in may not take place tomorrow. Earlier in the day, a PIL was moved in the Supreme Court seeking to restrain Sasikala from being sworn in as Tamil Nadu chief minister. Rao is thus examining the legal implication as the hearing of the case will be held on Tuesday.........Read more

Hyderabad ranked No.1 in Economic Survey

A Good News for all Hyderabadis & People of Telangana. In the Economic Survey of India 2016-17, Hyderabad was ranked No.1 in Transparency & Accountability in Municipal Administration, Property Tax, Licenses issued by GHMC & Public Participation. ........Read more

Uber names former Tata Sons exec Madhu Kannan as CBO India & EMs

San Francisco-based ride hailing service Uber has roped in former Tata Sons executive Madhu Kannan as its Chief Business Officer for India and emerging markets, as it looks to build a strong top management in the country and overtake rival........Read more

Uber starts bike-sharing service in Hyderabad

Cab aggregator Uber today commenced operations of uberMOTO, its bike-sharing product, in Hyderabad. The launch of the product was announced at an event held at T-Hub here last month in the presence of Travis Kalanick, Founder and CEO, and K T Rama Rao, Telangana Cabinet Minister for IT, Industries & Commerce.........Read more

Former Karnataka CM S M Krishna quits active politics

Krishna reportedly sent a letter to AICC chief Sonia Gandhi on his decision to retire from active politics. He has also requested to relieve him from the party's primary membership. He is likely to announce his decision on Sunday. ........Read more

Ravichandran Ashwin takes bull by the horns, bowls in favour of jallikattu

Ravichandran Ashwin has tweeted in support of peaceful protests in Tamil Nadu with the champion India off-spinner demanding permission for Jallikattu, the traditional sport of bull-taming held in mid-January during festivities to mark the harvest season.........Read more

Manmohan Singh comes to rescue of RBI Governor Urjit Patel as MPs' panel grills him on demonetisation

Sources said the Governor was spared a tough grilling at the meeting of the Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance as senior MPs including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh intervened to say RBI as an institution needs to be respected.........Read more

Triumph unveils 2017 Street Triple Range with three new bikes

Triumph unveils 2017 Street Triple Range with three new bikes. All the three motorcycles - Street Triple S, Triple R, and Triple RS - will be available in the stores from the spring season and is expected to arrive in India this year itself.........Read more

Narsingh Yadav doping case: Wrestler records statement with CBI

The case was registered by CBI on the request of Haryana government and further notification from Government of India. Officials, at that time, had said that investigators re-registered the FIR filed by Haryana police in which a wrestler called Jitesh, was named as accused under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy, 328 (poisoning) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).........Read more

Direct tax collection up over 12 per cent in April-December: Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday briefed the media on total direct and indirect tax collections in country. He said that through April-December period, direct tax collection was up over 12 per cent and indirect tax collection was up 25 per cent. Net direct tax collections during the period stood at Rs 5.53 lakh crore or 12.01 per cent more than the net collections for April-December 2015.........Read more

Absconding Meghalaya MLA Julius K Dorphang arrested for 'raping' minor girl

Meghalaya Independent legislator Julius K Dorphang, wanted in a case of sexual exploitation of a 14-year-old girl, was arrested in Guwahati on Friday night. Dorphang has been brought to Shillong after his arrest. The Meghalaya Police had issued a look out notice to nab the absconding legislator in the case. The police have also requested their counterparts in neighbouring states to share information as a man-hunt has begun to nab the legislator who supports the ruling Congress.........Read more

Samsung to launch Gear S3 smartwatch in India on January 10

Samsung will launch its third-generation Gear S, smartwatch -- the Gear S3 - in India on January 10. The company is now sending media invites for the same, that reads, "Samsung India cordially invites you to an evening of celebrating timeless style which is innovative, personal and eternal" and has the Gear S3 in the background. To recall, Samsung had first unveiled the Gear S3 in August last year, ahead of IFA 2016 in Berlin.........Read more

Suspected LeT terrorist Bahadur Ali's GPS device contained coordinates of terror launchpad

NIA on Friday filed a chargesheet against Pakistani national Bahadur Ali, suspected to be a member of Lashker-e-Taiba terror group, for allegedly planning to carry out subversive activities in India, including Delhi, at the behest of the banned outfit. "The data retrieved from the GPS device contained coordinates of the Mandakuli 'launching pad' of LeT. The pocket diary recovered from Ali, among other things, contains the name of several towns in J&K, like Rafiabad, Kunzar, Tangmarg, Budgam, Poonch, Jammu and Udhampur, besides Delhi.........Read more

As IPC allows man to have sexual intercourse with 15-yr-old wife despite POCSO, SC seeks clarity from govt.

A chink in the colonial era Indian Penal Code (IPC) allowing husbands to have sexual intercourse with his child-wife has led the Supreme Court to take up the issue with the Central government.An excep........Read more

John Berger, pioneering art critic and author, dies at 90

John Berger, the British art critic, intellectual and prodigious author whose pioneering 1972 book and the BBC series it spawned, Ways of Seeing, redefined the way a generation saw art, passed away on........Read more

ICICI Bank registers the first case under the bankruptcy code

ICICI Bank Ltd has filed an application in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) against Innoventive Industries Ltd to initiate a corporate insolvency process under the new bankruptcy law. This is the first case in India filed under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, and it will provide a primer on how the new law will help tackle the banking system’s nearly Rs6.7 trillion of bad loans. ........Read more

Raspberry Pi's PIXEL OS Now Available for Windows and Mac

 The company behind the credit card-sized mini-computers, Raspberry Pi Foundation had in September introduced its own Raspbian operating system, and PIXEL, its desktop environment. An experimental version of the pair has now been made available for x86 computers, which is what most Windows and Mac users utilise.........Read more

Demonetisation struggles around the nation!

Look out how people and government were struggling to find an amicable solution for demonetisation. ........Read more

As China bullies its neighbours, it's India that gets stronger

The East Asian giant's rough-handed foreign policy towards Mongolia and Vietnam is making these countries turn to India for assistance. Mongolia, China’s northern neighbour, a predominantly Buddhist country that follows the Tibetan form of the doctrine, has once more received the Dalai Lama, sparking yet again China’s fury. In response, as the Dalai Lama was giving lectures in Ulaanbaatar’s temples in November, Beijing hiked tariffs on Mongolian trucks moving through Chinese territory, slowing transport so severely that it has effectively turned into a blockade.........Read more

Vasundhara does a Jaya, opens budget kitchens

The Rajasthan governments Annapurna Rasoi offers breakfast at Rs 5 and meals at Rs 8. These kitchens are mounted on vans, and can travel anywhere. The rasois (kitchens) are meant for labourers, rickshaw pullers, auto drivers, students, working women and office employees, besides the elderly, disabled and the needy. In the first phase, the scheme, under the PPP model, will be simultaneously launched in 80 urban centres of 12 districts.........Read more

To cross LoC, Pakistan pays Rs 1 crore per terrorist: PoK leader

Even as Pakistan keeps pleading its innocence at international fora regarding it not being involved in terror-related activities, particularly when it comes to India, Sardar Raees Inqlabi, a leader of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir-based Jammu and Kashmir Aman Forum, has rubbished that claim by saying that Islamabad is paying hefty sums of cash to send terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC). "You (Pakistan) are hiring killers and murderers; you pay them one crore rupees and turn them into a bomb and make them cross LoC, which is the main reason of tension. We condemn this terrorism. If you are so fond of firing, you must fight army to army," says Inqlabi.........Read more

'Legion' hacks Vijay Mallya’s Twitter account; threatens to expose many more

Mallya's Twitter account was hacked. (Twitter) After Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter page got hacked, the Congress Twitter handle and the Narendra Modi app also saw similar hacking activity. The latest victim of the hacker group that identifies itself as ‘Legion’, has been posting links on the liquor baron’s Twitter feed. The group is claiming them to be his bank statements, assets, passports, offshore investments, etc. ........Read more

Army hits back, pounds Pak. posts

“The Pak. DGMO was exhorted to exercise strict control on their troops to refrain from any nefarious activities. This would lead to return of normalcy along LoC. However, he was categorically informed that if any ceasefire violations were initiated by Pak. troops or any infiltration attempts were made by terrorists from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or territory under its control it would invite an appropriate response by the Indian Army,” the statement said........Read more

Manohar Parrikar commissions destroyer ‘INS Chennai’

With an overall length of 164 metres and displacement of over 7,500 tonnes, ‘INS Chennai’ is one of the largest destroyers in the Indian Navy’s fleet.........Read more

Srinagar records coldest night of the season at - 2.7 degrees Celsius

Srinagar saw the coldest night at - 2.7 degrees Celsius, while Bannihal town was the coldest in the Jammu region at 2.5 degrees.........Read more

Second generation Aston Martin Vanquish S launched: The ultimate Super GT

The first Aston Martin Vanquish packed in plenty of power, luxury and style. So how do you make something that is already this good, even better?........Read more

Researchers explore gigantic volcanic eruptions that led to mass extinctions

Heading the new research is Esteban Gazel, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, part of the College of Science at Virginia Tech, and alumnae Pilar Madrigal, who graduated with a doctoral degree in geology from Virginia Tech in 2016 and is now an assistant professor at the University of Costa Rica.........Read more

SoftBank Group writes down $555 million in Ola, Snapdeal investments

SoftBank move comes in at a time when both Ola and Snapdeal are looking to raise fresh funds to sustain amid growing competition from rivals........Read more

Strong Political Will to Help Nail Corruption In Arms Deals?

Arms dealer Sudhir Choudhrie’s case is the latest revelation of a defence middleman receiving a large sum of money........Read more

Myanmar detects first Zika virus infection

Myanmar's government said today that a pregnant foreign woman has been diagnosed with the country's first case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus linked to birth defects. The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned earlier this month that Zika was likely to spread throughout Asia after being detected in 70 countries, including at least 19 in the Asia Pacific region........Read more

PM Modi dedicates Diwali to soldiers, lauds their courage

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded on Sunday the courage of soldiers and thanked the nation for sending them Diwali messages. “From last few months, our jawans (soldiers) are sacrificing their lives, we should celebrate this Diwali in their name,” Modi said, addressing the nation on Mann Ki Baat, his monthly radio address.........Read more

Kaashmora: Fun, but the jokes dry up fast

Even the biggest fans of director Gokul’s previous hit Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara (of which I am one) were taken by surprise to see Karthi’s Kattappa-esque warlord attire in the first look p........Read more

Dalai Lamas visit to Arunachal Pradesh not a problem: Centre

Centre today has cleared the Dalai Lama visit to Arunachal Pradesh in March next year. The Modi government issued a statement, "There is no bar on Dalai Lama visiting any place in India hence Arunachal visit in March next year is technically not a problem."........Read more

Bengaluru water tanker driver crowned Mr. Asia

This 25-year-old could have passed by you as just another water tanker driver, rushing through the choked traffic in Whitefield. In the last week or so, he has become a sensation — “Arnold Schwarzene........Read more

Hyundai Tucson To Be Launched In India On 14th November, 2016

Hyundai Tucson, the long awaited SUV from the South Korean carmaker will finally launch in India on November 14. First launched in 2004, Hyundai brought the first-generation Tucson SUV to India back in early 2005. The SUV became quite popular in the Indian market and was sold in the country for over five years, before Hyundai finally discontinued the Tucson in 2010.........Read more

Madhya Pradesh's Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare Dies At 61

Leader of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly Satyadev Katare died at a Mumbai hospital today, family sources said. He served as the Minister of State of Home and also as Minister for Food and Civil Supplies in the then chief minister Digvijay Singh's Cabinet. Mr Katare was awarded the Best legislator in 2008 by former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.........Read more

PM Modi thanks Russian President Putin for condemning cross-border terror

PM Narendra Modi on Saturday called Russia "an old friend", in a non-too-subtle hint to China which has decidedly not been behaving like a friend of India's. Then, in an even more direct hint to Beijing, he said that both Russia and India today "affirmed the need for zero tolerance in dealing with terrorists and their supporters".........Read more

7 Things To Know About Endowment Plans

Endowment plan is a combination of combination of insurance and investment. Most of the endowment polices provides financial support in case upon the death........Read more

Sebi audit may spell trouble for NSEL brokers

Brokers mis-sold NSEL products, finds audit, but Sebi is facing a potential jurisdictional conflict in taking action........Read more

Exactly 500 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Middle East Forever

Forget Sykes-Picot: the Battle of Marj Dabiq is what drew the modern map.........Read more

Why ISIS Fears Israel

IN THE wake of the Orlando and Istanbul attacks, President Obama reiterated his determination to “destroy” ISIS by executing a strategy that combines air strikes, American special-operations units and support for local ground forces. Both of the candidates campaigning to succeed him insist that the United States must do more:........Read more

Mohenjo Daro review: Hrithik Roshan's energy keeps this ambitious film afloat

If anything keeps Mohenjo Daro afloat, it’s Hrithik Roshan’s energy and enthusiasm.........Read more

Beyond Surface Readings: UP's Sleeping Cops Represent Urgent Need for Police Reforms

Policeman doing wrong must be held accountable, but instead of knee-jerk reactions, society must recognise that such behaviour are manifestations of legislative and administrative issues.........Read more

In World First, Country to Wipe Out Invasive Predators

New Zealand plans to eradicate invasive rats, stoats, and possums by 2050 to save its unique wildlife—but it won't be easy.........Read more

How people buy your product

Customers are driven to products in very different ways, but it’s important that all roads lead to you. The job of marketing is to build these roads.........Read more

KickassTorrents' return shows battle against online piracy is tough

The mirror site of KickassTorrents (KAT) surfaced on Friday, a day after the US government arrested the piracy website’s founder, Arten Vaulin, and blocked all the domains of the website.........Read more

Stop inciting terrorism, meddling in our affairs, India tells Pakistan

Hitting out at Pakistan for observing a “black day” on the situation in Kashmir, India on Thursday asked it to stop supporting terrorism on Indian soil and meddling in the country’s internal affairs.........Read more

The ‘xXx’ Trailer Is Here And You’ll Miss Deepika If You Blink

The first official teaser trailer of xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage is out and as expected, it’s full of muscles and guns. But disappointingly for those of us who have their eyes peeled for Deepika Padukone’s Hollywood debut, there’s too little of he........Read more

Rahul Gandhi Booed by Crowd During Vijender Singh's Title Clash

Sporting a grey t-shirt and denims, Gandhi walked into the stadium only to see a part of the crowd boo him and then chant 'Modi, Modi', referring to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.........Read more

High cancer drug costs can prompt patients to seek cheaper treatment through metronomic therapies

The concept for metronomic therapies is not new, but it is being developed in a more scientific manner for the past fifteen years.........Read more

I Only Wanted to Pass But Papa Made Me Topper, Says Ruby Rai

Ruby Rai was arrested after she failed to answer questions in a re-test.........Read more

The Venkat Dhulipala interview: 'On the Partition issue, Jinnah and Ambedkar were on the same page'

'Both thought it was a good remedy to resolve the communal problem in India' and that 'transfer or exchanges of populations was inevitable and necessary'.........Read more

BCCI seeks Virat Kohlis help to choose Indias next coach: Sources

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly sought help from Test captain Virat Kohli to choose between Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri as the next head coach. The board is likely to make a decision by Wednesday.........Read more

ProcMart Raises Pre Series A Funding from IndiaMART

ProcMart would be investing their finances in creating a comprehensive, user friendly and easily scalable technology........Read more

World Refugee Day: Who Are the World’s Refugees and Do We Care?

On World Refugee Day, we ask if the world cares that the poorest countries are tackling the refugee crisis.........Read more